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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filed under: Fun! — dave @ 5:04 pm 2007/10/26


Here’s the funniest joke I’ve heard all day. Enjoy!

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed.

Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven. There, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life. The aged and withered hand, shaking made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.

“Stay out of those,” she said, “they’re for the funeral.”

Winning bid: US $2,100,100.00

Filed under: Politics — dave @ 1:18 am 2007/10/20

Well, the auction for Harry Reid’s smear letter ended at noon today with a price of $2,100,100. When I wrote about this auction earlier, I thought maybe the price might top $1.5 million, but gah!

I was listening to Rush on my way home for lunch when the auction ended, and Rush was pretty astounded as well, as he should be since he pledged to match whatever the end price was. But what astounded him (and me) even more was that Harry Reid got up on the Senate floor an hour before the auction ended and tried to take at least partial credit for the idea of auctioning off the letter for charity. Here’s a transcript of what he said:

Madam President, earlier this month I came to the floor to discuss some comments made by Rush Limbaugh. Following my remarks, more than 40 of my Senate colleagues and I cosigned a letter to the chairman of Clear Channel, Mark May, telling him we wanted him to confer with Limbaugh regarding the statements he made.

I’ve since spoken to Mark May about this. Mark May in fact called me regarding this letter. This week, Rush Limbaugh put the original copy of that letter up for auction on eBay. Mr. President, we didn’t have time, or we could have gotten every Senator to sign that letter.

He put the letter up for auction on eBay, and I think very, very constructively, let the proceeds of that to go to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. That provides scholarship assistance to Marines and federal law enforcement personnel whose parents fall in the line of duty. What could be a more worthwhile cause? I think it’s really good that this money on eBay is going to be raised for this purpose.

When I spoke to Mark May, he and I thought this probably wouldn’t make much money, a letter, written by Democrat Senators, complaining about something. This morning, the bid is more than two million for this. We’ve watched it during the week. It keeps going up and up and up. There’s only a little bit of time left on it, but it certainly is going to be more than two million. Never did we think that this letter would bring money of this nature.

And for the cause, Madam President, it’s extremely good. Now everybody knows that Rush Limbaugh and I don’t agree on everything in life. Maybe that’s kind of an understatement. But without qualification, Mark May, the owner of the network that has Rush Limbaugh, their auction is going to be something that raises money for a worthwhile cause. I don’t know what we could do more important than helping to ensure that children of our fallen soldiers and police officers who have fallen in the line of duty have the opportunity for their children to have a good education.

“Is that not audacious?” said Rush, and I have to agree. Harry Reid stands up on the Senate floor this morning with no other purpose than to put himself on a soapbox to create soundbites for the media, all with the intent of taking credit for something that he had no part in. His only part in all of this was to abuse his power as the Senate Majority Leader in an attempt to bully Rush, a private citizen, into submission. And then when Rush turns the tables on him and tries to make something good out of it, Reid jumps up and tries to steal the show. It was shameful. I just listened to the audio from Reid’s September 26 rant again, and it just makes me sick to hear all that. There is no truth to what he’s saying, he knew it then, and he really knows it now. Today’s act is called damage control.

Read through his statement again. He does absolutely nothing but recount what happened, trying to weave himself into the success that Rush made of the debacle that he — Reid — created. And he closes his statements saying… Well, saying nothing at all; “their auction is going to be something that raises money for a worthwhile cause.” Well duh. That just really emphasizes to me that he had absolutely nothing to say; only trying to get himself and other 40 Senatorial dolts out of the hot water they find themselves in, and trying to make themselves look like the heros they will never be.

Now some news outlets are finally picking up the story, saying that Reid “urged bids on it.” Yeah, right. An hour before the end of the auction, when the minimum bid is over $2 million. What a hypocrite. And what dupes are the major media outlets that play into Reid’s spin on this.

WordPress Has Spoiled Me

Filed under: Cool Technology,Geek — dave @ 5:38 pm 2007/10/15

I did some old-fashioned html work this weekend, and discovered anew how much easier things are using a tool like WordPress instead of doing it by hand. I don’t do coding regularly enough to know the stuff by heart, but holy cow! what a lot of the futzing I had to do to get things just so.

