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June 29, 2007

Please God No ... Obama Girl Stinks Up Wallstrip

The "Barely Political" morons made an appearance on Wallstrip to "teach Lindsay" about "going viral." I have absolutely no clue what this has to do with Oakley and Luxottica merging ... but if you read Howard Lindzon's blog, it's merely a cheap ploy to get hits.

Listen Lindsay ... You don't need to whore yourself to get people to watch Wallstrip. We like you just the way you are. And if Wallstrip devolves into yet another cesspool of left-wing propaganda, it would really piss me off.

Slate Gets One Right

Most of the time, I can't bear to read Slate, but I have found myself today agreeing wholeheartedly with the opinions in a recent article: If you like 300, are you gay? - By Matt Feeney - Slate Magazine

Now, 300 has earned more than $200 million in America alone, from an overwhelmingly male audience. What more plausibly accounts for this? That 20 million closet cases snuck off to see an illicit fantasy about bare-chested men in Hellenic Speedos, or that young men from the vast heartland of this very conservative, Christian, pro-military country flocked to see an unabashedly heroic tale of Occidental, republican military glory? To believe the latter, all you have to accept is that, in imagining the sort of heroic figures they themselves would like to be, straight men would project onto them not just excellence but physical beauty. Shouldn't a guy be able to do such a thing without being called gay?

June 27, 2007

O'Reilly Smeared by Boulder High School Supporters

Some pinhead named Jesse Lange attempted to "show the hypocrisy" of Bill O'Reilly last week on the O'Reilly Factor, and is getting all sorts of praise from the whacked-out left for it:

O'Reilly was right when he said the quote was taken out of context. Google Books has the O'Reilly Factor for Kids in their system, and you can click that link to read this on page 67:

You're telling me that the best athletes, the most active leaders, and the most original students in your school are smoking marijuana? Most are not. Like many of you, they may have experimented - they may enjoy toking on Saturday nights at a party. but these people are rocking your teenage world because they are motivated, healthy, and hard-working kids the majority of the time. Like a brain surgeon who drinks a martini when he's not on call, the successful kids in your school may smoke pot on occasion, but they are not stoners.

Most kids who smoke marijuana say they can stop anytime.

Stop right now.

You know what I always say: Don't do things that prevent success.

That's the part that pinhead Jesse failed to quote on Bill's show. If you read the book, it's obvious that Bill is taking kids through the various pro-drug propaganda, and showing the fallacy of each and every misconception.

I captured a screenshot of that page from the book, just in-case Google removes it:

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40 Days of Rain Takes a Toll on Austin

After nearly a month of on and off rain, we are really starting to feel it here in Austin. As I was driving in this morning, listening to Fox & Friends, Doocey reported that there were "fast-water rescues" happening here in Austin! statesman.com is reporting:

The rainfall has led to widespread road flooding and closures, and forecasters warn that flooding will continue as waterways flush the heavy rainfall from their systems. Austin-Travis County EMS officials report that several swift-water rescues are in progress, and that there are "multiple reports of persons trapped in fast moving water atop vehicles, on roof tops, or clinging to trees."

The weather page on statesman.com appears to be a good source of information on road closures and general Austin weather. The Austin-Travis County EMS website has a press release up that they have been updating throughout the morning.

If you or someone is trapped in a flood, follow these safety tips:

  • DO NOT WALK THROUGH FLOWING WATER---Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off your feet. And use a pole or stick to make sure that the ground is still there while walking through a flooded area, even where the water is not flowing.
  • DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED AREA---More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Don't drive around road barriers. They are there for a reason. The road or bridge may be washed out.
  • STAY AWAY FROM POWER LINES AND ELECTRICAL WIRES---Electrocution is also a major killer in floods. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company or local emergency manager.
  • TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRICITY WHEN YOU RETURN HOME---Some appliances, such as television sets, can shock you even after they have been unplugged. Don't use appliances or motors that have gotten wet until they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.
  • WATCH FOR ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY SNAKES---Small wild animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn items over and scare away small creatures.
  • LOOK BEFORE YOU STEP---After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails. And floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
  • BE ALERT FOR GAS LEAKS---Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don't smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you are sure that the gas has been turned off and the area has been aired out.
  • CARBON MONOXIDE EXHAUST KILLS---Use generators or other gasoline-powered machines outdoors only. The same goes for camping stoves. Fumes from charcoal are especially deadly; cook with charcoal outdoors only also.
  • CLEAN EVERYTHING THAT GOT WET---Floodwaters have picked up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms, factories, and storage buildings. Spoiled food and flooded cosmetics and medicines are health hazards. When in doubt, throw them out.
  • BE PREPARED FOR A ROUGH TIME---Recovering from a flood is a big job. It is rough on both the body and the spirit. And the after affects of a disaster on you and your family may last a long time. Consult a health professional on how to recognize and care for anxiety, stress and fatigue.

