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The Donnybrook
Friday, March 31, 2006
Come On And Take A "Joy Ride"...

There haven't been too many really good horror movies made over the last 10 years, and when I first saw "Joy Ride" a few years ago, I honestly wasn't expecting much.

As it turns out, this is a genuinely creepy and scary flick that does a great job of showing the desolate nature of many parts of the middle of this country. Sorry, Wyoming!

What you've got here is a couple of brothers driving from California to New Jersey who find themselves in a very bad spot after pranking a trucker named "Rusty Nail" on a CB radio.

Eventually, they pick up Helen Hunt's little sister, get in trouble with some inbreds, and some truly wacky shenanigans ensue.

It's not a violent or gory movie, but it definitely packs a punch.

You're welcome...

The Ultimate Sign That Your State JUST Started Selling Lottery Tix...

The person behind the counter actually says "good luck".


P.S. Scratch-off lottery tickets are to state lotteries as slot machines are to casinos. Just a very uninteresting way to gamble.

I can't wait until the numbers games start in May...

Thursday, March 30, 2006
Scalia Says "Fuck You"...In Church...

Get to know a little bit about George Bush's favorite Supreme Court justice...

Wanna Raise Morale At Your Office?

Mission accomplished...

"The Sopranos" Moves To PAX TV...

Has MAD TV always been this funny?

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
It's Comedy Pyramid Time!!!

Today's topic:

"Worst songs for a first dance at a wedding"
I'll get you started, enter as often as you like...

"Prison Sex" by Tool
"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot
"Wrong Way" by Sublime

Take it away, boys!!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
George Bush Gets A Purple Finger Shoved Straight Up His Ass...

"Buyer's remorse" doesn't even begin to describe this.
Senior Shiite politicians said today that the American ambassador has told Shiite officials to inform the Iraqi prime minister that President Bush does not want him to remain the country's leader in the next government.

Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari holding a news conference last week in Baghdad, Iraq.
It is the first time the Americans have directly intervened in the furious debate over the country's top job, the politicians said, and it is inflaming tensions between the Americans and some Shiite leaders.

The ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the head of the main Shiite political bloc at a meeting last Saturday to pass a "personal message from President Bush" on to the prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who the Shiites insist should stay in his post for four more years, said Redha Jowad Taki, a Shiite politician and member of Parliament who was at the meeting.

Ambassador Khalilzad said that President Bush "doesn't want, doesn't support, doesn't accept" Mr. Jaafari to be the next prime minister, according to Mr. Taki, a senior aide to Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Shiite bloc. It was the first "clear and direct message" from the Americans on the issue of the candidate for prime minister, Mr. Taki said.
This seems like a good time for a quick review:

Lather. Rinse. Repeat???

"My Slump, My Slump, My Slump...Check It Out..."

Oh, this is just too good...

(From CrooksAndLiars...)

Monday, March 27, 2006
Arresting People For Drinking In Bars?

That's not exactly what's going on in Texas, but it's pretty damn close...
Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.

The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission's Carolyn Beck.

Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkenness, Beck said.

The goal, she said, was to detain drunks before they leave a bar and go do something dangerous like drive a car.
I'm all for keeping drunk people off the streets, but who exactly decides what is considered "public intoxication" in a bar?

Could high-fiving your buddies after your team wins in overtime get you a ticket to the slammer?

Could talking too loud on your cellphone get you shit-canned?

If you stand up and accidentally trip over something, will the authorities automatically assume you're trashed?

Where's the line, here?

Sounds like more Big Brother-type shit from Dubya country to me...

Filling Your Tires With Nitrogen: Anyone Heard Of This?

I just heard a bit on XM that suggested filling your tires with nitrogen could have beneficial effects since nitrogen doesn't expand or contract according to changing temperatures.

Anyone else heard of this and/or tried it?

Friday, March 24, 2006
A DVD Recommendation That's A Little Off The Beaten Path...

Remember the good ol' days when Ben Stiller wasn't in every other movie that came out? I know it's hard to go back that far, but there was a time when he wasn't spitting out 50 movies a year.

Seriously, look at his IMDB page post-1999. Wilt Chamberlain didn't get around that much.

But I digress.

Back in 1998, Stiller played an interesting (read as: not being humiliated in every scene) role in Zero Effect, a flick about the world's greatest/most borderline psychotic private detective.

You know how I know this is a good movie? Bill Pullman, who couldn't act his way out of a parking ticket, is great in it.

He plays Daryl Zero, the aforementioned loony detective, and does a great job creating a totally unique and fascinating character.

