February 12, 2010

Still Here!!

Just a quick post to let anyone still reading my blog that I'm still alive....just a little lazy in posting.

Believe me, there's a TON of stuff I'm reading about and pissed off over - I just haven't have the....initiative to post about. Long story short: President Obama -- he's totally fucked.

More later.

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October 23, 2009

Creaping Time

Just wanted to post something...anything today since I'm in a particularly good mood.


Today's my birthday and I got something that I didn't think I'd get: an iPod. It's a Nano I think and it's got 16GB of space on it; it's supposed to hold something like 4,000 songs on it. Wow!!

My wife surprised me with it today after dialysis. It's still charging up through the computer I'm working on right now. I'll start ripping some of my CD's onto the PC tomorrow and figuring out how to get them over to the iPod.

And the noteworthy part of this is that the whole family have their own iPods - mini-Mikey (my daughter) has a Nano from her 14th birthday, my wife has an iPod Shuffle she won at work last year in an office contest, and now I have one too. What's remarkable about this is that all of us now have 'modern technology' for our music needs; it was only three years ago that we decided to get with it and start buying CDs instead of cassettes.

It's nice to have something cool to offset the creaping aspect of old age.....

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October 03, 2009

Don't Touch That Dial!

Hey!! Don't touch that dial!

(For those of you on the 'young' side: don't touch that digital remote control!!)

Still getting settled in here at Casa del Mad Mikey. Our biggest concern is finding place(s) for our stuff that would normally go on bookshelves; we're going to go for 'nice' shelfing and we're taking our time in selecting the right stuff. No cinderblocks and boards here.

As for this blog....well, it's still here. I've be having trouble with the archives and just haven't devoted enough time to rectifiying the problem(s).

In politics: President Obama......geez, what can you say about a man that's not batting very well since he's been in office. Seems to be the same crap: campaign speeches that promise everything and then turning around to see that his *cough* administration is falling apart like a sand castle at high tide. More on that later if I have the patience to look into it more closely.

Until then, I leave you with this: write a song or poem about Mad Mikey and how I've improved your live(s) by your reading my blog. (500 words or less)

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June 13, 2009

The Real Cause of Global Warming

Happy kitties cause Global Warming.

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March 27, 2009

Celebrate Human Achievement Hour

I just spotted this over at Michelle Malkin's site.

Human Achievement Hour

This weekend, enviro-zealots will celebrate “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights. They’ve pulled this stunt for a few years now. But this time, they’ve added a new twist: “This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming. For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.”

How about voting for human achievement? Michelle Minton at the Competitive Enterprise Institute has a good proposal:

This week CEI announced the creation of Human Achievement Hour (HAH) to be celebrated at 8:30pm on March 28th 2009 (the same time and date of Earth Hour).

Our press release described ways people might celebrate the achievements of humanity such as eating diner, seeing a film, driving around, keeping the heat on in your home—all things that Earth Hour celebrators, presumably, should be refraining from. In the cheekiest manner, we claimed that anyone not foregoing the use of electricity in that hour is, by default, celebrating the achievements of human beings. Needless to say, the enviros in the blogosphere didn’t take to kindly to our announcement.

Matthew Wheeland, an environmental journalist called the holiday “mind-blowingly strange” and pondered if Earth hour folks are including in their numbers people in countries that don’t have enough electricity to make the choice to turn out their lights. Of course, they don’t have the choice to acquire electricity whereas anyone can choose to stop using human technology if they wish…

…Green and private conservation are fine. We have no problem with an individual (or group) that wants to sit naked in the dark without heat, clothing, or light. Additionally, we’d have no problem with the group holding a pro-green technology rally. That’s their choice. But when this group stages a “global election” with the express purpose of influencing “government policies to take action against global warming,” we have every right as individuals to express our vote for the opposite

If our Human Achievement Hour is at all a dig against Earth Hour, it is so only by the fact that we are pointing out what Earth Hour truly is about: it isn’t pro-earth, it is anti-man and anti-innovation. So, on March 28th I plan to continue “voting” for humanity by enjoying the fruits of man’s mind.

So....tomorrow evening at the appointed time, celebrate humanity's achievement in not living in a cold, dark cave and use technology as it was intended to be used.

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August 13, 2008

Blogging, BP, and Paine

I got a call from a friend today. He was calling to see if I was in the hospital again because of the severe lack of blogging.

Sorry about that Bob! Just haven't been 'in the mood' to blog - I'm still battling with my blood pressure and it's tendency to spike high enough to where my wife takes me to the ER. So far.....it's okay. I just have to watch it like a hawk.

In the meantime, here's something that Bob passed along to me that....well, it says a lot about what's happening to American culture and the American nation.

Give it a watch.

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June 28, 2008

Lagging Today

Haven't been feeling well enough to blog about anything in particular lately....

The one thing that I can blog about for the moment is that the family just got back from spending a few days up in Los Angeles with some really good friends from Ohio. They flew in and we caravaned up to LA and went to Knott's Berry Farm and had a really good time. The best part of the trip was seeing my best friend Bob and his family.

Currently, I'm trying to get over a nasty head cold that's got one of my ears clogged up - as a result, I tend to walk in circles. Once I'm feeling better I'll try to get back to blogging about some of the inane crap happening around the world and especially in Washington.

Until then - keep a sense of humor about yourself and don't contribute to the stupid sh!t happening in the world today.

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March 27, 2008

Flat Al

The corpse that's still twitching is now talking in absolutes:

Gore's Message To Climate Change Skeptics

(CBS) Self-avowed "P.R. agent for the planet" Al Gore says those who still doubt that global warming is caused by man - among them, Vice President Dick Cheney - are acting like the fringe groups who think the 1969 moon landing never really happened, or who once believed the world is flat.

The former vice president and former presidential candidate talks to 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl in an interview to be broadcast this Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Confronted by Stahl with the fact some prominent people, including the nation’s vice president, are not convinced that global warming is man-made, Gore responds: "You're talking about Dick Cheney. I think that those people are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view, they’re almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the world is flat,” says Gore. "That demeans them a little bit, but it's not that far off," he tells Stahl.

