Internet pornography: stealer of souls

"Thou shalt not use a hand against thyself to images of unholy flesh: for this too is a sin against the Lord." - Deuteronomy 23:9-14

Of the many dangers that face our children today, none is as pervasive or insidious as that of pornography on the internet.  These young and fertile minds, already twisting in the throes of puberty, simply stand no chance against the ruthless onslaught of perversion made possible by today’s technology.

Guided by temptations beyond their abilities to understand, let alone control, the children of our great nation need our help and example to lead them away from this degradation–and toward the wholesome and loving path of the Lord.

That’s why I’m urging all my readers to sign this petition to put a stop to free pornography on the internet.  Children may not know better, but we as adults know only too well the nightmare of lust that awaits them if we fail to act…now.

Immigration: where’s the outrage?

I guess "may" means "won't."

With the sole exception of Maricopa County Sherrif Joe Arpaio’s link to Rick Perry’s campaign, I have been very disappointed with the lack of discussion during this election cycle about the problem of immigration.

Immigrants cost America $113 billion per year, and that number shows no sign of dropping.  This was a hot issue in the last election, so where has all the outrage gone?  Are we done caring that while Marty Mexico and Carl Cuba kick back and watch TV all day, hardworking LEGAL Americans wake up to an alarm, shower, get dressed, and go to jobs, where they work untold hours just to feed these layabouts?

I for one am appalled at the lack of concern our lawmakers have for the enormous problem of immigration in this country.  If you feel as I do, make sure you vote for any candidates that have the nerve to speak out about this problem…and make sure we rid the country of these criminals once and for all!

Notes from the AMA awards

JLo and Moby, tearing it up at the 2011 AMA Awards.

These are my notes on some of the highlights from the 2011 American Music Awards.

As demonstrated by his amazing performance, Chris Brown is not just a pretty face. The fact that he did not win best R&B/soul album is a farce and just one more demonstration that the AMA awards are a joke.

Jennifer Lopez is the most talented performer alive – she’s an actress, a dancer, and what a singer! I’ve always had a soft spot for Jenny From Around The Block, but when you see her perform live you really get what she’s all about. Her singing is so perfect it sounds impossible. History will probably regard her as the most important female black artist of all time, you wait and see.

I dunno, I guess I’m over Taylor Swift, who already appears to be losing her looks. Look for her to be “boosting her career” by posing nude about ten years from now, when it will have been eight years too late.

Not a huge fan of hard rock, but I don’t mind Maroon 5.

I liked Bruno Mars’ voice better when it was in Michael Jackson, but since the King of Pop isn’t using it anymore I guess we will take what we can get.

I’m in love with Katy Perry, who just may have, and be, the most powerful female voice we have today.

What is with the Foo Fighters? Every once in a while they get an award for something, and you’re like, “um, hasn’t your singer been dead for like 20 years?”

I’m getting old.  I can’t stay up to watch these kids jump around anymore, so I’ll post my notes in the morning.

Five fake diseases that sound real

Support fybromyalgia.

If there’s one thing the medical establishment loves to do, it’s invent new diseases.  There’s no downside: they can create and sell more medicines, and if they don’t “work,” there’s no problem, because the symptoms didn’t exist anyway.  Win-win!

Here are the five most egregious examples of current fake diseases.  If your doctor claims you have one of these, steer clear, file a complaint, and choose a new one.

1.) Fybromyalgia

Fybromyalgia is the name given to a syndrome consisting of vague pain basically anywhere in the body.  It  is usually diagnosed in old people whose bodies are predictably deteriorating anyway.  Fortunately, doctors have been backing off this one a bit, saying the cause might be psychosomatic, but read between the lines: it just doesn’t exist.

2.) Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome is shrinkspeak for being incredibly off-putting and insensitive.  Nobody wants to be the one to break that fact to a kid’s parents, so the medical establishment created the Asperger diagnosis and attendant therapies both to prevent that hard conversation and to fatten their wallets.

3.) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Are you tired after a long day of work?  Of playing video games?  Of playing with your children?  Ask anyone with an M.D. after their name, and you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or in layman’s terms, you’re “a normal person who happens to have things going on and are more or less tired as a result.”

4.) Attention Deficit Disorder

If your child is bored at school and finds it difficult to finish routine, unstimulating tasks, they don’t have a terrible work ethic–they have ADD.  Like Asperger Syndrome, this is one of those diagnoses that came about as a result of demand from bad parents across the globe who wanted to assign an external cause for their child’s deficiencies.  Since unplugging your TV is a step no parent seems willing to take, and in any event doesn’t make money for Big Pharma, enter Attention Deficit Disorder.

