Archive for December, 2007

Congratulations to My Wife

All in the same day (Friday), she graduated from Xenon International as a Cosmetologist, and passed her board exam to get her license. Now, when the ruckus of the holidays and the crazy rush is over, she can concentrate on getting a job in a salon.

I’m extremely proud and happy for her.

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Who didn’t see this coming? I could have told you she was either going to end up shot or blown up when she came back to Pakistan. Well, so much for “democratic” freedom in Pakistan. All opposition to the current regime will probably bow out due to fear of being … well, blown up.

Nebraska’s population is increasing quite steadily. It’s evident in Omaha, as our city’s borders push westwards towards Lincoln, and vice-versa. I don’t blame people for moving to the middle of nowhere, either. It’s cheaper here by far, and having been to the West and East Coasts myself, I can’t say that I’d want to live there.

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Merry Belated Christmas

Hope the holidays were good for you. I got some good lewt. Ate some good food. Visited family. Had a real vacation for once.

The holidays weren’t good for everyone, it seems. I still harken back to the day when I was told that the economy was doing swimmingly by the President. I’m going to bet that the State of the Union address next month doesn’t exactly cover any fear of economic problems for the future. I bet it harbors the exact opposite of reality. I mean, isn’t that what it’s for? A pep talk?

Whatever. I’ll be back tomorrow. Right now – WORK!

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STFU n00bs. It’s pretty bad when the Administration has to tell you that something that contradicts their previous outlook of Iran is accurate and to stop questioning it.

Today’s the last day until December 24th that I will have time to make an entry. I shall return for a moment during Christmas week, and then I’m gone for New Year’s vacation. I had over 60 hours of paid vacation to take, so I’m taking it.

Have a happy holiday if I don’t see you before then.

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I don’t blame the European Union for saying they won’t attend the climate conference the US is holding unless the US actually does something about it. I mean, it’s only fair. It would be like me holding a meeting about alcohol abuse and then I go home and drink until I pass out.

Karl Rove is being cited for contempt of Congress. I hope that guy just disappears one day, completely. He’s such a tool that deserves to get a taste of his own medicine.

Just a reminder that although it’s Christmas time and holiday cheer and all that, that the violence in Iraq hasn’t stopped. In fact, it appears to be ramping back up to full strength, right after the President announced we were winning again. D’oh!

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Indefinite Wisdom

So GOP leader Boehner claims that the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans at running Congress. Wow, how original and wise [/sarcasm]. While I will agree with that assessment initially, let me just say this:

I won’t be totally convinced the Democrats are totally incompetent until the GOP stops opposing everything they put forth just for the sake of party lines. And the President stops vetoing everything just because of – again – party lines. Until then, I’m going to say that the Democrats are slightly better than the GOP in Congress at this time, because when the GOP was in power, they at least worked to pass bills that were important to citizens of the country regardless of party lines.

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In light of the Mall shooting and the gunman in Colorado Springs, this is supposed to be a time of goodwill and renewal.

So instead of blogging about the election crap and the violence overseas, I’m going to link you to a nice little story about a soldier who visited Denison, Iowa.

Work is going to be crazy this week.

NOTE: Next week, I will be taking the week off to go visit my family in McCook, Nebraska. So I will not be posting anything to this blog during that time unless – of course – it’s an emergency or I’m extremely bored. Just a heads-up.

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Substitute teacher caught drinking on the job when she fell out of her chair and acted weird in front of a bunch of 4th graders. The school transfered her to another school … oh, wait. The lady has been removed the system. That’s only Catholic schools, sorry.

Last official day of working during daystar hours. Thank God for small miracles.

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I’m not going to talk about all the junk that the news agencies have already covered. We’re already over-saturated with images, stories and in-depth coverage. It was hueg like XBox because it’s the holiday season and all. A suicidal young man went into the Westroads Mall and shot people with a rifle. Those are our facts.

What I want to talk about is the horrid response of the media. Their reactions, discussions, etc. I have a TV and radio available to me at work, and had to listen them as people would not go back to work after the word got out. It was interesting to get a full picture of the local and national media as the entire tragedy played out.

The first thing that was incessantly frustrating was that local Fox News hopped into the fray here in Omaha with POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK IN OMAHA NEBRAKSA as their headline in big red letters. So we flipped over to the national Fox News cable channel, and it was these two news people going back and forth about how this could be Iran’s response to US pressure on the nuclear issue. I was “WTF?” Fox News took my #1 Retarded News Syndicate Award.

CNN then came along and started pulling in all these strange and obscure “professionals” to talk about the wide range of possible theories. One or two gunmen? African or European American? Is it related to President Bush’s visit? How does it connect to Columbine, Virginia Tech, the earlier mall shootings, the Clinton hostage guy, etc? Which of the thousand motives could the shooter have? And it didn’t stop. It just dragged on and on and on. No facts, just all these theories. The kicker was this police specialist who sat there and talked out his ass the entire time. They got second place behind Fox.

The ABC news people got third place. If not for the stupid blonde in the parking lot constantly going “um, ah, uh,” then for the HOW SAFE ARE MALLS?!?! piece they did, basically going over every worst case scenario that – if I were totally oblivious to reality – would make me afraid of shopping period. They had some real winners asking questions, too. Right after the police spokesman said, “We don’t have any information about the shooter,” the ABC reporter then blurts out, “DO WE KNOW HIS NAME?” They should have clubbed that guy over the head – he asked redundant and moronic questions the whole time.

KETV was doing well until they actually started interviewing a friend of the shooter live. The first thing out of this kid’s mouth was, “He wanted a spectacular scene, and he sure as Hell did the job YEAH!” throwing up a gang sign. Right there, the lady should have stopped the live interview and did the rest of the interview on tape. However, robo-reporter lady had an agenda. She didn’t listen to his replies, she just asked questions. And it was disgusting and bad. Really bad. I didn’t want to stomp on the kid’s head – I wanted to stomp on her head.

KMTV actually did the best reporting. I was actually surprised, based on their previous idiotic reactions to the bridge collapse tragedy. They mostly stuck to talking about facts, not breaking down on camera or asking stupid questions. Most of all, they didn’t keep dragging people through the wringer who were in shock. Kudos to them.

I think everyone needs to decompress and just stop talking about it for a little while. I had to break up the crappy rumor circle in the middle of the office this morning. Yap yap yap. Let’s not dwell on the tragedy, because it’s awful enough that it had to happen here. Let’s go back to work, and return to normalcy if we can.

EDIT: If I have to hear one more “NRA” or “owning guns” at-fault statement from all of the big national news syndicates, I’m going to start hurting idiots.

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