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Sunday, February 29, 2004

Forget the Gators: Exotic Pets Run Wild in Florida

Burmese Python

Miami, NY Times reports: Burmese pythons are wrestling alligators in the Everglades. African monitor lizards, ill tempered and up to seven feet long, are splashing through canals in Cape Coral. Vervet monkeys hang around a car rental lot near Fort Lauderdale; South American monk parakeets wreak havoc on power lines; Cuban tree frogs have colonized everywhere, gobbling native frogs as they go.

The southern end of Florida, the most tropical state outside Hawaii, is teeming with exotic beasts....


Retiring in Florida (more than 200 non-native species of wildlife have moved into Southern Florida), including:

Boa Constrictor (Central & S. America)
Monk Parakeet (S. America)
Cuban tree frog (West Indies)
Vervet Monkey (Africa)
Green Iquana (Central & S. America)
Burmese Python
Geckos
Macaques (Asia)
Nile Monitor Lizard (Africa)

"Forget Gators: All Kinds of Exotic Pets Are Running Wild in Florida" (.pdf) [NY Times]
Non-native Species Everglades National Park [National Park Service]
Exotic Animals run Wild in Florida [NOAH]
Huge, Freed Pet Pythons Invade Florida Everglades [National Geographic with photo gallery of Invasive Species]

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Is The Oil End Game Here?

M. King Hubbert
We have or will soon reach Hubbert's Peak; based on geophysicist M. King Hubbert's theory. This is the term for the global tipping point when the world will start producing less oil each year than was produced in the prior year. It happen to the United States in 1971 just as Hubbert predicted in 1956. Many believe the world has reached or is about to reach its Hubbert's Peak. Oil prices have been very strong lately. Some think Bush took the US to war with Iraq because of a need to bring their reserves on line in order to postpone the tipping point for a few more years. Is $50 a barrel oil coming soon? If it is then alternative forms of energy like hydrogen will become very popular. Here from Armory B. Lovins of The Rocky Moutain Institute are Twenty Hydrogen Myths:

1. A whole hydrogen industry would need to be developed from scratch.
2. Hydrogen is too dangerous, explosive, or "volatile" for common use as a fuel.
3. Making hydrogen uses more energy than it yields, so it's prohibitively inefficient.
4. Delivering hydrogen to users would consume most of the energy it contains.
5. Hydrogen can't be distributed in existing pipelines, requiring costly new ones.
6. We don't have practical ways to run cars on gaseous hydrogen, so cars must continue to use liquid fuels.
7. We lack a safe and affordable way to store hydrogen in cars.
8. Compressing hydrogen for automobile storage tanks takes too much energy.
9. Hydrogen is too expensive to compete with gasoline.
10. We need to lace the country with ubiquitous hydrogen production, distribution, and delivery infrastructure before we could sell the first hydrogen car, but that's impractical and far too costly-probably hundreds of billions of dollars.
11. Manufacturing enough hydrogen to run a car fleet is a gargantuan and hugely expensive task.
12. Since renewables are currently too costly, hydrogen would have to be made from fossil fuels or nuclear energy.
13. Incumbent industries (e.g. oil and car companies) actually oppose hydrogen as a competitive threat, so there hydrogen development efforts are mere window-dressing.
14. A large-scale hydrogen economy would harm the Earth's climate, water balance, or atmospheric chemistry.
15. There are more attractive ways to provide sustainable mobility than adopting hydrogen.
16. Because the U.S. car fleet takes roughly fourteen to turn over, little can be done to change car technology in the short term.
17. A viable hydrogen transition would take 30-50 years or more to complete, and hardly anything worthwhile could be done sooner than 20 years.
18. The hydrogen transition requires a big (say $100-300 billion) Federal crash program, on the lines of the Apollo Program or the Manhattan Project.
19. A crash program to switch to hydrogen is the only realistic way to get off oil.
20. The Bush Administration's hydrogen program is just a smokescreen to stall adoption of the hybrid-electric and other efficient car designs available now, and wraps fossil and nuclear energy in a green disguise.

Rocky Mountain Institute
"Hubbert's Peak" [Princeton University Press]
HubbertPeak.com

Friday, February 27, 2004

Bunny "Girl" Stalking England

IcBerkshire in Surrey England reported:

A MYSTERY man who dresses in women's underwear and pretends to be handcuffed to lamp-posts is being hunted by police.

The man, who is about six foot four tall and has been nicknamed 'bunny girl' by residents, wears high-heeled shoes, fishnet tights, a thong, a basque and a Lily Savage-style wig.

He has appeared in front of 10 women in Forest Park in the last six months and either pretends to be tied to a tree or lamppost. Police believe others may also have seen him but may have thought it was just a practical joke.

Sgt Mick Gee, temporary community beat sergeant for Bracknell police, said that officers had seen the bunny girl themselves.

Sgt Gee said: "He must be quite fit because even wearing high heels he managed to outrun a police officer. It might seem funny to start with but as it's gone on it's getting more worrying and more frightening to women."

Police and residents are baffled as to the man's motives.

Forest Park's beat bobby PC Martin Bell said: "He hides in bushes and trees for 'suitable victims' which generally speaking are lone females.

'Bunny girl' appearances leave officers mystified [icBerkshire, Feb 26, 2004]
[via OscillateWildely]

Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Spong Monkeys are Krazy Kewl!

Viking Kitten
The Spong Monkeys Sing "We Like the Moon". They get the key to Johnsville today and are honorary citizens.

We Like The Moon [Joel & Alex Veitch ]
[Note-the picture above is a Viking Kitten not a Spong Monkey]

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ironic or Offensive?


This Urban Outfitters t-shirt has a lot of people riled up. Urban Outfitters likes to stir the pot with this t-shirt that reads: "Voting is for Old People". Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year, a T-shirt featuring the slogan "Everybody Loves a Jewish Girl" surrounded by dollar signs was taken off shelves and redesigned after complaints from the Anti-Defamation League. And last fall, a board game called Ghettopoly — in which "playas" could collect $50 for getting their neighborhoods hooked on crack — was pulled after the game sparked outrage and protests.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Internet Tools & Toys

Acme Mapper-Type in your ZIP code and explore/zoom in on Satellite Photos of your home
[mapper.acme.com]

The Amazing Baconizer-Describe two items and see how they're linked by consumer preference via intermediate items. Choose from books, CDs, or films, and you can mix and match.
[Amazing Baconizer]


Unbiased reviews of hotels, resorts and vacations-Recommendations for hotels, resorts, inns, vacations, travel packages, vacation packages, travel guides and lots more
[TripAdvisor]

[via Esther Dyson]

Monday, February 23, 2004

Peep Delta

They lovz to fly, so don't catch the vapors....fly peep delta (animation)

[courtesy Unknowngeek]

Men are you a Love Monkey or a Booty Nomad?

