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Not Another Quiz!?!?  
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 7:14:23 PM EDT

Dude! You have an American Attitude! Sweet!
Dude! You have an American Attitude! Sweet!
You're a gun-toting, bar-dancing, ya'll-saying, t.v. show-copying,
war-waging, ass-patting, hamburger over-eater.
Take the What the Hell Kinda Attitude is That? Quiz at aka cooties

Posted by: Marc  

Hey Baby, Want a Ride?  
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 6:44:26 PM EDT

I saw this hideous atrocity in the parking lot of a local watering hole. After I finished busting a gut I had to get a picture or 2. It's a veritable cornycarpia!

Posted by: Marc  

Football In Ohio  
Tuesday, November 26, 2002 8:26:38 PM EDT

It was a great game to attend. A nail-biter beyond compare, the fans were going nuts the whole time. We had fantastic seats in the 13th row on the 45 yard line. It couldn't have been much better. For a while there it felt like Michigan was going take us out of the hunt. Hell, they owned the football for most of the game, but thanks to the OSU defense, they couldn't get it into the endzone unless it was flying through the uprights. The OSU offense struggled until #13, Maurice Clarett, the freshman tailback came on the field. He was truly a star and the fans were loving how he was playing - all heart. He pretty much saved the day with a touchdown and a 28 yard pass reception that set up the next TD. The Bucks knocked out a huge win in the end. It was a great day, great game and the place went wild!

It was a classic Michigan vs Ohio State game too, I think it'll end up on this list as one of our all time best wins. Ohioans, in general, take football very seriously. Especially at the high school and college levels and most definately at Ohio State. There are a whole bunch of happy campers around this town right now and a whole lot more around the state.

Posted by: Marc  

What pisses you off?  
Tuesday, November 26, 2002 12:52:03 PM EDT

C'mon, they can't even *breed*!

What pisses you off?

Ok, the results from that quiz are way off because I actually LOVE mules. Believe it or not I even own the Peach

Mules can be frustrating at times, but they rarely piss me off...

Now This pisses me off.

Yeah, I remember my first beer...*sigh*

A win over Michigan is always a cause for celebration, expecially when it occurs during an undefeated season and they are all that stands between you and a shot at the national championship. Unfortunately though, it seems the younger fans never learn how to have fun and do it responsibly. They can't just have a few beers and a good time without trashing somebody else's property. Some 45 or so people, many of them Ohio State University students were arrested late Saturday night for rioting near the Ohio State campus. They had overturned and/or burned nine cars on one street alone. I just can't fathom how somebody justifies this sort of stupidity in his or her mind. I mean, what is the thought process that takes you from "gee, we won the big game!" to "gee, let's go torch some automobiles!". Stupid, ignorant asses. How'd these people even get admitted to a univerisity to begin with?

I'd like to bitch-slap every one of the morons involved in these incidents. The Buckeyes victory on Saturday has drawn the attention of the whole country, and this is not the image I'd like to portray for our city or university. As Mayor Coleman said, this is not the way national champions behave. Grow up kids!

Posted by: Marc  

Next Stop - Tempe!  
Sunday, November 24, 2002 09:15:07 AM EDT

13-0 Baby!

Posted by: Marc  

No Blog For You!  
Friday, November 22, 2002 11:11:22 PM EDT

Ohio State vs. Michigan. It's an old and well established tradition here in Ohio and Michigan too. I consider it college football's greatest rivalry, but of course I may be biased on that call. Still, as Kevin Holtsberry points out, to people in Ohio and Michigan this is the big one.

Tomorrow, Michigan will not only have the undefeated Buckeyes to contend with, but they'll also have to overcome 105,000+ rabid, menacing and obnoxiously loud Buckeye fans at The Shoe. It's gonna be a giant job for those boys. Good luck to 'em, they'll need it. It should be a great game though and I'm totally psyched to be able to attend this one.

I'm hereby putting both of my blog readers on notice. There won't be any new blogs here this weekend because I'll be Wolverine hunting for the better part of it. Got my 12 guage loaded for's time to piss on the fire, call in the dogs and head it on down to the Shoe.

