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Just Say No… to Hugs?

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | 13 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Culture, Education, Jon.

Sweet smoking Judas, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Mesa Public Schools has instituted a No Hugging Policy? A group of Shepherd Junior High School students in east Mesa protested a new school policy banning student hugs with a giant group hug on Friday. Students waited until school was dismissed before gathering across the street from • Read More »

Mesa endorsements.

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Mesa endorsements. | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, Politics.

I’ve already chronicled my all-important choices for Mesa Mayor and City Council, but AzCentral has a list of Mesa’s candidate endorsements. The Mayoral candidates first: Rex Griswold: Mesa Chamber of Commerce; former Mayor Don Strauch; Frank Alger, Mesa park board member and veterans advocate. Scott Smith: Mesa Chamber of Commerce; State Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa; • Read More »

Divine intervention?

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Divine intervention? | Filed in: Arizona, Humor, Jon, Politics.

Am I the only guy that jumps every time I read a headline on Arizona’s District 3 congressional race? Lord calls on Shadegg to support moratorium on Medicaid regulations Whoa John, you better do what He says. Lord releases list of endorsements I’ll vote for whoever He wants me to. Lord hits Shadegg over ‘wavering’ • Read More »

Kids, back in my day…

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Kids, back in my day… | Filed in: Culture, Jon, Technology.

Someone has created a wiki of Obsolete Skills, so our progeny can remember how to do all the things we don’t need to do anymore. Going through the list brought back many forgotten memories: Adjusting a television’s horizontal and vertical holds Changing the ribbon on a typewriter Making a chain of pop-tops Rewinding an audio • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 2/29.

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 2/29. | Filed in: Jon, Quotes.

“Meanwhile, Osbourne is reportedly struggling to write his autobiography, because he can’t remember anything that’s happened to him.”    — From an AzCentral news story on Ozzy Osbourne.

You want a piece of this, eh?

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Canada, Kevin, Politics.

Obama wants to “re-visit” NAFTA, and Canadians are none too happy about it. “If any American government chose to make the mistake of reopening that we would have some things we would want to talk about as well,” (Canadian Prime Minister) Harper said. Does Obama really want to bring down the vicious, brutal, unmerciful yet • Read More »

Friday Music Blogging: Burial

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Jon, Music.

With news that Portishead reuniting, I wanted to focus on a new artist who evokes a similar mood to the British trip-hop band. Burial is the pseudonym of a London musician who creates “dubstep” — a gritty, dark and soulful style of electronic music. His debut album won universal praise and was featured in many • Read More »

Defining victory down

February 29, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Defining victory down | Filed in: International, Kevin, Military, Politics.

At first, the surge wasn’t working because the violence in Iraq wasn’t going down. But the violence in Iraq did go down. Rather dramatically. Then the surge wasn’t working because the political goals weren’t being met. But now they are. Now the surge isn’t working because the troops haven’t come yet. What’s next? The surge • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 2/28.

February 28, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 2/28. | Filed in: Jon, Politics, Quotes.

“You are Keith Olbermann with an accent.”   — Karl of Protein Wisdom’s dismissal of self-important commentator Andrew Sullivan.

Bob and George over Africa

February 28, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Bob and George over Africa | Filed in: International, Jon, Politics.

Musician and activist Bob Geldof has written a fascinating story on Bush’s work in Africa. My favorite Bush quote of the piece? “Stop coming to Africa feeling guilty. Come with love and feeling confident for its future.” Read the whole thing.

Shaq who?

February 28, 2008 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, Sports.

Play ball! With two Wednesday games in the books, the Cactus League season has arrived, an Arizona pastime that gives baseball fans a chance to get up close to their favorite players. Twelve Major League Baseball teams. Nine stadiums in Tucson and the Valley. Thousands of fans. And even more sunshine, hot dogs and beer. • Read More »

The man who made conservatives smart

February 27, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on The man who made conservatives smart | Filed in: Current Events, Kevin.

When even your opponents pause and reflect upon your graciousness and intellect, you know you’ve made an impact that goes far beyond mere partisan politics. The conservative movement can never repay the debt it owes William F. Buckley for giving us the means and intellectual firepower to stem the headlong rush of progressivism for progress’s • Read More »

Unconfirmed Obamiracle, 2/27 (red-letter edition).

February 27, 2008 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Humor, Jon, Politics.

“Double tall soy mocha cappuccino.To go!” The campaign staff gathered around Obama and reported to him all they had done. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some • Read More »

And you thought Abu Ghraib was bad.

February 26, 2008 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: Humor, Jon.

I’m all for treating animals with respect, but this is ridiculous: Police arrested a 28-year-old man Sunday on a cruelty to animals charge after he yelled an obscenity at a police dog in a patrol vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit. Moses Rogers Jr., of the 700 block of East Avenue, also faces a disorderly • Read More »

We can hear you now

February 26, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on We can hear you now | Filed in: Kevin, Military.

The Taliban are demanding that Afghanistan shut down its cell phone network, fearing (with good reason) that NATO forces can track their movements via their cell phones. Poor dears. Heaven only knows how they’ll be affected by Starbucks shutting down for three hours.

Thailand and Islam.

February 26, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Thailand and Islam. | Filed in: International, Jon, War On Terror.

My brother finds a depressing piece on the growing terrorist hotbeds in Thailand. Here’s the article on Rantburg, complete with his snarky edits and asides.

The End Is Here

February 26, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on The End Is Here | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, Politics.

Hillary Clinton will be on the 700 Club tonight. If you need me, I’ll be stocking up on bottled water and canned goods.

Once.

February 26, 2008 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Jon, Movies, Music.

The last post mentioned ExLg’s long-time appreciation for singer and songwriter Glen Hansard. He was famous for leading the Irish band The Frames, but now he is better known for his Academy Award for the movie Once. Here’s Glen and co-star Markéta Irglová performing their Oscar-winning song.

Exciting Oscar Recap!

February 25, 2008 | By admindude | 4 Comments | Filed in: Humor, Jon, Movies.

The Oscars were held last night and we can finally know which pictures captured the hearts of American movie-goers. Let’s look at the happy winners! Best Motion Picture: Actually, I didn’t see this movie. Lead Actor: Another movie I didn’t see. Lead Actress: A movie I never heard of. Supporting Actor: Didn’t see this either. • Read More »

Unconfirmed Obamiracle, 2/25.

February 25, 2008 | By admindude | 5 Comments | Filed in: Humor, Jon, Politics.

I know I’m a Republican conservative, but all of these signs and wonders related to the Obama campaign are beginning to sway me. Here’s our list of Unconfirmed Obamiracles so far: Hemophiliac without health insurance cured by touching Obama’s Armani suit Soldier/victim of neocon empire-building remotely healed at Walter Reed Downsized union worker recovers sight, • Read More »

A Photoshop retrospective.

February 24, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on A Photoshop retrospective. | Filed in: Jon, Photography.

We were graciously linked to this morning by Power Line and Astute Bloggers for our Hillarycare Photoshop — thank you gents! For those visiting us for the first time, here are links to several other Photoshops we’ve done in the past few months: