Quotations 3

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
PERICLES

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
FREDERIC BASTIAT

Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities.
ROBERT NOZICK

Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA – ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State.
HEINRICH HIMMLER

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
H.L. MENCKEN

Artistic Interlude 7


SORAYAMA, Mekanik Frau

DVD-The Prestige

Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale each play competing magicians in the Victorian era trying to figure out each other's tricks while sabotaging the other. The movie has a surprise ending which I won't give away here, but it makes it worth watching.

This flick suffers from a certain degree of bad editing. It gets confusing, and the story is lost. I don't know what happened, but a better editing job would have found a much better flick here. Expect to be confused here and there.

The Prestige is not great, but it is decent. Watch it if you can't find anything better.

Food City 500

I've been a bit under the weather lately, but I still managed to catch some of Sunday's race. I wasn't pleased with Smoke losing his fuel pump after he led all those laps. I wasn't pleased with Kyle Busch winning the race. (Jeff Burton should have put his punk ass in the wall.) But I have to admit that Busch spoke for all the drivers when he said that the Car of Tomorrow sucks.

I don't know what to make of the COT. But I think the drivers and crews will like it once they learn how to make the thing go fast. For NASCAR, it is about safety. Drivers care less about safety than they do about winning. There you have it.

NASCAR and the NHL

I'm not a big fan of NASCAR head honcho Brian France. That is because he sees dollar signs without a clue as to how NASCAR became the big time moneymaker that it currently is. This fool thinks the future of NASCAR lies with Mexicans, New Yorkers, the French, the Chinese, etc. What France needs to understand is that trees don't keep growing to the sky forever.

The NHL did not learn this lesson, and now, they are paying for it. The hockey head honchos pushed hockey out of its Northern/Canadian fanbase into places like Los Angeles, Dallas, and Tampa. The dream was to be the fourth major sport behind football, baseball, and basketball. The result has been a diluted league with financial troubles and dwindling popularity.

Hockey is a great sport. But with that said, when the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup, I couldn't tell you one person from this region who gave a shit. Yet, that same victory by the Rangers or the Red Wings would have been a huge deal back in New York or Detroit. The lesson? Dance with the one that brung you.

NASCAR is following a similar shitheaded strategy trying to appeal beyond its fanbase and shed its Southern image. This is a mistake. It's like a guy who thinks his wife won't mind if he keeps a girlfriend on the side. Dumb.

The NHL loses money now because Northern folks aren't going to watch a Stanley Cup match that doesn't have their team in it while Southern and Western fans aren't going to watch because they don't give a fuck. Similarly, when NASCAR cancels out Darlington and Talladega for New York City and Ontario, they will experience the same thing. And don't even get me started on Mexico.

NASCAR has done just fine with its growth without forcing the issue. But greed overcomes common sense. Bubbles form and pop, and if France doesn't watch out, he'll have brought NASCAR to something like the IRL or CART. That would be a real shame.

Folks, the end will come when rebel flags are banned from raceways. That is the sign that the four horseman are riding, and NASCAR as we know it will be over. And that day draws closer than you think.

Artistic Interlude 6


EDWARD HOPPER, Nighthawks

DVD-Pirates of Silicon Valley

I've been meaning to get around to this one forever. Pirates of Silicon Valley is a made-for-TV movie about the rise of Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft. It is a very intriguing film about two very important people whose stories are still being played out today.

Basically, Steve Jobs is a creative but tyrannical genius who both cajoles and terrorizes his people into producing cutting edge products and technology. These traits would later end to his firing when people got tired of his shit. The guy is a real asshole. They say he has mellowed somewhat in this regard, but he reminds me a bit of a Che Guevara type.

Bill Gates is another story. The guy is a borderline autistic nerd. But he is a sneaky, cunning, devious nerd. Essentially, Gates beat Jobs because Gates was simply more ruthless. It is no coincidence that the Gates story begins with a poker game in which Billy Boy takes the pot.

So, what are we to take from this? Which business model makes more sense--innovation or ruthlessness? Ultimately, it comes down to consumer choice. Microsoft won because it met the needs and desires of a larger number of customers. My first experience with the Mac was back in high school working on the school newspaper. I was amazed at the graphical user interface, and I knew that system was the future. Then, Windows came out which I thought was inferior, but I quickly learned that Microsoft owns the world. I exclusively use PC's now though I might be persuaded to buy a Mac for multimedia work if I ever choose to go that way.

