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, September 10, 2005

NO WIGS IN THE SUNSPHERE

If you ever make it to Knoxville, don't bother going to the Sunsphere. It turns out there aren't actually any wigs up there as Bart, Milhouse, and Nelson would have us believe. However, everybody should take this video tour of the Sunsphere. This could be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Seriously, this rates about 8/10 on the unintentional comedy scale.
DON'T SAY NO TO GIFTS

A German military plane carrying 15 tons of military rations for survivors of Hurricane Katrina was sent back by U.S. authorities, officials said Saturday.

The plane was turned away Thursday because it did not have the required authorization, a German government spokesman said.

The spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, declined to comment on a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel that U.S. authorities refused the delivery on the grounds that the NATO military rations could carry mad cow disease.


I know I tend to send out mixed signals when it comes to America's position in the world. However, deep down I am a liberal when it comes to foreign policy. And since so much of foreign policy is being polite, I have no choice but to shake my fist at this decision. Even if the beef was tainted we could easily accept their gift and quietly destroy it at a later date. We could even give it to national aquariums and zoos to feed their older more predatory animals. However, to send the plane back with a thank you-but-no thank you attitude just comes off as rude and helps to maintain stereotypes of America as the douchebags of the world.

I've traveled a good chunk of the globe in my day. However, one the world stereotypes of Americans as rude overweight douchebags is so true. My fondest memory of this was in Paris back in 2002. Erika and I were riding the Train to Versais. Along the way there was an American family with us on the trip. While Erika and I looked young and hip, wearing tight clothes as was the fashion in Europe at the time. The American family was wearing shorts (a no-no in all of Europe) along with baggy t-shirts. In addition, to that, they were loud as the children screamed and cried and carried on about this and that, while the mother beat the shit out of them and the father stared out the window in a totally apathetic catatonic state. It was Dr. Phil pandamonium to say the least. While the French stared on horrified, Erika and I sat silently fixated on the show unfolding in front of us. Even to this day, Erika and I will still talk about these kind of Americans and their impact abroad.
UGH, SO THE BRAVES WON AGAIN

You gotta love this new Braves team. Sure they have won 13 straight division titles, however, you have to remember things are a bit different in Atlanta these days. A few years back Ted Turner sold the team, so under the new owners, the Braves could no longer bring in free agents at the pace of the Yankees. But in the meantimes, they continued to get great players out of their farm teams. And once again this season, we are right in the hunt for the National League Title. Today we beat Washington 4-0 to stay 6.5 over Florida in the NLEast. Sure we got problems comin' outta the bullpen, but the way these young guys bat I have to like our chances if we end up playing St. Louis in the NLCS. In fact, I like it so much, Ole Tondar just might roll down to the Ted for a game!
WHO IS MANNINGHAM?

Well at least they scored a home TD. With 3:47 to go in the game, when there's nothing else to believe in, believe in hope.
HALF TIME

OUCH! I was a bit worried coming into this game. In fact, I was going to blog about it this morning but Katherine called and I wanted to talk to her before she went to Russia (Yes, Tondar still doesn't support her :) ) Anyways, we are looking pretty rough out there. The defense is not getting the push and they just seem confused and inferior out there during the 2 Irish TDs. As for the offense, it's obvious were not getting the running game going like a typical UM team. Unfortunately the passing is looking quite rough too. If I were coach Carr I would take a more Steve Spurrier approach and dive into that bag of tricks to find some high-powered answers that are untypical of the conservative UM approach.
NEVER MIND

ND just converted a 3rd and 16. *shaking head*
"DOWN GOES QUINN"

ND 7
UM 3

It's about time they got some pressure up front. Who-ah!
END OF FIRST QTR

ND 7
UM 0

Well it seems everybody has settled down out there. Michigan should be thanking Brady Quinn for overthrowing several deep balls. I wonder if the Big House crowd is starting to get into his head. Similar to the way we made Kitner cry, though back in those days we had a much more punishing defense. But anyways, I'm a bit concerned that this UM offense doesn't utilize its comparative advantage in Henne/Hart. Though I guess these kids aren't built for no huddle.
12:02 IN THE FIRST

