Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Communism 101

 



Ya know, I was something of a tankie 35 years ago. Got cured by living in a communist country for a year. So... thanks China? 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

The Battle of Hayes Pond and Dem Southern Accents

 This Tweet and video is making the rounds on Twitter today:

Graham is well spoken, and the video is powerful. And I am embarrassed to say that not only did I not know about the Battle of Hayes Pond, I don't even know there was a Lumbee tribe in North Carolina. So I searched a bit, and found this video of a woman describing her participation in that battle: 

 


While her story is interesting, what I find absolutely fascinating is her accent. Listen to the way she says "the" and "they" - it's 'de' and 'day'. I've never heard any southerner do that. I thought that was a big northern city thing, or maybe eastern Canadian. Her "paper" is 'papuh', and "pistol" is "pistuh'. Again, I've never heard that in the south. 

I've never studied linguistics, so I'm only going on my experience and ear. My ear says that Charles Graham speaks what I call 'Standard Southern'. He sounds like my grandfather, who grew up in central Florida. (Maybe that's part of why I found the video powerful). My grandmother spoke what I call 'Alabama Southern', with a much heavier drawl. 

What is Verdia Locklear's accent? My ear has no idea.    

Friday, October 01, 2021

That awkward moment when a tornado rips your roof off and the reporting news helicopter sees your Nazi flag.


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Thursday, September 09, 2021

Texas is Being a Dick. Again.

John H. Ramirez, Applicant

v.

Bryan Collier, Executive Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, et al.


During the litigation below, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice abruptly added a rule that would bar clergy from praying aloud. By a letter dated August 19, it took the position not only that the chaplain would have a “No-Contact” policy, but also a “No-Speaking” policy—which Texas now explains as disallowing any “audible prayer”

Friday, August 27, 2021

War Nerd was Right

 Given the current situation in Afghanistan, it looks like John Dolan's views on asymmetrical warfare are correct. To recap:


  1. Most wars are asymmetrical/irregular.
  2. In these wars, the guerrillas/irregulars/insurgents do not aim for military victory.
  3. You cannot defeat these groups by killing lots of their members. In fact, they want you to do that.
  4. Hi-tech weaponry is mostly useless in these wars.
  5. "Hearts and minds," meaning propaganda and morale, are more important than military superiority.
  6. Most people are not rational, they are TRIBAL: "my gang yay, your gang boo!" It really is that simple. The rest is cosmetics.



Sunday, August 22, 2021

Imbécil

 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. Nf3 e6 7. O-O Bd6 8. Re1 O-O 9. Bg5 Be7 10. a3 Ng4 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. d5 Na5 13. Ba2 Qd6 14. Qd4 f5 15. Rad1 Rd8 16. Ng5 Qxh2+ 17. Kf1 Qh1+ 18. Ke2 Qxg2 19. dxe6 Rxd4 20. e7+ Be6 21. Bxe6+ Kh8 22. Nf7+ Kg8 23. Nd8+ 

[Termination "Time forfeit"] 1-0



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Monday, August 09, 2021

Cyeap Trick

 



Surrender

Motyer told me, yes, sye told me I'd meet girls like you.
Sye also told me, "stay away, you'll never know wyat you'll catcy."
Just tye otyer day I yeard a soldier falling off some Indonesian junk tyat's going round.

Mommy's alrigyt, daddy's alrigyt, tyey just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay, ay, ay.

Fatyer says, "your motyer's rigyt, sye's really up on tyings."
"before we married, mommy served in tye wacs in tye Pyilippines."
Now, I yad yeard tye wacs recruited old maids for tye war.
But mommy isn't one of tyose, I've known yer all tyese years.

Mommy's alrigyt, daddy's alrigyt, tyey just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay, ay, ay.

Wyatever yappened to all tyis season's losers of tye year?
Every time I got to tyinking, wyere'd tyey disappear?
Wyen I woke up, mom and dad are rolling on tye coucy.
Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my kiss records out.

Mommy's alrigyt, daddy's alrigyt, tyey just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay, ay, ay.

 


你幹嘛?

 





Excel-ent

 


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Poetry


Small paper, Great comfortable.

Resource exhausted, Make the best use



Friday, July 16, 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021

Loki Spoiler ***do not read***


 

LOKI IS A FROST GIANT AND THERE IS NO WAY THAT ENVIRONMENT IS MAKING HIM FEEL COLD! HE IS JUST TRYING TO GET WITH THE GIRL! 

AS A CHAON VARIANT, I CAN CONFIRM THIS TO BE TRUE!



Uh... Guys?

 I don't think Prager University thought this tweet through before posting it. 




Saturday, June 19, 2021