Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, commenting on Cocksucker Blues, called it "definitely one of the best movies about rock and roll I've ever seen. . . . It makes you think being a rock and roll star is one of the last things you'd ever want to do."
In 1865, John Wilkes Booth fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln after a plan to kidnap the president – in an effort to win the release of Confederate soldiers captured by Union forces in the Civil War – failed to materialize.

“This country was formed for the white not for the black man,” Wilkes once wrote in a letter.

Booth sneaked into Lincoln’s private box at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., shot the president in the head, and leapt to the stage, where a production of Our American Cousin was underway. Because of the laughter generated by the play and ensuing commotion, it is not clear if Booth actually said, “Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants).”

After the Kennedys and King, a man named Arthur Bremer was inspired to attempt assassination, writing in his diary that he wanted ‘to do SOMETHING BOLD AND DRAMATIC, FORCEFUL & DYNAMIC, A STATEMENT of my manhood for the world to see.’

Taking a cue from Booth, he even said he wanted to say something ‘cute’ after shooting either President Richard Nixon or Alabama Governor and presidential candidate George Wallace. Bremer wanted to say, “A penny for you thoughts,” after shooting Wallace, who he considered a much easier target than the president.

Bremer shot Wallace five times in Maryland, effectively crippling the governor, but the assassination attempt was not successful. Bremer was quickly subdued and sentenced to 53 years in prison.

In 1972, a Michigan native named Paul Schrader was drinking heavily and living out of his car before being hospitalized for a gastric ulcer. In the hospital, Schrader read the story of Arthur Bremer and set about writing the screenplay for the film that would become “Taxi Driver,” which is said to have precisely depicted masculinity in the post-Vietnam United States.
In the 1976 film, 13-year-old Jodie Foster played the role of a prostitute named Iris.

One hundred and 15 years after Booth shot Lincoln, a troubled upper-class young man named John Hinckley read in People magazine that Jodie Foster had enrolled at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. So impressed with Foster’s work in “Taxi Driver,” Hinckley went to Connecticut and took a course at Yale to be near the young actress.

A gun enthusiast who owned more than 300 firearms, Hinckley spoke of his desire to win Foster’s affection through ‘historic deed.’ In a letter written to Foster shortly before he shot President Reagan, Hinckley stated:

I will admit to you that the reason I'm going ahead with this attempt now is because I cannot wait any longer to impress you. I've got to do something now to make you understand, in no uncertain terms, that I'm doing all of this for your sake! By sacrificing my freedom and possibly my life, I hope to change your mind about me. This letter is being written only an hour before I leave for the Hilton Hotel. Jodie, I'm asking you to please look into your heart and at least give the chance, with this historical deed, to gain your love and respect.

On March 30, 1981, Hinckley stepped forward from a crowd of television reporters and fired six shots from a Rohm R6-14 revolver. The bullets from Hinckley’s gun struck Reagan in the left chest, Press Secretary James Brady in the left temple, Officer Thomas Delahanty in the neck, and Security Agent Timothy McCarthy in the stomach.

Hinckley was found not guilty of the shootings by reason of insanity.

The Ouija Board is perhaps the most controversial method of spirit communication, mostly because it can be used by anyone and requires no special powers to navigate. This may be why most psychics discourage the use of the board. It enables the average person to produce “medium-like” effects without a psychic actually being present.
Click here for the latest information about the basketball coach for whom I wish I could've played.
METALLICA To Film 'St. Anger' Video At San Quentin State Prison - Apr. 30, 2003

METALLICA will shoot a video for the title track of their upcoming album, "St. Anger", later today (April 30) at San Quentin State Prison, California. The clip will be directed by the Malloy Brothers, who have previously worked with the FOO FIGHTERS and 311, and have developed and filmed their own brand of surf movies.

In exchange for using the prison grounds to film the video, METALLICA will perform an hour-long set for the, eh, "captive" audience on Thursday (May 1).

METALLICA's "St. Anger" is due on June 10 through Elektra Records.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Madonna is so fragile I almost want to cry for her.
The calendar has not yet turned to May, and the San Diego Padres are already in last place.

But that doesn't matter.

To Southern Californians, the matter of the day is that we're going to find out something about the Lakers tonight.
Peep this, Poppa's gonna be a judge for this great event:

Wanna take a guac on the wild side? Then, holy guacamole, have we got some fun for you!

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo we are having a guacamole contest & a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Monday, May 5th.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will begin at 4 pm in the back parking lot. Everyone is invited to enjoy some snacks and ice cold liquid refreshment (soft drinks and CERVEZA).

Wear your sombreros and serapes!

Interested in participating in the Guacamole contest?

Here's how it'll work:

Please sign up by emailing ____ by close of business on Friday.
A panel of 5 esteemed avocado lovers will be chosen to act as judges. ( I will take the first 5 volunteers.)
The judges will decide on a winner to be announced at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at 4 pm in the back parking lot (and we'll have prizes!!)
Billy Martin punches out marshmallow salesman

Martin fought with umpires, George Steinbrenner, Reggie Jackson, pitchers (Dave Boswell and Ed Whitson), two traveling secretaries, at least one cab driver, two bouncers at a topless bar, a sportswriter and one fan outside Tiger Stadium. But his biggest meltdown came in 1979 when he punched out a marshmallow salesman named Joseph Cooper, which led to his getting fired as Yankee manager.
"To me, Wigfield is a deeply funny, refreshingly original book, but to be fair, it is the first book I've ever read."

— Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
This man touched the hearts of millions.
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Regardless of why they're doing it, the United States its pulling all of its above-the-board military out of Saudi Arabia. This is thrilling and historic news.

The presence of Western troops in the kingdom irked many Saudis, already angry with the United States over its perceived bias toward Israel.

Ousting U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia became a battle cry of Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network, blamed by Washington for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

"There are political advantages for both. The U.S. will have greater freedom of action, the Saudis will feel more comfortable -- and neither of them will have to mention that it was a key demand of Osama bin Laden," Tim Garden, security analyst at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, told Reuters.
Monday, April 28, 2003
This e-mail, vetted by the Pentagon, concerns a guy who works for the same company I do. I have substituted the name JOHN for his, and the other major will be called SOLDIER.

This latest news about JOHN just arrived from JOHN'S WIFE:

I heard from JOHN last week, I guess they are somewhere between Baghdad and Kut. No word on a return date yet, but we are hoping July, and really hoping for June. But, both are guesses, apparently the subject hasn’t even come up yet. I have enclosed an excerpt from SOLDIER’s dad, relaying the information he garnered during a phone call, also posted on their website I am sure we will get all the details when they return. Take care-

SOLDIER has been separate from both Major SOLDIER and Major JOHN who he has been traditionally traveling with. He sees them occasionally and they are both doing well. Major SOLDIER is working to provide humanitarian relief to the large numbers of Iraqi POWs that have been surrendering to the coalition forces. They get the POWs into camps and offer them food and medical attention. Major JOHN was directly involved in planning the Marine Corps role in the operation to rescue Jessica Lynch. During that operation, the Marine Corps created the diversion by engaging Iraqi forces on the far side of the town, while Navy Seal and US Army Rangers stormed the hospital to rescue Lynch. Both Major SOLDIER and JOHN deserve the highest amount of respect for their contributions to this conflict.
The Rolling Stones have played San Diego nine times:

Balboa Park Bowl Nov. 1, 1964
Community Concourse May 17, 1965
Community Concourse Dec. 5, 1965
Sports Arena Nov. 10, 1969
International Sports Arena June 13, 1972
Jack Murphy Stadium Oct. 7, 1981
Jack Murphy Stadium Oct. 17, 1994
Qualcomm Stadium Feb. 3, 1998
Sports Arena Nov. 14, 2002

Richard Louv of the hometown paper hits his mark.

