“>Palm Beach Post (second story)

So when I first read about this, I thought it was much ado about nothing, a simple oversight by a transplant who registered to vote without a permanent address, blah blah, benefit of the doubt.
Now the truth comes out that she was simply a lazy bitch who didn’t feel she needed to follow the rules. Which is how the story originally broke. All she had to do was fill out the change of address form, and be done with it, but no, the woman who recently used the term “raghead” in reference to Arabs in a post 9.11 world, walked out of the voting precint she should have voted in, and drove to the one she originally registered in and voted. Which, is clearly defined in FL law, as a 3rd degree felony. What I would give to see her charged.

CSS Reboot Spring ’06

I cobbled this design out of something else I was working on, to break out of the constraints of using someone else’s work, but intend on something extrordinary for the site, especially the oft-not used entry page. So I signed up for the CSS Reboot as a means of having a tangible goal, as well as some pressure to knock one out of the park. So things won’t change much around here until May, but check back then for a whole new miklb.com.

Trying Out CoComments


is open to anyone, though they have a caveat that if server load gets too high, they’ll shut down registration again. I hadn’t really paid attention to it, though I’ve seen it mentioned, but the concept is sound. How often do you leave comments on a blog, and then forget where, and wonder if there was a follow up? Happens to me all the time. I keep tabs on several RSS feeds that a general in nature, and will drop a comment on a strangers blog often, only to fade from my memory. Not anymore, if CoComments works as advertised. You are given a simple bookmarklet to use before you formally submit a comment. You then can keep track of the comments via their site, or better yet, your RSS feed. In addition, you’ll see a box in my sidebar, so visitors can see where I’m visiting and commenting. Another way of building community, in my oh, so humble opinion. Though, I’ve yet to see it in action, I’ve seen it on another’s blog. And I doubt it will take long before I put it in action. So go register if interested, ‘cause it could be like Google Analytics, and close with no notice.

New Attempts at Gulf Drilling


New attempts at opening up the gulf to gas and oil drilling, this under the assumption that the current methods are “safe”. And that no accidents happened last year during the hurricanes. Whippee. Thankfully, even Mel Martinez is saying he will oppose the legislation, as well as most of the congressional delegation from Florida. If they would only draft legislation taking the area off the table for X number of years, so we didn’t have to hear about this every year. If you haven’t yet, be sure you’ve contacted your Senator and Congressman about this, or any issue you feel strongly about.

Tampa Politics Strikes Again

(warning- long rant)
While I was loosing my mind week before last, so was Tampa’s city council. The difference is, I’ve finally come to grips with how I did, and how to prevent it, unfortunately, this council hasn’t. To be fair, two, Dingfelder and Saul-Sena, were opposed and clear thinking in how to handle the situation I’m referring to.
For those not familiar with Tampa, it’s a fairly “young”city, not really getting into the swing of things until the late 1880’s, and didn’t really hit it’s stride until just after the turn of the century. Which just happens to coincide with the boom of the cigar industry. Hence the nickname that still lingers for Tampa, “Cigar City”. Continue reading “Tampa Politics Strikes Again”

Moving Day

If you made it this far, then the dns have populated, and you are viewing the site on the new server. My hosting was about to be up, not to mention I was having trouble with the old host, in the sense they didn’t seem to care if I renewed, especially in regards to the manner they handled the last two tickets I opened. I understand things happen, but don’t treat me like a child or idiot.
More about the new hosting later, anyway, pardon the dust, and the half done look. I need to get the rest of the site back up, meaning the cooking and my sandbox. After that, some TLC to the home office. I did manage to finally update to 2.0, and the only problem so far seems to be a conflict with an RSS plugin and the built in magpie RSS for Squible (which might get the door, we’ll see).

EDIT I just couldn’t take Squible anymore. It’s a great theme, and there are aspects I do like, it’s just not me. So I’m adapting a design I’ve been working on for something else for the time being, and will continue to tweak over the next few days. I hope it doesn’t interupt anyone’s viewing of the more popular posts.

