Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Best Prediction I've Ever Read

This from a commentor on The Official Obamacare Prediction Thread over at CMR

The Cynical Christian said...
Let it never be said that I skipped out on an opportunity to show how much I suck at predicting things.

I think the mandate will be struck down by a majority of more than 5; it'll be like 6-3 or 7-2.

I think that the entire law will be ruled unseverable from the mandate and therefore thrown out by 5-4, and it'll be highly contentious.

Ginsburg will read her stinging dissent aloud from the bench, at the end of which she will declare that she no longer recognizes the authority of the court. She will then attempt a citizen's arrest of Clarence Thomas for violation of obscure Belgian farming regulations. Shortly thereafter she'll be hospitalized for "exhaustion."


That is just too good. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

This is Hideous

I never thought I'd see this day in my life, folks. In perusing the Daily Kos earlier, (Don't ask me why I was reading that filth, I don't know myself) I came across a "diary" entry by one Sasharusa (WARNING: NSFW language at that link) which was titled "The Fetus as a Parasite." Here's an excerpt:


[A]nyways, back to the whole fetus= parasite thing. That is how I see them. I don’t see them as cute and cuddly. I see them as terrifying and scary. I see pregnancy the same way.

Here are some examples on how pregnancy is a parasitic relationship:

The Z/E/F [zygote/embryo/fetus] sucks the nutrients from the mother.
The “relationship” only benefits the fetus.
The mother’s organs and body parts become damaged.
The fetus controls the mother.
The fetus doesn’t give anything “back”.

Some people would argue that this is a form of Mutualism, which is a relationship where both the host and the parasite benefit, but how does this benefit the mother? Where is that “benefit”?

The comments, of course are just as disgusting. There is more such filth HERE

But all this got me thinking... All those times when we make the argument against contraception wherein we assert that "pregnancy is not a disease" and we think we've got a winning argument because they never really have an answer for us? Well, it turns out that's exactly what they think. They just don't want to say it.

But wait! There's more.
In her diary, she included this picture:

And I think that explains everything. This woman, bless her heart, is actually afraid of babies. It's incredibly sad, really. I had a friend in high school who admitted once that she would rather be kidnapped, raped, and murdered than become pregnant and have a child. I never understood it, I still don't. There is nothing that brightens my day more than sitting behind a young family in daily Mass and seeing their beautiful children, and I cannot, through any kind of mental yoga, understand seeing an unborn child as a parasite.

Much has been made in the past of how there are two distinct languages being spoken in the United States, each side of the "culture wars" having their own. But nowhere have I seen that demonstrated as clearly as in the filth that I just read.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

3½ Time-Outs Tuesday


1.

I'm back! The last few weeks of school have seen 5 tests for me, so I really don't feel bad about not posting anything. Sue me. 


Actually, please don't. I don't have anything you can take anyways. I'm a college student. 

2. 

My congressman from back home, Rep. Joe Barton, posted some pictures on Facebook, earlier, and I thought you folks would enjoy them.


That right thur's the Space Shuttle Discovery flying low over Washington D.C. on its way to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. What I wouldn't give to have seen that in person!

3.

Finally, Aggie Muster is this Saturday, coinciding with the opening of the BRAND SPANKING NEWLY RENOVATED MSC!!!



For those of you who are unaware of the Muster tradition here in Aggieland here are a few links, I recommend the A&M page first:
The A&M info page for Muster
Wikipedia

Muster is a time when all Aggies come together to remember those Aggies who have fallen since last we met. It is a day of fellowship, and remembrance. This year, Muster is dedicated to the Class of '62!

Did I mention that THE MSC IS FINALLY RE-OPENING!!! If you can't tell I am crazy excited!

Here's a video detailing the project:




And now brace yourself as I throw an explosion of photographic goodness in your faces
the new Flagroom!

Also the new Flagroom

12th Man Hall

A coffeehouse/cafe


The new Rudder Fountain

How cool is that!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

3½ Time-Outs Tuesday (Vol. 2)

1. 

Holi (The Indian Festival of Colors) was last weekend, and we had a small-ish event on the Simpson Drill Field here in Aggieland. It was nothing like the celebration out at the Krishna Temple out in Spanish Fork, Utah, though. Apparently, Tens-of-Thousands were on hand for it. Here's a video:
My first thought: "Man, me and my friends never do anything this fun!"
My second thought: "I didn't actually see very many Hindus in that video. Just a bunch of white folks"

2.

