Why Is Anyone A Christian?

And why do I spend my Sunday thinking about this stuff when I should be nursing a bourbon and two sore shoulders from picking away at all this ice that Man Made Global Warming caked 3″ deep in my driveway.

For some, it’s a default thing to do. Your parents were this religion and you never questioned it. Christianity was the default by geography and there was nothing else around. You picked it by going along with whatever your spouse was.

Words I never thought I’d utter: Darrel Waltrip’s speech really got me thinking.

That link is to Waltrip’s speech at the same National Prayer Breakfast where Obama attacked Christians, his own alleged religious affiliation, for The Crusades. In it, Waltrip gives his sincere and moving testimony. If you haven’t seen it in full, it’s a great speech. He talks about “getting off his high horse and getting on his knees”. Later on, Obama talks about how Americans and Christians in particular need to get off their high horse about Islamic Terrorism because of the Crusades or something. And because he just can’t let any perceived slight against Islam go.

Ayatollah Obama’s non-sequitur notwithstanding, I have never heard him give an explanation as to why he converted from Islam to Christianity. He has spoken about his Muslim faith on many occasions. Hearing the calls from the minarets being the most beautiful sound in the world, etc. It’s a big decision that people of faith would not take lightly.

If a Democrat Party operative, pretending to be a reporter, is that interested in plumbing the depths of Obama’s plainly obvious faith – then why not go straight to the source? Personally, I would be intrigued to hear about Obama’s conversion from the Islamo-death cult, getting the knees of his freshly pressed slacks dirty to ask for forgiveness and humbling himself before a Jew even though he was already perfect.

What event could have triggered such a conversion? There have been several, wildly different versions that Obama has offered himself of how he became some type of Christian. But, and it may just be the cynic in me, it appears that he “converted” to Christianity when he moved to Chicago, lost an election to Bobby Rush for not being black enough, ran up a crap ton of campaign debt, and enrolled in Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s hugely influential church solely to get his endorsement and help to get elected.

Wright himself has previously said that he made it easy for Buh-rock to not have to renounce his Islamic faith.

Klein says Obama originally sought out Wright to discuss community activism.

“Quickly the conversations turned from picking up garbage on the street and getting streetlights put up on street corners to political matters and religious matters,” Klein says. “And the Rev. Wright turned into really a substitute father figure, who guided Obama in the two major areas of his life.”

The first area was Obama’s identity — just who was he?

“Obama was steeped in Islam but knew nothing about Christianity,” Klein says.

Klein asked Wright if he converted Obama from being a Muslim into a Christian.

“He said, I don’t know about that. but I can tell you that I made it easy for him to come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is and not feel that he was turning his back on his Islamic friends and his Islamic traditions and his understanding of Islam,” Klein says.

That is coming from the Reverend who allegedly converted him. Understanding who Christ is or was is not an acceptance of him as your God. Perhaps all of these inquisitive reporters might consult Reverend Wright as to his opinion? They’ve already gone back to Scott Walker’s college teacher from 25 years ago to tell him to “man up” about answering questions on evolution. Obama only left Wright’s church in 2008. If my Common Core calculations are correct, that was only a potato ago.

As a lifelong atheist, it would be tremendously beneficial for my soul and to save me from eternal damnation to hear how Obama was reborn in the blood of Jesus Christ and saw that he was the light and the only true path to Heaven. What Christian leader would disagree with getting that kind of message out there?

For crying out loud Barack, Reverend Wright saved your goddamned soul from worshiping the false god Allah and his child molesting prophet Muhammad. Why won’t you try to save mine? It’s your obligation as a Christian!

The End of America Sale – Everything Must Go, Go, Go!

A bit of a break from my usual type of post.  Today, I attended both a gun show and the Gun Appreciation Day rally in Nashville.  Both were depressingly optimistic and for different reasons.  The latter for a sparse crowd due from poor planning and lack of advertising to being scheduled during 3 other large events downtown.  The former for the exact opposite.

Hendersonville Line UPSorry, Detroit:  They aren’t here for food stamps and Section 8 vouchers.

