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.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


That's one crappy visit to the Duke. Posted by Hello
NOW IT COMES

From Seth...

"The question is, how much control does Bush have over those 55 GOP senators, or at least all but four. Going to the floor without a number of key GOP votes makes this one a toss-up, and sending the nomination out of committee without a recommendation seems to have simply deflected the deadlock to the senate proper rather than the committee.

And the greater question, of course, is that if he nominates a Supreme Court justice that's as bad as Bolton, i.e. making the most partisan of partisans Justice Scalia the Chief, can he bully over the middle to get through?"

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

WAS WWII WORTH IT?

Be sure to check out Pat Buchanan's latest piece on whether or not World War II was worth it for Poland, Czechoslovakia, or the Baltic States. When you think about it, Pat raises some interesting points about American appeasement of the super-Hitleresque tactics employed by Stalin.
PIC OF THE DAY


This is da hood where ole Tondar used to live. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

JAMES ON BRUCKNER'S 8th

From James...

"bruckner's eighth is a difficult piece. what makes bruckner an even more difficult composer to follow is the huge number of revisions of his works. my 8th says the following:

"Bruckner's symphonies make for a powerful yet strange mixture of emotions, sonorities, designs, and philosophies. Born in rural Austria in 1824, he was a devout Catholic with a faith so complete and consuming as to seem childlike to those who knew him. He spent most of his life as an organist, wrote music for the Catholic liturgy throughout his early years and tried to put his faith into wordless sound through his grandiose orchestral music. On the other hand, after becoming determined to pursue a career as a composer, he moved to Vienna where he was a devoted disciple of the entirely irreligious Richard Wagner. In fact, one could speculate that Wagner wanted to treated like a god and Bruckner's adoring naiveté made him uniquely equipped to acting in such a way toward the master of Bayreuth. Add to this unlikely mixture yet another element: Brucker's authentic and relentless anxiety and self-doubt regarding so many aspects of his life-his own abilities, his failures in love, his relationship to the almighty and his place in the living world. In his symphony no. 8, all of these elements are amply in evidence. Like most of Bruckner's symphonies, the tale of its composition is no straightforward story; it was begun in 1884 (when he was 60 years old) and declared completed for the first time in 1887. But his score was a mass of confusion to several of his friends, prompting Bruckner to revise it two times (a typical example of his many doubts about his own judgement) before its publication in 1892. The music itself careens widely from the hesitant, striving theme of the gargantuan first movement to the folk character of the scherzo. The Adagio of this symphony is probably the single most beautiful movement that Bruckner was to write and receives its inspiration (as does the opening tremolando of the first movement) from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Finale presents a succession of musical ideas that accumulate enormous tension which is released in the final statement where all four main themes of the symphony are stacked upon each other simultaneously-a magnificent feat of counterpoint and an assurance that a deep plan has been at work from the very beginning."


it doesn't say which version this happens to be, and i've found that Bruckner performances usually don't specificy which revision is being used (with the exception of the mahler version of the 4th, which is usually advertised). anyways, i liked his 9th better."

Turns out it was the 1955 restored Nowak Edition Tondar saw.
THE ECONOMICS OF SEX

Not exactly the best written post, but Marginal Revolution takes a look at the economics of sex. So next time all y'all married and fornicators go at it, just remember...

"5. Sex stops being fun when you do it to close a gap between your marginal utilities. It requires spontaneity or some other quality inconsistent with the classical model of the consumer and the equation of marginal rates of substitution."


That means try a li'l werewolf sex from time to time. AAAHHHHH-OOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

7. People want their sex to consist of peaks, rather than seeking to maximize lifetime utility. Tom Schelling once told me this is why he did not listen to Bach more.


Don't worry too much if she lays there like a dead fish, just think of it as a trough. A very unimpressive trough, with boobs.
AUDIOTRAITOR

From Pigpen...

So it seems that Rage against the Audioslave has "broken out" and rocked uncharted regions...ie: Cuba. Do you think Toby Keith would go and rock Fidel's face off? Most likely not, but the uber-liberal bleeding heart / bleeding ear band Audioslave pushed for the chance. You know it wasn't for the money - Cuba aint got none. MTV's been running this rediculous spot on their equally horrible "news" blurb every hour when Audioslave bassist Tim Commerfeild is quote and keeps on repeating, like I said at the bottom of every hour - "Cuba rules man, I mean yeah, Cuba kicks ass". What a stupid leftist retarded thing to say. I think Audioslave needs to keep this whole anti-McCarthy tour going. Good evening Pyongyang! Are you ready to rock!

