Tornadic activity

When he had dinner at the home of Governor Sam Brownback, my friend Denton joked that because the state of Kansas had not been experiencing severe weather, that state of Kansas must have been exporting severe weather, especially tornadoes. Late last month the governor also took a few moments at the start of his speech to speak about the natural disasters in the southern U.S.:

Governor Brownback Legislative Priorities Press Conference
“Governor Sam Brownback holds a media availability to discuss priorities for the remaining days of the legislative session …”

We had a tornado warning in the area of Kansas City on Wednesday.

Tornadoes have touched ground in KC area
“There were at least four reported tornado touchdowns in Johnson, Jackson and Cass counties, according to authorities.”

We complied and took shelter in designated areas for about an hour. At 12:15 CDT, the warning was allowed to expire, which cloud conditions do not necessarily dictate. We later complied and returned to our normal activities.

“The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for Johnson County, Kan.”

Some areas of Missouri were not so fortunate. Sedalia was damaged on Wednesday.

Tornadoes dip, dash over an anxious
“For several hours Wednesday, tornadoes scared two states already raw from the Joplin disaster. One tornado tore into Sedalia, Mo., while others dipped suddenly out of rain clouds and hopped at least a half-dozen times across the Kansas City area.”

Many deaths and terrible destruction had already happened in Joplin on Sunday.

List of 232 missing from Joplin is released
“More than 230 people remain unaccounted for four days after the deadliest single tornado in more than six decades tore through the middle of Joplin, Missouri officials said today.”

Denton has family near Joplin and is joining a work crew this weekend.

Before And After: A Bird’s-Eye View Of
“Click on the headline for an interactive look at the destruction caused by the Joplin tornado.”

Of course, one also should know how to talk to one’s children.

How to handle children’s questions about scary news. . The Parent Show . PBS Parents | PBS
“Tornadoes. Tsunamis. Terrorists. There’s certainly no shortage of scary stories in the news. So, what can you do if your child starts asking questions that you’re not prepared to answer? Have no fear! Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, VP of Research and Education at Sesame Workshop, has some simple strategies …”

Thank you for your time.

Stale zaniness 008

Twitter / Chris Pirillo: “I bet @Oprah’s final episode will conclude with her waking up next to Bob Newhart and exclaiming it was all just a dream.”

Double Take ‘Toons: Soap Oprah? : NPR
“After 25 years on the air, Emmy and Academy Award Winner Oprah Winfrey will tape her last show today. Cam Cardow looks at the hoopla and Mike Smith, the impact of the Media giant’s departure on her fans.”

I offer for the record: I have never been her fan, I welcome her departure, and I wish a speedy recovery to the affected or infected.

Oprah Winfrey: We will miss you
“Today is the last Oprah show in the history of television. To us in Opera this is really sad news. As a tribute to Oprah and her fans, we’ve been digging in our mailbox in order to give you Opera’s ‘Best of Oprah mails to Opera’ best of.”

Live Blogging Oprah’s Final Show
“Well, Oprah’s final show is here. Depending on your level of Oprah love, it’s time to either get out your tissue box or your vomit…”

The time is for me to get out my vomit.

Why did Oprah matter?
“Unlike so many trumped-up celebrations of famous people, the three-day farewell to Oprah Winfrey…”

Come on, people, please find a better way to waste your time:

South Park: Crack baby Athletic AssociationPreview: Hear Us Out
“Cartman discusses his plan to help out those poor babies addicted to crack.”

Facebook, you really need to stop your being such a distraction. I am trying to write a request for an academic transcript. I will likely never know who has unfriended me this time.

Has Your Facebook Profile Made This #1 Mistake?
“You might be missing out on a golden opportunity to plug your fan page right at the top of your profile.”

The problem could be that your Cadillac is just a dressed-up Chevrolet.

