Archive for May, 2008


Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Merely a slave labor camp.”

Dear lovey, this job will be the death of me!

Forgive me for my brief return to a blog post, but the day we refer to any murdering camp of the Nazis as “merely a slave labor camp,” we have lost any sense of humanity.

This is another reason to quit blogging: too many bloggers make me so goddamn sick to be part of the same species.

Bless you all (as much as an atheist like me can).

Etc etc.

Yeah, I know: I need a new blog.

Update: Parting shot, left over at the source of the nonsense (in case you didn’t click on through for fear of the taint)…

Rand –

I think if you simply said something like “my use of the word ‘merely’ in reference to Buchenwald as a slave labor camp was in error, a poorly chosen word in the midst of writing a lengthy blog post,” everyone who has taken exception would – whether they believed you or not (and I, for one, would accept you at your word) – let it go.

Instead, you choose the self-righteous path of indignation (don’t feel bad, I did the same from time to time when blogging, much to my dismay these days).

It was NOT “merely a slave labor camp,” as has been pointed out.

Further, I fail to see how running a camp designed to purposefully extract labor, until death, in support of a war machine that was partially dedicated to genocide in other camps, is morally separable from the devoted death camps themselves.

If I make you hold a gun to an innocent man’s head while I squeeze the trigger, am I “merely” a witness to the crime?

Just admit your word choice was poor and move along.

About sums it up.

Will he do it?

I doubt it.

Update Again: More from John Cole.

One More Update: Blake, in the comments, draws my attention to this bit of right-wing insanity around Rachael Ray and the scarf that murdered 3000 Americans.

It’s official: you right-wing folks have lost your minds, completely and absolutely.

We probably ought to put Ms. Ray (and those like her, meaning short and cute and fashionable) in an internment camp for the safety of the American people. I hear Malkin’s a big fan of that sort of thing.

Final Update, Maybe: There were a few other comments that were left on this post by new visitors, but for some reason WordPress refused to approve them (they kept getting put back into my spam list). I have no idea why… so I moved them out one more time, deleted the remaining spam, and it went ahead and deleted the non-spam comments too.

Not a bug, but a feature. Woo.

OK, This is Really It: Yep, “merely a slave labor camp.” Merely.

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Andy.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Just a heads-up, Yahweh.

I may be a modern day Job, but I’m still not going to bring back the blog!

Ah, yes, nothing like getting rear-ended at 50MPH and being pushed into the back of another vehicle.

Don’t worry, everyone walked away. I had the only injury, a scraped-up and bloody shin, although I suspect there will be much soreness and maybe even whiplash pain tomorrow. Time will tell.

On a happier note, it’s good to have friends with a sense of humor. See the photo below taken by my colleague who agreed to come give me a lift home.

I would have thought I’d be more upset by the whole event, but – you know what? – it’s just stuff. It’s just a car. It’s really not that important in the big picture.

I walked away, which seemed quite surprising to my insurance agent on the phone as I described the accident. It does make you realize that everything can be over so very, very quickly, should the fates or gods or laws of physics decide not to go your way.

Coming home, I’ve never been happier to see my family. I’ve never wanted to speak to my parents more than tonight.

And I swear this new found attitude is going to last a good 48-72 hours. You have my word!

Note: There are other ironic details to be told, but that might have to wait until all is settled and done. For now, let’s just be happy that everyone is alive and kickin’.

Note 2: I would also like to thank all of those other drivers who clearly saw that a very violent accident happened and did nothing to assist anyone involved, because – hey – your dinner was waiting.

May you all one day find yourself rapidly bleeding out with your head through the windshield while others just slow down to gawk at you.

Assholes, the lot of you.

Note 3: See, the neat thing about having stopped blogging is that I can just update this one post for ever and ever and IT DOESN’T REALLY COUNT.

Kids are funny.

Ewan (2 yrs old): “You broke the car, Dada!”

Fiona (5 yrs old): “Mama, when are you going to crash your car and get a new one?”

All Good Things…

Sunday, May 4th, 2008


Or, so long, and thanks for all the monkeys.

One More for the Road – From my commute this morning:

DENVER – One person was killed and traffic was backed up in both directions on Interstate 25 during Monday morning’s commute after a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Denver Police say the crash occurred on northbound I-25 at 6th Avenue just after 5 a.m. They say a man attempted to cross the interstate on foot and was hit and killed by a vehicle.

Police say they do not know why the man was trying to cross the interstate on foot.

Eyewitness reports indicate that a very disheveled and nervous looking chicken crossed the road first.

Yeah, I know, this one’s going to go over as well as the Great White benefit concert post from a couple years ago.

Peace out, y’all.

How Time Flies (or Wow I am Old Now)

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Can you believe it’s been five years since this?

Little Fiona Evelyn entered the world at 10:44am this morning – 5 pounds 13.5 oz, and 18.5 inches long. Mother and baby are doing well.

Today, that little baby girl turns five years old.

Where does the time go?

RMBB 7.5 and More

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

What he said.

Many thanks to the good folks at for the terrific discussion tonight with David and me.

More to come, good people. More to come.

Love That Drug War

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

…ruining lives across the decades:

A woman who escaped a Detroit prison camp 32 years ago and fled to Southern California, where she married and raised three children, was back in custody Wednesday following her arrest last week at her Carmel Valley home.

Marie Walsh, 53, was known as Susan Lefevre in 1975 when she was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for conspiracy and violation of drug laws, according to the U.S. Marshals Service…

Walsh, who has lived in Carmel Valley for 10 years, said her family knew nothing of her former identity and fugitive status prior to her arrest.

Walsh characterized her reformed, family-oriented ways as grounds for mercy and lenience when she faces justice again in the Midwest.

Arrested under idiotic laws three decades ago, the continuing idiocy is now going to rip apart a family and punish a woman who has long since put her life on the right track.

Hooray for the drug war!

Out of Character

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

For me, that is.

A heartwarming story for you.

Now, back to making fun of creationists and stuff.

Most Shocking Headline of the Day

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Shocked, I am, indeed!

Paula Abdul gets confused on ‘Idol’

This actually happened sometime back in 2004 and has been a steady-state, status quo of kookery ever since.

No idea why it took CNN so long to pick up on it.