Borderline Blogging Guide

Ad hominen is not a valid debate tactic

A Simple De - Ad Hominemizing Convolution Matrix

It's sometimes difficult to ascertain in the middle of a heated debate
when the line has been crossed to the Ad Hominem Zone.
Well fear no more. Local Argumentation Consulting firm "Conservabate"
has automated the process so you'll never have to guess again. Just paste your argument, comment, or other political insult or racial slur into the De Hominemizer input field.
Press Submit and viola, You have instant objective analytic feedback, a point score and your Ad Hominem Factor.

Let's give it a try.

Comment: "With all of this said, it is (self evidently) apparent that discussions, if they can be called such, with those from the socialist perspective is nearly impossible. I have doubted at times the practice on this blog of excluding the comments of certain individuals. Considering words no longer have established meanings, logic goes no deeper than what can be observed, and that the reader’s attention span is akin to a five year-old; my doubts are no more. Furthermore, it must be concluded that socialist are stupid."

Note: Proper English not required. Socialists Is Stupid, or Socialist are Stupid are examples
of permissible Right Wing input.

Press Submit: listen to the gear grinding machinations of the De Hominemizer for
a brief time and Review the output.




Barack Obama gets the Swift Boat keel-haul slander right early

A current post at the local blog -- ontheborderline.net -- is an early attempt to Swift Boat Barrack Obama. What better target for the late-night torch beares of the right-wing radicals than a bi-racial man with an Islamic name! I read this post and when right to Snopes.com to check on its authenticity. The OTBL poster, Bob Ziller, does ask for verification of this information. He's been alerted that it is false. Snopes.com is an excellent site for debunking the rumors and slander oozing about the Internet.

Let's see if they retract this post and/or post additional information explaining the false accusations of this post. Or is that only the local newspapers that are held to that standard?

What Snopes.com said:

Origins: Barack Obama, 45, served as an Illinois state senator for several years, and in 2004 won a seat representing that state in the US Senate. Etc. etc.

Read the truth about Obama at Snopes.com.

Two Brothers by Lance Corporal Sean Higgins

From a dead sleep the most chaotic week a life has
ever seen-
two men, indirect fire
bank gave way
Euphrates river
current too strong
gear to heavy

Two men, dressed to kill
on a mission to deliver
a letter-
explaining how 'they did one's best'
Serving an unnecessary cause,
but necessary to them,
for things of Country and Corp run deep in their now
ice cold veins

Two mothers,
receive two flags, neatly folded
changing life ever after
Tears of-
depression, and
pride fall-
from lost eyes

Two brothers.

Read more War Poetry.

See more original toons by Fat Jon @ oggtoons.

Bob Dylan's MASTERS of WAR ~ A Song For Our Times

An indictment of the Bush administration's lies, war crimes, religious hypocrisy and promotion of a New Fascism within the United States of America.
Music: Bob Dylan, 1963
Video: J.J. Barney, 2006

Dylan, quote from the 60's:
"Masters of War, for instance, "is supposed to be a pacifistic song against war. It's not an anti-war song. It's speaking against what Eisenhower was calling a military industrial complex as he was making his exit from the presidency. That spirit was in the air, and I picked it up."

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More Early Nurse's Week Celebration


A Bird of Pray


Please keep up the good work. You are the best entertainment value in Hudson. Every day you make me laugh until my sides ache with the stupid and ridiculous things you post on OTBL.

If you only knew how far your assinine accusations are from the truth, I think even you would laugh at yourself.

So, please, please, please, keep posting @ OTBL. The more the better because you're helping the cause of public school supporters more than you can imagine.

You keep blaming the the "Teacher Spouse" Bobs for what I write. I've told you before that you're a fool and don't know what you're talking about. I'M NOT A BOB. Get it through that thick pink headband of yours.

Your Pal,

Nurses Week is May 6-12

Celebrate By Purchasing a Cheap Cutting Board In January!


Uncommon Insight Blogger Makes Strong Case For Legalizing Leaf Burning in Hudson.

Golf Bag Owners Rejoice!!!

"But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest."

- Buddha

When Spoiled Preppie Psychobrats Rule The World

See more original toons by Fat Jon at oggtoons.

"I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically gettin killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions."

-Albert Camus
The Myth of Sisyphus


Dr. Phil's Cure for What Ails Town Crybaby


Uncommonly Boring

Future Hall of Famer?

