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10.19.2003

Quiz of the Day 


dem
You are Form 8, Demon: The Destroyer.

"And The Demon took advantage of the chaos
and seized civillization. With grace and
style, Demon slit The Goddess's belly and
drowned the world in her blood. The Goddess,
The Demon, and the world were no
more."


Some examples of the Demon Form are Seth (Egyptian)
and The Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Christian).
The Demon is associated with the concept of
destruction, the number 8, and the element of
earth.
His sign is the full moon.

As a member of Form 8, you are a very strong willed
individual. You don't let others' opinions
sway your own and you're usually not afraid to
speak your mind. However, some may see you as
a bit overly passionate but it's just because
you never back down from your values. No
matter what, you always do everything with
style. Demons are the best friends to have
because they will back you up.


Which Mythological Form Are You?
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10.17.2003

Good Night 


A belly full of pizza and beer. A Vin Diesel movie to watch. No wife and screaming lump-o-baby to bother me. A black & mild to savor. Some nights it is good to be the monk dammit.


10.16.2003

This just in from the travel channel.... 


Sometimes it's a bad thing to catch a stray bullet and should be avoided but when it's Mel firing off the potshots you owe it to yourself to catch one in the X ring. Welcome back woman.

She's almost convinced me to move to Journal Space myself. Look for the move in the near future since the combination of AOHell and Booger are driving me to the point of insanity on a large scale.


Liberalism 


Have you ever thought you knew what a word meant only to find out you really didn't? I've had that experience a lot lately. Mostly vicarously through the idiocy of others mind you. They believe with religious fervor that they understand the meaning of a word and refuse to accept that they are wrong. The most common word misunderstanding is "Liberal". Somehow, I'm not really sure when or how but "Liberal" became synonomous with "Socialist". You have people misidentifying themselves as liberals when they really mean socialists. Is this a deliberate mistake on their part or is it just rampant stupidity of a more pedestrian type? Do they not know what they really are or are they aware of the differance and merely trying to dress it up in more acceptable attire? Let's be honest... most run of the mill Bobo Neckbone types see the word socialist with a bad connotation. No one votes for an out and out socialist candidate. No one registers as a socialist. But millions of people feel safe identifying themselves as liberals like it's a badge of honor.

Someone sometime decided that the only way to advance a socialist agenda was to camouflage it as something else. Something safe and non-threatening to the vast majority of people.

Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt were Liberals. Ted Kennedy, Noam Chomsky and Al Gore are socialists. Let's be sure folks that we call a duck a duck, not a chevy.


10.14.2003

Do you trust the media? 


The New York Times asked that question on my AOL this evening and then linked the aforementioned article which of course can't be viewed by anyone who is actually using AOHell. Have I mentioned that I hate moronic money grubbing asinine "media" conglomerates lately? So I will share a couple of snippets with you folks.

Politicians vs. the Pen
"There's a sense that people in America aren't getting the truth," Bush said Monday about media coverage of Iraq. He isn't the only one lobbing criticism. More politicians and pundits are portraying the press as "dastardly" and "dishonest." Do these critics have a point, or is it just that they can't handle the truth?


Note how that paragraph is placed right next to a picture of Shrub. Wonder what point they were trying to make... OK I don't wonder really. I know what they're trying to say. It's the same old "We're the defenders of the little guy" speil while insinuating nasty things about people they don't like.

The rest of the article goes into how people don't trust nor believe the stuff coming from the media anymore and they use the LA Times as an example but they leave something out. Not one time do they mention the various and sundry times that the NYT has been caught twisting the truth, pushing an agenda or just out and lying. Am I the only one who remembers Jason Blair? Did I mention the article is from the New York Times ?

Once they get that out of the way it's time for step number 2: They then go after the talk shows and the ignorant millions who listen to them...

"These are pure gold for the talk shows," he said, "because the talk shows are directed at people who are alienated and resentful and who want a target for their feelings."

More of that lovely socialist elite hatred for the boorish masses. They're nothing if not consistent folks.

How long is it going to take before the NYT and it's digital offspring, the Communist News Network realize that at least half the country sees them for the lying propagandists that they are and that that half has STOPPED LISTENING?

Probably not going to happen in my life time folks... Self delusion is the hardest addiction to break.


