Anagram: The Alphabet/ Help Beat Hat

      A Video to start things off.   

     Because I’m Like that.

    Can’t help it really, now can I?

    Dreary news isn’t all that I’m about.

    Even if that’s all that there seems to be.

    For heaven’s sake, what kind of man brings nothing but bad news?

    Ghastly is a word that comes to mind.

     How about some Fun?  HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY! Ren and Stimpy, played in both fast and slow motion, for those of you who are high out of your minds. 

    In case you were wondering, I thought the above video was funny as hell.

    Just because I’m weird like that.

   K is for Kick Ass, that’s good enough for me.

   Let’s try something else here, for just a minute.  A little bit of serious. 

   Markets are down at this point in the day.  DJIA is down 50 points, the NASDAQ is down 15, and the S&P is down 4.

   Not the worst news there could be, but markets were up earlier in the day.

   Obama in the news: The Obama Presidential campaign received over $30,000 from Runaway banker and thief R. Allen 800px-SvssfbStanford

    Republicans and Democrats alike are railing at Roland Burris,  and asking for him to resign.  But it looks like there isn’t enough support for his ouster from the senate.  Guess he’s going to be a less than one term senator though. The senate may not toss him, but the people probably will.

   Stupid for facebook to try to take away the rights of it’s users.  That is what an irrevocable, worldwide license to use and modify anything posted on facebook is.  Good that they saw the revolt that this move spawned and immediately responded by withdrawing the offending material.  They could have lost tens of millions of users otherwise.

   Ultra Conservative Michelle Bachmann has lost her Mind.  Again.  Read the story here to see just what a nutjob she is. She says we’re running out of rich people.  She says Republicans are nice people who don’t speak up enough.  She says ACORN gets $5,000,000,000 in the Stimulus. They don’t.  She says the stimulus is part of a democratic conspiracy to funnel money away from Republicans.  Jeez.

    Very, VERY freaky little thing she is.  And freaky here is a BAD THING.

    WAR.  North Korea is ready for it.  So says an unnamed military official to  the north’s KCNA news agency prior to Hillary Clinton’s visit to South Korea.  The North has a new missile, and they want to show it off, and with it their military might.  I guess they have to prove their missiles are bigger than everyone else’s.

   Xenophobes, manic xenophobes the lot of them.   But it can’t be helped i guess. It all comes down from their leader.  Just because fearless leader is fearless does not mean he can’t have penis missile envy.

   Yelling about how you can kick everyone’s ass only shows how small you really are in your own mind.  Idiots.

    Zoo news to close things out here.   A zoo in South Carolina debuts their brand new Baby Giraffe today, who doesn’t yet have a name. Maybe we can all come up with a name for him.  How about Shorty! Works For me!

    Aaaaaaaand that’s my run through the Alphabet for today.  Hope you enjoyed.   A final video, a few quotes and I am done.

     This is Some funny stuff.  Larry Wilmore in search of a Black Jesus.  Just watch.

  That’s It for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, Via newspeak:  Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one UN-American act that could most easily defeat us.  Justice William O. Douglas

I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.   Thomas Jefferson

Anagram: Night Running/Grinning Hunt

 

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       I didn’t see it, I did not see it, dammit I missed it!  I cannot believe that I missed the final press conference for President Bush this morning.  I wanted to catch it, but I just didn’t. Things were busy around the rhino hacienda this morning and kept me moving, but i have caught bits and pieces edited on the news here and there.  Here it is for ya, in it’s entirety.  All 47:04 of it.  I haven’t heard it all but I’ll be listening to it as I write this. Thanks to C-Span for this.  Enjoy!

       I, Democrat though I am, am completely surprised that I agree with President Bush’s Position on the Gaza/Israel war.  Except the part that this particular Administration has advanced the cause of peace in the region.  THAT is a laughable concept from it’s base to it’s apex and everywhere in between.

       The man though is clueless about Katrina.  And Iraq.  But we knew that going in.

      Next up: Madoff stays under house arrest.

