Halloween party picture

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Smoking this way was appropriate.

PARTY: Halloween: at Britt's house

Went to a Halloween party. Got wasted. Ate a lot of candy. Had fun. 

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/tags/20051029/


MUSIC: Ween concert!

Carolyn & I went to see WEEN last night (20051027) at the 9:30 Club.
It was -- as usual -- an awesome show. Ran into Aaron Evans, who helped us get to the front (and took some pictures) (and gave his "Home Rainbow" video using Rocky footage to Deaner after the show). Also ran into John The Canadien, who failed to sell his extra ticket...Again. (Did the same at a Rammstein concert years ago).
They played 35 songs over an almost 3 hour span:
  1. What Deaner was Talking About
  2. The HIV Song (nothing like a whole club of people shouting "AIDS!" with glee)
  3. Spinal Meningitis
  4. Happy Colored Marbles
  5. Piss Up A Rope
  6. Take Me Away
  7. Waving My Dick In The Wind
  8. Mr. Richard Smoker
  9. Transdermal Celebration
  10. Voodoo Lady
  11. Mutilated Lips
  12. Bananas And Blow
  13. Leave Deaner Alone (new song)
  14. You Fucked Up
  15. Puerto Rican Power
  16. Touch My Tooter
  17. Nan
  18. Springtheme
  19. Push Th' Little Daisies
  20. The Mollusk
  21. Light Me Up
  22. Dr. Rock
  23. I Can't Put My Finger On It
  24. Buckingham Green
  25. Boys Club
  26. A Tear For Eddie
  27. Zoloft (very long, drawn-out version)
  28. Ocean Man
  29. Sorry Charlie (used the megaphone for this, since they didn't play "Awesome Sound")
  30. Fluffy ENCORE:
  31. Dont Get 2 Close (To My Fantasy)
  32. Going Gets Tough From The Getgo
  33. In The Mood
  34. Johnny On The Spot
  35. Mr. Would You Please Help My Pony?
  36. Never Squeal On The Pusher (sick extended jam, Claude drum solo)
Always a pleasure. Although the over-zealous 930 security decided to grab the wrists of some couple that was trying to leave and dragged them into the back, I think just for taking the set list. (Refer to http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/media/concerts.htm -- I already have setlists from 930 club so I don't see what the problem is.)
It just reminds me of that asshole cop who pushed me and threatened me with arrest in the Rennesaince Festival parking lot a couple weekends ago. Dickwad.
It's as if anyone who considers themselves a hired thug has the magical ability to grants themself the power to detain people at will -- if they think they've done anything wrong. I'm pretty sure only the police actually have that power. It was the same shit at 930 as RennFest -- a couple trying to leave, getting harassed for having too much fun.
This is America. Don't stray too far from the herd, or you will be asked to provide papers, please.

COMEDY: Become A Republican

This is freaking awesome. Especially the end.

EYE CANDY: A new optical illusion

My coworker Scott emailed me this optical illusion today. It's pretty damn cool.

You'll have to actually click on the image and drill down to the full-size version to see the animation -- otherwise it's just a bunch of pointless pink dots.

I actually have 500 or so optical illusion images in an archive at home.



In response to Clint's post about the paintball outing:
I had to close my eyes and look away from the camera because the sun was sooooooo bright!!! i guess my eyes are ultra-sensitive to sunlight after my lasik surgery....  i couldn't even look at clint when the sun was behind him because my eyes would automatically shut. 
that was the only time i've really noticed sensitivity to sunlight, though.. it doesn't bother me while driving, and it didn't bother me when we were actually playing - but we were mostly in the woods under the shade of the trees...
it was a good time.. the camoflage helped -- last time i went, i wore a bright blue shirt because i didn't know what it was like... i thought it was a group of people having fun by shooting paint at each other.. i didn't know it was a whole war setting and we'd have to sneak around and stuff....  this time, i knew better... 


Paintball on 20051023

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Paintball was fun. Here's me trying to look goofy in a group picture afterwards. I succeeded. Carolyn is looking cute as usual.


MUSIC: recent listening habits

I really like d.o.a....  Skatenigs is pretty good... And  i recognize that Suspects is good, but it will take longer to learn.. but d.o.a. totally caught on fast with me.. i even like the reggae/ska-ish songs ("war in the east, war in the west.... war only brings destruction").. but i really like Death To The Multinationals and We Don't Need the W.T.O.... but yea, i wanna get more D.O.A. albums!


