Sunday, July 30, 2006

ha ha haaaa HA!

Who knows if this is true. But it's worth mentioning this to your favourite envirolefty family member, just to see his/her eyes bug out like in a cartoon.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Just Say Know

Freedom: My Anti-Gov

Best thing I've found on the web in a while.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

So I'm thinking...

...if these 17 suspects choose to be tried by juries, there'll be a peck of tenebrous veniremen out there.

I'm just sayin' is all.

Monday, May 22, 2006

To Colby Cosh, with thanks

Dear Mr Cosh:

Twice in the last month, you have made me search Dictionary.com: on April 28, I had to look up "veniremen", and on May 21 I had to find the definition of "tenebrous".

Finding new words is a rare pleasure, and one I do not often have the opportunity to enjoy.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

N

Opus: "Liberals are meddlers! Conservatives aren't supposed to be meddlers! You're baaad Republicans!"

This weekend's OPUS strip, by Berkely Breathed:

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[Click to go to a larger version]

Note the "Hands Free -- Automatic" urinal in the last panel. With the... er... automatic grasping arm.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

If Islam was good enough for Mohammed, it's good enough for me as well as those hellfire-bound offspring of apes and monkeys.

Nice.

And these are the "moderates".

I think the post-9/11 Lefty handwringing ("why do they hate us?") might have a pretty easy answer: because if they don't hate us, they have to repeat grade 1! Not to mention grades 2, 3, 4, 5 through 11, and 12!

But you know, I shouldn't be so judgmental. After all, they learn to hate Christians and Jews, and we learn that Christopher Columbus "discovered" "America". So it's really two sides of the same coin.

I blame George Bush.

If English is good enough for Andrew Coyne, it's good enough for me.

Coyne is back. Cool. Now all we need is Amazon and Aldini and Angry White Males and...

If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for me.

Honestly, I think this* is a mistake: the US is evidently some ways along towards enshrining English as its official language.

The whole idea of an official language is stupid. Government should communicate with people in whatever language makes local sense. This is simply a question of practicality: once there are "enough" Language X'ers in a given place, they should be able to communicate however they want. Naturally as a libertarian I think there oughtta be an awful lot LESS communicating with government than is currently required, but the principle holds.

I am not trying to suggest that if you speak Esperanto or one of those African Click languages (or for that matter French, English, Russian, or C++) that you have a "right" to communicate with the government in that language. You have a right to be left alone by the State. Everything else is just about practicality.

The big problem with having an official language (apart from the fact that the whole idea is stupid--why do a plurality of my neighbours get to decide what the "official language" is? Based on what right? Other than the Rule Of The Mob, of course, which I grant you is all the "right" that pretty much anyone requires, these days...) is this: once you establish an official language, there will be pressure to add others. Surely some group of Spanish speakers will in some area form a majority in some southern state, and they will pass a law that says Spanish is their local official language. Then the federal gov't will get into a big constitutional battle over it, which by rights it should lose because of States Rights. And then what do you have? You have Quebec separatism, Albuquerque style.

Typical nativistic crap. In Canada this has evolved into the CR(*spit*)TC and the sponsorship scandal, which we should not forget arose out a plan to bribe Quebecers to love Canada. Is that what the US wants? I guarantee you: if this official language b.s. goes through in the US, it will come attached to the usual bit of legislation that always accompanies social engineering: The Law of Unintended Consequences.

[*Link thanks to Hit & Run, new Associate Professor at the University of N=1]

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Why do so many people think they are the boss of my bitch ass?

From this website it seems you can get a list of the books which are BANNED by Opus Dei*.

This is about the plumb stupidest idea I ever done hear, y'all.

I do appreciate the thought that went into the different character levels, just like in D&D "degrees of badness" for these books. Levels 1 and 2 are OK to read (although for 2 you may need some prior "formation", which I think is like the formation my kids do with play-dough, i.e. squashing). Level 3 is only okay if you have been sufficiently, er, formed. Although please note! There may be "inconvenient" scenes (like the one in that ol' time Christmas carol, "I saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus"), and of course you would need the permission of your cruise director yogic flyer spiritual director.

Level 4 is where it gets good.

For Level 4 you not only need the permission of the Spiritual Director (and possibly the Spiritual Executive Producer and Spiritual Assistant Sound Editor, although that is not specified per se), but you must "have a necessity to read them". I am guessing that this definition of "necessity" cannot generally be extended to include letters to Penthouse, due to the necessity of finding out what Midwestern College Co-eds do when the Pizza Guy shows up and they don't have cash on hand. (Unless authorized by your Spiritual Director, of course, which raises the possibility of a black market in freelance Spiritual Director permission slips.)

Levels 5 and 6 are FORBIDDEN abosuposituvelitely, unless you have the specific permission of either the Mad Hatter in New York or the Queen of May in Rome. Failing that you require the permission of the Chief Dogbotherer in Palos Verde, or the Associate Comptroller for the Five Boroughs.

I suppose if anyone writes some really nasty piece of crap, it would require written permission from the Head Flying Monkey on the planet Bongo.

This is a really, really, really, powerfully stupid idea. But at least I know where to start my summer reading!

p.s. I am a little peeved that Ayn Rand only made Level 5. What the heck? So I only need some yahoo in New York to say it's okay to read Atlas Shrugged, but if I want to read Carrie I've got to make a call to Rome?

*In case you are wondering, Dei is not the last name of Berkely Breathed's cartoon penguin.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Found on www.canuckscorner.com

toronto

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