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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Quote of the day

Time travel got us out of this mess, time travel can damn well get us back in!
-The Covert Comic

(Our favorite spook also notes that, as you can see from the time-image he smuggled back in his 8-track tape player, for the most part the future is exactly like we predicted it would be.)

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Friday, January 01, 2010

And they said it wouldn't last...

Actually, they asked "Is she totally insane?" The jury's still out, but- tada! - it's been a year.

To paraphrase Steven Wright, I intend to be married forever. So far, so good.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The resolutions business

I've come to the realization that all of the personal flaws I wish to address in 2010 can be attributed to procrastination. Therefore, my sole resolution for the new year is that I will no longer procrastinate.

It should be noted, however, that it isn't procrastination if you put it off immediately.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lyric of the day


A humanitarian and songwriter, Harry Chapin's mostly remembered for his untimely death in 1981; his only number one hit, Cat's in the Cradle; and the classic story song Taxi.

My favorite Chapin composition is the more obscure WOLD, which contains one of my favorite lyrics:

"Sometimes I get this crazy dream that I just take off in my car, but you could travel on ten thousand miles and still stay where you are."


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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Skippy was hung over the day they discussed calendar algorithms in class...


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Monday, December 28, 2009

And stop calling me Shirley

The "pants bomber" was foiled by proactive passengers who dived out of their seats and into the fray.

So, of course, the security experts are talking about requiring passengers to remain seated during the final hour of their flight. Which would make the folks who subdued this wingnut potential felons.


Yes, but it's entirely consistent with TSA's improv-based security theater that is playing in hundreds of airports across these great United States.

Remember the shoe bomber? He tried to detonate pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) hidden in his shoe by lighting a fuse with a match.

The next day we were stacking our shoes on the security scanning belts. But initially, we only had to remove our leather shoes and sandals. We didn't have to take off our athletic shoes. You know, the type of freaking footwear the shoe bomber actually wore.

As it turns out, shoe type is irrelevant. PETN can only be detected via a chemical test. The substance is essentially invisible to scanners- which is probably why the pants bomber was able to get his PETN-based device through security, eight years after the shoe bomber made his attempt.

So, how's the shoe scanning working out, fellas?

And the shoe bomber's matches? TSA immediately responded by banning cigarette lighters, but not matchbooks. On a good day, TSA seized about 22,000 lighters. But they let you take your book of safety matches on-board unchallenged, thereby giving you 20 tries to ignite your undetectable explosive device.

I suspect the government has secretly retained Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker- the guys responsible for the classic film Airplane!- as security consultants. It's the only sane explanation for all this insanity.

Airport worker: "Maybe we oughta turn on the search lights now."

Robert Stack: "No... That's just what they'll be expecting us to do!"

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Quote of the day

So many terrorists have Abdul as one of their names. Maybe we could all keep our shoes on, except guys named Abdul. He had the explosives strapped to his legs. If we have to start taking our pants off, and I have to start shaving my legs before flights, I'll kill him myself.
-Elayne Boosler

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