Archives for: "June 2010"

Jun/30
2010
We're at a local Japanese restaurant for dinner, not super-posh but nicer than average. Two tables away is a gaggle of three generations: Great-Granmama, the new parents, new Grandparents and the new (several weeks at most) baby. Frankly a restaurant,… more »
Jun/30
2010
In the Times-sponsored blog "You're The Boss" which deals with small entrepreneurs and business owners Adriana Gardella propounds on a business owned by a minority woman who would bring along "men" for cred in meetings. This week, I spoke to Ms. Warrior… more »
Jun/30
2010
These poor people probably got pretty pukey on the flight and it had NOTHING to do with the ride... ATLANTA (AP) -- Maggots falling from an overhead bin from a spoiled container of meat forced a US Airways flight to return to the gate so the bin could… more »
Jun/30
2010
They're at it again. And I'm referring to the fucking town of Wilmington. Last year I posted on the debacle they created out of a major route by blocking it off for their 4th festivities. This year they started even earlier. Almost a full fucking week… more »
Jun/30
2010

Show of Hands

Here's the question: How angry can you get at someone texting in traffic jam? Just curious... more »
Jun/30
2010
Williamsburg Brooklyn is an area where many Hasidic Jews live. For those that do not know, Hasidic Judaism is very conservative - Unrelated women and men do not fraternize, the adherents dress very modestly. They would most certainly not be out in… more »
Jun/30
2010
I saw an editorial/blog about tattoos on Times Union newspaper website called: Tattoo you? You'll be sorry! The author thought that young people getting tattoos will regret them in their old age (something about tucking the butterfly on one's boobs in… more »
Jun/29
2010
No shit. You can't make this stuff up. Just read it. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An 87-year-old grandmother who was Tasered by police while hooked to an oxygen machine in her bed is suing her Oklahoma hometown. [...] Varner's grandson called 911 on Dec. 22… more »
Jun/29
2010
Sean Harrington of Arlington, MA, wanted to have the pledge of allegiance said in his high school and American flags displayed in the classrooms. He succeeded at the later, but a tie vote by the school administration has nixed the former. Although… more »
Jun/29
2010
Well it's 2010 and things have more or less evened out between the genders, in promotion, pay, recognition, at work and at... well no maybe *not* at home. Image courtesy of the NY Times Yes Ladies you're still Dick-slaves. I hope he got you a big ol'… more »
Jun/29
2010
They being "The Great Unemployed." WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Republicans citing concerns about the growing national debt, the House rejected a bill Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for long stretches. [...]… more »
Jun/29
2010
So all that hand wringing about the effect that this administration would have on gun owners and their rights turned out to be a reprise of Henny Penny after all. And to all the people who bought into that schlock: when will you people learn that you're… more »
Jun/29
2010
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A rare white elephant has been captured in the jungles of northwestern Myanmar, a mostly Buddhist country where the animals are considered good omens, state media reported Tuesday. [...] The newspaper did not say where the… more »
Jun/28
2010
Honestly there isn't much more to add here. Please be warned, if you work in any sort of scientific, mathematic or computer-oriented profession you may want to cup your jaw with both hands to prevent injury before reading the quote below. You've been… more »
Jun/28
2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit that accuses the Vatican of conspiring with U.S. church officials to transfer a priest from city to city despite repeated accusations that the clergyman sexually abused young people. The high… more »
Jun/28
2010
Imagine you just found out that your kid posted a nasty clip on YouTube belittling on of her peers. What would you do? I mean most parents with a sense of ethos and civility (which hopefully we want pass on to our children) would do a lot of things, the… more »
Jun/27
2010
Actually that's a nice way to put it. Because the truth is far, far uglier. Read on... PEKIN, Ill. (AP) -- For days before he died in a federal prison, Adam Montoya pleaded with guards to be taken to a doctor, pressing a panic button in his cell over… more »
Jun/27
2010
He showed up to class wearing a skin-tight spandex shirt. The good news was that he almost had the body to carry it off. The bad news was that the nipple piercing was pretty fucking obvious and NOT, I repeat NOT a welcome vision. Ugh. Bletch. Spit.… more »
Jun/27
2010
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country and Syria both view the United States and Israel as enemies. Chavez made the remark Sunday as Syrian President Bashar Assad concluded a visit to Venezuela. Chavez said ''we… more »
Jun/27
2010
I watched Spartacus over the weekend. It was the 1960 original on DVD. In the middle there was an "Intermission". I vaguely remember intermissions from my youth. It is a pleasantry that has disappeared from our society. It was a time when even people… more »
Jun/27
2010

World Cup Fail

So, the US team failed in the final 16. Which isn't too bad for a country that really doesn't care much beyond every 4 years. But for a moment, accept a couple things. I enjoy soccer as a sport. Even for the other 3 years. Not as much as football, but… more »
Jun/27
2010

Pray harder

Pray. That's the solution many people have to the BP spill. The President said as much in his Oval Office speech. Louisiana said as much when it designated an entire day to praying to clean up the spill. Countless people claim that their prayers are… more »
Jun/26
2010
Evidently some people are having signal problems with their latest Apple toy - The iPhone 4. Apple has now reached fully into the "Were perfect it's the user that is flawed" mentality that brings down mighty companies. Apple, like the little kid who was… more »
Jun/26
2010
The "Pro-Life" prominently portray their agenda as being against abortion. However, the public should not be fooled because if they ever succeed and abolish abortion, contraception is next target. They take the whole "go forth and multiply" way to… more »
Jun/26
2010
For most of us it's a time of tight pockets and little cash. Most of us... excepting the grand and great political institutions. They're standing beside the road with huge baskets of money ready, willing and hot to spend. WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a… more »
Jun/26
2010
I already posted about this yesterday but the tidbits about Vatican theatrics keep rolling in. It's terribly amusing. VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican on Saturday stepped up its criticism of raids carried out by Belgian police investigating priestly sex… more »
Jun/25
2010
Moving up day. I couldn't help but notice that one neatly dressed mother showed up with her bluetooth ear-piece firmly implanted. It stayed wedged in place during the speeches, presentations and commencement ceremony. She couldn't even unplug herself… more »
Jun/25
2010
If someone offers a reward for a tip "leading to the capture" of a wanted criminal they they're obliged to pay up. Only Crimeline doesn't want to. They've decided to use a shitty little slight of hand to stiff some guy of his $5k. Here's the blurb:… more »
Jun/25
2010
The Vatican is pissed that the world isn't respecting their self-assumed immunity any more. And they're scared. I'll bet that tons of documents with evidence of abuse, naming names and dates, are currently being shredded as you read this. On Thursday,… more »
Jun/24
2010
I love it, I just love it. It's news like this that give me real hope for the future of world peace... President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took a break from bilateral meetings at the White House on Thursday to make a burger run.… more »
Jun/24
2010

Cost of ignorance

Whooping cough is entirely preventable. You get a course of vaccinations from 2 to 6 months and you're safe. So it's amazing to me that California has had over 900 cases so far this year. That's 4 times more than last year. If the pace of infection… more »
Jun/23
2010
You read it. One day next month every student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles will awake to a higher grade point average. But it’s not because they are all working harder. The school is retroactively inflating its grades, tacking on 0.333 to every… more »
Jun/23
2010
He cost a general his career and possibly more American lives by disabling our strategy (debates on how effective can be taken elsewhere) in Afghanistan. Will the war take longer? Probably yes. And with that "probably" are more soldiers lives and their… more »
Jun/23
2010

