Sunday, February 28, 2010

Around the Internets

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Michael Jordan To Be The New Owner Of The Charolette Bobcats

I'm proud yet concerned.

With minutes to go until his exclusive negotiating window was to expire, Jordan struck a deal late Friday night to buy controlling interest of the Charlotte Bobcats, putting the six-time NBA champion in charge of the money-losing team in his home state.

Owner Bob Johnson announced in a statement that he's agreed to sell the Bobcats to Jordan, who been a part-owner of since 2006. Jordan has been running the team's basketball operations.


Proud because I know from MJ's days in DC he always wanted to own a team. Concerned because I know from MJ's days in DC he was essentially merciless in practice, and became increasingly impatient with the fact that the other players weren't as good as he was.

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MD Company Running For Congress

They're doing this for kicks, which makes it sad and funny at the same time.

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Chile Hit By Earthquake, Then Tsunami

Whoa.

SANTIAGO, Chile - A massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, killing at least 85 people, triggering a tsunami and damaging buildings more than 200 miles away.

President Michelle Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe".

At least 23 aftershocks were reported, including one registering at 6.9 on the Richter scale.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

The (Musical) Times, They Are A Changin'

Marvel To Do An All-Girl Comic

Tiger Woods Press Conference, Cracked-Style

GOP Sends Out Mailer Made To Look Like Census Form

Sigh. Two questions:

  1. If the GOP is on the comeback, why do something like this?
  2. If certain prominent Republicans have been denouncing the 2010 Census, why do something like this?

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Laurel & Hardy's "The Dark Knight"

I LOLed.


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Hip-Hop's "Complexion Obsession"

While some of the comments make me think some people here need some more book learnin', some valid points are made about what Hip-Hop (specifically) and the music industry (in general) considers to be "beautiful."

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ABC.com - Lost - LOST Untangled

These are not only slightly informative, but now way more funny than the earlier ones.

ABC.com - Lost - LOST Untangled

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  1. R.I.P., Andrew Koeing.
  2. I'm not going to hate on the Canadian woman's hockey team for celebrating. They avenged their male counterparts. Now if what they were doing is illegal; that's another story.
  3. The HCR Summit gave both sides the time to get their whining and complaints out of their system, and now President Obama wants to see some maturity being applied to the issue.
  4. I can't hate on Seth Green either. Seriously. In fact, he gives funny guys everywhere hope.
  5. Looks like this latest snowfall is a little too much for New York.
  6. New Wizard Al Thorton has a new opportunity to shine.
  7. And people say Joe Biden doesn't do anything.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

What's In a Name? (Revisited)

Where A Kid Can Shoot A Kid

Chuck E. Cheeses sure has changed since my day.

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Watching Health Care Setdown...

...and boy, I think things would have been different had the Democrats just called the bill: "The Ronald Reagan Health Care Plan."

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How Warren Buffett Rolls

Oh, I Think Something's Clear.

Maybe you need a new boyfriend.
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Who Know Lindsey Vonn Had Rivals?

I mean like serious "I don' like you" types? Who's from the same country?

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Animal Named "Killer Whale" Kills Again, Humans Are Baffled

See, because even though it's bigger than a monster truck, it looks so cute! What could happen?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A SeaWorld killer whale seized a trainer in its jaws Wednesday and thrashed the woman around underwater, killing her in front of a horrified audience. It marked the third time the animal had been involved in a human death.

Distraught audience members were hustled out of the stadium immediately, and the park was closed.


That. That could happen.

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Lindsey Vonn

Either Vonn was still giddy over her win, on something, or she's not really 25. Either way, it's a funny interview.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
America's Olympic Wins - Lindsey Vonn
www.colbertnation.com
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LOST: Even The Best Daddies Have Cowboy Issues


LOST brings us a traditional Jack-centric episode (where off-Island it's as boring as watching paint dry, and on-Island it's pretty well entertaining) but with the added bonus that the Island stuff wasn't exactly focused on Jack: our favorite doctor and reluctant leader was being guided by the ever-fun Hugo! BTW: I wasn't the only one who noticed this.

DISCOVERIES
  1. Um, the Lighthouse...which is totally awesome.
  2. Claire is buddy-buddy with the Locke-less Monster.
  3. Kate actually plans on finding Claire; it's wasn't a ruse or moment of emotional irrationality.
  4. Despite being dead, Jacob is still communicating with Hugo.
  5. Claire knows how to use an axe.
OBSERVATIONS
  1. Last episode, Locke-less Monster took Sawyer to his supposed home away from home: a dark cave hidden in the side of a cliff on the Island. This episode, Jacob guided Hugo and Jack to his HAFH: a lighthouse.
  2. The depth of the X-world gets deeper: Jack has a son, Dogen never went to the island, and Dogen has a son as well.
  3. In White Rabbit, Jack made a discovery on the Island that was connected to him and reacted with anger, which he told Hugo about. This foreshadows his actions in this episode, where he discoveries that the Lighthouse was set up, in part, to watch his boyhood home.
  4. This episodes marks one of the few times Kate is doing her own thing and neither chases nor teams up with Jack or Sawyer.
  5. Sayid's lines are more expository than usual. Yeesh.

