Therapy on the SA forums pretty much summed up the pertinent thoughts and problems with the Tea Party:

It occurs to me that the Tea Party is not only the minority opinion, but a terrified, fearful minority. I’ve been trying to figure out what they’re so scared of, and unfortunately I think it really does come down to change of any type. They view the progression of society as a threat to their expectations. The Norman Rockwell idealization of 1950s America that they hold so dear has been destroyed in their minds, and they are looking for somebody – anybody – to blame.

Largely I think this fear has been created by (more…)

In case you didn’t realize, November is National Novel Writing Month! Basically, you have the first to the 30th to write a 50,000 word novel. No more than that, and it’s a fantastic exercise in your creative writing. Write something, turn it in, see how it goes! Hell, you may even win something. I’m considering writing something too, sorta a humorous spy novel of sorts that’s been tossing around for a long time.

In other news, let’s clear up a few things, especially related to the O’Donnell and Coons debate. I’m not from Delaware nor am I voting there, but I really think we need to put a stop to (more…)

I’ve thought long and hard about this topic. This was a tough one to present. I want to caveat my statements by saying I’m not Muslim, nor am I a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, whatever. I don’t do the organized religion. I defend freedom of religion, religion that treats others with respect and kindness – Islam does, it’s radical Islam that doesn’t. Let me break it down real fast before I get into this:

Radical Islam : IslamĀ  <——- as ——-> Westboro Baptist Church : Christianity

Yeah I couldn’t sleep last night. At least I get to go home a bit early. However, there’s some news that’s been irking me since I checked my RSS feeds for the day.

First off, yet again, a faction of Islam is blaming bad shit in the world on women. This gets tiresome so fast – it’s just another attempt at social control on women. There’s no fucking correlation between showing a little leg or hair (seriously he was complaining about hair showing under scarves) and a damn earthquake. Perhaps this is an even greater attempt to get people behind the idea of building a new capital at Qom, which would have NO significance as being the site of the Fordow uranium enrichment facility, right? Yet Ahmadinejad has said people should leave Tehran and plans to build that capital at Qom. Oh what the hell, they are just crazy. This is not the fault of women, dressing for comfort doesn’t make the world fall over.

Did they or didn’t they? Push and pull fight about Syria giving scuds to Hezbollah. Mossad might be one of the best agencies in the world, and I have problems doubting the veracity of this claim. Syria has been unstable for so long, and gotten their ass beaten by Israel so many times that I really think they would slip a few scuds south. This could be exceptionally dangerous for Israel – if it turns out this is true, prepare for heavy rolls as retaliation strikes forth. This is gonna hurt. Supplementing this, there is another story about White House fears that Syria is leaking “advanced” technology. It’s like they continue to want to piss Israel off, yet they know they are going to get smashed into little piles of goo. If anyone can show the world that a little bit of determination will go a long way, then it is the Israelis.

I find this amusing as hell. I don’t know how they plan to collect, but it’s funny that GW forgot to return some books. It’s going to be FUNNIER when someone DOES find them somewhere.

There’s a reason that picture is under the “creepy” folder. That’s a MIRV reentry of an old peacekeeper missile. In light of the news, I think it’s somewhat appropriate. In fact, the world gets creepier and creepier every fucking day.

Lotsa crazy shit going on at work, and I absolutely have to come in this weekend to fix it. The shitty part is that this means my reserve duty has to be recheduled, and that always makes me feel like a shitbag. Oh well, we do what we have to.

Just bought a new upper for my AR today. I snagged a Spike’s tactical Mid length which you can see by clicking here. Thanks to my buddy Brett for pointing it out, and if you use the coupon code “MIDLEUP” you will get 50$ off that. What a steal. I canceled my rock river order because those fucking assholes kept pushing it back – first it was up to 30 days, then 30-60, and then 60-90. Yeah, I’ll take my business elsewhere, thanks.

In other news, I am considered a trip to Russia sometime this summer. I really want to visit that country – as a child of the Cold War, I have always had an incredible fascination with it. I’m also learning the language, so it would be good. I’ll probably only go if Yuliya can come with me, but who knows how things will be then. I’m not a fatalist, but I prefer to plan for the worst.

