Isn’t it interesting that with Democrats set to take over the House, and possibly the Senate — and with the prospect of investigations against the White House to come about as a result — that there should be a paper shredding company truck parked outside Dick Cheney’s house? Hmmmm.
Arguably — arguably — the federal government might have an interest in getting teenagers not to have sex. But why do they now have federal programs urging adult single 29 year olds to abstain from pre-marital sex? Is this really a good use of tax dollars?
An actual excerpt from the Christian-published children’s book, "Mommy, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween?" ‘October 31st again and all the kids are trick-or-treating,’ said Jerry as he looked out the window in front of his house. ‘Mom, why can’t we go trick-or-treating like all the other kids? Are you afraid we’ll eat too much candy and our teeth will rot?’ … Read More
ESTRAGON: You’re sure it was this evening? VLADIMIR: What? ESTRAGON: That we were to wait. VLADIMIR: He said Saturday. (Pause.) I think. ESTRAGON: You think. VLADIMIR: I must have made a note of it. (He fumbles in his pockets, which are bursting with miscellaneous rubbish.) What’ll we do? (Beeping sound as ESTRAGON dials number.) VOICE OF RECORDING ON PHONE: You’ve … Read More
Good article in Time: A woman walked into a polling place in Peoria, Ill. last week and proceeded to use one of the new electronic voting machines set up for early voting. She logged on, went through each contest and seemed to be making her choices. After reviewing each race, the machine checked to see if she was satisfied with … Read More
If you buy online — and more and more people will do that this Christmas than before — you probably have seen those boxes and the "checkout" page where you can enter a "promotional code" or a "coupon code" and get a discount on your purchase. Sadly, you probably don’t have a code, right? Fear not. Retailmenot.com is an online … Read More
A smattering of uncaptioned photos (some a bit unflattering) here.
Christopher Guest — who brought us Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, and A Mighty Wind — has assembled his usual crew of actors (Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard), and a few new ones (Ricky Gervais) for another film. This one lacks the "mockumentary" style, but it could be good. It’s called "For … Read More
The good news: The gap between male and female salaries is narrowing, with women now making .81 cents for every dollar a man does. The bad news: That’s because salaries for males are dropping. Via Ezra Klein.
As of now, prospects look great for the House. It’s a done deal. The Senate is a nailbiter. Too close to call, but leaning slightly Dem. Slightly. Very slightly.
Modular shelving that’s shaped like the game Tetris: "Sure, this is somewhat prohibitively expensive, but the idea of creating a bookshelf out of Tetris-like shelving units was too good to pass up. Designed by Bravespace, the pieces are made from walnut and ash wood and come in five shapes that you will recognize from Tetris–they are even called Tetris Shelving … Read More
This doesn’t make me very confident about our democratic process. From Miami: Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, … Read More
More bad news: U.S. soldier death toll passes the 100 mark (up to 105, if you include "unconfirmed") for October, making this the deadliest month since January 2005, and the fourth deadliest since the war started. Grand total no 2,815. And the quagmire worsens: Thousands of weapons the United States has provided Iraqi security forces cannot be accounted for, and … Read More