Nevertheless after some more looking it's clear as to the motives that drove the boat down Havana way. Check out Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello's website that he co-founded with that goofy lookin lead singer from System of a Down (the way he looks, should be System of a Down Syndrome)

Also be sure to check out the "Axis of Justice['s]" recommended reading. If they aint out for indoctrination then I'm not sure what is going on. Chomsky, Marx, Mumia al-Jumal, Che Guevara and Messner - the list continues, but all the comrades are there.

Ranting is exausting stuff so let me end by saying:

Pig Pen rules!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


Well they call me the workin' man. I guess that's what I am. Posted by Hello
DYNASTY WATCH

Check out the latest Joe Klein column on Hillary's presidential run in 2008. Though I normally consider this clown to be a no-talent Democrat hitman, he's actually able to construct a reasonable argument as to why mainstream America and even Democrats would reject Hillary. In addition, he even throws a little quip to Jeb to stay out of the race too. I'm going to agree with him on this one. After 12 years of Bushes and 8 years of Clintons, it's time for the country to move on and give other families a chance. This is still a republic, not a bi-family monarchy.
THE PROBLEM WITH THE 17th

It's not really an issue to which the mainstream media has attached itself. However, I thought it was worth some consideration to think about the possibility of repealing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. Check out this Bruce Bartlett piece that details the advantages of the status quo. Money quote...

"Few people today know that the Founding Fathers never intended for senators to be popularly elected. The Constitution originally provided that senators would be chosen by state legislatures. The purpose was to provide the states -- as states -- an institutional role in the federal government. In effect, senators were to function as ambassadors from the states, which were expected to retain a large degree of sovereignty even after ratification of the Constitution, thereby ensuring that their rights would be protected in a federal system."
WHAT'S IN A NAME

From the Seth Archives 4/19/05 trying to figure out some historical perspective on Benedict XVI...

"Benedict XVI

What's he trying to say?

Perhaps the messages come from the defining features of the previous Benedicts:

Benedict XV: Worked to establish peace during World War I

Benedict XIV: Stuck to Church doctrine in the 18th century rather than allow Missions to change church practice to convert China and India. He lost a lot of converts through that, though. But in the Enlightenment, it strengthened belief in Europe.

Benedict XIII: 1720s - Worked to put a stop to decadent lifestyles of many priests.

Benedict XII: 1330s - A reformer who rejected some of the worldly mingling of his predecessor and made peace with Franciscans and the Emperor Louis, who would be excommunicated by Benedict's successor. Basically, he tried to heal a deeply divided church.

Benedict XI: 1304 - Succeeded the famous Boniface VIII, and rejected Boniface's bull, Unam Sactum, which said the only salvation is through the church. When he died under suspicious causes, the papacy moved to Avignon, France.

Benedict X: 1058 - Antipope who became Pope with a rigged election, that was contested by Hildebrand

Benedict IX: 1032-1045 - Started as a young Pope, he stuck closely to church doctrine, but sold his seat to marry, then later fought to regain it. Eventually excommunicated, but that was rescinded.

Benedict VIII: 1012-1024 - Opposed by antipope Gregory and had to flee Rome. The Christian world at this time was under attack.

Benedict VII: 974-983 - Opposed by antipope Benedict VII, he promoted monasticism and eccelesiastical reform, and banned Simony.

Benedict VI: 972-974 - Installed under Otto the Great, hung after Otto died by the people of Rome.

Benedict V: 964 - After Rome elected him, Otto didn't like him and had him ridden of.

Benedict IV: 900-903 - Upheld the ordinances of Formosis, and excommunicated murderers.

Benedict III: 855-858 - Pious man who managed to distance the papacy from Constantinople. Pre- and proceeded by Saintly popes.

Benedict II: 684-5 - The Patron Saint of Europe, got Emperor Constantine IV to abolish imperial confirmation of papacy.

Benedict I: 575-9 - Withstood the invasion of the Lombards, which split Rome off from the Byzantine Empire.

Well, I think some of the name's significance is easy to point out with the most recent Benedicts. He, like JPII, will work to establish peace between nations. He will maintain church doctrine in the face of a growing 3rd world Christianization. He'll try to curb the bad behavior of some priests and heal a divided church, while remaining understanding and accepting of other religions. The name choice also seems to be a shout-out to John Paul II, as a lot of the Benedicts in the church's
past were elderly charges of the throne who didn't make huge waves, but followed unforgettable Popes. Sounds like our guy.
BETTER RETHINK THAT FLOATY

Seth sent me this interesting foreign currency piece about the Chinese Yuan. As he put it: "Ignore the seemingly anti-Bush tone at the beginning. They're Brits. "F*ck Bush" actually means "Hello, how are you doing" in their language." But nevertheless, it certainly is something worth thinking about from an economic perspective.
SHOUT OUT TO THE LADIES

OK, maybe not so much to the ladies specifically, but I do need help. In case I haven't seen you for a while Ole Tondar has been growing the hair out. And well, it doesn't always come it quite perfectly so I am creepin' on the come-up to another trim. Before I have it done, I would like to have a hair-hero in mind so that I can point to a model of good hairmanship and say "I wanna be like that, can ya dig, baby?" So I am now calling upon all y'all to send me photos of hair heroes to demonstrate how best to style my hair in a longer state of being.
THE RAT STORY

From Frank...

