Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Sipsoms

Yessiree thats me! Finally made it into the Simpsonize Me site last night and got myself "Simpsonized".

Creepy Burger King was there, he gives me the creeps and when I see him on TV I look away lest my eyes be burned out of my head by the image. PTOOEY!

I gave up on BK in 1982 when the REAL Whopper went away in favor of a considerably shrunken version.

The Simpsonization process is quite extensive however and great for giggles, which are few and far between today.

Google was down earlier without explanation, (arrogant Silicone Valley geeks).

Now lets get blogging!



micki said...

NYT -- Yes, Deep-fried Oreos, but not in trans-fats --State Fair Fare

“This is a slice of heaven,” said Ryan Howell, 31, as he cradled his Combo Plate, which, for the record, consists of one battered Snickers bar, two battered Oreos and a battered Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup — all deep-fried in oil that is trans-fat free, thank goodness.

Get thee to the food police!

micki said...

Den -- it's not always arrogance. Incompetence has a starring role on today's stage.

micki said...

...but if you combine arrogance with incompetence it often results in major F.U.B.A.R.

DEN said...

Arrogance as in, "We don't need to explain it to you why we were down and apologize for the inconvenience"


Alan said...

From Micki at the end of yesterday's post...

(Oh...and Alan...sometimes I delete email after I vew them. Just to clean out my "old mail." But, that's different.)

Well yeah, I delete almost all emails I've read, but I was referring to "status" here on AOL. If you had read it first, it would've told me what time. When it says "deleted", that of course means you deleted it without looking at it first. No biggie though. As for the others... I dunno what the circle is you're talking about. I guess that's a graph to show it's downloading??? On mine it shows "percent" of attached downloads, or for inserted pictures it'll say "2 of 10 downloaded", for example... meaning it tells you how many there are and how many you've gotten already. The verbage is diff with a MAC, so I'm assuming "force quit" is the same as stopping/deleting.

Cool picture Den. I tried the Simpsonize site again last night and it told me the same... "try again later".

micki said...

Alan, you're sounding a bit defensive. What I meant is that the ball spins (yeah, loading) and spins and spins and never stops -- so I have to force quit because I can't GO ANYWHERE ELSE UNTIL I DO FORCE QUIT. Force quitting does not delete! When I sign back on your email shows up as NEW -- and I try again and the same thing happens, so I figure it's NEVER going to stop.

It doesn't always happen. As you know...because sometimes I comment on your emails.


The verbage is diff with a MAC, so I'm assuming "force quit" is the same as stopping/deleting.

micki said... more comment, Alan. That ball spins most often when you have a video, photo or attachment (come to think of it...I don't recall you've sent attachments...but I could be wrong on that).

When your emails are strictly text, they usually come through quite rapidly.

Alan said...

What I meant is that the ball spins (yeah, loading) and spins and spins and never stops -- so I have to force quit because I can't GO ANYWHERE ELSE UNTIL I DO FORCE QUIT.

Ok, so force quit means the same as "cancel". Mine doesn't lockup on the download though where I can't go anywhere else. It does do that with an UPLOAD of "inserted" pictures but NOT with attachments... which is weird. Start a 'send' that's attached and you can go about yer bizness, but start an upload of inserted pictures and I'm stuck there till it's done, or click "cancel".
No spinning balls though. Is that like the Quicktime graphic of when one of those is loading? It spins. I HATE Quicktime files! With Windows Media Player files, they'll start showing and stream the file WHILE it's still downloading, where Quicktime files have to completely download before you get to see it.
I was gonna send another picture I took while ago with the web cam, but maybe not. I had Katelyn, my granddaughter in my lap. Yep, I'm babysitting today.
She's sleepy-head right now, so I got back online.

DEN said...

The vice president is the single greatest threat to American and international security in the world today. Not Osama Bin Laden. Not the ghost of Saddam Hussein. Not Ahmadinejad or Kim Jung Il. Not al-Qaida, the Taliban, or Jose Padilla himself. Not even George W. Bush can lay claim to this title. It is Dick Cheney's alone. Operating in a never-never land of constitutional ambiguity which exists between the office of the president and the Congress of the United States, Cheney's office has made its impact felt on the policies of the United States of America as had no vice president's office before him. Granted unprecedented oversight over national security and foreign policy by executive order in early 2001, many months prior to the terror attacks of 9/11, Cheney has single-handedly steered America away from being a nation among nations (albeit superior), operating (roughly) in accordance with the rule of law, and toward its present manifestation as the new Rome, a decadent imperial power bent on global domination whatever the cost.

