Monday, July 31, 2006

I'm in the 2%

Check this out. It's one of those puzzles that make you do calculations in your head and then say the first thing that comes to your mind.

I won't tell you what I said, but apparently, I'm abnormal - not that I needed a test on the internets to tell me that.

[H/T, Ansab]

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

What Political Philosophy Are You?


What's Your Political Philosophy?
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You scored as Old School Democrat. Old school Democrats emphasize economic justice and opportunity. The Democratic ideal is best summarized by the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.



Old School Democrat


100%

Green


70%

New Democrat


70%

Foreign Policy Hawk


65%

Pro Business Republican


40%

Libertarian


25%

Socially Conservative Republican


15%

[H/T, Backseat Blogger]

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Dumb It Down For Me Again

Okay, I'll bite.

How does calling an election "subvert democracy"? From the Globe & Mail (via Google; Globe & Mail, 'We have no choice': Election fever stirs Grit pot):

The odds of a snap fall election, so scant a while back, have increased enough that the Liberals are getting agitated. So much so that they are putting a contingency plan in place to select a new leader in early October, two months ahead of schedule.

"We have no choice," the party's national party director, Steve MacKinnon, said yesterday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he said, is "trigger happy" enough to do it. "I can't imagine he would want to subvert democracy in this way. . . . But we have to have a contingency plan if he does."
Calling an election may pervert it, sure. Subvert? Never.

I don't know why I felt the need to comment on this pointlessness. I think it's because the last dig I had at the Liberal Party was July 6, and it wasn't really a dig. I've got a quota to fill.

And besides, there's a backhanded dig in this post at the Conservative Party too ...

Fair and balanced, that's me.

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Seinfeld Moment : When Do You Wash Your Hands?

Suppose for a moment you're doing something dirty with your hands. Not necessarily that, but if it helps you visualize the situation, go ahead. You're changing the oil in your car, gardening without gloves, or petting a strange cat.

Right in the middle, you have to go the bathroom.

Do you, wash your hands before you go to the bathroom, go to the bathroom, wash your hands after you go to the bathroom, resume said dirty activity with your hands, then wash your hands afterwards?

Then, I got to thinking.

I contend that there is at least one (if not two) redundant hand washings in there. I contend the post-bathroom pre-resumption of dirty activity hand wash in particular is unnecessary, and that the pre-bathroom post-initial stopping of dirty activity hand wash is also unnecessary for a slightly more intricate reason.

You may need to map that out, but let me explain.

The post-bathroom pre-resumption hand wash is only going to clean your hands for them to get dirty again. What's the point? It's like putting up an umbrella 15 minutes after it starts raining - you're already drenched - you can't get more drenched than drenched. You can't get your hands dirtier than dirty.

The pre-bathroom post-initial stop of dirty activity hand wash is redundant because we have indicated that the part we are going to the bathroom with is dirty. That's why we (well, most of "we") automatically wash our hands afterwards. For the point raised above, that part isn't clean to begin with. What difference does it make if it gets dirty again? Is it like the next time you go to the bathroom, you're not going to wash your hands afterwards because, well, it's clean, but if it gets dirty, you'll wash them then?

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Short Sleeved Dress Shirts

I don't know what it is, but something about dudes in a short sleeved dress shirt and a tie irks me.

And, I'm serious when I say I don't know what it is. There's certainly an air of nerdiness about it, but that's not it.

It could be the fact that it looks kind of weird - like, look at me, I'm dressed up but airy and carefree .... maybe ...

It could be the fact that the wearer is attempting to exhibit their inner rebel streak - "I have to wear a tie, but I'll show you! Look ... short sleeves!"

I certainly don't fly into a rage ... but ... I don't get it.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

On the Western Standard Pile-On

Is it irony that these posts came out the same day nearly the same day?

Western Standard
I cannot abide by apologists calling Islam a religion of peace. Not when every new day brings fresh tales of violence. Not when the devil that they call Allah rewards murder with polygamous sex. Not when their undeserved supremacy is fought for in countries big and small around the globe.

...

Islam must be labelled for what it truly represents: wholesale slaughter and a corrupt ideology of sex and death. It must be stopped.
[H/T, Cerberus]

BloodThirstyLiberal
Chirstians [sic], ew.

Shame on me. And shame on anyone who is so superior, so sophisticated, to dismiss sincere and devout people on prejudice, on ugly and despicable bigotry.

