Archive for March, 2011

Obama has a Cone of Silence

March 24, 2011

The idea of going into a third official war in the Middle East (not counting the drone strikes in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, etc.) really sucks and all, of course. But the upside is that we get just that much more coverage of all the cool tech that goes into our latest military intervention.

So for example the BBC has this article about how the President has this special tent. So does Q’addafi, but this one is way better because it’s basically like a cone of silence from the old Get Smart TV series, except it actually works 99% of the time. They have to say 99% of the time because apparently someone was able to sneak in a camera and take a picture of the scene inside.

In order to make sure it’s as secure as possible, they have to bring their own air supply. And this tent is made of a “secret material” which keeps emissions in and listening devices out. It sounds like it was invented by a 10 year old trying to make a better imaginary pillow fort, which I guess is why I find this stuff kind of cool.


Murphy can haz Congress

March 16, 2011

WNYMedia somehow got word that BEAST EIC Ian Murphy has the Green Party’s nomination for taking Chris Lee’s seat in Congress in the upcoming special election. Jack Davis is also running. Walter Sobchak has something to say about Davis’s candidacy:


Robot Jim

March 10, 2011

I had some pretty strong feelings about the watering down of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but now I think the other side is starting to win me over. These people make some excellent points:

Here is where to go to contribute to this important project.


March 7, 2011

Repent Amarillo guy will run for mayor of some town

March 7, 2011

Hey, remember those distinguished gentlemen from Amarillo, Texas who like to execute Santa Claus in effigy and harass patrons of swingers’ clubs? Their leader is running for mayor of Amarillo. Here is a video of him in what looks like a church, announcing his candidacy:

At the 1:47 mark, you can hear him say this (emphasis mine, factual and grammatical errors his):

“It is time that Christians rise up and start taking responsibility of their civic duties seriously and start running for office.”

Yes, the time has come for Christians to start running for office. They must start doing this. For too long, only non-Christians have been running for office.

He prefaces all this with a long reading from Romans 13, which I initially thought was the one the KKK likes so much. But after checking back to where I heard that, it turns out it was actually the 12th chapter of Romans. So it’s totally different! Oh, except he has the exact same “Christian flag” as the “Grand Wizard” of the Klan in the Safran video.

KKK Grand Wizard Chris Johnson showing off their Christian flag

David Grisham of Repent Amarillo announcing his mayoral candidacy

I don’t think this means Grisham is a secret Klansman, or even that he’s necessarily racist. The Christian flag seems more like a dog whistle than the established flag of any particular Christian extremist organization. If you go to the Focus on the Family HQ in Colorado Springs, you will see it there also:

According to Wikipedia, it was first designed in early 20th century Brooklyn, probably by Satanic hipsters trying to be ironic. So again, Grisham’s not necessarily a Klansman just because he and the KKK share a flag, just like he’s probably not a communist just because he seems to strongly imply in his campaign video that he’s going to try to use government power to shut down what I’m sure is Amarillo’s totally happening bar scene. But still, very creepy, especially if he ends up winning.