Thursday, January 31, 2008

WAKEUP PEOPLE - that FISA bill is evil

In honor of the fallen...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Funny story Ganked from HuffPo...

George Clooney:
I just found out about 10 days ago that I must live 300 or 400 yards from Britney Spears. And I found out cause I came home at 10 at night and there's all these helicopters over my house with these lights. I'd gone upstairs, and I came out and I'm in a robe. All of the sudden I see all this shit going on.
I have a guest house where my assistant sometimes is, and I think, someone has broken out of prison and like escaped, because it's a chase scene. It's something out of "Die Hard." I get my baseball bat, which is what you always get in every film--I actually think Clive Owen said, "Get a baseball bat"--and I called up my assistant, who I thought was in the guest house, and I said, "Are you OK?"
And she's like, "Yes."
And I said, "Look, if there's someone in the place, say the word 'Stonehenge'."
And she's like, "What the fuck are you talking about? I'm in my apartment."
I go, "You're not in the guesthouse?"
So I'm, like, "Well, then, what the fuck is going on?" And I go out and I'm running around with a baseball bat in my robe.
And it turns out it's Britney Spears' house is like, 300 yards from mine. So now I have to move.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Dinner tonight...

A 6 cheese lasagna - with an alternating beef/sausage fill (the beef fill is built around a wine base using San Marzano tomatoes and fresh shitake mushrooms, the sausage is built around a spicier balsamic using crushed tomatoes, heavy garlic, and crushed red pepper) - with a white sauce/cheese composite that includes an egg and an artery-clogging amount of Asiago, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesian, and Romano - topped with a layer of deli sliced provalone as a cap. Everything is kept very separate through the process - so the final product should come out fairly complex.

40 minutes in the oven at 375... then uncovered at 400 for another 20.

I'm pairing in a reasonable napa cabernet.
Garlic bread, a salad of baby greens with a balsamic blue-cheese roasted pecan dressing, and a keylime cheesecake for dessert.

this one's for the girls... and Mr Gyllenhaal...
is there a better method of death than one involving Heath Ledger naked in a bed?
(too soon?)

I lurve America...

Anyway... went into town last night - in theory to celebrate something. I'm not sure exactly what that was all about... then again, it's 3am and i'm working on avoiding trying to sleep because it'll just end up ugly again. The sound of the TV helps - until 'The View' kicks in... shrug. Been reading Singularity Sky by Stross, knocked off Market Forces by Morgan (his worst by far - almost annoyingly so), cant find a copy of Watts Starfish so i'll wait for the reprint, and am staring at Travels with a Salmon and considering a second read. Maybe i should spend more time in coffee shops... that looks like great sport.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A man in a wheelchair came in with his daughter, and said he was an Edwards supporter. When his daughter began to wheel him to the middle of the room, the Hillary operative tapped her on the shoulder, took the wheelchair and took him to the Clinton corner. I rushed over from talking to an undecided voter and objected loudly, but his daughter was a Hillary person. The Clinton operative said, "I don't control what he does; she does." At that point I said to the man, "Nobody controls you. If you want to vote for Edwards, you have every right to go to the center of the room. Do you need help?" He looked at me plaintively, but said nothing as his daughter dragged him farther back into the corner and just shook his head.
This Clinton campaign disgusts me. The 'Death Party™ (ΩΩΩ)' which supported HW 20 years ago and W 8 years ago may have a hard time supporting pubs this time around.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sex is a constitutionally protected liberty interest. Thus, the government may make sex a crime only where it has a constitutionally sufficient justification for doing so. The government does not have a constitutionally sufficient justification for making private sex a crime. It follows that an invitation to have private sex is constitutionally protected and may not be made a crime. This is so even where the proposition occurs in a public place, whether in a bar or in a restroom.


soliciting gay sex in a public restroom is ok...
having gay sex in a public restroom is not...

i wonder how the Idaho republican party feels about that

Monday, January 14, 2008

Breaking News from the Brit/K-Fed custody hearing on CNN

11:32 a.m PT:

On her way back into the courtroom, Anne Kiley, an attorney from the Spears camp, said she had "no comment" when asked if she knew if Britney is going to show up.

Members of the media out here are now commenting how nice Anne Kiley's shoes are.
America deserves Huckabee.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A happy story to begin the week...
The stepson is lucky - if i'd walked in on that he'd be an ex-stepson. Grrrrrrr

The other day i was asked what I thought of events in New Hampshire and the American presidential political process...

i cant really put it into words...

but this video pretty much sums it up

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Robyn suggested this.... it's rather fun actually...

Lolcat Tao

1. WTF?

Where is Tao?
Anyone seen Tao?
U has? ORLY?

