Saturday, October 13, 2007
I'm not totally mentally challenged
Everyone is doing it, so me too
Labels: Al Gore
Must read IMHO
I suppose it was appropriate. I've had an iguana, tarantulas, scorpions, piranha, hamsters, Boston fern, ficus tree, bull calf, pigeons, chickens, geese. All dead. No hint something was wrong. They just died.
OK, I killed the calf. Mighty tasty too.
Thankfully my children survived.
I've no clue why I'm posting this, but its part of the fun of the internets tubes.
Do you really ever think you'll see a cat? Muhahaha.
Labels: cat blogging
Must read IMHO
Better late than never
Still a fitting homage to a very talented singer.
Friday, October 12, 2007
I'm quite intelligent and stupid in some ways as we are all.
Why anyone would accept Bush's foreign policy as acceptable is stupid.
Why anyone would accept the Democrats' ignoring what the American public voted for is stupid.
To allow so many to die, on both sides, in Iraq and Afghanistan is stupid.
Maybe I am stupid.
Stupid is as stupid does, right?
Gimme a break
“IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING WRONG, YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE.”
OK, say it with me: WE ALL HAVE DONE WRONG THINGS!!!1!!.
We cheated, lied, drove badly, spit on the sidewalk.
Humans, unfortunately, often behave like humans.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
How Much Chaos is Iran Exporting to Iraq?
Not as much as the wingers would want you to believe.
Must read IMHO
Must read IMHO
Please read Echidne's post.
What do I fear? Death? Destruction? Terrorists? Come on, you have to be kidding.
San Leandro, CA.
Labels: great name
Must read IMHO
The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged a highlysecret plan they had funded with the U.S. auto makers for the pastfive-years.
The NTSB covertly funded a project, whereby the auto makers wereinstalling black boxes in four wheel drive pick-up trucks in an effortto determine, in fatal accidents, the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.
They were surprised to find in 49 of the 50 states the last wordsof drivers in 61.2% of fatal crashes were, "Oh, Shit!"
Only the state of Texaswas different, where 89.3% of the finalwords were, "Hey Y'all, watch this!"
24/7 sex tv
hyena brain in china pharmacies
socialized medicine quackery
It really wasn't that difficult. Muahahaha.
Quote of the day
"For example, just a few years ago, I sometimes linked approvingly to Michelle. Now I think she is a gaping asshole and everything that is wrong with the Republican party. See? Things do change."
-- John Cole
And no, I'm not about to gloat over John's deciding to abandon the Republican party. I'm just grateful he did.
Via Balloon Juice.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Must read IMHO
I was feeling a bit depressed the other day, so I called the Help Hotline.
I was put through to a call center in Pakistan.
I explained that I was feeling suicidal.
They were very excited at this news and wanted to know if I could drive a truck or fly an airplane....
Apparently I'm not the only sick puppy out there.
Via Big Shot Bob in Texas.
What's the difference between a million, a billion and a trillion?
The above is a nonillio, or about how much money I usually carry around.
Its a joke, folks. Drop the zeros and you pretty much have what I usually carry around.
Just a snippet. There's much more.
A million dollars ago was five (5) seconds ago at the U.S. Treasury.
A billion dollars ago was late yesterday afternoon at the U.S. Treasury.
Via Jonco (who else?).
Must read IMHO
Grapes of Galilee, Using Jesus To Sell Wine
This is your world, folks. Deal with it.
Using a cute rabbit or a kangaroo to sell wine is old news. Last week I mentioned wines with Hitler on the label; this week comes news of a wine importer going in a completely opposite direction -- it has Jesus on the label. The Grapes of Galilee is a new Israeli wine label aimed at American Christians. The grapes are grown in the region where Jesus Christ is said to have lived, and they are irrigated with water from the Jordan River, where he was baptized. Wine from Israel is nothing new, but most of the Israeli wine sold in the U.S. has previously been to Jewish consumers. In fact, the Grapes of Galilee wine comes from an existing Israeli winery, only the Jesus-themed label is new. As Ad Age reports, the importer, Pini Haroz, sees the chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon wines as being perfect for holidays and he is marketing it in areas with high concentrations of Catholics. The wine sells for $13.99 a bottle online.
