Upsetting
Friday, January 31, 2003
 
Everybody's workin' for the weekend, so be careful out there. Remember what's important, and make sure you spend time with loved ones.

Okay. Good.
 
  The night the lights went out at work

Good Morning Everyone, and Happy Friday to you,

I’d like to thank everyone for your continued efforts in supporting our “Energy Awareness Program” here at Initek. Many of you may recall the “Energy Crisis” in 2001!! (CREATED BY ENRON AND THOSE OTHER ASSHOLE TEXAS POWER COMPANIES). It does appear that the State has gotten a reasonably good grasp of controlling the outages in comparison to where we were in 2001. However, the cost of energy continues to escalate.

Though we have done a tremendous job of reducing our consumption (THEY CHARGE US MORE, WE HAVE TO USE LESS. MAKES SENSE, DON'T IT?) here at Initek in the past couple of years, I’d like to ask for your support in maintaining the level that we have been able to enjoy here. A couple of reminders:

v Power down (WHICH REALLY MEANS "TURN OFF") PCs and Monitors at the end of the work day
v Turn off lights in Lavatories (THESE ARE THE BATHROOMS) when not in use
v Turn off TVs throughout the building when not in use
v Turn on the dark in offices when you’re not in the office
v Maintain AC Boundaries

True; (I'M THE ONLY "LOGISTICS MANAGER" IN THE WORLD TO DARE USE A SEMICOLON) these may seem like small items, but they are a major part of our savings when combined. Many of you have implemented these same measures at home, and have mentioned the noticeable savings there as well. We always appreciate new ideas that may further help Initek reduce our energy consumption, so, please feel free to pass on your ideas that may also help us out at home.

A big one at home; the placement of appliances in near proximity to Thermostats (DUNNO WHY, I JUST LIKE CAPITALIZING THIS WORD). (a definite No-No) You might double check this tonight!!

Once again, Senior Management (THE ONES WHO REAP THE REWARDS OF YOUR HARD AND POINTLESS WORK BECAUSE THE WERE SMART ENOUGH AND CRAFTY ENOUGH TO GET WHERE THEY ARE) asked that I pass along their appreciation for all of your efforts, hard work and sacrifices for your contribution and support of our “Energy Awareness Program” here at Initek.

Have a nice day!! (OR ELSE!)

Thanks
 
  cavil \KAV-uhl\, intransitive verb

To raise trivial or frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.
 
 

Like smoking is more fun when you're drinking, drinking is more fun when you smoke.
 
Thursday, January 30, 2003
  A note I received ...

For what it is worth ...

Microsoft doesn't trade under $50/share very often. You may want to give it some consideration.
 
 
Really? Queen? Any 1970s band with any kind of pretensions to rock opera whatever automatically disqualifies itself for me.
 
 
Here are some cool photos about the last time the United States and Iraq got together. (When used as a noun, it is necessary to write out United States. As an adjective, U.S. is okay.)
 
 
Put Bush Jr. aside for one minute and consider the lot of Ari Fleischer, the president's chief mouthpiece.

Not only is his job to fully endorse and communicate everything Bush Jr. says, he has to sleep at night knowing that Bush Jr. is his puppet master.

I may be a tool shouting into a storm, but at least I am not paid to have Bush Jr.'s hand up my back. I can speak for myself, and I like people who can do the same.
 
  Reason #206 he's Paul Westerberg and we are not:

Absolution is out of the question
It makes no sense to apologize

The words
I thought
I brought
I left
Behind

So, never mind.
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
 
I got it on very good authority tonight that it was the FOX television network that leaked the "story" about the woman on the television show and her quasi-fetishist past. I was told that the network sent the information about the woman to the Drudge Report and The Smoking Gun because ratings for the show, which hit 20 million viewers a couple of nights ago, needed to be boosted.

I presume that since the "story" has made it to the Yahoo! front page, they will.
 
  Web filtering

You may have noticed over the last week or so that some web sites won't load in your browser, instead giving you the pop-up message "Cannot load websense.____.com" or something to that effect. This is part of (THE COMPANY)'s effort to filter out web sites we naughty boys and girls shouldn't be visiting -- porn, gambling, illegal downloads, copyright infringing (let's not even begin discussing the hypocrisy of that), etc., etc.

I don't know about you guys, but I've found that the only sites it's blocked on me so far have been ones that I need to get to for legitimate research purposes. It's hardly crippling, but I find it darn annoying. Therefore, I have a request. Any time you get that "websense" pop-up message while trying to access a legitimate research site, please send me an email with the URL of the site, and we'll try to add it to the list of places we SHOULD have access to. I'll maintain the list and send it up the chain so that we can hopefully get them to allow access to more legitimate sites. Thanks.
 
  Always capitalize Penis

Grow your Penis safely and naturally!
 
 
I still don't care if we go to war, and why should I? I don't have to shoot anyone, I won't lose any sleep, and I won't be subjected to criticism stemming from poor decision-making. All I have to do is sit on my ass and watch TV, two things of which I am capable.

But this man does have an opinion, and if you are close-minded and impatient you won't like it.
 
 

My friends all tell me I'm paranoid. There's no way a greedy cable television that subsists on advertising revenue would ever reject a commercial.

But what about all the other ads rejected? You don't hear about those, do you?

Maybe they don't exist.

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
 
They tell me my grandfather on my mom’s side was an alcoholic. I didn’t really know him before he died, but at his funeral they had a big felt banner about “God grant me the serenity ….”

I always thought it was called The Alcoholic’s Prayer, but I just searched the Internet – briefly – and was not able to get confirmation. Actually, I just searched again and found that it is called The Serenity Prayer.

It goes something like this:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference.


I thought of this prayer today as The White House and the servile media jammed the president and his speech down my clenched throat. This war business has gotten too much for me.
Yesterday I got into a tense argument about war with two friends. We turned against each other.

It was something we didn't talk about a year ago.

Today was not the first time it dawned on me, but by recalling that prayer, it got me thinking I should just fucking relax and roll over. Short of becoming a human shield – which I would do if I weren’t in love with someone – there isn’t a goddamn thing I can do about war.

And talking about it – arguing, coaxing, opining – is just whistling in the wind.

Therefore, I do not give a fuck.

Kill each other. Impose your will on the weaker man. Rape and pillage.

Nothing I can do about it.

I don’t give a fuck.

And it feels good.

I'm serious.
 
 
Someone used the word "sybaritic" in a conversation the other day - the gold fire hydrant of words.
 
  Keith Richards

Undercover of the Night, Emotional Rescue, these are all Mick's calculations about the market. And they're not the best records we've made. See, Mick listens to too much bad shit.
 
 
*** My boyfriend says my breasts are small ***
 
  You might be a redneck if ...

You've ever cooked in WD-40.
 
 

Effective January 1, 2003, the .20 per mile reimbursement rate was increased to .30 per mile. As a reminder, in order for accounts payable to facilitate the reimbursement, you must fill out the attached mileage log on a weekly basis. It is important that these logs be filled out completely.

Thank you.
 