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Al Franken Sets the Record Straight

Al Franken over at HuffPo sets the record straight regarding the Wellstone Memorial, especially in comparison to the King Service. A point he touches on, that the conservative pundits have failed to, regarding Carter’s comments, is that Carter knew Coretta Scott King. Recently, while watching Carter on Larry King, he remarked that he probably wouldn’t have been president had it not been for King. He said she campaigned strongly for him in ‘76. It just burns the Republicans that he’s still out there in the world, making things happen, and they’re busy putting out Abramhoff and Libby fires.

Proverbial Fox Guarding the Hen House

AP (via Yahoo) So, the old Hammer slips in shit and comes out smelling like a rose. He’s been handed a “coveted” seat on the Appropriations Committee, and get this, a seat on the sub-committee overseeing the Justice Department. Which, just so happens to be who is investigating the Abramhoff scandal. And while he’s at it, he got a seat overseeing NASA (the same NASA that was recently revealed to have a political appointee of Bush’s who’s been censoring its scientists on global warming, that doesn’t have a completed college degree and regardless of his studies, his major was journalism). Anyway, back to DeLay, go figure, he’s up for reelection, and now sits on the NASA subcommittee, and guess what, his home district just happens to be Houston, home of Johnson Space Center. So anyone with half a brain can tell you that was as politically motivated an appointment as they get, and despite what anyone says, the Republicans are going about dirty business as usual.

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 PreviewI never thought I’d herald the release of an IE product, and after testing it I may not be so interested, but if you’ve ever sat up until 5am trying to hack IE bugs in a completely valid site while your client in California keeps saying, “In IE…”, then the prospects of some of those bugs being gone is well, worth the annoucement.
Annouced last July on the developer’s blog, these bugs are supposed to be addressed in beta 2.

  • Peekaboo bug
  • Guillotine bug
  • Duplicate Character bug
  • Border Chaos
  • No Scroll bug
  • 3 Pixel Text Jog
  • Magic Creeping Text bug
  • Bottom Margin bug on Hover
  • Losing the ability to highlight text under the top border
  • IE/Win Line-height bug
  • Double Float Margin Bug
  • Quirky Percentages in IE
  • Duplicate indent
  • Moving viewport scrollbar outside HTML borders
  • 1 px border style
  • Disappearing List-background
  • Fix width:auto

And I’ll say a bug I spent several hours hacking last night is fixed in beta2. Good sign (it was a lesser known a:hover background sticking bug, for those who care).

Like I said, maybe a little less cursing now.

Why I Love Spam Karma…

…and will be hitting Dr Dave’s PayPal later today. The last couple of days, I had noticed I was getting S P A M emails, that seemed legit. But further investigation, revealed that it was bunk. First giveaway was the “Great Site”, but the kicker would be a fishing site commenting on a fishing article. They are searching technorait, or google blog search, and finding keywords and then hitting. So, some what frustrated, I delete, and wonder if Bad Behavior and Spam Karma are working. Low and behold I go to delete some more via SK, and I’m greeted by a message saying it’s not just me with spam getting through, and offering up some solutions, with an assurance that there are more tricks to SK to squash the recent wave of Spammers if it persists. Well worth a trip to Dr. Dave’s site and donate what ever you can, be it a month’s intake of Google Ads, or $10, or more, if you can spare it. I’ve already done so with Bad Behavior, and so should you, especially if you spend any where the time I’ve spent the last two days cleaning 3 blogs of spam. The donation is well worth the time it would save.

9 Billion Dollar a Year Video Game

Politics News Article | Reuters.com
So a week before Bush rolls out his new budget, Congress gets to “play” with the the 9 billion dollar a year Star Wars missle defense project that has yet to work. I’m guessing this is the whole reason DeLay was really trying to keep his job. Meanwhile, cuts to federal student loans, medicare, and many other needed social programs keep getting slashed to the bone. What was the budget deficit again?

Another Shameless Plug & Catching UP

Well, I’ve been busy giving my often neglected cooking site a much needed face lift, which at least I’ve been telling myself was what I needed to start posting more over there. Lord knows I need to connect to food again. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I’m basically paralyzed by the utter lack of coverage by the “mainstream” media. Seems the conservative powers that be have chiseled away at the “left leaning” place like CNN, where the recent announcements of Bill Bennett and, what’s his name, Glen Beck, have all but proven that the CNN is fighting to be the next FOX.
Look for a new look here at Mindless Ramblings next, with an emphasis on bringing in more content, and maybe slightly more emphasis on sharing the web design articles I find around the net. Not to say I don’t need to get back on the hammer trail. I’d also like to focus on Florida politics a little more, with the upcoming elections having great importance to all of us.

