Archive for February, 2007

Advice Of The Day

What not to say if your mom is jealous of you:

Try to avoid saying things like, “I can afford this nice coat because my job pays more than yours ever did,” or “My husband treats me better than dad treats you.”

Sometimes the best advice is the most obvious.

2 comments February 28th, 2007 at 07:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes

This Surprises… No-One.

Hey, guess what!

The fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico says he was pressured by two members of Congress prior to the November elections about the pace of an ongoing public corruption probe that targets local Democrats.

David C. Iglesias — who is leaving today after more than five years in office — said he received separate calls in October from two federal lawmakers, whom he declined to identify. Iglesias said he suspects the episode led the Justice Department to include him in a wave of firings of federal prosecutors late last year.

“They were fishing around for information in terms of the status of the investigation,” Iglesias said in an interview, referring to the lawmakers. “They were fishing around for a timetable. Those are things I’m prohibited from talking about.”

Iglesias said the callers seemed focused on whether indictments in the case might be issued prior to the elections.

“I didn’t give them what they wanted,” Iglesias said. “That was probably a political problem that caused them to go to the White House or whomever and complain that I wasn’t a team player.”


…Iglesias said the two lawmakers called him about a well-known criminal probe involving a Democratic legislator. He declined to provide their party affiliation, but suggested by his comments that the callers were Republicans. [No shit.]
Local media outlets reported last year that the FBI and Iglesias’s office had opened a probe into allegations involving a former longtime Democratic state senator, Manny Aragon, and government construction projects in Bernalillo County. No charges have been issued in the case.

Iglesias said the phone calls made him feel “pressured to hurry the subsequent cases and prosecutions,” but he also said he did not receive similar contacts from anyone in the executive branch. He also said he made a mistake by not reporting the calls to the Justice Department as “inappropriate contacts.” Now he believes the contacts lie at the root of his firing.

“I suspect that was the reason I was asked to step down, but I don’t know that I’ll ever know,” Iglesias said.

Now watch the Bushies say that he was fired for not contacting the Justice Department about the phone calls. Because they’re so by-the-book about the law and proper procedure and stuff.

Even if Iglesias is wrong about the reason for his firing, that does not erase the fact that Republican congressmen were pressuring him to use an indictment as a political weapon, and I sure would like to see them get called on that. Not sure why he would withhold their names – I guess it would be actionable if he were to name names on an accusation like that, unless he had solid proof, like a recording.

3 comments February 28th, 2007 at 07:22pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Why I Can’t Take Fashion Seriously


1 comment February 28th, 2007 at 06:43pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Couldn’t Shiv The Habit

Might be time for prisons to start stocking up on nicotine patches…

Two inmates housed in a smoke-free prison traded a hostage for cigarettes after a six-hour standoff.

Billy Grubb, 32, and Bradley Johnson, 25, attacked the guard Monday night, said Howard Carlton, warden of the Northeast Correctional Complex.

”As the night progressed they started saying, ‘Look, we’ll give up if you let us have some tobacco. If you do that, we’ll go back to our cell,”’ Carlton said. ”They got them some cigarettes, they smoked them and went back to their cell and locked themselves back in.”

I think the moral of this story is pretty obvious: Never take a job as a guard in a smoke-free prison.

4 comments February 28th, 2007 at 04:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Prisoners,Weirdness

Sweet Jesus, I Hate Maureen Dowd

Structurally, she appears to be talking up Al Gore, yet everything she says ridicules and belittles him.

The best ex-president who was never president could make one of the most interesting campaigns in American history even more interesting. Will he use his green moment on the red carpet in black tie to snag blue states and win the White House?

Ooo, look at that clever thing she did with all the colors!

Only the Goracle knows the answer.

The Goracle? Jebus.

The man who was prescient on climate change, the Internet, terrorism and Iraq admitted that maybe his problem had been that he was too far ahead of the curve. He realized at a conference that “there’re ideas that are mature, ideas that are maturing, ideas that are past their prime … and a category called ‘predawn.’

“And all of a sudden it hit me,” he told John Heilemann of New York magazine last year. “Most of my political career was spent investing in predawn ideas! I thought, Oh, that’s where I went wrong.”

