Friday, June 30, 2006

Friday Cat blogging


Seen on Cook Ave, no collar, but he looks well fed.

Mostly overheard on trains

Least useful analogy of the day:
We're going to do some monkey stuff to monkey around with this
That clears it up.

Overused phrase of the day, devoid of any meaning or use, that should be purged from history:
...the fact of the matter is...
Can be safely removed from any sentence without changing the meaning or subtracting content.

CRACK CRACK CRACK CRACK CRACK CRACK CRACK CRACK...[ad infinitum]
- dumbasses cracking gum on the train

murfle gaber thim riiin thuu Bluee Line reee huggec murble gabba tinna murfle
-the absolutely incomprehensible PA announcer of trains at Tower City

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mind Games

Jill Miller Zimon makes note that elements of our government want access to everyone's mental health records - free of an audit trail for "national security".
But the government shouldn't trust trained and experienced mental health professionals to judge whether or not someone's plot is real or just surreal. Nope, let's get a whole bunch of government functionaries looking at everyone's mental health records because then we can really find the danger within.
Absent is any evidence that fanatical terrorists about to blow us up are stopping by their head shrinkers to talk about how a distant father made them want to strap on C4 and blow up some infidels. The idea they will catch anyone with this type of data is absurd. It's sure great the government can put on the loincloth of national security to go snooping whatever they happen to be curious about. I'm not saying they'll stock up on mental health visits of potential political rivals and then leak them. I'm sure the high levels folks in the administration would never do something so unethical as leak mental health records, or out CIA operatives. That's crazy talk. And since we now know who's fishing around to look at all the crazy talk, we'd better keep this between you and me.

Edit 6/29/06 5:54 PM: Updated link to point to the right article.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Foodgoat

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- seen in a comment by Ladygoat on this rare non-food-related post at Foodgoat. You'll have to click through to see what had her so surprised.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Militant word watch

CBC still wants to call people blowing up innocent civilians "militants", instead of terrorists.:
Britain has been particularly on edge about the possibility of militant attacks since July 7, 2005, when a group of suicide bombers blew themselves up on three London subway trains and a bus, killing 52 other people and injuring more than 700.
Wouldn't want to offend the tiny bits of the suicide bombers flying through the air by calling them terrorists, I suppose. The only way I see to stop the use of the word "militant" when clearly terrorist is both more accurate and more descriptive is to point it out as it happens.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Not in a million years

I consider myself open to new culinary experiences, but not this one. Consider me squicked.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Gershom Montag and RTA

Gershom Montag, on his blog City of Bones, has some complaints about RTA - the Cleveland-area mass transit folks. A bus passed him by, but I warned him not to expect a reply to his complaint. I've probably made ten complaints to RTA about service both online and by phone. I have never received a reply of any kind. This kind of institutional opacity is what makes people want to move away...

9th Layer of Hell

Thatchick writes at The 9th Layer of Hell about staying at a creepy house. I know M_ loves shows about old, deserted places, maybe she'd like this too:
After an interesting night out this past Monday, I crashed at my big brother's place. His house, is totally creepy. It's about 130-ish years old, big, scary, and some wacked-out people lived there before him. When he moved in, there were locks on the outside of all the bedroom doors. One of the kids went to school with him, and from the stories, lived out of some shed thing in the backyard. That shed has got some bad vibes, baby. Bad vibes. I spent part of the night trying to convince him that we should burn it down. I ended up sleeping on the couch. I heard everything. All night long. People talking. People walking around. People fighting. A kid crying. Furniture moving. And some weird old music from maybe the '20's. Needless to say, not much sleep was gotten that night. And I'm definately going to think twice before going over there, ever again.
Always check if there's any ghosts in wells, haunting the living via video tapes, too.

