Monthly Archives: December 2008

Please help Tim DeChristopher pay for that land

“Tim DeChristopher announced Wednesday afternoon that he would pay the U.S. Bureau of Land Management $45,000 to hold the 13 lease parcels he won in a Dec. 19 sale. His aim is to fend off drilling at least until President-elect … Continue reading

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Tim DeChristopher – Defender of Nature

Disrupter of Wickedness Stupidity bushco: “Just before Christmas, an economics student in Utah figured out a way to help the environment by messing up the mechanics of an auction. The Bush administration had Bureau of Land Management auction offer a … Continue reading

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Obama-rama

There’s a blog that keeps and eye on Mrs. Obama’s fashion. Although it also seems to also be about First Lady fashion, it’s mainly about Mrs O. A pal gave me some Obama water the other day. You can buy … Continue reading

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Between a foreclosure and a hard place

“While modification advocates say it is better for investors to accept a lower rate of return rather than nothing, bondholders don’t see much benefit if modifications just delay an inevitable foreclosure. “Moreover, some securitizations prohibit modifications, as is the case … Continue reading

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There are 8 Jews left in Baghdad

“Once one of the largest Jewish communities in the Middle East, Baghdad Jews have now nearly vanished while the country has been consumed by sectarian war.” ~snip~ “Iraq’s Jewish community dates from biblical times. According to Charles Tripp’s History of … Continue reading

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Virgin Breakfasts

“TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Teens who skip breakfast as middle school students tend to have sex at an earlier age than those who start the day with a proper meal, a government-backed Japanese medical researcher said on Friday.” ~snip~ “The … Continue reading

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Rabbit

Film Drunk’s Trippiest Video of 2008. And, yes, there’s more at the link. Very disturbing, but you’ll be able to say you saw it here.

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C’est Si Bon

Hey, why not?

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Senator Boxer Calls for Hearings on the Use of Torture

“I write today to raise an issue of the utmost significance — the Administration’s use of torture against detainees held in U.S. custody. Despite widespread condemnation from Members of Congress, policy experts, and human rights advocates, Vice President Richard Cheney … Continue reading

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Eartha Kitt 1927-2008

Oh, I might dream a thousand dreams But how can they come true? When there will never ever be another you? Eartha Kitt 1927-2008 She rocked everything she did, so being the best Catwoman ever was probably a breeze for … Continue reading

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President Hunk

“Barrack Obama has just under a month until he’s sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, and so before that he’s taking a two week vacation in Hawaii, as seen here, in pictures from CelebBuzz. Say what … Continue reading

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Think of all the money we could save changing one little law

Of course the prison guard unions would hate it, but the libertarians would love it. They’ve been saying this for years. “I’ve been using my trial membership in Netflix to watch the Showtime series Weed, about a suburban housewife who … Continue reading

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What a draaag it iiis getting ooolder

Oily Boy – the new Japanese fashion magazine for mature men. “‘Oily Boy’ is the actual nickname of the late Jiro Shirasu, once the coolest guy in Japan. “Tall, rich and movie-star handsome, Shirasu was educated at Cambridge University, where … Continue reading

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Maybe they should serialize their comics scripts online

“I’m going to guess that the reason why there are so few female writers at Marvel and DC is because editors aren’t approaching them to invite them to pitch ideas. I’m also going to take another shot in the dark … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown upholds the law

“In a surprise move, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to invalidate Proposition 8. He said the November ballot measure that banned gay marriage ‘deprives people of the right to marry, an aspect of … Continue reading

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RIAA appears to get somewhat saner

“The group representing the U.S. recording industry said Friday it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and will work with Internet service providers to cut abusers’ access if they ignore repeated warnings. “The … Continue reading

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Another wacky film list (nice interface)

I’m 32.4% less cool than swanksalot. I’m surprised I got that close. Another wacky film list. I should make one. Film Addict You are 57.2% addicted. Your friend, swanksalot, is 89.6% addicted. Too bad. You better get watching! Here’s how … Continue reading

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Rick Warren to speak at inauguration. WTF?

Update 122008: Joseph E. Lowery. Well, okay, but Obama, don’t scare a middle aged woman like that. Rick Warren to speak at Obama’s first inauguration. Let me understand this: the Democrats did win this election, didn’t we? I mean, supposedly … Continue reading

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WordPress 2.7 (ew)

Update: I take it back, WP 2.7 is not ew. The post dater is built in now. Yay! Please ignore this: I’m not liking it at all. And this wonderful plugin no longer works: Pre Date Future Post You’ve no … Continue reading

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I only got 63 (but who made this list?)

Courtesy of Logan “Supposedly if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account, paste this as a note. … Continue reading

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My Rep is a mench

“Friends: “As you may have heard, over the past several weeks I was in discussions with President-Elect Barack Obama concerning a possible nomination to serve as the next United States Trade Representative. After some careful consideration I have decided to … Continue reading

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You have ears, you decide

Bolero with an orchestra (don’t recall a choir in the score, but it’s been a while [and fire! yay!]): Bolero with Zappa (smoking while conducting): I like Bolero even though it’s not much of a piece. I like the Mother … Continue reading

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This doesn’t surprise me

Bush is like Hitler to those people. Don’t forget Poland. Different decade, different location, same sick insanity of one man with too much power and no decent people anywhere near him. Old dog, still hunts.

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As if anyone needed more reasons to stop smoking right now

But here they are: “* In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal. * In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will … Continue reading

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Santa Speedo Run

This is what I love about Christmas.

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Gift Cards for Guns

“The Compton Sheriff’s Station, with the assistance of the City of Compton, local community organizations, churches and businesses, will host a firearm surrender program for the holidays. “The program will provide a unique opportunity for area residents to safely surrender … Continue reading

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Credit cards: The Next Crisis!

“While Hirsch chose to use a champagne bottle and waterfall to illustrate how credit card receivables became asset backed bonds. I feel that a trough and pack of wild hogs would have worked out just as well, though it would … Continue reading

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Probably I’m naive

I’ve never understood why the health of the economy was measured in housing starts and consumer spending. If I ran the circus, it would be measured by employment and savings. But I don’t run circus.

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GoodSearch.com

“Give without Giving This Holiday Season “In economic downturn consumers turn to Yahoo-powered search engine and online shopping mall to both save money and generate funds for their favorite nonprofits. “ASPCA has earned more than $22,000! “Los Angeles, CA, December, … Continue reading

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Prop H8: the saga continues

Or rather: The Mayerson linkage on the subject continues: “In a history-making presidential election that energized voters, California’s 12 state ballot propositions generated high interest as well. Eight in 10 voters (81%) report that they followed news about the measures … Continue reading

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