Reality and Sanity

May 30, 2006

I Wouldn’t Endorse This Political Party

Filed under: General Nonsense — Paul @ 6:09 pm

Not now, not ever.

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May 29, 2006

How Do You Spell Desperation?

Filed under: General Nonsense — Paul @ 8:50 pm

D-i-x-i-e C-h-i-c-k-s.

Because of slow sales, they've now taken to begging their fans to call up local stations across the country to request airplay. This on the heels of the Time Magazine shilling where Martie Maguire made this statement:

 “I’d rather have a small following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith,” Maguire said. “We don’t want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do.”

Apparently the've abandoned that position.

The FReepers are having a field day, suggesting that people call in and request that the Chicks' music not be played, instead requesting more Toby Keith!

What Needs A Second-Hand Smoke Exception?

Filed under: General Nonsense — Paul @ 12:01 pm

Apparently, this does.

‘I’d go back in a heartbeat’

Filed under: Military Sacrifice Reflection — Paul @ 11:40 am

This is the statement by an Iraq War veteran profiled in the Palm Beach Post. You have to read all the way to the end, and wade through criticism of the military flotsam, the obligatory war statisitic jetsam and a recounting of the ordeal of dealing with the wounds he suffered, but there is a telling statement of the attitude shared by most of the troops:

On May 28, 2004, three weeks after the attack, [U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jim] Nappier reenlisted at the Naval Reserve Center in West Palm Beach."I practiced keeping my fingers straight to take the oath," he says. But then, on July 31, 2005, he was officially "boarded out" — retired for medical reasons.

"I'd go back in a heartbeat, if they'd take me," Nappier says. "I believe in the mission. If we weren't there, they'd be hitting us here."

Thank you for your service.

(Hat tip: Free Republic)

The Nuge Turns Yet Another Interviewer Inside Out

Betsy Newmark comments on an interview of intense, insanely-talented guitarist and Second Amendment supporter Ted Nugent. The exchanges between Ted and the writer are classic Nuge vs. pacifist, served up like fresh killed-n-grilled meat. Some of the choice cuts:

We sit down to coffee, eggs and grits. Ted is 6ft 3in; to get a sense of his general demeanour you could do worse than imagine the body of John Wayne possessed by the spirit of Ian Paisley in one of his less conciliatory moods. He launches into a fevered monologue about how much safer Britain would be with more guns on its streets.

“Never has there been such an upsurge in crime since they confiscated all your weapons. Why don’t you arm yourselves? You Limeys have a zipper that’s locked in the closed position, because you don’t have a constitution. You’re rewarded for shutting the f**k up.”

[…]

British police who don’t want to carry firearms are, Nugent says, “out of their minds. I say if somebody robs you, shoot ’em. I’d like all thieves killed. And all rapists. And carjackers. No more graffiti. No more…” – this next phrase is a Spoonerism, rather than some Texan term for gross indecency – “snatch-pursing.”

“For an unarmed force,” I suggest, “the British police have shot quite a few people. Did you hear about Jean Charles de Menezes?”

“That was horrible. An American cop would have just beat the s**t out of him.”

[…]

“This would be a far safer country without weapons, and you know it.” “And there’d be fewer drownings if we got rid of lakes. There will be accidents! Leave me alone!”

Oooooh, do we see some temptation here?

He teaches me how to shoot an AK-47, and I have to admit that firing a fully automatic machine gun at a target is fun.

On deer hunting:

“What do these deer think when they see you coming?” I ask him. “Here comes the nice guy who puts out our dinner? Or, there’s the man that shot my brother?”

“I don’t think they’re capable of either of those thoughts, you Limey a**hole. They’re only interested in three things: the best place to eat, having sex and how quickly they can run away. Much like the French.”

Describing a compliment on Ted’s playing after appearing on stage with the Lourdes to support the Supremes at Detroit’s Cobo Hall:

This was the night, Nugent recalls, when he received “the pivotal confirmation of my musical touch and my life overall. The mighty funk brother God of Thunder [Benny Benjamin, drummer for Motown house band The Funk Brothers] told me: ‘Boy, keep playing like that and you’z gonna be a n*****r when ya grows up.'”

