Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Fact vs Fiction

I know the politically correct and sensitive among us don't like drawing such black and white lines, wrong vs right, etc, but if you're politically correct and still reading this, you at least have some semblance of an IQ, and this you may actually be able to understand the following:

Fiction: George Bush is dumb
Fact: While I think anyone who allows Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, DICK Durbin, Louis Farakhan, Ray Nagin, Barbara Streisand et al, to remain above room temperature after the multitude of lies they've screamed is obviously someone who doesn't have it all together, I don't necessarily think that it's due to intelligence. Perhaps he doesn't believe in the same justice as I do. I believe in meting out your justice right there. When someone wrongs you, you take care of it and discourage further issues. I think that W believes that people who are so horribly dishonest will get their due in the final judgement, when they have to stand in front of God and explain why they were such liars. In addition, I think that he also respects the office of the President too much to have a 'he-said, she-said' contest from there. In addition, an pretty interesting analysis of this takes place here.
You don't get a B- average at Yale being a dumb guy. You'd think Americans would get tired of this ignorance eventually, but unfortunately there are a lot of people out there who get their news from John Stewart and other comedians, rather than actually enlightening themselve and doing a little something called READING.

Fiction: We're losing in Iraq
Fact: While every death and explosion is written about in the New York Times in bloody, gory detail, the fact that electricity is being run to areas that never had it, water is flowing to areas where it was spotty at best, and schools are being built all over the country seems to be completely overlooked. Yes, it's still a dangerous country where an American can be abducted if they don't watch what they're doing, but name a country in the Middle East where that isn't the case (Israel doesn't count). The only difference is that Iraq is where the majority of the terrorists are AT and thus that's where the abductions are taking place. It's almost like the Grateful Dead tours (to speak to you hippie types) go where the concert is right? Well, the terrorists go where the Americans are, where they have the opportunity to fight against Americans and kill them. That happens to be Iraq and Afghanistan. But since Iraq has a better infrastructure than Afghanistan, they go there, because even idiot terrorists want their creature comforts like cell phones, flushing toilets, and the like. But speaking of Afghanistan, where's the stories about girls going to school for the first time in their lives there? Where's the stories about how we've made inroads into reducing the poppy production there and also built a ton of infrastructure? Oh, it doesn't make America look bad? We're not going to see it in the NYT or other mass media.

Fiction: George Bush doesn't care about black people (thank you Kanye West you moron)
Fact: George Bush has put more black people and people of other races in higher positions than any president in history. Bill Clinton's supporters liked to speak of him as the nations first 'black' president. Well, he must have respected his fellow blacks a lot to appoint them to such high positions as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor...oh wait, no that was George Bush. Well, how about appointing a hispanic to Attorney General, surely Clinton would have done that to cater to the hispanic vote. Nope, again, that was W. Women? Any love for them? Well, we already know how much Clinton 'respects' women, but at least he did appoint women to Atty General and Secretary of State...if you can truly call Janet Reno and Madeline Albright women. I prefer to continue with my thought that they're both just really ugly old guys who just couldn't live as men any longer. This leads to my next point:

Fiction: George Bush is at fault for the poor response to hurricane Katrina
Fact: The mayor didn't request help and in fact left 2000 school buses that could have been used to evacuate people sitting in a parking lot. The governor didn't request the federal government (the President can't just go in, there's laws against that and unlike his predecessor, George Bush respects the rule of law) help until well after it was too late. She also didn't place the National Guard in the appropriate spots in order to quickly respond to looting etc. Why weren't these stories told? Oh, because both are DEMONcrats and it would make the party look like the incompetent, bumbling boobs that they are.

So, there's just a bit of the game, Fact vs Fiction. I'm sure I'll have more...when the spirit hits me. Until then, GOOGLE sucks.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Google sucks- pt 2

After thinking about it, I'll not be changing my blogging location. After all, what better way to criticize Google than with their own site and software?

But, I did finally get a response to my email to them. Today. That'd be ten (10) days after the original email. In addition to the piss poor response time, their answer was almost word-for-word exactly what it was last year. But the biggest problem with their answer? They actually DID a special logo for their servers outside of the US:

This is in reference to the following poem:

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

So I'm not sure exactly WTF is wrong with Google, whether it's a situation where one hand has no idea what the other is doing, but apparently Canadian and British veterans are just fine to salute on Veterans Day, but American Veterans aren't worth the time. That's the only thing I can come up with, and I welcome any idiot employee of Google to challenge my thinking on that.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Google Sucks

Once again, Google has chosen to disrespect our veterans by not offering any sort of acknowledgement of their service on their home page.
Google decorates their home page for every holiday known to man, including some off-the-wall ones, like Kwanzaa and the celebration of certain individuals birthdays like Einstein and DaVinci. While I don't mind this, you'd think that they'd celebrate the people who have given them the freedom to make the ungodly amount of money that they have made, and given them the freedom to do what they want.
Especially considering Sergey Brinn, one of the co-founders of Google left the Soviet Union to come to this great country to make his billions.