Booty Nomad
Men have started gazing at their navel. They are getting in touch with their feelings and catching "Bridget Jones" disease for guys. Publishers looking for any angle to make a buck want to tap into the anxieties of young men equal to the chick books "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2 million+ copies) and "Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing"(1 million). Here's a list of the new "Bridget Jones" style men's books:

Booty Nomad by Scott Mebus -29 year-old, first-time author
women character: "the Eater of Souls"

Love Monkey by Kyle Smith -37 year-old, first-time author
peeks inside "the black box of guy's minds"

Men and Other Mammals by Jim Keeble (British first-time author)

About a Boy by Nick Hornaby (British author who started this *trend*)

High Fidelity by Nick Hornaby

Two to Go by Nick Earls - "The Australian "Nick Hornaby"

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Patriot Act -- Assault on Civil Liberties

Congress rushed to pass the ominously entitled "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001" (or so called Patriot Act) in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack. The New York Times reviews a slew of books that ponder: "the concern that under the threat of militant Islamic terrorism, we are handing over the keys of our souls to the state and corporations, and we don't even realize it."

Casualty of War - The Bush Administration's Assault on a Free Press. By David Dadge

The Naked Crowd - Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age. By Jeffrey Rosen

The Soft Cage - Surveillance in America From Slavery to the War on Terror. By Christian Parenti

Lost Liberties - Ashcroft and the Assault on Personal Freedom. Edited by Cynthia Brown

The War On The Bill Of Rights - And the Gathering Reistence. By Nat Hentoff

Enemy Aliens - Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism. By David Cole

The War On Our Freedoms - Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism. Edited by Richard C. Leone and Greg Anrig Jr.

Terrorism, Freedom, And Security - Winning Without War. By Philip B. Heymann

Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism [NY Times]

Friday, February 20, 2004

Votes Are In - Omarosa is a Bitch

---
Omarosa 100% Bitch

Omarosa Manigault-Stallingworth, the women who says: I'm going to crush my competition and I'm going to enjoy doing it." The black chick with a 'tude on NBC's Apprentice is a bitch. There is no doubt. Sure you can peddle the "strong women" argument. But that dog won't hunt in this field. Some other opinions:

Jenice M. Armstrong of the Philadelphia Daily News is upset that people are calling Omarosa a bitch:
I always cringe when I hear people referring to strong, assertive women that way. Martha Stewart? Bitch. Sen. Hillary Clinton, -----. It's so tired.

Yeah, I know Omarosa is, well, abrasive. And even if it were true - and it was - girlfriend shouldn't have told that contestant with the weird eyebrows last week that she didn't have class. And Omarosa should have gotten Mizrahi's name right. Having dragged herself from the projects to a job at the White House, she should know better.

But the b-word? Why is that always the first word out of someone's mouth when they're talking about a tough, decisive woman?
Charlotte Hays of the Independent Women's Forum, says, no, Omarosa really is a bitch:
But more than the slacking, it's the way she treats people that makes Omarosa richly deserving of the b-label. Even Donald Trump, a denizen of the famously rough and tumble world of New York real estate, was shocked by Omarosa's rudeness."You were rude. You are rude," said an obviously shaken Trump. Omarosa is the sort of person who can make an office hell for other people.

She is far more than the "abrasive" Armstrong is willing to concede.

I cringe when I hear bitches defended as merely being assertive women.

It is a disservice to all of us.
Sara Butler thinks: "Ms. Armstrong may be right that assertive women can get unfairly labeled as bitches, in this specific case, I'm going to have to go with Ms. Hays. Omarosa's problem isn't just the way she asserts herself, but the way she's unnecessarily not nice to the people around her."

Deb says: "in Thursday’s episode, Omarosa is being her usual bitchy self and now she tops it off with sheer laziness…busted drama queen laziness!"

Others bloggers who say: "Omarosa is a bitch"
[Matt Goldich, Jamie, and Kegz]

Are You a Bitch? Take "The Bitch Test" and find out-

Some data points:
worldwide average 38% (average women's percentage of bitchiness?)

Of the test takers so far:
52% can use a gun
51% been in a catfight
50% cheated in a relationship
50% forget birthdays
46% blamed a friend for farting
28% gnawed during oral sex
26% wear lots of hairspray
24% stomped on someone with high heels
  • The bitchiest age group so far is 29 year olds. 29 year olds average 42% bitchy. (Omarosa is 29 years old)
  • Women who like the taste of beer are more likely to cheat on their boyfriends.
  • Canadian women are more likely to consider themselves successful.
  • Girls with tattoos like authority less.
  • Girls who sleep with married men are more likely to forget their friends' birthdays.

Ten Toughest Athletes

Brett Favre
Here below is the list of the "Ten Toughest Athletes" as selected by the sports staff of USA Today. This list is totally nonsense and again a big smack upside the head to professional hockey. There are two golfers and only one hockey player on this list? This list is an irrational and poorly thought out idea of what constitutes "toughness".

Golfer Annika Sorenstam is a very fine lady and great golfer but please do not call her tough. This is political correctness gone amuck.

If you want a tough female athlete on the list put boxer Laila Ali on it. Jockey Julie Krone is a classy lady and tremendous competitor, but saying she's tougher than any professional boxer is screwy. Not having a boxer on this list is ridiculous.

It's hard to pick on Lance Armstrong, after all how many people defeat cancer and then achieve athletic success. But your normal 5-year old has more bumps and bruises than your average professional cyclist. Hockey is trivialized by USA Today. It's a sport few people have played competitively. But playing an 80+ game professional hockey season with its assault of stitches, knocked out teeth and concussions, i.e. "brain damage" is the ultimate tough sport. The speed, impact forces and risks involved in your average nightly NHL game completely dwarf all but some aspects of pro football.

No. 1: NFL's Brett Favre
No. 2: NBA's Allen Iverson
No. 3: NFL's Steve McNair
No. 4: Cycling's Lance Armstrong
No. 5: NFL's Ray Lewis
No.6: NHL's Scott Stevens
No. 7: Golfer Annika Sorenstam
No. 8: Golfer Tiger Woods
No. 9: NBA's Shaquille O'Neal
No. 10: Jockey Julie Krone

For toughness over time, Brett Favre is No. 1 [[USA Today]
Brett Favre not just the toughest football player in the NFL, but the toughest guy in America. [Men's Journal]

Every Dog has His Day

A dog wearing a bandage walked into a bar.
He swaggered up to the bartender and said in a husky voice,
"I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."

Doomsday at your Doorstep....Lab 257

Lab 257
If you live on Long Island, in Connecticut, or the New York metro area you might want to read more about Lab 257. What you don’t know can kill you, because what you have is a biological "Three Mile Island".

LAB 257 is a story of medical and biological experimentation and achievement, shadowed by concealment, carelessness and poor management.

Off the North Fork of Long Island, within sight of the sailors, Hamptons vacationers and passengers of the Connecticut ferry, lies a bucolic little island that holds some of the deadliest pathogens known to man. It is Plum Island, a historic place that has been an Indian outpost, a farm, a coastal defense fort, an army training facility, a mutinous factory, and a biological warfare laboratory. Today it is the site of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Research Center.

There animals are regularly infected with lethal viruses—African Swine Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Rift Valley Fever, Foot and Mouth Disease—then studied, killed, and dissected in the name of research. They are then incinerated and buried in massive pits. The experiments and research conducted on the island are designed to protect the nation’s $90 billion livestock industry from disease and destruction. But what really goes on behind the walls of this secret government installation has been anybody’s guess.

Is there a connection between Plum Island, Lyme disease, and the deadly 1999 West Nile virus outbreak?

