Saturday, December 29, 2007

Keep it in your pants in Columbus


This is just so much crap.

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Robin Garrison, an off-duty 42-year-old firefighter, was walking in Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio, in May when he saw a woman sunbathing topless under a tree.

He approached her and they started talking and getting comfortable, the woman smiling and resting her foot on his shoulder at one point.

Eventually, she asked to see Garrison's penis; he unzipped his pants and complied.

Seconds later, undercover police officers pulled up in a van and arrested Garrison; he was later charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor, based on video footage taken by cops who were targeting men having sex or masturbating in the park. While topless sunbathing is legal in the city's parks, exposing more than that is against the law.

The case is just one of the more extreme examples of police stings aimed at luring people into committing crimes, a tactic that has resulted in hundreds of arrests, many convictions and plenty of controversy.

Law enforcement officials say that such sting operations are an extremely effective means of lowering crime rates and stopping the criminally minded before they commit worse offenses. From early 2006 to the spring of 2007, there were 160 citations for public indecency in the city, according to an investigation by 10TV News. Among those who were caught in the stings: an Ohio State University doctor, government employees and a retired highway trooper.

But such operations veer dangerously close to entrapment, say lawyers, civil libertarians and defendants who've been caught in sting operations.

At Garrison's trial, his attorney argued that it was a case of entrapment. "Columbus police utilized this topless woman to snare this man," said Sam Shamansky. "He sees her day after day. He's not some seedy pervert."

The argument failed to sway a Franklin County Municipal Court jury that found Garrison guilty of public indecency last month. He was ordered to stay away from the park, placed on a year's probation and fined $250. Currently, Garrison remains on paid desk duty while the fire department conducts an internal investigation into his behavior.
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Link to the article.

This is totally a case of police invented crime. If they want to bust people getting their wangs out then they need to post a cop to watch for people doing that stuff. Not post one out there asking people to do it and then arrest them.

And I also love how we live in a society where the human body is so demonized that people think it would be so utterly shocking if someone saw a guy's wang.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Thunder in the toilet

So I have this great idea. I think they should play thunderstorm CD's in public restrooms. The random booming thunder would help cover up poop noises and the steady rain noise would help people with public piss syndrome.

What does everyone think?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

As a recently ordained minister I want to wish you all the bright blessings of the year and a Merry Christmas!

And may whatever god or goddess you believe in bless you or not or whatever you believe they do to you when they are pleased with you and/or want to help you out.

I am also available to perform weddings and all sorts of religious activities you may need, except for circumcisions.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Bah-Humbug!

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been so silent. I've been quite busy at work lately. A good friend and fellow co-worker was in a bad car accident and is at home re-couping, so I'm getting set to help cover his shifts for him when needed.

And the holidays are coming, so I've been trying to get all of my shopping done (which I think I'm finally done).

Oh and I got the part of Scrooge in the Edison Stagelight Player's production of "A Christmas Carol". It started out as just a very abridged version of the play for a friends Directing class, but everyone liked it so much they wanted to do some more shows. I was the understudy for Scrooge and they picked me to finish the shows. The other Scrooge had to work, so off I go.

Last night was our first public performance with me as Scrooge and we did it at the stage in the Piqua Mall! It was pretty crazy as the accoustics and din of the shoppers didnt make it very loud and shouting in an old man voice wore my throat out pretty bad.

I think we are only doing one more show there, tonight (Friday, December 21st) so if you're in the area, stop down and see us around 730pm or come early and wander around and carol with us.

Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule to everyone!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Blu-ray boycott

So several movies that I would like to own are coming out ONLY on Blu-Ray and this really pisses me off. Not that it's only Blu-ray, but because I hate the exclusivity of this sort of thing. At least with exclusive video game titles it's normally from the studio that is owned by the game console manufacturer, so you can understand (well unless your Sony). But when companies do it to lock people into being forced to buy a certain console or player or movie, etc. it's bad for consumers.

So that is why I am officially boycotting Superbad and Spiderman 3 on both Blu-ray and DVD. I will not buy or rent these movies as I dont want any part of this. Now you could call me a hypocrit because I bought the Transformers HD-DVD, however I had no choice in that. Just as I dont slight the actual owners of Blu-ray players who buy Blu-ray exclusive titles.

At least the boycott of Spiderman 3 will be easy due to two reasons:

1) It fucking sucked.

and the second ...

My XBOX 900 er, 360

Well I got my new XBOX 360 back and they sent me a CORE SDK, which is fine because the one I bought was a CORE. I was hoping they would send me a new one with and HDMI port on it, but I cant complain I wasnt slighted at all.

Except, this new one has the LOUDEST DVD-Drive I've ever heard. At first I just thought it was me hearing the 360 running again after it's absence, so I let it go for a few days bow WOW is this thing loud. Like 10x louder than the one I had prior.

So I called XBOX Support and explained my situation to them, even though I felt like a whiney asshole, and they are going to replace it again for free! YAY Microsoft. Hopefully this time I get a quiet BenQ drive and an HDMI port.

All of this barring that I cant transfer my warranty to a new one, I might just go out and buy a new 360 with what I want in it and sell this one.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hamlet Part 2: Electric-boog-a-loo

I was talking with the director for our upcoming performance of Hamlet and apparently I am in the running to play ...

*drum roll*

HAMLET! Yes that's right, I'm in the pre-running for the lead roll. When I found out I about fell over. That is so amazing! One of her concerns is that she wants someone very young (even currently in high school) to play Hamlet. Which is honestly fine with me because I think I prefer the part of Laertes anyway. Actually I'd be pleased with any part at all no matter how big or small.

Zen and the Art of Computer Repair

Helpful Hint #137: Leaving your computer off for exactly 2 hours will not repair anything.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Hamlet

I've been asked several times if I was going to try out and be a part of the spring production of Hamlet at my school and last night I assured that I will have some sort of part because they did a tracing of my feet.

Odd huh? haha yeah I thought so too but it turns out they are actually hand making shoes for everyone in the play.

The director has a tendancy to make interesting casting choices and I wonder what she has in mind for me. She had mentioned before that I'd make a good Rosencrantz, but I think I want to try out the part of Laertes which would include some stage combat and a more darker side.

It should prove interesting.

Sometimes it's better, but it always sucks

So last Friday, I had to do something that I never wanted to do. I had to take my Mom's cat to the vet and have it put to sleep.

I bought that cat when I was 15 and lived with it for like 6 years. The cat was nearly 16 years old and very much part of the family. I dont think my Mom thought she could make the decision, so she had me help. And with as sick and old as the cat was it was so very hard to do. Hard to see my Mom that upset and hard to put a living thing down that couldnt tell me if this was okay for me to do or not.

