Friday, December 29, 2006

Unabomber: Fruitcake, anyone?

Ted Kaczynski was a mathematician and a real nutjob. Glad he was finally caught. - Exclusive: Unabomber's Secret Code Cracked

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Court rules MLB players can be identified for steroid use

John Edwards declares his candidacy for President

Here's one of the truly great guys. I hope he gets a real chance. He has much more personality than John Kerry, is smart, resourceful, and has compassion. I think he'd make a great president.

John Edwards joins presidential race - John Edwards News -

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President Ford disagreed with President Bush's rationale for Iraq war

I have two immediate thoughts about this story: First, duh? Second, was Ford a coward? Why did he not let his comments out until after his death? What is the reasoning behind this?

I know that Ford made no enemies. He was a very likable guy, a statesman. Maybe that's why he conditioned his response to Bush's rationale (WMDs) for war on release only after his death. At least I hope that's why he did it.

Ford had problems with Bush Iraq policy - Yahoo! News

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Biden = Loser

Now, don't get me wrong. I like Joe Biden. He seems like a good guy. And his constituents apparently think so, too; they keep re-electing him.

He's difficult to listen to though, mostly, I'm sure, due to his being in the Senate. Not many of those guys or gals can speak well. Must be something in the Senate drinking water.

Joe Biden cannot win the presidency. He shouldn't even try. It's a waste of time and money and will draw too much from other, more viable candidates, like Barack Obama.

Biden says intends to run for president - Yahoo! News

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Plane carrying Blair overshoots runway -- not unlike Blair's mouth on Iraq

This is a really funny headline:

Plane carrying Blair overshoots runway - Yahoo! News

Makes me immediately think that it's a metaphor for his handling of the Iraq war. Besides making grave mistakes in going to war, he's now seen on the world stage not as a leader but as George W. Bush's lapdog. Maybe Tony should change his name to Barney and star in one of those stupid Christmas pet/Bush videos!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Former President Gerald Ford dies at 93

They're all dead. Nixon, Reagan, Ford. Only Carter, Bush, and Clinton are left...

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94 Percent of Spanish banknotes have traces of cocaine

Cocaine has been found on 94% of all Spanish banknotes in Spain. That's pretty amazing. But what it doesn't tell is how many of those notes were used to snort the coke and how many simply transferred coke from tainted bills to untainted ones.

I guess it really doesn't matter. That's just a lot of coke floatin' around. I wonder if there's a business in squeezing coke from banknotes...somebody will try, I'm sure.

California Governor Schwarzenegger to have surgery

Call-ee-for-nya Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is to have surgery on his broken right leg after a skiing accident.

But the bigger news is we now have a new governor, Cruz Bustamante. Ironically, Cruz ran against Schwarzenegger in the recall election, if memory serves me correctly. Now Cruz gets to be governor for a few hours. All that hard work has paid off.

Schwarzenegger to have surgery on leg - Yahoo! News

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How budgets and cost-cutting innovation works, Dilbert-style

I know a lot of great employees who look for ways to cut costs, reduce redundancy, or grow revenue. This is how most of their suggestions go -- to the boss, and then dropped for "feasibility" reasons, usually due to the fact that there's nothing in it for the boss.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Trump the Chump or is it Chimp?

You've by now heard about the fuss Rosie O'Donnell stirred up with Donald Trump when she critiqued his non-firing of that bikini bimbo, Tara whatshername (sounds like that chick from The Terminator). Rosie said Trump went bankrupt, never paid back his creditors, has a comb-over, etc. All true, by the way. Oh, Trump may not have declared a personal bankruptcy, but his companies (yes, plural) sure have.

I think I even read about it in one of his books, but I digress.

Now, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has joined the fray. It seems that he's still smarting a bit from his loser TV show, The Benefactor, and how Trump's The Apprentice kicked his show's ass. Whatever. Mark Cuban is certainly more business savvy than Trump ever will be.

Donald Trump is George W Bush, without the fit physique. He goes out, creates a business, it fails, owing lots of people money, then daddy comes in and bails his fat ass out. Just like Georgie.

Anyway, Cuban rakes Trump over the coals about his business acumen, and more specifically, his knowledge about technology. It's quite an interesting read. If only Cuban learned how to check his grammar and spelling before he posted, he wouldn't look like such a dummy. But he's clearly not. He just doesn't check before he posts. Kinda like I'm going to do right...NOW.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Edwards / Obama ticket?

This is the Democrat dream ticket for President 2008. You've got two guys who are relatively inexperienced with government, at least at the national level, so the presumption is they're not jaded or corrupt. They both speak very well and are "every men" looking out for the "commoner." Finally, they are extremely smart gentlemen.

But more importantly, they span a lot of demographic area. Where one doesn't appeal, the other, almost by default, does appeal. This is the ultimate, hedge-your-bet strategy for winning in '08. The Repugnicans have nothing to offer but John "My own party beat me down last time" McCain and Rudy "Bernie Kerik is my kind of guy" Giuliani.

They have no chance of winning, unless Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination. While I believe she has the ability to do a fine job as president, I believe she won't be allowed to. But more importantly, not too many people are keen on seeing Hillary in the White House again, this time as official boss. So, she may win the nomination, but she most certainly will not win the race.

Give these two men a chance. I think this thing might shake out well for the both of them. The one thing both have going against them is they're senators. Senators don't become President of the United States.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Rangel supports Giuliani / Kerik ticket

See, our politicians can be purposely funny. For example, Charles Rangel, D-NY, says he supports Rudy Giuliani, but only if he names his running mate Bernie Kerik.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Net Neutrality video

Nice little video on Net Neutrality via and Free Press.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Horror! Congress will work 2+ days per week!!

