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Friday, April 29, 2005

Hold Your Nose Tuesday 

Ann Coulter is coming to UT.

From my inbox:
The Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship (SECL) and the Student Events Center Distinguished Speakers Committee (DSC) are pleased to invite UT Austin students, faculty, and staff to a lecture with Ann Coulter, political columnist and best-selling author. Ms. Coulter will speak on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. Passes are free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those with a valid UT ID (students, faculty and staff) beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 2 at the Student Events Center front desk, located at the north end of the 4th level of the Texas Union (UNB 4.300).
I'm a little curious. I missed Whorowitz when he was here, and I heard it was a circus. So that piques my curiousity a bit more. But then again, they say curiosity killed the cat. And from reading a bit of Ms. Coulter's "writing", I know that she actually wants me dead based on my political beliefs.

So even though I'm not a cat, I'm going to steer clear.

There goes the neighborhood... 

Patrick has entered the blogosphere. He's also been added to my blogroll under "Friends."

Click "Drilling Alaska" if you dare - and watch out for lemons.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Get Broke! 

It's that day of the week again. I'm taking a break from procrastinating to procrastinate with booze and tunes at Plush.

Got loads of fresh wax and no guests this week, so all the time in the world to play it.

So if you're in Austin, get off yer duff and come collect a free drink from yours truly while you shake some stress outta that ass.

Or something.

Chalabi... 

...is in charge of Iraq's oil?

Sometimes I just want to scream.

What the fuck is going on?

And that's a serious question. If anyone can tell me how that slimey piece of shit managed this, I'd really like to know...

Spitzer v. Spyware 

Man I love the future governor of New York!

In another brilliantly crass political stunt that is also extremely helpful and deserved, Elliot Spitzer is out to hand a spyware company its ass in court. The guy's a maniac in that good, maniacally nifty kinda way. He makes me want to be a prosecutor, but only if I could work for him.

I met his sister when I was on vacation in Costa Rica. Super cool woman taking care of two teenage girls while simultaneously running a public interest legal organization. Brilliant like her brother.
"Spyware and adware are more than an annoyance," Spitzer said. "These fraudulent programs foul machines, undermine productivity and in many cases frustrate consumers' efforts to remove them from their computers. These issues can serve to be a hindrance to the growth of e-commerce."

An Intermix spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Fraudulent programs?" That doesn't even make any sense, but it's perfect publicity. Genius.
The advertisers, which include Fortune 500 companies, aren't targeted.
Should read: "The advertisers, which include potential campaign contributors, aren't targeted." I love it when good politicians (not to mention badass lawyers and public speakers) are on my side.

Stuff on My Cat! 

Via Patrick, my new favorite website.

stuffonmycat.com

Brilliant.

Expect pictures of Speakers with stuff on him in the near future.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Whoops! 

Man...once you're under scrutiny, it's hard to be a hypocrite:
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes, according to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a cigar is an economic prop to a brutal totalitarian regime. Arguing against loosening sanctions against Cuba last year, DeLay warned that Fidel Castro "will take the money. Every dime that finds its way into Cuba first finds its way into Fidel Castro's blood-thirsty hands.... American consumers will get their fine cigars and their cheap sugar, but at the cost of our national honor."

DeLay has long been one of Congress' most vocal critics of what he calls Castro's "thugocracy," which is why some sharp-eyed TIME readers were surprised last week to see a photo of the Majority Leader smoking one of Cuba's best—a Hoyo de Monterrey double corona, which generally costs about $25 when purchased overseas and is not available in this country. The cigar's label clearly states that it was made in "Habana." The photo was taken in Jerusalem on July 28, 2003, during a meeting between DeLay and the Republican Jewish Coalition at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.
Cigar for me but not for thee! I'm not aficionado enough to know why Cubans are so prized. When I was a wee bit younger I figured it was because they got you high - like rolling a mild hallicinogen in with the tobacco, perhaps some local "weed" or something. I wonder how much of the hype around Cubans is solely because they can't be legally imported - the old forbidden fruit syndrome.

Well, at least Delay didn't cram it in an intern, right?

Odessa Schools to Have "Bible Class" 

This is great...why is my state always on the cutting edge of smashing the wall between church and state?
The school board in this West Texas town voted unanimously to add a Bible class to its high school curriculum.
. . .
Others said they feared a national constitutional fight.
Fear one? You got one, kiddo. Welcome back to the limelight Odessa - you would have been better served by relegating your nationwide fame to the overzealous passion you exhibit for high school football.

Do I think that literature teachers should be able to teach about the bible as part of a broader literature class? Sure, along with any other holy text, as many have a great influence on literature. Do I think that's the kind of thing these people are really trying to do with this class? Not for a second.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

A Moment of Noise and Jubilation... 

...to commemorate the death of J.B. Stoner, noted white supremacist. What a fuck he was, and the world is a better place without his stench lingering about. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
In at interview last year from his nursing home, Stoner -- bedridden and partially paralyzed -- remained unapologetic, saying, "a person isn't supposed to apologize for being right."

He never married, once telling an interviewer any woman "would be too dumb" for him.
Ah...charming to the last. If I believed in the afterlife, I'd actually suggest that he not be permitted to rest in peace.

Hating Liberals 

This post over at Democratic Underground is classic. I feel this way far too often (and occasionally find myself engaged in the very activities I find so grating).
All too often, liberals would rather complain and feel good about themselves than choke down the hard stones that sometimes have to be swallowed when seeking a solution that might actually work.

Liberals like to fight. They get into a room, either real or electronic, and wind up in huge, epic arguments about this or that while skating past the fact that the person they are arguing with and insulting agrees with about 90% of what they agree with. They forget the old rule: If you find yourself screaming in rage at someone who agrees with 90% of what you agree with, you might just be a zealot and therefore no good to anyone but yourself.

Conservatives used to be like liberals. They were out of power and fighting amongst themselves, the Birchers v. the Rockefellars v. the Nixonites v. the Reaganites v. the Fundamentalists v. the Internationalists. Somewhere along the line, they figured out how to quell all that, and whoosh! they were in power. I enjoy disliking conservatives and do not enjoy hating liberals, but since they both apparently share so many common characteristics these days, I am helpless before the tide.

I hate liberals. They do not get along, they enjoy disagreement for the sake of disagreement all too often, they are so hard to meld into a coalition that no one has ever, ever, ever managed to meld them into an effective coalition for any significant period of time. Liberals are the reason liberals lose elections nowadays.

I'm a liberal. I believe in the cause, the causes, the policy ideas. We ran the country for years once upon a time while winning World War II and salvaging the national economy by coming up with ways to help the helpless. Imagine it. The things we can do for the good of this country and the world positively boggle the mind.

But I hate liberals, because they won't let that happen. They make me absolutely crazy.
Read the whole thing, that's just the kicker. His "recent examples" are priceless and I can totally relate. My first experience with this was when the whole "political correctness" thing became all the rage on the left. I've got a big mouth, so suddenly I was a closet bigot because I would say things like, "You know Keith...black guy, about 5'10" and keeps his head shaved - philosophy major." I actually got chewed out for referring to a friend as Mexican because the correct word was, apparently, "latino." Except my friend is from Mexico City.

So I get what this guy's talking about. And I could go on about meetings of hard left groups...more often frustrating than enlightening, even when you agree with almost every word that's said.

Couple New Links Under Friends 

Give 'em a click if you don't already...good stuff.

For starters, Divisadero's top-o-page post right now has this bit:
I mean, where religion and politics become incestuous, the DeLays of the world can become holy men. Need I illustrate what's wrong with that?
Birds of a feather...I know...I know. Anybody know of any of my conservative friends that have blogs I can link to, that I don't have linked already?

Werd UP!

Monday, April 25, 2005

本来 

Bloggy bloggy blog blog!

BLAH!

WOOOOAAARGH!

So tired of Business Associations...hurts my brain.

Procrastinate here.

YEEHAW!

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