Monday, October 24, 2005

I went to the gym today. I haven't been extremely regular about it in the last 6 weeks or so. When I got back from the Jamboree, I climbed Mt. Whitney. Then, I was so dang sore, I didn't do much until I recuperated. But, that really got me out of the rhythm. Then, last week I started to feel dizzy and lightheaded. My BP was elevated - 160ish/110. Not real good. I already had a Dr. appt. scheduled, so when I wentin on Friday, he gave me some new blood pressure medication. I also started riding my bike again - had a nice ride on Saturday in the fog. I've lost a bit of my conditioning - ok, more than a bit!

So, keep encouraging me, I'm obviously am not going to be able to slack off and keep my cardio system working. I'll be working out, but trying to maintain a better balance this time, not quite so hardcore. Maybe only 2 spinning classed, one cardio routine, two weight sessions and then something on the weekends. That should be easy enough! ;)

BTW - the BP is already lower, with a bit more to go. I need to lose 15 pounds, stay on the cardio, keep eating right. Nothing big....

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Dick, Dick, Dick

Not what you think!

How Dick Cheney launched the war in Iraq.... courtesy of Newsweek.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Just in case you didn't know

UCLA is my favorite team. Win, lose or draw, UCLA football is the only team I really root for. The last couple of years have been tough. I loved the 90's - we pimp slapped the Trojans nine straight. But, we're in the 2000's and we haven't won them all. Well, we haven't won any against the University of Spoiled Children. I was there when the University of Second Class scored two touchdowns in the first 14 seconds.

Went to the game today, UCLA looked very good. Offense is awesome, the D looked much better than in past outings.

It's looking like we're going to have a helluva game on December 3. I'm rooting for both teams to win out to that point. Then, I want the Bruins to destroy the hopes and dreams of the Trojans. Utterly annihilate them.

In a really Christian way, of course.

Go Bruins!!!!
Delay wants judge to step aside because he is a Democrat

Delay wants to put the proceedings in the hands of B.B. Schraub. A Republican! Yeah, that's fair. However, Schraub "spoke dismissively" of Delay's request. See, not every Republican is Neo-Con.

Delay also whines that because Earle and the Democratic Party "could not beat me at the ballot box and could not beat me on the floor of the House of Representatives, they are now desperately trying to challenge me in a courtroom." Typical behavior. Blame someone else, everyone else, hell - anyone else - for his own troubles. Maybe if he hadn't committed conspiracy and money laundering, he wouldn't be in this trouble? Hey, if Martha had to time for her crime, Delay certainly should as well. Who knows? Maybe he'll find true love in prison.

Friday, October 21, 2005

UCLA top ten - Google Search

I wanted to do a search on articles and images related to UCLA's football team reaching the 10 ten in the BCS standings.

Check out the first entry - don't worry, it's funny, but SFW.
Smiling DeLay photo no help to Democrats

It's certain that Tom Delay's photo won't make for the sport that Pee-Wee Herman's or Nick Nolte's did.

But fortunately, with help from h3lx, I was able to uncover this photo that will be very useful in the future.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Ok, this is the funniest thing I've seen today

I'm really going to have to catch up on the the whole Wiki thing....

But SL really needs to update the links to his LiveJournal, instead of the outdated web site.

Leading by (Bad) Example

(Be sure to read the entire article. It's an interesting take on our ability to assert any moral authority.)

New York Times
Published: October 19, 2005

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (Iraq News Agency) - A delegation of Iraqi judges and journalists abruptly left the U.S. today, cutting short its visit to study the workings of American democracy. A delegation spokesman said the Iraqis were "bewildered" by some of the behavior of the Bush administration and felt it was best to limit their exposure to the U.S. system at this time, when Iraq is taking its first baby steps toward democracy.

The lead Iraqi delegate, Muhammad Mithaqi, a noted secular Sunni judge who had recently survived an assassination attempt by Islamist radicals, said that he was stunned when he heard President Bush telling Republicans that one reason they should support Harriet Miers for the U.S. Supreme Court was because of "her religion." She is described as a devout evangelical Christian.

Mithaqi said that after two years of being lectured to by U.S. diplomats in Baghdad about the need to separate "mosque from state" in the new Iraq, he was also floored to read that the former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr, now a law school dean, said on the radio show of the conservative James Dobson that Miers deserved support because she was "a very, very strong Christian [who] should be a source of great comfort and assistance to people in the households of faith around the country."

"Now let me get this straight," Judge Mithaqi said. "You are lecturing us about keeping religion out of politics, and then your own president and conservative legal scholars go and tell your public to endorse Miers as a Supreme Court justice because she is an evangelical Christian.

"How would you feel if you picked up your newspapers next week and read that the president of Iraq justified the appointment of an Iraqi Supreme Court justice by telling Iraqis: 'Don't pay attention to his lack of legal expertise. Pay attention to the fact that he is a Muslim fundamentalist and prays at a Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosque.' Is that the Iraq you sent your sons to build and to die for? I don't think so. We can't have our people exposed to such talk."

A fellow delegation member, Abdul Wahab al-Unfi, a Shiite lawyer who walks with a limp today as a result of torture in a Saddam prison, said he did not want to spend another day in Washington after listening to the Bush team defend its right to use torture in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfi said he was heartened by the fact that the Senate voted 90 to 9 to ban U.S. torture of military prisoners. But he said he was depressed by reports that the White House might veto the bill because of that amendment, which would ban "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of P.O.W.'s.

