Archive for March 3rd, 2006


It’s on its way! It’s finally on its way!!!


*happy camera dance*

In other happy technology news, my PC has been up & running continuously for 132 straight days – only 4 days to go for a new personal best!

4 comments March 3rd, 2006 at 11:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Today’s quote is once again from Freaked, probably Alex Winter’s only starring vehicle outside of the Bill & Ted movies:

Twelve milkmen is… theoretically possible. Thirteen milkmen is just silly.

As you can see, this is a very deep movie filled with the profound wisdom of the ages.

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

Es mas Mocha! Posted by Picasa

2 comments March 3rd, 2006 at 09:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

You’re Doin’ A Heckuva Job, Buellie.

Choice nugget from the WaPo’s analysis of the partisan “debate” over whether Bush was lying when he said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees,” or just chose his words poorly (yeah, like “anybody,” and “anticipated”…):

As the debate reached a new boil, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the resignation yesterday of Matthew Broderick, the department’s director of operations coordination, who will leave March 31. Chertoff said Broderick wants to spend more time with his family, but he is the second person associated with the Katrina response to resign, following Michael D. Brown, who directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

I know Bush hires a lot of unqualified people for high-stakes positions, but Ferris Bueller?
That’s just rubbing our noses in it.

“Okay, how are we going to get all of these people out of New Orleans?






March 3rd, 2006 at 02:26pm Posted by Eli

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

Questioning The Unquestioning

Interesting how Hurricane Katrina actually destroys spin (maybe it’s only when it brings the eye to bear, though).

Multiple (I think) Wanker Of The Day honoree John Dickerson observes that “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees” wasn’t the only self-serving BushCo. lie destroyed by the August 28 Katrina briefing video:

Based on what I’d been told by White House aides over the years, I expected to see the president asking piercing questions that punctured the fog of the moment and inspired bold action. Bush’s question-asking talents are a central tenet of the president’s hagiography. He may not be much for details, say aides, but he can zero in on a weak spot in a briefing and ask out-of-the-box questions. I have been repeatedly told over the years that he once interrupted a briefing on national defense to pose a 30,000-foot stumper: What is the function of the Department of Defense?

(Ooo, ahh, what a bold and daring question – hell, he probably asked because he genuinely didn’t know…)

So, surely during this briefing about an impending natural disaster, the president would have had a few pointed inquiries. The experts assembled in boxes on his screen like guests on Hollywood Squares had just told him the coming hurricane “was the big one” and talked about “the greatest potential for large loss of life.” Yet according to the Associated Press, which is the only press organization that has reviewed the video, Bush didn’t ask a single question in the briefing, but told officials “we are fully prepared.”

You know you’re in trouble when Michael Brown outshines you. [OUCH!] But the president’s question-free briefing is more than a momentary bad piece of public relations. It’s a blow to a key Bush myth. The Bush management philosophy relies on him as an interrogator. He delegates, but that’s OK because he knows how to question those he empowers to make sure they’re focused. Question-asking is also a central public tool in the “trust me” presidency. We aren’t supposed to worry that the NSA wiretapping program goes too far because the president has asked all the questions. When the president was wrong about the level of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or the strength of the insurgency, it wasn’t because he didn’t ask enough questions, we have been told, it was because he was given the wrong answers.

I too remember reading multiple times about what a brilliant and incisive leader Bush is in meetings, but perhaps it’s only true in meetings about issues that Bush actually cares about. Katrina couldn’t advance the Republican agenda in any obvious way, so it was just a nuisance to get out of the way as quickly as possible. The idea that whiffing on the disaster response might be a political disaster in its own right was apparently far too abstract for anyone to grasp, and I just can’t seriously believe that any of the Bush inner circle stayed up nights worrying about the possible deaths of a few thousand commoners (See: Gulf War II, The). And if it’s not a cause that Bush is personally committed to, his default position is, “I have people who take care of that.” It never even occurs to him that he actually has to take action himself to make things happen.

I bet there were a lot of meetings like this at Bush’s oil companies, right before they went under. I bet there were some key junctures where CEO Bush could have saved those companies with swift, decisive action, and he instead left it up to subordinates (who, I will also bet, were unqualified cronies) to figure it all out while he, ah, went to Margaritaville and frolicked in the snow.

I can certainly understand the appeal of the “CEO President” concept, but I can’t understand how it can be expanded to include CEOs who have never made a company stronger, or even kept it alive for more than a few years. How could anyone expect them to do better running the biggest corporation on Earth?

March 3rd, 2006 at 01:42pm Posted by Eli

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

Headline Of The Day

From NY Newsday:

New dad Satan helps Isles beat Devs

Actually, the headline when you go to the article itself is not so interesting, but I like the subheadline:

“Satan sees first child born in morning, then scores goal in shootout”

It’s so… humanizing!

See if you can read the entire article without giggling. I couldn’t.

1 comment March 3rd, 2006 at 12:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Great Headlines,Quotes,Sports

Please! OhpleasepleasepleasepleasePLEASE!!!

I. Hate. The. Oscars. Even with Jon Stewart hosting, I don’t think I can bear to watch that festival of slow-paced-yet-relentless dreck. However, there may be something to hope for this year:

And it’s about whether Philip Seymour Hoffman, if he wins for best actor, will keep a promise he made long ago. As he told David Letterman recently, he and Bennett Miller (also nominated for directing him in ‘Capote’) made a pact with a third friend when they were all teenagers: the first one to win an Oscar would have to bark his acceptance speech like a dog and continue until he is hauled off the stage. Now that is the kind of Oscar memory that endures, the kind of magic we can all dream of seeing on Sunday.

I think we can all agree that this would be the Greatest Oscar Moment Ever.

March 3rd, 2006 at 11:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Movies

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