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May 27, 2006

Wrong Lyrics

The other day, my wife and I were driving to pick up our daughter from school.

We pulled up to the school and the kid jumped in and we started driving to the Vons just down the street from our apartment.

While we were driving, I popped in one of my CDs (as per my mission to teach my kid 'old school' music) and we started listening to Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits.

As we were listening to one particular song, my daughter blurts out from the back seat something I thought I'd never hear associated with the Crüe; the song that was playing was Track 03 - Girls, Girls, Girls and what my daughter blurted out from the back seat should be included in one of the Mastercard commercials:

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Got Ammo?

If true, this would make the National Guard's presence at the border more significant than previously thought:

National Guard units to be armed, close to border
Chief says rules of engagement allow troops to fire weapons

The head of the U.S. National Guard surprised Border Patrol officials, declaring some of the troops he will send to assist them will work in close proximity to the border, be armed and allowed to fire their weapons if necessary.

"Any soldier assigned to a mission where he would be placed in harm or danger, where his life would be threatened potentially, will in fact be armed and will have the inherent right of self-protection," Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum told the San Antonio Express-News Thursday.

But the one question that pops into my head is whether or not they'll be issued ammunition.....

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May 26, 2006

More Fuel for the Fire

By way of Michelle Malkin comes yet another reason to change parties:


Does the Senate immigration bill essentially give Mexico veto power over our border fences? Hearing this from several readers and sources. Reader Greg writes:

Senator Cornyn gave Lou Dobbs a statement saying the last-minute Amendment SA 41[8]8 says Mexico must be consulted before any fence is constructed.
From F/R thread:
I heard this on Sean Hannity's Fox Radio broadcast a short while ago and just now on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on CNN:

Arlen Specter, according to Congressman John Kyl of Arizona, slipped a provision into the Immigration Bill the Senate passed today requiring the U.S. to consult with Mexico BEFORE building a wall in any area along the border.

I'm checking into it. If anyone has more specific info, please send along.

Update: It's Dem Sen. Chris Dodd's amendment included in Specter's manager's package that passed.

Can you believe this crap?

Excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall......

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May 25, 2006

Cause & Effect

This is a late entry.

Last weekend, I received the voter registration card I requested from the San Diego Registrar of Voters.

As I said I would do, I changed my party affiliation from 'Republican' to 'Decline to State' and mailed it.

It is done - the GOP has lost another member of their party due to....well, them all being asshatted clowns.

Will others follow my example? I dunno, but I'll bet that while others might not change their party affiliation, they'll be taking a serious look at all of the candidates in the June 2006 primary and in the General election in November.

Will mine (and others) actions make any impact on how the Republicans in Congress vote? Again, I dunno but I know that my vote will not be wasted on policial hacks that operate merely to maintain their powerbase.

This is a shot-across-the-bow of the GOP; get your ducks in a row or you'll be looking for a job soon....

ADDENDUM: I've also removed the 'Blogs for Bush' button on the left side.

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May 24, 2006

Gimme More Money - Now!

As if there wasn't enough to pay for at school:

Student Fees Key In Scholarship Gameplan

Academic Senate revamps contentious funding plan to support athletic department and scholarships.

After a year of discussion, disagreement and delay, the newest grants-in-aid proposal — which would allow UCSD to comply with NCAA athletic scholarship requirements — has been overhauled. While the initial plan would have funded the scholarships from registration fees, the Academic Senate recently endorsed a version of the proposal that would mandate an undergraduate vote on whether to pay for scholarships through a larger athletics fee next fall — a change that may have more impact than the Academic Senate has estimated.

The student-fee referendum would increase the current quarterly athletics fee of $31 per student to a level that would stabilize the department’s budget to run programs, which fell into a $300,000 debt this year.

Great.....more inane fees to pay for inane crap at UCSD.

Well, I'll at least say that the 'bright side' to this is that the students get to vote on it.

If my memory is correct, the last few attempts at raising or creating new fees have always been voted down by UCSD students. And this one will probably meet the same fate.

