Archive for December, 2005

Why I shouldn’t blog.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Jeff Dircksen over at Government Bytes blogs about the impending Nanny State starting with the anti-smoking laws I posted about here, only he did it better and much more concisely than I did. Also, less ranty. Go read that post, then check out his whole site.

I hope my government-issued Nanny is hot! and Swedish! and speaks no English! Don’t tell Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)!

That’s just great!

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Check out the new Google Ads running on my site (what a waste of time that has been):

Wonderful. If anyone clicks through (why start now?), let me know how that all works out for you. I’m sure it could have helped that guy at Caterpillar. Ah well, too little, too late, I guess


Friday, December 16th, 2005

Kathy Salvi will NOT be running as Lieutenant Governor, making me one of her potential constituents again, which means I can keep posting on the subject of her race, her non-existent blog and her campaign mailers!

I’m such a happy blogger!

Hat Tip again to Cal Skinner at the McHenry County Blog

Think of the CHILDREN!!!!!!

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Unbelievable. With every public facility smoking ban, I’ve kind of said, “Fine, whatever, I’ll go outside.” I always thought, “At least I can still smoke in my car and at home.”

Not for long, should “Action on Smoking and Health” get their way.

“Children are the most vulnerable and the most defenseless victims of tobacco smoke,” Executive Director John F. Banzhaf III said. “They should be entitled to the same protection as adults.”

You see, I’m a parent. Obviously, as such, I am completely incapable of making intelligent health choices for my children. I can’t be trusted not to engage in an unhealthy, yet perfectly legal, habit around those I care about most. Especially considering that I don’t want them to take up the habit themselves. It’s completely unthinkable that I don’t actually smoke in front of my children, let alone in my house. Who could possibly imagine that I have the self-restraint to wait to smoke at home until they are in bed asleep, and even then, only do so on the patio outside of my house. It is, therefore, imperative that the government mandate that I follow such strictures.

Today, it is the subject of laws in three states regarding Foster Care laws and Custody Battles. Tomorrow, I won’t be able to smoke in or around my own home, property, vehicle or, frankly, at all. If I choose to engage in behaviour thats risks my own body for disease, illness, or injury that harms no one else, I have the right to do so.

Do yourself a favor and visit ASH’s website. You can learn all kinds of wonderful things like:

  • “Protect Foster Children:
    Click here to urge your state to protect foster children from secondhand smoke. “
  • Sue Big Tobacco Now:
    Click here to see how you can sue or join class action law suits against big tobacco companies.
  • Custody and Smoking:
    Click here to learn how to raise the issue of smoking in a child custody case.

  • Class Action Law Suits:
    Click here to learn about the many class action law suits against big tobacco companies.

You can also take a survey and win a prize. It must be a good prize because they have an animated arrow pointing to this one. You can get a free individual assessment of your cancer risk for which you must take a survey and get a chance to win a prize (this one looks like it was designed by the same folks who sell herbal medicine online).
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Oh my god. I’m looking through their website for purposes of writing this post and I’m just astounded by this site. It’s amazing. It’s like some sad combination of a V1Agra or C1@lis spam email/site and a cult. In order to learn “How you too can sue tobacco companies for wealth and fame” you must make a donation and join their scary little group. Check out the “Why Join” page. It’s like a RonCo informercial. At least their donation revenue is not going to something as unimportant as Web Design. I couldn’t hate this website more if they used the < blink> tag. Wow.
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Real scientific evidence for the dangers of second-hand smoke are false, fabricated or misrepresented. Yet, for the children’s sake, we must prevent all first-hand smoke just in case.

Where is the ACLU clamoring for my rights to engage in a legal activity without fear of interference and harrassment by the government? On a smoke-break?

Perhaps I can classify my cigarettes as an armament, a weapon, and therefore be protected under the second-amendment. Should I have a lit cigarette and be attacked, I can poke it in the eye of an attacker. I can blow smoke in his face and “put him at a higher risk of lung cancer, heart disease and SIDS.” If it’s so dangerous, so deadly, then it must be a weapon and they can’t take that away from me.

