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October 31, 2004

The Aftermath of Tueday

Robert over at Let's Try Freedom makes an interesting point about the election on Tuesday:

Here's what it boils down to, folks:

If John Kerry wins the election, reasonably fair, reasonably square, then he becomes my President and your President.

If George Bush wins the election, reasonably fair, reasonably square, then he remains my President and your President.

This is my pledge, my promise, my what-have-you. It's written down, in black and white. Call me on it if I renege.

Regardless of how much I consider John Kerry not qualified to be the next President of the United States, Robert is right: if he wins, he's our President.

This is one aspect of this election that has really caused me concern - the divisiveness that has emerged from the us versus them attitudes.

I had thought long & hard about what would happen after the election was over - would Americans continue to look upon their political 'rivals' as anthing more than that: rivals?

Whether we voted for him or not - whether we consider him the cat's meow as elected officials go - whether we think he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, whoever wins the election on Tuesday will be the President and it should be recognized that it is the will of the American people that the results be honored.

If Kerry is elected, I'll support him as President - even if I don't think he's fit to be dog catcher in Reno, Nevada. I won't bad-mouth him as many have trashed and talked smack about President Bush since 2000.

I'll do what Robert did and ask that you do two things after reading both his and my posts on this:

  1. Support the winner of the election, whether you like the guy or not, and
  2. Pass this along to others - either on your blog or through e-mail.
At the end of the election, something that all of us - all Americans - must remember is that there is no shame in being opposed to another political party or ideology but the opposition must end when the election is over.

We must remember that while we're conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, whatever - we're Americans first.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:56 PM | Comments (12)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:56 PM | Comments (12)

October 30, 2004

Cronkite: Losing His Marbles

Walter Cronkite needs to check the label on his meds:


It's all those blue pills I tell ya....Former CBSNEWS anchorman Walter Cronkite believes Bush adviser Karl Rove is possibly behind the new Bin Laden tape.

Cronkite made the startling comments late Friday during an interview on CNN.

Cronkite said he is "inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing."

Interviewer Larry King did not ask Cronkite to elaborate on the provocative election eve accusation.


'Kids, you're safe with these deflectors on'Is this man insane? With crackpot statements like this, the next thing out of Walter's mouth will be about endorsing the use of tin-foil hats to keep your brain safe from mind-controlling beams sent from Department of Suppression satellites in geosynchronous orbit.

I'm serious.....wait for it.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:58 PM | Comments (5)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:58 PM | Comments (5)

Kerry Supporters Go Get Gas

So yesterday after dealing with yet another doctor's appointment, I went down to Price Club/Costco to get some gas.

I pull up the shortest line and shut off the engine. The car immediately in front of me is some japanese import (Honda?) with a Kerry/Edwards '04 sticker taped up in the back window.

I thought: 'Well, there has to be someone around here that's a Kerry backer...' and turned on the CD player to listen to some Oingo Boingo.

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October 28, 2004

Canines for Truth

Kerry Sign.jpg

And they say dogs know when something is bad....

(Glommed from I Love Jet Noise)

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SoCal Blechs

The server where this blog resides was 'down' most of yesterday for some unknown reason and by the time it was up again, I was too wiped out to blather about much of anything.

Today I've got TWO midterms back-to-back with the first one starting in about 45 minutes.

So, so summarize the last 48 hours: blech.

I can say that I'm looking forward to the election on Tuesday - mostly because I'm really burned out after nine months of politics.

Of course, when President Bush is re-elected, the amount of whining about 'stolen elections' and 'disenfranchised voters' will be plentiful. And then it'll be more 'blech'.

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:50 AM | Comments (10)

October 26, 2004

Details Make the Story

I was trying to find any other MSM that was talking about Drudge's breaking news last night about how the missing plastic explosives splattered all over the front page of the New York Times were missing before U.S. troops arrived in Baghdad, but it would seem that no one is interested in quelling this October surprise.

And then I check (of all the places) CNN and wadda-ya-know? Here it is.

Report: Explosives already gone when U.S. troops arrived

NBC News says its crew was embedded with soldiers at time

(CNN) -- The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 380 tons of powerful explosives from a storage depot in Iraq has taken a new twist, after a network embedded with the U.S. military during the invasion of Iraq reported that the material had already vanished by the time American troops arrived.