I noticed this last year and emailed their public relations department. I received the following reply:

Thank you for your note. We're glad that you appreciate Google's holiday logos and would like to explain why we didn't post one for Veterans day this year. Please be assured that the decision whether to display a special logo for a holiday does not reflect any judgment on our part about the holiday itself.
Google's special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Veterans Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth. This would be a particularly challenging design. We would not want to, in any way, create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful. In light of the mail we've received about this, we're actively considering designs we could display on this day next year. We welcome any suggestions you may have.
My response to them was simple. Merely post the logos for the four major services, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy, and be done with it. A simple design, but still shows respect. Another symbol could have been the rifle, muzzle in the ground with the helmet on the butt of the rifle, with the boots in front of it. That is a symbolic gesture, honoring dead soldiers and Marines. But did they take any suggestions? Nope.

Bottom line, I'll be looking for another host for my blog, as Blogger is owned by Google. I'll also be removing the Google tool bar from my browser. If they're going to be ungrateful cowards, they can do it without me.

Better recognize on Veterans Day

A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on bag. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." Mr. Whiting replied, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show my passport"

"Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior gave the French custom officer a long hard look. Then he quietly explained: "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any god damn Frenchmen to show it to!"

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Veterans Day tomorrow

Every year I compose an email to damn near everyone I know, reminding them that it's November 11th, Armistice Day, or Veterans Day, depending on how old you are. Usually in this email I prod them to thank a veteran for their freedoms and for the fact that we still live in the greatest country this ball of mud has ever known.
This year I'm posting it here, but I'm not going to encourage you to thank anyone. The way I figure it, if you're too stupid to understand how much you owe to the people who've fought and died for your country, perhaps you should thank Cindy Sheehan, Al Sharpton, Howard Dean, Al Franken or the rest of the idiots who are working so hard to tear this country apart.
As for me, I'll fly my flag, salute my veterans, and thank anyone who remotely resembles a vet.

Happy pre Veterans Day.

And if you want to see something that should get you choked up, if you have any patriotism at all, be sure and check out
It's too bad they didn't have it professionally sung and arranged by someone, but it gets the point across.

Happy Birthday

To my fellow Marines, happy birthday to our beloved Corps. The shining example of the greatest fighting force this planet has ever known.

Semper Fidelis.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

2 different states, 2 different reactions

2 States, 22 Observations

Things I have noticed while watching media coverage of the recent hurricanes.
Texas: Productive industrious state run by Republicans.
Louisiana: Government dependent welfare state, run by Democrats.

Texas: Residents take responsibility to protect and evacuate themselves.
Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them.

Texas: Local and state officials take responsibility for protecting their citizens and property.
Louisiana: Local and state officials blame federal government for not protecting their citizens and property.

Texas: Command and control remains in place to preserve order.
Louisiana: Command and control collapses allowing lawlessness.

Texas: Law enforcement officers remain on duty to protect city.
Louisiana: Law enforcement officers desert their posts to protect themselves.

Texas: Local police watch for looting.
Louisiana: Local police participate in looting.

Texas: Law and order remains in control, 8 looters tried it, 8 looters arrested.
Louisiana: Anarchy and lawlessness breaks out, looters take over city, no arrests, and criminals with guns have to be shot by federal troops.

Texas: Considerable damage caused by hurricane.
Louisiana: Considerable damage caused by looters.

Texas: Flood barriers hold preventing cities from flooding.
Louisiana: Flood barriers fail due to lack of maintenance allowing city to flood.

Texas: Orderly evacuation away from threatened areas, few remain.
Louisiana: 25,000 fail to evacuate, are relocated to another flooded area.

Texas: Citizens evacuate with personal 3 day supply of food and water.
Louisiana: Citizens fail to evacuate with 3 day supply of food and water, do without it for the next 4 days.

Texas: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State officials provide accessible distribution points.
Louisiana: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State officials prevent citizens from reaching distribution points and vice versa.

Louisiana: Media focuses on poor blacks in need of assistance, blames Bush.
Texas: Media can’t find poor blacks in need of assistance, looking for something else to blame on Bush.

14. Texas: Coastal cities suffer some infrastructure damage, Mayors tell residents to stay away until ready for repopulation, no interference from federal officials.
Louisiana: New Orleans is destroyed, Mayor asks residents to return home as another hurricane approaches, has to be overruled by federal officials.

Louisiana: Over 400 killed by storm, flooding and crime.
Texas: 24 killed in bus accident on highway during evacuation, no storm related deaths.

