Aug/30
2014

So, Arthur S. how does it feel to be one of the most despised men in New England eh? But guess what!? You're also a leading candidate for "loser of the year"! Props! It's a two-fer!

Yes you're a scumbag AND an asshole and the entire multi-state area knows about it. How you disenfranchised your cousin in an attempt to fuck customers AND employees in the ass with your big-money stick.

So, tell me, how did that work out for ya? Not so good eh? Because while you could fire all those striking employees you couldn't find a way to fire the customers who, like myself, boycotted your supermarket chain for the entire duration of the fracas.

Now that it's over, however, guess what I did? I went and bought ALL my groceries at the supermarket you NO LONGER OWN A PIECE OF.

Arty T. is a good man. Something you're not Arthur S. You're a shit bag. And unlike Scrooge who had a revelation before he died you're going to go down as a shriveled scrotum of a man who no one liked and everyone was glad to see the back-side of.

The good guys won this one. The asshole lost. Sometimes you just gotta celebrate the little victories. Or even the big ones.

Aug/30
2014

A 20-year-old who was kicked out by his religious parents after he came out as gay has received almost $50,000 in donations to help him start a new life.

Daniel Ashley Pierce, from Kennesaw, Georgia, secretly filmed the moment he was disowned by his family and the YouTube video has attracted almost two million views in two days.

The five-minute clip titled 'How not to react when your child tells you that he's gay' has prompted hundreds of supportive responses on YouTube and donations have been pouring in.(dailymail)

Daniel Pierce is a hero now thanks to the overwhelming support of the world. He endured unthinkable hatred from people who purport to be parents. I'm pretty sure that's not what they intended to happen. I'm also pretty certain that they have no clue as to what they did wrong.

Here is my message to them, perhaps to help provide some enlightenment as to why they are now considered vile scum:

Dear "Parents" of Daniel Pierce,

You loathsome creatures are evil incarnate. That you would treat ANYone the way you did, much less someone you're related to, demonstrates not only ignorance but inhumanity. I fully expect that you will be seen as the pariahs you are. Society has already labeled you for what you are: evil.

Fuck you.

Aug/29
2014

There are always people who have to shit on something as "not good enough". In this women are probably worse than men. Instead of saying thank you to people trying to help them they have to toss it right back in their faces. To me this makes them dumb twats.

Four male college students at the North Carolina State University are developing a new kind of nail polish that changes colour in the presence of date-rape drugs, like GHB and Rohypnol.[..]

"With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger," they said. "If her nail polish changes colour, she'll know that something is wrong." (BBC)

This invention is a GOOD thing. And should be appreciated as such. It has the potential to save women and make them more secure in their decision making. However, as previously stated, there are princess-twats out there who believe that men should "just stop being bad". I'm sorry wtf world do you women LIVE in?

Reality favors the well prepared, and were I a young woman dating this would be part of my arsenal of bat-girl weapons. I would carry mace. I would be careful around whom I drank. I wouldn't park in dark alleys. Because the world IS a tough place and bad people exist. Nothing, no amount of fervent wishing or pedantic politicking is going to change that. Fact. Deal.

Rape prevention nail polish sounds like a great idea but I'm not sure how you're going to get men to wear it. - Andrea Grimes

+1 to snarky, -1 to understanding. This tool doesn't PREVENT rape, it merely senses the presence of something potentially harmful. It's like blaming the fire alarm for not rescuing people during fires. The rest is up to you.

how about women don't have to wear a special nail polish and dunk their fingers in every cocktail not to get raped - Lindy West

+5 to looking-a-gift-horse-in-the mouth. Yes women DON'T have to wear any polish OR stick their fingers in their drinks. Better yet, the DON'T have to go out at all OR accept drinks from strangers. Spinsters typically do ok in that respect. If the shoe fits honey.

This new nail polish that can detect the date rape drug is great if you think women aren't trying hard enough not to get raped - Kelly Oxford

-100 to reality +1 to poor sentence structure. Kelly, really? Are you that fucking stupid? Women AREN'T trying hard enough not to get raped? I'm sorry, again, what planet are you from? You're trying to tell me that every woman spends all the time of every day thinking about how NOT to get raped? Or just smart ones? Ones that count? Ones that aren't sluts? Ones that live in the nice, clean first world? Ones that don't go to frat parties? Or maybe any parties? What about just straight girls? WHAT THE FUCK HAS USING COMMON SENSE GOT TO DO WITH LAUDING MEN WHO INVENTED SOMETHING THAT HELPS? Goddamn you're not just a dumb but annoying twat.

