Archive for April 27th, 2007

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the the great Ernst Lubitch comedy Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas:

Your cornea’s terrific.

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


Aerial view of the shadowy and mysterious Codename B.

April 27th, 2007 at 09:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Bill Moyers In 30 Seconds

Or you can watch the full version of his critique of the media’s pre-Iraq performance here.

4 comments April 27th, 2007 at 05:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Media,TV,Wankers,War

Mixed Blessing

Well, on the one hand, this could be a very good thing:

Henry Waxman’s Government Oversight Committee has invited George Tenet to testify before the Committee on May 10th regarding the Niger/uranium claims and other blurred intelligence questions. (H/T to TiredFed for the link.) With a book to sell, this could get quite interesting from Tenet.

On the other hand, the fact that he has a book out means that the Republicans can run their standard “Don’t believe a word he says; he’s just hyping his new book, plus he’s a pedophile and serial killer” playbook.

Although… Why didn’t Tenet say anything until his book came out? He resigned in July 2004; he could have saved this country, and the entire world, a whole lot of grief if he had spoken out then.

2 comments April 27th, 2007 at 01:19pm Posted by Eli

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

Run, Al, Run!

Even Republicans believe in global warming now:

Americans in large bipartisan numbers say the heating of the earth’s atmosphere is having serious effects on the environment now or will soon and think that it is necessary to take immediate steps to reduce its effects, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.

Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climate. Nineteen percent said it was not necessary to act now, and 1 percent said no steps were needed.

Recent international reports have said with near certainty that human activities are the main cause of global warming since 1950. The poll found that 84 percent of Americans see human activity as at least contributing to warming.

Dubya has a 32% approval rating in this same poll. Which means that even a big chunk of his dead-enders believe in global warming as a serious threat. Let’s hope the Democrats can make some hay with this against the Republican deniers in 2008.

(h/t Holden)

April 27th, 2007 at 01:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Energy,Environment,Gore,Politics,Polls,Republicans,Science

NOLA/Broder Followups

For those of you who are appalled at Bush’s mean-spirited coldness towards New Orleans, Senator Landrieu has an online petition to apply some citizen pressure to get legislation passed to waive the 10% requirement, and then override Bush’s veto. Please go and sign it.

And for those of you who are appalled at David Broder’s mean-spirited cluelessness towards Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic Caucus has got his back. Even Lieberman. David, when even Joe Lieberman tells you you’re a dishonest, ignorant hack, you might want to listen.

3 comments April 27th, 2007 at 10:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Katrina,Lieberman,Media,Wankers

In Your Face, Shelbyville!

Didn’t really see this coming:

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl doesn’t remember the last time Pittsburgh was rated No. 1 in the country by “Places Rated Almanac.” That was in 1985, and he was only 5.

But he grew up in “America’s Most Livable City,” and last night said he was glad to hear that the latest edition of the almanac has again put Pittsburgh No. 1.


David Savageau, who has been compiling the “Places Rated Almanac” since 1981, said he was hoping that this year’s edition would have a surprise No. 1 that might create the kind of buzz the 1985 rankings did.


Mr. Savageau continues to use the same formula to rate the 379 metropolitan areas he surveys. There are nine categories: housing affordability (cost of living); transportation; jobs; education; climate; crime; health care; recreation; and ambience (museums, performing arts, restaurants and historical districts).

The seven-county area that makes up Pittsburgh failed to finish in the top 20 in any of the categories, ranging from a competitive 21st in recreation and 29th in education to a less-than-stellar 111th in housing and 135th in climate. But when the numbers are added up, the one that counts is the final total.

“To tell the truth,” Mr. Savageau said, “I was rooting for New York. It’s a city, like Pittsburgh, that has a lot of predispositions against it. But I found New Yorkers to be among the nicest people in the whole country, and there’s such an incredible number of things to do there. But it has liabilities, such as the cost of living.”


This is the seventh edition of the “Places Rated Almanac,” and Pittsburgh hasn’t always finished first, dropping as low as 14th in 1997 and 12th in 1999, the last year that the listings were done. But the city is the only one to finish in the top 20 every time.

That’s… kinda cool. Although as a transplanted New Yorker, I would have been perfectly happy if New York had placed first…

(h/t Ol’ Froth)

3 comments April 27th, 2007 at 12:00am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Pittsburgh/PA

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