...it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 10:15

Born on this day: Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8 1809) was an English American intellectual, scholar, revolutionary, deist and political and religious thinker, who spent much of his time in America and France. A radical pamphleteer, Paine anticipated and helped foment the American Revolution through his powerful writings, most notably Common Sense, an incendiary pamphlet advocating independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. An advocate of liberalism and a Freemason, he outlined his political philosophy in Rights of Man, written both as a reply to Edmund Burke's view of the French Revolution and as a general political philosophy treatise as well as Common Sense, a treatise on the benefits of personal liberty and limited government, in which he considers society a representation of human ideals, and government a necessary evil. In Agrarian Justice he argued for a form of welfare state and social security provisions for the old, and a capital sum for the young to set them up in their adult career. Paine was also noteworthy for his support of deism, taking its form in his treatise on religion The Age of Reason, as well as for his eye-witness accounts of both the French and American Revolutions.

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A Strategy for Victory


The Borderline Nut Diet

One day, back when I had a Great Dane, I was buying a large bag of Purina at Wal-Mart. I was in line to check out when a woman behind me asked,
"Oh! Do you have a dog?"

On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Purina Diet again, although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last time. I went on to say that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry...that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.

I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story. Horrified, she asked if I'd been poisoned. I answered, "No, I was sitting in the street licking my balls when a car hit me."


OTBL Character Study


"As an institution dedicated to excellence in education, Brookfield Academy is continuously searching for and selecting what appears to be best in everything it undertakes. The founding philosophical pillars of classical liberal education, free market economics, Judeo-Christian monotheism, constitutional limited government, and individual freedom with personal responsibility are exemplified by the Academy's Five Stars: Intellect, Heritage, Truth, Individuality, and Character."


"The Hudson Education Monopoly Foundation went balls to the walls and has helped to equip a class at EP Rock..with balls. Seems that the newest fad in education is for the kiddies to sit on balls, write on balls, speak and spell on balls, and in a couple of years they’ll be taught to play with their balls… Hell, who needs a new school - we got balls! Yippee, more entertainment for the 9 year-olds. Anything to shock these now num skulls into learning the multitude of abstracts being introduced prior to any reason or rhyme… Balls. What next, sacks? I mean, really. You can’t have balls without a sack of sufficient size to accomodate… We could use the sacks over on Vine to opine for more balls. God, this has all gotten soooo inane (I recently learned that word…..inane)."

Weird Mystery Solved!!


Max Full (of it) Discovers Solution to Energy Crisis

By the sheer power of his lack of imagination, Max Full (of it)
has inadvertently found the solution to this area's energy woes.
Using advanced mathematical calculations (discovered by the ancient Greeks)
Max has invented the perpetual Hot Machine/Manure Spreading machine.
The Max Full Bull 5000.
Guarded with the same security as Luke's real life identity, Max's secret Hot Air Formula has been ferretted out by our borderline agents from behind enemy lines and will be revealed for the first time here.
Take 1/2 Dozen nuts. Soak them is cheap whine ( MD 20/20 preferred )
Roast them over an open fire stoked with old plywood and barn paint. (Vote No side up ).
Season with Faux Rationality from the Dr.s of Liberty Nonsense Emporium.
Stir in 1/2 bag of Von Mises Pieces and let settle.
Chop one Ayn Rand Rind and spread conservatively through out.
Ignite with vicious rumors and false accusations of collaboration with Communists.
Bake in oven till half done.
There you have it. The perpetual HOT AIR Machine.

Happy Birthday Jimmy Page (01/09/45)

Led Zeppelin: Back to the 60s Music to piss your parents off!!!

Ridin' The Kowboy...

"By all means marry; if you get a good husband, you'll be happy. If you get a bad, lazy one, you'll become the wife of a discontented, Type-A wing-nut blogger who is absolutely certain that his every uttered word is beyond question and everyone who doesn't agree is a totally wrong socialist scum."

-- Mrs. Kowboy Kurtass

l'espadrille a rempli d'essence

On this day in 1799: Income tax introduced in England

The earliest form of income tax was introduced in Britain to finance the war against Napoleon in 1799. It was an unpopular tax and many people must have found ways to avoid it: instead of collecting an anticipated expected £10 million in the first year, they only got £6 million.

When a peace treaty was signed with France, the tax was repealed, but it was reintroduced when hostilities resumed. This new tax raises considerable sums. During the war the British prime minister also increases revenue by broadening the range of indirect taxes as much as possible.

