Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Brain Farts in the Name of the Law

Some of these laws have you wondering, "WTF were they thinking?" and others just make you laugh...

Mobile, Alabama: Sec. 39-81. Stink or funk balls. It shall be unlawful to sell, dispose of, give away or use within the city or its police jurisdiction articles known as stink balls or funk balls or anything of like nature, by whatever name known or called, the purpose of which is to create disagreeable odors to the great discomfort of persons coming in contact therewith. (Code 1965, § 41-60)

Little Rock, Arkansas: Sec. 18-54. Sounding of horns at sandwich shops. No person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m. (Code 1961, § 25-74)

Dallas, Texas: It is illegal to possess realistic dildos.

Houston, Texas: Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday. The thinking that went into this one must have been profound, eh?

Chico, California: Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.

Norfolk, Virginia: Spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated. ALSO FROM NORFOLK: Women must wear a corsette after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: One may not whisper in church.

Arizona State Law: Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony.

Minnesota State Law: It is illegal to sleep naked.

Indiana State Law: Smoking in the state legislature building is banned, except when the legislature is in session.

Find more at the DumbLaws Website.

Bad Fads Museum

Browse through the fun and fascinating fashion, collectible, activity and event fads of the last 100 years.

The Bad Fad Museum is a fun place to visit. Some of those old hairstyles are hysterical. And the things that we thought were so hip and cool now seem a little silly.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Halliburton, the Government Fart

Ex-Halliburton worker sentenced
Glenn Allen Powell gets 15 months in plea after taking over $110,000 in kickbacks from Iraqi firm.
November 18, 2005: 4:29 PM EST

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A former Halliburton Co. worker was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Illinois to taking more than $110,000 in kickbacks from an Iraqi company in 2004.

Glenn Allen Powell, who worked as a subcontracts administrator for Halliburton's KBR unit, will also pay $91,000 in restitution for directing a U.S. government contract worth $609,000 to an unnamed company in 2004 to renovate a warehouse, according to Sharon Paul, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Illinois.

The contract was part of KBR's ongoing work for the Pentagon to provide services and support to U.S. troops under the LOGCAP contracts in Iraq. Those contracts and the company's work on the Iraqi oil infrastructure has yielded more than $10 billion in revenues for Halliburton.

Another former KBR employee, Jeff Alex Mazon, was indicted in March for devising a scheme to defraud the U.S. military of more than $3.5 million under a contract to supply fuel tankers for operations in Kuwait.


Dick Cheney continues to receive millions from Halliburton. We're not supposed to call it a "salary" because Cheney is the V.P. so now the money is called an "honorarium."

The Bush gang is fleecing our country for everything they can get. Will the crimes continue? What do you think?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Paging Mike Hunt...

You know, just in case you want to page Mike Hunt at any of the MAJOR AIRPORTS, here are their PAGING PHONE NUMBERS. Heh heh... I love stupid shit.

The Death Penalty - Worst Brain Fart of All Time or True Justice Served?

I'm thinking of the proposed clemency for Crips' street gang founder Stanley Tookie Williams. Should Ah-nold commute his sentence to life or not? I don't know how I feel about that.

In figuring it out, I have to ask myself does our court system exist to serve the law or to serve justice (because, all sentiment aside, they ARE two distinctly different agendas). We all want to think that our system is just and justice is served with each and every verdict. Justice for the victim and the victim's bereaved loved ones comes immediately to mind. Justice for society - we don't want murderers walking among us. And, if we kill the killers, problem's solved. Permanently. It is just, no?

But, what's fair and right and just isn't always what the law dictates. It's hard to understand how that can be possible but it is possible many times in a court day.

Laws are lists of rules of how we, as private individuals, and our government must conduct itself. Without the list of rules, we would have anarchy. Some folks like that idea, actually. But I'm not an anarchist. I'm a Virgo. I like things in their proper place.

If we do not follow the law, the rules, then there is no glue holding society together in some sensible fashion and none of us is safe. Would you really want to live in fear of mob dictatorship or bully rule?

So we must do as the law says. If one is a member of a jury, say on the O.J. jury and you are pretty damn sure that blood trail leading from crime scene to O.J.'s front door means he did it, is "pretty sure" good enough to convict? What percentage is "pretty sure?" Does that mean you are 75% sure? And if there is a reasonable doubt because it is just as obvious that police investigators tampered with some of the evidence just to make sure the guilty guy was found guilty, what does the law demand that you do - even if you feel it would not be "just?"

