Saturday, January 28, 2006


This is too funny, from Ragnar Mentaire (in italics).

The Bald Man and the Fly

There was once a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hotsummer's day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate,and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at hislittle enemy, but acks palm came on his head instead; again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said:

"You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies."

And eventually the Bald man died because the fly called other flys over and they all bit the Bald man so many times that the loss of blood resulted in a coronary arrest.

May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies. --Voltaire


From James at Wigderson Library & Pub:

The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, both liberal-leaning think tanks, found the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of families nationally grew by an average of $2,660, or 19 percent, over the past 20 years.

The truth is, "rich get richer, poor get richer, too."

The problem with James’ post is he’s cherry-picking facts from the article. At least he provided a link to the article. If one clicked on the link, one would find that while it is true that the poorest fifth saw their income go up 19 percent, one would also find that:

The middle fifth’s income rose 28%
The richest fifth’s income rose 59%

One would think in a fairer society that income would go up at the same rate for all…but the last twenty years of Republican majority have resulted in a growing disparity between the richest and poorest Americans…which is what the article focused on, not on the meager growth deceptively highlighted by James.

Hell Is Where The Heart Is

I love blogging. There is serious commentary out in the blogsphere, which is gratifying and intellectually stimulating. And then there are the nimrods. They are there only to be read and provide amusement. They don't know that, but that's part of the fun.

Anyway, I was checking out the I Am The Force blog (author's name is Ragnar Mentaire) because he had made a silly response to one of my comments on another blog. He has a piece titled "Hell Is The Answer."

This is good...the guy says that we should advertise hell more forcefully and that way more people will be made to turn to Christianity...especially those following the false religions of Islam and Buddhism. These will be brought down by advertising.

According to Mentaire the Midget, hell and its eternal suffering should be on everyone's mind, every day, whether in America or China. He recommends using billboards and satellite television, newspapers and magazines to spread the message of hell. It's high time, he pontificates, for people to come around.

Seems to me we already have way too much Christian advertising. One can view it every day on telelvision...the 700 Club, TBN, Catholic TV, creationists with their own shows, etc. It's on the web, it's mailed into our homes, it's on every other street corner, it's on news shows where these prophets(?) make incoherent announcements and the drivel is lapped up by's everywhere. But that's not good enough for Lord Mentaire, no, we need MORE FEAR.

Got news for you buster, Fred Phelps would love you to join his church in Kansas.

Your vision of Christianity has the blood of millions on its hands and the new inquisitors are doing their damned best to add a few more innocent souls to the tally sheet. So, go away, little Ragnar, I don't fear you and there are many who don't buy this message of fear that you and others proscribe.

I am not a believer...never will be (this aside is to cut off any sanctimony from you...not even on my deathbed!). However, I have the greatest respect for those followers of Jesus who believe in his loving message. And, I have great respect for anyone who, through their own faith, live good and peaceful lives with best wishes for all.

So, Ragnar last word. I'm not sure why you need more advertisement, you're already living in hell. Why don't you climb out and join the rest of us.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Blow Hardlys

Both Jessica McBride and 620 WTMJ call-in radio host, Charlie Yikes, like to talk, frequently, about their perception that liberals are all about shutting down freedom of speech...especially when it regards criticism of what they have to say. Jessica and Charlie, how about opening up your blogs to comments and Charlie, get rid of the screeners. Screening out all except those who march in step with you is not freedom of speech, it's Goebbelesque.

What is especially childish is McBride's publishing of a private e-mail to her and her subsequent demeaning comments about the author. If the author had recourse to respond publically, that would be one thing...but in the world of McBride and Yikes...real discourse is forbidden. Why? Because they are both afraid to have real debate.

This gem was seen at Xoff. I couldn't resist.

Throw Down?

I read on a now retired wing nut blog that the blogger and 20-30 others were ready to "throw down" for Jessica McBride. If that's the opposite of throwing up, does that mean you're willing to s--t in your pants for McBride?

Conservatives have a real weird way of treating women. Yuck.

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Drinking beer will never be the same.

Silly Wing Nut

Jeff Wagner continues to amuse me. Just the other day he was discussing "hate crimes" on his 620 WTMJ call-in radio show. Wagner's point of view was there was no need for hate crime legislation because the law was sufficient. I'm not going to debate whether that is true or not. What was an issue for me was his continued use in examples of Republicans as targets. Some samples were (these are just the gist of what he said, not exact words): "What if the person being attacked was a Republican. " Or, "What if it was a Republican who was lynched." Or, "What if it was a Republican who was chained to the back of the car, called all sorts of vile names like "wingnut" and "neocon" and then was dragged to his death.

Let's see...I have read that the law is aimed at violence perpetrated against specifically targeted people, not a constitutionally protected action such as speech. Targeted people might include African Americans. Hmmm, there's been a history of violence there. How about gay people. You may not like how they dress, how they talk or how they walk...that's your right. But, yeah, they've been targeted for some pretty malicious stuff.

But Republicans? Come on, Jeff. Stop playing the poor me card. All you do is make a fool of yourself, gosh durn it.

Swimming in the Mud

I don't claim to know much about state politics. Hell, I could, for the most part, care less about local politics. I like the big, juicy stuff like baseball trades, the abortion wars, the weird and defenseless of marriage, etc. However, I have read a bit lately about the beginnings of...gasp...dare I say Madison (Watergate really did us a disservice...we need to come up with other ways to describe travesty rather than by adding the word "gate"). It has seemed interesting. I've read Xoff's points of views. I have read Charlie Yikes'. I've read stuff from other blogs on both sides.

However, the following item was gotten from Xoff (hat tip) and was really well done...and it's ostensibly from a conservative. At least that was my assumption after reading Xoff state that it came from an unexpected source. I jumped over to Playground Politics to see for myself and found a dose of conservativism with lots of pragmatism.