Monday, January 27, 2003
  Homework

MAN! I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN!
Written by Twain/Lange

I'm going out tonight -- I'm feelin' alright
Gonna let it all hang out
Wanna make some noise -- really raise my voice
Yeah, I wanna scream and shout
No inhibitions -- make no conditions
Get a little out of line
I ain't gonna act politically correct
I only wanna have a good time


Bridge:
The best thing about being a woman
Is the prerogative to have a little fun and...


Chorus:
Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy -- forget I'm a lady
Men's shirts -- short skirts
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild -- yeah, doin' it in style
Oh, Oh, Oh, get in the action -- feel the attraction
Color my hair -- do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free -- yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!

The girls need a break -- tonight we're gonna take
The chance to get out on the town
We don't need romance -- we only wanna dance
We're gonna let our hair hang down

(Bridge)
(Chorus)
(Bridge)
(Chorus)

I get totally crazy
Can you feel it
Come, come, come on baby
I feel like a woman

 
 
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  Homework

This is Shania here. I hear you and your readers have been discussing my performance at halftime of the Super Bowl.

Yeah, someone said you were the highest-paid lapdancer in Nashville.

Damn right, motherfucker. That gig made me more than you’ll ever know. Get over it.
 
  Regarding British politics… (an e-mail)

Regarding British politics… I caught Tony Blair Saturday morning on C-Span answering questions for the Liaison committee. I was very impressed with his open and honest answers. He comes across as a very genuine, intelligent leader who is well informed about world events… especially the issues we’re presently facing in Iraq. Where President Bush exudes secrecy and suspicion when confronted with questions about his motives for a war with Iraq, Blair seems to convey the opposite… a sense of full disclosure of intelligence and his willingness to share that with the British people. While I feel that both leaders would be great fun to toil over the world’s problems with a beer at the local dive, I trust that Blair is capable of solving those problems much better than that well-connected gunslinger.
 
  Homework

Dear Mr. Smith,

To call the Super Bowl halftime show the biggest homage to testosterone of the year explains just how pathetic and sexually repressed our country has become. Although I applaud the effort Shania Twain made by, once again, exposing her midriff, I wonder what kind of strange people she was trying to relate to with that Batwoman turned Bathooker costume. I was less offended with her lip-syncing than I was with her proud display of fetish. The entire show left me wondering why Shania didn’t just flash us all to relieve the agony.

Then there was Gwen Stefani. She’s just a girl… just a girl that I had an inclination to punch in the face. That little punker schoolgirl thing is sexy, but it has been played too long. When does she graduate from her continuation high school? Is she 18 yet? Why won’t she just flash us all and get it over with? We’re all waiting.

Question: How many past-their-prime rock stars will perform at the Super Bowl to cash-in at the end of their careers?

Question: Who fucking cares?

Yes, Sting, your sexual exploits are well documented. We know that you can fuck for 8 hours at the end of which you have an “ingasm.” Now… will you please go away? You’re taking Kylie Minogue’s spot onstage. At least she will rally millions into frenzy when she flashes us.

Thanks
 
  Homework


Dearest "Joe"

If you keep feeding people the same shit and they keep eating it they deserve to eat more shit. Only because they never asked to see it there might be anything else on the menu. It's those who ask for something better and demand it who deserve to fine dine. I'm of course speaking of feeding ones mind. Is this really what we want or what the media thinks we want to see. Year after year, people complain about the 1/2 time entertainment and year after year we get the same shit for dinner. (with an occasional exception). But we keep watching.... Why? In hopes that someone will put something on the table that really makes us happy to be alive? Something that makes us realize that life isn't about a stupid football game? "one of these day's that plate of shit is gonna be great!! Maybe. I don't know. But what I do know is that I wanted to throw up my dinner last night. You would think that with everything going on in the world we could find something more complelling to put on TV than boobs. flesh and embarrassingly bad outfits. What a wasted opportunity. They, the network, had a chance to speak to millions of people all watching at the same time and we chose not to talk about anything important, meaningful or thought provoking. It was more important to make sure the masses were "entertained" with celebrities and partial nudity. The artists spent more time putting their outfits together than thier message. At least sting was dressed. But didn't anyone consider SOS? Sending out an SOS? Hello, Mcfly? Yeah, we need help alright. That's when the dry heaving started. I was mad at myself for watching. I"m guily too but my husband had $ on the game. At least we won enough to pay for the beer which made the whole experience somewhat tollerable. I hope that the next time any of us have an opportunity to be heard by either 1 or 1 million people, we take the opportunity to share something we feel strongly about. I hope we try to feed our minds with good things and slide our chairs away from the platefuls of shit we are routinely served. Are you really being served anyway? Did anyone even take your order? No, they just asumed you'd eat what you got. And we did. Yesterday's half time show was an example of what the media perceived as what the people wanted. They didn't ask us and we never told them. I am going to write a letter to the program director and I hope that many others do the same. There are so many other artists out there who have written songs of hope and inspiration. Songs that could have made us all feel a little better in a very scarry time. Next year, if I watch, I hope they will take advantage of that opportunity to do something worthwile. I don't expect we can change the world with a Superbowl half time show but I certainly think that we, the viewing public, deserve a litte more credit than that. I hope and pray so anyway!

Thanks Joe for the opportunity. I'd like to send my plate back.
 
  Mr. Smith's classroom

Good morning, class.

Today's writing assignment is for those of you who happened to take in the Super Bowl yesterday, particularly the halftime entertainment. I would like you to explore the different representations of feminism presented during intermission of the year’s largest homage to testosterone. Consider, please, the performances of Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting, including lyrical content and attire. What do they mean about our society and what it values?

You will not be graded on this effort, so take as much latitude as you like.

If you did not watch the Super Bowl or its halftime presentation, use this time to elucidate your thoughts on which makes better foreign policy, force or diplomacy.
 
Sunday, January 26, 2003
  US warns that bioterror attack is inevitable

By Brian Groom in Davos

The US warned on Sunday night that a bioterrorist attack that could kill thousands was inevitable and urged industrial and developing nations to spend tens of billions of dollars more to gear up medical systems to cope with the threat.

"There is going to be an attack. Whether it is in western Europe, the US, Africa, Asia or wherever, you have got to anticipate that there is going to be a bioterrorism attack and the only way to defend yourself is by getting prepared," said Tommy Thompson, health secretary.


 
 

The television show starring Robert Urich as PI Dan Tanna is written "Vega$," with an actual dollar sign at the end.

Also regarding that show, Tony Curtis played a character named Philip Roth. It's not clear - at this time - if the character was modeled after the writer of the same name.
 
Saturday, January 25, 2003
 

Pardon the coarse nature of my words, but fuck the NFL, fuck the San Diego Chargers and fuck you if want to cough up $200 million in taxpayer money for a playground for millionaires who work for billionaires.

 
Friday, January 24, 2003
 
Don't forget to get your war on!
 
 
Transistorized is a real word.
 
 
Darrin Stevens from TV's "Bewitched" is indeed spelled with two r's.
 
 
The correct spelling for the yellow child's summer amusement is Slip 'N Slide. The diversions are not recommended, however, if you plan on maintaining your lawn or a reasonable water bill. They are fun, though.
 
  Everyone's in a better mood when their team is in the Super Bowl.

No worries, thanks for your help!
 
  JCarr
The Raiders were flagged 14 times for a whopping 127 yards last week. Facing a defense as stingy as Tampa Bay’s, Oakland won’t get away with that same carelessness.
 
Thursday, January 23, 2003
  risible \RIZ-uh-buhl\, adjective:

1. Capable of laughing; disposed to laugh.
2. Exciting or provoking laughter; worthy of laughter;
laughable; amusing.
3. Relating to, connected with, or used in laughter; as,
"risible muscles."
 
 
Leslie can’t take a joke
Leslie can’t take a joke, oh yeah!
 
 
Don't forget to wear your football fan clothing tomorrow, and most importantly.............BRING THOSE SNACKS!!!
 
 
Soon, he decided Los Angeles was too boring and returned to England; shortly after arriving back in London, he gave the awaiting crowd a Nazi salute, a signal of his growing, drug-addled detachment from reality
 
 
To my German and French friends:

I don’t know what on earth you have ever done to contribute to the international scene – aside from some paintings and a few good books – and I admit that I have used both of your countries as punchlines.

However, I totally understand the outrage felt by your leaders at the remarks made by our Secretary of Offense, Donald Rumsfeld. I didn’t really understand what he was talking about – and that’s the idea, to confuse the common man – but I could tell his words were offensive to you.

So, I apologize, and I assure you that Rumsfeld, who estimates his worth between $62.1 million and $115.8 million, does not represent most Americans. But I’m sure you understand.

I mean, how can a guy with that much loot and power help but be arrogant?

Sincerely,

Your Average American.
 
 
It feels like the old days.

I woke up today to a woman on the telephone calling me an asshole.

It's nice to know that some things never change.
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
 

The children in my neighborhood say they don’t know anything about war, and I tell them I don’t either.

“We like to skateboard,” and mom says not to worry about it, they tell me.

I like to play the piano, I tell them, and my government tells me not to worry about it either.

We are alike.
 
 
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi invited Whitesnake singer David Coverdale to join the band after Ronnie James Dio left in the early 1980s. After Coverdale declined, Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was brought in for Black Sabbath's 1983 album Born Again.
 
 
Now here's something worth dying for.
 
 
"The market is being moved by psychology," said Tony Dwyer, chief market strategist at Kirlin Securities.
 
 
I won't attempt to influence your opinion of them, but I'm curious.
 
 

Thanks for your very kind words. I'm curious how you are familiar with news careers?
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
 
If you have about 40 minutes to spare, I recommend reading this cruel story of betrayal and murder among homeless teens in Minneapolis.
 
 
The arrogant bullying and browbeating of this Bush character is nearly making me pro-Iraq.

I'm sorry if that is offensive, but I feel acted upon and powerless. You should, too.
 
  The chiding was part of an administration-wide effort to counter rising opposition to war that could jeopardize Bush's fragile anti-Saddam coalition.

By RON FOURNIER, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday scolded U.N. nations that are demanding more time to search Iraq for illegal arms, and a top U.S. diplomat warned that war is fast approaching as America's only option.

"This business about more time — how much time do we need to see clearly that he's not disarming?" Bush said, acknowledging frustration with both Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and reluctant U.S. allies like France and Germany.
 
 
The 13th song on the Zwan album Mary Star of the Sea is 14 minutes long.
 
 
Dear Billy Corgan,

Thank you for continuing to make music. I enjoyed a lot of the stuff you did with Smashing Pumpkins, and you seemed pretty cool when I heard you on Howard.

I just wanted to let you know that I had a friend steal your new Zwan album from the Internet, and I put it in the CD player as I began typing this letter. The first song was cool enough.

If I like the album, I promise that I will buy it from half.com. I can’t afford – and refuse to – spend $20 on a CD. I’m sure you understand.

Take care,

Joe Smith

P.S. Your solos are still flamboyant.
 
 
Good Morning,

To "gear up" for the big game on Sunday, we're encouraging everyone to dress football fan style this Friday. (Just don't go too crazy, please)

You don't necessarily need to represent one of the teams playing in the Super Bowl, even though we know some of you are die-hard fans. If you'd like to bring in some snacks that everyone could enjoy, it would be appreciated.
 
 
According to my AP stylebook, "Allahu akbar" is Arabic for "God is great."
 
  Oh, the gloomy, abstract lyrics from the early '90s.

I heard the Helmet tune "Meantime" or "In the Meantime" this morning on my way to work.

What the hell does "Earth tone suits you, so give it a smile" mean?

Oh, those dark days of your early 20s.
 
Monday, January 20, 2003
 

We appreciate your interest in KFMB Stations. We have received your resume and our Human Resource staff and the hiring managers are currently reviewing it. If we need additional information or would like to arrange an interview, we will contact you.

Otherwise, we will keep your information on file for consideration as new employment opportunities develop. However, due to the volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee your resume will be reviewed for all positions you may qualify for; therefore we encourage you to re-apply should you become aware of a specific opening in the future.

For more information on available positions, please call our job line at (858) 495-8640 or visit our web site at www.kfmb.com.

Thank you for your interest in KFMB. We wish you success in your employment endeavors.

KFMB Stations, Midwest Television
Equal Opportunity Employer
 
Sunday, January 19, 2003
 
The working man's team is going to the Super Bowl. Or, should I say, coming to the Super Bowl.

I am a San Diegan, though not the only one, who is excited that the RAIDERS are heading to football's ultimate game.

Haters stay away.
 
Saturday, January 18, 2003
 
This is how we solve our problems in Anytown, USA.
 
  SHOOTING VICTIM
A B/M 20’s walked into the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his lower back. He was transferred to another hospitals trauma unit for treatment. GST Officers contacted the victim and confirmed that he is a documented gang member who was probably shot at 7700 Paradise Valley Road (see above incident). The details of the shooting are not clear at this time. The wound does not appear to be life threatening. GST / Gangs are handling.
 
  The people are taking to the streets!

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in coordinated marches in cities in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Japan and Egypt on Saturday and Sunday, and organizers are claiming that Washington is now confronted with the biggest peace movement since the Vietnam War.

Peace is not exclusively the domain of hippies.
 
  One Bullet at a Time - That's How You'll Get Our Guns
(sic throughout)

You Treasonous Bastards that ask for our vote, swore an oath, took our money, then do a job “on us” instead of “for us”. BACK OFF NOW before you cause a revolution. We at M.O.M. are not alone. People within your own ranks are on our (America’s) side. we are everywhere. YOU leaders of each and every branch of this federal government are guilty of TREASON. If you have the audacity to even ask why, read on.

For many years (even before there was a M.O.M.) we had endeavored to expose corruption in what we thought was a representative form of government. We have done this through speeches from coast to coast at both private and public gatherings, at universities, high schools, before law enforcement and even before the U.S. Senate. We have attended hundreds of gun shows (you know-the shows you are trying to kill) produced many news letters exposing YOUR treasonous acts, we’ve even produced video documentaries with the documents to back them up. Occasionally a single document comes along to put it all in perspective. The following is one such document.
Ready to be Disarmed?
 
 
Alan Shearer equaled the record for the premier league's quickest goal when he scored after just 10 seconds against Manchester City to give his side a superb start ...
 
 
If John Doe and Dave Alvin can write a song about stomping on chickens, surely I can write one about doing laundry.
 
