so tonight the X-Files is back for a 6 episode event. man we watched that thing RELIGIOUSLY when it was on. really felt betrayed when it ended too. went to see the movie and was disappointed. hopefully what we see tonight will spark a fire in older and younger viewers, and give us something fun to watch again.
a few years ago some new hires came through while they were still in training, to shadow us for a day. me, being who i am, had them stand to introduce themselves. a tall young man stood to tell us his name , and answered when asked why he was here, because he wanted to be an FBI agent. short female stands, gives us her name, then says the EXACT SAME THING.
Christ people, you haven't even done a shift and you're ready to bounce?
I asked who wanted to be Mulder and who wanted to be Scully, and they at least got that right.
ersatz agent mulder is still with us and I have no idea what has become of our aspiring agent scully.
as junior mulder is still present, I refer to him by that name. another new guy was present recently, and asked why I call demi-mulder mulder. the story was explained to him by our nicknamed subject employee to the under informed employee this way; "so before we could stay up late and watch tv, there was this show on about a couple of FBI agents who hunted aliens..."
"no, like space aliens", and he continues to explain the rest of the show, what happened on his first ride along, and why I refer to him as mulder.
newer guy turns to inform me he never saw the shows. told him to check it out on hulu or netflix and walked away feeling my age and wondering about this new generation. if it wasn't for office phones they would probably wonder what scully was holding in the picture at the top.
many of you are probably familiar with this fable. it's origins appear to be from the middle ages and Persia of all places. there seems to be 2 main variations, both involve a antagonist, the scorpion, and a protagonist, the frog (victim), and the turtle (would be victim).
both stories start out the same, the deadly scorpion wants a free ride across the water (ocean). both the frog and the turtle are concerned that if, as solicited, they carry the known dangerous scorpion across the blue feature, they will be stung and drown. the scorpion reminds both that it would be stupid for him to do this, as he too would drown.
allowing the scorpion to talk them into the risky business of helping him, both give him a ride and are predictably stung. as he drowns, the frog asks why did you do this, we both die now, to which the scorpion replies, because it is my nature.
the turtle, with his hard shell, delivers the scorpion to the far shore after being stung and tells the scorpion, "Are you not the most wicked and ungrateful of reptiles? But for me you
must either have given up your journey, or have been drowned in that
stream, and what is my reward? If it had not been for the armour which
God has given me, I should have been stung to death." "Blame me not,"
said the scorpion, in a supplicatory tone, "it is not my fault; it is
that of my nature; it is a constitutional habit I have of stinging." the turtle then drowns the scorpion.
the moral of the story is that fundamental evil can not change.
France and other parts of the EU got to see that this past friday. AGAIN. STILL.
we got to see it in Beirut, Ft. Hood, New York, the Pentagon, Shanksville, Benghazi, Aden, Nairobi, New York again, Beirut again, Lockerbie, Port Said, Dar es Salaam, Little Rock, Chattanooga, Moore, Boston, Khobar, Riyadh . this list is just of the attacks i can think of, off the top of my head, (so to speak), which have occurred in my lifetime, and is probably incomplete.
as we found out, not every german was a nazi, we should believe that not every muslim is a jihadi.
please remember we discovered this after defeating the nazi's. we also found tons of nazi sympathizers.
ask yourself if we allow the government to continue to let "refugees" into the country, under a highly suspect vetting process, if we will be able to defeat the jihadist's, and find their sympathizers. or will we be the frog in the fable.
i'm voting for the turtle.
this post is dedicated to the memory of those that the politicians, media talking heads, and activists have long forgotten, and hope that you will as well.
1st Battalion 8th Marines
The crew of USS Cole
All those killed and injured on 9-11-01
Pan AM Flight 103
The 4404 Provisional Wing, USAF
Soldiers of the U S Army, Ft. Hood, Texas
U S Embassy Staff Nairobi, Kenya
U S Embassy Staff Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The World Trade Center, 2-26-93
Boston Marathon, 4-15-13
U S Embassy Annex Staff, Benghazi, Libya
another sad story for families and friends of students this time at a college in Oregon.
however i about fell out of the chair watching barry sprint to the cameras as the bodies began to cool and the shell casing stopped spinning to lecture us yet again about gun violence.
now being the son of a highly accomplished bullshiter, i recognize the smell on barry's breath, from across the room, and he was on TV.
We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths.
So the notion that gun laws don't work, or just will make it
harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns,
is not borne out by the evidence.
now which state does Chicagosquat in with it's 396 homicides so far this year?
beastiful Baltimore, with their 250 homicides year to date? thats 39 more than all of last year.
the District of Columbia? 120 killings so far this year, which is 48% higher than the same time as last year, and 15 more than all of 2014.
two of these municipalities have been sued, had to defend themselves at TAXPAYER expense, in front of the supreme court, and lost.
Maryland consistently ranks near the top yearly for gun deaths due to blood in the streets Baltimore.
registering 293 homicides in 2010 as a state, 224 from Baltimore, 171 were attributed to gun violence. that's 76% kids, from 1 shithole town.