Wasn't it some left-wing ding-a-ling that vowed something along the lines of addressing matters in either black or white is stupid and a red flag that a Republican was thinking? While I won't swear that it came from some ass-hatted clown who's left-of-center, it sticks in my memory like that because I remember shaking my head when I heard/read it.

Anyway - would you consider Al Gore serious if HE was found to be a fraud (like the faked 1969 moon landing) or for that matter...flat?

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February 21, 2008

Mental Disorder?

This gave me a serious chuckle.

Read & enjoy!

(and you know that there is some truth to this....)

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February 12, 2008

Season Two at Last!

For those that are interested - we've been waiting for several months (more than I can quite remember) and the wait is almost over.

For what?

The premiere of the second (and hopefully additional) season of Jericho.

It premieres here in San Diego at 10:00pm; actually, I think it's the same time on the west coast.

If it's your cup of tea, tune in to CBS at 10pm, get some popcorn, and settle in for a good show.

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January 18, 2008

It's Friday!

(via PDA)

Sitting in a coffee shop near the house that has free Wi-Fi and thought I'd post something. The trouble is that there isn't much to post about 'quickly'.

However, there is something that most would agree upon: it's Friday!!

I hope yawl have a great weekend...the Girl Scouts kick off their annual GS Cookie sales on Saturday, so I'll be helping the munchkin.

(SAN DIEGO READERS: If you'd like to order any, call me!!)

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January 04, 2008

2008 Beginnings

Howdy all - just thought I'd post something quick since I have access to a computer tonight.

We survived the holidays and are starting to get 'acclimated' to the new year. We've taken down the Christmas tree (and took it to get mulched) and have practically all of the Christmas decorations taken down & boxed.

Tomorrow I'll be setting up my work table and resuming my work on models.

The kid is enjoying her time off from school and interestingly enough - she's looking forward to returning to school next week so she can see her friends.

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December 27, 2007


Nothing much happening these days - the daughter is home for 'Christmas Break' from school...trying to find the right day to severally sleep in past noon to properly recover from Christmas....cleaning the house. Like I said - not much 'happening'.

I did, however, have lunch today with some friends. We met at the Island's Resturant down in Mission Valley - included were Da Goddess, Citizen Smash(*_*), and Gracie from Protest Warrior; it was like a planning meeting for San Diego Protest Warrior. Also in attendance were my daughter (Mini Mikey) and DG's Little Dude. Good food, lots of laughs, and sincere statements made about not waiting for another six months to do this again.

Quite possibly this weekend, my kid & I might try to go explore the USS Midway Museum while we've got the time. Of course, this will be the first time the kid gets to see an aircraft carrier up-close....I've got more than enough time in close proximity to a carrier - this will be a 'pleasure' to visit the Midway since I know I'll be disembarking a few hours later.

Long-range plans for the month: getting my 'work table' set up again to continue working on my models.

*_* - Citizen Smash is currently in the Blogger Protection Program and while we know he's still alive & kicking, he is constantly on the move every second of the day and probably has more Frequent Flyer Miles than the entire human race collectively.

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December 03, 2007

You've Got to be Joking

Whenever my wife and I are watching television, I'll sometimes point to the TV if there's an aircraft on the screen and remind her that I can fly one of those; it's an inside joke from when I worked on flight simulators - when nothing was broke and I had time on my hands, I'd 'play around' with the simulator....I got pretty good at landing an S-3A Viking on a carrier flight deck.

And of course, she knows that I'm joking around.

However, here is an asshat that went a little too far.

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November 14, 2007


.....I haven't posted much of anything lately.

Huh.....I guess I better get off my ass and do something about it. And that will most likely be tomorrow as I've got a whopper of a headache right now.

UPDATE: Well, it's about two minutes after I initially posted and there's still nothing happening right now.

Except the headache.

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October 23, 2007

A Turning Point Today

While today will be yet another ho-hum day for most people, it's significant to me.

Today, I turned 40.

Crap.....freakin 40. Forty!!! OMG!

My insurance rates are cheaper now.

UPDATE: One of the gifts that my wife and daughter got for me is something that I honestly have been wanting to get since around 1982: all three seasons of the original Star Trek series!!


[/severe geek]

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October 12, 2007

Gore Wins a Nobel

Some mornings when I first wake up and get out of bed I'm able to get it together and some mornings I can't.

When I first heard this on Good Morning America this morning....well, I thought maybe I should really go back to bed cause I couldn't believe this when I heard it. And when I got done with dialysis this morning and heard it again on the radio....I knew it wasn't an extended nightmare:

Gore and U.N. Panel Win Peace Prize for Climate Work

OSLO, Oct. 12 — Former Vice President Al Gore, who emerged from his loss in the muddled 2000 presidential election to devote himself to his passion as an environmental crusader, was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations network of scientists.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised both “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.”

The prize is a vindication for Mr. Gore, whose cautionary film about the consequences of climate change, “An Inconvenient Truth,” won the 2007 Academy Award for best documentary, even as conservatives in the United States denounced it as alarmist and exaggerated.

“I will accept this award on behalf of all the people that have been working so long and so hard to try to get the message out about this planetary emergency,” Mr. Gore said Friday in Palo Alto, Calif., standing with his wife, Tipper, and four members of the United Nations climate panel. “I’m going back to work right now,” he said.

Gore 'winning' the Nobel Prize cheapens it for those that win it for serious issues.

Oh....and what do you bet that he'll be flying that Gulfstream jet and burning lots of JP5 to accept the award?

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October 06, 2007

Slackin Lately

If anyone has tried to e-mail me lately (at the madmikey address) and hasn't gotten a reply, it's because I've been slacking lately.

Hey....everyone has those periods of time where they basically blow off everything and it's more-or-less that time for me.

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August 28, 2007

Like I Care About This Crap

Because I know that a certain Nunya will whine like a 12-year old girl if I don't 'say something' about this:

Senator Larry Craig: 'I am Not Gay'

WASHINGTON — Denying that he did anything wrong and stating emphatically that "I am not gay," Sen. Larry Craig asked the people of Idaho on Tuesday to forgive him for being arrested two months ago in a police sting in a men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Craig, who was taken into custody on June 11 by a plainclothes officer investigating reports of lewd conduct in the restroom, said he pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in an effort to suppress a story — pursued by his home-state newspaper — that he has secretly engaged in gay trysts.

