Not a Monarchy?
The current state of affairs makes one wonder if some don't believe the U.S. is in fact a monarchy. Joe Galloway, of We Were Soldiers fame, makes a good point. What will it take for people to become truly upset about these abuses? I suppose so far it doesn't seem so bad, no one has come out that doesn't look suspicious (i.e. middle eastern) claiming they were spied on without reason. So maybe they are just using these tools for our own good. I'm not convinced. I am far from a paranoid pot-head who doesn't want the government knowing that I bought a dimebag because they listened to my phone. It's the fact that they openly admit to spying on American's for whatever reason that bothers me, because even if they are just using it for the WAR ON TERROR right now who's to say they won't one day say, "Hey, you know what, this could be a wonderful political tool." Far off? I think not especially not if as far as anyone is concerned its legal.


Church and State, Intellegent Design and Such Matters...
13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in talk.
14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and carest not for any one; for thou regardest not the person of men, but of a truth teachest the way of God: Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why make ye trial of me? bring me a denarius, that I may see it.
16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
17 And Jesus said unto them, Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's. And they marvelled greatly at him.
-Mark 12:13-17
I don't mind if others don't believe, Christianity won't fall off the face of the planet if children aren't allowed to take white, red or green paper plates to school or if they aren't allowed to learn some form of explanation for the scientific facts that have been discovered.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah. -Joshua 24:15
I don't want corrupt politicians deciding who will give sermons or masses at my church any more than some don't want my religion taught in state sponsored schools.
10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people:
11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
-Luke 2:10-11
Merry Christmas


Numbers, football, bitching...
This is from an article by John Walters of Sports Illustrated. I just thought it was funny:
If Leinart "never makes a bad decision", and is "uncannily accurate" and makes the correct read "every time", why has he thrown more than double the interceptions that his crosstown rival Drew Olson has? It's a crime that Olson lost the Unitas Award (to Leinart) considering he's leading the nation in passing efficiency and TD:INT ratio ...
-- Ian, Durham, N.C.
Ah, the Book of Numbers (sandwiched between Leviticus and Deuteronomy). Before Saturday, Olson did lead the nation in passing efficiency and his 30 TD passes-to-three interceptions was by far the best in the nation. But, if numbers were the sole yardstick with which to measure a quarterback, the Unitas Award would be mounted on a cement base in Lubbock, Texas.


Tech Kids Not So Bad After All
I've heard time and again this year how our students are the rowdiest in the Big XII and no one likes coming here. One of the articles I read was posted on the A&M paper. Seems, they should take a look inward, Horeshit, now thats uncalled for.


Pesky little Prisoners
I have heard any of a number of angles on this, most of them piss me off. We signed on the the Geneva Conventions for a reason. Little legal "bypasses" are bullshit. I think most people understand that the Conventions exist and have some understanding of what is in it but let's take a look at what it actually says regarding prisoners:
A prisoner of war awaiting trial must not be confined unless members of the detaining country’s own armed forces would also be confined in the same circumstances. (Convention III, Art. 103)
Any time spent in confinement waiting for trial will count towards time served. (Convention III, Art. 103)
The protecting powers must be immediately notified once a prisoner is sentenced. (Convention III, Art. 105)
All prisoners must have the right of appeal or petition and be informed of these rights and of any time limits on them. (Convention III, Art. 106)
Imprisonment in premises without daylight is forbidden. (Convention III, Art. 87)
I think by looking at this most can see where we have gone wrong. So now let's look at the arguments for the use of torture.
1) Insurgents are not fighting for a country (or at least not one that signed on to the Conventions) and therefore should not be afforded the protections given.
Hmm, technically true, however to assume this would also assume that this war is the last war in which we will be involved. By torturing these people we are telling future enemies "We think it's cool if we don't like you." Insurgents are not agents of any recognized government and they have proven time and again that they disregard any "rules of war." Many falsely believe that the Conventions offer the insurgents protection regardless of a national leadership, this is not true. As a matter of fact that would go against the conventions because in order to be covered by these laws one must be of an enemy army (national), carrying a weapon in the open and wearing the opposing states uniform, obviously insurgents don't fit in any of these in most cases. Clearly there are loopholes the problem is that it is not feasable to play both hands in war public opinion matters most in the long run.
2) This one is less about law and more about ideology. That you can expedite the attainment of "actionable intelligence." So, they mean to tell us that a guy that has been sitting in Cuba for 4 years can tell me anything about al-qaeda that I can go out and actually use right now??? Also, torutre is not exactly a great method of obtaining anything for a few reasons. One is that most guys in the field don't have a fucking clue what the plans of their superiors are. In the case of insurgents I imagine it is dually so because alot of them just go out blindly to kill Americans sans leadership, it's also not a conventional army they have to constantly change locations and tactics. A few hours is more than enough for whatever one of them knows to become unuseable. Second on the chance that a guy is high enough up to know anything worth extracting he is that high for a reason, we as Americans like to think we would be the only ones with any kind of integrity in this type of situation, bullshit, if you believe in something strong enough no amount of pain will break you. (These type of people have been around since the dawn of time, we call them martyrs.) On the flip side of that if you beat the crap out of a lower level guy that doesn't know anything he will come up with the most elaborate load of shit you have ever heard to avoid having his ribs beat in.
In short, I hate torture, thanks...


