Bunker Mulligan "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." ~Mark Twain

November 28, 2004

Troop Gift List

Filed under: General — Bunker @ 5:10 pm

Want to do something simple that means a lot to someone in Iraq or Afghanistan? Dagney has the most comprehensive list of links I’ve seen.

Golf Stuff

Filed under: Golf — Bunker @ 4:33 pm

As I perused the web today in search of Christmas gifts, I ran across something for the average hacker: BogeyPro golf balls

  • No Control–“Inspired by range ball construction, the No Control is designed for players who demand amateur-level performance and on the course frustration.”
  • Poor Spin–“The Poor Spin, with its exclusive Granicore technology offers limited spin and playability for less responsive shot making.”
  • Zero Distance–“By formulating a subpar combination of cover, core and dimple aerodynamics, the Zero Distance shortens shots while raising scores!”

Recently I’ve felt like I need this kind of ball. Today I managed to get my game back together, though. So, optimism returns!

November 27, 2004


Filed under: Media — Bunker @ 6:10 pm

As an historian and fan of all the great (in the eyes of a child) movies of heroic deeds from ancient times, I actually looked forward to both Troy and this movie. It’s a shame Hollywood can no longer produce another 300 Spartans.

I have yet to see a single positive review. I did see a television ad today which flashed all kinds of hyperbolic quotes about the film. Unlike most ads of this type, the source of the quote was in a font so small and flashed by so fast it was impossible to see who was quoted. I’m sure it was intentional.

Here again, we run into the morals issue. All those 1960s movies about Hercules, Leonidas, or even Sinbad had at their core the integrity of the protagonist who overcame evil.

Maybe the failure of this film will make Hollywood look inward at their own value system.


The Failure of Government

Filed under: Government,Society-Culture — Bunker @ 5:27 pm

There are far too many restaurants these days which don’t have enough seating. It pains me and causes me a great deal of mental anguish any time I go out for a meal and must wait until some inconsiderate slob decides he’s through sitting at the table impressing his party with words of wisdom. The time has come for action, but I’m not sure which route to take to eliminate this danger to mental health.

On one hand, it would be a huge improvement if restaurants simply expanded and installed more seating. The other option would be to restrict the time any group would be allowed to occupy a table. I think, perhaps, this second option is easier to implement.

What is a restaurant for, anyway? Their purpose is to serve food to hungry people. Anything other than that is beyond their mandate, and should be severely restricted by law. After all, not only is the mental health of those required to wait at risk, but their physical health as well at places without an indoor waiting area large enough to accomodate the overflow. Most folks don’t carry an umbrella to restaurants.

And people are just too stupid to deal with this on their own. I can’t even guess at the number of folks I see standing outside waiting for a table at restaurants all over town on Friday and Saturday nights. The government must get involved.

This is the attitude of people who want government to ban smoking in places like bars and restaurants. There is a movement here in my city for this very thing, and Lady Debby sees the same thing in Maine.

What right does a government have to interfere with a private business operation? The standard reply is that workers must endure second-hand smoke. So, “workplace safety” trumps all. No discussion allowed on whether those workers have any employment options.

Basically, there are two groups who advocate such restrictions: Those who think all smoking must be banned, and those who don’t want to smell smoke during a meal. The second group want to eat at their favorite places, but won’t use economic clout to change things. If you like a restaurant but they allow smoking, don’t go there. And tell the owner why you will never return. His attitude would soon change when his profits drop.

But, what if nobody else cares? What if I’m the only one to ever complain? And I really like their sushi! There isn’t any better here in town. I’d have to deprive myself of something I really like! Far better to deprive someone else.

I’ve smoked cigars for many years, but I don’t smoke indoors. It’s rude. So is using the government to force someone else to do your bidding.

You have choices. Make them yourself and don’t expect government to make them for you. You might not like the ones they make.

November 26, 2004

SI Sportsman of the Year

Filed under: General,Military — Bunker @ 3:39 pm

Who comes to mind?

Rob has it figured out. As much as I believe Lance is dominant, someone else should get the award, and you can go vote here. Scroll the pictures until you reach the right one, select it, then vote.

Starbucks, Could this Be True?

Filed under: General — Bunker @ 1:40 pm

Pat writes about some soldiers in Iraq who hoped to score some free coffee.

She got a quick response, and the reasons are not what you might think. The blogosphere again shows the ability to fact-check and correct far better than MSM.

Religion of Peace and Tolerance

Filed under: International,Society-Culture — Bunker @ 1:36 pm

Francis has some interesting thoughts on the hostility toward the US:

Islam is a shackler par excellence; always and everywhere, it demands utter and unquestioning submission enforced by the power of the State.

What are we to think when they tell us they simply hate our policies, not our freedoms?

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