Category Archives: News of the Obvious

Saddam is really dead, but that doesn’t mean anything

The fact that Saddam Hussein is now dead has little effect on the day to day violence that takes place in Iraq. We can’t leave Iraq a complete and total fucking mess, much like the USSR did in the 80’s with Afghanistan.

The chances of pulling anything out even remotely close to winning would be for us to

  1. Cut and run.
  2. declare a technical victory and cut and run.
  3. Nuke the shit out the place and everything in between Israel and Afghanistan, and then resettle the area with people of Jewish and Christian descent.

American cannot even claim a technical victory at this point, but I am sure our government is going to try and spin it as hard as they can. I think once we can get 3 days without a bomb going off in Baghdad street market, it will be assumed that we can start to bring troops home. I think they will put as many people over in Iraq as needed, to quell the insurgency just long enough for the 2008 election season.

The reason we are in the shape we are in now is the fact that we were too scared to question openly and productively about what we were being told every day. The fact that it can’t be openly discussed without raising tempers is proof that the plan worked perfectly. If their hadn’t been an insurgency that took root in Iraq, and a semi-smooth transfer of power took place in a timely manner the republicans would not be the minority party now. 2004 was closer than many people realize. Of course, all the political scandal didn’t help. And democrats are in the same boat as the republicans on that issue.

Now that we as citizens of America have to force the people we elect to represent us do something weird and foreign to many politicians today which is to actually represent the interests of the people who elected them to office. Will that happen? Maybe as a promise, but not in reality.

Redneck clownshoes

If you are a combo of redneck and metro sexual, this is for you. Don’t primp and preen a truck that advertises a lifestyle of constantly being off-road and one of being a cowboy when the most off road driving your giant SUV/truck/whatever will see is when you drive over the curb at McDonald’s to get to the drive through faster. Drop the “cowboy up” crap too. Its been overused and screams “behind the times” without you ever having to say a word. Having a cellphone won’t save you either, even if it has bluetooth and all the bells and whistles.
Lets clear the air here also and say that the hanging metal scrotum casting on the trailer hitch needs to be put away too. I certainly don’t give a shit about how fucked up your life is if you based your manhood and identity on the vehicle you drive and your assumed reception of the image projected. Its childish at best, and utterly ridiculous otherwise.  And besides, it takes a real man to pile into a tiny car and drive like a banshee…
Don’t grunt, try to use words when attempting to communicate with other humans.  Jesus kills puppies and kittens when you grunt rather than use a known language.
The civil war in America ended over 140 years ago, so please drop the “Rebel Pride”  facade, its cheesy and worn out.  I don’t fucking care if your ancestors fought in the civil war…Judging many people around here, I would assume they probably fought for the losing side.  Its pointless to get angry about a war that happened over a century before your birth.  Unless you invent a time machine to alter history, get over it and drop the subject.

When you smoke, use the fucking ashtray in your car and don’t throw the butts out the window.

Half of abortions are repeats for women

Half of abortions are repeats for women – Women’s Health –

“The ‘wall of separation’ that the federal government has erected between family planning and abortion services is, paradoxically, leading to more abortions,” said Sharon Camp, the Institute’s president and chief executive officer.

“This suggests that we need to do a better job helping all women better prevent unwanted pregnancies, so they can avoid having to decide whether to seek abortions or raise children they are not prepared for,” said Rachel Jones, a senior research associate who helped lead the study.

I think this proves that stupidity is painful.

Gateway Computers To Finally Fuck KC Center Sales Staff

It finally happened. After years of speculation and turmoil, Gateway if finally telling the staff in KC to fuck off completely and close the doors at 1414 Genessee. For those that didn’t pay attention, Gateway used to be a technology company but now is just a computer sales company. They had sites in KC, South Dakota, California, Utah, and a chain of stores around the country, and almost 20,000 employees if not more. Now they have California for the headquarters and some space in South Dakota. The bulk of the “company” is really just a poorly managed chain of shitty outsourcing companies. They have an upper management team of course, but they don’t do much in house anymore other than lose money.