Texas: Jailed prisoners are relocated to other detention facilities outside the storm area.
Louisiana: Jailed prisoners are set free to prey on city shops, residents, and homes.

Texas: Local and state officials work with FEMA and Red Cross in recovery operations.
Louisiana: Local and state officials obstruct FEMA and Red Cross from aiding in recovery operations.

Texas: Local and state officials demonstrate leadership in managing disaster areas.
Louisiana: Local and state officials fail to demonstrate leadership, require federal government to manage disaster areas.

Texas: Fuel deliveries can't keep up with demand, some run out of gas on highway, need help from fuel tankers before storm arrives.
Louisiana: Motorists wait till storm hits and electrical power fails. Cars run out of gas at gas stations that can’t pump gas. Gas in underground tanks mixes with flood waters.

Texas: Mayors move citizens out of danger.
Louisiana: Mayor moves himself and family to Dallas.

Texas: Mayors continue public service announcements and updates on television with Governor's backing and support.
Louisiana: Mayor cusses, governor cries, senator threatens president with violence on television, none of them have a clue what went wrong or who's responsible.

Louisiana: Democratic Senator says FEMA was slow in responding to 911 calls from Louisiana citizens.
Texas: Republican Senator says "when you call 911, the phone doesn't ring in Washington, it rings here at the local responders".

What if state and local elected officials were forced to depend on themselves and their own resources instead of calling for help from the federal government?

Texas: Cities would be back, up and running in a few days.
Louisiana: Cities would still be under water for several more month’s.

Republicans call for action, Democrats call for help. And now Louisiana says that they can't even pony up their share of the payment for the cleanup? Federal law says that they have to pay for at least 10% of the total cost of the cleanup, and according to an article in USA Today (horrible paper, by the way), the governor of LA says they can't do it. Worthless.

So much stupidity, so little time

Activist: Exterminate White PeopleBlack Raleigh activist says on C-SPAN
By Jon SandersOctober 21, 2005
RALEIGH — A Raleigh activist and bookstore owner told a panel at Howard University Law School on Oct. 14 that the solution to many of the problems faced by black people is the extermination of “white people off the face of the planet.” Dr. Kamau Kambon, who taught Africana Studies 241 in the Spring 2005 semester at North Carolina State University, also said this needs to be done “because white people want to kill us.”
Addressing a panel on “Hurricane Katrina Media Coverage,” broadcast in its entirety on C-SPAN, Kambon told the audience that white people “have retina scans, they have what they call racial profiling, DNA banks, and they’re monitoring our people to try to prevent the one person from coming up with the one idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem.”
Kambon’s solution received slight applause in the room, to which he responded, “I don’t care whether you clap or not, but I’m saying to you that we need to solve this problem because they are going to kill us.”The course Kambon taught at NCSU in the spring of 2005, Africana Studies (AFS) 241, is listed in NCSU's Registrations and Records as "Introduction to African-American Studies II," a three-credit-hour course described as “Second in a two semester sequence in the interdisciplinary study of sub-Saharan Africa, its arts, culture, and people, and the African-American experience.”A visiting professor at NCSU since 2003, Kambon has also taught AFS 240 at the university. AFS 240 is “African Civilization,” described as: “An interdisciplinary study of centers of African civilization from antiquity to the 1960s. Such centers include ancient Egypt, Nubia, Axum, Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Kilwa, Malinda, Sofola, Zinzibar and Monomotapa.”A spokesman for NCSU told Carolina Journal that the school currently has no listing of Kambon as a professor.
As of this writing, however, Kambon is listed on the faculty web page for Africana Studies as affiliated faculty.Prior to his call for genocide against white people, Kambon, who owns Blacknificent Books in Raleigh, told the panel that “we are at war.” He said that white people had set up an "international plantation" for blacks, which made “every white person on earth a plantation master.” He said that, “You’re either supporting white people in their process of death, or you're for African liberation.”He stressed one point in particular. “White people want to kill us. I want you to understand that. They want to kill you,” he said. “They want to kill you because that is part of their plan.”Kambon closed his remarks by urging participants and C-SPAN viewers to "get very serious and not be diverted from coming up with a solution to the problem, and the problem on the planet is white people."
Before teaching at NCSU, Kambon was a professor of education at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, a historically black institution. He was given a Citizen's Award in 1999 by the Triangle’s left-wing newspaper, The Independent Weekly. Ironically, Kambon is also an opponent of the death penalty.Excerpts of Kambon's address may be heard online at the John Locke Foundation's blog site The Locker Room. The full remarks may be found at C-SPAN online ( by searching the recent programs for "Black Media Forum on Image of Black Americans in Mainstream Media."