Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I posted a link to a similar product some time ago in the "Resources" category, but this one was languishing in a little-used bookmarks folder.Comments
HY-TECH Insulating paint and insulating house paint additive DIY insulation solutions
Paint-on energy savings.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Corner on National Review OnlineComments
Oh, stop whining. So what if the likely GOP nominee believes in restraints on free speech, higher taxation, bigger government, open borders, and 100-year U.S. armies of occupation everywhere from Albania to Zimbabwe? Romney believes in those things too — at least, he does when he's in a room full of people that want him to.Heh.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This is a good condensed starter guide to preparedness, posted at survivalblog. I want to keep track of it for my own uses, but you may want to take a look to check this against your own preparations, and especially if you don't really know where to start:Comments
Prepare or die.
Update: Another comprehensive guide here, via BoysMom.
It is altogether too easy to get overwhelmed when you consider that you've done nothing yet to be prepared to handle a disaster. Please, don't let that happen. Start with the most basic preparations--a simple kit of tools and supplies to carry with you in your purse or a wallet. Then graduate to putting together a 72 hour kit. That will cover you for probably 3/4 of all contingencies, (at least if FEMA arrives on schedule--heh.)
After that, start looking into the more in-depth preparations--a month of food/water, more elaborate medical kits, supplies, etc. to carry you and your family through an extended period of disruption.
Don't look at the stuff that people who have been "Preparedness-Aware" for years are looking at until then. If you're anything like me, it is likely to cause either a bit of panic or a tendency to throw up one's hands and say, "a-ah hellwithit. I'll just die then." (No, no you probably won't. You are more likely to end up as a member of the "golden horde"--in abject panic doing things you would consider unthinkable today in the name of personal survival.)
Start with the basics and work your way up. The fewer of you in the "zombie army" when TSHTF*, the better for everyone.
And as Little Miss Attila alludes here, it's not a bad idea to review your preparations on a regular basis to make sure they've not become scattered to the four winds from neglect.
*TSHTF = "The Schumer Hits The Fan"
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This is a follow up to an earlier post wherein I asserted the likelihood of Stagflation in this downturn.Comments
Shucks, but I'm right again.
Central Bankers Confront A New Inflation Calculus - WSJ.com:
But several factors, including the surge in demand from emerging-market heavyweights like China, are set to keep commodity prices high during this downturn, putting policy makers and businesses in a pickle reminiscent of the stagflation-plagued 1970s.
People, are you listening? Do you understand what all this news, so carefully understated, is saying?
The party is over.
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Florida Primary ResultsComments
ABC News: Primary Results By State [IPB]
Update: Clinton and McCain. Choose your poison, children.
Me, since I refuse to vote for the ostensible "lesser of two evils" this time, will vote for Ron Paul, though he be a lone Cassandra on the stage.
The rest of you, well it's either that or damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead and go for the greater evil:
(via Cowboy Blob)
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Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Staring into that face
Quickens my pulse
Makes my qi race...
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...falls like rain from Heaven,Comments
Lies upon the earth like dew.
The Lord is in His holy temple,
Let the earth be still before Him...
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Monday, January 28, 2008
From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally - Times OnlineComments
After a decade fighting to stop illegal file-sharing, the music industry will give fans today what they have always wanted: an unlimited supply of free and legal songs.
Ok, I know I haven't blogged on this topic in a few years, but this looks like a victory of sorts, no?
Update: Apparently there is a snag with a couple of the big labels. But when it becomes available, here is the link.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
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Friday, January 25, 2008
National Ledger - Republican Debate: Mitt Romney & Ron Paul Score PointsComments
Congressman Paul performed at his best when he ticked off the many ways on why he believes that Republicans have abandoned their traditional conservative principles, including unbalanced budgets, massive increases in the size of government, infringing individual freedoms, and failing to strictly follow the Constitution. Hmm, not bad, and believe me, I am no fan of Dr. Paul.
This is his appeal. And when people get to hear the man himself speak, rather than the words his critics place in his mouth, they listen and understand. Because he is right. Republicans have strayed far from their principles in recent years, and he is one of the few who still upholds them.
However instead of addressing these points head-on, the apologistas for the rest of the sorry (R) crowd* engage in smear tactics and borrow from the leftist rag "The New Republic":
National Catholic Register--Ron Paul is the mutineer candidate
Days before the most recent debate, Jan. 10 in South Carolina, The New Republic recycled a long-dormant story defaming Mr. Paul as a bigot. Screeds titled the "Ron Paul Newsletter" from the 1980s and '90s contained rants against gays, blacks and Jews. In an eight-minute CNN interview hours before the debate, Mr. Paul denounced and repudiated the documents, saying he paid no attention to them at the time and adding, credibly, that he did not write the newsletters or know who did.
Another thing I need to point out before I forget again: Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, Republicans had not yet swallowed the poison pill of Political Correctness. At that time it was only leftists, primarily on college campuses, who were pushing PC. The truth that this virus has infected both parties is borne out by Republicans drawing upon a left-wing rag to attack a fellow Republican for his ostensibly "over the top" comments of 15 to 20 years ago--comments that weren't even his to begin with.
Some of you who call yourselves 'Republican' or 'conservative' ought to be ashamed.
*Update: and by "sorry", I mean this: did any of you notice that all of the Republican candidates except for Ron Paul were pandering to Florida voters by promising some kind of national collectivization of property insurance rates? What does that mean exactly? It means that someone like me living in a modest home in a relatively safe place like the Arizona desert is going to be forced to subsidize the property insurance of someone living in a very hazardous Florida beach home location! You heard that right. And these are ostensibly (*sputter*, *sputter*) Republicans?!
