Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bush launches another attack on grammar

Google it and you'll see everyone picked it up:

President George W. Bush told a group of New York school kids on Wednesday: "Childrens do learn."

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Illinois' Congressional delegation falls short

California came in first, while we tied with Michigan and Missouri. But we beat out Texas, Pennsylvania, and Washington!

More fallout from The Duke Cunningham, who at the time of this writing is languishing in a minimum security Federal prison.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Attorney for Brent Wilkes, a defense contractor going to trial soon for a chunk of charges relating to the bribery of The Duke Cunningham, subpoenas 13 Congressmen.

The Breakdown
California (4)
- Doolittle (R), Lewis (R), Hunter (R), Issa (R)
Illinois (2)
- Hastert (R), Weller (R)
Michigan (2)
- Hoekstra (R), Knollenberg (R)
Missouri (2)
- Blunt (R), Skelton (D)
Pennsylvania (1)
- Murtha (D)
Texas (1)
- Reyes (D)
Washington (1)
- Norm Dicks (D)

Another way to count it is 9 Republicans, 4 Dems.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Jerry Weller announces his retirement. Surprisingly, he wants to spend more time with his family. In Morris, Illinois. And Guatemala City, Guatemala. His wife of three years is a legislator there. Why? Because she's Guatemalan. Maybe she knows something about his hinky Nicaraguan land deals.

TPM Election Central got the scoop on Weller's retirement. They did not fail to mention the shady land deals in Nicaragua.

And his feelings were hurt when CREW included him in their list of 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress. Even more hurtful to the Congressman: he was the only member of the Illinois delegation who made the list.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Student tasered for asking Kerry embarrassing questions

A UF student asks Kerry three questions:
Why did you concede in 2004 when you knew the election was stolen?
Why aren't you voting for the impeachment of Bush?
Are you, or were you, a member of the secret society Skull & Bones?

It was that last one that had cops jump all over him and pull him to the back of the auditorium. They force him to the ground, and when he won't stop asking what he did wrong, they taser him. The link to video here. And the continuing harassment can be found here.

Inside Edition covered the story.

The Associated Press, true to form, ridicule and marginalize the student, Andrew Meyer. They also cite a police officer (unnamed, of course) who claimed Meyer's demeanor changed completely when he was out of sight of the cameras. Nice journalistic integrity there, AP.

Salon presciently asks why are cops so stupid? They keep doing illegal things in front of people with cameras.

The BBC covers the story too. They refrain from pointing out that the cops illegally detained and assaulted the student.

The Village Voice does a good job running down the storyline.

Today, mess with your own mind. Or somebody else's.

Enneagram: the latest, hippest thing. Maybe not so current, but a great diversion at work (note time stamp on this entry).

This is your editor's enneagram:
Main Type
Overall Self
Take Free Enneagram Personality Test

As you can note above and below, there are links to take tons of personality tests. You think you're a well-adjusted person now? Take a few tests and you'll find you're a messed up wreck who's barely functioning.

Your editor's enneagram with a scale:
Enneagram Test Results
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||| 54%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||||||||| 50%
Type 4 Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||||| 42%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||| 38%
Type 9 Calmness |||||| 30%
Your main type is 5
Your variant is self pres
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No critical comments please, or I might just pursue that hermit lifestyle I've yearned for all these years.

Monday, September 17, 2007

MLB pitchers gone wild

Or, what happens when you catch a pitcher after a bad day on the mound. Brett Myers (Phillies) and Sam Carchidi (Philadelphia Inquirer) have an exchange after Myers blows a game.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Now why would we announce this?

The Air Forces Times reports on September 10, 2007 that Air Combat Command will have a command-wide mission stand down (Friday) September 14 to review their procedures in response to this oversight.*

The Air Force is reporting 6 missiles were transported.

The Shreveport Times (home to Barksdale AFB) reports that 5 missiles were transported.

What happened to the missing nuclear missile?

Meanwhile, the military is now searching for Steve Fossett. Maj. General Henry C. Morrow stepped in September 4 to coordinate the search for Fossett.

*That is, the 5 or 6 nuclear missiles that were illegally transported from Minot AFB, North Dakota to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana on August 30.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Americans, better than anyone else at-

Digging that hole deeper and jumping in it.

The International Labor Organization released its annual report on productivity of workers. And damned if Americans didn't lead the list. We produced more wealth per worker last year, at $63,885. We smoked the second place finisher, with the Irish coming in at a measly $55,986.

Interesting, this is not getting the same coverage as this bit of garbage news:Average American worker goofs off 2.09 hours a day.

So we're much better at flogging ourselves for imaginary sins than realizing the true state of things: WE SUCK AT STICKING IT TO THE MAN.