Archive for February, 2004

The Oscars

February 29, 2004 Leave a comment

That was monotonous. But ROTK deserved it.

Not much for Fox News to froth at the mouth about; very few, mild political comments. Just Errol Morris and Sean Penn (which I didn’t hear, but was told about), if I didn’t miss anything.

Categories: Culture

Around the Coalition

February 28, 2004 4 comments

Haven’t done this for a while, so here goes:

The horsewhooping of Jesus!

Trish Wilson has a couple polls to vote on. We’re losing on one! Go!

New World Blogger
has a link from Slate about video games in countries where the enemy is your country (or something, I can’t figure out how to describe in succinctly; think Japanese playing Medal of Honor: Rising Sun). Just to point out, the Medal of Honor game sucks horribly on Xbox. But this is something that doesn’t surprise me. Too many people take these games too seriously, missing the point that it IS just a game. I’ve played violent video games for years and I’m almost a pacifist.

Bryant discusses free trade. Incidentally, there’s some kind of talk here going on right now on the FTAA. I’m lazy, so I’m here.

Mercury has a contest: create your own Constitutional Amendment!

edwardpig has a letter to his reps about the marriage amendment.

Keith is apparently trying to rid himself of Microsoft products. Not a bad idea. I’ve got Firefox for browsing and Thunderbird for email, but otherwise I’m completely beholden. I’m just not up for going Linux or getting a Mac (not that I could afford it).

Amy dives into Laci and Conner’s Law.

Sheesh, I’m missing what’s going on right in my backyard. I commented earlier on the Darby school board decision; now some students are protesting. Good for them.

Upyernoz on gay marriage.

Lord of the Rings and it’s meanings, or lack thereof.

Jesse creates the Republicons

Andante on the latest Maureen Dowd column

Categories: Blogging

I suppose it was only fitting

February 27, 2004 3 comments

Smith and Wesson chairman replaced over Jesse James past

NEW YORK (AFP) – Legendary US gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson said it had replaced its chairman following newspaper revelations that he had spent up to 15 years in prison for a series of armed robberies.

Minder, 74, served time in prison in the 1950s and 1960s and ultimately confessed to eight armed robberies and an attempted prison escape, according to the Republic.

Goodness. Eight armed robberies and a prison break. Quite the youthful indiscretions. At least it appears that he cleaned up his act, but jeez.

I wonder if he used a Smith & Wesson?

Actually, I doubt it; I don’t think Smith & Wesson has ever made shotguns.

Categories: Social issues

But….2nd Law….electromagnetic field….

February 26, 2004 3 comments

Go, now, read PZ Meyer’s A lesson plan for Oklahoma. Good stuff.

Categories: Science

Defense defense

February 26, 2004 1 comment

John Kerry’s Defense Defense

On a couple of the weapons, the RNC report cites H.R. 5803 and H.R. 2126. Look those up. They turn out to be votes on the House-Senate conference committee reports for the defense appropriations bills in October 1990 (the same year as S. 3189) and September 1995.

In other words, Kerry was one of 16 senators (including five Republicans) to vote against a defense appropriations bill 14 years ago. He was also one of an unspecified number of senators to vote against a conference report on a defense bill nine years ago. The RNC takes these facts and extrapolates from them that he voted against a dozen weapons systems that were in those bills. The Republicans could have claimed, with equal logic, that Kerry voted to abolish the entire U.S. armed forces, but that might have raised suspicions. Claiming that he opposed a list of specific weapons systems has an air of plausibility. On close examination, though, it reeks of rank dishonesty.

I think that’d be a good line for Republicans. Vote against Kerry, he wants to abolish the military! Then we can get Ted Sampley to put up a fake photo of Kerry with a pacifist group, which would prove he hates America.

Categories: 2004 election cycle

I'd be pissed, but it isn't worth it

February 25, 2004 4 comments

Bush backs gay-marriage ban

President Bush called Tuesday for a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriage, joining a bitter dispute that is heading through the courts, dividing the nation and shaping the presidential election.

You just kind of expected it. I could rant about the hypocrisy towards state’s rights, the silliness of imposing your religion on someone else, but it’s just not surprising. It’s just ludicrous. This cartoon says it pretty well.

There’s just no argument for it, as far as I can see. Is marriage just for continuing your bloodline, as Rush Limbaugh suggested a few days ago? Only if you’re banning straight couples who can’t have kids for physical reasons, choose not to have kids, and adopt kids. Does it open the door for polygamists? I can’t see it – there’s no natural orientation towards being committed to more than one person. Against Christianity? Well, when you can ignore the command to father a child with the brother of your deceased husband, and you can ignore the command to stone adulterers, why not ignore this one? And of course, there’s the whole idea of imposing your religion on others. Are gays going to wreck marriage. Can’t do any worse than heterosexuals, specifically heterosexuals in the Bible Belt.

Categories: Social issues

More penguin cruelty!

February 25, 2004 4 comments

Hit the penguin with snowball, try to get it in the center of the bullseye. Not as cool as the first one, but fun. I’ll post my high score later.

UPDATE: 490.2

Categories: Silliness