Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dang TommyBartender coming down with the flu of some sort. And all this before an adult weekend.

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You Scored as Dr.Cox



Sunday, April 26, 2009

You Tube Now Much Richer in Bob Shreeve Lore and Gore! 

In 1963, Shreve's combined experience in vaudeville, comic improvisation, and salesmanship crystallized when he became one of the pioneers of all-night broadcasting. It was then that Shreve made his first appearance as the bartender host of WCPO's The Schoenling All Night Theater, which ran from 1:30 am to 6:00 am on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings. Taking a page from Jackie Gleason's popular skits with Frank Fontaine on The Jackie Gleason Show, Shreve would greet the viewer as a visitor to his bar, and prepare to pour the first of the evening's mugs of Schoenling beer by singing the show's theme song, set to the tune of "Sailing, Sailing":
"Schoenling, Schoenling / That is the beer for me / It has the taste of malt and hops / Of finest quality / Schoenling, Schoenling / My choice for purity / I've tried the rest, Schoenling's best / It's Schoenling beer for me!"


Indians win, for once, Cavs continue to cut through the Pissed-ons like a hot knife through warm butter. Daughter and friends have taken over the kitchen and L.R., doing a Spanish cooking video. Took a ComputerWorld Virtualization quiz and aced the thing. Proving once again I indeed am awesome, since I never studied that one bit.

I rule.

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My girlfriend is going to be taking over her grandson for the summer, maybe longer. Her son is in the service overseas. Whoo-boy, babyproofing a house again! Just when I'm rolling out of hands on mode. Spent the AM taking my daughter hiter and yon, listening attentively, wandering off while she was shopping, and embarrasing the crap out of her. It's not only a career, it's an obligation. Much more chasing around this summer whilst she spends the days on an internship with the Clinic.


I was pleased by the Browns draft yesterday. No extra quarterback, somewhat decent trades with the Jets. We need everything. This is going to be a total rebuild. Still have Braylon, but probably more trades to come. Nice to get Terry Robiskie. He performed well at OSU. Local boy makes good.

We say I Love You, Man yesterday. Didn't recognize much of the cast except for the dad from Juno, Lou Ferrigno, and the hot chick from My Name is Earl. It was so-so. Too much of a chick flick to provide major belly laughs. Could have used Seth Rogen or Adam Sandler.



Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm Gonna Do 

All of these at once. I think lil'sis has lost it.

Brought to you by the sweet hotness that is... Captain SQL.

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Still way to nice to post now. LilSis sent me some neat Motivational posters. Have e-mailed them to a select few. You know who you are. Talk amongst yourselves. Topic: Did Cappy go to High School with the Drugs poster guys? Yes, he did. Enjoyable 'tinis last night. Ran into EMRO at the bar, picking up some take out. Haven't seen her in over 10 years. Got heck from DBAGirl for frequenting bars. Sheesh, she's not even my girlfriend, let alone wife.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

It is beautiful outside, one of the few times of year when it is so in these parts. Getting into the Facebook groove more, which equates to massive waste of more time. More martinis tonight, before a weekend with the SQL Daughter.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Time for some Klezmer. Sort of.



You People 

Better heed this



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Laugh, if you want 

at the techie dweeby types. But thanks to the miracle of the Interwebs, sites like this make it possible for peeps like youse to laugh at the terminally hip without leaving the comfort of your own home. Or your mom's basement.

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It's A Dirty Job 

But someone's gotta do it. And that would be me.

Now gotta recover from on-call, AND martinis.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Checked out Facebook. To me, it seems like a more up to date version of AOL, without being married to an IP. Lotsa high school peeps there, not that interesting. Found ZZTop and Eagles fans. The bearded ones will be here in September, double header with Aerosmith. Don't care that much for Aerosmith. Martinis soon. A busy enough on-call.

I'm really getting an itchy trigger finger to go out and write some code.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Big academic contest today, filmed live in front of a real live TV audience this AM at Channel 5. Me being part of that audience. I got backup for on-call so I could attend. The home team did nicely. And they were spared a video of Channel 5's history, including Polka Varieties, Gib Shanley, and Dorothy Baby! who is buried in front of the Channel 5 studios, and rises from the grave on the first Thursday in June during odd numbered years.


Still on call 

But will finish it tomorrow morning. The, time to refresh with this delicious product:

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Always Glad to Help 

The Yankees inaugurate the new stadium. But please use some of those runs in other games, guys.