Via Lisa @ rangeragainstwar.
H/T Deidre Woollard.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
10 feared dead in skydiving plane crash
This isn't important to most people, but to us who have skydived its enormous.
A pilot and nine skydivers were feared dead today after a plane crashed in the US's Washington Cascades.
Yeah, that's really me. Always the dark glasses.
I have a better pic showing my free fall, but its poster size and I can't scan it.
Pakistani civilians flee after clashes kill 195
Sorry, stupid question. the whole Mid-East is exploding, just not as fast as some would like.
Hundreds of people fled a Pakistani tribal town on Tuesday after some of the heaviest-ever clashes near the Afghan border left 150 militants and 45 soldiers dead, officials and witnesses said.
Via Agence France-Presse.
Bring on the Recession
How else will the destructive effects of growth be stopped?
I'll expand if I may. Why do taxes get raised? Why can't government function on the growth or decline of the economy? If everyone is making less, the streets should fall into disrepair. If everyone is making more its possible to build that new library.
Perhaps I'm naïve and don't understand government finances even though I have a degree in business administration, but the taxes collected are a budget. Live with it you fucking fools.
Japan must be part of 'war on terror': Fukuda
When I read this two things immediately come to mind. Being lazy ass, I couldn't wait around for more thoughts.
Firstly we have a country, Japan, with a pacifist constitution. It isn't much globally, but its something and I sincerely hope they stay pacific.
Secondly I wonder what's really operational here. The US takes in tons upon tons of filthy lucre from armament, munitions, warefare sales. Is Fukuda envious? Does he want Japan to start producing such things? It isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda Tuesday told a resurgent opposition that Japan must not be a "bystander" in the US-led "war on terror" as he fought to extend a naval mission in the Indian Ocean.
The opposition won control of one house of parliament in July elections and has vowed to defeat government proposals to extend the naval mission providing fuel and logistical support to US-led forces in Afghanistan.
The opposition has so far ignored a government compromise that would stop refuelling operations backing combat troops, restricting support to ships policing the Indian Ocean.
Terrorists are about as much a threat to most people as muggers or traffic accidents.
Where I live there are AK-47 and M16 toting, C-4 explosive wielding, hand grenade carrying terrorists. Am I afraid or brave?
This is pure, unadulterated bullshit.
Wake up folks. The politicians are trying to turn you into sheep and you're falling for it.
Via Agence France-Parsse.
Quote of the day
I'm a sick son of a bitch which is why I can't get enough of Emo.
"At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote."
-- Emo Phillips
Which I also could say about Steven Wright. Wait! I just did say it about Steven Wright.
I think the meds have kicked in again.
Via: Quotes of the day
Monday, October 08, 2007
Ah, some more memorable song lyrics from my favorite band, AC-DC:
"Ain't no fun waiting round to be a millionaire".
I can relate.
Hey, please add your suggestions in comments. I want to know what lyrics you find important, humorous, memorable, life changing, sage, interesting, unforgettable, poignant. I'm sure you have something to offer.
Wizard of Oz - The short version
There's much more to Jonco than what I post. You might want to visit and see if I'm missing things you want to see. Just go to Bits & Pieces.
BTW, I won't watch the Wizard of Oz. The fucking songs get stuck in my head for weeks and I just want to shoot myself. In fact, just posting this may cause me suicidal thoughts.
Labels: Wizard of Oz
A Look at Federal Government Blogs
And who was the idiot who approved it?
"Dipnote" by the State Department: http://blogs.state.gov/
But seriously folks, why is the US considered the center of the universe?
You see it almost always on blogs and very often in the media including international media. Mention of federal government, military, state department. In all cases its implied it's the US, but US State Department isn't stated specifically.
Why is the US treated this way?
Japanese investors are already fleeing Los Angeles which they own much of.
Then there's this:
Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities now total $1.75 trillion. This accounts for approximately 41% of debt owed by the public.
