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The IRS Does Star Trek – Badly

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I love Star Trek and have since I was a kid.  I’ve watched every episode of every series repeatedly.  I’ve seen every movie and regularly pull out quotes from them during social situations.  I play Star Trek Online.  I created my own ship back when TNG came out.  I’m a Trek nerd and I am not ashamed to say so.

I’ve been watching Star Trek: The New Voyages and while I was not at all pleased with the episode Blood and Fire which had a gay love scene, I just fast forward through that and keep going – just because it’s Trek, done reasonably well.

I watch all the fan made stuff too – even the stupidest stuff, done low budget, with some of the worst acting imaginable.

So when I heard on Friday that the IRS had this 2010 training video set in the Final Frontier, I figured I would have a look.

It’s utter crap….and it cost $60,000!

I’ve seen low budget fan films that went for less money but were better made.  And as it was designed to be one of those corny training videos, but turned out to be a waste of taxpayer dollars, I will not be sparing or merciful in my criticism of it.   I already hate the IRS to begin with, so now, out comes my Cudgel of Unfair Browbeating.

  1. Better Fitting Uniforms  – Every one of these people look like cosplay rookies at a convention.  All are in TNG uniforms except the old crone at communications who was wearing a TOS frock – which was the wrong color for that uniform.  TOS operations officers wore red.Perhaps that was a good move, since female TNG uniforms were one piece form fitting and – well, no one wants to see that.
  2. The Comm Officer – This lady used the name “Uhura”.  Frankly, I found it pretty wrong, since Uhura is a Swahili word, specifically chosen for the character, because she was of African descent.  Anyone who knows anything about Trek understands that Uhura’s character was specifically chosen to be a black woman – because she represented, in one character, Roddenberry’s equality vision for Star Trek.But I guess we should, instead, we should call her Ujinga – which is Swahili for “ridiculous/foolish”.
  3. Overweight Spock – This guy looks like he mind-melded with a cheeseburger, which I wonder if he tried to claim as a deduction.  Maybe with the budget, someone could have sprung for a couple bucks of liquid latex to at least blend the ears in.  Or maybe they could do something better with the hair, since that looks like someone made a beanie out of a plastic trash bag and put it on his head.
  4. Backwards Bridge – The forward consoles for Ops and Conn are in this half circle pointing away.  But of course, we’re dealing with the IRS, so a badly designed, inefficient bridge works – since the tax code is pretty much the same.
  5. The Captain’s Chair – The thing looks like someone took an office chair and taped boxes to the side arms and a TV remote on top.  I’ve seen some pretty cheesy mockups, but that is pretty much as bad as it comes.
  6. The IRS Building as the Ship – Really, people?  At least when Mel Brooks did Jews in Space, the Star-of-David ships were funny and made sense.  This just looks stupid.  They called it the Enterprise-Y.  I just say, why?

So there it is – another IRS mistake, dripping in lamesauce, and deserving of as much public mockery as can be wrought by the blogosphere.  But we should be relieved that we now have Federation policy that goes after dangerous enemies – not the Romulans, the Borg, or the Klingons, but rather the dangerous tax evaders who threaten freedom.

Okay, I’m done. *crashing sound*

Read it: Highly illogical: IRS training video that parodies ‘Star Trek’ apparently lacks training value – The Washington Post.

The schlock of a video – if you want to sacrifice six minutes of your life.


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March 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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Business Idea: Become an Ammo Manufacturer

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ImageWith all the stupidity that the liberals are spewing about guns these days and with the Department of Homeland Security scarfing up 1.6 billion rounds without any explanation (and DHS needs to be held to account on this – if our Congress actually had a spine enough to call Big Sis to the carpet), there is a serious hole in the availability of ammo and as the prices rise, police departments are feeling the pinch.

I feel sorry only for some of them though. I don’t feel sorry at all for any police department, for example, in New York State where now people are being offered bribes of $500 to turn in people who have so-called illegal weapons. I agree with the scores of ammunition and supply manufactures who are now refusing to sell to government entities who are violating the Second Amendment and infringing on the right to bear arms. So, cops, if you are in a state that is passing ridiculous gun laws and you’re short on ammo, perhaps you should take the matter to your state assemblies, because they are the ones responsible for you not having the tools to do your jobs.

But, for other states that aren’t trying to violate the Second Amendment (and the Fourth in New York’s case), there is a golden…no…cupric opportunity – if you can get in business and start pumping out the ammo. With nine-month waiting lists, I think our cops are going to have to use BB’s, AirSoft guns, or paintball markers for training and target practice.

Read It: Police Departments Beg And Barter For Ammo While DHS Buys Up 1.6 Billion Rounds In Past Year | CNS News.

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March 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

Bloomberg is Dumb

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One of the best things about technology is the ability to telecommute. Today, information workers have the ability to be at home or wherever, and do work. The latest IT systems are more telecommuter-ready through the use of IPv6 (when it actually gets implemented to the residential market, proper). But for some reason, the Mayor Nanny-berg remarks about how dumb telecommuting is.

Blooming Idiot believes we lose a lot by telecommuting, such as the “innovative ideas around the water-cooler”. Y’know, I’ve worked in a lot of different places and usually, the water-cooler talk has little to do with gaining ideas about how to do the job better. Usually, it has to do with gossiping about who is hooking up with who, the last episode of whatever reality show was on, the scores from the last football game, or just about any other subject that doesn’t involve work.

Maybe New Yorkers should stop telecommuting – that way, they can all stand around the water-cooler and talk about:

  • Blooming Idiot’s war on soda – how he has outlawed the sale of sodas greater than 16 oz in a restaurant, pitchers at places like Chuck E. Cheese, and that two-liter of Coke that goes great with the pizza and wings delivered right to the door.
  • How Blooming Idiot got bit by a groundhog. True story.
  • Blooming Idiot’s attack on the rights protected by the Second Amendment and suggesting that cops go on strike until the guns are taken away.
  • How Blooming Idiot is dead set against hospitals giving breastfeeding babies formula, in an effort to encourage more breastfeeding (leaving it up to the woman to make that choice would be more in line to liberal thinking…ahem…abortion.
  • Blooming Idiot converting all NYC taxi cabs to hybrids as a cost savings measure, which did nothing but increase costs by 20% (who actually puts something other than gas in a hybrid car, anyway?

There are more subjects, such as his attack on liquor, shelling out money to pay to retrain bankers, etc etc. The point is that most of these initiatives were set to save money, but in the end, worked in reverse.

Telecommuting is a clear cost-saving alternative, but Bloomberg seems to miss that one.  Probably because he doesn’t know anything about saving money. 

Read It: Mayor Bloomberg Agrees With Marissa Mayer, Says Telecommuting Is Dumb | NBC New York.

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March 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm

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