Go me! It's my birthday!

Thanks to the people who wished me a Happy Birthday, and to the people who didn't know it was my birthday, you're forgiven just this once. And to the people who did know but who didn't wish me a Happy Birthday, if I sent Christmas cards, you'd be off my Christmas card list. So you just imagine that I normally send Christmas cards and when you don't get one this year, act all surprised. Ok? Thanks.

Birthdays are sorta strange aren't they? I used to read the Garfield comic strip as a kid and I remember Garfield once saying on his birthday that the great thing about them was that for one day the whole world revolves around you.

But I didn't do anything to deserve the attention except be born, and I didn't have much say in that. If there were any justice in the world, our mothers would get our birthday presents, parties and attention because they did all the work.

Ah yes, the big two eight. It's nice to get that subtle yearly reminder that Time is nipping at my heels and one day will catch up to me and swap my amazingly good looks (yeah right) for a beer belly, second chin, fat ass, and long bushy nose hair. So next year, if you want to know what to get me, get me those nose hair clippers that the young whippersnappers laugh at when they see them in magazines.

Here are just a few of the photos of people celebrating my birthday.



Washington DC

Garfield and Pooky giving me a "thumbs up"

Russia (The banner reads "Happy Birthday JM and the "10 Mar" on the banner means "October 21st" in Russian)

Victoria Canada




New York



Bahamonde for president!

It seems like every single day this administration leaves me saying "You have got to be kidding me!" and today is no different.

Crooks and Liars has video of a newscast yesterday on the FEMA hearings in which Michael Brown's man on the ground, Marty Bahamonde, emailed him from the Superdome saying
"...the situation is past critical... Hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water... Estimates are many will die within hours."
Bahamonde testified that he didn't remember getting a reply to that email but was later forwarded an email from Brown's press secretary that said
"... it is very important that time is allowed for Mr Brown to eat dinner. Given that Baton Rouge is back to normal, restaurants are getting busy. He needs much more than 20 or 30 minutes."
Bahamonde's reply:
"OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! Just tell her that I just ate an MRE and went to the bathroom in the hallway of the Superdome along with 30,000 other close friends, so I understand her concern about busy restaurants."
They should pin murder charges on Michael Brown. I mean, maybe it's just me, but when people are dying in the streets and you are the head of the agency that is supposed to be helping and saving them, you order in! Call a pizza place so you don't have to leave the phone for a second, or send Joe Blow the intern down to McDonald's to pick up some Big Macs. You don't go to a nice "sit-down" restaurant and enjoy a fine dining experience while people you're supposed to help are starving and dying of thirst.



Chertoff Says FEMA's Lack of Planning to Blame
By Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's lack of planning, not the failures of state and local officials, was to blame for much of what went wrong with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told member of Congress today.

The assessment by the most senior administration official to answer legislators' questions since the hurricane struck in late August contrasted sharply with testimony offered earlier by former FEMA Director Michael Brown. Brown had blamed the "dysfunction" of Louisiana state and local officials for the problems that hobbled the relief effort.

"From my own experience, I don't endorse those views," Chertoff said.

He told lawmakers that he found the governors and mayors of the region to be responsive as the crisis unfolded...


Conservatives are finally catching on

I've been saying it for four years, Bush is not a conservative. Whos dumber, Dumya or the people who sold out to him?


Play indictment bingo

Wonkette has a game of Indictment Bingo up for readers. Guess which White Officials will be indicted and on what charge and
the three entries coming closest to the actual grand jury report will receive lovely parting gifts:

• Third Prize: Air Force One M&Ms
• Second Prize: A DVD of "Animal House"
• First Prize: Breakfast for two at the St. Regis

Treason is ok

Catching a traitor is just disgusting. Just ask Fox news, they're pushing the idea that the investigation into the Plame leak is the "criminalization of politics." Thinkprogress has the run down.

Wouldn't a better way to say it be: "When some degenerate scumbag blows the cover of a CIA agent working on nonprolferation matters as part of a political vendetta, that sick twisted puke is harming our national security and commiting a crime against the United States of America, and a politician who does that has engaged in the "criminalization of politics."


The DoD doesn't have a single auditor or accountant in Iraq tracking spending. Nope, notta one.

Another proud Tennessee moment

It started out with Frist making a medical diagnosis of Terry Shaviao by watching a video of her, that was pretty embarrassing for a Tennessean. Now Frist is being invesigated pretty hard and it isn't looking very good for him. But guess who is the only senator to donate money to Tom Delay after he got indicted? Our very own Lamar Alexander.


After I made a post yesterday about the splog attack on Google, this site linked to me. I wasn't sure why, all I did was link to a splog post on another blog so I did a little checking and it turns out that "gada.be" (geek for "gotta be") is a really cool feed based metasearch service created by Chris Pirillo.

You just prepend what you want to find to the gada.be URL in the address bar. Example, go to the address bar and type villa.straylight.gada.be and hit enter. You get this (plus a lot that I cut off):

Of course, although the "Google blogs" category all pertains to this site, not all of the results are related, but this shows you how it works. Someone searching "splog" would type in splog.gada.be and in the Google Blogs section is my post from yesterday about the splog outbreak, as well as all the news on splogs from several different content providers in several different categories.

Pretty sweet.


Meirs nomination "leins" into trouble?

It seems that Meirs owns a bunch of property in Dallas that she keeps letting get overgrown with weeds and junk, which is against city law (hmmm, a habitual lawbreaker for the supreme court?). The city keeps telling her to clean it up but she never does so they keep hitting her with tax leins and she keeps dragging her butt in paying them off.

If memory serves, I seem to recall the rightwingers trying to discredit someone else recently because of a tax lein...

Myspace worm

Here's a hilarious account of a myspace user creating a "worm" to give himself more friends. Basically, he wrote some code so that anyone who viewed his profile wold automatically add him as a friend. But that wasn't enough so he also made all their friends add him as a friend. Here's his results.

10/04, 12:34 pm: You have 73 friends.
1 hour later, 1:30 am: You have 73 friends and 1 friend request.
7 hours later, 8:35 am: You have 74 friends and 221 friend requests.
1 hour later, 9:30 am: You have 74 friends and 480 friend requests.
1 hour later, 10:30 am: You have 518 friends and 561 friend requests.
3 hours later, 1:30 pm: You have 2,503 friends and 6,373 friend requests.
5 hours later, 6:20 pm: I timidly go to my profile to view the friend requests. 2,503 friends. 917,084 friend requests.
I refresh three seconds later. 918,268. I refresh three seconds later. 919,664 (screenshot below). A few minutes later, I refresh. 1,005,831.

Splog outbreak

Blogspot is being hit hard by spam blogs today for some reason. So far all is quiet at VS-HQ.


Name the location

Guess the city shown in this snippet of a map.

If you said Springfield from The Simpsons you'd be absolutely correct.

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