Hell, at $885 billion combined, Japan and China could team up and wreak havoc on the US financially as soon as the banks open.
Militarily the US can't defeat its "enemies" in Afghanistan and Iraq. And the Bush administration is seriously considering invading Iran?
This is so 20th century thinking.
Do Progressives Have the Wrong Idea About Change?
First you have to get their attention. Unless people perceive a problem that needs fixing, offering solutions is a waste or time.
The authors of the new book Break Through argue that scaring people with bad news about the environment is no way to get them to change -- what's needed is a dream we all want to be a part of.
Labels: climate change
Bush tries to halt execution of convicted killer in Texas
Not only is he hypocritical about executing people, he's hypocritical about obeying international law.
This is the same guy who mocked a woman sentenced to execution with, "'Please,' Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'don't kill me,'"
President George Bush, who signed the death warrant for 152 prisoners as governor of Texas, this week faces a rare challenge from his home state against his efforts to block the execution of a convicted killer from Mexico.
The case of Jose Ernesto Medellin, to go before the supreme court on Wednesday, examines whether the president has the power to set aside a state law that conflicts with an international treaty.
It puts Mr Bush in the unusual position of arguing against the death penalty and against the very same Texans who helped put him in the White House. Even more unusually, it puts Mr Bush on the same side of the dispute as the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
What did the American people ever do so heinous they should be visited by Bush? What?
Via Japan Herald.
Swiss far-right rally sparks riots
Thank gawd the only weapons they had were Swiss Army knives. Although I think the larger blade and corkscrew could inflict serious injuries.
Uh oh, I read the rest. What? The police had guns with rubber bullets? Sacré bleu!
OK, I apologize for being so flippant about a serious situation. Couldn't help myself.
Via Japan Herald.
War on terror seen fuelling al Qaeda
Jesus H Christ with dark glasses, why am I struggling at near poverty when I could be raking in the big bucks just by writing reports on things we all know?
I do have to start my own think tank.
Six years after the September 11 attacks in the United States, the "war on terror" is failing and instead fuelling an increase in support for extremist Islamist movements, a British think-tank said on Monday.
And apparently I wouldn't even have to get dressed. Kewl.
Labels: al Qaeda
Top Iraqis Pull Back From Key U.S. Goal
But no one (I've read) seems to think this is important or needs be reported and I disagree.
For much of this year, the U.S. military strategy in Iraq has sought to reduce violence so that politicians could bring about national reconciliation, but several top Iraqi leaders say they have lost faith in that broad goal.
This is essentially a complete negation of the Bush administration's currently stated objective.
This is essentially a request the coalition forces get the hell out of Dodge. What Bush is trying to accomplish is impossible.
Bear in mind, "lost faith" is political-speak for fuhgeddaboudit.
H/T Kevin Drum.
'Socialized Medicine' Quackery
Ezekiel J. Emanuel over at WaPo has a fine article about snake oil salesmen who want to tell you the US is flirting with "socialized medicine" because those words scare people.
He makes the cogent point Americans already embrace socialism in police and fire protection, which is true.
In some places, socialism works quite well. I'm not in favor of wholesale implementation, but it seems a perfect fit when it comes to health care and particularly when it comes to needy children.
To the extent that any health insurance scheme involves spreading among members of society the financial risk of getting sick, all insurance "socializes" the risk. This is, of course, not what people mean when they level charges of "socialized medicine." This term is never used in reference to police protection, fire departments or highways -- all of which are provided by government.
It is absurd to call an expansion of government payments for health care in the existing private delivery system socialized medicine. Politics may be full of hype, exaggeration or partisan bickering, but there should be no place for overt deception. A serious debate about whether and how to reform the American health-care system requires that we eliminate comments whose only purpose is to mischaracterize and misinform.
Those who invoke the specter of "socialized medicine" should answer this question: Do you think the government should help fund medical care for those who cannot afford it, just as it funds education for children whose parents cannot afford to educate them? If not, say so explicitly and justify your position. But, please, spare us the derogatory language.