The best part of the article is this little snippet:

The smoking-at-home issue also sparked debate about whether such rulings will lead courts to become involved in such matters as parents’ making poor TV programming choices for their children.

My TV too? This has gone too far!

Salvi Redux… Redux…

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

So Cal Skinner left me a comment to update the Kathy Salvi race since it appears that Jim Oberweis has offered her the position of his running mate in the Illinois Gubernatorial Race.

So far neither Ms. Salvi’s site nor her “blog” has any indication that she has changed races, but Oberweis’ site has a petition for Kathy Salvi as Lt. Governor.

I hope she let’s Oberweis handle the campaign mailers. I suppose I can leave Ms. Salvi alone now and focus on the Governors. It’s too bad

Even Better Referral Log

Friday, December 9th, 2005

This comes from Peoria, IL (it’s OK Bill, I know it’s not you). I am apparently, the 4th, 5th and 9th hit on Yahoo for:

“Colon Cleansing Peoria”

Thanks to my linking the now-defunctWhatever Files: For all your colon cleansing needs and Bill Dennis’ The Peoria Pundit I am now THE place to go to cleanse your colon while you’re in Peoria.

Wanna hear the best part? It came from That would be Caterpillar, Inc. The one who makes all the construction vehicles. I saw the domain before the search terms. I have a friend who works at Cat and lives in Peoria, but I doubt it’s her. Well, I assume it’s not her.

Time to go home.

Friday Funnies, sorta

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Just in case all this politics talk was weighing down my readers and they miss the Funnies, here’s today’s abridged Friday Funnies.

Not so much a “funny,” per se, as an interesting perspective, Jason Colemanexplains why as an atheist (like myself), he deplores the replacement of Christmas with “Holiday.” I like his reasoning and subscribe to the belief myself, but I’m not so offended by the term holiday as he is. In fact, July 4th is an American HolyDay, and I take no offense to it because I do, in fact, consider it holy. Just not in any religious sense.

Finally, someone who can explain the cause of maturbation. Safe for Work, unless you work with some SERIOUS prudes who can’t even see the word. No pictures, thankfully.

Not so safe for work, but no nudity: SuperAggie gives some very important advice to college coeds who want to show support for their College football team. It’s important to look your best, so please follow this advice. The boys will thank you. And probably illustrate the prior link.

A Democratic US Representative from the great frozen state of North Dakota tells Howard Dean to SHUT UP!. Frankly, I don’t know which to root for. As a pupal Republican, I want him to keep talking so the Mushy Middle can see just how depraved the Elites in the Democratic Party are, but on the other hand, to stop the bleeding in my ears, I wish he’d just shut the hell up!

This makes me laugh because I did, in fact, work on my dad’s computer on Thanksgiving. I just haul it out, indeed.

Using the average pixel feature in Photoshop (I presume), Jason Salavon made the absolute mathematical average of all Playboy centerfolds and posted it for the world to see. Enjoy.

Since I’m kinda out of links, enjoy Strong Bad’s Email.

Veddy intuhreshtink!

Friday, December 9th, 2005

This referral is more intriguing than the one I got from the Ministry of Information, People’s Republic of China!

So I have posted about Kathy Salvi twice in the last week. I hope this isn’t becoming an obsession!

At any rate, I noticed this in my referral logs:
Google Search for Kathy Salvi Hits Me!

I find it very interesting that someone on Capitol Hill is trawling through Google looking for information on Ms. Salvi. Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) or one of her staffers perhaps? How weird that they hit upon my lowly little blog, especially considering the fact that the first post that mentions Ms. Salvi has a large phallic building covered in a pink condom in it. I hope they found what they are looking for.

My blog is on page 7 of the results for the search, by the way, so they were really searching. By that page there are only 4 sites, including mine, that refer to this Kathy Salvi. Let’s take a look shall we?