So far, so good, right?

As Mr. Gore basked Sunday night in the adoration of Leo, Laurie David and the rest of the Hollywood hybrid-drivers, Democrats wondered: Is this chubby guy filling out the Ralph Lauren three-piece tuxedo a mature idea or an idea that’s past its prime?

HAHAHA! Al Gore’s fat fat fatty fat! HAHAHAHAHA! And probably over-the-hill, too!

If he waits long enough to get into the race, all the usual-suspect-consultants will be booked – which would be a boon for Mr. Gore, since his Hessian strategists in 2000 made him soft-pedal the environment, the very issue that makes him seem most passionate and authentic. The same slides about feedback loops and the interconnectedness of weather patterns that made his image-makers yawn just won his movie an Academy Award.

I actually kinda like her point here, but there is more than enough evidence that the supply of incompetent Democratic consultants is all but infinite.

Mr. Gore must be pleased that he’s been vindicated on so many fronts, yet it still must rankle the Nobel Peace Prize nominee to hear the White House spouting such dangerous nonsense. He must sometimes imagine how much safer the world would be if he were president.The Bush-Cheney years have been all about dragging the country into the past, getting back the presidential powers yanked away after Watergate, settling scores from Poppy Bush’s old war, and suppressing scientific and environmental advances. Instead of aiming for the stars, the greatest power on earth is bogged down in poorly navigated conflicts with ancient tribes and brutes in caves.

Good, good…

Surely the Goracle, an aficionado of futurism, must stew about all the time and money and good will that has been wasted with a Vietnam replay and a scolding social policy designed to expunge the Age of Aquarius.

When he’s finished Web surfing, tweaking his PowerPoint and BlackBerrying, what goes through his head? Does he blame himself? Does he blame the voting machines? Ralph Nader? Robert Shrum? Naomi Wolf? How about Bush Inc. and Clinton Inc.?

“The Goracle” is a smart guy, MoDo. So he probably blames YOU. (HAHAHA! Al Gore’s a techno-nerd! HAHAHAHAHA!)

With the red carpet rolled up, the tux at the cleaner’s, and the gold statuette on the director’s mantle, not his, the Goracle is at his Nashville mansion, contemplating how to broker his next deal. Will he cast himself as the savior of the post-Bush era, or will the first Gore in the Oval Office be Karenna, mother of Oscar?

Yes, it’s all just like making a movie; everything is image with The Goracle, and nothing is real. Once again, MoDo apparently makes the mistake of believing that everyone is as shallow and cynical as she is.

It is almost impossible to read a MoDo column without cringing. She’s so in love with showing off what a snarky and jaded Mean Girl she is, that she’s become almost incapable of expressing a serious, honest idea. I think maybe she needs to have a long talk with Deathlok the pacifist cyborg.

6 comments February 28th, 2007 at 07:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Media,Politics,Wankers

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Be afraid. Be very afraid:

STANLEY, East Falkland — Penguins raided a herring shop today, injuring the store owner and at least twenty-six customers.

“And I’m afraid that’s just the start,” said bird expert Alan Gannett. “They’ve been getting bolder in their dealings with humans and we’ve discovered why: they’re hoarding leftover munitions from the 1982 Falklands War.”

Gannett calls the birds’ weapons-caching an offshoot of their nesting behavior.

“Well, what did we expect?” Gannett said. “The RAF plunked their Mount Pleasant station right in the middle of the Gentoo penguins’ habitat. Gentoos with blotchier markings disappeared against the soldiers and equipment, making those birds safe from local predators.” The result? Local Gentoos now wear the official camouflage of the British land forces, albeit in black and white.

The penguins have also gathered helmets and grenades and have consequently lost their status as an endangered species.

“In fact, the birds have nearly obliterated their natural enemies, the leopard seals,” according to Gannett. “I’ve actually seen Gentoos mimic British sonar equipment and pinpoint these predators underwater with a quack. They’ve also learned to use the grenades as little depth charges.”

But Gannett said the balance of power could change.

“If the seals continue to hang out near their visiting U.S. Navy counterparts, imitating their attack strategies, the tide may turn soon.”

But which ones will be the first to acquire nukes?