@ Truthout

Oh yea, all that and more.

DEN said...

When religion goes bad, real bad, really, really bad.

David explained that when Genghis entered a defeated city he would call in the local headman and have him stuffed into a crate. Over the crate would be spread a tablecloth, and on the tablecloth would be spread a wonderful meal. “And then, while the man suffocated, Genghis ate, and he didn't even hear the man's screams.” David still stood on the couch, a finger in the air. “Do you know what that means?” He was thinking of Christ's parable of the wineskins. “You can't pour new into old,” David said, returning to his chair. “We elect our leaders. Jesus elects his.”

He reached over and squeezed the arm of a brother. “Isn't that great?” David said. “That's the way everything in life happens. If you're a person known to be around Jesus, you can go and do anything. And that's who you guys are. When you leave here, you're not only going to know the value of Jesus, you're going to know the people who rule the world. It's about vision. 'Get your vision straight, then relate.' Talk to the people who rule the world, and help them obey. Obey Him. If I obey Him myself, I help others do the same. You know why? Because I become a warning. We become a warning. We warn everybody that the future king is coming. Not just of this country or that, but of the world.” Then he pointed at the map, toward the Khan's vast, reclaimable empire.

@ Harpers

DEN said...

Ole hill? HMMMM

The authors state Clinton is a member of Coe's possibly most elite cell, the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast...usually attended by about 40 members...with the regulars being Sam Brownback, Tom Coburn, Joe Lieberman, Mark Pryor,and, until recently, George Allen. Other names sprinkled throughout the article and mentioned as friends of Coe include Tom Delay, John Ashcroft, Edwin Meese III, Rep. Joe Pitts, Jeb Bush, Chuck Colson, James Inhofe, Rick Santorum, and others.


As truly evil as it gets, this collection of sub mutants that just happen to be elected or former elected officials. Brings recent past events into the light, think about it.

Just say NO to ole hill, before it's too late

DEN said...



Echo's in here.

Guess I'll go to sleep.


micki said...

Helloooooo, hellooooo!

I am not a religious person. But, I think we can make too much of this prayer meeting brouhaha. I mean, the damned concept has been around for generations. There is an invocation at the opening of Senate/House sessions that few challenged until recently -- we should be glad that they are becoming more ecumenical, because they are not going away!

I abhor that religion has its nose under the nation's governmental tent, but on the other hand, perhaps this group isn't so much secret, as much as it is private, which is exactly where religion should be. PRIVATE.

Freedom of religion means freedom of religion for everybody. As long as I can express my faith (or lack thereof) freely, I choose to not get exercised over other people doing the same.

ò,óarol said...

NOW I'm getting creeped out..!

Bush compares Iraq departure to Vietnam pullout - News - Bush compares Iraq departure to Vietnam pullout
August 22, 2007
Beth Gorham
Canadian press

President George W. Bush was accused of twisting history Wednesday after a surprising speech in which he said leaving Iraq now will only provoke the same horrendous bloodbaths that followed the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam.

Bush, who's been under intense pressure to set a timetable for pulling U.S. troops from Iraq, served notice he's not caving. But using the Vietnam War to make his argument was stunning when so many Americans view the conflict as a tragic, unnecessary quagmire that lasted far too long and produced only humiliating defeat.

The president turned those lessons upside down in a major political gamble.

"One unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America's withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like boat people, re-education camps and killing fields," he told a national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City.

"Then, as now, people argued the real problem was America's presence and that if we would just withdraw, the killing would end."

Bush said leaving Vietnam in 1975 provided fodder for future terrorists like Osama bin Laden, the 9-11 mastermind, to cite the U.S. as losers who cut and run.

"Here at home, some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price to American credibility, but the terrorists see it differently," he said.

"Unlike in Vietnam, if we withdraw before the job is done, this enemy will follow us home."

Meantime, he said, critics of Iraq are ignoring that the ``ideological struggles" fought in Vietnam and North Korea, and against Japan in the Second World War, contributed to a stable region years later where enemies became friends.

"The result of American sacrifice and perseverance in Asia is a freer, more prosperous and stable continent whose people want to live in peace with America, not attack America."

Bush is going on the offensive as the White House prepares for the release next month of a progress report on the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq, a critical juncture in the administration's attempts to persuade the Democrat-controlled Congress to keep supporting the war.

But some analysts say his tactics are risky.

"Desperate men reach for desperate measures," said Patrick Basham, director of the conservative Democracy Institute think-tank.

Others were outraged and accused Bush of distortion.

"What is Bush saying?" asked historian Robert Dallek. "That we didn't fight hard enough, stay long enough? That's nonsense," he told the Los Angeles Times.

"We've been in Iraq longer than we fought in World War II. It's a disaster. . . . But the disaster is the consequences of going in, not getting out."

Besides, said analyst David Gergen, an adviser to four presidents, everyone understands there will be extensive violence whenever the U.S. does pull back from Iraq.

And by advancing an historical context to justify continuing the conflict, Bush might prompt people to ask: "If you learned so much from history, Mr. President, how did you get us involved in another quagmire?"

Bush sent another 30,000 troops to Iraq this year, bringing the total to some 165,000, the highest-ever level.

After the U.S. left Vietnam, said Bush, tens of thousands of American allies, government workers and others perished in prison camps.

"Hundreds of thousands more fled the country on rickety boats, many of them going to their graves in the South China Sea," he said.

"In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge began a murderous rule, in which hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died by starvation and torture and execution," said Bush, who didn't mention the role of covert U.S. bombing in the country.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Bush's attempts to equate the Iraq war to previous conflicts in Asia ignores a fundamental difference.

"Our nation was misled by the Bush administration in an effort to gain support for the invasion of Iraq under false pretences, leading to one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our history."

More than 50,000 U.S. soldiers died in Vietnam. The war cost some US$200 billion.

micki said...

Aug 22, 4:51 PM EDT

U.S. Told to Issue Global Warming Plans

Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents.

U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled Tuesday that the Bush administration had violated a 1990 law when it failed to meet deadlines for an updated U.S. climate change research plan and impact assessment.

Armstrong set a March 1 deadline for the administration to issue the research plan, which is meant to guide federal research on climate change. Federal law calls for an updated plan every three years, she said. The last one was issued in 2003.

The judge set a May 31 deadline to produce a national assessment containing the most recent scientific data on global warming and its projected effects on the country's environment, economy and public health. The government is required to complete a national assessment every four years, the judge ruled.

The last one was issued by the Clinton administration in 2000.

The administration had claimed that it had discretion over how and when it produced the reports - an argument the judge rejected Tuesday.

"The defendants are wrong," Armstrong wrote in the 38-page ruling. "Congress has conferred no discretion upon the defendants as to when they will issue revised Research Plans and National Assessments."

The plaintiffs - the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace - said the ruling was a rebuke to an administration that has systematically denied and suppressed information on global warming.

"It's a huge victory holding the administration accountable for its attempts to suppress science," said Kassie Siegel, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the plaintiffs that filed suit in Oakland federal court in November.

Bush administration officials were still reviewing the ruling Tuesday and could not comment on it directly, said Kristin Scuderi, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, which was named in the lawsuit.

But the administration is complying with the law, Scuderi said. The U.S. Climate Change Science Program is working on 21 separate reports on global warming's projected effects on the U.S and has started to prepare a new research plan, she said.


On the Net:

U.S. Climate Change Science Program:

Center for Biological Diversity:

micki said...

ò,óarol said...

NOW I'm getting creeped out..!

This is a sure bet his Iraqi War of Choice is going to expand into yet another war.

Iran is in the crosshairs.

Our country is run by lunatics.

micki said...

Historians question bush's reading of lessons of Vietnam War for Iraq

The history major must have been absent from class when Vietnam was the topic...probably hung-over, off blasting frogs to smithereens, or branding a frat-boy pledge with lit cigarettes for jollies.