It's a dark comedy with a great gloomy feel and a really interesting storyline.

Check it out this weekend...

Rule #1 For Losing In NCAA Basketball Tournament...

Don't be a pussy about it.

Case closed...


Jack Cafferty Explains Why Iraq Is NOT The Media's Fault...

This curmudgeonly old bastard does the curmudgeonly old bastard thing better than any curmudgeonly old bastard I've ever seen.

The good stuff starts about 2 1/2 minutes in.

You know, I just have a question. I mean, part of the coverage, they don't like the coverage, maybe because we were sold a different ending to this story three years ago. We were told that we'd be embraced as conquering heroes, flower pedals strewn in the soldiers' paths, a unity government would be formed, everything would be rosy this -- three years after the fact, the troops would be home.

Well, it's not turning out that way. And if somebody came into New York City and blew up St. Patrick's Cathedral and in the resulting days they were finding 50 and 60 dead bodies a day on the streets of New York, you suppose the news media would cover it? You're damn right they would.

This is nonsense, it's the media's fault and the news isn't good in Iraq. The news isn't good in Iraq. There's violence in Iraq. People are found dead every day in the streets of Baghdad. This didn't turn out the way the politicians told us it would. And it's our fault? I beg to differ.
(From CrooksandLiars...)

Thursday, March 23, 2006
Check Out Frank Caliendo Again...

Anyone that does a Vinz Clortho impression is a good egg in my book.

Please watch the whole thing...

Interesting Face Recognition Web Site...

Does anyone ever ask you what celebrity you look like, but you don't know what to say?

Well, with this new face recognition feature from MyHeritage.com, you probably still won't know what to say, but you might end up with a funny anecdote.

Take me, for example. I uploaded this photo of myself:

On the basis of this photo, MyHeritage matched my face with (you guessed it!) Eric Clapton.

I'm speechless...

UPDATE: Check out this photo of me and my beloved bride in Mexico...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Washington's Big Baby...

When I think of Alfonso Soriano these days I'm reminded of a Steve Martin diatribe in the legendary movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Like John Candy in that movie Soriano is like a Chatty Kathy Doll that pulls its own chord and whines like a bitch when doing so.

Soriano is having a hissy because the Washington Nationals have that audacity to play him in left field and not his beloved second base.

Hold on Alfonso while I get you some tissues and some cheese to go along with your whining.
I'm sick of babies like Soriano in professional sports. This guy is receiving $10 million this season to play for the Nationals. 10 million for playing a stinking kids game! For that kind of money I would lick the lime off the base paths on a daily basis.

But not this clown. He refuses to play because he can't play second base.

True, Soriano said he didn't want to play there before but that's too bad. You play where you are told, end of discussion. If you refuse to do your job you are a bum plain and simple.

Soriano, you are a bum.

What Soriano and so many of these pampered primadonnas forget is that this is their job. Yes, it's a game but it's also their job. That being said, when somebody tells you to do something, you do it. I and I'm sure everyone on this blog sometimes has to do things at their respective jobs that we don't want to do. But we do them because that's our job.

The fact that Soriano's job consists of playing a game for a few hours a day makes this all the more annoying and sad.

That Nationals are warning Soriano that if he continues his refusal to play that they will put him on the disqualified list which means he won't get paid. To this I say kudos to the Nationals. Make that bum get a real job in the real world and then see how tough he thinks it is to have to play left field in pristine parks for more money then most people can only dream of earning in an entire lifetime.

Maybe then Soriano would have some perspective.

Oh and Alfonso, last time I checked you're no Roberto Alomar at second base. You have averaged more than 21 errors a season over the last five years at second base so a position change might do you some good.

If Soriano's attitude doesn't change the best change for baseball fans will be to see this greedy, whiny malcontent no longer on the field.

Count your blessings Soriano.

You bum!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
What's Your Tipple?

All this talk about beer got me thinking about cocktails.

I've burned through a few liquors over the years that made me sick, and are therefore now verboten. Southern Comfort is the prime example of this unfortunate circumstance.

On the other hand, over the past few years, I've gotten into whiskey a little more. Tequila is my favorite liquor, but I prefer it straight.

Give me a Canadian Club and Ginger Ale and I'm happy.

What about you guys?

Raleigh World Beer Festival-Tickets On Sale NOW!!!

Hop to it, folks. No pun intended.

The event is on Saturday, April 29th at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.

There are 2 sessions, one in the afternoon (12pm-4pm) and one in the evening (6pm-10pm). Tickets are $25 each.

As I understand it, the evening session will fill up faster than the afternoon, if you care.

In addition to the hundreds of beer choices, there will be some great local food vendors, as well...

Monday, March 20, 2006
US Lawmakers Will Make $165,200 This Year...

PSoTD brings up a great point:

US lawmakers will be making $165,200 this year, according to USA Today.

The county I live in (Wake County, NC) had a per capita income of $35,864 in 2003. That's the second highest of all 100 of NC's counties.

My congressman, David Price (D), will make almost 5 times that this year.

Here's my question: Does that seem high to anyone else???

UPDATE: There's one other thing that jumps out from the USA Today piece. House members will only spend 97 days in Washington, DC this year.

2nd UPDATE: ABC has more on our "hard-working" Congress...

Criminalizing Abortion Not So Popular After All?

South Dakota's Republican Governor Mike Rounds signed a bill banning almost all abortions (including in cases of rape and incest) this month.

Rounds has been one of the country's most popular governors for some time, but apparently things have changed.

In just one month, Rounds' approval rating went from 72% to 58%.


Let's Hear It For The Boys...

George Mason 65, UNC 60...

Sunday, March 19, 2006
Behold, A Well-Written Look At Bush's "Straw Man" Obsession...

I can't believe it myself.
"Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day," President Bush said recently.

Another time he said, "Some say that if you're Muslim you can't be free."

"There are some really decent people," the president said earlier this year, "who believe that the federal government ought to be the decider of health care ... for all people."

Of course, hardly anyone in mainstream political debate has made such assertions.

When the president starts a sentence with "some say" or offers up what "some in Washington" believe, as he is doing more often these days, a rhetorical retort almost assuredly follows.

Friday, March 17, 2006
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Before you run out and get all messed up, here's your history lesson...

UPDATE: Homophobia has infected New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade. That sucks...

Can You Be Dead In The Water After ONE DAY Of The NCAA Tournament?

Because if it's possible, I'm there.

Thanks Seton Hall!!!

UPDATE: It's now official. I had Iowa going to the Elite Eight. It's over...

Thursday, March 16, 2006
Which Party Is Serious About Fiscal Responsibility?

No, it's not the Republican Party, in spite of what the words coming out of their mouths.

Consider these two examples from this week alone:

1. On Tuesday, a measure to force all federal spending to be paid for as it comes up, was supported by every single Democrat in the Senate, but failed because only 5 Republicans voted for it.

2. Today, the Republicans raised the national debt limit for the fourth time since Bush has been in office, even though every single Democrat in the Senate voted against the measure. Only 3 Republicans joined them.

This doesn't just mean the GOP doesn't know how to practice fiscal responsibility.

It means they don't even want to try...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
What Old TV Shows Should Be Remade?

There seems to be a slew of remakes coming out of Hollywood lately.

"Starsky & Hutch" was a good adaptation. I didn't see "Dukes of Hazzard", but it's good to know that Joe Simpson now has 90 more minutes of spanking material. "Miami Vice" will be finished soon, and will most assuredly stink thanks to Jamie Foxx.

Upon hearing about the "Dallas" movie that will be coming in the next year or so, I got a little fed up with the whole concept. I don't need to see a remake of a bunch of hayseeds fucking and killing each other.

What I would like to see is a remake of a few different 70's or 80's shows that actually deserve the remake treatment.

A few examples:

"Wonder Woman": Needs to be remade because the special effects were so awful. But who could adequately fill Lynda Carter's very large...um...shoes, that's it.

"The Greatest American Hero": Same reason as above, plus it's just a great concept. Besides, I think enough time has passed that the lead character can actually be referred to as "Mr. Hinckley" again. Oh, and I'm guessing that Connie Selleca is available.

"V": Anyone else remember this creepy show? A bunch of lizard people ate live rats and tried to take over Earth, and the only hope for civilization was the guy who starred in "The Beastmaster". Riveting.

My wife's top pick? "Moonlighting". A good idea, as long as "Booger" still has a role...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Culpepper To Miami, Brees To New Orleans...

The Daunte Culpepper deal is no surprise, but I never expected a top-flight free agent like Drew Brees to end up in New Orleans.

I'm guessing the $60 million deal with $10 million guaranteed made it easy to overlook some of the problems currently facing the Saints.

Now the big question:

Do the Saints deal their #2 draft pick?

File This Under: "What Are The Friggin' Odds?"...

Check out this headline:
1,600 More SAT Scoring Problems Found
Is life too weird or what???