Around The Arena 10_05 This is a stable newsletter with updates on a whole bunch of people. It’s also where I first encountered the name of her husband, Al Salvi

Americans for Tax Reform Here I see she signed the The Taxpayer Protection Pledge, as did a gentleman named Al Salvi. Confused why her husband would run against her, I found that according to Capitol Fax, Al Salvi was going to run for that seat, but decided not to, and now his wife is running instead. That must have been a very interesting conversation

Al: “You know, hon, I’m not going to run for Congress after all.”
Kathy: “That’s ok, honey, it’s probably for the best you stay retired from public life. … By the way, Al, apropos of nothing, I’ve been doing some thinking …”

Which leaves only s link from which links to a list of articles from September 14th, including this article by Scott Fornek of the Chicago Sun-Times. According to this article, Ms. Salvi has three opponents for the Republican candidacy in the race, one of whom has Former US Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.), a man I respect very much.

In all, I am intrigued by Ms. Salvi’s story and am very open to the idea of her candidacy, pending investigation of her opponents (as named in the aforementioned article):

former investment banker Dave McSweeney, Mundelein businesswoman Teresa Bartels and Wauconda lawyer Aaron Lincoln.

Lincoln’s an awfully important name in Illinois. He’s not a direct descendant biologically, but if he fits the bill as Abraham’s great-great-grandson politically, I’m all for it.

Even though the front of Ms. Salvi’s campaign flier (from her official campaign, by the way) is ridiculous in the extreme, it had the intended effect of making me talk about her and think about her, didn’t it? In fact, I really hadn’t paid any attention to this race to this point, and didn’t even know who her opponents were until this little exercise.

This should be an interesting race.

Salvi – redux

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Kathy Salvi has a blog now. She is using Blogger (with coincidentally, the exact same template I used on my old blog) rather than hosting a WordPress or other CMS on her site. I wanted to leave her a comment welcoming her to the blogosphere and offering a small piece of advice, as well as cover my hind-end about my last Friday Funnies Post which ripped on one of the mailers an organization affiliated with her campaign (or her campaign itself?) sent out. I know I wrote in my last post as if she personally put it together, but I don’t know if it was a 527 organization or anything that may have sent it out and been legally obligated not to consult and conspire with her official campaign.

Anyway, I saw “0 comments” at the bottom of her first Welcome post and wanted to leave her a note. Then I saw that commenting was restricted to Team Members Only – meaning that it is a team blog and may or may not really provide any real commentary from her. Also, they are hostile to constituents talking to the candidate. That’s a BAD idea. One of the cornerstones of the blogosphere is the two-way communication allowed by reader’s comments and blogger’s responses. It grinds my nerves when politicians try to steal some of the cachet of “being a blogger” and ignore the spirit. “Hey, read my blog, written by my staffers to not alienate anyone at all, and ignore the fact that you can not respond to anything or begin any conversation.” Bloggers are not fooled, and we are not amused. So, in the spirit of fairness, I will publish my comment here and email it to her as well. They are most likely new to blogging and may not be aware of the cultural mores.

“Welcome to the blogosphere Ms. Salvi. I am a registered voter in your district and received a flier from an organization calling itslef “Friends of Kathy Salvi” and I thought I’d try to learn more about you. I look forward to further posts by you on this blog (or on your own site using a separate blogging software like WordPress, which is free).

Should you follow my link back to my blog and see the post regarding your flier, please take the advice in the spirit it was given and know that the offer is a valid one.

I hope that you would open commenting to anonymous and non-blogger users to generate some real conversation in our political process. I have a blogger account, but I do all my blogging today at Catastrophic Success –”

I hope she gets it and embraces her new role as the blogging Congresswoman.

From the ‘No Shit Sherlock!’ Department

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Checking the morning Drudge headlines gives me two “Well, duh!” headlines:

Women more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection than men…

Bin Laden fate still unknown…

I’m still trying to figure out how James Taranto is going to headline these. The first sure looks like a “Bottom Story of the Day” or “World Ends, Women Hardest Hit.” The second should be a “What would fate do without Experts?” except there is no expert mentioned in the headline. Perhaps “Bottom Story of the Day,” but it still has some political signifiance. Maybe he’ll work in a psychic or ESP angle.