Let me help you here: spiking a drink can happen faster than even a careful person can tell. Having something on hand, literally, that lets them reassure themselves that the drink is ok doesn't just prevent, it also reassures. Just like testing your fire alarm, like checking the pressure in your tires, it's something you can do to make yourself more secure AND if enough women adopt it will help reduce the prevalence of its use.

I wonder if any of you girls use a condom when you fuck, or do you just think that sperm "should avoid eggs that just say no?" There's nothing wrong with protection ladies. And it's not very ladylike to get pissy with someone trying to help. Unless you're all just PMS-ing...

Aug/28
2014

I am so glad I am done with college and done with peons who are emperors of their little entry level empires. Fortunately for me, most of the professors at my alma mater actually cared about education and didn't feel a need to create petty rules just to massage their egos like Dr. Gardner of the Coastal College of Georgia. The "Behavioral Deduction" section of his syllabus demonstrates the extent of his control freak nature.

My classroom and laboratory are important places for learning, so your behavior is very important to me and to other students in the course. If you insist on disrupting this important place of learning, then your final grade may be affected. The following behaviors will result in a grade deduction:
1. Talking with classmates unrelated to class participation;
2. Being late for class;
3. Being unprepared for class and/or interrupting the professor in the middle of the lecture for handouts or other information that should have been obtained prior to the class meeting;
4. Cell phone or other disturbances. (All electronic devices should be silenced prior to entering the classroom.)
5. Sharpening your pencil in the middle of class.
6. Saying ?bless you.? We are taught that it is polite to say ?bless you? when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!

Please be aware that grade deductions for behavioral issues as noted above may be as significant as 15% of the final grade. Numbers 3, 5 and 6 are especially rude, and may result in an immediate 1% grade deduction for each occurrence.

Actually, I did encounter one professor who was an arrogant prick, Professor Eslami. As noted in the linked post, Professor Eslami failed to get tenure. Professor Gardner may want to take note.

Professor Gardner has decided revise his syllabus a bit and the College made the following statement:

The professor's intent was to explain that disruptive behavior is not allowed in the classroom. The professor, who used other examples such as turning off cell phones prior to class and not arriving late, has removed the example and stated that no student has been disciplined or expelled from his class based on that example. The college is conducting a full review.

Perhaps the Dr. Gardner needs to remember that those pesky student pay his salary.

I wonder if "Fuck you" is more acceptable to Professor Gardner's sensibilities. Also, if I ever hear him sneeze, the politest thing I might ever say is "Get a tissue you damn slob."

Aug/28
2014

You know I couldn't resist this one, didn't ya?

PHOENIX (AP) -- The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

I doubt even the most ardent gun-nut is going to defend the incident as "just another day on the job" for the instructor. He's dead. Even the NRA can't dispute that. So what could have prevented his death?

1. The instructor could have done a better job. This is without question probably the biggest factor. As a credentialed teacher he should have done more to ensure his and his student's safety. Standing behind the girl with a hand on the weapon might have been a better idea but the idea of post-game quarterbacking this scenario makes me slightly nauseous. Let's move on.

2. Suggesting a different weapon. Why an uzi? I mean this isn't some teen boy out for a real-life thrill from a video game. I doubt she'd ever even played a first person shooter. Because it's small and cute? Hardly. Most people start with a 22. Why wasn't this the case here?

3. Guns aren't meant for playtime thrills. Parents were on a vacation and just decided that their little princess should go back home with a video of her playing at Lara Croft? Most parents are protective around their kids. Had this couple been raised around guns they might know better than to ask to put a stubby-barreled war machine into their kid's hands. Full auto anything is scary. I can't imagine what it would be like for a kid with no experience.

Yes gun culture throughout the US varies. In many places kids are raised with the knowledge of how dangerous guns are. But I doubt that there's ANY place where a small kid is just handed something as potentially lethal as an uzi without someone else right there to help them hold it. Every day there are more stories about kids with guns, killing themselves, killing other kids and in this case killing an "expert" adult. I doubt this is the kind of vacation memory her parents wanted her to have, but the video of her and this instructor will haunt her forever. Through no fault of her own.

Aug/27
2014

The seasoned cat owner, when faced with a steaming pile of semi-digested cat kibble, will merely clean up the barf with one hand while continuing to eat their buttered toast with the other.

True fact.

Aug/26
2014

Ok kiddies it's quiz time! Spit out your gum and start chewing that eraser instead because I have a question for you! Ready?

