Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Romanian club exchanges defender for large lump of meat
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian second division soccer club UT Arad sold a player in exchange for 15 kilograms of meat, local sport daily Pro Sport reported on Monday.
However, fourth division Regal Horia made a bad deal because defender Marius Cioara decided to end his footballing career and take off to Spain to find a job in agriculture or construction.
"We are upset because we lost twice - firstly because we lost a good player and secondly because we lost our team's food for a whole week," a Regal Horia official was quoted as saying by the daily in its electronic edition.
A bit hard up aint they?
I ended up with a Lawful Good Human Fighter.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Assume that Washington's hiers are the royal family. What would be different? What would have happend the same?
Splodydope wives in burkas
I did not know Iowa had muslims living there.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Very, very, good Prime Rib.
If your ever in Northern Wisconsin, stop by and get some.
Boy meets Goat, a tale of true love
Man forced to marry goat in southern Sudan
Saturday 25 February 2006 01:30.
Feb 24, 2006 (MALAKAL) — A certain Mr Tombe was caught having an intimate relation with a goat belonging to a Mr Alifi at Hai Malakal — Upper Nile State, southern Sudan — on February 13. Tombe was ordered to pay the goat’s dowry and take the animal as his wife .
Mr Alifi said: "It was around midnight when Tombe came to do his nonsense on my goat, and I was already in bed inside my house. Suddenly , I heard the goat make a loud noise. Immediately, I rushed outside to find Mr Tombe was naked and engaged in a relation with my goat . When I asked him what are you doing there, he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up".
Clear case of date rape.
Alifi then brought some elders to decide the fate of the goat defiler.
Mr. Tombe, defiler of goats.
"They said I should not take him to the police , but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife."
Wonder how ugly his wife is.
Mr Tombe agreed immediately to pay for the goat, and paid half the dowry 150,000 Sudanese dinars up front.
150K dinars is.... $654.18. Expensive goat. Must be high maintenance.
"We have given him the goat, and as far as we know , they are still together", Mr Alifi concluded.
Friday, February 24, 2006
One other thing
It was filled with liquid chlorine.
I am not happy.
I have to finish emptying it tomorrow.
That is all.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I don't feel like anything.
Thinking out loud
At least I am right.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Police: Vandal Trapped By Tombstone
40 Headstones Damaged In Cemetery
ROODHOUSE, Ill. -- Police in the central Illinois town of Roodhouse said a teen became pinned under a tombstone after tipping it over during a vandalism spree at a local cemetery.
Authorities said it took four firefighters to lift a 600-pound gravestone off the 16-year-old boy's leg early Tuesday after he helped knock over that headstone and dozens others.
The boy is recovering from undisclosed injuries at a hospital.
Police Chief Steve Speeks said the boy will be questioned about the alleged vandalism once he's released.
Speeks said about 40 headstones were damaged. Police suspect multiple offenders were involved.
The funeral home director estimated the damage at about $10,000
Roodhouse is about 60 miles southwest of Springfield.
I bet he thought it was all fun and games until one landed on him.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Three Ohio Men Charged With Conspiring to Kill U.S. Iraq Troops
Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. charged three men in Ohio with conspiring to attack soldiers in Iraq as part of an alleged terrorist conspiracy.
Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Wassim Mazloum were indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Cleveland, the Justice Department said today in Washington. The three, while living in Toledo, Ohio, trained themselves in the use of explosives and shooting and attempted to raise money for a holy war against U.S. troops and other coalition soldiers in Iraq, according to the indictment.
``Individuals who aid terrorists from within our borders threaten the safety of all Americans,'' Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at a news conference. ``This case stands as a reminder of the need for continued vigilance in the war on terrorism.''
All three men are now in federal custody, Gonzales said. They face up to life in prison if convicted on charges they conspired to kill or maim people outside the U.S., including military personnel in Iraq, and conspired to provide material support to terrorists. Amawi, 26, is also charged with distributing information regarding explosives and making a threat against President George W. Bush.
Amawi is a citizen of both the U.S. and Jordan. El-Hindi, 42, is a U.S. citizen and Mazloum, 24, is a permanent legal resident of the U.S. The plot began before November 2004, the government said.
Gonzales declined to say if the government used its domestic eavesdropping program, which allows wiretapping without a court- approved warrant, to get information on the group. ``We feel very strongly about this case,'' he said.
Gregory White, the U.S. attorney in Cleveland, said federal investigators were tipped off to the group by local citizens.
``The allegations in this indictment are based on traditional law enforcement kinds of efforts,'' he said.
And they say there are no terrorists here.
Partial Birth up for review by Supreme Court
Supreme Court to take up late-term abortion issue
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will consider the constitutionality of banning a type of late-term abortion, teeing up a contentious issue for a new-look court already in a state of flux over privacy rights.