       This is insane.  Bernie Madoff clearly broke the rules imposed by the court on his freedom of movement, by sending items to relatives and united_states_dime2c_reversefriends, in direct violation of his bond.  This man stole a vast majority of $50,000,000,000 in the biggest ponzi scheme on earth and after sending expensive items, if i remember correctly worth over a million dollars, and he still remains in house arrest in an apartment that is worth Millions of dollars in the lap of luxury.  Someone needs to fry this freak’s balls in boiling oil, for screwing people far and wide of that much money, and he’s not doing time? WTF is that about? If you or I so much as stole a twinkie and then violated any portion of a court ordered agreement, we’d be doing 30 days in the hole.  No question about that.

       So why is Bernie free? One has to (OK I have to) openly wonder whether a man as obviously corrupt as Madoff may be influencing the justices and other members of the court.  I’m sure he’s not destitute if he can afford the digs he’s in right now, and from what I hear they are still trying to figure out where all the money is.

       Missing Billions + unusual decisions by the court in Bernie’s favor may = Madoff paying someone off.

      Do I have proof? No, but I don’t need proof, I need to know that there is justice somewhere in this case, and Madoff sitting in his multi-million dollar penthouse tells me that something is fishy here.  If I were a reporter with some newspaper, I would be watching the judges and everyone else involved here.  Hell, though I am just a free citizen, I am moved to look into this myself, with mine own eyes.  Someone needs to keep an eye on these bums. And I don’t mean just Bernie.

      That’s it for the Anti-Bernie rant.  Next up,  The Illinois junior senator gets a seat.

       It’s Official, Roland Burris will be the junior senator from the great state of Illinois.  Jesse White, The Illinois Secretary of State sent a letter to the senate, affirming Sen. Burris’ stature as a legal and rightful senator from the state of Illinois, and it has been accepted by both Senate majority leader Harry Reid and Illinois senior senator Dick Durbin.

       It really is good to see that Illinois now has the full compliment of senators it is supposed to have.  It was clearly a harder row to hoe for Mister Burris than most senators go through, it must be gratifying to finally get the post that he was legally and rightfully given by the governor of his state.  Just because Blago is corrupt does not mean his pick for senate will be.  Good Luck Sen. Burris, now get to work.

      And while New York does have two for the moment, that will not be the case for long, with Sen. Clinton moving up to S.O.S.,  and I would like to hear my governor, David Patterson, make a choice for senator from the great state of New York.   Andrew Cuomo, Carolyn Kennedy,  Me,  somebody dammit!!

     And yes, that does mean that I would like Governor Patterson to think of me as a potential candidate for the post.  America NEEDS a Rhino running wild in the Senate to shake things up a bit.  :-)Run

     One personal note.  I don’t like to talk about this stuff too much anymore, but I am back running everyday again, hence the running in the title.  The reason I don’t like talking about it is simple.  Every time in the last 16 months that I have spoken about “being a runner” again, or being happy being back on the trail, something happens and I get laid up again. I’ve run as many days as i possibly could, but have yet to run more than 4 miles.  I haven’t run faster than 8:00 minute mile average, which is slow, for me, but which is about the best I can do right now, given I’m just starting out and it’s not exactly warm out there. I am doing night running now, having done it twice in the last few days after not doing it for at least 3 years.  If you want to know how my running is going, look me up on facebook, I’m posting my numbers there.  Look me up under my real name, Michael Walsh.

       I’m almost done.  A metal video, a few quotes and I am done.

       Another one of those album cover only Metal Viddy’s. Ozzy. I Don’t Know. Enjoy:

       That’s all Folks!  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, Via Newspeak:   Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error… They are the natural enemies of error, and of error only… If [free enquiry] be restrained now, the present corruptions will be protected, and new ones encouraged.  Thomas Jefferson

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.   William Pitt

Anagram: Year Of The Rhino/Any Thief Or Hero

     Happy New Year

 

 

 

 

 2008 has been eventful.  But it’s over now, or as close to over as to make no difference whatsoever.  Just gonna toss out a few Videos showing some of the best and worst of the year.

      Silliest moment of 2008? There are plenty.  Obama visiting all 57 states.  Joe Scarborough dropping the F-bomb live on the air.  McCain calling people at a rally of his  “My Fellow Prisoners”.  The best though?  Hillary under sniper fire.  This was just silly.  Watch our Secretary of State in action.

