Archive for February, 2012

Shorter Courtland Milloy…

February 22, 2012

“She shouldn’t have worn that low-cut shirt.”

A woman was sitting at a bus stop on 11th Street NW about 1:30 a.m. when she was robbed of a laptop, cellphone, books, cash and credit cards.

Was the woman at fault for being out that late, carrying so many valuable items? Can she really expect to sit at a bus stop at any hour and not be targeted by criminals?

Pardon my french, but fuck no she wasn’t at fault. How, pray tell, is this attitude any different than blaming rape victims for the clothes they wear? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it here: I know the fact is that bad things go down after midnight, but we deserve to be able to defend ourselves right after midnight just as much as we deserve to be able to defend ourselves right after noon. Risk avoidance isn’t a bad thing — don’t get me wrong — but you and I both know that Courtland Milloy and his ilk don’t think we deserve to be able to defend ourselves with firearms against goblins at 1:30 in the afternoon any more than we do at 1:30 in the morning. Which makes his preaching about risk avoidance disingenuous at best and profoundly hypocritical at worst.

(h/t David Codrea)

New logo, new set of crap to deal with?

February 22, 2012

I don’t know, but this comment to this blog post from Chron tech guru Dwight Silverman was just too funny:

If it’s a window, and not a flag, it’s just a few shades of blue away from being a Blue Screen of Death.

I said in comments here that I don’t necessarily look down on Windows users even though I much prefer the Mac, but there’s no denying that Microsoft’s track record with new operating systems since Windows ME hasn’t really been that good. It seems they’ve gotten it right with about every other operating system since then; on one hand you have XP and 7, and on the other hand you have the abominations known as ME and Vista. If that pattern holds, Windows 8 is going to be a real turd. On the other hand, of the versions of Apple OS X that have come out since about ’04, I’ve worked extensively with Panther, Tiger, and Leopard and never had a problem with any of them. I’d heard mixed reviews of Lion, but so far it’s worked quite well on the new MacBook Pro.

But such fanfare over a new logo? Really, Microsoft? Didn’t you people learn your lesson after the Windows 7 launch parties?

Why do you need to be reading Borepatch?

February 21, 2012

Because of gems like this right here:

I guess I need to point out (again) that you can be a fascist without gassing Jews and that sort of thing. Mussolini (the Father of Fascism) didn’t.  Franco didn’t.  Peron didn’t.  Oh, yeah – FDR didn’t, although he did put Japanese-Americans in Concentration Camps.  But they were nice Concentration Camps, and FDR was a God Among Men.  A fuhrer, you might say.  That’s what they teach in school.

The whole thing is great, but that was the best part…

He may want to back off the Mogen David.

February 20, 2012

Larry Gatlin, that is:

People need to get over the ‘what is country music’ crapola and cheer for the old guard and the new guard.

This coming from the guy who did “Johnny Cash Is Dead (And His House Burned Down)”? I’d be interested to know what changed his mind over the last few years, considering that mainstream country music only seems to have gotten that much worse in that time. While I can understand the need to welcome new blood into the genre, the fact remains that “country music” is something that retains a certain, rather specific meaning for a lot of people, as opposed to the generic catchall genre that people like Keith Urban and Sugarland have turned it into. Buck and Merle might well have not sounded like Roy Acuff, but Merle damn sure let it be known that he was heavily influenced by folks like Bob Wills and Jimmie Rodgers. And Alan Jackson & George Strait don’t sound like George Jones or Merle Haggard, but you know as well as I do that influence comes through loud and clear. Jason Aldean, though? Eric Church? Who are their influences? AC/DC and Bruce fucking Springsteen. Sorry, Larry, I love the music you and your brothers made, but I don’t have to cheer for that. And I won’t.

(h/t Country California)

Another favorite tune, from another favorite band.

February 19, 2012

I’ve talked a lot about Black Sabbath & Iron Maiden in this space over the last three years or so, but there’s another really great British band that I’ve come to like during that time: Mötorhead. One of the earliest bands in the late ’70s New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, they went on to influence many of the great metal bands of the ’80s, including both Metallica and Megadeth. It’s not hard to hear either, especially with songs like “Ace of Spades” and “Overkill.”

