Archives for: "January 2011"

Jan/31
2011
It's the modern age, but somehow that hasn't impacted the gender gap when it comes to public participation. Wonder why? ...surveys suggest that less than 15 percent of its hundreds of thousands of contributors are women. About a year ago, the Wikimedia… more »
Jan/31
2011

Afghanistan The Corrupt

Yes, yes you've heard it all before but this is extraordinary even by my jaded opinion. KABUL, Afghanistan — Fraud and mismanagement at Afghanistan’s largest bank have resulted in potential losses of as much as $900 million — three times previous… more »
Jan/31
2011
Good question and no I won't accept that innocent people have to die just so anyone who wants one can have a gun. Sorry, but that's bullshit. PHOENIX — Weeks after a shooting left six dead and 13 injured in Tucson, New York City sent undercover… more »
Jan/31
2011
There are a handful of us that have our own coffee club. We get good coffee from one supplier (versus the other coffee club that brews up whatever swill someone brings in). All has been pretty good. We typically enjoy having full throttle caffeinated in… more »
Jan/31
2011
File this under "Well no duh." The lawsuit says Toshiba underpays women, delays or blocks their promotion into better jobs, subjects them to stricter discipline and different rules than men and fails to respond adequately to complaints of… more »
Jan/31
2011
I know the headline seems complicated but you try and boil the following down into a single, catchy tagline. Go on, I dare you. JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's governing party has pronounced: eating sushi off the body of a model in a bikini is… more »
Jan/30
2011
Crime is rampant in Pakistan, especially the type of crime he was a victim of. After withdrawing money from an ATM two men on motorcycles attacked him. He shot them in self-defense but Pakistan doesn't see it that way. They see an American who shot two… more »
Jan/30
2011
(Reproduced from A Year in Iraq and Afghanistan: NY Times) The chart above shows the location and source of fatalities suffered by American soldiers in Iraq (56) and Afghanistan (696). The visualization is important for several reasons; first it is easy… more »
Jan/30
2011
Yes it's sunday again and I'm settling in for a spot of breakfast and a light skim over the morning's news (pleaselettherebenothingbadokwhew). Halfway down the front page I gag on my spoonful of honey doused rice checks. It's Assange's ugly mug. Again.… more »
Jan/29
2011

Wayne's Will

Don't tell me one person can't make a difference. Don't tell me that strength of will in one individual can't change the laws of a state or even a nation. Don't bother trying to because I can show you that you're wrong. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Wayne… more »
Jan/29
2011
Israel can successfully push back against international demands for peace when there is a stable structure to push against. Take that away and it's not so simple. Now with unrest and uprisings there aren't any safeguards against the hungry wolves on… more »
Jan/29
2011
The AP Wire reports that an Iranian woman with Dutch citizenship was hanged in Iran. But it's merely a blurb, hardly a peep. Does anyone else find it extraordinarily odd? TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian-Dutch woman detained after participating in… more »
Jan/29
2011
Bristol Palin was scheduled to talk at Washington University in St. Louis in her roles as Teen Abstinence Ambassador for the Candie's Foundation. Many students were not thrilled about the prospect and were protesting her appearance, especially the part… more »
Jan/28
2011
It drives me batshit. Working with someone who is supposed to be an expert in their area and at first it seemed all good. They committed to deadlines, participated in design meetings, pitched in and helped... until the week of delivery. Which was two… more »
Jan/28
2011
These two people are just plain idiots. WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a man ran over a teen boy after he mistook him for someone who snatched his girlfriend's purse.[...] Police say it started when a 23-year-old woman was walking to… more »
Jan/28
2011
One is bad, two is too much and any more than that? A damn, fucking, royal mess. DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A former WikiLeaks spokesman launched a rival website Friday, saying he planned to give whistleblowers more control over the secrets they spill.… more »
Jan/28
2011
Yeah I'm all for science improving our lives, but that's not the case here. This is an example of "because we can" not "because it makes any rational sense whatsoever." "I pretty much shut out the idea that driving was possible, because I didn't want to… more »
Jan/27
2011
Is this guy for real? No seriously? [Gil] Meche, a 32-year-old right-handed pitcher, had a contract that called for a $12 million salary in 2011. Yet he will not report to Surprise, Ariz., with the rest of the Kansas City Royals for spring training next… more »
Jan/27
2011
This guy is a bishop? Maybe. But he's clearly one misogynistic motherfucker... ...a prominent bishop, Thomas Olmsted, [stripped] St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix of its affiliation with the Roman Catholic diocese. The hospital’s… more »
Jan/27
2011
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of Oklahoma's Board of Education is drawing heated reaction after saying a newly hired administrator would be "worthless" as a legislative liaison if she takes immediate maternity leave. The board voted Thursday to hire… more »
Jan/27
2011
The article deplored the fact that the NRA has effectively used their clout to prevent any research into areas related to gun control. Any. Because they were afraid that it might provide "scientific" evidence that more gun ownership means more gun… more »
Jan/27
2011
I really, honestly thought she was his daugter. Until I saw them kiss that is. Amazing how fast the gag reflex works, I'll tell ya, I almost had to cover my mouth and I did have to look away. He was at least 65. At least. She was 15 to 20 years younger.… more »
Jan/27
2011
I'm not one of those happy-to-travel type business travellers. I try to be good, stay positive, take in the new or at least different surroundings but for the most part I resent not being home, not sleeping in my bed, not having access to my stuff,… more »
Jan/27
2011

One moment.

A sputnik moment is a point where you realize you're losing a race, and, instead of giving up, you double your efforts, grit your teeth and try to win. Historically, it's meaning is derived from the US realizing that the USSR had surpassed it's… more »
Jan/27
2011
Most Fortune 500 Companies outsource some of their work these days. What happens when a critical piece is needed late at night? Nothing. That's what. Why? Because no one in outsourced country is answering their phones or instance message dings. The… more »
Jan/26
2011

ß Is Not a B

I play on on-line game. That game only allows a person to name their character something unique to the particular server. When B's run out, some think it's perfectly acceptable to use ß. I drives me a little crazy. I know a bit of German. I know that a… more »
Jan/26
2011
You're going to see a specialist and there may be an operation involved. When you get to their office a little man in a white coat totters into the room. Liver spots decorate the wrinkled fingers which tremble a little as he pokes at you. Peering at you… more »
Jan/25
2011

Pack That Tie

So a car salesman in Chicago wears a Green Bay Packers tie to work, refuses to take it off after being asked. He loses his job. Fair? OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A car salesman in suburban Chicago who was fired for refusing to remove a Green Bay Packers tie… more »
Jan/25
2011
Sometimes there is a loss so great that no amount of money that can compensate for it. Revenge won't make anything different. Sometimes all someone wants is an explanation. Sometimes that person can only hear one side of the story and that will never… more »
Jan/24
2011
Some people are grumpy and mean. Some people talk out their ass because all they can see is shit. Show some people a rainbow and they talk about rain. Agree with them or be called names. Dude, seriously, go get laid or something because you are truly… more »
Jan/24
2011
Since the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers have spent more than $160 million defending the mortgage finance companies and their former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud. The cost was a closely guarded… more »
Jan/24
2011
“I can’t die,” he [Jack LaLanne] most famously liked to say. “It would ruin my image.” (NYT) Hardly Jack, hardly. If anything you've become a patron saint for the physically fit, right up there with Charles Atlas himself (luckily for us Joe Weider is… more »
Jan/23
2011
Summary: The "Sheriffs First Act" is supposedly a means to ensure that the Federal Government cannot act without the approval of local Sheriffs. In reality it burdens local law enforcement and leave them holding the bag. In a genuine emergency or… more »
Jan/23
2011
"Not enough food to feed their own." I saw this statement as a comment to an article about North Korea a while back. I do not dispute its accuracy since North Korea's leader is a maniacal psychopath who has no qualms letting his citizens suffer. What… more »
Jan/23
2011
I'll bet he gets better cell reception in the hoosegow than I do at my desk. CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina prison officials say they have seized a cell phone from an inmate who was updating his Facebook page from prison. Corrections officials… more »
Jan/23
2011
Posturing, pure posturing. No one wants their tax payer money wasted on a this kind of bullshit. We want you people to get to work and SOLVE (get it *solve*?) the fucking problems of the land. WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans want to box majority… more »
Jan/23
2011
... But too small for a park bench; what am I referring to? Why Lenin of course! (Well, his body that is.) MOSCOW (AP) — A new poll sponsored by the pro-Kremlin party is asking Russians to vote on whether it's time to bury Vladimir Lenin. The embalmed… more »
Jan/22
2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A sports bar owner in Minnesota is showing his support for the Green Bay Packers in this weekend's game against the Chicago Bears in a very literal way — by roasting a bear. Blake Montpetit, the co-owner of Tiffany Sports Lounge… more »
Jan/22
2011
I try and give my kids fruit with their lunch. Sometimes it's fresh, or sometimes it's fruit in bars, or cups. One of my kids really likes orange slices, so I got mandarin slices in juice. As I got home the package dropped out of the bag and one cup… more »
Jan/22
2011
Please don't look for the logic in this because you'll only hurt yourself trying. There isn't any. Short version: The Great Fucktator is looking to rev up his audience by picking on elderly professors and dead people. Purely fictitious claims of evil… more »
Jan/22
2011
"Officials Fear Bath Salts Are Growing Drug Problem" I read the headline, then I read it again. I've read the entire article and I still don't believe people are this stupid. Ok, that's a lie, what I meant to say is I still don't believe that the… more »
Jan/22
2011
She can find a lawyer and sue. The security video -- which has now been shown countless times on television and passed around on Facebook and Twitter -- shows Marrero sending a text while walking through the Berkshire Mall, completely oblivious to… more »
Jan/22
2011
Iran cried wolf again, this time asking for new negotiations on their nuclear antics and then showing up empty handed to lambaste the nations that did show up. Neither "resolutions, sanctions, threats, computer virus nor even a military attack will stop… more »
Jan/22
2011
This deserves front-page postage. In her reply to Viacom Values Odessa provides succinct perspective, bursting the bubble that assumed risk and education entitle CEO's to astronomical amounts of compensation... Are we discussing CEOs or innovative… more »
Jan/21
2011
I wouldn't say we were the best of friends, but after a decade I'd say we were good friends. True there were regular hiatuses of months, sometimes more than a year would go by without contact, but we always caught up. Email or a brief text would be… more »
Jan/21
2011
No one, NO ONE is worth this kind of money. Viacom awarded its chief executive, Philippe P. Dauman, total compensation for 2010 valued at about $84.5 million, more than double the 2009 figure, including salary, bonus and stock options, the company… more »
Jan/21
2011
He drove right through the stop sign like it wasn't even there. Didn't matter much that it was dark, icy and a major fucking blind intersection. Hell no. He had a big, goddamn yellow plow on the front of his twuck and Motherfucker was just gonna drive… more »
Jan/20
2011
I don't get it. They already have my company's money, but apparently that's not good enough. I mean at least the Mafia has the decency to stop harassing you once you've paid up but not Microsoft! No way, they'll keep harassing you just because they can.… more »
Jan/20
2011
You're poor but you at least have health care, which means you can work and care for your family. Then one day you wake up to find that your state has taken away the safety net. No, this isn't Rod Serling, and this isn't the Twilight Zone, it's Arizona… more »
Jan/20
2011
"I'm sorry that you were offended." I fucking hate that shit. It's a bullshit attempt to get out of jail for somethign idiotically stupid that you did. In my opinion, it actually compounds the original fault because it transfers blame to the victim.… more »
Jan/19
2011
I'll let you read the backstory first before I explain the title. A 69-year-old Philadelphia doctor who performed abortions was charged by prosecutors on Wednesday with the murder of seven newborns who were killed with scissors and of a female patient… more »
Jan/19
2011
Yep you gotta love Alabama, the land where radical opinions are as plentiful as the booze and tolerance for others as common as a free roaming elephant (not the pink type). No where else will you find as many elected officials who celebrate the… more »
Jan/19
2011
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police will not be posting the mug shots of habitual drunken driving suspects on Facebook. The City Council shot down a proposal late Tuesday by Councilman Devin Dwyer that would have directed police to post repeat DUI… more »
Jan/18
2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Born of bloodshed, a self-proclaimed Age of Civility dawned in Congress on Tuesday. Republicans and Democrats of the House spoke without angry shouts and debated legislation to repeal the nation's year-old health care law without… more »
Jan/18
2011
You have to love parents who would rather their child risk severe injury or death than compromise their religious beliefs. HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A 12-year-old Muslim girl in Maryland was forced to sit out the first half of a basketball game by a… more »
Jan/18
2011
It's not becoming a problem is it? Huh? Do you think so? Because if it is there's nothing we should do about it. Why? Because it might affect the non-lunatics who need to own guns. Wait did I say "need?" SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina… more »
Jan/18
2011
Ice. I woke up today with a lot of it on my car. And a fair amount on the road. My drive in today was nerve racking and anger inducing. All because of ice. Couple things, in no particular order: 1) When your car is covered in ice, you should r… more »
Jan/17
2011
The word is that Goldman screwed up because they announced the offering before they offered it. But think again, was it really an accident or was it a deliberate attempt to exclude American investors? Just over a week after Goldman Sachs offered its… more »
Jan/17
2011
LONDON — A former Swiss bank executive said on Monday that he had given the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, details of more than 2,000 prominent individuals and companies that he contends engaged in tax evasion and other possible criminal activity.… more »
Jan/17
2011

What's In A Bad Nick

Friends don't let friends go online with a bad nick. That is if you're genuinely friends. I mean it's funny enough that someone, when creating a public alias, wouldn't put some thought into how their choice could be received by the albeit harsh… more »
Jan/16
2011
Actually it wasn't just the Pharaohs either, the romans did this as well once the reign of Caesars was in vogue. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the deification of their predecessors... VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that… more »
Jan/16
2011
LONDON (AP) — Call it a charity bonanza. Royal aides say Prince William and Kate Middleton are considering asking guests at their April 29 wedding to make donations to charity instead of sending them wedding gifts. Being sensitive to the hardships of… more »
Jan/16
2011
Score one for Democracy! JUBA, Sudan (AP) — Southern Sudan's president on Sunday offered a prayer of forgiveness for northern Sudan and the killings that occurred during a two-decade civil war, as the first results from a weeklong independence… more »
Jan/16
2011
A British charity has tried an experiment, and it seems to be working. The charity, Teens and Toddlers, pairs teenage girls deemed to be at risk of becoming pregnant with a toddler. From the Daily Mail: "The charity has found that, over a six-year… more »
Jan/15
2011

Pussy Murderer

What a fucking asshole. Autopsy reports released Saturday show that 38-year-old Jennifer Schons was fatally stabbed with a knife, while 4-year-old Camden and 6-year-old Tynan were suffocated. They were found dead Friday in their beds in the family's… more »
Jan/15
2011
BEIJING — Aided by at least $43 million in assistance from the government of Massachusetts and an innovative solar energy technology, Evergreen Solar emerged in the last three years as the third-largest maker of solar panels in the United States. But… more »
Jan/15
2011
BAGHDAD (AP) — Two U.S. soldiers were killed by an Iraqi trooper who opened fire on them during a training exercise Saturday, raising fresh concerns about Iraq's security forces as the Americans prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of this… more »
Jan/15
2011
I have high blood pressure. If I go to the doctor after having a cup of coffee, he gives me the evil eye because my blood pressure is really high. I only have two cups of regular in the morning and two cups of decaf in the afternoon. Weekends I go a bit… more »
Jan/14
2011
A teacher at Brooklyn College, Helen Rubinstein, contributed "Won’t You Be My Wireless Neighbor?" to the New York Times. The opinion piece discusses her years as a WiFi pirate . . . er . . . recipient of neighborly WiFi generosity. I myself have been… more »
Jan/14
2011

Star signs

Recently, there has been a bunch of buzz about the zodiac "changing", affecting everyone star charts and astrological signs. You see, the star signs were laid out a few thousand years, based on when the sun passed through the various constellations. But… more »
Jan/13
2011
Well, actually I don't think I ever said that but I may have thought it once or twice, perhaps. Or read it somewhere. TORONTO (AP) — Canada's broadcast standards council has ruled that Dire Straits' 1985 hit "Money for Nothing" should be censored… more »
Jan/13
2011
I know sometime in the recent past I ranted about how invasive American security was compared to Israel. I know I said they had the superior and more effective system. I know I said that we could learn a few things from them. Well I take it ALL back.… more »
