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Here's what I'd like to know:
Number of days till my next time off (any): 8
I'm getting sick. Last night I got let out of rehearsal about 45 minutes early to recover, and in a fit of illness and weakness, I IMed EK. Nothing much, just "hey". And when I got up this morning, I had a nice message from him. Which acknowledges that he really ought to start returning phone calls. So he's less in the doghouse.
-- My brother is currently in 4th place (after 3 kids tied for 1st) at a big tournament in Mississippi. Cool.
Let it simply be said that, as I return to my overcrowded house at the end of the day, which consisted of dealing with hostile people, listening to the same music over and over again, being deprived of sleep, and forced to be on my feet for way longer than was comfortable, I feel no sympathy for the folks down at Gitmo.
Okay, I need advice about PS.
I'm tired, and I have a headache. Fortunately, it's 9PM and I'm home, on my porch. Apparently a truck full of sound equipment that was supposed to arrive tonight will not actually arrive until tomorrow, which means we get to deal with it then.
My latest search string referral:
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So apparently Vlad Putin got himself in a spot of trouble yesterday for insinuating that Africa has a history of cannibalism. From the Sun article:
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin sparked uproar yesterday by saying Africans had a history of CANNIBALISM.Which is an awful thing to say, except that it's true. And in fact, it's not a question of "used to." It's actually still a practice in some places. Eating your adversaries heart and genitals is supposed to grant you their power.
He lashed out at the continent’s past after being challenged about his human rights’ record.
In an astonishing outburst, Mr Putin said: “We all know that African countries used to have a tradition of eating their own adversaries.
For the time being, I've decided to give these people code initials, just for simplicity, deniablity, and non-google-ability (although it's not like this place isn't WAY easy to find). And cuz I want to.
Yesterday was my last day off for at least two weeks. Today at least I don't have to be to work until about two hours later than usual, but I think I'm going to be there till midnight. It's gonna be a long two weeks.
This is the recipe for my peach pie, which is only baked under a specific sort of duress. Specifically, the sort when you have a friend who should be calling you or keeping in touch or whatever and they aren't and you're sad, angry, or ready to tell them to take a long hike off a short pier.
Take about 3/4 cup of your favorite dry stuffing mix. Add milk to cover it. Microwave for about 45 seconds. Toss it in a non-stick pan. Add 2 or 3 eggs. Scramble it all together. Maybe add some bits of sausage or ham. Or not. It doesn't really need it. Take a slice of whatever cheese you have handy and tear it into the pan. Keep scrambling. Toss it all on a plate, enjoy.
I haven't fisked anything in a long time, but I was checking through my comments (which I also haven't looked at for a long time, mostly out of guilt) and I found this doozy. From a fellow named Forest. All spelling and punctuation is his. All mockery is mine. Let's dive in.
Where to start? I assume you are a Republican.You assume wrong. I'm a libertarian. I generally vote Republican because I like my vote to count for something, and the Republicans represent my priorities better than the Democrats do. However, my loyalties are to the ideas, not the party. If the Republicans suddenly stop representing my priorities well, well, then, I'll vote for someone else.
Seems all well educated(brainwashed) people are Republicans. I don't associate myself with any political party as i think one is as bad as the other.Ah, you're one of those people. Let us all take a moment to reflect on the moral and intellectual superiority of this man. You done? That was quick.
Although i did lean toward the Libertarian Party with Ross Perot. I thought he was the best to come along since "Give em Harry."Actually, in 1992, Ross Perot ran as an Independent, for reasons that are complicated. Andre Marrou was the Libertarian. In 1996, Perot ran as the Reform candidate. Just to be, you know, accurate.
I think i admired him for his use of common sense rather than education.Clearly.
Ronald Reagan? How can you respect a man who calls his wife "mommie?"Because he had the balls to stand up to the USSR, bring down the Iron Curtain, restore hope and pride to America and slash taxes all at the same time, despite nearly being assassinated. Frankly, I don't care if he called his wife Rudolph, I care about his actions.
John Kerry? The man had his problems but i don't think we would have had to wait 9 minutes for a speech writer to send George W. what to say about 911.You're right. We would have had to wait 43 minutes. And then we wouldn't have any clue what he was trying to say, because Kerry does not express himself clearly.
Fundamentally i think George W. is an idiot.Fundamentally, I think that in standard English, the pronoun "I" is capitalized.
i'd still like to know who he paid to do his work in college.I'd still like to know where, exactly, including the exit number, you get off for declaring ANYONE who is not actively drooling on his- or herself for idiocy.
As for him getting us in a war with Iraq. All he's doing is making his rich Texas friends richer and while we're at it we'll liberate the Iraqi people.Did you know that the profit margin for the companies involved in Iraq's reconstruction are operating at a VERY low profit margin? And besides, what would be the simplest possible way for Bush to have enriched the oil tycoons of which you speak? That would have been "ALLOWING THEM TO BUY OIL FROM SADDAM BY LIFTING THE SANCTIONS" for $200, Alex. Which would have cost nothing, except that it would have (further) enriched a tyrant and left 26 million people oppressed under the heel of totalitiarianism.
Besides, war is good for the economy. Is'nt that what they said about the Viet Nam war.I d'o'nt know, did they? It certainly helped us get out of the Great Depression, but generally, war creates uncertainty, and that's bad for business. Especially when the war involves a major oil supplier, and when oil prices go up, it's bad for business. However, in this case, bringing long-term stability and peace to the Middle East is good for business and the economy on a long-range basis. Similarly, reducing/eradicating terrorism reduces uncertainty and allows people to feel more confident as investors, consumers, and citizens, which is good for the economy. I'm not really sure where you're going with all this though.
who was president then? Oh that's right "Tricky,I am not a Crook,Dickie."Right, cuz Nixon got us in to Vietnam, right? Right? [crickets] Or maybe not... that was Kennedy.
And why do we need all this oil? So the Elite people in this country, can drive Gas-Guzzling SUVs, so they feel safe.To make plastic. To heat our homes. To make gas that fuels the 18-wheelers that bring food and clothing and everything else to people all over the country. To power school buses and ambulances. To allow little old ladies to get to the supermarket. Why, oil has many uses! Who knew?
And the Lady Warrior from fantasy land.Ooh, I can say random things too! Polyurethane candle wax from Georgia. Lemon zest makes me into a marsupial. Fing-fangled foxy gloating over nude hip-tights.
A bullet between your eyes will stop you faster than you can say Merlin.That is true. I agree. I'm not sure how we got here, but let us note that here, we are in agreement. Although, were I taking a bullet between the eyes, Merlin would probably not be on my mind.
Talk is cheap and so are peoples lives to certain groups of people.Let's fill in the blanks here. Two words, and this statement is accurate. Talk is cheap and so are Iraqi people's lives to certain groups of left-wing people.
911 was a wakeup call. Do you own a gun. do you know how to use it.Yes, it was. No, I don't, because I live in New York City and that's not legal. If it were though, I might, once I could afford one. I do know how to use one, but it's been a while, and if I were to own a gun, you better believe I'd know how to use it.
Well you can beat that whoever comes to harm your family and friends does. Swords,knives and magic aren't going to save you or your family or friends.Damnit, I was counting on using magic, too!
Just like the thief in the night,if they want to get into your house, they will.Once again, how did we get here, exactly? Truly, Forest, you possess a dizzying intellect.
I don't mean to sound like Chicken Little but do you see it getting any safer here? Really safer? I can still envision HiJackers crashing planes into Atomic Power Plants and chemical factories. They don't necessarily have to HiJack planes in the U.S.I think the more terrorists are dead, the safer we are. Do I think we're safe? No. Did I ever imply that? No. I can envision terrorists doing awful things too. This is why I voted for George Bush, because I think he's taking active steps to prevent that. Not all the ones I'd like, mind you. But certainly more than Kerry.
I hope my ignorance doesn'y stop you from answering my comments.Oh, no, on the contrary, your ignorance is exactly what motivated me to answer your comments in such detail. I LOVE fisking ignorant people. Go back and read my Mary Beth Cahill posts. Forest, if answers are what you seek, your ignorance has served you well in my comment section. Also, I hope my mockery doesn't stop you from expressing yourself through creative spelling and punctuation.
Just one more thing. Why should we question Michael Moores motives any more than we did George Ws motives for going to war with Iraq.?Is that rhetorical? I'm not sure we should question them more. In fact, I'm not really sure how to answer that question at all. I think I choose to honor your first final punctuation of that sentence, and ignore the second.
And how do you spell potato?This is why there are no Internet spelling bees.
Over at Wizbang, Jay comments on the probable bogusness of the new "study" ranking the relative intelligence of the states. His bone to pick with it is this:
The first three they mention are purely economic: Public Elementary and Secondary School Revenue per $1,000 Personal Income,Per Pupil Public Elementary and Secondary School Current Expenditures, and Percent of Public Elementary and Secondary School Current Expenditures used for Instruction.I think he's totally on to something, but what basically set off my BS detector was that the economic factors (which Jay rightfully skewers) are not normalized for cost of living. Your average teacher makes a lot more in Manhattan than they do in Missouri. Does that mean the kids are smarter, or that the New York teacher is better? No, it means that you can rent the same apartment for $400 a month in Missouri and $2600 in Manhattan, and they're compensating.
In other words, how much of people's money is taken by the government to spend on schools, how much per student that works out to, and how much of that actually gets spent on the kids.
So, that's 6 questions of 21 that really have very little to do with student performance. Without even trying, I've put a significant dent in nearly 30% of their source data. It makes me wonder what someone who actually knows what they're doing could do with the rest of it.
Yes, I know. I haven't posted for three months. I suck. In that time, I did not elope to Beirut, I got back to New York, I wrote a one act musical, discovered my calling as a stage manager, applied for a summer job in Massechusetts, had my one-act musical performed, went back to Missouri, drove back to New York, parked in Brooklyn, had Abigail visit me in New York, drove from Brooklyn to Manhattan at rush hour, and drove from Manhattan to Massachusetts, moved into a triple room in house of 13 people in a VERY small town in the middle of nowhere in Connecticut, and have been living here and working just across the border for about two weeks now. As there's nothing to do here (besides sit on the porch and look at the barn) except work on my musical, which I am doing, but not ALL the time, I'm going to try to blog some this summer. It may or my not happen. I apologize, if you still care, for falling off the face of the earth. I am a bad bad blogger. Alright, enough with the self-flaggelation. On to the posting!