Archive for January, 2006

I Just Don’t Get It. And I’m Pissed.

I know I’m not the only person perplexed and pissed off about this, but I wanted to get it off my chest nonetheless:

WHY did the Senate Democrats cave on Alito when the President’s approval ratings are in the toilet? What possible political price did they think they would pay for standing up to an unpopular president?

Worse yet, do they not realize just how much this craven capitulation would disgust and alienate their base? When the Democrats are up for election this year and in 2008, what are they going to campaign on if they can’t even say they opposed the Republicans? Are they just going to say that they’ll carry out the Republican agenda more competently and efficiently?

I think this was a huge mistake on every level. They’ve allowed a weak president to push through a hard-right Supreme Court nominee who will sit on the Court for the next 30-40 years. They’ve (once again) sacrificed their credibility as an opposition party. And when the Alito appointment starts bearing bitter and oppressive fruit, they’ve forfeited the right to beat the Republicans over the head with him. As with the invasion of Iraq, how can they make an aggressive campaign issue out of something/someone THEY THEMSELVES VOTED FOR?

I just don’t understand their thinking, I really don’t. I suppose it could be fear of the “nuclear option,” but if they never filibuster for fear of the nuclear option, then the nuclear option is already in effect. By not forcing the issue, they let the Republicans avoid paying any political price at all, either for imposing it, or for conveniently repealing it the second that Democrats retake control of the White House and Senate. Should such a thing ever actually happen.

The only other reason I can think of is some misguided notion of collegiality – that the President is entitled to a large measure of deference in his judicial nominations, but that’s just plain stupid. The Republicans have declared war on the Democrats, the Constitution, and most of the American people, and the Democrats still think they’re playing a genteel game of badminton or croquet. And they act surprised each time they get kicked in the nuts.

Getting back to electoral considerations: Who do you really think most Americans are going to vote for? The party that fights dirty, or the party that doesn’t fight at all? Or, at best, the party that sometimes fights sort-of-halfheartedly if thousands of people scream and yell at them and light their shorts on fire?

It angers and depresses me to see all the dedicated and passionate progressives phoning, writing, and e-mailing their hearts out, trying to influence a sad-sack party establishment that brushes us aside time and time again. It’s like watching a swarm of ants and mosquitos trying to turn aside a blind elephant (or very large donkey, as the case may be) lumbering towards the edge of a cliff. Don’t get me wrong; I’m very glad that our tribe is fighting – I just wish we didn’t have to fight for the attention of our own fucking party. I’ll continue voting Democrat and try to do what I can, but only because there is no other viable alternative.

Alito really was it for me – I have lost the last of what little faith I had left in the Democratic party. I now think it’s a distinct possibility that they will lose seats this year, and just like in 2002 and 2004, they won’t know why. But I will.

5 comments January 31st, 2006 at 06:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Favorites,Judiciary,Politics,Polls,Wankers

LOSERS.

Useless bloody wankers didn’t even try to make it look good.

Once again, the Democrats gleefully embrace their identity as the party of ineffectual chumps. Thanks a lot, guys. Way to keep that flame of democracy burning. I’m sure all you spineless, clueless Dems who voted for cloture will actually have the nerve to brag about how you voted against Alito’s confirmation when you run for re-election, too. I hope you’re all up against junkyard-dog Paul Hackett clones in your primaries, ’cause they will call you on that bullshit and rip your shit UP.

(Um, can some Dem scientist get to work on an army of Hackett clones ASAP? Or maybe an army of Wellstone clones with some Clinton charisma DNA grafted in? That would be ever so keen, thanks.)

In other news, American Idol gets more popular every year.

I can’t help but think that these two stories are somehow related…

3 comments January 30th, 2006 at 05:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Politics,Wankers

Patriotic NYC Photoblogging

Ahh, patriotic icons. I gotcher George W. (the good one), and even an American flag! Please put your hand over your heart and hum The Star-Spangled Banner to yourself. Make sure no-one’s around when you get to the “and the rockets red glare” part unless you are a trained soprano.


I wanted to reprise this picture of George W. fending off the paparazzi I took for my high school NYC slideshow, but the vantage point I needed was under construction (res tells me it’s structural damage from 9/11).


George W. in a contemplative mood.


Does using Photoshop count as flag desecration? Posted by Picasa

3 comments January 29th, 2006 at 09:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Hello From Amtrak!

