September 18, 2008

I Iz Dum

But Ohbamma will saves me!

Trulee, Raychil splanes it all to us.

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September 9, 2008

As If We Needed Another Reason To Vote For McCain!

The World's Verdict Will Be Harsh If The US Rejects The Man It Yearns For

Tough !@$#@! I say REJECT!

Mark Steyn's as always delicious take here.

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September 4, 2008

Truer Words

I'm on YM with a friend, and we're both watching the McCain speech. I thought I'd share a snippet:

Me: I know his thing is 'reaching across the aisle' but GAH!!
A: Yeah. It would be nice if these sentiments were actually reciprocated.
Me: Exactly
Me: He who turns the other cheek to the Dems gets bitch slapped.
A: YUP.

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May 31, 2008

Those Backwards Irish!

Imagine actually letting their people vote! Where will it all end? Truly shocking. /sarcasm

Irish referendum could scupper EU treaty

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May 9, 2008

'Remembrance of Panics Past'

From Planet Gore:

At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind."

C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization said, "The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed."

In 1968, professor Paul Ehrlich, former Vice President Al Gore's hero and mentor, predicted that there would be a major food shortage in the U.S. and "in the 1970s . . . hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death."

Ehrlich forecast that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and that by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million.

Ehrlich's predictions about England were gloomier: "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000."

In 1972, a report was written for the Club of Rome warning that the world would run out of gold by 1981, mercury and silver by 1985, tin by 1987 and petroleum, copper, lead and natural gas by 1992.

Gordon Taylor, in his 1970 book "The Doomsday Book," said Americans were using 50% of the world's resources and "by 2000 they (Americans) will, if permitted, be using all of them."

In 1975, the Environmental Fund took out full-page ads warning, "The World as we know it will likely be ruined by the year 2000."

Harvard biologist George Wald in 1970 warned, "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." That was the same year that Sen. Gaylord Nelson warned, in Look magazine, that by 1995 "somewhere between 75% and 85% of all the species of living animals will be extinct."

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March 5, 2008

Not Average

Like that's a surprise.

Americans love mobile phones more than Internet: study


Americans would find it harder to part with their mobile phones than the Internet, television or landline telephones, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Nuh uh! I have no attachment to my cell phone whatsoever and would give it up over the internet or TV any day. I probably use my cell phone once or twice a month, more on vacations. But the internet? [HUGS] Nope, not giving that up!

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January 30, 2008

Now That....

..qualified as "And now for something completely different". I'm watching the Hannity and Colmes and they're doing the Luntz focus group segment post debate, and who's in the room with the group but John Cleese! Very strange. I guess you can chalk it up to 'only in California'.

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December 5, 2007

Please Tell Me This Is A joke

Please?

Why Mommy is a Democrat

There are no words...

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November 19, 2007

Not Suitable For Children

No, not some rated R film, or HBO series. What shouldn't children of today watch? The original Sesame Street! The DVDs even come with a warning.

Sunny days! The earliest episodes of Sesame Street are available on digital video! Break out some Keebler products, fire up the DVD player and prepare for the exquisite pleasure-pain of top-shelf nostalgia.

Just don't bring the children. According to an earnest warning on Volumes 1 and 2, "Sesame Street: Old School" is adults-only: "These early 'Sesame Street' episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child."

The article here.

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September 24, 2007

Scotch Tape

I always wondered how it had been invented!

And how it got its name? Hah!

3M tapes got its name when an auto painter, who was given an early 2-inch wide version of Drew's masking tape to perform two-color paint jobs, found that it was coated only a quarter inch wide and snapped at the inventor: "Take this back to your stingy Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it."
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August 20, 2007

Never Say Never

Paper: New Line Approaches Jackson

New Line co-chairman Robert Shaye told the Los Angeles Times that he has been quietly trying to mend fences with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, months after telling SCI FI Wire that he'd never work with Jackson again.

When asked if it was true that company insiders had been in talks with Jackson's representatives, Shaye told the newspaper: "Yes, that's a fair statement. Notwithstanding our personal quarrels, I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in The Hobbit."

Jackson withdrew his name from consideration for helming the Rings prequel movie in the wake of Jackson's lawsuit against New Line over Rings profits. That prompted Shaye to tell SCI FI Wire in January, "I do not want to make a movie with somebody who is suing me. It will never happen during my watch."

But Shaye's latest admission suggests that New Line is eager to get The Hobbit going again with Jackson.

Via SciFi Wire

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August 15, 2007

Join Me At the Apocalypse

Here are five fictional characters that I want on my side when the apocalypse comes:

Methos
LaCroix
Samantha Carter
Amanda
Jack Sparrow

How about you?

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August 11, 2007

Cheesy

Man says hold the cheese, claims McDonald's didn't, sues for $10 million

I'm sorry, but if I were deathly allergic to cheese, I would sure as hell check the burger myself before biting into it. Just like I check to make sure there's no mayo on my burger. I do that for just something I don't like the taste of, so if it could kill me? Come on!

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August 8, 2007

Wince

I watching Giada's Weekend Getaways on the Food Network tonight, and she was in London. The show starts out with her in a cab touring the city. she asks the cabbie to take her to the lion statues, which, she says, "Commemorates the battle of Trafalgar Square"!!!

I guess history wasn't her subject in school [sigh] Not to mention all the people who put together her show.

Posted by Ith at 8:07 PM

July 11, 2007

They Needed A Study To Figure This Out?

Study: Women Are in Charge at Home.

Speaking as a woman who works with a half dozen married men... Duh!!

Posted by Ith at 12:29 PM

July 7, 2007

You're Kidding!

Canadian Climatologist Says Sun Causing Global Warming

Well colour me surprised! /sarcasm

Posted by Ith at 12:17 PM

July 2, 2007

Quote!

This was part of a longer piece by Jim Geraghty on McCain's campaign:

Also note that the Brits seem to be arresting one suspect an hour in this car bombing plot, and this cell sounds like the jihadist equivalent of Grey's Anatomy.
Posted by Ith at 3:42 PM

June 22, 2007

What Would Jack Bauer Do?

Canadian jurist prompts international justice panel to debate TV drama 24's use of torture


Justice Antonin Scalia is one of the most powerful judges on the planet.

The job of the veteran U.S. Supreme Court judge is to ensure that the superpower lives up to its Constitution. But in his free time, he is a fan of 24, the popular TV drama where the maverick federal agent Jack Bauer routinely tortures terrorists to save American lives. This much was made clear at a legal conference in Ottawa this week.

Senior judges from North America and Europe were in the midst of a panel discussion about torture and terrorism law, when a Canadian judge's passing remark - "Thankfully, security agencies in all our countries do not subscribe to the mantra 'What would Jack Bauer do?' " - got the legal bulldog in Judge Scalia barking.

Posted by Ith at 9:08 AM

June 20, 2007

Thieves Steal Herman Munster's Identity

Crooks in an underground chat room for selling stolen credit card numbers and personal consumer information offered pilfered data purportedly about Herman Munster, the 1960s Frankenstein-like character from "The Munsters" TV sitcom.

The thieves apparently didn't realize Munster was a fictional TV character and dutifully offered to sell Munster's personal details - accurately listing his home address from the television series as 1313 Mocking Bird Lane - and what appeared to be his MasterCard number. Munster's birth date was listed as Aug. 15, 1964, suspiciously close to the TV series' original air date in September 1964.

Full Article

Posted by Ith at 12:41 PM

June 3, 2007

Forget the G-String

Now you can 'wear' the C-string!

Posted by Ith at 2:31 PM

May 29, 2007

I'm Sure Elisabeth Is Crushed

Rosie O'Donnell said she may never speak to Elisabeth Hasselbeck again following their now-infamous confrontation on "The View" on Wednesday.

Hey, and Rosie is doing it for free! Because goodness knows, it's something you'd be willing to pay for!

Posted by Ith at 11:20 AM

30 Second Rule

The things they do studies on!


Dropped a tasty sandwich on the kitchen floor? According to new research, you have at least 30 seconds before bacteria from the ground latch onto the bread. That’s longer than the so-called “5-second rule” that grew out of previous experiments in which food was dropped onto tiles contaminated with e-coli. In the new study, two students tested food that had been on the ground at their college’s snack bar and dining hall for five seconds to five minutes. Wet foods, such as apple slices, picked up bacteria in about 30 seconds. Dry foods, such as Skittles candies, could be left for more than one minute. “The five-second rule should probably be renamed,” said Molly Goettsche, a student at Connecticut College. “You actually have a little more time.”

Posted by Ith at 9:02 AM

May 21, 2007

'Pygmies'

Apparently, according to Bob Bechel, that's what those of us who dare disagree with our betters on D.C. on 'Immigration Reform' are. Isn't that nice? Said it right on FNC this morning. What a sweetheart, huh?

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't 'pygmy' one of those code words that are supposed to be racial slurs? So one can assume that if the lovely Mr. Bechel weren't a part of the Dem machine, we'd be hearing screams of outrage from the Jesse's and Al's of the world, demanding apologies and firings.

But he is a Dem, so I'm pretty sure we won't be hearing anything from those fine upstanding gentlemen.

Just remember you're a pygmy whenever the Dems start bleating about raising the tone of discourse in politics.

Posted by Ith at 8:18 AM

May 8, 2007

Ewwww! Icky Girl Cooties!

British TV standards are deteriorating because the BBC is "run by women", astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has said.

Because you know us wimmins only want to watch the girly cooking shows.

"I used to watch Doctor Who and Star Trek, but they went PC - making women commanders, that kind of thing. I stopped watching."

Real tragedy, that.

Posted by Ith at 1:31 PM

May 5, 2007

Quote

Boobies are bipartisan!
Posted by Ith at 12:47 PM

March 24, 2007

Makeovers For Dead Authours

Austen 'too ugly' for book cover

Jane Austen's 'makeover' for the new book cover Novelist Jane Austen has been given a makeover for the cover of a book about her life after publishers decided an original image of her was unattractive.

"She was not much of a looker," said Helen Trayler, managing director of publisher Wordsworth Editions.


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March 12, 2007

The Universe Does Have A Sense of Humour!

Seen at the Corner:

MINNEAPOLIS - A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite.
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March 6, 2007

Eco-Sex

Okay, now I've heard everything.

"Green" sex for Canadians.

(And no, I don't think it has anything to do with Kermit)

Posted by Ith at 4:56 PM

February 20, 2007

Should I Be Worried?

Email users suffered a 10 per cent drop in IQ scores, more than twice the fall recorded by marijuana users.

Nahhh... it's way too late to be worrying about my IQ!

Posted by Ith at 10:13 PM | Comments (1)

February 7, 2007

Chocolate, Roses, and a Genetic Test

The perfect Valentine gift.

Genetic Test Could Reveal a Cheating Heart

How romantic!

Posted by Ith at 1:29 PM

February 2, 2007

Seen

Seen on my walk to work this morning: a bumper sticker that said "I'm Already Against the Next War".

[eye roll]

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November 28, 2006

Saying Just the Right Thing

How to come home drunk and still get a hot breakfast:

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover the night after a business function.

He forces himself to open his eyes and the first thing he sees is a
couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And,
next to them, a single red rose!

Jack sits up in bed and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean
and pressed.

Jack looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order,
spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins,
cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the
bathroom mirror and notices a note on the table: "Honey, breakfast is
on the stove, I left early to go shopping - Love you!!"

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast
and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. Jack
asks, "Son...what happened l ast night?"

"Well, you came home after 3 am, drunk and out of your mind. You
broke the coffee table, puked in the hallway and got that black eye
when you ran into the door."


"So, why is everything in such perfect order, so clean, I have a rose
and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?"

His son replies, "Oh, THAT!...Mom dragged you to the bedroom and when
she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, "Leave me alone,
bitch, I'm married!!!".

Broken table - $200
Hot breakfast - $5
Red Rose bud - $3
Two aspirin - $0.25
Saying the right thing, at the right time...
PRICELESS

Posted by Ith at 1:09 PM

November 21, 2006

Rejoice!

Rejoice, voters! Because of you, all good things will come to pass

Hallelujah! Now that Democrats have taken control of Congress, we can expect:


* Gas prices to drop to $1.25, because Republicans will no longer be able to feather the nest of Big Oil with obscene profits.


* Cars to run on hydrogen, corn syrup and refried beans, because Republicans will no longer be able to control the laws of physics.


* The wage gap to become non-existent, because differences in intelligence, drive, determination, personal responsibility and common sense will be outlawed.


* Unemployment to drop to zero when the minimum wage increases to $22.35 per hour, because the demand for labor increases when the cost of labor increases, and not the reverse, as ignorant, mean-spirited Republicans had stupidly claimed.


* Test scores of below-average students to skyrocket to above-average levels, because Democrats will outlaw the Republican-invented Bell curve.


* The Dow to hit 18,000 in 2007, because it's an economic fact that the best way of growing an economy is to penalize risk-takers, innovators and the industrious.


* The price of medicine and health care to plummet, because it's another economic fact that when you give people free stuff, demand goes down.


* Foreign investors to swamp the country in capital, because they really don't care about the return on their investments, as the Republicans had led us to believe.


* Government to control even more of the economy, because government is clearly better at allocating scarce resources, as the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea and France have proven.


* Single-parent households to grow exponentially, because Republicans won't be able to spread the lie that such households are the primary cause of poverty, crime and school dropouts.


* Wal-Mart to go out of business, because Republicans won't be able to perpetuate another myth that people prefer low prices to high prices.


* Muslim extremists to stop killing Americans and enslaving women, because their extremism was caused by Republicans, who never understood the glories of multiculturalism and the fact that all cultures are equally good, except the American culture.

In conclusion, since things are going to be so much better with the Democrats controlling Congress, let's hope that they also gain control of the White House.

Craig Cantoni, Scottsdale
The writer is an author, columnist and small "L" libertarian
.

Posted by Ith at 11:46 AM

November 18, 2006

Technicolour Trousers

As most of you know, I'm a big ol' fangirl of Peter Wingfield, who played Methos on Highlander. and I know quite a few of my readers are too, so I'm sharing!

Peter has a new gig on the top rated show in the UK, Holby City. His first ep is in two weeks. Last night, there was a charity telethon on the BBC that's a big deal and is held every year. And every year, the casts of different BBC shows put on little skits for broadcast. This is what the Holby City cast did -- Peter's the one in the silver lame' top and hot pink trousers [snicker] And yes, I've already made an LJ icon from it. [snickers some more]

Posted by Ith at 4:13 PM

November 9, 2006

Very Alton

I know that Alton Brown says you should never buy any kitchen implement that doesn't do more than one thing, but this is crazy!

Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM

September 10, 2006

Old

After our 100 mile blow out the catalytic converter drive yesterday, we had dinner at Black Bear Diner, and were seated next to their banquet room. There was a six year old's birthday party in progress there with about 40 kids, gift bags, balloons, sundae bar, cake, and god knows what else. I had just finished telling Nin that when I was that age, I considered myself lucky to have a birthday cake and was floored at the productions children's parties have become. I have coworkers who rent out entire parks for their two year old's birthday party! Anyway, had just finished telling this to Nin when our waiter comes over and says, "and what was your 6th birthday party like?". We all laughed. Well, none of my birthdays, even as an adult, were ever catered at a restaurant! Seems like parents are competing with other parents to have a better birthday party than Jose's or Susie's. At least that's the vibe when you hear them talking about it. Beats me. I will be forever baffled.

You know you're getting old when when you are even comparing birthday parties to 'in my day' [g]

Oh, and I've decided I want to have a birthday party at Disneyland complete with Princesses, since I was obviously deprived of a proper birthday party as a child. Maybe it will heal the deep seated trauma that was caused by not having a catered party with forty of my closest friends. (though I'd prefer a Princes version! [ahem])

(FYI: still have broken comments, so email me if you so desire)

Posted by Ith at 1:46 PM

June 30, 2006

Cricket

I have a cricket in my office. I can't find it, I think it's behind the computer stand. But boy is it loud!! Well, crickets are good luck.

Posted by Ith at 12:17 PM

June 21, 2006

Who Needs a Travel Agent?

Barbara Boxer seems to be in the travel advisory business these days.

I received the following email...

Senator Boxer on Visiting Yosemite

Dear Friend:

Many people who are planning summer vacations should know that Yosemite
National Park is once again open for business. Recent landslides on
Highway 140 have closed that road, but several other routes are open and
can take you to one of the most beautiful of our National Parks.

The recent landslide impacted a portion of Highway 140, approximately
20 miles east of the town of Mariposa. The road was shut down
indefinitely as a result of the significant landslide, and engineers are working
on short-term and permanent solutions to bring the road back into
service.

Despite the closing of Highway 140, the areas both to the east and to
the west remain among the most beautiful in our nation. Mariposa is a
delightful town and a wonderful example of Californias rich history.
And Yosemite National Park should be on anyones list of travel
destinations because of its unmatched natural splendor.

If you are traveling this summer, I encourage you to visit Mariposa on
Highway 140 and to visit Yosemite National Park using one of the
entrances listed below:

- Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Valley can be reached along
Highway 41 North from Fresno.

- Big Oak Flat Entrance to the Park can be reached from Highway 120
East from Modesto and Manteca. The Big Oak Flat Road continues into
Yosemite Valley and to the Tioga Road.

- Tioga Pass Entrance can be accessed along Highway 120 West from Lee
Vining and Highway 395.

Yosemite National Park can also be accessed using a number of
convenient public bus and train connections to reach their destination. The
Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System, VIA Adventures, and Amtrak
all offer train and bus service to Yosemite Valley. Once you get
there, a shuttle bus service provides convenient access to many of the major
points of interest within the park. You may obtain more information on
these public transportation options by visiting the following web
sites:

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System: www.yarts.com
VIA Adventures: www.via-adventures.com/yosemite.html
Amtrak: www.amtrak.com

Road conditions are subject to change, so I encourage you to visit
www.nps.gov/yose/ or call (209) 372-0200 for the latest in road conditions
before you embark on what I hope will be a memorable and fun-filled
visit to Yosemite National Park and its surrounding communities.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Posted by Ith at 7:10 PM

June 12, 2006

Live Long & Prosper

Jedi Breakfast

Profanity warning!

Posted by Ith at 9:03 PM

May 30, 2006

Study: Canadians Healthier Than Americans

They obviously didn't survey my relatives. [snort]

Article here.

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May 4, 2006

[insert eye roll]

Now he's going to release the original versions of the movies. But he didn't change his mind -- oh no. And notice the $30 per movie price tag. Uh huh. Yep, exactly.

Posted by Ith at 3:07 PM | Comments (3)

May 3, 2006

Sharing the Immigrant Experience Over Cocktails

Via Ken at It Comes In Pints? (still one of my all time favourite blog names) comes this very amusing essay about the immigrant experience from a hopeful foreigner.

Fellow immigrants, let's do lunch

.... I came, like so many before me, for opportunity. The opportunity to be represented by either the United Talent Agency or CAA in my quest to negotiate a deal with NBC for a pilot I have written called, tentatively, "My Nana Was a Stripper."

Will I succeed? Who is to say? I know only that I will work hard and live simply, in the Four Seasons on Doheny, for as long as it takes to get a meeting or until I get in at Shutters.

Call it hope. Call it a dream. Call it that feeling we immigrants get as we look down from our business-class seats on American Airlines coming into LAX and see a palm tree for the first time. We do not have these in my country. These to me are a symbol, a kind of great green light at the end of the dock, as your writer F. Scott Fitzgerald said in his book, "The Great Gatsby," which in my country is called "The Great Gatsby."

And we will call this land, "This Land"!

Read it all.

Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM

April 21, 2006

It's Not Even April 1st!

'Star Trek' set for '08 revival. J.J. Abrams to take the helm.

Say what???

Daily Variety said the action would center on the early days of "Star Trek" characters James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer-space mission.

So this is an alternate universe Star Trek? Lordie!

Posted by Ith at 8:53 AM

April 13, 2006

Credit Where Credit's Due

Martin Sheen on running for office:

Mr. Sheen was offered an opportunity to see how his character's appeal would play in a real-life campaign. Not long ago, he said, he was approached by Democratic Party representatives from his native state, Ohio, to see if he would be interested in running for the United States Senate after he left the show. Though he would have had little trouble drafting a campaign platform he is a fierce opponent of nuclear power and the war in Iraq, and a champion of human rights he turned them down.

"I'm just not qualified," he said. "You're mistaking celebrity for credibility."

Via The Corner

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April 8, 2006

Where???

Today's horoscope:

You bake cookies when people come over. You cook soup and take it to them when they are sick. You always have extra bandages in your medicine chest. You like to take care of the people you love, and anybody you see who is in pain too. But maybe somebody wants to take care of you for a change. Why don't you let them? It'll be a nice role reversal for both of you.

