Quote of the day

November 30, 2006 at 9:20 pm (Quote of the day, Republican incompetence)

“Justice Clarence Thomas, who as usual asked no questions, is presumed to be in line with Scalia, Roberts and Alito.”

I’m not going to pretend to be a close follower of the Court, but doesn’t a statement like that make you really mad?  I don’t care where you sit politically…what we have here is a Justice of the Supreme Court acting as a rubber stamp.  He doesn’t even pretend to be engaged in the debate.  If I recall something I read a while back, he rarely writes his own opinions either.

Why bother asking questions when you already know the answer?  Why bother writing down your answer when it is simply “whatever the partisan conservative position is”?

I’ll go ahead and say it.  Couldn’t the Republican president who appointed Mr. Thomas have at least found a competent black man to replace Thurgood Marshall?  If Bush hadn’t been so hell-bent on using this appointment as a campaign issue in 1992, we might actually have 9 justices, instead of 8 justices and a freon-filled plastic bird.

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Decision Theater

November 30, 2006 at 8:10 pm (Planning, Random)

This is the coolest thing I have ever seen.

When I was a kid, I had an idea for an invention called The What If Machine.  This is pretty much it.

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Sign of the times

November 30, 2006 at 8:07 pm (Drugs, Parkersburg)

11 people arrested in a drug sweep in Parkersburg, and I don’t know a single one of them.  There’s a first time for everything, I guess.

Nice photo.  I bet the black arrestees have 100% representation in that photo.

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Humor

November 29, 2006 at 2:26 am (Humor)

If you are like me, you could use a good laugh. Try this:

1. next time you are at work, approach your least favorite co-worker’s computer when he/she is not there.

2. Press ctrl-alt-down arrow (test in on your computer first, it doesn’t work on all computers. But if it does you know how to fix it.)

3. Stay within earshot as hilarity ensues.

Or, you could just click here. Use headphones if you are at work, and listen to part one first (which for some reason is listed after part 2)

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In Honor of The Flat Earth Society

November 27, 2006 at 2:44 pm (Personal)

I got up at 4:30 today, to fly back home in time to go to work for about 5 hours.  Yes, I need the money that badly.  The first leg of the flight was flawless–don’t ever let anyone talk trash on small town airports.  But now, the second leg of my flight has been delayed, so far, 1 hour thirty minutes, and with each passing second I wonder a little more why I got up so early this morning.

Unfortunately, this is likely the first of 2 cross-country flights I will take this week.  I found out late last night that a good friend died over the weekend, in a car accident.  We were in a band together in college.  We were drinking buddies.  We spent literally weeks of our lives together in chemistry and biology labs.  He spent the same semester as I in Australia.  I hadn’t seen or talked to him in years.  He is one of those friends who, despite our lack of active communication, I thought of often.  I would say to myself, “man, I need to call Jon,” in fact I was thinking it just about a week ago.  And now I can never do that.  I can’t even begin to describe how sad that makes me.

I am sorry that I don’t make a better effort to stay in touch with people.  People who are still alive.  I truly am.  I hope I will learn something from this, although it hasn’t entirely sunk in yet.  Don’t ever take anybody for granted.  I miss you Jon.  As I write this I am being flooded with memories.  I will never forget Big Red.  I will never forget the time you laughed at me when I told you I wasn’t eating beef anymore, then fed me a cow you raised.  I will never forget the summer we spent as janitors, pilfering leftover furniture and liquor from the dorms.   I will never forget our drum solo at Haverfest sophomore year…we truly rocked the house.  I have to stop now, I am in public.

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Hiatus

November 23, 2006 at 8:58 pm (Random)

So you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything recently. I spend all day at work in front of a computer, so when I’m not at work, the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer, and I can’t blog from work, so there you go. Maybe when I’m done with school I’ll feel more motivated. I thought I would post a little something today, however, since it is such a special day.

Why so special? HDTV, for one. My dad has a ginormous HDTV, so big that it actually made Detroit Lions football entertaining. I can’t wait until this weekend.

My niece has marginal control over her movements now; I think she actually made eye contact with me earlier. And I held her for almost 10 minutes before she crapped her pants. They grow up so fast.

I managed to avoid all the holiday traveling nightmares, by taking a red-eye Tuesday night. But I wouldn’t recommend it. They don’t have bagels in Atlanta, even at the airport Starbucks.

Me and a few people are talking about going to a high school football game Friday. The old alma mater is in the semis of the playoffs. I can’t believe it, but it looks like I will have to buy tickets from a scalper. I hate to say it but I probably can’t dust off the old high school ID and get in for free. But I will probably try.

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Democracy is on the march

November 8, 2006 at 6:32 am (Politics, Republican incompetence)

Former Senator Rick Santorum concedes defeat to Senator Robert Casey:

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Don’t cry, FORMER SENATOR RICK SANTORUM. I’ve been waiting years to say that.

UPDATE: Well shit, there former Senator Rick Santorum had to go and give a classy concession speech.   Whatever, former Senator Rick Santorum still sucks, and I’m sure former Senator Rick Santorum’s compatriots will welcome former Senator Rick Santorum home in Virginia.

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