I got nothin’, really. But hey, my train is stopped somewhere in the middle of PA where there’s a tenuous unsecured wireless network (there’s also a secured one called “Aidan=Dumbass”, which I think is absolutely brilliant), so I figured I might as well check in to say that I have nothing to say.

I should have lots of NYC photoblogging (I took 444 shots yesterday), and some Pittsburgh photoblogging as well when I get home.

Did I mention I’m on a train?

2 comments January 29th, 2006 at 01:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Early Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Going to be away from the internets again most of tomorrow, so I figured I should get the Friday Quote & Cat Blogging out of the way tonight.

This week’s quote:

Don’t upset me, Steve – unless you want to make me less horny.

From A Night At The Roxbury, the cheesy but-but-IMHO-underrated SNL movie based on the recurring sketch with Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, and whoever the host is, bobbing their necks unnaturally, crashing various parties and driving around with Haddaway’s “What Is Love?” playing continuously.

And, of course, there’ll be cats. Sort of.


Now, who does he remind me of… Posted by Picasa

6 comments January 26th, 2006 at 11:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Cranky TravAlito Blogging

Been travelling (9 hours on a train), so not much opportunity for blogging – currently lounging around my Dad’s house playing Mambo Kurt and Richard Cheese for my little sister. Probably won’t be around much until Sunday night.

I was going to ask whether it was possible that the Senate Democrats are playing possum on Alito, softpedaling the filibuster talk so as to catch the Republicans off guard, without a chance to disseminate their talking points in advance. But if Byrd (and Tim Johnson) is on board with Alito, I don’t think a filibuster’s going to happen.

I just don’t understand why – what are they seeing in him that I’m not? Please tell me they’re not thinking “Once the American people see a Republican Supreme Court in action, they’ll finally understand what’s at stake!”, because, um, by that point it’s kinda too late. Even if it propels them to control of Congress and the White House, the Republicans have assured themselves of 30-40 years of veto power by the judicial branch. Sure, there’ll be some entertainment value watching the Republicans explain how it’s not judicial activism when their guys do it, but I’d really rather just watch Family Guy.

January 26th, 2006 at 07:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Wankers

Photobloggingsynthesis

I’m not sure if anyone remembers this post from last June, about how when I take photographs of orange things, they tend to… disappear, or things around them do.

Well, I recently learned that this phenomenon appears to work in reverse (inverse? converse? contrapositive?) as well.


Remember the naked bankers?


Well, they’re gone. Replaced by something… orange (Orange isn’t even Parkvale’s color! All their other stuff is green!).


But, on the plus side, I totally found out where the HOT SEX is.


Like I said… Posted by Picasa

5 comments January 25th, 2006 at 06:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Are We Not Crap?

There. Is. No. God.

Hat tip to Bill… I think.

5 comments January 24th, 2006 at 08:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Music,Weirdness

Spot The Looney

Yes, it’s the exciting home game of the popular British gameshow, Spot The Looney!

See if you can Spot The Looney among these six New York Times letters to the editor!

*peppy-yet-contemplative Spot The Looney musical interlude*

If you answered “Letter Number Six, by Andre Huzsvai,” you have correctly Spotted The Looney! Well done! You win a lifetime supply of saucepans and rubber tubing!

It is impossible not to agree with William Saletan that abortion is bad. Contrary to the popular belief, it is not a judgment forced on us by the “Christian right”; it is not even a religious issue per se, merely that of basic fairness, decency and humanness.

No cultures known to mankind, including non-Christian and pre-Christian ones, would have allowed the mere thought of killing a new life in the mother’s womb.

With life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as core rights, the right of a fetus to be born clearly trumps the mother’s liberty to choose otherwise.

Alas, discussion is of no use. The solutions offered by Mr. Saletan will lead to nowhere for a very simple reason: abortion is far more than a “choice” as professed by its advocates; it is the only ace card of the feminist establishment in asserting power in the face of male “chauvinist” dominance, and it will fight tooth and nail to the last to preserve it.

I’m not sure if I’ve just won at Spot The Looney, or failed miserably at Spot The Parody… It’s just so damned hard to tell the difference these days.

3 comments January 24th, 2006 at 06:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Wankers

Wednesday Saintblogging

More fun with St. Bartholomew, the patron saint of lazy photographers.


