19 October, 2005

Intriguing site.

The first is structured like a tree, and the second is, well very entertaining, and probably not work safe- just remember to use your mouse.



Oh, and check out the others on the first one too...


18 October, 2005

Cornawallis Surrenders!

Today, in 1781, Cornwallis surrendered and ended our first war of Independence.

Raise a toast to those fine Men, and remember that our Founding Father's left us a great legacy, that we have squandered.

"And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."


17 October, 2005

Why doesn't anyone say I love being sick?

Simply, because that is just stupid.

Oh, and I hate being sick...


12 October, 2005

Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa - Privileged

Yesterday, when several of us TSRA members were discussing this, I said:
"I am not a fan of his, unless we (which more than likely we will) find out he received preferential treatment, we should use this to our advantage in future attempts at repealing onerous state and even feral legislation with him signing on, introducing, and twisting arms."
And, of course I knew he would get preferential treatment, but what has startled everyone is the fact that:
"McAllen Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Henley tossed out the case against Hinojosa just before his arraignment, a court procedure in which suspects are read their rights and allowed to hear charges against them. A suspect typically is booked into jail after arraignment."
And Monday evening when he first faced reporters, he said:
"I was handled like any other citizen," Hinojosa said when asked if he received special treatment because of his post.

The Transportation Security Administration screeners handled themselves professionally, he said.

Hinojosa became agitated at reporters when he was repeatedly asked whether law enforcement would have treated an ordinary citizen the same way.

"You understand English?" the senator asked. "I have a license to carry a concealed weapon."
No Chuy, you do not have a "license to carry a concealed weapon." What you have is a Texas Concealed Handgun License, and no where in the legislation does it allow CHL's to carry in the restricted area of an airport. I know my instructor, and every subsequent competent instructor I have sat in with, plainly specifies that it is a CHL- not a CWL. Further, if you thnk that CHL gets you a buy from prosecution, that only happens if you are some Lord Muckety Fuck-Up with political clout, such as yourself. And to prove my point, you should read the Texas laws since you were not in office, 1995, when it was passed and you just might not confuse the two next time.

However Chuy, a minor screw-up like you had is no big deal in this Paranoid's opinion, but what is, is the shit eating judge who tossed this during arraignment and you lying to everyone saying:
"I was handled like any other citizen," Hinojosa said when asked if he received special treatment because of his post.
This is where you really fucked up.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows damn good and well that if anyone, such as myself, had screwed up like you did, we would have spent at least the night in the graybar motel, and would not have had it tossed.

You really fucked up Chuy, and it ain't over.


08 October, 2005

This is my rifle. This is my gun.

One is for shooting and one is for fun:
Distracted callers unsure what naked walker had in hand

Associated Press
Oct. 7, 2005 08:55 AM

WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. - Did the naked guy have a big gun or just a big stick?

Police in upstate New York aren't sure. State troopers were sent to search for a naked man with a gun along Interstate 81 north of Binghamton, after cellphone callers reported seeing the guy.

Police say one caller said the naked man was carrying a shotgun, but another reported he was using a walking stick.

Police say a search of the highway turned up neither the man nor the gun.
A quick glance at this tends to make most people think that this is no more than a prank, but my first thought was: Are they being tested, probed, timed for reaction?

But then again, this is just me...


06 October, 2005

Security fears as flu virus that killed 50 million is recreated

Ian Sample, science correspondent
Thursday October 6, 2005
The Guardian

Scientists have recreated the 1918 Spanish flu virus, one of the deadliest ever to emerge, to the alarm of many researchers who fear it presents a serious security risk.

Undisclosed quantities of the virus are being held in a high-security government laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, after a nine-year effort to rebuild the agent that swept the globe in record time and claimed the lives of an estimated 50 million people.

The genetic sequence is also being made available to scientists online, a move which some fear adds a further risk of the virus being created in other labs.

The recreation was carried out in an attempt to understand what made the 1918 outbreak so devastating. Reporting in the journal Science, a team lead by Dr Jeffery Taubenberger at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Maryland shows that the recreated virus is extremely effective. When injected into mice, it quickly took hold and they started to lose weight rapidly, shedding 13% of their original weight in just two days. Within six days, all mice injected with the virus had died.

