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bobbi and the needle

February 19th, 2008 | 11 Comments | Posted in ramblings

This posting is a favor for a friend of mine who went under the needle and got herself a tattoo.  Since she doesn’t have a blog of her own (like the cool kids do) and she wanted everyone to be able to see the design she had done I figured I could give her a hand and put it up here.

So, I present to you bobbi’s design. 

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Later she is supposed to be sending me pictures once she is able to get them off of her camera, but since she uses a mac who knows how long it will take her.

I knew it, I just KNEW it!!

February 17th, 2008 | 4 Comments | Posted in wimps

Top psychiatrist concludes liberals clinically nuts

This just proves what most of us have known for quite a long time,  liberals are not healthy in the head at all.

“Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,” says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.” “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.”

 Does this sound like anyone or any group you know?  

The sad part is that this doesn’t come from some right wing, liberal hating, talk show host.  Nope – not at all, this comes from a board-certified clinical psychiatrist who has also participated in civil and criminal cases.  In other words, a real professional.

Here’s another part from this article that I have seen all too often from my liberal arts classes:

Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

  • creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
  • satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
  • augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
  • rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government

I have consistantly heard from my ’teachers’ in the liberal arts classes about ‘white man’s privilege’ and how “if you are white, you are racist whether you know it or not” and my personal favorite one “The government should do something about (insert liberal cause of the week)”. 

Never are any of these arguments backed up with facts and instead, when challenged on their statement the result is a bombardment of ad-hominum attacks or statement of how “It’s not fair” or “Well I don’t care what the law says..” While at the same time screaming that “Bush broke the law!”

I have a friend who is a strong liberal (we just don’t talk politics usually) and he was telling me once about how Bush should be impeached becasue “He lied”.  When I pointed out that Clinton DID lie, under oath his response was “Well, that’s OK because he was getting the job done the way I like it.” 

To be fair though, I actually found the link to this article when I was over at Brutally Honest whom I must thank for bringing this one to my attention

Happy Presidents Day

February 17th, 2008 | 4 Comments | Posted in History

I was in class last week and had a teacher say “Who knows what important event is happening next week?”

I said “Presidents Day.”

He gave me a blank look and said “How is that important?”

“Because,” I replied, not bothering to hide my irritation “Presidents day celebrates the birth of two of the greatest presidents this country has ever had. This country who’s rights you enjoy and the rights that allow you to be completely ignorant on the importance of those men. That’s how it’s important.”

I hope I can pull a C out of that class.

***Update***

Since it was asked – the correct answer was the Game Designers Convention

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How many of you are aware that President’s Day was originally to commemorate George Washington’ Birthday?

George Washington was born on February 22nd 1732, a tall man (over 6 feet) who was a living legend by the time of the American Revolution; he led our country through one of the toughest periods and was a cultural icon of his time. At the age of 16 he help survey the Shenandoah Valley and later, as a Lieutenant Colonel he saw action against the native Indians in what would later be known as the French and Indian War, which was the war that saw the French presence on the continent ended permanently. Washington escaped injury during the war, though he did have two horses shot out from under him during battles.

For many people, Washington’s greatest and most memorable achievement was leading the continental army against the British forces during the American Revolution. His lands were confiscated by the British and if he had been captured he would have been executed at as traitor to the crown, but for six years he employed tactics of harassment and striking where the enemy was weakest. With the aid of other such great generals, many of whom are not given even half the credit they deserve, and the alliance with the French the United States won its freedom.

To me though, his greatest achievement came many years later. At the end of his second term George Washington was still a very popular figure. So popular was he that at the end of his second term many were wanting him to run for a third term. Others feared that he would forgo a third term in office and instead use his popularity with the military to declare himself king. Instead, in March of 1797, George Washington did the one thing that many at the time could never have conceived of – he willingly gave up his power and allowed the very first transition of Presidential power to John Adams, his former Vice-President.

So why isn’t it called Washington’s Day? Because, there was another great President who deserves equal recognition with Washington – Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb 12th, 1809 in a log cabin in Hardin, KY. Lincoln’s parents were religious and disapproved of slavery, their influence most likely accounts for Abraham’s later statement that he was “naturally anti-slavery” and could not remember when he “did not so think, and feel.” Lincoln’s childhood was in the woods of Indiana on a farm, and while he had limited education he was still able to read, write and do some math. His formal schooling though was for less than a year. He did later earn his law degree at the urging of fellow legislator, John Todd Stuart

He later moved to Illinois and was eventually elected to the lower house in 1834, the first of four successful terms. During this time his anti-slavery bent could be seen in many of his actions. He opposed the Mexican War as unconstitutional and unnecessary, though privately he thought the war was inevitable, and because he objected to any expansion into areas that would allow slavery into new areas; he supported the Wilmot Proviso, which would have barred slavery from any territory gained as a result of the Mexican War. After this he left Congress and returned to his home in Springfield and his law practice.

He returned to politics in 1860 by winning the Republican nomination for president. By the time he took office in 1861 seven southern states that were vehemently opposed to Lincoln as President because of his views on slavery, seceded from the union and began the only war in US history where brother has fought brother.

The Constitution protected slavery in peace, but in war, Lincoln came to believe, the commander in chief could abolish slavery as a military necessity. The preliminary Emancipation Proclamation of Sept. 22, 1862, bore this military justification, as did all of Lincoln’s radical measures, including especially his decision in the final proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863, to accept blacks in the army. By 1864, Democrats and Republicans differed clearly in their platforms on the race issue: Lincoln’s endorsed the 13TH Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery, whereas McClellan, the Democratic presidential candidate, pledged to return to the South the rights it had had in 1860.

Lincoln’s election victory over McClellan changed the history of the country, and on April 14th 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a Southern sympathizer and racist, shot and killed President Lincoln. This was five days after General Robert Lee surrendered his forces.

While George Washington helped create the Union, Abraham Lincoln helped save it. In 1968, legislation (HR 15951) was enacted that affected several federal holidays. One of these was Washington’s Birthday, the observation of which was shifted to the third Monday in February each year whether or not it fell on the 22nd. This act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and give federal employees some standard three-day weekends in the process.

And that is why we celebrate Presidents Day.

You Tube Smackdown

February 16th, 2008 | 4 Comments | Posted in Cowards, Support the Troops

The smackdown is still going on at Quoth the Raven and I urge everyone who appreciates their freedom to take a few minutes and go help kick some terrorist videos off YouTube since YouTube won’t do it themselves.

You can read my original post on it here but what you really need to know is posted below. 

  1. Create an account on YouTube so that you are able to flag videos for deletion for hate speech and violence
  2. Go to the Operation: You Tube Smackdown website to view the list of terrorist videos they have found.
  3. Go to the video and mark it as hate speech.
  4. Rinse and repeat as often as necessary.

So go and support your freedom

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.  ~Thomas Paine

United We Stand

February 16th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in ramblings

I don’t like being threatened.  I especially don’t like being told that if I do something that is totally leagal I will be killed because it is an “Insult to Islam” by the so called ‘religion of peace’.   Well, I say screw them. 

In support of the Danish cartoonists who stood up to these terrorists with their art and with the arrest of five terrorists who are accused of plotting to kill Kurt Westergaard Michelle Malkin has asked us bloggers to do what our own newspapers won’t – show solidarity by re-publishing our favorite one of the cartoons on our site

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I will not be intimidated by terrorist who attempt to use fear to silence our opposition to them.

I will not submit to a radical movement that considers it right to kill a daughter, wife or sister for “honor”.

I will not bow down before a group that would attempt to control what I do, what I say, and what I think by killing innocents with car bombs and use mentally handicapped people to move their sick agenda forward.

While we are told constantly that we must “respect Islam” and “respect their customs” all it seems we hear out of their side is “Death to the infidels” or “Death to those who insult Islam” or any number of other things they seem to get enraged about, including teddy bears or movies

I am not afraid and I will not submit.

Amazingly cool

February 15th, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in cool science

Scientists have created a skin that can mimic real skin and sense hot and cold!!  Freaking amazing, but is such a great thing for people who need artificical limbs due to accident, birth or combat.

A new kind of artificial skin made from thin layers of polymers and carbon nanotubes could soon give patients and robots alike the sensation of hot, cold, and pressure.

They are also working on how to power it with a very small power source so it will all be self contained.

Thank god for our scientists and the freedom that we have here which allows this kind of research and discoveries.  I am in awe of the intelegence that these people have and the ability to bring this kind of idea to reality.  People sometimes look at my wife’s work or mine and say things like “Wow, you are so tallented!”  but these men and women who are doing this are the real talents we should be in awe of.

Now, once they have the arm perfected and everything, I wonder if they will integrated a cell phone into it, and maybe a hard drive as well - or maybe a Gameboy or PSP.   You know someone would want that, so don’t give me that look!