January 12, 2007

Schadenfreude Friday: The Cactus Outage Edition

Before I jump into the knee-deep pool of schadenfreude I've managed to collect from all flooding of idiocy I've noticed this week, I wanted to let you know that it seems my hosting provider is having some difficulty with the server I'm on. Which means that my site has been down quite frequently. And may be again soon. So, the first real victim of schadenfreude I'd like to mention is me. Having this site down drives me absolutely ape-shit. So have fun watching me squirm.

The Case of the Construction Worker and the Naked Plunge
According to The Washington Post...

A naked construction worker fell about four stories to his death early yesterday at the work site for a new downtown museum, D.C. police and fire officials said. Joseph Oliver, 23, of La Plata was discovered about 6 a.m. in the basement elevator shaft area of the Newseum, which is being built at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, officials said. Authorities said it was unclear why he was naked. "It appears he may have fallen from the fourth floor because there were clothes and personal belongings on that level," said Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schultz.

So, yes, the guy's dead and no matter how many rubber chickens or whoopie cushions you try to throw into that picture, death just isn't funny. But bad reporting is. Check out that last sentence. It appears as if he may have falln from the fourth floor because there were clothes and personal belongings on that level. Am I the only one who read that then mentally pictured a scenario in which an already naked dude stumbled upon some clothes and personal belongings on the floor then, shocked, flung himself off the windowless floor? Probably. I'm strange like that. But so is language.

Habla Dumb-Ass?
From the AP...

A school bus driver let Rachel Armstrong's three children board the bus Monday morning, but he warned them that he wouldn't give them a ride home that afternoon, nor could they ever ride his route again. The problem, according to Armstrong: her 10-year-old twin girls and 8-year-old son speak English. She says school administrators told her the route had been designated for non-English speakers only.

Look, I hate to sound like some countrified, conservative jingoistic idiot but it seems to me, in this country, language should never bar a person from anything. Especially the English language. You know, the one that most of us, to some degree or another, speak?

Habla Dumb-Ass...Redux
From the pages of the Chicago Tribune...

Calling the situation in Iraq "unacceptable," President Bush told a war-weary American public Wednesday night that he is sending an additional 21,500 U.S. troops to Iraq with the hope that Iraqis will take control of their own strife-torn nation's security by November.

Yet the president, while insisting that his controversial increased military commitment is not "open-ended," refused to set any specific timeframe for success in a conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis in nearly four years of warfare.

Instead, in a prime-time televised speech from the White House aimed at regaining lost public support, Bush conceded serious mistakes in Iraq. These include a costly underestimation of the military force required to secure Iraq against "a vicious cycle of sectarian violence that continues today" and an insurgency intent on overturning the government elected after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

"The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people—and it is unacceptable to me," Bush said. "Our troops in Iraq have fought bravely. … Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me."

Finally, for once, I could not agree more with the President. At least as far as that last sentence goes.

Posted by Chris at January 12, 2007 07:28 AM | TrackBack

fat lot of good that admission does. it doesn't bring people back. his term can't end fast enough for me. i swear.

Posted by: pea at January 12, 2007 07:38 AM

HAHAHA "Habla Dumd-Ass"

I read that first one the same way.

Posted by: Maria at January 12, 2007 08:15 AM

Of course the president said the RESPONSIBILITY for the mistakes rests with him. He didn't say he made any mistakes. It is a fine line, but it is there...

Posted by: Kaz at January 12, 2007 08:17 AM

On that last one, while we were watching him speak (I used the term watching liberally, as we were occasionally pelting the TV with socks), I heard him say that, and my draw dropped. I looked at Forrest and said,

"Man, the Dems have him pussy whipped!"

Posted by: Corinne at January 12, 2007 08:22 AM

Well, I was gonna say that yes, you were the only one who read the first one that way but someone else already fessed up. ;)
Habla Dumb Ass?? That's just wrong. Since when are school-bus routes based on language?
Redux? Is it bad that I don't pay attention to anything that man says or does because it all makes me cringe???

Posted by: Traci at January 12, 2007 09:17 AM

Habla Dumb-Ass?

Is this for real? I am totally aghast!
Since when do we discriminate against people speaking English in this country?

Posted by: Maribeth at January 12, 2007 09:23 AM

I still don't understand why we're still there, especially after the fact that more troops have died over there than the amount that passed on 9/11. It's so touch and go - Some days the Iraqis want us there to protect them and then the next they feel that we're swarming the place. Make up your mind Iraq - Do you want freedom or would you rather keep on doing the same thing - warring - like you have been for the past thousand(s) years...B/c I'm getting tired of more of OUR troops dying for something they can't seem to make their minds up about. Or at least that's how I see it. Sorry about the rant and rave....Have a great weekend!!

Posted by: Michelle at January 12, 2007 09:23 AM

I am sorry but I have to agree with the President on this one. I think that he knows he has made mistakes. But if we pulled out of Iraq now then what was all that for? I know there are mothers and fathers and sons and daughters that want to have their loved ones back, and those that have had loved ones die but with all due respect I have to ask if they did not know what they were sining up for when joining the military. I am proud of these men and women for being as brave as they are to better and protect our country but sometimes wether you like it or not you have to do the job you signed up to do.

Should we be over there in the first place? To me is an irrelevant question at this point. The fact is we are and we should finish the job.

**The above comment is my sole oppinion and is not meant to offend or defend any particular group of people.

Posted by: Kelly M. at January 12, 2007 09:34 AM

It's been great listening to NPR since the president's speech. Also sad. They've been interviewing a lot of people who are enlisted, related to someone who is enlisted, or who have been travelling with the enlisted as a journalist. They're all outraged, but make excellent points. I hope Bush has been listening to NPR too. (I doubt it though; it's definitely not Fox News.)

Posted by: Jessie at January 12, 2007 09:53 AM

On the canadian morning show I watch they interviewed a US Soldier who has come to Canada rather than serve a second term in Iraq. He said that when he was there he didn't see terrorists or insurgents. He saw citizens defending themselves against an invading country...and that's why he couldn't go back. I thought it was a very good interview...

as for the first story - I didn't read it the way you read it, but syntax has never been my strong suit :P

Posted by: suze at January 12, 2007 09:56 AM

What a week. Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by: kara marie at January 12, 2007 10:04 AM

Yes, your site was down yesterday when I tried to come visit!

How's this for a habla dumbass? I didn't see the article, but John read it to me last night. Apparently our new Secretary of Defense was on Capitol Hill talking to some committee or other and told them first that he was not an expert on Iraq, and then that he didn't know all that much about military affairs. I'm paraphrasing, but that's essentially what he said. He's either really stupid, or a really uncreative liar who couldn't come up with anything to say when faced with a question he didn't want to answer.

You know my opinion of the Iraq war. It is all President Bush's responsibility, and I hope it weighs heavily on him.

Posted by: bad penguin at January 12, 2007 10:10 AM

My favorite quote by Bush (that doesn't reflect his stupidity and lack of common sense that is) is this one that HE made while running for president. He said of Clinton and the situation in Kosovo (I think it was Kosovo, Clinton was no stranger to throwing around a few soldiers either) that "Victory means exit strategy, and it is up to the president to tell us what that exit strategy is."

Hello Pot, It's the Kettle. You're black.

Posted by: whit at January 12, 2007 10:35 AM

Count me among those who tried to comment yesterday but couldn't.

Naked guy: It sounded to me more that the fourth floor was a department store.

Habla Dumb-Ass: Why are they segregating the non-English speakers from the English speakers? It seems to me that both sides would benefit from sharing a bus. Either way, that's no way to give notice to the kids.

Habla Redux: Adding more fuel to the fire isn't going to help anything. When is Bush going to own up to the fact that he has no idea what he's doing and start implementing the Iraq Study Group findings?

Posted by: Beth in StL at January 12, 2007 01:09 PM

Re: Naked construction worker. The mental image I got was that he was naked and trying to jump to the fourth floor (to get to the clothes) by means of leaping off the building. One thing is for sure... He's not Spiderman OR Superman.

Posted by: Tink at January 12, 2007 01:23 PM

So the naked construction worker story reminded me of something that happened across the street from my office a few years ago (literally right out my window!). There's a hotel right across the street, and a man who for some reason was naked, committed suicide by jumping out of like the 9th story. Although I didn't see it happen or see the body or anything, I did see the white sheets draped over him and stared out my window at the police scene most of the day.

I wonder if you are going to jump to your death, if being naked just makes it that much more of a thrill?

Posted by: angela at January 12, 2007 01:41 PM

Don't worry, as soon as the NSA is finished hooking up your server to their surveillance pipe, you will be fine again. ;)

Naked Construction Worker - considering they can not explain why he was naked, I think it is fair to say that they can only "guess" that he fell from the 4th floor (where the clothes were), who knows he could have been anywhere, if he is going to be running around naked on a construction site... why couldn't he be wacked enough to go up or down a couple of floors naked.

habla espanol I - ummmm...wtf???

habla espanol II - once again, I think you let our liar-in-cheif off a bit easy. Notice, he says the responsibility rests with him, but nowhere does he admit that HE (personally) made any mistakes. Oh, he is responsible, but obviously the actual mistakes were made by those generals back before the war that told him he needed 500,000 troops for this campaign (and were fired... excuse me "retired" for saying as much).

Of course, I don't know what mistakes he is referring to either... the actual fact that we have no business having gone there in the first place, or the "mistake" of not shutting down every news outlet sans the Faux News Channel.

Posted by: JayMonster at January 12, 2007 02:14 PM

Habla Redux~

"taking responsibility" is pretty lame, if you ask me, if you don't have a solution to the giant mess you've gotten into in the first place. throwing more troops at the problem isn't going to resolve the issue if you don't have a concrete plan beyond that. plus, that method hasn't been effective so far; why would it work now?

Posted by: fw sunshine at January 12, 2007 02:25 PM

There's just such a wealth to choose from, as usual. Someone in RSM's comments mentioned they'd hoped you'd pick on Angelina this time around. ;-)

Posted by: Heather at January 12, 2007 02:47 PM

While he's allowing the "buck" to stop at his desk (for once), I'm still waiting for the bullshit to stop as well.

Posted by: wordgirl at January 12, 2007 05:44 PM

Yay! I'm glad you're back. It sucks to miss a post like yesterday's banana-peeling one.

Posted by: Heather at January 12, 2007 06:09 PM
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