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Posts in May 2005

Brits Don't Like Knives

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-30 00:00:00
According to the fine folks over at Lone Star Times, the British Home Office is attempting to combat a rise in violent crime committed with knives in the aftermath of their almost complete gun ban. Their answer: ban long, kitchen knives.

Best quote from Mr Weidenhof's post: "When steak knives are outlawed, only outlaws will eat steak."

Ha! Steak is a regular staple of my diet. You can have my dead cow meat when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

NO!

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-05-29 00:00:00
In church today, an elderly sister stood and shared her testimony with us. She spoke of an experience she had when she considered joining the choir. She thought this a good idea because her friends were in the choir, her family played the piano for the choir, and her daughter was the choir director. All things pointed to her participation when she suddenly understood that the Holy Spirit was telling her "NO!" My mom and I could not suppress our laughter. We got some nasty looks, but I think that it merited at least a chuckle. I hope it wasn't a sin. :)

Eventually means..

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-24 00:00:00
Well, when my dad and I bought my truck, we both came to the conclusion that it would need a new engine eventually. Eventually, as in five or six months down the road (maybe more). Apparently we were mistaken on the definition of eventually, because it is quite clear now that "eventually" means "one week."

Who knew? Oh well, at least the dealer cut us a good deal on the grounds we'd have to put an engine in it.

D.T. R.

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-05-20 00:00:00
A "DTR" means to sit down and define the relationship. There comes a point when too much is overshadowing what is really there and you have to weed it out and determine just exactly what it is you have with someone. We've all had these or at least avoided having these. It's a common thing to make sure you're still on the same page as your mate.

My friend who we'll call "Bob" had a DTR recently with his long time girlfriend of 3yrs. After they talked, they decided to take a month away from the other to sort things out because sometimes you just need some time apart. The feelings Bob related about his long time girlfriend is that he knows he needs her, but is not sure that he wants her. And when he compares that feeling to how he's felt about his exes he realized that he wanted his exes, but didn't need them at the time. Apparently, he and his long time girlfriend have a real "Honey, I'm home!" kind of relationship that lacks a sort of passion or spark, if you will.

What I'm wondering is which is worse: To be needed and not wanted OR to wanted and not needed?

The "need" in his mind is the security and the "everything I want in a wife" kind of feel. The "want" is the spark that keeps you excited about the relationship, the magic, if you will.

Should his relationship be defined by the lack of magic? Is that how you determine if you're in love and it's right to stay together? Or are they just bored? How do you become bored with someone you're in love with?

Hhmmm...

Bug Boyz Know Their Stuff

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-05-20 00:00:00
Remember the fridge magnet poem I did? (Culture 04-20-05)
So Laura calls me yesterday to let me know that the exterminator came to her apartment while she was away at work. Okaaaay...
"Funny thing", she said,"He left his business card for me and on the back wrote, "Nice poem!!".

Tight.

Episode III

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-05-20 00:00:00
That is correct, my friends, yesterday I saw Star Wars, Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith.Read more...

Compatible in Impractical Ways

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-05-19 00:00:00
There's this guy that let's me entertain daydreams when he's not around. And in his own way makes them a reality when our schedules allow. Over time, he's unknowingly conditioned me to switch them off and on as easily as he's been able to from the beginning. It was hard at first because I never understood how he could do that--separate emotion and moment. Girls tie those two together as quickly as they can occur! But I came to realize that 2 people can be compatible as long as it's not extended further to register as something more than what they intially started out as. Sounds like a fling, huh?

What makes it okay is that he's SO hot!!

;o)

The magic that is Starbucks

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-05-19 00:00:00
I just spent 2hrs sitting in an uncomforable, yet trendy wooden chair at a table that was almost too small for one steamed milk, a mocha and a slice of pound cake with my best friend Ang. Read more...

Highway Robbery

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-05-17 00:00:00
A few days ago, 30dozen accompanied me to the campus bookstore in order to sell my books back to the establishment that robbed me blind when I first purchased them at the beginning of the semester.

