Can We Retrain The Dog To Be A "Douchebag" Take-Down Dog?

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These are the guys, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, who claimed to have a Bigfoot carcass stuck in their freezer. You need only watch the first couple of minutes to get the “flavor” of legitimacy these two guys offer.

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First clue they are frauds – the use of the “Night Rider” theme as their theme.  On Friday, these guys held a news conference that was covered by CNN. (this isn’t the first time CNN has covered Bigfoot). They had said the DNA results would be revealed during that intervew, and of course, it wasn’t. They did actually send in some DNA that was supposed to be from the freeze dried BF, but they said the test result were delayed, and they were not available for the conference. The results were revealed on Monday, and they turned out, shockingly, to be from a human and an opossum. Again, I’m shocked. The BF Team then claimed the DNA must have been contaminated, though I’m not sure how many DNA labs are beset with opossum infestations. Maybe the guys who set up OJ were at work here too.

UPDATE:  The Fraud Is Revealed!

Steve Kulls, a guy from the Squatchdetective Web site, and host of a radio show by the same name, has declared that this frozen fauna is a fake. The subterfuge was discovered…

after an “expedited melting process,” Kulls wrote. “A break appeared up near the feet area … as the team and I began examining this area near the feet, I observed the foot which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot.”

Kulls said he contacted Tom Biscardi, the self-described “Real Bigfoot Hunter” who has been searching since 1971 for the creature of legend and appeared alongside Whitton and Dyer at the news conference.

“Later that day, Tom Biscardi informed us that both Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer admitted it was a costume,” the posting said.

You almost want to feel sorry for Messer’s Kullsand Biscardi, almost, until you read this next bit of info:

Kulls said that at the time he first interviewed Dyer on July 28 for the radio program, he suspected the duo’s motive was financial. On August 12, he said, the two “requested an undisclosed sum of money as an advance, expected from the marketing and promotion.”

Two days later, after signing a receipt and counting the money, Dyer and Whitton showed the Searching for Bigfoot team the freezer containing what they claimed was the body: “something appearing large, hairy and frozen in ice,” Kulls wrote.

On Sunday, Kulls was granted access to the “courpse”. The research team (Kulls is the only one identified in the article) extracted some hair from the Bigfootsicle and burn it. The hair sample “melted into a ball uncharacteristic of hair,”.

So they demanded money up front. That should have been enough to turn these guys away. But, being “true believers” they didn’t. Instead, they got conned. It’s poetic justice since so many of these Bigfoot / Paramormal guy are nothing but con artists. Skeptics, myself included, are loving the irony of it all.


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Sire Says!

..and animated flash goodness


File this under the "Great!" department…

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Large U.S. bank could go under….

Then again, if it’s the same bank that issued the credit card that has the largest balance on which I owe, if they go under, maybe I won’t have to pay them anymore!!!

(yes I know that’s not how it works, but a boy can dream, can’t he?)

My Political Learnings

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I first took this test in college, back in 92, and I came out identified as a Conservative Libertarian. Now I am closer to a Moderate, though I’m not too far from my Libertarian root. Here are the results of the latest measure of the man, politically that is….


Your Political Philosophy

The below is a way of thinking about your political philosophy by dividing your PoliticsMatch answers into “personal” and “economic” questions.  It is only a theory – please take it with a grain of salt!Personal Questions:  Liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and authoritarians agree in choosing the more-restrictions answers.

Economic Questions:  Conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and authoritarians agree in choosing the more-restrictions answers.

Your Score

You scored the following on the PoliticsMatch questions:

Personal Score 54%
Economic Score 72%
 Where You Fit InWhere your Personal score meets your Economic score on the grid below is your political philosophy.  Based on the above score, you are a Moderate Libertarian Conservative .

Political Map


Personal ScoreThis measures how much you believe government should intervene in people’s personal lives. Personal issues include health, love, recreation, prayer and other activities that are not measured in dollars.

  • A high score (above 60%) means you believe in tolerance for different people and lifestyles.
  • A low score (below 40%) means you believe that your standards of morality & safety should be enforced by government. 

Economic Score

This measures how much you believe government should intervene in people’s economic lives. Economic issues include retirement funding, budget allocations, and taxes. 

  • A high score (above 60%) means you believe in personal responsibility for your financial matters, and that free-market competition is better for people than central planning by the government. 
  • A low score (below 40%) means you believe that a good society is best achieved by the government redistributing wealth. You believe that government’s purpose is to decide which programs are good for society, and how much should be spent on each program.

The chart below indicates how four “hard-core” political philosophers would answer the questions. From this example, you can see how you fit in with each philosophy.  Your answers are on the left.

  • A “hard-core liberal” would answer personal questions to minimize government involvement, but would answer economic questions to include government intervention.
  • A “hard-core libertarian” would answer both personal and economic questions to minimize government involvement.
  • A “hard-core conservative” would answer personal questions to include government intervention, but would answer economic questions to minimize government involvement.
  • A “hard-core authoritarian” would answer both personal and economic questions with proposals that include government intervention.

