The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012


April 2, 2007


This Is Sick And Wrong. You Shouldn’t Watch It.

Seriously. Don’t click play.

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February 10, 2007


Grabass

Spanky isn’t quite so lazy when Guinness gets near the socks…

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January 30, 2007


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Just something I noticed today…

What’s wrong with this commercial?

Answer below the fold:

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December 13, 2006


Some Drano For The Internets

I know I’m late to this one, but I was just reading the Top Ten Funny Political Quotes of 2006 (HT: Jason Pye).

And this is what Ted Stevens thinks of the internets:

Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got… an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? [...] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

I hate it when my coworkers send me an Internet and it gets delayed!

Now, I knew there were people less knowledgeable about computers and the internet than my father. I just didn’t know they were in the Senate.

Jon Stewart, always usually funnier than I am, really gave it a more complete treatment. Responding to Stevens’ question of why the “Internet” was delivered late:

“Maybe it’s because you don’t seem to know jack shit about computers or the Internet — but that’s okay — you’re just the guy in charge of regulating it.

Watch below for as hilarity ensues.

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November 30, 2006


Ethnic Cleansing — Now on C-SPAN!

Wow… Just……. Wow.

Submitted without comment, because… Uhh… I got nothin’.

Hat Tip: QandO

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November 18, 2006


2006 NCAA Football Predictions — Week 12

oldoakenbucket
Ahh, the biggest week of the year. The one that is always important, regardless of the record. That’s right, it’s the Old Oaken Bucket game! Every year, Purdue and Indiana play for this traveling trophy. Each year, the winner gets to hold the bucket for the next year, and a “P” is added to the chain for a Purdue win, an “I” for an Indiana win. In the case of a tie, an “IP” is added. Since the trophy was created, there have been 52 “P”s, 25 “I”s, and 3 “IP”s. Mark it down, there will be 53 “P”s on the chain come tomorrow.

Of course, that’s the appetizer. Even as a die-hard Purdue fan, tomorrow’s main course is the Michigan/Ohio State game. There’s something to be said for a rivalry between two storied programs, that is widely considered one of the biggest rivalries in sports, being played when the teams are ranked #1 and #2, both undefeated. We’re talking here about THE game. And we’re talking about two schools whose fans have had a pleasant hatred for decades.

When it wasn’t possible to get any bigger, it was reported that Bo Schembechler passed away the day before the game, and the significance impossibly grew. Bo, say hi to Woody for us up there when you’re watching this one!

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Below The Beltway linked with Four Hours And Counting
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November 17, 2006


Remember High School?

This song brings me back. I remember thinking— wishingly— in high school that I’d get into the real world, where results matter more than popularity. Maybe that’s why I hate Southern California so much, it reminds me of the cliquishness of high school, where it matters less who you are than who you’re seen with. At least now, I live in the world of engineering… When your coolness factor is compared to guys who will wait in line for a Playstation, it really lowers the bar. By those standards, I’m a pretty hip fella!

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November 16, 2006


Good Boilers vs. Bad Boilers

Purdue has been a bit inconsistent as a team this year. To some extent, that’s had to do with facing their two toughest opposing defenses on days where they were also battling 25-mph gusty winds, which doesn’t bode well for a pass-happy attack. But more than this, it’s just been a case of young players still finding their rhythm. Some days Curtis Painter was a bit off. Other days, he’s throwing the ball well and the receivers are dropping it. Occasionally, the playcalling just hasn’t been where it needs to be for Purdue to succeed. But there are flashes of brilliance, which will hopefully continue this week as Purdue takes on our hated rival, the Hoosiers.

Below is one of those flashes of brilliance. Purdue has run a lot of draw plays up the gut all year, and against Illinois found themselves with 3rd and inches. Illinois, thinking they knew what was coming, brought a blitz and crashed the middle of the defense. Curtis Painter made a good read on the option, and away he goes:

And then, there are the plays which make you go “D’OH!” Below is the final play of the Penn State game. Purdue, threatened with its first shutout in 10 years, decided to pull out all the stops. Bear in mind, there was no way to win the game, even scoring a touchdown would leave them down by 5 points. But instead, they decided to try to go all-out, putting numerous starting players at risk of injury, for a futile attempt at trickeration:

Ugly.