The Bush administration has pressed the high court to reinstate the federal law, passed in 2003 but never put in effect because it was struck down by judges in California, Nebraska and New York. (Related: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003)
The outcome will likely rest with the two men that President Bush has recently installed on the court. Justices had been split 5-4 in 2000 in striking down a state law, barring what critics call partial birth abortion because it lacked an exception to protect the health of the mother.
But Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was the tie-breaking vote, retired late last month and was replaced by Samuel Alito. Abortion had been a major focus in the fight over Alito's nomination because justices serve for life and he will surely help shape the court on abortion and other issues for the next generation.
Alito, in his rulings on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, has been more willing than O'Connor, the first woman justice, to allow restrictions on abortions, which were legalized in the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
The federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act prohibits a certain type of abortion, generally carried out in the second or third trimester, in which a fetus is partially removed from the womb, and the skull is punctured or crushed.
Justices on a 9-0 vote in a New Hampshire case reaffirmed in January that states can require parental involvement in abortion decisions and that state restrictions must have an exception to protect the mother's health.
The federal law in the current case has no health exception, but defenders maintain that the procedure is never medically necessary to protect a woman's health.
Even with O'Connor's retirement, there are five votes to uphold Roe, the landmark ruling that established a woman's right to an abortion.
Alito's views "are not going to change the outcome of the central principle of Roe v. Wade," said John Garvey, the dean at Boston College Law School. "In some ways, these are tokens or markers in ... a symbolic tug of war."
Bush has called the so-called partial birth abortion an "abhorrent practice," and his Supreme Court lawyer, Solicitor General Paul Clement, had urged justices not to delay taking up the administration's appeal.
The case that will be heard this fall comes to the Supreme Court from Nebraska, where the federal law was challenged on behalf of physicians. Doctors who perform the procedure contend that it is the safest method of abortion when the mother's health is threatened by heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer.
A judge in Lincoln, Neb., ruled the law was unconstitutional, and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis agreed last summer, prompting the Supreme Court appeal. Federal judges in New York and San Francisco also declared the law unconstitutional and appeals courts agreed.
"Every court considering this ban has found that it lacks the necessary protections for women's health," said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation.
Fifteen states urged justices to review the case: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
The case was one of four that justices agreed to hear on Tuesday, Alito's first day on the bench. The others involve more routine issues: patents, prison sentences, and lawsuits over pay phone charges.
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, said the court's announcement was "an incredibly important decision that puts the issue of partial-birth abortion front and center."
The case is Gonzales v. Carhart, 05-380.
As a Roman Catholic, I don't like abortion to begin with. If you don't want kids, keep it in your pants or make him keep it in his pants. Or, you could take responsibility for your stupidity and get married.
Anyway, partial birth abortion is nothing less than murder, no matter how you white wash it. The baby is fully formed and in the process of being born. Then you stick a knife in his/her head and suck thier brains out?
I suspect this is how they made so many kerry voters...
A big "Fuck you" to people who find my opinion offensive.
Monday, February 20, 2006
20 things about US Presidents.
Tom Cruise is considering suing Life & Style magazine for claiming the actor had ended his high-profile relationship with Katie Holmes, according to his lawyer Bert Fields.
How can you end something that your paying for? I kid you not, as far as I know, if she stays with him for 5 years she get 5 million dollars.
The star, 43, was furious by the report, which alleged not only had that he ended his engagement to Holmes, but also that the couple was acting like they were still together for good publicity.
Wasn't it acting from the beginning?
When the story was published last week, Cruise immediately issued a denial, labeling the claims "malicious fallacies". However, Life & Style says they stand by their story "100 per cent".
Dude, shut up, you think aliens invade your body to give you negative emotions.
Cruise is set to meet with his lawyer this week to discuss possible action against the publication.
How can we blow this out of perportion?
Fields says, "This is a disgusting and malicious story.
And the story that Cruise is gay is not?
"It is unequivocally false and I have already demanded a retraction. I will be sitting down with Tom in the next couple of days to discuss this story, and ultimately it's his call as to whether we bring a lawsuit. But if it was up to me, I would sue."
Because it would make you money. Stupid lawyer.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
OMG Read This
Links today (again)
Why is it, whenever a lefty gets accused of making up sources, they repeatedly try to change the subject or flat out refuse to cooperate in the slightest manner? I would link to the Helen Thomas interview, but she is too bat-shit crazy to be taken even remotely seriously.
In other news, maybe I should actually read the Book of Mormon we have around here somewhere.
Its not enough that major paper editors are published, they have to punish even the university paper editors for printing moham-boy cartoons.
Out of time, taking my Dad out to eat.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
Videos from Wimp.com
People in warm states: Go to Hell.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I like this site.
- Al Franken
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Wastes of space.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006; Posted: 9:31 a.m. EST (14:31 GMT)
(CNN) -- Wal-Mart pharmacies in Massachusetts must carry emergency contraception pills, the state's pharmacy board has ruled.
Another fine example of a buisness being told what to have on thier store shelves. And they say WE are the Nazi's.
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy on Tuesday ruled in favor of three women who filed complaints claiming that the stores refused to fill their prescriptions.