Lab 257 by Michael Christopher Carroll
The Truth About Plum Island [rense.com]
Lab 257 review [curledup.com]
USDA Research at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Drudge Tarnishes Credibility

Matt Drudge (Drudge Report) has sacrificed some of his news breaking credibility with the bogus Kerry intern story. Like many blogs TJN linked to his story last week. His previous scoop on the Clinton-Lewinski affair gave him some authority when it came to "intern affairs". Mr. Drudge tripped up on this story and fell in his own tar bucket. You only get one tar bucket per election. This time he will have to spend the rest of the election plucking feathers and scrubbing tar off.

Matt Drudge [wikipedia.org]

Iman sez forget the Hijab...Women Should Just Stay Home

Question: Please tell me the punishments in the hereafter and in the grave when you die for not wearing Hijab.

Answer:

The object of Hijaab is not to just don the veil and parade the shopping malls and shows where there is intermingling of sexes. Wearing the veil is not a license for coming out of the house....Otherwise, the law for a woman is she has to remain indoors as we have quoted the Aayat previously, ‘remain indoors’...

What we have understood, thus far, is that a woman must remain indoors at all times, and only due to extreme necessity she is allowed to come out of her house, donning the veil....

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Answer Number 8101 [Ask-An-Iman]

Mel Gibson's Dad is a Looney Tune

Hutton Gibson
Hutton Gibson

A week before Mel Gibson's movie about Jesus Christ, Passion of the Christ, hits theaters, his father has gone on an explosive rant against Jews - claiming they fabricated the Holocaust and are conspiring to take over the world. "They're after one world religion and one world government," Hutton Gibson, 85, said in a radio interview that will air Monday night.

"That's why they've attacked the Catholic Church so strongly, to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine."

In the bizarre interview, Gibson also said Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan should be lynched and called for the government to be overthrown.

Furor just before Gibson's 'The Passion' opens [NYDN]
Hutton Gibson [Urban Legends Reference at snopes.com]
Hutton Gibson [wikipedia.org]

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

The Hijab-Muslim Headscarf-A Social Flash Point?

The Hijab-Muslim Headscarf

By a vote of 494 to 36, French Members of Parliament decided to ban Muslim headscarves from the schoolroom. Some of their reasons:

The headscarf or hijab is not a religious requirement at all. The wearing of it is cultural. It is a badge. A trademark, if you will. Nowhere in the Koran or the hadiths is it mandated that women and girls cover their hair. They are merely advised to "dress modestly."

The hijab is not a fashion statement. It is a statement of a deep religious and cultural divide. It is a statement of refusal to integrate into the host society. It is a statement of superiority: my religion is more religious than yours. I am modest and you are a slut.

Is the iron fist of Islamic fundamentalism reaching out to the host society to impose Islamic control on the indigenes?

Veiled Threat [TechCentralStation]

update:

CBC reported:
France's ban on religious symbols and apparel in public schools took effect Sept. 2, 2004. The ban includes all overtly religious dress and signs (including Muslim headscarves, Sikh turbans, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses). However, the furor over the ban has focused mainly on the banning of Muslim headscarves or hijabs.

There are about five million Muslims in France – five to 10 per cent of the population – the largest Muslim population in Europe.
France's hijab ban [cbc.ca]
France hijab saga continues [Al-Muhajabah's Islamic Blogs]

Blogosphere

• Phillip Torrone's has programmed his aibo (robot dog) to moblog.
(via Joi Ito)

• Family goes animal in the wilds of South Africa. Simple Life gone bad. [news24.com-Family lives alone for 20 yrs]

• Jan Miner, a New York stage actress who gained fame as Madge, the manicurist in Palmolive television ads, died Sunday in Bethel, CT. [WTNH.com]

• Your broadband PC might be a zombie. [DSLReports.com-Waking up the Unsecured]

Money

My Money has been acting funny lately
All I ever did was love her!
Maybe too much!
Cause now it's like we ain't cool no more....
I haven't seen Money in months
I got more than a hunch she's playing me
Trying to make me jealous
Hanging out in some other brother's pocket!
I try and tell her those other guys are just using her!
"They just using you Money!!!"
She don't wanna hear me
She won't even return my phone calls!
She won't go to the movies with me
She won't even go get nothing to eat!
And you know a brother can't eat
....without Money!

by Poetri at "Def Poetry Jam"

Was Gambino Crime Family Billing You?

Gambino Crime Family bilked millions of unsuspecting consumers out of more than $200 million over five years by piggybacking bogus charges on their telephone bills, federal authorities said.

F.B.I. officials say they believe that the cramming scheme, which the indictment says generated $50,000 to $600,000 a day from 1997 to 2001 taking in $100 million in profit, is currently the crime family's most profitable enterprise.

Officials Say Mob Stole $200 Million Using Phone Bills [NY Times]
Mobsters Charged in "Cramming" Scam [ConsumerAffairs.com, Feb. 12, 2004]

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Quick Hits

The John Kerry Blogosphere

Does VoIP mean the end of wire tapping?
Internet calls 'rattling' surveillance agencies [contractoruk.com]

Bill Murray's up for an Oscar-here's a very good "Lost in Translation" review.

Statement from woman and parents about rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry [SFGate.com/AP]

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Sunday Stroll thru Pundit Land

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Stick a Carrot in that Idea

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have asked Slaughterville, Oklahoma to change the town name - and suggested Veggieville as an alternative. PETA says a new name would be more compassionate. Only problem is, Slaughterville is named not after a slaughterhouse, but after James Slaughter, a founder of the town.
[OkiePundit]

Saddam High Most of the '90's?

A former senior aide of Saddam Hussein claims the dictator was probably high on drugs when he decided to invade Kuwait in 1990.

Issam Rashid Walid, Iraq's ex-Chief of Protocol, says Saddam frequently used drugs such as cannabis and heroin.
[Ananova - Saddam's aide says dictator was 'heavily into drugs'] [via VodkaPundit]

Valentine's Cartoon Cards

Arty, Nice, and Not so Nice by Jason Shogreen [you yes you]

The Willie Williams Recruiting Saga cont'd

Willie Williams

Willie Williams is out of jail. Broward Circuit Judge Michael Kaplan said he could leave jail on a $2,500 bond. Kaplan said he is concerned about Williams' behavior once he's released from jail, but decided to put him on house arrest because his legal proceedings might drag on and hurt his chances of finishing high school. Kaplan said he does not consider Williams a risk of flight.

While on house arrest, Williams will wear an electronic monitor. He will be allowed to leave his home only for court appearances and school.

Canes recruit is out of jail [Miami Herald]
Willie Williams released on $2,500 bond

GAINESVILLE -- A high school teammate who joined Willie Williams on a recruiting trip to Florida said the 19-year-old linebacker appeared to be "under the influence of something" during a wild evening that resulted in three sworn complaints being filed against Williams.

Williams was 'out of control,' teammate says [Palm Beach Post]
The Willie Williams Recruiting Diaries and Scandal [TJN]

update Jully 2004: Miami takes Willie Williams despite his legal problems.
MIAMI (AP) - Miami will admit top recruit Willie Williams, but will impose tough conditions on the star linebacker who has a lengthy arrest record the school was unaware of when it offered him a scholarship.

In a letter announcing the decision, university president Donna Shalala said the school has "placed the bar high" for Williams, considered the top high school linebacker by many recruiting services.

