November 14, 2010

Let's have a toast for the douchebags...

So, the 'Coup has been quiet for some time now. Armand held down the fort and exhausted himself. Baltar's epic reviews are, well, epic and infrequent. And my situation... I can't speak for the others, but for me, the last...
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January 23, 2010


Just now I got a call from the WV Democratic Party asking if they could count on my support for a donation of $100 or more. I laughed and said "no way." Then the caller said, "I know times are...
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August 25, 2009

The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 23,506

I heard a local radio station advertising "a special martini night" at one of the local student bars. How special? "Tequila Sunrise-Banana Cream Martinis" were on special. I don't know what that is, but it isn't a martini. Whoever invented...
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April 29, 2009

Where is it written...

warning: girly shit below...
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December 21, 2008

Quit Picking on Caroline Kennedy

I'm no fan of dynasty politics, but I am sick and tired of hearing people piling on Caroline Kennedy. Why exactly are people saying she's unfit for the US Senate? There are a lot of abysmally-unqualified senators who'd never be...
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December 14, 2008

There's a word that's been on the tip of my tongue... I see all the discussion about whether or not autoworkers make too much. It's a word I think of when I wonder about the supposed wisdom of planning to pay future pensions by hoping there will be enough money...
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November 15, 2008

Sprint Is Damn Annoying

I haven't had a signal at my house all day....
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September 30, 2008

I do not like him here or there...

I do not like him anywhere....
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September 13, 2008

Highly Offensive

That's what this is, evidently, to someone who lives on my block. This week I received from the city a notice that I was in violation of city code for "excessive weeds" and "obstructed sidewalk." Look again at the distressing...
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July 02, 2008

Ha Ha!

From today's WaPo: Americans' love affair with 22-inch rims, eight cylinders and four-wheel drive wrapped in an 8,000-pound package is over. And the breakup is going to cost. With $4-a-gallon gas coming between drivers and their very large vehicles, consumers...
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May 13, 2008

Rumors of my (computer's) demise

Are true. While in comparison to the havoc wreaked on others' lives and livelihoods, my loss is small, the storms that passed across the country this weekend were responsible for completely soaking my computer. It was sitting near a window...
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May 02, 2008

Soccer moms ruining the environment

Or at least just pissing me off. I am sitting here on my porch, trying to take advantage of a lovely spring afternoon to do some reading of research articles while sitting in the shade in my nice recycled barrel...
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April 13, 2008

"Wow, that's a very serious marker"

Via the StealthBadger, more proof that idiots are in charge of educating the children: Benisch stands by his decision to suspend Harris, saying it sends a clear message about substance abuse. "This is really, really, seriously dangerous," Benisch said. In...
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April 09, 2008

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee?!?!

According to the Consumerist, Stabucks new coffee tastes like Dunkin' Donuts coffee. You mean, like watery ass? Gross. This lighter roast (clearly a response to widespread complaints about Starbucks's penchant for over-roasting) allows a broader spectrum of flavors and aromatics...
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February 17, 2008

On "periodic" mood swings

I just read most of a hot discussion going on about whether Obama's words are being misinterpreted, or he was telegraphing an "emotional women don't belong in the White House" message. I'm not shocked and appalled that Obama's speech might...
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November 16, 2007

When looks conflict with common sense

Go for looks! And threaten to sue your neighbors! To Susan Taylor, it was a perfect time to hang her laundry out to dry. The 55-year-old mother and part-time nurse strung a clothesline to a tree in her backyard, pinned...
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May 18, 2007

Dissertation Surveys

In the last couple of months, I have filled out two online surveys of regular blog readers, both part of dissertation projects by political science graduate students at the same university, and both referred by Bitch, PhD. This is a...
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April 30, 2007

This could be the epitaph for the last eight years of "governance"

Even though it's technically about Katrina: "Tell them we blew it," one disgusted official wrote. But she hedged: "The flip side is just to dispose of it and not come clean. I could be persuaded."...
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April 07, 2007

And here I thought I was the only luddite...

