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Sunday, 28 December 2008

DHMO is Nasty Stuff!

Filed under: Humor, Politics, Science — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:23 PM (22:23)

Current mood: cheerful

The dangers of Dihydrogen monoxide

  • Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
  • Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
  • Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
  • DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
  • Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
  • Contributes to soil erosion.
  • Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
  • Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
  • Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  • Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
  • Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.
  • Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including deadly storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.
  • Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.

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Teen Sex These Days

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics, Principles, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:55 PM (21:55)

Current mood: annoyed

Re: “Why do you think teenagers are becoming sexually active at such a young age today?”

Are teenagers really having sex more so than in the past? In classical times (the Roman Empire and before), kids would get married around age 14, and males were joining the Roman army at that age, as well. Back then, you were an adult at that age. Same goes for the Jewish culture — back then, after your bar mitzvah, you were an adult, with all of the rights, responsibilities and duties adulthood entailed.

Or is this question just a symptom of the mentality pushed by the Falwell Followers — that “society” (meaning them) has the final say on what other people do where mutually consenting behavior is concerned . . . ?

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“Big Tobacco” Adopting Kids?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:22 PM (21:22)

Current mood: cranky

Re: Should Big Tobacco start adopting the 30 kids who lose their moms to Tobacco daily? Why or why not?

Don’t these asswipes at “truth” get tired of telling us just how bad tobacco is? I’ve known this since I was about seven years old. Both parents smoked for 20-plus years, and I worked in a casino that allowed smoking on the gaming floor for four-and-a-half years (the headaches I had there were from the noise created by the slot machines — I was taking up to six Tylenols and Advils a day while I was there).

As for “Big Tobacco” adopting kids whose mothers died due to tobacco-related causes —

  • What if the father is the parent killed? Why only the mother?
  • This question assumes that the father isn’t around. What if he is?
  • Is “Big Tobacco” supposed to go into the orphanage business? Should that side of the operation be called “Big Kids” ?
  • Who ensures that any such kids are raised with the “right” values? Who determines what those “right” values are in the first place?
  • Should “Big Tobacco” teach those kids the ins and outs of the business as a way of providing those kids with marketable job skills?

It can be so much fun answering a question with more questions. Especially when the reaction from the original poster will most likely be “Duh.”

Should Ford or GM adopt the kids of people killed in traffic accidents?

Should the liquor industry adopt your kids if you get killed in an alcohol-related accident?

Should your dope dealer adopt your kids if you overdose?

Why bother sticking with just the deep-pockets companies? They wouldn’t be able to put their product on the market if it weren’t for the mom-and-pop corner store to put it on the shelves? Why not go after them, too? They do this here in New Mexico — if you’re hit by a drunken driver, you can not only sue that person, but the person who served him the booze.

Really, folks — when is this third-party liability nonsense going to stop? How far is too far?

Props to The_Harley_Quinn_Experiance for sounding off on this BS

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President for a Day?

Filed under: Humor, Musings, Philosophy, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:46 PM (20:46)

Current mood: bored

Re: If you were the president for a day, what would you do to try to improve the economy?

Considering that a day isn’t much time in the political realm, I don’t see that I could do all that much, sort of declaring martial law and following that up by dissolving the Congress. Still, see here and here for some ideas on what direction I would go, policy-wise.

The good thing about being President for just one day is that while there’s not a lot you can do, given the limited time frame, it’s also not enough time to get embroiled in any big scandals, like Reagan, Nixon, Bush-41, Clinton and Bush-43 have been during their terms.

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Firing Up CNM Dissent

Filed under: Education, Humor, Politics — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 7:48 PM (19:48)

Current mood: annoyed

OK, folks, I started up a blog on titled CNM Dissent.

My purpose in doing so was to bring to light some of the irregularities and goings-on in the School of Applied Technologies — things like piles of cash going missing, problems between instructors and higher-up administrative personnel, among others. Since I created the blog, I haven’t posted anything there yet, and now the furor has died down a bit, at least in the Photonics Department.

STILL, I like to have fun with what I see as idiocies and insanities on the part of others. It looks like I’ll see plenty of those coming up, if last semester was any indication. And if there’s no fun there, there’s always the CNM Chronicle to make fun of — with columns like the regular “Circling the Drain” eco-fascist hysteria, how could I NOT have fun?

What About The Barack?

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics, Principles, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:44 PM (18:44)

Current mood: blah

Re: What does the election of America’s first African American president mean to you?

Jonathon David Morris said back in 2007 [1] —

On the Democratic side, you have two main contenders who would both be major firsts if they were elected. Barack Obama would be the first cigarette-smoking, non-parking-ticket-paying, former Harvard Law School student president with a name that happens to remind us of at least two hated foreign dictators. In addition to this, he would also be the first black president, even though he is only part black.

Obama’s main Democratic rival, meanwhile, is Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose husband Bill was also the first black president, even though he isn’t black at all. I guess this would technically make Barack Obama the second first black president, but the first first black president to actually be at least partially black.

Now, what specifically do I object to about The Barack, policy-wise? There’s plenty for me to gripe about with him —

First, the issue that got me into politics is the right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. At least it’s supposed to be protected from infringement by the federal Constitution. The Amendment reads like this:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

What does Thomas Jefferson have to say about owning and carrying weapons? Jefferson, is, after all, considered to be the Founder of the Democratic Party that elected The Barack.

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walk.
— Foley, ed., Encyclopedia of Thomas Jefferson, p. 318.

No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
— Proposed Virginia Constitution, June, 1776.

The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves;… that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.
— Letter to Major John Cartwright (June 5 1824).

Contrast this with The Barack’s hoplophobia (from —

Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

I knew that was coming after thumbing through The Audacity of Hope at the local Hastings, and found comments by him lamenting, among other things,

  • his failure to be present in the Illinois State Senate for a vote on a bill against gun owners he helped write.
  • his “respect” for gun owners, but cities should be able to ban guns.
  • the fact that anti-gun-owner Republicans get trashed in their own party ranks.

Not that the Manchurian Senator is the slightest bit better. At least The Barack is an up-front enemy, as opposed to the backstabbing “friends” that gun owners had with McClown and Bush.

Before someone gets on my case about Jefferson owning slaves, I note that one of the first bills that he sponsored after being elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769 was legislation that would have eliminated the practice in Virginia. Needless to say, it didn’t go anywhere, but it set the stage for his stance on this issue for the rest of his life.

And what has The Barack done concerning the issue? Well, slavery was supposedly eliminated in the United States with the 13th Amendment, which reads as follows:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On this issue, The Barack has proposed a “compulsory national service” program. He gets around the 13th by tying it to federal education funding, as noted by Jonah Goldberg[2]. With ever-increasing tuition costs, students will have little choice but to complete their “national service requirement,” or lose their federal funding. Never mind that federal funding is a big part of why tuition costs are so high in the first place.

My third worry about the Obama Administration is the proposed “civilian domestic security force”. Forget the fact that the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division 1st Brigade Combat Team was recently redeployed from overseas to the “domestic front” for the same sort of purposes[3]. Isn’t this how the bottom-feeders drawing pay at FBI, DEA, F-Troop, etc., etc., justify those paychecks? Isn’t this the very reason that Comrade Emperor George XLIII created the Komitet Rodina Bezopasnosti after the “9-11” attacks?

Lastly, and least of all, there’s his panoply of welfare-state giveaway programs, such as “universal health care.” These sorts of “freebie” programs aren’t free at all — someone gets stuck with the bills for the supplies,  the administrators’ salaries, etc., etc. When these programs are run by the government, it’s the taxpayer who gets stuck with that bill.


[1] The 2008 Presidential Blowout!
[2] Forced servitude in America?
[3] Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

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