"There will be academic conditions that he must meet to play football at Miami," Shalala wrote in the letter released to the campus community Tuesday. "Additionally, he will participate in a program that we provide for all athletes that provides mentoring, constructive counseling and monitoring of their behavior - both on and off campus."

Athletic director Paul Dee and coach Larry Coker scheduled a news conference later Tuesday, with Williams expected to attend.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Williams pleaded no contest earlier this summer in two separate episodes that occurred in Gainesville during his official visit to Florida, one of his many pursuers. He faced a felony count of setting off fire extinguishers at his hotel, along with a misdemeanor battery charge for hugging a woman without consent.

Each plea resulted in a year's probation being levied against Williams, whose arrest record dates back to 1999, mainly for theft and burglary. What happened in Gainesville could have sent Williams to jail for a year; he was already on probation for a 2002 felony burglary charge.

A University of Miami panel ultimately recommended that the school admit the Parade All-American.

Miami's Top Recruit Williams Will Enroll This Fall [collegesports.com, July 27, 2004]

update Dec 2004:

Miami linebacker Willie Williams and defensive back Rash-aun Jones escaped injury Sunday (Dec. 26, 2004) when Williams lost control of his vehicle while driving to join the Hurricanes for bowl preparations in Atlanta.

2 Miami players uninjured in crash [St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 27, 2004]
Willie Williams Miami Hurricanes profile
Willie Williams HS '04 profile

Betrayed by the Game

NY Times Magazine story by Darcy Frey-The narrative of basketball as the Great Way out for young impoverished (black) men continues to flourish, but for most of them, the sport is little more than a trap.

For every Stephon Marbury from the high-rise projects of Coney Island there are hundreds for young men like Corey Johnson, Tchaka Shipp, and Darryle Flicking who get sucked into a false dream. How will the dream turn out for the much heralded Sebastian Telfair (cousin of Marbury)?

Corey Johnson: "I think about it all the time, especially late at night: what would have happened if I'd gotten as much support and encouragement for my writing as I got for playing ball? Would it be as much of a struggle for me today?"

[NY Times Magazine - Betrayed by the Game]

Friday, February 13, 2004

Doc Atkins Fat?

Dr.  Robert Atkins
Is this a case where everyone wants to believe the worse? Dr. Robert Atkins died on April 17, 2003. Here's a first hand report from a blogger journalist, Susan Orenstein, who met him in February 2003 and had these pictures taken on February 24th. He does not look obese. Hard to believe he was 258 pounds at death unless he went on some massive binge.

This USA Today story also confirms he was not obese - "Atkins wasn't obese, hospital file shows" He was 195 pounds when he died at age 72.

Is This Man Obese? [Business2Blog]
Dr. Atkins Is Getting Fat [Business 2.0, April 2003]
via John Robb

Kerry Intern Story Update

The Sun in the UK reports details about the affair:

PRESIDENTIAL hopeful John Kerry was branded a “sleazeball” last night by the parents of a young woman he allegedly tried to woo.

Alex Polier, 24, was named as the woman at the centre of a scandal that threatens to damage Democrat Kerry’s bid for the White House.

Her mother Donna claims Kerry, 60 — dubbed the new JFK — once chased Alex to be on his campaign team and was “after her”.

There is no evidence the pair had an affair, but her father Terry, 56, said: “I think he’s a sleazeball. I did kind of wonder if my daughter didn’t get that kind of feeling herself.

“He’s not the sort of guy I would choose to be with my daughter.”
New JFK hit by scandal [The Sun]

Imus Blows Interview with Kerry
Don Imus interviewed Kerry this morning on his MSNBC show.

He asks Kerry about "this report on the internet about an intern". Kerry confirms that he knows about the report. Imus denigrates the story even as he asks about it: "There's probably nothing to it. . ." Kerry responds emphatically, "There's nothing to report, there's nothing to talk about, I'm not going to talk about it," ..."The answer is no."

Imus really did not ask a well formed question. What a terrible interview. You can just imagine Kerry's campaign strategists meeting last night and asking: "who is the biggest lightweight we can talk to and throw some water on this fire....oh yeah Don Imus." Imus came through for the Kerry camp on this one.

Kerry Munster
Would You Have Sex with This Man?
picture courtesy Neophyte Pundit

Thursday, February 12, 2004

NHL Is Going Bust?

Arthur Levitt
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Chair Arthur Levitt warned today that the National Hockey League's losses of $273 million on revenues of $1.996 billion, sustained during the 2002-03 season, threaten the viability of the League.

The 24 page study (plus 11 exhibits) reveals that 19 of the League's 30 teams had operating losses in 2002-2003 averaging $18 million and that only 11 teams were profitable averaging $6.4 million in profits.

[NHL Press Release]
[AP/ESPN Story - Union immediately challenges results]
[Canada.com - Players' association disputes NHL losses, wants market to decide salaries]
[Audio of Levitt press conference 12-Feb]
[Full PDF Report- Independent Review of The Combined Financial Results of the National Hockey League 2002-2003 Season]
[NHL Players Association - Bob Goodenow comments on league report - (it's bunk)]
[NY Times 13-Feb-04 - N.H.L.'s Financial Analysis Reveals Significant Losses]

A small bit of smoke from the Ketchup King's tent

A frantic behind-the-scenes drama is unfolding around Sen. John Kerry and his quest to lockup the Democratic nomination for president, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

Intrigue surrounds a woman who recently fled the country, reportedly at the prodding of Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

A serious investigation of the woman and the nature of her relationship with Sen. John Kerry has been underway at TIME magazine, ABC NEWS, the WASHINGTON POST, THE HILL and the ASSOCIATED PRESS, where the woman in question once worked.

F/A-18A Navy Blue Angel Hornet Sold on Ebay


Navy plane shows up on eBay. This eBay auction started at $1,050,000 for the only F/A-18A in private ownership in the world. It sold this morning for $1,075,000.00 following only one bid.

Aircraft is apart only for transporting purposes and needs to be gone through and re-assembled. Everything to assemble we have. It has not flown in a few years and is stored in california. Complete with extras including bomb racks, drop tanks and pylons. This is a 30 MILLION DOLLAR AIRPLANE NEW.

The seller is Mike Landa of Landa and Associates of Washington State. Landa apparently has a dubious reputation with some people. His eBay profile has a 3% negative feedback. So Buyer Beware!