Craig said the story has been following him for nearly a year.

"For eight months leading up to June 11th my family and I had been relentlessly and viciously harassed by the Idaho Statesman. If you saw the article today, you know why. Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay," Craig said in a news conference in his hometown of Boise.

Oh my....what ever will the Republican Party do now? For shame on him....for shame!!

[/complete sarcasm][/truth][/concern]

Okay, that should satisfy the whiny demographic of my readers.....

ADDENDUM - Well, although I haven't been paying too much attention to how this has been playing out in the media it would seem that there's a lot of huff-N-puff happening about how Senator Craig should immediately resign because of the hypocrisy factor.

On one hand, those that are pushing for resignation due to Craig's stands on gay marriage and such have a point IMHO; for those that have read my stuff for the last few years know how I feel about hypocrisy. For those that haven't been reading my stuff for the last few years - get with the program and start reading ALL of the archived stuff.

On the other hand some of the finer points of the arrest, charges filed, charges dropped, and the final guilty plea should be considered. Like I said, I haven't been following this because....well, I really don't give a crap either way, but it apparently has been the hot-button topic on several talk radio shows.

I'll wrap up this addendum with what I initially thought when I heard about it on the Mark Levin Show while I was driving home from Vons about 20 minutes ago: if this U.S. Senator had been a Democrat or maybe even from the state of Massachusetts, how loudly would the drum beating be about

So....looking at what I've banged out on the computer keyboard just now, consider the what if aspect of this if instead of Senator Craig being busted for possible bathroom hanky-panky, it was Congressman Bob Filner and what happened to him when he got busted for hassling some airport security screening personnel.

For those that are not part of the Barking Moonbat Brigade, you know what the ramifications would be if the subject of this 'scandal' had a 'D' next to their name......

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August 25, 2007

Death? What a Shame...

John Couey Sentenced To Death For Lunsford Murder

A convicted sex offender was sentenced Friday to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, raping her and then burying her alive in his yard.

John Evander Couey looked straight ahead as Circuit Judge Ric Howard told him he should be executed for the 2005 crimes that led to new laws in many states cracking down on convicted sex offenders.

Sheriff's deputies hustled the handcuffed inmate out of the crowded courtroom.

The girl's father, Mark Lunsford, teared up as he listened to the judge read a detailed history of the case for nearly an hour. He hugged relatives after the sentence was read.

The jury that convicted Couey in March recommended 10-2 that he die for his crimes, but the decision was left to Howard.

And now the prosecutor's office should go after Couey's relatives that covered for his sorry ass - you know, the one's that knew what he had done and got him a bus ticket to leave town. At minimum, they should have to pull the switch on Couey and then be put to death themselves for abetting his sorry ass by having angry badger's jammed up their asses.

All joking aside, there are many ways in which to 'get the message' out to anyone considering abducting a child and most of them should involve public displays of violent deaths on the part of pedophiles. Maybe it should be on Pay-per-View, with the proceeds going to a victims fund.

In my mind, Hell has a special place dedicated all to child molesters and pedophiles like Couey....one that exceeds even the most twisted stuff that Quentin Tarantino could possible imagine.....and people like Couey will rot in the depths of such a place for eternity....

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August 10, 2007

VRWC Idea Stolen

Here's something for those sad, demented folks who were convinced that the FBI would be using library records to track what you're reading and were foaming-at-the-mouth about the *cough* 'invasion of privacy':

Not So Fast: E-Z Pass Data Used To Catch Cheaters

Divorce Lawyers Find Toll Records, Prove Spouses Lied About Whereabouts

TRENTON, N.J. There's some potentially troubling and telling news for all you motorists out there who may be taking the Turnpike for the worst crime in marriage: cheating on your significant other.

E-ZPass and other electronic toll collection systems are emerging as a powerful means of proving infidelity. That's because when your spouse doesn't know where you've been, E-ZPass does.

"E-ZPass is an E-ZPass to go directly to divorce court, because it's an easy way to show you took the off-ramp to adultery," said Jacalyn Barnett, a New York divorce lawyer who has used E-ZPass records a few times.

Lynne Gold-Bikin, a Pennsylvania divorce lawyer, said E-ZPass helped prove a client's husband was being unfaithful: "He claimed he was in a business meeting in Pennsylvania. And I had records to show he went to New Jersey that night."

Okay, so instead of the evil big-bad-Bush-cronies using simple tracking information to get you, we're now seeing it utilized by a segment of the population that's slightly higher up on the food chain when compared to anyone who....oh, I don't know.....supported John Kerry back in 2004: divorce lawyers.

Yup, you got it - slimy divorce lawyers are using a play from the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to get you when you least expect it.

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July 24, 2007

In Trouble Again

Dang...I hate it when this happens - especially when I've just gotten out of rehab:

Lohan Hit With Drug and Alcohol Arrest

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - The troubled saga of Lindsay Lohan took another turn early Tuesday when police booked her for investigation of drunken driving and cocaine possession after a frightened woman dialed 911 to report being chased by Lohan's SUV.

Less than two weeks out of rehab, with another drunken-driving case pending, Lohan had a blood-alcohol level of between 0.12 and 0.13 percent when police found her about 1:30 a.m., Sgt. Shane Talbot said.

Lohan attorney Blair Berk said her client had relapsed and was again receiving medical care.

"Addiction is a terrible and vicious disease," Berk said Tuesday.

What is it with today's movie stars/public figures?? Addiction of not, this isn't the way to go about using the money you've earned from being a movie star.

Somebody should leave a little note on her pillow (like when you find a little chocolate on your pillow in the hotel) that says 'Lindsay - there a BIG sale on clues on Rodeo Drive....'

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July 05, 2007

Bad News

...the bad news is that I broke my glasses the other day while cleaning them off; broke them right at the section where the frame holding the right-eye lens meets the nose piece. And it really, really sucks walking around the house squinting at everything.

The good news....is that my wife reminded me that I have not one, but TWO sets of contacts that I got a few years ago and stopped wearing because of minor eye infections. So now after I got them out and cleaned them thoroughly, I have better vision then when I was wearing glasses - especially my peripheral vision. The only downside is that I have to 'plug in' my contacts in the mornings when I first wake up if I want to see everything.

