Saturday, November 25, 2006

Explain to me again how Michigan is #2...

Of course I am biased, being a Gator fan and believing that the SEC is the toughest conference, but...

After looking at the conferences, schedules, and results for Michigan, USC and Florida, I don't understand how anyone can reasonably argue that Michigan deserves another shot at beating Ohio State, especially when they lost the first time (yeah yeah, it was in Columbus, only 3 points, blah blah blah - they lost, and they lost their conference too).

First, the respective conferences went (Big 10): 33-11, (Pac-10): 20-9 (USC-ND not played as of this post), and (SEC): 41-7 playing outside their conferences. I don't know if anything can be drawn from this, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Second, record against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 during and at the end of the season:

Michigan: 1-1 (3)
USC: 3-0 (USC-ND result pending) (4)
Florida: 2-1 (SEC championship result pending) (4)

Third, losses:

Michigan: Ohio State (1) 42-39
USC: Oregon State (unranked) 31-33
Florida: Auburn (11) 27-17

Finally, bowl eligible teams (teams over .500) (and record):

Michigan: 4 (3-1)
USC: 7 (7-0) (loss to UCLA could make this 7-1)
Florida: 7 (6-1) (Arkansas-Florida result pending)

It all depends on Notre Dame, UCLA, and Arkansas, but Michigan shouldn't even be in the mix, regardless of their ranking.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Memory lane - the left and right versions

Good for Her
Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press reports:

Former Attorney General Janet Reno and seven other former Justice Department officials filed court papers Monday arguing that the Bush administration is setting a dangerous precedent by trying a suspected terrorist outside the court system.

It was the first time that Reno, attorney general in the Clinton administration, has spoken out against the administration’s policies on terrorism detainees, underscoring how contentious the court fight over the nation’s new military commissions law has become. Former attorneys general rarely file court papers challenging administration policy.

So far the righties have been fairly subdued, but one commenter to a rightie site couldn’t resist a walk down memory lane. He writes:

I am always amused by those on the Left crying about the Constitution.

1. Does anybody remember Ruby Ridge and a dead child and woman there?
2. Does anybody remember Waco - Branch Davidians and women and children killed there?
3. Does anybody remember Elian Gonzales being forcibly sent back to Communist Cuba?

It appears all children are at risk whenever Janet Reno is involved with any issue and she seems the forget about the Constitution herself from time to time!

How come these meatballs never remember that Ruby Ridge occurred during the George H.W. Bush Administration (August 1992)? Or that the investigation conducted by former Republican Senator Jack Danforth concluded the Branch Davidians shot their children and then each other?

I’m not sure that Elian Gonzalez’s issue was a constitutional one, as Gonzalez was a foreign national, but he wasn’t sent back “forcibly.” He was (willingly) returned to the custody of his father, who had plenty of opportunity to request asylum from Cuba, and did not. “Forcible” would have been taking him away from his father and making him stay.

Details, details.

And does anyone remember that the new RNC chair, Sen. Mel Martinez, made his bones with the GOP by attacking Janet Reno during in the Gonzalez Saga? You can read about it at Media Matters.

Monday, November 20, 2006

I love trains

A 10% Reduction in America's Oil Use in Ten to Twelve Years
An Overlooked, Practical, and Affordable Approach Using Mature Existing Technology

Commentary by Alan S. Drake
May 2006 • Rev. October 2006

NOTE: This is the third commentary in our series Electrification 101 – a discussion aimed at informing transportation professionals, decisionmakers, and the public at large of the value and advantages of electrifying transportation operations, and the electrification of public transport systems in particular. The following essay is a slightly edited version of a summary position paper disseminated by the author at a recent Peak Oil conference in Washington, DC. This article is a moderately revised update of the one originally published in May 2006. Alan S. Drake, a former accountant, is an engineer, and professional researcher based in New Orleans.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Why isn't Diebold liable for fucking up?

Given the current voting situation in this country, why aren't the electronic voting machine companies (Diebold, ES&S, etc) criminally and monetarily liable when their machines fuck up? Sarasota, Florida, obviously has a problem, and I think ES&S (the company that provided their machines) should have to pay for all recounts, pay for a new election if necessary, and the CEO (who used to be Chuck Hagel, interestingly enough) should be put in prison for interfering with an election. Drastic? Yes. But that might be what it takes to get their attention, and get things straightened out. But a boy can fantasize...

Senate election schedule

FYI - here's how the senate races break down by state and year. Maybe one day I'll put them in map form, so get a sense of red-blue futures...

