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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Clean Coal?

A few days before Christmas, a Tennessee coal plants retention pond broke flooding a billion gallons of coal ash into the Emory River. The expected clean-up could take years, not to mention the amount of fish and wildlife killed. Add to that the arsenic and other chemicals dumped into the river. The Kingston Steam Plant is one of the many coal power plants, that contributes to the United States coming in second only to China in coal production. The U.S. produces half of its energy from coal, contributing to 40% of the worlds energy that comes from coal. Coal accounts for about 36 percent of the United States carbon dioxide emissions of around 6 billion tons every year, according to the Department of Energy. As well as the environmental impact that goes along with digging it from ground. This all leads to the question, is there really such a thing as clean coal?

Clean coal is a term widely used to describe new technology that is supposed to reduce the environmental impact of coal burning power plants. Supposed clean coal has not been proven to work on large scale power plants. Nor has it been proven that the environmental impacts of coal production and use are all that much different in clean coal. The overall coal byproducts don't vary that much between clean coal and standard coal use. The only real benefit is the immediate amount of carbon dioxide and other chemicals being release into the air. Instead of pumping it into the air, ideas float around such as pumping it into the ground. That way instead of dealing with it now, we can let it store up for later generations deal with. Or chemically treating the coal to wash out impurities and minerals. Yes, chemicals are always a good way of dealing with things.

In the case of the Kingston Plant, we have seen that coal has another wasteful byproduct, coal ash. Coal ash landfills and storage ponds like the one in Tennessee, cover 124 square miles across the United States, according to a 1999 D.O.E. report. Some coal ash can be re-used, such as mixing with concrete. But the majority, over 60 percent, is currently dumped into landfills or sits in ash ponds.

So, is clean coal really that clean? No, not really. it's cleaner and has less of an immediate impact on the environment compared to current coal use, but cleaner hardly equals clean. The United States government is spending billions on clean coal funding, with President Elect Obama, stating that he will increase the funding. Yes, coal is an abundant and cheep resource in the United States, but at what point are we going to realize coal use should be left in the past, and renewable are the future? Instead of continued and increased funding for coal, why not spend that money on alternatives? Current projections state we have over 200 years of easy coal available, according to an article on energycurrent.com, and the assumption is by then it won't be an issue. Well what about now? Again, 36 percent of current carbon dioxide from the U.S. is from coal, so in 200 years when coal isn't an option, will it even matter by then? With some reports stating a quarter of all mammals on the planet right now are endangered, how many will be left after 200 years of coal use, clean or otherwise?


References:
Coal Wikipedia
EIA
Kentucky Ash Education
DOE EIA

Energy Current

Monday, December 29, 2008

It Was The Saturday Before Christmas

Since it was asked of me to do a Christmas post, and I know how much you all love them, I held on to this one in the proverbial oven.

It was the Saturday before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, because all were at the mall

The parking lot was full, and jammed with SUV's, as soccer moms scurried and hurried, for the latest plasma TV's

People screamed and hollered with delight, as that last parking spot opened on the right

But alas it was to no avail, as they were to slow and all they got, was a BMW that beat them to the spot

With a cry and a scream, they flipped that jackass the bird, who only turned and smiled, and left with an unheard word

Inside the mall it was a great massive flurry, as the people where all in a great big hurry

They didn't care who got in the way, all that matter was to be ahead of the fray

Little boy Yates needed the latest video game, to kill all his friends with vibrate control, 3D interactive, Bluetooth headset, multi-player online, full of gore and gun's and fun and maim

Around the corner and through the isle, they ducked weaved and scurried with a fake smile

Waiting in line, desperation grew along with the time, they knew were they parked, it could end in a fine

The crowds grew larger and the walls grew thin, the angst and apprehension could no longer be held in

What was the wait, they could see the checker was there, but noticed that she didn't seem to have a care

The line slowed and held stagnant, if it only weren't for the hidden magnet

Run through the door, the thought crossed the mind, would anyone notice, whisking across the floor

But no, in the line we stood and waited like one should, for Santa wouldn't be to happy if he knew how we plundered the goods

Waited and waited, just like a monkey should, for Christmas would soon be there but gone not for good

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Education of Shelby Knox

In my constant attempt to kill time while I should be working, I watched the Documentary "The Education of Shelby Knox." And I have decided to play movie critic for the day.

The movie takes a look at a young girls attempt, to promote sex education in a conservative Texas school system. Lubbock Texas is a prime example of why abstinence only education is not an effective way to teach children about sex. Lubbock has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country, and transmission of STD rates. According to the movie, the pregnancy and STD rates can be attributed to the Lubbock school policy that teaches no sex until you get married. Teachers are only allowed to say, abstinence is the only option to prevent pregnancy.

Shelby Knox has loving conservative parents who take her to church every Sunday, and do the best they can to raise their outspoken and opinioned daughter. Shelby has taken a vow of celibacy through her church, but even though she has chosen not to have sex, she understands that other kids her age don't make that same choice, and they haven't been properly educated on how to handle sex when they do. What Shelby and other students attempt to do, is motivate the school board to allow proper sex education. To teach children that abstinence should be the first choice, but if it's not, that a condom does help to prevent pregnancy and STD's. But the board and community seem set on ignoring the issue.

The movie does an excellent job of documenting not only the conflict in ideals between the students and the school system, but also the conflict within Shelby herself. She is a "good Christian", believing in God and the teachings of Jesus. Shelby is also a modern intelligent teenager, realizing that the Bible was written for a time and people who no longer exists and translates to modern society. Can she be a good Christian, yet still believe that it's okay to have sex before marriage? Can she support gay rights even though according to her pastor, the bible is very clear that homosexuality is a ticket to hell. The relationship between Shelby and her pastor is a constant battle between ideals and right and wrong. They both recognize each others desire to do what's right, but Shelby can't reconcile her newfound beliefs with the outdated teachings of her church. One interesting and prime example, is a scene where the pastor is teaching children about the transmission of STD's, and he states the 2nd most common method of transmission is through direction skin to skin contact. He demonstrated this by shaking hands with a student, pointing out that neither knows where the others hands have been.

The pastor, parents, and education system do what many conservatives do when they can't accept change, they use scare tactics. They tell children that if they have sex, they will get pregnant, or they will get an STD. Even if they use a condom they will most likely get pregnant or get an STD. They don't talk about the statics and the odds of preventions, they talk about the statistics and the odds that it will happen. What we have seen in Lubbock and other abstinence only school districts is the odds go up for teen pregnancy. Children just assume if it's going to happen, no point in trying to prevent it. Or if they do actually have the forethought to take a condom with them, they don't know how to properly put the thing on, or the believe that it ruins the mood.

The movie ends with Shelby getting involved in the gay rights movement in her town, and we see the two sides protesting one another. We also see a stark contrast in the mindset of these two groups, the gay rights movement just looking for equality, and the conservative nutcases, with their signs condemning the students with comments like, "AIDS Cures Gays." and other hateful commentary.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Microsoft Redmond vs Fargo

I pulled this off the Seattle PI this morning. It's someone at the Microsoft's Fargo campus responding to the Redmond campus practically shutting down since it started snowing last week.

Due to normal cold weather and heavy snowfall the Microsoft Facilities in Fargo, including satellite areas (ABC, DEF, and GHI) will have NO SERVICES INTERUPTED due to Snow/Ice conditions in the local area.

Effective For: Thursday, December 18, 2008 through the end of April

Please exercise normal caution driving and walking on campus as you are more likely to be attacked by a bunny than slip and fall on the ice.

Shuttle: Campus shuttles will not be operating because there is no such thing as a campus shuttle in Fargo.

Facilities Maintenance Response: A full maintenance staff is at work on campus today.

Security: Corporate Security advises its services will remain available to the campus. If you need assistance, stop by the office and wake them up.

Parking: Park as usual, the snow plow drivers will just plow around you. You're all capable of driving on snow/ice so plowing will be limited.
Connectivity: You shouldn't have any connectivity issues because you're expected to be at work.


We only had 10" of snow and 40mph wind.

