Tuesday, January 31, 2006

John Kerry: Losing Firm

Back in 2004, I signed up for emails from "Friends of John Kerry" and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Every week or so, John sends out his latest call for money and petition signing, it's great.

The latest one has the subject of "Standing Firm"...come on people, let's leave the Brokeback Mountain jokes out of this post.

Yesterday, 25 Democratic Senators joined our effort to filibuster the Alito nomination -- that's more votes to filibuster the Alito nomination than there were votes against Justice Roberts' nomination itself just a few months ago.
Rule #21 of political posturing is to avoid needlessly drawing attention to two defeats in one sentence. Hooray, I have no idea what in the hell this sentence tells me. But 72 Senators did not drink the Kerry Kool-aid.
This morning, 42 Senators voted against Alito's nomination. That's the highest number of votes against any Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Rule #21b is to avoid needlessly drawing attention to four defeats in the first two paragraphs. If you think John Kerry is done being drawn into a cult of losing, think again. Check out the whine and cheese to open the next paragraph:
It's hard to lose -- but it's important to fight for what we believe in. I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of you who signed our petitions, called your senators, wrote letters to the editor and, most important, refused to stand silent while President Bush worked to pack the highest court in the land with far right ideologues. We fought a fight that needed fighting.
So in other words, you lost the loss that you needed to lose.
I look forward to fighting alongside you.
John Kerry
But no John Kerry email would be complete without the plea for money. With that, I dub this post: We fought...we lost, send money.

Alito Sworn in, Suck it Libs

Ted Kennedy on Justice Alito's record:

"the extreme right wing unbelievable public cause for celebration."
Sorry, Ted go off and drown your sorrows...

Monday, January 30, 2006

Jack Bauer wins SAG Award, beheads Paul Giamatti

Everyone knows that Jack Bauer likes to kick back and have a good time. Here at Blogs4Bauer we would like to congratulate Jack on his SAG Award for best Ass-kicker in a drama series.

We however, do not agree with his decision to behead Paul Giamatti and then to present the head to Heath Ledger and the cast of Brokeback Mountain just because he hated the movie Sideways and did not want the cowboys to go home empty-handed.

(crossposted at Blogs4Bauer)

Blogs4Bauer - 24 Live Blogging

We will be liveblogging 24 tonight over at Blogs4Bauer. For last week's episode we had an amazing 65 comments during ths show (up 76% from our first live-blog post), make sure to check in at 9:00pm and then again at 9:13, 9:21, etc....

Following the Live-Blog, V the K will post a Blogs4Bauer exclusive: TiVo-Blogging of that night's episode of 24 for those people who cannot catch the 9pm showing of the Jack Bauer Power Hour. It's filled with witty comments like "Next scene, the First Lady's assistant found the first lady sprawled out in her bed with her blouse in disarray. Since neither of the Clintons were invited to the treaty signing, she intuits something is wrong."

Previous: Last week's liveblog and TiVo-Blog

Friday, January 27, 2006

Weekend Caption Contest

Captain Crunch Caption Contest
(Source - Marine Times)

Top Entries
10. US Navy warship assigned to patrol off the stern of the Kennedy yacht and watch for more possible drowning victims. - BC
9. al Qaeda's navy has chosen.... poorly. - lawhawk
8. "A lesson to all CIV IV players the importance of upgrading their Navies" - sgt Fluffy/fark
7. Hey you pirates! Let us teach you what the American saying, "Opening a can of Whoopass on you" means. COME BACK HERE YOU COWARDS! - Dan Mehlhorn
6. With nothing to do after sinking John Kerry's Presidential run in 2004, the Swiftboat Veterans decided to intercept a North Korean guided missile destroyer for the fun of it. - Damian G
5. The pirates suddenly realized why it was called a poop deck... - Jimmyb
4. - Sobek
3. US Navy: "A-4"
Iran: "US Navy... you sunk my junk-looking, row boat sized, piece of crap tow boat/battleship!" -jwookie
2. After losing to a former penal colony, the United States "kicks it up a notch" in this year's America Cup. - Wyatt
1. - Sobek

Photoshop Entries

"A routine exercise took a tragic twist when the U.S.S. Nyalarhotep accidentally awakened Cthulu."


