Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

CERTAINLY NOT THE WEST MICHIGAN DUTCH

The Dutch are crying a river because they may no longer be able to retire at the ripe old age of 55. Due to an aging population and a massive welfare state (that pays an average of unemployment benefit of 2500 Euros a month), the economic strain is forcing the government to raise the age of retirement. For most hardworking Americans this is no big deal. But in The Netherlands this is turning their socialist world upside down as people are forced to be responsible.

Money quote: "The Dutch way is to take care of people who have less," said Gerard Admiraal, an emergency services worker who attended a protest at Schiphol airport Tuesday. This government wants everybody to take care of themselves," Admiraal said. "Only the rich can do that."

That is not something I would want to admit. How sad is it when the "Dutch Way," means you can't even take care of yourself. I guess when DeVos, Van Andel and Pigpen's ancestors all immigrated to America they basically represented all of the protestant work ethic.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

ANTI-AMERICANISM

I know this is pretty long, but it's a great read. This essay is probably the best summary of Europe's love-hate relationship with America. I've read many of these essays, but I don't think any capture the American paradox of freedom compared to Europe's goal of a cooperative peaceful future. A true must-read.
ELEVEN?

From Seth...

"Wait-a-minute...

We've lost eleven of these things?"


Wednesday, September 29, 2004

GRANT HILL'S LAST STAND

Well this season is do or die for Grant Hill and the Orlando Magic. If you can stomach a Peter May column, check out his factually solid, but poorly written column on Hill's last shot to take the Magic for a few more million dollars.
SHAQ DID IT TOO!

From Seth...

"Ha ha, how do you like me now fat boy!"

Looks like Kobe isn't the only Laker of this era to be payin' the ladies off in more ways than one.

RACISTS EVERYWHERE, UNDER EVERY ROCK

Bald chick cant be happy about anything! I wonder if the mexicans are
going to get mad because the 3rd grade Georgia history book doesn't mention the Buford Highway Shell Station where the day laborers congregate to find illegall work
everyday.

Groan Quote: "Onika, now in fourth grade, remembers trying not to cry
when her class read about slaves "helping" pick cotton in the Georgia
fields. "We were forced! We weren't even helping!" she said. "That
wasn't right. I knew in my heart it wasn't right."

Im sure mommy didnt tell you to say that at all!
BAD NEWS FROM CRAWFORD

From Seth...

"Seems Bush's hometown rag likes Kerry now.

Then agian, I have to admit, I still like the president's chances in winning Texas."

Yeah, but their little paper made news all over the country for a day. Plus I've heard it folds into a dandy of a hat!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

FOR THE POLY SCI KIDS

If you have some time on your hands check out these two great pieces that discuss the coallitions and direction of the Republicans and Democrats as they battle on in our majoritarian two party system.
METAPHOR FOR PARTISANSHIP?

From Seth...

"Apparently, Bush is worried about coming up short against Kerry in the debates.

Funny, considering that he had no such fear against Al Gore (6'2) nor did his father (5'9) against Bill Clinton (6'1). John F. Kennedy (5' 7") was considerably shorter than Richard Nixon (6'0, 5'10 when hunched) and he came away from the debates looking leagues better.

Maybe it's not the height thing so much as a security issue, as Bush likely fears that Kerry, like Gore, might meander over and stand in a threatening position.

Personally, I'd prefer to have the candidates stand right next to each other, size be d@mned. Reason being, this is a debate with the viewers meant to compare the two. Stick 'em on opposite sides of the room and it becomes harder to gauge their reactions and visually grasp that they're both there. I can't really explain why, but it also just seems to look more partisan. They've been proverbially yelling at each other across the room since the election season began; why not take this opportunity to bring the two together. It's harder to spin when the person you're blasting is the closest one to you."

Though you gotta remember, alot rides on these debates. Nixon came off as sweaty and frightening. Ford talked about how Poland wasn't under Soviet control. And Perot was proven (can I finish? Can I finish?) crazy. In the age of television alot is riding on the perception a candidate brings to the big stage of a debate. And like a state room in a palace or an allegorical painting, appearances must be perfect for one in power to rule optimally. Both candidates are bending over backwards trying to appear "Presidential" while at the same time attempting to employ much of what the Italians would call "Sprezzatura." Now of course Seth focuses on Bush's shortcoming, but before we turn ORANGE with laughter remember both candidates are trying their best to impress you.
WHILE I WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

From Seth...

