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Sunday, February 22, 2009

4:19PM - Writer's Block: And the Oscar Goes To

What movie, whether it was nominated by the Academy or not, gets your personal vote for Best Picture of 2008?


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

1:37PM - All I can say is OMFG!

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Current mood: shocked

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

5:53AM - Overwhelmingly Cool Web Pages

In case you were wondering what Joss Whedon has been doing lately, and even if you haven't, check out Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Felicia Day plays Dr. Horrible's love interest. Check out the web series she produced at The Guild.

Current mood: artistic

Sunday, August 3, 2008

9:48PM - More Ranting About High-fructose corn syrup

A (long) while ago I posted a rant about High-fructose corn syrup or HFCS.

Well, this stuff just isn't getting any better for you.

It seems that in an article posted in the Los Angeles Times on July 14, 2008 called "What's making us fat? Maybe it's all that high-fructose corn syrup" it is possible that:

Although those who eat sugar gained the same amount of weight as those who consume HFCS based on the number of calories consumed, the HFCS consumers "had an increase in the least-desirable fat (the kind that wraps around internal organs, causes a pot belly and is linked to higher risk of diabetes and heart disease) while the others did not."

"The fructose-eaters (but not the glucose-eaters) also had heightened levels of triglycerides and cholesterol and decreased insulin sensitivity, a danger sign for diabetes."

Makes ya think, doesn't it?

Current mood: distressed

9:41PM - The Direction of this Blog

I have just reviewed my blog and I am wondering why I bother. I so seldom post.

Current mood: curious

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

12:33PM - Test of Jott.

Well, I am trying to make my life more connected so I have connected my Jott account with Live Journal to see what it can do. This is a test of that system so we will see how accurate it is.

It will be nice in quiet moment to be able to actually compose my thoughts and send them to Live Journal so I can see what I am doing.

Powered by jott.com

Current mood: quixotic

Thursday, October 18, 2007

7:57PM - Zodiac's Thoughts

The following was writen by Zodiac, my prehensile-tailed skink:

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Why do skinks write?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

9:51PM - Test of Lifedrive

I just got a new toy -- a Palm Lifedrive!

Now I am trying out this nifty software that will let me blog from my Palm.

Pretty cool!

[Posted with hblogger 2.0 http://www.normsoft.com/hblogger/]

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

8:37AM - What a Surprise!

You Should Get a JD (Juris Doctor)

You're logical, driven, and ruthless.
You'd make a mighty fine lawyer.
What Advanced Degree Should You Get?

Sunday, October 9, 2005

4:00PM - Some Acronyms

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

9:15AM - The Potionmaker

Because not everything needs to be serious.

The Potion Maker
Lawraxium is a cloudy, crumbly maroon solid leeched from the heart of a rat.
Mix with Lawrax! Username:
Yet another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern

Current mood: chipper

Thursday, July 21, 2005

12:43PM - Rove the Traitor

Is Karl Rove a traitor? I answer yes.

Why? Well, let me ask these questions. If a man gave information about the location of a military unit to an enemy of the United States, would he be a traitor? Would it matter if he leaked the information to a reporter instead of telling the enemy directly? Would it matter if the enemy already knew the location through their own intellegence? Would it matter if he did it because he was trying to ruin one of his political enemies?

The answers are, "of course", "no", no, and "that would make it worse."

Some people, like Jerry Pournelle would like to make this about Wilson. It is not about him. This is simply not a case of two wrongs do not make a right, but about how far this administration will go to attack their political enemies. The answer, it seems, is that it will go as far as it can, even if it puts America at risk.

Talk about losing sight of the forest for the trees.

If you want more information about this, I urge you to see Alternet.org's article Rove's Most Telling Words.

While the administration would like to misdirect you into looking at another story ("look at the shiny keys"), let's keep at this. The story, and its inevitable cover-up will be bigger than Watergate.

Current mood: infuriated

Sunday, June 5, 2005

12:09PM - The (Culture) of Words at War

I found the following first draft of an article by Dennis Prager. His later revisions appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Opinion section, page M2:

"Just this morning I discovered my head up my ass. This seemed right, since I have been talking out of my ass for years.

"How did I discover it? Well, I woke up and opened my eyes, and it was still dark. "This is strange," I said, but it came out muffled. I didn't notice that it was coming out of my ass, since this was a normal state of affairs. I took a deep breath and smelled shit. "Ah, that explains it then," I thought, "My head is up my ass!"

"As I pretended to ponder this state of affairs, I often pretend to think about things, often a second time, I realized that this explains the entire world. There are those whose heads are up their asses, and those whose heads are not.