Friday, January 17, 2003
  Now I see why Cruise sued the buftie boy for $10 million - he needed the cash.

Salary for Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, according to the IMDB.

Minority Report (2002) $25,000,000+

Vanilla Sky (2001) $20,000,000 + 30% of Profits

Mission: Impossible II (2000) $75,000,000 (gross participation)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) $20,000,000

Jerry Maguire (1996) $20,000,000 against 15%

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) $15,000,000

Far and Away (1992) $13,000,000

Top Gun (1986) $2,000,000

Risky Business (1983) $75,000
 
 
If I write in this space that Tom Cruise is gay and I had a torrid affair with him that contributed to the breakup of his 10-year marriage to Nicole Kidman, could he successfully sue me for $10 million?

If I said that Tom Cruise has a very nice body for a guy 5 feet 7 inches tall, but he is a little short in the drawers, could I be held legally liable?

We'll see.

I haven't decided to talk - yet.
 
 
San Diego is going off like a bomb.
 
 
"Everybody -- investors, market analysts, CEOs -- are concerned that we don't know yet the timing on a confrontation with Iraq," said Al Goldman, chief market strategist with A.G. Edwards. "It's easier to raise projections than to lower them. Profit projections are being aired on the conservative side."
 
 

It's unclear to me why people say the news has become salacious.
On the CNN.com Web site, I only found the word sex written three times.

The words that appeared directly following the word sex were:

RING

OFFENDER

PREDATOR

What's so bad about that?
 
Thursday, January 16, 2003
 
Please don't ever forget about The Onion.
 
 
Dear fellow employees,

I am pleased to announce that ____, our longest serving outside director, today invested $1 million into our company. This is a tremendous vote of confidence in our business prospects and in us, the employees of ____.

We plan to use this capital for working capital purposes.

We should all be proud to have earned the respect of this very successful business person who knows our Company so well. We have thanked ____ for his great gesture of support.
 
 
The Activities Committee is thinking of sponsoring a CO-ED Softball Team, but needs to know how many employees would be interested in joining before going any further with the idea.
 
The ____ "Let's Go Out and Just Have Fun League" season begins Feb. 25th and lasts 12 to 14 weeks.  Games would be played on Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday evening (our choice) at one of three parks located in ___.
 
Please Email ____ if you have an interest and let him know which night of the week you'd prefer to play.  Thanks!
 
 
On Jan. 1, I made the following declarations for 2003:

-- This year I'm not going to smoke any cigarettes.
-- I vow to not use the word fuck unless it's absolutely necessary.
-- I promise to acquaint myself with at least one person from North Korea.

Today is the 16th day of the new year, and thus far I have made good on only one of my goals.

I have not smoked any cigarettes.

The cursing part, however, has been problematic, and it might’ve even worsened. I find myself cursing earlier in the morning than I historically have, and I feel that is a dangerous trend. It could lead to embitterment.

Therefore, I am renewing my second vow. I will not use the word fuck unless it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

And I’ll still try to meet someone from North Korea.
 
 
Lisa was the most popular name for girls born in the 1960s.
 
  K-Rock's 92 Biggest Party Songs Of All Time

1 Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right
2 AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
3 Guns N Roses - Welcome To The Jungle
4 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
5 Metallica - Enter Sandman
6 Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
7 Beastie Boys - No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn
8 Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
9 Aerosmith / RunDMC - Walk This Way
10 Drowning Pool - Bodies
11 Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff
12 Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
13 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
14 The Offspring - Come Out And Play
15 Van Halen - Jump
16 Linkin Park - Points Of Authority
17 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
18 Sublime - Date Rape
19 AC/DC - Back In Black
20 Eminem - Lose Yourself
21 Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O Mine
22 Korn - Got The Life
23 Twisted Sister - We’re Not Gonna Take It
24 Kid Rock - Bawitdaba
25 System Of A Down - Chop Suey
26 Led Zepelin - Kashmir
27 Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
28 House Of Pain Jump Around
29 AC/DC - Highway To Hell
30 Linkin Park - In The End
31 Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole
32 Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noise
33 Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
34 The Offspring - Self Esteem
35 Van Halen - Jamie’s Cryin’
36 Limp Bizkit - Nookie
37 Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing
38 Rush - Tom Sawyer
39 Korn - Freak On A Leash
40 Guns N Roses - Mr. Brownstone
41 Sublime - Wrong Way
42 Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brian
43 Green Day - Longview
44 Linkin Park - One Step Closer
45 Guns N Roses - Paradise City
46 Eminem - Without Me
47 Judas Priest - You Got Another Thing Coming
48 Jane’s Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
49 Van Halen - Hot For Teacher
50 Audioslave - Cochise
51 Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
52 Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
53 Motley Crue - Girls, Girls, Girls
54 Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
55 Blur - Song 2
56 Van Halen - Panama
57 Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
58 Bob Marley - Jammin
59 Linkin Park - Crawling
60 Primus - Wynona’s Got A Big Brown Beaver
61 Cypress Hill - (Rock) Superstar
62 Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
63 Beastie Boys - Sabotage
64 Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away
65 Limp Bizkit - Faith
66 AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
67 Korn - Here To Stay
68 Sublime - What I Got
69 Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
70 Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
71 Beastie Boys - Girls
72 The Strokes - Last Nite
73 White Zombie - More Human Than Human
74 Papa Roach - Last Resort
75 Van Halen - Runnin With The Devil
76 Blink 182 - All The Small Things
77 Guns N Roses - Live And Let Die
78 Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk
79 Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
80 Linkin Park - Papercut
81 Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
82 Beastie Boys - She’s Crafty
83 311 - Down
84 Stone Temple Pilots - Crackerman
85 Limp Bizkit / Method Man - ‘N 2Gether Now
86 REM - It’s The End Of The World
87 Korn - A.D.I.D.A.S
88 Orgy - Blue Monday
89 Van Halen - Ain’t Talkin Bout Love
90 Social Distortion - Ball And Chain
91 Led Zeppelin - D’yer Maker
92 White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
 
Yahoo! is on its last leg, I think. I now find the site slow and junky. Also, it appears that Yahoo! is in cahoots with the spammers, so I think I'm going to do my best to wean myself off what was once a great site.

Plus, their "News" headlines are a little too whimsical.
 
 
I was working at my desk when I got a tap on my door. Before I opened it, a coworker named Jenny came in and pointed at my computer.

“What the fuck is a National Sanctity of Human Life Day?” she demanded. “Shit like this makes me wanna murder someone.”

I thought about that word murder, how it’s really a legal term, something that is proven in a court of law. You don’t really murder a person; you kill them. If several factors are borne true, then you murdered them.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said.

She was truly – and almost literally – fuming.

“The fucking president, calling for some such pro-life holiday,” she said. “Do a news search for it.”

I did, and with Jenny angrily perched behind me, I read the story.

… Bush also underscored his administration's efforts to champion "compassionate alternatives" to abortion, such as promoting maternity group homes, encouraging abstinence and adoption and passing parental-notification and waiting-period laws …

The story said the remarks were in a “document that enacts no change in policy or program.”

A press release.

“Well, what do you expect?” I asked her. “He’s conservative. Look the word up in the dictionary.”

