Friday, May 30, 2008

Stifle it...

That's right, I'm channeling my favorite curmudgeon Archie Bunker and saying to America's politically correct police, "Stifle it." Reasons:

1.) The Dunkin' Donuts pulling of spokeswoman Rachel Ray's new ad because her scarf had the same colors as Arafat's kaffiyeh. Apparently, this paisley scarf was offensive. Are you kidding me? Really? Has this country been reduced to this petty crap? How assinine.

2.) Sharon Stone was ripped for her "kharma" comments regarding the Chinese Earthquake. Who the hell cares? Why is everyone jumping down her throat? I'm not saying she's right or wrong, I'm merely arguing that, "Why the hell should anyone give a second thought to the vapid ramblings of a has-been actress?" What has Sharon Stone ever done that deserves so much attention to anything she says?

America please stop. This constant bashing of people's words is waaaaay overblown. Newsflash, people have the right to say what they will whether you like it or not. If you don't like what people say, tough. They have just as much right to voice their opinions on something, as you do. There is no need to constantly try to correct people or tell them that their words are offensive to a certain group of people and they shouldn't say certain things. Bull$hit. Americans are not all children, we shouldn't have to be molly-coddled by pseudo-sophisticates who honestly believe they've never said anything that has offended anyone (Because guess what? They have.) To these quasi-intellectuals I say, "Grow the hell up and get over yourselves. Your antics are quite tiresome."

-In other news I was deeply saddened at the loss of comedian Harvey Korman. He always made me laugh. I think my favorite might be his character, Hedy (It's Hedley) Lamarr in Mel Brook's classic Blazing Saddles. Now I know some of you out there may bitch and moan that this shouldn't be recognized because of the racial jokes made in the movie. Get over it. Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies ever filmed. Mel Brooks is not a racist, neither is Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, or anyone else involved in filming this fantastic comedy. I wil always cherish Korman's style and his unique talent to completely morph into any character he played. Thank you Mr. Korman, you will be missed.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Way to honor our fallen, Senator...

The "illustrious" Sen. Obama has accrued many titles over the past year or so:

-defender of the common man
-harbinger of "Change"
-friend to all
-seeker of unity and togetherness

he can now add one more:

"He who has the sixth sense"

In a Memorial Day speech in New Mexico yesterday, Obama said quote:

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today, our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

Newsflash Senator, Memorial Day honors those who have died in our nation's military service. How is it possible that one seeking to become Commander-in-Chief does not know this? Sometimes the things that come out of his mouth defy understanding. Or maybe, he can see dead people, yet another "talent" of his that should give us hope and cause to vote for him all the more. As for me, I'll put my money on the fact that his speech writers took the holiday off...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

To further enhance your viewing experience...

Dear readers,

If you're reading this, you're most likely hearing music. Do not be alarmed. I've added my mp3 playlist to the right (just below the clustrmap). I thought perhaps all of you might enjoy some music to go along with your reading enjoyment. These are roughly 100 of my favorite songs, many of which are by some of my favorite artists. I add and change them quite a bit though depending on my mood. (Example: I just added Viva La Vida by Coldplay tonight. It's the newest single and I'm crazy about it, scroll down towards the end of the player to select and listen to it if you like.) It's a little device I've added to my myspace page, and thought I'd bring it here as well, so as to not exclude the masses from some quality tunes. Feel free to peruse, and play any of the songs that you like while reading. If you have any suggestions for tunes to add please let me know, I'll see what I can do to. Enjoy!

Sincerely,
Pater Patriae

A better analogy couldn't be found...



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Why does the "illustrious" Sen. Obama equate with the Democrat Jackass you say? Well here's some tidbits that seem to have missed the rounds on network news.

Barack Gaffes The Obama machine.
By Michelle Malkin

All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of “potatoe.” The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bush’s questions about new scanner technology at a grocers’ convention to brand him permanently as out of touch. But what about Barack Obama? The guy’s a perpetual gaffe machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:

1.) Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12.

2.) Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”

3.) Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, S.D., audience, Obama exulted: “Thank you, Sioux City. ... I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.”

4.) Explaining last week why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography: “Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.” On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?

5.) Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala., he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement: “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.”Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965. His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was “speaking metaphorically about the civil-rights movement as a whole.”

6.) Earlier this month in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by homing in on a lack of translators: “We only have a certain number of them, and if they are all in Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in Afghanistan.” The real reason it’s “harder for us to use them” in Afghanistan: Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish. The Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, or other non-Arabic languages.

7.) Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multibillion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup: “Here’s something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I’m not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you I’ll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport.”I assume on that ride, a staffer reminded him that he’s voted on at least one defense-authorization bill that addressed the “costs, schedules, and technical issues” dealing with the nation’s most contaminated nuclear-waste site.

