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, August 12, 2006

FRIDAY NIGHT LYRICS

The Moody Blues
New Horizons (Justin Hayward)

Well Ive had dreams enough for one
And Ive got love enough for three
I have my hopes to comfort me
I got my new horizons out to sea

But Im never going to lose your precious gift
It will always be that way
Cos I know Im going to find my own peace of mind
Someday...

Where is this place that we have found
Nobody knows where we are bound
I long to hear, I need to see
Cos Ive shed tears, too many for me

But Im never going to lose your precious gift
It will always be that way
Cos I know Im going to find my own peace of mind
Someday...

On the wind soaring free
Spread your wings
Im beginning to see
Out of mind far from view
Beyond the reach of a nightmare come true

But Im never going to lose your precious gift
It will always be that way
Cos I know Im going to find my own peace of mind
Someday...
Someway...
NASHVILLE IT IS!

Well kids it is official: I'm moving to Nashvegas. I have been debating back and forth on this one for quite some time. However, due to an incredible amount of tish hitting the naf at work this week, I have decided to once again pull up roots and migrate. Up until now, I have been held back by my job security. But now that that is in jeopardy due to various pissing contests between supervisors and majority owners, I cannot count on this job as a given. Thus with the lease up at the end of the month, I will be packing it in and heading north to finallly become the corporate Tondar the peasantry has feared for decades. So let it be written. So let it be done.
PHOTODUMP (NASHVEGAS EDITION)


Well, thank you Tres, it's great to be here! Posted by Picasa

If you're gonna go downtown than you better pretend you like country music. Posted by Picasa

Where else would Spiderman build his web? Posted by Picasa
SETH ON LEBANON

In Tennessee they pronounce it "Lib-a-nin." But that has no relevance whatsoever to Seth's ideas...

For our part, President Bush seems oblivious to the role the U.S. needs to play in the One-Act plays of Israeli aggression. Our best success has come when we let Israel draw blood then break it up. They know to get their targets on the first run, and how to make a show of warring all the way to the Indus if not stopped. I can't tell if it's because of the way it would play in the 2006 election, or just plain stupidity on the part of our foreign policy decision makers, but by dragging his feet on a U.N. resolution -- especially when he's so universally reviled by the Arab world to begin with -- he's basically allowing pro-Hezbollah sentiment to creep back into the Muslim mainstream. That makes it harder for their leaders to denounce terrorists.

Why isn't he working with Israel behind closed doors? Do they not trust him either? Israel couldn't be egging on a full-scale war with Arab nations. They got their licks in; the man-hunt for Chippy can't possibly have been their main target. If the president could admit he's the asshole of the Middle East and step in, neither Israel nor Syria would be able to move. We don't need to put troops on the ground, just threaten it, and without the U.N. signature. Then the U.N. can disagree with us and actually enforce a good treaty.

Friday, August 11, 2006

TURKEY WATCH 2006

From Seth...

Maurice is making a late-summer push to get back in the race for 2006 Turkey of the Year. I know he's becoming less relevant since he's not even on a football team anymore, but that just means he's got to try harder...

Maurice Clarett was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a highway chase early Wednesday that ended with police using Mace on the former Ohio State running back and finding four loaded guns in his sport utility vehicle.

Officers used Mace to subdue Clarett after a stun gun was ineffective because the former Fiesta Bowl star was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, Sgt. Michael Woods said.
BEST 3 OF THE BIG BLUE

This week the local sports talk radio station was putting fwd the best quarterback, running back, and wild card player in a school or franchise's history. I was certainly intrigued so I posed the question to Seth with respect to Michigan football...

Best QB: Harry Newman

Weren't especting that, now, were we. One day when you have time, compare his stats his senior year (when he won what was then equivalent to the Heisman) to those of anyone else that season. Double the TDs thrown, double the TDs run, double the yards thrown, double the yards run, it's ridiculous. Also, in the four years he was QB, we lost just once and tied twice. He went on star for the Giants, who dominated until he broke his legs and never recovered. Newman's been lost to history, but I'd take him over almost any QB in history.

