Sunday, February 3, 2013

More stupid news you can't use


Arizona student suspended 
For using an assault rifle as a wallpaper for his school issued computer. I seem to recall being in grade school and we did a mural of WWII on butcher paper for all to see complete with depictions of troops guns bombs and explosions and nothing was ever said about it. This was a class project where everybody added their artwork to the long scroll. How times have changed.

Inventor of the Etch-A-Sketch dies
Almost faded into history until the toy was briefly revived by Mitt Romney's attempt at the White House. The toy once made in the U.S. fell victim to off-shoring and was soon left to the bottom of the toy box with the rise of hand held video games. Never could get a good curved line with that thing.

You say Vukovar I say Bykobap
Croats are incensed that the cyrillic alphabet is being foisted upon their town. This is an effort to comply with the new european unions' minority rights standards. Good grief what are they now French Canada? Although you will notice most of our products here now come with spanish labels. And I'm one of those purists who turns the packaging around to the "american" label side.  I figure hey if you're going to live in a country at least have enough respect to learn the language. When in Rome do as the romans do and all that. 
And along those lines it appears that one of the Russian government ministers would like nothing more than ban all foreign words from the language. Good luck with that Igor. Modern languages are so fluid at the moment they change as fast as a fleeting text message. Foreign words can have a certain punch that's not found in the native vocabulary.  What would football be here without the "blitz" (german) or that dizzy blonde being called a dumb "dora" (russian)? Couldn't head down to the local eatery without using a french word now could you?

Ex Navy sniper killed at gun range
Well so much for your idea that well armed people can protect themselves. This guy had more experience than all of us put together, was at a gun range with other experienced gun owners and yet was killed. Then there was the idiot woman testifying that women should own assault rifles to protect their babies. Here's a question for you Mrs. Winchester. How fast do you think you can unlock a gun cabinet when there's a prowler breaking in the front door? And what happens when junior finds the keys to the gun safe and decides to play Rambo? 

Marines have doubts about women in combat roles
I have my doubts too. Having worked in the construction field for 20 odd years I've known only 4 women in the field in all that time. Two quit to seek other careers. One died from the physical demands and one other has been relegated to less physical positions like spotter or flagger. She also messed up her leg on a job and may have to retire on disability.
As for the military I'd like to see an all female special combat unit. Try that one out and see how it works.  

9 comments:

Aquarians Love To Fuck said...

".....I seem to recall being in grade school and we did a mural of WWII on butcher paper for all to see complete with depictions of troops guns bombs and explosions and nothing was ever said about it....."

Well, WWII was still on then, yes?

Ahhhhh! The good ole days when Kelvinator sold its refrigerators with the tag line: "When we're not making quality refrigerators, we're making bombs to drop on Tojo and the Japs." And the State of Florida flogged its grapefruit with lines like: "Full of Jap killing Victory Vitamin C!"

It was a simpler time.

".....As for the military I'd like to see an all female special combat unit....."

You need look no further than the Amazonian Guards - aka "The Revolutionary Nuns" of our dearly departed Muammar Gaddafi. I've always wondered where they were when the Colonel was getting bayonets shoved up his arse by his not-that-loyal Misratan Militia.

There's yer answer, Demeur.

Aquarians Love To Fuck said...

".....I figure hey if you're going to live in a country at least have enough respect to learn the language. When in Rome do as the romans do and all that......"

I agree!
That's why I have learned to speak all the indigenous languages one originally 'heard', pre-contact, in the 'land' now finding itself bordered by Mexico in the south and Soviet Canukistan in the north.

While on a fancy ocean cruise, First Class accommodation of course, I can say,
"Excuse me boy. Is this deckchair reserved?" and "I would like a bottle of your best champagne and some caviar - now!"
in 250 indigenous languages!

S.W. Anderson said...

Re: that Arizona student being suspended. Suspension is a typical and foolish authoritarian reaction that won't do any good. A better approach woul be to call the rebellious student in for a chat. Ask him if he understands why, in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre and the one at the Univ. of Virginia, and other incidents of school shootings, his wallpaper choice is offensive to the school administration, teachers and other students. Then, politely ask him to change it. If he refuses, tell him this.

"Very well, young man. You do what you have to do and I'll do what I have to do. I am going to attach a statement about your choice of laptop wallpaper in the wake of the Newtown massacre, that you were politely asked to change it, and that you refused, to your permanent record. Then, when you go to apply to a college, to join the military or get a job and they request our transcript, that statement will go along with it. They can make what they will about you and your attitude."

Then send the kid on his way and let him think about it. It might not get him to rethink his choice, but it would come closer than suspending him eve will.

BBC said...

When I was a kid in school we doodled war scenes on paper all the time while the teachers droned on about other boring things.

My daughter made writing cursive on an Etch-A-Sketch look easy.

Fuck, I'd better watch my back at the shooting range.

BBC said...

I don't use wallpaper on my computers but whatever anyone else wants to use is fine with me.

Randal Graves said...

Sure would be nice that anytime a student displays such overt blow-em-uppery, we sit back and contemplate our empire's glorification of such things inside the zone of approval.

Aquarians Love To Fuck said...

Mr. Demeur,

I know you have sworn off all things NFL sportsball thiny, but last night's 'entertainment' brought the following tune to my lips,

Yo when the lights (Yo when the lights)
Go fucking out (Go fucking out)
Yo when the lights go fucking out.
You can bet dem Who Dats is guilty.
Yo when the lights go fucking out.

Revenge is a dish best served in the dark!

Demeur said...

Me thinks you have too much time on your hands A.L.F. You'd better go wash them.

Aquarians Love To Fuck said...

Fi sir!
You don't have enough!

Though I have been a little tardy with my personal hygiene of late so I might take your suggestion under advisement.