Sunday, December 27, 2009

les eskate

time for a new one

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The slicing of Henry Molaison's brain (HM)

This will probably only last a day or two more, but if you're really, really bored and want to see what I did with lizard brains as a sophmore, go to this link:

The slicing of Henry Molaison's Brain.

Protocol: dehydrate a brain with alcohol, freeze it, then slice it super thin will a fancy ass deli-slicer.

dudes, I'm in New Orleans for two months

take a long weekend vacation.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

Oh my!
Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee
I'm getting one!

In case you want to read the customer's reviews, first 3 reviews are good!!
Takes 5 stars!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This clip actually mocks the original.

coptic: is the final stage of the Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Egypt.
I think this applies here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Stupid Smurfs

The more you explore the more you age in this secret world.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

You Kicked My Dog!!

Man, something is wrong with me, I get a kick out of these clips!
Do you find it funny??

Varm It UP!!

Oh my!
varm it.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Vikings-49ers highlights

Yo Miguel

I didn't get a chance to see you off. Hope you have a blast in NY!

Friday, September 25, 2009

11 Steps to Helping Eyes's Game
and yes I know I view this site too much.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This is (also) better than Little Man's post.

Better than Little man's post!

Monday, September 14, 2009

This year's I Wanna Be The Guy

This game Canabalt is pretty fun, turn up the volume to give it a little more scare.

So far 1918 meters is as far as I've run/jumped.

Plus this pushes that last post down more.

Monday, September 07, 2009


see you guys there

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

aubrey turned 30 fucking years old

you can see some pictures of guests here:

I miss the fucking tribe.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Happy and Healthy in Laos

I took up smoking on a 2 day boat trip down the mekong river, and am flying to cambodia tomorrow where I will smoke opium.
I love you.
Motorcycle rides through rice fields.
I miss all of you so much.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009


kind of rad -->,0,5794142.htmlstory

photos and story about pushing for skateboarding (coed at that!) in kabul.

you think they rock the christ air over there?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ha, ha!

Thanks Jack for this one-

It won't post it, but you can copy and paste it. It's Reno 911 and Human Giant doing Point Break.

Monday, July 20, 2009

monterrey was a blast

next time we're all going

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Eyes is a paranoid wigger

This is the facebook message I got from him from 4:45 am:

it may be ueber paranoid of me to ask, but could you please remove that picture of me and you with the bud in it in your "Frontier Preachers" photo album?

Thanks, lady dude,

-A Paranoid Eyes

Keep in mind that I was the one holding the weed. Weed by association?? you fuck.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Propagandhi @ The Mohawk

So I was checking out some Propagandhi live shows and found this one. Check out the lower left corner after 2:29. Miguel and I show up... just jamming. What a glorious night!! True Happiness.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My trip to Minnesota

Eyes almost got kicked out of a titty bar.
He apparently fucked a black stripper up the ass the week before and claims "he understands them."

He also stuck up for a bunch of Southerners at a Polish bar when my buddy was insulted by the bartender; I had to buy Eyes drinks the rest of the evening because was afraid there would be no alcohol in said drink due to his chivalry. "Your job is not hard," he told the bartender, "it's not like your shoveling rock."

The Eyes needed free gin, I needed a nap after an afternoon drunk..we went to his furniture-less apt.

My art opening went awesome.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

i'm going to miss him

gusto zoo

my buddy

Sunday, May 31, 2009

coming soon...

the return of

7-4-09 WHO'S IN ? (you)

Balmorhea/Fort Davis/Marfa

Friday, May 29, 2009

Minneapolis or bust

June 6th weekend----

Austin will be the following weekend. I would like to see you all. Please come and dance at rock the casbah.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Domo Arigato

Hey lookit, I totally won a robot haiku contest on the Innernets! I am President of Space!

Monday, May 25, 2009

If you haven't already

Check out the SNL digital shorts on I didn't care for the movie that guy made at all, but I really do like the Lazy Sunday skit and the Iran So Far Away one.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Jon Stewart Producing History Channel Special
posted by: Matt Tobey

Jon Stewart has done such a good job making the present interesting, The History Channel has tapped him to give the past the same treatment with an upcoming special on the history of naturalization in the United States. Hopefully someone will get him to do something about the future next. I'll bet his President George W. Bushdroid XVII impression is hilarious.