Best RB: Tom Harmon
Ol' 98 could do everything, they say. From the few films I've seen, I can believe it. It looks like they sped up Harmon and slowed everyone else down. I know the game was different, but I've got a feeling this guy would have been a superstar even today. To paraphrase Fritz Crisler, "to play the game, you've gotta be good at running, throwing, catching, hitting, kicking, covering or tackling. To be Tom, you have to be better than anyone at all of those things."

Best Wild Card: Charles Woodson
The other candidates are Anthony Carter and Braylon Edwards, who were both utterly brilliant. Maybe Oosterbaan, too, cause he was all-everything for Michigan. Carter is in every conversation about the best college player of all time, and Edwards should be. But Woodson did everything. He played both ways, so you can pit him against any old-time great. He was so good he became the first defensive player to ever win the Heisman. He led Michigan to a perfect season and a national championship. Best college player ever in my opinion.


You gotta take your hat off to Seth for knowing his history THAT well. Bravo!
CYNTHIA McKINNEY UPDATE

I'm not sure if you saw this, but I know I didn't make it clear when I linked to this story the other night. But it should be known as James points out that Cynthia's staffers got in a fistfight with NBC's 11Alive...

In the confusion, McKinney staffers struck an 11Alive photographer and knocked his camera equipment to the ground.

A short time later, the 11Alive news desk called 9-1-1 after some people followed an 11Alive staff member into the station's satellite truck outside the McKinney headquarters.


Talk about bowing out in absolute class!
SHOULDA TAKEN MARTA

Seth has repeatedly told them not to let the penguins drive, and now look what finally happened. Though it all makes me wonder what role the cougar played in all of this.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

PIC OF THE DAY



Like a Phoenix
I have risen from the flames
Like a Phoenix
I have risen from the flames
No more living
Someone else's dreams. Posted by Picasa
BEHIND THE OLD MUSIC

If you're into classical music you will certainly enjoy this inciteful piece on the personalities of various composers. From Bach and the baroque era to the late romantics, Christopher Hill looks at the behavior of the men that make up our musical culture. My personal favorite is the story behind Mozart's influence on the Ying Yang Twins, "Lick My Ass."
PIC OF THE DAY


In Tres' backyard it's easy to be "watch-ya-pee" weird. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

THE LEBANON SITUATION

From James...

Interesting links you present on the blogger. I usually agree with Buchanan's assessments of a certain situation, but disagree with his conclusions. Here I am inclined to agree with both his assessment and his conclusions on Hezbollah and Lebanon. Though Patty and I disagree on a lot of domestic issues, like free trade and immigration, we both agree that the US should reduce its use of troops in its foreign policy. I know that the Tondar philosophy is that in a post 9/11 world, the US needs to use all of the resources at its disposal.

I'm curious as to your views on the Lebanon situation. Personally I see both sides as being wrong. Is the clear path a US lead UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon that would A)allow Israel to leave Lebanon and broker a ceasefire and B)neutralize Hezbollah?


Well the Tondar philosophy for the War on Terror (of course I now use War against Jihad) ideally calls for the use of all means abroad, with few changes and sacrifices at home. I prefer a robust foreign policy forcing change upon the Islamic World. However, when it comes to the "sacrifices" of civil liberties such as Michelle Malkin's interment camps or even measures such as the Patriot Act, I am not down at all. Or to summarize: Give me liberty or give me death. If it comes down to death, make sure it is them instead of us.

But anyways, with the Lebanon situation, it is obvious that the pre-war status quo is unacceptable with Lebanon serving as a Syrian puppet with an independent civilian militia in a state of constant war against Israel. Personally, I would allow Israel to continue their war, but at the same time, work with the UN to create some sort of peacekeeping coalition. Eventually there should be a ceasefire, but let Israel take care of the 6 year buildup of a Hezbollah Army first. Secondly, I agree with Pat Buchanan that there is certainly room to negotiate with Syria, but it must be done as a quid pro quo. This cannot be another round of "good faith" Clinton era acquiescences. Finally, with respect to the peace-keeping coalition, I think the key is to use the armies of Europe to restore and prop up a new and independent Lebanese government. Due to America's close ties with Israel, it would not go over big in the Arab world to have America as a member. However, if you allow the EU to take the lead, they will be seen as neutral arbitrators and will be pulling their share in support of Western Civilization.

