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The Great Palin Turkey Slaughter

November 23rd, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in Libtards, Loving the GOP

I’ve gotten used to the fact that anytime the media says the word ‘Palin’ it will be done with a mix of disgust, horror, fear and shock, but the most recent example of ‘Palin Derangement Syndrome’ was good enough to get a nice chuckle out of me.

Sarah Palin went and did the traditional turkey pardon at a turkey ranch in Alaska.  No big deal right?  Oh no, because when she was doing an interview after the pardon you could see very clearly in the background a man using a machine to process the turkeys by cutting their heads off.  The Huffington Post (purveyor of all things liberal loony) portrays it this way:

After the pardon Palin proceeded to do an interview with a local TV station while the turkeys were being SLAUGHTERED in the background!! Seemingly oblivious to the gruesomeness going on over her shoulder, she carries on talking for over three minutes.

I’m going to guess that no one at the HP eats meat at all then, or watches Dirty Jobs because that show has shown things a heck of a lot more disturbing than turkeys being inserted head first into a decapitation machine.

Here’s the facts of life, for us to EAT the animal it has to be dead first.  And since most of us don’t really want to wait until old age takes the animal we wish to consume, that means we have to kill it.  Sarah understands this and she, in fact, does kill her own food which is probably why the “slaughter” didn’t bother her at all.  She’s not oblivious to it, she just understands the facts of life a lot better than the so-called journalists at the HP.

The other thing is this: If it was so gruesome and disturbing why didn’t the camera man set up the shot so that wasn’t included?  The way it is framed leads me to think that the camera man set it up this way intentionally.  His motives for this I don’t know, but having done camera work, still and motion picture, I would find it very difficult to believe that he wasn’t aware of everything that was in the cameras view.

On Michelle Malkin’s site she links to the NY Times whose editors are apparently crying in their lattes about the ‘executions’ of the birds.  Well guys, if it would make you feel better we could execute a few terrorists instead.  Also, Conservative Pilgrim nails it with his piece ‘Execute Babies: Absolutely. Execute Turkeys: You’ve Got to be Kidding Me!?!!’ What it comes down to is that the left is so scared of Sarah that even though the election is over and they are having some buyer’s remorse, they are STILL scared that in four years she will come back and destroy them.

Ya know what?  They’re right too, she will.

**UPDATE**

Tim Blair Just freaking ROCKS

Now isn’t this special

November 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in History, People are Stupid

We have all had moments, some of us more than others, where we have decided that our elected representative it a complete tool who never once took an American history or civics course in their life.  Well, now there is evidence that while they might have been in the class they didn’t bother to learn much while they were there.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute recently did a study and found that not only our the politicians ignorant of what a free market system actually is, they also found that 71% of Americans are ignorant on some of the basic principles and history of our government and country.

- 30 percent of elected officials do not know that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence; and 20 percent falsely believe that the Electoral College “was established to supervise the first presidential debates”
- Almost 40 percent of all respondents falsely believe the president has the power to declare war
- 40 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree do not know business profit equals revenue minus expenses
- Only 54 percent with a bachelor’s degree correctly define free enterprise as a system in which individuals create, exchange and control goods and resources
- 20.7 percent of Americans falsely believe that the Federal Reserve can increase or decrease government spending

This isn’t rocket science, hell, it isn’t even science, it’s basic government knowledge and history and yet seven out of every ten people FAILED this quiz.

Think about that for a moment.

These are people from all walks of life, all educational levels, both liberals and conservatives.  Not one area of our society was immune from this ignorance of how our founding fathers wanted our country to operate.  The vast majority of people living in the United States of America have no idea how it was supposed to run.

Combine this with a population that is easily manipulated by the press into voting for a candidate that they know little to nothing about and we come to the current state of affairs that we have in the United States now.

Our schools are more concerned with teaching to a test rather than teaching facts and critical thinking.  This attitude is backed up by a government that determines school funding by how many kids pass the test, which means that teachers who want to keep their jobs will make sure every child is drilled over an over to make sure they are ready for test day.

