Thursday, December 29, 2011

When it comes to the charms of the fairer sex, I'm the kind of guy who delights in all manifestations of the dorsal-rondure muse. “Callipygous!” I exult, should any such specimen grace me. “A lovely little bit o’ stuff!” The rococo rhetoric elicits inevitable queries. “Loving hindsight,” I reply.


adjective: Having well-shaped buttocks.

From Greek calli- (beautiful) + pyge (buttocks). Earliest documented use: 1923. Another form of this word is callipygian. Two related words are dasypygal and steatopygia.

"The boys knew that if they could remember the details of their school work only half as vividly as they recalled every detail of the callipygous Kathy, they would all be eligible for full college scholarships."
John H. Steinemann; Handstand; Askmar; 2010.

"'Pick me,' Aphrodite says, arching her back and turning slightly to present to him under her robe a callipygous formation more perfect than ever he has seen."
Joseph Heller; Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man; Simon & Schuster; 2000.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

There is nothing so despicable as a secret society that is based upon religious prejudice and that will attempt to defeat a man because of his religion. -William Howard Taft, 27th US president (1857-1930)

O Irony! O villainy! O nether-worldly knavery! Where is thy blush?! Taft himself, slimy not-so-little Skull & Bonesman that he was, belonged to a cabal embodying the very evils he pretends to condemn, viz., despicableness, secrecy, religious prejudice and political intrigue. Worse, the version he espoused enjoyed, and still enjoys, enthusiastic backing by the territorial monopolist we call the State. Let me then raise my eyes to Heaven (religious prejudice!) even as I invoke the pagan Juvenal in all his anarchical loathing, "Who will protect us from our protectors?"!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This is one of the allegedly racist statements appearing in the 1992 Ron Paul newsletters: "Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks."

Isn't welfare intended to pacify the underclasses? Aren't blacks well represented in that group? The 1992 newsletter statement may be mistaken about policy or demographics, but I don't see how it can be classified racist. Maybe you find the statement rude and offensive? Is it anywhere near as rude and offensive as 2010 Republican presidential nominee John McCain singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran"?

That's our politically correct age for you. The chattering classes deem thought crime a graver matter than bombing and blockading innocent civilians. Truly, we're all humanitarians with a guillotine now.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

With respect to the number of deaths, arms manufacturers are charitable institutions compared to cigarette manufacturers.

~Silvio Garattini, doctor, researcher, professor, and founder of the European Organization for Research on Treatment of Cancer (b. 1928)

A Thought for Today? More like bestial blather. Governments extort funds (read: taxes) from one set of innocent civilians to purchase implements of indiscriminate slaughter, which are then used to kill, maim, poison, starve and impoverish another set of innocent civilians. The transactions—extortion and mayhem—are void of any semblance of consent.

Smoking tobacco—like eating Twinkies, drinking bourbon, gambling, whoring and hang-gliding—is an activity freely pursued by adults notwithstanding its well-publicized risks. Only a nanny-state opportunist fails to see the difference.

Only that the cigarette manufacturers hook them young. And deny proven danger of their products for years, no decades. (Anu Garg)

Except persuasion is not coercion. Negative influences are a fact of life; it's parents' responsibility to protect their children from them.


"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

~C . S. Lewis


Friday, December 02, 2011

I favor same-sex marriage for heterosexuals. I could marry an old college buddy, reap the concomitant tax and insurance benefits, even as we encourage each other to cheat. That's what the guest room would be for: doing the wild thing with winsome women. My husband and I would enjoy a loving, platonic relationship. I'm sure we could raise healthy children in this environment.

I can't believe society continues to discriminate against heterosexual same-sex marriage! How hateful, vile, bigoted, benighted and medieval! Society sucks! Think of all the screw-up kids raised by heterosexual opposite-sex parents! Could heterosexual same-sex parents do any worse?