If Walmart won't fill it go elsewhere.
Julie Battel, Katrina McCarty and Rebekah Gee filed suit against the company earlier this month.
Wal-Mart has until Thursday to comply with the ruling.
I would file a counter-suit to tell the government to get the hell out of my buisness.
The drug, which is commonly referred to as the "morning after pill," or "Plan B," must be taken 72 hours after sex to prevent pregnancy.
Also known as "Damn, I fucked up."
Wal-Mart currently only carries the pill at its Illinois stores, where it is required under state regulations.
I bet they would like to not carry it there either.
Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogelman said the company plans to comply with the board's ruling.
Once again, Walmart backs down.
Asked why the pharmacy only carries the pill in one state, Fogelman said that it was purely a "business decision" for Wal-Mart, based on its assessment that demand for the product was not very high.
Who cares why? If Walmart does not want to carry it, I see no reason to make them. Tell the sluts to shop elsewhere.
He added, that women's health was a high priority for Wal-Mart stores, and there are broader considerations.
"We are are giving the issue a lot of thought," Fogelman said
Namely how much they could lose in lawyer fees.
The board wrote a letter to Wal-Mart's lawyers informing them of their decision, and requiring the company to stock and disperse emergency contraception when presented with prescriptions, according to board spokeswoman Donna Rheaumeheaume
If I was Walmart, I would forget to get a supply in.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Quiz from the comments at the Rott.
| You scored as Millennium Falcon (Star Wars). The world around you is at war. Fortunately you know how to handle that with the greatest of ease. You are one of the best at what you do and no one needs to tell you that. Now if only the droids could be quiet for five seconds.|
Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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Monday, February 13, 2006
'Bra fence' is a keeper, voters decide
Feb. 13, 2006 07:45 AM
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Residents of the small New Zealand district of Cardrona have voted unanimously to retain the area's "bra fence" - a farm fence out in the country with hundreds of discarded women's brassieres tied to it.
Ok, sounds like California to me, but it says NZ. I still don't like NZ.
The fence has attracted worldwide attention since it was started by four local women at Cardrona on South Island on New Year's Day 2000 to mark the "liberation" of the new Millennium.
Thousands of tourists now stop to photograph it each year.
A dispute over the future of the fence, with hundreds of bras tied to it, has been brewing for more than a year after a sole objector demanded it be removed.
One single whiner attempts to force everyone to do as he says. Reminds me of the whiny kid in gradeschool who would rat you out to the teacher for doing your own thing.
American Andre Prassinos, who lives part of the year in nearby Wanaka township, started his solo campaign against the fence last year, saying it was a "potential traffic hazard."
Bet he is a left coaster.
Since he lodged a fresh complaint with the local council last week, Cardrona Valley ratepayers and residents have come out in unanimous support of the "iconic" bra fence, said association chairman John Scurr.
Well if the majority say its fine, its time to STFU, dude.
"We don't want it getting higher, longer or suddenly being filled with boots and knickers as well. But it should stay because it's become part of the valley," Scurr told the Southland Times newspaper.
Well, if it makes your vally more interesting than the next one over, keep it.
A few links that I got from googling andre prassinos.
The guy is really annoying.
Turns out he is no longer an American. I hope we never let him come back. Possible eco-terrorist.
RLFMAO! He is a eco-terrorist, and a liberal fool.
He is a protestor too.
All in all, a typical libtard, who wants everything his way and to hell with majority rule.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Odd stuff. Also, too tired to think hard.
Anyway, here is a lady who has had a library book out for 61 years.
More on just how much NOLA evacs suck.
Looks like more than just Texas is suffering from cedar pollen.
This is why I think foreigners are dumb.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Another thing, why is it the dedicated socialists all seem to be either A: trust fund babies, or B: people I suspect have been brainwashed by the university system to believe in the socialist movement.
I wonder if socialism would be so popular if people were actually educated to the REAL cost of it? Instead of being told that it was this guy or that groups fault that all those people were killed. Think, Joe Stalin or the Khmer Rouge. Joe Stalin, while a monster, did not start the systematic slaughter of the Russian people. A man named Lenin did.
Another thing I have noticed about socialism is how fast they turn on each other once they are in charge. Stalin turned on anyone he thought might possibly threaten him. Every socialist movement seems to have purges every few years, or I suspect, every time the leadership changes.
Here is a question: Why is it, whenever a socialist winds up in charge of something, they seem to try their damnedest to squeeze money from the populace? Don't tell me how its companies or special interests they are getting money from, the companies and special interests get their money from the populace. Adding one more step doesn't change where the money is actually coming from.
Anyway, back to the question. Slick Willie Clinton at literally the last few hours of his term as President, effectively "sold" pardons to rich "clients" who wanted certain people's crimes pardoned. Governor doyle seems to have so many scandals involving government contracts right now that you have to wonder WTF he was thinking by accepting what are in effect, bribes.
Yes, I know that Republicans have accepted money from special interest groups too, but I have yet to see them do it on this scale. Renting out the Lincoln bedroom for donations to the RNC? Hasn't happened. Accepting money for pardons? Hasn't happened. Accepting thousands for your campain from a company that would really like a certain contract? Probably has happened, but I have not heard about it, yet.
Anyway, does socialism lead to corruption, or are socialists just corrupted at heart?
Friday, February 10, 2006
Still can't think of anything (ok, not really, but its not your buisness)
chavez still stupid, in other news, water still wet.
Hand back Falklands, Venezuela tells Blair
By Jamie Lyons and Jon Smith, PA
Published: 10 February 2006
Downing Street today refused to be drawn into a fresh war of words with Venezuela's president after he called on Britain to hand over the Falklands to Argentina.
Yep, the argentines want the rocks again.
Hugo Chavez said the islands belonged to Argentina and demanded Prime Minister Tony Blair give them back.
Why does chavez want them? Who knows? The population is mostly of British decent and really dosen't want the argies ruling them. As it is they are almost an independent nation. The only things the British government is responisble for is forgein diplomacy and defence.
Mr Blair infuriated Mr Chavez earlier this week when he said he should respect the rules of the international community.
Nothing pisses off a dictator more than being told to follow the rules.
The Prime Minister also said he would prefer to see Venezuela's ally Cuba function as a true democracy.
Nice sentiment, but not likely to happen.
Mr Chavez responded to Mr Blair's comments by branding him "a pawn of imperialism" and "the main ally of Hitler" - a reference to US President George Bush.
Blah blah blah.
In his latest attack on Mr Blair today, Mr Chavez said Britain had violated the sovereignty of various nations - citing the case of the Falklands.
The Falklands are a British possesion, not an independent nation.
"We have to remember the Falklands, how they were taken away from the Argentinians," he said.
AFTER the argies invaded.
Speaking in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, he added: "Those islands are Argentina's. Return them, Mr Blair. Those islands are Argentina's."
No, they are Britans and have been for thier entire populated existence.
Downing Street would not rise to the attack.
I would have told him to shut up and keep his mitts off.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "I don't think it is to anybody's benefit to get into a war of words on this. The position of the Falkland Islands has been stated many times. That remains the position.
Essentially, "Keep Out".
"I am not sure comments like this are helpful and I think it is better to draw a veil and move on."
What? Is that surrender talk?
Britain recaptured the Falklands after Argentinian troops invaded in 1982. Hundreds were killed on both sides in the three-month conflict.
Give the locals access to full auto weapons and there are going to be alot more dead argies next time around.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Judge shelves case over Jesus' existence
February 9, 2006
ROME (Reuters) - An Italian atheist lost his legal crusade against the Catholic Church on Thursday when a judge rejected his attempts to sue a priest for saying that Jesus existed 2,000 years ago, the priest's lawyer said.
Luigi Cascioli, 72, had argued his hometown priest and former schoolmate had effectively broken an Italian law meant to protect the public from being conned.
But instead of granting Cascioli his request to bring the case to court, the judge recommended magistrates investigate him for slandering priest Enrico Righi, Righi's lawyer, Bruno Severo said.
The 76-year-old priest said he was delighted by the news.
"Thank God it's over," Righi told Reuters. "I'm glad it has ended like this, because imagine if it had gone on and on."
Cascioli, author of a book called "The Fable of Christ," said the court had not yet informed him of the ruling. But he was not surprised, and said he would appeal to Italy's highest court, and then to The Hague.
Asked about the possibility he would be tried for slander, Cascioli chuckled, saying that to prove he lied, prosecutors would have to prove that Jesus existed.
"They don't have any proof," he said.
Depends on if you want to count the Bible as a historical source. I wouldn't be surprised if he has to go to the Hague to try and get a ruling to go his way, and we all know just how open-minded to others belifs those socialists are.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Can't think of much today.
This guy is dumb.
One thing I found out today is if you throw a sugar cube into a hot crucible, it will just start to melt before bursting into flame. It was cool. I want to do it again. (I am not a pyro.) (Yeah, nobody is going to belive that one.)
I think I will write a funny/stupid story about some people I know. Or maybe I won't it seemed funnier when I first thought of it.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
How about if you have no idea what language it is even in?
Anyway, it sounds alot like this song. Ok, maybe not alot.
But it's in... Spanish maybe?
BTW the linked song is by Growing Old Discracefully.
Hey, according to the music player on myspace, I have only played that song 126 times.
If that sounds like alot of work, you be lazier than me.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Your Five Factor Personality Profile
You have low extroversion.
No, I never noticed.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
There are other lifestyles? I tried stressed out.. didn't like it.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.
You have medium conscientiousness.
If you say so. What does conscientiousness mean?
You're generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
Must be talking gun to my head moments.
But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.
And a few times when I can't. Like, now for instance.
You have low agreeableness.
I don't think it is even that high.
Your self interest comes first, and others come later, if at all.
