1/07/2005

Stuff

Not-so-random Thoughts
* Red Cross
Again - I have added 'Amazon's Tsunami Relief Pay Box' over to the right, please consider donating whatever you can afford to spare ... 100% of your donation goes to the ARC! They have collected $14,876,763.00 to date! (not going up as fast as before - keep giving people, remember that there are months of aid-related work left - and your contributions are deductible on your '04 taxes!)!) My continued prayers for all those affected ... especially since this was caused by nuclear testing (ack).
* Ohio
(Hopefully) last statement on this damn issue - I would love to hear a Democrat justify, in a logical and concise fashion, questioning the Ohio vote but not questioning the recent Washington State election. And - RTftLC's summary of Ohio
(Aside from the obvious 'they have already stolen Washington State')
* Washington State
Call for a re-vote. When you have votes counted 3 times, 2 of them picking candidate A and one picking candidate B ... and votes mysteriously appearing between each count ... I really think you need to scrap the whole thing and call a do-over.
Failing that ... Rossi should not pursue the fight through litigation - that would be stooping to a low the 'other side' has already abused all to frequently (see also : Ohio). Oh, and hey lookie here - the dead are allowed to vote there!
* Weather
Cali still getting hammered with 12"(!) of rain, meanwhile Ohio flooding for the first time in decades ... and, while Houston & New Orleans have recently been hammered with snow (and the entire North Eastern US is in the grips of a 'deadly storm convergence') , Virgina still in the 50s-70s in January. I want snow here!
* Cable News (#s from Drudge)
FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2.3
FOXNEWS HANNITY/COLMES 1.7
FOXNEWS SHEP SMITH 1.6
FOXNEWS GRETA 1.4
CNN LARRY KING 1.1
COMEDY DAILY SHOW 1.1
CNN WAVE SPECIAL 0.8
MSNBC HARDBALL 0.5
MSNBC AMBER FREY 0.6
MSNBC SCARBOROUGH 0.4
MSNBC OLBERMANN 0.3
CNBC MILLER 0.1
... congrats to FOXNEWS, and to Bill O'Reilly!
(and did you hear that CNN has canned Bow-tie Carlson?)
* HOV
* Aside from HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) being a money raising scam in the first place, let me tell you - any stray thought I had of buying a Hybrid vehicle (part gas, part electric - you know the deal) has been seriously derailed. Here in Virginia, Hybrids have been able to hit the HOV lanes, effectively ignoring the HOV requirement, for ~5 years ... Well, that ends in ~18 months. That was one of the largest 'pro-Hybrid' arguments, in my mind ... Oh well, saves me the trouble of buying one :) ... I'll stick my 14mpg Jeep Wrangler (it is 7+ years old and I have larger-than-stock tires, so my mileage is even worse than the 18-20 it got when new) for all 60 miles of my daily commute :(.

News
* Earthquake: Death Toll up to 159k ... still haven't seen anything refuting the India=1M dead article from a week or so ago :( ... and Terrorist group running a relief camp ... the word is indoctrination, and while any aid is usually good aid this must be watched (and probably stopped) ... and interesting before & after pix ... and some thoughts on the UN's mismanagement skills
* Police impostor kills ... we have one of those in Prince William County currently as well, but no-one has been killed (yet?). It will be interesting to see how the PDs respond to this ...
* Some thoughts on Inappropriate REQUIRED High School reading ... good reason to home school!
* Iraq: Iraqi Air Force, flying again ... and Retired General heading over to do a 'full review'
* Fear Factor being sued for $2.5M ... ahem, TORT REFORM!
* 8 die from Chlorine gas from train wreck in SC ... prayers for everyone affected, but also - I can't resist saying something about green dragons ...
* Hooker busts kiddie porn ... from a bad vice to a despicable one?
* "Secrets for a good job search"
* Economy on the right track ... but they are doing something wrong, in using PR firm - and $1M in taxpayer funds :(
* Malkin, on South Park Conservatives ... hey, that's me! .. oh, and why Kid Rock should NOT perform at the inauguration (BTW - I agree!)
* Hillary Clinton's Campaign (former) Finance Director Indicted ... that certainly doesn't help her 08 Presidential run :P
* Toyota to employ robots in Japan ... use both arms simultaneously, expected to be more efficient and more capable than even cheap human-based labor ... I wonder - are the unemployment checks to be direct deposited?

Interesting
* A Call to Arms - Conservative bloggers/people unite
* Malkin's thoughts on 'torture' ... and GOPbloggers comments ... go, AG, go. Oh, and more here ... and CHT on torture
* Broadband over power lines - at gigabit speeds!?
* nVidia GeForce 6 goes mobile
* Gigabyte has released dual-video-card solution
* Smart Bombs fighting cancer
* FM transmitter for your house
* Toshiba releasing 2GB 'phone HDD'
* Archos releasing Linux/WiFi/Media Player
* Sandisk releasing SD card w/ built-in USB connectivity
* Fossil FINALLY ships their PDA-Watch
* Democracy or Republic
* A conversation on Social Security reform
* Specter betraying his party again? ... not really a surprise ... and Malkin's comments on Specter :)
* Some thoughts, and a conversation, on Clinton's legacy
* Michelle's been busy - two more excellent posts this am : One on immigration policy ... and a Rather-gate refresher :)
* Mozilla/Firefox flaws exposed
* Genetic HIV resistance?
* Contagious super powers in The Sims
* NYT to charge for online version ... good, one less overly-biased free site on the net ... or could the move to subscription/for-fee services to kill blogging?
* Airlines may have to deal with Snack Strikes
* Listerine no replacement for flossing?
* BSA trying to make the odious DMCA stronger???
* Exploring stars, catching comets
* Wired's 2004 Vaporware Awards! ... Spoiler: #1 = the Phantom Game Console - ""By the time this thing ever comes out, we'll have solved the chicken-and-the-egg question, colonized galaxies, cured disease and famine and, most importantly -- moved on.""
* No more free lunch - CPU-wise, is
* Praise for the Fed
* Who, in the MSM, can you trust?
* MS's AntiSpyWare tool ... IMHO - it seems pretty nice! Although it caught SU as malware
* Privilege escalation vuln found in Linux 2.4+ ... auto SU, anyone?
* USB storage as an application Delivery mechanism
* Republicans for the environment
* Palestine's next failed Presidential candidate tries a publicity stunt
* PC + couch = a bargain, at $50k!
* Arctic land rush?
* Jennifer Aniston has made herself available ... no more 'Bradifer'

Funny
* Killer asteroid found ... and killer graphics!
* Kerry for, then against, tsunami aid
* Palestinians rise up ... against Gere
* DeLay converts to Christianity
* Sea World + Bud = Adult Fun Park
* Your choices:Hillary or Kerry. Answer:Suicide.
* President Pledges $10 thousand to teach proper spelling of "tsunami"
* Secondhand smoke merges with local consignment store
* Amber Frey changes name to Amber Lethal Injection
* AG nominee AG lucky Congress not run like Abu Graib
* Australia Apologizes For Rupert Murdoch
* NSFW: Newfie premier wipes with Canadian flag
* UF : Hot Chicks Only
* AG nominees AG will state only name, rank & serial number ... to the Judicial Committee
* Sad but True: Introducing the Thudguard ... Yes, it is a helmet. Not for bike-riding, nor skate-boarding, etc. It is a helmet for WALKING. Seriously. Seriously dumb, that is.
* True: BBC staff cannot use the BBC ticker ... not compatible with their 'firm standard build' ... sounds like a certain consulting company I work forknow of.

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Quotes of the Day
* JohnnyBlazE: i went to google
JohnnyBlazE: to look for something
JohnnyBlazE: and i forgot what
JohnnyBlazE: so i asked google what it was
thanks BASH!
* We're not vegetarians because we love animals. We're vegetarians because we hate plants.
thanks RATM!
* Amber Frey: ... she is quite beautiful, and she is about as articulate as a coffee table ... Speaking on Ms. Frey - CBS to make stupid movie about stupid Amber
thanks SlapInions!

Word of the Day
Ablogolypse
thanks Belmont Club!... Oh, and read the whole article - excellent write-up on the whole torture situation!!

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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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