Obviously, this plan is a bit on the idealistic side. But given the upper bound for Tondar Total Victory, it would be interesting to see what planks are actually feasible.
WARNING

From Seth's brother, Ben...

Gentleman,



I felt I needed to point out the following warning to all of my poker friends to make sure this does not happen to you. Please read below and click on the link for further explanation.



*Police are warning all men who frequent clubs, parties and local pubs to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink from any woman. Many females use a date rape drug on the market called "Beer."


The drug is found in liquid form and is available anywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, or from taps and in large "kegs". Beer is used by female sexual predators at parties and bars to persuade their male victims to go home and sleep with them. A woman needs only to get a guy to consume a few
units of Beer and then simply ask him home for no strings attached sex

Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several beers, men will often succumb to the desires to sleep with horrific looking women whom they would never normally be attracted. After drinking beer, men often
awaken with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that "something bad" occurred.

At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life's savings, in a familiar scam known as "a relationship." In extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a
longer term form of servitude and punishment referred to as "marriage." Men are much more susceptible to this scam after beer is administered and sex is offered by the predatory females

Please! Forward this warning to every male you know. If you fall victim to this "Beer" scam and the women administering it, there are male support groups where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter with similarly victimized men. For the support group nearest you, just look up
"Golf Courses" in the phone book.


For a video to see how beer works click here.
EATING THEIR OWN

Seth claims that Democrats are characterized by being the good guys. Yet now that one of the "good guys" has lost in a primary the party's power structure now seems to be eating their own. According to the NYTimes...

The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, who is leading the national effort to elect more Democrats in November, did not directly say in their joint statement today that Mr. Lieberman should drop out. But they made clear that they “fully support” Mr. Lamont.

...

At a “unity press conference” held at the state party headquarters in Hartford today, the state’s other Democratic Senator, Christopher J. Dodd — an ally of Mr. Lieberman who has served with him on the Senate for 18 years — expressed regret at the outcome of the primary but said he was supporting Mr. Lamont as the party’s nominee.

...

Leading Democratic officeholders from nearby states had largely backed Mr. Lieberman in the primary, including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. Former President Bill Clinton had also campaigned for Mr. Lieberman.

A spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton restated the senator’s announced intention to support the party’s nominee in Connecticut — now Mr. Lamont. A spokesman for Mr. Clinton did not return a phone message late last night.

Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, said today that he “enthusiastically” endorsed Mr. Lamont’s candidacy and that the election result showed that Americans were seeking, among other things, “an Iraq policy that makes sense.”

Mr. Lamont said that former Senator John Edwards, the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2004, was the first Democratic leader to call him last night. Mr. Lamont also gave a prominent spot at a rally last night at his headquarters in Meriden to several African-American supporters, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.


If you ask me, that sounds like a political game to secure victory for the almighty "D." Afterall, if they were truly the "good guys," wouldn't they be supporting their old friend? On the other hand, maybe the Democratic party truly only exists for the sole purpose of building a coalition to win elections.

As I conservative, what I find most interesting is the behavior of the right. As of today, most Republicans seem to be jumping on the Lieberman bandwagon themselves. However, considering that Lieberman votes liberal 90% of the time, it makes me wonder how much of this posturing is simply a post-hoc argument to defend President Bush and the war at all costs. Frankly, I'm not sure. But Dick Morris has some interesting thoughts on what it means for the broader political scene, whether you wear the white hat or the cowboy hat.
WBMABCMJMTBJ

Here's a word scramble from the Sport's Guy...

"27) My bosses won't allow me to say which six announcers I would deport to Eastern Europe, but here are their initials jumbled together backwards: WBMABCMJMTBJ."


Joe Buck
TM
John Maden
MC
CB
Al Michaels
Bill Walton

Can you figure out the rest?
PIC OF THE DAY

Face the Promise on 9/12/06

Roll, roll me away,
Im gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin,
Keep searchin till I find whats right
And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
Next time we'll get it right Posted by Picasa
I THINK THIS DEBATE IS NOW SETTLED

From The Independent...

