December 22, 2007

Big Brother is Now.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:18 pm

light-bulb.jpgJesus H. Christ!

The collection of fools geniuses in congress just passed (and the President signed — WTF?), a bill which, among other things, will outlaw 100-watt incandescent light bulbs by the year 2012. By 2014, you won’t be able to buy an incandescent bulb brighter than 40 watts.

I can see myself in a hardware store in 2012:

Jimbo: I would like a 100-watt light bulb to replace the one in my reading light that burned out.

Clerk: Sorry, pal. No can do. I could go to the slammer for selling them.

Jimbo: Damn, I forgot. How about two 50’s?

Clerk: No problem. Maybe you should stock up, because in two years I won’t be allowed to sell those either.

Jimbo: I don’t think I will, because I suspect that, by then, possession of a 50-watt bulb will be an indictable offense.

We’re told that we’ll be better off and the planet will be better off if we use billions of light bulbs that contain mercury, a highly toxic substance. Oy!

I believe that some day (maybe even in my lifetime) historians will look back on the havoc that will have been wrought by the detestable Al Gore and his high school science project caliber movie and wonder, “What the hell were they thinking?”

Via C&S

December 21, 2007

Meet the Beatnix!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:24 pm

If you’re old enough to remember seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show, or if you’ve seen film of their performance, you’ll get a major kick out of this video. It’s not the Beatles, but the Beatnix, four Australian guys who have it down pat. The kicker is that they are not playing “She Loves You” or “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Rather, with tongues planted firmly in their cheeks, they’re playing “Stairway to Heaven” as the Beatles would have done it back then.

I farookin’ love it.

Via Agent Bedhead

Winter Soltice.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 12:14 pm

The Winter Soltice kicks in in the Northern Hemisphere on December 22 at 1:08 a.m., Eastern Time. Anyone want a wake up call so you don’t miss it?

December 20, 2007

Out of My League.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 1:07 pm

Last night while reading blogs and lamenting my bone-dry creativity well, I came across this post at Jean’s site in which she invited her readers to head over to Sparrow’s site for what apparently is Sparrow’s regular Haiku Do, where people are asked to submit a haiku.

At the outset, let me say that until a few years ago when daughter TJ put me wise to what a haiku is, I would have thought haiku was some sort of Japanese ritual that involved one or more very sharp knives. But, now that I know that a haiku is a three line poem containing five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the third and final line, I figured, ”Yo, Jimbo. You can count syllables, and you like music, so what the hell.”

About sixty seconds later, I headed over to Sparrow’s site, popped open the comment box and left my poetic gem behind. After a while, I got to thinking about the last time, many, many years ago, when I quickly penned some poetry and how it went over like a pew-rattling beer fart in church.

Now, a bit apprehensive about my precipitous action, I headed back to Sparrow’s site (which by this time contained a follow-up post) to see what others who really can write some serious poetry (e.g. Jean and the Joanster) had submitted. Oy! I felt as if I had entered a place where everyone was elegantly dressed and I was wearing a dirty raincoat covered with dog shit and snot.

I think I’d better stick to Hillary and Talking Matzoh Balls.

Update: I apologize for previously referring to “Swallow’s Site,” when the correct name is “Sparrow’s Site.” I guess I got my boids mixed up.

December 19, 2007

Unproductive Groundpound.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:24 pm

I stepped out the front door for this morning’s walk into a dreary and cold day. The temperature was a degree or two above freezing, but it was farookin’ damp. I hate that. I would rather walk in single digit temperatures with a clear sky and dry air. Still, I forged ahead, looking forward to letting my mind wander into the weird places where posts are often conceived.

It didn’t take long before I remembered that one cannot truly let one’s mind wander when there are sections of sidewalk that are covered with ice and a wandering mind can lead to a broken ass.

And that, dear hearts, is why I don’t have anything worth a damn to write about today.

Friggin’ ice.

December 18, 2007

The Wiseass Jooette and the Matzoh Ball.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:01 pm

Well, she asked for it.

Jooette: Yo.

Matzoh Ball:

Jooette: You just gonna sit there?

