Okay, it’s funny

From NRO’s Corner today:

The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent bombings and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” Londoners have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorised from “Tiresome” to a “Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was during the great fire of 1666.

Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are “Surrender” and “Collaborate.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability.

It’s not only the English and French that are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from “shout loudly and excitedly” to “elaborate military posturing”. Two more levels remain, “ineffective combat operations” and “change sides”.

The Germans also increased their alert state from “disdainful arrogance” to “dress in uniform and sing marching songs”. They also have two higher levels: “invade a neighbour” and “lose”.

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual and the only threat they worry about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

My favorite is still SNL’s German Jeopardy. Subjects: Pain, Suffering, Countries That Are Weak….

The ADD excuse

I’ve never bought into the Attention Deficit Disorder epidemic, and having a certain amount of experience with illegal chemicals, I’ve always found it impossible to believe that passing out speed to kids is a good idea. If they were having them smoke pot, I’d be more open to the possibility, but I can’t imagine having a boy hork a few lines of coke being particularly helpful with his studies either.

Anyhow, it seems pretty clear to me that as with fat people, there is a small group with a genuine medical problem requiring treatment and a much larger group that uses the medical problem as an excuse to cover their lack of responsibility. How do you distinguish between an out-of-control, undisciplined child and one who genuine suffers from ADD, especially with the cursory examinations provided by the school-affiliated personnel who do much of the diagnosing? I’d like to see one of the television shows run a sting and have perfectly normal kids act hyperactive and see how many medical “experts” diagnose them with ADD.

ADD may well be real, but so is Discipline Deficit Disorder. I always found it interesting how these supposedly out-of-control teens never had a problem behaving in the dojo. They seemed to mysteriously find the ability to behave when the alternative was becoming the receipient of a literal beat-down. It worked on adults too; even the most hot-tempered men learned that they actually did have the ability to keep their cool.

Discipline doesn’t always have to be physical, of course. But it has to be there and be consistent, in whatever form.

I don’t know why I like Vin Diesel, I just do

Bane points us to an excellent set of Diesel-related hagiography:

If you were to lock Vin Diesel in a room with a guitar, a year later you would have the greatest album ever, it would sweep the Grammy’s. When asked why he doesn’t do this Vin replied “Because Grammy’s are for queers.” Then he ate a knife to show the seriousness of his response.

Vin Diesel is not lactose intolerant, he just refuses to put up with lactose’s shit.

Vin Diesel is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Vin Diesel allows to live.

I laughed, I cried. Much better than Cats.

My arms are stronger than your guns

I had one of those ramp days yesterday. You know, when you’ve been stuck on a plateau for months, then one day, for no reason, you decide to throw on a few extra pounds and you suddenly discover that it turns out to be doable.

I started out with 10×90, then hit 8×100, 6×108 and 4×117 on the straight bar. I probably could have got five on that last one, but I wasn’t wearing a weight belt and my backbone felt as if it was about to explode right out of the skin, so I just put it down. After the straight bar sets, I’ve been doing four sets of 10x on the pulley machines; machines are lame but they do give you a nicer cut once you get your mass going with the free weights.

Now I’ve decided my goal is to be able to curl Spacebunny ten times, ideally sans a creatine boost. This is complicated by the fact that I’d also like to lose a few pounds and get ripped again. So, my bench has dropped twenty pounds, as normally happens when I’m not eating like a horse, but I’ve noticed that the smaller muscle groups, like the arms, sometimes aren’t negatively affected by having less fuel in the tank.

And full credit to anyone not named WB or BC who can name the author of the quote cited in the post title off the top of their head.

Mailvox: respect and you will be respected

qwerty complains:

That has been my exact point all along, for which I am called names (old bitter man, asshole, pervert) by the good Christians on this blog.

All I’ve ever done on this blog is to state that some of us cannot believe. Those who do believe are not influenced by any logic or evidence that contradicts their beliefs.

That’s more than a bit of an exaggeration. When one baits and belittles, one should not complain when one gets bit. When one behaves like an anal orifice and indulges in the occasional vulgarity, one should not be surprised when one is labeled, more or less accurately, as an asshole.

There are plenty of regulars here who are not Christian. Some are Jews, some are atheists, most, I suspect, are agnostic. Since they have not had any problem with being attacked for their divergent belief or outright non-belief, the notion that one is being called names for that reason simply is not credible.

It’s not that hard. You can make a case against an idea, even a witheringly contemptuous one, without making it personal. Cedarford, just to give an example of one who is not exactly shy about disagreeing with me, has gone from being a considered a complete troll to one whose opinions must be carefully weighed primarily through the modifying his primary mode of address. (I can just see a few hundred of you nodding your head, then hating yourself for it. But give credit where credit is due.)

I seldom ban people simply for being jerks; you have to go out of your way to manage that. But being a jerk doesn’t intimidate anyone nor will it help you make your case. This may sound somewhat hypocritical given the way in which I often address others who are active outside this blog, but in those cases the negative tone of the communication has already been set by them and there is no direct debate between the critic and I. Also, in such cases the communication is made outside the framework of an intellectual community, unlike here where one’s character is often well-understood by others.

You don’t have to play nice here, but it is in one’s own interest, over time, to play polite.