(An aside, I noticed that Simcat did a brain fart on me today, due to my color and link changes. My permalinks are screwed for the moment. I'll fix them next week...sorry.)

Posted by: Marc  

How Jedi are You?  
Friday, November 22, 2002 6:21:56 PM EDT

I found this link over at Quinn MacDonald's fine blog. I dunno why I'm such a sucker for these silly quizzes *sigh*.

:: how jedi are you? ::

Posted by: Marc  

Go Bucks!  
Friday, November 22, 2002 12:48:15 PM EDT

After Michigan coach Bo Schembechler passes away and enters the Pearly Gates, God takes him on a tour. He shows Bo a little 2-bedroom house with a faded UM banner hanging from the front porch. "This is your home, Coach. Most people don't get their own house up here," God exclaims.

Bo looks at the house, then turns around and looks at the one sitting on the top of the hill. It's a huge two-story mansion with white marble columns and little patios under all of the windows. Ohio State flags line both sides of the sidewalk with a huge scarlet and gray OSU banner hanging between the marble columns.

"Thanks for the home, God, but let me ask you a question. I get this little 2 bedroom house with a faded Michigan banner, and Woody Hayes gets a mansion with new OSU banners and flags flying all over the place. Why is that?"

God looks at him seriously for a moment and then replies, "That's not Woody's house, that's mine!!!!!"

Posted by: Marc  

My Generation  
Friday, November 22, 2002 09:55:46 AM EDT

My mom sent me thisin an email this morning. I don't know who wrote it, but I thought it sounded just about EXACTLY correct and so I'll leave it here for you to mull over:

What an eye opener!!

You lived as a child in the 60s or the 70s. (Some of us in the 40s and 50s) Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have.................As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!) We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight........we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this? We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cellular phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms,................ we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves!Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it? We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with dissappointment.....Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to accept, cope with, ignore and/or handle the situation.

And you're one of them.


Yeah kids....that was pretty much the gist of my childhood. Thanks Mom.

Posted by: Marc  

Wednesday, November 20, 2002 6:37:06 PM EDT

My girlfriend called me today to tell me that she scored two tickets to the most highly coveted game of the season here in Ohio. The one between the undefeated, 2nd ranked and our alma mater, The Ohio State Buckeyes and 12th ranked Michigan Wolverines. Not only is Michigan our arch nemesis, but this years game is more important than ever as we have a national title that hinges on this one. I am tooo excited! These tickets are very difficult to come by, but somehow she managed to do it. Woohoo and screw blue!

Posted by: Marc  

Blogroll Update  
Tuesday, November 19, 2002 6:31:52 PM EDT

UPDATED 11/20 - see below

When I first started writing my SimCat blogger a couple of months ago, one of the functions of it was to maintain a blogroll independent of any other element on the blog itself. I wrote a small program that I called LinkSucker just to populate it so that I wouldn't have to type, or copy/paste all those URLs for testing. LinkSucker did a great job and gave me a pretty monstrous blogroll, much of which is still there. The problem was, it populated the roll with plenty of blogs that I really didn't care for all that much. So, as time has gone on, I've been culling them and adding to them and shifting my favorites towards the top. It can really get to be quite a bit of work. The ones you see on the right nowthough, are for the most part pretty decent blogs, but there is still some culling to be done yet.

Today, I added a new one that I just recently found. It's australian writer and comedian, Matt Hayden's blog called Die Fluffy Wuffy, Die. I added him because he's a hoot! He's a sort of GutRumbles from down under - he gets wicked just like the Acidman and picks his targets well. Here's one of his apparent favorites, healer, activist and guru Derek Sapphire and it's easy to see why. This looney tune seems to have a huge bullseye painted right on his forehead. Just read this drivel and you'll see what I mean (his anchors weren't working right, but scroll down to the first one from from Friday the 15th (Nov). Then go check out Die Fluffy Wuffy, Die, you'll like it.

UPDATE 11/20 - I happened to visit Fluffy Wuffy Derek Sapphire's site today and noticed that he stole Mr. Hayden's blog! Holy Moly Matt! You can't let him get away with an ambush like that! You are going to have to retaliate severely! Anyway, Matt has restarted his blog at at this URL so if you linked to him from here since yesterday, please adjust them.

