Friday, December 29, 2006

Ding-dong...

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Kwanzmas?

Cox News Honors Kwanzaa Creator, A Rapist and Torturer

There has been an effort (relatively recently, I believe, to offset how special Christmas is) to lump "the holidays" in with Christmas.

This does not mean when someone says "Happy holidays," I flip out. There are well-meaning people who do it.

But this recent push to include Kwanzaa is silly, given the origin and creator. Next, I suppose, we shall all dress up in shorts and gloves for "Boxing Day"?

More on "Kwanzaa" creator

Ann Coulter exposes Kwanzaa origin

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Top 25 Christmas Songs

Top 25 Christmas Songs

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers released a list of the most-performed holiday songs from 2001-2006. Shockingly, they almsot perfectly reflect the list I compiled last month. I copy it here because the link will disappear at some point.

1. ""The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"
Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
Performed by: Nat "King" Cole

2. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Performed by: The Pretenders

3. "Winter Wonderland"
Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Performed by: Eurythmics

4. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Performed by: Bruce Springsteen

5. "White Christmas"
Written by: Irving Berlin
Performed by: Bing Crosby

6. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Performed by: Andy Williams

7. "Jingle Bell Rock"
Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Performed by: Bobby Helms

8. "Little Drummer Boy"
Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra

9. "Sleigh Ride"
Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Performed by: The Ronettes

10. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Gene Autry

11. "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"
Written by: Edward Pola, George Wyle
Performed by: Andy Williams

12. "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Written by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
Performed by: Vanessa Williams

13. "Silver Bells"
Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
Performed by: Kenny G

14. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Brenda Lee

15. "Feliz Navidad"
Written by: José Feliciano
Performed by: José Feliciano

16. "Blue Christmas"
Written by: Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
Performed by: Elvis Presley

17. "Frosty The Snowman"
Written by: Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
Performed by: The Ronettes

18. "A Holly Jolly Christmas"
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Burl Ives

19. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"
Written by: Meredith Willson
Performed by: Johnny Mathis

20. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
Written by: Tommie Connor (PRS)
Performed by: John Mellencamp

21. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)"
Written by: Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman
Performed by: Elvis Presley

22. "Carol Of The Bells"
Written by: Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich
Performed by: John Tesh and the Christmas Symphony Orchestra

23. "Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)"
Written by: Midge Ure (PRS), Bob Geldof (PRS)
Performed by: Band Aid

24. "(There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays"
Written by: Bob Allen, Al Stillman
Performed by: The Carpenters

25. "Santa Baby"
Written by: Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer
Performed by: Madonna


I'm not saying there's anything wrong with these songs. But I'm sick unto death of them, after they've been played ad nauseum on the Christmas stations. What's wrong with Oh Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, What Child is This, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard on High, etc.?

On a related note, at exactly midnight, December 26th, the instant that Christmas Present expired, all Christmas/holiday songs, such as they were, ceased to be played on the radio stations in my area. It always disgusts me how they stations cast off the revolting cloak of Christmas cheer the very second the day ends. Didn't these DJ's get the memo? The season lasts all the way through the rest of the month, and ends after New Years. I'm not the only one saying so. Retailers are trying to milk the dregs of seasonal cheer as well.

Heaping sympathy on the enemy

Christmas Greetings From Guantanamo

Last year alone, Guantanamo detainees received more than 14,000 cards, the vast majority from muddle-headed well-wishers and sympathizers. This year local authorities estimate the number may exceed 16,000! Some are addressed to the detainees by name or by their detainee number, available on the Pentagon website. Most are simply addressed to “Any Detainee at Guantanamo.”

Like the other 40,000 or so pieces of detainee mail that transit the post office on the base, the cards are distributed into the cells. The cards are passed out to the detainees by troopers who may themselves not have received any sort of greeting from home in a long time. Some of the troops here are wary about the way they are perceived by their friends and families at home. One officer said that “nobody in my family was in the military. None of my friends have the slightest clue of what we do here. They think I’m some kind of brutal jailor or something.”


What kind of mind-numbed traitor ignores the men and women that keep them safe to send well wishes to the enemy? One begins to wonder if illegal aliens are not the only ones that need to be deported.

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Flawed ePremise?

eBay Community Values

"We believe people are basically good," proclaims the first of five value principles on eBay's community site. Not only is this directly contradicted simply by natural observation of behavior (particularly in the younger generation), but it is completely unbiblical as well.


"There is no one righteous, not
even one; there is no one who
understands, no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have
together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one. ... for all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
-Romans 3:9-12, 23


I'm not going to make a fuss over it. Why get mad at people for acting according to their nature? I just wonder if the people in the Conflict Resolution department at eBay have any trouble buying the premise that everyone is basically good.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Discovering the magic of X-Ray Dog


(Push the Play button to preview X-Ray Dog's "Dark River")

I've discovered the fantastic sounds of X-Ray Dog, a group that devotes itself almost entirely to composing short but splendorus musical cues for movie previews.

X-RayDogMusic.com

Click there and take a listen to some of their demos. I found one of their compositions while searching for the musical score that played under the Chronicles of Narnia trailer. I located the track cue title ("Here Comes the King") thanks to Soundtrack.net's trailers page and found other tracks available online, all of them awesome.

Some movies have good music. Most movies have at least one or two really great cues. (Secondhand Lions has a really cool, sweeping musical cue, heard in Track 14, but it dies out quickly. And Nanny McPhee's soundtrack had an awesome ending sequence, with a score to match, especially track 21, "Snow in August".)

But these tracks are just bright spots in the whole soundtrack.

X-Ray Dog seems to specialize only in creating those bright spot-sized tracks. They make good use of choir, although sometimes it is hard to tell if the choir is synthesized or real. The tracks are at once heroic, sweeping, grandiose, majestic and haunting, as you can hear with the track above.

Sadly, although I have found traces of CD's made available elsewhere, X-Ray Dog does not market their music to the public. Evidentally, they are content making buckets of money off of every movie that needs a fantastic original score to match the movie preview. And they do a bang-up job of it. I just wish the group would have pity on the members of their audience with such good taste as to fall in love with their music.


(Push the Play button to hear X-Ray Dog's "Here Comes the King")

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Make a liar out of me, why don't you?

So the precious few visitors to this site (not counting all the trolls with nothing better to do) are probably wondering what was up with the "Karen Carpenter stalking" entry from several weeks back. Let me explain.

Last year, it seemed that every time I popped on the radio station(s) for some Christmas cheer, it was the Carpenters. "Merry Christmas, Darling" in particular. I began the running gag that the ghost of Karen Carpenter was stalking me. (It was a rather thin ghost...)

Even in restaurants or businesses, I'd hear her over the radio.

Well, she's made a liar out of me this year. Either that, or she's gone on to haunt somebody else. There's been a well-proportioned number of times that I've heard her on the radio, and that suits me fine.

Of course, the number of godless "winter" songs has been about 95% of the featured music on the stations, but that's another story...

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Opinion: Chivalry is alive in movies

Chivalry is alive in movies

Sadly, movies are one of the last refuges of chivalry. Honor has been confined to fantasy.

Corresponding with a crook

Man accused of sending threats to celebrities

There have been several reports that linked this individual with Free Republic, under the posting name "Marc Costanza". Keith Olbermann shamelessly attempted to link this crook to conservative heads like Laura Ingraham, Michele Malkin and Ann Coulter. (The grounds? "Marc Constanza" has professed admiration for all three. Apparently, in Keith Olbermann's planet, that itself is enough to prosecute conservative icons such as Malkin or Ingraham.)

Getting to the point, during my weekly scouring of the internet to see what random site is bashing me this week, I found my name turned up on DailyKos, a stalwart haven for leftist bloggers. But it wasn't the 'merit' of my name that the DailyKos folk found noteworthy. It was a post by "Marc Costanza" to me in a thread I started.

I'm not sure how much of a distinction it is to claim to have corresponded with people of such notoriety. It's a little like finding out Scott Peterson or OJ Simpson once sent you a letter. (The difference being, this guy hasn't been tried yet.)