QUESTIONS
  1. How did Claire learn to fight, trap, torture and use guns?
  2. Why isn't Claire at the cabin, or the beach?
  3. How did the Others capture Claire? How the hell did she escape?
  4. How did Jin know that it was Kate, specifically, who took Aaron? He came with Sun and Aaron on the raft, and wasn't on the helicopter to see Kate take Aaron.
  5. Had Jack not gone batshit crazy, what was the rest of Hugo's mission?

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Why Do Wizards Fans Not Like LeBron James?

Ah, Credit Cards

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How Dedicated Are LOST Fans?

When part of the final season was first leaked, they refused to watch.

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I Got Yer "Sigh" Right Here...

Dave, I know this hurts, but you have to consider that anyone willing to do this should have no problem paying for a 911 emergency (especially if they have a big family):

VILLE PLATTE, La. - A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to selling two children for a cockatoo and $175 in what her attorney called an attempt to do a good thing that went wrong.

"It was a really clumsy attempt at an adoption proceeding," said Steve Sikich, attorney for Donna Louise Greenwell of Pitkin. "She was trying to help the children and get them situated."

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Investigators said she called Paul J. Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, of Evangeline Parish early last year after seeing a flyer they posted offering a cockatoo for sale, and offered to deliver the children for about $2,000. When the Romeros said they could not afford that, a deal was stuck for the bird, valued at $1,500, plus cash.

Greenwell had custody of the children for more than a year before meeting the Romeros, Sikich said. Her lawyers have maintained she was just trying to find a better home for them.


Sure she was.

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I Think I Know Why The Washington Post Let Tony Kornheiser Go...

...maybe it was because he couldn't filter himself.

Kornheiser, the popular host of the show "Pardon the Interruption," is known for making sports figures the subject of his humorous criticism, but in a recent show he aimed his commentary at Storm's wardrobe.

[SNIP: read the story to see what he said. It ain't pretty.]

Kornheiser opened his radio show the next day by apologizing, saying, "I apologize, unequivocally ... I'm a sarcastic, subversive guy ... I'm a troll, look at me. I have no right to insult what anybody looks like or what anybody wears. That, I think, should go without saying."

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"Career?"

J-Lo's apparently leaving her record label...didn't know she was still singing on that level.

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And The Hits Just Keep On Coming...


Rep. John Boehner's Office on President Obama's HCR proposal:

"The White House's 'plan' consists of an 11-page outline, which has not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office or posted online as legislative text. So they want to reorganize one-sixth of the United States' economy with a document shorter than a comic book, and they're complaining that they can't find our plan on their own website? C'mon."


Last fall, he said this about the Pelosi Bill:

"The best way to get a sense of what Speaker Pelosi's takeover of health care looks like is to actually look at it. Just shy of 2,000 pages, it runs more than 620 pages longer than the government-run plan Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993."



So as long as the bill is more than 11 pages yet under 2,000 pages (that itself was an exaggeration; if printed in a traditional fashion it's about as long as Sarah Palin's book), maybe Boehner and Co. will embrace it.

Or maybe not.

Obama: You'll never satisfy these guys; they're just not that into you.

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Cartoonist Ted Rall On Tiger Woods, His Apology and Monogamy

This is a very interesting take; here's a sample:

Nowhere in America lives a kid who looked up to Tiger because he thought he was faithful to his wife.

Woods wasn't some right-wing hypocrite. He didn't preach. His church was the Chapel of Sports Excellence.

Apologize? What for?

I'm not even sure he owes his wife an apology. According to various reports (although I fathom not how said accounts were sourced), Woods' wife lost interest in sex after having kids. If she turned colder, oh well. Things happen. Tiger didn't have the right to demand that she put out. But he had every right—the duty, even, if there was to be any chance of his keeping his family intact from divorce—to have some fun on the side.

If Mrs. Woods wanted it ten times a day, on the other hand, he owes her an apology. Her. Not us.

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Some Q&A With LOST's Newest Character

Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays "Dogen," gives fans a little taste of his character's impact on Television's Most Intriguing Island.