My question: where are they hiding? Come out, come out wherever you are!! I won't fight you, I swear!

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March 28, 2006

Normally

Normally, I'd leave this post to others who cover the kookiness that is Tom Cruise so much better. But I just had to share this one! I mean, come on!

TOM Cruises pregnant fiance Katie Holmes will be reminded to keep her vow of silence during birth by signs plastered around their home.

The couple following the Scientology tradition of a silent birth had the posters delivered to their Beverly Hills mansion.

The 6ft placards will be placed so Katie can see them in labour.

One reads: Be silent and make all physical movements slow and understandable.

Dawsons Creek actress Katie, 26, must keep mum and will not even be allowed painkillers when she has the couples first child due any day.

If you want more, here's the rest.

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March 23, 2006

How Nice For Me

I'm the number three search result for "old woman fondled my breasts". Gee!

Posted by Ith at 8:55 AM | Comments (1)

March 22, 2006

ROTFL!!

So I'm checking my Methos watchlist on Technorati, and the sponsored advert is:

* Looking for Methos? Low prices, wide selection. Find exactly what you want today. www.ebay.com

Where the hell do I sign up?!?!

Posted by Ith at 7:04 PM | Comments (1)

For The Strange File

Really weird dream last night -- I was planning my wedding. Since I'm not dating anyone, nor have I for many years, it qualifies as strange, me thinks. I'm assuming it's because of all Mickey's wedding posts on her blog -- must have put it on my mind. But hey, now I know what the music for the first dance at the wedding I'll never have is going to be! Important information, don't you know.

(Sleeping Beauty Waltz by Tchaikovsky, in case you were wondering) (which is actually perfect oddly enough)

Posted by Ith at 9:34 AM | Comments (2)

March 12, 2006

Cherub

The Vampire with Bunny Slippers.

Posted by Ith at 2:20 PM

March 10, 2006

'How William Shatner Changed the World'

Yeah, I'm around, though barely.

For your weekend viewing, try: How William Shatner Changed the World on the History Channel.

Yes, its really true, Capt. James T. Kirk of the Enterprise is responsible for many of the gadgets and technology we know and love today. How so? Well, this utterly disarming and even hilarious special shows how the Star Trek fans of the 60s and beyond were often inspired by the outer space show to create in real life the gadgets and gizmos they saw on their TV screens.
Posted by Ith at 11:53 AM | Comments (1)

March 7, 2006

Wrong Turn

Whoever surfed in here looking for a 'brothel in Minsk' really took a wrong turn!

Posted by Ith at 9:44 AM | Comments (5)

March 5, 2006

That's Refreshingly Honest

Keira Knightly on her good looks:

The actress, who shot to fame four years ago in Bend It Like Beckham, has played down her stunning good looks, revealing that her image is regularly improved by airbrushing in movie posters and ad campaigns.

She said recently: "I know that my face has got me jobs and that's just the way it is. But what happens is that you sit for two-and-ahalf hours in front of the mirror covering up your imperfections.

Posted by Ith at 8:15 PM | Comments (3)

March 3, 2006

Not So Happy Cows Now!

This is freaking hilarious.

Happy California Cows aren't so happy when they're in the X Files.

(Here in CA, there's a long running series of ads about Happy California Cows put out by the CA cheese board. They're very funny.) (You can see a couple of them here)

Posted by Ith at 11:54 PM | Comments (4)

March 2, 2006

Way Off

Via Deb, another goofy test:

You Should Weigh 145
If you weigh less than this, you either have a fast metabolism or are about to gain weight. If you weigh more than this, you may be losing a few pounds soon!
How Much Do You Weigh?

Yes, I have a fast metabolism and weigh quite a bit less than I'm supposed to according to the results.

Posted by Ith at 12:59 PM | Comments (5)

February 23, 2006

Who's What?!?

Now I've seen everything: The William Shatner DVD Club.

Posted by Ith at 3:39 PM | Comments (2)

February 16, 2006

Is It Odd To Anyone Else?

The same people who riot over cartoons about their prophet use his name in a snackfood? I can't quite imagine buying Pop Tarts of Jesus in Safeway, but that's just me.

Posted by Ith at 4:51 PM | Comments (2)

February 14, 2006

And What Would The Day Be...

... without a heartfelt sentiment expressed in a pink and red heart shaped card covered in lace and ribbon?

Posted by Ith at 3:20 PM | Comments (2)

February 8, 2006

30 Sec. Movie Review: Mr & Mrs. Smith

Well there's two hours of my life I'm never getting back.

Posted by Ith at 12:05 PM | Comments (7)

February 7, 2006

Don't Worry, Be Bloggy!

Unhappy? Then it's time to begin a blog


Revealing your innermost feelings on the internet is good for you, psychologists said today.

A study of the phenomenon of blogs - or online diaries - found people writing them feel happier and more organised.

"Feeling that you have a forum for expressing yourself can make a huge difference to your psychological well-being," said psychologist Honey Langcaster-James, a Big Brother analyst.

"It can really help people organise their thoughts by talking about their day and give them a place to let off steam."

The study found that 85 per cent of people writing a blog did it to express their inner thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental environment.

Via The Corner

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February 6, 2006

Muppets Do Serenity

Right here.

Via CB

'They're sending us free lumber!'

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February 1, 2006

Those Diabolical Straussians

Via the Corner, this article on the cabal intent on taking over Canada.

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January 31, 2006

We Don't Have The Market Cornered On Kooky

This didn't happen in California, people. No, this would be Minnesota with the vampire candidate!

Self-described vampire and Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jonathan "The Impaler" Sharkey has been arrested on Indiana charges of stalking and escape.

Sharkey gained the limelight earlier this month with his Friday the 13th announcement of his candidacy for Minnesota governor under the Vampires, Witches and Pagans Party banner.

Among his proposals was one that would use impalement to execute murderers, rapists and terrorists.

"As governor," Sharkey said, "terrorists and criminals will live in fear of me, while the people of this state will be able to live fear free."

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January 30, 2006

When Posts Collide

You may remember the posts about the worst chocolates in the world and the office mouse. Well, they've collided. As predicted, there were a few of the fluorescent lemon yellow filled chocolates left, and finally, one of the guys decided to finish them off. He opened the box, which hadn't been entirely closed, and discovered that the office mouse had beat him to it. Now, what was funny was that the mouse had very delicately removed the top layer of chocolate, leaving the unnatural lemon filling totally alone. Even the mouse wouldn't eat it! Now that's some bad candy!

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January 29, 2006

Weird

Followed a referral from sitemeter to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Turns out it's in relationship to the RWN 2008 poll. What's weird? The authour of the post -- a reporter from what I can gather -- seems to think we're all connected to Anne Coulter somehow. AFAIK, this is the first time I've even typed in Anne Coulter on a blog post. Dems are just plain odd. Well, we knew that! But still, it's weird.

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January 27, 2006

Crazy Like A Fox?

So I see this headline: Canadas new leader takes on U.S. over Arctic. I'm not entirely sure that soon to be PM Harper isn't being sneaky. How better to do some military buildup in a country that's not been keen on the whole concept of having a strong military for a while now, than by using what they dislike even more -- us -- as an excuse to do so? Maybe it's one big fakeout.

Only time will tell....

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January 25, 2006

Save the Fairies!

Fairies stop developers' bulldozers in their tracks

VILLAGERS who protested that a new housing estate would harm the fairies living in their midst have forced a property company to scrap its building plans and start again.

Marcus Salter, head of Genesis Properties, estimates that the small colony of fairies believed to live beneath a rock in St Fillans, Perthshire, has cost him 15,000. His first notice of the residential sensibilities of the netherworld came as his diggers moved on to a site on the outskirts of the village, which crowns the easterly shore of Loch Earn.

He said: A neighbour came over shouting, Dont move that rock. Youll kill the fairies. The rock protruded from the centre of a gently shelving field, edged by the steep slopes of Dundurn mountain, where in the sixth century the Celtic missionary St Fillan set up camp and attempted to convert the Picts from the pagan darkness of superstition.

Then we got a series of phone calls, saying we were disturbing the fairies. I thought they were joking. It didnt go down very well, Mr Salter said.

In fact, even as his firm attempted to work around the rock, they received complaints that the fairies would be upset. Mr Salter still believed he was dealing with a vocal minority, but the gears of Perthshires planning process were about to be clogged by something that looked suspiciously like fairy dust.

I went to a meeting of the community council and the concerns cropped up there, he said. The council was considering lodging a complaint with the planning authority, likely to be the kiss of death for a housing development in a national park. Jeannie Fox, council chairman, said: I do believe in fairies but I cant be sure that they live under that rock. I had been told that the rock had historic importance, that kings were crowned upon it. Her main objection to moving the rock was based on the fact that it had stood on the hillside for so long: a sort of MacFeng Shui that many in the village subscribe to.

There are a lot of superstitions going about up here and people do believe that things like standing stones and large rocks should never be moved, she said.

More at the link.

An amusing sidenote, when I emailed the article Eudora gave it a three chili pepper warning (extremely offensive) for the use of fairie. What's with that? Goodness knows what would have happened if it had been kelpie or brownie! /sarcasm

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January 22, 2006

How Narrow Minded Of Them

UF requirement for partner benefits: You must have sex

Not to mention quite discriminatory. Who are they to say that a committed, long term relationship requires sex to be 'real' to qualify for benefits. Talk about invasion of privacy! Hasn't been established that what happens in the bedroom is no ones business?

(the above is only very slightly tongue in cheek)

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January 19, 2006

How Do They Know?

I followed a referral link to the Google Directory for Blogs, and find this blog listed, along with a description: A California native who loves travel and science fiction writes about her life. Okay, that's fine. But does someone from Google read the blogs the list and come up with some sort of description? Or is it some sort of computer generated thing? Just struck me as odd.

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January 18, 2006

Musical Cars

I was supposed to walk to work this morning since Nin was off, but it was raining and I had a heavy sack to carry on top of it. So, I called "V" and he said he'd come pick me up (he was already at work). I was standing on the edge of the sidewalk looking down the street watching for him, when someone pulls up behind me. It's my boss, who asks if I'm waiting for him. I said no, I was waiting for "V". So he called "V" on his cell and said he had me. We passed "V" about halfway down the street.

I have no idea what people on the street think, since very often when I'm walking to work a variety of vehicles driven by different men will stop and pick me up. (The street is one many of my coworkers take to get to work.) I find it amusing :)

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January 15, 2006

Topical

We watched last week's E Ring last night, and boy was it topical! They were tracking cell phone transmissions between terrorists in this country to ones in other countries, to try and stop the release of Plague. I said to Nin, "Don't they know that's EVIL! How dare they trample the rights of those poor terrorists? A little Plague is a small price to pay for the privacy rights of terrorists!"

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December 22, 2005

A Christmas Tradition

Every year, we get a box of Maxifield's Chocolates here at work. They are truly the most disgustng chocolates you could ever hope to eat -- but we eat them anyway. We think it's some sort of curse since the guy who used to always give them to us stopped when he retired, but guess what? Somone else started giving us a box! So it's like a tradtion for us now to gather round the four pound box and choose the ones that are the least icky. By the middle of January, all that will be left is the 'lemon' cream -- the colour of a yellow highliter inside -- and some of the really nasty butter rum ones. Finally, the day will come when someone really wants some sugar, and will eat even those.

It's very sad.

I guess it's too much to expect one paltry box of See's one day.

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December 20, 2005

A Little Xmas Humour

Making the rounds in email:

PSYCHIATRISTS' CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR EVERY DIAGNOSIS

Schizophrenia ~~ Do You Hear What I Hear?

Multiple Personality Disorder ~~ We Three Queens Disoriented Are

Dementia ~~ I Think I'll Be Home For Christmas

Narcissistic ~~ Hark The Herald Angels Sing About Me

Manic ~~ Deck The Hall and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and.....

Paranoid ~~ Santa Claus Is Coming To Get Me

Borderline Personality Disorder ~~ Thoughts Of Roasting On An Open Fire

Personality Disorder ~~ You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll Tell You Why

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ~~ Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

ADHD ~~ Hark the herald angels sing ba-rum-pa-pum-pum in the little town of Bethlehem up on the housetop in a winter wonderland one foggy Christmas Eve hey how bout them Bears no I don't want to switch to Sprint but thank you for shopping at K-Mart.

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December 18, 2005

Narnia Last Night

All the gory details here.

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December 13, 2005

Reach Out And Touch Someone

Almost the only reason Tam ever calls me is because something is wrong. For example, she called me in agony from the hospital as she was about to be rushed into emergencey surgery. So she just called me at work, and the first words out of my mouth are, "what's wrong?!!?!". Turns out she will call me for something other than disaster, and that's to say, "Narnia was great!". My reaction? "That's nice." So she decided to hang up and call someone who would react with the required joy. Kidding!! No, we actually had a nice chat -- just not about Narnia. [hugs TamTam]

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December 10, 2005

December 6, 2005

This Wins

as the oddest product I've seen lately.

and it's a best seller for Christmas, believe it or not!

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November 30, 2005

Playtime

I asked my boss if we could send the guys outside to play. I swear, it's like being trapped inside on a rainy day with a bunch of very big and loud twelve year old boys. (meant cheerfully, not in a I HATE MEN sorta way) (just in case my mirth isn't coming through the void)

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November 28, 2005

Isn't That Something?

Melvin and Howard: A true story after all?

It's Melvin Dummar's story, and he's glued to it.

The former Willard gas station operator - who forever will be tied to Howard Hughes through the so-called Mormon Will - still insists he picked up the billionaire recluse along a lonely Nevada road and saved his life on a frigid December night in 1967.

Now, nearly four decades later, new evidence suggests Dummar was telling the truth.

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Glad It Isn't Just Me

This an article about dj vu, but the bit below is so me.

....The discovery of what's called inattentional blindness lends support to this idea. People fail to see things in their field of vision all the time. But even though you are oblivious to, say, the storefront next to your destination, it still registers in memory. In lab tests, when a word flashes too quickly for someone to consciously perceive it, and then flashes long enough to be read, people say they saw it on a previous list, not realizing they saw it a second ago.
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November 25, 2005

And Now For Something Completely Different

Former Canadian Minister Of Defence Asks Canadian Parliament Asked To Hold Hearings On Relations With Alien "Et" Civilizations


A former Canadian Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau has joined forces with three Non-governmental organizations to ask the Parliament of Canada to hold public hearings on Exopolitics -- relations with ETs.

By ETs, Mr. Hellyer and these organizations mean ethical, advanced extraterrestrial civilizations that may now be visiting Earth.

On September 25, 2005, in a startling speech at the University of Toronto that caught the attention of mainstream newspapers and magazines, Paul Hellyer, Canadas Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prime Minister Lester Pearson, publicly stated: "UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head."

Mr. Hellyer went on to say, "I'm so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something."

There's much more at the link.

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November 16, 2005

Freakish Weather

It's bleeding 73 degrees! It rarely gets that warm here in the summer, in the middle of the day. Never mind November at 10:30 in the morning! There are mutterings of earthquake weather.

It's actually warmer outside than inside since the cinderblock walls are cold from the night.

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November 14, 2005

Just Because It Tickled My Funny Bone

Read down a few lines:

Vatican City, Nov 11 - The legacy of Pope John Pail II "includes, among various examples, a shining attitude towards prayer. We now pick up his spiritual heritage under the guidance of his heavenly intercession," said today Pope Benedict XVI during a sermon to celebrate late cardinals and bishops. "Over the last 12 months," said the current Pope, "we have had five revered cardinals who kicked the bucket: Juan Carlos Aramburu, Jan Pieter Schotte, Corrado Bafile, Jaime Sin and, less than a month ago, Giuseppe Caprio. We entrust their souls and those of the Archbishops and Bishops who passed away recently to God."

Link via The Corner

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November 8, 2005

Poor Babies

Just goes to show they can dish it out, but they sure can't take it.

Hurt pride shows as France sees world report riots

A barrage of critical world media reporting on the violence in its rundown suburbs is rubbing nerves raw in France, which is more used to hearing praise for its food, its countryside and its opposition to the Iraq war.

In tones ranging from outrage to rueful agreement, French media are now reporting daily on the harsh terms that foreign television stations and newspapers choose to describe the unrest among France's angry youths of Arab and African origin.

[....]

The Foreign Ministry has criticised some foreign reports as excessive and at least one cabinet member, Labour Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, has hinted the critical reporting was meant to hit back at France for opposing the U.S.-led Iraq war.

French media have run hard-hitting reports on the riots, just as they have been very critical of social or racial problems abroad. But seeing equally tough reporting about their own country seems to have caught the French off guard.

Eric Raoult, mayor of the eastern Paris suburb of Raincy, did not like being at the receiving end of outside attention.

"Last night, Japanese television and Turkish television were in my city hall telling me what should be done. That hurts me," he said.

[....]

The conservative Le Figaro was indignant about the way U.S. media reported from riot-hit areas such as Seine Saint Denis, the rundown area between the capital and its Charles de Gaulle airport to the north.

"American newspapers don't hesitate to compare Paris to Baghdad or Seine Saint Denis to the Gaza Strip and to call the crisis a 'Katrina of social disasters'," an editorial fumed in a reference to the recent hurricane.

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November 3, 2005

Sugar & Testosterone

With a healthy dollop of caffeine.

That's today's recipe here at work.

It's what happens when you mix a group of bored guys, everyone's left over Halloween candy, and lots of coffee. Tomorrow, even more guys with even less to occupy them.

It's getting quiet out there... I think they're beginning to crash.

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October 31, 2005

My Holiday Question

Nin blogged it here.

(whilst watching the overwrought and terribly silly, "Most Haunted")

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October 30, 2005

Wag That Finger!

Dem spokespeople keep coming out and saying things along the lines of this: The Republicans say it isn't important that someone lied if they weren't under oath. But it is wrong, they should apologize to the American people!

So when Clinton wagged his finger at me and said he didn't have sex with that woman, these same Dems were really upset he lied, even though he wasn't under oath, right? Funny, I don't recall ever getting an apology for that....

I must say, this sudden attachment to the truth, love, hugs, unicorns, and fluffy clouds from the left is really precious.

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October 29, 2005

This Will Probably Increase Sales of Wise Men Costumes

Through a study of various passages in the Bible, a timeline can be calculated, which begins with the date of priestly service of Zacharias during the Jewish two-week "course of Abia." The timeline continues through the conception of Zacharias' son, John the Baptist, on July 31st, and on to the birth of Jesus Christ, indicating October 31st as the birthday of Christ.

Story here, via The Corner

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October 27, 2005

Under Averaged

According to this, I'm not at all average. I got 7 out of 15.

American Snapshot

According to the book, a majority of Americans:

Eats peanut butter at least once a week
Prefers smooth peanut butter over chunky
Can name all Three Stooges
Lives within a 20-minute drive of a Wal-Mart
Eats at McDonald's at least once a year
Takes a shower for approximately 10.4 minutes a day
Never sings in the shower
Lives in a house, not an apartment or condominium
Has a home valued between $100,000 and $300,000
Has fired a gun
Is between 5 feet and 6 feet tall
Weighs 135 to 205 pounds
Is between the ages of 18 and 53
Believes gambling is an acceptable entertainment option
Grew up within 50 miles of current home

Via the ever lovely Rae.

The next day: I crossed out the ones that don't apply.

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A Pharoe After My Own Heart

King Tut Drank Red Wine, Researcher Says

Dancin by the Nile, (Disco Tut, Tut) The ladies love his style, (boss Tut, Tut) Rockin for a mile (rockin Tut, Tut) He ate a crocodile.
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Uh, Yeah, Like This Was A Surprise

Not.

George Takei Discloses His Homosexuality

I figured it out in, heck, 1988?

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October 25, 2005

Leaks About Leaks

Am I the only one who thinks it's weird that we're hearing all these leaks from anonymous sources from the Plame grand jury, when the whole brouhaha started over anonymous leaks in the first place? What else proves more than anything that no matter what the issue, DC is a sieve and no one, on any issue, seems to be able to keep their lips stapled? Will there be a Grand Jury to investigate the leaks from the Grand Jury?

(And on the fictional side, West Wing revealing that Toby was the leaker. "When you walk out of here, there will be people thinking you're a hero. I'm not one of them." (or something similar) )

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October 18, 2005

Freedom!!!!!!!













William Wallace

You scored 83 Wisdom, 73 Tactics, 63 Guts, and 55 Ruthlessness!

Like William Wallace, chances are you have no problem charging a
larger, better trained, better equipped, better armed and armored
English army with a band of naked drunken Scotsmen. I'm not contesting
that you have balls. It's your brain function I'm worried about.