Utter horse-hockey! It is enough that insurance cushions the blow of a catastrophe when it hits, so that people stick their necks out and build in hazardous locations. It is unconscionable that they should further be insulated from the true costs of their folly by making other people assume those costs! "Hey, let me build myself a place in the sun, way out on a spit of sandy beach, and the gummit will rebuild my house for free every got-dam time it washes away. Whatta frickin' deal!!"
And that goes for you idiots who buy houses on unstable hillsides in the midst of thick chaparral in California too. If *you* can afford the property insurance, more power to ya. But don't come bawling to the rest of us because it costs so godawful much to live where you do.
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I nearly ran myself over last night.Comments
"Gee, that would be a neat trick DC! How th'sam hill you manage to pull something like that off?"
I stopped for gas at a convenience store. When I went to start the vehicle to leave, the starter would not engage. The gauges deflected when I turned the key, but there was no response from the starter motor. So, I thought perhaps one of the wires I had attached earlier in the day had come loose again. I slipped under the vehicle and checked the wires. They looked fine at the starter end. I shorted across the starter terminals with a screwdriver and the starter bucked. So the starter itself was fine. I figured there must be some other connection loose between the key switch and the starter. Since I could turn the starter motor over by shorting across it, I decided to start the engine that way and figure out the rest once I got home.
I turned on the ignition key, gave the gas pedal a push, then climbed back underneath to engage the starter motor. The engine started right up, no problem.
However, there *was* a problem. The vehicle was in gear (!) and rolled forward to a stop when it wedged against my hip.
Oo-kay. It took me all of 250 milliseconds to realize that was the reason the starter wouldn't engage. The "disconnected wire" was at the Neutral safety switch! Another 500 milliseconds scrambling in my brain for some way to kill the engine from down here, some wire connected to the ignition system that would short it out...nothing. A second spent scanning the gas station area and seeing no one was nearby. There was a car immediately in front of me and the driver was not around. I took another 500 milliseconds to come up with jamming the flashlight that was in my hand between my hip and the tire to hold the vehicle, and I slipped out, dashed into the cab and shut off the engine. Meanwhile the flashlight let go, and the camper rolled slowly forward and touched the bumper of the car in front of me. Thankfully the driver was still nowhere around.
After pushing the camper back, re-wedging the tire and catching my breath, I figured out that there was something quite wrong with the shifter. Oh I hadn't left it in Drive, no. The lever was in Park. But back at the transmission itself, the end of the cable sheath had come loose from it's mounting, and moving the shift lever had no effect on what gear it was in. Right-o. Slip that puppy back in place, and we're good to go.
Enough excitement for one night, eh? Except the whole reason I was out and about was that Daisycat and I were supposedly heading to a restaurant after picking up my vehicle (she in her car, I in Doozey). She managed to ignore my directions, made a series of wrong turns, and ended up halfway to Albuquerque where she repeatedly called me in hysterics and tears about how lost she was. At every call I tried to set her in the right direction again, and after every call she did something different than what I told her and ended up further into the boonies.
And all this while I'm running myself over at the gas station.
Me? I'm fine save for a slight abrasion on my hip. Daisycat? Bruised ego, because I was not particularly kind.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tax Rebates Deal AnnouncedComments
What's going to work in this package (if it does work), is not the tax rebates to consumers. That's a pittance in the great scheme of things--a drop in the bucket. No, it is the business tax break provision--an immediate 50% writeoff for new capital investment. That right there is going to spur one monster investment surge. It worked last time. It is likely to work again. Businesses don't want to miss out on a one-time opportunity like this. Because it reduces the cost of growing a business, it makes certain expansion plans more attractive than they otherwise would have been. And that translates to a surge of new orders for producer goods, which in turn translates to economic growth and jobs being retained.
In theory. We'll see if this is enough to forestall the crash.
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Ok, Fred is out, but Ray is IN!Comments
Achewood - January 21, 2008
Achewood - January 22, 2008
Time to rally around the *new* top candidate!
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Last night the starter motor on Doozey failed. The motor would spin but the gear would not engage. I crawled underneath and tapped on the housing in a few places hoping to free up something that might have stuck. No dice.Comments
I called Daisycat and asked her to come pick me up when she got home. She was still on the freeway halfway between nowhere and home, so I had time to crawl back underneath with my tools and remove the starter. We stopped at a Checker Auto store on the way home for a new one (minor miracle--they had it in stock. Then again Dodge used the same starter motor for decades). I just finished installing the new one over my lunch break (I'm eating my food now as I type).
The starter cost me $39.99 plus tax, and the work took me about two hours total. I have never escaped from my mechanic with a bill under $400-$500, for any kind of work. Competence pays off handsomely at times.
(continued--"A Bitter Muse")
But to tell you the truth, replacing a starter motor on an old Dodge is routine. It is easier than changing the spark plugs. Two bolts hold it on, and two wires are connected by nuts. Of course I still had to endure the 'tude from Daisycat about this alleged piece-of-crap I bought off the internet. Which is nonsense of course. Fixing stuff like this is no less routine than replacing brake pads, replacing points, plugs and condenser, and putting new tires on every 30,000 miles.
She is usually most appreciative of my competence and my ability to do pretty much anything I set myself to doing. For her a man is not manly if he is not competent. But with this particular vehicle she has a huge blind spot, and everything gets processed through her template--the one that informs her that I bought a piece of crap, and any service it needs whatsoever is just more proof of her thesis.
Now that I think about it though, this discontinuity extends to other things as well. Despite the appreciation for my abilities, I get minimal credit for all the work I put into projects around the house--just more BS about what a lousy house she's "forced" to live in, and the endless "phhr-aa-jects" that she wants nothing to do with. The latest example came recently when she went calling around behind my back to real estate professionals to see if there was some way to dump the house without doing the necessary work on the deferred maintenance before marketing it. And then I learn that she jokes with her coworkers about how she was snookered into the places we've lived, "hook, line and sinker". They laugh all day about it.
