May 25, 2006
Well, we have HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE news for everyone. Huge news around here could only mean a few things.
1) Jennifer is pregnant.
2) Michael got a job.
3) We got another cat.
So which one is it?
I got a job, of course! Finally!
That is all.
So Taylor Hicks is American Idol. Just as I thought he might be. Long ago I invested in him on Inkling Markets, when his price was $5 or so. His win makes all those stocks worth $100 each. As a result I'm now the richest investor in the market. WOOHOO!!! Not that it means much.
May 23, 2006
I Spy: Bentley Arnage
On 145th today there was a gray and blue Arnage headed west. Bentley sightings aren't all that exciting around here, but I must say the Arnage is particularly ugly.
For $200,000 you'd think they wouldn't have to use spare taillights from a PT Cruiser.
May 21, 2006
I Spy: Someone In a Viper GTS
So the other day there was a blue Viper GTS on Bothell Way. This isn't particularly noteworthy in and of itself. But the guy sure wanted everybody's attention, because he was sitting there at the intersection revving his engine very loudly so everyone would notice him. A lot of people must have been really impressed, because you could see everyone staring and looking at his super cool car.
Trojan No More
I kind of got the chills when I saw this video.
Less chilling is this amateur video of the event. They couldn't have used a tripod?!
Sad sad sad.
May 20, 2006
Let's Form a Mosh Pit
Check out this picture of people in line for free tickets to Alice in Chains free concert in Seattle.
Uh oh. Alice in Chains' fans are OLD!!! Also, isn't an Alice in Chains concert without Layne Staley kind of like a Beatles concert without John Lennon? Except John Lennon wasn't as good?
I mean... not to take away from AIC in any way. Like, if we take the analogy further then Jerry Cantrell is kind of like Paul McCartney. I'm talking about the old McCartney... the one before he got married again and injected his entire face with botox.
Part of me just thinks it's really wrong. And another part of me really wishes I'd been able to go. So let's summarize.
- Alice in Chains fans are old fogeys
- An AIC concert without Layne seems kind of wrong
- ... but I would have gone in a heartbeat.
- The Beatles aren't as good as Alice in Chains
I think my work for today is done.
Help Me Figure Out Who These People Are
Can you help name these bands for me, please?
I really would like to know. I can win some tickets to one of these people, though frankly I might not want to, given that I don't know who they are.
UPDATE: The girl at the top left is Raven-Symone. (Thank you my lovely wife.) The guy at the bottom left is Roy Clark, from HEE HAW! I should have remembered that, and eventually did, so I can only thank myself.
But I don't know anyone else. Who are the homos on the bottom right, and what are they doing with one of the BeeGees?
UPDATE 2: Okay, my parents figured out the country guy in the middle is Trace Adkins. He sings the Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. Cool, I'll go see him if I win, cause I don't know anybody else. So we've got the guy from Hee Haw, the girl from the Cosby Show, and Trace Adkins. Who else? Who is the guy on the top right. He looks like the singer/songwriter type. And who are the guys at the bottom right. They look like one of those loser Coldplay wannabes. For all I know they ARE Coldplay. I don't know!
UPDATE 3: The guy on the top right is Kenny Loggins. It was bugging me and I finally figured it out. Now, anyone for the gay guys down at the bottom right?
UPDATED 5/6/06: We only need the band in the bottom right for a chance to win! Does anybody know who it is? I've never seen them before in my life!
UPDATE 5: Okay, well, the contest is over and the bands have been announced. The mystery band? Jars of Clay. Who I not only have seen before, but I actually went to a concert where they were playing. Errr... oops!
I Spy: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
For some reason one of these was prowling the streets of Kirkland a few days ago... a previous generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It was across the street from the Green Car Company... importers of the tiny Smart ForTwo, so maybe they were taking an A-Class for a spin? How should I know. It's really ugly in person.
May 18, 2006
Hurray! We love our kitties!
Hey, what's going on out there!? I wanna see!
Rainy is beautiful!
YAWN! I have to guard these clothes in case someone wants to wear them.
I'm not your cat! I just hang out in front of your door and yowl a lot.
May 16, 2006
What Are You Looking For?