Scottish soldier and national hero. The first historical record of
Wallace's activities concerns the burning of Lanark by Wallace and 30
men in May, 1297, and the slaying of the English sheriff, one of those
whom Edward I of England had installed in his attempt to make good his
claim to overlordship of Scotland. After the burning of Lanark many
joined Wallace's forces, and under his leadership a disciplined army
was evolved. Wallace marched on Scone and met an English force of more
than 50,000 before Stirling Castle in Sept., 1297. The English, trying
to cross a narrow bridge over the Forth River, were killed as they
crossed, and their army was routed. Wallace crossed the border and laid
waste several counties in the North of England. In December he returned
to Scotland and for a short time acted as guardian of the realm for the
imprisoned king, John de Baliol . In July, 1298, Edward defeated
Wallace and his army at Falkirk, and forced him to retreat northward.
His prestige lost, Wallace went to France in 1299 to seek the aid of
King Philip IV, and he possibly went on to Rome. He is heard of again
fighting in Scotland in 1304, but there was a price on his head, and in
1305 he was captured by Sir John de Menteith. He was taken to London in
Aug., 1305, declared guilty of treason, and executed. The best-known
source for the life of Wallace is a long romantic poem attributed to
Blind Harry, written in the 15th century.









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Via Julias Caesar, errr... Jay!

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October 13, 2005

"Squawking 'bout a Revolution"

Whadda we want? A radical parrot! When do we want it?

An excerpt:

SWEARING in front of the church minister is normally the worst you would expect to hear from a pet parrot.

But, with shrill cries of "what solution, revolution", the talkative birds are set to become the voice of political dissent in a bizarre take on the G8 protests in Edinburgh.

Artist Ruth Ewan is trying to recruit parrot owners in the Capital to teach their pets protest chants parodying those heard at this summer's protests.

Her exhibition in Edinburgh - partly inspired by Monty Python's famous dead parrot sketch - aims to lampoon many of the most vocal protesters.

The former Edinburgh College of Art student said she believed many of those chanting about "revolution" and "trade justice" did not understand the political ideas behind the slogans.

She said she wanted to expose what she saw as the pointlessness of much of the protesting.

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October 7, 2005

Really?

So I was digging around in the domain stats -- which I don't do all that often -- and come to discover that that, after the USA, the country that the domain gets the most traffic from is Saudi Arabia! Go figure. Followed by Japan and Australia. I dunno, it just seems odd :)

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October 6, 2005

I Don't Get It

I just read this article, about the 'death' of the PC. I'm afraid I don't get it. If I don't have a computer, on what shall I write, email, create graphics, blog, surf the web, play games? And what about work? Kinda dependant on having a computer, unless this guy thinks I can use my cell phone or something. Maybe it's the end of the day, and I'm tired, but the whole thing makes no sense to me.

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October 4, 2005

What Sort of Beverages?

I was pointed to this defense of Harriet Miers over at The Corner. But this isn't going to be a post about whether or not she's qualified to be a Supreme. No indeed! This is about coffee, tea, or milk.

According to a source in her Dallas church quoted by Marvin Olasky, Harriet Miers is someone who taught children in Sunday School, made coffee, brought donuts: 'Nothing she's asked to do in church is beneath her.'

As the courts new junior member, the 60 year old lady Harriet Miers will finally give a break to Stephen Breyer, who has been relegated to closing and opening the door of the conference room, and fetching beverages for his more senior Justices. Her ability to do this type of work with no resentment, no discomfort, and no regrets will at the least endear her to the others. It will also confirm her as the person who cheerfully keeps the group on an even keel, more comfortable than otherwise might be the case with a level of emotional solidarity.

This gave me a fit of giggles. Does the low guy on the totem pole really fetch coffee and open and close doors?!

"Would you like that latte decaffe half fat?"

"How many sugars?"

"Would you like a refill?"

[snorfle] [snicker] ahhhh, the mental images!

We deal with the truly serious questions here at A&C!

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September 26, 2005

Not Your Father's Contacts

I had no idea there were this many 'unique' contact lens out there.

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September 24, 2005

Expectation

So, according to this article, a crowd of 2000 showed. And they got a nice big report out of it. Now, I've been to sciene fiction conventions with a bigger crowd than that, so can I expect that next time, ABC will give us a couple pages on filking in the ballroom and demands for a manned mission to Mars? Nah, I didn't think so.

(apparently more showed up later, so they got another article!) (I've always wondered, how do these people afford to travel to all these protests? Do they not have jobs and responsibilites?) (just wondering)

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September 21, 2005

Maybe the Calamari Listened

An excerpt from The Corner this morning:

September 21, 2005 -- SEN. John Kerry doesn't need to listen to President Bush to criticize him. Kerry sat down to dinner at Caf Milano in Georgetown last Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with three other men, and never glanced at the TV set at the bar during Bush's address from New Orleans. "Mr. Bush's speech ended at approximately 9:25 p.m. local time," Washington Times columnist John McCaslin noted. "Lo and behold, when he was still seated at the table wiping squid from his chin, Mr. Kerry responded to the president's address with a statement of his own, issued at exactly 9:54 p.m." Buried in Kerry's statement was this nugget: "Americans want an end to politics as usual." Pass the calamari.
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September 15, 2005

Dang!

That was fast: Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney Split. And I gave it two years.

You know what they say: Marry in haste, repent in leisure

(It's kinda sad though. I admit, I'm a closet romantic)

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It's A Test

This today in Best of the Web:

Here's an unwittingly amusing "newsview" piece from Ron Fournier of the Associated Press:

It's August in Crawford, Texas, and President Bush is on vacation. His poll ratings are slumping. He hears warnings of a looming crisis that will soon change the course of his presidency.

Is this August 2001? Or August 2005?

The answer is both. Historians will ultimately judge Bush's presidency based on his leadership through two tragedies--the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, plus a conflict of his own design: The war in Iraq.

Historians will judge Bush by his response to the hurricane? Hmm, OK, let's try a little test. Who was president during each of these events:

* The Galveston hurricane, which killed some 8,000
* The Great Okeechobee Hurricane, which killed more than 2,500
* The Johnstown, Pa., flood, which killed at least 2,200
* The San Francisco earthquake, which killed 700

You have no idea, do you? We had to look it up, and we're almost an expert on American presidents. The answers are William McKinley, Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt. Do you remember ever hearing or reading a single word about how the president responded to any of these events?

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Breastfeeding Absinthe?

That has to be one of the odder google searches to bring someone here.

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September 14, 2005

Channeling Bob Barker

littlehouse.jpg

The house pictured above is in my neighborhood. Now, I don't live in an awful neighborhood, but it's not what you'd call high end either. It's a mix of apartments, motels, small houses like the one above, and even the area's only adult theater! This particular house is about two blocks from the county fairgrounds, under the airport's flight path, on a very busy street that connects two even busier main streets. It was probably built in the 1930s, and it's tiny. I'd say about the size of my apartment, if that. Two bedrooms, one bath.

Now, how much do you think it's selling for?

I'll put the price in the extended entry for those that want to play!

And the price is....

$690,000

No, I didn't put too many zeros in.

Consider this Exhibit A as to why I can't afford to buy a house here.

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September 9, 2005

That Was Different

Juan Williams defending the Bush administration and the President against the racism charges steming from Katrina in particular and in general.

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August 23, 2005

Less Than 27 Days!

You're invited!

What: International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day!
When: September 19th, 11 days before Serenity premieres at a theater near you.
Why: From the official website - "Why do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Make no mistake. We do. But it's a little hard to articulate why, especially when you've made the mistake of referring to your wife as a scurvy bilge rat and tried to order her back into the galley.

Talking like a pirate is fun. It's really that simple.

It gives your conversation a swagger, an eln, denied to landlocked lubbers. The best explanation came from a guy at a Cleveland radio station who interviewed us on the 2002 Talk Like a Pirate Day. He told us we were going to be buried by people asking for interviews because it was a "whimsical alternative" to all the serious things that were making the news so depressing.

In other words, silliness is the holiday's best selling point.

Before we go any further, there's something we need to be clear about. Pirates were and are bad people. Really reprehensible. Even the most casual exploration of the history of pirates (and believe us, casual is an accurate description of our research) leaves you hip deep in blood and barbarity. We recognize this, all right? We aren't for one minute suggesting that real, honest-to-God pirates were in any way, shape or form worth emulating.

So what is it exactly that we're celebrating here, if not pirates? What, you're wondering, is the point?

We're going to be painfully honest here, perhaps fatally so.

The point is, there is no point.

And that's what's fun about Talk Like a Pirate Day specifically, and talking like a pirate in general."

How: The Basics. One can even speak pirate in German!

I guess The Pirate will have to talk like a Scot or Bostonian or affect some other fun accent, instead. ;-)

Posted by Princess Jami at 9:06 AM | Comments (2)

August 19, 2005

One Goat Garage

This is about a stray mountain goat ending up in someone's garage. This bit gave me a laugh:


Probst opened the garage's other bay door hoping to give the goat an escape route, but the critter went farther inside. It soon leaped onto the hood of the pickup truck parked in the second bay.
The goat started walking in circles on the hood, lowering its horned head and stomping a hoof on its metal perch, she said.
After Probst tied up the dog and called for an animal control officer, she grabbed a camera - in case her insurance company doubted a goat-related coverage claim, if needed.

Posted by Ith at 4:18 PM

August 11, 2005

New Feature!

For the last few years now, I've gotten the Earthscapes daily calendar for work. The photos are lovely, but each day sas a usually goofy New Age quote. It occured to me, as I was reading today's, that I should share them with you, my precious gentle readers. Since I'm still searching for a 'thing', this may be it! Or not.

No nation owns the air, the water, the fire energy of the Earth. Ownership of the Earth takes on a new meaning in the age of convergance. ~ Meditations with Teilhard de Chardin

Age of Convergance? Is it anything like the Age of Aquarius? I have the urge to go to the airport and hand out flowers...

Posted by Ith at 11:26 AM | Comments (1)

August 8, 2005

From The Strange But True File

Detainees under Harry Potter's spell

Harry Potter's worldwide popularity is so broad-based that it has become favorite reading for Islamic terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Lori, who for two years has overseen the detention center's library, said J.K. Rowling's tales about the boy wizard are on top of the request list for the camp's 520 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, followed by Agatha Christie whodunits.

"We've got a few who are kind of hooked on it. A couple have asked if they can see the movie," said Lori, a civilian contractor who asked that her last name not be publicized.

Posted by Ith at 9:00 AM

August 6, 2005

Nice Hat

Cassandra is in full on whacky mode. Check out what she's been up to.

Posted by Ith at 11:50 AM

August 5, 2005

Scratch That

Festival to make terror and bombings 'fun'

ARTISTS and performers are reacting in many ways to global terrorism in shows at the Edinburgh festivals this year - but some have altered their acts after the London bombings.

A Muslim stand-up comedian, the Danish-born Omar Marzouk, has been touring Europe with an act in which he "blows up" his audience with a fake suitcase bomb.

The "bomb" is designed by a television special-effects team and explodes on stage, but the Fringe performer is planning to cut the scene following fears it may cause offence.

The leading Irish comedian, Andrew Maxwell, said he had originally written a large segment of his show on the theme that it was impossible to have a British suicide bomber.

"That was a very key section of my show, about the Britishness of Muslims, more interested in the car and making a cup of tea than extremism," he said.

"It was in a nutshell that you would never get a British suicide bomber, that the 'normalness' of British Muslims would preclude them ever being fanatical enough.

"The audiences loved it but it proved to be completely wrong and irrelevant."

Posted by Ith at 10:04 AM | Comments (2)

August 4, 2005

The Winner Is

"As soon as Sheriff Russell heard Bradshaw say, 'This town ain't big enough for the both of us,' he inadvertently visualized a tiny chalk-line circle with a town sign that said 'Population 1,' and the two of them both trying to stand inside of it rather ineffectively, leaning this way and that, trying to keep their balance without stepping outside of the line, and that was why he was smiling when Bradshaw shot him."

This year's winner of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

Posted by Ith at 10:26 AM

August 2, 2005

Okay, But...

How did she end up with the actual bat for testing? You're driving, the window's open, bat flies in and bites you, and....? What? Seems like there's something missing in the middle there! I've had bats get in the house, and they're not easy to catch. Driving and being bit doesn't seem to be an ideal situation to catch the little beggar.

I ask these questions so you don't have to.

Posted by Ith at 3:17 PM | Comments (1)

July 31, 2005

Harry Potter On Toast -- Literally

This is hilarious! But be warned, it contains a spoiler from the Half Blood Prince!

Posted by Ith at 11:50 AM

July 27, 2005

Guess That Margarita Is Sending Me Straight To Hell

This made me laugh out loud for real:

Basically, having a glass of Chianti with my pasta is made the equivalent of worshiping the Prince of Darkness. Bizarre.

I remember well the church my mum belonged to: drinking, dancing, movies, TV, popular music -- all the road to hell. So the above really hit my funny bone! I think I'll go open that bottle of wine now...

Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM | Comments (2)

July 26, 2005

CSI: Sasquatch

Canadian lab to test 'sasquatch' hair

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - The debate over the existence of sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, an ape-like creature said to haunt the wilderness of western Canada has entered the world of modern DNA testing.

A laboratory will test hair samples that several residents of Teslin, Yukon, say were left when the large, but so-far mythological creature made a late-night run through their community in early July.

University of Alberta wildlife geneticist David Coltman, who agreed to do the tests as a favor to a colleague, said on Monday that scientists have cataloged the DNA of nearly all large animals in the Yukon such as bears and bison.

"So we'll compare it to all of that, and if it doesn't match anything, then it's potentially interesting," said Coltman, who suspects the hair was actually left behind by a much more mundane Yukon bison.

"If sasquatch is indeed a primate, then we would expect the sample to be closer to humans or chimpanzees or gorillas," Coltman said.

The legend of a large, hairy, two-legged creature lurking in the mountains of western Canada and the United States dates back to before Europeans settled the continent. This was the second report of the creature near Teslin in just over a year.

In the latest sighting, a group of Teslin residents told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. they heard branches cracking and saw a large human-like creature run by a house. It left behind large footprints, they said, and the hair tufts that were given to wildlife officials.

Coltman expects to have his results on Thursday and said that even if the hair turns out not to be from a sasquatch, the process should serve as good way to get students interested in the field of DNA testing.

"It's sort of like a wildlife CSI story," he said.

Posted by Ith at 4:50 PM

July 21, 2005

For As Long As You're In Touch With The Inner Me

Currently popular weddings vows:

"For as long as we continue to love each other"
"For as long as our love shall last"
"Until our time together is over"
"For as long as our marriage shall serve the greatest good"

Posted by Ith at 4:05 PM | Comments (20)

July 20, 2005

You Just Knew It Had To Happen

Just a few weeks ago, I was reminiscing about "Battle of the Network Stars", and wondering when they'd be recycling it. Well, the wait is over! I was watching "Blow Out" last night, and saw an ad for this.

.... The reality TV stars battling it out for cash and prizes include Chip & Kim and Charla & Myrna from the "The Amazing Race," Nikki McKibbin and Ryan Starr from "American Idol," Brittany Brower from "Americas Next Top Model," Heidi Bressler and Bradford Cohen from the "The Apprentice," Adam Mesh from "Average Joe," Tina "Fabulous" Panas from "The Bachelor," Will Kirby (winner) and Mike "Boogie" Malin from "Big Brother," Evan Marriott from "Joe Millionaire," Matt Kennedy Gould from "The Joe Schmo Show," Wendy Pepper from "Project Runway," Coral Smith and Mike "The Miz" Mizanin from "The Real World," Theo Gantt from "Road Rules," Duncan Nutter from "Showbiz Moms & Dads," Richard Hatch (winner) and Susan Hawk from "Survivor," Rachel Love Frasier (winner) from "The Swan," and Valerie Penso from "Temptation Island," among others.

The updated format of the much-loved series is complete with teams of sweatsuit and Speedo-clad reality stars that will partake in physical and aggressively competitive challenges reminiscent of the original program. TV's most cherished and loathed reality stars will compete in a joust, navigate a kayak race, and battle it out in the famed tug-of-war, among other challenges. In a nod to today's reality shows, twists and turns along the way force team members to vote each other off, create alliances, and generate unending drama and tears

Speedo clad?? Say it ain't so! .

Posted by Ith at 11:25 AM | Comments (1)

July 19, 2005

The Elf Next Door

Elf Zoning

When laying down roads and putting up buildings, residents of most North American and European countries worry about zoning codes. Icelanders worry about elves living in rocks.

"If there was a large stone in the garden, and somebody said to an Icelander, 'That's an elf stone,' would they blow it up? They wouldn't," Terry Gunnell, head of the folklore department at the University of Iceland, told the New York Times.

In the town of Kopavogur, a section of Elf Hill Road had to be cut back from two lanes to one in the 1970s when, during efforts to remove a large rock thought to house elves, construction equipment kept breaking down.

"A lot of people believe they still live there," said neighbor Gurdrun Bjarnadottir, "but I think they've moved."

In Iceland, settled by Scandinavian Vikings and their Irish slaves in the 10th century, democracy preceded Christianity. Although the population of 300,000 is modern and Internet-savvy, old traditions die hard and opinion polls show that a majority believe in elves.

"My next-door neighbor is an elf woman," explained retired museum director Hildur Hakonardottir. "She lives in a cliff in a rock in my garden."

In Kopavogur in 1996, someone tried to flatten a hill to build a cemetery, but bulldozers malfunctioned and television cameras trained on the site failed to work.

"We're going to see whether we can't reach an understanding with the elves," the construction project supervisor told a local newspaper at the time. "Elf communicators" were brought in and after some time work successfully resumed.

Elly Erlingsdottir, who heads the town of Hafnarfjordur's planning committee, said a committee member recently told a resident who wanted to build a garage that he hoped it was "OK with the elves."

Erlingsdottir also told the Times that some elves had borrowed her kitchen scissors, returning them after a week to a place she'd searched many times.

"My philosophy is, you don't have to see everything you believe in," she explained, "because many of your greatest experiences happen with closed eyes."

Posted by Ith at 11:13 AM

July 13, 2005

I Object!

This is part of an article inspired by the premise of a new movie called "The Wedding Crashers".


... The movie cashes in on two common stereotypes about weddings: that women hate attending nuptials alone, and that men, realizing how vulnerable weddings make single women feel, use the occasions to their advantage.

But how are true are these generalizations?

Very, according to experts.

"Women have so much trouble admitting they are single [that] they will bring anyone to a wedding," said dating consultant David Wygant. "They hate to answer this question at a wedding: ''Why is a nice girl like you still single?'

"So to avoid the embarrassment, they end up going with a guy they do not like and hoping to hook up with the hot out-of-town friend they met at the rehearsal dinner," Wygant added.

On the flip side, men aren't likely to bring a guest to a wedding unless they are very serious about someone, both out of fear of sending the wrong message to a starry-eyed date and also to make the most of the opportunity.

"As for the guys," Wygant explained, "we know how vulnerable woman get at a wedding, and why bring food to an all-you-can-eat buffet?"

Wygant even suggests a ready-made pick-up line: '"Hey, weddings make me realize how much I miss being in a relationship.' That gets them every time."

I've never taken a date -- desperate or otherwise -- to a wedding. And I've never been hit on at a wedding either. The closest thing I can think of was a woman telling me I was "brave" for attending a Tartan Ball on my own (I even got pity dances!)

Ladies, what say you? Are you a desperate wedding dater? And gentlemen, do you routinely take advantage of us "vulnerable women" at weddings?

I think this "dating expert" is full of it. Not to mention, what the hell is a "dating expert" anyway? Is that like, a real job? Really? Nice work if you can get it, I guess. And what a prince he is with his "ready-made pick-up line"! Bet he's beating the ladies off with that one. [insert eye roll]

(of course, this could just be another one of those gender questioning moments!)

Posted by Ith at 1:05 PM | Comments (10)

July 11, 2005

Knock Me Over With A Feather!

I know you're going to be as shocked by this news as I was:

Bush finds no friends at networks

President Bush just can't win with the broadcast networks.

More than two-thirds of the news stories on ABC, NBC and CBS covering the first 100 days of Mr. Bush's second term were negative, according to an analysis released today by the District-based Center for Media and Public Affairs

/sarcasm

Posted by Ith at 12:29 PM | Comments (2)

It Is A Puzzlement

Local officials baffled

Local officials were baffled when they got their first look at the federal government's top priority list of potential terrorist targets in California.

Why was Emerald Hills Golfland, the South San Jose miniature golf course and water slide, on the list, along with more obvious targets like San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid and Oakland's McAfee Coliseum?

The statewide list was supposed to identify ``critical infrastructure,'' possible targets of high economic or social importance that would be eligible for special federal grants to provide extra protection.

``We doubled over laughing,'' said Frances L. Edwards, director of San Jose's Office of Emergency Services. ``It was comical.''