See where I'm going? The law must be followed, no matter where our hearts and sentiments may lie. If we do not follow the law, we do not have any semblance of a safe society in which to live.

Take a hypothetical imaginary criminal case of theft. An employee at a large restaurant chain cannot afford to feed his family on the minimum wage he earns. Is it just? Probably not. Is it legal, in accordance with our system of laws? Absolutely yes, so long as the employer meets the minimum wage standard. But, suppose the employer indulges in a little criminal activity of their own and not only do they pay minimum wage, they go into the employee's time records and alter them so as to remove 15% of the hours they've worked. If the employee works a 40 hour week, that means they would have worked six of those 40 hours for free, i.e., slave labor which we all know is illegal.

The employee knows if they complain to their employer or any government office, they will lose their job so they keep their mouth shut even though the theft of their hours makes their family suffer even greater loss. Losing the job altogether is not an option.

But the family must eat. They must be clothed. The house needs heating during cold weather. Bills never stop coming.

So one day, the employee sees a customer send their food back to the kitchen and he packs it up in a to-go box and takes it home to his family. The next day, not only is he fired, he finds himself placed under arrest and charged with the crime of theft. Is it just? Hell, no. But did this employee break the law and does the employer and we, as a society, have a right to expect that the law will be enforced? Sadly for our hypothetical employee, yes, even here the law must be followed. Even when all sentiment is on the side of the employee, the law applies to him, too.

Oh, one day the employer's shenanigans will also catch up to them, as well.

So we can and do find many times over in our courts when achieving justice is completely outside the scope of what our laws allow us to do.

Our court system must obey and enforce our laws.

So, Mr. Williams was charged with and convicted of murdering four human beings. If all law was followed and the strict rules of how murder trials must proceed were followed, it would seem Mr. Williams and society both had their "fair day in court" and there would be no grounds to appeal a conviction or the death penalty in this case. It would appear that the law does not demand that clemency be granted at this late stage.

I don't believe the law can take into account sentimentalism and popularity points and how many celebrities can you attract to your side. There are no such laws that demand of a judge or a governor, "You must save this man's life because now he is popular or because some movie stars like him."

Oh, but after the fact of the murders this man did such great good deeds from within prison walls that he was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (this is actually true in Mr. William's case). This man has turned crime and tragedy into life-affirming triumph by the sheer numbers of young minds he has turned away from the gang lifestyle. This man has saved lives. Yes, I do believe he has.

But where does the law say this man's conviction or death penalty decision must be overturned because after the fact of a crime, he decides to become a decent human being? No, NOT what is just. Justice is not the end goal of our courts. The law is. There may be a great deal of evidence suggesting and even proving how unjust Mr. William's execution would be. But is it law?

And what if the people and Mr. Williams did NOT have their fair day in court? What if there were errors made in evidence? What if, once corrected, those errors might very well prove Mr. Williams' innocence in one or two or three or all four murders? Does the law demand that an innocent man be put to death?

Can we make Mr. Williams be innocent of these crimes simply by willing it so? Of course not. What do you say to the angry advocate for the death penalty who shouts, "What difference does it make, innocent or guilty? He was a gang member! Surely, he did other crimes! He deserves to die! It's Justice!"

Justice vs. The Law. Well, what does the law say? In Mr. Williams' case, we may never know and that's because he is scheduled to die before all his appeals have been exhausted. A petition stands now before the Supreme Court to ask that they consider the "shoddy evidence handling" in Mr. William's case and whether or not that could possibly entitle him to a new trial.

But, a dead man cannot go to trial. A dead man is just dead. And, so far, that is exactly what Mr. Williams is going to be as of December 13, 2005.

Unless... Ah-nold has granted a hearing for December 8. The law grants him the right to decide if Mr. Williams should get clemency (death turned into life without parole). If I was the governor, I don't think I would have any problem at all granting at least a stay of execution until the Supreme Court can review Mr. Williams' petition. At least allow the law to run its full course. To do anything else would not be a good thing for society. In my opinion.

What's your opinion?

Ha! Ha! Brownie's New Career Choice - What a Brain Fart THAT Is!

I heard this on Fox News... Michael Brown, former FEMA head, has opened his new business of... [INSERT DRUM ROLL] ...giving emergency preparedness advice!

Yep, the same guy who didn't know people were dying in New Orleans as the whole country watched the horror on live TV is now open for business if you need any advice on how to plan for a disaster.

I wonder how that will go over. Ya think maybe he's going to open an office in New Orleans? Think he has many customers?

Ha! Ha! Cheney "X'd" Out on Live TV!!!

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CNN on Tuesday morning hoped to explain how and why a black 'X' flashed over Vice President Dick Cheney's face during a live speech.

The startling 'X' flashes over Cheney's face
were first revealed by the DRUDGE REPORT. One top White House source expressed concern about what was aired:

"Is someone in Atlanta trying to tell us something?"

CNN transcript:

CNN anchor/reporter Daryn Kagan: "I have come back into the control room because we want to explain something to you that happened on this newscast yesterday. During our live coverage of a speech by Vice President Dick Cheney there was a technical malfunction, you'll see it here.

It involved a switcher, something we call a switcher. It's a machine that we use to switch between visual elements.

Now, that glitch resulted in that 'X' that you saw being flashed briefly across the screen as the vice president was speaking.

The story has made it on to the internet and various blogs in there.

In response, CNN has issued this statement.

'Upon seeing this unfortunate but very brief graphic, CNN senior management immediately investigated. We concluded this was a technical malfunction not an issue of operator error.'

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Which Operating System Are You?

Profound Farts

Black holes are where God divides by zero.

All those who believe in psycho kinesis raise my hand.

Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

OK, so what's the speed of dark?

How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Support bacteria -- they're the only culture some people have.

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.

Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.

Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.

I intend to live forever -- so far, so good.

If Barbie is so popular, how come you have to buy her friends?

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

If I worked as much as others, I would do as little as they.

24 hours in a day ... 24 beers in a case ... coincidence?

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.

Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?

What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't foryou.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

No one is listening until you make a mistake.

Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.

The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

Two wrongs are only the beginning.

You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

Change is inevitable ... except from vending machines.

A fool and his money are soon partying.

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.

Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.

99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Coca Cola Bottles of the World Website

What an awesomely brain-farty idea for a webpage. Gotta love it.

Anonymous Message and URL Server

Has interesting potential HOWEVER... unless this site is getting high traffic the moment you are there, the whole thing kind of falls flat like a telephone party line but you're the only one on it. And of course, the only sorts of messages you will see are of the infantile teenage boy sort of message that references various body functions. Just like babies who like to show off that they can defecate, so too do the pimply users of this idea.

A definite brain fart but not a particularly witty one and that's no fault of the website operators.


Pee in the Snow

Really. Pee out a message just for fun or send it to a friend.

Revenge Brain Farts

Don't just think about it. Let 'em know what's on your mind!

Have you always wanted to tell someone something, but didn't know how to do it? Well, this is the perfect site for you. Read on. . .

ThePayback.com is your home for all of your revenge needs. So you never had a chance to get revenge on your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend? Your current spouse lied to you when he said that he would never cheat on you?

Well, you know the saying "Don't get mad, get even".

Get Revenge On People Who Have Done You Wrong!

Anonymous Emails
Anonymous Letters
Bumper Stickers
Dead Fish and Flowers
Fake Bullet Holes
Fake Parking Tickets
Gag Award Certificates
Gag Gift Certificates
Gag Lottery Tickets
Magnetic Bumper Signs
Oldie But Goodies
Prank Post Cards
Prank Envelopes
Rude Lottery Tickets
All sent Anonymously! Unless you want them to know!

Hilarious Revenge Stories!
Ridiculous Cartoons!
Funny Pictures!
Funny Videos! (NEW)
Special of the Month
Bi-Weekly Advice
Bad Breath
Body Odor
Annoying Behavior
Mean Boss
Annoying Co-Worker
Always Late
Flatulence (farting)
Drinking Problem
Back Stabbers
Bad Sex
Jilted Lover (woman)
Jilted Lover (man)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I'm thankful that today, the pain was not excrutiating and movement was nearly normal. I only had to sit down and rest after coming home from the store and putting away the groceries. Bending, of course, has become the worst torture known to mankind. At least in my world of degenerative arthritis it is.

