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How Cheney Learned to Stopy Worrying and Love The Bomb

By Mahons On August 25th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Dick Cheney has hinted that his upcoming book will blow a few minds.  A comfort that he is only blowing minds now, instead of advocating blowing up places. 

Aside from the expected shallow insider gossip and putdowns that are the norm of the genre known as post-office political books, I suspect we’ll get little of substance from Cheney.  However, for those who find him enjoyable, I presume they will enjoy his claim that he wanted to bomb Syria.  After all, as even Obama has shown on the left, what is one more war? These wars are like eating chips, you can’t stop at just one.   

I am a bit put off at men, like Cheney, who avoided combat themselves, yet who seem so intent on sending others into combat.   One wonders if they have any moral standards at all.  However, I doubt he’ll lose sleep over it, and now that he is no longer a hearbeat away from the Presidency, I suppose we won’t have to lose sleep either.

Blame That Tune

By Mahons On August 25th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

A small college in Indiana has removed the National Anthem from being played at sports activities because it is “too violent.”  The playing of the National Anthem is a custom here in the US at sporting events.   Trivia mavens will note the tune is a British one and the anthem itself was not made the National Anthem until 1931.  However, it is regularly played here at sporting events as a sign of respect and pride. 

The particular college is a Mennonite campus, and the Mennonites do not believe in violence or war.  Our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, was inspired by the events of the bombardment of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.  It does feature famous lines like the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air.  

I don’t take issue with the right of the College not to play the tune.  After all the same first amendment which gives them freedom to practice religion protects their right to freedom of speech.  And I also don’t think that Mennonites or others who may be opposed to war should have to go agaisnt their beliefs.  But I do think that they should recognize that the United States is only the land of the free because it is the home of the brave, as the song goes.

As far as I am concerned, they have a right not to play the song.  But if I was the director of another college, I would cross them of my list of rivals and allow them the comfort of their beliefs while not agreeing that their beliefs on this occassion deserve credit.

Goodnight Irene

By Mahons On August 25th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

What fresh Hell is this?  Apparently some blustering dame named Hurricane/Tropicl Storm/Nasty Weather Irene is marching up the East Coast with the potential to strike the environs of your humble correspondent in the next couple of days.

Wasn’t an earthquake, searing summer heat and the Kim Kardasian Wedding enough horror for one summer? 

I prepare for storms by expecting the worst, which is why I will be stocking up on extra cases of beer to survive the tempest.  Thankfully we’ve cut down the biggest trees near the house so the only damage could be water in the basement (my man cave) so I will have to make sure everything is up off the floor.  Mother nature can be quite vexing when she wants to be.   I suppose I should be happy there is no snow predicted  in the forecast.  

I suppose one relief might be that the storm will knock out the television and internet so that I won’t have to listen to political coverage for a few days.  Silver lining in a dark cloud indeed.  Anyway here is hoping the storm passes far out to sea. 


Exit Steve Jobs

By Phantom On August 25th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I’m sorry to hear that Steve Jobs has stepped down from the helm of Apple.

Some think that capitalism is the root of all evil. I think that it is the root of all the best industrial creativity. You couldn’t have an Apple company in any communist or socialist company. They’d ” focus group ” it to death, and they’d never see the case to allocate the resources to develop these products.

Apple is the epitome of the capitalist startup company, whose goal was to produce ” insanely great ” products. They sought perfection and to please only themselves. If you liked their product, you were welcome to buy one, but it was never about you. It was about the suit of perfection.

This is how great artists think. Jobs was/is an artist, not someone only trying to grab market share.

With Jobs at the helm, Apple disrupted many industries, while creating a steady stream of useful, beautiful works of art that just happened to be consumer products.

I admire him greatly and I wish him well.

“We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
Steve Jobs, Playboy interview, February 1985


By David Vance On August 25th, 2011 at 8:54 am

I thought this was touching.

This heart-wrenching photo shows how a Navy SEAL’s dog refused to leave his master’s side during an emotional funeral. Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, 35, killed in the major U.S. helicopter crash in Afghanistan this month, was remembered by around 1,500 mourners. But it was his Labrador retriever Hawkeye that really captured the public’s emotions in the photo taken by Mr Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton.

Sadness: Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's Labrador retriever Hawkeye was loyal to the end, as he refused to leave his master's side during an emotional funeral

The relationship between man and dog is a fascinating one. I’ve never kept a dog as a pet but when you see an image like this you certainly understand where the expression “Man’s best friend” comes from. RIP John Tumilson.

Tall story

By Mike Cunningham On August 25th, 2011 at 8:51 am


 “I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

the funniest joke; or is


 “I said to a fella ‘Is there a B&Q in Henley?’ He said ‘No, there’s an H, an E, an N an L and a Y’.”

the worst?

As Frank would say, “Its how you tell it!”

What is the Proper Role of Government?

By Patty On August 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Son of Cuban-born parents – his father worked as a bartender and his mother was a clerk –  Senator Marco Rubio was in town yesterday and gave a speech at the Reagan Library:


By David Vance On August 24th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

This is one of those things that sound so ridiculous that you think they cannot but true, yet they are!

An electrician nearly died in a horrific and bizarre work accident when he was ‘inflated’ by a pressurised air line which went up his bottom. Dad-of-one Gareth Durrant, 26, was wiring a caravan at the factory where he worked when the large pipe – carrying compressed air at around 300lbs per square inch – shot up his back passage. He was rushed to hospital where scans revealed a six-inch tear in his bowel and severe damage to his intestines. He then faced hours of emergency surgery to save his life while wife Sarah, 25, waited anxiously with their toddler son Daniel, three.



By Mahons On August 23rd, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Apparently that was not some post-lunch flatulence but an Earthquake here in NYC (originating in Virginia a 5.9).  I haven’t experienced one in over 25 years.  Will keep you posted.

The Lockerbie Legacy

By Mahons On August 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm

No suprise that many Aemerican politicians are rushing towards the cameras to demand that the Lockerbie mastermind be recaptured and brought to justice.  He won’t be.

The most disgusting thing to come out of Scotland since haggis was the early release on medical grounds of the Libyan mastermind of the Lockerbie tragedy, a tragedy in which over 200 people were killed.   He is under indictment in the US, since 1991 actually, but he’ll never be brought here and those politicians callign for that know that he won’t be brought here.   

There is no judicial mechanism to bring him here.  There is no extradiction treaty with Libya, and there certainly isn’t one with the rebels.  They are unlikely to form a formal government that could even enter into such a treaty for a number of years.  And I am not sure they would be inclined to extradict him in any event.  Some of the rebels likely see him as a hero, he was cheered like one when he arrived in Libya.  And I am not sure the rebel government will have any interest in being seen as aiding the United States (though they’ll take any money and weaponry we provide).   In fact there may be NO REBEL government, Libya could split into civil war.    

Lockerbie will be one of those instances in which the criminals escape justice.  The first politician who acknowledges that will be telling the truth.