On Willie Pete
A post was made on a friends blog concerning an Italian video decrying the U.S. use of White Phosphorus munitions. They seemed to be most upset at the thought, right or wrong, that it was used against civilians. I don't know if it was I can only trust my better judgement. I think media hysteria plays into this very well. The media is always upset when they feel they are not allowed to cover everything. I personally couldn't care less what the media thinks. I don't want the blinders put on, but I think there are some things that simply don't belong on television. They also called it a chemical weapon, which I suppose is technically true but then you could say anything above small arms are "chemical weapons" as they turn what the hit into plasma spawl. I came across this article today which although it's from the horses mouth it backs up pretty much what I've had to say about WP.


Newest Address
This one is pretty good and I wonder how true it might be if he didn't have people writing his speeches for him.


And other useful hints for your eating pleasure. So roll up those sleeves, go vote and then get your ass in the kitchen and make some Grapenuts cookies.
This is kind of a fun place you can hear the original War of the Worlds.


A reminder of why to always remain defilade when clearing a room!!!


Make an Ass Out of Me
St. John Vianney, a farm hand who in his youth taught other children their prayers and catechism. Ordained in 1815, though it took several years study as he had little education, was not a very good student, and his Latin was terrible. Assigned for a while to Ecully. In 1818 he was assigned to the parish of Ars, a tiny village near Lyons, which suffered from very lax attendance; he began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor. Spent days in prayer, doing penance for his parishioners. Gifted with discernment of spirits, prophecy, hidden knowledge, and working miracles. Tormented by evil spirits, especially when he tried to get his 2-3 hours of sleep each night. Crowds came to hear him preach, and to make their reconciliation because of his reputation with penitents; by 1855 there were 20,000 pilgrims a year to Ars. Spent 40 years as the parish priest.
A professor once remarked (about St. John), "This fellow is a complete ass. What can he possibly accomplish?" Father Vianney replied, "If Samson armed only with the jawbone of an ass, could kill one thousand Philistines, imagine what God can do with the complete ass!"


Very interesting...
We will probably never know for sure. In fact I am almost positive we won't but if you need some more proof of fallacy in the ministration. I found this link on Moby's site.
Fun Fact for the Day
So in the late 800's early 900's the Vikings found Iceland and named it such so that no one would be interested in going there. This was because it was a rich agricultural area and they wanted to horde it. Many years later a man by the name of Eric the Red was exiled from Iceland for murder and other mischief. He found Greenland which had been rumored about from various fishermen. He named the area such because it sucked and he wanted to encourage others to come live there and help out the economy. So now you know why Iceland is green and Greenland is ice.


Bad Boy, you got busted on a little perjury technicality!!!


The 2000 Debate
So, we have hit 2000+ KIA in Iraq. What to think about it? Well it is sad, but no more sad for me than number 1. We had an LT die in our first few days there. I was on his Bradley days before. In the military everyone that is there with you is a brother or a sister. I know you see a lot of that over played horseshit on the movies but in a sense it's very true.
Protest? Sure, I thought the war was BS long before anyone voted to send us there. (Had a pretty good idea it was gonna happen.) As far as I have seen most have not protested troops, and the ones that have are pretty isolated and seem to be longing for the glory days of excess in the name of peace and the only things left of that generation are war and dope. (Sorry, Rock n' Roll is dead) Anyway, peaceful protest against the war is fine. What isn't fine is using tools like the number 2000 to back your argument, you take something away from everyone of those people, did one not mean as much, what about 2001? Think about it from a different point of view is all I'm saying. The other thing wrong is like I said this isn't 1960 anyone who might pay attention is only going to downplay attempts at change if you behave like 60's era "hippies." Even if you don't smoke dope and live with Flowerchild in a van down by the river, all it takes is getting arrested on TV to feed the spin machine.
But to everyone regardless of whether you are participating in protest or you just support them thanks for not spitting on us when we got home, because I would have been forced to beat the shit out of you.


A Man Speaking the Opinion of the Masses
It doesn't get any better than this. Only thing is now the party is splitting it's self up all over trying to save some face. They won't admit they were wrong in Iraq or just about anything else but they can't stand that Miers. I suppose they will really start jumping ship when all this Cheney-Delay-Rove-Plame-Laundering-Gate stuff blows wide open. In this clip a man speaks for all who are tired of it.


A Weekend of Ups and Downs
Well I am mostly moved in now, still have a few knick-knacks to move. Now we have the joy of unpacking to look forward to. I'm so tired today it feels like some one beat me with a golf club. We spent our first night in the house. Luckily the heater is working beautifully, I wasn't ready for the cold this morning (mostly because some of the knick-knacks mentioned earlier are all the contents of our jacket closet.)
On to the crappy part, what the hell was that game? Can someone tell me please. The O-line fell apart, fell APART. I watched the highlight reel of what seemed like 20 sacks Hodges took. I tried not to get to excited I know Texas is #2 for a reason, but I figured we'd make them play for it. I still don't get this BCS Shit. We lost one game and move down 10 spots?? Anyway, some of the commentators seem to think that if we can recover from this loss the Cotton Bowl might not be too far out of sight. I guess I can settle for being happy if we can turn our luck around with A&M at the next home game. (if they don't take their A-game to Baylor somethings wrong..)


This is so beautiful, I'm sick I know but, DAMMIT!!! Beware the SLAYER!!



Well kiddies Uncle Chuy is away for the weekend at a conference in Dallas, but I wouldn't leave you without something for your entertainment. Make Bush talk while I am away.


George's Weekly Radio Address
I put a link to these in the link's but I found this one particularly amusing: http://weeklyradioaddress.com/WRA20050723.htm I can't imagine the real thing is much better. Have fun kids.

This may be my new digs. It will be mine, well it will be the banks, but you know what I mean. Sexy huh? That truck won't be there when I get there by-the-way.


If you have a minute...
You must check this out: http://www.laurengifford.com/ give a listen to "Together" tell me what you think?


There has been a lot of discussion about the new Dukes of Hazzard movie about whether or not it's any good. The hardliners see no good in it. As a matter of fact the old Cooter who was at one time the Gov. of Georgia said that "Unless they clean it up before the August 5th release date I would strongly recommend that true blue Dukes fans hold their noses and pass this one up." Some are a little upset at the insinuation of marijuana use. Some are upset with the cast.
I for one was pretty much o.k. with it. Growing up in the 80's I watched this show like it was going out of style. I even had the lunch pail. I thought that it was a little modernized but it's not a stretch I don't think to see the boys doing any of the stuff they do in the movie. Although I'm not so sure that it's such a good thing either because it was supposed to be a bit of a kids show, some of the stuff in the movie I wouldn't suggest, of course they will see it somewhere else anyway. As for the cast some are a little upset that they didn't go all original, now come on!!! Who want's to see a 50 year old Daisey? I wouldn't buy a Jessica Simpson album to save my life but I can definitely see her at the Boar's Nest. Anyway I just wanted to know what everyone else thought.
Bonus points if you can tell me who the West Texans are in the T.V. cast and the movie. (Hint: there's one in each, one from Lubbock and one from Littlefield)


Sorry Bout' That
I made an error in creating this blog that allowed anon. parties to Comment on posts I don't support any of the crap you might find from anon. parties before this post. It should be fixed now. Please drive through, and have a nice day!
It Just Wasn't That Fun
I really didn't enjoy the last game, did you? The next one is not supposed to be any better. I mean it's one thing to go and get hammered when we get whipped or when we win a good game, but I didn't feel like celebrating. I wouldn't whip my dogs ass around the house and then have a few cold one's with my buddies.
The game against the Sycamores is expected to be another trouncing. I have heard from people in Indiana that they don't know where Indiana State is, and don't seem to care that much. The local news outlets are looking for Tech to score 100+ points against this team. It would not be a first for Indiana State who is 0- and however many times they played Big 12 teams... ever.
I really hope that all of this doesn't equate to a huge embarrasement in Big 12 play for us. Coach Leach says that the job of the team is to improve every game. How? You don't sharpen a knife by getting it hot and running it down some butter sticks.


This is a list of odd school mascots that was in the school paper:

10. North Dakota Sioux - This is one those names that the NCAA is getting rid of even though no one finds it offensive. If they have to change it, the answer is obvious, Sue. Slap some pigtails on there, hand the girl a frying pan or a rolling pin and you've got something scary. Not masculine enough? Put a country boy in overalls, and they can be the North Dakota Boys Named Sue.
9. University of San Diego Toreros - I'm not sure what a Torero is, other than it has something to do with bulls, plus the campus is really nice.
8. Brooklyn Bridges - Either this school named itself after an architectural structure or a short-lived drama on CBS starring the mom from "Happy Days."
7. Rowan University Professors - I would assume the point of the name is to strike fear into the very essence of your opponent. What works better than naming the team after the guy that assigned them a 200-page reading assignment for after the game?
6. Whittier Poets - A name that is also a pun? Genius - pure genius.
5. Rhode Island School of Design Nads - This name is great for several reasons. The cheerleaders are known as the jockstraps because they "support the Nads on many levels," including shouting "offers" to the other team if they agree to throw the game. To top it all off, they have the mascot - Scrotie. Scrotie is a red-caped, six-foot-tall penis on skates that leads the students in the RISD cheer "Go Nads!"
4. Florida Southern College Moccasins - Those shoes are comfortable.
3. Converse College All-Stars - Those shoes are comfortable.
2. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Corsairs - What is a corsair? It's like a pirate, but smarter and with a better wardrobe.
1. Marist College Red Foxes - A lot of people label our generation as the MTV generation. Well, as far as I'm concerned, we're also the Nick at Nite generation. My favorite show on Nick at Nite is Sanford and Son, and any school that names themselves after a foul-mouthed comic is OK by me.
And the 10 worst:
10. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - I don't like this because it doesn't make any sense. Are they affiliated with Satan or not? Make up your mind.
9. Gamecocks/Beavers - I don't hate these names, but I hate seeing people wear the hats. We've all seen them, hats that say Beavers or Cocks with the intention of soliciting laughter. If these and the windshield sunglasses would disappear, I'd be a happier person.
8. Sam Houston Bearkats/Central Oklahoma Bronchos - Spell check says these names are errors.
7. University of Massachusetts Minutemen - Naming your team after a high school insult and a medical affliction is not a good idea.
6. University of Connecticut Huskies - I hate this one for personal reasons. When I was 10 years old and still shopping at the JCPenney, I had to buy pants from the special section for chubby kids. I didn't care for the stigma back then and hearing it still makes me flinch a little.
5. University of Alaska Southeast Humpback Whales - These are not the kind of whales that eat humans; they are the kind that skim the ocean with their teeth and eat whatever happens to be in there and that is gross.
4. Heidelberg College Student Princes - Call them the Spoiled Rich Kids and stop the charade.
3. Indiana State Sycamores - Named after a tree that does not emit delicious syrup.
2. Baltimore Super Bees - Get with the times and rename yourselves the Africanized Bees.
1. Evansville Purple Aces - It reminds me of that episode of "The Simpsons" where Mr. Burns is buying the plant back from the Germans. Don't anger the Purple Aces, they might stand there and take it.
-The Daily Toreador
Jeremy Glidewell

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