NBC News reported that on April 10, 2003, its crew was embedded with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division when troops arrived at the Al Qaqaa storage facility south of Baghdad.

While the troops found large stockpiles of conventional explosives, they did not find HMX or RDX, the types of powerful explosives that reportedly went missing, according to NBC.

I am actually suprised that CNN is the first up on reporting this.

What is also interesting is that Drudge Report is saying that this was 'broken' by NBC News and yet - there's NOTHING on MSNBC. Curious.

I find that it's the details of the story that make it interesting....

What is also interesting is that the IAEA was notified October 10th about the *cough* missing explosives and decided just now to release this information - ONE WEEK before the U.S. election?

Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:22 AM | Comments (8)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:22 AM | Comments (8)

October 25, 2004

No Myth Here

Here are some of those 'lies' that say Kerry is weak on defense:

Kerry's Liberal Record on Defense

  • During his 20-year Senate career, John Kerry has voted to cut the Pentagon’s budget 38 times.1

  • Kerry has voted 12 times against providing a pay increase to our military men and women.2

  • In 2003, Kerry voted against providing $87 billion in funding for our troops in Iraq.3

  • In 2002, Kerry voted six times against President Bush’s proposal to establish a Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of 9/11.4

  • In 1996, Kerry introduced legislation to cut the defense budget by $6.5 billion.5

  • In 1995, Kerry voted to cut the defense budget by $34 billion.6

  • In 1995, Kerry voted to cut the FBI’s budget by $80 million.7

  • In 1994, one year after the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Kerry proposed cutting the Intelligence budget by $7.5 billion.8

  • In 1984, at the one of the most critical stages of the Cold War, John Kerry ran for the Senate on a platform of eliminating several of President Reagan’s weapons systems that proved critical to defeating the Soviet Union. Among these programs Kerry wanted to eliminate were: The MX Missile, B-1 Bomber, National Missile Defense System, Patriot Air Defense System, and the F-14 Fight Jets. 9
(The citations for each point can be found on the source page).

Food for thought come next Tuesday....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:38 PM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:38 PM | Comments (3)

Picks for 2004 California Props

This is something I had intended to do about a month ago, but have procrastinated on long enough...especially considering that the election is next week.

Now, these are my opinion(s) on this propositions; they're what I'm thinking when I consider are these proposed changes good for me and/or good for California. Your opinion(s) might differ from mine and you might consider what I've written to be just chock-full-of-crap.

As the saying goes: 'Your mileage may vary'.

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October 23, 2004

Team America: World Police

Team America

I went to see Team America: World Police and laughed my butt off.

It's rated R for a reason so don't take your kids along. Or anyone that is easily offended by cussing cause there's a lot of it in this flick.

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I got what I wanted for my birthday: Ann Coulter's new book and it came from my daughter.

I also got some flannel jammies, a remote control for the PlayStation 2, and some new shorts. (I know it might sound lame, but it's nice to get things that I don't have to buy).

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October 22, 2004

'Stolen Honor'

It would appear that since the broadcast of the documentary 'Stolen Honor' by the Sinclair Broadcasting Corp is causing such a collection of wrinkled noses by the Kerry campaign, the producers of the film found a solution:

Release it onto the Internet

It's a low resolution, but it's still there. I'm watching it now and it's chilling.

(Hat tip to Smash for the link)

Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:28 PM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:28 PM | Comments (2)

Another Kerry Endorsement

Dispite some recent news, John Kerry has picked up another endorsement for his campaign:

Geese for Kerry 2004

(Kerry Slogonator fourd at Wizbang)

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UN Dragged in Sunlight, Burning Up Fast

This comes as no surprise:

U.N. hurt by scandal, Annan says

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday the world body's reputation had been damaged by a furor over its oil-for-food program in Iraq, as investigators released the fullest accounting to date of the scandal-plagued program.

Russian and French companies were the most active buyers and sellers under the program, according to figures released yesterday by an independent U.N. investigating panel headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

"There is no doubt that the constant campaign and discussions [over the scandal] have hurt the U.N.," said Mr. Annan, who was given a private briefing in New York by Mr. Volcker. "That's why we want to get to the bottom of it and clear it as quickly as possible. It has done damage, yes."

