Monday, December 31, 2012

One Last Double Standard



The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and TEA PARTY HOBBITSES activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their 1%'ER RICH VAMPIRE LAIR WHICH IS WHY WE NEED TO REPEAL THE 2ND AMENDMENT.
Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The TEA PARTY Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday.
People who know Greene say his political views are “extreme-RIGHT,” the sources said;  "THEY ALSO TRAVEL IN THE UPPER CIRCLE OF THE NRA BRANCH OF THE MASONS.  THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROSECUTE THEM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. UNLESS THEY VOTE DEMOCRAT.  WAIT, THEY DIDN'T VOTE DEMOCRAT DID THEY CAUSE IF THEY DID NOTHING TO SEE HERE YOU RACIST GET THAT TAPE RECORDER OUT OF MY FACE OR I'LL KILL YOU".
Cops found the stash in the couple’s West Ninth Street home Saturday when they went there to look for Gliedman, 27, who was wanted for alleged TAKING THE FOOD FROM POOR DARK PERSONS OR WOMEN.  WHICHEVER.  BOTH.
A detective discovered a plastic container with seven grams of a white chemical powder called HMTD, which is so powerful, cops evacuated several nearby buildings.
Police also found a flare launcher, which is a commercial replica of a grenade launcher; a modified 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun; ammo; and nine high-capacity rifle magazines, the sources said.
Cops also allegedly uncovered papers about creating homemade booby traps, improvised submachine guns, and various handwritten notebooks containing chemical formulas AND A HITLER-SIGNED COPY OF THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION.
The couple’s arrest Saturday was a sharp turn from their privileged backgrounds.
Gliedman, who grew up on Park Avenue, graduated from Dalton in 2002. Her dad, Dr. Paul Gliedman, is director of radiation oncology at Beth Israel Hospital, Brooklyn Division.
Paul Gliedman — who was included in New York magazine’s list of top doctors in 2011 — received his medical degree from Columbia University WHICH PAUL ALLEGEDLY CLAIMS OBAMA NEVER ATTENDED.
Morgan’s mother, Susyn Schops Gliedman, is a realtor with Prudential Douglas Elliman AND ONLY SELLS TO PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BUYING PLANTATIONS *WINKWINK*.
Greene attended Harvard as an undergraduate and did his graduate work at the university’s Kennedy School of Government.
He has five prior run-ins with the police, with the charges including assault, HOARDING GOLD, and weapons possession, sources said.
SOMETHING SOMETHING KOCH BROTHERS WHO SHOULD BE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Into the Breach...

Was going to go on about the fiscal cliff, but we already know that Obama is merely posturing and has no clue as to successful economic policy.  The guy is much more adept at letting things explode and then pointing fingers.  At this point in the game it's all he's got.  So let's sit in the snow, and talk of other things.

DogShaming
True story.  If anyone out there is interested, the good folks over at dogshaming.com are putting together a collection for a calender and book.  Their admins have informed me that only new submissions will be accepted.

I imagine having a catshaming would be a little like dividing by zero, or trying to go faster than light.  Some parts of the universe are limited, people.

Movies
Loved "The Hobbit".  Yes, it was long.  Yes, Peter Jackson took some liberties.  I don't care.  As a story, it stands up and the acting is wonderful.  On a side note, I saw it in 3D and really wasn't bothered by some of the complaints people were having about the effects of shooting at a higher FPS.  Hitting it up again today with the in-laws.

Also saw "Silver Linings Playbook".  Bradley Cooper was exemplary, and I've never been his biggest fan. Can't say the same thing about that broad from "The Hunger Games".  But she does have...assets.  DeNiro was horrible.

Without ruining anything, it's not a rom-com even though it's being sold as such.  I would watch it again if I needed a movie for date night and wanted to stay in.

And as far as Philadelphia Eagles movies go, it's way above that steaming pile "Invincible".

Food
The in-laws have a tradition of fondue for Christmas dinner.  I always thought fondue was roasting bits of meat over a flame and then trying various dipping sauces.  Nope.  According to them, it's taking perfectly cut pieces of New York Strip steak, dipping them in boiling oil, then slathering horseradish or some other sauce on it that causes major heartburn.  Boiling oil in pots is good for two things: chicken wings and keeping people out of your castle.