Truck Trend Garage: 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT Parking Assist Stopped Working
“My 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT was rear-ended and I had it repaired at a good body shop. They replaced everything including sensors in the bumper, wiring, and module. They can’t figure it out. What else could be wrong? Read on to learn more about this truck trend garage article from the truck and SUV…”

I like How a Girl Figures.

Source: Yoko from Gurren Lagann is such an awesome lady.
A moe updating of Mine Fujiko from Lupin III.
 – J-List Tumblr

Tenderloin Technology Lab, newly refurbished
“The Tenderloin Technology Lab (TTL), a partnership between St. Anthony Foundation and San Francisco Network Ministries, unveiled a newly refurbished…”

This was not quite as delicious as the name would imply, Cheese & Burger Society.

Final Minutes Of Last Harry Potter Movie To Be Split Into Seven Separate Films
“Warner Bros. will re-cut the last four minutes of The Deathly Hollows: Part 2 and stretch it into seven films so fans can enjoy the Harry Potter franchise for another decade.”

Yeah, sorry, The Onion, but John Robison and David Rushing already broke this story:

BREAKING: Enraged 500-Foot Bin Laden Emerges From Sea
“ATLANTIC OCEAN—Multiple sources have now confirmed that Osama bin Laden, thought to have been killed and buried at sea weeks ago, has emerged from the Atlantic Ocean, rising to the tower height of 500 feet.”

Twitter / MC Thumbtack: “Thought Towel Day was Wear a Towel To Work Day and every time I bend over I have to tell my coworkers ‘Don’t panic!’”

Scion xB Named as 2011 Car With The Best Resale Value
“The Scion xB has been named by Kiplinger as having the best resale value in the Under $20,000 category of 2011 car models.”

Fortunately Aston Martin makes something much better:

Aston Martin V12 Zagato heads from Villa d‘Este to the race trackAutoblog
“Aston Martin V12 Zagato – Click above for high-res image gallery Some concepts debut at an auto show and are never heard from again.”

Does anyone else suddenly want some Hardee’s?

Cheezburger CEO Planning WordPress-Style News 2.0 Software
“Once you’ve built an empire of funny cat pictures and other user-generated comedy ephemera, what do you do next? Ben Huh, CEO of the sprawling Cheezburger network of comedy websites, has begun discussing a side-project he’s working on called The Moby Dick Project.”

LOL >> The Incorrect Physics of My Little Pony [VIDEO]
“Yep, you read that headline right. Here’s a 10-minute video of a student explaining to his class why the physics in My Little Pony is totally wrong.”

Yes, I love The Hub!

Help Imo’s support military families!
“In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Imo’s is running a special Check-in for Charity Deal through Facebook. For the entire month of May, Imo’s will donate $1 per Facebook check-in* to Operation Shower, a nonprofit organization that throws baby showers for expecting military families in deployment…”

Hey, Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape, thank you for the free download! I will be using the iTunes once I am home!

Mixed Tape » Your platform for new talents and free mp3s!
“Instant mood boost guaranteed: Our latest Mixed Tape ‘Violet Vibes’ boats the crème of new international talents, from poppy experiments to the smoothest of hip-hop. So, are you ready for some addictive sounds?”

Whether I am ready for some addictive sounds depends on what your definition of addictive sounds is.

William Jefferson Clinton Is Right
“Daniel Foster writes on NRO: Bill Clinton fears that the Democrats are going to stand pat on Medicare, and implicitly admits that they are using the issue to fear-monger for short-term political gain. Bill Clinton. When the two met backstage at a debate on the debt held by the Pete Peterson Foundation…”

Let us suppose for the moment that you are correct.

Washington D.C. politicians play ‘Bush Blame Game’ on debt and deficits | Don’t Put It On Our Tab
“Influential liberal blogger Ezra Klein writes, ‘In other words, cut the financial crisis and the major initiatives from the Bush-era out of the picture, and we’d be in pretty good shape. In fact, we’d be in great shape.’”

Telling the truth does not validate your politics.

