Babe Bracket

There was a little dust-up this week over a radio station promotional contest. The contest is called the “Babe Bracket.” It was noticed by the Leftists, who used all the stereotypical feminist language to portray the radio station, the radio program, and the program on-air personalities and hosts, all as misogynists who are advancing the “war on women.”... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018-2-16: You are not a product.

It saddens me to know many companies “mine” people to sell them to companies. In the “mine” is your personal data. They sell their mailing lists and your eyeballs to get you to click and buy. Gone are the days of a selling a box of Brand X with no strings. Now it is the “kind” discount and a “loyalty card” which is really a way to put your data into their database. If it is a store they know what coupons to print on your receipt. If it is the Internet they know your web history to show you ads. That free service online is not selling that service but you.

At Ratburger.org, you are not a product. You are not something to be sold. What you see is what you get.  No bait and switch.... [Read More]

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Johnny Carson

The King of Late Night had a secret. I know most of you thought he was just an Ed McMahan puppet but that can’t be true. It was more insidious. He had a habit. Sure he smoked but we are only talking 100 mm, right? No, it was worse than that and longer. Please look at the video and see for yourself how he was a slave. Can any of you remember him working without this “crutch”?

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Knowledge Base: Apostrophe

"Its" and "It's"There are few things which make your post or comment appear unprofessional so much as misuse of the humble apostrophe. This is in large part because it’s so easy to get it right. Here are five rules for use of the apostrophe:

  1. If you mean “it is,” or “it has,” write “it’s.” Otherwise, write “its.”
  2. Contractions (can’t, I’ll, you’re) always use an apostrophe, replacing the omitted letters.
  3. Possessive nouns always use an apostrophe.
  4. Possessive pronouns (hers, yours, ours, etc.) never use an apostrophe.
  5. One never forms a plural by adding an apostrophe.

For a deeper exploration of this, including rare exceptions, see my 2008 document, “The Use of the Apostrophe in the English Language.”

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I’m annoyed …

This morning, well, actually it started last night, I have been growing increasing annoyed.

If I hear one more “expert”, former agent of some security/LE related government agency, “news” reader, politician, etc. say one more time “if you see it, report it” (last night’s message) I may start throwing things.   By the way, the innocuous sounding “say something” admonishment has this morning been twisted to say:   someone should have said something and this COULD have been prevented.   No it couldn’t.  No one knows that.... [Read More]

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An Observation

American troops with forces we support have been in battle with opposing forces staffed with Russian mercenaries in Syria. Tanks are involved along with airstrikes. Casualties on the Russian side are significant.

Our media is focused on the process where a White House aide who was accused of assault was dismissed.... [Read More]

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Book Review: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

“The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” by Damien LewisAfter becoming prime minister in May 1940, one of Winston Churchill’s first acts was to establish the Special Operations Executive (SOE), which was intended to conduct raids, sabotage, reconnaissance, and support resistance movements in Axis-occupied countries. The SOE was not part of the military: it was a branch of the Ministry of Economic Warfare and its very existence was a state secret, camouflaged under the name “Inter-Service Research Bureau”. Its charter was, as Churchill described it, to “set Europe ablaze”.

The SOE consisted, from its chief, Brigadier Colin McVean Gubbins, who went by the designation “M”, to its recruits, of people who did not fit well with the regimentation, hierarchy, and constraints of life in the conventional military branches. They could, in many cases, be easily mistaken for blackguards, desperadoes, and pirates, and that’s precisely what they were in the eyes of the enemy—unconstrained by the rules of warfare, striking by stealth, and sowing chaos, mayhem, and terror among occupation troops who thought they were far from the front.... [Read More]

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