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|November 28, 2008|
Shhhhhhhhh, Quit Talking So Loud.
Everyone gave a nice Thanksgiving? Good. Lots to eat and drink? Good. So now we can focus on Christmas. But first let me ask you something. Four men and four women are shipwrecked on a desert island. Eventually each one falls in love with one another, and is himself loved by one person. John falls in love with a girl who is in love with Jim. Arthur loves a girl who loves the man who loves Ellen. Mary is loved by the man who is loved by the girl who is loved by Bruce. Gloria hates Bruce and is hated by the man whom Hazel loves. So my question is: Who loves Arthur?
It seems that even in the wake of the terrible Metrolink accident just a month or so ago, MetroLink is still having trouble getting its engineers to stop at red signals. This train had two engineers in the cab at the time of this accident. From what I understand, the MetroLink train ran the red signal and slide into the sixth car from the rear of our BNSF train, sideswiping the rear six cars and two Distributed Power locomotives on the rear of the train. [PHOTOS] Tyson
And the current leader in Under Construction is Big Mikey with 31,972. Also note, since Mikey has finished the game, only scores from completed games will be accepted. Any scores from games progress and I'll just stick my fingers in my ears and sing, "La! La! La!" until you go away.
the results of askmen's great male survey. interesting read.
is your favorite username taken? find out at usernamecheck.com
a photo gallery of the mumbai terrorist attacks. some graphic content
hot chick doing parkour. nothing super dangerous, but she's got a pretty stellar body.
cctv time lapse of an office parking lot in canada and how it fills in a period of 1hr and 40 mins.
|November 27, 2008|
Well, it's another year and I've managed to keep a roof over my head, beer in my refrigerator, and gas in my truck. That's no small feat nowadays, either.
And I suppose if you're reading this, then you must be doing okay too, since you've at least got internet access. So today you should eat, drink, be merry and have a happy Thanksgiving.
But while you're sitting around that big fat turkey and enjoying laughs with your family, think about those who aren't.
They can make it home for Christmas though, but only if you help.
|November 26, 2008|
Keep Your Fucking Mouth Shut.
You want to know the hardest thing for me when posting on another website? Out of respect for the other webmaster, I can't really unload on someone like I'd normally do. It's like being invited to someone's Thanksgiving feast, getting into an argument with someone and spiking the dinner rolls into the gravy boat before leaping over the table with a butterkinfe in your hand. It's rude, and I don't do it. So instead of telling someone to blow it out their ass, I have to be humble. That's hard for me to do. Wicked hard.
I can't believe Ronnie got pinched. I thought at the last second, Vic was going to somehow pull off some immunity for him, or at the very least tip him off to run. Instead, Vic let Ronnie go down. Man that's fucked up. And it all stemmed from an immunity deal that Vic didn't have to take anyway, because Shane ended up killing himself. You see, Vic forgot the cardinal rule; Keep Your Fucking Mouth Shut. And it cost him his job, his family, and his friends. Now he's stuck in the soul sucking depths of cubicle hell with just this girl to watch your back. Brother should have kept his cool and held on to Olivia's file. You poor bastard.
Hello Ernie and Kat. I am the parent of one of the military personnel in Okinawa that you have helped to come home! My daughter's name is Kayla. I am in awe of what you have done for us and wish I had the words to express our thanks. Neither her nor I would have been able to come up with the funds needed last minute to purchase a ticket for her. I am extraordinarily grateful to you all...from the bottom of our hearts...Thank you. I have not seen Kayla in a long time and without your help, would not be able to see before she deploys again in January. Sincerely, Kelly B.
Ernie, the man. Kat, the woman. thanks very much for all that you have done to get my son home for the holidays this year of 2008. I could not have done this with out you. You guys are doing a great service for soldiers and families all over. My son Lance Corporal Michael J Sparacino of the US Marine Corps is so excited about coming home for Christmas. We just could not of done this with out you guys. I'm so glad I met you Ernie, you definitely are the man. If there is anything I can do to help in anyway please feel free to contact me anytime. I will do everything possible to get the word out and help get donations in for other soldiers. Any one with a family or friend in the service should know of you guy's and your services. Keep up the great work and keep bringing them home Tony S
Good Afternoon Sir, Now I know that your site says that you are awaiting more funds. Do you have any idea if you will be getting any soon. I'm stationed out here in Okinawa, Japan. Its been 2 years since ive been home and I leave for Iraq in a little less then 3 months. Ive been trying to get home and it cost to much to fly to Texas. I am an only Child and I only have a mother. My mother is not doing to well and im trying to get home to see her before im gone for another year. Is there any way ya'll could help me out, Please. I really need this ticket home and I don’t know where else to go to. If your group can not help, do you know of any other group that could help me out. I trying to get home from the 8th of Dec to the 23rd of Dec. Thank you very much for your help. LCpl. Simpson, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.
Well you tell me, EHOWA army... do we have what it takes to send Megan home for Christmas?
Oh yeah, and I almost forgot. While you're having a few cocktails and waiting for the turkey to cook tomorrow, here's another game challenge. This one combines 99-Bricks with a conveyor belt, some spackle, and a sledge hammer. In Under Construction you have to assemble variosu shapes with Tetris like blocks. Lose points for any blank spots. You'll get the hang of it pretty quickly, I'm sure. But fast enogh to beat my 15,662? I doubt it.
Thanksgiving history lesson: To celebrate the harvest, the pilgrams and Indians came together in a feast; the greatest in all the land.
ten cars that damaged gm's reputation. c'mon the chevette wasn't that bad.
just because it's wednesday here's a ridiculously sexy model posing in a waterfall.
how can I get my labrador dog to stop urinating and defacating on me while i'm sleeping?
snoop and martha: i'm calling bullshit on snoop's 'santa go straight to the ghetto' - that's by james brown.
|November 25, 2008|
A Thanksgiving Tasteless Tuesday By Red Rooster.
Yes okay, so we're off to dinner at the SR's uncle's house today. Family dinner with all of the folks in attendance, especially her fuckin' parents. Go knows I can't stand them any more than they can stand me, Christian Coalition assholes. This whole tribe disowned her and hated my guts until our son, now age three was born. Now they've patched things with her and they tolerate me so as to assure access to their grandson. The hostess of today's turkey flesh grabfest requested that for our contribution to the meal, I should prepare the cranberries. Okay, so I have in the fridge, ready to go, a culinary masterpiece. My tribute to the bog berry includes a six ounce bottle of syrup of ipecac, lovingly stirred in to the berries as they cooled. My father in law loves cranberries, so do his brothers in law. The SR and my son don't like 'em so no problem there. 'Can't wait for the festivities to start. Somehow I actually look forward to going this year. Color commentary later tonight. If it works out with the video camera, I may have some vidcaps to share.
...time lapse 8 hours...
Yes An update to my earlier post regarding the syrup of ipecac enhanced cranberry sauce I took to thanksgiving dinner with the wife's family. Geez! Why didn't I think of this sooner? Five guests partook of the special cranberries. Three purged within 15 minutes, a fourth soon thereafter, and idiot Uncle Phil with the intestinal fortitude one would expect of a lower life form registered no effect at all.
The first to puke up the mix was my wife's cousin, 26 year old Angie. Drop dead gorgeous young thing. She began salivating it seems for a few minutes, dabbing at her mouth with a napkin. She gave off 2 short heaves lightly pitching at the shoulders. The next thing to happen was a noise something along the order of a stifled hiccup as her hand went to her mouth. Trying to push back her chair, head tilted slightly back, a smooth flowing stream of the recently chewed meal flowed from under her hand dropping into her cleavage as it rolled off her chin. A slight gagging cough as she stood placed a blob of gelatinous goo onto her plate bearing the distinctive color of the cranberry assassin. A wad of what appeared to be stuffing plopped in the liquid and began a slow drooping sag as it blended into the other contents of the plate.
This precipitated the response from victim number two- James, 8 year old product of my wife's first marriage who resides with his maternal grandparents. He's a bit of a sissified twerp, very squeamish and the sight of flying hurl made him go 'Ooh! Ooh!' then UHH_HEEEH! as a cheek-bulging load of puke tried to fight it's way past his lips. I'll give the kid points for heart, he tried to hold it. But when the runny brown gravy liquid started to trickle out of his nose the load in his mouth expelled onto his plate. He leaned forward as another stomach convulsion hit and just lightly bobbed his face in his plate from the recoil of his gag reflex. He came up wailing with the acid taste of puke in his mouth and the sting of the slime trailing out both sides of his nose, tears in his eyes and started hollering for Granpappy.
Granpappy got up from the other table and came to guide young goofy step-son to the bathroom. Cuz Angie was in the first bathroom being assisted by her husband so James and Granpappy had to make the long haul to the other bathroom downstairs. There was few minute lull and I got to savor the success of the moment. All conversation ceased except for some quiet inquiry and speculation about what on earth could be doing this. There was sort of a collective shock and psychic trauma in the air. This was pure bliss, absolutely intoxicating to behold. Ahhh, the years I've waited for this moment of payback. My wife asked what I was smiling about. Sorry says I, just kinda taken aback by the sudden bout of illness everyone seems to be suffering. Yep honey! Just abso-fucking-lutely enchanted! The thought was driven away by the sound of rapid footsteps coming up the basement stairs.
Here comes Granpappy! ... There goes Granpappy!
Right out the side door heading for the exit from the garage! He didn't make it, and the fresh wax job on Uncle Wayne's mini-van got spoiled in the bargain. I leaned over looking out into the garage and there was Granpappy holding himself up with one arm against the side of Wayne's van going through the most impressive round of tuberculoid coughing, gagging and spitting while trails of lumpy textured mess dripped off the rocker panels of the van. Pure delight! Glad to see you in such a state of affairs Paps!
Lessee hear... It was your money that paid for the attorney fees during the child custody hearings wasn't it? made my life hell for almost two fucking years..... Have a GREAT fucking day you prick 'cause I sure am. BUWAHHAHAAAA!!!! So good to see one of such pious self righteousness reduced to his more basic elements just for consuming a few mouthfuls of cranberry sauce. The old prick combs his hair with buttered toast, white trash hillbilly style and that one strand in front had fallen and was poking him in the eye as he tried to get his breath back. Lookin' good! By now there wasn't a single bite being consumed by anyone except me. I was casually munching on a carrot stick taking in the world of wonder unfolding before my eyes. The hot, acid like stench of vomit was pretty strong and the kitchen and dining room were starting to clear out. My wife asked how in the hell I could continue to eat after what had just happened. I responded that it wasn't a problem since I wasn't eating puke.
That did It! the next thing I heard was Granpappy's 86 year old mother seated behind me go "OH! Sweet merciful Jesus! Help me" I missed seeing her toss but there she was in all her glory, soaked from chin to mid-thigh with vomit, a bubble expanding from her left nostril and contracting with each breath. She began to tremble and shake, turning very pale. So, I scored a direct hit on the head matriarch of this miserable clan of self-righteous fuckwads. The fact that my wife could arise from this miscued set of genetics is surely tribute to the recessive traits that surface in various bloodlines from time to time. Wouldn't figure a little bit of puke to be such a big deal for her since she routinely shits her pants anyway. Depends dear? No, not for me. I don't like those things.
Bonus round!!! Prissy James surfaces from the basement. In all of the confusion it seems the boy pissed his pants. The sight of this little fucking Orca with piss on his pants, puke on his face and shirt and pale pure white complexion made me giggle. Eight years old at 120lbs, sway backed, knock kneed pounds seems like he's well on his way to cardiac arrest by age sixteen. I'm smirking openly now and the wife catches it. What could I possibly see so damn funny in all of this?? I guess if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.
Over all the day left me feeling damn near euphoric. I had a little nap and slept off a near narcotic like stupor that set in after arriving home. It's the kind of release of energy I get when a very intense event transpires in synch with my whims. What a great day it was. I am vindicated. Now I get to go to work on what to do for Christmas Day. My snotty stuck up sister-in-law and her Jewish as he needs to be husband are coming to visit for three days with a visit to our house planned for Christmas Night. - Red Rooster
Hey Ernie, I don't know if you've seen this yet, but I thought it might interest you. Benjie
Ernie, In regards to your guy wanting to know how to get alcohol to his buddy you’re right about the mouthwash. On my submarine our favorite was ScopeSchlager. Cinnamon Scope (hard to come by) or other Cinnamon mouthwash with Goldschlager, Aftershock, etc. Drain the gold or crystals and add red food coloring as needed. Soak Vodka/Everclear in mint or even a bunch of gum for a week then ship off as scope with green food coloring. Good call on your part just a little extra from a veteran underway drinker. James
Hello Ernie; Long time reader, first time poster but a big fan of your site. I responded to a call last Sunday morning (Nov 16th) at Fort Stevens State park near Warrenton, Oregon. When I arrived there I found this car wrapped around a tree. After pulling the car out of the ditch I couldn't beleave it, what a mess. Story I got from the troopers was that the 21 year old kid was frying on shrooms. If you can beleave it the kid crawled out of this car and walked two miles to a phone to call for help. Turns out he only got a mild concussion and some bruises out of the deal. Take care and great site man! Joseph
Whatever dumbass editor at FHM decided these pictures weren't hot enough to be included the first time round doesn't deserve to own a weiner, and should be sacked immediately! Still it does mean we get a second round of Megan Fox hawtness, so when it's game time it's pain time, I suppose.
