Friday, February 29, 2008

Down goes Welch!

Welcome to Friday Photo, a new feature where I share photos that I've taken with the world.

welch pushed down Wildcatters Alternate Captain Dan Welch is pushed down by the Columbia Inferno's Reid Cashman during the third period of the 'Catters 3-2 loss during "Pink in the Rink" night,

And no, they didn't call it.

Pink in the Rink night raised a total of $81,000 for the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Foundation, a local group that gives free breast and prostate cancer screenings to those who can't afford them.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Here come the scissors again

David Carr gets cut:

The Carolina Panthers released disappointing quarterback David Carr on Wednesday and came to terms with receiver Muhsin Muhammad on a two-year contract.

Carr was let go a year after he signed a $6 million, two-year deal with the Panthers following a five-year stint as a starter in for the Texans. But Carr struggled so badly when he took over for the injured Jake Delhomme last season that he was eventually demoted to third-string.

Will his track record of sucking wherever he goes get him another job or will he finally ride off into the sunset that they call the arena league?

(Image found on TinyPic)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Vantage Point mediocre at best from where I'm sitting

Today I went to see Vantage Point, the story of an attempted presidential assassination from five different perspectives.

It's got tons of action: car chases, explosions, gun fights and the like. And they're well-done scenes. There are also enough crazy plot twists to make the writers of 24 go "damn."

The story-telling from the different POV's was interesting, but it was kind of tough to follow what was going on and I thought made a weak and insanely unrealistic plot just a little more tolerable.

The action's good, but the plot is pathetically weak. I'd say that it's a mediocre movie at best. If you love action movies, I'd recommend renting it as opposed to going to theaters or buying the DVD. I won't.

I'd give it a 5.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tossing the shirts

Welcome to Friday Sunday Photo, a new feature where I share photos that I've taken with the world.


Gusher, the Wildcatters' mascot, points to the crowd as he prepares to throw a t-shirt during the second intermission of Saturday night's Pink in the Rink game.

I've got more good ones, but that's all I've got time to get up now.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Holding off on Friday Photo

I'm going to wait a day and do Friday Photo tomorrow.

Why, you ask?

Because of Pink in the Rink.

That is all.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Early voting

Barack Obama encouraged us to do it yesterday during his humongous rally in Houston, and now I'm talking about it.

I don't know about the states my readers live in, but Texas allows early voting for (usually) about a two-week stretch before any election.

It's a really handy way to get it done and over with, especially if you'll be out of town or something on election day.

And of course, you never know when something could come up and cause you to not make it to your polling place.

After I got old enough to vote, I always went to the local polling place on election day and cast my ballot there.

But back in November I was downtown for something or other and decided that while I was there I'd spin down to the courthouse and vote. Last November wasn't a big election, just a load of uncontroversial amendments to the Texas Constitution and a very heated school bond issue.

Once I found where the early voting was taking place (after having to ask for directions twice) I found it. It was so easy and I was in and out so fast that I decided that was the way I was going to do it from now on.

So today I'm off to do my early voting in the Republican primary.

Just not at the courthouse, since Mr. Bill moved his rally there.

Thankfully they also have early voting at a library about three miles away.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hitting large panes of glass: It's not just for the birds anymore


Hunter Pence will miss about a week of Spring Training workouts after enduring several cuts and lacerations on his hands and knees that resulted from falling through a glass door at his residence in Kissimmee, Fla.

Pence called it a "silly" accident, one that occurred around 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday when he hit a sliding glass door that he did not realize was closed.

Knowing how ballplayers are about pranks and the like (like being traded to Japan), I think it's safe to say that Pence will never live this one down.

All I can say is that Hunter better be thanking his lucky stars that it wasn't a lot worse.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Oh No! Mr. Bill comes to Beaumont in his quest to be the First Husband

Well there goes the neighborhood:

Former president Bill Clinton will be in Beaumont Wednesday to stump for his wife's Hillary presidential bid, the Clinton campaign confirmed Monday afternoon.

Clinton will meet privately with about 50 prominent Hispanic leaders in the area at Carlito's restaurant, said owner Carlos Hernandez, Sr. That meeting is scheduled shortly after noon.

After the meeting, the former president will speak at a rally outside of the restaurant.

I must make a note to avoid that part of town on Wednesday.

Or should I go and hope for one of those train wrecks that gets him talked about on the news for the next week?

Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Appeals court: Get out of my bedroom!

Some of y'all might remember my post on Texas' outdated sex toy laws. I'm sure it had comments, but that must have been back when I was using Haloscan for commenting.

While I was up in Fort Worth a federal appeals court overturned a portion of the laws:

A federal appeals court has overturned a Texas statute outlawing sex toy sales, leaving Alabama as the state with the strictest ban on such devices.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas law making it illegal to sell or promote obscene devices, punishable by up to two years in jail, violated the Constitution's 14th Amendment on the right to privacy.


In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court cited Lawrence and Garner v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 opinion that struck down bans on consensual sex between gay couples.

"Just as in Lawrence, the state here wants to use its laws to enforce a public moral code by restricting private intimate conduct," the appeals judges wrote. "The case is not about public sex. It is not about controlling commerce in sex. It is about controlling what people do in the privacy of their own homes because the state is morally opposed to a certain type of consensual private intimate conduct. This is an insufficient justification after Lawrence."

Legislating morality is one of the things I can't stand. I don't believe that it's the government's job to tell you how to live your life as long as your actions don't have a negative impact on other people.

Part of me wants to do a big, long post about why government has no business legislating morality, but I'm not sure if that's a firestorm I want to ignite.

And, yes, I did resist the urge to post a picture of a humongous dildo with this post. Aint you proud of me?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Petey the watchdog

Welcome to Friday Sunday Photo, a new feature where I share photos thatWh I've taken with the world.

petey the watchdog What? I'm watching the door for people to bark at!

Updated: The one feature I've always wanted

Blogger is now testing the ability to do scheduled posts.

It's extremely simple to do: Just go to the Blogger in Draft dashboard (their area for testing new features), write your post like you normally would, and set the time for the post to the time you want it to publish.

Then you just hit publish and it will automatically put up the post at the time you specify.

Since it's still in draft, you can't just set the time forward in Windows Live Writer and have it work, but I found a workaround that gets the job done:

  1. Write your post in Live Writer as you normally would.
  2. Use the area to the right of the labels list on the bottom of the window to set your desired publish date and time.
  3. Save the post as a draft to Blogger when you're done with it. To do that, click on the arrow next to "Save Draft" and select "Post Draft to Weblog." You'll get an "Are you sure?" message because the time that's set is in the future and Blogger does not support future publishing. Click "Yes".
  4. Go to the Blogger in Draft dashboard. Click on the link to manage posts in the desired blog.
  5. You'll see the post listed as a draft. Click on edit nest to the post.
  6. Click on "Publish post".
  7. Now your post will magically appear at the time you set.

This is a feature I can see myself using a lot since I have a tendency to sit down and spit a few posts out at once. This post was set to publish later and I've currently got one scheduled to publish in a few hours and one tomorrow morning.


There's a bug with scheduled posting that's not automatically generating permalink links. The suggested workaround from Blogger:

To view the full URL, go back to the Manage/Edit Post view. Select "view" on the newly published view. The full URL will display on the scheduled and published post.

The good news is you only have to do it for one scheduled post and they all will generate the links.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My week in cow town

First off, thanks to Jacob the Syrian Hamster from The Scratching Post for the guest-blogging. I'd be glad to return the favor someday if you need it.

The trip was an interesting one. It was to help my great aunt clean out her husband's house. Her husband had to be put in a nursing home because of Alzheimer's and she's working to get the house cleaned out and sell it, along with a large portion of his stuff.

Their marriage was weird. VERY weird. Don't ask.

Anyway, as I said on Twitter back on Tuesday, I never want to see a box of chocolates again. That's because her husband stockpiled them for some reason. We went through all that and threw out most of it because it had expired, some as long ago as July 2003. There must have been 10 to 15 trash bags just full of boxes of chocolate and chocolate-covered cherries. It was insane.

The next day we took it pretty easy. We took another one of my aunts out to lunch and visited with her all afternoon, which was nice.

Thursday we took all that candy and other stuff to the dump then went to the Kimbell Art Museum to catch an exhibit of early Christian art. I have to admit that I'm not a museum person, but it was pretty interesting.

Friday we went through one of the bathrooms cleaning stuff out and took his car to get serviced. After that we decided to head home early because the weather forecast called for nasty weather for today, when we had planned to leave. Heavy rain, wind, hail, chance of twisters. You know, the really nasty shit that's absolutely no fun to drive in.

