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Bumper stickers for fun.  Buy a truckload and put my Little Lemurs through college…

Working on a Jolokia pepper t-shirt and mug for Curtal Friar at Fountain Abbey.   It must somehow incorporate steel balls and a ghost pepper – I think I know what I want to do with that imagery…

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The things you find on Fark.  Man fakes severe brain injury to get nurse to change his adult diapers.  No, I don’t have a thing for infantile adults wearing diapers, I’m just repulsed by them.

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Why yes, yes I do want to be tracked even more heavily by my smartphone, data harvesting combines, and my government.  Hotels may use smartphones as keys.

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Recently it was posed to me that perhaps I.C. Weiner made a mistake and since he admitted that he committed creepery, lied, and then owned up to it (after being caught) perhaps he should be given credit for that at least.

It took me a while to ponder on it and came to the conclusion that no, he shouldn’t be given another chance, not at all.

Why?

Because every single adult has lied as a kid, got caught, got punished, and yes, we do know right from wrong.  That lesson is learned – whether or not someone chooses to live by it.  As an adult there’s no excuse and you should face consequences.  He’s 46 freakin’ years old.  That’s old enough to know right and wrong and to be judged accordingly.

Now?  Why now, Weiner is a child predator, too!   What do you want to bet now his wife ditches him?

And somehow, Mrs. Righteous Grandmother declines to denounce the now-detumescent Weiner.  She’s a real ball of fire, that swamp-drainer.

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According to Tennessee law, if you are upset by any imagery I post, you can sue me.

For that and several other reasons, I hate Tennessee.

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Jeez, son… you got no reason to kill yourself… you’ve got your whole life ahead of y… nevermind.

Gosh, sucks to be you on so many levels.

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Final Fantasy VII was an excellent game.  I never imagined Tifa looking like this, though.  Not that I disapprove.

Below that… Power Girl?  I am wondering where she was when I was twelve.  Probably the same place Agatha in Girl Genius was – not in my possession.  Oh well, I had Kathy Smith on a poster in my room.

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Janet Napolitano arguing that there’s no logic in profiling muslim men under the age of 35.  Oh, ok then, well… what the hell did she say?

“You’re not using good logic there. You’ve got to use actual intelligence that you received. And, so, you might — all you’ve given me is a kind of status. You have not given me a technique for tactic or behavior. Something that would suggest somebody is not Muslim, but Islamic, that has actually moved into the category of violent extremists,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said at a forum on U.S. security and preventing terrorist attacks.

“We have ways to make some of those cuts. And they involve the intel that comes in, the analysis that goes on. For example, we often times, for travelers entering the United States, we won’t not do what is called a secondary inspection just because they are a 35-year- old male who appears to be Muslim, whatever that means. But we know from intelligence that if they have a certain travel pattern over a certain period of time, that should cause us to ask some more significant questions than if we don’t.”

– Janet Napolitano on whether we profile or not, maybe, whatever that means

Let’s see – she wanders before she finally doesn’t make a point.   Second paragraph – non-sequitur, a double negative, and still doesn’t make a coherent statement.  I feel much safer-er now.  If she handles security like she speaks, stupid things like groping and searching old ladies and children are going to start happening.

Oops.

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Neckdate:  I saw the pain doc again today.  There’s been (very good) improvement in my range of motion but I’ve got pain still.  I pointed out to them where it is hurting and they said “Oh, that is down low (C5-7) – we did not get that yet.  So… it means two more diagnostic procedures and then another RF procedure.   Damn.  If, after all that, and I still have pain, then they are completely willing to try a non-narcotic treatment of pain.  Damn.  So I have to wait a while longer to get my clarity of mind back.  Damn.

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George Will did a nice commentary on the Obamas and their performance for the Olympic farce vote.  Very nice observations, and he didn’t have to reach far to make a compelling statement.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.

<snip> Surely [Silicon] Valley could continue its service to him by designing software for his speechwriters’ computers that would delete those personal pronouns, replacing them with the word “sauerkraut” to underscore the antic nature of their excessive appearances.

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… we pass from the merely silly to the ominous — suppose the president was being not gallant but sincere.  Perhaps the premise of the otherwise inexplicable trip to Denmark was that there is no difficulty, foreign or domestic, that cannot be melted by the sunshine of the Obama persona.

Bingo.

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You and I… we all need a break from seriousness.

Try this.

mapping

mapping with XKCD

Just think if someone really did know everywhere you went.  Which leads us into the main topic, which is surveillance…

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Bloomberg is busy justifying surveillance nets now.

A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan…

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Behind the mayor, a 40-foot video wall displayed maps, incoming data from a police precinct and more than a dozen video streams, many of them showing tourists taking photographs on a sunny day.

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We can’t just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want.

He speaks of balance right after the last sentence there.

Problem with stuff like this is really easy to justify it but hellishly difficult to remove it once in place.  How many taxes have you seen go away recently?  How many government programs have been eliminated recently?  Diddly + jack + squat, that’s how many.

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The United Steaks of America.  Yes.  Really.

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Tsunamis are deadly but cool.

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New global hysteria to nudge Globular Worming out of the spotlight.  It’s just as valid of a theory.  We are going to see a full solar eclipse.  Doom!  Destruction!  Death!  Mega-wedgies!

three-quarter partial eclipse.

Three-quarter partial eclipse.

This week’s solar eclipse has Indian astrologers predicting violence and turmoil across the world, AFP reported.

In Hindu mythology, the two demons Rahu and Ketu are said to “swallow” the sun during eclipses. It takes the life-giving life and causes food to become inedile and water undrinkable, AFP reported.

Mothers-to-be are told to stay inside so their baby doesn’t develop birth defects and some are worried a major world catastrophe will take place.

Raj Kumar Sharma, a Mumbai astrologer, told AFP, “some sort of attack by (Kashmiri separatists) Jaish-e-Mohammad or Al Qaeda on Indian soil” and a devastating natural disaster in Southeast Asia.

But, scientists and astronomers are trying to downplay the claims, saying Wednesday’s eclipse is a nature occurrence.

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While threats aren’t the thing to be spouting, someone has to see how ridiculous this is.

An Ohio man, fed up with deceptive junk mail, made the mistake of losing his temper while on the phone with a St. Louis company pitching an extended auto-service contract. Now he finds himself behind bars, where he is charged with making a terrorist threat.

According to court documents, Charles W. Papenfus, 43, allegedly told a sales representative during a May 18 telephone call that he would burn down the building and kill the employees and their families. He was indicted for making a terrorist threat, a Class D felony; and he could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if convicted.

But this boils my blood:

Authorities would not discuss facts of the case, but one official said that business practices of a telemarketing firm shouldn’t be a factor.

“I think all sorts of people get frustrated with all sorts of businesses,” said Ed Postawko, chief warrant officer in the Circuit Attorney’s Office. “The solution is to don’t patronize that business, it’s not to break the law. … Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

And why shouldn’t telemarketing business practices be a factor? They use my phone (that I pay for) without my permission to do their job and disturb me in my own home.

Nah, nothing wrong here.

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Update #2:

Finally, an apology that was actually an apology.  Letterman has earned my respect.

“Thank you. So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I’m sorry about it and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thank you very much.”

He actually spent time to work through it and then finished up with the apology.   But he said some good stuff along the way – it shows he has a soul.

“And then I was watching the Jim Lehrer ‘Newshour’ – this commentator, the columnist Mark Shields, was talking about how I had made this indefensible joke about the 14-year-old girl, and I thought, ‘Oh, boy, now I’m beginning to understand what the problem is here. It’s the perception rather than the intent.’ It doesn’t make any difference what my intent was, it’s the perception.

This is in sharp contrast to Cynthia McKinney, Al Sharpton, and Janet Napolitano.

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Update:

Not prophesized, but we could have predicted it.  Durbin essesntially engaged in insider trading.

