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, July 07, 2005


It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it turned out the captain was incompetent and the vessel wasn't sea-worthy. Posted by Picasa

Seth passed along this li'l piece from his old friend that rips into the easy target that makes up tv's conservative punditry. From Seth...

"Ezra was in youth group with me in high school. Anyway, he had an interesting online column about Conservative punditry. I can make the case that Dems can do the same as well as you can. Just read. You don't have to believe."

It's funny Spiderman and Superman are always around when disaster strikes. The same seems to be true of Rudy Giuliani and terrorist attacks. As Pigpen points out, he's like some sorta superhero terrorist fighter, or something.

Check out this piece by Eugene Volokh as to the definition and destination of enemy combatants. He makes a good point about the nature of this war. Of course Dick Durbin and others are always going to be critical because George W. Bush has an (R) next to his name. Money quote...

"But why not try them, then, some people ask? Well, as to enemy soldiers who were fighting in uniform as part of a disciplined force, there's nothing to try them for: Fighting as a soldier who complies with the laws of war is not a crime. (If one weren't fighting in a war, one would surely be committing the crime of attempted murder, but being a soldier who fights according to the laws of war is actually a good defense against that charge, subject to various caveats.) They aren't being locked up to punish them for a crime; they are being locked up to prevent their engaging in lawful but deadly attacks on us."

On the one hand it's a shame they cannot be trusted. However, the status quo seems justified considering that terrorists wear no uniform and attack civilian targets. Perhaps the left could be appeased with a Constitutional amendment specifying the rights due to foreign enemy combatants as far as life, Korans, and food but none of the rights extended by our Fourth Amendment.

It's been a while since the Pistons Game 7 trainwreck. And at this point Ole Tondar is ready to talk about it. Unfortunately, I am still quite tuckered out from my visit to Michigan. Tonight I took a nap and then attempted to complete the grocery shopping that was so rudely interrupted by Tropical Storm Cindy. To say the least, it was a very surreal experience. In fact, the last time I felt this way was when I was a freshman at UM and quite some strange ailment that made me sleep 16 hrs a day and hallucinate butterflies and other colorful things. At least this time I don't have to compete with 20 foot insects just outside of Paula's dorm.

Anyways, I'm not too happy about the way the Pistons lost. I'm especially displeased with Larry Brown and his player rotations down the stretch. Since I don't have time to go into thorough detail, check out this Ian Thomsen piece on CNNSI that rips Next-Town Brown a new one. Money quote...

"But when the defending champs needed the last bit of motivation, when they were seeking the extra push of self-belief to see them through the final half of Game 7, they couldn't get it from their coach because when they looked in his eyes they saw someone halfway out the door. An unimpeachable source within the Pistons maintains that Brown's shenanigans cost him his ability to motivate his players on a personal level. They simply didn't believe in him any longer. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich was able to connect with his players far better than Brown."

Looks like we have another addition to Pigpen's face-punch list.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


From Pigpen...

"He's been declared ineligible after "he fail english" on the basis of spelling his name wrong. Don't know what it should be, but looks to be pronounced similar to Dale Gribble...a/k/a Rusty Shackleford *karate chop and a "Sh-Sh-Sha!"*

From Seth...

"Top 10 Reasons Tondar's Forearms are Sore:

10. Got slapped a lot for touching people

9. Held on too hard when the Arch-dook struck at Ashley's

8. Trying to putt all day on the swamp green

7. Holding on for dear life for four hours of sailing with Seth and his dad fighting.

6. Got squeezed too much while trying to fit into Tres' Waterslidemobile

5. Fending off Sackett (No, Dave, I don't want your bible), or perhaps the snapping handshake thing hit a nerve

4. Whacking about 500 things in one night with the Cat O' Four Tails

3. One too many "Hot August Night" Poses

2. Double-fisting Pabst all weekend - I mean, that's a HEAVY beer.

1. The typical aches and pains you'd expect after a day conquering Troy, storming the beaches of Normandy, and liberating Jerusalem from the Saracens using nothing more than a small shovel

Ah, and in case I didn't mention it, staying up past dawn then going to bed drunk for three nights in a row with a 25-year-old body doesn't exactly lend itself to everything working hunky-dory on Tuesday morning. At least, that has been my experience.

Sunday, July 03, 2005


Tres played the new album from Regina Spektor, "Soviet Kitsch." Note the use of all the K's. She's so original. But bottom line is that her music sucks a fat kock. First of all the woman kan't sing. She sounds like Alanis Morrisette being fed into a wood chipper. Sekondly, her musik suks. She pounds on dissident kords like a German expressionist. Yet for her hit song she evokes enough melody to prove that she blatantly rippped-off Franz Schubert's "Erlkonig." Cunt-gratulations. You suk!

"Sure, a good lay is good in the moment. But a good dump will stay with you for days."

On why Peter O'Toole sneaks off to visit Achilles in the night...

Tondar: What is Peter O'Toole asking for?

Gayson: Booze.