Tuesday, February 27, 2007

SPECTER: When did you last read the case?

GONZALES: It has been a while, but I’ll be happy to — I will go back and look at it.

SPECTER: I looked at it yesterday and this morning again.

GONZALES: I will go back and look at it. The fact that the Constitution — again, there is no express grant of habeas in the Constitution. There is a prohibition against taking it away. But it’s never been the case, and I’m not a Supreme —

SPECTER: Now, wait a minute. Wait a minute. The constitution says you can’t take it away, except in the case of rebellion or invasion. Doesn’t that mean you have the right of habeas corpus, unless there is an invasion or rebellion?

GONZALES: I meant by that comment, the Constitution doesn’t say, “Every individual in the United States or every citizen is hereby granted or assured the right to habeas.” It doesn’t say that. It simply says the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended except by —

SPECTER: You may be treading on your interdiction and violating common sense, Mr. Attorney General.



Please do not let this stunning bit of Attorney General ass-hattery overshadow the wonderful smackdown of Tim Hardaway Hardaway courtesy of Mr. Sulu.
Fscking pwned.

(courtesy of ella)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Oh Don Piano.

Monday, February 19, 2007

• Accidentally bleached my favorite shirt while cleaning.

• Managed to dislocate the door on my girlfriend's dishwasher. Fixed it but not after ripping some skin off a finger.

• My computer has developed a virus. About two months of images hang in the balance. Sad about the whole thing, really.

Save for some bright spots, the weekend has been semi-craptacular.

Friday, February 16, 2007

In line yesterday @ Fillipe's, a restaurant in Harvard Sq.

me: Sorry for staring, you look just like someone I know. But ...you're not him.
stranger: I hope he's a nice guy.
me: Ex-boss, actually and yeah, he's nice. Aside from being a Republican.
stranger: [pause] What's wrong with Republicans?
me: Dude, I only have a half-hour for lunch.

So ...a funny thing happened to me yesterday...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

sent: Feb 14, 2007 3:21PM
from: Jason
to: Jane
subject: re; sales order

These parts (PT1234 x 3) shipped by DHL, tracking # xxxxxxxxxxx

sent: Feb 14, 2007 3:26PM [5 minutes later, this can be forgiven]
from: Jane
to: Jason
subject: re; PT1234

Please ship PT1234 x 3 ASAP.

sent: Feb 14, 2007 4:40PM [74 minutes later]
from: Jason
to: Jane
subject: re; PT1234

The PT1234s already shipped (see email time stamped Feb 14, 2007 3:21PM).

sent: Feb 14, 2007 5:59PM [79 minutes later]
from: Jane
to: Jason
subject: re; PT1234

Please provide a tracking number for 1234's shipment and confirm how many parts were sent.

Monday, February 12, 2007

"I'll bury her. She has never written anything that's been a hit."

     Toby Keith in 2002 on Natalie Maines

Here's a little chart to help Mr. Keith. Maybe the Grammys are past his bedtime, I don't know.

     Grammy count
Toby Keith: 0
Natalie Maines: 5

Sunday, February 11, 2007

I've said it for years. People turn their brains off when it comes to computers. So hats off to whoever came up with this skit -- says it better than I ever could.

A shot from the free Jewel show @ South Station:

And the Dixie Chicks got a grammy. Me, I hate country music, I think award shows are generally for artistic whores but I'm really, really glad this goes up the collective asses of every Republican and Clear Channel.

Fuck them. Fuck them right in the ear.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

It's kind of creepy that Anna Nicole Smith drops dead and her Wikipedia page is updated before the CNN email alert hits my inbox.

[edit: people are just mean...]

An element of my job is to coordinate with the Mexico office to facilitate movement and orders of parts.

This is an exchange that occurred yesterday, presented in chronological order.

This is why they drive me nuts.
sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 10:34AM
from: Bob
to: Jason
cc: Jane
subject: broken 3005s

Sixteen of these part arrived broken, please send replacements.

sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 4:20PM
from: Jason
to: Jane
cc: Bob
subject: re; broken 3005s

These go out today via UPS, tracking # xxxxxxxxxxxx

sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 4:57PM
from: Jane
to: Jason
cc: Bob
subject: re; broken 3005s


sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 5:20PM
from: Jane
to: Jason
subject: re; broken 3005s

Sixteen of these part arrived broken, please send replacements.