10.07.2003

Stirrings in the blogosphere 


I've recently been invited to join Furnace to which I gladly accepted. It's a political blog that offers up a wide variety of views all under the aegis of bsti, liberal master of weirdness and sock clad feet. Come on by, no matter your political leanings you're bound to find something to your liking.


10.06.2003

Questions, Objectives and Potentialities 


Vinny has a bad feeling about what might shake out from the recent Israeli attack on a terrorist training camp in Syria. I think the misgivings he's having are symptomatic of what a lot of pro-Israel people are feeling right now. "What did they hope to accomplish?" and "What might this lead to further down the line?" are logical and honest questions to ask considering the history of Israel's relationships with it's arab neighbors since 1948.

What I think is missing from these questions though is a context. You can't treat this as an isolated or even a watershed event. It has to be seen in the light of what is a remarkably rearranged mid-east landscape since the US went on the warpath in the area after September 11th. Hell, the middle east political landscape is completely different then the last arab-israeli war in 73 or when Israel went after terrorists operating from the Bekaa valley in 1982. Terrorists supplied, trained and aided by the Syrian government by the way.

First of all, the US has already demonstrated its willingness and ability to remove an odious arab government. That sends a signal to other arab dictators that perhaps one day the US military will show up on their doorstep looking to hand out early retirements.
Secondly, muslim states that support terrorists are also on the "To Do" list for the Bush administration. Just ask the Taliban.

It has been demonstrated that UN "outrage" is just so much senior citizen killing french hot air.

There is NO soviet military poised in the area willing or able to counter a US military force if push comes to shove. This was always the one trump card the arabs had when contemplating aggression against Israel.

There have been hints coming out of the White House for over a year now that Syria or Iran was on Shrubs "Who's next?" short list. All it would take to tilt him one way or the other would be some incident like a Syrian retaliatory attack into Israel. It wouldn't be too difficult to paint Syrias action as "supporting terrorism" if the big bad neo-cons were so inclined now would it?

Let's not forget the 130,000 US troops all within a day or two of the Syrian border. US Air Force assets can be in Syrian airspace in 15 minutes if they get the urge.

Where does all this leave Assad and Sharon?

We find Assad in the unenviable position of either (a) Not doing anything besides shouting and wringing his hands. This course of action, while the safest in the short term leaves him wide open for criticism from his own population and all those nasty terrorists who despise Israel but who despise a weak arab leader damn near as much, or he can go with option (b) launch a series of quick tactical attacks in retaliation which will boost his appeal at home and with the international "We hate Jews" movements but are destined for abject failure and that have the potential for opening a much wider conflict that will almost certainly result in the destruction of a large part of his military base and perhaps lead to the downfall of his government. Of course there is always option (c) : Brutally crack down on the terrorists in his own backyard , cut off all support and turn over a huge amount of intelligence on their operations to the CIA and Mossad to gain our support which will most likely result in the same crisis as option (a) only a couple of orders of magnitude higher on the "I'm screwed huh?" scale.

And what about Sharon? I think he'd cum in his pants given the chance to obliterate Syrian support for the terrorists who have been bleeding Israel white since this second intifada started. He really has a free hand to do what he wants. Israelis are tired of dying in dribs and drabs as bomber after bomber goes off in crowded buses and cafes and on street corners.

Look for a war in the mid-east in the near future. It's going to be a war that Israel and Syria can't afford NOT to wage and one that Syria can't win no matter how it plays out.


10.05.2003

Yet another quiz... 


nemesis
Nemesis


?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
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People who know me are not surprised by this...not one little bit.


Quote Of The Day 


"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."
—Gen. MacArthur


Just something to think about folks...


OK, Here's this week's humiliation... 


NFL 2003 Week 5 Picks
Sunday, Oct. 5

Arizona at Dallas
Cincinnati at Buffalo
Denver at Kansas City
Miami at N.Y. Giants
Minnesota at Atlanta
New Orleans at Carolina
Oakland at Chicago
Seattle at Green Bay
Tennessee at New England (Picking a winner for this one must be killing Jer)
San Diego at Jacksonville
Detroit at San Francisco
Washington at Philadelphia
Cleveland at Pittsburgh

Monday, Oct. 6
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay



9.29.2003

I think they forgot to mention a few things... 