Actually, that would depend on if I like you or not.
In general, you feel that people are not to be trusted.
And you're skeptical that anyone else really feels differently.
Actually, I don't know if others feel that way or not. Don't care too much either.
Woody Allen stuff?
You have medium neuroticism.
If you say so.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
The rare times I do panic, I never show it.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
That is why they made Arizona Energy drinks! (In a pinch use Sobe)
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.
Thems not bumps, thems MOUNTAINS!
Openness to experience:
Rare, if at all.
Your openness to new experiences is medium.
Error. Beth can back me up on this one. No way I am eating raw fish.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
As long as I don't have to try the new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there's no way you'll approve of it.
Right. Somebody has to take a stand.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.
Who authorized this and why?
US sides with Muslims in cartoon dispute
That's it, fuck the president. I'm switching sides.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington on Friday condemned caricatures in European newspapers of the Prophet Mohammad, siding with Muslims who are outraged that the publications put press freedom over respect for religion.
Thier death cult deserves nothing but ridicule. The right to say what you want should be preserved above all.
By inserting itself into a dispute that has become a lightning rod for anti-European sentiment across the Muslim world, the United States could help its own battered image among Muslims.
Fuck 'em, they will hate us no matter what. Do you honestly think that the muslims loved slick willie because he did everything they asked? They took advantage of him at every oppertunity. They will do the same to bush.
"These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims," State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper said in answer to a question. "We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable."
It's not the US press you fuckwit, stay out of Denmarks biz unless they ask you.
"We call for tolerance and respect for all communities for their religious beliefs and practices," he added.
A big "Fuck you" too. I will respect islam when they respect Roman Catholicism.
Major U.S. publications have not republishing the cartoons, which include depictions of Mohammad as a terrorist. That is in contrast to European media, which responded to the criticism against the original Danish newspaper that printed the caricatures by republishing the offensive images themselves.
God forbid that the US press offend thier and the state department's allies in the middle east.
It's a sad day when the european papers have more guts than American ones.
Quote of the day.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Star Wars Speed Trap
By ERIC PETERS
High Tech Speed Trap
Like tearing off that sticker on mattresses that warns us not to "under penalty of law," most of us don't pay much attention to speed limits. Five to 10 over is the rule, not the exception -- as any survey of average traffic speeds will confirm. We vote with our right foot every time we get behind the wheel, countermanding the diktats of the local bureaucrats who erect limits that are frequently well below what large majorities (better than 85 percent, if you want an actual figure based on traffic surveys) consider reasonable rates of travel.
15-20 over if your from Minnesota, and don't you dare use turn signals!
But what if driving faster than the posted limit became an impossibility?
Road rage goes WAY up.
For years, this has been “The Dream” of safety-badger types, who equate any deviance from often arbitrarily-set posted speed limits with mowing down small children in a gigantic SUV with really loud mufflers, one hand on the wheel, the other clutching a half-empty fifth of Jack Daniels. They pushed for mechanical governors (which never flew) and even managed, briefly, to get a law passed that required all new cars to be fitted with speedometers that read no faster than 85 mph.
I had a top speed of 85 on my speedometer. The needle went all the way to "M".
Now, however, the technology exists for a great leap forward -- or backward, depending on your point of view.
How about "Nannyward".
The Canadians are testing out a system that combines onboard Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology with a digital speed limit map. It works very much like the in-car GPS navigation systems which have become so common on late model cars -- but with a twist. Instead of helping you find a destination, the system, prevents you from driving any faster than the posted speed limit of the road you happen to be on.
Then, I am going to be very, very, unhappy.
As in a conventional GPS-equipped car or truck, the system knows which road you're on, as well as the direction you're traveling. This information is continuously updating as you move. But in addition to this, the system also acquires information about the posted speed limit on each road, as you drive. Once your vehicle reaches that limit, the car's computer makes it increasingly difficult to go any faster.
Probably by degrading your fuel usage. Rev it all you want, your just wasting gas.
Ten vehicles equipped with this technology are currently being tested in the Ottowa area; if the trail (SIC) is "successful," a wider series of tests is planned. And it's a sure bet the entire thing will eventually be the object of a very strong-armed push aimed at making it mandatory equipment in every new car. "We are trying to assess the operational acceptance issues," says Peter Burns of Transport Canada's road safety directorate.
Not acceptable, keep it in Canada.
But is all of this really necessary -- or even a good idea?
For one thing, if current speed limits are so sensible, why do so many of us disobey them routinely? Are large majorities of us simply indifferent to our own safety and that of others -- even though we seem capable of behaving responsibly in other aspects of our lives?
Because conditions on the road let you.
Or are speed limits often set unrealistically low?
By Jove, I think he's got it!
And if they are, wouldn't it make more sense to adjust them so that they reflect a more reasonable consensus -- based upon how we actually drive -- rather than constantly pushing for new ways to compel compliance with limits that most of us clearly think are too low?
Actually, I find that it won't matter what speed limit is posted, people will go as fast as they want.
