Archives for: "July 2010"

Jul/31
2010
The simple, unvarnished answer? Because they can. “They threw out far more workers and hours than they lost output,” said Professor Sum. “Here’s what happened: At the end of the fourth quarter in 2008, you see corporate profits begin to really take off,… more »
Jul/31
2010
The economy sucks. States have no money in their budgets. Everything is dripping red ink. The net result is that expenses have to be cut, but... money to support the disabled, something you think would be a measure of last resort, is amongst the first… more »
Jul/31
2010
After 90 minutes of driving west, directly into the un-visored setting sun (eyes squinched, sun glasses utterly worthless, with no vision other than 30 frames-per-sec of high contrast outlines) I couldn't care less that you're driving behind me with… more »
Jul/31
2010
Driving upstate NY I suddenly find that a major intersection - connecting an interstate and a highway has been closed. Seriously? So get this, to get on the interstate south (which merges with the route so it's both for a short period) you are required… more »
Jul/30
2010

Be Yourself

Please, just be yourself. If you're a Christian - be the best Goddamned Christian you can be. If you're a Satanist, by gum, wear that black and shave your eyebrows into wicked little points! If you're a drug-addict, reach for the highest high and the… more »
Jul/30
2010
An artist's life is supposed to suck. Supposedly suffering is part of our condition, fermenting the creative juices that might otherwise fail to froth. But as far as I understood (since none of this is exactly written down anywhere) it was only supposed… more »
Jul/30
2010
From an article in the times Strange Cargo at Kennedy Airport comes this tasty little concept: Cow manure Tooth Powder. Who knew? And really, who wanted to know? I'm pretty sure I didn't... more »
Jul/29
2010
The 14th Amendment of the Constitution grants citizenship to those born in this country. Some lawmakers are considering denying this right to children born to illegal aliens. Although unlikely to pass, that kind of modification to the Constitution… more »
Jul/29
2010

Facebook Fuktoid

Yes Fukt. Past tense of Fucked. It works, trust me. Because you can say "I am fucked." Now you can also say "I was fukt" meaning the state of having been fucked in the past. ...[Facebook] was found to be one of the least popular private-sector companies… more »
Jul/29
2010

Gotta Love Th' Ruskies

They know how to negotiate with terrorists. They're right up there with the Israelis, probably vying for the same trial times. MOSCOW (AP) -- A man briefly hijacked a plane at a Moscow airport on Thursday, holding 105 passengers hostage on the ground… more »
Jul/29
2010
They said "Attend? Hahahahaha. No." WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he didn't make the guest list for Chelsea Clinton's wedding. It wasn't because he wasn't invited, hell who wouldn't want the President at their wedding? The Secret… more »
Jul/29
2010
I have met him and I am in awe. Squiggly lines with no markings. Graphs with no labels that can and do mean whatever the speaker chooses (but not what the audience thinks.) And over an hour on one graph that had lines, boxes, dots, letters (more than… more »
Jul/29
2010
After what seemed like a touchdown for conservatives, the situation has whiplashed back turning into a net loss for everyone. At the heart of the matter is the question of responsibility, integrity and the speed of information. SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ousted… more »
Jul/29
2010
Against the laws of good taste? Yes. But those of the state? Newp. NEW YORK (AP) -- Wearing saggy pants is not a crime, just foolish. That's how a New York City judge ruled in throwing out a summons issued to a man wearing low-slung pants that exposed… more »
Jul/29
2010

Gosh Could You Spare It?

