Thursday, June 01, 2006

A Thin Line

Thinly veiled racism indeed. This from Peter DiGaudio ...

The number of illegals in our county jails and state and federal prisons is
astounding. When the majority of the outstanding murder warrants in Milwaukee
are for illegal aliens who have fled the country and gone back to Mexico, the
false, misleading picture of the "hard-working immigrant who fled here for a
chance at a better life" disappears.
What does the number of thugs in prison have to even remotely do with the vast majority who truly came here to start a new life? The answer is … Nothing.

Unfortunately, their efforts for a new life are obscured by the prison minority DiGaudio refers to and by DiGaudio and the racists in our midst.

Is DiGaudio saying that the number of African-Americans in prison causes the picture of hard-working African-American citizens to disappear?

Is he saying that the picture of the hard-working Asian is a myth because some have committed crimes?

How about the hard-working Caucasian? Well, that’s just silly, right, Peter?

The Shining Nobility of Conservatives

h/t Media Matters

This from conservative commentator John Gibson during his “My Word” segment of the May 30 edition of Fox News' The Big Story:

"I'm against massacres of civilians. I think we all are."

How noble of you, John.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Gorilla Logic

Damn, I was going to comment about the recent post by Clint regarding mine about him (it sometimes gets confusing), and I deleted the original.

Anyway, the post mostly had to do with Clint trying to be funny regarding a statement Al Gore made recently and providing a list of -- what he called -- Dem lies.

I responded in my usual humorous way.

Clint grunted a reply, “Nyah, nyah. See, told you so.” Then he peeled a banana and picked some lice.

It’s so simple to refute these bozos. I wonder why I bother.

It's fun!

Santorum a No-Show

h/t Daily Kos

Scott Newcomer has nothing over Sen. Rick Santorum. At least Newcomer plans to live in the district that elected him.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sent a letter (routine request for Voter’s Guide information) to the address Santorum claims in Penn Hills, PA. The letter came back stamped “Not Deliverable As Addressed -- Unable To Forward."

The editorial about this in the Post-Gazette is really quite hilarious.

The God of Everything

From my Mom, again. Where does she find these things?

Did God Create Evil?
Did God create everything that exists? Does evil exist? Did God create evil? A university professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. "Did God create everything that exists?"

A student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"

"God created everything?" The professor asked.

"Yes sir, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil." The student became quiet and did not respond to the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, professor?"

"Of course", replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?" "What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy and heat. What makes a body or matter have or transmit energy? Absolute zero (-460 IF) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The professor responded, "Of course it does."

The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down. The young man's name -- Albert Einstein


Considering that Einstein was Jewish, his open-mindedness is remarkable.

I have never denied the existence of God, I just don't believe (with respect) that God is the god of Rick Esenberg, of one billion plus Arabs, or of any of the other religious faiths. Happiness to them and their faith.

For myself, God is in my heart and that's all I need to know.

UPDATE! This link provides an excellent discussion on the urban legend that is this piece. However, my part is real.

We're So Sorry

With the Badger Blog Alliance shindig coming soon (yours truly will not be attending for multiple reasons), now is the time to check out "Above the Borderline." One of its members ran afoul of my buddy, Chris, of spottedhorse2 fame. Now he’s not invited to the picnic. He’s very sad … as are some of his friends. If you want to commiserate, check out the links below. Their apologies are touching … NOT! But they are hilarious. If you click over now you will be entertained by:

Hurry, Supplies are Limited

And who can forget this time-honored classic:

Countdown to Badger Blog Alliance Bash: Only 4 Days

Hey, I used to drink Old Mill when I was a kiddy, it was cheap.

Don’t Worry If You Swill Too Much Old Mill

Clean up while reading this gem.

Count Down To Badger Blog Alliance Bash ... Don't Forget The Soap!

Get the hankys out. Damn the MSM. They wouldn’t report this.

Tragic Lawn Dart Accident at BBA/KKK Picnic!

Big forearms? You'll like this.

