Monday, February 22, 2010

a real american hero, joe stack was there

you probably heard about this story from last week: a texas man named joe stack was angry at the IRS, so he (allegedly) burned his house down and then crashed a small plane into a nearby IRS building.

but you may not have heard about the movement to declare him a hero:

"Finally an American man took a stand against our tyrannical government that no longer follows the Constitution," wrote Emily Walters of Louisville, Ky.

According to The New York Daily News, Walters was one of the many people on the social networking circuit who founded Joe Stack fan pages to honor the kamikaze pilot.

People were also sounding off via Twitter.

"Joe Stack, you are a true American Hero and we need more of you to make a stand," tweeted Greg Lenihan of San Diego, according to the paper.

now, some may disagree about stack's heroic flight. like doghouse, you may be wondering why the people who soiled themselves thinking about the christmas eve underpants bomber aren't so skeered of joe stack, or why flying a plane into a government building is "terrorism" when al-qaeda does it but "heroism" when joe stack does it.

of course, if you're confused in this way, it's probably because you didn't check the chart:

Terror Attack or Just Some Guy with a Grudge?

now that's much more clear, isn't it?

Monday, February 08, 2010

a bet where both sides lose

gambling is a super bowl tradition. even though it's technically illegal, various organizations and even elected officials bet on the game... including mayors and governors.

i'd heard some grumbling that part of indy's wager against new orleans was shrimp cocktail from st elmo's. people were like, hey it's pretty stupid to send shrimp to the city that probably farmed those shrimp in the first place. and the mayor's spokesfolks were like, the point is that st elmo's shrimp cocktail is really famous, or something. but this is just absurd:

Lacey Everett, a Ballard spokeswoman, said the city will uphold its bet with Nagin, who had reached his term limit and was replaced by Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in an election Saturday.

Among the goods that will be sent are cookies from IndyAnna's Catering; a case of pork tenderloins from Mug 'n Bun; a platter from Judge's Bar-B-Que; shrimp cocktails from St. Elmo Steakhouse; and Cajun food from Papa Roux, which is owned by a New Orleans transplant who moved to Indianapolis after Hurricane Katrina.

cajun food?!?! we're sending cajun food to new orleans?!?!?!

cajun food, that has presumably been frozen, and then spent a day or two in the mail, so that it's all gross when you heat it up?

out of all the delicious cuisine in the city, we're sending shrimp, cajun food, and barbecue? to new orleans? don't they know how to cook that stuff down there?