458 - War: then and now
Saturday, January 31, 2009

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Saturday, January 31, 2009   3 comments
457 - Sad reality
Thursday, January 29, 2009

This is obviously a sad and tragic story. I hope you can tolerate my comments without finding me overly cold or insensitive. If you can't, stop reading and come back another time.

"after a horrendous ordeal, my wife felt it better to end our lives; and why leave our children in someone else's hands ... we have no job and 5 children under 8 years with no place to go. So here we are."

What gets me so upset about this story is not what one might expect: the violence. The coverage of this story seems to miss the point; this is not about the recession. Not, that is to say, caused by it. It is an insight into the American attitude that caused the recession.

Let me do this in stream of consciouses format:

Somehow buying a huge home with a "bonus room" and "master bedroom", and having 5 kids, and two large cars (one truck, one SUV), is expected to be easy. Somehow Americans seem to think that they are entitled to this kind of excessive luxury. I expect that these two were deep in debt and living from one paycheck to the next. Is it really the fault of their employer, then, that losing a job will instantly put them in peril? (Not to mention the fact that they could have both collected unemployment money for several months, while they gasp looked for new jobs and worked hard. Honestly I wonder if they even knew they could collect checks immediately and for a substantial period of time.)

How many people are starving for the lack of food or money that this American dream family wasted? How many gallons of oil did they consume?

I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, have zero cars. Where does all my money go? Into banks so that I can save for the future. So that I could live for actually more than a year if I lost my job (which is sadly quite possible!) I am still young, but plan on having a family of reasonable size. Perhaps two biological children. If I want more, adoption would be the responsible option. I wont go for 5 children at any time. I dont expect to live in a house that by all measures in any other country would be a mansion.

Cnn covers this story as if the recent massive recession and loss of jobs is to blame here. As if this guy (who must have been a gun collector and a violent criminal at heart) wasnt really going to shoot everyone at some point down the line when life got hard, even if he held on to this job this time. No the blame goes to the mentally ill parents (or just the father perhaps), and in no small part to the fact that it was easy for him to get a gun. Because he could just have likely (and to my mind it would have made more sense) shot up his office killing innocent people who were actually happy with life.

If you want to blame someone for our recession, look no further than people like Ervin Antonio Lupoe himself. The massive debt, the greed, and having 5 kids within a few years of each other. Living for the moment never turns out well. And all the same, somehow I (via the Federal government) have to pay for this?

Obama's absurd $815 Billion was recently passed; tacked on to the $750 Billion already committed to corporate bailouts. Add to this the costs of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Katrina ($200 billion is one figure). An economic downturn (a recession, but not nearly as bad as some make it out to be) was caused by, more than anything, irresponsible borrowing and spending, and treating real estate like some kind of stock investments on margin. So our reaction is to spend even more money, in record breaking lump sums, and borrow against the future. Does this not seem even a tiny bit foolish?

I doubt that more unsustainable spending; more borrowing is going to fix anything. If anything, it will just do more damage in the long run. And it certainly will cost people like me money (those who save rather than spend): for the $500 tax credit I will get later this year, I will be taking on thousands of dollars in my personal share of the Federal debt to be paid at some time in the future. But maybe we can pass this debt along to our children. Then it will be ok after all, as long as we can live in a big house with 5 cars and 10 kids. As long as we dont lose our jobs...

CNN Source

Also, along similar angry ranting lines, here is a funny story. Turns out that the woman who recently had 8 children (endangering all of their lives in the process), already had 6 to begin with, between the ages of 7 and 2. That is a total of, if my calculator is accurate, about 14 children. By any stretch of the imagination, can this be a good idea? Back in the day when mortality was 50% before adulthood, this may have been a good idea. Now it is just irresponsible. The resources used by this one family are staggering. How are they going to pay for this? Etc.

Oh and guess where these kids were delivered? None other place than Kaiser Permanente (possibly founded by Kaiser Sozey). Why would a woman with 6 kids, aged 33, be allowed to get 8 implanted embryos?

CNN: mother of 14
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, January 29, 2009   12 comments
456 - Send in the videos.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Tuesday, January 27, 2009   6 comments
455 - What happens when you play WOW too much.
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Too much World of Warcraft!
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Sunday, January 25, 2009   7 comments
454 - Will i Am: voice of change?
Saturday, January 24, 2009

Am I the only one who is tired of this? I mean he is a terrible rapper, his songs and lyrics are stupid, and when he was on Real Time with Bill Maher, he hardly spoke at all. And when he did, it was stupid naive comments about Jesus and Obama and MLK or something like that. What is it to me, you might ask?

Well like Obama's dogs, and the posters and T shirts selling him as some kind of savior of humanity (which is slightly more tolerable because he is actually an exceptional politician), Will i Am (and his stupid name) is constantly getting shoved into my face at every turn.  And they are constantly linked as if his lame Obama song has anything to do with Obama, the President.  I hate his saccarine songs just as much as I hated the creepy conservatives singing about the fathe... I mean homeland and letting the eagle soar.

It is one thing to be a bad rapper like Lil Wayne... but quite another to attempt to be an intellectual street poet, or worse still the voice of a generation. Just because you come from a shitty band that throws in a pinch or two of urban beats from time to time, that does not make you a solo rapper.

Again why do I care? Why comment on this now?

Well yet again there is a CNN story on this guy.

"CNN: When CNN came to you and said, "We want to have an impressionistic sort of a film about your experience at the inauguration," what were your first thoughts?

Will.i.am: Oh, my first thoughts were, damn, CNN, it's like, it's my little second home or something. I would love to do something. I was enthused. A lot of my people, they were saying, "There's not enough time. Why are you putting more things on your plate? You've gotta go to Canada to film 'X-Men.' " My response was, "You know how many minutes there are in a day?" Not every single minute is occupied. We can squeeze things or use our imagination or figure out what we can do to continue to inspire. I mean, this is important. Just because the inauguration is over and Obama is president doesn't mean we stop inspiring. I mean, we did it."

Lots of artists make stupid political comments. Spears suggesting we should just trust the president. Kanye west making various arrogant comments, upon occasion being about politics. But they were so far off base, it was a joke. This guy is being honest. To his credit, he probably cares and tries. Thats fine. But to allow yourself to be sold as some kind of voice of a movement, or of the new American movement, is a mistake if you can't really do the right thing.

I guess I am just wondering if this is the best we can offer. This overly simple, shallow artist who is creating the music that moves the nation (while not getting filmed for the next X-men that is).

"I went asleep last night
Tired from the fight
I've been fighting for tomorrow
All my life
Yea I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
'Cause the dreams that I've been dreaming
Has finally came true "

"Kennedy, Lincoln, and King
We gotta maninvest in that dream
It feels like we're swimming upstream
It feels like we're stuck in between"

Read a speech from Kennedy, or Lincoln, or King. This is hardly a suitable way to honor them. Its just not good enough. And it is hard to blame a man for doing well and making millions off it... but that doesn't mean he should be in my face all the time. Similarly, enough with the Obama T shirts and mugs and Yes We (scented) Candles.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Saturday, January 24, 2009   3 comments
453 - Always check your child's homework!
Friday, January 23, 2009

(Here's the reply the teacher received the following day)

Dear Mrs. Jones,
I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer.
I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn't show me dancing around a pole. It's supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.

From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.


Mrs. Smith
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, January 23, 2009   7 comments
452 - Dat baby dont look like me
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"She musta been humpin on multiple dicks."

-via butchie
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, January 21, 2009   2 comments
451 - Busted peeing in the sink
Monday, January 19, 2009
This is a funny post from Craigs List Chicago.  I dont get what is wrong with this person, but the analysis and story telling is right on target. **Strong language and graphic urination concepts.**


Originally Posted: Tue, 9 Dec 09:09 CST
Busted peeing in the sink

Date: 2008-12-09, 9:09AM CST

When it comes to peeing, its great to be a male. Ladies (and fellows with a micro-penis) purse their lips at men’s blithe attitude toward convenience when it comes to answering nature’s call. We’re so crass, rude, disgusting. Right.

You’re just fucking envious. And well you should be. It is indescribably wondrous portaging a permanently attached watering hose. Witness “Man, Peeing in Garden”, the epitome of casualness. Few, if any, locations are off-limits when the urge is felt: parking garage, deck, the sink...simply too many nouns to list. Still, while decorum is abused, discretion is not--more on this point in a moment.