The gun show was fully prepared for a large crowd.  I arrived a half hour prior to opening and there were already lines of people down the block at all of their fairgrounds entrances.  I’d estimate today’s crowd to be 10,000 – 15,000.  A gentleman in front of me said that he had attended a show in Franklin, TN the prior week and that while Saturday was jampacked that Sunday was much lighter.  To be certain, Saturday is for bitterly clinging to your gun and Sunday is for bitterly clinging to your religion.  Also, the shelves were cleaned out by Sunday anyway so playoff football for the agnostics.  By the time I left two hours later, I could barely get out of my parking spot and the lot itself was clogged all the way to the main road out where a line of cars were waiting in traffic all the way down the street just to get into the parking lot.

If the Gun Appreciation Day rally at the War Memorial Plaza had a crowd the size of the Hendersonville Gun Show it would have been an unequivocal and unignorable success.  As such, I would put a number between 500-600.  Despite the fact that there did not appear to be any charismatic leader or structure aside from the few speakers taking their turn to say “don’t tread on me” and one enthusiastic attendee encouraged to participate in the government’s efforts at confiscation one bullet at a time.  No PA system.  Only a shared megaphone.

Gun Appreciation Day Nashville

These events should ostensibly be catering to the same crowd and while one is talking about doing the other IS actually doing.  I support the 2nd Amendment versus I-am-going-to-buy-a-bunch-of-guns-and-ammo-this-instant.  That’s a lot more Do-ey and a lot less Talk-y going on.  Actions speak louder.

Why couldn’t they be at the same place or same general area?   A pooling of interests to the benefit of all.  I’ll digress on that point.

However, I am disgusted by the behavior of the dealers at these gun shows.  Utterly and completely.  365 days a year they peddle the Land of the Free and you’ll take my guns from my cold dead hands bullshit but then, when the government actually starts to threaten both their livelihoods, their customers, their future and their purported value system, it’s like trying to buy a gallon of clean water at the Super Dome on Katrina Day 3.  Price gouging is not capitalism no matter how many amber waves of panic-buying suckers you extort.

I left without buying so much as a single shell and all of the dealers can eat the peanuts as they say.  I heard of some guy buying 100 rounds of .38 special for $80.  Unless they are coated with mercury and Super AIDS, a sucker and his money were lucky to get together in the first place.

Bullet prices doubled in less than two weeks.  I bought a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun six weeks ago for $630.  This week?  From the same exact dealer, the same exact shotgun – $1189.  Used SKS’s – $550.00.  Brand new AK-47’s – $900-$1100.  200% markup is currently the rule and while the commies may cheer that the gun nuts pockets are getting lighter, this is where my optimism comes in:  If your money is worthless, these commodities have a value beyond rubies.  This country is armed to the fucking teeth.  A gun for every hand and foot.  The worst that can happen to the gun nuts is that a ban doesn’t go into effect.  The value of their investments would plummet immediately.  But we know that is not going to happen.  Obama Organizing for UnAmerica is trying to manufacture consent through legislator intimidation what Coward In Chief doesn’t have the guts to say himself despite his media apparatchiks laying down suppressing fire through their high capacity news magazines and video clips.

We seem to be one event away from a flashpoint and people are more prepared now than they were six months ago.  A sadly good thing.  Sad that that’s where we are and good that they are more prepared for it.   All it takes is some enterprising yahoo to apply the Bush Doctrine to some gungrabbers or for the gungrabbers to Lead From Behind on some unsuspecting citizen.  They are coming for you.  Why wait for them to fire the first shot?  If they truly thought the Right was a bunch of crazies they would seek to placate them as much as they do the real terrorists in Libya, Egypt and everywhere else.  Hell, they’d give you the gun!

Times Is Up Fool

You’ve got to earn their capitulance.  This is just behaviorism.  Our government is spending your tax money to arm Mexican drug cartels and al Qaeda in Libya and Syria without a second thought.  American citizens spending their own money to exercise their rights is cause for alarm though.  Who’s the real enemy again?