"So apparently, we don't need Richard Duvall, Ben Affleck, or Bruce Willis and his big power saw to deflect an asteroid heading toward Earth.

First of all, we know about them about 1,000 years ahead of time.

Anyway, aside from blowing the thing up, scientists have devised other theories to divert large bodies from our pretty blue marble, including painting the thing and affixing a large sail to it.

I say, why ruin the fun of exploding something! Imagine: it's 2880, and the world stands together as mankind looks toward the heavens and proclaims in one voice, "Cool."

If we got some extra TNT left, might as well knock off one of Jupiter's moons too. Why not, right?
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE (OR AT LEAST BE MORTALLY WOUNDED)

From Seth...

"The sky is falling the sky is falling the sky is falling!

I'm bored with 21st century life. Is it Armageddon yet?"
LET THE ELECTORATE DECIDE

Jim Wooten of the AJC has an interesting column against the devisive policies of judicial activism.

Money quote on the abortion issue: "Had judges avoided the temptation, consensus would have developed that would likely have been in the direction legislatures were already moving, to permit abortions with reasonable, common-sense protections. Instead, we have a nation three decades later that treats every judicial appointment to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court as Armageddon."

Afterall if the Constitution grants women an UNWRITTEN right to privacy, shouldn't it also grant me the same right when it comes to intrusive FICA taxes?
CASSADY'S GONNA TELL YA HOW TO VOTE...

Cassady's mass email...

"I think that its interesting that many of you have been sending me political emails. The funny thing is that some of you are 100% Bush because he is against Abortion. For the record he is not 100% against it, in fact in cases of rape, incest or in the matter of the birth causing complications including death for the woman it will still be legal. Also I have received many emails from some of you regarding that you are voting for Bush because of his Pro-Life. Well in my opinion, for someone who preaches that he is against killing he has no problem killing thosands of people in the Middle East and supporting the death penalty. Killing is Killing and I feel that you are close-minded if you honestly believe that he has served our county any better."

Monday, September 27, 2004

SHERMAN 140 YEARS LATER

If you haven't signed up for the AJC yet go ahead and do it. They have a great interactive section on Sherman's March to the Sea, the classic example of total warfare. Also here's a great article about him burning Georgia and the evil legend he created throughout the countryside.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...

Rodney King
OH THAT MERKLE

The following is a telephone conversation between Merkle and room service at a hotel somewhere in Asia...

Room Service (RS): “Morny. Ruin Sorbees…”

Merkle (M): “Sorry, I thought I dialed room service…”

RS: “Rye… ruin sorbees… morny!! Jewish to odor sinteen?”

M: “Uh… yes… I’d like some bacon and eggs.”

RS: “Ow July den?”

M: “What?”

RS: “Ow july den?… Pry, boy, pooch?”

M: “Oh, the eggs!!! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please.”

RS: “Ow july dee baychem… crease?”

M: “Crispy will be fine.”

RS: “Hokay, An san tos?”

M: “What?”

RS: “San Tos. July San Tos?”

M: “I don’t think so”

RS: “No??!! Judo one toes?”

M: “I feel really bad about this, but I don’t know what ’Judo One Toes’ means.”

RS: “TOES! TOES!… why djew Don juan toes? Ow bow singles mopping we bother?”

M: “English Muffin!!!!! I get it! You said ’Toast’!! Fine. Yes, an English muffin will be fine.”

RS: “We bother?”

M: “No, just put the ’bother’ on the side.”

RS: “Wad?!”

M: “I mean butter… just put it on the side.”

RS: “Copy?”

M: “Sorry?”

RS: “Copy?”

M: “Yes. Coffee please, and that’s all.”

RS: “Copy? One Minnie. Ass ruin torino fee, strangle ache, crease baychem, tossy singles mopping we bother honey sigh, and copy… rye?”

M: “Whatever you say…”

RS: “Tendjewberrymud”

M: “You are welcome”

Sunday, September 26, 2004

WHAT NOVEMBER MEANS

This coming election is a big one for both Republicans and Democrats. Check out this blog that breaks down the different positions from a strictly political science viewpoint. Turns out the Republicans are now the party of liberal change while the Democrats cling to outdated values and the status quo. Interesting stuff.
CAN'T GET YOUR HEAD AROUND IT WATCH

OK, the teacher gets in trouble after the 1st grader drops a deuce on the floor? In the world of Tondar that woman deserves a raise and a letter of congratulations.