“It makes me wanna have an abortion,” Jenny said, turning to go, apparently satisfied that I was aware of the root of her discontent. “No, I wanna get raped by a prison full of men, and then leave all the kids on the front door of his ranch. And that fucking black Rice lady, of all the sell-outs …”
 
 
:o: --- My boyfriend says my breasts are small --- :o:
 
 
If you are on one of those no-carb, high-fat diets, there is another side of the coin.

Fascinating.
 
 
Very tough. Especially for your average American Yahoo sitting in a dive in Kansas somewhere. Rubes.
 
  Political Events, 1970

New York construction workers break up an anti-war rally in the Wall Street area May 8, force City Hall officials to raise the American flag to full staff (it had been lowered to half staff in memory of the Kent State dead), and invade Pace College. But President Nixon holds his first press conference in 3 months and announces that U.S. troops will be out of Cambodia by mid-June.
 
 
Learn how to increase the power of your erections!
 
 
She was better after a few drinks because the alcohol let her be who she thought she really was. I’m not sure if there’s a difference between you are and who you think you are.

She liked guys with a little edge, which made her involvement with me a relative anomaly.

Now she’d dead.

The paper said she fell on the rocks at La Jolla in an 'apparent' accident. I don’t believe that, though, because I’d heard she was involved with some older guys who owned restaurants. I could see her becoming too much for them.

No one has been arrested, and with people with clout it’s never a guarantee.

Only because I’d like to see her remembered as she wanted to be – in the limelight – would I want arrests, trials and the attendant scandal.
She would appreciate that.

It was who she was.
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
 
Good afternoon,
Many of you have asked when you will be receiving your 2002 W2s. When they are ready they will be distributed right away. You will certainly receive them before the January 31st deadline.
Please let me know if you have any questions
.
 
  Rights Abuses Feared in Anti-Terror War

By HARRY DUNPHY, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Many countries resent or are reluctant to join the U.S. war on terrorism partly because of the government's tendency to ignore human rights in its conduct of the war, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

In several key countries involved in the campaign against terrorism, such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the report said even rhetorical U.S. support for human rights has been rare. When the United States does try to promote human rights, its authority has been undermined by its refusal to be bound by the standards it preaches to others, said the annual survey.
 
 
I am so relieved.

I just got an e-mail whose subject informed me that I can GROW my PENIS SAFELY AND NATURALLY.

So now I don't have to worry about that.
 
 
You left the light on all night, and I never made it.

I’m sorry, but times are different now. We have to conserve our energy.

Don’t think I let you down. That’s a state of mind. In my head, I didn’t think I was doing you wrong.

I want to communicate that to you, put it in your head.

I am your friend, and I would never willfully hurt you.
 
Monday, January 13, 2003
 
What are some of the pros and cons to being an artist, a creator, an interpreter of works in San Diego? I wonder how your surroundings influence your craft.

You started out on flugelhorn before switching to alto sax, the instrument of perhaps the most important figures in jazz history, Charlie Parker. A lot of horn players switch from alto to tenor to escape the shadow of Parker, yet you stuck with the alto. Describe the thrills and difficulty of sharing an instrument with the mighty Bird.

You moved to Detroit, a city that spawned a great many jazz musician, shortly after the end of World War II and began an apprenticeship with the great pianist Barry Harris. Please tell me how your decade in that city – and with Harris – influenced you as a player.
 
  56-year-old soccer hooligan jailed for five years

LONDON (AP) - A 56-year-old Millwall fan became Britain's oldest convicted soccer hooligan Monday when he was jailed for five years for kicking a police horse.

Raymond Everest, a former match steward at the club, was caught laughing on closed circuit TV cameras after attacking a horse following Millwall's game against Birmingham City on May 2.

Hundreds of fans rioted outside the New Den Stadium after Millwall lost 2-1 in the division one semifinal playoffs. In all, 157 police officers and 26 police horses were hurt.

Prosecutor Tom Wilkins told a jury at Woolwich Crown Court that Everest took part in the rampage, running at police lines and encouraging other thugs to build a barricade to stop charging police horses.

Wilkins said the horse was retreating when Everest launched a kung-fu-style kick from behind, causing the animal to lurch forward in pain.

Defense lawyer Simon Stirling said Everest had supported Millwall since the age of 3 but this was his first offense relating to soccer hooliganism.

Judge Philip Statman told Everest: ``Riot is the gravest of all public order offenses. ... You are the oldest of all those arrested. You have shown from start to finish no remorse.

``You have bought shame on your family and on the club you purport to support. It is difficult to imagine a worse example of behavior by a man in his mid-50s than that you displayed on that particular evening.''

As well as jailing Everest for five years, the judge banned him from all soccer stadiums in England and Wales for the next eight years.
 
  Christopher Walken

He once told a friend he wished he had a tail like a dog so that people could know what mood he was in before they approached him.
 
 
"He's a very special player. You don't often find a player his size who can shoot, handle the ball and post up. He's a very versatile player."
 
 
I'll come and see you soon, cuz I screwed up so bad!!!!!
 
Sunday, January 12, 2003
  U.S. Propaganda Broadcast in Iraq (what does we will do what is necessary to protect you and protect your families mean)

-- "If you provide information on weapons of mass destruction or you take steps to hamper their use we will do what is necessary to protect you and protect your families. Failing to do that will lead to grave personal consequences.

-- "If you took part in the use of these ugly weapons you'll be regarded as war criminals. If you can make these weapons ineffective then do it. If you can identify the position of weapons of mass destruction by light signals, then do it. If all this is not possible, then at least refuse to take part in any activity or follow orders to use weapons of mass destruction.

-- "Iraqi chemical, biological and nuclear weapons violate Iraq's commitment to agreements and United Nations resolutions. Iraq has been isolated because of this behavior. The United States and its allies want the Iraqi people to be liberated from Saddam's injustice and for Iraq to become a respected member of the international community. Iraq's future depends on you."
 
 
Hello.

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
 
Saturday, January 11, 2003
 
I didn't even read the whole story, but the first headline I read today was THE WHO'S TOWNSHEND SAYS NOT A PEDOPHILE.

He did, however, admit to paying for access to child pornography, apparently, but said that it was only for "research."

For what, I don't know. Like I said, I didn't read the story.
 
 
A columnist for AsianWeek complained in his newspaper that O'Neal made several derogatory comments recently about Yao, with the Lakers' center saying, "Tell Yao Ming, 'ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh.'''
 
 
Nine days, no cigarettes. So far, so good.
 
Friday, January 10, 2003
 
This link is very important for music buyers.
 
  From Human Resources Administrator / Payroll Specialist

Good morning,
You will notice something very different about the way your paycheck looks! We have completed the transition from ADP Payroll to Ceridian Payroll.
Your paycheck stub now has more information, including your base rate of pay and some new year to date totals. You'll notice that your vacation, sick and personal balances aren't printed this payroll - but they will be in the future.
Please look CLOSELY at your paycheck and all your deductions. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure your paycheck is correct.
I will be availbale all day payday to answer questions. I am happy to make corrections and adjustments as necessary!
 
 
That would be most welcome, as our most glaring weakness is lack of a true point guard.
 
 
I'm afraid to say I might have written that one myself. I apologize to you, and to all your family.