Matzoh Ball:

Jooette: Wanna watch some tube? Hill Street Blues is on.

Matzoh Ball:

Jooette: Wanna see me do some hand farts?

Matzoh Ball:

Jooette: How about we go out for a few beers and shoot some pool?

Matzoh Ball:

Jooette: You just wanna sit around here and do absolutely nothing?

Matzoh Ball: Actually, I’m having a lovely time just sitting here watching your moustache grow.

Jooette: Prick!

UPDATE: The Wiseass Jooette responds. Made me laugh out loud, it did.

A Public Service Message …………..

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:11 am

As you may have noticed from the comment number 7 to the previous post, our dog poo blogging, gun slinging, motorcycle riding, purple-hair streaked friend Dogette is having significant access trubs this morning, which accounts for her absence and for our Jonesing for a regular installment of her wackiness.

She suspects Chinese spammers. I suspect her scantily-clad neighbors.

Update: It appears that the cable/internet service provider is experiencing outages in her area.

December 17, 2007

Random Eight.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 5:05 pm

My buddy Randy from Montana tagged me with a dreaded meme. The idea is that I’m supposed to tell you eight random things about me and then torment tag eight others to do the same.

Seeing as how I’ve already revealed my “eccentricities” and “five habits,” there’s enough “random” there to go around.

I won’t be tagging anyone, but if you feel you’d like to share your inner self with every kook on the planet with a computer and an internet connection, have at it.

December 16, 2007

Global Warming Consensus?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:40 am


I love these one-word posts, even though I just turned this one into a nineteen-word post.

December 14, 2007

New Jersey’s Death Penalty is Dead.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:56 pm

The legislature in New Jersey could barely wait until the election was over in November to set the wheels in motion to do away with the death penalty in New Jersey. It didn’t take them long to get it done. The state senate today abolished the death penalty and Governor Corzine promises to sign the bill into law next week.

Well, alrighty then.

It is not surprising that this legislative missile was kept in its silo until after the election, because none of the creeps running for office wanted to take a public position on an issue that is so controversial and so divides the electorate.

It turns out that, when someone got around to actually asking the people of New Jersey what they thought about the matter, the voters of New Jersey are divided on the issue, but not all that much.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that by a margin of 53 to 39%, New Jersey voters opposed eliminating the death penalty. But, when asked whether they preferred a life sentence without the possibility of parole over the death penalty for first degree murderers they split 52 to 39%, with 52% preferring the life sentence. Most interesting, however, is that 78% of those polled wanted the death penalty kept for extremely violent offenders such as f serial killers and child killers.

One thing that is clear about these results is that they don’t support the legislature’s lightening fast abolition of the death penalty in all cases. What they do support is all-too-often demonstrations of the unbridled arrogance, bordering on contempt, that the legislature has for the citizens of New Jersey.

The abolition of the death penalty means that one of the people who no longer has to worry about being put to death is Jesse K. Timmendequas,

Remember him?

He’s the waste of oxygen, convicted sex offender who raped and murdered seven-year old Megan Kanka, which led to the passage of Megan’s Law in New Jersey and similar laws in other states.

Timmendequas lived with two other convicted sex offenders across the street from his victim [seven-year old Megan Kanka]. He lured the girl into his house by offering to show her a puppy. After raping her, he slammed her head onto a dresser, put two plastic bags over her head, and strangled her to death with a belt. He moved her body to his truck, assaulting her once again before placing her in a wooden toy chest and dumping it in nearby Mercer County Park.

I think there is room for reasonable debate about the application of the death penalty, particularly in light of the importance of DNA evidence, which has been used to exonerate innocent offenders (and convict the guilty – except for O.J.). But, that leaves plenty of room to argue that pieces of shit like Jesse Timmendequas should have been put to death years ago. Instead, he’ll get to live, have three squares per day, use the prison library, write appeals, watch TV, perhaps write a book, and maybe even like that other animal, “Tookie” Williams, he’ll become a celebrity fave.


Meanwhile, Megan Kanka is still dead.

Hat tip to The Idiom for reminding me about the animal, Jesse Timmendequas.

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