Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Travel PIctures

MT Rep. Rehberg Explains Opposition to Bailout Bill

“Are we asking the general taxpayer to solve an issue that was created by someone else?” Rehberg, Montana’s lone congressman, asked in a conference call with reporters. “I looked at the legislation; I came to the conclusion ‘yes’.”

“That became the basis for my opposition,” he added.

Your Neighbor?

(Middletown, OH) -- Saturday night, people in the 3100 block of Wilbraham Road called police to report a woman wearing a cow costume was chasing kids, and blocking traffic. Michele Allen also allegedly urinated on the porch of one neighbor.

Drunk History

Ever wonder what American history might sound or look like through a beer-goggled lens?
Maybe not, but in Drunk History, you'll wonder how you've never seen it before.

For each episode, comedy filmmaker Derek Waters plies his friends with drinks and asks them to recount major events in American history.

Who Benefits the Most?

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Universe Explained

Mini Motel for Airport Camping

Mini Motel Advantages

Safe, Natural Sleep - It is virtually impossible to get a good night's sleep on the hard benches found at airports, train stations and bus terminals. If you have a back problem, it can even be injurious to your health! With the Mini Motel, you can sleep naturally, in a fully reclined position on a cushion of air.

Protect Your Privacy - With the Mini Motel, you can sleep in the privacy of your own "room," away from the gaze of strangers.

Portable, Affordable, Reusable - Since there are no motel bills, the Mini Motel will pay for itself the very first time that you use it. It's so affordable that you may choose to leave it behind, or take it with you for future use. The Mini Motel is very portable and fits easily in your carry-on luggage.

Mini Motel Packaging - The Mini Motel is packaged as carry-on friendly product. The dimensions are 17" x 12" x 3", small enough to slip right into your laptop bag or business tote! The package includes all of the Mini Motel contents and easily folds back down to size for quick disassambling.

Matt Taibbi on Sarah Paliln

. . . Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.

And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket. And if she's a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed middle-American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant-size bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the Sizzlin' Picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else's, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because the image on TV reminds him of the mean, brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.

Pirates die strangely after taking Iranian ship

Somali pirates suffered skin burns, lost hair and fell gravely ill “within days” of boarding the MV Iran Deyanat. Some of them died.
Andrew Mwangura, the director of the East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, told the Sunday Times: “We don’t know exactly how many, but the information that I am getting is that some of them had died. There is something very wrong about that ship.”
The vessel’s declared cargo consists of “minerals” and “industrial products”. But officials involved in negotiations over the ship are convinced that it was sailing for Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia’s Islamist rebels.

I know I've been traveling alot because . . .

it took me three tries to do my voicemail greeting at work without starting, "Hi, I'm currently out of the office . . . "

That's not as bad as the time I was doing a whole lot of traveling and picked up the phone at home one night, dialed the Operator and asked for a wake-up call. There was a long pause before she said, "We don't do that."

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Phishing and scam email quiz. Can you beat my 9/10?

Chances are that in the past week you've received an e-mail in your inbox that pretends to be from your bank, e-commerce vendor, or other on-line site. Hopefully you've realized that many times this e-mail is fake - a phishing or spam e-mail. The sender (phisher) of these fake e-mails wants you to click on the link in the e-mail and go to a phishing Web site - which will look just like the Web site of the company being phished. Once on the phishers Web site they hope to obtain your account, financial, credit and even identity information. Of course not every e-mail you receive is a phish. In fact you should expect your bank or e-commerce vendor to send you legitimate e-mail. But how can you tell the difference? Well that's what the Phishing IQ test is all about - give it a try.

Listening to Sarah Palin makes me feel like I'm stoned. Or she is.

The Wedding Invitation

Thursday, September 25, 2008

An unintended side effect of "Safe Haven" laws

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Eleven children ranging in age from 1 to 17 were left at hospitals Wednesday under Nebraska's unique safe haven law, which allows caregivers to abandon youngsters up to age 19 without fear of prosecution.

Nine of the children came from one family. The five boys and four girls were left by their father, who was not identified, at Creighton University Medical Center's emergency room. Unrelated boys ages 11 and 15 also were surrendered Wednesday at Immanuel Medical Center.