Kingdom under attack

I went ahead and linked the Op-Ed piece from Al-Ahram (official media mouthpiece for the Egyptian government) above but since it is succint (and whiney as hell) I decided to include the full text below. Since it written in the obtuse language of bullshit double speak I will endeavor to point out and clarify some of the things that seem to have slipped the writer's mind or where edited out by overly zealous government censors.


The alarming tendency in the Western media to denigrate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sets a dangerous precedent. What is especially damaging is that US politicians are taking their cue from the media. The West should not underestimate the political influence of Saudi Arabia, which wields tremendous clout in the Islamic world.
The West should not question the oil-rich kingdom's determination to fight terrorism. By accusing members of the Saudi Arabian royal family of supporting the spread of Islamist militancy and funding terrorism the media and allied anti-Saudi politicians do untold damage. The Saudi authorities have also been accused of not giving unqualified support to the US authorities in investigating Al-Qa'eda's activities. Criticisms of Saudi Arabia are tantamount to criticisms of mainstream, moderate Islam. The uproar in the US Congress and media over a classified 28-page chapter, 900-page report issued last month by a joint Senate and House of Representatives commission on intelligence shortcomings exacerbates matters.

What he really means is "Damn ! The infidels have finally figured out that we're the root cause of all this religiously inspired death and destruction through our funding of terrorist recruitment and training centers and promotion of a backasswards form of Islam that would make Mohammed's hair burst into flame. Took the stupid swine eaters long enough. We've only been doing this for 30 years." If Wa'habism is a "mainstream and moderate" form of Islam then we need to send a couple of JSOWS into every wa'habi school and religious center on the planet. Right the hell now before it has a chance to spread any further. Two other things that strike me as darkly amusing. The first is how many times we're told what we "should not " do and think. Listen up Mister Rag Head, this is the United States and we don't take kindly to being told what to do. If you don't believe me, ask Saddam and his kids or all those taliban sitting in hell wondering where the virgins are. YOU PISS ANTS SHOULD NOT MAKE US ANGRY. Secondly, notice how he points out that the world's largest cat box is also an "oil rich kingdom", hinting that if we piss them off they can turn off the spigot. Someone better remind them about the 130,000 US troops sitting across the border if they want to play "I Love the 70s" and try another oil embargo. This time Jimmy Carter ain't the President and we don't have to worry about the Soviet Union interfering if we feel like taking over the oil fields and putting up a big ol' Texaco sign.

Some of the terrorists who carried out the 11 September attacks were Saudi nationals. The 1996 bombing of the Khobar towers in which 19 US servicemen were killed was the first clear signal that there were terrorists in the kingdom bent on attacking American interests in the region. It is no secret that Osama Bin Laden is of Saudi origin, but that is no excuse to single out the kingdom for retribution.

Again those pesky censors seem to have taken over and rewritten what our fine egyptian commentator was trying to say. Here's the abridged version:

"Sure we know that 15 of 19 hijackers were Saudi, and it was a Saudi who inspired them to kill thousands of innocent people and yes, yes we all know that is Saudi oil money that supports terrorists all over the world but that doesn't mean you guys should just come kick our asses to alleviate the troops boredom."

Saudi Arabia has allowed US investigators to interrogate suspects involved in the attacks. The 12 May Riyadh bombings, in which both Saudi and American civilians were killed, shows once again that Saudi Arabia itself is under fire from terrorists.

Ummm...Mister Rag Head commentator sir, it's actually the corrupt and nepotism ridden House of Saud that is under attack from terrorists trained by psuedo-religious nutjobs paid off by that same family of flea infested camel molesting perverts known as the House of Saud. Just thought I'd point that out to you dude before you make yourself look like even more of a cock nibbling sycophant then you already have.

The 50-year US-Saudi friendship must be nurtured, not deliberately ruined.

Actually it needs to be burnt to the ground and the flames extinguished under the tracks of the 3rd Armored Division but that's just one mad man's opinion.


9.28.2003

Week 4 NFL Picks... 


OK, I know I suck at this prognostician shit but I'm not going to quit now... Hell I was so depressed at Week 2 I didn't even bother to see how I did last week. Jer
had a spectacular week 3 . Too bad he didn't bet his paycheck.

