Where do they find this stuff?

From Crooks and Liars, a caption contest, using this picture:


First the man date, then the kissy-face with Abdullah, and now this. Better not let SpongeDob see this one.

Cable news really is a farce now, isn't it?

After reading this diary over at the Daily Kos, I'm even more glad that I don't have cable anymore. The "news channels"--and yes, I'm going to use scare quotes around "news channels" from now on, because what they do cannot be reasonably be called news in any sense of the word.

Here's the gist--apparently, this woman disappeared right before her wedding. Never happens, right? She pops up in New Mexico three days later, claims to have been abducted by a Latino couple (the casual racism by people involved in these types of stories still astonishes me), and then confesses to having had cold feet before the wedding and running away. Hundreds of media hours on this story that, like so many stories recently, deserved a fraction of that.

But Georgia10 tells us another story, this one about a girl in Yemen. I'll let her tell it:

Her name is Amina Ali Abduladif. She is 21 years old, and has a 2 year old son and a young daughter (another daugher she had was killed in an accident). And she about to be shot to death in Yemen.

In 1998, Amina's husband was murdered. She was only 14 at the time. Amina was convicted of her killing her husband, and was sentenced to death on May 24, 1999.

This despite an Yemen law that prohibits the death penalty for those under the age of 18.

Amina was reportedly tortured to force her to confess to the crime (a child at 14, under pressure, this seems quite possible). She has since maintained her innocence. This tragedy is compounded by the fact that another man, Muhammad Ali Said Qaba'il, has been sentenced to death for the murder.

Amina's nightmare continued when the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and the President of Yemen upheld her death sentence, even though it was outside of the law.

Around 2002, Amina was placed before a firing squad. At 19 years old, she was about to be shot to death for a crime she did not commit.

The executioners armed themselves, raised their weapons, and were about to shoot....until they saw she was pregnant.

While in prison awaiting her death sentence, Amina had been raped by one of the guards.

Thus, Amina was kept alive. She gave birth to her child, and the baby has been living with her, in prison, for the last two years. But the law says that since the child is now two years old, it is time for Amina to die.

On Monday, Amina will again face the firing squad for her husband's murder. And, despite desparate appeals to the President of Yemen, she will be killed.

I searched CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and the rest of the media outlets for Amina's story. It is nowhere to be found.

Now the first question is easy--this kind of stuff happens all the time in other parts of the world, so should we expect CNN/MSNBC/FNC to cover every story like this one? Of course not--it would be nice if they covered egregious cases like this one, but I understand that they have limited resources, especially in terms of time and the sheer hugeness of the world.

No, my beef is that they devoted huge amounts of time to a nonstory in this country--a situation that replays itself all the time here. It's not all that unusual for a person to get cold feet before a wedding and run off--really, it isn't. And were I a party to that sort of situation--groom, father of the bride, friend of the bride--that would be my first assumption, not that she had been abducted by some stranger. But that story doesn't sell--possible abduction and weeping parents does, even if it's not the most likely scenario.

Now call me a cynic, but that's the first assumption I would have made, just like the first assumption I made about the whole "finger in the Wendy's chili" incident was that it was a scam--never automatically ascribe to evil what can be explained by human weakness. Journalists could stand to follow that motto a bit more, I think.

Fuck Lucas--this is the movie I've been waiting twenty years for.

And man, was it worth it. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was not completely faithful to the book--what adaptation ever is?--but even though the filmmakers added a new character and additional storyline, they were true to the most important aspect of the novel(s). The one thing I was afraid they wouldn't be able to pull off--the little asides that Adams sprinkled throughout--were handled wonderfully, and served to propel the film along. They left out a couple, probably for ratings purposes--the one on getting drunk (although they kept the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster) and the one about Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six, but I forgive them that because they got the feel so absolutely right.

