Monday Creepy Open Comments

Our host posted a comment wherein he claimed that clowns, specifically a room full of them, were “creepy”. I disagree with that statement. I don’t find them creepy at all.

See? Not at all. Fun fun fun clowns.

Harmless fun clowns, having clown fun together. Clowning around.

ok, sometimes they can be a bit creepy.

What I think was going on was that he was overcompensating in order to hide his true feelings for a special young lady.

ps – Thanks you-know-who!

Weekend Chutzpah Open Comments

Muslim students at CUA are raising the bar for sheer chutzpah. A law professor at George Washington University, a Mr. John Banzhaf, has filed charges with the District of Colombia Office of Human Rights (OHR) claiming the Muslim students are being discriminated against because CUA:

“does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion

Cry. Me. A. River.

CUA is the Catholic University of America. It only makes sense that the place would be festooned with various symbols, art, artifacts, and other items that Catholics find meaningful to their faith and helpful in propagating that faith.

The investigation alleges that Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism – e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.”

Banzhaf said some Muslim students were particularly offended because they had to meditate in the school’s chapels “and at the cathedral that looms over the entire campus – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.”

“It shouldn’t be too difficult somewhere on the campus for the university to set aside a small room where Muslims can pray without having to stare up and be looked down upon by a cross of Jesus,” he told Fox News.

I imagine that there might be a closet somewhere that doesn’t have a crucifix hanging on the wall, but knowing Catholics, I wouldn’t bet the ranch on that. As for the Basilica, do they really expect to be able to get away from the absolute center of the school? I’m pretty sure it would be difficult to move it.

I also suppose it might be difficult to be spiritually moved in such a place.

Nope. Not feelin’ the awesome grandeur of God.

Back to our story:

“Denying Muslim students the opportunity for form a student group on campus could hardly be based upon any fundamental Catholic doctrine since Georgetown University not only has such a Muslim student group, but also provides its Muslim students with a separate prayer room and even a Muslim chaplain,” said Banzhaf in that press release.

Maybe they should go to Georgetown, although I have no idea why Georgetown is providing Muslim chaplains.

“It may not be illegal, but it suggests they are acting improperly and probably with malice,” he said. “They do have to pray five times a day, they have to look around for empty classrooms and to be sitting there trying to do Muslim prayers with a big cross looking down or a picture of Jesus or a picture of the Pope is not very conductive to their religion.”

Then why the filing of charges? If they are sufficiently devout in their belief, what matter would it be that the art in the room, as long as it is not pornographic or otherwise obscene, relates to something non-Muslim? This gets to the nut of the issue:

“It’s just not something that we view as an activity that we want to sponsor because we’re a Catholic institution rather than Muslim,” [university president John Garvey] said.

The real problem here is Banzhaf. He’s a crusading lefty nutter lawyer who’s always on the lookout for some cause over which to instigate controversy. He’s already got a complaint filed against CUA for violating wimmins rights by having single-sex residence halls.

Friday Redneck Funnin’ Open Comments

Police were called to a North Houston residence last month to put a stop to a mini-riot in the home of Paul and Kimberley Ryals. A woman attempted to force her way into the home and that’s when things began to spiral out of control.

The ensuing melee included:

  • A bat
  • A gun
  • Bolt cutters
  • An ash tray
  • A grenade
  • A machete

The video at the link shows the Ryals’ yard, where there are several vehicles, including a school van. I didn’t see any chickens running around.

Just another Saturday night in Aldine.

Thursday Occupy Rabble Open Comments

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is a failure. She sent the police in to evict the Occupy Oakland rabble Tuesday, which they did. The rabble returned several times during the day and finally outlasted the efforts by the police to remove them.

By not finishing what she started, she has simply emboldened the mob to continue to squat in squalor and continue to try to make the point that they want … stuff. Or something.

If she evicts homeless people from parks and other public areas, she is clearly treating the Occupy mob differently, something that should be used in every campaign around the country against Democrats – that they treat a rabble of spoiled brats with the latest in electronic toys better than they treat the lowest among us.

