Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Bush says goodbye to Gonzales with all the sincerity one could possibly muster reading word for word.

August 28, 2007

I am absolutely astonished by what journalists have been saying about Bush’s speech yesterday commenting on Gonzales’ leaving. Practically everyone I heard characterized his speech as being punctuated with anger. Really? Was I watching and listening to the same speech they were? All I saw was the same, “Do I have to?” or “Can’t Cheney get someone to do this for me?” look that he has had for just about every speech that he has ever given. What I found most astonishing was that it was sooo painfully obvious that 1) He didn’t write the speech, 2) He in no way prepared for the speech, and 3) He was so completely disengaged that when he got to the line where he said that Gonzales’ good name was dragged through the mud, he actually had to stop when he got to the “through the”, turn to the next page, and REEEEAD the word “mud”! AAAAAAA!!!!! I think I feel blood running out of my ears. Am I the only one who saw that? Anyone? Anyone? Please! Someone say they saw it too! You should be able to find a video of his speech at http://abcnews.go.com/politics. I just can’t be the only one to have seen that.

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The death of our public education system. (you have goooot to see this video)

August 27, 2007

I may be a bit late to the party on this one, but I’m sure for at least a few of you, it will be news to you too. As you may (or may not) know, the Miss Teen USA “pageant” was held over the weekend. At one point the contestants were each asked a question. The question posed to a one Miss South Carolina was why she thought 1/5 of American school kids could not find the U.S. on a map. Now, many people have made fun of her answer, as I’m sure you will. However, I would take a different position and say that her answer was probably the most correct answer any one could have possibly given. If you do nothing else, you have goooot to see this video. You won’t be sorry.

Could it be? Is it possible? A gPhone released in as little as two weeks?

August 27, 2007

g is for Google. All you suckas out there who plunked down $5-600 clams on that over priced, over hyperbole-ed iToilet might want to get a load of this one. The rumor mills are all a buzz (as they were earlier this year). As it goes, some guys in India (having something to do with Google) have supposedly leaked that, as the title says, this phone could be unleashed onto the public in both Europe and the US with a possible release in India in as little as two weeks. I don’t know the story, but (as it goes) it is to have a Linux-powered engine with ad-supported service. How will this affect other cell phone companies that have integrated googleware? Who knows, but if this it true, their backsides might be feeling a bit sore. Ya know, I used to be warm and fuzzy about the big G, but now I’m not so sure. They are saving all of our e-mails (with Gmail), no doubt turning Google Earth into some kinda visual tracking whatever, and if this is true, will be listening in on (and recording) every conversation we ever have. I can see it now, voice recognition knows what you are saying, Google then jumps into the conversation mimicking the person you were talking to, and then tries to convince you to buy some pill to decrease the angle of your dangle. Scintillating. You can read stories about this here, here, and here. I’m sure its all over the place by now. Just search for it, gulp, on Google.

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Bush countdown clock! (get one for your blog)

August 27, 2007

Arrrrrrgh! Crap on a stick. Due to the limitations of the free blog (I suspect), WP keeps stripping out the code needed to show the clock. Well, this was certainly anticlimactic. Maybe I should migrate over to blogbspot (I know it works with them). Its still cool though, so clearly you need to go here.