I stayed with him the whole time and it was quick and painless. I like to think he had some idea about what was going on and he was ready to go, but that's just probably me trying to make myself feel better.

We took him home and I dug a grave for him in the cold and light rain behind the garage.

When/if the time comes to go thru this with my own cat, Jonesy, I dont think I'll be able to do it. It seems funny talking about it, because when you say it out loud it always sounds like, "it's just a cat" but he was a lot more than that to all of us and his loss was very painful.

I take solace in the fact that death is simply part of life and the circle and we all have to face this throughout our life and we can become the better for it.

RIP, K.

Monday, November 26, 2007

XBOX 360 update

Yay, I just got word that Microsoft is sending me back a BRAND New XBOX 360 to replace my broken launch console. So it will have the new DVD Drive, new GPU cooler and *crosses fingers* hopefully the HDMI port.

Yay, I'll be playing Assassin's Creed until my eyes bleed. And my 360 will quit bitching on it's blog that I havent been playing with it enough.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

XBOX 360 Road Trip

I'm hoping this post wont spark a bunch of "360's hardware is faulty" responses, but I thought I'd post it anyway...

My 360 is on it's way to McAllen, Texas to get fixed. A few months ago every so often the 360 would think a game disk was a DVD and would play the DVD movie error if you were to put the game disk in a normal DVD player.

Normally restarting or re-inserting the game disk would stop it doing this, but then it started doing it all the time. So I called up Microsoft's support and off it goes.

I miss you!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Vicodin

This is AMAZING!

So I went to the Y on Monday and lifted for the first time in about 6 months and I THOUGHT I was going easy on myself but it turns out and did way too much weight.

So I ended up hurting the tendons in my forearms, and the big one that connects my tricep to my elbow.

It go progressively worse and now I can barely bend my arms and the pain is horrible. So I went to the doctor yesterday for it and he gave me some Prednisone for the inflammation and some Vicodin for the pain and let me tell you this Vicodin is AWESOME!!!

My arms feel much better (still can barely move them, but very little to no pain now in trying) and ALL the other little naggy aches and pains in my body are gone and I feel so good.

So a big shout-out to the people who invented Vicodin! Woot! Good job guys!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Finish This Song

Give the next 3 lines. Bonus points for Song Tile and Artist:
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight

I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts, they're all around me
And I don't see an easier way, to get out of this

Struck me funny

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- As Georgia descends deeper into drought, Gov. Sonny Perdue has ordered water restrictions, launched a legal battle and asked President Bush for help. On Tuesday, the governor will call on a higher power.

He will join lawmakers and ministers on the steps of the state Capitol to pray for rain.

While public prayer vigils might raise eyebrows in other parts of the nation, they are mostly shrugged off in the Bible Belt, where turning to the heavens for help is common and sometimes even politically expedient.

"Christianity has more of a place in the culture here than in some other region," said Ray Van Neste, a professor of Christian studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. "And it's only natural, in a way, for the public to pray for rain."

Perdue won't be the first governor to hold a call for public prayer during the epic drought gripping the Southeast. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley issued a proclamation declaring a week in July as "Days of Prayer for Rain" to "humbly ask for His blessings and to hold us steady in times of difficulty."

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Not going to get into the whole separation of Church and State stuff or anything like that. This just struck me funny that they are scheduling a prayer time and date for this. I just hope God's available at that time. I think he publishes his Google Calendar, I hope they checked that.

That and I never understood the whole group prayer thing. Why is it a big deal to tell everyone that you are planning on praying for something and try to get a whole bunch of people together to do it. I mean I guess I see the show of solidarity for a community and a bonding in those terms, but is a group prayer anymore powerful than a single prayer? Do they get some sort of prayer boost and just how many people exactly do you need for something like that.

I also find it funny that many people will probably drive their SUV's to attend this meeting and not think how it's all connected. Oh well.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Finish This Song

Give the next 3 or 4 lines. Bonus points for Song Title and Artist:
You could have a steam train
If youd just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back

All you do is call me
Ill be anything you need

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Bush opens his mouth again.

Ugh. Even more reasons to hate Bush. Thank god Kucinich is at least trying to do something about this administration.

Bush on Iraq or "Dont Worry Be Happy":
"I don’t — you know quagmire is an interesting word. If you lived in Iraq and had lived under a tyranny, you’d be saying: God, I love freedom, because that’s what’s happened."

And later to Pakistan's leader General Musharraf or "The Pot Meets the Kettle":

"My message was that we believe strongly in elections and that you ought to have elections soon and you need to take off your uniform. You can't be the president and the head of the military at the same time."

Monday, November 05, 2007

Finish This Song

Give the next 3 or 4 lines if you can and extra points for Song Title and Artist:
There is so much a man can tell you,
So much he can say. You remain,
My power, my pleasure, my pain, baby
To me you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny.
Won't you tell me is that healthy, baby?
But did you know, That when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Finish This Song

Here is today's song:
Well, if you told me you were drowning
I would not lend a hand
Ive seen your face before my friend
But I dont know if you know who I am

Finish it, try to at least get to the chorus. And extra credit for Song Title and Artist.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Finish This Song

I'm thinking of starting a new post subject on my blog called "Finish This Song". I'll post a few lines from a random song and you have to post the next line or two of the song. You get extra credit if you can post the artist and song title as well.

AND NO SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR THE ANSWERS.

So let's try it out, Finish This Song:

Well you walk into a restaurant, strung out from the road,
You can feel the eyes upon you as your shaking off the cold
You pretend it doesnt bother you, but you just want to explode.

Posing a question

If Nintendo started releasing all their first party titles (Mario, Donkey Kong, etc) as cross-platform games during the N64 phase do you think they'd still be in a position to build their own consoles today?

Your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Zeitgeist: The Movie

This is an AMAZING movie.

http://zeitgeistmovie.com/

I'm only thru part 1 so far, but WOW. Deals with society's control and underlying currents of control through-out human history.

Warning: Joel, you might want to stay away from it.

45 minutes

So rehearsals for the play are really in full swing now and I just got word that our call for Saturday is at 9am and we are running stuff until 4pm that day.

Yesterday I spent a whole 45 minutes at my house awake. 15 minutes in the morning to get ready for work and about 30 minutes after getting home at 11:45pm to check some stuff out online, feed the cat and shower and stuff.

So that's what my days are like now Monday thru Friday and now I have a long long day on Saturday. Which I will probably have to stay late and do set construction since the set builder they have got his panties in a wad and stormed out the other day.

I really wouldnt change any of this for the world though, this has been a great experience so far. I hope you all can come and see my debut and all of our hard work.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Smug, Ignorant Mac Users

I was speaking with a customer today and asked for her password. She responded, "Gee I dont remember. My Mac just remembers it and I never have to type it in."

