Friday, February 29, 2008

Obamasim!

I'll tell you what, if someone had come to me 14 or so years ago and said "You might hate Hillary with a seething passion now, but you'll actually want her to win the Democratic primary in 2008", I probably would've thought "Cripe, what kind of freak did they find to run? Some black nationalist whitie hater? Some kind of minority David Duke - someone who has repulsive personal views but a gifted tongue with which to cover them up? No way will I want that dyke to beat anyone!"


Well, ‘way’.


I certainly would prefer Hillary to win Texas and Ohio, and not because I think she's easier for McCain to beat, but because it's not worth chancing getting this American Hugo Chavez voted into office; a man whose best assessments have been that he'll be Jimmy Carter the II, that and his America/Whitie hating wife who drools for the chance to become the worlds greatest race baiter.


But, alas, it's probably not to be as Obama is saturation bombing the area with his idiotic ads. While watching The Simpsons there was a stinkin' Obama ad every commercial break, to say nothing of the radio (best to stay away from ad supported radio). Anyway I whipped up this bit in Photoshop which proves that I can find the layer filters on the tool bar:

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Fake Fence for Fake President

It's a monument to Bush2's presidency that he can even get a two dozen mile long fake fence built. God forbid if he had to build a real fence.

Add to that the ever weakening dollar, annualized double digit inflation and an impending recession (or worse, stagflation as the powers-that-be refuse to let the bad money be shaken out of the economy) and Bush has quite the legacy*.

Well, at least he solved global warming.

*The even bigger legacy is that his 'competition', such as it is, always found a way to be outsmarted by him and discovered candidates more inept than he. I think, again, that says a lot about the ineptitude of our elites.

Which, while I'm thinking of it, I must note the passing of William F. Buckley Jr. I can't claim that he had any huge influence on me, but he certainly influenced those who have influenced me and when I did read his pieces they were generally quite intellectually challenging. We can scarcely lose very many men like WFB in a society so lacking in political competency.

C'mon Daisy don't drown me this time

I think it was Verizon who was plugging their Chocolate cell phone when they play the beginning of a song that sounded a lot like Catherine Wheel's 'Sparks Are Gonna Fly' and I'd think "COOL, finally some marketers with some music taste". But my hopes were dashed when it turned out to be some crappy techno tune that figured was a jingle.

Turns out though it was Goldfrapp's 'Strict Machine' as I recently learned from my latest DDR purchase*. Every time I hear I feel the need to turn it off and listen to the much better tune it got me thinking of. (Interesting that Sony/BMG posted their own video. They went the extra mile and uploaded a lousy compressed encoding of the video (probably saved from some other crappy stream service they were running) and then disabled embedding; bite me Sony).

* For the record, DDR Max2 and DDR Supernova are the best DDR games for the PS2. All the others seem to be lacking something, namely an overabundance of eighties tunes, trance, and J-Pop.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chinese Horror

From here:
The Chinese government has also expanded its separate restrictions on audio and video products with elements of mystery and horror last week. Of particular concern to China's General Administration of Press and Publications are products that "involve alien-looking characters and fictional story telling, both specifically plotted for the sole purpose of terror." According to the government, the ban will "protect the country's children and teenagers' psychological development."
Thank goodness they don't live in a polution dump where the government authorties arbitraily take all your stuff and/or arrest you for viewing the 'wrong stuff' on the Internet, otherwise their psychological development might really be affected!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Indian Beef

From Jay Nordlinger's notes about his travels in India:
I’ll tell you a fun story: An Indian-American friend of mine once knew an Indian who came to America, for an extended period. This guy was a vegetarian Hindu, but, in the States, he started eating hamburgers and steaks. Asked to explain himself, he said, “I figure only Indian cows are sacred.”
Sounds like a deal to me!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Whiter

This stuffwhitepeoplelike is fun-ny! How about a taste?
But it goes beyond just food, all white people either have/will/or wished they had taught English in Japan. It is a dream for them to go over seas and actually live in Japan. This helps them not only because it fills their need to travel, it will enable them to gain important leverage over other white people at Sushi restaurants where they can say “this place is pretty good, but living in Japan really spoiled me. I’ve had such a hard time finding a really authentic place.”
Hat tip to Steve Sailer.