I knew yelling “HEY!!!” really loud just before every shot would pay off eventually…


…And a slightly different angle. No birds, tho. Posted by Picasa

1 comment January 24th, 2006 at 07:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Republicans Vs. Democracy In 2006

“Editorial Observer” du jour Adam Cohen had an interesting piece about Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy In America” (which I really must get around to reading someday) in today’s NYT, and how even 170 years later, it still illuminates the American character, and the reasons for both fear and hope about American democracy’s future:

He worried that the state’s power would end up concentrated in a single authority, until its citizens were “reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” He feared the majority would trample on minorities, like the mob that attacked the Baltimore editors, or the whites of Pennsylvania who intimidated blacks into not voting. And he was concerned about tyranny of opinion, saying he knew of no country with “less independence of mind and true freedom of discussion” than America.

Tocqueville pointed to some bulwarks against tyranny. He was a firm supporter of checks and balances. He believed in the power of American law to limit the excesses of the ruler – the exact issue in today’s debate over the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens. He had great hopes for the judiciary. “The courts correct the aberrations of democracy,” he wrote, and “though they can never stop the movements of the majority, they do succeed in checking and directing them.” Tocqueville would not be surprised that the Supreme Court has limited the Bush administration’s excesses in the war on terror – or that the administration has been eager to nominate justices with an expansive view of presidential power.

Tocqueville would not have been distracted by all the talk that warrantless wiretaps, indefinite detainment of enemy combatants and other civil liberties incursions are serving the cause of freedom. He understood that the newest incarnation of despotism was likely to be ushered in by the “avowed lover of liberty” who is a “hidden servant of tyranny.”

Nor, though, would he be likely to despair. One reason “Democracy in America” has remained so popular is that despite his fears, Tocqueville remained nervously optimistic about democracy. He knew that the kind of equality that had taken hold in America could lead to tyranny, but he also believed that it gave people a “taste for free institutions,” which would lead them to resist. Equality “insinuates deep into the heart and mind of every man some vague notion and some instinctive inclination toward political freedom,” he insisted, “thereby preparing the antidote for the ill which it has produced.”

I believe it is time for the Democrats to put that last statement to the test. Make the 2006 election a referendum on the rule of law, the Constitution, and Democracy itself. Make an issue of the Constitutional ramifications of unchecked, illegal spying. Talk about the corruption and rot the Abramoff case has exposed in the legislature. Hang Alito’s hard-right, extremist views around their necks like a millstone whether he’s confirmed or not (if he is confirmed, this millstone will be a lot more substantial… but that’s not really a good thing).

If possible, tie it all together with the unifying theme that the Republicans have corrupted all three branches of our government, and the only way to begin cleaning it up and repairing the damage is to vote the bums out. Tell the voters, over and over again, “If you want to live in a democracy, vote Democrat. If you want to live in a police state and spend the rest of your life jumping at your own shadow, vote Republican.”

If the American people are still committed to the democratic ideal, make it as hard as possible for them to vote for Republicans. And if after all that, they still decide to vote for a police state, well, Soviet- er, I mean, so be it. They’ll have made an informed choice, and as Hecate so eloquently said, they can’t say we didn’t warn them.

3 comments January 23rd, 2006 at 08:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Democrats,Favorites,Politics,Republicans

*shivers with antici… pation*

Your move, NTodd. Your move.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

You will be mine, my precious. Oh yes.

(Did I mention that it’s 10.2 megapixels… cut?)

UPDATE: Crap. RitzCamera is full of shit. They said they had it in stock, but it’s actually back-ordered for 2-3 weeks. Wankers. At least they let me take the overnight shipping off…

9 comments January 23rd, 2006 at 11:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness

What A Strange, Strange Meme…

Ol’ Froth has hit me with a rather unusual meme, which I’m kinda liking because it doesn’t require me to think very hard:

1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Post the fifth sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same thing.

Hell, I can do that…

Rick theorizes that this was used to awe citizens into deep respect for (and therefore obedience of) the priesthood.

Now, let’s see… Who shall I bestow the joy of this meme upon?

1. The shadowy and mysterious Codename V.

2. NTodd.

3. Thersites.

4. NYMary.

5. watertiger.

4 comments January 22nd, 2006 at 09:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Memes

Farewell NYC Photoblogging

Okay, that’s it for NYC photoblogging. I think there might be a few good shots left (judge for yourself here and here – and if you want to go all the way back to 1987 when fisheyes roamed the earth… here), but I have to clear the decks for more Pittsburgh stuff.


It’s not really the “WE ARE SLAVES” that perplexes me, so much as the #274 after it. Is this the 274th intercom they’ve tagged? Is this the 274th person in a vast network of intercom taggers? Is this crypto-revolutionary slogan #274? Truly, the mysteries of life are without limit.