And I would particularly ask America's gun owners who are using
those guns -- properly, safely, to hunt, for sport, for protecting their
families — to think about whether your views are being properly
represented by the organization that suggests its speaking for you.
i will tell you withouthesitationmr. pRESIDENT that without the NRA, District of Columbia v Heller, and McDonald v Chicago NEVER get heard, and the people who live there would be considered criminals for exercising their 2nd amendment rights.
stop pretending to be worried about my safety barry, be honest just fucking once, and say you hate an armed citizenry.
exercise a right smartly handed down to you by the founders, and support the only group opposing the tyrannical turds on the left.
this article is the work of RICH LOWRY over National Review, and cuts directly to the heart of the matter.
now i personally don't want to call the perceived liar dorian johnson a liar, but the grand jury sure as fuck didn't believe the bullshit he was peddling. the other 2 we know to be liars. the last one is just an asshole in the company of a liar.
STOP LYING ABOUT THE POLICE
We have heard a lot lately about tensions
between the police and the communities that they serve, and the urgent
need to reduce them. Here’s an easy first step: Stop lying about the
The “national conversation” about race and policing we’ve
been having ever since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson
in Ferguson, Mo., last summer has been based on lies. The lie that
Officer Wilson shot Brown while he had his hands up and was pleading
“Don’t shoot.” The lie that New York City policemen targeted Eric Garner
for a violent arrest because he was black. The lie, peddled especially
by the progressive prince of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, that
the police are racist.
These are the lies that fuel hatred for the police,
because if the police routinely execute black men in cold blood and
serve a thoroughly racist system, they deserve to be hated. They should be the subject of nightly protests. They should be showered with obloquy. They should be harried by Attorney General Eric Holder. They should be considered a stain on the national conscience to be extricated at all costs.
This is the line of reasoning that leads to protesters chanting: “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now.”
rote praise of the police notwithstanding, especially now that he is
under so much political pressure after the murders of Officers Rafael
Ramos and Wenjian Liu, Mayor de Blasio is deeply invested in this smear.
It is why he has made career anti-police agitator Al Sharpton
practically deputy police commissioner. It is why he considers the
police a clear and present danger to his biracial son, Dante. It is why
he said the tragic death of Eric Garner in police custody was the
product of “centuries of racism.”
The logic of the de Blasio view
tends toward the conclusion that the police are unbelievably insidious:
They recruit people of all races to go into dangerous neighborhoods on
the pretense of protecting innocent people there, when in reality the
mission is to harass black kids and, should the opportunity arise, kill
them. If this were true, it would make the police as a class not just
racists, but sociopaths.
It fails the basic standard of common sense, and defies the numbers. As Heather Mac Donald of City Journal
writes: “Criminologists have spent decades trying to prove that the
overrepresentation of blacks and Hispanics in prison demonstrates that
the criminal justice system is racist. And each time they fail. Even the
most left-wing academics have been forced to admit that crime, not
race, determines criminal justice outcomes.”
Police go where the
crime is, and at considerable risk to themselves. Surely, if their own
comfort and safety were all that mattered to them, they would spend all
their time patrolling the poshest neighborhoods in America.
critics have taken Ferguson and Garner and have woven them into a
narrative of reckless disregard for the lives of blacks. After the grand
jury declined to indict in the Garner case, de Blasio referred to a
“profound” crisis. The numbers suggest the opposite: As crime has
declined — thanks, in part, to rigorous policing — police interactions
with the public have declined and have involved fewer instances of the
use of force.
Our national conversation has been a national fever.
Now, perhaps it will break. As Jaden Ramos, the 13-year-old son of
Rafael Ramos, wrote in a heartbreaking Facebook post about his dad,
“Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for
help.” There is more wisdom in that simple statement than in most of
the cable chatter, protest chants, and op-eds written in the wake of
Ferguson and the Garner case.
If we really want to reduce tensions
between the community and men like Officer Rafael Ramos, it is
imperative, first, to stop lying about the police.
congratulations to Mark Dantonio and the 2014 Michigan State Spartans. down by 20 points to Baylor in this years Cotton Bowl, entering the 4th quarter, junior Connor Cook shook of earlier mistakes and led a 21 point comeback to win 42-41. this is cook's 2nd big bowl win, having beat Stadford last year in the Rose Bowl. the win also caps the Spartan careers of Jeremy Langford, the probable Cotton Bowl defensive MVP Marcus Rush and coach Pat Narduzzi, under who's tutelage the Spartans beat hated in state rival Michigan 6 out of 7 tries.
it was a thrilling game and should serve as a reminder to all who watched or participated to never, ever, quit.
hopefully this won't be all politics, all the time. i'm a conservative guy that believes in capitalism, not capitalization. if you are an english major you'll be sorely disappointed. i did a five year stint for uncle sugar so i'm pro military. when mad i cuss, and can be rather creative. you have been warned!! read along as i chronicle the misadventures of the Lincoln of Our Times.