"Richard Feachem, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said research revealing the protective effect of circumcision against HIV was set to change parental expectations and medical practice across the world. Instead of viewing the operation as an assault on the male sex, it was increasingly being seen as a lifesaving procedure which every parent would want for their sons.

Removing the foreskin is thought to harden the glans (head) of the penis, making it less permeable to viruses. Research conducted in 2005 showed the transmission of HIV from women to men during sex was reduced by 60 per cent if the men were circumcised."


I've always been in favor of circumcision for the simple fact of assimilating with the rest of the Americans. But it appears there's now even better reasons. Of course that then raises other questions. For example, if you are only half circumcised does that mean your chances of contracting HIV are only reduced by 30%?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

TASTE OF THAT A.T.L. STYLE

Well the good news is that crazy Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney lost her primary runoff 59% to 41%. Of course this is where it takes a turn for the worse. At about 11:30 her team picks a fist fight with NBC 11Alive. Then she gets up on the podium and invites everyone onto the stage with her. Now with the cameras rolling she simply stands there on live local news. At 11:20 she sings along to "Dear Mr. President" by Pink and the Indigo Girls. Finally she goes on a 15 minute tirade about the evils of the Bush family before...

McKinney conceded the race at 12:36 a.m. with one sentence: "I wish the new representative of the 4th Congressional District well."


I'm sure this bit of crazy will get picked over quite nicely by the media but I wanted to get this up on the blogger since this happened in my neck of the woods.
CAN BIG BLUE CONTEND?

Check out this CNNSI.com piece about Michigan's chances to win the national championship. They have them amongst the top 16 and give props to their offense and defense. But they also recognize the difficulty of having to beat Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Ohio State on the road. I'm still not trading in my pessimism, but I am starting to get excited about the new season. Go Blue!
TURNING OF THE TIDE

It seems that Israel's latest war with Hezbollah has revealed a shift in American politics. There's a new LATimes poll out that shows the pacifist wing of the Democratic party taking over as only 39% of Democrats feel that the United States should continue to align with Israel. Furthermore, a majority, 54% of Democrats favor a more neutral American stance, while a plurality considers Israel's use of force to be unjustified. On the other hand, 64% of Republicans favor America's continued alignment with Israel and support their war against the jihad.

Now the GOP's current position flies in the face of the older Ronald Reagan/Pat Buchanan idea that this is not America's war. However, given 9/11 and a larger amount of neo-conservatives like William Kristol joining the party, it seems that the Republicans have become the party of foreign relations and intervention. Of course, for all their internationalism, the power structure of the party still seems unwilling to negotiate with our most dangerous enemies as Pat Buchanan points out in this must read piece.

Since a majority of all Americans still support Israel, I'm sure this will be the position of the American government for years to come. But the numbers above do raise an interesting question: Have Democrats abandoned Israel or have they simply found another way to disagree with the GOP and the Bush Administration for the sake of spite?
PIC OF THE DAY


and i'm down to
your last cigarette and
this "we are one" crap
as you're invading
this thing you call
love - she smiles
way too much but
i'm glad you're
on my side, sure
i'm glad you're on
my side still Posted by Picasa
HAS SACKETT HIT THIS ONE UP YET?

From Seth...

Oh the possibilities...

A new bar in eastern China is offering customers an unusual outlet for anger -- by allowing them to use the staff as punching bags, state media said Monday.

In addition to getting a drink, customers at the "Rising Sun Anger Release Bar" in Nanjing city are able to pay money to beat up staff, smash glasses, shout and scream, the China Daily said.


This begs the question: if you got a voucher for one free beat-down, what would you request?"

To answer Seth's question if I could not settle my vedetta against John Meyer, or cross word puzzles then I wouldn't want a beatdown of my own. I would simply pay to watch Frank become Stomp-Stomp in public and go to town on them Asians.
THOUGHTS ON LA LINGUA

From David Leavitt's "Florence, A Delicate Case," on the language, page 17...

According to Italians, Tuscans speak the purest Italian, if not the most beautiful. (The ideal is 'una lingua Toscana in una bocca Romana' - a Tuscan tongue in a Roman mouth.)


