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Thursday, November 30, 2006


I surf the web a lot. It has become the norm to require users to register with a site before being able to fully use it. This registration process usually requires inputting your email address. You can't use a fake email address because you have to confirm a link or send back a reply. I used to just have an email address through hotmail (and one through Yahoo) that I used for just such an occasion. The registration process for both hotmail and Yahoo took a little longer than I would have liked but after jumping through a few hoops, and getting my free account, I thought I’d be all set. I was wrong. Eventually, both in-box’s in my phantom accounts got so filled with spam that it was almost impossible to use them. I decided to look for something easier. I found it with 10 Minute Mail. 10 Minute Mail is a service that gives you an email address that only exists for ten minutes. There is no sign up, registration, or verification process. You just click a link on the site and you are assigned an email address that vanishes after 600 seconds. It’s that easy. You can use this fake email address to sign up for other websites, get their verification email, confirm, and then never receive any spam to your actual email address. If the ten minutes proves to be too short a time, you can reset the “self destruction” timer at anytime. If you’re sick of spam in your in-box or all the hassle of signing up for other free email addresses, I suggest you give this a try. http://10minutemail.com/
Tuesday in Washington DC, U.S. District Judge James Robertson said that the Treasury Department has violated the law, and ordered the government to come up with ways for the blind to tell bills apart. "Of the more than 180 countries that issue paper currency, only the United States prints bills that are identical in size and color in all their denominations," Robertson wrote. "More than 100 of the other issuers vary their bills in size according to denomination, and every other issuer includes at least some features that help the visually impaired." While Robertson stopped short of telling Treasury officials how to fix the problem, he did set a time-table of ten days for them to start working on the problem. The American Council of the Blind has proposed several solutions to the problem, including printing bills of differing sizes, adding embossed dots or foil to the paper or using raised ink. Sadly, I have never really considered how difficult it must be for a blind person to use our currency. On recent trips to Italy and Spain, I found myself in a bind when I couldn’t speak enough of the native language to always understand the cost of an item I wished to purchase. Often times I just had to pull out a few different bills (all different colors and sizes) and trust that the shop owner would take the proper amount. This must be what it’s like for a blind person every day in America. I applaud Judge Robertson for making this decision amidst argument from government attorneys that forcing the Treasury Department to alter the size of the bills or add texture would make it harder to prevent counterfeiting. He sited the use of these features in foreign currencies as a reasonable sign that such measures would work here. I agree. It doesn’t shock me that the government is more interested in making their own jobs easier than making things easier for disabled American citizens (as well as blind visitors from other countries). It just goes to show that they are blind to common decency.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday to reflect on the past year and to give thanks for all the things we often take for granted. How about a little thanks for Thanksgiving itself? We don’t get many four day weekends in this country but Thanksgiving is always there in November to provide us with a little extra R&R. If you’ve saved up a few days off and take off the three days before (Monday-Wednesday) you wind up with a full nine days off. I have used this time in the past to take trips to London, Amsterdam, and Italy. This year we decided to hang out at home in Philadelphia and enjoy seeing friends and family who were in from out of town (as well as some who live here that we don’t often get to see). Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest bar night of the year. Everyone is home; no one has work the next morning. This year the weather in Philadelphia was awful on Wednesday night. I went to the Flyers vs. Senators game with two of my buddies and then spent the rest of the night at home with the wife watching movies. Thursday we jus enjoyed relaxing around the house before catching a mid-afternoon train to my mother’s house to get a ride to the burbs for dinner. This was the last year to do dinner at my aunt Kaaren’s house (where we have done dinner every year that I can remember) before she sells her house and moves to center city. The food was excellent as it always is. There were many key absences this year including my brother, my cousins in California, and my aunt, uncle, and cousin in Montreal. They were missed.
After dinner we went to a friend’s apartment to see friends who were in town from Boston and California. It’s always nice to catch up. On Friday, I took the wife to the Natural History Museum to see the “Butterflies!” exhibit. It’s a large room (heated to about 85 degrees) filled with live butterflies. The look on her face alone (like a little kid on Christmas when she sees the stack of presents under the tree) when not one, but two butterflies landed on her was worth the price of admission alone. We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing, watched a few rented movies, and then watched the Eagles get their butts kicked by the Colts on Sunday night. I believe there should be one four-day holiday a month. What do you turkeys think?
Bill Clinton announced today that two Indian pharmaceutical companies had agreed to cut the prices of HIV and AIDS treatment for children, a move that will make the lifesaving drugs far more accessible worldwide. These companies will now supply drugs to children with HIV for as little as $60 a year. This will allow treatment for 100,000 more children in 2007 than was available in 2006. "This is a great day, but we have a long way to go. We have to make a new commitment that every child and adult would needs treatment should have access" to the drugs, Clinton said. "Though the world has made progress in expanding HIV/AIDS treatment to adults, children have been left behind. Only one in 10 children who needs treatment is getting it." Many countries (including Brazil, Chile, France, Britain and Norway) will provide $35 million and the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative will contribute another $15 million. With all of the wonderful work former Presidents Carter and Clinton have done (worldwide) since leaving office it will be very interesting to see how public a figure Dubya continues to be once he leaves office. Will he lend himself to humanitarian efforts, or will he continue to find new mediums to line the pockets of the rich and wreak havoc on impoverished parts of the world? I doubt very much if Bush will become a champion for the less fortunate. As far as Clinton goes, saving the lives of 100,000 needy children seems like it more than makes up for a few late night blow-jobs in the oval office.
Just another quick holiday reminder that you can get all sorts of great creative holiday gift items for that creative person in your life (or of course for yourself) by visiting www.mycmsite.com/juliajmiller. You’ll make my wife and me very happy if you do. Isn’t that what life is really all about, making me happy? Get on it! ;)
We are coming up on the one year anniversary of the Spoon, Full of Truth. I am hard at work on a special anniversary edition so stay tuned as that will be coming to a computer near you in the very near future. For now, enjoy the weekend as much as I hope you enjoyed this post. See you all next week for another truth-filled edition of the Spoon.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006



