Thursday, February 2

Post Loaf.

Today's post is more of a 'Post Loaf,' consisting of real post parts, but not necessarily considered an actual post. Enjoy.

Upcoming Southern Wisconsin Concerts.

02/11 - Nine Inch Nails - The Rave - Milwaukee
02/14 - Less Than Jake - The Rave Milwaukee
02/16 - Motion City Soundtrack - The Rave - Milwaukee
02/17 - Andrew Bird - High Noon Saloon - Madison
02/22 - New Pornographers/Matt Pond PA - Barrymore Theater - Madison
03/02 - The Fray - The Rave - Milwaukee
03/03 - Opeth - The Rave - Milwaukee
03/04 - Nada Surf - The Annex - Madison
03/09 - Smoking Popes (REUNION!) - Miramar Theater - Milwaukee
03/11 - No Use For A Name - The Rave - Milwaukee
03/28 - Reliant K - Barrymore Theater - Madison
04/14 - Low - High Noon Saloon - Madison
04/21 - Minus The Bear - Miramar Theater - Milwaukee
05/04 - Pretty Girls Make Graves - Mad Planet - Milwaukee


Here'e something that's been bothering me lately. I got an e-mail the other day entitled ‘School Girl Fantasies Gone Bad.’ That sentence makes no sense whatsoever. Think about it, break it down. ‘School Girl Fantasies.’ What do school girls fantisize about? Getting good grades? Ty Pennington? Hair care products? Now throw in ‘gone bad,’ and things make even less sense. What would describe a school girl fantasy gone bad? In my mind, I picture a school girl getting an ‘F,’ and finding out that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition got cancelled. This is the only logical conclusion.

The e-mail would have made slightly more sense if it was titled ‘Your School Girl Fantasies Gone Bad,’ but it’s still all wrong. Why would I want my school girl fantasies to go bad? If I wanted them to go bad, that’s what I’d fantisize about. Besides, most of my fantasies involve me and a bunch of school girls playing Boggle, so I guess it could ‘go bad’ if instead of Boggle, they berated me and told me I needed to stop watching so much TV. In my opinion, this is way too much thought for a porn spam e-mail (or SPORN!, as I like to call it).

Fire Bad! Burns Hurt!

Another thing on my mind. I was leafing through the law library at my place of employment, and I saw a book entitled ‘Fire Protection Handbook.’ This book was hardcover and about 1000 pages thick. Honestly, how long can you talk about water? Do we really need 1000 pages on how to put out a fire? The only way this makes sense to me is if the book were actually made of water, or the book could be used to beat the flames into submission. Maybe the font is really huge; I didn't bother to check.

This reminds me of when I was watching the training video for my Theater Usher job. They were talking about how you needed to be careful when tending to the popcorn machine, and their mantra was 'Burns hurt!' over and over again. I later went on to make thousands of bags of popcorn at the Hardware Store, and only burned myself about a dozen times. I'm no fool.

Tax & Spend.

The Missus did our taxes this week, and we sort of got shafted. We were planning on getting enough money to take care of almost all of our standing debt, but instead got just enough to zero out our credit card balance. This is great news, and will save me hundreds a month, but was essentially half of what we expected.

The culprit? We made just enough money this year to be thrown into the rock-bottom of a higher tax bracket, slamming us with with same sorts of rates that those who make six-figures get. Hooray for having a nice job! Thanks to Uncle Sam, we have to hold off on the new car until Christmas. This truly angers me.


I watched the State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Like many of you, I was screaming at the television with a beer in my hand for the better part of an hour, cringing and cursing the majority of the 2004 voting public. Of course, since then, George's approval rating had dropped down to a dismal 42% (which is an F, if you happen to be keeping score at home, much like a school girl fantasy gone bad), so I feel a little vindicated, if not completely terrified.

Since Tuesday, I've read over the transcripts a time or two, and besides the usual lies and outright stupidity of the cut-n-paste speech, two things really stuck out in my head. They are probably the same two things that stuck in your head, as well.

#1 - "It is said that prior to the attacks of September the 11th, our government failed to connect the dots of the conspiracy. We now know that two of the hijackers in the United States placed telephone calls to al Qaeda operatives overseas. But we did not know about their plans until it was too late. So to prevent another attack-based on authority given to me by the Constitution and by statute- I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the international communications of suspected al Qaeda operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous Presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have, and federal courts have approved the use of that authority. Appropriate members of Congress have been kept informed. The terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. It remains essential to the security of America. If there are people inside our country who are talking* with al Qaeda, we want to know about it, because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again."

This is fear-mongering, plain and simple. He just got through talking about how the 'enemy' uses these very same tactics to get what they want in the Middle East. It upsets me that they thought I wouldn't know when I was being completely manipulated, especially when they laid it on so thick.

*Pronounced "talkin'" by W.

#2 - "A hopeful society has institutions of science and medicine that do not cut ethical corners, and that recognize the matchless value of every life. Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator- and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale."

Wait, what did he just say? Did he just say something about human-animal hybrids? Was he supposed to say that? I didn't even think about that until now, and it sounds exceedingly rad. Something tells me that the public could have lived a long and healthy live without ever hearing that statement.

What a weirdo.


Steelers win! Steelers win! Steelers win!

Tomorrow, Lost Friday takes you for a ride in his Trans Am, and gets a little grabby. Come on back.

(EDIT: No Lost Friday tomorrow. Sorry, kids.)

Comments: loaf.
You failed to mention the Andrew Bird show TONIGHT in Milwaukee.

Bush is a chimp-human hybrid himself, isn't he?
Taxes are going to be much more depressing for me. I was self-employed the first half of the year, and never paid in. And it turns out I made way more than I had anticipated. So I'm going to get screwed.

"Bracket creep" is the term for what you just experienced.

What was the deal with showing a rerun from last season on Lost last night? I got all confused because my Tivo was recording Veronica Mars, so I stopped the recording to see what was on ABC. No Lost, and now I missed out on VM. This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.
Sorry about shafting Andrew Bird, it'll never happen again. I think your Bush comment was the funniest thing you've ever said on here. Bravo.

Damn bracket creep. Always creeping up on me and whatnot. At least you have to deal with a similar situation, so I don't feel so alone in the world. Look at it this way; making more money is better than getting a little extra in taxes, but for some reason, it never feels that way.

I don't know why they did the Season 1 Lost, unless they were re-introducing the Numbers for upcoming episodes. Maybe they will play a vital role in the next few weeks, and they thought we could use a refresher. It was actually quite nice of them.
I guess technically, bracket creep is when you just barely get in the next bracket, and you actually walk away with less money than if you had just been at the upper end of the lower bracket. So by earning a higher income, your real income is actually lower.

Yeah, that makes sense that they'd reintroduce an older episode to bring newer viewers up to speed, since the numbers haven't really been mentioned this season at all.
That's true. Had we made just a few hundred dollars less, we would have walked away with like, an extra 2 grand. That's not even the least bit cool.

The thing about Lost is, I don't really think the numbers will be discussed in the next few weeks. I mean, it makes sense that they would show it as a refresher, but there isn't a Hurley episode on the horizion. That being said, it was nice to hear the whole Number story again. It's one of the creepier aspects of the show.

New Earl & Office tonight!
As an addition to the concert list, it should be noted that Built to Spill will be dropping by in April.
Come see Andrew Bird tonight. I'll be there.
From now on, I'm only going to Milwaukee if Juiceboxxx is playing.

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