Friday, February 02, 2007

My bad. It wasn't Dick Cheney that said the child wasn't a prop, it was Mary, his daughter

I thought it was kind of odd that ole Tricky Dick referred to his grandchild as "my child..."

That having been said, my sentiment doesn't change much. I'd elaborate but theStranger.com sums it up nicely.
In today's New York Times Mary Cheney defends her decision to get her lezbo self knocked the fuck up. Like her father, Mary Cheney believes she shouldn't have to answer for her party's attacks on same-sex parents.

Nice try, Mary.

Yes, it's a baby, not a prop. My kid isn't a prop either, but that never stopped right-wingers from attacking me and my boyfriend over our decision to become parents. The fitness of same-sex couples to parent is very much part of the political debate thanks to the GOP and the Christian bigots that make up its lunatic "base." You're a Republican, Mary, you worked on both of your father's campaigns, and you kept your mouth clamped shut while Karl Rove and George Bush ran around the country attacking gay people, gay parents, and our children in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006. It's a little late to declare the private choices of gays and lesbians unfit for public debate, Mary.

Meanwhile, I learned that it isn't illegal to take photographs on the MBTA like I've been told (and thrown out of stations for). Further, there is no written MBTA rule against it. The ACLU threatened to sue the MBTA if they didn't knock off their capricious and utterly ridiculous, selective harassment of photographers.

What does this mean? It means the next time I get told or asked to not take pictures, and assuming I can afford the time to be detained, I'm going to refuse.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

re; gay parents:
"This is a baby," Cheney said Wednesday at a forum sponsored by Glamour magazine. "This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child."

That's rich, coming from a guy whose party's policy has been to do precisely that for the last thirty years.

re; Mooninites attack repelled:
Assistant Attorney General John Grossman called the light boards "bomb-like" devices and said that if they had been explosive they could have damaged transportation infrastructure in the city.

Yeah, and if the worms had machine guns the birds wouldn't fuck with them. So?

Judge Paul K. Leary told Grossman that, according to law, the suspects must intend to create a panic to be charged with placing hoax devices.

Yay, someone sane enters the fray!

"It's clear the intent was to get attention by causing fear and unrest that there was a bomb in that location," Assistant Attorney General John Grossman said at their arraignment.

Ok, so ignore my previous post. The AAG is a shameless, lying political whore. As pissed as some people are at these guys, if you were going to try to cause fear and unrest, is this how you'd do it?

Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 10:39:00 -0500
From: Jason
To: Boston Metro, Boston Herald, Boston Globe
Subject: Reality Check on the ATHF Advert

If thirty of these illuminated, Lite-Brite-esque, page-sized
advertisements have been blinking all over Boston for the last
two weeks, why weren't they noticed sooner? And if thirty of
these can sit in plain sight (in ten major metropolitan cities)
for fourteen days, witnessed by tens of thousands of people and
dozens (if not hundreds) of cops, none of whom felt concerned
enough to raise an alarm, why are some people so eager to say
those responsible are criminal charge-worthy fools who should
have known better? Fact is, Menino & Co. are screaming at the
top of their lungs so nobody notices we aren't actually safe
but we have become a nation of robots in the process of
pretending we are. Really, does anyone seriously believe a
terrorist would decorate their bomb with an obscene gesturing
alien that lights up?

Jason Desjardins

From a Boston Globe article titled "Froth, Fear, and Fury":

"Berdovsky, who described himself as " a little kind of freaked out," faces up to five years in prison on charges of placing a hoax device in a way that causes panic and disorderly conduct."

Checking Massachusetts General Laws we find:

Section 102A1/2. (a) Whoever possesses, transports, uses or places or causes another to knowingly or unknowingly possess, transport, use or place any hoax device or hoax substance with the intent to cause anxiety, unrest, fear or personal discomfort to any person or group of persons shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

If you don't have intent, you don't actually have a crime, and the Attorney General obviously knows this. So what does it mean when the AG is willing to charge those responsible with a law they know wasn't actually broken?

Everyone needs to get a grip. It was a bone-headed mistake made by some poor sap that, unfortunately, spiraled way out of control. No more, no less.

Shit happens. Get a fucking helmet.