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Living Large

Who needs to be POTUS when you can be RNC Chair and milk the hell out of your party?

“Michael Steele is an imperial chairman,” said one longtime Republican fundraiser. “He flies in private aircraft. He drives in private cars. He has private consultants that are paid ridiculous retainers. He fancies himself a presidential candidate and wants all of the trappings and gets them by using other people’s money.”

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Some Guys Want a Celebrity, Others a Housewife...

...I say, "Why not both?"

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  1. Dick Cheney's very persistent.
  2. Who knew choking on hot dogs was such a problem?
  3. And so begins the Taylor Swift backlash (actually, it began with her movie reviews, but whatever).
  4. The first step is admitting that you have a problem, especially if you're a terrorist.
  5. And update involving Natalee Holloway, one of the first people I ever blogged about.
  6. Better late than never.
  7. Lindsay Lohan blames her pop for her drugin'.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Sequel To "The Descent" Coming To America...Via Direct-To-Video

I'm still kicking myself for not seeing the first one in theaters (I did but it, however). Now being denied a chance to see the sequel on the big screen is giving me double-regret.

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Republicans Have Contributed To President Obama's HCR Bill

Connect The Dots (Or, Politicians Should Be Careful of What They Say)

Fact: Sarah Palin has a child who has special needs, aka, a disability.

Fact: Last week, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall said:

The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.”


Fill In The Blank: Therefore, Bob Marshall believes that someone like Sarah Palin _________.

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  1. Glad to finally see the White House weighing in on the HCR bill. And I mean FINALLY.
  2. Well, that's because everyone runs as an outsider the first time.
  3. Credit cards are in the mail again, but without the old bells and whistles.
  4. Sweet Baby Jesus: diversity in the work place is not worth sacrificing human life or national security.
  5. The "wrong" "hero."
  6. We should all nap more.
  7. Ninja restaurant. "Nuff said.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Around The Internets

Friday, February 19, 2010

Remember Ft. Hood?

Close, But Not Quite

I suppose when Sarah Palin decided to launch her attack on Family Guy, she didn't realize that the actress playing the character who ribbed her has Down Syndrome.

And I agree with the Daily Kos diarist's (CatM) asesment:

I think Andrea makes it clear that one person (or character) with Down Syndrome does not equal ALL people with Down Syndrome anymore than any actor or character represents all people.

Palin sees Trig as a symbol of Down Syndrome, not a person. So any thing she sees as critical of Down Syndrome is an attack on Trig personally.

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Oh My.

Michelle Trachtenberg raps.

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  1. Apparently, Tiger Woods used those mistresses to keep his weight down.
  2. Thank you, Boston plowmen.
  3. Thank you, Denver Nuggets.
  4. Sounds kinda like LOST, except Arkham Asylum's on the Island. Cool!
  5. Yet no one talks about doing anything about China. Not saying we should "do something," but I would think being able to hack into the federal government and shut it down is just as dangerous as bringing an underwear bomb on a plane.
  6. Guess how many minorities were stopped by NYPD last year.
  7. And Boston was looking to trade Ray Allen.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

An Example In Hypocrisy:

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  1. "I hope this will not be misunderstood, so that it defiles the sanctity of Islam. The punishment is to teach and give a chance to those who have fallen off the path to return and build a better life in the future."
  2. “Maalox Total Relief and Maalox are not interchangeable and shouldn’t be used in place of each other.”
  3. It was a glaring omission that . . . there wasn’t the inclusion of the shooter who exited her house with a gun, leveling the gun at an innocent bystander, and making demands on that bystander.’’
  4. “We know from previous studies that negative emotion is predictive of heart disease. We wanted to find out if positive affect is protective.”
  5. “I was looking and I couldn’t see them. But they were shooting the dirt right next to us.”

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What's The Demographics of Tea Party Members?

LOST: Locked, Stocked and Barreled



If I was worried that these flash-sideways were just another boring way to do character development while the fun stuff happens on the island, last night's episode proved me wrong. In the X-world, Locke tries to adjust to life in a wheelchair. On the Island, Smokey/Evil Locke tries to recruit people for his cause.

As usual with Locke-centric episodes, you really don't get anything from anyone else, so if you aren't/weren't a Locke fan you were out of luck. For Locke's fans, it's worth noting that in the X-world he has a pretty good life (and attitude), despite being in a wheelchair.

