Saturday, November 26, 2005

Saturday's STFU 11/26/2005


Saturday STFU's (why not?), originally uploaded by mightymerk.

Every Saturday I will feature those quotes and situations from the past week from all over the world, where had I been present I most assuredly would have said "STFU!"

Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson are breaking up.

"After three years of marriage and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," Simpson and Lachey said in a statement. "This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other."


Hey Nick and Jessica, STFU!

"Respect and admiration"? Is that what you call the daily filming of your newlywed life? One in which we got to see what shallow and brainless folk you be? That's right, it was all for money and publicity, gotcha!!
Of course the rumors of infidelity aside, I am sure you really loved each other. Nick, good for you. You were the first (of many to undoubtedly to come) to score on Jessica, mad respect to you. Just a future lesson for you. Stay away from any girl whose father is so involved in their lives, no matter what the reason. It is freakin creapy, especially when you throw in all the pseudo-minister stuff. It was doomed from the beginning.

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Terri Hatcher, star of the TV show Desperate Housewives is bringing a lawsuit against a British tabloid for printing and then circulating worldwide an articles that

"falsely alleged that she engages in sex romps on a regular basis with a series of men in a VW van parked outside her L.A. home for this purpose."


Ms. Hatcher was earlier quoted as saying...

"It's been so long since I've had any sex that I don't remember," she confessed to FHM magazine in February. "I feel like I'm too old to just have sex," she told In Style in April. "I mean, I want to have sex, but with somebody who really loves and gets me."

and further...

She has been quoted as saying she's gotten through the dry spell with the help of "some fabulous electronics," but she never mentioned vans.

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Hey Terri Hatcher, STFU!
Somebody who 'really' loves and gets you? I don't know really know the merits of the VW van story, but it seems like that is just about anyone you come in contact with after a night out clubbing qualifieds as someone who "loves and gets" you! Apparently other "fabulous electronics" like digital cameras and the printing press are quite capable of helping your "remember" just what and whom you have done. Being a 40 year old skeezer is no way to go through life.
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PETA has begun a new campaign, one in the form of comic books geard towards kids that depict fathers as bloodthursty killers, into becoming vegetarians. The handout is called, "Your Daddy Kills Animals."

PETA claims its only goal is to reduce meat consumption by changing children's eating habits.

Hey PETA, STFU!
As if parenting was not hard enough you put together a 'shock campaign' designed at alienating parents with their children. Let me commit the modern day sin and profile you all for a bit. I see you all as very depressed people. Maybe it was the love you never got at home, or the teasing that you most assuredly received at school everyday, but now that you have your own little 'clique' to belong to it is your time to cast down your own tyrannical hell. Good for you.
Yeah I eat meat. I drink beer and watch football too. I am the real Public Enemy #1 in your book. That said, I could care less what you do or do not eat. I am comfortable with you living you life to that diet you choose, why can't you show the least bit of tolerance for others?
Oh, that's right, somehow animals are equal to humans. I am sure to a large number of you folks, animals are even superior to folks like myself. Again, you can STFU! Perhaps one day some of you folks will allow people to make their own decisions based on the information that is out there (information that you even provide). Perhaps you will take a look in the mirror and recognize just how intollerant, childish and criminal some of you are. Sure, and I may just stop eating meat one day.

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Finally George Bush was in China last week. After meeting with President Hu Jintao a reporter asked

'Respectfully, sir, you know we are always respectful, in your statement this morning with President Hu, you seemed a little off your game, you seemed to hurry through your statement. There was a lack of enthusiasm. Was something bothering you?'


Bush replied

'Have you ever heard of jet lag? Well, good. That answers your question.'

Hey GW, STFU!
Let's make this simple. The job of the president is probasbly the toughest job in the world. But this is a job you took (and we gave to you) twice! I voted for you man, but this is a BS response. It is of course BS because:

* You are meeting with the freakin president of China. Give this guy your full attention. In the eyes of many they are the next great super power. In my eyes they are already there militarily and economically speaking. The last piece of the puzzle, their culture, is well on its way in the form of mass migration to all western nations. These guys either become an important ally or dangers foe to us in the future.