Hey Ernie, Longtime reader, couple photo submissions in the past. After reading your story about the spiders, I thought I'd contribute my own horror story. In early summer we bought a new house in the suburbs of Maryland and moved in in June. We loved the new house and it's big yard but in July I started seeing a bunch of these holes popping up on the side of my house. A day later we noticed these gigantic wasps buzzing around and even attacking us. My God, they were 2" long. It appeared that these were coming from the holes in my yard. I was pretty worried about my 3 year old daughter playing outside and my bee allergy, thinking that these monsters would easily kill me and injure my daughter. But alas - the wonder of the internet provided me with this information. While the Wasp is a "Killer" - it only kills Cicadas. The males don't even sting and the female sting is considered painless (as they inject a paralytic) The "attack" is actually just the males seeing if we are a female Wasp, they are actually very non-aggressive and retreat after being swatted at unlike most bees. Here is a size comparison of a female and a cicada I caught her carrying - yes, she was flying with that bug in her grasp. The quarter is there for size reference. Unfortunately - there is little you can do about this wasp as they are very resistant to bug sprays, they bury their larvae in closed chambers with a Cicada to feed on and they emerge the next summer in even more numbers. I've talked to a few pest control people and most say there is little you can do. The web suggest some expensive poisons poured down the hole, boiling water - even putting saran wrap over the holes. The most successful thing I've found is my tennis racquet. Once I discovered they were harmless, me and my daughter swatted this collection in one afternoon. Maybe next year I'll post up some more fun. [PHOTOS] Rook
So let's say you're walking down a dark alley at night...
okay you chemistry majors, what makes this happen?
my life is complete. the original doom trilogy, done in flash. rejoice.
what's better than a playboy bunny? two playboy bunnies, of course! twins in fact.
|November 24, 2008|
An Update On LBEH 2008. And It's Not Good.
Ernie, Longtime reader, first time emailer. I wanted to say thank you for hosting LBEH again this year. I am recently separated Air Force medic (still in IRR, lets hope we do not invade Iran) who completed two tours overseas. I considered it my duty to get my troops home for the holidays whenever possible during my time in, and as a young Airman I appreciated the donations of others to get me home. What you are doing is a natural extension of the sense of compassion and duty for caring for our brothers and sisters that we as a society should try to foster more and more, and I thank you for it. I know the economy is in the toilet right now, but I am sure people will come through for men and women in the service. To put it perspective, if we all cut out a night at the pub and instead donated the money to LBEH, you would be able to reach your goal in no time. I sent in my "night out", with another to come depending if I am still employed in a few weeks, but I thought that you might want to communicate to your readers to do the same. Thanks for your service, and for your great site. V/R Chris
Ernie, Thank you so much for what you do. This year, we are all in a bind. My decision this year was based on the principal that EVERYONE is in a bind. So, in the honor of the Christmas spirit of giving, we (my children and I) have decided to forgo the traditional "gift giving and receiving" this year. No this doesn't mean that Santa won't still come this year. This just means that "santa is also in a bind" and will be limiting his gift giving as well. This year instead we have decided to give to those less fortunate that ourselves. We will be volunteering at a local ministry. My kids are 10, 8 and 7 and are now starting to understand what is going on around us. So, in honor of Christmas and those less fortunate and for the brave men and women who fight so valiantly to protect all of our rights and freedoms, we will be donating to the LHEH campaign this year. Unfortunately, I was unable to last year. I will continually pray for each and every one of our brave soldiers this holiday season and god bless you as well for all that you do. Happy holidays! From Mary and kids
Ernie. I visited LBEH.org when our station flipped to Christmas music, saw that you were accepting donations, and immediately put the PSA into rotation. During my shift, you get one live read a day. I have donated every year for the past seven years and will do so again, but this year is difficult for me: I am about to lose my house, my marriage is over and I make less than half of what I need to pay the mountain of debt that my ex put me in. (That's why I am about to lose my house. I can't even pay my mortgage in full. I have to sell it before it gets taken away.) Ex is currently unemployed. ...and this is the year that I really should be helping. My son is in the Air Force. He's going to Japan in January, but he will be here for Christmas before he goes. He's paying for his own ticket, knowing that all I have to offer is a bed and warm meals this holiday season--but for him, that is enough. He just wants to be with his family. My daughter is going to Parris Island in January as well; she's joined the Marine Corps. I am now officially a military Mom, with 2 of my 3 children serving. Hope all is well. Best of luck in this year's campaign. -Anonymous
Ern, PLEASE tell me that your viewers have been giving LBEH.ORG more money, and that you are SO INNUNDATED w/ Paypal emails and booking plane tickets that you have not had time to update the status of money received from donors? $8500 in 10 days? At this rate, you’ll be looking at ½ of where you where last year. The economy sucks, but wouldn’t it suck worse if you couldn’t be w/ loved ones for the holidays? I’ve been there – I’ve seen what it can do – it is criminal that these young enlisted might not be able to make it home for the holidays due to want of a plane ticket, when we could have helped. LET’S BRING ‘EM HOME!!! Major Puddy, USAF
You wanna know what's fucked up? I'll tell you what's fucked up. A week in, and LBEH has barely crossed the $10,000 mark. Normally we're around $25,000-$30,000 by now. That's how fucked up the economy is. I'll be honest, I'd be happy if we take in a third of what was donated last year. But half? Man that's just crazy talk at this point. We've stopped taking ticket requests and don't have the funds to pay for about half of the ones we've already got. Now I don't know about you, but I can go without a couple rounds of drinks the next time I go out, so that's $25 more I can donate. How about you?
On a lighter note, here's an interview with Women's National Motocross rider Sarah Whitmore, along with some clips of her riding the tracks. Which she can do a hell of a lot better than I can, by the way. But when the interviewer asks if she's ever had an orgasm while riding, you can feel the interview slide sideways a bit. But the bitch can tear it up, none the less. I think I have a new crush.
Hey Ernie, I thought this was really funny - Megan.
Ernie - I have been a fan of yours for a long time and I know you and your readers will be able to assist me with the best advice possible. I have a good buddy in Iraq that has been there for a while and isn't coming back home any time soon. All he wants is some alcohol. He told me that everything sent over there is scrutinized. What is the best way to repackage and send alcohol over? I have to send him something. I know he would do the same for me if the role was reversed. Thanks in advance, Jordan
Piece of cake. Booze can easily be sent into the hot zones when disguised as mouthwash -- Scope or Listerine usually work the best. Dump out the mouthwash into a clear container. Refill the bottle with vodka/schnapps/whatever. Add a little bit of food coloring to match the color of the mouthwash you dumped out. Reglue the little plastic seal on top and viola!
i had no problem hearing all the way up to the 17k range, but i had my speakers up a little.
it's not often that a college girl dancing on her webcam gets upstaged by a dog, but it happens.
jeff bridges kept a little photo diary of his experiences during the making of iron man. pretty cool actually.
|November 22, 2008|
Insert Your Favorite Weekend Joke Here.
From yesterday but the site went tits up after I linked it: Take one part arm wresting, one part kickboxing, and one part jujitsu. Essentially two guys tie themselves to a table, then lash their left arms together (arm wrestling) and then proceed to beat the shit out of each other with hockey gloves on. You can't run, I mean you're tied to the fucking guy, so there's a lot of slugging. Oh, and the commentator, Jennifer England, isn't too tough on the eyes, either. Give it a look see.
barfing in zero g's is just sooo cool. and messy.
everything you need to know about $2,000-per-hour escorts.
shaken not stirred. everything you need to know about famous martinis.
if only charles shultz were around to explore the great mumpkin a little more.
a little more 'wear a helmet' action. featuring someone who doesn't learn his lesson the first time.
|November 21, 2008|
Well, It Was A Landslide. The Old Colors Stay.
Sure, I received a few people who liked the black/white theme, but the vast, vast majority supported keeping the old colors so that's what we're going to do. I'd been kicking the white/black theme around in my head for a few weeks, wondering what EHOWA would look like wearing some "grown up" clothes, but in the end it was Greg who reminded me, "...I look at your site at night in low light, after a long day at work. The dark blue is easy in the eyes." If that doesn't sum up the average EHOWA visitor, then I don't know what does. That plus Fernando added, "Black text on white background works on a book, but on monitors (which are backlit, with newer ones being even brighter than older ones) it's like staring into a candle. MY EYES, THE PAIN, MY EYES!" So I guess it's settled. Blue it is.
As for the side menu changes I've just gotten rid of a few things that quite simply seemed to be taking up space. Example, the "Cool Games" section. Looks neat, but over a thirty day span, each game only racked up about 150 unique clicks, where as the Game Challenges section averages about 500 a day. So why waste the space? And thus the "Cool Games" along with the "T-Shirt Hell" sections are both gone, although the T-shirts will be reborn as a 120x120 on the right side. I'll also be revamping the Tasteless and Flames sections, readding those to the top menus and a few other tinkerings here and there. Long story short, I'm just trying to streamline things a little bit and get rid of the cluttered look.
One thing to discuss is the page width. I hate sideways scrolling, and I'm sure you do too. And obviously not everyone on the internet is running the same video resolution so webmasters have to to do their best to make their sites viewable by as many people as possible. But at some point there has to be a line between pandering to the masses and pandering to the lowest common demoninator. As an example, almost 4% of EHOWA's daily visitors are still running 800x600. That's pitiful. You people don't even count. You're retarded. In fact if I were driving down the road and had the choice to run over a stray cat or a person running 800x600, my only concern would be if I could still go through drive-thru with a retarded person stuck in my front bumper. And I hate cats, so that tells you something. The next rung up the video food chain is 1024x768, which as of today, almost one third of you still use. It's not a bad resolution, but to be honest it's a little dated and kid like. Look, we're all grown up boys and girls here. We've all managed to pull our big girl panties on this morning and with these fine motor skills we don't need desktop icons the side of of a fucking coconut. As is, EHOWA will just barely -- barely -- fit in 1024x768, which is the standard resolution for most work computers and a lot of older laptops. Let's take a look at thirty day snapshot of traffic in 2007 vs the same period in 2008. You 1024x768 folks are a dying breed. By this time next year you'll be in the 1:5 minority. So at some point, you're going to have to leap into the future and bump up a resolution or you're going to get left behind. I'm not saying its goinng to happen today or tomorrow, but sooner or later the internet is goig to pass you by.
One more thing to address is me moving both 120x120's over to the right side and adding a few more in the process. And in this example I'm going to make an exception to my normal rule and use a person's full name, just because I think it's so cool...
Both layouts suck mayor stallion cock.... First, the images at the right side of the screen look like advertisment. And there is one thing why I love you (no homosex shit here, so don't get too exited), it's because your website has always been ad-free. Second... I think the current layout its great: It's simple and easy to navigate. But maybe It's time for a change. Maybe you shuld consider make the images at the right side a little bit smaller, keep the colors. That would be great. Hope I helped. Guillermo Alberto Rosas Pereira, the #1 Mexican EHOWA fan.
Ha-Ha-Ha! Dude, your initials are GARP. That is so cool. But to address your first concern, here's the truth. Yes, the images on the side are indeed ads. Think of it this way; EHOWA is more or less an online magazine. How do magazine companies make their moneey? Subscription fees and advertisements. What's the subscription fee for EHOWA? Zero. So unless you want me living under your front porch and raiding your refrigerator at night, that leaves advertisements as the way to keep a roof over my head. I don't do pop-ups or sliders (interstatials), but I do 120's. How else is a brother's gonna pay his bills, man? Anyway, there was of course a lot of feeback, but while I can't quote everyone I do think I've addressed all the immediate concerns. I know it's not perfect -- so few things are -- but I think the new layout will be solid for awhile. Yes, it will still be balanced from left to right. No, it won't burn your eyes out. Yes, the old colors will stay. No, there shouldn't be any sideways scrolling. Yes, everything will still be here. So relax, I'm here to please!
Hey does anyone else watch Sons of Anarchy? Did anyone else realyl freak out when Trig mistakenly killed Opiue's wife, whinking it was him? There's going to be hell to pay next week, that fo sho! But while we're on this topic, does anyone else have a hard time drawing a distinction between Gemma and Peg Bundy? Like at any given minute, she's going to roll over and whine, "Clay, rub my butt." And seeing Ron perlman in the lead role as the biker boss? In my mine he's always going to be typecast as Hellboy, so at these SOA meetings I keep expecting him to bang a big red fist down, not a gavel. I'm sure I'll eventually get used to him in this role, and then what happens when Hellboy III> comes out? Maybe he'll ride a chopper?
