This is what they call “Supporting the troops”?

You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do
your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And
if you don’t you get stuck in Iraq
.”

Remember, this man considers himself qualified to be the Commander In Chief of the U.S. military.

War hero, my left buttock.

 
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October 31st, 2006 by exurbankevin

Trick or Indulgence!

Sure, while the rest of the world does the popular thing and celebrates Halloween tonight, my family will quietly observe Reformation Day in our usual way: We’re going around all the houses in our neighbourhood and tacking up copies of Luther’s 95 Theses on the doors of all the houses that look Papist.

And then we’ll hand out Luther bobble-heads to all the little Protestant kids that come around tonight, and finish off the evening with a few rousing stanzas of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” and go off to bed secure in the knowledge of our salvation by grace.

Ahhh, tradition.

 
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October 31st, 2006 by exurbankevin

Blame Canada!

for global warming (must be all those hockey rinks…). And while you’re at it, blame the French, Belgians and Luxemborgians (-borgites? -bourgieos? How about just “The Collective”? I digress…), ’cause they ain’t gonna make their targets, either.

Good thing that BushCheneyRoveHaliburton are solely responsible for global warming, or else they’d have to share in the blame.

 
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October 31st, 2006 by exurbankevin

Remind Me

OK, while I’m not a huge fan of the new Geico “Caveman” commercials, I absolutely love the backing track for the one where he’s in the airport.  Turns out the track is by the Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp, and is titled “Remind Me”.  There is a fantastic video for the song as well (although the mix is a bit different than featured in the commercial).

Note, the umlaut in the band name does not appear to be a gratuitous diaeresis, as in the Heavy metal umlaut.

Update: Holy cräp, I’m an ärse and a gït.  The umlaut in the band name IS gratuitous (see the Wikipedia article I referenced), and is a tribute to none other than Motörhead .  The Norwegian spelling is actually Røyksopp.

 
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October 30th, 2006 by admindude

It’s because you wanna’ BE me (or us)

At the suggestion of my fellow exurbanites, I will begin blogging on a regular basis about whatever I happen to be thinking about at the time. Therefore, my apologies for the sure to be hours of your wasted time if you happen to read them. I will at sometime in the near future explain my angst at blogging so freely.

At any rate, I had a thought while I was working on Sunday night trying to get ahead of a very busy week. While I know I am one who should seek help for the amount of time I work, and I assure you all, I am trying to correct this bad habit. I began thinking about how many other of my fellow Americans have this same ailment. The thought then came to mind how America is sometimes praised by some and lamented by others as being the richest nation in the world. The obvious question that results from these two observations is…could there be a connection.

While there are factors such as the abundance of natural resources and the propensity for some to desire a lower tax burden on it’s citizens (Thank you George W. Bush), if there is a connection, recent trends in Europe will guarantee that America will remain the richest nation in the world because, gosh darn it, we just work harder. And we should not have to apologize for that.

 
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October 30th, 2006 by admindude

Way, way, WAY over the top

But funny? Oh yeah.

 
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October 25th, 2006 by exurbankevin

Spirits of the season

The lobby of my workplace is all dolled-up for Halloween, including plastic skeletons, grinning jack-o-lanterns and mylar ghosts.

Think about that for a second: A Fortune Service 500 company is acknowledging the idea of ghosts. True, they’re not saying they exist nor posing the idea that our IT department is the new Amityville Horror, (in reality, it’s The Nightmare on Carver Street…), but clearly, they’re comfortable with portrayals of the supernatural in a business setting, at least when it comes to ghosts, goblins and other semi-malicious critters around All Hallow’s Eve time.

I wonder what would happen if they were so bold as to display a (gasp!) angel at Christmas? Why is one cartoon-ish display of the spiritual and supernatural acceptable for one holiday only?

Maybe, just maybe, the heart of Man is more accustomed to the dark. We don’t really worry about showing off the ghoulish and devilish, it’s The Light we seem to have problems with…

 
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October 22nd, 2006 by exurbankevin

Watch this space

Hotsoup.com is launching tomorrow.

As Arte Johnson would say, “Veddy interestink.”

It’s got some interesting people behind it, that’s for sure. Let’s see if it becomes the new Pnyx, or just dengenerates into Freepers and Kossacks yelling and flinging poo at each other.

 
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October 19th, 2006 by exurbankevin

The Essence of Truthiness

Peggy Noonan nails it nicely in today’s Opinion Journal:

“I feel so much, therefore my views are correct and must prevail.”

I find it interesting that those who would blast politicians for legislating based on their religious views have no problem overriding logic and “speaking from the heart” when (in their opinion) their cause is just.

Why is that permissible, when people who speak from faith, who are guided not just by the whims of emotion but by their scripture of choice, must not have a voice? If anything, people who speak from a religious-based soapbox are more grounded in the real, as they rely not on just the inconstant current of political trendiness, but on words of wisdom that have survived through the centuries.

My faith is based on my feelings AND my mind. Yes, I believe at some point, a leap of faith is needed. If we knew all the answers, we wouldn’t need God. But I believe in a rational God, whose fingerprints can be seen everywhere and in everything. It is a mystery, and like all mysteries, requires logic intuition and a little hoping to figure out.

 
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October 13th, 2006 by exurbankevin

They stand on guard for us

A month ago, Jon launched into a well-meaning (I think…) diatribe against my home country of Canada.

Maybe he should have held his tongue, because according to the Democrats, Canadian soldiers are in the U.S. Military (see for yourself here).

Bush lied, Canucks died!

UPDATE:

Discussing this with the fetching Mrs. Creighton a few minutes ago:

Me: “Of course they support the troops. Don’t know who they are, but they support them!”
Mrs. Creighton: “Maybe they just support the Canadian troops.”
And this, of course, is one of the many reasons why I love her so…

 
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October 8th, 2006 by exurbankevin