Keeping Records

The last uptime record on my Mac has been difficult to beat. Apple has been releasing software updates requiring a reboot at a staggering pace.
Second Leopard Uptime Record

All of which is good, I suppose, but it would be nice for my Intel MacBook Pro to beat my ancient PPC Powerbook record’s uptime at least once.

As it happens, the record in this iStat Nano snapshot still dates back to the ancient PPC machine, and it still falls short of the previous record of 28 days and some change.

88 tasks, 322 threads. Not too bad for an old machine, one relegated to home entertainment center.

My old 12" Powerbook (867 MHz PowerPC) as my current home entertainment center


Read My Lips: I Have No Balls

Steele In Serious Hot Water With Social Conservatives

In confirmation of his previous affirmation that neither he nor the Republican Party have any balls at all, Michael Steele bowed to his masters again today and withdrew his earlier assertion that he views abortion as a choice.

The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.

Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?
Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.

You do?
Yeah. Absolutely.

Are you saying you don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade?
I think Roe v. Wade—as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter.

Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have?
The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.

The bigger story, perhaps, is the fact that the entire Republican Party apparatus is oblivious to the irony of it all: Michael Steele is a leader who is expected to obey the rank and file. Only the Republican Party apparatus–a cadre of apparent illiterates incapable of grasping the semantics or the political process of leadership–would expect full compliance with failed policies from its new leader.

The conclusion is inescapable. The party of Lincoln is now the party of slaves. Resistance is futile. You will conform.



Men Lust, Women Love

BBC NEWS | Europe | Two sexes ‘sin in different ways’

Countless other studies had already put statistics to this conclusion, but the Catholic Church apparently felt the need to weigh in. It is refreshing, perhaps, that the Church is finally applying statistics and (seemingly) modern surveying methods to compare quantitatively the transgressions of the sexes. It will be very interesting to see if such studies will have any impact on the severity and the frequency of punishments that the Church metes out for sinners.

Until then, the next statistical revelation from the Church will probably be that teenage (Catholic, of course) boys masturbate about a hundredfold more frequently than girls. Will the Church have the courage, however, to compare statistically how these masturbatory obsessions are distributed? Will it dare to investigate, at the risk of confirming, whether boys and girls enrolled in Catholic school are more or less sexually active, more or less sexually obsessed and more or less sexually dysfunctional than their peers in public schools?

Will the Church become supremely pragmatic and dispatch priests and bishops variously skilled in mitigating particular transgressions to geographic regions statistically more marred by such transgressions than others? Too many masturbators in Boston. Send Bishop Onan there. An epidemic of adultery in Atlanta. Send in Father Kennedy. Too much greed in Los Angeles. Send in Father Pinochet. A pride pandemic in Texas? Send in Archbishop Bush.

Will the Church ever be bold enough to investigate its population of priests and bishops for sexual peccadillos? That would be interesting.

Pedophilia incidents in Minneapolis? Next problem, please.


GOP Declares: We Have No Balls

RNC Chief Apologizes for Ripping Rush Limbaugh – Presidential Politics | Political News –

If a political party can’t muster the courage to stand up to a fat and obnoxious shithead, how on earth can it be expected to lead? What a dreadful confession for Michael Steele to make. This is a new low for the Republican Party, a party that manages to achieve a new low almost daily.

What a sad day for America when a political leader has to apologize for criticizing a worthless entertainer. Nothing could possibly be greater proof that Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh are slaves to the same master.

Bob Morris puts a nice twist to it.