Although the entire list has never been made public, 259 sites in California are eligible for a share of nearly $13 million that's been promised to the state under the new federal Buffer Zone Protection Program. Each local government will get $50,000 a site for surveillance cameras, protective barriers or other equipment to discourage a terrorist attack.

``I would be real happy to bring 50,000 bucks to San Jose,'' said Robert Kenney, vice president of Golfland Entertainment Centers, which also has courses in Sunnyvale and Milpitas.

But even Kenney was surprised that San Jose's Golfland, with a maximum capacity of 750, would be on the same list as Disneyland and Great America. ``I'd be happy if the money was used not to defend Golfland but a more visible site,'' he said.

Golfland wasn't the only place that had local and state officials scratching their heads when the list was first distributed last fall. San Jose's downtown arena was listed twice, as HP Pavilion and under its old name, Compaq Center. Spartan Stadium, with a capacity of about 30,000, was there, but Stanford Stadium, which holds 85,000, was not.

[....]

In all, 18 sites in Santa Clara County and three counties to the south -- Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz -- are eligible for federal funding. It's been widely reported that California's list includes icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Disneyland, along with major stadiums and amusement parks. Locally, Paramount's Great America in Santa Clara, with an estimated 2 million visitors a year, is among the obvious places listed.

But Lofgren said she was shocked by many of the things that were included, some that were left out and by the overall shoddiness of the federal effort.

``In Los Angles County, they had the district offices of some city council members but not others,'' she recalled. ``They had a check-cashing office.''

In one case, the branch office of a major Silicon Valley company was listed, Lofgren said, but not its larger, more economically significant Santa Clara County headquarters. Also missing, she said, was a company she regards as integral to the Internet and a facility elsewhere in California that she believes could be crucial to the state's water supply.

Posted by Ith at 12:10 PM

July 9, 2005

All About Me!

Remember a few weeks back I asked about the whole 'About Me" page? Well, the vote was an overwhelming, "do it!" (Bou was especially persuasive) So thanks to all of you for your input. My wretched offering can be found here. It's not funny, or clever, but it's there. and I've put a permanent link over on the sidebar.

Posted by Ith at 5:22 PM | Comments (7)

July 6, 2005

It's In TIME, So It Must Be True

I saw this photo in the paper edition yesterday, and sure enough it's on the website.

So, according to TIME, the liberals on the court are all 'moderate', but the conservatives are all 'staunch'. Hmmmm.... All bright red and pale blue in their world.

Posted by Ith at 9:29 AM

June 24, 2005

It's Coming By Owl!

I pre-ordered the next Harry Potter book from Amazon UK since I wanted the British adult cover version. I just got this email from them, which I found quite amusing:

Dear Customer,

We are writing to you regarding your order for "Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)".

At Amazon.co.uk, we are always looking for ways to bring value to our
customers. We are, therefore, delighted to confirm that we have
reduced the price of Harry Potter 6 to just 8.99 (47% off) and that
all our customers, muggles and wizards alike, will benefit from this
reduction.

Rest assured that the new lower price will be charged automatically
when we dispatch your book, and the new price will be magically
changed in Your Account. You will see the change in Your Account at
the following address:

www.amazon.co.uk/your-account

These changes may not be reflected immediately.

Please note that the book will not fit through a standard letter box,
so keep an eye out for our delivery owls.

Thank you for shopping at Amazon.co.uk, and stay alert for
You-Know-Who.

Warmest regards,

Customer Service
Amazon.co.uk

Posted by Ith at 5:48 PM | Comments (6)

June 17, 2005

'Groomzilla'

Thanks to Fugitive Jen and her impending fut-free nuptials, I've been taking an interest in wedding related articles. This one is an eye-opener:

The monster bride, the woman who becomes demanding, spoiled and downright evil about her impending wedding (Star Jones, anyone?), is a well-known stereotype. There's even a nickname for her: "Bridezilla."

Now, with more guys getting into the Big Day brouhaha, brides-turned-scary-giant-reptiles have company. Meet "Groomzilla."

"They can turn into little tyrants," wedding expert Sharon Naylor, author of "The Groom's Guide", said of the new frantic grooms. "Even though it's about a wedding, it becomes very territorial."

The transformation from the "just show up in your tux" husband-to-be to the involved, micro-managerial, teeth-baring groom can be explained by the change in who's organizing and paying for that walk down the aisle.

More than 80 percent of husbands-to-be are full planning partners for weddings today, according to Bridal Guide magazine

And then there's this guy:

Franz Wisner, 39, from Los Angeles, didn't have Bridezilla on his hands he had the opposite: Aloof, Flaky Bride who Wisner said wore her engagement ring sporadically and only took on the job of mailing out the invitations, which were late.

"I picked up the ball and ran with it. I'm much more a list-maker and overachiever type, so whatever she didn't do, I did, with the hope that she'd come around."

She didn't. Instead, she turned into a runaway bride.

"She didn't do much planning at all that, in retrospect was a huge red flag that I should have paid more attention to. I ended up doing more and more of the planning and footing more and more of the bill," he said. "Then, in the days before the wedding, I got dumped."

Wisner wound up holding the wedding anyway for his family and friends, and then taking his honeymoon to Costa Rica with his brother. His book on the adventure, "Honeymoon With My Brother," came out in February, and a movie based on it is in the works, he said.

Posted by Ith at 5:04 PM | Comments (2)

June 16, 2005

Apparently...

we're being repressed. Why don't I ever get the memos? No one ever tells me anything down here in the fourth tier. Bah! See if I make cookies for the next secret meeting.

Posted by Ith at 9:13 AM

June 9, 2005

Like Chasing Your Own Tail

I was reading this, "Nine women to defy Vatican to become priests" and I don't get it. If your church doesn't recognize you're a priest, and will excommunicate you for messing around with something sacred for your trouble, then you aren't actually a Catholic priest. You may be a priest in some religion you just made up, but not the one you claim to be. And I can only assume that if they figure out which male bishops secretly ordained some of the women, that they will be excommunicated?

I realize the point is probably to bring attention to the issue, but it seems a rather useless way to go about it. But that's just me.

Posted by Ith at 2:52 PM | Comments (3)

June 7, 2005

Got Milk?

This one's for Deb.

I heard on the radio news that a study just out claims kids who drink three or more glasses of milk a day are likely to be overweight. Uh huh. My brother and I drank way more milk than that, whole milk even, and still do. Not overweight then, not now.

Here's one for you: if you eat food, you're more likely to be overweight. That about covers it, don't you think?

Posted by Ith at 11:25 AM | Comments (10)

June 6, 2005

This Has To Be A Joke, Right?

Remember a few weeks back I was getting comments from teenage girls for Hugh Laurie? I'm still getting them, but from supposed grownups. I really am torn. On the one hand, it's really hard to believe anyone is that, well, stupid. On the other... maybe I'm being too kind! What would make someone believe that this is either Hugh Laurie's blog or that he's somehow associated with it and is reading their messages?

Here's what I'm getting:

Hey hugh I just wanted to say that you are the best actor in the world and you deserve all the success you are getting! I seriously admire you so much. Also, i hope that you could just try and contact me back because a few words from you could bring joy to me for the rest of my life. Thanks and hve a wonderful time being you.
Hugh, My husband and I, we love your new show "House". We can hardly wait till Tuesday. That is our favorite day of the week, because we know that House is on. You are great !!! I have seen you in many movies, and I always thought that you have a great talent. I am very happy for you and for all your success. I hope the show will be on for many, many more years !!!!!!!!!!!
Mr. Laurie, Please believe that I have never attempted to contact any actor before. I am a sihgle mother of a 16 year old daughter, not a stalker. Allow me this rare opportunity to thank you for yur spectacular performances. I can especially relate to your character of Dr. House. I too have a bum leg; am sarcastic when necessary and beleive half of what people say. In addition, I too have a hard time letting people in. I have been hurt too many times as has Dr. House. I greatly enjoy your portrayal of Dr. House. I am well aware that this is a fictional character, but, I can still relate to him just the same.

Thank you for being real within the character, allowing the good and bad to show through. I wish you and yours the best of Life, Love, Happiness and Good Health.
Thank you again.
God Bless.

What the?!?! Joke, right? I mean, honestly.

Later: upon reflection, they probably are serious. In the many years I've been involved in fandom, once the internet became mainstream, I've run across way too many people who believe they are in contact with the object of their fannish obsession via chat rooms or email. So I guess it's not a stretch for a fan to believe that somehow, the object of their affection is reading their messages.

Posted by Ith at 8:38 AM | Comments (6)

May 31, 2005

Anything For A Good Link-Whoremongering

They're, err.... unique. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Posted by Ith at 11:39 AM

May 26, 2005

Washed Out Has Beens

Via Nin comes news of an American Idol for washed up one hit wonders:

OK... This show is just bizarre!

'Hit Me Baby, One More Time' is a NBC show where groups from the top ten lists of the past come onto a live show and not only do they play their hit song and a song from today, but they're voted on!!

Artists on the show: Wang Chung, The Knack, Vanilla Ice, The Motels, A Flock of Seagulls, Tiffany, and many more.

When she told me about this at dinner, I told her she had to post about it!

Posted by Ith at 8:35 PM | Comments (2)

May 25, 2005

Bizarre

This isn't the first time something like this has happened but this comment I just received reminded me. Basically, someone will comment on a post that's somehow celebrity related as if they think the celeb mentioned actually made the post themselves, or reads the blog. It's more than a little freaky!

Here's the most recent one:

Hugh, OMG i am in the 8th grade at ssms i am like your biggest fan u r soooooooooooooooooo HOT!!! i like worship u!! Your shows rock and u r sooooooooo funny exspesly playing in the one when u were an old ladie lol with self estemm issues!! And now i like fell in LOVE wit house u r an awsome actor!! and i wish i can realy talk to you or email u!!!!! Well i can tlak fo ever!! But bibi and if this is u hit me up [email address removed]


PS. did i mitchion u rock lol
Luv,
Samantha!!

It's hard to believe it's for real, and not some sort of joke, but it happens often enough that it appears there really are people out there that deluded.

Freakish!

Posted by Ith at 12:04 PM | Comments (6)

May 21, 2005

This, I Have To Share

One of the best Google searches to this blog ever: "Revenge of the Ith". [wipes tears from eyes]

Posted by Ith at 1:31 PM | Comments (1)

May 17, 2005

Don't Know About You

but I think all this talk about the odd habits of llamas could mean war in some quarters.

Posted by Ith at 6:06 PM

May 10, 2005

"Unbelievably Bad"

So says John Podhoretz:

.... So far all the early reviews -- all of them, from Variety to the Hollywood Reporter to Time magazine -- have been favorable. Why? Because while the movie critics of my long-ago youth were middlebrow snobs suspicious of populist entertainment, today's critics have turned into toadies. They are afraid of being on an audience's bad side, afraid that a movie they will pan might really strike a chord. Since it's a foregone conclusion that the final Star Wars is going to make a jillion dollars, the safe thing for critics to do is say nice things about it. The only nice thing I can think to say about it is that it's not quite as mindspinningly wretched as its predecessor, Attack of the Clones, but it's plenty awful anyway. Even Yoda gives a rotten performance.
Posted by Ith at 10:30 AM

April 19, 2005

Wicked Ways the Siren

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Just a portion of the funky rhymes Ithizzle threw down at a club in Rome, last night, after getting a brand-new "Scottish Thugz 'n' Pirates" tattoo on her...well, I really shouldn't tell you that...

*link courtesy of 21st Century Paladin

Posted by Princess Jami at 7:39 AM

March 29, 2005

It Burns Us!

Okay, the regular bobbleheads were bad enough, but know they're churning out "hand painted" ones. Where will it end?!?!!?

gollum.jpg
Posted by Ith at 9:46 AM

March 28, 2005

This Or That

I could talk about how I almost got hit by a car whilst in a crosswalk on my way home, or I could let you read about the newest craze sweeping the UK: Pole Dancing! But is it seedy or sexy? Hmmm....

Posted by Ith at 5:49 PM | Comments (2)

March 18, 2005

"Titanic in Space"

George Lucas is saying the last film will be "a real tearjerker" and likens it to "Titanic in space" according to this article. Then I get to this:

If Lucas's comparison to "Titanic" is to be believed, there must be heartbreak in "Revenge of the Sith" because 1997's tale of the doomed ocean liner stirred audiences with its tale of an ill-fated affair between characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Well freakin' DUH!! Have these people never seen the original three movies? How could it end in anything but heartbreak and tragedy? You know, before he started working on the second trilogy, this was the movie I most wanted to see. It's like any movie or book on King Arthur -- you know it can only end one way, but I'm glued to the story regardless. But, considering how little I enjoyed the last two films, I'm almost dreading this one. If it follows the pattern of the last two, it'll be a huge disappointment. More so due to my prior hopes in finally seeing this story presented. While I refuse to get my hopes up for this one, a little part of me is virtually crossing my fingers. Yeah, I know, I'm a sap :)

Posted by Ith at 9:15 AM | Comments (3)

March 10, 2005

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up! II

Go read what the Pirate has to say about this one.

Posted by Ith at 4:46 PM | Comments (2)

March 9, 2005

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up!

Not Black Enough

Students at Bowdoin College in Maine are shredding the College Republicans there for inviting a black conservative to speak on campus during Black History Month, according to the student paper there.

The critics say North Carolinian Vernon Robinson is not really a black guy; he is, they say, an "Uncle Tom" who has no right to speak on campus. One writer said (with a straight face, presumably) that the Republican student group "displayed its lack of openness by inviting" him.

"To have Robinson speak at this school as a representative of Black History Month destroys the racial peace movement that has been formulating on this campus," one wrote.

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March 4, 2005

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Someone came here searching for "photos of the Lone Ranger without clothes".

Posted by Ith at 3:17 PM

Hobbits

'Hobbit' is new species

BOFFINS have confirmed that a "hobbit" discovered on a remote Indonesian island is likely to be a new species of human.

Remains of the 3ft-tall creature were found in a cave on the island of Flores, along with stone tools and evidence of fire.

The female specimen found is thought to have lived 18,000 years ago and has a mixture of traits from the early human ancestor Homo erectus and the modern day human.

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March 3, 2005

We Didn't Get Food When I Was A Kid!

Let alone "raw Vietnamese mushroom salad". (thank goodness!)

What am I talking about? It's like this. I was reading "Best of the Web" and a bit about the Moveon (please!) guy. Apparently, he was eating lunch at the Berkeley Museum of Art:

.... The magazine likens Boyd to "someone who spends all day in an Internet chat room and assumes the rest of the world is as psyched as he and his online compatriots are about, say, the Lord of the Rings trilogy." But our favorite bit is about Joan Blades, MoveOn's co-founder and Boyd's better half:

"The GOP is painting us as socialist radicals," Blades tells me with seeming disbelief over Thai chicken salad at the Berkeley Art Museum.

Surely a real socialist radical would have ordered the raw Vietnamese mushroom salad instead.

Why do I care? Well, I don't really. At least not about him. But mention of that museum brings back fond childhood memories. See, it was almost directly across the street from the hotel I grew up in, and my brother and I spent a whole lot of time over there as a way to kill time. It was almost new then, a butt ugly building that the city was so proud of and a collection of "art" that always left my brother and I in fits of giggles. Ahhh... the memories.

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Three Baby's Mamas

A phone conversation I'm currently being forced to listen to:

He's got three baby's mamas now, right?

No? I thought he was "S's" baby's daddy.

So he has two baby's mamas then?

(Babies mamas or baby's mamas? I have no klew)

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March 2, 2005

Flood, Plague, & Sports Losses

In Carlisle, they're thinking of destroying a sculpture called "The Cursing Stone" due to a string of misfortunes that have befallen the city since it was installed:

.... The stone, a 14-tonne granite slab intricately engraved with a 16th-century diatribe against violent raiders, was commissioned by city councillors for the Millennium celebrations.

Created by Carlisle-born artist Gordon Young, is now stands at the centre of the city, near its castle.

The 1,069-word curse was originally levelled at "reiver families", who raided Carlise and other parts of the far north of England from just over the border in Scotland in the 16th century.

However, since the work of art was installed, Carlisle has suffered the worst local flooding for more than a century, an outbreak of livestock disease foot and mouth and a rash of local job losses as factories closed.

Even the city's beloved football team, Carlisle United, has endured their own famine of goals, leading them to be relegated from the Football League, The Times newspaper said.

The artist is understandably upset that they want to destroy his sculpture, but this comment cracked me up:

"If I thought my sculpture would have affected one Carlisle United result, I would have smashed it myself years ago."

You just gotta remember what's important!

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February 28, 2005

What Else Do You Expect Him to Say?

Clinton: Hillary Would Be Great President

If you must read the article, it's here. And if you're feeling so inclined, you can share what you imagine Bill is really thinking about Hill being Pres. Consider it a sorta contest for you all to amuse yourselves with while I'm busy working.

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February 25, 2005

"The Sexual Frisson"

How often does the Sec. of State get a column about her clothes and the image of sex and power they engender? In the Fashion and Beauty section of the paper no less.

....Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power -- such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, to caricature. To shadowy daydreams. Dominatrix! It is as though sex and power can only co-exist in a fantasy. When a woman combines them in the real world, stubborn stereotypes have her power devolving into a form that is purely sexual.

Rice challenges expectations and assumptions. There is undeniable authority in her long black jacket with its severe details and menacing silhouette. The darkness lends an air of mystery and foreboding. Black is the color of intellectualism, of abstinence, of penitence. If there is any symbolism to be gleaned from Rice's stark garments, it is that she is tough and focused enough for whatever task is at hand.

Handmade Trackback for Jenna: "S e x and power"

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February 22, 2005

Just Imagine

I read this and imagined the outrage there would be if it was a Christian tent with a Baptist minister.

Posted by Ith at 9:09 AM | Comments (1)

February 11, 2005

Resigned?

Ramesh Ponnuru is saying he's heard Eason Jordan has resigned.

Posted by Ith at 4:11 PM | Comments (1)

February 7, 2005

Looks Like Rain

It's pouring rain this morning, and what does that mean? It means it's AT&T Pro-Am week, that's what!

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January 27, 2005

Adventure Dining

I took a quiz, and apparently, my "dining adventure style" is Dining in Bed! I kid you not.

Going to bed with strangers was considered a questionable activity until this adventurous dining trend arose. Although new to us, dining in bed originated in ancient Rome, where it was seen as a mark of high taste to dine while lounging. Large groups reserve entire king-size beds and close a veil of chiffon curtains around them for a more private setting. Smaller numbers share their bed, and their experience, with other adventure-seekers. Meals are served on the communal tray in the middle of the bed, and guests relax by reclining on pillows or lean forward on their elbows to enjoy the meal.
Supposedly, this is the latest "thing". They even provided links:

Dinner in Bed: A Miami fad comes to Manhattan.

No crumbs in the bed

Now my whole patty melt fixation seems so blas!

( You can take the test here)

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January 21, 2005

Tea Time For Basil

Another funny bit, this time from an article on the benefits of tea:

.... "If you're a rat, I'm telling you, you should be drinking lots of tea," says Jeffrey Blumberg, a nutrition scientist at Tufts University.

(Brownie points for the first person to get the reference in the subject)

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Salute To Satan

This is amusing:

President Bush's "Hook 'em, 'horns" salute got lost in translation in Norway, where shocked people interpreted his hand gesture during his inauguration as a salute to Satan.

That's what it means in the Nordics when you throw up the right hand with the index and pinky fingers raised, a gesture popular among heavy metal groups and their fans in the region.

"Shock greeting from Bush daughter," a headline in the Norwegian Internet newspaper Nettavisen said above a photograph of Bush's daughter Jenna, smiling and showing the sign.

For Texans, the gesture is a sign of love for the University of Texas Longhorns, whose fans are known to shout out "Hook 'em, 'horns!" at sporting events.

Posted by Ith at 8:57 AM

January 19, 2005

The Sig Police

You never know when something off the wall is going to happen! In the decade I've been on email lists -- and run them -- I've never come across sig censorship. So what just happens on a "House" list I'm on? The moderator removed my sig from my post! This one was a Methos quote -- maybe the list owner hates him, I dunno :) So I unsub, figuring that this can't be a good sign, after all this is supposed to be fun, and if you're on a list where even your sig is being controlled, then the fun quotient is a little on the low side. Anyway, I got an automated, "could you please let me know why you chose to leave" message. Well, what the heck, I told them why (don't worry, I was polite). Freakin' unbelievable! And not a little sad. Sometimes I miss the old days [sigh]

On the bright side, one of the other lists I joined is very nice -- and normal -- and there's always my "House" list!

Posted by Ith at 7:01 PM

January 13, 2005

What Would We Do Without Experts?

