Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kids. Is It Worth This?

You know, every time I think I'm ready to start a family, something like this comes up.

If dad goes for a walk with his daughter and holds her hand, apparently Virginia Department of Health officials wants you to pick up the phone and destroy his life by reporting him as a possible sexual abuser. I would've thought this article about this campaign was from the Onion or some satirical publication, but it's for real.

"The 'Stop It Now' campaign - just launched locally - will urge people to call a help line if they see an adult whom they suspect of having a sexual relationship with a child.

"'We want to teach them to trust their instinct and, if it doesn't feel right, take action,' Odor said."

"Ah, but is there a misleading billboard?" you ask.

Why, yes. Yes, there is.

Because as we all know, all men are sexual predators, and should never be trusted around ANYONE, especially their own children.

Makes me scared to have kids, you know?

-Hold you kid's hand? CPS might take her away
-Discipline child? CPS might take her away
-Sick child? CPS might take her away
-Homeschool the child? CPS might take her away

Land of the free? Not so much...

Friday, June 22, 2007

When 900 Years Old You Reach, Look As Good You Will Not, Hmmmm?

Oh, wait. Wrong movie. But the sentiment stands. What we have here is the first image of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones from Indy 4. Looks WAAAAY better than i expected. Color me excited for this film, after all. Anyway, take a gander!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Have I Got A Thought-Provoker For YOU!

I'm torn about this. Here's the deal:

In short, the University of Dearborn-Michigan has decided to pay $25,000 to install two footbaths. Sounds odd, but OK on the surface. Here's the reason they feel the need to install them:

The muslim students have been washing thier feet in the bathroom sinks 5 times a day for prayer.

The university says that the baths are needed because the bathrooms are becoming very messy and dangerously slippery. Also, the baths will be available for all students to use.

The ACLU has decided that this does not violate the Constitution.

SO. Is this a double-standard on the ACLU's part? Is this perfectly reasonable? I'll admit, I've wavered back and forth on this. At first glance, I say "absolutely not, the university should not be putting up money to provide these baths, which are clearly used for religious purposes."

However, they are installing the baths so that the muslims don't have to wash their feet in the sink thereby spilling water on the floor making the bathroom a dangerous place for everyone else.

But then again, nobody else really uses footbaths, and muslims don't have a NON-religious use for them. Washing your feet 5 times a day is a religious act, and one which is not performed in public by 99.9% of non-muslims.

Here's the solution: Ban washing feet in the school's sinks. Period. End of story. Same rules for everybody. What could be more fair than that?

The problem is, it is very clear that the ban would be seen as animosity towards a single religious group. You can't do that. You'd get sued.

Amazing how foot washing is religious speech when you forbid it, but a secular hygine issue when you spend tax dollars to facilitate it.


Friday, June 15, 2007

Mike Nifong: Giant Piece of Human Debris

If you didn't know, Mike Nifong, the prosecutor in the Duke "not a rape" case, is on trial right now for violating all kinds of Bar ethics and other stuff. KC Johnson has been all over this since day one, and has some AWESOME recaps of the past few days. Reade Seligman's testimony is especially heartbreaking, as he describes what it was like to have to tell his mom and girlfriend that he was being charged with raping a stripper.

Anyway, the shocker for today is, Mike Nifong, Douchbag for Great Justice, resigns as DA on the stand, while crying like a little girl. Hopefully, he'll still get sued for everything he's got. I highly recommend reading the transcripts for the past few days. It's absolutely frightening how a prosecuter was able to manipulate the system and charge 3 boys with a crime that didn't even happen.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

THIS Is Why We Have The Second Amendment

This story just reinforces my belief in the Second Amendment. Short version of the story is an undercover cop initiates a road rage incident against a guy driving in his car with his wife and 2 toddlers. Cop winds up blocking the guy in with car, and approaches the guy's WIFE with his weapon drawn, never having identified himself as a cop. Guy draws his own weapon and shoots the cop in both legs and the gun arm from across the passenger seat! That's some mighty fine shootin' there, son. Anyway, cop lives, guy gets released without charges. Guy's a hero for protecting his family from an overaggressive cop with an inflated sense of power.

