9/9/2005

National Weather Service: Oh NO You Didn’t!

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:24 pm EST

In an interview with a central PA radio station, Rick Santorum claimed that the National Weather Service failed to predict the severity of Katrina, and said that its warnings were “not sufficient.” [Capitol Buzz via Atrios]

Well according to Atrios (I haven’t been able to find an official source), the NWS Employees Union issued a statement that lashed out at Santorum. (The following is my excerpt of the full statement.) (more…)

9/8/2005

Worthless

Filed under: — Kate @ 5:48 pm EST

Via Attytood:

The New Katrina Express Debit Card: It’s Everywhere You Don’t Want To Be

9/6/2005

Take Your SUV and Shove It

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:00 pm EST

Many of you will hate me for saying this, but I can’t help taking a sort of sick pleasure in watching people squirm about gas prices.

Yes, it’s easier for my car-less ass to sit here on my high horse and sneer, but I really feel no compassion for the people who own big gas guzzling machines. (more…)

9/4/2005

I Can’t Close My Eye and Make it Go Away

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:43 pm EST

I’ve got so much to say that the words are coursing through my brain faster than my fingers can type them. I’m just angry. I am SO freaking angry. I’ve been angry for a while now, but it just keeps growing. There’s almost too much information to process, too much to read while also trying to keep up with the television news I just hope the MSM keeps asking questions after the floodwaters recede. (more…)

9/2/2005

360 Ways to Flip on a Politician

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:47 am EST

Don’t know how many of you already saw this, but last night on 360, Anderson Cooper totally went off on Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.

Maybe it was the southern drawl, but from the moment the interview began, she struck me as one of the smarmiest politicians I’d seen in a while.

Cooper asked her “Does the federal government bear responsibility for what is happening now? Should they apologize for what is happening now?”

She completely ducked the question, proceeding to go on and on, thanking various politicians. I wanted to reach into my tv and rip out her tongue. And then the most remarkable thing happened: a TV news reporter actually attempted to cut through a politician’s crap!

Cooper’s response: “…I’ve been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other… there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.”

I paraphrased, but you get the drift. You can find the full transcript on Gawker, and the video on Crooks and Liars. It’s worth a look.

UPDATE: Official CNN transcript here. You have to scroll down (or do a search for “Mary”).

More coverage: [ThinkProgress], [TVNewser], [Wonkette].

8/31/2005

Eve of Destruction

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:04 pm EST

Beyond linking to Attytood’s article yesterday, I haven’t really said anything about Hurricane Katrina. Because really, what could I possibly say? I’m just so desperately sorry for the people down there.

But I will mention a few things here:

-All looters, with the exception of those taking only the food they need to survive, deserve to be shot. [E&P] [WaPost]

-Haley Barbour is a douche. [SunHerald] [News24]

-The Sun Herald website is worth looking at.

-Red Cross Donations

UPDATE: I just read that Lowe’s will match in-store customer donations to the Red Cross (up to $1 million). Cool. [CNN]

8/30/2005

Admit that the Waters Around You Have Grown

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:51 pm EST

I’m already sick over the devastation causef by Katrina, but this is enough to make me throw up: When the Levee Breaks [Attytood].

8/26/2005

Don’t Criticize What You Can’t Understand

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:35 am EST

I am getting really, REALLY tired of hearing people call Cindy Sheehan “unAmerican.” (more…)

Livewrong

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:39 am EST

Is anyone as sick of Lance Armstrong as I am?

8/17/2005

Now Playing in Apt. 307: Barnyard Animal Slaughter Fest

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:53 pm EST

Right now my upstairs neighbors are having some sort of musical jam session. But really, it sounds more like they are slaughtering barnyard animals than playing music.

Oh my god… I just… I can’t… AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!

When it first started, I found it be kind of annoying. But what they are doing right now… it’s just… I have no words for this. There are a bunch of off-key male voices singing along to really crappy, tinny guitars. And they keep howling!!! Literally! Like stray cats and dogs!! It’s horrible! And they’re stomping their feet, too.

Seriously, they are SO bad, it’s almost comical. I’d be laughing my ass off if I wasn’t worried that this could be a harbinger of things to come.

And the best part is, someone from that apartment—this same apartment above me that is now murdering innocent soundwaves—actually complained about my subwoofer on Monday night. Now granted, it was 11:30 PM, not 8:45 PM as it is now. But still.

Hard to believe my stupid bitchy downstairs neighbor ever had the GALL to complain about us! (By the way, I haven’t heard a thing from her since I wrote her back.)

