Storm Troopers Revisited

From the desk of the Oracle:

It won't be too much longer before our own God Fearin' troops don masks similar to Stormy's over here. There will be plenty of functional reasons for it -- networked com links, camera, head and face protection, cooling, etc - but underneath all of these functional issues will be the issue that underlies so very much:

Fear. Striking fear in the "enemy". Causing him terror. But not as terrorists, of course!

Imagine, if you will, that you are an Afghani goat trader -- don't knock it! It's a good career in Afghanistan. You're settling down for the night in your primitive abode, no electricity or running water, in fact, you're living much as people have for our species entire history. But then a crash in the distance, and you rush outside to see the soft green glow of night vision goggles, as American soliders pour out of the sky, out of the dark, looking like robots, like nothing you've ever seen...

I would imagine it would be quite frightening. Does this make US the bad guys? That we inspire fear, intentionally?


Tips for livin'

Take it from me: If you ever have to battle a giant, seemingly invincible Rock Demon, take heart - you can win. All you need is one of the following:
A. Extreme cold
B. Extreme heat
C. A piece of the Rock Demon himself, by which to pierce his unpierceable Rock Demon hide.

Good luck, if this situation ever presents itself.


State of the Republican Party

It's all right here, in picture form! The crying! The whining! The lying!


Miss Swat Valley 2009

Pretty sexy, I know! The judges are gonna have a heck of a time picking a winner this year!


Never Forget

The aide said that guys like me were ‘’in what we call the reality-based community,’’ which he defined as people who ‘’believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘’That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’’ he continued. ‘’We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’’

Never forget what these assholes -- and the asshole minions who did their business -- have done to our country and the world.

Assholes all.



We are all blessed, of course, because we are alive, here, reading this presumably. To be alive is the greatest blessing you could ever conceive of.

And yet, we take most, if not all, blessings for granted, and instead are on the look out for any situation where we feel aggrieved, or cheated, and then moan and wail about these situations, forgetting the blessing that is our very existence.

There are many other blessings that are b
estowed upon us that are also quickly forgotten. I could go on and on in this category, but for the purposes of this post, let us focus on the Blessings of Those Not With Us.

Case in point, in some terrible alternate universe, right now we
could have as President this:

And as Vice President, this:

Do you realize how Blessed we are -- the entire world is -- that we do not?

Let us take a moment to appreciate this.....



Redshirt Mondays

One of these Redshirts will die while performing a Lube Job - can you guess which one?