Ironically, though, my favorite song from the band is one of its slower numbers from later on. Written by Mötorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister along with Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne, “Hellraiser” was released by Ozzy first, in 1991 but it was Mötorhead’s 1992 version that got to be my favorite…

Just to let you know…

February 19, 2012

Comment moderation has been enabled. Somebody’s apparently (still) not getting laid and is taking out their frustrations on me. So if you’re a regular commenter and your comment doesn’t show up immediately, don’t worry. It will as soon as I can get to it.

Smartphone observations.

February 18, 2012

LawDog documents his adventures in smartphone shopping, in this hilarious little tale. Which made me think of some observations I’ve been mulling over in my head, well, probably since about the time the old MacBook bit the dust. 😉

I do understand a lot of folks’ gripes about having to be reachable 24/7, and I don’t think I have to be that way myself either. But the smartphone is a marvelous little device no matter how you look at it. For one, as Tamara notes here, it makes a handy little replacement for a pocket notebook. And there have been a few occasions that Sabra and I have used it to find places to eat when we’ve been out and about here in San Antonio. (Well, she manipulated it as I drove, but you get the point.) Came in handy a couple of weeks ago when we ventured up to Fredericksburg too, as I recall. Is it a must-have gadget, even in this day and age? I don’t think so. But it sure is nifty.

I find it funny, though, how the smartphone OS wars have gotten right up there with the computer OS wars. It strikes me that the Android users are at least as fanatical as the iPhone users, though I could be wrong. Another thing I find amusing is that the BlackBerry seems to be nowhere on the battlefield, or perhaps just an afterthought at best, when a few years ago it was the hottest thing in town. And Windows Phone? It seems to get even less discussion than the BlackBerry. (I suppose none of that is either here or there for purposes of this blog post, though.)

I really don’t have an opinion either way, though. I would’ve gotten an iPhone when I upgraded, but for the fact that my provider doesn’t offer it. I will say, though, that I really do like my Android-powered phone and don’t feel like I am running with a subpar piece of equipment. Hell, the thing has a faster processor than my last desktop computer! Yeah, I know, hardware vs. software and all that, but I do think the Android OS is still pretty good.

I do wonder, though, how many of the iPhone owners look down their noses at people like me for owning an Android phone as opposed to the iPhone — as they themselves type on Windows computers, because, y’know, the Mac is “just an overpriced toy” or some such rot…

Blaming the wrong people, again.

February 17, 2012

That’s what I thought when I saw this, anyway…

President Felipe Calderon on Thursday unveiled a “No More Weapons!” billboard made with crushed firearms and placed near the U.S. border. He urged the United States to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico.

Why do I think Calderon is blaming the wrong people? Well

Vigilante justice reigns in much of Mexico, as people sidestep a legal system they consider inadequate to deal with rampant crime.

“People are nervous, terrified,” bus driver Timoteo Pena, 60, said in explaining the mentality of a mob that included many of his relatives. “The authorities have always been lacking, have never responded when we needed them.”

But I guess it’s easier to point the  finger at the dirty gringos than to face the problems with your own system, as well as realize where those machine guns are really coming from.

Another blind squirrel finds a nut.

February 16, 2012

And today it’s Ruben Navarrette. We all know that if a white actress displayed pride in her *insert your country of choice here* roots and white bloggers accused her of not being sufficiently proud of her Anglo self all hell would break loose, and rightly so. And if such is wrong for white people — and it is — then it ought to be wrong for every other ethnicity, too. It really is one of the great travesties of our time that so many people can get away with such blatant racism. It’s almost as if MLK died for nothing.

Well, that’s a novel way of doing it.

February 14, 2012

From today’s Houston Chronicle:

On a sunny Saturday in January, Adam Shannahan drove his girlfriend to Galveston and surprised her with a license plate.

There was a ring, too – a square, emerald-cut diamond he knew she’d love – but the specialty license plate, waiting in the trunk of his Mustang, said it all:


Heh. That’s pretty nifty. If you have to be offbeat about it, that’s certainly better than on the Jumbotron at a baseball game and risking getting shot down in front of thousands of people. I remember when that was making the rounds and I commented about it on Facebook, Sabra said, “Had you proposed publicly, you’d have been told to go fark yourself for obviously knowing nothing about me.” Indeed.

(For the record, I asked her to marry me as we held each other lying in bed…)