Archives for: "August 2010"

Aug/31
2010
Any reasonable person knows when they're dependent on something. I am willing to admit that I'm e-dependent. I don't think I can live without my connectivity, or rather any life without such an interface would hardly be worth living. The only conditions… more »
Aug/31
2010
As a follow-up to my prior post, Rou's post and my comment - Why do so many people care? It's just an old Burlington Coat Factory two blocks from the World Trade Center and it has been a rather unattractive, nondescript building since before the towers… more »
Aug/30
2010
When out with your buddy on a Saturday morning waiting for your breakfast orders to be served, what is the best way to pass the time? A - Check out the cute chicks at the next table and flirt with the waitress. B - Discuss that pesky carburetor problem… more »
Aug/30
2010
Ok, so we all know the great story of the ground zero mosque, right? It'll be 2 blocks away with no direct view to ground zero. It's actually a Muslim community center that welcomes all faiths. It's existed for years, it's just moving to a new building.… more »
Aug/29
2010
It's magic, because nothing else explains the profound duality of the ordinary paint roller. On the one hand the roller runs out of paint while you're finishing that very last 2" section of all. No matter how you mash, mush or wiggle the very edges,… more »
Aug/28
2010
It's an age old ploy, a morbid rendition of "King of the Hill" (the game, not the show) where an illegitimate claim to the mantle of nobility is made with malicious intent. That Palin and Beck could try and hijack an event for their own rhetoric is… more »
Aug/27
2010

When Karaoke Kills

Ya think you know some people who take criticism a little too seriously? Count your blessings that you don't know this guy... SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A California man who stabbed to death an acquaintance for complaining about his singing has been… more »
Aug/27
2010

A $150 Cookie

It's a tail, and it's worth $150 and possibly a trip to court. FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Flint police said a city resident has taken ''finders, keepers'' to a whole new level, by taking in a missing dog that belonged to a neighbor couple and demanded $150… more »
Aug/26
2010

Dear Truckers,

KEEP RIGHT, MOTHER FUCKER. Simple rule for highways. The left lane is NOT YOURS. KEEP RIGHT. Thank you, Roulette PS: Under no circumstances should you be next to another truck doing the same speed, regardless of lane. more »
Aug/25
2010
Yes you, spamming dickwad. Please throw yourself in front of a bus for the good of all mankind. Now. more »
Aug/24
2010
Jennifer Aniston called herself retarded and the "advocates" are throwing a fit. Aniston said (usmagazine.com): "Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!" Here is what some of the "advocates" said: "Sadly, people use the word… more »
Aug/24
2010
When Tara Israel showed her photography professor at Sarah Lawrence College an unvarnished picture she had shot of a young local fisherman in East Hampton, N.Y., she was startled by his reaction. "This isn't the Hamptons," she remembers him saying.… more »
Aug/24
2010
In my office people bring in cakes and cookies and stuff. The last piece always gets cut in half and half again until there is just one bite. Then no one wants to be the one to take that last little bit. It sits until the end of the day. Perhaps no one… more »
Aug/23
2010
They say animals can tell what kind of person someone is just by instinct. If that's true then we may have just found the perfect litmus test by which to identify muslim extremists... by how many cats they keep. Many a visitor has noted the abundance of… more »
Aug/23
2010
What's in a head-covering? That which we call headgear by any other name should do the job. But not if you're looking for attention, because in that case nothing will be good enough. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who accused the Disney Co. of… more »
Aug/23
2010
Stem cell research hit a wall today when a judge issued an injunction virtually stopping all federally-funded forward motion. What could be medical salvation for millions suffering from currently incurable diseases has now become another pawn in… more »
Aug/22
2010
Here's the premise of this rant: if every connector on a computer is keyed so that it isn't interchangeable with any other type why isn't it the same for medical connections for hospital patients? It's a damned good question when mixing up tubes leads… more »
Aug/22
2010
We'd managed to scrounge a fair amount of reusable items for this year's back-to-school bonanza but there are always a few disposable items that require the perfunctory trip into stationary purgatory: Staples. We even traveled farther, to a more remote… more »
Aug/21
2010
It gets harder and harder to understand why nations like Saudi Arabia should be allowed to posses any sort of weaponry more deadly than a cheese grater. (CNN) -- Amnesty International on Friday urged Saudi Arabian authorities not to paralyze a man as… more »
Aug/21
2010
He was a police chief, someone looked up to as an expert in safety... especially around firearms. Nevertheless he decided it wouldn't be too risky to allow an eight year old boy to fire an uzi. Now, after the boy died from a self-inflicted shot, he… more »
Aug/21
2010