In a comparison experiment, similar mice were injected with a contemporary strain of flu, and although the mice lost weight initially, they recovered. Tests revealed that the Spanish flu virus multiplied so rapidly that after four days, mice contained 39,000 times more flu virus than those injected with the more common strain of flu.
This certainly makes me wonder what is in the works, particularly with all of the news lately about the possible Avain Flu pandemic, does it not you?


Aaron Broussard follow-up

Via NewsMax, Mr. Fontova recaps for us:
What Aaron Broussard Didn't Tell Us

Humberto Fontova
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005

Twice now, the president of Louisiana's Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard (an ambitious Democrat), has thrown teary tantrums on "Meet the Press." Among his choice blubberings: "We've been abandoned by our own government! Bureaucracy has committed murder! Some people need to be strung up. They need to be burned at the stake!"

On national TV Broussard told a tragic story of a parish employee whose elderly mother drowned in a nursing home in a neighboring parish because federal help arrived too late.

"Is someone coming to get me, son?" Broussard quoted the frantic telephone calls. "Yes, somebody's coming to get you, Momma, " he quoted his employee as answering. "Somebody's coming ..."

"She drowned Friday night," Broussard started bawling. "She drowned Friday night!"

"Just take a pause, Mr. President," a chastened Tim Russert was forced to respond, "while you gather yourself in your very emotional times. I understand."

The story was soon exposed as mostly phony by The New York Times, MSNBC and CNN (not exactly outposts of the vast right-wing conspiracy), among many other sources. The blogoshere was humming for days with accounts of the phoniness until the major media finally caught on.

Tragically, the poor man's mother did drown, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the tardiness of any federal rescuers. And it occurred five days earlier than Broussard claimed, which made it a wholly local evacuation matter. In fact, the nursing home owners are under arrest and charged with homicide for the deaths of the 34 patients who drowned.
Now, T.C. Hamm sent this link in Tuesday morning, and I am glad that he did, because here is what is news and very interesting news it is:
You'd never know it from the major media, but there are several hundred thousand people in Broussard's own Jefferson parish right now who, if they could get their hands on some torches and pitchforks, would storm Broussard's office faster than that mob of enraged villagers stormed Baron Von Frankenstein's castle.

These people have been rendered homeless by flooding, and they're not blaming the feds or even the state. They're blaming their Parish president, Aaron Broussard. If Tim Russert really wants some fireworks, he might invite some of these infuriated residents of Jefferson parish (who include my parents and dozens of lifelong friends) on his show.

Eastern Jefferson parish, the most highly populated area, which sits next to New Orleans, consists mostly of reclaimed marsh and swamp. A series of drainage canals criss-cross the parish. These end at huge pumping stations (18 of them, costing tens of millions of dollars) that pump out rainwater from the canals into adjacent Lake Pontchartrain to keep the parish from flooding.

This is necessary even during heavy rains, and sporadic flooding is common in portions of eastern Jefferson parish (I grew up there, I know) during torrential thunderstorms.

Well, all of the people hired to operate Jefferson parish's pumps were evacuated to a hundred miles north of New Orleans - on the orders of Aaron Broussard. Cops and firemen, naturally, stayed. Many sensible people consider these pump operators every bit as essential as cops and firemen during a major hurricane. (And you can hear their furious sputterings on all the local radio talk shows, Mr. Russert.)

The pumping stations themselves are huge, sturdy, blockhouse-type buildings. None sustained any major damage from the winds. In fact, I received some reports that area policemen, during the height of the hurricane, actually sought refuge inside a pumping station, recognizing it as the safest place around. Sure enough, they emerged completely unscathed, as was the expensive ? but completely idle ? pumping station.

Though no levees broke, damage in eastern Jefferson parish might reach $1 billion, mostly from flooding. If Tim Russert wants some genuine rage on his show, I know tens of thousands of people from Jefferson parish who might volunteer ? and with true stories.
Do you think that maybe, just maybe, all of Aaron Brousard's own waterworks was a calculated move to cover-up his own stupidities at destroying his parish. No, I did not think so either- he was after as much political hay as he could make blaming others when Tim Russert gave him the opportunity to read from his prepared notes which he held in his hands- looking down so often you could see him get his talking points (13.2MB WMV File) in order...


04 October, 2005

Harriet Miers- Conservative Oaklawn Lesbian?

