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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Chronicles of... stupid people.

I found a Kos diarist who is beginning to understand the concept of realpolitik.

And another one who isn't.

Here's the juiciest quote..

"They can't keep using their secrecy to defend their secrecy for much longer."

Yeah, they can. All of human history consists of fraud and tyrrany. Do you think you're on the cusp of creating a transparent and truly democratic government, just as soon as the 08 elections are over? Hahahahahahahaha

Friday, April 20, 2007

More stupid people

Yesterday, CNN reported on politicians and others who felt that it was too soon, in the wake of this national tragedy, to politicize the event.

This morning, CNN started running gun control editorials. Well, I have nothing against their callousness or galling hypocrisy. I just thought I'd point them out before getting to the thrust of my comments.

The anti-gun guy,

"Some misguided people will focus on the fact that the 23-year-old student who killed his classmates and others at Virginia Tech was ethnically Korean. This is one of those observations that's 99.99 percent irrelevant. What are we to make of the fact that he is Korean? Ban Ki-moon is also Korean! Our brilliant new United Nations secretary general has not only never fired a gun, it looks like he may have just put together a peace formula for civil war-wracked Sudan -- a formula that escaped his predecessor." - Tom Plate

Bravo for Ban Ki-moon. Oh, wait:

"South Korea has mandatory military service of 24 to 27 months.[8] There are no alternatives for conscientious objectors[9] except imprisonment."
- Wikipedia

Something is not right here. Either Tom Plate is an idiot, or Ban Ki-moon is a draft dodger. Based on my stereotypes of anti-gun nuts and UN personnel, I'd say that it's possible both are true, but more probable that Tom Plate is the only one who doesn't know his butt from a whole in the ground.

Actually, South Korea was some sort of dictatorship in the 60s when Ban was young, and Ban left the country for a while. I'm not sure of the details, since the internet doesn't like to talk about it. Even so, I find it difficult to believe that the man has never fired a gun.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Stupid people

Yesterday morning I read about the shooting at Virginia Tech. It's the deadliest mass shooting in US history, supposedly. I guess that doesn't include Antietam.

The shooter was a deranged English major named Cho Seung-Hui. Apparently, a while before the shootings, he wrote two short plays for a creative writing class. These plays were disturbing to students and the professor.

"When we read Cho's plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn't have even thought of." - Ian MacFarlane

Well, the plays are available via that link. I read them, and I must say, I don't see the problem. The first one was funny. The second one was boring. The violence was tame and there may have been one death, although it wasn't explicitly stated. There was nothing graphic. Most of the characters were normal people, with about the accuracy of characterization you'd expect from a hack TV writer.

And people were shocked and concerned by them? I have to say, I've never written anything too macabre, but I guess that my idle thoughts would make this English teacher puke all over herself.

"Cho, an English major, never wrote about guns or killing people,, she said. But his writing was disturbing enough.." - CNN

Well then what is the fricking problem? He wrote about a 13 year old cussing at his step dad. OMG, that's a warped and unrealistic situation. I'm sure that's never happened before.

Stupid people. I'm just going to blog about Anime and punk rock from now on.

[EDIT]: I just remembered some of my vampire role playing adventures, and they are way worse. Here are some highlights. Not for the squeamish, apparently.
*An alchemist who sells his soul to the devil for immortality, and becomes a vampire. This is immediately followed by entombment, so that he spends 500 years or so in a dark coffin, going insane.
*Escapes the coffin into bright sunlight, thus covering his body with 3rd degree burns.
*He subsequently exchanges his own pain for power on several occasions, by self mutilation.
*Teenage girl beaten to death in a bout of schizophrenia
*Still wracked by guilt from seeing a woman he loved burned to death by the English in 1429 or so
*Electrocution by Pong machine in bar
*Boy meets girl, boy enters drunken binge, boy meets another girl, original girl dumps boy
*Alchemist attempts to conduct experiment on hapless female by dosing her with date rape drugs (GHB) and performing black mass. Her friends kill him in retaliation and he must pass through the gates of hell, again, to be resurrected.
*Series of hedonistic one night stands
*Continues to murder random strangers to gain research material for vile experiments
*Successfully creates life, a once-extinct type of demon known as a yamiko, or 'Child of Darkness.' The yamiko has the form of an adorable, black-haired 5 year old girl with fangs.
*The yamiko's "mother" vanishes and the adorable, mute girl becomes the target of a powerful demon.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


"Another Bush lie -- he claims the military developed the surge strategy, when in fact it was developed by a think tank (AEI) neocon fellow Fred Kagan -- a guy who never served in the military and has never been to Iraq. Bush military advisors who opposed the surge (including on-the-field Generals Casey and Abizaid) were relieved of duty."


Wow. Bush caught in an actual lie! So I followed the link. And then I followed its link. And ya know, the Joint Chiefs do seem opposed to the Surge 'plan.' Of course, I couldn't find any actual quotes from anyone in the military, but the Surge 'plan' is and always has been a transparent political maneuver. Its tactical effectiveness is not why it was done. I'm happy believing that the military opposes the Surge 'plan.'

What stuck out at me was that there was no quote from Bush. Ya know, where he lied? Where he said that the military developed the Surge 'plan?' In fact, following the links, it seems that last fall during the initial political rhetoric, Bush openly admitted that the military wasn't thrilled. Here's an actual quote from a newspaper shill:

"The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate." - Shill

So this was public knowledge last year. Incidentally, I included an actual quote because I'm not a delusional lying communist bastard like the Kos writers. Still no quotes from the parties involved though. Oh, wait, here's one:

"Asked if he would overrule his own military commanders if they opposed a plan to increase troop levels in Iraq, Bush called the question a "dangerous hypothetical."

"Let me wait and gather all the recommendations from Bob Gates, from our military, from diplomats on the ground interested in the Iraqis' point of view and then I'll report back to you as to whether or not I support a surge or not.""


CNN finally caught on to the story on December 20, apparently, which was about 3 months after it became common knowledge. So there's a quote from Bush implicitly saying that he or his cronies came up with the plan and wanted military feedback.

Therefore, the Kos writers are delusional lying commie bastards. But we already knew that.