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My 2 Cents on the Rosen-Romney Hoopla April 15, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.

We all know that Hilary Rosen stepped in it when she said:

With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney is right, that ultimately women care more about the economic well-being of their families and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, ‘Well, you know my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues and when I listen to my wife that’s what I’m hearing.’

Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and why do we worry about their future.

From there the debate has raged over whether Ann Romney’s stay-at-home-momness can compare with the life experiences of today’s working moms. But I’d like to look at Rosen’s main point, which was apparently:

“The Romneys are right in what they said, but I don’t think they’re qualified to say it.”

This tack is so classically liberal: it’s not what you say or do, but how you feel that matters. Sure the Romneys appear to have listened to women, absorbed their inputs, and formulated their platform to accommodate their concerns. But that doesn’t matter, because they can’t “connect.”

This is like a teacher flunking a student who answered every question correctly, but didn’t seem to like the subject.

Instead of celebrating the fact that women’s issues are being accurately and enthusiastically addressed by the Romneys, Rosen chooses instead to snipe at Ann Romney’s life choice. She sacrifices the best interests of working moms just to attempt to score a political point.

In the end it is Hilary Rosen, not Ann Romney, who is not empathetic to working women’s needs.

Good Intent April 14, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Ballistics, Gardening.

Michael is to blame.

If he hadn’t posted that ‘Five people playing one guitar’ video, I never would have checked out the original video by Gotye and I would have missed seeing Kimbra. She was the nekkid, body-painted girl in the video.

Here she is in her own video. Kinda reminds me of 1930’s wimmins.

The Newest Member of the BrewFan Household April 12, 2012

Posted by BrewFan in News.


Hi! I want to chew your shoes!

Buddy and his new little sister

All together now…Awwwwwww what a cute widdle puppy wuppy!!

DBS jr. captures Taliban spy April 12, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in Family, Heroes.

Good thing they aren’t in NYC. Feeding high sodium jerky to strays is probably illegal.


lauraw : check how young these ones look.


Not enough sand, so being Marines they improvise. They’re breaking rocks to fill sand bags.

That Darn Netflix April 9, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.

What now, you ask? Didn’t Netflix give in on the divestiture of the DVD side of the business? Didn’t the CEO issue an apology and a pledge to do right by Netflix’s customers? What could you possibly complain about?

Well, it’s like this.

I’ve noticed over the past 3 months or so that the frequency of cracked or otherwise unplayable DVDs has increased by at least 10X. Even the playable discs look beat to hell. That says that Netflix is not replacing their DVD inventory as often as they used to.

I’ve also noticed that the number of DVD titles is virtually static, and that it may even be decreasing. It’s getting to the point where there’s nothing left to watch.

So it seems like they’re completely neglecting the DVD side of the business, meaning that the CEO is pursuing his original policy of ditching DVDs without all the fanfare that got him burned the last time. The rat.

Has anybody else noticed this or have you already succumbed to the streaming siren?

Wind Map April 7, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.

It’s very cool – a moving map of the winds over the US, updated hourly based on data from the National Digital Forecast Database. Check it out.

H/T to Kent.

Good Friday April 6, 2012

Posted by Michael in News.

[Note: This is a reprint of my post from 5 years ago. Just skip it if you were around then, and view the music post below.]

Consider the utter sadness of Christ’s exclamation from the cross, just before he died:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!

Jesus, God’s own son, was doomed to experience a type of suffering beyond the physical tortures he had endured — abandonment by God.

These words must have been heartbreaking for his friends. You can tell that they were profoundly moved. This is one of the few passages in the New Testament where the words of Jesus are quoted in his native Aramaic (by both Matthew and Mark), rather than just being rendered in Greek.

Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani!

Some of the bystanders thought he was calling on Elijah, and mocked him. They said, “Let us see if Elijah will come to save him.” This was a continuation of earlier mockery, where they had said, “He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”

While this was going on, John reports that the Roman soldiers in attendance were dividing his clothes as plunder. They decided to gamble to see who would get his tunic. It was an item with some commercial value because it was seamless, so they did not want to divide it by tearing it up as they did with the seamed garments.

With his final words, Jesus was actually quoting Psalm 22, written by his forefather David, which eerily foreshadowed His situation on the cross:

(Psalm 22:1 NIV) My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

. . .

7-8 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: “He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

. . .

18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

It’s a comfort to read the entire psalm that Jesus recalled in his agony. The psalm ends with a cry of victory, with the message of Easter. Jesus must have known this, even as he was dying.

27-31 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him– those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn– for he has done it.

[Emphasis added.]

We are certainly among those “yet unborn” who cannot keep ourselves alive. Christ has done it.

Here’s a quote from the oldest book in the Bible, which predates Abraham by centuries and yet is clearly messianic. Listen to the testimony of Job, a leper:

(Job 19:25-27 NIV) I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes–I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

That’s actually my favorite Bible passage. It is rich with the Hebrew notion of the kinsman-redeemer, a much more vivid concept than we normally think of when we say “redeemer” today. It’s the basis for the Easter oratorio in Handel’s Messiah.

I know that my Redeemer lives.

Happy Easter!

