Why is it that a flight from Tallahassee, FL going to Atlanta, GA costs twice what a flight to Washington D.C. costs for the same days and time given that the flight to D.C. stops in Atlanta?
That's right-- a flight that connects in Atlanta cost half what the flight to Atlanta costs on its own.
Remember this when Delta wants a bailout...
Friday, February 27, 2009
Why is it that a flight from Tallahassee, FL going to Atlanta, GA costs twice what a flight to Washington D.C. costs for the same days and time given that the flight to D.C. stops in Atlanta?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
More to follow..
Monday, February 23, 2009
So Glenn Beck wrote an article that pissed me off because he's basically calling the government solution to a problem he publically endorsed "socialism." And the whole time, he had the STUPID look on his face.
Instead of ripping his article, I thought I'd take a look at the guy behind the guy. So I went here.
Understand the power of "I AM", and you’ll accomplish all that you think.
Jesus, a really good cook and my wife (only because if I didn’t, I’d never hear the end of it).
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Does that even make sense? Isn't that a quality of any well thought out film (even the really bad ones)? That's like saying beer contains "bubbles." Why did the MPAA feel the need to make a point about this? The PG ranking was created so that parents could monitor the content of what their kids are watching. Is there a danger younger children might learn something. Or is it code for "may not be the best choice for three year olds." But that would be dumb. It could be boring for a lot of people.
Former White House secretary, Ari Fleischer says in an interview airing tonight what we've been screaming for years.. Saddam Hussein had no WMDs. He stops short of calling W a dumbass who should've stayed focused on Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan, but trillions of dollars later, I'll pick up the slack and say it for him. He then tells Obama to keep it real.
Friday, February 20, 2009
And you thought the economy was bad...
Today, Israel's President Shimon Peres (seen left shacking hands with Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu), who is a two time Prime Minister and a Nobel Peace Laureate, had the dubious distinction of destroying cellular life on this and all other planets. The lack of life on Neptune is merely a prelude to his most recent actions.
How did it come to this?
Just last week the Sobriety Party of Israel won 28 seats in their national election, which is one more than the 27 seats that Benjamin Netanyahu's Bomb Anything Muslim Party got in the same polls. 61 seats are necessary to form a majority coalition. President Peres thought (correctly, I'm afraid) that Netanyahu would be better equipped to form a government since 65 seats were won by other parties that also advocate various forms of ethnic cleansing, genocide, and short sighted fiscal policy.
It wasn't the President's fault the voters voted this way--and considering the behavior of Hamas in Gaza I don't blame them-- but Peres should have been smarter and resigned. Yes, he should have refused this shame of a man his dutiful post. As a matter of fact, he should have pulled a Howard Beale, walked into the Knesset and...
A final act of defiance.
Where are our Gadflies when we need them most?
Netanyahu believes very strongly in the necessity of nuclear war with Iran, Syria, and Yugoslavia. That's right, he does not trust the reports that later dissolved years ago and campaigned that a nuke was the only way to ensure the deed had actually been done.
So he will be Prime Minister, again, and we will all suffer for it. Time to trade in your umbrella for a bunker, baby.
Bye-bye cruel world. We'll miss ya.
I found this video on http://www.rebuildtheparty.com/, the launching pad for the new school GOP. This ain't your Granddaddy's Republican Party! They got every minority member in the party to make an appearance and there's also firearms and the ghost of Ronald Reagan (okay, that last one was predictable) Where's the footage of W? Curiously absent. Grassroots.. use of the internet to organize.. where have I seen this before? The biggest difference between the Obama campaign and this video, is that people in the Obama videos actually have souls and know how to smile. The drones in this video look like there is a Kaleshnikov just off camera and they are the subjects of an "Islamic extremist" snuff film. I think the overall message here is "don't be ashamed to be a Republican," but I gotta be honest.. just watching this took me out of my comfort zone. People like this really exist.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I hate this word. It's a seven syllable word for Black.