They don’t make their own computers anymore, they outsourced parts fullfillment, technical support, product design, HR, customer service, collections, and just about everything else. They even outsourced sales in some market segments, like bilingual sales and op sales. An op sale is when a caller to customer service or tech support would want to buy something while on the line. I was decent at that, and even lead the entire company in that type of sales for months at a time. But that could not even save my job…. But I don’t think that anyone will work for Gateway at all soon, since they can’t get profitable and stay that way. I think the company will eventually be bought out by a big box chain, and used as an in house brand in the future. Of course, Ted and his friends made out like bandits years ago, and the people who are now taking it in the ass are the few remaining workers.
Kansas City Channel dot Com has the story..

Gateway Computers To Shut Down KC Center – Study: Kids no safer in SUVs than cars – Jan 3, 2006

Study: Kids no safer in SUVs than cars

BLOOMINGTON, Illinois (AP) — Children are no safer riding in sport utility vehicles than in passenger cars, largely because the doubled risk of rollovers in SUVs cancels out the safety advantages of their greater size and weight, according to a study.

Researchers said the findings dispel the bigger-equals-safer myth that has helped fuel the growing popularity of SUVs among families. SUV registrations climbed 250 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2002.

“We’re not saying they’re worse or that they’re terrible vehicles. We’re challenging the conventional wisdom that everyone assumed they were better,” said Dr. Dennis Durbin, a pediatric emergency physician who took part in the study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics.

Eron Shosteck, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said he had not seen the study but cited government research released last summer that found SUVs have become less top-heavy since 2000 and made dramatic improvements in rollover resistance.

“SUVs have an exceptional safety record and are safer than or as safe as cars in the vast majority of crashes,” Shosteck said.

The study, which Durbin called the first on SUVs and child safety, was sponsored by Partners for Child Passenger Safety, a research project of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the world’s largest insurer, Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance Co.

The researchers looked at accidents involving nearly 4,000 children under age 16 between 2000 and 2003, and found child injury rates of about 1.7 percent in both cars and SUVs. The study examined only 1998 or newer cars and SUVs with second-generation air bags.

On average, the SUVs weighed 1,300 pounds more than the cars studied. The study found that the extra weight of SUVs enhanced safety, reducing the risk of injury by more than a third.

But that was offset by findings that SUVs were more than twice as likely as cars to roll over in crashes.

Children in rollovers were three times more likely to be seriously injured than those in non-rollover accidents, according to the study.

The findings surprised researchers, who assumed heavier SUVs were safer than cars when they launched the study a year ago, Durbin said.

SUV safety will probably improve because of legislation approved by Congress this year that requires the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to develop standards for automakers to address SUV rollovers, he said.

“To the extent that SUV makers can solve the rollover problem, we may see them becoming the safe haven for children that they have the potential to be,” Durbin said.

Automakers already have made strides through engineering and new technology such as electronic stability control, Shosteck said.

NHTSA spokesman Rae Tyson agreed but said he hopes the study will encourage families to check safety ratings closely before buying.

“I think there is a segment of the buying public that may be buying them with the false impression that they are buying the safest vehicle they can for their families,” Tyson said.

I think this one goes down under the “NO SHIT SHERLOCK” category.

Yes, if you happen to live in an area where there are no hills, no corners and no traffic other than smaller vehicles, then yes, an SUV is the safest choice you can make. But lets be really honest here. The safety factor from size has always been negated by people who think that the SUV is really a sport vehicle. Many times I have seen people driving an SUV like it was built to take corners like a motorcycle or sports car. I have even seen an SUV go up on two wheels going through an intersection before.  Hell I drive a low sitting rear wheel drive Lincoln with a handlding package, and I don’t push through some of the corners as fast as I have seen some people in minivans and SUV’s.  Of course, my tires don’t start to screech and I don’t have to slow down, until the person in front of me starts to lose control and I don’t want to be a part of their 1 person stupidity show.