Oh sure, many a woman has pee’d outside of the pot, though strictly as a matter of urgency and with much reluctance and with great angst. There is no female example of ‘whipping it out.’ In fact, yours is a complete show. You fret about the location, the preparation, the sundries, minimizing dribble…christ almighty… it’s a fifteen minute ordeal. Men can sort of relate to your dilemma, like when we need to poop and there’s no bathroom in sight.

Anyway, I pee in the sink. I’ve been peeing into bathroom sinks for years. Convenience is my primary reason. But there are many very good reasons to pee in a sink. A few among them…

I can multitask, which is important to me: both my hands are free to brush teeth, comb hair, apply hygiene products, etc. I’ve never done and empirical study, but I am certain in my gut that cumulative hours are saved annually by peeing in the sink.

It’s environmentally conscientious. I conserve water when I pee in the sink. As I wash my hands or rinse my toothbrush, my pee is carried through the p-trap down into the sanitary line. Toilet, sink—as George Castanza explained, “It's all pipes!”

It’s the ‘green’ thing to do. By peeing on dried toothpaste, solidified lungers, loose hair, and other lingering yuckiness stuck inside the sink, I save still more water and reduce phosphates and other nasty chemicals that might otherwise have been used to clean the sink.

It’s considerate. Regardless whether my girlie is sleeping, watching television, reading in silence, I do not disturb her with a cacophonous serenade of “man-peeing-into-toilet-then-flushing”. Peeing into a sink is very quiet.

It’s clean. There is no toilet water splash nor urine splatter on walls, seat or in the crannies of the commode. Here I bandy the duel argument of ‘less work’ (by not scrubbing said surfaces after each use) and, consequently, ‘more green’ (requires less use of environmentally harmful cleaning chemicals). Pee is, for the most part, sterile when it hits the sink, so no need to use expensive disinfectant. Thus I submit another good, albeit tenuous, reason I pee in the sink: it saves money.

It builds “relationship equity”. The seat is always down, which appears to my girlie as sublimely considerate and one those ‘little things’ I do for her. This manifests, somehow, in better sex.

It’s hygienic. After my stream has diminished to a trickle, I splash a handful or two of water on my dick, thus washing it. I have a clean dick and I put my dick up against the dick of any ‘traditional’ toilet user for some quantitative dick evaluation; eg.: stiff test, taste test. Rub my dick against glass and it squeaks.

I can think of violently few disadvantages to peeing in a sink. Off the top of my head:
- peeing into a sink after eating asparagus is very unpleasant;
- fishing a contact lens out of the sink while ‘multitasking’ is disturbing; and,
- reflexive tumescence may result from the splash of overly cold or hot water, which can have messy consequences.

I confess that a lifetime of casually whipping it out and lettin’ go when and wherever has caused my ‘Emergency Pee Shut Off’ muscle—assuming it ever existed—to atrophy. Richard Pryor was correct that a man cannot cut off his stream ‘just like that’.

I am aware that this technique d'avant garde might offend the eyeballs of an accidental witness, so I always exercise discretion when I pee in the sink. That said, peeing in the sink is so routine for me that I am complacent, and I never thought up a contingency plan should someone walk in on me.

Just this morning my girlie busted me peeing in the sink, rather (as I now understand), ‘her’ sink. She fucking had a cow and slapped my dick…hard …like it was a big hairy fucking spider on the countertop.

Thus I know from experience that getting caught peeing in the sink does not garner even the tiniest, wee little bit of appreciation of or for any of those benefits I mentioned above. Therefore, heed this exhortation: make damn site sure no one will walk in as you pee in the sink.

So there I am this morning, brushing my teeth in front of the mirror and quietly contemplating my day while a night’s worth of pee drained out of my unlimbered dick laying in the sink. My girlie sneaked up behind me topless as a playful, sexy morning surprise, and so intended, she was oblivious to my present commitment. She might as well have tossed a glass of ice water on my back ‘cause with the sudden and unexpected feeling of her hands around my midriff, I reflexively jerked up and away from the sink. My flaccid dick tossed about mid-stream until I could completely close down the relief valve. I was untethered for no more than.. what.. two seconds, but it seemed like I pee’d on fucking everything, including her jewelry box and her basket of stretchy hair things, both of which she was real unhappy about upon discovery. Miraculously, I missed her. She was incredulous. I sensed a radar-lock on my groin area and my hand moved instinctively to my protect my dick—but I was too slow. With the speed of a fucking praying mantis, she lashed at my dick and nailed it good. I hollered “what the fuck”, spewing frothy toothpaste on her, which only added to the indignity and intensified her fury. It was a fucking show this morning in our, rather, her bathroom.