Stewart's show, The Naturalized, is among the highlights of History's most substantial programming investment ever. The network's robust slate of specials and series, to be announced May 14 at History's upfront presentation, ranges from a sweeping 12-part series about the creation of America, to a critical examination of holiday traditions (and the anxiety they engender) by comedian Lewis Black.

The projects are among 16 new series and 13 new specials greenlit or in development for the 2009-2010 season.

The Naturalized, to be produced by Busboy, Stewart's company, follows eight individuals through the bureaucratic morass of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The special will also include interviews with undocumented and deported illegal immigrants.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Your Childhood Just Got Raped... Anally... Again!

If the movie is as bad as this remake, I won't be seeing Transformer's 2. Thanks to Rockie for ruining my day with this:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

This here is for cutoffs (though sadly no witches are involved)

Toilet snake attack: urban legend comes true?
Mon May 11, 2009 4:56pm EDT
TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Taiwanese man became a sitting target for a snake, which bit his penis as sat on the toilet at his rural home, local media reported on Monday.

"As soon as he sat down, he suddenly felt a knife-like pain and reacted instinctively by standing up," the China Times said. "When he looked down, he saw the big snake."

The 51-year-old man, from Nantou County, was under medical care with minor injuries, a director at Puli Christian Hospital said.

"As soon as he has passed the risk of infection, he can go," the director, who declined to be named, said. "A snake's mouth isn't always clean."

Local television images showed the black and yellow reptile, reportedly a species of rat snake, being uncoiled and plucked slowly from the toilet bowl.

Snakes regularly enter rural homes in Taiwan and other sub-tropical regions of Asia.

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Nick Macfie and Miral Fahmy)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

RPG of Big Trouble in Little China

Um, I don't know what any thing like Value and Hit Points mean, but if I were to play a Role Playing Game, I'd start here.

Monday, May 04, 2009

You're The Best Around

Nothing's ever gonna keep you down!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What I did this morning

This one's really just for Elliott, but anyone who wants can read it

This is a rebuttal for the guy who tried to convince us to watch The Obama Deception today-

You Tube Fun

All these are way different, but I didn't feel like making more than one post.

This one's from I totally forgot about that site!

And this last one isn't funny, it's just awesome! I really hope Kirby Dick doesn't get killed for this.

Whoops, Wrong House

[via IMDB]
"Actor Dolph Lundgren's wife was tied up by armed robbers who demanded cash and jewellery in a terrifying raid.

The Rocky IV star away from his Marbella, Spain home at the time of the burglary, but wife Anette found herself at the mercy of three masked attackers.

They terrorised her into handing over money and valuables.

But the three robbers fled when they spotted a family photo - and realised they had targetted the home of the tough guy actor.

A source tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Things might have turned out very differently if Dolph had been in. The criminals fled as soon as they realised the owner of the house they had raided was someone they wouldn't want to come up against in a fight. They left Anette pretty traumatised. She's Dolph's angel and anyone who messes with her is messing with him."

Police are still hunting the three attackers."

Also, here's a new pic of Universal Soldiers: The Next Generation, directed by John Hyams, the son of Peter Hyams the director of TimeCop, Sudden Death and End of Days and now the cinematographer for Next Gen. It's also known as Universal Soldier III, which is funny since there already was a Universal Soldier 3 in 1998 which co-starred Burt Reynolds, who also starred in Universal Soldier 2: Brothers In Arms with Gary Busey.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sorry, but this is long

The only "news" abut this is that it is "news"

WASHINGTON — A newly declassified narrative of the Bush administration's advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing controversial interrogation techniques were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

At the same time, the narrative suggests that then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell were largely left out of the decision-making process.

The narrative, posted Wednesday on the Senate Intelligence Committee's Web site and released by its former chairman, Sen. Jay Rockefeller , D- W.Va. , came as Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that he'd "follow the evidence wherever it takes us" in deciding whether to prosecute any Bush administration officials who authorized harsh techniques that are widely considered torture.