Monkeyshines

It would suck to be this girl's parents. And suck royally. FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) -- Police in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant spent a big part of the day looking for a baboon on the loose. A grade school went into lockdown. A woman scattered potato… more »
Aug/21
2010
It's time once again for fall sports. Teams of all kinds reassembling after the long, sleepy summer. And by the Gods if there's nothing that irks a high school coach more than it's the sleepy, post-summer kid who needs, nay requires, to be clubbed back… more »
Aug/20
2010

Fuck you Dave

Dave is a vendor rep. He’s a big wig at said vendor. He “supports” us by refusing to allow any modification to his application or any of the servers that run it. If we so much as change one setting, they threaten to cut off all support for their… more »
Aug/19
2010
Bilingual! Multilingual! Omgwtf... Mai k1d >> Urs! He speaks three languages including Russian, Chinese and Arabic. I'm such a great parent. Even though I can't speak any of those my kid will be soooo smart as a result. Think wacko parents like this… more »
Aug/19
2010
We spend a lot of time ranting about muslim extremists, so now it's time to highlight a choice fucktard from the other side of the religious divide. Um, wait let me specify - since fundie muslims have problems with *all* other religions, in this case… more »
Aug/19
2010

Dumbass Dunfee

I hate attention whores. Dunfee is one of the recent kings. Pastor Bill Dunfee of New Beginnings Ministries says he and Fox Hole club owner Tommy George found no common ground during their roughly two-hour sit-down at a diner Wednesday night. Dunfee… more »
Aug/19
2010
Just the act of reading about the jurors from the Blagojevich trial was enough to produce a nightmare. In it I was late for jury duty in a courthouse located in the grimy warehouse district of some unknown city. It was raining out and I only had socks… more »
Aug/18
2010
It seems to be the fashion these days, nominally muslim women who feel the urge to make the papers because they were *sob* denied their rights. In this case Imane was allowed to wear her headscarf, but just not in front of the customers because it… more »
Aug/18
2010
There's really not much to add about this, just reading it should be sufficient for most of us... PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- A man in a banana costume is accused of exposing himself and brandishing a shotgun while riding around with a bunch of friends… more »
Aug/18
2010
Time for a two for one rant special. It's a little long. Bear with me. Recently, Dr. Laura made some press. Now, she's a batshit crazy fundie who thinks the entire world should revolve around her personal beliefs, so it's not surprising when she says or… more »
Aug/17
2010
We're looking for a dog. More specifically we're looking to *adopt* a dog. There's several reasons for this, but mainly because the kids are old enough to really care for an animal of that size and to appreciate the experience of loving a pooch (which… more »
Aug/17
2010
I live in a state where the evilest of people aren't working for the police, the mafia, or work in politics. Nope. They work for the DOT. Death on Toast? Not really - just the usual Department of Transportation and they manage to out do themselves every… more »
Aug/17
2010
I wanted to plug in my headphones into the laptop. Simple enough task. Should be accomplishable by a five year old child. (Now someone please find me a five year old child... *rimshot*.) So I do the obvious - grab a section of cable and follow it in one… more »
Aug/17
2010
Shit is slow, at least where I am. Click...waitwaitwait... it's like being back in the dialup era of yore again. Wtf, really I mean wtf? more »
Aug/16
2010
From Islam in Two Americas by Op-ed contributor Ross Douthat Here's the key quote... The first America is correct to insist on Muslims’ absolute right to build and worship where they wish. But the second America is right to press for something more from… more »
Aug/16
2010
At a certain point someone in the ACLU needs consider if there are limits to the notion of free speech protection because this certainly violated mine. And I consider myself quite, quite liberal. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal judge Monday ruled… more »
Aug/16
2010
Eighteen years. That's veteran status in any book. But apparently this veteran doesn't think that double-billing for travel reimbursements is a "bad" thing. Unlike taxes. Taxes *are* a bad thing. The AP's review of hundreds of pages of state and… more »
Aug/15
2010