During the last years of the Clinton administration, when members of Congress should have been minding the international store and avoiding the terrorism to come, they offered heroic speeches about the angle of the presidential priapism. Last week, instead of debating the long-term implications and unintended consequences of the Bush Doctrine (and the administration's amazing ability to change the subject), the pols and media wrestled over the words of Sen. Rick Santorum, R. Pa. regarding gays. The senator and his defenders strained mightily to cover his regressive statements by suggesting that they reflected a deeper policy debate.
I'd like to remind everyone to please.....wash and put away any cups, glasses, dishes, etc. that you may use. DO NOT leave them sitting in the sink for someone else to wash.

Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
Man searching for stolen cell phone slain


SAN YSIDRO – A 19-year-old man looking for someone who had taken a cell phone from his car was fatally shot in the head late yesterday afternoon, San Diego police said.

Juan Carlos Mendoza of San Ysidro was shot in his car shortly after 5 p.m. on Sycamore Road. Two passengers in the car took the victim to a nearby fire station. Paramedics took him to UCSD Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police the victim stopped for two men who walked up to his car. One of them brandished a handgun and fired one shot through the left rear window as the victim drove away.

No other details were available last night.
I would like to introduce you to my new favorite basketball coach, Iowa State's Larry Eustachy. Among these thrilling photos, I must say that my favorite is the one of the coach quietly and privately ashing a cigarette into a can of Natty Light near a clock that reads 2:30.

The Des Moines Register today published a wonderfully thorough article on the millionaire coach.

He was like, What are you doing here? Why aren't you going to KU? The girls down there are much hotter. You belong there.
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."

-- Bertrand Russell
"In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press."

-- Oscar Wilde
On Jan. 25, 1971, Colonel Idi Amin deposed President Obote. Obote went into exile in Tanzania. Amin expelled Asian residents and launched a reign of terror against Ugandan opponents, torturing and killing tens of thousands. In 1976, he had himself proclaimed “President for Life.” In 1977, Amnesty International estimated that 300,000 may have died under his rule, including church leaders and recalcitrant cabinet ministers.
Prof. Howard Suber, founding director of UCLA's film and television producer's program, said the eerie silence from Hollywood was to be expected once American troops were on the ground in Iraq.

"It's one thing to oppose the war and it's another thing entirely to appear that you are supporting the enemy," Suber said. "That's the trap Jane Fonda fell into when she went to North Vietnam (during the Vietnam War) and was a labeled traitor. I know of no public figure who supported Saddam, so once the troops are in the field you've got to shut up."
Sunday, April 27, 2003
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal had a simple plan to keep the Lakers from being on the brink of elimination: Just get him the ball.

"I told the guys before the game, get me the ball and move out of the way,'' he said. "I've just got to have the ball in a position where I can do something. As soon as I'm open, I would like to have it.''
outre \oo-TRAY\, adjective:
Unconventional; eccentric; bizarre.
Dixie Chicks Worried for Safety, Not Sales

The Dixie Chicks are more concerned with their own safety rather than falling record sales, following their outburst against American President George W. Bush. The country all-girl trio prompted outrage when lead singer Natalie Maines said on stage recently that they were ashamed to be from the same state as Bush - Texas - because of the US led invasion of Iraq last month.

Severe criticism in their home country followed, and sales of their new album Home are reportedly down 40 per cent. However, guitarist Emily Robison is more worried about the "bigger issues" of personal safety.

She says, "I'm concerned about my safety. I'm concerned about my safety for my family. When you're getting death threats. At our concerts this year, we have to have metal detectors, and to me that's just crazy. But we have to take precautions because this thing has gotten so out of control."
Saturday, April 26, 2003
The victim, Sean Clements, 38, got into an argument with the suspect at a transient camp. Clements pulled out a folding knife and threatened the suspect. The suspect took the knife away from Clements and stabbed him several times with his own knife. The suspect was last seen running from the area. He is a white male, in his 30’s, 5-10, 175, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Clements was transported to UCSD Medical Center with three stab wound in his lower back. The injuries are not considered life threatening. Central Division is handling.
The people at the Friends of County Animal Shelters said the dog came to them with name Samson, and then it got the name Jake. They said we should change the name -- they figured the call of "Jake" may not conjure the dog's best memories -- and we considered the following names:

-- Sam or Samson
-- Norm or Norman
-- Brown or Brownie or Clifford or Cliff (after the great trumpeter Clifford Brown)
-- Gordon or Dexter (after the great tenor man)
-- Heath or Heathrow (inspired by a street we turned on, Heatherton)
-- Chuck
-- Ben
-- Chewy or Chuy or Chewbacca (this wasn't really considered, but my brother suggested the idea)

I think that's it, and we decided on Murray after we visited my brother and he took a call from an old friend whose last name is Murray. As long as the photo is up on the link, I think you'll agree the name fits.

He's been part of the family for nearly 10 hours.
I don't know how long his photo will stay up on this page, but today we adopted this chocolate lab named Jake. He is a sweetheart, and we changed his name to Murray.
Friday, April 25, 2003
"Civil rights are illusory in a society without quality public education, decent housing, and affordable health care for all citizens," the report noted.
I don't want my shit politicized either, but it's all politics.

Bush Shows 'Pattern of Hostility' Toward Civil Rights

Jim Lobe, OneWorld US

Washington DC, Apr. 25 (OneWorld) - The administration of President George W. Bush is steadily and systematically working to reverse longstanding civil rights policies and impede the enforcement of U.S. civil rights laws, according to a new report released Thursday by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF).

"For defenders of civil rights, this is a perilous time," warned the LCCREF, a coalition of rights and religious groups whose members include the National Council of Churches, the National Organization for Women (news - web sites), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (news - web sites), among other grassroots groups.
The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves, To me, they're terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech.

For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American. The pressure coming from the government and big business to enforce conformity of thought concerning the war and politics goes against everything that this country is about - namely freedom.

Right now, we are supposedly fighting to create free speech in Iraq, at the same time that some are trying to intimidate and punish people for using that same right here at home. I don't know what happens next, but I do want to add my voice to those who think that the Dixie Chicks are getting a raw deal, and an un-American one to boot.

I send them my support.

Bruce Springsteen
MSNBC's Banfield: Media filtered realities of war

By Matt Moline
Special to The Capital-Journal

MANHATTAN -- War's sobering realities never reached American TV screens during the recent U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, according to NBC News correspondent Ashleigh Banfield.

