Player vs. Player, the Newb Curse?

We were in a Warsong Gulch Battleground tonight. Started off pretty good, we got a capture right out of the box. Looked like a quick victory. Then two different (I think) idiot toons from Jubei’Thos server picked up the flag, two different times. Both of them went afk long enough together for the timer to expire on the battleground. We killed the horde flag carriers at least 10 times, and these (two?) idiots were never around to capture the flag a second time, which would have insured we won the BG. Finally, with about 30 seconds to go, the second one chats “What do I do with the flag?” and drops it. Luckily another ally picked it up, and the timer expired before the horde could return their flag and capture ours. Is it possible that someone could be that ignorant of gameplay at level 80? I find that hard to believe.

Facebook status posted in the Frosty Wyrm Riders guild group. I’m modifying the group to be a general fandom group (August 7th, 2018) and adding my old Star Trek club members to it, as well as fan friends who know how to play nice with others. All the old posts are leaving us. 

Red dragons over Northrend. Frosty Wyrm Riders Group Cover Photo


Not a Christian Land Governed by Christian Principles

Make no mistake what the goals of the SBOE are.

Christian Land Governed by Christian Principles

Even before the Texas State Board of Education took up its expected debate today over what students will learn about separation about church and state in their social studies classrooms, board member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, made her position clear. She offered the board’s opening prayer this morning and removed any doubt about what she and other far-right board members want students to learn: America’s laws and government should be based on the Christian Bible.

Stop what you are doing and watch this video now — you have to see it to believe it.

Laying out in blunt language the “Christian nation” vision of American history that the board’s powerful bloc of social conservatives espouses, Dunbar threw down the gauntlet:

“I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses.”

“Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia, or the charter of New England…the same objective is present — a Christian land governed by Christian principles.”

“I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.”

You will recall that Dunbar, in her 2008 book, One Nation Under God, argued that the Founders created “an emphatically Christian government” (page 18 of her book) and that government should be guided by a “biblical litmus test” (page 47). Even more damning, this State Board of Education member wrote that public education is a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion,” tyrannical and unconstitutional.

And today she will help decide what the next generation of Texas students will learn about separation of church and state in their public school classrooms.

You can follow the conclusion to this embarrassing saga on our liveblog at And look for an e-mail later today with the final decision of the board — and what we can do now to restore sanity and respectability to Texas education.

…and while these members have been handed their hats over this embarrassing situation they’ve created, they are bound and determined to force this farce into the next generation of Texas textbooks.

If you aren’t clear on why the US isn’t a Christian nation, Just look at the constitution. Notice the word ‘god’ is not present in the document.

Check out this entry on the Bad Astronomy blog. Here, I’ll save you the time and just post the bus sign here. This pretty much says it all.

Gary Johnson, the next President of the United States

If the Republicans had a brain, that is. They don’t, so he won’t be. Here he is sitting down with Stephen Colbert on Monday.

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The old as time itself drive to “Punish, Punish” that the Republican’s are caught up in has to be abandoned, if they want to be taken seriously. If they want to win in two years. Time to prove they can be progressive. Embrace Gary Johnson, and nominate him. Prove to the rest of us that you’ve advanced beyond the dark ages.

I dare you.

Not Crying, but Raging. Why?

We all overslept this morning. The children and I. The Wife was off at work in the wee hours, and so wasn’t around to kick me out of bed as she usually does. In our careless rush to get in the car, the Son poured his late breakfast container of cereal and milk all over the passenger seat of the new car. Just as his sister did all over the passenger seat of my one and only truck when she was his age. The interior of the vehicle reeked of rotten milk until we sold it several years later.

I, in a very predictable fashion, lose it. I mean full on rage. Red in the face. Boiling anger. Ready to lash out at the world. Another thing has gone wrong, just as it always does when we get in a hurry.

With dad yelling and screaming, we both dash back in the house, grab towels and sponges, and proceed to spend 30 minutes we already didn’t have mopping up the car before the the milk and sugar has a chance to destroy the upholstery.

Crises averted, I face myself in the mirror and take stock of the situation. My shoulder hurts, I have the distinct sensation of being yanked around by the arm. Where does that come from? My ears are thundering. Echos, more than the standard ringing that the tinnitus imposes. Shortness of breath; that’s probably adrenaline. Who’s voice do I hear ringing in my ears? It’s not mine. Mother, father, some other relative? What event, in my past, motivates me to loose my mind when careless accidents like this happen. It’s not voluntary. A Pavlovian response, trained into the mind when…?! I wish I knew.

Still short of breath. Definitely adrenalin. Is this the feeling that the adrenalin junkies I hear about all the time crave? Bungee jumpers, sky divers, etc. Is this the fight or flight response? Why in the world would you want this? Do things on purpose in order to bring this feeling on?

Why am I so angry about spilled milk?

When I got him to school, he’s whining about his wet butt. Consequences of his careless actions, I tell him. Much more appropriate than the hide tanning I would have received. Maybe he’ll react better than I do when he’s standing in my shoes. One can hope, anyway.

Star Trek by the Minute – Read the Comments too!

Slowly reading through Star Trek by the Minute. I’m savoring, don’t rush me. I’m also taking the time to read the comments for the separate posts. Like this one, from 063.

Of course, as we all know, the amount of time it seems to take and the ability of the transporter to beam a person in crisis at all is governed by a formula that takes into account (a) the needs of the writers at that moment and (b) whether the person being beamed is a regular character or a guest, and (c) whether said person is wearing red.