One of the Landa's website's: ROHNTOWERS.COM. They also have a Huey UH1-P Helicopter on eBay currently only $85K. [Story at PensacolaNewsJournal]

Martha Trial.....boooring

Martha Stewart
Circus Minimus - Hyped as a great public drama, the Martha Stewart trial was about as exciting as watching an accountant work. A high point of mundane awe is to see Martha use the bathroom in the hall outside the courtroom. She’s reduced to our size. Then came Doug Faneuil—Candide in a suit. [NewYorkMetro]

Thursday Linkage


Euro Boob Incident - BERLIN - A German actress was taken to hospital after an artist injured her breasts while trying to cut open her bra with a chainsaw during a rehearsal for a stage show, she has told a newspaper. [Yahoo via PeoriaPundit]
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Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein rules over his cell "with an iron fist."
BAGHDAD—Officials overseeing Saddam Hussein told reporters Monday that the detained former Iraqi leader rules over his cell "with an iron fist." [Onion]
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Six Dead In West Point Panty Raid

WEST POINT, NY—According to an official statement released by the U.S. Military Academy, six cadets are dead and 14 wounded after an unsuccessful panty raid on the women's barracks. [Onion]

• Quotes from either President of the United States George W. Bush or Senator / Chancellor / Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars Movies" [McSweeney]

• The changing language of deviant sexuality and lifestyles - Nuances of gay identities reflected in new language 'Homosexual' is passe an 'boi's' life [SFGate]

• For the UnknownGeek and all geeks - "kuro5hin: Why C Is Not My Favourite Programming Language" - we prefer to work in assembly langugage, because we like to get as close to the silicon as we can. [kuro5hin.org]

• Daily Kos || Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation - More on peace activist subpoenas [DailyKos]

• Playboy syndicates Suicide Girl pictures:

Suicide Girl Jameson
Jameson

This link is not worksafe, not surprisingly. Playboy online launched a new feature entitled: "Suicide Girl of the week." But there is some complaining on the Playboy message boards. They do not seem to like their girls with tattoos and piercings. It turrns out Jameson (above) is currently the most popular SuicideGirl on the web, over 2000 blogs link to her.

• "This is the kind of bosnia writing I love--no point, just a beautiful arch of a quick story" - those wacky Brits [BenHammersley]

• THE MURDER OF BILL GATES: Nothing So Strange is a "mock documentary" looking at the 1999 assassination of Bill Gates and the conspiracy theories, etc., that grew up in its wake. I haven't seen the film, but the website has video clips and lots of information. It looks pretty good. [via Instapundit]

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Quick Hits

Be My Anti-Valentine - Valentine's Day is like herpes: just when you think its gone for good, it rears its ugly head once more. No wonder some people prefer to call it VD.

"A Lieutenant's Story -- Iraq & The Mainstream Media" Low level view of what is happening in Iraq.

"Unhappiness with College Life" - As a full-time university student with a bit better than a 3.8 GPA, I often find myself wondering if American society will ever take a step back and ask itself what the basis of its obsession with college degrees really is. Most college degrees, especially undergrad degrees, are worthless.

Andrew Sullivan finally realizes that Bush isn't a conservative, by any principled use of the word.

I had a good time at Guantanamo, says inmate. An Afghan boy whose 14-month detention by US authorities as a terrorist suspect in Cuba prompted an outcry from human rights campaigners said yesterday that he enjoyed his time in the camp.

Harvard will H-Bomb Itself...Great

Harvard Committee on College Life (CCL) approves Porn Magazine. The H Bomb will feature nude pictures of undergraduates. They saw no problem with Squirm, a Vassar College erotica magazine.

In order to avoid liability, students will not be able to take nude pictures inside of Harvard buildings.

Although, approved, the magazine will not necessarily be funded by the College.
[The Harvard Crimson]

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Ketchup King on a Roll

The Ketchup King, aka John F. Kerry, is marching to the White House; better practice your bowing and scraping.

John Kerry
[Wonkette Photo Story]

Democrat Dimmy Karras remembers this personal encounter:

This reminds me of one of my few brushes with John Kerry. I have to rely on my father's memory for this, since I was a youngster in grade school at the time--we're talking 1987 or 1988. The family was on a plane headed off to vacation and my parents happened to know one of the flight stewardesses, who managed to move us up into some empty seats in first class. Senator Kerry happened to be on the same plane, and word from the stewardess is that he wanted to know who we were getting the VIP treatment and all. He didn't come talk to us, mind you, he just griped to the staff that he wasn't the only one getting preferential treatment aboard that plane that night.

I'm not going to throw bombs at John Kerry like Howie Carr does, since the man could be the Democratic nominee and I'll have to back him in that case. Nonetheless, I see a lot of validity in Carr's portrait of the junior senator.

Now your dog can join a social network too!

Chubby the dog
Welcome to Dogster where every dog has a webpage. This is Chubby.

Dogster lets you view and save photos of dogs, search by breed, size, name, hometown and more!

Got a digital dog photo? Upload it to instantly create your own dog's page and connect with Pup Pals, the dogs you know.

Got no dog? No problem! Register to save your favorite dogsters so you can always find them.

I need someone to manage those pesky friends of mine

Dude on Craigs List has maybe gone a little too far with this social networking business:

Permanent full-time position for a personal social coordinator for a New York-based web designer.

Your primary responsibility will be managing my accounts with various online social networking sites including, but not limited to, Friendster, LinkedIn, Tribe, Orkut, Ryze, Spoke, ZeroDegrees, Ecademy, RealContacts, Ringo, MySpace, Yafro, EveryonesConnected, Friendzy, FriendSurfer, Tickle, Evite, Plaxo, Squiby, and WhizSpark.

Specific duties include:

- approving or rejecting invitations of friendship

- managing a database of usernames and passwords for each of the social networking sites

- sending out friendship invitations

- keeping my social network synchronized; that is, invite friends from one social networking site to be friends in all of the other social networking sites

- handling requests by friends to be introduced to another friend that they might not know

- keeping track of my current likes & dislikes and updating my personal information within each service accordingly

- writing testimonials for friends

Monday, February 9, 2004

Offshoring Your Ethics?

Just read that Reuters will now be offshoring journalist jobs to Bangalore, India. That begs the question: who's job is really safe from $2 an hour Indian professional workers? Also inspired us to create some content:

Offshoring Your Ethics

OK Mr. Business Man do what you gotta do,
Offshore your manufacturing, your IT, your tech support,
Offshore your engineers, your journalists, and the accountants who keep your books,
That will leave us with the caregivers for the sick and the cooks,
And your ethics, well I'm afraid you offshored them too.
And that will leave you with the lawyers and the crooks.

(c) 2004 The Johnsville News

[NYTimes Reuters story]
[DanielDrezner.com discussion]
[courtesy John Robb]

Singapore Needs More Monkey Business

SINGAPORE (AP) - People in strait-laced Singapore were urged Monday to act like monkeys - the Chinese zodiac sign for the coming Lunar year - for the sake of their country.

Singaporeans could foster an economic recovery this year by behaving more like monkeys, Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan said in a Lunar New Year message reported in The Straits Times newspaper....

And in a related story:
SINGAPORE (AP) - What does romance, Singapore-style, smell like?

Two new perfumes, a floral scent for her and a musky aroma for him, were launched Friday in Singapore as part of an annual government-backed campaign aimed at boosting marriage and birth rates in the city-state.

The perfumes, both dubbed "Romancing Singapore Eau de Parfum" come in small Italian glass bottles and were created by local university students as "a gift to the nation," a statement on the Romancing Singapore campaign Web site said.
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Government officials are hoping that more Singaporeans will be led to the bedroom this year to help remedy the city-state's need for babies.

Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the falling birth rate is among the administration's top three priorities for 2004.

Singapore recorded its lowest-ever birth rate last year, with just 37,633 babies born -- far less than the 50,000 it needs to meet its economic, defense and labor requirements.

The yearlong romance campaign is backed by the Ministry of Community Development and Sports and will also sponsor social events such as a tango competition, a couple's marathon and a river race -- all designed to promote family by bringing single people together.
...
[RomancingSingapore.com]
courtesy OscillateWildely

It's the "War on Terror" Stupid!