"We didn't see what happen when Marines fired M-16s," Banfield said during a Landon lecture appearance today at Kansas State University. "We didn't see what happened after mortars landed, only the puff of smoke. There were horrors that were completely left out of this war. So was this journalism? Or was this coverage?"
T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times writes in today's paper:

THE L.A. Sports Council and the Chamber of Commerce will salute the Dodgers at an "Opening Pitch" luncheon on May 1.

According to the press release, the "event will serve as the traditional community kickoff to the team's 2003 season."

This might also be the first "Opening Pitch" luncheon to take place after the team has already been eliminated from the playoff race.
Someone told me this morning that SARS is not a real disease, that it's a placebo thing where if you tell a person they have the virus they believe it. The woman said that the SARS hysteria was started by the U.S. government to distract the nation's attention from what's really going on in Iraq.

And the BBC chief said this:

... Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many American networks had "wrapped themselves in the American flag and swapped impartiality for patriotism."
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Thanks for linking to DodgerBlues. Glad you like the site.

- Davey Johnson
The Lakers lineup right now consists of these players:

Kobe Bryant
Jannero Pargo
Brian Shaw
Devean George
Mark Madsen
A week and a half ago, I sent a note to Ravi Coltrane's outstanding pianist Andy Milne, who I saw perform on a rainy night in La Jolla.

He sent back the following response to my e-mail:


Thank you very much for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the concert last week. (sorry it took me a week to get back to you, I've been travelling a lot of late - currently in Italy).

Had I known I was busy making new fans up there, I would have been a little more agressive about selling my new CD which I had on hand that night. Ravi talked about it during the 2nd set cause we played a song from it. Oh well, with any luck, perhaps the Athenaeum will have Dapp Theory there this fall when the CD drops.

I did notice it being a little thin during the 2nd set but overall it was a great crowd for a rainy night.

Anyway, I'll add your email to my mailing list if you don't mind and inform you of future southern cali gigs.

Andy Milne

This is a very cool cat.
quiescent \kwy-ES-uhnt; kwee-\, adjective:
Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; inactive.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
After we hung up the phone I looked around my apartment, marveled at the lack of style, and picked up a copy of DeLillo’s White Noise, which was sitting in what – if you really closed your eyes and imagined hard – you’d call the breakfast nook. I had one of those old Brother word processor things that you thought were so rad because they could back up and correct your typo, and I pulled it out and put a sheet of sticky typing paper into it. Master procrastinator, I spent about 20 minutes trying to set up the margins and line spacing, but I finally got to where I was ready to write my review.
Someone finally sues Creed for sucking.
I'm sorry, Madonna, I didn't mean to jump on the bandwagon. You're still my girl.
I developed a crush on Madonna about the time I turned 13, and my adoration of her did not wane through the years of bad music (“Like a Virgin”) and worse costumes (pointy boobs and blonde ambition). The high points of True Blue and Ray of Light are the bookends to the years we’ve spent together.

There is a Madonna clock, circa “Desperately Seeking Susan,” on my office wall.

I always loved the way she just did what she did, calculated marketing move or not. Plus, she highlighted important issues like equality and acceptance.

Now, however, just as she says she’s a reformed megalomaniac, I find myself getting off the wagon. It’s nothing personal, it’s just the one trait that has been with her through the years has vanished: balls.

I’ve only heard a couple of songs from the new album, American Life, but they were both generic and forgettable. (And, the title track has her rapping in what may be one of the worst moments of self-indulgence in musical history.)

Sept. 11, 2001, and its subsequences have yielded a time for “artists” with something to say, and I don’t think Madonna has anything to contribute to the conversation.

I think Madonna is savvy, and she knows what’s up, but she seems confused with her role in this new world. She may be a little too out of touch to realize her place in the world and how she could never be taken seriously as a commentator.
The race of shame: the 1988 Olympic 100m

1st ­ Ben Johnson (Canada)
Tested positive for anabolic steroids after the race. Stripped of his medal and banned for two years, then for life in 1993.

2nd ­ Carl Lewis (US)
It is alleged that he should have been serving a two-year ban after testing positive for stimulants at the US Olympic trials two months earlier.

3rd ­ Linford Christie (UK)
Tested positive for pseudoephedrine in Seoul but cleared by the IOC disciplinary committee who accepted his explanation that it came from ginseng tea. Banned for two years in 2000.

5th ­ Dennis Mitchell (US)
Tested positive for high levels of testosterone in 1999. Banned for two years. Claimed that the result was because he'd had sex and drunk six beers.

6th ­ Desai Williams (Canada)
Implicated in the 1989 Dubin inquiry into the use of banned drugs by Canadian athletes.
Beckham: Empty stadium plan might stop hooligans

LONDON: England captain David Beckham has said that playing an international behind closed doors might be the only way to stamp out the country's hooligan problem.

England could have to play their next Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia in an empty stadium as punishment for the racist abuse and violence perpetrated by some of their fans at the last game against Turkey in Sunderland.
GLM note: The following continues the "Letter to Lettie" begun with this post.

I never was much for all that LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT stuff, anyway. I could never get it to jibe with how I thought things were supposed to be, you know? To my simple mind it was like: Here I don’t like this thing, so my only course of action is to leave it?

I dunno, but that seems a little defeatist and anathema to everything most parents try to teach their kids. All that TRY, TRY AGAIN business and NEVER GIVE UP.

The little train chugging up the hill.

There’s something Orwellian about LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, though I suppose in Orwell it would be more like LOVE IT OR ELSE or YOU CAN’T LEAVE, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL LOVE IT. That’s kinda how it is, though.

Another of those things they pounded into our heads growing up was the purportedly inalienable right of free speech. Of course, the reality of and costs associated with free speech spawned a slew of clichés and cute little sayings about THE PRICE OF FREE SPEECH.

And then they say to LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Sadly, I just found out Celine Dion is still alive.

An estimated 975-gallon sewage spill was reported this afternoon on the 100 block of Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas. The spill was caused by a root blockage of a private sewer lateral. City of Encinitas Public Works crews removed the blockage and contained the spill by 11:10 AM. The sewage flowed into a storm drain that empties into Cottonwood Creek. The creek flows to the ocean at Moonlight Beach approximately ½ mile west. Signs warning of sewage contaminated water were posted at Moonlight Beach, and will remain posted until samples indicate the ocean waters are safe for recreational use.
This is the culture you're raising your kids in. Don't be surprised if it blows up in your face.

-- Marilyn Manson
Today is Marilyn Chambers' 51st birthday.

According to the IMDB, her last film was made only a couple of years ago.
Despite his ability to score in alarming bunches, Bryant usually spreads his scoring out evenly over the whole game whether it's 28 or 58. Rarely will he put together a game of lopsided halves. For 42 minutes, he requires a defender's undivided attention. He won't go more than two minutes without scoring and will crank up 25 to 30 shots to get his numbers. Szczerbiak will have to constantly be on alert. His scoring is going to suffer before the game even starts. It's hard to swallow but Szczerbiak will have to change his priorities.

"I'll just squeeze him," Bryant said with a smile, "make him take tough shots. He loves to score and sometimes he chases down his shots."
Here's an indication of just how hip my gym is:

During the shower-and-change leg of my visit this morning, the sound system played that song that goes EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!; "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul; a Billy Joel song about moving up or moving out; and "Love Shack."

Also, when I slid my member ID card through their barcode scanner, the guy behind the desk told me that the computer said I owed $875.

"But I know that's not true," he said, and waved me in.

No joke.
Monday, April 21, 2003
Dear Lettie,

In the end, not even Japan could save me. Not the pastoral bliss or the urban blitz; the ceaselessly vibrant and polite people; the warm soup and embryonic high-speed Shinkansen. I vowed from there I would return to the States a changed a man, charged with the knowledge that there were people outside the United States cognizant of one another and the fact that each person is merely one single component of a large community. That each person had a responsibility to the fold, as it were, to not let the side down.

And it worked, for a while.

But I’ll get to that in a little bit.

First, I wanna see how you are doing, and how you like living abroad, as they say. I always told myself I would leave the United States, that if I had so many issues with this once-great nation of my birth, I should just get off my ass and do something about it. I have traveled a fair bit, but I never really pulled up the stakes and left. I suspect that I subconsciously told myself that some day I would become the father of a child (meaning the baby would be born here), and that I would want it to be born with U.S. citizenship. Until I sat down to write this letter to you, it hadn’t crossed my mind that it was pointless and somewhat paradoxical to want my offspring to be of this country when all I wanted to do was leave it. Maybe I was hedging my bets, in case I decided to come back to the United States with my child.

Whatever the case, I never left the United States, and now it’s too late. I’m in the endgame, as it were.
You know, Emotional Rescue is a lot of leftovers from Some Girls.

- Mick Jagger
Nina Simone is rock 'n' roll. RIP.
And you laughed when Bad Religion sang, "The voice of God is government."

"Our goal is singular — and that is to hope that we can assist them in better understandings of the teachings of Christ, and applying it to their jobs," said Richard Carver, a member of the Fellowship's board of directors who served as an assistant secretary of the Air Force during the Reagan administration.

Why do you want so much religion in your politics?

What has it gotten us thus far?
In the jail, (Scott) Peterson was segregated from other inmates and placed in the jail's maximum security section because of the nature of the charges he faces, and because prisoners have made threats against him.

The inmates "definitely have some unfavorable opinions of him," the sheriff's spokesman said.
Everywhere I go, I seem to run into the numbers 11-44, and I can’t help think that it’s a sign that something wicked is about to come my way. You see, 11-44 is a frequently used police shorthand for CORONER’S CASE, like 211 is ARMED ROBBERY and 187 is HOMICIDE.

If you’re drunk in public in San Diego, you are likely 647(f).

The time always seems to be 11:44, and when I buy something at the store the total is always $11.44.

Stocks cost $11.44, songs are 11 minutes, 44 seconds long, and basketball teams shoot 11-for-44 from the field.

I don’t know what it is, but I don’t feel like I’ve done anyone wrong lately. Maybe it’s just my time, if you believe in all that.

You heard it here first.
Without question, the worst movie I’ve ever seen is called “Made,” starring Vince Vaughn and written and directed by his costar Jon Favreau. You know these two guys most famously from “Swingers.”

“Made” was so bad it changed the way I felt about Favreau, since he was responsible for its creation. I used to think he was kind of a Hollywood outsider, a not-great looking guy who persisted and attained some success without totally selling out his soul.

I was wrong.

The movie was soaked in lame clichés, hyper-annoying and unrealistic characters, and a total lack of direction or inspiration.

And I had the misfortune of seeing this movie last night.

If you are a Vince Vaughn fan and appreciate his wise-ass, self-conscious humor – which can be very funny, I admit – you still won’t like this movie. Vaughn is so over-the-top that 20 minutes in you’ll want to strangle him.
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Before dinner last night, we went to rent a video from the great Kensington Video. If you click the link for the store and scroll down, you'll see an older guy named Rich.

He's the person who gave me the DVD for "Goldfinger" instead of "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
WASHINGTON, DC—Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over."

"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."
Today is going to be a big day. I'm going to watch the Lakers game and start reading this new book I got last night. I'm also going to play the piano a lot.

Enjoy your Sunday.
Saturday, April 19, 2003
Check out my links over there on the right. (I'm always open to suggestions, especially if you know of good, handy Web sites.)
Elizabeth Smart and her homeless Christlike abductor were here.

So were David Westerfield and the Heaven's Gate sect.

We had school shootings at Granite Hills and Santana, and one of the first public spree shootings, back in 1984 at the McDonald's, was here in San Ysidro.

Betty Broderick fatally shot her ex-husband and his wife in their home here.

So, it really should be no surprise that some asshole was taken into custody at Torrey Pines for the murder of his wife and unborn child.

In February, Scott Peterson told MSNBC he missed his wife and the child she was to bear.

"I can't drive. I can't sleep," he said then. "Sometimes I feel I just can't do it. I feel like I'm in a dark corner and I just can't function."
Friday, April 18, 2003
The mind-bogglingly corrupt and soulless actions of the executives in charge of American Airlines illustrate the degree to which the superrich try to insulate themselves from the functions of the real world. The emperor hasn't just lost his clothes, he's also lost his mind.

After coercing their unions to agree to $10 billion in pay cuts over the next six years -- purportedly to help the company avoid an impending bankruptcy -- it was revealed that the American Airlines executives had decided to give themselves bonuses and implement plans to protect their pensions even if the company went broke.

Analysts said American's managers showed poor judgment in approving generous perks for themselves while the airline industry slumped, shareholders were losing money and employees were asked to take big pay cuts.

"They basically blackmailed their workers with threats of bankruptcy," said Lance Compa, a Cornell University labor law professor. "It puts a moral onus on management to share the pain."

You may not see the flames spreading now, but if the elite of this country continue to exploit the proletariat, the population of the class of people with, literally, nothing to lose will someday encircle them and swallow them up. There just aren't enough walls or weapons to fight them back.

I understand how capitalism works, and there can be some very ugly consequences. Greed seems to have become a religion.

I hope they're careful of what they wish for. I know I'd be.
TORONTO (AP) -- A court decision that overturned the drunken driving conviction of former NBA player Dee Brown was upheld by an appeals court, ruling his arrest was due to racial profiling.

In the decision issued Wednesday, the Ontario Court of Appeals said Brown's 1999 arrest was unconstitutional because he was singled out as a black man who was casually dressed and driving an expensive vehicle. Brown, a member of the Orlando Magic's front office, played for the Toronto Raptors at the time.

The appeals court also said the trial judge ignored evidence of racial profiling and had a negative view of the arguments in Brown's defense.

Brown was convicted in July 2000 of drunken driving. Superior Court Justice Brian Trafford later threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial, and the prosecution appealed.