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June 29, 2007

Son of News You Can Use

That's right - it's back! The news repeated ad nauseum, but with a refreshing twist of lemon/lime.

News You Can Use Son of News You Can Use:

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June 06, 2007

D-Day: Crisis On Omaha

Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the invasion of Europe - D-Day, June 6, 1944.

For months and years everyone knew that it would happen sooner or later. Even the Germans knew that it would be coming around the corner and probably the only person on their side that wasn't aware of the significance of it was Hitler himself.

Everyone with a pulse on the planet knew that the invasion would eventually happen and that it would be a long, hard day - for everyone involved.

But I've always wondered just how F-ed up it would be if reported by today's MSM. And here's my (and your) chance to take a sneak-peek into this 'alternate universe'....

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May 25, 2007

Irrational Fears

I was skimming over some blogs this evening and I found this photo over at LGF. And it sent a shiver down my spine.


Well.....call it a completely irrational fear, but I've had nightmares about being eaten by....dinosaurs. Ever since I was a kid, it's been what I'd deem a 'crappiest way to die' scenario. The ironic thing is that I totally enjoyed all three of the 'Jurassic Park' movies.

Like I said - it's totally irrational, especially since the chances of my encountering a dinosaur in my lifetime are astronomical at best.

Now if you factor in the possibility of time travel......well, I digress.

So why would this photo spook me? Well, to be honest I have never ever seen a wild hog/boar this big; this sucker could easily eat a grown human and quickly.

So, now I have to strike 'wandering in the woods of Georgia' off my Things to Do in Life list.

UPDATE: Well, there was some controversy as to whether or not the photo was staged and/or faked. It turns out that this wasn't a fake photo, but the pig wasn't wild either - it was someone's pet pig that escaped a few days earlier.

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May 22, 2007

Another Earworm

Another entry in the logbook of earworms (a song that keeps creeping into your head throughout the day): 'Something About You' from Level 42.


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May 16, 2007

And They Wonder...

....why we think they'll be the undoing of Western civilization?

Oh, I don't know.....maybe it how they react to someone dying?

Good God.....can you imagine the shear volume of foaming-from-the-mouth that would inundate the world if people cracked jokes about George Soros choking to death on a chicken wing? Or how about if SWWNBN was hit by a satellite falling out of orbit? (reference to 'Northern Exposure' and one of Maggie's boyfriends). Or what if Michael J. Fox died tragically in a Jenga accident?

Seriously - there would probably be people immolating themselves over such offenses.

Yeah, Reverend Falwell did make some.....unwise comments in his time but to be celebrating his death?

To me, that's pretty F'ed up.....and they wonder why some people giggle while watching leftists getting their heads THONKED by the police at protests.....

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May 10, 2007

Shoot Me Now

I was going to start this post with the opening sentence beginning with:

Have you ever had one of those days where you're certain that someone or something is out to get you?

but after typing it out and looking at it, I realized that unless you haven't had one of those days then you're obviously living in a bubble.

Well.....today wasn't exactly one of those days that qualifies the usage of quotation marks, but it wasn't one of my nicer days either.

It started this morning when I was trying to get my daughter out of bed and ready for school. Typically, the only two known things that suceed in this endevour where I normally fail is my wife or the suitable application of high explosives.

Once my daughter was out of bed and starting her morning routine, every time that I'd speak to her she'd.....not quite bark at me, but her tone of voice was starting to make me feel like an idiot. Normally my daughter isn't cruel, mean, or harsh, but I just seemed to be getting the wrong tone from her. Well, I decided to minimize my talking to her just to avoid making a weird situation worse.

The rest of the day sort of went like that: not mean, cruel, harsh, but it seemed like everything that could irritate me actually did. And most of this 'action' was while I was at school.

Here's a typical example:

If you're walking along a sidewalk and come to an intersection (where you have to get to some destination across the street), what would you or any other typical person do:

  1. Stop, look both ways, and then cross the street, or
  2. keep walking without breaking your stride straight out into the street since you're obviously the most-important-person-on-planet-Earth and cannot be bothered to concern yourself for your own safety?
Well, it would seem that most of the students that I encountered at UCSD today were opting for the second choice.

Seriously - practically every person that was walking near me as I was driving around the campus was just flat-out walking out into the street and not looking around. Or even worse: they were looking for oncoming traffic, see me coming along and still proceed to walk out into the street. This happened so many times that I lost count.

And honestly.....there were a few times that I almost didn't stop since I'd be doing the world a favor my taking them out of the gene pool.

But I didn't; if they were in a crosswalk that was marked on the street, then I'd be charged with murder or manslaughter since they were 'legal'. Besides, I'd also have to get out and clean the splatter off the hood of my truck.

Today was a slightly varied version of those days where I know for a fact that all of the stupid people in San Diego are coordinating with each other to purposefully impede me as I attempt to go about my business.

Ugh....just shoot me now.

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May 08, 2007

Please Don't Make Me Pay

This is probably complete crap, but if it's legitimate.....she's got some balls:

Paris pleads to avoid jail

PARIS Hilton has urged fans to sign a petition to keep her out of jail because she "provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives".

The 26-year-old was ordered by a Los Angeles judge on Friday to report to a county jail by June 5 to serve a 45-day sentence for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

Hilton's plea, on her MySpace website, came as her lawyers filed a notice with the court indicating their intent to appeal.

The hotel heiress urged fans to join her in a desperate plea to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to keep her out of jail.

She wrote on her blog: "My friend Joshua started this petition, please help and sihn (sic) it. i LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!"

The petition reads: "Paris Whitney Hilton is an American celebrity and socialite. She is an heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, as well as to the real estate fortune of her father Richard Hilton. She provides hope for young people all over the US and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives."

"We, the American public who support Paris, are shocked, dismayed and appalled by how Paris has been the person to be used as an example that Drunk Driving is wrong...

"This petition is to ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon Paris Hilton for her mistake. Please allow her to her return to her career and life."

Besides the spectacular grammar, I.....well, I don't really know what to make of this. If by chance it's real, then Ms. Hilton has got some balls.

Normally, I don't really get into celeb-crap, but here's a spot of advice for the heiress: do the time and stop getting hammered. You've got enought money to hire someone full time to drive you around.

And for those of you that are really, really, ridiculously interested, the petition can be found here.

