February 26, 2007

Still shut down....

.....and now, partially sanitized.

That's right, despite The Mal's previous defense of the f-bomb, some of our friends have children now old enough to be on the interwebnets. So, in the interest of their delicate natures, two frequently used words are now represented by "f***" and "s***" in the posts. Also changed are the words now represented by "a-hole" and "d-head."

The Mal, apparently by oversight, never used the words "c***", "b****", or "c*********", so those are covered. And we are leaving several other words that hard-core blue-noses might find objectionable in place.

As for my many friends who know my affinity for blue language and think that I am selling out language in the interest of appeasing a dead or dying sense of propriety, I say "F*** you, you f***ing a-holes! Who gives a s***?!?"

See, message still clearly received if you already know the words in question. You know I love the teachable moment, d-heads.

April 20, 2006

Yes. It's shut down.

Yes, it's true. The Malcontent is shut down. Why?

Well, for one reason, I seem to be sort of.....um, content. Gruntled, if you will. I quit my job to work on writing, filmmaking, and other creative passions (including, I have discovered, housekeeping) and it has just been too good.

In addition, I will have two other sites rolling out, both under my given name, one about food, and the other just writing, and those seem to be taking all my focus.

Thanks to those who stopped by to read. I hope you will find my other sites, and enjoy them.

September 26, 2005

Do you fear Flipper?

From the "don't we have enough s*** to worry about?" file: Deadly dolphins in the Gulf?

September 01, 2005

Rising waters.

As my cousin awaits evacuation from New Orleans, I read Sidney Blumenthal's breakdown in Salon of how the current administration gutted flood protection budgets for New Orleans to pay for the Iraq War.

Blumenthal writes:
A year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed to study how New Orleans could be protected from a catastrophic hurricane, but the Bush administration ordered that the research not be undertaken. After a flood killed six people in 1995, Congress created the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, in which the Corps of Engineers strengthened and renovated levees and pumping stations. In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S., including a terrorist attack on New York City. But by 2003 the federal funding for the flood control project essentially dried up as it was drained into the Iraq war. In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent.

The administration should consider a new motto, perhaps "We spring to close the door as soon as the horse leaves the barn."

My cousin, meanwhile, sits and waits (along with a bunch of other doctors who volunteered to stay and try to care for patients who couldn't be evacuated). They tried to evacuate him yesterday, but gangs of thugs seized the boats, dumped the crew, EMTs, and patients, and made off with the boats. Today they will try again, with a military escort.

Follow-up: My cousin was finally evacuated after seven days in Charity without water or power, where he tried his best to provide medical care to the patients there with them. Thank you to everyone who commented or emailed with support.

August 26, 2005

Quote of the day.