The whole story of Pirates is the battle between poets and nerds. We see this today with the current ads for Mac with the cool guy trading barbs with the 40-year-old virgin. Nerds make more money, but the poets get laid. Make of that what you will.

Quotations 2

The only thing I know about it [marriage] is that it's an institution, and you have to be committed to it. If that doesn't sound like a nuthouse, I don't know what does.
GENE SIMMONS

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
H.L. MENCKEN

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
THUCYDIDES

It stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there's someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.
AYN RAND

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
JAMES MADISON

This Shit is Too Damn Funny

Watch this:



Then watch this:

Kobalt Tools 500

Jimmie Johnson passed Tony Stewart and went on to win the race in Atlanta yesterday. This sucked a massive dick.

Juan Pablo Montoya got a top 5. I think the dude is getting it together, and I expect him to win a Cup race this season.

Mark Martin will sit out Bristol which I think is dumb. But with the new format, he might still make the Chase. Hell, he might win it which would be a hell of an accomplishment. But he's still an idiot for doing this semi-retirement bullshit. For a man without a championship on his resume, I think the guy should reconsider.

As for Bristol, I expect to see number 8 in victory lane. Junior does well at that track.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 14

1. I got into a debate about ethanol this week with Big T. I told him that ethanol required more energy to make than what you got out of the ethanol. This is disputed by the USDA, a government agency. Nevertheless, ethanol is a waste of money and would consume resources and cause more environmental harm than is currently used in fossil fuel production. This is not in dispute. And how does this shit come about? Government subsidies.

You can read about it here and here.

2. Sub-prime mortgage lenders took a hit this week which caused jitters on the stock market. This might be the bursting of the housing bubble. Frankly, I don't know. Economic predictions by even the most learned of folks usually turn out to be wrong. But what I will predict is that there will be a call for government regulation of these sub-prime lenders. That is a virtual certainty.

3. Khalid Sheik Mohammad came clean with a confession that he did it all--9/11, the beheading of Daniel Pearl, pissing in the soup at an Olive Garden in Tuscon, etc. And why did this fuckhead suddenly confess? Probably because of that bullshit at the Department of Justice involving the Attorney General firing a bunch of folks for not having their lips pressed firmly to the imperial ass.

4. Oregon is considering a bill that would require climbers on Mount Hood to wear electronic locators in case they need rescuing. I think these beacons are a good idea, but I think the public should be a bit pissed off that their tax dollars go to subsidize mountain climbing. I say let the shitheads die. They deserve to bear the consequences of their own stupidity. As it stands, these fucknuts climb the mountains and expect rescue units to spare no expense in saving their retarded asses. This shit isn't right. Instead, these climbers should climb at their own risk and make their own arrangements for a rescue. A mountain climbing insurance policy might be the way to go. As it stands, I laugh when mountain climbers, BASE jumpers, drug addicts, etc. die. Death by stupidity is not deserving of anyone's sympathy. Fuck every goddamn one of them.

5. The IDIOT OF THE WEEK is former Israeli ambassador Tsuriel Rephael who was the envoy to El Salvador until police found him naked, drunk, tied, and gagged in an apparent S&M session that went awry. Rephael identified himself after officers removed the ball gag from his mouth.

6. Valerie Plame testified this week that Dick Cheney fucked her over to get back at her husband and ended her clandestine career at the CIA. Cheney is a scum sucking lowlife bastard. It's time to impeach the vice president.

7. E-MAIL JOKE OF THE WEEK (Courtesy of Clint Monts)

A LITTLE FLAB !!

One morning while making breakfast, a man walked up to his wife, pinched her on the butt and said "If you firmed this up, we could get rid of your control top pantyhose."

While this was on the edge of intolerable, she kept silent.

The next morning, the man woke his wife with a pinch on each of her breasts and said "You know, if you firmed these up, we could get rid of your bra."

This was beyond a silent response...So she rolled over and grabbed him by his 'DANGLER.'

With a death grip in place, she said "You know, if you firmed this up, we could get rid of the gardener, the postman, the pool man and your brother!"

