Showing posts from August 19, 2007

Momentum shifting on the surge

Momentum is shifting. What now? Will they reverse course? Probably not. More likely they'll claim credit for success by saying that only their constant harping on the surge as failure did it become a success.

New T-Shirt for Paul

Paul really needs this shirt.

Timeless Poetry


TOMMY Rudyard Kipling

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint of beer.
The publican 'e ups an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:

O it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me.
They sent me to the gallery or 'round the music-'alls.
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! They'll shove me in the stalls!

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper'…

Forced to Pick a Major in High School

Forced to Pick a Major in High School.

When I was in high school (just after the Earth cooled) Dwight Morrow was in the next town over. It's in a town that used to be very wealthy and largely white. Sometime around the late 60's to mid 70's integration efforts hit the tipping point and "white flight" began. Now the area is largely minorities with pockets of it's wealthy white residents hither and yon. Dwight Morrow itself looks like a private school. Beautiful campus and granite buildings with green lawns in between. It could pass for a small college.

In my day (I sound like Abe Simpson), the school was rife with racial strife, violence, gangs, drugs and plummeting test scores. The year I graduated high school, the police were called to the school 26 times. One school dance ended with a student stabbed and a near riot.

We played them in soccer and the games were so contentious the police would come to every game. It started my sophmore year when we…

Never believe anything on the interweb

An IM Infatuation Turned to Romance. Then the Truth Came Out.

This story beggars belief. We've all heard stories about people being burned by people posing as other than they are online but this one is light years beyond that.

I don't have much to add aside from commenting on the obvious idiocy of everyone involved.

Red on Red

Internet Commenter Business Meeting

If meetings were run like comments sections of webpages. Salty language warning.

Pwning the boys

So awesome.

Movie review

My four word alliterative movie review for Sideways;

Full frontal flopping Friendly.

Rational Atheism

Rational Atheism. This article notes something that matches my own experience. I have no brief with atheists (aside from their stubborn refusal to acknowledge it is a form of faith). However, I do find them to frequently be browbeaters. They deride their critics as rubes and fools and the like. Mutual respect please.

Democratic Rivals Caution Against Swift Iraq Pullout

Democratic Rivals Caution Against Swift Iraq Pullout

Interesting. This is the classic Potomac Two Step. They assuage the Nutroots by telling them they're going to get out as soon as possible. The parsing requires that one read that as "not now you dolt, but we're willing to keep you idiots happy by pandering."

Riding the coatails...

Gazizza: This is actually very true says Paul.

He's right. I've used this for real and for sometimes when I don't feel like doing something that moment. When I worked at The Very Big Bank in datawarehousing, we were running a full data load for the first time. It took 9 days. That was 9 days of not much to do because Prod was all tied up. We coded stuff in test but mostly we just waited for the full to finish. So awesome.

So awesome

Reminds me of my college days...

While the Clintons 'kept their marriage together,' some GOP critics didn't

Santuary Cities

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide favor cutting off federal funds for “sanctuary cities” that offer protection to illegal immigrants. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 29% are opposed. Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney proposed such a plan earlier this week.

Anti-American War groups always point to poll numbers citing as proof the President should pull the troops out of Iraq. Given these poll numbers I anxiously await their breathless support for the elimination of funding from said cities.

Your Daily Dose of Zen

MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2007: Pike Creek, DE snapshot

Pike Creek gets in as Delaware's only entry. #79 is all we could manage.

Pike Creek? Seriously?

What Kind of Sandwich Are You?

You Are a Club Sandwich

You are have a big personality. It's hard for anyone to ignore you!

You dream big. You think big. And you eat big.

Some people consider you high maintenance, but you just know what you want... and when you want it.

Your best friend: The Tuna Fish Sandwich

Your mortal enemy: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

What Kind of Sandwich Are You?