Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Joker's Boner

I can see this providing hours of entertainment for 12 year-olds worldwide.

Just Enough

Me; Fine, I'll send you $50
Geoff: Oh wow. $50. ho hum.
Me: $50 is a lot of money young man!
Geoff: You used to send me $50 just because it was Tuesday.
Me: hmmm.. it would buy you... 32 seconds with Eliot Spitzer's hooker.
Geoff: That's just enough!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My Life is a Total Failure

As I was about to write a blistering, hard edged retort to this, a distrubing thought occured to me:

I'm 43 years old and arguing with nerds over the subtle rules differences between D&D and GURPS.

I have utterly failed the bright promise of my youth.

On the bright side, I am not living in my parents basement.


Finally, Something to Admire About the President

and I do! From Slate:

When a Houston reporter asked Bush about the difference between the Episcopal Church he was raised in and the Methodist one he began attending after he was married, he replied, "I'm sure there is some kind of heavy doctrinal difference, which I'm not sophisticated enough to explain to you." His religion has often been best described as evangelical, but in various respects it appears not to conform to the definition. Unlike most other evangelicals, Bush blithely uses profanity and as governor would play poker. He doesn't tithe. He didn't try to convert others—one of the central obligations in most evangelical denominations—even before he resumed a political career. He didn't raise his daughters in his faith. On issues that divide evangelical Christians from nonevangelical Christians—and varieties of evangelicals from each other—Bush does not need to feign ecumenical neutrality. He isn't hiding his beliefs; he simply doesn't have many of them.

I admit I didnt know this about him and I give him credit.

Charm School

Hillary Clinton, like many egomaniacs, blames her problems on other people, usually the press or the VRWC(tm). This comes out in not very subtle ways, like setting up the press room in the men's bathroom (and later serving lunch there).

and yet somehow people think that a McCain presidency will more resemble the current one.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

D&D Explained


This reminds me, I am out of Rennent.

On The Hook

I stand in slack-jawed awe of this:

Prosecutors specializing in government corruption cases are leading the investigation into what authorities say was a prostitution service that charged up to $5,500 an hour ...


An Hour!!!


just.... wow. That's like ... hiring the entire cast of Zumanity for the night.

I am in awe of this man.

Not the Philosopher Jagger

Someone I know once said he thought an issue should be made of Huckabee's "ability to objectively evaluate evidence" based on his total abandonment of logic and reason in insisting on a biblical law based system of government. In that spirit:

[Huckabee]...ran into a guy he thought was Mick Jagger, but who was really his younger, less successful brother Chris Jagger, at a Miami taco stand during a stop on his campaign trail. According to, Huckabee "couldn't believe his eyes. He approached him and said he's always loved the Rolling Stones and has almost all of their albums on vinyl," the Web site reports. "Jagger recognized him and started talking about the presidential race ... Huckabee asked Jagger if he would come to a campaign rally that night and sing with them. Jagger eagerly agreed." Later at the rally, Huckabee announced a "surprise visitor" who performed with the band. "The crowd went crazy," the site reports. Later, Huckabee was told he had been duped.

The New York Post.

In similar form, I guess the headline for the faithful on Mike would be Tough Luck, Huck Sucks. I, for one, won't miss him all that much.

Monday, March 10, 2008


PZ has the latest on some bootleg footage from Expelled.

The Catholic Church Branches Out

Sin, it isn't just about you you know!

"While sin used to concern mostly the individual, today it has mainly a social resonance, due to the phenomenon of globalization," said Girotti, who heads the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican body that issues decisions on matters of conscience and grants absolutions.

See what you can come up with after 2000 years of socialism?

SubPrime Explained

Awesome *and* accurate.


Socialists and Science

They often don't get the point, and more often, they think science works like social science or religion. Vox Day doesn't seem to get the point over at the Bad Astronomy blog, posting something worthy of any Smith undergrad with a 2.4 GPA and a head full of nonsense:

In other words, even by its own lights, science and rational materialist philosophy is only relevant to five percent of what we currently consider to be all known Creation. Combined with its complete inapplicability to abstract concepts such as justice, equality and freedom, this shows that even attempting to build a social order on a secular basis is not only doomed to failure, but is quite arguably insane.

Just because only 5% of matter in the universe is Byronic (which I still think might be wrong), doesn't mean you're free to make up your own, untestable rules for the other 95%. I would argue that the biggest problem with science these days is probably not, "its complete inapplicability to abstract concepts such as justice, equality and freedom", but that religious nutjobs get 95% of the airtime and seem unembarrassed to spout this kind of pure, 100% weapons-grade Bolognium.