Archive for March 2004

Fritz is Off His Rocker

Discovery Channel Lawyers Bully On the Fritz? Well, not exactly.

Fritz has it in his mind that the Nazis invented the Celtic or Templar cross. Never mind that, like the Swastika, the Nazis appropriated it from European historical symbology. That’s the ‘off his rocker’ part.

The bullying part is where the tables were turned. Fritz decided that the best way to work out his delusions of seeing Nazis around every corner (kinda funny that I’m saying this as I just wrote an article that says that the Nazis are still around) is to start bullying the Discovery Channel by Nazi-fying all their trademarks. TDC decides to exercise thier legal rights and demand that he stop. Now he’s being censored! Golly Gosh! Those damned Hun Lovers!

Get a grip, Fritz. The Celtic cross is not a Nazi symbol unless it is hanging on a Nazi.

Grudges

Chuckles has an article titled The War: A Look Behind that stands well on its own merits and deserves a read. It did impress one realization on me, though: we can see the sort of memory he is talking about in this package in our own society:

Nor am I going to spend a great deal of time on the foundation of the modern Arab state and the countries that now form the Middle East. That too is fascinating, and bears strongly on modern events. The many lies told, on both sides, and the lack of faith in dealings remains fresh upon the psyche of many in power. Nevermind that the events occurred a hundred or even a thousand years ago, the culture of the region keeps such things forever green in the fields of the mind.

If you want an example of how this happens in Western Culture, get into a discussion of politics between an American and a German. Before it is over, the American will crack wise about Nazis. The German doesn’t deserve it; I used to do it until I thought about it. The Germans do a lot of things that I will take issue with, but anti-semi tic genocide isn’t one of those. The Nazis left Germany a long time ago; the philosophy survived in the Middle East, and the Germans replaced it with mild nihilism. Moral Relativism is the name of the game now, rather than amoral genocide.

Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

The idea that Arabia carries the tradition of Nazism isn’t a new idea that no one has talked about. The lineage isn’t even unclear; many Arabian leaders were direct sympathizers and allies with the Nazis, like the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. The Mufti was in fact Yassir Arafat’s mentor.

It is easy to carry grudges. It is easy to induce a grudge if you have control over the press, like the Arab Nazi Totalitarian regimes in Arabia do (and like the moonbats here wrongly think the NWO does here.) Grudges can go a long time, and they are very easy to hold on a national level.

The Rich and The Poor

I made a snarky comment to Glenn at his assertion that The rich keep getting richer and everyone else can go get fucked
. I said it would be more correct to say that the rich keep doing the things that made them rich in the first place, and the poor keep fucking themselves. Glenn rebutted with a link to S-Train’s Hating the Rich or Comfortably Well-Off.

The funny thing to me is that I think he made my point for me. S-Train doesn’t have a successful business because he is lucky. He is successful because he busted his ass and made smart decisions. His father didn’t invest in the business as a charity — it was in investment, and a lot of that investment was intangible.

I’ve never advocated paying people crappy wages. That is a poor business practice, and a straw-man that usually comes from people who have never tried to make payroll. I have advocated taking the power to set wages out of the hands of the government and putting it in the hand of people like S-Train. The place that I work doesn’t pay crap. They pay better than the other firms around for the same work, and that means that they get the best people, and end up getting more business because we do good work. This crap about redefining overtime, and mandatory health care, and all this other BS? Means nothing to me. I have all that and more because I negotiated it, and my employer agrees because it benefits us both.

Do I feel like I am better than the people coming in and giving him applications? Maybe, maybe not. The biomedical engineer slinging sandwiches may or may not have brought his situation on himself. I will make you one guarantee, though — if he brought it on himself, he stands a good chance of making soup for a while, and that means that S-Train has a good worker. There is a good chance, though, that he won’t be there long. He’s making subs because he has a work ethic. People with skills and a work ethic get pressed into a higher purpose.

I never applied for the job that I have. Really. They came to me when word got out that I wasn’t working at the last place that I was at. I went from legal multimedia work to setting up overhead projectors and microphones in hotels. I was underutilized, and I didn’t stay like that long.

S-Train says:

Bill Gates net worth could balance the books of every state and he would still be a billionaire. Simply amazing! And Microsoft is headquartered in a U.S. state!

You’re looking at it the wrong way. It would be stupid for Bill Gates to do that. The states are in the red because they spend too much. Even if Bill Gates remedied that this year, what about next year? What about the next 10 years? On top of that, Bill Gates is worth what he is worth because he doesn’t piss away money on people who didn’t manage what they had right. As for the idea that the rich need to take care of their employees, I don’t think there is any question that the people at Microsoft are well taken care of. If he didn’t have programmers as good as they do, Windows would be even more screwed up.

People can end up in bad situations by bad luck. But the people who “keep getting poorer” are the ones who keep putting themselves there.

And one last thing: You may think of yourself as Upper-Middle Class, S-Train, but to the people who talk about “the rich” and “the poor”, you get lumped into the rich pile. When people start talking about The Man, they are talking about you.

Larry Miller Busting Myths

In Whosoever Blesses Them, Larry Miller gives an astoundingly good analogy, and doesn’t even try to claim it:

Chew this around and spit it out: Five hundred million Arabs; five million Jews. Think of all the Arab countries as a football field, and Israel as a pack of matches sitting in the middle of it. And now these same folks swear that if Israel gives them half of that pack of matches, everyone will be pals. Really? Wow, what neat news. Hey, but what about the string of wars to obliterate the tiny country and the constant din of rabid blood oaths to drive every Jew into the sea? Oh, that? We were just kidding.

My friend Kevin Rooney made a gorgeous point the other day: Just reverse the numbers. Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not. Or marshalling every fiber and force at their disposal for generations to drive a tiny Arab state into the sea? Nonsense. Or dancing for joy at the murder of innocents? Impossible. Or spreading and believing horrible lies about the Arabs baking their bread with the blood of children? Disgusting. No, as you know, left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death.

(Via Israpundit)

Kerry’s 100 Days

So the Alliance wants predictions on John Kerry’s First 100 Days in office as President, eh? I think I can oblige.

  • 10. Dennis Kucinich named new head of NASA.
  • 9. Blanket Wardrobe Malfunction pardon issued.
  • 8. All white house interns replaced with mute sterile young women with neatness OCD.
  • 7. Bullet Ban Executive Order signed; NRA declares it a victory for the second amendment.
  • 6. College Education becomes mandatory; Doctorate of Thuganomics becomes most popular degree in America.
  • 5. Peacekeeping in Iraq handed over to UN force led by Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  • 4. Full Employment is achieved by employing all unemployed people as informants on other citizens.
  • 3. All medical facilities are nationalized. All medical professionals flee to Mexico.
  • 2. Al Queda embassies opened in Washington D.C. and New York. Public is assured that dozens of terrorist bombings in DC Metro and Manhattan completely unrelated.
  • 1. President Kerry is impeached for war crimes committed in Viet Nam.

Syrian Soccer Riots

Kurdish Protests In Syria, Iran Raising Concerns: Thinking that the Syrian Soccer Riots are about Soccer is like thinking that the Boston Tea Party was about Tea. RTHT.

The Nutzo Quiz

Disorder Rating
Paranoid: Moderate
Schizoid: High
Schizotypal: Moderate
Antisocial: Low
Borderline: Low
Histrionic: Low
Narcissistic: High
Avoidant: Low
Dependent: Low
Obsessive-Compulsive: Low

Personality Disorder Test – Take It!

I used to score a lot higher on this test. I’m feeling much better now!

(Via Drummy)