Wednesday Changes Open Comments

I stumbled across this website, and it got my attention:

+ Fusion energy
+ Crash proof cars
+ Personal computers with the power of a human brain
+ Insect sized spy devices (already in development)
+ Sealing wounds with a portable laser pen, a la “Bones” in Star Trek
+ A sunscreen pill
+ Cheap, personal DNA sequencing
+ Incredible advances in computer storage and speeds
+ The lame will walk
…and more

As I read through this list, I could not even begin to imagine the changes that our society will go through. Will the DNA sequencing be used for other things than cancer treatments? You betcha. Will the bug spy-ders be used for other than military uses? You betcha. I can only imagine the paranoia that could ensue from some of these wonderful technological advances.

A sunscreen pill? That’ll put the sunscreen manufacturers out of business, but will it also ripple into increased spending for outdoor activities? And what will the libbers scream about, if skin cancer is removed from their list of frightening statistics?

Fusion energy sounds great, but how much resistance will it get from big oil and the government cronies that depend upon big oil donations? Will the libbers argue against it?

All of the advances in computer technology sound great, but they leave us vulnerable to certain types of attacks. I foresee an increasing cyberwar with our enemies. How will this change military recruiting? Or do we already have secret bunkers filled with geeks who safeguard our computer safety with their pocket protectors and little round glasses?

It seems that all of the science fiction I used to read about in wonder is actually coming true. I remember Isaac Asimov describing a bed material that conformed to his body shape – and now we have it and it is sold every day. There’s a famous story called “The Last Question” that reflects on the changes in computing, and how man and computer begin to relate to each other in their evolution.

What changes can you foresee in our next generation? What would you like to see? And what are the unintended consequences of our growing technological advances?

Tuesday “Shuttin’ ’em Down” Open Comments

From a link supplied by our very own GTOTracker:
Shutting down the Oakland Occupation

As I logged on and listened to this stream this morning, I was struck by how often the videographer complained about a “lack of transparency” when a cop refused to give a badge number or refused to allow them into areas that still were active with police activity.

It seems that the cops have removed the tents and barricades set up by the protestors.

Is this the beginning of the end? Or is it the beginning of a new round of protests?

Big question – will Obama claim the police “acted stupidly”? And will this continue to deflect attention from Obama’s failures and missteps and Constitutional sidesteps?

UPDATE: As of 8:50 am, the streaming video went off-air. Came back up at 9:00 am. (Houston time, that is). Don’t know how long the streaming will continue.

UPDATE: Link from BigGovernment.com

And this is just a little funny.

Monday Zombies Open Comments

It must really be hard to be an undead corpse staggering around trying to eat the brains of actual living people.

Our friends at Wired give us Top 10 Reasons It Sucks to Be a Zombie:

10. It seems that every time you lie down for a quick nap, you wake up on a slab in the morgue. Putting a sign on your chest reading “It’s OK that I’m dead — I’m a zombie” doesn’t help as much as you’d think.

9. It’s so hard to find good dessert options since Ben & Jerry’s stopped making their “Brain Freeze” flavor.

8. Spa days are no fun: facials only remove the bits of face you still have left, and it’s a rare massage therapist who knows how to deal with rigor-stiffened muscles.

7. You have to give up your iPhone: multi-touch screens are really hard to use when the only fingers you have that aren’t dead are missing.

6. Staying a vegetarian is hell.

5. People are constantly breeding exotic plants to stop you from invading their houses.

4. Snowstorms are the absolute worst: not only is it hard to shamble in deep snow, but if your foot comes off it takes ages to find.

3. You have to be careful that your jawbone doesn’t fall off — otherwise you’ve got to puree the brains before eating them, and that wastes valuable shambling time.

2. That whole “not unreasonable” thing is bogus: zombies don’t eat eyes because their texture is too gummy and LASIK gives them a weird aftertaste.

1. Do you have any idea how much concentration it takes to control your body and your detached body parts at the same time — especially if they’re out of Bluetooth range?

For all you people in “a relationship”, have you stopped to consider your beloved’s capabilities in a zombie attack?