Posted by: Marc  

Which Pulp Fiction Character Are You?  
Monday, November 18, 2002 6:29:44 PM EDT

What Pulp Fiction Character Are You?

" You don't tolerate shit. The .45 you carry in you pocket is scary, but your words are the real threat, especially when you decide to get Biblical. Try to take it easy, but maintain that edge of yours, which tends to keep people wary in your presence."

Here was mine...Jules was my favorite one too!

Posted by: Marc  

Quit That Al !  
Saturday, November 16, 2002 09:12:43 AM EDT

Ya know, I would have thought that this years election results would have ended this ailment for good:

"I believe that if everyone in Florida who tried to vote had had his or her vote counted properly, that I would have won," Gore said in an interview with Washington Post Magazine staff writer Liza Mundy

But nooooo, apparently Al is still plagued by his defeat back in 2000. I sort of figured that this issue would never go away for democrats at the time and gave the then new sickness a name. I called it goresore.

During the vote counting fiasco in Florida in 2000, I came up with a remedy of sorts called the GoreScorer 2000. A voting machine that would rid this country of this wicked illness forever. Looks like it didn't completely work. So, maybe it's time to dust that sucker off and try it out again.

Let's all re-vote!

(story discovered at Howard Bashman's Appellate Blog and The Daily Pundit )

Posted by: Marc  

Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em  
Friday, November 15, 2002 5:40:44 PM EDT

Huh? Can this really be? There are actually non-smokers out there that are sticking up for MY right to light up? WOW, there's something you don't see too often! Bill Quick over at points out an article by Peggy Noonan regarding the fact that I'm among the downtrodden because I smoke. Well, this IS refreshing, because Peggy is soooo right about this issue.

Now I'm not going to go into why I still smoke in spite of the fact that it's a disgusting and unhealthy habit. We smokers know this and continue to do it regardless. Non-smokers need no longer point out this fact to us, nor try to shame us for doing it. You just piss us off when you do that. Anyway, I think Peggy was pretty accurate when it comes to why we do it, so there's no need for me to be redundant.

I'd rather point out some things to the large majority of you out there that don't smoke as to what we smokers feel is an injustice. In my office building, which was just built 3 years ago and houses several businesses, there are probably about 15-20 smokers total. I would say that this is about 10% of the people in the building. Our building has no smoking room or facilities of any type for smokers. Our building is fully equipped for handicapped people however, but I don't know of a single handicapped person in our building. The building management's official position on smoking is that we are not allowed to smoke at either of the two large covered main entrances to the building, but may smoke at one location only, which is at a side exit that places the smokers outside, next to the driveway leading into the parking lot. There is 1 ashtray. No shelter overhead, no chairs, no tables, no benches. Just a solitary ashtray sitting on the sidewalk. It's also an area that's in full view of every driver that comes into, or exits from, our parking lot. I sometimes think building management did this just so drivers could sneer at us while we take a smoke break. Like Acidman here, I'm not trying to hide the fact that I smoke, nor am I ashamed of it, but the self-righteous looks we get do annoy me. There is overhead shelter at the two main entrances and people will often go there to smoke if it's raining. Doing this however is a sure way for your company to get a stern warning letter from the smoke nazis building management. There is one advantage to being a smoker in a building such as ours, and that is that you get to meet people from all of the companies, so you have a better handle on who does what in your building if you smoke. Not to mention, you make a few friends too. I'd still like a damn roof over my head when it's raining and I want to have a smoke though.

Airports are extremely unfriendly to smokers. I travel frequently and often find that there are very few if any places to smoke without going outside the airport. Atlanta is the worst one of all. It is usually a connection point for me (as with most travelers I suspect), which means you CAN'T go outside without going through the security shakedown points. Since 9/11, it's no longer worth it just for a cigarette. In Atlanta though, they do have one smoking room in each of its 4 mile long terminals. They are relatively small and ALWAYS packed wall to wall with smokers. You really don't even need to light up in these rooms because they are already so full of smoke that you can't see more than a foot in front of your face. Not only are they inadequately ventilated, but the wall facing the terminal is glass, so that every non-smoker in the terminal can peer in and sneer at all the loser butt-heads puffing away. It certainly wouldn't have made economic sense to use glass versus sheetrock, so I have to ask myself again, was this management's way of trying to make us smokers feel guilty? Yeah, nice try.