O.J. Simpson was coming out with a new book (and subsequent TV interview) to discuss, hypothetically, how he could have killed his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman (if he were indeed the murderer). Judith Regan, whose ReganBooks imprint was set to publish the book, refused to say what Simpson was being paid for the book but did say that he came to her with the idea.
"This is an historic case, and I consider this his confession," Regan told The Associated Press. Late yesterday, the book deal (and appearance on Fox) was canceled.
The idea behind O.J.’s book could start a wild trend of celebrities writing “If I had…” books. Here are a few examples:

George Bush "If I did hate black people"
I don’t hate black people. But if I did…I’d probably leave them sitting on roof tops in New Orleans (and surrounding areas) for days at a time, without organizing a proper relief effort, after major storms ravaged the area. Then, afterwards, I would offer no real assistance to the people who were displaced by all the storm damage (unless they were white). Yeah, that’s what I’d do IF I hated black people.

Mel Gibson "If I really did hate Jews"
I don’t hate Jews. If I did…I would make a whole bunch of anti-Semitic remarks to police officers while in a drunken stupor. I’d also make films about Jesus that basically call Jews the anti-Christ and blame them for the death of my savior. Good thing I like Jews or I’d have done all of that stuff.

Barry Bonds "If I did actually take steroids"
I don’t take steroids. If I did…my head would have grown much bigger than normal. I also would have set a record number of homeruns in a season and probably would eventually break Hank Aaron’s record thanks to my escalated numbers. I’d have close personal friends connected to steroids who would go to prison to protect me. I’d have all sorts of physical problems. Wow, it would be pretty obvious IF I did take steroids.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is set to propose a new bill next year to reinstitute the U.S. military draft. He says it is all in the name of fairness. "There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said. As it stands now, the military is volunteer-only and is compromised mostly of minorities and low-income earners. "I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft," said Rangel. In 2005, Donald Rumsfeld was quoted as saying to Congress “There isn’t a chance in the world that the draft will be brought back”. This is exactly what Rangel is saying. The Bush administration has been pushing for more troops all along. So why would they be opposed to a draft? They wouldn’t want to risk middle-upper class white kids being sent to war. War to the republicans is a business. Like all of their other business endeavors, they want to exploit minorities and the poor. The draft, although I am opposed to it for other reasons, might actually deter the GOP from starting new wars, and dragging old wars out. If Dubya actually thought that one of the Bush twins might have to suit up and face some road-side bombs in Baghdad, he’d change his tune in a hurry. While I dislike the draft because I still don’t agree with how, where, and when our military is used, and would not want to be drafted, I do see the benefits of what Charles Rangel has to say. It’s an interesting debate in these uncertain times.

A friend of mine was visiting this weekend and during a discussion about pot smoking told me he couldn’t remember the last time he’d smoked out of a gravity bong (a home-made device that allows maximum concentration of THC from a small amount of marijuana). My response? “If you can’t remember the last time, it was either way too long ago, or entirely too recently”.

