damnum absque injuria

December 29, 2008

Barack Obama Is Not My President

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:16 am

He will be soon enough, though, so it’s never too early to begin discussing what we can do (if anything) to prevent his worst ideas from being implemented. Jennifer Rubin has a few ideas of what Republicans can advocate as alternatives, which probably won’t prevent anything from happening in the short run, but may at least set us up for a “we told you so” campaign an election cycle or two down the road. That’s good from a party perspective, but if we want to actually stop anything in its tracks, we’ll need to learn to talk in soundbites. Unfortunately, the best I can come up with are all about at the level of “no way, José” (and who exactly was the original José who inspired that phrase?):

  • That’s a crock, Barack!
  • That’s insane, Hussein!
  • Yo’ mama, Obama!
  • Read our lips, no new deal.

Those are the best I could come up with. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with something better.

December 26, 2008

Polite Welfare

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:32 pm

Insty takes issue with an ad by Chrysler thanking Americans for ponying up on a bailout few Americans actually supported. Me, I don’t know. Government takes stuff from one group to give to another all the time, sometimes with majority support, sometimes without, almost always without the recipient saying so much as “thank you” to whoever forked the cash over. That this particular recipient did, I find a bit refreshing.

Full disclosure: I’m conflicted on this issue too many ways to count, so take my opinions with an appropriately sized grain of salt.

Happy Boxing Day

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:42 am

Happy Boxing Day.

December 25, 2008

Euphemism of the Day

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:38 pm

“Some Assembly Required” = “Here’s some raw materials and a sketch outline of what you might want to do with them. Now go build your own damned toy.”

December 24, 2008

Airing of Grievances: North Carolinians

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 5:10 pm

I haven’t been pinned yet so here’s one last grievance for the year. What’s up with the new “North Carolina Education Lottery,” which is all going to help our schools, with no offset against the general fund to help less popular expenditures? Every other state in the union learned the lesson the hard way, decades ago. So why aren’t y’all wise to this one now? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool 49 other people once, and still manage to fool me once, megashame on me.

I don’t blame the state for offering up the scam. They did it because they can, and besides, every tax on stupid people is one less tax I have to pay. But did you really have to pick a Pee Wee Herman look-alike as a spokesman?

December 23, 2008

Second Amendment Blogger Bash 2009

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:21 pm

One of the few things about 2008 that didn’t suck was the NRA convention in Louisville and the attendant Second Amendment Blogger Bash. Next year’s convention and bash promise not to suck, either. The convention’s not until May 15-18, so it might seem a bit early to be thinking about booking now, but it’s not. The NRA’s bloc of rooms has already sold out, and the Second Amendment Blogger Bash bloc is fast approaching. After that, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something, but it won’t be cheap and it won’t be near us, which kinda puts a crimp into any plans to party with us. So book now, dammit!

Airing of Grievances: War on Festivus

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:07 pm

Today I went to Costco and bought some coffee, and the politically correct [insert name for employee whose job it is to pat you down, read your receipt four times and pat you down once more just to make sure you haven’t stolen anything here] wished me a “Merry Christmas” on the way out. Can you believe that? “Merry Christmas,” on Festivus? What’s up with that? At least the usual wimp-out, “Happy Holidays,” would have given her plausible deniability, or plausible affirmability, or whatever it’s called in this context. Even in the Blogosphere, only a few brave souls still dare to say the word “Festivus” out loud.

Oh well, that’s my last grievance for the year, I think. Feel free to post yours in the comments.

December 22, 2008

More Proof that the Party Out of Power is Insane

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:45 pm

Just when it looked as though Allah had found the bottom, FoxNews reports that some dumbass from the Thomas More Law Center (but I repeat myself) is bringing a suit alleging that the federal government’s bailout of AIG is unconstitutional because one subsidiary of A.I.G., which is solvent and therefore not the subject of the bailout, anyway, offers homeowner insurance that is shariah-compliant. That’s right, according to this allegedly conservative group, this:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion

means this:

Congress shall provide no assistance of any kind to any private organization that doesn’t have anything to do with religion, but is owned by someone who also owns another private organization that also doesn’t promote an establishment of religion, but does sell products that don’t violate it, either.

Good Allah.

Eugene Volokh has a more sober take on this insanely stupid lawsuit.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Liberty Counsel pushes an equally stupid lawsuit alleging a woman was illegally fired for refusing to wish patrons “Happy Holidays.” What is it with these people? Is there theory that the ACLU brings stupid, crazy liberal suits, so we need to balance things out by bringing equally stupid, equally crazy, allegedly conservative ones?

Airing of Grievances: Ariel Gates

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:02 pm

You think you got away with it, Ariel, but I’m on to you. No, I don’t have any proof that your last name is really Gates. Maybe you’re on his mom’s side of the family, so your surname is something else.. Or maybe you’re not related to the Bill at all, but have pictures of him in a compromising position. That’s details. The big picture is that one way or another, you’ve managed to convince the most powerful man in the world who isn’t named after an Iraqi dictator to force a horribly lame and amazingly awful font down everybody’s throats. OK, maybe not everybody, but who are we kidding? OS/2 went the way of the dodo a long time ago, as did PC-DOS, DR-DOS, and every other credible (note to Mac users: I did say “credible”) alternative to Microsoft. Now I get friggin’ nightmares over that horrible font, and you expect us to believe you have nothing to do with it just because it’s spelled “Arial” rather than “Ariel?” Give me a break. I may be stupid, but I’m not that friggin’ stupid. I mean, seriously. Courier was lame but at least all the characters lined up in nice arrays. Times New Roman looks much better, which is probably why just about every newspaper with the name “times” in it uses some variation of the same. But Arial? That font is just awful. Yes, I know it’s flattering to see your name on a consumer product, no matter how asstastically bad that product may be. I’m sure Edsel Ford felt the same way, but they didn’t go on cranking out those crapmobiles for all eternity, did they?

Ariel … um, I mean, Arial … whatever scores you have to settle with Bill are between you and Bill. Take it outside, and leave the rest of us alone! Plea-ease! Leave us alone right now! I mean it!

December 21, 2008

Airing of Grievances: Ad Council

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:14 pm

God, you people are annoying. It’s bad enough that you make your living twisting the truth and conning people into buying cheap crap they don’t need at exceedingly high prices. You could just leave it at that, take your paycheck and call it a day, but nooooooo, you hadda go out and make even more ads that are supposed to make the rest of us think you “care.”. Screw that. You’re ad men, so no one’s going to believe that stuff anyway. Either sell a few more ad-ads that at least pay the bills, or better yet, give us shorter commercial breaks. Dammit.


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