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Mr. Demetriou’s recent comment had me looking through his blog.  It is interesting to see some anti-idiotarianism expressed from across the pond.  Especially this bit about the leftists over there being as fed up with democracy as ours are over here.  It does remind Mr. Fu of the quote from George Bernard Shaw that the British and the Americans are, “Two peoples separated by a common language.”  Of course, Mr. Fu came about the quote via the movie Patton, so he can only be credited with a deep sense of American militarism.

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Ponderable

There are no atheists in hell.

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Learn A Lesson

The literary quote of the day is hilarious:  “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk.  That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  Ernest Hemingway.  Heh….

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A Long Time Coming

SLAPSHOT digs up a doozy, the first oil refinery to be built in the United States of American since 1976 has passed zoning a vote in Union County, South Dakota.  The measure passed 58% for to 42% against.  The Save Union County (interesting ACRONYM, SUC!) group which opposes the refinery promises regulatory delays and lawsuits.

While Mr. Fu sympathizes with the complaints of some of the citizens, the question remains, who is going to get the refineries?  This is like an upscaled water treatment plant, we need them but very few people want them in their back yard.  But something will be done in this country to fix the price of high gasoline.  The short term answer is domestic production and refining.  Mr. Fu is willing to bet the same people opposing this refinery have complained about the high price of gasoline and diesel fuel.  That is irony.

There are complaints about the smell, one comment is,“Ever drive through the oil country in Kansas, Oklahoma, or Texas? The smell is very strong.” Ah, wow, you live in like South Dakota, not like there are not feed lots in South Dakota, and they smell just as bad or worse.

Mr. Fu suspects that even if they were talking about putting in a melt-down proof, non-smelling, non-polluting, non-radioactive emitting nuclear power plant that these same people would complain.  There are always complainers and always some reason not to do something that is of benefit.  As some British politician quoted some poet regarding the attitudes of some liberal, “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”

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The Words of Fu

Engineer: “But the user will know that means!”

Mr. Fu: “That assumes a user not in evidence.”

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His Name Does Not Indicate The Wisdom Of His Words

Benjamin Franklin Fairless, president of United States Steel Corporation (1950), stated: “You cannot strengthen one by weakening another; and you cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the leg of a giant.”

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There Have Been Worse Religions

Mr. Fu wrote this in response to a friend who was wondering what happened to “Christmas” stationery (slightly edited):

Yes, the redefining of Christmas into a Winter Holiday.  Like a Winter Holiday is not religious in and of itself? The Druids were up to no good this time of year and everyone whose ancestors painted themselves blue knows it!  While Jewish kids were spinning the dradel Mr. Fu’s ancestors were living in caves, only going out to shove rocks around for a religious experience.

Now that would be a real imposition of religion on someone, drag them out to a field outside of Lincoln, Nebraska and make them stack ten ton rock columns up in the snow.  They think Christianity can be intrusive and obnoxious?  They can just wait until a Druid drops a 20,000 pound rock on their numb foot in the middle of December trying to get the calendar back up and running in time for Winter Solstice!

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Your Fifteen Minutes

In discussing this quote:

In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
Andy Warhol

MISS SERIOUS was wondering if you got that all at once or could spread it around some?  She also wondered if that was an average for humanity and that some would not get their fifteen minutes that others might have a bit more fame?

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What Science Fiction Can Teach Us

This from the great novel, The Postman, by David Brin:

[A dream version of Ben Franklin opines] “It’s said that ‘power corrupts,’ but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptable. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. When they do act, they think of it as service, which has limits. The tyrant, though, seeks mastery, for which he is insatiable, implacable.” — David Brin, The Postman, page 267

Mr. Fu presents, the nominees for the President of the United States, 2008.

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Why Boxing Is High Culture

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
Jack Handey

It reminds Mr. Fu of REPSLEH MIJ’s story of his artsy-fartsy girlfriend back in the day making him go see the latest Martin Scorsese film.  She was gushing about how great a director Scorsese was and the art of it all.  So REPSLEH, being a man’s man for all his being a freak in those days, was looking forward to this like root canal without the benefit of anesthesia or liquor.  They get into the theater, girlfriend still gushing, and the film starts rolling.  Taxi Driver. REPSLEH is in hog heaven, “It was like a Sam Peckinpah movie!”

Girlfriend squirms, cannot believe her beloved Scorsese has done such a thing and she wants to leave.  REPSLEH is having none of it, he is staying until the credits have rolled.  The relationship did not last long after that….

Taxi Driver, where ballet meets boxing.

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Wrong To Mourn

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton, Jr.

Salute this American, Joseph Richardson, who rescued his four year old daughter, Kaniyah, from the foolishness of a drunk driver, Angelo Thomas.  Our prayers go out to the Richardson family at this time.

John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Joseph is waiting on the other side.  We thank God for Joseph’s life and the example he provided.  Let us all do likewise.

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It Makes One Wonder

There is no greater impotence in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you.
Norman Mailer

So when did Norman Mailer ever truly experience being right?  And why impotence?  Revel in being right while all the world is wrong.  In the valley of the blind the one eyed man is king.  Even if the blind mob does destroy him, he has seen where they have not.

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Lessons For Youths (Yutes?)

We were discussing the merits of self-defense with CLONE RED last night and this quote was brought up:

“Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.”
—  Booker T. Washington

It should be noted that Mr. Washington is a model American.  Mr. Fu wishes we had more like him!

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A History Lesson

As Woody said on Cheers, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. English and math too.”

History of the Ignorant

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The Return of SLAPSHOT, With A WTFreak? Link

Good golly, Children’s Hospital Boston is giving drugs to children to delay puberty so the children can decide whether they want a male or female body. What rough beast slouched into this hospital distributing this as a good idea? Children are going to decide what sex they want to be? This is an obvious GOOD IDEA, because children, as we know, have vast amounts of experience and huge intellects which, especially the ones approaching puberty, are not encumbered by hormones and such.

To quote Hudson, “Why don’t you put her in charge?”

Or should that have been “put him/her in charge?” Mr. Fu knew that age qualification for President was some kind of anti-youth scam!

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Huh?

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.
Dorothy L. Sayers

But Mr. Fu though it was an serviceable substitute for wit.  A man should be able to trust his Maugham.

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This Article Will Teach You

How to be more like Mr. Fu!

Joy is within your reach.  Jesus is too.  Yes, there is a connection.

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How True

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
Laurence J. Peter

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That’s Strange

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Sir Arthur Eddington

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Golf Clap….

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
GK Chesterton

Liberty, not license.

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