Kofi, it's more like what little validity the United Nations possibly at one time commanded is bursting into flames and you're standing around discussing whether to roast weenies or marshmellows.

But that's okay in the eyes of some - there's a nuance to it that makes it all better....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:37 AM | Comments (1)

No Rush What-So-Ever

I hate being kept waiting.

I had what I thought was enough time this morning to take care of something at the hospital, yet what should have been 35 minutes total turned into 90 minutes instead.

I had to get some blood drawn for an upcoming doctor's appointment and I had to get a flu shot.

The flu shot took almost no time, which is ironic cause I thought it would take a lot longer to be confirmed as needing a flu shot. Not the case here - in, jabbed, and out in 10 minutes.

Getting blood drawn took forever though. It would seem that all of the old people here in San Diego all needed bloodwork too and decided to do it this morning. I was waiting so long I actually dozed off in the lounge.

So....all this made me late for work. And I hate being late for work.

UPDATE: Now my arm frelling aches where they injected the vaccine. Crap.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:03 AM | Comments (8)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:03 AM | Comments (8)

Pinch Hitter

Stellar idea. Out-of-the-box thinking - the kind normally associated with bending spoons with your mind.

Gore to Stump for Kerry in Florida

As if the Florida recount of 2000 didn't loom large enough in the minds of voters and politicians, ABC News has learned that former Vice President Al Gore will campaign for Sen. John Kerry this weekend in Florida.

Kerry made the request of Gore, the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, over the weekend in a telephone conversation, Democratic sources told ABC News.

First impression: the scene from M*A*S*H where Frank Burns gets a 40mm anti-aircraft gun installed at the hospital to deal with the menace of 5 O'clock Charley:
Frank: 'He who controls the skies controls the war'. Herman Goering said that!

Hawkeye: Great - we're taking lessons from the losers.

I'm wondering if anyone at the Kerry campaign toyed with the idea of informing Kerry that Gore lost Florida......nah.

Al is going down Florida way to help explain the nuances of voting for Kerry instead of President Bush.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:19 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:19 AM | Comments (2)

October 20, 2004

Late Anniversary Announcement

USS Langley CV-1

Apparently, I missed the anniversary of the first plane launched from a carrier.

The first carrier take off occurred on the USS Langley on Oct 17, 1922.

On October 17, 1922, a Vought biplane, piloted by Lieutenant V.C. Griffin, rumbled off the wooden flight deck of the USS LANGLEY (CV-1) at anchor in the York River. This was the first takeoff from a U.S. Navy carrier. The LANGLEY, was converted from the collier USS JUPITER at Norfolk Naval Shipyard into the Navy's first aircraft carrier. In October-November 1922, she launched, recovered and catapulted her first aircraft during initial operations in the Atlantic and Caribbean areas. Transferred to the Pacific in 1924, Langley was the platform from which Naval Aviators, guided by Captain Joseph M. Reeves, undertook the development of carrier operating techniques and tactics that were essential to victory in World War II. Though newer, larger and faster aircraft carriers arrived in the fleet in the later 1920s, the old "Covered Wagon" remained an operational carrier until October 1936, when she began conversion to a seaplane tender.

Reclassified AV-3 following completion of this work in early 1937, Langley was mainly employed in the Pacific for the rest of her days. She was sent to the Far East in 1939 and was still there when the Pacific War began in December 1941. Through the early months of the conflict, she supported seaplane patrols and provided aircraft transportation services. While carrying Army fighters to the Netherlands East Indies on 27 February 1942, Langley was attacked by Japanese aircraft. Hit by several bombs and disabled, she was scuttled by her escorting destroyers.

(Sources: http://www.nnsy.navy.mil/ and http://www.history.navy.mil/)

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Say What!?

I love how this clown dismisses Gen. Tommy Franks knowledge:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday disputed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's charge that the Bush administration let Osama bin Laden escape Afghanistan in 2001.

"I was responsible for the operation at Tora Bora, and I can tell you that the senator's understanding of events doesn't square with reality," retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks wrote in a commentary published by The New York Times.

