The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012


April 2, 2007


Notre Dame Finds A Team They Can Beat

Of course, it was a high school team. And they beat them with a team of lawyers, not athletes. But when you’re Notre Dame, you need to relish your wins. You’re not going to beat the big boys, you might as well enjoy beating the little guys…

Now some of you may think I am losing my mind. I am, but that is beside the point. I am here to talk about the Irish winning huge. LET’S TALK SOME IRISH SMACK, SHALL WE?

True, they are riding that proud streak of 0-for-9 in NCAA bowl games in football. Then their highly touted basketball team faltered against the Mighty Winthrop what’s-their-names in March Madness’ round one, no less. Think that kept them down? Nope.

They searched high and low to find a school they can beat. FAITH BEGORA!!!!!!!! They found the one school they can lay the cheese on hard, dammit and, drumroll please…..it’s……………a high school, to be exact. Notre Dame 1, Indianapolis Cathedral High School 0. Count it. It’s a win for the Irish.

For the last two years, the University of Notre Dame has fought Cathedral High School’s use of it’s fighting leprechaun logo. This school, by the way, is almost 100 years old. Founded in 1918, Cathedral High was started by the SAME religious order that founded Notre Dame. It’s like family, isn’t it? Uh no, it isn’t, according to Don Wycliff, Notre Dame’s VP for news and information. The logo is a “symbol of the University”, and the school is protecting it’s trademark rights.

Cathedral finally relented to the University’s demands this week and agreed with the University’s latest request to remove the logo from it’s website. It notified parents that teams and clubs can no longer use the image of the fighting leprechaun. I am stunned. (As a Celtic fan, I am also a little worried here.)

Mary Boyle, president of the Cathedral Alumni Association said, “you’ve got to be kidding. It’s a little disheartening. It’s kind of like being disowned by your own family.”

Disowned by your own family? That’s funny, every time my wife decides to pry underneath my fingernails and suggest our son will go to Notre Dame, I tell her I’d disown him. Lots of disownership going on around that school huh?

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March 26, 2007


Blame California!

Got Problems? Blame Californians! [Everybody's doin' it!]

Sure, it’s been 30 years since Oregonians first slapped “Don’t Californicate Oregon” bumper stickers on their cars, but, like the song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” is still alive and well.

“I think it’s just such a common desire to say things were really calm and great here and then these people came in,” said Patty Limerick, history professor and faculty director of the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West.

Since 1991, the number of Californians moving out topped the number of people moving in to the state. And where do they go? The top five states Californians moved to between 2000 and 2005 were Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Washington and Oregon, according to William Frey, population expert for the Brookings Institution.

For many Californians, they want what eludes them in their state — open space, clean air and not so much traffic. So they sell their houses for a chunk of change, move somewhere else in the West, buy a bigger house and start driving up the housing prices, much to the dismay of locals.

Sherrie Watson has lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since she was 16 and is quite fed up with Californians.

“They complain how cold it is. And they just moved here because it is cheaper and to ’get away,’ but then they keep saying things like, ‘We did it in California this way, so why don’t you change?’ ”

“They came here because they liked it the way it was when they visited, but then they want to change it. I don’t get it,” she said.

I’m reminded of the quote from The Matrix:

I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species Californians and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans Californians do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings Californians are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.

Ahh, California. Two major cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles. If I believed in God, I’d be decrying them as a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah (the exercise of determining which is which is left to the reader, natch!). What can you do with California?

In all honesty, California is a wonderful place. The weather is about as close as I can imagine to being absolutely perfect. The scenery is gorgeous. And you’re right next to the big Pacific Ocean. Something about sitting there on the beach and knowing there’s no people for thousands of miles off to the west is comforting.

If it weren’t for the damn Californians, California would be a really nice place!

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February 13, 2007


Yeah, Put Him Behind Bars

Connecticut man busted twice for drugs

A Danbury man’s plans to bail himself out after a drug bust went more than a bit awry over the weekend. State police said that a small safe that Nakia Davis, 32, had his aunt bring in to the Southbury barracks not only contained $5,000 in cash for bail, but also drug paraphernalia and 16 grams of cocaine, leading to more charges.

Davis had been pulled over for speeding on Interstate 84 in Southbury. With the help of a police dog, marijuana was seized from the car, and police found 43 baggies of cocaine weighing 48 grams when they patted Davis down, police said.

Davis arranged for his aunt to bring a small safe which Davis claimed contained money for his bail.

State police said when Davis’ aunt opened the safe in front of a state police trooper, inside was the cash, but also drug paraphernalia and 16 grams of cocaine.

As I’ve pointed out before, I’m against the War on (Some) Drugs. But this guy probably needs to be behind bars on charges of general stupidity.

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February 11, 2007


Why Bread, Milk, and Eggs?

Down here in the South, snow is a very rare phenomenon. Here in Atlanta, we’ll get an occasional ice storm, and even more rarely do we see snow. When it does occur, it’s at most a 1/2 day disruption. By early afternoon, everything has melted.

