Archive for June, 2005

It’d be great if it worked…

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

I’d love to see this succeed. A New Hampshire LLC wishes to build a new hotel on the same property which presently holds the home of Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. Going by Souter’s recent decision regarding the rules of Eminent Domain, it’d be perfectly legal if the local Government decides to evict Souter for private development. Would it happen in reality? Probably not. I’m sure the Men In Black have enough pull to make sure that Souter’s home remains his while the rest of us little worms get to lose ours to the highest bidder.

Press Release

Hello Socialism, Another Victory for The Left. (what else can ya do when you keep losing elections)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

When I first heard the news that the Supreme Court had deemed the right to ‘private property’ unconstitutional, I couldn’t believe it actually happened. Logically speaking, no individual in the entire United States of America owns private property anymore. It now belongs to the Government, hellooooooo Socialism!

But…how can the Government now own my property? Simple. Taxes. You pay ’em to live there. If someone else is willing to pay more, GOODBYE. For the longest time, the Government has relied on Eminent Domain to evict private citizens for public projects, roads, schools, police stations, etc… Only now, if a private developer steps in and wishes to say…build CONDOMINIUMS or a SHOPPING MALL in your area, and the local government approves, here is your check, say goodbye to your home.

I honestly see no point in purchasing a home as long as eminent domain in this form exists. I could move in tomorrow, and a day later be forced back out on the street by someone who is willing to provide more tax revenue to the government, plain and simple. Thus, I wouldn’t own my home, and even the sadistic prick who stole my house doesn’t own it as the government could push them out as well. On the same coin, why bother owning a business? I could find the perfect spot for a coffee shop, or even a brake shop, a store like Target could legally come in and with the local government on its side, put me out of business. Sure, they’d pay me what my site is worth, but its the principle of it. Why own anything when it can legally be taken away on the whim of some wealthy prick?

Kicker is, this is nothing new, only now the process has been greased by the American Bureau of Socialism otherwise known as the Supreme Court. Can there be any question now just why the American Left has worked so hard to keep Originalist judges off the bench? Is there any doubt as to the intentions of each Liberal obstructionist as they oppose each Bush nominee by proxy? They can’t win at the ballot box so they seize power by judicial fiat.

What is with you people?

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Top 10 Phrase searches for June:

gruve_1@hotmail.com
cumbersome
for a perfect world as he slowly fell apart
hillbilly girls fucking
my only son listen closely lyrics
trebeckian
dns server sendto function failed
meaning of saveen
bush cause i was high
habanero the big truth

Those searches brought people to my blog…uh…hillbilly?

It’s for science…

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

So someone keyed my car while I passed him.

I put up a post on DodgeIntrepid.net about it, and immediately had it shot down as IMPOSSIBLE by every idiot on the board (mainly trolls with nothing better to do than post inane responses, typical message board BS). I’ve practiced what it would take to key a passing car, I am convinced it can be done… so I need a 2nd car, and 2 volunteers to help me conduct an experiment.

I will have someone drive my car, I will be driving a compact sedan in front of them doing 55mph. They’ll pass me, and while my passenger videotapes the action, I will take a paint marker and “tag” my own car. My goal is to cut a line across my car from midway through the rear door to the tail-light, videotape it, and then post it into the thread on DodgeIntrepid.net just to incite the idiots.

A couple of NECESSARY aspects to this video: Film the car with no damage or marks; film the speed of the car I am driving, then from the back seat of the car I am driving, have someone film the marker in my hand coming into contact with the passing car, all in one shot. I’m fairly certain that once I make this video, most people will simply accept that they are wrong, while the rest will sit and second-guess the video. They’ll look even more like idiots.

So, for the sake of Science (and primarily to annoy the living shit out of the trolls on DodgeIntrepid.net) Operation 213 is a go. I’ll keep you all posted, as I hope to accomplish this in the next few days.

Ah the sweet sound of corporate failure.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

So legal downloads are rapidly approaching the level of surpassing illegal downloads. I wonder how many phone calls were made to try and stop this study from taking place or being released? After all, one of the key arguments made by the recording industry against downloads is that they’ve affected sales. I’m sure they have to some small extent, we can’t blame the consumers for growing a brain. The average cost of a blank CD is $.20, the cost of an iTunes track is $.99. The ability to get what you want and not pay for tracks and music that is just plain horrid: priceless. Seriously, the only time I buy a CD is if it is something I can’t find online, or its by an artist on a smaller label (like most of the \m/etal I listen to). This study is the death-knell of the old-school recording industry which still relies on the idiots at TransWorld who own FYE to support their bottom line by overcharging for music on compact disc. No wonder they’re suing everyone with a broadband link, their business model has failed and they’re too big to fix it now like they could have if they started say…10 years ago? Instead they’ve been trying to stop an avalanche by pissing in the snow.