February 28th, 2007 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News


Exciting space news:

The New Horizons spacecraft, launched from Earth by NASA some 13 months ago, is moving in for a close encounter with Jupiter on Wednesday that should let it test its suite of instruments before being flung off toward the distant target of Pluto and its trio of moons.

The half-ton, atomic-powered robot craft is to make more than 700 observations of Jupiter and its four largest moons by June. A period of high-intensity observations began last Saturday and will peak after the craft makes its closest approach to Jupiter on Wednesday, passing 1.4 million miles from the center of the giant planet.

(Does that seem like an odd formulation to anyone else? Why not describe it in terms of distance from Jupiter’s surface?)

New Horizons is powered by a small plutonium-fueled electric generator, and its instruments include three cameras, for visible-light, infrared and ultraviolet images, a space-dust collector and three spectrometers to study the chemical composition and temperatures of the worlds it investigates.

Very appropriate that the first robot probe to visit Pluto would be powered by Plutonium. And it’s probably cheaper than old people’s medicine, too.

February 28th, 2007 at 01:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Technology

Steampunk Is Teh Future!

Max Whittaker/New York Times

NYT has an intriguing story about nuclear fusion, including a rather bizarre strategy to use sound waves to make “small-scale desktop fusion” possible – or, more accurately, worthwhile (starting and maintaining a fusion reaction is not the tricky part; doing it for less energy than the reaction generates is the tricky part). The story also covers more traditional, large-scale approaches, like blasting fuel pellets with lasers, and using magnetic torii as containment fields.

I don’t think we’ll get it in time, if at all, but sustainable fusion power really would be exactly what we need right now. Petroleum reserves are gradually running out, are largely located in unstable and/or unfriendly parts of the world, and are contributing to the greenhouse effect, along with coal. Fusion reactions basically run on water, and their waste by-product is… helium. And not even radioactive helium, at that.

Unfortunately, as the Republicans have yet to learn, simply needing something to happen does not actually make it happen. The universe does not grant wishes.

1 comment February 28th, 2007 at 12:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Energy,Science,Technology


Tom Cruise says farewell to wife Katie Holmes before flying disc returns him to Xenu.

(Photo credit: Axel Koester, New York Times)

1 comment February 27th, 2007 at 09:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Epic Media Post

My epic post on the flaws of the media appears to have been sucked into a wormhole, and has ended up at Firedoglake.

These things happen, apparently.

8 comments February 27th, 2007 at 06:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

Please Tell Me He’s Kidding

Howie Kurtz, in this week’s chat session:

Anonymous: Michelle Malkin has been loud, rude and wrong on just about any topic she has ever opined upon. Any chance you will ever profile any of the bloggers who have been serious, thoughtful and correct? Also, as the right-wing already dominates AM talk radio, cable news and other media, right-wing bloggers are seemingly marginalized. In contrast, real liberal points of view (Krugman and Dionne excepted) mostly are confined to the Internet. It seems as if these “new” voices are a far more interesting phenomena.


Howard Kurtz: Well, let’s see, I’ve already done profiles of Jeff Jarvis and Andrew Sullivan, and written extensively about bloggers on both the left and the right.



Some of the questioners also provided some… interesting spin on Dana Priest’s Walter Reed reporting: Basically, she’s a totally self-aggrandizing gloryhound because wounded vets being treated badly is old news, and because she didn’t go to the DoD as soon as she saw the awful conditions, but instead worked on her story for four months while brave GIs suffered (and without the embarrassment of a story, the DoD would have done… what, exactly?). To his credit, Howie treated them with the scorn they deserved.

February 27th, 2007 at 02:16pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Inexplicable Statement Of The Day

From today’s WaPo chat with Jonathan Weisman:

Anonymous: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much is this administration sweating the verdict in the Libby trial?

Jonathan Weisman: Uh, 1? WHy would they care? They’re just happy the trial is over.