The law, which went into effect in July, initially was intended to protect infants. In a compromise with senators worried about arbitrary age limits, the measure was expanded to include the word "child," which wasn't defined. Some have interpreted this to mean anyone under the age of 19..

Todd Landry, director of Health and Human Services' division of Children and Family Services, said that in nearly every case, the parents who left their children felt overwhelmed and had decided they didn't want to be parents anymore. None of the kids dropped off so far have been in danger, he said.

"It was the parents not wanting to continue the journey with their kids," Landry said Thursday at a news conference in Lincoln.

The department was still investigating Wednesday's drop-offs. The abandoned siblings were in no danger and it wasn't clear why their father gave them up, Landry said.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Walk In The Woods

Are you a criminal?

A man arrested for driving under the influence in West Virginia got himself into a lot more trouble later at the police station.

Jose Cruz was pulled over Monday night on Route 60 in South Charleston for driving with his headlights off. He was subsequently arrested after failing a series of sobriety tests, according to WSAZ TV in Charleston.

During fingerprinting, Cruz then allegedly moved closer to one of the officers and passed gas, the station reported. In the complaint, the investigating officer wrote that police noticed a "very strong" odor.

The alleged stunt led Cruz to be charged with another offense — battery on an officer — in addition to DUI and obstruction, WSAZ reported.

The view from my hotel window

I'm GONNA Want It!

Pirates duel with Phelps family

The pirates of Little Rock stole Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church's thunder last Friday. The Topeka church was protesting the National Conference of Editorial Writers because they are "responsible for the satanic milieu in this evil land" and for assisting the "satanic agendas" of "baby-killers and fags."

But in a fortuitous twist, the protest happened to fall on International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Swashbuckling Flying Spaghetti Monster worshipping Central Arkansas Pastafarians decided to join the counter protest in full pirate gear.

The Arkansas Times gave this account:

Yep, the cuckoo Phelps hate group walked the plank this morning after a happy bunch dressed like pirates and holding signs saying "God hates shrimp -- Leviticus" and "God hates cotton-polyester blends" stood opposite them at the corner of Markham and Scott streets. The group, made up of Central Arkansas Pastafarians, waved swords and growled "Arrghh!" in a manner that would have made Abbie Hoffman proud.
"They didn't know what to do," a pirate named Boatswain (aka Gerry Schulze) tells The Pitch. "We decided that the best way to handle them was ridicule. They had not earned our hatred, only our ridicule and perhaps our contempt."

How to spend $85 billion

I’m against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a "We Deserve It Dividend".

To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.. So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a "We Deserve It Dividend". Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
• Pay off your mortgag e – housing crisis solved.
• Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads
• Put away money for college – it’ll be there
• Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
• Buy a new car – create jobs
• Invest in the market – capital drives growth
• Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves
• Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00
(“vote buy” ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we’re going to do an $85 billion bailout, let’s bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

I'm looking for a W.I.F.E . . .

but not one who's F.I.N.E
(Fucked-up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional.)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Driving on Salvia

Don't Need It - I can find it in the work fridge

The anti-theft lunch bag is guaranteed to put even the hungriest thief off for it looks like your sandwich has flora. But it’s just a trick - the green stuff is just the pattern on the plastic zip lock!

We're going to war again

President Bush decides to take a break and go out to sit in a local bar.

A guy walks in and asks the barman, 'Isn't that President Bush sitting at the end of the bar?'

The bartender says, 'Yep, that's him.'

So the guy walks over and says, 'Wow, this is a real honor! What are you doing in here?'

Bush says, ' I'm planning WW III.'

The guy says, 'Really? What's going to happen?'

Bush says, 'Well, I'm going to kill 140 million Muslims and one blonde with big tits.

The guy exclaimed, 'A blonde with big tits? Why kill a blonde with big tits?'

Bush turns to the bartender and says,

'See, I told you, no one gives a shit about the 140 million Muslims.'

Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus

Until this year, only pregnant women 35 and older were routinely tested to see if their fetuses had the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome. As a result many couples were given the diagnosis only at birth. But under a new recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, doctors have begun to offer a new, safer screening procedure to all pregnant women, regardless of age.

About 90 percent of pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion.

