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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2010|06:08 am]
alypius754
I'm surprised no one has suggested wearing kilts (in the traditional manner) as a way of getting the TSA to abandon their "enhanced" pat-down.
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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2010|12:59 am]
alypius754
[mood |cynicalcynical]

The latest polls put Murray in a dead race against Rossi. This means, of course, that the dead will come out to vote.
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(no subject) [May. 21st, 2010|08:17 pm]
alypius754
Can we place a moratorium on the word "umami" please? It's a word some Japanese dude made up to describe what MSG tastes like. "Oh, we'd describe what umami means, but then it won't be trendy anymore."

Hell, it probably translates to "ur mom"..."What's this dish taste like?" "Umami." "That sounds delicious, I'll have that!" "Yeah, I thought so when I had it last night..."
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Random Observations [May. 14th, 2010|07:40 pm]
alypius754
To the dude I saw walking around the Safeway in purple camo-pants: Dude, WTF. Seriously, no one is going to be looking for you in a vat of freaking grapes. So the pants? TOTAL overkill. Just saying.

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You are so funny and clever that if you were in a Joss Wheadon show, you'd be violently killed.

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Eric Holder finally admitted that he hadn't read the Arizona immigration law that he'd been slamming for some time. This is just like the imbeciles who passed health care before reading it. What the hell. We pay these asshats more than $170k a year to do exactly this!

We should start writing bills in Spanish. Then we could hire illegal aliens to read them, since that's apparently another one of those jobs that Americans won't do.

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A medal for "Courageous Restraint"? No dumb bastard won a war with courageous restraint; he won a war by making the other dumb bastard being courageously restrained. Lemme know when there's a medal for "Courageous Face-Shooting". It works really well in Call of Duty.
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Santayana Wept: April 23, 1934 [Apr. 21st, 2010|07:44 pm]
alypius754
Photobucket
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Random Thoughts [Apr. 10th, 2010|11:18 pm]
alypius754
[mood |sicksick]

We currently have the most women ever in space at once (four), in case you were wondering why the earth seemed so quiet.

Verbosity is a good camouflage for having little of importance to say.

I hope Bart Stupak enjoys his retirement. What's the value of thirty pieces of silver without the time to spend it?

How does Ahmadinnerjacket figure that Obama is a "cowboy"? The dude couldn't even be an extra on Brokeback Mountain.

The iPad has been out for a few days now, so when do we get to find out what its purpose is?

I want an iPod, an iPhone, and an iPad so I can sit and enjoy them on my own personal, tropical iLand.
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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2010|10:00 pm]
alypius754
[mood |*facepalm*]

Today's bit of lunacy comes from Congressman Johnson from Georgia (just east of Atlanta) expressing his concerns about the island of Guam. What, exactly, was his concern? Watch for yourself. It starts at about 1:15.

Remember, these are the people that brought you Health Control Reform and will soon bring Cap & Tax. Intellectual giants, all of them.
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(no subject) [Mar. 30th, 2010|09:32 pm]
alypius754
[mood |worriedworried]

In Jurassic Park, Dr Ian Malcom makes the observation that “life finds a way”. Today’s paraphrase is that the “markets find a way”. In other words, unintended consequences are the rule, not the exception. Obamacare, by virtue of how it was passed (“we have to pass it to see what’s in it”), will have nothing but unintended consequences and, since it comes online over time, it will be a near-continuous comedy of errors.

One of the first effects of this monstrosity is billions of dollars in new charges against the earnings of businesses that were previously able to write off as a subsidy all of the health care coverage they paid and can no longer do. This runs counter to two promises that the administration and Congress made concerning Obamacare: 1) your coverage wouldn’t change and 2) it would cost less.

In fact, given that Sarbanes-Oxley (the accounting reform passed after Enron) requires companies to restate their earnings when the law changes and they take on an additional tax burden. What these companies are doing is complying. That means that generally a) your coverage will change (most likely dropped altogether) and b) it will cost more. How much more? Caterpillar, that company that Obama famously said would bounce back after Stimulus passed, will pay about $1,200 per employee. That has to be made up somewhere.

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(no subject) [Feb. 8th, 2010|10:14 am]
alypius754
[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

Supposed to be home tonight, but instead I'll be "enjoying" St. John's, Newfoundland, as the plane broke. Due to a combination of weather and parts delivery, the earliest we'll be leaving is Wednesday morning. Gah. This is, of course, assuming we don't get socked in with the coming snow storm. Yay.
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Overheard from a Khandahar Bunker [Feb. 2nd, 2010|01:58 pm]
alypius754
[mood |amusedamused]

Hasan: “I must say, Tamir, I do not find the sound of heavily-armed enemy weaponry buzzing over our heads very...pleasing to the senses.”

Tamir: “Nor do I, Hasan. Nor do I. But I will say this: I very much enjoyed your use of litotes in describing our dire predicament. There’s just such a...sophistication to you, my brother. And if you don’t mind my saying so, you are a genuine pleasure to share a ramshackle, corrugated tin lean-to with. Sincerely. I wouldn’t want to be here now with anyone else in the whole world, Allah be praised.”

Hasan: “‘Litotes.’ That’s …Greek, is it not?”

Tamir: “Indeed it is, Hasan. Indeed it is.”

Tamir: “By the way, did I mention how very much I enjoy our time here together in this lonely, out of the way, ramshackle and corrugated tin lean-to? Because I really, really, really do, Hasan. Lots and lots. If you know what I mean.”

Hasan: “Uh huh. I could have you beheaded for such talk—you realize this, right, Tamir?”

Tamir: ...

Tamir: “So...is that, like, a no then, or...?"
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