This is vintage Nuge. In fact, his website has a collection of interviews and news clips that he displays like trophy kills. Here’s my personal favorite.

Back to the writer, who makes this interesting observation:

I’m not sure that I’ve ever met anybody whose opinions and instincts are more directly opposed to my own. And yet, in some odd way, I find Ted Nugent impossible to dislike: I think because I consider him to be a psychotic – by the classic definition that he does not perceive the world as others do.

This is why I’ve found the Nuge to be so fascinating; especially since I made the switch from liberal to conservative. He has his own worldview built on uncompromising principles that horrify elitist liberals. Such a spectacle is always entertaining for me.

Memorial Day 2006: Part 2

Filed under: Military Sacrifice Reflection — Paul @ 6:40 am

There are those that only want to remember the sacrifice of those soldiers in the current Iraq war since it fits their agenda. Memorial Day is to remember ALL soldiers that gave thier lives so we could have the freedom to be such ignoramuses.

Here's a sampling of how Memorial Day was viewed years ago; images provided by Snapshots of the Past.

Americas Honored War Dead

Memorial Day 1917
Remember to honor the sacrifice of every soldier while grilling those burgers and brats today. 

May 28, 2006

715

Filed under: Horsehide Chronicles — Paul @ 5:32 pm

Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth.

Anti-Aircraft Bottle Rockets

Filed under: Stupid Criminal Tricks — Paul @ 10:56 am

This is what happens when emotions override logic, sound judgement and common sense:Woman Shoots Fireworks at Police Helicopter.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Annoyed with a sheriff's helicopter flying over her house late Thursday night, Marjorie Thompson ran outside with a bottle rocket launcher and started shooting rockets at the aircraft, authorities said.

Authorities said they caught Thompson, 44, in the act of launching the second bottle rocket.

Thompson is facing a felony charge of shooting or throwing a deadly missile into an aircraft.

The helicopter was in the area searching for a suspect in a car theft, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The helicopter's pilot said the craft's flight pattern was never in jeopardy.

Who knew the Land of the Magic Kingdom was a war zone?

Rounding Up Them Prices

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising Tricks — Paul @ 8:29 am

Betsy says "Don't Trust that Nine-Tenths of a Cent at Your Gas Station." 

As we all guessed, when you buy a gallon of gas, you're not paying in fractions of a penny. They're actually rounding up. And there is no good reason to advertise their prices that way except to fool people into thinking that gas is actually a penny less than it really is.

This is one of the oldest techniques in the marketing playbook; that why many retail prices are set at levels such as $5.99, $49.99 or $399.99…to get people to think that prices are lower than they actually are.

Why would gas be any different? 

Poor Chrissie Will Have to Endure More Ribbing From Liberal Friends

Filed under: Long Live Rock--Be It Dead or Alive — Paul @ 1:00 am

A Top 50 rock song list for conservatives: Rockin' the Right.

My personal favorite (not simply to listen to, but becaue I know it will annoy the songwriter): #13. “My City Was Gone,” by The Pretenders.

Virtually every conservative knows the bass line, which supplies the theme music for [Rush] Limbaugh’s radio show. But the lyrics also display a Jane Jacobs sensibility against central planning and a conservative’s dissatisfaction with rapid change: “I went back to Ohio / But my pretty countryside / Had been paved down the middle / By a government that had no pride.”

Here's the best part: the song's writer, lead Pretender Crissie Hynde is a down-to-the-bones LIBERAL.

For this song to make the list is simply classic. Limbaugh chose the song partly for that great bass line; he also chose it to tweak liberals. Even better, Hynde got so much grief about the Limbaugh connection that she tried to prevent the EIB Network from using it, succeeding in getting it pulled. To her dismay, she was overruled by her record company only two days later, and the song has continued to be the theme music for Limbaugh's show.

