Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Misadventures in advertising

Or Aqua Teen Hunger Force is NOT the bomb:

More than 10 blinking electronic devices planted at bridges and other spots in Boston threw a scare into the city Wednesday in what turned out to be a publicity campaign for a late-night cable cartoon. Most if not all of the devices depict a character giving the finger.

Peter Berdovsky, 29, of Arlington, was arrested on one felony charge of placing a hoax device, and one charge of disorderly conduct, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

"We're not going to let this go without looking at the further roots of how this happened to cause the panic in this city," she said at a news conference Wednesday night.

Highways, bridges and a section of the Charles River were shut down and bomb squads were sent in before authorities declared the devices were harmless.

Do people in advertising just not think anymore?

I was sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings eating dinner when the Fox Report came on one of the big screens... there wasn't any sound but I could read what was on the screen and I was just in disbelief.

How stupid is this country getting?

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lighting a fire under their asses

My last post seems to have awakened the sleeping giants of the local MSM... The Surprise is working on that story again all of a sudden...

You wouldn't think that me calling them out on their own blog had anything to do with it, right?

Monday, January 29, 2007

The shit hits the fan on Saturday... maybe

Our hockey team is having a meeting with the fans on Saturday:

Prior to Saturday night’s game against Long Beach, Wildcatters co-owner Rick Adams and Head Coach Malcolm Cameron will host a town hall meeting.  The question and answer session will take place inside the Ford Park Exhibit Hall from 6-6:30 p.m. this Saturday February 3.  Coach Cameron will be available from 6-6:15 p.m.

The event is open to all Wildcatters fans.  Fans will have the opportunity to ask the Wildcatters co-owner and Head Coach about the hockey team.  The Wildcatters are off to their best start in their three year history in Southeast Texas and are currently tied for first place in the American Conference.

I was thinking that this would be the time that the team would finally answer for all their problems that they've had this year... but the meeting's only half an hour, which is a great attempt by the team to not have to listen to too many complaints.

I've got plenty... the biggest one (at least for me) being all the emails that I (as well as others) have sent that went unanswered.

Thanks to Gmail's wonderful archiving feature, I still have the emails.... which you can see (along with some notes from me) below the fold. I'll do my best to make it all make sense to y'all, but it's basically copied and pasted from an email I sent to a reporter from the local rag a month ago when he was looking into the story.

There still hasn't been a story run about it, so I'm putting it out there for everybody now.

When I mention Steve, I'm referring to Stephen A. Samoyedny, the team's Assistant GM and my ticket rep with the team.

I'll start with the first one I sent to Steve the night of the "season ticket holder meet and greet" where only two or three players showed up. It didn't receive a response.

To: Steve S.
Subject: Buddy passes, Merch. discounts, and that thing y'all called a STH meet and greet
Date: Oct 23, 2006 11:28 PM


From the STH benefits page:

- WILDCATTERS BUDDY PASSES (receive one buddy pass per ticket and bring a friend to a game)

I don't see one in the package...


- 5% MERCHANDISE VOUCHER (receive 5% of your total season ticket purchase in free merchandise!)

says nothing about requiring a purchase of any minimum amount, as the vouchers that were included say. It should be $20 (well $21.60 to be exact in my case) off PERIOD, not requiring a minimum purchase.

Not to mention the piss-poor excuse for a season ticket holder meet and greet where not even half the team showed up and there were no perks whatsoever (free food and/or drinks, etc.). One of the players I talked to said they didn't even know about it until sometime today. Hell, from what I heard, the meet and greet for the general public was better.

These are the kind of things that weigh on my mind when I decide if I'm going to renew my package for next year. Based on what I've seen now, it's not looking good.
Justin Yarbrough

Nobody ever accused me of not being someone who jumps straight to the point...

As I said, I never got a response to this one, but most of the issues were addressed in a later email. I'll go into those explanations after I the emails I got them in response to.

On to the next email. I'd seen Steve walking to my seat at the season opener and had told him that I wanted to have a talk with him, but never had the chance so I sent this one his way.

To: Steve S.
Subject: Since we never had that little talk...
Date: Oct 31, 2006 12:25 PM


Since we never had that talk at the game Saturday night you can explain why I never got a response to the email I sent last week here.

And in addition you can tell me why we didn't have the STH parking area that we've always had on Saturday *and* how you're going to get it back.

Last week's email is below for reference.

