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  xFriday, March 04, 2005

totally inappropriate


Indiana's Republican Governor Mitch Daniels let his temper get the better of him when he described statehouse Democrats who staged a parliamentary walkout, blocking some of Daniels' priority bills, has having "car-bombed" the legislative process.
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels blasted House Democrats on Wednesday for a daylong boycott that killed more than 130 bills, including key elements of his legislative package.

"Indiana's drive for growth and reform was car-bombed yesterday by the Indiana House minority," Daniels said during a Statehouse news conference. [emphasis added.] "Many of these measures probably will not be back this year."

Daniels and Republican legislative leaders said they would try to revive some legislation that died because they didn't make the midnight deadline for passing bills out of their house of origin.

These include the Colts stadium financing proposal and Daniels' plan to create a special prosecutor in state government who would work mostly in secret and report to him.

How disgusting. Of course, Daniels isn't the only Republican to equate political opposition with terrorism, but Daniel's use of such a charged term to describe a parliamentary maneuver Indiana Republicans themselves have used recently is beyond the pale. Daniels is under no obligation to like the Democrats' maneuver, but his use of that term relinquishes any high ground he may have enjoyed against so-called "obstructionist Democrats." Shame on him, and the many Republicans who are so quick to equate dissent with terrorism.





  xThursday, March 03, 2005

martin denny r.i.p.


a taste of india

Here's some sad news for fans of swanky music. The great Martin Denny has died. But, as BoingBoing put it,
The good news was that he died peacefully in his sleep, in Hawaii, at the age of 94. Not a bad way to shuck your mortal coil.


As tribute, here again is Vegas Vic's posting of Denny's A Taste of India. And here is Arthyr Lyman's version of Denny's famed exotica compilation "Quiet Village."

Update: More at Metafilter.





  xWednesday, March 02, 2005

zombie post of the day


Great googly moogly! Some poor kid from my home state of Kentucky was arrested on criminal terrorism charges for using a high school as a setting for a fictional zombie story he'd written for a class assignment.
Winchester police say William Poole, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole's home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.

Poole told LEX 18 that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He claims that what his grandparents found in his journal and turned into police was a short story he wrote for English class.

"My story is based on fiction," said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. "It's a fake story. I made it up. I've been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies."

Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. "Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it's a felony in the state of Kentucky," said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.

Poole disputes that he was threatening anyone.

"It didn't mention nobody who lives in Clark County, didn't mention (George Rogers Clark High School), didn't mention no principal or cops, nothing,"
said Poole. "Half the people at high school know me. They know I'm not that stupid, that crazy."

On Thursday, a judge raised Poole's bond from one to five thousand dollars after prosecutors requested it, citing the seriousness of the charge.

Unbelievable! The idiotic police and judge in this case should be sentenced to 1,000 hours of Bruno Mattei films.

(via Pharyngula)

Update: Orac indicates that the story might not be as straightforward as it seems, but a lack of solid information makes it hard to tell.





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comments elsewhere


It's been a busy day, and I have to turn in early, so this may be all the posting for tonight. However, I've been active in the forums at Kevin Drum's Political Animal blog.

I've commented to this post discussing apparent signals of a Republican retreat on Bush's Social Security phaseout scheme, and this troll-infested thread regarding possible overreach by the Homeland Security department.





  xTuesday, March 01, 2005

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gun crazy

My lovely wife and I are watching the 1949 film noir Gun Crazy (aka Deadly is the Female, starring Peggy Cummins and John Dall, courtesy our local library. I love old movies.





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l33t swag of the day


l33t hoodie

Two words: L33t hoodie! c00L!

(via BoingBoing)





  x

quote of the day


Tapped notes a juicy piece of judicial snark from a recent district court decision granting Jose Padilla's habeas corpus petition:
For the Court to find for Respondent would also be to engage in judicial activism. This Court sits to interpret the law as it is and not as the Court might wish it to be.

As Tapped notes, "There's a lot of spite packed into those two sentences." Read on for a further explanation.





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swank albums of the day


ilikai a taste of india

Great googly moogly! Vegas Vic offers up a trifecta of swanky streaming album goodness by three masters of the exotic space-age bachelor pad sound: Arthur Lyman's Ilikai, Martin Denny's A Taste of India and African Jazz by the great Les Baxter! They won't be online forever, so go get 'em now!





  xMonday, February 28, 2005

science fiction post of the day


babylon 5 first season

I don't beleive I've linked the invaluable Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5. As of her recent birthday, my lovely wife now has the full run of the series on DVD, plus the follow-on series Crusade. She's a big fan, and while I enjoy the series too, I'm far from as knowledgable about it as she is. This site is an excellent repository of B5 news and information.





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quote of the day


Sam Johnson -- a sitting Congressman -- recently had this to say:
Speaking at a veterans’ celebration at Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas....Johnson said he told the president that night, “Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on ‘em and I’ll make one pass. We won’t have to worry about Syria anymore.”

No, of course he didn't provide any evidence for the existence of weapons that supposedly justify nuking Syria. Kevin Drum has suitable scorn, with more -- including from yours truly! -- in the comments.





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sick day (sorta)


Our daughters have strong constitutions, but our Five-Year-Old developed a slight fever yesterday, and she still had it this morning, which means no school. I'm home from work for most of the day, but brought some work home, and so posting will still be light (big surprise there, right?). I do have some links I hope to post by the end of the day.





  xSunday, February 27, 2005

new at dam


porco rosso wallpaper

Two down, one to go. My review of Hayao Miyazaki's wonderful aerial adventure Porco Rosso is now posted at Destroy All Monsters. I have one more of the recently released DVDs to review, along with another Miyazaki-related work or two. I also need to complere my appreciation of Hunter S. Thompson, and then begin clearing the decks of the review material I have stacked up. As a result, although I'm on something of a roll over there, posting here will continue to be light. In fact, I've considered putting this blog on official hiatus, but I don't want to take that step. I do hope to begin posting more regularly before long.





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wacky japanese flash game of the day


nanaca crash

nanaca crash

nanaca crash

nanaca crash

I haven't posted any Japanese Flash insanity in a while, but this one's a doozy: Nanaca Crash (mirror), in which you slam into characters from various dating sims with a bicycle, and score points based on distance and elevation when you knock 'em flying (my current record: 803.76 1599.52 5861.97 meters!). c00L!

(via Megatokyo; cross-posted at Destroy All Monsters)






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