So they believe in something; we should all be so lucky.
[H/T, Relapsed Catholic]

Two very different views from what seem to be similar thinking people, on how to handle viewing a particular religion. The latter I can support, whole-heartedly. The former, makes me very scared.

I bet you something, though. When I get the Inevitable Hate MailTM, I'll find out that ugly and despicable bigotry is to be tolerated provided it's against "them" and not "us". Who "them" is and who "us" are, depends on your point of view, of course.

Before you can comment though, with the unbridled rage I'm anticipating, you need to explain to me if the above two statements are compatible.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

PJAH8ME

What is it with the preppy junior accountants trying to kill me with their Porsches?

It was the third time in like a few months that somebody tried to run me over with their high-end automobile. Chevies, Pontiacs, Dodges ... no problem ... Porsches, Lexuses (Lexi?), and Mercedes, though - it's like I've got a luxury car magnet embedded in my skin.

I'm going to get a personalized license plate ... PJAH8ME.

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Dollar Pieces ... Weak Fart ... What?

Please explain where this comes from because I have no idea what it is suppose to mean. I really want to know too, because it sounds cool.

[Y]ou tore your dollar into tiny little pieces and scattered them around, and all you got was basically a weak fart.
If you need the context, it's in this post at Reality Blurred.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

United Nations Needs to Intervene in Middle East

I agree with British PM Tony Blair and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that a peacekeeping force be sent into the Middle East to maintain peace [ABC News, Blair, Annan Call for Troops in Israel]:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Monday for the deployment of international forces to stop Hezbollah from bombing Israel, an issue that has overshadowed the summit of world leaders.
I disagree with the implied objective of those troops, as suggested by the article. The force should be used to prevent attacks originating from either side, as well as used to maintain peace between Israel and Gaza / West Bank.

I'm not entirely sure it's responsible for the world to take positions in this conflict - especially Canada in light of recent events - when Israel has gone clearly above and beyond a measured response to the attack on its soil. At the same time, attacks on Israel should not be tolerated.

Those peacekeepers should be made up of forces not currently engaged in either Iraq or Afghanistan to limit the impression of superpower intervention or imperialism in the region.

Updated : On proportionality, which seems to be dominating the comments section of this post, please go read a post on proportionality at Half an Hour.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Another Nickel for Me

Here's what I told At Home in Hespeler, when the issue of how bad Toronto "is" came up.

If I had a nickel for every time somebody who "used to live" or "used to work" in Toronto says it's worse now then X years ago, I'd be a rich man. A very rich man. Actually, in this blog alone, I'd have made 15 cents.

Everybody's got an opinion, and more importantly, everybody's got a solution. It's so simple too ...

We just need to replace everybody on city council with people who are willing to fix the problem because nobody's doing it.

Blah blah blah.

And that's universally what all the complaints boil down to about Toronto, blah blah blah. Generally, they originate from people who have driven through, stopped once, or "used to" do something here.

Connie Woodcock, in today's Toronto Sun, says [Toronto Sun, T.O.'s too expensive, dirty, dangerous]:
My daughter and I used to visit Toronto once a month for a doctor's appointment and spend the rest of the day wandering around, visiting bookstores, shopping along Bloor Street, eating lunch at a nice restaurant.
Can you smell another nickel coming? See the "used to" thing? I'm not kidding when I say it's a common refrain.
The thought of spending a day in Toronto "enjoying" myself makes me tired. As for my daughter, it frightens her.
[H/T, The Politic]

And, then you insert the blah blah blah. It's the liberal City Hall, it's the ban on pesticides, it's how we won't round up the homeless and lock them up, it's the rampant gun violence - that's the blah blah blah part.

Shorter Connie.

I used to spend 48 hours in Toronto every year and now I know there is crime and filth on every street corner - I see murderers on every street corner. The real problem is not to address the cause of the crime or address the issues associated with living in a city of nearly 4 million people, the issue is we need City Hall to dump all liberals and replace them with conservatives - then voila, everything will be alright.

That, and I want free admission to Toronto attractions because my taxes pay for them.

I really need to start collecting my royalty cheques for those nickels.

Before I get the inevitable hate mail, does Toronto have problems? Yes, it most certainly does. But, simplistic "replace City Hall" campaigns and even more simplistic suggestions about the homeless and gun crime aren't going to work. What needs to happen is an understanding that Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America and cleaning up the window dressing isn't going to cut it - and that will require provincial and federal involvement.

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XVI International AIDS Conference

The XVI International AIDS Conference - AIDS 2006 - comes to Toronto, August 13-18.
Twenty-five years after the first reports of AIDS, the magnitude of the epidemic demands increased accountability on the part of all stakeholders. With this in mind, the Conference theme of Time to Deliver emphasizes that -- while research to expand and improve our understanding of HIV is ongoing -- the scientific knowledge and tools to prevent new infections and prolong life already exist. Join us in Toronto to help make this happen!
Does anybody know why the Prime Minister will not be available to open the AIDS International conference [Toronto Star, Vacant chair at AIDS summit]?:
It is hard to understand why Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declined an invitation to open next month's global AIDS gathering in Toronto. More than 23,000 people from 130 countries — including several heads of state — are expected. Canada will be the focus of world attention.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Kid Leashes

I hate kid leashes. Usually, they're used to prevent kids from "bolting". My 4 year old used to bolt. My response? I'd bolt after him, grab him, and waggle a finger. Worked for my parents, works for me.

Scott Adams, who seems much more eloquent,
comments thusly:
My first reaction to the kid on the leash is that it was humiliating and wrong. But the kid seemed happy enough. And so it made me wonder if the father is ever tempted to take it to the next level, i.e. walking the kid naked and picking up the turds with a plastic bag. That has got to be easier than changing a diaper. If it weren’t, dogs would wear diapers. I think that’s obvious. And once you’ve decided that humiliation isn’t an issue, all bets are off.
A better idea might be to put cement in their shoes. It would slow them down enough that you can tackle them. Then, you wouldn't get disapproving looks from us busy bodies because we wouldn't know any different. We might say how muscular their legs are for a 2-year old, but that's okay.

BTW, I don't condone disapproving looks from people who aren't parents - that, "I'd never do that to my child" look. They are always wrong on the subject of parenting, regardless if they agree with me.

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At a Loss

Go check this out. I still can't figure out if this is a goof or if it's real.

March Together for Life : Murder without Conscience
Here are some quotes from a pro-abortion person, Miss Caroline Weber, who wrote an article at The Onion online magazine.
An article where? That's right ... The Onion.
To sum it up, Miss Weber said:

I realize there are people who will criticize me, calling me selfish and immature because I took "the easy way out." I realize there are those who will condemn me to hell for what I'm about to do. Well, I don't care what they say: It's worth it for all the fun and laughs I'm going to have at the clinic. So listen up, world: I'm pro-abortion... and I love it! See you at my post-abortion party, everybody!

Miss Weber, you have killed your child, which you admit is a baby/human being, intentionally. That does make you an admitted murderer. I'm not going to "condemn you to hell", I'm going to pray for your forgiveness and for the suffering which you will endure when you realize what you have done. Every baby you see from that moment on is going to wake you up to the realization that you killed your child.
There are 821 comments all trying to tell this guy that the Onion is a spoof - a satirical site - it isn't real.

He then posts again.
Needless to say, a few people wanted to let me know that I was a dolt for thinking that her article was real. As a matter of fact, call me a dolt, because in the beginning I really did think it was real. Why? because I meet women like her in the field all the time. Anyway, I wrote the blog in a way that was meant to point out how psychotic the pro-abortion movement is. I have been at abortion mills, picketed government buildings, parks and more. I have heard a lot, and if you think that this woman just "sounded" nuts, let me tell you what a woman told me a couple of months ago.
So, you reference an article, written in a way to satirize the rabid pro-life movement as a means to highlight the so-called psychotic pro-choice movement in a rabid pro-life blog posting? I ... what ... huh? Somewhere, there's a rift in the space-time continuum.

You need a test to get a driver's license, but they'll let anybody on the internets.

Updated : Apparently, it was a "joke". Rrrrriiiiiggggghhhhhttttt, except when he kept trying to "logically" explain what was wrong with satire of this kind and how the left were sending him hate mail for uncovering the hidden message within the satire.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Seinfeld Moment : Not Hot Jalapenos

I read (or heard) somewhere, that a person's love for spicy food depends largely on the number of taste buds they have. That is, the less taste buds you have, the more you enjoy spicy foods. I tried to find a source for that little tidbit of information, but was unsuccessful so it must be false.

I did, however, find this funny response to a question on
Google Answers:

Will Spicy Food Kill My Taste Buds?