I am thankful my Mother had no more medical emergencies today. I am extraordinarily grateful that I got her out of the clutches of the idiot masquerading as a doctor in the emergency room of our local hospital. My Mom had a sudden and acute emergency which was "fixable" with proper care which this doctor was not willing to give. He does not see the sense in striving so hard to keep my Mother happy and healthy when it would be so much easier to just ship her off to a nursing home and have a tube down her nose the rest of her life so staff wouldn't even have to be bothered with feeding her.

My Mother is fully alert and intelligent and this would be torture. Maybe that doctor belongs at Abu Ghraib but I certainly do not.

Anyway... Found a few little goodies on the web.

MIDI File of "Turkey in the Straw"

Thanksgiving Word Search Puzzle

Thanksgiving Quiz

Thanksgiving Idea Place

From Kid's Domain:

Send/read an eCard
Crafts and recipes
Online games
PC downloads
Thanksgiving clip art
Activities and Games
Pictures to print and color
Word puzzles
Turkey tales
Books to read
Riddles and jokes
Thanksgiving History
Photo Tips
Other Thanksgiving sites

Create your own George Bush Speech

Hehehehehe... this be funny. You need Flash whatever whatever.

Looking for a human? This idea rocks.

Paul over at the First Amendment Forum (at Delphi Forums) posted this link one day...

It lists the specific sequences of numbers to push to get past the "telephonic gatekeepers" and neverending recorded messages at numerous businesses and government telephone exchanges in order to make direct contact with a real human being. Saves time. Saves a helluva lot of frustration. A stupendous idea to collate all this info together.

Just adding my own .02 in here: Some telephone exchanges will do that connect directly to a human thing if you trick the exchange into thinking you only have a rotary dial phone and cannot use a touchpad or make touch tones. You do that by never pushing another button again as long as you are on their line. You know how it gives you a recorded menu of numbers you can push? DON'T PUSH ANY. The exchange usually cannot interpret "no response" so it sends you to a human.

Usually. Once in a great while, it might think no one is there and it will disconnect. Trial and error, baby.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Like, real sun is better than a tanning bed, dood! Totally. Cowabunga.

Visit Venice Beach, dood! Like right now! This very instant.

CLICK HERE for a live view of Venice Beach, California

Best time to visit Venice Beach Boardwalk is on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

WTF??? Websites so bad/weird you wonder what brain fart produced them

Dirty Toilets in Tokyo - with pictures!Some Guy's Colon from the Inside
Cousin Couples - yep. All about cousins involved in romantic relationshipsThis Guy Thinks He's Peter Pan - in his own words: "Unfortunately this society has deified the gender boundaries they've established, especially the rules of what boys should and should not enjoy doing."
White Trash Museum8-Track Heaven - "Your Guide to the World of 8-Track Tapes"
Institute for Naming Children Humanely - Like, you need a website to know this?Prostitution Arrest Photos - Shouldn't they show the photos of the johns, too? I mean, come on...
Longest Human Tongue - omg, the photo is disturbing... to say the least.Middle Finger of Galileo's Right Hand

Wear Your Favorite Brain Fart With Pride

These are some of the funniest, most outrageous, offensive, wild T-shirts you could ever find in cyberspace. Yep, for my pals who wonder... I saw the Santa Claus one. It..cracks..me..up. Here's a small version of it:

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And, just in case anyone needs to know, I AM JEWISH! This T-shirt made me laugh out loud. And if you want to know just how very very very Jewish I really am, check out my blog, The X-Shikseh Files.

Professorial Brain Farts

Professor Alan Dix from Lancaster University in the U.K. challenged his students and fellow computer geeks to deliberately come up with their very worst of bad ideas. The list is amusing. Here are just a few:

Glass Hammer
Concrete Parachute
Artificially intelligent toilet
inflatable radiator
A three-way mirror (watching them, watching you, watching them)
Porous coffee cup
soluble swimming costumes
unbreakable plates in a greek restaurant
opaque light blub


And the question is...

From, "Brain Injury in Boxing," by Lundberg GD.

"Boxing dates from antiquity but is now being re-evaluated as a viable part of civilized society. Chronic brain damage caused by repetitive subconcussive blows to the head has been shown to be present in 70-87% of boxers who had had many fights. A broad international medical consensus supports the view that boxing is medically and morally wrong and should be banned in civilized countries."