The real star of the movie, however, is Alan Rickman, as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android. He was certainly the most human character in the film, with a weariness in his voice that reminded me of those moments in Dogma when, as Metatron, he would get so frustrated with the mere mortals around him that his voice carried his entire demeanor.

Now, while waiting for this film to start, I got to see the trailer for that other big sci-fi flick coming out this summer--Lucas's last shot. I'm not sold on it, for a number of reasons. First off, I have problems finding any tension in the storyline--the problem with the whole prequel idea is that we've known from Episode One what the end result was going to be. Anakin would become Vader, Ben and Yoda would go into hiding, and there were references to these Clone Wars that wiped out all the Jedi. So what's left to learn? A good storyteller would have been able to work around that, but if one thing has become painfully clear, if not since Jedi, then at least since Phantom Menace, Lucas is not a good storyteller, not on his own anyway. Part of the reason Star Wars and Empire were so good was that Lucas had script doctors forced on him by the studio--he wasn't big enough to work with impunity then. Simply put, Lucas hasn't had someone tell him "No" in far too long.

There's an early review of Revenge of the Sith complete with spoilers, by Kevin Smith (of Dogma fame--like how I did that earlier?). Smith raves about it, and I like Smith's work--hell, I have a Silent Bob action figure that rides shotgun with me when I surf at home--but I also remember that before Clones came out, Smith raved about it as well. So I'll bide my time on this one before helping buy Lucas another house--I'll read the reviews and certainly won't be waiting in line for the opening, and if it turns out that it's good, I'll go see it. But I still have my doubts that it'll be anything other than what I've been led to expect.

In the meantime, I have Ford and Arthur and Trillian and Zaphod, and especially Marvin.

Amy leaves in the morning

and I will be sad. Hell, I'm sad already.

It's the first real stage in our move away from this most glorious city, San Francisco. When I moved here almost two years ago, I didn't have any real expectations. I knew nothing of California, having only been here once before, when I was two. It's cliche to say it, but I really will leave a piece of my heart here when I leave.

But I'm not leaving until June. Amy leaves in the morning, to take our spastic cat across the country. Her and Eliot, for five days, in the cab of a compact pickup. I hear that's the sentence for treason in some eastern European countries. She'll be coming back to get me in a month or so--early June is when I make my true exit from California, and the closer it gets, the more it feels like it's too soon.

Don't get me wrong--I'm excited about moving to south Florida. I love Amy's family, I'll be closer to my monkey (my daughter, who lives in south Mississippi), and my sister and her family in Georgia, and I'll finally be back in a climate I'm adjusted to--the hot, sweaty air. I may never wear long pants again, or shoes other than sandals.

But for the next month, I'll miss Amy more than anything else.

More on Microsoft and gays

Here's what I don't understand about this whole thing. Why is Microsoft so worried about what the religious right thinks about their business practices? It's not like MS is in any real danger of losing massive market share because they support gay rights, or even stay non-committal on the subject. And not to be a computer snob here--after all, I couldn't figure out how to run Linux on my pc either--but we're talking about a group that includes people who believe God put dinosaur bones in the ground in order to test their faith. We're talking about people who believe that Bush is a godly man, for crying out loud--assuming they can even run a computer, are we to believe they'd figure out how to run any OS other than Windows?

So color me confused on this whole thing. The only thing I can figure is that this is some sort of payback for the Bush Justice department largely making that antitrust lawsuit go away, and if it is, then I hope it costs them dearly in public outcry.

I'm so glad I went to a Mac

Corporate politics has become extremely important to me--I now go out of my way to reward corporations who either support my political views or at the very least, stay out of the political arena. (I'd actually prefer the latter, but I take what I can get.) For instance, I buy books online from Powell's instead of Amazon, I ate at In-'n-Out instead of Outback a couple of nights ago, and I bought a Mac laptop when I upgraded instead of a Dell.

Well, now I'm even happier with that choice, because AMERICAblog has just discovered that Microsoft has Ralph Reed--unChristian evangelical political hack fucknut gay-hating Ralph-fucking-Reed on its payroll.