I await your response this time too.... ~Justin

[The last email was down here]

Just to clarify, there was no season ticket holder parking set up at the opener.

I got a response to this one the next day where Steve more or less said he wasn't ignoring my emails and that he'd get back to me after he looked into a few things. Naturally, he never did.

At the next game, we did have an area roped off, but it was different than we'd had in years past. It was farther from the arena. The suite lot had been enlarged, pushing us farther back.

Anyways.... on to the one email where I actually got a decent response. Jennifer Nguyen (the team's GM) had sent out an email to all of the season ticket holders on December 1, during that two-week, 7 game road trip, looking for us to pressure the media to give them more coverage.

That set me off. I mean. they don't do ANYTHING to address my concerns but want me to help get out the word? No way I was gonna do that.

Here's my reply to her, which I sent to a couple other people in the organization who are listed below. Yes, the email even had the bold and links that are showing.

To: Jennifer Nguyen, Steve S., (an account with our owner's name on it)
Subject: Re: Lack of Media Coverage for First Place Wildcatters
Date: Dec 1, 2006 10:44 AM

When the season started, I would blog about how the team's doing on both my personal blog and one that I write for that's sponsored by the Enterprise. I stopped doing that a few weeks ago because I, a season ticket holder, have gotten tired of being treated like crap this year.

If I was to post anything about the team or send anything to any of the local media outlets it certainly wouldn't be about the team being in first place.

It'll be about how the season ticket holder parking lot has SHRUNK and been moved FARTHER AWAY from the arena to accommodate the suite-holders, whose lot is never full.
It'll be about the "Wildcatters buddy passes" which we were promised and never got.

It'll be about the 5% "merchandise voucher" that y'all are requiring us to purchase a certain amount of merchandise to receive when it was implied that no purchase amount would be necessary.

It'll be about the nonexistent season ticket holder Saturdays

It'll be about the season ticket holder meet and greet that Coach Cam and many of the players were not at.

It'll be about all the times that Steve never got back to me about my gripes when he said he would.

If you want all that to get out to the media, then fine. If not, you might want to make sure that we're happy before you ask for our help again. NOTHING can help season ticket holder sales more than a season ticket holder with a lot of good things to say and nothing can hurt  them more than a season ticket holder who's unhappy and is willing to shout it from the mountaintop.
Right now you've got a lot of us that fall in that second category, something I'd want to change if I had your job.

I could always call up my buddies at Channel 6 and the Enterprise and pass these concerns on to them.

About an hour later I had a long-winded response from Steve.
Here's what all I was told:

  • The parking situation had been resolved so that we had the parking area closest to the box office, which turned out to be a flat-out lie. The situation didn't change one bit. When I asked Steve what the deal was that Thursday, he acted as surprised as I was. Jenny then told me that they were in the process of working with SMG to get it changed. It's still not changed.
  • I was told that the buddy passes "are being printed right now." I never actually got my hands on a pass but I did get my free ticket to a game a couple weeks ago.
  • I found out that the merchandise coupons in the back of our ticket books were in addition to our promised voucher and that the merchandise booth had a list of all the season ticket holders and how much they were eligible to receive in free merchandise and that the coupons in the back were included because they felt that was better than having four blank tickets in the back of our books. That's the first I'd heard of that, but it checked out.
  • I was told that the meet and greet they had in October, which they pretty much billed as a meet and greet, was meant more as just an avenue for us to come and pick up our tickets and that a true meet and greet would be scheduled later. The event still has yet to be scheduled.

There was a lot of "I'm sorry" in that email... something I've heard from them a lot this year.

Oh, and if anybody in the local media wants to pick this up LIKE THE ENTERPRISE MADE ME BELIEVE THEY WOULD BUT DIDN'T then get ahold of me via email at and I'll send you my cell number and we can talk.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Thursday, January 25, 2007

To the bone

Like every dog I've ever seen, Bruiser just loves chewing on bones.

My bone! Mine! You can't have it!!!

Not that I ever said I wanted it...

Anyways, for more dogblogging, as well as other critters, check out this week's Friday Ark hosted by... um... who is it that hosts it this week?

Oh yea, the Modulator, like always.

Silly me.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

More scoring than a whorehouse

I just finished watching the NHL All-Star game and I'm amazed at the numbers being put up by the two teams.

The western conference won 12-9, which is a score you'll almost never see in a regular game.

