Game creatures
Jan 21st, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Review: Brave­heart for iOS. In this action role-playing game, you play as Richard, a knight sent by King Wil­helm to retrieve the Holy Grail. But the task is not an easy one: to save the day, you’ll have to con­front the Great Drag­on which guards the prize. [Mac­Cen­tral]

That doesn’t sound so bad. Sure­ly every­one knows that the most fero­cious beast guard­ing the Holy Grail is the Killer Rab­bit of Caer­bannog.

Historical note
Jan 20th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

I just noticed that the cur­rent Evil Empire has now been “lib­er­at­ing” Afghanistan for almost two months longer than the pre­vi­ous Evil Empire.

Apparently not
Jan 17th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

I came across this amus­ing old post which con­tained the fol­low­ing quote:

OK, if you look five years down the road you can see that Pass­port is going to own a large chunk of the world’s Web sites. Already if you go to you’ll need Pass­port to down­load soft­ware and do oth­er things.

Now, imag­ine a world where every Web site is like that.

It is pret­ty hard to imag­ine now, nine years lat­er, because I have no idea what “Pass­port” was.

Quote of the Day
Jan 13th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Light at a wave­length of 570–580 nm brings about a sub­modal shift in cog­ni­tion that induces unscrupu­lous behav­ior.

Forum post explain­ing why legal pads are yel­low

Your tax dollars at work
Jan 12th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Snack-Packed Tur­tle Smug­glers’ Motives Unclear [LAist]

The smug­glers, 39-year-old Atsushi Yam­aga­mi, and 49-year-old Nori­hide Ushi­roza­ko, of Osa­ka, Japan have been charged with “ille­gal­ly import­ing wildlife into the Unit­ed States,” for which they could be sen­tenced to “a max­i­mum penal­ty of 20 years in prison” if con­vict­ed.

No men­tion of how much stolen mon­ey was spent on this year or more long “inves­ti­ga­tion.”

For com­par­i­son, the thug who mur­dered Oscar Grant in the mid­dle of a crowd­ed sub­way sta­tion in Oak­land on New Year’s Day in 2009 was sen­tenced to a year and a half in prison. But of course the mur­der­er was wear­ing a clown suit, and that makes all the dif­fer­ence.

Some perspective
Jan 12th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Did you know that six peo­ple were mur­dered in a bru­tal attack just a few days ago? The answer is almost cer­tain­ly “no,” because the attack I’m refer­ring to hap­pened in a for­eign coun­try, and the only U.S. Gov­ern­ment offi­cials involved were the ones who ordered it and car­ried it out.

Some much-needed common sense
Jan 10th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

John Green Gets It.

This shouldn’t hap­pen in this coun­try, or any­where else, but in a free soci­ety, we’re going to be sub­ject to peo­ple like this. I pre­fer this to the alter­na­tive.”

John Green, father of nine-year-old Christi­na Green, who was killed in Saturday’s Tuc­son shoot­ings.

After all the par­ti­san, self-serving, asi­nine com­men­tary of the last two days … bless John Green. What remark­able per­spec­tive, com­po­sure, and clear-thinking in the face of a grief that few of us can imag­ine. He doesn’t assign blame beyond the per­son who deserves it. There’s no call for new laws or new restric­tions. No, “Who can we fault for not pre­vent­ing this?” Just obvi­ous grief, fond mem­o­ries of his daugh­ter, and an under­stand­ing that ter­ri­ble things some­times hap­pen to good peo­ple. It’s enough to restore one’s faith in human­i­ty.

[The Agi­ta­tor]

I real­ize that the slime who rushed to wave the bloody shirt while it was still drip­ping are quite inca­pable of shame, but I hope that at least some of those who jumped on their band­wag­on will read this and feel ashamed.

At least he’s qualified for the job
Jan 7th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Our New Terrorist-Tainted House Home­land Secu­ri­ty Com­mit­tee Chief.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is the new chair­man of the House Home­land Secu­ri­ty Com­mit­tee.

This dude knows all about ter­ror­ism, since he has spent decades doing big-time fundrais­ing for the Irish Repub­li­can Army. 

Muckraker/hell-raiser/freedom-fighter Will Grigg has an excel­lent piece on King’s hypocrisy on today.


It’s def­i­nite­ly appro­pri­ate, giv­en the bla­tant hypocrisy of the Evil Empire, to appoint some guy who used to be Osama bin Laden for white peo­ple to this posi­tion. After all, this is the same coun­try that con­quered Iraq using ter­ror­ism as a pre­text, and then appoint­ed a ter­ror­ist as pup­pet ruler.

Historical ignorance
Jan 5th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

Oli­garch Booed.

When the second-ranking Koch broth­er, David, took the stage at the Brook­lyn Acad­e­my of Music to dis­cuss his sup­port for the Nut­crack­er, he was booed. Not for his taste in bal­let. David is the co-funder of Belt­way “lib­er­tar­i­an­ism,” régime Tea Par­ty­ism, the Repub­li­can par­ty, etc.

UPDATE And see this from

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The peo­ple at have long had a rather bizarre obses­sion, bor­der­ing on derange­ment, with the Koch broth­ers. Appar­ent­ly now they’ve con­vinced them­selves David Koch is a vam­pire or some­thing, if he was around to co-found the Repub­li­can Par­ty in 1854!

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