Saturday, March 31, 2007

All-Time Top Pranks

As tomorrow is the ultimate practical joke and hoax day, here's a listing of the Top 100 All-Time April Fool's Day Hoaxes. Enjoy...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Could Be The GOP's Best Bet In '08

You might not have heard, but there's a movement underway to draft former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson to run for President in 2008. It's been formed by two prominent members of that state's Congressional delegation. From their press release...

Congressmen Zach Wamp and John J. Duncan, Jr. will serve as co-chairmen of the “Draft Fred Thompson 2008″ committee. The committee’s goal is to recruit and organize citizens from both the public and private sectors into a leadership group that will serve as a clearinghouse for Thompson supporters from across the country.

“It is becoming increasingly obvious that a growing number of Americans want Fred Thompson to join the 2008 presidential campaign,” said Wamp. “Senator Thompson’s ability to communicate an optimistic vision for America, coupled with his strong conservative credentials, makes him an ideal choice for thousands of our fellow citizens.”

Funny What People Search For

This blog was created on January 29, 2004. I added a tracking code to the page to count visitors, where they're referred from, etc. If a visitor was referred by a search engine, it even tells me what that person was searching for. Incidentally, that code was reset when I redesigned this blog last October, and all my tracking numbers reset to zero.

As you might expect, the most popular search engine referrer for this blog is Google. Here's what amazes me, though. The most popular search keyword for getting here, both prior to the code resetting and since the reset, is "Zaxbys". I made one entry about Zaxby's restaurants on April 11, 2005, and it's become the most common means for people to navigate to the blog. Maybe I should just dump everything else and only write about food.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Yellow Brick Road It Ain't

Here's a look at the pollen in the parking lot here at the daily 8-5. Aren't you jealous?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Not Good Alzheimer's News

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease and an aging population is likely to fuel a steady rise in new cases, the Alzheimer's Association said on Tuesday. The association's figure of 5 million is up about 10 percent from its previous estimate in 2000, and it said there are about 400,000 new cases a year.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Economy Still Strong

Wall Street is coming off its best week in four years. The Dow closed today up 370 for the week, it's best week since March 2003. The Fed is not increasing interest rates, lessening inflation fears.

Existing home sales were up nearly 4% last month, the largest gain in that sector in nearly three years. All the doom and gloom being reported in the media recently about the crashing home market seems a bit premature. But the median price for a home in the U.S. has dropped from last year, so the market isn't setting records like it has the past few years.

In the jobs market, unemployment nationally dropped in February to 4.5%, while industry added nearly 100,000 new jobs nationwide. Unemployment in Georgia is down sharply. For February it stood at 4.4%, down from 4.7% the previous month. More than 20,000 new payroll jobs were added during the month.

Good numbers. Funny how we don't hear them touted in the press too much.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

There's A Joke There Somewhere

The headline actually says "Deaf plan silent protest at Capitol". No kidding...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hillary's Big Problem

From, Kevin McCullough looks at how the Hildabeast has used other people and played the victim card to get where she is now, but it's not working anymore. Her biggest problem... herself.

The thing that [Hillary] has always had going for her is that she was for the most part usually surrounded by ineffective, cretin-like men [Bill]. Compared to him it seemed natural that her victimhood was something that people could at least empathize with her on...

Hillary still has major personality disconnect from the average American. She's hot tempered, unliked, and in many ways unlikable.

Side by side with Obama she doesn't appear to be a victim.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Great Image: Pray!

Thanks to Right Wing News for this great picture...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Global Warming Leading Cause of Metrosexuality?

National Ledger columnist Daniel Clark writes that the global warming debate has led to the emasculation of modern American society. He says it all began when Al Gore asked for advice from a feminist author on how to be more of an "alpha male." Rather than teach him how to be masculine, strong and charismatic, "her solution was to dress him in earth tones, as if obsessing over his wardrobe was any way to attain guydom." The end was nigh...

Images of global destruction being more powerful than images of normalcy and stability, Gore and friends are bound to win the competition for people's emotions. Hence, they are now deterring any analysis of the issue, by calling skeptics "global warming deniers," a not very subtle comparison to neo-Nazis. If we succumb to this intimidation like a bunch of namby-pamby rice cake eaters, the debate will be lost for good.

Thus, the global warming movement seeks to repress guyhood in order to perpetuate itself. If a guy is shown a picture of a sad-looking polar bear adrift on an ice floe, his first thought will be something like, "I've heard that bear steaks are tough, but maybe if you marinated them in beer, they'd turn out all right." At that point, the alarmists' emotional ploy is foiled. In a world without guy stuff, however, his vacant mind may be invaded by irrationalities like, "Who will take care of the polar bears' children?"

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Nice Ad

This ad for Barack Obama is a nice rip-off of the famous Apple Computer ad from the Super Bowl years ago...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Getting Back At The Neighbors

If you've ever lived in an apartment, you've experienced noisy neighbors. Now, you can return the favor. The Revenge CD contains the soothing sounds of trains, garbage trucks, inhuman screams, telephones ringing, even roosters welcoming the morning sun. Put the CD in, crank it up, and annoy those bums in the next unit. You don't know how much I wish we'd had one of these back in college.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

An Alternative Currency

Residents of southern Berkshire County are doing away with the green and
making room in their wallets for crisp, colorful BerkShares, a new regional
currency that’s being used as part of an effort to encourage local
For about two months now, community members have been able to
use BerkShares instead of federal dollars to purchase goods and services
from nearly 200 participating businesses.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Is It 1998 Again?

