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April 07, 2005

Stupid is as Stupid Does...

I got a joke e-mail a few days ago that was very similar to this and my first thought was that this was the same thing.

Apparently, life is stranger than fiction:

Man arrested, cuffed after using $2 bills

A man trying to pay a fee using $2 bills was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail after clerks at a Best Buy store questioned the currency's legitimacy and called police.

According to an account in the Baltimore Sun, 57-year-old Mike Bolesta was shocked to find himself taken to the Baltimore County lockup in Cockeysville, Md., where he was handcuffed to a pole for three hours while the U.S. Secret Service was called to weigh in on the case.

As with this case and almost everytime that I get screwed at the drive-though cause they cannot understand NO PICKLES!!, I am reminded that it doesn't take an advanced degree in rocket propulsion theory to work at some places.

I just bet those Best Buy employees are up for a big commendation from their bosses for this stellar catch....[/talking smack]

Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:15 PM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:15 PM | Comments (2)

Illegal T-Shirt?

When I first read about this inciden today, I thought naw, it couldn't be the same Bryan I know.

Turns out it was:

Officials: Man Not Held Against His Will

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities determined Thursday that three volunteers involved in a civilian project to watch the border and report illegal crossers did not hold an illegal immigrant against his will.

The Mexican man had told sheriff's deputies that he was detained and forced to pose for a picture holding a T-shirt with a mocking slogan. The shirt read: "Bryan Barton caught an illegal alien and all I got was this T-shirt." Barton was one of the three volunteers.

"The county attorney's office reviewed all available evidence, that indicates that there was no forcible detention, therefore the case is not substantiated, and no charges are pending," said Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Department.

Bryan is/was the former editor of UCSD's most excellent humor newspaper The Koala.

By the way, Bryan is running for Congress; his site is here. Vote Barton!!

Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:49 PM | Comments (7)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:49 PM | Comments (7)

Shread Thread I

Mikey start another thread where I can blast this a$$hole...

Just a general thread to shread that special someone in the blogsphere...

Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:16 AM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 09:16 AM | Comments (3)

April 06, 2005

The Catchin' is Good

Minutemen catch 141 illegals so far

In its second day of operations, the civilian volunteer Minuteman Project claimed to have aided the Border Patrol in the apprehension of 141 illegal aliens along the Arizona border and deterred many more from attempting to cross from Mexico.

With the project gaining favorable attention, a city official from New Mexico announced he would like to expand the project to his state. "It has been successful," said Chris Simcox of Civil Homeland Defense, a group aiding the Minuteman Project. "No one has come across."

No incidents so far and if there are any, what do you want to bet it's not because of the Minutemen?

I'm hoping that this is such a sucess that someone brings it here to California....

UPDATE: Apparently the bit about some city official in New Mexico complimenting the Minutemen Project is a bunch of hooey:

A city councilman from Santa Fe, N.M., today disputed a news story reporting that he wants to bring the Minuteman Project, the citizen border-patrol effort in Arizona, to New Mexico.

As WorldNetDaily reported, City Councilman David Pfeffer told the Albuquerque Journal he wants to be personally involved in the volunteer effort to patrol the border for illegal immigrants and smugglers.

"I would be willing to get involved with an effort along New Mexico's borders," Pfeffer said, according to the report.

Pfeffer attended a gathering Friday of Minuteman volunteers in Tombstone, Ariz.

The Journal reported Pfeffer said he would "absolutely" be willing to get involved with a New Mexico citizen border-patrol project.

After reportedly receiving heat for the alleged comments, Pfeffer contacted KRQE-TV in Albuquerque to refute the story.

Also, the Journal published a letter to the editor by Pfeffer today contradicting the story.

"The headline and the first three paragraphs are completely false," Pfeffer wrote in the letter. "The impression conveyed is completely false. The alleged quotations attributed to me in support of this impression are completely false."

The paper says it stands by its reporting and has checked the reporter's notes to verify the story's accuracy.

I'm guessing that this guy have said something close to what is being reported but got cold feet and is trying to do some damage control.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:41 AM | Comments (4)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:41 AM | Comments (4)

All Whine, All The Time

When I first saw this yesterday, I thought huh....it'll be another Air America on the net and that was that.

Then I read about it again this morning and how Warren Beatty would be a part of it:


The Observer has learned that Warren Beatty, the 68-year-old actor and director, will likely join a lineup of liberal all-stars who will "group blog" on a Web site to be launched next month by columnist Arianna Huffington.

"I probably will," Mr. Beatty said, on the phone from his production office in Los Angeles.

The "Huffington Report," as Ms. Huffington has dubbed it, will also feature such boldface bloggers as Senator Jon Corzine, David Geffen, Viacom co-chief Tom Freston, Barry Diller, Tina Brown and Gwyneth Paltrow. If the name seems to echo that of the Drudge Report—the mega-site operated by the rightward-tilting unofficial editorial director of America’s news cycle, Matt Drudge—well, it’s supposed to. And Mr. Beatty approved of that.

"I applaud the effort to tell the side of the story that Arianna Huffington seems to be engaged in," he said. Mr. Beatty was all too aware, he said, of the power Mr. Drudge has to steer the American media.

You know....I'm no huge impact on the blogsphere, but I do know this: you cannot just slap down some money on a domain name and think that you'll be a big hit.

