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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Has hell frozen over for Tampa’s conservative community after the Tribune declined to endorse George W. Bush for President? Some think so, interpreting the move as everything from a shift in the paper’s editorial policy, to a tacit endorsement of Kerry.

“I thought their comments were just totally wrong,” said [Florida Republican Party finance chairman Al] Austin. “They aren’t even on the fence. They took an entire page to be critical of the president, and the criticism of Kerry was very brief.”

“I’m upset, and I think I speak for thousands of subscribers when I say I’m not going to look favorably on the Tribune for a long time,” he said. “I expect it from the St. Petersburg Times , but not from the Tribune .”

Sounds like soon-to-be convert to WorldNetDaily and other right-wing crackpot outlets.

The “brief” criticism of Kerry misses the point. Of course it’s going to be brief, because a conservative paper doesn’t have to go into detail on the Democratic candidate. There are basic philosophical differences there, so most of it is apparent. A critique of a conservative Republican president, from a paper that endorsed him four years ago, demands fuller explanation.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/19/2004 10:36pm
Category: Politics
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some punchline
A week into this damned lockout. Even more than watching a game, I feel the need to inject some humor into this situation.

So here’s my favorite hockey joke, I believe heard from Robert Wuhl. Actually, it’s my only hockey joke. And while it might not, at first glance, be primarily about hockey per se, I think the payoff neatly sums up American attitudes about my favorite sport.

A guy goes out golfing all day Saturday. That evening, after his 18 holes, he calls up his bookie.

“Hey Bobby, how you doing, it’s me. Listen, how did I do on the baseball today?”

The bookie replies, “On baseball, you lost a thousand.”

“What?” the guy says. “A thousand? Oh no, that’s terrible! My God… Well, how did I do on the football then?”

Without missing a beat, Bobby the bookie answers, “On football, you lost a thousand.”

“Another thousand?!” the guy exclaims. “You mean I lost two thousand today? I don’t understand it, this is unbelievable… Tell me how I did on the basketball?”

Bobby deadpans: “On the basketball, you lost a thousand.”

Three thousand dollars? You’re saying I lost three thousand dollars in bets, all in one day? I can’t believe this, this can’t be… what am I going to tell my wife? My God, this is just terrible!”

“So listen,” says Bobby. “You wanna put something on the hockey game tonight?”

“Hockey?” the guy replies. “What the fuck do I know about hockey?”

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/19/2004 09:30pm
Category: Comedy, Hockey
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Does it make any sense for a bar to not have a liquor license?

A couple of nights ago, I decided I needed a quick nightcap. It wasn’t that late, but all the same I didn’t want to drive too far just for one drink. So I swung around the corner and stopped into a strip-mall sports pub.

It was pretty dead. I figured I’d just get my gin and tonic, down it, and leave. So I asked the bartendress for my drink.

Sorry, she said: Beer and wine only. No liquor.

I was caught offguard. I was bellied up to a bar, ferchrissakes. There were a couple of tables in the place, but there’s no way you’d take this dump for a restaurant. It was a bar, nothing else. And it didn’t offer anything but beer and wine?

I figure the place must be doing shitty business, and thus either couldn’t afford a liquor license or just lost the one it had. Either that, or the owners know their beer-swilling clientele so well that they figure they don’t need to invest in any spirits. Either way, it’s a safe bet that I’ll never be going there again.

I didn’t even bother to ask for elaboration. I just got up and left, a little disgusted that I wasted even those few minutes in there. I wound up going to a nearby Bennigan’s for my drink (it was even deader than the other place).

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/19/2004 08:46pm
Category: General
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yoo-hoo
The above picture has been plastered on the Yahoo! homepage all day, in a banner ad for HotJobs.

She’s cute, for an Internet chick. I like the glasses, the short ‘do, and the come-hither-but-not-really expression.

I’m sure she’s a stock image model. A stock image is a copyright-free picture that’s widely available for commercial work. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this one before, but with all the print and Web design I tend to look at day in and day out, I start recognizing when they’re being used. It’s probably just me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/19/2004 08:33pm
Category: Internet
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Synesthesia:

syn-es-the-sia - n. Physiol. Sensation produced at a point other than or remote from the point of stimulation, as of a color from hearing a certain sound (fr. Gk, syn = together + aisthesis = to perceive).

Sounds like what happens when you listen to the color of your dreams. I gotta get me some of that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/19/2004 08:15pm
Category: Science
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My right shoulder hurts.

It fucking hurts.

It hurt yesterday too, only not nearly as much. I slept on it wrong Sunday night, and despite rearranging the pillows (and putting heat on it before that), I apparently slept on it wrong again last night.

I can see the progression starting: No matter what I do today and tonight, it’s going to hurt even more tomorrow, and probably even more so the next day. Then it’ll start to subside, until the pain dissolves into a blunt but bearable unpleasantness by the weekend. Maybe.

An added bonus: I’ll be in a particularly foul and nasty mood while this persists. And I just love that.

Yeah, I used to laugh at the concept of injuring yourself just by sleeping…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/19/2004 09:55am
Category: General
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