I've always been of the opinion that kids are going to school to learn and that sports should be left as intermural events, like two frat houses sparing off against each other in touch football. I sure as Hell don't want to pay for some jocks to be lured to school just to use it as a springboard to professional sports. I honestly do not see the advantage(s) of having college-level sports at UCSD other than there might be some alumnii that get that warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that the water polo team beat the snot out of the team from UC Davis.

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May 23, 2006

Good News Finally!!

Just got some good news this morning.

When I was in the hospital and had fully 'awoken' from the coma they put me into, I was told that I wouldn't be able to drive for at least six months.

This was some seriously crappy news to hear - especially when I was trying to get my 'ducks in a row' and get back to my life. And it has been especially hard on my wife since she is the only one who can drive in our family.

I have never had any difficulty in driving and not since I was in high school have I ever been limited in 'getting around' with the possible exception of when I was in the Navy and I was transferred here to San Diego and didn't have a car.

Anyway....since I've been feeling better and better each day since I was released from the hospital back in late February, I had been wondering if I could appeal my driving restriction with the DMV. I talked to several of my doctors and they all said if there was a form that needed to be filled out and submitted, that they'd be happy to do so since I was improving medically.

So, I called the DMV and tried to find out what was needed to get back to driving. Some lacky at the DMV said that I'd have to come down there and pick up the form.

Okay.....that I could do, at least I could get my wife to drive me down.

She went down there late last week and was told to call some company/organization called Driver Safety; she gave me the paper with their number on it this morning for one of my morning chores (every morning, I sit down and make out a list of things I need to accomplish that day).

So, I called them this morning and they were more than happy to mail me the form. The young lady I talked to asked me for my driver's license number and I gave it to her.

There was a pause on the phone while she typed it into her computer and she then said:

"There is nothing to indicate that you cannot drive right now."

"Excuse me?" I said to her.

"Michael, there is no indication that you doctor sent anything into the DMV."

I asked her "So as far as the DMV is concerned, I'm still okay to drive?"

She responded "I would say that is correct. If your doctor had sent in paperwork saying that you weren't able to drive safely, we would have sent you a letter stating that your license was suspended for such a period and we'd say exactly why and what state law was applicable."

"Well then......I guess I'll let sleeping dogs lie. I guess I won't be needing that form after all."

So the good news is that I'll be driving myself around when I need it. The down side is that my wife will have to give me back my truck and we'll have to get my old truck tuned up and get that flat front-left tire fixed.

FINALLY!! There's some good news for my family!!!

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Fans Still Remember

Offered with little comment:

Country radio nixes Dixie Chicks

NASHVILLLE, Tenn., May 22 (UPI) -- It appears the war U.S. country radio stations mounted against the politically outspoken Dixie Chicks has not abated in the least.

The band is promoting "Taking the Long Way," its first album since Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003 she was ashamed to be from the same state as U.S. President George Bush. The comment sparked a radio boycott of the group's music.

Although the album hits stores Tuesday, the first two singles from the album are not getting widespread airplay, Billboard.com reported Monday.

The first single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," only peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the second single, "Everybody Knows," is moving downward after its peak at No. 48.

WKIS FM in Miami reported it pulled "Not Ready to Make Nice" due to listener complaints after only one week.

The program director at KUBL/KKAT in Salt Lake City told Billboard he was angered by its "self-indulgent and selfish lyrics."

Neither the Chicks or their label, Columbia Records, would speak to Billboard for its article.

As I had commented in my last post concerning the Dixie Chicks, their fan-base isn't forgetting what went down in 2003. I guess the Dixie Chicks will have to crank out another album full of indignation....

UPDATE: It would appear that the lack of airplay is starting to make a dent in their resolve: their website has a page dedicated to get fans to request airplay; radio stations that would play their stuff are listed by state on the page and some include phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

I think that while the Dixie Chicks aren't 'ready to make nice', they are ready to 'hedge their bets'.....

