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Monday, January 24, 2005

The sky over Lake Union this morning, walking up Westlake to work:




Stuff like this? Just about the only that makes me believe, or want to believe, in a just, loving and beautiful God.

G'night, y'all.

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

RENO, Nev. - A 50-year-old Reno man who was hospitalized after he castrated himself told police he learned of the procedure on the Internet and did so to lower his libido. The man, whose name was not released, called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. Monday and asked for help because he could not stop the bleeding from a self-castration operation, police said.

WHY DO GUYS KEEP DOING THIS?

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Finally...some good news on this whole tobacco thing:

Tobacco may have at least one virtue - that of providing some protection against the onset of Parkinson's disease.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden's leading medical research centre, have looked at the medical and death records of sets of Swedish twins in which one smoked and the other did not.

"Many studies have shown a protective effect of cigarette smoking on Parkinson's disease," said the study.

The study was published online this month by the Annals of Neurology.

Not that I'm suggesting anybody start 'cause of this'n, but since Parkinson's runs in my family, hey, cool....

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Because, I'm figuring, they keep looking and looking and they can't use it to prove that God's out there and that it's American:

The future of the Hubble Space Telescope is in doubt after the White House refused money for a rescue plan, US media has reported.

US space agency Nasa will announce the decision in February, ending plans to send a human or a robot repairman, the Washington Post reported.

The service cost was expected to top $1bn, but has been cut from the federal budget request, sources told the paper.

For 15 years Hubble has captured some of the most profound images of space.

For those of you not keeping track, $1 billion is about what a week's worth of the Iraq War costs. Lessee...1 week of violent oppression in the name of freedom is worth more than understanding how our galaxy is constructed...

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Bad Bus Poetry part 3 or 4 or 5 or something...

Pretty much just for MikE!




It's too damn late, y'all. Billyhank's going to bed. Sweet dreams.

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

NEW FAMILY GUY!!! NEW FAMILY GUY!!!

Gotta run...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Hey y'all. It's not political or whiney or a complaint or anything this time. Just checking the Gmail account and I've got six addy's to give away. Anybody who'd like one, drop me a line and gimme a good reason.

And, really, just being here to drop a line is a pretty good reason, so it's pretty much an automatic...

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Little lunchtime blogging today. File this one under: AND WE VOTED THE BASTARD IN, ANYWAY:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. force that scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction has abandoned its long and fruitless hunt and is assisting in the more immediate task of counter-insurgency efforts, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

President Bush and other U.S. officials cited the grave threat posed by Iraq's chemical and biological weapons and Baghdad's efforts to acquire a nuclear arms capability as a central justification for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. No such weapons have been found.

The 1,700-strong Iraq Survey Group, responsible for the hunt, last month wrapped up physical searches for weapons of mass destruction, and its mission is now refocused on gathering information to help U.S. forces in Iraq win a bloody guerrilla war, officials said.

Y'know, I'm wondering just how good the planning was on this thing. Seriously, no jokes. Okay, yeah, it's obvious that there was never a plan for holding the country together after ousting Saddam, but it seems like the plan for holding the oil fields was in place before anything else, and while that's not going hugely well, it's doing much better than the "self-governing" thing that's been paid lip service, and little else, since Baghdad fell.

So, yeah, Bush rolls in, knocks the pins out from under whatever peace there is in there, knowing full well that it'll lead to a native & foreign insurgency that will quickly and effectively get people to forget about the originally stated reasons for going into Iraq (WMD in every cupboard, barn, turkey farm and Toyota in Iraq) and get them concerned about the American troops (primarily), 'Coalition' troops (secondarily...way secondarily) and Iraqi civilians and officials (maybe thirdly, but I'm thinking that most people are more concerned about journalists, oil and what they got for Xmas than what's happening to Iraq's civ population) that are getting killed on a daily basis.

So, end result is that Jr. gets his war, his pals get their oil, his other pals get to scare the rest of the world and all it cost was some tiny fraction of the army in boxes or hospital beds, a buncha dead Muslims (which, realy, is okay, 'cause they're all with Allah now, right?) and the integrity of the US.