DISCOVERIES
  1. Evil Locke can't change into anything/anyone else (except into his Smokey form, apparently).
  2. Hugo owned a Temp Agency (if this was mentioned in previous seasons, I missed it).
  3. Sawyer is part of Jacob's secret (and male-dominated) list that was kept in Jacob's cave.
  4. (If you believe Evil Locke) Jacob had planned to use some of the Flight 815 survivors as candidates for the new guardian of the Island.
OBSERVATIONS
  1. There's things on The Island (like the scary little blond kid) that even Smokey/Evil Locke doesn't understand.
  2. If X-Locke lost his ability to walk because of his father, he's certainly not holding a grudge.
  3. Assuming the X-World represents the Island being relatively uninhabitable from the events of last season's finale (the 70's on), it's possible that X-Ben left while he was still young and managed to lead a somewhat normal life.
  4. Regardless of the reality, Randy Nations is still a prick.
QUESTIONS
  1. Why can't Evil Locke change anymore?
  2. Why are most of Jacob's candidates male?
  3. Why didn't X-Locke want his old job back? And more to the point, why didn't he ask Hurley to fire Randy?
  4. What happened to X-Locke that he's finally with Helen, and is on good terms with his father?
  5. Why does Sawyer trust Evil Locke more than everybody else at the Temple?

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Keith Olbermann On Fear And Racism

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  1. You’ve given yourselves very little room to work in a bipartisan fashion because what you’ve been telling your constituents is, ‘This guy’s doing all kinds of crazy stuff that is going to destroy America.’ ”
  2. "After I lost the baby I didn't want to talk about it."
  3. “One minute she’s fine, the other minutes hollering and screaming.’’
  4. "He makes the Taliban run."

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Around The Internets

Friday, February 12, 2010

Another School Shooting, This Time Involving Faculty.

Yikes.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A woman opened fire during a biology faculty meeting at the University of Alabama's Huntsville campus Friday, killing three people and injuring three others, officials said. The shooter was caught outside the Shelby Center, a science building, without incident, according to university spokesman Ray Garner. Local media reported the shooter was a faculty member, though Garner said he could not identify her. A man was also being detained.

All three of those killed and two of the injured were faculty members. The third injured person was a staff member. No students were involved in the shooting.

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Purely A Coincidence

Legislation FYI

C&L has their own take on the new Jobs Bill that I mentioned earlier, and after looking at it again, I think they have a point.

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LaVar Arrington vs. Clinton Portis

Well, actually more like "Clinton Portis' perception of things versus LaVar Arrington's perception of things," but the title I used is more eye-catching. Still, something worth reading/listening to.

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  1. Alexis Hutchinson's ordeal with the military seems to finally be ending.
  2. Bill Clinton seems to be recovering.
  3. H1N1 is more of a problem for children than adults.
  4. A look at the Fort Greene documentary.
  5. Does this truly spell the end of one of the country's most famous political families?
  6. When a political party fears their opponent's base more than their own, they do things like neuter otherwise potent pieces of legislation.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Meet The Charlie Brown Tie Fighter

Marvel Comics Bends To Tea Party

They can take on Magneto and Dr. Doom, but they're powerless against a party that didn't exist four years ago.

Will Ultimate Captain America apologize to France?

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It's Gettin' Kinda Hectic

Really?

County drivers working to plow the roads in Prince George's County were accosted Thursday around 10 a.m. by several residents, who told them that if their streets didn't get plowed they were going to "throw them out of their trucks and beat them up," said Susan Hubbard, spokeswoman for the county's Department of Public Works and Transportation.

The incident happened in the southern part of the county, outside the Beltway, but Hubbard declined to name a specific neighborhood. She said police were notified and have responded to the area to make their presence known, though Hubbard did not believe any arrests were made. A call to county police officials for more information was not immediately returned.

"We had reports that three or four of the drivers in this one particular area," were threatened, Hubbard said. "It's ridiculous. ...Men and women are working as hard as they possibly can. ... I understand people are frustrated. ... It's not just here in Prince George's County, it is everywhere. ...Obviously we know we have work to do and we're trying to just as hard as we can. We want to go home. "

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Music, Movie Critics Go "Kanye West" On Taylor Swift

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  1. Poll insinuates that Americans want Congress (read: US Senate) to start doing something, doesn't understand Tea Party. Oh, and Sarah Palin isn't the hit her TV appearances have led us to believe.
  2. A sex crime story that makes me think we may have to revise some off our sex offender laws.
  3. Massachusetts cracks down on food allergy safety.
  4. Iran and South Africa celebrate their respective anniversaries.
  5. Stuttering may run in the family.
  6. All good things must come to an end, especially for DC sports.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blizzard Message

FYI: I got this message this morning from my local councilman:

9:15 am Wed Feb 10th

Again, my staff and I are monitoring phone calls to the office (301) 952-3887 and emails that we receive. We are forwarding concerns directly to the personnel supervising the snow removal teams. I am getting these emails on my Blackberry - your message is being read and dealt with.