Yes, that's right folks--jokes at my expense with the "boys" at the office.
True story it's not a palace on Park Place.
Oh well babe. You do know where the door is.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
McCain takes #1 in Louisiana, followed by...Comments
...wait for it...
...YES! Ron Paul at #2 again!
The Republican Party of Louisiana*
Now go vote McCain/Giuliani/Huckabee you who are so inclined. I'll be back at the top of the hill in a lawn chair with a margarita in one hand and a video camera in the other, filming the wreckage.
*Actually I should note that "uncommited" took first place. The LAGOP is hedging their bets.
Update: The uncommitted would have been for Fred, but he dropped out hours before their caucus. So it *would* have been Fred at #1, then McCain, Paul, and Romney.
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...comes up again in this article reviewing Chinese military plans:Comments
Hypothetical attack on U.S. outlined by China - Air Force Times
If the most contentious issue is Taiwan, Cliff said, then the likely trigger would be Taiwanese elections, where assertions of complete independence from the mainland can infuriate Chinese leaders. China's current president, Hu Jintao, has built up China's military but also its ties with America. In 2012, however, when Taiwan holds an election and mainland China's leadership is expected to turn over, perhaps for the worse, the risk of conflict could increase."
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Fred Thompson Out of Race | The Trail | washingtonpost.comComments
Tough day, eh? There are no "true conservatives" left, are there? So which of the fake conservatives are you going to switch your loyalty to now?
You do have another option you know, if you can swallow your pride and admit that he really does hold positions closer to yours than the rest of these sad sack statists we're looking at now.
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Monday, January 21, 2008Comments
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It's a good thing I don't follow the consensus view of the bloggers I typically frequent. I was pooh poohed a couple months back by a couple bloggers and commenters when I stated that the economy was inevitably headed toward recession as a result of the subprime meltdown and subsequent Federal Reserve machinations. (Follow-up here.)Comments
Now it's coming to fruition and becoming harder to deny by all but the most stubborn head-in-the sand pollyannas. So here's to you folks, a big ol' "SEE! I *TOLD* YOU SO!"
And as for what the Fed is doing, it's the same as before, which is like pouring gasoline on a fire to quench it. It's a rock-hard place thing, and a return of Jimmy Carter style "Stagflation" (and worse) is on it's way with a vengeance.
Odds are, U.S. is in a recession - MarketWatch
Update: Fed Slashes Rates
Dow falls 465 points in early trading, closes below 12000.
Update 2: More analysis here: Bernanke's Balancing Act
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This last week and weekend I finished painting the ceiling in the dining, kitchen and living room areas and finished the painting in the dining area and the kitchen walls.Comments
From last time, here are the fake tiles with their final coat of paint (wall hasn't been painted yet):
Not particularly distinguishable from the original regular tiles, eh?
Cabinets are masked and edge painting is in progress:
I bought paint today for the cabinets. They will be a dusty rose and a pale lavender, which contrasts with the green walls and is picked up in the wallpaper border over in the dining area. Daisycat doesn't like it, but then a) she never volunteered to help paint them and b) I've learned to not completely trust her color judgement anyway.
Pulling appliances forward that haven't been moved in a while is always an adventure. The razor scraper I dropped behind the stove is the reason I pulled it out. That and I needed to pull it out to paint back there anyway.
Here is the dining are with finished ceiling and walls. I just need to put the electric outlet covers back on and pick up the dropcloths.
And today, the only thing I managed to get done besides shopping for paint is to frame in the closet in the front bedroom.
No, the framing job is not crooked, the original room walls are. This used to be a workshop/toolroom before it was sheetrocked and finished, and the original framing wasn't particulary square or level.
Labels: home projects
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There's almost nothing worse on a Monday than showing up to work and finding the parking lot deserted. Thankfully I didn't go in and spend the day working.
What an absurd holiday this is anyway. We just got done with Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's Day and here is another one thrust upon us a mere three weeks later. After President's Day next month there is a drought of holidays until July. If we're going to celebrate this dude having a dream, why not move it to, say late April or so?
Not like I have any shortage of crap to do at home. But after a weekend of hard physical exertion I was kind of looking forward to lounging in my cubicle for a few days.
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Sunday, January 20, 2008
...and now they're up!Comments
After the match Saturday, Cowboy Blob dug out his Uzi for some full-auto fun. The occasion was Piter's 20th birthday, for which Bob let him shoot three mags through the Uzi.
But the real entertainment was provided by Daisycat, who had never shot a full auto before:
Hey, hey, that's the wrong guy you're hugging there li'l missy!
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
Nevada Primary ResultsComments
...wait for it...
...RON PAUL in second place!
Yes, read it and weep you Fredheads, Hucksters, McCainiacs and all other various and sundry sufferers of Paul Derangement Syndrome. I smoosh it in your face and laugh, LAUGH!!
Update: And in South Carolina, McCain takes it, followed closely by Huckabee and then trailing further behind is Thompson, Romney and Paul.
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Today was the January ACTS match for the Tucson Chapter. It was good to get back to shooting after a couple months hiatus, and the weather was fantabulous. I even got a bit of sunburn.Comments
Here's Jon on Stage 4. This was Jon's first time at an ACTS match, but it didn't take him but a couple of stages to get the peculiarities of this format and thereafter proceed to kickass on all the rest of the stages. He is phenomenal to watch.
This stage was set up to be a pie-cutting contest from the right edge of the building, but Jon chose to engage the targets on the move (which is considered the equivalent of cover per the rules).