More music consumers using legal downloads

DICK Durbin

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.” link

There’s been a couple firecrackers going off in the news regarding that quote by Senator DICK Durbin of Illinois. Now I listen to talk radio when I can, and I watch evil right-wing news outlets like Fox News (how DARE they report on everything!), and from the pundits to the listeners, everyone seems to be in the mind that Durbin should apologize.

Every time I hear the call for him to apologize, I think “Who gives a shit?” If Repubicans say something which offends our gentle sensibilities, they resign or undergo a firestorm of media and peer criticism. If a Democrat does the same, the only people calling for an apology are right-wing talk show hosts and listeners, and perhaps a week or two later you’ll get a half-assed rebuttal (not an apology).

“Mr. President, I have come to understand that was a very poor choice of words. I tried to make this very clear last Friday that I understood to those analogies to the Nazis, Soviets and others were poorly chosen. I issued a release which I thought made my intentions and my inner-most feeling as clear as I possibly could.” link

Well it did make his intentions and inner-most feeling as clear as possible. I have little to no doubt that just like most other Democrats still in power, he is grasping at straws trying to find a way to defile, degrade, and denounce all things American from the Military, to the President, to the LEGAL measures taken to ensure our freedom. Poor choice of words my ass, what Durbin said was absolutely wrong and an outright lie. He rode the wave of publicity, let everyone get up in arms, then half-assed his apology on the floor of the Senate. Shit, if this had been Trent Lott he would have been forced out…oh wait…duh.

I don’t think there should be an outcry if the Left says something unabashedly stupid. Let them say it, let it make its rounds in the evil right-wing conspiracy media monopoly, but only let it do that. All the calls for apologies are inane, as they only serve the people who actually want to hear it…even then, you’ll never hear them outright say they were wrong. Let them compare the President who won by a record majority, our troops fighting to protect the Left’s Right to Impotency, to Nazi’s or whoever they want. Let them defame, degrade, and denounce. It’ll only guarantee that Conservatives and Republicans continue to win elections.

As long as Liberals and Leftists continue to make use of the same antiquated playbook, they will continue to get the same results. For a bunch of elitists, you’d think they would have realized this by now. There is a right-wing conspiracy, and its called freedom, and no matter how much their little hearts bleed, no matter how much they obstruct originalists in the Judiciary, and no matter how much they knee-jerk react to anything which just might get them a few more votes come election day… Liberals are going to keep losing. Lets just sit back and enjoy the show.

I’m gonna pop.

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

So I’m driving home from my parent’s house after the little Father’s day shindig, and I end up stuck behind an old 1st gen turquoise Dodge Neon which doesn’t feel like doing the 45mph speed limit. We get to the passing zone on Pine Island Turnpike, and this little voice in my head says “Don’t pass him.” I passed him, and in my rear-view mirror see him swerve out behind me. Ok, the guy’s an asshole. So I continue to drive home. He turns off towards Florida with a little girl in his passenger seat. I get home and look at the right rear quarter panel of my car and see what the mother fucker did. Looks like he used a pen or a key or something, stuck his hand out the window, and keyed my car from midway through the rear door back to the tail-light. Nothing deep enough that can’t be buffed out at all, I am getting the car re-painted at some point, but just the same, WHAT THE FUCK. Why do people take it so GODDAMNED PERSONAL when someone passes them? You have a SLOW CAR which you are UNABLE TO DRIVE AT THE SPEED LIMIT. FUCKING DEAL WITH IT. I proceeded to drive down every road between where he pulled off and Florida, NY looking for the car. I’m not sure what I could do at this point, I don’t even have a plate number. ’95-97 Neon 4-door, Turquoise in color, with shiny hubcaps that stick out. I see it again I’m gonna punch the fucker.

