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Friday, June 24, 2005

Why do Kansas Republicans hate education?

House crushes Senate’s school plan

The Republican Party is the mouthpiece of the religious reactionaries, and there are few things America's Taliban want more than the complete dissolution of the public school system. The hysteria over a so-called "out-of-control activist judiciary" provides both a convenient excuse and a distraction; the legislators can look noble by "standing up" to the judiciary--gosh, we really do want to fix the schools, but such a grave threat to our cherished Democracy & Freedom must first be swiftly dealt with--but it's all merely sleight of hand. The real aim of the reactionaries is to make the public school system so ineffective, unappealing, and unsuccessful that eventually the public decides to scrap the whole idea. It started with No Child Left Behind, and there's no telling where it will end. One thing's for sure: Kansas will very likely be one of the first to go.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Goss Claims He Has Idea Where Bin Laden Is
In an interview with Time for the magazine's June 27 issue, Porter Goss was asked about the progress of the hunt for bin Laden.

"When you go to the question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play," Goss said. "We have to find a way to work in a conventional world in unconventional ways."

Hey Porter, I think the problem of fair play was dealt with when your president opted for the "boot in your ass" approach to "our sense of international obligation". You did notice that he invaded two soveriegn states in less than two years, didn't you?
Asked whether that meant he knew where bin Laden is, Goss responded: "I have an excellent idea where he is. What's the next question?"

Oh. Indeed.

Currently reading:
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Infinity and the Mind, Rudy Rucker

Currently rocking:
Picaresque, The Decemberists
Spiderland, Slint
Vespertine, Björk
The Milk of Human Kindness, Caribou
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Flaming Lips

Sunday, June 19, 2005

"There's something special about it being so big. I love it."

In a society where bigger is better, the latest limousine is in a category all its own. The gargantuan Hummer H2 is more than 30 feet long and can seat about 20 people, dwarfing classic limo models. The massive machines are all the rage, from the Viper Room nightclub in Los Angeles to the Salt Water Grille in South Portland.

The move toward stretch SUV limos began about six years ago with Ford Excursions, Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators. The Hummer H2 raised the bar for bling when it rolled onto showroom floors a couple of years ago.

Sales peaked last year and SUV limos remain as popular as ever, McLean said.

In Maine, Lilley's Limousine was first to buy one of the Hummers, which cost $115,000 — nearly twice the cost of a sedan-based limo.

Lilley's Hummer is 32 feet long — double a regular Hummer's length — and it's wide enough to have a center aisle with seating on either side. The result: It can seat up to 20 people. Other versions of the Hummer limo can seat even more.

"It's a beast. It's definitely a beast," said Dan DeCosta, one of the Lilley's owners. Gas mileage also is beastly: 8 miles per gallon.

And people wonder why I have great difficulty feeling anything other than hatred towards the human race. Perhaps "hate" might seem a strong word to use, but how else can one feel about a people who so giddily celebrate such absolute waste and excess?

I might feel a little better if these "beasts" were being used to transport disabled children to the zoo, or picking up homeless folks for a ride to a soup kitchen; at least then there would be some kind of benefit. But no, rather than improving someone's quality of life, massive amounts of resources are expended... for what? The sole purpose of giving overprivileged insufferable teenaged suburban fuckwits an opportunity to feel superior to their peers for five minutes?

I can only hope that when they're all at their twenty-year high school reunion, and the conversation topic turns to complaints over the outrageous fuel costs that will surely be crippling our economy by then, some anonymous former-classmate--remembering their prom-night grandstanding--will shout at them from the back of the room: "Eight goddamn miles per gallon, you motherfuckers!"

It's when I see stuff like this that I wonder: What would Bill Hicks say?

Thursday, June 16, 2005


"Sprol is about planetary sightseeing. Visit some of the worst places in the world via satellite.

Our mission is to show the visual macroscopic effects of our decisions and behavior. Since previous generations have not had the advantage of this perspective it is our obligation to use it wisely."

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Wednesday, June 08, 2005


"...and today the reality became a reality."
Standing on the roadside dressed as a hamburger, Steve Balbone insisted he and his friends weren’t on drugs.

“Everybody’s clean,” he said.

Still, there they were at lunchtime Tuesday in front of the McDonald’s at 1309 W. Sixth St., staging a mock protest aimed at getting the restaurant to reopen as it undergoes renovation. For this group of young artists and musicians — one shirtless, one wearing a furry helmet with antlers — it was as much an act of absurd street theater as it was a serious demonstration.

“I’ve had this in my head for almost a week to try to do this, and today the reality became a reality,” said Balbone, 25, who was wearing a Big Mac costume and a cloth mask with a fuzzy white beard attached. “There’s no Happy Meal, so how can you stay at all positive?”

As some of their friends shot video footage, Balbone and five others pumped their fists and gave thumbs-up signals to passing motorists. They shouted, “We’re McStarving!” and held signs that read “Montana Mike Stay’d Open,” and “Stay Open Now!”

Am I laughing because this is funny, or am I laughing because this is fucking stupid? Although, I must admit, I do like the "weeping arches" sign.