Now we're to the local news and we're told that there's really no down side to the fact that most reservoirs are full. Gee, you mean the fact that after years of drought, we have water, and that's good? Well, golly!

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And....?

Listening to the radio news on the hour here, and this is what I hear: "A woman described as an internet black widow has been arrested in Florida".

That was it. No details, nothing.

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January 12, 2005

You Knew This Was Coming

I knew from the first episode of this new season of 24 that Muslim groups would be on the rampage.

(this season rocks!)

Via The Corner

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December 7, 2004

Just Perfect

My horoscope: You're in no mood for playful banter, and you might end up picking fights with near-strangers if you feel you've been provoked.

Oh, yeah, that about sums up my mood today.

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December 6, 2004

A CA Thing

I read the beginning of this article:

INDIAN HEAD, Md. More than a dozen expensive homes under construction were burned down early Monday in a suburban Washington (search) housing development that had been criticized by environmentalists because it is next to a nature preserve, officials said.

So I'm thinking houses that cost in the multiple millions. Then I get to this part:

Faron Taylor, a deputy state fire marshal, said investigators believe fires were set in at least four of the homes, which were priced at $400,000 to $500,000. Taylor refused to say what led investigators to conclude it was arson.

$400k? Heck that's less than a median priced home here! I guess it must be a CA thing to have such a skewed idea of what an expensive home is.

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November 10, 2004

And....

you should also read this.

('cus Deb is special)

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October 12, 2004

Such Heady Matters

Just what is a watch? You know, tick tock, or flash flash, on your wrist. It's a matter of deep import here in the wilds of Carmel!

Timeless question befuddles council: What is a watch?

THE QUESTIONS of whether watches are jewelry, if only certain types of watches are jewelry, what constitutes a mechanical watch, and if watches can be sold by anyone other than Carmel-by-the-Seas 32 downtown jewelry stores should be pondered by the planning commission, the city council decided Tuesday night. Members felt they lacked sufficient information to vote on a proposed amendment to the zoning code that would allow clock shops to sell watches, which the city specifically defines as jewelry.

Hughes Beck, a foreign-trained watch repairman who opened a clock shop on Lincoln Street but was forced to close after he was caught selling watches a privilege limited to the citys licensed jewelry stores applied for the law change. As it stands, he would have to wait for a jewelry store license to become available and then sell a full line of jewelry alongside his watches and clocks.

[....]

Following that hearing, Beck submitted an alternative that would narrow the type of watches clock shops could sell to mechanical timepieces, eliminating battery- or solar-powered quartz watches. Both proposals stipulated the presence of onsite watch and clock repair.

The planning commission did not review the alternative proposal, and Roseth declined to make a staff recommendation without its input, but he said it goes a good measure toward addressing some of the commissions concerns.

Representing Beck, attorney Jim Heisinger argued for separating mechanical watches from other sorts of timepieces.

They are works of art and are machines perhaps the finest made machines in the world, he said. You cant sell those machines in Carmel unless you include them with tennis bracelets and rings. My client would like to sell and maintain those machines.

Councilman Erik Bethel was confused by the definition, saying practically any type of watch could be defined as mechanical, including a $25 Timex, and Roseth said only timepieces that are wound or run off kinetic energy would be included. Low-cost wind-up watches are also available on the market.

[....]

Numerical caps create artificial monopolies that are anticompetitive and do not contribute to Carmels charm, he said. This amendment is exactly what we need to promote diversity in Carmel and put an end to the nonsense overreaction that has made Carmel a laughing stock in some circles.

But given the confusion over the definition of mechanical, let alone the definition of watches, as well as the lack of review and recommendation from the planning commission and staff on Becks alternative proposal, councilwoman Paula Hazdovac wanted the revised application returned to the commission. The majority of the council agreed 4-1, with Rose voting no.

The last time a business owner attempted, and succeeded, in changing Carmels rules to fit his business plan occurred five years ago, when Gasper Cardinale took on the city in a one-and-a-half-year battle for the right to sell soup in his Ocean Avenue coffee shop. Despite then-mayor Ken Whites concerns and those of some councilmembers that changing the code would result in the influx of takeout food shops and create more litter in the streets, neither has materialized.

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September 6, 2004

Amusing

I have a commenter (who may actually be Susan Estrich!) (j/k) who thinks pasting excerpts of Kitty Kelly's (who knew Kitty Kelly was still pumping out "biographys") (I hadn't heard about her since the Sinatra book she did) new book in my comments is somehow going to make some sort of difference to me.

One, it's only what Susan Estrich promised last week, two, all this stuff was in the press (been there, done that, bought the t-shirt) during the last election (who knew you could be paid to write a book about things that have been written and reported on five years ago?) (I need a job like that!), and three, I'm supposed to care that Laura Bush smoked pot in her youth? Practically everyone I know in RL has smoked pot (and a good portion have used stronger drugs than that) (is it only because I live in CA?) (is pot use unusual in other parts of the country?), I'm the oddball in my circle of friends and acquaintances that I haven't. If we kicked everyone out of the government that has used drugs in the past, D.C. would be a ghost town.

It must be a symptom of Dem desperation. Amusing, yet kinda sad, all at the same time.

[yawn] wake me up when the Dems actually have something to say that matters.

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August 30, 2004

That Whole "Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Thing"

From an article on the whackos... errr, "protesters" in NYC:

.... A diminutive woman, she has hair dyed jet black and harbors the hope that, one day, she might lead a "pacifist-anarchist-vegetarian revolution."
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August 12, 2004

Mulder's On It

Russian claim discovery of ET spaceship wreck

Russian scientists said they have discovered the wreck of an alien device at the site of an unexplained explosion in Siberia almost a hundred years ago, China Daily reported today, citing the Interfax news agency as the source.

The scientists, who belong to the Tunguska space phenomenon public state fund, said they found the remains of an extra-terrestrial device that allegedly crashed near the Tunguska river in Siberia in 1908.

Their findings also include a 50-kilogram (110-pound) rock which they have sent to the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk for analysis.

Later: Russian Alien Spaceship Claims Raise Eyebrows, Skepticism. Well, DUHHH!

Until I saw this, I thought the report was in the Chinese version of a tabloid. Didn't know it was serious.

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Did Orcs Man The Ships?

He led British sailors to a stunning victory over the powerful Spanish Armada in 1588. He is renowned for his naval cunning. He is a true British hero.

He is Gandalf.

Find out about it here.

Posted by Ith at 10:09 AM | Comments (1)

August 6, 2004

I Still Don't Know....

about the hedgehogs and dragons, but Juliette adds monkeys and poker to the list. (And you should go read the whole thing.)

Posted by Ith at 8:58 AM

August 5, 2004

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Apparently, rainbows are the exclusive domain of the left, and anyone else using them is a bigoted hatemonger. I have to say that this news truly distresses me. See, I have a ton of unicorn stuff from when I was younger, and most of it has rainbows on it. So you realize what that means, I'm sure. Yes, unicorns are racist. Just think about it for a moment. Unicorns are usually what colour? Uh huh! And they're usually what sex? Male! My God!! It's been staring me in the face every morning as I pick up my unicorn with a rainbow cup off the bathroom counter! How could I have been so naive? So blind to the hate? Damn unicorns! They look soooo innocent, but evil lies in their bitter hearts.

Of course now I have to wonder what evil lurks in my dragons and hedgehogs....

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July 24, 2004

The Perils Of Living With A Ninjababe

I guess she told me!

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July 23, 2004

'Saavik' is 'Fat Actress'

Kirstie Alley to Play a 'Fat Actress'

Kirstie Alley will take on tabloids, Hollywood and herself in Showtime's "Fat Actress," a reality-comedy series about the life of an overweight celebrity.

Alley proposed the series to the cable channel as a "send-up of her own image as well as Hollywood's obsession with weight and beauty," said Robert Greenblatt, entertainment president for Showtime Networks Inc.

Posted by Ith at 8:44 AM

July 20, 2004

Lingerie In A Twist

The French apparently don't know quite what to make of Harry Potter:

A French literature professor at a teachers' training institute thinks Harry "glorifies individualism, excessive competition and a cult of violence," which he thinks is bad. A philosophy professor responds that Harry Potter is a socialist tract. The Star summarizes:

The five Harry Potter books -- enormously successful in French translation -- are stuffed with "neo-liberal stereotypes" which caricature approvingly the "excesses of the Anglo-Saxon social model," (Ilias) Yocaris wrote.

Thus all representatives of the state (the Ministry of Magic) are lampooned as ridiculous, or incompetent or sinister. Harry goes to a "private" school, whose "micro-society" is a "pitiless jungle" that glorifies "individualism, excessive competition and a cult of violence."

Public institutions are unable to protect individuals. Au contraire, Harry Potter and his friends find that they have to break the magical state-imposed rules to protect themselves from evil forces.

...Le Monde last week published an equally erudite reply to Yocaris. Far from being a capitalist lackey, Harry Potter is the first fictional hero of the anti-globalist, anti-free market, pro-Third World, "Seattle" generation, according to Isabelle Smadja.

...Harry and his friends show great concern for the "house elves," the unpaid servants of the magical world. The fact that the elves are mostly content with their lot is, says Smadja, a "pertinent" critique of globalization.

Even worse, many of the wicked characters have French names, such as Voldemort (flight of death) and Malfoy (bad faith).

The whole article here (scroll down)

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Excitement!

We're having more excitement this week than in a month of Sundays. Both the FCC and the 9th Circuit Court are meeting -- at the same time, but separately -- at the Monterey Conference Center. One of the guys just came back and said there's protesters, bomb sniffing dogs, and security up the wazoo.

Protesters, here in Monterey! Concept.

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July 14, 2004

Uhhh, Never Mind!

Democratic candidate John Kerry, whose campaign demanded to know on Wednesday whether President Bush read a key Iraq intelligence assessment, did not read the document himself before voting to give Bush the authority to go to war, aides acknowledged.

Oops!

Posted by Ith at 6:33 PM

July 9, 2004

Fever Dream

Instapundit has a post on slash.

I'm going to go lie down with a cool cloth on my forehead now.

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July 1, 2004

Iron Chef Steve

Have you seen that cookbook yet? Since a stint on Iron Chef can only be in Steve's future, and a series of his own on Food Network, you should get a copy soon since it's sure to become a treasured family heirloom and valuable collecters item!

Posted by Ith at 5:00 PM | Comments (1)

June 15, 2004

Oh Please!

Talk about some over the top film reviewing! You'd think the guy was on Michael Moore's staff instead of Fox News'.

.... It turns out to be a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail.

[....]

But, really, in the end, not seeing "F9/11" would be like allowing your First Amendment rights to be abrogated, no matter whether you're a Republican or a Democrat.

[....]

More than even "The Passion of the Christ," "F9/11" is going to be a "see it for yourself" movie when it hits theaters on June 25. It simply cannot be missed, and I predict it will be a huge moneymaker.

He's got to be kidding! I know he's the ultimate celebrity fawner -- I suppose it goes with the job -- but even for him this is kooky! Sorry Roger, I guess I'll just go ahead and abrogate those First Amendment Rights of mine and pass on filling Moore's coffers any more than they are already.

Posted by Ith at 9:53 AM | Comments (1)

June 14, 2004

I Confess

I'm actually Paul Jan. Yes, it's true. I've had this near obsession with ham and Zils for many years but was afraid to admit it. So I created an alter ego to allow myself an outlet for those feelings.

I'm so ashamed [hangs head]

Not to mention confused. Really confused.

I've never even been to Montreal -- let alone frozen there.

Can you all forgive me?

Posted by Ith at 7:06 PM | Comments (3)

June 2, 2004

Dang!

My cruddy memory hits blogging. I can't remember what the hell I was going to post about. It's like when I walk into a room, and can't remember what for. I honest to gosh can't remember.

[wanders around office a bit]

Nope, it's gone.

I'll get back to you.

Always assuming I remember to that is!

Posted by Ith at 5:38 PM

May 26, 2004

No Mention Made Of Zil Owners Though

Don't trust a man with a fast car.

Porsche drivers are less faithful than any other group of car owners, with almost 50 percent of them cheating on their partners, a survey published in German magazine "Men's Car" has revealed.

Among German men, Porsche drivers were the least faithful, with 49 percent admitting infidelity, followed by BMW drivers at 46 percent. Among women, Audi drivers were the least reliable, 41 percent admitting to affairs.

The most faithful group were owners of Opel-Vauxhall cars, with only 31 percent of male and 28 percent of female drivers in Germany having committed adultery.

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May 21, 2004

Robertapalooza II

Well, Bertie's flight was canceled, so now we're heading to San Francisco for a 10pm p/u instead of San Jose for an 11pm one. Not too much difference in the wash. But she'll have no luggage till SUNDAY!! So Nin and I are going to stop at Tarjay on the way out tonight and get her a change of clothes.

Fun, fun, fun!

Posted by Ith at 4:59 PM

When Opposites Don't Attract

Tell me about it!

Ever go out with someone only to realize your date's a hybrid car-driving environmental activist, when your philosophy is, hey, you only live once? Or the other way around?

I signed up for Emode's Ematch over a year ago, and this guy, with whom I was supposed to be 90% compatible with, turned out to be a pacifist. Our first phone call was during the first days of the Iraq war. Talk about a mismatch!

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May 18, 2004

Brain Blue

Blue
What Color is Your Brain?

brought to you by Quizilla

Hmmmmm....

(found somewhere I can't remember)

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May 17, 2004

New To Me

I took the BlogAds Survey and one of the sections had a list of 43 blogs that you had to rank how often you read them, if ever. Out of 43, I answered "never" to 30 of them, and the majority of those I'd never even heard of. I must travel the backroads of blogging or something!

Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM | Comments (2)

May 12, 2004

Is This The Twilight Zone?

WMD threat: PM

Prime Minister Paul Martin says he believes Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and they've fallen into terrorists' hands. Martin said the threat of terrorism is even greater now than it was following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, because terrorists have acquired nuclear, chemical and biological weapons from the toppled Iraqi leader.

"The fact is that there is now, we know well, a proliferation of nuclear weapons, and that many weapons that Saddam Hussein had, we don't know where they are," Martin told a crowd of about 700 university researchers and business leaders in Montreal. "That means terrorists have access to all of that."

Posted by Ith at 10:39 AM | Comments (3)

May 11, 2004

Ooh! I'm So Excited!

According to an email from Walden's Books, I can save 30% on Bill Clinton's memoirs if I order now!

Oooooh! I'm all atremble at the news.

[rolls eyes]

Posted by Ith at 5:14 PM | Comments (3)

May 10, 2004

No Dowry Required

This was my giggle of the day. I followed the link from Master of None, started perusing the comments, and did a very sharp double take/up scroll when I realized I had just read my name on a list of potential marriageable candidates. As honoured as I am at being in such august company, and as much as I admire SDB, I must remove myself from consideration as I'm too old to fulfill the object of this enterprise: multiple offspring (I think I read 1/2 dozen at some point!)

It was an honour just to be nominated.

Posted by Ith at 5:51 PM | Comments (2)

May 5, 2004

I Know This Will Come As A Complete Shock!

Indy IV Likely Delayed Again (No, really?? Ed.)

The fourth Indiana Jones movie may be further delayed as principals Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have committments that fill their schedules well beyond the planned July 4, 2005, release date, E! Online reported. The fourth installment in the beloved movie franchise was initially targeted for release next year, but the script was sent back for a rewrite after Lucas decided he was displeased with the material, the site reported. Production is now slated to begin in 2005, with a release date in 2006.

Ford has signed on to star in The Wrong Element. Spielberg, meanwhile, will helm a movie dealing with the terrorist attack on the 1972 Munich Olympics and the subsequent films The Rivals, about the rivalry between 19th-century stage divas Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse, and The War of the Worlds, an adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells alien invasion tale, the site reported.

Lucas has been keeping himself occupied with Star Wars: Episode III, which is slated for release in May 2005.

(Also from SciFi Wire)

Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM

April 26, 2004

See What Happens?

I go away for a while and I find myself mentioned in a post on the raging battle of the blog sexes! I have to say, it's very flattering to be included in John's "off the top of his head" listing. Thanks, John, as always for all your encouragment and kind words.

I should leave town more often!

(For those of you that were commenting last week about my missing picture, this was sort of what I was talking about)

(Now if I could only remember that Blake's 7 quote about the battle of the sexes. I know Avon said it...)

Posted by Ith at 6:29 PM | Comments (1)

For That Special Legolas Fan

Lord of the Rings Legolas Computer Mouse
Just when I think I've seen everything.

Posted by Ith at 5:36 PM

April 14, 2004

I Need A New Drug

I've posted about news burnout, trying to keep my blood pressure down (figuratively speaking), and that I'm going to be a basket case come November. Looks like such things are to be expected, according to this Instapundit post:

.... I've seen a lot of studies showing that people who follow the news closely are more stressed,depressed, and unhappy than people who don't -- and I suspect that nobody in those studies followed the news as closely as serious bloggers do.

I guess the saying that "ignorance is bliss" is more true than I imagined. But could I really ignore the news? I honestly don't think so. I can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in what was going on in the world. I subscribed to TIME when I was 15, and Foriegn Affairs when I was 16, and here I am at 40 soaking in all that FNC & the internet can offer -- and blogging about it too!

I don't think there's a cure for my affliction. Well, maybe if I became Amish...

Update: Looks like Michele is going to try and give it up. I'm gonna miss her.

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April 13, 2004

Duh

I'm sure this will come as a great surprise to us all:

The federal government over the weekend issued a bulletin to state homeland security advisers and the Joint Terrorism Task Forces warning of non-specific, uncorroborated threat information that Al Qaeda wants to attack U.S. targets, Fox News has confirmed.

Officials stressed that the threat information, received in the last week, did not indicate a time, place or method of attack. (emphasis mine)

Okay, 9/11 Commission and assorted sundry blamemongers, what do you think we should do specifically to thwart this threat? And remember, you can't do anything even remotely un-PC or anything that may hurt the feelings of any ethnic or religious group, or upset public library patrons.

I'll be right here when you come up with a foolproof plan of action.

Posted by Ith at 5:19 PM | Comments (1)

April 9, 2004

Coffee In Cyberspace

I actually emailed my boss this morning to tell him I'd made coffee. When I walked past his office, he was talking to someone, so instead of getting up to tell him later, I just emailed him.

(he's all of 16 feet from my desk)

Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM

If Only

Why does one's horoscope always sound so exotic compared to one's real life?

Treat yourself to a very private indulgence. You'll recharge your energies and be ready for a whole new love affair. Let yourself be nurtured, rather than always nurturing others

Probably means Sedona (one of the younger kitties) is about to take up residence on my bed again. She will ignore me for weeks, the suddenly, she won't leave me for days.

Posted by Ith at 8:21 AM

April 7, 2004

Just Ewwww!

Eyeball Jewellery??

Body piercing and tattoos make way -- the latest fashion trend to hit the Netherlands is eyeball jewellery.

Dutch eye surgeons have implanted tiny pieces of jewellery called "JewelEye" in the mucous membrane of the eyes of six women and one man in cosmetic surgery pioneered by an ophthalmic surgery research and development institute in Rotterdam.

The procedure involves inserting a 3.5 mm (0.13 inch) wide piece of specially developed jewellery -- the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart -- into the eye's mucous membrane under local anaesthetic at a cost of 500 to 1,000 euros (270 to 540 pounds).

"In my view it is a little more subtle than (body) piercing. It is a bit of a fun thing and a very personal thing for people," said Gerrit Melles, director of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery.

The piece of jewellery is inserted in the conjunctiva -- the mucous membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelids and front of the eyeball -- in sterile conditions using an operating microscope in a procedure taking about 15 minutes.

Posted by Ith at 5:36 PM | Comments (9)

April 4, 2004

From Long Ago

In local news:

Guess what they just found in the Bay Area?

World War II Mortars Found at Ft. Funston

I dunno, maybe if Hans Blix had been on the job....

Posted by Ith at 4:07 PM | Comments (5)

March 31, 2004

Because It's Important News

Here in the boonies of Monterey, or local NBC affiliate actually sent a reporter to New York to report on the thrilling debut of "Air America", the liberal radio network. Just boggles the mind that they put resources into reporting on a radio show that's in all of five markets, and from the segments they aired on the news, is about as exciting as listening to paint dry.

Wooooo!

Posted by Ith at 11:22 PM | Comments (2)

March 30, 2004

What About The Pope?

Andrew Stuttaford notes this bit from this monring's terror arrests in the UK:

(From Bloomberg News):

Peter Clarke, head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch of London's Metropolitan Police, "said the police had consulted local and national Muslim leaders in connection with the arrests ``to address any concerns they may have.''

So do they consult with the Archbishop of Canterbury when they arrest Anglicans? How about that Pope guy? Is he ever consulted over his concerns at the arrest of Roman Catholics? Hey, I'm just asking!