National Suicide Hotline Was Busy

You can fix a bad President with an election.  You cannot fix a nation of moochers and leeches who elected this incompetent buffoon to a second term.  The President can go but they will forever remain.  The American Experiment as conceived by our Founding Fathers has had it’s test tubes and beakers smashed by a bunch of Chicago thugs who ran the most negative, bitter, dishonest and divisive campaign from start to finish.

And an unwieldy crew of Twitterers, Facebook updaters, the chronic unemployed, union holdouts, illegal aliens and stuck-up single college educated bitches in squared off glasses are cheering it’s demise.  From the onset, a decision was made to fracture this country into a bunch of hypenated special interest groups and cobble together the smallest majority possible.

Mission accomplished.

What do you do when you come home from work to find your nation committed suicide?  What you thought were its brains are sprayed on the walls and collecting into a pool in the carpet.  It didn’t have to be this way.  You had so much to live for.

What we can expect from I Won…Again without hesitation:

Massive tax hikes.  A War on Coal that is going to make everyone’s home heating costs skyrocket.  An EPA on steroids that is going to suffocate the fracking that Obama was taking credit for during the debates.  A resumption of the Permitorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off of Alaska’s coasts.  Two more leftwing Supreme Court Justices picked solely on the basis of their skin color, sexual orientation and hatred of the Constitution that protects us from an intrusive government.  A unilateral nuclear disarmament in exchange for nothing.  No answers on Libya.  The Gun Control agenda that Fast and Furious was meant to provide.  Continued taxpayer funding for the Islamic takeover of the Middle East.  An impending Israeli bombing of Iran.   Ben Bernanke cranking the printing press up to 11.  Record foreclosures.  Millions more  on food stamps as they fall off of three years of unemployment paychecks.  Another bailout of GM.  Amnestied illegals competing against the millions  of low-income, low skilled American byproducts of the Democrat run education system.

I know any liberals who check in to gloat here will be thrilled.  It’s all just a wonderful game to them.  I win!  You lose!

Except you don’t win.  I didn’t win.  No one wins save a few crony communists being treated by a hard left Chicago ideologue and his capped-tooth, hair implanted drunken sidekick.  Biden has made Jim Stockdale look like a Galactic-level MENSA rocket surgeon.  I don’t even think they wanted to win.  This job is too much like work.  Never before have so many voted for so little to help so few.

The morons in Colorado who just legalized weed are now going to be raided by the same President they re-elected who was an avid pothead / cocaine enthusiast.  Maybe the drones who fly over their head will be powered by green energy.

Unless the ultimate destruction of the greatest prosperity creating country in the history of man was your goal – you don’t know what you’ve done.

I’ve lived through four years of this Marxist fraud already.  I’ll live through another four barring some fortunate turn of events.  But as de Tocqueville’s comments about the majority voting themeslves largesse from the public treasury go, I must ask – what largesse is left when you’re $16,000,000,000,000.00 in the hole and the government has borrowed over $210,000 per person from the Chinese in your child’s name with no signs of quitting anytime soon?  Our coming collapse is being done on purpose.  No amount of tax increases, even at 100%, will ever make that up.

I don’t have the answers.  Obviously, Mitt Romney didn’t either.  Nominating John McCain Junior without the constant defect of attacking his own side wasn’t it. Thanks again to Ann Coulter for that ringing endorsement.

But I do have many questions.  Ones that will have to be asked here since a supine media gets to take another long four year vacation from history.

I Don’t Need Your “I Voted” Sticker

Whoop-di-doo.  You voted.  You somehow overcame obtaining a Photo ID and remembering where you lived.  While an insurmountable task for every Democrat, this was not a problem for me at all.

Just as an FYI, my once inconceivable vote for Romney did not translate down the ticket.

Meaning:  Bob Corker did not get my vote.  How you like my “Maverick” streak, jackass?


God Save Us All

Drudge has a link up to a new Pew poll with a concerning rise in the number of self-described atheists, agnostics and the delightfully independent “unaffiliateds”.

In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15 percent to just under 20 percent of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6 percent of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14 percent).

