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Give It Up

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Would you give up the Internet for a million dollars?

I’d probably go through a million dollars worth of porn per year, so the answer is No.

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July 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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A Gluttony Of Hype

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As much as I liked Carlton Fisk’s playing career (he and Ivan Rodriguez are my favorite catchers to play the game), I’m so tired of circle-jerk revolving around that 1975 World Series home run. It was only Game 6 and the Massholes lost that Series anyway.

And it just dawned on me that both Fisk and Rodriguez were nicknamed “Pudge.” Guess I’m a chubby chaser with it comes to that position.

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July 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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Forever Bond

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With Amy Winehouse’s recent passing, I got the thinking about a public figure/celebrity whose death will be a real kick in the pants.

Now I’m not talking about someone like Winehouse, who died from drugs at a young 27. I’m talking about someone who lived a full life and now I feel like “dang, he’s gone?” while questioning my own mortality.

The first thought that popped in my head: Sean Connery.

Now even though death is a part of life, THIS will live on forever.

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July 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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No Need To Say Who’s Sauron

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This reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw years ago that read, “Frodo Failed: Bush Got The Ring.” Ha.

And I don’t understand how calling someone a “hobbit” is supposed to be an insult.

Sen. John McCain on Wednesday took on conservatives reluctant to raise the national debt ceiling, calling them “tea party hobbits” and saying that if they reject the House Republican plan, they will help reelect President Obama.

And I know there’s a McCain/Saruman joke to be had, but that’s too easy — even by my standards.

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July 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

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Seasonal Songs

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As I was driving into work this morning, it dawned on me that I tend to listen to a lot more AC-DC and Blondie in the summertime.

I may have to start keeping track of other seasonal music.

Why do I listen to these two bands during the summertime? I dunno. They just seem like “summer” bands playing “summer” music.

Well, ACDC has a few songs with “Hell” in it. Hell is definitely hot.

Blondie? Who knows.

Now what type of “winter” music do I listen to? Dunno. Guess I’ll have to wait until January/February to find out.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

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Boxed Out

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So I do a lot of shipping and I have a stash of boxes I use. Basically, there are two types of boxes.

The first set of boxes are boxes that have previously been used. There’s some wear and tear, but it’s still shippable.

The second set of boxes are boxes I order/purchase. These are new boxes and because I purchase them and bill the client.

Every time I talk to my office brethren about my stash of shipping boxes, I tell them that the used boxes are for everybody to use. However, I make it abundantly that these boxes are to be left alone. And you can tell the difference between these two types of boxes.

Now what did I discover this morning? The shipping boxes in my workplace stash that I asked my office brethren not to use suddenly went from a count of 15 to 0.

Time to go Galt.

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July 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

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A Happy Meal A Day…

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‎”Critics wasted no time complaining that McDonald’s changes don’t go far enough.”

Of course they did.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But when you put it in a Happy Meal, it might help keep regulators at bay too. McDonald’s on Tuesday said that it would add apple slices and reduce the portion of French fries in its children’s meal boxes beginning this fall, effectively taking away consumers’ current choice between either having apples with caramel dip or fries as a Happy Meal side.

The move by McDonald’s, which has become a leader in moving from just burgers and fries to more nutritious fare like oatmeal and salads, comes as fast food chains face intense scrutiny from health officials and others who blame the industry for childhood obesity and other health-related problems. Some municipalities, including San Francisco, have even banned fast food restaurants from selling kids’ meals with toys.

Critics wasted no time complaining that McDonald’s changes don’t go far enough. Kelle Louaillier, executive director of a group called Corporate Accountability International, said McDonald’s is just trying to get ahead of impending regulations that will restrict the marketing of junk food to children and require restaurants to post nutrition information on menus, among other changes.

If McDonald’s wants to include healthier options in its menu, then yay. It’s the consumer’s choice whether to eat that greasy shit. And judging from the obesity rates of this country, it appears that the dumbmasses have spoken.