8/16/2005

People Who Piss me off in Elevators

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:00 am EST

People who push both the up and the down button because they somehow think it will make the elevator come faster.

People who push the buttons multiple times because they somehow think it will make the elevator come faster.

People who are not elderly or physically handicapped who get into an elevator to go up one stinking floor.

People who are not elderly or physically handicapped who complain about how long the elevator is taking when they only need to go up one stinking floor.

People who are not elderly or physically handicapped who complain about how long the elevator is taking when they only need to go up one stinking floor, and then refuse to take the stairs when I point out that they are a mere 10 feet away.

8/15/2005

We Will Teach Our Twisted Speech to the Young Believers

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:16 pm EST

I may regret bringing this up for the umpteenth time, but I saw a good editorial about Intelligent Design vs. Evolution, and I wanted to mention it here for you guys to read.

Fox News host Tony Snow had a column called “Why can’t we have a rational debate” on townhall.com this past Friday (August 12, 2005).

In response to Snow’s column, Media Matters published the editorial Tony Snow’s evolutionary falsehoods. It debunks some of the common arguments used by proponents of ID, and I think it does an excellent job of explaining why evolution can be considered a “theory” rather than just a “hypothesis.” It doesn’t go into anything specific about ID—it just explains the science behind evolution. Anyway, it’s pretty short, and in my opinion, a good read.

8/9/2005

Quack Quack

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:20 am EST

Anyone know a good sharp shooter?

If so, see if they will take on a pro bono case and rid Philadelphia of the ducks.

I had to physically hold my arm down to keep from flipping one of them off on Sunday.

Let me explain…
The ducks of which I speak are not waterfowl, they are DUKWs, old military amphibious transports. Many of them have been converted into commercial tour vehicles. There’s info on Wikipedia if you care to know more.

They have them in several major cities. The gimmick is that they drive around the city showing people the sites, and then plop into the water for a trip up the river to see things from the other side. Now I don’t really have a problem with that. Cute idea, whatever.

It’s the quacking. You see, they give each of their passengers a little noisemaker-quacking-thingy, and encourage people to use it to quack at the passers by. They actually target you. The driver points at you, and they all lean out and quack right at you. I cannot begin to tell you how annoying this is. You’ll just have to trust me.

Supporting evidence: Riders’ Reviews from the Duck Website
“The expressions on the faces of the unsuspecting people we serenaded with our quacking…were priceless….
Ed note: Yeah lady, that’s because no one wanted to shout “FUCK YOU” with all those kids around.

The giddiness began while we were standing in line waiting to board, practicing our quacking techniques and watching a very well-rehearsed group of seasoned duckers quacking their way through “YMCA” upon the end of their tour.”
-Shelly and John Xxxxxx, Lewes, DE*
Ed note: Why don’t you people just die. Die die die?!!

“The experience was an exciting concoction of quacking and information. The music was terrific, ranging from Grand Old Flag to the Macarena. I was completely impressed by the ride and the FREE quacking beak. If there was a Duck in NYC I’d most likely ride it to work every single day!! In all honesty, I loved the Duck!!! Duck Fan Forever!!”
-Toni Xxxxxxx, New York City, NY*
Ed note: sorry, I couldn’t comment about this one, as I had to wrestle with the urge to blow my brains out after reading it. Concoction of quacking–Macarena–FREE quacking beak–ride to work–AAAAAAAaaggggh!! *twitch, twitch, slaps self in the head* I’m okay now. Good thing I don’t own a gun.

*Last names have been excised to protect the stupid. But you can see the full names on the duck website if you really care.

7/28/2005

Love/Hate: Male Celebrities

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:28 am EST

Male Celebrities I hate…
-Justin Timberlake
-Russell Crowe
-Will Ferrell
-Ashton Kutcher
-Kevin Federline

Male Celebrities I love…
-Ewan McGregor
-Hugh Grant
-George Clooney
-Pierce Brosnan
-Jon Stewart
-Alan Alda
-Christopher Walken
-Robert Downey Jr.
-Johnny Depp
-Lewis Black
-The men of U2 (shut up, Stan and Kamin)

Male Celebrities I used to love, but now I can’t stand…
-Tom Cruise
-Mel Gibson
-Robert De Niro
-John Travolta

Male Celebrities I used to hate, but now I really don’t care…
-Leonardo DiCaprio
-Adam Sandler

Names are arranged in no particular order. Feel free to disagree or add your own. FYI, I left politicians and political pundits off the list on purpose. I excluded dead people, because really, all good lists have an end.