...who thought Snap preview sucks. Like Clarke, I find myself avoiding blogs that I used to read all the time because of this feature....
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April 06, 2007

Things Change....

Rumors have it that Jason Isbell (one third of the guitar/songwriting team of the Drive By Truckers) has left the band (if rumors can be said to be a post on his own myspace page). There is no further explanation...
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February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day

I'm not a fan of this mostly useless holiday. Falling about halfway between winter solstice and spring, I'm suspicious of some pagan origins here, but the relentless commercialism of the day makes me gag. According to the commercials, we're supposed...
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February 11, 2007

Libraries as Obstacles to Research

At one level I knew what I was getting into coming to a university that had virtually no collection in my subfield. On the other, I have never ceased to be astounded at how many ridiculous obstacles to research it...
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December 26, 2006

Houston, We've Left the Capsule...

I love arguing politics. I'm willing to do this with everybody. It's part of my civic evangelism: people who haven't been introduced to rational thinking and actual facts can't be held responsible for their incorrect voting. It's up to me...
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November 27, 2006

The Great Christianist Argument

Wow, this is rather fun - a lengthy argument between Greenwald on one side and Althouse and Reynolds on the other, over the use of the term "Christianist". It gets deliciously petty....
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November 10, 2006

Are Bo and Luke here?!?

Crossing campus this morning, I saw a sign designed to discourage people from cutting through hedges and down a muddy slope as a way around the construction that has been infesting our part of campus for months: HAZZARD Insert head...
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October 23, 2006


It's fucking snowing....
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October 02, 2006

Braying Jackasses

And/or chattering magpies. They are at it again, and I am trying to drown them out with Girl Talk. It's not working. I can still hear the hee hawing....
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September 28, 2006

This Morning's Comment from the Idiot Grad Students

As some of you are aware, several of the first year grad students are social morons, who also are incredibly dull and tiresome. And they come to class an hour early and talk about the most uninteresting and inappropriate things...
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September 24, 2006

Why The Democrats Will Lose Seats In This November's Elections.*

(* And If They Don't, Why They Deserve To.) Dear Democratic Party, We (the country) recently had an interesting debate about torture. It was called something besides torture (stress positions, "cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment", whatever the hell the latest...
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August 28, 2006


Tired, I tell you, tired of reading the phrase sex without consequences....
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August 16, 2006

Just to share...

... a thought that those around me on a regular basis have heard a million times: power point is the devil....
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August 09, 2006

May 02, 2006


I hate grading. And yes, that is something of an excuse for the lack of both quantity and quality blogging....
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I wonder if these Kampus Kops feel powerful now

Stupid, mean, and ultimately useless. And you know what? I'll be it's going to back fire on the university from parents who are pissed that instead of protecting kids from campus crime problems like theft and rape, they're fucking up...
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April 17, 2006


I hate the MUB. Hate, hate hate the MUB. For spending the better half of a year tearing up the street and sidewalk in front of my house. For letting a leak go unattended for years such that it undermined...
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April 01, 2006

More Statist Insanity

I didn't title this post "More Republican Insanity" mostly out of respect for the few (very few) moderate Republicans who continue to believe in the Constitution, checks and balances, and responsible government. I figure there have to be a few...
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February 20, 2006

What is the deal with the NYT and the Colin Farrell movie?

Are they advertising that heavily everywhere? Or do they think we Times readers are especially likely to want to see Farrell's micro-range of acting skills? Oh, wait, maybe it's that they know Baltar reads the Times and they want to...
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February 11, 2006

Go John Sullivan! Go Brokeback!