Jan/12
2011

Mexico Run Amok

Drug cartels have take virtually total control of the border cities in Mexico. The police have been wiped out as has anyone who dared to protest the lack of government protection. The latest atrocity isn't the death of an activist who protested the… more »
Jan/12
2011
I ~think we can all agree on the following: 1. You should get experience or training before handling a gun 2. Guns, like cars, should be trackable through a unique ID 3. There are some places (like airplanes) where guns should not be permitted by… more »
Jan/12
2011
"Anyone pointing out that certain politicians said or posted hateful, violence-filled rhetoric is actually responsible for the violence that results." What? It's exactly the kind of spew you'd expect from Iran or Afghanistan. It's so fucking retarded… more »
Jan/11
2011
The real problem, he [Wendell Potter, former Health Care executive] says, lies in the fact that the United States “has entrusted one of the most important societal functions, providing health care, to private health insurance companies.” Therefore, the… more »
Jan/11
2011
Well whaddaya know. Snow. Well, possibly, maybe snow. That is if the predictions are right. But as of this minute? No snow. But heck, this comes as a total, nay absolute surprise! In the northern hemisphere? In January? Snow? Why it must be Armageddon!… more »
Jan/10
2011
Simply said. "My right to live peaceably, assemble and speak freely, should outweigh any right of a person to carry in public the means to kill me." - posted by mdemploi on "Tombstone Politics" (NYT) San Diego January 10th, 2011 7:33 am more »
Jan/10
2011
TUCSON — During Tucson’s first rush hour since a weekend shooting left six people dead and 14 wounded, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, talk radio hosts pushed back against arguments that their heated political rhetoric had played a role in… more »
Jan/10
2011
Then I'd probably have my own island by now. Sounds like a fantasy right? Only not so much when you're talking about doctors where the cost of *any*thing is in the seven digit range. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not overturn a Florida… more »
Jan/10
2011

Comments in CAPS

Only the retarded or the maladjusted cannot or will not post or make comments in mixed case. Screaming in all capital letters neither makes your statement more important nor more intelligent. In fact, it makes me twitch toward the delete button. Thank… more »
Jan/10
2011
I don’t trust people online. More accurately, I don’t trust my information to people online. My name, address, phone number. They can be found if you’re looking, but not in the first 3 pages of Google. I have over a dozen emails, all used for different… more »
Jan/09
2011
I don't think I need to explain this one. Really. more »
Jan/09
2011
It's the same story: angry man with gun decides that law and morality have no hold on him, that he is above the agreed on structures of society, that his will, his views, his opinions are worth more than the weight of an organized nation. Certainly… more »
Jan/08
2011
Everyone predicted it, law enforcement has tried to prevent it, but the violent rhetoric of our time has taken its first victim. Gabrielle Giffords, a congresswoman from Arizona, was shot in the head on Saturday at a public event held at a grocery store… more »
Jan/07
2011

Paw-litically Incorrect

Ever wonder why Hitler lost WWII? Probably not. But this gives some humorous insight as to why the Third Reich would not have lasted. The Dalmatian mix named Jackie was owned by Tor Borg, a businessman from the Finnish city of Tampere. Borg's wife… more »
Jan/07
2011
Some people just don't react well to sticker shock. WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan budget scorekeepers in Congress said on Thursday that the Republican plan to repeal President Obama’s health care law would add $230 billion to federal budget deficits over… more »
Jan/07
2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cursing in public may not be seemly, but it is protected by the Constitution, a North Carolina judge ruled in striking down a 98-year-old state ban on public profanity. Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour dismissed a misdemeanor… more »
Jan/07
2011

Life In The Breakdown Lane

Not exactly what the Eagles had in mind when they wrote the tune, but you can hum it all the same. Either that or "Go Speedracer" with the proper substitution. Your call... FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The older man cruising along Interstate 95 in… more »
Jan/07
2011
I'm not exactly sure what makes me want to roll my eyes but every time I pass someone in the halls wearing headphones I think to myself "Seriously? You couldn't step away from the music long enough to go to the bathroom?" It may not be the very pinnacle… more »
Jan/07
2011
We've all seen the letters after a person's name: M.D., Ph.D., P.E., LPN, CCW, MBA, MPH, the list sometimes seems to go on. Some are based on education, some on a specific state's licensing procedures. Sometimes the qualifications vary greatly by state,… more »
Jan/06
2011
It's time to let go of the lies folks. No matter how earthy-crunchy or hyper-religious you are it's essential that you get your child vaccinated. If you don't you risk far more than the life of your offspring, but the health and safety of everyone… more »
Jan/05
2011
There was an email from IBM today. It literally said: "You know how sucky our tech support is? Well we're gonna improve it by eliminating it. Now you can go find your own fucking solutions. Oh and about actually talking to a support rep? We fired all… more »
Jan/05
2011
Policeman shoots the man he's supposed to protect, demonstrating in one fell swoop why democracy doesn't work in Islamic nations. And of course, instead of locking his ass up people are fanning him with laurels. ISLAMABAD (AP) — Lawyers showered the… more »
Jan/05
2011
The headline proclaims it all: "Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions". Wait a second I thought the new Republican guard were against *more* laws? But in some cases — mostly in states with Republican governors and Republican statehouse… more »
Jan/05
2011
TORONTO (AP) — A pilot's spilled coffee accidentally triggered a hijacking alert and caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, to make an unscheduled stop in Canada.[...] United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson acknowledged Wednesday… more »
Jan/04
2011
Alan Gribben edited Huck Finn to take out the word "nigger". REMOVING THE WORD WON'T MAKE IT GO AWAY. Fucking idiotic, blind, thoughtless fools. The educational system is supposed to educate, and how are they going to do that if key words, points of… more »
Jan/04
2011
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The governor of Pakistan's most dominant province was shot and killed Tuesday by a bodyguard who authorities said was angry about his opposition to blasphemy laws carrying the death sentence for insulting the Muslim faith. It's… more »
Jan/04
2011
Ten year old has a gun rack in his bedroom. After an argument he takes one of those guns and shoots her dead. What Would Charlton Heston Do? Four weapons were found in the boy's bedroom after the shooting. On his bed were the .22-caliber rifle believed… more »
Jan/04
2011

Stupid Stickers

It took about ten minutes of trying before I managed to read the sticker on the car in front of me. When I finally accomplished the task I was no more enlightened than before I'd parsed its contents. National Security Starts In The Womb. What? No,… more »