June 26, 2007

Sick of the iPhone

John Dvorak has an excellent article up @ Yahoo! News expressing his disdain for the hype surrounding the iPhone. The opening is pure poetry:

This is the last week of Apple iPhone hype, hyperbole, and hand-wringing. Oh wait, I mean the last week of pre-iPhone hype, hyperbole, and hand-wringing—we have a few more post-iPhone months left on the calendar. I am sick of it. It's all anyone talks about. It dominates the news. It dominates the podcasts and videocasts and magazines. ADVERTISEMENT

Hitler got less coverage when he invaded Poland.

I couldn't agree more. I'm absolutely sick of hearing about the iPhone, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and a whole host of other useless subjects. I bought a new phone a couple weeks after the iPhone was announced, and I couldn't be happier with it. I wanted a phone with EVDO that I could tether to my laptop for fast Internet access while traveling at customer sites. To that end, the phone works beautifully.

I have a 1GB shuffle, 2GB nano, and a 60GB iPod video. Both my cell-phone and BlackBerry can play MP3 music and video. The last thing I need is to blow another $500 bux on yet another gadget that doesn't do anything new. I am not going to pay $500 for a "slick new touchscreen interface." Quite frankly, I could care less. I am getting a new MacBook Pro though :)

Support Pin Ups For Vets

Stop The ACLU has posted an email from Gina Elise of Pin Ups for Vets with a request for support in the form of advertisements on both the site and the calendar:

I had an idea this year to get sponsors to place ads on the website & in the calendar to help pay for the initial printing costs of the calendar. Do you have any friends who have businesses that would like to place an ad in the calendar? The ad will be $100 and really is like 2 ads because I will put one in the printed copy of the calendar & one on the website.

If you or someone you know is interested, head over to PinUpsForVets.com and let Gina know.

June 25, 2007

One More Push To Stop Shamnesty Bill

Bruce @ Gay Patriot
echoes the call to contact your senators TODAY and urge them to stop the Kennedy-McCain-Bush amnesty bill:

The “swing Senators” appear to be Burr (R-NC), Bond (R-MO), Ensign (R-NV), Cochran (R-MS), Hatch (R-UT) and Coleman (R-MN). If you live in any of those states, you have a duty as an American citizen to stop this sell-out of legal Americans in favor of amnesty for law-breakers. I can personally vouch that the phone line is continuously busy this morning in the office of US Senator Richard Burr of NC!

Call your United States Senator NOW.

June 22, 2007

First tiny flame war

Looks like I got under TMQ2's skin after calling his comments on the Obama Girl unhinged. He posted a comment here, claiming the typical "it's a joke .. you don't get it" cop-out for his misogynistic and crude rip on the model that was hired as the Obama Girl, which I have left untouched.

When I rebutted on his blog with:

You write posts that say "...I'll show you a Ho I can liquor up, pick up and screw within half an hour ..." and I am developmentally challenged? I think not.

Your post is misogynist, crude, and you sound like a 5-cent morning shock jock half-wit.

I called out your post as unhinged, and I stand by that. This kind of humor may be acceptable in the locker-room at the local middle-school, but I would never post anything like this on my blog, or sign my name to it.

In true Internet flame war fashion, he changed it to say:

I love your blog. It makes mine pale in comparison.

Mine reads more like it’s run by local AM radio wanna-be shock-jock or a flimflamming Evangelical.

I’m a dhimmi-wit. It must be from living in Texas, land of steers and queers, and I ain’t no steer!

Your blog is deep. You guys are great.

Now that's how you disprove being called unhinged. Brilliant!

