Feb/06
2011
Stuff like this affirms my faith in those men and women wearing The Badge...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — It's been 38 years since a blind woman was bludgeoned to death in her Rochester, N.Y., home. Now a twice-convicted sexual predator, Willie James Kimble, is going to trial March 3, charged with killing Annie Mae Cray. Rochester police detective C.J. Dominic, who went back into case files in an effort to solve the killing, is the son of one of the detectives who originally investigated Cray's death in 1972. Dominic found a semen-stained blanket packed away in an evidence room and DNA tests matched Kimble's.
Credit belongs fully to C.J. for not giving up. Note that the killer lived on happily on Rochester, until 2009 when the case was re-opened. Then he ran down to Florida where they tracked his sorry ass down and threw it in jail. Yeah so what you're 78? I hope you rot the rest of your years behind bars.
Feb/06
2011

Musings Of The Deranged

Dunno, I don't think I believe this as anything more than a publicity stunt.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The wife of a Pakistani man shot and killed by a U.S. official tried to commit suicide by eating rat poison Sunday, explaining that she was driven to act by fears the American would be freed without trial, a doctor said.[...] "I do not expect any justice from this government," said Kanwal in a statement recorded by the doctor. "That is why I want to kill myself."
I have a hard time, a really hard time, believing that a woman who currently has the support of millions of zealots would try and kill herself. Yah no. It's a stunt to try and play for sympathy, pretend pathos, to garner more attention. Honey, your husband was a criminal... something you probably knew full well. And we have a saying here, "Live by the gun, Die by the gun." So really, don't act all innocent and surprised, I'm sure you washed the blood out of his clothes more than once. You probably even got some on yourself in the process.
Feb/06
2011
Cheney is so out of touch with reality it's not funny.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a good friend and U.S. ally, and he urged the Obama administration to move cautiously as turmoil continued to shake that nation's government.
Egypt had oppressive security, murdering citizens was part of the status quo. Unlawful imprisonment, 30 years of a "state of emergency", torture, military trials for citizens, the list goes on and on. It was NOT a democracy in any real sense, but it was Dick Cheney's version of democracy. No surprise he wants the US to take an utterly improbable, utterly ludicrous position that would firmly demonstrate how hypocritical America is. Liberties and justice for Just US, but dictators make fine friends and allies. It's sad how inept the right is in international politics. Gods I'm glad Obama won, I can't imagine the mayhem that might have ensued if he hadn't. Heck we can't get out of the wars we're already in.
Feb/06
2011
Ever been in a bathroom so gross you'd rather pee outside? Or worse, where you've seen gas station lavatories that were more sanitary? Sure you have! But what about when it's your in your own home? I find there's a very acceptable double standard in judging how gross a bathroom really is and it's based on the very simple notion of how many people are sharing it. For example, if it's just you then shuffling around barefoot in your own scrunge is far less revolting than not being sure whose scrunge you're standing in. It's quite a different sensation when its source probably wasn't you. Tubs get kinda grim, gray, hairy and gritty. Maybe you're not a regular bubble-bather so hopping in for a quick shower doesn't have the same ick-factor as soaking in sludge. And once it gets to the caked on stage, where a simple squirt of cleaner and a fast wipe won't cut it the desire to clean often loses to "well I just won't look down." Same for the sink. Same for the floor. But, at least for one gender, ~not the same for the toilet. Ya gotta look right? Toilets are funny. They're the least attractive of items to clean, with the most primitive of implements (a brush on a stick? seriously? it's the year 2010 and that's the best we can do? I want my fucking MX-powered, laser johnny scrubber please!) They dispose of the most egregious of human byproducts (I shit you not... ok sorry for that.) Plus there's the fact that they can be awkward to clean just based on shape (under the rim, who can see there? down the bend, how can you even get the brush into all the curves, stick or no stick?) But often I find they get cleaned more than the sink, mirror, shower or floor. Sometimes combined. Wait, let me caveat that, the toilet*bowl* gets cleaned, not the space under the seat, the bit between the seat and the tank, the top of the tank (no you can't count the shit stored on top as keeping the dust off kthx) and the entire exterior surface from seat to floor. None of that usually gets touched until the next owner takes possession of the domicile. I tend to adhere to a non-standard standard of cleaning. If i'm gonna roll up the sleeves you better believe it ALL is gonna get cleaned. Yes, even the spot of floor between the back of the toilet and the wall. All. Even the strange plastic caps that never fit right that go over the bolts, yes those too. Me and the Scrubbing Bubbles had our own pre-game party and at least one of us is gonna come out shiny after the game is over. Good thing too, because the other will probably be sorely in need of a good shower.
Feb/05
2011
Sticky keys is the stupidest, most moronic piece of shit ever invented. I've never heard of anyone ever using it and all it does is annoy thousands of gamers who map the shift key to something useful only to have their game get fucked when the little OS-owned dialog comes on "Do you want sticky keys?" NO! NO goddamn it NO, I don't ever want fucking sticky keys, or the fucking "Windows" key for that matter. Microsoft in their arrogance thinks they know better by dropping this crappola by default into the OS when no one freeking wants it. Assholes. H8.
Feb/05
2011