"The people like me, or, as I like to call them, the people whose heads are firmly up their butts, believe that they are right and everyone else, therefore, is wrong. We believe that the entire world should be run by the rules laid down in a book that everyone admits was witten thousands of years ago, and that the only way to interpret these rules is our way.

"We believe that the rules we pick and choose to follow are the right rules to follow and never mind that the book allows, even encourages, the ownership of slaves and having more than one wife. We believe that all murderers must be put to death, and conveniently ignore that the death penalty was actually seldom utilized by those who wrote the book, or at least transcribed it, and that many, many innocent persons have been wrongly convicted of murder.

"And the other side, those who walk upright and breath fresh air, well, they live with the uncertainty that comes from realizing that humanity and human society is fallible."


Dennis Prager is a blow hard who spews his bile to all of Los Angeles on an unnamed radio station. He daily misrepresents the beliefs of liberals and hates animals.


Note: The above is a work of satire. Dennis Prager did not really write it. It is a work of fiction meant to express my disdain for his opinions and not to assert the accuracy of any seeming facts. I understand that personally he is a very nice fellow and that he has never personally tortured any small animals. Or so I've heard.

Current mood: annoyed

Sunday, January 30, 2005

10:31AM - Corn Sweetener IS a Killer!

OK, I thought I was crazy.

For years I have had this peccadillo about corn sweetener.

I believe that it is a killer!

Now I learn that I am not alone.

Dr. Joseph Mercola gives Six Reasons Why Corn is Making You Fat, that is to say, that fructose isn't good for you. These are:

1) Fructose is Metabolized to Fat

2) Most Fructose is Consumed as a Liquid

3) Fructose Does Not Stimulate Insulin Secretion

4) Fructose Has no Enzymes, Vitamins or Minerals

5) Corn is a Grain, Not a Vegetable

6) Corn is Everywhere in the American Diet

Dr. Mercola is not alone:

Corn product sweetener culprit for rise in obesity since 1970s say researchers

Fructose sweetener linked to rise in American obesity

Of course, not everyone agrees. the Corn Refiners Association gives these Facts About High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Friday, December 17, 2004

8:58AM - President Bush Says Stupidest Thing Ever

On December 15, 2004, George W. Bush, during his Strong-Dollar Policy speech, made the most stupide statement ever uttered by a President of the United States.

During the speech, Bush noted that America suffers from a huge trade deficit. (Duh!)

"That's easy to resolve," Bush said. "People can buy more United States products if they're worried about the trade deficit."

This continues W's policy of stating the obvious and then switching the burden onto the middle class. Rather than actually creating an environment that supports less expensive American products which would be competitive on the world market, W just wants Americans to pay more. While their jobs are being sent overseas.

W also pledged to " work with Congress" to reduce the United States' huge deficits to assure markets that his administration supports a strong dollar. (We all know what "work with Congress" means; he will continue to strongarm members of his own party with his "mandate" and will ignore the opposition party.)

While W insists "The policy of my government is a strong-dollar policy," the actions of his administration prove otherwise, putting the dollar into freefall and allowing his oil buddied to reap hundreds of millions of dollars of extra profits.

In the end, we have four more years of this bullshit. We can only hope that W screws the pooch so badly that middle America finally wakes up to the fact that conservatism is just a codeword for corporate greed and irresponsibility while screwing the little guy.

Monday, September 13, 2004

11:42AM - More dreams

Last night I had a dream.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney came to visit me at my home.

The conversation went something like this:

ME: Wow! George Bush and Dick Cheney! What can I do for you Mr. President?

BUSH: Hi. We've come to talk to Texans. . .

CHENEY: That's Americans, George.

BUSH: Uh, thanks. That is, Americans about the liberal threat.

CHENEY: That's the terrorist threat, George.

BUSH: That's right. The terrorist threat.

ME: Uh, OK.

BUSH: You know that the liberals have been attacking me.

CHENEY: The terrorists have been attacking America, Goerge.

BUSH: Uh, right. What he said.

Bush paused for a second, as if trying to get back on script.

BUSH (cont.): And you know you shouldn't change riders in midstream.

CHENEY: That's "change horses in midstream," George.

BUSH: That's right, Dick. Because then you would be changing horses, you know, in a stream, water.

Bush looked confused.

CHENEY: So you really need to have someone lead you, in times like these.

ME: Uh, OK.

An uncomfortable silence followed.

Cheney elbowed Bush, who was trying to shake the hands of some near by dandelions.

