Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Running of the Quotes - January Catchup Edition

Since the spool has now grown large enough to have its own detectable gravitation, I'm trying to whittle it down towards semi-OSHA-acceptable levels...

Quote of the Day I
The Muslim Middle East is a perpetually Nazi realm. We do ourselves and the Muslim/Nazi children no favor by inviting them into our homes and allowing them to continue their wicked ways. That ensures that the suffering of innocents, both Muslim and non-Muslim, that we currently see will extend into unknown numbers of generations, rather than ending as it should, here and now.

-- Bookworm's harsh (but correct IMO) assessment of immigration from the Middle East

Quote of the Day II
In fact, Carrie Fisher stated in an interview that she found the interrogation scenes in Star Wars so difficult, not due to the nature of the scenes, but because in real life, Peter Cushing was such a nice man it was difficult when acting against him to be intimidated by him. She was quoted as saying she found it difficult to be intimidated by a man wearing carpet slippers.

-- from Peter Cushing's Wikipedia page

Quote of the Day III
Under the Densepack theory, Trump should end DACA now. Not enough bandwidth to have 2 MSM/anti-Trump outrage explosions at once.

-- Mickey Kaus on the current MSM meltdown over Trump's Friday executive order

Quote of the Day IV
One little note; a major reason Europe has enjoyed so many decades of peace following WWII is the huge amount of state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing that took place from the Volga to the Rhine. This removed many of the simmering problems related to ethnic minorities stirring up trouble.  Poles were forced at the end of a bayonet to Poland. Germans to Germany. Italians to Italy ... and for the most part that is what happened. Ugly, but effective and probably already saved the lives of tens of millions.

Not content to enjoy the good harvest from the bloody sacrifice of the post-war migrations, the Europeans decided to import an even harder problem.

-- CDR Salamander in Germany is Turning Itself in to What it Didn't Want to Be
Quote of the Day V
It's easy to forget that the ship that is being decommissioned this year was first commissioned just in time to sail off to the Cuban Missile Crisis with a hangar deck full of prop-driven Skyraider strike planes, Phantoms with no guns, piston-engine helicopters, and F-8 Crusader day fighters.

-- Tam on the decommissioning of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Quote of the Day VI
Academia has an infantilising effect. I understand that. Many professors dress and act like adolescents right up to the time they are ready to hand in their tenure and live off their generous pensions. The Peter-Pan aspect of academia is not entirely the professors’ fault. After all, the points at which the real world intrudes upon academia are so few and so tenuous that academics may be forgiven for some of their hyperbole and inadvertently comic displays of self-importance. They exist, like kept women of yore, entirely at the pleasure of an affluent society they despise. So in a way it is not surprising that they endeavour to transform their entire campus into a sort of existential boudoir, which is French for “room for pouting in.”

-- Roger Kimbell on academia’s inauguration meltdown

Quote of the Day VII
The Senate reconvened after the inaugural ceremonies on Friday, with Pompeo’s nomination set to come up at 4:50pm. Cotton angrily confronted Schumer about his broken promise....Schumer told Cotton that the Senate had never previously confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day and if Cotton had been around eight years earlier, he’d know that Republicans didn’t extend that courtesy for incoming president Barack Obama. “Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton snapped. “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.”

Cotton asked Schumer why he’d gone back on his word. Schumer claimed that he’d only been speaking for himself when he promised to let Pompeo through. “I said that I would not block him,” Schumer said, emphasizing the personal pronoun, according to sources who witnessed the exchange. “I never said that I could speak for 47 other Democrats.”

-- from a Weekly Standard account of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer being true to his nature during the nomination hearings for Mike Pompeo as CIA Director

Quote of the Day VIII
Vaca was driving through Bakersfield, CA, on December 19th when he and a friend were pulled over by police. The convicted felon had a rifle in the car with him and he decided to use the traffic stop as an opportunity to test a theory he had about police brutality, and “What I was hoping for them to do was tell me, ‘Drop the gun! Back away from the firearm! Get on the ground! Turn around!’ and it was going to be an arrest,” he said. “But I was completely wrong.”

When Vaca exited the vehicle holding the rifle, Officer Christian Hernandez opened fire.

-- from Darwin Award Winner Pulls Gun on Cops to “Test a Theory”

Quote of the Day IX
Well, it’s not so much that they think Trump is a Nazi, as that they want to think of themselves as the bold resistance. The absence of actual brownshirts — well, except for the ones from the Left who were smashing windows, and Trump supporters, in DC last night — only makes it easier and more appealing to strike that pose.

-- Glenn Reynolds

Quote of the Day X
The problem for the left is that, when everyone's Hitler, nobody's Hitler.

-- Mark Steyn
Quote of the Day XI - Yet Another Victim of the Bra Edition
George comes up to me the first day of filming and he takes one look at the dress and says, "You can't wear a bra under that dress."
So, I say, "Okay, I'll bite. Why?"
And he says, "Because. . . there's no underwear in space."

