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The Airing of Grievances
Thursday, September 30, 2004
 
Why Your Vote Doesn't Matter
Slate, which usually brings such sweet goodness to the masses, lets the world know why some crappy econ professor from the Univeristy of Rochester won't be voting this year.

To anyone who takes this assclown seriously, I say this.

Get out there and vote, damn it!
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Quiz
This is a wonderful 30-second test. So on point it's scary. Much better than others like this I've seen before. Wow.
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Lawyers, Guns and Money
My new favorite blog Curbed brought to light this gem of a T-shirt:



For the unaware, the 'hood claims both myself and Cozmo as its own. Until October 29th, that is, when yours truly makes for the comparitively staid Village. I may have to pick one of these up before I go, though, the better to fit in with all the new, irony-loving Downtown friends I'll no doubt be making. More info on how to get your hands on one can be found here
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Wise Words From Mike Tyson


Y’all may have heard that Mike Tyson lost his last fight in large part due to a twisted knee. Well Tyson fans (and yes, I’m one of them) need not fret. The man is in the gym, training hard and feeling good. Straight from the knucklehead’s mouth:

“The knee feels fine, I’ve been training Confusciously.”
High comedy.

Update: A bonus audio nugget for you Tyson fans. More high comedy. Enjoy.

(Hat tip: Bill Simmons for the quote.)

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
 
Now Isn't That Interesting
Vice President Dick Cheney in 1992:

"And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many. So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we'd achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq... All of a sudden you've got a battle you're fighting in a major built-up city, a lot of civilians are around, significant limitations on our ability to use our most effective technologies and techniques. Once we had rounded him up and gotten rid of his government, then the question is what do you put in its place? You know, you then have accepted the responsibility for governing Iraq."
Next time Cheney starts in on the alleged ills of "flip-flopping" can somebody please bring this up?

(Hat tip to andrewsullivan.com for the quote.)

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Some Champipplin' for the Chil'rens


Now, I personally do not see a big problem with letting our youth get started early (after all, the "kiddies" are permitted to vote and die for their country before they can legally have a few sips), but this is just a wee bit ridiculous:

"Dear Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Parents:

"It is with great regret that I tell you that your child may have been exposed to alcohol today at lunch," said the missive signed by Alexander Harvey IV, head of the private Alexandria Country Day School.

It was tequila and margarita mix, to be precise, left in the refrigerator in a pitcher and mistaken for limeade by kitchen staff, who poured it into small cups and served it to children as a lunch treat, he wrote.
Go here to see the full letter.

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The Last Days of Gay Disco
One of the singers of Homer Simpson's favorite song has left us.


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Finally...
Bud Selig's torture of the Montreal Expos franchise and their fans appears to be at an end, with the announcement that the 'Spos will be moving to Washington, DC coming this afternoon. To my mind, there is only one team name and logo that they should consider:



Classy and dignified. Unlike the "understanding" reached between MLB and slimeball extraordinaire Peter Angelos that it no doubt took to get this long-overdue move done.
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My Head Hurts
Following up on my comment in Cozmo's post below, Kerry also has to use the debates to convince 54% of the respondents to this poll that they are, in fact, retarded.
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George Bush Has Made Lowering Expecations A High Art Form
So says Hurricane Al Gore, in a must read NYT Op-Ed piece with advice on how to handle The Boy King during the debates.



Speaking from his acute experience in having the debates cost him the 2000 election, Gore says that as good as Bush's debating record is, his policy record is even worse. Kerry's task will be to hammer Bush on the issues.

While I agree with the nutty professor, I'm not so convinced. I like Kerry as a debater, probably because I enjoy hearing the detailed minutia of how things work in government. Your average factory worker in Ohio could give a shit, and if Kerry comes off too wonky it's gonna hurt him. Plus all Bush has to do is play defense, so things are in his favor right now.

Either way, I'm excited to see the two candidates finally get it on. Things I will be looking for will be Kerry's body language when Bush says something stupid or childish, and Karl Rove's hand reaching out from behind the curtain to control TBK's mouth.

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More Political Thoughts From The Celebrity World
Unsurprisingly, Nelly is not the only celebrity chiming in on the political process. We also have these two wonderful little nuggets:

"I'm not very politically involved ... I mean, if you say you're a
Democrat, that'll turn off Republicans, and that's half of your fan base." -- Lindsay Lohan
"I don't know why America puts so much stock in the political opinions of movie stars. We are not very intelligent. Most of us did not even go to college." -- David Carradine
A big hear, hear, to Mr. Carridine.

(Hat Tip to Griever Kramer for the Carradine quote)

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Vote Wit' Me
You know the election season is heating up when Nelly weighs in with his thoughts:
"You don't like nobody that ain't got a little dirt on 'em. How can you trust someone who ain't got a little bit? You ain't never jaywalked? You can't relate to somebody that ain't been in a little trouble. That's why people loved Clinton. You knew he had some dirt."
Nelly has long had a vested interest in this election, what with the effects that any future health care programs proposed by either candidate would have on the bandage industry.


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Comeuppance!
Remember those infuriating books published in the early '90's . The ones that sold millions of copies getting single women with little or no self esteem to attempt to "get married as soon as possible." It was a pretty big business, and made single men friggin' insane with all the new "Rules" that women expected them to play by.

The evil wench author of those books, Ellen Fein, has been divorced by her husband of 16 years. It is because he is a psychotic shrew who reduced her entire life to a list of platitudes like "Make your man pursue you" or "Wives should treat their husbands like a client or customer they want to keep happy" or "Rules girls never get divorces" or this doozy "Never initiate sex with your husband."

No, it was because of her new and improved "gigantic teeth" provided to her by "Dentist to the Stars" Larry Rosenthal - or so she claims. Either way, the woman who made millions instructing lonely women on the rules to marital bliss couldn't be a fraud, could she?


Artist's Redering of Ms. Fein's New Teeth

I think that Ms. Fein should have spent a little more time researching her next book, The Rules For Pleasing Your Man Regardless of Your Gigantic Teeth. In the mean time, maybe she should dust off her old books again.

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Pro Bush & Funny
You all know how Cozmo feels about The Boy King, but this email I just got made me laugh out loud.

From: Cozmo Buddy MR, Subject: From A Kerry Supporter
I am a senior citizen.
During the Clinton Administration I had an extremely good and well paying job.
took numerous vacations and had several vacation homes.
Since President Bush took office, I have watched my entire life change for the worse.
I lost my job. I lost my two sons in that terrible Iraqi War.
I lost my homes.
I lost my health insurance.
As a matter of fact I lost virtually everything and became homeless.
Adding insult to injury, when the authorities found me living like an animal, instead of helping me, they arrested me.
I will do anything that Senator Kerry wants to insure that a Democrat is back in the White House come next year. Bush has to go.