I'm starting to think that maybe pinning the 'Bad Planning' tag on this whole thing is just what the bastards were hoping for...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

File under Exploding, Detector, Bullshit, My:

The White House says it hasn't made a practice of paying people to plug its political policies.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that paying off black conservative Armstrong Williams to tout its education policies was an isolated incident.



It came to light last week that the Education Department had a contract worth nearly $250,000 to get the syndicated columnist and TV personality to tout the "No Child Left Behind" program.

The Education Department is still defending the contract, but McClellan said the arrangement "ought to be looked into." Some lawmakers have called for an official government inquiry but McClellan didn't go that far.

The contract required Williams' company to produce radio and TV spots featuring Education Secretary Rod Paige and to use his influence with other black journalists to get them to discuss the overhaul measure.


Oh, fer Chrissakes. WHY ARE WE STILL PUTTING UP WITH THIS ASSHOLE?

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Friday, January 07, 2005

Just a couple of quickies ripped off from FARK:

Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same.

The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), required commentator Armstrong Williams "to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts," and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004.


Williams said Thursday he understands that critics could find the arrangement unethical, but "I wanted to do it because it's something I believe in."

Hardly surprising, really. The White House did the same thing a year or so ago with the Medicare Drug Benefit propaganda that looked like real news reports. Just more insidious bullshit from a government that thinks you're too stupid, cow-like and mentally castrated to care that they're doing sneaky, snarky bullshit in the name of the American people.

And, just 'cause it's local:

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - Someone in the Census Bureau (news - web sites) may be watching a little too much MTV. Bevis Lake, a 5.7-acre body of water in a forested area about 25 miles northeast of Seattle, is now appearing in Bureau records with a different name: Butthead Lake.

Ah, Washington...



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Monday, January 03, 2005

Dammit.

Just lost a whole long post when Firefox crashed. Isn't it supposed to be more stable than IE?

Right, okay, what I was working around to was that I was thinking about Stashbuster Bill while I was working on some mind-numbing kinda shit at the job and jotted this down on some poor bastard's BOM:

You're not big enough to be anything that you're not already. There's not enough of you to become anything you haven't already become.

And I think that's what bothered me so much about the pretty, popular kids in school, so very many years ago, and what's continued to bother me about the pretty, popular people that I keep stumbling across in the world. They're done, y'know? They've already crested the peak of the world, they've become king of the hill. They've got nothing left to shoot for, nothing left to fight for. Whatever battles they might've had to have fought quietly disintegrated in the face of perfect bone structure and nice teeth. The poor fuckers were perfect out of the box and never had a chance to move past any deficiencies and struggle and learn and grow strong.

I think I mean that. Really. I mean, I've hated the pretty and the perfect for as long as I can recall, have resented the smooth and even and symetrical, have always been drawn towards the freaks, the pervs, the grinning, laughing, crying, screaming castoffs that had to fight, and, having fought, learned to ignore that societal urge to become smooth and perfect and beautiful and moved on to lives that made them more than they'd been before and more than their pretty and perfect contemporaries could ever hope to be.

I dunno. Not really a point to this one. Just some random, burbling bullshit running across the inside of my head and I figured I'd share. If you're one of the pretty, perfect folk, and you're reading this, then I apologize. Not for my words, which are true and can't be apologized for, but for not giving you a harder time when I run across you in my world, and maybe give you a shot at being something more than you are. At offering you that one chance to be something truly remarkable, rather than something simply nice to look at.

G'night.

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Hey look everybody...it's Marv!



More specifically, Mickey Rourke as Marv. Okay, I know I'm Johnny-come-lately on the whole Sin City movie thing, but I'm catching up fast, and man, it looks just fucking kickass...

Teensy little Quicktime trailer here.

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Well, you've seen it everywhere else, you may as well see it here:



Laura Bush flipping a salute to her one and only Dark Lord, who was apparently hovering somewhere amongst the White House press corps.

Born-Again Christian my ass.

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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Found @ MODIFIED:



Mostly posted fer Buttons, 'cause she'll think these are one of the cutest things she's seen in a while. Besides, who doesn't like to see a pair of funny panties every once in a while?

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