Area Roads: In light of the continuing snowfall and icy road conditions, most local roads are snow-covered and slippery and will remain that way until March. For information on current road conditions, please look out the window.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities

An aside:
Current conditions in Fargo (-4 degrees, partly cloudy)
Current conditions in Redmond (34 degrees, cloudy)


Since I work at the Redmond campus, I will admit that I haven't gone in since last Wednesday. Sure I could drive into work, I did grow up in Spokane were snow is measured in feet not inches. I also have a vehicle with good tires on it, and most importantly, I'm not a totally retarded driver like most Seattleites. But, if everyone else who works for Microsoft wants to use the snow as an excuse, I might as well too. After all, we have hills in Seattle. Apparently we are the only city in the world with hills that gets snow. At least according to the excuses provided by most Seattleites.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Netflix Watch Now Maybe

A few weeks ago, I noticed that a large number of my movies in the Netflix watch now queue were marked to be removed at the first of January. At first I thought it was Sony removing it's movies because the Xbox now allows for Netflix users to watch now. But it turns out, it's all the movie companies. When will they learn, the internet is the way of the future.

- Click here for full story -

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

15 In a 35

Yes you rotten cunt, there is snow on the side of the road. But there is no snow on the actual road! Not only is there no snow on the road, there is no ice on the road. You want to know how I know all this, it's because I'm riding your slow moving ass on the exact same road you are on. The speed limit is 35 on this road, not 15! I don't care that you are a totally paranoid bitch who can't handle driving in bad weather. What I do care about, is that you are slowing me down! Obviously you were born and raised in Seattle because you drive just like the rest of the Seattle retards when it snows. So instead of forcing me to pass you while flipping you off, next time you are scared to drive because there is snow on the grass… Stay the fuck home!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Bush Get's New Shoes

I would imagine everyone has heard about it, and if you haven't seen it, here is the video of Bush having a shoe thrown at him. I'm not going to use this as an opportunity to dog on him, I’m actually pretty impressed. The guy has some quick reflexes. He dodged both shoes, long before the Secret Service got a hold of the thrower. If I were Bush, I’d be worried about their reaction speed if the guy actually had a weapon.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Annual Christmas Blog

"Hey, we were all looking at your blog and no Christmas blogs yet. This time last year you had already done a few about this joyful holiday you love so much."

It's true, I haven't done a post yet this year about my favorite holiday. There are a few reasons that could having something to do with it:
  1. I haven't had the time to write a post about the holiday
  2. I haven't had the motivation to write a post about the holiday
  3. Or maybe, I've said all I wanted to say about this waste of a day in previous posts. As you mentioned reading them, then you know how I feel about the damn holiday.

But, since you asked, here it is, my Christmas blog post... Shut your fruit cake filled snatch, and go hang some lights after a few eggnogs, on a really high tree, you reindeer shit soaked holiday sap.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day Without A Gay

For those who don't know, and I would imagine most don't, today is "Day without a gay." It's the day where the gays are supposed to prove how valuable they are as employees, by calling in sick. So far, I haven't noticed any proof of value. On my drive in this morning, it took about as long as always, and in walking around the office all the gays seem to be here. Although, I haven't seen the weird guy (with the framed TV Guide of Friends in his office) walking around, who stares at me just a little to long. Beyond that guy, I would imagine most of the gays know well enough that skipping out on work and pissing the boss off, probably isn't the best way to prove a point. When I asked a gay friend of mine about it last night, he didn't even know it was "day without a gay" day.

I think this is one of the problems with the gay community, and why they haven't been getting the same recognition as the rest of us. They lack organization. Think about the civil rights movement, and all the marches and protesting. Sure the gays have an annual pride parade and they flamboyantly walk the streets, but beyond that, there isn't much of a national movement. Out of the few gay friends I have, I would put them pretty low on the reliability scale. Except for one, who does a decent job of house sitting for me when I'm out of town, and taking care of the dog. The dog is a girl, so I'm not worried about anything emotionally traumatizing happening to her.

Another thing missing from the gay rights movement is a strong leader. Think Martin Luther King or Malcolm X, who were always out protesting, leading marches, and constantly speaking out against the establishment. We've all heard of Susan B. Anthony and her fight for equality, and most recently witnessed Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin running for president and vice president. But what gay man/woman has stepped up on the national stage? Sure we have Dan Savage writing books, and ranting in his newspaper column. But, it's not like he's out leading marches and being arrested for illegally fagging out. And the last time Barney Frank the openly gay congressman showed up in the news was for proposing a bill that would legalize marijuana.

So to all the gays out there, get with it. If you want equal rights then find a leader and fight for them. Most of us Americans have short attention spans, and once the parade is over, we forget. Also as prop 8 in California has shown, we are easily influenced and persuaded. With a lot of cash the Mormon and Catholic churches were able to sway our opinion. Stop complaining about this and use it to your advantage. Run some ads, get together and march, and don't let up. Just as we were easily influenced to vote one way, we can be just as easily influenced to vote the other.

And if you decide to do the "day without a gay" thing again next year, promote it a little. Because anything that will improve my drive into work, even if it's only for one day, is a good thing.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Today

I haven't felt like writing the past few days, but since I haven't posted, and to uphold my responsibility as a cranky blogger, here is my post for today…

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Dear Sole Patch

To the sole patch wearing fuckwad I pass in the hallway all the time. Look you looser fag, the sole patch was only in style for about a week, and that week was ten years ago. You aren't hip and cool with your little patch of gray hair under your lower lip. You look like a mid 40's looser, who spends way to much time at the dance club picking up on women younger than the daughter you no longer see, because she decided to live with your ex-wife when you got divorced. If you really want to think you are hip, shave the patch and go buy a Corvette like the other mid-life-crisis fuckwads your age . General Motors could use the money. And you could use a car that you might accidently race into a tree one night, ridding the hallway I walk in of your lameness.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Bailout for Two

There has been a lot of talk over the past month about the big three auto companies, asking congress for a bailout similar to what the banks have received. The whole subject of bailouts pisses me off, as it does most people. If any of the rest of us were to run our businesses into the ground, we wouldn't get a thing. But, since these companies have such a large effect on the economy, they get government money. And I'm sure the big three will get something this week as they meet with congress again.

It's nice to hear that they have wised up a bit, and decided not to fly in their corporate jets to Washington this time around. And I'm impressed with the CEO of Ford who is willing to forgo his salary next year. Even though I'm sure other compensation will be available.

So on the subject of the bailout, I've decided they should provide loans to Ford and Chrysler, and let GM go bankrupt. Why am I picking on GM? First of all, they have crappy cars. At least Ford makes a decent truck, the Mustang, and a few other good cars. They also own Volvo a great car on its own. Ford has also said they might not need the bailout and might be able to survive without it. Chrysler makes a few decent vehicles as well, namely the Jeep brand. Another reason I don't mind GM going out is, they had the EV1 in California in the 90's. An all electric car that people loved, but GM decided to recall it. Choosing gas over electric. And finally, I once heard an interview with the CEO of GM, and the guy is an idiot. It was a semi-quiz show and he didn't get any answers write, and didn't even seem to care or try to get them right.

So congress, listen to the monkey and save two and let one die as a lesson to the other two.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Snot Salad

This was sent from a cranky reader...

O.K so at lunch today I totally pulled a Cranky Monkey. I was at The California Pizza Kitchen a nice restaurant but nothing fancy. I was sitting at the bar by myself just watching everything that goes on in the kitchen area and the bar. The bar faces the work station for the kitchen so you can see everything that goes on while they prepare your food. So I am talking to one of the girls that works there (very cute) anyway notice quite a few times that she blows her nose. She obviously uses a Kleenex but does not wash her hands when she's done. This kind of bothers me but oh well. Then I notice while she is making my salad she wipes her nose with her hand. She not only does this once but twice while making my salad. She brings it over to me and sets it down in front of me. I look at her and ask her if I could have another one. She looks at me like I'm stupid. She said, "is that not what you wanted" I say, "yes however, I watched you make it and for health reasons I would love to have a new one." The manager hears me and comes over. I explain to him the issue. I try to do this in a private matter but the girl (who is not cute anymore) keeps butting in. He apologizes and makes me a new one himself. I should have got it to go because the entire time I ate she stared at me.

So disgusting. I don't want her snot in my food. What happened to washing your hands after touching your face.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Top 10 Things That Make Me Cranky About Riding the Elevator at Microsoft

10 - The countdown: One of the crappy parts about riding the elevator in the morning is how similar the floor notifications are to a timer counting down impending doom... AKA the workday.
9 - Having to spend time in a closed space with another person: In some cases with a person who might smell bad or be creepy.
8 - Spending time in a closed space with a totally hot chick: Because when she gets out, I become "that creepy guy in the elevator" she tells her co-workers about.
7 - Encountering a co-worker that I know but don't really want to talk to: We then have to make idle small talk while we stare at the floors waiting for the door to open.
6 - Riding an elevator with multiple people who know each other: If they are riding in the same elevator at the office, they are going to talk about work, and I have to hear it. Or even worse, they start talking about the cute thing their kid did last night!
5 - The chatty Cathy: This is that person who can't handle being in a closed space in silence so they create idle chatter. "that traffic was nice this morning." or, "Sure hope the weather is going to be nice this weekend." How about "shut the fuck up bitch, I don't know you, and don't want to talk to your ass."
4 - The rider who only needs to go one floor: We are in a three floor building, and you can't walk your lazy ass up or down one flight of stairs. So now I have to wait for the elevator to stop on your floor before it gets to mine.
3 - The person who talk on their cell phone the whole time: The conversation usually consists of, "Can you hear me? I just got on the elevator so the phone is cutting out. Hold on. Can you hear me now. Hello. How about now? Hold on just a second, I'm almost to my floor."
2 - The person who checks e-mail from their Blackberry: What, you are so important that you can't wait 10 minutes, to get up to your desk and check form your computer?!?! Well guess what jackass, you aren't!
1 - The laptop person: Even worse than the cell phone person is, the person who opens their laptop and starts checking e-mail. How about I smack the thing out of your hands and kick you in the balls instead.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Dreamy Morning

It's kind of messed up what we force ourselves to do every morning. We usually start it off with the sound of an alarm clock, forcing us to do something our bodies don't want to do, which is wake up. Since we are waking up earlier than we should, we then spend the rest of the morning in a half awake daze just walking through a routine. We shower, get ready, maybe eat, and drive to work. Then when we get to work, sit down, and actually wake up, we realize that we don't remember everything we did that morning. Then the anxiety kicks in, "Did I feed the dog?", "Did I shut and lock the door?", "Am I wearing pants?" All of which really sucks if you have to drive an hour to find out the answer to two of those questions. So instead, you just spend the day wondering how pissed your dog is going to be when you get home, assuming the dog is still there.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Bathroom Police

Going to the bathroom this morning, and shortly after I walk in a guy comes in and uses the urinal next to mine. As we finish up I noticed that he didn't flush. As we wash our hands this is the conversation:

CM - you don't flush after you are done?
Guy - (acting surprised) Oh, I didn't flush?

He walks over and hits the handle. And goes to leave.

Guy - What are you, the bathroom police.
CM - No, I just don't like to piss in someone else's pee. I'm… oh what's it called…. Considerate!

He walks away, not turning around.

I hope I have a meeting with this guy someday. That way when everyone else is around I can introduce myself and say, "Oh yeah, we've met, you are the guy who doesn't flush the toilet after he is done."

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Laptop in the Break Room Guy

After my hour and half drive to work this morning, I walk into the break room to make a cup of tea. Standing next to the counter with all the supplies, is a guy with his laptop open checking his e-mail, while waiting for his coffee to brew!

Really, you feel you need to get in everyone's way, and can't wait to check your e-mail because you are just that important! You need to get in MY way, just because you can't wait till your coffee brews and go to your office to check e-mail.

Laptop in the break room guy, you are the douche of the week..

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Early Morning Trash

Now that the elections are over I can get back to complaining about truly important stuff.

As I was lying in bed this morning, listening to the dump truck outside my house, I thought to myself that I've never lived anywhere that the dump truck didn't visit so early. I've lived in quite a few places and it seems odd that everywhere the trash is hauled away super early in the morning. Why is this? It's not like the trash is time sensitive, and if it doesn't get hauled away before noon it explodes all over the yard. These guys already have a bad enough job as it is, why is it they have to wake up super early in the morning as well? Let the poor guys sleep a bit, let the customers sleep a bit, and pick up the trash later in the day. I really don't think its going to hurt anything. And I sure as hell won't find it as irritating.

Since we are on the subject, why can't the mail get delivered a little earlier? The mail usually doesn't show up at my place till after 4:00. Just like I've never had the trash hauled away later than 7:30, I've never had the mail show up before 3:00.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Proposition 8 Yes from California Voters???

This was sent to me from a cranky women out there who is as pissed as I am, that on the same night they voted for the first black president, California voters also approved Prop 8 banning gay marriage. Segregation isn't just about race, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can take the next evolutionary step as a nation.

I just don’t get it? If someone was to say to me that I could not get married because I wanted to marry a man, it would be unfathomable? I don’t understand why people fight so hard to take away basic legal rights from a committed couple? They are not doing anything to religious people, they are not trying to infringe on their legal rights for tax purposes, power of attorney laws and families. I heard they spent record numbers on this proposition for what; because religious people are scared that their beliefs are being dumped on? If two people want to get married why not just let them…who’s it hurting? I have heard arguments it’s hurting the foundation of marriage for families. What about the children in which are from same sex parents? What about them. I can only hope with Barack Obama, freedom for every American citizen can be granted within our lifetimes.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Pendulum Has Swung

Last night the country voted Barack Obama the next president of the United States. It's not often that I get impressed with this country. Usually, I'm sickened with the conservative movement holding all the sway, but I'd like to think of this as the beginning on a new era for this country, a new era that I will look forward to being the part of.

America is a country of opposites, always leaning towards one side or the other. During the 60's and 70's it was about free love, women's liberation, and of course racial equality. Beginning in the 80's the conservative movement picked up speed, and Americans became scared of the rest of the world. Last night the country has moved again. Having traveled outside of the U.S., I've experienced the shame that goes along with acknowledging the country of my origin, and listened to people speak about the war mongering and hate they perceive in us. With last nights election, hopefully soon that perception will change.

Barack is a politician after all, so change won't be as sweeping as some expect or anticipate. All the president can do is set the standard, he leads and allows those in his administration to manage this country is a positive or negative light. We've seen with the Bush administration what the negative light looks like. With the Obama administration, I have faith in a brighter outlook. With this elections, I'd like to expect less of the fear mongering our elected officials have used over the past, and maybe a little more hope. After all, hope was the spirit of his campaign.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Finally

I will fully admit that I'm kind of a junky when it comes to the elections, but this year has been ridiculous. And today, it's finally over. We will pick our next president, vote on some local issues, and offices, and get to move on to something else to bitch and complain about. I can't wait…. Now go vote bitches.

CM

Friday, October 31, 2008

Why Everyone Should See Zack and Mira Make a Porno

Because protest always helps ticket sales, everyone who reads this blog needs to go see Zack and Mira Make a Porno. Larry Miller the owner of the Megaplex Theaters in Salt Lake City Utah has decided to not show the movie due to it's content, even though the movie has a R rating and is a comedy. The movie has the same R rating as Saw V, a movie full of graphic violence, and a movie they have no problem showing.

Another sign of your typical conservative stupidity. They have no problem with graphic violence being shown to this countries children, but mild sexual content, no way do we want children to see that. It's ok to let children see the proper way to torture someone, but a Kevin Smith movie with porno in the name. Heaven forbid!!!! A parent might have to explain to a child what a porno is.... as if the child doesn't already know.


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Misconceptions about I-1000

My buddy The Rooster posted a blog today about why he isn't voting for I-1000. I already figured he wouldn't based in his religious views. In his post he pointed out the reasons he didn't agree with the law, and I responded with why he's wrong!!!!!!

Since I am such an outspoken supporter of this law, I decided to post what he wrote and my responses.


Rooster Not Fully Studying - There are no penalties for doctors who fail to submit or falsify reports of participants in the Death with Dignity act. In fact, death certificates are actually required to be falsified stating the cause of death was the terminal illness, not the lethal overdose of the “drug”. This means the initiative is safeguarding itself from being reported on and identified as being taken advantage of for potentially ill motives from less than honest people. Face it, the health industry is full of people like that.

Fact - Who gives a shit what the death certificate says. It's all clearly documented (and required) in the persons medical records. If you want to see how many people died from taking the drug, it is tracked. Since our law mirrors Oregon's law, you can look these numbers up on the Oregon governments website. If you do, make note of the fact that only a little over half the people who get the pill actually take it. "During 2007, 85 prescriptions for lethal medications were written under the provisions of the DWDA compared to 65 during 2006 (Figure). Of these, 46 patients took the medications, 26 died of their underlying disease, and 13 were alive at the end of 2007. In addition, three patients with earlier prescriptions died from taking the medications, resulting in a total of 49 DWDA deaths during 2007" only 341 people have died using this since it has become law in 1997. There is absolutely no incentive for a physician to falsify records in this situation, and since so many people have to be involved, it would be pretty damn difficult to do, if not impossible. And finally, there are penalties, once again if you had actually read the law, you'd see that falsifying information is a class A felony. Here's the link you want to read the actual initiative on something other than the no to I-1000 website.

Rooster Not Fully Studying - The request form does not encompass all the limitations for witnesses as outlined in the initiative, specifically that someone who would benefit from the estate cannot be a witness. This is a legal loop hole that would allow individuals acting as a witness not be held liable if one or more of them would benefit from the death.

Fact - Out of 37 people last year, you are trying to imply that a magic percentage of them, are trying to force loved ones into killing themselves. You don't have a lot of faith in people do you? The law states that the request must be "signed and dated by the patient and witnessed by at least two individuals" it also very clearly states that one of the witnesses "shall be a person who is not a relative of the patient by blood, marriage, or adoption, a person who at the time of the request is signed would be entitled to any portion of the estate of the qualified patient upon death" It goes on but is basically saying one person has nothing to gain from the persons death.

Rooster Not Fully Studying - Statistically, only 2% of applicants for the “Death with Dignity” act from Oregon were referred to a psychiatrist even when applicants have a history of depression and/or suicide attempts. I-1000 says a doctor SHOULD refer the person to psychiatrist, but is not required to do so.

Fact - The law states "if, in the opinion of the attending physician or the counseling physician, a patient may be suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment, either physician shall refer the patient for counseling." it goes on to say that the physician can't prescribe the pill until the therapist "determines that the patient is not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression." Have you considered that if only 2% were referred to a psychiatrist, that its possible everyone involved felt that the person was making a competent decision. Or do we have to go back to your apparent lack of faith in people?

Rooster Not Fully Studying - In Oregon, nurses assisted with a suicide of a patient without the knowledge of the doctor. The department of health protected these nurses under Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. In WA’s law, there is no mention of immunity or penalization for anyone who falsely takes action in the name of the law.

Fact - Who's ass did you pull this out of? I think what you are talking about is one case in 2007 where two nurses illegally gave one patient morphine and Phenobarbital to end her life. Both nurses were held liable and charged. This law does in fact hold liable anyone who is found to be "negligent conduct or intentional misconduct by any person" I think a lawyer could easily make the case that "any person" covers doctors, nurses, and insurance providers. And throughout the law it's clear that the prescription has to be written by the doctor. Last I checked, nurses weren't allowed to write prescriptions.

Rooster Not Fully Studying - There is no mention of what the intended drug is and there is no guarantee it will work. This can result in side effects which are far worse then the terminal disease and can cause more suffering for the patient.

Fact - "Complications were reported in three patients during 2007; they all regurgitated some of the medication. One person lived 3½ days." Side effect = living 3.5 days longer than you wanted in 1 person.

Rooster Not Fully Studying - Doctors cannot be sued for malpractice if they push someone to take the drug. Sure, a very small number of doctors are quacks, but the ones that are should be convicted. However, this act protects them.

Fact - This isn't one doctors decision. The law states the patient has to be "competent in the opinion of the court or in the opinion of the patients attending physician and consulting physician" oh and not to mention the counselor or therapist, and two witnesses . Sure one doctor might be, but come on all of them. That's 4 to 5 people besides the patient.

Rooster Not Fully Studying - Governer Booth Gardner, the spokesman for this law, states this act is a “first step”. First step to what?! There are no safeguards to stop health insurance providers from pushing Death with Dignity in place of proper treatment. Historically, in Oregon, these health insurance providers have been known to recommend alternate physicians until they find one that will approve the lethal drug. Hm, makes me wonder if the insurance providers are the real people behind this proposed initiative?

Fact - Historically? Interesting that you don't link to proof of this statement. Because there is nothing in the law that says the insurance providers can't be sued if found to be in the wrong.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Door Knob #1 or Door Knob # 2

Here is Washington the governor is up for re-election. We've had a difficult choice this year, because we have to decide which one we hate less. As it turns not, it is the exact same choice we had the last time around. Basically the republican candidate lost, but by such a narrow margin that he has decided to give it a another try.

Door #1 leads to our current governor Democrat Christine Gregoire. As far as I know she's probably one of the least liked Washington governors in recent history. She's shown that she will provide favors for whoever puts the most money in her pocket, and generally spouts off nonsense every chance she gets. She can barely make decisions and that's usually only when she if forced to. Beyond that, she doesn't commit to anything in an attempt to be as non-committal of a politician as possible. On the plus side, the state hasn't broken off and fallen into the ocean while she has been governor.

Door # 2 leads to challenger Dino Rossi. Rossi actually lost the election last time, but wouldn't give up. After loosing he challenged the results in court, and just totally held up the process with his unwillingness to accept defeat. He has also decided to try to distance himself from the Republican party by running under the heading of G.O.P Party. Besides sounding like a dumb ass for saying Grand Old Party Party, it's kind of a pussy thing to do. If he's a Republican then he should be proud of it, not try to hide it, just because people don't like Republicans right now. Another irritating thing about Rossi is the amount of trees that have died during his campaign. I've received a lot of crap mail lately by candidates trying to get my vote, but none have mailed me as much crap as Rossi has. And being the environmentalist that I am, that pisses me off more than anything. On the plus side, he's not Christine Gregoire.

My buddy over at the Rooster Strikes has suggest we all vote for Uzumma the baby gorilla at Woodland Park Zoo. In thinking about it, I'd rather have a gorilla in office over a couple of knobs, so why not. Uzumma the baby gorilla it is!

Monday, October 27, 2008

10 Laws The Next President Should Enact to Make This a Better Country

With a little over a week to go till the next president will be elected, I decided to help the next president (Obama) out with some advice on a few new laws he should pass.

10 - Tighten the border with Mexico. I know this is in contrast to my liberal stance on most issues, but every time I go to Home Depot I feel like a riot is about to break out. I do support a guest worker program though. Come up and work, make some money, then go home to raise the 10 kids.
9 - Put a cap on the salaries of executives. I've met and worked for many upper managers and business executives, so I know they in no way shape or form do anything that justifies the salaries they receive.
8 - Increase the marriage age to 25. If you are in love and going to be together forever at 18, then you will still be in love and together at 25. I'd imagine we'd see fewer divorces if people had to wait a while.
7 - Legalize gay marriage. Look, there is no reason marriage shouldn't be between two humans who love each other. Gays should be allowed to get married and have a 50% divorce rate just like the rest of us. As long as they are over 25.
6 - Change the tax law so that people with children, when they get their tax refund each year, a portion of that has to go to the local school that the child attends. Why is it that homeowners with no children have to pay for the education of a family of 5. A family that gets a huge tax refund check each year for having so many children!
5 - If you are on welfare, you have to be on birth control. And not the pill kind, but the kind that gets shot in your arm, so you can't "accidently" forget to take the pill and get pregnant.
4 - Speaking of children, before we end up like China, enact a 2 child per family law. What the hell do people need so many kids for anyway? The religious rights overwhelming need to have babies is increasing the strain on this countries natural resources.
3 - And speaking of taxes, a flat tax across the board. I agree with the rich on this, just because someone makes more they shouldn't have to pay more.
2 - Reduce the legal drinking limit to 18. if you are old enough to kill and die for your country, you should be allowed to go get drunk the night before you ship out.
1 - Legalize marijuana. Come on people, this is not any worse for you than alcohol. When was the last time you heard of a guy beating his wife because he smoked to much weed. Lets take that money and use it to fight real crime and fill the jails with real criminals.

- I'm actually going to add one more to the list. An across the country Death with Dignity laws. We have I-1000 on the ballot this year in Washington. This should be moved from a state level law and just made legal nationally.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dumb NASA Very Dumb

This is why the American government is dumb, and the government agencies within it are equally dumb.

NASA is always complaining about the billions of dollars needed to fund its various endeavors. We currently fly space shuttles with empty seats, back and forth to the international space station. Yet, we don't allow tourist to pay for rides. Russia on the other hand, just sent another tourist Richard Garriott to the international space station for a mere 30 million dollars.

NASA wake up you dumb fucks and start offering this shit. Or even better, start a lottery. People across the country can buy a 1 dollar tickets, and win a ride. You'd make millions. You pick 3, so there are backups in case anyone fails, and use the money to fix Hubble.

"Tourist reaches space station"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Triad

My buddy eccentri_city set up a Windows Live discussion forum to banter over some of the things we will be voting on here in Seattle next month. If you have a Windows Live ID and feel like participating, feel free.

Link - http://groups.msn.com/TheTriad

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lazy Microsoft Janitors

I walked into the office this morning and something didn't seem quite right. I walked into my office and noticed something wasn't quite right, the lights were on. I usually have one light on and the other off, and I turn them both off when I leave at night. I didn't use my office at all yesterday, so at first I thought maybe the person who did left them both on.

After starting my laptop I then went to the break room to make myself a warm liquid caffeinated drink. It's at this point of walking through the halls that I realize what wasn't quite right, all the lights were on, in every office, even the empty ones. I also notice that all the garbage and recycle containers are in the hallway.

What happened is the lazy ass janitors did their job, but didn't bother turning the lights off or put the garbage containers back into the offices. I've noticed the garbage thing before. They regularly walk the halls, dump the smaller ones into the large one they wheel around, but this is the first time they have left all the lights on. Don't they know Microsoft has to pay that electric bill? Don't they know how irritating it is for me to have to move the garbage and recycling from the hall into the office? Lazy Bastards!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Prop K

So check this out! San Francisco, the ultra liberal city that it is, has a ballot initiative that would stop cops from arresting prostitutes for selling sex. Yep, it's almost legalized prostitution. I haven't been able to find any polls showing if it's going to pass or not, but if it does my buddy B-Rad will be happy. He can save a few bucks in travel for those "work trips". Instead of going to Nevada, he can now catch a shorter flight to San Francisco.



http://www.yesonpropk.org/initiative.html

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mormons Who Hate Butt Sex

Mercury News in California recently did an article about how the Mormon church has contributed 8.4 million dollars to promote Prop 8 in California. The proposition if passed, would add a state constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman. Interesting that a religious group that spent much of its time fighting for religious freedom is spending so much effort in fighting for restricting the freedoms of others. But then again, I guess that is what most religion is about.

Having spent some time in Utah and touring around Salt Lake City, I would equate the Mormons more to a cult than I would a religious order, I do think it's interesting that they are spending so much money on an initiative in California. You'd think they would prefer to spend that kind of money changing the Utah state constitution to define marriage as between a man and as many women as he wants. After all, it's not like they wanted to change their religious beliefs to support the one man, one woman idea. The only reason they changed it, was in 1890 they renounced polygamy so that they could receive acceptance as a state into the union in 1896.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Religious Nuts Spout Off on I-1000

People who read this blog regularly have probably figured out by now, that religion pisses me off! There is an article in the Seattle PI today that totally points out why religion pisses me off. The article "'Playing God' or dignified death?" is all about how various religions are up in arms about I-1000 the death with dignity initiative. As you can imagine the Catholics are pouring money into the campaign fighting it, saying we are playing God by allowing people to die. Then of course there is a Jewish Rabbi arguing " that taking extraordinary measures to treat someone with terminal cancer is also prolonging the dying"

I have an idea you fucking religions fucktards! How about you stay the hell out of it, and let the person who is dying make the choice! It is not your religious duty to tell everyone else how to live their lives!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

In Defense of Dignity

One more thing on the death with dignity posting from yesterday. Dan Savage a writer and editor for "The Stranger" posted a touching story about his own mothers death, that I think people voting on this issues in Washington should read.

- Click her for the article -

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Yes on I-1000

Have you ever thought to yourself about what you would want to do if you has a terminal illness, suffering from massive amounts of pain, and how you would want to deal with it. Currently Oregon is the only state in the country that allows death with dignity. The idea behind death with dignity is just that, it allows someone who knows they are going to die, to go on their terms. Specifically it "allows mentally competent, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live to receive - under strict safeguards - a prescription for life-ending medication"

I know the religious nuts out there are against it saying, God should be one who makes the decision on when someone should die. Yet, they don't seem to have a problem with keeping someone on life support to keep them alive, and they don't seem to have a problem with medication to keep someone alive. If it weren't for those things, would that person be dead? Wouldn't that be God saying it's time for this person to be dead. So aren't we playing God by keeping them alive?

Instead of making other peoples choices for them, why don't we let them make the choice. Washington state this fall has I-1000 on the ballot, it's own death with dignity law. Washington voters, lets make this the next progressive state in the country and vote yes on I-1000. instead of forcing people to suffer through the last months of their lives, let's allow them to end it on their terms. And for the religious nuts who think these people will go to hell, don't worry about it. Let God deal with them after they are dead, that's his/her job, not yours.




INITIATIVE 1000 DETAILS (copied from the Seattle PI)
"This measure would permit terminally ill, competent, adult Washington residents, who are medically predicted to have six months or less to live, to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a physician."


MAIN PROVISIONS

  • Two physicians would be required to determine that the patient has an incurable disease expected to cause death within six months, is competent and has made an informed and voluntary decision.
  • The physicians must inform the patient of the diagnosis, risks and probable result of ingesting the medication, and feasible alternatives.
    The attending physician must recommend, but not require, that the patient notify next of kin.
  • The patient must be referred for psychiatric or psychological counseling if either physician believes the patient's judgment may be impaired by a disorder or depression.
    The patient would be required to make two oral and one written request for lethal medication.
  • A 15-day waiting period between oral requests would be required, along with a 48-hour waiting period between the written request and the writing of the prescription.
  • Two people would be required to witness the written request and to attest that the patient is competent and acting voluntarily. One witness could not be related, an heir, the attending physician or work for a facility caring for the patient.
  • The patient could rescind the request at any time, in any manner.
    People participating in compliance with the measure would be exempt from criminal or civil liability.
  • The patient's death certificate must specify the cause of death as the underlying terminal disease.
  • Participating physicians would be required to file a report with the state Health Department. The state must annually review records and produce a statistical report.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Maverick

I was at a bar during the debate with some friends, and one of the things we joked about was, what a good drinking game the debates would make. Apparently we weren't the only ones.

Friday, October 03, 2008

No on Prop 8


I normally don't post twice in one day, but since I didn't post much this week here is another one.

My buddy over at the Rooster Strikes did a post on a Religious extremist and gays, So I feel that I should add this link; No on Prop 8. For those who think marriage should be between two people who love each other, rather than our current BS antiquated Christian conservative beliefs. Help California fight the narrow minded fucktards. If you don't live there, donate, and if you do vote no. send the Christian conservatives back to the deep south, back woods, redneck, towns where they belong.

Low Expectations

As most of us know the vice presidential debate was last night, and now all the pundits and new agencies are talking about it. What are they saying of course is that Sarah Palin did well… Of course she did! It's not like she didn't have weeks to train, advisers, and speech writers to tell her what to say to each of the questions she knew she would be getting. Now all the conservatives out there are going to be saying, "see told you she can do the job." Give me a break. When the expectations are so low for someone, that all they need to do is show up to look good, that does not mean a person is qualified to be vice president.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Screw You WAMU

Yesterday, the government seized Washington Mutual, and sold it's assets to JPMorgan Chase. That's fine as far as I am concerned with my banking, but in regards to stock, it sucks ass. I would like to thank all of the employees, management, and executives (with huge payouts) at Washington Mutual for driving the bank into the ground. The stock I bought from your company is now worthless!

I should have known not to buy it, after interviewing at that place for a job once. To summarize, I got up and walked out about a third of the way through, knowing it wasn't the kind of place I wanted to work. And now it's the kind of place that has brought down my stock portfolio.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Birk Economic Recovery Plan

This was sent to me and athough the numbers are a little off, the idea is pretty damn good.

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend. Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife has $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads
Put away money for college - it'll be there
Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car - create jobs
Invest in the market - capital drives growth
Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,

T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Palin Says No To Reporters

In an attempt to seem like she's more of a politician and less like a incompetent, Sarah Palin is meeting with some U.N. leaders this week. The catch is, no one will hear how the meetings went. In an effort to make sure people don't realize what an incompetent she is, she is banning reporters from the meetings. Photographers only. She knows she looks good on camera, so photographers are okay.

The point I'm making; if this is how she is as a candidate, how controlling and closed off will she be as a vice president?

Full story on MSNBC

I'd also like to add for the people who think that women will vote for her just because she is a woman, check out Women Against Sarah Palin. A bunch of smart ladies who are voting based on the issues, and not just the gender.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Survival of the Mentally Fit

I was reading an article on MSN today about hurricane Ike. One of the things they talked about is that there are still some holdouts that won't leave Galveston and other effected areas. The other day, I read a story about how many people had to be rescued during and right after the hurricane because they wouldn't leave. Look, if these people don't want to leave don't make them. And when they start calling for help and need rescuing leave them. They made there choice to stay, so let them, and let them live with the consequences. It's called survival of the mentally fit. It's what helps us improve as a society.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sarah and Hillary Together on SNL

It's not to often that SNL does a funny skit these days, but this season they started it off right.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Word of The Day

The N-word: This has a long standing history of offensiveness, unless you are black. If you are black it's apparently totally appropriate to use it. I also believe it's appropriate for anyone to use nigga depending on the context. For example when a skinny white boy is trying to be cool by saying, "Yo nigga beeitch what up!" but then again, I could be wrong on that.

The C-word: Apparently women find this one offensive, so it's not okay to use when referring to anyone. Unless you are British. Many Brits use this regularly when talking to friends, so it's acceptable for them. Personally I prefer snatch, as it just sounds funny when saying it.

And now the R-word: According to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) it is now offensive to say retard. They are so offended by its use in the movie Tropic Thunder, that the AAPD is attempting to boycott the movie. Which is fantastic if you ask me, because as we all know, when that happens it only promotes the movie and increases tickets sales. But it does set a standard that the movie studios might follow, by cutting retard from scripts.

On this list, I can get behind not using the N-word. It has a long standing history of offensiveness. So the next time you are talking to some retarded nigger cunt, just call them a retarded cunt. But, let's not give in to the political correctness sweeping the nation. Let's stop with the banning of inappropriate language, and in fact promote it. The next time you are in a meeting, swear and say whatever comes to mind. Or if you don't have the balls for that, just sing a few bars of "Alice's Restaurant" in a form of semi-silent rebellion to the man.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The EPA Does Something

The EPA Actually did something useful . Under the Bush administration the EPA has done more harm to the environment, due to inactivity, than it has done good. So it's nice to see that according to this article on MSN they actually came out and said lawnmowers and boat motors need to reduce emissions.

Why am I talking about this, other than just an excuse to bash the Bush administration. I'll tell you why. Because I haven't posted in a few days, and don't really have anything to talk about today.... That's why. But to make it up to you my loyal cranky readers, I promise my next posting with be doubly inflammatory .

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah Speaks

Although I found Sarah Palin's speach at the RNC last night well spoken and entertaining, she could use some corrections in the statements she and other speakers made. Lucky for me Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press already took care of it for me. Here are some highlights:

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate."

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families. He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.


For someone who's trying to make a claim as a political outsider, she sure has the rhetoric and BS down. For the full article I quoted from above see: Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Good Call Obama

Yesterday I posted on why I think Sarah Palin was a bad choice for McCain's vice president. Today, I figured I should post about why Joe Biden was a good choice for Obama.

Experience: This is of course the area that everyone says Obama is weak in. He's been in office since the early 70's. unlike Palin who's the governor of a state about as far away as you can get, and only served a couple years in office. Biden as been around Washington long enough to know how the system works.

He's the chairman of the Foreign Relations committee: In this day and age of most countries not liking the U.S. it's a good idea to have someone who knows how to work with other countries.

Supports the rail system: Biden takes the Amtrak back and forth to work each day. In an age of ever increase airline ticket prices, rude service, and long lines, I would love to see an increased focus on the rail system and using it as an alternative. Biden co-sponsored the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007 showing that he backs it up.

Hard on crime: All the conservatives and republicans who think a Democrat can't be hard on crime should look at Biden. He authored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which actually expanded the federal death penalty. That's right, he helped give us approximately 60 more reasons why a person should be put to death.

He believes in such a thing as global warming: Unlike Palin he actually accepts the scientific study and believes that humans are having a negative impact on the planet. He's backed this up by co-sponsoring the the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act. He also supports reinstating the Superfund fees so that polluters pay for the cleanup of toxic sites, not taxpayers.

Only has three children: Unlike Palin who believes in popping out babies as often as she takes a crap, Biden actually stopped at three.

Just like Palin has one positive (financial conservative) , Biden has a few negatives. One of which is his hard stance on narcotics. Biden is one of those politicians that believes all drugs are bad, not knowing that most drugs are harmless. He doesn't realize that the war on drugs is a complete waste of money and that most should be made legal, and taxed for extra revenue.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bad Call McCain

Ever since hearing that McCain and Obama were going to be the presidential nominees, I've been eagerly awaiting their choices for vice president. The reason for this, is I actually like both candidates. I've been a fan of Obama ever since I first heard of the guy. And I've always said McCain should have been the candidate the first time around, when he ran against Bush. I agree with both candidates of different issues, so for me it came down to the running mates. This last Friday McCain announced that Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska as his running mate. I was worried that he would choose Mitt (The Ratt) Romney, but I think this choice was almost as bad, if not worse. Besides the fact that she's an obvious attempt at winning over some of the disgruntled Hillary voters, she has many, many other reason why she's a conservatives wet dream and not the right person to be that close to running the national government.

She's a hypocrite: This seems to be the party platform for Republicans lately. "Do what I say not what I do." She's in favor of teaching abstinence in school instead of safe sex, yet her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. I guess she doesn't teach it at home. Not only that, the daughter was impregnated by an 18 year old. Some states in the union might consider that rape. Apparently Alaska isn't one of them.

She's against abortion in all cases, including incest and rape: Apparently she's never heard the nature nurture debate. Lets start with nature. Many people who have never met their natural parents pick up many of their traits or characteristics. Well, one of this kids parents is a rapist, potentially leading to the child being the same. On the nurture side, this child might be raised by the mother. A mother who sees the rapist father in the eyes of the baby.

She is pro-death for felons: I agree with her on this, but it is a little hypocritical. It's okay to kills someone after they've killed someone else, but not before they are born and grow up to become a dysfunctional member of society.

She believes creationism should be taught in school instead of evolution: I wonder if she's ever heard of the concept, "separation of church and state"? Last I checked the taxes I pay, which are collected by the government, go towards my local public school. And last I checked creationism comes straight from the bible and religion.

She has five children: I've always believed there is something wrong with people who have to many children. Also it appears she wasn't aware that the older you get, when you do have children, the odds of something abnormal happening increase. For example, having a child with down syndrome

She doesn't believe humans are having a negative impact on the planet (global warming): that's right, 99.9 percent of the climate scientists are telling is this if a fact, but she doesn't need to worry about that, she lives in Alaska and knows that what happens here on earth doesn't matter, because everything will be fine in heaven. The place conservative Republicans go when they die.

She opposes listing the polar bear as endangered: Because if that were to happen it might interfere with her plans to stick drilling rigs all over the state of Alaska.

She fires anyone who disagrees with her: As governor, and mayor before that, she has set the standard that people better fall in line our they will be cut. That's not a good way to govern, because at some point you surround yourself with "yes men", and don't always hear all point of view. check out this article in the Seattle Times for some examples

Experience: Isn't this the reason Republicans are saying Obama shouldn't be president? Hey, he's got twice as much experience as her, and at least it's in Washington D.C. with the other politicians. She's got two years as a governor in Alaska. She didn't even get into politics until 1992, where she was on the city council of Wasilla Alaska. Ever heard of it? Me neither…

About the only thing I agree with her on is that she's a fiscal conservative. In Alaska she has done an excellent job of managing the budget, and cutting waste. But this one positive hardly balances out the many negatives she brings to the McCain ticket.



9/4/08 Corrections to this post:

Above I stated she "She believes creationism should be taught in school instead of evolution" This turns out not to be true. According to an article in the Anchorage Daily New, she is
quoted as saying that she believes creationism should be allowed to be discussed in school, that it should not be a taboo subject. I have no problem with her stance on this.


