May/06
2011
Now that's news isn't it? No, really, not so much.
Principles of engagement in such operations require the possibility of surrender, firing warning shots and if necessary wounding a suspect, rather than killing him, they [the U.N.] said. Failure to comply could amount to a "cold-blooded execution" but the overall situation must be taken into account, including whether U.S. forces were under attack, said Martin Scheinin, U.N. special rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism. (Reuters)
I'm not certain where they're going with this really, other than giving themselves a reason to get paid for nothing. I mean it's not contributing anything to announce "Well, Osama might have been killed unarmed." Yeah? Well actually that's fine with me, as it is with most of the world. I mean ffs, he murdered scores of unarmed people why exactly should he have a chance that he never gave others? Seriously guys, go back to helping grow food in the desert, bringing medicine and education to the impoverished, funding sanitation, health care and equal rights. That's what you're good at. This other stuff? Not so much.
May/06
2011
The internet haxxors Anonymous made their name attacking credit card companies that impeded donations to WikiLeaks. Now they're going for even bigger fish: Little Kids on Consoles. Gosh, what amazing heros...
Sony said that its video game network was breached at the same time it was defending itself against a major denial-of-service attack by a group calling itself Anonymous. A denial-of-service attacks makes a server or system unavailable by overwhelming its network with internet traffic. (Reuters)
So Anonymous, proud of yourselves? You've shut down a bunch of kids that like to play games. You've made parents more skeptical about purchasing and supporting that kind of entertainment. And you've basically bullied a bunch of gamers into a corner, where their only choice is to play alone, without their friends and buddies. Something to be damned proud of. Right up there with defending free speech, truth and honesty. Fuckwads.
May/05
2011
I had a training class today with a bunch of civil engineers. One thing that has always driven me nuts is their refusal to embrace metric. I went a university with a much more "International" flair and therefore, more geared toward metric. Also, the emphasis at my school was much more hard core science. Because of that training I am comfortable doing calculations in metric and I grew to like metric. The units are nice and tidy and sometimes a mistake can be revealed merely through paying attention to the units. Even worse than illogical English units is the fact that some civil engineers are using metric a little bit. I was tempted to ask "What is this? Why did you multiply that?" but I decided to leave it alone. It was probably some non-decimal conversion factor that would just confuse me. My head was about ready to explode with the compare to this table, use this variable without an explanation, so I didn't need to be even more confused. I wish we Americans could just let go of English units. They are merely shackles that hobble scientific minds.
May/05
2011
It all started with this reply from my friend who was inquiring about my recent injury:
Oh ya? Where's the social media feed so I can read up?
Now, before anyone starts with “Oh that’s so callous” be aware that my friend is both a sarcastic and pedantic bastard, in other words, someone just like me so I can appreciate the response. In fact I appreciate it so much I’m going to actively look for opportunities to use it. And even though I’m likely to offend people, because unlike him I couldn’t care less if they got the joke or not, I’m going to get a good laugh every time I use it. You *do* get the joke don’t you? Here let me spell it out: our society and methods of communication have changed to where it’s the content, not the delivery of the message that matters almost exclusively. Two teenagers having a “private” conversation could just as easily turn their backs on each other and start texting. That’s not only understandable, but reasonable because if you’re talking you can be overheard, if you’re texting it’s all about point to point. Until it gets posted and goes viral that is. Thus the joke is the apparent orthogonally of “Hey, I care, tell me what happened” with “I’m too preoccupied right now, send me a link to read when I’m free.” What’s more the line was delivered via email which gives the appearance of being extra-tragically shallow. Other people may disagree but to me there is no greater analgesic than humor. The wry-er, the dry-er, the better. And coming from a friend it’s the best medicine of all. Well, except for alcohol...
May/04
2011
It comes draped with bacon. Just FYI.
May/04
2011
You have to wonder how some of these blithering idiots get elected. And then how they manage to stay in office.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A best-selling author is reacting with amusement to a Minnesota GOP leader who called him "a pencil-necked little weasel." In comments published Wednesday in the Star Tribune, House Majority Leader Matt Dean also said he hated Neil Gaiman and that he "stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota."