Well, there were two books that I specifically wanted to sell back as I never want to look at them ever again. Ever. The bookstore calmly informed me that they would not purchase the books back because the school is going to a "newer edition" of the books.

Needless to say, I was madder than a beaver with a toothache. That is all I have to say about that.

Slow Senators

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-05-17 00:00:00
The debate in the Senate over the use of filibuster in order to avoid an up-or-down vote on Presidential judicial appointees is coming to a head. According to the Associated Press, the Senators were almost to the point of compromise. Some democrats drafted a proposal that they offer as a compromise:

Under the proposal, circulated in writing, Republicans would have to pledge no change through 2006 in the Senate's rules that allow filibusters against judicial nominees. For their part, Democrats would commit not to block votes on Bush's Supreme Court or appeals court nominees during the same period, except in extreme circumstances.
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New Wheels

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-16 00:00:00
Huzzah! I've thrown off the shackles of driving a dadgum front-wheel-drive sedan and am now driving a 1986 Dodge Ramcharger.

A new car may not seem like such a big deal to some, but for me it's a big thing. Especially when I was bound to to a V6, front-wheel-drive sedan that sat like four inches off the ground. Now that I'm in a classic SUV with a V8 and that sits up high, I can't help but stop grinning. I am a truck freak. Read more...

Bagwell to Undergo Surgery

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-15 00:00:00

Astros.com reports that Bagwell is set to undergo surgery on his ailing shoulder. Once the surgery is complete, Bags is expected to miss at least three months of the season.

The procedure, according to astros.com, is called an arthroscopic capsular release:

The procedure is designed to allow Bagwell to gain more range of motion in his shoulder. According to Lintner, the tissue that surrounds Bagwell's shoulder is very short and tight, and that's what is causing his motion to be so restricted. This surgery will cut away the tissue capsule and hopefully result in a more flexible shoulder.

Sincere best wishes and prayers that Bags's surgery goes off without a hitch and has a complication-free recovery. Read more...

Pat Buchanan = Scumbag

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-12 00:00:00
Pat Buchanan recently made some remarks regarding World War II on the Don Imus show, and on his own website.

Long story short, Mr. Buchanan posited that that World War II wasn't worth anything since it left Stalin in power, and that since the German people elected Hitler, they didn't need to be "liberated."

Mr. Buchanan made no mention of the Jewish Holocaust.

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Bad News, Worse News, and False Optimism

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-11 00:00:00
The Bad News: The Astros have a win-loss record of 12-21 for a .364 record.

The Worse News: That record is worse than the crappiest team ever: the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (13-22, .371).

The False Optimism: The Astros pathetic record is tied with the Cincinnati Reds and is better than the Colorado Rockies (9-22, .290), and the Kansas City Royals (8-26, .235).

Why the pathetic performance? No power in the batting lineup, a weak bullpen, and Bagwell's arthritic shoulder is going to be a major problem this season. I want the old General Manager, Gerry Hunsicker, back. Tim Purpura sucks.

I'm gonna be depressed all the way through September.

Rocket Pitches 330th Career Win

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-10 00:00:00
Roger Clemens won his 330th career game today against the Florida Marlins. He held the Fish to 1 run to lead the Astros to a 2-1 victory, snapping a six-game losing skid.

The Rocket's 330th win makes him the 9th most winning pitcher in baseball history.

Nickelodeon Rewrites Texas History

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-10 00:00:00
Michelle Malkin has a post about Nickelodeon airing a short on the Texas Revolution. According to Malkin and her sources, Nickelodeon stated that the reason the war was fought was so that white men could keep their slaves.

First, it is true that there were white slaveowners in Texas and that the Mexican government was abolitionist. This was a source of contention between the empresarios and settlers and the Mexican government. It did not, however, start the Texas revolution.

The Texas Revolution was started due to a growing displeasure with the central government of Mexico, with two main events being especially important: the arrest and detention of Stephen F. Austin for over a year, and most importantly, the destruction of the Constitution of 1824. There were other reasons why the anglo settler were angry with Mexico, to be sure. But the main impetus for war was the anti-democratic tendencies of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

Anyone who doubts this needs to consider two things. When the revolution began, it was not an independence movement. Tejanos and Texans were originally fighting to reinstate the Constitution of 1824. Only after Santa Anna heinously put down dissension in the Mexican state of Zacatecas (also opposed to the destruction of the Constitution of 1824), did the revolution in Texas begin moving toward the idea of independence.

This was not a war fought by greedy Gringos against honorable Mexicans. Other Mexican states, ones not filled by anglos, were also violently opposed to Santa Anna's policies. Anybody that tries to say it was Imperial Americans or greedy, racist anglos, or whatever is feeding people a line of bull in attempt to make martyrs or victims out of Mexico.

Mexican and American liberals can try and rewrite the history all they want, but the Truth is still the Truth.

A Message from friends

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-05-10 00:00:00
el Seco, you need to update your profile. You are no longer 24, but 25. Embrace your entrance into geezerdom you old man, embrace it!

Yours respectfully,
30dozen and Chris.

Mavericks Make History!!

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-05-09 00:00:00
Last Saturday the Mav's flattened the Rockets with an over 40 point lead, setting a new record for the largest point difference in a NBA seven-game series. The Mavericks are also one of only three teams in NBA history to win a seven-game series after losing the first two games at home. The Lakers and the ironically the Rockets are the other teams who have made this amazing feat.

The best laid plans of mice and men

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-05-07 00:00:00
I haven't ranted in a while due to prodigious amount of school work that I diligently have been pursuing. I had intended to much earlier. "The best laid plans of mice and men" and all that, you know.

Nevertheless, I want to give a shout out to Dubya since it is his birthday today. Last year I appropriately got him a cane, because it isn't everyday that a young man turns forty-seven. At any rate, Dubya has been a great friend to me and no one deserves to have a happier birthday.

There you have it, kid. Don't go out and drink yourself silly or nothin'. I can't have my ranters doing that sort of thing, of course. We must retain some semblance of decorum.

Have a good one.

A Word of 'Really Smart' Advice to the Graduates

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-05-07 00:00:00
Being the month of May, many of my friends are graduating. I have some small words of advice I would like to pass on to the Graduates of 2005. "After climbing the ladder of success, you realize all the smart people took the elevator."

Founder's Day

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-06 00:00:00
Today at Rant Fever we are celebrating the birthday of our founder and head honcho, el Seco. As of this day he is twenty-five, which is, as he points out, a quarter of a century.

I think I speak for us all when I express hope that his genius will not be tainted by senility now that he's aged.

Happy 25th, el Seco!

¡Grito!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-05 00:00:00
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo, amigos!

La historia de Cinco de Mayo: clic aqui.

¡Pásame la horchata, por favor! Quiero alguno chile relleno, y yo necesito la música de mariachi porque quiero bailar. Pero, no tengo la música. ¿Cómo tenemos una fiesta de Cinco de Mayo sin la música mariachi? Tenemos nada; no es posible. ¡Que mala suerte!

Memory Lane

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-04 00:00:00
I was going through a box of my old stuff today, and I found my old American Studies notebook from Lee College. In the back of the notebook were some papers I took notes on, and I found this single sheet of paper covered with notes. But not notes on Mr. Britt's lectures, no. Apparently I got bored in class and began passing notes to Jennifer Brzowski. Read more...

Mercy Sakes Alive

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-04 00:00:00
I was just looking at the book list for the classes I'm taking in the fall, and the book required for my Intro to Research Methods class is The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. Sagan, mind you, is the science and sci-fi writer that invited the Church of Scientology (which in my opinion is a sham).

I've never read the book, but it seems an odd choice nonetheless. Sheesh.

UPDATE: My mistake. It was L. Ron Hubbard that created Scientology, not Sagan. What can I say? I got the names mixed up somehow.

I'm only right 98.5% of the time, so I'm allowed to make mistakes once in a while. And it still seems an odd choice of texts for the class.

Summer Reading List

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-05-03 00:00:00
Well, summer's almost here, and generally speaking it allows people a little more free time. So, in the grand tradition of schools everywhere, here's a summer reading list:

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