Courage is what happens when love puts on its pants and makes a point. Don’t ever date someone who doesn’t understand that the only way two people survive life is if both people are singularly concerned with the happiness, well-being and safety of the other person. The self-absorbed will be the first to get snacked on. Which means half of Facebook is already doomed. Men or women who push others out of the way and run are always the first to die when it comes to marauding zombies, and for that matter, dinosaurs, or aliens.

Choose wisely.

Friday Flowers In The Park Open Comments

Tea party rallies (I suppose you could call them protests of sorts) can involve several thousand to tens of thousands of people. They gather, they state their message, hear some speeches, maybe some music, and leave. After picking up after themselves. In many cases, it looked like they decided to mow and edge the grass while they were at it.

Now let’s contrast the tea parties with the occupy Wall Street crowd. Here is Zuccotti Park in Manhattan:

It’s fairly typical of many downtown parks. A nice place to relax at lunchtime or meet someone after work.

Unless a few hundred flea-infested protesters show up and decide to move in for several weeks.

They turn what was once a sanctuary of calm into a pit of filth that even overflows the bounds of the park.

It not only impacts those who might want to use the park for its intended purpose, but its neighbors and passers-by.

I have no idea what the added value of “camping” in a park like this is supposed to deliver, but the simple thought of it drove my opinion of these losers immediately to far, far below what it started out as. If they had simply protested and gone home, I would have at least a little bit of respect for them. To see them wallowing in filth for weeks on end for no apparent reason has moved me well past pity and well into simple disgust.

Thursday “Where Have We Heard This Before?” Open Comments

Found in San Antonio:

An independent report on that proposed $180 million, two mile long streetcar line through downtown concludes that it would be disasters for Via Metro Transit, for the city, and, mainly, for low income San Antonians…

And why is the city considering such a project?

Analyst Jeff Judson…says there is only one reason why officials like Mayor Julian Castro and County Judge Nelson Wolff are pushing so hard for the project.

“They have a burning desire to become members of the Light Rail Country Club,” Judson said. “The initiation fee runs in the billions of dollars, and the monthly dues come at the expense of other important public investments. It makes no economic sense, but it supposedly says that we are a world class city. [emphasis mine]”

More analysis from Judson:

A study of other streetcar and rail programs established in other cities concludes that nine out of ten projects end up costing 40% to 100% more than originally planned, and he says the idea that a streetcar program leads to economic development along the route is ‘fanciful.’ /snip

And he says city planners aren’t even counting on the negative economic development which will occur to the area when the streets are torn up for years building the project.

“Rail is absolutely the most expensive thing that can be built to move people,” Judson said. “It is a great way to sink a financially stable transit system, to build a rail system like this.”

What actually makes a world class city? Here’s one take on Houston’s efforts.

And yet, Houston, with its many wonderful assets, is sadly lacking in an important criterion that would define a truly world-class city: appreciation, preservation and promotion of 150-plus years of history.

But never fear! According to the Urban Dictionary, H-town is the place to be!

First word heard from the moon. The nation’s fourth largest city and home to the Texas Medical Center (the world’s largest) and NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Few cities in the world can match H-Town as a source for blues and rap talent. Home of ZZ Top and Beyoncé.

One of the best places to live, work, play, eat, play music, hear music, do art, see art, get sick, get well, work out, hang out, and make a decent living doing whatever your heart says you were put on earth to do.

So – according to politocrats, a world-class city has things like football stadiums and light rail lines and old buildings, but according to the hip UD crowd, a world class city has great music (depending upon your taste, of course), and is a place where you can do whatever you want and still be able to make a living.

Lacking from both of these descriptions are things like solid infrastructure, well-managed finances, etc. But given the two views, I’m with the Urban Dictionary crowd. At least they reference the wide-ranging activities, the freedom to do what you want (hopefully legal), and the strong economy that allows most to find a good job and make a living.

But San Antonio thinks they need light rail. It sounds so familiar. What is it about politocrats that they are so susceptible to train envy?