Sincerely,
Saddam Hussein

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Kobe Tosses Shaq Under The Bus


Wow, if somehow you did not already have some serious disdain for Kobe Bryant, there is absolutely no doubt that you will now. Not only is he a pompous, completely self-absorbed adulterer, but.... According to a police report, hours after being accused of rape:

Bryant stated he should have done what Shaq does...that Shaq would pay his women not to say anything. He stated Shaq has paid up to a million dollars already for situations like this.
Incredibly foul.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
 
More Nonsense From The Boy King


Courtesy of Reuters:

[President] Bush said on Thursday that nearly 100,000 fully trained and equipped Iraqi soldiers, police officers and other security personnel are already working ….

But documents prepared by Defense Department officials and given to lawmakers show that ....only 8,169 have had the full eight-week academy training.
So, Bush says 100,000. The Defense Department 8,169. A mere 91,831 discrepancy. I guess with expectations of truth and accuracy already so low, blatant fabrications such as this go essentially unnoticed. Sad.

(Hat tip to Ed Zipper for the pic.)

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Perhaps They Could Have Used This...


A 25-year old man was killed, and his female companion seriously injured, when the car he was driving had a head on collision while the couple was apparently getting their groove on.

The mouthpiece for Quebec's finest (where the accident took place) seems to have an ironclad grasp on the incredibly obvious:

"The two people at this moment were in the midst of having sexual intercourse at the wheel of the vehicle, which makes driving that much more dangerous," said provincial police spokesman Richard Gagne.
Well…duh. (hat tip: Aaron)
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What Do These Three Folks Have in Common?
Person 1: 45 year-old woman chewing a PayDay candy bar.

Person 2: 12 year-old girl eating a french fry.

Person 3: 23 year-old pregnant woman using her cell phone.

Drumroll please………. Ok, ok, I know, the suspense is killing you. Here you go. All three have been arrested for these "transgressions" by the D.C. Transit Police. While we have not tracked down a specific statement concerning the first two, here's what Deputy Chief Tim Gronau had to say about the arrest of the pregnant woman (who was treated in an emergency room for a bruise she said resulted from the officer pushing her to the ground and placing his knee on her back during the arrest):
"We're not either pro or negative cell phones," he said. "The issue is [that] the volume of her conversation, coupled with the language, is not conducive to socially accepted standards of behavior."
Honestly, a loud jackass on the cellie is pretty high up there on my list of the most annoying of life forms, but seriously, arresting folks for stuff that a particular police officer finds to not be a "socially accepted standard of behavior"? That's just ridiculous.

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You Ever Seen 'Scent Of A Woman' ... On Weed???


Recently, Jon Stewart appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox, during which O'Reilly described Stewart's audience as "stoned slackers". Now, it was pretty clear, even from the transcript that I read of the interview, that O'Reilly was joking around and trying to keep it light. Too bad Comedy Central decided to get all investigative on their ass.
The folks at Comedy Central were annoyed when Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly kept referring to "The Daily Show" audience as "stoned slackers."

So they did a little research. And guess whose audience is more educated?

Viewers of Jon Stewart's show are more likely to have completed four years of college than people who watch "The O'Reilly Factor," according to Nielsen Media Research.
Really not that surprising. "The Daily Show" is only the smartest political show out there and Fox News makes it its business to preach to an ignorant choir.

Thanks to Jose Bong Hit for the link.
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Monday, September 27, 2004
 
Billionaires For Bush
Check out their video.

(Hat tip to Atrios for the heads up.)
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No More Hookers For The Troops


Well, it looks like our soliders will have no more use for that thing. According to this report, the U.S. Military plans to change the the Uniform Code of Military Justice to make paying for sex a punishable offense. Unsurprisingly, troops stationed in Germany where prostitution is legal are none too happy. My thoughts on the matter (at least the ones I'm willing to share on a site that Mama Chiles reads) are pretty much summed up right here:

Military wife Dana Molnar advises defense officials to stop fretting over troops's sex lives.

"It seems like we can spend our time worrying about more important things."
Ya think?
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Do You Think Your Personality is Presidential?


Here's a fun little test. It asks personality questions about you, Kerry and Bush, crunches the numbers and let's you know which candidates' personality is closer to yours. Mine ended up more similar to the cat I plan on voting for in November. How'd you do? Does it look like you would vote for yourself or not?

(Oh yeah, although the test says it takes 15 minutes it takes closer to 3.)

(Hat tip to andrewsullivan.com for the heads up.)

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Where Will It Stop?
Ok, it's pretty clear that the technological-age we are living in knows no bounds, but seriously, things are getting completely out of control. According to this report , SBC Park, home of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants, is installing a high-tech upgrade that will allow fans to view instant replays on their laptops and to instant message the beer man. Instant messaging the beer man? WTF!? I'll tell ya what, if I'm at the park and I see someone using their laptop to instant message for a beer (or anything else for that matter), you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be "accidentally" spilling an extra syrupy large Coca-Cola all over that bad boy. C'mon now.
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Sunday, September 26, 2004
 
Verdict: Not Crazy
Someone had to write about it and, as usual, I didn't get to see it until the weekend. But after what Cozmo accurately described as the best episode ever, I just feel dirty after this week's "Apprentice". For those who missed it, Apex pariah Stacie J. got the axe, not for her performance on the task, but for her strange, alienating behavior in Episode 1. I won't go into too many episode details, because that's not what I want this post to be about. End of the day, the women would have won had they not gone over budget by 10%, because of a communication foul-up with a printer. The boardroom decision would seemingly come down to firing either the Project Manager or the person responsible for the overage. Right? Right? Of course not. The girl that nobody likes got fired. Makes sense to me.



Yes, she sometimes doesn't seem all there. Yes, she's probably not the best candidate. Yes, she needed to go at some point. But if you're going to stack her up against her teammates, I only see two (the Jennifers) who exceed Stacie J. in terms of general competence. The rest of Apex flat out sucks. "Little Stacy", as one of her teammates referred to her, is every loud, bitchy, stuck-up NYC girl I've ever met, rolled into one. No business person would ever take her seriously. Ivana is just plain useless. Sandy appears to have all the intelligence of a ceiling fan. Maria likes to assert herself, but can't wait to assign blame when things go pear-shaped. Elizabeth doesn't seem all that bad, but she had no idea what was going on in this week's task and did nothing to defend herself when she was on the firing line.

This post has been percolating after last week's episode, when Stacie J. got a raw deal, having her head put on the chopping block for what turned out to be yet another episode of Ivana's incompetence (you have to see the extended footage that ran last Saturday to understand). But I'm actually a little angry about what's going on with this show. After Episode 1, I wrote that Stacie J. is filling the role played by Omorosa last year. Omorosa, though, was a wench with a huge ego and a lack of people skills. From what I could see, Stacie J.'s only real flaw was acting strange in a tense situation. It's not what Trump would want to see from an executive, but I had no idea that her teammates would use it to throw her under the bus in such a calculated, subtly racist manner. After two seasons, the message being broadcast by NBC seems to be that black women are headcases who don't work well with others. This week, when one of their own deserved to go, the other women closed ranks and made sure that The One Who Is Different got canned.

