Friday, October 31, 2008

adorable photo of the day #30: halloween edition 

these pacman cookies are adorable.

i know they are not really halloween, but they are ghosts...so that counts! [via]


Thursday, October 30, 2008

mccain says... 
"No one will delay the World Series with an infomercial when I'm president."

but his speech changed the time for football!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

one of the biggest reasons i am not voting for mccain 
crime policy is in my top issues that i pay attention to with any politician. mccain wrote an op-ed on his thoughts ...and scary it is.
Terrorists are not the only threat to public safety. Lax enforcement policies, judges who legislate from the bench and lack of support for law enforcement personnel all continue to force our innocent citizens behind the barred windows of their homes and allow criminals to roam free.

... Senator Obama would appoint liberal activist judges and supply them with greater sentencing discretion. I will appoint judges who will strictly interpret our Constitution. Senator Obama's judges would coddle criminals. I will appoint judges who will hold criminals accountable.
emphasis added above. we have record high incarceration rates (and low crime rates). criminals are not all just roaming free. we have judges who hold criminals accountable.

obama soft on crime? i don't think so.

talkleft writes,

If Obama and Biden are soft on crime, can you imagine the reactionary, repressive policies McCain would create? McCain, who even bailed on his signature issue, torture.
as always said, we should be smart about crime policy, not just tough.

a simple experiment 
how long will a dollar bill stapled to a telephone pole, just out of arm's reach, stay put?

it may be longer than you think.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

pretty neat 
see the New York Times Endorsements Through the Ages

dog saves kittens from fire

the 7-11 election, via the cups, puts obama at 60%, mccain at 40%. in VA, mccain's got ony 38%. maybe republicans don't drink coffee? or they don't visit 7-11? i went last week for coffee and there were none of these specialty cups available.

an owl on a tree branch.

halloween fun facts.

phony election news...supressing democrat vote 

i hope no one falls for this:
A phony State Board of Elections flier advising Republicans to vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats on Nov. 5 is being circulated in several Hampton Roads localities, according to state elections officials.
it is official-looking with the seals from the board of elections, but also wrought with typos. whoever created this flier should be ashamed of themselves, for that alone.

Monday, October 27, 2008

i'll quit about the heat after this 
i know i made a comment about the heat being on before... but now we are freezing in here. it is 38 degrees outside, there was even some snow tonight, now it would be nice if WE COULD GET SOME HEAT!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ron Howard's Call To Action 
the video is here. funny stuff. [thanks for the tip, howard!]

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

palin expenditures 
via talkleft, i've learned that the RNC paid $150,000 for clothes for sarah palin and her family. more info here. as they say, "John Edwards' $400 haircut pales by comparison."

Monday, October 20, 2008

i never thought i would see the day 
so it seems that obama is gonna win.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

i realize there was a 25 degree drop in temperature from yesterday, but i feel there is no reason for the heat to be on when it is still 64 degrees.

especially given my remarks last winter when it was so cold i could see my breath inside and the heat was nowhere to be found...

Friday, October 17, 2008

adorable photo #29 
there are many times i need an ultra cute pic to lift my spirits...


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

check your 1st amendment rights at the door 
a new VA policy prohibits material that “expressly” advocate for a candidate or issue within 40 feet of polling places. This includes T-shirts, buttons and stickers.

the way i see it as people should have their minds made up before hitting the polls.

i envision that these rules could then be stretched to ban other types of dress from voting places (i.e. baggy pants). see how trouble could ensue?


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century 
excerpts from Chuck Klosterman's article in Esquire. this is good stuff:

NOV. 4, 2008: John McCain takes the U.S. presidency with 277 electoral votes, winning Ohio and Florida by less than 1 percent of the vote. American policy on Iraq does not change.

DEC. 31, 2014: Billed as "the floating Dubai," the inaugural space hotel opens its doors. Financed by Google, the cost is $2 million per room, per evening. Kanye West performs in the ballroom on opening night.

AUG. 14, 2021: The final performance by the Rolling Stones in Wembley Stadium. Ticket prices start at $18,200, ultimately netting the band $1 billion.

JUNE 14, 2024: Chinese researchers find a cure for AIDS.

AUG. 13, 2025: A surprising announcement comes from Johns Hopkins University: As it turns out, smoking cigarettes is kind of good for you.

NOV. 7, 2028: Tom Brady (R-Michigan) defeats Will Smith (D-California) in the race for the Oval Office.

MAY 8, 2030: A deathbed confession by George W. Bush reveals that JFK was, in fact, assassinated by the CIA.

