Sep
20
2014
8

So I’m playing plastic lightsabers with my youngest.

He loses his grip on his, drops it.  I of course go All too easy… and while I’m doing that my kid, instead of grabbing the dropped saber, retreats out of melee range and snaps up the suction-cup Brave bow. Because that’s why they invented missile weapons in the first place.

I’m so damned proud.

Sep
19
2014
1

‘Authority Song.’

Authority SongJohn Mellencamp

 

…I kind of enjoy taking this song away from the people who only think that it’s still theirs.

Sep
19
2014
6

Things I just learned.

When you’re in a MMO, don’t do a pickup group for the most difficult mid-level dungeon in the game where there’s a lack of communication and people don’t run through everything beforehand. And know when to politely say “See ya.”

 

…WHEE.  Well, at least I didn’t get everybody killed this time.

 

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Sep
19
2014
2

Left-wing lunatic threw Molotov cocktail through a black Congressman’s office window on 9-11.

Of course you never heard about it. Left-wing, after all:

A Missouri man was arrested earlier this week and charged with throwing two Molotov cocktails into Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-Mo.) district office.

Eric King, 28, was arrested while detectives were investigating a “series of anti-government vandalisms” near the congressman’s office.

…and if the folks writing for the Hill had their way, you’d not have heard about the left-wing part, either. Fortunately Hot Air did some of the heavy lifting, there: it turns out that Eric King is an anti-Monsanto fanatic. Not mentioned by the Hill, and it should have been: being against GMOs these days is a pretty reliable identifier.  Although I suppose that I should be grateful that at least the Hill bothered to quote how King was upset that the “Missouri congress has been a willing partner in the US governments capitalist war hungry agenda.*”  …or perhaps not, because they also forgot to mention that King wanted to go after the banks next.

The fascinating part of this story, to me at least, is that it almost feels like it’s a controlled experiment to test the hypothesis The media has a double standard when reporting on the Left versus the Right. Here’s the checklist:

  • Politically-motivated attack. YES.
  • PMA on a Congressman’s office. YES.
  • The attack was violent (note, nobody was injured, but firebombs are inherently violent). YES.
  • The Congressman was a minority. YES.
  • The event took place on a politically significant day (9/11). YES.
  • The attacker had a documented history of participating in various fringe political movements. YES.
  • The attacker had a documented history of, ah, vehement speech. YES.
  • The attacker is a young, white male. YES.

And here’s where they did the control:

  • The attacker is a right-wing conservative.  …NO.

And the result? (more…)

Sep
19
2014
0

So I tried the Skyrim Apple Cabbage stew.

Well, the recipe that can be found here.  I went with the ‘use bacon grease and add the cooked bacon’ option: the whole thing came out very nicely, although I probably made a mistake at putting the cooked bacon in before I let it simmer for forty-five minutes.  My wife isn’t sure about that; she liked the general of-pork flavor of the dish.  It is not a zesty stew as described, though: salt and pepper at the least, possibly more spices.

I really should revisit Skyrim at some point.  See what the modders have been doing with it since the last time.

Sep
19
2014
0

You will be SHOCKED by what John Foust (D CAND, Virginia-10) said about his own voters!

Well, you won’t be shocked, probably. And I am sorry for that.  It would be nice if there was still some innocence left in the world.

But let’s not get maudlin.  Background: Barbara Comstock, Republican candidate for VA-10, is of the (accurate) opinion that her opponent John Foust is a male chauvinist pig:

Virginia Republican congressional candidate Barbara Comstock is out with a hard-hitting TV ad labeling her Democratic opponent John Foust a “sexist.”

“Trash-talking politics from John Foust. Foust wages a desperate, dishonest and negative campaign against Barbara Comstock,” says the ad released Thursday. “Foust’s attacks — ‘sexist,’ ‘bizarre,’ ‘insensitive,’ ‘ignorant.’ Don’t be fooled by Foust.”

Here’s the ad: (more…)

Sep
19
2014
6

Arrrrrrrrr. (Free donuts!)

Yes, me hearties! It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

And there be free donuts at yon Krispy Kreme if you do!  A most toothsome booty, if I may say.

Sep
19
2014
11

Tweet of the Day, Gah Mih Joe Biden Opens His Mouth Gah Bob Packwood I Don’t Even edition.

You have got to be [expletive deleted]ing me:

Really?

REALLY?

…I need a drink.

Moe Lane

Sep
19
2014
1

I just finished (in one sitting) “How to Fight Presidents…”

“… Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country.

(more…)

Sep
18
2014
2

‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),.’

Sure, I’m going to recycle this one tonight.  Why not?  It’s Scottish, no?  Works either way the vote goes.

 

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)The Proclaimers

Sep
18
2014
4

Mary Burke (D CAND, Wisconsin-GOV) plagiarized her jobs plan from literal losers.

I am using the word ”literal’ literally, by the way.

I don’t know what’s sadder here: that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke can’t even write her own meaningless economic drivel

Large portions of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan for Wisconsin appear to be plagiarized from the plans of three Democratic candidates who ran for governor in previous election cycles.

Burke’s economic plan “Invest for Success” copies nearly-verbatim sections from the jobs plans of Ward Cammack, who ran for Tennessee governor in 2009 before withdrawing from the race, a 2008 plan from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and John Gregg who ran for governor of Indiana in 2012 and lost to Mike Pence.

…or that she stole material from two guys that lost.  John Gregg couldn’t beat a Republican in a year where Barack Obama was on the ticket; and Ward Cammack never even made it to the primary election. I’ll grant you that Jack Markell did win: but, hey, it’s Delaware.  The jobs plan for that state is ‘see how much we can siphon off of I-95.’

Buzzfeed(!) has much more, including a list of all the substandard material that the Burke campaign ripped off and their admittedly more original excuse (Erm, yeah, it was a… staffer! From outside*!).  And, actually, I kind of hope that the excuse holds up: it’d mean that the Burke campaign knowingly hired an ‘expert’ whose ‘expertise’ was apparently two-thirds in ‘watch your candidate crash and burn while you get paid for it.’ It’s nice to think that the Other Side has those kinds of people, too.

Note: the plagiarism charge will still stick, in that case. Still, you’d think that Mary Burke would have stolen from people who won.

Via

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Well, more original by comparison.

Sep
18
2014
4

I’m already finding the latest software for the iPod annoying.

Could it really hurt for Apple to just ask me how I want my iPod configured? I mean, seriously, I’m an adult. I can decide this stuff for myself.

Grr.

Moe Lane

PS: I’d like to meet the software person who figured out that you can make people update the software by making it impossible to sync the iPod with iTunes until you do. And by ‘meet’ I mean ‘yell at.’

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