UPDATE: The only way I'm gonna break even is if Chicago wins tomorrow night... OH THE HUMANITY!!! At least Jer didn't do any better then I did...

Sunday, Sep. 28

Arizona at St. Louis They both suck ass so who cares?

Atlanta at Carolina

Cincinnati at Cleveland OK, I'll take the Browns only because they have home field advantage...

Jacksonville at Houston

Kansas City at Baltimore

New England at Washington

Philadelphia at Buffalo

San Francisco at Minnesota Dammit, they better win or I'm gonna go talk Joe outta retirement..

Tennessee at Pittsburgh

San Diego at Oakland

Dallas at N.Y. Jets Have I ever mentioned I despise the Cowgirls on a genetic level?

Detroit at Denver My upset of the week pick...

Indianapolis at New Orleans OK, I'm just guessing on this one...

Monday, Sep. 29

Green Bay at Chicago I think da Bears are gonna surprise some people this year...


9.26.2003

RIP Man... 


SIMPLY IRREPLACEABLE



Robert Palmer, gone too soon


9.21.2003

Football and other necessities 


Some people just don't understand rabid sports fandom. You'll hear "Win some, lose some." from these people. Bullshit. My teams are SUPPOSED to win them all and leave the broken bodies of their opponents rotting on the field of play like so many tattered democratic presidential campaigns. You're probably asking yourself "What the hell is Bill babbling about now?" by this point. Well between the Niners losing last week and Michigan losing yesterday I find myself in a foul mood. Throw in my miserable showing on my picks last week and I'm ready for blood.

NFL 2003 PICKS

WEEK 3


Sunday, Sep. 21

Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Kansas City at Houston
Minnesota at Detroit
New Orleans at Tennessee
N.Y. Jets at New England
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Green Bay at Arizona
N.Y. Giants at Washington
St. Louis at Seattle
Baltimore at San Diego
Cleveland at San Francisco
Buffalo at Miami

Monday, Sep. 22

Oakland at Denver


9.18.2003

Picture Woes 


I try to post pictures and they show up for a second and then ...ZIP, nada, nuthin'... this is driving me insane. Blogger shows them when I'm writing the post but then I get squat when I actually publish. Any thoughts ya'll?


Niners For Life 




Even when they lose, I remain a fan. Sorta like being married, except you're only disappointed once a week.


9.16.2003

Go Read Vinny 


Vinny beats the "Free Lunch For the Children" idea to death with a big ol' stick. The idea of free handouts as a right is one of my pet peeves and I promise to write more as soon as my typing won't wake Lizbet up.


Football Update: 


Ok , I suck. My picks this week sucked even harder. BUT MICHIGAN STILL BEAT THE HELL OUT OF NOTRE DAME!!!!!!!!!!!


9.13.2003

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!! 


The Wolverines handed Notre Dame the worst ass whupping in the history of their 100 plus year long rivalry today. 38 to Zip. Maybe Michigan will get some recognition and make it into the top 5 college rankings. One can only hope that common sense will break out after todays performance.

Well time for round two of peering into my crystal ball and trying to shake out who is going to beat whom tomorrow. Hopefully I can keep my winning record going unlike some people who shall remain nameless.



Week 2 Prognostications

Sunday, Sep. 14

Buffalo at Jacksonville

Cleveland at Baltimore

Detroit at Green Bay

Houston at New Orleans

Miami at N.Y. Jets

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

San Francisco at St. Louis

Tennessee at Indianapolis

Washington at Atlanta

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Seattle at Arizona

Cincinnati at Oakland

Denver at San Diego

New England at Philadelphia

Chicago at Minnesota

Monday, Sep. 15

Dallas at N.Y. Giants


The interview you were all afraid to read... 


Jer finally squeezed in the time to answer my droll questions with some very un-droll responses so here they are. Now maybe Mel will do the same.


1. Most influential person in your life and why?

A history teacher in high school. Pretty much paved the way of why I want to teach History.

2. What was the defining moment of your life?

'the defining moment'... there isn't just one.

Spinning my mustang across the median of I-40 from one side of the highway to the other side, then back again. Unhurt.

Mother passing away.