Ringtone Remediation

It never fails. A person steps away from their desk and like magic the phone rings. I had one officemate where it was like clockwork, accurate over 90% of the time. I accept that it's a demonstration of entropy, a corollary to Murphy's Law. But then… more »
Jun/23
2010
U235's post on the CSPI prompted me to look at their website. One of the comments stated: "It makes me feel better knowing an impartial, objective organization like CSPI is there, holding the food industry's feet to the fire and providing unbiased… more »
Jun/22
2010
Oh what a waste of time and money. It's a fabulous world we live in where people can get together and call themselves a "scientific center" with no authority, validation or credentials. The Center for Science in the Public Interest is the latest flavor… more »
Jun/22
2010

Too Young To Understand

I don't get it. At fourteen, surrounded by friends her own age or younger what is a pregnant girl going to know? Putting her in jail just doesn't make any sense to me. HOUSTON (AP) -- Police have arrested a 14-year-old girl who they believe gave birth… more »
Jun/21
2010
"hahaha some asswipe just compared my MBA to his playing WoW for five years" hmmm. Yeah. There is a slight possibility that the WoW veteran may have contributed more to society than Mr. MBA. In this economy, WoW vet might have more marketable skills… more »
Jun/21
2010
I thought my old-rig's gaming days were over. Every new game was dog-bone, lagtastic. I couldn't do dick. I mean yeah the CPU is over 4 years old, but the card is pretty new and I just thought "well, ok, it's about time but ow - I just don't want to… more »
Jun/21
2010
From cnn.com (caution to men- you may wince if you read further): South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse. "She looked at me… more »
Jun/21
2010
Yup, I put that puppy right on top of the pile of projects, some mine, some from a person that ditched them. I'll just tell all those folks calling for stuff that I have to read an incomplete report first. Yeah, I was bored and wanted some light-hearted… more »
Jun/20
2010
Your man loves you and he loves to ride. Two wheels for him are better than four and you spend a lot of time on the back of his bike, bumping along on that (hopefully) softail. But something's nagging you... you're not really certain if you're his… more »
Jun/19
2010
I'm at the light, first in line. Once again, for the second time this week, someone on a motorcycle cuts from the back of the line to "share" my spot. This time it's a cruiser-type-retard with his bare armed, bare legged girlfriend on the back. Being… more »
Jun/19
2010
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire sex offender is asking the state's highest court to allow him to go to church with a chaperone.[...] The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and Perfetto maintain the chaperone would eliminate any risk to children.… more »
Jun/19
2010
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- Social services has removed three children from a home in Jackson County where 100 dead cats were found in a nonfunctioning freezer. Sheriff Duane Waldera said filthy conditions and feces from another 17 live cats caused… more »
Jun/18
2010

Left Turn Purgatory

I've had it, I've really fucking had enough. I'm sick to death of people not knowing when they can make a left turn or, even worse, putting themselves in charge of traffic flow. THE RULES OF THE ROAD EXIST FOR A REASON PEOPLE. Goddamned but life would… more »
Jun/17
2010
Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to see the controversial ad "the wedding" that depicted soccer fans in a Catholic like church. The ad was aired for the FIFA 2010. The ad sounded quite amusing, where pizza substitutes for wafers (beer for wine?)… more »
Jun/17
2010
BOSTON — Amy Bishop, the biology professor accused of killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, this year, was indicted Wednesday in the death of her brother in 1986 at their home outside Boston. It's sad that it took a bunch of… more »
Jun/17
2010
It's the latest slap from Verizon and it's really fucking twisted. Remember the "new every two" concept where the cell user is entitled to a new phone every two years (about the time the service plan runs out)? Well, they still kinda, sorta, quasi have… more »
Jun/17
2010
Guy pulled a new one on me today. On the way home from work, rush hour and all, behind a long line of cars inching our way up to the traffic light. Suddenly some guy on a beat-to-shit dual sport comes up next to mine. "Heeey, that's a really nice bike,… more »
Jun/17
2010
Another movie based on Cleopatra may be in the works and the author of the book "'Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life" thinks Angelina Jolie would be a fine choice for the lead. However there are those lamenting that the three major motion picture… more »
Jun/17
2010
Teeny tiny, like you might see a toy soldier holding. Eight year old David Morales wanted to honor our troops for crazy hat day. So he took a camo hat and attached a flag and several toy soldiers. Toy soldiers - the ones that are about two inches high… more »
Jun/17
2010
Alternatively, maybe God's favorite team lost and they're a little bit pissy about the sculpture's pose? Regardless, doesn't seem like the best idea to rebuild it. MONROE, Ohio (AP) -- An artist who designed an Ohio church's giant statue of Jesus that… more »
Jun/16
2010
Her theory? Kids are all better off if they're not allowed to have "best friends." But increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: Should a child really have a best… more »
Jun/16
2010

Disney Dresses Down

Only not really. Maybe circa 1950 it's dressing down, but not today, not really. Walt Disney Co. adopted a new dress code that absolves women working at the company's theme parks from having to wear pantyhose when dressing in skirts, said Disneyland… more »
Jun/16
2010

Me-Fucking-Raow

That's exactly what I would say if ~I were a cat under these circumstances... BARRE, Vt. (AP) -- A clause in a city law that requires cats to be on leashes has sparked a hissing match among fans of free-roaming felines.[...] Cities around the country… more »
Jun/15
2010
I dub her "the stupidest fucking cunt alive." Dressed in a silver gray summer motorcycle jacket, and helmet (from the waist up) and capris pants with flip flops (from the waist down) this twat must have been more than a little confused when she got on… more »
Jun/15
2010
Occasionally I'll see a car that makes me sit up and cringe. Today I have a new name to add to the stable of fugly: The Kia Soul. While this picture doesn't entirely do it justice, seeing it meander past in bile-barf metallic green does (actually the… more »
Jun/14
2010
When it's a headliner in the Times you know it's got the Mainstream Seal of Approval: Once Just a Site With Funny Cat Pictures, and Now a Web Empire. Mr. Huh, a 32-year-old entrepreneur, first became aware of I Can Has Cheezburger, which pairs photos of… more »
Jun/14
2010

Vuvuzelas Of The Damned

What is a vuvuzela? It's an annoyingly loud noisemaker that South Africa would have you believe is a "cultural expression." One has to wonder how they're going to react when no other sports event will be willing to host tournaments in their country… more »
Jun/14
2010
Authorities say a 74-year-old Boise woman arrested after pouring mayonnaise in the Ada County library's book drop box is a person of interest in at least 10 other condiment-related crimes. Honey there's a better way to clean out your fridge, just trust… more »
Jun/14
2010
Woman says the reason why she had a goat, bound and crammed in a scorching car trunk was because "she is from the United Kingdom and transporting goats in this manner was acceptable there." When asked what was in the trunk, the driver said she bought a… more »
Jun/14
2010
I'm annoyed. Ok, maybe more than annoyed, I'm angry. The latest stupidity in education today (and yes there are lots of these) is the co-opting of the term Engineering for teaching kids science basics. Engineering sounds cool (although they don't get… more »
Jun/13
2010
Rush marries golddigger that's 50% younger, that I can believe. That Rush had Elton sing at his ceremony? Ok, wtf? It's wedding bells for Rush Limbaugh – for the fourth time. The conservative firebrand, 59, exchanged vows with Kathryn Rogers – a blond… more »
Jun/13
2010
Linda Hathaway, if that's even her real name, posted a comment back in November. It was on a post called: Hopefully Rascell Williams Will Someday Die Screaming. Linda's quote went something like this: "why worry when it was only a kitten?" Well Linda… more »
Jun/13
2010
have funerals for still births or late term miscarriages? Honestly, it's a "baby" right? A baby means its person (with a soul), right? Don't churches have funerals for people who die no matter what the age? Just thought I'd ask. more »
Jun/13
2010
Ok, maybe not dress, maybe Sari, but still the message is the same: Who died and made you a pundit on women's issues? In his "op-ed" piece The Year of the (Pro-Life) Woman, Rammey tries to put forward the notion that Pro-Life women are making a… more »
Jun/13
2010
The New York Times recently ran a piece titled "How Much Would You Spend on a Sick Pet?" (by U235 "favorite" contributor Tara Parker-Pope). Some people claim they spent or would spend quite a bit of money. There were many that cited the amount would be… more »
Jun/13
2010
What kind of person deliberately inflicts pain upon an innocent animal. Particularly one with little means to fight back? Wayne C. Brackett is one of those people. Douche Brackett broke into a construction company and brutally killed a little girls pet… more »
Jun/12
2010

