Friday, August 22, 2014

Winds Of Adversity

Mistakes are an inevitable fact of life.  Success comes from experience, and experience comes from failure.  When things go wrong, when the winds blow against us, that's when we learn.  But first we have to care about the success of what we're doing, and we have to be able to admit we should have done something differently.  The act of learning presupposes the ability to admit that there is something one doesn't fully understand.  For most, the desire to learn outweighs the ego's need to hide from admitting ignorance.  If someone cannot admit failure, there is no impetus to learn.

When people are confronted with "winds of adversity", the way they react says revealing things about their character.  Some people may get angry, some may adopt a hopeful attitude, and some may try to learn from the situation, and adjust their approach.  There are others however, woefully unsuited to their position, hopelessly out of their depth, and unable to learn, who find themselves bombarded daily with the consequences of their failures.  Their reaction to ill winds, and the resulting dissonance, is to ignore it, and run away.  Golf is as good a place to hide as any. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Am I crazy?

Short answer:

Yes, probably.

Long answer:

The song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane has been going through my head all night and I can't make it stop. The problem isn't that I don't like the song, it's that when I hear the vocals, it's not Grace Slick singing them. It's Elmer Fudd.

Listen, imagining Elmer chasing wabbits, and you'll never be able to unhear it.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Comment on Depression and “RIP Robin Williams”

I tried to post my below comment under Keln’s “RIP Robin Williams” article, but it was rejected for – get this – excessive length. I am knock-the-wind-out-of-me-surprised, and obviously I’m lying about that, i.e. "you've been warned". So here’s what I intended to say:

Keln, love ya but I have to agree with Arik regarding depression.   

In your defense, however, our society has so completely confused the definitions of "unhappy" and "depressed" that almost everyone uses them incorrectly, by which I mean "interchangeably", which they're NOT.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Ryan J. Reilly, a reporter covering the Ferguson fiasco for a news aggregator whose title deserves to be referenced with a mocking sophomoric rhyme, but I don’t feel like making an effort, posted a photo Sunday morning on Twitter of some earplugs lying on the ground, with the caption, “I believe these are rubber bullets, can anyone confirm?”

Of course, this was met with a deluge of well-deserved ridicule and many delightful digs featuring the tag #CanAnyoneConfirm?

Later that day, the reporter, who had gained a modicum of fame by live tweeting his and another reporter’s arrest at a McDonald’s, also posted this photo for some reason:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rick Perry Being Charged

The Soggy D.A.

So apparently the left in Texas is celebrating what to them is the equivalent of winning the Super Bowl: Texas Governor Rick Perry is being formally charged on counts of abuse of power and coercing a public official. I'm actually not a huge fan of Rick Perry for various reasons, but this whole story has me very confused.

Selective Outrage #512,328

Pursed Lips Also a Strong Indicator

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Happy Warrior of Squandermania

[title reference]

RIP Robin Williams

Robin Williams
I've read the unfortunate news that comedian Robin Williams has committed suicide at the age of 63. I generally don't pay much attention to the deaths of celebrities, much less self-inflicted deaths. But Robin Williams was a one-of-a-kind celebrity; a comedian of a caliber that the likes of Bob Hope belongs to. Robin Williams was not a great man. Most of us aren't. And his political opinions were awful. His religious views weren't much better.

But he was funny. Really funny. I'm not even counting his off-color stuff. He just basically knew what makes people laugh, and of all the actors out there it is the ones that can do and say things off the cuff to get that precious laugh that I respect the most. Robin Williams was a master at making people laugh.


Here's a short cute little something to help you get ready for battle.

1 minute, 11 seconds.


Hat tip: Ronin Murakami

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Says here that the usage of the interjections Uh and Um is largely based on gender.

Listening to President Obam-uh, I can sure believe it. But oddly, I can't think of too many people that I've heard use Um. Of course, I suspect that, unlike el Presidente, most people don't use them every third word.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

ISIS Must be Destroyed

So, I just wanted to make a comment about ISIS and Obama deciding to bomb them, with perhaps more than bombing in the future. I've noticed a lot of confusion amongst conservatives in the past 24 hrs, with half denouncing Obama and the other half patting him on the back. This is quite understandable.