What are MarchDecember visitors looking for this week? The most popular subjects are:
Nobody was searching for this, which I think is a real shame. Filed under Quirky, because I don't yet have a Boring category.
May 14, 2006
If You Think Bush is Guilty of War Crimes, You Are Delusional
Surely this article at Daily Kos was meant to fan the flames of outrage... after all, the reason anti-Bush protestors hold true to their beliefs is because they just know better than we do... they know more than we do... they have a better grip on reality than we do... right?
May 10: Judge Timothy McGinty incarcerated an activist with World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Regime in the psych unit of the Cuyahoga County Jail in downtown Cleveland, where she now sits for an indefinite period of time.
The anti-Bush left isn't very happy.
Terry Gilbert, one of Carol's attorneys said, "This is Gulag stuff--saying that people who are dissidents are crazy." He said that in his 33 years of practicing law, he has never seen anything like this.
But wait a second... the problem isn't that these people dissent. It's that they truly are delusional... they believe that George W. Bush is a criminal and should be impeached in the same way that the crazy guy in the park thinks the voices are talking to him. These people are out of touch with reality... what's wrong with calling a spade a spade here? The crazy guy in the park might think George W. Bush is a war criminal too, but that doesn't make him any less crazy.
The nuts keep getting louder and louder, too, especially with Bush's poll numbers so low. They seem incapable of understanding that low poll numbers don't mean people believe Bush should be impeached, or that he's a criminal, or that we went to war for oil.
See, normal people think George W. Bush isn't doing a good job. Normal people on the left think that he isn't, for example, being a good steward of the environment. Or perhaps they aren't happy with his stance on abortion, or on the creation/evolution debate. Those things are fair.
Normal people on the right aren't happy with the increasing size of government, and the abandonment of conservative principles by the Bush administration.
Normal people everywhere are unhappy that they're paying $3.19+ for a gallon of gasoline. They're unhappy about the cost of housing. Maybe they're unhappy about the cost of health care or they've been confronted by the possibility of a company outsourcing their job.
I don't know... I do know that normal people aren't convinced that George W. Bush is evil. They don't believe he is a war criminal. They don't believe that Bush lied in order to get more oil at the cost of thousands of American lives. This IS delusional thinking, and people who are delusional in this way either get ignored or they get locked up in a mental institution. Instead we are expected to listen to these people? I don't think so. I prefer my world of sanity and reality, thank you... you know, the one where Ohio voted for George W. Bush by a WIDE margin? Geesh.
May 10, 2006
Chris Daughtry was voted off American Idol tonight in probably the biggest upset in Idol history. Even though I knew Chris was probably in last place this week, according to statistical sampling of the voting, it was a total shock to me... I honestly thought the numbers were wrong. Jennifer said she thought Chris was going home tonight. She was right. (I did go with her gut though when I sold as much Chris Daughtry as possible on my Inkling account.) Apparently online betting sites had gotten word of the shocking end to Chris' hopes of being American Idol.
At this point, it's pretty clear to me that Taylor Hicks is your next American Idol. I think it's also pretty clear that Chris Daughtry has a bright future ahead of him. I know it's hard to have lost something he really wanted... but he never really fit in on AI anyway. It was like watching a bunch of amateurs on stage with a superstar.
Absolutely stunning though. I wonder if there will be a bit of American Idol backlash... this guy really should have won. As much as I like Taylor Hicks, our hard drive is full of Chris Daughtry songs, and he's really a unique talent. I hope American Idol doesn't hold him to tightly to some ridiculous contract that keeps him from becoming the superstar he already is.
Look Away Once More!
Don't look at this mom and/or sister!!!
May 08, 2006
Bad Pixels on Your Nintendo DS? (TAKE NOTICE DEAR SISTER!)
Old news, but important news for my sister who has joined myself and my brother in the world of Nintendo DS owners. Unfortunately, her DS had TWO bad pixels on one screen. I say take it back to Best Buy... but a lot of companies say "tough, deal with it" in response to bad pixels.
Not Nintendo! Nintendo themselves will replace DS units with just ONE bad pixel! And they'll replace them fast.
Anyway, Serena, you probably want to return it to Best Buy anyway, just so you can get a replacement immediately, but worst case Nintendo will replace it for you too. You shouldn't have ANY bad pixels at all, apparently. Nintendo is THAT cool!!!
Oh, my brother got Brain Age. What a cool game. I am addicted after one day, and want it now!
May 05, 2006
Tom Cruise Coming to Aberdeen
Aberdeen Wal-Mart employee Kevin McCoy will be face to face with Tom Cruise next week, when they attend a private screening of Tom's new movie "Mission: Impossible III" at the Southshore Mall.
McCoy, 27, who works in the one-hour photo department, said he answered five trivia questions about Cruise for the contest. When he received an e-mail Friday notifying him he'd won, he didn't believe it.
He's in such a different world, I don't even know how to talk to him," he said. "I know he's a normal guy, but I don't know what to say to him."
No, he's not a normal guy. Cruise will spend two hours in Aberdeen, embarking on an impossible mission: getting Kevin a date. HA HA HA! I kill me! Seriously, I guess the poor guy is in hiding because of constant harassment from the media and people like me. He is seriously the best known person from Aberdeen since Kurt Cobain. That's kinda cool when you think about it.
Anyway, Tom Cruise hasn't been to the Seattle area since March, when he robbed a video store in Canyon Park.
May 04, 2006
Tom Cruise Tells Katie to Get in Shape
Apparently mystified by Katie Holmes inability to magically look like she did pre-pregnancy, Tom Cruise has signed her up for something called "Buff Brides" in order to get her in shape for their upcoming wedding.
According to Buff Brides' Sue Fleming:
"Katie can and will do it... She has great motivation. She loves her fiance and was proud that Tom oversaw this programme. He told her he wanted her to be the most beautiful bride ever. She was in tears when he said that."
Yeah, I bet she was in tears. Then she probably slapped him and told him she never wanted to see him again. Then there was some interaction with a cattle prod. Your guess is as good as mine.
AT&T Wireless / Cingular Changing Names Again!
Sure enough, it finally happened. When Cingular bought AT&T Wireless, they converted all their old AT&T Wireless users to Cingular. But, as it turns out, Cingular's parent company SBC ended up merging with AT&T. (Really buying them but adopting the AT&T name.) Now they've decided to change the name of their cell phone service, Cingular. The new name will be... AT&T Wireless!
So, Cingular wants me (and many others) to transition my AT&T account to a new Cingular one. They're different, you see. I'm an old busted phone plan, though it seems to work fine for me! To access my account, for example, there's a special place (not easily found, necessarily) on the Cingular website for "former AT&T Wireless customers." Now, what will it say?
"Former AT&T Wireless Customers, Click Here. No, not you, the other ones."
My Future Day in Court (Among Other Things)
It turns out in Washington State, a police officer does not have to show up when you contest a ticket. They simply send an affidavit saying they sure did see you violate the rules of the road. End of discussion. Who is a judge going to believe? Is he going to believe Joe Schmoe Driver, or Officer Doesnowrong? Seriously?
You have to actually subpoena an officer if you want him to show up for cross-examination. Shockingly, apparently no one ever does this. Here's how I figure this whole thing goes down. The guy that pulled me over claiming I ran a stop sign... he probably doesn't even remember what happened. So he's gonna lie through his teeth. If he doesn't, I'll admit I'm wrong. If he doesn't, I'm going to thank him, in front of everyone, for being so honest.
But since the guy is either thoroughly confused or lying in the first place, I have very low expectations. I figure I'm probably going to end up paying the fine and having this go on my record. But that's okay.
See, the way I figure it, the officer in question was looking for a little revenue for the county. I'm not saying that he himself is corrupt, so much as the system itself is corrupt. We reward our officers for making victims of every day drivers. They are encouraged to pull us over for moving violations that have virtually no impact on anyone. I understand the thought behind this... people need to follow the rules of the road, but do we really need to fine them when they make a mistake?
I guess I wouldn't have such a problem if the police themselves weren't above the law. Many of them have terrible driving habits. They speed. They don't observe the same basic regulations they want us to. And they are virtually infallible in the eyes of the law... at least when it comes to "testifying" in traffic court.