That looked like way too much fun compared to the boring pie-cutting at the corner, so I tried the same. (Pardon the extra footage at the start--Daiscat started recording a bit too early):
Oh yes, that was a blast! I had plenty of misses, which means I need a bit more practice at shooting on the move and maybe some technique pointers. So I requested Cowboy Blob incorporate some more shooting on the move thing in his future stage designs.
Speaking of Cowboy Blob, here he is on Stage 2. This was interesting and challenging in that we were actually retreating up the range, which is a first for any format at this range that I've participated in. Previously the range rules gurus forbade any retreat uprange out of concern about muzzle direction. But the whole idea here is to get practice in keeping the muzzle downrange while retreating uprange. Note here at about 16 seconds into the vid, Bob *very* nearly breaks 180:
Here's my run through that same stage:
Finally Daisycat in all her silly splendor on the stage:
Update: Here are Cowboy Blob's videos.
Labels: tactical shooting
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Friday, January 18, 2008
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
UN Alliance of Civilizations to stage first forum in Madrid - EuropeComments
Background: this is believed to be the vehicle of the "beast from the earth" by some. (c.f. Rev 13:11-17)
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
WorldNetDaily: 7-year plan aligns U.S. with Europe's economyComments
Well, y'know if Herb is wrong about the timing of things, the completion of this..."merger", prior to the ascendency of the Man of Lawlessness would make sense.
Together with the North American Union, of course.
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Ok, I *really* need this about now...Comments
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Paleolibertarianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaComments
And just to make one's head spin: Neolibertarianism.
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ABC News: Primary Results By State [IPB]Comments
Romney, McCain, Huckabee, and Paul picks up fourth place ahead of Thompson and Giuliani.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
In response to my post about this article by Vox, k had the following comment:Comments
And in the end, combing through all that, deciding what words to put together to best describe what a certain political stance is...still misses the point. Entirely. IMHO, of course.
That depends upon the point you're looking at making I suppose.
As I read this article certain Big Pieces Of The Puzzle have come together for me. It's not about a-fussin' and a-huffin' about semantics, but about power and party politics, and a tectonic shift that I can now trace back at least to the 60's.
Because this explains the antagonism toward Rep. Ron Paul. This explains the failure of the 2004 congress to accomplish any conservative goals and their profligate ways.
Yes, the labels have been assigned new meaning as a means to disguise the Hegelian two-step that's been going on under the radar.
See back in the late sixties, the Democrat Party underwent an upheaval of sorts. The pro-war and the anti-war factions within the party were at each other's throats, and Vietnam was the catalyst for the fight. Before 1968 the Democrats were the party of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, JFK and LBJ. They were the War Party and every one of them had eagerly prosecuted their wars, even manipulating public opinion through carefully orchestrated events to move sentiment in the direction of war. The 1968 convention saw this schism come to a head. And it appears that the anti-war faction won. George McGovern became the nominee, followed by Jimmy Carter, whose rose-colored myopia and naivete are legend to this day. Correction: George McGovern became the nominee four years later in 1972
But the pro-war Democrats didn't just go away.
I realize now that Ronald Reagan was the first neoconservative president, although his neoconservatism only applied to foreign policy vis a vis the Soviet Union. In most other aspects he reflected traditional conservatives. However it is useful to note how he won. To this day we talk about the Reagan coalition and the Reagan Democrats. These were the first wave of pro-war Democrats to leave their party and join the traditional conservatives in the Republican Party.
Of course we welcomed them with open arms. Their numbers swelled the ranks of Republican voters sufficient to re-elect Reagan with a landslide, and briefly give Republicans control of the Senate as well. Reagan was able to pass tax cuts and pare back government in a number of significant and useful ways.
His successor was no conservative however, and then came Clinton. By this time the new "conservatives" had firmly established themselves in the ranks of the party and the 1994 backlash against Hillary-socialism enabled them to stage a coup of sorts and establish the first Republican congress in decades. But it was not a truly conservative majority. The "Contract With America" was a sham, a trick used to draw together the traditional party base and the new "conservatives" to win an election that brought these new, "neo"-conservatives to power. But the proof that they weren't truly conservative is in how they perfunctorily went through the motions of introducing the planks of the Contract to Congress and let them be voted down without a fight. "What, what, we promised to bring them to a vote. We did. What did you expect?" See that was enough to open Vox's eyes. And that was about the time I began drinking the neocon kool-aid.
Oh, you know there were small victories throughout the Clinton years--he signed welfare reform into law after all. And we conservatives waited with bated breath, waited, waited, turning purple from blue kool-aid and lack of oxygen, for that double super secret conservative plan to materialize.
Yeah, by the time Bush came along we were desperate to get a Republican in office, because we "knew" that Clinton was the reason we were stymied. Hadn't the American people spoken by giving us a Republican majority in Congress? All we needed was a President who would work with them. After the Dole debacle "electability" was virtually the only criterion used to select a candidate.
Oo. What a mistake.
See W sounded good. He sounded more conservative than Pappy. He even preached about how we needed to return to a more humble foreign policy, how Clinton's "nation-building" was a mistake. Yeah W!! He's our man for sure!
I am not at all dubious about Paul's claim that Bush's traditional conservative foreign policy lasted no longer than the first cabinet meeting of his administration. And I do not need to elaborate on how "compassionate conservatism" was nothing more than an extension of FDR and LBJ--nothing remotely resembling conservative principles of limited government.
A year and a half later we had 9/11. The next great surge of pro-war Democrats left their party and entered the Republican camp. They came over for one reason--war. They also brought with them their statism and socialism. Bush's majorities in Congress did not result in conservatism. The result was quite the opposite. The party in power had switched labels, but the policies were what they always had been.