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For Meme?? OK Sure.

Well, Tiny over attinylittledots tagged me, after his brush with Marlin Perkins, so here goes:

Four jobs I’ve had:
golf course maintenance wworker, phosphate plant laborer, strip club caterer, ipod salesman

Four things I want to do before I die:
drive to Alaska, sail the lesser Antilles, see the Devil Rays in the World Series, have a fish shack on the beach

Four things I say a lot:
brah, dude, I quit, yes ma’am

Four of my favorite foods:
scotch bonnet pepper, mango, raw fish, white beans

Four people I’d like to curse:
Dick Cheney, Nixon, anyone who’s made a buck breaking a union, Hugh Culverhouse

Four things I don’t trust:
insurance salespeople, seat belts, fast food drink holders, did I mention insurance salespeople?

Four people from history I’d like to meet:
Copernicus, Robert E Lee, Ty Cobb, Einstein

Four movies I watch over and over:
Glen Garry Glen Ross, Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon

Four people I’m tagging:
Bonnie, Trench, Podz, and er, well, hmm, I’ll get that last one…

Can Someone Please tell Sessions to STFU?

Watching the Alito Confirmation Hearing on CSPAN, and now the second time I’ve listened to Jeff Sessions of Alabama blubber over Alito. Who voted him head cheerleader? Is he not intelligent enough to fake the tough questions, or too stupid to lob the easy ones for Alito to hit out of the park? I mean, I’m not impressed with the some of the lines of questioning I’ve seen from the Democrats either, but this bafoon takes the bloody cake. If these 16 some odd folks are the best this country can muster, we are worse shape than I thought…

EDIT OK, now Graham is trying to compare Alito’s confirmation hearing to crooked Republicans who have taken money from Abramhoff. WTF??

Letter to Apple Support (kottke.org)

Letter to Apple Support (kottke.org)
How often did I hear this lament during the short time I worked at Apple. “I just bought my iPod 5 weeks ago…Why didn’t you tell me that a new powerbook would be out 2 weeks after Christmas..” All of which you couldn’t tell customers, even though you were reading the rumor sites, and knew an update of some kind would be forthcoming, but company rules forbade you from discussing that with customers, because, after all, “they’re just rumors”. Occassionally, Apple will allow for a return if it’s within a time frame, and the customer can then pay the difference of the new product and the old.
But regarding Kottke’s dilemma, the macbook pro is taking orders starting today, but the question is when will it ship. He, like many others who found a powerbook on the shelf, or got one shipped, probably knew the intel laptops were on the horizon, whether or not they were going to be a “pro” level release first may not have been leaked, but by summer, most thought. Which is when I’m guessing most who don’t order this week will get their hands on the new machine anyway. So as I said, the question is, did they need the machine before, say, April? Or could they have squeaked out 6 more months to see what happens. And though I’m a firm believer in Apple’s products, I’m not unfamiliar with the chances that a bad egg can come down the pipe at anytime, and those who purchase the the macbook pro will be bitching they wished they had bought a G4 powerbook. So it’s a gamble, and Apple’s been fairly straightfoward with running out new machines or updates every 6 months. So chances are, by June there will be a macbook home with similar specs as today’s announcement, for $600 less. And on a side note, I’m guessing someone of Jason Kottke’s stature just might get their exchange.

And if not, Jason, we can talk when you’re ready to sell that g4 used….

Hammer on the Shelf


Now that he’s made more mainstream news cycles, I’ve refrained from posting much on the Hammer. But I feel this news is worthy of a shout from the cliff, as it signals to me the pressure from within the party is doing exactly what I said they would do…use him up and throw him on hte scrap heap. He will probably lose his primary in March, as I’d guess the republican machine will throw their money behind his competitor, hoping he’ll have a better chance against a democrat in the fall. From there, he can be a fall guy for the Abramhoff deal, along with Ney, probably taking a bullet or two for several other republicans. So this story is FAR from over, and the dominos have yet to get primary players, but one can only hope the truth mostly comes out.