Yet when there’s a forecast for snow or ice, the city panics. People rush to the grocery store and buy the place out of bread, milk, and eggs. For those of us who grew up in northern climes, it’s high comedy.

But I was thinking about it today. Why bread, milk, and eggs? I realize they’re considered “staples” by most people, but how many people in the modern world eat these things every morning? Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to pick up oatmeal, bottled water, and canned goods? You know, non-perishables? It’s even worse, because if the fit really hit the shan, and the power went out, the milk and eggs would spoil!

I guess it’s just irrational, and there’s no explanation for it. After all, if you’re irrational enough to think that a 1/2″ of snow is going to shut down Atlanta for a week, you’re probably irrational enough to think the power won’t go out and the 3 gallons of milk and 4 dozen eggs you just bought won’t spoil….

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January 30, 2007


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Just something I noticed today…

What’s wrong with this commercial?

Answer below the fold:

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January 7, 2007


Sheehan Can’t See Forest For The Trees

Sheehan in Cuba to protest Gitmo prison

American “peace mom” Cindy Sheehan called for the closure of the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as she and other activists arrived here Saturday to draw attention to the nearly 400 terror suspects held at the remote site.

Sheehan is among 12 human rights and anti-war activists who will travel across this Caribbean island next week, arriving at the main gate of the Guantanamo base in eastern Cuba on Thursday — five years after the first prisoners were flown in.

“Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not afraid of anything,” Sheehan said when asked about the possibility of U.S. sanctions for traveling to communist-run Cuba, which remains under an American trade embargo.

“What is more important is the inhumanity that my government is perpetrating at Guantanamo,” she told reporters.

I’m sure after this, these “human rights activists” will continue their trip by protesting Castro’s continued oppression and subjection of the Cuban people to his communist dictatorship. I wonder, are the conditions at Gitmo better than those foisted upon opponents of the Castro regime?

Of course, she’s not going to do that, because— while she may not be scared of potential American sanctions— she is definitely scared of what Castro could do to her if she aims her ire at him.

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December 14, 2006


Video Game Violence Punishable By Jail Time?

German gamers face jail for acts of virtual violence

Players and creators of video games could face imprisonment for acts of virtual violence under draft legislation being drawn up by two of Germany’s state governments.

Politicians in Bavaria and Lower Saxony have proposed a new offence that will punish “cruel violence on humans or human-looking characters” inside games. Early drafts suggest that infringers should face fines or up to 12 months’ jail for promoting or enacting in-game violence.

Great. I’ll bet the next thing I have to look forward to is getting taxed on money my character in The Sims earns at work.

Hat Tip: Mike at The Liberty Papers

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December 13, 2006


Some Drano For The Internets

I know I’m late to this one, but I was just reading the Top Ten Funny Political Quotes of 2006 (HT: Jason Pye).

And this is what Ted Stevens thinks of the internets:

Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got… an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? [...] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

I hate it when my coworkers send me an Internet and it gets delayed!

Now, I knew there were people less knowledgeable about computers and the internet than my father. I just didn’t know they were in the Senate.

Jon Stewart, always usually funnier than I am, really gave it a more complete treatment. Responding to Stevens’ question of why the “Internet” was delivered late:

“Maybe it’s because you don’t seem to know jack shit about computers or the Internet — but that’s okay — you’re just the guy in charge of regulating it.

Watch below for as hilarity ensues.

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December 12, 2006


But They Have Seeing Eye Dogs!

Wait, you mean blind people weren’t allowed to hunt before?

Lawmaker aims to allow the blind to hunt

A Texas lawmaker is aiming to allow the blind to hunt. Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel has introduced a measure that would allow blind people to hunt any game that sighted people can currently pursue.

“A blind person can shoot a rifle by mounting an offset pistol scope on the side of the rifle instead of on top,” said Terry Erwin, the Austin-based Hunter Education Coordinator with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“This allows their companion behind them to peer over their shoulder and help them sight it, but the blind person can pull the trigger,” he told Reuters.

Honestly, though, I never realized it was illegal for blind people to hunt. It seems almost like such a preposterous idea that there simply wouldn’t be any laws written covering the situation. Perhaps, of course, hunting requires licenses and the law simply allows blind people to be granted a license.

This reminds me of my childhood, though. My older sister is a smart girl, but occasionally didn’t think much before she spoke. We were talking one day about blind people, and she was surprised that blind people weren’t allowed to drive, and exclaimed “But they have seeing eye dogs!” Yes, yes they do.

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TSA Saves Another Passenger…

…from a potential terrorist carrying the Heisman Trophy.

Airport security nixes Heisman Trophy

Troy Smith’s Heisman Trophy was shipped home because airport security would not allow the Ohio State quarterback to take it on the plane Tuesday.

