Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TV schedule for UCSD Thornton hospital

For some reason I can't seem to find a valid TV schedule for the hospital here. I've been staying here with my mom for the past week and I'm starting to watch more and more TV, so I'd like to know what's on. Currently, I'm stuck just channel surfing.

I've tried doing some Internet searches but the best I've been able to come up with are some old (but still cached) hits for a "erctv" page on the campus' web-site, now gone. Here's the channel listing I found, and which seems to be correct:

07 NBC
08 CBS
38 ESPN2
09 IND
39 TLC
10 ABC
40 HBO Family
11 PBS
41 HBO West
12 XEWT (Tijuana)
43 HBO
13 HDH Info
45 Comedy Central
19 All College TV
46 TBS
47 WGN
21 CW
48 Cartoon Network
49 BET
23 FOX
50 MTV2
24 History
51 VH1
25 Univision
52 Food Network
26 MyNetworkTV (primetime only)
53 Travel Channel
27 FX
54 E!
28 Lifetime
55 Spike
29 Nickelodeon
56 AMC
30 MTV
58 SciFi
31 CNN
59 Discovery
32 Headline News
60 Fox Sports
33 TNT
61 Current TV
34 Fox News
62 USA
35 BBC
63 Sundance
36 A&E


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cleaning up the Obama-rhea of the No We Can't crowd

We need a new 'meme' to describe the rabid anti-Obama crowd. I got the idea from reading Roger Ebert's excellent blog entry regarding memes and the anti healthcare reform crowd,

The general idea is that certain phrases are so perfectly self-encapsulated as to gain a life of their own, independent of whether or not they actually mean anything. The latest example is "Death Panels" which will probably live on and define the argument forever. I really think we need to counter it with a comparable meme to describe and undermine the wackos who are pushing "Panels". And it probably goes without saying that it needs to be a meme with the name "Obama" as part of it. Hmm...

Clearly, there is a die-hard group of people who believe that President Obama is the anti-christ and who vehemently and reflexively oppose anything he supports. I suspect there's unacknowledged racism at work here but I don't know if there's any point trying to pin that on them. Still, my first idea for a meme to describe them is "The Obama Lynch Mob". Or, if that's too blunt, maybe call them "The Obama Mob"

Alternatively, maybe we should label the reaction rather than the people? Maybe "Obama Vomit" or "Obama (Gag) Reflex" ? Even better: "Obama-rhea" oooh yeah, that's juicy! (eww) On second thought, though, diarrhea is something that's justified, as if his policies are so unhealthy as to be automatically rejected by the Body Politic (gotta love this analogy though :- )

Obama-spite. Whiners. Gotta think of another analogy... Something tantamount to children and temper tantrums? How about "Anti-Hope Tantrum"? Or, the "No We Can't" crowd? Since these people frequently claim that Obama is part of 'secret' conspiracy maybe they should be diagnosed with "Obama-noia".

Thursday, August 13, 2009

End The Federal Budget Shellgame!

Here's a modest proposal:
Forbid federal agencies from 'purchasing' each others' debts!

The BIG BIG BIG one is the so-called Social Security "Lockbox". All those trillions of dollars of 'savings' have really just been used to prop-up our deficit spending, through the SSA 'purchasing' Treasury bills. Instead, I propose they be required to only purchase home loans. In this way, the "lockbox" would actually own tangible assets and would also provide a steady market for home mortgages.