Off Road Rage

On Saturday night, the sport suffered perhaps its worst crash in decades when eight spectators were killed and 12 injured in a race in the Mojave Desert called the California 200. Shortly after the start of the 200-mile race, one of the competing trucks… more »
Aug/15
2010
The title of the article almost says it all: Sperm-Donors' Kids Seek More Rights and Respect but once again the url says more: AP-US-Sperm-Donor-Dads. See that last word? "Dads" because while the article contains an awful lot of opinions and perspective… more »
Aug/15
2010
They're dead and they're not going away. What's worse they're also taking up useful space. I'm referring to the deceased that opted (or their family opted) for traditional burial. Frankly it's stupid and I'm against it - if for no other reason than the… more »
Aug/15
2010
It's august and many kids are already moaning over their dwindling freedom. Parents hear it every day "School is almost here! Summer's almost over!" And try as you might to recommend activities or fun things to pack into the remaining two-plus weeks the… more »
Aug/14
2010
Sorry, there's no other way to slice it. Taking the single most used piece of real estate and wasting 80% by making it blank is fucking ape-shit retarded. Why? Seriously, why? The start menu is probably the most active bit of UI in the entire design,… more »
Aug/14
2010
It's idiotic. There's one thing to organize alphabetically because it's just an easy way to sort. It's quite another thing to force thousands (or millions) of users to scroll because the first items presented in a scrolling list are statistical… more »
Aug/14
2010
I really hope the floor in front of my washer is as clean as I think it is because there's simply no way to unload the washer and load the dryer without *something* falling on the floor. Originally I used to be irked enough to run the item through the… more »
Aug/14
2010
In his Op-ed piece in the Times entitled Birthright of a Nation Peter Schuck has, what I believe to be, a really good idea. Here's the crux: citizenship shouldn't be awarded at birth, but only after the child has spent a certain number of years in the… more »
Aug/13
2010
Some people are put in charge that are poor leaders. Good leaders inspire and guide. Poor leaders enjoy their position of authority too much, sometimes to the point of abuse. Some of these poor leaders even engage in tormenting those they are supposed… more »
Aug/13
2010
Like daddy, like son: introducing Ben Quayle who is currently running for representative in Arizona. PHOENIX (AP) -- Seems like old times -- Jay Leno cracking Quayle jokes on late night. But now the rising target of comics is Ben Quayle, son of the… more »
Aug/13
2010
.2% per year you're married, that's how much a couple should be allowed to write off, and that's .2% of *everything*. The catch? You only get the accumulated increase every five years. So this is how my inspiration/insanity ran: 'Gosh that's an old… more »
Aug/13
2010
And so here is the conclusion of my Intel-Motherboard-Catches-Fire saga... Last time Intel had asked me for the serial number, which I pointed out was on the picture I sent to them. Their reply? "Whew, it's out of warranty. So fuck off." Hello Customer,… more »
Aug/13
2010
WikiLeaks has none. What do I mean by scruples? They should redact the names of people whose lives of the lives or the lives of their families may be in danger if released. I'm not sure what WikiLeaks goal is in aligning itself with someone who is… more »
Aug/13
2010
Frequently the comments are more entertaining than the article. Like the comments on an article about the modest prices of computers. The article emphasizes pre-built computers with Microsoft operating system (i.e. Windows 7), but it does mention Apple… more »
Aug/12
2010
It's a bizarre inverse. You'd think that the people who borrowed the most would be the ones who would suffer the most. No correlation apparently. The less conscientious you were the better off you'll be apparently... Lenders wrote off as uncollectible… more »
Aug/12
2010
Hello Customer, Thank you for contacting Intel Technical Support. In order to verify the warranty for this motherboard, let us know the serial number (SN) which is located on a white sticker on the board. My reply? Maybe you could look at the picture I… more »
Aug/12
2010
I'd forgotten how fucking annoying this type of passenger was until I was talking over the recent gay-steward-goes-batshit story that I posted about in Bad Air Day. This type of person truly deserves a beating from the get-go... You're finally boarding,… more »
Aug/11
2010
Apparently readers like hearing stories of personal pain so here's car-crash-in-progress update on my mobo catching fire... I had emailed Intel with a description of what happened (synopsis: posting blog, computer shuts down, reboot causes mobo to… more »
Aug/11
2010
Is having to remember all your freekin' passwords and variations on them. Sure I can check my mail via Webmail but damn I had to hope I remembered my password. And suddenly it's a million passwords for a million different things. Yes I typically don't… more »
Aug/11
2010
It's 2010, can you believe this bullshit? No CD or DVD player on a Sony laptop. "It's one of four models that don't come with a player" the LiveChat (no sex) attendant replied to my disbelief. I had turned the laptop over several times, just to be sure.… more »
Aug/11
2010
Slightly redundant title, but live with it. DUBLIN (AP) -- Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has told priests that the Vatican has rejected the resignations of his two auxiliary bishops following their reported involvement in the Catholic Church's… more »
Aug/11
2010
A new superbug has been found and it traveled from India to Britain. It's actually not a bacteria in its own right, it's a gene that can make most any bacteria a superbug. From Huffington Post: In an article published online Wednesday in the journal… more »
Aug/11
2010
I don't get it myself but I guess it's all about fashion (which is something I've never honestly understood.) It's here and it's hair, the latest style of which reminds me of nothing so much as a comic character from my childhood: Tintin. See for… more »
Aug/10
2010