I can’t remember the last time I ate at a McDonald’s, but if someone wants to chow down on quarter pounders then that is his choice. I know the argument about, “Well this type of lifestyle results in higher health care costs for everyone.” True, but if each person was responsible for his health insurance then people would pay for the poor lifestyle choices they make.

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July 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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Brush Stop

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Why do women fuss with their hair at the stop light with the windows down? The hair is just going to get puffed out again 5 seconds after the light turns green.

Please note I’m not talking about the “brushing hair from eyes” hair fussing? I’m talking about full-fledged re-workings, sometimes with brushes ‘n stuff.

Heck, most guys would probably prefer that wind-out look. Then again, most women dress for other women so it’s a moot point.

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July 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

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Safe To Say That Was A Bad Call

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For those complaining about the Jerry Meals “safe” call, it could have been MUCH worse…

Veteran umpire Jerry Meals felt he was right with the call he made that ended the 4-3, 19-inning win the Braves claimed over the Pirates at Turner Field on Tuesday night. But after going to the dressing room to unwind and look at the play, the veteran umpire saw he might have been wrong to rule that Julio Lugo eluded Pirates catcher Michael McKenry’s tag.

“I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for that,” Meals said. “I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I’m guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened, I didn’t see a tag.

“I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn’t see the glove hit his leg.”

…He could have made that bullshit call during a Yanks/Sawx game. My God, could you imagine the fallout from THAT?

Actually, I think the story here is that it is late July and the Pirates are still relevant. But I digress.

Now I’m not a huge Twitter person, but I saw some of those “#” comments and had to mention the “#” of all “#” references.

Two girls offer me a swig from their cup #jerrymealssaysitssafe

I’m done.

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July 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

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AC Installer

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I have just been “assigned” to install 11 AC units throughout the first floor offices today. The over/under on how many wind up on the ground outside by tomorrow morning is 5.

Oh, and remember those teens I was told to fire? They’re back (don’t ask why because I don’t know either) and are going to help me.

What could possibly go wrong?

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July 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

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Look, Up In The Sky

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Like the Senate’s “Gang of Six” (or whatever the number is now) isn’t dumb enough.

Debt ceiling negotiators think they’ve hit on a solution to address the debt ceiling impasse and the public’s unwillingness to let go of benefits such as Medicare and Social Security that have been earned over a lifetime of work: Create a new Congress.

This “Super Congress,” composed of members of both chambers and both parties, isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, but would be granted extraordinary new powers. Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers — six from each chamber and six from each party.

Legislation approved by the Super Congress — which some on Capitol Hill are calling the “super committee” — would then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it couldn’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers, who’d have the ability only to cast an up or down vote. With the weight of both leaderships behind it, a product originated by the Super Congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little Congress and quickly becoming law. A Super Congress would be less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits. Negotiators are currently considering cutting the mortgage deduction and tax credits for retirement savings, for instance, extremely popular policies that would be difficult to slice up using the traditional legislative process.

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July 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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Getting Fired Up

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So earlier this month the boss hired some high-schoolers to do village-idiot work in the building.

Today, as ordered by the boss, I gave the high-schoolers the employment ban-hammer. Today’s lesson: If you joined a union, you’d still have a job. Until the Mexicans show up, anyway.

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July 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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Online Distra… Ohhhh, Shiny

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Isn’t it fun to go online with a specific purpose in mind (paying bills, get distracted with another website or three and log-off — only then realizing that you forgot why you originally wanted to do on this here Internet?

And what are the website that distract me? In no particular order:

Facebook

— Breitbart’s “Big Hollywood/Entertainment/etc.”

Internet Movie Database.

Wikipedia.

YouTube.

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July 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #81

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When someone tells you that you “have” to click on a link, you really shouldn’t.

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July 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Thoughts About Amy Winehouse

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Now Amy Winehouse is dead. And she took such good care of herself.

Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

The only thing I knew about Winehouse was that there were a ton of online photos of her that could be used in any anti-drug marketing campaign. Never listened to her music, and I have no intention to do so now. I’m not going to say something like, “I’m glad she’s dead.” What I will say is that her demise shouldn’t have come of a surprise to anyone out there. Sure an Ozzy Osbourne or Keith Richards can slip through the Grim Reaper’s grasp, but many drug addicts aren’t so lucky. Winehouse was one of those people.