While my plastic tubing gently bleeds…


If you liked “Tube”, you’ll love “Cable”!


Awned!!! Posted by Picasa

2 comments January 22nd, 2006 at 02:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Incoming!!!

More fun with Google searches that can take you to my blog:

karen hughes sexy

And…

“boy gets eaten”

I’m not entirely convinced that they’re unrelated.

January 21st, 2006 at 04:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Rove Nails It.

Karl Rove lays down some hard-hitting truthtelling (another hat tip to watertiger):

The GOP’s progress… is a stunning political achievement. But it is also a cautionary tale of what happens to a dominant party… when its thinking becomes ossified; when its energy begins to drain; when an entitlement mentality takes over; and when political power becomes an end in itself rather than a mean to achieve the common goal.

Who knew Karl Rove was so perceptive and wise? Well, okay, he thought he was talking about the Democrats, but other than that, he really is spot-on.

January 21st, 2006 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Wankers

What Do They Tell Themselves?

The spineless, conciliatory, triangulating, go-along-to-get-along Democrats like Dianne Feinstein, Ben Nelson, Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman, Joe Biden, and God knows how many others…

What do they tell themselves when Al Gore or Molly Ivins tells them to forgodsake stand up and fight for what they believe in, to fight for the Constitution, to oppose the Republicans and call them on their lies? Do they convince themselves that these people (i.e., the former two-term Vice President of the United States) simply don’t understand political realities? That they must be talking about someone else? Or do they just stick their fingers in their ears and go “Lalalalalalalalalala” until the Bad Man or Bad Woman stops talking?

I just don’t get it. I’d like to think that they still have some shame, that they have twinges of remorse for their vanished pride and integrity, but for the life of me, I cannot see it.

2 comments January 20th, 2006 at 10:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Wankers

Friday Quote & Lizard Blogging

This week’s quote:

Mr. Stinky bit me! BAD Mr. Stinky!

From Return Of The Living Dead 5: Rave To The Grave, quite possibly the greatest cheesy zombie movie of all time (hat tip to Sallyh for reminding me). Here, for no particular reason and in no particular order, are the things that make this movie great:

1) Bumbling, zombie-canister-seeking Russian henchmen who like Krispy Kreme.

2) Bumbling Russian henchmen, zombies, hippies, grenade launchers, and opera, all in one scene.

3) Bumbling Russian henchmen at a rave, dressed as scantily-clad Valkyries.

4) The normally dour Peter Coyote wearing a bizarre, fixed grin throughout his entire brief appearance (likewise in the much-weaker preceding movie, Return Of The Living Dead 4: Necropolis).

5) Mr. Stinky, the genius zombie rat. I just can’t say “Mr. Stinky, the genius zombie rat” enough – it never gets old.

6) The pizza delivery zombie who is not only still carrying his last delivery, but keeps it upright at all times, even while getting his ass kicked.

7) The (presumably) horny zombie who bites a cheerleader on the ass instead of the head.

8) The gloppy skeletal canister zombie attempting to hitchhike with a crudely lettered “RAVE OR BUST” sign (with some of the letters backwards).

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s lizards…


Spike in action. This was a total accident, really. Posted by Picasa

2 comments January 20th, 2006 at 07:09pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Favorites,Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Movies

More Like This, Please.

Good stuff from an evangelical professor of religion in today’s NYT:

IN the past several years, American evangelicals, and I am one of them, have amassed greater political power than at any time in our history. But at what cost to our witness and the integrity of our message?

Recently, I took a few days to reread the war sermons delivered by influential evangelical ministers during the lead up to the Iraq war. That period, from the fall of 2002 through the spring of 2003, is not one I will remember fondly. Many of the most respected voices in American evangelical circles blessed the president’s war plans, even when doing so required them to recast Christian doctrine.

(Several disturbing examples follow, including a Jerry Falwell essay titled “God is pro-war”)

The war sermons rallied the evangelical congregations behind the invasion of Iraq. An astonishing 87 percent of all white evangelical Christians in the United States supported the president’s decision in April 2003. Recent polls indicate that 68 percent of white evangelicals continue to support the war. But what surprised me, looking at these sermons nearly three years later, was how little attention they paid to actual Christian moral doctrine. Some tried to square the American invasion with Christian “just war” theory, but such efforts could never quite reckon with the criterion that force must only be used as a last resort. As a result, many ministers dismissed the theory as no longer relevant.Some preachers tried to link Saddam Hussein with wicked King Nebuchadnezzar of Biblical fame, but these arguments depended on esoteric interpretations of the Old Testament book of II Kings and could not easily be reduced to the kinds of catchy phrases that are projected onto video screens in vast evangelical churches. The single common theme among the war sermons appeared to be this: our president is a real brother in Christ, and because he has discerned that God’s will is for our nation to be at war against Iraq, we shall gloriously comply.

