Archive for September, 2007

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King County Website II

September 26, 2007

I first learned about the King County website from our new neighbor.

“Hey, did you know Kris Novoselic used to live in the house on the corner, the one right next to you?”

Later we asked our landlord if she’d ever met him. “Yeah, he was a nice guy, he helped us rescue some dogs we found while hiking in the Cascades. He adopted them and sent them to his farm out on the islands. He invited us to an album release party but we didn’t go, we felt like we were to old. I did watch him on Saturday Night Live once.”

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I’m not surprised. Sometimes when I’m in the backyard and the wind is blowing from the North, I can smell Courtney Love. It’s a faint scent, as she was probably only there once or twice, but the hint of raging maniacal suicide-inducing bitch is hard to get rid of.

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King County Website I

September 25, 2007

We knew he lived in our neighborhood but we didn’t know exactly where his house was. That is, we didn’t know exactly where his house was until I wasted a bunch of time on the King County Property Search Website (click to enlarge).

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JFK

September 25, 2007

I came across this yesterday while digging around on digg.  The original site is here.

I’m too young to know much about John Kennedy so I don’t know if these are just words that weren’t accompanied by action (as we often see today) or if he truly believed and governed as he spoke.

Reading through these, it sure seems like we’ve lost something in this country.

* A warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats. – Commencement Address American University, Washington, Monday, June 10, 1963

* Let us call a truce to terror. Let us invoke the blessings of peace. And as we build an international capacity to keep peace, let us join in dismantling the national capacity to wage war. – September 25, 1961

* Our primary long-range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament — designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. – June 10, 1963

* It is therefore our intention to challenge the Soviet Union, not to an arms race, but to a peace race- -to advance together step by step, stage by stage, until general and complete disarmament has been achieved. We invite them now to go beyond agreement in principle to reach agreement on actual plans. – Address Before the General Assembly of the United Nations. September 25, 1961

* But this administration has failed to recognize, has failed to recognize that in these changing times, with a revolution of rising expectation sweeping the globe, the United States has lost its image as a new, strong, vital, revolutionary society. – University of Illinois Campus, October 24th, 1960

* I believe in an America… where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source. – Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, September 12, 1960

* If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. – Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

* In this serious hour in our Nation’s history when we are confronted with grave crises in Berlin and Southeast Asia, when we are devoting our energies to economic recovery and stability, when we are asking reservists to leave their homes and their families for months on end and servicemen to risk their lives–and four were killed in the last two days in Viet Nam and asking union members to hold down their wage requests at a time when restraint and sacrifice are being asked of every citizen, the American people will find it hard, as I do, to accept a situation in which a tiny handful of steel executives whose pursuit of private power and profit exceeds their sense of public responsibility can show such utter contempt for the interests of 185 million Americans. – News Conference April 11, 1962

* In short, at a time when they could be exploring how more efficiency and better prices could be obtained… a few gigantic corporations have decided to increase prices in ruthless disregard of their public responsibilities. – April 11, 1962

* Harry Truman once said there are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of other people, the hundred and fifty or sixty million, is the responsibility of the President of the United States. And I propose to fulfill it. – Atlantic City at the Convention of the United Auto Workers. May 8th, 1962

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Bob Sanders

September 21, 2007

My sister sent these to me this morning. They’re in the same vein as the Chuck Norris facts.

Bob Sanders is a hard hitting defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts. He’s a ton of fun to watch and he’s a big reason the Colts won the Superbowl last year.

  1. 70% of the Earth is covered by water….the rest is covered by Bob Sanders
  2. Indy’s Defense is called the Cover 2 because the team is only responsible for covering 2 people…Bob Sanders covers the rest.
  3. Bob Sanders invented black. In fact, he invented the entire spectrum of visible light. Except pink. Tom Brady invented pink
  4. If he could be any Care Bear, Bob Sanders would still be Bob Sanders, and when you hugged him he’d tackle you for a seven yard loss. They’d call him Kick Your Ass Bear, and there’d be a picture on his chest of him kicking your ass.
  5. If you say “Bob Sanders” three times while looking in a mirror, you’ll feel pretty stupid. Then Bob Sanders will rush through the door and tackle you for a four yard loss.
  6. When Justin Timberlake brought SexyBack, Bob Sanders was already there, and he hit Justin so hard he now goes by the name Kevin Federline.
  7. It was once thought Bob Sanders lost a fight to a Bear. But that was a lie created by Bob Sanders himself to lure more Bears to him.
  8. They once renamed a street after Bob Sanders, but they had to change it back. Too many pedestrians died crossing it. Nobody crosses Bob Sanders and lives.
  9. They were going to release a Bob Sanders edition of Clue, but the answer always turns out to be “Bob Sanders / In the secondary / with a spear tackle”
  10. …..a true quote from Bob himself….”I always thought that if I didn’t feel it, the other person was hurting more. But I’ve realized over time that if I hit somebody and it hurts me, it hurts them even more.”
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Saving The National Anthem

September 18, 2007

I came across this on Andrew Sullivan today and thought I’d share. It’s a 12 yr old that completely loses it while singing the National Anthem at an NBA Playoff game. She’s dead in the water when ‘Blazer’s Coach Mo Cheeks steps up and with the help of the crowd, bails her out.

This could have been a Miss South Carolina style debacle, instead it turns into a sweet moment shared by 20,000 people.

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Casualties of War

September 13, 2007

On August 19th, there was a controversial editorial in the New York Times (reprinted here) arguing for a change in the current Iraq strategy. The controversy stemmed from the fact that the editorial was co-written by seven soldiers currently serving in Iraq.

On September 10, two of the soldiers, Staff Sgt. Yance T. Gray and Sgt. Omar Mora, were killed in Iraq when their transport vehicle overturned in a highway accident west of Baghdad. A third co-writer, Staff Sgt. Jeremy A. Murphy, was shot in the head before the op-ed was published. He is currently recovering in a military hospital stateside.

Apolitically, I think it’s important that you read their op-ed. Even if you disagree, they have given their lives for our country. They deserve to be heard.

And before you make any kind of snap judgment about the the character of these soldiers, here is the last line of the opinion piece.

“We need not talk about morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through.”

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Where’s Mati Hari when you need her?

September 13, 2007

I didn’t realize Bill Belichick drove for McLaren.