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So, let's get to the general unhinged-ness of the media surrounding Sarah Palin's book and related tour, shall we?
Dennis the Peasant: "Nothing like have a British-born, Ivy League-educated, pot smoking fudgepacker of an atheist telling ya who the real Americans are, eh?"
Love Sarah Palin or not, one has to admit the press is so undone by her that they are both aggressive and passive-aggressive in their hate, and they betray themselves continually in all sorts of ways. They betray their snobbism; they betray their spitefulness, and most emphatically, they betray the fact that our “fourth estate” is populated mostly by perpetual adolescents.The left is collectively losing its shit over Sarah Palin because they're afraid of her. The derision, the snide comments, the lame jokes, the idiotic photoshops--all of them bely a deep, trembling fear of what Sarah Palin represents for Democrats and liberals.
Ace Of Spades notes that the only thing the "nuanced, multidimensional, wide-ranging" liberals can think of to combat Sarah Palin is "RAAAACISM!"
"...[W]hy is it at every opportunity they indulge in retarded reductivism and reduce everything to the single variable of racism?"
To a man with a hammer, everything is a nail. 'Nuff said.
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On to the weird, the strange, the crazy, the stupid.
A man spoke Klingon to his son for the first three years of his son's life, but he's not a "Trekkie".
Oh sure, you're not. No, you're a linguist!
...if you're a "linguist" you might speak French or German or Italian or Portugese or Visayan or Farsi or Japanese or Urdu or.... or any of hundreds of languages or dialects which come from actual real cultures rather than the made-up language of a fictional alien race.
Yeah, he's not a "Trekkie"; he's a "Trekker."
The first rule of using a crane is ensuring that the base is stable.
A large section of the tree, which had been connected to the crane, suddenly broke loose from the base of the oak and yanked down hard on the rig.I would like to know what the hell that's supposed to mean. The piece of tree was connected to the crane but the cable wasn't under tension? Do I understand that? And when the piece of tree unexpectedly came loose, the crane was suddenly subject to more load than it was designed for?
One of the workers was on the tree, cutting the large section loose when it snapped off, catching and yanking down the crane.
“It shockloaded the crane,” Kingsborough said. “The boom came crashing down and missed everybody.”
Or was it the opposite problem? Should the cable have been slack so that a sudden movement of the load couldn't move the crane?
Either way, I hope those guys have good insurance.
Five teens hurt in wreck. Driver: 16. None of the kids was wearing a seatbelt.
How much do you want to bet that speed and inexperience were a factor in the wreck? The article is woefully short on details, but one can assume that the 16-year-old driver of the car was going too fast, lost control, and blammo.
And none of 'em were wearing seatbelts.
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Last night I played WoW for a while, and decided that Chenal would go to Westfall to farm reputation with Stormwind. Then I realized that there were also plenty of quests in Elwynn Forest I could do; so I did those quests. End result: Chenal is now in Redridge and her reputation with Stormwind is rapidly closing in on "revered".
Why go to the trouble? I'll tell you why: Draenei have these elephant-like creatures named "elekk" for mounts, and I absolutely detest the sound they make when you mount up. It doesn't make an elephant sound; it makes this weird electronic screech. It's actually worse than the sound made by the Acherus Deathcharger that the Death Knights get, which is a kind of equine scream.
Chenal wants a horsie.
...but you have to be "exalted" with a faction before you can get that faction's mounts, and Stormwind was the secnd-highest rep score she had, behind Exodar. And so I'm doing--was doing--low-level quests to farm rep.
But now I'm doing quests which are more appropriate to her level, which has also increased to 23. In fact, by grinding quests, I have managed to do quite a bit of leveling with this character. I've had the character for, what, a week? --and she's 23rd level already.
By the time I finish Redridge she ought to be 24th at least, and well on the way to 25th; and then I'll go to Darkshire, which should be good for at least 5-6 more levels.
Of course no questing in Westfall is complete without Horde dorks showing up to grief people. Horde 70s and 80s periodically go to Westfall and kill everything they can. I'm not sure why; there is absolutely no challenge to it. An 80th level death knight can lay out most of the NPCs in Westfall with one or two blows, and you don't get honor points for killing player characters who are too far below your level. And Westfall is where characters around 13-20 do their questing.
I theorized, to another player, that these were morons who couldn't survive in a battleground, so they come to grief characters 1/4 their level. It's the only conclusion I can come to.