Standing in East Berlin, with buildings that still had bullet holes from WWII behind me, "Dead Man's Land" in front of me.

3. If you woke up tomorrow to discover you had become your fantasy self, what would you be like?

I'd be myself, except with a great singing voice.

4. What's the ONE book every child should read?

Where The Red Fern Grows... they'll learn that people suck, but dogs are cool.

5. Does music affect you emotionally or is it just background noise?

Both. Depending on which unstable emotional mood i'm in, it'll affect me.

6. Do you still believe in heroes?

Everyday heroes, yes. Honest firemen, police, doctors... etc... etc...

Of course "I'm Batman", so that should answer that....

7. You've been convicted of killing seventeen ass monkeys and are sentenced to death. What's your last meal consist of?

jokingly - the most deviled eggs i could eat

seriously - shepard's pie and milk (shepard's pie consist of regular hamburger meat, corn, and mashed potatos all mixed together)

8. What scares the hell out of you?

Death of those I love

9. Free Tickets: Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, World Series or a Broadway Show?

Super Bowl

10. Why did you agree to do this?

Because I ain't right.


9.12.2003

Mister Ritter Has Left The Building 


OK, I understand there are people who really liked John Ritter and enjoyed "3's Company" . Seriously I get that. Just like there are people who enjoy masturbating with warm liver. I can accept a wide variety of idiosyncrasies that I don't have any inclination to join in with. But for the love of everything that's unholy, dying on the same day as a truly talented and legendary human being like Johnny Cash does NOT elevate you to the same status. If I see one more tear filled weepy ass eulogy to Mister Ritter and his "career" I'll puke. Thank you and good night.


Remembrance 


A lot of people took the time yesterday to put up something about the 9/11 tragedy. Some where extremely moving and dignified, like what Vinny and Oliver did.
And some were so damn disgusting I'd like to drive a 3/4 inch drill bit through the author's eye and watch to see what dribbles out his or her mouth.

I didn't post anything. I don't apologize for it either. Nothing I say here is going to change or alleviate what happened then. It's not going to dim the fire of anger that is still burning in my heart for the people who commited and for those who abetted this crime. All I can do is never forget the sick rage I felt on that morning and try to use it as a focus.




9.08.2003

Quizlets 


I haven't done a Quiz of the week in a while so I thought I'd do these two I stole from Scott.

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Zang! Who is that, striding through the fields! It is Bill, hands clutching a burning branch! He cries mightily:

"I'm going to brutalize you until you shit molton
lava!!!"

Find out!
Enter username:
Are you a girl, or a guy ?

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And then...

You Shook Me All Night Long
"You Shook Me All Night Long" (by AC/DC)
'Cause the walls start shaking
The earth was quaking
My mind was aching
And we were making it and you -
Shook me all night long.


Which 80's Song Fits You?
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I woulda preferred "Dirty Deeds" but this wasn't too much of a disappointment. Coulda been something from Night Ranger yanno?


9.07.2003

Week 1 NFL Prognostications: 


Jer has put up his NFL picks for this week so I thought I'd do the same and we can see who knows his football. My Week 1 NFL picks are as follows:


Thursday

Redskins over the Jets, I didn't particularly WANT the Skins to win but I had a feeling they would. Bout time all that money they've spent the last 2 years started to pay off. Sorry Steph >:(



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Sunday

Browns over the Colts (This is my upset pick of the week)

Broncos over the Bengals (BIG surprise there huh folks?)

Jaguars over the Panthers

Bills over the Pats

Ravens over the Steelers

Rams over the Giants

Dolphins over the Texans

Chargers over the Chiefs

Vikings over the Packers

Lions over the Cardinals (Even the Lions can beat the desert chickens...)

Saints over the Seahawks (My blow out of the week pick)

49ers over da Bears

Raiders over the Titans

Falcons over the Cowgirls (Did I mention I can't stand the damn dallas criminals?)

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Monday

I'll take the Buccs over the Eagles just to be different from Jer and to piss my father-in-law and wife off)



9.05.2003

Interviewees Needed 


Cait brought the interesting idea of interviewing my friends Mel and Jer. I think it would be a...unique...experience. Whatta ya say guys? Ready for 10 questions from the MadMan?


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