Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Torturing President

Is there any doubt left that George Bush is a criminal?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Terrorist Fist Jab

Remember that incredible New Yorker cover that featured an illustration that showed the Obama's as the right wing would like middle America to see them? If so, I am sure you will also recall the false concern both the right and the left expressed over the cover. I just saw that John Stewart and Stephen Colbert have recreated the cover for Entertainment Weekly. Man, I love those two guys. I wonder how the worthless pundits will respond to this.
Country First?

Can you really be putting your country first when you are willing to pick someone this unqualified to be your vice president?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Gas Lines Everywhere

Today Melanie was on empty and she had to work at nine. I poured what was left of our lawn mower gas from the can into her Jeep this morning to ensure she would get to work. There was about a quart left and we live a mile from work so she got to work with no problem. I left about at about 11 today with the gas can to see if I could top it off and then put that two gallons into her tank so she could make it to the beginning of next week when we are supposed to have gas in town again.

I drove around for about twenty minutes. I was unaware of how serious the shortage/panic is. About 1/3 of all gas stations had gas and those with gas had lines of literally hundreds of cars waiting for gas. Fortunately, I have over half a tank and that short drive to work. I saw a few of the lines and said the hell with it, bought a soda and went to work and told Mel she was SOL. According to this Observer story there have been a few fights at the pumps and people are calling 911 and asking where they can find gas. I think if you call 911 to locate fuel for your car the cops should be ordered to your home to beat the crap out of you in front of your children. If your children are at school they should then take you to that school and beat you in front of your children and their classmates.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Good luck with that

Wednesday night I put an old PC on the curb for the next days bulk pick up. When I awoke Thursday morning it was gone and the bulk pick up guys hadn't been by yet. There was nothing in that PC that worked except the power supply. The hard drive had been removed, the motherboard is fried and the power switch is jury rigged. Heck the USB ports are a generation behind. I guess the case could be recycled. I thought about saving the case and allowing Chris to use it to build a new computer buy he procrastinates like procrastination is a calling and that never would have happened. That's the second item I've put on the curb that someone liberated before the city showed up with their garbage truck.

Drive by Truckers

The whole household went to Amos' to see the Drive by Truckers last night. They rocked, as they always do. I'm not a big fan of the way Amos' is set up. It's a long narrow club and it's hard to get up front. They sound isn't all that great either. The background vocals were buried and that really annoyed Wendell. He's a fan of good harmony and he felt he had been deprived of what he truly loves. For some reason the club has these extremely bright lights that shine directly into the eyes of the crowd and they were used a lot. I felt like was in the final scene of "Close Encounters" for about two hours.

They did play one of my favorite songs that I hadn't heard play before. It's called "The Night G.G. Allin Came to Town." That was special. They also played "Rockin' in the Free World" during the encore and they tore that song up. Long live rock.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

How much?!?!?!?

As of right now Meckleburg County government, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Transportation Department call all kiss my butt.

I live in a quiet neighborhood on a street that people use as a cut through. Since about half a percent of all drivers ignore speed limits in neighborhoods the county put in a bunch of stop signs to slow these knuckleheads down and that then inconveniences the adults that know not to go 45 through a residential area. I have got in the habit of rolling through these signs because they are there only to slow traffic down and I don't speed through my neighborhood.

Of course, back in August, the Charlotte Police set up in our neighborhood to monitor traffic going through the stop signs. Not even bothering to sit somewhere where they might see how fast someone is going before they get to the useless stop sign. No, they are setting up at the bottom of the hill just to catch those that are not stopping at the bleeding stop signs. They are using the stop signs now just to meet their monthly quoting of tickets. This reminds me of what law enforcement started doing when the Patriot Act was passed by our spineless congress. As soon as the Patriot Act became law local law enforcement started to examine the Patriot Act in order to find ways in which they could further infringe on our rights or, if you are a conservative, protect patriotic Americans from evil doers.

So today I drive downtown to pay what I thought was a ridiculous charge of $121. I was told by the jerkface cop that gave me the ticket for driving through the superfluous stop sign that if I paid the ticket before my court date I would only have to pay the $121 court costs. I get to the Clerk of the Court cashier window and the drone sitting in on the other side of the counter informs me that the charge would be $171. I almost had a stroke. I told the lady that the officer informed that if I paid before the court date it would only be $121. She waved over one of her coworkers and he confirmed it. He essentially said that the cop was wrong. $171 and I can't drive more than a quarter mile in this town without hitting a pot hole? There was a steady line at that cashier's window where in the hell is all this money going? Probably going to Bob Johnson so he can start another cable network.