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May 05, 2007

Coming Up Fast

Today, May 5th is La Shawn Barber's 40th birthday.

Happy B-Day La Shawn!!

And don't worry about breaching the 4-0 mark - I'm coming up on that fast.

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April 28, 2007

'Jerico' on CBS

What is it about disaster stories/films that makes them popular? Ever since I read Stephen King's The Stand back in high school, I seem to be drawn to apocalyptic in nature. Maybe I should use the word 'apocalyptic' since that would indicate a religious undertone.

I sometimes wonder if somewhere in my psyche is a small desire to see most of the world's population wiped out. And I must say now NO, I don't secretly desire that. Not by a long shot.

The reason that I'm blogging about this is my recent introduction to the television series called ''Jerico'. Given that we no longer have 135 cable channels (all featuring crap) available to us, we have a whopping two channels - Channel 8 (CBS) and Channel 10 (ABC). When I first heard of 'Jerico' coming out on CBS, I had intended to start watching it but got sidetracked by school work. It wasn't until about three weeks ago that I discovered that all of the episodes were featured on their website and I could watch them all; the only downside was that I had to do it up at school since we also do not have internet at the house.

I find the series 'Jerico' interesting because of the strategic story about terrorists detonating small nuclear warheads (20-kT) in something like 22 American cities and what happens to the country overall and the more specific drama storylines of the people in the small town of Jerico and how they deal with what's happening in the country and how it impacts their little town.

From what I understand, there are approximately two or three more 'new' episodes appearing in the next few weeks and then the series will go into hiatus; after that, the series will probably repeat during the hiatus.

If you get a chance, give a look and see what you think about it. If you're not inclined to watch all of the episodes to try and understand what's happening, then go to the CBS website link up above - there's a metric ton of information about the plot, characters, etc.

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April 24, 2007

Full Dose

I heard about this a few days ago on the radio and thought it was a joke:

Saving the Earth: The Biodiesel Bus Blog

I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.

Sheryl.....you have to keep taking all of the medication sweetie.

Yeah....I could see this suggestion working for women when they conduct number one sitting on the pot. But what about those days when those bean & cheese burritos aren't working well with your intestinal tract?

OMG....this woman needs a serious dose of reality injected into her life.

UPDATE: Never thought I say this, but I have to agree with Rosie on her comment about this.....

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February 08, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith Dead

Anna Nicole Smith dies at 39

MIAMI (Reuters) - Former Playboy Playmate and billionaire's widow Anna Nicole Smith has died at the age of 39 after apparently collapsing in a Florida hotel room, her lawyer said on Thursday.

"I can confirm that she is deceased. It's as shocking to me as to you guys," Smith's attorney, Ronald Rale, told Reuters. "I don't know anything further. (Her lawyer and husband) Howard (K. Stern) obviously is speechless and grieving.

Smith was found in her hotel room and given CPR by Seminole tribal fire rescue and Hollywood fire rescue workers, said Michael Bloom, president of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Smith's nurse called hotel workers at the hotel at 1:38 p.m. and security went to the hotel room, hotel officials said. Fire rescue workers from both the Seminole Indian tribe and from Hollywood arrived minutes later and Smith was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood at 2:10 p.m.

As screwed up/goofy her life was, it's a shame it was cut short.

Rest in Peace Anna.

SIDENOTE: I'm up here at UCSD with my daughter so that she can use the Internet here to do research on a science homework project; she has to look up stuff about influenza.

She finished it quite quickly and is now busy playing the on-line version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'....and she's kicking butt doing it.

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January 28, 2007

Ear Worm

Ever have a song from the past that you cannot get out of your head?

Here's mine for today.

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January 26, 2007

Patriotic Terrorism

I never - ever - thought I'd say this, but head over to The Huffington Post and check out Greg Gutfeld (whoever he might be) and the newest phrase to hit the 'blogsphere': patriotic terrorists.

Of course, "dissent is patriotic," and the left is only critical of America because it simply loves our country much more than I do.

That's why calling them terrorists would be intolerant and pretty shameful.

But what about "patriotic terrorists?"

That's kinda neat.

Never in my life would I have thought that I'd be linking to something from HuffPo that I liked.

(Hat tip to Charles at LGF for pointing me towards this gem)

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January 13, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy

Still here - just been busy adapting to my new schedule for school/life.

The sunshine of my life - my daughter - is off to a Girl Scout camping event this weekend (leaving now as I type this) and that leaves me and the Mrs. at homek alone.

Alone? you say? Well, the typical assumption that goes through most people's minds is promptly gone out the window in our case.


Well, I've got my first Neural Networks homework assignment to tackle this weekend and my wife has to study for a "series 6 & 63 securities" exam that will enable her to sell securities here in California. So while we're both agonizing over studying, we'll be fondly looking at each other from across the dining room table....

For the moment, I'm up here at school to take care of a few errands - mostly downloading the data files for my first NN homework assignment since I have no Internet at the house.

More later if there's anything 'exciting'.....

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January 06, 2007

New Goals for the Year

Okay, this is late.....being without Internet access at home just plain blows.

New Year's Eve was spent at a friend's house with my family. I actually had two Mike's Hard Lemonades and after that the Percocet kicked in and I worked at staying awake for the rest of the evening.

Yeah, yeah - I know: booze and narcotics don't mix!!

For this year, I didn't make any specific "New Year's Resolutions" as they never pan out. I did, however, make some goals for myself that I'll try to attain this year:

Like I said - not resolutions but more goals than anything.

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December 14, 2006


I wonder.....

Severe Geomagnetic Storm Expected From Tuesday's Solar Flare

Space weather forecasters revised their predictions for storminess Wednesday after a major flare erupted on the Sun overnight, threatening damage to communication systems and power grids while offering up the wonder of the Northern Lights.

"We're looking for very strong, severe geomagnetic storming" to begin probably around mid-day Thursday, Joe Kunches, lead forecaster at the NOAA Space Environment Center, told SPACE.com.

The storm is expected to generate aurora or Northern Lights as far south as the northern United States Thursday night.

.....just how long before some moonbat points to President Bush and blames him for the disruption to global communications....all because the U.S. didn't sign the Kyoto Accords....wait for it.

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December 12, 2006

Down Time

After finishing my two final exams in the last few weeks, it's time for a little downtime in my neck of the woods.

This basically means that I'll be focusing on Christmas and working on getting back some sort of Internet access in my house. Until I get the broadband back up and running, I'll have to go up to school to get on-line.

It sucks to be broke. But hey....at least it isn't something that can take me out of this world like being struck by a rogue meteorite.

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August 09, 2006


This is quite possibly the biggest instance of 'Doi!!' in recent memory:

Report says sugary drinks pile on pounds

Americans have sipped and slurped their way to fatness by drinking far more soda and other sugary drinks over the last four decades, a new scientific review concludes.

An extra can of soda a day can pile on 15 pounds in a single year, and the "weight of evidence" strongly suggests that this sort of increased consumption is a key reason that more people have gained weight, the researchers say.

"We tried to look at the big picture rather than individual studies," and it clearly justifies public health efforts to limit sugar-sweetened beverages, said Dr. Frank Hu, who led the report published Tuesday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

What next - a report that says that dirt has absolutely zero nutritional value if eaten?

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August 07, 2006

Double Feh!

Still not in the mood to blog much these days....feeling tired and trying to get enough sleep.

It isn't working out too well in that arena.

There is lots happening to me (other than being in the hospital) and when I can think of a way to write about it without it sounding like I'm whining, then I post something about it. But I'll give you a hint: bills suck.

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August 06, 2006


UPDATE: Moved back to the top and comments reopened due to popular demand.

Not really in the mood to blog about much of anything.....

Been watching the news to see if there was any change(s) in the Israeli-Hezbollah fracus: only that Israel is starting to get serious. And watching the world's leaders wring their hands over this and having nothing substantial to say except "We need a cease-fire!!".

Sure......just like the last one that allowed Hezbollah to re-arm itself in southern Lebanon.

UPDATE: Okay, these two items still aren't 'blog-worthy', but I have to ask.....why are they even in the news?

Lance Bass of 'N Sync reveals he is gay.

Lindsay Lohan overcome by heat.

[/shaking head]

UPDATE II: While it is a life-sustaining treatment, hemodialysis still sucks ass.

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July 22, 2006

Good Movie Review?

Michelle Malkin has a wrap-up of various people reviewing the advance screening of the up-coming Oliver Stone movie World Trade Center.

When I first heard of Stone making this movie, I cringed and thought Oh great.....another conspiracy theory movie for the silver screen.

Well, apparently that's not the case for one person:

Conservative blogger Jack Yoest also gives Stone two thumbs up after watching a special Washington screening last night:
What it was and what it was not.

It was not a conspiracy movie.
It did not bash Bush.
It was not sappy.
It was not about stupid, church-going nuts.
It did not mock marriage.
It did not blame America.
It did not support radical Islam.
It did not mock Marines.
It did not mock Jesus.
It did not mock cops.

It did not mock family, faith or freedom...

...This is a movie that you will see in a few weeks and you will be glad you did. After the viewing, there was no applause, little talking. At the end, the crowd audibly exhaled, as one.

And like Michelle says, I too will reserve judgment until I see the movie.

One thing that I hope is that all the people reviewing the movie are right and that it isn't another moonbat production mainly because I cannot see Nicholas Cage associating himself with something that would do disservice to the New York heroes that are portrayed in the movie.

I could be wrong - what was filmed might be perceived along a certain 'path' whereas it could be completely changed in the editing room in post-production.

We'll have to wait and see.

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July 11, 2006

Out of Curiousity...

Does anyone know of a 'decent' way to make money....under the table?

And I know of the 'obvious' ones: gun running, illegal alien smuggling, drug dealer, etc.

Just curious......for research purposes.

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July 05, 2006

SWWNBN Loves Hugo

I can' t find the story, but I heard this morning (or rather read on the net) that SWWNBN said she'd rather live under Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

Michelle Malkin scouted out some one-way tickets on Expedia for her and if I had any money, I'd seriously consider kicking down some $$$ to help SWWNBN get on her merry way!!

I really wish a ticket could be procurred for her......let her see what an 'evil' empire America really is......I've always said that if anyone seriously thinks that we're a repressive nation that they should pick their favorite Third-World Sh*t Hole and live there for a few months.

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June 24, 2006

Catch All Post

Haven' t posted much lately - I've been recovering from a mini-vacation up in Los Angeles with some close friends over the last week.

I'll be going into more detail with the next post - including photos - of our trip to Disneyland and to Hollywood Blvd (my first time there).

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June 22, 2006

We Are AOL - You Will Be Assimilated

Every-so-often I have episodes like Vincent has had, but this takes the cake:

AOL virtually refuses to cancel man's account

One man's attempt to cancel his America Online account is reverberating across the U.S. and world after the customer recorded the conversation and then posted it on his blog.

Vincent Ferrari tried to end his membership with AOL, but dealt with a company representative who apparently did not want to lose his business.

Read the whole thing - it is quite honestly something you'd see in a Monty Python comedy sketch. It's almost like being assimilated by the Borg.

It makes me glad that I never, ever signed up for AOL.

To be honest, I did sign up for Compuserve years ago, but when they sucked $100+ out of my checking account because the connection number was an older 800 number that charged me basically $1 per minute, I learned to stay away from big companies like them.

And I only recently got away from dial-up service with my credit union.

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May 23, 2006

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 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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April 24, 2006

I Got Nothing

Nothing much happening lately.

Studying for my first midterm on Friday.

Getting annoyed with Mozilla Firefox because the latest update locks up my computer.

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April 19, 2006


Too tired to really blog about anythingi in the news, but the one 'interesting' thing is that my left foot hurts.


Well, I had what's known as a 'partial matrix' performed on my foot yesterday. It would seem that while I was in my coma that my toenails on my big toes (in medical terms it's sometimes called the great toe) decided to become ingrown.

What prompted the semi-surgical procedure yesterday was that I had developed yet another infection and the doctors are busting their humps to keep me away from anything else that would complicate a kidney transplant.

So...part of the toenail was removed. And dispite taking Percocet that was prescribed for the neuropathy that's brought on by dialysis, it sucks to walk.....at least for the next week or so.

Oh well - at least it wasn't another stroke, right?