Anyway, I digress. If the county wishes to create revenue by pulling people over, I can't really do anything about it. And if they decide I'm guilty of something I didn't do, I can't really do anything about that either. What I can do, however, is make sure that the county earns their $150 the hard way... by giving me my day in court, and by forcing the police officer in question to spend his time in court as well.
So even if I don't win, and I probably won't, I'll still feel pretty good about the whole thing. Meanwhile, my anger about the unbridled power of our police force is spilling over into other avenues. I give public teachers a hard time here for having tons of sex with their students, but I think teachers in general are good people with good intentions. There is no other driving forces in becoming a teacher, besides helping others. But that's not true of police officers. Some of them, surely, have entered the profession to help others. But some of them enter it because they have control issues... power struggles that have led them to take on jobs where they have the power. That's not a good recipe for a police force that serves to protect the powerless. I think it might be time for our country to rethink the powers the police have, and to rethink what duties they've been given in our society.
The Truth About the May 1st Immigration Marches?
Here's a video of the San Francisco march, and who was really behind the whole thing. Very interesting!
May 03, 2006
Look Away Mom and Sister!
Impeach Cheney First?
This dude has a great new idea. We should impeach Cheney first, then impeach George W. Bush. I don't really know what we are impeaching them for... I guess just cause we don't like them.
Seriously, though, I guess the reason the left thinks Karl Rove is a genius is because they are so darned STUPID. Once again, let's consider the possibilities here. Who would be Vice President if Cheney were impeached (or resigned before impeachment?) One likely possibility is Condi Rice. Who would then be in a position to take the Presidency either after a Bush impeachment (which would honestly fail, people) or during the 2008 elections? That's right, Condi Rice. Who is the only woman who could beat Hillary Clinton? If you guessed Condi Rice, you are correct!
And why do we want to impeach our President in the first place? Here's some of the reasons, according to a book called "The Case for Impeachment"
It's time for the American people and Congress to act. With so much at stake, we have a president whose administration stands out in its criminality and disdain for the rule of law. The Case for Impeachment explains the legal history and grounds for impeaching George W. Bush and brings forth more than a half dozen articles of impeachment the likes of:
*Lying and inducing Congress and the American people into an unjust war.
*Allowing his friends and business cronies to profiteer off the war in Iraq.
*Authorizing torture and rendition of prisoners of war and suspected terrorists--a complete violation of the Geneva Conventions, a treaty the U.S. has signed and is therefore part of our law.
*Stripping American citizens of their Constitutional rights--holding people with no charge, wiretapping them illegally, offering them no trial, and never allowing them to face their accusers.
*Failing in almost every way possible to defend the homeland and our borders.
Hard hitting and persuasive in its argument, The Case for Impeachment will be one of the most talked-about political books for the pathetic remainder of the Bush Presidency.
Huh. The standard for impeachment is very clear. The executive must be accused of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." None of these accusations meet that criteria.
Lying is not an impeachable offense I mean, if that was so, wouldn't every politician be impeachable? And that's only if you believe that Bush purposefully lied to go to war.
Allowing your friends and "cronies" to profit is impeachable? Once again, no.
Stripping American citizens of their constitutional rights? Might be wrong, if you believe this is indeed happening, but not a crime.
Violating the Geneva Conventions? You might have a case for this, but not a very strong one. Furthermore, anyone who isn't a raving looney would call our treatment of prisoners and terrorists extremely fair. Oh, yes, I know, Abu Ghraib. Did Bush authorize those events, though? Did he have anything to do with them? Does he have control over what individuals in our armed forces do? Yes, the responsibility ultimately lies with the Commander-in-Chief, but that's why the people involved were punished, and why we are so careful with our treatment with these prisoners. Seriously.
Finally, failing in every possible way to defend our homeland and it's borders? What?! First off, this almost a complete contradiction to the previous two charges. Second, how? How has our homeland not been defended? Have you seen any terrorist incidents within the United States since September 11th, 2001?
These people are fringe lunatics who are so out of touch with reality that they actually believe impeachment is a possibility.
NEWSFLASH: Impeachment would be completely unsuccessful, period. A Republican Congress isn't going to go along with it, and despite the left's fantasies, the Congress with still be in GOP control after 2006, even if they lose a considerable number of seats.
Reality-based community... riiiiiight.