Archive for August 18th, 2007

Penultimate NYC Photoblogging

Almost finished with the NYC photos – kind of a gardeny theme today. Next up: Washington, DC! Well, there may be a brief cloud interlude first.

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Sunflowers!

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I was sure this was going to be a better pic in B&W, but the color really does contribute here.

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A chip in some kind of garden statuary type thing.

1 comment August 18th, 2007 at 08:16pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

“Trapped In The Closet” Explained!

After reading this NYT story and this blog post on R. Kelly’s bizarre hip-hopera serial epic, “Trapped In The Closet,” it has finally become clear to me: He’s laying the groundwork for an insanity defense.

August 18th, 2007 at 05:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Music,Weirdness

Giant Angry Tarantulas Need Love Too

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I don’t see what the problem is. I mean, it’s furry, right?

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. – An orange tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued by animal cruelty officials today from an owner who said he could not longer care for the spider.

“This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of,” said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He said the spider is moody and aggressive, and when it rears up on its hind legs, it can jump three feet and will bite with its large fangs. The venomous bites are dangerous to humans, Gross said.

The spider, known as an ornate golden baboon, has a fat body that is covered in orange hair, along with the legs. Male baboon spiders have a leg span of about 8 inches, females slightly larger, and their bodies can be 6 inches wide.

Baboon spiders have a life span of up to 25 years, while most other spiders live only a year or so. The spiders, native to southern Africa, spend most time near their nests, which are usually silk lined holes in the ground.

That sounds awesome! It’s just too bad that my lease doesn’t allow me to keep giant poisonous leaping spiders.

Also, I give the owner credit for calling the SPCA to come and get it, rather than just killing the wee fuzzy beastie. Then again, maybe he was afraid to try…

(Photo by David Barkasy of Silver City Serpentarium… obviously.)

August 18th, 2007 at 03:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Minor Quibble

Bill Scher has some very good questions that will not be asked of Rove by any of the Sunday talking-head-show hosts, but I have to nitpick on the last one:

3. You were at the intersection of politics and policy in the White House.

When you came into power in 2001, the conservative Heritage Foundation counseled that the Bush Administration: “must make appointment decisions based on loyalty first and expertise second, and that the whole governmental apparatus must be managed from this perspective.”

It appears you took that advice. Two years later, a former Bush official criticized your operation, saying, “What you’ve got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm. It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis.”

The politicization of basic government functions has been widespread. For example, purging US attorneys, muzzling of climate scientists, arm-twisting intelligence analysts, using government agencies to spread misinformation about Social Security and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, directing government employees to be part of partisan campaigns.

You’re known to say that good policy makes good politics. What good policies came out of this approach to politics?

It hasn’t been “loyalty first and expertise second.” Expertise hasn’t been a consideration at all. If anything, BushCo. views it as an impediment.

2 comments August 18th, 2007 at 01:47pm Posted by Eli

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


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