I didn’t learn any lessons this morning (except maybe to lock the bathroom door). I did learn that my girlie is irrational and uptight about this particular issue. Frankly, fuck if I know what to do or what to say to her come this evening. I’m going to go to the restroom and take a good long look at myself in the mirror—mostly because I’ll be peeing in the sink, but also to steel my nerve and strategize for tonite.

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posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, January 19, 2009   7 comments
450 - Why cnn.com is lame
"Another aircraft grounded after hitting bird"

Cnn attempts to find a link between the A320 that gently landed on the Hudson river last week, and a helicopter that got hit by a bird in Arkansas.  Trying to make news, that is, out of nothing.

"The incident came two days after a US Airways jetliner was forced to land in New York's Hudson River, apparently after striking a flock of birds." - Roflcopter Bird Strike

Other great stories at CNN now:

Just get serious for once. Check out the NY times page or the page for the BBC.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, January 19, 2009   3 comments
449 - Fare thee well, fare thee well my bright star.
Sunday, January 18, 2009

"This is a goodbye kiss, you dog,".

"This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Sunday, January 18, 2009   7 comments
448 - Obama's new hoopty
Friday, January 16, 2009

"Considering the fact that Barack Obama is our nation's first African-American President, security measures being developed to protect him and his family appear to of course be beyond the norm. This includes his new car.

Instead of utilizing President Bush's old car, the new first car (code named "Cadillac One") nicknamed "The Beast", will in fact be a type of armoured fortress or more like a mini-tank.

Unlike the very unfortunate late President John F. Kennedy whose life was cut too short by a crazed Assassin, NO idiots or Terrorists wishing to take Obama out will get their wish on his watch.

"The Beast" which is actually a Limo, will be able to withstand anything from bullets to rocket-propelled grenades to bomb attacks from under the vehicle.

President-Elect Obama is expected to make his first appearance in the new car on Inauguration day."

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, January 16, 2009   9 comments
447 - Hendrick Avercamp: "Winterlandschap met ijsvermaak"
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter Landscape with iceskaters
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, January 14, 2009   6 comments
446- Daucus carota
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Tuesday, January 13, 2009   3 comments
445 - Mount Huashan
Sunday, January 11, 2009

This would be a great hike, if dangerous and exposed. My greatest fear is hiking with many people who you dont know; will they slip and grab you on the way down? What if there is a crazy guy who tries to push everyone off?

Here is more information about this climb.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Sunday, January 11, 2009   11 comments
444 - Strange yearbook portraits
Friday, January 09, 2009
A pasty white fairy with a southern flare.

What what!?! Ooo kaay! This is the actual Little John while he was still going by his given name: Slims Huxtable.

The slime on the lens, the preggor 18 year old, and the hand on the ass. This is how you build a solid foundation of class.

The "Thinker" of the 21st century: "Pondering D-bag."
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, January 09, 2009   4 comments
443 - Strange adds
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Santa is a dirty old bastard.

"Gee dad, can I go shoot hobos now?"

Santa gets Mesothelioma.

The gift of self defense (against hobos).

"Ages 7 to 77" So if you are 78 or 6, go to hell.

You think they would airbrush the festering crowns and cavities out of his mouth.

"Boy I always wanted to start my own company. The name I really want is STD, but lets see if it has been taken already. *Browse list of corporations and LLCs* Wow what luck!"

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, January 07, 2009   5 comments
442 - Most annoying sound ever.
Monday, January 05, 2009

"According to poultry expert Gail Damerow, writing in the current issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine, long crowers probably have their origins in Japan and have spread throughout the world through deliberate selection. Here's a play list for your listening pleasure, consisting of a Turkish long crowing breed, the Denizli, followed by a Koeyoshi (good crower in Japanese) and the Tomaru (black crower)."
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, January 05, 2009   10 comments
441 - Misc. funny pics.
Saturday, January 03, 2009

Hmm not much is going on in the Quake 3 world right now, so here are some funny images that came up during the daily media research.  So you have a chocolate bench, a sitting cat drinking some kind of red wine, and a turkey hat.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Saturday, January 03, 2009   18 comments
440 - The book
Thursday, January 01, 2009
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, January 01, 2009   5 comments
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