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Wednesday, July 07, 2004
 
Yahoo! News - Bush Liked Less Than Saddam, Bin Laden:

"President Bush is disliked by more Hungarian secondary school children than former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday....
The survey of 34,000 students, aged 16-18, from 655 high schools showed Adolf Hitler was the most disliked foreign personality with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Bush with 23 percent and Bin Laden with 16 percent."



 
The Republicans are stacking the courts with religious nuts:

"Reading from the Bible on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch endorsed a federal judicial nominee who wrote that wives should have a subordinate role in marriage, with the Utah Republican emphasizing 'millions and millions of people will agree with' that view.
In a preview of the religious rhetoric that will likely dominate next week's scheduled Senate debate over a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, Hatch led the fight for confirming Arkansas lawyer J. Leon Holmes to the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
With Hatch's support and that of Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, Holmes was confirmed 51-46 in the Senate on Tuesday evening, even though many members of the Senate predicted his nomination would be rejected.
Holmes' writing on abortion, marriage, slavery and other theological issues generated opposition from not only many Democrats but also some Republicans.
Fueling much of the debate is a 1997 article Holmes and his wife, Susan, wrote for Arkansas Catholic magazine titled, 'Gender Neutral Language, Destroying an Essential Element of Our Faith.' The couple wrote that under Catholic teaching, 'the woman is to place herself under the authority of the man' in marriage and 'is to subordinate herself to the husband.' "



Tuesday, July 06, 2004
 
ABCNEWS.com : Utah Restaurant Bets on Honesty:

"Restaurant on Honor System Bets Honesty Can Boost Bottom Line

One World Cafe owner/chef Denise Cerreta ditched fixed prices for the honor system a year ago, and her social experiment is on the verge of showing a profit.
'It's between you and the box,' Cerreta said of a money chest that sits next to a water jug and mugs on a serving table. 'We continue to grow. We continue to make money.'"



Friday, July 02, 2004
 
AlterNet: DrugReporter: The Next Front in the Marijuana Battle:

"While the battle to allow marijuana for medical use is still being fought across the nation, the forward edge of the war for acceptance is pushing further: towards ending prohibition altogether. Campaigns to regulate rather than prohibit marijuana are catching fire around the country. The residents of Oakland, California which already has legal medical marijuana dispensaries, will soon vote on whether to permit marijuana sales to all adults as a way to eliminate street dealing and fund city services.
On June 29, county officials qualified the Oakland Cannabis Initiative for the November election. Supporters of the initiative had turned in over 32,000 signatures. 'It would require the City of Oakland to develop a system to tax and regulate adult sale and use of marijuana as soon as possible under state law,' says Joe DeVries, a board member of the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance, which supported the measure. 'And until state law makes it possible, it requires that the Oakland police treat adult use and sale of marijuana as the lowest policing priority.'"



Thursday, July 01, 2004
 
BBC NEWS | UK | 'Failure to account' for Iraq cash:

"Iraqi money cannot be accounted for by occupying forces responsible for the funds, according to two new reports.
Discrepancies are highlighted in the handling of $20bn generated from Iraq's oil and other sources since war ended last year..... according to the Lib Dems, there is a shortfall of up to $3.7bn (2.03bn) between the amount of oil revenue earned and the money paid into the DFI by the CPA.

Iraq's oil resources generate billions of dollars each year and both studies insist it is not known how that money has been spent.

Helen Collinson, from Christian Aid, said: "For the entire year that the CPA has been in power in Iraq it has been impossible to tell with any accuracy what the CPA has been doing with Iraq's money."

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Monday, June 28, 2004
 
DubyaSpeak.com : Best of DubyaSpeak:

"TOP 10 AS SELECTED BY DUBYASPEAK VIEWERS
10. At this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly outta Ronald Reagan Airport.
9. Laura and I will thank them from the bottom of my heart.
8. When you have your own money, it means you've got more money to spend.
7. The benefits of helping somebody is beneficial.
6. We're in for a long struggle, and I think Texans understand that. And so do Americans.
5. Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of 'Hop on Pop'.
4. I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here.
3. And one of the things we've got to make sure that we do is anything.
2. We're making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.
1. Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.
TOP 10 AS SELECTED BY THE EDITOR (from the remainder of the collection)
10. I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.
9. I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.
8. You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
7. No, I know all the war rhetoric, but it's all aimed at achieving peace.
6. My mom often used to say, 'The trouble with W' -- although she didn't put that to words.
5. In 1994, there were 67 schools in Texas that were rated 'exemplorary' according to our own tests.
4. I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right.
3. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.
2. I understand small business growth. I was one.
1. Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream. "



Thursday, June 24, 2004
 
The 100 Worst Porn Movie Titles !:

"84. CLIMAX SHOTS #70 - MY BROWN EYE, NOT THE WINKER, THE STINKER - Rhyming is fun. Hey, what rhymes with 'loser' ?
85. BUMPIN DONUTS - Uh, which body part is the donut again ?
86. H.R. MUFF N' STUFF - Confusing childhood, was it ?
87. AMBER THE LESBIAN QUEEFER - 'Queefer' is just a funny word.
88. MAY THE FORESKIN BE WITH YOU - Geek ! *cough cough*
89. RED HOT CHO CHOS - I don't know what it means, but I heard some other kid on the playground use it ...
90. WILLIE WANKER AND THE FUDGE PACKING FACTORY - Your fantasy life is sad.
91. PRETTY LIL' SISTAS #1 - BEAUTIFUL BLACK POPOZUDAS ! - Nobody talks like this. Nobody. I hope.
92. BEEPING MISS BUFFY - Coyote's after you ...
93. BACKDOOR LAMBADA - A taste for bad porn and horrifically out of date. Why hasn't some woman snapped you up yet ?"



Monday, June 21, 2004
 
Hi everyone.

First of all, thanks to everyone that came out to the Funkstorung show Friday. It was a great success. We all had a great time, and the show was
excellent.

However,

I'm afraid I have some bad news. For the last six months, we've been proud
to present to you our EZRPM series of shows. We brought some excellent fine
music in, and we've given tons of local experimental musicians an
opportunity to showcase their talents for neophiles in and around Central
Florida. We've had some great successes, and it's been a great run. But,
like all things, it must eventually end. And that's what I'm writing to

tell you about.

Some of you may have already heard about the recent... er... drama
concerning the Back Booth. I've had to wait until we had fulfilled our
contractual obligations before saying anything about it, and now that we've
made good on all our committments, I can tell you what's happened. Bear in
mind, this is my account, and all opinions expressed are those of myself,
and not necessarily those of anyone else. Like every story, there's more
than one side. This is mine.

For the last 5 years, Andy Gurjien has been the person responsible for the
operations of the Back Booth. Andy gave it the creative direction. Andy
chose the decor, the layout, the famous selection of fine drafts, and Andy
was primarily responsible for every good thing that happened there. Andy,
through the sheer force of his will, and his good nature, built a community
around the Back Booth, and Andy busted his ass, tirelessly, to make sure

that there was a place that was a testament to the power of community and a
place that provided opportunity to creative, intelligent people. Andy did
great work, and demonstrated himself, again and again, to be the hardest

working man that I know.

Andy had a silent partner, Matt Russell, who had put up capital to build the
business. Andy and Matt had an agreement that Andy would buy out Matt's

interest in the place. For some time now, Andy had approached Matt with

deal after deal. Eventually, Matt found himself in trouble with the law,
with an arrest, for among other things, domestic violence. Because there is
a law that says that anyone convicted of a felony may not hold a liquor
license in Orange County, Matt suddenly had a great impetus to offload the
bar, or risk losing the very sizable investment he'd made in the liquor
license, and by extension, the business. So a deal was hastily drawn up

between himself and Andy - they'd both agreed on the terms. But then, when
Matt's legal problems looked to be clearing up, he decided he wasn't happy
with the deal that had been struck, and backed out. Of course, this
exacerbated the rift betweeen him and Andy.

And then, unexpectedly, Matt decided that Andy was "expendable". Matt
secretly made arrangements to sell the bar to Aaron J. Wright, and
essentially, cut Andy out of the business that he had sacrificed so much in
his life for so long to build.

Aaron J. Wright, a person who's most notable accomplishment was pissing away
$25k of capital from Cell Records in a half-assed attempt to fill the shoes
of an A&R; rep, and vocalist for the relatively new local rock band Vegas

Choir Boys, is now in the process of becoming the new owner of the Back
Booth. Aaron has never, to the best of my knowledge, worked in the service
industry, or managed a bar, or any business, for that matter, and I've known
him personally for the better part of 10 years.

So Andy did what any one of us would have done. He walked out of the
business. He took all the staff with him. The promoters walked away with
Andy, the bar backs, the sound engineer, everyone.

And everyone includes us. Andy has been one of our most ardent supporters
since we started the EZRPM series of shows. Andy was the heart and soul of
the Back Booth, and we could not see a universe in which our shows continued
there after the injustice that had been done to our dear friend.

And so, as of now, all our EZRPM shows are cancelled. Anyone that we had
booked is of course welcome to proceed in any way they see fit. If you were
booked, and you wish to re-book your show with the new management, you can
reach Aaron J. Wright at: aaron@vegaschoirboys.com. From what I understand,
he's going to have his friend and bandmate take over booking duties. He can
be reached at bob@vegaschoirboys.com. We settled up all our accounts with
the Back Booth after the Funkstorung show on Friday, and we will no longer
be conducting any business with them at all. Whether any of you choose to
is, of course, up to you. But, remember, if you do choose to do business
with them, you are not going to be doing business with honorable men.

What does the future hold for EZRPM? Well, we're not giving up. We've
already started to investigate the possibility of changing venues and
continuing the series of shows that we love so much. For the immediate
future, we're going to have a bit of a hiatus, to let our livers, our social
calendars, and our sleep schedules get back to normal. :) And then, we'll
be back and better than ever. In the meantime, you can visit our
website
at http://www.ezrpm.com for MP3's, discussion forums, and the latest
information on shows that we're doing.

We want to thank everyone that's come out to our shows for these past six
months. You are the reason that we did it, and you are the reason that
we'll do it again. We owe you. And we are the kind of people that remember
who our friends are.

That's all I have to say about that.

Your friend,

Ian Monroe



Friday, June 18, 2004
 
Amon Tobin Live album:



"For yea and verily, the fourth episode of the world famous and much trusted Solid Steel mix series is here and this times it's a live recording from the Silent Brazilian, Amon Tobin. After a year and half of performing, tweaking and perfecting his DJ set, Amon found himself in Australia and it was decided that this memorable and sweaty night in Melbourne would be the perfect opportunity to add to the Solid Steel series. The whole dark and dirty episode was performed using a software and hardware bundle called FinalScratch (look out for a chance to win a setup soon) which meant that our maestro could play out specially time stretched, tickled, tweaked and generally fu**ed up tunes he had made on the road in a way that is entirely new and entirely clever...and entirely loud. This awesome mix is out 12th July (September in N.America). "



Tuesday, June 15, 2004
 
Yahoo! News - Software Glitch Plagues New Voting Machines:

"Florida election officials said a software glitch in the new touchscreen voting machines could make manual recounts of some ballots impossible.
Lake County spent $3.1 million to buy about 1,000 of the new touchscreen voting machines, and the machines have already worked successfully in the 2002 election, WESH NewsChannel 2 reported.
But state officials now admit that during tests some machines failed to provide a consistent log after the fact of who voted for whom. It was a glitch first discovered in Miami-Dade County one year ago. "



 
Yahoo! News - Southern Baptists Quit World Alliance:

"The Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to quit the Baptist World Alliance following complaints that some members of the loose, global association had adopted liberal theology and 'anti-American' thinking. "

Hahah. Apparently, the Baptist World Alliance wasn't intolerant enough.

"He also complained that the American Baptist Churches, a U.S. denomination, includes "gay-friendly congregations," and that other members of the world alliance call the inerrancy of Scripture into question. "



 
Wierd Mormon-esque cult kills 5 to bring on Armageddon:

"This week, a jury in Martinez, a small town outside San Francisco, will retire to consider the bizarre, brutally violent cult surrounding one Glenn Taylor Helzer, a lapsed Mormon accused of bludgeoning and dismembering five people in an elaborate extortion racket intended to hasten the second coming of Jesus Christ."







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