That's an alright excuse, as any user (PC or MAC) can rely on things like that, but she kept emphasizing "Mac", like this was a Mac thing. They are so neat and user friendly that Mac's are the only ones that do stuff like this.

She's ignorant that no other system can do this, and chooses to stay that way on the erroneous assumption that Mac's are perfect and head and shoulders above anything else.

I hate that about Mac users. Your Mac does absolutely NOTHING new or unique. Everything you do on your Mac you can equally do on a PC running any number of other Operating System. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Busy busy

I am super busy now with the play ramping up. The whole cast is called every night now, so I am leaving at 8am in the morning and not getting home till about 1130pm each night with no real break in the middle other than drive time. And blending in my night class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the homework for it and my strong desire to sleep and eat, I'm a busy beaver.

If you are interested in attending a showing of "Monster" at Edison:

Friday, November 2nd @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3rd @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 4th @ 7:30pm

Tickets are $7.oo

Map:


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Friday, September 28, 2007

Where does your fuel come from?

What do you guys think if there was a federal law that required all gas pumps to display a sticker indicating where the oil in the product originated from?

Example:

The petroleum resources used in this product originated from the following countries:

Saudi Arabia...................................65%
Kuwait.............................................30%
Canada.............................................. 5%

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Big Brother Blog Snooping

A good friend of mine recently said in one of his comments on this site, "You really think Big brother is reading these blogs and has someone on their payroll hiding under your bed?"

*sigh*

A federally-funded artificial intelligence lab is figuring out how to track people over the Internet, based on how they write.

Friday, September 21, 2007

What we've got here is failure to communicate...

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before


Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before


My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars


D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said "Peace could last forever"
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land
...

I got my black armband on, how about you? Doing anything today for International Day of Peace? Post a comment and let me know.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Republicans Block Voting Machine Testing in Ohio

This is not good for Democrats in Ohio. Voters there need to rally and organize to countermand this grievous public injustice. All votes must be counted and all votes must count. That said, if Ohio Republicans have anything to do with it; the state will reprise its ignominious stage role as the "New Florida" in the much-awaited 2008 neocon sequel,

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007



Yearwood was arrested by Capitol Hill police outside of a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on 2007-09-10, and charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. According to Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, Yearwood was stopped from entering the room after attempting to cut in front of people waiting to get in. “What he tried to do was jump to the front of the line. He was told he couldn’t do that,” Schneider said. “And he pretty much charged at the officers to get past them into the room, after he was told not to.”

In a press release from the Hip Hop Caucus Yearwood said that he was prevented from entering the hearing because he was wearing a button that says "I love the people of Iraq." In the press release he called his arrest an example of “democracy while black.” Furthermore, UPI reports that the video being circulated on the Internet "does not seem to show an assault."

Yearwood was treated at George Washington University Hospital "for injuries to his ankle" according to Liz Havstad, a spokeswoman for the Hip-Hop Caucus.

Ron Paul : Don't tread on me

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tell us the mission...

I'm still alive!

Sorry I havent posted much recently. I'm back to school now (Tuesday and Thursday nights). The class is Drawing 2, which fullfills one of my electives for my degree. Not that I'm worried about a degree at this rate, but still. I have the same great drawing teacher from Drawing 1 and we seem to have a great, very small and close class already. So that's nice.

One of the girls from class and I decided to go and try out for this season's play that the college is holding - "Monster" by Neal Bell (a play based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein). And we got parts! It was a really step to overcome just trying out. So now I have the challenge of actually playing the part.

Honestly I'm nervous about the whole ordeal. I'm really worried that I'll just mess everything up and forget my lines and just draw a blank on stage. I still remember back to the fourth or fifth grade being in a play and not remembering any of my lines and having to read them off of a paper. Thankfully the paper was a prop for me (I played a lawyer) but it was still a terrifying scenario. Sort of that naked in school dream sorta scared.

However it's a small part so I should be fine. I actually really surprised myself at how I sounded reading the lines and putting emotion into it. I really love this stuff, but man it's nerve racking.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down

Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate?

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Friday, August 31, 2007

"It's a me .... Al Qaeda!"

(CNN) -- A U.S. military plane carrying three U.S. senators and one member of the House of Representatives came under rocket fire Thursday night and had to make evasive maneuvers as it left Baghdad for Amman, Jordan.

On the C-130 flight were Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama; Mel Martinez, R-Florida; James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma; and Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Alabama.

"We were shot at by three rockets," Shelby said in a statement Friday. "It was dark as the dickens, and I was looking out the small window on the plane and I saw a shell. We saw them, they were popping, and we saw the flares."

The flares are part of the missile avoidance system aboard the C-130 aircraft. The heat from the flares are a countermeasure to attract rockets that have heat-seeking guidance systems.

Shelby added that the plane "started maneuvering, changing directions, shaking us all around, and then I saw another shell near the plane. It's a hostile area, it was a tough area, but the flight crew was very professional; they really did a tremendous job."

Article

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hot Senator Sex

So Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has his proverbial tit in the ringer over this recent scandal of him allegedly attempting to engage in lewd acts in a public bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

I was watching this story vaguely here at work and frankly it didnt much seem to register enough to blog about it. Normally, the things in the news that make me want to blog either have to do with out-and-out outrage I feel over the issue or a high level of hypocrisy. At the beginning this story registered neither until I started reading more AP articles about the situation.

Sen. Larry Craig is a Republican, and while I tend to think they are all two-faced lying scum bags sucking the soul out of America - I normally like to give them the benefit of the doubt before I say that they are two faced lying scum bags sucking the soul out of America.

Senator Larry Craig's record:
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Oh and he liked chemical weapons so much he voted to keep them (not that that relates to this post) AND he did it before it was cool, way back in 1997.

At any rate his track record and party affiliation seems very anti-LGBT equality, which I'm sure helps this rank higher in the news (and on my radar for my blog).

Anyway it turns out that there have been questions about this Senator's sexuality since the 1980's and while I know there are openly gay senators (well one) and other gay senators still in various degrees of the closest - I feel sort of bad for old Senator Larry Craig. He must really be struggling with this sexual identification and at this age, he's probably been struggling for a very long time. And when different parts of your life are in conflict it can be a very difficult time.