Speaking of Russia, I have been on this nuclear disaster kick. First off, there is this awesome pictoral of Chernobyl and Pripyat, and a visit in 2010. Check it out over here. I was also reading wikipedia about Lake Karachay and the Mayak area of Russia, where a category 6 disaster occurred. Can you believe that they have concreted over the whole damn lake because of all the dumping that occurred there? That just blows my mind. What also gets me is the fact Russia still has closed towns! Places that foreigners and even members of their own country just are not allowed to visit. I MUST SEE THESE PLACES. I’m like the epitome of the human race – curiosity and a thirst to discover that which is unknown.

Anyways, I think I’ll follow this post up with a rant about the politics in the United States now. See? See conservatives? I just mention you peripherally and my blood already starts to boil. That and the tea party, you guys are idiots. Taxes the lowest they have been in 50 years and you retards still claim they are too high. Do you really stand behind people that thing the IRS and taxes should be abolished? Don’t you know that shit is necessary? Morons.

We slip back more and more each day towards the dark ages. Why do I say that? Because it was a time when faith and belief ruled the world, and logic and science took a back seat to whatever crap was coming from the religious leaders at the time. We have Texas leading the charge towards inequality and religious elitism, with North Carolina not far behind. How so, might you ask – well, check the links below.

Texas conservatives ok school textbook change. This is absolutely horrifying considering Texas, due to it’s size and population, controls many of the textbooks in the country since the companies cater to them. Basically, their group that controls textbook reviews decided that there should not be any discussion of separation of church and state, to leave out historical leaders like Thomas Jefferson (since he coined separation of church and state) and excluding non-white historical figures, including the latinos that are so prevalent in Texas. Seriously, are they trying to make our children even more retarded then they already are? I don’t quite understand why they feel the need to cultivate this level of ignorance, but it is extremely frightening. In essence, Texas is rewriting history in their own terms, which are that of Christian, white males.

North Carolina fucking agrees! Basically, a teacher refused to lead the class discussion away from the textbook. Some of the kids wanted to go on a tangent about creationism and she refused. They began to harass her, placing bibles on her desk and putting cards that said “Merry Christmas” with the “christ” underlined. If you look at the FBI definition of hate crimes, this actually falls under that category. They began wearing religious shirts to class, sang christian songs in class and refused to do her work, and read the bible. She posted comments about what happened on her facebook profile (comments are here) and they are exceptionally tame. She handled these things extremely well – yet she has been sacked by the school board of North Carolina.

I am so very pissed off at this I plan to drop an email to the school in question letting them know that I don’t fight so I can see people religiously oppressed like this. For fucks sake, this is the shit we are fighting AGAINST in the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Man. What the fuck.

Ok, so there are two things bugging me this early morning.

First off, I’d like to give a hearty FUCK YOU to not only the republicans, but lately the democrats too. You idiots are beginning to stall things now and introduce absolutely retarded bills why – because you are starting to lean more towards the political game. Because you fear for your cushy ass job, you are forgetting that you serve the people and working more towards your politics. You are really beginning to annoy the hell out of me.

Second, about this tax on sugar / salt / whatever – why do people complain about the fucking debt and then say “HAY TAX IS GOOD LETS PUT IT TOWARDS X” then turn around and wonder why the debt is growing? Instead of applying this tax to every tom, dick and harry program, why don’t you apply some of this shit towards the debt you complain so much about?

People are dumb and selfish and sometimes I wonder why I risk my ass to keep them safe. I like to call it a dysfunctional public service gland.

I appreciate that you really love your sports. But please stop telling me to “Roll Tide” because half of the time I think you are telling me I need to change my laundry detergent. I really don’t care about what college team is playing who and where and for why. Sports bores the hell outta me unless I’m playing it.

Now, on to other issues since we got that out of the way and I alienated 7/8 of my friends in Georgia. As for the news, there really isn’t much outside of the usual stuff. We’ve got Ford cars to read twitter, some more terrorism shit, and the TSA being dumb again. Find them yourself if you want info, they really aren’t worth the effort.

I am interested in the thoughts people have about the role of higher education in the radicalization process of terrorist suspects overseas. Do you think higher education contributes to, or retards the effect of radical influences. Take into consideration the cultural aspects one might feel the influence of while they are in school.