The Kerry campaign took issue with the retired general's comments. "Franks is a patriot. But in his attempt to campaign for President (George W.) Bush, he's letting political spin get in the way of the facts," said campaign spokeswoman Brooke Anderson.

Get in the way of facts?! He was the freaking COMMANDER of the military forces in the fight you stupid hack!

Who are you gonna believe: someone being briefed with second- or third-hand information or the guy who was updated hourly and was 'in the know'?

That's the beauty of listening to Democrats: they never let little things like facts muddle their thinking....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:41 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:41 AM | Comments (2)

Capitulation Works Really Well

Spain pulled its troops out of Iraq so as to not 'anger' the Muslim Islamofascists after the terrorist attack that killed close to 200 people and injured scores more.

That policy is having such good results....let's all become Capitulation Monkeys, huh??

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October 19, 2004

What John Really Wants

Senator John Kerry is actually one of the 'Undead' wandering the Earth.

And he wants to eat your eternal soul.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:10 PM | Comments (1)

Ho Hum Day

Nothing to blog about today - at least, nothing interesting in the news.

Spent the day getting rained on and walking all over the frelling campus all in an attempt to get a lab for Active Circuit Design finished.

Dispite dumping way too much time into it, we (my lab partners and I) apparently failed to perform some of the more obscure steps in designing an 2nd Order Active Filter. But we lucked out: we got a TA that was extremely 'cool' and blew off our omissions. We got 10 points out of 10 for this assignment.

Now I can ever-so-slightly relax....until I start cramming for a midterm that's coming up in the next week.

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October 18, 2004

Rain? What's that?

It is raining today here in San Diego - first time in over 180 days - and it's about time.

Of course, with the increase in humidity in the air, the average IQ of Southern California drivers decreases exponentially....by the end of the evening commute, there will probably be somewhere around 200+ accidents.

This might explain why my lab partner is late getting to the library where I'm attempting to build/simulate a circuit using PSPICE. The only problem is that I'm attempting to remember how I used PSPICE last spring and I'm about ready to scream 'FRELL IT!!!' at the top of my lungs.

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October 17, 2004

A Taste of Crüe

Motley Crue's Greatest Hits

The wife slipped this into the CD player this afternoon and we're currently rattling the wall plaster.

Ahhh....fond memories.

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October 16, 2004

The Things You Find...

I was browsing through the articles of World Net Daily and was about to close it when I found a link to an article about travelling to Mars in 90 days. So I clicked on the link here.

University of Washington -- A new means of propelling spacecraft being developed at the University of Washington could dramatically cut the time needed for astronauts to travel to and from Mars and could make humans a permanent fixture in space.

In fact, with magnetized-beam plasma propulsion, or mag-beam, quick trips to distant parts of the solar system could become routine, said Robert Winglee, a UW Earth and space sciences professor who is leading the project.

Currently, using conventional technology and adjusting for the orbits of both the Earth and Mars around the sun, it would take astronauts about 2.5 years to travel to Mars, conduct their scientific mission and return.

"We're trying to get to Mars and back in 90 days," Winglee said. "Our philosophy is that, if it's going to take two-and-a-half years, the chances of a successful mission are pretty low."

Now, the practicality of this new propulsion is that it is YEARS away from being utilized, but it's still way cool.

What I discovered wasn't the news article, but the entire website called Red Nova which in itself is also way cool....

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October 15, 2004

Subtle Hint?


I'm wonder if this is a subtle hint for those that are still undecided about who to vote for on November 2nd....

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How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) : The World According to Ann Coulter

My birthday is coming up soon and here's hoping that the wife took my 'hint' about wanting to read Ann Coulter's new book seriously....

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Happy Ramadan!

'Think you used enough dynamite there Butch?'

Iraqis search through the rubble of a destroyed house after U.S. warplanes pounded Fallujah.

Ramadan starting off with a bang in Fallujah:

Marines Pound Zarqawi Sites in Fallujah

BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. warplanes pounded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, where residents were marking the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday, a day after city leaders suspended peace talks and rejected the Iraqi government's demands to turn over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

U.S. troops detained Fallujah's top negotiator in the peace talks, witnesses said. Khaled al-Jumeili, an Islamic cleric, was arrested as he left a mosque after prayers in a village about 10 miles south of Fallujah, they said. There was no immediate U.S. comment.