Posted by Ith at 10:23 AM | Comments (4)

March 27, 2004

When RL Is Like Monty Python

Rebels issue receipt after robbing Scots at gunpoint

TWO Scottish trekkers robbed at gunpoint while hiking in the Himalayas have described how a potentially fatal attack turned into farce when Maoist rebels handed them a receipt so they wouldn't have to pay up again if targeted by other rebels further up the trail.

John McNicoll and Ewen Ferguson, from Stirlingshire, were on a charity hike in Nepal when they were confronted by a gang of armed Maoists who demanded they hand over the equivalent of 10 each.

But the terrifying attack had a comic side when the rebels, wielding AK47s, insisted on issuing their victims with a receipt in case they were attacked by other Maoists along the way.

Mr McNicoll, from Kippen, said the pair were just sitting down to dinner when the tent flaps burst open and they were confronted by rebels with machine guns.

"The attackers were armed to the teeth and shouting at us, but we couldn't understand a word they were saying until our guide intervened. He talked with them and then told us that they were demanding 1,000 rupees from each of us, which is only about 10.

"The guide advised us to pay the money because he couldn't guarantee our safety if we argued. Apparently the receipt is so that, if you get set upon again during your trip you can show it so you won't have to pay twice."

Posted by Ith at 4:29 PM

March 26, 2004

Another Bad Day

I swear, according to my horoscopes lately, I'm a loose cannon:

This is one of those times, dear Cancer, in which you are walking along minding your own business when someone accidentally bumps into you. Your first reaction may be to push that person right back. Small instances of carelessness on the part of others may cause you to quickly get worked up into large fits of rage. There is an explosive quality about the day that may cause you to make war, not peace.
Posted by Ith at 12:11 PM | Comments (2)

March 23, 2004

Don't Forget To Pack The Back Bacon Sandwiches

Via Nick comes this interesting concept. Works for me! I could reunite the disparate sides of my ethnicity in one fell swoop! No, I have no idea what that means, I just thought it sounded kewl. If we invaded Canada, my residual Canadian accent would become chic, I'd be able to get Aero bars, we could set the Spanish language special interest groups against their French counterparts, the possibilities are endless!

Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM | Comments (2)

March 22, 2004

Choke

You know when something isn't funny, but just the way you hear it makes you choke on your beverage? A reporter talking about the death of that Hamas terror sheik today: "All that was left of the sheik was his head".

Maybe you had to be here.

Posted by Ith at 4:35 PM | Comments (7)

March 18, 2004

Don't Mess With Me!

According to my horoscope: You are liable to feel a strange anger toward friends of yours at this time without really understanding where this sudden hostility is coming from.

Posted by Ith at 12:35 PM

What The...?

Kerry says in a speech we're "still bogged down" in Iraq? How stupid does he think the American electorate is? (okay, maybe I should scratch that question) He's either a liar or stupid. Those are the only two choices. Anyone with half a brain cell had to know that Iraq was going to be a long term operation. and if we had just pulled out a few months after the invasion, he'd be screaming about that! And "bogged down"?? Maybe he only gets his news from the BBC or perhaps French TV. Seems to me like we're making great strides in Iraq, far in advance of what I initially thought we could in such a short time.

I think Kerry not only has imaginary friends, but an imaginary world as well.

Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM

Nervy

Turns out a girl here at work has been using a work van to take herself to interviews, the office computer to email resumes, and the office copier to copy her resume. She handed in her notice yesterday.

Yes, it does take all kinds.

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (2)

March 17, 2004

Just Don't Curse The Beer!

This is what happens when witches go pubbing in Australia.

Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM

March 16, 2004

Blarney

I present this without comment:

Crosses are out. Shamrocks are in at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Augusta

Organizers of the Irish-American Heritage Society's parade have refused to allow a youth group from the Alleulia Community to carry crosses in Wednesday's parade.

''Our position is we cannot be a platform for anyone's views, standpoints on politics, religion, race; it doesn't matter,'' parade Chairman Earl Lovering said. ''We're basically celebrating St. Patrick's in the way the holiday has become to be known.''

Bill Conkright, who runs the Alleulia youth ministry, said he couldn't believe his ears when he heard it, so he called the society's president, Sean Burke.

Mr. Conkright said Mr. Burke said the society had decided not to allow anything in their parade that would be controversial.

''He said they just decided they weren't going to put anything in their parade that would offend anybody,'' Mr. Conkright said. ''And I said, 'The guy was a saint. Not only that, he was a Catholic bishop.' "

Posted by Ith at 3:54 PM

March 15, 2004

And I Got Tawanja

This was an amusing tale of a woman who got a new cell phone and had a brush with greatness. A few of them actually.

And here all I got was Tawanja's cell number that came with calls from federal prison, many men who seemed to be wanting a little "together" time, and her creditors.

I have all the fun.

Posted by Ith at 5:33 PM

March 5, 2004

Tell Me

High prices, possible shortages....

So I wonder how that war for oil thing is going anyway?

Posted by Ith at 1:36 PM | Comments (5)

February 27, 2004

Silly Ol' Me

I clicked on the link to Dean's World, and as the browser window opened, I thought I saw: "Both of them are personally against S&M". Boy, did I do a double take! I tend to read in big flashes -- not sure how to explain it -- so my brain sometimes puts things together in an odd way. Yes, in very odd ways. I picked out Edwards, Kerry, Larry King, and last night, along with the S&M misread, before I sorted it into what it really said.

I dunno, maybe the debate would have been more entertaining if Larry had asked them their thoughts on the subject!

Hey, it's Friday, and I'm tired. I take no responsibility for the present sillyness of my posts.

"On second thought, let's not go to Camelot, 'tis a silly place"

Posted by Ith at 6:11 PM | Comments (1)

February 26, 2004

That Blank Look

This post of Deb's gave me a snicker, but then I stopped to think,(and it hurt) wait a minute, our spray paint is on the shelves. Now, it's been awhile since I've bought any, so I asked one of the work guys, "Hey, when you buy spray paint, is it locked up?" The look on his face was priceless. One of those, "she's so odd and what the hell is she talking about?" ones. "No," he replied, "it's on the shelf. Where else would it be?"

"Just curious!" I say as I walk away giving no hint as to why I asked such a bizarre question.

Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM | Comments (2)

Lord

It would appear I have an IndeeMedia educated trol...ahem, commenter. For the first time ever I've had somone compare terrorism to bee stings. Makes my day, let me tell you! I know, I shouldn't pay any attention as it just encourages them, but sometimes, it's hard to resist.

And hey, my "G" key is working aain!! Oops, now it's stopped.

Okay, work time now.

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (2)

February 16, 2004

That Sweet Smell

I haven't commented on the Conan in Quebec bruhaha till now and have just commented on Paul's great posts on the subject. But I had to point this gem of hypocrisy I found on The Corner:

..... One newspaper called the Conan sketch featuring Triump the Insult Comic Dog "hateful" and "racist." A slightly less overwrought member of Parliament said "We can all make jokes about each other but you don't start telling people in Quebec they have to speak another language. . . .

Why not? French-Canadians, or whatever it is they're calling themselves these days, have been doing it for years! It isn't the other Provinces that have "sign police", and it wasn't my idea, when living in British Columbia, to have the French language shoved down my throat.

Maroons. (though I'm thinking worse words)

Update: I've just seen the Conan bit on FNC, and boy, since we're being told "all Canadians" were offended, the audience certainly didn't act like they were offended. Gibson is now talking to Glen Foster, a Canadian comedian, who is explaining Canada, Quebec, and how the rest of Canada is forced to learn French.

I know the press in Canada is at about the same speed as the BBC and will try to make it seem all of Canada is mortally offended on behalf of French Canadians, but I don't buy it for a second.

Oh, and my in-house Canadian reaction (my parents): gleeful [g]

Posted by Ith at 12:54 PM | Comments (6)

February 13, 2004

Just Odd

Now this sounds like something that would happen in Malibu or Beverly Hills, but Nashville??

Prince Edward Scolded in Nashville

Royalty, shmoyalty. The guy was walking on the wrong part of the street. Like many a commoner before him, His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (Prince Charles' younger brother), was scolded by police for ignoring the strict pedestrian code on upscale Belle Meade Boulevard.

Proper use of the boulevard has long been a sore point among Belle Meade residents, who say the walkers and bicyclists create a traffic hazard. They have decreed the only legal place to walk on the boulevard is in the grassy median.

Just plain odd on so many levels. [shrug]

Posted by Ith at 12:21 PM

December 3, 2003

I'm Bad!

Out of the 95 blogs I have on my blog roll, 32 are female, 63 are male. (the authours, not the blogs themselves) (65 if you don't count Allah)

So, do I toss off some of the guys in a nice affirmative action moment, or do I add more women? Bother! So many decisions!

So, here's a question for my female readers: how does your blog roll break down? Let's be all girly and share :)

Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM | Comments (8)

November 26, 2003

Warms The Cockels Of Your Heart

On the FOX Report, they had a snippet about Air Canada and their extreme generosity.

They decided to give 100 of their employees, selected by lottery, an Xmas bonus. That's kewl. But wait, there's more!

The "bonus" was worth about $3.78 and was a coupon for a burger! And it expires in five weeks too!

Doesn't this just fill you with the spirit of the season?

Posted by Ith at 5:03 PM | Comments (5)

Imagine If They Weren't Our Friends

The Corner points to this link on MEMRI where they tour the official website of our good pals, the Saudis.

Dhimmis, beheadings, the superiority of polygamy, what's wrong with America, and more. And this is all what appears in English!
Posted by Ith at 7:40 AM | Comments (2)

November 5, 2003

They're Everywhere

This is an email from a "24" list I'm on:

After the first season I was convinced that many of our elections are rigged in this country.

after the second season I became sure that sometime in my lifetime a
nuke would be detonated somewhere in the united states.

And now It is amazing that no one has released a bio chemical attack
in this country yet!

has anyone seen JFK and believes a cou accured when kennedy was
murdered and since that time we have not been under the control of
our rightfull government?

WE need to seriously look at ourselves and how all our freedoms are
being taken awayone by one.

I don't think I need comment, do you?

Posted by Ith at 5:17 PM | Comments (3)

November 4, 2003

This Just In!

From the journalistic juggernaut that brought you Osama and Saddam's Gay Wedding, this week's headline:

SADDAM & OSAMA ADOPT SHAVED APE BABY

And, the picture... awww! The baby is just so cute!

Also, on the front page: Bush to make square dancing compulsory for all Americans

The 'newspaper' reporting this: Weekly World News.

I kid you not. I bought the issue just because of the shaved ape baby.

Bwahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by Ninjababe at 8:20 PM | Comments (3)

October 27, 2003

Oh So Angry

From the latest Tongue Tied:

Angry and Confused

A fraternity at California State University in Long Beach, Calif. was forced to apologize for using a picture of a naked black man from the movie The Full Monty in a flier advertising a charity pledge auction, reports the Daily Forty-Niner.

Similar fliers featuring white men from the movie, also naked and with their genitalia covered by hats, provoked no reaction. But the one of the black man was called racially and culturally insensitive by students who described themselves as confused and angered. Following the flier fiasco, Sigma Phi Epsilon promised not to hold any more pledge auctions and to undergo cultural sensitivity indoctrination.

So I'm supposing these students who were so "angered and confused" would require being institutionalized and long term therapy if they ever actually saw the movie?

Watch out, Blockbuster!

Posted by Ith at 6:13 PM

October 24, 2003

I Like This Result

You like it fast and strong and you drink for one reason: to get piss-ass drunk!
Congratulations!! You're a shot of some good old
hard liquor!


What Drink Are You?
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Posted by Ith at 5:28 PM | Comments (6)

October 22, 2003

By Any Other Name

I love these EU stories. It just helps make me feel as superior as the Euros always claim we Americans believe we are! [snicker]

.... Francis Carpenter wrote in the French newspaper Le Figaro that it would be in the interests of European harmony if "offensive" British names commemorating battles lost by the French were eradicated from places such as Waterloo Station. Mr Carpenter suggested a "more European theme" was required. "Gare de Londres" perhaps? Or "William the Conqueror Integrated Transport Facility"? Alas, poor Mr Carpenter is ignorant of European history, for the French adventurer Napoleon was beaten at Waterloo by a European Rapid Reaction Force sent by the forerunner of the EU, the Congress of Vienna.
Posted by Ith at 5:34 PM | Comments (3)

October 17, 2003

Me, A Vampire?

Found this test over at Casa de Jay

vamp
You are Form 9, Vampire: The Undying.

"And The Vampire was all that remained on
the blood drowned creation. She attempted to
regrow life from the dead. But as she was
about to give the breath of life, she was
consumed in the flame of The Phoenix and the
cycle began again."

Some examples of the Vampire Form are Hades (Greek)
and Isis (Egyptian).
The Vampire is associated with the concept of
death, the number 9, and the element of fire.
Her sign is the eclipsed moon.

As a member of Form 9, you are a very realistic
individual. You may be a little idealistic,
but you are very grounded and down to earth.
You realize that not everything lasts, but you
savor every minute of the good times. While
you may sometimes find yourself lonely, you
have strong ties with people that will never be
broken. Vampires are the best friends to have
because they are sensible.


Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Posted by Ith at 5:15 PM | Comments (3)

October 13, 2003

Overreact Much?

I found this in "Tongue Tied" as well:

A Texas high school pep rally skit that featured caricatures of students from other schools as, among other things, a pregnant prom queen, is being called inappropriate and hurtful, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The rally at Calallen High School in south Texas featured teachers dressed as "stereotyped" students from surrounding schools. One of them was dressed as a pregnant and barefoot queen, another as a gang member with low-rider pants and hickeys on her neck.

An administrator from Calallen has apologized to some of the neighboring districts, but some locals still want the teachers involved canned. One called it an example "of prejudice, hatred and cowardice that will set us back many, many years."

(Emphasis mine)

Now when I read a line like, "of prejudice, hatred and cowardice that will set us back many, many years.", I'm expecting it to be in regards to something major. If an incident like that engenders this kind of hysterical overreaction, what's left for when something deserving of such emotion happens? This is akin to the same phenomena of calling everyone to the right of Arlin Specter a "Nazi".

Nimnulls.

Posted by Ith at 5:42 PM

October 11, 2003

A Headline That Just Has To Be Shared

Suspected Penis Snatcher Beaten to Death

Posted by Ith at 6:49 PM | Comments (1)

October 1, 2003

And You Thought Your Job Sucked

Via The Corner, a little information on some really "interesting" jobs in science.

Posted by Ith at 5:47 PM

September 3, 2003

Sleep Well

I'm sure the President is sleeping easier tonight:

BRITNEY COMES OUT SWINGING FOR BUSH

Britney Spears came out swinging for President Bush on Wednesday during an interview with CNN's Tucker Carlson.

CARLSON: A lot of entertainers have come out against the war in Iraq. Have you?

SPEARS: Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.

CARLSON: Do you trust this president?

SPEARS: Yes, I do.

CARLSON: Excellent. Do you think he's going to win again?

SPEARS: I don't know. I don't know that.

Think she cancels Johnny Depp out? Nah, me neither.

Posted by Ith at 9:31 PM | Comments (3)

August 28, 2003

Vote "Yes" On Racism

So Cruz won't renounce his ties to MEChA. Are we surprised? No, didn't think so! It was good to see FOX News reporting again on this subject today. The hypocrisy surrounding Bustamante's membership and association with this racist group is breathtaking. Can you imagine a White politician saying he wasn't in a leadership position of the Klu Klux Klan?? That he was a moderate racist? (okay, so one White politician gets the same pass -- Robert Byrd, but then he's a Democrat, isn't he?) And yet those are the excuses being made for our Lt. Governor without even a hint of embarrassment. Remember Trent Lott? Yeah, all he did was make some insensitive comments at a birthday party. He was vilified in the press. I'd like to see even 1/2 the same amount of attention for Bustamante when it comes not only to MEChA, but his using the "N" word at a Black history celebration. As far as the "mainstream" media is concerned, if you're a Democrat you can be racist till the cows come home with not a bit of censure.

They should be ashamed of themselves! Of course, feeling shame would require a conscience wouldn't it?

Posted by Ith at 5:16 PM | Comments (5)

August 27, 2003

For The "Little People"

Found on The Corner:

According to the London Sunday Times (no link) Germanys parliament is to consider a proposal which would give parents the right to cast additional ballots for each of their children below the age of 18. A Green parliamentarian interviewed by the Sunday Times compared the move to the campaign for female suffrage and added this:

This is no joke because there are millions of little people living in our society today who often have more informed political views than adults who are currently being discriminated against simply on account of their age.

Posted by Ith at 6:00 PM | Comments (2)

No Smiling, We're Canadian!

Just had to pass on this one. Not only are you not allowed to smile, there are guidelines for acceptable facial expressions. So start practicing those 'neutral expressions'!

Posted by Ith at 5:19 PM | Comments (1)

August 22, 2003

The Truth Revealed

You know what I heard about him? It's quite awful, but I need to share this with you regardless.

He REUSES TEA BAGS!!

I know, terrible isn't it? But it get's worse. He doesn't use hot water when he reuses his tea bags, he uses the blood of small furry creatures.

So now you know the terrible truth.

(this has been a Dark Lord story as requested by the Great One)

Posted by Ith at 7:37 AM | Comments (4)

August 21, 2003

There Goes The Neighborhood

Billy Boy Clinton will be here in town on Spetember 16 to do a Pannetta Institute forum.

Lock up your women folk!

Posted by Ith at 7:19 AM | Comments (3)

August 14, 2003

Heh

Also form The Corner:

Arnold Schwarzenegger:

"There comes a point when the people must demand more of our elected officials than just showing up."

The response from one Texan (suffering through the spectacle of his elected representatives holed up in New Mexico and Oklahoma).

Oh, dare to dream.

Posted by Ith at 7:43 AM

August 10, 2003

With This Yak Grease....

I thee wed.

If you think getting married is tough these days, be grateful you don't live in ancient Persia. Couples back then declared their intentions by publicly drinking each other's blood.

Read it all here.

Posted by Ith at 4:34 PM | Comments (1)

Cruel World

I was looking through site meter referrals a bit ago, and I come to find that A&C has been linked by another fine blog. This is a good thing! But, like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, there's a twist! I'm listed as being on "The Other Side"! They think I'm a Lefty! (well yes, I am left handed, but I mean the other kind of 'lefty') I think I could have a relapse from this mental trauma, I really could. [sniff] Will they be coming for my VRWC card next? Will my blogfriends link to me anymore? Oh god, does this mean I have to say nice things about... [choke] Hillary?? The HORROR!!! Frank will never link to me now.

It's a cruel, cruel world.

Alas, I don't think I shall ever recover.

Update: [cue Monty Python & Holy Grail accent] It would appear I'm getting better.

Posted by Ith at 2:52 PM | Comments (4)

August 9, 2003

No Tolerance In The NAACP

They have a Black civil rights lawyer on FNC right now. His name is Leo Terrell and he's been a long time NAACP member. Turns out he supports Judge Carolyn Kuhl. Big mistake! The NAACP, and the Dems (the same thing, no?) hate her and don't want her nomination to go through. Terrell got a call from the NAACP telling him that if he didn't drop his support of Kuhl, they were going to kick him out!

Not at all surprising, but illuminating nonetheless!


Update: I found a link to the story over at SoCal Law Blog

Posted by Ith at 2:47 PM

August 6, 2003

A Grave Matter

Also in this week's Pine Cone:

Graveyard meditators bring out the cops in P.G.

- Did somebody forget to bring the shovel? By KIRSTIE WILDE

"GOOD GRIEF, I thought it was Jonestown!" exclaimed Pacific Grove Police Officer Dan Wishart as he surveyed El Carmelo Cemetery Wednesday afternoon for more bodies.

Scattered all around the headstones were prostrate humans -- on top of the ground, fully clothed, still as the grave -- except, on closer inspection, they were breathing.

When Wishart spied the bizarre scene from his squad car, he thought the supine figures might be suicides.

"I radioed 'Man down at the cemetery,' and called it Code 3 -- which means police, fire, ambulance, everybody -- to help," Wishart said.

As he spoke, two other black-and-whites with more police officers rolled up and surveyed the 30- some-odd motionless figures, each with a little wooden bowl balanced on their stomach.

"Are they hoping for donations?" someone asked.

Wishart was getting some answers from one of the bodies, a woman who sat up when he said, "Excuse me?"

"We're just meditating," she explained.

"They've been here off and on for a few days," added the cemetery groundskeeper, who said he was only weed-eating around the headstones and not riding his big mower that day -- otherwise he would have had to ask them to get off the graves.

"They're not hurting anybody, but I suppose someone coming out here to put flowers on Grandma's tomb might be upset to find a stranger lying on it."