Then again, you have to remember that it's not a normal game. There's no penalties, no real hitting, and just a bunch of guys having fun.

It's nice to watch once in a while, but I like my hits and fighting, which I'll hopefully see plenty of the next few nights as the 'Catters play three games in the next three nights.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Doing my part

I've been hearing reports that President Bush will call for up to a 20% reduction in gas in tonight's State of the Union address.

With that being said, I plan on cutting back my intake of Mexican food and other foods that give me gas by up to 20%.

What's that? He's talking about gasoline consumption?


I guess I can eat that burrito tonight after all.

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Crossposted to Through our eyes

Monday, January 22, 2007

Dammit: hour 5

I counted one: Graham (a.k.a. Rocket Romano) saying it to Jack when they met.

As far as that british guy, he was originally going to be played by this guy: (NSFW)

Yes, none other than Eddie Izzard. Shame that his schedule didn't work... I'm sure that it would have added some very interesting comic relief to the show. a wet dog

Today Bruiser got a bath.

Beagles don't have to have baths much, so I do it maybe four or times a year. I only do it when he's either really stinky or if I notice that he's shedding.

Of course, I usually don't notice his shedding since his hair is so much shorter than the other two dogs.

He hates water.

A lot.

So giving him a bath is a challenge... he tends to try to dart out of the bathtup and splash around a lot, so I ended up as wet as him when it was over.

But he does smell much better, so it's all good.

Thank goodness I don't have to do it much.

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Crossposted to Through our eyes

Friday, January 19, 2007

Best. Excuse. Ever.

Why yes, I did ingest a banned substance. Here's how.

Be sure to look at the link before you click on "read more" or you'll wonder what the hell I'm talking about.

Not that wondering what the hell I'm talking about is out of the ordinary

This story is also further evidence of something I've told women in my life for years: "men are stupid." I mean, that had to be some pretty nasty looking stuff. A guy's got to have his limits, ya know.

Then again, (NSFW?) looking at her, I might be tempted to make an exception. Of course, I'm also not some soccer player that can practically pluck hot babes off of a tree.

Really. I can't.  bloggers aren't that powerful.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

I don't CAIR about your problem with "24"

(hat-tip: Blogs4Bauer)

It looks like CAIR, along with other Muslim groups aren't as big on the sixth season of "24" as I am.

The plot of the hit Fox drama “24” may make for exciting television, but Muslim groups fear their representation as terrorists does more than entertain - it vilifies an entire religious group.


Of course, it’s a show. But TV not only reflects the zeitgeist - it also influences it, some say, meaningthe writers of “24” have to be careful, said Rabiah Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“I saw ‘24’ (on Monday) and we do have concerns with the show,” Ahmed said. “We are monitoring it and will be contacting our contacts at Fox to discuss those concerns.”

Fox responded with a statement basically saying that they haven't singled out anybody:

24 is a heightened drama about anti-terrorism. After 5 seasons, the audience clearly understands this, and realizes that any individual, family, or group (ethnic or otherwise) that engages in violence is not meant to be typical.

The show takes great pains to ensure that all characterizations are seen in the overall context of the series. "Bad guys" may ultimately be good and those that seem to be guardians may in fact be the worst kind of criminals. Even the show's hero, Jack Bauer, is seriously flawed. It's that acknowledgement of the diverse nature of the show's characters that makes 24 such a compelling series.

Over the past several seasons, the villains have included shadowy Anglo businessmen, Baltic Europeans, Germans, Russians, Islamic fundamentalists, and even the (Anglo-American) president of the United States. Over the course of the series, no ethnic group has been singled out for persecution or blame. In fact, the show has made a concerted effort to show ethnic, religious and political groups as multi-dimensional, and political issues are debated from multiple viewpoints.

Having watched every episode to date, I can tell you off-hand that this is the third time that Muslims have been involved in a plot, these seasons being 2, 4, and 6 (the curremt season). Have they been used a lot? Yes. Crack open your newspaper though and take a look

Either way, lighten up folks. "24" is just a TV show. I think just about every American is smart enough to seperate a TV show from reality. We may see another "muslims are our friends" thing done by Kiefer like they did in the fourth season.

Odds are that the rabbit hole runs much deeper than the muslims we're seeing right now anyway... and I'd be willing to bet that they won't pray towards Mecca.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Back and better than ever

Yes, I'm back to normal blogging.

