The Rocketsled to Hell
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Sean at Everything I Know Is Wrong has posted a collection of blog entries from Iraqi bloggers here.
Another Sean (the one at Sean's Blog) writes a brilliant post about today's media and how they would report D-Day here.
They are both fantastic reads.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
It is possible to tell the truth and yet deliberately mislead. One can accomplish this by either stating some facts and omitting others or by phrasing and emphasizing certain words in your phrase through the use of voice pitch and intonnation and body language.
Example 1: The phrase "Brett Favre threw a total of twelve interceptions since the beginning of the season" sounds bad, but all of the information needed to come to that conclusion has been omitted. "He also threw for nineteen touchdown receptions" puts everything into prospective.
Example 2: Carrying over the example from above, it could be said that "Brett Favre has already thrown twelve interceptions this season", but sounds much different when stated like this: "Brett Favre has only thrown twelve interceptions so far".
It's all in the way the information is presented. One can lie while telling truths. Information can be spun and framed so as to come across any way you wish to your audience. Today's media is the master of this trade.
Michael Moore (and I've said it before) is a big fat idiot. His new movie 'Farhenheit 911' was the top movie last weekend, just above 'White Chicks'. That's right, the media won't tell you that 'White Chicks', the Wayan's Brother's new flick (and anything by them has got to be platinum), almost beat out Moore's movie. They also won't tell you that 'Dodgeball' grossed more than twice as much as the 911 movie the wekend before.
In the movie, Moore shows many, many facts about the administration, but more to the point, omits many important ones as well. Everything in the movie seems to be taken out of context. I have not seen the movie, and I plan not to pay money to see it, however I would like to see his deception first-hand.
There's a teriffic article in yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times that outlines some of the major points made in 'Fahrenheit 911'. Please read it.
Friday, June 25, 2004
Monday, June 21, 2004
Vacation Recap -
Toronto was fantastic- very large and surprisingly clean. Of the parts we saw, it is a very young city- most of the people we came across were in their 20's or 30's and, probably as a result, the nightlife was terrific.
We went to see a Blue Jays game and, though I'm not the biggest baseball fan, I had a blast. I suppose beer had a lot to do with that. Speaking of beer, I think I drank my body weight four times over in alcohol in the week I was there.
The highlight of the trip was definitely Tiesto.
I'll be posting photos soon.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
O, Canada -
Today I leave for a vacation in Toronto. I wish I could tell more, but I'm on my way out the door. I'll be taking my laptop, so maybe I'll be able to blog from there. Expect photos.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
What If D-Day Were Today? -
Tomorrow is D-Day. Sixty years ago, thousands of men gave their lives to abolish the world of a tyrant and restore peace and there was relatively no opposition at home. Today, hundreds of men give their lives to rid the world of a tyrant and restore peace and there is plenty of opposition at home.
I found a short little satirical article at Kerrycore.com:
Normandy Invasion; Miserable Failure
After more than sixty years, John Kerry has called on Franklin Roosevelt to apologize for the failures of the Normandy invasion and for lying about the War in Europe. From the very beginning, President Roosevelt promised not to take America to War.
However, after he lied about going to war, the least he could have done was not lose any of our guys. John Kerry says, if he were president, he would have fought WW2 in a better way.
Because of Roosevelt's incompetence as commander in chief, we suffered more than 2,400 casualties on a single day! Only 2 of 29 amphibious Sherman tanks made it to the beach - And with the exception of one, no unit of the 116th landed where it was planned. The paratroopers were way off. The President lied about how easy it would be and now the French hate us.
John Kerry repeated his statement, "Not only would I have fought WW2 in a better way, I would have fought WW2 even better.
Friday, June 04, 2004
Happy... ...Friday? -
Today is the "Festival of the Sticky Penis" held in Queens, NY. Make of it what you will.
Monday, May 31, 2004
4.6 Billion -
That's right. Saturday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that MMSD (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) dumped a total of 4.6 billion gallons of untreated raw sewage into the local waters in the month of May.
Guess what. May isn't over.
To really get perspective into how much 4.6 billion gallons is-
-It could fill Miller Park 15 times over, from its base to its retractable roof
-Scientists approximate that the universe is 4.6 billion years old
-The tallest building in the city, the US Bank office tower could be filled 41 times
-Mongolia's GDP is 4.6 billion
-Both Uzbekistan's and Madagascar's external debt total in 2003 were 4.6 billion
-There are eight zeros in 4.6 billion
-4.6 billion is a prime number
Okay, I'm stretching here, but 4.6 billion is alot of dung to be floating in our precious Lake Michigan. I'm sure Chicago and the other cities that share the lake with us are real happy with us, but then again, who cares about Chicago?