What a sports-nightmare of a day I had Sunday. The Eagles not only lost 31-10 to the Titans but also lost Donovan McNabb for the season (and possibly part of next season). My beloved Villanova Wildcats logged their first loss of the season to Xavier at the Paradise Jam basketball tournament. My main fantasy football team (with McNabb as QB) lost to the worst team in the league, dropping me out of position for a play-off bye. My star TE/WR also suffered an injury. My other three fantasy football teams all lost. I played two games of Risk (a board-game) with several friends and lost both of them. The Phillies lost the Alphonso Soriano sweepstakes to the Cubs. Ryan Howard did win the NL MVP award Monday, but let’s just call that too little, too late. Ouch.

Thanksgiving is this Thursday. I always like this week because it means getting to see friends and family who are in town. It also means an extra long weekend and good food and, thanks to NFL Network adding an additional game, three football games to watch (as well as John Madden’s annual 90 minute rambling tirade about Turducken). Because of the extra time off, Thanksgiving is a great time to travel. I have used this week to take trips to London (1999), Amsterdam (2001), and Italy (2005 for my honeymoon). This year, we’ll be sticking around Philadelphia, and I’m really looking forward to spending the time visiting with friends and family, relaxing, and eating entirely too much food.

I think Sony should come out with a game for Playstation 2 in which your mission is to get a Playstation 3 gaming system before Christmas. You could drive around in holiday traffic from store to store trying to beat out everyone else who’s on the same mission. Much like real life you could shoot people waiting in line, or wait until they buy one and then attack them in the parking lot. People play video games to experience things that they can’t experience in real life. For many gamers, that includes getting a PS3 for Christmas this year. Rather than actually try to get one, they should just sit at home and play a game where they try to get one. Why really shoot someone for a PS3 when you can stay at home and pretend to do it? This would probably also up sales for PS2 as the game would be a hot seller.

A new Pentagon review of Iraq (released yesterday) has come up with three options: injecting more troops into Iraq, shrinking the force but staying longer, or pulling out, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The newspaper quoted senior defense officials as dubbing the three alternatives "Go big, go long, and go home." Doesn’t this sound like a guy talking to his boy about some chick he’s sleeping with?
“Yo Homie, I’ve been knockin’ boots with this chick Iraq, I think she’s Middle Eastern or some shit. I can’t decide how I feel about her. Part of me wants to inject the bitch with more of my little troops, settle down and be with her until the end. Part of me just kind of wants to keep kickin’ it, but leave my options open and see what happens. Then there’s the part of me that just wants to fuck her but you know I’ll pull out before I get the bitch pregnant!”
The United States has clearly already stuck its’ dick in Iraq, now it’s just a question of whether we pull out before we knock her up and get stuck paying for it the rest of our lives.

Why take a memory-card full of photos this year just to have them sit on a computer somewhere taking up space or in a photo album on your bookcase that no one ever looks at? Why not make a fabulous scrapbook and not only save your memories forever but also encourage your creative side? Scrapbooking is like the Playstation 3 of crafts; everyone is going to want one. Why not do it before your friends and family beat you to the punch? Be a trend-setter! As it just so happens, my wife sells everything you need to make a scrapbook that people will be envious of. You can find everything you need to get started right here: www.mycmsite.com/juliajmiller. Your photos can thank me later.

That’s right folks, with the three day work week this week (sorry to those of you that actually have to work on Friday) Tuesday is officially Hump Day this week. Here’s to getting over the hump (raise your glass). I hope everyone has a wonderful turkey day and an extra long weekend. Try to avoid the malls on black Friday and try not to over-do it with the stuffing and pumpkin pie. See you all next week for another edition of the Spoon. Spoon, Full of Truth: America’s #1 exporter of truth.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