Actually, I thought it was clever.

That just goes to show how far you've been corrupted by working here.
 
 
____ is once again sponsoring our basketball team for the ____ rec league. The spring season games begin February 11.

I know that Tues and Wed are bad nights for a few of us. So, is ... Thursday still OK for everyone?

Please reply with your availability on Thursday nights this spring:

a) all or most games
b) some games
c) fill-in duty when we are short players
d) not available
e) no game to bring

Let’s win that damn league this time around!

thanks
 
  lucre \LOO-kuhr\, noun:

Monetary gain; profit; riches; money; -- often in a bad sense.
 
 

THE RHYTHM SALON with CRAIG HARRIS
special guest
WUNMI OLAIYA
Appearing at SWEET RHYTHM
88 7th Ave. So. (corner of Bleeker)
Jan.15th+16th shows 8:00 and I0:00 PM
$10 Adm. $10 min. for info call 255-3626

Wunmi Olaiya- Vocals
CRAIG Harris -Trombone
Cheik Mbaye-Percussion,
Foly Kolade- Percussion, Vocals
Kunle Ade -Percussion, Vocals
Bahnamous Bowie-Keyboards
Calvin Jones - Bass
Tony Lewis - Drums
 
Thursday, January 09, 2003
 
Nothing warms my heart more than a story about a family pulling together over the holidays, adults accepting the awesome responsibilities of parenting, and state government stepping in to help those in need. It truly brightens the day.
 
  Andre the Giant facts

Former WWF tag team champion w/ Haku.

Appeared at the first 6 WrestleManias.

WrestleMania 1: Beat Big John Studd in a bodyslam match.

WrestleMania 2: Won a WWF/NFL Battle Royal.

WrestleMania 3: Lost to Hulk Hogan (Event set an indoor attendance record that still stands).

WrestleMania 4: Received bye in round 1 of tournament, fought to a double DQ w/ Hulk Hogan in round 2.

WrestleMania 5: Lost by DQ to Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

WrestleMania 6: Lost tag team titles w/ Haku to Demolition.

André suffered from acromegaly, in which the body doesn't stop secreting growth hormone.

Professional wrestler

Weighed about 520 lbs

At time of death, was in Paris to attend his father's funeral.

Lost a few inches of height toward the end of his career.

Conceptual artist Shepard Fairey uses Andre's image in a series of posters and stickers as part of his "Phenomenology" project.

Ranked #3 in the "PWI 500" of the PWI Years (1979-1999) (Pro Wrestling Illustrated 20th Anniversary Special)

Awarded the 1993 PWI Editor's Award.

One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000).

First inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame (1993).
 
  Bullshit

"We are a totally apolitical company," said Jorge Jezerskas, spokesman for Panamco, the Coca-Cola bottler in Venezuela.
 
 
Driving north on the Interstate 5 today, I saw a couple of those big Marine convoy trucks from Camp Pendleton. The kind that look like something out of Indiana Jones, with soldiers sitting at the back of the open canopy and looking back into traffic.

The two guys in the back of one of the trucks could not have been older than 22, and it crossed my mind that it was lucky for them they were in that truck instead of getting shitfaced in TJ and then trying to drive back to Base.

Those guys in the back always have very curious eyes, and I bet they get really excited when they see a woman driving behind them.
Still, they made eye contact with me as I got closer.

It wasn’t quite obligation I felt, but I did recognize a need to communicate something to them. And I couldn’t really give a gesture that said, “I’m sorry for you guys that this pinhead president is sending you guys to die a horrible death in some cockamamie War on Terrorism.”

Truth is, I kinda admired the guys for signing up for a job and doing it. Not everyone follows through on what they say they’re going to do.

My right hand was on the steering wheel.
I lifted my index and middle fingers in the familiar V.

It could’ve been a reference to Nixon, peace or Verizon.
It was up to those guys to perceive it as they chose.

All I meant was, “What’s up? I feel ya. Take care.”
 
Wednesday, January 08, 2003
 
Californians will sleep well tonight, secure in the knowledge their government is doing everything it can to protect its citizens.
 
  quidnunc \KWID-nuhngk\, noun:

One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows or pretends to know all that is going on; a gossip; a busybody.
 
 
I am not a hater of Duke University basketball, but it is embarrassing how many calls they get.
 
 
"Men often stumble on the Truth, but usually dust themselves off & hurry away..." - Winston Churchill
 
  White House 'Bonesman' Leads Nation Into the Dark

By Alexandra Robbins
USA TODAY

Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

"My senior year (at Yale University) I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society," President Bush wrote in his autobiography, "so secret, I can't say anything more."

He doesn't have to. He's practically turning the government into a secret society - an old-boy, throwback establishment that even holds its secret spy-court proceedings in an elaborately locked, windowless room that sounds similar to the Bones' elaborately locked, practically windowless "tomb," or campus clubhouse.

Bush, a loyal and particularly active member of Skull and Bones, a mysterious, historically misogynist Yale-based secret society, seems to have done almost all he can to promote a level of secrecy in government not seen since the Nixon administration:

* Last month, Bush-appointed Assistant Attorney General Robert McCallum, a member of Bush's 1968 Skull and Bones class, filed pleadings in U.S. District Court seeking to extend executive privilege to any government official in pardon cases; the move makes information on presidential pardons more secret than it has ever been.

* After 9/11, without initially telling Congress, Bush assembled a shadow government assigned to secret bunkers somewhere on the East Coast. He also tried to cut off some members of Congress from classified information about the anti-terrorist campaign.

* The USA Patriot Act Bush eagerly signed lets the FBI - with permission from a secret Washington "spy court" - view some customer records; store owners cannot reveal the review

* In October 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft released a memo encouraging federal agencies to withhold as much information as possible from the public.

* A month later, just before documents from the Reagan-Bush administration were to be released, Bush signed an executive order severely hindering public access to former presidents' records.

* Bush also signed legislation that jails or fines journalists who publish sensitive leaks, essentially reviving the Official Secrecy Act that President Clinton vetoed.

Bush has a "fetish for secrecy," Vanderbilt University professor emeritus Hugh Davis Graham, now deceased, told the National Journal earlier this year.

Granted, pressing issues of national security merit a level of secrecy. But security and secrecy are not always necessary companions, and some of these examples suggest secrecy for secrecy's sake, such as the pardons and the Reagan documents. Also, a government that operates in secret prevents its constituents from holding it accountable and so may be more prone to arbitrariness and ill-considered conduct. This administration may even be doing itself a disservice with its excess secrecy, which can cause people to conjure up much more malicious and elitist scenarios than may actually exist.

That is what has happened with Skull and Bones, which operates a powerful alumni network but, despite the lore, does not run a secret world government, collaborate with Nazis or require initiates to lie naked in a coffin.

Bonesmen have long helped Bush; he received a fair chunk of his early business financing from them and turned to them for help when he needed a job, investors and campaign assistance. Even his baseball-team purchase involved at least one Bonesman. As president, Bush has appointed fellow Bonesmen to high-level positions, such as Edward McNally, the general counsel of the Office on Homeland Security and senior associate counsel on national security. Yet, although one of his first social gatherings at the White House was a Skull and Bones reunion, Bush feigned ignorance when asked recently about Bones: "The thing is so secret that I'm not even sure it still exists," he replied.