...What happens [according to Lucas] is you go to space and you become weightless. So far so good, right? But then your body expands??? But your bra doesn't—so you get strangled by your own bra.

Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit — so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

-- Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Contrary to the internet rumors...

I am not dead or comatose - much to the consternation of my enemies and those in the AoSHQ pool. I've just been very busy with real world stuff. There have been lots of things I wanted to blog about (like hundreds of tabs worth) but I just couldn't find enough unallocated time to quite get around to them.

A lot of my free time has been going into home projects that I've been putting off for years such as completely refurbishing the wood fence around the yard. Since no professionals (or even trained people) are involved in this project, I've been doing a lot of pressure washing and basic carpentry. It's going slowly but it did justify my buying a band saw which opens up whole new vistas of caveman carpentry for me.

And then there was repairing and debugging the sprinkler system, re-potting all the plants, troubleshooting the exterior security cameras, plus a couple of  unfinished interior projects and redoing my PC setup. Then at work there's been a whole let's-move-the-entire-facility-to-a-new-location-without-affecting-customers-at-all-except-the-phones-and-internet-didn't-work-for-almost-two-weeks-afterward thing going on.

So yeah - I've been slacking like a slacker.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Quotey McQuoteface Roundup

Quote I
That’s a not insignificant part of the reason why Trump’s favorability is consistently so low in polls, I think. It’s not that he’s not volunteering during a crisis, it’s that he whines inconsolably about every setback despite being one of the hundred or so most privileged people on the planet. Even if you allow that he does it strategically rather than out of simple vanity, because it tends to work in getting him what he wants, the spectacle of a celebrity billionaire who lives in a gilded apartment in the sky above Manhattan whining that the media is mean to him appeals to literally no one outside his own cult of personality. Even Rush, who’s spent the past year apologizing for Trump, seems to find it hard to take. It’s not the sort of thing you’d waste time doing if you’re trying to claw back 10 percent from Hillary Clinton in the polls. It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d spend time doing if you’re trying to prepare your base for a loss and are desperate for them to understand that it’s not your fault.

-- Allahpundit on why attacking the media is not a viable presidential campaign strategy
Quote II
“Don’t bring that violence here,” said Kimberly Neal, one of Smith’s sisters.

Despite CNN’s selective editing, Neal was not calling for peace — she was calling for peace in black neighborhoods and requesting that rioters instead target the white community for violence. “Burning down sh*t ain’t going to help nothing,” she continued. “Y’all burning down sh*t we need in our community. Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down. We need our weave.”

-- the sister of Sylville Smith calling for 'peace' and better-targeted rioting
Quote III
"The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15."

-- Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld who also forgot about the 'shoulder thing that goes up'

Quote IV
“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come…There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live our lives without warning, like an actor going on cold.”

-- from Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Quote V
I personally feel, by the way, that it’s probably time that we start the process of fixing the Star Wars numbering system. I understand that we cannot simply pretend that the first three movies ever happened, but there’s still no reason to reward failure. We need an alternate method for counting these movies.

-- Moe Lane

Quote VI
Now I've analyzed this movie with a team of cheerleaders, who all came to one unanimous conclusion: that if I let them go, they won't tell nobody.

-- from Mr. Plinkett's review of The Phantom Menace
Quote VII
Charli XCX isn't so much a singer who strips as she is a stripper who sings.

-- from WWTDD

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Battle of the Boys and Election 2016

Since we're now in the general election season it's time to check in with the boys and see who they're endorsing for president in 2016.

Clock Boy: Not Trump
While he hasn't explicitly endorsed any candidate, his comments and those of his dad make it clear that Trump is a no-go for multiple reasons. And they've been hanging out with Democrats in DC recently so expect a Hillary endorsement at some point.

Balloon Boy: Trump
B-Boy has always been a bit of a wildcard so it shouldn't be surprising that he'd go for the wildcard candidate. And by wildcard I really mean attention whore.

Bat Boy: ?? Trump?
Sadly Bat Boy hasn't been active politically since 2008 when he endorsed McCain then switched over to Obama. His whereabouts and current activities are unknown but assuming that he's even aware of the election in his cave hideout, I have a feeling that he'd go for Trump. Just a hunch on my part though.

And then there's the real bellwether of the election: space alien.

Space alien: Probably Hillary
Space alien is bit hard to peg and he hasn't been active in politics in recent years either but his endorsement/prediction record going back to Reagan in 1980 has been 100%. He supported Clinton both times, then GW Bush, and then Obama. He hasn't said anything to date but based on his long personal history with the Clintons I'm guessing he's on Team Hillary.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Red Letter Media Star Wars Reviews Outtakes And My Belated Force Awakens Review [Extended Dance Cut Edition]

So earlier this year I re-watched the Red Letter Media Mr. Plinkett Star Wars reviews of Episode I, Episode II, and Episode III and enjoyed them yet again. This might be the first case where the video reviews of a movie series are actually more entertaining and re-watchable than the actual movies.