I don't get all uppity when I ride in the airline seat next to a woman that sprayed a half a bottle of Chanel #5 on herself just moments before boarding, which ultimately lingers with me for the rest of the day. Nor do I throw a tantrum when the right butt cheek of the 375 Lb. guy on the other side of me spills into my space. I put up with these things, however much I dislike them, so why can't you people put up with my smoking huh?

I noticed that Ms Noonan mentions the absurdity of Mayor Bloomberg's smoking crackdown in New York City's bars, but it doesn't end there. Andrew Sullivan expounded on this return of American puritanism a couple of months ago quite thoroughly as well. Soon enough, you won't even be able to light up at an outdoor sidewalk cafe in New York. On top of all that, guess who Mr. Bloomberg targets for fixing the city's budget problems? You guessed it - smokers. That lowly, downtrodden, good-for-nuthin group of idiots that makes up what, 20% of the population of the city? A pack of cigs in NYC is now an outrageous $5! Sin taxed to the max. Thanks Mayor, but I'll bring my own.

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical" - Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: Marc  

Real Cowboys Don't Need Instructions  
Thursday, November 14, 2002 7:48:12 PM EDT

I built a house a few years ago, and against the advice of nearly everyone, chose a builder who happened to also be a friend. I was told that this was the surest way to auger our friendship straight into the ground. My friend wasn't even a builder, at least he'd never acted as a general contractor before, but he was a talented carpenter who had worked on plenty of houses over the years. He and I acted as general contractors together. I would hire friends of mine that did certain things and he provided the sub contractors for everything else. It worked well, one or both of us already knew each subcontractor and it saved quite a lot of money to boot.

My parents however, thought I was nuts for making this choice. They felt I really should hire an actual builder. Apparently they hadn't seen the lack of quality in the construction on most of the new homes being built in our area. In an effort to dissuade me, they called my friend a "cowboy", with the intention of course of belittling his professional capacity as a general contractor. The comment struck me as odd though, because of an irony which was totally lost on my parents, and that was the fact that he was a cowboy, and damn proud of it too! He rode horses and mules and raised cattle and worked a farm and did all the things cowboys do. Cowboys aren't ashamed of being cowboys. It's just plain unfortunate really, that those that aren't cowboys think they can slight a cowboy by calling him one. So here's some advice, if you want to offend a cowboy, you'd be better off calling him a panty hose wearin' girly-man. On second thought, I wouldn't recommend that either. When I told my friend about this intended slam by my folks, we both got a really big laugh out of it and he walked over to his truck and pulled a bumper sticker out of his glove box that said "Real Cowboys Don't Need Instructions" and asked if he should put it on the bumper just to piss off my parents when they come by to critique our homeschool house building project. We eventually agreed that that would only exasperate the situation further, so it went up on the refrigerator instead. In the end, my house came out beautifully and our friendship did not suffer at all, in fact, it was strengthened by the experience.

I mentioned this little anecdote because I've noticed that a lot of those people on the left side of the political landscape, most notably the liberal european intelligentsia, love to employ the same technique my parents used on my friend when referring to George Bush. They throw the word around profusely and seem to think that by calling him a cowboy it somehow reduces the man to some sort of half-witted, uneducated, mannerless and less-than-capable president. As if he's just shooting from the hip with his style of politic. To you people, I say keep it up. I can guarantee that George doesn't mind. He's a Texan cowboy and damn proud of it.

Maybe George is shooting from the hip. Who cares? He just pulled a hat-trick on the whole world, including the American left, and I can't remember a president doing such a complicated job with more finesse. Ride 'em cowboy! If you folks, like Hugo "Girly-Man" Young here, think George is such an idiot, why didn't you use your incredible powers of intelligence to see through his evil scheme and mastermind an effective strategy to stop him?