It's a testament to the fact that our globe is shrinking as communication grows and becomes more sophisticated.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

New way for spies to discover our nuclear secrets?

From Yahoo! Instant Messenger's latest update disclosure:

YOU MAY NOT use the Service to operate nuclear facilities, life support, or other mission critical application where human life or property may be at stake.


This could revolutionize the nuclear football.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

My Way News - Time Magazine's Person of the Year: Me

My Way News - Time Magazine's Person of the Year: You

I am proud and humbled to accept this honor...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

WORLD Magazine | Weekly News, Christian Views

WORLD Magazine | Empty bromides: It's hard for anyone to be jolly about a secularized Christmas

Good readin' for the season. Christmas has virtually no TRUE meaning outside of Jesus Christ. And what a shame that some allow the mercantilism and marketing of the season to drive them to the opposite extreme of NOT celebrating the season at all.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Shut up and pump

Global Warming Gag Order - Senators to Exxon: Shut up, and pay up

Climate change denial has been so effective because the "denial community" has mischaracterized the necessarily guarded language of serious scientific dialogue as vagueness and uncertainty. Mainstream media outlets, attacked for being biased, help lend credence to skeptics' views, regardless of their scientific integrity, by giving them relatively equal standing with legitimate scientists.


It's that darn media again, covering both sides! (I keep track of global warming stories, and I can tell you just as anyone else keeping track, that stories carrying a persuasion of manmade global warming far, far outnumber any "denier" stories.)

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Holy Guacamole, Batman!

Guacamole makers sued for using too little avocado

You know, I hear that somebody tried to do the same thing with coffee a few years ago, but the Judge threw it out. Insufficient grounds.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Doing my part to enrage the heathen left

It all began when some unknown Freeper sent me a link. I check out the link to find -- surprise! -- more random atheists are bashing me. The intensity of the hatred is at once both amusing and disturbing. Some claim to be Christian homeschoolers, but I have a hard time buying that any Christian lives a life of hate.

I enjoy taking clippings of the hatred and fury I receive for standing on conservative, Christian principles, and posting them on my profile at Free Republic. This has been branded as keeping a record of wrongs by some. This assumes I return to the clippings to revive anger, and that would be factually incorrect.

And when this page first started, I thought I had a chance at a couple more snippets of Dave hate to clip and put on the scrapbook. I was more than a little surprised to see my anti-fan base was stronger than I'd known. A tiny little "I don't like him" thread blossomed into a 12-page, 5,300+ clicks cesspool of anti-intellectual mocking, scorn and ridicule. In short, an inflation of hatred beyond the confines of a few clippings.

Walking into the midst of a motley crew like that can be an interesting experience, and it was my intention until I read enough to know that was what they wanted. The Freeper that invited me was a rarely-appearing one, and that plus the content of his messages was suspicious enough for me to mention it to the mods, who promptly revoked the account.

Instead of appearing on the thread, I knew from the thread that these Dave-haters (evidently, they have a lot of time and energy to devote to their paranoid soirees) were closely monitoring my FR posts and "commenting" on the content, so I posted the following to a Free Republic Armed Citizen thread, including the members of the creationist ping list for their enjoyment and good humor.

To those that spend four pages of your forum hunting down everything about me on the internet from YouTube videos to Amazon.com wish list items and reviews, those who pick apart my words from the comfort of their own forum, to those who have nothing better to do than haunt my forum comments, to all you sycophantic parasites who must crush others in your own mind, rather than concentrate on bettering yourselves:

Your obsession and your fear amuse me. It is clear you think I will become a leader some day, and so you feel it best to preemtively chip away at my reputation. Don't flatter yourselves into thinking you have that kind of power. I take your hatred as a great compliment, and as affirmation that I'm doing something right, indeed many things.

And while you gnash your teeth at the screen, while you let your hatred grate on your bones and counsume your life, DO keep in mind; I already have some of your IP addresses.


This naturally raised a squealing of protests, insisting that I was threatening them.

