Archive for January, 2010

Quick Take: Fakery

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on 18, January 2010 by chockblock

A big electronics firm is busted trying to pass a $400 blu ray player as a $3500 Blu-ray. The crooks!

Claims that the Himalayan glaciers will be gone my 2035 are based on the claims of“an obscure Indian scientist who has admitted that the assertion is conjectural, and not based on any formal, peer reviewed research” Global Warming is Real!

See the difference?

H/T: ++undead

Nuance

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 16, January 2010 by chockblock

When rich people or big businesses get a bailout, libs cry “not fair”, when conservatives make a gaffe, they are fodder for comedy and ridicule.

The left?

Remember, the left has more compassion and heart then those eeevilll republicans. they care more than you do.

More on Chinese Missile Tests: UPDATE the MSM SPEAKS!

Posted in ADA, army life, army training, guns, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 13, January 2010 by chockblock

A followup to my last post, more details have emerged:

Of course the Chinese want the US to end our missile defense tests. All thier hue and cry was hiding their own work against us.

And of course the left is silent. (I’m looking at you Wired Magazine)

Update:

Total tool Mark Thompson opines in Time magazine:

But any commotion generated by the Chinese test is somewhat passe. Ballistic missiles follow a predictable arc through the skies that makes them relatively easy to target.

Closing Velocity deconstructs this doofus: when it’s a US test its either rigged or the system won’t work, a foreign system is not a threat. Go read his article and click on the links.

Chinese Missile Defense

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12, January 2010 by chockblock

Seems the Chinese have decided to test their Midcourse BMD:

BEIJING (AP) — China’s military successfully tested a system for intercepting missiles in mid-flight on Monday, state media reported.

Few details were given about the test, with the official Xinhua News Agency saying only that ”ground-based midcourse missile interception technology” was tested within Chinese territory and achieved the expected objective.

Now Closing Velocity points out two things:

  1. No details.
  2. This comes after a mega-arms deal with Taiwan

If the Chinese are doing it, why is the left not howling in protest? Why the silence? Because they hate America, the US military and protecting our allies (Israel, Taiwan).
They’d rather throw millions of innocent people under the bus than admit that the US is protecting democracy.

Let’s hope that our government follows through with the arms deal to Taiwan.

There are no sides. There’s no Sunnis and Shiites. There’s no Democrats and Republicans. There’s only HAVES and HAVE-NOTS. “Shooter”, 2007.

That’s lefty thinking, they want national security, terrorism and our allies to GO AWAY. Sadly they believe that our country is the enemy, some people in our own government even believe that the people charged with protecting our country would let people die to disgrace our President. (Projection if you ask me).

What makes me mad is that people will die due to the left’s dithering on missile defense.

BTW: Russia is back in the arms business…

Late night fights or why I don’t watch late nite TV anymore

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 11, January 2010 by chockblock

Late night talk shows used to be a window into the American Psyche. I remember being a young boy watching Carson on the TV.

Well, Carson signed off, Letterman went to CBS, Leno took over and Conan (the unfunny) took over the late late show.

Leno was forced out retired from the Tonight Show and Conan took over. Ratings have sucked. Leno’s prime time show as not fared as well.

The affiliates are revolting. Ad revenues are tanking as CBS (Letterman and Craig Ferguson) have eaten into their ratings.

Why did this happen? Conan was up against loser CBS shows after Letterman, then Craig Ferguson arrived and beat him nightly. But the die was cast, they feared losing Conan to another network and wanted to cheaply replace Leno. Only now is the dept of their mistake clear. In Star Wars terms, Darth Vader would be force-choking some vice presidents.

Pajiba brings us this little gem:

From what we know so far, it looks like Jay Leno is going to be moving back to the 11:30 slot, after the Winter Olympics finish their run, where he will have a half-hour show that will lead into Conan’s hour-long show (presumably, Conan will keep “The Tonight Show,” while Leno will continue under “The Jay Leno Show” banner). Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon looks to be moving to the 1 a.m. graveyard, which is — and I can’t believe I’m saying this — a shame, as I’ve caught a few episodes of Fallon’s show, and it’s not embarrassing. He strikes out more than he succeeds, but he tries a lot of new things, which is more than I can say for the other late-night talk show hosts (including Dave, who has been doing the same, reliable shtick for decades).

And Carson Daily, poor guy, gets 2:00 AM. Only junkies and insomniacs are awake at 2am.

So a popular TV host is replaced by a nerd with no talent. CBS’s nerd with no talent Letterman, gets a ratings boost. I miss Carson.

Man I’m glad I gave up TV for the internet.

H/T: In From the Cold and Agent Bedhead

It’s a jungle out there: Liberal arts majors in crisis.

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 9, January 2010 by chockblock

Dr. Helen offers up this gem:

The 124th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association is in San Diego this weekend. It’s probably not the wildest of conventions even in good times, but the mood is a good bit more somber than usual this time around. It wasn’t specifically reflected in today’s jobless numbers, but new history PhDs looking for work — most of them are just plain out of luck.
“Liberal arts job market looks bleak” Publicradio.com

I graduates a long time ago with a BS in psychology, at the time the big insurance companies were not interested in paying PhD level salaries, they wanted grad students. Then they changed their minds and now wanted bachelors degrees. Undergrads being cheaper. The job market was not in my favor with just a BS, so I join the army instead. The sad fact is that I make more as a soldier than I could with my degree.

Most lib arts majors work outside their field. Honestly, unless you write books, become a celebrity or have tenure, you career options are limited. I met many people with lib arts degrees not working in their field. Teaching? Unless you marry someone with with a good paying job, you will starve as a teacher. You have to work outside your field, keep studing and growing.

Sadly many high school graduates go to college and just expect a BA degree to carry them. Many view college as high school writ large. From low GPA’s from laziness to stupid facebook pics costing jobs, these “kids” fail to grasp that they are now adults competing to join the workforce.

I’m glad I chose psychology because my studies prepared me for the real world (grounded as I was in science due to my degree requirements). Someday I might apply for OCS, or I might go up the NCO ranks, I might even become a civilian again, my doors are open either way.

Lib Arts degrees are worthless unless you’re prepared to work and study anything. Yes we need technical writers, but that’s just a subset of the market (and wikis are eating into that for some products). When times are good, tenure and other positions open up, nowadays people want nuts and bolts degrees: science, engineering and business.

For those of you with brains enough to PLAN your career, good for you. You may have a lot of hard work, but hey who actually works in there field 100% of the time? LOL

For those of you marching and chanting in the streets, becoming “radicalized” and hoping that “change” will come, it will:
Want fries with that?

(more textbook madness at Something Awful.com

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