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October 14, 2004


When you know your Democratic candidate just plain sucks ass and the election doesn't look good, there is always the 'tried & true' tactic of stealing signs.

Just hope you're not caught.

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 05:12 PM | Comments (1)

Welcome to the Club Hamas

It would seem that there is yet another group that thinks the United States is E-V-I-L:

Hamas designates the US "an enemy"

Hamas published a statement condemning the US and designating it as an enemy country after the US vetoed a resolution in the UN security council that would have unilaterally condemned Israeli military action against the group in the Gaza Strip.

The raids followed a series of rocket attacks on the southern town of Sderot, during which two Israeli toddlers were killed.

The United States vetoed a resolution condemning the Israeli military action against Hamas cells in the Gaza strip. U.S. Ambassador John Danforth cast the U.S. veto after British and German efforts to find compromise language failed.

"Once again, the resolution is lopsided and unbalanced," Danforth said, noting that the resolution made no mention of the launching of rockets from the Gaza strip at Israeli towns and cities.

In a press release in Arabic on its official web, Hamas leaders said: "Hamas is condemning the U.S vote and stating that Hamas considers the U.S as an enemy and as an accomplice to the Israeli enemy aggression against the Palestinians. Hamas regards the U.S position as a criminal act that puts her in a confrontation with "weak" nations. The U.S will face responsibility for its position as an accomplice with Israel to the animosity."

While I am not an expert on U.S. policy when dealing with groups such as Hamas, I can safely predict that if the Hamas leadership (the ones that are still alive) thinks that Israel is being mean & nasty when dealing with a homicide bomber, just wait and see how many big, smoking craters are created in Gaza should they decide to 'act' upon this new declaration.

(Another hat tip to Charles at LGF for this)

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Queen of Sting

Dispite what you might think about her on a personal level, Ann Coulter sure can sling 'em:

Republicans are more simple-minded, but for some things you want to be a little less contemplative, a little less nuanced. In a war against rabid savages trying to nuke Manhattan, you want a policy more along the lines of: Kill 'em! Republicans will shoot, burn, and bury the terrorists. Kerry will give them a speech.

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October 13, 2004

Debate Chat

Chit-chatting in Yahoo about the debate....

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New Swift Boats Ad

Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth have TWO new advertisements that will make the hair on your neck stand up: They Served.

(Hat tip to Charles at LGF)

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U.S. Navy's 229th Birthday

First U.S. Navy Jack

Establishment of the Navy, 13 October 1775

This resolution of the Continental Congress marked the establishment of what is now the United States Navy.

"Resolved, That a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruize eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct.

That a Committee of three be appointed to prepare an estimate of the expence, and lay the same before the Congress, and to contract with proper persons to fit out the vessel.

Resolved, that another vessel be fitted out for the same purposes, and that the said committee report their opinion of a proper vessel, and also an estimate of the expence."

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Frell Off

The whole frelling cast of 'Farscape'....

Been watching a little too much Farscape on the Sci Fi Channel - I'm starting to tell people to 'get frelled' a little too much....

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October 12, 2004

16 Obvious Points

I really get a kick out of P.J. O'Rourke:

Putting Words in the President's Mouth
Sixteen obvious points that George W. Bush should make during the Wednesday night debate.

(1) My opponent, Massachusetts senator John Kerry--or, as I like to think of him, Teddy Kennedy with a designated driver...

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October 11, 2004

Comes in Threes?

First Rodney, now Ken & Christopher.

Double Bummer.

1996 NL MVP Ken Caminiti Dies at 41

NEW YORK — Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP who later admitted using steroids during his major league career, died Sunday. He was 41.

Caminiti died of a heart attack in the Bronx, said his agent-lawyer Rick Licht. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy would be performed Monday, spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.

"I'm still in shock," San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "He was one of my favorite all-time players."

The three-time All-Star third baseman often was in trouble the last few years. His 15-year big league career ended in 2001, five seasons after he led the Padres to a division title and was a unanimous pick for MVP.

