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Just a little bit of history repeating itself

May 23, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Environment, Humor, Kevin.

In two thousand years, we’ve gone from following our leader’s orders to sacrifice our worldly goods in order to appease the angry weather gods to… following our leader’s orders to sacrifice our worldly goods in order to appease the angry weather gods. Progress!

Friday Music Blogging – Biz Markie

May 23, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Family, Kevin, Music.

One of my boy’s favorite TV shows is Yo Gabba Gabba, a co-creation of one of The Aquabats. No, really. And since Biz Markie is one of the regular guests on this show with “The Beat of The Day”, here he is in all his (ridiculous) glory.     

Joe Biden, Blogger Full-Employment Czar

May 22, 2009 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: Jon, Politics.

  Vice President Fredo. The always-excellent Toby Harnden reports from Joe Biden’s stumble across Europe: It seems that all a reporter has to do to find out about the pickle Barack Obama’s is really in over his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison is to ask the veep, who was talking to the press • Read More »

RIAA-ly scared

May 22, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, Music, Technology.

It’s the end of the music business as we know it, and I feel fine. Amazon does the digital delivery and storefront and TuneCore will burn the CD’s and ship them on demand. “As an artist, you have unlimited physical inventory, made on demand, with no upfront costs and worldwide distribution to anyone who orders • Read More »

Yes AND no

May 21, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Guns, Kevin, Law, Money.

Is Frontsight Firearms Institute in receivership? Ummn, not at this moment. After being in receivership for seven days, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute dodged a bullet but got hit in the wallet. Piazza is back in control of the organization he founded 12 years ago, pending his making a payment today of more than $600,000 • Read More »

Read the unfriendly skies

May 21, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Read the unfriendly skies | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

Newspapers are now less popular than airlines. (via Snowflakes In Hell) In the first quarter of ’09, newspaper customers’ satisfaction rating was 63. To put this in some perspective, those surveyed expressed a greater deal of satisfaction with airlines (airlines!) which scored 64. And cell phone providers (cell phone providers?) which score a 69. (Emphasis • Read More »

First, the good news

May 21, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Crime, Guns, Kevin, Law.

The homicide rate in Mesa is way, way down this year . Now, the bad news: There’s been four murders in Gilbert so far this year.  From AzCentral: Gilbert has recorded its fourth homicide this year after getting through 2008 with none. And this week the town saw its second home invasion in just a • Read More »

Everything old is new again

May 21, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Everything old is new again | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin, Money.

Barter and local currency became popular during the Great Depression as people found ways to survive the bleak economic times without relying on the government to solve their problems for them. And it’s starting all over again on the local, national, and international levels. Good thing we elected the guy who was going to keep • Read More »

California goes Thunderdome.

May 20, 2009 | By admindude | 5 Comments | Filed in: Economics, Humor, Jon.

   Commuters should expect delays on the I-10 west of Blythe. After a generation of taxing residents too much and borrowing even more, Californians have finally told Sacramento, no más. Despite threats of slashing emergency response, emptying prisons and infrastructure collapse, voters overwhelmingly rejected a steep round of tax hikes. Normally I would cheer this • Read More »

Fail Whale tattoo.

May 20, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Fail Whale tattoo. | Filed in: Humor, Jon, Politics.

I’ve got an important job for Obama’s Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra. Have Joe Biden’s forehead automatically display a Twitter-style “fail whale” whenever his brain goes over capacity. Get on it, Aneesh!

Vice President Walter Mitty.

May 20, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Vice President Walter Mitty. | Filed in: Jon, Politics.

  “I’m kind of a big deal.” Making fun of Joe Biden is starting to make me feel cruel. It’s like telling Special Olympics jokes or something: In a speech yesterday before lawmakers in Sarajevo, garrulous Vice President Joe Biden made yet another eyebrow-raising assertion: That he came under fire in Bosnia when visiting the • Read More »

Light moves

May 20, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Guns, Kevin, Technology.

Remember that schwag I mentioned earlier this week? Well, I was lucky enough to win an Insight M3X tactical light as a door prize at the 2ABlogBash, and brother, what a light it is! First off, I must confess to being a flashlight nerd. I love a well-constructed light and I know and appreciate just • Read More »

A million people here, a million people there,

May 20, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Democrats, Kevin, Medicine, Politics.