2006 2008 2010


Monday, November 13, 2006

Rahm Emanuel - hero?

The House that Rahm Built

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's profane, ruthless, savvy operative, remade the Democrats in his image--and helped the party overcome 12 years of humiliation

Story by Naftali Bendavid
Tribune staff reporter
Published November 12, 2006

What a revisionist whitewash (is that possible?) of history. Rahm didn't do it by himself (he had help from Dean), and he nearly caused it to not happen. He's the one who DIDN'T want to make Iraq an issue, and it was only after Ned Lamont made it an issue (whom Rahm and the rest did not support) in his primary with Lieberman that Iraq even entered the campaigns of many that were "annointed" by Rahm and Schumer.

Also, the two of them refused to support a number of candidates that were more progressive and more independent (Tester in Montana , Webb in Virginia are two examples), and forced many grass roots candidates out in favor of their chosen ones. It's a miracle that these two didn't lead to another Democratic catastrophe.

They wanted candidates chosen by back room politics, ones who would be beholden to them. These guys are dangerous (not as much as Republicans, but dangerous nonetheless), and need to be watched closely (and ideally beaten at the polls by real Dems). They wouldn't even throw Lieberman under the bus after he lost his primary to Lamont, and now the Dem hold on the Senate is dependent on Lieberman. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Dumbasses.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

You're too fucking stupid to vote

"It's unbelievable how many calls I got about Farrell (ed: D) — drove me nuts," said Moll, who put on his hearing aid to field these calls. "It's why I voted for Shays (ed: R)."

Told that many of the calls were likely sponsored by national Republicans, Moll shrugged. "Then I voted for the wrong reason," he said.

If you can't determine that this candidate might be better than that candidate based on the issues, or that this party might be better controlling Congress, then you are TOO FUCKING STUPID TO VOTE! Put the ballot down, and step away from the box...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Mid-term elections

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Book review and history lesson all in one

And what a history lesson it is. Oh, and Mark Halperin - I suspected you were a wanker during the 2004 campaign, and this just confirms it. Thank you Eric Boehlert.

Here's how dishonest Beltway journalism has become

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Research on Team B

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Engineering humor

Being an engineer, I appreciate these (and kind of relate to them too...sadly)

A bunch of engineers are sitting around at a party, discussing the nature of God.

The mechanical engineer states that God must also be a mechanical engineer because "if you look at all the pulleys and levers that drive the body, how the tendons and muscles and bones all work together, well, it's just amazing."

The chemical engineer says that no, God has to be a chemical engineer because "if you look at all the chemical processes that drive the body, how the hormones and the brain and the glands and everything else all interact, well, it's just astounding."

The electrical engineer says that no, God has to be an electrical engineer because "if you look at the circuitry of the body, how the thousands upon millions of nerve cells transmit signals from one part to another, well, it boggles the mind."

The civil engineer speaks up last of all and says, no, God is definitely a civil engineer, because "only a civil engineer would run a sewer through a playground."

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!" The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him."
"Hi George! Say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind golfers. We always let them play for free anytime." The group was silent for a moment. The pastor said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight. "The doctor said, "Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them." The engineer said, "Why can't these guys play at night?"

What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers? Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Three engineers were in the bathroom standing at the urinals. The first engineer finished and walked over to the sink to wash his hands. He then proceeded to dry his hands very carefully. He used paper towel after paper towel and ensured that every single spot of water on his hands was dried. Turning to the other two engineers, he said, "At Hewlett Packard, we are trained to be extremely thorough." The second engineer finished his task at the urinal and he proceeded to wash his hands. He used a single paper towel and made sure that he dried his hands using every available portion of the paper towel. He turned and said, "At Sun Microsystems, not only are we trained to be extremely thorough, but we are also trained to be extremely efficient." The third engineer finished and walked straight for the door, shouting over his shoulder, "At IBM we don't pee on our hands."

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?" The man below said, "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field." "You must be an engineer," said the balloonist. "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," said the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of absolutely no use to anyone." The man below said, "You must be in management." "I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?" "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."

And this one was too good not to include:

There were three nuns sitting around talking to eachother one day when the first nun said "you'll never believe what I found in the Father's room the other day" the other two nuns asked what she had found, and she replied "I found a bunch of pornographic magazines". The two nun's gasped, and the second nun asked what she did with the magazines. The first nun answered "Well I threw them out of course." The third nun then said "Well I can beat that...the other day when I was cleaning out the Father's room, I found a pack of condoms"...the other two nuns gasped and asked her what she did with them. The third nun replied "I poked holes in all of them.", and the second nun promptly fainted.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Canadians get it

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I don't know how I never posted this one

Unbelievably prescient. Note the date:

Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'

January 17, 2001 | Issue 37•01

WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over."