"I survived eight years of torture under Saddam," Unfi said. "Virtually every extended family in Iraq has someone who was tortured or killed in a Baathist prison. Yet, already, more than 100 prisoners of war have died in U.S. custody. How is that possible from the greatest democracy in the world? There must be no place for torture in the future Iraq. We are going home now because I don't want our delegation corrupted by all this American right-to-torture talk."

Finally, the delegation member Sahaf al-Sahafi, editor of one of Iraq's new newspapers, said he wanted to go home after watching a televised videoconference last Thursday between soldiers in Iraq and President Bush. The soldiers, 10 Americans and an Iraqi, were coached by a Pentagon aide on how to respond to Mr. Bush.

"I had nightmares watching this," Sahafi said. "It was right from the Saddam playbook. I was particularly upset to hear the Iraqi sergeant major, Akeel Shakir Nasser, tell Mr. Bush: 'Thank you very much for everything. I like you.' It was exactly the kind of staged encounter that Saddam used to have with his troops."

Sahafi said he was also floored to see the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan agency that works for Congress, declare that a Bush administration contract that paid Armstrong Williams, a supposedly independent commentator, to promote Mr. Bush's No Child Left Behind policy constituted illegal propaganda - an attempt by the government to buy good press.

"Saddam bought and paid journalists all over the Arab world," Sahafi said. "It makes me sick to see even a drop of that in America."

By coincidence, the Iraqi delegates departed Washington just as the Bush aide Karen Hughes returned from the Middle East. Her trip was aimed at improving America's image among Muslims by giving them a more accurate view of America and President Bush. She said, "The more they know about us, the more they will like us."

(Yes, all of this is a fake news story. I just wish that it weren't so true.)

I hate illegal fax advertising!!

This is how you can complain, and get some help from the Feds. These slimy bastards have got to be stopped. Just because they put a phone number on the bottom of the fax doesn't give them the right to broadcast their stupid crap in the first place.

Oh, did I mention how much I hate this? ARGHHHH!
NPR : Watermarks Help I.D, Printer, Copier Documents

Listen to the NPR story (You'll need the Real One Player) Then read this article.

Finally, See if your printer is listed.

The basic idea here is that printers have an imbedded bar code that identifies where each document was printed. Similar to the old, "We know which typewriter that came from" but with a vicious new twist. In the old days, it was easy to tell what brand of typewriter created a document. Then, if they could find that typewriter, they could compare the way the keys were worn. Took a lot of detective work. Now, however, with the bar code right on the document, they can compare that with your registration data, and know in seconds who owns the printer, the address and when it was purchased.

But wait! There's more. This sort of identification scheme also identifies copiers, scanners and yes, even digital cameras! If you think you can take a picture of your neighbor over the fence and publish it on the internet without getting caught, you'd be wrong.

Monday, October 17, 2005


I'm not sure if there is a Windows equivilent, but on the Mac the Dashboard is a really cool thing. I'll still play with this - but you might want to check it out.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

"I cannot find a pollster who can remember any president ever getting just two percent approval from African-Americans," Russert said.:

"The host of one liberal radio talk show predicted that Democrats will take back Congress - and introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush for lying about the war in Iraq."

Two percent of African-Americans? That's astounding. Bush pulled support from the Bible belt parts of the south, and that includes a large segment of the African-American population there. Perhaps, with the right candidate, the Dems have a chance to reclaim not just the black vote, but the rest of the South as well.

Oh, and I think that an impeachment hearing is completely justified. Remember, with Clinton, we were told that it wasn't about the sex, but the lying. With Bush, it's going to be about the lying as well. But we'll also have to include the massive loss of life, a crushing debt and a stumbling economy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Chocolate Covered Bacon:

"If both bacon and chocolate can make other foods taste better, what would happen if someone was just crazy enough to combine chocolate and bacon?"

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Conservatives and exiles desert war campaign:

"Even among the strongest advocates in Washington of the war in Iraq there is a sense of alarm these days, with harsh criticism directed particularly at the draft constitution, which they see as a betrayal of principles and a recipe for disintegration of the Iraqi state.

Expressions of concern among conservatives and former Iraqi exiles, seen also in the rising disillusionment of the American public, reflect a widening gap with the Bush administration and its claims of incredible political progress in Iraq."

So, finally, the conservatives are coming around? Welcome to the party, we've been here all along.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Even the National Review doesn't like the White House's pick for SC Justice:

"President Bush struck a blow for diversity on the Supreme Court by picking White House Counsel Harriet Miers as his latest nominee. Bush thus made a strong statement that the Court has room for highly distinguished justices and not-so-distinguished justices, for nominees who have made their reputations in the wider legal world and for nominees people have hardly heard of, for world-class lawyers and for lawyers he happens to know and like."

Monday, October 03, 2005

EIB Interview: Rush Interviews Vice President Richard B. Cheney on the Nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court:

"Right. Well, I'm confident that she has a conservative judicial philosophy that you'd be comfortable with, Rush."

Time to go screaming and running from the room. Anything that Rush is comfortable with probably would feel like a red hot poker to me.
Bishop backs panty parties to spread Church message

I for one am all for it! Whatever helps bring people to church, I'd be willing to do. If it takes a lingerie party to get the job done, be sure to count me in!
It took the Republicans only 10 years to become yet another ruling party beset by charges of profligate spending, bloated government and corruption

This article is a laundry list of charges against the White House and key Congressional leaders. I keep hoping for an investigation, yet there isn't one.