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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Happy Wednesday from drizzly Larryville, GN!

I get to go to teh DMV today to renew my license and get one with fookin’ REAL ID; I wonder if that includes stapling one of my ‘nads to the back of the card?

Ah well, at least they’re not tattooing our Citizen Identification / Toilet Paper Lottery numbers to our wrists or implanting RFID chips…yet.

Sven --

I can certainly understand your sentiments re Van Nuys, teh SFV and Los Angeles. Every time I’ve visited there since ’04, I find myself pondering how I used to put up with the traffic and prevalent fugliness on a daily basis. Guess it was simply part of the “background noise” of day-to-day life.

When I had to visit VN to pull a permit, I was reminded of a Zappa lyric about “the ugly part of town where they keep the government buildings”. OTOH, I did get a terrific deal on a pair of Tony Lama boots at some western illegal outfitters store on Van Nuys Blvd. almost twenty years ago. (Just north of “Keyes Auto Row in the heart of Van Nuys”.)

Paddy O'Furnijur
10 years ago

Happy Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!
A REAL ID? As opposed to a state-issued FAKE ID?
I’m sure they won’t be as crude as you suggest. They’ll just take a sample of your DNA, embed the data in the magnetic strip on your shiny new ID, and forget to mention the RFID chip embedded in the license.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Hai, Paddy --

Cheers for teh comforting words. πŸ˜‰

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

It’s high hilarity that Dianne Feinstein has finally gotten her panties in a wad (ewww!) after learning that she -- one of our betters -- was being spied upon by (alleged) subordinates just the same as us kulaks. Also appreciate Edward Snowden poking her from afar:

β€œIt’s clear the CIA was trying to play ‘keep away’ with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that’s a serious constitutional concern,” Snowden told NBC News. β€œBut it’s equally if not more concerning that we’re seeing another ‘Merkel Effect,’ where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it’s a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.”

Neener, neener, neener, beeyotch.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Just spent about 2.5 hours at the Department of Driver Services sitting on my keister while the, erm, Way-Overrepresented-As-A-Percentage-Of-Gwinnett-County’s-Population-American public servants employees took care of “bidness” at a glacial pace.

And my new DL picture looks as though I’m pulling about four Gs on a NASA centrifuge. (Only have a temp license as it takes about two weeks to process the new Georgia-branded National ID Cards licenses.)

Glad that’s over for another eight years.

Just Sven
10 years ago

That caption on that cat picture could just as easily apply to our president.