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Archive for January, 2011

If you get paid to write something.

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 31, 2011

You might want to confirm your quotes. At least you might want to if it’s part of your opening salvo.

Instead, we Americans recognize “The Eagle has landed.” Those are the words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong as his lunar lander touched down on Tranquility Base on the Moon’s surface, July 19, 1969. With that landing, Americans put an end to the Sputnik Moment.

“The Eagle has landed,” wasn’t said by Neil Armstrong, It was said by Buzz Aldrin.

It’s really not a big deal overall, but it is a rather iconic moment in American history, that has likely been covered to a great deal, and unless you are a space nerd, you might want to confirm your quote, especially if you are being paid for your analytical, literary, and rhetorical skills.

The rest of the article just doesn’t read right to me, and I think Rand Simberg might have bashed this, assuming he cared about someone completely out of touch with space who wrote an article about partisanship rather than actual space.

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I’m Moving to Britain

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 29, 2011

Britain has Big Boobs and not just the jag’s at Windsor.

via Goober.

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I’m Torn

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 27, 2011

Pence is juggling between governor and president.

I LIKE pence but it’s necessary to know that he’s from a small conservative district. Is he charismatic? Yeah, is he a good speech giver? HELL YEAH, is he a good voice for fiscal hawkishness? AMERICA EFF YEAH!!!

Daniels Has actual Executive experience, Danies is a real leader (the internal conflicts in terms of the national stage are minimized because, well, it’s indiana, We Oh garsh ourselves while we eat your lunches and you never notice.)
Give me daniel’s over Pence, and pence as governor. Daniels is EXACTLY what we need in the executive, and Pence is young enough to join at a later time. Daniels as president, an aged “experienced” senetor for first term, then a dismissal so they can spend more time with their family, Pence as chief of staff, maybe, though he’s better as governor, and then door open for pence after executive experiences.

“why indiana twice?” “why texas twice?” “Why camelot, WTF IS THAT You know Camelot isn’t even an AMERICAN CONCEPT!?”

Indiana, ALONE can feed the entire nation twice over, AND has a ballanced budget. There are worse foundations for leadership, like our current leadership.

Push Mitch for the top spot, Push Mike for the gub’s, and get rid of the TAINT that is the hyperliberal over regulatory libs in indiana. We will Feed you, we will manage you, and we will govern reasonably. All Indy, 2012.

[update] Yes I’m from Indiana.

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Random thing

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 27, 2011

This is just a random thing so no links.

Obama said that he would make a pretty good chief of staff.

Well, Jackhole?  YOU ARE the Chief of Staff?  are you that retarded about your constitutional responsibilities? or is everything a hypothetical with you, you idiot?  Hey I bet you would be a great chief of staff, I bet you would be great at all of the other jobs you have given to your cronies.  You are AWESOME!

I Support Obama, as chief of staff, and all other positions, lets eliminate all cabinet and non cabinet positions and save the nation more than 300 a year.

You know who would make a GREAT 1 term failed President?  Obama can!  WHATCH OUT JIMMAH!  You got competition.

What an idiot.

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To think the editor makes more many than his subject

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 27, 2011

In This Story. I think the homeless guy has a greater sense of self respect than most “celebrity” reporters.

How those guys make it a week without swallowing a bullet is beyond me.  Give me a comfy shrub and 4 flannels over their crappy vapid profession anyday.

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Ghurka Kicks Some Rear

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 26, 2011

A Ghurka Soldier was on a train, and then some bad stuff happened, mostly to the bad people who wanted to do even worse things.

How did one guy pull that off? Why he just happened to be carrying is handy dandy pocket knife. It kinda looks like this.

found at wizbang.

Oh, and Happy Republic Day for India.

Last was mentioned by goober earlier today.

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Keith Olberman

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 23, 2011

Olbermann’s an overwrought victorian woman.

“Olbermann told graduates that his ESPN position gave him “dry heaves” and would “make [him] ashamed, make [him] depressed, make [him] cry.”