Obama to Palestinians: Seeking statehood in UN a ‘mistake’Christians United for Israel
“Speaking in London, US president says conflict rests on 4 points: Borders, security, refugees, J’lem; second two points require ‘wrenching concessions’; says Hamas still not partner for peace.”

Now that the moment has passed, you are in fact wrong again.

President Obama suffers royal toast mishap
“‘God Save the Queen’ starts early during President Obama’s toast to the Queen meaning no one can drink until the music stops.”

The Radio Equalizer: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calls radio host Laura Ingraham a ‘slut.’
“‘And what do the Republicans thinking about? They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her …’”

PRIOR Design takes on the Bentley Continental GT Cabriolet

ILM – The Magic Behind the VFX of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
“ILM Visual Effects Supervisor discusses the visual effects of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Discovery HD Theater :: TV Listings :: Motorweek at the New York International Auto Show

Rebellion R1k Ultima GTR by Jon Olsson
“In February we showed sketches and renders of Jon Olsson’s latest project: Rebellion R1k. Now after 6 months of development the Rebellion R1k is finished.”

Sony Pictures Shows ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Some Love, Releasing a New Teaser Poster

NOVA | Secrets of the Parthenon
“How did the ancient Athenians build this near-flawless icon of Greece’s Golden Age?”

Twitter / Jeff Dunham: “WALTER: The only way Lady Gaga would shock me now is if she wore a t-shirt, jeans, and some flip-flops.”

that‘s my starting issue 001

Wow, so much has happened and is happening. The word of the day is eschatology. A friend in the Libertarian Party has also shared some links, which I would also like to share here.

Americans Are Living In 1984
“The White House’s ‘death of bin Laden’ story has come apart at the seams. Will it make any difference that before 48 hours had passed the story had changed so much that it no longer bore any resemblance to President Obama’s Sunday evening broadcast and has lost all credibility?”

Thinking critically has traditionally been difficult for me.

Repeal the ‘Patriot’ Act
“The Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House are scheming to sneak through another renewal of the freedom-stealing ‘Patriot’ Act while the American public is not paying attention.”

50 Things Every American Should Know About The Collapse Of The Economy
“Right now, we are witnessing a truly historic collapse of the economy, and yet most Americans do not understand what is going on. One of the biggest reasons …”

Iowa Voter to Gingrich: ‘Why don’t you get out
before you make a bigger fool of yourself

Top Court Rules For Police In Warrantless Search : NPR
“The Supreme Court has further refined its rules on searching someone’s home without permission or a warrant. The court ruled in favor of Kentucky police who mistakenly knocked at and broke down the wrong door, in the course of chasing a suspect. They arrested a man they hadn’t been pursuing, but who …”

Okay, yes, I just need to listen, and that‘s my starting issue.

MBH – my brain hurts 012

In order to not need to drive across town, principally to ITT Tech, I must again learn to facsimile my request for an academic transcript. The Tolstoys of Orlick, WA should just ask the JWs All Along the Watchtower about BBC America soon airing Battlestar Galactica.

Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich Commercial on Climate Change
“This ad is part of the ‘We Can Solve It’ global warming ad campaign sponsored by former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. It is no …”

Who are you? Who have you become, Newt Gingrich?

Faux Conservative Newt Gingrich Defends ObamaCare Mandate
“Newt Gingrich defends the individual health insurance mandate. by Daniel Sayani”

I found the following when I was looking up lyrics:

Don’t Miss Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover finale!
“Tune in May 24 starting at 12pm EST to see if Amy or Annamarie will win Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover — one of the biggest makeovers in history! Who are yo…”

Wow, I am at work, but Joshuaa certainly will be watching to celebrate his happy birthday.

YBH – your brain hurts 006

To feed my wild side, I bought some Jack Link’s Beef Jerky at QuikTrip because I had a coupon for one dollar off the price of a 3.25-oz. bag. The stories of somnambulism from my friends bring new meaning, “I could do this in my sleep,” and Sunday we watched some Sons of Anarchy.