6/30/2005

Live 8

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:13 pm EST

Live 8

A lot of people have been asking me if I’m going to Live 8.

Of course I’m going to Live 8. I may not spend the whole day there, but I will certainly be going.

I’m not thrilled with the lineup. In fact, the Kaiser Chiefs are really the only band I’m interested in seeing. But this is more than just a big ol’ free concert. A lot of people seem to have missed that key point. It’s also the biggest push we’ve ever had toward ending the crisis in Africa. And with the finance ministers agreeing to drop 100% of the debt in the world’s 18 poorest countries, we just might see some progress.

If you think this makes me a bleeding heart, you can suck my big toe.

Here’s why this is so important:
-More than one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day.
-Another 2.7 billion people struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day.
-Every year 11 million children, most under the age of five, die. More than six million die from preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
-In some deeply impoverished nations less than half of the children are in primary school and under 20 percent go to secondary school.
-Worldwide, a total of 114 million children do not get even a basic education and 584 million women are illiterate.
[UN Millennium Project]

See also:
Live 8
The ONE Campaign
Make Poverty History
DATA

So anyone planning to be in Philly on July 2nd? Let me know.

Pardon Me While I Exhibit My Ornery Female Nature…

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:50 am EST

I just called a local courier to cancel a delivery (work related), and as the guy on the phone was taking my information, he started chuckling. He said “Pardon me for laughing. It’s just that this machine sometimes… it has days when it can be a little difficult.” So to be nice I replied “Oh yes, we all have days like that.” And then you know what he told me?! He said “I’d like to think it’s exhibiting its ornery female nature. But that’s just one guy’s opinion.”

HOLY CRAP!! Who the hell says that to a perfect stranger on the phone during a professional exchange?

Am I right to be a little ticked at that, or am I just being an ornery female?

6/28/2005

Pick Up Lines That Piss Me Off

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:52 pm EST

Every girl hears a stupid pick up line from time to time. Whenever a guy hits on me, I try to be nice. We all know what rejection feels like, and it sucks. But sometimes I hear a line that’s so asinine, it’s all I can do to keep from saying one of two things:

“Did your mother teach you to talk to women like that?”
-OR-
“What makes you think that you have a chance in hell with me?”

Many times, it starts with a hair comment. My hair color is unusual, and I frequently receive compliments on it from both men and women. And that’s fine. I am ALWAYS gracious to those people. After all, it’s simply a nice thing to say, like “Great purse!” or “I love your shoes!” I just smile and say “Thank you very much.” Unless they ask me if the color is real. Then I might also roll my eyes and say, “It’s quite real.” One of these days, I’ll get up the nerve to retort to the women “Yes, and how about yours?” or to the guys “Wouldn’t you like to know?” Anyway, nine times out of ten, that’s the end of it. But the other ten percent of the time… (more…)

6/14/2005

Love/Hate: Female Celebrities

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:31 pm EST

Female Celebrities I hate…
-Celine Dion
-Jennifer Lopez
-Britney Spears
-Ashlee Simpson
-Lindsay Lohan
-Barbara Streisand

Female Celebrities I love…
-Gwen Stefani
-Julianne Moore
-Scarlett Johansson
-Keira Knightley
-Charlize Theron
-Marcia Cross
-Sandra Bullock (although she’s on shaky ground after Miss Congeniality 2.)

Female Celebrities I used to love, but now I can’t stand…
-Cameron Diaz
-Renee Zellwegger
-Madonna
-Katie Holmes (last minute addition–she was on the fence with the whole Tom Cruise thing, but the conversion to Scientology clinched it)

Female Celebrities I used to hate, but now I really don’t care…
-Alanis Morissette
-Sarah Jessica Parker

Names are arranged in no particular order. Feel free to disagree or add your own. FYI, I left politicians and political pundits off the list on purpose. I also excluded dead people, because really, I have to get some work done at some point.

6/8/2005

People Who Piss Me Off By Being Stupid About Technology

Filed under: — Kate @ 5:37 pm EST

People who still have AOL accounts, especially if it’s AOL for Broadband.

People who have their monitor resolution set at 800 x 600.

People who have icons (usually upwards of 40+) scattered all over their desktop with no apparent rhyme or reason.

People who have chronically malware/spyware infected computers.

People who have chronically malware/spyware infected computers and never do anything about it.

People who, after I tell them never to save anything in MS Access, think that they should never save any file in any program. EVER.

People who find it “strange” or “freaky” that someone from the IT department can access our computers remotely.

