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Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Gore has edge among Democratic 2004 Presidential hopefuls

Sure he's leading now, but I wonder how this would change if you added Heywood Jablome to the list of hopefuls?

Voice on Tape Not Bin Laden?

Swiss scientists have analyzed the Bin Laden audio tape and are 95% certain that the voice is not that of Bin Laden. They are 75% sure, that the voice is that of legendary songwriter Bob Dylan. One anonmyous scientist was quoted as saying "Hey, he's been unintelligble for years. Is it really any surprise that he might be mistaken for Bin Laden? All those years we thought he was mumbling, he was actually speaking Arabic."

Calls to Dylan's agent went unreturned.

Friday, June 13, 2003
Shutting Down

I am shutting down this blog. After being away for a month I've found I don't miss it one bit. The fact that no one has e-mailed to ask when or if I'm coming back didn't help. While I developed a nice little following and at least a dozen or so links from other weblogs, I just don't have any interest in doing this type of weblog anymore.

I'm starting up a sports related blog about the Boston Red Sox at Red Sox Rag. Drop by if you're interested in that sort of thing. It's been fun.

Monday, May 05, 2003
Going on Vacation/Sabbatical

I need a break. I'm going on vacation this coming Sunday. The wife and I are going on a Caribbean cruise while my mom and dad fly down to watch the kiddies for the week. I'm looking forward to a little R&R and my fist ever cruise.

In the meantime, I'm starting a sabbatical from the blog starting today and running through the end of my vacation at a minimum (the 18th of May). I'm drained.

The main problem with trying to keep up with this blog is that I just don't have the time to devote to it and keep the quality at a level that is to my standards. I know none of you wants to hear me bitch about my lack of time, but...tough crap, you're going to. I work and my wife works as a pharmicst. Pharmacists have odd hours. Some days she works only 8 hours, but others she works 12 hours. We have 2 small kids (3 1/2 year old girl and 2 year old boy). When I'm not working, I'm at home being a Dad. This pretty much takes up most of my time right now. I try to squeeze in blogging during my odd free hour or 10 minutes. And I try to squeeze it in along with all my other interests. Reading, sports, movies, spending time with my wife, family, yardwork, blah blah blah....

I'm lucky if I get an hour a week to devote to this blog. I basically write most of my posts in lightning sessions of 10-20 minutes. It is very, VERY hard to come up with funny material in so little time. Often times, I'm posting because I feel I should given the links and readership I've earned in the six months since I've started.

But this was supposed to be about having fun and not trying to please others. I feel almost obligated to post now, and I shouldn't feel that way. I don't want or need any more obligations than I already have, thank you.

So, we'll see how I feel when I return. Maybe I continue with this, maybe I cut back to a post a week. Maybe I change the format to random musings instead of Onion-style satire. It's much harder than it seems to write that kind of humor. Some days it flows and other days I can't think of a damn thing.

Anyway, this is the last post for a little while. I'll update anyone who cares on the future direction of this blog when I get back and can figure out what I want to do with this space. I don't really want to stop blogging, but I don't want to feel like I HAVE to do this either. Hopefully, some answers will lie in the waters around St. Lucia.

Friday, May 02, 2003
Last Known Tape Made by Saddam Emerges

The U.S. Military discovered a videotape in the offices of the Iraqi TV netowork that appears to show Saddam taping a final speech to the Iraqi people. In it, he appears resigned to defeat and very philosophical, yet confused and rambling. Here is a sample of some of the text of his speech:
Greetings my fellow Iraqis. It appears that the evil, Satanic westerners are winning. We have fought valiantly, and Allah will smile upon us even in defeat. I do not know what to say anymore. I....I've been very depressed lately. I know, I know, it's hard to believe a man as great as I get depressed.

Have you looked at the sky lately? I mean, really looked at the sky. It's Even with the oil smoke in the air, the sky is so, so blue. How does it get that blue? Have you ever wondered that? I have. I love Triscuits. Really, love them, you know. They've always been my favorite American snack food.

I'm...sorry about the torture and mass-murders and all that. I mean, sometimes you feel such pressure as a dictator to live up to the greats like Stalin and Hitler, that you just lose all sense of reality sometimes. Maybe I went a little overboard at times, you know? Hey, you might have done the same in my shoes. It's not easy being a brutal dictator. Everyone's always trying to bump you off or remove you from power. The paranoia eats away at you.

But that's all behind me now. I still have flowers, though. So beautiful, so fragrant. Have you stopped to smell some flowers lately. You reall should. It's the little things in life, really. That's what I've missed all these years. I forgot about the little many...(sob)NOBODY LOVES ME!!! OH the horror, I'm going to die alone, it's not fair....I need a hug. I really need a hug....

Wednesday, April 30, 2003
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Democrats May Filibuster Roberts Nomination

Senate Democrats stated publicly today that they are considering filibustering Bush D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee John Roberts. Roberts case is currently being debated in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said today, "We have serious reason to question the qualifications of Mr. Roberts. He is a lawyer and he has tried many cases, including many before the Supreme Court. I just don't feel we can stand for having such a person on the D.C. Court of Appeals. His resume is sorely lacking."

When appraised of Senator Daschle's comments, Sen. Orrin Hatch replied, "Maybe Tom's right. Next time we'll nominate a San Francisco street performer. That should shore up the system quite nicely."

Monday, April 28, 2003
NFL Washington Redskins to Change Nickname

The Washington Redskins, one of the flagship franchises of the National Football League for decades, has decided to change their controversial nickname after years of criticism from Native American groups and other PC activists. Owner Daniel Snyder addressed the change at a press conference at noon today.