New Orleans Style Rap April 6, 2012

Posted by Michael in News.
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Dave keeps disparaging my music posts, so I thought I would offer a song recommended to me by my daughter. Dave, if you insult this song, Ellen will cry.

We actually saw a NO-style funeral procession in the Soulard District of St. Louis during the STL moron meat-up. (Soulard is an historically French settlement which dates back over 200 years to colonial days before the U.S. was founded. Now it’s been yuppified.)

Mystikal — Bouncin’ Back

Meanwhile, I continue to be infatuated with the kids at Walk Off The Earth.  They are just plain funny, and talented. The guy on the left with the beard is the best. He will start playing the piano with his big toe. They sell T-shirts with his face. I’m thinking about buying one.

Good News on the Little DBS April 6, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in News.

I got an email from the Family Readiness Officer announcing he’s scheduled to finish his tour of Afghanistan. His Marines will be coming home sometime soon.  After that he’ll be able to use the several months of leave he’s accumulated to finish his 5 year enlistment at home. He’s been talking about going to med school, but he’s also thinking of working the oil fields until the next bust. One of his high school buddies has already paid off his home and his fiance’s college debt working the oil patch and it’s hard to ignore that kind of money. Either way his post 9/11 GI Bill will still be available.

Please keep them in your prayers. They’ve only got a short time left and so far haven’t had anybody actually killed in their group.

Edited for the opsec, which is pretty idiotic at this point since it’s probably been posted on 200 facebook accounts by now. If the Taliban really wants to know when troops are moving they could probably get the info from Joe Biden.

Stuff You Can’t Say April 5, 2012

Posted by Sobek in News.

I had a bit of an epiphany earlier today, as I sat on the toilet playing Angry Birds.  I guess I should point out that neither the part about the toilet nor the part about the Angry Birds are relevant to this post, so I’m not sure why I even mentioned it.*

[*Author’s Note: I can actually think of two reasons.  First, I get a cheap laugh out of the toilet reference, and second, I get to sound hip and cool for referencing a current bit of pop culture.**]

[**Author’s Note to the Previous Note: In this context, a game that was developed in December, 2009 is “current” and consistent with being hip and cool.]

Anyway, my epiphany was this: there’s a lot of stuff you just can’t say, but for different reasons.  Category I is stuff you can’t say because it isn’t true.  For example, if I were to publicly state that Keith Olbermann would be an unrepentant child molester if he were smart enough to kidnap any children, or strong enough to physically overpower one, I could get sued for libel or slander, as the case may be.  Or if I asserted that Barack Obama and Elena Kagan turned each other gay.  Or that women want to punch Dave in Texas in the balls.  You can’t say that stuff, because it’s plainly, obviously, manifestly not true.

Category II is stuff you can’t say even though it’s true.  I think Romney’s recent comment about Russia being our #1 geopolitical foe is Category I, because even if it’s true, it’s also true that America has to pretend it’s not, so when a politician admits it in public, it can do more harm than good.  Or if I were to point out that Russ from Winterset badly needs to be punched in the testicles, the truth of that statement only serves to put him on notice to start wearing his cup again, which would therefore defeat the purpose of the punch.

Category III is stuff you can’t say because it’s true.  A good example of this would be the statement that most Muslims are stone-aged savages with the emotional development of severely retarded monkeys.  If that weren’t true, a person could say it, because you could count on any Muslims who heard it to, at worse, tell you to piss off, rather than start a bloody riot and murder a crowd full of school children.  As a second example, you can’t really say “Digital Brownshirt needs to be punched in the scrotum, repeatedly,” not because it’s false, but because by saying it out loud you run the risk of him running away like the simpering little ninny he is, further justifying his fundamental need to be forcefully struck in the junk.

Anyway, I was thinking about these categories, and trying to come up with some other illustrative examples.  Then I realized, this is a job for THE INTERNET!!!  So help me out, folks.  What’s some more stuff you can’t say, and why?

What the Book of Mormon Says About Race April 3, 2012

Posted by Sobek in News.

You may have heard one of the first of what I assume will be many hostile questions posed to Romney about his faith: “I guess my question is do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?” 

Romney answered “no,” and moved on to the next question.  Before the guy asked that question, though, he started off with some statements that were pretty far off base.  It was clear that the guy didn’t know what he was talking about.  So I got the idea that maybe someone ought to do the media’s job for them, and just present the facts about the Book of Mormon and race, so non-Mormons can have some kind of measuring stick for this kind of thing.

Mostly, I hope this is interesting to someone besides myself.


Moses the Cattle Baron Expands his Empire April 3, 2012

Posted by wintersetruss in News.

A week ago Sunday, my father called at about 8am concerned that Moses’ cow was going into labor.  He thought we should get her into the lot & pull the calf “just in case”.  She was probably OK, but rule of thumb says that once a cow’s water breaks, she’s got about 2 to 2.5 hours to have the calf without complications.  Since he didn’t witness the water breaking, he erred on the side of caution.

I got there about 20 minutes later, and we walked her in from the pasture & caught her in the headgate.  I then proceeded to help deliver a healthy heifer calf, who is the spitting image of her momma.

Momma & Baby, about 2 hours after birth