Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Morality in tax policy.

Here's an article from the Monitor that nicely addresses a few of the issues around tax policy in the U.S.

The case of Alabama is discussed in this article. Alabama is the progressive state that decided recently that the poor should pay more than the rich. Makes sense to me. If they didn't want to pay more in taxes they shouldn't have been poor.

Finally, food for thought: Let's suppose the founding fathers intended for this nation to be a Christian one in name and in actions, as some insist. Would we be judged to be a truly Christian nation today? Given our actions, not words, would the U.S. be considered a Christian nation? Isn't one judged by what they are and what they do rather then what they say?

I love how the U.S. was now founded on "Judeo-Christian" principles. Nice revisionist history. We probably wouldn't have sat around in '40 if we really meant that right?

The difference between EDS and IBM....

EDS is honest.

Lenny Bruce Pardoned.

Lenny Bruce was posthumously pardoned by Gov. Pataki today.

If you're not familiar with the comedic stylings of Lenny Bruce, here's a good place to start.

My favourite Lenny Bruce (almost) quote was made when he was being tried in Philadelphia for obscenity. When given the opportunity to bribe the judge and go home, Bruce instead exposed the judge. When asked if he was being railroaded, Bruce replied, "Hey I got nothing against the railroads. I don't want to give them a bad name."

An interview with Robert Weide, the producer of documentary linked above, can be found here.

Ripped from the Headlines.....er, uh, ripped from Kop's Blog.

Nice link over to Ralph Nader's open letter to Bill Frist re: medical malpractice legislation.

Check out his site.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Joe Namath: Keep him away from your sideline reporters

Because of a classic Ober temper tantrum on Saturday, Ober was relegated to the couch.

Luckily, because of my abolition to said couch, I was able to catch Joe Namath sexually harassing ESPN's Suzy Kolber during the Partiots - Jets game. At present there is no video of this debacle. Me thinks this is a typical NFL-Broadcasters-Silence conspiracy. You know, the whole, "Gotta protect the shield sort of deal?"

If anybody can find the video for this, please let me know.

Friday, December 19, 2003

Paul Wolfowitz: An enigma wrapped in a question mark rapped in a nice suit with a PhD.

For some inexplicable reason, the pentagon chose to remind everybody of what they already knew: Nations that didn't support the campaign in Iraq wouldn't be getting U.S. cash. That gets the "No Shit" award for this year.

What's really interesting, however, is the fact that there is a tonne of money still up for grabs. Also, lost in the media's incompetence is the fact that any country can be a subcontractor.

Go here for a short article about this mountain made from a mole hill. Brought to you by our friends at Al-Jazeera.

The question remains: Why would the pentagon release such a memo?

Americans relieved of hassles of running country. Group of 5 learned citizens takes over.

Well, not really but this piece from Jimmy Breslin sort of makes you wonder if we shouldn't be given a "time out" on our little democracy experiment.

Speaking of time outs on democracy, here's the president answering some really tough questions from Diane Sawyer. I didn't see the interview but I love the dodging of the tough questions and the fact that she asked relatively few. You may also be interested in his willingness to amend the oldest working constitution in the world to uphold the sanctity of marriage. Awesome! James Madison would be so proud.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Lock up your routers.

Why is physical security so important when dealing with network devices? Madam Rommon tells us.

Sent in by an anonymous reader, this site is a pretty funny take on basic Cisco networking essentials.

Set your configuration register back to 0x2102 and have a great day.

New Linux Kernel Released

The new Linux kernel, 2.6 is here. FTP or HTTP that mutha to yo' bad self.

Hack away stinky pants.

News in Brief

Hussein: "I missed my flight"

Captured Iraqi dictator and genocidal maniac Saddam Hussein told reporters today, "I missed my flight." Hussein, speaking at a press conference in the "Green Zone," told reporters that the taxi was supposed to pick him up in front of fellow Sunni Achbar Mahmed Jabari's house.

Hussein, who had been waiting for the taxi in his "humble Tikriti dwelling - fit for a true Islamic brother" was to catch a flight to Argentina out of Damascus International Airport.

"I made my reservations months ago after speaking with my friend Adolf. He told me that Argentina was the perfect location to take my holiday. I got a really cheap rate and found a nice flat outside of Buenos Aires. I called Easy Time Beloved Leader Taxi service and the operator told me somebody would be by quicker than Muhammed's ascension to Allah's right hand side. So you can imagine my discontent when first, the taxi failed to arrive in the manner in which it was guaranteed and second, when the knock on my dwellings' 'door' was not Mr. Jabari but instead 600 infidels."

Hussein, demanded a refund for the flight, purchased on-line, and a voucher for future taxi service. Agents at Easy Time Beloved Leader taxi and Orbitz.com were unavailable for comment.

Hussein concluded, "This is all so disappointing."

Time for Chanukkah

Chanukkah starts in 2 days. For those of you unfamiliar with Chanukkah, here is the basic gist: It is not the Jewish equivalent of Christmas!

Ok, seriously, Chanukkah is a relatively minor holiday commemorating the miracle of the Temple Menorah staying lit for 8 days when only 1 day's worth of oil was available.

I've heard of a few people with some pretty wacky impressions of Chanukkah. It is not a gift giving festival like you nutty Christians have and it isn't a celebration of war.

Don't take my word for it - here is a light description from Jewfaq topped by another, more indepth one from Orthodox Union.

Finally, you can find some links to what we are doing around here for Chanukkah.

Happy Chanukkah!

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

News in Brief

Local Man, too upset to even talk about it.

Limon, CO - Local man, Charles Gooding, said yesterday that he was "Too upset to even talk about it." Sources close to Mr. Gooding stated that they have not seen him like this since the Fall of 1998 when he was "so upset he could just scream."

"I just can believe this; but I suppose I should have expected it. This is typical" Gooding said. "You come to expect this kind of garbage after awhile; forget about it - I'm just too upset to even talk about it."

Psychologists recommend expressing feelings of anger, resentment, or even frustration. They note that those that are more expressive with their feelings and emotions tend to live longer and have better relationships with friends, family, and even co-workers. Dr. Jane Whiting, of Johns Hopkins noted, "Mr. Gooding's lack of expression is troubling. I hate to see someone so upset that he can't even talk about it. Normally I would recommend mood altering drugs or intense psychotherapy but in this case I'm somewhat at a loss."

Said Gooding, "God, this just pisses me off."

Pavel Datsyuk: He's not bad

Pavel Datsyuk is named offensive player of the week and the Wings are looking pretty darn good. Datsyuk has scored 5 goals in 5 games including last night's game.

As an administrative note, it is in fact true that I have given up on the Penguins.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Good news for business travelers

The internet seem to work outside of the United States. Comedy also seems to have spread elsewhere as well....

And so we bring you the story of Bubb Rubb. Sent by an anonymous reader and validated by our foreign friends (sorry Ober can't say where he is.)

Bubb Rubb is the smoothest, most fly, mo fo on the planet. Visit the Bubb Rubb soundboard for the finest in thrills and chills.

Simply type "Bubb Rubb" into the search engine of your choice and - Voila! - sweet results!

News Blackout!

Being out of the country has caused Ober to fall dangerously behind on the news of the Scott Peterson trial, the missing Minnesota girl, the Michael Jackson scandal, and Turkey-Gate.

I can't live like this!

No es bueno!

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Looney Watch: Christians get cranky, then paranoid, then just outright nutz!

Sent in by an anonymous reader (why does everybody want to be anonymous?), this site is the craziest, bat-shit insane thing I've seen in a while. I'm not even going to add commentary. Enjoy!

I came across this site when the same anonymous reader sent in this page. If you ever wondered, "Is Apple the anthropomorphic manifestation of Satan on Earth?", then this sight is for you. Here's a sneak preview: The answer to the above question is a resounding "YES!"

On another note, I will probably not be updating for about a week. Sorry, work calls.

Happy Reading.

UPDATE: This just gets crazier and crazier.

Update: There is talk of this being a parody. If so doesn't Koppelman have a link?

Polluters, Taxpayers, and that Damn Environment.

Interesting article from the Seattle Times about the superfund cleanup in the Puget Sound.

I found this curious: " The price is approaching $300 million, though all but about 15 percent of it has been paid for by roughly 100 polluters, the Port of Tacoma and the city." This leaves me with more questions like, "Who else is there?" There is the port, the polluters, and the tax payers. I guess since it is a superfund site the federal government picks up the rest - I just don't know.

Comments? Info?

Monday, December 08, 2003

Local resident finds progressive rock station to be less then progressive.

Lawrence, KS - Lawrence native Erik Elkins noted on Tuesday that he didn't believe local progressive rock station X95 was indeed as progressive as advertised.