* You only have to think about those in the field of combat in Iraq and other places, who are equally if not more tired mostly because they are losing sleep at night due to visions of fallen comrades or the endless sounds of explosions and gunfire that occurs some nights. I am sure the desire to see their family and loved ones plays into this as well.

* There are countless Americans like myself who work day in and day out and could never get a way with a little comment like "You ever hear of jet lag". I myself travel my ass off and I have to have my A game on at all times. A majority of my travel has been international and I do my very best to represent America as best I can. Be it at the negotiating table or the pub!


In closing, next time you are feeling a little run down, evne in China, go grab yourself a doppel espresso (or whatever) and stop the 'weh'!!
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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving, originally uploaded by mightymerk.

In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom, and by the middle of the 19th century many other states had done the same. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving, and since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, generally designating the fourth Thursday of November as a holiday.

To my American Friends, Happy Thanksgiving. To my friends around the world, Happy Thursday, I wish you peace.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Saturday STFU's 11/19/2005


Saturday STFU's (why not?), originally uploaded by mightymerk.

New Feature Folks!
Every Saturday I will feature those quotes and situations from the past week from all over the world, where had I been present I most assuredly would have said
"STFU!"

I am feeling a bit creative and a bit frisky lately. Here goes nothing...

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Congress has declined to prosecute Rafael Palmeiro for perjury because the evidence they received was "confusing and contradictory in many respects."
Mr. Palmeiro's is contending that he unknowingly received a steroid while being administered a B12 shot from teammate Michael Tejada.

Palmeiro said, "I feel that the B-12 was probably the thing that might have done it."

Hey Rafael, STFU!
You know damn well that the 'B12 shot' is exactly how the steroid entered your system. The only surprise is that you got caught. In the modern day sports world when a guy is feeling a little down and in the middle of a slump one would believe that an athlete would approach the team trainer of phsyician for such a shot. Just STFU! as nobody is buying the BS!

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Robert Blake was 'convicted' in a civil trial for the wrongful death of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley. Mr. Blake was acquitted just 8 months ago in the criminal.

"My fervent hope and prayers," he said on his last day of testimony, "are that when this is over that everyone get on with their lives."
Hey Robert Blake, STFU!
Now that you are out $30 million but also out of jail, perhaps you can take some time now and find the real killer of your wife. Perhaps playing the same golf circuit as OJ Simpson will help!

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Ford is cutting 4000 jobs in North America. The company lost another $284 million in the third quarter and shares have dropped nearly 40% since 2004 (those i owned included).

Ford Chairman and Chief Executive Bill Ford Jr. said last month that the automaker will announce its long-awaited restructuring plan -- dubbed "Way Forward" -- in January.


Hey Bill Ford Jr, STFU!
Unless those plans include developing viable manufacturing jobs in America and the rehiring of more workers domestically you are a failure in my opinion. Your grandfather is an American icon because he made the automobile more accesible to Americans (and the world for that matter). How about doing something truly remarkable and hire more American workers in 2006 then foreign companies like Toyotal plan to? Personally, I stoped 'buying your American cars' when you stopped 'hiring our American workers'!

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Last but not least People Magazine has named Matthew McConaughey sexiest man alive for 2005.

"I like the 'Alive' part," says McConaughey, 36, of being crowned PEOPLE's 20th Sexiest Man Alive. "Now I've made it. Wait until you see the roles I could take after this. You're going to see my gut hanging over, plus 22 (lbs.). It'll be a whole new kind of sexy!"


Hey Matthew, STFU!
Is that suppose to be a funny? I think we have seen your view of a "new kind of sexy". Remember a few years back when you were strolling around your house, rambling incoherently and naked? Or was that the 'old kind' of sexy? Sweet stuff guy.
And while I may be no judge of male beauty or sexiness, many around the blogsphere say you have to contend with this guy. Good luck in 2006!


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

New Jersey and you...


Yum a dum-dum!, originally uploaded by mightymerk.

