Friday, April 24, 2009

National Day of Slayer -- June 6

Originally inspired by the National Day of Prayer that religious groups created to draw attention to their beliefs, the National Day of Slayer was thought to be a holiday on June 6, 2006 -- that's 6/6/06 -- but now it has grown.

Thanks to support and enjoyment around the world, the National Day of Slayer is now the INTER-National Day of Slayer, and it happens every year on June 6 starting at hour six. On this day, metalheads worldwide stop the pointless activities of a boring world and listen to Slayer.

International Day of Slayer is bigger than one nation, or even one band. It's a celebration of metal music through one of its most articulate spokesbands. It's also revelry in the spirit that makes metal great. So on June 6, stop everything... and listen to SLAYER!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And the media was wrong again

The Central Intelligence Agency told today that it stands by the assertion made in a May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that the use of “enhanced techniques” of interrogation on al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) -- including the use of waterboarding -- caused KSM to reveal information that allowed the U.S. government to thwart a planned attack on Los Angeles.


They exposed themselves by going too far on a conjecture. The wily Republicans let them.

They accused the Right of doing horrible things just for the sake of it. And they were not answered.

Then, out comes the secret: our wimpy-ass relatively mellow and definitely mellow for a superpower "torture" saved the day.

The media, academics, entertainers and all of our friends with disorganized lives told us that GWB was evil and Hitler, but now it turns out, he did protect us. It took some hard decisions, but he did pull it off. It's the exact opposite of what all those "smart" people in media, academia, and entertainment told you.

The denial starts now.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Challenging those who control through definitions

I came across an amusing little blog purporting to tell us What Is and Isn’t Racist, and thought I'd leave a challenge:

What about those of us who recognize "diversity" is not a functional model for civilization?

It is more racist to point out it doesn't work, or to try it anyway and blame either whites or blacks?

Yes, there are many of us out here, and we're skeptics about many sacred cows. Democracy. Diversity. Libertarianism/anarchy/individualism/consumerism. Pluralism. Being a superpower. Herd morality. Internal divisions. And so on.

Our goal is to get past the people who are extremists on the pro/con ends, and make people look at the actual question: is diversity a good idea?

Because if it's not, we can save the trees and electrons from the next forty million words of discourse on race and racism.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Some data from the State of Texas

From 1980 to 2005, the population of Texas as a whole rose from 14.2 million to 22.9 million, or about 60.7 percent. Over the same time period, the number of Texans aged 65 and over grew at a faster rate, 65.7 percent, from 1.4 million to 2.3 million.

In 2006, 48.3 percent of Texans were White; 35.7 percent were Hispanic; 11.4 percent were Black; and 4.6 percent fell into the “other” category, which includes persons of American Indian, Asian and Hawaiian descent, among others. This is in contrast to the U.S. as a whole, which was 66.4 percent White, 14.8 percent Hispanic, 12.3 percent Black and 6.6 percent “other” (Exhibit 3).4 Hispanics are the fastest-growing population group in Texas. The Hispanic population in Texas has grown by 10.9 percent since 2000, when Hispanics accounted for 32 percent of the Texas population.5

Texas became a “majority-minority” state in 2004, meaning various ethnic minority populations now outnumber Whites. Other “majority-minority” states include Hawaii, New Mexico and California.

By 2020, the Texas Hispanic population is expected to outnumber the White population (Exhibit 8). Between 2000 and 2040 the Hispanic population will triple in Texas’ urban areas, from 5.9 million to 17.2 million. In rural areas, the Hispanic population is expected to double, from 777,000 to 1.6 million.15

In 1980, the Hispanic population of Texas was just under 3 million.16 By 2040, there will be 18.8 million Hispanics in Texas.17 This projection indicates that the Hispanic population will grow by 530 percent from 1980 to 2040. These changes are being driven both by high immigration rates and high birth rates.

"Demographics," Window on State Government, published by the State of Texas

Interesting. I found this boilerplate interesting if you put it after the figures, but not before:

Our growing population is becoming older, less rural and more diverse. These changes will require business and community leaders to address the needs of maintaining and building our infrastructure, coping with the cost of health care and providing the educational system we need to compete in a global economy.

What are they really saying here?