Oh, sure, a guilty verdict wouldn’t reflect badly on them at all. It’s not like it would suggest that Libby was hiding something, or protecting someone who decided to deliberately expose the name of a CIA covert operative to discredit and intimidate someone speaking inconvenient truths…

1 comment February 27th, 2007 at 01:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Libby/Plame,Media,Republicans,Uncategorized

Signs Of The Apocalypse

Put on your Rapture boots, it’s the End Times:

Krispy Kreme, the company known for its glazed doughnuts, its chocolate iced glazed doughnuts and its glazed “kreme”-filled doughnuts, on Monday introduced a whole wheat doughnut.

In case anyone is wondering, it is glazed. And it has a caramel flavoring. The company called the new doughnut an alternative for health-conscious consumers, with 180 calories. The original glazed has 200 calories, according to the company’s Web site, and the glazed cream-filled weighs in at 340.

“The Krispy Kreme whole wheat glazed doughnut delivers the delicious taste that our customers have come to expect from us,” said Stan Parker, the company’s senior vice president of marketing.

I find the concept of a healthy doughnut simultaneously admirable and horrifying.

1 comment February 27th, 2007 at 12:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Quote Of The Day

Spoken by Deathlok the pacifist cyborg(!) in Marvel’s Beyond! graphic novel:

Cynicism isn’t maturity. Callousness isn’t strength. Pretending you don’t care so you don’t have to try isn’t “winning.” What you do with your life matters.

We could all learn a thing or two from Deathlok the pacifist cyborg.

(by way of WaPo’s “Media Mix”)

2 comments February 27th, 2007 at 11:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Quotes

Scooby Does Dallas

Oh my.

A Queens man is under arrest for putting a kinky spin on Scooby-Doo – and shagging, too.

Julio Quevedo, 43, faces jail time for peddling bogus costumes of popular cartoon characters to undercover investigators who told him they would be used for a triple-X fetish called “furry porn,” cops said yesterday.

“There is a whole subculture engaged in that kind of activity,” said one law enforcement source. “It certainly was different.”

The bizarre behavior involves people dressing up in costumes or parts of costumes and having sex.

An investigator working for the firm that owns the cartoon trademarks bought Barney and Bob the Builder costumes from Quevedo last year, cops said. On Saturday, the investigator and a detective posed as husband-and-wife porn producers who told Quevedo they needed more costumes for a kinky movie.

Quevedo, of Jamaica, allegedly brought them to a warehouse in Queens, where they were offered dozens of costumes, including Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Tasmanian Devil and Scooby-Doo.

Personally, I would avoid any adult movie which could potentially contain the words “Scooby do me!” Gah.

(You don’t even want to know what possible movie titles are floating through my head right now…)

February 27th, 2007 at 09:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Mick And Ick


Bleagh. Someone at Topps decided to have a little fun with the Derek Jeter card…

February 27th, 2007 at 07:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Sports,Weirdness

Preoccupied B&W Photoblogging

Between trying to process my photos from Saturday, and working on an epically long post, I haven’t really had the time or focus to post or visit around much, so here are some samples from my first batch of Saturday pics:

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I like cars. I like buildings. I like reflections.

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Bus shelter. For some reason it almost looked like a negative. I even tried inverting it to see what would happen, but it wasn’t very interesting.

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Stair shadows.

Hopefully I’ll be back to normal by the end of the week. Well, normal for me, anyway…

3 comments February 26th, 2007 at 08:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Fun Fak From Novak

Apparently, none of the Republicans currently in the Senate voted to give Dubya permission to blow up the Middle East.

I learn something new every day.

Novak may be correct that the Republicans will not vote for a repeal of the AUMF, but I don’t buy his premise. If anything, the Republicans should have even more motivation to publicly distance themselves from Iraq than the Democrats.

Bring it to a vote, and then let the Republicans explain themselves in 2008.

2 comments February 26th, 2007 at 11:59am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Iraq,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War

I Like It!

Interesting Oscar proposal in today’s WaPo (full disclosure: I hate awards shows in general, and the Oscars in particular):

One series of psychological experiments offers insight into why the stars regularly underperform at the Academy Awards — and what can be done about it. Contrary to the widely held belief that a supportive audience improves the performance of people under pressure, these experiments show exactly the opposite is true. All those fans, friends and family in the auditorium may make the stars feel good about what they are doing on stage, but it is probably making the show more boring for the rest of us.


[V]olunteers did worse when they believed the audience was invested in their success, compared with when the audience was not interested.