This is February. It's not called African-American History Month. James Brown didn't sing a song called, "I'm African-American and I'm Proud." There is no such thing as African-American on African-American crime. Tyler Perry didn't write a play called "Diary of a Mad African-American Woman." There is not a Congressional African-American Caucus. Rod Tidwell didn't tell Jerry Maguire to yell , "I love African-American people."
Using the word "Black" to describe a race of people is not offensive. Black people in Europe are not referred to as African-Europeans. They are Black. Is the term White offensive to describe paler skinned people? No. Then what is the deal with uptight Americans that we need to go to such great lengths to prove our racial sensitivity?
Attorney General Eric Holder hits it on the head. "We are a nation of cowards."
In a recent address, the newly appointed Attorney General speaks on Black History Month and how we as a nation have voluntarily segregated ourselves despite all the hard fought ground gained in the Civil Rights Movement. He challenges Americans to be honest with themselves about the sensitive topic of race and how we contribute to this downward cycle of division. (GOP: See Barack the Magic Negro or a just look at a photo of any RNC convention for the last 100 years.) Some will call this an opportunistic plea for attention, but the truth resonates within the message itself and it wouldn't matter who delivered it.
A White man is only referred to as a Caucasian on police blotters, in census bureaus or when he first fills out paperwork for a new doctor or dentist. A Black man does not BECOME an African-American because he achieves a certain level of status or rank becasue of hard work and commitment. THAT is racist. Assigning a label that implies one excels beyond what limits society has predetermined and set for them. Why can't we just say that we have black lawyers, doctors, professors and now a black president? The PC 90s set back progress on the race issue by forcing this word into the national lexicon (Is this a byproduct of Affirmative Action?). That's why I choose not to use this unneccessary and counterproductive word.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
George Bush has been making promises to bring various terrorists, villains and ne'er-do-wells "to justice" for the past eight years. It has been an empty threat of his that placated his supporters, but never really carried much weight. In America, Justice is not only blind, she's a whore that pleases the one with the deepest pockets. Bernie Madoff fleeced hundreds of people for B-B-BILLIONS of dollars. People killed themselves because their life's savings were flushed down the toilet. He ruined lives. Today he's sitting in a posh Manhattan apartment, with all the amenities and toys he could ask for, awaiting trial. He's trying to hide whatever assets he has left (passing millions off to his wife, mailing jewelry to relatives, etc.)
At worst, he'll pay $5M in fines and serve 20 years in prison. Not Attica or San Quentin, mind you. He'll sit in some club med for guys who got caught. Is that just?!? He's the Charles Manson of white collar crime! ~~SEGUE~~
Now Roman Polanksi is trying absolve himself for.. what was it he did again? Oh yeah.. he used champagne and quaaludes to coax a 13 year old girl to have sex with him.
I don't care that it happened over 30 years ago. I don't care that he settled a civil suit with her out of court. I don't care what the victim is saying to support him now that she's the ripe old age of 45. I don't care that he was still grieving for his murdered wife.
What he did was wrong in 1977 and it's wrong today. The only difference between him and Gary Glitter was gender and quantity. The punishment, exile from the US, fit the crime. To overturn it now would be.. sadly predictable.
General Pervez Musharaff seized control of Pakistan in a coup d'etat in 1999 (with the intent of combating extremists), declaring himself president in 2001. He side-stepped notions that he had anything to do with the assassination of political rival, Benazir Bhutto, although I'm not sold he was unaware of the plot at all. Then while under impeachment threats, he resigned in the summer of 2008, leaving us with Asif Ali Zardari , Bhutto's widow who spearheaded impeachment proceedings, to try to hold together the nation of Pakistan.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I hope Aerosmith sues these puss-brained geeks. They should be forced to spend the rest of their days in close quarters, doped out on PCP, with no food or clothing, and nothing to do but listen to the foul stench of their own rhetoric.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Excuse me Amigo, but can you help me find Iraq on a map?
The U.S. military is offering citizenship to beef-up recruitment, and I think its a great idea. For starters, every new citizen we have reduces our individual national debt burden a bit, so that's a plus!
What I found scary from this piece is the following:
Recruiters expect that the temporary immigrants will have more education, foreign language skills and professional expertise than many Americans who enlist, helping the military to fill shortages in medical care, language interpretation and field intelligence analysis.