As The Rooster pointed out in one of his comments, I did make up the 99.9% figure when referring to scientists who believe in human caused global warming. Although the majority do believe this is a fact. According to The Roosters response it's more like 82%. I think that number is outdated and the current number to be much higher. After watching her acceptance speech, it appears I am correct in my statement as to her belief on the subject of global warming.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Superhero Sissies

After watching the last Batman movie and thinking to myself, "what a pussy" I began to realize that it wasn't just him, and that many of our supposed superheroes are big babies. For example:

Batman: "my parents where killed, I'm traumatized, I can't have a meaningful relationship with a woman, booo hoooo." Cry me a river Batman, you are a billionaire with access to anything you want and all kinds of cool toys. Yet you spend all your time crying about it. Oh, and man up. I realize that in movie world the good guy doesn't kill the bad guy when he gets a chance, but in reality, we totally would.

Superman: He's always crying about being in love with Lois (movie) or Lana ( Smallville show) but they can't be together because he's worried that someone will hurt her. Hello! Have you noticed Superman that girls not being involved with you, end up in just as much danger. Oh and your annoying it sucks to be me, overly moral self, get over it. You are Superman, and that blond chick on the show who likes you… shag that bitch! She's hot and totally less annoying than Lana.

Spiderman: Same story as the rest, "Oh it sucks to be me, I'm a kick ass superhero who has to fight crime." You know what Spidey, there was crime before you, and will be after you. get over yourself.

The Hulk: Come on, I'm sure there are a few women out there that would like to "make you angry", and enjoy some angry green sex.

I could go on but I won't. instead I'll talk about a superhero that makes us proud; Tony Stark ( Ironman). First of all this guy has a heart condition, but does he cry about it, no. He enjoys his super suit, he enjoys shagging hot chicks, and he enjoys his money. He also enjoys being a superhero. For those of us who watched the most recent movie, in the last scene he brags about being Ironman. Why? Because it kicks ass to be a superhero.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can I Have My Friday Night Back?

This was sent from one of my cranky readers. And before anyone leaves a comment; No she was not on a date with me.

My worst blind date ever…usually I screen better than this-I must have been tired last week…

Presentation: I looked hot…you didn’t even change clothes from when you worked that day-and you have a physical-labor type of job! Need I say more?

Too Much: Don’t tell me on our first date that you are filing bankruptcy then proceed to quiz me on what I know about it (what?...how the fuck should I know? all I know is you are screwed and it’s not going to feel good). I’m not looking for a sugar-daddy…I mean I have done it all on my very own for the past 13 years but-WOW…talk about overshare. Plus it kind of ruins the illusion of security that us girls are looking for (don’t kid yourselves girls…we want a guy who is, at least, responsible…even if we aren’t).

Future: You said that since you were filing bankruptcy, you would never be able to buy a house or be financially secure so you wanted to meet a girl who had her ‘shit together’ so that you could just move in with her and help her out. WHAT!? Are you serious? I’m not letting you move in and fuck my life up too!

Church: You told me that you used to be a bible-thumping Christian but have fallen from the church-ok, that’s fine…but don’t specifically tell me that if I’m looking for a ‘good, Christian man’ that you aren’t it (seriously…I didn’t ask)…AND THEN…go ahead and tell me that the reason you don’t go to church anymore is because you missed being ‘physical’! Umm….I go to church, I’m a Christian, and I STILL HAVE SEX and (God forbid) I LOVE IT! (Yes, I know…I’m breaking some sort of commandment-that’s a different story for a different post). Come on…grow the fuck up…I’m not stupid-what’s the real excuse? Drugs? Alcohol? Hookers?

Drugs: you didn’t do drugs in your 20’s because of the bible-thumping thing but recently acquired the ‘Mary Jane’ bug and have to toke up at least once a month because it’s SOOO cool-you didn’t know what you were missing! You are 32 fucking years old! Again…grow the fuck up! I haven’t smoked pot since I was 19 (and I’m pretty sure it was just a contact-high anyway)…yeah, it’s called maturity-look it up. Oh and…don’t get so baked the night before our first date that you don’t sleep and you spend the whole time yawning...it’s not cute-it’s annoying.

Alcohol: I can drink 3 or 4 beers and still be somewhat sober…not you…you were feeling woozy…and you had 1!! (PS-it was a Hef…and you only ordered that because I did!) Then you had the guts to blame it on the pot-smoking the night before…ugh.

Girls: did you seriously have to watch that little Asian chick walk away? Granted…I would have been relieved if you had said ‘Hey, you know, you’re not my type and I’ve got to go’ as you tripped over yourself trying to catch up with her…but on a ‘real’ date-DON’T FUCKING DO THAT! You’re lucky that I had already decided (7 minutes after meeting you) that I was never going to see you again. (But…’thank you’ to the hot running dude without the shirt that sprinted past us about the same time-I needed that! You were in my Olympiad fantasy that night.) J

Your advice to your roommate: she went out with a guy once, then he bought tickets to a concert and invited her, she accepted only because he already had the tickets but she wasn’t interested in the guy. Ok…she’s stupid, I admit…but just because he’s a nice guy who buys her a ticket to a concert does not mean she ‘owes it to him’ to make out with him much less have sex with him (a ‘courtesy fuck’ you called it). Yeah…your exact words within the first 7 minutes of meeting you. If this is the advice you would give your kids (boys, btw) when they come of age…they are better off without you!

Speaking of kids: You sold your car (yeah…no car) a few months ago to pay child support for 2 kids you don’t see. Now…I understand you have kids-no problems there but…do you have to be a deadbeat dad too? Plus…you weren’t even going to tell me that! Because you feel like you just want to ‘start over’ (your EXACT words)! You can’t start over! They are already alive!!!! It doesn’t work that way asshole! I have a kid-it’s called responsibility! I can’t believe you said that to me. PS-would mine be part of your ‘starting over’? Or would I have to get rid of her too? … fuck you.

I can’t believe you said that: You wanted to go back to my place and ‘cuddle’ and asked me if I liked to cuddle. I lied to you-I told you ‘no, I’m not really a touchy-feely kind of person’. I love cuddling! I just don’t ever want to touch you! And your comment; ‘I could have my way with you’…NO YOU CAN’T. EVER! You said that we’d have to go back to my place to ‘cuddle’ though cuz you have 3 roommates and it gets kind of crazy. And although I’ve already admitted that I love sex (not to you…obviously) but I still have standards-you are definitely not cute enough to get away with that comment after everything you’ve already said. You asked me why I wouldn’t let you come over like 7 times! A couple reasons: 1. I don’t want you knowing where I live. 2. I don’t want to get raped. 3. I don’t want you around my child…not even pictures of her.

My escape: I’ve never EVER done this…I actually went to the bathroom and texted a friend to call me in 5 minutes so that I could have an excuse to leave. It was perfect! My best friend called me when I got back to the table and said he needed me to pick him up. I love my friends! J I should have just left from the bathroom…but I am waaayyy too nice (although not nice enough for a ‘courtesy fuck’). As a side note-I actually have a crazy ex-friend that left her horrible date, went to the parking lot and smeared dog crap all over his car before she took off (she’s f-ing crazy…thus the reason she’s an EX-friend). You’re lucky I’m not fucking nuts like her.

PDA: You commented on me not wanting to hold your hand on the walk back to my car…you scare me and I don’t have enough antibacterial gel in my car to make me feel better about touching you. I love pockets.

My car: You must’ve thought it was a Beamer or Mercedes by the way you were ogling it. It IS a Mitsubishi with all the works and…granted, I have a car so I can see how that is special but…stop stroking it….it’s CREEPY!

The kiss: You didn’t get one. Don’t try. Oh yeah…and I DO kiss on first dates (and I’ve been told I’m good at it)…just not you.

As you left: You told me that it was probably good that we had to cut our date short and didn’t go ‘cuddle’ (thanks to me) because you would have probably just pressured me to have sex with you and that probably wasn’t a good idea. WHAT!? You don’t get credit for ending it! I DO! Seriously…wtf.

Thanks for the call on Sunday: Good use of the 2 day rule. Yeah…I ignored it…then erased your message, your phone number and blocked your email address. Good Luck.

I’m almost turned off by blind dating….almost.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

20Cent Fee on Plastic and Paper Bags

I posted recently about the city of Seattle proposing a 20cent fee on bags at grocery stores. Well, apparently not enough people protested it, because it passed. Starting this January every time a person gets a bag from a store in Seattle, they will be charged an extra 20 cents.