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May 21, 2006

Family Crisis

My grandmother passed away yesterday afternoon.

She had lived to the ripe old age of 97 years.

The funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon in Virginia. I won't be able to attend for several reasons - the biggest one being that I am not cleared to travel on an airplane by my doctors.

Rest in Peace Grandma.

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Natalie Needs a Clue

You'd think that the Dixie Chicks would have learned their lesson the first and second times around:

Dixie Chick: Bush owed ‘no respect whatsoever’

NEW YORK - The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines apologized for disrespecting President Bush during a London concert in 2003. But now, she's taking it back.

"I don't feel that way anymore," she told Time magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. "I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever."

As war in Iraq loomed, Maines told the London audience: "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

The remarks led to death threats and a backlash from other country stars, including a high-profile spat with Toby Keith. It also stalled what until then had been the group's smashingly successful career.

Bandmate Emily Robinson said she knew right away the remark wouldn't be taken lightly and got "hot from my head to my toes."

"It wasn't that I didn't agree with her 100 percent; it was just, 'Oh, this is going to stir something up,'" she told Time.

I guess no one clued Natalie in on the reality of her opening her pie-hole.

I'm still predicting that the two sisters will ask Natalie Maines to leave and will assign the blame on her 140% with possible quotes like "She was a loose cannon....she didn't speak for us at all."

Just wait for it.....

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May 20, 2006

Don't Tease the Lion

Not a good time to rely upon that shatterproof glass cage to save you...

UPDATE: I guess this qualifies for Cat Blogging Friday!

UPDATE II: I had to substitute this photo because it was being hotlinked by some assknobs here.

It took me a little while to find this post - I guess I initially did it on one of those days where there wasn't much to blog about......I'd usually look through the YahooNews photos to find something usually funny like this lion snearing at the man through the window.

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May 19, 2006

Dependence on Foreign Oil Continues

Oh, by all means let's continue our additiction to foreign oil. Dipsticks.

House Votes to Keep Offshore Drilling Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite talk of an energy crisis and the need for independence from foreign oil, Congress seems to be in no mood to open more of the country's coastal waters to energy development.

The House late Thursday rejected an attempt to end the quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling that has been in effect for 85 percent of the country's coastal waters from Alaska to New England despite arguments that new supplies are needed to lower energy costs.

Well, I can some-what understand that.....fear from having oil rigs right off the coast and the constant quasi-threat of an oil spill.

But just like when a proposal to build a new refinery comes up - everyone instantly freaks out and kills the idea in true NIMBYism.

Here's hoping that should the price of oil jump suddenly and were facing $5 per gallon that these House members remember this vote and maybe also that their supporters can't fork over big donations cause they're taking out a second mortgage to fill their gas tanks.

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May 18, 2006

USS Oriskany Becomes a Reef

This is never an easy thing to watch - especially if its your ship that's being made into an artificial reef:

Aircraft Carrier Sunk in Gulf of Mexico

IN THE GULF OF MEXICO - As hundreds of veterans looked on solemnly, the Navy blew holes in a retired aircraft carrier and sent the 888-foot USS Oriskany to the bottom of the sea Wednesday, creating the world's largest manmade reef.

The rusted hulk took 37 minutes to slip beneath the waves, about 4 1/2 hours faster than predicted, after more than 500 pounds of plastic explosives went off with bright flashes of light and clouds of brown and gray smoke.

Korean and Vietnam War veterans aboard a flotilla of 300 charter boats watched from beyond a one-mile safety perimeter as the "Mighty O" went down in 212 feet of water, about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach.

Lloyd Quiter of North Collins, N.Y., who served four tours on the ship in Vietnam, played the attention-all-hands signal on his boatswain's pipe, and wept.

"I'm a little stunned. It's a little hard to take," he said.

After the blasts, an acrid smell hung in the air near the ship. The carrier went down stern first, the bow lifting up into the air and creating a giant spray of water as it came down. The blue ocean churned a foamy white as the deck — bright orange with rust — slid under. Hundreds of surrounding boats blew their horns in tribute.