So this will surely annoy Hynde as she has to endure more questions about his song from other liberals.

Kerry: He Was For Moving On Before He Was Against It

Filed under: Bias? What bias?, Stupid Democrat Tricks — Paul @ 12:13 am

Scroll for updates…
John Kerry won't give it up: Kerry Pressing Swift Boat Case Long After Loss.

Three decades after the Vietnam War and nearly two years after Mr. Kerry's failed presidential bid, most Americans have probably forgotten why it ever mattered whether he went to Cambodia or that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth accused him of making it all up, saying he was dishonest and lacked patriotism.But among those who were on the front lines of the 2004 campaign, the battle over Mr. Kerry's wartime service continues, out of the limelight but in some ways more heatedly — because unlike then, Mr. Kerry has fully engaged in the fight. Only those on Mr. Kerry's side, however, have gathered new evidence to support their case.

Maybe they're about to present some 'fake, but accurate' documents. Maybe they are getting too far out in front of the news cycle.

Mr. Kerry, accused even by Democrats of failing to respond to the charges during the campaign, is now fighting back hard."They lied and lied and lied about everything," Mr. Kerry says in an interview in his Senate office. "How many lies do you get to tell before someone calls you a liar? How many times can you be exposed in America today?"

His supporters are compiling a dossier that they say will expose every one of the Swift boat group's charges as a lie and put to rest any question about Mr. Kerry's valor in combat. While it would be easy to see this as part of Mr. Kerry's exploration of another presidential run, his friends say the Swift boat charges struck at an experience so central to his identity that he would want to correct the record even if he were retiring from public life.

Oh really? Then why is this paragraph in the story:

Mr. Kerry portrays himself as a wary participant in his own defense, insisting in the two-hour interview that he does not want to dwell on the accusations or the mistakes of his 2004 campaign. "I'm moving on," he says several times.

Which is quickly followed by…

But he can also barely resist prosecuting a case against the group that his friends now refer to as "the bad guys."

John Kerry. He was for moving on before he was against it.

Update: Patterico's response to the "gathered new evidence" line is devastating.

Update II: Captain Ed also responds:

If Kerry really wants to open the topic for debate again, there are plenty of questions contained within the category that have never been answered. Here are just a few:

1. Why did Kerry appropriate Tedd Peck's battle record into his own record?

2. Why did Kerry allow David Alston to appear at numerous campaign events and misrepresent himself as an eyewitness to Kerry's Silver Star engagement?

3. Why did Alston disappear from the campaign after this became public, and why didn't the Kerry campaign explain his absence?

4. If Kerry came under fire on the December 2, 1968 incident for which he requested and eventually received his first Purple Heart, why then did Kerry write in his journal on December 11 that he had not yet been shot at?

If he can explain all this with new evidence, I'll be glad to post it. Until then, this looks like the same bluster that his supporters have used all along — to claim that the Swift Boat veterans have been thoroughly debunked and that Kerry had been vindicated without producing a single piece of supporting evidence for either conclusion. It also proves that Kerry will never get past Viet Nam, and as long as he occupies a leadership position in the Democratic Party, neither will the Democrats.

Update III: Scott Johnson, Tom Maguire and Jon Henke have joined the fray. Bruce Kessler of the Democracy Project is right on target: New York Times is full of Kerry.

Allahpundit points out a poll:

Well, Rasmussen decided to re-run the 2004 election and discovered two things. First, Kerry wins this time by seven points. And second, he’s still a terrible candidate:

President Bush is still trusted by a few more voters than Kerry on the National Security issue. However, the President’s advantage is much smaller than it was during the election season–44% now trust the President more while 41% opt for Kerry…

On immigration, 43% trust the President more while 40% prefer Kerry.

You don’t need a poll to tell you how terrible he is, though. Some of the righty blogosphere’s heaviest hitters are reacting this morning to news that Kerry wants a rematch with the Swift Vets.