Wonkette points out that it's important to stay on message when you're trying to make a point. Her abridged comments by President Bush to Tim Russert on Sunday's Meet the Press:

[W]ar against the terrorists . . . war against terrorists . . . war against terror. . . Yeah. . . Yeah. . . . this war on terror. . . fight the war on terror. . . . Yeah. . . . this is all in the context of war. . . war against terror. . . . this war on terror. . . Yeah. . . . Yeah. . . . the war on terror. . . . the war is against terrorists . . . Yeah . . . Um hmm. . . . war against these terrorists. . . the war against terror. . . Yeah. . . . Yeah. . . Yeah. . . . Yeah. . . . Yeah. . . Um hmm. . . Um hmm. . . . we are at war. . . Yeah. . . Yeah. . . . I want to lead this great country to work with others to change the world in positive ways, particularly as we fight the war on terror. . . . Thank you, Tim.

[MSNBC Meet the Press Transcript for Feb. 8th Guest: President George W. Bush]

Sunday, February 8, 2004

The Willie Williams Recruiting Saga

Willie Williams - University of Miami recruit

Willie Williams

The NY Times story, "He's Toasted, Then He's Toast," describes a young high school football player's recruiting diaries that stired a tempest.

Mr. Williams a 6-foot-2 inch, 230-pound linebacker from Miami chronicals his recruiting trips to big-time college football schools to Manny Navvarro, a Miami Herald reporter. The problem is that Willie speaks his mind and now a lot of people are mad at him and he faces three criminal charges in Gainesville, Florida. Police said Williams hugged a female student without her permission, hit a man at a bar and set off three fire extinguishers in his hotel during his recruiting trip — all in a span of five hours. It also turns out Willie is a convicted felon (burglary) currently on probation. He has a record of 10 prior arrests dating back to when he was 14 mostly for burglary and theft related crimes.

Miami Herald, 13-Jan-04, Part 1: On trip, Florida State Univ. has Williams' number:
Quotes:
''Dinner was tight,'' Williams said. ``We had our own section in the restaurant, but the only thing that bugged me was that I sat all the way in the back -- so I was the last one to get my food.

``Coach Haggins told us to order as much as we wanted. I ordered a steak and a lobster tail. The lobster tail was like $49.99. I couldn't believe something so little could cost so much. The steak didn't even have a price. The menu said something about market value. I was kind of embarrassed so I didn't order a lot.

'But then I saw what the other guys were ordering, I was like, `Forget this.' I called the waiter back and told him to bring me four lobster tails, two steaks and a Shrimp Scampi. It was good. I took two boxes back with me to the hotel.''

[...]

''Coach Bowden was cool, but Ms. Bowden was the bomb,'' Williams said. ``I swear, she must be related to Betty Crocker or something..."
Miami Herald, 21-Jan-04, Part 2: Auburn fails to get Williams:
Quotes:
'I really wanted to go to Red Lobster for some more lobster and steak, but they told me the wait was two hours. So I got me some babyback ribs, buffalo wings and shrimp,'' Williams said. ``Even though I ordered first, somehow, I was still the last one to get my food. It took them like two hours.''

During the wait, several of the female hosts, nicknamed the ''Tigerettes'', offered him some of their spinach dip.

''You know how it is, those girls are supposed to be there to cheer you up,'' Williams said. ``But I told them, `I ain't no animal, and I ain't going to eat no plant.'

``But they kept pushing it toward me. It was disgusting. I told them, `I'm from Miami. I don't eat that. You farm people are used to it, but not me.''[...]

''The girls at the party were much better than the farmer girls we'd see all day around campus'' ..." was kind of worried all Auburn had to offer was those farmer girls that talked funny. But the girls at the party weren't farmer girls at all."
Miami Herald, 27-Jan-04, Part 3: University Miami trip is paradise for Williams:
Quotes:
''Coach [Coker] looks like an old guy in his 50s or 60s, but he's real cool,'' Williams said. ``When he talks, he sounds like he's 18 or 20."

"And when I saw he [Coach Coker] was driving the Escalade, I was like, `Dang, coach got some taste.' ''
Miami Herald, 2-Feb-04, Part 4 (where trouble started): Williams visits Gators; doesn't take the bait:
Quotes:
After dinner, Williams and other recruits were taken to an on-campus beauty pageant.

''They had girls come out, all dressed nice, but it took awhile,'' Williams said. ``It was a weird beauty pageant because there were some people talking about black history the whole time. Then it got worse. They had guy models come out.''

Williams was then dropped off at The Hilton. His hotel room wasn't as nice as the the Paradise Suite in Coconut Grove, but it did come with a special touch.

''There was Gatorade all over the place,'' ..."I was like `I get it. Gatorade was made at Florida.' ''...."I pretty much made up my mind. I can't live in a place that don't have any restaurants"
Miami Herald, 4-Feb-04, Williams picks Miami

Audio | Williams' call UM coach Larry Coker

Miami recruit Willie Williams facing legal troubles [USA Today, Feb. 6, 2004]

Update 10-Feb: Willie Williams surrendered on Tuesday (10-Feb-04) at around 11:15am to the Broward County Jail (just north of Miami) for violating his parole. Williams will be held without bail until a Friday court hearing.

On Tuesday morning, Gainesville State Attorney Bill Cervone filed charges of obstructing extinguishment and criminal mischief, stemming from Williams' football recruiting trip to the University of Florida Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.

The criminal mischief charge is a misdemeanor and the obstructing extinguishment charge is a felony.

On Monday, Williams was charged with misdemeanor battery by Cervone for allegedly hugging a woman against her will.

On Tuesday, UM athletic director Paul Dee issued the following statement: ``With the events of yesterday, including both the issuance of the arrest warrant for Willie Williams by the Broward County circuit judge and the filing of charges in Gainesville by the State's attorney regarding the incidents of last weekend, the University of Miami has determined that it will delay the processing of the application for admission of Willie Williams.''

The University of Miami was unaware of Williams' arrest record dating back to age 14.

Williams turns himself in as new charges are filed [Miami Herald, Feb. 10, 2004, with picture of Williams walking to jail with attorneys]
Miami holds off on recruit [USA Today, Feb. 10, 2004]
Miami Herald columist calls for Canes to end Williams scholarship offer

Update Feb 11, 2004: The story so far - probation issues - UM reaction-Miami Herald

Saturday, February 7, 2004

Cartoon Laws of Physics

Cartoon Law I
Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation.
Daffy Duck steps off a cliff, expecting further pastureland. He loiters in midair, soliloquizing flippantly, until he chances to look down. At this point, the familiar principle of 32 feet per second per second takes over.
...
Cartoon Law IX
Everything falls faster than an anvil.
...
[Cartoon Laws of Physics]

Suzy likes'em from 22 to 68

Saw Suzy and Jack on Fox TV this morning-what's up with this? Well here's the scoop:

Suzy Wetlaufer is Jack Welch's fiancée and a former editor of The Harvard Business Review. She will help him write a new book called "Winning":

Armed with a proposal that ran just two and a half pages, Jack Welch age 68, the former chairman of General Electric, sold the world rights Tuesday for this how-to business manual to HarperCollins, a unit of the News Corporation, for an estimated $4 million.

Suzy's romance with Jack cost Wetlaufer her job, and could end up costing Jack Welch $450 million. Wetlaufer is a vivacious 42-year-old Harvard M.B.A., Baker scholar, novelist, mother of four, and Sunday-school teacher -- with a penchant for Prada and Chanel and fabulous shoes. Before Jack, Suzy liked getting it on with her 22 year-old editorial assistant. She met Jack during an interview.