They also seem to have an infatuation with calling me a momma's boy, insisting that "Most boys should hate their mothers at that age." And this simply because my own mother chose to visit a Free Republic thread and speak some words in my defense. (Also a years-old quip from an old forum where I said I couldn't join the military because my mother would kill me. Where they got that, I have no idea, which leads me to suspect either old adversaries are resurfacing, or these people really have way too much time on their hands.)

Having also located this blog, they proceeded to taunt my YouTube posting where I demonstrate twirling with a quarterstaff. This led to all sorts of jokes about sticks, poles, wands and "batons," an inaccurate name they latched on to because it sounded the most ridiculous.

They also browsed my Amazon.com reviews and Wish List, and scoured the internet for other traces of me, including perusing old posts at Free Republic.

And of course, these people ("homeschooling Christian" people?) are obsessed about sex. When I mentioned batons are for cheerleaders, and "carrying girls in skimpy outfits around on some basketball court somewhere is not exactly appealing to me" they immediately launched into chortling that I must be homosexual. What an interesting assumption; either a man is fast and loose with women, or he is gay. Clear signs that this culture has forgotten any semblance of honor or dignity.

Another Freeper asked me why I "kept bringing it up" and why I mentioned having IP addresses.

I responded as follows:
I guess to some extent, I legitimize their twaddle by stooping to acknowledge it. But perhaps I swing to the opposite extreme of President Bush/the White House, which lost the election because they permitted too much criticism to go unanswered. (Like the "Bush lied, there was no WMD" argument, for example.) I judge a lot of people, politicians mostly, by how they react and respond to critics.

Pretty much the only reason I shared the thread is to let others laugh at them along with me, and to shake our collective heads in amazement at the bafflingly intense hatred leveled at little old me. They insist that I'm a childish momma's boy, yet they consider me more of a threat (saying they are out to prove I'm no Christian leader, and worrying I'll run for president) than I do. Which is good to know, actually.

Why waste so much time and energy digging up everything you can find if it's some worthless, petty momma's boy? If someone goes out of their way to get in your face and insist you are worthless, after a while you're going to suspect that at least one person doesn't think so....the one that is exuding so much effort to tell you so.

Letting them know I have IP addresses (different from ISP) lets them know they're not completely anonymous. In the world of the internet, anonymity can give confidence to buffoons like these to spout off things they would never say in person. Stripping away some of that anonymity can sober people up a little. Now, they view that as a threat. Absurd, since I'm not the one that started a thread to attack them. Fancy technique, isn't it, to begin slandering someone on the internet, and when that person lets you know they're not completely faceless, pretend it's a veiled threat. And anyway, what do they think I'm going to do, come calling with my "baton"?


And no doubt, this longer-than-desired explanation on the blog will redouble their belief that they have the capability to effect or alter my behavior, or at least get under my skin. If that's how they get their pleasures, then they lead very, very empty lives.

The most interesting part comes where the accusations of pornographic bestiality websites begins. My comment about IP addresses startled them into searching for how I could have that information, which quickly led them to my profile. As evidenced by this chart, the hits had by then taken quite a spike:



One of the geniuses clicked on the "Referers" page of my hit-counter, and discovered referers from pages like "big asian gays" and "animal sex" and all kinds of other profane, crappy sites. This immediately led to allegations of pornography. I was befuddled by the stats on the page. Fortunately, my keen investigative eye quickly spotted the caption written in plain, easy-to-read text at the top of the page.
"The referer, or HTTP referer, signifies the webpage which linked to a new page on the Internet. By checking the referer, the new page can see where the request came from. Referer logging is used to allow websites and web servers to identify where people are visiting them from, for promotional or security purposes.

...

When visiting a webpage, the referer or referring page is the URL of the previous webpage from which a link was followed. More generally, a referer is the URL of a previous item which led to this request."


In other words, porn spiderbots imbedded the site's URL in their page. (Either that, or perverts from weird sites just happened to type in the URL to my page, and thought they'd take a break from lewd pages to read about me. I suspect the former.)

I cannot explain this any more than I can explain why my user name once turned up in a French website that was selling printer ink. It's the internet. What can I say.



I don't have much to say in conclusion. All I can say is...some people simply have way, waaaaay too much time on their hands.

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