Artistic Interlude 4


SORAYAMA, Betty with Tiger

Quotations

When you really think about it, I'm not delusional enough to think that what I do is important to life as we know it on this planet. No. But neither is what you do.
GENE SIMMONS

War has all the characteristics of socialism most conservatives hate: Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties, foolish optimism about intended results, and blindness to unintended secondary results.
JOSEPH SOBRAN

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Collectivism doesn't work because it's based on a faulty economic premise. There is no such thing as a person's "fair share" of wealth. The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless.
P.J. O'ROURKE

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.
HARRY BROWNE

Musical Interlude 18

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 13

1. The IDIOT OF THE WEEK award goes to USC quarterback Stephen Garcia for keying a prof's car and other shitheadedness. This guy is turning out to be a real piece of shit, and I have to wonder what is going on in Coach Spurrier's head. At some point as a college or professional football coach, you have to deal with these headcases who combine both talent and stupidity. I don't know what Garcia's future will be, but he needs to get his shit together.

2. I have a bunch of bitemarks in my ass from the ultrarunning crowd, but I stand by my criticisms. I will now expand upon them.

At what point does it become stupid? For instance, why not attempt Badwater while carrying a cinder block? That would be bad ass. Why not include a blindfold? And you can drink nothing but beer and the vomit from other competitors!!

I've become a believer in Aristotle's golden mean. Virtue lies at the midpoint between deficiency and excess. In the case of ultrarunners, they want to get recognition for doing something that is clearly excessive. I don't have a problem with the activities since I believe each to his own. But with ultrarunning, I think it is just stupid much the same way that I think the stunts of magician David Blaine are stupid. As Chris Rock put it, "Where's the magic in that?"

Here is an idea that will seem heretical to many, but these stunts are easy. Yes, that's right. EASY. I believe finishing Badwater is an easy accomplishment. That's because it requires something I can do or can train myself to do which is to survive the 135 mile footrace. I know I can do this. What I am less certain about is finishing a marathon in under 2 hours and 30 minutes. The latter is clearly harder to achieve than the former. I doubt I could ever put up a time like that.

The golden mean is difficult to achieve. Going to extremes is so much easier. It was easier for Andy Warhol to film someone sleeping for 24 hours than it was for Francis Ford Coppola to make The Godfather. Likewise, it is easier to run 100 miles badly than to run 26.2 miles well.

Maybe it is a sign of a larger societal pathology, but I don't see why we celebrate gluttons, drunkards, womanizers, and masochists. In the case of ultrarunners, we have masochism trumping excellence. I can tell you that I know who Dean Karnazes is from his appearance on Letterman, but I couldn't for the life of me tell you who holds the world record for the marathon without having to Google for it.

I think as more and more people accomplish these stunts their novelty will wear off. This has clearly happened with the marathon as even fat housewives show that the distance is no big deal. Karnazes keeps trying to top himself in greater feats of ridiculousness. But hey, it sells books, so I'm rooting for this master of marketing. He's got a good act going, and it shows the power of shameless self-promotion.

3. The FBI has come clean by admitting that they have abused the Patriot Act. Big surprise there.

4. Lately, I've been trying to include information in my daily reading from "hostile" sources. These would be Democrats, Republicans, fascists, commies, environmentalists, feminazis, religious fundamentalists, etc. It is not that I respect their opinions because I don't. Hell, I barely respect these people as human beings. But I think it is helpful to try and understand where people stand on a lot of things if for no other purpose than to be more adept at demolishing their worldviews. As such, I'll waste the time on reading and listening to their blather.

5. PET PEEVE: I hate when a friend or coworker asks me to pick them up something from McDonald's or elsewhere, and it is a "special order" usually involving addition of cheese, vegetables, or condiments. I already know that the fast food fucktards will fuck that order to hell, and that person will look at me like I'm the one that did it. So, I save the receipt and present it at the Post-McDonald's Inquisition as Exhibit A. As it stands, I will no longer take on the responsibility of special orders. Sorry 'bout it. If it gets fucked, that's your problem.

6. Scooter Libby took the fall, and he will likely take a large black cock in the ass from his cellmate before George Bush pardons him. And people wonder why I don't pursue a career in politics.

Artistic Interlude 3



MONET, Impression: Sunrise

Reader Mail

I accumulate reader e-letters in my inbox, and I thought it would be a shame to let that writing go to waste. OTOH, I don't want to embarrass anyone either. With that said, I'm going to post these letters without identities in a regular feature called Reader Mail.