  • Never been married
  • No Children
  • Supporter of Homosexual Adoption/Marriage(?)
  • Supporter of Women in Combat
I called a friend of mine in Dallas and asked him if she is, and he burst out laughing.

He told me it was funny that I should ask, and that I was the first to do so, but yes, there are very old rumors that she is a Conservative Oaklawn Lesbian, but that nothing has ever been proven.

So, I do not know, and many will tell me that it is none of my business nor will it cloud her judgment, which I think maybe slightly true, but I have to laugh and laugh very, very hard if she is, as GWB will have sold another bill of goods to his conservative supporters who believe he walks on water and thus refuse to admit when he screws them...


03 October, 2005

Birthdays on October 4th

I have a good friend whose birthday is today, and I also have a client who told me how old he is since it is his birthday too. Of course, I did ask him if they had dirt then, and he burst out laughing when I did so.

Now, I fully intended to wish the El Guapo a Happy Birthday, as I did last year, but this evening, when I was checking my visit stats, I ran across this search in my logs:
people whose birthday is tuesday,october 4

Now others whose birthday is October 4th are:

1289 Louis X (the Stubborn) king of France (1314-16)
1626 Richard Cromwell lord protector of England (1658-59)
1822 Rutherford B Hayes (R) 19th pres (1877-81)
1850 John W McGraw (Gov-R-Wash) (1893-97)
1860 Sidney Paget illustrated Sherlock Holmes adventures
1861 Frederic Remington US, artist/sculptor of the American West
1880 Damon Runyon writer (Guys & Dolls-based on his work)
1889 John B Kelly Olympic champion rower/father of Grace Kelly
1892 Engelbert Dollfuss Austrian Fascist chancellor killed by Nazis
1894 Cliff Hall Brooklyn NY, actor (Crime Photographer)
1895 Buster Keaton actor (The Navigator, Steamboat Bill, Jr)
19-- Bill Fagerbakke actor (Dauber Dybinski-Coach)
19-- Brynn Thayer actress (One Life to Live)
19-- Christopher Stone Manchester NH, actor (Dave-Dallas, The Interns)
19-- Eric Kilpatrick St Louis Mo, actor (Curtis-White Shadow)
19-- Mary Lynn Blanks actress (As the World Turns)
19-- Meg Bennett actress (Young & Restless)
1917 Jan Murray Bronx NY, comedian (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear)
1922 Malcolm Baldrige Conn, US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87)
1923 Charlton Heston actor (10 Commandments, Ben Hur, Planet of the Apes)
1929 Leroy Van Dyke Spring Fork Mo, country singer (Walk on By)
1931 Dick Tracy comic strip crimestopper
1932 Felicia Farr Westchester NY, actress (Charley Varrick, Kotch)
1934 Sam Huff NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
1935 Eddie Applegate Wyncote Pa, actor (Richard-Patty Duke Show)
1941 Jackie Collins London, author (Bitch, Stud)
1941 Lori Saunders Kansas City Mo (Petticoat Junction, Dusty Trails)
1943 Buddy Roemer (Gov-D-La)
1943 Owen Keir Davidson Australia, 4 time Wimbledon mix double champ
1944 Patti LaBelle singer (LaBelles-Lady Marmalade)
1945 Clifton Davis Chicago Ill, actor/singer (That's My Mama, Amen)
1946 Susan Sarandon [Tomaling], Jackson Hgts NY, actress (Bull Durham)
1949 Armand Assante NYC, actor (Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours)
1960 Jennifer Anglin Adrian Mich, actress (Cheryl-General Hospital)
1961 David W Harper Abilene Tx, actor (Jim Bob-Waltons)
1989 Dakota Johnson son of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson
2004 The Launch of SpaceShip One

And of course El Guapo!

Sometimes, the strangest things just seem to come up randomly, and most people think this anyway. Being the Paranoid that I am, I do not, so Mr. UUNET User, I am watching for you...


02 October, 2005

Mogadishu, Somalia

From last years post:
October 3rd, 1993. The battle left 18 dead and 84 wounded

Time to remember.

If you have not read the book, you should. The story was also told in film.

A filthy day in united States History

The Sixteenth Amendment.

Die you Worthless Bastards! DIE!


Come and Take It Day

I could not get into Blooger all day and finally am able to.

That will teach me to make sure I have major date blogs set and ready to go in the future.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great

For more information, see here, and here.