(snip)

“Privately, in the days preceding the invasion, I had hoped that no action would be taken without United Nations authorization,” [Jon Stott, according to David Brooks the closest thing to an evangelical pope] told me. “I believed then and now that the American and British governments erred in proceeding without United Nations approval.” Reverend Stott referred me to “War and Rumors of War,” a chapter from his 1999 book, “New Issues Facing Christians Today,” as the best account of his position. In that essay he wrote that the Christian community’s primary mission must be “to hunger for righteousness, to pursue peace, to forbear revenge, to love enemies, in other words, to be marked by the cross.”

What will it take for evangelicals in the United States to recognize our mistaken loyalty? We have increasingly isolated ourselves from the shared faith of the global Church, and there is no denying that our Faustian bargain for access and power has undermined the credibility of our moral and evangelistic witness in the world. The Hebrew prophets might call us to repentance, but repentance is a tough demand for a people utterly convinced of their righteousness.

Essays and op-ed pieces like this are incredibly important, because I do not believe evangelicals take external criticism seriously. Coming from a non-evangelical or, worse yet, non-Christian such as myself, this sort of criticism can be dismissed as anti-religious or anti-Jesus. Of course, their own hatred and lust for blood and power makes them far more anti-Jesus than a Jewgnostic like me.

Just as we must wait and hope for moderate Muslims to denounce their fundamentalist crazies, so too must we wait and hope for moderate Christians and evangelicals to do the same. And then hope that the calm, reasonable voices of Jesus’s true followers can be heard over the insistent shouts of the false gods of intolerance and rage.

2 comments January 20th, 2006 at 09:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Politics,Religion,Republicans

Do I Have To Explain Everything To Mr. Krugman???

Paul Krugman, by way of Atrios:

So I have a question for my colleagues in the news media: Why isn’t the decision by the White House to stonewall on the largest corruption scandal since Warren Harding considered major news?

Well, if we suspend disbelief long enough to accept the premise that the media is easily distracted by shiny objects as opposed to being active collaborators in the Republican War On Truth, then the answer is quite simple:

The Bush White House stonewalling in the face of scandal is hardly newsworthy. Now, if they were open and honest about a scandal, that story would be front page all the way to Mars!

…Bitches.

January 20th, 2006 at 12:07am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Penultimate NYC Photoblogging

I think I’ll do one more NYC post after this one, and then go back to exploring the natural wonders of Pittsburgh…


Give my regards to Roadway…


A city bus, ah, dissuaded me from my original plan of photographing the pothole up close – hooray for zoom lenses!


In retrospect, 1600 ISO and point-blank flash was probably not a smart combination, but I kinda like how it turned out. Posted by Picasa

1 comment January 19th, 2006 at 10:07pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Anybody Else Feel The Sudden Urge To Clear Some Brush?

Bin Laden Threatens Attack, Offers Truce

My favorite bit:

The United States will not let up in the war on terror despite the threats on the tape, said White House press secretary Scott McClellan. “We do not negotiate with terrorists,” McClellan said. “We put them out of business.”

Umm… When?

1 comment January 19th, 2006 at 05:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Wankers,War

Zork Meets Dork

Oh, this is just brilliant:

Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure

(Thanks to Bill for the tip!)

3 comments January 18th, 2006 at 06:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Coolness,Favorites,Iraq,Politics

Poke The Bubble

My last post got me to thinking, that the Bush White House has handed us a great agitation strategy. We need more activist groups attempting to deliver letters to the White House and having them palmed off on hazmat teams. The Republicans love to use words like “confront,” and “courage,” and “resolve,” but whenever a Sheehan or a Cleland shows up their doorstep, Big Strong Tough Man Bush hunkers down and hides like a scared little mouse. Sadly, it’s our whole country in microcosm: fear negates function.

I would just like to see what would happen to Bush’s approval rating if Countdown or The Daily Show ran some footage of hazmatstronauts whisking away a letter from Max Cleland or Cindy Sheehan or Kristin Breitweiser, or some sort of “Concerned Grandmothers Against War” type organization. Or if a mainstream media outlet actually picked up on the story while their Republican Loyalty Officer was out sick or on vacation.