I've gotten a lot of flak from ultrarunners this week for my review of Running on the Sun. Enjoy.

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Sir, I read your rant concerning ultramarathoners. . .

. . .I'm sorry that we don’t live up to your standards as athletes, but rest assured that Scott Jurek’s 24 hour finish at Badwaters, a 135 mile race (a 10 minute, 40 second pace or the equivalent of 5 back-to-back marathons at a 4 hour 35 minute pace) is one heck of an accomplishment in anybody’s book.


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First let me say that I am glad you picked up the film "Running On The Sun." I myself own the film, but unfortunately.. disagree with you. I highly recommend it to anyone. Other films include "A Race for The Soul" and "The Runner."

I do take into question your blog where you argue that Ultra-running is not a sport. You compare it to mountain climbing.. which I will agree with you that in many cases it is. However, the goal of any ultra is to not JUST finish the race, but in many cases to do so in under the alloted time. Usually this time is 24 hours. In order to finish a 100 mile race in under 24 hours, one must travel at an average of 4MPH... which to many athletes is faster than a walk and indeed Running.

You also have to understand that Ultra's aren't JUST 100 miles and 135 miles. There are 50K, 50 mile and 100Km races. You mean to tell me that somebody who runs 50 miles in under 10 Hours at an average pace of MORE than 5MPH is not competing in a sport? You are right... there is a VAST difference between Marathoners and Ultramarathoners. Marathoners run as fast as they can to finish 26.2 Miles.... and they trash themselves in the process. Ultramarathoners set out to cover a LONGER distance... as fast as they can... and also trash themselves while doing so. Sir... you are FAR from correct when comparing the two disciplines.

Now I also am a mountain climber... and its a hobby... and a SPORT. I golf... Many consider golf simply a "game." But... it's a sport. Ultra Running takes a LOT more to compete in than a game of golf.... so is golf now not a sport as well?

Get your head out of your ass you loser... I DARE you to run 50 miles just ONCE.


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You should go to Badwater in July and have yourself babied for several hours. Then you might know whereof you speak.

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Keep those e-letters coming. You can write to me at charlesbricebroadway at yahoo.com.

Ambiguous Terminology

The philosopher Aristotle said that women were without virtue. This is because virtue is essentially reason, and women lacked rationality because of their passionate natures. Since virtue is an essential component of happiness, it is impossible for women to be happy. They string misery wherever they go. You can never trust a woman because their words are filled with ambiguity and mean whatever they want them to mean.

The first ambiguous term women like to toss around is the word "friend."

EXAMPLES:
"Can we be friends?"
"Oh, he's just a friend."
"I hope we can still be friends."

Here's a tip to the men out there. Women are never your friends. NEVER. "Friend" is an ambigious term that women toss around to delude themselves, others, and you. For instance, if a woman meets you for the first time and asks if you and her can be friends, the reality is that she is interested in fucking you, but first, she has to find a way to keep her boyfriend from finding out. In this instance, "friend" is a bookmark for future reference. Women have tons of these "friends."

If you have a girlfriend and she says that Mr. So-and-so at work is "just a friend," it is a sure sign that she is fucking that guy or will be fucking that guy. It behooves you to KICK THAT CUNT TO THE CURB. "Friend" is her way of lying about what she wants. If you pick up on this, she will accuse you of jealousy or whatnot as if you are the one with "issues." You are the irrational one for being like this. You need to be "trusting." Six weeks later when she is deepthroating that friend's cock, remember how "irrational" your suspicions were.

Finally, if an available woman refers to you as a "friend" or wants to "just be friends," tell that bitch to step off. In this instance, "friend" actually means friend. She may or may not fuck you at a later time, but she will most certainly dangle that bait out there for you. She wants you to believe in the "friendship" wherein she expects you to spend time with her and even money on her. But she really has no interest in you except for your money. Basically, the woman is using you and covers over this bullshit by saying that you and her are "friends." Give me a fucking break.

Remember what I said. Men, women are never your friends. That is because all women including my own mother are lying whores.

The next ambiguous term is the word "love."

EXAMPLES:
"I love you."
"I thought I loved him."
"I love him, but I'm not IN love with him."

