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As someone who lives and works in New York City, I firmly believe that a set of rules, or guidelines, should be handed out on all arriving flights into Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia. I understand that people visiting don't know any better, but tourists annoy the hell out of us and if we could supply some simple tips, maybe our lives, and their visits can be more successful.
Below is my contribution to what this NYC Tourist guideline pamphlet might look like:
1) Don't stop in the middle of the sidewalk. Unreal as it may sound, even though you're on vacation, everyone in NY doesn't stop working for the week. We have places to go and we don't like wasting any time getting there. This is really the most simple rule. Be aware of the people around you and make sure not to get in our freaking way.
2) Don't stop in the middle of the sidewalk. (yes, it's important enough to mention twice). Yes, the buildings are big....stare from somewhere else.
3) Don't casually stroll down the middle of the sidewalk. If you want to move slowly, move to the side, or be prepared for a very rude "excuse me" and people pushing you out of the way.
4) Don't walk with your entire family side by side. I know you all want to walk together, but generally, walking together breaks rules 1-3 and pisses off everyone trying to use the same sidewalk as you.
5) Stay to the right on the escalator if you plan on just standing there. The left side is for walking up and down the escalator. If you plan on standing on the left, be prepared for a very rude "excuse me" or the homeless man on 53th and 5th to yell at you while he tells sexist jokes.
6) Don't stop at the top of the escalator. Amazingly, even when you get off, the escalator continues to move and other people need to get off.
7) Don't stop at the top of the subway stairs. I know you're lost, but I'm not, so move the hell out of my way.
8) Instead of just yelling two street names at me, try asking me politely for directions.
9) Don't go out to eat in Times Square. If you do, be prepared for an expensive shitty meal. Eating at the Red Lobster in Times Square does not equal fine dining in NYC...even if you do have lobster.
10) Don't think that New Yorkers are rude because of these rules. Chances are, you don't live in a place where tourists come which means you have NO idea how annoying it really is. Maybe next week I'll come to your city and drive 2 miles an hour in front of you during your entire commute to work. Then maybe you'll know what it's like having your entire family block the sidewalk on my way to work.
11) Make sure to come back real soon! We love having you here!
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I found this here: http://cronus.com/redstates/ and I think it's awesome...so I'm sharing it here on my blog.
I don't know what's more interesting. The article? or the comments about the article on Digg.
See for yourself and let me know what you think:
Security Guard: 'God Guided Me And Protected Me'
Digg link: http://digg.com/world_news/security_guard_god_guided_me_and_protected_me/all
There's a lot of people on Digg screaming, yay 2nd amendment! this is why more people need to be armed! This user pretty much summed it up for me:
"I love how the fact that the gunman can so easily get his hands on an automatic weapon and a thousand rounds of ammunition is a rallying cry for more people to carry guns.
Does anyone else see the irony there?"
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"I remember back in the early and mid '80s when the Mets were getting a bit "white" under Frank Cashen's rule. Personally, I did not like that, but compared to what Omar Minaya is doing today, that was nothing! Minaya is simply looking for the best Latin players available, not the best players available."-- A recent blog posting by a Mets fanClick "read more" below to see the full article.
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On Tuesday, President Bush said he was never forewarned by the intelligence community that Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003.Now the White House is revealing that wasn’t true. The White House statement released by Dana Perino Wednesday night also states McConnell told Bush...OK, they are not even covering for him.
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The Department of Homeland Security is an embarrassment that would be comical if only our national security were not at stake. The agency and its leadership must be held accountable for its failures and pushed to do better. This is a shocking and disturbing report. The American people deserve far better from their government. Much better.
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I was just re-reading this old post: http://burntees.blogspot.com/2006/02/our-first-hate-mail.html which I had totally forgotten about. It ended up being the only piece of hate mail that we ever received for our Jesus Saves design (http://www.cafepress.com/burntees/1039318) which is too bad :(. We just put up this new Jesus Shaves design (http://www.cafepress.com/burntees/4173852)...if we're lucky we'll get some new hate mail and I'll be able to write another funny blog about it :).
This conversation just happened between me and Crazy Carl (these are not our real screen names):
Crazy Carl: i seriously have no idea what to get anyone for christmas yet
Me: you can get me anything you'd like
Crazy Carl: whats your address?
Crazy Carl: because i'm going to take a shit in a box and mail it to you
Me: xxx East xxth Street, apt xx, NY NY 10016
Me: make sure it's a nice box
Crazy Carl: a massive wordclass dump after going to Arthur's or Jose Tejas
Crazy Carl: hahahahahahahahaha
Crazy Carl: dude, didn't you know it was a trick?
Crazy Carl: why did you give me your address?
Me: cause i want presents
Crazy Carl: even if its a massive dump taken by me?
Me: i'll send back something worse
Crazy Carl: i can't think of anything worse
Crazy Carl: except maybe a dogs head
Me: then that's what you'll get
Me: and it'll be covered in my poo
Crazy Carl: i'm laughing so hard right now
Crazy Carl: i wonder what the shipping on something like that is
Crazy Carl: are you going to send it fedex so you can track it?