In a statement accompanying the narrative's release, Rockefeller said the task of declassifying interrogation and detention opinions "is not complete" and urged prompt declassification of other opinions from 2006 and 2007 that he said would show how Bush Justice Department officials interpreted laws governing torture and war crimes.

These developments come days after the Obama administration declassified four Justice Department memos from 2002 and 2005 that revealed in detail authorized interrogation methods, such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning, sleep deprivation and putting detainees in containers with insects.

The drafting of the narrative began last summer, at the prompting of Rockefeller. The Senate Intelligence Committee staff drafted the document, with heavy input from the Bush administration, in a multi-department effort largely coordinated through the Director of National Intelligence's office.

Bush's National Security Council , however, refused to declassify it.

Obama's National Security Adviser, James L. Jones , signed off on its release last week and the Senate panel cleared it Tuesday.

Among other details, the narrative shows that:

— The CIA thought al Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah was withholding information about an imminent threat as of April 2002 , but didn't get authorization to use various interrogation techniques on him until more than three months later.

— Key Senate Intelligence Committee members were briefed on the techniques used on Zubaydah and Khalid Sheik Mohammed in 2002 and 2003.

— The Director of Central Intelligence in the spring of 2003 sought a reaffirmation of the legality of the interrogation methods. Cheney, Rice, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and White House counsel Alberto Gonzales were among those at a meeting where it was decided that the policies would continue. Rumsfeld and Powell weren't.

— The CIA briefed the Rumsfeld and Powell on interrogation techniques in September 2003 .

— Administration officials had ongoing concerns about the legality of waterboarding as they continued to justify its legitimacy.

Cheney couldn't be reached for comment. Rice, through an aide, declined to comment.

As the narrative was released, various civil liberties and liberal activist organizations said they planned to present Holder on Thursday with 250,000 petition signatures calling for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to lead a criminal investigation into alleged torture.

Meanwhile, Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina , and independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut wrote to Obama urging him not to prosecute Bush officials who offered legal advice about CIA interrogations.

While the senators deemed some of the legal analyses "deeply flawed," they said that criminalizing bad legal opinions "would have a deeply chilling effect on the ability of lawyers in any administration to provide their client — the U.S. government — with their best legal advice."

Sen. Patrick Leahy , D- Vt ., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee , on Wednesday reiterated his call for an independent "truth commission" to examine the interrogations, and said that if Republicans wouldn't go along with the bipartisan commission, he'd seek an investigation through the Senate .


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Check out this cast

I can't wait for the DVD! I'm not wasting time in the theater on it, though.

Youtube blocked embedding this one, too.


Friday, April 17, 2009

fun to be had

New Michel Gondry DVD coming out

More music videos!
Here's a link to a sample. They disabled the embedding on it.

Here's a full list. Not a lot of bands I like, but he sure is a neat director.

01 Michael Andrews [ft. Gary Jules]: "Mad World"
02 Paul McCartney: "Dance Tonight" *
03 Thomas Dolby: "Close But No Cigar"
04 Björk: "Declare Independence" *
05 Steriogram: "Walkie Talkie Man" *
06 The Willowz: "I Wonder"
07 Beck: "Cellphone's Dead" *
08 The White Stripes: "The Denial Twist" *
09 Donald Fagen: "Snowbound"
10 Cody ChesnuTT: "King of the Game"
11 Sinead O'Connor: "Fire On Babylon"
12 Queen [ft. Wyclef Jean, Pras and Free]: "Another One Bites the Dust"
13 Radiohead: "Knives Out" *
14 Dick Annegarn: "Soleil du Soir"
15 Sananda Maitreya: "She Kissed Me"
16 Sheryl Crow: "A Change Would Do You Good"
17 The Black Crowes: "High Head Blues"
18 Leafbirds: "It Can All Be Taken Away"
19 The Rolling Stones: "Gimme Shelter"
20 Energy Orchard: "How the West Was Won”

This is pretty good

The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10c
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Full Episodes
Economic CrisisPolitical Humor

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I don't know how to feel about this

South Park Duo Land Saddam Hussein Keepsake

12 April 2009 7:00 AM, PDT

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker still can't believe a signed photo of Saddam Hussein U.S. Marines sent them is for real - but they hope it is.