Rob: Will eating spicy, hot food now burnout my taste buds when I'm older?

Dr. Dean: No, because it is the pain fibers on the tongue, not the taste buds, that respond to spicy food. Why we like pain on our tongues is anyone's guess.

So, it looks more like it's a pain tolerance thing than a taste bud deficiency.

Why do I like pain on my tongue? I love spicy food - LOVE it. I get hot wings and put hot sauce on them. I like my tongue to get numb. I don't know why. I'm a tongue masochist, I guess.

Wait. What was my point?


Not hot jalapenos, right.

Because I like spicy food, I often order spicy toppings or ingredients to bland foods. Burgers or sandwiches, I'll add hot peppers or jalapenos. Plain meat, like a pork chop or chicken breast gets a healthy dose of that chriacha chiriachi chiranchi wicked hot red pepper sriracha sauce.

Now, my problem is, I'm often disappointed when I order jalapenos. They're often not hot. They're more like soggy pickles or small, evil, dark cucumber slices. If a restaurant had bad tomatoes or bad cucumbers, they'd pitch them. But, they'll let not hot jalapenos sit around not hotting anything. I mean, they still look green and they have the potential to be hot, but they're not. They're not hot at all. Not hot. They're false jalapenos. Falsapenos.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Which Liberal Leadership Candidate Are You Most Like?

I'm like who?







Which Liberal Leadership Candidate Are You Most Like?




You are Bob Rae. Your motto is "Live by the sword, die by the sword."
Take this quiz!





[H/T, Politique Vert]

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

How Not to Steal a Sidekick

I think I'm one of the last to discover this story of cyber-vigilantism.

How NOT to steal a Sidekick II

The people in the pictures below have my friend’s T-Mobile Sidekick. Instead of doing the honorable thing when finding someone’s phone in a taxi, they instead kept it.

I have found 8 cell phones in the last couple years in taxis. EVERY single one I have contacted the owner (by leaving a message on their voice mail or by answering their phone and telling their friends that I have the phone) and returned it promptly. When people have found my phone, they have also in turn returned it.

When my friend realized that she had left the Sidekick in the taxi she asked me to immediately send a message to the phone saying that we would give a reward for the phone. There was no response. After a day of waiting, she had to go to the store and spend over $300 on a new Sidekick. When she put her SIM card in, she saw that the person(s) that had taken the phone had not only signed on to AOL leaving their name and password in the phone, but they had taken pictures of themselves.

There's entries just about every day in the quest to get this Sidekick back. You need to read the whole story, as long as it may be.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Wanted : Friends with a Cottage

This is an open letter to anybody looking to adopt a family of four to let us use your cottage free of charge. In return, we will call you our "friends".

When we talk about you, we will say, "Our friends have this great cottage" blah blah blah.

What we want is ...
  • Unlimited use of a cottage on weekends and sporadically throughout the week as we see fit. Preferably, without you there.
  • Waterfront, with use of various water-type stuff to play with, like a boat fully gassed.
  • Free access to whatever's in the fridge.
  • Within a couple hours drive of Toronto (negotiable).
  • No interaction outside of us getting the keys and us returning them to you.
In return you get ...
  • Somebody watching your cottage that you have no time for.
  • Somebody making sure nothing goes bad in your fridge.
  • Somebody going around town saying nothing but positive things about you.
If you fit this description, please respond in the comments.


Thank you.

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Monday, July 03, 2006

I Wish I Said It

... but I didn't.

In a previous post, I commented on the separation of church and state, but my argument centred around how there are as many different moralities as there are flavours of ice cream, and legislating based on one (generally, faith-based) inevitably leads to an unjust situation for those who view it differently.

Socialist Swine takes a different swing:
I don't think that religious convictions should be appealed to influence public policy. Even when that influence is in favour of a position that I agree with. I think that religion should have no direct influence upon government. Policy should never be decided through consideration of religious viewpoints. This is because religious viewpoints (which are to be distinguished by views held by religious people) are in some manner based upon a nonrational belief structure. Faith at its core is not a matter of reason, evidence, argument, or anything of that manner. That doesn't mean that religious folks don't have rational beliefs about their religious views. It's just that views based upon a dogma or doctrine that has at its foundation a nonrational belief about the properties of some supposed deity, at the end of the day, are just suppositions based upon the brute acceptance of some religious position.
An excellent point and one I wish I had thought of.

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