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3.31.2006

As if I needed another reason not to take Amtrak

An old but shocking story that epitomizes the road to serfdom.

3.27.2006

My cousin is in the NY Times

For serious!

Israeli Athlete in '72 Games Recalls Terror

3.21.2006

Markets in Everything


A friend of mine was joking with me that it would be fun to get an expired or promotional American Express Black Card just to have in his wallet so that chicks would catch a glimpse of the ultra-turbo elite status symbol. I checked eBay to see if he could get one, and much to my amazement, there is a fairly deep market for them. The one currently on auction has over 25 bids and is currently at $167. There's still a couple days, and there was one that sold 2 weeks ago for over $300!

Inflation! Quick, flash the Bernanke Signal!

My favorite little hallal restaurant in Washington has raised the prices of everything on their menu by $1 or $2. Nonetheless, this will not curtail my consumption of their food. I gotta hand it to those Shiites, they cook a mean kabob.

Jewish degenerate speaks out on bird flu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel is God's punishment for calls in election ads to legalize gay marriages, according to Rabbi David Basri, a prominent sage preaching Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism.

"The Bible says that God punishes depravity first through plagues against animals and then in people," Basri said in a religious edict quoted by his son.

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3.20.2006

Seasons Greetings from Iraq


Today Shiites mourned the death of Mohammed's grandson. Naturally, they sliced their heads open.

3.19.2006

This is the ghettoest thing I've ever ingested since Orange Drink

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I went to Target for a lamp and of course I also came home with all kinds of other rubbish: 30 protein bars, a 3 pack of chapsticks, $15 worth of baseball cards, a duster made of ostrich feathers, and a dozen plastic hangers (I couldn't find the cheaper metal ones, so I'm assuming that their absence is linked to some kind of anti-contraceptive/abortion policy). The greatest find of all was a box of cereal, which I did not think much of at the time. It's a generic alternative to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, called Cinnamon FLAVOR Toasters. It cost me a paltry 85 cents, only a third of what I pay for the leading national brand of cinnamon flavored cereal. I just started eating it and nearly choked looking at the box. Here are my initial observations:
It is made by a group called Malt-O-Meal
They assert that "Cinnamon FLAVOR Toasters taste every bit as good as Cinnamon Toast Crunch!"
There's an inexplicably happy latino family in the corner
The stuff isn't bad, but it's just not quite as sweet as authentic CTC and is a little too hard to be eaten out of the box
Their mascots are Cool Blue the kangaroo and in her pouch, Li'l Oaty the golden wallaby


Stock tip: this company is clearly going through the roof. Just look at their trajectory.

3.17.2006

Capitalism good, socialism bad

Here is an example from commercial culture, though competition can be applied to just about any good or service to make it better.
China curbs 'American Idol' copycat shows

SHANGHAI, March 17 (UPI) -- China has issued new rules to put the brakes on free-wheeling TV programs that imitate the U.S. hit "American Idol" and undermine socialist values.

"All types of competitive activities should be positive, healthy, cheerful and have a favorable influence on morality," said the directive issued by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television this week.

The rules threaten programs like the copycat singing competition "Super Girl" and its planned male version, "I Love Real Men," the South China Morning Post reported Friday.

The directive, posted on the administration's Web site, limits the number of competitive programs and forbids them from copying others' formats. It also criticizes the "star worship" generated by televised singing competitions.

Television stations cannot award prizes or cash, and the clothing and hairstyles of participants cannot be "vulgar," the rules say.

A Shanghai academic, who declined to be named, said authorities were worried about the way national competition programs organized large numbers of people to vote, the Post reported.

More than 8 million people voted by text message for the finalists in last season's "Super Girl" competition.

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3.16.2006

My neighborhood has 1.21 gigawatts of coolness

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There's a DeLorean parked around the corner from me.

3.15.2006

This must be from one of those hidden articles in the constitution, perhaps log(21.7521) ?

"We also believe that the nationwide deployment of high speed, always-on broadband and Internet and mobile communications will fuel the development of millions of new jobs in the United States," Pelosi said.
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3.14.2006

Islamonomics

"Now he's throwing money at complex problems and just doesn't care about the long term. He thinks he should help the poor today and leave everything else to the Hidden Imam," the newspaper editor said, referring to a character whom Shi'ites believe will one day emerge to bring justice to the world.

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Basically, Ahmadinejad is creating huge deficits and mortgaging the future of the economy. Unlike our president's Christianomics, Iranian policies are also leading to high inflation.

On a related note, our public finances are run like those of a banana republic...

3.12.2006

Photo Essay Pt IV: A cool plaque

3.11.2006

List of all New York City Yellow Taxi Medallion holders

Microsoft Excel File (you'll want to right click and save it rather than open directly)

They are sorted by medallion number, which is interesting because it provides you with a chronological perspective of the names of cabbies. The lower numbered medallions have plenty of Jewish names and the highest numbered medallions have an increasing share of African names, especially Nigerian ones.

Photo Essay Pt III: Andre the Giant has a Posse?


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Connecticut Ave NW (by R street, if I recall correctly)

3.10.2006

I may have a new favorite rapper

And I never would have heard of him if not for a suit brought by a deputy of the French Parliament.
"France is a bitch, don't forget to fuck her till she's exhausted/You have to treat her like a slut, man." At another point, Mr Makela says: "I piss on Napoleon and on General de Gaulle."

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3.09.2006

Cornbread: My latest obsession


While I am still eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I have also rekindled my love of cornbread, which I recently discovered at my local Safeway. My only fond memory of grade school is when I used to look forward to every second thursday, when we got hot dogs and cornbread for lunch.

On the street in DC

A woman tried to sell me a Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution shirt, so I flatly told her "lady, if there's ever a revolution, I'll be the first to face the firing squad."

The Greatest Rapper of All Time Died on March 9th

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R.I.P. Biggie Smalls


1972-1997

3.08.2006

Markets in everything

Wal-Mart In Court Fight Over 'Wal-ocaust' T-Shirts

POSTED: 11:55 am EST March 8, 2006

ATLANTA -- A Georgia man has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart in federal district court in Atlanta in a fight over his T-shirts that compare the retailer's business practices to the Holocaust.

Charles Smith has been marketing shirts that read, "I (heart) Wal-ocaust" T-shirts. Wal-Mart filed a cease-and-desist order in an attempt to make him stop printing the shirts.

The company said Smith is engaging in trademark infringement. It has threatened to sue Smith if he continues to display the logos on his Web site and to print them on his products.

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At least he isn't a Walocaust denier...

3.06.2006

Proving that the political spectrum is actually a circle, Charlie Rangel and I agree on something

On this government's out of control spending:
"Simply raising the limit on George W. Bush's credit card and crossing our fingers won't solve anything."

3.04.2006

Cellphone photo essay Pt II: My Neighborhood in DC is Elite


We use legal loopholes to sell contraband!

3.03.2006

Somebody got the wrong number

But instead of a call, it was a text message. The most arresting thing was that the cellphone had a 212 area code. I want to know how he swung that...

212: Yo, what's good?
Abu gingy: Who dis?
212: Yo, its Mowsuf, stop playin
Abu Gingy: Nah son, I don't know no Mowsuf
212: Oh, iight my fault

3.02.2006

Biggie was a treasure

I got 7 mac-11's
about 8--
38's
9 nines
10 mac-10's
The shits never end
You cant touch my riches
Even if you had MC Hammer and them 357 bitches.

-Christopher Wallace