The current leader in Diamond Fever is still Josh with 92,081.
oh shit! oh shiit! oh shiiit! oh shiiiit! oh shiiiiit! oh shiiiiiit! oh shiiiiiiit!
can you believe how stupid some people are when voting? minnesota seems to be the new florida.
good news: a porsche can beat a golf. bad news: the golf crashes. good news: it's okay, the driver was french.
|November 20, 2008|
Doesn't Matter If You're Black or White.
Old and busted: "When the man with a .45 meets the man with a rifle, you said the man with a pistol is a dead man." The new hotness: "When the man with a dirtbike meets the man with a GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon, the man with a dirtbike, is a dead man." And so are his friends, apparently.
I've always liked Gary Busey. The guy is just plain awesome. With his eyes all fucked up and uneven after his motorcycle accident, nobody plays a better guy with a few screws loose, than Gary Busey. Here he wants an interview to look spontaneous and forces the interviewer to re-do the shot a bunch of times because the interviewer is not following Busey's directions properly. Busey pulls the typical actor comment, "give me something to work with here," as if he's filming a movie. It's hysterical. Who knows how much time was wasted just trying to get the opening shot. Gary Busey is fucked up. Awesome, but fucked up.
Here's a license plate I saw this weekend on my trip to FL. Michael
Ernie, Washington members of OpenCarry.org sponsor a section of I-5 here in Tacoma and every few months go out and pick up trash. On Tuesday the orange roadside sign was finally ready from the sign shop for me to pick up. You can read the thread here. -- Bill
Ernie, first off, I want to thank your for what you've done for the Men and Women across the big blue. Because of what I've read on EHOWA over many years, I've sucked up my man hood and thanked every solider who's come across my path. I live in Dallas and travel once a month out of DFW airport for business. I often try to get to the airport early so I can stop by Terminal D(if I'm not flying out of that terminal) . For those who have not witnessed the unloading of soldiers it's a sobering experience. Apparently, there are around 150+ soldiers going or coming to DFW for or from their R&R everyday. If anyone's ever going though DFW airport (or Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, GA, if not any airport), thank a soldier, I did. ON a side note, we've all seen the Men's restroom wall writing that seems to entertain us all, but one got my attention (attached pic). I looked, pissed, thought, pissed, and then laughed out loud thus almost pissed on myself. I was an Aero Engineer back in college, so the equation seemed to fit the night. Thanks, GC - Dallas
Here's a conversation you don't want to walk in the middle of, "Vaginal Vodka and Anal Beer Bongs." That sounds like something that could go completely wrong quite easily. I have no doubt you will never look at tampons the same again.
Think the Wall Street bailouts are an injustice? Think the automaker bailouts are an injustice? They don't hold a candle to the fact that orlando Bloom is hitting this. Now that my friends, is a fucking injustice. So while you mull that over, fuck it, Fuck you, Orlando Bloom.
here be an interview with the somali pirate spokesman, yarrr.
this is the most awesome thing i have ever seen in my entire life. trust me.
|November 19, 2008|
They're Coming To Get You, Barbara.
Hey, if I told you I was thinking of ditching linkfacts and going back to old school untracked links, what would you say? Would you still roll with me, or would you roll with Rick Santangelo instead?
So it's slowly turning to "winter" down here in Southwest Florida. I put that in quotation marks, because it's not really winter. Real winter has foot and a half snowstorms and frozen pipes. Winter down here is more like fall.
Going back almost a year or so, remember the asshole that refused to show his receipt at Circuit City and was subsequently arrested by the cops for refusing to show some identification? Remember me saying the proper way to handle it would have been to simply comply with the officer's instructions, and then if you still felt strongly about it, pursue the matter in civil court later? Someone finally listened, and to be honest, I hope it blows up in his face.
Hey Ernie. I took this picture in N.E. Vermont back in October. Can you spot what's wrong? Shannon. [Ernie says: very subtle, I like it!]
Ernie, I saw this sign in the Publix at Camelot Isles Shopping Center today. I wonder where the dolls are made... China? Hope the picture isn't too big. I enjoy your site. rowhill
I don't care what color the President is, but i just had to pass this along. John
Good morning, Ernie. It seem that somebody was listening to you and I'm sure a bunch of other people. Have a good day! Colin
Right out of the gate, right after I posted Diamond Fever yesterday, Robin stepped up with this score. And I thought that was pretty good until Josh came up from behind and delivered the dreaded double cunt punch. Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Just goes to show you why we always wear a helmet around here.
This link of cheating celebs held a little surprise for me. Jason Statham was banging Kelly Brook before she was banging Billy Zane? Wow, that's pretty low. I didn't know that. I wonder if Zane has been beating himself up over that?
using basic math we can compute the bandwidth of the human male penis as...
stemcells -- it's starting already, hurray! it happened outside the usa, of course.
yeah i guess the 'henry garfield band' just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?
|November 18, 2008|
This Tasteless Tuesday Is A Little Fishy.
Most people contract some form of food poisoning at least once a year. Most of the time the symptoms are mild, and can even be mistaken for a 24 hour flu bug. Other times, the symptoms are similar to one having a very bad case of the flu, but rarely do people ever need to go to the hospital for food poisoning. Just by its nature, the probability of contracting food poisoning from fish is always higher than most other foods. This is why, based on personal experience, I recommend that no one ever engage in anal sex after your date ate a large fish dinner.
We hadn’t been dating that long, only about a month. Even though we'd only been dating a short time, we were having sex since the second date, and it was the best, freakiest, porno-style sex of my life. Seriously, this was the kind of sex that every man, deep down, dreams about having at least once in his life. It was the kind of sex that I had wished for ever since my voice started changing. It was with this woman, and only with this woman, that I was ever addressed with the phrase, “Use your whole fist for Christ’s sake.”
On one now infamous date night, we were enjoying a romantic dinner at an upscale seafood restaurant. Through the entire meal, however, sex was all that was on our minds. In retrospect, every date we ever went on seemed to just be a temporary diversion from the best part of the night, which involved animalistic insertions, feral lickings and brazen misuse of food products. We emptied wine bottle after wine bottle over the course of the dinner, and by the time the main course arrived, fish for her and lobster for me, she slipped off her shoes and casually masturbated me under the table with her stocking covered feet. Completely plastered and horny by the end of the meal, we decided to skip dessert in the restaurant because a much sweeter dessert “was being prepared in her hot, wet crotch,” she said. I paid the bill and narrowly avoided getting a speeding ticket, not to mention a DUI, during the drive back to my place.
By the time we got into my apartment, we were tearing each other’s clothes off. Sloppy in our drunkenness, we knocked over two lamps during our horny, groping journey into the bedroom. Once in the bed, she got down on all fours, arched her back, and presented her delicious ass to me. I grunted my approval while aiming my rock-hard cock missile at her hairy silo. When the head of my cock began to penetrate her lips, she stopped me. “No. In my ass,” she hissed at me, sounding both horny and angry at the same time. “Are you sure,” I asked? She giggled as she said, “If I could handle last night. . .” Oh yeah, I thought. Last night’s adventure involved a clown mask, three packets of Pop Rocks, and a twenty-inch replica of the Eiffel Tower. What the hell was I thinking? Of course she could handle some anal-action. She reached between her legs and began lubing up her asshole with her own pussy juices. Where did I find this girl? I thought. I was in horn-dog heaven. Blessed. Not being an expert in anal intrusion, I slowly eased my way into her lovely stink-star. First the head, then a quarter of the shaft, and soon I was buried to the hilt between her ass-cheeks.
“Go slowly,” she said, half moaning, half panting in both pleasure and pain, I think. I did as she bid, and very slowly began pulling out, like a steam piston on an old locomotive beginning its first run in a century. Almost all the way out of her, but keeping the head firmly planted in her ass-iris, I slowly began inserting again. “Yeeeeees!” she moaned and began diddling her clit. Soon she said, “Faster.” So faster I went, the tempo increasing until the train was running at full speed, the piston pumping in and out so fast my cock became a complete blur, her hand rubbing her clit like she was trying to start a friction-fire in her pussy. “Gnnnnnnnah!” she screamed. Thinking she was close to orgasm, I pumped that ass even faster, faster than Amish meth-head churns butter.
"Gnnnnnahstoooop,” she screamed, or something like this, because the noise in my head was drowning out the reality around me, for in my head I heard a steam locomotive, chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga-Woo-Woo! Barreling down the tracks, and somehow I pumped even faster. “YES!” I screamed. She started reaching behind her and flailing on the bed in what I thought was ecstasy -- “Stop!” she screamed, able to finally get out the word I had mistaken for groans of ecstasy moments ago. She screamed this with such volume and guttural, primal force that it had the effect of pulling the emergency brake on a 100,000 pound locomotive running at full speed. The sex act squealed to a halt, and I pulled my cock out of her ass like the rip-cord on a parachute. Did someone order champagne? No, that popping noise was my cock coming out of her ass. “Arrrrrrgh!” She screamed, as I yanked my cock free. And then it happened.
Immediately after my cock popped out, I was sprayed from belly to thighs with watery, fish-smelling diarrhea.
“What the --?” I said, not able to get the word ‘fuck’ out of my mouth because of my shock at the brown funk lining my body. As she sprayed me, she seemed to be propelled forward by the force of the jet-propelled diarrhea, and she collapsed onto her stomach.
“Oh. My. Fucking. God.” I murmured, completely shell-shocked. Everything was still. I could hear my wind-up alarm clock ticking on my dresser. I stared at my shit-covered body. I surveyed the room to see if there was any collateral damage. The trajectory of the diarrhea spray was similar to buck-shot in a sawed-off shotgun; it was everywhere. Unfortunately, during the sex act she had been facing the feet-side of the bed, which meant that the headboard, my bedside table and lamp had poop on them as well. Even my bedside clock had a few speckles staining its face. The bed sheets: Killed in Action. A total loss.
I looked at my date, lying there motionless. I called her name. No response. I called her name while shaking her a bit. Nothing. Fear shot through me, as I thought, “Oh my god, what if she’s dead?” But this fear quickly dissipated when I heard her snoring. She was passed out from the wine. I on the other hand was no longer blasted drunk, because the blast from her ass rendered me completely sober. This night was definitely going down in the (ahem) annals as the all time worst date of my life. In fact, I had to invent a new special category, “Even the Devil would feel sympathetic,” to describe this night.
I cleaned up. I cleaned her up. I cleaned the headboard, the dresser, the lamp and the clock. With some manipulation of her passed out body, I was able to wrangle the sheets from the bed and throw them down the garbage chute. By two in the morning, I found myself lying on my couch, drinking Jack Daniels from the bottle. I don’t remember passing out myself, but I can say that unconsciousness didn’t come soon enough.
“It was food poisoning,” her voicemail message explained to me the next day. After some silence, she added, “The fish.” More silence. “Sorry.” She left this message the following day, around 2:00 p.m. I had slept until Noon, and, thank God, she was gone when I woke up. How do you face that? She never called me again. I never called her. I definitely learned two valuable lessons that night: 1) Never have anal sex after a sea food dinner. 2) Be careful what you wish for. There’s only one other experience in my life that entered into the “Even the Devil would feel sympathetic” category, and frankly I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to tell that story. Let’s just say that the morning after a great one-night-stand, the beautiful woman you banged the night before can certainly use your bathroom... but she shouldn’t be more comfortable standing up while she pees. - Yogurt.
Found these going through my Dad’s stuff. He just passed away and I thought you’d appreciate these. John
In February 2009, television broadcast signals will switch from analog to digital. This public service announcement will help your grandmother understand what that means to her. So when she calls you asking what the fuck is going on, that voice you hear on the other end of the line will be the sound of failure. Or, you can just head over there and take care of it yourself. That's my advice.
Oh, and since Nick took the crown in 99 Bricks, we have to move on to something else. And thus, I'd like you to give Diamond Fever a try. The first three levels are kinda lame, with a lot of frenzied random clicking, but once you cross into the upper levels, you need to really start thinking fast. I managed to stagger my way to 37,492 points, see if you can beat me. In the meantime, I'm going fishing for mermaids.
well guys, do you have th eballs to wax your beard? this guy did. ouch.
can't change your facial expression or raise your voice above a whisper? all at the david caruso school of acting.
|November 17, 2008|
A Pirate's Life For Me.
Question. Is anyone else besides me tired of Somali pirates in the news? I mean for Christ's sake, it's fucking 2008 yet it seems every day there's a new article that reads something like this: "Today a [Insert Country] flagged [Insert Cargo] tanker hijacked off the coast of Somalia. [Insert Number] crew detained and pirates demand a random of [Insert Dollars] for their safe return." Today it was a Saudi oil tanker and this past weekend it was a Japanese freighter. Now in all honesty, I really don't give two good shits about the ships or their crew, I'm just sick and tired of reading about pirates, pirates, pirates. Each scenario always ends one of two ways. Either the host country pays an exorbant ransom and get the ship back, or they don't and I have to hear about it for the next five weeks. Either way, it's boring me. And thus, I present you with my plan to bring the recent escalation of Somali piracy to a quick -- and more importantly -- an exciting ending.