Yeah, same shit toddling around. People are more concerned about Tiger Woods and his penis than they are with the madness that continues in the Middle East. On the bright side, Iran is in the middle of a damn near revolution, so at least they are occupied and can’t get too feisty. North Korea is quiet, which is a good thing. Iraq is a shithole still, and the government has it’s head lodged so far up it’s ass that it will require a bucket of lube, 6 trucks, and a midget wrestler to extricate themselves.

Well before I bitch about a few stories, head on over to The Existential Mix Archive and grab the latest existential mix by Shutterspeed. Yours truly does the voice intros for them, and 2400 Baud really has pulled some good talent together for Radio None. I’m glad to be a part of it.

Obama says intel screwed up – humorously enough, the CNN title says “Obama says intel system screwed up”. That’s a Fox news style headling, since it seems to say that intelligence is fucked, but it just meant in this situation. Frankly, they need to lay this on the doorstep of the CIA, since they kept the cold war mentality of keeping the info to themselves. However, it’s also possible they did not find it credible, although political spin damage control would never admit that possibility.

Yemen is working with us – in reality, they have been for a while. They go on this sine-wave style cycle of working with us apparently, and it seems to be based on the aid we provide. As long as we consider seeing them a problem, and the government works with us, I would imagine they will keep letting us work there and help us. I’m not really sure, but Yemen is beginning to emerge more and more as a breeding ground for extremism. We are going to have to wait and see on this one, as far as I can tell.

Fareed Zakarai is a very smart man – and I agree completely with him. The TSA seems so politicized now, as a lot of their security measures are so stupid and over the top. Soon, we will be required to strip since they will sew explosives into the lining of shirts and pants, in an extension of the underpants bomber. What then? Full body scanners won’t see small concentrations of that.

Ah fuck it. Here, have something awesome:


So this morning as I was getting ready for work, CNN had a little piece done about militias in the United States, and any possible chance they might develop into Domestic Terror organizations. It was pretty interesting, but there were a few things that I noticed that were downright silly:

1) They show this fat, overweight guy rolling into the bushes doing….hell I don’t know what that was supposed to be.

2) Target acquisition? Seriously? You are teaching them how to…see a target and shoot it? Now don’t get me wrong, that’s a real thing, but they were just lined up shooting at plates.

3) It was refreshing to see the hodgepodge of different weapons, from bolt action rifles to simple AR’s.

4) Here’s the kicker: They did not know what rights, if any, the government was taking away short of the second amendment. Even though they were “worried about the constitution”, gun control was the only issue they knew of – although there has been no move by the administration for quite a while on this.

Anyways, that was humorous. You can watch the piece by clicking here. Oh, and of special note is that they have drawn the interest of The Southern Poverty Law Center , who despite having a somewhat strange name, is a group dedicated to fighting hate…er, groups. They have done quite well against many white-supremacist groups such as the Aryan Brotherhood, so I’m interested to see the direction they will take.

Now for some news stories of interest:
“Karzai 12” rules hinder efforts against the Taliban – Imagine police officers going on patrol, only to be stymied by the fact their “observer” was not there. This is one of the many problems our forces are facing there. It makes me want to recant my prior position on how to fix Afghanistan, to go from helping them to making those dumbasses do it on their own. Only problem is, Taliban will come back in because Karzai is a weak-ass leader. We shall see, but I don’t like putting our troops in even more danger when we are trying to help THEM.

Illinois the new Gitmo? – It may be closer than you think. Despite the fact the reason for Gitmo was that it was NOT on US soil, somehow the conclusion has been made that tossing it in Illinois is a good idea. Here’s what I find funny – this top-of-the-line, state of the art prison system is currently unoccupied. We have overcrowding everywhere – and this place isn’t used? I guess I’m missing something, but boy does that seem dumb. Anyways, will be interesting to watch the partisan politics in full-force on this one.

US asks for more from Pakistan. Rightfully so. However, Pakistan has greatly ramped up their efforts to fight the Taliban, much to their credit. It would be good to see them hold the line on the NW/N more though, and try to dig in against Taliban incursions. I am still very nervous that insurgents pushed to within 60 miles of Islamabad, and I don’t want to see that again.

This is not new. This shit has been going on since the early 80’s (or earlier!). The Taliban loves to attack and kill Pakistani officials that don’t kowtow to their every stupid fucking whim. I hope this keeps ramping up people against them more and more, and maybe the Punjab region will stop having people side with the Taliban as they see this.

Anyways, that’s enough for now. How about a happyfuntime image!


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