“Put The White Back In The White House”


LANCASTER, OH – OCTOBER 12: A supporter of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits for a campaign event to begin on October 12, 2012 in Lancaster, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

No self-respecting Republican will say this out loud, but this random racist in the crowd of a recent Romney/Ryan rally in Ohio perfectly demonstrates the true motives of the Republican base from the moment Barack Obama got elected. Is it fair to say that all Republicans or all Romney supporters are racist? Absolutely not. They are, however, the party of choice for racists nation-wide and until they publicly denounce and shame supporters like these, they are themselves no better.

John McCain earned a lot of respect from myself and the rest of the left when he corrected the lady at a rally who called the President a Muslim. Behavior like that should be commonplace on both sides of the aisle, but occurs far too infrequently. Instead, the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are paid millions to promote hatred and spread lies simply so that the Republican Party can scare up enough votes to get or retain power. Hopefully one day this will change and we will live in a more civil society, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

In the mean time, I’m proposing a new campaign slogan for the 21st century GOP: “Republicans: Not Racist, But #1 With Racists”.

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DIY Scruffy the Janitor Costume

Scruffy the Janitor

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Scruffy the JanitorI’ve already covered the Fry and Leela costumes, so now it’s time to tackle yet another awesome, yet less appreciated member of the Planet Express crew: Scruffy the Janitor.

[amazon_link id=”B000MW8QAW” target=”_blank” ]Navy Work Jacket[/amazon_link]
If you want to look like Scruffy, you’re going to need a navy work jacket. This was the closest I could find and it will definitely do the trick. No one does work jackets better than Dickies, so this is a jacket that will serve you far beyond the costume itself. Leave it unzipped.

[amazon_link id=”B0001YRKCQ” target=”_blank” ]Matching Navy Pants[/amazon_link]
Right along side the jacket, you’ll need a matching pair of navy work pants. Get them an inch or two longer than you normally would, because you’ll need to roll up the cuff at the bottom to really get Scruffy’s look right.

[amazon_link id=”B008BDRQZU” target=”_blank” ]Canvas Utility Belt[/amazon_link]
I know this goes against human nature, but don’t put this through the belt loops on your pants. Instead, wear it slightly loose so it hangs down a bit on one side, and maybe attach some tools or other custodial items to it.

[amazon_link id=”B0010OJD8K” target=”_blank” ]Brown Cap[/amazon_link]
A plain brown baseball hat would probably be passable, but the cap linked above is about as close as I’ve ever seen. This is a must-have for any Scruffy costume.

[amazon_link id=”B005SN5I74″ target=”_blank” ]White Crew Neck T-Shirt[/amazon_link]
This is probably the least important type of clothing that you’ll need for the costume. If you’ve got any white crew neck t-shirt at home, it’ll probably work just fine.

[amazon_link id=”B005GJDRE6″ target=”_blank” ]White “Walrus” Moustache[/amazon_link]
You’ve basically got two options for this one. If you’re able, grow out the biggest walrus-style mustache you can, then (if needed) [amazon_link id=”B003H7CYEI” target=”_blank” ]spray it white[/amazon_link] or, if you’re really hard-core, [amazon_link id=”B002GENWU8″ target=”_blank” ]bleach it[/amazon_link]. Your other option is to get the Colonel Sanders wig & beard set linked above, cut off the beard, and wear just the mustache. Either way, it should look perfect.

[amazon_link id=”B004FTPTW6″ target=”_blank” ]Push Broom[/amazon_link]
No Scruffy costume would be complete without a push broom. Sure, you could use it to clean, but why do that when it makes a perfectly good resting post?

Porn Magazines
Scruffy has been known to enjoy a porn mag when taking a break. You can go pick up some legitimate porn magazines at your local seedy gas station, or you can be creative and make your own year 3000 porn magazines. Scruffy has been known to enjoy titles such as National Pornographic, Play-Boy-Ar-De, Zero-G-Juggs, and Extra Long Honkers. Bend it in half, stick it in your back pocket, and you’re good to go.

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Today’s Unexpected Downtime

As some of you may have noticed, we had a few hours of downtime today featuring a generic database error. Short story short, two different database tables got corrupted. It’s fixed now, so you can resume your regularly scheduled enjoyment of Chai Life.

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Same News Story, Two Different Universes

Mitt Romney Leaked Video

It is simply amazing to me how two news outlets can have such drastically different reporting on the exact same news story. It’s almost like The Huffington Post and Fox News, admittedly at two opposite sides of the political spectrum, are in two completely different universes.

Mitt Romney Leaked Video

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DIY Doctor Who Costume (The 11th Doctor)

11th Doctor

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It’s been quite some time since I last posted a do-it-yourself costume idea, but with Halloween just around the corner I had one in mind that I wanted to share. My current television obsession is, without question, the fantastic BBC series Doctor Who. Matt Smith is pure genius in the role, so I figured his incarnation of the Doctor is a good place to start. Hopefully I’ll get another post up for David Tennant’s 10th Doctor before this Halloween, but no promises.