8.) Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obama’s Dreams from My Father: “Then, there’s the copy of Life magazine that Obama presents as his racial awakening at age 9. In it, he wrote, was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs don’t exist, say the magazine’s own historians.”

9.) And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us” — cluelessly arguing that “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm — and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.”


Barack Obama — promoted by the Left and the media as an all-knowing, articulate, transcendent Messiah — is a walking, talking gaffe machine. How many more passes does he get? How many more can we afford?
© 2008 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.


*What a brilliant article. I guess that's how Barack has been able to claim he is the nominee... I mean it is tough to beat when he's competing in 57 states. Ha! "Change is Comin' " God help us all if it does, I say.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

For the love of God, just stop already...

...A request to Spike Lee.

The diminutive director has recently opened his oversized mouth crying racism at Clint Eastwood. Apparently Spike is bitching that Clint did not portray black soldiers in Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima.

Dear Spike,

1. Flags of Our Fathers revolved around the story of a half dozen US servicemen who raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi. Newsflash to Spike, none of these men were black. I'm sorry if that upsets you, but that's the way it is.

2. Letters From Iwo Jima told the story of the famous battle from the Japanese point of view. There were hardly any shots of American soldiers in the film at all and the Japanese army did not have black soldiers in it. Again memo to Spike, sorry if that upsets you, but that's the way it is.


This is the kind of crap that no one needs to hear. Insead of bitching about Clint Eastwood's WWII movies not having black soldier/characters in them, (I notice he never said anything re: Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, or HBO's Band of Brothers) Spike should be grateful that he lives in a country where filmmakers (like he and Clint) can shoot any movie they want, on any topic they want. I applaud Clint on being the classy man that he is and not dignifying Spike's ludicrous comments with any response. Spike just stop, stop looking for racism where it doesn't exist, and instead focus on making a quality movie for once (outside of Inside Man). The day you put together movies like: Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, and Letters From Iwo Jima I'll be surprised. Until that day comes though, try not to let the green eyed monster cloud your mind so.

Heaven is 72 of these!

Check this out:

The Barn...Amazing MUST SEE

A recently retired New York man wanted to use his retirement funds wisely, decided to buy a home and a few acres in Portugal .

The modest farmhouse had been vacant for 15 years; the owner and wife both had died, and there were no heirs.The estate was being sold to pay back taxes.

There had been several lookers, but the large barn had steel doors, and they had been welded shut.

No one wanted to go to the extra expense to see what was in the barn, and it wasn't complimentary to the property anyway... so, no one made an offer on the place.

The New York gentleman bought it as is, paying just over half of the property's worth; moved in, and set about to access the barn... curiosity was killing him. So, he and his wife bought a generator and a couple of grinders... and cut thru the welds.

What was in the barn...?



WOW!!!


Ferrari





Opel GT, Lotus Elan FHC, Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan DHC.


Porsche 356, Austin Healey Sprite MkII, Volvo PV 544, Ford Y?


Giulietta Sprint, Giulia Sprint Speciale (SS), Nash Metropolitan.




Alfa Giulietta, Lotus Europa, another Lotus Elan FHC, Matra Djet?



Lancia Flaminia Coupé


Abarth 1300 Scorpione


Lancia Flaminia Coupé, Peugeot 504 cabriolet& 404 cabriolet.



Mini, Alfa 1900 Super Sprint, Balilla.



Fiat Topolino II, Triumph TR4, Peugeot 202.


BMW V8, Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.



Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.




Amazing…Total value of all vehicles… over 35 Million!

The man and his wife had full title to the complete lot of vehicles. Needless to say, I think they're having a great retirement! Lord knows I would.

*I tried to identify these cars as best I could from the photos, if anyone knows more let me know!*

Monday, May 19, 2008

The more things change...

Well you know the rest. Oh where to begin. There's honestly so much I just don't know, so I think we'll just dive in.

1.) The "illustrious" Sen. Obama seemed to have a bee in his bonnet the past two days. Why? Well as I'm sure you all know by now he was upset with what our Pres. said in Israel. I'll be the first to admit that our current Pres. is no Mensa candidate, has made some questionable decisions in his tenure, and has some problems with speaking the Queen's tongue. Pres. Bush's frequent butchering of the English language aside, this most recent quote might have been his most brilliant moment ever. By mentioning no names, and merely commenting on an opposing philosophy, he threw the fishing line out into the water, and poor Obama blindly took the bait hook, line, and sinker. All I heard all weekend was Obama whining and crying along with the liberal "keystone cops" in our Congress that support him. What that did was show anyone with a brain that Obama was acknowledging that the comments of the President applied directly to his (Obama's) proposed policy of unconditional talks with the likes of Castro, Il, Mahmoud, and Chavez.