The info at the link is pretty damning--this is apparently a relationship that stretched back a ways. It pains me that I spent money on Office for Mac--I should have looked harder for an open-source word processing option. But that's it for me--no more Microsoft unless they disassociate themselves with Reed and what he stands for. I'm not saying that everyone who currently has a PC should automatically try switching over to Linux--I'd be hard-pressed to do that myself--but maybe the next time you decide to upgrade that computer, you can take a closer look at a Mac or at one of the new PC machines that runs Linux from the getgo instead of having to switch OS's on your own. Something to consider.

As if I needed another reason to like Hugo Chavez

From Lawyers, Guns and Money:

The Venezuelan government has printed one million free copies of Don Quixote to mark the book's 400th anniversary.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged everyone to read Miguel de Cervantes' Spanish classic.

He called on everyone to "feed ourselves once again with that spirit of a fighter who went out to undo injustices and fix the world".

No wonder Bush hates the guy--Chavez actually wants his citizens to read.

Where are the free-marketeers on this?

Time and again, we've heard the Limbaugh-ites and the idiot wing of the Libertarian party and the laissez-fairies and the Randians proclaim the beauty of the free market. They tell us that whatever government can do, they can do better and cheaper.

Well, apparently, they can't broadcast the weather any better or more cheaply than the feds can.

Do you want a seven-day weather forecast for your ZIP code? Or hour-by-hour predictions of the temperature, wind speed, humidity and chance of rain? Or weather data beamed to your cellphone?

That information is available for free from the National Weather Service.

But under a bill pending in the U.S. Senate, it might all disappear.

The bill, introduced last week by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., would prohibit federal meteorologists from competing with companies such as AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, which offer their own forecasts through paid services and free ad-supported Web sites.
Now forget for the moment that Accuweather and the Weather Channel don't actually gather their own information, that they use the national Weather Service's data to provide their service. No--don't forget that, because that's what the real problem is here. This is a huge giveaway to two companies (for now--more could pop up to take advantage of the taxpayers' largesse). They would get to take data we pay for and then turn around and charge us again for the ability to access it.

Say it with me people--What the fuck?

Now I'm certainly not one of these people who thinks the free market can solve our problems. Sure, there are a number of things that a truly competitive marketplace can do more effectively than a government bureaucracy--but the reverse is also true. But even if I were to imagine that in this case, the free market would be better at providing this information, it wouldn't matter--because this isn't a free market being described here. This is one more example of a Republican Senator getting down on his knees and worshiping the ballsack of his corporate masters.

P.S. To any trolls who wander past, I know--Democrats do it too, and I'm just as pissed at them. Biden and all those other fucks who gave MBNA and the other credit card companies the rimjob of a lifetime (aka, the Bankruptcy Bill) better never ask me for a penny in political contributions.

Congrats to Connecticut

They're the first state to approve civil unions for gay couples, and there's not even an activist judge to blame, although I imagine SpongeDobson or Assrocket or some other blowhards will find a way to blame it on one.

About an hour after the state Senate sent her the legislation, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed into law a bill that will afford same-sex couples in Connecticut many of the rights and privileges of married couples.

“The vote we cast today will reverberate around the country and it will send a wave of hope to many people, to thousands of people across the country,” said Sen. Andrew McDonald, who is gay.

The state House passed the measure last week but amended it to define marriage under Connecticut law as between one man and one woman. The Senate approved the amended bill Wednesday 26-8. The law takes effect Oct. 1.

Okay--so it's not marriage like it ought to be, and it's got that stupid-ass "marriage is between a man and a woman" statement, but it is the first time that a state has taken this step on its own, and it's truly bi-partisan. Jodi Rell is a Republican, one of the few non-asshole ones out there by the looks of things. I imagine this is one of those cases where she saw the political landscape and decided that to be an elected Republican in Connecticut, you can't be a douchebag/homophobe.