A New Blue Hell

What could be worse than a return of those little blue bozo's bastardized from the Europeans? Yes I mean the fucking Smurfs goddamit! What could be worse I ask? Well a fucking movie about them. Yes a freekin' animated movie. And what could be worse than that? Katy Perry doing the voice of Smurfette (who, mind you, never existed in the macho-euro version of the micro menaces... PLEASE SOMEONE CALL TERMINIX!) Dear gods, just when you think Hell couldn't get any colder. Now we have to deal with this!
For whatever reason, Katy Perry says she felt like a natural doing the voice of "Smurfette" in the upcoming movie about the blue creatures. That's because she feels like a cartoon character in real life. "The Smurfs movie was really fun for me cause a lot of times, you know, 360 days out of the year I feel like a cartoon. So I thought playing a cartoon was a natural thing to do," the singer said Saturday at the launch of her new perfume, "Purr," in Mexico City.
Ph33r.
Feb/05
2011
Fuck the rest of the song, actually fuck the whole thing because "the dash" is a lie. There is no dash. There's only slow, inexorable crawl. And that's when things are moving at all. Snow seems to bring out the stupid in most people, regardless of their familiarity with it. Die hards who were born in this belt, and will probably live their entire lives within a 20 mile radius, can blather at length about the blizzard of this or that decade. Still, you see them stuck in the snow, wheels spinning or skidded off the side like anyone else. Didn't you learn ~anything in all those years about how to drive safely in the white, fluffy stuff? Apparently not. One of the primary things a veteran Northerner learns is when to go slow. But typically that's only applied when things are unquestionably treacherous, for example the unavoidable 4pm blizzard at the end of a workday. Going slow under normal conditions, however, is an invitation for disaster because then people are tailgating, getting frustrated, reduced to unsafe actions to get around the impediment. And that's precisely what I've been faced with all this week. Even with diminished visibility due to tepee tall mounds of snow on the corner, the surfaces themselves are mostly clear of slush with good traction even on steep hills. And the motherfucker in front of me is STILL going 10 mph, hitting the brakes with every oncoming car on the opposite side of the road. There's other variants on the Ima Moron theme. Today I experienced one I hadn't seen before: backing out blindly into traffic with the hopes that someone will stop before they hit you. Almost didn't work, the car ahead of me (and I, myself) had to swerve madly, not to crash into each other or the oncoming cars as this person decided to just go ahead with their decision. The best part was when I passed their driveway it was large enough for 4 cars side by side, plenty enough to K-turn around in. But no. Fuckface couldn't be bothered to do that. He was just going to back right out, everyone else be damned. I like to think that adversity can bring out the best in humans, especially socially, with one big exception: driving. For some reason even when stuck in huge, unmoving herds on the highway, it's every man for himself and who cares if the other guy winds up doing a 360 into a snowbank (thereby clogging up traffic for the next 3 hours for everyone else.) I don't get it, but I would settle for one thing - if you aren't comfortable driving in bad weather, please, for the rest of us, just don't.
Feb/04
2011
