Monday, September 18, 2006

Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Ye be wantin to prepare for International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day by watchin this video! It be the best way to trim sail for a day in search of plunder, booty, and bad grammar. ARRR!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

As someone who disapproves of censorship, I was highly amused by this satirical ditty, from FCCFU:

My country used to be
Sweet land of liberty
That once was true
Until the FCC
Chose what we hear and see
On radio and on TV

When you deny our choice
You censor every voice
That’s what you do
We’d say “go fly a kite”
But that’s far too polite
For stealing First Amendment rights

What makes your ass so tight?
Does the religious Right
Rule over you?
Those few fanatic fools
And your outrageous rules
Kick freedom in the family jewels

Soon those misguided kooks
Will all be burning books
With help from you
Why be so meddlesome?
Must you assume we’re dumb?
What is it you protect us from?

Are we all so repressed
That one small glimpse of breast
Must be taboo?
One Janet Jackson boob
Botched up what’s on the tube
Bend over, we’re not using lube

It’s time we take a stand
Shout it through all the land
We can’t stand you
And while we fight this fight
We can say with delight
That Howard’s gone to satellite

What I hear, what I see
Please leave that up to me
Not up to you...
If I’m offended, I’ll
Just simply turn the dial
And I’ll be saying, all the while


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Best. Disclaimer. Ever.

Trail features made or enhanced by humans, such as steps, walls and railings (if any) can break, collapse, or otherwise fail catastrophically at any time. We don't promise to inspect, supervise or maintain them in any way. They may be negligently constructed or repaired. They are unsafe, period. Live with it or stay away....

Use of helmets is advised for anyone approaching the rock formations. They can be purchased or rented at Seneca Rocks. They won't save you if you get hit by something big or on another part of your body. A whole rock formation might collapse on you and squash you like a bug. Don't think it can't happen....

We are not responsible for, and do not inspect or maintain, climbing anchors (including bolts, pitons, slings, trees, etc.) As far as we know, any of them can and will fail and send you plunging to your death. There are countless tons of loose rock ready to be dislodged and fall on you or someone else. There are any number of extremely and unusually dangerous conditions existing on and around the rocks, and elsewhere on the property. We may or may not know about any specific hazard, but even if we do, don't expect us to try to warn you. You're on your own....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"Yes, senator, McCain-Feingold does censor political speech"

Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11, 2001: Remember what happened on that day, and pray.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

From The Examiner:

Something almost without precedent in America will happen Thursday. That’s the day when McCain-Feingold — aka the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 — will officially silence broadcast advertising that contains criticism of members of Congress seeking re-election in November. Before 2006, American election campaigns traditionally began in earnest after Labor Day. Unless McCain-Feingold is repealed, Labor Day will henceforth mark the point in the campaign when congressional incumbents can sit back and cruise, free of those pesky negative TV and radio spots. It is the most effective incumbent protection act possible, short of abolishing the elections themselves.


By election day, it should be clear to all reasonable persons that McCain-Feingold was a serious mistake and, like Prohibition, ought to be repealed. But proponents of campaign finance reform have always been right about one thing — there is an incredible amount of money in politics and voters should know who it is coming from and to whom it is going. Thus, McCain-Feingold should not simply be repealed; it ought to be replaced with a new law that uses transparency in campaign finance rather than censorship in political expression.

The sunlight of transparency is the best disinfectant in government and politics, far better than imposing censorship on those who have something to say to their fellow citizens about members of Congress and their records.

This is the single most important reason that I will not - ever - support a John McCain or Russ Feingold candidacy for President, for Senator, or for any post higher than garbage collector.