How does Shania's song go? Oh yeah:
The best thing about being a woman
Is the prerogative
To have a little fun and...
[NewYorkMetro]
[NYTimes]

Bush-wacked

John Robb takes a shot at George W. Bush:

Is the pre-9/11 Bush back? Is it just me or has the president, over the past couple of months, started to sound like the wavering and discordant Bush of the 2000 election cycle? I think it isn't just me. You can hear the change in the timbre of his voice, as well as in the halts and pauses in his thinking as he presents himself.

There is a definite feeling that there is a cognitive dissonance between what he has been coached to say (as all presidents are) and what he really thinks (or worse, his coaching is an attempt to inject structure into a mind in chaos as to what needs to be done next).

Perhaps the reason is that the situation we are facing is starting to get very complicated. The earlier black and white issues (are you for us or against us) has given way to a vast swath of grey. This is precisely the type of situation where a man who is only comfortable with clearly defined issues falls apart.

Another reason may be that Bush accomplished everything he wanted to do in his presidency. He cut taxes for the rich and deposed Saddam. The results -- a massive deficit and a huge military commitment to a long-term nation building effort/guerrilla war -- indicate that there can't be a next act on the present course. We're hamstrung, we can't afford to do anything else. All that is left is defending the crumbling support for earlier actions. Without a goal, Bush may feel rudderless in rough seas.
[John Robb]

The Virus Underground

NY Times Magazine report by Clive Thompson:

PhiletOast3r, Second Part to Hell, Vorgon and guys like them around the world spend their Saturday nights writing fiendishly contagious computer viruses and worms. Are the artists, pranksters, or techno-saboteurs?
...
The modern virus epidemic is born of a symbiotic relationship between the people smart enough to write a virus and the people enough - or malicious enough - to spread it.
...
Computer code blurs the line between speech and act. Posting a virus on a Web site, one expert says, is 'like taking a gun and sticking bullets in it and sitting it on the counter and saying, "Hey, free gun!"

Related story-Network World reports on how to fight back against insidious attacks from cookies gone bad: SPYWARE. What is spyware? And what harm can it do...
[NYTimes Magazine(for 7 days)]
[NetworkWorld]

Friday, February 6, 2004

Monarchists Endorse Kerry

As Monarchists we like Kerry's 'tude. This Howie Carr piece on Kerry shows us a man of royal stock:

One of the surest ways to get the phones ringing on any Massachusetts talk-radio show is to ask people to call in and tell their John Kerry stories. The phone lines are soon filled, and most of the stories have a common theme: our junior senator pulling rank on one of his constituents, breaking in line, demanding to pay less (or nothing) or ducking out before the bill arrives.

The tales often have one other common thread. Most end with Sen. Kerry inquiring of the lesser mortal: "Do you know who I am?"

And now he's running for president as a populist.

Kerry will have to watch this populist stuff or we might look elsewhere. We fully hope and expect that "the little people" will be forgotten once he wins the election. We look forward to eight years of a Royal Windsor West Wing. Here's to the Ketchup King long may he reign.
[NY Post Link] courtesy the VodkaPundit

A quick tour through Pundit Land

Here is a small slice of what the Pundits are talking about:

AfricaPundit relays: A Peace Corps volunteer writes about his first experiences in Togo
ArchPundit bids farewell to Joe Lieberman.
BejusPundit looks at how "The media disappeared Howard Dean"
BusinessPundit wonders if there "Is there an Outsourcing Bubble?"
Calpundit talks cats and Bush AWOL docs.
DailyPundit had his site taken over by a dirt-cheap-ammo company before it shows his blog starting with a day-by-day cartoon and California bond story. (if that ammo ad takes over the screen again sir - I will shoot!)
Econopundit talks about the presidential vote equation and budget deficit.
FuturePundit - Massively Parallel Gene Activity Screening Technique Developed
GedankenPundit opines about Microsoft.
HappyFunPundit recaps Iowa Caucus.
IsntaPundit makes fun of Dean and Clark
IsraPundit examines Mel Gibson's views on The Holocaust.
LawPundit reports on European Union expansion to 25 states.
NeophytePundit writes about Vietnam vets against Kerry and wishes Ronald Reagan a Happy Birthday.
NoblePundit talks child safety & The Imperial Judiciary (regarding MA Gay Marriage ruling).
OkiePundit recaps Wes Clark's win of Oklahoma Primary.
PatioPundit talks about Kerry and Bush regarding War on Terror/Iraq.
PeoriaPundit - Peoria politics, "Battlestar Galactica", Drew Barrymore, etc. (gets our vote for best Pundit Pictures)
PoliPundit - talks hardcore Presidential politico stuff.
PrestoPundit - campus politics, Presidential politics, science, economics
PunningPundit - "Is Bush Reelectable?"
VikingPundit - "John Kerry on the threat of Iraq", plus news/commentary.
VodkaPundit - making fun of Dean/Kerry, Presidential politics, Israel, etc.
WeekendPundit - "Flatlander News", NH Gov pulls jury duty.
ZenPundit - "Iran's Crisis - The Worse The Better?" & The Death Penalty

Update: DoggerelPundit has a poem "Of Masses"-Under ill known scrapes of sand and waste,...

Christina's Dirrty habits

You simply can not top the UK tabloids if you want your gossip served up hot.

The Sun reports Christina Aguilera is no virgin and that she loves girl-on-girl action. She said: "I find it hornier looking at women then men."

"Two women is way sexier than two men in bed."
[TheSun]

Update: UK tabloids have competition, we just looked at LowCulture.com
Christina's scary drag queen look will be replaced next year with a Greek goddess look via total face transplant. [BBC Link]

Ford Stinks & Jimmy was a Nancy

The new book Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents, by Cormac O'Brien dishes White House dirt. Some examples:

Gerald Ford allegedly had a flatulence problem, "often blaming the Secret Service men surrounding him." (That sounds better than blaming the barking tree spiders.)

George Washington spent an estimated 7% of his salary on booze. (He loved Laird's Applejack)

Zachary Taylor died from an overdose of bad cherries.

John Tyler, the 10th prez, married the woman his son, John Jr., was courting.

John Quincy Adams was fond of skinny-dipping in the Potomac.

Lifelong bachelor James Buchanan weathered rumors about his close friendship with William Rufus King, who was Franklin Pierce's vice president. Washington wags referred to them as "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy" and "Mr. Buchanan and his wife."

[NYDN] courtesy Wonkette

Thursday, February 5, 2004

The O'Neil Memos - A Presidency Unveiled

Ron Susskin's source documentation for the book "The Price of Loyalty" is now online.

These documents are drawn from a collection of 19,000 files of Paul H. O'Neill, the U.S. Treasury Secretary for the first two years of the Presidency of George W. Bush. Like all Treasury Secretaries, O'Neill was the top domestic appointment of the President and also a principal of the National Security Council. The files, which range from memoranda to the President to handwritten notes to "sensitive" internal reports, cover a sweeping array of foreign and domestic issues.

Thanks to the CalPundit for pointing them out.