My niece had a sculpture unveiled this weekend, and it was very cool occasion so I took some photos. My brother didn’t have his camera with him so he asked me to send the photos to him. I figured other family members who weren’t there would appreciate seeing them also, so I thought I’d throw together a page real quick. iPhoto made part of it quick & easy, but when I decided to add some other content to it… Ick. Several hours later, it still needed some tweaking.

The result isn’t too bad, but I wish I’d gone with my first thought and put it together on the blog in WordPress. I might have got a little more sleep last night!

“Phony Soldiers” Smear Letter on eBay

Filed under: Fun!,Politics — dave @ 5:32 pm 2007/10/12

Speaking of Rush Limbaugh, he announced on his show this afternoon that the letter sent to his syndication partner asking him to “publicly repudiate” the comments Rush made on the radio in regard to “phony soldiers”, is being auctioned on eBay.

Up for auction is the original letter signed by 41 Democrat senators. This historic document may well represent the first time in the history of America that this large a group of U.S. senators attempted to demonize a private citizen by lying about his views. As such, it is a priceless memento of the folly of Harry Reid and his 40 senatorial co-signers.

Mark Mays of Clear Channel Communications instead gave the letter to Rush, and now Rush is thumbing his nose at the Dems by auctioning it off, with the proceeds going to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. The letter would be a collector’s item if only for the signatures on it, but because the letter itself is such a low point for political discourse in this country… That makes this a huge, huge deal. Members of the US Senate, knowing full well what it is that was said, chose to distort the facts and attempt to smear the reputation of a private citizen. The call in question has been well publicized before and after Reid’s antics on the Senate floor, and can easily be found on YouTube, but that didn’t stop their attempt to smear Rush. McCarthyism is alive & well in the Democrat-led US Senate in 2007, except instead of dredging up charges of being a Commie, Reid & the Dems are smearing people trying to make them look like they are badmouthing the troops. That’s very ironic given the fact that so many Dems come out and bash the troops, the military leadership, and the entire Iraq war effort at every opportunity. If you support the troops, Mr. Reid, don’t give aid & comfort to the enemy by calling the war effort a failure.

I checked the auction right away when I heard about it, and there were no bids on it & it’s a restricted auction, and all bidders need to be preapproved before their bids can be accepted & but within a few hours the price was up to $5,600. With six days to go, it’ll be really interesting to see how high the bids go. I put a bid in on it ($200), knowing that I’d get outbid right away, and never did get a response; I’m guessing they had several bids way over that by the time they got to my request. The preauthorization business is to ensure that no Democrat staffer ends up as the winning bidder, which would possibly happen if Reid et al decide they’d like this little episode swept under the rug.

I grabbed the jpeg images of the original letter from the auction page; you can see them by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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Update: I just checked the auction this morning, and the price is up to $45,000. And there’s still 4 days to go. Can you say “wow”? I did. Wow! Also, Rush has pledged to match the amount that the letter sells for to double the money going to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. He’s also challenged Sen. Reid and the other signatories to do the same; no response from them, surprise, surprise.

Holy Schnockers! Still 20 hours to go on the auction, and bidding has topped $500,000! scratch that; I hit refresh two minutes after checking the price, and there is now a $750,000 bid on it! There appear to be two bidders duking it out right now. y***t had the $500k bid; that was topped by d***r’s $511k bid, which was subsequently topped by y***t’s $750k bid. I won’t be surprised if the thing tops $1.5 million by the time it’s done!

Rush for President

Filed under: Fun! — dave @ 11:09 pm 2007/10/09


I heard Rush Limbaugh announce that he would run for President of the United States. If, that is, he’s wins the Nobel Peace Prize he’s been nominated for.

He’d probably fare better than the current crop of Republican candidates. And he’d do a better job than any of the Dems that are running. But can you imagine the howls from the left if he actually ran? And if he won? Oh, that would be fun!

Update: Rush won’t be running, because AlGore was picked to receive the Nobel. And the Nobel Committee lost any shred of credibility it ever had. And with Jimmy Carter and Yasar Arafat on the same list of Peace Prize recipients, those were some small shreds that were left over.