My daughter was sent to The Ratner School in Cleveland, Ohio from Kindergarten through Middle School as part of the Parenting Agreement with my former wife. This is my experience with The Ratner School. In my opinion, they made a lot of problems.

During the drafting of the Parenting Agreement, my former wife requested that our daughter be sent to a Jewish Religious School. She preferred The Solomon Schechter School. I preferred that our daughter attend public school in the city where we lived. In a conference with the attorneys that was closed to me and my former wife, Judge Christine McMonagle said we should check out The Ratner School. Judge McMonagle improperly added her opinion in this matter and this was the start of the problems.

The things that were wrong with The Ratner School fall into several categories.

Here is a sample of the problems.

3rd Grade
Repeated refusal to acknowledge my participation in school events.
Repeated refusal to notify of events, or late notification.
Denial of class visit request.
Visit to the Principal was arranged to view my daughter’s records. The Principal did not have them ready.

4th Grade
The school could not find any volunteer projects for me on more than one occasion.

5th Grade
The request for information about my daughter’s class activities was repeatedly ignored. This resulted in late notification.

I was told by my ex-wife that I didn’t have to volunteer at an event, that I was 'extra' and that Ratner had 'enough regular volunteers'.

The tour of the new school facilities was insulting. I was sent in a group separate from my daughter.

No communication from my daughter’s teachers at Parent Night in October. No contact from the Principal into October.

I had to repeatedly request some class visits. In some cases the Receptionist refused to leave a message for teachers.

6th Grade
The request for information about my daughter’s class activities was repeatedly ignored. This resulted in late notification.

Refusal of information about school events, and refusal of volunteer efforts.

The Ratner School did not notify me when a teacher had been replaced.

Obnoxious and sarcastic refusal by receptionist when I requested to leave a message for a teacher.

High School Night featured Private and Catholic High Schools, and some public schools outside the district where my daughter should attend, per the Parenting Agreement. No Jewish schools were presented.

Refusal by the receptionist to leave a message for after school care.

7th Grade
No mid-term report card for two months, over winter break.

The school cannot handle a bullying incident caused by a student of privilege. Parents are called into an assembly about this and crisis counseling commence, instead of expelling the little twerp. The performance was so disgusting that I proposed yanking our daughter out of The Ratner School. The next day I was informed by a counselor about an anti-Jewish remark aimed at my daughter. Anti-Jewish remarks don’t happen at Jewish Religious schools. This shows again how wrong and how arrogant it was to identify Ratner as Jewish. This was not the incident that caused the all school psychobabbling. Nobody at the school contacted me about this. I contacted the Principal about it.

8th Grade
Notified by The Ratner School in October that the local public High School sent them shadowing information in August. The information was not delivered to me.

Helen’s teacher advised that she should attend a Catholic school, in a conference where Helen and I and my former wife attended. This also clearly shows that attendance at Ratner as a Jewish Religious School was a untrue.

By contrast all of this evasion of responsibility for parental notification stopped immediately and permanently upon enrollment of my daughter in our local public high school. The high school never once refused information, or delayed it, and always answered my inquiries promptly and courteously.

LeBron James going strong against The Pissed-Ons at the half. Grass coming up green in the front yard, which hardly ever happens. Life is good.


Friday, April 17, 2009

My Street Vandalized Again 

Not strategic location of propane grill.



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Damn Good Herding 

But can they do Script Ohio?


The Cleveland Indians, always happy to oblige a team inaugurating a new stadium are releiving themselves comedically from their sad-sack season so far by pasting the Yankees.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Work continues to hang in, stubbornly, which is fine by me. Latest two matzo state shapes: Ohio (finally!), and Connecticut. Pretty good skill getting that teeny-weeny Conn. panhadle.



Sunday, April 12, 2009

He's Free! 

Captain Phillips has been freed. This is great!

Congratulations and thank you to the United States Navy!

Time for one of these, on a lovely Sunday:

Saw Sideways yesterday with girlfirend, today removed pricks. Namely, a huge growth of Rose of Sharon in the back yard. Now I'm all cut up and ready to go on-call for the week. Friends will be in from out of town, and I go over Financial Aid with my daughter too. It looks damn good. Booze is on hold while on call, of course. I think little sis goofed up when she notified that I look like Captain Phillips. She called the Somali pirates thugs. A good liberal isn't supposed to do that. It's not respectful of third world cultures. She may be coming around, a little.

