Thursday, October 30, 2003
On the list: Lowe's Hardware, John Ashcroft, Ex-Governor of Michigan John Engler, John Lott, (Senator) Elizabeth Dole, Senator Zell Miller, (Ex-)Rep. Bob Barr, Wayne LaPierre & John Ashcroft, again.
...At least the little bastards are reading...
In a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Howard Bennett wrote of seeing three patients, ages 8 to 10, who complained of having headaches for two or three days.
'It was determined that each child had spent many hours reading J.K. Rowling's latest book in the Harry Potter series,' Bennett wrote in the letter.
'The presumed diagnosis for each child was a tension headache brought on by the effort required to plow through an 870-page book. The obvious cure for this malady -- that is, taking a break from reading -- was rejected by two of the patients, who preferred (painkillers) instead,' Bennett wrote.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
On Tuesday, Bush said the banner was put up by the crewmembers of the Abraham Lincoln to say that their mission was accomplished. 'I know it was attributed somehow to some ingenious advance man from my staff. They weren't that ingenious, by the way,' Bush said.A few years ago I volunteered to drive in a motorcade when President Bush visited town. I learned through chatting with one of the young staffers that President Bush worked as an advance man for his father while Bush-41 was in office. Because of this, the staffer told me President Bush was very hard on his own advance men, expecting perfection from them, since he had done the job himself earlier in life.
That's why I highlighted the portion above, as I expect someone is in deep doo-doo on this one. Not for suggesting it, but for not realizing that it might turn out to have been a bad thing.
"Joe Lieberman brings up John McCain's name so much on the campaign trail it seems the Arizona Republican is the Connecticut Democrat's running mate."
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
A complete line of merchandise can be found at www.cafepress.com/cityofevil, displaying the words "Ithaca is the City of Evil." This merchandise has been endorsed by www.freerepublic.com. [NOT TRUE - tc]
According to its website, www.freerepublic.com is "an online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web." It is comprised of forums, articles and links of interest to conservatives around the country.
A post by aptly named contributor "Behind Liberal Lines" at www.freerepublic.com/~behindliberallines, criticizes Ithaca as the "City of Evil," citing liberal sentiments.
"Politics in Ithaca runs the gamut from 'liberal' to 'communist,'" the article says, referring to Ithaca's history of endorsing Democratic and Green Party candidates.
The writer criticizes Ithaca's "alternative" schools and the "educated idiots" who attend school in Ithaca, including its many college students.
Links to newspaper articles displaying news from Ithaca grace the site to show said liberal tendencies.
Some conservatives empathize with the author's point, but do not necessarily agree that Ithaca is "the City of Evil." Paul Chernick '04 remarked, "The author of the website does have a point, but while it is hard to be a conservative in Ithaca, I can only imagine how liberals feel in places like Grand Rapids, Michigan or the Deep South."
Monday, October 27, 2003
Beepwear's website even brags that "When local time changes to DST, Daylight Savings Time, the pager watch automatically updates its time. ( When in paging coverage area )"
Well, I'm in the paging area, and my watch is still off by hour now 36+ hours after D.S.T. ended this weekend.
Boo Skytel, boo!
UPDATE: Sometime Wednesday morning, over four days late, my watch finally started showing the correct hour.
Friday, October 24, 2003
Looks like the Firebird actually did pretty well.
A tractor trailer overturned on a late-model Pontiac Firebird Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened at Dover Crossing Road and Fort Campbell Boulevard. Six vehicles were involved in the crash. Eight people were injured in the wreck. Five of them were taken by the Emergency Medical Service to Gateway Medical Center. None of the injuries were life threatening.[Click picture for full story.]
I read his piece entitled "10 technologies that deserve to die" waiting for the punch line, a "got ya", or at least some nod to the fact that we mere humans can't shift our reality at the drop a hat to suit his perception of how things should be.
Color me disappointed.
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Many people do not bother to rename their picture files when posting them to the web, which leads to this neat little webpage on diddly.com that uses the google image search to find random photos based upon likely default digital camera file names. Think of it as voyeurism light.
Monday, October 20, 2003
Saturday, October 18, 2003
"Wal-Mart has already helped push more than two dozen national supermarket chains into bankruptcy over the past decade. That list includes names like Grand Union..."This is a crock. I grew up in and lived among the areas of New York that Grand Unions purported to serve. They were dirty, poorly run, poorly lit, over-priced dinosaurs of stores. They killed themselves through mismanagement, and quite frankly they did so in plenty of areas where there wasn't a Wal-Mart SuperCenter within 100 miles. Price Chopper & Sun Foods killed Grand Union, at least in my home town.
Sunday, October 12, 2003
I spotted this in a car's window as he was leaving Jersey into Delaware. I figure he was leaving for his own safety.
In case you can't read it the sign says "SPRINGSTEEN CAN KISS MY ASS".
(Blogged while at extra-legal speeds in Maryland. Delaware goes by real fast...)
Daniel Steiner came to the United States from Brazil more than 20 years ago to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams.Didn't charge enough...
After driving a cab for years, he built a five-car limousine business that has him and his employees ferrying executives, prom dates and, notably, patients to clinics. He juggles the flow with the help of the three constantly ringing cellular phones he carries.
Steiner, 47, could have it all taken away during a hearing this morning.
His sin, as he puts it: charging his customers too little.
Regulators with the county's Public Transportation Commission mandate that limousine operators, whether they drive limos or Lincoln Town Cars, like Steiner, must charge a minimum $40 a trip. They have written up Steiner for charging less.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Also interesting was this passage, "From 1987 to 1988 Porsche built 226 959s, plus another four from parts in 1992, for a total of 230."
I wonder for whom, and why, Porsche went into the parts bin to crank out four more 959's four years after assembly had ceased
Friday, October 10, 2003
I've bought four or five of these over the years as wedding presents for people, though I've never been able to get one for less than $160. A hundred and twenty bucks is a great deal on this mixer.
Last month this was deal of the month @ $119.99!
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
McManus' response is beautiful, a column entitled THAT'S (718) 832-6459.
Feel free to exercise your free speech rights.
The assailant, identified by police as Ernesto DeJesus, 41, raced up a terminal escalator from the blood-soaked scene just outside the glass doors and boarded the ferry, with the boat soon getting underway at a leisurely 17 knots, bound for his home borough of Staten Island.
Monday, October 06, 2003
Author Meme Lists
Here's how this works. One person offers a list of ten authors whose work appears on that person's bookshelf. The next person deletes those authors whose books don't appear on their own bookshelf and replaces them with authors whose work does. Repeat, I imagine, ad nauseum.
[Will Hindmarch's List]
Richard K. Morgan
J. Gregory Keyes
James W. Hall
Steve Martin (Yes, that Steve Martin)
Please continue in comments, or post a link in comments to your blog where you've continued this.
Milligan recently filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of her daughter's estate against the Golden Gate Bridge District and the bridge's board of directors, seeking to require them to put up a barrier. Her suit charges, "Through their acts and omissions Defendants have authorized, encouraged, and condoned government-assisted suicide." Three previous lawsuits against the bridge by the parents of suicides have all been dismissed, and the bridge officials' reply to Milligan's suit lays out their standard defense: "Plaintiffs' injuries, if any, were the result of Plaintiffs' own actions (contributory negligence)." Furthermore, the reply says, "plaintiffs cannot show that Ms. Imrie used the property with due care for the purposes it was designed."Not to be callous (narf) but who will they be suing next; Mother Nature for creating high cliffs in Yosemete?