atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2477: Damn it, this does not help my depression.

Someone's made a bad movie version of Burroughs A Princess of Mars, AKA the first Barsoom novel (and which I am reading now).

I should probably try to find that movie myself and have a gander at it, but my emotional state is brittle enough that I don't want to endanger myself.


(And, yes, they totally mangled the plot.)

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Why aren't there more promotions like this? Buy a sports car, get a freakin' .50 caliber sniper rifle! Awesome!

Jalopnik (Gawker) sneers at this, of course, making a crack about Viagra, but if I could afford a Viper I'd probably go buy one from this guy just because it's such a cool promotion.

Hey, if you buy a PT Cruiser, do you get a .22LR?

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Do you flatfeet understand the law you're enforcing? Wisconsin cops are arresting law-abiding citizens for legally carrying firearms, and the municipalities which employ them are paying through the nose for these civil rights violations.

Sorry, libs: in the US, "the right to keep and bear firearms" is a civil right the same as freedom of expression and freedom of movement.

The cops themselves are doing their damnedest to punish law-abiding citizens for exercising their rights to keep and bear firearms. The ACLU is nowhere to be found in this, though if the cops were trying to shut up free speech or doing warrantless searches, the ACLU would be all over them.

Here is an example of police trampling someone's constitutional rights:
As open-carry is perfectly legal in Wisconsin and the officers were aware [a Wisconsin Carry member] had threatened no one and caused no disturbance, the officers had no reasonable articulable suspicion which the law requires, to stop and detain our member against her will. In addition, by drawing their guns on a law-abiding citizen who had done nothing wrong, the officers used an unlawful threat of deadly force during their detainment of our member. The police proceeded to, without reasonable suspicion or probable cause that any crime had occurred, conduct an illegal and unconstitutional search of our member's person and car. Our member was then unlawfully arrested and taken to the Brookfield Police Department for processing.
If you don't see anything wrong with that, just imagine that the woman was--instead--engaged in lawful protest of something you like seeing protested.

If a person is not committing a crime, the police have no business threatening, detaining, searching, and arresting that person--none at all--and the municipalities which employ those police should be sued. The departments should be investigated, and whoever is authorizing this totalitarian bullshit should be fired.

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Interesting point: A Princess of Mars contains a veiled excoriation of communism. Dejah Thoris (the eponymous princess) tells the Tharks that their "communal" way of life has led them to be nomadic barbarians who can only continue to survive on a dying planet because of the ongoing efforts of the red men of Mars (Dejah Thoris' race) to keep the entire planet habitable.


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As for me, I took half a Xanax at 4 AM and proceeded to toss and turn until the sun began to rise. The last time I saw the clock before falling asleep, it was after 6:30 and light was beginning to creep around the window shades; and because of the lateness of getting to sleep, I didn't wake up until 2:30 PM.

This is getting ridiculous.

Tonight I'm taking a whole Xanax at freakin' midnight.

Tomorrow I want to visit one of the banks and take back the trans-epidermal neural stimulator (TENS) that Mom had to help her with her back pain. This'll be easier if I don't sleep until freaking three PM. Both destinations are on the same city block, so it'll be a good use of time and effort. long as this stuff gets done in a reasonable time frame, hopefully no one will complain about it.

But I know how it always works out: I ask for input on how to do things and get no replies; I do what I think needs to be done; and then someone gets mad at me because I didn't do it the way they think I should have done it. Well, I've asked my questions and waited several days for input--and gotten none--so I'm going to proceed the way I think best. When the inevitable complaints come rolling in, I'll just have to print out a copy of my e-mails and wave them under a few appropriate noses.

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I wish I had something funny to say. I don't. Nevermind.

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