Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I may have to go to Korea. This looks so wonderfly disgusting, that I need some now. Maybe I should go get some food in me...

Viva La Revolucion!

Diesel. Diesel. Diesel. If Detroit doesn't get their act together quick. There won't be American cars. This guy doesn't even have a high school diploma and he can make a H2 get double the mileage and four times the horsepower. If one third of our cars were running bio-diesel we could stop importing oil from Saudi Arabia.
The 86 Rules of Boozing. Learn them. #28 should be #1: If you cannot afford to tip, you cannot afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store. Period.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I'd like to see this poll redone now (I'm sure it's out there, but I don't have the energy to find it), but it does point out the obvious fact Fox News is the advertising arm of the Bush White House. As of 2003: "48% incorrectly believed that evidence of links between Iraq and al Qaeda have been found, 22% that weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and 25% that world public opinion favored the US going to war with Iraq. Overall 60% had at least one of these three misperceptions". When you break it down by network, 80% of Faux viewers believed at least one of those. Now that Bush is Mr. 25% , he's only two points away from Nixon when he resigned (23%) and three points from Truman (22%) for the lowest approval rating ever. He's already overtaken Truman for the largest range of approval rating (T: 87 - 22, B: 92 - 25) How low can he go? People liked Carter (28%) and Papa Shrub (29%) more than him! (Source) Anyone who is a republican after this administration is really stupid. Not that I have any faith that the Dems won't find some way to fuck things up. They probably will and we'll get stuck with Thompson or Romney. Fuck.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Please, pretty please

So word around the uber-right wing campfire is that if the Republicans nominate Gulianni, they will pull out of the party and support a third party candidate. (BTW, this was decided at the secret meeting that Cheyney went to in Salt Lake last week). PLEASE DO!!!!!! This will splinter the Republican party, allowing the few remaining reasonable Republicans to ditch the religious right, and it will doom the religious right to the marginal status which they deserve. Then the Dems could run an Obama-Richardson ticket and win. I think a black and hispanic are exactly who need to be in charge for once.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

O.K. something positive...

A promising development in cancer research. We all know someone affected. Currently, it's just being tested on skin cancer. The hope is that it can be used on ovarian and pancreatic cancer.

because everyone needs to see this:

Here is the Daily Kos post

Here is his response to Rush as posted on Daily Kos:

UPDATE: As I was preparing to post this, Brian emailed me his response to Rush’s statement made on the radio today. Here it is in its entirety:

So, Rush Limbaugh called me a "suicide bomber." More slander from the high and mighty sitting in his chair nursing the boils on his ass. I can assure you that I am no suicide bomber and that I can think for myself.

Rush, your phony soldier comments pissed me off. The audacity of someone like you who never had the courage to stand and fight for what you believe in makes my head spin. That is what made me stand up and state my convictions in front of a camera. I wanted to point out that you are wrong. I am not a phony soldier. I believe that we are not doing the right thing for national security by staying in Iraq. We are putting too much strain on our military by extending tours and not giving people enough time at home to rest. We have taken our eye off of the real Al-Qaeda and let them regroup to their pre-9/11 strength. We have not developed a political system in Iraq that would enable the country to stand on its own.

I stood in the sand, snow, dirt, mud and dust of both Afghanistan and Iraq. I spent over a week on a side of a mountain in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda. I received The Bronze Star medal for my actions during that battle. I crossed the border into Iraq with the first wave of the 101st Airborne. I sustained an open head injury on the streets of Mosul after a vehicle borne IED exploded next to the vehicle I was riding in. I have seen the aftermath of a real suicide bomber. I had loved ones who died in the 9/11 attacks. I have friends and colleagues who returned from the war in body bags.

How dare you call someone like me a phony soldier and a suicide bomber? In the commercial I just taped, I told you unless you had the guts to say something to my face, stop telling lies about my service. Well you haven’t had the guts to say it to my face, but I am waiting and the offer is still on the table.

And another soldier pissed off at that chickenshit chickenhawk Rush. May sir oxy rot in a bath of his own diarrhea !

Republicans are evil.

I even heard FauxNews try to say that Iran was involved with 9/11. What?

Bush and Cheney are evil.

We are fucked.

I'll be surprised if the 2008 elections go off without big problems.

amazingly, the Supreme Court decided not to hear these cases so the lower court rulings stand.

Monday, October 1, 2007

So, it's been a while. Been busy. I had to turn in a draft of my proposal to my adviser today, so that has been taking up much of my time. As soon as he gives the word, it goes to the rest of the committee. Hopefully he can get through it quickly.

Patrick O'Grady says it best: "Euro-pro cycling is not a sporting event, but a rolling crime scene." It's a fucking trainwreck and I can't look away. At least some other sports are about to get in the mix. MLB and USADA said, "that there were signs that none of their athletes wiould be found to have been involved in the sprawling distribution network that involved drugs from China." Huh? I'll bet that the signs are that they ARE involved. That or MLB paid enough money to have that evidence disappear. Here Barry. Here Barry....

Anyways, hybrid cars are dead. E85 too. Long live diesel. They have actually shown that people buy the current crop of hybrids as image statements, and that they never pay for themselves in gas saved. Yes, they use a few percent less in gas and burn cleaner, but diesels use somewhere around 30% less over their lifetime, and have higher resale value. Honda is even dropping the Accord Hybrid (It actually gets worse mileage than the standard V6) and they are going to replace it with a diesel. Nissan is introducing a diesel Titan in 2009 I think. Volkswagen makes a V10 diesel for the Toureg in Europe. It has more torque than the Cummins diesel that comes in the Ram 2500. Burns cleaner and gets better mileage. It's about time. These aren't the clackity diesels of the 70s. In January the US switched over to ultra-clean diesel and now manufactures are going to finally start developing them. Audi has been running diesels in their Le Mans race cars for the past couple of years and blowing everyone away. I'm tempted to find an old Canadian 4Runner in diesel... Switch it to biodiesel. Yeah baby...

What republicans are hypocrites?

Has anyone else noticed the similarities between Bush and Ahmadinejad? They are both right wing religious nut jobs. They are both unpopular in their own countries. They both say really, really stupid things. They both have gone against the wishes of the UN. They both rose to power by appealing to a scared, rural, intolerant, undereducated, and fundamentalist religious base. They both believe that they are leading their country to the end of times and the second coming. Ahmadinejad is Iran's Georg Bush... Scary. We are so fucked.