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Posts by Peter J. Huss

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  • This Bias: The left-wing domination of Year 12 English

    01/15/2007 2:15:46 PM PST · 5 of 50
    Peter J. Huss to popdonnelly

    (another good conservative read.... )

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1807–1882

    The Village Blacksmith

    UNDER a spreading chestnut tree
    The village smithy stands;
    The smith, a mighty man is he,
    With large and sinewy hands;
    And the muscles of his brawny arms
    Are strong as iron bands.

    His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
    His face is like the tan;
    His brow is wet with honest sweat,
    He earns whate'er he can,
    And looks the whole world in the face,
    For he owes not any man.

    Week in, week out, from morn till night,
    You can hear his bellows blow;
    You can hear him swing his heavy sledge
    With measured beat and slow,
    Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
    When the evening sun is low.

    And children coming home from school
    Look in at the open door;
    They love to see the flaming forge,
    And hear the bellows roar,
    And watch the burning sparks that fly
    Like chaff from a threshing-floor.

    He goes on Sunday to the church,
    And sits among his boys;
    He hears the parson pray and preach,
    He hears his daughter's voice,
    Singing in the village choir,
    And it makes his heart rejoice.

    It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
    Singing in Paradise!
    He needs must think of her once more,
    How in the grave she lies;
    And with his hard, rough hand he wipes
    A tear out of his eyes.

    Toiling,—rejoicing,—sorrowing,
    Onward through life he goes;
    Each morning sees some task begin,
    Each evening sees it close;
    Something attempted, something done,
    Has earned a night's repose.

    Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
    For the lesson thou hast taught!
    Thus at the flaming forge of life
    Our fortunes must be wrought;
    Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
    Each burning deed and thought!

  • This Bias: The left-wing domination of Year 12 English

    01/15/2007 2:10:15 PM PST · 3 of 50
    Peter J. Huss to popdonnelly

    By Kipling

    Gods of the Copybook Headings

    AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
    I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
    Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
    We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
    That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
    But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
    So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

    We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
    Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
    But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
    That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

    With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
    They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
    They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
    So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

    When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

    On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
    (Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
    Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will bum,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.

  • New Rural Sales Pitch: Work Outside D.C.'s Fallout Zone

    12/27/2006 3:12:38 PM PST · 8 of 57
    Peter J. Huss to Anti-Bubba182

    I have to disagree.

    For an urban area, DC is very civilized. I think it's a great place to work and live, if you have money. And you can avoid talking about politics....

    Did I mention it's a good idea to have a lot of money if you want to live in DC?

  • Sitting up straight isn't good posture, study says (US Furniture Fill Need)

    11/30/2006 10:37:29 AM PST · 2 of 41
    Peter J. Huss to Mr. Brightside

    "Steelcase offers that in its popular Leap and Think chairs. Similar features are in Herman Miller's Aeron and Mirra chairs."

    ummmm..... Herman Miller's Aeron chain was created prior to the Leap and Think chairs, who have similar features to Herman Miller's (not vise versa).

  • Eco-Terrorism Suspects To Enter Pleas In Court ( ELF and ALF Arsonists )

    10/01/2006 8:34:28 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    Peter J. Huss to george76

    Ms. Rubin, who is still on the run, may have shaved her mustache in an attempt to improve ... I mean... change her appearance.

  • GI'S BIG FAT SUIT VS. MOORE (Michael)

    05/31/2006 10:31:58 AM PDT · 13 of 36
    Peter J. Huss to TeddyCon

    Quote from James Lileks:

    "I don’t hate Michael Moore, I pity him - he’s going to die in 15 years of a massive coronary on a cold tiled bathroom floor, awash in the blasts of his emptied bowels, his autopsy photos posted to The Smoking Gun's new 3D holographic photo section. People in Hollywood may be idiots; they may be full of sophomoric moralizing, they may trot off to Baghdad and play the puppet for a megalomaniac toddler-torturer, but I can’t hate them. You have to husband that emotion and spend it carefully. Once, twice, maybe three times in your life you’ll come across someone who just plain needs hatin’. Hitler. Bin Laden. Stalin."

  • Dramatic changes proposed for Seattle schools ( Losing Students in a Blue City )

    05/19/2006 1:27:49 PM PDT · 43 of 47
    Peter J. Huss to luckystarmom

    The are brushing their teeth and heading to bed by 8pm. Yes, it was during regular hours.

  • Dramatic changes proposed for Seattle schools ( Losing Students in a Blue City )

    05/18/2006 3:08:46 PM PDT · 33 of 47
    Peter J. Huss to Hildy

    Q: Are you kids unruly?

    A: A bit, at times. We keep on them now not to scream like they are being murdered if some injustice happens.