Do Not Want.
Ceiling cat sees you wanting
you see invisibl things
invisibl things mak u want
iz not gud

2. wait... like what?

U not know Tao
U not see Tao
Gud is not bad
does Lolrus know bukkit because Lolrus lacks?

u know Tao by wher Tao not seen
like invisible basketball
dont ned basketball
have or not basketball unimportant
Get a Brain - Morans

Mastah make basket without ball
and u know what he do

no matter what happn
mastah make smilz but not try
he not need cheezburger - but cheezburger hapn
and caturday moar happy
everyone lulz

3. No want moar

Want moar? get less.
hamster take moar corm - hamster become unhappy.
kitteh take all cheezburger - other kitteh want moar.
tell kitteh he not fat - he think about being fat
everyone lose

want less
then iz happier
think bout crap less
think bout not-crap moar

you think you know
mastah not know

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

So... along the lines of the 'boozeforcoats' campaign (which has been an absolute failure this year with the 70 degree weather) - i have a new 'grand scheme'

From Wikipedia:
Bethlem Royal Hospital became famous and infamous for the brutal ill-treatment meted out to the mentally ill. In 1675 Bedlam moved to new buildings in Moorfields designed by Robert Hooke, outside the City boundary. In the 18th century people used to go there to see the lunatics. For a penny one could peer into their cells, view the freaks of the "show of Bethlehem" and laugh at their antics, generally of a sexual nature or violent fights. Entry was free on the first Tuesday of the month. Visitors were permitted to bring long sticks with which to poke and enrage the inmates. In 1814, there were 96,000 such visits.
It's obvious from the hundreds of paps chasing Brit's ambulance down the street that we really arent terribly far from this sort of thing in today's world - so... i say we wire up a 'Big Brother' house - fill it full of mental patients - and OWN network television.

'SMS to 55555 to give James an electric shock'

I'd buy that for a dollar...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Be prepared... American TV without writers could soon look like this...

Friday, January 04, 2008

You know, after that freakshow Giuliani's comment today ‘None of this worries me - Sept. 11, there were times I was worried’ i really thought that would be the stupidest thing i'd hear from the campaign trail today.

I was wrong.

Let me be clear about this...

If McCain is the Republican nominee - that will play all over the middle east. People there who felt that the 'infidel' must not allowed to have a permanent military presence will be emboldened. Talk of 'crusaders' will be back. This is about as stupid, as insensitive, as demonstrably unaware of the complexities of governance... all I can say is the guy has lost his fucking mind - and he's leading amongst republicans in New Hampshire. Once again - he is the symptom... the root is that we, as a nation, are fucking morons.

As one of the more political animals i know i suppose i should care more about Iowa and the impending NH... but so far I'm just not feeling it. 4 years ago i cared - i REALLY cared... now i'm more resigned. BUT...
There is a confluence that i am loving about all of this...

Huckabee goes from 4% in Iowa to 34% in Iowa after he runs a 'Chuck Norris Approves of this message' ad.
Obama goes from 3rd to first after Oprah comes to Iowa and draws 60,000 in midnight rallies...

This brings me to a quote from Richard Morgan's Thirteen - a quote i like to paraphrase, extend, and parrot - because after my experience with the Clark campaign, paying very close attention to the bands of political thought that run laterally across the country... seeing this development really puts two and two together for me...

"That wasn't it, Tom. None of it was. America split up over a vision of what strength is. Male power versus female negotiation. Force versus knowledge, dominance versus tolerance, simple versus complex. Faith and Flag and patriot Song stacked up against the New Math, which, let's face it, no one outside quantum specialists really understands, Cooperation Theory and the New International Order. And until Project Lawman came along, every factor on the table was pointing toward a future so feminized, it's just downright un-American." ... "Now, think about the situation the way it was back then, the sinking ship of heartland masculinity, bogged down abroad in complexities it can't understand, failed by its military technology and its own young men. And then you put these new, big, kick-ass motherfuckers into American uniforms, you call them the Lawmen, and suddenly they're winning. No one really knows exactly where they've come from all of a sudden, there's a lot of deniability going around, but who ever gave a shit about that? What counts is that these guys are American soldiers, they're fighting for us, and for once they're carrying the battle. You just sit there a moment, Tom, and you think what effect that had in all those little towns you just flew over to get here."

This is it... ideas and hope and optimism and Oprah vs fire and brimstone (literally and figuratively) outgrouping and Chuck Norris. It's the difference between nuanced foreign policy, complex systems, and tolerance and greed, bigotry, and simplicity wrapped into a 'hey, i like that guy, he's kinda nice' package.

They're two very different visions of what it is to be american - and christian - and this is where we find out whether old glory stands for all those ideals or is just another rag with which we can wipe our collective asses.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

"Al-Qaeda is a wing of the Masonic Order"