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Johnny Be Good!

April 28, 2005 at 6:07pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

More bad news for poor Johnny Bolton (and Bush) - the senate foreign relations cmte is expanding the investigation into this sick bastard.

His “serial abuse,” ideology, and horrible haircut aside, I find one good reason NOT to promote this guy (I am assuming that being named UN Ambassador is a “promotion”): reforming our OWN intelligence service! After the whole WMD debacle, its pretty clear to everyone that there were some serious problems going on and a lot of group-think and political pressure. This guy has not only played a part in exagerrating the WMD threat, but he tried, on several occasions, to get people fired who didn’t agree with him. Talk about some serious “political pressure” - is that any way to run an intelligence agency? What kind of message does that send to actually promote him? And promote him to the UN of all places????

George Jr. and his buddies made a seriously bad mistake in nominating this joker.

Latest Media Bias

April 28, 2005 at 2:49pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The AP is at it again:

The House passed a bill yesterday that would make it illegal to dodge parental-consent laws by taking minors across state lines for abortions, the latest effort to chip away at abortion rights after Republican gains in the November elections.

The mainstream media often wonder why they are perceived as biased. Phrases like the one I emphasized above are one reason.

[Edited to add: Oh by the way, I think the law in question is a pile of Republican dung. But that’s for another post.]

Lincoln Neighborhood Alliance Grades City Council Candidates

April 28, 2005 at 2:43pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Today the Lincoln Neighborhood Alliance released its report card for City Council candidates. The grades were based on a survey (PDF) distributed to the six finalists. The grades are:

  • Terry Werner: A
  • Dan Marvin: A
  • Shawn Traudt: B
  • Ken Svoboda: C
  • Robin Eschliman: C
  • Mark Koller: D

Even a cursory glance at the grades makes one thing clear: the Lincoln Neighborhood Alliance is biased toward more liberal candidates. That isn’t at all surprising. The political scene in Lincoln has for several years been painted as a battle between “business” and “neighborhoods,” with “business” acting as a proxy for Republicans and “neighborhoods” for Democrats. It’s a false dichotomy, of course, but it remains a popular division.

If I get more time I’ll try to fill out the survey on my own. I glanced at it, but I haven’t had time yet to actually write in my responses.

Rising Rates

April 26, 2005 at 11:48pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

LES wants to raise rates by an impressive 9%. That’s a pretty hefty rate increase, if you ask me. LES has rightfully accumulated a nice stash of customer satisfaction capital over the years due to its excellent customer service and low rates. I wonder how much of that capital will be wiped out by this announcement.

More Home Improvement?

April 26, 2005 at 3:41pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lowe’s might be coming to 66th & Highway 2. Home Depot is already at 70th & Highway 2, while Menards and Tractor Supply Co. are down the road at 87th.

Do we really need another monster home improvement store along that stretch? How much home improvement can one city do?

The Wheels On the Bus

April 26, 2005 at 2:39pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I saw a hilarious sign this morning. It was one of those signs on the side of Lincoln’s buses promoting StarTran that area schoolchildren have drawn. It said:

Save gas. Save money. Save time.

Save gas? True. Save money? For most people, true. Save time? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!

I’m a big mass transit fan and I use StarTran buses to get to work most days. I ride the bus for a lot of reasons, one of which is that I once calculated it is about 1,500% more expensive for me to drive to work than to take the bus. But time is one of the biggest reasons not to use StarTran. StarTran is one of the most pathetic excuses for a mass transit system in the country for a city of Lincoln’s size and demographics. It is an incredibly inefficient system, which is one of the reasons why so few people use it. It takes me 40 minutes to get home using the bus (including walking time), compared to 15-20 minutes in my car (including walking time to the parking garage).

And don’t get me started on all the time lost because you can’t run errands on the way to and from work.

No, little fourth grade student from a Lincoln elementary school, saving time is most certainly not a good reason to ride the bus. But two out of three ain’t bad.

A Robot Named Stinky

April 26, 2005 at 12:23am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Four high school students from Phoenix, all illegal, beat a corporate-funded MIT team in an engineering competition? Yeah, right. Only in a cheesy Disney movie.

Or not.

(I also came across a brief follow-up article.

Chucky’s Dilemma

April 24, 2005 at 5:38pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

C-Span, the only TV channel that matters anymore for news, again replayed the Senate Foreign Relations Cmte meeting of last week this morning. I caught parts of it last week but had an opportunity to watch the whole thing today, including Dodd, Biden and Kerry go ballistic over John Bolton. A synopsis of all the Bolton allegations from an anti-Bolton perspective can be found here  and here. To recap, Bolton has alleged problems about exagerating WMD claims, overstepping bureaucratic lines to get people fired who disagreed with him, patterns of “serial abuse” (most recent allegation here), and overall credibility problems - debate over his ideology notwithstanding.

Republican Senator Voinovich made a lot of headlines for voicing his initial opposition to Bolton during the meeting, which would deadlock the nomination 9-9. Since then Voinovich has been been the focus of a lot of hate mail recently, for example see Malkin’s latest take on it.

Where will Nebraska’s favorite politician weigh in on the nomination? During the meeting, the Chuckster said that he wanted to move the nomination out of committee but that he wasn’t necessarily going to vote for Bolton on the senate floor and that the allegations “demanded” further review. In fact, the Chuckster is being targeted by liberal groups to vote against Bolton and has yet again opted to depart from the party line and voice concern over Bolton.

In anycase, you can send the Chuckster’s constituent office an email


if you support, or oppose, the appointment of this crazy man as UN Ambassador.



Google Does Evil

April 22, 2005 at 3:39pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog


Even the good are eventually overcome by evil. The latest victim: Google. Their crime: Google is trying to shut down Froogles because the name is similar to Google’s service, Froogle. Too bad Froogles was first—by two years.

Google is starting to look more and more like Wal-Mart.

Domino Theory

April 20, 2005 at 3:11am By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Bets are now on: $5 that the French people will get their heads out of their asses and realize that the upcoming constitution vote will be passed.

- notice that was in US dollars and not euros wink

Deuel: “Fatso. Lard ass. Egg on stilts.”

April 17, 2005 at 6:08pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Today the Lincoln Journal Star published the first of a 3-part series on Pat Deuel. Our Deuel Watch research staff has sifted through the article to bring you the juicy highlights:

“He sits on a love seat supported by cement blocks….”

“...some of his favorite foods: Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Lays and Chef Boyardee; Blue Bunny, Milky Way and Little Debbie….”

“ bloated with fluid his wife avoids touching him, fearing his skin might tear under the pressure. He can move only one arm and partially rotate his head.”

“In fact, the bulge is a panniculus, a sheet of stretched skin and fat that would form a mound of a belly if not for gravity.”

“A yellow pallor tints his loose, almost shapeless face. Semi-circles the color of partially healed bruises hang under his eyes.”

“The rechargeable vacuum draws drainage from three wound sites on his torso.”

“Finally he snatches a tiny wastebasket off the floor and retches. ‘Sorry about that. Normally I can tolerate burritos, but not today,’ he says.”

“Drivers and passengers stare. They laugh and point. Some speed around the block for another look.”


April 16, 2005 at 6:38pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A nightmare come true?

EU fears

April 16, 2005 at 5:12pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Important vote coming up in France!

Should I change to a new CMS?

April 14, 2005 at 6:34pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Here’s a matter few people besides me actually care about: I’m thinking about converting to a different content management system (CMS). Currently I use Expression Engine (EE) by pMachine. It’s a commercial product, and it is relatively powerful. Best of all, the support is great. But progress toward new versions has been slow, and EE is missing a few features I would like to see.

Enter Xaraya. I started playing around with Xaraya because my employer may use it as a CMS for its websites. Xaraya is incredibly powerful, very extensible, and totally customizable. The more I play around with Xaraya, the more amazed I become. And it’s free.

The downside is there is a huge learning curve. I still don’t have a clue how Xaraya’s templating scheme works. I have printed off and read about 100 pages of documentation, and I’m only just beginning to apply that information to test pages for what could become a new—and much improved—

Anyway, I’m probably just talking to myself here. If anybody has any thoughts, let me know.

Lombardi: Winning isn’t everything

April 13, 2005 at 10:27pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

U.S. Has No Exit Strategy for Iraq, Rumsfeld Says—AP Article

“‘We don’t have an exit strategy, we have a victory strategy,’ Rumsfeld told soldiers during a surprise visit to Baghdad.”—Second paragraph, same story.

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