The new Democratic Congress will be in session five days a week (sure, how long will that last?), according to a recent article at Last year, they worked 103 days. Most of us working stiffs, their employers, work at least 250 days a year, yet most of us don't make what they make.

Here's a quote from a disgruntled Repugnican --
"Marriages suffer. The Democrats couldn't care less about families -- that's what this says," Congressman Jack Kingston told The Washington Post.
I guess they're so important and effective that they can work less than half than us and get more done.

Oh, wait, that's not it. They basically do nothing but write legislation to benefit their friends and family (hello, MCI?) or to banish things like abortion, gayness, and equitable health care.

I love these guys (and gals)! They're champs. Or is that chumps? You decide.

Friday, December 15, 2006

California and Florida place moratorium on executions

This is big news. Both California and Florida have been the death penalty on hold in their respective states. Florida for botching lethal injections; California for putting death-row inmates through cruel and unusual punishment.

No matter where you stand on the death penalty, this news is significant.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Senator Johnson in critical but stable condition

Senator Johnson from South Dakota is in critical but stable condition after brain surgery following a bout where he could move and could not speak. Turns out he has a condition called arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, where the blood vessels in the brain grow larger than normal and then tangle with one another, cutting off blood flow and/or causing internal bleeding.

Apparently, 300,000 Americans suffer this malady and 3,000 a year will die from it.

The news reports focused, of course, on two things. First, it appeared to be a stroke. When it was determined that he had AVM, the press seemed relieved. However, the effects are the same, or at least similar to, a stroke (cutting off blood supply to the brain).

The second, and most important, at least to the press, is the fact that Johnson is a Democrat in a Republican-led (i.e., the Governor of South Dakota is Republican) state. Therefore, if Johnson could not return to his position, the Governor, it is presumed, will appoint a Republican to take Johnson's spot, leading to a 50-50 tie in the Senate, with Tricky Dick Cheney the tie-breaker.

Of course, the Republicans will jump all over this, too. However, if South Dakota's Governor has any integrity whatsoever, he will appoint another Democrat, assuming a qualified Democrat exists. It is the right thing to do.

And trust me, if the tables were turned, I would suggest exactly the same thing. Appoint a Democrat!

No, seriously, I would appoint a Republican, provided a qualified Republican existed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Texas lawmaker wants blind to be able to hunt

Only in Texas...

Evel Knievel sues Kanye West: Celebrity death match, anyone?

Evel Knievel is suing rapper Kanye West over his depiction of jumping over a canyon in a rocket, much like Knievel's failed attempt back in 1974. I watched Evel's attempt the first time around, and it sucked.

He shouldn't be suing anyone because he sucked so bad.

The Most Shocking Story You'll EVER Hear

San Francisco has been rated the #1 "gay-friendly" city. NO! Say it isn't so!!

Who didn't know this and why did a travel magazine have to point this out to them?

Morning donuts

Sometimes, you just gotta use the powers...

Monday, December 11, 2006

Iran's nuclear plan(t)s

Deja vu?

Food for thought

Here's a scary read from the NYT about our food supply. Think you're safe from food contamination? Think again.

Iraq Study Group to be made into movie

*** SATIRE *** from the Borowitz Report.
For the past few years, we’ve been pulling our hair out trying to come up with another sequel to ‘Dumb and Dumber,’” said studio spokesperson JoBeth Krantz. “We believe that in the Iraq Study Group’s report we have a ‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel that will write itself.
Sounds about right.

Dilbert and Hope

Ever have a boss like this?

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Why does NASA keep doing this?

How many people have to die, how many spacecraft have to be destroyed, how many pieces of foam have to fall off before NASA gets it through its thick skull to stop launching these darned space shuttles until they fix the problems?

I hope that the brave souls onboard make it back to Earth alive...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Llama could warn of biological attack

And I thought all they were good for was spitting...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Gay Mary Cheney is pregnant? WTF???!!!

How does this happen?

How can an openly gay daughter of the most conservative dead man alive be/get pregnant? She cannot possibly have had sex with a man, could she? This coming from the Republicans? This is a MORAL calamity! No such thing could possibly happen!

I am appalled.

Seriously, is it moral, from a Republican standpoint, to have a baby without a married man and woman (married to each other) being the parents?

Or, did she join the test tube club? Even still, doesn't doing so smack of hypocrisy? It's a crazy world we live in, full of hypocrites and liars. Now, there's one more bastard grandchild, in the literal sense.

Bush Iraq strategy, plan "not working" -- Duh!

The Baker "Iraq Study Group" has concluded that Bush's Iraq policies are not working. Well, we paid how much for this 8-month study, a study that will most likely be ignored?

Or, rather than being ignore, Bush might do his famous flip-flopping and hijack the Baker panel's recommendations and claim them as his own, just like he's done with the Department of Homeland Security (initially, he was against such a thing, until he was for it).

In all seriousness, though, it appears that the group has come up with some sound recommendations that maybe Bush will listen to. After all, he's dealing with a man who's far more respected than himself, in James Baker, former Secretary of State under Bush's dad, Poppa Bush. Who knows, the US might be out of Iraq in a couple of years. Hooray! And better yet, the Iraqis might actually then be better off without Saddam (unlike now, where at least they had running water, electricity, and a sewer system).

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The king is dead

Apparently, this snake charmer didn't charm his latest cobra...and died.