Wednesday, September 22, 2010

spambots gfy

So, I had to delete one of my old posts that was just a silly story about being a freshman in college... somehow a line in it must have been a trigger for spambots, because every day I got all sorts of notices of comments added to it that were absolutely nonsensical strings with some links and other junk.

Of course, now that I deleted it, the random crap is just showing up on another strand instead.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

cheat and win or cheat and suck?

What's more disappointing --- when your team succeeds and it comes out later they were in violations of the rules --- or if they're mediocre and get busted?

You might say it's worse to have more taken away from you... the likes of USC, who has to forfeit their wins and championships and Heismans and whatnot.  

But I dunno, I think a USC fan might hide behind "oh c'mon EVERYBODY's doing it, and we still got to experience being on top --- saying 5 years later "oh that didn't count" is kinda irrelevant and moot."

Whereas a school like North Carolina might look at themselves and say "Crap, we were cheating and STILL couldn't win?  That's pretty depressing."

Or, more to the point, a USC fan would say "Shaw, like, whatever man!", and a UNC fan would say "Daggum, our team's like the northern end of a southbound mule."

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Gobbledyfoobidies revisited

Re-visiting my previous post, "McDonald's is now Gobbledyfoobidies", which looked at why the blue hell a company with a century of name recognition like Brink's security would choose to forgo all that and call themselves Broadview instead.

You probably remember seeing a lot of their millions and millions of dollars in TV advertising that had variations of pretty white women having a party and then getting assaulted by house guests who, umm, left and came back and then the alarm went off and they talked to someone on the phone, that made it all go away somehow.

At the time, I wondered if anything was sillier than giving up Brink's for "Broadview". As is often the case, it seems the answer to that question is YES... basically having wasted the last 6 months or so (and the aforementioned millions), because the company is merging with ADT to be known as.... ADT.

Seems someone at ADT has this wacky idea that if you have a brand name people know and readily associate with your product, you may want to consider using that name.

Maybe in 6 months they'll change again to Gobbledyfoobidies.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why Rubio won

Marco Rubio will be the Republican nominee for US Senate from Florida because he has a Biscayne Bay Young Republicans polo shirt.

Now that may sound self-aggrandizing (and it is) but permit me to explain.  Come in the Wayback Machine back to April 2009, a time before the Washington Post or National Review or Fox News knew Marco Rubio from Paulina Rubio.

Marco Rubio was willing, even eager to speak to whatever conservative group would happily have him.  The Biscayne Bay Young Republicans meeting had several speakers... the intrepid Marcos Sendon spoke about the first Tea Party and the launch of some crazy website called  Lubby Navarro spoke about her ongoing campaign for state house.  And Marco Rubio announced he was running for US Senate.  With the campaign starting here, the Rubio campaign would get known over the next 9 months or so of being willing to speak to any small group that was open to hearing messages of traditional conservative values.  As our meeting wrapped we presented Marco Rubio with a Biscayne Bay YRs polo shirt, as much to advertise the shirts as to thank him for announcing his campaign with us.

Governor Crist received countless invitations to speak at little local clubs.   His campaign not only did not accept these offers, in my own experience they were simply not even acknowledged.  The Crist campaign was almost wholly focused on events where he'd get $1000 and up checks.   And while YR clubs and REC meetings and women's groups are great ways to meet the locals, I'm afraid we're not often of the sort to max out on donations for a dinner.

Then, something happened.   Marco Rubio won one little straw poll.   Then a 2nd, then a 3rd.   The momentum came before the money.

Now, to be fair, when both candidates got known Rubio had the resume and remarks that the Republicans ultimately chose overwhelmingly.  Bob Smith came to speak to the club as well, and his campaign couldn't get past the fact that he was a former U.S. Senator, and no one in FL seemed to think that qualified him to run for U.S. Senate.

But how did the leading candidates get known?

Because Marco Rubio came to shake hands, chat, answer questions, and get his Biscayne Bay Young Republicans polo shirt. 