This movie sounds too disturbing to even watch.
Torture Fears Don't Halt Deportation

By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA - Mor Sene said separatist rebels tore off his toenails and stabbed him in the chest when he lived in Senegal, while government soldiers accused him of conspiring with the enemy.

But when Sene fled to the United States and applied for protection under the Convention Against Torture, an immigration judge ruled he should be sent home.

His experience in U.S. immigration court is a common one.
Dear Fellow Employees:

On behalf of the management team, I would like to announce that we will close early today in honor of Good Friday and Passover. With your supervisor’s approval, you may leave at 2 p.m. today. Salaried and hourly employees alike will be paid for the full day.

Have a great weekend!

Everyone has approval to do so. But let me know if there's anything that needs to be done before you leave.

As a follow-up to my recent e-mail — for those of you who started on an early shift today, please consider the short day today to mean that you may leave three hours earlier than normal. However, you must have your supervisor’s consent to do this. If your supervisor is not here today, please see your supervisor’s supervisor.

Hourly employees should clock out when they leave today. Your supervisor will adjust the hours to reflect the short day benefit.

Sorry about any confusion on this.

Again, have a great weekend!!
After a Calvert County judge sentenced John A. Brock yesterday to five years in prison for beating his girlfriend, Brock was aghast. "Five years?" he said to the judge. "If you give me five years, I might as well throw myself out that window."

Which he did, headfirst through the glass.
The truth is somewhere between Fox News and Al-Jazeera.
He's doing well, apparently, and no one is working today.
Thursday, April 17, 2003
I'm going to meet an old friend for a pint of Guinness. I'm curious to see how he is doing.
This man is about to get down to some serious partying.

And, my HTML department is working on getting links set up for God's Lonely Man. Then I'll be a few paces closer to the present.

I hope you are having a nice day.
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01 Unlocking Revelation's Mystery
02 A Thief In The Night
03 How to Have Confidence Amid Chaos
04 Spiritualism Exposed - Death's Mystery Solved
05 Beyond 2000 - The Next Millennium
06 God's Love Test of Loyalty
07 The Issue That Divides the World
08 When Grace Becomes a Disgrace
09 God's Test of Loyalty
10 History's Greatest Religious Cover-up
11 The Subject Satan Hates
12 Longest, Most Amazing Bible Prophecy
13 Bible Secrets to Good Health
14 Unmasking The Antichrist
15 The Mark of the Beast and Seal of God
16 The United States in Bible Prophecy
17 Armageddon and the Seven Last Plagues
18 Revelation's Saints - A Peculiar People
19 The Most Sought After Secret in the Bible
20 Prophets and Prophecy, Visions and Dreams
21 The Unpardonable Sin
22 Heaven... Is It For Real?
Let's have a ball and a biscuit, sugar.
This isn't the best song by The Joe Smiths, but it might be the most fun to play. It's also the fastest. It's called TEXAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE.










Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Support Our Troops -- Or Else!
Another day, another Michael Jordan retirement. Ho hum.

I know it's MJ and all, but I am tired of people quitting and then un-quitting. Please just hang it up and be done. I promise when I announce my retirement, you'll never again hear from me.

Thank you.
The Chicago bureau comments on the events that besmirched the White Sox and their fans:

Berger was right in front of us last night when Joe Dirt tackled the umpire.

The weirdest thing was, as he slugged Joe Dirt, the ball flew out of his glove and, almost instinctively, Berger reached behind him quickly with his free hand and put the ball back in his glove, as if he was afraid the ump would see and rule it a dropped ball, which would have been hilarious.

Needless to say, it's a sad and embarrassing day when fun at the ol' ballpark with my favorite team looks more like a Springer show.

But it still beats being a Cubs fan.

Separation of inmates along racially divided lines

Excessive purchases of food items at inmate commissary (in preparation for lockdown)

Unusually high number of inmate requests for transfer to another prison

Unusually high number of staff requests for sick leave and/or resignations

Increase in number of inmates entered in disciplinary or protective custody lockup

Threats/confrontations/intimidation by inmates against officers and/or warnings to friendly officers

Harsh stares from inmates and/or unusually subdued actions by normally active inmate groups

Drop in attendance at movies or other popular functions

Appearance of inflammatory and rebellious materials/increase in gang literature

Increase in inmate/staff complaints and grievances

Outside agitation by lawyers or activists

Unusual number of outside phone calls inquiring about conditions at the prison

Letters and phone calls from concerned inmate families demanding protection for their relative
This is the guy who allegedly pummelled the Easter Bunny.
I didn’t learn how to play the piano intro to Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” until after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Before that, I thought about playing it on piano and having a girl pull up her shirt like in the video, but it wasn’t until after the planes slammed into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and field in Pennsylvania that I learned the part.

It goes something like this:


and then repeats with B substituting for the C, and then finishes with B flat subbing for the B.

(The blog printing does not put the appropriate spaces between the GE's and C's. It should be played GE/C, GE/C, CGEC/GE and C. If you want a handwritten copy, I'd be happy to send you one.)

As a courtesy to our receptionist .....if you plan to be out of the office on Thurs. or Fri., please let her know. It helps her to inform callers who might "bounce" back to her, asking her to page someone.

Thank you.

Several Royals players could be seen kicking and stomping the fan while he was pinned down. When the attacker was put into a police car, his head was wrapped with a white bandage, soaked with blood near the right temple.

Royals right fielder Brandon Berger, who caught the ball for the final out of the inning, was one of the first to reach Diaz.

The really shocking thing here just might be that the Royals run out someone named Brandon Berger in right field.
susurrus \su-SUHR-uhs\, noun:

A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.

I got this e-mail about the new White Stripes record, Elephant:

So far, I like it. It's less shrill than White Blood Cells. Shrill is not a quality I admire.

Believe the hype, it's as good as everyone says.
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Brendan, what the hell is going on with the fans of your beloved White Sox?

Last year, a tweaker fan and his scrapie kid ran onto the field and attacked the Royals’ first-base coach, and tonight a “fan” ran out and attacked an umpire. Worst of all, I read that it was the fourth time TONIGHT that someone ran on the field.

Is everyone back there just pissed that it’s not Comiskey Park anymore?
In no way are we Fugazi, but The Joe Smiths now have 13 songs that are at least 75 percent complete. They are:

  New look
I hope you like the new template for God’s Lonely Man. There was no serious contemplation behind the switch, I just thought it seemed a little lighter and fresher.

Consider it a springtime haircut.

Thanks for your support.

(You can click the e-mail address in the top-right corner to let me know.)

Dear Andy Milne:

Caught your show with Ravi Coltrane tonight at the Neurosciences Institute, and I wanted to let you know that you were the buzz of intermission.

Everyone -- musicians, writers, regular ol' fans -- commented on how you were killing it, and they were right. The other fellas were great, too, but you took the cake.

And if the crowd was lighter after intermission, I think it was because a lot of them said they couldn't hear Ravi; they thought he shoulda been closer to the mic.

Anyway, thanks for a great gig. You gained several new fans.

Monday, April 14, 2003
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Two spectators ran on the field and unfurled an antiwar banner at Monday's game between the Montreal Expos and New York Mets.

Just after the Mets' Tony Clark hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, the fans jumped from the stands and ran on the field. They displayed a banner, which read: ``No a la guerra'' (``No to the war'') with a drawing of a gun.

About a dozen police and security officials converged on them, and umpire Joe West appeared to say something to the them. The banner was taken by the security officials, and the spectators dragged from the field.

The game continued after a delay of about three minutes.


Cheik Mbaye and Sing Sing Rhythms - Sabar

Craig Harris - trombone
Calvin Jones - bass
Carla Cook - vocals
Adam Klipple -keyboards
Tony Lewis - Drums

Sweet Rhythm is located at 88 Seventh Ave. South (corner of 7th Ave. and Bleeker)

$12.00 cover charge and $10 Minimum
May the good Lord
Shine a light on you

Make every song you sing
Your favorite tune

May the good Lord
Shine a light on you

Warm like the evening sun
A private Cessna Citation jet was waiting at Lawrence's municipal airport, having filed a flight plan for Chapel Hill, N.C. It planned to leave at 5 p.m. Central Time, said Lloyd Hetrick, of Hetrick Aviation Services.
He sounds really good.

Have you been able to get a hold of the Dogg since last night?
  Celebrator of Life wants to know:

Did she make you sing that Iron Maiden song at karaoke?
  For some reason, I don't think this note is from the real Yahoo!

The Yahoo servers are currently under heavy stress due to unproportional usage of our email services. Thus The Security Yahoo has decided to reduce the number of Yahoo
accounts by a huge margin to regain its potential.

Below the e-mail, I was asked to input the password for the account. Yahoo! always tells me that they would never ask for my password, so ... I didn't give it.

If you, too, have a Yahoo! account -- if only to keep all the spam junk mail out of your work computer -- you may want to be careful.
Sunday, April 13, 2003
It seems like a long time ago, but it really wasn’t.

I mean, it’s been less than 10 years since the airplanes plowed into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania, changing life in America and around the world, too.

In the summer of 2001, it was still okay to make fun of the president of the United States and the funny and illegal circumstances that brought him to power. It was after the Internet boom and crash, and air travel had never been so effortless or cheap. The most serious threat Americans faced was from an entity who took its name from the country, America Online, a then-rapidly growing conglomerate that gained quick control of nearly every American source of information.

They were a hard-driven, hardworking crowd inured to the hardest living, and they found their recreation in hard drinking and hard fighting.
Friday, April 11, 2003
  The Soft Bigotry of Loose Adulation

Thursday morning, President Bush greeted the people of Iraq on their TV screens.

"You are a good and gifted people," he told them as Arabic script appeared below his face. I don't know Arabic, but I'm sure the translation didn't convey what Bush means by "gifted."

He doesn't mean exceptional. He means ethnic.
You are Joey Ramone. You're a revolutionary person, bound for greatness who always keeps a positive attitude. People like and trust you, even if they don't know why.
  Joan Jett on Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera representing "women in rock":

I’d be a lot happier if the press would call it what it is and stop attaching the word "rock" to Britney Spears. I mean, I’m ready to have a heart attack when I hear stuff like that. Any woman who sings or has a guitar in her hand or does anything is a "rocker." It’s an exciting noun to attach to everybody, but it’s not real. It gives people the misconception that there are women in rock and there aren't. I just don’t get it.
  This is what Rogert Ebert wrote in 1987 about Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as a cocaine-addicted teen in the film "Less Than Zero":

Downey, whose acting here is so real, (is) so subtle and so observant that it's scary
  An e-mail
Now I REALLY want Chelios to take Kariya's head off after last night.
  This just in ... they're a San Diego band!!!

CATTLE DECAPITATION Name New Album - Apr. 11, 2003

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have set "Humanure" as the title for their forthcoming full-length album, tentatively due in the fall/winter 2003 through Metal Blade Records.

Among the titles set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following:

01. Anthropophagic Copromantik
02. Humanure
03. Lips And Assholes
04. Reduced To Paste
05. The Earthling
A little bird told me that the Internet is slow because everyone is using MusicMatch radio since the company ordered that all MP3 be destroyed.

This is SO DIRTY!
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Bryant completely embarrassed Jackson two minutes into the fourth quarter, going around him with a lightning-quick move for a thunderous dunk that put Los Angeles ahead 97-81.
  Fill in the blanks with the correct country
"It's a reminder that ____ is still dangerous in many places, and a reminder of how important it is for all of us to work to create a situation where ____ can express themselves freely, where all points of view can be expressed freely and without intimidation or violence."
  Now Bacardi's in on it

The Bacardi rum company is one of the most successful and recognizable brands in the world.

It spends millions on marketing itself as the spirit of youth and vitality. But behind its image as a party drink lies a very different story.In this book, investigative journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina brings to light the commercial and political activities of the Bacardi empire to reveal its role in fostering the 40-year long confrontation between the United States and the revolutionary government of Cuba. Through meticulous research, Calvo Ospina reveals how directors and shareholders of the family-owned firm have aggressively worked to undermine the Castro government. He explores how they have been implicated in supporting paramilitary organizations that have carried out terrorists attacks, and reveals their links to the extreme right-wing Cuban-American Foundation that supported Ronald Regan's Contra war in Nicaragua. "Bacardi: The Hidden War" explains the company's hand in promoting "special interest" legislation against its competitor, Havana Club Rum, which is manufactured in Cuba and promoted by the European company Pernod-Ricard. Calvo Ospina reveals the implications of Bacardi's involvement in this growing dispute that threatens to create a trade war between America and Europe. Exploring the Bacardi empire's links to the CIA, as well as its inside links with the Bush administration, this fascinating and readable account shows how multinational companies act for political as well as economic interests. "Bacardi: The Hidden War" was first published in Spanish and has been translated into French, Dutch, German and Italian.

If you dial (310) 625-3435, you will hear an amusing recording.
Brian McMahon, an associate speaker with Amazing Facts, first joined Amazing Facts Ministries in 1992. He has now had the privilege to minister to tens of thousands of people around the world of many backgrounds and faiths. Brian, an ordained minister, preaches with conviction, sincerity, clarity and compassion. Brian's seminars are well known for being among the very best for thoroughness and Christ-centeredness. His background has been beneficial in enabling him to communicate with and befriend those of other backgrounds and faiths. He has had the opportunity to present seminars in a vast array of venues and on multiple occasions in a correctional facility.

Brian's wife, Heidi, shares her love for Jesus through music. She first began singing at the age of 3 with her father and sister, and continues to minister along side her husband. Having dedicated their lives to ministry, both Brian and Heidi share an enthusiasm for helping people find joy in Christ and true happiness through the gospel. The McMahon's have two daughters, Kara and Kelly, who travel with them.