ND 7
UM 0


WTF! I knew this Michigan defense was gonna be rough, but that looked pathetic. The defensive line couldn't get any push whatsoever up front which allowed Quinn to take his sweet Irish time. I hope UM is thinking no huddle high-power offense, because the only way were gonna be able to win this one is 56-55 with us scoring on the last play of the game.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


Is there anything better than beer and boobs? Posted by Picasa
DENYING SIN

If you get the chance check out this piece from Catholic.org about how easy it is in our culture to deny our sins. Considering that so much of our society today is becoming more and more secular, it becomes easy to only think in temporal terms and seek only to please man. However, this denies our connection to the Lord because as men, we are all sinners. In addition, if you read this Aldous Huxley essay on propaganda Seth sent me, it is easy to see how contemplating sin distracts from the usual distractions of modern life, entertainment, and self satisfaction.

Anyways, I won't bore you with a long treatise. But find time to read and compare, it is well worth it.
HARD TO STOP BEING AN ASS

I always enjoy a good moment of clarity from a liberal. And of course, this one is a must read. Andrew R. Seal believes that liberal are stuck in a retro-time warp as they employ their last effective strategy, The Borking...

"The strategy behind borking is critical ridicule from on high. It relies on the pointed and repetitive belittling of an opponent’s flaws. It targets the person and seeks to demonize him or her, often in condescending or dismissive terms. And while with Bork it focused on his stances on key issues, lately it has amounted to persistent mocking."


Hmmm, which master of the ad hominem attack comes to mind?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


Congrats to Seth for winning the Peter Ustinov look alike contest. Posted by Picasa
SETH'S FAKE NEWS IV

McCain: 'I Won't Sleep Until I Get the Juicers'

On a one-man mission to rid the sporting world of steroids, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has initiated a series of televised hearings to uncover what he calls "a vast, dangerous conspiracy," among pro athletes who use various forms of performance-enhancing drugs. Several famous athletes, including baseball's Mark McGwire and Raphael Palmeiro have testified, while one, Jose Canseco, was reported to have named names before leaving for Austria, where steroids are reportedly okay (see Arnold Schwartenegger).

Several other baseball players, billed as the Diamond Ten, have refused to offer testimony. However, lifetime skinny-boy-turned-200-pound-slugger-in-three-months Luis Gonzalez has been let off the hook entirely, reportedly by nature of the fact that he plays for McCain's hometown Arizona Diamondbacks.

Following the suspicion generated by the Palmeiro and McGwire hearings, McCain recently held aloft a list of what he said includes the names of 57 pro athletes who are currently using steroids. Meanwhile, those who refused to cooperate with the performance enhancement investigation have been placed on a black list and suspended from their respective sports.

"Nobody can go up against him," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Md.) "The minute I say something, they'll strip all my speeches out of the public record books and put me on daily drug testing."
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

From Seth...

"If my father had been alive 300 years ago, he would have asked Lewis & Clark why they didn't just take the 29 up to I-90. My father always knew the fastest way to get to wherever I just arrived."


Big Ed is the same way about finding cheap gas. The actual reason I had to move to Georgia was so I could save $.20 a gallon on taxes.
CENTRALISM AT ITS BEST

While it is so obvious to the left that the hurricane is solely the fault of the Bush administration. I would contend that it is a breakdown of government and authority at all levels.

Monday, September 05, 2005

PIC OF THE DAY


I know Tondar's down with the Sigur Ros playin' it up in the ATL tonight! Posted by Picasa
WILL NEW ORLEANS SURVIVE?

Throughout history, cities rise and fall. While New Orleans appears to be completely destroyed, this is certainly not unprecedented (except in the modern era). However, if you get the chance check out this must-read history in the NYTimes about cities that have been wiped off the earth for one reason or another. Also be sure to check out the slide presentation featuring photos from some of the cooler lost cities.