You see, the problem is our current policy in dealing with the pirates is too passive. The United States, along with a small handful of other nations, have warships in the area, whose goal is merely to discourage or thwart an attack. If the pirates break off and flee back to their home ports, we high five each other and declare the official start of Miller Time. This not only leaves the pirates free to fight another day, it wastes resources such as fuel, time, and money. And I have no problem with expending these things, just so long as there's a satisfying explosion at the end; but to date I have been deprived of this and hence our tactics must change. And let's understand something here; from Hollywood we'd like to think that pirates race around in full sized ships, dueling other vessels with cannonfire before boarding with knives clenched in their teeth. That's old school. The new school is two or three skiffs maybe 20-30' in length, swarming around a tanker and shooting at it with rifle and grenade fire until it stops and allows itself to be boarded. Sometimes this process takes three or four hours. Again, not very exciting.
So where shall we start to turn the tide, eh? Well, taking a quick look at the International Chamber of Commerce's Live Piracy Map 2008 we can see pirate attacks happen all over the world. But if you zoom in a little bit, you'll see the Gulf of Aden hosts more than its fair share activity. The thousand mile long Gulf is bordered by Yemen on the north, and Somalia two hundred miles to the south, so roughly it's 200,000 square miles of pirate heaven. With such a vast area to patrol and so many juicy tankers coming out of the Suez Canal, you can see why our current tactics of warship patrols has been quite impotent.
Enter the MQ-9 Reaper developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of San Diego. Yes, the Reaper is the latest and greatest in unmanned aerial vehicles, so you can't help but get a boner when you consider this new age solution to a problem that has been around for two centuries. Armed with AGM-114M Hellfire II missiles, which are designed for 'soft targets' such as unarmored and civilian vehicles, you can see we gonna be havin' us a good o'l time. Yee Haw!
So here's the plan. I'd need at least three Reapers, all of which would be stationed at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, which is at the far western side of the 1,000 mile long Gulf. Their patrol pattern would be a big long oval, up and down the length of the Gulf; first a complete 2,000 mile round trip oval, followed by a smaller halfway 1,000 mile round trip oval. Reapers have a range of 3,800 miles, so this is well within the capabilities, plus allowing for some extra time on station to drop the hammer on some pirates. At any given time there would be two Reapers aloft, thus they'd each be responsible for a 500 mile stretch of coastline. With a maximum speed of 300 mph, either Reaper could respond to a hijacking attempt within an hour an a half. Three or even four Reapers in rotation would be more effective and decrease their respective response times, but hey I don't want to get too greedy. So all a big tanker needs to do is hold out for an hour and a half at the most, and then >WHOOSH!< the pain comes like a finger from God. One second Achmed the Pirate is rattling off his AK-47 at the bridge of a supertanker while the guy beside him lines up an RPG, and next second there's a white smoke trail and an explosion of blood and shattered bone. No negotiating, no discouraging, no warning shots. Just realization that by the time you hear the shriek of the Hellfire, you're already dead.
There have been 88 hijacking attempts this year. Assuming three pirate skiffs involved per attack and each Hellfire costs $68,000, that's $18,000,000 worth of anti-piracy fun. Whose gonna pay for it? Easy. Given the choice between paying out a $1.1 million dollar ransom knowing it can happen again next week, or $200,000 for some Hellfire missile knowing they've put an end to the problem... I don't think the insurance companies that insure these vessels would have any problem footing the bill. Fuck, we can even have holiday sales, or little cards that get stamped, "buy 6 missiles get your 7th missile free," or some shit. So all in one fell swoop we; have an immediate impact on piracy, provide a live testing and training scenarios for new UAV pilots, earn international goodwill from the nations whose ships we rescue, and stimulate the US economy a little bit (at least for General Atomics and their suppliers).
Jordan Haerter KIA April 22nd, 2008and there was a bridge dedicated to him today... here are photos of a very moving event, the Marines helicopter hovered over the bridge in the rain made it memorable. If you want higher quality hard copies for printing, you're welcome to them...just ask and I'll send them in full pixel strength as an attachment. (The last one has the young man's parents under the sign...Christian and Joanne) Thanks for being of service. Simon
I just thought you mite be able to us this picture. It's a road in Solway tn, betweem Oak Ridge and Knoxville. Steve
See, that's what I do folks. I solve problems.
watch this atv rider break his neck. no seriously, fractured c2 vertebra.
this is ground control to major tom. take your protein pills and put your helmet on.
|November 14, 2008|
I Am Jack's Sense Of Right And Wrong.
Upon my return to the Sunshine State, I suddenly find myself faced with an interesting moral dilemma with roots curl through the soil of life, down past my stolen cellphone and fastening themselves tight to the lumberyard in Chase Pitkin. You see, here in Florida we have somewhat, sorta legalized casinos. Not the Indian Casinos where everything goes, but the strip mall 'gaming rooms' where they host slot machines and serve two day old pizza to the old ladies whose fingertips have long since turned yellow from cigarette smoke. These clubs are legal because before you can play, you have to sign up and 'become a member' -- hence making the place a private club. You walk up to the cashier -- invariably a retiree whose pension isn't cutting the mustard anymore or a 20-something with greasy hair and bad breath -- hand them the amount you'd like to gamble with and they charge that amount to a small computerized card. Take said card and slide it into the slot machines of your choice and it "moves" your money from the card to the machine. Gamble for as long as you like, and when you choose to cash out, reinsert your card and it "moves" the money back. Should you be lucky enough to win -- remember the payout margins aren't regulated like they are in Vegas -- you collect your winnings not in cash, but in gift cards. It's not as bad as it first seems; some places only do Walmart cards, some Target, and some give out just regular old VISA gift cards which really can be used anywhere.
So anyway, This Person has recently taken a shine to a small gaming house near where they live, frequenting the place several times a week. Upon one such occasion, This Person discovered a machine that was in essence, broken. If you put in $20 and play a few nickel spins, then hit 'cash out' you would receive somewhere in the neighborhood of $50. Put in $50 and get back $120 or so. The only consistent multiplier was that you consistently got back more than you put in. Sometimes a little more than double, sometimes a little less. Now a cautious person might charge their card up a few hundred bucks, quickly cash out for some VISA gift cards, and then go get themselves a big fat fucking steak dinner along with a half a dozen martinis. At least that's what I'd do. But This Person was not cautious. Instead, This Person accumulated over $7,000 onto their card.
And while we could not consider This Person to be cautious, This Person does consider themselves to be somewhat sneaky. They realize that walking right up to the front and cashing out all seven large would be quite the attention getter and bring much unwanted scrutiny; another person there that fateful day tried the same thing and his $2,000 'prize' was denied. So what This Person did was claim to have lost their card, thus getting a replacement. And over the span of the past week or so, This Person has been returning to the gaming place, inserting their original super-charged card and pulling off -- say $200 or so -- into a machine and playing for a half an hour or so, before cashing out onto the new empty card and bringing that card up front to "collect their winnings." This Person has been successful in pulling out, eh $1,000 or so using this process. Yet, realizing the going in slow, This Person asked to enlist my help in extracting the money more quickly. The clever plan was I'd go in and sign up for a card, sit next to This Person and after inserting their super charged card into my machine... hey what do you know, we both got lucky! After all, it is essentially, free money.
And I don't want a motherfucking thing to do with it. Screw the moral implications, who gives a fuck about that? This Person sees themselves as taking advantage of a computer error; I see it as grand motherfucking larceny. Because at some point, management realized they had a broken machine and fixed it. They also know who played that machine and who cashed out from that machine, since all your play is tracked via the little computer card. Thus they know everyone who cashed out fraudulent payouts on that machine. They may not know right now, they may not know until the end of the month or maybe the end of the year; but they're gonna know. And they're not just going to let tens of thousands of dollars just ride off into the sunset, at least not in this economy. Not to mention, every time This Person walks in the door, not only does This Person always leave a winner, but so does everyone else? How long until that fairy tale ends? When when it does it's not going to be, "...and they lived happily ever after," it's going to be, "...do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?" Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck that.
I don't see it as a matter of *if* This Person gets clipped, I see it as a matter of *when* This Person gets clipped. And I can't work from jail, motherfucker, so I'm steering clear of this one.
Oh man Bruce is awesome! I got to meet him when he signed my copy of If Chins Could Kill. (Get that by the way, it's a damn fine book. Skip his second one though, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. ) The real story is that my little brother's friends showed up after I left and gave him a note with a picture of weed penciled on it asking if he smokes and their phone number. He called them later that night and went over to their place to party with them. I promptly called "Bullshit!" when told this tale, but the little bastards provided photos! Nathan (my brother's friend) and Bruce hanging out at Nathan's place! It was an old fashioned photo, not a digital or printout either. The point? How cool is a guy that will hang out with his fans after the show instead of jumping back in the limo to the hotel hot tub? Cool as Bruce, that's how. Mark
Okay, let's talk 99 Bricks. At first I thought I was the Kumo-D because I managed to break the 400 mark and scored a 425. Then Eric sent in this 480, which I wasn't going to count because the image was cropped -- yep, I'd disqualify him on a technicality just so I can stay in the lead. You bet your ass I would. But unfortunately Jim came along and made that a moot point by scoring a 485. So they you have it Jim, you're the man to beat.
soooooo, when you're drag racing, should you keep your rear axle? yes? no?
hey ladies? live in louisville? looking to get your kitty 'licked and groomed'? look no further.
|November 13, 2008|
I Hate You Don Coscarelli. I Hate You So Much.
First off, the situation in which I envisioned meeting Bruce Campbell would be like, and what it was actually like, were two different things. That's not to say I was disappointed -- hardly -- it just wasn't what I expected. Never having been to the Landmark Theatre in Cambridge before, I guess what I was seeing in my head was a scene out of Forrest Gump; where Jenny was singing nude behind the guitar in front of a crowd of 20 or 30 people. Not that I didn't want to see Bruce naked and playing guitar per say, but just that's what I imagined the size of the theatre and the crowd would be like. I hope that doesn't sound too homoerotic. But when I got to the theatre and picked up my tickets, I quickly realized it was a regular sized movie theatre. Bruce had originally planned on doing a Q&A after the two evening shows, one at 7:00pm and the other at 9:45pm. I'm glad I was smart enough to buy tickets in advance, because by the time we showed up at 6:30 to get good seats for the 7:00pm showing, it was already sold out. As was the 9:45, and the 7:30 that was hastily added to the schedule to accommodate the unexpectedly large crowds. In fact, the only tickets on sale were for a fourth showing the following day, also added last minute. So I guess I was glad for Bruce that the interest in meeting him and seeing the premiere of his new film was more than the corporate ghouls had expected. That was cool.
Inside the theatre me and the four guys I went with -- myself and Mike being the two biggest Campbell fans among us -- sat among the other, oh I dunno, 250 odd people or so. We got there early enough to grab seats smack dab in the middle of the fucking theatre, and the crowd quickly packed in around us. Honestly, I was shocked at how strong the turnout was. I pulled my flask from my back pocket and after dumping some Jack Daniels into my $10 small Coke, passed my flask down the line. It returned a minute later as dry as the Sahara Desert; thanks you fuckers. All around me were people chit chatting about meeting Bruce. Excitement was in the air, baby! And right before they dimmed the lights to start the movie, a theatre employee announced that Bruce would indeed be making an appearance after the film for some Q&A; but he wouldn't be singing any autographs. I was a little bummed, but Flaherty warned me of this ahead of time after he read it on one of the websites. Foiled was my plan for a stick of Old Spice and a Sharpie marker. Anyway, down go the lights and we start the flick.
How was it? Dude, it's a fucking Bruce Campbell film. Of course it was awesome! And it was cheesy! Dare I say, deliciously cheesy. Bruce was given ample opportunities for his stinging one liners, becomes the reluctant hero, kills the bad guy, and nails the girl. All in all it was exactly what I expected, which is to say, it was fucking awesome. If you're a Bruce Campbell fan, you simply can not miss this film. Go see it no matter where it's showing. Sell your ipod, sell your mother, take a cab, sell your soul. Do whatever it takes. Just get there. I don't want to spoil it for any of you, just trust me when I say you won't be disappointed.
After the flick ended and the lights came on, of course everyone's head was on a swivel looking for the man with the strong jaw to step forward and make our lives worth living. And to the roar of the crowd, he did. I couldn't believe it. I was sitting in the same theatre. As Bruce Fucking Campbell. He wore a dark jacket over blue jeans, and had glasses on. This last part kind of threw me for a bit since you never see him with glasses in any of his roles. But as soon as he spoke, I knew it was Him. Bruce Fucking Campbell. I immediately regretted choosing seats in the middle of the theatre which on one hand, afforded me the opportunity to really enjoy the movie, but the guys in the front row really knew what they were doing. Movie be damned, Bruce was actually standing in arm's reach of them. I also realized that despite how cool it is, my cameraphone sucks cock in low light conditions.