Stole? Really? Actually, not really, because Gaiman was officially paid for public speaking. As in he was commissioned to speak at a public function and then compensated for it. Nevertheless I admire Gaiman's aplomb in brushing off the stupidity.
Gaiman, who lives in Wisconsin, says he gave the money to charity. He says about half his readers are Republicans and that it's unfortunate they're represented by someone who resorts to "lunatic schoolyard rhetoric."
Agreed. Matt's a Tard. If anyone should be returning government money it's him, for being a fraud, incapable or unable to do his job in a meaningful way and honestly represent his public.
May/04
2011
So many countries full of stupid people: China, India, hell the entire continent of Africa. All these places where women and baby girls suffer because of the evil notion that male offspring are all that matter. It's hideous.
The starving girls in this hospital ward include a 21-month-old with arms and legs the size of twigs and an emaciated 1-year-old with huge, vacant eyes. Without urgent medical care, most will not live to see their next birthday. They point to a painful reality revealed in India's most recent census: Despite a booming economy and big cities full of luxury cars and glittering malls, the country is failing its girls. Early results show India has 914 girls under age 6 for every 1,000 boys. A decade ago, many were horrified when the ratio was 927 to 1,000. (AP)
Can this really be the land that is taking over the world's Internet development? So modern, so so-phis-ti-kay... so fucking third world it hurts the brain to believe that they're still killing baby girls over a misconception. What boggles my mind is that these nations who are competing in the global economy, who understand the significance of silicon, who are deftly manipulating their currencies and trade can be so fucking backwards in the very basic principles of humanity. WHY CAN'T THEY TEACH THEIR CITIZENS THAT MEN ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OFFSPRING'S GENDER? Women suffer. They suffer being born. They suffer being weak. They suffer being abused. They suffer from lies and manipulation that forces them to bare the brunt of a man's inability to control their dick. And finally, the ultimate insult, they're the one's being punished when some dickjob's Y-chromosome sperm can't fucking make it to the finish line. If all these nations are so damn advanced that they should be sharing the global stage why the hell can't they get this simple fact of life across to their ignorant, savage, knuckle-dragging population? Why? Because behind the veneer they're *all* ignorant, savage, knuckle-dragging idiots. That's why.
May/04
2011
She's out on bail with the condition that she'd return for the trial. If she doesn't return Iran will make her companions suffer. And apparently she couldn't care less if they do...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An American woman released from prison in Iran says she won't go back to stand trial there alongside two fellow hikers charged with spying for the U.S. Sarah Shourd told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and returning would be "far too traumatic after what I've already been through."[..] Shourd was released from Iranian custody on $500,000 bail in September. Her fiance Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal, both still imprisoned in Tehran, are scheduled for a second session of their trial on May 11.
What kind of person would abandon their imprisoned fiancée? Further, she's going to cost her sponsors $500k, a half a million dollars. Yeah sure you have PTSD, but you've at least had some time to rehab, unlike the men you left behind. Man up bitch. Go back and fulfill the promises you made. Give those you left behind a chance. They deserve it.
May/04
2011
Doesn't take long for the leaches to come out of the woodwork does it? (Now how's that for your mixed metaphors?)
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -- The Colorado construction worker who flew last year to Pakistan on a one-man mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden says he played a part in bin Laden's death. Gary Faulkner said Wednesday he'd like one-quarter of the $25 million reward that was offered for hunting down bin Laden. He said he'd use it for his nonprofit foundation. Faulkner was found last year in the woods of northern Pakistan armed with a pistol, sword and night-vision goggles. The Greeley, Colo., man says he believes he had a hand in forcing bin Laden out of the mountains where he supposedly was hiding.
Gary you noob. Osama had been at the mansion in Abbottabad for years. Years. Far longer than you'd been traipsing around in the woods. No, you had dick to do with his location or his death. And you deserve exactly that.
May/03
2011
I'm sorry. Sorry about how stupid this is.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top staffer for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is objecting to the U.S. military's use of the code name "Geronimo" for Osama bin Laden during the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. Geronimo was an Apache leader in the 19th century who spent many years fighting the Mexican and U.S. armies until his surrender in 1886. Loretta Tuell, staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said Tuesday it was inappropriate to link Geronimo, whom she called "one of the greatest Native American heroes," with one of the most hated enemies of the United States.
