If you're trying to control the spread of an invasive exotic species of toads, is it really more humane to beat them over the head than to suffocate them?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I love this from the NYT in an article about the Obama administration's Afghanistan deliberations and how military officials responded to a leaking of private information to the press.
The cable stunned some in the military. The reaction at the Pentagon, said one official, was “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” — military slang for an expression of shock.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
A habitual offender with 29 prior arrests had been released from a year in county jail just days before. He probably had some ideas in mind of what he would do when he got back on the streets. Being confronted by a college student whose garage he was burgling was probably not in his plans. That the student might be armed with a samurai sword probably never crossed his mind. Having his arm chopped nearly off before he died came as a surprise, I expect.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Punk poet, Jim Carroll, has died at age 60. I hope he finds his friends.
In 1990 or '91 some friends and I went to see Jim Carroll read in Buffalo. The room was packed, and we sat on the floor at Carroll's feet. The nugget that stays with me from that reading is called "Sampling Nietzsche"
"What does not kill me, only serves to make me sleep until 3:30 the next afternoon."
Thursday, September 10, 2009
A new site with a provocative name would like to reassure you that there is no evidence that Glen Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. But they find it curious that Mr. Beck hasn't denied the allegation.
According to the site:
We assume Glenn Beck did not rape and murder a young girl in 1990, although we haven't yet seen proof that he didn't. But we think Glenn Beck definitely uses tactics like this to spread lies and misinformation.So why is this funny? It wouldn't be funny at all if Mr. Beck and his ilk weren't in the business or manufacturing controversy out of bullshit. Take, for example, the Fox News tactic of injecting uncredited innuendo into their "reporting" by using the "some people say" technique.
Just because some jackass disagrees with established facts doesn't meant there's a controversy. There is no controversy about where Barack Obama was born. Similarly, there's no controversy about whether or not the Earth was created over the course of seven days. Just because there is disagreement doesn't mean there's a controversy. WTF? These days, I think if President Obama went on record saying that water is wet, Republicans in Congress would jump up to disagree.
So, to be clear, there is no evidence that Glen Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. But the evidence is incontrovertible that he is a prissy weirdo.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Ha ha! If monothiest religions were a movie franchise.
Jews liked the first movie, but ignored the sequels. Christians think you need to watch the first two movies, but the third one doesn't count. Muslims think the third movie was the best, and the Mormons liked the second one so much that they started writing fan-fiction that doesn't fit with any of the series of the canon.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Attention, grumpy old man. I feel your frustration. I'm glad it was you and not me in a Wal-Mart listening to a screaming kid. But. You're the one who walked into the Wal-Mart. Jeez! Haven't you seen the people who shop there?
That said, Mr. Grumpy, it's not your job to "shut her up." Keep your hands to yourself! Or didn't they used to say that in your day?