I will be trying to get a new status report this morning. At this moment, i do not have new information. Yesterday, the focus was to finish getting to ALL residential streets, including continuing that effort during the early parts of the new storm. Unfortunately, that means making streets "passable" not clear. That has just been the reality of the magnitude of this storm. I have personally checked on many of the residential streets that people have complained about, and I have gotten equipment out there by working with the DPWT leadership. Nonetheless, many of these streets that are "passable" result in cars getting stuck.

I have been out on surveys the past two evenings, and it is amazing to see main State and County roads in as poor shape as they are. Contrary to many complaints I/we have received, this is not an indication of incompetence or mismanagement. The magnitude of the weekend storm was unlike anything seen before and "normal" operations (by normal, I mean every person and every piece of equipment working around the clock doing normal plowing). There have been many reasons that "normal" doesn't work. The biggest impediment is people trying to drive the roads and getting stuck, which hinders plow operations. The next biggest impediment has been plows getting stuck in the original deep snow. Much of the smaller equipment intended for basic plowing on smaller neighborhood streets cannot plow 28" inches of snow. Thus, it has required teams of 2-3 pieces of equipment to work in tandem - limiting the number of places that can be reached at one time. Further, the constant wear and tear in harsh conditions has led to numerous instances of equipment failure. Smaller failures have equipment taken back to the garage to get the pieces back out quickly.

To complicate matters, early in the storm, plows had to be diverted from regular clearing operations to get the power companies to outage areas (those big trucks of theirs could not negotiate 28" of snow and it was necessary to send plows with them). The same diversion occurred for the many EMS calls to clear paths for fire trucks and ambulances. Last, there have been trees down and cars abandoned in the middle of neighborhood streets so that plows could not get further back in neighborhoods. So, for all of the complaints.... I don't mind fielding the calls and emails, but it is important to understand that this was not just a big snow, this has essentially been a natural disaster that has stretched every government in the region to the limits.

But, where are we now?

I spent yesterday afternoon at the Snow District 1 Operations Center in Glendale. In addition to seeing that many of your issues got attention, I sat through the County conference call where all Operations Centers go over their status and their challenges. It is very instructive to see what the personnel are dealing with. As noted above, the goal was to keep as much equipment finishing neighborhood streets as possible. Then, heavier equipment was being pulled to get the Primary Roads cleared for this new snow. Because of the efforts to get into every residential street, we hope that after this storm ends, DPWT can get the Primaries cleared fairly quickly and can get back into the residential streets to get the new snow. By getting much of the original 28" cleared, the new 8-12" should be fairly "manageable". I will follow up with new info when I have it.

I have tried to get plows to respond to all of your requests, including those late yesterday afternoon where there were some isolated instances. If you believe that you still haven't seen a plow, email me right back and I will try to get someone out there - note that in a number of cases where residents have worked together to clear enough to get out and then driven 4-wheel drives on it, the plow drivers come and take a look and believe that an earlier crew took care of you. It can be real hard to tell the difference. Let me know and I will try to get someone on it.

Monday night, I toured West Laurel where I live (got stuck real bad which never happens, and told me i might be more of a hindrance than a help). Then i headed through the City of Laurel (good work) over to Cherry Lane (a disgrace - I literally called for heavy equipment (it now looks great)), down to Snow Hill Manor (really needed work), through Montpelier (pretty good, but Snowden Loop and and Montpelier Forest were left undone), down Muirkirk (generally in great shape) to Montpelier Hills. I found the plow driver for the South Laurel sector and confirmed that he was going to get to Snowden & Montpelier Woods, Woodbridge and other communities. I then went down Muirkirk to Ammendale and up Old Gunpowder. Pretty good on those Roads. NOTE: I couldn't get out until Monday either (I was hunkered down like everyone).

Tuesday night, after the Operations Center, I came up Riggs Rd to White Oak/Buck Lodge (really needed more work), and through Adelphi/Hillandale Gardens (had seen plows, but really needed work). Small plows were in there and I called in to have them go back to White Oak/Buck Lodge when they finished. I avoided getting stuck (barely) but I knew that conditions were really deteriorating and that I should get off the roads before I became an impediment. I headed back up Powder Mill (pretty good) to Ammendale and down to Virginia Manor (need to check access to the hospital from Beltsville). We had sent crews out there earlier, but with the traffic on Virginia Manor, it made it hard on the crews. Generally, it was in decent shape up to the Gazette printing plant, but real chancy from there to Van Dusen. I went down to Mayfair (really bad, so I called again for that to be done). Finally, I knew I needed to check out Contee and Cherry Lane, both of which had been so bad. Contee was really horrible from Victoria Falls to Route 1 (I didn't venture further east because of what I had heard). I went up Route 1 to Cherry Lane and it was in great shape - there was a huge piece of equipment working on it (as I had requested) and it had done a great job. The good news was that it was almost done and then heading to Contee. Heading for home, I cut down Sweitzer to Bounds and found that the complaints about Bounds were well founded. I located small plows over on Kent that had done a great job from Bond Mill to Kent, so I asked to have them redirected back to Bounds.