Another article HERE.

A Beethoven Brain Fart

If you mention me when you write to Goethe, strive to find words expressive of my deep reverence and admiration. I am about to write to him myself with regard to "Egmont," for which I have written some music solely from my love for his poetry, which always delights me. Who can be sufficiently grateful to a great poet,--the most precious jewel of a nation!

Letter to Bettina Brentano, Vienna, Feb 10, 1811
from The Gutenberg Project

You see? This guy's brain farts never stink!

The Queen of Brain Farts

Ann Coulter

Ms. Coulter's brain farts used to be more widely distributed but even her radcon conservative backers seemed to wake up and smell the more moderate coffee, realizing that her rabid rantings were an embarrassment to the very movement they professed to love. And that, being a political opinion about a public figure, is free speech. A freedom. Guaranteed to me by our beloved United States Constitution. Something Ms. Coulter seems to overlook from time to time.
Some Ann Coulter Brain Fart Samplings:

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."

"This is no time to be precious about locating the exact individuals directly involved in this particular terrorist attack."

"When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors."

From a Hannity and Colmes appearance:
COULTER: God says, "Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours."
FENN: Terrific. We're Americans, so we should consume as much of the earth's resources...
COULTER: Yes! Yes.
FENN: ... as fast as we possibly can.
COULTER: As opposed to living like the Indians.

"I love Texas Republicans!" she said. "They're these beautiful women, they're so great-looking, they're completely loaded. They're dripping in this gorgeous jewelry, they're really funny and sarcastic and smart. Americans are so cool, and they're such parochial idiots here in New York."

"Cheney is my ideal man. Because he's solid. He's funny. He's very handsome. He was a football player. People don't think about him as the glamour type because he's a serious person, he wears glasses, he's lost his hair. But he's a very handsome man. And you cannot imagine him losing his temper, which I find extremely sexy. Men who get upset and lose their tempers and claim to be sensitive males: talk about girly boys. No, there's a reason hurricanes are named after women and homosexual men, it's one of our little methods of social control. We're supposed to fly off the handle."

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

"The swing voters---I like to refer to them as the idiot voters because they don't have set philosophical principles. You're either a liberal or you're a conservative if you have an IQ above a toaster."

From the Phil Donahue Show:
DONAHUE: Clinton caused the Enron scandal?
COULTER: No, he caused the scandal which causes all of these scandals, which is corruption…

"The Times also assured its readers that there is "no reliable evidence" that Saddam is connected to the Sept. 11 attack or to al-Qaida. What liberals mean by "no evidence" is always that there is lots of evidence, but arguably not enough to convince an O.J. jury."

"They hate us? We hate them. Americans don't want to make Islamic fanatics love us. We want to make them die. There's nothing like horrendous physical pain to quell angry fanatics. So sorry they're angry - wait until they see American anger. Japanese kamikaze pilots hated us once too. A couple of well-aimed nuclear weapons, and now they are gentle little lambs. That got their attention."

Dear Ann,

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Book Cover Designers' Brain Farts

Okay, so this guy has a website where he collects weird and/or ugly book covers. Really. Everybody has to have a hobby, I guess. And it is kind of a fun idea. Think I might just try it myself, ha ha! In the meantime, click on the image below to visit the man's website.
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Monday, November 21, 2005

Doll Abuse Brain Fart

How Would You Like to Meet This Guy?
Wed Sep 1, 9:32 AM ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man caught having sex with a blow-up doll in a busy public shopping arcade had to be physically parted from his rubber lover and escorted away, said police in Stuttgart Wednesday. The 38-year-old man was caught with his trousers down early Monday evening after alarmed witnesses alerted the police. "It was real, he was caught in mid-action with the doll," said a press spokeswoman. Police said that they had considerable difficulty separating the drunken man from his partner.


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Who Put This Brain Fart In Charge?

Superintendent Arrested After Camera Found
Nov 17 4:12 PM US/Eastern

WACO, Texas

A school superintendent was arrested for allegedly placing a hidden video camera resembling an air freshener dispenser in a women's bathroom at the school administration office.

Danny Edward Doyen, 46, told investigators that he bought the camera with a school district credit card and placed it in a restroom to obtain nude photos of female employees, according to the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.