Apple to Customer Service: Don’t Help Our Customers with Malware
“You’d like to think that customer service is out to serve the customers (you), right? Not exactly! After an unusually broad spread of Mac Defender, a piece of OS X malware, Apple is telling customers they’re on their own. The order, straight from an internal memo to Apple’s customer support reps,…”

If you think that I might actually know something about that, then you are terribly misguided.

Governor Brownback Legislative Priorities Press Conference
“Governor Sam Brownback holds a media availability to discuss priorities for the remaining days of the legislative session …”

“What’s YOUR opinion of his priorities?”

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Regrets Republicans Lack ‘Courage’ to Raise Taxes
“NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Sunday conceded ‘Paul Ryan has shown considerable guts’ with his Medicare plan, but she declared liberal Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen is ‘correct that nobody on the Republican side is showing any courage on the tax front. And unless taxes are part of the mix,’ NBC…”

Yes, and you were obviously a judge in the pageant for the casting of ‘Miss Guiding Light’.

Broadcaster silent as Judgment Day hours tick by
“With no sign his forecast of Judgment Day arriving on Saturday has come true, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent.”

Melina Kanakaredes could also be ‘Miss Guiding Light’; before CSI: NY she starred in Providence.

Robert Fitzpatrick reacts to doomsday false alarm
“Times square May, 21 2011 6:05. None of the people talking were me.”

Truly the Majority Against ObamaCare exists, however.

Even Pelosi’s Own Constituents Don’t Like Government Healthcare Takeover | Texas GOP Vote
“NRCC – Although Heath Shuler refuses to repeal the Democrats’ job-destroying government takeover of healthcare, even businesses located in his party leader’s San Francisco district are now looking for ways out of its ruinous effects. Shuler will now have to defend his vote to continue implementing …”

Trust me to awkwardly adapt the “Theme from Shaft” by substituting Melina Kanakaredes for the title character.

How North Koreans get their laughs
“By reinterpreting Communist propaganda party slogans, North Koreans show their sense of humor as well as their growing dislike of the Kim Jong Il regime.”

David Rushing commented on my status, “Who’s the sly dog who can make Shaft awkward in a fog like a chicken doing a hog? Chris!”

9 Words You’ve Used Today With Bizarre Criminal Origins
“Apparently, English is actually just a mishmash of grunts and shrieks assembled haphazardly from the crude dialects of hobos, gypsies and rapists.”

This is a violation:

Entry-level Maserati sedan to feature a Chrysler engine – report
“According to Car and Driver, the sedan is being developed alongside the 2012 Quattroporte and will feature Pininfarina styling. More interestingly, the car is rumored to ride on an aluminum-intensive chassis and offer optional all-wheel drive.”

Except for one dream last night, all of my dreams were just the same: nightmares.

» Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war…
“The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.”

Thinking critically has traditionally been difficult for me.

Government to Tap the Federal Retirement Funds to Run Government
“The Obama administration will begin to tap federal retiree programs to help fund operations after the government lost its ability Monday to borrow more money from the public, adding urgency to efforts in Washington to fashion a compromise over the debt.”

Having been told that it’s okay to laugh, I will now crackle maniacally.

Botch-fest 020

The University has recently provided me with more than enough about which to complain, and I have made a few mistakes lately in dealing with them. To be clear, I stand with Christians United for Israel. Kitto I must write a disclaimer about the strong language that will appear later in this post, like your girlfriend. With that said, our especially retarded president has fucked up things with Israel:

Obama: Israel must act boldlyChristians United for Israel
“In major policy speech, President Obama says ‘Israel must act boldly to advance lasting peace,’ stresses status quo ‘unsustainable.’ Border between Israel, Palestinian to be based on 1967 lines, he says”

If Obama wanted to bring Israel back to raise the topic of a Palestinian state, the Prime Minister was going to have something to say about it:

Netanyahu slams Obama call for ‘Palestine’ based on ’67 linesChristians United for Israel
“‘Those borders are not defensible,’ PM rages as he flies off to Washington; Palestinian state must not come ‘at Israel’s expense’; US President urges resumed talks, focused on territory, security.”

