31 July 2007 · 5 comments · Categories: Uncategorized

You Are Bert

Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable – even if you don’t love them!

You are usually feeling: Logical – you rarely let your emotions rule you

You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

Via Phillybits and Brendan.

31 July 2007 · Comments Off on Truth, Justice, and the American Way · Categories: Uncategorized

Stand up for the Constitution.

Via Susie.

31 July 2007 · 2 comments · Categories: Uncategorized

of Tarot cards, that is.

You Are The Moon

You represent the unconscious side of life, what happens in dreams.
You are capable of great genius – but also of great madness.
Emotions tend to be primal for you, both your fears and your fantasies.
Your intuition is always right, listening to it is the difficult part.

Your fortune:

You are about to embark on a very important journey – and a very difficult one.
Some of your deepest dreams will be realized, as well as some of your deepest nightmares.
Follow your creativity and visions; stay away from your weaknesses.
You are taking a voyage to the center of yourself, and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover.

Via Phillybits.

30 July 2007 · Comments Off on Shocked. Shocked! · Categories: Uncategorized

Jon Swift:

The conservative blogosphere was outraged earlier this month when an article appeared in The New Republic that made the shocking claim that war can make soldiers cruel. Has anyone ever heard such a mendacious slander on our military? Who could believe that our military is not killing and torturing only people who really deserve it and with the utmost civility and the best of intentions? And even if there are a few bad apples in the military, doesn’t the media have a duty to hush up their deeds so that it doesn’t reflect badly on the military as a whole and endanger the war effort?

Of course, the conservative blogosphere is frequently outraged when things don’t go their way.

Whoops! Make that perpetually outraged, since things never go their way.

Those who continously deny reality often find things not going their way.

30 July 2007 · Comments Off on Drinking Liberally · Categories: Uncategorized

Tomorrow, Tangier Restaurant, 18th and Lombard, just behind Jeff, Philadelphia.

I won’t be there, because I have to be at the job site, so hoist one or five for me.

30 July 2007 · Comments Off on Republican Debates · Categories: Uncategorized

John Cole has some suggested questions that made me chuckle.

And I did indeed need a chuckle today.

29 July 2007 · 3 comments · Categories: Uncategorized

Is Bush better than Kim Jong Il?

Karen explores the question.

I have one thought:

We won’t know until we see whether Bush goes peacefully at the end of his term.

29 July 2007 · Comments Off on “Arms for Industry, Arms for the Dead” · Categories: Uncategorized

Actually, that’s a line from an old Firesign Theatre album.

Arms for the most unstable region in the world? That’s a line from the latest Bushie desparate attempt to climb out of the pit.

Dana Garrett dissects the insanity.

29 July 2007 · Comments Off on Bedtime for Gonzo (Updated) · Categories: Uncategorized

There’s an old story about the rich alumnus who is touring his alma mater in the company of the college president, who is trolling for an endowment. At one point the alumnus expresses a desire to see his old dorm room.

The prez and the alum walk into the room, admitted by a very flustered student.

“Ah,” he says, “the same old room.”

Then he opens the door of the closet. There’s a girl hiding behind the clothes.

“Oh my,” he says, “the same old girl.”

“She’s my s-s-s-sister, sir,” stutters the student.

“Ahhhh,” says the alumnus, “and the same old lie.”

I’ve been just too disgusted to say anything about Gonzo.

I guess I’ve got Bush Fatigue.

It’s just the same old lie.

Addendum, 7/29/2007:

Dick Polman analyzes the debacle (emphasis added):

But perhaps Gonzales said it best in his latest testimony. When asked whether he thinks it was appropriate to importune Ashcroft, he replied: “There are no rules governing whether or not General Ashcroft can decide ‘I’m feeling well enough to make this decision.’”

Question: Even when the guy is under sedation?

Gonzales: “There are no rules.”

There are no rules…That’s the Bush administration, in a nutshell. For once, Alberto Gonzales was telling the truth.

29 July 2007 · 1 comment · Categories: Uncategorized

I’ve discussed Ashley’s ability to sleep before.

I wish I could sleep like this:

Let sleeping dogs lie

(It’s hard to see for all the fur, but she has both hind legs propped up on the step and then corkscrews around under the entertainment center.)

29 July 2007 · 1 comment · Categories: Uncategorized

The answers to this post are in the first comment.

29 July 2007 · Comments Off on An Alternative to Conservapedia (Amended) · Categories: Uncategorized

Phillybits has been tracking Conservapedia since it first burst ignorantly on the scene to spread ignorance.

Now comes El Reg with the news that Conservapedia has competitionedia.

Those among you who feel that Conservapedia – the “conservative encyclopedia you can trust” dedicated to countering liberal bias – is not sufficiently tough on Marxist-Leninist dogma are directed forthwith to Metapedia, the “alternative encyclopedia dedicated to the pro-European cultural struggle”.

No, I’m not linking to it. If you want to see what it’s like, follow the link to El Reg.

It’s interesting.

The goal of Wikipedica is to provide a compendium of knowledge, how imperfectly the execution.

The goal of Conservapedia is to slant knowledge. They proceed virtually unnoticed, except by their patrons, because, frankly, what’s another rightwing propaganda outfit when we have Fox News?

The goal of this Metapedia outfit is to push knowledge off a cliff.

29 July 2007 · Comments Off on Cyber Education · Categories: Uncategorized

Drexel University sets up shop in cyber space:

This online Drexel universe – which gets 100 visitors daily – exists in Second Life, a program created by San Francisco-based Linden Labs in late 2003. Second Life is used for both academic and social endeavors, with more than eight million users worldwide interacting with one another and buying e-property to develop sites for uses from academic settings such as Drexel’s to a museum promoting artwork.

Looks like the Jesuits won’t be far behind:

Jesuit missionaries may soon venture into Second Life, intent on saving virtual people from virtual sins.

Writing in the Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, whose contents are approved by the Vatican, Father Antonio Spadaro has told fellow Catholics that they shouldn’t be wary of venturing into Second Life’s virtual world, arguing that the online alternate universe might be the perfect place to land converts, Reuters reports.

Pretty soon won’t be much of a life left in First Life.

29 July 2007 · Comments Off on Who Owns What We See and Hear? · Categories: Uncategorized

Illuminating diagram from The Nation showing who owns what.

Via Susie.

28 July 2007 · Comments Off on On a Personal Note (Reprise) (Updated) · Categories: Uncategorized

The boat starts.

Tomorrow we shall find out if the boat floats.

The Next Day:

Don’t know if it floats. But the cover kept the rain off it today.