"Admiral Hockenberger soon realized that his pet goldfish, Mr. Gills, not*really* been dead when his parents flushed him, thirty years ago. And hesoon realized that goldfish have long memories..."

24 Caption Contest at Blogs4Bauer
Men without pants at UE
If this had only come out before I posted this contest....

Previous Contests
Georgius Bushius
Alito on the Rocks
Weekend at Murtha's
Bushie Tree

Caption Contest Classic (2/17/2005)
Captain Carter Caption Contest

Weekend in the City

If you are looking for some wholesome family entertainment in the city this weekend, then page 22 of today's AMNY is the place for you. This weekend's weather is looking nice and it would be a good time to catch a play. How about the new play Zomboid from Richard Foreman?

What? I'm sorry, you lost me at "fondling stuffed donkeys".

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Helen Thomas: Still Not Dead

Back in July I was surprised to find out that Helen Thomas was indeed not dead and was still passing gas in the White House Press Pit when she announced the "threat" that she would kill herself if VP Dick Cheney ran for president.

Today, Helen called President Bush "a coward" for refusing to let her bloviate in the form of a question as she does on a regular basis.

"He's supposed to be this macho guy. He'll take on Osama bin Laden, but he won't take me on."
He's also the President of The United States and doesn't answer to someone who thinks she's special because her press pass is autographed by Chester Arthur.

You can watch the press conference here.

(hat tip - Drudge)

Got WMD?

The NY Sun has a front page interview with a general from Iraq's Saddam-era Air Force, Georges Sada. He claims that Iraq had WMD prior to the US-led invasion in 2003. Sada states that civilian aircraft were stripped of seats and loaded with WMD material and flown to Syria.

In his just released book, Saddam's Secrets, Sada details the transfer of the WMD from Iraq to Syria.

"There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands" - Gen. Sada
Planes flew to Syria 56 times and convoys of trucks were also used to transport the WMD. The planes flew under the disguise of relief flights to Syria after that country suffered a flood in 2002.

Check out the article - it's worth a read. If you are in the NY area, throw down the $0.50 and pick up a copy of The Sun. It will now be interesting to see how the "Bush Lied" lemmings in the media will spin this story.

Other Links
NY Sun Article
Mark in Mexico has an extensive backgound on Sada
Amazon.com listing for Sada's book (Now #280)
Google News search for "Georges Sada"

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Do you still hate Nina Myers or wonder if they were able to reattach Chase's arm after Jack Bauer cut it off? It's a fact that if Jack Bauer had time to surf the web, he would make Blogs4Bauer one of his favorites.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

It Looks Like We Are Stuck With Senator Hillary

A Gallup/CNN poll found that most American voters will not vote for Hillary, if...uhh I mean, when she runs in 2008. The poll states that 51% will not vote for Hillary, while only 16% will vote for her, and 32% might consider it.

The battle of the sexes show an alliance in that 60% of men would not vote for Hillary, while only 22% of women would support her. The good news for Hillary is that 10% Republicans would back her...but only 33% of "liberals" would definitely vote for her. So much for Hillary appealing to both sides of the political spectrum.

If we're going to have a female president in 2008, Hillary (or Condi) needs ABC to cancel Commander in Chief before President Mackenzie Allen gets us in a nuclear war or the ratings continue to fall into XFL levels.

My wife makes me watch CiC and having Geena Davis and her lips run the country beats any anti-Hillary propaganda the GOP puts out. President Allen took office, after she ignored an order from the dying president. Only a few hours into her term, she sent our military into another country. Last week she managed to almost start WW III with North Korea. Hell, one of her kids stole a copy of The Gettysburg Address, which was being displayed in the Lincoln Bedroom. But...the Clinton's were also known to pull "5-finger discounts" on items in the White House as well, so the show is not all that inaccurate.

The only good thing Commander in Chief has going for it is Jack Bauer's dad (Donald Sutherland), who plays an evil Republican (does Hollywood know any other type?) Senator with eyes for the Oval Office. I keep watching and hoping that President Allen visits Los Angeles and becomes a target for a group of bad guys who want to kill the president. President Allen's only hope is that she is saved (in one day) by Jack Bauer and CTU. It could happen.