  Cattle Decapitation track listing
01. Testicular Manslaughter
02. I Eat Your Skin
03. Writhe In Putressence
04. Land Of The Severed Meatus
05. The Regurgitation Of Corpses
06. Everyone Deserves To Die
07. To Serve Man
08. Colonic Villus Biopsy Performed On The Gastro-intestinally Incapable
09. Pedeadstrians
10. Long-pig Chef And the Hairless Goat
11. Hypogastric Combustion By C-4 Plastique
12. Deadmeal
13. Chunk Blower
SCALPLOCK - "Spread The Germs…Over the Human Worms" (Cacophonous)
Thirty tracks. Yep, you read it right, there are thirty tracks on this album - and not a demo cut, weedy alternative mix or scratchy live track in sight. Harking back to a train of thought that denotes if you can't say what you need to in the space of one-and-a-half minutes or under, you're just over-stretching the mark, grindcore revisionists SCALPLOCK are a revelation in an extreme scene brimming with welterweight bands who manage to reduce the noble blast beat to a tiresome drone.

SCALPLOCK's agenda is a highly politicized one (pouring scorn over US-Israeli collusion in the oppression of Palestine, general imperialistic meddling and the like), and even if you don't necessarily agree with their blunt opinions, there can be no debate over whether or not politics and music go together when something like this renders you helpless as it melts your face off.
  Chris Rock

You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon'.
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
A Big Thanks!

The band would like to thank those of you who came out the the show last Saturday at Cafe Crema. If you didn't make, you missed a great time! We had a blast playing some new songs and kicking back for a few vanilla soy chai latte's afterwards.
NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- Stock losses accelerated Wednesday afternoon as worries about the outlook for the economy and corporate profits pulled Wall Street's attention away from the war.

"I expect the enthusiasm (over war events) could continue for a while but at some point we will come back to reality and the enthusiasm will have to mesh with the corporate picture and sort out how earnings are shaking out and I don't think anybody expects corporate earnings to do terribly well here this quarter," said Andy Brooks, vice president and head stock trader at T. Rowe Price.
After Bon Scott's death in 1980, AC/DC considered the following vocalists to take his place — ex-Heavy Metal Kids frontman Gary Holton, an unknown hopeful named Terry Schlesher, and ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson. As you know, Johnson got the gig (Holton died from a drug overdose five years later).

This is what Osama bin Laden allegedly said on a recent audiotape:

"America has attacked Iraq and soon will also attack Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan. You should be aware that non-Muslims cannot bear the existence of Muslims and want to capture their resources and destroy them."

This is what a State Department official said in today's Washington Post (A top U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that the war on Iraq should be a lesson for other regimes pursuing weapons of mass destruction, but insisted that the United States is seeking the peaceful elimination of those weapons programs.):

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Syria to forswear the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and, as with other governments in the region, to see if there are not new possibilities in the Middle East peace process."

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Chapel on the Hill


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  The sheikh speaks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 8 — A new cassette tape purported to be from Osama bin Laden urges suicide attacks and calls on Muslims to rise up against Arab governments that support the attack on Iraq. In the audiotape, bin Laden’s supposed voice urges the faithful to attack the governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Unlike previous such tapes, this one had a single theme — suicide attacks.
Monday, April 07, 2003
When it was over, bad free-throw shooting killed the Jayhawks (30-8). They missed an amazing 18 of 30.
  Kelly Kapowski/Valerie Malone is on the market!

Tiffani Thiessen Ditches Fiance

Former Beverly Hills 90210 beauty Tiffani Thiessen has called off her engagement to actor Richard Ruccolo. The couple met in 2000 when the brunette beauty, 29, appeared with 31-year-old Ruccolo on his TV show Two Guys And A Girl, and they announced their engagement in October 2001. But a year-and-a-half later, they have chosen to go their separate ways. Thiessen says, "I am not getting married. I'm kind of glad and happy about it for the moment. Work's been so crazy anyway that I don't have time for anything else."
  "Smoking gun" WMD site in Iraq turns out to contain pesticide

NEAR NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) - A facility near Baghdad that a US officer had said might finally be "smoking gun" evidence of Iraqi chemical weapons production turned out to contain pesticide, not sarin gas as feared.

A military intelligence officer for the US 101st Airborne Division's aviation brigade, Captain Adam Mastrianni, told AFP that comprehensive tests determined the presence of the pesticide compounds.

Initial tests had reportedly detected traces of sarin -- a powerful toxin that quickly affects the nervous system -- after US soldiers guarding the facility near Hindiyah, 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad, fell ill.

Mastrianni said: "They thought it was a nerve agent. That's what it tested. But it is pesticide."
The Padres area again losing to their nemeses, the San Francisco Giants. It's 4-0 in the top of the sixth at Pac Bell Park.
Mohammad Abdolghani, 36, an Afghan worker in Iran, said the United States, despite its claims, would not help rebuild Iraq.

"Americans didn't do anything good in our country after toppling the Taliban. Now, I think they will not do also anything for the Iraqi people," he said. "Americans are arrogant. I hope they suffer heavy casualties so that they will not invade other countries."
  Music files must be removed from company systems by no later than close of business

Why? Unauthorized copying, distribution and certain other use of copyrighted material is illegal and can expose you and the company to civil and criminal liability under copyright and other law. This applies to all types of copyrighted works, including music, movies, software and other literary and artistic works.

As provided by company policy, no software is to be downloaded from the Internet or other source. This includes MP3 files. MP3 files may not be accessed by, downloaded to or stored on company-owned systems. Such MP3 sharing applications as Kazaa or WInMX are also prohibited and may not be installed on a company workstation. Further prohibited is attachment of any MP3 storage device (or player) to company systems.

· Legitimate MP3 files are legal, however, it is illegal to have MP3 files of music recordings for which you haven't obtained the rights.
· Sharing MP3s over the corporate network is illegal and prohibited.

The enforcement climate has heated up significantly - you may be aware of ongoing infringement cases and enforcement actions recently disclosed in the news. Last year, Integrated Information Systems, Inc., an Arizona high tech company, entered into a $1 million settlement with the recording industry for accessing and distribution by its employees of thousands of infringing music files using the company server. We must rely upon you to assist us in our efforts to protect company assets, preserve company reputation and to eliminate any potential legal or security risks.

Please remove any such files immediately and in no case later than by close of business Monday. Failure to do so, and to comply with this policy going forward, will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. If you require assistance in removing software from your PC, please contact the help desk. Company audits will be performed periodically to ensure compliance. We reserve the right to delete from company systems and storage media any seemingly unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials we may find, at any time and without notice.