And we dupes waited even longer with bated breath. 2004 was the last chance however. There were no more excuses, and they failed the conservatives. Oh yes, our good buddy Rushbo assured us that they had assured him that the "stealth double sooper secret plan" to repeal liberalism and institute conservatism was just around the corner.
Gezzush I feel used, like a jailhouse bitch.
What happened was that the Democratic Party split in 1968 and the pro-war half slowly invaded and has now taken over the Republican Party, absconding with the conservative label. The War Party of Wilson, FDR, Truman, JFK, and LBJ is standing on the necks of their 1968 foes. And now they are busy shoving the true conservatives out the back door. Ron Paul gets dragged through the mud, getting called a racist and anti-semite for things that are neither racist nor anti-semitic, and a "nutburger" for advocating conservative policies. By Republicans. "Republicans" who brought with them their tactics of racial division, socialism, and PC totalitarianism from their Home Party, the Democrat Party of yesteryear. It appals me to see Republicans using the same "politics of division" crap that we have so long excoriated the Democrats for.
Ron Paul is no longer welcome in his own party because his party has been taken over by the opposition. And neither am I, apparently.
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Monday, January 14, 2008
Gun blogger marked here for future perusal. Some good instructional stuff...Comments
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WorldNetDaily: Liberal word thievesComments
A long time ago, a "liberal" was an individual who opposed powerful and intrusive government. This is why big government enthusiasts such as Marx and Mussolini ranted about "liberalism," since it was naturally opposed to their "progressive" ideologies. Over time, as people learned to despise "progressive" ideas and associate them with negative results, the progressives began to describe themselves as liberals. They gradually co-opted the term in an attempt to disguise their goals and market it under a brand more popular with the people.Click and read the rest, dangit!
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Rodger at Curmudgeonly & Skeptical has a roundup of the recent stories regarding authors being persecuted by government panels for their allegedly anti-Muslim writing, focusing on celebrated author Mark Steyn's recently being summoned to appear before two Canadian judicial panels on charges linked to his book "America Alone."Comments
'What is this about?', you may ask. I will give you the connection--this is the agenda of the UN Alliance of Civilizations at work. This is precisely what they aim to do--silence dissent, particularly so-called "exclusivist" beliefs, as a first step to imposing their one-world religion.
It is coming to this country too. It is just a matter of (a very short) time.
Yes, yes you should be concerned.
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Sunday, January 13, 2008
Guest house front entrance
Ok, I mentioned before that I need to chronicle my current project, both for my own sanity as well as to slow down the passage of time. As I noted, I am in the process of catching up on deferred maintenance and sprucing up my main residence in preparation for possibly putting it on the market.
My first project has been the guesthouse, and that's where I've been working all week in the evenings and yesterday, repainting, patching, repairing, etc. I have more photos in the camera that I will add as an update later today.
Update as promised:
First a bit of catch-up. I mentioned that I've already repainted the back bedroom and the bathroom, and now you can see they're already beginning to fill up with stuff from elsewhere:
The bedroom floor was also repainted. It was in rough shape, as the previous owner who poured it did not know what he was doing and did not properly cure it. So it is prone to heavy flaking and dusting, and the previous paint layer was coming up in sheets. To make it worse a mold had begun growing in the concrete under the paint and scraping it up let loose vast retching clouds of it.
Right now I am spread across the dining room, kitchen and living room with various overlapping tasks. There was some termite damage in the ceiling tiles. After scraping out the damaged portion of the tiles and spraying for termites, I've been backfilling the holes with layer after layer of plaster, bringing it back up to flush with the tile surface. This tile in the dining room is up to "good enough" to paint.
Yes, I know a few more layers would make it smoother, but at some point you have to declare it sufficient for practical purposes. The dining room area ceiling got it's first coat of paint today. It still needs another coat over some areas.
Here is the dining room, taped up and ready for paint on the walls. I'm recoating with the same color, and then extending that color into the kitchen, which is just white at this point.
The living room area carpet has been rolled up for painting purposes, but I decided that the kitchen linoleum had to go. There was a seam in the material that was not laying flat, a gouge in one location, and heavy black marks where the carpet runners had lay. So up it came, and much to my retching stomach's dismay, I discovered that a massive advanced fungal life form had taken up residence underneath. Yikes!
This building used to be a one-car garage before being expanded and converted to a guest house. The concrete floor underneath all of this is quite rough and cracked, although I had done some extensive patching the previous time I did renovations in here and Momcat did more before she laid the linoleum. This time around however, I plan to finish patching the big holes and cracks and install tile, probably ceramic.
In the living room area there is a small leak in the roof and some of the tiles had gotten soaked. The termites took great advantage of this, and in this area the damaged area was much larger--too large for the plaster patching treatment of elsewhere.
So instead of locating matching new tiles to replace these, I instead chose to fabricate "fake" tiles out of a piece of plywood.
Cut the hole to fit three "fake" tiles
Screwed in place
Have I mentioned that acrylic painter's caulk is my very best friend? "Painter's Caulk: Smoothing out life's little rough spots"
Still to go on this building is the front bedroom aka the sewing room, that needs a fresh coat of paint and the construction of a closet to make it officially a bedroom for appraisal purposes,
and a recoating of the roof to seal the leaks. I've tried to find them and patch them individually but the composite surface is beginning to break down all over the place and I need to reinforce it with roof fabric and elastomeric coating. That will wait for slightly warmer weather, as it needs to be frost free for a day or so while the thick layer dries. There's still too much risk of frost and rain until late February or so.
Meanwhile, Daisycat spent a handful of hours this weekend bagging up the soil from a box garden bed that is destined for relocation to the farm. I don't get much participation from her on these projects, but at least it is something. She went off playing with the shooter boys this morning while her beleaguered hubby stayed home working.