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May 17, 2006

Shaking & Quaking

Should the West be 'quaking in its boots'?

Abbas warns of Palestinian anger "explosion" on aid

STRASBOURG, France, May 16 (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Tuesday of an "explosion of anger" among Palestinians if international donors did not move fast to restore aid cut off in recent weeks.

International donors including the European Union and the United States have suspended aid to the Palestinian Authority because of the Hamas-led government's failure to renounce violence and recognise Israel since coming to power in March.

The EU, the Palestinians' largest donor, has been charged with coming up with a way of restarting aid for the most urgent needs while bypassing Hamas officials. But the EU acknowledges it could take weeks to get a new aid mechanism working.

"Life will be frozen and there will be an explosion of anger and this would lead to a chaotic situation of which we cannot forsee the results," Abbas told a news conference after a speech to the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg.

What'll they do if *cough* aid isn't restored? Fire some more rockets into Israel? Send some more homicide bombers to kill innocent civilians? Burn some more flags?

Talk about a tiny kitten getting all puffed up....

UPDATE: It would seem that the Palestinians are serious in their anger. Beware the kitten with claws:

Aksa Brigades threatens US, Europe

The Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, on Monday threatened to strike at US and European interests in response to international sanctions on the Palestinian Authority.

The threat, the first of its kind, came as PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to hold talks in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin on the severe financial crisis in the PA territories. Moreover, the threat by Abbas's Fatah party came as Palestinians marked the 58th anniversary of the nakba, or catastrophe (the secular anniversary of Israel's independence).

"We won't remain idle in the face of the siege imposed on the Palestinian people by Israel, the US and other countries," said a leaflet issued by the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the Gaza Strip. "We will strike at the economic and civilian interests of these countries, here and abroad."

The leaflet added: "Let the entire world know that we won't succumb in the face of the policy of blackmail, siege and starvation. In the past we did not capitulate in the face of the policy of assassinations, detentions and air raids."

Well, I'm guessing that this means that the Palestinians are serious and that we'd better bow to the threat of homicide bombers killing innocent civilians humanitarian need and send them millions billions in *cough* humanitarian aid.

Oh please.....would someone tell the Palestinians about the dangers of huffing industrial cleaning agents?

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May 16, 2006

Hotlinking Assknobs

Rob over at Left & Right has been having trouble with assknobs stealing his bandwidth by 'hotlinking' photos from his site.

Well, Rob dealt with the problem in a manner that is fitting and I too have taken to utilizing his method.

If you're one of the assknobs from MySpace that came back wondering why those photos you've glommed onto have changed, then here's your one warning:

Take the offending HTML code off your site immediately or you'll find gay porn there.

Here's one of those asshats and the 'updated' image (about half-way down the page listed under 'Heroes'.....

Here's another assknob - and this clown cannot even insert the HTML code correctly! What a moron....

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Comprehensive? Doh!

From CNN:

President Bush's Comprehensive Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- During a prime time address from the Oval Office Monday evening, President Bush offered a series of proposals that includes measures meant to please those calling for a crack-down on illegal immigration as well as those concerned about the fate of the the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the country.

The president's initiatives include:

  • Strengthen the Border Patrol by 6,000 new officers by 2008 and deploy new technology, such as infrared cameras and unmanned aerial drones.

  • Deploy up to 6,000 National Guardsmen to the border to support the Border Patrol for up to one year. The guardsmen would be involved in gathering intelligence and building fences and patrol roads, not in the apprehension and detention of illegal immigrants.

  • End the "catch and release" policy that frees those caught illegally in the U.S. with the usually-ignored order to appear at a later date for deportation. The president said he wants to expand detention facilities to increase the numbers of detainees that can be held before being deported.

  • Creates a temporary worker program that would match willing workers with employers and require those workers to return to their home countries after a "limited period of time."

  • Create a tamper-proof identification card with biometric information, such as digital fingerprints, for legal foreign-born workers to improve employers' ability to verify a worker's legal status.

  • Launch a program that would allow illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to achieve citizenship after they pay a penalty, pay taxes, learn English and work at a job for a number of years. The president specifically rejected critics that called such a program "amnesty."
All of this amounts to a 10 lb bag of cricket crap from Dicker & Dicker of Beverely Hills.

What really boggles me about the administration's approach to dealing with border security is that it would seem that even if there were 15 people standing on the President's desk and screaming until they were blue-in-the-face and they'd still not listen.

I'm guessing that come November the American people will make their disgust known and it'll hurt the GOP. And they'll have no one to blame except themselves.

UPDATE: And of course, Mexico reacts in a spaz-like manner:

Mexico Threatens Suits Over Guard Patrols

Mexico said Tuesday that it would file lawsuits in U.S. courts if National Guard troops on the border become directly involved in detaining migrants.

Mexican border officials also said they worried that sending troops to heavily trafficked regions would push illegal migrants into more perilous areas of the U.S.-Mexican border to avoid detection.

Yes indeed - they might take some sort of action like.....nothing.

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Flag Desecration at UCSD

This letter appered in this Monday's issue of The Guardian which is UCSD's student newspaper. And it floored me:

Classroom Flag Desecration Lacks Value

Dear Editor:

On April 10, professor Richard Biernacki brought an American flag to his Sociology 20 class and desecrated it in an attempt to prove to his students that people hold profound attachments to symbols. Biernacki cut the flag up with a knife and then smeared the flag with mud. Sadly, these actions were an improvement from last year, when he disgustingly used dog excrement in place of mud.

Looking back to when I started class this year, I naively believed in the good in people and so did not fear a recurrence of this demonstration. After the discussion brought on by Biernacki’s demonstration last year, in which many of his students, often nearly silenced by tears, told Biernacki how much his experiment had hurt them, I could not believe Biernacki would have the heartlessness to cause a new batch of students such anguish. My belief in Biernacki’s natural goodness was callously disproved.

Stunningly, Biernacki had the nerve to say repeatedly that he did not intend to hurt people, and he was simply trying to prove a point. These are contradictory statements. If he destroyed the flag and no one felt pain, his point would remain unproven. If no one were offended or hurt by Biernacki’s demonstration, then the entire demonstration would be pointless. Biernacki’s intention, whether he likes to admit it or not, is to inflict pain on his students.

I stood up in class and told Biernacki to stop because I thought there was a way to make the point in a less offensive way. I was greeted with major opposition from the class. Since the majority of the class did not feel as I did, if Biernacki truly had the intention of proving a point about symbolism, he should have come up with a symbol to desecrate that would elicit a negative reaction from everyone.

During the discussion following Biernacki’s demonstration this year, one woman stated that she felt his actions were useful in that they proved the values for which the flag stands. Her point was that Biernacki, as an American, is free to do whatever he wishes to the flag. What she forgot to mention is vitally important. The rights we hold as Americans come with the responsibility to use them wisely. As has been quoted many times, “Just because you can does not mean you should.” Biernacki has the right to do whatever he wants to the flag, but that does not make whatever he does to the flag right. Similarly, Biernacki can cause his students pain and suffering, but does that mean that he should?

Though Biernacki stated that it was hard for him to do this demonstration, he does not have the attachment to the flag that he was supposedly attempting to portray. If he had that attachment, the kind that comes from spending sleepless nights worrying about a little brother fighting half a world away, or from opening the door to your house and hearing the dreaded words, “Your son died for his country,” he would not have been able to desecrate the flag. I have two people that I love in the military right now, and what Biernacki did felt like a sucker punch to the gut for me.

Biernacki has his own lesson to learn. He needs to learn compassion and empathy, and to be mature enough to take other people’s feelings into consideration when he acts. Hopefully, this letter will be more effective at teaching than he is.