Doyen has been superintendent in Bruceville-Eddy, about 20 mile south of Waco, since 2002. He was booked Wednesday into the McLennan County Jail on a charge of improper photography or visual recording, punishable by up to two years in a state jail.

Bruceville-Eddy High School principal Richard Kilgore said Doyen is on temporary leave.

The clerk and other women employees then found the fake air freshener on a shelf about 3 feet away from the toilet, according to court records.

Investigators reported finding the hidden camera on a shelf in Doyen's school district office after obtaining search warrants for his office and home. Officers also reported seizing computer equipment and related materials from Doyen's school office, computer equipment from his daughter's bedroom and 11 weapons from Doyen's bedroom.


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Like, yeah. A serious case of mental flatulence here...

Coroner Discussing Gun Safety Shoots Self

AP - Wed Sep 8, 7:48 AM ET

Monroe County Coroner David Toumey was hospitalized with a leg wound after accidentally shooting himself while trying to demonstrate gun safety.

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Looking to Fart Around and Waste Some Time? Try My Online Jigsaw Puzzles!

All Free,
All the Time!

You can always change the numbers and shapes of the puzzle pieces once you get to that puzzle's page. Click on any image to see that puzzle.




Barn Owl

Barn and Silo


Beach Vacation

A Field of Flags

Ansel Adams

Cat Eyes

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sony's Brain Fart

Bloggers Break Sony -->Nov. 16, 2005

Sony made an unpopular product decision and got its reputation incinerated by waves of flaming bloggers. That's a lesson for other companies.
By Thomas Claburn

Sony's decision to withdraw its controversial copy-protected CDs followed weeks of flames by bloggers.

Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Wednesday it will stop selling 50 CD titles with its XCP content protection software. Sony also said it will remove the discs from stores, and offer replacements without copy protection to customers.

Before Sony acted, the company suffered through weeks of angry posts by bloggers who stirred outrage against the company.

It started when security researcher Mark Russinovich first posted to his blog that Sony's music CDs surreptitiously installed digital rights management software based on a "rootkit"--a hacking tool widely considered to be spyware. Following that, bloggers of all stripes, from seasoned security experts to aggrieved consumers, vented about the record company's unethical and possibly illegal behavior.

The day before the NPR interview, Sony attempted to mollify its critics by offering an update that "removes the cloaking technology component" of the XCP DRM software. The update notes claim, "This component is not malicious and does not compromise security."

That's simply not true--the rootkit component allows attackers to take control of target computers. Moreover, another component, the uninstaller Sony provided to remove the XCP software, did compromise security. And once again, it was the blog community that brought this fact to light.

In their Freedom-to-Tinker.com blog, computer researchers J. Alex Halderman and Edward Felten confirmed the findings of a Finnish computer expert that the uninstaller utilizes a poorly coded ActiveX control that allows any Web page a user visits to install and run any code its like on the user's machine.


TOP SECRET! Black Friday Sales!

You can read about it HERE. That's a link to a N.Y. Times story and you have to be registered (FREE) on their site to read it.

Basically, the story is about three websites that post advance copies of the best sales to be found. They get their secret info from the employees of the businesses or the places where these businesses have their sale flyers printed. You don't have to wait for the published advertisement to plan your holiday shopping strategy. Just visit these websites instead:



(oops - seems this last site needs to pay their webspace bill)

Saturday, November 05, 2005

See Paris, France Live

Seems things have been "heating up" over there...

LIVE PARIS WEBCAM (several webcam links from one webpage)


WEBCAM PAGE 3 (multi cam links here, too)

WEBCAM PAGE 4 (multi links again)


Anybody got any links to Paris TV news station webcams? They'd be showing the rioting.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Action Alert! Show Karl Rove Your Support Now!

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ATTENTION TRUE PATRIOTS: Once again, the hateful Democratic attack machine has shifted into high gear, intent on abusing facts and iron-clad evidence to turn Americans against beloved Presidential pal and über-patriot, Karl Rove. You can do your part to soften the trauma of this travesty by sending Karl a personalized e-mail of support and understanding. Simply click the link below to tell Karl how you're positive that he's INNOCENT – and even if he had, say, determined that compromising our nation's security by outing some globe-trotting bitch in a power suit whose farts stink like foie gras and martinis just to even a petty score, well then good on him, buster!