How NERDY Are You?
Try it and see how NERDY you are.
Something will come of this. I hope it mayn't be human gore.
pith·y Audio pronunciation of "pithy" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (pth)Update: I don't think that I was clear in that the desired outcome is a new election.
adj. pith·i·er, pith·i·est
1. Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief: a pithy comment.
2. Consisting of or resembling pith.
thau·ma·turge Audio pronunciation of "thaumaturge" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (thôm-tûrj) also thau·ma·tur·gist (-tûrjst)n.Heh heh, that's a good one. And apt too; just have a look at what's going on in King County elections. Sound Politics is great, I only just found it. Please go have a look, and see for yourself that our election is a ginourmous joke.
A performer of miracles or magic feats.
In a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York, Egeland called for a major international response -- and went so far as to call the U.S. government and others "stingy" on foreign aid in general.When are we going to kick these bastards out?
"If, actually, the foreign assistance of many countries now is 0.1 or 0.2 percent of the gross national income, I think that is stingy, really," he said. "I don't think that is very generous."
Ohio: Ohioans Reject Concealed Handguns – No Interest in NRA’s CCW Law
While the NRA keeps pushing state lawmakers to force police to let people carry concealed handguns in public (CCW), very few people actually want to walk around with a hidden handgun. Applications to carry handguns has lagged far behind expectations, according to law-enforcement data from states that have recently relaxed their handgun laws. "They're down 30 percent [from projections]," said Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association in Columbus, Ohio. The same lower-than-expected numbers on gun license applications have come out of Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri, each of which has approved new concealed carry laws since 2001
The CBC (Canada's version of the beeb) has a reader poll on The Greatest Canadian. And the winner? Can you guess? Can you even think of any great Canadians?
Well, Canadians have a tough time of it too. Within the top 100 we see 11 hockey players (apparently toothless grins and hitting a piece of hardened rubber with a stick makes you great), 28 entertainers, various writers, political activists, politicians, a few military people and a couple scientists.
And the winner is? Well, I should've known this in advance. You see, Canada has a for real sacred cow. More than anything, Canadians (the type that vote for "The Greatest Canadian" on CBC polls), have, at the top of their list for things that bring them national pride, the marvelous and wonderful Canadian Health Care System (CHCS). And the winner of the poll is the guy who's thought to be the most responsible for said CHCS, Tommy Douglas. To quote from the CBC website:
After nine years in the House of Commons polishing his fiery public-speaking talent, Douglas was elected the leader of the provincial CCF in Saskatchewan. With interest in socialism peaking in post-war Canada, the party won a landslide victory in 1944 and Douglas found himself an instant celebrity as the head of North America's first-ever socialist government.
So he was the leader of the provincial government in Saskatchewan. Although he is identified with the CHCS, it was actually Lester B. Pearson's Liberal government that gave Canada the CHCS.
This post is becoming kinda lame, but the important thing is this. Canada's health care system SUCKS, to put it mildly. I lived there for 15 years, and I saw the thing first hand many times. It lags the US system (admittedly flawed, but due to government intervention more than anything) in availability and high tech gadgetry and all that. It is dominated by waiting lists for expensive but necessary procedures (my old roommate's girlfriend had to wait over a month for surgery to remove her cancerous thyroid tumor), unless of course you are the son of the prime minister, then you go right to the front of the line. All sorts of other bad things can be said of the CHCS, but the worst is this:
In Canada, it is ILLEGAL to provide or to purchase health care privately. No kidding, you can be on death's door, one procedure away from living, but if you're at the bottom of the waiting list, you cannot purchase on your own the medical procedure that would save your life. You must wait (unless you are wealthy enough to purchase American health care) and hope for the best. When I hear Americans fawn over Canada's version of "Universal Health Care," not once has one of them understood this aspect of it. And they are always surprised to hear it.
So if you're in Canada and you talk to a proud Canadian about the CHCS, expect to hear the phrase "no two tier health care system," and don't be surprised at their lack of interest in people with political connections moving to the front of the line of their one tier health care system. And note that for the most part, if you pose this question to the average Canadian mother: " would you sell everything you own and take your child to the USA for a procedure if they couldn't get it in time in Canada because of a long waiting list?" the answer is always "YES." So really, they have a two-tier health care system but are not willing to admit it.
and that's all I got.
August 24, 2004[Hat tip: Kim du Toit.]
MEMORANDUM OPINION FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
...we conclude that the Second Amendment secures an individual right to keep and to bear arms. Current case law leaves open and unsettled the question of whose right is secured by the Amendment. Although we do not address the scope of the right, our examination of the original meaning of the Amendment provides extensive reasons to conclude that the Second Amendment secures an individual right, and no persuasive basis for either the collective-right or quasi-collective-right views. The text of the Amendment's operative clause, setting out a "right of the people to keep and bear Arms," is clear and is reinforced by the Constitution's structure. The Amendment's prefatory clause, properly understood, is fully consistent with this interpretation. The broader history of the Anglo-American right of individuals to have and use arms, from England's Revolution of 1688-1689 to the ratification of the Second Amendment a hundred years later, leads to the same conclusion. Finally, the first hundred years of interpretations of the Amendment, and especially the commentaries and case law in the pre-Civil War period closest to the Amendment's ratification, confirm what the text and history of the Second Amendment require.
jingle bell fudge pictureI'm the #1 hit for that search on Yahoo!. I'm so proud.
Seems they know something that Washington voters know as well. It seems that at the national level, liberal ideas are all well and good. They FEEL good, for the liberal voter. But when that crap comes too close to home, the liberal voter, subconsciously at least, seems to know that liberal policies are a disaster and thus they are treated like, in the words of Dilbert, a dead raccoon. Too bad this doesn't manifest in the conscious mind of liberals. But then they wouldn't be liberal, would they?
That and Christine Gregoire looks like she was brought back from the dead -- and scares small children.
UPDATE: I have it on good authority that two of the persons caricatured in the above Horsey comic would not have voted for Patty Murray either. So thpppt.
It also appears that Lost sleep equals gained weight. Probably because you eat more while you're awake. They say it's due to hormones.
3. In Iraq, the Red Crescent Aid group 'told to freeze' Falluja work. I'm going to start a French aid group and call it the "crescent roll with red jam and butter."
There's also a lot of other crap about why Hamid Karzai's hat looks so dumb, warnings or something about flu shots, and a whole bunch of crap about Michael Jackson.
4. Oh, almost forgot, we're starting a hand recount of the votes for Washington governor. We should have a new governor by New Year's. Go Rossi, you only have to win three times in Washington, we promise.
Now, if that doesn't net a few bored web surfers, I don't know what else to do, short of posting real commentary (ha! yeah, thppppt). Maybe next time I'll pull something from somewhere other than smelly CNN.com.
Hey, did anyone else see the Fear Factor with the 140 pound pit bull? That was cool. Those poor bastards trying to stuff the presents in the boxes got their asses handed to them. Pretty neat.
Mix and mingle with a jinglin' beat... that's the jingle bell rock!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!!
Assault weapons did not "just happen."In other news, toilet paper did not "just happen." Now back to our story...
They were developed to meet specific combat needs. All assault weapons, military and civilian alike, incorporate specific features that were designed to provide a specific military combat function. That military function is laying down a high volume of fire over a wide killing zone, also known as "hosing down" an area. Civilian assault weapons keep the specific design features that make this deadly spray-firing easy.OK.
The next section explains why civilian semiautomatic assault weapons are no less deadly than military automatic assault weapons. In fact, they are arguably even more deadly.The civilian versions are more deadly! That must have been those mean gun makers exploiting the "more deadly" loophole in the 1934 weapons act.
Another expert's explanation of the Army's reasoning sheds light on one of the principal dangers of assault weapons on civilian streets,"spray and pray" firing:
The studies showed that...in spite of the huge amounts of money spent by the military services in training combat infantrymen to be marksmen, few were capable of firing effectively beyond ranges of 200 to 300 meters in the heat of battle. "Spray and pray" would come to be the practice on the future battlefields of Vietnam.Only by John Kerry.
Bushmaster's version of the AR-15 achieved new heights of notoriety in 2002 when it was revealed that one model was the weapon used by the infamous Washington, DC-area snipers.But they didn't use "spray and pray"!!! They obviously didn't read the VPC website. Boy will they feel stupid when they find out.
Pistol grips on assault rifles and shotguns help stabilize the weapon during rapid fire and allow the shooter to spray-fire from the hip position.Musn't forget that proper spray-fire is done from the hip position. Of course the other expert in the field, the Brady Campaign, affirms what we and the VPC knew all along:
"Spray-firing" from the hip, a widely recognized technique for the use of assault weapons in certain combat situations, has no place in civil society. Although assault weapon advocates claim that "spray-firing" and shooting from the hip with such weapons is never done, numerous sources (including photographs and diagrams) show how the functional design features of assault weapons are used specifically for this purpose.So let's have a look. Lemme see, the battle of Fallujah is probably a good place to start. Lots of close quarters combat, presumably lots of spray firing from the hip, since, we're told, they were trained by the military to "spray and pray." Here's the pictures I found of our troops:
I guess they didn't get the VPC memo that "spray and pray" is the new wave in combat effectiveness at close range.
The Israelis apparently didn't get the memo either
And neither did the Palestinians
You'll just have to take my word for it, but I didn't see a single example of "spray and pray" or firing from the hip in any photos that came up under Google searches for "iraq combat," "fallujah marines" or any such thing. Just check for yourself if you don't believe me.
Is it just me, or do the VPC and Brady Bunch get their info from Rambo movies?
Notice the proper VPC-approved spray 'n' pray technique. Rambo really knows how to lay down a high volume of fire over a wide killing zone, also known as "hosing down" an area. Excellent. US Army, Marines, Special Forces, please make a note of it. As it says, "No man, no law, no war can stop him." It must be the spray 'n' pray.