Right Thinking From The Left Coast
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A Mile High In Denver

You could say this guy died with his Hush Puppies on.

A soldier from Fort Bragg died this morning in Denver from injuries suffered from a bar fight in Steamboat Springs on Friday night over a Jimmy Buffett song.

Richard Lopez, 37, of Fayetteville, N.C., was pronounced dead at 4:16 a.m. today at Denver Health Medical Center. An autopsy by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s office is scheduled for Tuesday.

“This is a very sad and serious case,” said Capt. Joel Rae with Steamboat Springs police.

So far, no suspects have been arrested, although police have talked to two individuals involved in the fight.

“We know where they are and they have been interviewed,” said Rae.

The case is being investigated as a homicide.

The incident occurred before 12:15 a.m. Friday when police were called to a fight between five people outside the Tap House.

“The initial disagreement was about music being played on the jukebox,” said Rae, adding that it was a Jimmy Buffet song.

“Richard Lopez and two other individuals put on the song, but two other individuals did not agree with it.”

It was not known which Jimmy Buffett song was being played at the time, but the fight was taken outside the bar.

At least he’ll get a cheeseburger in paradise. You really have to press somebody’s fool button to be willing to fight to the death over Jimmy Buffett.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Baby Boom

In case you missed it, Sarah Palin is now a grandmother:

Bristol Palin, 18, gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Saturday, People magazine reported online. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother, told the magazine that “the baby is fine and Bristol is doing well.”

The governor’s office said it would not release information because it considers the baby’s birth a private, family matter. Palin family members, hospital employees and spokespeople for the governor’s former running mate, John McCain, either would not confirm the birth or did not return messages from The Associated Press.

Make of this what you will. Personally, I think Andrew Sullivan was as much of an ass over this as the forged birth certificate nutbars on the right were. In any event, I wish the kid and Mom well.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

On The Road Again

My car is packed slightly less than that of the Clampetts and I’m about to hit the road for Memphis.  I’m not sure how my internet connectivity will be over the next week, but hopefully I will be able to post periodically.  I’d better: deep thoughts tend to accumulate over long drives.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Zootopia

It’s a jungle out there.

A Miami area maid is suing her employer, Hampton Inn, in federal court there, claiming she was forced to clean up after hotel guests who defecated and urinated on floors, left feathers strewn about, and emitted allergenic dander. The guests included “Maya the spider monkey, Bob the alligator, Tango the Macaw”, and two lemurs, along with their human handlers. The multispecies group all stayed at the Hampton Inn at Miami Airport hotel for about a week while in town as part of a traveling zoo.

From the original story:

In her deposition, Valdez said she made contact with hair, feathers, urine and feces while cleaning the rooms.

‘’When you walked into the room, it was like being in a zoo,’’ Valdez said Tuesday afternoon through a translator in the Coral Gables office of her lawyer, John Hess.

Now she knows what it’s like to be a janitor in the Capitol building.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wedding March

Posting will be on hold for the next couple of days at least while I attend my brother’s wedding this weekend. So talk amongst yourselves. Here’s a few topics that may garner headlines while I’m away:

Obama may get free advertising if McCain is a no-show.

Washington Mutual goes under.

On the heels of their latest space launch, the Chinese continue to show Right Stuff-era spirit. Where the heck is ours?

Neanderthals-the first Yuppies?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Ted Kennedy Method

What would the Republican Party be without a scandal during this election season?

He met her in the bar of the swank hotel and invited her to his room. Once there, the woman fixed the drinks and told him to get undressed.

And that, the delegate to the Republican National Convention told police, was the last thing he remembered.

When he awoke, the woman was gone, as was more than $120,000 in money, jewelry and other belongings.

The thief’s take stunned cops.

“It’s very, very, very rare,” Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer said. “I can think of a couple of burglaries where we had that much stolen, but it’s the first time I’ve heard of this kind of deal.”

In a statement released today, Gabriel Nathan Schwartz, 29, of Denver, put the figure at much less.

“It’s embarrassing to admit that I was a target of a crime. I was drugged and had about $50,000 of personal items stolen, not the inflated number that the media is reporting from an inaccurate police report,” he said.

“As a single man, I was flattered by the attention of a beautiful woman who introduced herself to me. I used poor judgment.”

Contacted by the Denver Post Monday, Schwartz declined to speak on the record. In the statement released today, Schwartz said he would decline further interview requests.

