Archive for August, 2007

Can’t They Just Use Pretend Drugs?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Why, exactly, does one need performance-enhancing substances to play dress up and make believe?

No Room In The IN(S)

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Turned away, several illegal immigrants are now on their way…somewhere in the United States:

KUSA – On August 7, a Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled over a van in Mesa County near the Utah/Colorado border.

Initially it was for a traffic violation, but eventually it turned into an immigration stop.

According to CSP Master Trooper Ron Watkins, the responding trooper suspected the 15 people inside the van were in the United States illegally. Watkins says that trooper contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to respond. After nearly two hours passed, the trooper was still waiting.

“They originally said they would respond but later notified us back that they didn’t have the resources to come out to the scene,” said Watkins.

Watkins says the suspected illegal immigrants were then released.

“At that point we got no criminal charges against anyone, so those folks were allowed to leave,” said Watkins.

A spokesman for ICE issued a statement saying in part:

“At the time we did not have the resources (bed spaces) to detain them so that’s why they were released,” ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok wrote.

The article goes on to quote the (potentially arresting) officer as saying that this happens all the time. Despite Colorado’s efforts to enforce its anti-illegal immigration laws, little gets accomplished because the Federal government is really good at pretending to do something about the problem rather than actually doing anything.

Being of a libertarian bent, I’m inclined to say that’s typically not a bad thing.

It’s just the idiocy of the conflicting policies, despite the immigration mutterings out of Washington, that troubles (or, sadly, amuses) me.

Catholic Means “Universal”

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Except in Broomfield, Colorado:

It happened Tuesday in a classroom at Holy Family High School, the Catholic school that sits at the corner of 144th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in Broomfield.

The classroom discussion started with the question: Why do students need to learn Spanish?

According to the Archdiocese of Denver, the conversation soon became about immigration and it turned ugly.

“It became a heated discussion and some rhetoric was used that was inappropriate for the classroom,” said Jeanette DeMelo, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Denver.

DeMelo confirms that students started a chant of “white power” and some said that all Mexicans should go back to Mexico.

WWJD? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t include race baiting.

They Grow Up So Fast

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Wee baby Piers is one month old today.

It’s been a month of black and yellow bum-sludge, sleepless nights and hectic days, remembering to pay attention to the other two kids when you’d rather send them out into the street to play, and continually reminding ourselves that “this too shall pass.”

But hopefully not too quickly.

NaNoWriMo 2007

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

So, who – other than David and me – is thinking about engaging in that annual exercise in futility known as National Novel Writing Month?

Yes, it’s a couple of months away, but we like to embrace suicidal struggles early on.

If you’re one of those who feel the call, feel chosen, feel destined to be a part of this event, an event that quite possibly results in the largest amount of grammatical loose stools the world has ever seen in a 30 day period, then let us know.

We plan to form some kind of Ernest Hemingway / Charles Bukowski Drinking Club for Writers (Writing Club for Drinkers?), meeting up in the Denver area at least once a week, during which we will imbibe delightful beverages, converse, and then – come morning – regret not writing anything the night before.

C’mon, I know you’re sold on the idea – join us!

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet, More Powerful Than a Locomotive, Able to Type 100 Words a Minute with a Single Hand!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

This new “Got Milk?” ad, featuring Hayden Panettiere from NBC’s “Heroes,” is wrong on so many, many levels.

OK, fine, on one level.

Of the imagination.

The male imagination.

One subtextual level of the male imagination.

Delivered by those Madison Avenue wizards with such subtlety.

But she just turned 18 so I don’t feel so bad now.

Especially since I became invisible to all women under the age of 21 about five years ago.

(found via The Superficial)

Well, Uh, She’s Real Purty

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Oh my.

Let’s chalk it up to nerves and standing next to Mario Lopez of “Saved by the Bell” fame, rather than her being a perfect example of the kind of American described in the question.

Meanwhile, Colorado’s very own Hilary Cruz, of whom I had never heard until reading an article about girl genius above, took home the crown of Miss Teen USA.

And, uh, she’s real purty too.

Note: Found here, where John Cole suggests a new employment track for Miss South Carolina.

A Quarter Century of Digital Clipping Blowing Our Speakers

Monday, August 27th, 2007

More evidence that, despite my strongest wishes to the contrary, I am still getting older: The compact disc celebrated its 25th birthday this month.

My first CD purchase was in 1986, when Billy Joel’s “The Bridge” was released. I can still remember my 14 year old ears being awed as Billy belted out “a 1…2…a 1…2…3…4…” to kick off the song “A Matter of Trust.” No crackling, no hiss, nothing but sonic goodness.

While the digital age of music brought additional clarity to the audio, it did not – however – make Christie Brinkley’s clothes any more transparent in the video.

And for this I wept.

Um, yes, so the CD – quickly fading in light of the age of the internet – is 25 years old.

And I’m older than that, which I know you find hard to believe when you read some of this stuff.

WWR Podcast of the Week

Monday, August 27th, 2007

As I am always looking to provide a public service to you, the public in need of servicing, I am happy to point you toward this wonderful podcast from Active Christian Media:

A podcast with Ray Pritchard, author of Stealth Attack: Protecting Yourself Against Satan’s Plan to Destroy Your Life

If you enjoy that one, stick around for next week’s installment, “A podcast with Jimmy McGullible, author of The Blanket on Your Bed: Magical Protection Against Axe Murderers and Things That Go Bump in the Night.”

It should be interesting!

Shooting at Innocent Bystanders

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Uh oh, I don’t think that Michael will take too kindly to a post such as this one regarding C.S. Lewis, Francis Collins, and Mere Christianity.

For those who might be new around these parts (or old and forgetful, as is the way of the old), my initial thoughts on the matter can be found here. Yes, I should get around to finishing them, but I was so devastated by a certain “Brewfan” in the responses that I quiver so at the very thought of touching yon subject again!

That and this whole new baby business is more time consuming than I recalled (this is how they trick you, see, you forget and thus make more babies, thinking “I’m old hat at this, no worries, mate.” So wrong, so very wrong!).