Income tax was introduced into the United Kingdom by William Pitt the Younger under the Income Tax Act of 1799. The General Commissioners were appointed to implement the Act with sole authority to assess and collect income tax and hear appeals. Under the Finance Act 1946, General Commissioners shed their last remaining administrative responsibility and became purely judicial officers as adjudicators between the taxpayer and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (previously known as Inland Revenue). The jurisdiction of General Commissioners is contained in the Taxes Management Act 1970 as amended by subsequent Finance Acts.

It is this second tax act that is the model for most modern tax systems. In addition to imposing tax on different classes of income, such as property, farming, retirement annuities and wages, there was also a withholding tax on interest income paid by the Bank of England.

Read more on tax history.


Free Market Private School Opens In New Richmond: Referendum Scrapped.


Validation, Again: Middle Income Tax Rates Went Up

From the time Bush showcased his tax cuts plan, detractors have been hammering that the plan only saved money for the rich and uber rich. More than one study has validated this claim, yet Bush supporters still refused to see the light. Now, the CBO is showcasing their study, which shows...are you sitting down? Tax rates for you middle-incomers are going UP. IOW, you are paying for the rich to keep their money.
Families earning more than $1 million a year saw their federal tax rates drop more sharply than any group in the country as a result of President Bush’s tax cuts, according to a new Congressional study.

The study, by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, also shows that tax rates for middle-income earners edged up in 2004, the most recent year for which data was available, while rates for people at the very top continued to decline. I'm wondering how many more studies do we need before we believe that the Bush tax cuts were never meant for the regular Jane and Joe?

Here are a few tidbits from the article:

Families in the middle fifth of annual earnings, who had average incomes of $56,200 in 2004, saw their average effective tax rate edge down to 2.9 percent in 2004 from 5 percent in 2000. That translated to an average tax cut of $1,180 per household, but the tax rate actually increased slightly from 2003.

Tax cuts were much deeper, and affected far more money, for families in the highest income categories. Households in the top 1 percent of earnings, which had an average income of $1.25 million, saw their effective individual tax rates drop to 19.6 percent in 2004 from 24.2 percent in 2000. The rate cut was twice as deep as for middle-income families, and it translated to an average tax cut of almost $58,000.

Thoughts of an Average Woman

Home, home on the range...

Bloggers test boundaries

Keyboard commandos like Wilmington's Mike Matthews make political waves, but what happens when freedom of expression meets a full-time job?

The News Journal

Mike Matthews, 24, posts his blogs from the basement of his parents' house in Wilmington. He expects to receive a master's degree in education in May, and says that once he has a full-time teaching job his blogging may be curtailed. His opinions are anticipated by hundreds of daily readers. Many of them e-mail him when he dares to skip a day.

He's respected or acknowledged as a force in the Delaware political blogging world the way a more traditional newspaper columnist might have been respected decades ago.

But Mike Matthews is 24, and he's issuing those opinions and news from a keyboard amid the comfort of his mother's paneled den, complete with stone fireplace and hanging lights.

Matthews is one of Delaware's politically oriented bloggers, and one of the thousands of Americans on the edge of a movement that some say may change the mainstream media.

"I had a point at first," says Matthews in a deep, FM-announcer voice, leaning back in a chair that fronts his desktop computer. "Now it's just entertainment. I play the role of curmudgeon. I'm sensational and ridiculous."

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Local Blog Brainiacs Wrestle Over Global Economics


HSO Changes Policy

Over a year ago I made a comment that the only reason On The Borderline bloggers have sex is to produce enough additional bloggers so the two guys doing all the post at OTBL won't have to remember five anonymous names each. I suppose the hope is to help populate the idiocracy that is OTBL...sort of like what Jim Jones was shooting for in Jonestown. That might also explain their addiction to Kool-aid...

Comments by OTBL blogger Spiritofwetmypantsicus more than makes my point. "Spirit" told a reporter that his gerbil was inspired by the sight of OTBL blogger Car-nac running around the house wearing a pink headband with a fist full of his favorite nuts. There is one problem, Max Fill's gerbil reported him to the social workers. Maybe the gerbil would like to theorize what happened to what happened to the crayons used to print an infamous letter.

The toilet paper tube chew talk around Carnac's gerbil's cage must get pretty, well, depressing...considering all the bullshit generated there.