RIP - Nice Guy Eddie

Nice Guy Eddie (aka - Chris Penn) was found dead at his condominium yesterday, he was 40 years old. Penn is the brother of Sean Penn.

Chris Penn starred as "Nice Guy Eddie" for the 1992 flick Reservoir Dogs. He also starred as Officer Eddie Pulaski for the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game. His movie credits included hits like Footloose but also duds like Corky Romano.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Jack Bauer Minute

Last night Jack Bauer was welcomed back to CTU after 99% of the staff thought he was dead. The bad guys sent one....one man to kill Jack Bauer. The hitman did manage to break one of Jack Bauer's ribs before Jack retired him with a pair of surgical scissors. Jack Bauer removed his broken rib and then beat the dead body with it.

Chloe's boy toy turned out to be a mole and was broke down by Jack Bauer in less than a minute. Jack then uttered the best line of the season:

"I'm not CTU. I'll go get Cummings myself." - Jack Bauer
If I were Cummings, I'd call my All State salesman and quadruple my life insurance policy.

More at Blogs 4 Bauer.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Best Drudge Headline Since Monica

Mon Jan 23 2006 17:09:44 ET

President Bush has so far skipped BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN -- the Hollywood hit about two homosexual cowboys. During a Q&A session at Kansas State University today, a student asked Bush: "I was just wanting to get your opinion on BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN if you'd seen it yet."

The crowd laughed softly before the student said loudly: "You would love it! You should check it out." "I haven't seen it," Bush said flatly. "I'd be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie," he said to laughter. "I've heard about it."

The president waited a second or two, then said, according to a transcript: "I hope you go -- (laughter) -- you know -- (laughter) -- I hope you go back to the ranch and the farm, is what I was about to say. I haven't seen it. (Laughter, applause.)"

Payback is a Mother

If you are the new Speaker for the New York City Council, how do you get back at a member of the City Council who supported your rival?

The new Council Speaker Christine Quinn chose to sit Charles "I ♥ Castro" Barron in the shadow of a huge statue of Thomas Jefferson. Barron, a former black panther member called Jefferson a "white, slave-owning pedophile". Enjoy the view, jackass.

Look Ma. No Pants.

The NYPD took 8 people in summonses for disorderly conduct. They were not hard to find since they were riding sans pants.

An estimated 160 people took to the underground without pants in the annual No Pants Subway Ride on the 6 line around 5pm on Sunday. The Improv Everywhere comedy group organized the event which went off without a hitch or pants until the police broke it up. One group member posted their pictures here.

One group member was arrested and released without pants. He asked if he could ride home on the subway...and went back on the 6 line without pants again.

One arresting officer was named Officer Panton.

The image above is being used as a caption contest over at Urban Elephants

Friday, January 20, 2006

The TWU Are a Bunch of Rejects

The TWU membership rejected the proposal which was agreed to by the TWU and MTA leadership - ending the Transit Strike.

The agreement failed by 7 votes! Out of 22,451 votes cast - 11,227 voted to accept the contract and 11,234 voted to reject it.

Time to dust off your NFT - Strike Edition.

Update: The TWU rejected this fair contract just 2 days after the MTA started testing computer operated subways.

For more coverage, check out Flip, Urban Elephants, The Gothamist, A Blog For All, and The Politicker.

Weekend Caption Contest

Mission Accomplished Caption Contest
(Source - Reuters)

Top Entries
10. Reuters releases a picture of Bush that is almost as warped as a liberal's view. - GOP and College
9. "Welcome everyone, to the Westminster Dog Show." - Wyatt Earp
8. "Due to the unfortunate outburst of certain Congressmen during last year's State of the Union address, I have installed an electric fence that renders me impervious to any and all dissidence. Bring it on, bitches." - Damian G
6. [Singing] "Nobody knows, da trouble I seeeeeeen...." - Cowboy Blob
5. George Bush as he appears in one of Helen Thomas' dreams - PCD
4. They always told me being president would be like living in a fishbowl... - jimmyb
3. Bush: "I give a BIG TEXAS thumbs up to this crib idea 'the architect' came up with. We'll just toss in Nancy Polosi and Harry Reid everytime they start up whinin...the crybabies. And YOU know what I'm talkin' 'bout, right Hill?" - viking
2. Thats not a fish eye lens. george bush actually controls the matrix - fouriertransformer
1. And over there is a pristine example of the species georgius bushius. A rare endangered species found only outside certain urban areas. Principle characteristics are a spine of steel, the ability to misprounce and mangle the English language. - lawhawk