When you are dealing with a president like Obama, who so consistently makes the wrong decision, it's hard to know how to respond when he makes a right one, especially when the rest of the world isn't supporting him. The knee-jerk reaction here is to automatically assume he is just making another bad decision again, and then criticize him for it. That works 99% of the time, without having to think much about the decision he is making and the reasons for it.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Movie Note: Guardians of the Galaxy

So, my little monster wanted, for his birthday, to go see Guardians of the Galaxy, which I was happy to oblige. It's another Marvel comic book movie, and so, what the heck...

Actually, I took him and his mother while his sister was out of town, and we all enjoyed the movie. Fair warning, though: It's being called a science-fiction comedy, I guess because they fly around in space ships, but there's precious little in this movie that resembles science. It makes Star Wars look like it was written by Arthur C. Clarke.

Anyway, Marvel is apparently gearing up for The Avengers 3, which is supposed to explain why all these second tier Marvel moves involved the hero and the bad guy both chasing after some secret artifact with the power to destroy the universe. Supposedly, these will all be tied together in that movie, which, if it works, will fairly well rock.

So, anyway, the movie...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

After Happily Ever After

Turns out Disney is making a movie out of Into the Woods, which is one of those musicals from my high school days that I memorized backwards and forwards. I had all the parts memorized and would sing them with great enthusiasm.

It's the story of what happened AFTER some of our favorite fairy tales ended; Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood.

I've seen the show on stage a couple of times, and I recall that there are a lot of funny moments, especially in the first act. The second act tends to bog down and get ponderous after a while, so I hope the revisions made for the screen can lighten the tone a little.

Anyway, I saw the first trailer the other day:

So what, you may ask, does this have to do with politics? Well, let me tell you.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hiding Behind Children

Leftists work hard to defend Hamas, condemning Israel's reaction to constant bombing and terrorism, and never acknowledge reality.  The barbaric practice of using children and other noncombatants as shields is a known Hamas tactic, and any support they receive from leftists worldwide excuses and ignores this behavior, which ensures that it will continue.  Any state that cannot fight a war without hiding behind children does not deserve to exist.

People who can find a moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel must first find a way to ignore the barbaric treatment of children by Hamas shown in the sickening picture after the break.  If you don't have a strong stomach, don't go there.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Press Conferences, Turnip Trucks

The real Obama has been out there for a long time for all to see.  The only things that seem to catch his attention are accommodating millions of illegal aliens, fretting about global warming, and baiting congress to try to impeach him.  The Middle East implodes, Christians and Jews worldwide are under attack, while at home we face an ominous economic future,  and the nation's mood grows darker.  For the first time in the nation's history, there is good reason to fear for our children's future. 

Mr. Obama ignores it all, and the mainstream media allows him to indulge a disastrous pattern:  Dither.  Make speeches at fundraisers. Play golf.  Obfuscate.  Repeat.  Now he threatens to use his pen and his phone to unilaterally force an amnesty to benefit illegals caught in the situation he created, with an eye to replenishing his base.  His base seems to consist of two types of people.  Those who are in on the con, and those who just fell off the turnip truck.  As some of the latter group figure out what's happening, they need to be replaced, hence his efforts on behalf of illegals.  

Meanwhile, as Mr. Obama plays these games,  Sgt Tahmooressi sits in a Mexican jail cell, ignored by his own government.

Continued after the page break...

Suitcase Nuke

The difference between Israel and Hamas is that Israel uses its armed forces and weaponry to defend their women and children...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Suitcase Nuke

People who equate a border fence with the Berlin Wall should spend a few nights in jail so they could learn the difference between walls meant to keep people out, as opposed to those meant to keep people in.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monopolizing the Narrative

Harvey, at IMAO, posted an excerpt from Matt Walsh’s astute piece discussing the “Check Your Privilege” meme.

Walsh described such rhetoric as a “Get Out of Thinking” card.

Here’s your card: