Archives: March 2003

Kong Is Back

Peter Jackson of LOTR fame will remake one of my favorite movies ever: King Kong. It’s bound to be a great film. I can’t wait to see it. I wonder, though, what tall building in New York he’ll end up climbing… since the World Trade Center towers (from the 1974 movie) are no longer there.

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Weekend Update 2003-03-31

Kathy did most of the work finishing the drywall in the living room while I stressed out as everything when haywire for me all week long. (You can interpret “stressed out” as “threw temper tantrums”). The wall around the fireplace is brick with a thick layer of plaster over it — plaster that’s in bad

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“It’s Not About The Oil” – Part 357

The US. Army names two Iraq outposts after oil companies. Also, the military renames an Iraq airport “Bush International Airport.” Take a picture, George, it’s the only airport you’ll ever get.

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One of the best things I’ve read recently

A recent post from Ampersand on the subject of racism: “When I step on someone’s foot, I don’t complain that their toes are overly sensitive, nor do I make elaborate explanations of how I came to step on their foot (“you have to understand, where I meant to put my foot was…”). I apologize and

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Extreme Sports

Having bought a wheelbarrow this weekend, I can now participate in this cutting-edge new sport.

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Here’s what happens when Bushie gives you a tax cut

Portland Crime lab too broke to respond to some crimes: “But the lab’s work has been slowed by the state’s budget turmoil. A total of 85 out of 135 state lab positions were originally cut by the Legislature. About half of those jobs have been restored. Still, the cutbacks have had a profound impact on

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Blame Canada

From Toronto’s Globe & Mail newspaper: “Washington delivered a stern message to Canada on Tuesday, saying Americans feel disappointed and betrayed by the Canadian decision to stay out of the war in Iraq. At a breakfast speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Paul Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, said “there is a lot

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Weekend Update 2003-03-23

I dug up the brick pathway in front of my house this weekend, and moved the bricks to the side of the house so I can use them in the path in the back yard. I also uncovered part of the sidewalk and started work on the flowerbed on the side of the house. Kathy

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Oh, I’m So Certain.

I just got a memo at work that reads in part, “Pearson Travel Services wants to reassure employees that it has established the necessary processes and information sources to assist travelers during these uncertain times…” The “uncertain times” phrase is becoming as ubiquitous (and meaningless) as “the terrorists have won,” a phrase I thought had

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“A dramatic defeat for humanity”

The pope and other churches around the world are united in condemning this war on Iraq, saying among other things: “This war will kill and wound men and women already burdened by years of embargo and tyranny… This war was not necessary, because other paths were open.”

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TV Coverage of the War

Or I should say, non-coverage…. because there was nothing on but a picture of the Baghdad skyline and a bunch of guys yammering about how they didn’t know anything about what was going on, but we might not have hit Saddam. Or we might have because that video might be one of his body doubles.

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Bravo, Mr. Daschle

“Daschle practically blamed the impending war on Bush, rather than Saddam Hussein: I’m saddened, saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we’re now forced to war. Saddened that we have to give up one life because this president couldn’t create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so critical for our country.

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Failure

So having failed at diplomacy, the president has catapulted us into war. And his first attack to kill Saddam failed, too. Let’s hope he has better luck for the rest of this ill-begotten conflict. I just hope that our soldiers keep their heads down, work hard, and come back alive. And I hope we don’t

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If she goes, I’m going with her!

Looks like my suggestion that France might take back the Statue of Liberty is being taken seriously by some Americans who want to give the Statue back to France. There’s nothing more ironic and, well symbolic of the moronic nature of the right-wing that this. I tell ya, if the statue goes to France, I’m

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Poor Natalie. Poor America.

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks was forced by her record company to apologize for her remarks in London about President Bush. While on stage in London, she said, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” They made her take it back, but no one can tell

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mp3 downloads funding terrorism

Now we have congressional hearings suggesting that if you download mp3s from the internet, you’re funding Terrorism. Yeah, Right. Crap, I thought I was only riding with Hitler and channeling Satan. I guess now I’m also funding the terrorists. Looks like the folks at Modern Humorist were ahead of their time.

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I Love Television

There are tons of people I know who say things like “I never watch TV.” I’m not one of those. I watch TV. A lot. Usually while doing other things, like laundry, reading, working on the house… but I watch TV. I love TV. Well, the good shows, anyway. Because of the harsh winter this

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Sneaksnare The Thief

So you’re writing a novel, and your supervillian needs a name? Need to come up with a new spacecraft model? Got a new mixed drink and you don’t know what to call it? Visit The Page of Generators for all your creative needs.

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Trogdor, The Burninator!

To play the Trogdor game, Use the arrow keys to control Trogdor. Stomp ten peasants to achieve burnination. Burn all cottages to progress to the next level. Brought to you by Strong Bad and Homestarrunner. For the origins of Trogdor, check out the Strong Bad e-mail about drawing a dragon. Heck while you’re at it,

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Weekend Update 2003-03-17

I pruned and cut back all the dead flowers in the beds from last year, raked the back yard and neighbor’s yard, seeded the backyard, dug up the gravel in what will be the new flower bed on the northwest corner of the house, finished the laundry that will go to goodwill, bought 5 sheets

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I swear I would attach my head if it wasn’t lost

It’s Friday, and for some reason, I’m not running out the door of work to go home. I’m still stuck in a design for a site I’m doing at work, and going over the massive list of stuff I have to accomplish this weekend. I used to go home relieved to be done with work,

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Sorry, Lafayette, I’m Staying Home

A Florida congresswoman, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite is proposing legislation to enable families of war dead who are buried in France to exhume their bodies and bring them home to be buried in the United States. Her explanation: “I, along with many other Americans, do not feel that the French government appreciates the sacrifices men and

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Memory Hole and Unknown News

The Memory Hole: ” The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known. The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we’re not supposed to know (or that we’re supposed to forget).” Unknown News: “The news you need,

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Tracking the Right-Wing Astroturf

Here’s what it is: leaders of the GOP will send out canned letters to select constituents in key media markets across the country, and these constituents will then turn around and e-mail them to the “letters to the editor” section of various local newspapers and magazines as well national publications. Many of these media outlets

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Boycott Brand America

How do we – from Tokyo and Bombay to London and Los Angeles – take a stand against Rogue Nation USA? Here’s an idea: we hit the superpower with a boycott the whole world can see, and that American power can really feel. For most of us, the clear symbols of American culture gone wrong

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Give it up, George

You’ve probably all heard the story by now of how our esteemed elected officials decided to change the name of french fries and toast (“House cafeterias change names for ‘french’ fries and ‘french’ toast”) to “freedom fries” and “freedom toast” on the house menu because the French are opposed to us starting an unjustified war

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More proof of the dangers of the Patriot Act

The FBI seized and opened, without warrant or legal right, a package being exchange between two reporters containing unclassified information about terrorism. The exciting thing about it is that the government’s illegal seizure occurred right here in Indianapolis at the FedEx hub, and the jackass FBI guy who made the bonehead decision to snatch the

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It’s not about the oil?

Read this article in the New Yorker and then try to tell me that this war isn’t about businesses in our country trying to gain control of the Iraq oil.

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Which political stereotype are you?

From a now-defunct quiz on Quizilla: Which political stereotype are you? Democrat – You believe that there should be a free market which is reigned in by a modest state bureaucracy. You think that capitalism has some good things, but that those it helps should be obliged to help out their fellow man a little.

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It’s a Minstrel Show, Folks.

My friend Lori posted some thoughts on the new season of Queer As Folk, and this caught my eye: interesting – the showtime website has a question in the FAQ – “Which of the cast members are gay in real life?” Showtime’s answer: “Some of the actors are gay, and some of them are straight.”

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Yeah, what he said

Monty Python’s Terry Jones uses George W. Bush’s logic to explain why he should be allowed to take out his annoying neighbors. Hell, my neighbors have been annoying me for over a year. Where do I get my cruise missiles?

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Where in the World Are You?

Find your exact latitude and longitude. Also, check out what websites are near you. We all hope you find yourself to be nowhere near Iraq. Although there are quite a few who wouldn’t be thrilled to be near the US, either.

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Weekend Update 2003-03-10

I fixed the wall above the window in the living room, and I put smaller sections of drywall on the two walls that Kathy and I started, so I have two walls finished. Now I just have two living room walls left to put drywall on, and the corner surrounding the fireplace, as well. I

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I’ll be a fireman when the floods roll back

I’ve been going through my web links and bookmarks and compiling everything/weeding it all out to just the sites I think are really cool. It’s gonna be a long process. I also have some ideas for redesigning the entire site. Yikes. Wonder when I’ll have time to do that? (update: march 2005) Hmmm. I keep

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Neo-Nazis on MSNBC

First read this article in Salon about the freak show that is Michael Savage, then visit and sign GLAAD’s online petition to take this guy off his new show on MSNBC. Then go buy this book on The myth of the liberal media, and read why public discourse is being held hostage to right-wing corporate

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Welcome to John Ashcroft’s New Amerika

Guy gets arrested for wearing a “Pro Peace” T-shirt at the mall, and the really ironic thing is that he BOUGHT THE SHIRT AT THE MALL. Then got arrested for putting it on right there. Yet another case of “Wait, what the hell country do we live in?”

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Letter of Resignation

Letter of resignation submitted to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell by U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling, a career diplomat who has served the United States at embassies from Israel to Morocco to Armenia. My favorite part: “Why does our President condone the swaggering and contemptuous approach to our friends and allies this Administration is

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Last night I finished stripping

Last night I finished stripping all the wallpaper off the walls in the living room. I’m very relieved to have that done… Now I just have a thousand other things to do in the room before I’ll be ready to move in and use it. [sigh].

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Games Kids Play

A fun site of kids tag and other games. So far, all the ones I can remember are there. If there are some that you remember, e-mail and let them know. I wish they’d do a site of all the goofy song lyrics we used to sing as kids — like “jingle bells, Batman smells,

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Weekend Update 2003-03-03

So this weekend I spent Saturday stripping wallpaper off the walls in the living room, and doing some cleaning in the living room and throughout the house. I finished two walls, have two to go. I felt kind of funny/ill all day, dunno why. Saturday night Kathy and I went out to the final evening

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