"A woman walks into a curio shop in San Francisco. Looking around at the exotica, she notices a very lifelike, life-sized bronze statue of a rat. It has no price tag, but is so striking she decides she must have it. She takes it to the owner: "How much for the bronze rat?"

"Twelve dollars for the rat, a hundred dollars for the story," says the owner.

The woman gives the shop-owner twelve dollars. "I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story."

As she walks down the street carrying his bronze rat, she notices that a few real rats have crawled out of alleys and sewers, and begun following her down the street. This is a bit disconcerting, so she begins walking a little faster. Within a couple blocks, the group of rats behind her grows to over a hundred, and they begin squealing. She starts to trot toward the Bay.

She takes a nervous look around and sees! that the rats now number in the thousands--maybe millions--and they are all squealing and coming toward her faster and faster. Terrified, she runs to the edge of the Bay, and throws the bronze rat as far out into the Bay as she can. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jump into the Bay after it, and are all drowned.

The woman walks back to the curio shop. "Ah ha," says the owner, "I'll bet you have come back for the story?"

"No," said the woman, "I came back to see if you have a bronze Democrat."
FORGOT TO BLOG THIS...

A while back I was able to take in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's performance of Hector Berlioz' Damnation of Faust. Though I didn't blog about it at the time, I still think it was the best symphonic show I have ever seen. Though don't take my word for it, check out Pierre Ruhe's review in the AJC...

"He propelled the pops hit “Hungarian March,” which comes early in the opera, to be as loud as possible while keeping each detail clear and in focus. Later, in the “Ballet of the Sylphs,” he brought up the low pedal tone, adding menacing undertones to a lullaby. Dutoit made the grotesque “Ride to the Abyss,” where Faust is driven to hell on crazed horses, about the most scary and exhilarating thing I’ve heard in a concert hall."


Pierre is right-on. Conductor, Charles Dutoit nailed every emotional highpoint perfectly and was able deliver in Berlioz' more subtle dramatic moments. Dutoit was able to perfectly nail a piece that I know inside and out and for that he earned every standing ovation. WOW :)
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY SHOOT

From Frank...

"Police in Ariz. Seek Monkey for SWAT Team
Mon Apr 18,10:12 PM

MESA, Ariz. - The Mesa Police Department is looking to add some primal instinct to its SWAT team. And to do that, it's looking to a monkey.

"Everybody laughs about it until they really start thinking about it," said Mesa Officer Sean Truelove, who builds and operates tactical robots for the suburban Phoenix SWAT team. "It would change the way we do business."

Truelove is spearheading the department's request to purchase and train a capuchin monkey, considered the second smartest primate to the chimpanzee. The department is seeking about $100,000 in federal grant

money to put the idea to use in Mesa SWAT operations.

The monkey, which costs $15,000, is what Truelove envisions as the ultimate SWAT reconnaissance tool.

Since 1979, capuchin monkeys have been trained to be companions for people who are quadriplegics by performing daily tasks, such as serving food, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving objects and brushing hair.

Truelove hopes the same training could prepare a monkey for special-ops intelligence.

Weighing only 3 to 8 pounds with tiny humanlike hands and puzzle-solving skills, Truelove said it could unlock doors, search buildings and find suicide victims on command. Dressed in a Kevlar vest, video camera and two-way radio, the small monkey would be able to get into places no officer or robot could go.

It has been a little over a year since Truelove filed a grant proposal with the U.S. under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and he is still waiting for word.

If the grant goes through, Truelove plans on learning how to train the monkey himself and keeping the sociable monkey at home, just like a K-9 officer would. He projects that $85,000 in grant money would outfit the monkey with gear and pay for veterinarian care, food and habitat for three years."


I wonder if I could get a grant for Mr. Mojo to write that political treatise he's been jibbering about for sometime now. Afterall if a monkey ever had anything to offer humanity it would be Mr. Mojo and his political dissertations on the Monkey Republic of the Love Grotto.
HISTORY OF ADVISE AND CONSENT

Seth sent along this li'l history lesson of rejected nominations in American history. My personal favorite is Roger Taney, they shoulda learned their lesson the first 2 times around with that guy.
PUT THAT IN YOUR LEFT PIPE AND SMOKE IT

Pigpen sent along this who's-who of treasonous anti-american leftists. Interesting stuff.
PIC OF THE DAY


Im sure Coca-Cola is loving the free advertising. I know I certainly dont wanna make the choice of THAT generation. That girl can't even tell right from wrong for crying out crying out!


