Palin vs. McCain On Defense Cuts

No comment, this speaks for itself.


McCain’s Bailout Plan for You: Marry a Beer Heiress

This is just hilarious – courtesy of The Onion:

McCain’s Economic Plan For Nation: ‘Everyone Marry A Beer Heiress’


Play Palin in the Oval Office

Take your eyes off the stock ticker, it’s too painful… let’s play instead.

Click the pic to play – you can hover above and click various objects… but whatever you do, don’t click the red phone!


The World According to Americans

A little laugh before Debate Night – rediscovered on Dennis Howlett’s re-launched Dinglebum.

P.S. Apologies for the obsolete map.  It clearly should have been updated to indicate Afghanistan as our neighbors.  Oh, and let’s not forget about Czechoslovakia. smile_yawn

Update (11/27/09): Wow, a year later this is still going around….


Breaking: McCain Upgrades VP Candidate

This just in: Senator McCain traded in Sarah Palin for an equally qualified newer model:


Killing Two Birds with One $700B Stone

A hilarious “bailout” plan -  no, I haven’t made it up:

I’m sorta liking the idea of selling Alaska to the Russians for $700B. Kills 2 birds with one stone.

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The War in Georgia

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Nothing new, I’ve seen this movie before, albeit in a different world:  border crossing a painful, sometimes fearful event.

We had no laptops, or any form of electronic media back then (the 80’s), but the armed customs agents searched through bags, and if you brought any form of printed material from the “West”, it likely got confiscated.

It was the 80’s, then-communist (sort of) Hungary.

Fast forward to 2008, the United Sates:

Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed…

The policies state that officers may “detain” laptops “for a reasonable period of time” to “review and analyze information.” This may take place “absent individualized suspicion.”

The policies cover “any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form,” including hard drives, flash drives, cell phones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover “all papers and other written documentation,” including books, pamphlets and “written materials commonly referred to as ‘pocket trash’ or ‘pocket litter.’ ”

(source: The Washington Post)

Welcome to … 1984. smile_sad

Update: Oh, how could I missed this angle: this is a Grand Promotion run by Apple.  As the Register points out:

But officers cannot read, or allow others to read, “correspondence contained in a sealed letter class mail (the international equivalent of First Class) without an appropriate search warrant or consent”

Now, as we know, the Macbook Air fits into an evnelope, all you have to do is carry your laptop Air in a sealed envelope to avoid search. smile_wink (But don’t blame me if the advice fails…)

Update #2:  At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this is one more argument to travel “data-light”: keep your stuff in the cloud, don’t risk customs agents sniffing through it all.  Still, nothing protects you from the inconvenience (and potential business loss) of not having your laptop, or even mobile phone for a few days, or more.

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I Could Win this Primary

Oh, Twitter is fun:

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San Francisco Torchured

The Olympic Torch took evasive action on San Francisco. It was here and not. The best part of this fiasco was the Twitter coverage .
My personal favorite: chadcat : if the Torch goes on a boat what will the runners do, jog on a treadmill? 

More selected morsels below in reverse chronological order:

tokboxchris : The Olympic torch reduced to sneaking around and juking protesters

KanuDawg : Just went outside as torch just went up Van Ness near work- nothing but police sirens and helicopters: total clusterfuck=accomplished << (2008-04-09 17:25:45)

SXHotdogs : acarvin: NBC11: It was an Olympic Torch Ride, then a Drive, then a Run, now a Walk. << (2008-04-09 17:21:31)

sftorch : Katrinskaya: the torch has taken evasive action. FUNNY. << (2008-04-09 17:18:10)

hdwilliams : It’s torch aerobics…run, walk, step into the bus, step out of the bus. Stand up, sit down, deep knee bend!! << (2008-04-09 17:14:40)

krismet : lame- no torch but naked protesters! << (2008-04-09 17:15:37)

zoliblog : Police alreday claiming success re. torch. Sure, nobody saw it. #torch << (2008-04-09

joshuarudd : Apparently the torch is in three different locations now. << (2008-04-09 16:54:25)

Delilah021 : Torch was re-routed!!! Bullshit!!! Started on Van Ness, likely won’t hit Embarcadero. All of us people ready to cheer, for nothing. Damn! << (2008-04-09 17:11:56)

Katrinskaya : the torch has taken evasive action. FUNNY. << (2008-04-09 17:11:11)

ajonesin : If I were a bank robber I would totally be robbing San Francisco banks right now. All the cops are with the torch! << (2008-04-09 17:11:07)

ryancoleman : they could have at least let the runner hang his head out the window and hold the torch… << (2008-04-09 16:54:05)

sdwindham : so, let’s see: If the torch runs through SF, yet no one actually sees it, was the relay a success, or was the protest? << (2008-04-09 16:53:43)

zoliblog : Torch hide-and-seek. Wear the crowd down? #torch << (2008-04-09 16:53:20)

Rubin110 : #torch It’s a trap. The city of San Francisco just Rickrolled several thousand people

ronjon : Nearly 40 minutes after lighting, still no idea where the Olympic torch is << (2008-04-09

chadcat : if the Torch goes on a boat what will the runners do, jog on a treadmill? << (2008-04-09

joshuarudd : Apparently the torch is in three different locations now. << (2008-04-09 16:54:25)

therahmin : #pier5 the scene has been hijacked by protesters – word is that torch will travel via coast guard boat << (2008-04-09 16:58:58)

niterider : [TT] The Olympic torch? Who has it? Where is it? Watching this cluster fuck on TV is amusing << (2008-04-09 16:58:31)

williamsba : why on EARTH does SF have an amphibious vehicle leading the torch run? hahhaha that’s awesome! Run for the sea!!!!!! << (2008-04-09 17:04:14)

zoliblog CBS says torch still inside Pier48. Others reported it left in a bus, othes that it’s on a boat

zoliblog If nobody sees the torch, it’s secretly driven around, can SF claim they actually had it here?