You know, normally I support the police; they have an incredibly tough job, with very little thanks. But there's so many stories of cops WAAAAY overstepping thier bounds that sometimes it's nice to read a story where somebody reminds the police that they do NOT rule us peons. Anyway, just wanted to share.

Friday, June 08, 2007

I Have A New Hero: Jeff Sessions, The Man Who Killed The Immigation Bill

Sessions is The Man. His patience, persistence, and sheer MANLINESS has killed (at least for now) the horribly stupid immigration bill. He identified the 20 loopholes that made this bill so farking bad. I highly encourage you to read them as they mkae clear why so many conservative are against this bill. In honor of Mr. Sessions, Ace has a list of "cool facts" about him. EXTREMELY funny, but watch out for explicit language. The cool thing is, Ace has said that he's going to personally send the list to Mr. Sessions, as a gesture of support. That's pretty cool. Some of my favorites:

Jeff Sessions is so powerful, he once caused Trent Lott's hair to move.

Senator sessions once killed a man with a paperclip.
It took several weeks, but the man eventually succumbed to his wounds.
Sessions is patient and evil, like a crocodile armed with a paperclip.

There was a fight in the Alabama Senate today. What were the two state senators fighting over? Which one of them Jeff Sessions likes better.

Jeff Sessions' tears could bring Paul "Bear" Bryant back from the dead. But Jeff Sessions just plain refuses to cry.

Jack Baur wishes he was Jeff Sessions...

Jeff Sessions is actually over 300 years old. He is immune to the aging process thanks to a steady diet of roofing tacks, lightning, and treasonous congressmen. When asked about his unusual, life-extending diet, he replied "because my work here is not yet complete."

Jeff Sessions' alarm clock only displays two times: when he wakes up it's "Ass Kicking Time" and when he goes to bed it's "Preparing for Ass Kicking Time".

Sessions is indeed 300 years old. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Jeff Sessions retaliated by flying several kamikaze missions against Japanese naval forces. He flew a P-38 Lightning fighter plane into a Japanese battleship and then swam back to shore where he got another plane and flew into another battleship this time with his arm out the window giving them the one-finger salute.

This one is for Doc:
You might have missed the Hollywood biopic of Jeff Sessions' life--which is understandable; with a title like Army of Darkness, it's not obvious what it was about.

And this one is for Justin:

Jeff Sessions won the Tallegeda 500 in 5 consecutive years, but his victories have not been recognized by NASCAR because he was jogging.

We still have heroes, it seems.

OK, one more:

Jeff Sessions tattooed his fists with the names "Truth" and "Justice".
You don't want to know what he tattooed with "The American Way".

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Finally! Part 3 Of My AMV Series Is Complete!

Took me for-farking-ever to finish, but it's finally done. After a much too long delay, here is the final installment in my Children of Evangelion series. This video is of Shinji Ikari. This was more difficult than the others, as Shinji is so integral to the story that any story about him must include the other characters. I did what I could to show how he is central to Asuka and Rei's (and Misato too, of course) stories, and how it all revolves around him. Shinji, as much as he tries to avoid it, is the "hero" of NGE. Sure, he's a whiny dork, but his heart is in the right place. He's really pretty cool when you get down to it. Anyway, I tried a few new techniques this time, I hope it looks OK.

The song is "Open Your Eyes" by Alter Bridge, and it features what is quite possibly one of the best guitar solos ever recorded. Anyway, hope you enjoy it. My next video will be quite a bit different, not so action oriented, and quite a bit more mellow (I think). Let me know what you think!

Sort of content warning: Possibly disturbing images, religious images. It is, after all, about the end of the world. Cheers!

Here's the other parts:
Part 1 - Rei
Part 2 - Asuka

Really Sweet Time Waster

Found this on the interweb tubes. Absolutely cool, a little scary, and garaunteed to make you say "Wow." They made this image where you just keep zooming in forever (well, almost). Just click and drag your mouse either up or down to zoom in or out.