I Like to Swear, I Used to be a Sailor

There's more, but time and space wait for no one and I have little of the former. Click here. These guys are funny.

Ironic Pity

Good grief, Patrick McIlheran is now quoting Peter DiGaudio. Of course, considering that McIlheran likes to travel WorldNetDaily and its crazy loons, I guess it makes sense.

This from DiGaudio the other day. I’m sure he didn’t see the irony in the first and last sentences. I’ll highlight them for him.

And the anti-gun Nazis shouldn't feel too smug, either. As I have maintained all along, none of this is about guns, easy access to guns, and too many guns. It's about out-of-control personal behavior.


Oh, did you ever notice that the majority of DiGaudio's posts have to do with African-Americans, or Hispanics? And, he really doesn't like Michael McGee Jr and Eugene Kane. I can understand McGee, but Kane? Kane writes opinions from his side of the aisle. But DiGaudio apparently has skin thinner than onion paper, because he rants on and on about Kane. I'll give McIlheran credit, he has the professional courtesy to deny agreeing with DiGaudio about Kane.

I read DiGaudio because he is a bellweather for the far right loonies. Always good to know what they're up to.

Memorial Day Revisited

Revisiting Memorial Day for a moment. I remembered my grandfather who fought in WWI. A loving man who taught me how to be proud and stand up for what you believe. And my father, still alive and living in Madison (of all places, he’s very conservative), who was a Marine in WWII … and of course my uncles who fought in Vietnam.

h/t to Tom Tomorrow for this article by Bob Herbert of The New York Times.

Consider the Living
The point of Memorial Day is to honor the service and the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in the nation’s wars. But I suggest that we take a little time today to consider the living.

Look around and ask yourself if you believe that stability or democracy in Iraq — or whatever goal you choose to assert as the reason for this war — is worth the life of your son or your daughter, or your husband or your wife, or the co-worker who rides to the office with you in the morning, or your friendly neighbor next door.

Before you gather up the hot dogs and head out to the barbecue this afternoon, look in a mirror and ask yourself honestly if Iraq is something you would be willing to die for.
There is no shortage of weaselly politicians and misguided commentators ready to tell us that we can’t leave Iraq — we just can’t. Chaos will ensue. Maybe even a civil war. But what they really mean is that we can’t leave as long as the war can continue to be fought by other people’s children, and as long as we can continue to put this George W. Bush-inspired madness on a credit card.

Start sending the children of the well-to-do to Baghdad, and start raising taxes to pay off the many hundreds of billions that the war is costing, and watch how quickly this tragic fiasco is brought to an end.

At an embarrassing press conference last week, President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain looked for all the world like a couple of hapless schoolboys who, while playing with fire, had set off a conflagration that is still raging out of control. Their recklessness has so far cost the lives of nearly 2,500 Americans and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis, many of them children.

Among the regrets voiced by the president at the press conference was his absurd challenge to the insurgents in 2003 to “bring ‘em on.” But Mr. Bush gave no hint as to when the madness might end.

How many more healthy young people will we shovel into the fires of Iraq before finally deciding it’s time to stop? How many dead are enough?

What The Hell

This was sent by my sister ... A piece she found on the Internet, somewhere. I wish I was this clever.

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you, and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct ... leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."

This student received the only "A."

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Another Guest Appearance

Jessica McBride reprises her role in Tom Tomorrow's "Modern World" as a mindless automaton. Click on image to enlarge.

Brookfield Bigot

Read a Joel McNally column (“The Capital Times,” May 26, 2006) addressing the illegal immigration debate and the role of Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner. It really is a good read, in my opinion. Here is a link to the column. However, the paragraph from McNally below really sums up my feelings about our Brookfield bigot.

If Sensenbrenner really wanted to be honest about what he's up to, he would
simply add an amendment declaring white to be our national color.

Living Will

With a child on the way, it seems a good idea finally to put together a living will ... just in case conservatives with guns go on a shooting spree (lol). This form was sent to me by a friend. Looks like a good start. Click on image to enlarge.