5.) Antisocial Personality Disorder

One of the main diagnostic criteria for APD is that the subject commits crimes.  As a result, all criminals can be said to have Antisocial Personality Disorder, which is in turn supposed to make us all sorry for them and wish they were in hospitals instead of jail where they belong.  The mere existence of this sham diagnosis unfortunately makes prosecuting and thoroughly punishing dangerous criminals extremely difficult.

Monday P.M.’s are for cute vids!

Boy howdy do I have a surprise for you.  We all know that little orange kittens are cute, and that tiny hats are cute, but what…if…someone…

…COMBINED THEM?

I present to you an ever-so-tiny kitten wearing an ever-so-tiny sunhat.  YOU WILL MELT!

(Warning: don’t watch this at work, I still haven’t pulled myself together yet.  I had to have a meeting with my boss with my swollen eyes and tear-stained cheeks!)

And the best distro is…Mac OS X!

The ultimate Linux distro

Linux enthusiasts everywhere are celebrating the latest findings from CNET on the best distros (distributions) for desktops, servers, and gaming–and the results may surprise you.

The study compares Slackware, Ubuntu, Gentoo, FreeBSD, Debian, and Fedora, running them through a series of performance and usability tests designed to simulate real-world usage and achieve the first-ever empirical comparison of the various options available to the non-professional.

And the winner?  Mac OS X.

Though it is not commonly known by its user base, OS X really is a bona fide Linux distribution, with the largest install base worldwide and the support of the Apple Corporation behind it.  And for a good reason, too: OS X simply crushed the competition in every possible category, with the sole exception of hardware compatibility, where it ranked just behind Gentoo.

These findings  also prompted testers to include Windows 7, which fared miserably in all tests, coming in just ahead of Slackware in the final ranking–excelling only in system uptime.

“If you want to create a cluster or something like that, you should probably look to openSUSE or Ubuntu, but for straight-ahead performance, for a normal user, you can’t beat OS X,” writes Alex Mason, senior staff editor at CNET. “I use it for everything from the GIMP to Koules and all the applications in between.  I just wish I could get Enlightenment working on it.”

 

Hooray…another Duggar!

The glow of relentless reproduction.

My favorite family is back in the spotlight today as Michelle Duggar announced on the Today show that she is going to have another baby.

I know that there are a lot of people who claim this is an obsession, that it’s unhealthy, that Jim Bob is trying to kill his wife by tearing her uterus apart or whatever–but the beauty and joy of a Christian family welcoming a new member cannot be denied.

As long as they can afford to have them, I say God bless the Duggars.  The Bible has said to go forth and multiply, and multiply they have done.  It would behoove many of us to follow the words of the Lord with such abandon, in our own lives.

Quit crying, Connecticut

NBD.

With only a few homes still without power in Connecticut, only one question remains:  when will the residents of this mollycoddled little state stop crying?

“I’m sorry you can’t get on Facebook with your little iPads,” reads one apology after another from the much-beset Connecticut Light and Power Company.  ”We have done amazingly well under the circumstances.”

And truer words have never been spoken.  Only eight days after a huge nor’easter hit the state, only 7% of CL&P customers are still without power.  With great weather and a number of shelters available for the one or two households in that 7%, the impact of the storm at this point seems to be minimal.

A vocal minority of residents seem to be blaming Jeff Butler, COO of Connecticut Light and Power, for what they regard as a failure to handle this historic storm.  However, we at Outkube would like to congratulate the company on a fine job well done, and extend an offer of employment to the beleaguered COO if he should like to move up to the exalted position he clearly deserves.

Strap it on, Connecticut!  Burn some of your extra cash if you need to keep warm.  The nation is tired of your bitching.

Outkube endorses Herman Cain for the Republican nomination

Leadership.

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WEST HARTFORD, CT – Following a long tradition of excellence in supporting the very best in American politics, Outkube.com today announces our official endorsement of Senator Herman Cain for the Republican nomination to the office of the President of the United States.

His strengths as a candidate are numerous, but we are encouraged by his firm stance against abortion, his commitment to national security, and his call for stricter enforcement of immigration law. His political background may not be as strong as the rest of the field, but his business background far exceeds that of the other candidates, as evidenced by his 9-9-9 plan.

While our endorsement is unequivocal, we do recommend that Mr. Cain clarify his positions on gun control and the declaration of English as the offical language of the United States, as well as his ideas for improvement of the lackluster U.S. public education system, so that other publications can follow suit. We welcome any questions or comments about this endorsement at our website, www.outkube.com.

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