Part of the Bay Area News Group

Archive for October, 2008

A true American hero

Photo of Famous Famiglia Pizza taken by Flickr user majump under Creative Commons license

San Jose’s Joey Chestnut, the reigning champ of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Coney Island Hot Dog Eating contest, has done it again, gobbling something like 4,000 slices of pizza in 10 minutes Sunday to win the first Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship in New York’s Times Square.

OK — it was actually 45. But I bet it felt like 4,000.

I wish this contest was around when I was about 17 and still had a working metabolism.

Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2008
Under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on A true American hero

Brokers, hands, faces: pictures tell the story

Picture of Wall Street and stop signs by Flickr user nromagna under Creative Commons license.

If you’re wondering what happened to your 401K this week (hint: It probably wasn’t good), please go to this site and take a quick peek:

Yes, it’s true. We’re all screwed.

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2008
Under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Brokers, hands, faces: pictures tell the story

The Foo Fighters aren’t happy

Photo of John McCain cutout by Flickr user bethcanphoto under Creative Commons license

I just got this press release from the agency that handles the Foo Fighters. And that Dave Grohl always seems so wacky and stuff … But it does, again, bring up the point that artists get touchy when it comes to what their songs represent, at least when they were written, as opposed to how politicians and other people represent them.

And they should be, though, again, there’s the question of fair use. Whose song is it once it’s released to the public? And why do automakers have to pay an artist — and pay handsomely — when they use a song to represent a product, but not politicians? It’s not like they aren’t pushing a product. Anyway, here’s what the Foo Fighters have to say about it:

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
Under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Why we saved Kuwait

Looks like Democracy is really taking hold in the Middle East, just like President Cheney said it would. What good is invading a country – or kicking one out of another country with unhinged violence – if we can’t tell them what to do?

Stoning women who show their foreheads in public is one thing, but really – where does it say a girl jumping on stage and smooching an Egyptian pop star will shut down a whole concert?

John Mayer wouldn’t even make it through souncheck in Kuwait.

Posted on Sunday, October 5th, 2008
Under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why we saved Kuwait

Straight from a Bugs Bunny cartoon …

Our Zero of the Day, miraculously, wasn’t the Southern California school board member who was busted stealing a bottle of ketchup from a school cafeteria. They knew he was stealing it because he tried smuggling out under his coat …

No, our zero is the Wisconsin man who ran out of gas and tried siphoning some from another car Saturday. Because it was dark out, he couldn’t see if any gas was in the car. Lacking a flashlight, lamp, searchlight, jar of fireflies or any other reasonable form of illumination, he used the only thing he had to ascertain whether there was gas in there.

That’s right. He flicked his Bic.

The ensuing blast, funny enough, burned the unnamed idiot’s, er … man’s, hands and alerted neighbors, who called police. He and the woman who was assisting him (all master criminals need an assistant) were arrested on suspicion of theft and negligent use of burning materials.

I’ll let you know if/when I can find a Hero of the Day …

Picture of sparked lighter by Flickr user mborowick used under Creative Commons license

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
Under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Straight from a Bugs Bunny cartoon …