      Worst Moment of 2008?  There are plenty of them here as well, and they all merit attention.  The South Ossetian War.  The Mumbai Attacks.  The Earthquake in China.  Darfur.  The situation in Zimbabwe. But the Worst moment has to be the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.  Don’t remember that?  Myanmar? The Irrawaddy delta? Over 130,000 dead? Ring any bells?  Watch the Video and thank the lord you don’t live in that shit-hole of a country.

      Honorable mention for worst Moment, and the only reason this didn’t win is that the economic forces at work behind it are still at work, and may well turn into the worst moment of 2009.   The economic meltdown.

       Best Moment of 2008?  There are plenty.  But here it’s only best if you were on the winning side.  So here goes a short list.  The GiGiantsants beating the Patriots to keep the dream of 18-0 from coming true in New England.   Michael Phelps wins 8 Gold Medals in Beijing.  The Ron Paul Revolution.  But hands down, at least for this Democrat, was the victory of Barack Obama in the General Election over his Republican rival John McCain.  I voted for Gore, and my guy lost.  I voted for Kerry and My guy lost.  Feels good to be on the winning side.  He’s got one helluva road to travel, wish him luck, he’s gonna need it, with things the way they are in America economically right now.

     The sound craps out at about the 5 minute mark, but it’s just cheering crowds.  it’s December 31st.  You want to hear cheering crowds, turn on your tv and watch the new years celebrations.

  

george-carlin     A moment of silence for all those who died this year.  The notable deaths this year were many.  Bo Diddley, Charlton Heston, Isaac Hayes, Tim Russert, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Arthur C. Clarke, Heath Ledger, Harold Pinter and many others besides. Each notable and noteworthy in their own way, but the one that struck me the most this year was a man whom I thought of as one of the funniest, wittiest, most intelligent humans to grace the face of the earth. The world is a better place for his having been here.  I am trying to think of glowing adjectives to describe this man, but rather than do that, lets just listen to the man himself.  Ladies and gentlemen, George Carlin is dead and that SUCKS.  May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008.

       And here’s my pick for the best Piece of Music of 2008, a live version of the song “All nightmare long” off of Metallica’s 2008 offering “Death Magnetic”.  Great fuckin Album:

      You can argue Shakira and Beyonce and all that other weak ass Dance bullshit, but they both suck.  Great ass don’t mean great music.  Neither one has a voice worth listening to.  Hip hop sucks.  Country? thanks but No thanks.  As far as new music goes, if it ain’t metal, it ain’t worth it. And Metallica is the best metal band, hands down.

       That’s it for me.  Happy New Year to one and All!  Later!

Today’s Nuggets:    That’s another complaint of mine – too much use of this prefix “pre”. It’s all over the language now – “pre”-this, “pre”-that, place the turkey in a “pre-heated” oven. It’s ridiculous! There are only two states an oven can possibly exist in: Heated or unheated! “Pre-heated” is a meaningless fucking term! It’s like “pre-recorded” – “This program was pre-recorded.” Well, of course it was pre-recorded! When else are you gonna record it, afterwards? That’s the whole purpose of recording; to do it beforehand! Otherwise it doesn’t really work, does it? “Pre-existing”, “pre-planning”, “pre-screening” – you know what I tell these people? Pre-suck my genital situation! And they seem to understand what I’m talking about…   George Carlin

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.
If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us — the dignity of man.   Harold Pinter

Anagram: Rest And Relaxation/National Sex Trader

       Before I get to the politics of the night, I gotta say, sometimes these anagrams are just too good to pass up.  It would not surprise me if “National Sex Trader” turned out to be the name of a Porn Shop somewhere in Manhattan. 

     It’s amazing what effect a few words can have.  The market was dictionaryeven at about 3 pm, and at this point anything that’s not a loss is a wonderful thing, but it was getting to that point in the day, near the end of trading, that last hour when the market in recent days has taken a hard downward turn.  In comes a story at that point, that President-Elect Obama has picked Timothy Geithner as his Treasury Secretary.  The Market shot up like a rocket on this news.  Apparently the Wall Streeters Like Tim. The Market ended on a major upswing, up almost 500 points on the day.  A 500 point uptick in an hour, on news of the most important cabinet post being filled.  Mister Obama and his people know how to play their cards. 

