My DD214

Veterans should be a thing of the past.

US National team loses to Ghana; My DD214 loses its soul

Fellow My DD214ers, readers, countrymen: the US Men's National team fought valiantly but was in the end defeated by Ghana in a game that they had to win in order to advance to the round of 16.

You know what that means. A bet is a bet, and we congratulate for being cynical misanthropes making the right call. My DD214 will get a temporary facelift tomorrow. Clay has been secretly wishing ill upon the US team for weeks now, hoping that it would afford him the opportunity to publish some of his erotic Hello Kitty fanfiction.

22 June, 2006 12:53 PM Posted by | Just a thought.., World Cup vs Hello Kitty 2006 | 2 Comments

Mi diverto, per un momento

The masonry in my pre-war Harlem apartment building sometimes conjures up images of Italian immigrant laborers sweating through New York City summers, trowel in hand, so that their kids could afford to go to the school down the block. In my mind, they are already sepia before the photograph is even taken. Perhaps that was what inspired me to come up with a new sobriquet for our soon-to-be-renamed band as I walked through the foyer and up the stairs to my floor. I rolled it around in my brain for a bit, with different intonations and accents. With growing excitement, I called Clay with one hand while the other worked the lock to my apartment. When I told him the name, I laughed hysterically for a solid minute, while Clay was utterly silent on the other side.

"The Last Temptation of Chris". The Italian masons thought it was funny, at least.

18 June, 2006 5:00 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

Gilbert Gottfried must NEVER be allowed to enter the jungle

This creature (known as the lyrebird) can do spot on impersonations of almost anything it hears. I pulled my skepticism muscle watching this. (via)

16 June, 2006 3:01 PM Posted by | Linkage | 1 Comment

..have been greatly exaggerated

I've been working a lot lately to make the ends touch for my summer venture to the South, and I've also been doing a lot of writing. Sorry if you all got spooked. I've also found that the newspaper depresses me these days, so I haven't had many fun things to relate about politics and what not.

15 June, 2006 7:39 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment


I know that some of our readers are waiting for us to weigh in on the Marine unit accused of a day-long spree of murdering civilians in Haditha. I think I can speak for Clay and Will when I say that the very thought of such actions being committed by Americans makes me want to vomit. Give me a couple of days to finish scrabbling together a better editorial.

1 June, 2006 4:10 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 6 Comments

The top three songs that I wish I had written, presented in no particular order (subject to change)

1."Broken Train" – Beck

2. "Superstition" – Stevie Wonder

3. "Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt" – We Are Scientists

1 June, 2006 4:07 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

How much ya bench, Pat?

Pat Robertson continues to be the funniest thing that this country has produced since Jerry Lewis. Now Pat claims that he can leg press 2000 pounds. (via)

The Web posting [on the Christian Broadcasting Network website] said two men loaded the leg-press machine with 2,000 pounds "and then let it down on Mr. Robertson, who pushed it up one rep and let it go back down again." The Web site said several people witnessed the event, and shows video of Robertson leg-pressing what appears to be 1,000 pounds.

Clay Travis of CBS called the 2,000-pound assertion impossible in a column this week, writing that the leg-press record for football players at Florida State University is 665 pounds less.

And yes, France, you can have him now.

 UPDATE: Here's the video.

29 May, 2006 7:16 PM Posted by | Pat Robertson Watch | 1 Comment

Followup: VA responds to theft of vets’ personal info

A notice on the front page of the Veterans' Administration website ( addresses the recent possible identity theft previously discussed here. The VA will be individually contacting vets who may have been affected, but if you aren't willing to wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to start turning you can call 1-800-FED INFO (333-4636) from 8am to 9pm EDT, Monday through Saturday.

The full text of the statement is inside.

Continue reading

25 May, 2006 12:22 PM Posted by | News, Veterans' affairs | 2 Comments

Assorted links and musings for 25 May 2006

Some of these links are old ones that I had meant to post many moons ago but slipped through the cracks for one reason or another.

25 May, 2006 12:07 PM Posted by | Just a thought.., Linkage | Leave a comment

Now we can all be Will Charlton

The VA has reported that a massive theft of veterans' personal information has occured. From the New York Times story:

Personal electronic data on up to 26.5 million military veterans, including their Social Security numbers and birth dates, was stolen from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who had taken the information without authorization, the agency said today.

The department said there was no evidence that any data had been used illegally, and that whoever stole it during a burglary of the employee's home might be unaware of the nature of the information or how to use it. The stolen data does not include any health records or financial information, the agency said.

If they were unaware of the nature of the information before, they sure won't be now.

22 May, 2006 5:47 PM Posted by | News, Veterans' affairs | 5 Comments