This Sunday will be a game without distractions. What kind of distractions you say? The "Double-D" kind, because neither Greenbay nor the Steelers have cheerleaders. I didn't really care in the past, if women stood on the sidelines and jiggled, jounced or high-kicked their shaved bits around. Then I saw some stupid Made For TV Drama that was totally fictitious (or so I believe) about some abusive boyfriend who forces his woman to join the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders just so he can prostitute her for a lot of cash. I knew it was just drama but it kinda soured me on the whole thing. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. When you're at the stadium you're more concerned with trying to figure out what's going on, how cold/hot you are, how long the line in the parkinglot is going to be and if that guy behind you is gonna drop his beer on you. Cheerleaders, if you can even see them from your seat, are a lot of blond and brunette heads from a distance, with maybe a foot or two. If you're watching TV then you get maybe a handful of overly-bright smiles, a few bobbles, and then more cleavage you can imagine... in the commercials. So again, not so much about the cheerleaders because they're not selling anything, unlike the companies that paid for their spots. A few other teams don't have cheerleaders and it doesn't cost them fans, sales or much in the way of merch. I see the point in college games, but not very much for the pros. So eh, no cheerleaders this Sunday? I'll bet the vast majority of fans and viewers won't notice much less care because in the end it's really all about the football.
Feb/04
2011
Maybe it's an easy solution for a guy who's insecure. Or maybe it's just an easy out. Or perhaps it's just evidence of how true the catch phrase "there's a sucker born every minute" really is. No matter which, Pajamagrams are not worth the money. Guys listen to me, if you're gonna blow that kinda cash on someone do it on dinner, do it one some bling, do it on a year's supply of Godiva chocolates (if you like your honey a little curvy that is.) But please, don't waste it on a pair of stretch cotton leggings and a tank top that costs, at most $10 at Marshalls. The color coordinated sign/box/sachet aren't even worth $2. And no, your woman won't look at you or even look anything like those girls in the commercial. I gotta say I'd never seen their TV add before today, but omfg I thought I was a total joke when I did see it. Kinda like the 'jamagram that I saw in real life. Yeah you might get a look from your girlfriend right after she says something like "you spent HOW much on this?" So just don't do it. Chances are if you really want to impress her tell her you're making her dinner and it comes with a free foot rub and bottle of whatever she likes. After you're all done tell her you were gonna drop that C-note on a pajamagram but instead you gave it to your local animal shelter. That's when she's gonna give you a look like those girls in the commercial, don't blink though, 'cause you may have your hands full right quick just after.
Feb/04
2011
Filed under 'Sauce for the Gander.'
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Leaked Swedish police documents on the Julian Assange sex cases raise key questions for both sides about the allegations.[...] The 39-year-old Australian denies any wrongdoing in separate encounters with two Swedish women last summer, and is fighting Swedish attempts to have him extradited from Britain to face questioning in the cases. He will appear in court in London on Monday and Tuesday in that extradition case.
Yeah, too bad they leaked the documents about Ass-mange. Gosh, could it be a nice little bit of irony? Methinks so.
Feb/04
2011

Fly Mark Fly

I'm one of those that thinks that Mark Kelly should get his ass up there and circle the Earth on the shuttle Endeavor. Why? Because he's qualified. Because it's his job. Because it's what he's trained to do and he's good at it. And most of all it will show everyone that one fucking-loser-nutjob with a gun can't change the course of a nation. America flies with every shuttle launch. We cheer at every landing. We're damn proud of our history in space and our astronauts. As a national politician I'm sure that Gabrielle is fully aware of this, something which needs to be noted as truly remarkable for a woman so horribly injured. The news reports say that she agrees that he should go. I think he should too. She's one tough lady, and she'll only be better and stronger when he gets back. Go Mark go!
Feb/04
2011