A day late, but I got an excuse. A friend of mine had surgery yesterday, so my mind was somewhere else. She's home now and is doing ok so I'm back.

Later today I plan on writing about how I don't care what CAIR thinks on a certain issue and probably some other stuff.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dammit: correction on episode 4

After further review (meaning I bought the DVD with the first four episodes) I have found that Buchanan said dammit in the first few minuites of the hour after finding out that satellite civerage if the bus Numair escaped from was, at best, spotty.

The dammit was whispered, so that's probably why I missed it.

On a different note, the DVD ran me 8.99 plus tax at Wal-Mart and includes a $10 coupon which can be used towards the purchase of ANY season on DVD, even season 6 (the current one) once it comes out... most likely in December. The coupon doesn't expire until February of 2008.

So, with the coupon, the DVD pays for itself if you buy the box sets like I do.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Sorry for the lack of blogging recently. I've been busy with a few other things that have eaten up a large portion of my blogging time in the past few days.

I'll be back to normal soon, I promise.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Dammit: hours 3 and 4

If there were any, I didn't catch them, so the count stays at 1.

In other 24 news, Jack shot and killed his longtime partner. On purpose.

It was a nice shot.

Oh yea... there was a nuke that went off at the end. Almost forgot...

UPDATE: I got this one wrong. More info here.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dammit: hours 1 and 2... and Dracula

It was a slow night on the bad words.

We got one from Bill Buchanan in the first episode when Chloe and Morris took actions that could have jeopardized the trade of Jack for a bad guy, and that was it.

With my decision to count all dammit's, that'll put our counter at 1.

Oh, and BIG ups to Jack for going all Count Dracula on that guy at the end of the first hour.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

In which I tell Ticketmaster where to go... and it aint the Bahamas

You may (or may not) be aware that tickets for RodeoHouston went on sale today.

Every year they have a great lineup of concerts, and this year is no different.

Anyways, this morning I hopped on to order tickets to go see ZZ Top.

I entered how many tickets I wanted, and for what level. No problem.

Until I hit submit.

I got one of those word verification thingys, and a bunch of word verifications that were really hard to read. I swear I spent at least two or three minutes before I actually got one right. Fucking ridiculous. You'd think they'd screen the damn images or somehing.

After I finally got through that clusterfuck, I learned that their ticket server couldn't handle all the demnad and took FOREVER to search up tickets. After waiting 15 or 20 minutes, the server just fucking dropped me, and I had to start all over.

Oh. Fucking. Yay.

So I repeated the process.

That time, after about 20 minutes, I got told that there was nothing that matched my request, which had been for a certain level.

So I repeated the process and got dropped again.

At that point, I said fuck it, I'll try in a little while.

So I tried about a half hour later.

This time, it still took about 10 minutes to dig up the tickets, but I got them and checked out without a hitch.

Which is more than a friend of mine who was going after George Strait tickets can say. He never got those tickets.

In concluson, I'd like to send a big FUCK YOU to Ticketmaster for making my morning (And the mornings of many others) more stressful than they need to be.

As far as where they can go.... do I really need to say?

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Petey licks

It's Friday, so that means dogblogging!

This week, Petey looks like he might have found something.

No, I didn't find anything! I'm just getting ready to lick my paw!

Oh, sorry.

For more dogblogging, as well as tons of other furry four-legged creatures, check out this week's Friday Ark hosted, as always, by The Modulator.

Ma'am, yes ma'am

Let the record show that Justin's Random Thoughts does not condone these actions of the United States Air Force:

"Drop and give me 20!" is something you might hear Air Force Staff Sgt. Michelle Manhart yell to airmen trainees at Lackland Air Force Base.

Drop her trousers is what Manhart did for Playboy magazine, and now it's landed her in trouble with the military.

"Of what I did, nothing is wrong so I didn't anticipate anything of course," Manhart said Thursday of the pictorial. "I didn't do anything wrong so I didn't think it would be a major issue."

In a six-page spread in February's issue, hitting newsstands this week, Manhart is photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headline "Tough Love." The following pages show her partially clothed wearing her dog tags while working out, as well as completely nude.

We support any woman of legal age's right to pose naked in a magazine without any interference.

In all seriousness, the only thing I don't like about this is the flack that she's catching from the Air Force. Women, in the past, have been dismissed for doing what Manhart did and I'd expect the same thing to happen to her, which is a crying shame.

Then again, this is a decision that's probably going to be made by top brass that are stuck in a 1950's mindset.