A woman can marry a man, have sex with him, tell him she loves him, and then run off a year or two later to do whatever with whomever. To us men, she didn't love the guy. The woman will retort that she loves him. She just wasn't IN love with him. Ahhhh, those pesky prepositions.

"Love" is a lot like "friend" in that women use it as a headfake to get what they want. What they want is a commitment which is a contract that says you will be faithful to the bitch and spend lots of money on her while she goes around fucking other men. And how does she justify this arrangement? She "loves" you. She just isn't "in love with you." You have to shake your head and laugh. Basically, she can deceive you and then wash away the guilt because she still fundamentally cares about you even if she isn't in love with you. If you have just gotten a whiff of horseshit, that is no accident. Women are full of it.

If at this point you think it is all a game, then you would be correct. Women are deceivers. It is their nature to be this way. Men deceive each other every so often, but it often ends in extreme violence which is why, as a general rule, men try to be on the level with one another. We agree to the rules. We clarify our terms. This does not work with women. Women lack the means of enforcement because they are weak. Their only hope is to count on a man's chivalry and sense of honor which is what they exploit. From the time they were little girls, women are taught to be difficult and deceitful to get what they want. That's why the ones who don't follow their mother's advice are called "easy." Easy is a good thing. It is better than "difficult." But I digress. . .

"Love" is an ambiguous term because women don't really love at all. Love is the bond that exists between two rational people. This is why I can still be friends with guys from five, ten, fifteen, and even twenty years ago. This is also why after six months, I can't stand a woman. Those six months represent a random sample wherein bitches revert to the mean of their essential natures. They can only fake you out for so long before their innate irrationality and deceitfulness comes out.

It is all a wicked game. How do you win this game? Don't play it. As Dave Chappelle put it, "Chivalry is dead because women killed it." You don't get truer than that. The bottom line is that you can never trust a woman. People will decry this blatant sexism, but I know this shit is true because women don't trust each other. Tell your wife or girlfriend that Ms. So-amd-so at work is "just a friend" and see what happens.

The other option is to play the game. This is where the term "player" comes from. Basically, a player is a guy who understands the way women truly are and plays by their bizarro rules. Women howl at indignation over this, but they keep putting out for these players and secretly love them anyway. It is what it is. Nice guys get the compliments. Players get the pussy.

Ron Paul for President

I am supporting Ron Paul for the GOP presidential nomination. I do not agree with Paul on a couple of issues like immigration. But overall, he is the candidate who comes closest to my political outlook.

I doubt he will win against guys like McCain and Giuliani, but I hope he pulls off some grassroots support and gets our viewpoint heard.

Dean Karnazes Interview

DVD-Running on the Sun

Running on the Sun is a documentary about the Badwater Ultramarathon which is a 135 mile footrace across Death Valley in the middle of July. Crazy? You bet.

To understand Badwater, you have to understand ultrarunning. These people care less about winning than they do about finishing these sufferfests. Badwater is probably the hottest of these events, but you have other races like the Western States 100 which climb mountainous trails. In order to complete one of these things requires massive amounts of fluids and calories and constant care of the feet. Some ultrarunners even go so far as to have their toenails surgically removed since they usually turn black and fall off anyway.

In Badwater, participants are followed by crew vehicles, and they are basically babied every step of the way. There is always water and food and footcare. If they get too hot, they can cool off in the vehicle. If they get an IV, they are disqualified.

At some point, you have to ask yourself if ultrarunning is even a sport. I don't think it is. To me, it is a stunt akin to mountain climbing. It shouldn't even be called ultrarunning because the participants walk large portions of the course. Finally, I think it is stupid because they risk sickness, injury to vital organs, and even death by doing these things.

To me, ultrarunners are not real runners like the people who train to compete in marathons. Marathoners want to put up a good time. They run the entire distance, and their only support is cups of Gatorade and maybe a shot of energy gel. It's like the difference between a guy who plays basketball, and a guy who enters a contest to see how long he can dribble a basketball. What is the dividing line between sport and stunt? I don't know, but I really believe that Badwater qualifies as a stunt.

Running on the Sun is rather boring unless you are an ultrarunner (which I'm not) or enjoy seeing people lance blisters on their feet. I don't recommend it.

South Park

DVD-The Departed

Marty Scorsese finally won the Oscar, and it was for this flick that is not the best he has ever done but is a fine film nonetheless.

