Monday, February 25, 2013

Good read

By way of Lady Tam, I discover the blog of Chris Hernandez and found myself lost in his archives.

Good man, writing well. Well worth the time.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Michael Z. Williamson nails it.

Go. Read.

I wish I could write that well.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Oh, dear.

I have apparently struck a nerve with at least one Nony Mouse -- maybe two, I'm not sure yet -- in regards to yesterday's post.

The first of such takes umbrage at my assertion that LAPD had murdered three people (so far!) in the manhunt for Chris Dorner. My bad.

To be fair, the Los Angeles Police Department only managed to wound one Hispanic woman with two shots to the back from vehicle ramming range, and injure her septuagenarian mother by way of broken glass...

... do keep in mind that Chris Dorner is neither Hispanic, nor female. Not in his 70's, either, come to think ...

... multiple officers, multiple gunshots -- two non-fatal (so far) GSWs to the back.

Well played, sir. The LAPD did not, in fact, kill those two people whilst multiple officers were Swiss-cheesing their car. At ramming distance.

The sheer number of "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are this precise" memes and posters springing up around the Internet would be making my inner science-fiction nerd giggle if the circumstances weren't so sad.  And quite frankly, unnecessary.

The third person (so far) not only wasn't killed, but it wasn't the LAPD who did the shooting. Apparently it was Torrance PD who rammed a truck driven by a white dude (Dorner is male, however he isn't exactly pale of complexion) and then opened fire, giving the driver a shoulder injury and a concussion, according to his lawyer. None of which were bullet-inflicted.

So, I am mistaken. LAPD has NOT murdered as many people as Dorner has during the manhunt.

"It's two Hispanic females! Delivering papers!"

"It's Dorner!" BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM ... ad infinitum.

"Oh, it's not. Ah, well. We didn't kill them."


Very well, oh Anony Mouse of the Internet, you have caught me out. Consider me chastised.

The second commenter seems to ... well, I'm not sure.

He seems to have a laundry list of things he wants out of me -- mostly he seems to want me to respect people -- and he'll generously not lump me in with Chris Dorner. I think.


New around here, aren't you?

Tell you what. Over on the left of your screen there are several years worth of archives. A lot of those archives deal with me interacting with people on a professional basis.

Why don't you read those archives before you start nattering about respect. That way you won't be (metaphorically speaking) stepping on your wedding tackle in front of the average Gentle Reader who has been reading me from the start of this blog, and -- I hope -- already knows what sort of person I am.

Take your time, there are a lot of them. You can start with this one.

Nothing but love,


Monday, February 11, 2013

I take offence ...

... at the assertion that "We are all Chris Dorner".

Dorner is a critter who got a case of the arse towards the man who represented Dorner while Dorner fought his termination from the LAPD -- unsuccessfully. Dorner then decided that his case of the arse was best settled by murdering the man's daughter.

Allow me the re-state that: Chris Dorner felt that his advocate did not did his best to defend Dorner against termination. So Dorner butchered the daughter of that advocate.

This may sound like a laudable act to some sodding numpties out there, but I -- unlike Dorner -- am a man. If I have a problem with another person, that problem is between me and that other person -- I don't slaughter that other person's children.

So don't you
dare state that I "am Chris Dorner."

You think we're all Chris Dorner? You think Chris Dorner is someone to be lauded? Go to hell.

I realize that the LAPD is a bunch of trigger-happy cowboys who have managed to murder just as many innocent people during the manhunt as Dorner did to start the hunt, but that just makes the LAPD officers responsible just as bad as Dorner -- it doesn't make Dorner anything other than the cowardly murdering scum that he is.

"We are all Chris Dorner". How dare you?

How dare you justify the murder of a 28-year-old woman -- who had absolutely
nothing to do with her killer's dispute with her father -- because you don't like the LAPD? Or cops in general?

Who the hell are you to identify "We" with a man who would callously gun down a woman and her fiance in their car with no way to defend themselves -- just because he was mad at her father?

You think this is a good idea? You think this is praiseworthy? You think that this is something to be cheered? Feted? Something that we should all aspire to, since "We are all Chris Dorner"?



Monday, February 04, 2013

For the love of all that is holy ...

I understand that the National Anthem is a difficult song to sing.

Tune being lifted from a British drinking song -- To Anacreon in Heaven, point of fact -- probably means that it wouldn't hurt to be slightly liquored up before attempting to sing it.

However, it is the National Anthem -- a symbol of this great land -- and as such, is not a song one should "Put some stink on".

Sing the bloody thing properly and with reverence, or don't sing it at all.

If you want to add some flourishes, or vocal pole dancing, find another song to embellish. There are plenty out there.

Thank you.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.


Edit:  I am lovingly informed that the correct term is "Put some stank on it".  My bad.