Friday, October 31, 2008

Lesson In Don't Treat The Gander Like The Goose

We saw this coming.

2 accused of hanging Obama effigy on Ky. campus

In part:
. . .the two men told detectives they decided to hang the effigy after seeing media reports about a Sarah Palin effigy in California.

Witnesses who saw the effigy Wednesday said it was life-sized with an Obama Halloween mask, a suit jacket and sweat pants. It was found hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck.

UK President Lee Todd said the effigy violates the university's code of ethics, and Fischer faces punishment that could include expulsion.

"As outrageous and offensive an act as the effigy was, I truly believe it has mobilized our campus, the community and the state in an effort to battle racism," Todd said Thursday.
Yessir, and I also predict that opposition to any of (soon to be) President Obama's policies will be greeted with the accusation, "Well, you just don't like it 'cause you're a racist!"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Stock Market and Animal Husbandry

I figured out the perfect paradigm for the behavior of the stock market: the traders are just like turkeys! They all get crazy and run to one end of the yard and the next day get crazy and run to the other end. And sometimes they just stand there and gobble stupidly.

And for those of you from the city: Animal husbandry != farm sex. Sickos.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Son of More Political Dialogue. . .

Out in West Hollywood they've hung Sarah Palin in effigy.

In part:
Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told CBS 2 News that drivers and bus passengers have been stopping to snap pictures of the macabre scene.

Morisette says the effigy would be out of bounds at any other time of year, but it's within the spirit of Halloween.
Now if someone hung Obama in effigy would it be accepted in the same way? Hmmm?

October BlogMeet: Friends and Food and Fun!

Roberta has the report from yesterday's BlogMeet.

I wonder if I can take the little squirt gun I acquired onto campus? Hmmmm.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I thought I'd add another feature to the digs here at Baker Street: Suggested Reading. I'm not too critical about what I read outside my professional field. I read a fair amount of mind candy and now and then find a real gem (Malazan Book of the Fallen series for instance). I am critical about what I'd ask someone else to read. If I didn't like it, I won't ask you to read it.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More political dialogue. . .

. . .from Obamaster's supporters:

Republican HQ Manager's Home Shot Up Over McCain Signs

h/t The Jawa Report

A Romantic Interlude

This one warms my cockles.

"Star Star"

I am more than weary of the adoration people are showing for Obama and Palin.

We're going to be hiring a new technical support person here in my place of work. I'm 'point' for sifting through the applications. I hope we find a good employee and that they do the job we require. But I'm not going to hang their goddam picture on my wall. The same goes for any politician that, through the process of giving them my vote, I suggest that we hire for a trial period of four years. If they don't do the job I require of them, I'm going to suggest that we fire them and hire someone else. But I'm not going to hang their goddam picture on my wall.

By the way, right now I see no one that can do the job and I wouldn't hire any of 'em. And I'm not talking about my place of work.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Let them drink beer!

While we may lose our drinking water (according to the propaganda arm of the Colts):

Emergency fix to keep drinking water flowing

at least we can drink beverages at the Lucre Oil Stadium as our tax dollars went there rather than fixing the city's infrastructure.

Biased Press? I still tell ya, no way!!!!

Rob at the Say Anything blog writes that "Obama Broke Illinois Ethics Laws As A State Legislator." and points out:
Just to sum up, the media can find Joe the Plumber’s tax woes within 24 hours of his having dared to question The One’s narrative, but they can’t find a clear ethical violation in the released records of a man who has been campaigning for President for two years now.

Another truth-telling moment brought to you by our fair and objective news media.
h/t Ace of Spades HQ

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Conservative vs. Liberal (Socialist)

This cartoon has appeared in a number of places (Smallest Minority, Shooting The Messenger, and Mostly Cajun), but I still want to post it here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The (non-)Feminist Media

I've thought for some time now that there is no stigma to being a hypocrite. My opinion appears to be supported by Roberta X's dead-on observation of how misogynistic the MSM can be when dealing with The Enemy. She also observes:
We should probably thank our lucky stars the Republicans didn't run Condoleezza Rice. I'd just as soon not find out the dinosaur media's real feelings about race.

I think we already know.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The High Road - Moved

Yesterday received the following from Oleg Volk:
Welcome to the new home of The High Road(tm) forum.

My name is Oleg Volk, and I am the owner of The High Road(tm). When I started the forum in 2002, my vision was to create a place where people from around the world could engage in cordial discussion of RKBA related matters. Since then, you have helped make The High Road(tm) one of the best places on the web for learning about firearms, for educating new shooters and for supporting effective advocacy of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Due to pending legal issues, I am moving the forum to a new home at This is the one and only official site at this time, owned by me. The same high standards of civility apply. In the near future, we will provide more than just a forum. The High Road(tm) is becoming an information and activism center for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

With the help of GeoVario, our new host, The High Road(tm) is now online in its new home. The new location of The High Road(tm) -- -- will serve our members while the conversion of the .org domain name by THR's former sysadmin is being challenged in court (Copy of the complaint available: ).

Feel free to mirror this announcement on your blog (here is a link to mine with details of this matter and how you can help. ). If you link to THR, please update the link to point to Eventually, both .us and .org addresses will point to the same site again.

Thank you all
- Oleg Volk, Owner
The High Road(tm)
I see that the forums at the old and this new location have active participants.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The MSM Get Their Marching Orders

From the Obamaster's Press Secretary.

Via Drudge:


In toto:
Wed Oct 15 2008 11:13:03 ET

The Obama campaign issued a set of debate 'talking points' to media on Wednesday morning, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

Press Secretary Sean Smith issued the directive in an email from Pennsylvania, 12 hours before the debate.

