Rantings of a Conservative

October 30th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


This diary at DailyKos is really well-written.  Go read it.   Here’s a little quote:

BAM!  Sarah Palin!

Everyone together with me now…..”What.  The.  Fuck.”  I have never been so insulted in my life.  You know what made me turn on Bush?  No WMDs in Iraq and suspending Habeus Corpus didn’t help, sure….   But somewhere along the way, I became convinced that I could do a better job.  I’m betting some of you know the feeling well.  I wasn’t even 21 when I first had that thought, but I was convinced I could be a better President than the man sitting in the oval office, and that realization was devastating.  I was just starting to figure the world out and somehow I found myself demonstrably smarter than the man in charge of the free world?  Put a different way, this fucking idiot has the launch codes?  And just when I thought I couldn’t lower the bar any lower for the highest office in the land for the country I’d die for, in comes a tv-anchor/beauty-pageant-winner/crytal-meth-capital-book-banning-mayor gliding in on her helicopter fresh off an aerial hunt for wolves, and all of the sudden George Bush looks like Norman Borlaug, and I’m trying to kill myself with a wooden spoon to the ear.  Man walked with dinosaurs, no global warming, witchcraft!  Take your pick.  Apparently if you believe one crazy thing, the media will harp on it until you’re extinct, yet if you believe a hundred crazy things, you somehow become immune to criticism.  If, just last year, 365 days ago, you would have asked me to give a list of ideas that would categorically disqualify someone for the office of President of the United States, I swear to God “man walking with dinosaurs” is number 8.  The next time you’re near a time machine and want to make someone cry, go back to about a year ago and tell me my number 8 is wrong.  Matter of fact, if you want to be nice about it, kick me in the balls for 5 hours and then tell me number 8 is wrong, at least then I’d have something to distract me from the pain.

VOTE ’08

October 30th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Funny video. Good video. Watch video…

The Atlas of the Real World

October 27th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Calling out around the world, who drinks the most alcohol?  The Ugandans, of course. But check out the Luxembourgers and the Czechs.

There are eighteen of these maps posted at the Telegraph site, and 366 of them in the Atlas of the Real World.  I want to see them all.

From the blurb at Amazon:

Advances in technology have made widespread and detailed data gathering easier, resulting in a deluge of statistics on subjects as diverse as literacy rates, military spending, overweight children, television viewing figures, and endangered species. But how do we represent and compare data from one part of the world to another in a useful way?

Here, sophisticated software combined with comprehensive analysis of every aspect of life represents the world as it really is. Digitally modified maps depict the areas and countries of the world not by their physical size but by their demographic importance on a vast range of topics.

The rainforests of South America, with thirty percent of the world’s fresh water, make the continent balloon in an analysis of water resources, whereas Kuwait, dependent on desalinated seawater, disappears from the map. Fuel use, alcohol consumption, population, malaria: here are hundreds of key indicators to the way we live.

Norwegian Wood

October 25th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a really sad song.

Opie, Andy, and Fonzie Endorse Barack Obama

October 23rd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


This is very cool. Bravo, Opie…

Posse Comitatus Redux

October 22nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


“The military’s deployment within U.S. borders raises critical questions that must be answered,” said Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project. “What is the unit’s mission? What functions will it perform? And why was it necessary to deploy the unit rather than rely on civilian agencies and personnel and the National Guard? Given the magnitude of the issues at stake, it is imperative that the American people know the truth about this new and unprecedented intrusion of the military in domestic affairs.”

Yes, this is for real.

Double Bus Door Experiment Redux

October 21st, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


How many remember this post?

Another thought. Every day at 5:45 on Pontiac Trail at Arrowood, a man gets off the bus. He gets out one door or the other. Front or back.

Every day at 5:45 on Pontiac Trail at Arrowood, a little girl, perhaps 2 1/2 or 3 years old, waits for her Daddy to arrive home from work on the bus.

The little girl doesn’t know what door Daddy will emerge from. She pivots from side to side, bouncing back and forth, poised to RUN to Daddy as soon as she sees where he is. Front or back?

Inside the bus, Daddy knows whats going on. He goes out different doors from day to day.

It is very cute to watch the “observer” outside the bus.

Anyhow, what does all this have to do with the double-slit experiment?

Active choice by the observer? Conscious particles, choosing which slit to pass through?

What else?

All You Need Is Love

October 21st, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

There Will Be Music Presently

October 20th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


I had a Big Dream last Saturday (10-11-08).  I went to bed early and crashed at 9 o’clock or something after doing my day job driving buses in Ann Arbor.  100,000 people got out of a college football game and I had to drive a bus through their incredibly confused cacophony of vehicles.

What a nightmare.

Anyhow, I haven’t been remembering my dreams very well these days.  Unfortunately, I currently lead a life where I am awakened by an alarm clock on 5 of every 7 days.  I rarely awaken directly from REM.

I awakened from my dreams around 11:30 PM.

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Old Man

October 18th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Neal Young is a great songwriter. The studio record of Old Man is great, but the tune here holds up just fine with just guitar and vocals. Check it out.

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