All in all, I must say it was nice to get out of town for the week and spend time in Fort Worth. I've only been to Fort Worth a few times, but I really like it. Is big a city as it is, it's never felt like a big city to me, something I can't say about Houston or Dallas. I just love it up there.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Guest Post - Stuffed Animal Strangles US Soldier

It's a quagmire! American soldiers are dropping like flies! In another major setback for the US attempt to bring democracy and prosperity to the previously oppressed people of Iraq, a US serviceman was recently attacked by a stuffed animal at an orphanage in Kirkuk. Here's the photgraphic evidence.
"Garrrk!" Sgt. 1st Class Steven Bailey was quoted as saying. "I can't breathe!"
Hideous, isn't it? US Torture and Atrocities has more.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Guest Post - Exercising my Freedom of Thought

Greetings from your guest blogger for the week, Jacob the Syrian Hamster! I normally blog over at The Scratching Post, but this week I'll be filling in for Justin while he's gone doing who knows what. I'm a happy little rodent from San Diego, California. I have no plan for this at all and will just be blogging whatever comes into my furry little head.

I take requests.

So this morning we were driving in to work and we got behind a car with lots of bumper stickers. I mean a lot of them. The one that struck me as the best said, "Exercise your right to think for yourself." That in itself was ironic as the entire car urged me to simply agree with the driver on a wide range of issues. What was doubly ironic was the fact that the driver didn't seem to have thought for themselves at all.

One bumper sticker claimed that "A village in Texas is missing its idiot" apparently referring to George W. Bush. It's hard to see that as evidence that the driver had been thinking for themselves. President Bush was a jet fighter pilot and has an MBA from Harvard. Either the driver has an impossibly high standard for idiocy or they bought that bumper sticker because it made fun of someone they hate, but don't actually know.

A second bumper sticker said, "How did our oil get under their sand?" A similar question unasked by the driver might have been, "How did my bread get in their wheat field?" or perhaps "How did my water get in the Colorado River?" While single-celled organisms consume only what they control, civilized humans do not.

Maybe a truly apropos bumper sticker would have read, "My car has severe rust. These bumper stickers were cheap and prevent further decay."

Now that would have been thinking for yourself.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Updated: Out for a week

I swear, you just get home and you seem to hit the road again.

Tomorrow morning I leave to spend about a week in Fort Worth to help my aunt clean out her ex-husband's house.

Web access will likely be little to none, but I've left a trusted reader in place to take care of the place. Hell, I might even have a guestblogger.

Either way, I'll try to post a few updates to Utterz while I'm up there.

See y'all on Saturday.


We will have guestblogging! K T Cat from The Scratching Post has agreed to do it.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Why I was gone...

I'd do the normal Friday Photo thing here, but I won't be posting the picture here.

Yesterday I went to Oklahoma with my mom to pick up something. On the way back, I took a picture. You can see the pic here.

She doesn't have a name yet, but she's a 7 week old bi-black (black and white) sheltie. My mom had wanted to get one for a long time and finally found one.

She's a real cutie and really sweet except for the time I pulled her out of the carrier just before we were going to stop to let her out to potty.

She ended up doing it on my leg.

Thank goodness I'd brought a change of clothes, huh?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

An open letter to the far right of the Republican party

Dear far-right Republicans,

John McCain is the front-runner. He will very likely win the nomination.

Unless you really want Hillary or Obama to win the White House this November, I suggest you get over your hatred of McCain.

Justin Yarbrough
South Park Republican

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Updated: Fourth annual Super Bowl predictions

First, let's recap my record:

Last year: Three for three

Two years ago: Only got the winning team right.

Three years ago: Three for three.

But enough about the past.

The Game:

As much as I'd love to see the Giants win, I don't think they will. So I'm going to have to go with the Patriots to win.

The Spread:

New England is favored by 12 points. As many of you may remember, the Pats only beat the Giants by three during Week 17 in New York. I'm going with the Giants because I don't think that the game being at a neutral site will make a 9 point difference (if that makes any sense).


The number's set at 55. The teams combined for 73 their last meeting so I can't see them having any trouble breaking 55. Over.


I'll be live-Twittering the game. Follow along here.

Update 2.0 (postgame):


I may have only gone one for three in my picks (only getting the spread) but I'll take it after watching that game!