I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, because I am not yet so jaded to think that 100% of the people who run for public office are no-good money grubbers. But then him and his office started offering explanations about how the cop was mistaken.
  • Police Officer: "The senator blocked his stall entrance with his bags and then tapped his right foot ..." (a signal from the other bathroom stall he might want sex)
  • Craig's Response: "At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions ..."
  • Police Officer: "The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area ..."
  • Craig's Response: "he (Sen. Craig) has a wide stance when going to the bathroom" and that was why his foot may have touched the officer's (foot).
  • Police Officer: " Craig's blue eyes were clearly visible through the crack in the door, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police Sgt. Dave Karsnia wrote in the report he filed on the June 11 incident. "Craig would look down at his hands, 'fidget' with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again,"
  • Craig's Response: "I dont recall these things happening ..."
  • Police Officer: "After Craig ran his hand underneath the partition wall three times, Karsnia held his police identification down by the floor so the senator could see it, the report said."With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, 'No!' "I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet,"
  • Craig's Response: "(I) reached down to the floor to pick up a piece of paper"
  • Craig's Initial Response: "Guilty as charged."
  • Craig's New Response: "The cops were wrong and I'm innocent."
Also Senator Craig showed the officer his business card and said, "... what do you think about that?". Which I would take he meant to imply I'm a US Senator and way above your pay grade for arresting - although I will still very much like to have hot man sex with you in this public bathroom.

I just cant get over the audacity some of these people have, the out-and-out bold faced lying. And while you can argue, as some of you I'm sure will, that we should give him the benefit of the doubt still, I say that in the court of public opinion he's all washed up.

Rack another big scandal up to the GOP. At this rate the democrats wont even have to show up and they'll probably win by a landslide.

Calvin and War

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

He deserves so much more...

I know, I know I've been posting a lot of "news" and "politics" stuff when I'm sure you're all dying to know more about my personal life, like which armpit I put the deodorant on first (left) or where I buy my socks. But it's just things like this that I cant pass up.

See the picture above? That's our glorious leader in all his, well ... glory, bestowing our nation's highest honor on Mr. George Tenet the then head of the CIA.

Such excellent service, such commendable patriotism, such enduring and never flinching resolve in the face of danger while running the agency responsible for all of our gee-whiz, gosh-golly, fantastic 'slam dunks' of intel and action we take against all those evil people in the world out to get us for our freedoms!

Oh wait ... I spoke too soon:

A summary of the 2005 report by the CIA inspector general was declassified under protest by agency Director Michael Hayden in response to a law passed by Congress earlier this month.

The report said top CIA officers "did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner" and it described a "systemic breakdown" in a watch list for tracking terrorism suspects who seek to enter the United States.
Oh but dont take my word for it, or in this case Randall Mikkelsen's word for it. Let's hear what Barbara Elias of the National Security Archive has to say about it:

"It's really pointing the finger at the CIA's executives..." which includes Tenet.
Tenet, that name's so familiar - oh right, I forgot he's the guy in the picture with the President ... the one getting our nation's highest honor bestowed upon him by the gentle and Jergened hands of our all-knowing and glorious, infallible leader.

Tenet resigned as CIA director in 2004 after serving for seven years. "Before 9/11 no agency did more to attack al Qaeda than the CIA," he said in a statement Tuesday.
And what's incredibly sad is that's probably absolutely true. Oh well, maybe we'll get him in Iran, no wait Syria, doh I mean Venezuela no wait ...

Link to the article

Monday, August 20, 2007

ROFLMAO!

Oh man I love this:
Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.

The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

'A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.'
This coming straight from the man that all Republicans fawn over and think of as the second coming of Christ. LOL. This is just too damn funny.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

More Ugh ...

FTA:

Pregerson,
by his record, is the most liberal judge on the panel, and he clearly thinks the government is just looking for a blank check for their secret program. But the other two judges aren't thrilled either. They seem perplexed that the government can't swear under oath that the Bush Administration isn't warrantlessly spying on domestic phone calls.

Read it, or let the government read it for you and tell you what you should think instead.

And if you doubt how under-handed this whole wiretapping thing is from the start just see what the Director of the FBI has to say about how they got Ashcroft to approve it while medicated and out-of-it after surgery.

Article

PDF of the notes from Representative Conyer's office.

Uh Oh - I dont like this, I dont like this AT ALL...

Feds Train Clergy To "Quell Dissent" During Martial Law

Shocking KSLA 12 news report confirms story we broke last year, Pastors to cite Romans 13 as reason for public to obey government orders, relinquish guns and be taken to camps during state of emergency.

A shocking KSLA news report has confirmed the story we first broke last year, that Clergy Response Teams are being trained by the federal government to "quell dissent" and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial law.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD

Home Media Magazine said total sales of Blu-ray discs, using a Sony Corp backed technology, totaled 1.6 million units from January 1 through July 1, compared with 795,000 HD-DVD discs sold in that period.

Why is this important? Well it's not. HD-DVD is outselling Blu-Ray in Europe and other areas globally. Everyone likens this to the VHS vs. BETAMAX battle, and it's really not. The formats are very similar and Sony has learned from its mistakes on how it tried to force BETAMAX and lock people into it.

And my theory is that Sony stands to make more money and over a longer term with its licensing of Blu-ray then it ever would with its Playstation unit. So by focusing on combining the two and then relaxing on certain key developers to really push killer games for their new box, you have a lot of people sitting with a $600 PS3 and not much to do with it. And if I was in that boat, I'd be scarfing up Blu-ray movies too to take advantage of the thing. I also wouldnt put it past Sony to be behind the help of the leaks of the recent encryption keys used on HD-DVD's to allow for them to be more easily pirated.

In the end, there will be both and since the market isnt huge for this type of content yet it will take a very long time for consumers to really decide which format will win out. And a word on companies like Blockbuster only offering one format over the other - you're really shooting yourself in the foot for absolutely no reason.

So whichever player you have go out and purchase your movies and dont worry about a year from now of not having any access to the format you so heavily invested in - none of these companies will allow you to come to a dead end and risk that bad PR.

Random shit I find annoying ...

  • Not knowing what that little cursor is called in the picture above when it has that little horizontal line on it and having no idea why it's used.
  • Going for a month using "it's" and "its" correctly and then one day completely forgetting which to use right.
  • "Save Password" prompts on websites (especially Hotmail). Man I hate this, they never work or stop working after 3 days or whenever the cookie tells it to expire. Stop doing this or change the option to read "Save Password for a random amount of time between 3 seconds and 3 days".
  • Buttons on devices you have to hold for a certain period of time for a function when you could easily double or triple tap the button instead.
  • Telephone menu options that either read WAY too much info about each option to select or just say "Main menu" and then stop.
  • People only having a sense of humor with their close circle of friends and find everything outside that circle horribly offensive and/or un-funny.
  • People who think I'm conversationally anal retentive because I like to sort my thoughts into list form.
  • jackrabbits
  • The different options of glue-type substances. Glue, paste, gel, rubber cement, etc. Who's the person that cant use one type?
  • Knowing that cold water is worse for you when you are overheated than warm water, but still being conditioned to the point where it seems like it tastes better.
  • People who store water in other old cartons or jugs without rinsing them enough first leaving you with left-over orange juice flavored water.
  • Not knowing the etymology of the word "snack"
  • Not being able to rate which is worse, hypocrisy or double-standards
  • Knowing you really should vaccuum but not being able to muster the interest enough to even get near the sweeper and spending way more energy avoiding even eye contact with it in some game of "if you look at me you have to use me".
  • Not being able to legally see my penis more during the day.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Global warming will step up after 2009

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming is forecast to set in with a vengeance after 2009, with at least half of the five following years expected to be hotter than 1998, the warmest year on record, scientists reported on Thursday.