This large and growing group of Americans is less religious than the public at large on many conventional measures, including frequency of attendance at religious services and the degree of importance they attach to religion in their lives.

“Unaffiliated” is just another way of saying “I want to go to heaven so long as no one judges me for the myriad acts of depravity and selfishness I do on Earth”.

I say “concerning” because an agnostic or atheistic society is not going to survive.  It doesn’t have the will or the reason to survive outside of self-preservation.  The only thing that would make it possible would be replacing “God” with “Government”.

Well, self-preservation is the greatest reason of all you might say.  Not quite.  When your culture has a death wish or doesn’t think that it deserves to continue because of some imagined grievances in the past then your willingness to self-preserve is under attack as well.

Like the concept of a Benevolent Dictator, the aspirational goal of a secular society by those on the right and the left is only buttressed if those atheists and agnostics have been raised in a Judeo-Christian environment and see the benefit of the good works of its followers – and most importantly their practitioners.  The rise of the Non-believers stems from the failures of so-called Christians to live by their own creed.  If you actually did what you were supposed to do the majority of the time then they couldn’t yell “hypocrite” at every turn.

All it takes is the next generation of atheists raised by a plurality country of atheists without that influence and you will see human cruelty that makes the Holocaust look like summer camp.  No doubt, alleged fealty to Science will demand it.  After all, what makes “Man” more important than any other organism on this schizophrenic mudball?  You already see this thinking in action when a project is halted to protect an allegedly endangered creature.  Atheism high on Government is worse than just anti-God – it’s Anti-Mankind.

Without the ingrained concept of Forgiveness, you should not dare trust your country or your life to an atheist.  A proper religious background does not necessarily make someone better but a lack of it almost certainly makes someone worse.

Having said that, I’ll take a Cowboy Jesus Mormon who I can judge by his countless acts of personal kindness  over a shape-shifting Muslim sympathizer any day of the week.

On Arguing With Terrorists, Leftists and Democrats (of course, I repeat myself)

Patterico’s read on his saga has been, by far, the most riveting non-reported in the media story this week.  For anyone who has blogged for any length of time, the constant threat of lawfare comes with the territory but the notion that someone is spoofing your telephone number and calling an armed SWAT Team to you door is domestic terrorism as a reward for indulging in your hobby.

Thanks to godawful technology and enemies of anonymity on both sides of the aisle, the Wild West days of the Internet are rapidly drawing to a close to the detriment of us all.

With anonymity, you can say what needs to be said without having to risk your livelihood, your life or the safety of people you care about.  Your opinions only carry as much weight as the argument that is made.  It’s not based on your job, education, your family history or station in life.  Imagine that!  Arguments being won based solely on merit.

By all means, terrorize this anonymous artifice of your face to the world to shreds.  Tomorrow you can create a new one.  It’s much harder to do so when forced to flee your home or your wife is being targeted for your truth-telling.

The two most standard rejoinders to this idea being:

a)  Well, *sniff* if you don’t have anything to hide then you don’t have anything to worry about.

b)  That it’s cowardly because you’d never say to someone to their face what you’d say anonymously on the internet, blah, blah, blah.

While the latter can easily be proven in public, the former is beyond your control.

You don’t get to decide what someone else finds controversial.  What may be totally unremarkable to you may be the thrown down gauntlet for the mildly deranged  Or, it may be the invitation to lawfare and harassment by the professionally deranged who are usually under the employ of the media in one form or fashion, to destroy the lives of people they politically disagree with.

And for what?  Your personal vanity?  To like being talked about?

As technology is becoming so pervasive in every aspect of our lives from an early age, it is going to be more and more important to maintain separate identities in public and private.  It’s nothing new and what’s always been done whether you guarded your opinions at work  or whether you maintained a close circle of friends and kept acquaintances out of the loop on certain details of your life.

It needs to be a conscious decision very early on or you are walking unprepared into a future where nothing is ever forgotten and poor choices or unpopular candor as a teenager or young adult will haunt you for the rest of your life.

You can fool yourselves and think that people on the other side of the ideological spectrum disagree with this campaign of terror waged in their names but their silence always endorses it.

