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October 1, 2005

brief thoughts

Two brief thoughts, of absolutely no topical interest.

First, I hope that one of you in the IT support industry may someday have the opportunity to say the following: "Oh, I'm sorry, what would be a good time for your computer to freeze, so that we can schedule it?"

And second, if you the kind of person who might say, "Really, I'm the most easy-going guy there is," on a cell phone, where some stranger might here you, then, truth be told, you are not easy-going, no, not at all, and hopefully the person on the other end will realize this.

That's all.  Have a nice Saturday evening.

Posted by mrbrent at 7:08 PM

September 30, 2005

boss delay, at long last, have you no shame?

I was gunning for a DeLay-free day.  I'm as overjoyed as anyone that DeLay's cynical manipulation of conservative voters has revealed itself as garden variety corruption.  I did a jig, in fact.  But it's unseemly, really.  We all may be shocked that the rule of law my apply to someone so untouchable, but that's as it should be.  All contestants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  So, I was planning to shut my fool mouth on the whole Tom DeLay Indictment party.

But then DeLay had to go and have an "invisible robot in my teeth" moment.  DeLay claims to Wolf Blitzer that he has evidence that Travis County DA Ronnie Earle and Washington Democrats have been conspiring to bring him down.

When will he share this evidence?

"When it's timely."

Dude, down in hell, Joe McCarthy just had to sit out the next hand of the running poker game he, Nixon and Roy Cohn have in hell because of a laughing fit.

But as long as DeLay is going to start losing his shit, I'm grateful that he decides to do it on national television.

[Via Atrios.]

Posted by mrbrent at 12:26 PM

ten to one he apologizes

I would like to add my two cents to the William Bennett abortion/crime rate index hubbub.

Wait for it.

"Who's 'William Bennett'?"


Posted by mrbrent at 10:27 AM

September 29, 2005

intelligent design this

Here's something I didn't know.  In the midst of Maud's daily stream of information, she points out that Michael Crichton is one of those self-taught voodoo skeptic dipshits that's convinced that science is trying to lead us into ruin.  Like, he thinks that global warming is a hoax.  And further, he has testified in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, as an "expert".

And it was not a funny joke.

I knew that Crichton was a hack, but, hey, if the fuckwit hat fits, Mr. Crichton, then put it on your God-damn head before we reality-based rationalists beat you with our science!

And kudos to the Senate for their choice in experts -- there are plenty of actual scientists, but most are afriad that they will spontaneously combust if they encounter direct sunlight.  Yeah, some crap B-novelist should be just fine.

Posted by mrbrent at 10:43 AM

September 28, 2005

holy shit

Yes, I know, I'm petty.  It's why you like me.

But my shitty week just got a whole lot better.

I have been waiting ever since the Clinton impeachment to say this in the general direction of Tom DeLay:

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, shitbird.

Posted by mrbrent at 1:08 PM

energy crisis

I think it's a scandal, a scathing revelation of the misplaced priorities of a greedy and ineffective oligarchy.  You might know it more familiarly as "standard operation procedure", or just "the way things work".

Apparently, we're in an "energy crisis", or an "energy crisis" looms, caused in the short term by hurricane damage to US Gulf Coast platforms and refineries.  "Crisis" is shorthand for rapidly inflating oil/gas costs, along with patches of scarcity.  But the haymaker is the expense, which hurts both business and we the people as our budgets get knocked out of whack with the slice of pie devoted to fuel costs starts eating all the other slices of pie.  "Crisis" is the much sexier word for all this, and it looks better on the front page of the newspaper or running along the bottom of the screen on CNN.

How is our government responding?  Primarily two ways.  First of all, the message to all us consumers who are on the edge of default on our over-leveraged finances is to use less gas.  Because, you see, if gas costs more, then if you use the same amount of gas as you used to, you'll spend more, while if you use less gas than you used to use, then your overall cost will be less than what it would otherwise be!  This message was brought to you by "strong leadership".

Now, if you are a component company of the energy industry, the so-called "energy crisis" isn't really a crisis at all, except maybe in terms of PR.  As the underlying costs of fuel raise, the energy industry just raises the retail price, and its profit margins are unaffected.  Which brings us to the second government response to the energy crisis: Have some more free money please, oil industry.  Which was galling in some older time, but now, shrug.

As a sidenote, the Senate Democrats are generally proposing government action to protect consumers from price-gouging and miscellaneous profiteering, but I'm not sure if anyone remembers what a "Democrat" is.

Posted by mrbrent at 12:25 PM

September 27, 2005

mike brown is smarter than you

Somebody out there please watch the Mike Brown testimony for me.  Or think of me while you're watching, or some ridiculous contortion like that.  Because I think it would seriously cheer up this, my less-than-cheery week.

Former FEMA head Mike Brown is testifying to a hostile Senate panel on FEMA's trail-blazing response to Katrina.  And he is steadfast in his belief that he was the right man for the job.  Sample graf from the AP story:

He also said that in the days before the storm, he expressed his concerns that "this is going to be a bad one" in phone conversations and e-mails with President Bush, White House chief of staff Andy Card and deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin.

Can't you see that makes him competent!!  He warned the preident!  He knows how to use e-mail!

He's also finding time, when not self-justifying, to blame-game at anything that moves -- little acts of class and grace like that.  Not only is he content in being the poster boy for everything wrong about the Bush administration, he is also ready for his close-up now, please.

I'll give him this: dude went and blew a hole below the water line in the good ship "protest too much".

[Update 15:32 9.27.05]  How often does the Yahoo! Headline Container get it exactly right?  At least once:

• Ex-FEMA director Brown blames others

"Others" is such the perfect wordchoice that you can almost hear the air-quotes.

Posted by mrbrent at 1:01 PM

September 26, 2005

liberal rampage

Wonkette is smarter than me.

Although I am drinkier.

That may be the other way around.

But I agree with her entirely: the perpetrators of calls to action to stop the ascension of John Roberts to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court deserve mocking and derision.

Sure, I'd love for John Roberts to get torpedoed.  I'd love him to be replaced with the ghost of Earl Warren.  I'd also love the Pittsburgh Pirates to be leading the NL Central.  You know, it's nice to love.

But harrassing Senators over a borderline sure-thing nomination is a real good way to get them to ignore their constituents, to get written off as a 21st century Save The Whales, with Bluetooth.

Though I do like whales.  We should save them.

Posted by mrbrent at 12:41 PM

on the road with george

I was mostly away from the news over the weekend, but what little I did so has convinced me that the President is an insane crazy person.  That dude was stalking Hurricane Rita like I stalked Tea Leoni back in the mid-90s.  It was the ultimate "everyone look busy" moment -- the President demonstrating his commitment to domestic security by, well, mostly by having himself photographed in meetings.  Plus also a lot of public agonizing over whether the president should demonstrate his strong leadership in the eye of Rita, or in San Antonio, finally deciding to hang at NORTHCOM in Colorado, where he would be safe in the event that Rita launches a first strike.

I'm mildly surprised that the president didn't jump Anderson Cooper on camera and rassle him for his CNN windbreaker.

And with all the very visible effort to appear the leader, I gotta say the only folk that were at all comforted by this were other crazy insane people.

Posted by mrbrent at 11:53 AM