Scandals, more scandals, Global Warming threats and pollution issues aside New Jersey is a great place to live.
We are known as the Garden State for reasons as such. While one of the 'smaller' states geographically speaking, New Jersey makes up for what it lacks in physical sizeit makes up for in its motion, err, I mean poulation density.

New Jersey has a problem. We don't have a 'catchy enough' marketing scheme, I mean state motto in order to attract enough visitors from other states. You see, we need more tourism revenue to funnel into Trenton so that it can eventually go unaccounted for (officially) and churn out a few more millionaires who will score big by doing some 'public service'. Thanks again for the public service guys.

The current, but agin slogan is "New Jersey and You, Perfect Together". You are speechless I'm sure. Governor Richard Codey rejected aconsultants earlier suggestion of "New Jersey: We'll Win You Over" as too negative. So he put out a call to the talented people of New Jersey, yours truly included, to come up with something more positive. It has yielded some results.

Some were a bit comedic:

Most of Our Elected Officials Have Not Been Indicted

NJ: How You Doin'?

While investigating this subject I found this blog entry that provided a few laughs.

I could and should be less jaded for a moment and point out what New Jersey is famous for:

It is where Thomas Edison did some really neat stuff.
The Boss was born in Freehold, NJ and put Asbury Park, NJ on the map (which has since been removed).
The 22nd and 24th President of the United States, Grover Cleveland, was born in Caldwell, NJ.
The tide of the American Revolution changed at Monmouth Battlefield in Freehold, NJ.

And then we have the Jersey Shore

We also sometimes make a false ownership claim to the Statue of Liberty (but that is another story)

So now you see all of the great reasons as to why you should come visit us. What can I do to help increase tourism in NJ?

I leave you with my contribution:

New Jersey: Ladies Drink Free
Watch them come Governor Codey

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Thus Spoke the Meathead!!


Still a Meathead!, originally uploaded by mightymerk.

Caught this on David Horowitz's Blog.

I have never condemned a 'friend or foe' for having a different opinion then my own. This goes for which football team to cheer for, which beer to drink or whether or not they support the War on Terror or the War in Iraq.

Football and beer aside, the topics of War are complicated matters. One in which there are no absolutes. Often times what one finds morally acceptable is based on personal experience and philosophy sometimes even just 'style' differences and that is fine.

What I have little patience for is complete absurdity and hypocrisy (a majority of those in hollywood). Rob Reiner provides a nice example here.

The absurd:

"To send people off to die for a lie - I swear I never thought I'd see that again in my lifetime," Reiner told me. "We went through it in Vietnam."



Mr. Reiner manages to get both Vietnam and the War in Iraq wrong in one paragraph.
As David Horowitz aptly points out...

Actually Rob, we went to war in Vietnam, actually in Indo-China, to save South Vietnam and Cambodia from conquest by Communist forces backed by the Soviets and the Chinese. We failed thanks to people like you. Between two and three millions poor Indo-Chinese in both countries were slaughtered as a result of what you and others (myself included) did, and the peoples of both countries have lived under oppressive and poverty-producing regimes ever since.


And what 'lie' by any definition of the world was the War in Iraq based on?

I quote Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to Secretary Colin Powell...

I can’t tell you why the French, the Germans, the Brits, and us thought that most of the material, if not all of it, that we presented at the UN on 5 February 2003 was the truth. I can’t. I’ve wrestled with it. [But] when you see a satellite photograph of all the signs of the chemical-weapons ASP—Ammunition Supply Point—with chemical weapons, and you match all those signs with your matrix on what should show a chemical ASP, and they’re there, you have to conclude that it’s a chemical ASP, especially when you see the next satellite photograph which shows the UN inspectors wheeling in their white vehicles with black markings on them to that same ASP, and everything is changed, everything is clean. . . . But George [Tenet] was convinced, John McLaughlin [Tenet’s deputy] was convinced, that what we were presented [for Powell’s UN speech] was accurate.


So were the nations of France, Germany and Britain all complacent in this "lie"?