JUNE 15, 2032: A virtual-reality amusement park in Berlin allows patrons to momentarily experience the sensation of death. Controversy explodes when studies indicate that almost 10 percent of those who participate in the simulation commit suicide within one year.

APRIL 8, 2037: Citing flawed financial management and waning public interest, Major League Baseball folds. The top 12 percent of U.S. players join clubs in the Dominican Republic.

APRIL 3, 2042: Scientists declare that repairs to the ozone layer are a complete success. Polar bears, now extinct in the wild, are reintroduced to their natural habitat.

JUNE 22, 2046: At the World Games in Helsinki, U.S. sprinter Zeb Lovelace runs the 100 meters in an astounding 8.99 seconds. His record is later disqualified when testing proves that Lovelace had been injecting himself with self-duplicating DNA taken from the bone marrow of cheetahs.

DEC. 23, 2065: The moon population reaches one million. Its primary industries are mining and tourism.

FEB. 20, 2066: Super Bowl C: Dallas defeats Denver 31-17. The NFL, for whatever reason, is pretty much the same as it always was.

FEB. 27, 2067: A Melbourne Zoo gorilla named Maureen takes a standard IQ test and scores a 92. The Peter Singer Society, an Australian animal-rights group, immediately pushes for legislation that would grant citizenship to domesticated creatures.

JUNE 5, 2070: Wolves in Canada begin hunting humans at an alarming rate. Shark attacks increase 40 percent. Jungle animals begin successfully infiltrating urban areas; a panther kills at least nine people in downtown Dallas. "I don't know why the animals are getting smarter," says zoologist Eli Sperle-Cho, "but it's definitely happening."

APRIL 5, 2072: Animals are banned from the moon. House cats now kill more people than heart disease.

comic relief: investment advice 
If you purchased $1,000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago you would have $49.00 left.
If you purchased $1,000.00 With Enron, you would have had $16.00 left.
If you purchased $1,000.00 With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214.00 cash.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink
heavily and recycle. It's called the 401-Keg.

Monday, October 13, 2008

crime in the US 2007 
UCR data for 2007 shows that both violent and property crime decreased last year. also, drug arrests are up. for marijuana, 2007 marked the the largest number of arrests in one year ever recorded. the number of arrests for marijuana "far exceeded the total number of arrests in the U.S. for all violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault."

for extra emphasis, the report shows that places with lower incarceration rates had greater crime reductions.


Thursday, October 09, 2008

mystery number 
i keep getting phone calls from the number 1211. what in the world is this?

rachel ray 
i had gone over a month without a rachel ray reference, until now.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

bullet point thoughts of tonight's debate 
  • one reason why i hate watching debates: they never answer the questions.
  • since when is voting along party lines so wrong, when that party is right.
  • palin sounds like reagan (no big government) - we know how well that worked in those years. we also have seen what the deregulated market has done to the economy.*
  • they are both opposed to same-sex marriage. i'm a bit confused on what all that other rhetoric was about.
  • why does biden refer to himself in the third person? he sounds like regis. i like regis.
  • maybe it's just me, but i don't think a VP debate is the place for a "shout out."
  • i like biden's comment that cheney was the most dangerous VP we've had in american history.
  • "maverick" - blah.
  • i'd almost forgotten that mccain was a war hero!
  • in all, biden has more substance. palin has "talking points" and note-reading. she did well, but it's still no contest.
  • one non-important note: i hate palin's square glasses. they look funny with her nicely arched eyebrows. (i do not form any political opinions on this, biden wouldn't win with me on that either.)
  • overall, i think i should have watched the debate this way.

    * i do realize that this is a republican point of view in general.

  • Wednesday, October 01, 2008

    um, how stereotypical is this! 
    to this quiz, Do You Use the Internet Like a Man or a Woman?, my results came back 80% Male and 20% Female. but, here are some of the questions:
    What do you see email as? [A tool for communicating with family and friends or A tool for work]

    Are you likely to forward jokes, inspirational stories, or news to family and friends? [Yes or No]

    What do you find more valuable? [Shopping online or Paying bills online]
    wait just a minute. don't most people use email for work? maybe it's just because i have few friends, but i don't see a "gender thing" here. and just because i am one of MANY people who hate those chain letters, etc., that makes me "male?" one more thing, doesn't everyone have to pay bills? i know not everyone uses the internet to do so, but jeez, this isn't a "male" thing, either. you could say women pay bills online as an example of their efficiency.



    you made it down here?

    what? you want a reward?