There are signs announcing proscribed behavior at El Carmelo Cemetery: No Dogs; No Feeding Wildlife; and everybody knows there's No Camping in Pacific Grove. But officer Wishart said he didn't know if it is illegal to meditate on a grave.

"I told her she might need a permit," he said. "But I'm not sure the city would give her a permit for this."

Finally the leader of the 37 meditators, Carmel resident Gregory Penn, showed up wearing a long black priestly cassock. He explained that the people in the cemetery were part of a seminar he conducts at Asilomar Conference Grounds -- $800 per person for four days of meditation, meals included -- and that they lie on the graves to think about where they are in their lives. They come every year and would be back next summer, he told the cop.

"Well do us a favor: Give us a call next time and let us know, OK?" asked Wishart. "People sometimes do really weird, bad things in cemeteries, and you scared a few people today."

Posted by Ith at 2:20 PM

July 29, 2003

WooHoo!

For what I'm sure will only be a very short amount of time, A&C (aka Gaggle) is a Large Mammal over on the Ecosystem!

Posted by Ith at 1:45 PM | Comments (3)

July 24, 2003

SNORFLE!

I had to share this. It's a line from the new J-lo movie:

In one scene J-Lo, 33, tries to seduce Affleck, 30, by laying on a bed and telling him: "It's turkey time!"

When he asks: "What?", she replies: "Come on, gobble, gobble".

One reviewer said: "There was J-Lo with her legs wide open trying to look sexy and then she opens her mouth and spoils it!

"It was possibly the worst line ever said in a movie."

BWAHAHAHA!!

Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM | Comments (4)

July 18, 2003

Just Wondering

Bush Meets Black Urban Leaders; Congressman Shuns Briefing

President Bush got applause and "amens" from black urban leaders on Wednesday when he pushed his faith-based initiative and talked about his emotional visit to a slave depot in Senegal. But later a top black leader in Congress turned down a White House briefing on the president's trip to Africa.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus ), said he declined an invitation to the briefing because Bush had refused to meet with the entire caucus for more than 2 years.

My question? Shouldn't we be beyond having our elected representatives belonging to groups based on race? Shouldn't they be an example instead of being part of the problem? What if there was a Congressional Scottish Conference? Or maybe a Congressional German Congress? If it's racist for one, it's racist for all.

Posted by Ith at 5:51 PM | Comments (4)

July 13, 2003

Typical

Mob attacks researchers who found few Palestinians want their old homes now in Israel

A mob of about 100 Palestinian refugees stormed the office of a Ramallah polling organisation yesterday to stop it publishing a survey showing that five times as many refugees would prefer to settle permanently in a Palestinian state than return to their old homes in what is now Israel.

The protesters pelted Khalil Shikaki, the director of the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, with eggs, smashed computers and assaulted the nine staff members on duty. A female worker was treated in hospital for her injuries. "This is a message for everyone not to tamper with our rights," one of the rioters said.

Dr Shikaki, a leading West Bank political scientist, was undeterred. He said he was still putting the survey results on the centre's website and seeking the widest possible exposure. "These people," he said, "had no idea what the results were. They were sold disinformation."

The poll, conducted among 4,500 refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Jordan, was the first to ask where they would want to live if Israel recognised a right of return.

Only 10 per cent of the refugees chose Israel, even if they were allowed to live there with Palestinian citizenship; 54 per cent opted for the Palestinian state; 17 per cent for Jordan or Lebanon, and 2 per cent for other countries. Another 13 per cent rejected all these options, preferring to sit it out and wait for Israel to disappear, while 2 per cent didn't know.

The future of more than three million refugees is critical to any lasting peace. It was one of the unresolved issues that caused the July 2000 Camp David summit to break down.

Posted by Ith at 4:17 PM

July 11, 2003

Hmm...

I haven't talked much about the whole "The President Lied" thing that's going around. Other people have done such a good job at blogging about it , I haven't felt I could add much. But I was sitting here thinking -- there's Dems on the intelligence committees right? And they looked at much the same information, and got the same briefings as the President, right? (I may be wrong, but that's always how I've understood this worked) So, if these Dems had all this information, and access to intelligence briefers and briefings, and they voted for war with Iraq if necessary, doesn't that make them as culpable for a bad decision as they claim the President is?

Just wondering.

As to whether the intelligence on the Africa uranium buy was accurate, I don't really care. If they weren't trying to buy it there, they were trying to get a hold of something they weren't supposed to have somewhere. If there's smoke, there's fire. And I can't believe that the majority of the American public made their decisions on Iraq based on one line in the SOTU address. That would be silly! The amount of information out there before the war was more than ample. I, for one, had trouble keeping up with it all. There were lots and lots of reasons for going to war with Iraq, and I still think one of the big ones was to make Saddam an object lesson to others who might get any nasty ideas.

I think the Dems are desperate if this is the best they can do. But that's just me.

Updates:

Related reading here, and here.

Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM | Comments (2)

June 27, 2003

The Irony Of It All

Snagged this off the Corner:

EAT MEAT: SAVE THE RAINFORESTS
The Brazillian rainforest is being destroyed to make room for rapidly expanding soy farms. Damn those vegans.

Posted by Ith at 3:08 PM | Comments (3)

Democrats: The Party Of The Little Guy

The quote of the day!

Rep. Patrick Kennedy: 'I don't need Bush's tax cut. I have never worked a [bleeping] day in my life'....

Posted by Ith at 9:06 AM | Comments (4)

June 26, 2003

Those Damn Banana Peels!

So, the Riyadh bombing mastermind surrendered. what I want to know is how long before he meets with an "unfortunate accident", or dies from some ailment? I doubt the Saudis want him to squeal.

Posted by Ith at 6:10 PM | Comments (5)

June 21, 2003

McDonalds To The Rescue

sort of.

Via InstaPundit comes this tale of derring do:

In order to counter the strike by its school canteen staff, the management of the Robespierre middle school in Epinay-sur-Seine ordered 160 meals from McDonalds to feed its students taken hostage (nutritionally speaking) by the strikers. The manoeuvre stunned the strikers who were counting on hungry protestations of the students to amplify their demands. One student declared, 'When can we do that again?'.
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June 20, 2003

Now I'm Doing It

Yesterday, I read a post on RWA about dreaming about conservative men. Last night I had a dream that I had dinner with Jonah Goldberg and his wife, and another couple I must have made up, because I have no idea who they were!

Posted by Ith at 7:34 AM

June 3, 2003

What's Sauce For The Goose...

Nice article on the FOX News site about single-race school events. Glad to see a media outlet dealing with the utter hypocrisy from the Left on the subject.

From white-only high school proms to black and Hispanic college graduation ceremonies, more student events have become self-segregated.

That has some wondering what happened to the concept of integration in the nation's schools and universities, and questioning if there is hypocrisy involved in accepting some of these activities while condemning others.

High-school students in Taylor, Ga., were criticized by many in May when they decided to hold a private whites-only prom.

Yet many colleges and universities hold separate graduations and "celebratory events" for students of some ethnic and racial groups in addition to those schools having race-based living quarters with hardly anyone batting an eye.

Ahhh... but that's different! Or so the the Left would like to tell us:

....Those events are "good sometimes, it depends on whether it's done in an exclusionary way or an enriching way," said Gary Orfield (search), co-director of Harvard's Civil Rights Project (search) and author of Schools More Separate: Consequences of a Decade of Resegregation. "We've got to keep some kind of reasonable doubt people are being asked to come together and share things we have to find a way to accommodate that rather than excluding," Orfield said.

But some events do exclude people of certain color. For instance, a May workshop at the University of Colorado hosted by Stop Hate on Campus, a student-fee funded group, did not allow whites to attend.

Organizers said the event was "not designed for white people" and was intended as a "safe space" for "people of color," according to the Independence Institute's Jessica Peck, who tried to take part in the event.

"If you're excluding people from being involved in any kind of official activity at a college or university on the basis of the color of their skin, that's racial segregation," said Chavez.

Many groups argue the separate events recognize student achievement and give them a sense of community. But experts agree there's a tricky distinction to be made in the image these groups are portraying.

"A lot of people look at these events and they assume race relations don't work," Orfield said. "But until we get to be a society where race doesn't matter, these are going to be extremely complicated issues."

But what if a group of white students wanted to form their own campus group?

That's "racist," said civil rights attorney Leo James Terrell, who defended the separate groups. "If a college that has an integrated campus has an all-white college activity, that is insulting. For what? To promote what? White pride?

"Someone is trying to assume that Asians and blacks are on the same level, historically, in this country, as whites."

Posted by Ith at 5:16 PM

Krugman's Lies

A fisking of the NYT's Paul Krugman

Let's get started, shall we?

The mystery of Iraq's missing weapons of mass destruction has become a lot less mysterious. Recent reports in major British newspapers and three major American news magazines, based on leaks from angry intelligence officials, back up the sources who told my colleague Nicholas Kristof that the Bush administration "grossly manipulated intelligence" about W.M.D.'s.

Missing? You mean there's, oh, say, empty racks in buildings that are labelled, "Anthrax rocket", with nothing in it? Or do you mean, 'not found yet'? And why do I have a sneaking suspicion that said British Newspapers and American news magazines are lefty and/or trust BBC news completely, for some strange reason? 'angry intelligence oficials'... we've seen this one before. Remember the 'angry Pentagon officials' who claimed the war plan was a disaster? As for "manipulating intelligence"... bullshit. If the Bush Administration were willing to manipulate intelligence reports to say what they wanted, we'd be seeing WMDs flaunted by the billions as we 'discovered' them in Iraq, and they wouldn't just drop off radar a few days later.

And anyone who talks about an "intelligence failure" is missing the point. The problem lay not with intelligence professionals, but with the Bush and Blair administrations. They wanted a war, so they demanded reports supporting their case, while dismissing contrary evidence.

Again, this is supposed to pass the logic test? We wouldn't have spent so much time at the UN only to defy them if we just wanted a war for war's sake, as Krugman is implying here.

In Britain, the news media have not been shy about drawing the obvious implications, and the outrage has not been limited to war opponents. The Times of London was ardently pro-war; nonetheless, it ran an analysis under the headline "Lie Another Day." The paper drew parallels between the selling of the war and other misleading claims: "The government is seen as having `spun' the threat from Saddam's weapons just as it spins everything else."

Yet few have made the same argument in this country, even though "spin" is far too mild a word for what the Bush administration does, all the time. Suggestions that the public was manipulated into supporting an Iraq war gain credibility from the fact that misrepresentation and deception are standard operating procedure for this administration, which to an extent never before seen in U.S. history systematically and brazenly distorts the facts.

Really, I'm surprised. I expected at least one slam at Regean for distorting the facts, or something. Too much to hope for an admission about Clinton. This seems to be the old lie of "a massive conservative media marching in lockstep with the Administration in a vast neocon conspiracy to make us wage war!"

Am I exaggerating? Even as George Bush stunned reporters by declaring that we have "found the weapons of mass destruction," the Republican National Committee declared that the latest tax cut benefits "everyone who pays taxes." That is simply a lie. You've heard about those eight million children denied any tax break by a last-minute switcheroo. In total, 50 million American households including a majority of those with members over 65 get nothing; another 20 million receive less than $100 each. And a great majority of those left behind do pay taxes.

I guess Krugman didn't see the reports of those WMD labs. Or if he's talking about something else... sheesh, you'd think he'd provide enough context that the public could pull the quote for themselves. If anyone knows where he's pulling this Bush quote from, lemme know, please?

Oh, and guess what? Your claim of a lie, Krugman, is itself a lie. IF SOMEONE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY TAXES, THEY CAN'T GET A REFUND ON TAXES THEY DIDN'T PAY

(Note: Real Clear Politics makes the point that 'tax' can just as well mean payroll tax... when this is targeted at us folks who pay -income- tax)

And the bald-faced misrepresentation of an elitist tax cut offering little or nothing to most Americans is only the latest in a long string of blatant misstatements. Misleading the public has been a consistent strategy for the Bush team on issues ranging from tax policy and Social Security reform to energy and the environment. So why should we give the administration the benefit of the doubt on foreign policy?

Blatant misstatements... by Paul Krugman. Lies that the tax cut only benefits the rich, for example. Guess what, Krugman? If all you have is scaremongering 'what if's, why should we give YOU the benefit of the doubt?

It's long past time for this administration to be held accountable. Over the last two years we've become accustomed to the pattern. Each time the administration comes up with another whopper, partisan supporters a group that includes a large segment of the news media obediently insist that black is white and up is down. Meanwhile the "liberal" media report only that some people say that black is black and up is up. And some Democratic politicians offer the administration invaluable cover by making excuses and playing down the extent of the lies.

Again, the old lie of "a massive conservative media marching in lockstep with the Administration in a vast neocon conspiracy to make us wage war!"

Skipping a paragraph on Brits being suspicious of their government...

It's no answer to say that Saddam was a murderous tyrant. I could point out that many of the neoconservatives who fomented this war were nonchalant, or worse, about mass murders by Central American death squads in the 1980's. But the important point is that this isn't about Saddam: it's about us. The public was told that Saddam posed an imminent threat. If that claim was fraudulent, the selling of the war is arguably the worst scandal in American political history worse than Watergate, worse than Iran-contra. Indeed, the idea that we were deceived into war makes many commentators so uncomfortable that they refuse to admit the possibility.

Oooo... it's all the Neocons' fault! There's a vast neocon conspiracy! Bush is a puppet for the neocons! They're 'cons', just like the 'Decepticons', so they're evil! Look, all the evidence said this guy still had WMDs, that he was working on nukes, and that if he got them, he'd gladly use them on us, right after he took out Kuwait, Iran, and Saudi. Maybe commentators aren't 'admitting the possibility' because IT'S AN OBVIOUS FALLACY!

But here's the thought that should make those commentators really uncomfortable. Suppose that this administration did con us into war. And suppose that it is not held accountable for its deceptions, so Mr. Bush can fight what Mr. Hastings calls a "khaki election" next year. In that case, our political system has become utterly, and perhaps irrevocably, corrupted.

And of course, what Kruggie means is that he is just so SURE that our political system IS ALREADY corrupted. Or, rather, the Bush Administration and any Republicans who support it.

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May 30, 2003

Is There A Hallmark Card For This?

Canada, France, Germany, Russia hope to make up with Bush at summit, but his plan to leave early may indicate otherwise.

In an interview with foreign journalists, Bush said the summit in Evian a French alpine spa provided an opportunity for him to talk with leaders "whether they are in agreement with the United States or have differences."

"The Evian summit will not be a confrontational summit," the French newspaper Le Figaro quoted Bush as saying.

But the White House announced that Bush will cut his own time in Evian to a little over 24 hours. He will leave at midafternoon Monday to fly to the Middle East for intensive consultations with Arab and Israeli leaders aimed at getting Mideast peace talks back on track.

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM

May 29, 2003

Baffled

This is the second time today I've seen a referral in SiteMeter from lucianne.com and I'm baffled. Anyone know how you can get a referral from someplace where there is no link to you?

Posted by Ith at 5:55 PM | Comments (5)

May 28, 2003

Go Us!

We're now Adorable Little Rodents!

Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM | Comments (4)

May 24, 2003

Too Strange

Sea gypsies have grown 'underwater vision'

Thai "sea gypsies" living on Surin Island have developed extraordinarily acute underwater vision, research has revealed.

Ethnic Moken children were found to be able to see twice as well underwater as the children of European tourists, who were given similar tests at three coral island resorts nearby.

A team of biologists and opthalmologists from Sweden's Lund University compared groups of youngsters, aged between seven and 14, to learn how the Moken youngsters can spot tiny shells, clams and sea cucumbers four metres beneath the surface of the crystal-clear Andaman Sea without resorting to goggles.

Ordinarily, human eyesight becomes blurry under water because the eye is structured to see through air. But the Moken nomads, who tie stones to their waists so they submerge long enough to forage for seafood, can constrict their pupils to pin-prick size and spot pearls measuring only 1.5mm in diameter. They also squint in order to squeeze the lenses of their eyes, which temporarily thickens them and improves focus under water.

Very interesting read. Just ignore the scary pic of Fisk in the banner ad next to the article!

Posted by Ith at 6:14 PM

May 22, 2003

Jaffas & Conservative Theory

If you're a Stargate fan (and even if you're not) this is funny. It's part of a running thread on The Corner today, but I think the post stands alone (thank god!).

Posted by Ith at 6:04 PM

Democrat Deficit Hypocrisy

Some quotes and numbers I got via email:

Democrat Senator Ken Conrad said, "This policy of increasing spending and increasing the tax cuts when you've already got record deficits can only lead to one result, and that's more and more increases in the national debt." Proposed $433 billion in rejected spending this year.

Democrat Senator Tom Harkin said, "this radical budget ... leaves children behind by creating massive deficits on top of already large debt." Proposed $24 billion in rejected spending this year.

Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg said, "The president wants to charge his budget plan on a credit card - with interest that our children will have to pay." Proposed $15.6 billion in rejected spending this year.

Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton said, "What is it exactly we intend to leave our children besides a more dangerous world and a pile of debt?" Proposed $3.5 billion in rejected spending in 2003.

Posted by Ith at 5:06 PM | Comments (14)

May 16, 2003

An 8th Grade Education

Roberta sent this to an email list we're both on. Food for thought when the teacher unions tell us we don't spend enough money, and that's why our kids can't read. (AFAIK, the test is for real. Since this is the internet, who knows?)

Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us passed the 8th grade in 1895? This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, KS, USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895

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Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.

2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.

3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.

4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of lie, lay and run..

5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.

6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

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Click on "more" for the rest of the test.


Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?

3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?

4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?

5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.

6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.

7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?

8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.

9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?

10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

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U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.

2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.

3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.

4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.

5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.

6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.

7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?

8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620,1800, 1849, 1865.

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Orthography (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.

5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e'. Name two exceptions under each rule.

6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.

7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.

8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.

9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.

10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.


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Geography (Time, one hour)

1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?

2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?

3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?

4. Describe the mountains of North America.

5.. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S..

7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.

8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?

9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.

10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.


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Gives the saying of an early 20th century person that "she/he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning; doesn't it?

Posted by Ith at 5:27 PM | Comments (5)

May 13, 2003

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Drudge has a nice little set of links on the President's carrier landing, the Dem's whining, and how people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones:

Patrick Leahy (D-VT) -- in pictures even!

leahy.jpg

And then we have a rather comprehensive list of politicians and assorted other functionaries who availed themeselves of carrier trips.

And last, but not least, this flashback to Harry Truman.

Posted by Ith at 1:02 PM | Comments (4)

May 12, 2003

Doubletake

Headlines that make you look twice: Brains were kept without consent...

I haven't read the article, just saw the headline and had to share. Maybe we should make up our own ending. Anyone want to go first?

Posted by Ith at 6:25 PM | Comments (8)

May 9, 2003

Not That We Didn't Already Know This...

Another article on GWB as hottie stud Pres, this time from the WSJ.

....I had the most astonishing thought last Thursday. After a long day of hauling the kids to playdates and ballet, I turned on the news. And there was the president, landing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, stepping out of a fighter jet in that amazing uniform, looking--how to put it?--really hot. Also presidential, of course. Not to mention credible as commander in chief. But mostly "hot," as in virile, sexy and powerful.

You don't see a lot of that in my neighborhood, the Upper West Side of Manhattan. (I'm told there's more of it in the "red" states.) I was mesmerized. I flipped around watching W. land on many channels. I watched the whole speech, which was fine. But a business suit just doesn't do it the way a flight suit does. In the course of this I peeked over at my husband, the banker. He was in his third month of reading a book about the Six Day War and didn't seem to notice.

Nonetheless, I know that I am not the only one who entertained these untoward thoughts. The American media were fully aware of how stunning the president looked last week. And they chose to defuse it by referring endlessly to the "photo-oppiness" of the event. The man uses overwhelming military force to vanquish a truly evil foe, facing down balking former "allies," and he is not taken seriously as a foreign-policy president. He out top-guns the Hollywood version, and all the media can talk about is the impending campaign commercial.

....I decided to run a reality check among the soccer moms I spend my days with. At my daughter's East Side school, my friend Emily, a mother of two and probably a liberal, examined the picture of the president in his fly-boy gear that I just happened to have in my purse. She looked carefully, grinned and said, "He's a hottie. No doubt about it. Really a hottie. Why haven't I noticed this before? He looks so much better than Michael Douglas in that movie we saw," comparing the tired, indifferent megastar of "The American President" to the totally present leader of the free world.