Look Loretta, if that's your *only* fucking beef about the fact that we just nailed the world's most wanted mass murder then maybe you need to reevaluate a little. It was a code name. A CODE NAME. One that was unlikely to be known by people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I mean ffs, little kids yell it when jumping off river bridges in the summer time, does that give you heartache too? Someone with a little imagination might realize that Geronimo in this context has the same historic significance as D-Day. That it's actually a compliment, one that will highlight this hero's historical significance and add to it, bringing him back into the minds of the American public long after he's faded from view.
May/03
2011
I wonder if it's just me but I've been seeing more and more butts dangling from hands and lips of my fellow drivers. It's kinda strange. Could be a result of more people being more stressed. Could be a result of poor health care advice from people who can't afford to go as often, or possibly afford the meds to quit. Not sure which it is, but without a doubt I've seen quite a few more smokers on the road in the last two weeks. Could it be that some people don't smoke in their car (or at all) unless they can open the windows? That would be a little strange, but considering that smoke-free cars have a higher resale value perhaps there's a reason for it.
May/03
2011
Anyone wanting to believe that Pakistan didn't know where Osama was can stop reading now because you're either too naive or too stupid to get my point. Ok now for the rest of you, let's set some context...
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan criticized the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden as an "unauthorized unilateral action," laying bare the strains the operation has put on an already rocky alliance.[..] However, within Pakistan criticism has been focused on the U.S. breaching the country's sovereignty. The Obama administration has said it did not inform the Pakistanis in advance of the operation against bin Laden, for fear they would tip off the targets. A strongly worded Pakistani government statement warned the U.S. not to launch similar operations in the future. It rejected suggestions that officials knew where bin Laden was.[..] Pakistani intelligence agencies hunting for a top al-Qaida operative raided the house in 2003, according to a senior officer, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with the spy agency's policy.[..] The Pakistani officer said he didn't know why bin Laden would choose a house that already had been compromised. He also insisted the ISI would have captured bin Laden if it had known he was there, and pushed back at international criticism of the agency.
The question isn't why Osama would choose to live in a house that was already searched so much as it is "why didn't the Pakistani government keep an eye on a house known to be used by terrorists?" Actually we know why, because they were playing a double game something so ingrained in the native psyche that there IS no reason to doubt otherwise. So the fact that the US didn't tip off their security counterparts, after decades of "near misses" isn't really all that hard to fathom. This time they didn't tip off any of the locals and surprise, surprise they caught the bastard right? Funny how well that worked. You have to wonder if we'd caught him (and many others) sooner if we'd kept our cards to ourselves more often. Yesterday the news quoted Pakistan officials as saying they knew about the raid and had "helped out". Today they're backpedaling and crying about their bruised egos and impugned sovereignty. Which is it? All this protesting reminds me of nothing so much as the Queen in Hamlet, thus the title of this post. American lawmakers are considering withholding over a billion in aid to Pakistan. I think that's fair. It cost us at least as much to nail this fucker after a decade of trying. And to those who are concerned with our "long term best interests" I'd suggest they think about what that billion or more could do for our "immediate best interests" here at home. Yes Pakistan has nukes, and so does India. Let's let the region re-stabilize on its own for a while. Oh sure we can provide gentle nudges here and there as needed, but it would seem that India is a far better investment for our money if we need to keep a hand in the area. We can just station in Kashmir for a while, it's close enough to Afghanistan *and* it has the added benefit of helping to settle some of the nonsense going on in that disputed territory as well. I'm pretty fucking tired of listening to Pakistan bitch while taking our money. We got our guy, without their cooperation. Let them sort their own shit out for a change.
May/02
2011
It is a rather odd habit of the press to publish opinions of celebrities after significant world events, such as justice being served on Osama. Typically celebrities do not rise to fame for their astute insights, so asking their opinion on such matters is a bit like asking a dog which tree they'd like to pee on - It just doesn't matter. Some celebrities are happy, some not so happy about last night's events. While most people celebrate around me, I don't feel the glee myself. l'd feel guilty about feeling anything akin to joy over a man's death, no matter how evil he was. I guess the closest I can come to describing how I feel is relief because an evil man is dead. On the other hand, I am sad. Not because Osama is dead, but because the lunacy that he represented is still alive and well. In other words, the spirit of Osama will still be alive as long as any radical Muslims are intent on killing us because we want to think for ourselves. Unfortunately, the world is not much safer right now than it was 24-hrs ago. Unfortunately we may never kill the beast, we only killed it's most infamous representative.
