A blog dedicated to the researchers who dyed a captured chimp's fur pink, then released it. The other chimps promptly tore it to pieces.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The linguistic question of the week

I notice everybody's favorite Moonie newspaper, The Washington Times, has taken to using the acronym TWT to refer to itself.

Which begs the question: would "twit" or "twat" be the proper pronunciation?

What a surprise.

Another GOP scumbag tries to cover up the evidence of his crimes.
The governor's decree pardons the nine people already charged as well as anyone else who might be accused of violating any section of the penal code, not just the personnel laws. The pardon extends to crimes that may have been committed up to yesterday.

Kentucky governor grants pardons to staff

Remember when you had to actually be convicted of something to receive a pardon?

Friday, August 26, 2005

When does he apologize for being a lying asshole?

It would appear Pat Robertson has stepped on his dick yet again with his call for the assassination of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Much like Pat's attempts to distance himself from fellow religious whackjob Jerry Falwell in the wake of their post-9/11 comments, ("It wasn't very nice of Jerry to say that.") Pat has been backpedaling for all he's worth trying to deny he ever said such a thing.

Unfortunately for Pat, that's tough to do in these days of VCRs and other recording devices.

On Monday's telecast of his Christian Broadcasting Network show "The 700 Club," Robertson had said: "You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don't think any oil shipments will stop."

[ . . . ]

On Wednesday, he initially denied having called for Chavez to be killed and said The Associated Press had misinterpreted his remarks.

"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out,'" Robertson said on his show. "'Take him out' could be a number of things including kidnapping."

Robertson Apologizes for Chavez Remarks - Yahoo News

Lying's a sin, isn't it? Sounds like Pat's gonna have some 'splainin' to do when Jesus finally calls his lying ass home.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Unclear on the concept of journalism

"That's my job. I'm a newsman. That's what I try to do, is make news. And you try to avoid news. That's your job."

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, to former president Bill Clinton. Clinton said Blitzer tried to get him to make news by saying the Iraq war was a mistake.


Uh, no, Wolf - that's not your job. A reporter's job is to report the news, not make it. You're confusing the reporter's job with the job of a propagandizing media whore like yourself.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Yooper travelblogue

Back from the Yooper, with pictures, even!

We left KC last Saturday morning about 7, and made it just past Escanaba. It was 10:00 local time, and we were both exhausted with a bit over 100 miles left to go. Instead of pushing on and having to roust someone out of bed, we stopped for the night at a Best Western. Had a great breakfast at a place called the Delona Restaurant the next morning and pushed on for my dad's place near McMillan.

We got there about noon, and spent the afternoon catching up on family stuff. It was a somber day despite the happiness of being together again. Last Sunday would have been my mom's 79th birthday - she died last year on the morning of their 58th wedding anniversary. We ended the evening by scattering her ashes at Lake Superior, near a place called Deer Park - so small it's not even on the map. She'd made my dad promise back when it became apparent she wasn't going to get better this time, and he kept his promise. Afterwards we stood on the beach and watched the sun go down.

But enough sad stuff, and on to the PICTURES! I just know you wanna see the pictures. This is the Internet equivalent of the neighbors who used to bore you with slides of their vacation if you're old enough to remember such things. So, onward!

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First pic is the entrance to Sable Falls, second is the Falls from near the bottom. Third is my dad, the chick magnet. Almost 80 and he's still got it, as evidenced by the little cutie in the red top checking him out. Last pic is another view of the Falls.


A couple of pics of Lake Superior near Grand Marais, one of my mom's favorite places.

Tuesday morning my wife wasn't feeling well, so she stayed in bed while my brother and I went down to Lake Michigan. You could see the storm coming in, and it was a doozy. The two pics below were taken about ten minutes before it hit.


Wednesday morning my wife was feeling better, so we went to Tahquamenon Falls, another of my mom's faves. First pic is my dad's house - the rest are the upper section of the Falls.


The first pic below shows a tree brought down by woodpeckers, which had bored holes nearly a foot long and a good three or four inches both across and deep. Woodpeckers are one of the tree's few natural enemies, but as the picture shows, they can do enormous damage. The rest of the images are the lower section of Tahquamenon Falls and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point.


The building shown in the next to the last picture above is a bed and breakfast that runs $150/night - a bargain for its location.

The three pics below are from Oswald's Bear Ranch. Their sign explains it better than I can.


The rest of the pictures are from the Sherlock Bed and Breakfast on Watson Street (get it?) in Ripon, Wisconsin, where we spent Friday night on the trip back to KC. Great place, and quite reasonable at $80/night. Pat's home-cooked breakfast sent us off in style Saturday morning.


And t-t-t-that's all, folks.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Okay, one for the road

News Flash:
Bush and Cheney now moonlighting on Broadway - creating real-life musical based on literary classic "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. Will feature new show tunes created especially for the production, like:

"Where Have All the Paychecks Gone?"
"My Grandfather's Now-Worthless 401K"
"Iraqin' Around the Clock"
"Brother, Can You Spare a Job?"
"Back Homeless Again"
"Thank God I'm a Heterosexual!"
"My Mother Used To Love Me, But She Got Outsourced"

and the number one SMASH HIT SINGLE:

"Stairway to Bankruptcy"

Demand for seats is expected to be very heavy, and most performances are expected to sell out. (literally) So don't wait; get your tickets TODAY

Off to the Yooper

See y'all in a week and a half or so.

Oh - what's the Yooper? Glad you asked.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The return of the Idiot of the Week Award

The Dell laptops where I work have a feature that puts the machines in "suspend" (a.k.a. hibernate or sleep) mode when you close them. While I don't use this feature myself, (I've lost work when a PC wouldn't wake up after going into sleep mode) I suppose it's useful for road-warrior types.

Anyway, I get a FedEx shipment this morning - it's a laptop from the Jackson Hole office, coming back for a reload after the user left the company. I unpack it and set it on the bench in my cubicle so I can reload it for the next idio . . . er, I mean, employee. After a minute or two, I notice there's a s-l-o-w-l-y blinking green LED on the hinge where the screen part fastens on to the base.

I open it up, and sure enough - it wakes from sleep mode to a normal XP desktop. "Sheesh," I grumbled. "Couldn't they power the goddamn thing off before boxing it up and FedExing it?" Then I got an error message telling me my Citrix session had lost its connection and asking if I wanted to try to reconnect.

So not only did they ship a powered-on computer, they didn't even log off the motherfucking network before they packed up the laptop for shipment to KC!

As Dave Barry would say, "I am NOT making this up."

Monday, August 01, 2005

After cursing at Blogger the last couple of days

I finally gave up and posted this on my site instead:


Blogger is a pain in the ass sometimes, like when you want to format text the way you want it instead of the way Blogger wants it.