I still can't believe how much money the county has the gall to charge me. Sure, I ran a stop sign and $50 is a legitimate fine but do they have to tack on $121 court costs when I didn't even have to go to court? And another thing, that criminal court building is the ugliest piece of crap in the city. It looks like someone carved a bunch of windows and doors on a bar of soap. It cost us $148 million dollars. Now I see why they raped me with court costs this morning.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Airlines are Stinky Poopoo Heads

There is something happening on Friday in Traverse City, MI that I thought would be nice if I made an attempt to attend. I'm sure you are aware if you try to book a flight a few days before you would like to leave that the airlines will charge you around $1000. After a couple of searches I realized flying to Michigan this week was not going to happen. Do you know any other business that does this? If I go to Harris Teeter on a Saturday afternoon because I forgot to buy dip for that evening's party Harris Teeter doesn't charge me $27 for something that normally cost $3.49 Usually when someone wants to fly at the last minute it's for an emergency or, at the very least it's urgent. This industry thinks taking a stressful time in someone's life is a good time to gouge them. Is it really a mystery as to why Americans have little sympathy for an airline when it goes belly up?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Igoogle gets really cool

I don't know how many of you mess with the personalized google paged called Igoogle but they have some really awesome backgrounds available now. I got me a Bob Dylan one.
Lipstick on a pig

I find all this fake-ass rage summed up best so far on this great blog.
Ten other sayings that might cause the right to poop on themselves

10) If a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his ass a-hoppin across Palin's face.
9) Ya cain't make a silk purse out of pigs anus.
8) It doesn't help to cry over spilled DNA
7) America, she ain't perfect but she's mine.
6) A chain is as strong as its weakest illegal immigrant
5) A pebble and a diamond are different even to a blind politician.
4) Cowards die daily, the brave support Obama.
3) You can't make cookies without a little lady in the kitchen
2) Don't worry when you stumble, remember a worm is the only thing that can fall lower than a John McCain political ad.
1) There is so much good in the worst of, so much bad in the best of us, that it should remind all of us not criticize the chosen one who will lead us to the chosen land like Moses or Jesus or some other guy that wore slippers and a robe.
Lipstick on a pig

I see the right is working itself up into another false frenzy over Obama's supposed membership in the He-Man Women Haters Club. Sure, it probably wasn't the smartest thing to say. Did he think he could say that and not have the right immediately go into attack mode? Even so, if the right in this country thinks they can convince me they actually give a shit about women and their rights then they will have done something special. False outrage over a common saying ain't gonna do it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

From Pangea to Today

While doing some research for a talk I have to give later this month I came across this entertaining animation of continental drift.
Countdown from 100 in movie quotes

You can view this fun video here.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The End is near

Holy crap, our potential vice president was baptized in a church where people speak in tongues and believe we are in "the end times." The one saving grace of George W. is that he doesn't really believe. What we don't need is a true believer in the White House.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

AC/DC

Yeah, you read the headline correctly, right now I am writing about AC/DC. You remember them, the band from Australia that found their groove in 1973 and never looked back...or forward for that matter. A band whose only song subjects have been drinking booze,trying to meet chicks that drink and having hot sex with those chicks. Once they even wrote a song about the size of their testicles. I believe they bragged that their testicles were above average in size.

Since Back in Black they really haven't put out an album I have put in my personal heavy rotation. They have a new album coming out in the next week and they are streaming the first single from the album on their official website. It's not bad, it sounds like AC/DC.
Born Free

Check out this scary story. Crazy.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

More Fake Outrage

I see the most recent fake outrage by the far right nutcases of America is the secretly taped private conversation of Don Fowler. Only the far right could support video taping someone secretly. For some reason the they no problem with any kind of surveillance thanks to the hammering of the propaganda of the current administration. If we all walked around all day filming each we'd be much safer and have more things to flip out over. Geez, who hasn't made a few off color comments in private amongst friends? I remember my high school baseball coach, a respected member of the community, had space shuttle jokes ready to go the day after the first space shuttle disaster. It's the way our species deals with the world. I still don't understand these far right people. You can lie to me all you want but why fool yourselves? This moral high ground they claim as their own doesn't exist in the real world, it's a fantasyland. I mean, let's go back to 1998 when McCain said ‘Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father.' Where's your outrage about that right wing America?

Speaking of fake outrage...

Check out what Rush Limbaugh said today. Wow, I hope he got a good price for his soul.