Climate experts have long predicted a general warming trend over the 21st century spurred by the greenhouse effect, but this new study gets more specific about what is likely to happen in the decade that started in 2005.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Welcome to America

When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security ...

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Bush vs. Zombies

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fascism

Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, published research on fascism in which he examined the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each fascist State:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarceration of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists; terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military are glamorized.

5. Rampant sexism - The government of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are intertwined - Government in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation are often the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated, or are severely restricted.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassinations of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Benito Mussolini - who knew something about fascism - had a more straightforward definition: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

Abraham Lincoln stated, “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed.”

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Iraq war veteran and demolitions expert blows the cover on 9/11 inside job.

Meet Torin Wolf. He has a broad and varied background in the US Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom, building construction contractor, certified structural welder, certified asbestos and hazardous materials worker, experienced demolitions expert, teacher, radio show host, and well studied 9/11 truth activist.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

DOJ: We won't enforce a contempt citation, even if it passes the House.

The Justice Department sent a letter yesterday to the House Judiciary Committee that made the administration's position official: a U.S. attorney will not enforce a citation of contempt, should it pass the House.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Smart Frog

I found this picture the other day linked off of Digg. I dont know where the photo orginally came from as there was no picture credit listed, but it's so cool I thought I'd share.



I liked it so much and I wanted it as a wallpaper so I did a little Photoshop and presto made the wallpaper. The original image is justified all the way to the right and everything you see to the left is hand made in Photoshop by me. I didnt clone anything, except the water drops I made by hand. The branch could be a little better on the sharpness but it's pretty much where it needs to be. Enjoy!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Roid Rage

I have 3 eye drops that I have to use now after my eye surgery.
  • Vigamox (1 drop every 4 hours for 7 days)
  • Econopred (1 drop every 4 hours for 7 days)
  • Systane (1 drop every 2 to 4 hours for 3 days)
Vigamox is an antibiotic, pretty standard stuff. And the Systane is just a heavy duty lubricant to keep my eye from drying out.

The Econopred is a steroid though which is pretty funny. Everyone thinks I'm going to get this really muscular eyeball and start snapping out on a roid rage and Crippler Crossface everyone to death.

The suck thing is that they run down the back of my throat and taste awful and a co-worker was just talking to me and I opened my mouth and dribbled some in my mouth as I was moving the bottle away from my eye.

I just hope I dont get crazy Mark McGwire popeye arms.

Eye surgery pics

Okay so these arent actual shots of the surgery, but here ya go. Also these are from my cell phone, so pardon the quality.

This is me in the car right after the surgery. Just a little swelling. Kinda hard to open my eye but I could and already had limited vision thru it. I love my stylish eye guard and I have my nice black-out sunglasses lifted up.

Day 1 eye close up. This is about 4 or 5 hours after my surgery.


Another close-up. You can really see my sclera hickey in this one. To center your eye on the laser, they put a ring on your eye that grabs hold via suction and produces this nice hickey. The thing didnt hurt, but was very uncomfortable. It felt like the pressure would make your eye pop and it made your vision go black.

First night after surgery. My eye's looking pretty good. Today is now 3 days post-op and I still have a good eye hickey going on but nothing else is visible. You cant really even make out the little rings in my eye. No pain or irritation at all. My vision is not stable yet. It goes from super blurry to kinda blurry - although when it's "kinda blurry" it's better than I was. It will take a week or so for it to fully stabilize. I highly recommend someone trying this procedure it was super easy and my doctor (Dr. Farjo) is a total genius and one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

Oh and the reason I have my eye guard back on in this picture is because I have to wear it at night to sleep to keep from rubbing my eye for two weeks. It's not that bad, but the tape gets kinda itchy sometimes.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Eye Surgery

My eye surgery is now complete. I am the proud new owner of one eyeball full of Intacs. About an hour after the surgery I am already seeing a little better. It's still blurry but I can make out letters and shapes at a distance that I wouldnt have been able to before.

My vision will change (worsen and better) until I am fully healed (about a week or two), but on my one-day-post-op check-up I am already better on the eye chart and my doctor said I am even healing faster than what normally happens (I might be Wolverine, but that's not confirmed yet).

I can see now to read and drive, both limitedly and am getting better. Just trying to rest and relax and not strain my eye too much as focusing it changes its shape and stresses the healing factor.

I will post some more about the procedure and some pictures later on.

Are you angry yet?

The America I was born to is not the America I live in today. I just hope it's not beyond saving.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Gut feelings and history repeating

"Voice or no voice, the people can alway be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials After WWII

Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff's Gut

Bob is a Fag

When I was little my mom would always take me to a doctor in a nearby town (Lima) and I remember being about 7 years old and driving under a train-overpass up there and seeing spray painted in big white letters "BOB IS A FAG". I didnt know what a fag was, but I was smart enough to surmise this wasnt a proclamation of something great or something that Bob would be proud of.

My mother skirted my questioning as to what it meant and it became just a big joke. Everytime we drove under it one of us would always comment, "Well Bob's still a fag". Even after I became aware of the meaning of the word, this was still funny. It's now some 20 years later and it's still there. No one has made the effort to remove it or cover it. Time has taken it's toll though and Bob is more of a "FIG" nowadays instead of a full blown "FAG". Sometimes I wonder if it said "NIGGER" how long it would have lasted up there.

At any rate, myself and few co-workers started talking about this today and they know of it too and we were all laughing that the word looks like "FIG" now. And one of them found this site:

GODHATESFIGS.COM (a paraody of a very hateful and disgusting website from the Westboro Baptist Church). I'd like to personally thank the guy who made the FIG version of the site as I got a lot of enjoyment out of it and it helped erase a small amount of the bile spewed forth into me from the other site.

Oh Lawd!

