Repo Man 2.0

We need to step through this very slowly, because we think the world shifted when we weren’t looking:

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control…

Okay, that part we understand. Living in California, you get used to car concertos after earthquakes.

…after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system…

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Did OnStar become sentient?

…normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Ah. Apparently this electronic car leash has been around for years, but only gets noticed on occasion. We just hope we don’t notice it when some deadbeat stalls on the freeway.

Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely [Wired]

And the lesson in all this: Don’t sell your 1976 Datsun S10 wagon.

Seriously, people… did we learn nothing from the new Battlestar Galactica series? Cylons cannot disable stuff that’s not on a network.

Did OnStar become sentient?


I figured that Skynet was a malevolent now sentient spambot sick of sending boner pills and porn spam.

@Serolf Divad: And people mock me for having a manual transmission, no cruise control, no power anything, no OnStar, no GPS car. Fewer electronically controlled parts in the car makes it harder for The Man to fuck with me.

That and I paid off my hoopty years ago.

They put gps trackers and ignition locks in the cars of those at the lowest credit level. It allows them to get a car, at least. They don’t lock ignitions when the car is moving, oy vey, come on, we’re not stupid.

Everyone must read “Shop Class as Soul Craft,” by the way. Forget “by the way,” thats the only important thing in this message.

It’s still true that New Mexico is a little behind the rest of the country:

“The man who had his fifteen minutes of fame in the ’08 presidential campaign is in ABQ today campaigning for GOP Lt. Governor candidate Kent Cravens. A fundraiser will be held at 6:30 tonight at Casa Esencia. Tickets are going for $75 a pop, the low-end price for a plumber for an hour…”

. . . and we get disrespected by the Black Eagle:

“Come on, Mr. President. We know Wisconsin has more electoral votes than New Mexico, but did you have to predict our University of New Mexico basketball Lobos are going to lose to Marquette in the second round of the NCAA tourney? Or was there a political motivation to your prediction as this Wall Street Journal blog speculated:

“‘Mr. Obama has third-seeded New Mexico going down to No. 6 Marquette in the second round, possibly as payback for Bill Richardson’s bungled nomination as commerce secretary…’

“Well, even the Prez agrees that the Lobos deserve to be the nine point favorite over Montana who they face off with tonight in the first round of March Madness.”

P.S. Another great one gone. Prommie, among others I hope, will mourn with me. This is Alex with one of my other favorite bands.

@Nabisco: “The Letter” was the first 45 I owned, I mentioned this elsewhere, but I liked Cry Like A Baby, the B-side, better. And the Placemats song, is simply the perfect rock and roll song, ever. And September Gurls, also.

@Prommie: Agreed to the nth power, dude. We’ve kicked this around before. I also always liked Teenage Fanclub’s “December”, the most beautiful tribute slash faux cover in the world.

But can you imagine either of our two Junior’s penning – and performing – such a freaking perfect pop song as “The Letter” in six short years?

@Nabisco: He was 16? I knew it was young. Like Steve Winwood, Gimme Some Lovin, same age.

@SanFranLefty: She’s oozing so much smug that her face is all shiny and her lips are wet from it. Holy fucking jesus h christ on a pogo stick!

@Prommie: I was so distracted by the Jersey Shore hair that she’s rocking that I didn’t have a chance to focus on her makeup. That lip gloss! Gah! Guess she doesn’t have the fancy RNC-paid make up artists any more and she’s shoveling it on herself. The spatula is not a make-up applicator, Talibunny.

/I need to go rest my eyes.

@karen marie: Instant transformation to frumpy middle age and poorly insulated mobile/modular home on the tundra with the dog chained up front by the clothesline and the chicken coop next to the propane tank spray painted silver.

“Ewwww,” said our office receptionist. Her appeal will drop like a rock once she no longer looks like G/FVPC/ILF in the eyes of her followers.

The hair, the gloss, the droop-eyes, the ridiculous “wilderness” green screen….RML is right: she’s on the fast track to trailer trash.

@flippin eck: As a fashionista you should check out the discussion of the 13 ugliest shoes in the world on the Jez. I had to add fur-lined Crocs to the discussion.

@SanFranLefty: Nice…and how much do I love that you uploaded the pic of Dubya looking particularly moronic in Crocs and presidential seal socks (!!) to make your point.

@flippin eck: That photo embodies in one image everything I hate about both Crocs and Shrub.

ADD: I have to keep going back to the post because the commenters are outdoing themselves adding ever more freakishly horrific shoes.

@SanFranLefty: I don’t see why the Comme des Garcon shoes are on there. I thought they were kinda funny. There are far worse things in the world, like the Crocs you mentioned. Even more so, Crocs on Mario Batali.