Posted by: Marc  

Quit That Anna!  
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 5:09:51 PM EDT

Is it just me, or has the whole country lost it's mind? Apparently E! has renewed Anna Nicole Smith's show for a second season. Now I don't normally watch E!, but one of my favorite regional bands, The Clarks has a song that plays in the end credits of The Anna Nicole Show, so I watched the it once, shortly after it began airing. Frankly I was embarrassed for the band, because that show is just about the most inane waste of prime time viewing that I've ever seen. It ranks right up there with Jerry Springer as far as intellectual content, but when it comes to entertainment value, even Jerry laps her. The show is obscenely exploitive and although Anna doesn't seem to mind, she comes off as exactly the kind of bubble headed blonde you've always suspected her to be. What is E! thinking by renewing that piece of crap show, and who the hell is watching it anyway?

Oh and now Anna wants to strip on the show?

I think I'll take a pass - again.

Posted by: Marc  

I'm an Eagle?  
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 4:40:57 PM EDT

Well, I see that according to Andrew Sullivan that I may harbor the views of a new form of political idealogy that falls somewhere between the tired metaphors of the "hawks" and the "doves". He calls us Eagles. Oh, and I'm not the only one, Bo Cowgill says that he may be a member too.

Posted by: Marc  

Monday, November 11, 2002 9:34:52 PM EDT

Today was a sad one for me. When I read the paper this morning and saw that five Ohioans and at least 30 other people from across the country had been killed by Tornados over the weekend, I was shocked.

We had tornado warnings here in central Ohio last night and I take those pretty seriously now, conditions seemed prime for one too. Last September, an F2 tornado touched down very close to my house. I was at home at the time, and as the weather grew fiercer I headed for the basement. It didn't last long and in fact, I wouldn't have even know we actually had a tornado because I didn't see it, but it was LOUD. It ripped a path just 100 feet from my house, knocking down trees as it went and did some serious damage in my neighborhood. Two large steel powerline towers crumpled like matchsticks and several homes lost parts or all of their roofs. A couple of homes were completely destroyed as were several outbuildings in the area. Trees were down all over the place and of course the power was gone. When I was able to see the damage by the light of day the next morning I was amazed at the amount of debris. Amazingly (and thankfully), my house emerged undamaged, except for the disappearance of a very heavy picnic table (still have no idea where that went) and an overhead barn door that blew off. Many of my neighbors did not fare so well however. Nobody was hurt, except for one man that had a wall collapse on him (I heard) while hiding in a closet. I don't think that was serious. I felt very, very fortunate after seeing the mess that twister created. Tornadoes are seriously destructive beasts indeed.

Posted by: Marc  

Monday, November 11, 2002 3:07:07 PM EDT

This is pretty of slick, and kinda fun. It's an unusual take on stereotypes, by LA photographer Eric Meyer.

Posted by: Marc  

Fisk To Cuffs In Bloggerville  
Thursday, November  7, 2002 10:19:34 PM EDT

William Burton decides to make the pain go away by having his face punched in by an irate Georgian voter. News at 11:00.

Posted by: Marc  

Ghost Sex (by request)  
Wednesday, November  6, 2002 7:20:40 PM EDT

Now that the elections are over, I thought it would be good to get a little less serious and delve into some material that's a little more on the lighter side. This story was requested by Joie, and it's called Ghost Sex.

Posted by: Marc  

GOP Sweeps Ohio  
Wednesday, November  6, 2002 09:46:43 AM EDT

Well, it was a banner day for republicans in Ohio. Nearly 50% of Ohio's registered voters turned out to elect, or re-elect 7 republicans to all of the state's top posts.

Unofficial Results

Posted by: Marc  

Current Stats  
Tuesday, November  5, 2002 8:45:59 PM EDT

At this point in time, the GOP is in control across the board here in Ohio, but there are many counties yet to report.

In the race for Governor, current Gov. Bob Taft (R) is leading by a 23% margin.In the race for State Auditor, Betty Montgomery is leading by 68%. For Attorney General, Jim Petro is ahead by 68% and for Treasurer, Joseph Deters (R) has a 58% lead. For Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell (R) leads by 68%. Supreme Court Justice, Evelyn Stratton (R) leads by 58% and the vacant seat may well be occupied by Maureen O'Connor (R) at 61%.