The First Amendment protects you from the government trying to intimidate you into silence.  The unreliable criminal justice system is all that stands between you and a lunatic with 8 fingers because he blew 2 of them off building a bomb so he’d be the most popular rapist at the Occupy Wall Street camp.

If the 2nd Amendment is required to protect the 1st, everyone should exercise a natural right to protect your identity from all threats foreign but in most cases domestic.



These Pricks Aren’t Lying Down

They’re just being cockblocked by the vagina dentata that is the Republican party.

But “you hardly post anymore” you’d say.

True.  The world’s gone to shit.  South America’s going to blow up when Chavez dies.  Mexico’s a failed state.  Obama’s foreign policy consists of pissing off our allies and trying to surrender without dignity to the Taliban, as if they are some kind of honest broker for peace, in time for election season.

On the other side of the aisle, the clown show of the Republican Party will enter Ringling Brother’s vaunted third circle at the convention when they unilaterally pick Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio over anyone who is running now.  Because if there’s one thing America’s clamoring for it’s another Bush.

I toyed with the idea of Gary Johnson before I saw him speak.  Herman Cain was never ready for primetime.  Huntsman was Obama’s Mandarin-speaking Manchurian and Michelle Bachmann couldn’t ever get off the ground despite her outfits borrowed from wardrobe of the last Star Trek outing.

Which leaves us with the cream of the crap:  Santorum the Self-Righteous, Romneybot, the always erratic yet quotable Gingrich & the every 3rd world dictator’s idea of a good time – Ron Paul.

With those choices, what’s there not to be excited about?

As someone who’s crawled over broken glass before, let me say that I would gladly do it again to punch a bloody “VOTE” button against Obama regardless of who’s running.  Even for Ron Paul despite my long held hatred of that consistently myopic troll.

I struggle to care.  I love what America has been and what it has historically represented but I increasingly hate Americans themselves.  Too stupid and satisfied to survive on an internet connection and a handout.  57% of them voted for $8.00 gallon gas and then have the nerve to bitch and mewl about it.

This next November isn’t an election – it’s a slow-motion Suicide Watch with a Kevorkian media happily dispensing a veinful of poisonous class envy and State-approved spin to a credentialed but uneducated electorate.

I’d turn the channel if I could.

Snatching Defeat From The Jaws of Victory

Is everything screwed up enough for everyone yet?

In the high profile wake of Iraq’s new corruptocracy kicking us out of the country we liberated from Saddam Hussein and Hamid Karzai’s candid admission that he would rather side with Pakistan against us is there any other reasonable conclusion to arrive at other than our troops should not wait until the end of the year to evacuate?  The hardline Iranian tied backers that constitute the new Iraqi Caliphate are grudgefucking their goats at the opportunity to put US soldiers on trial.  In Karzai’s case, the man would have been killed long ago had we not been the shield to protect him from the eternal poppy field in the sky.

And this is the thanks we get?

Not one soldier should expect to waste another drop of sweat to pay for Obama’s re-election campaign and his spin for this unmitigated cludterf*ck will be magnificent.  He killed Osama Bin Laden with the special forces and intelligence apparatus he inherited from his predecessor and assassinated Qaddafi in Days, Not Weeks(tm) (in many months actually) for the crime of him not being the ruler of Syria.

Excuse me.  Obama killed Qaddafi once Qaddafi was killed.  It was a NATO operation when he was still at large.

He brought our troops home from Iraq (after getting us kicked out) and Afghanistan is siding with the people he’s been bombing with drone strikes.  It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when the media doesn’t hound the President for following the letter of international law.

Pouring water on the head of a non-uniformed terrorist captured on a battlefield?  High crimes ready for impeachment!  An extra-judicial killing of a US citizen who was a propagandist for our enemies?  Courage.  Leadership.  Hemming and hawing about means to an end if that.  John Walker Lindh was lucky he wasn’t caught in Obama’s time.  Since he was caught under Bush he’s a hero to the Left.  If it were a few years later his bloody mug would be pasted at the top of the NY Times with a “Got Him!” 72-font headline.

