Saturday, June 30, 2007

"Best SPAM" Category

Oy vey! I got a bellyache so was just 'bout to take a nap and thought I'd check the mail first. I spent the morning dodgin' kickballs as part of the Corporate Challenge dealio my company joins every year. This is the first time I've done it and it's been a blast so far. Last weekend was softball and we came in 4th in our bracket of 12 teams. Not too bad.

Anyway, today was Dodgeball and we swept the first two teams we played then got swept in the Championship round. {sighhh} C'est la vie, eh... 'Twas a blast again, but now I'm beat.

Oh yah! Teh SPAM!

Wish I knew this Spammer. They gots a gnarly sense of humor, don't ya think? {-; Hmmm... maybe I'm better off not knowing 'em...

L8!

Speaking of "the paranoids . . "

I clicked over to Tube central for something else, a little George Carlin medley, and accidentally ended up on this page.

Didn't think I was gonna like it. I mean, who could possibly have any reason to slam dear ol' Pacobel?

Enjoy. I definitely did.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Attack of teh Taggers!

Yikes, Yoink & Yowza!!!

Not only did Chip tag me on this one a few weeks back, yesterday the Adorable One said I'm it. Now, this morning I find m'self tri-fectagged by Stardust for 8 random facts au moi.

1( I'm supposed to post the rules, but I get anal about stuff like that and frequently (here's the fact) like to go against my anal inclinations. (Make what ya want of that sentence.)

2( Night sweats. (Thx for which I really need ta get some new sheets...)


3_ The paranoids may not be after me, but they sure do like telling me their freakin' problems. I'm getting better at discriminating
when to be and not to be such a good listener though, so this one seems to be easing up.

4( I sometimes think I'm way too weird, but often wish I was weirder. Guess I just gotta get my weird on in the right ways.


5} I'm not superstitious but I'm way too superstitious.


6| Bacitracin is better than lip balm because it's not addictive.


7/ I almost always root for my "enemies" to do well so that
a/ they'll have less motivation to outdo me and b/ when I waste 'em it'll be even more impressive. Hmmm... Or something like that.

8[ I'm closer than ever to accepting my toes the way they are. This one is not just idle filler. My toes are fine. They just
curl and I have little control over them. That's simple genetics, as far as I've been able to determine, but I've always wish I had more prehensile toes, like my First girlfriend and first wife both had. You know, like almost fingers, where I could pick stuff up and write with 'em and stuff.


---- I just may come back and tag 8 someone elses later on. Just to, you know, be unanal.

Or something.

{-;

Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday, 3rd Person, Once Removed Cat Blogging

But Pookie just understands that she's back with her Veterinarian daddy-O, outside of Bolder, CO.My friend couldn't take her to Detroit when she moved cuz it came about so quickly and she doesn't even have a real place yet. Looks to me like Pookie's found her heaven any how.

There now. That's my bit for Friday Cat Bloggin'!

Thanks to mi amiga Snowflake for forwarding those pics from her brother in his new digs in Colorado.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

It's Kinda Like "Don't Ask - Don't Tell"

Abstinence Only education and support plans are akin to the Military's "Don't Ask - Don't Tell" policy. Neither addresses the issue intelligently, and both assure the proscribed behavior will carry on in the shadows.

The major difference between the two is that, in the military, we're dealing with adults who are of Age to enjoy their sexuality legally - except as far as their employer is concerned. ( {shakin'head}, but we'll leave that for now.)

Children, on the other hand, are dependent upon adults for clear and unambiguous information about the Nature of our biological selves. Adults have the responsibility to ensure children's knowledge is complete because, like it or not, they are going to make their own decisions based upon not only what they learn through official channels, but what they learn amongst their peers and, most importantly, what They Feel and Decide on Their Own.

That's why, when I got the email from NARAL ProChoice Ohio saying that Governor Strickland's budget had been modified by both houses of Ohio's legislature to include Abstinence Only programs, I decided to use NARAL P-O's form to let the Gov'nor know I fully support his removal of that funding via Ohio's Line Item Veto.

Here's my note, and I hope he got lots more like it.

Howdy Gov'nor

I'd just like to lend my support to your use of the Line Item Veto of our state's Legislature's irrational and immoral insertion of "Abstinence Only" funding to Ohio's Budget.

More honesty and openness with our children is Far More supportive and effective at reducing unwanted behaviors than are the embarrassed lies and half-truths which A-O represents.

Thanks & Good luck to you, sir.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

"Dr" Harry's Spin: "We raised the bar too high."

Published on Monday, June 18, 2007 by Reuters
Newly Empowered Democrats Draw Wrath of Voters
by Thomas Ferraro

WASHINGTON - The new Democratic-led Congress is drawing the ire of voters upset with its failure to quickly deliver on a promise to end the Iraq war.This is reflected in polls that show Congress — plagued by partisan bickering mostly about the war — at one of its lowest approval ratings in a decade. Surveys find only about one in four Americans approves of it.

