I finished up the work on the motorcycle last night and got it all put back together, but left it sitting in the family room. It was cool enough after 3 AM that I was able to open up the house; but now it's 90° in here. I'm going to close up in a bit, adjust the carb, and then put the motorcycle in the garage.
On to the linkerating and bloggerating!
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In there a link to Mish who says, "...Pat Quinn is the worst governor in the nation. He will not be re-elected."
The first part is true. The second is not. Why, do you ask?
Simple: Illinois is controlled by Mike Madigan and the Chicago Democrat Machine. Quinn can't lose an election; there will be enough votes to retain him in the next election regardless of how many actual votes for him are cast.
This kind of thing will persist as long as Democrats can prevent the existence of any kind of law that requires voters to show a photo ID.
...the DOOM! post contains an excellent turn of phrase, by the way: "Speaking of being boned, PA's state capitol Harrisburg is about to start pining for the fjords." That's awesome.
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As Luke, dying under the Emperor's torrent of force lightning, calls out to his father to help him, Vader stares quietly, looks at his son, then at the Emperor, and makes his decision. And he DOESN"T FUCKING SAY A THING. That's what makes it so powerful. You could almost see the thought process behind the mask, as Vader slowly comes out of the fog of 20+ years of evil. It's a grand, amazing moment and the pinnacle of the trilogy, in my opinion.I have a copy of the original, un-fucked-with Star Wars trilogy, on videotape. I am so very glad I do.
And George Lucas just ruined it.
You know what? When I first read Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, back in the early 1980s, there was a phrase in the story which I almost understood:
Going into the shed, he hunted for something without more than a general idea of what it would look like, and found it where Little Fuzzy had discarded it when he found the chisel. It was a stock of hardwood a foot long, rubbed down and polished smooth, apparently with sandstone. There was a paddle at one end, with enough of an edge to behead a prawn, and the other end had been worked to a point. He took it into the living hut and sat down at the desk to examine it with a magnifying glass. Bits of soil embedded in the sharp end--that had been used as a pick. The paddle end had been used as a shovel, beheader and shell-cracker. Little Fuzzy had known exactly what he wanted when he'd started making that thing, he'd kept on until it was as perfect as possible, and had stopped short of spoiling it by overrefinement.Emphasis added.
What George Lucas has done--with all his twiddling, tweaking, re-imaging, and re-cutting--has only spoiled Star Wars through overrefinement. The result is that I now have a perfect real-world example to point to when I wish to explain what that means.
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Over at DPUD, there's a discussion about Obama's speech next week and how it's all made of FAIL.
Wednesday the 7th, and the GOP has a big debate scheduled that day.
Obama then says, "Hey, I'm going to address a joint session of Congress on the 7th!"
Boehner says, "Um, no, you're not; we're busy that day."
Obama: "I'm going to address a joint session of Congress on the 8th!"
#1: It's shocking that the GOP actually has the cojones to look out for its own interests. It makes Obama look weak (well, he is weak).
#2: So Obama picked the beginning of NFL season to have his speech.
The DPUD post clearly elucidates what's wrong with that: does he give the speech before the game starts--which is too early for His Nibs--or does he give the speech at the same time as the game? Or does the NFL game get to start after Boss Tweek has finished stammering out the stuff on the teleprompter?
If he gives the speech at the same time--no one will watch it. No one but the die-hard left-wing political wonks, that is. FAIL.
If the game is delayed so he can give his speech, he just pissed off countless millions of football fans. (Bonus points if the asshat-in-chief is late for it, the way he was last time.) FAIL.
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Michelle Malkin discusses the politically-motivated raid on Gibson Guitars.
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Ann Coulter: "The Dog Ate Our Fossils".
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Unions backed down in Wausau, Wisconsin, after they were told, "You want to exclude Republicans from the Labor Day parade? Fine...just cough up the money to pay for your political rally and we're good."
Cloaking themselves in the mantle of liberalism, the union thugs replied that "...the Labor Council didn't want community groups and school bands affected, so Republicans will be allowed in the parade."
Oh, yeah, it was for the community groups and the school bands. It had nothing to do with the money; oh no! If it weren't for those community groups and school bands, the union goons would have stuck by their guns, you betcha!
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"Shhhhh: U.S. Economy Quietly Entered A Recession Last Friday..."
No it didn't.
...for the US to have entered a recession last Friday it had to have been out of recession, and it hasn't been. The "end" of the recession was government statistical fiddling.
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I have talked about this many times: making solar panels involves a lot of toxic chemicals. It is dirty and messy and makes pollution. If you make your solar panels somewhere else, you make a mess there instead of in your own back yard.
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If you're a male on a college campus, you're a sexual predator.
...yeah, feminism really is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
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It's 2 PM. I have to be at the church at 3:30 for my therapy appointment.
I still can't believe those two Ebay auctions I grabbed last night.
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...I go to the bathroom; and while in there the lights flicker, and I think, Oh, shit....
Sure enough: thermostat at 84°, temp at 86°, AC running. ARGH. The damned windows are still open, for crying out loud!