Dispite the crap happening to Ken lately, he was quite popular here in San Diego back when he was a Padre.
Actor Christopher Reeve Dead at 52

BEDFORD, NY — Christopher Reeve, the star of the "Superman" movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist said. He was 52.

Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest while at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs told The Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., on Sunday night.

Reeve was being treated at Northern Westchester Hospital for a pressure wound, a common complication for people living with paralysis. In the past week, the wound had become severely infected, resulting in a serious systemic infection.

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October 10, 2004

Academic/Intellectual Honesty II

I posted something a few months ago about some of my daughter's school assignments.

She's in 5th grade now and she still has to do weekly assignments in her 'A to Z Journal' much like last year except that the letters are highlighting different countries around the planet instead of counties in California.

And as with last year's journal, she is tasked with decorating the borders of her weekly entries with drawings of things beginning with that weeks letter, i.e., for the letter C, she drew 'cat', 'cow', 'corn', etc.

This week, the letter is 'E' and one of the sub-topics she has to research is 'elephant', so I suggested this image.

As Whitney Houston sang (in between bong hits): '....teach the children and let them lead the way...'

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October 09, 2004

American Empire?

Here's a photo of U.S. 'imperialism' in action:

Afghan women wearing burqa line up to vote at a polling station in Kabul on Saturday, Oct. 9. 2004. Across Afghanistan voters went to the polls in the countrys first-ever direct presidential elections.

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The Phoenix

You are Form 0, Phoenix: The Eternal.

"And The Phoenix's cycle had reached
zenith, so he consumed himself in fire. He
emerged from his own ashes, to be forever

Some examples of the Phoenix Form are Quetzalcoatl
(Aztec), Shiva (Indian), and Ra-Atum (Egyptian).

The Phoenix is associated with the concept of life,
the number 0, and the element of fire.
His sign is the eclipsed sun.

As a member of Form 0, you are a determined
individual. You tend to keep your sense of
optomism, even through tough times and have a
positive outlook on most situations. You have
a way of looking at going through life as a
journey that you can constantly learn from.
Phoenixes are the best friends to have because
they cheer people up easily.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Thhhhuffering Thuuccotash!

SylvesterUp early this morning cause I...well, just happened to wake up early.

Tackled some 'honey dos' and am trying to get up the courage to tackle a lab assignment using MATLAB. I say 'get up the courage' cause I've never used MATLAB before and it seems to be the preferred engineering software tool of most professors in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

I decided to just go out and buy the freakin software package because:

  1. Hauling my ass to the prescribed labs where MATLAB is available on campus is a pain, and

  2. the labs always seem to be locked and/or never staffed with TAs to answer questions, and

  3. I'm gonna have to use MATLAB for several other classes before I graduate anyway
so it just seemed to be a prudent purchase. Now, I just have to figure out how to use it....

Watched the debate last night and IMO President Bush got 'medieval on Kerry's buttocks'[/Forrest Gump]. Bush was in his element with the Town Hall format and dispite the *cough* moderator forgetting that Bush was allowed to a quick rebuttal a couple of times (he's from ABC News - no surprise there), Bush dominated the night.

The one thing that boggled me was this: where did they find all the lispers in the audience? It seemed that half of the people asking their questions seemed to be drooling excessively and/or were keeping marbles in their mouths. Maybe there was a Sylvester the Cat Impersonation Contest in St. Louis...?

Posted by Mad Mikey at 07:30 AM | Comments (9)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 07:30 AM | Comments (9)

October 08, 2004

Scary Kerry & the Death Bunny

Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry is resorting to scare tactics again.

Instead of simply repeating myths & rumors to scare the electorate, he's showing them the true meaning of terror: Iraqi Death Bunnies™.

'Vote for me or else this wabbit will GET YOU!!!'

Does this man have no decency!?!

Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:50 AM | Comments (5)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:50 AM | Comments (5)

October 06, 2004

I Got Nothing


I got nothing for the moment, so here's a photo of my other cat Julie.

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:09 PM | Comments (6)

Clear Thinking

Michelle Malkin highlights the 'Quote of the Night':

Unadulterated Dennis Miller on Jay Leno just minutes ago:
That's why I like Bush. He doesn't over-think it. He wakes up every morning, jumps out of bed, lands on his two feet, scratches his balls, and says, "Let's kill some f@#@$ing terrorists!"