Leo DiCaprio plays an undercover cop who infiltrates Jack Nicholson's Irish mob crew. But Jack is slick because he has Matt Damon working as a mole in the State Police. Scorsese skillfully turns the screws leaving you breathless and shocked at the end. Very entertaining.

I highly recommend this one.

Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion

Q & A

People ask me a ton of questions every day because I am the strangest person they know. Needless to say, I get tired of answering them because I hate repeating myself. So, I decided writing my answers might be a better way to go. Then, the next time they ask me that question, I can refer them to my blog. Basically, Q & A will be a regular feature here at the CBlog. On with the questions. . .

Q: Why are you an atheist?

A: I am an atheist because of science. There is no evidence for the existence of God or any other supernatural phenomena, so I don't believe in that shit. But this answer does not satisfy people. They believe that I suffered some sort of emotional trauma like getting ass raped by a pedophile priest when I was 10 or something. The reality is that I was religious at one time, but I questioned that faith when I had a roommate commit suicide about 8 years ago, and I found his body all bled out in his bedroom. I was very upset about this because it was his week to clean the bathroom. Heh heh. . .

The reason my roommate killed himself was because he was a closeted homosexual studying to become a minister. I didn't find this out until after he was dead. The bottom line was that he was torn between being something he wasn't and being something that he was. Unable to remain true to himself or conquer his "demons" he chose to kill himself.

I could help someone like that now, but there would have been nothing I could have said to him at the time since I believed in the same things. My advice to anyone like this is to understand that God does not exist and to quit feeling guilty. That's what I did in my life, and it made a profoundly positive difference in my life.

Like it or not, scientific facts and ideas carry a certain psychological impact. This is why otherwise rational people can reject evolution. The psychic toll of accepting that is just too much. Most people don't have the courage to face an empty universe and to find a personal meaning as opposed to a transcendant meaning. But the universe is what it is, and until you accept it, you will always labor under guilt, disappointment, or what have you.

If I could go back in time to before my roommate offed himself, he probably would have disagreed with my atheism and rejected it. But that's why he's dead, and I'm not.

Q: Why don't you write about work on your blog?

A: I get this from coworkers alot, and the answer to that one is easy. I don't want to get fired. But people will want something more satisfying than that, so here it is.

I am not a disgruntled employee. That is because if I disagree with management/ownership at work then I remind myself that I am not the owner of the business. I am free to leave and find other employment or even start my own business. The key reason people bitch about their jobs is because they want to exert control without having to deal with the risks of raising capital and getting a return on it or to suffer the consequences of their own decisions. In short, talk is cheap, so the help like to chatter a lot because they don't have the balls to be entrepreneurs or leaders.

The irony is that most workplace issues are a consequence of the bullshit that workers inflict on one another often in violation of the policies of management. Workers will unionize for more pay, more vacation, etc., but they never get together to clean the restrooms, make the coffee, or take out the trash. Yet, they would be the prime beneficiaries of such a movement. These same people will argue that they aren't paid to do these things, but they are. I have been paid for every trashcan I emptied, every pot of coffee I made, and every floor I swept and mopped. All of it was done on the clock for the benefit of ingrates who would rather lie in their own shit than exert the effort to clean up after themselves.

Like it or not, today's workers have a sense of entitlement which I lack. I think I lack this because I have seen it from both sides. I have been worker, leader, and entrepreneur. My advice to the help is to quit your bitching and do your fucking job.

Q: Why are you so bitter towards women?

A: This is a leading question because it implies that I harbor bitterness against women when I don't. I have lived long enough to see bullshit on both sides of the gender divide. I also don't wish to be guilty of overgeneralizing because not all women are the same.

What is true of me is that I am a cynic concerning the topic of love. I have seen it, and I have experienced it. Love is bullshit. My attitude towards love is the same as it is towards religion. I refuse to drink the Kool-Aid.

50% of marriages end in divorce. 60 to 70% of married men cheat on their wives. 40 to 60% of married women cheat on their husbands. (These infidelity rates are actually on the low side since a lot of people actually lie about infidelity.)

The downside is that love is both emotionally and financially devastating. The upside is that getting laid has never been easier. Lust pays, but love costs. That's the difference.