Made in China

From here:
An insidious computer virus recently discovered on digital photo frames has been identified as a powerful new Trojan Horse from China that collects passwords for online games - and its designers might have larger targets in mind.
And no it's not the first time this has happened: Only a matter of time before whole friggin' computers are shipped from that place loaded with viruses.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Black History Month!

Lots of stuff like this on TV when February rolls around:

While viewing those items for the 5000000000000th time I thought about how powerful those images are, and how humorous it would be to follow it up with a little "after" photography:
That's a shot of present day Detroit, a whole city gone to waste in post-segregationist America. I'm sure as well that any city dweller knows of a nearby neighborhood that was once a thriving working class neighborhood but is now a no mans land where even hardened residents don't go out during the day, let alone at night.

Such is just the way it goes. Even if one was favorable towards segregationist policies, one then faces the fact that they will then have to live under the yolk of a government capable of carrying out such policies; and overeager Germans can attest to the fact that the more draconian feats that you expect out of your government, then the more oppressive it shall be...for everyone. So no, most definitely not worth it even apart from the obvious moral issues; but it's not worth pretending anymore that we didn't lose something in the process. This something is gone down a road coated mostly with nostalgia to be sure, but it is gone forever none the less*.


*I admit to more or less stealing that bit from Derb.

News Notes

From the Drudge front page:
Government Benefit Costs Topped $27,000 Per Senior Citizen Last Year...
Bernanke Warns Economy Worsening...
Subprime crisis costs global $7.7 trillion...

BTW, I caught something about McCain that I had forgotten. It's been said that he did vote against the Bush tax cuts, but what isn't remarked upon is that he had initially voted for the package that included both tax cuts AND spending caps. Of course when the bill came up for the final vote the caps were gone and so was his vote; wise I think. I'd also heard that his McCain-Feingold 'campaign finance reform' bill as submitted was equally wise and reasonable, but when it got crapped back out of the committees it looked nothing like the bill he had submitted. I'll grant that he hasn't made any effort to disown the bill, but I'm willing to cut him a little slack on the issue since that story is easily believable (though I'm to lazy to find a reference).

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pepsiman

Yet another in a long line of items that I figured everyone had seen already (fair warning, uneven sound levels and crappy video compression):


Although the commercials are from Japan, the commercials were most obviously made somewhere in North America, probably Los Angeles.

Monday, February 04, 2008

More AFC Suckitude

Although I wanted the Giants to win last night, a small part of me wouldn't have minded the Patriots winning so that the AFC could get another win in a contest that, historically, has been completely dominated by the NFC. Check it out, starting out with Denver's impressive win over Green Bay back in 1998, the AFC has won 8 out of the last 11 Super Bowls. Impressive? Maybe, unless you fire up the way-back machine even further to see that the last time the AFC won a Super Bowl before that Denver victory was in 1984. Looking back on it now, that may have had something to do with my drought in interest in football as the teams I watched all season would repeatedly make it to the Super Bowl only to get clobbered by some NFC juggernaught.

It would seem that in the era of free agency and whatnot those disparities shouldn't appear. However, the main goal of a team is to make it into the playoffs and not necessarily to win while they're there. The easiest way to do that is to steal players and coaching talent from the other teams in your division. In fact it's preferable to steal a good player from a team in your division rather than ponying up and signing a really good player from elsewhere since you're making your opponent weaker at the same time. The easiest way to see a manifestation of this is in divisions like the NFC South where crappy teams continually bum from each other and turn out 40% win rate while their division champ goes to the playoffs with a record only one game above .500. In the end the team that won the NFC South, Tampa Bay, subsequently lost to the Giants, a team that comes from a division where the worst team finished with a .500 record and the division finished with a win rate of 63%.

Just looking the AFC rolls, I see several teams that aren't as good as they once were (San Diego, Pittsburgh, Indy) while their one good team, New England, is under continuous assault from the other teams in the division via theft of talent. On the other hand, the NFC side has a bunch of established and up and coming teams, so I fear it might be time for another AFC drought. I hope I'm wrong...*

*I'm probably overly concerned. The win split for Super Bowls is 20 wins for the AFC and 22 wins for the NFC