Last night I went to see Batman Begins, and finally got to see the Dark Knight represented properly. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the original Tim Burton creation with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, but just the same, this movie eclipses ALL the Batman films which preceded it, including the Burton films. Everything about this movie was bigger, darker, more detailed, and IMHO just plain BETTER than any previous effort to represent Batman on the silver screen. In 2 hours and 21 minutes they manage to not only develop the character of Bruce Wayne, they develop the character of Batman. The veil has been dropped on one of the greatest comic book characters of all time. One of my favorite scenes was the car chase between the new Batmobile and Gotham PD, it has got to be the best chase scene I’ve seen in the past few years. There were a few quirks, the time-line jumping in the beginning had me a little dizzy, and there is really no chemistry between Christian Bale and Katie Holmes…at all. All that aside, the movie just plain kicks ass. I think it may be a slow starter as people are used to Batman movies that suck, not one that will absolutely blow their mind… Which this one is. See it. Now. Go.

I’ve been playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas since the day it came out. Tack on the fact I really can’t do ANYTHING for awhile, I can’t emphasize really how much I have played this game. I picked it up on June 7th, and have played it for no less than 4 hours per day since, and still am not even close to beating it. The level of customization in this game, all the different things that can be done, is beyond belief. You need to feed the character, exercise, weapon skills increase with use and lead to new abilities, fight skills increase with training, cars can be modified both cosmetically and performance wise, and not to mention the multitude of mini-games such as pool and arcade games. The first island you start at is easily twice the size of the whole Vice City map, there is just too much to list. The game has quite a few cameos from the other games, so it definitely ties in to the whole “Grand Theft Auto” universe, from the GTA 3 guy and the girl who double-crossed him, to a few characters from Vice City, and an actual mission where you fly to Liberty City to kill someone at St Mark’s Bistro, GTA San Andreas is a welcome and nearly perfect addition to the GTA universe. Violence is an understatement, taste and tact is non-existent, from the first time you load the game to the inevitable 100% completion of it, there is no question that this is Grand Theft Auto.

Oof.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Pardon the break in posts, I’ve been laid up for a bit now. I’ve officially blown a month of gorgeous weather due to the fact that God’s ass is fucked up. We were all made in His image after all, so this one is on Him. I had surgery on Friday, was fun. They gave me some mix of Valium, Morphine, and some other stuff to knock me out. I don’t even remember being knocked out, just waking up in recovery, stoned out of my mind and craving French Fries. I didn’t get any fun pain killers, so following the surgeons advice I took Motrin. I find out later via WebMD that Motrin is Ibuprofen (I knew that) and Ibuprofen is based on Aspirin (didn’t know that) and post surgery you’re not supposed to take Ibuprofen or Aspirin cos it causes bleeding. Great. So today I picked up some extra strength Tylenol (which has a nice candy flavored coating now like Advil, woohoo, new headache snack!) and mixed with some Burger King breakfast, accelerated an eventual potty break. I stopped at the Grist Mill Cafe’ for lunch, was a spinach salad with walnuts and strawberries, wasn’t bad but I think something in the dressing didn’t agree with me cos 20 minutes later I was in trouble.

I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll be in fair enough shape to go to work, so I don’t keep burning up vacation days. I need some left for my shore trip and OzzFest.

In the mean-time I’ve been playing the Xbox release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas since the 7th, and I barely have half the map uncovered. I’m working on an eventual review but until then, the short version: FUCKING BUY IT.

Star Wars Ep 3

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Anyone else notice the CGI/Special effects on Anakin/Hayden’s mouth in a few scenes? When he and ObiWan enter the bridge of Grievous’s ship, and when he notifies the Jedi Master of Palpatine’s true identity… It looks like instead of re-shooting the scene, they simply re-shot Hayden’s mouth saying the new line or CG’ed his mouth to conform to the new words. Either way it didn’t work and it looked like Al Pacino’s mouth from the Dick Tracey movie. All in all, great flick, but I find the fine details is where it just comes up short. Course, only people like me notice them, so to everyone else its probably a fargin’ masterpiece.

Review – The Life Aquatic

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

Welp, yet another movie which at first glance appeared it might be funny and worth a rent… Nope. “The Life Aquatic” is a 119 minute waste of time. It’s a shame too, as one of my favorite comedy actors is Bill Murray, and it just seemed like this movie should have been called “Bill Murray, on Valium With Fish.” The story goes that his friend gets eaten by a shark which nobody has ever seen, and his goal is to find it and kill it. I figure, with Bill Murray in the lead, it should be a riot. Nope. Whatever toxic gas was pumping through the sound stage that fateful day when shooting started for this film took hold of all involved and drove them down to a level of mediocrity that only a Ralph Nader supporter could love. I guess “The Life Aquatic” could be defined as “Tantric Comedy.” I suppose full-release happened some time after the credits rolled…even then I’d be amazed if it was more than a giggle.