Just examine the facts and ask yourself what is best. If you think being gouged by insurance companies is fun, then tell your Congress critter you don't want SCHIPS, Medicare, Medicade. Tell them you're perfectly comfortable paying higher and higher premiums, whether directly or through your employer's withholding that raise you want.
Then go to the slums in your area and tell the parents there you are content and not concerned with helping their children. If you get out alive you'll be lucky.
There are two huge priorities*, to my way of thinking, for any government: make sure your people aren't starving and make sure they can get medical care. This is particularly true for the US.
One needn't look outside the US to find people living in third-world conditions. Its appalling.
I'll stop here before I begin really ranting about money for munitions to kill innocents abroad, but none for the American people.
* There are others such as fire and police protection, but they are provided for the wealthy too, so they get top priority.
Labels: socialized medicine
Whatever You Do, Don’t Eat the Chicken!
Some more mindless nonsense to amuse you.
I was gonna make some snide remark about the lack of proper education these days, but decided against it.
We've all made such silly mistakes. We think we hear one thing and we're wrong. For many years I was convinced my grade school teacher said the equator was an imaginary lion running around the middle of the earth. Having a vivid imagination as a child, this made perfect sense to me. I could picture that lion. A line would have been boring.
Quote of the day
An oldie, but a "goodie".
"Not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims."
-- Ann Coulter
Well, except for those pesky Basque separatists (ETA) in Spain, Timothy McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski in the US, but I guess they don't support her position.
Via Helsinki, which has many more such quotes.
Survey finds people are in committed, destructive relationships with PCs
Wow, but I've found a mother lode at The Sign.
According to recent research, people spend more time with their computers than with their spouses/significant others (64%). 84% claim to be more dependent on their computers today than they were three years ago. 19% admitted to wanting to throw their computers out the nearest window when it gave them problems.
Guilty as charged.
Via The Sign.
Labels: internets tubes
Propaganda Alert! Warpimp Petraeus steps up accusations against Iran
Isn't 1984 required reading in school?
Big Brother is creeping closer and closer and few seem the least bit concerned.
Hoping to deter crime by expanding the use of surveillance cameras, Aberdeen passed a measure that empowers the city government and police to require cameras in new developments. The Police Department, the Department of Planning and Community Development, and the Department of Public Works will decide whether a new residential, commercial or industrial development must install cameras at "strategic locations" before a development permit is issued. The City Council passed the measure, which becomes effective next week, by a 4-1 vote. Cameras installed at new developments will be connected to a watch room at the police station, Mayor S. Fred Simmons said.
So based on "hope", the police will intrude into the lives of presumably innocent civilians? Instead of putting police officers on the streets they'll give them comfy chairs so they can sit around eating donuts and drinking coffee while they're paid to be voyeurs.
Ya better watch out who ya kiss in the hallway.
Via The Signs.
The Israel Lobby - Mearsheimer and Walt Weigh In
Last night, I watched an interesting hour-long interview with both of the authors (I'll post it below) in which Walt gave a very compelling explanation of the [Israel] lobby's influence in Washington. He started off by noting that during the Cold War, the US maintained connections to Israel for strategic and moral reasons. Strategically speaking, Israel was considered a bulwark and a useful ally against Soviet expansion. Walt also suggested that the US felt compelled to support the Jewish homeland on moral grounds, as a response to the horrors of WWII and preceding decades of anti-Semitism.
Over time, however, both of these justifications for supporting Israel have gradually eroded. Rather than being a strategic asset, Israel has become a liability. With the fall of the Soviet Union, Israel has become less of an important partner; in fact, its continued rivalry with its Arab neighbors has made close association with it increasingly problematic. The moral justification has also diminished. With Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, aiding Israel can no longer be easily justified on moral grounds.
Via Foreign Policy Watch.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Myanmar junta says weapons seized from Buddhist monastaries
Myanmar's military leaders stepped up pressure on monks who spearheaded pro-democracy rallies, saying Sunday weapons had been seized from Buddhist monasteries and threatening to punish all violators of the law.