Time Magazine

I cancelled my subscription to those idiots a few months ago over some retarded issue they put together--I don't even remember what it was about, to tell you the truth, but I've certainly haven't missed the nauseating feeling I got when I saw it in my mailbox every week. If I hadn't already cancelled it, I certainly would have after the latest issue, which apparently consisted of a "reporter" named John Cloud giving Ann Coulter the deepest of Santorum-laced rim jobs. (I especially liked the way the Rude Pundit described the article.)

The left-blogosphere has been alive with outrage. Thinkprogress, MediaMatters, Michael from Here's What's Left and many others have covered the factual errors in the article, but this letter from Altercation suggests further action:

look at CJR's complete list of AOL Time Warner properties. Then follow the same routine: Cancel any subscriptions you may have, and follow it with a letter explaining why.

Start with Time Warner Cable; Replace it with Dish or Direct TV (more channels for less money hardly seems like a bad deal).

On to AOL: Same routine: Cancel AOL, send a letter. From personal experience, I can tell you that when you call to cancel, they throw you into a "customer retention specialist" -- tell that person EXACTLY why you are canceling also. INSIST on an immediate cancellation, and threaten an FCC letter if they refuse to do so immediately (they will pull the used car salesman routine, and attempt to keep you on the phone for a while). Demand a fax number and follow up with a fax cancellation.

Do the same if you are one of the 47 people left in the nation who still uses Compuserve (another fabulous acquisition by AOL/Time Warner).

On to the dead tree magazines: Cancel any and all of the following: In addition to Time, they also publish: Fortune, All You, Business 2.0, Life, Sports Illustrated, Sports, Money, Your Company, Your Future, People, Entertainment Weekly, The Ticket, In Style, Southern Living, Progressive Farmer, Southern Accents, Cooking Light, The Parent Group, Parenting, Baby Talk, Baby on the Way, This Old House, Sunset, Sunset Garden Guide, The Health Publishing Group, Health, Hippocrates, Coastal Living, Weight Watchers, Real Simple, Asiaweek, President (Japanese business monthly), Dancyu (Japanese cooking), Wallpaper (U.K.), Field & Stream, Freeze, Golf Magazine, Outdoor Life, Popular Science, Salt Water Sportsman, Ski, Skiing Magazine, Skiing Trade News, SNAP, Snowboard Life, Ride BMX, Today's Homeowner, TransWorld Skateboarding, TransWorld Snowboarding, Verge, Yachting Magazine, Warp, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Your Company, Departures, SkyGuide, DC Comics, Vertigo, Paradox, Milestone, Mad Magazine.

Cancel 'em all, then let them know why.

Time Warner also owns MapQuest -- which is an inferior product to Google Maps. That's a real easy cancellation --just lose the bookmark. They own the Atlanta Braves -- so if you are an Atlanta local, don't buy any tickets to home games.

If you are a Nielsen family, do not watch the following channels: TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner South, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies.
The only one that stings is Cartoon Network, and only because I'm a huge fan of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The rest of it--meh. I won't miss any of it.

One more thing--that sure is a shitty list of magazines to be running. I had no idea that Time Warner was so pathetic in their choices of whom to publish. For the record, I have 5 subscriptions to print magazines--Playboy, Wired, National Geographic, The Missouri Review, American Photographer. I'll be subscribing to Poetry as soon as I get settled in Florida.

Sometimes it seems so clear

when someone else says it.

A little background--I'm a fan of the Dallas Mavericks for some unknown reason, but I'm a bigger fan of Mark Cuban, their owner. So when I saw a link to his blog just a minute ago, I clicked on it, just out of curiosity. Then I came across this post about what the future of the music industry ought to be:

Then it occured to me, that I haven’t used my CD Player, portable or at home, in a long, long time. That I rarely, if ever see anyone walking around with a portable CD player anymore. They have all been replaced by MP3 players. If everyone is switching to MP3 players, whether they are Ipods, in phones, in PDAs, in cars, whatever, then that means that everyone is going to have to go through a multistep process in order to get the music from where or how they buy it, to the place they want it.