This could have all gone very differently.  Instead, China and Russia got the Iraqi oil contracts (thanks to John Kerry) and the Taliban was overthrown so that we could build the country up and hand it back to them better than new. This is what, somehow, qualifies Hillary Clinton as some kind of foreign policy expert.  At the State Department, she’s moved from Carrot Top “Reset Button” prop diplomacy and now we’re on to charades.

It’s enough to make you want to vote for Ron Paul.



Transparency for Thee, Not for Me

Your Time to Divest From Facebook Is Now.

Realizing, of course, that your information is the asset.  Given freely and with no hopes of ever concealing it.  Your real name, your hometown, every medical issue you’ve ever discussed, every old flame you’ve ever looked up, every opinion on every issue and your Zynga poker strategy to boot – handed over to an untouchable, Democrat sociopath:

For years, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, has extolled the virtue of transparency, and he built Facebook accordingly.


“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity,” Mr. Zuckerberg has said.

Now, Facebook is being taken to task for trying to conceal its own identity as it sought to coax reporters and technology experts to write critical stories about the privacy implications of a search feature, Social Circle, from its rival, Google.

Transparency for thee, not for me it seems.  The Founding Fathers of this country understood perfectly the role of anonymity and I would rely on their 200+ year old integrity against Zuckerburg and his ilk any day of the week.

I was always reluctant to ever open a Facebook account and never fully embraced it. But hey, everybody’s doing it.  And if everybody’s doing it…that’s a lot of guys doing it*.

You’re faced with handing over not just your content but a map of everyone you know (home, work, church, other)  to someone who ostensibly hates you and has the ability to use it against you.  That I cannot stomach.  I don’t go to movies or buy the music of people who openly express contempt of my values.  Why should this be any different?  This isn’t to say that I’m so self-centered that I think a multi-billion dollar corporation is after me.  It just could if it wanted to and I don’t have to be the one to give it the ammunition.

It’s the Disclose Act on a personal level.

In a statement issued Thursday, Facebook said: “We wanted third parties to verify that people did not approve of the collection and use of information from their accounts on Facebook and other services for inclusion in Google Social Circles. We engaged Burson-Marsteller to focus attention on this issue, using publicly available information that could be independently verified by any media organization or analyst. The issues are serious and we should have presented them in a serious and transparent way.”

After they were caught hiring a top flight PR firm to engage in an anonymous smear campaign.  It’s almost like the private sector parallel of the President they support. Openness, honesty and transparency for all – except me!  It’s still the Gilded Age for these information railroad robber barons and it’s time for a trustbuster.

Don’t anyone be offended when I start de-friending you.  I’m not hating the players, I’m hating the game.


My Aching, Blue-Veined Constitutional Swayback

I don’t know what got into Andrew McCarthy but whatever it was it’s been building up for some time:

Is there anything richer than a gaggle of smarmy progressives snickering at the conservative “Constitution fetish”? “Fetish” is the fashionable Left’s latest suggestive imagery turned talking point, a dig at the new Republican majority in the House, which began its session this week by reading the Constitution aloud. It’s as if Dracula were complaining about a crucifix fetish.

Look into my eyes.  I’ve been fantasizing about repealing your mammoth, heaving, soapy penumbras all day.

McCarthy then proceeds to brutalize the pervy progressive projectionists, not unlike Jodie Foster in The Accused, with some of the more depraved hits they laid down on their metaphoric mattresses.

Yea.  Look at yourself in the mirror you dirty little tramps.

Explaining (sort of) why Blackmun’s iconic Roe v. Wade decision simply had to be preserved despite its void of support in law and logic, they wrote: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” You’re telling me you think James Madison could compete with that?

Jimmy Jam was always spittin’ Mad game but Blackmun was Supafly TNT in the legal sack.

