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Archive for August, 2007

Clowns beat the Klan

Posted by Greg on August 31, 2007

This is cool.

Saturday May 26th the VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK group attempted to host a hate rally to try to take advantage of the brutal murder of a white couple for media and recruitment purposes.

Unfortunately for them the 100th ARA (Anti Racist Action) clown block came and handed them their asses by making them appear like the asses they were.

Alex Linder the founder of VNN and the lead organizer of the rally kicked off events by rushing the clowns in a fit of rage, and was promptly arrested by 4 Knoxville police officers who dropped him to the ground when he resisted and dragged him off past the red shiny shoes of the clowns.

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New reality show?

Posted by Greg on August 30, 2007

Via satirist Andy Borowitz:

To Catch a Senator:

Chris Hansen to Stake Out Airport Bathrooms
“Dateline,” the NBC newsmagazine which has scored big ratings for its “To Catch a Predator” investigations, announced today that it would introduce a new investigative series this fall, entitled “To Catch a Senator.”

At a press conference in New York, NBC News president Steve Capus said that “To Catch a Senator” would focus the “Dateline” investigation team’s energies on “the number one menace in America today: pervy Republican senators.”

While he indicated that plans for the program are still being developed, Mr. Capus said that “To Catch a Senator” would use an airport bathroom as the nerve center for its sting operation.

Specifically, he said that the program would deploy “Predator” host Chris Hansen as a decoy to lure depraved senators into lewd contact.

“Chris will be waiting in one of the bathroom stalls, and when the senator taps on the wall, Chris will kind of pop out of the stall and start grilling him,” Mr. Capus said. “We’ll nail that bastard faster than he can say ‘I’m not gay.’”

But even as NBC trumpeted its latest “Dateline” spin-off, industry insiders wondered whether there would be an adequate supply of sex-crazed senators to keep the program going for more than a few episodes.

For his part, Mr. Capus brushed off such concerns, telling reporters, “As long as there are Republican senators out there who oppose gay marriage, there will always be plenty of pervs.”

Elsewhere, President Bush praised Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf for agreeing to stand for election, saying, “If free and fair elections work in Pakistan, we may eventually try them here.”

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Thinking of Craig…

Posted by Greg on August 29, 2007

What IS it with Republican’ts these days anyway?

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Happy vacation to me

Posted by Greg on August 29, 2007

What a period for me to be on vacation.  Gonzo.  Craig.  Et. al.

Stay tuned…I will return.  Might even offer a comment here or there too…  But I’ve been to busy recreating to really be informed on all the latest developments, and I have to admit in a certain way it feels good to be out of the loop.

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Pot meets kettle

Posted by Greg on August 20, 2007

Ed Cone does a great job with Michael Skube’s anti blog hatchet job.

I called Michael Skube to learn more about his outlook on blogs, and verified that he knows very little about blogs and bloggers, and had done almost no research before writing his N&R column (unposted) (why?).

It was a strange conversation, in that he told me twice that his real point about blogs was: “Who has the time to read them?” But the great bulk of the article is not about this odd habit some people have developed of reading on computers, it’s about trashing blogs and bloggers.

To be fair, the question of time does come up in the fifth paragraph of his article, and he spends three paragraphs wondering where people find time to read the web.

Read the whole thing.

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Jitters

Posted by Greg on August 20, 2007

 We have the license, the judge, the clothes, the menu, the photographer (although he hasn’t been in touch lately – gulp), and the rings. I’ve written out the civil liturgy. We’ve settled on the vows. I should relax now, right? But last night it hit me for the first time that this is really about to happen. I guess I just put it out of my head until it’s only a matter of a week or so away.

Congrats to Andrew Sullivan.

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McConnell

Posted by Greg on August 20, 2007

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Posted by Greg on August 20, 2007

Moyers at TMV:

Like the proverbial hedgehog, Karl Rove knew one big thing: how to win elections as if they were divine interventions. You may think God summoned Billy Graham to Florida on the eve of the 2000 election to endorse George W. Bush just in the nick of time, but if it did happen that way, the Good Lord was speaking in a Texas accent.

