Conceived above a saloon, delivered into this world by a masked man identified by his heavily sedated mother as Captain Video, raised by a kindly West Virginian woman, a mild-mannered former reporter with modest delusions of grandeur and no tolerance of idiots and the intellectually dishonest.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Quod erat demonstrandum? Riiiight....

WASHINGTON (AP) - Television networks are free to sprinkle their programs with shootings, slashings, torture and other gore because the government has no regulatory authority over violent programming. But a draft report being circulated at the Federal Communications Commission says Congress can change that, without violating the First Amendment.

The long-overdue report suggests Congress could craft a law that would let the agency regulate violent programming much like it regulates sexual content and profanity - by barring it from being aired during hours when children may be watching, for example.

"In general, what the commission's report says is that there is strong evidence that shows violent media can have an impact on children's behavior and there are some things that can be done about it," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday.

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?-Dick Cavett

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Quotes of the day, birthday edition

Sonny Bono (February 16, 1935-January 5, 1998)

I've never been qualified for anything I'm good at.

Politics is show business for ugly people.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Just for the heck of it....

Go to

Enter the word "flux" (without the quotes) in the parts search box at the top of the page.

It also works with "fusion" and "hover".

(Thanks to Leslie for the oblique reference.)

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I don't believe in reincarnation...

... but in a previous life, I did. And speaking of previous lives, it's obvious some things never change:

(Thanks to Dave Anderson)

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Quotes of the day, birthday edition

Leone Battista Alberti (2/14/1404-1472):

Nothing overshadows truth so completely as authority.

Jack Benny (2/14/1894-12/26/1974):

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.

Paul Tsongas (2/14/41-1/18/97):

Let's try winning and see what it feels like. If we don't like it, we can go back to our traditions.

That's a good question. Let me try to evade you.

I came from a disadvantaged home. They were Republicans.

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Breaking News

It's snowing. In Pittsburgh. In February. Well, stop the presses.

My employer is located in Chicago, which is getting it worse than we are. I was thinking about how lucky I am to be able to work from my home in South Park, to pad around the kitchen feeding the animals and sipping coffee, enjoying the quiet rustic view...

...Until I remembered my walk and driveway had been plowed last night, and there's about an inch of solid ice underneath all of that new and continuing precipitation.

I'm not worried, though, since I have enough provisions to last me until, oh, Friday.
And as a backup, I've been fattening up the cat.

Please don't send me nasty e-mails. I love cats. Just not as much as chicken.

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That about sums it up here, too...

When I was commuting to Chicago, I read the Sun-Times on the train every morning. The paper always seemed to capture the mood of the folk in the Windy City.

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Quote of the day

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thy crevices art more humid and more sticky!
-The Erudite Laborer's Cries of Romance

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The friendly skies...

Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

This comes from a search and rescue pilot at Canadian Forces Base in Bagotville, Quebec. It happened late one night during bad weather, as heard over the tower radio:

Helicopter pilot: Roger, I'm holding at 3,000 feet over the beacon.

Second voice: (panicking) No, you can't be doing that...I'm holding at 3,000 feet over that beacon!

Helicopter pilot: (Short pause) You idiot, you're my copilot.

-via AvWeb

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Quote of the day

I don't want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.
-Karl Rove, explaining the Bush immigration policy.

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Sound advice of the day

Psychic friends, call your psychic pals. If you know anybody who's called a television psychic and continues to do it for a $1.99 a minute, you take a stick, and you hit 'em! And then you go "No!"
-Lewis Black

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Quote of the day

Women wonder why men aren't romantic; it's like wondering why your wonderfully playful dog who you kicked in the head last night when it tried to greet you at the door is looking rather sullen.
Rob Earhart

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The e-mail address is now something other than saga. used to be until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up and adopting created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the domain name in 1993, and had since that time used as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that was no longer but rather which is longer than and more letters to type than and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than but actually just as functional as I sent e-mails from the address to just about everybody I knew who had used in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that no longer is the they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...


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Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

I am a professional. Do not try this at home.

I canna change the laws of physics

As a matter of fact, I *am* the boss of you.
(as a matter of fact, i AM the boss of you.)

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without signficant intelligence

I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Flies spread disease. Keep yours zipped.

Eff the ineffable, scrute the inscrutable.

If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

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