Mathew Jason: lol sure
Crazy Carl: i'm think i'm going to start taking pictures of my massive dumps in the toilet bowl with my camera phone, and sending them to people
Crazy Carl: i dont know if you have a camera phone, but i guess i'll find out soon enough
Me: i did that once...sent it to jane and chris
Me: it was so amazing,i had to share it with someone
Crazy Carl: awesome.
Crazy Carl: i wanted to send one to chris one day, but i didn't have his number in my phone
Crazy Carl: it was what i call a Bode Miller Shit
Crazy Carl: it was 2 identical huge logs right next to each other parallel.
Crazy Carl: they looked like a set of skis
Me: should i post this convo on the blog? lol
Crazy Carl: if you'd like... but i think it reflects poorly on both of us
Crazy Carl: hahahahaha
Me: lol, i know, but it's funny
Crazy Carl: go ahead. everyone knows i have issues anyway
Crazy Carl: however, won't jane or your brother be shocked that you are threatening to mail me a dogs head in a box?
But digital strategies are important these days, and Morris has become entangled in them whether he wants to be or not. Over the past several years, he has been one of the most staunch and vocal proponents of aggressive copyright enforcement, at one point publicly blasting MP3 players as merely "repositories for stolen music."
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Hyde Park Baptist says it didn't realize Muslims were leading annual Thanksgiving event.Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, the city's largest interfaith organization, announced Thursday that its annual Thanksgiving celebration Sunday had to be moved because Hyde Park Baptist Church objected to non-Christians worshipping on its property.
The group learned Wednesday that the rental space at the church-owned Quarries property in North Austin was no longer available because Hyde Park leaders had discovered that non-Christians, Muslims in particular, would be practicing their faith there. The event, now in its 23rd year, invites Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Bahais and others to worship together.
Organizers had booked the gymnasium at the Quarries in July and made the interfaith aspect clear to Quarries staff at that time, said Simone Talma Flowers, Interreligious Ministries' interim director.
Several Muslim groups were acting as this year's hosts for the event. Kent Jennings, associate pastor of administration at Hyde Park, released a statement Thursday that said church leaders received a postcard about the service Monday and only then realized that it "was not a Christian oriented event."
The postcard also "promised space for Muslim Maghrib prayer and revealed that the event was co-hosted by the Central Texas Muslimaat, the Forum of Muslims for Unity, and the Institute of Interfaith Dialog," according to Hyde Park's statement.
"Although individuals from all faiths are welcome to worship with us at Hyde Park Baptist Church, the church cannot provide space for the practice of these non-Christian religions on church property," the statement said. "Hyde Park Baptist Church hopes that the AAIM and the community of faith will understand and be tolerant of our church's beliefs that have resulted in this decision."
Central Texas Muslimaat and Forum of Muslims for Unity are local Muslim nonprofit groups that promote charitable works and education. The Institute of Interfaith Dialog holds regular interfaith gatherings that aim to teach non-Muslims about Islam.
With hundreds of people expected to attend and only a few days to find another site, Muslim organizer Shams Siddiqi said they couldn't find another facility. That's when leaders at Congregation Beth Israel, Austin's largest synagogue, offered to host the celebration.
"Symbolically, that's a very good thing," Siddiqi said of the joint Jewish-Muslim endeavor.
Of Hyde Park's decision, he said it was "unfortunate that people still feel this way in this day and age."
Some Christians object to praying with people of other faith backgrounds or allowing those people to worship in their sanctuaries.
Hyde Park Baptist, an evangelical megachurch at West 39th Street and Speedway, is not a member of Interreligious Ministries, and church leaders were not planning to participate in the service, Flowers said.
Every year, a different faith group hosts the Thanksgiving event, which typically includes food, prayer, song and dance. Last year, St. Louis Catholic Church hosted. This year, because the Muslim groups did not have their own space that was large enough, they decided to rent the Quarries, a 58-acre property near MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and Duval Road that the church has owned since 1984.
Flowers said she was disheartened by the church's decision. "As a Christian, my first response is, what would Jesus do in this situation?" she said.
She also stressed the importance of respecting all beliefs and said Beth Israel's involvement is a blessing.
"They said, 'It's an honor to be able to provide the space, especially knowing our co-hosts are Muslims,' " Flowers said.
Synagogue leaders said they would arrange space for Muslims to make their evening prayers, Flowers said. "What a great testimony of inclusion."
WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??!
And that means a few things. First off, hats off to the Giants who stunk it up again. 3 quality delay of games by Eli Manning...way to step up under pressure! Second, it means its time to check Post Secret. If you don't know about post secret, I don't know where you've been, but check it out. And lastly, time to update you on some BurnTees stuff.
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Some cool photos of "not so normal" staircases. Very cool design ideas. All I need now is to buy the apartment above me and then I'll actually HAVE a staircase and then maybe I could use one of these cool designs.Click "Read More" to see the article.
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I just finished listening to the new Cassidy album (yes, I put it on as soon as I was done listening to that shitty Aretha Franklin CD), and something I didn't expect happened: I liked it.