As U.S. stock markets plummeted last September, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and mutual-fund shares and used much of the money to invest in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The Illinois senator’s 2008 financial disclosure statement shows he sold mutual-fund shares worth $42,696 on Sept. 19, the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks. The same day, he bought $43,562 worth of Berkshire Hathaway’s Class B stock, the disclosure shows.

Tsk tsk tsk.

Durbin was doing what a lot of other people were doing, taking a look at their savings” and seeing it “start to tank and trying to preserve some level of wealth by getting out of the market,” said his spokesman, Joe Shoemaker.

Sure, other people would do that, but simply put, he did it after gaining confidential closed-door session information from the Fed.

Whatever information Paulson gave lawmakers wasn’t secret or classified and was disclosed publicly the next day, Shoemaker said.

Practice law in kindergarden much, Shoemaker?  Nice rationalization.

Doesn’t matter.

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The Great Prophet Hansen and his acolytes predicted this as well.  Cooling has to happen before it gets warmer.  Or rather, because it is warmer it is cooler.

A chilly June.

Crops languish.

So… which will it be?

frozen_orangesugar-cane-fireA certain number of congress-critters who are allied with the UN are clamoring for change NOW – just as the government medical programs need to be addressed now so do the global warming issues.  Why?  Because without a majority that is filibuster-proof there is no way that conditions would be this favorable to pass unpopular laws.

Scrutiny is the death of all hysterical fanaticism.

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This will certainly be billed as “her finest hour”.

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Cambridge U. student after Suicide Bash.

Go read all about it.  Higher education works!

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A happy/funny update.  GirlHead and Hellboy both have lung/sinus/ear infections.  Typical kid diseases.  The girl has been saying “I’m trying not to cough.”

Now, I know she’s trying in her own sweet-natured way to be polite, but I had to make sure she knew it was OK to cough.  I told her “I better hear some coughing in there.  I command you to cough!  Heck, one time your mother coughed so hard she coughed up her toes… and then her toenails, and then her shoes!”

She says “Daaaaa-aaaad.”

Later, Cruel Wife comes in and says quietly that GirlHead asked her:  “Mom, did you really cough up your toes?”

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Okayyyyy… (there’s a lot more information if you follow the link)

Obese Woman Dragged From Home, Hauled Away After Death

The Marion County Coroner’s Office has come under fire after it was revealed that an obese woman was dragged from her home and hauled away on a trailer in front of family members following her death.  Teresa Smith, 48, who weighed 750 pounds, died Tuesday in her apartment on Indianapolis’ northeast side.  Officials at the scene told 6News’ Jack Rinehart that the deputy coroner made the decision to call a towing service to remove the body from the home.

It is tempting, but the coroner is still going to have to face the music.

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Note:  An Astute Reader has informed me that *I* may be in the wrong here.  While it is *technically* possible I could be wrong, I still have to argue that it is highly unlikely because my ego would never allow me to make an error, and also the point could be made that a reporter’s job is to report – that is, communicate in an effective manner, which hasn’t quite happened here.

All right, lets do some addition.  In the panicky article titled “US Swine Flu Deaths Hit Double Digits”  (TEN, which is a ginormous shift of ten percent from yesterday’s NINE deaths).

Swine flu has sickened more than 10,000 people in 41 countries and killed 80, according to the World Health Organization, whose figures often lag those of individual countries. Mexico has reported 75 deaths, the U.S. 10, and one in both Canada and Costa Rica.

“Killed 80” the article says.  Then says Mexico has 75, the US 10, and Canada and Costa Rica 1 death each.

75 + 10 + 1 + 1 = 80

Last time I checked 87 did not equal 80.  I’d say “Oh, well, reporters focus on getting grammar, spelling, punctuation, and facts right rather than worry about math” … but I can’t.

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You mean minorities can be racist, too?

A Latino street gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate the city’s black residents through attempted murders and other crimes, according to federal racketeering indictments unsealed Thursday.

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