Thursday, July 27, 2006


I was going to post a video from you tube here, but I did not like the way it looked. However, here is the link.

Edited 7/31 - thanks Zeb:

Aparently, the video was removed from tou tube. Let me try to explain it, and it won't be nearly as funny.

The video is captioned 'Cyber Sex'. Boy is sitting in front of his computer IMing a girl. They agree to have cyber sex. He is watching a video of her pulling her shirt up. He stands up to drop his drawers, when he is called down to dinner by his mother. Boy starts to eat dinner, scooping mashed potatoes onto his plate. His sister is sitting across from him. He looks over at her and realizes that is the shirt he was watching being removed from his cyber vixen. The look on his face is priceless. Very funny.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Because the Judiciary should be running foreign affairs

An Arab-American civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Monday charging the Bush administration with failing to protect the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens trapped in Lebanon by the Israeli military offensive.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, seeks an emergency court order that would compel the U.S. government to stop sending weapons to Israel as long as U.S. citizens are trying to leave Lebanon.

The group also is asking for an injunction that would force Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to request a ceasefire and an order that U.S. officials "increase their evacuation efforts and use all resources at their disposal," including more military transports and commercial charters.

I'm not sure where to start with this 'lawsuit'. I feel somewhat badly for those Americans who are 'stuck' in Lebanon. Someone should have warned them that the Middle East isn't exactly stable before they headed over there. As the government did not force them to be there, the government isn't really responsible to get them out. As a benevolent government, historically, ours does get our citizens out of dangerous areas via military means. However, those citizens are generally billed for some of the costs. This situation should have been no different, but, of course, the media outcry caused the government to give these citizens a free ride.

This whole suit, though, fails the smell test. It stinks. Nothing like an "arab-american" (i.e. arab) group trying to use the american judiciary to dictate foreign policy. Of course, the federal judiciary has a long history of trying to usurp power. The federal judge in Michigan may just decide to order Condee to do something about those war-mongering Isrealites. Hell, he may just decide to issue an injunction against the Isrealites ordering them to cease fire and promptly remove themselves from the world to appeas the Muslims.

Nina Chahine, 19, who with her family was among the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said her wedding in the southern city of Tyre was set for July 13. The wedding had to be postponed as family members fled the outbreak of the war, she said.

"We were on the road and the first bridge was bombed and we drove home and all the other bridges were bombed and there was absolutely no way for us to get home," Chahine told reporters outside federal court in Detroit.

"We were all American citizens and there was no way that anybody helped us. No communications nothing. I was on my way to my wedding fearing death, basically."

Here's a thought, plan your wedding for a more stable location. When you go to south Labanon, infested with Hezbollah, for your wedding, you may at least plan a contingency in case those same Hezbollah continue to bomb Israel. Don't plan your wedding in a war zone, then blame the American government becasue you were fearing death on your wedding day. I have a feeling if you would have planned your wedding to take place in Detroit, you would not have feared an Israeli invasion (of course, you may have still feared for your life). Why aren't you suing Israel as well?

Monday, July 17, 2006

Thursday, July 13, 2006


The same federal judge who threw out Georgia's voter ID law last year blocked the state Wednesday from enforcing its revised law during this year's elections.

In October, the judge rejected a more-stringent voter ID requirement, saying it amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax because of the fees associated with getting the required ID. This year, the Legislature passed a law that made the IDs free and available in all counties.

You would think that this would do the trick, show up, prove who you are, get a free ID and, wham, vote away. Oh, but wait, we don't really want to take steps to keep democrats from dragging bus-loads of people from polling place to polling place casting multiple ballots under assummed names ...

During a day of testimony before Murphy issued his decision, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Neil Bradley argued that making voters go to county registrar's offices to get a required ID was an inconvenience that did nothing to address fraud at the ballot box.

That's right, getting a free ID to vote is an inconvenience. Damn, so is E-check, renewing my license plates, renewing my driver's license, not to mention paying my annual fees to keep my law license, speed limits, taxes, having to actually sign my name when I vote, having to go to the right polling place to vote, and not being able to vote as many times as I want. Let's take a hard stand and protect the people's rights to vote without any accountability, then bitch about election fraud afterwards.

But the computer says so ...

So, the dead want to work now, too? With all the unemployed living, you would think the dead would at least back of the demand for work.

Also, of note, is the headnote on this site: "Proudly searching ONLY South Africa."
Very proud indeed, I'm sure, but isn't Malaysia not in south africa?

"It's easier to pay for prostitutes with crack than cash"

So says an 80 year old drug-dealing john in this story. But, he was just trying to stay sexually active and pay his bills. Isn't that what every guy wants?

I'm sure these were high-quality whores, too.

The Baroque Cycle

This has been my most recent read. Three books in an incredibly well-written entertaining series set in the late 17th and early 18th century by Neal Stephenson. The story focuses on three main characters: Jack Shaftoe a vagabond become a king of sorts; Eliza a slave become duchess and heavyweight of financials; and Daniel Waterhouse a natural philosopher, phanatique, and 'friend' of Isaac Newton.

There is no easy way to describe the tale that takes place over a 60 plus year span around the globe. The books, while at times tedious, are generally easy reading, thought-provoking, historically accurate to the times, witty, and just plain fun. The issues tend to be religious, economic, scientific and political with a dashes of adventure, romance, and hilarity.

In the past I have blogged about Stephenson's earlier work, Cryptonomicon. This is more of the same and I recommend it highly.

Like a horde of barbarians pilaging Rome

Thank you Aljazeera.

I think that if the american soldiers actually committed this crime, then they should be punished accordingly. If the crime is as it has been reported, capital punishment is in order.

However, saying that "this is what the american liberators are doing in Iraq, raping girls and killing civilians inside their houses" is a just a bit over the top. What does Aljazeera think it is, the New York Times?

Monday, July 03, 2006


So, now Superman is no longer an example of the American sense of justice and ethics. The producers/writers/directors (whomever) of the new movie, changed the line 'truth, justice, and the American way' to 'truth, justice, and all that stuff."

Now, setting aside that Superman has a 70 year history of being America's super-hero, that's just a stupid line.

More importantly, while I know that the international box office is important, why do we have to communize, I mean globalize, our super-heroes? He is our super-hero. He is as American an institution as there can be, and yet the writers of the new movie, 'concerned' over what the world might think, changed the institution so as not to offend. Great. Assholes.

I'm glad I read about this, there is $8.50 I won't drop on a movie.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


If you are not playing this game, shame on you. This is one of the most addictive role-playing games ever. I have never been so engrossed by a game before. It combines excellent role-playing with good first-person shooter action with incredible amount of free-will/non-linearness (as if that were a word). Go get this game.