And the crowd applauded.

And as Michelle would say: 'Heh!'

Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:27 AM | Comments (6)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:27 AM | Comments (6)

October 05, 2004


Well, this sucks:

Comic Rodney Dangerfield Dies in L.A. at Age 82

Rodney DangerfieldLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rodney Dangerfield, the goggle-eyed comic famed for his self-deprecating one-liners and signature phrase "I can't get no respect," died on Tuesday at age 82, his publicist said.

Dangerfield, who became a pop culture sensation with a string of broad film comedies starting with "Caddyshack" in 1980, died at 1:20 p.m. PDT (4:20 p.m. EDT) at the UCLA Medical Center, where he had undergone heart valve replacement surgery in August, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said in a statement.

Rest in Peace Rodney. You've finally gotten the respect that you richly deserved.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 05:29 PM | Comments (3)


Just a quick reminder to all about the reality of 'Mad Mikey's Blog':

  • Act like an asshat, you get deleted and banned.

  • Act civil and we all benefit.

  • My blog, my rules and I reserve the right to be a hypocrite as it suits me.

I just had to teach one person a lesson on being a smartass, especially when putting bogus e-mail addresses in the comments section.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:07 AM | Comments (9)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:07 AM | Comments (9)

More Sensitive?

Way to make our allies feel wanted John:


Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has slammed Dem president hopeful John Kerry for not recognizing Poland's contributions and sacrifice to the war in Iraq.

"It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience does not recognize Polish contribution. This is immoral," Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski told FACTS in an interview commenting on the US Presidential Debate.

"It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience underestimates Polish sacrifice, this is sad."

The Polish President added however that one should consider this was a part of the ongoing electoral campaign.

"I do not think this was out of ignorance," the president emphasized on the TVN Facts.

"There is one thing which should be stated clearly: this coalition is not just the United States, Great Britain, Australia alone; it also involves participation of Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Spanish soldiers who have died. It is immoral not to recognize the involvement we contributed based on our conviction that there should be unity in fighting terrorism, that there was a need to display international solidarity and that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous individual of this world."

"President Bush acted like a real Texan gentleman, he made sure to show appreciation for other countries' involvement in the coalition," Kwasniewski pointed out.

Looks like you'll really have to smooze up to Fiji and Lichtenstein should you be elected in November.

Way to impress people.....you moron.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 07:09 AM | Comments (6)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 07:09 AM | Comments (6)

October 04, 2004

Four Points of John

Watching the debate last week, I was starting to get a little curious about Kerry's 'Four Point Plan' that he talked about, but didn't elaborate on. So I decided to check it out:

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:44 PM | Comments (3)

Tolerance? Part II

Can't stand the thought of someone else having an opinion different from your own? Burn a swastika:

Swastika Burned Into Grass On Bush-Cheney Supporter's Lawn

Homeowner: 'My Signs Are Going Right Back In The Yard'

MADISON, Wis. -- Madison homeowners are livid after vandals defaced their homes.

Someone burned an 8-foot-by-8-foot Nazi swastika on a home's lawn near where Bush-Cheney signs were posted. The vandals used grass killer to spray the symbol.

Several nearby homes were vandalized -- all were within a two-block radius on the West Side, near Ice Age Trail, News 3 reported.

State Republican Party officials claim it's the latest in a series of desperate acts by Democrats.

Homeowners are angry, but resolute in what they plan to do next.

"I just cannot believe that someone would take the liberty to do this," said homeowner Rob Schaeffer. "We're appalled that someone would choose to destroy our property because they don't believe in our political views. My signs are going right back in the yard. This is my property. We live here. We have rights."

Police are investigating the criminal damage and told the homeowner it will be investigated as a hate crime, which carries stiffer penalties.

You realize that if this had happened to a Kerry/Edwards supporter (and I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't), there would be people screaming repression from coast to coast.

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:01 PM | Comments (8)

You Think It's Bad HERE!?

Do you think that we currently live in a 'fascist' state where you might get in trouble for saying something off-the-cuff?

