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Posts in June 2005

94 Hyundai Excel

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-30 00:00:00
I present to you, my car:

Grades

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-06-30 00:00:00
Waiting for final grades to be posted is the worst.

Darwin Awards

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-28 00:00:00
Everyone should check out the Darwin Awards website (http://www.darwinawards.com).

I found this gem in the 2003 awards:

Second Time's the Charm
2003 Darwin Award Nominee

(16 March 2003, Michigan) Ignoring Coast Guard warnings, David Manley ventured onto the icy surface of Saginaw Bay with his pickup truck one chilly morning. Predictably, the vehicle broke through the ice, but the 41-year-old managed to avert tragedy and escape from the sinking truck. He reached the shore wet and cold, but alive.

Despite his traumatic experience, and despite a day of sunshine and warm temperatures in the 60s, David returned to Saginaw Bay late the following night. This time he was driving an all-terrain vehicle, and accompanied by a friend. Surprise! The ATV also plunged through the ice.

His companion survived, but David had used up his luck. His body was recovered by the Coast Guard southwest of the Channel Islands. An autopsy was scheduled to determine whether anything besides a desire to win a Darwin Award was a factor in his demise.

The Loss of Freedom in America

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-28 00:00:00
Have you heard of the Supreme Court's recent ruling that allows private companies to seize private property if it can be shown that it will increase tax revenues? Sound unfair? I think so too. It evinces the loss of freedom in America. You and I are not the only one's who think so. Apparently, a private developer is looking to seize the land of Justice David H. Souter in order to put a hotel there. You can find a story on it here. This is a must read. My favorite part:

The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

I wish them luck on the development.

Life Lessons

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-27 00:00:00
Yesterday I was reminded to respect the power of a moving vehicle. I won't soon forget.

Ethiopian Lions Save Lives

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-25 00:00:00
I recently came accross this article via Mighty Girl. It reports on the story of an Ethiopian girl who is kidnapped by more than four men in order to force her to marry someone. But get this, three lions come out of nowhere and run off the men; then they stand gaurd until help comes for her!

To me that is a miracle. The article explains a more scientific theory on how this happened:

Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry, said that it was likely that the young girl was saved because she was crying from the trauma of her attack.

"A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they (the lions) didn't eat her," Williams said. "Otherwise they probably would have done."

Okay, whatever.

Police caught four of the men and are still searching for others. What gets me though is that someone would kidnap someone in order to force marriage. It seems a dumb concept to me. However, Ethiopia seems to have a different view of it:

In Ethiopia, kidnapping has long been part of the marriage custom, a tradition of sorrow and violence whose origins are murky.

"Murky?" More like depraved. Even scarier:

The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where the majority of the country's 71 million people live.

What?! 70 percent!?! Can somebody say "out of control?" Come on now people, at some point the people should stand up for themselves. They must know that this happens. They must know when a marriage results because of kidnapping. They must know it is inherently evil in nature.

The whole thing frustrates me to no end. And don't even get me started on fistula.

From Drudge

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-25 00:00:00
Matt Drudge posted a link to this article on The Drudge Report today. The article is from the New York Times about an interview that Tom Cruise had with Mat Lauer. I read the whole transcript and I have come to a couple of conclusions. 1) Tom Cruise is a wacko. 2) Mat Lauer is not that bright. The interview was more of a debate. In my opinion, Cruise won, but not because he is a good debator ... more because Mat Lauer is an particularly weak one. The article tends to give Cruise a break, but it makes some interesting points. I laughed as I read it.

From Drudge, part II

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-25 00:00:00
On The Drudge Report today, two headlines caught my eye. They were next to each other, of course:

PAPER: 220bn POUNDS - THE AMOUNT STOLEN OR MISUSED BY CORRUPT NIGERIAN RULERS...

220bn POUNDS - THE AMOUNT OF AID DONATED BY THE WEST TO AFRICA IN 40 YEARS...

It turns out they were both linked to the same article, and it is worth a read. Apparently, the west has literally dumped tons of money straight into Africa where it is missused and stolen time after time after time after time ... well, you get the idea.

But wait a second, is this really news? Nah. What kills me is what Einstein said about insanity. You remember, the definition of insane is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Meanwhile the west continues to give money to Africa, and the insanity continues.

Traitors to the Cause

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-06-23 00:00:00
Via Michelle Malkin is this chart that shows the increases in spending since the Republicans have controlled the government (beginning in 1995).

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Senator Durbin Is Sorry

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-22 00:00:00
That's right, folks. Dick Durbin has appologized. It was the right thing to do. To refresh your memory, June 14th he said:

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.
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Grrrrrrrreat!

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-06-21 00:00:00
I love car commercials. My latest fave is the one for the sporty KIA Sportage. The theme song goes a lil' something like so: "Start having a great life...start having a GREAT life!" Catchy, eh? A "suit" drives the SUV around, gets out and tosses the keys to some waitress..she drops her tray, hops on in and putts 'round town. It then gets passed to a surfer and some guy with big hair. I was inspired the second I heard it! I hastily made a list of all the great things I wanted to do with my life! I couldn't wait to get started!! In order to stay motivated to have a great life I posted the words: "Start having a great life" on my mirror even!
And then I took a two hour nap. Great lives are overrated, sleepytime isn't.