Previous Contests
Alito on the Rocks
Weekend at Murtha's
Bushie Tree
Second Hand Santa
Santa's Got a Brand New Bag

Caption Contest Classic (1/21/05)
Here's Your Sign Caption Contest

Bloomberg Gets Taxed

Tax time is upon us and no one can escape the taxman this time of year. Even Mike Bloomberg and his $1.00 salary for being mayor of New York City must pay up.

After taxes, it turns out that Mayor Bloomberg only makes $0.93 a year. If he were paid bi-weekly, he would have $0.04 paychecks to look forward to on the 15th and 30th of each month. That leaves 7 cents of the dollar that is taken out for Medicare and Social Security.

While his city-matched 401k may not allow him to retire in style, Bloomberg's other job has driven his net worth to around $5,000,000,000.

(Source - NY Daily News)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

You Are What You Eat

The NYC Department of Health has made choosing a place to eat a whole lot easier. They have established an easy-to-use website that puts the results of area health inspections at your fingertips. The site is a bit slow right now, but so is getting over a case of food poisoning.

NYC DOH - Inspection Information

The database houses information on the city's 24,000 eating establishments around the 5 boroughs. Any restaurant with a score higher than 28 fails and has to be retested or face being shut down. The scale goes up to 175 points (at which the UN sends in troops).

The cleanest restaurants are awarded a Golden Apple and are no fun to post about. The ones listed below are what we will call Rotten Apples.

Here are a few places you may want to pass on.
TIME OUT - 349 Amsterdam Ave. - (137 - highest score)
-Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
-Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
-Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room.

ARIEL'S RESTAURANT - 43-46 46 Street Queens - (122)
-Personal cleanliness inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn.
-Evidence of roaches or live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
-Food, food preparation area, food storage area, area used by employees or patrons, contaminated by sewage or liquid waste.

BAMA FISH N' CHIPS - 1944 Amsterdam Avenue (108)
-Personal cleanliness inadequate. Clean outer garments, effective hair restraint not worn.
-Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
-Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas
-Evidence of roaches or live roaches present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.

Remember, you are what you eat.

(Source - 1010WINS)

Jack Bauer's Treo 650 Cell Phone

The helicopter in Airwolf, Alfonso from Silver Spoons, Scrappy Doo, the shorts worn by Erik Estrada in CHiPS, Trogdor the Burninator, and KITT. None of these sidekicks garners as much awe as Jack Bauer's Cell Phone. If you packed in the genius of the Professor from Gilligan Island's, MacGyver's usefulness, the style of Crockett and Tubbs, and the lasting power of Ron Jeremy - you may come close to the mind-blowing power of Jack's cell phone just from Season one.

For Season 5, Jack Bauer's cell phone has already helped id terrorists, organize a raid, and in the process - blew up two terrorists. As a demonstration of it's significance, Jack even carrys a decoy cell phone with a flip front for use when he gives himself up to bad guys.

While Jack Bauer's gun usually gets the glory, without his cell phone I doubt Jack would have been able to save Los Angeles, Kim Bauer and President Palmer over and over again. Had Jack's cell phone been in the good hands of President Palmer, we would still be blessed with All-State commercials every 8 minutes. Logan would still be VP if Jack's cell phone had been with Former President Keeler when Air Force One was shot down by a stealth bomber. Had Jack's cell phone been with Tony after Season 3, he probably would have sold it for smack. Just look what Jack's cell phone has done for Chloe in the off-season; she's a hit with male coworkers and just notched her second shooting of a bad guy.

An inside source at Palm has leaked the Spec sheet for Jack Bauer's latest cell phone to me -behold the Treo 650.

(Crossposted at Blogs4Bauer)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Voting Dead: Memphis - Part 2

Archie L. Kirkwood may soon be disenfranchised by Republicans in the Tennessee State Senate, her vote for Ophelia Ford in the September 2005 election may soon be voided. Not that Kirkwood would mind, she had not voted in 10 years prior to 2005 and died two weeks before her vote was cast at a Memphis polling center.

The same goes for Joe L. Light who cast a vote for Ford in September, despite passing away in August. The same goes for four felons, 40 people who cast votes despite living outside the district, 60 voters with signature problems, and 31 ballots with forged signatures. By the way, Ford "won" the election by just 13 votes.

A Tennessee State Senate committee voted 17-14 to oust Ophelia Ford from her Senate seat. The full State Senate will vote tomorrow to decide the fate of Ford. The Tennessee State Senate has an opportunity to right a wrong and keep another Ford from polluting state politics.

Ford has taken the setback gracefully. She lashed out at the vote - blaming it on race and "'Jim Crow'-ism". Jim Crow laws were racist and used to deny African-Americans from the same rights as whites. Ophelia is taking the rhetoric to another level as she thinks the dead should have the same right to vote as the living - especially if their vote (from beyond the grave) was cast for her.

(Source - Tennessean)

Operation Tennessee Waltz
Tennessee Waltz Mug Shots
You Gotta Love Memphis
The Voting Dead: Memphis - Part 1

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Jack Bauer Kill Counter

Did you lose track of how many people will not be around for Season 6 of 24? Don't worry if you quit counting sometime between Jack executing the bad guy with the ratty hair and when Jack's cell phone killed two more bad guys. Over at Blogs4Bauer we are keeping track for you.

Blogs 4 Bauer - Kill Counter

Hillary Wasting Away in Panderitaville

“When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about..." - Hillary Clinton

No Senator Clinton, please spell it out for me. How's it like a plantation?

On a day we were supposed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the progress we have all made in the years since his death, Hillary decides to turn back the clock to the 1860s. All in the name of honoring the legacy of Hillary Clinton as RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt stated.

Wastin' away again in Panderitaville
Searching for my chance to be Commander in Chief
Some people claim I'm relevant as a $2 bill
But I know it's Bush's fault

Other Links
Michelle Malkin has a link plantation
The Political Teen picked the video

Jack Bauer, Equal-opportunity Ass-kicker

After the first four hours of Season 5, I noticed something was missing. No, it was not the All-state commercials with President Palmer or Jack Bauer's hairline. We now have Hobbits in the Bill Buchanan's office and Jack Bauer's cell phone has almost as many kills as Jack, but what was missing was a disclaimer to start off the festivities of Season 5.

If you recall last season, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) forced Fox to run a disclaimer prior to 24, stating that it's just a TV show and muslims are our friends - even Berhooz. I called Fox out on this, going so far as to call Jack Bauer a sissy. I noted that if it were not for the fanatical muslims plotting terror in America, there would be nothing realistic about 24.

So we have a new season of bad guys for Jack to take out, with the help of Sam Gangee and Robocop. This time we have some sort of Russian breakaway republic sending us bad guys with bad accents and even worse hair. Where's the PSA stating that people with bad hair and Russian accents who come from rogue Russian republics are not all bad people? I need to know so I don't get in a cab and start giving my driver a wet-willie while calling him a terrorist who killed our first black president/spokesman for All-state, President Palmer.

I expect to see the following run prior to the next episode of 24:

"Hi. My name is Kiefer Sutherland. And I play counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on Fox's 24. I would like to take a moment to talk to you about something that I think is very important. Now while terrorism is obviously one of the most critical challenges facing our nation and the world, it is important to recognize that the Russians from Rogue Breakaway Republics-American community stands firmly beside their fellow Americans in denouncing and resisting all forms of terrorism. So in watching 24, please, bear that in mind."
To show my dedication to this, I have emailed Fox with this request (below). Yes - I worked Kim Bauer into this post.

(Crossposted at Blogs4Bauer)

Monday, January 16, 2006

NYT Times Blows Bert's Cover

Click on the image for a larger view

Michelle Malkin exposes the NY Times and their latest attempt to screw up all the news that is fit to misprint. But as you can see below, Michelle and other bloggers have missed something bigger than showing an aged and unexploded artillery shell and calling it an unexploded American missile. The New York Times have blown the cover of CIA operative Evil Bert (above).

What's next for the Times? Exposing secret methods of tapping into terrorist communications networks?