The only saving grace was the "Well, we got what we wanted, why doesn't it feel better?" look plastered on all of their sour mugs afterwards.

Comment away.

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Saturday, September 25, 2004
 
Pedro is The Yankees’ Bitch


Take a look at his comments after last night’s loss:
""What can I say?" Martinez said. "I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy."

Maybe that's why Martinez doesn't want to face the Yanks in the playoffs. "I wish they would disappear," he said. "I wish they would disappear and never come back. I'd like to face any other team right now. To pitch a good game, make good pitches and I still can't beat them, it's frustrating."
I'm sure a whole lotta folks in Beantown are very unhappy with that concession.

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Friday, September 24, 2004
 
The Sheer Hypocrisy is Mind Boggling


We recently reported that the Boy King is ignoring the CIA's bleak outlook for Iraq because they are "just guessing." Strangely, when asked about the deteriorating condition yesterday the president expressed blind-faith in his source:

Q: And do you believe, given the situation on the ground and Fallujah and other northern cities in the Sunni triangle, that elections are possible in four months?

A: I do, because the prime minister told me they are. He's interested in moving this country forward. And you heard his statement. And I believe him.
So, let's get this straight. On one hand, the president writes off the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America because they are "just guessing." On the other, he completely endorses the position of his hand-picked Iraqi Prime Minister because he "told me" and "I believe him."

Oh, by the way, here's what one Iraqi citizen had to say about the prime minister's statements:
What he's saying isn't even true. I can't even name an Iraqi city where there aren't clashes.
Disgraceful. Just completely fucking disgraceful.

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No Sex in the Dormitory Room
Ahhh, how I miss the days of some good college fun. Looks like some folks think some Jacksonville University students took it too far. What'd they do? Installed a stripper pole in their room:

Several students at Jacksonville University have been reprimanded for installing a pole-dancing stage in an on-campus apartment and taking pictures as female schoolmates performed on it.

About a dozen female students, most of them freshmen and most of them drunk, competed for a $100 Victoria's Secret gift certificate Sept. 11, said James Foster, the 20-year-old junior from West Palm Beach who hosted the party.
But really, it's entirely wrong that these students are getting killed. Just ask them. They had no such intentions at all:

Honestly, we just wanted to say we had a stripper pole," Foster said. "We never actually expected girls to dance on it."
Umm, ok. And O.J. is searching for the real killers. Got it.

In any event, whatever their true intentions really were, I think it's pretty safe to say that their resident adviser spectacularly misses point:
"Resident adviser Amber Davis said the party degraded women. 'There are other ways they can go out and get a girlfriend, if that's what they want'"
Who knows? Perhaps they were just providing the women with a place to prepare for paying their college tuition. Who said chivalry was dead?



Go here for an article about the poster/advertisement above.
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Traveling Back In Time
Remember early 2001, when, no matter what people thought of George W. Bush, most considered his cabinet choices to be very strong, with words and phrases like "professional", "experienced", and "impressive credentials" used to describe their capabilities?

Words like "incompetent", "out of their element", and "fucking disgrace" would seem to be more appropriate these days.
"Let's say you tried to have an election and you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country. But in some places you couldn't because the violence was too great," Rumsfeld said, hours after the leaders of the United States and Iraq met in Washington.

"Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life, so you have an election that's not quite perfect. Is it better than not having an election? You bet," he said.
So Rummy, Iraq's a democracy, except for the large swaths of territory that are controlled by insurgents and terrorists? Great, that really works. These guys are so politically afraid of postponing the January elections, that they are willing to sacrifice the very principles central to the only rationale they have left for being in Iraq.

Between this and his embarassing confusion of Saddam Hussein with Osama Bin Laden , can we all agree that maybe, just maybe, Rumsfeld's getting a little long in the tooth and should start working on his shuffleboard game?
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“The Unfeeling President”
Here is an absolutely fantastic piece on the Boy King by novelist E.L. Doctorow. Do yourself a favor and make sure to read the entire deal. Here’s the opening:

I fault this president for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our 21-year-olds who wanted to be what they could be. On the eve of D-Day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to God for the lives of the young soldiers he knew were going to die. He knew what death was. Even in a justifiable war, a war not of choice but of necessity, a war of survival, the cost was almost more than Eisenhower could bear.

But this president does not know what death is. He hasn't the mind for it. You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the weapons of mass destruction he can't seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sleeves to the roar of the carefully screened crowd, smiling and waving, triumphal, a he-man.
He does not mourn. He doesn't understand why he should mourn. He is satisfied during the course of a speech written for him to look solemn for a moment and speak of the brave young Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

But you study him, you look into his eyes and know he dissembles an emotion which he does not feel in the depths of his being because he has no capacity for it. He does not feel a personal responsibility for the 1,000 dead young men and women who wanted to be what they could be.
Go here to see and learn more about the 1,000 young Americans for who our president does not mourn.

(Hat Tip to The Swamp’s Briandtw for the heads up on the Doctorow piece.)
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Thursday, September 23, 2004
 
Is Anybody Really Surprised By This?


Check out what kind of classic movie you are here. I guess I shouldn't have been so honest about how I feel about bull whips.

What Classic Movie Are You?
personality tests by similarminds.com

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Shaq & MJ Together in South Beach?


Rumors are swirling that Michael Jordan has been participating in intense workouts with an eye towards joining Shaquille O' Neal and the Miami Heat. But, get this. According to the Miami Herald, Shaq wants none of it:

O'Neal told teammates that Jordan has left him several messages, and O'Neal was convinced Jordan wants to play for the Heat this year. O'Neal told teammates he was not interested in having Jordan join the Heat, and others agreed, the sources said. O'Neal even asked whether one of the players should go to management and express the desire not to add Jordan, one of the sources said.
Wow. Other than Dwyane Wade, the Heat have nothing but garbage to play alongside Shaq. At the very least, even at his advanced age, Jordan would provide another solid presence. I guess Shaq has had enough of the two-star system and wants the Heat to be all his. Be careful what you wish for big fella. As currently constructed, your Heat ain't gonna be that great. Trust me.

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I Have No Idea What To Make Of This

"Predictably, alcohol figured in Erickson's [elephant polo] involvement." Indeed.

As you all know, Cozmo loves him some wierd travel experiences...but I can't say I have ever seen anything like this.

One thing is for sure, Jimmy Swaggart wouldn't be too happy about it.

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To Hell in a Handbasket


You hear stuff like this and you can't help but wonder if that's where the human race is headed. Disturbing. Incredibly so.

(Hat Tip to Griever BV for the heads up.)
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More Tight Stuff From TPM
Josh Marshall:

Asked about the National Intelligence Estimate he received two months ago, which painted a bleak outlook for Iraq, [George Bush] said the CIA was "just guessing ...The Iraqi citizens are defying the pessimistic predictions."

