Saturday, December 29, 2007

Doctor Ripoff

I'm sitting at home on a Saturday night watching the Giants host the Patriots and I desperately want a Doctor Who ringtone. It's been impossible to find via my provider's ringtone services, and if I actually had a good phone I'm sure I could email a midi to my phone. No such luck. I did happen to come across the BBC website which sells the Doctor Who theme, but at quite the price:
Ringtones ordered by text cost £3. Messages you receive are charged at £1.50 each and you will receive two messages. Calls to the premium-rate phone line cost £1.50 per minute and should last approximately two minutes and a maximum of three minutes.
So, all together, that will cost you at least £9 ($18 US!*) for one fucking ringtone. You can go shove the TARDIS up your ass, BBC.

*Holy shit! What the fuck have the Republicans done to our dollar?

Friday, December 28, 2007

I'm the only patriot in this country

I just took an online test to see which U.S. presidential candidate matched up most closely with my own ideals. Not surprisingly, Dennis Kucinich is my man. Our only disagreement was on the No Child Left Behind Act. I think children should be left behind to die, and also I think it's implemented stupidly. On further reflection, with the appropriate funding and sufficient implementation, it could be a good program. It's not really one of my top priorities anyway.

Whatever, kids are dumb. Let them go get a job like the rest of us and then they can worry about the 11th president and the quadratic equation.

Many people are afraid to vote for a candidate that they think can't win, except for the Ron Paul nutjobs, God bless them. Those guys really go balls out for Ron, you have to respect that. I encourage everyone in the primary elections to vote their gut and heart, and also brain. Vote for the guy or dame you like most, not the dude or broad you think has the best chance of winning. If everyone voted for their ideal candidate, that person just might win. And even if he (or she) doesn't win, that person may get a high enough percentage of the vote that the winning candidate has to adopt some of the other candidate's positions to draw in his or her supporters.

Here are some reasons why I love Kucinich, ignoring the fact that he has a gorgeous wife:
# War authorization: One of the few in Congress to vote against the Iraq War authorization. Consistently criticizes Bush's management of the war.

# Security/liberties: Consistently voted against the PATRIOT Act. He has received increasingly higher marks from the ACLU, scoring 100% last year.

# Social Security: Opposes privatization.

# Stem cell research: Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.

# Same sex issues: Opposes a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman.

# Trade issues: Opposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

# Budget issues: The balanced budget advocating the Concord Coalition gave Representative Kucinich a rating of 81%.

# Business & labor issues: Kucinich supported the interests of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 30% and supported the interests of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee 7% in 2005. Kucinich supported the interests of the United Auto Workers 93% and supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 93% in 2005.

# Abortion issues: He is pro-choice.

# Capital punishment: He would eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.

# Marijuana: He would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes. NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) considers him a "NORML friendly candidate"

# Gun control: Supports gun control.

# Minimum wage: Consistently supports and votes for minimum wage increases.

# Health care: Supports universal health care.

# Prescription drugs: Supports expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.

# Environmental issues: Kucinich has been endorsed and he receives very high marks from environmental groups.

# Immigration issues: Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 100% in 2006. He supported the interests of the U.S. Border Control 0% in 2005-2006. Supports amnesty/permanent legalization for illegal aliens. Opinion no known on temporary legalization for illegal aiens as guestworkers

# Education issues: Opposes school vouchers.
Remember, if you don't vote for Kucinich you're a racist, a facist, and a traitor.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Qwahnzuh

At first blush, Kwanzaa is a worthwhile cultural holiday of ethnic identification and strength. The principles of Kwanzaa are:

Umoja - Unity
Kujichagulia - Self-Determination
Ujima - Collective Work and Responsibility
Ujamaa - Cooperative Economics
Nia - Purpose
Kuumba - Creativity
Imani - Faith

Sounds pretty good. In fact, it sounds like something every race or ethnic group could, and should, embrace.

Of course, when you scratch the surface a bit, you will discover that these are all black isolationist ideals created by Maulana Karenga (Ron Everett), who served time for imprisoning and torturing two women that were members of his radical Us Organization, the same group that murdered various delegates of the Black Panther Party in the late 60s and early 70s.

Black on black crime? That doesn't really sound like a cultural tradition worth embracing.

Update! Karenga was also "paranoid and schizophrenic with hallucinations and elusions," according to The Dartmouth Review. The money shot:
The psychiatrist observed that Karenga talked to his blanket and imaginary persons and believed that he had been attacked by dive-bombers.

Eight years later California State University at Long Beach made Karenga the head of its Black Studies Department.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Giants are in

Despite extended instances of mediocrity, the New York Giants have clinched a wild card spot. The Giants scored more than 21 points for the first time since October 21, and they showed what formula they will need to succeed: a strong defense + downplaying Eli's ability to impact the game. To wit:

Manning - 7/15, 111 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INT, 2 Fumble Losses
Jacobs & Bradshaw - 41 attempts, 296 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Fumbles
Defense - 21 points allowed, 3 sacks for 34 yards, 3 INT for 81 yards & 2 TDs, 1 Fumble Recovery

If the Giants wish to win in the postseason, they need to continue to play strong on defense and to run the ball on offense. Letting Eli touch the ball for longer than it takes to hand it off to Jacobs or Bradshaw (or Droughns) is a recipe for disaster.

A fair wage to all the children

Via Bogol, I have learned that the Soviets were fucking obsessed with rockets during Christmas time.

They also had room for a little tip of the ushanka for factory production.

More here.