Fiscal Months?

I was at this pointless meeting where people were very confused about what was happening during what year.  All the confusion centered around the fact that the fiscal year, in the U.S. at least, is October 1st to September 30th.  "But it's not 2007 yet."  "But it will be FY 2007 in October so we need to think about 2007 as "next" year.
Just a lot of painful confusion.
So I decided to reduce confusion, we need fiscal months. 
FM (fiscal month) 1 would correspond to our October.
FM (fiscal month) 2 would correspond to our November.
It was a boring meeting that had nothing to do with me directly, so I came up with them on the spot:
  1. Jackuary
  2. Federalary
  3. Farch           (inspired by 'farce')
  4. Anlil             (inspired by 'anal')
  5. Pay
  6. Jewne
  7. Juliar
  8. Ughrust
  9. Sepmember
  10. Octoburn
  11. Neverender
  12. Distemper
I think we should all switch to the new system immediately.
Have fun on Halloween. 
'Jackuary' was inspired by jackoffs but this time it can mean jackolanterns as well.

Altoids survival kit

Wow, this guy likes Altoids boxes even more than me:
Altoids box survival kit.  Who woulda thought?


Are politicians who served in the army more or less likely to warmonger?

Okay, I got an interesting email about military service. Then I sent it to my friend Greg S who is a staunch and vocal conservative. Amazingly, I find most of his reasons valid, but some of his beliefs in a few core areas just over-the-top enough that I end up rejecting a lot of his conclusions despite agreeing with his reasoning.

Anyway, here is the email, followed by Greg tearing apart of it. It is his style of tearing it apart utterly that I really like, even if I don't necessarily like everything he says.


"THIS is an eye-opener!!!! Men who served in the military know what war is all about and want to save their children from such gore by opposing the war! Its always interesting to see how people who have lived through life altering events later project them on to what they feel others should do. In this case, those that have served in our armed forces seem much less jingoistic and anxious to send our children into war, than those that have avoided and never served in the a! rmed forces!!!

Democrats: * Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71. * David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72. * Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72. * Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade. * Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam. * Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII. * John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts. * Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea. * Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam. Paraplegic from war injuries. Served in Congress. * Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53. * Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74. * Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91. * Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons. * Leonard Boswell: Lt. C! ol., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars,and

Soldier's Medal. * Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit. * Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart. * Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V. * Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star. * Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57 * Chuck Robb: Vietnam * Howell Heflin: Silver Star * George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII. * Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received #311. * Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy. * Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953 * John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and AirMedal with 18 Clusters. * Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.

Republicans -- and these are the guys sending people to war: * Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage. * Dennis Hastert: did not serve. * Tom Delay: did not serve. * Roy Blunt: did not serve. * Bill Frist: did not serve. * Mitch McConnell: did not serve. * Rick Santorum: did not serve. * Trent Lott: did not serve. * John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business. * Jeb Bush: did not serve. * Karl Rove: did not serve. * Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism. * Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve. * Vin Weber: did not serve. * Richard Perle: did not serve. * Douglas Feith: did not serve. * Eliot Abrams: did not serve. * Richard Shelby: did not serve. * Jon! Kyl: did not serve. * Tim Hutchison: did not serve. * Christopher Cox: did not serve. * Newt Gingrich: did not serve. * Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor. * George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got assigned to Alabama so ! he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty. * Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non- combat role making movies. * B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea. * Phil Gramm: did not serve. * John McCain: Vietnam POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. * Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve. * John M. McHugh: did not serve. * JC Watts: did not serve. * Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem, " although continued in NFL for 8 years as quarterback. * Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard. * Rudy Giuliani: did not serve. * George Pataki: did not serve. * Spencer Abraham: did not serve. * John Engler: did not serve. * Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer. * Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.

Pundits & Preachers

* Sean Hannity: did not serve. * Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst.') * Bill O'Reilly: did not serve. * Michael Savage: did not serve. * George Will: did not serve. * Chris Matthews: did not serve. * Paul Gigot: did not serve. * Bill Bennett: did not serve. * Pat Buchanan: did not serve. * John Wayne: did not serve. * Bill Kristol: did not serve. * Kenneth Starr: did not serve. * Antonin Scalia: did not serve. * Clarence Thomas: did not serve. * Ralph Reed: did not serve. * Michael Medved: did not serve. * Charlie Daniels: did not serve. * Ted Nugent: did not serve. (He only shoots at things that don't shoot back.)

