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Posted by Brian on November 30, 2008

My first day of the week counting calories, I ate:

  • Four blueberry muffins (720 calories)
  • One chicken and pasta frozen lunch (300 calories)
  • Two chocolates (270 calories)
  • Seven low-fat Triscuits (120 calories)
  • One frozen pasta dinner (320 calories)
  • One microwave popcorn (140 calories)

My total then, for the day is 1,870 calories. It’s a bit higher than my goal of about 1,500 calories a day, but the muffins I made for breakfast were calories-heavy. No doubt tomorrow will be better…

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Posted by Brian on November 29, 2008

Even conspiracy theorists are looking to Obama to bring some change:

Dear Mr. President Elect:

On October 17, 2008 PRG published an open letter to the candidates callingfor them to make preparations to end the six-decade truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.   This letter reiterates that request.

Your staff is now aware that letters, faxes and emails are arriving at your former Senate office and the Washington, DC transition headquarters.   In general this correspondence will ask of you the following:

1)   demand a full briefing from your military services and intelligence agencies regarding what they know and what they are doing about extraterrestrial related phenomena.  If you are told you do not have the proper clearance for this information, replace that person with someone who has read the Constitution.

2)    press for open and comprehensive congressional hearings to take testimony from scores of government witnesses who have already come forward with extraordinary evidence and are prepared to testify under oath.

3)    formally acknowledge the extraterrestrial presence and finally end the truth embargo after 61 years.

4)    make available for open development technologies which have been secretly studied and reverse engineered for decades with unlimited black budget funding.  These technologies are derived from extraterrestrial vehicles and are now essential to overcome the environmental, economic and societal challenges of our time.

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An experiment

Posted by Brian on November 29, 2008

As part of my ongoing weight-loss project, for one week starting tomorrow I will be counting my calories strictly. In other words, if I don’t know how many calories are in it, I won’t be eating it. I tihnk I’ll use my blog to keep a daily record. Stay tuned…

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Something wrong…

Posted by Brian on November 28, 2008

THis is just horrible:

A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.

The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”

Nassau County Police are still investigating and would not confirm the witness accounts. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. Police did say there were several injuries but weren’t more specific.

Jessica Keyes was among the shoppers. She told the Daily News she saw a woman knocked down just a few feet from the dying worker.

“When the paramedics came, she said ‘I’m pregnant,'” Keyes said.

Paramedics treated the woman inside the store and then, according to Keys, told the woman:

“There’s nothing we can do. The baby is gone.”

Before police shut down the store, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the store clerk’s life.

“They were working on him, but you could see he was dead, said Halcyon Alexander, 29. “People were still coming through.”

Only a few stopped.

“They’re savages,” said shopper Kimberly Cribbs, 27. “It’s sad. It’s terrible.”

IF it isn’t deranged terrorists killing hundreds on the other side of the globe it’s out of control Wal-Mart moms here at home who are willing to take a life in pursuit of the perfect discount. What the fuck is wrong with us? As a society… as people?

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On this Thanksgiving Day…

Posted by Brian on November 27, 2008

I am thankful that I never had this idiot as my father:

MARYSVILLE, Wash., Nov. 17 (UPI) — A Washington man who told officers he fatally shot his 6-year-old daughter while cleaning a gun had been drinking heavily, court records indicate.


Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested 42-year-old Richard Peters of Marysville following the Sunday night shooting while they considered whether to file felony first-degree manslaughter charges, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Monday.

Peters called 911 after the shooting, around 7:30 p.m. His daughter, Stormy Peters, was rushed to Seattle Children’s Hospital but she died there, the newspaper said.

Citing court documents filed in Snohomish County Superior Court, the newspaper said Richard Peters told police he had asked his daughter to bring his Colt .45-caliber pistol from his room. He said he had unloaded the magazine but for some reason the gun fired.

Police said Richard Peters told an investigator he “must have” pulled the trigger. He told a detective he had been drinking “double vodkas” while he and his wife cleaned the guns, and court documents indicated he said he was probably too drunk to drive.

An 8-year-old sibling, an infant and the girl’s mother also were in the residence at the time of the shooting, authorities said. Richard Peters was ordered held on $50,000 bail.

Is there some sort of correlation between stupidity and gun ownership? I’ve never taken a gun safety class in my life but even I could tell you that cleaning a gun while drunk in the presence of children is a recipe for tragedy.

THis guy needs to spend a long time in jail… and get the surviving kids out of the house.

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Headline of the day

Posted by Brian on November 26, 2008

Via Matthew Yglesias:


It’s just as well. Any effort made by Bush would most likely make things far worse…

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A new way of doing things…

Posted by Brian on November 20, 2008

It’s going to be really nice to have am intelligent and articulate president who doesnt make me want to jam ice picks in my ears when he speaks. This is funny:

In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama’s appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday witnessed the president-elect’s unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

But Mr. Obama’s decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.

According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it “alienating” to have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language.

“Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement,” says Mr. Logsdon. “If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist.”

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, “Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate — we get it, stop showing off.”

The president-elect’s stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

“Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can’t really do there, I think needing to do that isn’t tapping into what Americans are needing also,” she said.

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Competence first!

Posted by Brian on November 14, 2008

THere’s a lot of talk on the left about the degree to which President-Elect Obama will keep his leftist nature as he leads from the White House. Some are worried that his goal of bipartisanship will require a move towards the center, shattering the dreams of progressives on the left who saw a real hero in Obama.

It’s a legitimate concern, I suppose, but in all honesty, my main concern is that he runs a competent administration. My secondary concern is his ideological purity.

Why? Well, the dead-enders who continue to defend our current president tended to paint any criticism of Bush as a strictly partisan and ideological in nature. Blinded by their own partisan devotions, they refused to accept what most of America now sees as obvious: Bush is an incompetent boob. And I for one certainly would not have been so disgusted with his presidency if the competence were there even when I didn’t care for his philosophy. So at this point I’m less concerned about whether or not Obama will lead from the center or the left than if he will simply lead and govern competently.

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