Legend has it the troops screened the duo's 1999 film South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut before the former Iraqi dictator was executed in 2006.

In the film, an animated Hussein is depicted as Satan's gay lover.

Stone says, "We're very proud of our signed Saddam picture and what it means... I have it on pretty good information from the Marines on detail in Iraq that they showed Saddam the movie over and over again, which is a pretty funny thought."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Chaos In Tejas lineup

Here is why I won't be playing any sbows Memorial Day weekend:

Wed Night at RED 7 (all age's) 611 E. 7th Street - Austin, TX 78701.
chaos in tejas kick off party with...

THursday Night at Mohawk(all age's) 912 Red River, Austin, TX

Thursday at Emo's (outside) (all age's)
SKITKIDS ( Sweden)
CRUDE ( Japan)
FUK ( england...ex Chaos UK)
No Tolerance

Friday at Emo's (outside/inside) (all age's)
Cock Sparrer
Brutal Knights
Peligro Social (last show ever)
Destino Final (spain..ex Invasion)
Hjertestop (denmark)
Young Offenders
the Hex Dispensers

Friday at Mohawk 912 Red River, Austin, TX
the Thermals
Shakey Hands

Friday After Party at Broken Neck (all age's)
惡AI意 ( Japan)

Friday After Party on the Bridge FREE! (all age's)

Sat Day Party at Beerland (21 and up)

Sat Night at Emo's (outside) (all age's)
Judgement (japan..only U.S. show)
Pierced Arrows (2/3 of Dead Moon)
AI (japan)
Outlaw Order

Sat Night at Emo's (inside) (all age's)
Times New Viking
the Strange Boys
XYX (mexico)

Sat at RED 7 (all age's) 611 E. 7th Street - Austin, TX 78701. (all age's)
the Business (england)
Krum Bums
the Broadsiders

Sat After Party at the Broken Neck (all age's)

Sunday at RED 7 611 E. 7th Street - Austin, TX 78701. (outside) (all age's)
Harvey Milk
CRUDE ( Japan)
Mind Eraser

Sunday at Red 7(inside) FREE! (all age's)

Sunday at Beerland ( 21+)
special guest

There's a THREE DAY PASS for the Emo gigs- Save a little $$$$ with the pass versus buying individual tickets: [] »

NOTE: This pass is good for EMO'S ONLY GIGS May 21-23 (not may 22-24).

****This pass WILL NOT WORK for the Chaos gigs happening at Beerland, The Broken Neck, The Mohawk, or Red 7.****

Propagandhi Tickets online... buy some!

Propagandhi will play the Mohawk during CHAOS IN TEJAS on May 21st.
Instead of hoping someone from Front Gate Tickets could hook it up, they are available online.
ONLINE = $15 (+ $4 in b.s. fees)
DAY OF = $17 (and lots of luck)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Click for full awesomeness.

GTDC!!! on Family Guy

The episode link is here... but fast forward to 15:35 or so, then watch.

It'd be great to get a clip or capture of that if someone only knew how....

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dear Tribe-

I am so happy I had the chance to reunite. I will forever be your lady dude.
I kinda miss sleeping in Sammy's room and not having a toilet. I really do love my boys,
and am so happy that you all are in my life.

I love you all unconditionally, except The Eyes....therein lies some conditions.

PS Miguel----can we set up a time to talk on the phone?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Apple users: prepare your elitist remarks

Windows users fearing the nasty virus set to go off on April Fools Day may want to run a scan available here.


I had no idea this existed. Dang. I'm too late.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

naked people

watch their clothes just fade away on this blog. Oh those Germans!

A love of shaving going on, but I like how they seem to keep their shoes/boots on.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

tetanus shot

"if you've had 1 in the last 10 years
you don't need to worry about it"

i got 1 just in case

Thai 'Spider-Man' to the rescue

An unusual disguise has helped a Bangkok fireman rescue an eight-year-old boy who had climbed on to a third-floor window ledge, Thai police say.