If I was a cynical person I would almost think that our government wanted our kids to be badly educated, ignorant and easily lead to the slaughterhouse.  I mean, if that were the case they would be able to do all kinds of things that would have our founding fathers turning over in their graves, stuff like $700 Billion dollar bailouts and trying to pass weapons bans that go against the second amendment.

Naw, that would never happen….

Oh, and my score was 93.94%.  Yea, I am that good.

Ode to a Hard Drive

November 21st, 2008 | 3 Comments | Posted in crappy art, It's all about me

It’s crappy poetry time.

Oh wonderful hard drive
Installed in my case,
250Gb of memory
You have so much space.

Quiet and fast
With 8mb in cache
A seek time so small
That it barely registers at all.

Oh wonderful hard drive
I have programs for you
Maya and zbrush,
Flash and Photoshop too

Digital paintings and models,
Are at our command
We’ll even make web pages
Because you know that we can.

What this? Disk is full??
But I just put you in!!!
Well, newegg has a larger one
And it’s only $110

I’m not dead yet…

November 19th, 2008 | 5 Comments | Posted in Animation Stuff, It's all about me

To anyone who has been wondering, no I have not fallen in the shower and can’t get up; nor have I run off to a small island in the south pacific to hide for the next four years while the tragic comedy that is our Congress plays itself out here at home.

The fact is that I have been obsessing over the car. There comes a point in making a model that you are so close to being finished that you can taste it. You start staying up late and getting up early so that you can work on that one last section that needs to be tweaked. Or, you just want to work on it a little bit longer so that you can finish this texture on that one part.

I think every modeler does it. We latch onto it until we are sick of looking at it and just want it done. Then when it’s close to being finished we set up shots and do render after render as we tweak away at the lighting, the ambient lights, the textures, and the cameras – essentially everything. We want a model that someone will look at and not realize it’s a computer model.

I’m sure I’ve driven Michael, Jennifer and Gatakitty nuts with all the shots I have sent them saying “What do you think of this?” or “Should I change this section over here?” My wife has gotten used to me saying “Hey, hon, would you look at this with me for a moment?” Half the time I am sure she has no idea what I am talking about since modelers speak in a foreign language that sounds like this.

“So, I moved these vertices over here and then went ahead and split this one. I was going to smooth it but I decided that using the approximation editor was a better way to go. Now, I did tweak the specular on that one part and gave it a light to highlight the ambient occlusions but I don’t think we need to use any more samples in final gather….”

Yea, I know, but trust me it all DOES mean something… really, it does.

Anyway, what it has resulted in is that I’m working on the interior of the Camaro now and in about a week it will be just down to minor tweaks and nudges and so far this is how it’s looking.  With the second image I had added the dials and the dashboard glass.  The logo on the steering wheel is my company logo for when I do independent work – I like it.

I’m also close to finished with lighting it on the outside. See, computer lighting doesn’t act like regular light. Regular light follows the laws of physics, and for computer lighting to do that would require a lot of processing power and a lot of time so instead we fake it by using bunches of lights. You have a car sitting on a shiny floor and normally light would bounce off the floor and give a reflected light on the car but with animation, I have to actually set a light on the floor and it’s only job it to cast a very subtle light onto the side of the car from below to mimic how a bounced light would work.

In all I have four lights for the interior of the car right now, and that will probably go up to six or eight. The exterior has 7 and when I’m done will probably go up to 12. It not that many really, in the Fellowship of the Ring, they used around 40 lights just to illuminate the inside of the Balrog’s mouth – now that’s a lot of lights.

Anyway, I’m not dead, just a little obsessed.

Now, I just need to tweak that one spot on the center console…

Veteran’s Day

November 11th, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in History

I served during the Gulf War, my father served in Korea, My grandfather and grand-uncles served in WWII.  All my great uncles paid the ultimate price to protect the country that they loved.  One day my children, my nephew or niece may serve.  I hope there is never a need for them to fight, but I hope they have the courage to do so when required.

A wish for God’s protection to our soldiers on the field and peace to those that have served and come home.

