But At Least Iraq Is Safe

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Military not ready for attack on US: The U.S. military isn’t ready for a catastrophic attack on the country, and National Guard forces don’t have the equipment or training they need for the job, according to a report. Even fewer Army National Guard units are combat-ready today than were nearly a year ago when the Commission on the National Guard … Read More

Busy Busy

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Light No posting today, it seems.  Lot of things in the fire.  Preview audience tonight for The Foreigner, too. You’re not missing much.  I really had nothing to say, except for a few rather meandering thoughts about Lost.


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A couple of badass gangstas in Florida made — and then uploaded — a YouTube video.  In it, they brandished their guns and assault weapons — braggin’ about what bad mofos they is, and challenging the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Special Investigation Gang Unit to come and get them. The police complied with the gangstas’ request.

Making The Rounds

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I’m not sure who this ad is meant to help, but it’s a very effective ad against its intended target.  Maybe one of those most effective ads I’ve seen all season so far…. P.S.  Effective though the ad may be, it’s paid for by a rathery shadow ultra-conservative group called the Citizen’s United Political Victory Fund, whose origins trace back … Read More

Gosh I Hate To Be Cynical…

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…especially about Edwards on a day when he merits well-deserved kudos for a great campaign, but… "It is time for me to step aside," said Edwards, ending his second campaign in a hurricane-ravaged section of New Orleans where he began it more than a year ago. “With our convictions and a little backbone we will take back the White House … Read More


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Nice work if you can get it: Lazard reported 2007 profits of $122.6 million today, and gave CEO Bruce Wasserstein a bonus of $36.2 million for the year – on top of a restricted-stock grant of $96.3 million. How did Lazard’s share price perform over the course of 2007? Well, it started the year at $47.33, and ended the year … Read More

Obama Surge

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The latest poll by Gallup shows Obama only six percentage points behind Clinton nationally.  This was taken last night . . . before Edwards announcement that he was bowing out. Notice that ten days ago, Obama was a full 20 points down. They must be happy in Obama headquarters.

One Last Laugh At Rudy’s Expense

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Here’s Rudy in 2000, at the height of his political career, dressed up in a costume from (we can only guess) The Lion King, and complaining somewhat nonsensically about the lions in the Bronx Zoo being on welfare. Or something. No, I’m not kidding…. Presidential, huh?

Everyman Photo Contest

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The annual Everyman Photo Contest is a photo contest exclusively for non-photographers, operating on the assumption that every person has one taken one really excellant photo at one point in their lives.  I may be the sole exception to that rule, which is probably why I’m attracted to the site. Anyway, I finally went to the site of the 2007 … Read More

It’s A Little Late, Israel

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The Beatles were scheduled to perform in Israel back in 1965, but that country refused to grant the necessary permits.  Why?  Because they thought that the Beatle’s music might corrupt the country’s morals. But now, Israel wants the Beatles to participate in a concert celebrating the country’s 60th birthday. Except, you know John and George are dead (I’m sure it … Read More


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Sometime next month, I’m doing a stage reading of a one-act play called Green by Bekah Brunstetter.  It’s about a soldier named Clint, returning from the Iraq war, learning to adjust (not very successfuly — he holds conversations with his gun and cigarettes, who talk back).  I play Alex, the soldier’s best buddy from childhood.  Alex is artistic, liberal, anti-war, … Read More

Election 2008 Analysis: Florida And Beyond

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Well, the landscape changed more than I thought it would. McCain takes Florida.  Not too much of a surprise.  He was polling slightly ahead of Romney — ever so slightly — on the last day.  It’s a bit of a shame that he gets declared the "winner" when it was so close.  Then again, he does take all of Florida’s … Read More

I Have A Theory About This Video

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This is my theory, which is to say, that is it mine.  Here is my theory (by me): This pro-Romney video, ostensibly by the Iowa College Republicans (but probably really just junior high schoolers) was put out on the Intertubes by the McCain people.

No Terrorist Attacks Since 9/11?

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In his State of the Union address last night, Bush said, "We are grateful that there has not been another attack on our soil since 9/11." Oh, really? Carpetbagger adds: I’m not trying to play a cute semantics game; I know what conservatives mean when they talk about “terrorist attacks.” They’re describing devastating, cataclysmic events that kill a lot of … Read More

Stick Figures In Peril

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Flickr has an entire pool devoted to them.  Some of my faves: If you happen to be on the set of a Warner Brothers cartoon… And please, don’t slap the penguins.  It upsets them greatly, and when you think about it, there’s really no call for it… Jazz hands, people! The approach of large waves will cause Charlie Brown’s limbs … Read More