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Posts in December 2005

Only Kinda Lame

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-12-30 00:00:00
General Intelligent Unit Limited to Logical Infiltration, Exploration and Thorough Assassination

It may be silly, but I'd still make a pretty wicked Cyborg.

The Penultimate Dat at Subway

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-12-24 00:00:00
My voice cracked as I looked up at the pretty girl and asked, "what kind of cheese?"

You can imagine my chagrin.

A few years back...

by: Russell Updike | on: 2005-12-21 00:00:00
A few years back I posted on a friend's website. I ran across it today and found the content appropriate for Rant Fever. The original post was Jan 7, 2004. It was an interesting period in my life... So,Read more...

Quality

by: Russell Updike | on: 2005-12-21 00:00:00

For more such "quality" see despair.com.

Kids (especially girls) can be cruel

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-12-19 00:00:00
I found an article about the iconic barbie doll that caught my attention. According to Breitbart.com,

Barbie, beware. The iconic plastic doll is often mutilated at the hands of young girls, according to research published Monday by British academics. "The girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity, and see the torture as a 'cool' activity," said Agnes Nairn, one of the University of Bath researchers. "The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving."

Deep down this does not surprize any of us. Afterall, the study was done in Britain. Predictably, they offer an explanation for the macabre behavior:

Whilst for an adult the delight the child felt in breaking, mutilating and torturing their dolls is deeply disturbing, from the child's point of view they were simply being imaginative in disposing of an excessive commodity in the same way as one might crush cans for recycling.

Whatever, being screwed up in the UK starts in childhood.

Media Bias Is Real

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-12-18 00:00:00
According to a recent UCLA-led study, the mainstream media is liberally biased. Using Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) scores, UCLA political scientists were able to quanitfy the political bias of a given media outlet. Only two earned the distinction of being right of center (and they only slightly): Fox News' "Special Report with Brit Hume" and The Washington Times. The most centrist outlet was "News Hour with Jim Lehrer." The top four most liberal were The Wall Street Journal, CBS' "Evening News," The New York Times, and The LA Times respectively. Surprizingly, The Drudge Report was found to be slightly left of center, although with the proviso:

"One thing people should keep in mind is that our data for the Drudge Report was based almost entirely on the articles that the Drudge Report lists on other Web sites," said Groseclose. "Very little was based on the stories that Matt Drudge himself wrote. The fact that the Drudge Report appears left of center is merely a reflection of the overall bias of the media."

So I guess the jury is in: the mainstream media is liberaly biased. All I have to say is tell me something I don't know.

Person of the Year

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-12-18 00:00:00
Time magazine just named three people "Persons of the Year." Who did it name, you ask? Well, none other than Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates. When I first read that headline on the Drudge Report, I distinctly recall thinking, "huh? Bono? Bill and Melinda Gates? Whaaat?" I'm sure that those three people are just really great people (you know, with the exception of Bono), but I am not in agreement with naming them Persons of the Year. All I'm saying is that I think Kinky Friedman got robbed on this one.

In My Dreams

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-12-16 00:00:00
While I'm on the subject of sports, I may as well relate this story. The Texans' abysmal season is having its toll on me. The night before last I dreamt that the Texans beat the Titans with a last minute field goal in front of a full Reliant Stadium and the fans went nuts.

About two hours later I realized it suddenly struck me that none of that happened. When your favorite team can quite literally only win in your dreams, there's a problem. I wonder if there are psychologists that deal with this.

First Rant appropriately about dating

by: Russell Updike | on: 2005-12-16 00:00:00
What do you do when a girl you really don't know, who lives pretty far away, decides to come and visit you. You really have no interest in her. She seems nice enough, but you have absolutely no interest.Read more...

Stupid New Senate Rules

by: Russell Updike | on: 2005-12-16 00:00:00
Whatever happened to the old traditional filibuster? The old Senate rules were such that a single Senator could take matters into his or her own hands and block any legislation that was bad. But they had to pay the price and actually maintain the floor. Such manuvers inspired movies like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Today all a Senator has to do is mention filibuster, and everything goes haywire. 60 votes to stop such a crime. Read more...

