Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    This crap really steams me

    Every other industry in the free market tries to find ways to capture customers out of new demographics. It is part and parcel of the capitalistic system. Most of the time, people say something like "wow, the video game industry is trying to reach out to girl gamers. That's kind of cool." But not when it's tobacco. Apparently the tobacco industry "exploits" customers rather than simply selling them a product they want. And it's not "market research", it's "pure unadulterated evil" when they try to examine different demographics and what might attract them to the tobacco product.


    Adults need to be treated like adults. If Big Tobacco wants to sell to a demographic (over 18), they should be allowed to consider all their options, and there's nothing evil about them doing so. They're selling a legal product to a legal customer and that should be the end of it. All these hand-wringing ninnies should find a hobby or get a job or something.

    Posted by Tom, 5/31/2005 5:33:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, May 30, 2005


    Far better than Episode III, I found Unleashed to be a great movie about Christian love. It was very moving to see Danny (Jet Li) progress from a place of rage and pain to discovery of his humanity and having a desire to live in loving relationships with others. Sam (Morgan Freeman) and Victoria (Kerry Condon) modeled a Christian approach to loving others -- especially those who are troubled -- in a way that I found heartfelt and inspiring. On top of all that, the action sequences were top-notch and really highlighted Jet Li's acrobatic skills. Save the 8 bucks on Episode III (wait for the DVD), and see Unleashed instead. You won't be sorry you did.

    Posted by Tom, 5/30/2005 9:12:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, May 23, 2005

    Star Wars: Episode III

    Thumbs down.

    Cheesy dialog, bland characterization, so-so plot. The only remotely interesting thing was Anakin's fall, and I think that probably could have been done better. His atrocities went from small to large a little too quickly. And call me bloodthirsty, but I really thought he should wind up falling in the lava rather than completing his physical transformation in the way that he did.

    The lightsaber battles were cool, but really couldn't rescue the rest of it. At least they managed to tie everything in with the next/first movie.

    Posted by Tom, 5/23/2005 5:35:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Mugabe's Pro-Poverty Strategy

    This idiot just doesn't get it. The market is trying desperately to provide for the people, but he continually blames it for the problems he's created. With any luck, he'll soon be ruling over a country of starved corpses.

    Posted by Tom, 5/23/2005 5:29:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Latest Quizzes

    It's been a while since I did some of these...

    The first quiz is OK, and gives a range of response that's fairly flexible.

    You scored as Anarchism.

















    What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?
    created with

    The second quiz is really juvenile, and doesn't have a particularly sophisticated set of responses. I think it was written by someone in junior high.

    Your Political Profile

    Overall: 60% Conservative, 40% Liberal

    Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

    Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

    Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

    Ethics: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

    Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

    Posted by Tom, 5/23/2005 6:44:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, May 22, 2005

    Shout out to the bro-ski

    My brother has started a site for PJ's Pet Guardians in St. Louis, MO. Check it out. Added to the links at the left.

    Posted by Tom, 5/22/2005 2:10:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, May 6, 2005


    I am increasingly convinced that voting is an act of violence, and that there is only a matter of degrees between a voter casting a vote and a Hutu killing a Tutsi.

    Posted by Tom, 5/6/2005 6:52:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...