“Today, some Washington voices are calling for U.S. force to be applied, somehow, on behalf of the people trying to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. Some interventionists are Republicans, whose skepticism about government’s abilities to achieve intended effects ends at the water’s edge.” George Will
“The point we have been trying to make for the last couple of years is that Republicans need to stop whipping up crazy people with violent political rhetoric. This is really not a hard concept to follow. There are crazy people out there. Stop egging them on.” John Cole
“I’m traveling by air today — I know, I’m an idiot — and when I got to the Miami International Airport and Permanent Construction Zone I found that we have new security procedures, requiring that all passengers remove all of their dignity and place it in little gray bins.” Dave Barry
“If I managed to find that much oil with my BlackBerry without getting dressed or leaving the house, let’s hope Thad Allen, who is quoted in the article as saying, ‘What we’re trying to figure out is where is all the oil at and what can we do about it,’ can locate some more with the staff and craft of the United States Coast Guard at his disposal. As for the reporter’s alarmingly unsubstantiated claim that ‘The beaches should be relatively painless to mop up,’ I can’t even count the number of correspondents down here who’ve pointed out that digging a finger under the surface of supposedly clean sand turns up crude, or the number of cleanup workers who’ve said cleanup efforts are strictly cosmetic, or that no matter what they do the contamination just keeps bubbling up. It’s BP’s job to whitewash this story and make it easier to indulge the desire to forget about the scope of the devastation, guys. Not the media’s.” Mac McClelland
Fri. Jun 18, 2010
In purely political terms, President Obama was taking a beating on his administration’s response to the Gulf oil spill, especially after his speech Tuesday night. Until the first Republican opened his mouth at the House hearings yesterday.
Thursday morning I’m watching CNN with my mom before I head to the train station for the trip home, when this guy I’ve never seen before opens his mouth and says the most incredible thing: “I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown […] So I’m only speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anybody else, but I apologize.”
Mon. Apr 06, 2009
Recently it seems to me the world has been filled with ridiculous claims.
The Atlanta Falcons claim they are going to trade Michael Vick. The thing is, in the NFL, you are actually trading a contract with a player, not so much the player himself. And in 2004, Vick signed a 10-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons. Now, how many NFL teams do you think are willing to swallow about $13 million per year for the next five seasons, just to take a chance on a convicted felon fresh out of jail? Shortly after June 1, you’ll see the Falcons release Vick and take the salary cap hit (about $7 million for 2009 alone), because they will have no trade takers.
Wed. Mar 25, 2009
Has it really been a month and a half since I posted here? I’d like to tell you that it’s due to twitter. If I have a passing thought I think is worth sharing, rather than flesh it out into a blog post, it gets edited to 140 characters or less. But twitter is only partially the cause.
Anything of note in the news lately has been too depressing or mad-making to bother writing about. As if you or anyone really needs my input anyway, when our media cup runneth over.
Mon. Jun 23, 2008
Wed. Apr 02, 2008
This topic is a real pet peeve of mine, on the basis of responsibility to your fellow travelers. But often the only way things change is when it hits the wallet.
Vanessa McGrogan never noticed the car ahead of her own speeding vehicle until it was too late. Jeffrey Stasium didn’t see the auto crossing the intersection until his pickup truck slammed into the driver’s door. The crashes, separated by three years and 160 miles, had two things in common. Both drivers were distracted by their cellphone use, according to lawsuits filed against them. And their employers wrote big checks in recent months to settle those suits in Fulton County.
Fri. Oct 05, 2007
When I first heard the following story, my inner shark rose quickly to the bait:
Hennepin County District Judge Charles Porter found that Craig had entered the guilty plea to to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge “accurately, voluntarily and intelligently,” and that it was too late to withdraw his admission.
Wed. Oct 03, 2007
CNN is reporting a series of four suspicious fires in restrooms on Capitol Hill. Authorities say there is no reason to suspect Sen. Larry Craig at this time, but they are still investigating.