In one ear and out the other. Doesn't that tell you a lot about how we got to this juncture?
Just guessing? Speaks for itself.

Marshall also offers up this colorful bit concerning the president's steadfast refusal to acknowledge the reality of the situation in Iraq:

Bush, is like a man in the sea, a fifty pound lead weight chained to his feet, slowly sinking into the waves. It's a tough road, he says as the water laps around his neck, but I'm going to keep at it as long as it takes until I start floating up instead of sinking down.

As long as it takes.

I'm staying the course.

Bubble, gurgle, bubble ...

Denial ... and did I mention the weight is chained to your feet too?
But hey, don't worry yourself. Maybe Marshall's "just guessing."

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Ummm, That's a Theory


So yeah, why did that oh-so-beautiful tiger attack his, er, eccentric owner Roy Horn? Mr. Horn has a theory:
It was an accident. Montecore understood the signals and wanted to save me [from falling off the stage]. It was unfortunate that his teeth hit my carotid artery.
Unfortunate, indeed.

PS - Oh yeah, in case you were wondering how Roy survived attack, he's cleared that up for us as well: "I was not allowed to die just yet, because my wings for being an angel were not quite ready."
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004
 
State Of The AofG
Couple of things:

- Thanks to Jackie's arrival, we're exactly where I'd hoped we'd be in terms of providing content, from both a quantity and a quality standpoint. The goal was to makes this a place visitors would want to check out once a day. Judging by the frequency of Commenters that aren't Cozmo, Jackie, or myself, we're not far off that goal. Now, the goal is to increase the number of visitors, so tell your friends!
- There have been a bunch of problems with the Comments service (inability to post Comments for certain topics, Comments that don't show up after you post, etc). When I get a couple hours next week, I'm going to work on fixing that, probably meaning a new provider. If (and/or when) you no longer see your past thoughts on old posts, we're not censoring you (I'm too computer illiterate to do that), it's just the new service.
- Blogger has been absolutely crapping the bed lately, so a more macro project for me will be to come up with a new blog provider. That's gonna be tricky and take awhile, because I don't want to lose the archives in any migration process. Suggestions are welcome.
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Makes You Think
Ripped off from Daily Kos, who ripped it off from somewhere else:
Dan Rather, CBS News Anchor

1. given documents he thought were true
2. failed to thoroughly investigate the facts
3. reported documents to the American people as true to make his case
4. when confronted with the facts, apologized and launched an investigation
5. number of Americans dead: 0
6. should be fired as CBS News Anchor

George W. Bush, President of the United States

1. given documents he thought were true
2. failed to thoroughly investigate the facts
3. reported documents to the American people as true to make his case
4. when confronted with the facts, continued to report untruth and stonewalled an investigation
5. number of Americans dead: 1100
6. should be given four more years as President of the United States
Actually, the comparison would resonate more if Dan Rather came up with 23 different rationales for his actions after the fact.
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Hallelujah!

Married men everywhere find that there is a god (at least in patch form), and he is indeed good.

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Pots & Kettles, Glass Houses & Stones

President Bush concerning the Killian memos:
"There are a lot of questions and they need to be answered," Bush told the Union Leader in Manchester, N.H., last week. "I think what needs to happen is people need to take a look at the documents, how they were created, and let the truth come out."
Ummm, Georgie Boy, not for nothing, but if you were at all interested in the “truth coming out” this would not even be an issue now would it?

Head here for a tight editorial on the Boy King's hypocrisy by E.J. Dionne.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
 
Cat Stevens the Terrorist
Huh, you say. Yup, the same man who brought us "Moonshadow" is now on the U.S. watch list for terrorists. You see Cat has converted to Islam and now goes by Yusuf Islam. Apparently this has him in some hot water with the feds:

A plane bound for Washington from London was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after passenger Yusuf Islam — formerly known as pop singer Cat Stevens — showed up on a U.S. watch list, federal officials said.

"He was interviewed and denied admission to the United States on national security grounds," said Homeland Security spokesman Dennis Murphy. He said the man would be put on the first available flight out of the country Wednesday.
Tellingly, from the article it appears that the only thing that got him grounded and booted was his name. Let's please hope that there is something more than garden-variety discrimination at play here.

( Hat Tip to the Swamp's Briandtw for the heads up.)

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Michael Moore - A Slacker Rallying Cry!

Michael Moore is Imploring Democrats not to lose heart because of the post-RNC bump in Bush's Poll numbers. As is typical with Moore, 90% of it makes sense and 10% is rambling garbarge. We at AofG sort the wheat from the chaff for you, our reader. Speficially:

"They are relentless and that is why we secretly admire them -- they just simply never, ever give up. Only 30% of the country calls itself "Republican," yet the Republicans own it all -- the White House, both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court and the majority of the governorships. How do you think they've been able to pull that off considering they are a minority? It's because they eat you and me and every other liberal for breakfast and then spend the rest of the day wreaking havoc on the planet.
Look at us -- what a bunch of crybabies. Bush gets a bounce after his convention and you would have thought the Germans had run through Poland again...Suddenly it's like, "THE END IS NEAR! THE SKY IS FALLING!"
No, it is not. If I hear one more person tell me how lousy a candidate Kerry is and how he can't win... Dammit, of COURSE he's a lousy candidate -- he's a Democrat, for heavens sake! That party is so pathetic, they even lose the elections they win! What were you expecting, Bruce Springsteen heading up the ticket? Bruce would make a helluva president, but guys like him don't run -- and neither do you or I. People like Kerry run."

Moore continues on for pages and pages, then hits a few high notes:

"Traveling around the country, as I've been doing, I gotta tell ya, there is a hell of a lot of unrest out there. Much of it is not being captured by the mainstream press. But it is simmering and it is real. Do not let those well-produced Bush rallies of angry white people scare you. Turn off the TV! (Except Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers -- everything else is just a sugar-coated lie)."

and

"The polls are wrong. They are all over the map like diarrhea. On Friday, one poll had Bush 13 points ahead -- and another poll had them both tied..., most of the polls are weighted with too many Republicans, as pollster John Zogby revealed last week. You are being snookered if you believe any of these polls."

All in all, pretty good stuff from the Stay-Puft Documentarty Man. In particular, Cozmo recommends you check out the article from John Zogby, former poli sci professor for alma mater. It's pretty shocking how these polls can be subtlely maniputlated if you haven't taken advanced statistical analysis (like Frank).

It's enough to make you think that someone is behind it all. Karl Rove, anyone?

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I Wonder What British TV Show Would Send A Letter Like This?


Who is this Somerford Brooke Productions? What about this United World Television?

If you like table tennis, wrestling and shooting dogs, I promise you will love the answer to all these questions. For The Answer, Clickity Here!

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The McCain Redemption
Check Out this creamy goodness by AlterNet's David Corn:

Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, McCain whacked Bush on Iraq. He accused Bush of making "serious mistakes after the initial successes by not having enough troops there on the ground, by allowing the looting, by not securing the borders. There was a number of things that we did. Most of it can be traced back to not having sufficient numbers of troops there." When he said "we," McCain actually meant Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Condoleezza Rice. He noted that the Bush administration has allowed insurgents to establish sanctuaries – such as in Fallujah – where anti-American rebels or terrorists can be trained and harbored. McCain, saying he still supports the US mission in Iraq, was making a serious charge: that Bush and his gang have screwed things up tremendously.

Anchor Chris Wallace then asked what seemed to be a Bush-friendly question: "Some have suggested that what we're seeing, to use a Vietnam analogy, is kind of a rolling Tet offensive to try to break the will of the American and Iraqi people and to play a role in defeating President Bush. Do you think that's what's going on?"

While other GOPers have tried to make such a point to shore up support for Bush among potential voters, McCain would not. "I don't think they're interested so much," he replied, "in defeating President Bush." McCain challenged Bush's assertion that progress is under way in Iraq, noting "the situation has obviously been somewhat deteriorating, to say the least." Bush, he remarked, "is not being "as straight as maybe we'd like to see." McCain called for the declassification of the recent National Intelligence Estimate that raised the possibility of civil war in Iraq. "The key," said McCain, who urged more extensive US military action in Iraq, is to "recognize those mistakes, correct those mistakes, and prevail." He added, "I'd like to see more of an overall plan articulated by the president."

Err...WOW! Sorry I ever doubted your integrity John. Great stuff.

(Thanks to The Swamp's Sexy Wombat for this link!)

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Wingnuttery at its "Finest"


Just came across this piece which essentially compares Dan Rather and CBS to suicide bombers.
The fact that CBS was willing to barter away what remained of its reputation in exchange for an opportunity to help the John Kerry campaign requires us to re-examine our assumptions about the mainstream media, just as the emergence of the suicide bomber required us to re-examine certain assumptions about security....

We now know that our richest and most powerful news organizations are willing to blow themselves up--to destroy their own credibility, once considered a news organization's most precious possession--to achieve a political goal. The landscape will never look quite the same again. Because, like suicide bombers, the mainstream news organs will go farther to achieve their political goals than we ever imagined.
Speechless.

(Well, actually, I do have one thing to say. A quick point to the horse's ass who wrote this. I'm pretty sure that Rather did not intend to kill his career so to speak when he released the memos. Didn't factor that in there did ya?)

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Going Out on a Limb ...
... and guessing that this "student-athlete" did not major in web design. Hey Byron, here's a suggestion: Use some of that $10.9 million dollar signing bonus and hire some help. Ok?
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Man Saves People From Jumping Off Of Gorge Bridge
I I were running Cornell, I would hire this Chen Si guy right away, with the long winter coming - and all.

Although, "Jump Off The Bridge" is my third favorite college sports taunt of all time. It would be a shame to see it go away.



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Monday, September 20, 2004
 
Bizarre
This is just some really strange stuff. I'm really not sure what to say. You?

(Hat Tip to The Swamp's BrumZ for the heads up.)
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This Guy Can Call The Shots For My Crew Anyday


So, on top of shedding some light on the traitorious ways of Bill Parcells (see here for more), the head coach of the NFL's New England Patriots has also offered up this extremely good stuff:

[Back in 2002, as the Patriots struggled trying to repeat as Super Bowl champs, head coach Bill Belicheck] read in the paper one day that one of players said the team had to get its "swagger'' back. That day, in the team meeting, he said: "You know what? We didn't have a 'swagger' last year. What we had was a sense of urgency about playing well, being smart, and capitalizing on every opportunity and situation that came our way ... It wasn't about a f------- swagger. You can take that swagger and shove it right up you're a--, OK?''
Amen. Whether it be with respect to football or just some everyday living, those are some on point words from Mr. Belicheck. Words to live by in fact. Well done.
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Something That May Interest Only Me
Just trawling around Fox News' website this evening, I came across an editorial by Cal Thomas. The content isn't what caught my attention so much, although he does discuss an idea that should probably be given a great deal more thought (tax reform). No, what grabbed me were the first two paragraphs:
I am about to praise a liberal, a Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

No, there's nothing wrong with your TV and you have not inadvertently tuned to one of the broadcast networks. This is still FOX News Channel.
Interesting. So Thomas is not so implicity saying that Fox is not where one would go for favorable treatment of liberals, Democrats and black leaders. I'll say this, at least someone is finally admitting it. Now, would they please drop all the "Fair and Balanced" bullshit?
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Cue Up "Wonderful Tonight"
Thanks to Jose Study Hall for the link, you can relive all those terrible senior pictures from your high school yearbook. I'll admit, one of mine was the classic bookcase shot, but it was classy, dammit!
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The New Iraqi Information Minister
A heartfelt "Jagshemash" to our readers, after a beautiful weekend in NYC! It seems there is a new "Baghdad Bob" in our midst, providing misinformation and ignorning the obvious. If he keeps this up, we'll start seeing websites, DVDs and calendars devoted to his verbal stumblings. Oh, wait...


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Sunday, September 19, 2004
 
Tight Political Ad
Have a look for yourself.

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Giuliani Calls Out Kerry


The erstwhile Mayor of New York has essentially called (the supposed Red Sox-loving) John Kerry a phony. You see Kerry has been kow-towing to the Red Sox Nation by acting as if he is truly one of them. Remember this:
The idea of missing a Yankees-Red Sox series right before a convention week was not acceptable, so we changed the policy.
Unfortunately for Kerry, however, it's becoming increasingly clear that his knowledge of the Red Sox is about as extensive as Hilary Clinton's knowledge of the Yankees. When asked to name his favorite Red Sox player, Kerry said: "Manny Ortez." For those that do not know, there is no "Manny Ortez" on the Sox. There is a Manny Ramirez and a David Ortiz, but no Manny Ortez. When asked to name his favorite Red Sox of all-time, Kerry continued to bumble: "Ed Yost." Ummm, John-boy, Ed Yost never even played for the Red Sox.

When apprised of these comments, Giuliani exclaimed: "The one thing you cannot do is play politics with baseball …. I get very annoyed at politicians when they show up for a game, stick around for a while, then walk out ….Being with your team, following them even when they're not doing well – that's what makes a true fan."

Never thought I would say this, but here goes. Hear, friggin', hear, Rudy. I feel you.

(Sorry about the lack of linkage, but the The New York Post article from which this information was culled did not appear online).
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Don't Mess With Pedro's Hair
After all, he did just get it done.



