Dude, isn’t there, like, an election or sumthin comin’ up? Uh, I dunno, pass the bong, dude. Marijuana Advocates Forget to File for Ballot
Macarbe, but interesting.
Serious amounts of speculation going on here.
The American Civil War Home – more historical documentation than you thought possible
A lot of albums I don’t recognize, but they get funnier and more familiar as they get older. That’s scary.
Okay, its official: Star Trek has the craziest fans
Turns out Bin Laden urinal cakes and Hussein toilet paper are the most recent iteration of an old theme.
If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking … is freedom. -Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)
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From the speech by Alexandra Kerry last night:
We watched as Licorice, the unlucky hamster bubbled down to a watery doom. That might have been the end of the story. But my dad jumped in, grabbed an oar, fished the cage from the water, hunched over the soggy hamster and began to administer CPR.
So Kerry saved a hamster’s life once? Interesting.
Cool kludge of the day
The Soda Bottle Tripod
Happy SysAdmin Day To Me…
So its SysAdmin Day, and guess what my computer decides to do in mid-CD burn? Nothing less than overwrite the C:\winnt\system32\drivers\system file (really bad). I reboot to try and get rid of some problems, and Windows can’t find said file. I end up repairing my own computer on SysAdmin Day.
Can someone send me a sympathy card?
An ode about guns & the death penalty.
Everyone on the left is complaining about our overthrow of Iraq as if it was a bad thing. Well, since we have an obligation to our children and the world to make it safer, we will have to deal with other terrorist states, so we might as well make it easier to take them out if we so choose. So lets review the neighbors of the next on the Axis of Evil list, alphabetically: Iran.
Congratulations Lance! Again!
Lance Armstrong is, without a doubt, one of the best road riders ever. The tribute is late but nonethelesss warranted. Besides, I like the banner I made last year.
Hello, Peanut Gallery!
Howdy there! I?m Matthew’s wife. You?ve no doubt read about our engagement and wedding. If you haven?t you can do so here on this site. I?ll probably post from time to time as I get an itch to post. I?m not nearly the writer that Matthew is, but I?ll try my best at it. I’ll be posting to you soon.
Of patents and AKs
So it turns out that everyone is copying the AK-47, but that is making the Russians mad.
HT: The Commissar.
And to think, I could get a full-auto AK from Jordan for only $60, instead of spending $370 at the local shop for a semi-only one. Except for having to smuggle it in and explain the Jordanian stamp on my passport, I think it could work. Anyway, the Russians don’t have a leg to stand on. It was the communists who usurped the design from Kalashnikov and then gave the design to all their satellite countries. The communists caused the proliferation of the AK-47. The whining from the Russians seems to show more that they have nothing new to create, instead of showing that they are willing to again be original in their designs.
Of course, the issue of the US issuing captured AKs to friendly Iraqis seems to be a financially shrewd and militarily astute move. They’re cheaply obtained, and the troops are easily trained. Since its so simple, it makes for rapidly fielded troops. A wise choice, probably initiated by some field level officer. Its a good thing that his higher-ups listened to the idea.
Clinton’s lying again. Go figure.
From Bill Clinton’s convention speech last night:
Republicans believe in an America run by the right people, their people, in a world in which we act unilaterally when we can, and cooperate when we have to.
Except that’s not what we believe, and its not what George Bush has been saying. We have been saying we will act unilaterally when we have to, and cooperate when we can. Or, as George Bush so eloquently puts it,
This particular criticism is hard to explain to our partners in Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway, El Salvador, and the 17 other countries that have committed troops to Iraq. As we debate at home, we must never ignore the vital contributions of our international partners, or dismiss their sacrifices.
And people think he’s stupid and lacks wit.
A telling moment in Clinton’s speech came right before the above sentence:
We think the role of government is to give people the tools and conditions to make the most of their lives.
But how does the government obtain those tools and conditions to hand out in the first place? Except through usurpation and taxation, I know of no method, so why have the middleman? The government cannot create anything original in our country unless it first takes from its citizens. If it is going to give right back to the citizenry, why take it in the first place? Republicans believe that it is the role of the citizen to create the tools to take advantage of the conditions in their lives in order to make the most of them. Anything less than that is an imperfect freedom, or at least less than ideal. Government is there to prevent bad things from happening to you and encourage you to do good things.