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More on the MSM and Liberal foolishness October 31, 2005

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Best encompassed by this outstanding essay from the Anchoress.

Read it all and take it in.

Odds and Ends October 28, 2005

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Some loose ends to clear up ’round here.

From dictionary.com:

Extinction:

3. (Psychology). A reduction or a loss in the strength or rate of a conditioned response when the unconditioned stimulus or reinforcement is withheld.

Referent? Well, I’ll let you folks speculate.

I’ve not commented upon the various follies surrounding the White House lately, mainly due to an inability to make informed commentary. But recently -with the whole often seeming to be greater than the sum of its parts- a number of issues have come to a head, resulting in the following comments:

What with affaire de Miers and affaire de Plame, the Bush admin does not come off looking good. The first always smacked of cronyism (not that this denigrated the woman’s ability to adjudicate), and looked bad, and now the withdrawal ALSO looks bad (but a pasting in the Senate by fellow GOPs would have looked even worse). The second makes the administration look further bad in manipulating the press into settling personal vendettas.

Couple this with Bush’s seeming love of increasing big government while the ghost of Reagan spins in his grave, I find myself wishing more and more that the Democrats would finally get to the point of moral coherence and come out against abortion. While their apparent self-loathing of all things American would still be an issue, it would certainly offer a breathtaking alternative to the GOP.

And Bush’s GOP is appearing less and less attractive (at least on domestic issues).

Finally, there is this very depressing post on michellemalkin.com.

The next time someone says there is no liberal bias in the media, I will direct them to this travesty of journalism.

There is no other way to parse the rampant liberalism at the country’s “newspaper of record.” They are clearly torquing the news into something it is not, simply so they can further their own spin on “Bush and the war are evil, and no one supports him.” The Times’ work on this story sat the reality on its head. . .there is no other way to parse it.

And as goes the Times, so go the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, the MSM networks and so on.

In the mainstream, natioanl media, there is no objective reporting. Only liberal spin.

Remember, 89% of editors, reporters and publishers polled in the DC area voted for Kerry last time around. There is NO WAY that you will convince me that New York media is significantly different. There is NO WAY they all force themselves to remain objective.

And so, you get twisted stories like these.

The MSM is liberal. Get used to it.

Mozart on hold October 24, 2005

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Thank heaven. It has been postponed (wisely) until March. In the meantime, I now get to play a funky French chef in a really cheesy dinner theater murder mystery, being put on as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. That piece runs on December 3rd. No rest for the weary!!

GodofBiscuits is actually brilliant October 23, 2005

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I take back everything I have ever said about the arguing ability of the GodofBiscuits. Just visit this site and see if you agree.

Apparently he has been hiding his real lite under a bushel all of these months. The sheer brilliance of that first post. . .well, as you can see, it simply hasn’t been outdone yet.

When is a Biscuit a Cracker? October 22, 2005

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From Dictionary.com:

bis·cuit
n. pl. bis·cuits

1. A small cake of shortened bread leavened with baking powder or soda.
2. Chiefly British.
A. A thin, crisp cracker.

Therefore, what is a cracker?

crack·er
3. Offensive.
b. Used as a disparaging term for a white person.

In other words, when one calls himself a biscuit (or biscuits), it is just another term for a white man who disparages himself?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Teeing off on foolish parents October 21, 2005

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Lemme tell you a quick story.

My brother is also a teacher in a different corner of my home state. He is also that school’s soccer coach (boys and girls). Up till this week, the girl’s team was undefeated, leading the league. Now, the team suffered two losses this past week to very good teams within the league. Part of those losses can be attributed to the fact that his lead sweeper was injured, creating a huge hole in the line-up to be fixed.

Now, the moronic, Monday-morning quarterback parents who have said little in support of him during this run now send him an anonymous letter, giving my brother player-placement advice, telling him he is not coaching from the sideline (how the **** can they TELL this when they are sitting in the bleachers? Unless they expect him to march up and down the field like a nervous cat, screaming at the players?), tell him he is not using “soccer sense” (which is insane. He has played and coached for OVER 30 YEARS), and then end the letter telling him it was “not indignant”.

Whatever. That last bit was taken straight from the sfgate.com article I linked on the last post. Sit there and cart out every condescending, arrogant posture in the book and then claim that they are actually trying to be KIND?

Cowardly, foolish, chair-bound pencil pushers.

YES I am mad!!!! Later on, I might comment about the idiocy that sports madness seems to create in the more mindless of our parents. . .but that is for another time.

RIght now, I’m only fit for ranting.

Freaks from Frisco sound off on Arkansas mom October 20, 2005

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Know the woman who has had her 16th kid in Arkansas? Well, a "writer" for something called "sfgate.com" wrote this in objection to the poor woman.