The NFL and Michael Vick

August 24, 2007

Perhaps its that tiny shred of innocence that is still left in me that is so shocked at the apparent lack of concern the NFL seems to be displaying for the brutality that Vick has now admitted to. At what point do we loose that innocence? That part of you that shy’s away from the evils of man. I actually heard a news story in which they played a blurb from one of the sports shows in Atlanta. One of the hosts actually said that he didn’t care what Vick did and that if he owned a team, and if Vick was cut from the Falcons, that he would pay whatever it took to get him. I’m left wondering if it is possible for there to be any more of a worthless person than this individual (I wish I remember his name). I suppose it is possible that he was simply trying to drum up the ratings, but does that make his statements any more acceptable? What would Vick have to do before that poster child for abortion says enough is enough? But I digress. It seems to me that what the NFL is really waiting for is to see how much marketability Vick still has. Of course, their official line is that they want to see how the gambling charges play out. Gambling?… Gambling? In the list of obscenities that Vick has admitted to, gambling is what the NFL is focused on? Could it be that they are focused on this because there is more legal wiggle room? It certainly appears that Vick’s defense team understands this. They are trying to pacify the prosecution by admitting to the lesser charge while fighting tooth and nail on the gambling. Basically saying, “Accept what we are giving you or we will make this as expensive as we can for the taxpayers.” Let’s say he does wiggle out (his defense is saying that while he financed the gambling, he never participated in or benefited from the gambling itself). What should do the NFL do? Allow him to continue to play? Basically sanctioning his behavior much like the Senate sanctioned the sexual overtures Mark Foley made to Congressional Pages? Beating, drowning, hanging, and electrocuting any animal (not so sure about plants) in and of itself should be the only provocation the NFL needs. The cynic in me says that the NFL and that radio host are just as bastardly as Vick. I’m still trying to hold on to that shred of innocence, but the older I get, the more fleeting it becomes.

Just fix the damn thing already!!

August 13, 2007

You know, with all the jackass heming and hawing NASA has done about the damaged tiles on the space shuttle, they could have sent someone out there to either repair or replace them by now. Argh! This reminds me of those stories you occasionally hear like, some one is trapped in a car or falls into a river and it takes forever and a day for rescuers to pop the door open or throw a rope. Boneheads! (Although they do seem able to keep the flashing lights on the entire time) I heard one of the “officials” say that the tiles were very fragile and so they needed to be very careful. What?! So I’m to believe that with all the advancements in ceramic science, they haven’t been able come up with a tougher tile? And wouldn’t this have been factored in when they were coming up with the protocols for fixing/replacing these things? Sounds to me like a few people are at NASA are, how shall we say, drunk?

Knut says, "Do these pants make me look fat?"

August 6, 2007

So it looks like obesity isn’t only contagious among humans. Apparently it has found a way of jumping species and has now gone after cuddly Knut! After a life of lounging around, snacking on croissants all day (his most favorite delicacy), this ~132 pound, eight month ball of fur has, well, become quite worldly without the use of a passport. Yep. This polar bear is now a porker. To add insult to injury, zoo keepers don’t know exactly how heavy he really is because the scales in his enclosure don’t go up that high. It’s actually quite common for zoo animals to get a little chubby since they don’t face the rigors of having a real job, but I guess for Knuty, the double chin can’t be ignored anymore. So just how does one get a man-killer to shed some of his offending insulation? Atkins? South Beach? No, nothing so drastic. For now, all snacks are gone, just three squares a day (as oppose to four), and a diet of porridge, meat, and cod liver oil (hmm, cod liver oil).

Did you know that back on April 19th, Knut had a death threat hurled at him? Who knew he was a bear of international intrigue? Is he a Russian dissident? Perhaps a former KGB officer? The note sent to the zoo said, “Knut is dead! Thursday noon.” The police, while not looking for anyone specific, did take the threat seriously. The security guards were increased from five to fifteen and there was even an officer hiding behind a boulder overlooking the enclosure. Soo, it wasn’t the free flow of croissants after all. By the way, has anyone seen that guy recently?

Gotta hankering to rob a bank? Then you need to go to…

August 5, 2007

Hessmer Louisiana. This tinny town of ~650 people has two police cars. Well, they used to anyway. Actually, I guess technically they still do. Problem is that neither of them works. One was in a wreck and the other must be union because it just upped and stopped working last Sunday. And due to some crazy law, the police can’t answer calls in personal vehicles. Looks like Christmas has come early to all the scofflaws out there. Apparently there is more to the story than just a funny little blurb. Turns out that the city got $100,000 from insurance to either repair or replace the first cruiser and have been sitting on the money for around two months or so. In an effort to coax the city government to get off their duffs, Hessmer’s police chief, Mack Villemarette, put a large sign outside of the station saying, “Village of Hessmer: the only police car is broken. If you need assistance contact the mayor and council.” Even more amusing when you consider that neither knew he was going to do it. Has anyone seen my robbin’ mask?