Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cup stacking super girl

Timothy Fenwick, Jr.: Do you ever get the feeling that there's something going on that we don't know about?

Monday, August 28, 2006

One of the best weekends ever

I'm beat up. I have bruises on about 75% of my skin between my neck and waist. Also sunburned. Spent most of Sunday waterskiing or some version of it.

I spent the weekend at my buddy's house. This is a guy that I will defend like a member of my own family. One of my best friends. But how the fuck does a normally smart guy get such nutso political ideas? He's got full-blown BDS. He's a lawyer. Top of his class kind of guy. But I got to hear about how Israel got us to attack Iraq and they're going to get us to attack Iran. The topper was how Israel got Iran to get Syria to get Hezbollah to start kidnapping Israeli soldiers. I'm not sure how the Carlisle Group plays into this. Or Halliburton.

Speaking of your 9-11 story

For whatever reason recently I was reminded of the story of Ben Curtis on the occasion of him getting into some trouble for pot. He was "The Dell kid." I say "kid" even though he was 21 in 2001. He really doesn't deserve that. James Lileks, of course, does a phenomenal job with very few words of his own. He just quotes a Boy's Life article about this Eagle Scout. I don't have anything to add. I'll just let Lileks do his thing.

You might know Eagle Scout Ben Curtis . He's that "Dude, you're getting a Dell" guy on the TV commercials. On Sept. 11, 2001, the 21-year-old from Chattanooga, Tenn., found himself in the midst of a crisis.

He was sleeping in his Lower Manhattan apartment when an airliner hit the first World Trade Center tower. His roommate, a photographer, ran to the disaster scene a few blocks away, but Ben went back to sleep, thinking the noise was a gas explosion. When the second tower was struck, he got up and looked out the window. Seeing the fire, he decided his roommate might need help.

When the first tower collapsed, Ben rushed into the subway entrance nearby to escape the flying debris. Clouds of soot poured down into the tunnel. He took his shirt off and tied it around his face to breathe.

A woman came down the stairs with a severe gash on her head. "At first I was completely freaked out," he said, "but then my Scout training came back to me." He used his shirt as a pressure bandage and helped the woman to safety.

Still chuckling at his pot bust? Fine. But we all wonder how we would have reacted that day. He knows. He can live with himself. I wish him good luck.
I wonder how it turned out for the guy. If I had to guess, he's doing alright. He sounds a good egg.

Five years

Everyone has their 9-11 story. Where they were, what they were doing when they heard about it. I didn't hear about it until two o'clock that afternoon. My boy was almost two then. We were watching Barney and assorted other crap all on video tapes. At around 10 am we went to the library. I was listening to a book on tape so I didn't get any news on the radio.

Anyway. He was almost two. He's almost seven now. He's about as removed from the GWOT as I was from Vietnam, I guess. (I was born in 1972) He's started asking about 9-11 now. His understanding of "bad guys" basically comes from cartoons and video games. I'm trying to figure out how to explain it to him. I'd be really appreciative of any advice anyone has.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

These are my friends

A buddy of mine emailed me this picture from the Minnesota State Fair's website. His comment: "Did she take Andy Dick's carrot peeling class?"

I have sick friends.

Friday, August 25, 2006

He's back!

Jason Lewis is back in the Twin Cities. I didn't know this until yesterday. I just got done listening to him moderate a debate between Rep. John Kline and the challenger, Colleen Rowley. Jesus, Jason might as well have told the congressman to stay home. He moderated about as much as I moderated between my mouth and the frozen burrito I ate tonight. Love having the guy back in town though.

Welcome back Jason!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

And the silver medal finalist is......

I still don't know how Madison didn't top this list. Also... have any of these people ever been to Vegas (Vegas Baby!). I don't think this list is any more accurate than most of the lists of this nature, but still, it's nice to be remembered.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee has been ranked by Forbes.com as "America's Drunkest City" on a list of 35 major metropolitan areas ranked for their drinking habits.

Forbes said Tuesday it used numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank cities in five areas: state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and alcoholism.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked second overall.

Second ain't half bad in this sort of competition!

Animal Rights Assholes At It Again

These people are lower than frog shit.

Over at Moonbattery, Van Helsing detailed what some of the truly compassionate among us have done to a family who lost a son from rabbit flu. These people are truly sick.

It reminded me of what these people did to a local kid and to The Make A Wish Foundation ten years ago.
In 1996, Make-A-Wish arranged for Eric, of White Bear Lake, Minn., to have his dream come true. Eric Ness asked to go to Alaska to hunt the giant Kodiak brown bear.

Overnight, Eric's request made national headlines as animal-rights groups rushed to the media to publicly ridicule his last wish.

His life was threatened. Security guards led him through the St. Paul-Minneapolis airport. Newspaper reporters wanted to know if he could defend his request, as if bear hunting was something sinister.

At the time, Kodiak bear populations were high and stable. Hunting bears was a legal activity with permits limited by Alaska's wildlife agency. In fact, Kodiak bear management is still a success story today.

However, healthy bear populations weren't enough to stop the animal-rights campaign against Eric Ness. They were out to shame a young hunter, and they smelled blood.

Hollywood celebrities invited Eric to do something else, something "non-violent" for his last wish. Important wildlife "news" like that makes People magazine.

When Eric returned home (he didn't get a bear), he sat in his living room and recalled his unexpected notoriety.

He had read the newspaper stories about how awful he was for being a hunter. He had watched the protesters on television chanting and holding signs that chastised him and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"Was that painful to go through?" a visitor asked Eric.

The young man, who was weak from chemotherapy treatments, shook his bald head, "Yes." And tears streamed down his face.

Shortly after, Make-A-Wish bowed to the animal extremists, although Eric finally enjoyed a successful bear hunt, paid for by the Safari Club. Months later, Eric lost his life to cancer.
If I remember right, Alec Baldwin offered to let Eric go spend a day with him on the set of some movie instead. What a self-important ass.

A cool video for the vets out there. Thanks fellas!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

It's Old, but tell him not to go

Christ. One of the best bloggers around is hanging it up.

Don't let him do it. Tell him he doesn't have to post every day. Do something. The guy can fucking write.

*** Updated ***

He's Back! In his honor watch this video.

I feel like I owe an apology

Never met them. Never did anything to them. But I feel like I owe the Ramsey family an apology for what I've thought for the past 10 years. I avoided any coverage of it like it was OJ, but this is now, to me, one of the most amazing things I've read. God what a shitty thing. You not only lose your little girl, but you have people like me think horrible things about you for 10 years.

I'm sorry.

Here's a link on the story.

*** Update ***

Wyatt's right about this. I still feel terrible for thinking what I thought about these people, but that doesn't mean they aren't bad people.
It is a shame that she had to endure the brutal murder of her young daughter. I would never wish that of anyone. It is a shame that she died of cancer before her daughter's (alleged) murderer was brought to justice. It is a shame that she died knowing that most Americans thought she murdered her own child.

Having said all that, she didn't give many people much reason to believe in her or her husband's innocence. John Ramsey contaminated the crime scene by moving JonBenet's body. Patsy Ramsey's handwriting was very similar to that on the ransom note, and both were less than convincing when interviewed about the crime.

And on top of that, what kind of mother parades around her six-year old daughter covered in makeup and dressed like a porn star? Who enters their child in a pageant entitled "Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl?"

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Israeli zoo animals show signs of stress

The baboons got stressed, the lions got fat and zoo officials worry the antelopes might have heart attacks. After 34 days in indoor shelters, many of the animals at the Haifa Zoo got a breath of outdoor air — if not a taste of freedom — for the first time on Tuesday.

Zoo officials moved all the carnivores, bears and monkeys indoors at the start of the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, both to protect them from rocket strikes and to keep an errant missile on a retaining wall from setting them loose into Israel's third-largest city.

"The lions gained weight, but they look basically OK," said zoo manager Etty Ararat as he released them outdoors on Tuesday. Hours before, the lions roared and flashed their teeth at reporters who visited them at the 3 by 2-meter- (yard) indoor cages where they were confined for more than a month.

"Baboons suffered from stress," Ararat said.

Most of all, she worried about the more fragile animals, like the gazelles, who had to stay outside while thousands of explosions went off around them.

This reminds me of a roommate I had in 1994. She was just aghast at gorillas dying in Rwanda. The people being hacked to death by machete? Not so much. Daughter of a US congressman from MN. Justice and Peace major in college. Care to guess her political affiliation? Hint, she cried a lot in November of that year.

Paraphrasing Dennis Miller, "Animal rights activists will step over a human being lying in their own piss to spit on someone wearing fur."

Or Does It Just Seem Like It?

Married People Live Longer

Here's some bad news for the confirmed bachelors and runaway brides of the world: They don't live as long as married people, especially if they never get married, according to new research.

Many studies have found that unmarried adults tend to die earlier than those who are married, but most did not differentiate between those who were separated or divorced and those who never got hitched.

Thanks to Attu.

All The Way!

Didn't even realize it was National Airborne Day. Thanks to Blackfive for pointing this out along with a bunch of great links and pictures.

"Did you jump?"

"A little at first."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Senseless link

I don't really have a reason for linking this. I've got nothing to say on the subject. I just dig a guy who names himself after a famous gunfighter then goes to see where his most famous gunfight took place.

Does This Make Sense?

Iowa’s United States Congressman Steve King told a crowd in Des Moines in June, “Illegal aliens cause the death of 25 American citizens every day…13 by drunken driving and 12 by stabbings or gun fire.”

That daily figure adds up to 9,125 deaths annually caused primarily by illegal alien Mexicans residing in America.

Anyone know where these figures come from? Why do I have the feeling this number was pulled out of a certain congressman's anus?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Lots of potential for fun

Word Around The Net pointed out a website for making your own motivational posters. Someone with creativity could have a lot of fun with this. So far I've just been using it to ridicule my friends.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I assume he's on his way

The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die.”
- Former US President Bill Clinton, July 31, 2002

I missed this yesterday at Captain's Quarters:

Iranians among Hizbollah combat dead:.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have been found among Hizbollah guerrillas slain by Israeli forces in southern Lebanon, Israel’s Channel 10 television reported on Wednesday citing diplomatic sources.

It said the Iranians were identified by documents found on their bodies, but gave no further details on how many were discovered or when. Neither the Israeli military nor Hizbollah representatives in Beirut had immediate comment on the report.

Iran, like fellow Hizbollah patron Syria, insists its support for the Shi’ite guerrilla group is purely moral.

Did global warming get busted trying to knock down airplanes?

Thank God we didn't elect this man.

"Global warming" is America's biggest threat since the Cold War, according to Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who addressed an environmental conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Wait, no. It wasn't SUV's that made this attempt.

Michelle has a whole lot on where the threat came from here.


Ace did a piece on Time Magazine's article by JAMES PONIEWOZIK about journalists altering photos and facts surrounding the current war in Lebanon. It basically argues that the phony reporting coming out of there is being overhyped. I'm not sure if Poniewozik was trying to be ironic with this last paragraph or not.
We can argue till we pass out over Adnan Hajj's motives—politics? drama? careerism?—and those of the bloggers who pounced on the photos. In the end, they don't matter. What does matter is that every time something like this happens, the winners are the people of every political stripe who believe it's their calling to, to paraphrase another war, destroy the truth in order to save it.
I wonder if he's even aware that another journalist, Peter Arnett, invented that line during another war and attributed it to an army major.