Bad Air Day

By now there's probably not a lot of people left who haven't heard of Steven Slater. For those of you living under a rock, he's the Jet Blue flight attendant that finally lost it after some snotty twat passenger hit him in the head with her bag. After… more »
Aug/09
2010

Sigh

I was just completing a post about the daring dachshund, Missy, who came to her owner's rescue when my screen went blank. I'd been duking it out with the aging box for a while, but this time the fans went quiet although the power LED remained on. I… more »
Aug/09
2010
Ok, get your mind out of the gutter, I was referring to an actual, sound generating device, not a bony protrusion on a cow's skull. Sheesh. Anyway I have this idea that cars should have two horns, one for "Hi there how's it goin'," or "pardon me," or… more »
Aug/09
2010
I just read that some politico had a heart attack days after taking office and it led me to wonder: shouldn't politicians have to pass a physical to qualify for office? Frankly it makes a lot of sense to me. Why go to the trouble of listening to,… more »
Aug/09
2010
"But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." And that is just what an Ohio strip club has done, they've turned the other cheek to the pompous evangelicals that have been harassing… more »
Aug/09
2010
The bipolar prince of pedantic is at it again. The gods only know who will keep us so entertained when he is gone... HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says his attempts to engage the West have been rebuffed -- making no… more »
Aug/09
2010
8/9/10 ! Sorry, just had to say that. more »
Aug/09
2010
Any judge that thinks that a woman must "submit" to her husband does not have justice in mind. Any judge that considers Sharia law before the a woman's individual right has no business as a judge. Judge Charles (I refuse to use the "Honorable" title for… more »
Aug/08
2010
She was a "former reality TV star" who was overpaid to act as hostess to HP events. Then she hires a pricey lawyer and sues CEO Mark Hurd for harassment. Now she's "surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this," because "that was never… more »
Aug/08
2010
I came across an article on cnn.com that discussed people creating pages for their pets. It is something that several people have recommended I do for one of my lovable felines (seriously, he has a fan club already), but I can't even muster the… more »
Aug/08
2010
Cardinal pronounces sentence on the Mexican High Court... MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Cardinal Norberto Rivera sharply criticized Mexico's Supreme Court on Sunday for upholding a law allowing homosexuals to marry in the capital, calling the ruling ''aberrant''… more »
Aug/08
2010
Actually that's not entirely true, since I didn't "give" so much as "bought from." Nevertheless today my kids and I met an amazing person, hidden away right in the open, and you need to know about him. His name is Emery, Emery Loiselle of Emery Loiselle… more »
Aug/08
2010
Yet another airline abuses it's power over passengers. Cynthia Angel was booted off a flight for questioning whether the pilot was drunk. A reasonable question. She didn't stand up and make a scene, she talked to a flight attendant and then the… more »
Aug/08
2010

A & P, You Suck

The A & P (in Pleasant Valley, NY) sells composting salad mix in a bag and organic eggs that are half rotten. Sure, they are convenient for many in the community, but a person can only take so much. It ain't so convenient to crack an egg in the pan… more »
Aug/07
2010
Doesn't really matter the type of community, these people exist in all of them. The scene is one of organized mayhem, kids returning from camp and parents waiting to pick them up in a big parking lot. The first row of parking spaces have been carefully… more »
Aug/07
2010
"What do I care that other people don't have a job? I've got my pension. I earned it after all those years. Just because everyone else is suffering doesn't mean I should shoulder any of that. Fuck 'em. They could have worked for the state just like I… more »
Aug/07
2010
There comes a point at which sane men and women should say "Enough! It's time to cut our losses and get the fuck out." At least you would think that such an apex should exist. I know I do. KABUL, Afghanistan — Ten members of a foreign medical team —… more »
Aug/07
2010
Imagine that it's early in the morning and you're going to work clutching your sanity in a paper cup: coffee. Suddenly a masked man is charging at you with a hammer. What do you do? CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) -- An attempted burglary at a California… more »
Aug/06
2010
Hopefully it won't be too soggy either... PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- Forget canned goods. The government of Trinidad is feeding flood victims with pizza. Officials on Friday began distributing 10,000 vouchers for the national chain Mario's Pizzeria… more »
Aug/06
2010
That's how much return the top 1% of America's wealthy want back from the taxes they pay. And the rest of us? We should all cough up more to pay for it. Sounds fabulous right? Well that's just what the Republican's want you to believe, or rather their… more »
Aug/06
2010
No, really, none whatsoever. RIALTO, Calif. (AP) -- A white supremacist is running for a Southern California school board seat. Dan Schruender, a past president of the California chapter of Aryan Nations, filed nomination papers Monday with the San… more »
Aug/06
2010

We'R Teh Spyz! Hir3z Uz!