Palomilla and politics

It was like one of those big multi-generation family reunion photos... except, ya know, everyone actually wanted to be there.

Taking over half of an otherwise sleepy Los Ranchos in West Miami on a Thursday night was both a testament to the strength of a movement and the roadmap for the successful return of a national party.

The meeting was the investiture of the first board of the Miami-Dade Teenage Republicans (TARs).  As president of the Miami Young Republicans, which serves the 18-40 community, I was honored and pleased to be asked to conduct the swearing in of these energetic and optimistic young men and women.

The well-spoken, eager next generation of party movers & shakers was impressive, and probably the story of the evening.   But perhaps equally important was the show of solidarity and strength... I say this because the executive director of the Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee, the secretary of the Old Cutler Republican Women's Club, and the founder and president of South Florida Conservative & its corresponding initiative all made it a point to attend and show encouragement and support. 

All these leaders of local organizations, myself included, came out with the same purpose --- to both give encouragement to and receive encouragement from this new group.

How will conservative causes return to prominence?  Only through coordinated efforts that start with the people who have Marco Rubio on speed dial, go through the people who are tapped into the community that "never got involved before but cannot sit on the sidelines any longer", and all the way down to the young men and women in groups such as the Miami-Dade TARs who are just beginning to look into how they can support campaigns and initiatives.

Over the past few months I've been happy to get to know Juan D'Arce, candidate for state house 112 and sponsor of the Miami-Dade TARs, Rudy Leal-McCormack, the club's spokesperson, and now Alejandro Moreno, the TARs chairman.  It's easy to say the future is in good hands... but after Thursday night's event I can say I'm optimistic about the present.

50 Most Beautiful People Slideshow 2010 -

50 Most Beautiful People Slideshow 2010 -

Wow. If this is the 50 most beautiful people in Washington, DC... this goes near the top of my list of reasons why I'm happy to be in Miami instead :-p

Friday, May 28, 2010

Is it a sign at the end of the night you probably shouldn't be driving
if you're sitting at a stop sign waiting for it to turn green?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Where I'm not

So, this is my current "Where I'd rather be"... it's in DC in the Eastern
Market neighborhood. Great little neighborhood pub with good food.

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PS apparently Google Maps now has an option for 3d. A pointless touch? Probably. But I still wanna try it sometime :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

wistful smurf

From time to time (and entirely too often), I find myself wishing I could just go back to a certain point and time in life and live there again --- either start over from that point and see what I could change, or even just enjoy those years again....  This is of course pretty fruitless, but yet I keep going back to it.

My default seems to be to go back to college and the times I enjoyed there with good friends.   But presently I have picked something a bit stranger to harken back to...

When I was little, July 4th meant, generally, going over to the Bal Harbour Club for their dinner BBQ, then down to the beach to watch the fireworks.

Now, even at the time, I knew the Bal Harbour Club was a rat shack, the food was just okay (which is weird because any other day they had pretty great burgers), and the fireworks show was average.   But there was a simplicity to it all, especially being a "little squirt".   And of course spending holiday time with the family was something I appreciated and somewhere I was pretty fortunate --- and our family friends in the community were always pretty nice to me when I was a rugrat.  And hey, to a little kid --- the beach at night, BBQ food and fireworks, why not?!?

I even remember someone (we've had discussions back and forth since then as to who it was) that used his cigar to light some roman candles when we ran out of matches.   I've tried duplicating that feat and have largely failed.

July 4 took on a new meaning for me when I was a teen.   Without going into too much detail (if you're reading this there's a decent chance you already know the details), suffice it to say there was a year when making it to July 4 was a victory.

Now it's a cause for celebration again.   For the past couple of years I've really as an (ahem) adult enjoying the new July 4 ritual --- a day of party and cookout and fun at the in-laws with friends from all walks of life.

But I wonder how many of the people there know that I have my own very personal reasons for celebrating on the 4th and all it means to me.   And I wonder if they have their own stories.