Beltsville/Calverton - I didn't get the chance for a personal inspection (yet - I will be there next), but I have been in direct communication with many residents via phone and email, so I have been trying to get attention out there. I know in Beltsville we had issues on the streets off of Montgomery (most of that got addressed, but I expect there are a few missed streets), and I know it took forever to get to Ammendale/Sequoia over in North Creek. Hopefully, they got addressed, but let me know and I will be in touch with the Snow Operations Center.

TODAY

For today, be prepared for power outages. Blizzard conditions with high winds are forecast today. Call immediately if your power goes out. It is important for everyone to call so that they see the magnitude and breadth of the outage - it isn't always obvious to them without all of the calls.

If you are serviced by BG&E, call 1-877-778-2222. For PEPCO, call 1-877-737-2662.

Please call my office at (301) 952-3887 to let us know so we can help monitor with BGE/PEPCO.

Please stay off the roads today - it could hinder clean up operations.

NOTE: Following are the general guidelines for snow removal - it may be slower because of the previous storm. Please have reasonable expectation. We are looking at about 12" today with blizzard conditions through 7pm. So, START counting hours from 7pm tonight and you will have an idea of what to expect.

Primary Roads 4 - 8 inches Bare Pavement within 12 hours

Residential Streets 4 - 8 inches Passable within 24-36 hours


Primary Roads 8 - 12 inches Bare Pavement within 24 hours

Residential Streets 8 - 12 inches Passable within 36 - 48 hours


Primary Roads 12 - 18 inches Bare Pavement within 24 - 36 hours

Residential Streets 12 - 18 inches Passable within 48 - 72 hours

• Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes

• Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible

• Park only on the EVEN-NUMBERED sides of streets

(This is very important in order to allow plows to clear residential roadways. Plows cannot maneuver around vehicles to clear roadways. One side of the roadway must clear of vehicles for plow drivers to effectively perform snow and ice removal services.)


Call or email with updates from your community, but it will be likely 36-48 hours to get to passable in most locations - Meaning Friday.

Tom Dernoga, Chair

Prince George's County Council (District 1)

(301) 952-3887

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On The Blizzard

I think it would go without saying that this is bad and unprecedented. Yet I've seen some jerks claim that where they're from, this is "normal" and they wouldn't panic. Well, I suppose if Maryland, DC, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had blizzards every damn winter these states (and the people who live there) would be more prepared.

So let me ask these "blizzard experts:" how prepared is your town/state for a flood? A tornado? An earthquake? Would you still just brush it off, or would you maybe feel a bit overwhelmed?

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LOST: Can I Get a Second Opinion?

Despite Emilie de Ravin's spoilers, this was still an interesting and revealing episode. We got to see Aldo (who survived the last Survivors vs. Others battle), Ethan (alternate version) and the mysterious other Others who weren't with Richard.

While there were certainly a lot of things to go over, I'll be brief this time:

DISCOVERIES
  1. The X/Alternate timeline is a month off.
  2. Dogen knows about the Survivors and apparently their relationships.
  3. In the X-timeline, Ethan's still a doctor and in California.
  4. The reason Claire didn't give birth soon after the crash was because Ethan was giving her drugs.

OBSERVATIONS
  1. While Miles has established Hugo as a leader, Jack is still using his experience as a doctor to make leadership-like decisions.
  2. Dogen's initial reason for not speaking English (he claimed he finds it repulsive) contradicts the reason he gave Jack (to keep him, the leader, distant from those who follow him).
  3. Sawyer knew Kate would at least try to follow him when he left the Temple, otherwise he wouldn't have made a false trail.

QUESTIONS
  1. How did Sayid get infected? How did the other Survivors avoid infection?
  2. Why is Dogen's group more cautious about the Monster than Richard's group?
  3. How did Kate-X get $200.00 to pay the mechanic to get her cuffs off if she didn't rob Claire-X?
  4. How the hell did Claire survive for three years on her own?
  5. Why is the X-timeline one month off?