"I have given this much thought over the last few years," said Snyder, "ever since I bought the team. While the 'Redskins' name has much tradition and fond memories associated with it, it also recalls a legacy of oppression and bigotry. I cannot stand idly by anymore and allow my franchise to be associated with a slur that offends so many."

"The problem," continued Snyder, "was what new nickname to use to replace 'Redskins'. Most of the good animal nicknames were taken, and besides, we didn't want to offend the good folks at PETA. We thought about Senators, but that's been done before and with a Republican controlled Senate, we thought the image might traumatize our more progressive minded fans. Minutemen is too white and Anglo-centric, Red Storm was already done by St. John's University, and on and on it went. It was very hard to find a mascot or nickname that was truly inclusive of all of our fans and that offended nobody."

"It finally hit me at about 2 AM over 2 weeks ago. We've been working on it non-stop ever since, and I think everyone will be very pleased with the outcome."

"Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you, the Washington People!"

The new uniforms have been changed to all white with grey trim at home and grey with white trim for road games. The helmet is white with a picture of people on it. An African-American male, an Asian woman, an Indian child, an Arab woman with veil, an Hispanic teenage boy and a Caucasian 10 year old girl.

When asked why there were no white men on the helmet, since white men make up the majority of NFL fans, Snyder responded, "Well, we considered that, but since white men are the root cause of all evil in the world, we thought it might be too offensive to include them on the helmet. So we made an executive decision and excluded them."

The Washington People open the new NFL season on September 3.

Suspicious Substance Test Negative for Banned Weapons

After three days of chaos at a neighborhood grocery store, life has once again returned to normal. Three days after a field test showed that a container in a Dothan, AL grocery store tested positive for anthrax powder and ricin, follow up lab tests showed the substances were nothing but ordinary table sugar.

"It was pandemonium," said SaveRite store manager Jonah Redman. "It was senior citizen discount day and the store was busy. Nice thing you know I hear these hysterical voices about suspicious white powder found in the baking aisle. Next thing I know the HAZMAT teams were crawling all over this place. Everyone in the store was stripped down to the altogether and hosed down. Then they placed us in quarantine at the local Super 8."

Field tests conducted by the HAZMAT teams showed that the substance found was anthrax. Another unopened container next to the one torn open tested positive for traces of ricin on the packaging. The Alabama National Guard was called in to seal off a 3 square mile area around the SaveRite store.

The packaging was shipped off to the CDC in Atlanta, GA where the lab tests that disproved the field tests were conducted.

HAZMAT chief Troy Moultrie, when asked about the field tests after they were proved faulty said, "Well, I suppose the fact that the packages said SUGAR should have clued us in that the situation may not have been as serious as we first thought, but when those field tests come back positive, you gotta err on the side of caution."

Sinead O'Connor Retirement Elicits Shock From Public

Controversial Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, once famously booed offstage for tearing up the Pope's picture, declared on Thursday that she's had it with the music business and with being famous.

"As of July 2003, I shall be retiring from the music business in order to pursue a different career," wrote O'Connor -- who distinguished herself in the 1990s as much with her shaven head and brash opinions as with her music -- on a Web site devoted to all things Sinead.

Her announcement elicited shock from music fans across the world.

"What?" said Josh Devin, 31, of White Plains, NY. "You mean she didn't retire years ago? I'm shocked! I figured she packed it in after her one song, what the hell was it?"

"Bald chick, right?" asked Wayne Lagac, 28, of Austin, TX. "Yeah, I remember her. Kinda homely, had a weird look. She's was still around?"

On the message on the Web site on Thursday, O'Connor asked to be left alone once she detaches herself from the music industry.

"I would request that as of July, since I seek no longer to be a 'famous' person, and instead I wish to live a 'normal' life, could people please afford me my privacy," she says.

That could be a challenege for Miss O'Connor as a full 38% of music fans polled have a vague recollection of her.

Friday, April 25, 2003
More Great Adventures in Googling

My site was recently hit by a Google search for "the worst diarrhea". Words escape me.

Boycott of Dixie Chicks: Country Artists May Soon Regret Fleetwood Mac Cover

Consumers, retail stores, and radio stations are uniting in a boycott of the popular country music group The Dixie Chicks after hearing about the trio's recent recording of the classic Fleetwood Mac song "Landslide." A Berkeley, California radio station sparked the growing movement against the Grammy-winning chart-toppers when it organized a "CD burning" in a record store parking lot. The well-attended event culminated in the crushing of dozens of Dixie Chicks CDs with a steamroller.

Music fans across America have expressed their outrage with the youthful, all-female band.

"I can't believe that anyone could show such traitorous disloyalty to Stevie Nicks," said furious Austin, Texas bookstore clerk Barbara Golestani. "And to do so at such a sensitive time -- just before the new Fleetwood Mac album release and tour -- makes it doubly offensive. I expect an immediate apology."

"Fleetwood Mac's version of 'Landslide' is absolutely definitive," argued music critic Rob Palazzola of Somerville, Massachusetts. "A cover version is unnecessary. In fact, even deciding to cover that song is unoriginal. Smashing Pumpkins did it almost ten years ago.... And what kind of arrangement did those girls put together? Do I hear a [gosh darn] banjo in there?"

Elizabeth Huang, a student, described her disappointment after a recent Dixie Chicks concert in Olympia, Washington. "The last thing I expected to hear from some perky country stars was a song by a British/American rock supergroup from the 1970's. They played it as an encore. I was horrified. Some people even walked out at that point. The Dixie Chicks should be ashamed of themselves."

Smell The Blog correspondent Bill Smalls contributed to this report.