August 08, 2010

The move...

Yes, we're still moving... for at least another week, this site will continue to load but there will be no new posts. Please click here for the new site and DO NOT update your links as the new site will be moved to the root in the next few days.

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Dinner For Schmucks

Steve Carell's character is really more schmo than schmuck, but we laughed till we plotzed anyway.

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August 04, 2010

That's just horseshit...

Peter Boockvar posted this over at The Big Picture. It was the last sentence that caught my eye...

One hand, higher savings will put a crimp on consumer spending which of course makes up a majority of US GDP but on the other, higher savings is the fuel for investment which helps to finance businesses everywhere that are getting crowded out in their borrowing by the enormous needs of the US gov’t and some European ones.

Yeah, except for this and even this which make it pretty clear that in the real world, where we live, there's a massive gap between demand for fixed income (of every flavor) vs a limited supply of fixed income that even the government's massive issuance isn't able to fill. So interest rates stay low while investors fall over themselves trying to buy incrementally higher yields. So, yeah, not so much with that particular ideological talking point.

I can't fucking wait to hear that from that cocksucker Judd Gregg. Or that old, senile motherfucker from Arizona who has started defending the tax cuts he voted against, just to get back at the black man who beat him.

It's time we start calling these assholes out for their lies and bullshit, especially when they're advocating a return to treasonous economic policies that will bankrupt this country. Peter should fucking know better and the politicos are just opportunists.

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August 03, 2010

Change is a-comin'

It's been almost five years since we set up this red and yellow miasma on the web and, other than minor alterations, we're stayed relatively consistent. However, much has changed in the world and, like the caterpillar, we must change as well.

Yeah, reading Deepak Chopra was a start but, in the end, it wasn't enough. The Mayor and I looked around and realized we needed a massive change and began an exploration of new and exotic religions. Then we went back to some of the more traditional nuts and decided that they were still just as crazy as we'd originally thought.

In our despair, we finally realized what we needed... a new authoring system and a redesigned interface! Don't get me wrong, it's been a fantastic five years with Movable Type, but it's time for a new system that's a little easier on those who don't really enjoy programming.

So, I started messing around with Word Press this past weekend and we're going to make a transition this coming weekend which will include a redesign of the site. So, there's that to look forward to along with some really hot weather.

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Redefining PETULANT

Well, someone certainly has their panties in a twist...

In a public rebuke, a federal judge Monday ordered all Austin City Council members to participate in any future lawsuit settlement talks with the family of a man fatally shot by a police officer last year.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks also wrote in a three-page document that he will no longer accept settlement announcements in any cases involving the city within 25 days of a scheduled trial. Judges "cannot rely on the City of Austin to support the recommendations of its lawyers," he wrote in the sharply worded order.

The case, filed by the family of Nathaniel Sanders II, had been set to go to trial this month, but Sparks struck it from his docket amid the tentative settlement.

"The court accepted the lawyers at their word and removed the case from the July 19, 2010 trial, a mistake (I) will not make again," Sparks wrote. He said the case has already resulted in "a substantial expense to the American taxpayer."

Judge Sparks, you're peeved that a bunch of civilians on Council didn't accept the learned advice of their counsel? That happens sometimes, especially when members are worried about future claims. However, throwing a fit about it and issuing a silly order ain't really a rational response, regardless of your irritation over rescheduling.

Now, with this order in place, it would appear that a settlement is all but out of the question. So, thanks a lot for that, Judge.

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August 02, 2010

Built like a sack of laundry

Yes, I'm looking forward to this. AND YES, I DID LIKE THE FRIDAY MOVIES.


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August 01, 2010

Thank You, Senator Lieberman

Today would have been my father's 92nd birthday. But he actually passed away in July of last year after a long illness and was buried in the State Veterans' Cemetery in Middletown, Connecticut.

One thing that Uncle Sam does for his veterans is provide a gravestone. In our case, we had a long struggle with the Veterans Administration over the inscription, despite all the documentation we provided over Dad's final rank and his service.

On top of that, the cemetery wasn't in any hurry to put any stone at all. When I was last there in early May, all that marked my father's grave was a small temporary plastic plaque which had been broken. When my mother visited on Memorial Day, though, a real stone was finally in place---but it had the wrong inscription.

By now, we had somewhat reluctantly contacted Senator Joe Lieberman's office for help. To our relief, after getting a brush-off from practically everyone else, they actually assisted us, and to our surprise the senator actually took a personal interest in the matter. He even called my brother (who really did all the heavy lifting in this saga) one evening and spoke with him for an hour. Lieberman also apparently called Governor Rell and got her riled up about the management of the cemetery.

The upshot of all this is that we have been informed that as of June 25, just eleven months after the funeral, the corrected stone bearing my father's actual rank and noting his service in World War Two was finally placed at the grave.

And for all that, I have to say to Senator Joe Lieberman: We do not agree about everything but you are okay in my book, sir.

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