Archive for December, 2008


Goodbye Good Riddance 2008; WELCOME 2009

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

2008 has not been a very good year economically or politically, with I suppose the one exception that it marks the end of the Bush presidency. Nevertheless, we still must press forward and review all the good stuff that I have blogged in the previous year, and perhaps add a few things to the Best Of samaBlog blogroll. So let’s get on with it, in some semblance of chronological order:

Well that’s it from the samaBlog for 2008. Thanks for sticking with me, and we’ll see what happens next year. And don’t forget to read my Google Reader Feed, where I post lost of short links that don’t make it to the main blog. Bye for now…


One Extra Second

Monday, December 29th, 2008

So apparently, an extra second is being added on to the year this year to account for minute inaccuracies in our normal measurement of time. This second is called a Leap Second, and will be added at the exact end of the year, this year.

Apparently, Leap Seconds are normally added either on June 30 or December 31. I have two questions about this:

  1. Why can’t we wait until June 30 2009 to add the extra second this year? Do we really want to give George Bush another second in office more than is already necessary? I certainly don’t.
  2. When they do the countdown at Times Sq, how will they deal with the extra second? Will they start the countdown one second late, or will they count down to -1 instead of the usual zero? (thanks Calzone for bringing this to my attention).

I’d appreciate any thoughts you may have on these matters.



Christmas Speck

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Posted by ShoZu


Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I had no good links saved up for you for Christmas this year, so I decided to look up photos of office Christmas parties and make snarky comments about them instead. Let us go forth and rape flickr:

“Hello, Clause residence.” No, seriously, you’re too old to be a sexy Mrs. Clause.

No, Sully, nobody’s taking you up on THAT invitation…

Merry Christmas Evil Snow-Witch

House BLANKers Sing For Their Masters: DING Fries Are Done!

Gay chinese guy, “I’m getting laid tonight!” Bi-white guy, “I’m getting laid tonight!” Uptight white woman, “I feel so uncomfortable…”

Him, “I’m stuck here with my wife so I can’t hit on my co-workers.” Her, “I stopped giving my husband sex shortly after we married.”

God, did our company president just reuse that one liner a THIRD time??? ugh…

And you thought I was into men…


Yes, I WOULD rather do this moose than Sully…

Finally, what, eight photos in before we get a really good looking chick here?

Her: I’m getting laid tonight.

Him: I’m getting laid tonight.

Her: Avoiding eye contact with him for the next 6 months sure is gonna be awkward…

Ok, I’m officially bored with this. Let’s revisit what we discussed in Christmases past:

2005(best of samaBlog)
2004 (oops, a year without Christmas)

Merry Christmas Wiggas!


What Catholics Believe

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

This got me:

This caption is actually unusual in using the moderately distancing “what Catholics believe.” But would a story about a recent sighting of Abraham Lincoln at a Los Angeles K-Mart, say, leave the matter with a “what Lincoln fans believe was Lincoln’s appearance to party faithful?” Unlikely. The allegation of Lincoln’s presence would be balanced at the very least by something along the lines of: “There has been little independent verification of this claim, however.”

I swear I saw Elvis passed out on a park bench on my way home last night.

Read Heather MacDonald.


Christmas Cards

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

If I haven’t sent you a Christmas card and you’d like one, let me know in the comments. I have extras.


Vote for Kim Crawford

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

So Kim Crawford got nominated for a silly award by Andrew Sullivan because he wrote an insanely funny piece about Barack Obama (also, read the follow-up piece). Frankly, I’m totally jealous.

Please take the time to go and vote for Kim Crawford. Getting one of those awards is supposed to be a badge of shame, that in this case should be worn with honor.

So get to it.


Mcgyva experiences fondue

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

He is deeply confused

Posted by ShoZu


Clinton Donors

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Worth noting:

WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton’s foundation has raised at least $46 million from Saudi Arabia and other foreign governments that his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton may end up negotiating with as the next secretary of state.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave $10 million to $25 million to the William J. Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit created by the former president to finance his library in Little Rock, Ark., and charitable efforts to reduce poverty and treat AIDS. Other foreign government givers include Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Italy and Jamaica. The Dutch national lottery gave $5 million to $10 million.

The Blackwater Training Center donated $10,001 to $25,000. The State Department — to be led by Hillary Clinton if she is confirmed — will have to decide next year whether to renew Blackwater Worldwide’s contract to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq. Five Blackwater guards have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury on manslaughter and weapons charges stemming from a September 2007 firefight in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square in which 17 Iraqis died.

The foundation disclosed the names of its 205,000 donors on a Web site Thursday, ending a decade of resistance to identifying the sources of its money.

Read more here. Unfortunately, the news article doesn’t link to the website where the donors are listed, and I don’t have time to go hunting right now. If you find it, drop me a line.


The World REALLY IS Coming To An End

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Sully agrees with Velociman.