Please keep this information circulating --Illinois State Sen. Howard W. Carroll

---------- Forwarded response ---------- From: Greg S

Yea, I just find this pretty stupid. Anyone can come up with slanted political propaganda like this. I could easily find 50 republicans that did serve and 50 democrats that didn't. This doesn't appear to be a comprehensive list of every republican and democrat that holds a political office nationwide along with demographic breakdowns and statistical analysis. Also the descriptions next to the people's names are biased towards democrats, as an example look at how the entries for Al Gore and Dan Quayle are phrased:

* Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.

* Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.

The Al Gore entry includes more information in order to carry more "weight", while Dan Quayle's is phrased to sound dismissive. I'm not saying Dan Quayle actually did anything as he is a big douche, I'm just pointing out the use of language. Also the Bush description is the dishonest leftist version. If Max Cleland were a Republican the description of his service would probably have included something along the lines of "blew himself up while taking a beer break with his buddies" in order to belittle his service.

Now the main thing is there is no point to any of this, it's a strawman type attack. It assumes that in order to lead your nation in a time of war, it's a requirement that you have served in the military. Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of US history would find the very concept ridiculous. Had military service been required to lead the nation into war, the world would be a much different place as the War of 1812, the Mexican American War, The Civil War, World War I and World War II would never have been fought. The vast majority of our presidents have been life long, career politicians usually studying law and then moving directly into government. Hell that describes most of our politicians (and to me that's a big part of our problem).

This is the problem I have with the typical attacks on Bush or Republicans coming from the left. It's just an attack that avoids argument of the issues. It's geared towards either convincing stupid people who just don't know any better by appealing to emotion or their lack of knowledge and logical reasoning skills or to rally political partisans as a type of slogan. They might as well just go around yelling, "Bush has smelly nads and fucks his dog!" Overall, it's just childish and amateur. But what can you expect, this is the kind of crap that has been driving our political system since basically it was founded, and especially after Martin Van Buren engineered the modern political and government systems along with the creation of the Democrat party.

So if people want to go at Bush over the War on Terror, fine, but come up with a view and argument to back it up. I just don't get why the left continues with these vapor arguments when there is so much you can legitimately attack the guy on. I could go down the line of almost every issue and attack the crap outa Bush and Republicans on it. Is this the best the left can come up with? Pathetic. If I had the time I could write an essay on the things I think the Bush administration is doing wrong in the WOT, but who was in the military and who was not doesn't have anything to do with the argument I would lay out. Here, I'll give you a good blog entry I! read the other day on the topic. http://nicedoggie.net/2005/index.php/?p=1010 [Clint's note: I disagree with the linked blog and the mentality it portrays.]

I believe in holding beliefs and argue on issues. Since the 1820s there really hasn't' been much room for arguing issues in American politics, and that's by design. I consider myself a Conservative Libertarian. I'm for a very small and non-intrusive government, maximum personal liberties, minimalist spending with a minimalist "fair tax" system, constitutional originalism and strict constructionism, legislative power over executive or judicial, local power over federal power, strong military/foreign policy, free market capitalism, etc. That is basically the opposite of the left. The left considers Libertarians the farthest wacko right you can get. They are for a huge all powerful government that intrudes directly into every life making many decisions for them, subjugation of individual liberties in favor of government, massive taxes to support their huge government, ignore everything the constitution says and what the founders intended in order to make up what it says on the fly so that it fits in with their agenda, power wherever they get their way (right now they like the judiciary), weak military and a foreign policy that subjugates the United States to the UN to further the creation of a one world government, communist/command economic system. Pleny of room for argument on issues there, but debate seems rare expecially in politics. Gotta come up with something bland so I can go after that "undecided" voter, or come up with some bullshit to say so as to skim x% of y demographic from my apponent. Where are you when we need you Thomas Payne, we could sure use your "Common Sense" again!"


See Saw!

We just saw Saw. (The movie Saw.) I must say that is my favorite "horror" out of everything I've watched this year. It narrowly edged out Phone Booth (which was a bit more psychologically intense) by having some of the most twisted situations I've ever seen in any movie. As horrors go, it was a 10. As movies in general go, it was probably about a 9. Good stuff. I highly recommend.
Also, the new Justice League season 5 is turning out to be as good as any of the past seasons.


Jesus & He-Man roll a joint

I am going to make my "What Would Jesus Smoke?" tee-shirt very soon. I just need to find a suitable image. This one is not quite it. Can someone direct me to a better one?