"Where else would you go when you have an ax to grind?"

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Did the earth move for you too?

As I sit here blogging about earthshaking stupidity in Florida etc, we just had a succession of earthquakes in the Tokyo region. At least enough to justify these musical choices.

SeeqPod - Playable Search

There's a reason Florida has its own tag on FARK

Even if there are two sides to this story, the fact that the climate exists in which a teacher could believeably  be accused of "wizardry" boggles the mind. Yes, the school board is now giving other reasons, but the telling bit is where the supervisor says it wasn't just the wizardry, meaning that while there were other reasons, wizardry was one of the reasons for firing the teacher. And least you think this is an isolated incident in the climate of Florida crazy, I would argue that it isn't the heat down there in the Sunshine State, it's the stupidity. 
So far, there is no word on whether the teacher in question has a wart or weighs the same as a duck.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your conspiracy theorizing
In the words of Dana Carvey's Church Lady "Isn't that convieeeenient?"
One must ask age old detective's question: Qui bono?

Monday, May 05, 2008

"Everything old is new again"

When Democrats complained about Republican dirty tricks in the 1972 campaign they were labelled as whiny liberals who just couldn't handle hardball politics. Then Woodward and Bernstein blew the lid off of what White House-sponsored criminals like G. Gordon Liddy(1) and Donald Segretti (2)were really up to on behalf of Richard Nixon and the Republicans and people wanted Nixon's head. Only his resignation and Gerald Ford's willingness to choose peace and quiet over justice kept his crooked criminal ass out of prison.

Its a good thing that kind of thing is no longer tolerated by the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys. I mean, crimes committed for the purpose of intimidating political opponents, like torture and rampant corruption, are the sort of things we expect to see in third-world tinpot dictatorships, right?

Fun fact footnotes!
1. G. Gordie's fondest childhood memories include listening to radio broadcasts of speeches by Hitler that "made me feel a strength inside that I had never known before" a lasting effect of which being that even today "at assemblies where the national anthem is played, I must suppress the urge to snap out my right arm."
2. Segretti's protege in the 1972 campaign was none other than College Republicans honcho Karl Rove. Segretti was also the co-chair of John McCain's presidental campaign in Orange Country, Calif., in 2000 - further proof of McCain excellent judgement.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

In which I appear to the congregation

I recently discoverd Justin.tv and have decided to put it to use to preach to the those of you out there in the choir that is made up of the select and discerning readers of the Woodshed.
We begin our semi-regular visual manifestation with a reading from the rules. C'mon, you know you've always wondered what I look like....

(Shorter You: Oh dear god, he's finally lost his mind and started a video blog -- no good can come of this)