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31
Dec
13

Liberal Tears

Liberal Tears

Liberal Tears Gun Lubricant

30
Dec
13

Quote of the day

If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it.

Pierre Gallois, French scientist

[ed. remind anyone of global warming climate change?]

23
Dec
13

Quote Of The Day

Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don’t go in for politics.

Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer

16
Dec
13

Quote Of The Day

All bad precedents began as justifiable measures.

Gaius Julius Caesar

09
Dec
13

Quote Of The Day

A paranoid is a man who knows a little of whats going on.

William S. Burroughs

02
Dec
13

Quote Of The Day

The function of the expert is not to be more right than other people, but to be wrong for more sophisticated reasons.

Dr David Butler, British psephologist

[ed. does this remind anyone else of a certain Nobel prize winning economist?]

Since I didn’t know what a psephologist was, I figured you don’t either. Here it is:Psephology /sɨˈfɒlədʒi/ (from Greek psephos ψῆφος, ‘pebble’, which the Greeks used as ballots) is a branch of political science which deals with the study and scientific analysis of elections. Psephology uses historical precinct voting data, public opinion polls, campaign finance information and similar statistical data. The term was coined in the United Kingdom in 1952 by historian R. B. McCallum to describe the scientific analysis of past elections.

25
Nov
13

Quote Of The Day

Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.

David Broder

18
Nov
13

Quote Of The Day

If people have to choose between freedom and sandwiches, they will take sandwiches.

Lord Boyd-Orr, 1880-1971 British politician

11
Nov
13

Quote Of The Day

Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.

Otto Von Bismarck, 1815-1898

04
Nov
13

Quote Of The Day

Governments last as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed.

Bernard Berenson, 1865-1959

28
Oct
13

Quote Of The Day

Blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed

W.C. Bennett, 1905-1953

25
Oct
13

You know you don’t get much traffic when…

When you forget to close an HTML tag and no one bothers to even tell you!
Been there since the 25th of September and it screwed up everything below it, but its fixed now.

21
Oct
13

Quote Of The Day

Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently. Things hitherto undone should be given, I suspect, a wide berth.

Max Beerbohm, 1872-1956

14
Oct
13

Quote of the day

The smallest and most inoffensive state is still criminal in its dreams

 

Michael Bakunin, 1814-1876, Russian anarchist

07
Oct
13

Quote of the day

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.

Russell Baker

02
Oct
13

Quote Of The Day

The “Racist Card” is worn so thin thats its more hole than it is card.

01
Oct
13

Government Shutdown?

So I am posting this on Sunday, and don’t know how this will all turn out, but I wanted to point out that I am ALL FOR a government shutdown, or as it is more accurately called, a “slowdown.” And lets be upfront about something here. A shutdown or slowdown would not affect the credit rating of the US Gov. They take in $250 billion a month, and only need to pay out $30 billion a month to avoid a default. That leaves $220 billion a month to pay for other things, or a whopping $2.64 TRILLION a year to pay for other things!

When you look at the full amount brought in, (250 x 12) you get $3 Trillion. That is slightly more than the entire 2008 budget! Its amazing to me that such a fuss would be made over funding the government at a 5-6 year old level. But then I watch people like Sen Barbara Boxer claim, with a straight face, that Obama has cut the deficit in half and I remember that a strong plurality of voters have no clue about anything and listen to such tripe, and its no longer amazing, and just sad.

You can watch Sen Barbara Boxer here

30
Sep
13

Quote of the day

I hate liberality. Nine times out of ten it is cowardice, and the tenth time lack of principle.

Henry Addington, 1757-18771844 British Prime Minister

29
Sep
13

Diversions: Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3 is an App available on the Android (and maybe other devices) made by EA and Firemonkey. If you are into racing and need a bit of time to kill on your phone, check it out. It uses the “freemium” model, which means that it is free to download, free to play and you don’t need to sign up or log in for it, but you can buy credits to upgrade your vehicles with. Graphics are really good! There are, IIRC 27 total race track configurations that are all real tracks, with the exception of the fake Australia track that winds thru the city.

Its a bit slow to load, and thats on an HTC One, but when racing its seemless. Controls are pretty easy, it defaults to traction control, automatic braking for the corners and a steering assist, so you can go like that or tune those down as you like, but these make it real easy to start playing. Upgrades are done by cash earned from races as well as gold coins earned when you level up, 3 coins per level.

Going off-road and colliding with cars will damage your vehicle, and you will need to repair it from time to time, but it doesn’t seem to affect the car during the race itself. Which is good news for me, as I cut the corners to pass people (o= Also, they boast of Time Shifted Multiplayer, or TSM, which is that they take the times of people and then assign that to a car in your race. Its not “how” they raced tho. Its the time only, and the cars generally perform in a “professional” manner.

28
Sep
13

Police Brutality: Chattanooga Edition

Found this story in my facebook feed, and am outraged by it.

Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley were fired for excessive force on a suspect, henceforth called the victim. The man was indeed resisting arrest, but during the time of the beating it was entirely passive resistance, and as such did not deserve the treatment given. The treatment? 50+ blows with a baton, 45 of them delivered by Sean Emmers, and 12+ punches to the face delivered by Adam Cooley.

The City acted appropriately when they fired these two thugs, but a judge has restored these criminals to their “beat” which is an unfortunately accurate word for them. However, there is still time to get this appealed. You can contact the people below to put some pressure for an appeal

Mayor Andy Berke
Phone: (423) 643-7800
Email: mayor@chattanooga.gov

Can’t find a decent contact for the Police Chief, but perhaps internal affairs might be the way to go about contacting them?
Office phone(423) 425-7300,
Fax (423) 757-2020
email: CPDInternalAffairs@mail.Chattanooga.gov