The firefighter dressed up as the comic book superhero Spider-Man in order to coax the boy, who is autistic, from his dangerous perch.

Police said teachers had alerted the fire station after the boy began crying and climbed out of a classroom window.

It was reportedly his first day at the special needs school.

Efforts by the teachers to convince the pupil back inside had failed.

But a remark by his mother about his passion for comic superheroes prompted fireman Somchai Yoosabai to rush back to the station, where he kept a Spider-Man costume in his locker.

The sight of Mr Yoosabai dressed as Spider-Man and holding a glass of juice for him, brought a big smile to the boy's face, and he promptly threw himself into the arms of his "superhero", police said.

Mr Yoosabai normally uses the costume to liven up fire drills in schools.

BBC coverage and photo here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

it's the most linked since sliced bread

Here's the link to Cramer vs. Stewart in case you somehow haven't seen it yet.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Miguel's back

I called into work and made Vagrunt work for me. I see some margaritas in my future.

Friday, March 06, 2009


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Jon Stewart takes on CNBC

and while I'm at it...

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Is it true? Could Marky Mark do another good movie?

Sony Pictures Activates The B Team
Source: Variety
February 26, 2009

Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired B Team, an Adam McKay-directed action comedy that will team Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as cops, with Chris Henchy and McKay writing the script.

The movie will be a co-production between Gary Sanchez Productions and Mosaic. Sony has not set a release date on the film, but it is expected to go into production as quickly as the filmmakers can get it ready, reports Variety.

The comedy was pitched around town on Tuesday by Endeavor and CAA, and Sony co-president Matt Tolmach moved quickly. The trade says that Tolmach was comfortable committing to a film without a finished script, because Columbia worked in exactly the same fashion on "Talladega Nights" and Step Brothers, both of which were set up with a pitch and the collaborative track record of McKay and Ferrell.

Sony intends to register the title The B Team, a challenge considering that 20th Century Fox is mobilizing a movie based on the TV series "The A Team," with Joe Carnahan directing.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Thanks so much calling. I'm so sorry that I couldn't get to the phone and chat. It was wonderful to get your Laotian message.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My kind of humor

Friday, February 20, 2009

They're coming! The question is: Can you handle it?

No, it's not that shit Franz Ferdinand you whiny little pussy, or some bullshit bitchy little girl Radiohead nonsense! It's time for men and dudes to fuse! I've received an exclusive drop on their poster/t-shirt...they're Man Dude!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

More Panda shit

You can now buy the record from and
Not that I think you would or should, but it's kinda neat.
Also gonna be featured on the End Of An Ear website next week.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This movie just keeps looking better

Schwarzenegger, Trejo Joining The Expendables
Source: Ain't It Cool News, Latino Review
February 18, 2009

Ain't It Cool News is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to be playing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables. He will be shooting for one day.

Ben Kingsley is also reportedly out as the dirty bastard CIA sob, Eric Roberts is in, and Mickey Rourke has finally signed on officially. Latino Review says Danny Trejo has a role in the film as well.

The action-adventure also stars Stallone, Forest Whitaker, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture and Dolph Lungdren.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I'm not a fan of Tarintino

He kinda ruined our Snakes On A Plane viewing with that horrible laugh of his. But Brad Pitt is pretty dreamy....

Black Panda records are now availible

We FINALLY got around to having someone put out a record for us. Here's the skinny in a repost from myspace-

The new Black Panda record is now available. There are a total of 300 records; 200 black vinyl and 100 clear vinyl. The cost is $5 per record (postage paid in the U.S.), and please add $1 for PayPal fees if that's how you want to pay. Use as the address for PayPal orders.

Let me know when you order if you want clear or black vinyl.

If you are ordering from outside the U.S., get in touch at so we can figure out the postage.

If you want to send a check, money order, or cash, send to:
Super Secret Records
PO Box 1585
Austin, TX 78767

Check out Black Panda at http://www. myspace. com/blackpandausa

Sunday, February 08, 2009

hey o ey

i'll post more pics later
too many things to be doing instead of on the interweb

i miss you guys and i miss mexican food

although the food here is amazing
(no breakfast tacos!)

