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Posts in March 2005

Terry Schiavo: Tortured and Murdered

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-31 00:00:00
What more needs to be said?

He will swallow up death in victory; the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

Isaiah 25:8 (KJV)

Nashville Star Sucks

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-30 00:00:00
Nashville Star is a tv show on USA Network. It's essentially American Idol, only for country music.

Here's my problem: the best female performer on the show, Tamika Tyler, was voted off this week. The only reason is because the producers of the show aired innocuous comments she made off the stage in the television show and made her look like a jerk. They aired this stupid little disagreement they had over something totally unimportant (they didn't even yell at each other), and they aired it in a way that made Tamika looked like a jerk.

The fact that the producers aired this stuff is unethical. They've essentially taken a show that had previously been about a music competition and turned it into a popularity/personality contest. A person's personality off the stage is irrelevant to their talent on the stage. It's the same for actors and the same for musicians. The best and most popular actors and actresses can be complete slimeballs off the set.

I resent that Nashville Star suddenly finds it necessary to base this competition on how well the contestants get along off the stage.

And to all the people who voted Tamika off just because of what happened last week, and you know who you are you slimy little teeny-boppers, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Crazy Lady in the Mist

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-29 00:00:00
Last night I saw Gorillas in the Mist. Let me tell you, that lady was nuts. I'm sure she saved a lot of gorillas, but she lost her life in the process. Was it worth it? Somehow, I don't think it was.

Plus, she was nuts.

Ouch! It Burns.

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-28 00:00:00
Even the elephants aren't spared the scathing, burning criticism of Cox & Forkum.

Kofi and Kojo

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-28 00:00:00
You might remember me ranting about Kofi Annan and his son Kojo with respect to the Oil For Food scandal. Well, it appears that Kofi is about to blame his son for the whole deal, insisting that Kojo duped him:

NEW YORK: Kofi Annan, struggling to survive as the UN Secretary-General, plans to blame his son for embroiling him in the oil-for-food scandal when a UN inquiry issues a harsh report today.

UN officials are hoping to deflect criticism of the UN chief by insisting that his son, Kojo, 29, misled him about payments that Kojo Annan received from a UN contractor.

Unbelieveable. So much for family loyalty. Kofi is going to let his son be the fall guy for this whole debacle. Hopefully, Kofi won't be able to retain his position as seretary general at the end of this. What a jerk.

Dino DNA?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-24 00:00:00
Yahoo News has a story about soft tissue found inside the fossil of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

According to the story, it hasn't been determined if it's legit or what exactly the tissue is. If this is really dinosaur tissue, we're about to make a tremendous leap in the certifiable, concrete knowledge of of prehistoric(?) animals.

I can't wait! I'm not a proponent of cloning, but hey... Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies.

More Air America

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-24 00:00:00
Almost in response to the Drudge Report's article on the upcoming HBO documentary, "Left of the Dial," Tony Sanders of Billboard Radio Monitor gives us this tidbit:

Air America gets a one-year birthday present from HBO on March 31 when the cable network airs the documentary “Left of the Dial” by director Patrick Farrelly and producer Kate O'Callaghan. The film tracks most of the past year’s travails as the liberal network started, faltered and was yanked off the air in some major markets. A Drudge Report review of the documentary played up “The doubts. The lies. The bounced checks. The heartbreak.”

The article even goes so far as to say that Air America liked the documentary:

Air America Radio president Jon Sinton told Billboard Radio Monitor “This documentary is a sanctioned event. Matt Drudge, notwithstanding, we’ve signed off on it. The filmmakers had access to us and it truly is a story of birth, death and resurrection. It’s a very redemptive story. We’re not displeased with it at all.”

Two conflicting stories about the same documentary. It will be interesting to see how the public will take the show.

More Oil For Food

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-23 00:00:00
It turns out that Kofi Annan's son, Kojo, has received more money than was previously thought:

Kojo Annan, son of Kofi Annan, United Nations secretary-general, received at least $300,000 from Cotecna, a Swiss inspection company awarded a contract ultimately worth about $60m under the Iraqi oil-for-food contract.

The amount was almost double the sum previously disclosed, but payments were arranged in ways that obscured where the money came from or whom it went to.

So here is my question: How serious should we take the UN in the wake of such a scandal? How effectual can they be? Consider that the above news was even news to Kofi Annan himself:

In November Kofi Annan said he was “very disappointed and surprised” after it emerged that Kojo had received monthly “non-compete” payments from Cotecna four years after the relationship was believed to have ended.

Air America Documentary

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-23 00:00:00
HBO will release a documentary about Air America. According to Drudge:

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE MARCH 23, 2005 20:32:45 ET XXXXX

HBO MOVIE SHOWS RADIO 'AIR AMERICA' CHAOS

**Exclusive**

HBO is set to air a behind the scenes look at the launching of liberal radio network AIR AMERICA.

The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained a director's cut of LEFT OF THE DIAL, a grossly entertaining docu-drama of life on the other side of the AIR AMERICA microphone.

The doubts. The lies. The bounced checks. The heartbreak.

The viewer is taken upclose to witness the ugly business of media ambition.

The main character, Evan Cohen, founding chairman and main investor, is depicted as a complete fraud.

The documentary shows Cohen arriving in the middle of night at AIR AMERICA offices to sign over the company and disappear again, but not before lying about how many ads have been sold and how much money is the bank [zero].

Dead Air.

It shows how AIR AMERICA executives lied and lied again about not bouncing checks to their Chicago and Los Angeles affiliate owners. [The network was quickly thrown off the stations.]

The film captures AIR AMERICA staff first learning about the Chicago and LA nightmare by reading a DRUDGE REPORT exclusive on their computers.

It shows midday host Al Franken at a staff meeting being told there is no money left, hilariously, just moments after ranting about George Bush's ethics.

The HBO crew is told to shut down their cameras -- but they don't -- and the 'We're Broke!' meeting is filmed raw.

LEFT OF THE DIAL shows an angry meeting of the writing staff being told how money was deducted from their checks to pay for health care -- but the money was never paid to the HMO and they were never covered!

Host Janeane Garofalo looks suicidal in nearly ever scene which she appears.

"What am I going to do, just ramble on and on," panics stand-up-comic-morning-drive-host Marc Maron, as he deals with the reality of becoming a talkshow host.

But every drama must have a hero: Enter Randi Rhodes.

Highlight. The camera captures pm drive Rhodes in her classic PMS mood, but this time at home, in her newly rented NYC apartment.

Wearing a leopard-spotted robe, bra-less, smoking and crying "I'm so f*ckign lost," the relocated Floridian steals the show.

Talking to herself in the bedroom mirror, Rhodes whispers "You can do this."

She bemoans throughout how she is not being featured in any AIR AMERICA press. "No CNN. No USATODAY. No YAHOO wire story." How she is the only one hired at AIR AMERICA that's even been on radio before.

When she attempts to introduce herself to director Michael Moore [rushing out of a Franken Radio interview], Rhodes quickly realizes he does not even know who she is.

The heartbreaking scene is easily a frontrunner for this year's EMMYs.

The HBO film is set for air March 31.

Geez. Who knew?

When people are mistaken

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-03-18 00:00:00
C: I need it for the big one that we did.
You know the one for me?
I got a check and it was a big one.
It was from Smith Barney.
An IRA account.
Oh. And I have to have it today.

B: Actually, it was a Va retirement plan.
From Traveler's.
This account is in your husband's name.
I'm not sure about the size.
Getting it today is not possible.

C: Whichever one was the big one.
And I have to have it today.

B: Yeah, let me give you the customer service line...

C: (not listening) 'Cause I can have it in two seconds if I download it.

B: Keep me posted.

Bart's Punishment

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-18 00:00:00
This here website has a list of the things Bart Simpson was writing on the chalkboard during the intro to "The Simpsons." It has almost all of them. (via the Grumpy Gamer)

My favorites are:

"I will not dissect things unless instructed."

"Fridays are not pants optional."

"butt.butt is not my e-mail address."

"A fire drill does not demand a fire."

"There are plenty of businesses like showbusiness."Read more...

Luxury Automobile

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-18 00:00:00
A couple of days ago I drove a 2005 Infinity G35. You can check it out at Infiniti.com. I thought I had it nice with my '94 Hyndai [read sarcastily], but wow!

I need a new car.

Bobby Fischer? Search no more.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-18 00:00:00
I ran accross some information on Bobby Fischer. Now, like many, I loved the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, but the film left out some important stuff. Apparantly, Bobby Fischer is in some real legal trouble. Check out this article from the Washington Post online (this came out in July last year):

TOKYO, July 29 -- Chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer has been detained in an airport jail for about two weeks, facing deportation from Japan to the United States. But after 12 years of dodging U.S. law enforcement since playing a 1992 match in Yugoslavia in defiance of international sanctions, Fischer, 61, has devised a strategy for his next move, a spokesman said Thursday.

Fischer, a U.S. citizen who has broadcast anti-American and anti-Jewish rants during his exile, might now seek German citizenship to avoid extradition to the United States for trial, his representatives in Tokyo said Thursday. Fischer's father was believed to have been born in Germany, and Fischer's mother was Jewish.

You read correctly, folks. Bobby Fischer is an Anti-American, Anti-Semite. Who knew? If you ask me, he's earned what he's getting.

Two other sites of note are
1.) Supposedly, his personal site. (It is weird enough to be true if you read through some of the garbage in there.)
2.) A site dedicated to freeing Bobby.

The Incredibles

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-17 00:00:00
Wow! This movie was incredible! (bad pun totally intentional) I'm just sorry I was unable to see this at the theater.

I am a fan of Pixar movies. Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, all of them. This one is a deviation from their usual fare, as there is more focus on action than in the previous Pixar feature films. Which is fine by me, because I love the action. The action sequences themselves are geniusly scripted.

As a comic book and sci-fi geek, it had this whole other level of humor that I think some people would miss out on if they had never been into comics (or at least seen Mallrats), or were lovers of Star Wars and James Bond films. Even so, everyone can love this movie.

The DVD (2-disc set) is chock full of features, too, which is always good.

The Incredibles gets two thumbs up from Dubya.

Lebanon Protests

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-14 00:00:00
So it seems that the Lebanese don't like the Syrian troops in their country. Go figure.

But, c'mon. Is this really a surprize? The Syrian government sponsors terrorism. Is it any wonder that the Lebanese don't want any part of it? It is a new day in Lebanon, my friends.

LGF and Publis Pundit have more on the story.

Advice to Palestine

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-12 00:00:00
This news from Reuters:

A militant Palestinian group sworn to Israel's destruction announced on Saturday that it would compete in Palestinian parliamentary elections scheduled for July.
Read more...

Us Against Them

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-12 00:00:00
According to the New York Times, 8 of our lawmakers participated in an activity of dubious legality.

At least 8 House members and 15 aides accepted trips to South Korea from a registered foreign agent despite rules prohibiting the practice, government documents show.

The group included both Democrats and Republicans. They all claim that they did not know that "the group paying for the trip, the Korea-United States Exchange Council, had registered as an agent of the South Korean government."

Ya know, I give Democrats a lot of flack because generally what they do irks me. But it really gets my goat when someone from my side of the isle messes up. C'mon, guys, taking extravagent trips, you know when you should find out who is behind it.

This sort of thing makes me lose faith in politicians. It incourages the notion that it is no longer Republicans versus Democrats but, in fact, Politicians versus the Citizenry: to wit, Us against Them.

Entertainment News

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-12 00:00:00
  • Martha Stewart is out of jail. The entertainment media group are beside themselves. National Review Online is not so impressed.
  • What everyone wanted to know: Can Jay Leno make jokes about Michael Jackson or not? The definitive answer has finally come in as a resounding: well, kind of.
  • And finally, the movies this week just aren't what they are cracked up to be.
Remember, you read it hear first.

Happy Trees!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-10 00:00:00
I bought a t-shirt just like this one at Target. For $12.00. And I didn't have to pay shipping and handling either.

And yes, I'm wearing it right now!

Jews and Overrepresentation

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-09 00:00:00
Eugene Volokh, of The Volokh Conspiracy, has this post in which he admits that Jews are "overrepresented" in school/university faculties, medical practices, law practices, and just about any other actual profession you can think of. He makes no apologies for this fact.

He also points out that the most anti-Semitic nations aren't exactly able to claim "world power" status.Read more...

Wal-Mart Takes Its Revenge

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-08 00:00:00
I have a love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart. I love the prices, I love the selection (for the most part), but I hate the parking lots and all those dadgum people that try to run me over with shopping carts. My love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart has nothing to do with them supposedly trying to take over the world.

That being said, I laughed so hard that I cried when Lone Star Times directed me to this article.

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The Only Good Communist...

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-08 00:00:00
...is a dead communist?

Captain's Quarters and Little Green Footballs have both posted photos of a car that was allegedly being used by Ms. Sgrena, the Italian Communist Journalist, when she and her idiot Italian Secret Service pals tried to run a U.S. roadblock in Iraq.

I've followed this story from the get-go, and never commented because frankly I thought it to be a non-issue. Well, Ms. Sgrena is alleging that the U.S. troops deliberately tried to kill her because she's an anti-American communist. She claims that the car was subjected to a rain of bullets, her estimate being 300 to 400 rounds fired at the car.

Read more...

Greek Goddess

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-07 00:00:00
I don't usually do this sort of thing. At least that's my story. Anyway, I thought you kids might get a kick out of it. I took this "Which Greek God Are You Test" and it turns out that I'm Athena.

Coincidentily, Athena was always my favorite. I just wish she wasn't a girl...Read more...

More Problems With Safe Clear

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-06 00:00:00
Lone Star Times discusses the latest scandal involving Chairman White's Safe Clear ordinance.

Apparently, KTRK has gotten tips that the tow truck companies involved with Safe Clear are double charging for the tows they provide.

Surprise, surprise, surprise...

McCain/Feingold Cartoons

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-05 00:00:00
Looks like Chris Muir, cartoonist of the Day by Day cartoons, has had a run-in with the anti-Constitutionalists.

One of these days, all our blogs will be similarly redacted.

Fate

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-05 00:00:00
The other day I saw the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in real life. I went to try and talk with her, but I lost her in the crowd.

Is it too late?

ALF: Car Bomber Bumper Stickers

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-03-03 00:00:00
For all those car bombers in Iraq, a bumper sticker would go a long way to helping us know there is a bomb in the car:

  • Honk if you love bombs!
  • If you can read this, you are about to die.
  • My money and my son go to Al Qaeda University, but my explosives are in this car.
  • Car bombs happen. Right now
  • I brake for terrorists.
  • I heart Saddam
  • I prefer to be called "Freedom Fighter," but "Insurgient" will do.

Government Targets Bloggers!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-03 00:00:00
Thanks to John "Puke On The Constitution" McCain and his pal Russ "What Constitution?" Feingold, the FEC may begin to crack down on bloggers as violators of the McCain-Feingold Act.

Captain Ed says that even a link to a campaign website may be valued as a monetary donation and thus bring the blogger into violation of the act.

Ms. Malkin, of course, has an extensive roundup.

If they want me to stop blogging and talking about politics they'll have to put a bullet in my brain. If you think I'm joking, you don't know me well at well.

I want my country back, and I'm dead serious about it.

UPDATE: Lone Star Times has a solution: if push comes to shove, they'll just start giving everybody press credentials.

Death Penalty Weakened

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-02 00:00:00
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that murdering scum under the age of 18 could not be put to death. Families who were victimized by teenage murdering scumbags are outraged. Chronicle reporter Mike Tolson looks at why there were death penalties for minors in the first place.

FindLaw.com has the opinions here. Read more...

Taser Brouhaha

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-03-01 00:00:00
The folks over at Lone Star Times (LST) are blogging the latest Taser dustup here in Texas, and have opposing views on the matter.

LST blogger Owen Courreges criticizes the ACLU on their anti-Taser stance, mocking the notion that the use of tasers has actually deacreased public safety.

LST blogger Matt Bramanti responded in support of the ACLU saying they have a valid point, and even cited a case where a 6-year-old was zapped with a taser.Read more...