By the way, by no means is music prohibited in the workplace, only the infringing files and storage on company systems as set forth above. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing efforts - it makes a difference!
If you are a popcorn eater, you have noticed that the vending machine supplier has persistently failed to stock microwave popcorn in the last few weeks. So I bought some microwave popcorn. I can't vouch for the brands (ACT II and POP SECRET) but you are certainly welcome to a pack if you crave popcorn.
Sunday, April 06, 2003
  Another note from the good folks at
The progress of the war, if you can call it that, is also being misrepresented, to put it mildly. The mainstream media in the West seems to be entirely content with swallowing whatever information it's given by the US and British officials, even when this information makes no sense whatsoever.
  Government No Longer Even Bothering To Hide

Halliburton Favors

WASHINGTON, DC—With last week's announcement that it will award Halliburton a lucrative contract to put out Iraqi oil-well fires after the war, the U.S. government has officially stopped trying to hide its favoritism toward the Houston-based company. "When we first started cutting Halliburton sweetheart deals, we'd worry about how it would look, with Dick Cheney being their former CEO and all," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. "Somewhere along the line, though, we just kind of said, 'Ah, fuck it.'" Fleischer added that Halliburton has something "real juicy" coming its way when the U.S. invades Iran in July 2004.
Saturday, April 05, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC—Following a 12th consecutive day of fighting, a puzzled President Bush confided to military advisors Monday that he "really figured the war would be over by now."

"It's been almost two weeks," said Bush, commander-in-chief of the 255,000 U.S. troops currently in the Persian Gulf. "What's taking so long? Will the Iraqi regime just topple, already?"

Though Bush has repeatedly declined making public comment on the expected duration of the war, in private he has expressed annoyance with the way the invasion is "dragging on."

"I knew the war would require courage and fortitude on the part of American people," Bush said. "What I didn't know was that it would go on for days and days and days."
"I don't think there's a chance he goes ahead of LeBron," one prominent scout said. "Anthony's a great prospect, but when you compare his game to LeBron's, LeBron wins out simply because he's just got a better feel for the game. I think Anthony will be an All-Star in the league some day, but LeBron has the chance to be a legend. He has a certain feel, a knack, for the game that just doesn't come along very often. Guys like Kidd, Kobe, Jordan have it. And that's what separates them from the pack."

"LeBron's a once in a decade talent," a Western Conference GM said. "Teams always say that you draft the best talent, you don't draft for position. It doesn't always work out that way, but in this case it will. No one in their right mind would pass on him. He's about as sure a thing as you can get in the NBA draft."
Friday, April 04, 2003
I want to find a boyfriend with a Yukon.
The working title of Stephen Malkmus' self-titled solo record reportedly was Swedish Reggae.
  The official statement from PEARL JAM reads as follows:

"There were close to 12,000 people at the April 1st Denver show. It's possible two-dozen left during encore but it was not noticeable amongst the 11,976 who were loudly applauding and enjoying the evening's music. It just made a better headline to report otherwise. [You'll note the writer doesn't mention this in his review of the show from the day prior. See 'PEARL JAM Show Will Make a Great CD' by Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News. And it is little more than a mention in any of the show reviews.]

"Dissension is nothing we shy away from -- it should just be reported about more accurately. Ed's talk from the stage centered on the importance of freedom of speech and the importance of supporting our soldiers as well as an expression of sadness over the public being made to feel as though the two sentiments can't occur simultaneously".
  Liz Phair

Madonna is the speedboat, and the rest of us are just the Go-Go's on water skis.
We will do something which I believe is very beautiful," said Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf at a Baghdad news conference, adding that the Iraqis planned to strike back "in an unconventional way."
Yes, there is a world outside the United States.
A lot to do today, and I've been bullshitting the last couple of hours at work. So, here we go with the first order of business.

I don't understand – from a political standpoint – why the White House would come out and say they don't care if they find Saddam Hussein or not. I understand that they were embarrassed when they failed to find Bin Laden after they made him Public Enemy No. 1, but didn’t Iraq II come about because the first Bush didn’t get Hussein?

I also understand wanting to lower the public’s expectations, but since the White House doesn’t seem to answer to anyone, what’s the point of even bringing Hussein’s name up?

Now even folks who don’t normally concern themselves with such matters can think,

Huh? They don’t want to find him?
Thursday, April 03, 2003
  No relationship

Al-Qaida remains the greatest threat to the United States, one that officials have repeatedly said may bear no relationship to the war in Iraq.
For those not familiar with gambling terms, it's called "pulling the ticket" when you assume that a result is in the bag.

Such as, "The Redskins are up by 14 with only five minutes to play, this game is over" -- and then the Redskins throw two interceptions and lose in the final seconds.

This also is pulling the ticket.
Here's the Rocky Mountain News article I referred to in the post below. I guess Denver residents know which paper tells them what.
Here's how your news is skewed.

At the very top of the Drudge Report, which receives more than 10 million hits a day, is a headline that reads:


I clicked on the link and tried to read the story in the Rocky Mountain News, but the page wouldn't load. I then went to the Denver Post, which I figured would also have a review of the show, and I found down at the bottom of the story that the band's singer did make anti-Bush remarks while also expressing support for "the troops." The story didn't have anything about people leaving early, though it did mention the Bush remarks were made at the end of the show.

So, naturally, you have to EXIT AFTER the ANTI-BUSH DISPLAY.

You be the judge. If you can get the Rocky Mountain News story to load and it tells a totally different story, please let me know.
  Colin Powell

"I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed ... managed to wrangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units ...Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country."
Someone just gave me a copy of the leaked Radiohead record that takes its name from this Web site. I haven't yet listened to it, but I read that it's not even the finished mix, so I don't know how much to invest in it.

I can see why they might be pissed it's out.
Good points. I am picking the same, even though Syracuse has been pretty exciting thus far. The game against Oklahoma was pretty incredible.
Well, I had Syracuse going this far, and I absolutely love them every tourney, but it kinda feels like it might be KU's year. I also think the magic might be over for Marquette.

So, boringly, I'll take KU over 'Cuse, and Texas beating Marquette. KU will beat Texas on Monday night.
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
The numbers on the blackboard in the "Hot For Teacher" video correspond to numbers that spell "Holy Shit" backwards.
  The President of the United States of America, according to USA Today

Bush believes he was called by God to lead the nation at this time, says Commerce Secretary Don Evans, a close friend who talks with Bush every day ...

He's being hard on himself; he gave up sweets just before the war began

... sees himself as the aggrieved victim of the news media and second-guessers ...

As he consumes media accounts of the war, Bush has noted criticism coming even from some people he believes should be his allies. He was stung last year when Brent Scowcroft, his father's national security adviser, wrote a newspaper column questioning the necessity and wisdom of going to war. Similar complaints continue, and some people outside the administration are pressing current Bush advisers to urge him to retool his war plan.

The president's aides say he's aware of those efforts but "discounts" them ...

News coverage of the war often irritates him. He's infuriated by reporters and retired generals who publicly question the tactics of the war plan ...

He has a special epithet for members of his own staff who worry aloud. He calls them "hand-wringers" ...


I don't understand this:

"You might be a redneck if ... your doorbell is a dog."

Does that mean your first notice of visitors is the dog's barking?

This one is a little better:

"You might be a redneck if ... you've gotten pregnant while playing Twister."
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
  Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld denies the U.S. is negotiating an end to war with Iraq.

"The only thing the coalition will discuss with this regime is their unconditional surrender," he said.
And if you are at all felling blue and in need of a little pick-me-up, please check out this latest offering from the genius of Christopher Guest.
If you want to get high, go ahead. Don't let the goverment convince you that you're supporting terrorism.

They created terrorism, and self-medicating is part of how we deal with it.






















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