Posted by: Marc  

Ohio Election Results  
Tuesday, November  5, 2002 2:52:45 PM EDT

Live Election results for the state of Ohio will be posted live beginning at 8:00 pm EST at the Secretary of State's website.

Posted by: Marc  

Quit That Democrat!  
Sunday, November  3, 2002 2:52:24 PM EDT

Incumbent Justice Evelyn Stratton of the Ohio Supreme Court, is suddenly being maliciously vilified in her bid for re-election by trial lawyers and labor unions as noted by Walter Olsen at, The mud-slinging democratic PACs this week came out with some very negative ads that portray Stratton as one who does not have the interests of the general public in mind, but instead favors big business. This could not be further from the truth, and I am incensed at the fact that the democrats are using this tacky smear campaign in a last ditch effort to gain a seat on the high court. It's a disgusting display of political hogwash that I believe should not be tolerated by voters, no matter what party they are affiliated with.

While I would like to go off on a rant here, My mother happened to come up with a better blog about it than I did, so I'll just let her take the stage now:

The current smear campaign against Justice Evelyn L. Stratton in her bid for re-election in the Ohio Supreme Court race is an example of political ethics and fairness that have gone way beyond the constraints of "civilized" society. During her tenure on the court Justice Stratton has based her decisions on the law not "feelings", or whether she has compassion or sympathy for those whose cases come before the court. For her correct understanding of the role of the Supreme Court (to interpret the law) in our democratic system of government, she is being vilified by political action committees that are determined to replace her on the court with a candidate more to their liking (read that one who will look favorably on "victims" and high compensatory awards that line plaintiff attorney pockets). The truly unfair aspect of this type of mud-slinging campaign is the fact that the PACs that pour their money into the lies and smears are able to hide their contributor lists from the public. So no one knows who is financing these attack ads. Further, they are able to hide behind the "freedom of speech" argument without having to prove the veracity of the accusations! When the ads got into outright lies this week Justice Stratton called a press conference to alert the media that the ads they were running were perilously close to slander. "Let her sue!" responded the Democratic political consultant Dale Butland (who is the spokesman for Consumers for a Fair Court, the PAC responsible for the most reprehensible ad) in today's Columbus Dispatch. Suing of course, does not undo the damage caused by hundreds of thousands of voters who have been influenced by the misrepresentations of her decisions they have already seen on television or heard on the radio. This Justice is a fair, thoughtful, learned member of the court who eserves to be re-elected based on her wise interpretation of the law. Further, she should be free to campaign on her record while on the court, and not spend her time defending her reputation against the slander of unethical and cowardly PACs. The liberal Democrats will do anything, ethical or not, to get their candidates elected. The Democratic party used to be worthy opponents.

Not any more.

If you have friends that live here in Ohio, please email them the following link (or point them to this site) and let them know that this type of campaign tactic should not be tolerated. Thank you.

UPDATE: 11/5 In today's Columbus Dispatch editorial section, the paper printed a copy of a letter that Mom submitted saying essentially the same thing as above. In other words, she got the LAST word. Way to go Mom! You Rock!

Re-Elect Stratton

More Links
"Ads link GOP judicial candidates to big business"
"Blame State's High Court For Liability Crisis in Ohio" (BusinessFirst)
"Doctors support GOP candidates for high court"
"Justice reviews Record, Philosophy"
"Ohio's Activist Court"

Posted by: Marc / Jackie  

The Cape.  
Saturday, November  2, 2002 6:33:00 PM EDT

Four years old with a flour sack cape tied all around his neck.
He climbed up on the garage, he's figurin' what the heck.
Screwed his courage up so tight that the whole thing come unwound. He got a runnin' start and bless his heart, he headed for the ground.

Well he's one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith. Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape.

Now he's all grown up with a flour sack cape tied all around his dreams.
And he's full of piss and vineagar and he's bustin' at the seams. So he licked his finger and checked the wind it's gonna be do or die. And he wasn't scared of nuthin' boys, he was pretty sure he could fly.