Push. PushPushPushPush. Push. Seems kinky huh? But not really. I'm describing someone (me) trying to get something (soap) out of a dispenser (in the bathroom). And why precisely was I jamming on the button with such enthusiasm? Well because I wanted… more »
Jul/28
2010
Well there's a reason for those silly warning stickers. But apparently it doesn't deter some people from hurting themselves anyway. And, of course, when it happens? Well they're gonna sue, sue, sue! SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A California jury says… more »
Jul/28
2010
Not when it comes to cranky cats and cat carriers in my book. Let this be a lesson to those who don't agree... BANKS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police have taken the unusual step of issuing a missing cat alert for a feline that caused a car crash,… more »
Jul/27
2010
Jennifer Keeton is pursuing a master's degree in Georgia State's Counselor Education Program. She has had multiple incidents where she has expressed her beliefs that homosexuality and sexual identity that differs from one's chromosomes are lifestyle… more »
Jul/27
2010

I Hate Voicemail

I hate that people give one stinking phone number connected to voicemail. I hate that you're supposed to leave a message and not know whether the person has fallen off the face of the earth or is just away from their desk. I hate that there is no… more »
Jul/27
2010
Just because someone is a highly paid lecturer doesn't mean they're not a fucking asshole, or even worth listening to. That is all. more »
Jul/27
2010

Hock You

It's just gross, and I can't decide if it's just a nasty habit making a comeback or I've just encountered a lot of uncouth people in the recent days. The last example, yesterday, kept leaning out his car window and gobbing out one wad after another like… more »
Jul/27
2010
Yes they're back. Like two saggy bags of pizza dough on top of chopsticks pipe-stem (aka ultra-straight-leg) jeans are back. They looked crappy before and, surprisingly enough, look just as unflattering now. The backlash was about a decade of baggy-butt… more »
Jul/26
2010
It was 2am and the last few hours had been lost in the cold, tacky and cheerless safety of the porcelain god. Food poisoning, truly an experience in misery, where choices in self-medication are limited to That Which May Be Found Within Bolting Distance.… more »
Jul/25
2010
Clearly in the category "Waaaaaaaaah!" is this little tidbit: New VAIO goes through the typical masturbation ritual of updating everything in the world when it's first powered on. Sure, ok, whatever. Windows is out in front, installing over 32k separate… more »
Jul/25
2010
I had a broken motherboard. Found out it was under warranty. The manufacturer, EVGA, was more than happy to offer a replacement, even though it was 4 yrs old. Unfortunately, the replacement would not work with my existing processor and memory. So I had… more »
Jul/25
2010

Wretches

Timothy and Rebecca Wyland had a 7 month old baby, Alayna. The only good news is that the State of Oregon has her now. You see, Alayna, had a growth on her head, just above her left eye. It started out small, but grew to the size of a tennis ball. It… more »
Jul/24
2010

Brarent (Brat-Parent)

Vacation Day, Part Deux: Act 1, Scene 1 - road side lobster shack, diners seated outside on wooden picnic tables with colored umbrellas and clear plastic squeeze bottles of ketchup. Delicious smells waft from the stainless steel kitchen, all sorts of… more »
Jul/24
2010
I don't know what to call them, insecure? Desperate for attention? Just plain assholes who want to annoy you? They're the people who, when there's miles and miles of open sand to choose from, come and set up their camp less than two feet away. It's… more »
Jul/23
2010
It's what the parents choose to stock in their larder (as well as how much exercise they ensure their children get) that affects childhood obesity. Critics have long complained that standards used by food manufacturers to designate healthy foods… more »
Jul/23
2010
I liked my netbook. Read that sentence again and you'll notice the past tense. Liked. Not like. It was the right size, the right price, the right battery life. Everything about the form factor and design was spot-on. Except the operating system. It was… more »
Jul/23
2010

The Beep Is A Lie

Windows 7. As I'm setting it up I notice that the "beep" results in some frou-frou, bullshit, happy-me sound. Fuck that. I want a beep that's the aural equivalent of a hot-sauce enema. I want the DEFCON 5 alert sound. I want a bitch-smack at five am… more »
Jul/22
2010
A friend's kids play baseball in the Babe Ruth League. They buy their kids' uniforms. They pay a fee for the season. Basically the parents of the team members pay the lion's share to keep it going. From up keep to umpires, they fund it. The good things… more »
Jul/22
2010
The father of the ding dong ditch brat from my prior post is a blogger. Yes folks, here he is. http://blog.timesunion.com/madeo/ No wonder junior thinks harassing people is ok. Some might say he is better than me because he shows his face. Blah, blah,… more »
Jul/22
2010
So go away, screw off, die. more »
Jul/21
2010
It has all the elements of a fabulous joke, only I'm stumped for the right punchline. GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A truck rollover left about 200 frozen chickens strewn across the road in Montana.[...] Firefighters used a hose and shovels to push the… more »
Jul/21
2010
Why? I mean I'm minding my own business, standing in line, waiting patiently but somehow they find me. The Freaks. I just don't get it. I tend not to frequent big boxes because they're major markups, but I need a chunk of electronics for an event this… more »
Jul/21
2010
Daniel Van Plew was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. The charges were for tackling a 14-yr old in his yard, after 10 pm on Saturday night. The kid and three of his buddies thought it would be fun to skulk… more »
Jul/21
2010
Well I know what *I* think, but apparently other people think different... ADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative candidate from Wisconsin can't use a profane, racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot, an election oversight board decided… more »
Jul/21
2010
Apparently sex offenders in Nebraska can safely keep their fine art, coffee table books on the coffee table. Chokin' one off to the classics is considered to be a fundamental right. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A convicted sex offender can possess material… more »
Jul/21
2010
Case in point, man stuffs gun with toilet paper and then shoots at wife. Can it be considered as "assault with a deadly weapon"? Rockingham County Sheriff's Department spokesman Dean Venable told WGHP that the man loaded a black powder pistol with… more »
Jul/21
2010
...it's a trademark. A trademark? New York City's famous Naked Cowboy is headed to court to protect his trademark from the Naked Cowgirl. Robert Burck says Sandy Kane is damaging the brand he built through more than a decade of strumming his guitar… more »
Jul/21
2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Police arrested a man they said used a crucifix to pry open a donation box and steal cash from a Fort Lauderdale church. Surveillance video captured a 48-year-old man breaking into St. John the Baptist Catholic Church last… more »
Jul/21
2010
Nothing kicks my "INeedToPunchSomething" reflex faster than celebrity news. I resent the time, money and crass propaganda that reinforces the notion that these people are so much more valuable than the rest of us. They eat, sleep and shit like the rest… more »
Jul/20
2010
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pushed the Senate on Tuesday to pass long-stalled legislation that would make it easier for women to sue companies if they are paid less than men, a move that could aggravate tensions with business leaders.… more »
Jul/20
2010
The crux of the matter is if a mosque should be built on the site of the World Trade Center and the difficulty lies almost exclusively in the point of view. I understand the perspective of those who claim that such an edifice is an insult to those who… more »
Jul/20
2010
And I'd give him a triple-tip if he did! LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Ordering a pizza may have saved George Linn's life. Linn's wife says he had just gone into cardiac arrest Friday when the pizza deliveryman knocked on the door of their Colorado home to… more »
Jul/20
2010
Public servant, public hero... AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The mailman finished his afternoon deliveries in an unassuming way, betraying no sign that anything out of the ordinary had occurred save for the blood on his uniform and the cut on his lip. Back at the… more »
Jul/20
2010

A Case In Contrasts

Compare this snippet with the post on Jakob Schoetz below. MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a sexual abuse conviction of a former Jesuit priest who claimed he was falsely accused. In a 7-0 ruling on Tuesday, justices ruled… more »
Jul/20
2010
Quick question: When can someone molest preteen girls and get away with a suspended sentence and a paltry fine? Quick answer: Why when they're an emissary of God of course! BERLIN (AP) -- A court in southern Germany has convicted a Roman Catholic priest… more »
Jul/20
2010
And it's a respectable beverage for Muslims too! JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's top Islamic body declared Tuesday that Muslims can drink civet coffee -- the world's most expensive coffee, which is extracted from the dung of civet cats. A… more »
Jul/19
2010