Hillary can see everything slowly slipping away. Every day we hear from someone new announcing their endorsement of Barak Obama for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The Hollywood money seems to be going his way. All her hard work is looking more and more fruitless. What should she do to shore up her faltering support base? How can she turn the cameras back on her? How about... playing the victim card once again.

Senator Clinton has decided to let her paranoia come back out and play. She's resurrected the "vast, right-wing conspiracy" talk. I suppose she figured maybe the second time would be the charm. You do remember what happened the first time she brought that up. The so-called "vast, right-wing conspiracy"... was right.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Can't Believe I Agree With Him

Rep. Dennis Kucinich has weighed in on the Nevada democratic Party cancelling a Presidential debate because the primary sponsor was FOX News. It isn't often I agree with Kucinich, but he nailed this one. From his own web site...

It's an insult to the voters, and the height of cynicism, for candidates to refuse to take the public stage and subject themselves to public scrutiny...

If you want to be the President of the United States, you can’t be afraid to deal with people with whom you disagree politically. No one is further removed from Fox’s political philosophy than I am, but fear should not dictate decisions that affect hundreds of millions of Americans and billions of others around the world...

Say what you will about Dennis Kucinich, but he certainly stands up for his (often wacky) beliefs. I respect him for it. Wouldn't vote for him, but I respect him.

Friday, March 09, 2007

New Road Projetcs On Horizon For Atlanta?

I missed this last week, but feel it's still worth sharing. A plan has been developed by a Georgia DOT committee that, if approved and funded, could give life to a new version of the proposed "Northern Arc". The plan also calls for a toll tunnel underneath Atlanta connecting GA 400 and I-675, as well as revitalizing Peachtree Street with streetcars and parks, and Maglev train service connecting Atlanta, Macon and Savannah. It'll be interesting to see if this plan gets anywhere.

Isn't It Ironic? Don't Ya' Think?

While giving an on-farm health and safety demonstration, a British farmer fell into an open drain and suffered a leg injury.

Get Over It!

In case you haven't heard, today is National Get Over It Day.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

AIDS Vaccine Nearing Reality At Emory

In what could be the news of most lasting importance today, researchers at Emory University in Atlanta could be "as little as three to four years" away from presenting a new vaccine to kill the AIDS virus.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Grounds For Libby Appeal?

Sounds like it to me. One of the jurors in the Scooter Libby trial, the only one seen speaking to the media after the verdict was read, is himself a former employee of.. .the Washington Post. He's also friends with just about every journalist covering the story and, more importantly, those called as witnesses in the trial. He's a former neighbor of NBC's Tim Russert, one of the high profile journalist/witnesses. He already has a seven page (nearly 8,000 words! Tell me he wasn't working on that while sitting in that jury box) account of inside-the-jury details up at far-left leaning

My first thought hearing all this... did Libby's lawyers check out any of the jurors? There is no reason this guy should have been on that jury. The trial was a sham, and this just solidifies that fact.

I love what Bryan at writes:

There is something deeply rotten about trying a man for misremembering things about a crime he did not commit, because it never occurred. There is something deeply rotten in a country that lets proven liars like the Wilsons walk scott free to continue to undermine a war in progress, while Libby winds up facing jail time. Their nepotistic junket to Niger and Wilson’s subsequent misreporting of that trip are a far greater crime against the country than anything Libby did. There is something deeply rotten in a country that lets Sandy Berger go, but puts Mr. Libby behind bars. This was a rotten trial with a rotten verdict. Our justice system appears to be falling apart.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Atkins Diet Back On Top

A new Stanford University study finds the Atkins diet is most effective for reducing weight in women. Works pretty well in men, as well. Maybe I should give the old meat and cheese a try...

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Explaining How The Media Decides What Is "News"

Drew Curtis, the man behind, gives his take on why so much crap is labeled news by the nation's media. He's not necessarily complaining, mind you.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Daylight Saving Time

I'm loving this... Daylight Saving Time begins next weekend, two weeks earlier than in previous years. It ends a week later, so we'll have three more weeks of later sunsets. I may be the only one, but I'd much rather have the later sunset than sunrise. By the way, did you know Benjamin Franklin first conceived the idea of Daylight Saving Time?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Rough Day and Night

This morning, the trusty rain gauge in the backyard measured 4.1 inches of rain from yesterday's storms. That's by far the most rain we've had in one day since we moved in. Fortunately that was the worst of things at our house. Listening to the weatherfolks on TV, and the sheriff's department on the scanner, it sounded as though the world was ending. But nothing at the house but lots and lots of wet.

The situation was so much worse at the high school in Enterprise, Alabama that was hit by the tornado. And in Americus, where a hospital was pounded by one. And in Baker County, in southwest Georgia, where six people were killed.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dad's Home

The surgery went well, and the folks are back home!