11th Doctor[amazon_link id=”B001PULAJ4″ target=”_blank” ]Burgundy Bow Tie[/amazon_link] or [amazon_link id=”B001PUHGVK” target=”_blank” ]Navy Bow Tie[/amazon_link]
The Eleventh Doctor’s Bowtie is probably the most iconic part of his wardrobe, so much so that they saw a surge in popularity when he first started wearing it. Without the bowtie, this costume would be virtually unrecognizable.

[amazon_link id=”B001V98QD2″ target=”_blank” ]Burgundy Suspenders[/amazon_link] or [amazon_link id=”B001V9CI2W” target=”_blank” ]Navy Suspenders[/amazon_link]
Right along side the bowtie, although often less visible, are the matching suspenders. Just make sure that you get the same color as whichever bow tie you select.

[amazon_link id=”B003XRSAV8″ target=”_blank” ]Fez[/amazon_link] or [amazon_link id=”B008QN69VW” target=”_blank” ]Cowboy Hat[/amazon_link]
These fine hats have each only made an appearance in a single episode before being vetoed by Amy Pond and River Song, but they are nonetheless an iconic part of The Doctor’s wardrobe.

[amazon_link id=”B005WKO7H0″ target=”_blank” ]Tweed Blazer[/amazon_link]
If you’re looking to get this new, expect to pay a lot. The above jacket is pretty close, otherwise you can get the officially licensed replica over at Think Geek. Personally, I’d suggest saving some money and going to your nearby thrift store to getting something close.

[amazon_link id=”B002OJVPWM” target=”_blank” ]Dress Shirt[/amazon_link]
Okay, so you probably don’t need to get a $110 dress shirt to complete this costume, but that’s the closest match I could find to what he actually wears. In all reality, you could walk in to your nearest department store and find a similar one for a lot less. Better yet, you might already have a decent shirt in your closet.

[amazon_link id=”B0051SKRDQ” target=”_blank” ]Trousers[/amazon_link]
Like the shirt, this is a little less iconic than the bow tie, suspenders, and hat. If you’ve got a dark pair of jeans that you already own, they’ll fit the part perfectly.

[amazon_link id=”B007PKD9CE” target=”_blank” ]Black Boots[/amazon_link]
If you’re pinching pennies, this part of the costume isn’t always noticable, but there are a few occasions when the Doctor’s choice of footware is important or even vital to the plot, so if you really want to look the part a pair of black lace-up boots is the way to go.

[amazon_link id=”B003FHXMDC” target=”_blank” ]The Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver[/amazon_link]
Did you really think you’d see the end of this guide without the most important accessory in the Doctor’s wardrobe? No Doctor is complete without his Sonic Screwdriver, so no Doctor costume would be complete without one either. There are a few options out there, but this is among the best replicas I’ve found.

With that, I urge you to go forth, assemble your Eleventh Doctor costume, and protect the planet from peril. As always, I urge anyone who uses this guide to share a picture of your completed costume in the comments.

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Could Milwaukee Host The 2024 Summer Olympics?

Olympic Rings

Olympic RingsEver since a columnist for the Wall Street Journal light-heartedly suggested that Milwaukee could be the perfect host for the 2024 Summer Olympics, there’s been a lot of buzz around the Milwaukee’s little corner of the Internet that this really is a great idea. So much so, in fact, that the associated Facebook page, aptly named “Milwaukee Olympics 2024“, has already surpassed 1,000 “Likes” in only a few short weeks.

Is this a realistic goal for Milwaukee? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to hope and any attempt to better the city for a future event like this wouldn’t be a bad thing. So whether you’re fully committed to making this happen or just think it’s a fun idea and like to dream, head on over to the aforementioned Facebook page and give it a Like.

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New Word: Hangry


Exceedingly hungry, to the point of altering one’s mood towards anger, annoyance, or hostility; You’ve been hangry ever since you skipped lunch, go get a snack or something!

My wife and son are both often guilty of this mood-altering state, but generally don’t realize it until it’s too late.


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The TARDIS DeLorean

Tardis DeLorean

The level of awesome contained within this image is just too much not to share, so here you go. One can only assume that this is the most spacious DeLorean ever.

Tardis DeLorean

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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Hits The App Store

Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Mac OS X Mountain Lion

It’s official! The latest version of Mac OS X, dubbed “Mountain Lion” (version 10.8), has hit the Mac App Store. I’ll be installing it on my MacBook tonight and will put up a review once I’ve had a chance to really play around with it.

In the mean time, you can go get it for yourself here or by clicking the logo above.

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Me, but slightly healthier.

As of this morning, I’ve decided to be a bit more proactive about my health. My family has a history of both heart disease and diabetes and I want to be around for a very long time with my wonderful wife and our awesome kids, so it is time for me to start some better practices. I’m not doing anything overly ambitious (yet?), but as of this morning I’ve started taking a daily vitamin (Specifically, the [amazon_link id=”B000CEEASC” target=”_blank” ]One-A-Day Men’s Multivitamin[/amazon_link]) as well as an omega-3 oil supplement ([amazon_link id=”B0012G5YMK” target=”_blank” ]MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil[/amazon_link]) to help support my heart’s health.

To be clear, I know this isn’t all I need to do to lead a healthy life. I definitely need to start exercising again and I should probably start eating better, but first I need to prove to myself that I can incorporate something as simple as these supplements in to my daily routine and stick with it. I’m considering this to be a step in the right direction, but there are more steps to come.

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