Well he's one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith. Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape.

Now he's old and grey with a flour sack cape tied all around his head. And he's still jumpin' off the garage and will be till he's dead. All these years, the people said he's actin' like a kid. He did not know he could not he did.

Yeah, he's one of those that knows that life is just a leap of faith. Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape.

"The Cape" - Guy Clark

Every boy that has an older brother knows that an older brother is perhaps the best asset a boy has. Of course he doesn't come to this conclusion until much later in life. Older brothers can be particularly cruel, but they do teach you very important life lessons.

Such was the case, when I was 4 years old, the day my 6 year old brother taught me how to fly. Well...sort of.

He and one of his little buddies decided to have some fun with me one afternoon. They strapped a halloween costume superman cape around my neck and convinced me that with that cape on, I would be able to fly right off of our carport, which was perched about 8 feet on the side of a hill.

I was sceptical of course, but my brother was, at the time, my God and mentor. Whatever he said was gospel. I believed him when he said I could fly and so I did, for about 1 1/2 seconds. Yep. As you can imagine, I flew about as good as a lead balloon. I dropped like a rock. My landing was anything but graceful and I rolled over and over down the hill. When I finally came to a stop, my brother and his friend were laughing up a storm. I was pretty mad for being duped like that and since I wasn't physically damaged in any way (fortunately) I got up and ran in the house crying for my mom to come and beat his ass. I don't think she did, but she wasn't real happy about it either. Perhaps she knew that he had just given me one of the best life lessons I could have ever had. It was.

Posted by: Marc  

Mind Games  
Friday, November  1, 2002 09:46:51 AM EDT

My mom emailed this little test today. It only takes a minute and it's well worth it. The results are mind boggling. Who thought this up anyway?

Posted by: Marc  

Plastic Paranoia  
Tuesday, October 29, 2002 3:41:48 PM EDT

Can somebody from Microsoft please explain the purpose of the bulletproof, waterproof, can't-be-opened-without-a-chainsaw plastic womb that Windows XP ships in?

I've got a computer that I'm trying to upgrade from NT 4.0 to XP Pro and instead, I've been sitting here for the past 15 minutes attempting, in a most frustrating way, to just get the damn package open! My heavy sissors wouldn't cut it, so I resorted to a large screw driver and brute force. As you can see, I eventually did get it open, but not without a truckload of expletives being directed at Microsoft and nearly slicing my finger wide open.

I've been trying to come up with possible reasons for the purpose of packaging a package within well...another package and I just keep coming up blank. I thought perhaps it could be that Microsoft doesn't want me to recieve my copy of XP in anything but pristine condition. Which initially it was, but by the end of my ordeal the actual XP box was pretty well beat up. Besides, I can go down to the grocery and buy a box of Raisin Bran and they aren't encased in titanium and the box is nearly always perfect. So no, that can't be it. Then I thought hmmmm, that leaves only paranoia. Yep. Microsoft must be afraid that I'll open that box and make a copy of the disc then carefully put the software back in the box and replace it on the shelf. This sort of stuff is as dumb as the idea some genius thought of for sealing CD jewel cases. It takes nearly as long to get that stupid piece of tape off of the edge of one and it NEVER comes off in one piece, no matter how carefully you try.

Posted by: Marc  

Gut Rumbles Makeover  
Monday, October 28, 2002 3:10:58 PM EDT

Congratulations to one of my favorite blogs - Gut Rumbles for a very spiffy looking new page design by Sekimori. Acidman is always very entertaining to read and sometimes he even gives away fabulous prizes too! Believe it or not, I was his 25,000th hit. Woohoo, I'm a winner!

But seriously, way to go A-man. I think it looks great! No more blogspot blues for you!

Posted by: Marc  

Dude, You're Gettin an F!  
Thursday, October 24, 2002 5:16:52 PM EDT

Mr. Intelligentsia spews forth some elitist prose.

Posted by: Marc  

Thursday, October 24, 2002 4:54:05 PM EDT

Let's hope investigators are on the mark with these two.