2.) As if that wasn't bad enough for him, Obama follows that up by making the brilliant statement that Iran is less of a threat today than the Soviet Union was during the Cold War. Oh boy...Really? If this doesn't show his absolute lack of knowledge regarding foreign diplomacy and history, I don't know what will. USSR obviously was a bigger military power, but had legitimacy. USSR had a regard for its people and never thought to use nukes because of the concept of mutually assured destruction. Contrary to what Sen. Obama believes, diplomacy alone did not conquer the Soviets. Didn't he hear of the Pershing missles being installed in Europe? Or perhaps he may heard of Grenada, and Nicaragua? Nope guess not.

Iran has no such regard for its people, and if you think they're not developing nukes, please get your head out of the sand. If you think Mahmoud is going to calmly listen to some "brilliant" words of Obama, and realize the error of his ways, you're as delusional as the Sen. is. A megalomaniac like that will only have his ego fed more, by talking unconditionally with the Prez. of the US. He certainly isn't going to think Israel is anything different than a "bloated corpse" or a "nation that needs to be wiped off the map". Legitimacy should never be given to states run by tyrannical dictators, Obama could have learned a lesson from Prime Minister Chamberlain there. Then again, maybe he has had practice with nutjobs he is after all friends with the domestic terrorist William Ayers, and had Rev. Wright for a pastor for 20 years. Perhaps I'm missing something there.

3) Today the sanctimonious Sen. from Illinois complained about attack ads quoting his wife. Well Sen. welcome to the varsity game. If you're going to have your wife stumping on the campaign trail for you, and if she is going to say stupid things like how she hasn't been proud of her country until your campaign, she's fair game. You can't have it both ways.


-Now I know that far too many of you out there are drunk off the Obama Kool-Aid, and think he can do no wrong. I know that anything I write on here will be excused or explained away, and that's ok. Sad, but ok. I will simply ask this, "What has the Sen. Obama done that will back up the promises of the candidate Obama? When has the Sen. Obama graciously reached across party lines to work with Republicans? When has Sen. Obama done anything to "bring" together the masses as the candidate Obama promises he can and will do? The answer? ....(crickets chirping)... Bottom line, he's a typical politician promising the world on the campaign. The difference is he has done nothing to back up what he'll promise. America is in awe of him because he knows millions of Americans have so much angst that if you spout "Yes We Can", and "Change" and all that other crap, they'll lap it up like sheep. Obama bringing change? That's hilarious.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Eat Beano before...

And there'll be no gas... The whole gasoline price escalation and the talk behind it really is nauseating to me. Here's why: oil is a necessary commodity dependent upon market economics. We need it, so we have to pay for it, simple as that. A "gas tax holiday" will not do much without other measures in place to coincide with such a plan. It may be a political gimmick used by 2 candidates as the "illustrious" Sen. Obama would have you think, though nevermind the fact that he himself voted for two such gas tax holidays in the state of Illinois, so let's not put too much faith in the sanctimonious "Change monger". There really is no quick fix. There are two ways this "crisis" is going to play out:

1. Like all markets, the price will be driven to a point where people en masse will refuse to pay, or not be able because they cannot afford it. (I''m talking $200 barrel oil, $7-$10 per gallon gas) At that point, gas stations won't be able to sell gas to consumers, wholesalers won't be able to sell the stations gasoline, refineries will lose out on production, oil companies will lose out on imports and production, sheiks will won't be able to sell oil, the price will drop. Nature of the beast people.

2. We have estimates (which btw are always lowballed) that between ANWAR and the Gulf of Mexico there is 110 billion barrels of oil that can be drilled for. If the US relied solely on that amount and took no oil from any other source, it would be enough to power 60 million vehicles for 60 years. If we drilled, and refined that oil and used it in conjunction with a lowered import of OPEC oil, that would last far longer, and OPEC would take a serious hit, thus once again dropping the price of oil per barrel.

Sounds easy right? Wrong. You see our esteemed Democratic Congress that has done soooo much to provide change for America won't lift the 25 year moratorium on drilling, and yet, they have not supplied us with any alterative plan. Why? Curious isn't it? Well they'll tell you it's an "environmental concern" My answer: Bull$hit. ANWAR is 19 million acres-- larger than Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Connecticut, and Delaware combined. If oil is found, less than 2,000 acres would be directly affected. The area targeted for drilling looks a little like Mars, but not as red. Thus, drilling for oil on a 2,000 acre footprint, within a 19 million acre wildlife refuge (8.63 times the size of Yellowstone) will not have an adverse effect on wildlife within the remaining 365,019,360 acres (570,374 square miles) of Alaska's wilderness. So that argument is defeated. What then is the reason? Could it possible be political? Hmmm... You see Democrats are just as much beholden to the whims, and dollars of companies that work with oil as Republicans are. Not all of the $3.80 per gallon goes to Sheiks in OPEC nations. The oil companies themselves get at least 90 cents, if not more per gallon. So I'm not crying too much for them.

My solution:
1.) open up the drilling in ANWAR and the Gulf now, you're going to have to do it at some point anyway, no way will all that oil go untouched forever.

2.) Build more refineries. We haven't done so since the seventies. Yet another move by big oil to maintain the price of the commodity at a level they can somewhat control. More refineries, means more conversion of crude, which means more gas available at the pump, which means less cost to us.

Let's be realistic we all need gasoline, my career has me back and forth to Rochester 3 days a week, yet I refrain from whining about the cost of gas, because it is what it is. Complaining will do no good. Let's not panic or pretend that any other measures will make a difference, they won't.

Monday, May 05, 2008

A thorn in every rose...

That's how I felt on Saturday. As excited as I was to see Big Brown cruise to victory and my 9th consecutive Derby prediction pay off, I was crestfallen almost immmediately after. As you all may know, the courageous filly Eight Beles who placed, broke down 1/4 mile after the finish line, and had to be put down on the track. That made me physically ill as I am quite an animal lover. I'm not a veggan by any means, but I have a soft spot for animals, always have. I don't hunt, I always throw fish back in after I catch them, and I wish I could adopt all of the pets at all of the SPCA shelters to prevent them from being unwanted or worse yet, put down. I love horses, I think they're majestic, benign creatures, which is probably why I love the Triple Crown so much. I was sick when Barbaro was put down and this weekend's calamity was terrible.

However, what was worse was PETA's reaction. That sanctimonious organization actually had the gall to claim the jockey was at fault. I wish to God someone would educate this liberal-minded group of jackasses. Now I don't claim to be the world's foremost authority on horseracing, but I love the sport, and I've been following it for nearly 20 years. That said, here are some thing that PETA should have thought about before opening their traps in protest:

1.) Jockeys don't intentionally hurt multi-million dollar animals that they don't own.
2.) The doomed filly had no chance of winning the race. Gabriel Saez, her jockey, is a professional he knows how to race a horse. Furthermore, he knew that Eight Belles had no chance of beating the winner. (which leads to...)
3.) Jockeys use the crop not just to urge the animal to go faster, but also to control its direction. The fact is: Saez, by using the crop, in the manner that he did, kept the filly of the rail, where she actually could have caused injury to herself and other horses during the final stretch.
4.) Watch the end of the race again-where the filly crosses the line with both ears up, in full stride and without any change in pace. No chance she had the injury before the end of the race.


The bottom line: one horse in a thousand races breaks down. It's not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is unfortunate that it has happened on the national stage for all of America to see. That only leads to people claiming the sport is hazardous. Well newsflash folks, these are 1200 lb. animals running on small legs and hooves. It's always been hazardous. This isn't anything new. These horses are cared for in a fashion that perhaps no other animal on earth is (including some humans). Now I know some claim that modern thoroughbreds are weaker than their counterparts of past years, but that is not always the case, so it would seem no more than speculation at this point. The truth is, stud fees have gone way up and so horses are raced just enough to produce some quality wins for their owners who reap huge windfalls in the pasture, for longer periods of time.

-In the end, the jockey, trainer, owners and fans of horse racing feel terrible for Eight Belles. PETA's ignorance in protesting did nothing except exacerbate the grief already felt. Grow up PETA.

Friday, May 02, 2008

I am...


Iron Man.

W-O-W!! Well it was worth the wait. My five year old nephew who is about as A.D.D. as his uncle is, was silently captivated for 2 hours, jaw-dropped...His uncle was the same. Robert Downey Jr. was quite possibly the most perfect casting choice I've seen in MANY years. (*amendment*-along with Johnny Depp's Cpt. Sparrow, I think these two are the only perfect casting choices I've seen in decades.) The film's pacing, visuals, story, acting, CGI, cinematography, writing, etc...were dead-on to the story of Marvel's gold and crimson crusader. He was humorous, charismatic, noble, womanizing, cocky, all at the same time. Unlike Mr. Wayne's film representation, Mr. Stark is a brilliant billionaire, who acts like the playboy he's supposed to be. He knows when to be serious and when not to be. The armor you ask? Awesome!

All in all, I can honestly say that without a doubt, this is the best superhero/comic book movie to date. I previously had Spiderman in that slot, but this film blows my favorite arachnid out of the water. Batman Begins was ok, but Downey's Stark is infinitely more complex, and meatier than Bale's Wayne. Superman:Returns was good, but as much as I love "Big Blue" he really is never challenged. X-Men, while among my favorite comic books, were not the best film adaptations. No folks, there simply is no topping Stark Industries' finest invention. I know Dark Knight is coming out, and it looks like it'll be good. You can bet I'll see it, but Iron Man has set an extremely high bar for comic book films. Go see it, now, I know I'm going again, and again, and again...

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