Monday, March 13, 2006
If You've Recently Thought About Smashing Your Head Against A Wall...

...go ahead and google "Bush Urges Patience" and find out why you should probably go ahead and do it...

UPDATE: Looks like I'm not the only one tired of hearing the same ol' shit...

Sunday, March 12, 2006
Tournament Picks and Other Ramblings

A few thoughts from over the weekend...

1. Damn, picking winners in the NCAA Tournament gets harder and harder. I'm going with a Final 4 of UConn, Duke, Ohio State and UCLA...but I'm not feeling really good about it. I've got UConn beating Duke in the final 73-70. This really is a crapshoot, though. I hope Nova wins it but one bad shooting night dooms such a guard-oriented team...although that could doom any team. I think if Nova gets past Wisconsin in the second round it has a good chance to get to the final 4. That being said I'm picking Boston College to beat them in the Sweet 16. I am not high on Memphis and don't think they deserved a one seed. My upset special for the first round is San Diego St. over Indiana. That is a better team than people know and Indiana does not impress me. My sentimental favorite as always is Murray St. since I insist on telling everybody that the school is named after my favorite baseball player Eddie Murray.

2. Now that Edge is in Arizona, Peyton Manning will be exposed yet again for the fraud that he is. The one year Manning didn't have James by his side the Colts went 5-11 and Manning threw about 28 interceptions. They were 4-2 when James got hurt and without the real MVP of that team by his side Peyton showed his true colors and tanked it. That sound you here is the Colts window of opportunity closing.

3. My beloved 49ERS once again piss me off. The Niners had one bright spot on offense last year and that was the play of Brandon Lloyd. So they go and trade him to the Redskins for a third-round pick this year and fourth next year. Good job guys. Lloyd is not a great receiver but he's a good one and he can put up good numbers if he has a good quarterback throwing to him. He also makes some amazing catches. He had a few 100-yard games last year which considering how putrid the Niners offense was is amazing. He's a great No. 2 and that's what he could be in Washington. Now they've got Moss, Lloyd and Randle El and that's a damn fine core of receivers. Great move Niners. I'm all for getting more picks this year but all we get this year is a third-rounder. It's going to be another long season. Repeat after me...John York is the anti-christ.

4. The Redskins probably overpaid Randle El. I haven't seen the contract details so I could be wrong but knowing Snyder they probably gave this guy a ton of money. Randle El is a good receiver but he's not a No. 1 and I'd be surprised if he ever has a 1,000-yard season. I think he's a middle of the road receiver who is cashing in on one big play in the Super Bowl...where he didn't catch the ball but threw it. But Snyder comes from the Al Davis stupidity mode. Remember Davis shelling out all that money to Larry Brown after he made two interceptions of Neil O'Donnell passes that a blind dog could have caught? Hard to believe the Raiders are in disarray with moves like that.

5. I cover high school basketball and one of my favorite lines I hear from fans is "call it both ways." I usually look up at the scoreboard and see that the foul calls are tied in those situations. It's one of those things that strikes me as humorous.

Saturday, March 11, 2006
Another Bush Adminstration Flack With Ethical Problems?

Say it ain't so!

Now, to be fair, this time the culprit is actually a former Bush policy advisor, but who's counting at this point?
A former domestic policy adviser to President Bush has been charged with theft for allegedly receiving phony refunds at department stores.

Claude Alexander Allen, 45, was arrested Thursday by Montgomery County police for allegedly claiming refunds for more than $5,000 worth of merchandise he did not buy, according to county and federal authorities.

Allen was the No. 2 official in the Health and Human Services Department when Bush nominated him in April 2003 to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Bush nominated Allen to the court again a year later, but he never received a Senate vote.
Luckily, Senate Democrats blocked Allen's nomination to the Court of Appeals, otherwise this paragon of moral virtue would have had a lifetime post on the federal bench.

Party on...

UPDATE: DrFrankLives rightly points out that Claude Allen had his little problem while still employed by the Bush Administration.

There's a correction I don't mind making!

Friday, March 10, 2006
The Office: Where It All Started...

Sure, this version of The Office is currently the funniest show on TV, but to really get a feel for where the characters and idea came from, you've gotta check out the original British version.

You've still got the overbearing boss, the mousy receptionist, the nice guy that hates his job, and the semi-retarded kiss-ass/tough guy, but from there the differences are many.

Rent the complete collection and make a weekend out of it. You won't be sorry you did.

My favorite episode is probably Episode 4 of Series 1: "Training Day".

Have a great weekend!

What Seemingly Insignificant Thing Can You Do Better Than Anybody?

As far as I know, no one reading this site has ever won a gold medal, cured a disease, or won $3,022,700 on Jeopardy.

That being said, I have a theory that every person excels at at least one thing, no matter how goofy that thing may be, to the point of being better at that one thing than anybody.

You may be blessed with the ability to make the greatest grilled cheese sandwich known to man.

You might be the world's deadliest person with a sponge.

You might even be able to burp the alphabet backwards faster than anybody.

So, let's hear it. What can you do better than anybody???

"We Don't Want To Put The Security Of Our Ports In The Hands Of Foreign Governments With Provable Links To Terrorism."

That's a bad message to send, so says Commander Bunnypants.

It's good to see more and more people are seeing through the bullshit...

Thursday, March 9, 2006
Santorum Vows To End Meetings With Lobbyists, Starts Them Back Up A Month Later...

God bless his poor soul, he just can't help himself...
After saying in January that he would end his regular meetings with lobbyists, Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), the third-ranking GOP leader in the Senate, has continued to meet with many of the same lobbyists at the same time and on the same day of the week.

Santorum, whose ties to Washington lobbyists have been criticized by his Democratic challenger, suspended his biweekly encounters on Jan. 30. His decision came as Democrats named him as their top target in November's Senate races, and after the guilty plea of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff to charges of conspiring to corrupt public officials.

But in the month since his announcement, Santorum has held two meetings attended by the same core group of lobbyists, and has used the sessions to appeal for campaign aid, according to participants. Both of those meetings were convened at the same time as the previous meetings -- 8:30 a.m. -- on the same day of the week -- Tuesday -- and they lasted for about as long as the earlier meetings -- one hour.
I just hope this fine Catholic boy didn't give up lobbyists for Lent, or he could be in some real trouble...

Flyers 3, Hurricanes 2...

An awesome game, and an even more awesome season series between two of the league's best teams.

I smell a playoff matchup!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Senate Dems Try To Ban Travel Paid For By Lobbyists, Every Republican Votes "NO"...

Think there's no difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to allegiance to lobbyists?

Think again.
The Senate, by voice vote Wednesday, accepted an amendment to a lobbying and ethics bill that bans all gifts from lobbyists, including meals. The base bill prohibits gifts and say that meals would be permissible only if they are made public.

The vote on meals came shortly after the Senate rejected, on a party line 55-44 vote, a broader Democratic alternative that would also have banned meals as well as almost all privately funded travel.
Check out the Senate roll call. Needless to say, it doesn't look good for the Republicans to be defending lobbyist-funded travel.

It looks even worse now that Jack Abramoff is dropping the dime on them in this month's Vanity Fair. Says Abramoff of Republican Sen. Conrad Burns:
Every appropriation we wanted [from Burns's committee] we got. Our staffs were as close as they could be. They practically used Signatures as their cafeteria. I mean, it's a little difficult for him to run from that record.
And it's only gonna get better...

Liddy Dole's "Tax Form" Survey...

This is the smarmiest political survey I've ever seen, and I receive about 2 a week of these things. Pay particular attention to the NOTICE near the top of the page.

Take a look at the option given for those who don't wish to participate in the survey:
No. I do not wish to participate in the Survey, nor do I wish to make a donation to help the Republican Party. I am returning my Survey Document, along with a contribution of $11 to help cover the cost of tabulating and redistributing my Survey.
Kudos to BlueNC for picking this up and to AmericaBlog for spreading the word...

Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Who's Your Favorite Muppet?

A tough call, to be sure.

I'm gonna go with Statler & Waldorf, the mean old bastards that sat in the balcony during the Muppet Show...

They existed only to break balls and take cheap shots at the Muppets. You gotta respect that.

I think Rowlf, Animal, and Janice would be a fairly close #2, #3, and #4...

P.S. This Muppet Wiki site is amazing. You can find just about any information about every single Muppet, no matter how arcane...

Kirby Puckett: 1960-2006

Puckett was one of the few ballplayers that really seemed to understand that baseball is a kid's game, and played it with the same level of joy that a little leaguer would...

Monday, March 6, 2006
Like "The Simpsons"?

Then you're gonna love this live-action recreation of the show's intro.

Too damn funny. Except for the fact that they're suddenly British...

Bill O'Reilly Is A Pussy, Redux...

A caller to his radio show mentions Keith Olbermann by name and O'Reilly threatens him with "a little visit" from "Fox security".


Oh My God, There Are Simply No Words...

What the hell...

UPDATE: Is Eddie holding a condom in his hand? Is he planning on getting over his divorce by having safe sex with the tranny standing behind him?

Friday, March 3, 2006
Bill Hicks Live

"Actually, I'm against drugs being legalized, and this is why. Last weekend, my friend and I went into a farm, took some mushrooms, and we sat on a field. I looked up into the sky and saw God. He told me that there is nothing to fear, that he loves every single creature on this planet, and he showered gifts of forgiveness and love onto the Earth, and I realised that there was nothing to fear, and I loved everything ... Now, if that isn't a bad thing for this country, I don't know what is. How can we continue to make weapons if we love everything?"

--Bill Hicks
This week's DVD recommendation is collection of comedian Bill Hicks' early work.

It includes his HBO One-Night Stand, which was the first experience I had with his stand-up.

Before passing away in 1994, Hicks provided ferocious, honest, and absolutely acidic social commentary on a society oft-obsessed with sheer mediocrity.

Check it out...

Thursday, March 2, 2006
The Polling Fun Continues...

Brace yourselves.

39% Fox News
38% Gallup
36% Quinnipiac
34% CBS
Have at it, ladies...

UPDATE: It seems that Dubya is also losing the Southeast.

Now I do declare, whatever shall he do if the Bible Belt jumps ship???

Dopiest Headline of 2006?

I know it's early in the year, but I almost passed out when I caught this brilliant headline on Yahoo's front page:
Study: Hot Tubs A Breeding Ground For Bacteria
I'm sorry, but if you didn't know that jacuzzis are a great place to grab yourself a little Andromeda Strain, you should probably go ahead and drown yourself in one RIGHT NOW...

Here's A Quickie Quiz For You...

What now-defunct professional sports team's logo is this?

A bonus point will be awarded if you can tell me what colorful figure was this team's coach...

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees..."

Wrong, Mr. Preznit, you big fat liar.

On the eve of Hurricane Katrina's fateful landfall, President Bush was confident. His homeland security chief appeared relaxed. And warnings of the coming destruction — breached or overrun levees, deaths at the New Orleans Superdome and overwhelming needs for post-storm rescues — were delivered in dramatic terms to all involved. All of it was captured on videotape.
What did our always-engaged, constantly-looking-out-for-the-well-being-of-Americans add to this critical meeting?
The president didn't ask a single question during the briefing but assured
soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are fully prepared."
He then proceeded to butcher a G chord and the rest is history...

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Let's Talk About Toll Roads In NC...

A post at BlueNC got me thinking about toll roads coming to North Carolina. It's an interesting read despite its pornographic title, "Toll Roads Coming All Over the State".

Who's for them? Who's against them and why?

I personally think they're a great way to raise revenue rather than that vehicle tax abomination I have to pay each year.

Let's hear it, everybody...

P.S. You can check out the proposed toll roads on the North Carolina Turnpike Authority's website...

Congratulations To The NC Democratic Party...

We've fielded candidates in every Congressional district...
NC-01 (57/43 Kerry): Butterfield (D) unopposed
NC-02 (54/46 Bush): Etheridge (D) v. Dan Mansell (R)
NC-03 (68/32 Bush): Jones (R) v. Craig Weber (D)
NC-04 (56/44 Kerry): Price (D), Kent Kanoy (D), or Oscar Lewis (D) v. Steve Acuff (R)
NC-05 (67/33 Bush): Foxx (R) v. Mark Glen (D), Syndi Holmes (D), Roger Kirkman (D), or Roger Sharpe (D)
NC-06 (70/30 Bush): Coble (R) v. Rory Blake (D)
NC-07 (56/44 Bush): McIntyre (D) v. Shirley Davis (R)
NC-08 (54/46 Bush): Hayes (R) v. John Autry (D), Tim Dunn (D), Larry Kissell (D), or Mark Ortiz (D)
NC-09 (64/36 Bush): Myrick (R) v. Bill Glass (D)
NC-10 (67/33 Bush): McHenry (R) v. Richard Carsner (D)
NC-11 (57/43 Bush): Taylor (R) or John Armor (R) v. Michael Morgan (D) or Heath Shuler (D)
NC-12 (63/37 Kerry): Watt (D) v. Ada Fisher (R)
NC-13 (53/47 Kerry): Miller (D) v. John Hendrix (R), Vernon Robinson (R), or Charlie Sutherland (R)
It may not seem like a big deal, but you can't win if you don't run.

(Thanks to SwingStateProject)


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