Archive for March 21st, 2008

Delayed Regret

What a strange, sad story:

A 64-year-old French and German mystery now has a sprinkling of Greek tragedy: An ace Nazi World War II pilot learned that one of his 28 kills was also his favorite writer.

Horst Rippert, now 88, says he only just found out that the P-38 he says he shot down on July 31, 1944, over the Mediterranean was piloted by Antoine de Saint Exupery, best known as the author of the classic “The Little Prince.”

“If I had known it was Saint Exupery, I would never have shot him down,” Rippert told the Daily Mail. “I loved his books. He was probably my favorite author at the time.

“I am shocked and sorry. Who knows what other great books he would have gone on to write?”


The opening scenes of “The Little Prince” were drawn from his experiences after he crashed a plane in the Sahara desert and wandered lost for three days before a Bedouin on a camel spotted and rescued him.

But after three years in New York and on Long Island he returned to France to fly for the Free French. On July 31, 1944, he took off in the P-38, a B-list plane, to do reconnaissance for the upcoming Allied invasion.

He was never seen again, though it was always suspected that the unidentifiable body of a French flyer, recovered several days later, could have been Saint Exupery.

In 1998, a French fisherman found jewelry identified as Saint Exupery’s and in 2000 a P-38 wreck was located on the Mediterranean floor. Three years later it was brought up and identified as the one he was flying six decades earlier.

I can’t really add anything to that…

March 21st, 2008 at 10:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,War,Weirdness

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

I think this is one of my new favorites. I’m the #1 search result for Dana Perino Turing test.

I wonder if she passed…

March 21st, 2008 at 09:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

More B&W Power Station Or Whatever Photoblogging

More B&W photos from that power station or natural gas station or I dunno. Whatever it is, it’s got a lot of pipes, and from certain angles it looks a bit like the Eagle shuttlecraft from Space: 1999…

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March 21st, 2008 at 05:35pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the very peculiar Alex Winter (the one who wasn’t Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) vehicle, Freaked. Did I mention that Mr. T plays The Bearded Lady?

We repeat: The flying gimp has been destroyed. You may now return to your homes.

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

The shadowy and mysterious Codename B. gets all abstract.

3 comments March 21st, 2008 at 11:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Monster Of The Week

This is absolutely terrible:

No problems so far, the immigration agent told the American citizen and his 22-year-old Colombian wife at her green card interview in December. After he stapled one of their wedding photos to her application for legal permanent residency, he had just one more question: What was her cellphone number?

The calls from the agent started three days later. He hinted, she said, at his power to derail her life and deport her relatives, alluding to a brush she had with the law before her marriage. He summoned her to a private meeting. And at noon on Dec. 21, in a parked car on Queens Boulevard, he named his price — not realizing that she was recording everything on the digital camera in her purse.

“I want sex,” he said on the recording. “One or two times. That’s all. You get your green card. You won’t have to see me anymore.”

She reluctantly agreed to a future meeting. But when she tried to leave his car, he demanded oral sex “now,” to “know that you’re serious.” And despite her protests, she said, he got his way.

The 16-minute recording, which the woman first took to The New York Times and then to the Queens district attorney, suggests the vast power of low-level immigration law enforcers, and a growing desperation on the part of immigrants seeking legal status. The aftermath, which included the arrest of an immigration agent last week, underscores the difficulty and danger of making a complaint, even in the rare case when abuse of power may have been caught on tape.

The story goes on to provide all the sordid details, as well as a bunch of other examples of predatory immigration officials extorting sex from desperate, helpless immigrant women. In this particular case, the woman’s husband found out and left her, and she still doesn’t have a green card.

Someone really needs to go through La Migra with a firehose and clean all the scum out, and I don’t think it’ll be Dubya or McCain. How about it, Barack? Hillary?

March 21st, 2008 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Immigration,Wankers

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