Ya know, involving shooting aliens and such.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's run like the post office

So, the Washington Post on the Post Office: "The agency's business model is so poor, consultants concluded, that privatizing it is untenable."

No word yet on whether the article will also appear in the pages of Well, Yeah, Duuuuuh.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

well THAT's a relief

So, there's a new trailer out, and it seems Shia LeBouf is NOT playing Gordon Gekko's Scrappy Doo of a long-lost son....

He's playing his Scrappy Doo of a son-in-law.

Yay creativity!   This won't suck the bigg'un much, will it?

Monday, February 22, 2010

yzuk yzuk

I've heard that sorry is sometimes the hardest word to say.

I'm gonna go ahead and guess that the rest of the time, "Kyrgyzstan" gets the title.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hello to An Ony Mouse.

So, I had an anonymous comment from, ummm, well I don't know who (obviously) complimenting me on how the blog's coming along. It was on a post that I ended up having to delete because of some weird formatting problems.

The note said the original posts mostly sucked but over time it's gotten to be fun to read. They left off that it was originally very self-serving, silly humor and navel-gazing whereas now... umm hang on a tic...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

a public service

Ya know, I like when people say "I don't care if you're black or white or red or yellow or green or blue...."

I really do.

Because it means they're not going to say anything intelligent from that point on, so I can just stop listening. 

And that's a really handy out to have.

Monday, January 25, 2010

This post brought to you by...

Dear Taco Bell,

Skinny guys don't get 5 layer beef cheesy burrito things every day. And hot chicks don't work behind the counter.

And that's not even getting into the thought of 89 cent food being mostly scary.

Love, Bradley

Dear Random Insurance Commercial With Bobby Lee Looking Asian Guy:

Damn you for getting Kansas - Point of Know Return stuck in my head.

Love, Bradley

Dear Car Company:

David Bowie's Major Tom is not a really sharp choice as background music. Major Tom's ship malfunctions and it ends up being a one way trip. Might as well call your car the Titanic.

Love, Bradley

Dear Home Security Company:

WTF? Your ads are getting weirder and scarier.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

it must be true, it's in a graph!

funny graphs and charts
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A plea for civility

I don't expect much when it comes to manners and respect in political discourse.   Whenever any candidate, left or right, comes along and says they're going to change the tone in Washington, I'm inclined to pretty much just roll my eyes.  "Reaching across the aisle in a spirit of bipartisanship" is one of those expressions that is just the speaker insulting the intelligence of the listener.

However, one thing I think is NOT beyond the realm of reasonable expectations, and still a point of some severe disappointment.   Is it too much to ask that we not resort to disgusting schoolyard sexual slang as part of the discussion.  I'm referring to the left's recent giggling use of the dismissive term "teabagger" to slander anyone whose only perceived crime might be daring to disagree with their own notions.   For a bit of history on the term, check out, it's a term whose only origin is a fairly ugly sexual term.

The statements by some on the left that the tea party movement is somehow rooted in a concern with the President's ethnicity are stupid.   The statements that the people who populate these rallies are planted or paid somehow are also stupid.

But assigning and publicly using vulgar, indecent terms to refer to people exercising their right to peaceably assemble isn't stupid ---  it's just rude and uncivilized.   And it adds nothing.

I'll promise never to use an ugly sexual term to refer to public interest groups on the Left.   Let's see if any there will do the same.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

endorsing education

So, apparently Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush are appearing at an event today to talk about, ummm, being pro-education or some such thing.

What's NOT true are the rumors that, when asked about endorsing Crist's senate candidacy, Jeb's response will be "of all the candidates running in this race, Charlie Crist is certainly one of them"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

If you like me, you'll really like me. South Florida Conservative is back up, a retooled site that's neater and cleaner, and has a lot more back-end capability too from what I understand.

I have two new posts up on the blog since the beginning of the year. One on what to read into Obama's poll numbers being off and one on the heresy that is questioning global warming.

Check it out! :)