Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It's not like G.W. ever listened to anyone about invading Iraq, but it seems to me that Sun Tzu had a pretty good handle on how to deal with Iraq, and how to avoid the kind of disaster we find ourselves now involved in.

Here's an excerpt of a few relevant passages:


Translated from the Chinese
By LIONEL GILES, M.A. (1910)

19. In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

20. Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.


1. Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.

2. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

3. Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces; the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field; and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.

4. The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided. The preparation of mantlets, movable shelters, and various implements of war, will take up three whole months; and the piling up of mounds over against the walls will take three months more.

5. The general, unable to control his irritation, will launch his men to the assault like swarming ants, with the result that one-third of his men are slain, while the town still remains untaken. Such are the disastrous effects of a siege.

6. Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.

7. With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be complete. This is the method of attacking by stratagem."

What exactly has G.W.'s "stratagem" been? Mostly the opposite of everything Sun Tzu lays out here. This book is one that world and business leaders have been reading for decades. Why didn't G.W. ever pay attention to it? I'm sure they have an audiobook version for him.

Monday, January 29, 2007

"I'm a Mac, I'm a PC." Righto! Jolly Good!

Those funny Brits take a turn on the Mac vs. PC wheel. With smashing good results, eh?
From LARadio.com

This is an evolving joke - not really true. It's funny though... You can check it out at:


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash – twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Get Ready for Summer with a Grass Chair

You'd better be sure you placed it correctly, but at least it won't matter if the dog gets up on it!
Tom Cruise: Scientology’s “Christ-like figure”

Yeah, because Tom Cruise needed something to boost his ego. You know, all those self-esteem issues he has...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Man Fights to Take Wife's Name in Marriage

This seems crazy... What about all the hypenated name changes? Do they have to go through this process too?
You know, some dogs do look a little depressed

I've heard of Doggie Downers, especially when they're on the way to the vet or the groomers. But anti-depressants for animals? What do they have to be bummed about? My Aussie could probably use a little bit of this, just so she'll quit freaking out about the refrigerator. She hates to walk past it, even if it means she can't get to her food. She's a bundle of nerves sometimes...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Is this for real?

It seems as if it is, but I just can't get over the guys voice! If it is real, I feel badly for the guy who is being laughed at, but his comment at the end really sends it over the top! SFW Video.