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  1. It's a shame that when I first saw the body count for this story, I assumed it was just another terrorist attack or war casualty.
  2. Ellen gets her shot on American Idol.
  3. Seriously? "Internet rape?"
  4. Just sick and crazy enough to have a movie made about it.
  5. Really didn't that radiation safety was in the FDA's jusridiction, but oh well.
  6. Who knew going to the dentist could get you out of some jailtime?
  7. MTV finally admits that they aren't really doing the "music thing" anymore.
  8. Millionaire decides to give money away, is called crazy by critics.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

All I Did Was Google "Babies With Beer..."

It's OK To Tug On The Cape A Little

This post pretty much sums up my feelings regarding "Smallville:" the producers desire to keep Clark Kent out of the Superman suit has rendered the show barely watchable. And this is from someone who claimed to have watched just one recent episode; I've watched the damn thing off-and-on for about 4&1/2 seasons.

And every year they do something like this: tease you with an episode that makes you think, Finally, we're going to see the Man of Steel! But what happens instead is what always happens: they take one step forward and two steps back. I mean, the way they've jerked her character around, I really expected Allison Mack to leave a long time ago.

No some may argue that other shows (like LOST) do the same thing; except shows like LOST do it on purpose, and they've managed to do in a far more creative fashion.

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  1. Lawyer for the Americans who tried to "adopt" Haitian children (some weren't even orphans) calls it quits.
  2. Congrats to Brooklyn Decker.
  3. No Kobe/No Bynum/No Problem.
  4. New revelation regarding autism.
  5. Michelle Obama takes on childhood obesity.
  6. R.I.P., John Murtha.

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Little Girl (Almost) Lost

Here's a story of a high-school-student-soon-to-be-college-student who came this close to being a full-time stripper:



Well, fortunately for Brianna, former Congresswoman Linda Smith got involved. Smith is a member of Shared Hope International, an organization that deals with fighting back against sex trafficking.

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  1. Can't say Obama isn't trying (to a fault).
  2. One of my personal favorite Superbowl commercials.
  3. Keeping an eye on Taiwan's growth.
  4. America doesn't torture; but Americans? That's another story.
  5. Ukraine tries to smooth their elections out.

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Around The Internets


  1. Not everything Steve Jobs suggests works out.
  2. You wouldn't peg Natalie Portman as a man-stealer, but...
  3. Take his advice, which is actually "don't listen to guys like me."
  4. Amanda Rosa was going to be a lawyer, but she decided to get into music. I support that call.
  5. I'd have to answer this question with a "yes." But I'd expand it to say that any intelligent minority has it rough.
  6. This woman is probably the reason a lot of us are alive today.
  7. There's both a latent agenda and some medicinal reality that probably won't be exposed in Tim Tebow's Superbowl ad.
  8. Add teddy bears to the growing list of drug mules.
  9. How idiotic arguments enter the political mainstream.
  10. Why some kids get bullied.
  11. What those "idiot lights" on your car really mean.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

2K Sports To Give $1 Million As Prize

Friday, February 05, 2010

LOL Harold Ford

The guy has a friggin' tour rider. That's like a college basketball player having a tour rider.

He's not Obama, Palin or even William Shatner. WTF, dude?

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  1. Sooner or later, the media will realize that this only means the end of a filabuster-proof majority
  2. Ever quit by haiku? Via Twitter? How about both?
  3. Here's my cheesy chick flick post of the month. Consider the quota filled.
  4. I don't think bombing people during a religious event is a good recruiting tactic.
  5. If you're still using the old Xbox, don't count on using it for online gaming anymore.
  6. Drew Peterson may want to shut the hell up.
  7. As if Toyota needed any more problems.
  8. This new Monopoly game looks cool.
  9. Let's make a deal.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Coroner Report On Brittany Murphy

Model Offers Oral To Avoid Arrest

David Broder Says Health Care Reform Needs To Happen

Quote of the Day

"On the Left, we have a right-wing Democrat. On the Right, we have an imbecile.

God Save Our National Discourse."


ibc, commenting on the Michael Steele/Harold Ford Jr. Cage Match. In a sense, that quote does describe our current political landscape.

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  1. Hockey is dangerous.
  2. The Senate Jobs bill.
  3. I'm pretty sure candidate Obama mentioned Pakistan as a player in the GWOT.
  4. There's more than one Jessica Lynch story.
  5. Kobe has some ankle problems.
  6. Lego gun gets fourth grader suspended.
  7. Remember: The GOP is not the Party of NO."
  8. Battling obesity.
  9. Splinters in the tea (party).
  10. And so begins the Clinton Portis Persona Reinvention Tour.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

WTF, Vanity Fair?

Really? There are no young Asian, Latina or African-American actresses who are part of "New Hollywood?"

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"It wasn’t the devil that hurt Haiti; it was Thomas Jefferson."