He Has Knife, She Has Gun

The mere fact that someone is disabled shouldn't even be mentioned when they're coming at you with a knife. Yet in the case of a policewoman in NYC it's suddenly a big deal. How disabled was this guy? Well, besides the fact that his right hand was was… more »
Jun/12
2010
The line, as famously exclaimed by the Disney antagonist Yzma, was about the Emperor Kuzco. Kuzco, an impulsive, immature, childish, self-centered brat will hardly be missed, was her theory as she and her henchman planned to poison the young ruler. For… more »
Jun/12
2010
I hate remoras. Not the fish, but the human equivalent. These are people who take an event and co-opt it for their own uses. The whole incident in Israel is a prime example. American philanthropists put together a boat of food and supplies as a… more »
Jun/12
2010
This is the whole thing from foxnews.com German official: Poland arrests alleged Mossad agent in connection with Hamas slaying in Dubai. Also, could the number of entities involved be more dysfunctional? more »
Jun/11
2010
If you're in the military and stationed abroad, if you get pregnant you are fucking SOL. Because your career is over. Nice way to support women in the services you fucking republican assholes. The Army and the Marine Corps do not make public how many… more »
Jun/11
2010

B'Adios

Eric Balderas, 19, who just completed his first year at Harvard, said he was detained Monday by immigration authorities when he tried to board a plane from his hometown of San Antonio to Boston using a consulate card from Mexico and his student ID.… more »
Jun/11
2010
I was standing around the other day when someone made some offhand comment: "Yeah, it's all about timing really..." So I added the catchphrase of the day quietly at the end "That's what she said." The people nearest me heard and chuckled. One of the two… more »
Jun/11
2010
Well it's clearly summertime again, and the clothing is getting smaller as the days are getting warmer. More than once in the past few weeks I've seen my fellow commuters lose their focus on the road when a shapely, bouncy or bosomy figure sauntered by.… more »
Jun/10
2010
The actual article is called Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price. It's written for the Times by one Matt Richtel. Richtel, for my money, is yet another jackass in the same mold of Tara P-Dope, someone who loves to pander to Times readers with… more »
Jun/10
2010
Before I begin let me say Goddamn but I think the Camaro is one hawt ticket. I have friends that describe it otherwise, but for some reason its lines just appeal to me. When I type "camaro" into google - the top hit lists as: 2010 Chevy Camaro Site… more »
Jun/10
2010
So you think Americans have provided “a crude, bigoted, xenophobic display of partisan, political, presidential petulance against a multinational company”, that company being your precious BP? Well Lord Fancy-Twat you ain't heard nothin' yet, so let me… more »
Jun/10
2010
I'm talking not just to BP but to our own government. In the first few weeks after the oil rig explosion, BP kept a tight lid on images of the oil leaking into the gulf. Even when it released the first video of the spewing oil on May 12, it provided… more »
Jun/10
2010
Headline: "Iran Warns of ‘Reduced’ Ties With U.N. Inspectors" Reaction: Um, who cares? Considering any so-called ties are fairly ephemeral to begin with, it's hard to imagine them as being anything less. 50% of nothing is still nothing. more »
Jun/09
2010
Hitler was known for his obsession of art. He was a frustrated artist himself. Now a portrait of him is on display at the Marblehead Arts Association. The portrait by Gage Delprete is part of a collection and several of the portraits are of people, real… more »
Jun/09
2010
I find some people's comments on flyers in poor taste. Someone went to the trouble of making a flyers trying to find homes for several cats. A flyer was placed on the refrigerator at work. The elderly person who had cared for the cats had been placed in… more »
Jun/08
2010
It's almost as if BP stands for Bi-Polar. These AP bulletins were released within 10 minutes of each other. (Filed at 4:46 p.m. ET) NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP PLC says it will donate money from selling the oil recovered in the Gulf of Mexico spill to… more »
Jun/08
2010
The entire stack of Banana Pudding Cakes were, today, gone from the vending machine. So I did a little Googling and found the maker (something I'd neglected to look at during my distraction with the zombie-fresh pallor of the dainty delight). See they… more »
Jun/08
2010
In New York State there is an agency called the Office of Mental Retardation or Developmental Disabilities", OMRDD for short. Because "retard" and its derivations are now on the PC do not say list, there is a push to rename the agency. "Retardation" has… more »
Jun/08
2010
Looking at comments to news stories has become a bit of a hobby. Sometimes the comments delve into the absurd. And sometimes the comments are more entertaining than the article. Some are just stupid, some feel the need to spam their drivel. This time I… more »
Jun/07
2010
Ya gotta love it. A video game where... aw hell the article does a better job so just read their description. Take it away Seth Schiesel... Hey Baby, a Web game, features a female pedestrian with a gun. Developed by the New York artist and producer… more »
Jun/07
2010
Her suggested solution to the hemorrhaging well in the Gulf is eloquent in its simplicity. By placing multiple tires around a smaller pipe inserted in the leaky pipe. Then inflate the tires, and forcing flow into the smaller pipe. This would create a… more »
Jun/07
2010
I was reading a blog and I came across a post that triggered some memories. Coming from a very conservative and restrictive religious background with its own religious rituals, this post about fasting at the-f-word struck a cord. It is interesting how… more »
Jun/07
2010
Camping quietly on the bottom shelf of the vending machine: "Banana Pudding Cakes"? I don't know what they are, but for me they hold a morbid curiosity. The wrapping calls them "Banana Pudding Cakes" and they look like normal Hostess Cupcakes, but with… more »
Jun/07
2010
Firmly in the category of "Ya snooze, ya loose" we have this little snippet. BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- After a Tennessee police department let its website expire, the site was snatched up by a new owner -- a man who uses it to gripe about traffic… more »
Jun/07
2010
Helen Thomas, the Grande Dame of the White House press corps put her low-heeled shoe in it the other day by speaking her mind. Instead of nodding and accepting the fact that at her age it pays to speak bluntly, the White House tsk-tsk'ed and dismissed… more »
Jun/07
2010
I was out doing the Saturday morning errands this past weekend. I drive into a parking garage near one of my destinations, like I do most Saturdays. I follow the arrows and go the way they indicate, which is one-way. Mind you one-way is not convenient,… more »
Jun/06
2010
The original article dealt with the commercial and psychological aspects of the Build-A-Baby business on parents and offspring. Of course not all of it was good news. But in the post-mortem letters to the Editor on the piece, one letter stands out more… more »
Jun/06
2010
I was engaged in my favorite MMORP and a notorious player who claims to hail from South Africa was in the chat channel asking what people thought about Fifa 2010. Then the debate ensured. I will say this much, the only thing worse than American Football… more »
Jun/05
2010
Not all Op-Ed writers for the Times suck as hard as Tara. In fact some of them are pretty damn incise. Take Charley here and his piece highlighting the fact that Gays are now accepted by more than 50% of our society. 1. For the first time, the… more »
Jun/05
2010
When it's BP's "cap". HOUSTON — A cap placed over a leaking well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico has recovered about 6,000 barrels during the first 24 hours it has been in operation, Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard said Saturday morning.… more »
Jun/05
2010
Now Egypt is getting into the "Stupider than Thou" act... CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld a ruling that orders the country's Interior Ministry to strip the citizenship from Egyptians married to Israeli women. Um, wasn't it… more »