Convinced that more couples would choose to continue their pregnancies if they better appreciated what it meant to raise a child with Down syndrome, a growing group of parents are seeking to insert their own positive perspectives into a decision often dominated by daunting medical statistics and doctors who feel obligated to describe the difficulties of life with a disabled child.

Where I Went In August

Fishing the Little Blackfoot

Driving to Work - Crazy Mountains and such

Monday, September 15, 2008

My New Favorite Song - put the image up to Full Screen

Stick with for at least a minute, it's an IETF rule. From Comments:

"Naberius, I believe the IETF specifies a 60 second timeout for Meme Abandonment."

"Oh, like I've got that much attention span to fuck around with..."

A beer to the first person to say to me what "IETF" is. I'm going to start throwing that acronym around when I'm being geeky and have to deal with people who just don't understand.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Elaine Solie Herman - Gunning to be Superintendent of Public Instruction

(October, 2000)

The main issue in the race has been an off-hand remark made several weeks ago by Ms. Herman, an investment adviser and former teacher, who joked that troublesome students should be shot.
"I'm going to give every teacher a gun and a holster and tell them to line up and shoot them," Ms. Herman said, according to The Associated Press.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

My New Favorite Song - play it loud

Want It!

Letter to the Editor in the IR

Before demeaning community organizers, Sarah Palin and other Republicans should remember that “Jesus was a community organizer; Pontius Pilate was a governor.”

Thursday, September 11, 2008

How Beer Works

Craig Ferguson - If you don't vote you're a moron.

"The news reports show the candidates in slow-motion with their families, and the children . . . I don’t care! And the candidate is saying “The family is off-limits”, Sarah Palin says “My daughter’s pregnancy, that’s off limits, that’s a family matter”, and Barack Obama is saying “Yes, that’s absolutely right”

Well, listen, here’s what I say: if your families are off-limits, why are they on the stage, why is the profile in People Magazine of you and your damned family all over the place, the children marching around all over the place? Shame on you, you manipulative hypocrites!

The point I'm trying to get is: this is a very important election this one, but you would never know it from the way it's being reported. On the Today Show this morning: "Which candidate would you rather have dinner with?" Here's an easy answer: None. They're politicians. I don't want dinner with you and I don't want your friendship. Here is what I want to know, what are you going to do for the country, pal? What are you going to do?

This country is at war right now! Americans in foreign lands wearing uniform representing this country are losing their lives. Americans here in this country are losing their homes. We have two patriotic candidates. Both love this country, but have different ideas what to do with it. Learn about them. Read about them. Question them. Listen to them. Then on Election Day, exercise your sacred right as American and listen to yourself."

Never Forget

A vote for . . .

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Can someone please get me some sulphur hexafluoride?

I've never seen a McCain sticker on a Prius either.

A Joke

Two Norwegians are drinking at the Beer Jug.

Ole says, 'Did you know that lions have sex 10 to 15 times a night?'

'Damn!' says Sven. ' And I yust joined Da Elks.'

Monday, September 08, 2008

I played the Old Works course in Anaconda today

50 on the front nine and 57 on the back (got off to a bad start.) It was a gorgeous day to play golf.

Sarah Palin Jokes

"John McCain's VP pick is the governor of Alaska, a unknown hockey mom named Sarah Palin that no one ever heard of. The only other job she had in politics was the mayor of a small town known as Wasilla, Alaska, and now she has the opportunity to be on a ticket opposite of Barack Obama, the first black man she's ever seen." –Bill Maher

"She's not bad looking. She looks like one of those women in the Van Halen videos who takes off her glasses, shakes out her hair, and then all of a sudden, she's in high heels and a bikini. All of a sudden, I am FOR drilling in Alaska." --Jimmy Kimmel

"Are you kidding me, the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska? Yeah, that’s who you want in the White House during a time of crisis. When she got a phone call at 3 in the morning, it was because a moose had gotten in the garbage can." --Bill Maher

"Speaking of Sarah Palin, she said she's a life-long member of the National Rifle Association. Which may explain why she's in favor of shotgun weddings." --Conan O'Brien

You'll get the joke when you follow the link, but you're not going to like me for it.

Someone has a stupid husband.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Want It!

How English Should Spell

Want It!

Three words: Remote. Control. Locomotive.

Driving to Work

North of Augusta
East of East Glacier