Anyway the occasion was that Mrs. Maetenloch had announced that she wanted to go see The Force Awakens in the theater based on the positive reviews of it from her friends and coworkers.

[Now to put this in context you have to understand that she had never seen any of the Star Wars movies before in her life and was perfectly content in this state. To suddenly want to go see this kind of movie was....uncharacteristic. Now by cultural osmosis she did have a vague idea of the SW story - the Darth robot guy was bad, the Yoda was good, there were spaceships and laser swords, but after that it got real fuzzy real quick. I had tried to get her to watch the original one years before but it was late and I think she was already asleep before the droids got captured by the jawas.]

"Sure!" I said, "but to really understand and appreciate it you should watch the original trilogy first." She agreed and so over the next two weekends we ended up re-watching the original movies. She liked the original one even though it wasn't her usual cup of tea. But she really enjoyed TESB and got into the characters at that point. She also liked ROTJ (I had warned her about the stupid ewok crap beforehand).

So having brought her up to speed to circa 1983 we finally went off to see The Force Awakens in the theater.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Daily Roundup Of The Links

Don’t try to understand’em, just rope, throw, an’ brand’em.

Judge Lets Confessed Pedophile Walk Because He’s Now a She

NBC Hired Leslie Jones to be an Olympic Commentator Because of Her Enthusiastic Tweets
This is the kind of top over-the-top Tweet game you have to bring to get hired by NBC:
I'm just fucking up the anthem!! Go Ledecky!!
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
Team USA Basketball Players Were Offered A Weekend At A Brothel If They’ll Stay Away From Them In Rio
To be fair they left the brothel once they realized the for-men-only massage-spa with bar might be that kind of place.

Don't Worry Olympians - It Was Just A Slow-Moving Slum Bullet That Missed You

Why Star Trek is Not Libertarian
The Federation isn’t just socialist in the hyperbolic sense in which some conservatives like to denounce anyone to the left of them as socialist. It’s socialist in the literal sense that the government has near-total control over the economy and the means of production. Especially by the period portrayed in The Next Generation, the government seems to control all major economic enterprises, and there do not seem to be any significant private businesses controlled by humans in Federation territory. Star Fleet characters, such as Captain Picard, boast that the Federation has no currency and that humans are no longer motivated by material gain and do not engage in capitalist economic transactions.
Harry Mudd was a hero. No sucking at the state’s tit for him – he went out and earned his own way through sneakery, trickery and grift.

Donald Trump Is George Bluth, Sr., Explained
Hillary Clinton Is Lucille Bluth, Explained

How to Make Your Own Harry Potter Floating Candles
Note that the day laborer rates for wearing the candle suit they quote seem rather low.

Maine Bastards, the Damn South, and California F*ckboys

Honey The Thermostat Has Been Hacked Again, Also the Toaster

Women, Minorities Hardest Hit

Monday, August 08, 2016

Is Nothing At All Sacred Anymore?

Answer: No.

Exhibit A:
It becomes inevitable, after a certain point, that a subculture will fracture. Especially at a time where an election becomes so polarizing that neighbors won’t talk to neighbors, families split apart, and Chelsea won’t text Ivanka.

Take the furries for example — an old and proud subculture of people who dress up in anthropomorphic animal costumes and have sex with each other in said costumes. They are seeing the rise of a far right-wing nationalist faction. The “alt furries,” like the alt right, flirt with Nazi ideology, subscribe to a new anti-globalist brand of conservatism, and they absolutely love Donald Trump.
Proof also that there's no sub-culture so small that it can't have its own weirder, more-looked-down-upon sub-culture. (thanks to Andy for the link)

Related quote:
I have often been called a Nazi, and, although it is unfair, I don't let it bother me. I don't let it bother me for one simple reason. No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal.
-- P.J. O'Rourke
Note that the same is not true apparently of someone dressed as a Nazi bear.

And you'll be as surprised as I was to find out that Nazis and guys in bear suits go way back. So perhaps the Nazi furries should be more accurately referred to as Nazi furry reenactors.

Semi-related: Nazi-ing up Nazi stuff so you know that it's Nazi.

Tags: Rule 34, Nazis

Scientist Man Analyzes The Ghostbusters Reboot

Here the guys from Red Letter Media and Half in the Bag analyze the Ghostbusters reboot 'scientifically' using actual facts and numbers.

Warning: there is math and logic here.
Trigger warning: there is also severe mansplaining.
Celebrity warning: Dan Aykroyd makes an ass of himself along the way.

Conclusions: a) Playing the SJW victim card now applies to crappy movies and b) young, fit Klan members apparently are a desirable demographic.