The Dior “idol” shoes made me sad because I love Monsieur D so.

@flippin eck: @SanFranLefty: @TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Yay shoes!

Holy crap, HF, usually the NCAA bottom bitch boy, is 3-0. Let us all reflect on this moment until my eventual slide to below the cut off…

I am not worried. If your lead holds up,I am sure that someone – not sure who – will click the yahoo “inappropriate” button on the bracket name for an immediate DQ.

@homofascist: I had Old Dominion advancing originally, but in an effort to temper any regional bias switched to Notre Dame. If Murray State (party to my other regional bias) escapes the first round, I’ll feel vindicated.

@mellbell: Fucking Papists! I should have known they’d be distracted with the paedophilia scandal de jour. I was looking forward to my imagined Baptists v. Catholics showdown of Notre Dame v. Baylor.

ADD: Fucking Vandy better pull it out – I have them going to the Sweet 16.

@SanFranLefty: Not to mention the St Paddy’s Day hangovers.

@mellbell: My brother played US football at Murray, many many years ago.

No clue. Whoever it is didn’t fill in the bracket.

All I care about is that the URML Lobos get past the Mighty Grizzlies of Montana tonight, then defeat The Unicorn’s pick Marquette or whoever in the 2nd, which would be the furthest they have ever gotten in school history. Anything past the second is gravy. We’ll be watching tonight, maybe burning some cow with our house guests from Wink, Texas, except for when 30 Rock is on.

What hat to wear tonight? The classic faded black RML howling Lobo ball cap covered in trout flies or the NCAA-licensed camo wolf foot print from Wal-Mart? (Camo is the new trend in college team hats. I also have one for mrs RML’s Texas Tech I got in a truck stop on I-40 near Gallup, New Mexico on a reservation roadie.) Then there’s the new black NRA cap with the US American flag on the side I got in the mail yesterday. It’s so wrong. Everyone in the house wanted it.

@mellbell: Murray State? For fuck’s sake!
@homofascist: You are still the top!
@redmanlaw: I picked your Lobos to go to the Final Four, so they better not choke.

Go with the NRA hat, naturally. You’ll have to take a picture of it for a future Jam.

@SanFranLefty: They proved last year that they are a force to be reckoned with. I’m just glad that they had the courtesy to repeat themselves.

@SanFranLefty: Always a first time. Murray State! Woo hoo!

@mellbell: @homofascist: @libertarian tool: @SanFranLefty:


You guys just wait until the World Cup and/or Tour de France. There’s more Sport out there, and I will Own the Time Zone ™.

@Nabisco: Well fuck. I thought I went back and changed it to Purdue losing in the first round (which they are probably going to do). Dammit…

@homofascist: Well I don’t know what you’re doing, but you’re still on top, with Barrington right underneath you.

Damn Catholics have totally screwed my brackets. WTF, Marquette?

@homofascist: Well, it looks like the libertarian bastard is going to finish on top tonight. But I am lurking right underneath…

@Mistress Cynica:
Tell me about it. I’m down to a Final 3, Elite 7, and Sweet 12.

You can’t give Barrington too much credit. After he ripped your bracket name, he ripped his namesake’s picks. The guy has no scruples or sense of propriety.

He’s no libertarian. Just another Rahm liberal.


to fucking Wake Forest – the wanna-be Puke University date rapists!!!!

Stab! stab! Stab!

And why is my cable out? And why are the UNM Lobos de RedManLaw barely winning when I have them going to the Final Four?

All my good vibes from the Huskies beating the Catholics (despite picking the Marquette Catholics – everyone wins if you pick your desired team to lose to the Catholics) are in the fucking toilet.

@Mistress Cynica: I picked the Catholic schools, but I was totally rooting for U-Dub since half of my family went there.

@SanFranLefty: And people mock me for having a manual transmission

I love sticks, and I never get mocked.

It really helps when the dealer has a two-door Civic coupe they’re trying to dump because nobody else wants it.

@SanFranLefty: It appears Automated Seeds are in a dead heat with thrown arrows.

Well, the Lobos just barely pulled that shit off. Celeb martini after I’m done reloading (no beers yet due to work this evening).

@nojo: I would love a used Civic coupe. Preferably a late ’80s or early ’90s model.

Not to brag, but I will: I can parallel park a stick shift on a 45 degree hill in Ess Eff. Without stalling out.

I’ll join you in that. Frozen Boodles gin. 5-1 ratio. Three olives.

Congrats to your lupine roundballers. They’ve got Washington next round. So far, the Western entries are doing pretty well out East.

Might bode well for Cal tomorrow, even without Amoke.

@Barrington Chadsworth IV: My Icee is made with Sapphire, three olive, a glance from the vermouth bottle and a little olive juice.

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