That’s a shocker.

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HAH

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 23, 2011

Just read it, HAH!.

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I’m a kinda guy

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 23, 2011

This is touching as far as I’m concerned. It’s not ego on my part, but ego on part of what I WANT to be.

That is part one.

Here is part 2.

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Nitrogen Asphyxiation.

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 23, 2011

Gabe has this at aces.

I think that a lot of the reason that we use ever more complex methods of execution is because we want it to seem complex to execute a rotten piece of human scum.  If we had a balistic catapult, I would rather put them in a contained vessel and send them out of the solar system to burn up in someone elses sun so we don’t have a monuent to the said piece of bipedal detritus, that should satisfy the complexity part of execution.

But as gabe points out there is a shortage of a particular drug that is used in lethal injection that is basically being forced off the market, purely for political “ethical” pomposity.  Gabe pointed out an alternative, but I stand by my go to.  It’s cheap, thought I can’t find references, It’s Plentiful   and it’s “humane”.  It also allows for an executed criminal to do one good thing at the end of their life, which is donate organs.   I don’t know if both hanging and firing squad are still allowable options, but those are the only two methods that allow for organ donation.

Building a gas chamber is easy, in fact we don’t even need to, just a restraint mechanism and a well attached breathing mask.  I would like to see some foreign country interfere with trade when our method of execution consists of the most plentiful component of our atmosphere.   Embargo that you piece of crap nation that is routinely face internal strife because you are made up of a bunch of wussbags.

These death penalty arguments are so irritating.  I to have a lot of problems with the application of the death penalty, but it doesn’t have to do with the death penalty, it has to do with how effed up portions of the legal system are.  My problem isn’t the application of punishment upon a just verdict, even if I disagree with whether or not the crime the individual is guilt of rates death, that is a debate for society, I do have a problem with the level of gamesmenship the judicial/political industry of “trial lawyers,” have twisted the nature of evidence, casting doubt on numerous verdicts, especially the “not guilty” ones.

Nitrogen Asphyxiation.

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Remember when?

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 21, 2011

The United States was proud of itself?  Could travel to other nations and be proud of who they were?  Remember when We were an icon upon which other nations, even those that were already free built their hopes of emulation?  Remember when we would be present, and people of other nations would wave OUR flag?

Well Ben does, and he reminded me.

A great man, clearly delusional, must have had retard strength or something. (little ronny needs some new small clothes. His father at 76 was more of a man than he was at 20.)

Note, those people waving American flags are almost all peole who are not American.

Also, name a song that resonates so thoroughly with a REAL event as this one does?

MAYBE Ohio, but do you know the lyrics?

(random I still love the freaky dancing keyboardest in the freddy cougar sweater, cracks me up everytime.)

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Okay, Gross

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 21, 2011

I recently had a cyst in my armpit, maybe a side effect of my full body waxing, and somehow I found this today.

Stick with it till the nurse (I assume it’s a nurse, he’s wearing gloves) removes the “core”

really gross. I’m hear for you.

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Lloyd Dobler just got upstaged by a 16 year old thai kid.

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 20, 2011

Just a cool vid.

found at With Leather.

That kid is something else.

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Did I Ever post this?

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 20, 2011

This was my favorite japenese song.  I didn’t get caught up in the culture while I lived there.  There were a lot of puffy ami yumi guys that I just didn’t get.  DUDES  You are Marine, Puffy ami yumi?  Are you EFFING KIDDING ME?

but you have to absorb some of the culture, especially if you lived off base like I basically did. there are other songs, but I always liked this one.

Maybe it’s fusion with english, I don’t know, but I love the tempo and the form.  I can only translate 1/5 of it and probably poorly, likely poorly, VERY likely poorly, but it’s a fun song to listen to.  On the pop side with a little rock.

[jst listened, I could translate maybe 1/10 of it.  (I’m so out of practice)]

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Stuxnet

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 19, 2011

I guess this is supposed to translate into something that someone understands, but I don’t have the decoder ring. All I got out of it is that we still don’t seem to know jack about stuxnet and what we do know all seems to be opinion.

 Found at hotair headlines

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Lots of good idea’s,

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 18, 2011

But some are so good that they should have been done years ago.

Privatizing air traffic control, as other nations have done, saves $38 billion.

That is just something that should have been obvious for more than 20 years if not longer, and there is absolutely no excuse for it now with the nature of our GPS technology.  Not only can we do what other countries have done, we can do it at a premium because we own the networks. A lot of the other suggestions require accounting math, which isn’t the same as actual math apparently, but that one is just obvious. Not to mention it will reduce cost to airlines, allowing for more competition and greater accountability to existing firms to increase efficiency and allow for increased profits (as though many airlines make a profit) or reduced pricing. I see nothing wrong with either of those being the outcome of reducing cost of an irrational and unnecessary regulatory district.

Drawback? FAA will be virtually unnecessary. Too Bad, so Sad. I will get on the phone and dial whine one one and get them a Whaaaaaaaaaaaambulence.

Also, I’m not opposed to certain military cutbacks, but the F-22 NEEDS to be refunded before the infrastructure is completely gone. I don’t think we need bigger better carriers, I think we need bigger better armaments, I don’t think we need MORE tankers, I think we need better protected tankers, I don’t think we need MORE logistical vehicles, I think we need more efficient logistical vehicles. So some of the Defense spending? I wouldn’t mind seeing go bye bye (for instance, had no problem with Crusader being cut other than the research was done, but then I saw the per item cost, and I didn’t mind anymore. Paladin is perfectly fine.)

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Random Thing

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 17, 2011

As people age, things change, that’s just how it works.  I remember having a crush on THIS annie wilson.

But is This annie any less beautiful?  Than the other?

Not to mention watch the performances, I NEVER believed Goober when he said “Crazy on You” was about oral sex during a nuclear holocaust, I know, sounds ridiculous right, but watch the live performances!!!  She Simulates Exxactly that, not the nuclear holocaust, but she does!!!   I’m still not SURE, but I believe it.

Point, men and women age, we change, it’s not BAD that they change, it’s just something you have to do to realize that they are still beautiful.

Also, the accompanying guitarist looks like Michael York in full Logans Run garb.

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“THE SPEECH!”

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 12, 2011

I’m sure it will be treated reverently by the boot licking libel and slander slinging media that bashed Palin for 5 days.  They will undoubtedly describe it as the day that Obama brought us together as one again, after 8 years of bush, and 2 years of extreme partisan rhetoric.

I didn’t watch the speech, I read the transcript, I did flip over to watch the re-run of the 2008 inauguration of Obama, and couldn’t stand the cheering for more than about 90 seconds.  What I did see, Obama did look a little irritated with all the clapping, but I don’t get the sense (after reading the transcript) as a desire for everyone to exercise more decorum for those who were being “memorialized,” but rather that they kept interrupting his brilliant performance.

At first, while reading “live post” comments at various sites, I thought, “maybe he realizes just how unseemly this is, and is embarrassed.” and a lot of commenters said the same.  At first I thought, “well I remember G. Dub, getting cheered while giving a speech at ground zero.”  Then I realized.  Bush didn’t hand out T-shirts, Bush didn’t have a playbill, Bush had a rough outline, but not a script, not a teleprompter, not a podium, not a list of who was in the crowd that could be called out to demonstrate empathy.   I don’t have a cite, but the Secret Service was pissed that he did what he did when he went there, is how I understand it, and by speeking simply and briefly, he inspired cheers.  Not for him, but for OUR Nation, for OUR resiliancy, and in that unscripted, (worthy of a misty moment) when he says “I can hear _YOU_” really encapsulated why everyone cheered.  He was a leader of all of us, and he heard, and he would make sure that we all were heard.

That’s not a bad kinda cheer in a somber moment.

Now, for our current leader.