That’s not good for the people selling music. Particularly retail stores. Think about it. Apple has done such a great job of selling us on why we should store our musically digitally, that every one is either doing it, or on their way to doing it. Which means that 90 pct or more of music being sold is currently being sold on a physical format that the segment of the music buying public that spends the most amount of money on music doesn’t want. They are being sold CDs. They want to listen to their music from hard drives or flash drives. That’s a problem.

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There is absolutely no reason I shouldn’t have been able to buy the song or CD I wanted from the FYE record store I was standing in side of , IPod in hand, ready to buy. If only I could just connect the thing and download the songs.

For less than 10k dollars, it would be EASY to put together a multi-terrabyte hard drive based multi-user kiosk that pretty much holds every song ever published. A screen to enter credit card information, swipe a debit card, enter a member number or call for assistance to handle a cash transaction, a couple USB ports, and wireless connection support to transfer the music, and you are in business. Check the music I want. From kiosk hard drive to my MP3 player at speeds that could easily do 400mbs. That beats the hell out of 250k if I’m lucky real throughput at home. It will be like going to the store to get digital prints from the camera is. Self Service, fast and easy.


You know, I think he's right. I listen to cds in Amy's truck, but at home, it's usually on the computer, and when I'm in public, it's on my mp3 player. I buy cds rarely for the same reason many people do--I don't have the money to drop twenty bucks on a cd with one song I like on it. But if there was a song I had to have, I'd drop a bone at a music shop for it. And talk about the impulse buy to beat all impulse buys, especially now that you can get mp3 player/cell phone combinations. We're in a portable world now, and the music industry better realize it.

UPDATE: I knew there was a reason I liked this guy--according to a post farther down the page, his company, HDNET, is the one releasing the film "Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room," which got raves from Ebert and Roeper this weekend.

Ever seen a brew kettle replaced?

We just did it at the brewery last week, and if you'd like to see what's involved, drop by my new page. For a taste, here's one of my pictures.

The line blurs even more.

This story deals with a situation I'm only vaguely familiar with--the destruction of fruit trees in south Florida in an effort to stop a blight of some kind. Folks down there have been more than a little testy about this, since it has involved cutting down healthy trees that were within 1900 feet of infected ones. There have been lawsuits pending for quite a while over compensation, which is what struck me about this article:

The case was filed by Brian and Barbara Patchen, of Miami Beach, after the state cut down their orange, lime and grapefruit trees because they were within 1,900 feet of infected trees. The state provided a $100 Wal-Mart voucher for the first tree destroyed and $55 for each additional tree, compensation that has been called an insult by many homeowners angry at the destruction of their property.


Wal-Mart vouchers? They're not even getting cash for their trees? Fuck the amount--I'd be pissed off that the state was telling me that if I wanted any sort of compensation for my property loss, I'd have to spend my settlement at a place that offends my economic, political, and social sensibilities. The people who sued are right to be upset about the paltry sum they've been given, but they ought to be more upset at this government partnership with Wal-Mart. We really are returning to the days of the company store, it seems.

Unitarian Jihad!

My Unitarian Jihad Name is: Brother Hand Grenade of Desirable Mindfulness.

Get yours.

Go read a book

Specifically, this one, just out by my friend Gaby Calvocoressi entitled The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart. I picked up my copy today from the bookstore, and suggest you do the same, although you're also welcome to use the Amazon link as well. (I'd have done a Powell's link, but couldn't find it on their site.) I'm planning on reading it over the next couple of days and I'll excerpt it and review it on the site when I'm done.

Hadn't thought of it like that before.