And would that it were just a fetish. In 2005, the justices sparked public outrage by ruling that government kleptocrats could seize private property in order to increase the tax haul — er, I mean, for sustainable community development. Was this really an appropriate invocation of eminent domain? Shouldn’t the people’s representatives rein in this blatant judicial overreach? Once and future minority leader Nancy Pelosi was astonished at such impertinent questions. “It is a decision of the Supreme Court,” she harrumphed. “It is almost as if God has spoken.”

Nothing makes San Fran Nan aka Madam Nasty Pelosivic start screaming “Oh God” faster than 6 men in black robes (and three kinda, sorta women) waving their gavels over her head.  All public holes filled with unappealable adjudication that’s bound to test the nation’s gag reflex.

Her courtroom climax?  Precedent setting.

Check it all out.  It’s in the NRO After Dark section.

Open question:  Where do you keep your Constitutions?  Personally, I keep my main one between my mattress and box springs.  An extra one in a sock drawer.   Every year I keep getting older but they keep staying the same age.

Who’s Your (Founding) Daddy? Yea.  You like that dontcha?

Just Because It Means Something To Me

Sadly, a local icon passed away yesterday afternoon.  Doris Demos of the world-renowned, if not Mid-TN renowned, Demos’ restaurant chain died in Murfreesboro:

“She was the heart and soul of Demos’, and she made the heart and soul the way she did with her kids, which was with discipline of the staff — and she did it with 100 percent love,” he said.Peter explained that his mother had been in good health her entire life, but suffered a massive stroke Tuesday night that caused hemorrhaging next to her brain stem. She died on Wednesday afternoon.

I started going to Demos’ shortly after they opened when I attended MTSU.  Mrs. Demos was an omnipresent fixture.  Everything was always outstanding – the food, the staff – everything.  Especially the price.

One night, and this is my only Doris Demos story, I ordered a steak that might have been a little too rare and did not feel so well afterwards.  In what was sure to be a sign of things to come, I left a negative comment card on the table.

Bright and early the very next morning, I got a personal phone call from Mrs. Demos inviting me to come back and that she would take care of everything.  And she did.   That’s been over 15 years ago as much as it pains me to say and to this day I still go there for a bowl of baked chicken and rice soup whenever I start feel a cold coming on.

Godspeed, Mrs. D and condolences to the family.   You are already missed.

Movie Review: Marley & Us

Like the lemming that I am, I admit to contributing an extra $20 to the pot that has already earned close to $100 million dollars in the 9 days since ‘Marley & Me’ was released.   At the screening I saw at Green Hills last night, the theater was so packed that the ushers were re-seating people to make room for everyone looking for a spot.

Sorry if we’re not licking the ‘Milk’ out of your saucer, Hollywood.

It is a testament to the nature of the American people that they would freely give up a hundred large for a mawkish send-up cynically and laboriously designed to pluck at your heart strings.

This is what makes our culture different from the Islamic ones.  We care more about our dogs than they care about their children.

I’m not going to go into any spoilers here like I usually would.  (more…)

Z2K9 – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It But I Can’t Listen To It Because This *@Dd@#& Zune Is A $300 Brick

I’ve been completely happy with my Zune until about 2 am this morning. That was roughly around the time that every first generation 30GB Zune in the world froze up with no foreseeable fix in sight outside of a hard reset.   Z2K9 – here we come!

An unidentified software bug has affected 30GB first generation versions of the Microsoft Zune digital media player.

The company appears baffled by the cause but on its website said it is aware of the problem and is working to correct it.

The problem is apparently a worldwide one with customers reporting their devices freeze when booted.

Let’s not confuse “appears baffled” with “pantshittingly retarded”.


Quote one expert:

I’ve never heard of a consumer electronic device fail en masse like this,” said Matt Rosoff, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, a Seattle-based research firm that focuses on the software giant.

Rosoff estimated that as many as one million people may have been affected by the glitch, which disabled the original 30 gigabyte Zune players.

Never again, MicroStank.  This the Corvair of the Digital Age and unsafe at any speed.

Due to your complete inability to produce a media player untainted by the foul stench of your software failures, I will never buy one of these again and will likely choose a Mac or a Linux OS in the future for all future desktops or laptops.

Congratulations on another successful PR campaign, doucherags.  Z2K9, indeed.