“I understand their disappointment,” said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. “We raised the bar too high.”


No, Harry. You did NOT raise the bar too high. You are merely and fundamentally unsound in your approach to governing. Just like your Republican counterparts and the overwhelming majority of National level politicians in this country over the last several decades.

"The bar", in fact, is unquestionably and empirical Far Too Low, and you still can't reach it because you consistently invest Far Too Much of your Conscience and Intellect towards appeasing destructive elements of the Money Machine which you and all of your cohorts - from both the Right and the Left - believe in your delusional human brains are the most important aspects of America.

You are, of course and without reservation, absolutely mistaken.

The far left, those who espouse Socialist ideals without concern for the very moral and biologically integral profit motive, are very few in this country and have always been so. Their reach and influence, once somewhat lofty and popular amongst the heinously abused working classes, has shrunk to next to nothing in the years since the Cold War began. They are not a "threat" to the Capitalist establishment upon which rests the prosperity of the United States, Britain & the European Union, Japan and the rising capitalist economies of the Far East. The far left is merely the foil upon which you, Harry Reid, and all of your foolish and duplicitous cronies shred the legitimate and integral rights of the citizens of our representative Democracies.

Just as it was before last year’s elections, polls show most Americans believe the United States is headed in the wrong direction.

“The primary reason is war,” said James Thurber of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

But there are other reasons. “People have problems in their lives and they don’t see the White House or Congress dealing with it,” Thurber said.

A Quinnipiac University poll this month found Congress with an approval rating of just 23 percent. “People voted for change. But they don’t think they got it,” said Peter Brown, an assistant director of the poll.

A Gallup poll last month put Congress’s approval rating at 29 percent. The number had fallen to 21 percent last December, just weeks before Republicans yielded control.

[Rowing the boat, not so gently, down the drain...]

As all the Pols are guarentied to be heard saying when such numbers condemn them as unresponsive to their constituencies, polls shouldn't be the main force behind political decision making. Reason, intelligently utilized rather than selfishly so, is supposed to be at the center of every debate and disagreement.

But it's just too damned difficult for you to gain election to those Halls of Power without sucking like a Kirby on overdrive at the mammoth Corporate Teat.

I fear for my nation, my part of the globe, my species unless you realize the enormity of your mistakes and get back to basics: One nation, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL.

Monday, June 18, 2007

So, How's that Online-dating thing goin'?



I wait too passively. It's a fairly simple concept to occupy one's self with other stuff while waiting for what you can't do any more to effect.

I'm finally getting better at that.

Sun rising hotly
Sweat beads on shoulders and brow
Time wasting away

Friday, June 15, 2007

Mantra ala C-Town: Next Year...


So, yeah. San Antonio kicked the crap outta my Cavaliers and won their Fourth NBA Title in the last nine years.

But it's cool. Dissapointing that the Cavs couldn't even pull out one win in the whole damned series - all four lousy game of it...

But it's cool.

We'll get 'em next year.

{-'

Big Time Congrats to the River Walkers from San Anton. Cleveland definitely shot for shit in this series, but the Spurs were responsible for at least half of that. The other half I think we can pin on Cleveland's team being not quite what King Daddy-O James (congrats, at any rate, to teh rich kid on his 2nd Son being born yesterday morning) needs around him to Rise Up to the Top. He's only completed his fourth year in the Association and is just 22 years old. Twenty Two! Along with everyone else who admires human athleticism, I'm thinkin' we're nowhere close to witnessing the apex of this phenomenal cat's career.

These Cavs were good. Make no mistake in thinking they just stumbled into this position. Their Defense was incredible against everyone they faced in these playoffs. Only in Game 5 'gainst the Nets (at the Gund even!) and Game 2 in San Anton did my dawgs get their asses whooped. They had a chance to win every other game in which they ended up on the losing end throughout the playoffs. You just can't beat really good teams by making less than 40% of your shots from the field, and Cleveland shot right around 37% in the Finals.

Next Year they'll do better.

Next Year they'll be more poised.

Next Year they'll have more experience.

Next Year, gawd willin' and the creek don't rise, they'll STILL have Teh King AND he'll have learned how to take over games when his teammates just ain't steppin' it up enough, just as he did in Game 5 'gainst Detroit.

Next Year, well, next year...

Just, Next Year.

In the meantime, enjoy the summer my Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers! You took your town to the rim of the valley of the Promised Land. We know what the NBA's version looks like now. More importantly, I think y'all have what it takes to turn the memory of getting swept by a Champion Caliber Team into the qualities it takes to be One.

Also in the meantime, Go Tribe!!!