I'm on the cusp of getting seriously annoyed by two seemingly growing phenomena. While I love all the blog love that's going to Ciro Rodriguez in his primary battle against Henry Cuellar, an awful excuse for a Democrat in the...
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February 10, 2006

Stealing Other People's Blog Posts Which Morphed Into A Long Rant

There's a lot in the news this past week. Bats Left Throws Right has a good summary: In the space of twenty-four hours, we get: Libby says Cheney made him do it. Bush says we saved Los Angeles a while...
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January 24, 2006


Will someone please make the president take some pronunication classes? Or at least fire Homer Simpson as his diction coach? Half the time I say that word in class I mess it up because I've had to hear the president...
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January 09, 2006

It's a fucking bomb, people

A bomb was found at a Starbucks in San Francisco. "If it had detonated, it would have caused damage," Gittens said. "It was what we consider an IED," an improvised explosive device. I am vehemently opposed to calling it an...
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January 02, 2006

Perfectly Good Reasons to Let Al Qaeda Run Around the U.S.

John at Americablog asks a question about the President's statement "that some of the calls he's illegally tapping are being made FROM the US and that the people making them are Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda affiliates": Really? So now...
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December 29, 2005

I've got gas!

And the only thing coming out my ass is money to pay for it. Several of my friends - and most everyone in this part of the state no doubt - received the lovely missives from the gas company this...
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December 02, 2005

What's So Christian About "Merry" Christmas?

All this Christmas madness by the Bill O'Reillys of the world makes me wonder the following - are we being bad Christians if we say "Happy Christmas"? I mean, "merry"? What's that about? Why are O'Reilly and his ilk insisting...
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October 24, 2005

The Nightmare of Health Insurance Costs

I found out this morning, like most of the rest of us who work at the university, that approximately 8 months from now my health insurance premiums are going to be somewhere from 27-30% higher than they are at the...
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October 23, 2005

Mendacious or Ignorant?

Honestly, I haven't thought about Connie Mack for years, since the days of Walkin' Lawton Chiles decision not to run against him for the Senate, and then Mack subsequently beat Buddy McKay in part by tarring him with the Liberal...
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September 23, 2005

Spelling, Rick Santorum, and the Sad State of Education

Heh. That'll draw you in, won't it? Here's the deal. Since when can no one spell the word bestiality? That's BEST as in "fucking animals is the BEST reason to leave Georgia" or "Rick 'Man on Dog' Santorum" is the...
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August 24, 2005

Running Heaters in August?

I was thrilled to walk outside this morning and confront an almost chilly breeze. It's an all too rare delight this time of year. But I wish my employers hadn't overreacted to it. I realize it was 55 this morning....
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August 15, 2005

Skyrocketing Gas Prices

Why hasn't the president caught more criticism for this? It's not that I think he can wave a magic wand and lower prices. But that he doesn't appear to be doing anything of note to even try to fix the...
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August 02, 2005

Sirota and Davies Are Irksome

So who's annyoing me in the blogsphere today? David Sirota. This "let's punish the pro-CAFTA Democrats" has gotten WAY out of hand. First off, shouldn't he be more interested in punishing the Republicans who saw to it that this was...
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July 07, 2005

Random Idiots

FYI: No, your car does not give you magic invisibility powers. And yes, I can see you picking your nose. Now please stop....
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March 31, 2005


There is a convenience store located in the student union across from my office. We are a Coke campus, so it's no surprise that it sells Coke products. But nonetheless I am very puzzled at the selection they provide. Today,...
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February 24, 2005

The Fabulous Mullahs

For a second, I thought George Bush was talking about wrestling, and one of it's most glorious ladies, Lillian Ellison. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check the BBC link, and listen to the audio (about halfway down the page,...
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February 21, 2005

Presidents Day

As if last Monday wasn't a lame and evil enough holiday, today February and the US government bring us another one. Today we have Presidents Day foisted upon us. Is my annoyance limited to the fact that the postal service...
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February 11, 2005

More on the Evil Troll at the State Department

And why or why isn't the latest Clarke memo that the White House finally agreed to release a bigger story? I mean I realize some old British couple is getting married, and the US has entirely predictably refused to engage...
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October 12, 2004

Lonely Pets

In the third hour of sitting at my desk in my home office, listening to my next door neighbors' dog in his third hour of barking and howling, I am forced to confront yet aagain the question: why do idiots...
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