I saw "The Hunger Games" on Thursday. It was pretty good, I must say. Having not read the books, I don't feel I can opine on the moral/philosophical aspects of the work; I'm told the book has a very strong message. It was a good movie overall, though. I said this to my friends afterwards, so I'll say it here: being a "Hunger Games" virgin, I felt that the movie could work as a stand-alone piece. I like that.

3.

I sang this song 3 years ago for the All-State Choir audition process, and I loved it. I found it again on YouTube by chance, and remembered just how beautiful it is. The scary part was that I could still sing it. No joke, when the basses came in a few measures after the ladies I was right there with them. 


3½.

I promised a few posts ago to put up my fishing pictures, and my friend finally sent them to me, so here ya go:





Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3½ Time-Outs Tuesday



So TheLarryD has officially gotten me off the fence on this, to combat the reign of the Fulwinator. Sorry that I'm a day late, but I was out fishing with a buddy all-day yesterday. Can you blame me?

1.
I'm back!!!! Again, sorry for my absence. I really just needed a break from my brain. I start thinking about things, and then I can't stop and my brain starts getting all muddled and so, sometimes, I just need to take a break from serious, deep thinking on serious, deep issues, lest I go even more insane.


2.
As I just earlier, I went fishing yesterday. Before we cleaned and filleted the fish, I got a couple pictures with the 4-lb Channel Cat I caught. My buddy took the pictures, and he gave me a few tips. Apparently, when taking a picture with a fish, one should hold the fish as far away from one's body as possible. It makes the fish look bigger! Who knew?!


3.
It's time for Ron Paul to go home. This report just came out, saying that NBC reassigned the last embedded reporter with the Paul campaign. They won't say it, but everybody knows it's because Ron Paul is irrelevant at this point.

3½ 
It's Spring Break!

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Best I Can Do

I have been absent from these pages for a while. For this, I apologize to you, my readers. I had intended to post more frequently than before, with school starting up again, but I have failed.

Not for the lack of a desire to write, though. No, I will take any chance you give me to force my opinion down your throat.

However, I stand on a precipice. I stand on the crumbling edge of the great abyss of rant-land. You see, the last month has seen my blood-pressure at a near-constant high. From outrage to outrage, it seems I have merely drifted over the last four weeks. I feared that, were I to write something, I would step too far and the emotional-firmament upon which I stood would crumble beneath my feet and down I would plummet into the void. But I feel a duty to write, to share. I made a promise to myself, and I intend to keep it. And so, this I offer you. My thoughts on the current HHS situation. From the mouth of Hugo Weaving, adapted by Peter Jackson from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, who had more eloquence in his little finger than I can ever hope to muster over the course of my entire life. May they speak to you and inspire you in the same way they do me.


Gig 'Em and God Bless

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dr. King Would be Appalled: UPDATED

So I wrote this post last night, but decided to wait till this morning to edit it. Since then, I realized that Matthew Archbold has already addressed this. But I've decided to post this anyways. Also, I did a bit of redesigning. Let me know what you think.

Were he to see what the media has become, I firmly believe that Dr. King would despair. In the last few weeks, it seems every network, and a good portion of the newspapers in this country, has some kind of story on how the GOP Candidates are pandering to the racist white folk in South Carolina. Here are just a few of the many articles found with a simple Google News Search for "GOP racism" and "Newt Gingrich Racism"

From Mediaite: Jimmy Carter tells Piers Morgan that Gingrich has 'Subtlety of Racism'
There's even a video that goes with this one. It's really sad the way Jimmy Carter thinks he's still relevant.
                        Chris Matthews Accuses Newt Gingrich of Racially Charged Use of the Name Juan
Really?

From NewsBusters: Behar and Goldberg See Racism when Gingrich Talks of Helping Poor

Fox Nation reports: [Rep.] Sheila Jackson Lee: Newt Using 'Codewords' to be Racist

From the Huffington Post: Chris Matthews: Newt Gingrich May be Speaking in Racial Code (VIDEO)

Media Research Center: CNN Hints at 'Racial Coding' in Gingrich's Words

And, the Grand-daddy of them all... The Daily Beast: Michael Tomasky: Newt's Racist Surge May Sink Romney in South Carolina!

