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Posts in February 2005

Where's My Party?!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-28 00:00:00
The Houston Chronicle Communist ran this piece today about Senator Rick Santorum's remarks on Social Security.

In summation, he said he would consider raising the payroll tax rate to bolster the ailing Social Security program.

What happened to my party? Read more...

White Hoods

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-28 00:00:00
This photo from YahooNews, via LGF

Hey, don't you guys remember when we had dudes running around in white hoods here in America? Whatever happened to them fellas anyway?

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Greatness

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-02-25 00:00:00
I was watching this comedian the other day on TV. He says, "I love the diversity in our country. Diversity is what makes this country great."

Not to be contrary, but I disagree completely. Diversity is not what makes this country great --- it is what makes this country interesting. Our unity is what makes us great.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, "united we stand." E plurbis unim. Our differences are interesting and important even, but it is in our similarities where we find our strength and our greatness.

Police-Community Relations (An Essay of Sorts)

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-24 00:00:00
A professor provided our class with this quote:

Victims are the primary consumers of police services and therefore greatly influence police-community relations.

While on it's face, it seems a reasonable statement, it is in fact completely false, in that it mischaracterizes the relationship between police and community.

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Baseball and ESPN

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-22 00:00:00
I know that college baseball isn't exactly as popular as college football, but it seems to me that there should is enough of a following for there to be a website that efficiently covers it.

Of all websites, I figured ESPN.com would have tapped into the market and would provide good coverage, but they don't. They suck when it comes to college baseball. What's even more odd, is that college hockey gets better coverage on ESPN than does college baseball.Read more...

Evil Bugs

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-02-21 00:00:00
Looney Tunes has decided to "reimage" some of its classic characters. Check out the story at the New York Post.Read more...

A Very Sad Thing Happened...

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-21 00:00:00
Last November, I suggested in a post that people donate money to the Walter/Adam Fund over at Kim du Toit's blog in order to celebrate International Dead Terrorist Day.

The "Adam" in the "Walter/Adam Fund", Sgt. Adam J. Plumondore, a mere 22 years old, was killed by a car bomb in Mosul.

Thanks, Adam, for everything you've done. To Adam's parents, thank you too. To Walter, keep up the good work. Read more...

Senator Whitmire Caves

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-17 00:00:00
After a private meeting with Chairman White, Senator John Whitmire agreed to back off his bill to kill the Safe Clear ordinance if certain changes were made to the program.

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The Geek Test

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-17 00:00:00
Are you a geek? Not sure? This test can tell if you are.

I took it. So should you.

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SSN-23 Jimmy Carter

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-16 00:00:00
(via Little Green Footballs)

The Navy commissioned a new, nuclear powered atack submarine yesterday. They named it the Jimmy Carter.

Features of the new Seawolf-class Jimmy Carter are:

  • multi-mission platform
  • enhanced payload capability
  • misery index indicator located next to sonar equipment
  • a new killer bunny detection unit will be placed in the conning tower
  • should the killer bunny detection unit fail, all sailors will have easy access to oars/paddles
  • Amy Carter will be stationed on board to determine when and when not to fire missiles
  • if attacked, the Jimmy Carter will stand idle for 444 days
  • after the 444 days, an emergency beacon (nicknamed by sailors as Vox Populi) will cause the USS Ronald Reagan to be deployed

Oh my! The technology our military has today is astounding!

Lone Star Times has a picture of the new sub

Update: Frank J. over at IMAO has excerpts from the Jimmy Carter's captain's log. I knew that the killer bunny detection unit would fail! What happened to the oars, though?

Mileage Tax in California

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-16 00:00:00
With so many people buying fuel-efficient hybrids to save money on gas costs, some states are worried about their decreasing gas sales because taxes on gas pay for road maintenance. Some Californians have come up with a good way to solve that problem: charge citizens tax for every mile they drive.

I think I may have a seizure...

Our Old Friend From Lee College

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-15 00:00:00
Our old friend from Lee College, Joe Thompson, scored 26 points and got seven rebounds as the Sam Houston State Bearkats beat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 78-64 last night (placing Sam at a 14-8 record).

I wish these games were on TV. I'd love to have seen Joe play such a great game. The Chron reports that he went 8-for-15 from the court and sank all seven of his free throws.

In case el Seco doesn't remember, Joe played for the Runnin' Rebels at Lee College, and he was at just about every SGA meeting as well.

Congrats to Joe on a great game!

SHSU's Search for a New Head Coach

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-14 00:00:00
A while back, Sam Houston State's head football coach Ron Randleman retired, and Sam Houston started looking for someone to take his place. Sixty people sent in resumes to be considered for the position.

The university recently announced that the athletic department narrowed down the list to 28 candidates. Among the list of names I found this:

Jerry Glanville

Glanville has spent the past five years as a color analyst for NFL games on Fox. He worked as head coach of the Houston Oilers from 1986-89, and coached the Atlanta Falcons in the early 1990s.

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MLB.com: We Love Baseball

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-14 00:00:00
MLB.com provides an article on things people love most about baseball.

They're right, of course. I love all those things. What I don't love, though, is the very real possibility that this season won't turn out to be near as good as last season. I look back fondly on those days of Astros playoff hopes... now, I have to face the very real possibility of a two or three season rebuilding period. Excuse me a moment, I need some tissue.

blogHouston Slams the Houston Chronicle

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-13 00:00:00
Gee, I visit my grandmother for one weekend and I miss all the good stuff. blogHouston rightly slams the Chronicle for being totally clueless on the issue of Safe Clear (I think the Chron is purposefully skewing things). Reading the discussion boards and other blogs, I've seen a lot of great issues raised with the Safe Clear program. So far, however, I seem to be the only person raising issues with not just the logical failures of the ordinance (background checks for wrecker drivers, necessity of free tire changes, etc.), but with the entire philosophical base of the ordinance. The entire base of the ordinance is wrong because it is an assault on free trade, as well as personal property rights (which some others have mentioned). Does nobody care about free trade anymore? Have I said it too much? I apologize if people think I'm beating a dead horse, but I can't help it.Read more...

Iran Is At It Again

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-02-13 00:00:00
There are not too many things that scare me or that keep me up at night. However, the prospect of a country like Iran with Nuclear weapons is truly frightening. They are currently building a heavy water production facility. The EU has been talking to them and trying to get them to switch to a light water facility, as it is harder to use the light water for weapons manufacturing. According to Reuters:

Iran has said repeatedly it will not give up plans to build a heavy-water reactor, which can be used to make weapons-grade material, in exchange for a light-water reactor offered by the Europeans, which is less useful for a weapons program.

"We will not under any circumstances replace our heavy-water research reactor," Asefi said on Sunday. "We will continue building our heavy-water reactor."

Apparently, Iran is determined.Read more...

A Joke For Chris of FlashBang

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-02-13 00:00:00
Capitalism for Dummies

Traditional Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

French Capitalism: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

Japanese Capitalism: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.

German Capitalism: You have two cows. You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

Italian Capitalism: You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.

British Capitalism: You have two cows. Both are mad. Read more...

A word on the budget

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-02-12 00:00:00
InstaPunk has a good breakdown of Bush's budget proposal for FY2006. That's right, folks, you've heard that Bush wants 2.57 Trillion dollars.

As expected, that kind of money has everyone talking, and it has Democrats jumping all over themselves trying to tell the media how bad the proposal is. On the one hand, Dems pontificate on how big the deficit will be (around 390 billion). On the other hand, they glibly speak of how bad it is that so many programs (social programs, that is) are being cut.

Well, my friends, it is simply dishonest to complain both about a deficit and cut programs. That is, if Democrats truly want a balanced budget, they should be glad to cut programs and thus save money that we don't have.

It is like my sunday school teacher once said, "you can't have one foot in Zion and one in Babylon." Or, as the old maxim goes, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

State Senate Shocks Chairman White

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-11 00:00:00
Chairman White, who bragged that the State Legislature would never overrule his communist agenda, must've been shocked to hear that Senator Whitmire's bill to kill Safe Clear is being fast-tracked in the State Senate. Much wailing, moaning, and gnashing of the teeth has occurred among the communist sympathizers in love with the Safe Clear ordinance.

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Astros Update

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-11 00:00:00
Two news items to report today. First, starting pitcher Roy Oswalt signed a two-year contract worth 16.9 million dollars. As Tom at HCT points out in that link, Roy O is an amazing talent, and keeping him in the Astros rotation is one of the best moves the Astros have made this off-season.

Second, longtime Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell and longtime Astros player (catcher, second bagger and outfielder) Craig Biggio were inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Neither of these fellas were born here, but they've been around long enough to be called "Texans." Congratulations, fellas!

Two Films, One Was Good

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-02-10 00:00:00
I saw two movies in my recent past. One was Saved and the other was Hotel Rwanda. I really enjoyed Hotel Rwanda. It was outstanding.

Saved, on the other hand, left much to be desired. I thought that it used the euphamism of "social commentary" as a guise for "let's criticize Christianity." I don't mind a social commentary, but at least be intellectually honest about it. All of the Christians in the movie were hypocritically depraved. While there are those within our ranks who are lying to themselves, they are the exception, not the rule. I give Saved two thumbs down. Waaaaay down.

NY Times: America's first couple.

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-09 00:00:00
Reading an article in today's New York Times, national edition, Bill and Hillary Clinton were described as "America's first couple."

Are they insane? Even when they were President and First Lady they weren't "first couple," for two reasons.

First, they are by far not America's favorite couple.

Second, they haven't even been a couple since before Bill was governor of Arkansas. They're now more like a loosely defined partnership for tax, business, and political gains.

blogHOUSTON Makes a Case for MAP

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-08 00:00:00
Go here to read a case for killing Safe Clear and expanding the MAP program. These guys know what they're talking about.

Chairman White Must Go!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-07 00:00:00
As you may remember, I have posted extensively on my hatred for Chairman White's Safe Clear ordinance. The fine folks over at blogHouston have also posted extensively on the subject. Dan Patrick's blog, Lone Star Times has covered the subject as well, though as a group, they have not reached a consensus on the Safe Clear ordinance. Mr. Patrick himself, always somewhat of an elitist, supported the ordinance.