San Jose Earthquakes Set to Move to Houston

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-12-15 00:00:00
It's official, the San Jose Earthquakes are officially moving to Houston. A new name will be picked at a later date.

For now the team will play at University of Houston's Robertson Stadium, but hopes to later have their own stadium, bringing up fears of the local populace getting fleeced and paying for a stadium to make money for other people.

I think the team will be a success in this city and I wish them all the luck. And I hope they pick a good name, too.

Official Earthquakes SiteRead more...

Turn Me On Dead Man

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-12-14 00:00:00
A church acquaintance recently stopped by with a plate of Christmas cookies. I didn't know her very well, but took the time to engage in polite conversation. Somehow, the discussion turned to music and I uncovered her deep-seeded passion for The Beatles, namely, a fanaticism regarding McCartney conspiracy theories.

Now I am but a novice when it comes to Beatle history and trivia, and the whole "Paul is Dead" thing never really piqued my interest. However, following this little chat I just had to Google the facts for myself.

After pouring over song lyrics, album covers, photos of doll parts with raw meat, and reversed audio clips, I came to the conclusion that I was wasting my time.

Why you ask?

. . . Because I have officially come down with a case of the jibblies. Read more...

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-12-12 00:00:00
I was surfing through the channels on TV today. As I paused on the WB for a moment, I noticed that Jerry Springer was on. The caption at the bottom of the screen read "Hillbilly Evil-doers." My eyes widened, and I turned the television off.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-12-11 00:00:00
Having been a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia (CoN) books by C.S. Lewis since I was a small child, I have been anxiously awaiting this movie. I finally saw it last night with my family (it was my sister's birthday), and I have to say that this movie is great. Read more...

Winter Preliminaries

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-12-07 00:00:00
Last Friday we egged my boss’s car. Well actually it was my boss’s boss - the man in charge of our entire division and owner of a shiny new black Passat. In order to protect the innocent, we’ll refer to him as boss1. My direct boss – the girl to thank for implementing regular frisbee and hacky sack breaks - was the one who came up with the idea, lets call her boss2.Read more...

Marlins Moving?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-12-07 00:00:00
Houston's Clear Thinkers has beat me at posting on one of my favorite subjects: sports teams moving to different cities. Tom posted this on the possibility of the Florida Marlins moving to San Antonio. San Antonio seems to be a popular candidate for roving sports teams these days.

Christmas Gifts

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-12-07 00:00:00
I just know that somebody out there has $1,200 extra spending money for Christmas gifts and is thinking "what should I get Dubya for Christmas? He's the best!" You're fretting over what to get because I'm so hard to shop for, and I understand. That's why I'm here to help!

Fret no more, my friend!

Or "Under Pressure" By David Bowie featuring Queen

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-12-05 00:00:00
Finals start in about 4hrs and 47mins for me. So let's all dust off our cassette tape of Tracy Bonham's The Burdens of Being Upright and play track 5.."Brain Crack".

But WHO can concentrate when apparently ABINADI is moving to AUSTIN?! Holy. Cow.

This is some great news! Even greater news would be that my Research/Design/Stat exam was mysteriously set a blaze and class was cancelled.

All news is good news, eh?

P.S.I will need to set you up with my hot friend Esther who now resides in Austin as well.

Correspondence From John Cornyn

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-12-03 00:00:00
During the Coburn Amendment fiasco when so many senators opposed a bill that seemed to be so important to the Katrina/Rita reconstruction project, I wrote Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison to protest their opposition to Mr. Coburn's amendment.

I never received an answer from Kay Bailey Hutchison, but I did receive a response from Mr. Cornyn yesterday. In this letter he explained his opposition to the Coburn Amendment thus:

Despite good intentions, the mechanism for distributing transportation funding to states was so complex that the amendment would have actually increased federal spending rather than reducing or reprioritizing it. Therefore I opposed it.

Mr. Cornyn continued his letter by saying that he has joined Mr. Coburn and others in supporting S. 1928. Mr. Cornyn states that this SMART Act will save anywhere from 70 to 125 billion dollars specifically for Katrina reconstruction projects.