Now, I need some help here; I'm feeling inadequate. I am a middle-class, white, male, Texan college-student at a notoriously Conservative school. I fit perfectly into the demographic the GOP is aiming their coded racism at. But, I don't see it! And I want to see it, I need to see it! So, if any of you out there can help me out and just tell me which candidate hates black people the most it would be greatly appreciated. I've been trying to see who is the most racist, and I've been disappointed by how un-racist they seem. Luckily, the Media was there to clue me in to the fact that they're using coded racism. So, yeah, just let me know.

UPDATE: Watching MSNBC election coverage tonight, I want to throw up. Apparently "Food Stamp President" is racist, and, by God, MSNBC is gonna make sure we all know that Newt Gingrich and all Republicans are racist, homophobic backwards hillbillies. If I lived in South Carolina, I would be so pissed I wouldn't be able to speak. Al Sharpton should tender his resignation to MSNBC, withdraw from public life, and spend his retirement away from the media, reflecting on how he cheapened the meaning of the word "racism." Al Sharpton, like his colleague Jesse Jackson, long ago lost all credibility by pimping out his status as a Civil Rights hero for "influence" and TV appearances. He should be ashamed of himself. He should be ashamed of the way he has betrayed the Black Community. He should resign the title of "Reverend," and he should spend some time thinking about what Dr. King would think of his actions over the last decade or so. Shame on you , Al Sharpton.

Thank the Lord I go to an incredibly conservative college, because if I hear one more person say Gingrich is race-baiting I might just punch them in the face. Or headbutt them. I haven't made up my mind on which will hurt the most.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Sudden Loss

First, apologies for my long absence from this blog. I decided to take a long break from blogging while I was out for Christmas. Also, I had nothing to blog about. But mainly I just wanted to take some time off.

So, I'm back at school for this semester, and I must inform you, my readers, of a great loss in my life. While attending daily Mass this week, I noticed it: a conspicuous lack of pretty veils. I know that, as a male, I am sticking my neck out on this one, but I feel it must be said. This is, after all, one of those topics that political correctness dictates be left to the ladies. So go ahead, call me old-fashioned, misogynistic, etc. but I think this needs to be said. One of the things I have loved about St. Mary's from the very start was the number of young women who chose to veil. Every day, there were 5 or 6 veils present in the pews. So far this semester: 2. I know it's a small thing, but there's just something about a girl with a veil that sets my heart aflutter.
It's a good thing I don't have heart disease; she could have ended me
Now, because I have a vestigial self-preservation instinct, I will not officially advocate that veils be required, but it would be nice to see a little encouragement of this ancient tradition!

Also, Mr. Joseph Koss from Defend us in Battle, should you ever come across the post: Thank you for recommending The Spirit of the Liturgy by Josef Cardinal Ratzinger! While I cannot read it for more than about an hour straight, it is a most worthwhile read. Here are a few quotes for those who haven't read.

"Thus, Adoration is not opposed to Communion, nor is it merely added to it. No, Communion only reaches its true depths when it is surrounded by adoration. The Eucharistic Presence in the tabernacle does not set another view of the Eucharist alongside or against the Eucharistic Celebration, but simply signifies its fulfillment. For this Presence has the effect, of course, of keeping the Eucharist forever in church. The church never becomes a lifeless space but is always filled with the presence of the Lord, which comes out of the celebration, leads us into it, and always makes us participants in the cosmic Eucharist.... [A] church in which the eternal light is burning before the tabernacle is always alive, is always something more than a building made of stones. In this place the Lord is waiting for me, calling me, wanting to make me 'eucharist.' In this way, he prepares me for the Eucharist, sets me in motion toward his return."              -pg. 90

Pope Benedict XVI is a truly remarkable man. One can sense in his writings such a passionate love for the Lord, and such humility! It reminds me of how he described his reaction to being elected Pontiff to German Journalist Peter Seewald

"All I was able to say to the Lord was simple: 'What are you doing with me? Now the responsibility is yours. You must lead me! I can't do it. If you wanted me, then you must also help me!'"

How many of us could have that same reaction?

Finally, here's a great video for your troubles. Watch, and be merry!