UPDATE: Now I'm a "ball-licking leftist liberal ... and probably black" that's "...seething..." HA! This is hilarious! I'll try to remember that next time I call Al Sharpton to task for race baiting, That's rich Ted. The fact that I truly respect women, makes me a traditionalist/conservative, not a secular progressive/liberal.

For the record, I never said I am an Obama supporter. Read the blog ... I think it's pretty clear who I support in 2008. Look at some of the articles that I have posted in the politics section, and it should be pretty clear. If not, check out the shirts I like to wear.

BTW -> Don't be surprised if you do find left-leaning posts on this site. I don't discriminate, and I have several liberal friends that I invite to write on my blog. My friends and I are getting a really good laugh out of all of this. Keep it going guys!

June 21, 2007

Austin - The Long Hot Summer

I don't usually watch local news casts. I'm always so agitated by the sensationalism and outrageous ignorance put forth. I get my news from certain unnamed radio programs, newspapers, the Internet and the Daily Show. I try to have an open mind and be non-judgmental. I grew up in an industrial northern city. I have an unremarkable level of education, I'm middleclass but I've been poor and I have left leaning ideologies. I tell you this because of the past 3 days.

Tuesday night, June 19, somehow a local news broadcast ends up on my television.
The lead story - a drunken priest crashes his car into a Smithville diner that had patrons at the time. My husband and I both shake our heads and laugh cynically. Not that we think a car crashing into a diner is funny. It just amuses us that this would be the big story of the night. How provincial.

Wednesday, June 20. I'm taking one of my daily Internet news breaks and in the list of recommended articles I find "Crowd attacks, kills man at Texas Juneteenth festival". The first thought in my apparently not so non-judgmental mind is this probably happened in Dallas or Houston. I click on the link. The AP article proceeds to describe how a Juneteenth festival crowd of 2000-3000 beat a man to death because the car he was riding in struck a little girl. Flashback to Bed-Stuy, East L.A., Bagdad, etc. How do several thousand people beat a man to death?

I look at the by-line - Austin. Austin? WTF? I send the link to a co-worker - did you see this? She hadn't. I go to a local news station website - the lead story is still that drunken priest. I look at the other stories, and there a little further down is the same AP article. I re-read the article. The man killed has a Hispanic name, and the article implies that the Juneteenth festival goers were involved. For those who don't know, Juneteenth is the celebration of the official, albeit late announcement in Texas, of the Emancipation Proclamation, resulting in the freeing of slaves. It is predominately celebrated by the black community. Is this another racially motivated incident? I almost feel sorry for the new police chief.

Thursday, June 21 - Happy Summer Solstice. I open the morning paper and find a front page article about Tuesday's tragedy. There are pictures. I read the article. The story has changed somewhat. Turns out, the Juneteenth crowd was several blocks away. The car that struck the little boy (another error in the story) was turning into an apartment complex that happened to be on the same side of town. When the driver got out of the car to check on the boy, a group descended upon him. When his passenger got out of the car to protect the driver, the group of 2 to 20, turned on him and proceeded to beat him to death. Meanwhile, the driver got back in his car and fled the scene. It appears all the players in this story are Hispanic. What happened to those 2000-3000 black folks that were involved yesterday?

How did a terrible and sad incident involving fewer than 20 or 30 people in a very specific location get twisted into an indictment of several thousand people celebrating freedom in a very large area? Who made that connection in the first place, and more importantly, why?

Additional coverage at: News 8 Austin, Fox Austin, Statesman, and Austinist.

June 15, 2007

Sick of Obama Girl

It's been a while since I've posted ... My apologies for that ...

I am really sick and tired of all the Obama Girl coverage. Two girls make an uber campy video love-letter to Barack Hussein Obama, and now they are getting tons of media coverage.

Check out the comments at Hot Air. It's as if the reader of Hot Air have completely ignored everything Michelle Malkin has been saying about misogynistic attitudes towards women, and went straight to making comments about her boobs. Seriously people ... it's a campy "love-letter" video, and compared to some of the other crap that ends up on youtube, it's pretty tame.

I guess people are just hungry to talk about anything other than Paris Hilton going back to jail.

UPDATE: Check out this unhinged post over at TMQ2. Relax bro ... relax ...