So I was checking out a website about movies and stuff and saw this poster art and link for the new Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Apparently they dont pay too close attention to their proofreading, which lead me to make the other image. Enjoy! :)



Thursday, July 12, 2007

Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Fake firm gets nuclear license in U.S. govt sting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Undercover investigators, working for a fake firm, obtained a license to buy enough radioactive material to build a "dirty bomb," amid little scrutiny from federal regulators, according to a government report obtained on Wednesday.The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the license to the dummy company in just 28 days with only a cursory review, the Government Accountability Office said in a report to be released on Thursday.The GAO, which set up the sting, said the NRC approved the license after a couple of faxes and phones calls and then mailed it to the phony company's headquarters -- a drop box at a United Parcel Service location.

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Signing Statements Erode Constitutional Balance

Recently, the General Accounting Office studied nineteen instances where the president issued so-called "signing statements." In such statements, the president essentially begins the process of interpreting legislation – up to and including declaring provisions unconstitutional, hence often refusing to enforce them.The GAO study found that in nearly 1/3 of the cases studied, the administration failed to enforce the law as enacted. This approach is especially worrisome for several reasons.First, these signing statements tend to move authority from the legislative branch to the executive, upsetting our delicate system of checks and balances. Next, these statements grant the president power not given by the Constitution, allowing him to usurp powers of the judicial branch. Finally, the idea of agencies refusing to enforce the law as enacted sets precedent for the type of run away administrative actions our constitution was expressly enacted in order to avoid.Although these signing statements are at record high numbers, the problem is not with a single administration. Contrary to the claims of those who raise this issue for purely political purposes, the most significant challenge to liberty presented by these statements is that they can serve to further erode our constitutional republic.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Aliens


I was discussing the Alien movies with a co-worker and we were reveling in our mutual hatred for Paul Riser and in doing so I got to thinking of a question:

What Alien attack/weapon is your favorite?

A) Acid Blood
B) Main Mouth bite
C) Inner Mouth bite
D) Inner Mouth puncture
E) Claws
F) Tail whip
G) Tail stab
H) Headbutt
I) Dripping slippery goo puddle for people to slip and fall

Post your answer in the comments :)

I think I'm picking "F".

Bush Pardons Libby

I just cant muster up enough bile to spew about Bush pardoning Libby at this moment. It's not that I dont care, I just am too dumbfounded by this guy and his administration and too disappointed in the American public (myself included) for not doing more to stand up and take action.

So I will just post this picture, which is what I feel Bush has just done to all of us.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A couple of gay things.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday said that 56% of respondents now believe that being gay cannot be changed, up from 45% back in 2001 and 36% in 1998.

And now the Pentagon is saying:
These separated members have the opportunity to continue to serve their nation and national security by putting their abilities to use by way of civilian employment with other Federal agencies, the Department of Defense, or in the private sector, such as with a government contractor.

So I guess it's okay to not serve in the military but they still want to use the gay citizens of the country to help out, oh and take their tax money but not treat them as equal.

In March, backed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Gen. Peter Pace controversially claimed that the “military should not condone immoral acts,” referring to homosexuality.

So just for the record: killing not immoral, being gay immoral. At least in the eyes of the Pentagon.

Soon I will be able to see


I just got word from my eye doctor, yesterday that I have been approved by my insurance company (the new guys Anthem not the assholes at Principal)!

So on July 19th, I will have my surgery whereby they will insert to curved pieces of plastic into my cornea (Intacs) to help stabilize and shape my cornea back into the correct shape.

I'm going to try to blog about the whole process since there aren't a lot of diaries on the process for people looking into this to correct their Keratoconus.

Intacs website
Keratoconus Wiki

Sunday, June 24, 2007

IRAQ'S UNSEEN WAR: The Photos Washington Doesn't Want You To See

This is a war the Bush administration does not want Americans to see. From the beginning, the U.S. government has attempted to censor information about the Iraq war, prohibiting photographs of the coffins of U.S. troops returning home and refusing as a matter of policy to keep track of the number of Iraqis who have been killed....



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Monday, June 18, 2007

A buried car gets ruined

Caught this story last week ... And I can not, for the life of me, understand why they would even want to do this in the first place. Few at work have tried to explain it to me, but I just dont get it.

Back in 1957 the people in Tulsa, Oklahoma thought it would be neat to bury a current car and dig it up 50 years later to help celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Oklahoma becoming a state.

According to the event chairman back then, they chose the Plymouth Belvedere because it exemplified "an advanced product of American industrial ingenuity with the kind of lasting appeal that will still be in style 50 years from now."

WTF? They didnt bury anything else, just the car. The car wasnt even made in Oklahoma and it was a Plymouth Belvedere for god's sake. They could have at least buried a Bel Air or a Corvette.

And here's a car that got buried in the annals of time (and for good reason) the Lamborghini SUV aka The Rambo!

America's Commitment to Honor

Army Spec. Jeans Cruz helped capture Saddam Hussein. When he came home to the Bronx, important people called him a war hero and promised to help him start a new life. The mayor of New York, officials of his parents’ home town in Puerto Rico, the borough president and other local dignitaries honored him with plaques and silk parade sashes. They handed him their business cards and urged him to phone.

But a “black shadow” had followed Cruz home from Iraq, he confided to an Army counselor. He was hounded by recurring images of how war really was for him: not the triumphant scene of Hussein in handcuffs, but visions of dead Iraqi children.

In public, the former Army scout stood tall for the cameras and marched in the parades. In private, he slashed his forearms to provoke the pain and adrenaline of combat. He heard voices and smelled stale blood. Soon the offers of help evaporated and he found himself estranged and alone, struggling with financial collapse and a darkening depression.

At a low point, he went to the local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center for help. One VA psychologist diagnosed Cruz with post-traumatic stress disorder. His condition was labeled “severe and chronic.” In a letter supporting his request for PTSD-related disability pay, the psychologist wrote that Cruz was “in need of major help” and that he had provided “more than enough evidence” to back up his PTSD claim. His combat experiences, the letter said, “have been well documented.”

None of that seemed to matter when his case reached VA disability evaluators. They turned him down flat, ruling that he deserved no compensation because his psychological problems existed before he joined the Army. They also said that Cruz had not proved he was ever in combat. “The available evidence is insufficient to confirm that you actually engaged in combat,” his rejection letter stated.

More ...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Someone who just doesnt seem to get it.

As you may or may not know, Isaiah Washington of ABC's Grey's Anatomy recently uttered some derogatory remarks at and about a fellow openly gay cast member.

At any rate, I didnt want to comment on the situation when he talked about going to "rehab" or wherever the hell he went to get his head out of his ass and to realize why what he said is akin to someone calling him "nigger".

But now that he's talking in the media again here are some nice quotes he's made regarding the situation and his subsequent firing:

In a statement to People magazine, Washington says, "I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set.