May/02
2011
Anyone else notice that in all the images, commentary and reports of protests surrounding Bin Ladin's death there's not a single female included? I'm certain that someone in the Middle East will eventually notice, and slap a few just to make them speak up... But yeah, apparently there aren't many, if any, women are shedding tears that he's gone. Funny that.
May/02
2011
I went to the doctor and as usual he was a bit behind. After a chatty lady left, I sat staring at the hillside and pining to be on the other side of the window I was staring through. Then I noticed an amused expression on the guy sitting across from me, so I turned to see who had come to check out. Most of the folks that go to my doctor's office are what you might expect in the middle of an agricultural area, but this guy was different. Standing waiting was a white dude and the gray on his scruffy face suggested he was in his 30's. The round budding "beer belly" would seem to echo that assessment. He was wearing a bland enough white T-shirt over baggy ghettoesque shorts with his underwear more than peaking over the top. While most guys opt for fancy boxers to show off, this guy thought gray BVDs were a good idea. Then I had to do a double take - He had a huge run from tighty gray waist band to below the waist of the fart sacks he called shorts. The run showed a bit of crack, too. On the back of his calf was a tattoo, but all that was visible was "o boy". I think the whole droopy draws image is hideous and even ghetto guys aren't even doing it as much anymore. All that is left is sad white dudes who still think it is cool. I also think it is gross to be looking at that much of someones undies and this guy reinforced it. If I gotta look at some strange dude's undies hanging out of his pants, they should at least be 1) clean, and 2) in good repair. Since gray hides dirt, I can not be sure of 1) and he definitely missed 2). Also, if someone is old enough to have gray hair, they are old enough to dress like adults. In addition, if people are going to have words tattooed, at least they should show the whole thing or cover the whole thing. Having only the letter "o" and "boy" showing under oversized shorts just looks as stupid as the rest of the outfit.
May/02
2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says Osama bin Laden's body was placed into the waters of the North Arabian Sea after adhering to traditional Islamic procedures - including washing the corpse - aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.
I find it utterly beyond comprehension that Islamist-hypocrites are protesting his burial. Given the treatment of non-muslims at the hands of their radicals did they really, honestly expect anything at all? Ffs, he was even killed quickly, not slowly and inhumanely beheaded. He got far better than the people he treated. He got far better than he deserved.
May/02
2011
I’ll cut to the chase and make my case with a very simple analogy. The analogy requires you to remember your favorite action film, one of the type where the hero is on the verge of being ruthlessly murdered by the arch villain. Typically in these cases the villain uses this as an opportunity to belabor his point, detailing his evil machinations, heaping abuse on the captive only to leave the hero to his fate (because, you know, being a villain is a full-time job and they’re just busy, busy, busy.) And then the hero escapes. It’s a “face-palm” moment for most of us who know damned well that if the villain had any practical sense at all he’d have just killed the hero outright and gotten back to business. But no, that period of gloating, lording it over the hapless, helpless hero was essential ego-boo *and* ultimately the villain’s undoing. If only these poster-boys and girls of evil had applied the KISS principle right? Keeping It Simple has great benefits. Not the least of which ensures that the job gets done properly and on time. Well that’s my take on why it was the right thing to do to shoot Osama rather than capture and try him. We got the job done the right way, the quick and efficient way, the Navy SEAL way. Bullet to the head, let’s move on. For the sake or argument, and lengthening this post, let’s imagine what might have happened had be been brought to trial. There are a number of issues at that point that could cause us serious heartburn, making the risk not worth the investment: - transporting a live person (rather than a body) out of a nation we’re not too friendly with - keeping a suicide watch on someone most people want dead - protecting someone most people want dead - worrying about safety and security at a trial - attacks on Americans to create a hostage situation - Osama’s unlikely participation in anything like a trial - finding someone to defend him - his escape - locations where he was held being turned into shrines - dealing with other nations who might protest the death penalty the list can go on and on. No Panetta did the right thing. The SEALs did the right thing. And as they say, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.