The hypocrisy lies in the fact that the democratic party, presumable Mr. Reiner's favorites are somehow exempt from this 'lie'. The voting record for the war shows an overwhelming support for it.

But this leads me to my last point...

Exactly why I can not support the democratic party at this point is because they stand for nothing. They vote for the war, yet from day one have done everything in their power and span of influence to detract from it. This 'confession' from John Edwards is just one recent example. (One must wonder if he would have made such concessions had he been elected as VP.)

Other then the true leftist radicals (who would make any true American sick to their stomach) Democrats tend to say one thing, and then do another. Sure Republicans do this too (and believe me I have almost had it with a bunch of them as well) but at least they tend to error on the side of America, and for now that is enough for me.

A classic recent exchange with Jay Rockefeller (D), Senate Select Committee with Chris Wallace (thank you Doug Ross)

WALLACE: ...You didn't get the Presidential Daily Brief or the Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. You got the National Intelligence Estimate. But the Silberman Commission, a Presidential commission that looked into this, did get copies of those briefs, and they say that they were, if anything, even more alarmist, even less nuanced than the intelligence you saw, and yet you, not the President, said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat...

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: I don't know, because I never get to see, nor does Pat, the Presidential Daily Brief...

WALLACE: But you voted, sir, and aren't you responsible for your vote?

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: No.

WALLACE: You're not?

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: No. I'm responsible for my vote, but I'd appreciate it if you'd get serious about this subject...

Huh?

The War in Iraq was based much more then WMD'd. But that is not what this post is about. It is about Rob Reiner, his dishonesty and the obessive compulsive disorder that has some on the left hating George Bush for everything he does and a lot for what he didn't do.

As Archie would say, "Zip it Meathead!!!"

Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day 2005


Stars, originally uploaded by mightymerk.


Today is Veterans Day. A day in which many of us thank the great veterans of many nations. For me it is a time to remember my father, who served in WWII and was part of the Normandi invasion and to the grand father I never knew who served in Europe during WWI. These are folks who made a great many things possible for me.

I leave for you the text to Green Fields of France by Eric Bogle. A fantastic ballad.


Well how do you do, young Willie McBride,
do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside
And rest for a while 'neath the warm summer sun
I've been working all day and I'm nearly done.
I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
when you joined the dead heroes of nineteen-sixteen.
I hope you died well and I hope you died clean
Or Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene.

Chorus:
Did they beat the drum slowly,
did they play the fife lowly,
did they sound the dead-march
as they lowered you down.
did the band play the Last post and chorus.
Did the pipes play the 'Flowers of the forest'.
Did you leave a ere a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
Although you died back in nineteen sixteen
In that same faithful heart are you forever nineteen
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enclosed and forever behind the glass frame
In a old photograph, torn and battered and stained
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame.

The sun now it shines on the green fields of France
There's a warm summer breeze, it makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There's no gas, no barbed wire, there's no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it's still no-man's-land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man
To a whole generation that were butchered and damned.

Now Willie McBride I can't help wonder why
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
did they believe when they answered the cause
Did they really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the sorrows, the suffering, the glory. the pain
The killing and dying was all done in vain
For young Willie McBride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Rage or Revolution?


france, originally uploaded by mightymerk.

Time to comment about the rioting in France that may also start catching fire (sorry for the pun) in the rest of Europe.

There is a lot of 'broadbrushing' going on right now. Some are calling this nothing more then overly destructive activities of wild youth. Others are calling this a sure sign of the viscious rise of Islamo Fascism. More moderate and practical thinkers (like myself) tend to see it a little differently. Don't get me wrong. There is little doubt that some disenfranchised youth are being exploited by a local Muslim extremist and supplied with ideas and materials to carry out some of the more threatning criminal acts that are taking place. If this situation is only suppressed and goes unresolved you can be sure that this 'relationship' between youth and radical will become more codependent in the future.

So what is the real problem? Is it racism? Classism? Religious persecution? Complete Socio-economic collapse?
And what is this response? Raised discontent? Rage? or Revolution?