Yes, and they had a summit the next day in the United States capital:

Netanyahu meets Obama, rejects 1967 border proposal
“Obama and Netanyahu met at the White House a day after the US president endorsed a longstanding Palestinian demand on the 1967 borders for their future state; both leaders acknowledge difference between their positions.”

Yes, and our especially retarded president has wisely planned backpedaling:

Obama expected to make reconciliatory speech to AIPACChristians United for Israel
“Softer tone likely after fallout from reference to 1967 lines; AIPAC circulates letter asking participants to be respectful of speakers.”

I have updated my entertainingly shallow and pedantic blog.

Where was this 010

Well, like your girlfriend, I seem to be recovering nicely from my emotional slump. Now the University is saying that I am missing a few more required classes. I will have to make some calls for transcripts today, principally to ITT Tech. Last night I watched some episodes from this series:

“Watch the latest episodes of STEINS;GATE on Crunchyroll now. Steins; Gate follows an eclectic group of individuals who have the ability to send text messages to the past. However throughout their experimentation process, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel.”

Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice
“Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested. Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there…”

Of course as soon as you said that, you gotta know that I was going to read Star Trek IV Script from The Computer Core Dump.

Scooter Computer and Mr. Chips
“This is one of 3 Schoolhouse Rock! shorts that were never released to the public until 30 years after they were made.”

Does anyone know where to find an IBN 5100?

Infographic: The End of the Computer as We Know It | News & Opinion |
“The personal computer has gone through a lot of changes since the first integrated circuit was invented in 1958.”

Hey, Kimberly, I just found a BrainStorm Quick Start Card for Microsoft® Windows® 7; I might now be able to answer your query.

Vitality: Good News About Health, Happiness and Productivity
“Firm Up The Bottom Line Strong gluteal muscles play a key role in balance, lower body strength, and endurance. These exercise routines can help.”

♫ I don’t want to work.
I just want to bang on the drum all day. ♫

Grooming: How to bodygroom? – Braun
“Learn all about men’s grooming and how to bodygroom with basic tips on shaving the armpits, chest and other areas.”

Sure thing, I’d LOVE to help you move out of your two bedroom apartment! – The Oatmeal

Japan dresses down to save power
“Vending machines and heated toilet seats will be turned off and salarymen will swap their suits for Hawaiian shirts and shorts as Japan prepares for a summer of power shortages.”

Cameras Capture What Children Eat At School
“How do parents track everything their children are eating in school? Take a picture of it on a calorie camera.”

Saturday Night Live has not been any good in decades.

ThunderCats – Teaser Trailer [HQ]
“Think you know ThunderCats? Think again! Check out this AWESOME first look at the all-new ThunderCats, coming this summer to Cartoon Network!”

Hey, I wonder if Thor is thunderwhelming, loudly underwhelming.

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE – First Look Trailer
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE coming to FOX Midseason 2012! Follow on Twitter. ‘Like’ on Facebook.”

LOL >> Superman in England [Cartoon]

“The 14th Annual Plastic Model Exhibition was held at Japanese Paper Museum Ino Towon in Ino-cho, Kochi, from May 8 to 15. It was hosted by the three local model clubs in the Shikoku island, Tosa Model club (Kochi), Freedom (Kochi), and Sanuki Modelers (Kagawa). According to the Tosa Model Club’s …”

NBC Debuts Grimm

Justin Halpern’s Dad Reacts to the Canceling of ‘Sh*t My Dad…
Sh*t My Dad Says was a quick read and a pretty good book. The T.V. show, however, was borderline unwatchable. Which isn’t much of a surprise…”