But now, Mr. Patrick, in his latest post, shows that Chairman White has most likely actively deceived the public, along with that brown-nosing, suck-up, crony Michael Berry. Due to the mayor's behavior, Mr. Patrick is calling for the immediate suspension of the Safe Clear program.

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Super Sunday

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-06 00:00:00
HALLELUJAH!

The day is here! First, a visit to my uncle's church. Second, a visit to the mexican restaraunt. Third, the greatest football game of the year!

Patriots vs. Eagles.

I've been a Pats fan since 1997. So, I'm rooting for them. Now, as for my unbiased prediction, I think the Pats will win by no more than 14 points. I was able to adequately predict the Pats win over the Rams a few years back, and I even predicted that they would by three points, and was correct. So, here's hoping I can repeat that performance (I didn't predict a winner in the Pats vs. Panthers Super Bowl last year).

DYNASTY: Patriot Reign

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-06 00:00:00
The Patriots beat the Eagles 24-21 in Jacksonville. This is the third Super Bowl victory for the Patriots in four years, cementing their place in NFL history as a true dynasty. Their dynasty is also harder fought in an era of salary caps and revenue sharing.

The game was closer than I thought, mainly because I underestimated the Eagles to some extent, and because the Patriots played a sloppy first quarter and their play wasn't as tight as usual. That they could not be at their best and still win shows how great they are.

Deion Branch won the Super Bowl MVP award, and he deserves it. He tied Jerry Rice's record for most catches in a Super Bowl.

Congratulations to the Patriots! I must go dance many dances of joy!

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Richard Clarke's Sick Fantasy

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-05 00:00:00
The Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2005 issue, published an article by security expert Richard Clarke, who as you all remember parted ways with the administration last year with the publication of his book, Against All Enemies. Clarke's latest publication in The Atlantic is a fictional history piece, which was written on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, six years from now.

While Clarke's fictional history (it's fake, but true!) does have some merits in pointing out homeland security weaknesses that have yet to be addressed (or worse, will be addressed negatively), the majority of his publication is sick fantasy written in a fever of paranoia. Read more...

Frickin' Clear Lake Nazis

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-02-04 00:00:00
Ok. So I was running late to work by 15 minutes. It's Friday. I'm not really concerned about getting here on time exactly.Read more...

Chronicle Columnist Writes Apologetics for Chairman White

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-04 00:00:00
In todays Houston Chronicle, columnist Rick Casey praises the changes to the Soviet Ordinance Safe Clear, and slams the State Legislature for trying to run Houston while sitting in Austin. He says conservatives in the Legislature are willing to usurp local control over Houston because they are afraid that if Bill White is successful, he will gain popularity statewide. This is pure horse manure.Read more...

Chairman White Faces Opposition

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-03 00:00:00
According to the Houston Chronicle, changes were made to the Safe Clear program yesterday. For one, cars able to get into the emergency lane will received free short tows. Second, wrecker drivers will fix flats for free. The former is a non-fix, and the latter is contradictory with the stated reasoning behind the Safe Clear program.

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I heart Alfred

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-02-03 00:00:00
4oz. cream cheese cubed
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter

I like dairy.Read more...

HPD Crime Lab, Part Deux

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-03 00:00:00
In an earlier post, I noted that the State was sending the Rangers in to investigate the Houston Police Department's crime lab after instances of improper procedure and evidence storage were discovered two years ago. Read more...

Textbook Truths

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-02 00:00:00
From my textbook (Victimology, Harvey Wallace):

Gelles published a series of [...] statements or sound bites used by various individuals or agencies when discussing family violence. [...] many of these statements are presumed to be true or accurate. [...] The following are some of these factoids and Gelles's response:

[...]

Nationally, 50 percent of all homeless women and children are on the streets because of violence in the home.

Gelles stated that this factoid can be attributed to Senator Biden, but there is no actual published scientific research supporting this figure.

My textbook is actually implying that Senator Biden (D - Delaware) was less than truthful! Say it ain't so! A Democrat actually made something up just to suit his own purposes? Oh no! It can't be true, especially not Ol' Joe Biden.

Chairman White's Bloody Hand

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-01 00:00:00
blogHOUSTON gives us this post about a man who died on Houston's freeways last night.

Chairman White is a despicable communist. He has passed through council an ordinance that is an assault on American principles of free trade and property rights. Now, to top it all off, his Stalinesque program has played some part in the death of an innocent man who wanted nothing more than to not have her car impounded.

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GM and Chevy Are Stupid

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-02-01 00:00:00
One of the new 2006 model year cars that Chevy will unveil is the new HHR. I first saw this concept a few months back, and the first thing I thought was "It's a cross between a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a Dodge Durango, with a Chevy emblem slapped on it."

I'm not the only one who thought that. Motor Trend magazine said the same thing, and pointed out that GM even hired the designer of the PT Cruiser to design the Chevy HHR.

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