Obama had this planned from minute one, and if he was uncomfortable with the spectacle his followers were gonna create, he should have known not to have held it in a way that was indicative of a political rally.  His Fault.  If he wanted to mourn, he shouldn’t have created his OWN memorial of the victims, he should have coordinated with someone closer in a, “I think it’s important for The President to speak, my office will keep in touch.” or some other softer approach.  Instead, he hired out a stadium, recruited a bunch of 3rd year arts degree majors to do some silk screening, and stacked it with political appointee’s and props.

In the End Obama created that spectacle.

Also, remember a paragraph ago, I mentioned how in that simple ad lib of Bush’s he made it about all of us, and he is serving all of us?  Only to spend the next 7 years being called the most polarizing political figure in the history of the universe?  Well, this is 3 paragraphs from Obama’s “The Speech” (I guarantee at least one hack will refer to it that way.)  One that is billed as completely a-politcal.

Their actions, their selflessness, also pose a challenge to each of us.  It raises the question of what, beyond the prayers and expressions of concern, is required of us going forward.  How can we honor the fallen?  How can we be true to their memory?

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations – to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless.  Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems.  Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.

The first sentence is good, but the rest of the first paragraph is a call to arms to “act.”  (pardon for my martial rhetoric.)  He’s saying that we need to “honor” the victims with legislation after them is how I read it.

The second paragraph is about how ignorant we are of eachother and we need to have a “conversation.”  Well, conversations, at least honest ones, just occur, they happen between civilized people who want to clarify an understanding and find where they agree to disagree.  That isn’t what Obama means, “A conversation.” means “lets rehash this whenever it’s convenient for me, in the meantime you should shut up while I’m talking.”  (stole the last sentence from Goober.)

And the third paragraph is far more self serving and insidious:

at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do

Notice, that those who don’t think as “we” do, are the same as those who don’t think as him.  So “we” have to pause, and heal and not wound.   He just granted cover for all of his surrogates to continue the brownshirt action against Palin, the Teapartiers, and fiscally responsible people who believe in the constitution as best as we understand it.

He had a few good portions, but to say it was A-Politcal, is an outright lie.  Those three paragraphs are blatantly political.

On a happy note, did anyone actually watch the best and most healing thing that has happened on the television since last wednesday?  4 straight hours of bones re-runs ran on TNT rather than the travesty of this “memorial.”  Boothe and Brennen, and some of the subject characters always make me smile while making me sentimental.  Far more uniting than this guy is, that’s for sure.

(I’m fighting to contain anger and exhaustion, so I will afix the links later, I think all one of you knows the blogs and references I will be linking, I just don’t have it in me right now.)

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Racist Rhetoric

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 11, 2011

Allen West is pointing out the absurdity of blaming rhetorical methods for the Arizona Shooting.

This is the opening line of this article Titled, “Rep. Allen West decries ‘opportunism’ in wake of Arizona shooting; has no plans to change rhetoric.”

Not a bad title actually, but here is the first line.

“U.S. Rep Allen West, R-Plantation.”

Clearly Colonel West needs to tone down his rhetoric.  It might make people think him hateful, unlike the measured opening line in that article.

via weaselzippers.

This whole thing is dusgusting, there is some good news for Giffords, and a few others, but in all, there are still people who need to be mourned and buried.  Sick canibalistic pricks.

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Non-story

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 8, 2011

A UFC fighter, made a lame joke about fighting the President.

And Moe has a brief breakdown.

The problem isn’t that the Secret Service following policy, the problem is that there is no longer room for judgment in the proper execution of defense and security concerns.  These are smart, and well trained people, or at least they should be, and by removing judgment from their occupational requirements weakens them not strengthens.

[update] Also, we’ve had 44 presidents (actually 43) and 4 of them have been assassinated and at least 4 more that I know of (this is just off of memory) have survived attempted assassinations.  so 44(actually 43) divided by 4, or 8, depending on if you are including nearly successful as well as actually successful, then that’s not exactly a great track recrod for “the most powerful man in the world.” and his security.

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