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Today's bit o'matzo in the shape of a state(s): Vermont and Kansas.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

It's W.C. Fields' Birthday 




I Used to Look 

like this guy, 20 years ago. Never was taken captive by pirates, though. Of course, we had the advantage of a better President then.



Friday, April 10, 2009

This morning's breakfast matzo states were Nevada, Washington, Indiana. Bonus area was the District of Columbia. The Indians are announcing their lineup now for the opener. This time without snow on the field, although it's plenty brisk out there.

Got the rest of the skinny on financial aid for my daughter today. Very nice. She really put a lot of effort into this and I'm very proud of her.

Also, as I age not gracefully, this guy gives me hope for the future of Technology.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

A cacaphony of proto-state shapes at breakfast today, but was too rushed to photograph 'em. There were, I think Pennsylvania, and Georgia/obverse Missouri without the boot heel. Sorry, Rush. Some parts are just too hard to swallow. Get it? There was a very fine North Dakota, and somewhat misshapen Arkansas and Wisconsin. I think there may have been a Rhode Island too. No Ohio or Indiana yet, the most popular shapes.

Seder at shul was OK to good. The Rabbi could do with 10 - 15% less goofy, but it was nice. Such is the price for Reform.

College financing has been great. The daughter got a full ride for tuitition for the first year and I will be reviewing financial aid offerings for the remainder with the ex tomorrow.


You Are a Snow Leopard

You have learned that you must rely on yourself, and yourself alone, to live a happy life.

You are understand the world better than most people you know. You are very perceptive and intuitive.

You need lots of space to think. If you don't get the space you need, you're likely to bite someone's head off.

Because you are so thoughtful and solitary, people find you to be intense and mysterious. You're even seen as intimidating.

What Big Cat Are You?



Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Somebody buy this lady 

a drink. And some ammo.

So far this Passover, no state shapes as I chomp through the Matzo. I did think the last bite did resemble Montana, but it was too elongated.



Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Dull, Dull, Dull! 

Yep, pretty dull around here. Going away party for Mario the DBA yesterday. He was a good guy, and all have to look out for their best interests. April is usually a dull month, too warm and wet to really appreciate being inside, and none of the spring or summer activities have gotten underway. Both the girlfriend and I are in wait-and-see mode at work, so no big projects at home or at work. Passover tomorrow, Seder at shul on Thursday. Politics are too farked up beyond belief to even do a coherent rant. I'll leave it to Beaver the professionals.

Over the weekend the MSU/U.Conn game was good, but yesterday's NCAA b-ball championship was one slaughter, which I could not abide after the halftime break.

Also, I agree with this guy. Does this make me a redneck yet? God, I sure hope so.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

World Domination 

and financial ruin? Don't look at me. Nobody here but us Database Administrators.

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Major download of Pure Prarie League has been accomplished. The little remaining free space on MP3 shall be reserved for bytes of .38 Special and Ted Nugent. And then I'll be ready for the road this summer.



A lot of these 

aren't sitcoms.


Smooth Jazz Blogging 

on a Saturday afternoon. Next concert, Dave Koz, at the Tri-C Jazzfest in May. Last night was a beery dinner with SQLGirlfriend, at a couple of locations but she's commiserating with co-workers tonight as her company is undergoing the current economic adjustments. So, off the the house o'martinis a couple of miles away for Cappy. Yep, work is getting pretty hinkey all around in these parts.

Yesterday was a gray, cool spring day in Cleveland, a day like any other. I told my secretary, Lorraine Carnegie she could have the afternoon off, since I wasn't figuring on any business after lunch anyway. Then, at 12:30 AM, as I dozed off into dreamland, the shrill song of the pager broke the night. I lept out of bed and got into a good belt of Scotch. Punched in the routine on the phone, and the ever-trusty 2nd shift operator answered.

Anyway, I got up before the birdies today and the sky was blue and grass was green, something that hardly ever happens around here. So, overall, it's been a pretty good day. Passover is on the way, so don't let your dough rise!

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Friday, April 03, 2009

I Am Sam 

Sam I Am.

Your result for Which Supreme Court Justice Are You Test...

You are Justice Samuel Alito

You agreed with Alito 100% of the time.

