Vice President Sarah Palin: I like this lady already

Posted in culture, current events, politics on August 29, 2008 by mrbitterness

From her Wiki entry, we learn that Gov. Sarah Palin:

  • was a 1984 runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant
  • Was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors, in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin led Wasilla Warriors to the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982, playing the championship game with a stress fracture in her ankle and hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds.
  • She received a scholarship to attend the University of Idaho, where she received a journalism degree. 
  • She briefly worked as a sports reporter at an Anchorage television station

So she’s a former almost-beauty queen; I’ve observed the runner-up is usually the best selection at pageants (winners are apple polishers, which the runners-up are too proud to do everything it takes to win, or too pretty for jealous female judges to validate). 

She wasn’t simply an athlete in high school. She was a super-bad, play-through-pain leader on a state championship basketball team. 

She attended University of Idaho, which means a McCain win will let the entire nation get “Vandalized!”

And she’s a former sports reporter! I was already pretty likely to choose McCain. But by adding Palin to the ticket, Maverick just earned my undying loyalty and respect.

I was going to hold my nose and pull the lever for him; now, I’m in love.

Some (protein) wisdom on the drinking age.

Posted in culture on August 25, 2008 by mrbitterness
Faced with 100 or so college presidents calling for the lowering of the drinking age — back to 18 — Mothers Against Drunk Driving responds predictably. 
“But think of the children, yadda blah blah yadda.”
Goldstein notes accurately what MADD’s true agenda is. 
  • MADD is no longer worried about drunk driving per se, but is rather become a neoprohibitionist organization trafficking in emotional arguments to convince cowardly politicians to force change upon the culture — “change” that has the effect of taking away individual freedom and responsibility, along with the role of parents in teaching young adults how to handle certain freedoms, in exchange for a government run mandate, complete with police powers of the state or municipality, that presumes to usurp those responsibilities by a kind of 3/5 rule on adulthood

protein wisdom.

America’s Georgians beclown themselves.

Posted in culture on August 22, 2008 by mrbitterness

When Google was mistaking Georgia, the republic recently invaded by Russia, with Georgia, the state with peaches and an underachieving baseball team, it was hilarious. One early story on Russia’s incursion on a sovereign neighbor had a map attached — courtesy Google Maps — suggesting that armored columns would soon descend on Savannah.

But like so many ignorant and dim folks, the American breed of Georgians just couldn’t keep their mouths shut.  

South Ossetia conflict: Concerned US citizen gets her Georgias confused – Telegraph.

Someone named Jessica B posted comments at Yahoo certain to extend every stupid stereotype of Southerners by another few years.  

  • “I live in georegia but i dont see rusia no where not even sound but they says theres tanks should i be worrie”. “i herd on the news that rusia has invaded but i dont see them no where wats going on,” she continued. Her mind was presumably put at rest by a fellow contributor, who reassured her with the words “You are in the state of Georgia. The nation of Georgia is on the other side of the world”. It is unclear whether the original post stems from a genuine geographical error or whether it is a hoax, but it has become a viral internet phenomenon, with over 4000 people recommending it on the Digg.com website.

A famous saying usually attributed to Abraham Lincoln seems appropriate: 

  • “Better to remain seated and be thought a fool, than to stand and remove all doubt.”

The Physics of Batman

Posted in fun on August 22, 2008 by mrbitterness

Cool. 

The Physics of Batman | Popular Science.

Fred lives again!

Posted in wordsmithing on May 16, 2008 by mrbitterness

If you’re a principled conservative, I’m sure you’ve been anxious to hear what became of Fred Thompson since dropping out of the GOP primary race. He was one of the few candidates capable of expressing conservative beliefs, though his dislike for the daily march of a campaign doomed him in the every-second-counts media race.

Well, he’s turned up at Townhall.com. And I couldn’t be happier to hear from him. A sampling:

  • Townhall.com::Blog
    Now isn’t the time for conservatives to be looking for a tailored message or a politically expedient route to victory if the end result is going to be the inevitable slide toward the liberalization and secularization of America, and the growth of government and loss of freedom that inevitably ensues. For us conservatives it must be about principles and policies that are grounded in freedom, free markets and the rule of law.

It’s good to have you back, Mr. Thompson.

PETA activists try to suck fun out of circus

Posted in wordsmithing with tags , , on April 4, 2008 by mrbitterness

James Taranto mentioned a story in the Washington Post yesterday, which displayed the, IMHO, retarded outlook of some animal rights activists. PETA-type groups protest Ringling Bros. circuses, telling little kids that the circus is cruel to elephants.

On the Other Tightrope

But the moral debate — whether its good or bad for kids to see circus animals doing tricks — is a serious parenting issue to some.”To see a bear ride a bicycle, it is ridicule. You’re really just laughing at that bear,” said Mel Levine, a renowned pediatrician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has written numerous books about child behavior and the way children learn. “So the question is: Whats the message youre giving to kids when you take them to the circus and they laugh at animals? I think to laugh at animals is to devalue them.”

It struck a chord with me, since Mrs. Bitterness has taken our four-year-old to see her first circus with her preschool class today. As a kid, I remember few things as incredible as witnessing lion-tamer Gunther Gable Williams’  farewell tour. i still have the poster from that circus, and always loved the pictures of Williams’ lions and tigers performing amazing tricks, and especially one shot of a leopard giving his “oppressor,” as PETA would have it, a big hug.

There is love in Williams’ eyes during that hug, and not a hint of fear that I ever detected.

The people-tricks — flying trapeez and tightropes &c — were impressive, but the animals were what really blew me away. My Labrador, Charlie, couldn’t even learn not to jump on my 8-year-old chest claws first, or to avoid the electric fence we put up to keep him from running away (guess that scuttles my hopes of PETA membership right there).

But this Williams guy convinced elephants to stand on step-ladders; lions let him put head and arms into their mouths. People can train long enough to perform most types of amazing feats. Big deal, we have large brains and lots of time on our hands.

But for an animal to learn how to perform and awe an audience, to me, is inspirational. They’re not being “subjugated,” or regarded with “intolerance.” They’re performing, and being paid in all the peanuts they can stomach, I expect.

If i find out any PETA-dweebs were picketing in Montgomery and scared my daughter, I might need to seek out someone’s nose to bust.

nature at its wildest; tornado season spins up

Posted in wordsmithing with tags , , , on April 2, 2008 by mrbitterness

I know from personal experience how terrifying tornados can be. In fourth grade, my parents and I huddled in a bathroom as one twisted the tops of pine trees that towered above my house. It was about as close as you can get without actual damage, injury or loss.

but these tornado pictures are simply beautiful. What a lovely, terrible thing His creation can be.

Spectacular pictures of nature at its wildest, captured by the storm chasers who risk their lives to follow twisters | the Daily Mail