"I'm just not sure how 'progressive' Nirvana, The Police, or POD are." Elkins, who is employed in the vinyl siding industry, went on, "I listen to X95 at work - you know - and I just keep hearing the same stuff. You know - they're still playing Nirvana. A buddy of mine has this new album by this one band, Death Cab for Cutie You know - I really like it. You know, I mean - I called X95 during their 'All Request 10 O'Clock Rock Show' and they hadn't even heard of it."

Elkins, said he "really had a hunch" that more than 25 rock albums were released each year.

Master Baited

Local Ninja expresses "Shame." Embarrassment. Requests 1000 celestial pardons.

Okaido, Japan - Local ninja, Takesh Mineta Koizumi expressed a deep sense of humiliation after being drawn into a protracted debate over post-Magi societal woes. At one point in the debate, Master Koizumi fell for the now infamous, "I know you are but what I'm I" maneuver delivered by a local student.

Koizumi, a 120 year-old veteran of the Russo - Japanese war and World War II, disappeared for what observers said was "a brief moment" only to appear directly behind 28 year-old Kizo Yamara. Koizumi proceeded to deliver a fatal blow to the base of Yamara's skull.

Koizumi could not be reached for comment but released a statement expressing "shame."

Oliver North Stirs the pot with lies and misrepresentations.

Here' an old trick: Go through all the motions that "the media" goes through. Write thoughts, information, and pose rhetorical questions - just like the media. Then, refer to the media as "they" thus distancing yourself and claiming to be above the fray. It's a great deal. You get to lie and distort all you want and nobody will call you out. "Look, I'm just a pundit."

Try to find all the lies and misrepresentations in Oliver North's column. Use Spinsanity if you want or need help. (You do have Spinsanity bookmarked don't you?)

Anybody remember who Oliver North is? Well, he is a retired Marine Colonel that was just "following orders" when he help facilitate selling arms to Iran (of the "axis of evil") while diverting funds to a terrorist organization in Central America. Then, he joined FoxNews! Awesome!

A reader of this site pointed me to this section at the Christian Science Monitor. If you have questions about The Monitor, they can probably be answered here. Thanks for the tip anonymous reader.

The Lord of the Rings: a great, small budget, series of independent films that I like.

You've probably seen the adverts for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers extended edition DVDs. What you may have thought was, "Oh gawd, more useless footage thrown in ala George Lucas, just to make a buck." But, if you thought that you would be wrong.

I sat down and watched both in a marathon session this weekend and was extremely pleased with how they came out. More than that however, I'm confused how they could have left those scenes out of the cinema version. I know the movie would have been longer and required more "Pee Pee" breaks for people like me, but the footage was crucial at times.

The stories are explained comprehensively, the characters are more thoroughly developed, items and circumstances are more clearly explained - you can't miss with these DVDs.

Colts beat Titans . White meat shows.

If you're not a Bernie Mac fan, you probably didn't get that. The point, that the Colts beat the Titans yesterday by playing a physical game, should not be lost however.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

They hate us because we love freedom.

Or they hate us for this.

My favourite FOIA conversation is this one, from 1969, between Kissinger. Ron Ziegler, and Nixon:

Nixon: See, the attack in the North that we have in mind...power plants, whatever's left -POL, the docks...and, I still think we ought to take the dikes out now. Will that drown people?
Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people.
Nixon: No, no, no...I'd rather used the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.
Nixon: The Nuclear bomb, does that bother you?.....I just want you to think big Henry, for Christsakes.

Now, class, take out your papers and let us play 6 degrees from George W. Bush. How many degrees of separation is this administration from Nixon's?

Friday, December 05, 2003

Looney Watch

This just in: Ronald Reagan replaces holy spirit in revered "holy trinity."

I think this is getting a bit out of control.
The only word that comes to mind is "sacrosanct." ....and so the myths will grow and grow and grow until the truth about Ronald Reagan - the good and the bad - is buried to deep to dig up.

But this will explain some of it.

Read more and discover the gem of a big brain on Congressman Souder:
"I have supported serious crime deterring legislation to limit the number of habeas corpus appeals a convicted criminal may file, to provide truth-in-sentencing guidelines so that criminals serve most of their jail time, and to provide funding for states to build more prisons so that we can keep criminals off our streets."

Wings Win 4 - 4!

Thursday, December 04, 2003

I'm trying to find the transcripts of tonight's Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Here's the gist of what was said:

Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes, of Hannity and Colmes fame, have not changed each other's minds in 8 years of being on the air. Not once - not on one issue.

Now there's two dumb fuckers.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

No thanks to a good friend of mine, I actually purchased Ryan Adams' "Gold" record a few years ago. It was probably the worst album I've heard in 8 years. Thanks for nothing Klaudia.

