Thursday, January 19, 2012

Birthday Cake

I've long not been a fan of cake.  They're generally bland and lifeless for a desert with none of the charm of their 'pie' cousins.  A few times for my birthday however, my mom made me a German Chocolate cake, which is the greatest cake ever (at least among cakes which don't also have the word 'cheese' in front of it....unless it also has the words 'German Chocolate' in front of the word 'cheese' as well, anyway I digress....).  Ever since, my birthday cake of choice has been German Chocolate, by far.

However, in wishing my sister a happy birthday, I'm reminded that our mom would typically make some cherry flavored disaster of a cake for my sister's birthday (sorry mom, I'm not a fan of cake, and fruit flavored cake ranks even lower).  It was all the more traumatic since we just got done eating my wonderful birthday cake three days earlier.  I've wondered though, does my sister hunger for cherry flavored layer cake on her birthday like I pine for German Chocolate?  (Or maybe it was strawberry flavored?  For all the resemblance that it had to actual fruit, I think we can agree that it was, at the very least, "pink" flavored.)

I don't know, but for anyone who knows the current iteration of my sis, they would no doubt be entertained by the thought of her slurping down some sloppily made layer cake that had been made with shelf-stable packaged goods purchased at some place that doesn't have the words "Whole" or "Trader" in their name.  Happy Birthday Sis!
My sister in question is the one with the pony tails. When I redid this picture a couple times for Facebook, I never noticed that it was backwards until now (now corrected since the lettering on my brother's shirt (I think it's my brother and not me) can now be read).

PC Leadership

My current study material is, um, yes, "Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior".  Try sticking your teeth in that doughnut and not hitting the hole!  Anyway, being college material it is, of course, PC to a 'T'.  However this humdinger from the 12th edition of Organizational Behavior by Stephen P. Robbins and Timothy A. Judge can't go uncontested:
The terrorist attacks of September 11th brought home to millions of Muslims living in the United States the hurtful power of stereotypes.
What stereotypes? Like the one's where Muslims like to hijack planes and fly them into buildings? I think the thousands of people they killed and their families are well aware of the 'hurt' of that stereotype.  The issue with stereotypes is, alas, that they're mostly true.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Lucas Bombers

Instapundit links to this article about the trouble George Lucas had in getting his movie made about the Tuskegee Airmen. It notes:
And still, over the course of 23 years, Lucas could not find a single one of the Hollywood studios that would be interested in the project. Did the studio gatekeepers deem the material not “marketable” enough? Lucas certainly seems to think the studios saw the African American cast as a liability.
Hollywood not being in to finding a way to shove another piece of PC drivel down the throats of America? The mind boggles at the possibility! However, the article also notes:
Maybe the movie is just plain awful...
Ahh there we go, so some studio math is in order:
"George Lucas" + "Not Star Wars" = "Crap that can't float on previous success"

Monday, January 09, 2012

Know Nothings

Not in the classic sense mind you, but in the literal sense.  Hot on the heels of passing a law of dubious constitutionality that allows for the military to round up U.S. citizens on U.S. soil and detain them indefinitely (basically because the bunch of pussies in our government can't bring themselves to shoot/hang the goons in Guantanamo), Congress is looking to put the smack down on the Internet.  This way when you disappear in the middle of the night, no one will be able to report it because any web site will be able to be taken down for any reason.  Quote from an opponent:
"I'm not very encouraged, quite frankly," said Paul Ferguson, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, a cybersecurity vendor with concerns about the bills. "There's a lack of technical knowledge here in the legislative process."
That's being generous! Let me fix that quote up for you a bit:
"There's a lack of knowledge here in the legislative process."
If you haven't heard about SOPA, it may be because, as The Reg notes, the big media companies have been oddly silent, the same way a mob boss might be silent when his opponent is mysteriously murdered.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

That is a Great Line

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.


 -Barack Hussein Obama