Paradoxically, people invariably felt they did better than they had when they had a supportive audience — even though they did worse — and felt they had done worse when the audience was hostile — even though they had done better. The support of a friendly audience made people feel good about themselves, and that feeling tricked them into believing they had actually performed well.


So here’s a suggestion for the Oscars next year. Tell friends and families of the stars to watch the show on TV. Sit that high school gym teacher who used to make life hell for the Best Actor in the front row. Bring in all the ex-husbands and ex-wives, too.

The stars will probably not enjoy the show very much. But it will be far more entertaining for the rest of us.

Hey, even if it doesn’t work, I would at least take some satisfaction from knowing that the stars are as miserable as the viewers (I believe this is known as “awards showdenfreude”).

But what do we do about all the hacks who write the godawful presentation banter and all that excruciating filler material that just goes on and on and on? Maybe something like the brainwashing scene in A Clockwork Orange, only instead of Beethoven and ultraviolence, it would be interminable musical numbers and lame, pointless comedy routines.

February 26th, 2007 at 11:15am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies,Science


In retrospect, I should have blogged my Oscar picks instead of just e-mailing them to the shadowy and mysterious Codename V, since it turns out I did pretty well. My only real blind spot was The Departed, what with Martin Scorsese being the Susan Lucci of the Oscars and all.

My pick for Best Picture: The Queen.
Oscar: The Departed.

My pick for Best Actor: Forest Whitaker.
Oscar: Forest Whitaker.

My pick for best Actress: Helen Mirren.
Oscar: Helen Mirren.

My pick for Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin.
Oscar: Alan Arkin.

My pick for Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson.
Oscar: Jennifer Hudson.

My pick for Best Director: Clint Eastwood.
Oscar: Martin Scorsese.

My pick for Best Foreign Language Film: Anything But Pan’s Labyrinth.
Oscar: Not Pan’s Labyrinth. (NOTE: My pick was not meant to disparage Pan’s Labyrinth – quite the contrary.)

My pick for Best Adapted Screenplay: The Departed.
Oscar: The Departed.

My pick for Best Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine.
Oscar: Little Miss Sunshine.

My pick for Best Animated Feature: Happy Feet.
Oscar: Happy Feet.

My pick for Best Art Direction: Pan’s Labyrinth.
Oscar: Pan’s Labyrinth.

My pick for Best Cinematography: Children Of Men.
Oscar: Pan’s Labyrinth.

Not bad, especially considering I haven’t seen any of the nominees.

4 comments February 26th, 2007 at 10:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies

Monday Media Blogging

Another Likely Story.
Christopher Guest plays all the roles in this bizarre film noir parody.

February 26th, 2007 at 06:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Bye Bye, Mitt.

I’m not going to bother defending Mitt from irrelevant smears against his long-dead ancestors. I’m just going to make the observation that since the mainstream media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican establishment, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Republican establishment does not want Mitt as the Rominee.

Just to make this clear: The reason I say this is not because it is simply an anti-Mitt story, but because it is a completely frivolous, bullshit anti-Mitt story, of exactly the same mean-spirited and content-free nature as the ones used to smear Democratic candidates (contrast this with a complete absence of snarky stories about Rudy or McCain’s marital histories). Mitt’s out; he just doesn’t know it yet.

6 comments February 25th, 2007 at 01:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Religion,Republicans

Sunday Mr. Deity Blogging

Mr. Deity reluctantly abandons a technological solution.

From Joe. My. God, by way of Bigezbear.

February 25th, 2007 at 01:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Mr. Deity,Religion

Wankers Of The Week

Delta Zeta sorority, national organization. Official motto, “No fat chicks”:

When a psychology professor at DePauw University here surveyed students, they described one sorority as a group of “daddy’s little princesses” and another as “offbeat hippies.” The sisters of Delta Zeta were seen as “socially awkward.”

Worried that a negative stereotype of the sorority was contributing to a decline in membership that had left its Greek-columned house here half empty, Delta Zeta’s national officers interviewed 35 DePauw members in November, quizzing them about their dedication to recruitment. They judged 23 of the women insufficiently committed and later told them to vacate the sorority house.

