Archive for October 2003


Okay, I’ve got some people reading me now — maybe you people can make yourselves useful. I’ve been taking creatine for my workouts. Most of the stuff that I have seen has agreed on these points:

  • It is ok to take creatine with water or juice, but you are probably better off taking it with water, but you should never take it with citrus juice because the acid breaks it down.
  • There has been a study that says that you don’t get any effect from creatine if you take it with caffeine, but that was only one study and it hasn’t been duplicated, so don’t worry too much about it.
  • Heat doesn’t bother it until you get to about 300C, so there isn’t any worry about mixing it with hot water, and in fact you should do it that way to get it to dissolve well.

So here is my dilemma: am I ok taking my creatine with coffee? I know it isn’t going to hurt me, but I don’t want to waste it. I’m more likely to take it that way on a blah day. I normally take it in water — hot water from the coffee machine to dissolve it, and then fill the glass with cold water to make it drinkable. But am I wasting my time by putting it in coffee?

(I know that I am wasting my time by working out in the first place, so you can save those comments.)

Cheap Link Whoring

I’m voting for these, like the mindless myrmidion I am:

The Definition of a Right

Everyone’s favorite moonbat (well, of the moment) Dennis Kucinich rants about the evils of the free market.

With and estimated 50 million Americans and Canadians left without power and in some cases water, common sense requires us to reflect on the absurdity of deregulation of public utilities. In the first case, the right of utility franchise is vested in the people. We give utilities permission to operate, and enable them to set up a profit making business in exchange for the promise of affordable and reliable service.

No. First, there is no “right of utility franchise.” What we did was to use eminent domain to take property rights away (in the form of right of way) to create the utilities.

Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t know what a right is and isn’t. I’m done with this guy for today. I don’t give a shit about his other million paragraphs.


I like Shiner Boch. I like Shiner Blonde. I figured that I would get Shiner Light a shot.

It sucks. It isn’t bad, but it sure as hell isn’t good. I could have bought a six pack of Old Milwaukee Light in the can and got the same thing. I’m disappointed. I expected better of the Spoetzl Brewery.

Lazy Vote

I’m voting for Irrenconcilable Musings.

Printing Web Pages

I’ve been printing more and more web pages to read at lunch (since I don’t have a lot of free time lately) and I have found that Internet Explorer (It’s what I have at work) does a really crappy job of doing the one thing that I need it to do when I print a page — actually print all of the text.

I have found a way to handle it. Adobe Acrobat (the full version, not the Reader) has an option called “Open Web Page”. When you do that, and paste in the URL (I’m doing it for a USS Clueless story today) Acrobat accesses the page, parses it (don’t know how) and actually fits it all onto an 8.5×11 page. Then you just print the PDF.

The “Open Web Page” function is one that I use a lot in litigation, too, because you can specify for it to get an entire site, or a certain number of levels. It is good for me in litigation, because we want to preserve the website of the other side when we start a case. I have archiving tools that grab the raw files and fix the links for a local archive, but you can’t explain how to work that to an attorney. They do, on the other hand, know how to read PDFs. (And, when it comes time to disclose it, it retains the time/date and is easily printable, as above.)

I hope this doesn’t turn into a techy site. I just thought that this was really useful and might be informative.

The Mellencamp Doctrine

Thanks to LGF it has been brought to my attention that John Mellencamp Attacks President Bush In Open Letter now. Wee.

“As the echo of the war drums fades away and the angry masses calling for blood slowly disperse, we as a nation must now confront the truth. We face the unpleasant reality of an uncertain future, compromised safety, a failing economy, and the question of how a society of otherwise reasonable citizens was systematically lied to and manipulated into backing the political ‘hijacking’ of Iraq.

Not quite, John. Despite the systematic lying and political hijacking of the Democrats and the UN, Bush managed to get the war off any ways.

“Before a single bomb was ever dropped, some of us, formerly called the ‘anti-American and unpatriotic,’ have questioned or opposed this war. Now, each day, as the dust settles and the truth slowly surfaces, more and more people come to the inevitable conclusion of what a debacle this whole war was.

Nope. Same critters as always. I haven’t met a single person who has been swayed one way or the other since the war ended. I’m sure I’ll hear from nuts who are the exceptions, and I am sure that they will be few.

“Thirty-nine-thousand bombs later, no weapons of mass destruction uncovered, no dangerous dictators captured, no connection to September 11th. What have we gained but relentless media coverage of a fallen statue and some stolen oil fields–the spoils of this misadventure. Not to mention lucrative corporate payoffs and an enormous price tag of over $80 Billion…some tax cut.

WTF does the tax cut have to do with the war, other than you not liking either? Whether weapons have been discovered is still up for debate, but we never went in for the weapons, we went in for the programs. The programs have been found. There was never any question of him having and using weapons — he used them on the Iranians, the Kurds, and his own people.

And the fields weren’t “stolen”, you dunce. They still belong to the Iraqis. Also, you are missing a question mark, and the next sentence wasn’t.

“But what have we lost? We have lost the lives of over 300 Americans. Approximately two U.S. troop deaths each day, 193 deaths since the war was declared over. In total, an estimated 20,000 people have died, thus far, in this conflict.

“In addition to the lives given for this effort, our nation has suffered the loss of respect within the world community, particularly the United Nations. We have managed to squander any goodwill we once had to now succeed in solidifying our image as the globe’s leading bully. Arrogant and thoughtless.

We didn’t lose any respect. If anything, we have gained respect. “Respecting” someone and “liking” someone are two different things. In the Cold War, we never liked the Russians, but we sure as hell respected them, and they respected us.

“Squandered goodwill”? What good was that goodwill doing us? It didn’t protect New York. It didn’t protect Washington DC. It sure as hell didn’t protect the Iraqi people.

“The word Democracy means literally ‘by the people.’ This is the basis of our government and society. It is what this country was founded upon and what makes us American. It is not just our ‘right’ but also our duty to speak out and voice our thoughts and opinions. How, then, was it possible that, in the land of freedom, those who opposed the common opinion were called…’un-American?’ Resentfully, we wonder.

Civics lesson: We don’t live in a democracy. Never have. In fact, the founders considered a democracy to be the “tyranny of the masses”. We live in a Constitutional Republic. You weren’t called un-American for speaking your opinion — you were called un-American because of your anti-freedom opinions.

You are free to say whatever you want — and we are free to ridicule you for it, ignore you, and shout you down. That is how free speech works.

The song ‘To Washington’ was met with criticism and was labeled an anti-war song. That was not at all the case or intention–it was merely a report of the political climate, in the age-old tradition of the troubadour spreading the news through song and story. Professionally, we, the Mellencamps, have the opportunity to travel extensively, and we take full advantage of that by talking to, listening to, and experiencing the diversity our vast country has to offer. The lyrics of ‘To Washington’ are not just a personal opinion, but also the view from a very wide horizon.

The “age old tradition of the troubadour” included lynching the bard when he insulted the audience. FYI.

Who is to say what is or isn’t ‘patriotic?’ Do the flags that wave from every minivan really offer any support? Where is the support for the thousands of servicemen and women who return to the states to see their benefits cut, their health problems ignored, their jobs gone, and their families living in poverty? How are they repaid for their efforts, for risking or losing their lives? So far, dismally.

“This nation was founded to enable freedom and diversity of opinion, and many lives have been lost to secure that liberty. Paradoxically, some still resist the open mindedness that is the very foundation of this country.

C’mon, Johhny. Even Homer Simpson has figured out “open mindedness”: “Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean that I don’t understand!” You, on the other hand, care without understanding. You are so open-minded that your brains fell out.

(This next paragraph is going to take a while.)

“The Governor of California was removed from office based on finance troubles. And yet George W. Bush has lied to us, failed to keep our own borders secure,

As evidenced by the dozens of terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001 on American cities

entered a war under false pretense,

If you don’t take into account what he, you know, actually said and go by what you would like for him to have said.

endangered lives,

of terrorists and tyrants

and created financial chaos.

that all the leading indicators show to have ended.

How is it that he hasn’t been recalled?

Because there isn’t a federal recall, you dunce. You might want to try some light reading sometime.

Perhaps this time we could even have a real election…

…according to some new rules that Johnny here comes up with on the fly, like the progressive elections in Cuba and Iraq and the Palestinian Authority, not this “Rule of Law” crap that we use in America.

but that wouldn’t fit the Bush administration’s ‘take what you want and fire people later’ policy. Take an election; take an oil field; take advantage of your own people–a game of political Three-Card Monte.

Stick to cards, Johnny. You aren’t cut out for the real world.