Clumsy, inaccurate Headlines

If you see a headline in the New York Times today - How Clumsy, Inaccurate Gaza Rockets Could Start a War (free registration may be required to read article) you may think the main point, made in the headline, and paragraph one, and paragraph two, and paragraph three, is that the rockets are "clumsy". I thought the main concern of any sane person is that Palestinian terrorists are launching rockets at innocent civilians inside Israel, trying to murder whoever they can. But the article spends a lot of time talking about how "inaccurate" they are, which seems to be to be an absolutely appalling way of viewing the attacks. Are we supposed to hope the get better rockets? I can't imagine the rationale behind the emphasis in this article. If Canada - let's say - way raining down rockets on Buffalo, NY, I don't think the headlines would blithely talk about how "crude" the attacks were.

Irony avoided

In this Barb Galbincea penned article on the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, she avoids the irony of the director of the place rehabilitating injured wild animals being named Wolf. Perhaps due to the animals not knowing his name, they wary of him...
"Don't wag your tail," David Wolf chided the tiny red fox trotting toward him. "You're not a puppy."

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Dewine on Net Neutrality

Via the always need-to-read Bill Callahan , our Ohio Senator Mike Dewine says:
This committee must make every effort to ensure that the legal framework for this industry provides the best possible platform for competition and innovation.

Another important issue that must be addressed is the process for video franchising. As the phone companies enter into video services...

Bill properly flags this as meaningless bull. By "innovation" I think he means the telcos are feeling a need to pillage our wallets. To analogize, what do you think would happen if every road in America were privatized, and tolls enacted everywhere? The answer is not "growth".

(Link)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ohio HB 228: Limited Government limits do not stop at your organs

Faminehorse of Psychobilly democrat summarizes some possible effects of Ohio House Bill 228, now proposed...
So, let me get this straight. If a woman is raped, she is prevented from getting an abortion. Her brother drives her across state lines to get an abortion and he goes to jail for helping his sister who doesn't want to have baby made with the person that raped her.
(Link). the bill was put up by Representative Tom Brinkman, who on his web page notes he is for "limited government" - except he'd still like to keep a close eye on the reproductive organs of women in the state. I'm sure once he gets that, he won't pass any other laws invading privacy of Ohio residents that he so clearly respects.

Monday, June 12, 2006

How not to handle protests

One thing Canada seems particularly bad at is handling native North American protestors. It seems US border guards had an interest in the Canadian techniques, though:
In one incident, U.S. Border Patrol officers who were visiting the area to observe how provincial police were handling the standoff were swarmed by people, who pulled them out of the car and drove off.
(Link). I don't know what the right answer is, but the current approach is clearly an open sore for all involved.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ann Coulterisms

Ann Coulter said of some the 9/11 widows:
I have never seen people enjoying their husbandís death so much.
Conservatives managed to react to this in the negative whilst defending their decision to advertise her book. I'm not enitrely sure how seriously I am supposed to take the idea they find her views appaling, but want to promote her book and get a tiny bit of cash in the process. Some point out they also advertise liberal books and movies. I am curious if there is a point at which they would decide it's not worth doing business with an individual, or if they enjoy having the book there as red meat to some of their readers who think Ann "Canadian Troops were in Vietnam" Coulter is a kind of genius. (They weren't, and she isn't).

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Reactions I didn't have to the Canadian bombing plot

My reactions on hearing about the arrest of multiple suspects in a plot back in Canada to blow up buildings, and murder civilians and government officials? Shock, dismay, anger, but in any event, not this reaction:from Hussein Hamdan
* A review of Canadian laws and policies to make sure they don't affect one community more than another.
* Greater support for Muslims who are trying to ensure that there is zero tolerance within the Muslim community for any hate language or anything that could be considered anti-social behaviour.
* Encourage all Canadians to get to know one another a bit better.
So Canada should check it's laws so not forcing it's citizens to behead the PM? Get to know each other a bit better might be good generic advice, I suppose, but I thought the problem was radicalized Muslims in Canada - many are citizens - plotting to murder innocents? No one should be fooled into thinking these guys were the only ones in the whole nation plotting nasty stuff, nor that "reviews" of Canadian laws will affect their murderous mind set one iota.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Black cat missing

Update: 6/7: Olive returned home! Apparently bored with the world outside, she made her way back and was found hiding in the garage.