(Hat Tip to Joe Mama who sent me this)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Weekend Caption Contest

Alito on the Rocks Caption Contest
(Source - Reuters)
Note: This one was my second choice.

Top 10 Entries
10. Senator Kennedy, realizing Democrats can only conceptualize ideas reduced to bumper-sticker slogans, unveils his new jumbo sticker for complex issues. - jimmyb
9. Could someone please slip some vodka into my water bottle so that my hands stop shaking!?!?!?!?! - RT
8. Sen. Kennedy, "Judge Alito, you are being so unfair! Why can't you say something incredibly stupid like I do all the time so that we can destroy you here and now?" - PCD
Judge Alito, remember your support of police strip-searching ten year-olds?Well, I have a confession ......
-Joe Mama

6. Cowboy Blob's blatent pandering entry.
5. Senator Kennedy tries to explain the myth of "The Irish Curse." - Wyatt Earp
So Mr.Alito, let's start with a hypothetical situation. Say you are a person of influence and have had too much to drink before getting into a car. Well this "person" ends up driving into a body of water and kills his passenger. Before getting help, this "person" waits hours before calling the police.... - The Man

3. Kennedy: "Ah...the above display...ah...*hick*..ah..is a list of...*hick*...ah...my qualifi...quaklifi...ah...*hick*..REASONS for why I....*hick*...can lecture republicans...ah...on eth*hick*s." - Viking
2. Objectioners under sign are drunker than they appear. - Rodney Dill
1. "Once you've extricated yourself from a submerged vehicle, you should aim up, place your hands in front of you... like so... and then swim like hell towards the light." - Buckley F. Williams

Photoshop Entries

Note: feel free to caption the sign as well, using this blank board.

So Mr.Alito, let's start with a hypothetical situation. Say you are a person of influence and have had too much to drink before getting into a car. Well this "person" ends up driving into a body of water and kills his passenger. Before getting help, this "person" waits hours before calling the police....
-The Man

-The Man

I found a way to work Dianne Feinstein's picture into this.
-The Man

Judge Alito, remember your support of police strip-searching ten year-olds?Well, I have a confession ......
-Joe Mama



Previous Contests
Weekend at Murtha's
Bushie Tree
Second Hand Santa
Santa's Got a Brand New Bag

Caption Contest Classic (1/14/05)
Chappaquiddick Caption Contest

Vote or Die...Please

Vlad "The Impaler" is running for governor in Minnesota. No, he's not another wrestler turned politician like Jesse Ventura. Vlad is a former wrestler ("Rocky Flash"), turned satanic priest who drinks blood and now calls the Christian God his "mortal enemy". You can find Vlad under the "Vampyres, Witches and Pagans Party".

Want more? Vlad's brand of justice calls for the impaling of terrorists, rapists, drug dealers and other criminals. Someone should think about canceling the Kennedy vacation to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Oh, Vlad has already filed to run for US President in 2008.
(Source - 1010Wins)
Other Links
Vlad's Website
Minnesota Information

Brokeback Bloomberg

In an unusual ceremony that saw former city Councilwoman Margarita Lopez dub him "an honorary lesbian," Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday marked the transfer of six city-owned lower Manhattan buildings to a group of cultural and artistic organization.
I guess that makes Bloomberg a LINO RINO.

(Source - Newsday)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Condi is not Jesse's Girl

I just watched an interview with Jesse Jackson on Fox 5's Good Day NY. Jackson was brought on to talk about Martin Luther King Jr's legacy. Jackson started a long tirade against the Bush administration and the Iraq war. He was asked if Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of the advancement of Condi Rice as the first black Secretary of State and Colin Powell in the Bush Administration.

Jackson replied that King would not have been proud because Rice and Powell supported the "illegal war in Iraq".

Being a young - white guy, I cannot speak for Dr. King. But I think he'd have something nice to say about the millions of people of color in Iraq and Afghanistan who are now free from oppression. King would have to smile at the spread of freedom and democracy across the region which we have seen in the past 5 years. Many of those millions of people faced the same religious and racial bigotry King and Jackson spoke out against.

But what do I know?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Kim Bauer is Back!

Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert): Jack's annoying daughter returns after disappearing for two seasons. - NY Post
The girl became a low-level CTU agent with no abilities (other than attracting trouble). She's got a one-armed boyfriend, a father who is supposed to be dead, and a really dead mother.

You have to love the world of 24.

SCONJ Ruling Gets Thrown Out

In September, the baseball Nazis over at the NJ Supreme Court ruled that fans should have to watch a baseball game inside hermetically-sealed plastic bubbles to avoid getting hurt while at the ballpark. The court ruled that fans would be able to sue if they get in the way of a foul ball.

It is all harmless fun _ until that one foul ball comes screaming at the wrong time and in the wrong place - SCONJ Ruling

The NJ Legislature tossed out* this asinine ruling with a bill that protects America's pastime from lawyers. (no offense, lawhawk)

Personally, I find any sport is much more enjoyable to watch if there is immanent danger involved. This includes watching the Nashville Predators NHL team in range of a wild slap shot or sitting at Yankee stadium and watching a girl get beaned in the head by a foul ball. I'm not sure if the ruling would have applied to Keith Oberman's mother - who was hit in the head, at her seat, by a wild throw from ex-Yankee second baseman, Chuck Knoblauch.

The SCONJ would have transformed ball parks from a playground to a lawyer's field of dreams. While this ruling was in Jersey, law firms across the country would not hesitate to dust off their Baseball For Dummies book and head out to the ballgame if they smelled a buck. Chasing ambulances would be a thing of the past, replaced by chasing down foul balls.

The NJ State Senate balked at this ruling and pitched the New Jersey Baseball Spectator Safety Act of 2006. The bill protects team owners from lawsuits filed by fans who are struck while at a game. One assemblyman, Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), stated that the SCONJ ruling "violates common sense".

The bill is in response to the recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in Maisonave v. The Newark Bears Professional Baseball Club, Inc., 185 N.J. 70 (2005) in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that while "the limited duty rule," which restricts the tort liability of owners, applies in situations where an injury occurs in the stands, traditional negligence principles apply in all other areas of the stadium. This bill provides that the assumption of risk shall be a complete bar to suit and serve as a complete defense to a suit against an owner by a spectator with certain stated exceptions.

The bill passed the Senate 25-7, and then the Assembly, 76-0. It now goes to Gov. Codey's desk for signing. The bill would become law prior to the 2006 Baseball season, so put down the cell phone and watch the game.

(Source - Star Ledger)

*Baseball metaphor alert

Other Links
SCONJ Has No Marbles
New Jersey Baseball Spectator Safety Act of 2006

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

24: Season 5 Death Pool

Season 5 of the hit Fox TV show 24 kicks off in 5 days. Today's NY post review of the first show states that a main character is going to be pushing up daisy's before the first All-State commercial break. Will it be Jack Bauer, Kim Bauer, or Behrooz?

Well, as you can imagine, horrible things happen within the first few minutes, and shocking things happen within the first 10.
In fact, you will be disgruntled yourself when you find out who gets wiped out

Over at Blogs4Bauer, we are hosting a poll on who people think will be the first to go. Click Here to cast your vote.

Personally, I think Mr. All-State himself gets capped in the first 10 minutes. But, I also predicted there would be no transit strike and the Cardinals would go to the World Series. What do you think?

(Linked on OTB)

Monday, January 09, 2006

Smoke 'em If You Got 'em

A bill that would ban smoking in almost every indoor location in New Jersey will soon hit the desk of acting New Jersey governor Richard J. Codey for signing. The New Jersey Senate passed the bill last month and the Assembly voted 64-12 in favor of the bill. The law will go into effect 90 days after Gov. Codey signs it.

Under the law, only casinos are allowed to permit smoking. Someone needs to follow the money trail on that lobbying effort. Especially since casino workers testified in favor of the ban. The timing on this bill also smells since Codey is set to leave office on January 17th. If he signs this into law, it clears the air for the new Governor - Jon Corzine.

It appears the law is unpopular among both restaurant owners and strippers. Therefore, radio personalities at 101.5FM, "The Jersey Guys" are hosting a 100 Stripper March in Trenton on January 12th.

Violations of the new law would range from $250 to $1,000. That's a lot of singles...Bada Bing!

(Hat Tip - My Sister...who better not be marching)

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