His new album sucks even more. Just for a laugh I took a listen at the record store the other day. My god - he sucks so bad.

The disturbing, moderately obvious, and the battle over semantics all brought to you by our friends at Al-Jazeera. Just an fyi: if cannibalism doesn't interest you - skip the first link.

For a moment, compare Al-Jazeera to Fox news. I'm not going to draw out the distinctions but if you have ever seen this site or watched their news, they are far more, ***cough cough*** fair and balanced. Most notably, they don't fly a national flag in the background of their news. Why do I have to go to Dearborn, Michigan to watch it?

There's nothing quite as deliciously satisfying as attacking the AWOL-in-chief from the right.

American foreign and domestic policy right now is like going to a Kansas feed lot and looking for a date. Or as the honourable Christopher George would say, "What a goat-fuck."

That's good GLAY-VIN!

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

News in brief

New joint study by Saint Joseph's College, Sloan, and Case Western proves that only fascists use Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Cleveland, OH - A study conducted by researchers at Saint Joseph's College, Sloan school of business and Case Western Reserve concluded that only fascists that hate liberty use Internet Explorer.

Don Kaufax of Sloan, a senior professor of business, noted that this study offers irrefutable proof of the sinister nature of Explorer users. "I think we were all a little surprised to find the sheer evil and misanthropy behind their motives. I think it was half fascination with utter control and manipulation and half hatred of independent thought. It was like looking into pure evil - my god."

Kaufax was noticeably shaken during the press conference.

Researchers conversely demonstrated how users of Mozilla and Opera tended to be more open-minded, technically adept, and tended to hold the fundamentals of western civilization near and dear to their hearts. Users of these browsers tended to be more team-oriented and focused on open standards. Users of Mozilla, in particular, tended to be able to pleasure their partners more thoroughly.

Wabbei Al-Jiberi of Case Western Reserve stated, at the same press conference, that the continued use of Internet Explorer could be a sign of the decline of civilization. "I'm not sure why people continue to use Explorer. Mozilla allows the user to view HTML and other code more cleanly. It offers the user a better representation of the web. You know, and finally, it is open source which means the users can contribute to the community of developers no matter how 'techie' they are." Al-Jiberi also noted that supporting Internet Explorer was allowing Microsoft to develop it's own standards, independent of sanctioning bodies. "I mean, this is ridiculous man, these people are just down-right evil."

Users of any operating system can download Mozilla at http://www.mozilla.org.

Representatives of Saint Joseph's College were not in attendance at the highly attended and highly anticipated press conference. They had other stuff to do.

Monday, December 01, 2003

So, if you are a conservative or libertarian and you are voting for Bush, ask yourself why?

David Boaz from Cato asks the same question. Before September 11th, Bush had increased the size of government. After September 11th, the government continued to grow. So ask yourself, conservatives, who is George W. Bush and who are the Republicans?

I have always had a half-cocked theory about political parties. It goes like this: People belong to political parties because the remotely identify and very generally agree with the soundbites the "party higher-ups" give. They also belong because their parents, grandparents, and friends belong(ed). But at the end of the day, supporting a the Republican vs. the Democrats is akin to cheering for either the Lakers or the Celtics in the 80's. Maybe you liked Magic or Pat Riley...maybe you like Kareem. You could sort of identify with their style of play. ....or maybe your dad was a Laker fan. Maybe you liked Larry or The Chief?

So what happens when Cooper, Riley, Magic, Byron Scott, and James Worthy leave the Lakers? Well, they still have the same uniforms but they are a completely different team. Some people just give up and find another team that they like - or that reflects their interests in basketball. Others, just can't break with tradition. The Lakers of the 90's didn't even remotely resemble those teams from the 80's yet they still had fans for life.

Well, the Republican party doesn't resemble Goldwater or Reagan's conservatism (or at least Reagan's soundbytes about conservatism.) So why are people still holding on? Why do people say, "I believe in small government" in one sentence and then say, "...and I'm voting for George W. Bush" in the next? Isn't that hypocritical? If candidate X believes in A and you believe in B, why would you support candidate X.

Maybe it is time to find a few new parties that represent the American people Or maybe it is time to find an electorate that votes what it believes, not tradition or "the lesser of two evils."

As an FYI, the following male porn star names have been taken (*by me:*)

Dick Stockwell
Erik T. Sweetmeat
L. Ron Houghwell
Peter P. Stifferson

Please make a note of it.

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