= Strongly Support    = Support    = No Opinion    = Oppose    = Strongly Oppose

Personal Issues You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Authoritarian
Abortion Is A  Woman’s Right
Sexual Orientation Protected By Civil Rights Law
Permit prayer in public schools
Death Penalty
Mandatory “Three Strikes” Sentencing Laws
Drug Use Is Immoral: Enforce Laws Against It
Allow Churches To Provide Welfare Services
Link Human Rights To Trade With China

= Strongly Support    = Support    = No Opinion    = Oppose    = Strongly Oppose

Economic Issues You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Authoritarian
Require Companies To Hire More Women/Minorities
More Federal Funding For Health Coverage
Privatize Social Security
Reduce use of coal and oil as energy sources
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
Immigration Helps Our Economy – Encourage It
Support and Expand Free Trade
Seek UN approval for military action
You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Authoritarian

= Strongly Support    = Support    = No Opinion    = Oppose    = Strongly Oppose

Issues Not Counted In Philosophy You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Authoritarian
Absolute Right To Gun Ownership
Parents Choose Schools Via Vouchers
More Spending On Armed Forces
Reduce Spending on Missile Defense (“Star Wars”)
You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Authoritarian

= Strongly Support    = Support    = No Opinion    = Oppose    = Strongly Oppose

Final Notes To ensure balance among political viewpoints, we arranged the wording of the questions so that half the time, the answer involving more government is answered by “support”, and half the time by “oppose.” Hence, each of the “hard core” philosophers would choose “support” for 3 or 4 of the Personal questions and for 3 or 4 of the Economic questions.

There are four questions which are not counted in your political philosophy. Those questions do not fit this theory — for example, Democrats typically oppose unrestricted gun ownership, while a ‘hard core liberal’ would support it on grounds of the government not intervening in a personal issue. These omissions ensure that the theoretical definitions match with current-day politics.

Many of these statements cross over the line between personal issues and economic issues. And many people might answer what we call a “Personal” issue based on economic reasoning. But we have tried to arrange a series of questions which separates the way you think about government activities in these two broad scales.

One Two More For Cliffie (link fixed)

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This guy is WAY too good. Try not to vomit!

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For Jeffus, Throb, Cliffie, Dan, Mike, Rick, Joanne, Jim, Pat, Chris, Jason, Bryan, Zog, Mike… but especially my brothers Jeffus and Throb

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One more for the road

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And one more for me!

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"It's Impossible To Sing And Play The Bass"

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Holly Crap!!! I’ve been proving this for years!!!!!!!!

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One time, while playing gig at “The Starline”, one of the bigger venues in Fresno, my band “Tribe Called Mike” were playing a cover of the Eagles’ “Hotel California”. We played the song in a double time reggae style, and it worked quite well for me, since the bass line is a reggae line anyway. Well, during the last verse, Don Henley sings a lyric:

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said we are all just prisoners here, of our own device
And in the masters chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just cant kill the beast

Well, I got to that part, and instead of singing “They stab it with their steely knives,“, it came out They steel it with their steely knives,“. The Sonic-Mate has NEVER let me forget that one!

There is an old trick that helps if you forget the lyrics while performing – start singing like Michael Stipe from REM. You know he’s singing something, and they must be the right lyrics, because he’s singing them and he wrote them. But, except for the occasional “striaght off the bus” and “radio free europe” you can’t hardly understand a word that is coming out of his mouth! You want proof?

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It’s wierd, seeing Michael Stipe with hair. And love those Rickenbachers!

“RareForm”, my San Diego band, has always had a knack for playing REM songs. After years of hearing me beg and plead, we’ve FINALLY added this song to our set list. I absolutely love playing this song – it has one of the funnest bass lines recorded in the last thirty years.

“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It!!!!”

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Fun but noisy. OK, really, “It’s…”

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Or this version:

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Boy, this post sure went off on a tangent.

Uh Oh! Global Warming Policy Revolt!

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I have a feeling you’re going to see a lot more of this in the near future. Many are starting to realize that these policies, regardless of the merits of climate science as we presently understand it, that the policies designed to drastically curb CO2 emissions don’t play well in hard economic times. They are seen as job killers and inflationary edicts, which of course, they are. Until there is a real alternative option, you are going to see more actions like this.

"Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime…."

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From U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the top cop in the country, explaining why there will be no prosecutions in the justice department hiring scandal.

Hmmmm, I wonder if this approach will work the next time I get a speeding ticket??? It could be used just like the “Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free” card in Monopoly.

Global Warming Hysteria – Prepair For Extinction!

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But the idea that we could adapt to a 4C rise is absurd and dangerous. Global warming on this scale would be a catastrophe that would mean, in the immortal words that Chief Seattle probably never spoke, “the end of living and the beginning of survival” for humankind. Or perhaps the beginning of our extinction.

Can your eyes get stuck in the back of your head from rolling back too far?