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

It's not perfect, but at least it's something

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday imposed $500,000 caps on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money, saying Americans are upset with "executives being rewarded for failure."

Obama announced the dramatic new government intervention into corporate America at the White House, with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at his side. The president said the executive-pay limits are a first step, to be followed by the unveiling next week of a sweeping new framework for spending what remains of the $700 billion financial industry bailout that Congress created last year.

The executive-pay move comes amid a national outcry over huge bonuses to executives heading companies seeking taxpayer dollars to remain afloat. The demand for limits was reinforced by revelations that Wall Street firms paid more than $18 billion in bonuses in 2008 even amid the economic downturn and the massive infusion of taxpayer dollars.

"This is America. We don't disparage wealth. We don't begrudge anybody for achieving success," Obama said. "But what gets people upset — and rightfully so — are executives being rewarded for failure. Especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers."

The pay cap would apply to institutions that negotiate agreements with the Treasury Department for "exceptional assistance" in the future. The restriction would not apply to such firms as American International Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., and Citigroup Inc., that already have received such help.

Firms that want to pay executives above the $500,000 threshold would have to use stock that could not be sold or liquidated until they pay back the government funds.

Generally healthy institutions would have more leeway. They also face the $500,000 limit if they're getting government help, but the cap can be waived with full public disclosure and a nonbinding shareholder vote.

Obama said that massive severance packages for executives who leave failing firms are also going to be eliminated. "We're taking the air out of golden parachutes," he said.

Other new requirements on "exceptional assistance" will include:

_The expansion to 20, from five, the number of executives who would face reduced bonuses and incentives if they are found to have knowingly provided inaccurate information related to company financial statements or performance measurements.

_An increase in the ban on golden parachutes from a firm's top five senior executives to its top 10. The next 25 would be prohibited from golden parachutes that exceed one year's compensation.

_A requirement that boards of directors adopt policies on spending such as corporate jets, renovations and entertainment.

The administration also will propose long-term compensation restrictions even for companies that don't receive government assistance, Obama said.

Those proposals include:

• Requiring top executives at financial institutions to hold stock for several years before they can cash out.

• Requiring nonbinding "say on pay" resolutions — that is, giving shareholders more say on executive compensation.

• A Treasury-sponsored conference on a long-term overhaul of executive compensation.

Top officials at companies that have received money from the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program already face some compensation limits.

And compensation experts in the private sector have warned that such an intrusion into the internal decisions of financial institutions could discourage participation in the rescue program and slow down the financial sector's recovery. They also argue that it could set a precedent for government regulation that undermines performance-based pay.

"It's not a government takeover," Obama stressed in an interview Tuesday with CNN. "Private enterprise will still be taking place. But people will be accountable and responsible."

Still, some elected officials were pushing for the stricter caps.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has proposed that no employee of an institution that receives money under the $700 billion federal bailout can receive more than $400,000 in total compensation until it pays the money back. Her figure is equivalent to the salary of the president of the United States.

Even some Republicans, angered by company decisions to pay bonuses and buy airplanes while receiving government help, have few qualms about restrictions.

"In ordinary situations where the taxpayers' money is not involved, we shouldn't set executive pay," said Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee.

"But where you've got federal money involved, taxpayers' money involved, TARP money involved, and the way they have spent it, with no accountability, is getting close to being criminal."