President-elect Bush vows that "together, we can put the triumphs of the recent past behind us."

"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."

Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

"You better believe we're going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration," said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. "Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?"

On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession, which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the recession even further.

Wall Street responded strongly to the Bush speech, with the Dow Jones industrial fluctuating wildly before closing at an 18-month low. The NASDAQ composite index, rattled by a gloomy outlook for tech stocks in 2001, also fell sharply, losing 4.4 percent of its total value between 3 p.m. and the closing bell.

Asked for comment about the cooling technology sector, Bush said: "That's hardly my area of expertise."

Turning to the subject of the environment, Bush said he will do whatever it takes to undo the tremendous damage not done by the Clinton Administration to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He assured citizens that he will follow through on his campaign promise to open the 1.5 million acre refuge's coastal plain to oil drilling. As a sign of his commitment to bringing about a change in the environment, he pointed to his choice of Gale Norton for Secretary of the Interior. Norton, Bush noted, has "extensive experience" fighting environmental causes, working as a lobbyist for lead-paint manufacturers and as an attorney for loggers and miners, in addition to suing the EPA to overturn clean-air standards.

Bush had equally high praise for Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft, whom he praised as "a tireless champion in the battle to protect a woman's right to give birth."

"Soon, with John Ashcroft's help, we will move out of the Dark Ages and into a more enlightened time when a woman will be free to think long and hard before trying to fight her way past throngs of protesters blocking her entrance to an abortion clinic," Bush said. "We as a nation can look forward to lots and lots of babies."

Soldiers at Ft. Bragg march lockstep in preparation for America's return to aggression.

Continued Bush: "John Ashcroft will be invaluable in healing the terrible wedge President Clinton drove between church and state."

The speech was met with overwhelming approval from Republican leaders.

"Finally, the horrific misrule of the Democrats has been brought to a close," House Majority Leader Dennis Hastert (R-IL) told reporters. "Under Bush, we can all look forward to military aggression, deregulation of dangerous, greedy industries, and the defunding of vital domestic social-service programs upon which millions depend. Mercifully, we can now say goodbye to the awful nightmare that was Clinton's America."

"For years, I tirelessly preached the message that Clinton must be stopped," conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said. "And yet, in 1996, the American public failed to heed my urgent warnings, re-electing Clinton despite the fact that the nation was prosperous and at peace under his regime. But now, thank God, that's all done with. Once again, we will enjoy mounting debt, jingoism, nuclear paranoia, mass deficit, and a massive military build-up."

An overwhelming 49.9 percent of Americans responded enthusiastically to the Bush speech.

"After eight years of relatively sane fiscal policy under the Democrats, we have reached a point where, just a few weeks ago, President Clinton said that the national debt could be paid off by as early as 2012," Rahway, NJ, machinist and father of three Bud Crandall said. "That's not the kind of world I want my children to grow up in."

"You have no idea what it's like to be black and enfranchised," said Marlon Hastings, one of thousands of Miami-Dade County residents whose votes were not counted in the 2000 presidential election. "George W. Bush understands the pain of enfranchisement, and ever since Election Day, he has fought tirelessly to make sure it never happens to my people again."

Bush concluded his speech on a note of healing and redemption.

"We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two," Bush said. "Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there's much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation's hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it."

"The insanity is over," Bush said. "After a long, dark night of peace and stability, the sun is finally rising again over America. We look forward to a bright new dawn not seen since the glory days of my dad."

Monday, September 18, 2006

Gotta love Sheryl

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Aside from the nuke nonsense

what ELSE is wrong with this statement? (h/t to tristero)

On the September 12 edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck said that "[t]he Middle East is being overrun by 10th-century barbarians" and "[i]f they take over ... we're going to have to nuke the whole place."

Is the United States and the rest of the West so weak that we would have to nuke a bunch of "10th-century barbarians"? Why does Glenn Beck hate America?

Conan meets Heavy Metal

Friend of mine sent this months ago, and I came across it trying to clean out my email.

Korgoth of Barbaria Pt1
Korgoth of Barbaria Pt2
Korgoth of Barbaria Pt3

More from adultswim

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Talented bunnies

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Cool green stuff

From a dailkos diary:

Ice Energy
Solar powered cell phones

And what the fuck is wrong with this country when we allow China to develop frictionless wind turbines?

More cool stuff at Treehugger