Archive for May 2005

Routine Maintenance and Costly Repairs

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Did you ever get the feeling that everything is breaking down?

On two occasions recently I went for what I thought would be normal routine maintenance on my teeth and car, and I end up needing costly repairs done. Repairs that, thankfully, I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise, but still…

I Didn’t Know You Could Milk a Horse.

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Once a year, the president is called upon to become the nation’s stand-up comic. This year, though, it was Laura Bush’s turn. And she just roasted everyone in President Bush’s inner circle at the annual White House Press Corresponents’ Dinner. Quite simply, she stole the show.

Why did I title this entry thus? It’s a paraphrase of a line in Meet the Parents, and in the next line Ben Stiller’s character insists you can milk anything with nipples. Only thing…well, read for yourself and watch the video.

God Is Not A Republican…Or A Democrat…Part 2

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

Earlier I said that God was the ultimate non-partisan, and unfortunately there are people who believe otherwise. It’s one thing for a politician to say stupid stuff. But this takes the cake. (via Technorati)

You would think that a pastor would know better. In effect, he just tithed 10% of his membership (kicking out nine members, who took 40 others with them) and possibly his church’s tax exempt status at the altar of partisan politics.

As I mentioned, to some being anti-poverty and anti-war are more pressing moral imperatives than being anti-abortion and anti-gay. What is this nation coming to?

I really hope the IRS sees fit to uphold the tax law, revoke this church’s tax-exempt status, and hit them with a huge tax bill. Oh, wait, the government is in the hands of conservatives now. Ain’t gonna happen. Never mind.

Blogs Are Blogs and News is News…

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

OK, who at NPR forgot to give Jeffrey Dvorkin his Ex-Lax Tuesday morning? That person made him write this (via Unbossed):

Second, the blogosphere has proven once again to be an amoral place with few rules. The consequences for misbehavior are still vague. The possibility of civic responsibility remains remote. It is a place where the philosophy of “who posts first, wins” predominates.

Hmmm…sounds just like the commercial mainstream media to me, if you replace “posts” with “prints” or “broadcasts.”

God Is Not A Republican…Or A Democrat

Friday, May 6th, 2005

It’s refreshing to finally see Democrats using the language of religion in politics. (Link via the Interfaith Alliance.) We’re seeing John Kerry finally say that God would not endorse Republicans, and seeing Ted Kennedy invoke Matthew 25:40 when talking about Social Security reform: “As you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.”

I think that if Kerry and Kennedy had done that earlier, and more often, we would be referring to him as President Kerry.

Yes, There’s Finger Food, But Fingers IN Food?

Friday, May 6th, 2005

Yuck. With human body parts showing up in the news nowadays, these days I’m hesitant to go to a fast food restaurant. You never know what you’re going to find.

First it was the thankfully non-existent finger that purportedly found its way into a California woman’s Wendy’s chili…and the story afterward that ended in her being arrested for making the whole story up. Confidence would have been restored, but then…a customer this time finds a real, honest-to-goodness finger fragment in, of all things, a cup of frozen custard.

High Gas Prices Putting Brakes on SUV Sales

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Finally. I thought this day would never come. The high price of gasoline is having an effect on sales of those gas guzzling sports-utility vehicles.

Nationwide, overall SUV sales slid 13.5 percent in the first quarter, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports. Sales of the biggest SUVs plunged, including a 28 percent drop for the Chevrolet Suburban and and 22 percent for the Tahoe. Sales of Ford’s Expedition fell 25 percent, while the Toyota Sequoia sank 12.6 percent.

What goes around, comes around.

Let’s Not “Scream” Yet…

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

While reading some of the blogs on my blogroll today, I happened across this rather disturbing report (via Blogtopus):

The Munch masterpieces “The Scream” and “Madonna” have been incinerated, according to newspaper Dagbladet [sic], citing criminal sources and a top secret police report.

I’ve seen lots of entries in the blogosphere about it, some of which are lamenting its demise and untimely cremation. But before we scream ourselves, let’s take a few deep breaths.