    There is more to this story: We have one of the largest back yards with a trapoline. A lot of kids, some as young as 6, are home alone until mom / dad get home. So... they all gravitated to our back yard. The day we got the note, there were 8 kids in the back yard. It did sound like a playground.

    We don't have kids over anymore (except for the 6 year old boy who is rather quiet and well behaved). Our kids, if they scream, have to go to timeout in their rooms for 20 minutes.

    We moved from a farm in Michigan where, if the kids were getting out of hand, we would just send outside. They would scream their bloody guts out, either in joy or grief, and it mattered not.

  • Dramatic changes proposed for Seattle schools ( Losing Students in a Blue City )

    05/18/2006 12:19:41 PM PDT · 19 of 47
    Peter J. Huss to Political Junkie Too

    Here in Eugene, OR, we are the only family in our 'family friendly' neighborhood with 4 kids. NO ONE has more than 1 kid, except us.

    We recently got a note on our door telling us that the neighbors wish we would keep our kids quiet.

    So, even with people who reproduced, they usually only have one kid.

  • 8.1 Earthquake in TONGA

    05/03/2006 9:41:32 AM PDT · 39 of 50
    Peter J. Huss to Revolting cat!

    She just text messaged me..... she's OK, thank God.

  • 8.1 Earthquake in TONGA

    05/03/2006 9:18:16 AM PDT · 30 of 50
    Peter J. Huss to newgeezer

    I did a 'report abuse'. Thanks.

  • 8.1 Earthquake in TONGA

    05/03/2006 9:08:16 AM PDT · 13 of 50
    Peter J. Huss to Michael Goldsberry

    This link works for me.

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usmgas.php

    Tonga is a French / Indonesian island chain, I believe.

    The weather radio on my desk just stated that no Tsunami is expect from this event. Surfs will be greater than normal. Thats about it.

    NO TSUNAMI.

    God I wish I could edit my posts!!!!

  • 8.1 Earthquake in TONGA

    05/03/2006 9:02:37 AM PDT · 3 of 50
    Peter J. Huss to Peter J. Huss

    TSUNAMI ALERT CANCELLED

  • 8.1 Earthquake in TONGA

    05/03/2006 9:01:40 AM PDT · 1 of 50
    Peter J. Huss
  • We deserve no sympathy (we Zimbabweans remained unarmed and cowardly in the face of Mugabe)

    04/10/2006 8:24:08 AM PDT · 4 of 19
    Peter J. Huss to sd-joe

    Wow. Give up your arms and the will to use them and you deserve what you get.

    I remember the fellow in NO, LA who was red faced, mad as hell when he was told by a reporter that the surviving government had made it illegal to own firearms. This middle class fellow told them that he will shoot anyone who steps on his property with that intention, regardless of their title or elected position.

  • Penn State’s black hole of tolerance

    02/23/2006 7:41:35 AM PST · 10 of 60
    Peter J. Huss to Sax

    What's the chance of the word 'uber' showing up in the same thead?

    Maybe Conservatives are Nazi's at heart???

    (just kiddin')

  • Penn State’s black hole of tolerance

    02/23/2006 7:39:07 AM PST · 9 of 60
    Peter J. Huss to rightwingintelligentsia

    The University of Michigan Code from the late 1980's turned me from a foaming-at-the-mouth-neo-marxist-liberal to the uber-conservative I am today!

    Conservatives are created everyday because of these codes.

  • 'Hate crime' victims: Young, poor, white 210,000 targeted annually due to bias, statistics show

    02/22/2006 2:50:04 PM PST · 10 of 32
    Peter J. Huss to mathprof

    This was true at the University of Michigan when they put in the 'speech code'.

    Most violators were, by far, 'african-american males'.

    After the stats were published, they dumped the code.

    Thanks to that code, I became a conservative! God bless them!

  • Swedish Hell's Angels find biking gets you down (70% of members on nanny-state disability)

    02/21/2006 11:51:33 AM PST · 10 of 25
    Peter J. Huss to American Quilter

    The Gods of the Copybook Heading
    by Rudyard Kipling

    As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
    I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place.
    Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

    We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn.
    That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
    But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breath of Mind,
    So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

    We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
    Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market-Place;
    But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
    That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

    With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch.
    They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch.
    They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings.
    So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

    When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

    On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
    (Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
    Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Heading said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Heading said: "If you don't work you die."

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew,
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four-
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began:-
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,

    And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins

    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

  • Alleged fetus eater focus of new legislation

    02/15/2006 1:34:09 PM PST · 13 of 49
    Peter J. Huss to MineralMan

    Jesus-Tapdancing-Christ! Get the guy on public ludeness charges... anything!