I got ticked reading his fantastically sententious and disingenuous "article", so I zapped this off to him in response:

""the more than slightly creepy 39-year-old woman from Arkansas who just gave birth to her 16th child

" No doubt, you find natural processes creepy. But, my experiences with people from SF shows that this is not uncommon.

"And furthermore, who are you to suggest that her equally troubling husband isn't more than a little numb to the real world, and that bringing 16 hungry mewling attention-deprived kids (and she wants more! Yay!) into this exhausted world zips right by "touching" and races right past "disturbing" and lurches its way, heaving and gasping and sweating from the karmic armpits, straight into "Oh my God, what the hell is wrong with you people?"

But that would be, you know, mean."

Nope, no disingenuous trollop from YOU!! YOU are CLEARLY polite. (For the humor impaired, that is sarcasm).

"It's wrong to be this judgmental"

So saith the liberals. Tolerance for all, right? But then, you proceed right on to show your true colors. At least your hypocrisy is right there on the surface.

"Wrong to suggest that it is exactly this kind of weird pathological protofamily breeding-happy gluttony that's making the world groan and cry and recoil, contributing to vicious overpopulation rates and unrepentant economic strain and a bitter moral warpage resulting from a massive viral outbreak of homophobic neo-Christians . . ."

and so on.

"no, no, it is not for this space to visualize frighteningly capacious vaginal dimensions. It is not for this space to imagine this couple's soggy sexual mutations. We do not have enough wine on hand for that."

Well, a moment of good taste. Leave it to an SF sex freak to focus on what sex might look like for others, in that the topic was even brought up in the first place.

"Where is, in other words, the funky tattooed intellectual poetess who, along with her genius anarchist husband, is popping out 16 funky progressive intellectually curious fashion-forward pagan offspring. . ."

Ah, the real meat. You're afraid of being bred out of business. Not to worry. So long as there IQ 60s and below out there following the Left Line without thought, you will have an audience for your screeds.

"Why does this sort of thoughtfulness seem so far from the norm? Why is having a stadiumful of offspring still seen as some sort of happy joyous thing?"

Of course, to the basic Relativist Tyrant, the idea of reason behind such love of family is beyond your ken, and therefore must be labeled as "thoughtless." It ain't thoughtless, it just stems from thoughts that you cannot hope to understand. Don't bother trying to get it. Leave real love to the experts.

"God does not want more children per acre than there are ants or mice or garter snakes or repressed pedophilic priests."

Ah. Moral Relativist Tyrants don't believe in God, but when they speak of Him, they know what He is thinking. You can't have your cake and eat it too, Mo.

"Every other child in the world (one billion of them) lives in abject poverty. "

And what do YOU do, Mr. Holier than Thou, to address this? Drive a car? Eat out? Watch TV and keep the lights on? How about heat? AC? Buy trucked food at the market? Give those things up, then begin preaching about how the needy need help, and YOU actually try to help them. In the meantime, I advise you to either (sic) stop sucking at the public teat that provides for you if you intend to slap at it and call it evil at the same time. Smacks of conflicting ethics.

"No, no one says that. That would be mean."

Yeah, they do. Cause basically, you are mean.

-hoody (demolition65.blogspot.com)

Yeah, that "sic" is in there because I couldn't type fast enough to capture my thoughts correctly. Oh well.

Long Island Catholic School Cancels Prom October 16, 2005

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You go, Brother!!!!!

Drama rears its head again October 16, 2005

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I have been asked -based upon my success playing Crazy Ol’ Maurice- to now play Mozart in a benefit show. I am once again highly flattered.

There are some good points and bad points to this:

Good:

1) The only other performer is my son, Eric, who will be playing the part of Mozart’s son Karl. Lots of opportunity for fun there, not to mention that fact that most of the rehearsals can take place in the comfort of my own home.
2) There will be one performance (1). Much less stress there.
3) This is a piece that is similar to Peter and the Wolf, in that it is a kids piece to play along with an orchestra. The dialog Eric and I manage serve to augment our orchestra introducing Mozart (most notably, the Magic Flute) to local kids. Great fun potential there as well.

The bad:
1) Not the strongest script ever written, AND
2) I have four weeks to memorize 40 pages of dialog!!! This is hands down the most intense line memorization load I have ever encountered. I’ve had more wordy roles, but I also have had at least 10 weeks to put them together. 4 weeks is insane.

Here we go again.

Is this a joke or not? October 14, 2005

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I found this on the Anchoress’s site.

Truly bizarre. Then I read the testimonials, and I began thinking I had stumbled into a combination Saturday Nite Live/Monty Python skit. What does anyone else think?