Around this time last year, Tony Kornheiser wrote a piece in the Washington Post eloquently setting forth how fortunate Bostonians are to have a diva such as Pedro Martinez:
I know Pedro is a diva. I know he's as fragile as a Ming vase and as temperamental as a French ingenue. But he's also 97-27. And that makes him worth the worry. How great would it be to have a star athlete around here who's that great and that high strung!
Well, one year later and Pedro has not disappointed. He's still making a solid case to go down as the No. 1 diva in the history of Major League Baseball. Check out the latest courtesy of the New York Post:
On the eve of one of the biggest regular-season starts of his illustrious career, Boston's ace yesterday was distracted by being dubbed "The man NY loves to hate" by a headline in Friday's Post. Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, wanted answers and accountability yesterday on what he felt was an unnecessary personal shot. Thinking a reporter or columnist coined the term, Martinez searched a group of media members for the culprit. "Where is he?" Martinez asked. "He's hiding, huh, because he don't want to say it. "Who loves to hate me? Step up and say it."
Pedro's supposed ignorance concerning "who loves to hate me" is quite surprising in light of these answers he gave in a recent interview with the Post:
Q: What's the funniest thing a fan has said to you at Yankee Stadium?
A: Nothing funny. Everything is rude.

Q: When you go to New York, do you got out to dinner; what do you do in New York?
A: I don't tell you what I do in New York. Could be dangerous.
Hey Pedro, seems pretty clear that you know who doesn't like you – the entire city. So really, spare us (and The Post), this infantle "who hates me" stuff. It really is not fit for one of the greatest right-handers of all-times. Anyways, don't you have something better to do? Like beat up on a 70-year old man or something?

One more thing Pedro, I see the Yanks smacked up all over you today en route to an 11-1 trouncing of the Red Sox. Perhaps you woulda been better off preparing for the game rather than chasing down columnists at the Post. Just a thought. Ever have one?

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Child of the Media
For a nice companion piece to Jackie's post on the double-standards and bullying of the conservative media, be sure to check out Frank Rich's column in today's New York Times (free subscription required - c'mon there's no excuse for not having free access to the Times). Rich all but sounds the death knell for responsible, truly balanced, televised journalism and declares Fox News the winner and conquerer.

Rich opines:
The only hope for a successful alternative is not to fight Fox's fire with imitation Fox fire in the form of another partisan network but to reinvent the wheel with a network that prizes news over endless left/right crossfire. Against the backdrop of what looks to be an indefinite war, there might even be a market for it.
Hey Frank, ever hear of the Internet? Who says television is even where you want to go to reinvent the news wheel? Personally, I receive somewhere between 99 and 100% of my news online. Let the low-brow rubes have the televised version of Der Sturmer and think big, man.

For more on how a massive chunk of an increasingly polarized audience gets their news, yet still manages to be completely misinformed, buy "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism" here. Better yet, go to your local Tower Records, where I bought my copy for a cool $7.00.
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Oooh La La La
Dave Chappelle, bringing estranged superstars back together, one at a time. Color me psyched...


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Saturday, September 18, 2004
 
The Dirtiest Players in the Game


When the Killian memo story first came to the fore, Andrew Sullivan posed a sticky question: if these new documents are forgeries, why did the White House release them? Well, as I pointed out back then:

Picture this. The WH knows they're forgeries. They release the docs. Bush gets hammered for a couple of days. Then the WH comes out with irrefutable evidence that the docs are forgeries. They they go balls to the wall with press that the Kerry campaign and the Dems were responsible for the forgeries. Maybe not the most likely scenario, but definitely not entirely implausible.
Well look what we have here:
Republican National Committee spokesman Jim Dyke suggested collaboration between Burkett [a possible source of the Killian memos] and the Kerry campaign. "The trail of connections is becoming increasingly clear," he said.
The Kerry campaign's response:
"The Kerry campaign had absolutely nothing to do with these documents, no ifs, ands or buts," spokesman David Wade said. "Jim Dyke inhabits the fantasy world of spin where George Bush pretends we haven't lost millions of jobs and everything in Iraq is coming up roses. He'd be better served getting answers from the president, not hurling baseless attacks."
No depths to which these creatures won't sink. Unreal.
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Conservative Bullying of the So-Called Liberal Media


Motivated by the “endless” coverage of "Rathergate" by certain conservative media outlets, Kevin Drum sets forth some interesting points concerning conservative “bullying and intimidation” of the so-called liberal media. Here’s a sample:

“I think it's worth pointing out that this is why the right wing is paying so much attention to Rather, just as they did to Jayson Blair and the BBC's Andrew Gilligan — but not to Judith Miller or Robert Novak. It's not about the fact that the mainstream media makes mistakes — of course they do — it's about keeping alive the persecution myth so central to American conservatism: that the liberal media is a corrupt and malign institution intent on crushing conservative dissent at every opportunity.

Sure, it's an absurd argument, but that doesn't mean it won't work. After all, yelling loudly enough got the heads of both the New York Times and the BBC fired last year, both of them for journalistic misdeeds that were actually fairly modest. Meanwhile, Judith Miller, who plied patent falsehoods from Ahmed Chalabi on the front page of the New York Times, and Robert Novak, who cheerfully outed a CIA agent in his syndicated column, continue to ply their trade unhindered."
Read the whole piece here.
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It Takes Brass Balls To Sell Real Estate
Given my present situation, I've been checking out a ton of real estate-related websites. One of the best (and one which might eventually make it to permalink status) is Curbed, a blog devoted to the New York City market and the craziness that is the norm therein. A fascinating development that the folks at Curbed got me wise to was the recent trend of turning closed churches into apartment buildings. I thought, "Hey, I'm an apartment seeker, maybe I'll look into this!" That is, until I took a second look at this picture:



I mean, is that creepy or what? I'm far from what you would call a religious person, but there is something slightly disconcerting about the idea of potentially getting your groove on in an atmosphere like the above. Not exactly conducive to the bachelor pad stylishness that I'm trying to go for, is it?

What else have I learned from Curbed? Just a few other interesting tidbits, like former Screw Magazine publisher Al Goldstein's new job as a host at the 2nd Avenue Deli. And, just why Apprentice contestant Jennifer Crisafulli has been getting some top-notch listings of late.

And what of my story? It's over. I sign a lease for a kickass 1BR on Monday, those in the know can look forward to a house-warming party sometime in the not-too-distant future.
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Friday, September 17, 2004
 
Clyde The Glyde Looking To Return


I guess watching Michael Jordan make a fool of himself in Washington did not resonate much with this dude. Clyde Drexler, one of the original members of the Phi-Slamma Jamma, is considering a comeback to the "L." All the best to you Clyde. But somehow I don't think there's gonna be much of a market for your 42 year-old services.

Read about it here.
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A Grieving Mother Arrested
How American? "A mother whose son was killed in Iraq has been arrested for protesting during a New Jersey campaign speech by first lady Laura Bush."