It's not personal

We here at WoS are ranters and ravers. That’s not entirely true. We rant frequently, and rave rarely. This is a place where we take our frustrations out. It doesn’t really matter the source of the frustrations. Each of us has our pet peeves. We post, and then we feel a little better because we got that out of our system. Maybe we follow up when someone engages us in comments. No big deal. Now, I’m clear that my rants are foul-mouthed and vile. Mostly because I think the subjects of my rants are foul and vile. I call people names and wish horrible suffering upon them in the name of stylistic vitriol. That’s generally as far as I will take my venting. I’m not interested actually chasing people and confronting them. I don’t want to reach out and ruin someone’s life. No personal calls. No emails. Not even Facebook stalking. If they find my rant online, I’ll vent at them in the comments, but that’s it. For example, at no point do I actually want to light them on fire so they die screaming [No matter how much it’s deserved]. If someone doesn’t want to know what I think of them, they can just avoid my rants. The only exception to that are public officials and corporate entities. I’ll write letters to my elected officials, because that is part of their position. Companies PR departments fall under the same heading to me. If Company A is being dickish, I want them to understand that dickish behavior makes me less likely to be a customer. Again, it’s part of their role. What am I getting at? Virtual vigilantes have been pissing me off recently. People make the jump from online activity and go straight to real life threats and harassment. When sites have large numbers of online communities, it’s very simple for them to join forces and make someone suffer in real life. One person finds personal information, and soon the subject is getting nasty phone calls. They find addresses and leave notes on their door. They find friends and contact them to badmouth the subject. They call employers to try to destroy their reputation. Posting up personal information and endorsing that sort of harassment is unconscionable. I think it would be a different story if those people had their information used that way. It’s all fairly horrible really. Not everything on the internet is true, and not every story has one side. Sometimes arguments are just different valid points of view that need to be respected for what they are. I mean, *I* am always right, but I’m unique in that. All kidding aside, when mistakes are made online, it’s easy to edit or retract words on a screen. It’s much harder to repair the damages done to someone’s personal life.
Feb/03
2011
I was still in school, well ok college, when Regan was President. The fact that I never voted for him aside, I just don't get what the hoopla is over this guy. I mean he looked good in a suit (with the help of the right padding) and he could memorize lines like any decent actor but by all accounts he wasn't a JFK, FDR, Eisenhower or even Nixon (who did pretty well until he was impeached.) Really he was just a charming guy who happened to be lucky enough to sail through one of the best times in America's recent past. So why all the big deal about him being 100 years old (that is if he were alive, most of us stop counting when someone passes away.) Here's one person's guess...
“Reagan holds unique status today because the Republicans don’t have anyone else,” said Paul Begala, a former Clinton aide and a political strategist. “They can’t lionize Eisenhower because, by today’s standards, he was a liberal. They can’t lionize Nixon because he was a criminal. Who have they got left?” “He was an extraordinary president,” Mr. Begala added, “but the right needed a hero, so they turned him into a hero.”
I buy that because it's true. If you don't agree then please, name someone else the right has as a gold-standard, universally accepted by most, ridiculed by few (that right there eliminates most of the living standard-bearers of the republican party.) Back to what I said earlier though, I won't dispute the fact that Ronnie had a certain 'Je ne sais quois' that a good many (if not most) Presidents lacked. But carriage alone does not a great President make. Brains, balls, diplomacy, and a finger on the pulse of the nation are all key ingredients in the making of a great leader. Also, the ability to manage in a crisis. Personally I'd give Regan maybe 2 of those qualities, and certainly no major test of his abilities, actually no one believed he knew nothing of the scandal behind the Iran-Contra affair (everyone just thought he was 'too nice' to be blamed for it.) He doesn't get credit for the end of the Cold War either. The Russians were out of money, they had no choice, it just happened on his watch. But then again I love a good party and it's nice to hear people saying good things for a change, especially from the party that just loves to hate. So yay, The Gipper would be 100 this year. Hooray and pass the Jelly beans.
Feb/03
2011
Who is Foliage Development? Scumbags that's who.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A landlord is suing to keep a Kansas doctor from performing abortions at the space she leases in Wichita. Abortion services haven't been offered in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller was gunned down while serving as a church usher in May 2009. Tiller was of the nation's few late-term abortion providers. A lawsuit filed this week by Foliage Development seeks a temporary restraining order to keep Dr. Mila Means from performing abortions at its office complex. Means does not plan to perform late-term abortions. Foliage Development argues that performing abortions in the building would be a disruption and nuisance to other tenants and create an unsafe environment.
Really that's the best you could come up with? A "disruption and nuisance"? Oh and an "unsafe environment". Right. How? All I see is you taking money from your tenants and then pulling some bullshit stunt to get yourself some attention. The fact that they didn't talk to the current practitioner but rushed headlong into making a scene sustains the fact that these scumbags are only in it for the PR. So yeah. Fuck you Foliage Development.
Feb/03
2011
Truthfully no one ever claimed that fashion designers were all that bright, but this one takes the cake...
The tweet from (at)KennethCole read: "Millions are in an uproar in (hashtag) Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online."[...] The offensive tweet touched off an online flash mob and inspired a fake Twitter feed that mocked Cole's original while attracting thousands of followers on the micro-blogging site in a matter of hours.
How socially inept can you be? I guess Ken answered that question. And the Internet being the Internet made sure he ate it but good.
He had earlier sent an apology by Twitter, but that wasn't good enough for whoever put up the satirically biting (at)KennethColePR. "Wardrobe got you water-BORED? GITMO of our new spring collection," read one send-up. The fake feed included, "Rolling through Germany? Gestapo by our new Berlin store!" and "Jeffrey Dahmer would have eaten up our spring collection!"
No it's not good enough, but we all have the urge-satisfying, real-time, type-first and think-last twitter to thank for that. Hopefully the double helping of ridicule will put some restraint into Mr. Cole the next time he has the urge to self-promote.
Feb/03
2011

