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So, first, the boss leaves early, saying that his wife is having problems, presumably of the medical variety.

Then, our Tier 1 tech gets a phone call saying that his wife is in the hospital. Naturally, he jets out of here.

I call [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0. Her mother is apparently among the missing. She had an appointment at Navy Medical at 0830; since then, she has missed a lunch date and another appointment. She's not answering her cellphone. We don't know where she is, what she's doing, or anything at all. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is speaking with the police.

Then, to add a delectable, creamy layer of fail icing to this day, there's apparently been a shooting across the street from the Federal complex where I work. The investigation has closed all but one exit into and/or out of here. (note to [livejournal.com profile] nostasia: It happened on the other side of the complex from where [livejournal.com profile] blaisedec works.)

Really, this shit needs to stop. NOW.
Got up this morning at the usual time. Left around 0520 hrs. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground, with more predicted for the day (1"-3").

And Montgomery County schools were already closed.

Let me say this again. The schools were already closed at 0520 hrs.

Back in the day, 1" wasn't enough to even consider closing schools. 3" might be.

::shakes head::

Holy F**K!

Dec. 12th, 2008 07:58 am
Environmentalists blast changes to Endangered Species rules

From Erika Dimmler
CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration cleared the way Thursday for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists when embarking on projects that could impact endangered wildlife, the interior secretary said.
Rest of story under cut for the link-phobic )

Dude? Jan 20 cannot possibly come fast enough.
I think I may have just found my 10 year old daughter's big Christmas gift!

The Sarah-Cuda Bow! from Lakota Industries!

As far as I can tell, it ain't a joke item.



My purchasing it for B., however, is.

Oh NOES!

Sep. 24th, 2008 11:09 am
Clay Aiken Is Gay?

Please for to be remembering to remind me to pencil in some time to care.

In other news, Water is Wet, Snow is cold, and I am a fat white guy.

I've already wasted too many neuron firings over this. What a rid#%@#&$&^##@@

NO CARRIER
Well, something like that.

Y'all seem to be quiet today. What, y'all hung over from the weekend? If so, good on ya. My weekend wasn't nearly as cool as that. But it was good nonetheless.
Friday night )
Saturday )
Sunday )
And now, it's Monday. 4 days, 4 hrs and 44 minutes until a weekend. WOO!

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
Due to inadequate perusal on my part before leaving home, I was not able to eat the leftovers I brought in for lunch as they had started to become a cure for penicillin. Fortunately, I had a bag of Barcelona's Cranberry Nut mix, which is an acceptable lunch.

While looking at the package, I noticed a few things about the labels. The first one struck me as sad - that on the back, it was somehow necessary, from a company called the Barcelona Nut Company, to have the following warning: Packaged in a facility that processes Peanuts and Tree Nuts. I understand that some folks have allergy issues, but this is freaking sad and stupid.

Now, the front label reads "Always fresh! Always Good!" This struck me as silly because the fruits contained within are dried fruits - raisins, dried cranberries, pineapples, dates, etc. While tasty, not what I would consider "fresh".

To push this over into the surreal, we now look at the stamp on this "Always Fresh" product - which proclaims that it is "Best By 010709".

Yeah, because the damn things are going to be *so* fresh after nearly a year...
(As pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] keithdb)

Homeschoolers' setback sends shock waves through state
Bob Egelko, Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writers
Friday, March 7, 2008

A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution.


Full text of article here.

Our kids are not homeschooled. I do, however, believe that so long as the children are meeting whatever State/Federal standards for education, that parents have the right to educate their children at home. There can be compelling arguments for it.

There is the overtone in the article that this may require an overhaul of California law or constitution. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Got this one fron [livejournal.com profile] armitige3 via [livejournal.com profile] aynne_witch:

Check out this article on a current Bill on the Hill that, if passed, could make it illegal to even Think About protesting something - the writer explains it much better than I can.

Here http://www.newstarget.com/022308.html

Warning: at the end, it does devolve a little into a push for a specific candidate. This, however, in no way changes the essential truth of the article.

OMGWTFBBQ?

Nov. 9th, 2007 12:07 pm
Some of you may have seen this already. For those of you who have not, blame [livejournal.com profile] liadan_m by way of [livejournal.com profile] dr_zrfq: A review of a 1970's era catalog.

OMG. Did we really wear that?
From The Register:

Camelot pulls scratchcard amid numerical anarchy

text behind cut for the link-phobic )

bleah

Oct. 24th, 2007 12:37 pm
It's a cool, gray, wet day here in the greater Baltimore - DC area.  And while we need the rain, the weather patterns are not doing anything for my mood.

Which is, as the title implies, "bleah".

Don't know why though.  Except for the fact that my uncle is in the hospital after having a heart attack, things are actually going pretty well for us. 

I just...don't wanna be here. 

In other news, back at home, I'm trying to take up a lot of the chores at the moment, since [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 comes home pretty tired 3 days a week (from Starbucks).  I know it's gonna take her some time to get used to the routine.  After all, the jobs she's been working have been pretty much desk-type jobs.  Now she's up and going for 8+ hrs a day, and it gets tiring some days.

Meanwhile, California is burning.  I'm half expecting that asshat Fred Phelps and his hate group...I mean WBC to picket there, claiming that this is part of "God's Anger".  Here's hoping that everyone gets to safety, that no more lives are lost, and the weather cooperates to bring it under control.

My main page is now iGoogle.  My cubemate uses it, and hooked me.  This happened about the same time as Yahoo changed the format of My Yahoo and pissed me off. So, yeah, iGoogle. 

Bumper sticker seen on the way to work:  I never thought I'd miss Nixon.

Oh yeah.  From the "Piss me off" files:  Fearmongering.  Or, more to the point, alleged news sources asking if we're worried about and/or ready for a terrorist attack.

Personally, no, I'm not worried, and I'm not taking any "special precautions".  There is no such thing as a "safe life".  Hell, that new super-bacteria?  A direct result of trying to live that "safe life".  At any given moment, I could die.  A truck could go out of control, lightning can strike, comets can fall, asshole cow-irkers can mix up the ground and hot leads on electrical wiring. 

Every moment we have on this earth is a blessing, because every moment could be our last. 

If I was to worry about everything that might happen, I'd be paralyzed.  I'm not going to worry about terrorists because thats what they want you to do.  I'm not going to worry about supergerm, because I'll either get it or not, and my body will fight it or not, and there's not a whole lot I can do about that, either. 

So here's my message to all the sheeple:

Stop living in fear and start living. 
Everyone's favorite asshat opens her mouth again to spew more hatred and bigotry...

Columnist Ann Coulter Shocks Cable TV Show, Declaring 'Jews Need to Be Perfected by Becoming Christians'

Slash-and-burn columnist Ann Coulter shocked a cable TV talk-show audience Monday when she declared that Jews need to be "perfected" by becoming Christians, and that America would be better off if everyone were Christian.

Coulter made the remarkable statements during an often heated appearance to promote her new book on advertising guru Donny Deutsch's CNBC show "The Big Idea."


There's even a transcript of the show there.
From Gizmodo.com

Gang Kidnaps Gamer To Get Password Using Fake Orkut Date

An armed gang of four kidnapped one of the world's top RPG gamers and psychologically tortured him for five hours to get his passwords.

I have a few thoughts here:

1: Sam Kinison keep running through my head "Torture? I was MARRIED for FIVE F**KING YEARS! Torture would be like CLUB MED! AUGH! AUGGGGHHHHH!"

2: Are these people that f**king desperate?

3: What kind of lame-assed gang can't make someone give up a password? This has got to be some of the dumbest and most ineffective people around!

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