Specifically, S. 1928 calls for budget savings that would eliminate lower-priority spending from the highway bill, reduce non-defense security discretionary spending by a net 4 percent in Fiscal Year 2006, and delay the implementation of the MEdicare Prescription Drug Benefit Plan.

Furthermore, this plan seeks to freeze all federal employee cost-of-living salary--including the congressional pay raise--while protecting law enforcement and military personnel compensation. [...]

[emphasis mine]

Mr. Cornyn also points out that an additional 35 to 50 billion dollars will be saved during the "Fiscal Year 2006 budget reconciliation process."

Mr. Cornyn also notes that he has sponsored S. 1720 which would make mandatory a minimum five year prison sentence and maximum twenty year prison sentence "for any crime involving hurricane relief funds."Read more...

Big 12 Championship

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-12-03 00:00:00
Big 12 Championship: Texas vs. Colorado, Reliant Stadium.

Halftime Score: Longhorns 42, Colorado 3.

More on this game later, at the end of the second half.

UPDATE: Five minutes into the second half and the 'Horns have scored twice. Score is 56 to 3 now. One of the scores came on a blocked punt. Texas' special teams are killers.

UPDATE II: Six minutes into the second half: Texas 63, Colorado 3. Texas punted to Colorado. Colorado later fumbles the ball and Texas recovers it. Texas pulls star quarterback Vince Young and puts in Nordgren to avoid injuries to Young. This is way too easy. Colorado should be ashamed of themselves. A&M gave Texas better competition than this.

UPDATE III: Texas 70, Colorado 3. This is a massacre.

UPDATE IV: Texas is going to the Rose Bowl for the national championship. Final score Texas 70, Colorado 3. The Horns will most likely face USC, unless they lose tonight to UCLA, in which case Penn State or LSU might get the trip to the Rose Bowl instead of USC. That's a big "might" though. In my opinion, even if USC loses tonight they deserve the spot more than Penn State or LSU (both teams have one less). USC will be much stiffer competition than Penn State or LSU though, so it could work in the Horns favor (but I don't want to win that way). Read more...

30dozen

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-12-03 00:00:00
One of the first people that I met when I moved to McKinney, TX, was 30dozen's older sister. Her name is Andie. Anyway, when I began to acquaint myself with 30dozen I immediately learned a few very important things about her . First, she is a subscriber to Rush Limbaugh's "Limbaugh Letter." Second, she is an intelligent conversationalist. Third, she is very attractive.

From that first day when we officially met, I began plotting on how I could get her to become a ranter on this site. We have all been lucky to have her.

Over the months that I have known 30dozen, I have had many animated conversations with her. She and I have discussed everything from international politics to cooking and human relations to the more subtle points of Christian doctrine. I have enjoyed every moment of it.

Our outtings were always interesting as well. As I recall, we would usually end up at a grocery store. She is always running errands for her family (there are twelve children). I remember one time, she, Andie, and I were at Sam's Club. I was walking with them and they instructed me to please put two good-sized boxes into the cart. When I asked what was in them, I learned that each box contained 15 dozen eggs. The sheer number had me gaping. You can only imagine my surprize when I later learned that all those eggs lasted no more than a week! Apparently, her family really likes eggs. Ergo, when she was choosing a username for Rant Fever, it seemed only appropriate what she should go by.

30dozen is my friend. We have had many close experiences, and it is with sadness that I must inform you that she is on an extended hiatus from Rant Fever. It is not likely that she will rant again. Upon her request, I have temporarily removed her from Rant Fever. She reached this decision carefully and for her own reasons that I respect. We will miss her and will continue to talk with her often (albeit, not in this forum). C'est la vie.

Until our digital selves cross paths again...

Adieu, 30dozen.

Their minds at war with their hearts.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-12-01 00:00:00
I saw Joe Wright's recent adaptation of Jane Austin's novel Pride and Prejudice to film. As I recall, when I read the book a few years back, I was not particularly found of it. I don't think I would have been exceptionally taken with this movie if my good friend M. had not accompanied my to the show. A few things still trouble me about the story, however. [For a review, click here or here. For fun, click here and read the whole thing.]Read more...