— Danielle Adam

Thurgood Marshall College Junior

I hadn't heard about this professor desecrating the American flag last year nor recently until I read this letter.

I personally do not like seeing this happen and YES, I am aware that it's legal to do this childish stunt because of 'freedom of speech'. However, IMHO when someone resorts to desecrating an American flag it is only because they cannot formulate a decent argument. And like a child resorting to throwing a temper tantrum, they de-evolve into a primate-type intellect and do this.

I know that I'll never have to take a class with this Sociology clown of a professor and that's fine by me as I probably would learn nothing from sitting there watching someone who is supposedly educated act like a rogue chimpanzee screaching and flinging its poo around its cage.

And the other sad part of this is that these kids were compelled to sit there and observe it out of fear of failing the class.

Yup - nothing says teaching like a captive audience.....

Here is Biernacki's website at UCSD.

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May 14, 2006


This left me utterly speechless:

2 charged with rape of newborn

McKenzie police have charged two Carroll County parents with raping their child.

Jonathan Wayne Goodrum, 19, and Kristina Louise Sawyer, 18, are charged with raping their 1-day-old girl before she was taken home from McKenzie Regional Hospital about six weeks ago, said McKenzie Police Lt. Tim Nanney.

While both parents have been charged, Sawyer's bond was reduced because police still are investigating what role, if any, she played in the possible rape of her child, Nanney said. She was charged because "I could not exclude her from being part of it, so I had to charge her also," he said. "I could not exclude her at the time from being a participant of it."

I know they've only been indicted and they're 'innocent until proven guilty', but I am just speechless. What sort of a man would ingage in such behavior - especially with a newborn baby? And what sort of woman would condone this when her own child is involved?

I can only hope that they are both found guilty and sent to prison for life. A life sentence served while living in the general prison population would be the only fitting punishment.

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Chris Muir answers that nagging question that most of us speak: Are these people THAT stupid to believe in conspiracies!?!

Politely glommed from Chris Muir

Conspiracy? Feh!

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May 13, 2006

It's Too Hard!

Only here in California could this happen:

High School Exit Exam Tossed

A judge says the test, required for graduation for the first time this year, places an unfair burden on students in low-performing schools.

A California judge struck down the state's controversial high school exit exam Friday, potentially clearing the way for thousands of seniors who have failed the test to graduate with their class next month.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Freedman issued a preliminary injunction against the mandatory testing requirement, ruling it places an unfair burden on poor and minority students who attend low-performing schools.

"With the bold stroke of a pen, Judge Freedman has given 47,000 students an opportunity to walk the stage with their classmates and to receive their high school diplomas," attorney Arturo Gonzalez said in a statement. Gonzalez filed the challenge to the exit exam in February on behalf of a group of students and their parents.

With graduation ceremonies weeks away, the decision throws into question the fate of many of the 46,700 seniors statewide — roughly one in 10 — who have failed the two-part test. It is certain to reignite national debate over the fairness of such exams.

State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, who wrote the legislation mandating the exam in 1999, expressed deep frustration over the ruling and reiterated the state's plans for a speedy appeal.

"I am greatly disappointed in today's court decision," he said. "It's a setback for students and for hard-fought school accountability in our state…. It's a decision that should not be allowed to stand."


Now we're graduating high school seniors that cannot pass a test because of the unfair pressure it puts on them. It's too hard!! I feel repressed!

Great - now we'll have another batch of people incapable of functioning in society....and they will (of course) blame the Man for their problems.

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May 12, 2006

Cat Peer Pressure

My cat's have an evil weapon: they're cute, cuddly, and they know that I'm a sucker for that.

My cat Katey (pictured above) is currently working her magic to get nummies - 9-Lives canned cat food.

I'd give in and serve them up some, but they'll get sick, puke somewhere in the house, and I'd have to clean it up.

Doesn't the United Nations have some committee to combat this type of pressure?

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Three Ducks

For those that are curious as to how 'well' I'm doing, here is a picture of me wearing a present I got at my 'home coming party' last month.