Under what circumstances will you pay $160 for 200 pages of Xerox copy? Ok, ok, yes it's double sided AND in color but a stack of pages nonetheless and nothing more.

Answers:
a) when you're in college
b) ditto
c) more of the same
d) sucka

No really. It doesn't cost $160 to run a textbook through a duplex color copier. Or does it? How many pages would there need to be for it to cost that much? Legit? Let's do the math shall we? (After all we're in college!)

Color copies cost $0.50 each (so says Syracuse and some other university that I didn't bother remembering the name because 2 samples should be enough mmm'kay?) So that's 320 pages right? Now let's duplex that byatch and we're back to 160 pages (a buck a page because we're putting 2 pages per sheet). Of course the 3 hole is gratis (ain't y'all lucky!) But! Butbutbut... when you're doing BATCH jobs in bulk? Let's say it's an entry-level class with roughly 50 kids in it (being generous here, where I went the 100's and 101's had upward of 500 kids in them) so that's a whopping 8k pages that need to be churned out for all the students. But aren't there stores that specialize in that? Yes! And while Staples charges 42 cents a sheet for the average slob coming in damply clutching his resume they only charge 10 CENTS A SHEET for 5k to 10k pages of glossy-sweet color copy (hole punch extra tho :P)

Now suddenly the university is making a gonzo 40 cents per page! For our 50 kids that's a smooth $3,200!!!

THE FUCK?>!!!!

Given that college tuition is already in the tens of thousands you need to make an extra $64 bucks off EACH AND EVERY KID?

AND YOU COULDN'T EVEN GIVE THEM A BINDER FOR THAT?

Welcome to the real-world kids. Where everyone is out to screw you. Even for 40 cents a page.

Aug/25
2014

And no, I'm not talking about 'Shaft'.

Russia has invaded Ukraine. This isn't news. This didn't happen today. It happened back when they took Crimea and repeatedly since Putin has been happily handing out arms to the local yokels near his border. My question is: WHY THE FUCK WON'T ANYONE COME OUT AND SAY IT?

For reals, just Google up "Russia Invades Ukraine" and you get it just like that in QUOTES from 1 source in 1 article (thank you BBC.) What the fucking fuck gives here? Why is everyone in denial? When one country dives in and TAKES part of another that's called "invasion". Especially when it keeps happening over and over.

Putin must be laughing his fucking knickers off. He's the shortest guy on the bloody continent and no one, not even the Germans are willing to shake a finger at him. The fucked up thing is that lots of countries have PROMISED to be there for poor, battered Ukraine if it's invaded. If. If? IT ALREADY HAS BEEN. Duh. Ffs.

Russian boots, trucks and tanks are on Ukrainian soil. Right now. Apparently I'm the only one willing to spell it out. Maybe it's time for NATO, the Czechs and who-ever-all-else that cares to start staging their intervention. Unless they're afraid that Russia will jack up the price of their fuel...

We all know why Europe is willing to hand Ukraine over to Putin. And it doesn't make them any less pussies for it. Weaksauce motherfukers. Just remember that when it's your turn.

Aug/24
2014

Everyone's seen this right? The ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE - where you tell the world how invincible you are by dumping cold water atop your head and then challenge elventeen random people - in the name of raising awareness of ALS. The only problem I have is that the ALS Association has raised 53 MILLION dollars solely because people don't seem to think they should donate on merit alone - rather, they only seem to think it's a good idea when they have some stupid "viral" video challenge to show everyone how cool they are.

I won't go into detail on the people who boycott ALSA on grounds of animal testing - that's another rant for another day. This is just about people who evidently don't mind forking over money as long as someone will know how "good" they are thanks to facebook and youtube.

In the age of kickstarter campaigns and $60,000 for fucking P O T A T O  S A L A D(!!11one), I think that if any other charitible foundation out there is looking for a way to raise money, they should just invent some ridiculous challenge and launch it on facebook and let it go viral - think of how much MONEY they could all make!!

What are some such challenges you ask? Perhaps we could have:

  • Hot Sauce Challenge - dump a bottle of hot sauce into your eyes to show how AWESOME you are.
  • Hold Your Breath in the Pool Challenge - The Darwin awards are awlays looking for new nominees!
  • Jackass Challenge - Perform an asinine and completely life-threatening stunt - all for AWARENESS!

At the end of the day, is it good that people have suddenly found a reason to donate to something they believe in? Sure. Is it a gimmick? Absolutely.

