Archive for October, 2006

So You Think You Know Maine

31 October 2006

Just when you think you live in a pretty cool place, something like this happens and embarrasses Maine in front of the whole world.

Local nutcase lawyer Tom Connolly decided a political protest could be brought off to better effect by wearing an Osama bin Laden mask and waving a fake AK-47 at the side of I-295.

Via Slublog, via Ace of Spades HQ. Also has a full thread devoted to it over at little green footballs.

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The Religion of Feminism

24 October 2006

From Darleen’s Place via MKH. A nice smackdown of some of the lies and hypocrisy coming from the defenders of the religion of intolerance.

Well, Ms. Yvonne, please list the Islamist countries where these Islamo-feminist women exist. Iran? Where they dangle sixteen year old girls by the neck for the crime of being a rape victim? Where “moral police” can accost and beat girls and women on the streets for showing a lock of hair or wearing fingernail polish?

Sweetheart, that’s your Sharia. Islamic law uncontaminated by evil Western rule of law. Own it. Own it all. Including your “laughing” in derision about Vida Samadzai while remaining silent about the death threats she has received from your “feminist” co-religionists.

Go read the whole thing.

“Unbiased” Reporting

24 October 2006

Michelle Malkin has a couple of excellent posts up here and here. Different stories, different news agencies, but the similarities are amazing. If the major media outlets aren’t the enemy, they’re the enemy’s mouthpieces.

The Day by Day cartoon she references in the first post is right on the money.

Avast!

20 October 2006

This arrived in my inbox today from a very good friend:

Please read: No commitment and this is not a chain.

This is from Pearlas Sandborn who is an attorney;

She says that this will work, why not give it a try.

She believes that Intel will follow through with their promises for fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit.

Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies.
In an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the
most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it if you are a Microsoft Windows user for a two week time period.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00. Then for every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it You will be paid $241.00.

Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.

Regards: Charles S Bailey General Manager Field Operations

1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-1085 or RNX 292-1085

You need to respond before the beta testing is over. If anyone can afford this, Bill Gates is the man.

It’s all marketing expense to him. Please forward this to as many people as possible. I’ve been told that you are bound to get at least $10,000.

I started to reply to it in an email, but then decided it needed greater exposure (hmmm… not sure that’ll happen on this blog).

I’ve seen variations of this before; I’m not even going to bother to take the time to debunk this hoax. (All right, so I couldn’t resist. It took me all of 2 minutes at Snopes.com to find the hoax.) I would like to address another aspect of it, though, if I can do it without descending into an incoherent, foam-spraying rant.

Internet Explorer is probably the worst browser in existence. Because Microsoft wanted to lock in customers to Microsoft products, it made the IE browser an integral part of the company’s so-called operating system. Internet Explorer is the route by which many of the malware programs out there are able to attack your computer. There are several other browsers out there which do a superior job of displaying and interacting with web pages: Safari, Firefox and Opera are just a few. They do their jobs with a minimum of security issues as well; IE, on the other hand hasn’t been updated in years, and suffers from an abundance of security flaws. If you haven’t tried another browser yet, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

If the email that was forwarded to me were indeed true, and Microsoft is actually paying people astounding sums of money to engage in chain emailing, I still wouldn’t use IE. As a matter of fact, the email stops with me.

Why? Because Microsoft is a predatory business entity. The extent of Microsoft’s concern for its users, individual or small business, is how much cash it can extort from them before they go bankrupt. Microsoft engages in piracy. If I accept payments from Microsoft for enabling their business practices, I am also a pirate (arrgh!). While I might find it fun to talk like a pirate every September 19th (okay, some other times, too), actual piracy is not my style.

Also: Even if the email says it’s not a chain, if it asks you to forward it, it’s a chain! If, by the time it has gotten to me, it has been forwarded at least twice, chances are pretty good that it’s just smart spam, the kind that persuades its victims to keep sending it. I delete stuff like this without a qualm.

Not bad. I don’t have to wipe too much spittle from my monitor, and I kept the cuss words to a minimum.

Yarrgh!

What He Said

20 October 2006

From Ace of Spades HQ:

Whether the war is “a mistake” depends on its outcome. A victory will be a greivous blow for global bin Ladinism; a defeat their greatest triumph. The enemy has doubled-down in Iraq precisely because they know how important it is to their twisted cause.

If the bin Ladinists believe Iraq is vital to keep in reliably terrorist-friendly hands, it seems to me a pretty good indication that it’s a war worth fighting. Even given what we know now.

I can’t improve on it, so I’ll just link to it. Go read the whole thing.

From the Religion of No Compulsion

19 October 2006

From Jihad Watch:

Abdul Rahman, you may recall, converted from Islam to Christianity and was spirited to Italy when Afghanistan’s brave new democratic government determined to obey Muhammad’s command to kill those who leave Islam (cf. Bukhari 4.52.260). Now jihadists in Afghanistan are demanding his return in exchange for a kidnapped Italian journalist.

But remember, in Islam there is no compulsion in religion.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin; and an apology to Charles Johnson of little green footballs for stealing his shtick in the header.

Iowahawk: It’s the Homos, Stupid

19 October 2006

dean_homo_stupidFollowing on the heels of extortionist Mike Rogers’ fulfillment of his promise to “out” a US Senator for voting the wrong way, Iowahawk releases a letter from Howard Dean to us conservative-Americans. Spew Alert: Do NOT attempt to read this while eating or drinking; I’m not responsible for any damages to your monitor or keyboard.

hat tip: little green footballs

Old Time Radio Shows

19 October 2006

You-never-know-what-you’re-going-to-find dept.:

I was researching Florida Bears when I came across this site offering free downloads of old time radio shows. Some neat stuff there.

Hello world!

18 October 2006

Okay. Now that I have the blog, I’m not sure why I got it in the first place.

Oh, yeah. I have no life and spend most of my free time surfing the intertubes. I come across a lot o’ stuff I’d like to share with a lot o’ people, but I hate sending out shotgun emails.

This place will comprise rambling, pointless anecdotes, links to stuff I find interesting: politics, music and geek news and opinion; and my photography. It’ll be mostly Safe For Work, but beware my sick side.

Disclaimer: Comments do not necessarily reflect the views of lizard brain blog, and are solely the responsibility of the commenter. Abusive or obscene comments may be deleted, and commenters who are unrepentantly abusive or obscene may be banned. That said, this ain’t no family blog, so complaints about content may or may not be ignored.

For now, anyone may comment. If comments start getting out of hand, I can always institute registration, but I’ve noticed that free-for-all blogs usually seem like the most fun.

Enjoy it.