When I saw my mother-in-law cutting up perfectly good steaks, I couldn't stop thinking:

Chef: "They lined us all up in front of a hundred yards of prime rib --
magnificent meat, beautifully marbled.. Then they started throwing it in these big cauldrons, all of it -- boiling. I looked in, an' it was turning gray. I couldn't fucking believe that one. I went into radio school..."

I wanted to make a prime rib roast.  Never get off the boat.

Christmas Swag
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes takes its rightful place in the upper echelon of "Best Christmas Presents Ever Received by Drozz".  It joins the the likes of, Criss-Cross-Crash, Rick Tocchet jersey, Mylec street hockey goalie pads, and this Star Trek masterpiece:



Bill Waterson never relied on worn-out character cliches and produced real artwork.  He never used a balding doofus of a father, a precocious kid, or smarmy animals.  He never went into the political.  It was just Calvin's clever manipulations of the world.

2013
My resolutions are to run a marathon, learn how to use a smoker, start attending church every weekend, and read Volokh on a more frequent basis.

Anyhoo, I hope you all have had a great holiday and are ready for the new year.  Here's some Primus:


No message here.  Had a dream about fishing for striped bass and this song kinda just popped in there.



Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hope?

One of my friends remarked to me the other day that the reason he didn't like the Tea Party is because they were so uncompromising.  When I mentioned the history of the Democratic party over the past few years, he remained convinced that a good portion of our woes are the Tea Party's fault.  Basically, his definition of "compromise" was doing going along with the status quo.

Also: what if Democratic ideas were so bad that real compromise didn't solve anything?  Look at Boehner's "leadership" on the debt ceiling.  The debt is in the trillions, and he's talking about saving billions.  

So on the eve of Congress' Winter break, Boehner failed to pass a horrid solution within his own party to avert the fiscal cliff.  Why is it "horrid"?  Because the solution proposed, i.e. raising taxes on the top 1%, is not a solution.  It will do nothing to lower the debt, and provide Congress an excuse to spend more.  On it's face, it's a penalty on rich people for no other reason than "they are rich".

Raising taxes on a group of people just because one can seems cruel and vindictive.  Not to mention that the projections of revenues raised will be wrong; the wealthy usually stay wealthy for good reason.

(update) Just one further thought: the government created this horrid economic situation.  Why make a class of people, most of whom had nothing to do with said situation pay for government fiscal incompetence?

So bring on the fiscal cliff.  I would rather the economic apocalypse occur while my representatives stick to their guns instead of capitulating to soft Marxism.  Bless those who stood in Boehner's way, and start the Republican house cleaning right at the top.

Other Stuff...
The tree is done.  The stockings are up.  All presents are accounted for.  Cookies: baked.  The wine closet is well stocked.  The house is in good shape.  I will enjoy the next few days with my family and celebrate the birth of real hope.  Merry Christmas, everyone.






Thursday, December 20, 2012

A New Low

I wouldn't like it if the President used the Newtown tragedy to further advance the left's anti-gun* agenda, but it would be expected.

But this is just f$%king ludicrous.  If you don't want to click over, here is the short of it: "You don't like that I was elected, you may not like my policies, but this event puts things in perspective and because of it we need to get a deal done."

And of course, in liberalspeak, that means that he should get what he wants.

*NOTE: I will never refer to it as gun control.  The term "anti-gun covers" it nicely.


In other news, looks like those darned climate models were wrong again....

Remember when it was strictly Global Warming?  Then, when the models and data really didn't add up to reality, the theory was significantly broadened to Climate Change?

Ya know, when one's theory needs to be renamed because the scope of the theory was inaccurate, one might want to start over.  Also, if said theory is renamed to encompass a process that continually occurs regardless of human presence...


Finally, fierce warrior and true American Daniel Inuoye decided to leave this plane of existence.  If you get a sec, please read this fine eulogy.  His last moments:

"My father just looked straight ahead, and I looked straight ahead, and then he cleared his throat and said, 'America has been good to us. It has given me two jobs. It has given you and your sisters and brothers education. We all love this country. Whatever you do, do not dishonor your country. Remember – never dishonor your family. And if you must give your life, do so with honor.' I knew exactly what he meant. I said, 'Yes, sir. Good-bye."