Has someone I know been nominated? Yep. Oh boy!

Bottom line people - if you've donated to a charitible organization only AFTER being challenged to dump ice on your head, ALSA has a message for you:


"Thanks for playing!!"

/It's good to be back!

Aug/24
2014

...SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING, COMPLETE.

Aug/23
2014

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 ? April 7, 1891) was an American showman and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me", and his personal aims were "to put money in his own coffers". Barnum is widely, but erroneously, credited with coining the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute". (Wikipedia)

P.T. Barnum was a shyster. But he was an honest one, of sorts. He admitted freely that his main objective in life was to liberate people from their money for his own benefit. In return he entertained, amused and awed his patrons with genuine fakery. Barnum never pretended to be something he wasn't. Unlike these assholes.

MIAMI (AP) -- By the time the Rev. Reinhard Bonnke edges toward the stage, anticipation in the thundering arena is swelling. The crowd of thousands has been told of his decades of preaching in Africa, the tens of millions of souls he has saved, the countless healings for which he has been a conduit and the modern-day Lazarus he saw risen. [..]

Taking the stage as Bonnke departs is the Rev. Daniel Kolenda. He is 33, with blond hair and blue eyes, wearing jeans with a jacket and a skinny tie. In 2010, he became president of Christ for all Nations, the international ministry that Bonnke started, though the elder pastor remains its CEO and headliner.

These "men of god" are the same breed as Barnum but not nearly so honest. They are egomaniacs who merely use the guise of religion for their own ego and profit. In fact they are so good at making a profit that they've actually created their own clown school.

Launchpad School of Evangelism Inc., a nonprofit evangelistic training program, received $663,302 in grants from Christ for all Nations in 2012 and 2013, according to the audit. Bonnke serves as Launchpad's president and it is headquartered out of his condo, according to filings with the Florida Department of State. A 2012 IRS filing for Launchpad says Bonnke received no salary for his work.[..]

Harvester Services Inc., a for-profit corporation owned by Bonnke and his wife, publishes the pastor's books and other media, and received $735,307 from Christ for all Nations in 2012 and 2013, according to the auditors' report.

Greed and power are corruptors of men. These assholes are no different than the worst of what they preach against. Giving false hope and raking in the bucks with both hands. The sad thing is that people want to be deceived, because belief in a lie is preferable to the pain of reality. I don't begrudge people their fanstasy, everybody needs some form of escape. But don't think your fantasy is better than mine, or your belief makes you a better, more deserving person.

This is not a pro-atheism rant. It's a merely a caution to those who want to believe to the point beyond common sense and self-preservation. Just keep in mind the adage: "If it seems too good to be true then it probably is. Gods or no."

Aug/22
2014

Before I start I'm going to say this post might offend some people. To this I say "I'm not sorry". If you disagree, that's fair, you're entitled to your opinion as I am to mine. Go post your views on your blog, or in the comments.

The Oxford professor [Richard Dawkins] posted the message on Twitter in response to a user who wrote she would be faced with "a real ethical dilemma" if she became pregnant and learned that the baby would be born with Down's syndrome.

"Abort it and try again," Dawkins tweeted in reply. "It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."

His comments have caused anger online and have been dismissed by charities, but he insists his views are "very civilised", tweeting: "These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings." (BBC)

Recently there has been a spate of news articles lauding Downs Syndrome. Mostly these are published by parents, mothers, whose "lives have been enriched" by the presence of their disabled child. They wouldn't have it any other way / they would fight to the death for the life of their child / disability brings out the humanity in all of us. That's great and all but what happens when the disabled offspring outlives the caretaker? What then?

As Dawkins says later he "I would never dream of saying to any person, 'you should have been aborted before you were born,'" but the cold fact is that someone's choice then becomes someone else's burden. It's great when a society is wealthy and comfortable enough to care for those unable to contribute, but that's not always the case and at a certain point the logical person says: why should I pay for someone who will never be able to pay back? I guess that's where the comment about "humanity" comes in.

Message to the Right to Lifers who believe that "life begins at conception". You're idiots ok? You have no comprehension of science OR reality and the world would be better off if you could keep your delusions to yourselves. In fact had I the choice to abort an evangelist or someone with Downs the evangelist would go first. At least the person with Downs wouldn't be out trying to assault vulnerable women. Sadly there's no test for 'religious-nutjob'.