David Neiwert, aka Orcinus, has an interesting post on the recent move in Oregon to get rid of discrimination against gays that was recently scuttled in the state Senate by the Republicans with the help of--in his words--a couple of DINOs. But here's the part of his discussion I really enjoyed:

Interestingly, there was this:

The Senate Republican caucus yesterday handed out a five-page "talking points" document opposing the measure. One of the talking points states: "This bill establishes minority status for individuals based on sexual behaviors many believe they choose to engage in."


Ah yes. We've heard this line before. Because being gay is a "chosen behavior," it is undeserving of civil rights protections.

It's the same reason given by many evangelicals -- and particularly black and minority evangelicals, and people who claim they support civil rights -- for not supporting gays and lesbians in hate-crime protections: "You can't compare being gay to being black. One's immutable, one's chosen."

Well, yes, this is true when it comes to race. And even ethnicity. These are, after all, two of the three main legs of anti-discrimination and hate-crimes laws.

But it's not true of the third leg of these laws: religion. Last I checked, this too was a "chosen behavior."

In RCW 49.60, the matter of faith is defined more broadly as "creed." This thus includes atheism, agnosticism, and other belief systems.

Now, it's true that many people are born into faiths and don't really choose their creed, but it's also a fact that everyone is free to change their creed at any time of their choosing. It's truly a chosen behavior.

Now I've long made the argument that whether homosexuality is chosen or genetic is irrelevant--gays are humans and are thus deserving of the same treatment and rights as heterosexuals, bisexuals and asexuals. But from a legal standpoint, Neiwert has a terrific point here--there is no more chosen behavior than that of which religion to belong to, or not to belong to as the case may be. And I'm a perfect example of that.

I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, and continued to be one well into my adult years. I left the church when I was 26--a conscious, deliberate decision. I've been non-religious--some would say irreligious--ever since then. I'm glad that we have discrimination protection for people based on their religious beliefs or lack thereof--it's inherent in my understanding of the First Amendment. But if anti-gay activists want to make the argument that gays don't deserve protection because they're engaging in chosen behavior, then they better be ready to give up their religious protections as well.

A beautiful metaphor

Pharyngula has become one of my favorite places to visit. PZ Myers is a biologist, and one of the best opponents of ID available on the web, to my eyes. He's written a wonderful essay today, comparing span of human experience contained in the Bible to the span of human existence that archaeology, anthropology, and fossil study provides. Go read the whole thing. It's worth your time. I was going to excerpt it, but the more I read it, the more difficulty I have doing it justice by snipping pieces out of it. Just trust me on this one.

Let's run down the day's main stories, shall we?

On MSNBC this morning, the headline reads "Windsor Knot," about the royal wedding in Britain.

CNN? Charles and Camilla as well.

Fox News? Same thing.

Surely the Washington Post will have something more, huh? Nope. Charlie and Cammie.

Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting about a protest in Baghdad, involving tens of thousands of followers of Moqtada al Sadr. Way to be on top of the story, guys.

To be fair, CNN, FoxNews, and MSNBC had small, unobtrusive links to the story on their front pages, while the New York Times had a front page photo with the story, although it was, at best, their number two story. Number one? US Seeks Access to Bank Records to Deter Terror. Charlie and Cammie were still front page, but a bit farther down. Jeesh.

Gas Prices

For the first time in my life, this morning, while pumping gas into my girlfriend's truck, I saw the workers at the service station changing the price of gas on the sign. I checked, and still had the lower price on the pump, so I put in an extra five bucks, which resulted in approximately .00004 more gallons of gas than I would have gotten otherwise. (I exaggerate, perhaps, but I'm crappy at math, and gas is fucking ridiculous out here in San Francisco.)

I don't own a car and drive very infrequently, mainly because I don't have to--the Muni and BART systems out here get a lot of grief from locals, but I think that's because they don't realize just how shitty the public transportation system is in much of the rest of the country, if it exists at all. Gas has gone up something like 20 cents a gallon in the last month--I paid $2.57 a gallon this morning, and if I'd waited ten minutes or so, it would have been $2.59. And it's not going to get significantly cheaper any time soon, if ever.