Vacation Bible School's Finest

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-06-21 00:00:00
While driving down Massey-T with my mother, she stares out the passenger window blocking out the Black-Eyed Peas latest and mumbles under her breath, "Smite!" like a half crazy ol' woman. Me: Uh, Ma..what'd you just say? Did you take your pill?..". Her: That bus..it said 'Smite' on the side in big bold letters... must be a church bus...
It was the funniest thing.

Power Outage

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-06-16 00:00:00
Go to chron.com to see the story about how seven or so counties were without power last night for four hours or more. Sadly, this included my county, Walker. I had not eaten supper when the power went out in all of Huntsville. I couldn't cook food or buy food. I was hungry.

Now, here in Spanish lab, it's really really hot. I want to go home.

M. J.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-14 00:00:00
Michael Jackson has been acquitted on all charges. That is to say that a jury of his peers has found him NOT GUILTY. That, of course, does not mean that he is innocent. It simply means that he is not guilty. That being said. I can accept the jury's decision. He probably did not commit the crime he was accused of. However, I figure that he is probably guilty of other child molestation. These things are hard to prove. In any case. He is free to do whatever he wants now. I hope he goes on tour. I always did like his music, even if he is a freak.

GITMO

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-06-14 00:00:00
The White House has officially stated that the US will not shut down GITMO. Is this a good stance. Absolutely! We need that place for those foreign terrorists that want us dead. Let us never forget that GITMO houses some of our greatest enemies -- those who have already actively sought to destroy us. Would we let them loose to kill us? Never. I should hope that we are not that absent minded and silly.

What Do People Really Like?

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-06-14 00:00:00
Do you ever like certain foods, music, movies, etc. just because you've grown up with everyone in your family liking them?

My family loves oldies. Whenever we have family projects or are driving in the car we turn on oldies music. I just recently discovered that I do not like oldies music (aside from Simeon and Garfunkel and the Beach Boys). I am really happy with this realization because now I can stop listening to music I really don’t like. Read more...

La Troca, er... El Camion

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-06-13 00:00:00
Yes, the truck work is finally finished and was delivered to me on Saturday. It only took two days to get the old engine out and the new one in, but the little details took a little longer. In case you were wondering, I am planning on marrying my truck. Who are you to judge my lifestyle?

Over Coffee

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-06-13 00:00:00
I'm in Kaldi's right now (that's a coffee shop here in Huntsville) and a group of high school cheerleaders from out of town just came in. One of them placed a call on a cellphone and I swear I've never heard the word "like" so many times out of one mouth in such a short period of time. Like, fer shur.Read more...

Change

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-06-12 00:00:00
Do you ever find that you have a habit that you don't like and you want to change it? The only problem with changing is that it can give a lot of discomfort both emotionally and spiritually. Read more...

Spurs Take Game One

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-06-10 00:00:00
Sweet! The Spurs are back on their way to reclaiming the title of "champion" from the Pistons, winning last night by a spread of almost twenty points.

Go Spurs!

MikeyNephi

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-06-05 00:00:00
Let's all give Michael P. a warm welcome home and big THANK YOU to all the San Diegons that took care of him back in Cali. 'Preciate ya!

Mike's the guy that in all seriousness can say the funniest things. Hands down! He's a good kid and was sure to tell me that he put all the pajama pants to good use I sent over the last couple years.

A lil' Scooby...Frito Lay... some plaid. (He wore the plaid against his will because he thought they were "too grown up" and just like a Toys R Us kid, he aint doin' that just yet!)

Glad to have you back and hope you get unweird real quick-like.

Miracle Car : )

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-06-04 00:00:00
Today I saw my life flash before my eyes as I almost ran off a bridge and missed a hitting a two ton truck by inches.

My dad had been pulling my car because someone had forgotten to put oil and anti-Freeze in it and my engine had consequently burned out. I was unaware that when you are being pulled you still need your key in the ignition so that your steering wheel will turn. So we were taking this drastically sharp turn and all of a sudden I couldn't turn, my car was headed strait for the opposite side of the road then my dad jerked the car so it wasn't going off the road, but instead it was headed towards a red diesel truck...all off a sudden something turned my wheels and I went to the left side of the road to safety, I don't know how it happened, I don’t think I was strong enough to fight against the locked wheel and my dad said he didn’t think it was him who pulled me over, so it must have been some divine providence that saved me from running into the oncoming traffic. Read more...

A Real Comedian

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-06-02 00:00:00
I think I mentioned before that due to my truck breaking down, I have yet to get my furniture into my apartment in Huntsville.

When I awoke this morning I walked into my living room and surveyed what few belongings I have strewn about the floor (since I have no place to put these things). My hands went to my face and I said "OH NO! I've been burgled!"

I thought it was funny, but as with all the jokes I think are the funniest, nobody's ever around to hear them. Since they usually hinge on some temporary situation and condition, they're not funny later. Dadgummit.

I miss Mayberry

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-06-02 00:00:00
I still haven't finished reading Honeybrowne, guys. Would someone please print it out and mail it to me or read it to me over the phone? ha.

Those were the good ol' days when we were young and fresh. When "Dang Geena!" was single w/a gun. And Abinadi thought "Big Daddy" would catch on.

Good times, my friends. Where has the time gone?