Priceless insight. That’s what that is. The writer has his own blog, Star Trek Musings, full of insights like the above. Check out Tribble Trouble, see if that doesn’t skew you thinking on the subject.

Treasonous Americans

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both houses of Congress, including Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, today introduced legislation to strip U.S. citizenship from people with terrorist ties.

The bill’s chief sponsors — Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, and Scott Brown, R-Mass., Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Allentown, and Mr. Altmire — said they had been working on the measure for weeks. But the momentum built with Saturday’s failed Times Square bombing, allegedly perpetrated by American citizen Faisal Shahzad.

You can add John McCain’s name to that list as well. Traitors to the spirit of America, in more ways than the terrorists that they wish to target are.

Treason is a strong charge. Just discussing this bill shouldn’t be treason, I hear you saying. Yes, commentators talking about this bill are simply exercising free speech. However, the members of Congress that have proposed and advanced this bill are attempting to subvert the Constitution of the United States. They are proposing changing the requirements for citizenship, making it a revoke-able condition which the government, at it’s sole discretion, can remove from a person. In their opinion, this would allow them to treat people suspected of terrorism in any manner they deem appropriate, embroidering on W’s joke of an argument concerning “enemy combatants” and expanding it to include American citizens.

Frayed and damaged as our observance of the rules contained in the Constitution are, those government representatives have taken an oath to uphold it. We should judge them accordingly. They are terrorists themselves, all of them. Willing to inspire fear in the population in order to secure their next term in office. They believe that human rights are removable, a condition of citizenship of the US. They are attempting to not only justify their use of rendition, detainment and torture of foreign nationals (something we are rightly reviled for on the world stage) but they are attempting to apply this moral degeneracy to the portions US population that they deem to be “terrorists”. Not only should they not be re-elected (but they probably will be) but they should be facing a firing squad, right alongside of Faisal Shahzad, for his act of treason.

That’s why we don’t need their new ridiculous fear-mongering law. Because we already have one. And I know traitors when I hear them speak. It’s time that they be put on notice. Stop this farce, now. You have officially gone to far.

A Cold Slap in the Face? Yell Fire.

The latest Common Sense is about Wikileaks and the Iraq war. The only thing I have to say about that (other than what’s on the community forum) is this.

Michael Franti and Spearhead – Yell Fire!

War Protest Songs. Alice’s Restaurant comes immediately to mind.

Well, I did have this to say in the thread “We should have to watch the war

Yes, we should have to watch the war. Every single gory detail should be broadcast in living color. Specifically it should be the only thing people who support this war should be allowed to watch.

The last presidential election, in the public’s eye, was a referendum on the war (oversimplification, I know. Go out and talk to young people who voted for Obama, see what you find out) Obama’s election meant it was time for the war to end. It hasn’t.

For the record, I was never for the GWOT. None of the libertarians I know have ever been for it. As far back as Bush’s declaration of victory the war has been more unpopular as it has been popular. Bush lied his way into his war. That’s never sat well with anyone I know.Anyone who ever thought we could win a war against a tactic (kind of like winning a war against a naturally occurring substance) Is a fool.

I was against the war in Afghanistan but knew that it was pointless to resist the overwhelming support of that war. I (and many I know) spoke out against the Iraq war, but were shouted down. Those chickens have come home to roost now, and the most predictable response will be “Your either for us or agin us”; and that’s a sad statement about our government, in my opinion.

Let’s not kid ourselves here, contrasting Vietnam protests and protests about the Global War on Terror. The reason the Vietnam protests were so fervent was the same reason that Nixon changed the way the military was created. He ended the draft and by ending the draft ended the stakes the average Americans had in wars. Now, if you don’t happen to be from a poor family, you don’t have anyone that’s at risk of being shot in one of the many hot zones that America has troops stationed in.

I remember war coverage during Vietnam. It was visceral, and on the TV news every night. It was in your face, and if you were a teenager, you were going to be over there ‘in the shit’ when you turned 18. It was those two things together that got the protests started.

There was support for the war. Yeah, amongst the adults that weren’t going to be shot at. You didn’t find much of it anywhere else.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the draft was a violation of individual rights. If a war isn’t popular enough that the numbers needed to fight it don’t join voluntarily (and in the US they have, when it mattered. Didn’t stop the gov’t from drafting people even then) But it was the knowledge that you were going to be shot at, and soon, that got the young people out in the streets.

Sing a few bars of Alice’s Restaurant, and walk out.

If the rest of the world really has a problem with the bully on the block (the US) then they need to stop taking our dollars. Send them all back. Crash the system. That will put an end to the bullies ability to buy more and better weapons to shoot people with. Because the American people are too fat and happy to do it for themselves anymore.

But this, this was the most important bit.

If you support the war on terror, you are not a Libertarian (basically, if you’ve supported any modern war, you aren’t a libertarian. The party itself was founded out of the Antiwar movement) The War on Terror represents everything that is wrong with modern US leadership. From the War on Poverty (war on a social strata) to the War on Drugs (war on a naturally occurring substance) to the War on Terror (war on a tactic) they play on the fears of the average American and promise change, while in the end they simply make the problem worse.

This idea that you can declare war on something in order to end it has to stop. What ends when we engage in needless, ineffective, insane and endless wars is our freedom.

Neal Boortz, Glen Beck, et al. YOU ARE NOT LIBERTARIANS.