Is it a coincidence that the federal government suddenly prioritizes secrecy when a Skull and Bones president is in power? Maybe. But there's no question that the Bush administration increasingly resembles the Bones' dark, locked tomb.

-------

Alexandra Robbins is the author of Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power.

(In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.)

 
 
Billie Joe Armstrong's embarrassment over being jailed for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol must surely pale in comparison to the chagrin he feels about being caught driving a BMW convertible.
 
 
Don't worry. We Canadians don't think of this as "our" country.
 
  ... and its component parts, which are weighted heavily toward tax relief for the wealthiest Americans

Hello, I hope you are rich. If so, your president's "stimulus plan" is great news.

I also hope you have no conscience.
 
Tuesday, January 07, 2003
 
Ricin causes diarrhea so severe that victims can die of shock from massive fluid and electrolyte loss.
 
  From the President/Chief Operating Officer ($225,000 annually)

To all Associates -

When I made the remark at the Xmas party about potentially losing ____, I was really hoping it was a statement that would not become reality. 

Sadly (sadly to me, proudly to ____), the statement was not only true, but came upon us swiftly. On Friday, ____ will “ship out” to join other members of our armed forces on duty in the Middle East, helping to ensure, along with all the other heroes that make up our military, that the standard of living and freedom we have all come to appreciate is maintained for us and the generations that follow.   

As this happened quite quickly, we did not have the plan fully in place to anticipate his departure; naturally, we will not be replacing ____, as this tour is designed to be a temporary obligation to our country.  However, we’re developing a plan to “pinch hit” for ____ while he’s gone, and should have more clarity before the end of the week.  

At this point, we’re not sure how long it will be before ____ rejoins ____.  However, I’m sure you all share my feelings that he’ll be greatly missed while he’s gone, and we all pray for a swift return and to stay out of harm’s way. 

I know the Marketing Team is putting together a card to wish him well.  Please take a minute to provide a personal thought when it comes your way. 

Thanks.
 
 
Right around Christmastime, the FBI posted that bulletin that said they were looking for five Middle Eastern-looking men who purportedly used bogus passports to enter the United States from Canada. Some reports even said the men were part of another Group of 19 suspected terrorists, and they may have been plotting some serious shit for right around New Year’s.

Today, we find out it’s bullshit.

I understand, I guess, the government’s need to cover its ass in terms of warning the public about possible threats, but does crying wolf do any good?

Maybe.

It creates hysteria and distrust – and a body of people increasingly in need of governing.
 
  From the L.A. Times Sunday Opinion section:

The Bush administration's confrontation with Iraq is as much a contest of credibility as it is of military force. Washington claims that Baghdad harbors ambitions of aggression, continues to develop and stockpile weapons of mass destruction and maintains ties to Al Qaeda. Lacking solid evidence, the public must weigh Saddam Hussein's penchant for lies against the administration's own record. Based on recent history, that's not an easy choice.

The first Bush administration, which featured Dick Cheney, Paul D. Wolfowitz and Colin L. Powell at the Pentagon, systematically misrepresented the cause of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the nature of Iraq's conduct in Kuwait and the cost of the Persian Gulf War. Like the second Bush administration, it cynically used the confrontation to justify a more expansive and militaristic foreign policy in the post-Vietnam era.

When Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the first President Bush likened it to Nazi Germany's occupation of the Rhineland. "If history teaches us anything, it is that we must resist aggression or it will destroy our freedoms," he declared. The administration leaked reports that tens of thousands of Iraqi troops were massing on the border of Saudi Arabia in preparation for an invasion of the world's major oil fields. The globe's industrial economies would be held hostage if Iraq succeeded.

The reality was different. Two Soviet satellite photos obtained by the St. Petersburg Times raised questions about such a buildup of Iraqi troops. Neither the CIA nor the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency viewed an Iraqi attack on Saudi Arabia as probable. The administration's estimate of Iraqi troop strength was also grossly exaggerated. After the war, Newsday's Susan Sachs called Iraq the "phantom enemy": "The bulk of the mighty Iraqi army, said to number more than 500,000 in Kuwait and southern Iraq, couldn't be found."

Students of the Gulf War largely agree that Hussein's invasion of Kuwait was primarily motivated by specific historical grievances, not by Hitler-style ambitions. Like most Iraqi rulers before him, Hussein refused to accept borders drawn by Britain after World War I that virtually cut Iraq off from the Gulf. Iraq also chafed at Kuwait's demand that Iraq repay loans made to it during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

Administration officials seemed to understand all this. In July 1990, U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad April Glaspie told Hussein that Washington had "no opinion on Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait," a statement she later regretted.

The National Security Council's first meeting after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait was equally low key. As one participant reportedly put it, the attitude was, "Hey, too bad about Kuwait, but it's just a gas station -- and who cares whether the sign says Sinclair or Exxon?"

But administration hawks, led by Cheney, saw a huge opportunity to capitalize on Iraq's move against Kuwait. The elder Bush publicly pronounced, "a line has been drawn in the sand," and he called for a "new world order ... free from the threat of terror." His unstated premise, as noted by National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, was that the United States "henceforth would be obligated to lead the world community to an unprecedented degree" as it attempted "to pursue our national interests."

The administration realized that a peaceful solution to the crisis would undercut its grand ambitions. The White House torpedoed diplomatic initiatives to end the crisis, including a compromise, crafted by Arab leaders, to let Iraq annex a small slice of Kuwait and withdraw. To justify war with Hussein, the Bush administration condoned a propaganda campaign on Iraqi atrocities in Kuwait. Americans were riveted by a 15-year-old Kuwaiti so-called refugee's eyewitness accounts of Iraqi soldiers yanking newborn babies out of hospital incubators in Kuwait, leaving them on a cold floor to die.

The public didn't know that the eyewitness was the daughter of Kuwait's ambassador to the United States, and that her congressional testimony was reportedly arranged by public relations firm Hill & Knowlton and paid for by Kuwait as part of its campaign to bring the United States into war.

To this day, most people regard Operation Desert Storm as remarkably clean, marked by the expert use of precision weapons to minimize "collateral damage." While American TV repeatedly broadcast pictures of cruise missiles homing in on their targets, the Pentagon quietly went about a campaign of carpet bombing. Of the 142,000 tons of bombs dropped on Iraq and Kuwait in 43 days, only about 8% were of the "smart" variety.

The indiscriminate targeting of Iraq's civilian infrastructure left the country in ruins. A United Nations mission in March 1991 described the allied bombing of Iraq as "near apocalyptic" and said it threatened to reduce "a rather highly urbanized and mechanized society ... to a preindustrial age." Officially, the U.S. military listed only 79 American soldiers killed in action, plus 59 members of allied forces.

A subsequent demographic study by the U.S. Census Bureau concluded that Iraq probably suffered 145,000 dead -- 40,000 military and 5,000 civilian deaths during the war and 100,000 postwar deaths because of violence and health conditions. The war also produced more than 5 million refugees. Subsequent sanctions were estimated to have killed more than half a million Iraqi children, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and other international bodies.

The Gulf War amply demonstrated the merit of two adages: "War is hell" and "Truth is the first casualty." To date, nothing suggests that a second Gulf War would prove any less costly to truth or humans.
 
 
IN `MY GIRL,' WHAT DO THE TEMPTATIONS HAVE EVEN `WHEN IT'S COLD OUTSIDE'?








THE MONTH OF MAY
 
 
A $1.30 per prescription tax will be applied to the consumer at the discretion of each pharmacy, although it is expected that most pharmacies will pass this added cost onto the consumer. Please check with your individual pharmacies for their policy. These additional funds are being collected to help raise the $36 million to cover the rising Medicaid costs in the state. This tax is expected to stay in effect for all of 2003 and drop to $0.65 per prescription in 2004.
 
  Power outage
Please be advised that we are suffering a power outage at our Carlsbad location. Most employees will be out of the office until noon when we hope to be back up and running. (The call center is up and running.) In the meantime, should you have an urgent matter, you can reach me at x5259.

Thank you.
 
Monday, January 06, 2003
 
No matter what he changes his name to or who he hangs out with, they just don't stop goin' after Sean Combs.

I feel him, that's all.
 
  nostrum \NOS-truhm\, noun:

1. A medicine of secret composition and unproven or dubious
effectiveness; a quack medicine.
2. A usually questionable remedy or scheme; a cure-all.
 
 
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT US IN OUR EFFORTS TO DENY TERRORIST GROUPS ACCESS TO AMERICA'S FINANCIAL SYSTEM. (C) 2002. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES DEALERS, INC. (NASD). ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
 
 
It's hard to believe, but at 9 a.m. PST Monday, the temperature in Carlsbad, Calif., is 64 agreeable degrees.

In Washington, D.C., it is a tacit 35 degrees.

In Caracas, the temperature is a feverish 88 degrees.

The temperature in Pyongyang, North Korea, is 10 frigid degrees.

It’s 55 degrees in Tehran.

In Edinburgh, the temperature is a determined 28 degrees.

It’s 34 degrees in Topeka, Kan.

I hope you have a nice day. I’ll be thinking of you.


 
Sunday, January 05, 2003
 
Happy new year from Tel Aviv!

Won't they please just kill all of each other and get it over with.
 
 
Goin' to the Clippers game this afternoon. Gonna drive to L.A.

But don't worry, the tickets are comps.

You know I'd never pay to see an NBA game. Not even for one involving one of the Los Angeles teams.
 
Saturday, January 04, 2003
 
Mick, Keith and I were out at a friend’s house in Queens about an hour before they were supposed to play the Garden in, I think it was, November of ’69. They were taping the show for the album that became Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out. Making an album of the show and selling it was that greedy bastard Mick’s idea; he was tired of all the kids bootlegging their shows.

I was shooting pool with Keith, and I told him kinda quietly that it was rather hypocritical of Mick to be such a dick because, I mean, the Stones had essentially launched their legacy by, shall we politely say, co-opting the Chuck Berry catalog.

Keith was lining up a shot on the six ball, and he mumbled – just like you think he would – that if it were up to him he’d let everyone tape all their shows. The cloud of smoke in front of his face was like an ice berg, and I was amazed he could even see the cue ball. Standing their with his shirt off, he looked like a refugee. Knowing their relationship like I did, I didn’t press him on why he didn’t stand up to Mick on the bootlegging issue. Because Keith’s not an idiot, he knows that he can enjoy the benefits of Mick’s avarice by standing idly by with that silly grin and cigarette and have people look at him like he’s just another guitarist who by way of kismet happens to be worth $250 million.

They see Mick as the spoiled playboy.
 
Friday, January 03, 2003
 
American punks don't care about you.
 
 
There is no greater fan of the four studio albums the Rolling Stones released between 1968-72 - Beggars Banquet; Let It Bleed; Sticky Fingers; Exile on Main Street - than I.

But I would be the last person on the planet to pay to see them play Jan. 21 at the United Center in Chicago. The Stones want $350 a ticket, Ticketmaster wants an $18.25 convenience charge, and the United Center itself wants $31 (!) for parking. Oh, and the shipping of the tickets costs 20 bucks.

Never, never, never.

I'd much rather take that $420 and buy six shares of ChevronTexaco common stock.
 
  "Pastel" by Face to Face

I don't wanna game that I don't know how to play, just go away.
 
  SAN DIEGO POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND ANOTHER INJURED
01-02-03 Homicide Unit

2345 Hours (619) 531-2275

San Diego Police Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting earlier (Thursday ) tonight in Mountain View that left one person dead and another with injuries.

At 7:55 p.m., a resident in the 3700 block of Ocean View Boulevard called the police to report a shooting with two persons injured. Police and paramedics responded to the scene. Both victims were transported to Mercy Hospital. One victim died at the hospital and the other is being treated for his injuries.

Prior to the shooting, the victims were hanging out on the sidewalk when the suspect approached them on foot from the west. The suspect briefly spoke to the men and then pulled out a handgun and shot at them. The suspect then fled eastbound on Ocean View Boulevard.

The suspect was described as a black male, about 6’1”, thin, 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The identities of the victims are not being released at this time. It is not known at this time if this incident is gang related or not.

Anyone with information about this shooting incident is asked to call the San Diego Police Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293.

 
Thursday, January 02, 2003
 
Originally, we were going to call the band The Piazzas or The Tossers. But then I remembered that there's already a band named The Tossers, they of the immortal debut recording We’ll Never Be Sober Again.

So I considered calling it The Capital Gadges.

We then became the Knob Creek Killers, which I liked for a while. However, I think I decided it was a little poseur-y.

For now, it’s been decided that the three-piece will be known as The Joe Smiths.

We’re looking forward to recording, and I’m praying we can get on the Anti-Flag label.

Wish us luck.
 
  Payroll News from Human Resources

Happy New Year to All!

We are in the process of transitioning to a new payroll service. Most of the changes will be transparent to you but your check will look very different next Friday! We will be implementing a new timekeeping system as well in mid-January - complete with a new timeclock and web-based timesheets for salaried employees. We're also adding a web-based self-service module that will give you access to lots of great information regarding your payroll, benefits and HR information.

To assist in a smooth transfer I am auditing each employee's payroll information. To help me out please make sure that you have returned the 2003 Benefits Election Form. If you have not, please select the appropriate attachment and return it to me ASAP. This will enable me to make sure that you have been assigned all the appropriate deductions.

Making this transition has been very labor intensive and every effort is being made to ensure that your paycheck is correct.
We are confident that this new system will make payroll processing easier and more efficient, but should there be any "glitches" please know that corrections will be made immediately.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!
 
 
The first thing I noticed about Japan is that the people do not stare at you like they do in the United States, and I found that relaxing and polite.
 
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
 
I'm not a full-time smoker, but this year I'm not going to smoke any cigarettes.

I also vow to not use the word fuck unless it's absolutely necessary.

And I promise to acquaint myself with at least one person from North Korea. I have a friend from South Korea, but I've never met anyone from the North.
I wanna hear from them.

My South Korean friend says that if the North and South got together, they could have the economic power of Japan within 10 years.

Happy New Year, again.

I'm not a hippy, but peace to you.
 
Formerly GOD'S LONELY MAN

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