Monthly Archives: March 2007

is it wrong to pass a Firetruck?

… when it’s lights are flashing, and it’s supposedly in Emergency mode?

on the beltway?

when it’s only going about 62 mph and you’re naturally going faster?

I mean, I wasn’t going to drive behind it just because it was there. it’s not like traffic was congested and we had to move to the right to let him pass. he was clearly not going very fast.
any thoughts?


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Jesus Camp

wow.  I just watched this, and I’m not even sure how to comment yet.

maybe this:  “Abe Froman, I weep for our future.”

it’s not related, but it works.


Filed under I believe the children are our future


“38 minutes? [expletive deleted]!! who’s paying me to do this?”

“oh [expletive], this is [F’n] rdiculous… the time now is 11:27…
omg, how long is this g/d form… 27 pages long?
[sigh]… Last Name…”

we got our THIRD notice to complete the American Community Survey today, along with a very nice letter from Charles Louis Kincannon telling us that the “survey will help decide where new schools, hospitals, and fire stations are needed. The information also is used to develop programs to reduce traffic congestion, provide job training, and plan for the health care needs of the elderly.”

so what if we don’t think these are programs the government should be in charge of doing? or what if we don’t think

  • our income level,
  • the amount of our mortgage payment,
  • cost of gas and electricity,
  • if you attended college in the past 3 months,
  • your education level,
  • the current market value of our house,
  • the time of day we leave the house for work,
  • address where you work,
  • how much debt we have,
  • ethnicity (Canadian?),
  • how much “interest and dividends” earned,
  • age, and date of birth (I guess they can’t do math)
  • [] is any business of the government?

“does this other person [our 6 month old] speak a language other than english?”

“You are required by U.S. law to respond to this survey.” I think that’s what elicited the “38 minutes” question from my significant other (he he, those quotes above were her, not me). yeah, I refused to complete the survey on principle the first time we got it, and she’s doing it because she doesn’t want the government to keep hassling her.

good luck with that — if it isn’t this, they’ll find something else to hassle us about.

seriously, would you give all your personal information to this guy?

no email address, but I’d love to get a phone tree set up and hit him at (301) 763-3030 — 100 times a day, everyday, for the next year, to let him know what I think of his survey.

“only 22 minutes.  22 minutes I lost from my life”

looks like she owes the government 16 minutes.  I wonder how they’ll collect?


Filed under angry, rant, stupid government

I hate to admit it, but…

I was listening to a management-guru podcast the other day, and he said one way to discover what it is that you really want to do with your life is to finish the sentence, “I hate to admit it, but…”

If you answer something like, “I don’t like sharing” then you should find something where you can independently excel. Pretending to like sharing because it’s a social norm will only frustrate you. Seems like reasonable logic…

So what do you secretly hate to admit? Feel free to answer anonymously
(full disclosure: the comments in WordPress are recorded with IP addresses, so if you answer anonymously I might notice you’re from the same IP address as a previous commenter — I have no intentions of disclosing your answers, but don’t tell me anything I don’t want to hear)


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“The planet has a fever,” Gore said. “If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say, `Well, I read a science fiction novel that told me it’s not a problem.’ If the crib’s on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame retardant. You take action.”

I could rant for days and days about Gore; but with quotes like that, honestly, why does anyone take him seriously?


Filed under damn lies, global warming, politics, TERROR

the N-word

I love it.  Chris Rock will not say ” ‘the N word’ “, as in those three words (ok, word-letter-word) that are meant to represent another word.  I’m still uncomfortable enough with it to say it on this blog (being a white kid from the suburbs and all), but Chris Rock is never going to stop saying it.  Except maybe in church, but he kind of offered that up as a concession at the end, and I wouldn’t hold him to it.

10 Questions for Chris Rock – very funny, the N-word question is about half-way down.

I wonder what Al Sharpton would have to say about Chris.  I wonder why I ask, since I really don’t care.   I wonder why my internal dialog keeps flowing out through my keyboard… Maybe if I just click Publish, this madness will stop…


Filed under freedom, funny

inconvenient disclosure

BBC: Gore urges investors to go green

He did not specify if the market analysis is ‘settled’ or not, but the ‘analyst concensus’ is that he is right. </sarcasm>

No mention in the article that Gore is Chairman of Generation Investment Management. GIM has already bought into their ‘green’ firms, now they’d like the rest of the pension plan managers to do the same.  Seems like that would warrant some kind of disclosure statement…

Brilliant business strategy, I’m not arguing against that. But if VP Cheney did the same thing, he’d be accused of being a profiteer. (That sounds familiar for some reason.) Instead Gore is lauded as the planet’s savior. Whatever.

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