Archive for the ‘USA’ category

1,000 Words

April 19th, 2010

No point in saying anything. It’s all been said before.

Watch This

November 23rd, 2008

In the 1972 Men’s 800 Meter Olympic Finals Dave Wottle, an American, was in last place by a good bit until about 500 meters into the race.

And then he began his kick. You’ll have to watch to see how it ends.

Poutine

October 16th, 2008

How has this not become a common fast food in the US?


Poutine

I first had this back in 2000 when I ventured into Canada with a buddy on our way back from NYC. The above picture was taken in a diner in Killinton, VT the other day.

It’s delicious.

French fries, brown gravy, and curds is the official recipe. The above picture shows melted cheddar cheese instead of curds, but the gist is the same. Fatty goodness.

Canada might have come down on the wrong side of the bacon issue but they sure as hell found a way to kick the shit out of chili cheese fries.

The Power of the POTUS

May 8th, 2008

LawDog writes a bit on what the Constitutional powers of the POTUS are. In the closing he remarks:

Are we so desperate for an absolute monarch that we blindly and joyously allow our Presidential candidates to claim powers that are restricted to Congress?

Yeah, I think that’s about the state of things.

Presidential Poll

April 29th, 2008

Alternative Title: ATTN: AbjectDisappointment

The Debatable Land is running a poll on the 3 most over-rated and 3 most under-rated Presidents.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Lincoln won the spot for being the most over-rated President, that’s how I’d vote.

I’ll think about this and post my answers later.

Sounds About Right

October 11th, 2007

On that story of the Cop trying to sue the family that almost lost their baby LawDog gives us a piece of his mind:

You [ed: her lawyer] two-bit, four-flushing, dirty, rotten, knee-biting, inbred vomitous mass.

You meretricious, soul-less, microcephalic, forked-tongued carbuncle in the armpit of humanity.

Is your mother proud of this, or — as I suspect — did you spontaneously spawn as the gelatinous mass in the bottom of a used jock-strap bin, thus sparing any woman the utter humiliation of admitting that she failed to drown you as soon as she saw the cruel, debased and sadistic gleam in your porcine little eyes — you complete and utter vulture; you black-hearted, slime-trailing little invertebrate.

And that goes double for your client — who the hell do you think you are? You busted your knee, sad, but we’re in a rough line of work, princess, and anyone who told you any different Lied. To. You.

Who the hell are you to burden this family further? What kind of sociopathic, money-grubbing , cold-blooded parasite goes out of her way to heap insult onto tragedy?

Did some sulphur-reeking vermin from the lowest pits of hell crawl onto your shoulder and whisper sweet dreams of pieces of silver into one of your avaricious little ears — is that your excuse?

The good news: Officer Can’t Understand Normal Thinking has dropped the lawsuit after being suspended from work.

I’m gonna catch hell for that last one, but I couldn’t help it.

Cleveland School Shooting

October 11th, 2007

Well this certainly sucks.

Four wounded and the shooter offed himself in the end. Why do these whack jobs insist on doing things in that order? They should start with shooting themselves first and then trying to kill other people. The end result would be much nicer.

Was that too crass? Yeah, I’m not sorry about that. I have little sympathy for people that are fucked in the head enough to run around shooting at people.

Naturally this is going to result in more debate about carrying weapons in schools. I have no problems with teachers carrying weapons at school in accordance with state laws. If state laws forbid it then they need to be changed. Right here in Michigan there’s a push to make that happen, and I consider that a good thing.

Now, here’s where I differ from my fellow gun nuts: Permitting CCW in schools won’t do diddly pooh to reduce school shootings. These whackos have no concern for their own well being when they jump off the deep end. This latest incident occured across the street from an FBI office for crying out loud. Let that sink in for a bit.

Having an FBI office across the freaking street wasn’t enough to make this asshole rethink his plan, and it wasn’t enough to protect the students.

It may, and this is a very slim chance, reduce the level of destruction that they bring, but it’s slim. I say that because in the few areas where it’s legal it hasn’t happened. In the same vein no student has taken a pistol from a teacher in an area where CCW is permitting on school grounds.

What we do know is:

1) School shooters in gun-free zones have only ended their rampage themselves.
2) No student has taken away a pistol from a teacher ini an area where CCW is permitted.

What we don’t know is whether or not a teacher with a pistol could stop these incidents. Well, sorta. This incident just popped into my mind:

Many students heard the shots. Two who did were Mikael Gross and Tracy Bridges. Mikael was outside the school having just returned to campus from lunch when he heard the shots. Tracy was inside attending class. Both immediately ran to their cars. Each had a handgun locked in the vehicle.

Bridges pulled a .357 Magnum pistol and he later said he was prepared to shoot to kill if necessary. He and Gross both approached Odighizuwa at the same time from different directions. Both were pointing their weapons at him. Bridges yelled for Odighizuwa to drop his weapon. When the shooter realized they had the drop on him he threw his weapon down.

They weren’t teachers, and they weren’t carrying, but introduction of arms by the “friendlies” seems to have dissolved that situation quite handily.

I’m sure there are others out there not coming to mind. No wait, there’s the whole Charles Whitman clock tower incident where civilians pinned the guy down with rifle fire until the police could mount a proper attack on the guy. Seems it worked there too.

You know, maybe permitting firearms on school grounds is a good idea.

Us vs. Them

August 23rd, 2007

Marko writes about the psychology behind those attending sporting events.

Sports teams are a perfect way for some people to claim allegiance to a tribe. It’s basically stylized tribal warfare. You have face paint, tribal colors/clothing, flags, fighting songs, and a great herd of people all dressed exactly like you…

Give it a read.

Now, replace sporting teams with political parties. Things really aren’t much different, are they?

Independence Day

July 4th, 2007

Ravenwood’s posted an Oliver North article on the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Worth a read.

A few excerpts:

In an era when Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are revered revolutionaries, the 56 who signed the Declaration just don’t cut the mustard. They were all men of means, well educated and wealthy by the standards of the day. Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists; 11 were successful merchants and traders; 9, like Jefferson, were prosperous farmers. Nine of them would die before the war was over; 5 were captured and tortured by the British and 12 had their homes looted and destroyed.


All 56 signers were hunted, hounded and declared criminals. All were indicted, tried in absentia for treason, and all were convicted and condemned. Yet, despite all they endured, not one man broke his pledge.

Wait, What?

May 8th, 2007

Over at Ars Technica they’ve got an article on The Terrorist Hoax Improvements Act of 2007.

It’s in response to the Boston Police Department collectively shitting their pants upon finding a Lite Brite and calling in the bomb squad.

Be careful not to confuse that incident when they shit themselves again over a traffic monitoring device was found and they blew it up.

Here’s what caught my eye:

However, that did not placate city officials who remained outraged at the incident, promising to push for harsher punishments in the future for incidents that waste government resources.

Emphasis mine.

Ahem, US Senate?