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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Last Call at 1:30 a.m.??

Ok, I'm going to talk about Terry Schiavo one of these days. I've tried to ignore it because I live close by and hear about it EVERY day.

In actuality and as morbid as this sounds, I'm waiting for her to die before saying anything. And don't ask me for my stance because I really don't know. There are a lot of bad people involved on both sides of this spectrum. I will say that the grandstanding done by the Bushes at the state and national level is ridiculous.

Even more ridiculous is our friends on the Chrisitan right (does the Christian left exist? If not it should) and as usual, when they don't get their way they like to threaten people. [The Ledger] Good job...I bet Jesus would be real proud. I'm sure there's a gleam in his eye every time he looks down on you...

In general Florida politics are quite scary, the state has become such a Bush nation. It's weird how at least I used to be able to say that Florida has the semi-intelligent Bush, but now I'm not sure.

Maybe I'll spend a few days just mocking Florida politics. Heck maybe I'll start today. It's fun to discuss and I might even invite my one or two Republican friends to join into the fray, not for balance or anything, but because I know the two smart ones who have something smart to say (yes, consider me blessed).

ANYWAY, because I'd DON'T want to talk about this now. I'd much rather ask some of my Northeastern people. Maybe the ones with Boston-NYC connections out there. You know who you are.

I'm reading my daily post from Jason Mulgrew [link] where he compares Boston and New York. He loves Boston, went to B.C. from 97-2001 even. However, he points out a couple of travesties which prove my point that New York isn't just superior (this true Brooklyn-ite always knew that) but that it's at a complete different level than the neighbors 150 miles north.

Now, Bostonians and Boston supporters explain yourselves.
  • Last call at 1:30 a.m.?!?!?!?! I live in a shitty town in Florida and last call is at 1:50. Don't tell me that Lakeland, Florida in the middle of Biblebelt, USA has better drinking laws than Boston. Don't tell me this is true.
  • The public transportation system goes dead at 1 a.m.? Now I won't agree with Jason's opinion that NYC subways suck because they are the bestest transportation method ever invented (I'm biased for a particular reason BTW). But all metropolitan transportation should run 24/7. Imagine all the jobs created if they would run the system from 1-6 a.m. (assuming the system goes live at 6 a.m.).
  • Everything Closes Early? I guess I know why there's only one city that never sleeps. (Although Las Vegas only takes the occasional power nap). Tsk tsk.

Bostonians explain yourselves!


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Monday, March 21, 2005

Who Shot J.R?

...Apparently everyone. [Chronicle]
[Dallas'] crime rate was the highest among nine U.S. cities with more than a million residents for the seventh consecutive year in 2004, according to police statistics.

Most of the crimes reported involved burglaries, auto break-ins of similar nonviolent property theft. But the city's murder rate crept up to No. 2 among the cities, with 20 murders per 100,000 residents, behind only Philadelphia, which reported 22 murders per 100,000 residents.

Now, let's assume 90% of the murders in Philly happened after the Eagles lost the Super Bowl, Dallas is a really fucked up city.
"Our crime rate is too high and unacceptable," Police Chief David Kunkle said. "I think that we'll have dramatic reductions this year."

Too high? Yeah, no shit. I'm glad they hired you. I have a feeling Kunkle's solution is going to be to kill potential criminals before they strike. Last time I checked, Texas has no particular laws against killing those innocent and guilty. Hey isn't the presi....Nah...I doubt there's a connection.

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Very Crude Oil...

I'll aim one missle at Iraq
And blow that little piece off shit off the map
Yeah, I wouldn't give a fuck who it ices
Cause I'm tired of payin' these high ass gas prices
-- Bushwick Bill circa...1991 or so.


Anyway, what's the going rate of gas where you are (yes even for my Canadian friends)?

Right now I'm paying 2.25 for super unleaded (no I don't own an SUV or a truck). I wish I lived back in NYC so I could just take the subway. I hate paying for gas, hell I hate owning a car.

And the bad news will continue to get worse. [AP]
Prices should continue to rise in the weeks ahead on strong demand and supply problems caused by the transition to cleaner-burning gasoline mixtures as summer approaches, said Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations across the country.

So where ya at and how much ya payin'?

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Yes...But the Execution Will Cost..

If you were hankering to see a Daytona Beach Hawgs game in the National Indoor Football League, you might want to wait. [Team Website]
The Daytona Beach Hawgs have a promotion that’s to die for.

The National Indoor Football League team will offer fans a chance to win a free funeral --including a burial plot - when they bury the Kissimmee Kreatures on Monday, May 23 at the Ocean Center.

Puns aside, the will be a tastefully done promotion, with the planning of a future funeral or a funeral for a loved one done with the utmost respect by the Lohman staff.


Well on the bright side, the cost of death is skyrocketing at this stage.

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