On a lighter note....

Here's something funny via Exploding Aardvark....

The Chief may be on the way out....

The Squire from the lcoal blog Running from the Thought Police has a post up regarding the Chief at the U of I. Sounds like the ban on postseason sports event hosting was the final blow.

*Fabulous* Olbermann Editorial

I have no words to describe this piece that aired on Keith Oblermann's MSNBC show Countdown last night. It's lengthy---almost 7 minutes---but it's a masterpiece. Absolutely beautifully written and delivered. In it, Keith talks about the lastest speech by Rummy to the American Legion.

Here is how he finishes the piece---by quoting Edward R. Murrow:
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty," he said, in 1954. "We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear - one, of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of un-reason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men; Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were - for the moment - unpopular."


Lost LOST orientation film clips...

...and some answers. Once again, thanks to sagefool---who is *also* now addicted to LOST....


Letterman's take on Microsoft

I wish I had a mac at home....

From a friend

I get all kinds of stuff in my inbox from tons of people. But this one made me laugh.

A Women's Poem

I want a man who's handsome, smart and strong,
One who loves to listen all day long.
One who thinks before he speaks,
One who'll call, not wait for weeks.

I want him to be gainfully employed,
When I spend his cash, be not annoyed.
Pulls out my chair and opens my door,
Massages my back and begs to do more.

Oh! For a man who makes love to my mind,
and knows how to answer to "how big is my behind?"

I want this man to love me to no end,
And always be my very best friend.

A Man's Poem

I want a deaf-mute nymphomaniac
with huge boobs who owns a liquor store
and a nice bass boat.

I know this doesn't rhyme
and I don't give a shit.

Local blogger to run for County Board

Matthew Gladney from It's Matt's World is running for the Champaign County Board District #6 seat this November. Patricia Avery recently announced her intention not to run for re-election for the County Board when she was interviewed for the open city council seat. Avery said she will be running for city council or mayor in April.

Go, Matt, Go!


Who the heck is buying all these houses?

Cuz I really don't understand where all these people are coming from and how they can afford $300,000--700,000 houses....

Aren't you supposed to only buy a house that's equal to or less than three times your income? If you buy a $500,000 house, you (or you and your spouse) have to make 1.5 million/year. Do we really have that many people around here that make that kind of money?

(Fixed post for clarification)


Overheard on the internets

TSA person: Do you have (long list of stuff not allowed on plane).

Wise ass: No, but I'm bringing a snake on a plane!

TSA person: Very funny, I haven't heard that one at all. Would you please come with me for a cavity search?


The Nexus of Politics and Terror

I love Keith Olbermann....

Keith Olbermann had a segment last night on his show Countdown on MSNBC where he documented all the past "terror alerts" and what political events they coincided with. Here's a link to the video from Crooks & Liars. It's about 12 minutes long (the Quicktime version isn't loading properly) and worth every minute of it.


For the ladies....

Introdcing the OhMiBod

What will they think of next?

Things I learned this weekend

1. I am not college-aged anymore and trying to drink like I am is stupid.

2. I like sangria. See #1.

3. I like vodka. See #1.

4. I miss my college friends. I only get to see them a few times a year now, but it's always fun to catch up and hang out and, well...see #2 and #3.

5. When you have two events scheduled in different towns on the same day, don't drink at the first event if you want to make the second. See #1.

6. I have really good friends that won't let me do anything stupid after I drink---like drive. Course, my friends were making my drinks, so....

7. It's a really, really, really small world sometimes. I found out I knew people I didn't realize I knew this weekend. Putting 2 and 2 together is enlightening. Unless it's a lot of #2 from this list---then it's just sleep- and slur-inducing.


Oh my....

According to Illinipundit and the TPS Report, Ken Pirok, Champaign City Council member for Distric 5, was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of the accident.

Kiyoshi has the PDFs of the accident report on the TPS Report.


Out of touch in so many ways....

So Lieberman's website went down. The Lieberman campaign said they'd been hacked. They asked Lamont to stop the attack. The Lamont campaign denied any effort to hack Lieberman's site.

Surprise---Lieberman's website wasn't hacked....

From Kos:
But now I have the definitive answer as to why Lieberman's site went down.

They are paying $15/month for hosting at a place called MyHostCamp, with a bandwidth limit of 10GB. MyHostCamp is currently down, along with all their clients.

Here's the deal -- you get what you pay for. My hosting bill is now over $7K per month. A smaller site doesn't need that much bandwidth, but if you're paying $15 because your $12 million campaign is too freakin' cheap to pay for quality hosting, then don't go blaming your opponent when your shitty service goes out.

It's sucks when your website goes down. And it sucks to get hacked. But it looks pretty stupid to go around name-calling because of your own incompetence.

I'm just sayin....


Soul Sanctuary

I found a new podcast that is nothing but "soul/neosoul/whatever label you choose" music. I'm listening to a show now that's just outstanding. I find that I meet very few people interested in this kind of music, but who knows, maybe there's someone else interested in it. You don't hear it on the radio and I don't see a lot of it on the TV machine---other than VH1 Soul (ch. 278) but it gets clogged up with crap as well. If you catch VH1 Soul in a good block, you can hear a few good songs, but the Soul Sanctuary podcast is jammed *full* of good stuff. If you like soul, check it out on iTunes.

There are two Soul Sanctuary podcasts on iTunes---Soul Sanctuary Radio and Soul Sanctuary on ProjectVibe.net. The first one is a regular weekly show. The second is bi-weekly show from ProjectVibe.net. The July 20th ProjectVibe.net show has a fantastic live acoustic version of Me'shell Ndegeocello Bitter. The July 31st Soul Sanctuary Radio podcast has a great acoustic version of Down Here in Hell with You Van Hunt.



I've updated the links in the sidebar. I've added some blogs that I've been reading more of lately.

My Pet Goat, 27 Views of the Boneyard, OpeningBlands, Soy is the new Black, design*sponge, C-U Blogfidential, and mediageek are all adds. 27 Views of the Boneyard and Soy is the new Black are food-related blogs though the focus of each is completely different. OpeningBlands is truly bizarre. design*sponge has great design ideas. My Pet Goat is a little political, a little programming, a little photography, and a little personal. C-U Blogfidential focuses on microfilm. And mediageek is a blog about media issues---it was a complete oversight not to have added his blog before. I've been reading his blog for years.

And, if *you* have a blog here in Champaign-Urbana, go register your blog at CUBlogs.com.


Tasty tidbits No. ?: I lost track

If the fleet of rental trucks around town didn't tip you off, it's moving season, folks. First, the biggest garage sale around is coming up soon. The University YMCAƂ’s Dump & Run Garage Sale will be at the Stock Pavilion on Thursday August 24--Saturday August 26. This is the fifth year for the fundraising community garage sale.

If you want the bigger items like furniture, I suggest you early on the first day. And be prepared for long lines to pay and the smell. It *is* a stock pavilion after all, and chances are it will be a warm day. But there is a lot of stuff. And the heat might keep people away, but I doubt it. If you want to donate stuff, they will be accepting items Monday, August 14--Wednesday, August 16 from 12:00 p.m.--7:00 p.m.

I also saw an announcement that a new group is starting a local bike co-op. The first meeting of The Bike Project will meet Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm at the Independent Media Center in the downtown Urbana post office building (Broadway & Elm). The non-profit group wants to expand cycling services on campus and in the communities of Champaign and Urbana. They are working on an automated free bike distribution system at Allen Hall that should launch this August. You can email the group if you can't make the meeting but want to get updates or if you want to donate money, bikes, or tools for their bike co-op, e-mail: illinibicycleproject (at) gmail (dot) com. Looks like they might have some other local groups that might work with them on repairing and distributing bikes to the community.

And, there's a new blog called Soy is the New Black by C-U Veg Mom which will have quick, easy, and *yummy* vegetarian recipes for everyone to try and enjoy. The inspiration is one of C-U Veg Mom's favorite blogs, Vegan Lunch Box. C-U Veg Mom is a good friend of mine. Check her blog out and give her a little encouragement.


Mtv on VH1

I think it's telling that they are running a 25th anniversary special for Mtv on VH1. They have been re-running the first day of Mtv on VH1 Classic tonight (ch.276 if you have Insight here in CU). Today's Mtv viewer would just *die* if they had to watch these videos. I guess they do know their audience.

Right now we have Rod Stewart in a black-with-red-polka-dot-painted room singing in skin-tight white and black striped pants bouncing up and down to "Passion." I have never heard this song before, but I've heard this song before. Ya know?

Next up---four feathered mullets.