Anyway, the main points of the piece are below. The entire piece can be reached here. It's recommended reading...for the two or three who read stuff here (thanks Mom). Good work, Playground Politics.

Those who try to paint Thompson as a Doyle ally are missing the point that she was hired while Scott McCallum was governor. She is not, as Mark Green would have you believe, "an official of Governor Doyle's administration." Doyle had nothing to do with her hiring and Thompson, having passed her review process, has job protection that precludes her from being disciplined prior to the outcome of this case. She can be transferred into another job, and that's about it. And Mark Green, as a former legislator, damn well knows that.

Scott Walker's release, on the other hand, shows only that the man is incapable of understanding what the indictment actually says. Walker would like to infer that Thompson was pressured into using political considerations in the course of her work, something not indicated anywhere in the actual indictment. Of course, Scott's a college dropout.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Racers Edge

I keep running into inconsiderate drivers. I generally attribute their misbehavior to being moronic, conservative, or both. Usually both. I suspect I’m right most of the time. The usual culprits have shorter hair, look in their mid-twenties to low thirties, have a nice car (one I wish I had, I admit) and look…Republican. Come on, you know the look…”Fuck you, I voted for the winning party and you’re just a loser.” You know, not very intelligent looking.

I’ve been inspired by StB. He has his own piece on this subject (apparently others, too). It’s obviously important to him and he drinks. He should seriously consider AA, but he hasn’t reached that place in his life where everything is viewed from down under. Besides, he probably thinks AA is for losers and…gasp…liberals. Another sure sign of his being in need of help.

Anyway, his post about his encounter with this guy reminded me of encounters I’ve had with people like him (except I’m at least 10 miles an hour over the speed limit…always).

So I’m doing about 68 in a 55 and this guy gets on my butt and flips on the brights. Uh, excuse me, I’m going way over the speed limit, I can’t get over to the right because there are two cars next to me and why are you being such a dick (note to StB: you said never be a dick…you already were when you got on the guy’s ass and flipped the lights)?

Anyway, my plan is to get over and let this butthead by, but now he starts flipping his lights on and off at me. So, yeah, I tap the brakes. Now, StB thinks this is a pussy move. Sorry, ding dong, you’re the one behind me being the ass…I have the power, not you. So, back off and how do you know I’m not packing? You don’t (I’m gonna love the concealed weapon law…morons like StB will never tailgate again…won’t they?).

I’ve now sped up a bit to get in front of the traffic on my right just so Speed Racer can zip by. I pull over and look over at this DICK as he passes by and he starts clapping. I was wrong all the time. He’s not a dick, he a trained seal. He’s even got the sparse covering of whiskers to prove it. I didn’t know they could get licenses.

Well this was a fun exercise. For the amount of time it took to write this (much shorter than StB I’ll bet) I was able to step into the shoes of a conservative and experience how it feels to be a knob. It’s not that much fun…you see, I don’t like to act like a dick. So I’ll just let StB be the one and hope he gets help someday.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


I think I am beginning to seriously dislike Jessica McBride. Her uppity piece about Senator Feingold coming to Waukesha with the comment that maybe a bunch of conservatives should go and hit him with some tough questions is silly...again. At least Feingold would let them in to ask those questions.

Would't it be great if our President actually addressed groups made up of all sorts of citizens, not just Republican fundies. Or, heaven forbid, Jessica McBride opened up comments on her site.

Granny D...a Real American

“We have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to disperse justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance.” -- Doris “Granny D.” Haddock, who turned 96 today.

If Only...

Jessica McBride dreams about..."But wouldn't there be something really fitting about having Xoff in control of the sewage commission? I mean, think about it."

Yeah, then he'd be in control of all the bile that emanates from your site....down the drain you go girl.

This is Good...and Typical

In a statement after the vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, along party lines, to advance Judge Samuel Alito to a full Senate vote for confirmation, the White House said:

“The negative tone, relentless attacks and distortion of Judge Alitos career confirmed what we already knew from the hearings: Judge Alito had an open mind but the Democrats, beholden to their interest groups, did not.”

Just a question. Whatever happened to Harriet Miers?

Monday, January 23, 2006

Real Evidence Found

Over at "This Modern World" real evidence has been discovered exposing President Shrub as a lying scoundrel despite what White House counselor Dan Barlett said Monday that Bush’s photographs in the company of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff amount to a coincidence and shouldn’t be interpreted any more seriously than that.
Photo courtesy of "This Modern World."

Paris at Night

Check this photo out. Scroll horizontally to get the full effect. Wow.

Bush and Abramoff

Seems there are some pictures out there of Bush and Jack Abramoff, whom administration officials claim Shrub has never met. Ah huh, and pigs can fly.

Time Magazine posits they may have been good friends. All remains to be can only hope.

V. Dare Members Contemplate the Races

Conservative think tank members take a break.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

I Remember Gene McCarthy

I was only 12 when Gene McCarthy shook up the political world with his quixotic run for the Democratic nomination...but I remember the excitement he caused. He was beaten down by the machine, but his legacy of leading and speaking the truth lived on.

Molly Ivins writes that she can't vote for leading Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, for a number of reasons, which she provides here. I agree with Ivins. I'll say this for President Shrub, he takes a stand and sticks by it, even if its illegal and immoral. I'm not suggesting that the Dems need to follow his weaseling ways...but we do need a leader...and not someone who just says he or she is a uniter or turns in their stance to match the prevailing political wind.

MSM Absent Without Leave

The mainstream media has bent over backward to get on President Shrub's good side. It's most apparent in its coverage of the illegal wiretaps performed by the administration. As John Sugg points out, the media has given the Bushies a free ride for many years.