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (born April 1, 1950) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Alito is generally considered a fairly conservative jurist with a libertarian streak (especially on First Amendment issues). Educated at Princeton University and Yale Law School, Alito served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit prior to joining the Supreme Court. He is the 110th justice.

Justice Alito delivered his first written opinion on May 1, 2006 in the case Holmes v. South Carolina, a case involving the right of criminal defendants to present evidence that a third-party committed the crime. (Since the beginning of the Rehnquist Court, new justices have been given unanimous opinions to write as their first majority court opinion, often done as a courtesy "breaking in" of new justices, so that every justice has at least one unanimous, uncontroversial opinion under his/her belt with which to battle critics). Alito wrote for a unanimous court in ordering a new trial for Bobby Lee Holmes due to South Carolina's rule that barred such evidence based on the strength of the prosecution's case, rather than on the relevance and strength of the defense evidence itself.

In his first term, Alito voted fairly conservatively. For example, in the three reargued cases (Garcetti v. Ceballos, Hudson v. Michigan and Kansas v. Marsh), Alito created a 5-4 majority by voting with four other conservative Justices — Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas. He further voted with the conservative wing of the court on Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon and Rapanos v. United States. Alito was also a dissenter in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, alongside Justices Scalia and Thomas.While Alito's voting record is conservative, he does not always join the most conservative Justices on the Court. On February 1, 2006, in Alito's first decision sitting on the Supreme Court, he voted with the majority (6-3) to refuse Missouri's request to vacate the stay of execution issued by the Eighth Circuit for death-row inmate Michael Taylor; Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia and Thomas were in favor of vacating the stay. Missouri had twice asked the justices to lift the stay and permit the execution.

On the abortion issue, it appears that Alito believes some restrictions on the procedure are constitutionally permitted, but has not signaled a willingness to overturn Roe v. Wade. In 2003, Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which led to a lawsuit in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart. The Court had previously ruled in Stenberg v. Carhart that a state's ban on partial birth abortion was unconstitutional because such a ban did not have an exception in the case of a threat to the health of the mother. The membership of the Court changed after Stenberg, with John Roberts and Samuel Alito replacing William Rehnquist (a dissenter in Roe) and Sandra Day O'Connor (a supporter of Roe) respectively. Further, the ban at issue in Gonzales v. Carhart was a federal statute, rather than a state statute as in the Stenberg case. On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court handed down a decision upholding the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the five-justice majority that Congress was within its power to generally ban the procedure, although the Court left the door open for as-applied challenges. Kennedy's opinion implied but did not absolutely reach the question whether the Court's prior decisions in Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and Stenberg v. Carhart were valid, and instead the Court said that the challenged statute is consistent with those prior decisions whether or not those prior decisions were valid. Alito joined fully in the majority as did Chief Justice Roberts. Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion, joined by Justice Scalia

Moreover, despite having been at one time nicknamed "Scalito," Alito's views have differed from those of Scalia (and Thomas), as in the Michael Taylor case cited above and various other cases of the 2005 term. Scalia, a fierce critic of reliance on legislative history in statutory interpretation, was the only member of the Court in Zedner v. United States not to join a section of Alito's opinion that discussed the legislative history of the statute in question. In two higher-profile cases, involving the constitutionality of political gerrymandering and campaign finance reform (LULAC v. Perry and Randall v. Sorrell), Alito adopted narrow positions, declining to join the bolder positions advanced by either philosophical side of the Court. According to a scotusblog.com analysis of 2005 term decisions, Alito and Scalia concurred in the result of 86% of decisions (in which both participated), and concurred in full in only 75%. (By scotusblog.com's reckoning, this is less agreement than between Scalia and Kennedy, O'Connor and Souter, or Stevens and Ginsburg.) On the recent abortion ruling, Alito simply joined Anthony Kennedy's opinion rather than join Scalia in Thomas's stronger assertion.In the 2007 landmark free speech case Morse v. Frederick, Alito joined Roberts' majority decision that speech advocating drug use can be banned in public schools, but also warned that the ruling must be circumscribed that it does not interfere with political speech, such as the discussion of the medical marijuana debate.Alito's majority opinion in the 2008 worker protection case Gomez-Perez v. Potter cleared the way for federal workers who experience retaliation after filing age discrimination complaints to sue for damages. He sided with the liberal block of the court, inferring protection against retaliation in the federal-sector provision of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act despite the lack of an explicit provision concerning retaliation.

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