Power Failure Failure

The power went out at work today. It was lunch time, or thereabouts, and without warning everything just went 'bleuuuuuuuooop'. There's a pause when this happens as all human activity ceases in stunned wonder. Like a hammer struck bovine we all gaped at… more »
Jul/19
2010
The Media is The Media. They, like everyone else, prefer to make money. So the Chinese Media put on a reality TV show that highlighted nearly the worst elements of human nature: dating. BEIJING — When viewers tuned into China’s most popular dating show… more »
Jul/19
2010
Progeny is fameux. Momma wants to make some money off her offspring. For most people it feels a little sleazy. A well-known entertainment lawyer hired by Colton Harris-Moore's mother says he is being swamped by unsolicited offers for book and movie… more »
Jul/19
2010
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A child advocacy agency is hoping to get all its ducks in a row after more than 1,000 plastic entrants in a charity duck race floated to freedom in northeast Indiana. Just goes to show, even a squeaky toy knows the value of… more »
Jul/19
2010
Someone who doesn't *know* they're a belligerent drunk... IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Police arrested a man who they said punched another man who refused to hug him. Most drunks are either one or the other: nice or nasty, friendly or mean, sappy or snappy.… more »
Jul/19
2010
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Three Somali men being prosecuted on U.S. piracy charges say they were held naked, blindfolded and handcuffed for days without an interpreter, while another says an interpreter threatened to toss him overboard, attorneys argued in… more »
Jul/19
2010
A woman (who I will call bitch) who worked in my office recently left for greener pastures. (Physically anyway, she is in the process of burning her vacation time.) In view of her departure, I asked to move to her cubie. Being an "old timer" I figured I… more »
Jul/19
2010
We used to trust banks to keep our money safe. We never would have thought that banks would suddenly change policies and then effectively steal our hard earned cash. What is more awful, is that they don't care who they do it to and will stoop to steal a… more »
Jul/19
2010
"Hey, the other smart phones suck, too." These may have not been Mr. Jobs actual word, but close enough. Oh, and most people don't have a problem, just some yokels in areas with sucky coverage. And saying "we are not perfect" in the same breath as… more »
Jul/19
2010
Rode probably more than a mile with my turn signal on during this morning's commute. Awake much? Ugh, I hate being an idiot. more »
Jul/18
2010

I Suppose It's News

A 60 year old man, riding his bike on the main greenway/trail in Indy was mugged by three men at about 2pm on Tuesday of this past week. This happened right in the heart of "urban yuppie-ville", where it's presumed to be safe. Actually this is maybe 10… more »
Jul/18
2010
"It's hot!" I keep hearing it over and over and it makes me want to smack people. Yes, duh, it's summer, it's *supposed* to be this way. So why all the fuss? I find it frustrating, after many long months of winter, to hear the same people who bitched… more »
Jul/18
2010
He's back at it again, that ol' kidder Mel. This time instead of heaping abuse at uniformed public servants it's at his significant other. Ok, well former significant other. The vitriol is fairly corrosive and delivered with the act-tor's finely honed… more »
Jul/17
2010
It's summer and the sounds of off-balance engines banging their controlled explosions through barely-baffled chrome pipes are upon us. Hogs, or rather HOGs (Harley Owners Group) are taking to the streets, mostly naked in shorts, wife beaters ("If you… more »
Jul/16
2010
For those who like to believe the Tea Party doesn't see color, race, or creed I'd like to ask: "what world do you live in?" Because it's certainly not mine. "Dear Mr. Lincoln," an earlier version of the blog post read, "We [National Association for the… more »
Jul/16
2010
Christo. If you want to believe that an artist is someone doing the same thing over and over, then I have a bridge to sell you (it's draped in orange linen.) Now the "artiste" wants to swath 10.4 miles of the Arkansas river. Without, of course, thinking… more »
Jul/16
2010
It's getting a little tired, the same ol' same ol'. Governors stiffing non-union government employees (because he can) and at the same time stroking his personal staffers (again, because he can). CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's cutting… more »
Jul/16
2010
Caddyshack anyone? But for real? COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- A man filed a $146,000 lawsuit against a pest control company, claiming he suffered hearing loss when a worker used explosives to remove rodents on his neighbor's property. Dynamite?… more »
Jul/15
2010
Chavez loves to lambaste the US. He adores pirouetting on stage for his fawning lackeys. Even the Church has condemned his narcissistic and dictatorial edicts. And now? When he's so close to driving out the last free television station in his nation,… more »
Jul/15
2010
Well, truth be told, he wasn't just any Jewish person he was (and is) a very special one. One that managed to survive AND return to have the last laugh. JERUSALEM (AP) -- He's a Holocaust survivor dancing with his family on what easily could have been… more »
Jul/15
2010
And for the third (and perhaps not the last) time today I get to take another wack at The Catholic Church Piñata... VATICAN CITY — In its most significant revision to church law since a sex abuse crisis hit the United States a decade ago and roared back… more »
Jul/15
2010
I suppose it's the last gambit of the desperate, but by all the gods (and remaining fishes) it's a bad ploy. Now it appears that BP is the moving force behind Scotland's release of the Lockerbie bomber... LONDON — The oil giant BP faced a new furor on… more »
Jul/15
2010
Aaaaand the Catholic Church suffers yet another sweeping loss. While it's gotta sting the good news is that with everything else going on they won't have time to dwell on their loss. BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s Senate narrowly approved a measure early on… more »
Jul/15
2010
Iranian scientist defects. Then changes his mind. Conclusion? He'll wind up dead in a year. TEHRAN — An Iranian nuclear scientist who American officials say defected to the United States and then had second thoughts was given a hero’s welcome when he… more »
Jul/15
2010
Often the most important thing about a message is how it's delivered. Church representatives are all about message-packaging naturally. When it comes to their role as habitual molesters. GENEVA (AP) -- The Vatican has failed to send the United Nations a… more »
Jul/15
2010
Abortion is a medical procedure. In some cases it is a life saving procedure. In some cases it is a procedure that will prevent or end suffering. Before abortion was legal, it was frequently clandestine back room butchery. When performed by a doctor it… more »
Jul/15
2010
This summer I am challenging myself to only eating veggies that I have grown or purchased from a local farmer's market or farm stand (except for that occasional meal out). Now that summer's bounty is in full swing it is a really easy task, but it does… more »
Jul/14
2010
The cry has gone up as of late "Woe unto us! Our children are cheaters! They cannot create something original, they must plagiarize from teh Intarwebz!" Article after article has lamented the fact that college students and those soon to be (read:… more »
Jul/14
2010
It's a tiresome forward and back over the same beaten sand. Abortion foes endlessly reinvent the same arguments to restrict women's rights and the courts are forced to rap their knuckles. Just like the tide and just as endless the cycle continues.… more »
Jul/14
2010
The Times has an ongoing debate about the management of Canadian Geese around the city. Apparently officials have resorted to selectively culling some of the critters to reduce the chance of bird/plane risk. In one case they rounded up and gassed them.… more »
Jul/14
2010
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston say they're engaged and hope to get married within six weeks in Alaska. Cycle and recycle. I wouldn't put money on it lasting very long though. They're both desperate for press coverage. I suppose people… more »
Jul/13
2010
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Windows XP, which debuted nine years ago in 2001, will continue to be with us for yet another decade. Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) announced late Monday that it would allow some Windows 7 customers to buy Windows XP… more »
Jul/13
2010
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy Tuesday, calling the agency's longstanding rules "unconstitutionally vague." Honestly I'm not certain when the whole obscenity rule… more »
Jul/13
2010
Sounds like a bad horror movie right? Well it's actually worse. If you're squeamish don't read on... Desperate heroin users in a few African cities have begun engaging in a practice that is so dangerous it is almost unthinkable: they deliberately inject… more »
Jul/13
2010
I've been a keyboard user since the 80's when my erstwhile parents enrolled me in a summer "typing" class because it was a "good thing to know." I hated it. Even though the class was held in the morning the room became stifling about 45 minutes into the… more »
Jul/13
2010
A few weeks ago I re-upped with Verizon. First they stiffed me the full refund on the New-Every-Two replacement I got for my phone. I had to call and straighten it out. That doesn't even mention the fact that they sent the reimbursement as a "debit… more »
Jul/12
2010
GENEVA — Roman Polanski’s repeated claims that there was misconduct at his trial for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 ran into a brick wall in American courts. But they were enough apparently to convince Swiss authorities that he should walk… more »
Jul/12
2010
CHICAGO (AP) -- The YMCA is now known officially as just ''the Y.'' So what does the YWCA now call itself? "X"? more »
Jul/12
2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court.[...] Such claims about Obama's birth certificate have been discredited. But with the… more »
Jul/12
2010
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) -- Residents who complained about a nearly naked female store mannequin prompted police to conceal the window display and stirred a debate about obscenity. Police covered the window at Hannah's Treasures for about a day last week… more »
Jul/12
2010
If you read Martha Nussbaum's Op-piece in the times on why banning the burqa is wrong it goes something like this: blahblahblahblahblahblahblah (repeat ad nauseam.) Honestly you can skip the first nine paragraphs because the author just blathers on… more »
Jul/12
2010
I have a slightly different angle than U235 who had this to say: link Evelyn Konrad smells something foul in the Southampton Town Hall. (I do remember a person who did track chum through the Southampton Town Courthouse, but that is another matter . . .)… more »
Jul/11
2010
Men are men and, as one (male) friend put it, all men are pigs some just hide it better. Keeping this in mind, Mr. Spitzer looking for a little strange neither shocks me nor angers me. I feel bad for Mrs. Spitzer. No woman needs to wonder where her… more »
Jul/10
2010
"Well both the sole and the scrod were just brought in yesterday," said the lady behind the counter at the fish store, "they're both fresh." It was a tough choice because they're both quite tasty, and both were an enticing, pearlescent pink. I knew they… more »
Jul/10
2010
There are many things I don't understand. Women's Studies as a major is one of those things. Heck, why even as a minor? What kind of person pursues that? (I would presume it would mostly be women). What do they discuss? Do they just sit around and… more »
Jul/09
2010
There's a heatwave on here and it's been hotter n' heck for more than a week (almost two). As a result the lovely, lush, emerald waves of fescue are going dormant. Last night the town auto-dialer called every home with the message "Please cut back on… more »
Jul/09
2010
From Matt Richtel's blog post this week there's this worrisome tidbit: A major electronics industry trade group and a Washington lobbying firm have been pushing separate efforts to reframe the debate over the dangers of distracted driving, in response… more »
Jul/09
2010
Well you can still get your honey a loaf of bread fairly easily, but if you want that bottle of wine be prepared to jump through a few hoops... HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Swipe your driver's license, look into the camera, blow into the breath sensor and --… more »
Jul/09
2010
I recall the Monty Python skit of the old ladies living in the semi-detached watching everyone (and each other) with high-tech gadgets. By Gods if it isn't a reality... LONDON (AP) -- Like many senior citizens, this group of elderly Englishwomen keeps a… more »
Jul/09
2010
In college I was desperate to eat cold ramen where the noodles were still hard and the bowl of "soup" was warmed to a tepid degree or two over room temperature on the back of my monitor (all the heat source I had). But believe me even back then I would… more »