Kerry better come up with some compelling evidence and answers to the myriad of questions about his service, which I'll be happy to post provided it's detailed and accurate. But there is so many holes that I doubt he can plug a few of them, let alone all.

Update IV: Here's excerpts from the book Kerry suppressed about his testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on April 22, 1971: The New Soldier.

May 27, 2006

AP Swerve Writing

Filed under: Bias? What bias? — Paul @ 11:15 pm

Kim Gamel of the AP has a story about Islamic Extremism: Iraqi Athletes Killed for Wearing Shorts.

Here’s the first paragraph:

An Iraqi tennis coach and two of his players were shot to death this week in Baghdad because they were wearing shorts, authorities said Saturday, reporting the latest in a series of recent attacks attributed to Islamic extremists.

Which is quickly followed by…the second paragraph:

A U.S. Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter, meanwhile, crashed Saturday and its two crew members were missing in Anbar province, a volatile area west of the capital where insurgents are active. Hostile fire was not suspected as the cause of the crash, the U.S. military said.

Objection! Relevance?

So what, exactly, does a probable military helicopter accidental crash in Anbar have to do with a Iraqi tennis team being targeted for wearing shorts in Baghdad?

Gamel also throws in several other subjects, including the obligatory “Body Count Mantra”:

The U.S. military also reported that a Marine was killed Friday by “enemy action” in Anbar province. The death raised to at least 2,466 the number of U.S. military personnel who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The islamic extremist killings is a big enough story in itself. Why garnish it with all these other unrelated stories?

Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward: 1966-2006

Filed under: End Zone Theatrics — Paul @ 10:30 pm

A recurring tumor claims his life:

ATLANTA — Former NFL fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, who played 11 seasons in the league with five different franchises, died here Saturday after a seven-year battle with a recurring brain tumor.Heyward, who retired from the league following the 1998 season, was 39.

Given the severity and aggressiveness of Heyward's tumor, known as a chordoma, and the inability of surgeons to completely remove it during two operations, his death was not unexpected. Heyward also suffered a stroke a few years ago that left him partially paralyzed.

I don't remember any plays he made, not to say he didn't make any plays. No one at any position lasts eleven years in the NFL without making plays:

In 149 games, Heyward registered 1,031 carries for 4,301 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also posted 177 receptions for 1,559 yards and four touchdowns. His finest season came with the Falcons in 1995, when he rushed for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns and earned his lone Pro Bowl berth.

Rather, I remember him for that all-world nickname.

I also fondly remember his Zest commercials in the 90s. I can't look at product with the 'Zest' brand name without saying in a falsetto voice, "Hey Ironhead, it says it's a body wash!" or a mesh washcloth: "Hey Ironhead, what's this thingy?" He made people laugh all the way to the end, confirmed by Bobby Hebert, one of his NFL teammates:

The one thing he's still got and that hasn't changed a bit is that devilish sense of humor of his.

University of Pittsburgh had coach Dave Wannstedt get the last quote:

I will always remember him as a tremendous player who had an irrepressible attitude on and off the field. We spoke just a few weeks ago and I was struck by the typical upbeat 'Ironhead' attitude he displayed despite his health. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Pitt family are with Craig's loved ones during this time of sorrow.

This is also a bit scary for me, since Heyward was younger than I am. Just shows that you can never count on having a long life; sometimes a life is cut way too short.

Update: ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli writes a fitting tribute: Ironhead was a nickname, Craig was the man.

Bloggers are “Real” Journalists

Filed under: The First Amendment Applies to Everyone — Paul @ 6:55 pm

According to a California appeals court. Patterico has details and links.

Memorial Day 2006: Remembering Those Who Died For Our Freedoms

Filed under: Military Sacrifice Reflection — Paul @ 1:50 pm

Instead of burgers and brats combined with a sunny day, check out this image of Arlington National Cemetery from Drinker Durrance Graphics:

From the always direct-to-the-point-with-no-BS Cox & Forkum:

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