In America today we simply take for granted that everybody is capable of speaking basically the same dialect. However, within countries like Spain and Italy, that is simply not the case. It is nearly impossible to understand a Sicilian speak their dirty mixture of Italian, Spanish, and gibberish. Or in Pais Vasco in Northern Spain, I have attempted to keep up with conversations that move between Castilian and Basque. It's bad enough keeping up in the dialect of Spanish, but once you throw in the Latinized Altaic, you can just forget it.

In Italy, the ideal of una lingua Toscana was one of the planks that propelled the fascists to power in Italy. Likewise in Spain Franco attempted to create a national dialect with even less success.

But if there is one lesson to learn from this it is the importance of assimilation in building the bridge between cultural and national pride. I know how fun it is in liberal circles to speak of diversity and accepting the cultural and linguistic differences of others. But it is also important that a nation maintains its own grand culture and soul. In addition, the liberal model is shown to fail given the Italian and Spanish examples. It is simply an impractical model. Different tongues in different regions further dissent, distrust, and dislike. Consider the example of the Sicilian in Florence that is not trusted because he comes from the portion of the country full of dirty thieves that can't speak. It is factually correct there are more thieves in the South, but that certainly doesn't make every southerner a thief. Or in Spain, given the differences of the Catalan, Basque, Andalusian, and Castilian people, it is easy to understand why so many independent nationalist movements exist. Given these real world examples, I would hate to see the same kind of disunity brought to America for the simple reason of "diversity." However, I don't see us turning away from that path anytime soon considering how much of the American Southwest can exist and interact as American sin Engles.
TUMBLE-DRIED FIREMAN

In case you haven't seen this on YouTube, check out the Fireman in the dryer. I remember contemplating this while I lived in NYC and had to use the laundromat. Of course, Of course luckily for me I didn't have Frank jeering me into the dryer either.

Well anyways, this just in from the British Ministry of Ruining cool things:

The fireman involved faces possible disciplinary action and could now lose his job. Other fireman who took part could also face action.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: "An investigation is under way and there is potentially disciplinary action.

"It is blatantly obvious that getting into a tumble dryer, especially of industrial design, is not only foolish, but dangerous in the extreme."


Well thank you Lord Obvious of Douchebagingham!

Monday, August 07, 2006

MY GIRLFRIEND

If it's on the internet it must be true. I got you Kelly!

Here, somewhere in the heart of me
There is still a part of me
That cares
And I'll, I'll still take the best you've got
Even though I'm sure it's not
The best for me Posted by Picasa
YOUTUBE OF THE WEEK

I was going to include a short clip of Cookie Monster on the Cinque Terre post. However, I came across this gem. Please check it out because from snakes, to oxymorons, to a li'l S&M, this is just down right hilarious.
CINQUE TERRE

This piece is a great example why the AJC is such a terrible paper. I could hardly get through this article on one of the coolest hiking spots in Italy. Cinque Terre is a collection of 5 towns along the Western Coast of the Italy. They are only connected to the outside world via boat, train, or hiking trail. I did this towards the end of my stay in Italy. Of course, at that time I was only on speaking terms with about 10 other people in the Villa (the rest of my relations were spoiled during my graduation bender).

But anyways, we went the opposite route of the author. I would suggest going that route because it gets the most treacherous portion of the trail out of the way early, and from there it's easier and mostly down hill. At the very least, check out the pics. They are very similar to mine and the best part is my account doesn't include bibble such as this...

We passed a few small shrines to the Virgin Mary and a few abandoned chapels along the way. We also came upon a sign that warned in Italian and English: "Beware! Wild boar hunting on Wednesday and Sunday." We weren't sure if we should be more worried about the wild boar, or hunters who might mistake us for game.


More particularly, I was amused by the imagery of the two Fat Americans gorging themselves on bread and beer. You go girl, tank up on them carbs...

It was only 11:30 when we reached the top, but it was hot and we decided to share a big bottle of beer and a wedge of focaccia from a local bakery.


*insert Cookie Monster eating noise here*

Sunday, August 06, 2006

PHOTODUMP


Caesar's Palace Posted by Picasa

Follow Brian Dennehy through the Cocoon Posted by Picasa

photodump Posted by Picasa