March 03, 2014
At this point I can say that there's only one thing good about Obama being reelected in 2012: it means he's still President when the consequences of all his idiotic policies came due, and has to suffer the results.
Not as much suffering as the people of the US and the world, of course, but suffer he will.
Nemesis should result in humility, but in this case it probably won't. No matter what goes wrong, for Obama it won't be his own fault.
What's worse, from his point of view, is that he's well on his way to establishing a record to be ashamed of. Part of what has motivated Obama was that he was the first non-white to be President, and he wanted to leave office with a positive, praiseworthy legacy. But at this point he's right on track to leave office with the reputation of being the worst, most incompetent President in the history of the nation.
But it won't be his fault, you know.
March 02, 2014
The Oscars are a funeral for the living -- Greg Gutfield
And apparently tonight is the night.
I wouldn't know; I've never watched them and never will, and not just because I don't own a TV. Hollywood in general just isn't an important thing for me. The last movie I saw in a theater was The Matrix and it's been years since I bought a movie on a disc.
I bought the first four Harry Potter movies, but I never watched the last one.
As much as we bitch about the 90% of anime which is crap (and it's an even greater percentage) most anime is still better than most of what comes out of Hollywood any more.
UPDATE: Correction: it's been years since I bought a Hollywood movie on a disc.
I've bought several anime movies in the last couple of years: Haruhi, both Nanoha movies, Summer Wars, Strike Witches, and the Fairy Tail movie. And I'm ready to buy the Mouretsu Pirates movie and the Girls und Panzer movie as soon as they're willing to sell them to me.
February 28, 2014
I tell you, I'm losing it as I get old.
I saw this, and instantly wondered what kind of planes they were. Somehow or other I got it in my mind that they must be Japanese, which confused me because I couldn't remember an Japanese plane with a tail like that. So I went to Wikipedia and ran through them all. No, it wasn't a Nell, and it wasn't anything else, either.
Then I did what I should have done to begin with: clicked through and looked at the fullsized version, and saw that the man working on it was anglo. Of course, said I, they're B-25's.
February 27, 2014
I dunno whether any of you are old enough to remember an ad campaign for brassieres that went "I dreamed ... in my Maidenform Bra". It was kind of like the American Express Card ads, where they kept coming out with new versions over a period of years.
It seems a strange advertisement, for obvious reason. Think of it: what they're saying is that if you (a woman) use their product, you'll get no-pants dreams. This is a good thing?
February 26, 2014
A group of student activists at Dartmouth have issued a list of demands to the college administration, including:
Incorporate into each department at LEAST one queer studies class.
I look forward to seeing a "queer studies" class taught in the Math department, and what it would cover. Or Oceanography. Or Electrical Engineering.
February 16, 2014
I love these:
Always have, since I was a kid. Just recently, though, they started putting the claim, "No High Fructose Corn Syrup" on the box.
If you take a look at the ingredients, which by law have to be in declining order of prevalence, the first entry is "crisped rice", not surprisingly. The second is "Marshmallow", which is further broken down as "Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Natural and Artificial Flavors". The third entry is "Fructose".
Now nutritionally, what is the difference between using HFCS and using Corn Syrup and also using Fructose? Sorry, guys, doesn't fly.
All you people complaining about the weather, you don't have it as bad as Ohio.
February 10, 2014
I'm about to get flooded by Fark. Time was when that was as bad as being Slashdotted. I wonder how it is now?
It was when Fark hot-linked one of my images and brought my server to its knees that I learned how to prevent people from hotlinking my images. This post doesn't do that, but it links to about 15 of my posts from the USS Clueless years.
I expect to be vilified and eviscerated in the thread. Should be interesting.
UPDATE: Indeed. Since I made this post I've gotten exactly one refer from there.
February 08, 2014
This picture was in one of Ace's posts just now. I don't think it's actually what it looks like. I think there's something (a bird cage?) on top of the TV, outside the camera shot, which is attracting attention from all the cats.
Sorry, but a cat's visual systems are not sophisticated enough to handle TV, no matter what it's showing.
February 05, 2014
So you want to reduce spending on health care but you don't want a formal "death panel" deciding who gets treated and who doesn't? There's another way: you (the insurance company) reduce the number of specialists of a particular type who are in your system and you refuse to pay anyone outside.
So if there are only three oncologists in your system, then some cancer patients will end up on long waiting lists to see them. And some of those will die while they wait. Problem solved!
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