Get with the times, guys! it's the 21st century now!!!

Now is it just me or does a hot female drill instructor sound like something you'd be more likely to see in a porno flick than in real life?

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Hackosphere folded me!!!

OK, so not exactly.

But it did show me how to set up expandable posts in the new Blogger.

Aint it cool? I swear, this is the handiest feature I've come across yet.

The code for the expandable posts in 2.0, as I call the new version of Blogger, can be found here or you can check out all that Hackosphere has to offer.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


24 is coming back on Sunday.

Since Blogs4Bauer has the kill counter (with new rules), I thought I should do something.

I bring you the DAMMIT counter.

Basically, it'll count how many times Jack says it this season.

You'll see it somewhere near the top of the sidebar.

Random Thoughts: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

Yes, kids, it's time for that feature that I whip out when I don't know what the fuck else to write about: random thoughts.

You can see them below the fold:

  • The 'Catters are 0-3-1 (wins - losses- OT or shootout losses) since the Texans season ended. Is that a slump or did they decide that I just needed another sucky team in my life now that The Texans are no longer playing?
  • By the time I got to Houston to help my mom with puppies that were being born, all four of them were. About right, right?
  • Oh yea, she had another dog birth a litter on Sunday. There were three of them, but one didn't make it.
  • What part of team blog do these stupid fucks not understand? Some of them will post a few times a month. Some of them haven't posted in months. If I didn't crosspost stuff the place would be dead.
  • Hospitals scare me. And so do vets offices that look like hospitals.
  • I guess that's right since going into GCVS, the place we've been taking Bear to, makes me nervous.
  • I just realized that pitchers and catchers report next month. Baseball's gonna be back soon!!!
  • Glad to see that I'm not the only person who thinks adding troops to the clusterfuck that is Iraq is a bad idea.
  • As far as what we should do? I don't know. I just have a feeling that nuking the whole damn place and letting God sort them out would be a little messy.
  • On a related note, how come the US can kill all our enemies but we insist that Israel "negotiate" and "work with" the people who want to kill them? Just don't make any fucking sense to me.
  • Enough quasi-political crap for today? Yea, I think so too.
  • 24's back next week. Yay for the Jack Bauer Power Hour!
  • No, I won't be participating in the drinking game. But I plan on doing something related for this season. More info on that coming on Sunday.

That's all I've got. :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Blogging will be light today

ac Blogging will be light today because my mom INSISTED that I needed to come over and help with puppies that were being born.

Apparently she can't get anybody else or some crap like that. so she's calling someone an hour and a half away and asking them to drive in.

When the hell did I sign up for this?

Oh yea, I didn't.

Regular blogging will resume tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Quick update

Last night I'd said that they did a blood test to check Bears liver function.

The test came back normal, so that's good.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Monday, January 08, 2007

The long journey

And I'm not just talking about the drive to Houston...

Today we met with Dr. Clarke because Dr. Burney had to go home early to watch their kids because his wife is sick. That wasn't a big deal since she was briefed on the case by Burney and pretty much knew how Burney wanted to proceed.

We were reminded that Bear's condition is one that can be beaten, but it's going to take months and that we're doing the best we can to beat it.

We were offered the option of having surgery that would help in the process, but decided that we thought it would be too much for Bear to take, partly because they'd have to break his hip to get to his colon. We just didn't think that the payoff was worth all that he'd be put through.

With that, we're continuing the medications that he's on, along with two more that should help ease any pain he's having.

They took some blood to check his liver function, which can be affected by some of the medication he's on.

Dr. Clarke also recommended a food change to Eukanuba low residue, a prescription food that doesn't generate as much waste as most food. She told us that she usually recommends it to any patient that comes in with GI problems.

We go back in a month for a recheck and progress report.

Considering we thought that we were going to have to put him down, we left pretty happy with what we were told.

The little research I've done (a Google and Wiki search) into what Bear has shows that Bear's chances of coming out of this aren't very good, but we're holding out hope that our boy will defy the odds and beat this thing.

That's about all we can do.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Update from the road

Our specialist said that it's gonna be a long road ahead. We got ad aouple new meds and will see what happens in the next month.

UPDATE: I just got home. More info coming later.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Blogging will be light today

(Left: Bear, at 7 weeks old, with my brother)

Blogging will be light today while we take Bear to see the specialist in Houston.

