Musings from Brian J. Noggle
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Kavik Sniffs for Hanging Chads
The top 100 pop culture dogs.

Kavik's attorneys are descending upon retroCRUSH headquarters to demand recounts until he is on the list. Buck's legal team, including several specialists from London, are watching Kavik's story to see if it has a case as well.

(Link seen on Althouse.)

Budding Web Phenomenon?
Calico Monkey

The first Web Flash cartoon I've watched in a non-professional capacity. Because I know Will.

Sanity Reigns in St. Louis, Or At Least Insanity Held Temporarily At Bay
Plan to silence noisy car stereos is pulled:
    The city's get-tough plan to silence booming car stereos was pulled Friday after the mayor and comptroller turned up the political pressure.

    Alderman Craig Schmid's proposal to allow police to impound cars with enhanced stereo equipment was criticized as overly broad and intrusive. The bill would have allowed the city to fine motorists with some sound systems straight from the factory, technically enabling police to take their cars regardless of whether music was pumping or not.
Headlines that focus on the minor bad thing that this legislation would address--annoying loud car sound systems--overlooks the far greater evil in its punishment--government seizure of private property for a small infraction.

Because I'm not so far from my youth to have forgotten how I would occasionally turn up my radio to probably inappropriate levels when a good song came on the radio. A ticket, I could have handled. Taking my car would have driven me to unemployment, as most of the places I lived in my twenties didn't offer quick or convenient mass transit that could convey me twenty miles to my various places of underpaid employment.

Legislating to eliminate pet peeves by putting down their owners should never pass nor be considered seriously, but with 200 years of legislation and a thousand years of English common law behind them, our legislators have to make busy to citizens' detriment.

We're Number Two?
Time to stop coddling the damn world if this is all the love we get in return:
    Iran is the country most widely viewed as having a negative influence in the world, with the US in second place, a new poll for the BBC suggests.

    The survey for the BBC World Service asked how 39,435 people in 33 nations across the globe saw various countries.
Freedom: The rest of the world views it negatively, who are we to think otherwise??

Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Book Report: 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg (2005)
I got this book as a Christmas gift, and as I was looking for a quick read in my recent spate of nonfiction, so I picked it out of my hundreds of volumes that I have yet to read. It was a quick read.

I won't go into too much depth with the book, as it doesn't go much into depth itself. Of course, it's preaching to the seminary here with its indictment of entire classifications of people whose individual goals counter the cohesion of our country for no real purpose except to aggrandize the individuals. It's not a creative indemnification of the collective, but rather the buzzards shrieking that distracts a weakened nation.

Although he became a conservative pin-up author for Bias and Arrogance, Goldberg doesn't just identify liberals, nor does he fall into pinning the tail on liberals because they're liberals. He identifies destructive ideas and people who champion them, and I agreed with many of his selections.

So it's a good book for a couple bucks, and it's a great book for nothing. Just keep in mind you're getting a list book and not a deep analysis of ideas, politics, or society.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Another Casualty from That Lockheed Martin Missile Plant
Skier Accused Of Punching Teen Snowboarder:
    A man is charged with assault after he allegedly beat a female teenage snowboarder who crashed into his daughter at Steamboat Ski Area over the weekend.

    The collision knocked both girls to the ground but neither were seriously injured.

    Randell Berg, of Littleton
    [Colorado], saw the crash and yelled profanities at the teen as he allegedly punched her in the head and neck, Steamboat police said.
Or maybe it's because of Bush or something. Please, Michael Moore, help me understand how this can take place in Colorado, that microcosm for America.

Mother Nature Put On Notice
Rev. Jesse Jackson plans Katrina protest march in New Orleans.

Good luck on that whole boycotting the weather thing.

Monday, January 30, 2006
Kevin McGehee: Stuck on Seventies
Kevin McGehee, of Yippie Ki Yay, is stuck in the past. Case in point, this category: Truckin'. The last time I saw the word trucking without the g was probably sometime 1981 on a hand-me-down t-shirt with an iron-on decal with a hitchhiker's thumb in the air. Which leads me to Kevin McGehee stuck on the Seventies? Let's look at the evidence:
  • Kevin McGehee still has a Bruce Jenner poster on his dining room wall and keeps a Bruce Jenner Wheaties box on his bedside table. His wife has commented on the poster, telling him to take it she can replace it with a Greg LeMond poster.

  • McGehee has 7 letters. Writing McGehee 11 times (McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee McGehee) has 77 1977! The numbers don't lie!

  • Two words: Mus Tache

    Kevin McGehee and his Cop Mustache

Granted, these are only a few signs, but I think they warrant an intervention by the blogosphere, or at least the two bloggers who like him. Yes, it's true I've got some truck with McGehee, but I only wish him the best, and hope that he comes to be stuck in the 1990s like so many of us.

Sunday, January 29, 2006
Brokesword Mountain
Fear of Girls. Yeah, geek, they're talking about you.

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."