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Well, Now I Know.

#2 on Atrios’s list of reasons Why Your Blog Sucks:

Your page design sucks. I know there are some blogs I’d read more often if the design was more appealing to me. I’m not talking about sexy and beautiful, I’m talking about basic readability issues. For example, light text on dark background makes my eyes bleed.

D’oh! On the other hand my blog sucked when it was black-on-beige, too.

And then there’s #3:

You need to get some mad blogwhoring skills. Look, good marketing/PR is a skill. There are lots of ways to try to get attention…. If I’m not linking to your awesome blog it’s quite possible I’m not aware of its awesomeness.

I’ll just live without the traffic, thanks.

15 comments March 9th, 2007 at 07:07pm Posted by Eli

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Feel The Love

The George W. Bush Goodwill Tour rolls on, and Central America rejoices:

GUATEMALA CITY — Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate “bad spirits” after President Bush visits next week, an official with close ties to the group said Thursday.

“That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture,” Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday.

Bush’s seven-day tour of Latin America includes a stopover beginning late Sunday in Guatemala. On Monday morning he is scheduled to visit the archaeological site Iximche on the high western plateau in a region of the Central American country populated mostly by Mayans.
Tiney said the “spirit guides of the Mayan community” decided it would be necessary to cleanse the sacred site of “bad spirits” after Bush’s visit so that their ancestors could rest in peace.

Smart people, those Mayans. Do they make housecalls?

2 comments March 9th, 2007 at 05:45pm Posted by Eli

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Our Next National Hero

If it’s Dr Pepper-compatible, I’m going to need one of these:

The automatic transmission, the remote control, and now … the beer launcher.

Long Island native John Cornwell, a 22-year-old Duke University engineering graduate, has built a device that can launch a beer from a refrigerator unit to a couch potato from up to 13 feet away, which may be another leap for mankind, at least the laziest of mankind.


The device works like this: The beer… is contained in a fridge the size of one typically found in a college dorm room. An elevator device brings it into catapult position on top of the fridge, and the can, by remote control, is launched to the awaiting beer lover.

Cornwell hopes to sell the beer launching fridge for $1,500, but the newer model at that price will be able to hold 20 cans instead of 10 held by the prototype. He’s already made $3,352 from views on the Web site.

It’s like a beer commercial come to life.

WARNING: Do not buy the Labattapult unless you have good hands…

March 9th, 2007 at 05:36pm Posted by Eli

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Unsurprising Surprise

If Krugman’s surprised, then he’s not cynical enough yet.

[I]t’s becoming clear that the politicization of the Justice Department was a key component of the Bush administration’s attempt to create a permanent Republican lock on power….

For now, the nation’s focus is on the eight federal prosecutors fired by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. In January, Mr. Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee, under oath, that he “would never, ever make a change in a United States attorney for political reasons.” But it’s already clear that he did indeed dismiss all eight prosecutors for political reasons — some because they wouldn’t use their offices to provide electoral help to the G.O.P., and the others probably because they refused to soft-pedal investigations of corrupt Republicans.

In the last few days we’ve also learned that Republican members of Congress called prosecutors to pressure them on politically charged cases, even though doing so seems unethical and possibly illegal.

The bigger scandal, however, almost surely involves prosecutors still in office. The Gonzales Eight were fired because they wouldn’t go along with the Bush administration’s politicization of justice. But statistical evidence suggests that many other prosecutors decided to protect their jobs or further their careers by doing what the administration wanted them to do: harass Democrats while turning a blind eye to Republican malfeasance.

Donald Shields and John Cragan, two professors of communication, have compiled a database of investigations and/or indictments of candidates and elected officials by U.S. attorneys since the Bush administration came to power. Of the 375 cases they identified, 10 involved independents, 67 involved Republicans, and 298 involved Democrats. The main source of this partisan tilt was a huge disparity in investigations of local politicians, in which Democrats were seven times as likely as Republicans to face Justice Department scrutiny.


And let’s not forget that Karl Rove’s candidates have a history of benefiting from conveniently timed federal investigations. Last year Molly Ivins reminded her readers of a curious pattern during Mr. Rove’s time in Texas: “In election years, there always seemed to be an F.B.I. investigation of some sitting Democrat either announced or leaked to the press. After the election was over, the allegations often vanished.”

But how could anyone possibly expect it to be otherwise? Bush and the Republicans believe that the sole purpose of government is to satisfy their own shabby and violent desires; it is inconceivable that they would not take maximum advantage of such a powerful tool as the Justice Department (and doesn’t that name sound Orwellian now) for partisan purposes.

Indeed, the only part of this that’s surprising is that they accidentally hired some U.S. Attorneys who took their job responsibilities seriously. How on earth did that happen???

And how did Fitz end up as the Plamegate prosecutor, for that matter? I’ve never understood how BushCo. let a non-crony manage such a potentially dangerous case.

4 comments March 9th, 2007 at 11:06am Posted by Eli

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

Friday Memorial Cat Blogging

Dammit. I just found out that another one of the Best Kitties Ever has passed on.



RIP, Dozer. I’m going to miss you, ya big fluffy galoot.

At least Dozer will be reunited with his sister, Eek.



2 comments March 9th, 2007 at 07:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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