Downs IS regrettable. I don't think anyone can disagree with that. What mother would say "gosh I wish my child had been born handicapped'. Yeah no, that doesn't happen. But for those that have children and defend their choice I still want to know: what safeguards have you put in place to care for your child when you're no longer around or too old to manage? THAT'S the elephant in the room.

People come in all shapes and sizes, capabilities and weaknesses, but in the end those who play key roles in our lives in medicine, law, defense or science aren't people with disabilities. Sometimes it's hard to be logical about it but someone has to. Where you draw the line is another discussion. For another time.

Aug/21
2014

I'm sorry but did I hit a timewarp during my drive upstate? Because it fucking feels like the 1900's here. At any time day or night a siren will slowly crank itself up to a full wail reminiscent of nothing so much as an air raid siren. Screaming at full throttle at 3am is a joyous reminder of how being alive is a pleasure WHEN SHIT ISN'T SHATTERING YOUR MUCH-NEEDED REM. Ffs.

Ok, yeah, way the fuck back when the siren was a necessity to roust volunteer fighters and notify them where they had to be. But in 2014? I mean seriously doesn't EVERY firefighter have a cell? Doctors on call seem to do ok without a million decibel device shrieking the neighborhood into bare-knuckled bed-clutching consciousness. Why exactly are volunteer firefighters so fucking special?

"Oh Baby, I'd love to stay but the siren is calling me... I must go."
"No! Stay with me!" she breathes heavily, straining an outstretched arm towards the grease-stained levis he thrust his manly thighs into.

Yeah no. Not even.

People make fun of Upstate for a reason and this is definitely one of them. Siren for the fire-studs? Puhleeze.

Aug/20
2014

In my life, the change in my perception the police has been palatable. Maybe part of that is movement from a rural community to a suburb. Maybe some of it is a factor of growing up and noticing things differently as we age. Maybe some of it is the proliferation of video evidence of things that were previously hearsay.

The police stereotypes of bullies lording power over others in an effort to maintain high school feelings of adequacy seem all too real. Those that seek the profession seem more interested in the authority and respect than the ability to protect and serve.

The common retort is that the bullies like that are the bad apples, or that the situation is never as black and white as the videos constantly make it appear. Those are both lies. Even if you assume 1% of cops are 'bad apples', the other 99% spend a lot of time covering up for them. Far too often, death by cop is ruled to be accidental or justified even when it's obviously not. Those investigations are handled by other cops in internal affairs, and the Blue Code bias is clear. Even in rare cases when the officer is found responsible, they are given slaps on the wrist while the department pays hush money settlements to the victims.

The single cop idea fails even faster when you consider that the scope of police disregard is far greater than that. While one cop can shoot a teen with flimsy justification, entire squads of police regularly bust in to homes to perform no-knock searches that have repeatedly ended with injuries and deaths of both home owners, and pets. Departments claim no culpability when they throw a flash-bang into the crib of a 3 month old infant causing it life threatening injuries.

Or on a larger scale the degree that police departments seize property on the basis that it was drug related, and use the sales of that property to fund their own expansion of power. Last year Philly seized 5.8 million dollars of property from owners, most of whom were unable to get through the labyrinthine red tape to recover it before it was sold. Most of it was also seized without any charges being filed, let alone a conviction received. In areas of the south, cops prowl the southbound lanes of highways hoping to seize drug money returning to Florida, while ignoring the drug shipments in the north lanes because the money is easier for them to seize and use. And they don't care if normal people get their legitimate money seized in the process.

Every time police departments get a new tool or toy, they want to use it. They have license plate cameras tracking your movements around town. They have devices to wiretap cell phone calls by hijacking them. They have armored cars and flak vests on par with Iraqi invasion troops. They want the right to search everyone at any time for any reason. Look to Arizona and its 'papers please' view of immigrants. Or New York's stop and frisk policy. They fight tooth and nail to use those things even when it's obvious they're racist, non-productive, or blatant violations of the 4th amendment.

Even the so called 'good ones' have a very serious hypocrisy when it comes to the use of force. They tell us they support the ACLU and want people to report 'bad cops' so they can be taken off the force. But within paragraphs, the story from that same person moves to demands that the citizenry doesn't challenge his authority, or demand to exercise their rights. To quote the douche: 'If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. [...] Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?' In the space of a page of text, his support for the rights of citizens vanishes into a demand that your surrender your rights for a few minutes, just to make it easier on yourself.

It's not a bad cop. It's not even a thousand bad cops. It's a bad system. Like spitting in the soup spoils the entire batch, the entire system of police in this country is rotten. At this point, it's not even a single glob of spit in the pot anymore. In my eye, there are no 'good cops' anymore. Some are better than others, but in the end, they are marching in lockstep with the rest of the Stasi.