So, let's get this straight. It's cool for your child to give his life for a preemptive war waged for no discernible reason. But it's not cool for you to voice your dissent about the war and the splendid feller who started it. I mean, how dare this woman try and make Barbara's little boy look bad. The unmitigated nerve.
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Oh, Daddy
Josh Marshall has the TPM fastball hummin' today - he makes me laugh with his first post of the day and then just flat-out brings it with his second:
It's always possible to posit 'optimism' up until the point when the whole place actually erupts spontaneously into hellfire. But to any thinking individual it's clear and it's been clear for some time that our whole enterprise in Iraq is going extremely poorly, by pretty much every concievable measure.

And yet the president just says none of this is true. Things are going well. Yes, things are difficult, he says. But we're on the right track and things keep getting better. Dan Bartlett today said that Democrats are just showing their pessimism: "President Bush gets his briefings from commanders on the ground. He has reason for his optimism because of the enormous amount of progress we have made."

The president is simply in denial. Or he's willing to keep burning through the US Army and the Marine Corps to avoid admitting the failure of his policies or even the obvious fact that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating terribly.
Make no mistake, this war is Bush's fuckup, one of the biggest in American history. When your own advisors tell you that the rosiest outcome of your decisions is a tenuous balance between a quasi-"democratic" puppet regime and the insurgents who oppose them, you haven't done your job well. That Bush refuses to hold himself or his administration accountable makes me see about five different shades of red. It speaks to the complete ineptitude of the Kerry campaign, for their failure to strike a contrast and generate at least some appeal for their guy, that this race isn't a blow-out.
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Kasakhstan Is Pissed
More Borat Hateration.


As if the ADL wasn't enough, now the government of Kazakhstan is pissed. Apparently, In Kazakhstan, Women are not kept in cages. The national sport is not shooting a dog and then having a party. You cannot earn a living being a Gypsy catcher. Wine is not made from fermented horse urine. It is not customary for a man to grab another man’s khrum. “Khrum” is not the word for testicles - Or so says Roman Vassilenko, press spokesman for Kazakh Embassasy to the US.

Thanks Jason V for keeping us up to the minute on any and all Borat news.

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Showdown in Da Bronx

The festivities begin tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Red Hot Sox and Da Bronx Bombas in the first of three. Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez dealing for the Yanks. Brandon Arroyo for the Sox. The Duke has got to be considered the Yankees ace. It will be real interesting to see how he does against the Big Boys from Boston.

With a series sweep the Yanks take a 6.5 game lead and essentially lock up yet another division crown. If the Red Sox sweep (not happening), the Yanks lead will only be half-a-game and we can expect a dogfight to the finish (again, not happening).

The pitching match-ups after tonight: Lowe v. Lieber, Mussina v. Pedro. I say the Yanks take all three and put the sorry saps from Boston out of their regular season misery (with a post-season shellacking not far behind).
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Best. Episode. Ever
The Apprentice is really hitting its stride. This is clearly the best episode of either series - with all characters hitting their strong points hard, and just a great Boardroom scenario. It was so good, I still cannot discuss the episode rationally.

Frank gave you all a pretty good summation of the characters last week. To that I would add only this. We had a word for people like Ivana back in B School. That word was FREAKIN' USELESS. What a shit show she presided over...Three to four hours talking about ice cream flavors, then losing her team in a 1/2 block radius, then convincing all of the Apex Corp shrews to gang up on Stacie J instead of her - and my personal favorite, the "Price/Flavor" matrix she was trying to work up. Horrible. That she didn't get canned for that performance is amazing.

On the other hand - props to Wharton Grad and Apprentice Soul Brotha #1, Kevin (check out his resume - I didn't know they gave degrees in M&A) for figuring out that the creation of the flavor was the rake in this contest(NWF). "Just take vanilla ice cream and throw some candy bars or doughnuts in there" Amen, brotha - ice cream sells itself. As Pam said, you could put dog feces in Ciao Bella Gelato, and it would still taste good. The game is about selling ice cream. Andy also came up with the strong idea of tying their sales into a charity organization. Even Raj came through as head carnival barker and bow-tie supplier. Strong performance by Mosaic Corp.

Why everyone will be talking about this episode for a while is the boardroom foolishness of Bradford - giving up immunity and then sheepishly acting like it was no big deal.


My take - his move was not fatal, he just played it like a chump. As a wise man named Q Tip once said, "Scared Money Don't Make None," but when the chips were down, Bradford choked. Here's what Bradford had to do, after he threw his chips down - he had to go back at Trump when he said that Bradford's decision was "Pretty Stupid" instead of backing down like a whipped puppy. If he had said "Mr. Trump, I was trying to rally my team by showing them that we are all accountable for our performance, and my performance in the past two weeks is unimpeachable. If you want to fire me for that, you are sending a bad message to the rest of these candidates." He could have even taken it a step further by saying "Look, if you want to fire me for being accountable for my performance after the shit show that Ivana and Stacie caused, then I probably wouldn't be the right employee for you." He would have been saved, just like that. You can't play the confidence card and then back down like a sheep.

So Bradley says "Genqui!" to the unemployment line far too prematurely - maybe he can get a job causing Camel Liquid Explosions? More importantly the ladies have to explain to the clearly in-SANE Stacie J why they ganged up on her - since that didn't work. Apex will suffer in the coming weeks because of it.

They are setting the stage for some truly great TV in the coming weeks. You know I'll be watching!

Epilogue - Probably my favorite moment of the whole show was at the very end, when DT was saying that he was happy with his decision in canning Bradford, when Caroline Chimed in "I agree" for no real reason. Classic brown-nosing "Yes (Wo)Man" behavior - Caught On Tape!

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Thursday, September 16, 2004
 
Prizefight


A huge showdow in Vegas on Saturday night. "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya versus "The Executioner" Bernard Hopkins. De La Hoya, Olympic Gold Medalist, world title-holder at six different weight classes, the most marketable player in the sport. Hopkins, reigning middle-weight champion, undefeated since 1992, 18 straight world-title defenses.

Can De La Hoya take his crown? Most observers including this one say no. The catch weight for Saturday's festivites is 157 lbs., however, the much naturally bigger Hopkins should have a huge advantage. Hopkins fought his first pro fight at 177 lbs. De La Hoya at 130. When asked why De La Hoya would risk fighting him, the always colorful, witty and straightforward Hopkins said: "Sh*t, for $30 million his ass would come up outta the grave to fight me." (De La Hoya is reportedly making $30 million for the fight. Not a bad day at the office, huh?)

Employing tactics he picked up at Grateford State Penitentiary over 15 years ago, as well as those he's picked up during his illustrious 15 year career, Hopkins will give De La Hoya the beating of his life. I see a methodical breakdown for nine rounds with the crowning blow coming in the tenth. A battered and beaten Oscar will spend the night in the hospital and will not be looking like the Golden Boy for some time.

Any other fight fans out there with thoughts or predictions?

(Just thought I'd let you know that Mama Chiles would not approve of this post. You see Mama Chiles can't stand the sweet science. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Mama Chiles thought it should be banned. Whatever.)