C'MON CAVS!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Twenty Things Teh Shrub Don't Want Ya To Know

From CommonDreams.

I can't say it's my favorite, but this has most likely been the one about which I've had the largest number of arguments with otherwise intelligent people.
Number 19

Corporate crime is often violent crime.

Recite this list of corporate frauds and people will immediately say to you: but you can’t compare street crime and corporate crime – corporate crime is not violent crime.

Not true.

Corporate crime is often violent crime.

The FBI estimates that, 16,000 Americans are murdered every year.

Compare this to the 56,000 Americans who die every year on the job or from occupational diseases such as black lung and asbestosis and the tens of thousands of other Americans who fall victim to the silent violence of pollution, contaminated foods, hazardous consumer products, and hospital malpractice.

These deaths are often the result of criminal recklessness. Yet, they are rarely prosecuted as homicides or as criminal violations of federal laws.

[Count 'em down & note them. You'll start seeing them all around.]


And the 'toon is just to point out what kind of morons we get for leaders when we allow ourselves to buy the B$.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Funnier It Is . .

. . the funnier it ain't.
I was going to post this next one a couple days ago, but ... not sure why I've not been posting.

Still, now that I appear to be back an' active in the blog'sphere, I've got to put it out there, as it' snarks on what has been one of the biggest Jokes to be perped on the world since the first head-case-lying-sack-o'-crap first sold the worthless idea to a gullible group of lawmakers and their wantonly ignorant electorate.


The pic captures the profoundly disengenous nature of the idea of Carbon Trading.

The Earth is a closed system; gargantuan to be sure, but still is the air we all breathe, the air We ALL breathe.

The first 'toon just goes to show how unbelievable are any cries for "Reform!" issuing from the throats of Pols who, in their need to gain re-election, are beholden to their Wealthiest "constituents", first And foremost.

McCain-Feingold was akin to pissin' on a forest fire when it comes to the level of reform which is truly and empirically required to clean up our Democracy so that Politicians can do their Constitutionally Proscribed duty and make only those laws necessary to ensure our Life and Liberty and the opportunity for those great Rights to be available for our Posterity.


Come. On. CAVS!

( {-; )

... in the spirit of Love



Because their pain is ours
their fear is ours
their faults are ours
their rights are ours
their murders are ours
their planet is ours

Ours is so theirs

To be understood
not denied

To be shared
not hoarded

To be examined
not ignored

To be polished to a shine
not camouflaged
in colors of flags
in colors of cultural pride
in colors of life everlasting

Masking the death we deal out
because we fear our own losses

Inevitable
though they be
for all of us

Together shredding one anothers' lives to the bone
for the merest
briefest
saddest of all lies

That somehow
they are not as human
as are we

Video found via an email from the USC Center for Public Diplomacy.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Touch 'n' Go

This kinda 'puter is going to be perfect for me when it finally arrives and is about as affordable as a conventional HDTV.

I'd love to see what its music software interface might look like!



Thanks to mi hermana, Deanna, for the link.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

. . but not Some Things...



Stupid
(Hyper remix)


Everything changes
Everything falls apart

..

How stupid could I be
A simpleton could see
That you're no good for me
But you're the only one I see

...


After so long
You either fade away
ignominiously

or give in to the thing
which has always been
will always be

If one can't grow up
that one must still surely grow
Life is here, waiting

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Somebody's Gotta Do It

We were just talking 'bout how much we take for granted in today's world. How much we complain about vis-a-vie "progress".

We owe these kind of folks a Lot, even if they are Lucky as all get out to have such a thrilling gig to call their job.

Our Technology still needs our biology.



Hat be tipped to my buddy Joe.

Monday, June 04, 2007

"Optimistic Submission"

Whoever came up with that phrase, "optimistic submission," has fully captured perhaps the most salient and immortal characteristic of the individual homo sapiens when living in large groups.

The merger of our singular hopes and desires for personal gain with the power and security we feel when surrounded by large numbers of similarly compelled individuals creates in folk a mindset which has been described as the most complete and functional antonym for "Good", far more so even than the more obvious "evil": Apathy.

This WaPo story is about one of our species' more recent phenomena of bio-cultural evolution on a massive scale; Russia.

Because of that enormous civilization's historic relationship to the West, and its situation between Europe and Asia, Russia has always been both a unique originator of cultural experimentation and a subtle and sometimes devious incorporator of values and techniques from both the greater Chinese and general European traditions. This short journalistic analysis gives some hints as to Russia's unique assembly of both paternalistic submission and individualistic aspiration.

I don't believe either genetically dependent ideological propensity will dominate, despite what the rich and powerful of the West and East may prescribe as "the Best outcome". I believe that Russians will continue to do what they have always done; what all civilizations have always done; evolve in both a predictable and unimaginable Human way.

