Archive for February 2005

Ok, this is just sad

Looked at the 2004 box office totals and it occurred to me that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Garden State combined made $9 million less than White Chicks.
That’s just depressing.

Poor Barry Bonds

It’s so tough being a cheater, people keep asking you about your cheating, forcing you into rambling 40 minute rants on how great you are, how the media is out to get you and how Babe Ruth had it so easy because he was white.
Barry Bonds has done more damage to baseball than anything Pete Rose ever could have.

Ohio EPA reccomends ending E-Check in Dayton and CIncinnati

If the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has its way, Miami Valley drivers won’t have to undergo E-Check after this year.
Ohio EPA Director Joe Koncelik said Tuesday the agency is recommending that the Ohio legislature drop E-Check in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas when the contract with Envirotest expires at the end of this year.

The test will continue in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland-Akron area has some of the highest ozone levels in the country, and the state is under a federal mandate to keep vehicle emissions testing in that area, the state EPA said.
The agency will recommend that the test be modified there, however, so cars that are four years or younger will be exempt from the test. The current rule exempts cars two years or younger.
Dayton Daily News

That’s good news for Dayton and Cincinnati residents but I still have to think that there’s a better way to do things in the Cleveland-Akron area.

Wow, what can you say about this?

Well, you know, they are manipulating the media… Probably the most flagrant example of that is the way they set up Dan Rather. Now, I mean, I have my own beliefs about how that happened: it originated with Karl Rove, in my belief, in the White House. They set that up with those false papers. Why did they do it? They knew that Bush was a draft dodger. They knew that he had run away from his responsibilties in the Air National Guard in Texas, gone out of the state intentionally for a long period of time. They knew that he had no defense for that period in his life. And so what they did was, expecting that that was going to come up, they accentuated it: they produced papers that made it look even worse. And they

Reds Opening Day

Got my tickets.

A few thoughts:
If you’re the guy half a mile back in the GABP line, you shouldn’t be expecting tickets.
If you show up after 6AM at any location where you don’t know that they’re doing a lottery then you’re just not trying.
If you show up at any location where they’re not doing a lottery 25 minutes before they go on sale, not only will you not be gettting tickets, you don’t deserve them.
The manager at my outlet had exactly the right attitude. The fans devoted enough to sit on the hard floor for 8 or more hours SHOULD have priority over the people who stroll in at 8:00 or 8:30.
And now it’s time to sleep.


An exchange between Donald Rumsfeld and Rep. Loretta Sanchez:

Sanchez: Unfortunately, as I said, this committee has had a hard time assessing where we really stand with the Iraqi army as an effective fighting force. Over the past year, we’ve received incredibly widely fluctuating estimates of that. And I think you have a real credibility problem on this issue.
Rumsfeld: Fluctuations of what?
Sanchez: The fluctuations of–the numbers that you bandy around about how many troops we really have out there that are Iraqi police, et cetera, et cetera. . . .
Rusmfeld: Now, you say we bandy around numbers. They’re not my numbers. I don’t invent them. They come from Gen. Petraeus. . . .
Sanchez: I have Petraeus’s numbers. They’re different than your numbers, by the way.
Rumsfeld: Well, what’s the date? They aren’t different because these came from Petraeus. He may have two sets of numbers, but they are not different if the date’s the same. The date on my paper here is Feb. 14. What’s yours?
Sanchez: Dec. 20.
Rumsfeld: Not surprising there’s a difference.
–Transcript (via BOTW and Joe Fairbanks)


I’m trying to figure out where to go to buy Reds Opening Day tickets and it’s not going very well. I called around earlier in the week to find out which stores were doing first-come-first-served and which were doing a lottery for place in line. I call around today to confirm and every one that said they were doing first-come-first-served is now saying they’re doing a lotto and the first place I called that said they were doing a lotto is now saying they’re doing first-come-first-served.
Lord only knows what the policy will be 10 minutes from now.

Ok, please, everybody just remain calm

A van has overturned in Florida, killing 2.
Personally I don’t have a clue why it’s newsworthy, but 1290 WHIO seems to think it’s important enough to make the top-of-the-hour news so who am I to argue.
I pray that we will be able to overcome this great national tragedy.

An interesting read

The comments on the Kerry-Edwards blog from election night are an interesting read, it’s a roller coaster ride. (Continued here and here.)
“My analysis of the numbers indicates that Kerry will almost certainly win Ohio.” – 11:15
“Ohio is still very realistic for Kerry to take….” – 11:26
“Ohio is in the bag IN SPITE OF the NEOCON dirty tricks.” – 11:31
“Ohio is the grand finale ! Ohio repugs are evil!” – 11:43
“if Kerry leads the Ohio exit polls how can he be 150,000 votes behind???” – midnight
“OK we need all the lawyers in florida and Ohio.” – 12:08
“If we win Ohio, I will go to church…once…” – 12:14
“Ohio will go Kerry. Unless Ohio is stupid” – 12:28
“The remainder of Ohio is not going to break for us at 60/40.
It’s over.
May God have mercy on us all.” – 12:37

Sarah Brady has her baby

The Covington woman who fought off a knife-wielding attacker a day before her baby was due gave birth to a healthy girl Wednesday afternoon.
Sarah Brady, 26, of Covington delivered a 7-pound, 4-ounce girl about 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South in Edgewood with the child’s father, Scott Hatton, also of Covington, at her side.
“The mother and daughter are fine,” hospital spokesman Karla Webb said. “They are now resting, and the mother does not wish to be disturbed.”
Cincinnati Enquirer

After the horror everything seems to have turned out ok.