Do we know what we're gonna hear?

Of course not, but we're hoping for the best.

(Right: Running around in the backyard)

I mean, that's all we really can do, right?

Anyways, there's a possibility that I'll post a brief update via SMS (text message) or email, but I'm not making any guarantees on that.

All I'll promise is a full update once I get home, which probably won't be until kinda late.

Frozen in time

For some reason, dogs just never act the same when you get out the camera.

Petey, and especially Bear, tend to run for the hills, whereas Bruiser is so fascinated by my camera that I can't take pics because he's too close.

Almost strangely, Bear cooperated this time around and I got a few really good ones of him.

I'm gonna save most of them, but I figure I should share at least one.

I protect that which matters most.

Anyways, tomorrow's our trip to Houston.

All I can do is hope for the best, but as much as I hope  everything will turn out alright, I also know what our vet told us last week.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Friday, January 05, 2007

Getting out the camera

Tomorrow I'm planning on shooting a batch of pics for many reasons.

The main one of them is Bear. Even though he's got it bad, he's still pretty much acting like the same happy dog that he's always been.

If there's any difference at all, it's that he's been a bit more clingy lately than he always has been.

I just think that I should take some more of the great little guy before Monday since everybody in the house has the feeling that we'll end up putting him to sleep.

Needless to say, none of us are looking forward to Monday.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

On the bright side

I'm honestly amazed that nobody told me that I'm some sort of sick, twisted son of a bitch after my last post.

But if they had, here's how I would have responded:

  • Sick - Yes, I am. I seem to have caught a cold or something.
  • Twisted - Why thank you. All my ex-girlfriends admired how flexible I was too.
  • Son of a bitch - Yea, I know, she can be like that sometimes. Not my fault.

And to K T, who said:

Jeeze, man, you'd do fine as a dad. Don't worry about it.

Yea, probably. Unless I had a daughter.

Don't get me wrong, I'd be great for a while.

That is, until she got to dating age. Can we say overprotective?

Knowing me, I'd end up in jail once a boyfriend did my little girl wrong.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Stupid in any language

The game that's taking the world by storm:

Let's Play Saddam!!!

A 10-year-old boy who apparently was mimicking the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accidentally hanged himself on New Year's Eve, authorities said.

Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch said officers were called to an apartment in the 800 block of NASA Parkway about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and found the boy dead.

Sergio Pelico's mother told police he had watched a report on Saddam's death on a Telemundo news broadcast before he hanged himself, Claunch said.

That's not quite the Hangman I played when I was a kid.

Kids today just aint that bright. Here or in Pakistan.

A young boy who tried to copy hanging scenes from the execution video of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died in central Pakistan, said police on Monday.

Mubashar Ali, 9, hanged himself, while re-enacting Hussein's hanging with the help of elder sister, 10, after tying a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck in his home in Rahim Yar Khan district on Sunday, said a local police official.

Maybe Darwin was right...

I'm not a parent... and to be honest, if you're not scared shitless of the prospect of me being one then you've just not been reading this place long enough... but if I were one, I would recommend, especially if they're kinda stupid, keeping them away from ropes, ceiling fans, electrical cords, anything like that.

Not that I needed to tell you that or anything.

And if I didn't, well, you probably shouldn't be a parent.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Not going bowling

It seems like I'm the only one that didn't see the Boise State game the other night.

To be honest, I haven't watched any bowl games this year.

For some reason I just don't really care this year.

I don't know why, I just don't.

Maybe that's what having the best team in the ECHL does I guess.

Oh yea, congrats to Coach Cam for being named an All-Star Game coach.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A bad feeling

Bear just came back from the vet's office.

I had a bad feeling about it... and I was right.

Our normal vet said that there really isn't much hope for him at this point because the fungus is basically in his entire body.


Next Monday we take another trip to Houston to see Dr. Burney since he's out of the office this week.

I have to say that before this I was fairly optimistic that it would all work out, but it certainly aint looking good now.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

A proposal

We all miss The Alliance.

It was a great source of filthy lies about Glenn Reynolds and humorous looks at things in tne news.

It's left us with an empty feeling inside... and missing a bunch of traffic.

But how can we get that back?

I'd like to give The Alliance a kick-start, and I'd consider looking into it if I thought that there was enough interest, support, and people willing to help get it back up off the ground.

My question to you is: Is there enough interest to make it worthwhile?

Let me know by leaving a comment.