Bear in mind that for 20-plus years, we were relentlessly nagged by the self-styled "safety lobby" (and its profiteers in the insurance industry) that to exceed the sainted 55 mph limit was "dangerous speeding" that put ourselves and others at risk. Yet when Congress finally repealed the 55 mph limit in '95 -- and most states raised their highway limits to 65, 70, even 75 mph in some cases -- highway fatality rates did not increase as predicted. In fact, just two years after the majority of states increased their maximum highway speed limits, the total national highway fatality rate reached an all-time record low of 1.64 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
You mean... the nannies LIED? How shocking.
This proved that driving 65 or 70-something mph on a highway was not "unsafe." The big difference post-'95 was that you no longer had to worry about getting a ticket for doing it.
Which reduces stress and makes us with leadfoots happy.
The same issue exists on many secondary roads, where under-posted limits are routinely ignored by most drivers -- but vigorously enforced by radar traps. Like the tickets issued to people under the double nickel, the use of radar to nab motorists exceeding these under-posted limits is justified on the basis of "safety" -- even though most of us know that driving five or 10 mph faster doesn't in and of itself constitute unsafe driving any more than doing 65 or 70-something mph did under the old 55 mph NMSL.
We have roads like that. We call them "Speedtraps".
And sometimes, it's necessary to accelerate rapidly in order to avoid an accident -- even if it means momentarily exceeding the posted limit.
Like getting out of the way when a drunk is about to smash into your back bumper.
But Canada's little experiment could bring a screeching halt to all that -- literally. Dumbed-down limits -- and dumbed-down driving -- would become much more than the law of the land.
Yeah, it could result in pissed off motorists running more yellow and red lights.
They would become an inescapable way of life.
Some might welcome a world in which driving faster than whatever the speed limit happens to be is impossibility. But it might be more common-sensical to post realistic speed limits -- and deal with the handful of drivers who won't or can't drive reasonably -- than to treat every driver on the road like the irresponsible one.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Right or Wrong?
My discipline is weaking and my sense of what is right and wrong is no longer clear. I... question. Is it merely infatuation or do I truly love her?
Once you are in love with someone it makes you.... blind, to their faults. Or, perhaps, you just don't want to see those faults. I know not which. No... I do know which, I blinded myself to her faults, even though she did a good job of hiding them. God, I wish I could turn back the clock and fix things. Or at least prevent myself from becoming attached to her in the first place. Yet... a part of me would rather try to fix her. But, I know that it would be impossible. She is too fixed in her ways, too attached to her addictions. For her its the thrill of being chased, the joy of flirtation, the feeling that she is still desired.
I do not understand, I think it is beyond what I can understand. It torments me to know that I care for someone who is unworthy.
My normal way of dealing with this is no longer available, there is no outlet for my confusion and anger. Talking about it doesn't seem to help, probably because I cannot tell the base truths of what I know of her, for I may be judged without honor for caring for the honorless.
I find myself screaming on the inside. I don't understand and it gnaws at me, driving me to distraction. I no longer sleep as well as I did two months ago.
I can't keep her off of my mind for more than a few hours at a time. I cannot go through this again. Yet, I must, for I have no choice in the matter. Either I confine the memories of her to the dim parts of my mind, or I go mad.
Confederate flags and things.
In other news.
Rebel flag shakes up assembly
By ANNIE NELSON of the TribuneÂs staff
Published Friday, February 3, 2006
Yeah, it's from yesterday, nothing interesting hashappenedd today so far.
Two Hickman High School students disrupted a multicultural assembly yesterday in the schoolÂs auditorium by unfurling a Confederate flag from the balcony.
I'm surprised that they Headline didn't say "Teen racists riot at multicultural assembly."
Ryan Lanman, 17, who is white, and a friend enacted their plan while another student was singing "The Yellow Rose of Texas" to commemorate the Spanish-American War and honor Texas.
Notice they have to mention he is a white kid?
After the disruption, the students involved were told to leave, and the assembly continued, Principal Mike Jeffers said, adding that he couldnÂt talk about whether the students would be disciplined.
They will be. You can bet on it. Nothing wiinterfereear with the multicultural agenda.
Lanman, reached by phone after the assembly yesterday afternoon, said he and fellow student Kevin Meyers meant to "show Southern pride" and didnÂt intend the flag to be racist.
I don't see it as racist. I bet they were not even using the real Confederate flag and instead unfurled a Confederate battle flag.
"Me and Kevin, we donÂt believe in slavery or anything else that goes along with the symbol," Lanman said.
Most people don't, unless they think they can get something from saying they do.
The assembly included celebrations of Irish, Spanish, Bosnian, Indian, Middle Eastern, black, American, Japanese and Chinese cultures, among others, Jeffers said.
The only culture these kids need to learn is American. They learn too much pop as it is.
Lanman said he and his friend waited until "The Yellow Rose of Texas" to unfurl the flag out of respect for the other cultures being celebrated at the assembly.
At least they waited. A friend of mine and another guy Halloweenoween assembly in High School dressed up like the Klu Klux Klan. 3 day suspentions.
Jeffers said he questions LanmanÂs argument that his actions were about cultural support for the South.
Nothing wrong with that.
"RyanÂs interpretation of things well, thereÂs information I canÂt share with you," Jeffers said. "Ryan is not telling you the whole story."
He would have to be a dumbass to do that.
Collin Kemble, 16, who is white, said he is sure the unfurling of the flag was intended as a racist action. He and a group of football players sitting outside Hickman yesterday discussed what Lanman and his friend did.
Nothing like the almighty bull session to determine what someone else intended.
None of the students said he believes there will be any retaliation against Lanman or anyone else.
"No, there ain't going to be no riot," Vaughan said.
Maybe they should spend less time on multiculturalism and more on grammar, that was... nasty.
One thing that bothered those in the group was something they saw as a double standard. "Students wear Confederate stuff all the time," said Michael Tufts, 16, a sophomore. The school "doesn't do anything about it."
Why should they? Its not like they are saying "Hang the niggers" or "Blacks are slaves at heart."
"If I came to school in a 'I hate crackers' T-shirt, I'd be sent home," said Xavier Bagby, 16, who is black.
"I hate crackers" is definatly racist. A Confederate flag is a lot harder to prove racist.
Jeffers said Confederate flag clothes are not prohibited unless they cause disruptions, adding that Lanman's use of the flag did cause a disruption.
So it's not an issue about the flag, it's about the disruption.
"It's one thing to wear something and another to stand up in a multicultural assembly with a Confederate flag," Jeffers said. "You don't have the right to run into a movie theater and yell, Fire, and you don't have the right to do something disruptive in school."
Jeffers said school officials planned to meet with students parents today or Monday.
So said officials can determine if the parents are guilty too.
"I think if you see kids this age who are racist, you have to look at their parents," said Evan Conrad, 14, a white student at West Junior High School. "They're not going to just develop racism. They learn it from somewhere."
Intelligent for a 14 year old. Now if he can learn the difference between being racist and just being proud of your region, Texas anyone?
Tom Lanman, Ryan Lanman's father, said he disagrees with his son's behavior and actions.
"However, a lot of students have grumbled about how the multicultural assemblies donÂt represent" the Southern point of view, said Tom Lanman, adding that nobody in his family is a racist. "Ryan is a student that steps up to the plate and makes a statement. He's a leader in that sense."
Do you mean that multiculturalism won't represent the culture of the majority? There is a shock.
At the school I go to they have two or three "multicultural" events every 2 semesters or so. Last week they had these dancers who do "African dances". That is all very nice but we are not Africans and neither are the blacks who go to the school. But,they cancelled classes at that time so people could go to it.
Now on "Multiculturalism day" They have alot more events, Irish, Jewish, African (as usual), Hmong, and food from other cultures. On this day, no classes are cancelled. Go figure.
The only time I remember a class being cancelled was so we could attend the Holocaust peoples event (I don't remember what it was called but it had to do with the death camps).
Friday, February 03, 2006
In other news.
CNN are muslim appeasing sluts. Moron is now hard of hearing.
Yeah, right. They are scared of them, more like.
Michelle Malkin takes a swipe at them.
Man Sues Apple Over Potential Hearing Loss
By DAN GOODIN, Associated Press Writer Wed Feb 1, 11:37 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO - A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music player can cause hearing loss in people who use it.
Anything turned up too loud will make you lose your hearing.
Apple has sold more than 42 million of the devices since they went on sale in 2001, including 14 million in the fourth quarter last year. The devices can produce sounds of more than 115 decibels, a volume that can damage the hearing of a person exposed to the sound for more than 28 seconds per day, according to the complaint.
The place I was working at did a sound test and found out that all the lines running at once were 500% of the max allowed by OSHA. This is from a place that was just a little noisy if you ask me. It dosn't take much to hit 115.
The iPod players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana.
It plays music, therefore attaining its designed purpose. Wonder why the guy didn't file in Louisiana? Couldn't get a jury to payout for you?
The suit, which Patterson wants certified as a class-action, seeks compensation for unspecified damages and upgrades that will make iPods safer. Patterson's suit said he bought an iPod last year, but does not specify whether he suffered hearing loss from the device.
Money grubbing asshole.
Patterson does not know if the device has damaged his hearing, said his attorney, Steve W. Berman, of Seattle. But that's beside the point of the lawsuit, which takes issue with the potential the iPod has to cause irreparable hearing loss, Berman said.
Dosn't matter that I can't prove I lost my hearing from an ipod, now gimme money! C'mon big money!
"He's bought a product which is not safe to use as currently sold on the market," Berman said. "He's paying for a product that's defective, and the law is pretty clear that if someone sold you a defective product they have a duty to repair it."
It's not defective if it plays. If your too defective to know when its too loud, should God repair you? Personally, I think God should recall defectives like that.