The scar from the surgery is healing quite nicely - I'm not too self-concious about it these days - especially since the staples and sutures were removed.

The shirt I'm wearing there is my 'Three Ducks of the Apocalypse' t-shirt and it was a present from my wife & daughter.

Why ducks?

Well, it all has to do with the state of mind I was in when I first woke up from my coma while I was in the hospital....it would seem that while I was under the influence of the 'ICU Psychosis' (being severally doped up on morphine and some other 'juicy' narcotics) I reportedly claimed that I witnessed seeing a duck sitting at the nurse's station while I was talking to my wife:

Mikey and the Mrs. were talking and Mikey kept asking if she saw the duck.


"Behind that guy!"

"I don't see a duck."

"It's right there, behind the guy."

"Okay. I believe you're seeing a duck behind the guy, honey."

Some of Mikey's meds are bringing along hallucinations. That's not unusual. If he's still having them without the meds, I'll worry. Or if Mrs. Mikey starts seeing things...I'd definitely worry then!

Things are moving slowly, as expected. He's still in the ICU and it's a good place for him to be. The bone flap, the lines, the fact that he has a long way to go - I can't imagine a better place for him to receive care. The next stop would likely be a step down unit. He'd continue to receive close monitoring, but not be stuck in ICU.

22 days of unconsciousness. Brain surgery. Machines breathing for you. You don't just jump right out of bed after that.

But he's back.

And it's duck season.

The 'coming home' party that was thrown in my honor apparently was secretly themed after ducks - almost all of the presents I received were duck related....including this t-shirt. (I'm glad I didn't report seeing squids or Jack the Ripper there....)

I came up with the name 'Three Ducks of the Apocalypse' when I told my daughter they were initially named 'Quack, quack, and QUACK!!'

I'll try to get some photos of the other ducks and post them soon....

UPDATE: Here's a closer look at the 'Three Ducks of the Apocalypse'.

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May 11, 2006

It's About Time!

It's about time!!

Immigration crackdown intensifies

Valley law enforcement agencies are ramping up efforts to combat illegal immigration, but they are using the state's anti-human-smuggling statute to tackle the problem from two different directions.

On the one hand, a multi-agency financial crimes task force has been using surveillance and undercover operations for the past two months to target smugglers and cripple them financially.

On the other hand, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has mobilized a posse to seek out and arrest undocumented immigrants for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the United States.

The efforts come on the heels of an anti-human-smuggling statute that took effect in Arizona in August and gave prosecutors a tool to go after "coyotes," or smugglers, who traffic in undocumented immigrants. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office later issued an opinion saying undocumented immigrants suspected of paying coyotes could be prosecuted as conspirators.

Both approaches initially appear to be having an impact.

On Wednesday, task force officials from Phoenix police, the state Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Attorney General's Office announced their investigation into human-smuggling operations and money laundering has netted 62 arrests, along with weapons, cars and cash.

You can expect the shrill screams of 'RACISM!!' to start coming from illegal alien supporters anytime soon.

And as a side note, because of this crap not being addressed and because of those schmucks in DHS allowing the location(s) of Minutemen border watching parties to be sent to Mexican authorities, I've contacted the San Diego Voter Registration department to request a voter registration card to be sent to my house - I'm re-registering my party affiliation. It's going from Republican Party to Independent.

And that's just for a start.

Mr. President and members of Congress? Get your sh!t wired - NOW - or you're going to see a lot of pissed off people like me really thinking hard come this June for the primary and for the general election in November.....get my drift?

Michelle Malkin has a great piece on this over at her site. Check it out.

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May 10, 2006

High Speed At Last!

I finally got high speed Internet into the house!

With a little finacial help from a family member, I obtained two USB wireless adapters (for the two desktop computers) and with the wireless router donated to me by someone who shall remain anonymous (unless they say otherwise). With these materials gathered in one place and after the Time Warner technician finished installing the cable-modem, I was able to get a wireless network established in less than 15 minutes.