The 23 members included every woman who was overweight. They also included the only Korean and Vietnamese members. The dozen students allowed to stay were slender and popular with fraternity men — conventionally pretty women the sorority hoped could attract new recruits. Six of the 12 were so infuriated they quit.

“Virtually everyone who didn’t fit a certain sorority member archetype was told to leave,” said Kate Holloway, a senior who withdrew from the chapter during its reorganization.

“I sensed the disrespect with which this was to be carried out and got fed up,” Ms. Holloway added. “I didn’t have room in my life for these women to come in and tell my sisters of three years that they weren’t needed.”


The mass eviction battered the self-esteem of many of the former sorority members, and some withdrew from classes in depression. There have been student protests, outraged letters from alumni and parents, and a faculty petition calling the sorority’s action unethical.

DePauw’s president, Robert G. Bottoms, issued a two-page letter of reprimand to the sorority. In an interview in his office, Dr. Bottoms said he had been stunned by the sorority’s insensitivity.

“I had no hint they were going to disrupt the chapter with a membership reduction of this proportion in the middle of the year,” he said. “It’s been very upsetting.”


Despite [past] incidents [of racial discrimination], the chapter appears to have been home to a diverse community over the years, partly because it has attracted brainy women, including many science and math majors, as well as talented disabled women, without focusing as exclusively as some sororities on potential recruits’ sex appeal, former sorority members said.

“I had a sister I could go to a bar with if I had boy problems,” said Erin Swisshelm, a junior biochemistry major who withdrew from the sorority in October. “I had a sister I could talk about religion with. I had a sister I could be nerdy about science with. That’s why I liked Delta Zeta, because I had all these amazing women around me.”


In September, Ms. Menges and Kathi Heatherly, a national vice president of the sorority, visited the chapter to announce a reorganization plan they said would include an interview with each woman about her commitment. The women were urged to look their best for the interviews.

The tone left four women so unsettled that they withdrew from the chapter almost immediately.

A few days after the interviews, national representatives took over the house to hold a recruiting event. They asked most members to stay upstairs in their rooms. To welcome freshmen downstairs, they assembled a meet-and-greet team that included several of the women eventually asked to stay in the sorority, along with some slender women invited from the sorority’s chapter at Indiana University, Ms. Holloway said.

“They had these unassuming freshman girls downstairs with these plastic women from Indiana University, and 25 of my sisters hiding upstairs,” she said. “It was so fake, so completely dehumanized. I said, ‘This calls for a little joke.’ ”

Ms. Holloway put on a wig and some John Lennon rose-colored glasses, burst through the front door and skipped around singing, “Ooooh! Delta Zeta!” and other chants.

The face of one of the national representatives, she recalled, “was like I’d run over her puppy with my car.”


Elizabeth Haneline, a senior computer science major who was among those evicted, returned to the house that afternoon and found some women in tears. Even the chapter’s president had been kicked out, Ms. Haneline said, while “other women who had done almost nothing for the chapter were asked to stay.”

Ms. Swisshelm said she overheard one woman seek to reassure a friend: “I think you’re plenty pretty, no matter what nationals say,” the woman said.

Six of the 12 women who were asked to stay left the sorority, including Joanna Kieschnick, a sophomore majoring in English literature. “They said, ‘You’re not good enough’ to so many people who have put their heart and soul into this chapter that I can’t stay,” she said.


“We were especially troubled that the women they expelled were less about image and more about academic achievement and social service,” [modern languages chair] Dr. [Robert] Hershberger said.


“The injustice of the lies,” [former chapter secretary Rachel Pappas] said, “is contemptible.”

Horrible, awful people. Not only did they hide two-thirds of the chapter upstairs like the fucking Elephant Man, but then they insulted their commitment as an excuse to kick them out. Props to the faculty who signed the petition, the chapter members who spoke out and quit in protest, and everyone else who screamed “This is wrong.”