Lets be honest with ourselves--the Octomom is the future, as (gulp) Peggy Noonan eloquently points out in yesterdays WSJ.
Behold--Idocracy is a prophecy! This is just (give or take a few facts) exactly how the film saw it all playing out:
There is a plaque inside the Statue or Liberty that reads:
And so it is. What of the above is still relevant today? Will there even be a tomorrow? Is The Government reading this?!?
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from
land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with
a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The
air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame."Keep, ancient lands, your storied
pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled
masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send
these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden
I am not sure where this post is going, has gone, or is going to go next, but that's the point, I think, of what I am trying to say. If intelligent, capable folk still desire to resettle here, I am all for it, as we now need them more then they need us.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I just got this in an email. It sounds serious:
I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart.My name is maditha Dominic Dim Deng, 24yrs old, female and I held from Sudan. My father Lt. Gen Dominic Dim Deng and my mother including other top Military officers and top government officials had been on board when the plane crashed on Friday May 02, 2008. You can read more about the crash through http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7380412.stm
After the burial of my father, my uncle sold my father's properties to one Chin ease Expatriate and live nothing for me. One faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out the documents which he have deposited huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I traveled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the money so that I can start a better life and take care of myself. On my arrival, the Branch manager of the Bank whom I met in person told me that my father's instruction to the bank was the money be release to me only when I am married or present a trustee who will help me and invest the money overseas.
I am in search of an honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee so that I will present him to the Bank for transfer of the money to his bank account overseas. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister. Though you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, well, I will say that my mind convinced me that you may be the true person to help me. More so, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my uncle have threaten to assassinate me. The amount is $10.4 Million and I have confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso. You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country.
However, you will help by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies. It is my intention to compensate you with 10% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. As soon as I receive your interest in helping me, I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.
Please do keep this only to your self. I beg you not to disclose it till i come over because I am affraid of my weaked uncle who has threatened to kill me.
maditha Dominic Dim Deng.
Maybe this will rub off on other high paid leaders with fancy Manhattan offices. Goodell knows turbulent times are coming for the NFL with the Collective Bargaining Agreement about to expire and he sets a great example with this move. $11M is enough for anybody (Do you hear that Wall St.?!?!?!?)
Friday, February 13, 2009
Hollywood is such a bore. So now Joaquin Phoenix is putting out this story that he's giving up acting to start a rap career. He's grown a full beard that makes him look like he should be in the band Stillwater from the movie Almost Famous. He's acting like he's a drugged up space cadet and trying register hits on the shock meter. TMZ and Perez Hilton may be creaming their jeans with this non-story, but I give it a thumbs down. It's tough to act like an outcast and a rebel, when you are prancing in front of a crowd of wannabes lost in the limelight of decadent L.A. bullshit. They say any publicity is good publicity in Hollywood, but this is a pretty transparent schtick. He's not even a poor man's Andy Kauffman. That beard will be gone as soon as he has exhausted this puerile cry for attention and he needs another acting gig to support his shallow lifestyle.
As if there is a shortage of unlistenable music in this world...
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
NORML has sent a petition with some 2300 signatures attacking Kellogg's cereal for dumping Michael Phelps as a paid sponsor. They are calling on people to boycott their products (including favorites like Corn Flakes, Cheez Its, Rice Krispies and Pop Tarts) for demonizing what millions of Americans including presidents and members of Congress have done at least once or twice.
NORML has been working to de-criminalize marijuana for years and may have found the president and the economic circumstances to finally get the necessary support to do it. It got me thinking what the Surgeon General's Warning would look like on a package of legal cannabis. Maybe something like this:
Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, And Low Birth Weight. Smoking Marijuana May Cause Drowsiness, Paranoia or Bad Taste in Music. Chronic Use of Marijuana Can Contribute To Excessive Procrastination, Decreased Levels of Motivation and a Low Sperm Count. Do Not Operate Heavy Machinery or Enter Credit Card Information Over the Internet For Any Reason While Under the Influence of Cannabis. If Driving While High, Stay in the Right Lane. Marijuana Has Been Known To Induce Feelings of Euphoria And Relaxation.