We had planned to take an extended vacation this summer while moving to Florida--ship our stuff and spend some time on the road, camping at exotic locales, that sort of thing, but if gas prices stay this high, we won't be able to afford to drive across the country.

It'll be interesting to see how the American public handles these prices. For a long time now, we've been in denial as a culture about the amount of gas we waste in oversized vehicles (I know, there are places where an SUV or a big truck is a tool instead of a status symbol--I'm not talking about you folks), and I can't help but laugh at the dummies who are dropping a c-note in the tank of their Hummers every time they fill up. If I could afford a new car, I'd buy something like a Prius or an Insight in a heartbeat, or barring that, something small that gets a minimum of 30 mpg in the city. They're still available, and I'll have to be on the lookout, because south Florida, where I'll be living after this summer, has shit for public transportation.

There are days

and there have been a hell of a lot of them lately, what with Schiavo, the Pope, Tom DeLay and Bush, where I feel just like Huey, especially when the dumbasses at places like Powerline start opening up their yaps.



Anyone else get that way?

Wanna read some poems?

It is National Poetry Month, after all. I've got some of my stuff up at my personal site, and I've got some links to some of my friends and their books and some other magazines, etc. I, alas, have no book, or even recent publications (although Hayden's Ferry Review has been yanking me around for a month now), and it's getting me down, because how am I ever going to become the most famous poet in the world, complete with all the wealth, fame, and groupies that entails, if I can't get published?

The Freeway Blogger

I've taken a couple of pictures of the Freeway Blogger's work--did it yesterday, but with a film camera, so I'll have to get them developed and then scanned before I can post them, but in the meantime, I'll point everyone at his site. For the record, here are the ones I've seen around the city.


I think this one has been replaced with a sign that says "Osama Who?"


I saw this one when we went sightseeing around Coit Tower. I believe it's still up.


Didn't see this sign, but there's one just like it but bigger over I-280 northbound as you come into the city from the peninsula.

Soon as I can make the new pictures available, I'll do so.

Worst songlist ever

Pharyngula does a St. Stupid's Day Friday ten list, and it hurts. It burns us.

Muskrat Love---Captain & Tenille
I Write The Songs---Barry Manilow
You Light Up My Life---Debbie Boone
Afternoon Delight---Starland Vocal Band
Lovin' You---Minnie Riperton
My Heart Will Go On---Celine Dion
Mr. Tambourine Man---William Shatner
Convoy---C. W. McCall
The Ballad of The Green Beret---SSgt. Barry Sadler
Achy Breaky Heart---Billy Ray Cyrus


You might make it worse by finding room for Macarthur Park (any version), and dumping the Shatner (which is bad, but comic). Any other suggestions to make the list worse?

Happy St. Stupid's Day

Now this is a holiday I can really get behind. Have a good one, y'all.

By the way, for you former NS'ers out there, the guy posting under the name Mumakata has the same IP address as the troll who called himself John F. Kerry. You may remember Mumakata from the time before he got himself banned from Nationstates (several times, if I recall correctly, but our former mod who occasionally visits can confirm or deny that if she wishes). I booted him once before for making, to be nice about it, rude comments about my girlfriend. Mumakata, you're welcome to stay as long as you don't pull that kind of shit again. Say what you want about me, but leave the others in my life out of it.

I wish I could take pictures while driving.

There's been a rash of freeway sign action around San Francisco in the last week. Earlier this week, someone replaced the wording on the big SuperLotto sign that can be seen from the Hwy. 101 and I-280 interchange--it normally reads "Your eyes do not deceive you" and someone changed it to "Your lies do not deceive us." Same font, same background, same everything. It lasted three days before it came down.

I've seen others, but my mind is blanking right now. If I remember them, or better, if I see them and can get a pic, then I'll post them here.

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