Thursday, November 29, 2007

Quick Hits and Lovely Links

The news in the world is weird and wonderful. Sometimes I just can't believe what I'm reading and other times...well I just don't know what the hell to think.

"I thought you had it!"

It seems like a simple thing, but I guess if you get in the business of dealing drugs, nothing is really simple. Don't sample too much of the product, particularly when you are smuggling it around the US road ways. Being stoned is really the only good explanation for losing 60 lbs. of product along the side of the road. And here I thought Cheech and Chong had retired. Apparently, they just went into private practice.
Yahoo: Road Workers Find 60 lbs. of Weed

Fool me once...

I'm pretty sure you're supposed to know your left from your right when you're a freakin' brain surgeon, unless you practice at Rhode Island Hospital. These morons operated on the wrong side of a patient's brain not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions in a year. The first time, hey, everyone makes mistakes. But after the second screw up, wouldn't you start asking "are you sure it's this side?" before you start carving? Oh, the punishment? $50,000 and a reprimand. I bet the surgery cost more than that. Personally, I think they ought to fire the head of surgery, jerk the hospital's accreditation, and stick them for at least 7 figures. Hey, the kid in the picture seems to be doing a good job, they could always hire him.Hospital makes 3rd brain surgery mistake

Canadian Beer Bad for the Environment

It seems that one-in-three Canadian households has a refridgerator dedicated to beer. One-in-three! And these aren't the top of the line jobs, these are the 20 year-old clunkers that make the dial on the electric meter spin faster than a politician. You know, I can't decide what I found more interesting about this story. Was it the fact that one-in-three Canucks has a beer fridge or that the study that found them to be draining the world of fossil fuels was sponsored by the Canadian government? Man, how would you like to be the guy who conned them into that grant! A government sponsored country-wide road-trip survey of beer fridges!

Of course, now that I think about it, if Canada has so little to worry about that they think this is a good use of government funds, maybe they've got something good going on after all. Canadian Beer Fridges

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect 5,000 euros

Thieves walked into a German church, during services, and walked out with a 300 year-old bible worth 5,000 euros. Oh, and they emptied the collection plate as well. I don't know much, but I do know this: Stealing a rare Bible from a church has got to get you the Fast Pass to hell, particularly if you pocket the charity money collected to feed the poor while you're at it. Dudes, liquor stores not interesting enough for you? Banks too tough? Unless it's a special order from a collector, you'll never be able to sell the Bible, so why not send it back and stick to more traditional crimes, like rolling American tourists and mugging little old ladies.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Cheney has bad heart rhythm

I actually think the bigger story here is that Cheney still has a heart. I guess I just assumed it pulled a Grinch and shrunk to next to nothing.

Cheney has Irregular Heart Beat

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. On this day I think about all the people who have so little, who are suffering illness or loss of a loved one and hope that I can find the strength to look past my petty worries just long enough to truly feel thankful for what I have. For my family, my friends, and my readers I am thankful. I know that I don't write enough, and yet, a solid number of readers keep checking in. I appreciate your taking the time and hope that you too have things for which you can be thankful.

To all, even my international readers who probably aren't sitting down to a turkey dinner with all "the fixin's", a very happy Thanksgiving and thank you for stopping by The T-Dude. Your readership means a lot to me and it is truly one of the things I am thankful for on this day.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I think I'll fly naked next time...

What was the big news yesterday? The war perhaps? No? Hmmmmm, let me think...was it the Presidential race? No? Oh, I know. It was the Hooters waitress who got kicked off Southwest airlines for showing too much cleavage and thigh who is now appearing naked in Playboy. Silly me, of course all the major news sites covered that, it's huge news, right?

I know, I sound like a curmudgeon, but this isn't about whether or not Kyla Ebbert should sell naked pictures of herself for money. Go for it honey. Honestly, if that's how you want to make a living, what business is it of mine?

But how is this news? It was barely news when she got told she couldn't fly wearing the provocative but nowhere near obscene outfit you see in the picture. But okay, human interest, customer rights, that's a back page news blurb. But that same girl turning her 15 minutes into a nudie spread, why is that news? Is anyone shocked that a waitress from Hooters took tens of thousands of dollars to appear naked so that men could drool and masturbate?

Sorry...that's painting with a broad brush. I'm sure there are waitresses at Hooters who wouldn't pose for Playboy for less than 6 figures.

Fox, CNN, the rest of you guys. Let's try not to act as the marketing arm for Hugh Hefner and the rest of the folks hangin' in the grotto, okay? They can handle that on their own. Just give me the freakin' news.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

If I can't be the quarterback, then I'm going home...

The end has finally come for the head of the great Foley coverup. Dennis Hastert has announced that he will resign before the end of the year.


Anyone who would protect a pederast like Foley in an effort to save his own position as Speaker of the House should go home.

I just wish he would have gotten the same treatment that Foley gave those interns before he left.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dogs and Cats Living Together...

Pat Robertson just endorsed Rudy Giuliani. Pat fucking Robertson. If that doesn't show just how politically driven the religious right is, nothing will. Giuliani supports a woman's right to choose. Pat Robertson calls abortionists murderers. I honestly don't even know what else to say...but I feel a tome coming on real soon. Between the moment of silence (prayer) my kids suddenly have to endure and this, I think I smell something in wind and it seems to be coming from the religious right. And it ain't incense I can tell you that.

CNN: Giuliani, McCain pick up key Christian conservative backing

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Quick Hits III

It's time for another quick hits, those little moments of clarity or "Huh?" that were noted over the past few days. So dig right in.

Fall back an hour and die!

A new study shows that several hundred people die a year thanks to the change back from Daylight Savings Time. I knew there was a reason I hated day light savings. Of course, if you believe the story about how they delayed the day for the change back to regular time this year under pressure from the candy lobby (more favorable for trick or treating), then you could argue that candy is killing these people.

Pedestrians 3 times more likely to be killed when clocks change, study says

Say What, Fred?

I was watching Fred Thompson on Press the Meet yesterday and learned that not only does Fred like to go third-person when talking about himself, he thinks that all the tough questions are a matter of State's Rights. For example:
MR. THOMPSON: I have always—and that’s been my position the entire time I’ve been in politics. I thought Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. I think this platform originally came out as a response to particularly Roe v. Wade because of that. Before Roe v. Wade, states made those decisions. I think people ought to be free at state and local levels to make decisions that even Fred Thompson disagrees with. That’s what freedom is all about. And I think the diversity we have among the states, the system of federalism we have where power is divided between the state and the federal government is, is, is—serves us very, very well. I think that’s true of abortion. I think Roe v. Wade hopefully one day will be overturned, and we can go back to the pre-Roe v. Wade days. But...

MR. RUSSERT: Each state would make their own abortion laws.

MR. THOMPSON: Yeah. But, but, but to, to, to have an amendment compelling—going back even further than pre-Roe v. Wade, to have a constitutional amendment to do that, I do not think would be the way to go.
That's pretty slick Fred! You get to be against a woman's right to choose without being a complete threat to women.

Here, read it for yourself. But be aware, there are moments when I'm not sure even Fred knows what Fred is trying to say and reading that kind of useless tripe can be detrimental to your health.

Meet the Press’ transcript for Nov. 4, 2007

Trick or Treat

My wife and I went trick or treating with the kids. I'm not sure who had more fun. There was even theme music! Read her account of it here: You're Boring Me