Really, they should have been a touch more subtle, like posting on Craigslist instead... BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's government has asked its spy agency to open an investigation following reports that several former intelligence officers advertised… more »
Aug/06
2010
Sarah has found her niche, and Ms. Stewart should be jealous, because no one can put on a better fundraiser than the Great Baked Alaska Herself... WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fundraising powerhouse Sarah Palin is helping the Republican National Committee raise… more »
Aug/06
2010
My first Java update without the warm and cuddly Sun logo appeared today. I paused in mid-click when there, instead of purple I saw red. Red means stop, at least to me. So I stop I did. Then it call came rushing back. Yeah they bought sun. Gah. My gut… more »
Aug/05
2010
Something odd happened recently. I did the wash and it didn't come out clean. And by odd I'm referring to the latter part of that sentence thank you. I didn't do anything really unusual, tossed in dirty, stanky stuff, added soap, set to normal clean… more »
Aug/05
2010
Gotta hand it to them Brits. They know how to get their point across. All both of 'em... According to the official, the British woman was shopping in the mall Wednesday, when a conservatively dressed Emirati woman came up to her and criticized her for… more »
Aug/05
2010
Heh, I love the punchline at the end... WBTV reports that landlord Vanessa McCants spray painted the words ''deadbeat tenants'' on a Charlotte house she rents to Shanae Jackson. McCants says she hasn't been paid the $1,300 monthly rent for two months… more »
Aug/05
2010
If there are shameless, cheating bastards in the world then this guy is their king... CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dread of the unknown hung in the air as Lynn France typed two words into the search box on Facebook: the name of the woman with whom she believed her… more »
Aug/05
2010
Remember when "channeling" was a big thing back in the 80's? Purportedly some ancient persona, make that *famous*, ancient persona would possess an average housewife from Pasadena and she'd wind up on some show with the ability to tell the future (which… more »
Aug/04
2010
A local HMO is saying "No" to more and more brand name drugs in favor of generics. Some argue that they can't afford the difference in price and that they want their name brands, others that it is needed to bring down health care costs. Some argue that… more »
Aug/04
2010
There are those that are suing the government over the new health care law. They don't want the government making them buy coverage. All I have to say is don't expect to "have your cake and eat it too". I don't like the new health care law either, but I… more »
Aug/04
2010
Three little words: Self... Folding... Sheets Thank you, that is all. more »
Aug/04
2010
Yeah you can't make shit like this up. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle says her campaign is ''a war'' with Democrats in Washington who are trying to ''make government our God.'' The Republican who wants to oust Majority Leader… more »
Aug/04
2010
Theme music ripped from Benny Hill plays in the background... Comfy? Good. Make sure you have a nice, drippy-cold beer and some salty snacks handy because it's time once again for: Best Search Hits of The World Of Suck (and requisite rebuttal-ish… more »
Aug/04
2010
The blog quote comes from The Lede... In a portion of his speech that has Iranian bloggers scratching their heads, Mr. Ahmadinejad went on the attack against England and the English, though he seemed confused about where, exactly the country is located.… more »
Aug/04
2010

Stupid Strippers Redux

What, you didn't expect them to check up on you? DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania woman is accused of illegally accepting workers' compensation payments while working as a stripper. Forty-three-year-old Christina Gamble waived a preliminary… more »
Aug/04
2010
NJ Man Gunned Down at Anti-Violence Block Party PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a man attending a block party as part of the National Night Out anti-crime initiative was shot and killed in New Jersey's third-largest city. Paterson police say… more »
Aug/04
2010
Dang it. Burned the roof of my mouth again on something. It was probably the frozen pizza I made for dinner last night (again). I swear the "food-scientists" have mastered the nefarious art of designing their wares in such a way that they: - look… more »
Aug/03
2010
Suicidal tendencies? Must be, because you know his last act can't be repeated. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, has been denied… more »
Aug/03
2010

Not Even

July 14th I tossed up a post Press 1 for Six Months, Press 2 for A Year predicting the reunited couple wouldn't last. And I was right about that. What I was wrong about was how quickly their reunion would dissolve. I mean in less than a month? That… more »