The memo oddly mirrors much of the main press analysis and theme of the current campaign:

-------- Original Message --------
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:37:27 -0500
From: Sean Smith [s***]
To: Sean Smith [s***]

* This is John McCain's last chance to turn this race around and somehow convince the American people that his erratic response to this economic crisis doesn't disqualify him from being President.

* Just this weekend the weekend, John McCain vowed to "whip Obama's you-know-what" at the debate, and he's indicated that he'll be bringing up Bill Ayers to try to distract voters.

* So we know that Senator McCain will come ready to attack Barack Obama and bring his dishonorable campaign tactics to the debate stage.

Obama continues to lead on the economic crisis with a rescue plan for Main Street.

* Over the course of the campaign, Barack Obama has laid out a set of policies that will grow our middle class and strengthen our economy.

* But he knows we face an immediate economic emergency that requires urgent action - on top of the plans he's already laid out - to help workers and families and communities struggling right now.

* That's why Barack Obama is introducing a comprehensive four-part Rescue Plan for the Middle Class - to immediately to stabilize our financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and help struggling homeowners.

* This is a plan that can and should be implemented immediately.

* Obama has shown steady leadership during this crisis and offered concrete solutions to move the country forward - and his Rescue Plan for the Middle Class builds on the plans to strengthen the economy and rebuild the middle class that he's laid out over the course of this campaign.

* Already in this campaign, he's unveiled plans to give 95 percent of workers and their families a tax cut, eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000, bring down the cost of health care for families and businesses; and create millions of new jobs by investing in the renewable energy sources.

* John McCain has been erratic and unsteady since this crisis began - staggering from position to position and trying to change the subject away from the economy by launching false character attacks.



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Biased Press? No way!!!!

I continue to argue with a colleague who insists that there's no bias in the media but that they move on controversy as it 'sells.' Well, the question is asked over at Little Green Footballs,

"If a guy with a monkey doll gets national coverage, why doesn’t this?"

Monday, October 13, 2008

Colts get 1st win at Lucas Oil Stadium

McCain Graffiti at IUPUI

A bunch of pro-McCain graffiti has appeared on the sidewalks and streets at IUPUI to the point that it can be considered vandalism. From my vantage point the areas around Campus Center, Cavanaugh Hall, at Lecture Hall have been 'tagged.' My colleagues are looking funny at me when I say that part of me suspects that it could have been done by anti-McCain people to destroy whatever support there was for him around here. As I've made it a point of saying that I have no favorites in this horse-race, I'm surprised that I'm not taken seriously.

And following this line of thought, all it will take is a few anti-McCain Code Pink yahoos to attend his rallies and repeatedly shout the "N" word to get the MSM to publish article after article about the racist supporters of McCain.

Musical Interlude

As is done by many screen writers who run out of ideas, I'm throwing in a musical interlude. I was intrigued by the song behind one of the latest Geico commercials with the two 'cavemen' on motorcycles:

The song is "Hurt You" by The Sounds from their Dying to Say This to You CD (I was going to say album!). The full song (that contains the 'F' bomb):

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Extra-curricular Tutoring

I feel that I can comment on this as I was once a fifteen-year-old-boy:

Teacher gets 2 years' home detention for sex tryst with boy, 15

In part:
The 15-year-old boy's foster parents noticed improved study skills, better behavior and a more positive attitude during the few months he worked with Sheila Vasquez.
Motivation. It's all in the motivation.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Racism and the Campaign

I am going to be so, so, tired of people yapping 'racism' by the time the Presidential Election is over. Patterico shows us just how bad it is.

Guns on campus

This Tuesday, October 7 the Indiana Student Affairs Association (ISAA) meets across the street in the Campus Center. Two panels look interesting:
Increasing Campus Safety: Outlawing Guns at Universities

Abby Stott, Marian College
Anthony Masseria, IUPUI
Emily Ritter, IUPUI

Over the last thirty years, there have been too many incidences of gun use on college campus. Not only have students lives been taken, but countless others have been affected in the process. In this session, we intend to explore how outlawing guns will increase campus safety. We will examine campus safety court cases and the feasibility of outlawing guns on college campuses. We will discuss current gun policy for the state of Indiana. By the end, we will offer proposed gun legislation.
Increasing Campus Safety: Guns on Campuses: Yes, No ?

Abby Stott, Marian College
Jessica Blackerby, IUPUI
Christy Moede, Franklin College
Karen Whitney, IUPUI

Violence on our campuses occurs too often. Do guns help or hinder campus violence? Is there another approach that does not involve guns that would reduce violence on campus? In this session, three perspectives pro gun, anti-gun and an alternative gun approach will be explored. The session will conclude with a robust group discussion. Court cases, constitutional and statutory law will be included.
I plan to attend and report back here on my Adventures in Wonderland.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Classic Leading Man

Ahab did it so I had to, too!

Your result for The Classic Leading Man Test...

Jimmy Stewart

You scored 12% Tough, 14% Roguish, 62% Friendly, and 14% Charming!

Harvey agrees.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

More of Shermlock's Advice on Fashion

There comes a point for a woman where tattoos go from being adornment to being a potential money-maker at the Side Show. I was reminded of this the other evening at WalMart when my wife and I spied a middle-aged woman in a sleeveless dress with a LOT of 'tat-s.' Mrs. Shomes was somewhat upset when I started singing:

Who said?

"In a democracy you have the right to elect those who oppress you."

I thought Tocqueville said it but I can't find it in Democracy in America.

Baby pics

Breda was asking for baby pictures. Well, here's me and my father. Probably taken around 1956.