Sorry if I grossed anyone out, but it's the only thing happening right now. I'm still working on getting my strength back and I've returned to school; I'm taking one (and only one) class this quarter.

So far, school is going okay - I've got my first midterm a week from this Friday so I'll be studying over the weekend.

And when I'm not studying, I'm helping my wife with her just-started insurance business - mostly updating her policy holder's files, faxing stuff, etc.

Oh and I finally did get my bass into the shop to get adjusted and re-strung. Now I just have to get my amp out of storage and work out a time to practice without annoying the neighbors or the family.

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March 31, 2006

Lame Excuse Time

Just got home from dialysis.....feeling crappy.

Will put those (*% photos up tomorrow.

Going to take serious amounts of pain meds......then sleep.

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March 04, 2006

Observations of Life, Part I

I was resting in bed last night while my wife was going through the day's snail mail.

One piece of mail was junk mail - an offer from American Express. She pulled the 'sample' credit card away from the poster card in the envelope and proceeded to remove the flexible glue that held the 'card' to the poster card.

She was enjoying playing with it until I told her what that adhesive was called by most technicians: Gorilla snot.

She groaned and tossed it in the trash saying that the fun had been stripped knowing that it was called 'Gorilla Snot'....same material, different name - ooggged out factor: 9.4.....

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January 12, 2006

Still Illin

Just a bit under-the-weather....again. Think 'happy thoughts' about me getting better.

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January 11, 2006

Mislabelled Outrage

Heath Ledger angry at ban

HOT Oscar tip Heath Ledger yesterday compared US bans on his gay cowboy film to racism.

Ledger said he was not surprised a Utah cinema had banned Brokeback Mountain, which depicts a lifelong love affair between two Montana cowboys.

"I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it. But that's a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so that's to be expected," Ledger said.

"Personally, I don't think the movie is (controversial) but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it's hilarious and very immature of a society.

Heath, Heath, Heath....just because a movie is made doesn't mean that all theaters are obligated to run the movie. If the theater owners and/or operators don't want to run yours or anyone else's movie, then that's that; this isn't a communist state where the state dictates what is to be shown and what is deemed 'offensive'.

Heath, you've got the 'chops' for acting - stick to it instead of sitting on a fence post crowing about what is 'racism' and what isn't. (BTW, racism is not liking a person of a specific creed or ethnic group whereas bigotry is probably the word/label you were looking for...you dumb bunny. )

[/Daffy Duck]

Do I have a problem personally with 'Brokeback Mountain'? I dunno....hadn't really planned on seeing this movie. Maybe when it comes out on DVD, but that too is doubtful. But if we're to follow Mr. Ledger's mind-set, then I'm under obligation to watch it under penalty of being called a racist bigot.

And if that's the worst that happens to me in-the-near future, then I'd be lucky.

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January 01, 2006

Christmas Present Good vs. Bad, Part II

Good: Got six history books from a friend.

Bad: Finding the time to read them all.

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December 31, 2005

Happy New Year 2006

Just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone.

Here's hoping that we all have a great year, that we're all in good health (including our families), and that we continued to find what we seek within our own lives & help our friends/family find what they seek in theirs.

The Mad Mikey family will be traveling to Scripps Ranch (a whole whopping six miles away) to help some friends of ours drink their liquor and usher in the new year in a festive manner. Hopefully, everyone else here will be having a good time as well.

As I remember the extreme fun I had on the Fourth of July drinking several Mike's Hard Lemonades, I will probably not be indulging/imbibing but will instead have fun at the expense of others at the party that will be drinking; there is nothing more hilarious than to throw calculus problems at people when they hammered...

See you all in 2006!

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December 26, 2005

Christmas Present Good vs. Bad, Part I

Good: New phone with new phone service cause Cingular sucks massive amounts of ass.

Bad: Entering 98 phone numbers by hand from old phone to new phone.

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December 25, 2005

Hanukkah 2005

Almost forgot to say Happy Hanukkah to everyone that honors it.

With my limited knowledge of Judiasm and Hanukkah, I do believe that tonight is the first of eight nights where a candle on the family menorah and the family celebrates.

Like I said, my knowledge is limited but from the way that Jews celebrate it, it's a great tradition that binds the family together.....it looks like it's got all the joy and happiness of Christmas - but spread over eight days.

Happy Hanukkah!

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

This is something that I heard (in one variation or another) on the radio last night as I was finishing up wrapping presents.

I seem to recall hearing this last year and now, as then, it caused me to get misty-eyed.

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,

Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,

Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
a lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,

You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light.
Then he sighed and he said “It’s really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.”

It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,”

Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam’,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”
“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,

Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?”
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us

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Christmas 2005

Unless something really, really, rediculously interesting comes up, I'll be off-line for Christmas.

I hope that everyone reading this has an enjoyable Christmas filled with joy, love, family & friends, and laughter. May Santa jam a buttload of presents under the tree for you and here's giving you tolerance to deal with those relatives (from out-of-town) that insist on talking politics with you when they're 180 degrees out of sync with your notions of what-is-what.

I myself will be bascially 'chilling out' on Christmas Day and we'll be heading over to the father-in-law's house for dinner. (This I like because we get to trash someone else's house for a change....just kidding).

Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!!

UPDATE: As of around 2:00 pm PST Christmas Eve, Drudge has switched over to more cheerful colors - red & green!

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December 24, 2005

First Present

My friend Elly dropped by last night right as I got home from dialysis - she brought presents for the family and my present was ultimately cool: a Pilot Serrated knife made by Buck Knives.

I had been without a pocket knife for a while since I lost my last one - most likely at dialysis. This one is beyond cool - very solid construction, the blade is semi-locked in place when folded (no accidental openings) and it's just beyond cool.

Nothing says 'Christmas' like someone getting you something that you'll not only appreciate but use daily.

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December 22, 2005

Of Vomit and News

Spent another six hours in Urgent Care last night and almost got admitted for this sinus infection that's kicking my ass. Three-plus weeks of migrain headaches and enough nausea to power a tug boat....just wonderful.

Since I'm not in pain or puking for the moment, here are a few interesting items I've spotted in the news.


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December 19, 2005

Random Thoughts

Just thought I'd post something inane to use the new graphic that I've imported from All Free Backgrounds.

Been sick for the last two weeks - got the 'creeping crud' from someone...