Words to live by.

Final thoughts: tonight, on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, I am heading down to DC for a GWAR concert.  Seems very fitting.

Monday, December 10, 2012

NEVER FORGET

In street/ice hockey, usually some one's younger brother (i.e. me) was designated to play goalie.  This wasn't up for discussion.  Why?  Because half the time things were boring.  Another reason was the inherent danger brought on by lack of equipment: my first goalie set was a third baseman's glove, a mitten for the blocker side, winter jacket, discarded couch cushions for leg pads, and a stick we stole at a yard sale.  Mask? JACQUES PLANTE WAS WEAK.

Then one day a quarter-century ago, the position of goalie changed forever:



I couldn't watch it in real-time as all home games were broadcast on PRISM; PRISM was akin to HBO on cable, but maintained control of broadcast to all home Flyers and Sixers games.  I didn't even have cable.

I do remember seeing the highlights that evening, though.  I was already a huge Hextall fan at the time, and when I saw that puck go in something just clicked in me.  Why couldn't the goalie be the third defenseman?  Why couldn't they score?  Why should they stay in the crease at all times?

For the next five years I modeled my game after Ron Hextall.  The pipes were rhythmically tapped before every puck drop.  I learned to shoot lefthanded with the goalie stick.  Anyone who came near the crease had a target on their back, and my paddle was a scythe that handed out swift justice.

I loved being a goalie because of the guy. I imagine so many others did as well.

I do remember watching this goal go in, though:


It was a shortie, to boot.

The game had to change to account for Hextall.  Years later, the "Brodeur Rule", or trapezoid was imprinted on the rink to account for how good goalies had become as puck handlers.  I often thought the name was inaccurate, as it all started with 27.

Side note: looking at the roster at the time of both goals.  My God, virtually every forward on that roster could (and did) throw down and score.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Roundup

NHL Update
Gary Bettman was made commissioner of the NHL in 1993.  His job was simple: modernize the NHL, solve the ongoing labor issues, improve the standing of the league.

He is now presiding over his third work stoppage.

This means he is failing at anticipating dire league issues resulting in billions of dollars lost.  He is failing to lead in mediation.  He is also openly siding with management, which really ticks me off.

In short, he has failed spectacularly in his duties as commissioner.  One has to wonder how he still has his job.

He's Just Like Me and You

But yeah, he's totally concerned about reducing the deficit.

Fiscal Cliff Update
Speaker Boehner seems to be eliminating any dissension in the ranks.  This is so when his turn at statism comes, he will rule absolute. 

Speaker Boehner needs to be fired out of a canon into the sun.  He will cave, the Republicans will assume blame for all societies' woes, and life will go on as it has these past four years.  And foul years they have been.

Mid post leadership score: lack of 3, competency 0.

BONUS MATERIAL: how to properly troll this regime.  Well played, Mitch McConnell.

Good News for Michigan
The Republicans improved Michigan.  The state will soon be right-to-work.  

Check out this little bit of fury in the opening paragraph:

"Republicans slammed right-to-work legislation through the Michigan House and Senate Thursday, drawing raucous protests from throngs of stunned union supporters, whose outnumbered Democratic allies were powerless to stop it."

That's some nice bully imagery.  AXIS POWER REPUBLICANS DEFEAT DEFENSELESS ALLIES O WON'T SOMEBODY STOP THOSE MEAN REPUBLICANS.

Nothing infuriates notorious pro-choice arenas as an individual gaining the right to chose.

Good for Michigan.  Next step: cut Detroit loose.  Watch it burn.  Create "New Detroit".  Send in Robocop.

White-Hispanic News
George Zimmerman plans to sue NBC for selectively editing his 911 Call.  Outstanding.  I hope he takes them to the cleaners and never has to work again.  I also believe it would be awesome if Spike Lee and the rest of the Liberal Fascists were held accountable, but that's kind of a pipe dream.

Weirdly, this news coincides with a newly released pic of young George on that fateful night:


Of course, this being America, I fully expect the family of Treyvon Martin to sue once George gets his settlement.

Benghazi Update
Head over to Beers With Demo to get a glimpse of how deep that rabbit hole is.

Weekend Stuff
Weekend starts NOW: