Still no Joe and still giving the protests and protesters more credence than they deserve.

7:18 a.m. Barnicle asked about where they came from and who they are. A lot of locals and various groups such as student groups and unemployed. Plus 1000 “professional” protesters.

7:19 a.m. The plan is to form a human chain and keep the protesters contained.

7:21 a.m. Apparently Willie’s sister won an award for a sports documentary.

7:23 a.m. Isn’t the idea of the banks getting along with our money a good thing?

7:25 a.m. They lost the PR battle so who cares about the substance says Todd. They are not getting attention but does MSNBC want to give them any anyway.

7:27 a.m. Mika is defending fiscal responsibility and the values of the republican budget in that respect.

7:28 a.m. The republican budget “hurts” people says Barnicle. I’m shocked SHOCKED.

7:34 a.m. He is in charge, Crammer is declaring the end to the depression.

7:40 a.m. Are we creating a new bubble? Crammer says they are doing everything right? Is this Stewart muzzling him talking?

7:48 a.m. More climate change nonsense.

7:55 a.m. Legalize and tax pot? Then will come the lawyers and the Tax law suit.

8:02 a.m. Capitalism with a Banana republic T-Shirt that one nails it.

8:07 a.m. If the Bushes violated protocol with the Queen then maybe it would be considered more interesting, then again the idea that President Bush would violate protocol or act in a disrespectful way is so atypical that it isn’t worth mentioning.

8:27 a.m. Nobody likes extra spending but…

8:36 a.m. “What did you Do Donny rent an alarm clock?”

The president’s gift to the queen is getting a lot of flack. An Ipod does seem tacky but they were actually on the right track but they were a bit short.

What they could have done to turn their ipod from kitch into class would have been to have the video not just of her last visit, but of ALL her US visits over the last 50 years. And maybe tack on one or two of her father’s (World War II) wartime speeches.

That way it would have been a technological album of the relationship between the US and England during her reign. That would have been a really cool mix between modern technology and traditional gifts. It would have been classy.

Oh well we have 3 1/2 years or so to do it right.

Back in my HiWired days I ran the blog there and did most of the posting. I was doing some cleaning up of my system and found this old post from October of last year that is worth re-posting:

I like computer games, I’ve been playing Civ IV Colonization quite a bit lately but some people who use their games to escape real life take it way to far:

“I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry,” the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.

The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.

She has not yet been formally charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.

Players in “Maple Story” raise and manipulate digital images called “avatars” that represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting against monsters and other obstacles.

The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.

Well there is only one thing that can be done in justice. I think her virtual character should be taken to a virtual court, tried by a jury of her virtual peers and if convicted jailed in a virtual prison to make sure that the virtual society is protected from this virtual threat!

The words “Get a life” doesn’t to this story justice.

Via Ann Althouse who as a lawyer has a little fun with it.

Considering how things are going these days I suspect that a lot more people are retreating to these virtual worlds. Expect a lot more of htis stuff.

Maybe it’s the Sicilian (we are big into family) in me but I think it’s tacky that there are still deportation hearings on the president’s aunt.

Cripes if a local cop and fix a ticket for a friend the president should be able to let his aunt stay, there have to be some privileges for the office.

If it was before he was elected that would be one thing but I think it’s tacky for the president’s aunt to be kicked out.

All of that being said the president should pardon the aunt and be done with it, but if the lawyer for the president’s aunt filed a motion to delay proceedings until after he leaves office I wouldn’t have an issue with it…

…after all why should she escape the miserable condition that her nephew will leave the country in?

…running into a burning building to try to save a neighbor. She ended up missing him but only a foot or two and ended up with lung damage, however it is a proud story and it is no less proud now that she is 84.

I suspect if she acted in the way the police did here she would have 40 years of guilt instead.

There is nothing sadder than watching one of the father’s of all cultures commit suicide.

… don’t worry. In my opinion people who are going to be hit by this are the same people who will be hit by a dozen other virus due to unsafe practices.

The thing to do is not to worry on one day of the year, it is to be careful on the net as a normal way of acting and then the “big virus release day” will be just another day.

So don’t open unsolicited e-mails, ignore items that are forwarded a million times, beware of stuff like limewire and don’t be sharing files or passing around stuff, and be careful on the net where you surf.

The basic stuff hasn’t changed it just is stuff that people don’t want to do.

Apparently former speaker Newt Gingrich will convert to Catholicism during holy week. A very good move in my opinion of course but I would stress what I’ve always said the reason to become Catholic is because it’s true.

The Huffington Post being the Huffington post makes fun of the conversion and the forgiveness of sins. That’s fine, forgiveness? People need it, we do it. If you guys are interested in it give the church a call. If you are willing to come we are willing to forgive, that’s part of God’s modus operandi.

as if they were serious. These clowns protest every economic summit that isn’t held in a country that will crack down (ie china). You have a group of professional protesters and hangers on. Why they treat them as serious I don’t know.

But wasn’t the great power of the love of Obama supposed to cause this stuff to not happen anymore, shouldn’t they be dropping flowers?

And I don’t know what Barnicle has against bloggers but that is one bug he needs to remove from his posterior.

7:39 a.m. These guys are as surprised as I am over Stevens.

7:41 a.m. It is April fools day so we have to be careful on this, but people needs to learn to be polite.

7:47 a.m. Willie asks the why are they protesting Barak the good and is told what I’ve already said, these guys are just background noise.

8:11 a.m. Matthews talks about Reagan as a reader, he never talked like that when he was in the White House.

8:13 a.m. The desire to pretend that George Bush wasn’t a reader and thinker overrides any kind of reality.

8:25 a.m. It is amazing to hear so much BS concerning Israel and Syria at one time. Hamas won? Only an idiot like this guy could say that.

8:28 a.m. Oh boy this guy reveals that Clinton saved the head of Hamas’ life, what a joy. Another reason to love him.

8:36 a.m. If Mark is singing Wooley Booley that is just as interesting as the financial news.

8:53 a.m. Another reason to love Alyssa Milano. Let me stress that Baseball is the most perfect sport there has ever been.

who noticed that she is still out there defending communists:

When it is suggested that the Kremlin was involved in the assassination of journalists, including Putin critic Anna Politskaya, she shakes her head and tell Scarborough that the “rot started in Chechnya.” One reporter for Novoya Gazeta, a paper vanden Heuvel recently visited while in Moscow and holds up as an example of Russia’s free press, told Reuters that “prosecutors had tried to solve the case and were ordered to back off when the trail led to someone ‘quite high up in the ruling hierarchy.'” But when the deaths of journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov are discussed, vanden Heuvel quickly assigns blame to “neo-Nazis,” though no arrests have been made in the case and many at Novoya Gazeta, where Baburova worked, suspect government involvement.

What people forget is the before the Soviet Union fell and the Venona files came out, intellectuals often spouted this nonsense, Kennedy, Biden et/al the worshiped senators/vp’s now where talking about working with or appeasing the Soviets. The press and the smart people hated Reagan for his willingness to stand up to Soviet Aggression. (At the time it was the one thing I agreed with him on.) After they came out they and the press conveniently forgot which side they had been on.

Expect a lot more of this stuff as these people are mainstreamed.