***UPDATE***

Read about one of the bravest of us all, Colonel John Ripley.  If you don’t know who he is, now is a good time to learn

Have I got a Proposition for you

November 11th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in California, WTF

As everyone in the world probably is aware, Proposition 8 passed here in California.  For those who have been living under a rock or were so infatuated with Obama that you were blinded by all other activities in the world, Proposition 8 is an amendment to the California Constitution that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Well, since it passed the fecal matter has been striking the air flow enhancing oscillation device.  Protests, lawsuits, statements about how churches should be burned down… you know, the normal stuff that happens when liberals lose, they throw a major league temper tantrum. Hell, we even have state lawmakers filing a suit saying that Proposition 8 should be overturned because “voters did not have the authority to make such a dramatic change in state law”.   EXCUSE ME???  Where the hell does it say in the California Constitution that the people can’t vote on amendments to it?  It’s been done before.

Gay rights activists are trying to portray this as civil rights case, which it isn’t.  They are claiming that they are discriminated against because straight people can get married and they can’t.  But here’s the problem, in California they can have civil unions which confer the SAME RIGHTS as marriage.

As Bob Parks puts it, this isn’t a civil rights issue by any stretch of the imagination:

Gays routinely equate their modern-day inconveniences with “civil rights” which is code for the black Civil Rights Movement. Roseanne, unlike gays, blacks couldn’t avoid discrimination by staying in the closet. Blacks couldn’t shed the color of their skin.

Oh, but it’s not marriage you say?  Course it’s not.  Marriage is something that is performed by a church and a priest.  It is a RELIGIOUS ceremony, not a legally binding contract under the states view.  You can have a priest stand up, do his thing, and if you don’t have that marriage license, which is a legal contract issued by the state and is – in all ways – a civil union, it’s just pretty words in the states eyes.

When my wife and I got married the pastor gave us a nice little marriage certificate suitable for framing that says the date we were married, the pastor signed it and it has a nice, official looking seal on it.   But as far as being legal – it’s about as legal as Monopoly money. The real legal document is the one issued by the state.

So, what is the difference between a civil union and marriage?  One is performed by the state (civil unions), and the other is acknowledged by the state (marriage).  Otherwise, the rights granted are the same.  But the gays aren’t happy with a civil union, they seem to want to force the religious institutions to bend to their will and marry them by threat of law. I always thought there was ‘separation between church and state’?  Isn’t that what liberals like to carry on about??  So, if there is to be a separation, how can they back a law that would essentially stick it’s nose into the church’s business?

Do I have a problem with gays wanting to get married?  Nope, not at all.  What I have a problem with is that when the votes are cast and everything is over with, if the liberals win they go on about how ‘the system worked’ and if they lose then it’s all about ‘Those evil bastards must have cheated.”  I have a problem with a minority group DEMANDING not that we tolerate them, but that we accept them.  Acceptance is different than tolerance.  Tolerance means that I may not agree with you but I TOLERATE it because it’s the civilized thing to do, acceptance means that I am just happy as a warm turd that you are doing what your doing.

I have a few friends who are gay.  If some priest wants to give them a ceremony to go with a civil union, there is no law stopping them, they still have all the benefits of marriage and the ceremony, it’s just legally called a civil union. I will just never agree with a law that intrudes on areas that are part of the churches prerogative.

Here’s a wonderful quote from a poster on the San Francisco Chronicles site

Marriage licenses are issued by governments, not religious institutions. Religious institutions can opt to perform or not perform marriage ceremonies. The only solution to this issue is to abolish marriage as we now understand it and to consider it just another contract between 2 individuals 18 years and older. There is nothing sacred about marriage – heterosexuals have been trashing the institution via divorce, bigamy, affairs, murdering spouses and children and abortion since its inception. Grow up YES ON 8 folks – your marriages are nothing more than an unholy union of one prostitute and one pimp.

Ah yes, the enlightened left “abolish marriage as we know it”.  Um, if it is such a horrible institution then why do you want to be a part of it?