Friday, July 20, 2007

Walmart sucks.

Reason # 298798234981234 why walmart sucks.

Keith Olberman to Bush: Go fight your war, yourself

All I can say is wow. Note that this is not some guy making a tape in his basement, this is Keith Olberman, on MSNBC.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Leahy vs. Gonzalez. FIGHT!

July 17, 2007

The Honorable Alberto Gonzales
Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

When you last testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 19, 2007, you often responded to questions from Senators on both sides of the aisle that you could “not recall.” By some counts, you failed to answer more than 100 questions, by other counts more than 70, and the most conservative count had you failing to provide answers well over 60 times. As a result, the Committee’s efforts to conduct oversight were hampered. Senator Specter and I wrote to you after that hearing to ask you promptly to supplement your testimony on April 19 with answers to those questions for which you responded that you could not recall or did not know. In your cursory response, you did not supplement any of your answers.

I would like to avoid a repeat of that performance. In order to assist you in your preparation, I send you the following questions in advance of your July 24 appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

read the rest - here

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

11,000 words.

A pictures tells a thousand words. Here are 11,000 of them.


Monday, July 16, 2007

Banned Books

SO after that last story about the woman who thought that god wouldn't approve of the books in her child's library, I did a little more reading, and I learned quite a few things. It turns out that American Library Association gets requests all the time for books to be challenged.

And they keep track of these books.

And the books (the ones that I have read, anyway), are pretty dammed interesting.

So, thanks to the wackos out there, I have found my reading list for the next couple of months. Cheers.

  1. Scary Stories (Series) - Alvin Schwartz

  2. Daddy's Roommate - Michael Willhoite

  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

  4. The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier

  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

  6. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

  7. Harry Potter (Series) - J.K. Rowling

  8. Forever - Judy Blume

  9. Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

  10. Alice (Series) - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

  11. Heather Has Two Mommies - Leslea Newman

  12. My Brother Sam is Dead - James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

  13. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

  14. The Giver - Lois Lowry

  15. It's Perfectly Normal - Robie Harris

  16. Goosebumps (Series) - R.L. Stine

  17. A Day No Pigs Would Die - Robert Newton Peck

  18. The Color Purple - Alice Walker

  19. Sex - Madonna

  20. Earth's Children (Series) - Jean M. Auel

  21. The Great Gilly Hopkins - Katherine Paterson

  22. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

  23. Go Ask Alice - Anonymous

  24. Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers

  25. In the Night Kitchen - Maurice Sendak

  26. The Stupids (Series) - Harry Allard

  27. The Witches - Roald Dahl

  28. The New Joy of Gay Sex - Charles Silverstein

  29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) - Lois Lowry

  30. The Goats - Brock Cole

  31. Kaffir Boy - Mark Mathabane

  32. Blubber - Judy Blume

  33. Killing Mr. Griffin - Lois Duncan

  34. Halloween ABC - Eve Merriam

  35. We All Fall Down - Robert Cormier

  36. Final Exit - Derek Humphry

  37. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

  38. Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George

  39. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

  40. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters - Lynda Madaras

  41. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

  42. Beloved - Toni Morrison

  43. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

  44. The Pigman - Paul Zindel

  45. Bumps in the Night - Harry Allard

  46. Deenie - Judy Blume

  47. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

  48. Annie on my Mind - Nancy Garden

  49. The Boy Who Lost His Face - Louis Sachar

  50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat - Alvin Schwartz

  51. A Light in the Attic - Shel Silverstein

  52. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

  53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy - A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

  54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up - Joanna Cole

  55. Cujo - Stephen King

  56. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

  57. The Anarchist Cookbook - William Powell

  58. Boys and Sex - Wardell Pomeroy

  59. Ordinary People - Judith Guest

  60. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

  61. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons - Lynda Madaras

  62. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume

  63. Crazy Lady - Jane Conly

  64. Athletic Shorts - Chris Crutcher

  65. Fade - Robert Cormier

  66. Guess What? - Mem Fox

  67. The House of Spirits - Isabel Allende

  68. The Face on the Milk Carton - Caroline Cooney

  69. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

  70. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

  71. Native Son - Richard Wright

  72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies - Nancy Friday

  73. Curses, Hexes and Spells - Daniel Cohen

  74. Jack - A.M. Homes

  75. Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo A. Anaya

  76. Where Did I Come From? - Peter Mayle

  77. Carrie - Stephen King

  78. Tiger Eyes - Judy Blume

  79. On My Honor - Marion Dane Bauer

  80. Arizona Kid - Ron Koertge

  81. Family Secrets - Norma Klein

  82. Mommy Laid An Egg - Babette Cole

  83. The Dead Zone - Stephen King

  84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

  85. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison

  86. Always Running - Luis Rodriguez

  87. Private Parts - Howard Stern

  88. Where's Waldo? - Martin Hanford

  89. Summer of My German Soldier - Bette Greene

  90. Little Black Sambo - Helen Bannerman

  91. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

  92. Running Loose - Chris Crutcher

  93. Sex Education - Jenny Davis

  94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones - Bette Greene

  95. Girls and Sex - Wardell Pomeroy

  96. How to Eat Fried Worms - Thomas Rockwell

  97. View from the Cherry Tree - Willo Davis Roberts

  98. The Headless Cupid - Zilpha Keatley Snyder

  99. The Terrorist - Caroline Cooney

  100. Jump Ship to Freedom - James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

More about banned books here

What am I reading

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Pros: Good read, good, a definite eye opener.

Cons: Not enough content, case studies too superficial, too short, and the author has a very annoying habit of stroking himself in between every chapter using excerpts from a Time article about him as lube.



Thursday, July 12, 2007

Laura Lopez: books are bad

So apparently Laura Lopez wants some books removed from the school library that her kids go to. Why?

My kids are going to school to learn, not to become a homosexual or an abortion doctor or an atheist

This woman must really take an interest in her kids education if shes gone so far as to check out what books are in the library, right? Wrong.

Lopez admits she hasn't read a single one of the objectionable books cover-to-cover.

I don't understand. So how did she find these books, since she apparently doesn't have the time to read?

she went to the computerized card catalogue and typed in the keywords "homosexuality," "abortion" and "atheism."

Apparently this woman has never heard of google. Kudos for looking out for your kids lady, I'm sure they support you 100%.

"My oldest son doesn't believe in God," she said. "I guess he kind of thinks I'm stupid."

Oh well.

The palm beach post has the story - linky

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Impeach Cheney

So like, sign this. Or something.

Friday, July 06, 2007

dottie and alpine

In case you are wondering, those are the root passwords for the root and admin passwords, which have already been cracked not even a week later.

Bottled Water

Incredible article on bottled water at Fast Company. I'm never drinking bottled water again if I can help it.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Irony, Mexican style

Millions of Mexicans cross the border into the US to find jobs and make money. Meanwhile the world's richest man is now a Mexican. (brob23 on digg)

Monday, July 02, 2007

DCC: suck my dick.

SO today I got a call from a DCC rep (money-beggers of the Democratic party) asking me for money. When I explained why I wasn't going to give them any more money unless they started doing what they were elected to do, I was told that I was ignorant, and then hung up on.

Nice job.