Keep your response in mind and go read what Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities has to say about Sweden - it'll make you re-think your response to the above question.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:34 AM | Comments (2)

In Need of Coffee

I heard about this on the radio this morning while driving into work and just about drove off the road:

(by way of La Shawn Barber and fellow Munuvian Michael King)

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:36 AM | Comments (6)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:36 AM | Comments (6)

Cause & Effect I

Another demonstration of 'Cause & Effect':

Businesses Protest Hometown Bush Paper

CRAWFORD, Texas — The editor of the Crawford, Texas, weekly that bills itself as President Bush's hometown newspaper says he has no regrets about endorsing John Kerry, even after a dozen businesses pulled their advertising from the publication.

"I'd do it again," Leon Smith, publisher of the Lone Star Iconoclast, told the Waco Tribune-Herald in Sunday's editions.

The Iconoclast, which endorsed Bush in 2000, said it now supports the Democrat because of disillusionment with the war and Bush's actions on Social Security, the economy and other issues. An editorial dated Sept. 29 accuses the president of having a "smoke-screened agenda" and leading the United States into a "quagmire" in Iraq on flimsy pretenses.

The newspaper, with a circulation of 425, has become scarce, and copies have shown up on the eBay online auction site.

Business leaders in Bush's adopted hometown of 705 residents about 20 miles west of Waco say they support the president and are critical of the upstart newspaper.

"I think what's his name, Leon Smith, is entitled to his own opinion," said Vicki Martin, an employee at the Coffee Station convenience store and cafe, where Bush sometimes stops during stays at his ranch. "Unfortunately, his opinion hurt a lot of feelings around here. Bush is our neighbor."

I'm not very knowledgeable about newspaper circulations, but wouldn't having several advertisers pull their ads from such a small paper really hurt?

Maybe it will - maybe it won't, but I do know that you cannot use your pride to pay your employees.....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:41 AM | Comments (9)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 06:41 AM | Comments (9)

New Global Test

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October 03, 2004

Madame Puffy Tail

Here kitty-kitty-kitty-kitty.....Almost lost one of my cats to a coyote this morning.

Normally, we don't allow the cats to venture outside in the mornings as there's a chance that they'd encounter a coyote coming up from the canyon we have behind our house.

I let the cats out around 10:00 am this morning and they did their 'normal' thing: eating grass near the patio, peaking around the corner to see what is in their territory, etc. After a few minutes, one of the cats decided to come back inside while the other one stayed on the patio.

Didn't think much of the cat outside until I hear the cat tearing around the corner and slamming into the screen door. When we heard that, we knew something had scared the cat silly.

As we opened the screen door to allow a fully-inflated/puffed up cat back inside, a freakin coyote come bounding up to the porch. It stood about four feet away staring at us as the cat tore inside the house. After about two seconds, the coyote decided that confronting two humans wasn't worth the chance of getting cat tar-tar this morning.

Katey was Madam Puffy Tail for quite a while and wasn't in the mood to be consoled about being almost eaten, so we left her alone.

What's freaky is that normally you don't see coyotes outside the canyon except at night or maybe the early morning.

They're doing some sort of construction down in the canyon - presumably to build more student housing for the University - and the coyotes (and the wabbits and other critters they eat) are getting squeezed out. I guess we'll have to keep the cats inside from now on.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:22 PM | Comments (5)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:22 PM | Comments (5)

Brussel Sprouts for Kerry

Is this the mark of a great leader?

At the Senator's Side, a 'Nag' for Good Health

"He always did eat salad, but he wouldn't cooked greens," she said. "Now he always has broccoli and loves Brussels sprouts." He also eats more salads and tomatoes, green peas, lentils, beans and other vegetables, she said.

Is Kerry gunning for the vegan vote?

Does anyone really care about inane crap like this?

Is The New York Times hard up for material?

Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:07 PM | Comments (4)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:07 PM | Comments (4)

October 02, 2004


I downloaded and installed the official version of Mozilla/Fire Fox to use instead of Internet Explorer.

So far, I like it although I have to get used to the idea of having 'tabs' instead of multiple pages open. Time will tell.

The one think I DO like is that annoying pop-ups have been killed. That's a good thing to paraphrase Martha Stewart.

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:01 PM | Comments (6)


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