Blogging in my opinion isn't just sitting down each day and banging out X number of words like so many chimpanzees with typewriters. It takes a commitment to convey your thoughts on all things big and small, famous and infamous, relavent and inane.

And this 'all-liberal' blog will end up like Air America: left-of-center whining that's subsidized by rich patrons of the whining arts.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:44 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:44 AM | Comments (2)

April 04, 2005

Perspective: What's on the Midterm?

Sometimes I like to post stuff I see or have seen at school, especially from the student-run newspapers.

This particular article comes from The Muir Quarterly, now simply called 'The MQ' and this is from an issue that came out in September 2003.


Perspective: Um, what’s going to be on the midterm?

Cindy Li

Hi. I appreciate you distributing the syllabus today, the first day of class. Despite the fact that I studied the printout for less than two entire seconds, I have a few questions that have yet to be answered. I’d like to assault you with these questions now while everyone rolls their eyes at me for holding up the entire lecture and wasting the time of nearly 300 of my peers. I know you have yet to speak a word on the actual subject matter of this course, but what exactly is going to be on the midterm?

Yes, okay. Thanks. I understand now that whatever is covered during weeks one through five will be included in the midterm. I appreciate you humoring my asinine question with such patience. Unfortunately, you have yet to satisfy the level of detail that my irrational mind cares to obsess over. I’d like to know exactly, in a bulleted list, what will be asked of me on the upcoming exam.

Well, yes, I concede that this is precisely the sort of thing we come to class every day for. I understand that I essentially asked you to teach the class before you could even begin to do so and that my question basically made a mockery of any kind of course structure that you set up. Still, I’d like you to break it down so I can diligently copy down every patronizing word you say into my newly bought sparkly purple notebook.

Well, okay. I guess I’ll just attend lecture on a regular basis like the rest of the class. I will, however, continue to interrupt at every opportunity to confirm whether or not a specific principle or passage will appear on the midterm. My incessant chorus of “Will this be on the midterm?” will constantly remind you of your dislike for your job and your hatred of grade-chasing shitheads like myself.

Before you get back to speaking after I derailed your fledgling attempts at an introductory lecture, I’d like to rudely pursue another shallow, time-wasting question: what kind of curve will be used in grading this class? It’s pointless, I know, but I have a pathological disorder and need you to pander to my simpering little needs. I know that my classmates will forgive me in due time, and I just positively must know.

Oh? It says on the syllabus? On the first page? Oh, ok. I’m sorry, I guess my eyes just glazed over the 16-point “Grading Policy” heading. Thanks.

One last thing: what chapters will be covered on the final?

Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:47 PM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:47 PM | Comments (3)

Sam and the Pope

I've written about Sam Kinison before, but was reminded of him when I thought about what the Pope had done for the world.

Sam Kinison and the Pope you say?

Yup. Sam had this bit about how the Pope came down on gay people in San Francisco when he visted in the 80s:

This group of gays came to visit the Pope. They brought along all these people suffering from AIDS and asked Can we be saved? and the Pope said No. Next!
Anyway, I thought I'd post a snippet of Sam back when he was just hitting it big in comedy.


Sam Kinison's Love Song

Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:13 PM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:13 PM | Comments (3)

Cat Herding

Just when you thought that they couldn't loose their minds any more up in San Francisco, they go and prove you wrong.

From Personal Democracy Forum:

San Francisco May Regulate Blogging

Just when you thought the Federal Election Commission had it out for the blogosphere, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took it up a notch and announced yesterday that it will soon vote on a city ordinance that would require local bloggers to register with the city Ethics Commission and report all blog-related costs that exceed $1,000 in the aggregate.

Blogs that mention candidates for local office that receive more than 500 hits will be forced to pay a registration fee and will be subject to website traffic audits, according to Chad Jacobs, a San Francisco City Attorney.

The entire Board is set to vote on the measure on April 5th, 2005. I wonder if they'll be forced to register their own blogs!

The legislation was written by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell.

Normally, I don't like to link to forums as a source, but if you follow the link you'll find the actual Board of Supervisors documentation.

And if this is a late April Fool's prank, it's a good one cause it just boggles me as to why these kooks would even consider trying to regulate blogging within the city limits. That would be like trying to herd cats with a snow plow....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:31 AM | Comments (1)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:31 AM | Comments (1)

April 03, 2005

Passing of a Legend

Didn't post much about this until it was all said & done:

Don't weep for me

POPE JOHN PAUL II died peacefully last night in his Apostolic apartment above St Peter's Square, ending a period of public suffering that spoke of the sanctity of life and the dignity of death.

In a ritual that has not been altered for centuries, bells tolled mournfully in the Vatican to mark the demise of the 84-year-old pontiff. They were soon being echoed by bells all over Rome.

The death, at 9.37pm local time, was confirmed by the Spanish cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, the papal chamberlain, and announced within minutes by Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the Pope's official spokesman, who distributed the news to journalists via e-mail.

A formal announcement that followed from Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the Vatican's undersecretary of state, was heard in silence by 70,000 in the square. "Our Holy Father, John Paul, has returned to the house of the Father," he said. "We all feel like orphans this evening."

Some of the crowd then broke into applause for the life of the Pope; others sobbed uncontrollably at his passing.

While I'm not Catholic, let alone moderately religious, the Pope's passing is indeed the end of a legend.

Rest in Peace Your Holiness. Kick ass & take names up beyond the pearly gates.....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 05:10 PM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 05:10 PM | Comments (2)


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