Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Play Staind Song

Yeah, it's been awhile.

I'm currently sans computer because my laptop suffered yet another lightning strike, which hit the battery and the charge where the AC adapter connects to the computer. Before, it was just the modem. Now, it's the very essense of the computer -- the component that makes it come to life.

So now I'm working with the insurance company to fix it. They want to fix it, I want a new one. We'll work something out, I'm sure. Until then, sit tight and I'll try to write as much as possible. Thanks to everyone who's emailed me in the past week. It's been cool. I'll do more later.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Flowers for Persona AlgerNon Grata

The title really makes no sense whatsoever, but it made me chuckle. I'm in a really good mood and I like things that make me laugh. I also like beer and wings. Mmmm, beer and wings. It happens to be what I'm having for dinner tonight! Go figure.

A coworker of mine got flowers today and I'm totally jealous. Roses really aren't my thing, but I can still be jealous. I prefer lilacs and tulips. I'm more of a green, yellow and blue type of guy. Red roses are for girls.

Quote of the Day

Dammit. I had a quote of the day all lined up. I went through work today repeating the quote over and over in my head, chuckling at its greatness and humor, but now I can't use it. The president had to go and open his trap and say something completely stupid, and of course such an instance diminishes the fantastic nature of any other quote.

"If you want your taxes low, keep Denny Hastert and Bill Frist as leaders of the House and the Senate."

-- President Bush during a speech last night, quoted by the White House website.

First and foremost, what a crock of shit. Second, Frist, of course, is not seeking reelection. In my best Napoleon Dynamite impression: Idiot.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Two in the Pink

Brian Bilbray, the man who won disgraced GOP congressman Duke Cunningham's California district in a special election, has a few family issues to work out. The blogger Wonkette has found some photos of the Republican congressman's two children on MySpace and PhotoBucket doing not so legal things.

But that's not the good stuff. What child hasn't done something that, if photographed, would've brought shame and dishonor to his family? And hell, famous children disgrace famous parents all the time. Look at Ronald Reagan's daughter. She posed for Playboy. Cher's daughter is a big ole lesbian. So is Alan Keyes' daughter. And he disowned her! Children can be discarded and political careers can be mended, so Mr. Bilbray has little to worry about.

The juicier matter at hand, in my humblest of opinions, is that even stuffy Republican children know people who know the Shocker. It's the hand gesture of America's youth. Sadly.



God bless you, scary, Eva Longoria wannabe.

The Tides of Change?

"Some big companies are boosting their share of campaign contributions to Democrats this year, a sign that executives may be starting to hedge their political bets after a decade of supporting congressional Republicans," according to Washington Wire.

"Most companies say they give political donations to candidates who support their businesses, regardless of party affiliation. But corporations also tend to channel funds to politicians they think will hold power. So any shift in corporate campaign giving toward Democrats could signal that businesses believe Democrats will have more sway in Washington after the 2006 midterm elections or the 2008 presidential contest."

Something else to look for after the midterm elections: the pardon of Libby?

"Speculation about a pardon began in late October, soon after Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald unsealed the perjury indictment of Libby, and it continued last week after Fitzgerald chose not to charge Rove," reports Newsday.

Bush "has powerful incentives" to pardon Libby. "They range from rewarding past loyalty to ending the awkward revelations emerging from pretrial motions, a flow that could worsen in his trial next year... By demanding sensitive, sometimes embarrassing materials, some say, Libby appears to be goading the White House into issuing a pardon."

Fire of a Million Suns

Jason Kottke: "I know everyone's upset about her new book. I'm not going to use her name, but you know who I'm talking about; she's blonde, leggy, confident, radically conservative, radically full of shit, and you hate her with the fire of a million suns. But she's also a huge troll."

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Quote of the Day

Because "A Small Paragraph of a Large Newspaper Article in the New York Times of the Day" wouldn't fit in the Title line.

"In a highly unusual attempt to influence the debate, the Pentagon sent a 74-page "prep book" to several members of Congress, outlining what it called "rapid response" talking points to rebut criticism of Mr. Bush's handling of the war and prewar intelligence. The Pentagon sent the book to Democratic leaders on Wednesday night, apparently in error, then sent an e-mail message two hours later asking to recall it."

-- Robin Toner, "Partisan Fight Over Iraq War Erupts on Hill," New York Times, June 16, 2006.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Quote of the Day

"I can't name them all."

-- Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), in a Colbert Report interview, when asked to name the Ten Commandments. Westmoreland co-sponsored a bill to display the Ten Commandments in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

But which version?

After receiving the original ten commandments from God in Exodus 20:1-17, Moses threw them onto the ground and broke the two stone tablets. God, being the forgiving God, agreed to resubmit His commandments in Exodus 34:14-26. But these are very different commandments, some of which most people wouldn't even recognize. Verse 22: "And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end." So which group of commandments is the Ten Commandments? And why are they so different anyway?

Friday Random Ten

It's Friday. (Truly.) You know what that means. The rules: Take out your iPod or other musical device. Put it in "random" mode. Hit "play." Write down the first ten tracks that come up -- and no fair putting in ones you think will make you look cool, or omitting ones that make you look like a total dork.

Bonus: 50 Rockin' "Conservative" Songs.

And for the hell of it, let's go for fifteen.

1. Lovefool (The Cardigans, First Band on the Moon)
2. I Could Fly (Keith Urban, Be Here)
3. Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins, Mix CD)
4. Something in the Air (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits)
5. The First Cut is the Deepest (Rod Stewart, Greatest Hits)
6. Music (Madonna, Music)
7. Indian War Whoop (John Hartford, O Brother soundtrack)
8. Marquee and the Moon (Sloan, Between the Bridges)
9. Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand)
10. Le Redecouverte (Yann Tierson, Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie)
11. Knowing the Things That I Know (The Blow, Poor Aim: Love Songs)
12. Silver Springs (Fleetwood Mac, The Dance)
13. Polka on the Banjo (Bela Fleck, The Bluegrass Sessions)
14. Way Over Yonder (Carole King, Tapestry)
15. I Want to Break Free (Queen, Greatest Hits)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hot or Not?

Tonight I'm getting all gussied up to venture into Pittsburgh to the Benedum Center to watch the Beauty and the Beast musical. It's my friend's birthday wish to see a bunch of us buying overpriced tickets for a musical based on a Disney movie we all own, and we're all willing to oblige. Good times are surely ahead.

Quote of the Day?

"You're the guy -- I have sympathy for you because you're the guy who has to spray perfume on these turds."

-- John Stewart, interviewing GOP Chairman Ken Mehlman, referring to Mehlman's job of being the main Republican apologetic, on the Daily Show.

Humorous Sighting of the Day?

No, Chris, she's uglier than sin. But what does this have to do with news?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Friday Random Ten

It's Friday. (Tuesday.) You know what that means. The rules: Take out your iPod or other musical device. Put it in "random" mode. Hit "play." Write down the first ten tracks that come up -- and no fair putting in ones you think will make you look cool, or omitting ones that make you look like a total dork.

For the sheer fun of it, and because I missed two weeks of lists, I'll give ya twenty for the price of ten!

1. Who Will Stop the Rain (CCR, Chronicle Vol. 1)
2. Someday (The Strokes, Is This It)
3. Uptown Girl (Billy Joel, Greatest Hits Vol. 2)
4. Say You Love Me (Fleetwood Mac, The Dance)
5. Light My Fire (The Doors, Best of the Doors Disc 1)
6. Blue Jay Way (The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour)
7. Dance, Dance (Fall Out Boy, From Under the Cork Tree)
8. My Doorbell (White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan)
9. Float On (Modest Mouse, Mix CD)
10. Wonders Never Cease (Morcheeba, The Antidote)
11. Posters (Jack Johnson, Brushfire Fairytales)
12. Lake of Fire (Nirvana, MTV Unplugged)
13. Find the Cost of Freedom (CSNY, So Far)
14. Come Monday (Jimmy Buffett, Songs You Know By Heart)
15. Back For Good (Take That, Nobody Else)
16. Cry Freedom (Dave Matthews Band, Crash)
17. Who Can It Be Now? (Men at Work, Sounds of the 80s: '82)
18. Could We (Cat Power, The Greatest)
19. Not Much Left (Jay Nash, Some Kind of Comfort)
20. Help (Howie Day, I Am Sam soundtrack)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Quote of the Day

What's your agenda? How will you lead if the American public elects you? This is what people want to know. Two quotes competing for the quote of the day today deal with this subject, and the other is just funny.

"They don't have anything to say to anyone about anything that matters to anyone."

-- Pollster John Zogby, explaining why Democrats have not been able to capitalize on voter dissatisfaction with Republicans, quoted by CSMonitor.

or "All of my life I have stopped for turtles."

-- Rep. Katherine Harris, a Florida Republican Senate candidate, on her commitment to saving turtles on roads, quoted by Wonkette.

or "We talk about the Mounties getting their man, but I don't think a lot of people thought about getting their man this way."

-- Kaj Hasselriis of Canadians for Equal Marriage, on the marriage of two male members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, quoted by the Chicago Tribune.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Recap

I didn't write much this week because I was too busy. But the most recent week from Hell officially ended yesterday night at approximately 10:30, so allow me to comment on the three biggest stories of last week.

One. The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

He died.


Two. The Federal Marriage Amendment.

It died.


Three. Ann Coulter's comments.

She's dirty. And she doesn't go to church.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Quote of the Day

"I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one."

-- Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), quoted by CNN, on banning gay marriage through a constitutional amendment.

or "I'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship."

-- Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), standing before a large photograph of his family on the floor of the United States Senate, quoted by CSPAN2.


UPDATE://

Hold the presses, we have a newcomer to the race.

"As a recently married man, gay marriage will have no affect on me or my wife. The divorce rate in the United States currently stands around 50%. That is sad. Maybe the homos can do better than the rest of us and actually show us how to keep a marriage healthy. That’s a fat chance, but the reality is that gays will have no affect on the health of my marriage, so I do not care. Let the individual states decide by allowing the citizens to vote. Regardless, let’s stop wasting our time over this debate, as it has become just as irritating for me as those stupid gay pride marches. Let’s start addressing the REAL problems facing our country today, rather than playing politics for approval numbers."

-- The Conservative Cajun, on his blog.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Horse Hockey!

No lie. Today, when I think 6/6/06 is a bunch of horse bologna, I log onto MySpace and find the number of times my profile has been viewed. I don't log on a lot, and I only have 50-some friends, but what are the chances of something like this happening on a date like this? Mysterious!

Maybe it'll be the premise for a new Dan Brown novel! You never know.