Guilt by stereotype has become their standard, so I will judge them by it. I treat them with the same suspicion they would a gang member in the ghetto. I don't think they're driving around to serve or protect. They're here to inflate their egos, enforce their will, and exercise their authority.

I give them the trust and respect they have earned for themselves.

None.

Aug/20
2014

Boo hoo. Tony Stewart has cloistered himself in his home all sad-like because he killed someone on the track. Someone he could have avoided but didn't. Because he likes to show off. Apparently that makes him a "Racer's Racer" or so Joe Gibbs is saying. Me? I think he's just a fucking dickhead.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Joe Gibbs is waiting for Tony Stewart to emerge from seclusion to reach out to his former driver.

Stewart has been in isolation since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in an Aug. 8 sprint car race.

"I didn't feel like it was the right time (to call him), but we're all praying for him," Gibbs said. "We all love Tony. I love what he did for us here. We all know he's a racer's racer, and he's big for our sport."

Big for your sport? Oh you mean like BIG MONEY because everyone is going to tune in to watch Terrorist-Tony take his first laps back. It's not like he's being charged with murder or even manslaughter for killing someone he probably damn-well saw and could have avoided. Nah. Instead it was stupid piled on stupid: a known ass-tard does his "thing" causing other drivers to crack up and one of those cracked gets out to shake a fist at the offender. And gets run over. Racing isn't going to complain, because even bad news means money and Tony makes them lots. After this he's going to make them lots more.

So Tony has a case of the sads. Seems a little excessive for someone who has been defended as "innocent". To me it appears that Tony has a pretty bad case of guilty conscience something he really well deserves.

Gibbs said Stewart was a valuable member at JGR. When another employee was struggling to cover the cost of adopting a child, Stewart gave him the needed funds. He hoped as Stewart continues his recovery process, more examples of Stewart's softer side will emerge.

I hope that the media spares us all the window dressing. Tony's just an asshole, and that's not news. The only hope is that every time he gets into his car maybe the ghost of Kevin Ward Jr. will wave at him as he goes around the track. A little reminder that sometimes stupid can kill.

Aug/19
2014

Particularly on the islamic assholes next door.

Islam seems like a failure these days. True, most religions seem to have problems with factions but muslims seem especially dysfunctional almost to the point of the unthinkable. I would guess that, when asked, most people outside of the region wouldn't see a problem with nuking the contested areas of Syria and Iraq. Frightening but effective. After all would the horror of an atomic bomb be really any worse than that mess that's going on now?

WWII ended with the bomb mainly because it was thought that Japan would refuse to surrender otherwise. It was guessed that the lives of those in Hiroshima and Nagasaki would amount to less than trying to invade Japan. So the question becomes, is this the same situation all over again?

As a first world nation we have lots of nukes, big ones, small ones, ones that kill people, ones that destroy property, all shapes and sizes. We worry almost daily about North Korea and Iran and what might happen if they tried to nuke us (or one of our allies). Imagine what would happen if we pulled a Dr. Strangelove and nuked first. Even I have a hard time speculating what the result would be, but I suspect that it would set the bloody radicalized abattoir that is Iraq and Syria on its head. It might also give the Afghanis a reason to pause as well. It's hard to fight over land when you can't set foot in it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating the use of atomics as a solution to jihadi-fuckwipes. I'm merely asking: what if? It's not like they wouldn't do it to us...

Aug/18
2014

I got a call the other day from a friend. He wanted to know why I hadn't posted a video online. I was confused. Then he had to send me the link to the video of his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge where he challenged me to do the same. I missed it because I don't read his Facebook page. And to top it all off, he was baffled when I refused to even consider it.

I don't have a problem with charity in general, or the ALSA charity in particular. I think ALS is really terrible, and it deserves money to research for a cure. This social media campaign is funneling money to them, and that is great.

But I won't be blackmailed. Not for $5, or $100. And that's what this is. It's an attempt to shame someone into donating money that didn't offer up on their own.

I have family members affected by various diseases. I give to diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer charities. ALS is a good one, but it's not in my top 5 list when I figure out where my charity money is going at the beginning of the year. That?s not a shot against ALS research, but a commentary on the issues that have more personal impact on my life and the lives of those around me.

I?m sorry. No. I won't be blackmailed into your charity. I wish you all the luck, but I reject your challenge