Unlike religion, love is not something you can turn off. Believe me, I have tried. I have seen even the most hardened thug players fall for a female against their better judgment. Eventually, they will come to their senses, but oftentimes, it is too late. They have done something stupid like get married. I know one guy who just accepts his wife's infidelity not because he loves her but because it is cheaper to keep her. Sad shit but true.

I am not willing to marry at any time under any circumstances, and I am at the point where I think any sort of committed relationship is out of the question. It is all a fiction. And the best cure for a broken heart is a one night stand. I do not believe in love, but I do believe in a healthy fuck. Where's the bitterness in that?

Payday Lenders

I sent this letter to The State. I haven't seen it published yet, and I doubt that it will be published. So, I'm putting it here.

Dear editor,

I do not recommend that anyone turn to a payday lender
to make up for a shortfall in their disastrous
finances. Along the same lines, I do not recommend
that anyone turn to the state government to regulate
or outlaw payday lenders. The legislature can only
make a bad problem worse.

Whenever the government interferes in or outlaws a
free market, a black market always emerges. This was
true during Prohibition when bootleggers and organized
crime became the suppliers of booze. We see this in
the current war on drugs. We also see this in South
Carolina as video poker has gone underground since it
was outlawed or the influx of illegal immigrants
coming to take advantage of the under-the-table cash
economy and creating a black market in labor.

If South Carolina were to outlaw payday lending, it
would be a financial boon to the real loan sharks who
take body parts as collateral. Like it or not, people
with messy finances and little sense will always turn
to these lenders of last resort. A high interest rate
and damaged credit are preferrable to broken knee
caps.

Payday lending may seem distasteful to many, but the
reason payday lenders charge those high interest rates
is to compensate for the risk they take in lending to
morons. Calling payday borrowers "victims" is a bit
disingenuous when it is probably the lender who will
get burned in the exchange. Why should we interfere in
their folly? What will it do for the rest of us?

Finally, if South Carolina is so concerned about the
finances of the poor and the ignorant, the legislature
should outlaw one of the biggest hazards to these
people--the state lottery. It would be hypocritical
for the state to outlaw payday lending but keep
feeding off of the false hopes of the poor.

Sincerely,
Charles Broadway

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1. Strom Thurmond's great-grandfather owned Al Sharpton's great-grandfather. So what? It is a curiosity, but is Sharpton going to sue the Thurmond family now?

Slavery was regrettable, and I am glad it is gone. But as I said before, I never owned a slave. I have no idea if my ancestors did, but I know I didn't. In addition, the Reverend Sharpton has never been a slave. But this will still be fuel for the collective white guilt that is inflicted upon individuals such as myself for the crime of being born white in the South.

Al Sharpton can suck my dick.

2. The IDIOT OF THE WEEK is Al Gore. He won the Oscar, but it was for the wrong category. He is such a phony on this global warming bullshit that he puts a De Niro to shame.

According to The Tennessean in this article, Mr. Gore pays about $1200 a month on his electric bill. His gas bill is $1080 a month. Meanwhile, folks like us are urged to reduce our "carbon footprints."

Al Gore can suck my dick.

3. The NASCAR Bushc Series goes to Mexico this week, and I can tell you that I agree with many in the pits as well as a lot of fans north of the border that racing in Mexico is dumb. It is a pain in the ass to carry all that shit down there. There is the threat of kidnapping. Then, there is all the bullshit that comes from dealing with the Mexican authorities. For what?

I don't think it is a coincidence that Busch series champion Kevin Harvick elected to sit this one out almost guaranteeing that he won't repeat as champion. Basically, NASCAR is doing the same stupid shit as the NHL by forcing their sport where it doesn't belong. A better strategy would be to start MASCAR and promote a homegrown version of stock car racing.

NASCAR's boss, Brian France, is determined to take NASCAR to such farflung places as New York, China, and France. The mind fucking boggles.

Brian France can suck my dick.

4. John McCain unofficially announced that he's running for the POTUS. I really despise this fucker. Go here to find out why.

McCain is the absolute worst choice for the GOP. I'm supporting Ron Paul in the primaries, but he stands almost no chance of winning which leaves Giuliani. I'd rather have Giuliani than McCain or Romney.

McCain is a fuckhead who will almost certainly extend government power, and I find him utterly nauseating. If he gets the nomination, I'll vote for the LP candidate. Hell, I'd vote for Hillary before I voted for McCain.

In short, John McCain can suck my dick.