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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Why the fuck not?
Not so sure how the writer would have regarded this one, but efforts to create a Charles Bukowski postage stamp don't appear to be doing well. Arguably L.A.'s most famous writer, Bukowski worked for the postal service until he was 49, and hated every second of it. Using some of the more delicate wording this Fishie has seen in quite some time, petitioners to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee call Bukowski's first novel "Post Office," "a wry portrait of the inner workings of the service" -- which is a bit like saying "All the President's Men" is a dry, clinical analysis of the inner workings of Nixon's White House.
Yeah, Bukowski would have likely bitched and moaned about being on a stamp. So what?
Go sign the petition.
Labels: pop culture
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The true wonder isn't that morons like this want to rule us.
The true wonder is that Democrats can't figure out how to beat them in an election. He's up for re-election in 2011. I'd hope this video sees wide use in the campaign next year.
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Monday, February 22, 2010
Truly sick people
I guess what i am surprised about is that they can do so without mentioning that other time something like this happened, and how the same people who are bending logic into entirely new directions to find justification for murder were quite literally ready to hang people like Ward Churchill and Susan Sontag for saying, well, exactly what they're saying now about Joseph Stack and IRS employees.
As i've said before, the ability to take a position and understand what it actually means is beyond these people. They are only interested in their own power, and the only way to deal with them is to disempower as much as humanly possible. There's no negotiating with them.
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Wonder if she burned her Dixie Chicks albums?
Joe Stack's adult daughter, Samantha Bell, spoke to ABC's "Good Morning America" from her home in Norway. Asked during a phone interview broadcast Monday if she considered her father a hero, she said: "Yes. Because now maybe people will listen . . .
"But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government,"
The Norwegian healthcare system is public, and mainly free of charge for the patient. Since 2002 the government has organized the healthcare system into five geographical regions. These regions have their own budgets and are financed through the government. The hospitals provide the public with specialized treatment. In addition, research and training of health care personell is one of four main statutory responsibilities for the health trusts.
How fucking easy it is to sit back in your socialist paradise and say that US tax policies are responsible for someone flying a plane into a fucking building. I swear to God some people aren't capable of seeing that there's a world outside of their own living rooms.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
The tax protest movement has a long history in the U.S. and was a strong component of anti-government sentiments that surged during the 1990s. That wave culminated in the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Several domestic extremists were later convicted in the plot.
The same people who hounded Ward Churchill out of academé after his September 11 essay now demonstrate their moral compass by finding ways to justify the exact same act when performed by one of their own.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Haiti benefit show
UPDATED: Oy. I love the smell of teabagging in the morning. It smells like victory.
"It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their "freedom" … and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.”
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Your best entertainment value
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
More snowy beach pictures
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Monday, February 15, 2010
Snowy beach pictures
Saturday, February 13, 2010
So no winter wonderland at the ocean photos for you till i get home.
And i can guarantee you that the town of Beaufort doesn't own a single snow plow.
UPDATE: Sillier me. Roads, even the back roads between Beaufort and Gloucester (on Harker's Island, where 8.8" of the white stuff fell Friday night) were almost completely cleared by 11:30 Saturday morning. Photos when i get back.
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Friday, February 12, 2010
The only relevant thing i might have to say is that most of the conversation about abortion is irrelevant; the only thing that matters is whether or not government has the right to interfere in private medical decisions made by a person and her doctor. It's amazing how many so-called conservatives are willing to give the government that right. All i can say is be careful what you wish for, you might get it.
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Wake County will no longer pay for elective abortions for employees, with leaders citing a 29-year-old state Supreme Court ruling which they say makes reimbursement for the practice illegal.
An agenda item for Monday’s Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting will address the change, but only to take note of it, not to ask permission, board chairman Tony Gurley said today. The change was made administratively Wednesday by county manager David Cooke, Gurley said.
“We don't pay for that any more,” Gurley said. “As soon as we were made aware it was illegal, we stopped doing it.”
. . .
After Apex dropped coverage recently for elective abortion for its employees, legal analysts from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood of North Carolina said governments have a choice.
The two groups analyzed city and county insurance rights in the state. They said that state statutes allow local governments to provide whatever benefits package is deemed appropriate without specific restriction on abortion coverage, a finding both Gurley and Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly dispute.
Gurley is wrong. The Stam case does not make it illegal for municipalities to provide abortion coverage to their employees in their health insurance plan.
This being North Carolina, though, public employees have no collective bargaining rights. So Gurley and his lackeys can make unilateral decisions about the terms of employment of county workers with impunity.