"Both are beneath my own personal standards. I have nothing but respect for my co-workers and have apologized personally to everyone involved."

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In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Washington says, "I can only apologize so many times. I can only accept so much responsibility. All the players involved have taken care of what we needed to take care of in-house - and the media took it in a different direction. I hope that everyone is happy for the outcome for Isaiah, but Isaiah will go on and do what I love to do. And I have to go about the business of letting people know what's written about me is not the truth."

So there you have it. When he physically and verbally attacked a fellow cast member of the show, it wasn't ALL his fault it was the media and other people (such as the "gay mafia" according to one of his close friends).

Fuck he found everyone out, this was all a setup to hire him for a show and pay him $2.7 million a year and then hire an openly gay cast member and continually aggravate him until he lashed out. We all should have known better I guess. His smugness and excuses sound like a drunk guy who beats his wife making rationalizations for his actions.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Damn that's a lot of Wang!

Now that the Halo 3 beta has ended, Microsoft's XBOX LIVE has tabulated some interesting data: There were 820,000 unique participants with more than 12 million hours of online H3 gameplay in its short test period, equivalent to more than 1,400 years of continuous play by one person.

85% of the 1.3 billion citizens of China share only about 100 family names. There are 93 million people with the surname Wang! To alleviate the confusion, the Chinese government is considering new naming rules.

Under a new draft regulation released by the ministry of public security, parents will be able to combine their surnames for their children, a move that could open up 1.28 million new possibilities, the China Daily reported.

For instance, a father named Zhou and mother named Zhu could choose to call their child either Zhou, Zhu, Zhouzhu or Zhuzhou, the report added.

And finally: Apple has released the latest BETA version of their web browser Safari for Windows users. And now that their sweet virgin code (security thru obscurity) is out in the real world, it's not doing so well. Guess when Apple says, "Apple engineers designed Safari to be secure from day one." The meant more secure than an open safe full of drugs in the middle of a prison - but just by a little bit.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Answer that phone in my brain!

I was trolling around the web and found this little interesting tidbit of info that I never knew:
Tinnitus (often called ringing in the ears, though it can be a variety of sounds, volumes, and patterns) is noise produced within the ear rather than noise originating from the environment outside. Sometimes it is only internal -- no one else can hear it -- but there are types of tinnitus that others can actually hear.

How weird is that. So I'll mark this down along with the fact that rabbits eat their own shit well their own cecotrophes. I never knew either of those things.

Goodnight sweet prince!

RIP



Mr. Wizard (Don Herbert)
July 10, 1917 – June 12, 2007

3 Doors Down

Recently in my neighborhood people have decided it would be a good idea to leave their dogs out for extended periods of time. And like bored dogs tend to do they just stand there and bark.

I'm one of those people who become extremely frustrated at sounds. Babies crying, the phone ringing, pens clicking, dogs barking or people smacking their lips. If the sound is beyond my control or inability to make it stop thru normal human means it frustrates me even more. I quickly become very pissed off by the noise and I blow up. I wish I could ignore noises that do this to me but I cant and normally what pisses me off more than anything about the noise is the simple inconsideration one person shows for another to allow the noise to continue unabated when it could (or totally is) annoying someone.

So if you own a dog in town - keep it fucking quiet and pay attention to the damn thing! Dont buy a 800 pound dog for your 4 square foot back yard and leave him back there constantly and never pet or talk to him. I could kick you in the face.

Hey man nice watch.

Lot of talk about the President's recent trip to Albania and the throngs of people eagerly greeting him and I'm sure he again felt like a rockstar and enjoyed being a celebrity president again. Only trouble is that most of them were after something else - namely his watch and not to simply touch him to some how gain some of his amazing Bushie power. Seriously is it 2008 yet, I'm so tired of this assclown.

Monday, June 04, 2007

STOP!

There's a commercial on this one channel and normally I skip them, but my new TV is lacking Picture-in-Picture, so while using my computer on it, sometimes I let the TV run in the background to listen to it. I really need to pipe some video out back into my computer so I can monitor the video.

At any rate, this commercial has this music background to it with the lyrics:

"I gotta use what I got to get what I need."

AHHHHHHHH!!! WTF?! A lot of songs shouldnt be taken literal and there are a LOT of songs with some stupid ass lyrics that I can tolerate, but again WTF? Let's take a look at this:

"I gotta use what I got"

What the hell else are you going to use? Something that someone else has? The only thing you have is what you got so how can you use something else?

"I gotta use what I got to get what I need"

What the hell else are you going to get but what you need (or want)? I mean let's say theoretically you were using a full 100% of "what you got", attempting "to get one you need" and you accidentally get little more? What then? Ooops I just needed a nice hair cut and a new car and whoops I got this bottle of hot fudge sauce too. Now what do I do? I didn't need it and now I've used everything I have so I'm too tired to donate it to the Salvation Army so now I'm really fucked.

If this post didn't make any sense or anything, it's okay. I'm mostly writing this to try to get this goddamn song out of my head.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Rich White Mother Fuckers

For all of those people who think it's beyond imagination that the US government might have ever even had the remote thought about helping out or being behind or turning a blind eye to something like 9/11, I present to you Operation Northwoods.

And if you think I am or want to call me "unpatriotic" feel free to save your comment and just blow me.

Why is this news?

Child found hanging but still alive
Dead bodies of 3 other kids, one adult discovered in Texas mobile home


Updated: 38 minutes ago

HUDSON OAKS, Texas - A child was found hanging but still alive at a mobile home early Tuesday, with the dead bodies of three other children and an adult nearby, authorities said.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the survivor was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. There was no immediate word on the child’s condition.

Fowler had no further details but said a statement would be issued later in the day.

The bodies were found early Tuesday at the Oak Hills mobile home park, about 25 miles west of Fort Worth near Weatherford.

© 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Why exactly is this news? I dont get it. There is like zero info here. Why not just wait until you have more information and then release this news? It's like there's a rush to gore in the news. "Oh look someone stuck their 6 kids in a microwave and drove it into a lake - print that shit now!". Cant we just have a default daily news article that says, "Some people died today somewhere". The article almost writes itself. And then when you actually have, oh I dont know - DETAILS - then you can talk about what happened.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wounded Knee

Okay so it's not really my knee it's up on my thigh. This past weekend I was working on putting a new stereo in my car. While trimming some of the plastic from the bracket I noticed my utility knife was dulling, so I changed the blade. I then sat the piece of plastic on my lap to get the blade started into it. The plastic was really dense and so I was pushing very hard and then SLIP and bang right into my thigh.