Bruce went through a little what's what on the movie; where it was filmed, how he picked the cast, how he came up with the idea. And then the moment we were all waiting for -- he opened up for question! And you know what, not a single hand at first. I think everyone else was just as dumb struck as I was to be in the presence of his Greatness. But after a few silent seconds, a hand shot up and we were rolling. Question after question fired off like machine gun fire, bouncing from one side of the packed theatre to the other. I had a question, but like a giddy schoolgirl, was too shy to ask it. I mean fuck, he might actually call on me and then what the fuck would I do! But as Bruce handled each question with lighthearted humor, questions about an Army of Darkness sequel, and film school, and Sam Raimi, and his cameo experiences... I began to realize that I would never forgive myself if I didn't ask. And so I did. As Bruce was finishing one particularly long winded question, everyone else's hands slowly came down because they got tired of holding them up. Not me baby, not me. My arm stayed as long and erect as when I was a kid watching Madonna's "Open Your Heart To Me" video. And it paid off.
Bruce Fucking Campbell. Called on me. And again I found myself in a situation where my mind raced through two hours worth of deep thinking in a matter of mere milliseconds. Oh Jesus Christ, what if he thinks my question is stupid? What if everyone laughs at me? What if I talk too fast and jumble my words? What if I go mute? Maybe I should try and look smart by asking a two-parter? Where's the nearest liquor store to refill my flask? Do I stand up? What the fuck do I do? But in the end my question came out loud and clear, and I didn't jumble my words like a fucking moron. I asked Bruce if there was any truth to the rumor that Ron Perlman would be taking over his role as Elvis in the Bubba Hotep sequel, Bubba Nostferatu. My answer was bittersweet. On one hand, well, Bruce Fucking Campbell was talking to me. Yet on the other, he gave me the answer that I had most feared; yes it was true. Bruce explained that he and the director Don Coscarelli couldn't come to term son the script, and thus Bruce bowed out of the project. Hands shot up again and he moved on to next question. I didn't know what to do. I just sat there. I couldn't believe it. Bruce Fucking Campbell spoke. To me.
A little on down the line of questions, some fucking ass clown asked Bruce why he thought he was never chosen for roles in A-rated movies, but could only get B-rated roles. Bruce politely told him to shut the fuck up, much to the delight of the crowd who both cheered and booed the embarrassed question asker. Also as a side note, Bruce's love interest in My Name Is Bruce is played by Grace Thorsen, and she looks so-so in the movie, but she was there in person and when Bruce called her up to field some questions? I've got three words for you: Hubba. Fucking. Hubba.
The Q&A lasted about half an hour and could have gone on for much longer, but Bruce had to make an appearance in the other theatre to speak to the 7:30 crowd. Everyone graciously gave Bruce a roaring standing ovation as he and Grace Thorsen made their way up from the front of the theatre. As I clapped so hard my hands hurt, I quickly realized that Bruce would be walking right past me. Well, not really right past me, as there were a few people in my way. Mainly Flahety, Frank and Mike. And as Bruce was about ten or fifteen feet from my row, I decided to go for it. I threw an elbow into Flaherty's rib cage so quickly I heard him gasp, and leaned in hard into Frank's shoulder, causing him to stumble backwards into his seat. "Get the fuck out of my way, or I'll fucking kill you," I whispered loud enough for them to hear, and yet not loud enough to alarm Bruce who was only a few steps away. Yes, the Bourbon was strong in me. I didn't have to push past Mike because he already had the same idea as I did and had already began clearing a path. And as Bruce made his way up the aisle and past my row; my hand shot out like that erect Madonna penis again. "I love you Bruce," I shouted, but I don't know for sure if he heard me over the noise of the crowd. And looking back, I can't say that I really gave Bruce any choice because I was kind of in his way, but he quickly shook my hand with a hastened smile and continued past me towards the exit. I couldn't believe it. Bruce Fucking Campbell. Shook my hand.
Be it known that November 7, 2008 is and forever will be the greatest day of my life. I left the theatre that night determined to either step in front of a cab, or at the very least, throw myself in front of an oncoming T train. I mean what the fuck, how could my life get any better than this? And if it wasn't so close to LBEH, I probably would stepped right off the Kendell Square T platform and onto that rushing squealing hunk of rolling steel. But as I sat there, I reasoned that since so many folks are counting on me for airplane tickets home, ending things right then and there wouldn't be fair to them. But what about my hand? Sure I could never wash it again, but eventually I'd have to touch a door or plate or something and forever ruin it's Bruceness. And so I did the next best thing. To the horror and dismay of my friends -- I swear on my mother's grave -- I shoved my hand down my pants and cradled my cock for a few seconds. I couldn't believe it. Bruce Fucking Campbell. Gave me a handjob.
Hey Ernie, Down the bottom of your post on Nov. 7, you had as always links to videos and pictures of sexy naked ladies. One of the links was of a girl with a pink mohawk and it was a video about suicide girls. The girl who's image was shown is a friend of mine and I figure I'll help out anyone who thinks she's hot (as I do). She runs a free porn site where she videotapes herself doing all sorts of things and posts 5'ish minuteclips. The site is MandyMorbid.com and she usually updates once a week. All she asks in return is that you click on one or two of the adds to keep her site free. I hope you enjoy it. -Dan P.S. You have the best site ever in the history of the internet.
Oh, and I forget what the last game challenge was before I went up north, so fuck it. Try and build a tower taller than me, in 99 Bricks, which is a cross between Tetris and Jenga. I'm going to go admire my cock for a while.
one hundred movie spoliers in just five short minutes. spoiler alert, duh.
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if you can make it past the change/believe blah-blah intro, here's a pretty neat back to the future spoof.
|November 12, 2008|
Okay, Let's Bring Em Home 2008.
Veteran's Day was yesterday, and with it comes the turning of the leaves, the stuffing of the turkeys... and me with my red, white and blue hand out, asking for donations for this year's Let's Bring Em Home campaign. For those of you new to the site (or living under a rock for the past eight years) LBEH started following the Sept 11th attacks back in 2001. it has continued every year since then, each with greater success that the last. What we do is collect donations from the public and with those funds, go out and purchase plane tickets for our nations military members so they can fly home and be with their families over the Christmas holiday. LBEH has absolutely nothing to do with supporting or opposing the war, or our President, or our new President Elect. It's got to do with supporting the men and women who put boots on the ground all over the world, standing in harms way, spending time away from their families so that we may spend time with ours.
This year LBEH is funded the same as it was the first year -- 100% on individual donations. In fact, I'd like to take a minute and extend a personal thank you to Jim and Chrissy Rollyson of Katy Texas, who last year wrote us a check for $10,000! But don't be daunted, don't think that if you can't send a thousand dollar check, then it's not worth sending anything. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, every once in a while we get a large donation -- and I'm tremendously grateful when we do -- but the vast majority of the $75,000 we received in 2007 came in $10 and $20 at a time. Every little bit helps. Every little bit helps -- no amount is too small -- or hey, too large for that matter! I know the economy has a lot of us in a pinch this year. Gas prices are finally coming down from their record highs. Home foreclosures are at unprecedented levels. Unemployment rates are the highest in the last fourteen years. Retirement funds are shriveling. Who has money to give to a stranger? Well, quite frankly, I'm hoping you do. As always, your deduction is 100% tax deductible, meaning you can help a soldier and fight back against the tax man, all in the same fell swoop! Also, don't forget -- if you have enough frequent flier miles to warrant a free round trip airfare, we can put those miles to good use, too!
For the past two months, I've been receiving LBEH ticket inquiries from both military personnel and their families; "Hey when are we going to open up for requests?" I keep telling these brave souls, "Not yet. Not yet," trying to hold them off until our traditional start date, Veterans Day. Well, yesterday was it and we opened the flood gates to international ticket requests first, since they're the most expensive and require the most prep work. Within the first ten hours we had over two dozen requests and had to put additional tickets on hold while we catch up. Right around the corner, we'll be opening up to domestic ticket requests as well. What do I tell these folks? That America has forgotten about them? That our support is fair weathered and since milk is more expensive than it was back in 2001, they're on their own? I can't say that. I won't say that. So do us all a favor and let's show these troops that our gratitude doesn't ebb and flow with public opinion. That yes, we still value them and the sacrifices they make on our behalf. They give us the gift of freedom, is allowing them to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones too much to ask?
five sickening habits of mainstream websites. of which i am guilty of zero, but i'm not really mainstream, eh?
ladies and gentlemen, if you don't want to believe me, then i ask you to believe judge judy.
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|November 11, 2008|
Happy Veterans Day.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Whereas it has long been our customs to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace; and;
Whereas in the intervening years the United States has been involved in two other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation; and;
Whereas the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926 (44 Stat. 1982), calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies, and later provided in an act approved May 13, 1938 (52 Stat. 351) , that the eleventh of November should be a legal holiday and should be known as Armistice Day; and;
Whereas, in order to expand the significance of that commemoration and in order that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation, the Congress, by an act approved June 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 168), changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day;
Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings on Veterans Day.
In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to wish to join hands in the common purpose.
Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this eighth day of October in the Year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-four, and of the Independence of the (SEAL) United States of America the one hundred and seventy-ninth.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
By the President:
JOHN FOSTER DULLES
Secretary of State.
|November 7, 2008|
You Know There Had To Be One.
From: "JOE MUFFLER" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Dear Mr. Ernie please post...or are you afaid?
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 19:44
From: "JOE MUFFLER" email@example.com
Subject: Dear mr. Ernie
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 19:57
You say you support the Troops over in the middle east??? You give tributes to soldiers that have lost their lives.... Why don't you give tribute to those that have not died, but have greatly sacrificed to bring the people of Iraq and around the world FREEDOM including yourself. Or are you ignorant and blind to the truth? If you do not post this ....Farewell mr. ernie we know your type too well.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4fe9GlWS8
From: "JOE MUFFLER" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Dear Dear mr. Ernie
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 20:10
YOU ARE A SLOVENLY COWARD IF YOU DO NOT POST THIS ON YOUR SITE FOR ALL TO SEE...
To: "JOE MUFFLER" email@example.com
Subject: Re: Dear mr. Ernie
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 23:41
Sooooooooooooo, if I understand this correctly. You -- who've never written in before -- chose to do so now, only so you can issue me an ultimatum. Do I have that right?
From: "JOE MUFFLER" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Dear mr. Ernie
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2008 09:17
Yes, you have that right...I have been an admirer of your site for a long time and do GREATLY value the support and tribute you give to the fallen HEROES in the war against terrorism. You are also right in the fact that I have never written to you before. I have not written to any website, period. I do feel very strongly about this video to mr. Obama. It struck me to the core. I know that MANY people view your site and you don't like McCain-Palin. ( Everyone has that FREEDOM to choose whom they prefer because of these HEROES and OTHERS like them from the inception of this great Country). I don't have a web site to give tribute to these HEROES the way you do. But, I give thanks to God every night for THEM. I gave you the ultimatum so it would grab your attention in hopes that you would post this to give people like myself, that think Obama-Biden is not the way to go, something other than anti McCain - Palin rhetoric. You have the FREEDOM and RIGHT to not post this link!... (That RIGHT and FREEDOM is what these HEROES are fighting for around the world today and yesteryear) but, I wish you would. ... Joe
To: "JOE MUFFLER" email@example.com
Subject: Re: Dear mr. Ernie
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 23:41
Fair enough. it's a very personal and touching video that makes a big impact. So does this one... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IS0PJdE0Cs -- Should I post both? Actually, stay tuned foir a post on Wednesday -- it's a post that I'm writing today so I have no idea who's going to win tomorrow. It's a list of all the links that I specifically did NOT post before the election, because I felt they were too skewed; in addition to why I posted the links that I did.
From: "JOE MUFFLER" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Dear mr. Ernie
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2008 16:08
Ok, I watched it.... Do you really think they are in the same category?... especially coming from a person that degrades, makes his living and minimalizes womens roles in this world the way you do? If you could get pictures or better yet a tape of this rape linked to your site you would do it in a heartbeat. She is a pretty girl. A...what you call MILF.... Granted, this letter is being written from a person who would trade our situations in a heartbeat. I have the same view to women as you do..."you should make as much money off them as possible and then throw them in the recycle bin". (I'm just being disturbingly honest). I used to have a different outlook on women and if I could go back and change a few things in my life I would still conform to those same ideals, but, circumstances have changed my outlook on women to the point that I think the same way you do about them. "The are beautiful creatures that are magnificent to look at" , but all should have a piece if tape on their mouths or better yet no voice box at all. But I digress...I really think you ought to give more credence to this link that I sent you.....Was that too honest?
Dear Joe. Well no, I don't think it's got as much to do with honesty as it does with plain old fashioned mental retardation. Face it, you're a fucking idiot. You have to be. How else can you explain writing in three times over the span of twenty six minutes? Did you think I was just magically sitting at my desk waiting for you, after God somehow tipped me off you'd be writing in? And you've got the balls to call me a coward if I don't post something? When your total LBEH donations amount up to $0? Fuck you, man.