But here's the Durham impact. Turns out that Tony Gurley is the owner of Gurley's Pharmacy on Main Street in downtown Durham. If the dude wants to be so cavalier with the health of women employees of Wake County, that's up to the Wake County voters to act on. Durham residents, though, aren't obligated to do business with him. I know i won't. And rumor has it that Gurley is in his shop several days a week. I hope to stop by and let him know why he'll never see any of my business. Maybe i won't be the only one.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
"Massage therapist told me, she said, 'You know, coach, what happened in Haiti is a catastrophe. What you're having is a disappointment.' I told her that depends on what chair she was sitting in. Because it does feel like a catastrophe to me, because it is my life."Dude needs some perspective, i think. Maybe when the season's over he can take some time off and do some volunteer work to clear his head.
Continue reading Uh, Roy?
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Hell freezes over?
State highway officials have decided not to require the Triangle Veterinary
Emergency Clinic to add a turn lane and move a sewer line at its planned new
location on Morreene Road.
City Council member Mike Woodard said he and other city officials were informed
of the decision at 8:28 this morning, after a meeting of NCDOT engineers.
DOT's change of mind removes an unexpected cost that had jeopardized the
clinic's plan to relocate its practice to a renovated warehouse at Morreene Road
and Linden Terrace in western Durham. Clinic manager Sharon Zeigler said last
week that the lane and sewer move would add about $250,000 to the clinic's
estimated renovating and landscaping cost of $1.9 million.
My neighborhood's experience with NCDOT and turn lanes was decidedly the opposite. Don't know what's changed, but this is good news.
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The inverse square rule of snow
Snowfall #1 = Xfun
Snowfall #2 = 1/4Xfun
Snowfall #3 = 1/9Xfun
. . .
Snowfall #n = 1/n2Fun
So, how are things in Philadelphia these days?
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Monday, February 08, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Blast from the past
I can still remember slicing and splicing the tape to put that one together.
http://www.2600.com/voli for those of you following this on Facebook.
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Bad news for The Beaver
Friday, February 05, 2010
His Republican friends
"The next step is what I announced at the State of the Union, which is to call on our Republican friends to present their ideas. What I'd like to do is have a meeting whereby I'm sitting with the Republicans, sitting with the Democrats, sitting with health care experts, and let's just go through these bills. ... And then I think that we've got to go ahead and move forward on a vote," Obama said Thursday.
Labels: Barack Obama
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Bodice ripping winds to follow
Thursday, February 04, 2010
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Roccoco, you sleazy weasel
Former Gov. Mike Easley used a private, secret e-mail account to conduct state business, his former communications directors said in depositions. The e-mail address: "NickDanger" spelled backward.
Nick Danger is a fictional private eye character featured in radio performances by The Firesign Theatre, a troupe whose 1960s Los Angeles-based act was heavily influenced by The Goon Show, a British troupe that included Peter Sellers and was also a major influence on Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Easley's spelling "Nick Danger" backward could come from a joke on the show in which Danger, sitting in his office, read his name on his glass office door: "Regnad Kcin."
Sherri Johnson, Easley's communications director, said she believed the backward spelling was Easley's own.
"The governor wrote backwards. I mean, when he wrote, he wrote backwards," she said. Which is it? Sounds like a case for Nick Danger.
As a Firehead from way back (founder of the Dog Star Esquadrille - Another Cocoon for Papoon - "We're Sirius About Papoon") it sounds like the ex-governor has been caught with his red hand in Barbara Bobo's gym shorts.
All i can say to Easley is "Eat it. Eat it raw!"
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Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Monday, February 01, 2010
School access fail
Leon Street, in front of Brogden Middle School, 5 pm Monday.
From city of Durham press release prior to winter storm, 1/29/10:
The City’s plan of action for clearing or reducing hazards on city streets is prioritized in the following order:
• Bridges and overpasses throughout the city.
• Major arterial streets within the city.
• Streets to essential health facilities, police and fire stations and critical community facilities.
• Routes to two City fuel sites.
• Streets within the central business district.
• Clear access to Durham Public Schools.
• All residential areas with priority initially to passage of emergency vehicles and then to all traffic.
As a friend noted, if we get any kind of weather the rest of the week, it'll be next Tuesday before the schools open. My understanding of DPS policy is if there's any ice on a road that has to be traveled by a school bus, all schools are closed.
I couldn't imagine being a working parent with a job that didn't pay me for my time off this week. Even with paid time off, having to use your vacation or sick leave in the middle of winter just to watch your kids because the schools aren't open would truly suck.
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