Smith wore a black leather jacket with the Heisman insignia on back when he arrived at the airport from New York, where he was presented college football’s most coveted trophy.

Eddie George, the last Buckeye to win the Heisman in 1995, had his trophy get stuck in an airport X-ray machine, losing the tip of its right index finger and bending the middle finger.

“We decided to have it shipped. That’s much easier. How times have changed. Eddie carried it on the plane and put it in the seat next to him,” sports information director Steve Snapp said.

Smith said he didn’t mind.

“No, because Eddie’s finger got bent,” Smith said. “I don’t want that to happen to mine.”

I feel safer. Don’t you?

UPDATE: According to Doug & the Columbus Dispatch, this may not be accurate. It appears he had planned to ship the statue all along, so it was not damaged in the process. That’s what I get for trusting an unreliable blogger AP Sports Writer. Do some fact-checking next time, AP!


Below The Beltway linked with Homeland Security Insanity
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December 8, 2006


Cell Phones Don’t Cause Cancer

Phew!

Study disputes cell phone-cancer link

A huge study from Denmark offers the latest reassurance that cell phones don’t trigger cancer. Scientists tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including 52,000 who had gabbed on the gadgets for 10 years or more, and some who started using them 21 years ago.

They matched phone records to the famed Danish Cancer Registry that records every citizen who gets the disease — and reported Tuesday that cell-phone callers are no more likely than anyone else to suffer a range of cancer types.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, is the largest yet to find no bad news about the safety of cell phones and the radiofrequency energy they emit.

But even the lead researcher doubts it will end the debate.

“There’s really no biological basis for you to be concerned about radio waves,” said John Boice, a Vanderbilt University professor and scientific director of the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville, Md. “Nonetheless, people are.”

I think I know why everyone is concerned about radio waves. You can’t see them. You can’t touch them. And they magically carry voices and sound around inside them. Isn’t that just a bit creepy?

Cell phones may not cause cancer… But being afraid of radio waves definitely causes crazy.


Below The Beltway linked with What We Know Ain’t Always So
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I Don’t Know Art, But I Know What I Like!

Stripping is art, Norway decides

A Norwegian appeals court has ruled that striptease is an art form and should therefore be exempt from value-added tax (VAT).

The owners of the Diamond Go Go Bar in Oslo had refused to pay VAT of 25% on entry fees as tax authorities demanded.

The local authority had taken the club to court over its refusal to pay tax.

Lawyers for the club’s owners argued that striptease dancers were stage artists just like sword-swallowers and comedians and deserved the same status.

“Striptease, in the way it is practised in this case, is a form of dance combined with acting,” the judges ruled, according to AFP news agency.

Hey, plenty of Renaissance artists painted nudes, so I’ll buy that it’s an art form.

Funny, though, we used to refer to it in college as going to either the “library” or the “ballet”. I guess going to the “art gallery” makes just as much sense :-)

Hat Tip: Below The Beltway

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December 6, 2006


An Odd Way to Meet Women…

You can arrest them for DUI and then send them naughty pictures…

Cobb cop accused of sending inappropriate photo

The police chief in Cobb County will decide whether to take disciplinary action against an officer accused of sending an inappropriate photograph to a woman he arrested.

Officer Roy Collar was taken off the department’s DUI Task Force pending the outcome of an investigation, said Officer Wayne Delk, a Cobb police spokesman.

“An inappropriate photo was taken and then was sent to this other person,” Delk said Tuesday. “It was an inappropriate photo of an intimate part or parts.”

From what I’ve heard on the radio this morning, a complaint was lodged by the woman’s husband. There’s no word yet as to whether the woman was upset.

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November 30, 2006


Ethnic Cleansing — Now on C-SPAN!

Wow… Just……. Wow.

Submitted without comment, because… Uhh… I got nothin’.

Hat Tip: QandO

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November 29, 2006


0 For 638 — Sounds Like Our Government!

638 Ways to Kill Fidel Castro

The man whom the CIA has tried to despatch with everything from a bacteria-infected hankie to an aerosol filled with LSD, is still around and should be blowing out the 80 candles on his cake on December 2, writes the Guardian newspaper.

Reviewing the film shown by British TV Channel Four Tuesday evening about the US government’s 638 failed plots to kill Fidel Castro, the Guardian UK says it comes at a timely moment.

At a time when US government officials speculate about the Cuban leader´s health situation, this film deals on the attempts on the life of Fidel Castro, either directly organized by the CIA or their many proxies, registered by retired general Fabian Escalante in his book 638 Maneras de Matar a Castro (638 Ways to Kill Castro).

I’ve got a canned response for people when they ask me about something that they think the government should be doing.

“I don’t trust them to deliver the mail, you think they can pull this [whatever they're proposing] off?”

How do you expect government to assassinate a foreign head of state, when it takes 27 bureaucrats to sign the appropriate forms before a government union employee can tie his shoes? These are the people you want to trust your retirement and healthcare to?

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