My mother-in-law's cat Olive ran away today, in the Briar Ridge Court area of Grand Blanc Michigan. If you are in that area and see a black cat, female, fairly small, with no front claws, let me know.

Widespread impression

The Cleveland PeeDee on bloggers (emphasis is mine
An informal sampling of Ohio's political bloggers shows that, contrary to the widespread impression that they are mostly unemployed misfits, most have day jobs, families and other interests besides politics.
Widespread among who? I think this is what passes for a compliment these days.

DG Going off the air

It was not heartening to read that Tim Russo is signing off of his blog Democracy Guy apparently under pressure of some kind of story the PeeDee was brewing (see first link for this info). I assume the PeeDee will now include online criminal history of all their writers, including anonymous Editorial writers? No? Just sticking to publishing which people have concealed carry permits? Good job, PeeDee.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Thank you very much-oh, Mr. Interneto

Lynn writes about technophobia...
Is the Internet becoming a necessity? It is for me, to the point that I actually feel inconvenienced when other people don't have or refuse to use email. I have no patience for technophobes. People who have no interest in computers or the Internet make me want to scream and bang my fists on the table.
It's a bit like the Internet has made us start to view those who fear to swim in it as newbies to the earth. One thing that bugs me personally, even with people who have the internet, is the request I "check" something on the net for them. It's usually nothing I have ever studied in school or know of from hobbies, but because they know I surf the web a lot they ask me to check for them. I'm not doing deep research on these ones, I just Google the desired info bundle and send it on it's merry way. Why they don't do so as well, I have no idea. Anyone else out there functioning as a human search engine? Should I start wearing ads on my t-shirt?

Use a bank? Read this

Do you use use one of thes banks: National City, Key, US Bank, or Chase/Bank One? Do you know they let people log into accounts from an http - instead of an https page? What's the difference? Check the article above, but the layman's version is that one is secure, and the other is not. Thanks for the head's up Bill, and Geoff.

Under the sun at the Moosehead

George Nemeth asks for people to mention where they like to partake of patio dining. M_ and I just this weekend enjoyed Moosehead on Dover Center Road, between Detroit and Highway 2 in Westlake. A newly renovated patio is decorated with woodland creature statues and and moosehead decorated with purple and pink paint that make me think for a fleeting moment that Second Life denzien Torley Linden may have painted it. The waterfalls over glass around the sides are a nice touch, as is the tube of air conditioned air blowing around the edges. Around the tables is a smallish garden, which looks like a real set of plants instead of the typical one potted plant you see at a lot of patios. Cover from the sun seemed good, with a retractable awaning and table umbrellas.

The food - as usual - was great there, I can't stop having their house burger which seems plentiful and well-prepared to my admitedly inexperienced palate. The six ounce burger is a pretty good deal at $7ish, and comes with home made potato crisps that M_ loves as well. The onion rings were great as well, I always seem to end up at the Moosehead when looking for your basic comfort foods.

I always feel like somebody's watching me

So the present US administration at first wanted ISP's to retain customer records to protect us from child porn, but Alberto Gonzales - our Attorney General - is tacking on adding that it will help fight something else, too:
If data retention becomes viewed primarily as an antiterrorism measure, recent legal and political spats could complicate the Justice Department's efforts to make it standard practice. Gonzales' earlier position had emphasized only how mandatory data retention would help thwart child exploitation.
Don't be astonished if the reason keeps changing to what they think we're afraid of, and they need the data to protect America from kidnappings, sharks, meteors, giant spiders, or even people who believe in evolution. The important thing isn't why they want this information - it's that they should have unfettered access to all information, if this gang that thought Iraq had WMD's based on just a little info, imagine what they could do with knowing if terrorists are shopping for vibrators on the web.
(Link to the Steven Musil penned story quoted above)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Downtown


It's a little hard to see, but I liked the pigeon on the right shoulder that appears to be giving advice to the statue.