Archive for November, 2011

Overheard on IH-35 northbound driving through downtown…

November 14, 2011

Context: We were talking about showing without letting one touch, uh, certain things.

Sabra: “That would just be mean.”

Me: “Yeah. Almost as mean as KISS playing Green Day right after Metallica.” (They did that yesterday, for the record, as I was driving to work. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” right after fucking “Breadfan.” I was pissed.)

Sabra, on Green Day: “That’s another one of those bands everybody BUT YOU likes.”

Me: “Well, everybody but me has shit tastes.”

Sabra: “Hey now! I know where you sleep!”

Me: “HAHAHA!”

Sabra: “And you go to sleep first!”

And later, at HEB…

Me: “At least the dude who fronts The Offspring could make a decent living if he didn’t sing!” (Dexter Holland has a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in molecular biology from USC.)

Sabra: “Oh, yeah…”

Yes, I much prefer The Offspring over Green Day, why do you ask? 😉

 

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Well, here’s a thought.

November 13, 2011

Former Supreme Court justice David Souter, during arguments for a certain case:

“How do we guard against making constitutional decisions which are simply going to be nullified by some clever device?”

Oh, I don’t know. How about stop making decisions like the one for Kelo v. New London? The Supreme Court may be the final arbiter for what’s constitutional and what isn’t, but that doesn’t necessarily make their decision a legitimate one. What if Heller had gone the other way and the Supreme Court had decided that gun bans met constitutional muster? We all know that would have been seen as completely illegitimate by a staggeringly large number of people. And what then? If the court had kept going down that road its legitimacy would have been called into question even more than it is now, and it would have been seen more as a safeguard for the ruling class than as a safeguard against unconstitutional laws. I am left to believe that David Souter sees no problem with that. He very well probably sees one as being the equal of the other.

Oh, now this is funny.

November 12, 2011

What’s funny? Intellectual midget Eugene Robinson commenting on what he perceives as Rick Perry’s lack of intellectual depth, and poking fun at Newt Gingrich for the latter’s reminding the crowd that he was a historian. Hey, at least Gingrich knows history and would probably be pretty good at not repeating the mistakes of the past, which is more than can be said of a lot of people.

And how about Robinson’s poking fun at the topic of Gingrich’s doctoral thesis? Hey, at least Newt didn’t quit a $45,000-per-year job to go back to school to get a master’s degree in puppetry and then bitch about not being able to find a job after getting out of school.

Wow, get out of my head, dude.

November 11, 2011

Comment to this story:

Enough glamouring over another city’s team. It’s beneath us.

Yep. I’ve always thought some San Antonians’ Dallas Cowboy fandom was yet another sign of the inferiority complex I’ve mentioned here and elsewhere. It just struck me as another way the city is percieved to be in the shadow of Dallas and Houston: “Hey, we can’t have an NFL team, so we’ll just close our eyes and pretend it’s the Dallas-San Antonio Cowboys!”

But then if I am rooting for an NFL team on Sunday it’s usually the Texans, so maybe I have a biased perspective.

No. 1 is good, but some of the rest…

November 10, 2011

Wow, talk about a real hit-and-miss list here.

A lot of it is a matter of taste, of course. Just for an example, yes, The Number of the Beast was a great album, but I actually liked Powerslave better. Bookended by two of metal’s greatest songs, and not a second of filler in between. And then there’s the matter of definitions. I for one always thought of AC/DC or GnR as more hard rock than metal, with Def Leppard sort of straddling the line, wherever it may be. At least one of those spots would have been much better occupied by, well, any of Queensryche’s ’80s records. (My preference would be The Warning, but Rage for Order and Operation: Mindcrime both were more than worthy of inclusion on that list.)

And I know this is probably heresy to a lot of metal fans, but I never really was a big fan of Slayer. Not to say I outright disliked them; Tom Araya’s style of singing just doesn’t appeal to me. I suppose that might sound weird, considering James Hetfield didn’t have that good of a voice either and you know how I love the early Metallica and the same goes for Dave Mustaine & Megadeth. I just always preferred the more melodic style of metal, which would definitely explain my fondness for Queensryche, Dream Theater & Iron Maiden as of late. I do appreciate Slayer quite a bit on a technical level, though.

Master of Puppets, though….not just yeah, but hell yeah. Ride the Lightning was my introduction to real metal and it was damn good, but I ran out and bought Master not long after and was blown away. Between James & Kirk’s guitars and the lyrical content, hearing that album was the musical equivalent of taking a ride with Mario Andretti at Laguna Seca after a literal lifetime of riding with your grandmother. It’s not just a masterpiece of metal; it’s a masterpiece of music, period.

Thoughts, metal fans?

Oh, look, one Northeastern liberal endorsing another.

November 9, 2011

How original and surprising.I guess we should consider ourselves lucky that Brooks didn’t mention the crease in Mitt Romney’s pant leg. One of the commenters said it all:

“If the choice comes down to a left wing president or a left wing former governor of Massachusetts, what’s the difference? Would be nice to have more choices.”

Some are more equal than others…

November 8, 2011

…even as they exhibit the same criminal behavior:

A federal investigation into weapons dealing by officers in three Sacramento-area law enforcement agencies has shined a light on provisions in California law that allow peace officers to buy guns, high-capacity magazines and even assault weapons that are illegal for the general public.

Oh, how special. Remember this the next time you’re confronted with “only police should be allowed to carry guns/possess assault weapons.” I realize we entrust the police with special powers to uphold the social order, but I don’t think that should mean they get privileges the rest of us are denied.

So I have a question…

November 7, 2011

…for those people who were protesting the Keystone XL pipeline across from the White House yesterday:

How did they get to the protest site? Via unicorn shit-powered car? Sorry, but I just can’t take any of these people seriously. It’s one thing to say that we should work on alternative sources of fuel, but it’s quite another to say that we shouldn’t take advantage of existing fuel supplies while we work on those alternative technologies. It makes one think they want us all to freeze or stew in the dark until those alternative sources of fuel become viable.

Oh, and fun fact for the day: Both Harris and Jefferson counties, in which Houston and Port Arthur are respectively located, went blue in ’08. It’ll be interesting to see which way the White House goes here.

Just a quick update…

November 6, 2011

Like Sabra said, I got a new job. More details later, but suffice it to say it’s a major, major improvement over the previous gig — as in, almost double the money I was making. I told my mother yesterday that everything’s coming up roses — which is only appropriate, because God knows those roses were fertilized with a ton of shit!

More later. For now it’s off to the Longhorn Cafe…

Wow, did I really read this?

November 6, 2011

…or, When you’ve lost Froma Harrop, you’ve probably lost your base:

Occupiers, time to quit while you’re ahead — for you’re a little less ahead with every confrontation involving police or other civic authorities. The skirmishes provide unflattering visuals for the ordinary folks at home, even those sharing your angst and anger over the financial-industry takeover of our economy. It doesn’t matter who was at fault. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have the right to pitch tents on public parks.

On the other hand, I should have known it’d be all about the protesters’ behavior rather than what they were protesting. However, it might well be that one comes with the other, i.e., when you have a group of people who want all their college debt forgiven with no questions asked, of course they’re going to act like a bunch of spoiled brats. Not that I’d expect many of the movement’s more ardent supporters to make that connection, but at least they realize those people make them look bad.