… and suddenly you’re talking about real genocide. In a press conference held today in Nairobi, global health advocates, including Global AIDS Alliance (GAA) executive director Dr. Paul Zeitz, called for a pan-African response to fix the funding gap in President Barak Obama’s fiscal year 2010 budget request submitted to the US Congress on May • Read More »

And *Palin* was the dummy?

May 19, 2009 | By admindude | 5 Comments | Filed in: Jon, Politics.

No one will ever call Joe Biden clean and articulate. Mark Hemingway shares excerpts from Slow Joe’s weird Wake Forest commencement address: “I believe so strongly, as you may recall when I was here in October, not in you particularly but your generation, that I don’t have a single doubt in my mind we’re on • Read More »

The empress’ new pantsuit.

May 19, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on The empress’ new pantsuit. | Filed in: Culture, Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

I’m glad the Press keeps insisting that Michelle Obama is the most gorgeous and glamorous woman ever to walk the face of the Earth. Because I wouldn’t get that from looking at her. P.S.: Maybe Dennis Kucinich’s wife could challenge Mrs. Obama for First Lady in 2012. Wouldn’t agree with her politics either, but at • Read More »

Why carry?

May 19, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Crime, Guns, Kevin.

Way, way way too close to home for my comfort. (Gilbert police Sergeant Mark) Marino said events began to unfold around 2 a.m. when officers responded to a home invasion in the 3600 block of East Stampede Drive.The suspects had forced their way into the home armed with semi-automatic rifles and wearing body armor. A • Read More »

Driven to extinction

May 18, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 14 Comments | Filed in: Cars, Democrats, Kevin, Politics.

I drive a Honda Civic hybrid for a number of reasons: It’s a little more hi-techy than the average car, and that appeals to my geek side. It gets great gas mileage, and most of all, I have an Alt-Fuel license plate, which means I can use the carpool lanes on my drive to and • Read More »

Best. Movie. Ever.

May 18, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 5 Comments | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, Movies.

Mega-Shark vs. Giant Octopus. No, really. With Lorenzo Lamas and Debbie Deborah Gibson in it, you know it’s got to be good. MST3K, where are you when we need you?

Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people.

May 18, 2009 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: International, Jon, Politics.

Kanye West moronically claimed that George W. Bush was racist due to the bungling of Katrina by the Democratic mayor and governor on the scene. Left unheralded by the MSM was Bush’s unparalleled donations to Africa throughout his presidency. Sorry, Africa, but Obama will take a decidedly less friendly approach: Key pledges to boost money • Read More »

Domino Theory

May 18, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

ExpressoPundit is doing a marvelous job of dissecting the rotting corpse of the newspaper industry, and according to Robert X. Cringley, he’ll have plenty to talk about for years to come: Television is about to go down the same road to perdition that the newspapers are currently following. So there is a cliff rapidly approaching • Read More »

Fair and balanced

May 17, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Fair and balanced | Filed in: Arizona, Guns, Kevin, MSM and New Media.

A reporter from The Christian Science Monitor followed the gunbloggers around at the NRA convention, and turns in a good, well-balanced report on what he saw (via InstaGlenn). Experts say that ratio at a major national news event featuring a panoply of GOP stars — including John McCain and Mitt Romney — presents a stunning • Read More »

Not with a bang, but with a whimper

May 17, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 8 Comments | Filed in: Guns, Kevin, Law.

“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” – Samuel Johnson “Patriotism is like humility: It disappears the minute it is self-proclaimed.” – Me I get nervous when someone mixes business with their politics and/or religion: I don’t use a service just because they have an Ixthus fish on their yellow pages ad, so when • Read More »

Where have all the bad guys gone?

May 17, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 5 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, Movies, War On Terror.

Hollywood is shirking from a fight. Imagine WWII without Casablanca, Sands of Iwo Jima or The Longest Day. Or the Cold War with Strategic Air Command, Red Dawn or James Bond. But we’ve been in a battle with radical Islam since 1979 with precious few movies to show for it. Enough of the allegories, let’s • Read More »