Karl Rove figured out a long time ago that the way to take an intellectually incurious, draft-averse, naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket and make him governor of Texas, was to sell him as God’s anointed in a state where preachers and televangelists outnumber even oil derricks and jack rabbits. Using church pews as precincts, Rove turned religion into a weapon of political combat — a battering ram, aimed at the devil’s minions. Especially at gay people.

Just ignore the link to Powerwhine.

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Getting a clue

Posted by Greg on August 20, 2007

Jeb Koogler, writing at TMV, starts to see the light on Venezuelan strongman Chavez:

Unfortunately, many of us on the left have been silent on this issue for far too long. While we have been quick to criticize our own administration and other foreign governments (think Vladimir Putin) for undemocratic policies, there has been a tendency to overlook the authoritarian governing styles of leftist regimes like that of Venezuela. For some reason — probably because these leaders profess the dogma of economic equality and social reform — many of us on the left have defended these liberal autocrats.

But it’s time to wake up and get our priorities straight. We should not be blind to what is going on in Venezuela. We can no longer forgive Chavez’s dictatorial tendencies merely because of his avowed commitment to the country’s poor. Indeed, it is a grave mistake to overlook tyranny or authoritarianism even when it is couched in the rhetoric of liberal reform and social justice. Ultimately, while Chavez’s vision of an end to poverty and the creation of a more equitable society is an honorable and an important one, his way of achieving these goals is not. Upholding democracy is infinitely more important than any of these other aims.

Good.  Perhaps others will follow suit.

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With friends like these

Posted by Greg on August 19, 2007

These ought to go over well in South Carolina.

Of course, that’s the point.

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Caught redhanded

Posted by Greg on August 19, 2007

Interesting piece at the New York Times on corporate entities editing their own Wiki pages.  Curious indeed.

Click here to find some of the more amusing – and less honest? – edits.

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Tired of lying for the cause?

Posted by Greg on August 17, 2007

So, Tony Snow is looking to leave the Titanic, er, Bush Administration at some yet to be disclosed time in the future.

Ah, poor Tony.  He makes several times what the average family makes, but that isn’t enough so he has to bust his ass on the speaking circuit, or maybe even return to Faux News?

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Strategic stickers

Posted by Greg on August 14, 2007

Gotta hand it to the stock boy on this one.

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Not gone forever…

Posted by Greg on August 14, 2007

But posting has been limited the past few days…

First off, I have been real busy.  Moreover, I made the mistake of doing some “repair” work on my computer.  My Windoze registry got the point the computer was rebooting itself every fifteen minutes.  So I decided to do some work on it and after two evenings of hard work I managed to make it unbootable at all.  Of course, as soon as I accomplished this remarkable feat I realized two of my critical directories didn’t make it into the backup.

I used to be good at this stuff.  Well, I managed in spite of myself and spending less than I would have for just a consultation, I got it fixed.  Well, with a minor two day setback that made me end up buying an (unnecessary) new wireless NIC and restoring to an earlier state, and my anti virus is still not 100%.  But it’s running.

And just to be safe, I have an Ubuntu (Linux) partition besides so next time windows goes belly up, I won’t be completely up the proverbial creek.

That doesn’t change how busy I am in my day job…but the postings should increase a bit in frequency.

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Encountering electric reality

Posted by Greg on August 13, 2007

According to Truth About Cars, there may be less than believed to the Volt:

General Motors is considering an unusual program to keep the price of the Chevy Volt within the grasp of the average auto buyer: renting them the battery pack. The Financial Times reports that GM is considering allowing buyers to buy the car for the price of a Chevy Malibu, and then pay a monthly rental fee for the batteries. Volt chief engineer Frank Weber estimates an average owner would pay about $25/month for gas, compared to $125 for a traditional Malibu. The battery pack would rent for about $100/month giving a similar total operating cost. Oops! Unless we’re missing something, Weber forgot the cost of recharging the battery. Since the primary reason most people look at any kind of hybrid is lower operating cost, we’ve got to say this seems like a bone-headed self-defeating marketing idea.

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