    Oh yeah, Larry Summers will be an senior economic advisor to Mr. Obama, and Bill Richardson has been named Commerce Secretary. I wonder what will happen when they have the press conference on Monday announcing them officially. The market should shoot up again, so long as Citigroup or GM don’t crap out at the same time.  That and making sure that Paulson and The President keep their big yaps shut, keep those two quiet and it’ll be fine.   Every time either of these two yutzes speak, the Market takes a dive.  You’d think they’d have figured that out already. 

       Maybe they have…..

      Onto other news.

      Hillary is said to have accepted the Secretary of State Position.  I still prefer that she stay where she is, but this is her call, and I am sure that she is looking out for not only her own self-interests, but the interests of America as well, and as long as that is her guiding light, I am sure that this can do nothing but be good for America.

      Bosnian snipers will be the least of her worries once she accepts, which is supposed to happen after Thanksgiving. 

     I’m gonna jump on the auto bailout thing again, just for a minute.  Every time I talk to someone about it, two words pop up.

     Private Jets.

      Two of the big three have given security policy as a reason they use private jets.  Both GM and Ford’s 800px-bombardier_learjet60_vp-crb_arpCeos are required to take private jets for security purposes.  GM at one point actually had 7, but in a move in September, cut that fleet to five, and have another 2 jets being cut and sold from their fleet, leaving them with only 3. Awwwwwwwwww….

    Ford is thinking about selling it’s jets.   It has in fact sold four of it’s jets, and has cut usage of the remaining jets in its fleet roughly in half, according to the Reuters report.  Of the Five jets ford has, two are used by their marketing team and three are used for executive travel.

   Is it not decadence to use ANY private jets at this point? Absolutely, but isn’t it just a little late to start worrying about how much extraneous crap these guys have and use?  All it does it points to an evil in the existing culture.  Which demands a change, but the real time for change was years ago. They clearly missed the boat on that, much as they have tried in the last 18+ months to fix things, it is just too little too late. 

   The Companies need to be saved.  The elitist corporate culture in the face of immense world swallowing debt is what needs to be cut out.  THIS concept (No Jets, no extraneous expenditures) needs to be written into any legislation that goes into giving these three a loan to keep them liquid until they can pull themselves out of the Mire. And it needs to be a one shot loan.  If they come back in 6 months, screw’em.  We can only do so much.  Our pockets are deep, but not infinitely so.  And at this point in time we have less than we have had in a long time, so don’t come knocking twice.  This is a one and done situation.

        Or it should be.  One good faith loan, and that’s it.

       One last little blurb here, and then we go to the Video and Quotes.

      I don’t really have a problem with the whole Gov. Palin doing an interview in front of the guy killing the turkeys.  I have more of a problem with the guy doing it.  Could he not have waited five minutes? I don’t mind seeing them die.  I like turkey, and I didn’t think it was death by lethal injection or old age or something, so the killing doesn’t really bother me. I’m not the squeamish type.  It was the dumbass looking around, KNOWING there is an interview going on, and killing the little bastards anyway.  Did he want to make the news that badly, or was it just a reason to check out the governor’s ass?  

     It doesn’t matter.  Either way, I’m still eating turkey on Thursday.

    A Video, from Fora.tv featuring Supreme court Justice Stephen Breyer, concerning The Court and Judgement during Wartime. 

    That’s it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote :   A hundred years from tonight, another American President will stand in this place and report on the State of the Union. He—or she—(applause)—he or she will look back on a 21st century shaped in so many ways by the decisions we make here and now. So let it be said of us then that we were thinking not only of our time, but of their time; that we reached as high as our ideals; that we put aside our divisions and found a new hour of healing and hopefulness; that we joined together to serve and strengthen the land we love.   President Bill Clinton

The whole idea of revenge and punishment is a childish day-dream. Properly speaking, there is no such thing as revenge. Revenge is an act which you want to commit when you are powerless and because you are powerless: as soon as the sense of impotence is removed, the desire evaporates also.   George Orwell

Anagram: World’s Angriest/Strained Growls

       OK, Maybe I’m  not the world’s angriest, I just liked the anagram, and the way the anagram worked.  It’s Evil_Grinabout 9:30 pm when I’m starting this up, and I’m sitting in a semi-dark room listening to the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators game on XM, and the game is going to overtime.  Something isn’t right…wait, I know what it is…too much light…Gimme a sec….Ahhhh, now that the light is off, it’s MUCH better. 