People who find it “strange” or “freaky” that someone from the IT department can access our computers remotely, and then say “does that go through the network or something?” when I tell them that I can similarly use my laptop to remotely access my home computer. [I actually told this person “No, it uses moonbeams.”]

People who work for an IT department and know less about computers than me (since I don’t work in an IT department).

Self Defeat

Filed under: — Kate @ 12:04 pm EST

Remember how Dubya always says “They hate us because they hate freedom?”

So is our government is trying to keep us safe by giving them less freedom to hate?

After hours of secret deliberations, [The U.S. Senate intelligence committee] voted 11-4 to send to the full Senate a proposal that would give the FBI the power to subpoena without judicial approval a wide range of personal documents ranging from health and library records to tax statements.

The legislation approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence also would make permanent intelligence-related sections of the USA Patriot Act that are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. [Reuters]

Remember back when everyone kept saying “If we do [insert action here], then the terrorists win?” If you avoid large crowds because you’re afraid of an attack, then the terrorists win. If you stop flying for fear of being hijacked, then the terrorists win. If you drink French wine, the terrorists win. If you smoke pot, the terrorists win. Remember that?

So how come no one says “If we enact a law that suspends the freedoms and rights bestowed upon us (and by “us” I really mean white male landowners) by the founding fathers, then the terrorists win?”

Maybe because in this case, the terrorists haven’t won.

We’ve defeated ourselves.

See Also:
We Fought a Revolution So We Could Chuck It All 200-Odd Years Later [Fables of the Reconstruction]

6/7/2005

It’s a Bitter Pill I Swallow Here

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:37 pm EST

I can’t believe this is real.

But it is.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right to use birth control pills, Planned Parenthood is sending a giant fuzzy birth control pill to Washington, DC.

And it will be giving out cupcakes.

Am I the only one who thinks this makes a mockery of the long, hard fought (and ongoing) fight to give women control over their reproductive health?

It’s not a silly situation, people. It’s been forty years. And FORTY YEARS later, there are still those who would seek to deny women access to birth control.

Every day, more and more pharmacists and doctors are refusing to fill or write prescriptions for birth control. [Prevention]

Republicans blocked a house vote on an amendment to the military authorization bill that would have provided sexual assault victims with access to the morning-after pill. [NYT via IHT]

The Roman Catholic Church remains firm in its opposition to contraception of any kind. [catholic.com]

It’s birth control’s birthday, everyone! Have a cupcake.

See also:
Planned Parenthood’s “Birthday for Birthcontrol” [Wonkette]
Celebrating 40 Years of Protected Birth Control [Planned Parenthood]
Giant Pill Will Visit the Hill… [Planned Parenthood]
Timeline: The Pill [PBS]

I’m Just Sitting Here Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round…

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:38 am EST

Somebody please tell me…

Why oh WHY do men like to play car racing games?

Perhaps someone with a Y chromosome could explain this to me, because I just don’t get it. It looks so BORING!! And I realize that these games captivate thousands if not millions of men and boys (and probably some females) each day, so there must be something to it. So let me in on the secret. Please, please help me understand!

6/2/2005

Things That People Who Piss Me Off

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:54 am EST

People who use the spacebar instead of the tab key to align things in word documents.

PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPS. Worse yet, people who hit the caps loCK BY MISTAKE BUT KEEP ON TYPING.

People who use a one-way speaker phone system, and expect me to hear them talk when I’m already speaking.

People who travel half way around the world and forget to bring the name and location of their hotel.

5/12/2005

Enforced Insanity

Filed under: — Kate @ 5:26 pm EST

Speaking of IDs, I wondered what you guys think of this:

Last week, in anticipation of the new movie, we decided to have some friends over and watch Star Wars Episodes I and II. We don’t actually have the DVDs (waiting for a trilogy), and our local independent store didn’t have Ep. II so Edo decided to rent them from Blockbuster. Biking way further west into the ghetto than I would ever venture, he set out. But when he tried to sign up for a new account to rent the movies, they said no. Want to know why? Because he doesn’t have an American driver’s license. He’s an American citizen. He has a US passport (which he showed them). And all other sorts of IDs, credit cards, etc. But no driver’s license. So they wouldn’t open an account. (more…)

5/11/2005

Sitting On My Crucifix

Filed under: — Kate @ 3:44 pm EST

To me, this image exemplifies what is wrong with this country.


…well, much of it anyway. If I find something that depicts the rest of it, I shall post that as well.

Here’s the website:
www.bushfish.org

[via Wonkette]