1 comment January 18th, 2006 at 01:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Favorites,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Bubble Madness!!!

I just wanted to highlight one particular bit of insanity that’s sort of buried in watertiger’s post about a “citizen’s tribunal” being convened in NYC to try President Bush for war crimes.

Witnesses at the Tribunal include: former commander of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray who exposed the use of information gathered through torture, former arms inspector Scott Ritter, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Dahr Jamail (journalist who has reported extensively from Iraq), Guantanamo prisoners’ lawyer Michael Ratner, Katrina survivors, former State Department officer Ann Wright, among many more.

But that’s not really the interesting part… to me, at least. This is the interesting part:

January’s hearings will be the second and final session of the Commission. Indictments from the first session were formally delivered to George W. Bush at the White House on January 10. Bush’s staff would not receive the indictments at the gate, saying that the president “will not accept any materials from the public.” As TV cameras rolled, a hazmat squad was called in by White House personnel to remove the envelope.

A Hazmat Squad??? “Will not accept any materials from the public”? I think it’s time to stop comparing our resolute, courageous Commander-In-Chief to Richard Nixon, and time to start comparing him to Howard Hughes.

Also: If TV cameras were rolling when this happened, did it get covered at all on Countdown or The Daily Show? I know it would be too much to expect any conventional media outlets to mention it, but I would think they would be all over something like this. It’s got the same batshit crazy paranoid feeling as when the citizens of Grapevine, Texas were forbidden to look out of their windows to gaze upon his Royal Splendor as the imperial motorcade passed through.

4 comments January 17th, 2006 at 06:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Favorites,Media,Politics,Wankers,Weirdness

Briefly-Home-For-Lunch NYC Photoblogging

Just home for a few minutes, so no time to write anything intelligent. But just enough time to post some more NYC photos!

I think I have maybe one or two more NYC posts left in me, then I can start getting caught up on Pittsburgh…


I am absolutely certain that I am the only person on earth who has ever taken this shot.


Mmm… Refuse…

See how it yearns to breathe free!


The sleek and alluring lines of the traditional NYC street vendor’s cart. Posted by Picasa

1 comment January 17th, 2006 at 02:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Gore’s Roar, The Revenge: They Get E-Mails

Here’s my e-mail to CNN, for all the good it will do:

I hope you will be covering Al Gore’s speech today, and that you give it more than a 15-second soundbite and a “that wacky Al Gore” shake of the head in between shark attacks and Aruba updates. A former vice president accusing a sitting president of criminality and incompetence, and the Congress and media of abdicating their responsibilities, should be big news in any universe.

Assuming that you do have some talking-head point-counterpoint analysis, I implore you to provide genuine representation for the liberal/Democrat point of view. I know it’s tempting to trot out Joe Lieberman to stick a knife in his old running-mate’s back, but please don’t do it. If you must put “sensible” faux-liberals like Lieberman or Richard Cohen or Joe Klein up there to tut-tut about how “Al Gore is a fine man, but History has passed him by, and he is treading dangerously close to treason by not supporting the President in this time of peril,” at least give some real liberals like Dean or Clark or Krugman an opportunity to rebut them.

This is very important, powerful material, and it is your duty to give it a fair hearing. I dare you.

Here goes nothin’.

6 comments January 16th, 2006 at 03:28pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Gore,Media,Wankers

Gore’s Roar

Go. Read. Now.

Hopefully later on I’ll have something more coherent to say about it than “BRAVO!!!” and “More like this, please.”

UPDATE: Changed link to point to Hecate’s post on the speech, which is also excellent, and reminds us of what’s morally at stake.

3 comments January 16th, 2006 at 01:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Democrats,Gore,Politics

NYC Building Blogging, Part II

More architectural diversions from NYC.


More fun at Rockefeller Center…


Visibility was sometimes kinda funky.


NYC’s tallest remaining building – can’t really see any of the good stuff from this angle, unfortunately. I just count myself lucky I wasn’t arrested on the spot… Posted by Picasa

2 comments January 15th, 2006 at 07:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Life In Pittsburgh

Courtesy of Ol’ Froth, who heard this on his police scanner:

(car#) County, (address). Complainant says a man, possibly a teenager, came to his house dressed as a chicken.

Well, alrighty then. (I have an alibi, I swear)

Perhaps this will help you to visualize. And possibly give you nightmares for the rest of your life.

4 comments January 15th, 2006 at 01:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Pittsburgh/PA,Quotes,Weirdness

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