Russia's Apolitical Middle

By Masha Lipman
Monday, June 4, 2007; Page A15

Among Russia-watchers, the phrase "burgeoning middle class" has become common. A recent study found that about one-quarter of the country's 140 million people were "middle class." A consumer boom is a new reality, with crowded shopping malls, growing sales of foreign cars (up 65 percent in March from the same month last year), fast-expanding Internet access and Russian tourists becoming as familiar as Germans or Brits at some international resorts.

--snip--

The question is why the middle class matters. Is it about more than improved living standards? Is it, as some speculate, conducive to greater demand for the rule of law, a democratic polity and better governance?

Such demand is not found in today's Russia. As the Kremlin has steadily expanded and tightened control over the public realm -- stripping other institutions of authority and restricting people's political rights -- the "burgeoning middle class" has shown as little yearning for political participation as has the vast majority of the rest of the population. As with the majority overall, those in the middle-income group have accepted the paternalism of Vladimir Putin's government and remained apolitical and apathetic. They have not taken action to reclaim the territory encroached upon by the Kremlin.

This doesn't mean that the quasi-middle class is fond of the Kremlin's ways or the quality of its governance. But it's a long way from grumbling in workplaces -- or even in op-ed columns and blogs -- to getting politically involved.

And why should they get politically active, or even vote, for that matter? It is assumed -- quite rightly -- that in a Kremlin-controlled political environment, elections are devoid of meaning. But those in the middle class don't mind being unrepresented; as long as life is good, their non-participation suits them fine, just as it does the state.

[Sound familiar, my American comrades?]


If you replace "Kremlin-controlled" with "Two Party" then I think the obviousness of the top-down nature of the two systems can not be ignored.

Americans DO have a long history of individualism, at least in our myths and legends. At least we claim to be all about "the individual"; even as we incorporate the larger concept of Family as an unassailable element when discussing individualism.

I'm not saying this is wrong. I believe that more Americans haven't bought into the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand because, as a culture, we Do include the family as a fundamental extension of the individual, which I believe is basic variant of our species innate altruism. I also think that, despite our current leadership crisis, whereby the Democratic Party is failing horribly to end the War which it was elected specifically to decommission, Americans believe in the democratic process. They believe that their voices will be heard and their interests looked after.

They (we!) just have it too good right now (even with $3 a gallon Gasoline prices) to turn the focus of their individual attention spans towards the political system which is now and has been buying them off with promises of ever more Chickens in our pots, and cars in our garages.

The Western middle class is rooted in institutions and immersed in regulated interactions such as paying mortgages, buying insurance and saving for children's educations. Westerners invest in the future and expect the system to be effective and fair; if an administration fails to meet those standards, the middle class assumes it can vote the government out.

Unlike its Western counterparts, Russia's middle class does not believe it can make a difference, nor do middle-class Russians (or the population at large) think much about the future. A poll taken late last year found that about 50 percent of Russians didn't know what would befall them in the coming months, and a third said they could not plan beyond one year. The mood is to spend, not save. This offers another perspective on the consumer boom: About 70 percent of the typical middle-class Russian's income is disposable, compared with about 40 percent for Westerners.

For now, members of the middle class enjoy the new consumption opportunities and are unlikely proponents of change. This attitude might shift, though, if government policies interfere with their new lifestyle. Should the government become less generous after the election, the affected groups may unite to stand up for their interests. The current apathy ("optimistic submission," a cynical observer called it recently) might give way to a desire to hold the government to account.

But change may also come sooner. Greedy, rent-seeking elites have been engaged in an intense rivalry for power and property. The Kremlin may find it harder to contain this feud, especially if there's less rent to divide. This struggle will hardly be pretty or democratic, but if it spills over it will most certainly politicize society.

[But is America ready to be so re-energized?]


The differences used to be so obvious. American (Western, even) Capitalism versus Soviet (Russian, at its core) Communism. Nothing in common. No congruities except for our individual needs to eat, drink and, however possible and in whatever culturally shared style, be merry.

We all want to be happy and to feel secure, and at this point in history, it appears as if we in the Western democracies are all willing to give up our greatest responsibility as individuals to desperately cling to the illusion of self-determination which those of our cousins in the East and even the incredibly resilient folk of the tradition of Russ have long considered less important than their mere survival and control of the lives they lead under their own roofs.

My point in ALL this is simple: Individualism as proclaimed in the West must show that it is effective and productive and Good For All if it is to survive as a relevant and salient fundament of our civilization, rather than as merely a legend which once held sway. Individual Russians and other Asians who share this value (genetic predisposition?) will continue to come to our Western shores in search of opportunity to experience the most sublime possibility of freedom.

But will our civilization still support those who seek its reality?

Or will we have succumbed to the basic human fear of insecurity because we have so many things, and just can't be bothered with such "esoteric" details as the actions of our politicians?