Wow, aint she a looker! It'll be ironic when she goes to jail and the guards start fighting amongst themselves to see who's going to stick it to ole Lindie first. Posted by Hello
FAILED PISTONS COVERAGE

If I were Jack McCallum I would be embarassed. Maybe he has an alcohol problem, an extra chromosome, or he's simply illiterate, at least those problems would make this column excusable. But while Tondar rots away at a jackoff job he hates, check out where Seth found fault with Jackie's writing...

"Notes on the Pistons coverage:

-Isn't Elden Campbell back on the Pistons? How are we going to miss him?

-Spontaneously combust? 'Sheed's not one to hold it in that long.

-Arroyo wouldn't trade his playing time for Darko's infamy in a million years.

-Shucks, and I thought McDyess was more productive than Corliss.

-Larry Brown has made it quite clear to everyone who doesn't live in New York that he's staying put in Detroit. Why would a lifelong fan of team basketball ever want to coach Kobe?

On another bend, why are people around here still talking like LeBron is going to be a future Piston. It even got as far as Mitch Albom, who finished his column on Tuesday by noting that LeBron had been in the stands as if on a college recruiting trip. (With Chuck Daly beside him, he called it the Pistons' past and future).

All that ever happened is Larry Brown said he loved watching LeBron play, and LeBron said he loved watching Brown coach. What, all of a sudden this means that James is going to wait out his contract in Cleveland and then wiggle under the Pistons' cap in two years? No. It means that James is a good basketball player according to the game's best coach, and Brown is a good coach according to one good basketball player.

Until I see it, I don't believe it. Even if he pines to be part of the defending champs now, after two years of facing Detroit while his team tries to find the playoffs, he'll probably change his feelings."


I certainly would love to bring LeBron to Detroit. However, I can't imagine what we'd have to give up to get him. Plus, at this point in his career he strikes me as the kinda guy that would eat up most of the room on the salary cap and prevent any team from securing a solid supporting cast. Sure it would be great to have the best player of the next 10 years on your team. However, A) what would we have to sacrifice from today's world champs to get him? B) How do you make the best individual happy and successful in the team game?
ANOTHER IRRITATING BRICK IN THE WALL

Pigpen's pissed about crossing social and natural sciences...

"As a scientist, I find this swing in education insulting and down right stupid. Mysticism is not a science, nor is being noteworthy by association (ie: average scientist born on reservation lauded for imaginary scientific accomplishments simply for being native). I think this is insulting and demeaning to everyother scientist, engineer and inventor that actually made great discoveries and accomplishment. Being glossed over in the PC realm of progeressive yet narrow minded thinking is contradictory to the spirit of science."

Once again, we see the public school system in all its glory.
CAN'T GET YOUR HEAD AROUND IT WATCH

I went to the symphony tonight but I have to admit I am pretty ignant of what I saw. From "Apocalyptic" to "Cathedral" there are many names given to Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony. This piece far exceeded the limits of my musical knowlege and left me quite awestruck and wondering why it took 90 minutes for that freight train of a piece to plow me over.

The ASO website had an interesting introduction, but this hardly broke the ice as to the full scope of what I think was a pretty good playing of a great symphony.

Though maybe the AJC put it best...

"Although Bruckner was a devout and meek Austrian Catholic, his music portrays a universe with a remote, unknowable God. We marvel at His works, always seen from a vast distance, like standing at the foot of a mountain. Unlike two other great symphonists, Mahler and Sibelius, Bruckner never prowls around in the forest. His Eighth Symphony, among the composer’s most “personal” works, still sounds free of human foibles."


If anyone has some insights into what I heard, I would love an e-mail 'spainin' this one.
NO SURPRISE HERE

In case you haven't noticed Atlanta has been a hotbed for strange news stories lately. From the courthouse shootings to the run away bride to this li'l gem about a teacher that got fired over a sleeping student...

"The county school board has voted to fire Neace, a 23 year veteran science teacher at Dacula High School. The reason for the firing? Neace refused to restore the grade of a football player who had lost credit for sleeping in class."


This is an interesting case. Because I do agree with the student's position. Being one of those that skated through high school, I find it offensive that goofing off should have an impact on a student's grade. Personally, I have slept through class, trashed a science closet, and called the Soviets a bunch of cocksuckers without ever having my grade affected. Being an asshole and a good student are certainly not mutually exclusive. On the other hand, considering Doc had this policy in place for years, this is such a blatant example of football player favoritism. On top of that, it's a great example of how one douchebag parent can really screw up things for an entire school district.

Just curious, what do all y'all teachers out there think of this?