12.29.2004

GWAR!

Dwight and I went to see GWAR last night at the 9:30 Club. It rocked!

I was covered in blood and guts and urethral pus. John Kerry was decapitated, Paris Hilton was disemboweled, and Laci Peterson's unborn fetus sprayed us all with goo, and that was just the first half hour.

By the end of the show my shirt was completely ruined and I was standing in a puddle of unknown fluids.

My life is now complete.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...rowr...

12.18.2004

One Eighth Done

My exam-induced hiatus is over. I took my Torts exam last night; four hours of pure stress. The best part about it is...well...it's over. Not that the class wasn't great, but there's nothing very good about spending four hours writing answers to weird hypothetical questions. Now I have three weeks of relative normalcy before I wade into the depths of Constitutional and criminal law.

In the spirit of SeƱor Coconut and the Moog Cookbook, Dwight tipped me off to Richard Cheese and the Lounge Against the Machine. A quick viewing of his Gin and Juice video will give you the idea. Relish in the bizarro fun.

I got my hair cut today. My stylist has a new shampoo girl. I wonder what the shampoo girl thinks about while she's shampooing my hair; I think about the shampoo girl. She's very thorough and attentive and there's something incredibly sensual about having a woman wash your hair, even if you subsequently get it all cut off.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...keepin it real...

12.03.2004

Shocker: Tobacco settlement money being misspent

According to a report by the Center for Tobacco Free Kids, New Hampshire spends none of its tobacco settlement money on smoking prevention.
'New Hampshire's failure to spend even a penny of the millions of dollars it receives annually from the tobacco settlement to protect its kids would be criminal if this was a private company,' said Matthew Myers, the campaign's president. 'When New Hampshire sued the tobacco companies, it said it was doing so to protect its kids.'

Like many, many bad ideas, the tobacco lawsuit was pursued "for the children". When pressed about why the settlement monies aren't going to help the children, the Legislature finance chairman, State Senator Dick Green said:
"The vast majority of the funds we receive from the tobacco settlement go into the general fund and go to other purposes," he said.

The campaign's report also said the state stands to collect a record $135.4 million this year from all tobacco-related revenue. Green couldn't confirm the figure was correct, but said the revenue would be "in that ballpark."

He said the state had prevention programs ready should funding become available. But he said they likely wouldn't become a priority in future budget cycles, when shortfalls could reach roughly $300 million.

"It's not the way it should be," Green said. "But as a practical matter, the state has a very difficult problem balancing its budget."

So what's wrong with all of this? Nothing, really. Settlements are made to compensate the plaintiffs in lawsuits. It's well known that plaintiffs are not very good at spending settlement or judgment monies on the harm that they are being compensated for, hence the popularity of structured settlements. The real problem here is that people assumed that the government, given a large stream of revenue without any legal restrictions on how it must be spent, would behave any different than any other plaintiff.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...alas...

12.02.2004

Wisdom from MDFMK

I was listening to Control¿ off of MDFMK's self-titled release and there's a lesson for Libertarians and other anti-authoritarians.
Fight the power
And the power will fight back
You're only as good
As the system you hack


We shouldn't expect to dismantle oppression without a fight. We should expect ridicule, hatred, media blackouts, and worse. We must be more and better prepared than the enemy.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...you can sleep when you're dead...