Sunday, February 01, 2009

blast from the past

not sure who the guy on the left is, but he looks vaguely familiar

Monday, January 26, 2009


i'll post pics later

beach +1 hour ocean kayak trip = me and monkeys on an island

rented scooter + 1 crash + 1 flat tire = national park
hours of hiking, crawling through a cave with a faulty lamp, and

as write this man ladies singing west virginia and johnny cash tunes

man i love this place


Saturday, January 24, 2009

greetings from the fuecher

well day 2 was great fun got to skate around a bit
stayed at a great guest house that feels like a treehouse
went to a market that was3x3 blocks big(or bigger)
they had everything there, everything

some gross, some cool, some old, some new
but e3verything was cheap and loud
i think this pic encapsulates the feeling there

went to a street nearby that gets really crazy at night
it's like a circus, pretty great and stupid at the same time

i'm off to the beach today

Friday, January 23, 2009

1st day in

Last night we were on an Israeli cooking show. It was at a vegetarian Thai restaurant and they filmed us making Tom Yum soup and then we had a big feast while they filmed us eating. It was weird, but cool. Not sure what the show is called or how we'll get to see it, but maybe we will someday. Then we will be famous.

Getting down to business

Officials: Obama to reverse abortion policy

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that promote or perform abortions, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

The move, long expected in the Democratic president's first week in office, will be welcomed by liberals and criticized by abortion rights foes.

The policy bans U.S. taxpayer money, usually in the form of U.S. Agency for International Development funds, from going to international family planning groups that either offer abortions or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion. It is also known as the "global gag rule," because it prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that even talk about abortion if there is an unplanned pregnancy.

Also known as the "Mexico City policy," it has been reinstated and then reversed by Republican and Democratic presidents since GOP President Ronald Reagan established it in 1984. President Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but President George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his first acts in office.

The Democratic official and senior U.S. official who disclosed the plans did so on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to pre-empt Obama's announcement.

Obama was expected to sign the executive order at a low-key event, one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.

The move was not a surprise as both Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will oversee foreign aid, had promised to do away with the gag rule during the presidential campaign. Clinton is to visit the U.S. Agency for International Development, through which much U.S. foreign aid is disbursed, later on Friday.

Obama has spent his first days in office systematically signing executive orders reversing Bush administration policies on issues ranging from foreign policy to government operations. But, save for ending the ban, Obama has largely refrained from wading into ideological issues, perhaps to avoid being tagged a traditional partisan from the outset after his campaign promises to change "business as usual" in the often partisan-gridlocked capital.

Rather, Obama has chosen to focus initially on issues in which there is consensus across the political spectrum and support from the public, such as closing the prison camp for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to making government documents more accessible.

Organizations that had pressed Obama to make the abortion-ban change were jubilant.

"Women's health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. President Obama's actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don't have access to family planning," said Tod Preston, a spokesman for Population Action International, an advocacy group.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

well guys...

i'm in bangkok eating a spicy red curry for lunch

wow the trip was 20hrs long


i'm headed to a beach tomorrow


thank you guys from everything

i'll post some pics after the beach

Monday, January 19, 2009

It's good to be the president

Oscar winner, Grammy winner; meet election winnter. Bono, give it a rest with the rose-colored glasses on an overcast day look. Who do you think you are, Jim McMahon?

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Remeber that show we played outside Find N Grind and Miguel stole Austin's brain with his bare hand?

Gone in 60 seconds

This cringe inducing advert left me feeling like I had embarked on a bad acid trip...At any rate, this program is being billed as a GarageBand killer for Windows. Yet, peculiarly, this girl is using a Macbook Pro--nice one Microsoft, you win the jackass card for today.

I especially like this quote from the comments thread:

If I was a CEO and had some dude singing at me, I'd have him drugtested

Monday, January 05, 2009

Franken up now...

from a Washington Post article:

Although Franken trailed Coleman on election night, the Democrat -- thanks in part to the ace work of election lawyer Marc Elias -- has gained steadily ever since. A hand recount of the nearly 3 million ballots cast turned the race into a dead heat, and the recent counting of 933 wrongly rejected absentee ballots (don't ask) yielded a 225-vote edge for Franken heading into today's meeting of the state Canvassing Board, in which a winner -- presumably Franken -- will be named.

So, why won't Franken be a senator later today? Because of pending legal challenges that the incumbent's campaign thinks can sway the outcome -- the most important of which, dealing with the inclusion of 654 allegedly wrongly rejected absentee ballots (from largely pro-Coleman territory), will be decided by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

"We remain convinced that this process is broken and, as a result, the numbers being reported will not be accurate or valid," said Coleman's campaign manager, Cullen Sheehan.