Alexandra, an unmarried event planner in her 30s, e-mailed: "Hot? SO HOT!!!!! THAT UNIFORM!" In a more restrained way, my friend Maggie, a writer/mom, explained: "I think he is actually protecting me and my sons, and I find that attractive in a man." Suzi, who did her mom time and now writes biographies, also began with restraint. I asked, casually, what she thought about President Bush. She answered, carefully, "He's so confident. He is a very credible, trustworthy leader." "Yeah," I pursue, "but do you think he's sexy?" "Oh God, yes," she said. "I mean, that swagger. George Bush in a pair of jeans is a treat to watch." This from a soft-spoken woman inclined to intellectual pursuits.

Posted by Ith at 5:47 PM | Comments (1)

May 4, 2003

Things To Ponder

Yesterday, I did a post about blogrolls and such that was inspired by this post of Steven DenBeste's. Lo and behold, I come to discover Steven has linked to said post. Now this got to me to wondering (always a dangerous thing). How does he know about my post? It's happened before too. He gets like millions of hits a day -- so rumour has it -- so how would he notice the three or five hits from here on his referrer log?

Now, if he were Glenn Reynolds, I'd assume he was getting powers of omniscience from sacrificing hobos to the "Dark Powers". But he isn't, so what else could it be? Then it came to me! He's an engineer, and the name of his site is USS Clueless. So it's obvious! He's got a tricorder. Or a starship in orbit of Mars where he really lives and has all those sensors at his disposal.

It makes you wonder, doesn't it? (and if it doesn't, just play along for once, would you?)

Posted by Ith at 2:07 PM | Comments (7)

May 1, 2003

If it goes without saying--

then don't fucking say it, right?

If you want to be transgendered, fine--just stay in the closet. I don't really give a shit but I also don't want to know about it. Do I broadcast that I'm straight and normal? Gee, I guess I do by wearing a wedding ring and having a husband and sons to keep up with.

But if I don't want to hire someone, then I shouldn't be forced to do it or threatened with a fucking expensive ass litigation by someone who can't decide what they want to be. Either be straight or be gay. I don't care. But I reserve the right to decide who my tax dollars are gonna pay to be my children's teachers and that sort of thing.

Oh yes, let's just be so fucking politically correct that NOBODY has any rights.

Well what about mine?! Where's my rights? I want my rights as a stay at home wife and mother and owner of a gerbil.

I want my rights as the person who does the laundry around here.

I want my rights to have an occasional cigarette or glass of wine without my children freaking out and telling me I'm a fucking drug addict because I'm actually doing something that IS LEGAL.

I want my rights to have fucking chocolate and tacos and pizza.

Know what? Fuck all y'awl who think you have to have YOUR rights.

Rights are an honor and privilege one earns by being a good, law abiding, tax paying citizen, not a fuckwit.

*G*

Happy Thursday--
Kel, sick of the PC bullshite

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April 24, 2003

Surreal

Yes folks, life can indeed be like a Monty Python sketch.

Scott Ritter is defending George Galloway.

Uh huh.

(link via The Corner)

Posted by Ith at 5:41 PM

April 15, 2003

A Different Sort Of Looting Story

Looters May Face Sex Ban

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Some people are surrendering the booty they took in the Dura district of Baghdad, perhaps in response to a rumored edict by a Muslim cleric forbidding Iraqi wives from having sex with looter husbands. Muslim clerics have been demanding that ill-gotten goods be surrendered, though none here could confirm the sex-ban order, said to have been issued in Najaf. One cleric said the rumor of the edict was widespread and that it would be consistent with Islamic teaching. "A good Muslim woman would not let this man touch her, as a signal to everybody that this is not a way to behave," said Sheik Ali Jabouri, who also preached Monday morning that people must give up their loot.
Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM | Comments (2)

April 10, 2003

Say What?

"I think that the legitimacy of the United Nations and coming U.N. resolutions would be best and necessary," Fischer said.

And I say: The UN has legitimacy? Not to me it doesn't. Damned UN better not be doing anything in Iraq other than helping with food and medical aid, or I'm going to be one ticked off voter.

(Snippet from a much longer article here.)

Posted by Ith at 7:47 AM | Comments (9)

April 9, 2003

Polite Threat

U.S. Official: Iraq a Lesson for Others

ROME - A top U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that the war on Iraq should be a lesson for other regimes pursuing weapons of mass destruction, but insisted that the United States is seeking the peaceful elimination of those weapons programs.

....He was asked about speculation that Syria and Iran could be America's next targets after the war in Iraq.

"We are hopeful that a number of regimes will draw the appropriate lesson from Iraq that the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction is not in their national interest," Bolton said.

Posted by Ith at 7:32 AM

April 7, 2003

Why mercy me, no!

Iraq doesn't have any WMD!

Fucking DUH! What makes anyone think that they'd tell the truth about something like that? Now our military guys have started finding this stuff.

Naturally they would find it because it was there all along.

And I just cannot imagine where any of it came from. Can you? *insert sarcasm*

Kel, trying to figure out who is more evil--doctors, hospitals or insurance companies

Posted by at 10:13 AM | Comments (3)

That's Nice

Annan: U.N. to Play Major Role in Rebuilding Iraq

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday that he expected the United Nations to play an important role in rebuilding Iraq after the war and said this would bring legitimacy to the effort.

"I do expect the U.N. to play an important role, and the U.N. has had good experience in this area," Annan told reporters ahead of a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that he had called to discuss the issue.

That's nice dear. Now have a cookie and go play quietly with your little appeasement friends.

Posted by Ith at 7:30 AM | Comments (1)

April 1, 2003

MRE, Mark II

They're talking about MRE's again on Fox News and how they taste. So, I thought I'd add a bit to my previous MRE post.

My experience is over 10 years old, but even 10 years ago, they weren't bad. I mean, they weren't the greatest, but they weren't bad. I remember that the salisbury steak tasted exactly like the stuff I got at school, which made me wonder at the cafeteria's source...

Posted by Ninjababe at 7:54 PM | Comments (1)

On The Flip Side

And when I say flip side, I mean flip side. Or at least from where I'm at. Heh. One of my friends down there gave me the link for it.

Heh. She typed 'crikey'!

Kel

Posted by at 3:54 AM

March 31, 2003

No Kidding

Before going to bed last night, I switched over to C-Span to watch a bit of the BBC Breakfast Show (they're been airing it lately). Talk about a different POV! I don't know if the morning show is indicative of all BBC news, but if it is, you'd think we were bogged down and losing. There was even a comment on how we were supposed to have been in Baghdad by Tuesday. No backup for this statement at all (or if they meant tomorrow, or last Tuesday), so no idea who said Tuesday.

Posted by Ith at 7:06 AM | Comments (4)

March 30, 2003

What Is Peter Arnett Smoking?

Watching this on FOX News right now.

Peter Arnett appeared on Iraqi State TV where he proclaimed that his reporting is increasing opposition to the war here in the US and that the war plan is a failure.

Kooky stuff, folks.

Update: Here's NBC's official statement:

NBC said in a statement that "Peter Arnett and his crew have risked their lives to bring the American people up-to-date, straight-forward information on what is happening in and around Baghdad." The network said Mr. Arnett's "impromptu interview with Iraqi TV was done as a professional courtesy and was similar to other interviews he has done with media outlets from around the world. His remarks were analytical in nature and were not intended to be anything more."

And here's their address if you'd like to send them your "official statement": viewerservices@msnbc.com

'nother Update: This link to a photo of Arnett & Osama (via The Corner)

A Few More Thoughts: Some people are wondering if he was under duress during the interview. It's a possibility, but considering Arnett's past, I'm inclined to think he meant every word he said. (and if he was there under duress, he put himself in that position) I guess only time will tell. I hear on the news that his interview is being broadcast over and over on Iraqi TV (and I would presume places like Al-Jezeera) and I wonder how it's affecting the moral of Iraqis who may be considering rebelling against Saddam and helping the Coalition. If they think that there's a growing sentiment against the war here, they may think they're going to be hung out to dry like they were last time. This could stir up a lot of trouble regardless of whether or not Arnett was speaking for himself.

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March 29, 2003

More Fun Reading

Link

Anyone seen that one?

Kel

another, another, another link fix ~ Ith

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March 26, 2003

Ari Fleischer = Stud

According to Britain's Telegraph newspaper, Ari Fleischer is hot.

"The balding White House spokesman . . . has females the length and breadth of the States a-swoonin'. . . . Some comments on the new Ari Fleischer Internet fan site: 'Some people don't understand how a hot blonde 24-year-old NYC girl could have such a major crush on Ari Fleischer -- but I DO!!' writes one groupie. 'I think it is so cool the way he can walk into a room full of press sharks and completely control the room and never ever flinch.' Another sighs: 'I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of two who still believes in right and wrong. Yes, even my husband knows of the crush I have on Ari, and finally I know I am not alone.' "

I dunno. I'm more of a Rummy gal myself.

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Calling All Hackers?

Link

Link

Link

and

Link

PLEASE take these sites out! *grovels*

THANK YOU!

Kel

fixed the links ~ Ith
fixed the links (there were two links per link. bizarre) ~ Nin

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March 24, 2003

The Glasses Thing

Regarding the tape released last week--anyone notice the fact that Who'sinsane isn't always shown with glasses on? But in that tape he was. And anyone notice how thick they were? I did. Everyone I've known who had glasses that thick was damn near legally blind. But he's shown much of the time not wearing them. If that is the case, then wouldn't he need a seeing eye slave to keep him from walking into stuff?

Just my half pence this morning.

Kel, going to the gathering this evening at the coliseum

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March 20, 2003

What Scuds?

Jonathan Adler on The Corner: This morning, CNN reported, "In Baghdad, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Al-Sahaf said he had heard a report that U.S. forces had downed a Scud. "But we don't have Scud missiles," he said." As GMU law professor Ronald Rotunda notes, "This is an existential question: if Iraq does not have Scud missiles, how can a US missile down it? The French are very interested in existentialism, so perhaps they will explain."

Posted by Ith at 10:34 AM

March 18, 2003

Ew!

Golly gee, Daschle was the one who had farking ANTHRAX in his office. Why shucks, did it just sprout up out of nowhere? Maybe it sprouted out of his nose. Okay, SO not going there.

Failing diplomacy? Dubya's got more stones than he does and he's just jealous about that. He needs to get out of office. His remarks against Dubya are just as bad, if not worse than Moran's nasty remark about Jewish folks and the implication that Lott said something he really didn't say.

How about Dimwit Daschle gets put on trial for treason? Heh. *taking mental walk about what they used to do with folks like that* What a pleasant thought.

I mean really--WHO the frap failed diplomancy here? It weren't Dubya--he wasn't the one putting people up to stealing airplanes and committing murder with them--DUH!

Let's see some Iraqians get blowed up.

Kel, probably unpunishing her 4 year old from the PS2 tomorrow so he can go rescue the mayor of 'Koolaid City' on Conflict Desert Storm

Posted by at 7:12 PM

More Sheryl Wisdom

Sheryl Crow has posted her thoughts [ahem] on war with Iraq. There's much hilarity in her very long post, but here's a favorite bit:

It is my desire that we be an awake nation that investigates what it stands for and that as people, we define what we stand for. It is my dream that the arrogance that represents us as a nation can be changed in the eyes of the world and that we will rise up as a nation of peaceful people who will work at finding other ways of eliminating enemies....perhaps by consciously not creating enemies in the first place

Bwahahahaha! Excuse me while I wipe tears from my eyes and catch my breath. Go read it all if you're feeling so inclined.

UPDATE!! Sheryl took her post down [sniff] But, thanks to a heads up from Andrea, I now have the link to the post where it has been saved for posterity. (But you may want to have a few drinks first.)

UPDATED UPDATE: The ever wonderful Rachel left a link to the cached version of Sheryl's opus in the comments. So here's the link of you'd like to see it in all its original glory!

A NOTE TO THE UPDATE(S):Man, yesterday, Misha linked to my "Yadda" post, and I had a MishaLanche, then Andrea linked to this post, and now, Rachel has linked to it, so I'm currently experiencing a RachelLanche :) I shall get quite giddy with all this attention!

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March 16, 2003

Another One Bites The Dust

Human Shield versus Bulldozer. Guess which one won. Come on, guess!

An American woman in Gaza to protest Israeli operations was killed Sunday when she was run over by an Israeli bulldozer, witnesses and hospital officials said.

I don't know what they teach kids in college these days, but I'm guessing common sense isn't on the list. Maybe they need to add a class.... "Remember, unless you're Superman, a human being can't stop a bulldozer -- not even a little one."

Rachel Corrie, 23, a college student from Olympia, Wash., had been trying to stop the bulldozer from tearing down a building in the Rafah refugee camp, witnesses said. She was taken to Najar hospital in Rafah, where she died, said Dr. Ali Moussa, a hospital administrator.

Greg Schnabel, 28, of Chicago, said the protesters were in the house of Dr. Samir Masri. Israeli almost daily has been tearing down houses of Palestinians it suspects in connection with Islamic militant groups, saying such operations deter attacks on Israel such as homicide bombings.

"Rachel was alone in front of the house as we were trying to get them to stop," Schnabel said. "She waved for the bulldozer to stop and waved. She fell down and the bulldozer kept going. We yelled, 'Stop, stop,' and the bulldozer didn't stop at all. It had completely run over her and then it reversed and ran back over her."

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March 13, 2003

Hypocrites?

Gee, Trent Lott gets crucified for something less specifically racial than that guy who made the comments about the Jews pushing for the war and does HE get bitched at and told he should resign? NOoooo.....of course not. In my nsho, that is just too hypocritical for words. *g*

Kel, in bitch mode

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February 17, 2003

Know what?

Several things. That's what. *g*

First off, we have a van. Yes, a VAN. Get over it, you idiots who want to whine about my fuel consumption. Eff you. My purchase of fuel for said vehicle because we have three children--(and screw those of you who want to blame people with more than one child for overpopulation--I know a ton of people who are childless--there is a balance there.)--back to the purchase of fuel for said vehicle--it isn't my problem beyond WHERE I choose to make my purchase. It is a nice thought that since my husband works in the oil related industry that what gets purchased by us way on down the line helps out with the paycheck.

As for the Frenchies--you know what? Maybe they are all paranoid that it'll be made known that certain parties got their bio weapons from their country. What a thought!

Regarding the idiots protesting--go do something useful like figure out how to make bail. I'm all for freedom of speech, but when those people get arrested and stuff--forget it. They've lost their right to have that freedom if they can't be nice about it.

What else? Oh yeah--racism is rampant in New Orleans. Of course it is. It always is. White dude who is qualified to do the job gets the job and is that good enough? No, because he's white. Oh well gee, I guess that isn't discrimination, is it? Bunch of fucking hypocrites. *g* See more about it here if you think I'm exaggerating. It's stupid. It's idiotic. It's racism at its finest.
http://www.fox8live.com/mainStory.jsp?home=1&st=2205

Oh yeah--have I mentioned how much I frapping HATE Mardi Gras?

Happy Monday, people! *g*

Kel, going back off to lurk in the shadows

Posted by at 3:46 AM

February 13, 2003

Hysteria?

This headline: Hysteria runs riot

My question: Hysteria? Where? I haven't seen any hysteria yet, but I don't live in a major city. Closest would be San Jose, which is about an hour from here, San Francisco is two hours. Anyone else seeing hysteria in their towns and cities?

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February 11, 2003

Don't Know Much About Geography

Via Joanne Jacobs, a little refresher course on Arab geography.

Posted by Ith at 5:54 PM

It's Orange At The Mall

I was at the mall on Sunday, and then yesterday to exchange the full screen version DVD of XXX for the wide screen that I bought on Sunday's trip. You with me so far? Okay! I noticed more rent-a-cop security guys wandering the place, but chalked it up to it being AT&T Pro-Am week. But there were the same amount of guards last night. Then I had a "duh" moment -- it's the raised terror alert! Now, it's not that I don't appreciate the mall folks trying to instill some sense of security, but I don't think any terrorists are going to be deterred by extra unarmed security guys wandering around. Not to mention, our mall is an outdoor one and at any given time there's like 5 people there! I don't see us being primo terror targets. And if we were, what's the guard going to do? Throw their soda at them?

Observations from boonie America.

(Oh, and polka dots, in black and white, are in this spring, ladies!)

Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM

January 28, 2003

Who's The Bad Guy Here?

A bit of interesting local news for you folks to peruse from my neck of the woods.

So who's the bad guy here? I think it's the insurance companies myself. On the other hand, some doctors are total idiots and shouldn't even be opening people up for whatever reason. On the other hand, what right does the insurance company have to cancel a doctor who's NEVER had a complaint filed against them?

I think they're all idiots. *g*

Kel

fixed the link ~ Ith

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January 25, 2003

*Snicker*

Christian Moviegoers Beware!

Kel who will be sending Valentines to some wonderful military folks

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January 24, 2003

Life Imitates Monty Python

As I said to Rachel earlier, I'm just going to post a "what she said"

(I can't blog till after work, and she already posted pretty much what I was thinking)

Posted by Ith at 5:20 PM

January 21, 2003

Having A Rant

Gee, the Latin Americans--are now officially the majority minority in this country, outnumbering even the black folks.

Isn't that lovely? I still refuse to learn their fucking language. I also refuse for my children to learn it. My children can learn fucking French in school. This is OUR country. My ancestors with their lily white Celtic arses took on learning AMERICAN. You people can too.

Do we see folks like the Vietnamese coming over here and taking on public aid and bitching about us learning their language? No. Did we see the Jews doing that crap after WW2 when they migrated here? No.

Oh yeah, let's not discuss the Cubans who butcher the 'spanish' language in Miami. Let's not discuss the fact that Cajun French isn't the same as the true French--it is what it says--CAJUN, nor is what those from Mexico speak and expect US to learn that is being taught in the schools NOT the same. DUH.

My little darlings will learn French. Or Japanese. Or Latin. Or even German. But they will NOT learn freaking 'SPANish' because that is not what they would be taught in school with whatever people of other majority minority are speaking.

Call me racist, I don't care. *G* You people can go back to where you came from with your little mexican issued cards and stay there. I don't appreciate my tax money going to support illegal aliens in any way, shape or form.

Kel, having a rant and yes, all mistakes in capitalization are intentional

Posted by at 11:22 AM

December 16, 2002

Mister Penn--

I ask you, WTF do YOU know about politics, peace policies and war?! The most sensible thing you could do is either keep your frapping mouth SHUT and go back to JollyFood where you belong with all the rest of the left wing whackos. Or just answer "NOTHING." and still go back so we don't have to hear from you any longer. You're wasting valuable news/network/time. *rolling eyes*

Geez!

Kel, wondering who let him out

Posted by at 4:45 PM

November 24, 2002

Things Better Left Unsaid--

Proof of what I've known for a long time--that ML needs to learn how to keep her mouth shut. *g*

Posted by at 12:44 PM

November 8, 2002

Yeah, I do--

I do say--thank you to Ithy for fixing the damn thing so I could use it. *g* I can now go back to my usual bitching, ranting and raving that I know you've all missed so dreadfully. *EG*

Kel, thrilled with the Republican victories the other day

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October 29, 2002

I Learned Early

I originally posted this as a comment to one of Rachel's blog posts. The subject was hate mail, and this seemed to fit in. (and if you pop over there, make sure to check out Rachel's splendid fiskings of that blowhard, Michael Moore. Absolutely delicious!)

The other thing is that I wasn't sure which blog to post this to. On the one hand, it's political, which would put it on Gaggle, but it's also a personal anecdote, which puts it on Muse. So I decided to post it on both. I guess there's always going to be occasions of overlap.

Way back when I was in 8th grade, our history class assignment was to do a report on the upcoming Ford/Carter election. I was going to school in Lafayette, CA at the time, but living in Berkeley. So, after school, I stopped by the Ford election headquarters in Lafayette. They gave me information, and I ended up helping out a few days after school because I thought it was great fun. (I was already a budding political junkie)

One afternoon, I got on the bus at the BART station in Berkeley on the last leg of my journey home. I was wearing a Ford for President button. This guy on the bus started haranguing me about my button. After being obnoxious to me for what seemed like hours, he finished with, "When you're older, you'll know better." Not one person on the bus told him to back off and stop verbally attacking a child. (I was 13, but I looked more like 10.)

That experience solidified my not so kind feeling towards Democrats. I would love to be able to tell that guy on the bus that I am older, and I know even better than I did when I was 13! And I'd probably throw in some seldom used bad words!

A Little Addition: Let the guy on the bus put this in his pipe and smoke it! Carter, Democrats Asked Soviets to Stop Reagan, Sway U.S. Elections Of course, people like the guy on the bus would probably see nothing wrong with it.

Thanks to Random Jottings for the link.

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October 28, 2002

What's Law Got To Do With It?

So the Dems are apparently checking on the election law in Minnesota before deciding what to do. Dems checking the law?? Isn't that a sign of the Apocalypse?

Just wondering....

Posted by Ith at 10:16 AM