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November 13, 2006


Ay Caramba!

Yes, I’m looking forward to this.

Hat Tip: Below The Beltway

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November 10, 2006


YouTube Rules…

A new take on Office Space:

Hat Tip: Catallarchy

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November 7, 2006


Woke Up This Morning

(which is also the title of a great song, the theme song from the Sopranos, sung by A3)

On the way to work this morning, I was listening to talk radio as usual, and they were playing some quotes about today’s election. Specifically, the quotes were from Howard Dean and Ken Mehlman.

It was funny. They were both so upbeat, so confident. Dean was popping off about America “wanting change” and talking about how great having both houses of Congress was going to be. Mehlman, was pontificating about a “shift” towards the GOP that would help the GOP retain both houses.

One name came to mind:

Baghdad Bob

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November 3, 2006


Does Notre Dame Hate America?

Ahh, political season is heating up. Not, of course, in Washington. Nobody cares about that. I’m talking about a system that may be even more screwed up than Congress, the BCS

What happens this year if Louisville wins out? Should an undefeated Big East team get into the championship game above a 1-loss SEC, Pac-10, or Notre Dame? Well, I don’t really think so, but between the biases of the pollsters and the EEEVVVIIILLL “computer rankings”, who knows?

It seems some people are looking to influence the pollsters, as evidenced by a rash of attack ads. I recommend all three, but this is my favorite (for obvious reasons)—

Hat Tip: Every Day Should Be Saturday

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October 15, 2006


Thoughts On College Football — Midseason

We’ve seen a lot of football happen over the last few weeks. Michigan and OSU continue their dominance, probably leading up to a #1 vs #2 matchup in the final game of the season. Of course, that’s assuming that Michigan doesn’t get ranked #2 and then upset, like Texas, Notre Dame, Auburn, and Florida have. It’s not a good season to be ranked #2!

Those haven’t been all the upsets, though. Just this last weekend, we saw Indiana defeat Iowa, Vanderbilt take down Georgia, and Auburn knock off undefeated Florida. Oh, and Rutgers, though a very slight underdog to Navy, absolutely embarrassed them, 34-0. This year, Illinois has been the center of upset-land. They upset Michigan State, then were upset by Indiana, followed by getting upset again against a weak Ohio team from the MAC.

In the Big Ten, Michigan State is in a tailspin, as is Northwestern. One of those teams has to recover this coming weekend, though, because they’re playing each other. Illinois looks to be firmly down in the cellar with them. In between that group and OSU/Michigan is a big middle section. Wisconsin appears to be the most solid team of that group, followed by Iowa, then maybe Purdue and PSU (Purdue has an offense and horrible defense, PSU has a defense and horrible offense), followed by Minnesota and Indiana. Ohhh, Indiana. How I thought pre-season that you’d again be in the Big Ten cellar. In fact, when Coach Hep instructed the fans to “Defend the Rock”, I was among the first to laugh at you:

Yeah, I laughed. And then you upset Illinois on the road. No big deal, it’s Illinois. But Iowa came to town, and you defended the rock! You took down a top-15 team that just a week ago pounded Purdue for 60 straight minutes? I don’t know what to say? Thanks, perhaps, as an Iowa loss could help Purdue in the Big Ten standings. But it won’t help us much if you come to Ross-Ade Stadium on November 18th and beat the Boilers! I had that game as a guaranteed Boiler victory, and now I have to question it. Thanks a lot.

Around the NCAA, Oklahoma saw the rest of its season go down the tubes with Adrian Peterson’s broken collarbone. USC again went down to the wire and dodged a bullet. On can’t expect them to continue doing this, especially when they hit the stretch of games against Oregon, Cal, and Notre Dame. We’re down to 5 major unbeatens, two of which must end up with a loss (Michigan or OSU, and Louisville or WVU, who play each other at the end of the year). Depending how this plays out, we could see as many as three unbeaten teams, and possibly as few as 1, and in a very unlikely scenario, even none. The BCS could be a mess again this year if either scenario plays out.

Yesterday, Purdue had it’s best win of the season, beating Northwestern by double-digits on the road. It was one of those “statement” games, which is exactly what we needed after the 30-point road loss to Iowa. But things are looking a lot tougher this weekend, when 6-1 Wisconsin comes to Ross-Ade. The only loss they have is to Michigan, and they look to be formidable on both sides of the ball. Initially, I look at this as a probable loss. With Wisconsin looking even tougher than Iowa, I’m worried that Purdue will have to play the game of their lives just to stay in it. But I saw something odd tonight. The opening odds have Purdue as only a 4.5 point underdog. 4.5 points? I thought we’d be a 10 point dog. Maybe, just maybe, they know something I don’t. I hope so, because I’d love that sort of surprise!

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September 13, 2006


Pete’s Couch

This is an anti-pot message I can get behind…

None of the folks I knew in college who smoked pot were destined for a life of heroin addiction. Most of them didn’t do any other drugs, and were pretty normal folks. But that doesn’t mean that they were ready to be productive members of society. All the folks I knew in college who smoked pot wanted to be in the tourism industry or public education… Ya know, no ambition. At the least, this is a heck of a lot more honest than Reefer Madness.

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August 21, 2006


Lives Destroyed

aka: Just Another Day in the War On Drugs

Federal Appeals Court: Driving With Money is a Crime

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, “United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit took that amount of cash away from Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez, a man with a “lack of significant criminal history” neither accused nor convicted of any crime.

On May 28, 2003, a Nebraska state trooper signaled Gonzolez to pull over his rented Ford Taurus on Interstate 80. The trooper intended to issue a speeding ticket, but noticed the Gonzolez’s name was not on the rental contract. The trooper then proceeded to question Gonzolez — who did not speak English well — and search the car. The trooper found a cooler containing $124,700 in cash, which he confiscated. A trained drug sniffing dog barked at the rental car and the cash. For the police, this was all the evidence needed to establish a drug crime that allows the force to keep the seized money.

Associates of Gonzolez testified in court that they had pooled their life savings to purchase a refrigerated truck to start a produce business. Gonzolez flew on a one-way ticket to Chicago to buy a truck, but it had sold by the time he had arrived. Without a credit card of his own, he had a third-party rent one for him. Gonzolez hid the money in a cooler to keep it from being noticed and stolen. He was scared when the troopers began questioning him about it. There was no evidence disputing Gonzolez’s story.

Yesterday the Eighth Circuit summarily dismissed Gonzolez’s story. It overturned a lower court ruling that had found no evidence of drug activity, stating, “We respectfully disagree and reach a different conclusion… Possession of a large sum of cash is ’strong evidence’ of a connection to drug activity.”

The man was never charged with a crime. There was no proof offered or required that he was in any way connected to the drug trade. But in our war on drugs, that doesn’t matter. And he and his business associates are out their entire life savings.

Now, I don’t know whether his story is on the level. I’ll freely admit that someone driving a rented car not in his name, carrying $124,700 in cash, is a little suspicious. But who holds the burden of proof? If the government is going to confiscate $124,700, I’d say the onus is on them. But in the war on drugs, you have to prove your innocence. The government can come in, destroy your life, confiscate your property, and unless you prove a negative, the best you can do is ask nicely for them to make it right.

I wish I could say that any of this surprised me. But in the war on drugs, not much surprises me any more. I’ve stopped expecting anything approaching justice or common sense. It’s but one more example of our government disregarding the Constitution, disregarding individual rights, and disregarding sanity, in the quest for ever-greater power. I fear that it will get worse before it gets better, and in the meantime, I can only hope that nobody I know or care about gets hoisted on the pike as the next “victory” in the war on drugs.

But don’t just take my word for it. Below is a video from LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), a group of current and former law enforcement personnel. As the people who have spent years as the front-line force in the war on drugs, they’ve seen firsthand exactly what has been accomplished. A string of destroyed lives, non-violent people in jail, violent people enriched by the illicit drug trade, and at the end of the day, not a whit of improvement in the proportion of our population who are addicted to drugs.

How long do we have to continue this before we can finally admit it’s not working?

Hat Tip to Radley Balko on the video. If you’re also fed up with the damage to our society, our Constitution, and our civil liberties caused by this useless “war”, please pass this video along.


Overlawyered linked with Driving while loaded
A Stitch in Haste linked with Cash is King Criminal
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