Henry Louis Gates Jr. (remember him?) gives his own take on what happened in and to Haiti. In short: Haiti was in many ways a precusor to how America treated Iraq after 9/11.

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  1. Don't celebrity sex tapes/nude photos usually come out when said celebrity's fame is on a downslide?
  2. Bill Cowher wisely keeps his coaching options open.
  3. In other words: a half-assed approach to abstinence doesn't cut it.
  4. Cracking down on texting (and being old) will driving.
  5. Making progress.
  6. Vanessa Williams finally gets the memo.
  7. Like your average "independent" voter, most of the Taliban just goes with the flow.

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LOST: "Who Cares If It's The Plot From 'Sliding Doors?' I Wanna Do It!"

Another season, another interesting opener (Attention: POSSIBLE SPOILERS). Sayid dies, then doesn't. Locke's reborn, except he ain't. The Losties escape the the Island, except they didn't.

Looks like the new story-telling gimmick (flashbacks and flashforwards) is showing us what would have happened if our beloved characters never crashed on the Island (someway, in this reality, it's underwater). Here, Kate's still a fugitive (of course she escapes custody again after they land), Locke's still in a wheelchair, Jack's looking for his dad's coffin, Jin gets arrested (Sun did not espose her ability to speak/understand English) and we're even treated with a Boone & Charlie cameo

But hold on: while we're treated to a world with the Losties but sans the Island, there's still the reality we're all too familiar with: in this world, Faraday's/Jack's plan was a complete screwup, Juliet dies in Sawyer's arms, Hugo become a temporary leader (Yay!) and Sayid proves too awesome for death.

DISCOVERIES
  1. I guess the biggest one is that the Monster is the Man in Black, the one who wanted to kill Jacob last season, the guy impersonating John Locke.
  2. As stated above, Juliet's actions have created two worlds: one where the plane crashed and nothing was really altered and one where the plane landed safely in LAX.
  3. The Others have more leaders than we knew about.
  4. The Others are as scared of The Monster as anyone else.
  5. The sand is used to protect people/things from the Monster.

OBSERVATIONS
  1. Ben's become a mess; he was tricked to kill his leader by someone who pretended to be someone else, his daughter's still dead, he still hasn't regained leadership of the Others. Seriously, how dangerous is this guy without some kind of following?
  2. If we're going by what took place on the Island, a confrontation between the Losties/Jacob's Others and the Ajira Flight/Monster's Others is inevitable.
  3. Jacob had little interest in saving Juliet.
  4. Even though Alternate Sun had a change of heart about leaving Alternate Jin, she certainly doesn't care for him enough to keep him from going to prison.
  5. The focus on airport security was kinda in-your-face. I'm not even sure it was as bad in 2004 as it is now, but whatever.

QUESTIONS
  1. How did the Temple Others not know that Sayid may survive the process?
  2. How did Juliet know that "it worked?"
  3. Why couldn't Miles sense/tell that Jacob was dead?
  4. Why did Flocke (Fake Locke) not just transform in front of his attackers?
  5. Where is Island Claire?
  6. How did Jack's Group end up near the Hatch?
  7. What was Desmond doing on the Alternate Plane?
  8. Why were Alternate Boone's and Alternate Hurley's stories different? Boone never brought Shannon back, and Hurley now claims he's super-lucky.
  9. Why didn't Jacob ever warn the Others about what the Monster could do?
  10. What happened to the coffin (Jack's dad) in the Alternate World?

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The GOP Comes Out With Their Own Budget Proposal...

Enter: The Deficit Peacock


As the political world turns to budgets, you'll have your share of deficit hawks make the rounds on the regular shows. You'll also be exposed to deficit peacocks, which are a different breed. This post talks about how to spot the peacocks.

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Internet Password Trivia

Odds are, the password you use for Facebook is the same as the one for your bank account.

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More Proof Scientists Were Comic Books Fans In Their Youth

"Self Made Man" Revisited

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  1. DADT may finally get re-evaluated.
  2. Apparently this week it's all about budgets and deficits.
  3. Damn furball's been giving the same outlook for the past ten years.
  4. China to Obama: don't visit the Dalai Lama.
  5. I'd rather see one of these two win the Razzie, even though the possibility of Sandra Bullock winning both and Oscar and a Razzie in the same year is intriguing.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Quote Of The Day

"Obviously, nobody wants to watch a bunch of muscley men jump on top of each other in tight shiny pants and slap each other on the ass if it’s going to be interrupted by a bunch of gay shit."


-- The Editors from Poorman, on the hypocrisy of which commercials are being allowed to be shown during the Superbowl.

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