I hope she liked her time on this earth while she had it.

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July 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

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Coexisting On The Same Road Together

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My chuckle of the morning commute: Seeing someone road-raging it up while driving a truck with one of these bumper stickers stuck onto his bumper.

And while I’m on the subject, here is another alternative to the above bumper sticker.

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July 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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Romney RINO

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The Mor(m)on is going to get the nomination, so in 2012 you’ll have a choice between A) an asshat who thinks the government health care is a good idea, and B) the incumbent.

Nevertheless, this picture made me laugh.

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July 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

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Bailout Blues

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Only $1.3 billion? I’m impressed.

Seriously.

U.S. taxpayers likely lost $1.3 billion in the government bailout of Chrysler, the Treasury Department announced Thursday.

The government recently sold its remaining 6% stake in the company to Italian automaker Fiat. It wrapped up the 2009 bailout that was part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program six years early.

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July 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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Barbaric Remake

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A Conan the Barbarian remake — really?

Like it’s that hard to come up with a “revenge” script with swords and loincloths.

Oh well, at least we’ll get to see California’s future governor 20 years from now.

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July 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

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Junk Holiday

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So earlier today I learned that today is “National Junk Food Day.”

Well for some people I see using Hoverounds at Walmart and Sam’s Club, it appears that every day is National Junk Food Day.

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July 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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Degrees Of Disclosure

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And if this info-babe and her producers had degrees in Journalism, they would have spent a few seconds prior to this interview doing research on Mr. Brooks.

And in case the YouTube link doesn’t work:

Matt Lewis flags this must-see moment from MSNBC, admittedly a phrase heard only slightly more often than “the good judgment of Anthony Weiner.” Contessa Brewer gets into an argument over economic policy with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), and tries to talk him down by snidely asking him whether he has a degree in economics … which, to Brewer’s embarrassment, Brooks does.

Wait a second, the info-babe HAS a journalism degree?

Since Brewer made an issue out of having an economics degree before engaging in economics debates, she must have a doctorate in the subject herself, right? Not exactly. According to her Wikipedia entry, Brewer has a baccalaureate in broadcast journalism (magna cum laude). Apparently they didn’t teach interviewing skills at Syracuse, or logic either, as a requisite for the degree.

To be fair, I also have a journalism degrees. Goes to show how valuable that particular degree is in the grand scheme of things, eh?

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July 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #80

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When someone gives his two-week notice on July 20 and says his last day is July 29, you know that integral part of the team will be missed.

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July 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Getting Swole? That’s Swell

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So last week the boss put an ad up on Craig’s List to get rid of some exercise equipment that was taking up dust in her office building’s basement.

Somebody answered her ad and picked up the device earlier today.

And now I can cross off, “Yo n*gga, I’m about to get my swole on,” from my list of “Things I never thought I’d hear in the workplace.”

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July 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

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Another Lemonade Stand Turns Sour

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Last month I posted an article about The Man shutting down a kid’s lemonade stand.

Here’s another example of this nonsense.

Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn’t have a business license or the required permits.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police also didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.

The girls had been operating for one day when Morningstar and another officer cruised by.

The girls needed a business license, peddler’s permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

One girl, 14-year-old Casity Dixon, says the three had to listen to police and shut down.

The girls are now doing chores and yard work to make money.

Now I have to wonder what workforce regulations these girls are violating with their “chores/yardwork.”

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July 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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Clean Environment Goes Up In Smoke

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Forget all that second-hand smoke nonsense, I’d give the ban-hammer to public smoking due to the littering.

Good grief, people. You lit up your cancer stick, now properly dispose of it.

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July 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

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A Case Of Hyperbole, But Not The Worst

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As I was reading this, I got to a quote by the mayor that said, “It’s the worst thing anybody can do to anybody.” Really — the WORST?

Wildwood bills itself as a family friendly resort on the Jersey Shore, but suddenly, it’s a city dealing with an incident of racism.

“I thought maybe someone thought this is prank,” says Uyvonne Robinson, “but it’s not a prank to us. This is our livelihood.”

On Wednesday morning, someone posted a sign outside Nana’s Apartments that read “Parking for whites only.” Robinson and her husband have owned the motel for eleven years, but they have never seen anything like this.

We feel like it was disrespectful and hurtful and mean-spirited for someone to do that,” says Robinson.

The eight-bedroom motel caters to families and adults. It is not listed as a loud, animal house property by the city, so they are not sure what provoked the racism.

“A lot of places rent to teenagers,” says Arthur Robinson, “but we just don’t do that.”

Police took down the sign immediately and stored it as evidence. Mayor Ernie Troiano apologized for the sign on behalf of the city.

“It’s the worst thing anybody can do to anybody,” says Troiano.

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July 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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A Real Yo-Yo With Chitchat

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So earlier today Mrs. kkk and I went to seven stores (yes, I kept track). In each store we had the following conversation take place with our cashier:

“Hi. How are you doing today?”

“Fine, thanks. And you?”

“Fine. Thanks for asking.”

Effective immediately, I’m skipping all this nonsense with a simple, “What up, yo?” I’m tired of it all.

I sympathize with cashiers putting up the facade of caring about how your day is going. I just wish there was this universal sign that could be used to indicated, “Just ring up my order and I’ll leave you alone.”

Could “What up, yo?” be that sign?

DEVELOPING…

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July 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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Same Game, Different Console Generation

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Why is it whenever I get a “next-gen” console I buy compilation bundles for it filled with games from several console generations prior?

Seriously.

I have at least a half-dozen of these games for my Playstation 2, and earlier this year I purchased the Genesis Collection for the Playstation 3.

At least my excuse for this purchase was to get the Shinobi Arcade version. For all the times I died upon replaying this arcade favorite, I already justified the disc’s cost.

Now if I could only get an arcade port of “Golden Axe.”

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July 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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Love To Ride

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So…Rick Santorum was right all along about that gay marriage slippery slope thing? o_O

Ever devoted, Amy Wolfe, 33, fell for “him” when she was 13.

(How she determined gender remains a mystery to me.) Amy “rides” the ride she intends to marry about 300 times a year, and lets slip that the operators give her special concessions, keeping the attraction in operation a few times after closing so she can have time alone with her man. After years of courtship and over 3,000 goes, Amy wants to make him an honest machine.

Before she announced her unconventional marriage plans, Amy was featured in a documentary titled Objectum Sexuality: When Relationships With Inanimate Objects Become Intimate. Amy contends that she doesn’t suffer from a fetish, but rather, a condition of the same name. (Objectum Sexuality.) And she insists her feeling for the ride are not solely sexual in nature- although she does keep a picture of him taped to her ceiling so she can deal with that part of their relationship without being “indecent” in public.

Here’s the best part. Totally.

After the wedding, Amy- an unemployed church organist and totally not a lesbian- will be taking the surname Weber, after the manufacturer of the ride.

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July 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #79

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A worried person sees a problem, a concerned person solves a problem and the rest just post snide Internet comments about the problem.

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July 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

An All-Star Is An All-Star No Matter The Spot On The Depth Chart

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Know how many “all stars” passed on playing in this game for the Pirates to get three in there?

For the first time since the Pirates’ early-1990s heyday, the National League will have three Pittsburgh players on its roster in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Pitcher Joel Hanrahan is perfect in 26 save opportunities this year, and he broke the Pirates’ record for consecutive save opportunities converted.

Outfielder Andrew McCutchen has a .291 batting average, .390 on-base percentage and .505 slugging percentage, with 14 home runs and 54 RBI. He has also stolen 15 bases.

McCutchen was added to the NL All-Star roster as an injury replacement for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who was voted as a starter by fans.

Pitcher Kevin Correia is 11-7 with a .270 ERA and one complete game. He was chosen as a replacement for Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, who became ineligible when he pitched for the Phillies on Sunday.

The last time Pittsburgh had three All-Stars was 1990, when outfielders Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla and pitcher Neal Heaton were on the team.

You know what? I’m not going to be a party pooper. They have been playing hard all season. Let ’em enjoy this one.

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July 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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Unhappy Days With The Ponz(i)

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For the love of Allah, can we now stop calling the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme a “trust fund”?

President Hussein on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.

“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” the Muslim Wookie Fucker said in an interview with cBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by cBS News.

The Hussein administration and many economists have warned of economic catastrophe if the United States does not raise the amount it is legally allowed to borrow by August 2.

I miss the good ol’ days when Muslims only held a airline passengers hostage.

And how’s this for timing? Earlier this week the better half went to a retirement seminar regarding her 401(k). The seminar host showed some diagram with a three-legged “retirement chair” — one leg reprsented a 401(k), the other represented an IRA and the other represented Social Insecurity. Mrs. kkk told me she almost laughed out loud when she saw that diagram.

But here’s the saddest thing of all regarding the better half’s experience: she was the youngest person at this seminar. There wasn’t anyone even close to her age — somewhere in the low 30s. Mrs. kkk said everyone else at this seminar looked like they were a few years away from retirement.

If you are under 40 and haven’t started saving for your golden years, then it’s your own damn fault you’ll have to buy Alpo and Fancy Feast in 2050.

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July 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

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Brushing Off This Impulse Purchase

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I can use the $1 in-store sale or $1.50 coupon as excuses, but the real reason I got that 28 oz. bottle of bbq sauce was because it came with a free mini-basting brush.

A brush which, of course, I will never use or destroy after just one application.

At least when I was 10 years old I had an excuse for acting this way whenever I wanted a certain cereal brand just for its toy inside the box.

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July 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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Lying Down On The Job

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So there’s this new video game out called “LA Noir.” Basically, you’re a detective and you try to solve cases by reading the facial expressions of various suspects and figuring out who is lying and who is telling the truth. As far as I know, this is the first time a game has put such a concentrated effort to involve facial expressions in the game play.

But who needs this game when I’ve got the assistant to catch fibbing?

I have to laugh because the assistant fibs over the dumbest shit. I really don’t care because she gets the job done, and I don’t feel like training another person. The fibs aren’t anything earth-shattering. For whatever reason, she feels the need to … embellish… what she does at the workplace and she really has no need to do so.

Here’s an example: The assistant primarily corresponds with people via email. However, at today’s meeting she told the boss and I that she has been making phone calls all week. She hasn’t. We all have the ability to see who’s using the telephone, and I don’t recall seeing her line lit up once in the past week. I think the assistant figured out we knew she was full of shit, so she added that she makes a lot of calls on her cellphone.

Yeah.

The thing is she has no reason to make this shit up. She does a good job, and I have don’t have any problems with what she does in the office. Hell, we fulfilled the quota to our 5-year contract by one month so it wasn’t like she was twiddling her thumbs this entire time.

Oh well. Only fight the battles worth fighting.

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July 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #78

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You can’t provide good analysis without being anal.

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July 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Drunk Driving With The Stars

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For Hines’ next reality show, he ought to consider “Cash Cab.”

Pittsburgh Steelers and former UGA receiver Hines Ward was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol early Saturday on Buford Highway in DeKalb County.

According to DeKalb police, Ward was stopped about 2:30 a.m. on Buford Highway near Briarwood Road after an officer noticed his Aston Martin failing to maintain lane and hitting a curb.

Ward failed a field sobriety test, and refused to take a breathalyzer test. He told officers he been at a downtown club, and had had two drinks.

According to police, a passenger in Ward’s car had not been drinking, and he was allowed to drive the car instead of it being impounded.

Ward, who police said was cooperative during the traffic stop, was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

DeKalb County Jail records indicate that Ward, 35, was booked into the jail at 3:41 a.m, and later released on $1,000 bond.

At least he didn’t hit anyone because the penalty for bind-siding with a car is a little different than blind-siding someone on the gridiron.

Then again, this is the American legal system we’re talking about so who knows?

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July 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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Captain 3000

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Looks like Jeter wanted to get started right away on Hit #4000.

Derek Jeter’s bid for one of baseball’s most hallowed milestones, a mark never reached by other New York Yankees’ greats, is complete.

Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone – the first Yankees player to 3,000 hits.

His first home run at Yankee Stadium this year, too.

A fitting crown for the captain.

With a swift swing of his shiny black bat, Jeter jolted himself into historic company, homering off Tampa Bay ace David Price in the third inning Saturday. He joined former teammate Wade Boggs as the only players to do it with a home run.

Say what you want about The Captain, but the guy knows how to rise to the occasion. I’m betting A-Rod’s 3000th hit will come in the 8th inning of a 10-0 blowout. (Doesn’t matter if the Yankees are up or down by 10 runs.)

And on the other end of the spectrum, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has hit the first home run of his career.

The fun thing about Cliff Lee is that he takes as much pride in his hitting as his pitching. And yesterday, he became the first Phillies pitcher since Chan Ho Park in 2009 to hit a home run. Lee blasted a pitch to right center field, sending it 397 feet and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the third inning. It was the first home run of Lee’s career.

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July 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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Spreadng The Mulch

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So earlier today Mrs. kkk’s summer mulch order showed up. The better half’s brother buys the stuff from someone he knows and leaves a trailer full of this stuff on our front yard. Now it’s time to shovel it all around the house. (If you haven’t figured it out by now, this was the inspiration behind kkk’s Rule of Life #77)

Allah help me should I ever have to rely on my muscles to pay the mortgage instead of my mind, which is already a scary-enough thought.

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July 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #77

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If you have a “closed-border” stance on illegal immigration, it doesn’t matter if you change your mind on this issue — that trailer full of mulch still has to get shoveled.

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July 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream — For What?

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So earlier today I heard some of the neighborhood kids screaming outside. You never quite know if a six-year old is screaming due to joy or due to anger.

Usually hearing the parent’s reaction a few seconds later reveals the answer.

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July 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm

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Seeds Of Organic Discontent

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‎What cracks me up is that THIS is what the Detroit region feels the need to confront. Yeah, what an eyesore.

Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

OAK PARK, Mich. (WJBK) – “The price of organic food is kind of through the roof,” said Julie Bass.

So, why not grow your own? However, Bass’ garden is a little unique because it’s in her front yard.

“We thought it’d be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help,” she said.

Bass’ cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she’s been charged with a misdemeanor.

“I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” Bass told FOX 2’s Alexis Wiley.

“That’s not what we want to see in a front yard,” said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.

Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what’s “suitable?”

We asked Bass whether she thinks she has suitable, live, plant material in her front yard.

“It’s definitely live. It’s definitely plant. It’s definitely material. We think it’s suitable,” she said.

So, we asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.

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July 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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But Is It A Dry 122 Degrees?

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First FIFA didn’t realize people in South Africa brought vuvuzelas with them to soccer games. Now they just figured out it gets hot in Qatar during the summertime.

FIFA doesn’t mess around with its fact-finding when determing future World Cup venues.

World Cup in 2022 could become a game of three halves in the 40 degree heat of Qatar

It has been a game of two halves ever since it was codified by the British in the 19th century but Fifa’s controversial decision to award the World Cup to Qatar in 2022 could see football become a game of three thirds.

Having decided to play the tournament in the middle of summer in a country where temperatures regularly exceed 40C, Fifa have been wrestling with the problem of how the world’s best players are going to cope with the conditions.

Air conditioned, indoor stadiums will help, but even that might not be enough to keep them at a safe temperature according to Michael Beavon, a director of Arup Associates, the company responsible for developing the zero-carbon solar technology intended to cool them.

As a result, one proposal being considered by Fifa is to play the 90 minute games over three 30-minute periods if the temperature inside the stadiums exceeds 30c because of the potential health risks involved.

“There is a moderate risk of heat injury to the players between 24C-29C but if you go above that you have high and extreme risk of injury, ” said Beavon, who was speaking to delegates at the Qatar Infrastructure Conference in London.

“The one thing Fifa do say, although it is for guidance, is if it’s 32C they will stop a match and play three 30-minute thirds rather than two 45-minute halves.

“The reason would be to re-hydrate the players before they could carry on playing. That of course would play havoc with TV schedules and those kind of things.

“The commitment from Qatar was to provide conditions in the moderate band, so that matches would go ahead and be played as normal. Matches have to be played at an acceptable temperature and in safety so that Fifa do not intervene.”

A Fifa spokesman attempted to calm fears that a huge break in tradition is about to happen last night, insisting nothing has been finalised at this stage.

All I know is someone got paid for putting the World Cup in Qatar.

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July 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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Civic Duty To Save Civic Arena?

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Mr. Preservation Group, tear down this arena.

Preservation Pittsburgh has filed suit in federal court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the Sports and Exhibition Authority, the city’s Urban Redevelopment AuthoritybizWatch and Allegheny County to stop what it claims are the illegal actions to take and demolish the Civic Arena.

The organization’s suit claims the federal law should bar federal financial assistance going to the arena site “unless and until the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Protection Act have been complied with.”

In its announcement of its lawsuit, Preservation Pittsburgh argued it has taken legal action to make sure the federal funds needed to redevelop the arena site are available out of a concern that the SEA’s process has not heeded federal law for historic review. The organization maintains that the site could be rendered ineligible for federal highway funding to restore a street grid on the site if a federal historic review process is not followed.

Preservation Pittsburgh also accused the SEA of not undertaking “substantial, independent exploration of alternatives” for demolition and hopes the suit will help provide time to identify candidates to develop and become tenants at the property.

Last week, City Council voted against a historic nomination of the arena, leaving only limited options to preservationists opposed to the total demolition of the nearly 50-year-old arena.

It’s not “historic.” It’s a dump. See if you can buy a seat from inside the building before its date with the wrecking ball if you are going to miss the Mellon/Civic Arena that much.

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July 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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MLB Yankee Network

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Did the Yes Network buy the MLB channel or something?

Then again, with that whole Derek Jeter 3000 thing going on, I guess the added coverage is warranted.

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July 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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Not-So-Superintendent

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Your 2009 Government School Superintendent of the Year recipient.

Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation.

An 800-page report released Tuesday to The Associated Press by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office through an open records request shows several educators reported cheating in their schools. But the report says Hall, who won the national Superintendent of the Year award in 2009, and other administrators ignored those reports and sometimes retaliated against the whistleblowers.

The yearlong investigation shows educators at nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on standardized tests by helping students or changing the answers once exams were handed in.

The investigators also found a “culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation” in the school district over the cheating allegations, which led to educators lying about the cheating or destroying documents to cover it up, according to the report. School officials had “warnings” as early as 2005 that there was cheating on standardized tests, but those signals were ignored, according to the report.

At one elementary school, four educators gathered at a colleague’s home in Douglas County one weekend to have a “changing party” using answer sheets provided by a school official, the report states.

Teachers who admitted to investigators they cheated said they were under immense pressure to raise test scores, the investigators wrote. One elementary school principal forced a teacher to crawl under a table during a faculty meeting because that teacher’s test scores were low, according to the report.

“Dr. Hall and her administration emphasized test results and public praise to the exclusion of integrity and ethics,” the report states. “Dr. Hall either knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in the APS system.”

Hall’s attorney, Richard Deane, denied the report’s allegations.

“Dr. Hall steadfastly denies that she, her staff, or the vast majority of APS teaching and administrative professionals knew or should have known of any allegedly widespread cheating,” Deane wrote in a statement. “She further denies any other allegations of knowing and deliberate wrongdoing on her part or on the part of her senior staff, whether during the course of the investigation or before the investigation began.”

Now it makes perfect sense why she won. I’m sure the competition was fierce between Hall and someone in California who helped draft a resolution of support for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

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Anthony’s Got Talent

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Next up on “America’s Got Talent,” Casey Anthony kills her kid and gets away with it.

Why did I make this remark? Because Mrs. kkk is watching this stupid show. I have no idea why.

What — there’s a “magic” category?

“And now for my next trick, watch me make my daughter disappear.”

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July 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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I Can’t Drive 45-65

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I often talk about my commute to and from work. I usually spend more than two hours round-trip each workday in the vehicle, so I guess it makes sense I’d have a thing or three to say about other motorists. Today is no exception.

I’m a big believer in the right lane being for slower driver and the left lane being for faster drivers. But I also have to ask how fast is “too fast” for even the left lane? One of the primary roadways I drive is a state highway. Some stretches of this road go through some residential/business areas while other stretches are more ideal for going faster. The speed limit is 45. Now as I said, I usually stay in the right lane, but when there’s traffic it really doesn’t matter what lane you’re in. Now even though I don’t consider myself a fast/aggressive driver, there are times when I speed on certain stretches of this road. One stretch I’ll often go 65; it’s a non-business area and the flow of traffic often kicks it up a notch.

But when does “fast” become “too fast”?

There are times when I’ll be going 20+ miles over the speed limit and there will still be people going well above that rate of speed. And the thing is, in about 15 seconds you’re going to be introduced to traffic backups anyway. What’s the point?

Sometimes no matter how fast you are going it’s just not fast enough.

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July 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

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Casey Anthony Verdict

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OJ.

Susan Smith.

And people are surprised at THIS verdict?

After six weeks of testimony, dozens of witnesses and one full day of deliberation, 12 jurors found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering Caylee, her 2-year-old daughter.

The jury found Anthony not guilty of the lesser charges of second-degree murder and felony third-degree murder. According to Judge Belvin Perry Jr.’s instructions, if the jury were to have found that Caylee’s death was caused by Casey, then they were to consider the circumstances surrounding the death. When it was all over, the jury found Casey guilty of four counts of providing false information to investigators.

I didn’t bother following this case because I knew she was going to get off. All this verdict does is reinforce my belief that the only true justice is the justice you dole out to an assailant before the police arrive to the scene.

To all those saying that the State needed to show more proof, etc.: Should a loved one of yours ever die at the hands of another and a jury of the dumbmasses lets that person off the hook, I hope somebody reminds you that “the system worked.”

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July 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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New “Help” At Work

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So now instead of hiring crazy people from some “works” program to do the basic maintenance around the workplace building, the boss is now hiring high school students from another “works” program.

In an unrelated story, kkk does not leave anything of value in his office.

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July 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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4th Freedoms

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Might as well celebrate all the freedoms we still have. Smoke ’em if you got ’em. Oh, wait…

And let’s not talk about fireworks.

What started as a battle over fireworks shows led to a sweeping legal victory Friday for environmentalists that could stymie a wide range of events needing city permits, from the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon to birthday parties held at parks.

“According to the strictest interpretation of this, jumpy-jumps and everything else would be subject to environmental review if this ruling stands,” said lawyer Robert Howard, who represented the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation in the case. “It’s a breathtaking ruling.”

Superior Court Judge Linda Quinn said La Jolla’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show requires evaluation under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.

The case, filed by the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation in Encinitas, targeted San Diego’s approval of the La Jolla event but eventually drew in a broad swath of city permits. San Diego officials said they issue about 400 special-events permits annually, along with up to 20,000 park-use permits for smaller-scale gatherings — most of which would now need environmental assessment.

“San Diego issues thousands of these simple park-use permits over the counter with the only consideration being space, just as other cities do across the state,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “Existing law has never been interpreted to require a CEQA review for this. … This decision opens the door to absurd results. This is the reason appellate courts exist and we plan to ask for their help.”

Even before the judge’s ruling was finalized, Chula Vista officials on Thursday pulled the plug on their July Fourth show in the face of funding shortfalls and environmental challenges.

The future of La Jolla’s event was fuzzy Friday. Organizers likely can’t complete the time-intensive and costly CEQA analysis by July 4, but Howard said he would ask the court to allow this year’s event while the case is appealed.

I’m not a huge fireworks fan, but this is just dumb.

Land of the free, indeed.

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July 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

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