The haul included a $30,000 watch, a $20,000 ring, a necklace valued at $5,000, earrings priced at $4,000 and a Prada belt valued at $1,000, police said.

So what kind of a Republican is this guy? The kind only the wingnuts who make up the base these days could love:

In an interview filmed the afternoon of Sept. 3 and posted on the Web site LinkTV.org, Schwartz was candid about how he envisioned change under a McCain presidency.

“Less taxes and more war,” he said, smiling. He said the U.S. should “bomb the hell” out of Iran because the country threatens Israel.

Asked by the interviewer how America would pay for a military confrontation with Iran, he said the U.S. should take the country’s resources.

“We should plant a flag. Take the oil, take the money,” he said. “We deserve reimbursement.”

A few hours after the interview, an unknown woman helped herself to Schwartz’s resources.

You could say he planted his flagpole and got ripped off anyway-kind of like what the Iraqi government did to us. Except our government was sober at the time.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

This Is An Ex Dictator?

Now this is weird, even for Mini-Me:

Is Kim Jong-il for real? The question has baffled foreign intelligence agencies for years but now a veteran Japanese expert on North Korea says the “dear leader” is actually dead – and his role is played by a double.

The expert says Kim died of diabetes in 2003 and world leaders including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Hu Jintao of China have been negotiating with an impostor.

He believes that Kim, fearing assassination, had groomed up to four lookalikes to act as substitutes at public events. One underwent plastic surgery to make his appearance more convincing. Now, the expert claims, the actors are brought on stage whenever required to persuade the masses that Kim is alive.

The author has been derided by rival analysts of the hermetic communist state. Yet so few facts are known about North Korea’s ruling dynasty that some of the strange things reported in Professor Toshimitsu Shigemura’s bestselling book cannot be readily explained.

It makes me wonder if some other world leaders are real. For example, Vladimir Putin could be an android and Hugo Chavez could be a Muppet. Oh, wait…

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wanted: One Audience

I guess we’re not the only ones who haven’t been paying much attention to the Big Show:

Two weeks after announcing they had sold every one of the record 6.8 million tickets offered for the Games, Olympics officials expressed dismay at the large numbers of empty seats at nearly every event and the lack of pedestrian traffic throughout the park, the 2,800-acre centerpiece of the competition.

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his third gold medal Tuesday in an arena with at least 500 no-shows, and there was a smattering of empty seats Wednesday morning as he captured his fourth gold in the 200 butterfly. The U.S. softball team played in a stadium only about 30 percent full on Tuesday, while the day before, 10 of 18 venues did not reach 80 percent capacity, officials said. Meantime, crowds of tourists and fans have been thin in the extravagantly landscaped Olympic Park, which holds 10 venues including National Stadium.

To remedy the problem, officials are busing in teams of state-trained “cheer squads” identifiable by their bright yellow T-shirts to help fill the empty seats and improve the atmosphere. They are also encouraging residents to apply for access to the heavily secured park.

“We are concerned about the not-full stadiums,” said Wang Wei, executive vice president and secretary general for the Beijing Organizing Committee. “Many factors are contributing to this. We are now trying to manage that. . . . [As] for the Olympic Green . . . yesterday they saw not many people inside.”

Fake fireworks, a fake singer...it seems to me that in a country of one billion they shouldn’t have any trouble finding a rent-a-crowd.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Girl You Know It’s Not True

It’s like China’s version of the Milli Vanilli scandal:

The little girl who starred at the Olympic opening ceremony was miming and only put on stage because the real singer was not considered attractive enough, the show’s musical director has revealed.

Pigtailed Lin Miaoke was selected to appear because of her cute appearance and did not sing a note, Chen Qigang, the general music designer of the ceremony, said in an interview with a state broadcaster aired Tuesday.

Photographs of Lin in a bright red party dress were published in newspapers and websites all over the world and the official China Daily hailed her as a rising star on Tuesday.

But Chen said the girl whose voice was actually heard by the 91,000 capacity crowd at the Olympic stadium during the spectacular ceremony was in fact seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, who has a chubby face and uneven teeth.

“The reason why little Yang was not chosen to appear was because we wanted to project the right image, we were thinking about what was best for the nation,” Chen said in an interview that appeared briefly on the news website Sina.com before it was apparently wiped from the Internet in China.

Granted, in the West singers fake it all the time-but even so, you at least expect the real performer to be on stage.

Update by Lee: More on this over at LeeInChina.  This was, I shit you not, a political decision, not an artistic one.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Back That Up

Imagine if this had been Bill Clinton:

Today, as the busy crowd over at our Olympics blog notes, after an hour’s brisk bit of mountain-biking himself, Bush paid another visit to the American athletes, watching the women warm up for softball, regretting the disappearance of that sport from the next Olympics ("It’s good for the world to have girls playing softball and these women are going to show young girls how to win") and trying his hand, so to speak, at volleyball.

Bush knuckled off a couple of lobs, but defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh gave the chief executive some pointers. Then after a good play, in the tradition of female volleyballers, May-Treanor turned, bent over slightly and offered her bikinied rear-end for the 43rd president to slap.

“Mr. President,” she said, “want to?”

Want to has nothing to do with it in public life.

As the son of a president, a husband of nearly 37 years, the father of two daughters, the subject of some attempted tabloid exposes and a seasoned political veteran, who is not a female athlete but knows that every camera for a half-mile is trained on him, Bush wisely chose instead to brush his hand across the small of May-Treanor’s back.

I give Bush props for being a gentlemen, but oh what the temptation must have been…

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

USS New York

I’d have to say that this is inspiring.  I introduce you to the USS New York.

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, ‘those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,’ recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. ‘It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.’

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the ‘hair on my neck stood up.’ ‘It had a big meaning to it for all of us,’ he said. ‘They knocked us down. They can’t keep us down. We’re going to be back.’

The ship’s motto? ‘Never Forget’

Here’s an older article, written while it was being built.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Voice Silenced

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is gone.  I highly recommend The Gulag Archipelago, at least the abridged version.  It’s a terrifying picture of the Evil Empire.  I especially recommend the early sections, in which Solzhenitsyn describes the effects of the interrogation techniques. Cold room, stress positions, forced sitting and standing, sleep deprivation—the techniques we’re told aren’t torture—are described in brutal detail. As is the purpose of such techniques—not to gain intelligence, but to force confessions to crimes against the state.

Godspeed, Aleksandr.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Who Killed The Internet?

Heads up! Little Green Footballs and Instapundit are both reporting a big problem with Sitemeter and Internet Explorer. Blogs all over the Intertubes seem to be having problems with their pages loading. Seems to be an issue with their script. Or maybe Nancy Pelosi really did shut ‘em down earlier today. You have been warned.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Carry On, Senator

Maybe she was there as his hair stylist?

At 9:45 p.m. (PST) Monday, Edwards appeared at the hotel, and was dropped off at a side entrance. NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporter Alan Butterfield witnessed the ex-senator get out of a BMW driven by a male companion and stroll into the hotel.

Said Butterfield: “Edwards was not carrying anything. He walked in alone. He was wearing a blue dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He was looking around nervously before he entered the hotel.

“Once inside, he interestingly bypassed the lobby and ducked down a side stairs to go to the bottom floor to catch the elevator up - rather than taking the elevator in the main lobby. He went out of his way not to be seen.”

Meanwhile, Rielle had reserved rooms 246 and 252 under the name of the friend who had accompanied her from Santa Barbara, Bob McGovern. Rielle was in one room and McGovern was in another with her baby. This allowed her and Edwards to spend time alone, a source revealed.

Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Rielle, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Rielle.

Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men’s room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.

Said reporter Hitchen: “After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!

“He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.

“Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby.”

Why is it that so many politicians find the men’s room as a place of refuge?

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

What, No Donuts?

When a cop wants his coffee, he wants his coffee.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—A police lieutenant in Daytona Beach was fired over accusations that he threatened slower emergency response times if he was not given complimentary specialty Starbucks coffee drinks.

An internal police investigation found that Daytona Lt. Major Garvin received free coffee for about two years from a city Starbucks coffee store.

However, when recently denied free coffee from new management, Garvin allegedly told managers that he could change the police department’s response time if they refuse to give him complimentary drinks.

Garvin is accused of saying, “If something happens, either we can respond really fast or we could respond really slow. I’ve been coming here for years and I’ve been getting whatever I want. I’m the difference between you getting a two-minute response time, if you needed a little help, or a 15 minutes response time.”

What an a-hole. When you feel like you’re entitled, best to make sure everybody knows it.

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