Monthly Archives: July 2004

Apple and Motorola

Apple and Motorola have announced that Apple will produce a slimmed down version of Itunes for Motorola’s cell phones.

The article doesn’t go into details…but one obvious use would be to replace the traditional ring of the phone to have your cell phone actually sing to you. That would be cool. (But depending upon your choice of songs, slightly more dangerous if your cell phone started to sing while you were in a meeting…)

I wish I had heard it myself

Allegedly, Fox News talked over both the National Anthem, and the Rememberance of 9/11 while covering the Convention. (While other news stations such as CNN and PBS showed the proper respect.)

Meanwhile, I have heard several people compare Teresa Heinz Kerry’s “shove it” remark to Cheney’s “F-Bomb”. Next thing we know, “Darn” will be said to be just as improper as “Damn” or someone will say “Gee” and it will be said they took the Lord’s name in vain. (Gee originated as an euphemism for Jesus). If you can’t use a slang euphemism when you are angry, what are you supposed to do?

The radio announcers were calling TH-K a “Spit-fire” this morning. I wonder if people were referring to Dubya’s mommy as a “Spit-fire” when she called Geraldine Ferraro a “Bitch”. (I know I have a longer memory than some.)

More importantly, I have never heard anyone refer to Bill O’Reilly as a “Spit-Fire” for his continuous dismissing of guests with his infamous “shut up”s.

“Shove it” isn’t considered offensive slang. Certainly it’s less offensive than the “f-bomb”. And it is less offensive than dismissing assertive women as “spitfires” or in Barbara Bush’s terminology “bitches” when assertive men are praised.

MediaMatters has an article on thi incident.

While the cable networks did numerous stories on the incident between Heinz Kerry and the Tribune-Review employee, they didn’t spend much time explaining why Heinz Kerry doesn’t like the paper or the fact that Colin McNickle, the journalist who had the exchange with Heinz Kerry, is the newspaper’s editorial page editor and has penned columns attacking the Kerry-Edwards ’04 ticket. For example, in a July 18 column, McNickle accused Senators John Kerry and John Edwards of being “two Johns pimping for a populism that can only perpetuate poverty.” In a 2002 column, titled “We need more Ann Coulters,” McNickle wrote, “[W]e need more Ann Coulters. And we need them to ratchet it up and throw more stones.” His reporting from the 2004 Democratic National Convention was advertised by the Tribune-Review as follows: “It’s a dirty job dealing with liberals, but somebody’s gotta do it.”

On News from CNN, for example, anchor Wolf Blitzer noted, “There is a long history between her and that newspaper in Pittsburgh as a lot of us who cover politics fully understand.” Blitzer didn’t bother explaining that “history.” He did note later in the day — after repeated CNN reports of the incident that failed to do any more that identify the Tribune-Review as “conservative” — that the Tribune-Review is owned by Scaife, “who has donated millions to conservative causes.” But if cable news networks had bothered to address the Tribune-Review’s “history,” viewers might have had a better understanding for Heinz Kerry’s unhappiness with the paper, which her spokeswoman identified as a “right-wing rag.”

Usurping Power

The House passed the bill preventing the courts from decding whether or not the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. This unusual legislation now proceeds to the Senate. If it passes, Bush will undoubtedly sign it.

Ignoring the issue it centers around, it sets an unhealthy precedent. It topples the balance of powers between the three branches of government. If Congress is allowed to declare certain laws unreviewable by the Judicial system, where does that lead us?

The people in the districts of all those who voted for this bill should make sure they don’t re-elect those representatives. It is a clear attempt of one branch of government to usurp power away from another branch, and should be viewed as treasonous.

Here’s a list of all the Co-Sponsors. (My representative, Todd Akin, of Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, unfortunately is on the list, but this doesn’t come to me as a surprise.)

If you want to know how your Rep voted, here’s The Roll Call.

Numerology Paranoia

I’m trying to decide on what level of paranoia I should be existing, and whether or not I need to start stockpiling food.

A friend recently called my attention to the fact that Bush and Kerry will be in town on October 8th, and debating at my Alma Mater. Potentially making our fair city a “prime target”.

Of course, October 8th is 10/8 and 10+8 = 18 and 1+8=9.

I commented on my friend’s blog that 9+11 was also 18…which of course it isn’t. 9+11=20. (At least in base 10). But 7+11=18. This is more than just irrelavance. September is the 7th month on the Roman calendar. (Which is why it bears the Latin word for seven (septem) in its name).

I wrote about the numerological aspects of 9/11, 11/9, 7/11 and 11/7 last November

Naturally, October 8th is 8/8 in the Roman calendar, and I have absolutely no idea what 16 means numerologically. But 8 is the ascii code for glasses, and I wear glasses, so that might be significant. 😎

In the News

A Croatian Member of Parliament was caught watching porn on his laptop while parliament was in session. I only have one question. PC or Mac?

When someone breaks into your home and steals your cannabis plants, what do you do. This Australian man called the police. I love this line from the article: “Police said the man…was not charged because there was no longer any evidence.” Of course, the big question, unanswered, is if they find the individual who stole the plants, will the plants be returned to the guy?

Paris Hilton’s ex-lover put the film on the internet, and now it has been released to adult video stores. She sued him, but dropped the suit in exchange for a share of the profits. She recently bought a copy. She probably thought it would increase her profits.

Monkey in Israeli zoo is walking exclusively on its hind legs. Zoo veterinarians believe it is due to brain damage.

Dried food rations for troops, that contain built in filters, so they can be hydrated with dirty water (or urine).

And finally, I Robot contains a full-frontal nude shot of Wil Smith. But its only in European theaters. (Maybe it will be on the DVD in America)


If you’re in Congress, and are afraid that laws you want to see passed might be ruled unconstitutional by the courts, what do you do?

Draft a bill prohibiting the courts from reviewing those laws.

The constitutionality of this idea is being called into question, but they could always include a rider on the bill declaring that reviewing this law would also be prohibted.

They could include that rider on every bill they wrote. “This bill, if passed, cannot be reviewed by a federal court.” Sounds simple enough. The courts would never be able to declare a law unconstitutional again.

More power to them, if it passes.

Wife Swap & Amish in the City

You may have heard of the two new reality shows: Wife Swap and Amish in the City. The titles themselves make the shows controversial.

This article reveals the premises behind the shows, and why they aren’t as exploitative as they might seem at first glance.

Amish in the City sounds to me at least to be a vaguely interesting premise. The young Amish are participating in a traditional Amish ritual — they’re expected to take a look at the outside world and then make a decision. Of course, most Amish don’t have cameras following them around during this journey.