Am I crazy to think the US may actually legalize pot in the next 8 years? Maybe so, but there are so many benefits I can think of that would support doing it, why can't this be part of the CHANGE we've been promised too? And as for Phelps.. the dude won 8 Golds and he's likely not done. Is he less of a man because of this? No. Is he less of a role model? Not to hackey-sackers and ultimate frisbee players.
FOX analysts are picking it apart like a Thanksgiving turkey.. if they were such fiscal conservatives, how come they were so supportive of W's spending spree? I forgot, it was the Dem led Congress that screwed the economy up.. Oy. At any rate.. for those wishing to take a break from the rigamarole, I recommend taking a look back into the not-so-distant past. A time when music was not pre-packaged, safe and vacant. Here's a glimpse of a great little documentary on a counterculture I knew well:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Those wacky extremists are at it again and this time they are telling Polish geologists everywhere to keep their grubby hands off of rocks that don't belong to them. Some four months ago, Piotr Stanczak was kidnapped in the North West Frontier Province, overrun with Taliban rabblerousers. Since the Poles keep sending troops to fight their brothers in Afghanistan and the Pakistani government simply won't release dozens of their captured comrades, the Taliban decided to send a message by beheading a guy who was hoping never to face the all-too-real dangers that prompted the creation of "hazard pay." The Taliban feels pretty fucking good about it too! What greater joy can one guy feel since they banned.. well everything fun? I sincerely hope they will lift restrictions on bicycle riding soon so they can move a hair closer to being a civilized society (that almost sounded plausible). Of course, http://www.rawa.org/ reminds us that womens' rights might be a few generations away.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
After a frustrating week of troubleshooting, I think I may have finally gotten my computer back to normal. During my hiatus from posting, I saw about 1200 articles on the whole Ashley Judd/Sarah Palin war of words over the practice of shooting wolves from helicopters to prevent them from killing moose and caribou in Alaska.
As mentioned countless times on this (and other) websites, Sarah Palin is a dumb twat. While debating this point with a couple of Republicans I work with, the argument was made that Palin is being targeted merely because she's a Republican. To be clear, I have no moral opposition to hunting. I wish there was a program that encouraged hunters to donate unused portions of their kill to food banks, but there isn't. Native Americans didn't waste a bit of what they took from Mother Nature, finding a use for everything they killed from the nose to the hoof. Sadly, we are a lazy and wasteful bunch.
The thing that pisses me off about Palin isn't that she labels the group Judd has aligned herself with as an "extreme fringe group" that "distorts the facts." It's that she doesn't know the facts. Shocker, I know.
James Swan is an avid and well-educated outdoorsman who knows a thing or two about wildlife in Alaska. A couple years back, he wrote about the declining numbers of moose in Palin's home state. According to Swan, the declining numbers are not caused by hunting or natural predation, rather they are caused by a shrinking of natural habitat. He called for a plan to create a more suitable habitat for moose to thrive that incorporated the use of contolled burns to maximize the number of adult trees a moose can feed off of and the building of fences for protection along roads and railroad tracks.
Palin asks people to investigate the facts on this before passing judgement. Since she refuses to divulge the name any news source, magazine, book or resource she consults when assessing situations and how to best act, I have no clue if she has read this case study from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In it, it DOES highlight that wolves are indeed responsible for the majority of moose that meet unnatural demises. It also breaks down how reproductive rates are intimately tied to the severity of the weather in a given period. Predatory control programs are not new, but this report makes a point that they would prefer to avoid their use if they can. Ultimately, we must await the results of this more recent effort by the ADF & G which has an emphasis on creating a better habitat for the Alaskan moose before we know where things truly stand.
This I do know.. Alaska is home to the largest remaining population of gray wolves. They have been largely eradicated from the lower 48. Moose are nowhere close to becoming extinct, despite a dip in numbers recently. The practice of killing wolves to save the moose is short-sighted and discriminatory. Of course, the whales don't get much help either and they only eat krill.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I'll see ye at the soup kitchen. Don't forget your spoon.