It's no wonder the city abandoned it's former slogan: "A great place on a great lake".
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Angel Decoy -
Here are some photos of an Air Force C-130 releasing flares to repel heat seeking missiles. The pattern formed by these decoys are how they got the name "Angel Decoy". I think it's absolutely spectacular.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Hat tip to Sean's Blog:
There are some 8,000 towns and villages in the country. How many do you hear about on the news? For a week, it's all Fallujah all the time. Then it's Najaf, and nada for anywhere else. Currently, 90 percent of Iraqi coverage is about one lousy building: Abu Ghraib. So what's going on in the other 7,997 dots on the map? In the Shia province of Dhi Qar, a couple hundred miles southeast of Baghdad, 16 of the biggest 20 cities plus many smaller towns will have elected councils by June. These were the first free elections in Dhi Qar's history and ''in almost every case, secular independents and representatives of nonreligious parties did better than the Islamists.'' That assessment is from the anti-war anti-Bush anti-Blair Euro-lefties at the Guardian, by the way.
Here is the link to the article by Mark Steyn.
Monday, May 24, 2004
Bush Haters -
Haven't had your load of horse crap today? It's people like this that give the left the reputation it has.
It seems that whenever I negatively comment about Democrats or liberals and one is nearby, they are quick to defend themselves. Upon my challenge of their beliefs, the usual response is "well, I don't exactly feel that way. This is how I feel..." and end the sentence with a remark that feels strangely conservative.
Back to Bob Herbert. Ceratin members the left has gone way too far. People like Bob Herbert are strictly Bush-haters and only fuel the fire for us conservatives.
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Friday, May 21, 2004
Little Brown Tugboats -
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has recently released more than 1.5 billion gallons (yes, that's billion... with a "b") of raw sewage into Lake Michigan. Raw frickin' sewage. The total includes the rain-soaked period between May 13th and May 19th 2004, and does not take into account this morning's torrential rains.
Apparantly in 1997 MMSD dumped even more- 1.6 billion gallons. Their response has been to downplay the severity of the current dumpings by comparing them to the record set seven years ago. These are the two most serious dumpings, and they've made some local news, but there hasn't been a whole lot of uproar in the community. How much are they not reporting?
At least maybe now it won't be long until I finally meet my late-childhood heroes Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello.
Thursday, May 20, 2004
No Weapons, Eh? -
Yesterday, William Safire had a great article in the New York Times about the sarin found in Iraq. Here's an excerpt:
...'You never saw such a rush to dismiss this as not news. U.N. weapons inspectors whose reputations rest on denial of Saddam's W.M.D. pooh-poohed the report. "It doesn't strike me as a big deal," said David Kay...
In this rush to misjudgment, we can see an example of the "Four Noes" that have become the defeatists' platform.
The first "no" is no stockpiles of W.M.D., used to justify the war, were found. With the qualifier "so far" left out, the absence of evidence is taken to be evidence of absence...
Most damning is the rise to terror's top rank of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who escaped Afghanistan to receive medical treatment in Baghdad. He joined Ansar al-Islam, a Qaeda offshoot whose presence in Iraq to murder Kurds at Saddam's behest was noted in this space in the weeks after 9/11. His activity in Iraq was cited by President Bush six months before our invasion. Osama's disciple Zarqawi is now thought to be the televised beheader of a captive American. '
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Wave This! -
Can you believe this crap? American athletes have been warned not to wave the United States flag during their medal celebrations at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens for fear of provoking crowd hostility.
Right Wing News had this to say about it:
Don't hold our flag high huh? Let me tell you about another time at the Olympic games when Americans weren't supposed to hold their flags high. This is from "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Nazi Germany" and it describes what happened at the beginning of the 1936 Olympic games...
A huge bell announced the start of the parade of the athletes. As always it was a colorful event. Some details, however, were out of the ordinary. Passing below the fuhrer's booth, the Austrian team gave the Nazi salute; the crowd cheered loudly. To the surprise of almost everyone, the Bulgarians goose-stepped by. The French gave a salute that looked like the Nazi one, although they claimed later that it was the raised Olympic salute. The British did not lift their eyes to the "Tribune of Honor" and got booed.
Last in the alphabetical list of the foreign teams was the Vereinigten Staaten, the United States. On passing below the booth, all the previous groups had lowered their national flags. The Americans refused to do so."
Our Olympic athletes didn't lower our flags for the Nazis and we certainly shouldn't be lowering them now. Who cares if a bunch of anti-American swine in the stadium boo? Our athletes should wave our flag and if anyone doesn't like it, they can to go straight to hell as far as I'm concerned.
I couldn't agree with him more.