Or maybe it's the way THAT you RANDOMLY capitalize some words when you want to MAKE A POINT? Perhaps THAT'S it? Now I'd like to think that while I'm no Bob fucking Hope, but without rehashing anything I think I've got a pretty decent track RECORD in supporting the guys and gals IN uniform. With that being said, what makes your video SO IMPORTANT? He's a soldier. Okay. He's WOUNDED, presumably in Iraq. Okay. I'm grateful for his service AND his SACRIFICE. But ultimately he's JUST ONE person expressing HIS political opinion. But WHY would a soldier's video count more or less, than a rape victim's? How about celebrity videos, where do they fit in? They're all FAMOUS and make more MONEY than both the soldier and the rape victim COMBINED. Plus -- it's the FUCKING Fonz, man! So who should I give more weight to, when THEY they tell me to vote for? Do I rank FONZIE'S opinion higher or lower than that of Hayden Panettiere? One is old, but one is HOT. What if Fonzie raped Hayden Panettiere, and just as he was about to blow a load into her, they both looked at the camera and screamed a candidate's name? Would that seal the deal? Oh wait, I know. Obama has more newspaper endorsements than McCain, but McCain has more military endorsements. Obama has more scientists and economists, while McCain has four porn stars in HIS corner.
Ultimately WHOSE opinion is most important to me? Mine. So the TOTAL number of personal endorsements -- military, or otherwise -- I posted BEFORE the election? Zero. Because it all goes back to what I've been screaming for the PAST THREE weeks: do your own fucking thinking. In regards to HOW MUCH you and I have in common? Well, we both have feet, shins, KNEES, thighs, and AN ASS, but that's where our similarities end. I continue up to a stomach, chest, arms, NECK, head and a big fucking BRAIN. You're stuck being as an asshole with legs for the rest of your life.
And you're lucky I'm in a good mood because I'm in Boston to see Bruce Campbell tonight, otherwise, I may have gotten rude. So I SAY FUCK OFF JOE, but please be sure to tell that HOT little ex-wife of yours that I said HELLO. My latest efforts to, "minimalizes womens roles in this world," are BELOW. Enjoy, you fucking loser.
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i think passing a law about people wearing pants is a waste of time. having said that, brothers should pull up their pants.
how to turn your car into an unstopable murder machine in eight easy steps.
|November 6, 2008|
From The It-Could-Have-Been-Worse Department.
You should know that I assembled this post on Monday afternoon, so as I'm writing this, I don't know who will win the election tomorrow (or won it yesterday, as you're reading this).
I don't think I would surprise anyone if I told you that over the past few months, I've had hundreds of political links sent in to me. And not just the standard run of the mill boring crap -- reviewing a candidate's speech, who showed up in who's home town, etc -- I mean the juicy stuff that lives out on the fringe of society. Some of which I posted, some I didn't. The ones I did post were simply too well done to pass up, or were created so far in jest that no rational person could possibly construe it as favoring one political party over another. Others I posted to illustrate two opposing ideals; such as a post a few weeks ago, "And it goes both ways -- some Obama supporters are just as ignorant as some McCain ones." Now some of you didn't like that fact that Palin took more than her fair share of the abuse, and acted like someone rubbed sand in your pussies. Tough shit. It could have been a lot worse, trust me.
As I tried to explain to one of those sandy-pussy complainers, it goes like this. For the most part, older people are Republicans and younger people are Democrats. There are exceptions of course, but for the vast majority of the population this stereotype holds true. So which of those two age groups -- and by extension which of these two political parties -- do you think is most proficient in the use of such skillz as photoshop, movie editing, flash programming, etc? Obviously the younger group; the group that is more liberal and by their very nature either pro-Obama and/or anti-McCain. Purely based upon this, there's going to be a lot more quality pro-Obama and anti-McCain spoofs out there, than there is the other way around. Don't believe me? Look at LOLATMCCAIN versus LOLATOBAMA. And the fact that there's a ZOMBIEMCCAIN but no ZOMBIEOBAMA. The younger crowds are more creative and make funnier shit, sorry. Hell, someone even set up HASOBAMAWONYET that did nothing more than toggled from NO to YES as the election ended. Old white guys don't think of neat shit like this. Oh and all things equal, if you don't want pictures of you with your tongue hanging out smeared all over then internet in a photoshop contest, then don't stick your fucking tongue out on national television, c'mon man.
So what of all the links that weren't done in jest, and were really hard core fringe stories, like his one. Well, obviously I've saved it until after the election. Why? Because not all McCain supporters are big, fat, ignorant, racist rednecks like the people depicted in that video. To believe those isolated assholes speak for all McCain supporters is like saying you believe Osama Bin Laden speaks for all Muslims. It's easy to make that snap judgement; hell it's even secretly satisfying. But it's not true. And while it was genuine news, I chose not to post it because I couldn't find anything equal from the opposing side, so posting it all by its lonesome didn't seem very fair. And pay special attention to this. I had a lot more fringe stories about McCain supporters than I did Obama supporters, although the usually former tended to be more mean spirited. Sorry, but that's a fact. And as much as religious extremism scares me -- as much as this scares me -- I also realize that one crazy McCain supporter does not a President's policies make. So other than the making the contrary seem true, why would I have posted these links beforehand? Exactly. I didn't.
I also had a lot of burning effigy stories sent in. At first I thought there was just the one isolated incident, but oh no. Both parties were victimized - rednecks in Ohio hung an Obama effigy, while homos in West Hollywood went all lynchey too. What impact did either ultimately have on the election? Dick shit.
And speaking of Sarah Palin. Jesus H. Christ, where do I start? I had so many links sent in for her that I can easily dedicate an entire post to her. And it should be noted that the vast majority of the material -- sent in by supports of both campaigns -- didn't paint our little beauty queen in the greatest of light. Obviously, you know my feelings on the woman; I think she isn't a very smart person, she was simply in over her head and she made some very poor decisions because of it. I've never made any attempt to hide that. So did I snicker a little louder than most when a Palin interview was set to music? Yes. Did I post it before the election? No, but only because I lost the link until today.
I could have also posted this chart detailing which states receive the most federal spending, in relation to their contributions via federal income tax. It's pretty damning numbers, but I didn't post it because the way it was titled, "Red State Socialism," paints the chart grossly out of context. As was this gentleman's very well written, "Why John McCain Will Win -- and you have to admit the, "Jews, Like Horses, Are Easily Frightened" line is pretty funny. Oh, and I've been chomping at the bit to post this photo Haha!
And with that, this fucking election is over with, so let's move forward. Oh, and that, "Jesus H. Christ" expression that everyone always says? Does anyone know what the "H" stands for?
one man's story of how he didn't vote for obama.
things black people shouldn't do now that obama won the election.
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|November 5, 2008|
Who, What, Where, When, and Why.
Actually, this update is much shorter and much later than I had intended it. You see I had written this incredibly detailed and concise article on my thoughts leading up the election, what events helped sculpt my decision, and my reaction last night. Then I got what I like to call, "Vista Fucked." That's where you go to hit the save button and the application locks up, taking with it not only the long 18 paragraph article that you've just spent the last three hours writing, but all the temporary and existing saved copies with it. So I'd like to revise my Twenty Policies from yesterday; The Electoral College can stay and will be replaced with Stabbing Bill Gates In His Fucking Heart. And while my Vice President works on that, I'll try my best to recreate the last three hours of my life.
Let me start off by saying that the one single thing that I find most disturbing about politics is the need to place labels on everyone. Democrat (D) or Republican (R). Conservative or Liberal. Left or right. Which is why I always shake my head when I overhear someone bragging about how they voted for, "the full Democratic ticket," or, "for everything with an (R) next to it." As if either political party could really speak for you on every single issue on every single vote? C'mon, that's naive. I would hope that with my Twenty Policy posting yesterday, you'd recognize that I don't find all the answers in either of the two political parties and by an extension of that, either political candidate. I agree with McCain on some things and Obama on others. Now given the only person that agrees with me 100% on all the issues is me, my responsibility was to decide which of these two candidates was the best fit for me.
Dialing the clock back, I distinctly remember I was back in my condo in Chelmsford -- must have been late 2004 or maybe 2005 -- and sitting on the crapper. I turned and began flipping through my first issue of my new Rolling Stone subscription -- silly me, expecting music when in reality it was filled with political diatribe after political diatribe. Anyway to pass the time, I flipped through the articles anyway, where they highlighted all the potential candidates for the upcoming 2008 election that was still a few years away. I remember being a little disappointed that McCain wasn't picked to be one of the front runners for the Republican party because, well, the guy is a fucking war hero. If anyone deserved his shot at the White House, he did. I also remember being a little spooked out by a black guy with a middle name of Hussein -- Christ, didn't we just capture that a guy like that? What is this guy, fucking nuts? So after the initial hub-bub following the 2004 election, and long after I had cancelled my Rolling Stone subscription, politics died away from the mainstream media for a few years. At least until the primaries for the 2008 election warmed up.
At the time there were like seventeen candidates so getting too attached to one didn't make much sense because in the end, we all know the field is going to be cut down to two anyway. I amused myself by taking several of the, "Which Candidate Is right For You?" quizzes. Now while I'm not going to go so far as to say I'm a Libertarian, most of my political views have a Live and Let Live mantra to them. So of all these choices, when the first of these quizzes came back with Barack Obama, I scoffed. Dude, there is no fucking way I'm voting for the Hussein guy. And as time wore on, the candidate pool grew more and more shallow. Again I took a couple of quizzes. Barack Obama. What the fuck? What asshole programmed these things? I don't wanna vote for the Hussein guy, I wanna vote for McCain, the war hero. Fuck these things. Not that I would base my vote the recommendations from an online quiz that was probably cooked up by a guy in India anyway, but still. Time progressed, the primaries finally concluded -- that power hungry bitch Hillary finally conceded -- and the American public was finally given its two choices: The War Hero Guy and The Hussein Guy.
So as any responsible voter should do, I turned my attention to getting to know more about the candidates themselves. As for John McCain, I already knew all I needed to know; he's a fucking war hero. End of story. So I turned my attention to him and I guess that's when I encountered my first surprise of the election year. Wow, he's really not a terrorist as some imply. He was born here in the United States, not in Kenya as some would have me believe. And no, he really doesn't want to slap a 28% capital gains tax on the proceeds of my house sale. In fact, there was more fiction out there than truth. I guess the old saying, "Rumor can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on," might be true after all. In case you were wondering, this is why I was so adamant about not forwarding on all the political misinformation emails; I didn;t want you to fall into the same trap as I had.
Next I paid close attention to the rallies; not so much what the candidate had to say in regards to policies ands such, I could read that anytime from a million different sources. but I paid attention to how they said it. Did the candidate have a commanding presence? Did the crowd respond in kind? And speaking of the crowds, how big were they, how enthusiastic were they, did they cheer the things I would cheer, how old did the average supporter look? And I will say this; it wasn't even close. Obama crowds dwarfed McCain crowds in both number and enthusiasm and John McCain, very experienced and powerful statesman that he is, didn't hold a candle to Obama's presence. In fact, I watched part of an Obama rally that drew nearly 200,000 people in Berlin; very reminiscent of JFK's Ich bin ein Berliner speech and not by coincidence, I'm sure.
And let's talk about the international community for a minute. I remember getting pissed off when France shit all over GWB following the 2000 election. Those foreign assholes don't have any say in an American election! So just what the hell was a candidate for President of the United States doing campaigning in a foreign country like Germany? This is our election, not theirs. Why don't they do us all a favor and suck my balls? Right? Fuck them! Right? Wrong. If the last eight years have taught us anything it that's nothing can be further from the truth. The actions of the American President have profound effects on foreign nations; both directly on their economies and way of life, and indirectly in regards to how we're viewed by the rest of the world. it's the twenty first century and as much as I'd like to imagine it sometimes, we are not an island. Now I'm not suggesting that we allow foreign voices to make a decision for us -- France can still suck my balls -- but all the same, I was interested enough to listen and the world overwhelmingly wanted Obama. But I will admit -- man I'd have loved to see the look on the Vietnamese Ambassador's face if McCain won. Heh.
Next came the debates. And I don't know who prepped McCain and Palin, but man did they do a shitty job. I'm sure someone on McCain's staff told him that dismissive arm gestures and wild facial expressions would somehow cast doubt on whatever it was Obama was saying and instead draw attention back on McCain, but to me? All it did was make him look like an arrogant asshole. Seriously. Could you imagine pulling that eye rolling crap with Putin? He'd fucking judo chop your ass. And if I had a nickel for every 'my friends' and 'maverick' I was forced to listen to? Maybe at first they were clever ways to connect with the audience, sure, but after a awhile I think it was just a verbal panic button to give themselves time to think. That's horrible, shitty debate practices which were in direct contrast to Obama who despite a few umm's and ahh's, remained pretty cool and always had an answer ready. It wasn't always an answer that I liked, but it sure as hell beat being called a friend for the umpteenth time.