Read more about the fight here.

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The Undecideds vs. The Unlikelys


Our good buddy Larry David weighs in on the election with a fine editorial in today's New York Times. Larry says to hell with the "undecideds", it's the "unlikelys" that we should be concerned with. Here's the payoff pitch:

We'd love to tell you [the undecideds] to take a hike, but we're afraid to alienate you. If we really had any brains, we wouldn't spend another second on you, but on the people who can truly make a difference: the "unlikely" voters. And there are millions more of them than there are of you. Those people aren't after attention, they're just incredibly lazy. The only way they'll register to vote is if someone shows up at their door with a form. And then the only way they'll actually vote is if you carry them to the booth.

Not only are they lazy, they're also indifferent. They just don't believe that voting can have an effect on their lives. Well, it just so happens that right after I voted for the first time, I landed myself a big fat job in Hollywood, a biopsy came back benign and I met my future wife as soon as I walked out of the voting booth. Coincidence? You decide.
Yo, Larry. I feel you. And although I've got no empirical support, I'm pretty sure that a large majority of those unlikelys would fall squarely in the anything-but-Bush-camp. Sol, please, let's do all we can to light a firecracker under their ass on the 2nd of November. Coolio?

By the way, Larry, am I still your caucasian?

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Kobe Bryant Is No Saint


Yeah, yeah, I know, you knew that already. But still, based on recently released excerpts from statements Bryant made to the police things look even worse. As reported in Sports Illusterated:

• Bryant, after first denying an encounter took place, admitted to "holding her around her neck from behind" and graphically described a series of sex acts he engaged in with his accuser.

• As the officers and Bryant made small talk while walking to his room, Bryant told them he would pay his accuser to make the charges go away because "I'm in the worst f------ situation."

• During the interview Bryant told police about "a girl in Virginia named 'Michelle'" with whom he said he had had a consensual sexual relationship.

• Bryant told the police that he had never had to resort to paying hush money, stating that he "treats a woman with respect, therefore, they shouldn't say anything."
So, he "treats a woman with respect" huh? Perhpas he does not consider his wife a woman. Either that, or he thinks cheating on her on multiple occasions constitutes respectful behavior so long as you buy her a $4 million rock. Helluva guy this Kobe.

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Perspective


Check out this statement from the lawyer of the woman who was hit by the chair thrown by a Texas Ranger pitcher (as reported here.)

"What the Texas Rangers did is wrong," Gwilliam said. "It's like the Abu-Ghraib prison scandal. It all starts at the top."
Trust me, this does not qualify as zealous advocacy of your client. It does, however, qualify as abject stupidity. Just ridiculously beyond the pale. Dude clearly needs some thwacking over the head with the good 'ole clue-by-four. Sheesh.

(Thanks to MemphisBengal at www.sportsfrog.com for the scoop.)

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Mortified and Stupified
This piece is making the rounds of the blogosphere today, worth checking out. I mean, can you even imagine the Republican line of attack if Kerry or Edwards had half as much blood on their hands as Cheney? The whole issue of Kerry's voting against $87 billion in funding for Iraq wouldn't even be close to the biggest black mark and the race, rightly so, wouldn't even be close.

Oh right, 9/11 changed everything ... including Dick Cheney's past as a corporate whore who didn't care about comprimising national security for profit.
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Mandingo Comments
Please make any comments you may have on the "mandingo" post here. Apparently we're having technical difficulties with the comments link provided below the post. Thank you.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004
 
Football Coach Catching Heat For "Mandingo" Remark
The head football coach of Marshall College, Bob Pruett, is under fire for a comment that James Tolbert of the NAACP says "smacks of some racism."

In his weekly news conference leading up to Saturday's game, Pruett called the Ohio State Buckeyes "a bunch of Mandingos," according to a story posted on USA Today's Web site Tuesday night.
The general consensus from those that know Pruett seems to be that the comment was in no way meant to be racist. That being said, you really have to wonder what type of intelligence level were dealing with if Pruett was truly unaware that his comments would be construed as racially charged.

Where do I come out? I'll give Pruett a pass on the racism and chalk this one up to either buffon-level stupidity or buffoon-level judgment.
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L'Shana Tovah

Tekiah! Shevarim! Teruah! Tekiah Gedola!

Happy New Year Y'all

Rusha Homa Begins - Cozmo Out.

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Crazy Ivan Update
Looks like Ramius moved his Crazy Ivan to port instead of starboard. It must be the top of the hour.

Another thought. Is there a sadder case than Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel.
He is like the High School assistant football coach of weathermen. His future was so bright, and then, they give him storm chaser duty. Check him out here - selling how bad the storm is gonna smoke the Redneck Riveria town of Destin.

Godspeed Jim.

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Have A Nice Afternoon
A crazy day today, but it's slowed down considerably. And, after getting an email with this website from Jason V, my productive capacity has gone to nil for the day.


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Entourage


The SportsGuy weighs in.

He hates him some "E". Gave him F triple minus for the first coupla episodes, but did graduate him to like a C- or something. But he loves him some Turtle. Not for nothing, but this really leads me to question how long Simmons has been hittin' the pipe. Turtle friggin' sucks. Kills the show singlehandedly.

But I'm onboard with Simmons about Jeremy Piven. He's awesome. And that scene at the beach house with the other agent was pheeee-nomenal.

Any Entourage fans out there?

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Not Looking Good For Dan Rather
As more information comes out on the Killian memos, its becoming increasingly clear that Dan Rather and CBS were, at best, grossly negligent here. In light of this news, I'd be real surpised if some heads (including Rather's) did not roll.
Emily Will, a veteran document examiner from North Carolina, told ABC News she saw problems right away with the one document CBS hired her to check the weekend before the broadcast.

"I found five significant differences in the questioned handwriting, and I found problems with the printing itself as to whether it could have been produced by a typewriter," she said.

Will says she sent the CBS producer an e-mail message about her concerns and strongly urged the network the night before the broadcast not to use the documents.
In any event, it really would be nice if this whole issue of who did what thrity years ago would die already. Seems to me that Rather not only did himself a disservice here, but also the Kerry campaign. The longer we focus on this relatively unimportant issue, the longer the Bushies are able to avoid being taken to task for the very real problems that they've caused this country today. Can we please move on already?
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Is This Really The Man You Want Calling The Shots?
Speaks for itself.
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The Real Bush Memo
With the help of e-bay, we've finally gotten to the bottom of the story about George Bush's National Guard service. Just as I suspected all along.

Have a look at the authentic memo for yourself.
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I Wonder How This Guy Would Have Faired in Oz

A Muslim man who started riots in Gujrat India which eded in the death by "hacking" of thousands of Gujratis wants out of jail to have some luvin' with the wife. Apparently, he and his wife are suffering "mental trauma" from 30 months of no nookie. Request Denied - Salad tossing it is, then.

Jackie, your thoughts on the jurisprudense of this case?


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