No Microsoft Help For You

That is what you get if you don’t want to or cannot connect to the internet. We got Microsoft Office at work and if you want help you must connect to the internet. Microsoft being arrogant and thinking everyone has internet all the time? Say it ain't so. Let’s say I am trying to do work on a train. I have a problem figuring out Microsoft’s “logical” commands and controls. I figure I’ll look at the help. No internet connection, you get bupkis. Newsflash Microcrap, there are still places where people have no interwebz. There are people who do not have interwebz in their home. Expecting people have interwebz everywhere all the time when they are using your products is obnoxious. By the way, I shouldn’t have to Goggle my problem. I had to Google “where are my worksheet tabs” to find out where my damn worksheet tabs went to. I tried every permutation I could think of in MS help (after I connected, that is) and I got stupid and more stupid suggestions and nothing that helped. Yes, the answer was at Microsoft’s website, but the Microsoft search engine was too stupid to figure out what I wanted. Yes, Goggle is still king of the search and we are still nothing but beta testers to Microcrap. Bend over and smile.
Feb/03
2011
We had MS Office 2003 a while back and OpenOffice in between. I liked the 2003 version, but we switched to OpenOffice to save money, since it was free. It had growing pains, but OpenOffice improved and was functional enough. We were using it and complaints were few, but management decides to get MS Office 2010. MS Office 2010 is ugly and clumsy IMO. I hate and it makes me wonder if Microsoft ever listens to anyone that has to use their product. Using MS Office 2010 makes me long for the 2003 version again. But I guess “change”, even bad change painted as being “better” helps line MS’s pockets. And businesses get sold the proverbial pig in a poke because it’s new, its shiny, but it decreases productivity. So we will stumble through learning the idiosyncrasies of this new software. We will struggle to find answers in “help” that offers little. We will get used to it, just to have management come up with another brain fart in a year or two.