"Where else would you go when you have an ax to grind?"

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Happy feet

Nero just had to fiddle, George's gotta dance!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Maintenance time

Go here to have your screen cleaned. No, really --trust me, I'm a blogger.

"We are the weird, so hide your children"

Sometime around here, beers are not enough...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Out of hit points and missed the saving throw
The man who co-created Dungeons and Dragons and sparked the rise of role-playing games and gaming generally in the 70s and 80s, Gary Gygax died earlier this week. I enjoyed the game very much in my younger day (yes, I know you're shocked that such a suave, debonaire, man of the world like myself was high school nerd -- cope with it) and many of the friendships I formed playing the game are still going strong. I learned team work, communication, problem-solving, history, mythology and creativity...and only a little bit about worshipping demons and black magic and dice odds, honest. Thanks Gary.

Granny get your gun

This silly little story on CNN the other night can be spun this way- America is gun crazy - and that-This brave pistol-packing old woman was defending her property, as is her right. I don't know that I would call it a "gun incident" if I were writing it up or claim the journalist was "almost shot" but many of the comments are hilarious and a perfect crystalization of what is wrong with a certain subgroup of Americans.

Joe Adams

March 2nd, 2008 6:40 pm ET
Foreigners need to bone up on Texas law before they go wandering across the terrain. They need to remember that bullets don't care who you are. Bravo, lady!!!
If he got shot, she'd be on solid legal ground for the hole in his body.


March 2nd, 2008 6:43 pm ET
This story seems a bit biased. I see nothing wrong or unusual in a home owner being legally armed on her own property, it would be stupid to do anything less in this situation. I say good for her. A strange man person standing in my front yard would receive a similar welcome.


March 2nd, 2008 6:46 pm ET
Sounds like someone needed to pay better attention to their surroundings. That being said, I doubt the old lady would of really done anything unless the reporter seemed threatening somehow. That being said, the old lady certainly had the right to
point that gun at him for being on his property.

in Indy

March 2nd, 2008 7:17 pm ET
She had every right to protect her property and herself he could have been a nut job. She is elderly living in the country and if it were my mother I would want her to be able to do the same.
This probably happens all to often living close to the President's ranch. I'm sure all these people are just sick of the populous showing up and sneaking on their property either to protest or to photograph the President. I for one am sick of the prying eyes of the media in everyone's lives. Bravo to this young lady! If Denmark and other Europeans don't like it than stay in Europe.

son of liberty

March 2nd, 2008 7:17 pm ET
Idiot Europeans and other socialists/communists (xiaoli, chinese?). This sums up everything that's wrong with YOUR countries. Trust your government fools, in America power is in the hands of the people.

Life, Liberty and Property.

Dr.Richard Gaines(Cicero)

March 2nd, 2008 7:18 pm
Good for the lady. Media people do not own our world;especially foreign media people. Watch the hell where you wander,Old Boy !!!


March 2nd, 2008 7:19 pm ET
He should have been more aware of his surroundings. When in foreign countries I pay extra special attention to my surroundings.
She was well within her rights, and as long as we keep the likes of Hillary or Obama out of the White House citizens can count on being having the right to defend their property

Samuel Mullen-Perron

March 2nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET
You know, She did not know who he was or what he was doing there. As far as she knew, he may have been there to hurt her or burglarize her home. the way I see it she did what any normal red blooded American would do. I am from Oregon and they do the same thing there as in Texas. Oregon Legislature though is trying to get rid of the rights of Gun Owners. Alot of that is because of the Homosexuals who want their rights to do what they want and they figure that their lives are endanger because of the Gun owners. Good, let them think that. As for this incident, Great! I am pleased that people are taking a stand for their rights for a change and not backing down from a Facist Government who wiretaps our phone calls, monitor our emails, you name it! Maybe the Secret Service and that idiot that they are protecting will take note now and realize just who runs this country.


March 2nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET
Maybe she thought it was an immigrant crossing the border…..to avoid things like this in the future we should re-deploy our army in Iraq and put them on the border with orders to kill anthing that crosses the border….problem solved YAY!

And those are not the most extreme examples of the mind set I'm talking about. Admittedly about half the commenters expressed embarrassment on behalf of the United States or dislike for gun-toting Texicans or suggested the reporter was lucky it hadn't been Dick Cheney who came out packing heat. One simply said that Cheney's mom needs to relax.
Seriously though, while I agree that old people everywhere have the irrefutable right to tell young whippersnappers to get the hell off their lawns, bringing a piece along to show you're serious is not done in the civilized world. The cowboy noise about how this "pore ole woman lives out in th' cuntry an needs to protect herself" is such bullshit. She lives down the street from the president. If the guy on the cell phone in her front yard had been Secret Service, she'd be pushing up daisies now. It's not like she shouldn't have had some idea he was a reporter, there were a crowd of the them across the street.

As PJ O'Rourke once said (about Somalia and Ethiopia if I recall correctly) they might be past helping, the only solution might be to fence the place off, pat people down when they leave and drop ammunition inside for the rest until they finally kill each other off.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Death don't have no mercy in this land

It has not been a good few weeks for Canadian music

or for my family either -  I learned today that one of my cousins died of cancer this week, and one of my favorite high school teachers passed away a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes living overseas really sucks.  

Sunday, March 02, 2008

"Every picture tells a story, don't it?"
And some of the stories told by these are ones I'm not sure I want to hear. Especially the one involving the first guy. And I'll go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps numbers 2, 7, 9 and 13 are not in front of the camera for the first time.

Doughy E. Pantload, Super Genius

A "long-time reader" fluffs the Pantload in such a way that I can only assume the letter is a joke that, typically, Jonah didn't catch. They're laughing Jonah, but their not laughing with you.

Instead, you've written a brilliant, hyper-intellectual yet accessible book correcting a historical fraud (sadly, sans women's prison movie humor) AND you've sold a ton! You, Jonah Goldberg, are a Super Genius.

Yes, a "Super Genius." If only he had his own copy of the Acme catalogue, he'd really show that pesky roadrunner those pesky liberals who was boss.

Really, it must be difficult for him having to shave his palms every morning before sitting down to the keyboard in his Capt. America underoos going to work.