I would first like to say thank you to all of you who got out and voted last week. We did it! As you already know, last week Democrats won enough seats in the House and the Senate to regain control of both. They did not lose a single seat they already held. This is the first time this has happened in over 80 years. To the victor go the spoils and clearly (thus far) the spoils have been wonderful. Last week saw the resignation of Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Just a week earlier Dubya had lied to the press saying that Rumsfeld would be a part of his cabinet until the end of his term (which he all but admitted to during questioning following his announcement that Rumsfeld would be resigning). I think two things led to his misleading the press and the American people. One, Dubya is willing to lie anytime he feels it is to his advantage. Why shouldn’t he? His past lies have brought no immediate consequences. Second, maybe Dubya (like many Americans) had been duped by Cheney and the rest of his staff into thinking that the GOP would actually retain control of Capital Hill. Time to wake up George! It’s been a nice six-year nap but you have two years of reality to deal with now. Rumsfeld wasn’t the only GOP casualty this week. Ken Mehlman, head of the RNC, also will be stepping down. This should leave both Mehlman and Rumsfeld plenty of time to pursue other interests (like hunting with pal Dick Cheney).
Say it isn’t so! Break out your tissues and get ready for a good cry; Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are calling it quits. To be fair, Britney Spears is calling it quits. She was obviously so broken up about it that she was only able to inform Kevin of her decision via a text message while he was filming a television spot in Canada. When he got the text, Kevin became outraged and stormed off the set. Luckily for the rest of us, cameras were still rolling. This footage became the #1 most watched video on You-Tube this week with well over a million page views. It would be unfair to speculate on what might have caused this break-up. Let’s be unfair for a minute. It could have been the intense media scrutiny of their marriage. It could have been Kevin’s inability to curb his wild party side or his need to spend Britney’s money like it was going out of style. It could have been the pressure of having two kids (Britney’s first go around as a parent; Kevin is a pro). Personally, I think the blame falls clearly onto homosexuals. Gays are attacking the sanctity of marriage by pursuing the right to wed. If same sex couples didn’t want the same rights as heterosexuals then clearly marriages based on love and respect (like Britney and Kevin) would have a much better chance of surviving turmoil. Listen up same-sex couples! You’ve already taken over the rainbow. I can’t even enjoy my Lucky Charms in the morning without worrying that each marshmallow I consume will increase my urge to wax my chest or peruse the Musical CD’s section at my local Virgin mega-store. Now you’re attacking marriage?! Look, we all know that this impending divorce is a direct terrorist act by homosexuals against the sanctity of celebrity marriages. If Britney and Kevin divorce then the gay terrorists win! Right? Maybe the blame for the failing institution of marriage should fall somewhere else, on the government and on married couples themselves. Marriage used to mean something (aside from tax-breaks). When people got married they really considered it a lifetime commitment. These days well over 50% of marriages end in divorce. Why? Because same-sex couples want to marry and that just ruins it for the rest of us? No. It’s because married couples view divorce as a perfectly acceptable way to deal with a rocky marriage. I see no problem with divorce. If something doesn’t work, better to split and move on. My problem is that people still claim there is sanctity of marriage that needs to be protected. There is not. Gays have the same right to get married, be unhappy, and eventually divorce, as the rest of us. Maybe if Britney had just married Madonna and not Kevin, things would have turned out better.
As I watched election results pour in last Tuesday, I was still shocked by the willingness of news organizations to call election results long before I would have felt comfortable doing so. We all saw how well that worked when Florida was called for Al Gore, only to then be called later for Dubya. Last week I saw many races called before even 30% of the votes had be tallied. If CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and the others can all call races early (in the hopes of being the first to do so) then why can’t I? There’s no real accountability for calling an election early. That being said, I’d like to be the first to call the 2008 Presidential election for Al Gore and Ed Rendell. What’s that? You hadn’t even heard Gore announce his candidacy, let alone the news that he’d won the primary and picked PA governor Ed Rendell as his running mate? That’s okay, neither have I. That isn’t going to stop me. With zero percent of precincts reporting, I am going to call the election. The next President of the United States will be Al Gore (with Rendell as VP). You heard it here first! If it turns out I am incorrect in calling this race early, you can come down on me as harshly as you would the weather man (when he predicts sun and it rains), or the sports analysts who picked Detroit to win the World Series (when it was the Cardinals who came away with the victory). While I’m at it, the Philadelphia Eagles will win the Super-bowl this February.
It’s been two weeks since Halloween and that means I’ve been dealing with Christmas for two full weeks already. We have a major holiday between Halloween and Christmas called Thanksgiving. However, because people don’t shell out tons of money for Thanksgiving, it gets glossed over by retailers. I walked into a pharmacy one day after Halloween and it was already filled with Christmas crap. Shouldn’t there be a grace period? I don’t find Christmas offensive from a religious point of view; I’m able to make the distinction between religious Christmas and retail Christmas. I find it offensive that I have to have retail Christmas shoved down my throat every time I walk into a store for the next six weeks. We all know we need to buy gifts for the holidays. The lights, tinsel, pre-wrapped gifts, decorations, and food aren’t a gentle reminder that I should get started on my holiday shopping; it’s an insult. They should just put up a big sign that says “Only 40 days left for us to take your hard earned money!” How many people do you think forget Christmas and are saved at the last second by the gaudy window display at their local drugstore? Probably the same number of people who would forget their own birthday if their friends and family didn’t send them cards. How much Christmas is too much? I think this year I might try boycotting any store that gets into Christmas mode before Thanksgiving. Christmas shouldn’t get all of the blame. The day after Christmas the Valentine’s Day crap will go up. The day after Valentine’s Day the Easter crap will go up. I find that just as offensive too. I have to buy gifts like everyone else. All I ask is that you just take my money gracefully and don’t rub it in my face for six full weeks. Bah Humbug.
I hope you enjoyed today’s edition of the Spoon, Full of Truth. The historic 100th post was posted last week and now we can start on our way to 200. Hang on, it’s going to be quite a ride! I’ve been getting many questions about the comments section and you can access it (to either leave a comment or to read other’s comments) by way of a small link at the end of this (and every) post. It’s a little icon at the bottom and you should all become familiar with it, and use it. You’ll be happy that you did. Please share the link to this site, the Spoon, and the truth with as many people as you can. Be one of the few who can say you did it before it was wildly popular. If they could see you now, you…the trendsetter. You’ve come a long way kiddo.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006



"I thought we were going to do fine yesterday, shows what I know" --George W. Bush (on yesterday's election results)






Please use the comment feature (at the bottom of this, and every, post) to post updates about the election that you think the Spoon, Full of Truth's readers would want to know about. In the coming days I will be sharing stories of election fraud from poll-watchers in Philadelphia and around the country.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006



**Bush chooses to lead (and I use the term “lead” loosely) only those who agree with him and NOT the entire country. He is supposed to be the leader of America, not just the leader of Americans who blindly agree with his policies. A president is supposed to UNITE a country, not attempt to divide it. He’s divided America, he’s divided Iraq, he’s divided the world. Let’s divide Washington. Bush and the GOP might have the White-house, but today we can give the Democrats control of Capital Hill. Stand up and tell the Republicans in power that their blind support for George Bush and his countless blunders will no longer be tolerated!

**John Kerry’s botched joke shouldn't be an issue. The media, by even insinuating that it should be an issue, is fanning the flames. Katrina was an issue. Iraq is an issue. Lack of healthcare and education are issues. The senate page scandal is an issue. A botched punch-line (which Kerry apologized for) isn’t even a story. That is unless you are a desperate Republican who’s looking for anything (and I mean anything) that you can try to use to take attention away from your own party and its countless blunders. Kerry’s joke shouldn't even make the news, let alone lead it. By even mentioning it here, I have given it more attention than it deserves.

**It’s not just the House and Senate that hang in the balance of today’s election. There are an almost record number of hot-button issues (205 issues total in 37 states) on voter ballets. South Dakota could make abortion illegal (unless the procedure is being done to save the life of a pregnant mother). Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and Ohio voters will have a chance to raise the minimum wage in their states. Sadly, all of the people that this will effect most will probably be stuck at their $5.25 an hour job and not able to make it to the polls while their wealthier bosses will no doubt vote to strike down the raise. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin have “ban gay marriage” amendments on their ballots. Will these states follow New Jersey and order equal rights for same-sex couples? Nevada and Colorado both have a smoking-hot ballot measure that would legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 and older. If either state passes this measure, it will instantly move into my top 10 places I’d be willing to live. Michigan voters will get to decide if they should bar the state government from using race and gender to determine who gets into college, who gets hired and who receives contracts. In South Dakota, voters could make their state the first to strip immunity from judges, exposing them to the possibility of lawsuits, fines and even jail. These are just a few of the hot-button issues on the ballots for today’s elections. Tobacco taxes, land-use regulation, and immigration are also big issues in many states. Make sure to vote on the issues in your state. This election isn’t just about who will represent you, but also what you represent.

**Today my mother saw a big political sign that had Ed Rendell on the top (he’s the Governor of PA and a Democrat) and Rick Santorum (R-PA) on the bottom. The GOP (and its supporters) is obviously looking for a way to fool voters into thinking that Rendell and Santorum run on the same ticket. They do not. People will make a lot of false signs, flyers, t-shirts, and statements to try to trick voters as they head to the polls. Do not be fooled. Educate yourself before heading to the polls. Your vote shouldn’t unknowingly fall into the wrong hands (Diebold aside).

**I’m going to prime my children for politics by naming my first born kid Tricity. That way when s/he runs for President we can make banners that say “Energize America: Elect-Tricity”