And finally came the supporters. First, let me tell you how the Republican party solicited my vote. About a month before the elections, I received a postcard in the mail from the Republican Party of Florida, detailing how awesome John McCain was. He wants to lower taxes, protect gun rights, drill for oil, etc, etc. I received two the first week, more the next week, more the next week, until last week when I had two in my mailbox, each day. That was it. That was Team McCain's effort. For Team Obama, I answered a knock on my door a couple weeks ago. I answered it and there were two elderly women, each wearing Obama buttons, and they politely asked if they were disturbing me. When I said no, they asked if I had settled upon a candidate for President. I told a little white lie -- I was 90% sure at that point -- and informed them that I was an undecided voter. And for the next ten minutes I asked a series of questions that in all honesty I already knew the answers to. They gave honest answers for each question, some pointing Obama in a good light and some not. When I was done, they thanked me for my time and left. They didn't ask me to vote for anyone, they didn't ask to put an Obama sign in my front lawn, they just gave me answers. I was impressed with that. One party seemed willing to work for my support, while the other just assumed they already had it because I'm a member of the NRA. At least that's where I assume they got my name and address, since as an Independent I'm on neither party's mailing lists.
So now we move on to the meat and potatoes of why I chose one candidate over the other. I would have addressed these in yesterday's Twenty Policies, but then I'd have let the cat out of the bag, eh?
Iraq. And I believe I've touched on this before. I'm one of the few people who still believe that going in and removing Saddam by force was the right move. he and his lunatic sons, for that matter because they would have gladly carried on the madness when daddy was gone. We're talking about a guy who used chemical weapons against his own people, who thumbed his nose at UN weapons inspectors, who shot at jets patrolling the no-fly zone, and was an all around dick head. Invading Iraq to force him from power was the right thing to do. It should have been done back in 1991, having failed that it should have been done by Clinton, and having failed that it should have been done by GWB. Which it was. Uday and Qusay departed their worldly vessels in July of 2003, and Saddam was captured five months later in December of the same year. When that happened, out 'To Do' list was all checked off. Saddam driven from power in December of 2003? Then American boots start facing homeward in January of 2004. By the time Saddam hung from the neck until dead in 2006, Iraq should have been a completely sovereign nation. Listen, when the Revolutionary War ended, the French didn't hang around and force us to establish a government that thought the way they do. They got back on their ships, waved, scoffed at the English, and got the fuck out of Dodge. Let me ask you this: how is Iraq different today than it was in 2007? Or 2006? Or 2005? Our troops are on their third and fourth tours, patrolling the same streets, driving down the same roads, getting shot at by the same rooftops. The only difference is now they've all got great tans. I think the American presence in Iraq has done all it's going to do. I think any steps to Iraq takes towards the future will have to be fueled by the blood sweat and tears of the Iraqi people, not ours.
Healthcare. Quite simply put, I like Obama's plan better. I don't think McCain's plan for a $5,000 tax credit was a bad one, but it's been tried before and didn't work. But let me explain where I'm coming from. I pay for my own health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement. Completely funded by me. No employer matching, all me. It's part of being self employed and I'm okay with that. SO when I first purchased my health insurance in the beginning of 2006, the monthly premiums were $146 a month and that's with a $1,000 a year deductible. Thus the first $1k of medical expenses per year I pay out of pocket, and from then on out I pay 20%, and the insurance comp nay picks up the remaining 80%. So in late 2007 when I started to feel an odd sensation of pressure on the side of my head, I figured no big deal, just the change of the seasons so its probably a sinus thing. Except it went on for three weeks, so I went to my doc. Doc refers me to an Ear, Nose and Throat guy, whom I have to pay $175 to see because he's a specialist. and that's on top of my monthly premiums which have jumped $20 to $186 a month. The ENT checks me out and refers me to a neurologist, whom I have to pay $200 to see. His first order of business is to order an MRI and CAT scan of my brain. Total tab I have to pay at the radiologist before then stick me in the microwave over? $675, on the spot. So blah-blah-blah, everything come back clean and doc suggests I have a viral infection in my big fat head; something that will go away on 1 to 6 months. That's right, months. So I it out but still feel this gentle steady pressure in the left side of my head, right at the temple. Go back to the neuro guy. But it's a new year, so that means two things! First, my monthly premiums have jumped $20 again, to $206. And secondly, my $1,000 deductible has been reset so I have to pay $800 out of pocket for the second MRI. You see where I'm going here? So if I have the chance to buy into the federal employee benefit package, where I'll be presented with steady monthly premiums and lower co-pays? Dude, I'm on board like a motherfucker.
The Supreme Court. In think an ideal Supreme Court would bounce back and forth between liberal and conservative decisions; not swaying one way or the other for too long. A 5-4 decision, then a 4-5, then a 5-4 again, that sort of thing. What I don't want to see is a series of 6-3, 6-3, 7-2, 6-3, and that's what i think would happen with another Republican in office. GWB got three appointees to the Supreme Court, all of which are Conservative. Okay, no problem, so let's balance that out with liberal appointees if Stevens and Ginsberg retire as they're expected to do. I don't want to see either side, conservative or liberal, get a thirty year death grip on the highest court in the land. I want to see that 5-4, 4-5 thing keep on swinging.
And lastly, Sarah Fucking Palin. Stepping back for a moment, I can understand the rationale behind choosing the Rack With Glasses as his running mate. Women tend to vote Democrat because of their stance on women's health issues. Thus Obama has two advantages heading into the polls; the female vote and as the first black Presidential nominee ever, the minority vote. McCain has to do something to steal some of this thunder, so he had to choose someone that could woo some of those voters away from Obama. Not to mention hey, she's not too rough on the eyes. Okay, I get that. But Christ man, do your homework first. of course she tried to have her ex brother-in-law fired. Shit I would have, and you probably would have too. It's human nature. Listen when Drew Carey first started to get famous he was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Up on a balcony, he offers this chick $100 to take her shirt off and she obliged. A nearby reporter saw this and pounced on Carey, "Drew did you just offer that woman money to expose herself?" Drew: "Well duh, of course." Boom, scandal defused. Don't appoint a fucking committee to miraculously find that you didn't do anything unethical. And the $150,000 make over? What the fuck? Listen, I don't care if the clothes are going to be sold off for charity after the election, that's still someone's foreclosed house you're walking around in. And that fucking purse your kid is carrying? That's someone's repossessed car. There is no fucking way in a million years you can spin this and present yourself as looking out for the little guy. No fucking way.
A lot of people made a (very accurate) comparison between Palin and Obama, in regards to if one is lacking experience then the other must be as well. Very true. But in order to illustrate what I see as the difference, let me draw this analogy. Imagine local city wide government as high school football. Then imagine state government as college football, and completing the analogy, federal government is on par with playing in the NFL. Sarah Palin is a good high school quarterback; she listens to her coaches, practices the fundamentals and has a solid game. She might even earn a scholarship to play football in college where she goes on to four seasons of winning records. But without some natural talent, she's just never going to make it in the NFL. She's a bad draft pick, so I guess that would mean John McCain is Al Davis. Anyway, like Palin, Obama did well in high school football but for a different reason. he doesn't have to be taught the fundamentals, they come to him more instinctively. He's the guy the NFL teams are scouting during his sophomore year of college. I guess that's as good a way as any to put it. Oh, and by pure bad luck, McCain through absolutely no fault of his own, couldn't have chosen a bigger loser to inadvertently turn into a 15-minute celebrity than Joe the Fucking Plumber. What a fucking idiot.
There are a handful of other small issues that helped me make my decision, but by now I'm pretty sure I've beaten this dead horse well into the ground. I'm a little embarrassed about how closed minded I was at the beginning of this process a few years ago. In the days leading up to the election I encountered several instances of people who were just as surprised in their choice for President, as I was of mine. And so as I went into the voting booth last week and looked down at my ballot, I smirked when I recalled something about a Bradley Effect, and calmly filled in the circle next to BARACK OBAMA/JOSEPH BIDEN for President of the United States of America. Hey, look at that, I voted for The Hussein Guy after all. And I feel pretty good about it.
the hottest jessica biel videos of all time.
three legged oatmeal. no seriously, three legged oatmeal.
sixteen bad guys we'd rather see win. no mccain jokes, please.
|November 4, 2008|
Eyes Yo New President!
|November 4, 2008|
Twenty Policies I Would Implement Tomorrow If Elected President.
1. Eliminate The Electoral College. Make the popular vote the new standard of measure. Listen, the Electoral College was a great idea and an ingenious solution to an impossible problem at the time. But it's a mechanism born before the information age when the fastest way to communicate was by telegraph and coast to coast travel was measured in days not hours. Today we live in the twenty first century; global communication is measured in milliseconds and data storage is measured in petabytes. There's no reason why each vote shouldn't be individually counted.
2. Prevent A Second Cold War. The Russians are building up their military prowess again, and the United States no longer finds itself as the only big kid on the block. What kept us from duking it out for over forty years? Mutual Assured Destruction. Sure it's fucking nuts, but it worked. It's also in jeopardy because our Missile Defense Shield is making Moscow pretty nervous that MAD would no longer be a viable deterrent to nuclear war. Let's picture a worst case scenario: a rogue missile might be able to make one American city glow in the dark. While the Russians can make the entire Eastern seabord glow. So we're risking an enormous Russian threat, in order to counter a small rogue-nation threat. That doesn't make sense to me. Solution: develop the Missile Shield in cooperation with the Ruskies. That's right, you heard me. Operate it together. We protect ourselves form the Kim Jong Il's of the world, the Russians can defend against the Chechnians (or whoever), yet with shared technology Washington and Moscow will still have the hair trigger to keep the other in check. And God forbid we actually learn to work together.
3. Lift The Cuban Embargo. If it was going to accomplish anything, I'm sure it would have happened by now. But it hasn't. You know why? It's stupid, it's a relic of the Cold War, it's ineffective, and it's pointless. If we've got an embargo against Cuba for being a Communist nation and repressing its citizens freedoms, then we should have one against China too. But we don't. So lift the embargo.
4. Get Rid Of The Fucking Penny. Again, it's 2008. You can not buy a loaf of bread for $0.02 anymore. You can no longer get a shave and a haircut for two bits. The penny has outlived its usefulness, and should ride off into history right along with crank start automobiles and the Electoral College.
5. Legalize Marijuana. All settled in from your three martini lunch? Good, because the booze you just sucked down did mare harm to your body than any homegrown doobie ever could. How about we ban booze? Or wait, we tried that already and it didn't work. So keep waging the war against all the other Schedule One narcotics, sure. But weed? C'mon. Furthermore, everyone in jail for marijuana related charges? Released with time served. This also solves our overcrowded jail problem, too.
6. Torture of Terrorists. For the 'everyday' Taliban/Al Queda foot soldier? No, end it. We're better than that. But for the big guys like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? Sure, we can try the standard light in your face, "Where were you the night of September 10th?" shit. But if that doesn't work, let me tell you what now. I'ma call a coupla hard, pipe-hittin' niggas, who'll go to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. You hear me talkin', hillbilly boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'ma get medieval on your ass.
7. Legalize Some Illegal Aliens, Deport Others. Sometime last year, I bought two palm trees from a guy driving up and down the street selling them out of the back of his pickup truck. When it came planting time, two Hispanic guys who didn't speak any English each had a shovel and dug their motherfucking asses off. I mean it was amazing. All the while, a white guy stood and watched. The last moving crew I had in my house consisted of a Mexican guy who owned the company, three of his sons, and a white guy. And the white guy was the laziest motherfucker in the bunch; taking every opportunity to spark up a conversation so he didn't have to do any real work, and always grabbing the lightest of the boxes when that didn't work. I have no problem with honest hardworking people staying here. Pay your back taxes, pay some fines, learn English, and contribute to society. But for the illegal who's been arrested eight times for burglary? The cop car should go right from the scene of the crime to the airport. You forfeit all your stuff, you forfeit your apartment and your car and your belongings, get the fuck out right now.
8. Adopt The Metric System. Yeah I know, it's tough for me to say, too. It's history, a tie to our past. But let's face it, the metric system is a shit load easier and of all the countries on Earth, the list of nations that don't use the Metric system consist of the United States, Myanmar, Liberia. Seriously. Everyone else? Metric. Listen, it's a global economy now, get with the times.
9. No More Tobacco Related Death Lawsuits. Listen, the Surgeon General warnings appeared as early as 1966. The warnings specifically noted cancer in 1970. So if you started smoking past that, and developed cancer? Tough shit. Can't quit? Bullshit, try harder; your alternative is death. Nicotine is too addictive to overcome? Bullshit, try harder; your alternative is death. But quit or not, the decision to stick a cancer stick in your face is yours and yours alone, so don't go calling 1-800-I-SMOKED-TWO-PACKS-OF-CAMELS-EVERY-DAY-FOR-THE-PAST-THIRTY-YEARS-AND-NOW-I-COUGH-UP-BLOOD when the inevitable happens. That's bullshit. The same thing goes for suing gun manufacturers -- unless the gun explodes when I squeeze the trigger and the shrapnel kills ten bystanders? I'm the guy responsible for who gets hurt, not the guy who made the gun. Personal responsibility, people.
10. Expand Stemcell Research. You knew this one was coming. Listen, I truly and honestly believe that breakthroughs in stemcell therapy will cure the vast majority of man's greatest ills. Got pancreatic cancer? No sweat, we'll grow you a new pancreas. Your son's arm torn off in a car accident? No sweat, we'll grow him a new arm. Fall off a fucking horse, break your neck and can't walk or ever breath? No sweat, stay off your feet for a few days until this stemcell injection has a chance to heal your spinal column. Dad keep leaving the house in his underwear? No sweat, stemcells. Wife's arm tingling and she gets diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis? No sweat, stemcells. Will these miracles happen the today or tomorrow or even this decade? Probably not. But the ground work has to start somewhere and the United States is falling woefully behind when we should be leading. Listen, maybe ten years from now we'll find we can do all we need to do with adult stemcells. We'll never know unless we do the reaearch. The American government should be putting our full weight behind this instead of having to play catch up for the past eight years.
11. Implement A Flat Tax. No offshore tax shelters, no write offs for bad investments, and I don't care how many kids you have. No Schedule-A or B or C or D. No 1040 or 1040EZ. Just three simple boxes. "How much did you gross last year?" "Multiply that by 15%" and "Sign Here." Done. With one exception (see Tax Free Hybrids, below).
12. Tax Free Hybrids. This is a pronged attack; one for the auto manufacturers and one for the consumers, both geared towards combatting our addiction to foreign oil. For the manufacturers; all corporate income generated from hybrid/electric sales will be completely free from federal taxes for the next five years. Thus if GM ever gets off their ass and gets the Volt going, and they gross $50 billion in sales but $15 million of that is from hybrids and electric cars, then they only pay the 15% flat tax on the remaining $35 billion. Chrysler will be sucking hind tit on this one, since they don't offer any vehicles that fall under this category, so they better get their ass in gear or die on the side of the road like one of their K-cars. As for consumers, 50% of the hybrid's purchase price would be a federal tax deduction. So if you make $70k a year, and spend $24k on a hybrid, then you'll pay your 15% flat tax on the remaining $58k. One hybrid/electric tax deduction allowed per taxpayer. I'd be willing to explore the same thing for wind/solar for household power generation, but I'd let Future Ernie worry about that one.
13. Bring Our National Guard Home. Yes, they have a two-fold duty: one to their state and one to their country. Yes, I realize the country part comes first. But they've been monopolized for the last eight years and their states suffered because of it. On a national scale, their duty is to protect American from a direct threat. A direct threat. Nowhere in the world is there currently a direct threat against the United States. If you have to connect the dots and say, "these guys support these guys who are allies with these guys who share a border with these guys who want to attack us," then the National Guard isn't the answer. The National Guard is for a direct threat, not a connect the dots threat. If there is the need use the National Guard as a stop gap for troop shortages, then obviously there is another problem that needs to be addressed. Either way, stuffing the National Guard in there is not the answer.
14. Work For Your Welfare. Need welfare? No problem, there's no shame in asking for a little help from time to time -- but no more free rides. Much like unemployment benefits, I'll make welfare benefits a finite resource. You'll have six months obligation free to get yourself back on your feet. At the end of those six months if you still haven't done so, and want to continue receiving welfare, you'll have to sing for your supper by volunteering at your local and state governments. Twenty hours a week for single parents, forty hours a week (combined) for families with two parents. What will they be doing? Anything that would fall under the heading 'community service' to include but not limited to: picking up trash, painting over graffiti, helping paving roads, answering phones, landscaping, caring for animals at the local shelter, assisting at the VA hospital, whatever. Think of it like the Peace Corps only you get to sleep in your own bed. And what about single parents on welfare? Awesome, bring your kids too, as one facet of the community service to be performed will be establishing a big welfare daycare to care for your kiddies while the other parents go out and perform their community service. Fuck off and do a shitty job -- get fired. Lose your welfare. Or with your newfound job skills you can make yourself more viable in the job market. Either way, no more sucking the teat of the system.
15. Legalize Doctor Assisted Suicide. Diagnosed with ALS and don't want to spend your waning days a virtual comatose zombie? Stem cell therapy not going to make it in time to cure your stomach cancer? Here's the deal. Your individual case goes before a panel of three doctors: a psychologist, and specialist (for your condition), and your general practitioner. If they give a 3-0 thumbs up that you're not crazy or just depressed, that medical prognosis is completely 100% hopeless, and you're living without dignity and in great discomfort.... then you my friend, have earned your sleepy juice. Now this of course won't be forced upon you; if you want to continue living until you fight for your last breath, all the power to you. But someone who's accepted the inevitable and wants to die peacefully shouldn't be forced to wallow in their own shit soaked bed sheets for four months, either. It's the only humane thing to do.
16. No More Twenty Year Death Row Inmates. Convict you of a heinous crime? Sentenced to the death penalty? Great, you've got five years from the time the judge's gavel bangs down. With a mandatory appeal. And a mandatory appeal-appeal. So five years later after you've been convicted by a jury of your peers, a conviction upheld by both the initial appeals court and your State Appeals Court... then you ride the lightening, dude. Period, end of story. I don't care how fat you are, I don't care if the guy before you gurgled a little bit on his death bed, your sentence will be carried out. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
17. Abortion. It stays legal, with the exception of late term abortions. Because man, that's just fucked up. You've had 20 weeks to make up your mind, which is ample time to decide what you're going to do, so now you deal with it. With an exception for a danger to the mother, of course.
18. Gun Control. I love guns. Handguns, rifles, and shotguns are wide open to the public -- provided you're not a convicted felon and you pass a safety course. No more 'gun free cities' or having to give a handjob to your local Police Chief. I believe the availability of assault rifles will be regulated by each state -- New York might not want AR-15s running around the Bronx, while they might make sense to someone hunting coyotes in Idaho. Don't want to give up your AR-15 collection, move to an assault rifle friendly state. But full automatic machine guns, sorry man. They'd gotta go -- and no this has nothing to do with the kid from Massachusetts. I've said it before, it's a practicality thing for me.
19. Make English Our Official Language. Our laws are written in English. The Declaration of Independence is written in English. Our street signs and food labels and money are all written in English. There's a reason for that. Because if you decide to live and work here, you should know how to speak the language. It's called being a grateful immigrant and speaking the language is one of the first steps in being a functional part of society. We should not print some election ballots in Spanish, or offer GED tests in Vietnamese, or provide a Chinese translator for your drivers license exam. Listen, if I up and moved to Israel, I'd learn how to speak Hebrew. I wouldn't get all pissy with the bank clerk because she didn't speak English, I'd expect her to get all pissy with me for not assimilating. But I would make second languages mandatory for emergency crews near border states. Example -- police, and hospitals in upstate New York, Vermont, and Maine should always have some French speaking staff on duty, because French Canadians are travelling through the area. Likewise, in southern Arizona and Texas (and Florida!) there's a lot of Spanish speaking people. People travel, they get into accidents and in emergency situations they need to communicate. Listen, I'm far from calling myself a world traveller, but I've done enough to know I was really fucking grateful when I found English speaking people when travelling abroad. It's called being a good neighbor.
20. Stop Frivolous Lawsuits. It'll work like this. Let's say that I'm an asshole judge and I take my pants to you to be dry cleaned. And for whatever reason my pants get destroyed, so I sue you for $54 million dollars. Once the case is thrown out of court and lost on appeal -- as I predict it would be -- you may in turn file a malicious litigation complaint. That lawsuit would work its way through the system, and assuming the original lawsuit is deemed groundless; you would be entitled to reimbursement for all of your legal expenses plus 10% of the damages I originally sued for, in this case $5.4 million dollars. There, that ought to make people think twice about filing bullshit lawsuits.
Agree with me? Great. Agree with Obama? Great. Agree with McCain? Great. But whomever you find to be your political soulmate this election year, just make sure you get out and vote on the issues instead of sitting home on your fat ass.
the top ten castration scenes from horror movies. ouch.
penises -- oh yes they can be fractured and oh yes it looks very painful. ouch.
eggs. they come from somewhere. and you thought your chili cheese hot dogs hurt? ouch.
|November 3, 2008|
So How Do You Like The Retro Look?
I changed the site colors on for Halloween, and somehow it ignited a strong sense of nostalgia. For those of you who've only been visiting EHOWA for a couple of years now, this black/yellow/orange color scheme is the one I used full time back in the 1998-2002 era. It was quickly criticized for being harsh on the eyes, but I didn't give a fuck. I liked it, so I kept it for five years until gradually turning to the blue-on-blue theme just before the 2003 rolled in. So given it's been five years since that color change -- boy time sure flies when you're having fun, eh -- so maybe it's time for another facelift? Fuck Web 2.0 -- what do you think of the old school look?
My Halloween was pretty cool -- went up to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, where they put on a big shindig every year. I paid $45 to for a special ticket to get in, since 'special events' such as this aren't covered under my existing season pass. A special ticket that no one bothered to ask for, by the way, so that was money well spent. The staff's costumes were great and the haunted houses were pretty well done; although someone in the home office seems to feel that everything is scarier with strobing black lights. And while they were really freaky looking, zombies shouldn't wear glow in the dark makeup because it distracts from their zombiness. But all in all a good time. The annual Bill and Ted's Annual review was pretty funny -- and even racy at times. And I finally got to ride the E.T Adventure ride, and what a fucking waste of time that was. I can't believe they kept that animatronic piece of shit over the Back To The Future ride. Don't get me fucking started down that road.
Ernie, long time reader, first time poster. If you thought the Wolf spider scared you, check this monster out. My first experience with one was in Deland FL, when I was about 10. Or did I just scream like I was 10? These are BIG! The web says they have four inch long legs? I wanted to kill the bastard, but my great Aunt said they are "good spiders", in that they kill ants, cockroaches, palmetto bugs, small mice, etc. But all I could think about was how they made my bed smell like little boy piss! Keep up the good work! Dave
Ernie, I'm a bit late commenting on this, as usual I get the posts later in the evening and I've wanted to write in a few times to comment but always thought it'd be like beating a dead horse, but this I could not let pass by. I used to sell guns (my store no longer sells them) and I can't tell you how many times I had to talk down an eager dad (or mom for that matter) from getting a gun for Junior, that was out of their league. Mind you, I didn't sell Uzi's and the like, but I've convinced many a parent that their eight or nine year old isn't quite ready for the 12 gauge pump. I have a nine year old stepson who is pumped about life when it comes to guns, but he also is being taught to use them responsibly. He has a BB gun, as every nine year old boy should, and as shot my .22 viper and my single shot .410 with me being right there, helping, holding when need be and instructing. Do I trust that he's taking the safety lessons seriously and learning how to handle the guns? Absolutely. Am I going to send him off to the range with my M1 Garand and let him snap off a few clips? Not so much. Because he's a kid, and he has no idea what kind of power he's dealing with. The parents or at the bare minimum, the organizers of this event need to be charged. I agree with you 100% with your go-kart to F-350 comment. It's crazy to me, the amount of neglect that this kind of action shows. Sadly, I feel that people like us, who are responsible with firearms and preach safety and proper teaching, are going to suffer. Thanks for the great page and all the great things you do. Luke
Honey I Blew Up the Kid followed by Being John Malkovich on my program guide turns into.. "Honey I blew John Malkovich" on the display. Great job Comcast! Mike
Hey Ernie, Good work overall on the subject of the accident. Yes, stupid and unthinkable. Judging by the traffic on the site you linked, the flames will begin soon. Oh well, not everybody can think the same about everything, but everybody should at least think. Of course, the idea of simply handing a full auto SMG to an 8 yr old kid and backing off just makes me dizzy. I'll never understand it. Thanks for email and asking. Was a little surprised to see the email. Headed back to Maine Friday/Saturday. I've enjoyed Homer, AK. Nice place, even the hippies have guns here. Leon. PS - She looks much bigger on television... and they never show the hot tub in back of the wheelhouse, either. Here's a couple of good sized "chickens"... tasty sized halibut. I just shipped 125 pounds of salmon and halibut home to Maine today. it'll be at my folk's house in the morning, still frozen.
I know the economy is in the shitter, but I'm trying to support some local merchants; I just hired a new car detailer. And you know, they're right; the 'Got Milk' commercials do make me think of semen.
Game Challenge. Since Gravity Grid kind of lawn darted with no scoring -- why the fuck would you create a game that tracks your time/score per level and then doesn't show the final tally at the end -- we're moving on to Nano Farm. Try to ignore the stupid story line, quite simply put it's a puzzle game. Move two sheep around the maze until you reach the exit portal; touch one of the electrified fences, and you're back to square one. I've managed to amass 1,067 points before stopping to make this post. Oh, and we'll be talking to a guy named Joe Muffler tomorrow.
some horror movie trivia - personally, i though both versions of 'the shining' were god awful movies.
the top ten countries censoring the web. if you're there, you ain't readin' this.
the reason why terrance howard was replaced on ironman 2 - i guess he was a genuine dick
not to be outdone by sarah palin, john mccain makes an appearance on SNL. didn't do too bad, either.