Both of the desktops connected with no problems - getting my notebook connected was another matter.

After farting around for a while last night and this morning, I finally realized by mistake: I was trying to log onto the network using my router password instead of the 10-digit hexidecimal WEP code; once I plugged in the correct code, I was connected.

I do have to admit that this endevour was almost like the 'old days' when I would try to upgrade my POS 386 computer and would spend weeks trying to get all of the hardware to cooperate together - no IRC conflicts.

From now on, no more 'dial-up'!!

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May 06, 2006

Operation THANK YOU Continues

It's a new month and once again, it's time to counter those misled 'grrrls' of CodePink:

San Diego Protest Warriors invite you to join us this Sunday, May 7th to say 'Thank You!' to our troops.

WHAT: Operation 'Thank You' in Balboa Park.

WHERE: At the corner of Park Blvd. and President's Way (right across from the old Balboa Naval Hospital).

WHEN: Sunday, May 7th, beginning at 11:30am.

WHY: To show San Diego's military community that the shrill screams from CodePink aren't the only voices in town to be heard.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring your family and friends, American flags, and signs that basically say "Thank you!".

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Don't bring any political signs, banners, or anything non-related; our aim is simply to show support for America's military - nothing else.

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May 05, 2006

"Death to America! Now Give Us More Money!!"

Charles at Little Green Footballs nails down this title perfectly:

Nice Nazi salute you got going on there, Ahmed.

Hamas supporters burn the US and British flags during a demonstration in Gaza City. Thousands of Palestinians have demanded death to the United States and rallied behind their Hamas-led government, severely squeezed by a Western boycott, aid cuts and aserious fiscal crisis. (AFP/Samuel Aranda)

Yes indeed - let's help out the Palestinians, especially since they're such a peaceful group to practically all people.

And we must remember the sincere out-pouring of sympathy they showed the world even before the first tower of the WTC fell....

I've said it before and I'll say it here again: no one will take the Palestinians seriously until they stop acting like freaking animals and put they're foot up someone's ass - specificaly, the person/persons responsbile for all of those rocket attacks and the ever-humane homicide bombings.

If you clowns want to be treated nicely and given aid, you'd better stop huffing industrial cleaning agents and get your sh!t wired.

IMHO, until that happens, the Palestinian *cough* Authority can just have another hearty helping of 'F*ck You Stew'.

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May 01, 2006

Monday's Whinefest


May 1 immigrant boycott aims to "close" US cities

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pro-immigration activists say a national boycott and marches planned for May 1 will flood America's streets with millions of Latinos to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and shake the ground under Congress as it debates reform.

Such a massive turnout could make for the largest protests since the civil rights era of the 1960s, though not all Latinos were comfortable with such militancy, fearing a backlash in Middle America.

"There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles alone. We're going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno," said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official who helped organize earlier rallies credited with rattling Congress as it weighs the issue.

I've been wondering about this ever since it was announce last month.....mainly wondering if it will have any significant impact on the country.

Maybe it will and maybe not. I personally will endevour to spend more money on that day.

I'm thinking that it'll turn out to be a big bust and that the organizers will spin it saying that they didn't want to really "hurt" the nation....and that's why it didn't have a impact. Sort of like a cat running into a plate glass patio door and getting that look on it's face that says ....I meant to do that....

Of course, there will be the shrill screams of 'racism' when those that decided to participate in the 'brown out' return to work and find that they've been fired.

And for those that find themselves in this position, I have this to say: you brought it upon yourselves.

And here's the irony of ironies: some of them will find that they were replaced by an illegal that would do the same job for less money....


Nationwide Immigrant Rallies Under Way

Jose Cruz, 23, from El Salvador, said he took off the day from his construction job to attend the rally.

"If I lose my job, it's worth it," said Cruz, who has a temporary work permit that is granted to many Central Americans. "It's worth losing several jobs to get my papers."

I hope Jose remembers this when he's digging under the sofa cusions for loose change to get gas....

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