BUSH: America is a beautiful country.

ME: Yes. Yes it is.

CHENEY: What George meant to say is that you have a beautiful country here.

ME: Yeah. . .

BUSH: And this next election is really important, you know, you don't want to elect the wrong person.

CHENEY: That's right. Say you elect someone who is sympathetic to the terrorists.

Cheney turned to Bush who was preoccupied by some shiny stones. Cheney cleared his throat and coughed several times to get Bush's attention. Finally Bush caught on.

BUSH: Something bad might happen.

ME: What are you saying?

CHENEY: All we are saying is that you have a beautiful country here. I mean, look at those two towers over there. It would be a shame if something happened to them.

I was too stunned to speak.

CHENEY: Just think about it, OK?

Cheney patted me on the shoulder, just a little bit too hard, and turned and left. A second later,

BUSH: Uh, bye.

And with a wave he was off. I watched as the two mounted two elephants, Cheney's was rabid and Bush's looked more than a bit confused. Then the two rode off into the sunset.

Monday, August 2, 2004

1:00PM - . . .thought I had a wet dream

Last night, I dreamt I was a Republican.

(How did I know I was a Republican? Well, there are too many indications to list them all.

I was a slack-jawed anti-intellectual. A sheep who needed to be led by a pseudo-religious demagogue. Oh, and I felt hatred and contempt for all those who did not believe what I believe, worship who I worship, and how I worship, or live as I live. You know, someone who talks about equality, tolerance and freedom but only so they can be prejudiced, intolerant and live the way they want to, and force others to do the same.)

Any, last night I dreamt I was a Republican. The sun was shinning over MY America, the birds were singing for me, my wife was in the kitchen, barefoot, pregnant. The gays were all in the closet. My man was in the White House. Live was good.

Only one thing could make it better. And it did!

Hillary Clinton was running for President!

There she was - the perfect straw "man" running for president!

Now I could scream about all that was wrong with America.

That it was all the fault of those Liberals. That gays and lesbians were really the ones responsible for 9/11.

That the rich will lead America to greatness by making the pie bigger. Or higher.

That monopolies are a good thing.

That trees produce pollution.

That we can get all of America's energy needs forever by sucking all of the oil out of the Alaskan Wilderness and the coasts of California and Florida.

That every American would have a job and health care if those Mexicans would just go back to where they came from.

That making Abortion illegal will make teenage girls not have sex.

That JESUS CHRIST Himself has made America the best country on Earth!

I thought I was having a wet dream.

And then I woke up.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

8:37AM - Tell Bill O'Reilly to Shut Up!

MoveOn.Org has decided enough is enough and is filing a complaint against Fox News for the deceptive practice of using the trademark "Fair and Balanced" to describe its product.

And you can help, too! Along with its complaint, MoveOn.Org is circulating a petition:

Click here to join the petition!

Send a message to the conservative spin machine that they will be help accountable for passing off their opinions and lies as facts.

Monday, June 28, 2004

10:53AM - Comparing the candidates

On a lark I decided to put "corporations" into the search engines of the web pages for the election of George W. Bush, John F. Kerry and Ralph Nader. Here are the results:

John Kerry identifies the following issues regarding corporations:
John Kerry Pledges to Close Corporate Loopholes
John Kerry's Plan to Create 10 Million Jobs
Kerry Will End Overseas Tax Breaks
John Kerry�s plan to end the era of special interests
A Workers' Bill of Rights

Strangely, George Bush starts with a critisism of Kerry. (This is typical of his campaign.)
The Boston Fog Rolls Over Kerry's Support For Outsourcing

He then gets on to the cornerstone of his corporations policy:
President Emphasizes Urgent Need for Economic Stimulus and Expanding Homeownership Opportunities and Strengthening Our Economy (Yep, that's right. The only thing America needs to have a strong economy is for every American to own a home.)
President Bush: Tax Cuts Must Be Made Permanent

and finally (because I can't take it any more), Bush labors under this delusion:
Good Policy Has Made a Strong Economy (Do any of you think that this is a strong economy?)

Now let's get on to Nader:

Nader questions the "rights" of corporations (This is an important issue.)
Nader wants a fair tax where the wealthiest and corporations pay their fair share, tax (But he needs to work on his sound bites.)
End corporate welfare

Thursday, May 27, 2004

10:57AM - Wagging the Dog

MSNBC's Keith Olberman has it right when he says that the Terror Threat a Ruse to Get Tom Ridge on Morning TV.

Can you say "wag the dog?" I knew you could.

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