So the DePauw chapter got a rep as a home for brainiacs who don’t fit in. Big deal. Why shouldn’t smart women have their own sorority? What’s wrong with a sorority that bases membership on something other than looks? It’s like Revenge Of The Nerds all over again…

15 comments February 24th, 2007 at 06:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers

Torpid Photoblogging

Apologies for the lack of posting today – I’ve been oot and aboot taking pictures. I’m just kind of easing back in, so I only took about 500 shots and then hit the Indian buffet and watched/listened to some Bollywood. I am now too stuffed to think, and I haven’t processed the new stuff yet, so here are some photos from my last, ah, “photo shoot”:

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It, um, might be time for some dusting…

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I’m blinds!

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More blinds…

I’ll try not to get caught short like this again, but I can’t make any promises because I am very lazy.

1 comment February 24th, 2007 at 04:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Music Question

What would happen if…

mated with…
The Darkness?

6 comments February 23rd, 2007 at 11:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Music,Weirdness

Deja Vu

Remind you of anyone?

In a swing through South Carolina this week, Rudolph W. Giuliani chose to campaign at a fire house, which is a little like Derek Jeter meeting with Yankees fans – a most unlikely forum for hostility, or even much skepticism.

Instead of the sometimes barbed give-and-take endured by the other candidates, Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, fielded a few questions from the firefighters and police officers who gathered to hear him here. The questions, which began with comments like, “Being in your presence here is just unbelievable,” stuck almost entirely to issues on which Mr. Giuliani is most comfortable, like airport security and border control.

More than the other major presidential candidates, Mr. Giuliani has limited himself to events with narrowly defined, friendly audiences, avoiding the kind of uncomfortable interrogations his rivals have occasionally faced. Aside from a couple of brief swings through diners, including one yesterday in Delray Beach, Fla., he has done little of the politicking that exposes candidates to random sets of people – at shopping malls or train stations – who might be of any political stripe, and can raise any issue.

Ladies and gentlemen, your Republican nominee.

5 comments February 23rd, 2007 at 10:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans

Nothing Is Forever

I was so sure that when Tony Danza donned the mantle of Max Bialystock, Broadway immortality was all but guaranteed. Alas, it was not to be.

The good news is that you can still catch the Las Vegas production, with David Hasselhoff… as Roger DeBris.

Free Image Hosting at

(Image courtesy of Towle Road, with a big EZ hat tip to Glenn, plus some behind-the-scenes assistance from the shadowy and mysterious Codename V.)

1 comment February 23rd, 2007 at 10:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Friday Quote & Baby Elephant Blogging

This week’s quote is from the surprisingly unpredictable and scary (IMHO) Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2:

You know, there’s a lot of naysayers who come and say nay.

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


5 comments February 23rd, 2007 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Another Reason To Be Anti-Tauscher

Boo Man makes an excellent observation:

How do you know when a Democrat is really not on your side? There are many ways, and the voting record is not always the best indicator. But I don’t know that I have ever seen a better indicator than the following:


Let’s go over this slowly. Ellen Tauscher’s 10th district was redrawn in 2001 to make it much more Democratic, and Tauscher interpreted this as punishment for supporting Steny Hoyer over Nancy Pelosi for minority whip.

I don’t know how much clearer it could be that Ellen Tauscher does not have our best interests at heart. That’s why the netroots is mobilizing to defeat her.

Chris Bowers picks up the ball and runs with it:

I don’t know if Ellen Tauscher can be defeated in a primary, since that is an extremely difficult thing to do, but given her feelings toward Democrats it does seem pretty obvious that if she is defeated in a primary she will go the CA-10 for Tauscher route, ala Lieberman in Connecticut. There is no way that someone who hates and fears Democrats this much will respect the decisions of its voters in a primary election and simply step aside the event of defeat. Thus, any campaign targeting Tauscher will probably require a sustainable Republican in the race, so that she can’t soak up Republican votes in the event of an Alan Schlessinger, pathetic Republican scenario.

I think this sounds pretty reasonable, but is it truly an apples-to-apples comparison? Does Tauscher have the same kind of political machinery and reservoir of uninformed, gullible supporters that Joe had? Would she definitely get the same kind of support from the Republican party that Joe got? More intriguingly, could her primarier use Joe as a cautionary tale of how Democratic voters get screwed over when they elect fake Democrats? Surely the Democratic voters in her district would want to show that they’re smarter than that.

February 23rd, 2007 at 12:54am Posted by Eli

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