Labels: home projects
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I have apparently been "moderated" (banned?) at Rachel Lucas' site for this comment:Comments
UPDATE 2: The comment was finally posted this morning, well after the main thread of the conversation was over. Therefore I have moved the comments in question below the fold as background information. Click "read the rest" to view.
mightysamuri, Ron Paul makes a great point when he reminds people that his foreign polic position is very similar to the foreign policy that George W Bush ran on in 2000. You don’t need to go back to the 18th century to find comparisons.
And I for one don't believe Dr. Paul could magically transform the country in two presidential terms either. But we will never see postive change as long as we keep electing "compassionate conservatives" (who are really just Socialist-Lite politicians) instead of getting behind someone who really means it when he says he wants to shrink the size of government.
As far as returning to the gold standard, Paul's position is not to overnight peg the dollar to gold, but to open up the market to currency competition. Right now you cannot use gold or gold certificates as a form of legal tender. The feds come down hard on you, as a recent case illustrated. If people have the choice of trading in paper dollars or some form of gold-backed currency, that would be a great start.
This issue is a perfect example of where people see what Ron Paul wants to see as the end result and mistakes that for what he plans to do on Day One of his administration. People get their shorts all in a knot because they manufacture a hundred "what if" scenarios that are just not close to likely to what will actually happen.
Of course the practical reality is that President Paul would have to work within the limits of the office of the President and what he could actually realistically accomplish. In fact, I have a feeling that if the Congress voted in accordance with the constitution to declare war on a specific country, then President Paul would prosecute that war to the best of his abilities, and if the Congress said "President Paul, keep fighting the war against Al Qaeda in Iraq–here is our formal declaration", he would. One of his main beefs is that wars have been fought for the last fifty years without that authorization.
But do you realize how much good he could do by simply sitting down and reviewing the "executive orders" of the last fifty years and dismissing the ones that don't fit with a constitutional view of government?
I know I know, Fred Thompson is more "electable" and maybe could do just as much good, and if his campaign ever gets off the ground I may end up voting for him on election day. In the mean time I see it only as a net positive to get people back to talking about such things as basic conservative policy positions, even if they are being represented by someone who’s name is being dragged through the mud.
Or perhaps it was for this unmoderated one that precedes the one above:
"He thinks America brought 9/11 on itself. Need I say more?" --mightysamuri
I think you do, because first of all that wasn't exactly what he said and second, the concept of "blowback" is certainly not something that originated with Paul. It is a widely used concept in the defense and intelligence communities.
To suggest that our presence in the Middle East, defending and promoting our interests for the last fifty years or so, has nothing whatsoever to do with the way we are viewed in those countries and nothing whatsoever to do with the actions that individuals and groups from those countries take, is pure head-in-the-sand myopia.
The question is never "will our actions have any consequences?", but "will the consequences of our actions be worth the importance of doing them anyway?"
You and I may disagree with Dr. Paul to one degree or another on that question, depending upon the details of the situation, but he is certainly no "nutburger" for pointing out this oft overlooked, but patently obvious fact.
Now SarahK, perhaps your hubby's admonition to "nuke the moon" (and the real world equivalents thereof) does in fact serve as an adequate deterrent to their nuking our ports or our major cities. Perhaps our rampage through the Middle East taught them a sufficient lesson that they won't dare ever fly a plane into one of our buildings again.
It's clear that Dr. Paul is not entirely on board with this approach, for reasons that are quite consistent with his constitutionalist and libertarian ideology. But it seems to me to be less than intellectually honest to attempt to dismiss him out of hand as a nutcase for taking a different, but equally well-informed view.
read more here: Rachel Lucas -- Blog Archive
Does that sound anything like the "spamming" that these so-called Paulbots engage in? Was I "trolling" merely to garner a reaction? And here I thought I was seeing a break in the clouds, a respite from the relentless anti-Paul negativity of the last few weeks.
There is something very very peculiar going on in the right side of the blogosphere--almost a dysfunction of sorts. We've been talking about and mocking Bush Derangement Syndrome for years. But I'm beginning to see that "my side" is far from immune to the same thing. Call it Paul Derangement Syndrome, wherein otherwise sane Republicans erupt in froth around the mouth and go on a deleting and banning rampage at the mere mention of candidate Ron Paul.
Geezus on a pogo stick people! Exposure to traditional conservatism is not going to make your head explode. Get a freakin' grip!
Update: See, where I fail is in that I have a difficult time giving up hope. I really need to remove all hope that I have ever placed in the political process to correct what is wrong in this world. The way the political process is tuned in this country, there is such a miniscule hope of turning back the tide of creeping tyranny by democratic processes that it is just better to say there is none. It is my resistance to despair that prevents me from doing so.
So what the hell was I thinking these last couple of days?
You people expect me to vote for "our" candidate (whichever statist it happens to be) when the time comes, don't you? Way to go, neocons, alienating the non-neo core-of-the-party types with your slammed door policies. I have a Republican voting record that stretches back to 1981 when I proudly voted for the greatest president of the twentieth century. You former Democrats, you johnny-come-latelies dragging your statist baggage across the aisle with you, are hell-bent to drag race your former lefty comrades straight down the highway to hell. If you end up getting your way, you will find that I am no longer with you, having bailed somewhere at the top of the hill.
Update 3: Vox has a better explanation of what is actually occurring HERE.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008
Ace of Spades--The Case For Ron Paul: Can You Make It?Comments
I live in the real world, guys, where some things just can't be done, at least not without twenty or thirty years of furious advocacy and serious movement in public sentiment.
And how do you proposed to move public sentiment Ace? By advocating for the guys full of the same old tired empty promises? How do you do it except to get behind the candidate who actually believes in the direction you want to take and make the "mainstream" take note of your 'furious advocacy'?