I'm not a huge rap fan, but this was a good album. I especially like the last track, "All By Myself" and the current single, "My Drink N' My 2 Step" is a great track as well.
Overall, I definitely recommend this CD. Click the banner below to purchase it on Amazon.com.
This is why Jon Stewart rules. Article from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/11/05/stewart-to-pay-his-writer_n_71164.html
In a show of solidarity with his fellow scribes, the Daily Show host has told his writing staff that he will cover all their salaries for the next two weeks, according to a well-placed source. He has also vowed to do the same for writers on The Colbert Report. A Comedy Central spokesman referred my inquiry about this to Stewart's personal publicist, who has yet to respond.
Stewart's intention, says the source, is to ensure his writers will face no financial hardship should the strike, which kicked off at 3 a.m. local time, conclude within that time frame.
I just finished listening to this album, and, well, honestly, I thought it sucked. I have to say that I'm surprised because there are some great appearances on this album: Whitney Houston, Mariah Cary, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and Elton John to name a few.
The one song that stood out to me was the duet with John Legend, "What Y'all Came to Do" which isn't even the single!
Anway, don't listen to me, give it a try for yourself. Click the link below to buy the CD on Amazon.com.
A jury on Wednesday ordered an anti-gay Kansas church to pay $10.9 million in damages to relatives of a U.S. Marine who died in Iraq after church members cheered his death at his funeral.
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This has been one of my favorite shows on TV for the past few years, but nobody can deny that last season SUCKED. I really really hope that this season is better. Check out the trailer below:
Set in Washington, DC, “Day 7” opens with CTU dismantled and JACK BAUER (Kiefer Sutherland) on trial. Bauer’s day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague TONY ALMEIDA (Carlos Bernard) returns. Meanwhile, President ALLISON TAYLOR (Cherry Jones) leads the country alongside White House Chief of Staff ETHAN KANIN (Bob Gunton) and First Gentleman HENRY TAYLOR (Colm Feore).
A national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents including Agent JANIS GOLD (Janeane Garofalo), Agent RENEE WALKER (Annie Wersching), Agent LARRY MOSS (Jeffrey Nordling), Agent SEAN HILLINGER (Rhys Coiro) and security specialist MICHAEL LATHAM (John Billingsley). Although CTU is no longer, CHLOE O’BRIAN (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and BILL BUCHANAN (James Morrison) are back for another momentous day of shocking events.
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This list is so awesome. Had to share it with the other 2 people who read this blog:
I found this list on BW.org there was no attribution as he found it somewhere else. I thought it was very pertinent to this site and concisely addresses the most common arguments against gay marriage in a very funny way.
- Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
- Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
- Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
- Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
- Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
- Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.
- Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
- Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
- Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
- Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
Our friends (and I don't mean "hey, you write a blog and I write a blog" type of friend...they're actual friends of mine) over at Contemptster.com were pleasantly surprised to learn that they were mentioned in the latest edition of New York Magazine:
NY Magazine Link - 3rd paragraph:
3. In keeping with the spirit of online vitriol, a blogger known as the Contemptster chose the occasion of a recent Look Book subject (October 15) to chastise the magazine for glorifying the rich. “We have the largest gap between rich and poor in history …and most of us are one paycheck away from sharing the sidewalk with a urine-drenched schizo, yet we need to give this woman a forum…someone please fix me an arsenic cocktail.” Coming right up!
So great lol. Like Contemptster has any business being in NYMagazine.
Here's their response:
A special thanks to New York Magazine for linking and writing about our blog. Even though they’re criticizing our “vitriol” and offering to assist our suicide like so many Dr. Kervokians it’s still pretty cool. We really have no right being published in a legitimate magazine let alone a publication that practically swept the National Magazine Awards last year.
But you know what, I think I’ll pass on that arsenic cocktail for now. That is, until we make the Lowbrow/Despicable quadrant of the Approval Matrix (which has been known to “borrow” our ideas from time to time. Kidding!) because that would be a pinnacle that we could never top.
Oh, and one more thing: we’re called Contemptster, not “The Contempster”. Well, unless you want to sound like my dad in which case may we introduce you to “The Google“?
So exciting for our friends over at Contemptster. Maybe one day soon the people over at New York Magazine will be excited to learn that they've been mentioned on Contemptster.com.
From: The Onion
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—The popular search engine Google announced plans Friday to launch a new site, TheGoogle.com, to appeal to older adults not able to navigate the original website's single text field and two clearly marked buttons.
"The Google will have all the same information currently found on regular Google, but with the added features of not stealing your credit-card numbers or giving your computer all kinds of viruses," said Rick Tillich, The Google project director. "All you have to do to turn the website on is put the little blinking line thing in the cyberspace window at the top of the screen, type 'thegoogle.com,' and press 'return'—although it will also recognize http.wwwthegoogle.com, google.aol, and 'THEGOOGLE' typed into a Word document."
Tillich added that he hopes the site will soon replace Yahoo Internet Website.com as the most popular search engine for users over 55.
Ha! I Love it. Hopefully next they'll come out with an iPod that's easier to use since my mother still can't figure it out.