At first I thought my hand had rotated and I had just punched the very top of my thigh because it felt like an instant Charley horse. But then I noticed a perfect cut thru my jeans. While examining that -blam- blood everywhere around the cut. I thought, "Crap I nicked myself." However as I tried to stand I realized, by the burning ripping sensation in my thigh, that it was a lot worse than a nick.

I hobbled to the bathroom and examined my injury, it was a perfect stab right into my thigh. About an 1.5 inches wide and about 1.5 inches deep. So that's what my thigh muscle looks like!

I was going to super glue it shut, but with it being into the muscle I thought I better go get it stitched. So off I went to the ER. Our local hospital just re-modeled the ER and now it looks like you are entering a hotel. The lady at the desk didnt seemed concerned about my blood covered lap while she joked with the mother signing her two (non-bloody and fully functioning) little kids in. Then she called me to the desk and asked me 2 different times if I did this at work and took all my info and didnt ask me anything about the wound. I could have been shot for all she knew.

She told me that I was to go to triage and asked if I was dizzy. I think because she would wheelchair me the full 3 feet to where the triage room (closet) was. In the triage nook a nurse came in and the first question was, "Did this happen at work?" ... *sigh*. After explaning the situation she didnt look at the wound but proceeded to take my blood pressure, listen to my chest and take my temperature. I guess incase I had that rare Amazon disease that makes you stab yourself on accident.

After my triaging she led me to the room where the real medical stuff happens, or I was left to assume from her apathetic, "follow me". So on I limped, down the hall, around the corner down this hall, thru the doors and farther down the hall. I limped past at least 10 completely empty full equipped rooms - anyone of which my bloody leg could have been stitched in, but she's the nurse so I guess it's good to exercise a recently cut muscle.

The guy I thought was a doctor was really nice. Turns out he was just an assistant as the main doctor is too busy carrying his clipboard around making 10 times more money to say medical jargon like, "Hmm that looks like a nasty cut." and "Did you do this at work?" and "Okay that stitch looks good." I guess I should mention the stitching-guy also asked me twice if I did this at work. I mean I know they are all about the workman's comp shit, but for fuck sake I was asked at least 10 times by 4 different people all filling out different forms. You'd think that one of those forms would have a big check box on it for "DID NOT HAPPEN AT WORK STOP ASKING THE POOR SCHMUCK!".

So I am all stitched up now and have to go easy on my leg for about 2 weeks. Yeah right - my training for the summer Olympics continues on unabated - fuck you cut muscle. Actually I'm fine, just gotta make sure I dont rip out the stitches - free to live a life or religious fulfillment.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Farewell to Falwell

My friend asked me last night on XBL if I had a chance to blog about the death of Jerry Falwell and my opinion on the man and his life.

Well if you know me you can already assume how I felt about Falwell and you'd more than likely be right.

And sitting here, I dont think I could go off on a diatribe that could be expressed any better than the thoughts of Christopher Hitchens on Anderson Cooper 360:



And here's his follow-up on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes:



But with all that being said, and I do 100% agree with Christopher Hitchens on many of his points, I still feel the need to say goodbye in my own way, so here it is:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Reasons to hide under the covers ...

Reason 1: United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is trying to push that it's illegal even if you ATTEMPT to infringe on or pirate copyrighted material. Specifically music, since under this new push the Department of Homeland Security must give their findings over to the RIAA. Oh and you could be sentenced to life in prison.

Reason 2: You probably already are a terrorist. With the rush into the War on Terror, no one stopped to try to define what a terrorist actually is. However I dont think it's the immediacy that lent to us skipping over that bit as much as it is nearly impossible to specific label what a "terrorist" is. Well now the FBI and some states have their own meanings, and you are probably on their list.

Reason 3: Karl Rove is using the office of the President of the United States to subvert justice right here at home. But as Gonzales concedes now (now that he can apparently remember again) that his former Deputy was the real guy that was to blame.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Poop Bet 2007

The Second Annual Poop Bet 2007 is off and running!
(since noon on 5/8)

For those unfamiliar the "Poop Bet" is a gentleman's bet amongst anyone who wants to join (normally just from work). The objective is to hold onto your poop. The last one to poop wins!

2007 Participants:

Andy "Constipation" Langenkamp
Jeremy "I Eat Cheese" Nevarez
Cory "Cork-in-the-ass" Lykins

And last year's Champion:

Michael "What's a Toilet?" Wulfhorst!

It's an all out battle of the wills as these titans of the toilet collide head on in POOP BET 2007! Who will be the first to take the flush of shame? Can Andy better his spot from last year without sucumbing to a disaterous skidmark into loserville? Can Wulf pull out another amazing upset?

All the drama, all the passion, all the spectacle...
POOP BET 2007!!!

Choke on that Europe!

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. and Russian greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2005, more than cancelling out a dip in the European Union's emissions despite growing calls to limit global warming, official data shows.

A report by U.N. climate panel last week said the world was running out of time to make the deep cuts needed to combat global warming, which could bring widening droughts, heatwaves, floods, spread disease and push up world sea levels.

It said world emissions would have to peak by 2015 and fall by 50 to 85 percent by 2050 to reach a goal of limiting temperature rises to 2 to 2.4 Celsius (3.6 to 8.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

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Just goes to show with a little determination and good old American spirit we can beat the pants off of anyone! Oh wait, this is really bad news. Oh boy. I was hoping we were just winning at something! When are the Olympics?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Word Up!


Today is my last class for the semester and then I am off for the whole summer! Woohoo. Tonight's not even really a class but a one-on-one with the (hot) art teacher for a final critique of all my work done in the class. It's only a half hour and then I'm all done.

Hopefully when I get back in the fall, Edison will have their horrible parking shit figured out.

Driving at night sucks with my contact out too, so I'm glad this will be the last night trip for awhile. I took my contact out last week when my eye started rejecting it again and I've left it out. I have to leave it out 3 weeks prior to my surgery and in about 3 weeks I should know if the insurance has approved it, so I'll be all set to go when they are ready and not have to wait another 3 weeks. So about 3 more weeks of partial blindness, dizziness and headaches to go. Woo!

I think I'll stop by the shop and Sidney and talk over more of my chest piece and get that all done. Then onto my arm wrap piece on my left arm. I'm excited about that. Tired of having half finished work on me for now.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Spiderman 3 Super Duper money maker?

In a larger town near me (Lima) they are showing Spiderman 3 18 times a day starting at 9:15 in the morning.

Lima's Population: 40,081
Average seating of a theater: 150
Show times per day: 18

If everyone who lived in Lima went it would take the theater 14.844 days to show every man, woman and child in Lima the movie one time.

And at an average of 7.50 per ticket, it would garner the theater $300,607.50