An Apple Computer Inc. spokeswoman, Kristin Huguet, declined to comment.
Probably because she couldn't think of anything nice to say.
Although the iPod is more popular than other types of portable music players, its ability to cause noise-induced hearing isn't any higher, experts said.
No shit, Sherlock.
"We have numerous products in the marketplace that have the potential to damage hearing," said Deanna Meinke, an audiology professor at the University of Northern Colorado. "The risk is there but the risk lies with the user and where they set the volume."
Hey, no common sense in Calfiornia courts. It's the Law. I think, maybe.
The Cupertino-based company ships a warning with each iPod that cautions "permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones are used at high volume."
They should add a line. "If you are too stupid to not play files too loud, you need to put this product down and get an education."
Apple was forced to pull the iPod from store shelves in France and upgrade software on the device to limit sound to 100 decibels, but has not followed suit in the United States, according to the complaint. The headphones commonly referred to as ear buds, which ship with the iPod, also contribute to noise-induced hearing loss because they do not dilute the sound entering the ear and are closer to the ear canal than other sound sources, the complaint states.
See french people are too irresponsible to keep the volume down. I think this guy is getting a bit too whiny.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Cannabis 'can cause aggression in kids'
Kids who smoke cannabis are more likely to display aggressive behaviour and underperform at school, a new study has claimed.
No, I would never have believed that. Also, WTF are they giving kids marijuana to smoke? Then again, this is the Netherlands, and they are weird.
Dutch researchers found the drug did not cause children to become withdrawn or develop mental problems like depression, which has been suggested in other studies, but could lead to delinquency and aggression.
So instead of being depressed, they attack you. How is that an improvement?
The team from the Trimbos Institute, a mental health research centre in the Netherlands, gave questionnaires on drug use to young people aged 12 to 16.
They found that 17 per cent of them had used the drug in the previous year.
Sounds like here.
They also found that those who were heavy users - who took the drug 40 times a year - had poorer school grades than non-users.
And they say marijuana has no ill effects.
Heavy cannabis users also experienced thought and attention problems. They were also nine per cent more likely to report poor school performance.
I have that problem, but I can't blame it on a convenient drug. Sucks to be me.
The team, led by Professor Karin Monshouwer, wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry: "This study shows that at young ages the use of cannabis is already strongly associated with delinquent and aggressive behaviour, even after controlling for strong confounders such as alcohol use and smoking.
Young delinquents often grow up to be old delinquents.
"The strength of the associations increased with higher frequency of use, and significant associations were only present among those who had used cannabis recently."
If you understood that, my hat is off to you. If I was wearing one.
It was also found that children who had used the drug, but not in the previous year, had the same risk of developing aggressive behaviour as non-users.
Professor Monshouwer and her team concluded: "In a country with a liberal drug policy like the Netherlands, cannabis use is associated with aggression and delinquency, just as in other countries.
How about sexual promiscuity?
"Cannabis use was not associated with internalising problems."
The researchers said there was no significant difference in the findings between genders.
Last year, a report by the Schools Health Education Unit found over half of British 14- and 15-year-olds had been offered cannabis, a quarter of whom had taken it.
I suspect the drug rate in the US is about the same.
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Germany and Japan are the current biggest users of Solar Power. Germany, because its a green leftist hell and Japan, because they don't have much choice if they want to be energy independent.
I will probably go into it further later on. First I want to see if I can get my hands on that DVD.
Weird stuff, except for the Britney thing, which is just dumb.
A Brit gets his hearing back on a ski lift.
I suppose this could happen... but, what are the odds?
Not exactly a rightous shooting, but still nice.
Spears to guest on Will and Grace
Pop star Britney Spears will guest on an episode of US sitcom Will and Grace, playing a conservative Christian.
Britney Spears to play a conservative Christian? Is she even aware of what conservative means? Are the writers?
She will appear as a talk show sidekick to Sean Hayes' character, Jack, in an episode to be shown in the US in April.
Still not going to watch your show.
Jack's fictional network, Out TV, is bought by a Christian TV network, leading to Spears contributing a cooking segment called Cruci-fixin's.
How funny. No wonder this show is dead.
Spears, who released her most recent single in March 2005, gave birth to son Sean Preston last September.
The singer hosted US children's TV show The Mickey Mouse Club from the age of 11 and starred in 2002 movie Crossroads.
The 24-year-old married her second husband, dancer Kevin Federline, in September 2004.
I assume she didn't marry him as something to do on a boring afternoon?
Spears' appearance on Will and Grace follows cameo appearances by singers Jennifer Lopez and Cher and actor Michael Douglas, who played a gay policeman.
Suppose she is trying to catch up? Or is her career starting to fail?
The NBC series began in 1998 and is broadcast in the UK on Living TV and Channel 4. The current eighth series of Will and Grace will be its last.
I still can't help but be happy this show is ending. People at SGI used to watch it when they were on break, after watching it a few times, I started spending break anywhere but the breakroom.