Buddy Not Like

One of the great the great things about the Internet is that you can travel to far away places meet *interesting* people and laugh at them without fear that they'll throw a punch at you. Today we travel to the LA Punk/Music/Gossip scene and meet BuddyHead. Buddy has come out with his best and worst music list of 2003. Here are some Buddy snippets:

Kings Of Leon - Youth And Young Manhood -...just another band with dorky beards playing nipple high guitars...tour state fairs in the Midwest and play to slack-jawed, sister fucking NASCAR hicks...

Thursday - War All The Time
You turn your back for 5 minutes, turn around, and there's a gazillion kids latched onto this mall-emo crap, and now everywhere you turn this 8 foot tall, gap toothed mongoloid is whining about his life like a 4 year old girl who lost her favorite Barbie. It's amazing to think how when Thursday recorded this album, and that whiner was in the vocal booth, besides the other tone deaf mutant band members, there had to be at least a producer and maybe two engineers in the room when these kids shit out these horribly fruity and out of key vocals onto tape. And you know one of those guys probably said, "Ummm... well... you see... I think you're a bit out of key there... maybe we should try another take? Or we can just fix it in pro tools here with auto tune." To which the entire band had to reply, "No, it's perfect. It doesn't matter that he sounds like a crying grade school girl that's reading her diary out loud, and our backups sound like we're being raped by a 7-foot tall black man...

Metallica - St. Anger
More or less, this is some old guy barking out of key over the sound that happens when a garbage can gets thrown down a flight of stairs. I've heard the crackheads playing on plastic buckets for quarters in my neighborhood get better drum sounds than this.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Drew Barrymore - Bisexual

One of the newest pundits in our troop of alpha pundits, the PeoriaPundit (with pics), points out this Drew Barrymore news flash:

Drew Barrymore confirms lesbian past

After years of speculation and hinting, Drew Barrymore will officially confirm her bisexuality when her autobiography is released later this year.

The former wild child star, who put years of alcohol and drug abuse behind her to reinvent herself as a Hollywood leading lady in the late 1990s, is set to admit that she had lots of encounters with women when she was younger - and if she is single will continue to do so in the future.

“Do I like women sexually? Yes, I do. Totally,” she says in one candid interview for the book.

“When I was younger I was with a lot of women."

Parade of Pundits

We have a thing for Pundits. We have collected a very fine selection of them on our sidebar. Here as homage to "The Pirates of Penzance" is the Pundits Of Blograntz. Thanks to the DoggerrelPundit for this one:

PUNDIT KING:
Oh, better far to blog and link
On a screen before you, without ink,
Than play a sanctimonious part
With a pundit head and a pundit heart.
la-la la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, La!
Away to the Media world go you,
la-la la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, La!
Where talking heads are well-to-dooooo;
But I'll be true to the links I bring,
And blog and link as a Pundit King.
Foooooor I am a Pundit King!
la La la La, la-la-la, la La!
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pundit King!
For I am a Pundit King!
Blogosphere:
You are!
Hurrah for the Pundit King!
PUNDIT KING:
And it is, Indeed, a glorious thing
To be a Pundit King.

Former Mayor John Rips Johnsville News as Antichrist Mouthpiece

In a recent letter to the editor former Lord Mayor John tears us a new orifice. John thinks The Johnsville News has allied itself with the antichrist. He says:

...And I especially need to distance myself (from The Johnsville News) if you stick in any more propaganda about that lying draft-dodger el-Presidente of ours. Whom, by the way, I seriously suspect of being the antichrist. Lets face it, the antichrist wouldn't SAY he was the antichrist. He would probably even pretend to be a pious man - while covertly working to destabilize civilization, destroy the environment, build religious intolerance, support the money-lenders, and encourage the power brokers to subjugate the meak(sic). He would accomplish all this with bold, blatant tactics that would be hard to disguise, while bold-faced lying about it to sooth the ignorant masses who are eager to slither along the low road with the rest of the unthinking sheep. Yup - the antichrist.

But keep up the good work.
John

We are seriously confused and hurt by his rant. We have absolutely no clue what John is talking about. The Johnsville News has never intentionally posted a nit of antichrist propaganda nor do we plan to. We are again reminded that former Mayor John periodically goes off his medication and sees the antichrist crawling up his pants. But, it has been pointed out to us that David Hasselhoff may in fact be the antichrist. We do apologize for getting that one very wrong.

Update 6-Feb-04: The Johnsville News is off the hook as an antichrist mouthpiece. Some bad link karma must have zapped us, because John our former Lord Mayor has given us a reprieve. In an email today he says: " terribly sorry to have misjudged you". We are now on double secret probation with John. So we will link the straight and narrow and continue to hew to the "Monarchist" party line.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Shot by Taser = Big Ouch!

A reporter has the cops shoot him with a Taser Gun. He then screams: "Stop, stop, stop!" What a sissy boy. Link

The Anthrax Murder Mystery

Lots of white powder/poison stories in the news today. But, the big anthrax story from two years ago has grown cold. However, there are a thousands of well documented clues as to who the anthrax murderer might be and where he or she could be found.

You can even walk up and touch one of the actual crime scenes. Link
Then walk down the street a little further and get a venti extra-shot caramel foamy skim mocha at the Starbucks as you conduct surveillance of the crime scene.

The key piece in the entire murder mystery may be Kathy Nguyen. Who, is Kathy Nguyen and how did she come in contact with the anthrax spores? Link

Richard Smith has done a nice job organizing a large set of the clues. Link

2001 anthrax attacks [wikipedia.org]

Monday, February 2, 2004

Greasy Grimey Whale Guts

Whale explodes on Taiwanese street and makes a nice big stinking mess-yeah! Link with photos

Sometimes you just pull out your .45... and surrender

S-Train mulls over this Kim du Toit rant from last November:

The Pussification Of The Western Male

Johnsvillians just know that women are taking over the world. Anyone who saw Uma Thurman (The Bride) and Lucy Liu (as O-ren Ishii) lopping off heads in the movie "Kill Bill" know that surrender is our only option. Maybe we will be spared.

David Hasselhoff is a Living God!

LadyAccuracy has a secret crush on David Hasselhoff, but she can't help but think he's exaggerating his claim that he helped bring down the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Update: Formal retraction & apology to our readers. We got this one very wrong. David Hasselhoff is not a living god. He may in fact be the antichrist - so sorry for any confusion we may have caused.

Wave a Towel

An older Jewish gentleman marries a younger lady and they are very much in love. However, no matter what the husband does sexually, the woman never achieves orgasm. Since a Jewish wife is entitled to sexual pleasure, they decide to ask the rabbi.

The rabbi listens to their story, strokes his beard, and makes the following suggestion. "Hire a strapping young man. While the two of you are making love, have the young man wave a towel over you. That will help the wife fantasize and should bring on an orgasm."

They go home and follow the rabbi's advice. They hire a handsome young man and he waves a towel over them as they make love. But it doesn't help and she is still unsatisfied. Perplexed, they go back to the rabbi.

"Okay", says the rabbi, "let's try it reversed. Have the young man make love to your wife and you wave the towel over them."

Once again, they follow the rabbi's advice. The young man gets into bed with the wife and the husband waves the towel. The young man gets to work with great enthusiasm and the wife soon has an enormous, room-shaking, screaming orgasm.

The husband smiles, looks at the young man and says to him triumphantly, "You see, THAT'S how you wave a towel!"

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