This has been this site’s attempt at the “flash-news directed hit-and-run blogging” all the cool kids love these days. Events may quickly make the above look entirely foolish. Which is why we don’t normally do this. But, we wanted to get the joke in with a time stamp before others did, and when busy, content comes out in the oddest of ways (like referring to oneself as “we”). This is yours for today. We appreciate your support,
Wed. Sep 19, 2007
It’s been a booming year for the comedy industry, already flush from the antics of Spears and Lohan, coffers overflowing with presidential candidates presenting about three dozen individual feet that might get swallowed by a runaway mouth on most any day, with a dollop of some foot-tapping bathroom follies for dessert. Yes, it’s been good times.
Mon. Jul 02, 2007
Here in Georgia, many have been distressed by the case of Genarlow Wilson. The apparent injustice in his sentence actually motivated the legislature to change the law, but did not supply them with the cojones to make the law retroactive, i.e., let Genarlow out of jail.
So a few weeks back a judge struck down the sentence and ordered him released. He’s already served over two years for his “crime.” Our Georgia Attorney General (goodness, look who’s the number five search return for that phrase) decided to appeal that judgment, and keep him in jail. But he said he wouldn’t object to Genarlow being released on bond for appeal, so a hearing was set for July 5. Until that judge said, “don’t bother coming then, he’s not eligible for bond.” So Genarlow may well be in jail a total of two and a half years before that appeal hits the courtroom. Thirty months.
Thu. Jun 07, 2007
I hate to stoop to the level of posting about “Poor Paris.” Because I think Al Gore had a valid point when he notes the media tells us everything about Paris’ jail sentence, and Brittney’s rehab, and Anna Nicole’s will, but educates us so poorly on the truly important issues of the day. And I hate to contribute to that effect.
Mon. May 07, 2007
It seems like over the past year that when anyone says “boo,” people rush to ask, “Terrorism”? As I wrote not long ago, “We’re sorry this country has reached the point where every odd smell in downtown Manhattan, every prank by some obvious web goober, every unruly woman on an airplane, or every jokester college student playing with dry ice ... is immediately construed as a terroristic act.”
Sat. Apr 28, 2007
We know more facts than we did two months ago when I wrote “Rumors Versus Facts and Locals Versus Feds.” We know that two Atlanta Police officers have pleaded guilty to charges that will put them in jail for ten to twelve years each. We know they first planted drugs on a street dealer to force a “confession” from him, and then lied to a judge to get a no-knock warrant for the address he gave them. We know they violently broke into the home of 88 year old Kathryn Johnston, shot the elderly homeowner, planted drugs in her home, and tried to coerce a snitch into lying to cover their butts. We know that Kathryn Johnston fired one warning shot which hit no one, and the police responded with 39 shots, 85% of which hit either “air” or a fellow officer.
But there is still a lot we don’t know. Because there is another shoe left to drop: why did this happen?
Tue. Mar 06, 2007
I don’t really have much commentary on the news that “Scooter” Libby was found guilty on four of five counts. Other than perhaps that, once again, it’s the coverup that gets you.
I mainly had a subject line in search of some excuse for an article. Thus, my work is done here.
Wed. Feb 21, 2007
It was three months ago that we woke up to the news that three narcotics officers from the Atlanta Police Department had served a no-knock warrant which ended in the death of 88 year old Kathryn Johnston. For days, we were lied to about the facts of the case. Then the feds took over the whole thing, and for months, we’ve heard nothing.
And I wonder when Ms. Johnston and her family will get justice. Or simply answers. All we’ve got is rumors and a potentially derailed investigation.
Wed. Feb 07, 2007
Susan came home yesterday after a busy day at work, and asked me what was going on in the world. I told her I was having a hard time deciding which story was more entertaining: the Diapered AstroNut or the Sexually Healed Preacher.
I’m still not sure. But I’m thankful for days that bring such choices.
First, the Diapered AstroNut. I hesitate to call her that, but it seems accurate from what is known at this point. It’s the dichotomy here that is so jarring to me. All other things being equal, the average person has a better chance of being a highly paid professional sports player, or a rock star, than an astronaut. This woman went through an extreme selection process, intense training, and performed ably. One would think such a person could be described as beyond competent.