Archive for May 1st, 2007

Run, Al, Run!

By way of Atrios, another tidbit of happy Gore nostalgia, showcasing his deep and abiding connection with the great state commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its people.

I fear we shall not see his like again.

May 1st, 2007 at 11:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Gore,Pittsburgh/PA

Photo Of The Day

coral.jpg
Barbara P. Fernandez/New York Times

From today’s NYT Science Times story on efforts to restore coral with artificial reefs.

1 comment May 1st, 2007 at 10:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

The Hard Bone Of Truth

I did not write this:

Henry Waxman looks like your accountant, but he acts more like a dog with a bone – the hard bone of truth.

Oh my.

I wonder who’s in charge of the squeaky toy of justice.

1 comment May 1st, 2007 at 07:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Quotes

Fun With Science

Duck genitalia.

That is all.

May 1st, 2007 at 06:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Science,Weirdness

Spamphlet

I think it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything from my spam treasure trove (well, okay, there may have been a quickie recently), and this one’s just too juicy to pass up. The subject is:

It was a real fun to keep your body and a number of kayaks, bags and rucksacks on the frozen steel-upholstered platform that was hauled by the tractor.

That’s just the subject! Imagine how good the rest of it must be! Well, imagine no longer:

Saladin felt the past rush in like a tide, drowning him, filling his lungs with its revenant saltiness.

These can be modified to operate on 16 channels quite easily.

Functions are provided to control the orientation of the bar, optional text which can be displayed along with the bar, and the style in which the bar grows. They were going to carry out an experiment which to us would seem utterly fantastic.

If you don’t have access to the Internet or prefer not to use it, see below for additional methods of payment.

He strained to feel Rahvin channeling, to feel the man filled with the True Source.

The path and file name to the specified type library, or if the library could not be located.

Which are which, though.

The banks are still paralyzed and compromised, though their retail sector is reviving. Have you not informed the police.

Awesome. Very hard-hitting and ominous conclusion.

May 1st, 2007 at 11:57am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Spamoptikon

Eeek! Broder’s Contagious!

NY Daily News’ Thomas DeFrank (who I usually like) has caught the disease:

Don’t believe all those whispers that George Bush is dead in the water politically. That’s a gross exaggeration – at least as long as Harry Reid is running the opposition.

As the Iraq war becomes ever more divisive and heartbreaking, the lame-duck President and Senate majority leader pursue a high-stakes game of “Amateur Hour” from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Ave. Even their friends know it.

In a town where genuine bipartisanship in the national interest seems to have died with Gerald Ford’s presidency three decades ago, the two main protagonists have managed to achieve the impossible – all of political Washington shaking their heads in collective distress.

“Bush and Reid are in an incredible race for first place in the dumb sweepstakes,” a disgusted senior Bush official told the Daily News. “They’re trying to see who can waste what little credibility either has left more quickly than the other.”

It’s hard to imagine that both leaders could lose their own party caucuses, but that’s happening. Congressional Republicans are furious with Bush for sticking with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and think he lost the Senate by firing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld after the November elections instead of before.

Capitol Hill Democrats complain Reid’s inept leadership has single-handedly kept a weakened President in the game.

(…)

In recent days, they have outdone one another by uttering two of the more tone-deaf howlers in Capitol memory.

On April 19, Reid said, “I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and [perhaps] the President knows this war is lost.”

Not to be outdone, Bush told reporters four days later that Gonzales’ hapless, amnesia-ravaged Senate testimony “increased my confidence in his ability to do the job.”

(…)

Unlike Bush, Reid will still be around in January 2009. But in what capacity?

A prediction: If Hillary Clinton isn’t the next President, she or Chuck Schumer will be the next majority leader, assuming Reid’s stewardship doesn’t hand the Senate back to the Republicans.

Wow. Talk about upping the ante. Broder only compared Reid to Gonzo; DeFrank went all-in and compared him to the Big Kahuna, the Incompetent-In-Chief himself.

I still don’t get how stating something as obvious and, quite frankly, rather uncontroversial, as “the war is lost” compares to saying that Gonzales’ performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee was somehow confidence-inspiring.

The only out I can think of is that Reid prefaced “the war is lost” with “the secretary of state, secretary of defense and [perhaps] the President know” – I think Reid was way off-base there. Gates might know or at least suspect, but I’m pretty sure Condi and Dubya don’t.

May 1st, 2007 at 11:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Wankers

Inexplicable Detail Of The Day

From Dana Milbank’s column on the latest DC Madam hearing:

At the prosecution table, one of the government lawyers was in a wheelchair inscribed with the word “QUICKIE” in big letters on the back.

I really don’t know what to make of this, but it’s brilliant.

1 comment May 1st, 2007 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Weirdness


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