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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Memo to Ted Thompson

Ted,

If you are looking to find the quarterback of the future for the Green Bay Packers (and if you aren't, why not!?), take a look at this guy.

Sure, he played for a Division III school.

So did Steve McNair, and Jerry Rice.

I'd like to point out that this kid broke all of Steve McNair's Division III records, and set one for ALL of college football.

Give him a workout, and then, if he's half as good as his gaudy numbers show, SIGN HIM! Draft him, before another team willing to look at him does.

signed,

Your faithful fan,

The Humble Devildog

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

I don't get it....

Can someone please explain to me why so many self-proclaimed intelligent people argue from ignorance?

Recently, I have had to deal with four people fairly close to me who first proclaimed their ignorance of a subject which I knew a little about, and THEN, told me I was wrong on that subject...immediately after telling me how little they knew about it!

I'm not even going to count the multitude of liberals I deal with on blogs, because that's just pushing the issue into the absurd.

People, people, people...if you EVER claim ignorance on the subject being conversed over, SHUT UP AND LISTEN to the people who are NOT ignorant. I learned an amazing amount over the years, just by doing that. Of course, asking questions is okay, but, do NOT tell them how wrong they are, or ignore what they are saying, just because you don't like it. YOU. JUST. ADMITTED. YOU. KNOW. NOTHING. ABOUT. IT. Shut. Up.

Peek down in the comments of my last post for an example of this. (Sorry, Harv. Still luv ya, and all, but...not knowing the basic rules of logic, but basing your atheism on them?! C'mon. Have some intellectual honesty.)

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Gonna piss off a few friends with this one....

Okay, so, I'm crawling around my kidnapped blog-son's site, and I slink through the comments on his post about the Italian atheist's fraud case being booted out of court by the judge. In the comments, Harvey said the Italian gave atheists a bad name.

Sorry, Harv. He didn't give atheists a bad name. Atheists' belief in the absurd gave them a bad name. In order to remain an atheist, one must:

1) Throw out the rules of logic.
2) Ignore any and all scientific evidence.
3) Deny the existence of ANY moral absolutes, such as "right" or "wrong", even those absolutes which they agree with.
4) Deny the existence of anything even remotely resembling "truth", even in their personal lives.
5) Consider themelves to be the apex of evolved life, all evidence to the contrary.
6) Be omniscient, omniopresent, and omnipotent.

In effect, in order for an atheist to remain an atheist, or even an agnostic, (I'm not going to futz around with the stupid semantics on this one) they have to elevate THEMSELVES to the god-status they have just spent their entire arguement denying the existence of. So, an atheist will ALWAYS argue that they don't exist. They can NOT exist, by their own very arguements.

So, please, feel free to do whatever you want to an atheist, because they don't exist in their own minds, so, you can't be punished, EVEN BY THEM, for anything you do to them.

That's only barely a joke. It's the logical extension of their arguements, taken to an absurd extreme. But, not THAT extreme. Atheism was the driving belief behind Communism, Fascism, and National Socialism. If those three movements considered atheism a good thing, shouldn't you think long and hard about it? Personally, once I found out Adolf Hitler breathed, I seriously considered not breathing any more.

Once you've rationally come to grips with the FACT that there is a god, THEN, we can argue about who that god is. Until then, you are irrational, illogical, and absurd. Sorry.

Three people probably care about this post....

Okay, it's been a while since I gave the updates to the three people who haven't heard them from me, personally.


Here goes.

The hand is still numb, but, I have a little more muscle control than I did before the surgery. Sometimes, for an hour or two, I even have full feeling in my hand. Other than that, not much has changed.

Although, I do have to say, the surgeon is just TRYING to get punched in the head. Once again, he sprung another "Oh, I guess I should have mentioned..." on me. It seems that it will take until September before I can even START rehabilitating my hand, due to some little tidbits of information he "forgot" to impart to me. Like, it takes one month per inch of difference between the injury (in this case, my elbow) and the felt effect (my hand) for "full" recovery. After the nerve has healed, THEN I get to try and rebuild my hand. One of these days, he's going to find out my right hand still works just fine, as it smashes into his nose. TELL ME THESE THINGS UP-FRONT! Don't spring them on me, just as I'm feeling optimistic. Jerk. Still a great surgeon, though. Good work, and his post-op crew are fantastic. That's the best looking scar I have, and, when it fades, it may be one of the least visible. So, if you are in Austin, and looking for some orthopedic surgery to be done, I have the name of a good surgeon. He might have a broken nose by that time, though.

On the payment front, I have much better news. Last week, I mailed off about $900 in checks, to pay of the second AND the third lowest medical bills. The first lowest bill got paid off about the same time I got the bill, because it was for $17. THAT'S a bill I didn't mind paying right away. The second and the third bills, though, were $650 and $1500, respectively. Paid off. Now, on to the $1900 bill (which has had some payments made on it) and the $5200 bill (which also has some payments made). After those, pay off my loans, and I'll be 100% debt free, 1 1/2 years after I started incurring ridiculous medical bills. For those of you keeping score at home, that will mean I will have paid off approximately $19,000, in 18 months, on a $37,000 gross salary. That includes my second job.

Please, tell me again why you can't get out of debt on your salary? I'm doing it on less than the national average salary (for households, not personal), and I'm sending almost half of my income to debts. Please don't try and tell me that debt is just a fact of life these days. That's an excuse, and a shitty one at that. The odds are, you make more than me. BUT, the odds are, you have more "toys" than I do. What I am typing on is the second most valuable "toy" I have, next to my car, and I'd be selling my car, if it wasn't in such bad shape. Look at what you really NEED, and cut out MUCH (not most, not all, maybe not even half) of the non-needs in your life, and you'll get out of debt in a very short amount of time. Trust me. You don't NEED a $25,000 new car, and you most certainly do not NEED a television with cable. Once you admit that you only WANT them, the decision to cut them or not to cut them from your life is a lot easier.

I don't have a television OR a cell-phone. Easy decision, once I looked at whether or not I really needed them.

I hate allergies

Okay, one more excuse...

Due to the wonderfully warm weather (for a transplanted CheeseHead...) we've been having, I have had the chance to find out that ragweed is NOT the only common ditchweed I'm allergic to. I'm also allergic to Mountain Cedar, or Juniper Ash, or Ash Juniper, or whatever the heck they call those stupid things. From what I gather, quite a few years ago, some idiot imported bonsai trees to Austin, TX, never considering the environmental impact. Just like kudzu and Japanese Beetles in the US, and rabbits in Australia, later generations have now discovered that those organisisms weren't native to the area, because those organisms have no natural enemies in the area. So, that means those cute little bonsai trees you've always wanted to own grow to quite large sizes, when they are planted in your garden and there are not predators for that tree.

So, in the middle of "winter", I get to have constant allergy attacks. Yay for me.

I guess I shouldn't complain too much, though. I don't have "Cedar Fever" nearly as bad as some other people I know, and I'd rather have "Cedar Fever" than "Hay Fever". Plus, a little sniffling and run-down feeling is a small price to pay to live in an area where the locals think 40 degrees ABOVE zero is too cold to leave the house without a parka. Seriously. Parkas. In 40 degrees. Hats, gloves and scarves, too.

I have directions to the escape hatch from Wisconsin, if any one needs them.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Can you fight for custody of a blog-son?

I now have a blog-son.

Sort of.

Deathknyte has taken the plunge, and started blogging. The problem is, he has multiple blog-parents. Three of us were there when his blog was birthed, yet, ONE of us has decided to just take custody of our charming baby blog-boy from us.

So, who do I contact about making this a dirty, knock-down, drag-out custody battle?

I WANT MY BLOG-SON BACK!

Anyway, he's a master Fisker, and he knows that "brevity is the soul of wit". He's also not quite as nice as I am to idiots. Which is why I like him.

Semper Fidelis: Always Faithful, to God, Corps and Country