Monosyllabic Pedantry

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tour of the Fox

Last Saturday, Mrs Schwartz and I took a guided tour of the Fox Theatre. Very Cool. Click to embiggen.

I remember the M stands for Masons. Note that they made the Sphinx into George Washington.

The Egyptian Ballroom:

I think this was the "Spanish Room", which was actually Moorish. The Islamic art does not show any depictions of Man or Beast:

The rooftop patio:

The Ladies' Lounge:

The Gentlemens' Lounge:

The Main Theatre:

The Famous Moller Organ:

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's all Relative

I've been kind of grumpy lately over some of life's usual problems, work, money, etc. Then I saw the pictures from the flood and thought, "Life's pretty good. At least my house isn't under water"


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Six Flags Under Water

Unless you've been under a rock all week, you probably know that Atlanta has flooded. We got a year's worth of rain in a couple of days.
In addition to Six Flags (which is right next to I-20) I-20, I-85, I-575, and I-285 all got flooded. Most of the schools were shut down; a few still are.
The sewers all got flooded, so, yuck, boil your water if you live in the city or downstream from it.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

4th Amendment? What 4th Amendment?

Just a couple more bricks in the wall.

Officers’ New Tool Against D.W.I.: Syringe
“I was looking at people’s arms and hands, thinking, ‘I could draw from that,’ ” Officer Dowell said.
Once they are back on patrol in Nampa, in southwestern Idaho, they will draw blood from any suspected drunken driver who refuses a breath test. They will use force if necessary, including getting help from another officer to pin down a suspect, Ms. Watson said.

SJC OK’s secret use of GPS devices
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that the state constitution allows police to break into a suspect’s car to secretly install tracking devices using a global positioning system, provided that authorities have a warrant before they do so.
The court said that using GPS devices as an investigative tool, which can require police to secretly break into a vehicle to install the device, does not violate the ban on unreasonable search and seizure in the state’s Declaration of Rights.

The SJC said the devices can be installed for up to 15 days before police must show why the devices need to remain in place.


Government Healthcare Preview

We've had a wierd, kind of moldy smell to our tap water ever since shortly moving into our house. It has come and gone over the years. In the past, when it has lasted long enough, we will call the water department and Shani'qua will assure us that they will take care of it, baby. Nothing will happen. Over time it has eventually gone away.
Lately, it's gotten more frequent, but we've recognized the futility of complaining to the government, so we've started adding extra fabric softener. We only drink from filtered water.
Where do we go from here? I can't get tap water from another source; government has a monopoly.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

ACORN's Criminal History

The NY Post has a nice history of ACORN's consistently criminal shenanigans.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

I Love the South

I grew up in New York. Not "the city" (thank God). Upstate New York. In the country, really. Still, we were subject to the stupidity spewing from "the city".
New York state is one of the most liberal, and therefore, most Nanny-restricted, states in the union.
It got me thinking of the differences between there and GA.
My mother lives in a house that would almost fit in my living room. She pays FOUR TIMES what I pay in property taxes, and there's a huge hole in her kitchen ceiling. Oh, and her yard is 1/4 the size of mine. Four fucking times as much.
Or she would pay that if there was any way that she could. But you see, the way big government works is that they take all of your money, then if you can beg and plead to the right departments, they'll let you have enough of your money back to survive; much the way tapeworms don't kill their hosts.

She's a senior citizen: Here's some money back.
She makes below the poverty line: Here's some money back.
She's the widow of a veteran: here's some money back.

It goes to that fundamental mindset of government. Sure, Georgia's not perfect, but it has less of a Nanny state mentality than the northeast. It's weird. You can own a shotgun without a hassle, but if you want to own a handgun, you have to ask permission from the state, and you need a good reason. You can't just say, "To protect my family". You need something like, "I make cash deposits at night for my work". I've known people who made up that claim. You can be turned down for no reason. Unless you are a celebrity or otherwise well connected; then it's fine. You're one of the privileged class.
Oh, and even if you get permission from the Nanny to get that first handgun, you have to go through the whole process for EVERY handgun you want to own.
Georgia is a "right to carry" state, meaning that you don't need a permit to own a handgun, and if you want to carry concealed, the burden is on the state to provide a reason why they deny it.
A few other things have recently come to light.
Switchblades are legal in GA, not in NY. Really, why not?
I just read that Mass makes you license your dog every year and they are upping the fee to $20/year in some areas. How about fuck off and leave me alone? It's not NY, but it's the Northeast.
There are a million other little licenses, permissions, and fees that you find in the NE, that are ridiculous.

Oh yeah, it's also overcast or raining 300 days/year. And there's acid rain. And it snows in October and April.

If only the South would get over its problem with alcohol.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Growing Boobs Barbie

You have to twist her arm to see her boobs! HA! Get it!?

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The Worst Dog in Georgia

At least that's how it felt at the time.

Last weekend, we attempted to go to Stone Mountain. We haven't gotten out much, since Mrs Schwartz hurt her foot. We felt that with a cane, she'd be able to hobble around well enough.

What I had not factored in is the fact that this was the time that Janet takes her nap. Like any two year old, if she doesn't get her nap, she get cranky and starts to act up.

As soon as we arrived at the park, she started pulling on the leash, desperate to get into something. It soon became apparent that the Missus couldn't walk as well as I'd hoped and I didn't want her to risk injury.

I left her with the girls and her prized Twilight book at a picnic table, while I went inside a little museum to inquire when the transport bus would be stopping by. While inside I went through the little exhibit that illustrated how Stone Mountain was created, etc.

I came back out to find her still at the table, but when I approached and asked how she's doing, she responded, "Well, let me tell you".

She explained that as soon as I went inside, Janet started pulling this way and that on her leash. Mrs Schwartz got out the quart of red wine that I had packed for our picnic. Before she could drink any of it, Janet dragged her leash over the table and spilled the whole quart onto Mrs Schwartz' chest. The Missus stood up and yelled, causing Janet to take off running, yanking the leash free when she hit the end of it. Janet was running out into the heavy traffic at full speed. Mrs Schwartz was futilely hobbling after her with her cane. Fortunately, two people saw this and took pity on her. They squared off to block Janet and the woman sweet-talked her into coming close enough to catch her leash.

Thankfully, I was absent for the whole thing; however, that brought a quick end to our day. I took the dogs and walked back to the car, then brought it back to pick her up and go home.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Duke U 2

Nassau DA: Hofstra Student Made Up Gang Rape Story
Charges Dropped Against 4 Men Under Arrest; Search For 5th Called Off; DA, Hempstead School Release Statements

NEW YORK (CBS) ― The student who alleged she was gang raped by five men inside a Hofstra University dormitory bathroom on Sunday has admitted to making the entire story up, the Nassau County District Attorney's office confirmed on Wednesday night.

*Remember, many feminists are aghast that anyone would doubt, or God forbid, want evidence, when a woman makes a rape accusation.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009


And because it's my BIRTHDAY!!!

That's right. I turn the big four-oh today. Send presents.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

TIME, what a news agency!

Why DOES the world hate us?

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Reading through some of Michael Yon's excellent accounts of being embedded with the troops in Afghanistan, you get a real feeling for what a bunch of unevolved animals they are.

On this day, an Afghan man showed one of these medics a rash on his arms, but the medic carried no such medicines out into the fighting. When medic Evans said she had no medicine, a young man picked up a big stone and was preparing to hit her. Rhian instantly pointed the rifle at the man who put down the rock.

Bless their hearts.


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