Archive for June, 2007


Friday, June 29th, 2007

I was out at Blick today, picking up some Prismacolor markers (the official gray shading marker of Neal Obermeyer cartoons) and some kneaded erasers, and I couldn’t help but overhear one of their staff talking with a young boy and what I imagine was his grandma. The little guy, probably middle school age at oldest, […]

The "drive-by" media

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Right-wing pundits like to borrow the phrase coined by Rush Limbaugh to describe a media that is much more interested in grabbing the juicy bits and ignoring the details of a story. Well on Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck’s programs tonight, they brought on guests to discuss the Chris Benoit story, including the fact that […]

Chris Benoit is dead

Monday, June 25th, 2007

link from This is precisely why the WWE’s exploitation of Eddie Guerrero and Owen Hart’s deaths was so horrible. I wrote about this a few days ago, and here and elsewhere people were like “It’s just like when a character dies on any other TV show – it’s entertainment – get over it.” But […]

Now it’s okay if the war was about oil

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

I’ve long admired how effective the Bush administration has been when it comes to lying about something, getting caught in the lie, and then justifying the truth they initially sought to lie about. It seems to work on at least 30-something percent of the population, who are willing to vocally defend the lie, and then […]

300 Transformers

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

My letter I sent to AT&T/Cingular and Subway

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Dear AT&T and Subway, I write to you jointly because I am currently a regular customer of both of your companies and I also read that both of you have recently joined sponsorships with World Wrestling Entertainment. I’ve been a wrestling fan since I was a kid – more than 15 years now – but […]

My personal history of flip-flop wearing

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

For the purpose of my own entertainment and self-mythologizing, I will now tell my personal history of flip-flop wearing. The most wonderfully comfortable pair of flip flops I ever owned was actually a $1.99 pair from Walgreens. Back in the summer of 2001, I had bought two pairs from Old Navy and hated them because […]

A few requests for Nebraska political complainers

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

1. If you’re going to criticize Bob Kerrey, Chuck Hagel or Scott Kleeb for being “carpetbaggers” or “non-Nebraskans,” please do Jeff Fortenberry the honor of remembering how he spent most of his life in Louisiana before making a pitstop in Lincoln on his way to Washington. And while I’m on the topic of Chuck Hagel, […]

Garter snakes and homosexuality

Friday, June 1st, 2007

I have recently become a little less fond of our new home due to three sightings of garter snakes in the past few days. I am so super afraid of snakes that even though I know garter snakes are harmless and an important part of the ecosystem, I still don’t want them around. I’d be […]