ANWR Update

Incase you missed it, Democrats and two Republicans, Mike DeWine and Lincoln Chafee, stood their ground, and managed to keep ANWR off the defense bill. Pete Dominenici of New Mexico (?) has already vowed to add it to a filibuster proof budget bill in the spring, one I’m sure that will be full of all kinds of pork barrel projects. So warm up that keyboard and start writing your represenatives, and voice your opinion, be it on ANWR, or the President spying on fellow Americans.

Even Some GOP’s Get It

ANWR Issue Roils Senate Again

Arctic drilling on a defense bill. If you’ve read here lately, you know my stance on that. And now even some Republicans are calling Stevens and Frist out on playing politics with our national defense. And poor ol’ Dick might have to cut his trip short to cast a vote. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, or he gets held up by a sandstorm.

Can’t Wait to See How Mel Answers that Letter

So I wrote my Senators late last week voicing my concerns over the fact that the slime ball Republicans were tagging things like ANWR drilling on a defense dept budget. We’ve got fellow Americans with their lives on the line over seas, and their safety depends on the allocation of funds to the military. And so what are scum bags like Ted Stevens doing? Playing politics with those fellow countryman’s lives. Yep. Betting their constituents lives that Democrats won’t vote against a DoD bill. I’m sure Senator Nelson will be at the forefront of maneuvers to separate the two, but I’m not so sure Martinez will be. I told him in my email that not only did I think it was disgusting to play politics with soldiers lives, I also said that supporting drilling in ANWR would be to support drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. His site says all correspondence will receive a written response, so I can’t wait to hear how he justifies this one. Perhaps you may want to contact your representatives and see how they can justify their actions as well.

The “Response”

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns.

Finding new sources of domestic energy is critical to our national security. Today, our nation is 58 percent dependent on sources of energy from the Western Hemisphere, including 14 percent from Venezuela. Judging by recent political developments, Venezuela is not a stable or reliable source of oil for our country.

Hugo Chavez has actively been seeking new markets, such as China, for Venezuela?s oil, which would leave us struggling to replace a sizable percentage of our country?s needs with most likely very little warning. With today?s soaring oil and gasoline prices, we need to be forward thinking about world events and their effect on our oil supply.

We also need to think globally about environmental issues. Drilling in ANWR using the most advanced technology and strictest environmental regulations will keep environmental impact to a minimum. Drilling technologies such as multi-lateral drills and directional drilling are just two examples of ways we are now able to minimize environmental impact. Other countries are not necessarily following the same strict environmental standards used in the U.S., and this puts us in the position of exporting our own environmental concerns to countries with much looser environmental standards.

Drilling in ANWR – in a part of Alaska that was set aside by the Eisenhower administration in 1960 for oil and gas exploration, with overwhelming support from its population and congressional delegation, and under some of the strictest environmental standards in the world ? is a sound and balanced approach that will help alleviate our dependence on foreign sources of oil.

ANWR is a huge area encompassing over 19 million acres. The environmental footprint of oil and gas operations will be limited to 2,000 acres, which is roughly the size of Dulles International Airport in Virginia. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, ANWR is estimated to contain resources ranging from 7.7 billion to 10.9 billion barrels of recoverable oil.

As we address the need for development of domestic sources of energy, Florida?s moratorium on offshore drilling will remain firmly in place as one of my highest priorities.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. If you have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

And my follow up:

I appreciate your quick response, and though your explanation seems reasonable, you have not explained how your arguments to support drilling in ANWR can not be then used against you to drill off the coast of Florida. I know the military is expressing the need for the Eastern Gulf for maneuvers, however outside that reason what are your defenses for not supporting exploration and drilling off our coasts? I must also express my doubts in the “strict” regulations you defend your choice with. From my perspective, this administration has loosened regulations from the day it took office, and I have severe doubts that this would be any different. And finally, could you explain how 8-11 billion gallons of oil justifies the potential risks and damage. At what expense is a years worth of oil? And when do we draw the line? How will you argue that 4 months worth of natural gas isn’t worth rigs off our beaches?
And finally Senator Martinez, how do you justify playing politics with a budget bill aimed for the military and potentially the lives of our countrymen and women?