You seem to be saying that we (conservatives) are going to lose, and the best we can ever hope is to delay the inevitable and mitigate the damage.
Why is "reality" the way it is? Because there have been powerful interests pushing it in that direction for decades. It is "politically impossible" only because of the hard work and dedication of people who devoted much time to make it so. Throw your hands up and give up? You create a new political reality by working harder/smarter than your opposition, and not just as a brake on their agenda.
You call the electorate dopes, but it is so only because they've been doped. When you put a new reality in front of people it takes a lot of effort before they stop seeing it as nutty. How did Reagan do it? If you lived through the eighties you know very well how completely wack he seemed to so many people. But he kept on talking talking talking, going directly to the people and bypassing the gatekeepers, until they began to catch his vision and get behind him.
You take command of the conversation not by sniping at the opposition and proposing to be "opposition-lite", but by articulating your own vision that you believe in passionately and forcing the light to shine where you want it.
Of *course* they will raise a holy stink. Of *course* they will attack you in any manner they can contrive. But now it is *your* ideas being discussed, not theirs. Reagan's legacy is that he busted the chops of the dominant paradigm of the 70's, and he did it by standing firm in the face of the storm and declaring he would do that which everyone said was impossible. Remember the Soviet Union? Remember how inevitable their continued existence and the inevitable advance of communism seemed? Oh it's easy in historical hindsight to realize how weak they were and how Reagan tipped their house of cards, but back then he was a dangerous dangerous ideologue for pushing back hard against them. And he won.
I'm not a hard-core Paulbot and have done little besides occasionally blog and comment about him in support. And I don't expect him to win the nomination. (VP would be very nice however). But I have been tremendously disappointed in my fellow so-called conservatives who would rather cling to their paradigm of being the brakes on the Democrats, the party of Socialism-lite, and who have been rudely trashing rather than getting behind someone who is actually passionate about many of the values that we as conservatives have always stood for. He is not The Great Communicator, but he is no mealy-mouthed panderer like the vast majority of the rest.
As long as your primary focus is "electability" and the immediate needs of the current contest you are doing just about zip, zero, nada toward that 'furious advocacy' and moving of public sentiment that is necessary for the long haul. Why not let the "electable" candidates and their millions of dollars and supporters do their own work and you, in the political blogosphere, work furiously against the tide of public sentiment to turn it in the direction you (we) want it to go?
As I see it there are only three candidates worth a minute of my time. Thompson, Hunter and Paul. Duncan Hunter is so invisible on the radar that he's not worth considering, and Thompson has positioned himself pretty much in Reagan's chair, so people mostly understand his position (and dismiss it without further thought if so inclined). Paul is the only one really shaking things up, getting people excited about his ideas, making people consider some of these 'wack' ideas of his, and realizing that a lot of them make a lot of sense.
THAT to me is worth getting behind, for as long as the bandwagon runs.
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Friday, January 11, 2008
Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters
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Perma-Guard Grain Storage D-10Comments
Nitron food grade DE
Source for diatomaceous earth for grain storage.
Sorbent Systems, source for mylar bags, oxygen and moisture absorbers, etc., including a how-to section. Here is the specific mylar bag size for use with 5 gallon pails: 20"x30" Ultra Barrier Flex
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Thursday, January 10, 2008Comments
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Details about Dr. Ron Paul's career and a bit of background regarding that "controversial" newsletter.Comments
Dr. No: Texas Monthly October 2001
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An interesting link here via Dread:Comments
Simon Peter versus Simon the Sorcerer
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According to this brochure (click "read the rest"), the FBI seems to be targeting awfully close to home...
--If you support the US Constitution against federal government usurpations...
--If you compete or train for shooting matches (could be construed to be a form of para-military training)...
--If you make reference to your Constitutional rights...
--If you believe the police belong under the control of the people and not vice versa ("policing the police")...
--If you believe we are approaching the "end of days" and/or are interested in disaster-preparedness measures (doomsday type)...
--Whether you're a part of a group or a "lone individual"...
...why, your Government thinks you just might be a Terrorist!
Connie? Oh Connie duToit? Does this mean I need to be "shot on sight" now?
via Constitution Party of Texas
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Do you think I'm exaggerating, people? Do you think I'm overreacting? Read this story, will you? Remember this is supposed to be America the Free, you who argue for yet more state power and the right to "shoot on sight" people and groups who disagree with you:Comments
WorldNetDaily: Mother warns community about "Nazi" home invasion
The mother of an 11-year-old boy abducted by SWAT team members and taken to a hospital after he was bruised while horsing around is warning members of her community of the 'Nazi' tactics she endured, including a statement from the officers that her 'rights' were 'only in the movies.'"
Rights are real "only in the movies".
Hide your heads, blue-pillers. Hide your heads! Reality is too much for you. Deny deny deny!
Thomas Jefferson's prescription would be the blood of the judge who issued this order and the head-on-a-platter of the sheriff who ordered up the SWAT team to execute it.
"What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure." --Thomas Jefferson
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Predictions here that mirror the prophecy in Revelation wherein the "little horn" uproots three of the ten horns:Comments
Power struggles lie ahead for new EU institutions - International Herald Tribune
The new institutional balance could prove uneasy.
It seems pretty likely to me that the three horns will be Britain, France and Germany that will ultimately yield to the power of the EU foreign policy chief (little horn).
Labels: watching the skies
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A little backup to my assertion back in November regarding the likely fallout of the housing market implosion:Comments
Goldman: Recession Possibly Here - Forbes.com
Goldman Sachs says the recession is upon us, or at least will be soon.
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Vox Popoli: Despair notComments
The reality is that it was always going to be this way. Today's snowball's chance is no different than yesterday's. Rationally, you know it. Spiritually, you know it. Emotionally, you know it. This doesn't make your defiance pointless or worthless, to the contrary, it makes it all the more important. When you resist the elite's siren call to serfdom, you are not battling for your country, that fate was settled long ago. You are battling for your soul and for your mind. That's not only a battle well worth fighting, it's one that no one else can fight for you.
I expected no better from yesterday, so despair is not something I am feeling this morning. But these are words of wisdom nonetheless.
What I am feeling however, is a simmering rage at my so-called conservative fellow bloggers and their relentless smear campaign.
To that, Vox speaks as well:
Remember this, those of you who belong to the unwanted ten percent, when you're being begged to return to the Republican fold in November because the Lizard Queen is about to win the Mostest Importantest Election Ever. Remember that you're crazy, they don't want you, and serfdom is no more desirable when preceded by an (R).
For those of you interested in where all the smoke and fury is coming from, here is a link to the article purportedly penned by Dr. Paul. Whether he penned it or whether it was ghost-written is something I won't take a gander at, but if you actually read the article you may find that there is nothing particularly shocking contained therein. He (or his ghostwriter) is speaking the truth about the events surrounding the Rodney King riots in LA. To certain interest groups the truth can be incendiary. In this case it is the race hustlers, the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons--the excuse makers and enablers--whose face this piece gets into.
Are we in the conservative movement going to start pandering to these pimps and shysters in the name of "getting" someone we deem "too conservative"? Since when have we given the race hustlers anything less than the hell they deserve? And rightly so we have always maintained that the black community is not well-served by their manipulations, and that it is no racism to say so.
I report. You decide.
Update: It occurs to me to wonder if these are not the terrorists in our midst that Connie duToit was referring to that need to be "shot on sight"? 'Even if one were to grant her premise, how would we know who to shoot?', I wondered at the time. Hmm hmm, is this what she meant then?
Need I say I wholly disagree with this, even more than I did originally?
See, where I fail is in that I have a difficult time giving up hope. I really need to remove all hope that I have ever placed in the political process to correct what is wrong in this world. The way the political process is tuned in this country, there is such a miniscule hope of turning back the tide of creeping tyranny by democratic processes that it is just better to say there is none. It is my resistance to despair that prevents me from doing so. However I know very well that giving up hope in the political process is not the same as giving up hope. Because my hope does not lie in this world system but in the one who is to come--He who will rule the nations with a rod of iron, He who is both perfectly just and perfectly merciful.
Update 2: Take the red pill, people! I'm seriously thinking I'm going to begin using the term "blue-pillers" to label the head-in-the-sand brigade.
Update 3: The last testament of Flashman's creator: How Britain has destroyed itself
I had not realised how offensive the plain truth can be to the politically correct, how enraged they can be by its mere expression, and how deeply they detest the values and standards respected 50 years ago and which dinosaurs like me still believe in, God help us.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2008
New Hampshire primary results updated frequently at this link as the evening progresses:Comments
ABC News: Primary Results
Update: McCain declared the winner. Paul doing respectably well just one percent behind Giuliani in early returns.
Update 2: If things keep going in the direction they are in the Democrat primary I'm going to be pissed. I made a great photoshop for a certain result and if it doesn't go that way I don't get to use it...
Update 3: Well Clinton takes New Hampshire, dangit. Obama needs to win one big somewhere so I can use my photoshop.
Update 4: "It's you and me, babe."
Update 5: Just go ahead and backdate this one for the Iowa caucuses then (click "read the rest" to view, since I want to save it for the future also).
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Campaigns Work to Turn Out N.H. Voters - washingtonpost.comComments
Early early (post-midnight) returns in the hamlets of Dixville Notch and Hart's Location put Ron Paul in third place behind McCain and Huckabee and kicking the asses of Romney and Giuliani.
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Monday, January 07, 2008
January 7, 2008 Today Show with Matt Lauer--Mrs. Clinton: Barack Obama hasn't done the spadework necessary to be president. Via Rush
Update: Meltdown? Or choreographed moment of pity for the poor beat-up girl?
"Mrs. Clinton, how do you get out the door every day?"
Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., on the tail end of his 36-hour campaigning marathon in New Hampshire on day before the primary vote, reacted to rival Sen. Hillary Clinton's emotional moment Monday.Certainly a valid observation.
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Sunday, January 06, 2008
Burn more coal! Drive bigger trucks! Feed the cows beans! Someone tie down Algore before he plunges us into the next Ice Age with his misguided carbon credits bullshit!Comments
Changes in the Sun’s Surface to Bring Next Climate Change--January 2, 2008
Today, the Space and Science Research Center, (SSRC) in Orlando, Florida announces that it has confirmed the recent web announcement of NASA solar physicists that there are substantial changes occurring in the sun’s surface. The SSRC has further researched these changes and has concluded they will bring about the next climate change to one of a long lasting cold era.
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Friday, January 04, 2008
Just in case, and for reference:Comments
Her Filthiness The Lizard Queen -- Hillary Clinton
The Breck Girl, Silky Pony -- John Edwards
Obamarama, The Magical Negro -- Barack Obama
Captain Underoos! Mr. Righty in Almighty Tighty Whiteys -- Mitt Romney
The Huckster, Huckaboo -- Mike Huckabee
Tutti-Fruiti-oh-Rudy, Julie-Annie -- Rudy Giuliani
The McCainiac -- John McCain
Dr. No -- Ron Paul
Fred! -- Fred Thompson (need to work on this one--why hasn't Fred earned a more distinctive appelation yet? Oh wait...nevermind.)
...someone get a double shot expresso, stat!
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