Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Dumb Cops and Tasers - Incident #4,523,216

Old ladies, six (6) year old kids, and now a guy in a wheelchair.

Dumb asses.

Recent story via Drudge.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/21 at 04:09 PM

Monday, December 20, 2004

Dang It

I am still having issues with comment spamming.  Dang it!

Currently attempting to arrange an upgrade, with a big ass spammer beating stick.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/20 at 08:38 PM

An Ode to Libraries

Will digitising books, gathered in great libraries around the world, sound the death knell for libraries?  I doubt it very much.  There are great benefits to the digitized word, but, the digitized word will not replace the edifices which currently house wonderful collections of books.

Ben Macintyre enjoys libraries, and he shares his thoughts on them, and the coming online world of libraries, in a piece titled “Paradise is paper, vellum and dust.”

From Macintyre’s piece.

“I have spent a substantial portion of my life since in libraries, and I still enter them with a mixture of excitement and awe. I am not alone in this. Veneration for libraries is as old as writing itself, for a library is more to our culture than a collection of books: it is a temple, a symbol of power, the hushed core of civilisation, the citadel of memory, with its own mystique, social and sensual as well as intellectual. Even people who never enter libraries instinctively understand their symbolic power.”

Via Arts & Letters Daily.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/20 at 09:55 AM

A Joke?, No, a Slew of Blundering Fools Spending Stolen Money without Thought

Sheriff Dan Mack thinks it’s some kind of ”...dark-colored joke…” that the thirty thousand dollar SUV he purchased, with Homeland Security grant money, can only be used in response to a terror attack, in Hamlin County S.D.  An area of the country where I think most individuals can probably take care of themselves.

Plasma teevees, pagers, and garden hoses, are just a few of the other items bought with Homeland Security grant money, in states across the U.S.

This isn’t some “dark-colored joke.”  It’s fools, leading fools, in ignorance.

“Rural county’s new Homeland SUV sits unused, awaiting terror attack”

Posted by John Venlet on 12/20 at 09:38 AM

Sunday, December 19, 2004

A Writing Utensil

Like Billy Beck, I have a preference for a certain pen.  The Parker VECTOR Rollerball.  It’s a fine writing instrument, and the one I currently have in my possession, has been so since 1994.  I’ve run one-hundred and fifty plus refills through it.

Last night, I was presented with a similar model of this type of pen.  It’s a MATISSE Rollerball.  I actually prefer it to my Parker.  The pen has a nice heft in the hand, and I actually think the pen glides across the paper, at least in my hand, with more authority than the Parker.  I think I’ll enjoy the pen for many years to come.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/19 at 06:44 PM

Mucked Out

Well, I’ve completed mucking out the spam infestation in my comments.  I cannot, at this particular moment, resume allowing comments, but I do plan on resuming commenting, after making the necessary arrangements.

Not too long ago, in a short post titled “A Short Thought on Respecting Property,” I remarked on an incident involving my dog, her scat, and a dumpster.  That post is a fine commentary on why I would not participate in such a action as the spammers have here.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/19 at 06:35 PM

Monday, December 13, 2004

Thanks, for Nothing

As you can see, I have been overtaken by comment spam.  Posts here will end for a time.

The spammers are plugging online gambling.  If this is how they must promote their service, through underhanded use of an individual’s blog, I would not sit down at a table with them.  They have no integrity, respect, or honor.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/13 at 07:34 AM

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Comments Closed Due to Effing Spammers

Comments are closed for a bit, while I clean up.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/12 at 03:07 PM

Luger Reminder

Ben Stein recently came into possession of a German Luger.

It reminds him of something.

“Col. Denman’s Luger”

Via Greg Ransom’s PrestoPundit.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/12 at 02:25 PM
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Recorded by Plutarch, Found by Farmer

“A farmer tending a cotton field in central Greece has uncovered a stone monument marking the spot where the Roman army stopped a major westward offensive more than 2,000 years ago, a Greek archaeological official said Wednesday.”

“Greek farmer finds 2,000-year-old monument”

Posted by John Venlet on 12/12 at 02:14 PM
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The Next Wave of Socialists Will Arise from Churches

I have a deep respect for individuals’ personal religious beliefs, as long as they keep them personal, and individual.  I think, though, that organized religions, which form advocacy groups, with names like National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, or Christian Churches Together in the USA, have the potential to bring forth the next wave of socialist purges, and kumbyaism, in the name of God of course.

Pushing poverty into ‘moral-values’ debate Some religious leaders trying to broaden discussion beyond abortion and marriage

Via Google News.

UPDATE - 07.03.2010: Repaired link to article which has been reproduced and posted at Public Theology.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/12 at 08:32 AM
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Saturday, December 11, 2004

I Don’t Think That Is Exactly What He Said

Antony Flew, seems to be going the way of C.S. Lewis, at least that’s what the gloating theists appear to believe.

ABC News’ headline.

“Famous Atheist Now Believes in God”

An interview, published by Biola University, regarding this turn of events.

“Atheist Becomes Theist”

Flew sounds like an interesting character, to me.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/11 at 09:52 AM
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And This is a Bad Thing?

“Bush, he’s trying to (ed.) get rid of every program of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s…”

Get along little doggie.

Via a post of John Lopez’s, at No Treason, titled “If Only!”

Posted by John Venlet on 12/11 at 09:44 AM
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Potential Heavenly Display

I know I’ll be setting up a lawn chair for this, well, at least if the clouds clear out of West Michigan’s skies.

“Strong Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night”

Posted by John Venlet on 12/11 at 09:41 AM
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Friday, December 10, 2004

Laughable Expense

MoveOn.org is claiming ownership of the Democratic Party, at least according to Eli Pariser.

“In the last year, grass-roots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the party doesn’t need corporate cash to be competitive,” the message continued. “Now it’s our party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.”

I’d say they paid too much.

In the article which the above is gleaned from, there is also this comment, uttered by DNC spokesman Jano Cabrera.

“Call me crazy, but I think the fact that for the first time in party history we outraised the Republicans, and did so primarily through grass-roots fund raising is something to be proud of,” Cabrera said.”

Whoo, hoo.  My daddy makes more money than your daddy.  Move on, dunderheads.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/10 at 07:53 AM
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