For those who think this will save the planet, it won't. it doesn't have any effect on the amount of plastic going into the dumps. People will just have to buy bags that they use for trash instead of using grocery ones. All this does is allow the government to make money, using environmentalism as an excuse. And note; if this did have to do with plastics in the dumps, then why are the also charging a fee of paper?!?!

If you want to learn more about this chicken shit new law, check out these sites and fight back. If you see a petition somewhere to get this repelled, sign it.


http://www.seattlebagtax.org/
http://stoptheseattlebagtax.com/

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Start Learning Spanish White Boy

The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting that by the year 2042 good old whitey will no longer be the majority of the population. If you read the story on MSNBC, at least, that's how they make it sound. Technically that's not true. Yes, there won't be more white folk than minorities anymore, but Caucasians will still be the majority, as compared to any individual minority. So to all you conservatives sweating it out, don't worry, it's just that when all the groups are combined you won't be the top dogs.

If you want to know the largest growing population, assuming you can't guess, it's the Hispanic population. Besides all the immigration, those Mexicans are breeders. The Hispanic population is projected to double. And as anyone who has visited a fast food restaurants knows, they don't speak English all that well, so start studying Spanish, because one of these days, it might be the only way you will be able to order that Big Mac.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cranky About Motorcycles

This week I reached the 1000 mile mark on my motorcycle, and since this is the Cranky Monkey, I decided to commemorate the occasion by posting top 10 things that make me cranky about motorcycles.

10. Not enough motorcycle parking. Come on Seattle, you want to get people out of those SUV's and into something smaller, you need to provide reasons to do so. If I could find more safe motorcycle parking downtown, I might be more inclined to ride my bike down there.
9. Helmet hair. In the morning my hair is usually still wet when I leave for work, and by the time I get to work it has dried into a disaster.
8. Large groups of riders going on rides. You are driving down the road and this large spread out group of riders is cruising along. They are spread out far enough to where it's impossible to pass them, and you are stuck waiting for a passing lane.
7. The weather. Yes riding when the weather is great, is great. But living in Seattle that's not very often. And quite often instead of riding I'm stuck driving, thanks to the weather.
6. The wave. This actually used to be kind of cool. Riding down the road, you see another rider and you each do a quick acknowledgement wave. But sometimes you do it, and the other guy doesn't, which makes him a dick. Or sometimes you just don't want to wave back, especially if you are cruising down the interstate or shifting, and don't want to take your hand off the grip.
5. People who asks, "what kind of bike do you have?" but have no clue about motorcycles. Anyone who rides a motorcycle knows what I'm talking about. You are in the office, your helmet is on your desk and a coworker say, "Oh you have a motorcycle. what kind of bike is it?" You then tell the person and you can see in their eyes they have no clue what you are talking about, so they then say, "Cool" and change the subject to something else.
4. Maintenance. You have to clean and lube the chain every 200 miles, check the slack every 500, so forth and so on. Doesn't the manufacturer know I just want to ride the damn thing.
3. The Lynnwood Cycle Barn. This actually isn't a complaint about riding, but about a place that sells motorcycles. They have the worst sales people out of any sales people. If this country had a consistently shitty sales person contest, the Cycle Barn would always win. If you don't believe me, look up reviews on this place, they are all bad. Unfortunately they are one of the few places in in Western Washington that sells Triumphs. Triumph Motorcycle Company, if you are reading this please find another dealer in north Seattle. You probably loose business because of this place.
2. Dumbasses on crotch rockets. These are the ones that give other bike riders bad names. They race in and out of traffic, cutting people off, and being total dumbasses. Then when they do get in a wreck, everyone acts like it's the drivers fault not the rider.
1. Most every driver on the road. These are the people who don't see you, are to busy talking on their phones, eating, not paying attention, or driving red BMW's with Obama stickers on the back. When an accident happens it hurts the person on the bike more than the car. So, if we get rid of the cars, we get rid of the problem.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

California Taxes

This was sent from one of my cranky readers:

A friend of mine sent me some information about more taxes in California. I used to live in California and it Sucked! Not only are Californians snobby but they are always grumpy and complaining about everything but never do anything to make it better. Everyone is always way to busy and thinks someone else will step up. So my friend helped put a rally together to protest a new tax that will be on the ballot this fall. It's an increase in state taxes so they can put condom machines in the men's prison in Vacaville Cal. The prison is reporting a high outbreak of sexual transmitted diseases. So to stop this the only thing they can come up with is a safe sex campaign. For those of you who don't know Vacaville it's an armpit. The prison is high security because it holds death row inmates and the worst of the worst rapists and murderers. So here's the thing do these losers really need to have safe sex. Just let them butt fuck each other and kill each other off. However, once again nobody wants' to get involved of take the time from there "busy schedule" to get involved. My parents still live in Cal. around this area and won't even go, and they are about conservative as you can get.

So even though I feel sorry for my friend who has to pay so inmates can have safe sex. I say screw the rest of you. You deserve to pay and quite your bitching.


I'm in agreement with this reader. Another idea that they should consider is to slip antidepressants or some other sex drive reducing narcotic into the meals of the inmates. If they want to waste money, why not waste it in a way that reduces the sex drive all together. No erection, no butt sex.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rossi for G.O.P. Party

Here in Washington we are in the process of sending in our primary voter ballets. The ballot includes half a dozen names for governor, including our current governor and the person who lost last time around; Dino Rossi. Dino lost the last election in the same way Al Gore lost to Bush, by a few miscounted votes. But what Dino did differently than Gore, was he never shut up about it. He continued fighting in courts, and in the news, and everywhere else he could find. Gore actually took the higher road and when the decision was made, stepped aside. He also didn't force us to vote for or against him in the next election, like Rossi is doing this time around.

Rossi is running for governor again this fall, and this time I hope he looses badly and gets the hint to go away. I believe that a Republican governor might not be a bad idea for this state, and I dislike our current governor Chris Gregoire as much as everyone else, but don't believe that a cry baby looser is the way to go about it.

For those voting this primary, think about it like this: We have two Republicans on the ballot. One of them has listed as his preferred party "Republican Party". Which is an actual political party. Rossi on the other hand has listed under his preferred party "G.O.P party".

Dino F.Y.I. - G.O.P. is a reference to the Republican Party but it's not actually the name of the party. And I'm no grammar expert, but by G.O.P party you are actually saying Grand Old Party party, which makes you sound like a fucking retard.

Friday, August 08, 2008

BMW vs Triumph

Let me tell you a little story about my ride into work this morning. I'm cruising down the carpool lane and there isn't a lot of traffic. Since there is little traffic I'm going well above the speed limit. 70 in a 60 zone to be exact. Some guy in a dark red BMW comes up behind me, and eventually flies past me, I'm guessing he's doing 80. I don't think much of it, as he gets in front of me. I stare at the Obama stickers on the back of his car and think, "what a jackass for ruining such a nice car", as he eventually gets held up by the truck front of him due to the traffic getting thicker. I pretty much follow him the rest of the way.

We get towards the exit and he gets over way before I do, and I eventually start getting over. By this time, I had gotten in front since I stayed in the carpool lane longer. It's crowded and it's getting close to the exit, so I have to get in front of this guy to exit. I turn my signal on and as soon as I do, he does the asshole thing and speeds up. I cut over real quick anyway. He honks his horn at me. I'll admit I have a short temper as it is, and if had been in my truck I probably would have slammed on my breaks forcing my trailer hitch into the grill of his fancy car. But I was on my bike, so I didn't do anything.

The exit swings around onto a two lane road. The guy and the fat chick in the passenger seat start waiving their hands flipping me off.

Ok! Now I'm pissed! I race up ahead of them, cut in front of him and slam onto my breaks. I flip the kickstand down, and get off the bike. We start yelling. The ugly cow gets out of the passenger seat, but the guy just sits in his car and lets his woman do the arguing for him. The thought does cross my mind to start jumping on the hood of his car, but I'm still rational enough to know that my bike is in front if his car, and he'd probably hit the gas if I did that. During the fight I found out that the reason he was being such a jackass was, he was pissed about having to pass me on the highway. Apperantly my 70 was to slow for him.

The guy never did get out of his car, so a fight never actually broke out. I do miss the good old days (before my time) that a couple guys could pull into a parking lot and duke it out, instead of letting their women do the arguing for them. Especially when one of the guys is wearing a helmet with motorcycle gloves on.