Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Dubai Port World and Our Port Security
I've not posted an opinion on the UAE port security thing because I've decided to wait until more information was available.
All around the blogworld people are going crazy about it. Over at Dean's World opinions are split. His co-bloggers and commenters are all over the map on this one. My friend Michael thinks that those on both sides that oppose the plan are racists and support racial profiling. Kos thinks that this is nothing more than more Bush cronysim. I find it cute that he's making that argument because the other argument would make him sound like a hateful bigot. The least offensive/racist way to oppose it is the way most of liberal friends are doing it. If it's Bush's idea then it must be bad even if they aren't sure why. I find that one hardest to prove since all reports say that Bush wasn't even informed about the deal until mid-February like the rest of us. But like the sweet innocence of children waiting for Peter Cottontail to hide the Easter eggs, facts are overrated if they fuck up perception.
I'm still not ready to tell you what I think. I've been channelling my inner Ann Coulter and that isn't helping since I don't think of Arabs as ragheads that need to meet the 21st century Torquemada.( Just in case you don't know the real Torquemada)
Nope, this time I've silenced my inner Ann and I've been channelling my inner Geraldo Rivera but now all I can think about is all those missing white chicks. So, I'm at a loss.
What do you think about the Dubai Port World takeover and why? Rational reasons would be most appreciated.
The Tao of Christ
Will be the title of the book I'm going to write one day. Oh, it'll probably sell three copies, but at least I will get it written. Heck, someone probably already wrote a book with that title, but I'm too lazy and/or uniformed to know any better.
The point is, whether you know this about me or not, that I consider myself an atheist. However, I do my conscious best to follow the philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth, at least what is written in the New Testament Gospels. I guess you could call me an "Atheist for Jesus" but I prefer not to belong to any religious group. I know believers always hound atheists and say "atheism is a religion too." Well, that may be so to some extent, but not in my case. I'm not a hardcore, diehard, atheist. There just isn't any credible proof that God exists.
For those that don't know, I even used to be a United Methodist minister on my way to seminary when I came to the realization that there is no God. It was earth-shattering to say the least for me, but that was my epiphany. I wished it wasn't so, but it is.
Now, don't you believers out there go and try to convert me. I've heard all the arguments (C.S. Lewis, Descartes, St. Augustine etc.) but they all fall short. Also, I'm not 100% dedicated to my lack of faith. If God comes down and shows me that he/she exists, I'm "all in."
What kills me is that so many people actually claim that they are believers, but their daily lives and actions prove otherwise. There is no such thing as a Sunday Christian. Either you are full-on committed to evangelizing the world and helping every soul in the world, or you are a CHINO (Christian in name only).
What is the Tao of Christ? From Matthew 25:
"...for I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me."
"When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me!"
That philosophy encompasses me. It gives me hope that if enough people adopt that thinking, the world will be a better place. Hey, but that's me - Sergeant Naive Idealist, reporting for duty.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
HATE, HATE, HATE!!!
I hate them! I don't care if women think they're sexy. I don't care if they have the coolest/cutest design on them - they are pure evil!!! I'm talking about, of course, boxer shorts.
I'd rather have a rabid badger on angel dust in my pants than wear effing boxer shorts!! Have I made myself perfectly clear? I don't want to leave the readers guessing.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Absolutely the best film ever made
"Jean De Florette" from 1986.
I do like American films, but simply put, we don't make the best films. I consider "Schindler's List" to be the best American film ever made, but I'd only put it 4th on my all-time favorite films' list.
Say what you will about the French, they makes some incredible films. And yes, I consider Krzysztof Kieslowski a French film maker since he directed the 2nd greatest film on my list, "Red" from the Trois Colours Trilogy. All those films were in French and a definate must see. You absolutely MUST see them in this order: "Blue", "White", and then "Red." They are magnificant. I'll round out MY top ten films ever made.
10. "The Godfather" - U.S.
9. "Mediterraneo" - Italy
8. "Wings of Desire" - German
7. "Burnt by the Sun" - Russian
6. "Before the Rain" - Macedonia
5. "To Live" - China
4. "Schindler's List" - U.S.
3. "Raise the Red Lantern" - China
2. "Red" - France
1. "Jean De Florette" - France
These simply are films that you can't go another year without watching. It would be cruel and unusual punishment to deny yourself these great works of film one more month.
What are you waiting for?!? Get to it!!!
Friday, February 24, 2006
Fly me to the moon....
There is no excuse whatsoever, but I cannot stop laughing my ass off!!
The Everyday Happenings of Weebl.
This Is Why I Do My Own Taxes
H&R; Block owes 32 million in back taxes. They underestimated their own "state effective income tax rate". If they can fuck up that bad for themselves, how much can you trust them to not screw up your return?
I'm with Michael, nothing beats TurboTax.
Memory tied to scent
The other day I received a shipment of crisp t-shirts from Land's End. (Great shirts btw). Well, being the impulsive guy that I am, I quickly ripped open a shirt, put it on and strutted around like a peacock. In fact, I've made a resolution to buy my shirts exclusively from Land's End until I find a better maker of high quality t-shirts.
What happened next was really strange; the smell of the new shirt immediately brought me back to middle-school gym class at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Kenner, LA when we got our new gym shirts and then proceeded to play kill-ball (a modified version of dodgeball). I have to say, it felt surreal, almost literally bringing me back to 1979. I was blown away!
Has that ever happened to you?
Thursday, February 23, 2006
How much does a Soldier make these days?
We talk about supporting the troops, but exactly how much financial compensation does a Soldier in today's Army earn? I'll go with the typical first-term single enlisted Soldier who joined for 4 years for the GI Bill, College Fund, and a modest enlistment bonus. I'll be breaking it down to an hourly rate.
Salary: $1,501 per month
Food Allowance: $272 per month (Tax free)
GI Bill + College Fund: $50,000 spread over 4 years = $1,041 per month TAX FREE
Bonus: $5,000 (spread over 4 years) ($104 per month)
Housing: Free (conservatively estimated at $400 per month tax free)
Health care: Free ($200 per month)
Tax Free Shopping at Post Exchange and Commissary (Saves 20% versus retail)save approximately $150 per month based on normal spending habits)
30 Days paid vacation each year= $1,501 /12 = $125
Uniform allowance $511 per year = $42 per month
For a grand total of $ 3,835 per month right out of high school, and that's AFTER taxes. Average work week for a Soldier is 40-50 hours, so let's figure 50 hours per week. So for the month of March, a Soldier would work 23 days X 9 hours a day = 207 hours. So, a modest estimate of a Soldiers' entry level compensation is.....$18.52 an hour.
Not too shabby for a kid right out of high school.
Note: That each year a Soldier is guaranteed a pay raise; every two years, there is a longevity pay raise built into the system along with fairly quick promotions.
I also didn't factor in low cost life insurance, free use of state of the art fitness centers, pools, and recreation areas, free relocation and travel expenses along with, if you decide to make it a career, a pension that you DON'T pay into but still receive 50% of your base salary after 20 years along with lifetime access to the same facilities that an active duty Soldier has.
Let's put it this way, if I left the Army today and found a job earning what I earn now, I'd have to find a job paying rougly $36 an hour AFTER taxes for a 50 hour week.
Oh, and I almost forgot - the opportunity to "defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign an domestic." Some days, I can't believe I get paid to be a Soldier, but that's me, living the dream.
And NO, I'm not a recruiter.
Who the F&@k is Tim the Soldier?!?
As dictated to the Jack of Ass
Tim the Soldier was born a poor white child in Washington D.C. on October 26, 1966 . His father was an assistant manager of a budding new retail store called SS Kresge that later became K-Mart. He spent his formative years in Kenner, LA (a suburb of New Orleans), and his high school and college years in Georgia. After graduating from Valdosta State University with a degree in Sociology, he joined the U.S. Army in 1990, learned to speak Korean at the Defense Language Institute, and became a SIGINT (signals intelligence) analyst. He's currently working for NSA Hawaii (yes, that's THE National Security Agency you've been hearing about in the New York Times).
Tim's ex-wife is from Amursk, Russia, their daughter Marina is fluent in both languages but prefers chocolate cereal. He has two chinese pugs named Stopka and Lucy. Stopka is a dominant male that barks at strangers but quickly warms up to friendly people. Lucy loves everyone at first sight and eats cat poo.
Tim the Soldier admires: Al Franken, Dean & Rosemary Esmay, Colin Powell, James Carville, Larry David, George Costanza (yes, I know he's a fictional character BABY!), Carl Hiassen, historian John Keegan, Bono, Jon Stewart & crew, Spike Lee, Michael Mann, Alan Alda and nipples.
Tim the Soldier does NOT admire: Fox "News", Maxine Waters, Paula Abdul, Michael Moore, Michael Jackson, Boy Bands, Rubber Bands, Bill Bennett, slot machines, Barry Bonds, bail bonds, and nipple-piercing.
(Above Stopka, below Poo-eater Lucy)
Didn't Ike warn us?
The military industrial complex has not evolved into the threat to liberty...or has it? Certainly, our streets are not filled with marching stormtroopers, soldiers don't break down our doors and quarter themselves in our 3BR 2.5 bath ranch-style homes, so what's the big problem?
First of all, the former Soviet Union, in all its foolish pomp and inept military strategy did manage to pose enough of a threat to the west that while we were spending TRILLIONS on machinery designed to END THE LIFE OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS, we were unable to build (to our potential) metaphoric bridges of peace and international reconciliation.
Secondly, megacorporations in the U.S. and western Europe quickly caught on to the fact that, "hey, we can reap HUGE profits from regional conflicts and political instability." In turn, their shareholders also benefitted from these profits with little if any risk to personal safety.
Third, as certain segments of our population continued to prosper when the "Acme Missle Factory" was in full production, they posed little opposition to political figures that set the stage for the increased sale and use of said weapontry.
Lastly, through the massive proliferation of weapons internationally, it became geo-political suicide for a nation NOT to continue to build and build and build its military to the point that sooner or later, not using those weapons that they spent billions on was a foolish waste of money. Sooner or later, when all sides have weapons out the "ying-yang" whole populations were doomed while the profits continued to roll in to the west (and yes, eastern europe, China, N. Korea governments did benefit as well).
As a Soldier in the U.S. Army for the past 15 1/2 years, I am completely sickened and opposed to ANY war profiteering. Oh, and btw, I know I'm a naive idealist, but don't you want to live in a world free from war or the need to go to war? One thing I do know, a country that continues to build and/or sell anti-personnel mines ain't helping.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Did You Watch?
I posted my picks for hottest male singers on American Idol earlier today.
Was I right or what???
Damn, I LOVE Taylor Hicks. There is just something about him. I voted for all four of my picks multiple times, I hope you did too.
Big Hug and Congrats
To Jay and Deb on the arrival of Sadie's little sister Valerie Ruth. She's 8lbs and 21 inches long. That is a good size baby. They have pictures up and she looks to be as cute as her sister!
Big hugs and a speedy recovery to Deb! We love you guys!
I agree with Dean about who should be going home tonight. I doubt it because the two worst singers are the "hotties". Whatever. I adore Kellie Pickler and I gave her a few votes because she so sweet and he singing is pretty good. I loved Katherine McPhee and she is my pick for #1 girl.
The guys are up tonight. I don't know what it is but I love Taylor Hicks and his goofy "Joe Cocker/I had a stroke once dance moves". He's getting some votes from me regardless. I can't wait to hear the guys since I've already got some early favorites.
My early guy picks: Chris Daughtry, Ace Young, Elliot Yamin and Taylor Hicks.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I've Got A Co-blogger!
Tim the Soldier has graciously offered to amuse and annoy you. He has free reign to do what he wants, when he wants and I hope you welcome him. I've been battling him for years over at Dean's World and I can't even express the depth of my fondness for him. The more annoying he became the more I liked him. If he weren't just a bit older than I am, I'd swear we were separated at birth.
I can't wait for his first post. I only wish SMA were alive to see this day, I can just imagine the welcome he'd give him. I'm pretty sure he'd wiggle that recipe for honey roasted eel sperm that Tim refuses to part with.
Monday, February 20, 2006
How To Take A Shower
Like a Woman:
Take off clothing and place it in sectioned laundry hamper according to lights and darks.
Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown. If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas. Look at your womanly physique in the mirror - make mental note to do more sit-ups/leg-lifts, etc.
Get in the shower. Use face cloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and pumice stone. Wash your hair once with cucumber and sage shampoo with 43 added vitamins.
Wash your hair ! again to make sure it's clean.
Condition your hair with grapefruit mint conditioner enhanced.
Wash your face with crushed apricot facial scrub for 10 minutes until red.
Wash entire rest of body with ginger nut and jaffa cake body wash.
Rinse conditioner off hair.
Shave armpits and legs.
Turn off shower. Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower. Spray mold spots with Tilex.
Get out of shower. Dry with towel the size of a small country. Wrap hair in super absorbent towel.
Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head. If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas.
Like a Man:
Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave them in a pile.
Walk naked to the bathroom. If you see wife along the way, shake wiener at her making the 'woo-hoo' sound.
Look at your manly physique in the mirror. Admire the size of your wiener and scratch your ass.
Get in the shower. Wash your face. Wash your armpits.
Blow your nose in your hands and let the water rinse them off.
Fart and laugh at how loud it sounds in the shower.
Spend majority of time washing privates and surrounding area.
Wash your butt, leaving those coarse butt hairs stuck on the soap.
Wash your hair. Make a Shampoo Mohawk. Pee.
Rinse off and get out of shower.
Partially dry off. Fail to notice water on floor because curtain was hanging out of tub the whole time.
Admire wiener size in mirror again.
Leave shower curtain ! open, wet mat on floor, light and fan on.
Return to bedroom with towel around waist. If you pass wife, pull off towel, shake wiener at her and make the 'woo-hoo' sound again.
Throw wet towel on bed.
What A Day
We spent yesterday with almost every member of my family. 50+ people showed up to my Great Aunt's surprise 90th birthday party. It was an amazing day. I loved talking to all my cousins about everything. We don't usually all get together unless it's a wedding or a funeral and those events aren't usually conducive to meaningful chatter.
It was really cool listening to how my aunt was responsible for so many great things. I can honestly say that if it weren't for my Aunt Lottie, I may not have been born and the 3 sibs that came behind me may not have been either. Aunt Lottie and my late Uncle Steve are soley responsible for bringing our family to the U.S.. Uncle Steve was only planning on inviting my Uncle Stanley to come because he was single.
My dad and Uncle Joe were both married with children and Uncle Steve figured that it would be too hard for them to leave their wives and kids behind to work and get settled here. My Aunt Lottie was having none of that. She basically badgered Uncle Steve into making it happen. She made it possible for my daddy to come here and start our American dream, if she hadn't my family would still be in Poland. Even though my parents and two sibs came here legitimately, my parents figured that a little insurance never hurt and I was that insurance. Yep, I was their little "Yankee-Doodle American citizen". Would I have been born if they stayed in Poland? Hard to say but even if I was born in Poland my life would be completely different.
We are all here because this little bit of a woman, who stands maybe 5 feet, demanded that my mommy and daddy be given the chance to change their destiny.
And they did.
Five years after their arrival, a family of four became a family of seven and that was just the beginning...
Sunday, February 19, 2006
A single ticket hit all six numbers in the $365 million Powerball lottery last night.
Damn! That is a lot of money for one person/one family. When the lottery gets over 100 million, I usually play a couple easy picks. I can't really afford to get hooked into playing twice a week. I've noticed something about these big jackpots, the person that usually hits is someone like me that only plays for a buck or two when it gets obscenely big.
What would you do with that kind of money? Would you take the lump sum or take the 25 years worth of payments? Then what?
Friday, February 17, 2006
The Queen is thinking about adding a permanent co-blogger. Anyone interested?
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Has anybody seen or read Wince lately? I hate it when regulars disappear. If you are out there, please leave a comment so we know that you aren't dead.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I was busy preparing lunch for Drake when I heard the banging on the door. Who the heck could it be? The mailman sporting a hefty looking package.
"Ooh a package, I wonder who sent it". (We get lots of packages, cuz we have generous readers that like to buy us stuff.)
The mailman replied, "I don't know who sent it but I know where it came from and it's a first for me".
"Really? Where's it from?", I was dying to get it.
"Sign this and I'll tell ya", said the annoying package witholding mailman.
"Well, gimme it!!!!!!"
"It's from Baghdad", spoke the evil man as he handed over the box.
"Baghdad??? How totally fucking cool!"
"What is it?", asked the mailman who was sadly emptyhanded.
"I don't know, I guess I should go and open it. Have a nice day", I said as I closed the door with a chuckle.
It was a package from Dean's dad. You may remember us mentioning that he is over there training the Iraqi troops.
He sent us some cool stuff. I got this ornamental egg that used to live in one of Saddam's Palace's. Dad also sent Dean a t-shirt from Adnan Palace and Jake gets to eat his first MRE. Jake and Drake also both received t-shirts that say "Operation Iraqi Freedom" with a picture of children holding hands around a globe.
Good Health News
Well, my doctors have determined that I'm not horribly ill. I was tested for some really nasty illnesses and auto-immune disorders. All negative. They did find something that none of us expected. My thyroid medication has made me hyperthyroid. I have a really underactive thyroid and the doctors have spent years playing with my medication to get me "normal". Without any meds my TSH is 68 and that is really, really bad.
The last check, in September, still had me "hypo" so they bumped me up but that last bump was a little too much. I was on 300mcg of Levothroid and my TSH was 8, they bumped me to 425 and my TSH dropped down to .01 and that is too low.
They think the overmedicating of my thyroid plays a role in the mystery rash and a few of my other odd symptoms (many that I didn't list on the blog). So, we are lowering the dosage to 325 and I'm going in for a more thorough scan of my thyroid and pituitary hormones.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Hugh Hewitt has some fun with Jonathan Chait.
They talk about anger and Hewitt just has Chait spinning in circles explaining himself. I haven't laughed that hard in a while!
Monday, February 13, 2006
About Those Warrantless Wiretaps
According to a few of my cop friends, cops (of all varieties) have done things without warrants before. They still do it. It's not a big deal, they just can't use any of that in court.
Warrantless searches and seizures can't be used in court. Bush and the Feds aren't trying to use this stuff in court. If they did, it would be tossed out by even the most rightwing judge on the planet.
Bush and the Feds are doing the warrantless wiretaps to kill the bad guys. Got it?
THEY JUST WANT TO KILL YOUR TERRORIST BUDDY ON THE OTHER END OF THE CALL. They aren't trying to put you in jail, they just want to kill your friend from Syria or Afghanistan or Jordan or Morocco or Iran or Iraq, etc...
They don't want to arrest anyone, try anyone or put them in jail, they just want to KILL THEM. Yep, kill the bad guy calling to arrange some evil.
That's why I don't care about warrantless wiretaps. I don't care because:
I'm not buddies with terrorists.
I want them dead too!
Seriously, I want them really, really dead.
Yes, liberals I know what you think. Blah, blah, blah, we losing our freedoms, blah, blah, blah.
I agree that some treasonous fuckers are losing the freedom to plan terrorist attacks against our nation but I guarantee that the info obtained without warrants will not be used in a court of law. So, in terms of constitutional rights, it's all good. Except if you are a terrorist, then we'll kill you and that would be bad. For you, not us.
Andrew Gets It 100% Right
In his piece, Islamo-bullies get a free ride from the West, Andrew Sullivan takes on the press and is totally correct.
And so we have two media now in the world. We have the mainstream media whose job is increasingly not actually to disseminate information but to act as a moral steward for what is fit to print, to become an arbiter of sensitivity, good taste and political correctness. And we have web pages like Wikipedia or the blogosphere to disseminate actual facts, data, images and opinions that readers can judge with the benefit of all the facts, not just some of them.
If you want to see why newspapers are struggling, surely this is part of the reason. They have forgotten their fundamental task: to provide information.
Yes, the internet has its own censorship problems. Google just caved in to China. Yahoo! may even have helped identify a dissident to the Communist authorities. Many oppressive governments have found ways to shut down websites, police access to the online world and censor what readers can find. Your privacy may be at risk.
On the web there are no editors filtering fact from fiction. But in a case like this it’s an easy decision. If you want the full story, including indispensable information to make sense of it, you have to go online. The good news, of course, is that the truth is still out there. Maybe we have the perfect solution: newspapers can sustain public propriety, while readers can find out the raw facts for themselves on the web. But the bad news is that the Islamists have just scored a huge victory.
Their hope has always been what can only be called creeping sharia. Bit by bit, free societies abandon small freedoms to accommodate the sensitivities of Muslims or Christian fundamentalists or the PC police or other touchy fanatics. Bit by bit, we cede our freedoms to fear and phoney civility — all in the name of getting along.
Yes, in this new war of freedom versus fundamentalism I always anticipated appeasement. I just didn’t expect the press to be among the first to wave the white flag.
The decision not to reprint the cartoons of Muhummed when discussing the riots that they "caused" is cowardice. The press is caving in to the fear of what the Islamofascists might do.
How fucking sad is that? The Muslim extremists now has the balls of the free press.
What next? Perhaps, we should just hand them our Bill of Rights so they can wipe their arses, better that than let Bush do some warrantless wiretapping or peek at our library records.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
The great Project Runway is one of my favorite shows, it's also one of the very, very few reality type shows that I actually watch, The Apprentice is the other. Okay, so I only watch two.
If you haven't seen it, you can catch reruns of the most recent episodes on Bravo over the weekend. I highly recommend this show for multiple reasons. The people are funny, catty, talented, and the person that gets booted weekly is usually a surprise. Also, I love Tim Gunn.
Anyway, I've been expecting the greasy Santino to get Heidi's "Auf Wiedersehen" for weeks and the SOB is still there! I can't believe he hasn't been tossed on his bony butt yet. I'll be highly disappointed if he makes it to Olympus Fashion Week but after Nick's untimely removal, it is starting to look possible.
Do you watch? If so, what do you think?
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
Foiled Terrorist Attacks
It's good to know that the government hasn't just been sitting around the last few years, peeking at our library records and listening to terrorist phone calls.
I'm sure the lefties will call it all lies, but I'm grateful to know that our people really are doing the work they were hired to do!
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Anne Applebaum, Twit Extraordinaire
Washington Post-ette Anne Applebaum says conservatives were hypocrites to attack Newsweek last year for their fake Koran-flushing stories, but not to condemn Dutch papers for the Muslim cartoons. We criticized the press then, but muslims now. Then she gives the stupidest claim of all: criticizing the press is a threat to freedom of the press!
Haaaa! First of all lots of conservatives criticized the papers for the muslim cartoons, but second, Newsweek is American! We care what Americans do, when Americans make our own military look bad with fake stories. That's more important to us than muslims rioting? Hell yeah it is!
I also got to love that whole idea that if you criticize the press you don't respect the first amendment. No Anne darling, criticizing the press isn't an attack on the first amendment. It's using the first amendment as it was intended, to write and speak our minds. Was there a "except those who say bad things about reporters" clause in the first amendment I never noticed before?
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Did You Ever...
...just feel bad and you can't exactly put your finger on the problem? I haven't been feeling well for over a week. Weird things keep happening and none of it makes any sense. I got this weird rash on my arms that I figured was an irritation to cat hair or something. The rash hasn't gone away like it normally would if it were the cat, nope, it has gotten worse and spread over my legs, chest and neck. It's creeping me out and if it hits my face I'll scream (I have vanity issues). I've been achy and sore all week. Yesterday, I had a pain in the area of my ankle that was so intense I almost went to the emergency room. It wasn't the bone and it wasn't a cramp. It felt like a really, really bad bruise. It went away about an hour or so later. I have no clue what happened. Other things like that keep happening and have just contributed to the feeling of general malaise.
I decided to call the doctor today, I have no clue where to begin with my symptoms because they are all really weird. I guess I'm just gonna present my list of oddities and hope for the best.
Monday, February 6, 2006
When you call someone and they politely answer their phone with "hello", do not respond with "who's this?". You see, it is very possible that you've dialed the wrong number and the nice person on the other end will instantly think you're a dick.
I don't play well with rude people and I play less well on a Sunday morning. Don't call at 9:00am Sunday morning and greet someone with "WHO'S THIS?" You know what you get back? A snotty non-answer.
caller: WHO'S THIS?
me: The owner of the phone
caller: I'm not kidding.
me: Me neither
caller: Is Dana there?
me: WHO'S Dana?
caller: What number did I call?
me: Are you kidding me?
me: You aren't sure if your kidding me?
me: If you didn't start off so rude and demanding, I would've said wrong number really politely in the beginning.
caller: I'm really sorry. I'm having a bad day.
me: I forgive you. Can I give you some advice?
me: When you try this call again, say hello and then ask for Dana.
caller: What if it's you again?
me: Dana still won't be here.
caller: What is your number?
me: Why, do you want a date?
caller: No, I don't want to disturb you again.
me: Dude, I'm always disturbed.
caller: Can I tell you the number I was trying to call?
me: Bingo! You are catching on pretty quick there young man.
caller: The number is [***-****, yeah like I'd really print that]
me: Bad news, dude.
me: That's my number. Dana doesn't live here.
caller: [long pause]
me: You there dude?
caller: Yeah... I hate women.
me: Me too.
caller: Aren't you a woman?
caller: Why do you hate women?
me: I don't hate them all. Just the catty bitches that pass bad phone numbers out at bars.
caller: Yeah. I guess I should go.
caller: Thanks for being so nice.
me: Dude, this has been a ten minute wrong number call. You think I was being nice? I'm a sadistic bitch.
caller: Maybe but I was rude to you, so I deserved it.
me: Very true. Hmmmm, you sound like you'd make a very good minion.
caller: A what?
caller: Thanks again.
me: No problem, dude. Have a good one.
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Rusty Nails It
In his piece, Marx, Communism, Totalitarianism; Muhammed, Islam, Terrorism, Rusty has tapped the nail on the head of the "Muslim" situation we've been discussing this last few days. Don't bother reading my crap, run, don't walk to the above link and read it. It's not that hard, just move your mouse over the title and click it.
Read every single word.
Why are still here reading this post?
I'm not typing anything interesting anymore.
I said go.
You too, Ara.
Division In The Blogosphere
Dean has a bee in his bonnet over a post about the Muslim outrage written by Neal Boortz that many of my compadres, including myself, agree with.
Here is a bit from Boortz regarding the outrage over the cartoons of Allah :
Muslim outrage huh. OK … let’s do a little historical review. Just some lowlights:
Muslims fly commercial airliners into buildings in New York City. No Muslim outrage.
Muslim officials block the exit where school girls are trying to escape a burning building because their faces were exposed. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims cut off the heads of three teenaged girls on their way to school in Indonesia. A Christian school. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder teachers trying to teach Muslim children in Iraq. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder over 80 tourists with car bombs outside cafes and hotels in Egypt. No Muslim outrage.
A Muslim attacks a missionary children’s school in India. Kills six. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims slaughter hundreds of children and teachers in Beslan, Russia. Muslims shoot children in the back. No Muslim outrage.
Let’s go way back. Muslims kidnap and kill athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims fire rocket-propelled grenades into schools full of children in Israel. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder more than 50 commuters in attacks on London subways and busses. Over 700 are injured. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims massacre dozens of innocents at a Passover Seder. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder innocent vacationers in Bali. No Muslim outrage.
Muslim newspapers publish anti-Semitic cartoons. No Muslim outrage
Muslims are involved, on one side or the other, in almost every one of the 125+ shooting wars around the world. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims beat the charred bodies of Western civilians with their shoes, then hang them from a bridge. No Muslim outrage.
Newspapers in Denmark and Norway publish cartoons depicting Mohammed. Muslims are outraged.
Dead children. Dead tourists. Dead teachers. Dead doctors and nurses. Death, destruction and mayhem around the world at the hands of Muslims .. no Muslim outrage … but publish a cartoon depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban and all hell breaks loose.
Dean is pretty pissed about that post and gives an impressive rebuttal. He presents evidence of Muslim condemnation and then does a bait and switch by putting Christians on the hotseat. I get Dean's point. I understand his anger but I also get Boortz' point too. Dean thinks this kinda stuff makes it harder to win the WOT because we are trying to change the hearts and minds in the Middle East and make friends. If Islam is a religion of peace and true Muslims condemn the evil of the terrorists, then why are fighting so hard to change their hearts and minds? Aren't their hearts and minds peaceful and loving already? [Yeah, I know it was a cheap shot but it was also an easy one]
My response to Dean's post was this: The one thing that I remember about the Middle East's reaction to 9/11 was the dancing and cheering in the streets of the Middle East. And the ones that weren’t cheering were explaining to the cameras why we had it coming. Sure Islamic groups based here in the U.S. condemned the attacks but over there it was a flippin’ holiday.
Boortz makes a good point. If they (the good muslims) were so outraged by the evil of those perverting their religion, where did they rally? Syria? Jordan? Saudi Arabia?
Where were the signs condemning the murders? Where were the tears and anger that some monsters were twisting the Koran?
Where were the street demonstrations? Where were they???? Here in the U.S.? In Indonesia? The Middle East? Where were they massed and why didn't the news organizations show them on T.V.?
I didn't see them out there countering the "Mardi Gras" type celebrations of our death and destruction that I saw on the news by the so-called Palestinians?
They signed statements of dismay and disapproval. They had representaives here or there give interviews.
Like one of my Liberal pals likes to remind me: People don’t always remember what you say, they remember what you do.
I remember the dancing and joy expressed in the streets of the Middle East. I know in my brain that what Dean says is true but my heart was broken on 9/11 by Islamofacists and their cheerleaders in the ME and, like a vindictive ex-girlfriend, I don't give two shits that their feelings are hurt now.
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
State of the Union
Pretty darn good. What did ya think of the speech? I'll post some thoughts later, right now I have to care for Jake, who, is home sick.