Archives for: "August 2008"

Aug/30
2008
Yet another example of people being a mite bit sensitive . . . and taking things the wrong way . . . SACRAMENTO — Colusa County officials are defending their display at the California State Fair after a black couple complained that a caricature of a… more »
Aug/25
2008

Theortical

Said it before, so I'll keep it short and simple. When scientists say it's a theory, that doesn't mean it's untested. Common usage and scientific usage of the word are different. Scientific theories don't become scientific laws. Theories explain laws.… more »
Aug/25
2008

Religion and Government

I have very specific views on the role religion should have on our government. None. In my ideal world, the role of religion in the governance of a country should be exactly 'none'. But I'm not totally unsympathetic to the plight of my theistic… more »
Aug/23
2008
Try telling any pet owner that their beloved "child" is just an animal. Now try it when that pet is dying. Officer Paul Stephens of San Marcos Police told Michael Gonzalez just that after Mr. Gonzalez was pulled over for speeding. From the Houston… more »
Aug/22
2008

RE:

Here's a tip for communication with Roulette. 'Re:' should not be used as a replacement for the word 'about'. For example, "Rou, re: your message re: Client A, I sent you an email with all of the details" See... that's fucking stupid. I have no doubt… more »
Aug/21
2008
We've all seen them. Kids we'd like to throw over our knee and swat their bottom's good while their parents seem to not even be aware that their little darlings are being beasties. But nobody is allowed to spank a kid anymore . . . or are they? From… more »
Aug/20
2008
Seen this morning on the commute in: Black Harley Black helmet with fire-graphics Black leather jacket Black Sunglasses Tan Dockers Green and Beige (with purple piping) argyle socks How can I put this... "Dude, people can still see you from the waist… more »
Aug/16
2008
The hypocrisy is so thick you can cut it with a sawsall with Bush pointing the finger at Russia. "You bad! Bad nation! You invaded someone!" Har. We've been in Iraq for how fucking long and he has the nerve to point a finger at Russia? Oh come on now.… more »
Aug/16
2008
A Texas school district has decided that it's a good thing to have guns in schools. In fact it's such a good idea that teachers should be allowed to carry concealed. Thus anyone who wants to kill someone doesn't need to bring their own gun to school -… more »
Aug/16
2008

It rolls down hill

Recently a small city near me had unprecedented flooding. Cars floated away, residents needed to evacuated by boat in some instances. They literally had minutes to react and grab what they could. A stream that had run through the area had long ago been… more »
Aug/15
2008

Sayonara Seymour(s)

Man but they've been dropping by the wayside as of late, different douchebags that I've had the fine privilege of spending my time on. In the end it turns out that most people are just willing to take for granted, rather than needing to give as well as… more »
Aug/15
2008
Any experienced commuter knows that its better to be second in line to merge than first. Why? Well for those less experienced it's a simple fact of science, that the person in the back will have the opportunity to merge before the person ahead of them.… more »
Aug/14
2008
Denise Withee dumped nearly two dozen dogs in an Iowa corn field. All but three were dead and those died a short time later. They died of neglect, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Who was this awful woman who was dumped dog carcasses to be found by an… more »
Aug/14
2008
The Spanish Olympic basketball team did something rather silly - they posed making their eyes squinty before heading off to Beijing. Some in this country view it as a slam to their Chinese hosts. Some say that if the American basketball team did they… more »
Aug/09
2008
The following story about how East Hampton is broke brought back a flood of memories: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,400581,00.html You see, I grew up on Long Island's east end. My dad was a commercial fisherman. I worked at a McDonald's in the… more »
Aug/09
2008

Priorities

So... yesterday was a big day in news. You just have to open up the front page of CNN, MSNBC or Fox news and you can see a couple of big stories. Olympics are starting, and we have a swimmer who could win eight... yes EIGHT gold metals. Wow. John… more »
Aug/08
2008
Imagine coming home to find a package on your front step. A package you don't expect because you never ordered anything. Furthermore, it's not your birthday or a holiday that you would expect a gift for. So what is this strange package? You take it in… more »
Aug/06
2008
After Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses", publisher's have become a bit squeamish. Now that squeamishness reaches into academia. From the Wall Street Journal: Starting in 2002, Spokane, Wash., journalist Sherry Jones toiled weekends on a racy historical… more »
Aug/05
2008
It's not "white collar" crime, it's "gold collar" crime. I'm talking about people like Richard F. Syron, the chief executive of Freddie Mac. He's put away $38 million since 2003 and yet when he was told that the current business decisions were dangerous… more »
Aug/05
2008
Muslims find it "acceptable" to marry girls as infants and toddlers, not to mention elementary and middle school ages away to men who can be decades their seniors. "Isn't it better to marry his daughter to a man with whom she can stay and who can… more »
Aug/04
2008
When you start forgetting how many you have: JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli couple going on a European vacation remembered to take their duty-free shopping and their 18 suitcases, but forgot their 3-year-old daughter at the airport, police said Monday.… more »
Aug/04
2008
"But honestly Dear, all I did was follow the recipe!.." LONDON (AP) -- A British celebrity chef says he's sorry for mistakenly recommending a deadly plant as a tasty salad ingredient. Anthony Worrall Thompson says he meant to suggest using the weed fat… more »
Aug/03
2008

Hindsight

“So when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God.” “In my administration, we will ask not only what is… more »
Aug/03
2008
Last week, the organizers of the Beijing Olympics announced that they had set up a “gender determination lab” to test female athletes suspected of being male. “Experts” at the lab will evaluate athletes based on their physical appearance and take blood… more »
Aug/03
2008
Again, a great article spurred my thinking: The Urge to Merge by Cynthia Gorney made me reminisce over a situation I find myself in more often than not... people who cut in during traffic jams. I'm not about to take the 'high road' (heh) here. I *have*… more »
Aug/02
2008
I read the Times. I read the Times a lot actually. I was damn surprised at an article "Ditch the Gas Guzzler? Well Maybe Not Yet." I was curious. I expected some scientific, mathematical reasoning that could suggest that the SUV wasn't the fuel-waster,… more »
Aug/01
2008
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided Federal Communications Commission has ruled that Comcast Corp. violated federal policy when it blocked Internet traffic for some subscribers and has ordered the cable giant to change the way it manages its network. In a… more »