Then there's this headline:
Junta eases up on security in Myanmar
The details are as follows:
Myanmar's junta removed the last barricades in Yangon on Sunday, apparently confident it would face no further mass protests against military rule, but the streets remained unusually quiet and arrests continued.
Duh! Mass arrests and executions will tend to limit protests. No surprise there.
Petraeus says Iran stoking Iraq violence
This clown really is turning into a real sock puppet for Bush. This is a purely political accusation. Its a ploy to garner acceptance of a US attack on Iran. Its really that simple.
The U.S. military commander in Iraq has stepped up accusations that Iran was stoking violence in Iraq and said Tehran's ambassador to Baghdad was a member of the Revolutionary Guards Qods force.
I've no doubt Iran encourages the anti-occupation forces in Iraq. After all, if Iran is perceived as an ally by Iraqis, there's a pretty slim chance of another Iraq-Iran war.
But, and this is a huge but, no encouragement is required for those fighting in Iraq. The presence of the coalition forces is the only thing necessary to keep the fighting going.
BTW, rumor has it that a couple more awards and Petraeus will be assigned another aide to wear his new hardware because Petraeus's chest isn't large enough.
Oh yes, and there's this where Petraeus basically is implying, "We've tamed Baghdad and can do the same in Iran".
The U.S. military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, suggested over the weekend that security had improved enough in Baghdad for him to walk parts of the capital's streets without protection.
"Arguably you could do that now," Petraeus told a small group of reporters at a U.S. military base in Diyala province on Saturday when asked if there would come a day when he could walk the capital's streets without plenty of armed guards.
"Nobody will let me do it," he said, smiling.
Taliban 'to bomb Bhutto when she returns'
Pakistani Taliban militants vowed to launch suicide bombers against Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, when she returns home after eight years of self-imposed exile.
6 years into Afghan war, U.S. expanding main base as troop levels, violence grow
Make no mistake about it. Even though success has been illusive at best, the US is intent on staying in Afghanistan and Iraq for an open-ended time period.
Six years after the first U.S. bombs began falling on Afghanistan's Taliban government and its al-Qaeda guests, America is planning for a long stay.
Originally envisioned as a temporary home for invading U.S. forces, the sprawling American base at Bagram, a former Soviet outpost in the shadow of the towering Hindu Kush mountains, is growing in size by nearly a third.
Today the U.S. has about 25,000 troops in the country, and other NATO nations contribute another 25,000, more than three times the number of international troops in the country four years ago, when the Taliban appeared defeated.
The Islamic militia has come roaring back since then, and 2007 has been the battle's bloodiest year yet.
Mitsubishi Motors seen increasing production capacity in Japan
All I need are the headlines. You don't grow your economy by cutting manufacturing while your competitors are increasing their's.
Engineer vehicles people want and need. Streamline production methods as much as possible. Trim waste. Hell, the Japanese are quite willing to show you how they do it.
Closing all these plants is "bottom line" thinking. The productive capacity will be reduced, not go unchanged. This is dangerously myopic thinking.
Toyota Expanding in North America - New York Times
Toyota Expanding N.J. Parts Center to Keep Up With Growing Vehicle ...
Toyota expanding Bodine transmission casting American Metal Market ...
Ford cutting 35000 jobs, closing plants - Jan. 11, 2002
KickingTires: Ford Closing Dealerships: What it Means to You
Ford to close 14 North American manufacturing plants - Jan. 23, 2006
Detroit News: Chrysler to close Newark plant « First State Politics
Chrysler Closing Set In St. Louis - New York Times
Chrysler will close two large-vehicle plants in America in 2008 ...
GM Closing Plants, Cutting 30000 Jobs - The Car Connection
I could go on, but what's the point? Toyota is competing in the back yards of Chrysler, GM, Ford and they're winning. So much for the American idea of competition and supremacy.
And "the big three" aren't the only ones who should be concerned.
Can't find a link, but years ago Toyota management said (paraphrased), "Toyota's goal is to be the world's transportation supplier".
Thus far it appears they're doing a great job of getting to that goal.
Labels: auto production