Posted by: Marc  

Let's Not be Hypocritical Now  
Tuesday, October 22, 2002 09:16:40 AM EDT

Neil Boortz points out a strange anomoly in the dems fabric. Over at the Democratic Underground they're instituting a lock-down on free speech until after the elections:
"For the next three weeks:

It is forbidden to use the DU message board in an effort to make our members withhold their precious votes from the Democratic Party, which is the only organization capable of stopping the Republican onslaught.

It is forbidden to use the DU message board to organize protests or other actions against members of the Democratic Party.

If the administrators of DU decide that the rhetoric of your posts would be more appropriate on Free Republic than on DU, then you are going to get banned."
Yeah, that's a good strategy, make everyone bury their head in the sand until the big bad mmonster goes away.

UPDATE: In ”Fun With Morlocks”, Robin Goodfellow describes the experience of being caught in this "democratic" dragnet, and getting kicked off the DU message board. Fortunately though, the posts that were the apparent cause of the ejection were saved for us. Go have a look.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Boortz gets the finger from The Democratic Underground. Gee, what's wrong kids? Did mean 'ol Mr. Boortz hurt your feewings?

Posted by: Marc  

I'm not through with her yet...  
Monday, October 21, 2002 12:36:50 PM EDT

Mark Steyn assists in having a little more fun at Barbara's expense in this article from Saturday. Here's a teaser:

"Then there's Barbra Streisand, who seems to have swallowed the post-Clinton Democratic party. Once upon a time, there were New Democrats and Yellow Dog Democrats and all kinds of other Democrats, but now there just seem to be Streisand Democrats. "

This is something that I've noticed (and been surprised by) too. Why is the left suddenly trotting out any and every entertainment celeb on the planet as their "spokespeople"? What makes them think that I would believe that Woody Harrelson or Harry Bellafonte has a keener sense of political right and wrong than I do? But Ms. Streisand is in my opinion, the unfortunate poster child of this odd phenomenon and she predictably seems to stumble every time she makes an attempt at promoting her leftist cause. Her humorous missteps only serve to shine a beaming spotlight on the weakness of the left's point of view.

Posted by: Marc  

The F Scale  
Friday, October 18, 2002 12:06:49 PM EDT

I found a link on Dustbury's blog regarding a test called "The F Scale", described on the site thusly:

"Fifty years ago, the Authoritarian Personality studies attempted to construct an instrument that would yield an estimate of fascist receptivity at the personality level. This online, interactive F Scale presents that instrument in its final form."

Naturally, I couldn't resist taking the test either. My score? 3.6 which apparently determined that "You are disciplined but tolerant; a true American." Hmm...I always thought so.

Posted by: Marc  

Quit That Barbara!  
Thursday, October 17, 2002 11:09:41 AM EDT

How many times do I have to tell her that she really needs to stay mum. Matt Drudge adds another misstep to his timeline:


It's been weeks of calm seas off PCH on the Barbra Streisand front, but the singeractressdirectoractivist has now issued a fresh "truth alert" to the world -- a truth alert calling Saddam Hussein Iranian!


In an alert posted as 'REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ATTACKS BARBRA STREISAND IN ADS IN DESPERATE EFFORT TO CUT INTO CAROLYN McCARTHY LEAD,' Streisand takes issue with an ad run by congressional candidate Marilyn O'Grady in her run against Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY):

"A Republican/Conservative candidate trying with fading hopes to unseat respected Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy made a last-ditch effort to win headlines by devising ads in which she blatantly misquoted Barbra Streisand, fabricating outrageous quotes and completely misrepresenting Ms. Streisand's deep opposition to the Iranian dictator, Saddam Hussein..."

You're too much Babs...

Posted by: Marc  

Cool / Not Cool Blog Chart  
Thursday, October 17, 2002 10:36:46 AM EDT

I liked this post from the Gimpysoft blog. One of these days, maybe QT will make the chart. Hopefully somewhere up in the "Cool" region.

Posted by: Marc  

My Blogger Code  
Friday, October  4, 2002 2:52:39 PM EDT

Hmm...apparently my blogger code is:

B1 d++ t++ k++ s u f i- o+ x e+ l-- c+

It can be decoded here.

Posted by: Marc  
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