       Ya know, at this point in my day I am trying to figure out exactly what to go with today, I have a great many stories to choose from.  There is the hockey game (LET’S GO RANGERS), there is at least one report that has Hillary accepting the Sec. of State job, there is the cases that were accepted by the supreme court late last week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban being accused of insider trading, there is the ongoing Auto Industry bailout saga, The head of the Basque separatist movement finally getting caught, and of course the prerequisite bad news on the economic front, with the market losing another 230 points, and Citigroup getting ready to cut loose 53,000 jobs worldwide.  The cat wants a skritch…Hmmmm….

     Because the Hillary story has only popped up on one site, the guardian, a British newspaper, it looks only slightly less than done, and while it may happen, it is a bit premature.  I would not mind her getting the post, but I prefer that she stay my senator, if I’m given the choice…which I’m not.  The Politico is at this point going through lists of people to try and figure out who will take her spot as New York’s junior senator, and I’m not really impressed with any of the candidates they have floated…except Andrew Cuomo. 

    RANGERS WIN!!!  THEEEEEE RANGERS WIN!  Game winner in the Shootout, and the only goal in the Shootout, by Little Nicky.  OK, i should not call him little Nicky, he is 4 inches taller than I am, but dammit it sounds good, so why Not!

     If you want to read my take on the Supreme court stories i was going through, read tomorrow’s http://election-coverage.com, it will post at 7:30 am tomorrow. It covers a case of a stupid Judge in West Virginia who looks like he was bought, and a case involving “Hillary: the Movie” and the F.E.C.

   I could give a rats ass about Mark Cuban, but the Billionaire looks like he tried to save himself a few buck (for him) by selling stock in a company based on knowledge that had yet to go public.  Apparently he had gotten information about the Internet search company Mamma.com, and he betrayed that trust and sold his stock in that company based on that knowledge, and that’s a Nono.  Bad basketball team owner.  This might cost him a few million dollars.  No sweat for him though, he’ll still be rich.750px-crushed_saturn

     The Auto bailout thing is on hold at this point, seeing how the senate won’t be back in session until Wednesday morning, when the debate will begin in earnest.  If you have Wednesday day off, it will be starting around 10:00 am on C-Span, and I expect the more important bits will play live on regular news programs.  It should be fun.

    I know not enough about either ETA (the basque separatist group) or It’s recently arrested titular head, Mikel Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, to give you much info about this, except that he was caught in the french town of Cauterets, the second time in the last year that a high ranking member of ETA has been arrested in France.  If there is a cautionary tale in this for the Basques, it is two fold.  One: DON’T BLOW PEOPLE UP.  IT’S RUDE. and Two: DON’T GO TO FRANCE.  They apparently don’t like you.  Might have something to do with the whole killing people and being terrorists thing.  That tends to make people very uptight.  Maybe you should just enjoy the tapas and watch some Foosball instead of being all filled with angst and explosives. 

    Silly terrorists. Trix is for kids.

   I think I’m just gonna go skritch the cat and look up a few domain names, see if I can’t find any good ones cheap.  I’m still thinking about getting my own site, and building it from the ground up.  We’ll see. 

    I wonder if CNN.NET is open…..Hmmmm  🙂 Get all the really confused web traffic with that one…

    A viddy, a few quotes, and I am done.

  Since this is Metal Monday, I thought some Live Slayer would go over nice.  Die By the Sword, from Live Undead.  Feel the Love! (technically this isn’t a video, it’s just a picture of the album cover and the song, but it’s on youtube, and that’s good enough for me.)

    That’s It for me.  Later! Damn! It’s almost 11:00 o’clock!  Took my sweet ass time with this one!

Today’s Nuggets, By Robert A. Heinlein, Via Wikiquote: Progress doesn’t come from early risers – progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of — but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

Certainly the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you; if you don’t bet, you can’t win.

It’s amazing how much “mature wisdom” resembles being too tired.