Not one just to bitch and moan, I’m all about solutions:

A)  You can bite the bullet and trade these out for new models of the same size.

B)  Sub out the repair to local outlets like Best Buy.

C) Overnight the tiny screwdriver kit to remove the case to everyone responding on your website with directions for the hard reset.  Not even my eyeglass screwdriver is small enough to fit these screws.

D)  Eat the peanuts out of my crap.

The choice is yours.

Cranky gloats in the comments.  What can I say?  We didn’t listen!

Blank Zune templates after the jump.  Just do a “Save As” and  Photoshop your own idea of what a real frozen Zune screen should look like and I’ll post them (send to -b-dot-mcmurphy-at-yah00000!-dot-com).

Micro Soft On Quality Update: Allegedly this time freeing feature of the Zune will work itself out at the stroke of midnight.  In other words, “don’t just do something – sit there!”*

Yay.  Just in time for everybody to go home.

Another wonderful bit of tech advice from the people who never met a problem that powering down your system and restarting couldn’t fix.


Debate Open Thread (Update: Yes, Indeedy)

Due to the dangerous health risks and rise in emergency room visits from the “My Friends” Drinking Game, Metro Health and Human Services has asked that Six Meat Buffet not have another live presidential debate thread.

Concerned citizens or bullying bureaucrats?

More importantly, does anyone think McCain’s going to do anything but bring a Nerf rocket launcher to a South Side of Chicago gunfight?

I’m voting early this weekend based solely on the performance tonight and then I’m done with this mess.  If McCain stinks up the hall like a nursing home again then I am walking right into that voting booth and leaving the choice for President blank.  Republicans need to admit that they have a problem and it’s not that they are too conservative.

My friends on the Right side of the aisle, in the future you might want to nominate someone whose main accomplishment includes something other than knowing how to take a beating.  We’ll file that under “foreshadowing”.

I know.  I don’t see “The Big Picture”.  As if this cinematic nightmare has not been rolling across my screen for the past two years.  It took eight long years of watching the people I voted for, showing no desire to lead whatsoever, to get me to this point.   But I’m here now and I doubt I’m alone.

So….Debate Thread?

The Madcap Live Laughs after the jump.  Might as well jump. (more…)

Pope Pederast XVI Urges Unilateral Withdrawal From Iraq

If I was Catholic, I’d be ashamed to have this zombie looking bastard as the head of my church heading into the week of Easter:

Pope Benedict XVI issued one of his strongest appeals for peace in Iraq on Sunday, days after the body of the kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop was found near the northern city of Mosul.The pope also denounced the 5-year-long Iraq war, saying it had provoked the complete breakup of Iraqi civilian life.

“Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!” Benedict said to applause at the end of his Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

Seems appeasing Pope Pederast can’t differentiate between an army trying to quell violence and al Qaeda remnants recruiting the mentally retarded to suicide bomb coffee shops.

But what is the solution, oh Wise One?

“In his homily, Benedict urged the faithful to follow God with the innocence and purity of a child’s heart.“To recognize God, we must abandon the pride that dazzles us, that seeks to push us away from God,” he said. To find God, he said, “we must learn to see with a young heart, one which isn’t blocked by prejudice and dazzled by interests.”

But Benedict continued, “A young heart not polluted by the feverish feelings of the sinful hand moving up their tender legs. ‘Enough I say! Enough of this world that doesn’t understand that an 80 year old man is only as young as the boy that he feels. Enough of this world that is breaking the sacred bond between a priest and an altar boy. Enough of this world that….

Wait. What were we talking about again? “

I’m Conflicted

On one hand, I am happy to see my tween son has a fashion sense. Me, I let my mother dress me until my freshman year – in college.

For the kid, wearing the brand names make him feel popular, which no doubt contributes to his self-confidence. I see it working and think that it’s great.

On the other hand, paying $30 for a $15 dollar shirt to enrich a porn-envelope pushing company which, in turn, sends dollars to the same commie plant that makes the cheaper brand sets off every red flag in my collection.

Am I overthinking this?