Got Christmas stuff all set up in the house....now I just have to populate the bottom of it with presents, i.e., still have to do Christmas shopping and I'm seriously not looking forward to it.

Does anyone know how to get a mini-photo/graphic to 'pop up' when you move your mouse over a segment of text? Go check out Yahoo News to see what I'm talking about....

Going to go to dialysis now - it sucks ass, but it is a method to keep my butt alive.

UPDATE: Well, I knew that today was going to be memorable - as soon as I left work, I had to drive directly to Urgent Care/Emergency. It would seem that my 'sinus infection' wasn't being contained with the anti-biotics that were given to me last week.

I won't go into the oh-so-lovely details, but I spent about six hours in Urgent Care and got two different anti-biotics pumped into me intravenously along with some morphine.

So, the moral of this story is: if you think you've got a bad time this Christmas, take a look at how often you go to Urgent Care in any given week like me....you'll feel much better about your situation almost instantly.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use - Part 334, Section 6B, Subsection (iii):

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December 18, 2005

Post Christmas Pary Report

We had a Christmas party last night.

Almost all of the invited guests showed up and that's good considering that I made the invitation calls just five days in advance.

My wife put out a spread of food that was quite frankly too much.

A group of us and guests went Christmas carolling at a retirement home in downtown La Jolla. Even if we didn't sing that great, the people that came out of their rooms were all wearing smiles.

Our guests had a great time - I say great because we had one couple leave to go to a San Diego Gulls hockey game and returned later. Additionally, most people stayed until 4:00 am - I had gone to bed around midnight cause I wasn't feeling too hot.

I was a sucess because everyone was drinking and having a great time chatting with our other guests; everyone was invited to a New Year's bash that the Mad Mikey family was going to attend.....my wife told some of the guests about the long process of my trying to get a kidney transplant (I usually don't spout off about my medical problems to everyone I meet....too much to tell and I don't like 'whining' about it. But the end result is that three of our guests are going to make initial inquires about being possible donors.

The only ones who didn't enjoy the party were my cats: they hid under our bed all night.

My wife also made some new business contacts - mostly mutual friends of some of the guests that are looking for some sort of insurance. Still: networking is networking.

So today, the entire family is going into 'lazy bum' mode. We'll mostly sit around and veg out - the wife and kid are going to snuggy up our bed and watch a DVD on my notebook. Hell, even the cats are going into 'lazy bum' mose.

And me? I'll probably get all propped up in my 'comfy chair' and watch some Sci Fi Channel or maybe something on the History Channel - stuff that the rest of the family consider 'boring'....

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December 16, 2005

A Non-Issue in his Mind

Spotted this over at La Shawn Barber's blog this morning:

Morgan Freeman: Black History Month is "ridiculous"

It’s a little early for Black History Month, but I thought I’d share. I don’t really like actor Morgan Freeman, but I wouldn’t mind having a cup of coffee with him as long as he’s saying things like this:

"I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history..."

The notion of a special month for black history may be hurting rather than helping efforts for racial equality, Freeman believes. When Wallace wonders whether racist attitudes may be harder to eradicate without the education that Black History Month provides, Freeman retorts: "How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it!" (SOURCE)

Yeah, right. I wish it were so, Mr. Freeman. But the "civil rights" hustle industry isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Its race-baiters workers aren't about to give it up and get real jobs. They'll make sure we all keep talking about it. An honest day's work (for a change) would do their souls good, but hey, race baiters have to pay the bills, too, don't they?

Also see What Black History Month means to me.
Note: I forgot to link to the source earlier.
Addendum: I take it back! I liked Freeman in Glory and on The Electric Company kids' show.

I myself have always loved Morgan Freeman's performances and as La Shawn says: Morgan in right. Race isn't an issue for the most part unless you bring it into the conversation under other than contextual circumstances.

Personally, I've never really batted an eye one way or the other when 'Black History Month' is upon us. If anything, I've always learned something 'new' about black history that I didn't know before; I walk away feeling better that I learned something and I integrate it into my vocabulary and how I accord myself in life.

Morgan's statement(s) are indicative of someone striving to treat everyone he meets as an equal. What he said cannot be made any simpler: you don't refer to people as 'that black person so-and-so' or 'that white chick blah-blah-blah - you call them by name, not by their ethnic background.

It still boggles me that while I strive to treat people equally on every basis that there are still some that work to push a distinction into your face at every waking moment. It's the hypocrisy that boggles me: on one hand, there are groups that beg, scream, plead, and demand that they be treated 'just like everyone else' and yet they also want to be singled out for that very distinction like it's some sort of special label that entitles them to special treatment.

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Red Herring Panic

I saw this over at Michelle Malkin's blog - a story about the White House authorizing what boils down to illegal wiretaps/phonetaps.

I thought to myself Uh-ohhh - the barking moonbats will be screaming about this for months. and then thought Have to wait and see what this is all about after the dust settles as there is always a 'jump to conclusions' when some big story like this breaks.

I then went over to Drudge Report to see if it had been updated and found this:

As I initially suspected, this 'story' isn't really anything earth-shattering - it's just a warm-up teaser for another 'tell-all' book.

Leave it to the NYT to shill for another author that will attempt to push another 'police state' theory-gone-true....yet another reason that:

  1. More and more people are getting tired of the same 'Bush Lied - People Died' mantra coming from the supposed 'neutral' media.

  2. Newspapers are losing readers for crap exactly like this.

  3. Internet news is becoming more and more sought after - if not for the 'neutral' bias that people hope to find in the news media, then for the sheer fact that people are seeking confirmation on the credibility of stories such as this.

  4. People are becoming tired of biased media.
The surprising thing is that Drudge ran with the initial story as it was vomited out by the NYT. It's surprising because Drudge goes through some sort of confirmation process to avoid crap like this.

Hmmm....maybe he's not feeling good today. At least he's big enough to fess up to the mistake/error and put the real reason(s) behind the initial story out for the public to see instead of pulling some sort of 'fake, but accurate' crap like CBS News did.

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December 15, 2005

M*A*S*H Trivia

For some reason, I've been watching re-runs of M*A*S*H on the Hallmark Channel every night.

This morning, I was checking out some acting credits on IMDB about the show and found some interesting trivia: