Monday, June 30, 2003
I slam the door and drag Allison across the cement terrace in front of the police station. We run past the fountain that is turned off toward a set of stairs near a pay phone. I look over Allison’s shoulder to see the cab speeding off, maybe faster than it’d ever went with us in it.

The crisp clack of other doors lets me know at least someone from the Chevrolet is also heading across the cement.

Allison and I separate our hands as we start to go down the stairs. Near the bottom of the 2-tier stairs, I know that whoever it is behind us is just about at the top of the stairs, about to come down. We alight in the parking lot at the bottom, where people who aren’t cops but work in the building park their cars.

We brush past the SWAT truck and head underneath the cement overhang across which we’d just come and head to a ceiling-high gate where police bring in bad guys. It’s called the Sally Port, I think.

And it’s literally a fortress.

Fuck, Allison says as we jog to a pedestrian entrance to the right of the vehicle entry. I don’t hear footsteps.

Now what? She says.
On average, kids have reached 30 percent of their adult weight by age 5.
I am so sad for those kids who died at that party in Chicago and their families. It seems they'd done everything necessary to position themselves for fulfilling futures, and then it was over in a blink.

How can you rationalize something like a deck collapse at a party?

Or the horror of this savage incident in Southern California?

On Saturday night in Milan, Italy, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played "Rosalita" in Europe for the first time since 1985.

What's really amazing about this is that his rabid fans have kept track of such things.
Billie Holiday thought of the idea for her standard "God Bless the Child" in 1941, after her mother declined to loan her any money during a dark period in her life. Just a few years earlier, Holiday had loaned her mother thousands of dollars to open a restaurant.

Today I got an e-mail from someone called Pussy M., and my curiosity was piqued almost enough to open it.
Sunday, June 29, 2003
`Ten years after Exile, Liz has finally managed to accomplish what seems to have been her goal ever since the possibility of commercial success first presented itself: to release an album that could have just as easily been made by anybody else. '
Saturday, June 28, 2003
Unlike important men of affairs, novelists can turn midnight into sunrise and solve nettlesome world problems wherever their imaginations decree.

-- Herbert Mitgang, "Tales of a Tortured Holy Land," New York Times, August 16, 1988
Friday, June 27, 2003
On may home from Carlsbad today, I was like Cole Trickle in the Mello Yello car from “Days of Thunder.” Even though traffic was bumper to bumper through Del Mar, I still made it back downtown in great time, and in no small way was I propelled by the Dinosaur Jr. soundtrack I was listening to – the one with girl smoking on the cover.

Black in the Chevy was riding with me, and he was no slouch himself. We were like Rowdy and Cole, I guess. In and out, slow then fast, signaling like crazy, cutting no one off but making the most of the gaps.

Black continued south on 805 when I peaced and took Hwy. 163 into the city. We gave each other a nod like the brother in the Heineken commercial, and I thought for a minute about getting a party ball and drinking it at home with Renata and the dogs.

But I decided to go lift weights instead.

As I crossed the I-8 and bore into the two-lane blur that is the 163 through the park, I was unceremoniously cut off by a guy with a bunch of Marines stickers on his car. Jackson said to me, “Why the fuck I have to respect someone for being stupid enough to march for another man? That’s not patriotic, fighting a rich man’s war; that’s dumb.”

I handled the Marine by ducking left and flooring up the hill toward Hillcrest.

In the gym, I was nearly done with my workout when a little meat came over to me, got me to take off my headphones and asked me if I wanted to know a better way to work my “traps.” My response was just to look at him, without hostility but with curiosity.

He told me that when I do shrugs I should start with the balls of my shoulders pointed forward, and then slowly roll them up and back before slowly rolling them back to the front. I thanked him for his unsolicited advice, but I didn’t tell him there’s something funny about a man telling another man what to do in a gym setting.

I did tell him that I once asked a Jerkules the proper way to do shrugs and was told that unless I want to be a bodybuilder, which I don’t, going straight up and down is more than fine.

He bailed, I shaved and showered, brushed my teeth and sped out of town still looking for the party ball.

Not at Rite Aid, not at Vons, not at Mujaheddin Mart. All three places told me they didn’t think they made party balls anymore.

When I got home with a suitcase of Bud, Renata told me the same thing.
Check out this tribute to George Orwell.
Women’s Fashion: Part V, Releasing Your Inner Slut, Margaret Berry

4. Remember your body type

Accentuate the positive, darling. Maybe your bum could crush a large village, but your boobs are porn-star fabulous. Perhaps your butt drops off like a cliff, but your legs take their time getting to the floor. There are clothes out there for you – sultry clothes – and you should be wearing them more often.

Hide what you want to, reveal the choice pickings. Every girl’s got something admirable about her shape. If you’re not sure what your best points are, enlist a few brutally frank friends.

Your body type will determine what you can get away with. If you’re 5'11", an eeny-weeny skirt is going to raise some eyebrows. If you’re 4'11", it’s kicky. Hip-huggers can be tempting or tomboyish, depending on the view from behind. And if you’re a D-cup, you’ll look much racier in a plunging neckline than your AA friend.

Keep these things in mind when you’re choosing what you’ll wear with a sexy piece. If you’re showing a lot of cleavage, then that will help you decide what to wear on the bottom, which brings us to our next point.
Now I'm off to this BBQ in the back parking lot.

Who? All ____ Employees
What? BBQ lunch
When? 11:30 am Friday June 27th
Where? In the back parking lot
Why? ____ would like us to try their yummy barbequed Tri-Tip & Chicken

We've used ____ for our last two catered events. To show their appreciation, ____ has chosen us to try out one of their new menus. Tomorrow they'll be coming out to serve up yummy Tri-tip and Chicken.
____ will be providing cold sodas and water to accompany the lunch.
Come hungry!
We'll see you then!
Today is the last day for a guy who works at my company. I thought he was fired a couple of weeks ago, but since he sent out this gushing letter I guess he wasn’t. But I have a feeling the parting was very mutual. I would guess he made about $70,000 a year, but I’m not sure.

To all,

As some of you may know, today, Friday, June 27, is my last day with ____, and since it is, I wanted to take a moment to send a "good-bye" message to each of you.

I also wanted to say that I have truly valued, and will hopefully have the opportunity to continue into the future, both short, and long term, to treasure the special friendships that I have been fortunate enough to cultivate lo these many years (it would have been five on 8/26/03) at ____, and to tell you one more time what a great group of people you are. To those of you whom I have been able to have a "special friendship" with (and you know who you are), I want to say a special thank you to you, as you have only served to increase the very positive experience I have had with ____, and for that I am very grateful.

I plan to try to get around to say a personal good-bye to each of you, and if so, I hope it can be a happy moment, nothing maudlin, as life goes on, and hopefully, the future will hold nothing but unlimited success for each of you (and me, too!); finally, if you pass me in the hall, say good-bye!

In closing I want to thank the management of ____ for the opportunities they have afforded me, especially ____ (in absentia), ____, and ____ for their support in initially getting me through the door, as well, ____ for his enlightened leadership, and ____ for his vision for ____, you all seem to be on the right track, and I hope you all fully realize the dreams each of you have for the company.

For those of you that I have had the pleasure of directing/managing, a special thanks to each for your efforts, for you made me look better than I was, and your continued dedication to the task at hand is what will continue to make ____ a great company to work for.

Oh well, this is longer than I had planned, so I shall say good-bye (one more time), as well as to wish each of you, the hope that you find the happiness you seek in your lives.


Thursday, June 26, 2003
'To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.'

- Theodore Roosevelt"
Demi Moore, who turned 40 in November, prepared for her comeback in the forthcoming Charlie's Angels sequel with $700,000 worth of treatment including breast implants, liposuction, collagen injections into her lips and porcelain veneers for her teeth.
What They Really Mean: Liberal Terms Clarified
Redwood Review | June 2003 | Chris Hoops

On any given day you may have interaction with someone who leans left of center; most likely you will hear many canned terms. The following are explanations of what is really meant by the words and phrases used by liberals.

Public Interest: A liberal cause.

Special Interest: A conservative cause.

Federal Spending: The consistent wasting of tax money for unconstitutional expenditures that have no positive benefits for its actual source (i.e. Tax Payers).

Democracy: Letting us [i.e. liberals] choose your leaders.

Peace: When all opposition to the socialist movement has been silenced through propaganda, imprisonment or violence.

Truth: A bit of information which is manipulated into what we want you to think.

Indoctrination: The impartation of any belief incompatible with socialism.

Public Education: The impartation of any belief compatible with socialism.

Socialism: A system of government where a few people are forced by guilt, taxation and/or incarceration to pay for other people’s problems.

Religious Extremist: One who holds to any set of ideologies that does not accept or coincide with the socialist or atheistic worldviews.

WASP (“White Anglo-Saxon Protestant”): A derogatory term used by white liberals to distribute their liberal guilt. A WASP is anyone who is of European descent and is the designated scapegoat for things their ancestors may or may not have done.

Racism: Any disagreement that a white person may have with someone else who is not white.

Racial Tension: The fear that you may be sued for talking and acting normal.

Civil Liberties: Rights that are given and can be easily revoked by the government.

Social Justice: Counteracting racism with more racism (i.e. Affirmative Action)

Affirmative Action: Forcing employers to use social justice to appease the ACLU.

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union): Hatemongering race-baiting businessmen.

Denial and Deception

Politics is full of ironies. On the White House Web site, George W. Bush's speech from Oct. 7, 2002 — in which he made the case for war with Iraq — bears the headline "Denial and Deception." Indeed.

There is no longer any serious doubt that Bush administration officials deceived us into war. The key question now is why so many influential people are in denial, unwilling to admit the obvious.

About the deception: Leaks from professional intelligence analysts, who are furious over the way their work was abused, have given us a far more complete picture of how America went to war. Thanks to reporting by my colleague Nicholas Kristof, other reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and a magisterial article by John Judis and Spencer Ackerman in The New Republic, we now know that top officials, including Mr. Bush, sought to convey an impression about the Iraqi threat that was not supported by actual intelligence reports.

In particular, there was never any evidence linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda; yet administration officials repeatedly suggested the existence of a link. Supposed evidence of an active Iraqi nuclear program was thoroughly debunked by the administration's own experts; yet administration officials continued to cite that evidence and warn of Iraq's nuclear threat.

And yet the political and media establishment is in denial, finding excuses for the administration's efforts to mislead both Congress and the public.

For example, some commentators have suggested that Mr. Bush should be let off the hook as long as there is some interpretation of his prewar statements that is technically true.


We're not talking about a business dispute that hinges on the fine print of the contract; we're talking about the most solemn decision a nation can make. If Mr. Bush's speeches gave the nation a misleading impression about the case for war, close textual analysis showing that he didn't literally say what he seemed to be saying is no excuse. On the contrary, it suggests that he knew that his case couldn't stand close scrutiny.

Consider, for example, what Mr. Bush said in his "denial and deception" speech about the supposed Saddam-Osama link: that there were "high-level contacts that go back a decade."

In fact, intelligence agencies knew of tentative contacts between Saddam and an infant Al Qaeda in the early 1990's, but found no good evidence of a continuing relationship. So Mr. Bush made what sounded like an assertion of an ongoing relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda, but phrased it cagily — suggesting that he or his speechwriter knew full well that his case was shaky.

Other commentators suggest that Mr. Bush may have sincerely believed, despite the lack of evidence, that Saddam was working with Osama and developing nuclear weapons. Actually, that's unlikely: why did he use such evasive wording if he didn't know that he was improving on the truth?
In any case, however, somebody was at fault. If top administration officials somehow failed to apprise Mr. Bush of intelligence reports refuting key pieces of his case against Iraq, they weren't doing their jobs. And Mr. Bush should be the first person to demand their resignations.

So why are so many people making excuses for Mr. Bush and his officials?

Part of the answer, of course, is raw partisanship. One important difference between our current scandal and the Watergate affair is that it's almost impossible now to imagine a Republican senator asking, "What did the president know, and when did he know it?"

But even people who aren't partisan Republicans shy away from confronting the administration's dishonest case for war, because they don't want to face the implications.

After all, suppose that a politician — or a journalist — admits to himself that Mr. Bush bamboozled the nation into war. Well, launching a war on false pretenses is, to say the least, a breach of trust.

So if you admit to yourself that such a thing happened, you have a moral obligation to demand accountability — and to do so in the face not only of a powerful, ruthless political machine but in the face of a country not yet ready to believe that its leaders have exploited 9/11 for political gain.

It's a scary prospect.

Yet if we can't find people willing to take the risk — to face the truth and act on it — what will happen to our democracy?
insouciant \in-SOO-see-uhnt\, adjective:

Marked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree;
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Japanese pop star Takako Minekawa is heard by millions of Americans daily when she says "Playstation!" at the end of each of Sony's video game console commercials.
At least there weren't hoaxes that purported Clinton was the dumbest president in history. Though, he certainly used some poor judgment.
You might be a redneck if ... your primary source of income is a pool stick.
As Mississippi is the poorest state in the United States, it perhaps is not surprising that the state also has the highest rate of premature births in the nation.

At 16 percent, the prematurity rate in Mississippi is more than four percentage points higher than the national average of 11.6 percent. Some parts of Mississippi, including Benton County (22.6), Holmes County (21.6) and Tippah County (20.5) have prematurity rates nearly double the national average.

In Hinds County, which includes the state capital of Jackson, one out of every five births is premature.

Mississippi averages about 137 preterm babies per week, most of which are born to African-American and American-Indian women.
America is the place where the top 1% of society have more net wealth than the bottom 94% of all Americans.
God, I was trying to figure out why one of this morning's five Yahoo! headlines was EMINEM DANGLES BABY DOLL FROM BALCONY when I went to the Drudge Report and saw that he had a photo of Eminem dangling the baby doll.

The nation's new assignment editor, Drudge gets played just as badly as the other big news organizations. Presto: Eminem's in the headlines.

Yahoo! is only worse for following along.
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Officials: U.S. Slow on Bin Laden Drones

By TED BRIDIS and JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON - When President Bush took office in January 2001, the White House was told that Predator drones had recently spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times and officials were urged to arm the unmanned planes with missiles to kill the al-Qaida leader. But the administration failed to get drones back into the Afghan skies until after the Sept. 11 attacks later that year, current and former U.S. officials say.

Top administration officials discussed the mission to kill bin Laden as late as one week before the suicide attacks on New York and Washington, but they had not yet resolved a debate over whether the CIA or Pentagon should operate the armed Predators and whether the missiles would be sufficiently lethal, officials told The Associated Press.
Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist.
Dad Charged With Tossing Baby Girl Out 7-Story Window; She Lives

(Peekskill-AP, June 23, 2003) — A Westchester man has beeen arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly tossing his 10-month-old daughter out the seventh-floor window of her mother's apartment. Miraculously, the girl lived, suffering only cuts and bruises.

Peekskill police say the incident began late Saturday night, when Willie Williams barged into his ex-girlfriend's apartment in the Bohlmann Towers Complex in a bid to persuade her to get back together with him.

Police say Williams forced the woman to get in his car and go for a ride. He ultimately drove her back to the apartment and while continuing to argue with her began dangling the baby, Meana Williams, out a window.

Police say the mother called 9-1-1. While she was on the telephone, police said, Williams dropped the girl.

"Oh, my God!" police quoted the mother as telling the 9-1-1 operator. "He killed my baby."

But the girl survived the 80-foot fall, crashing through several tree branches before landing on the ground.

Williams then left the apartment, grabbed the baby and drove her to Phelps Memorial Hospital, where she was expected to recover.

Williams was charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful imprisonment.
parvenu \PAR-vuh-noo; -nyoo\, noun:

One that has recently or suddenly risen to a higher social or economic class but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class; an upstart.


Being a parvenu; also, like or having the characteristics of a parvenu.
Monday, June 23, 2003
An Apgar score measures the following five functions in an infant 1-5 minutes old:

-- Heartbeat
-- Respiratory reponse
-- Muscle tone
-- Reflex response
-- Skin color
During his all-too brief life, Bob Marley established himself as one of the giants of modern music; he stands on par with the likes of Miles Davis and Bob Dylan, performers who took established musical forms and revolutionized them, who continually evolved their vision throughout their careers. From his first single, the bouncy "Judge Not," through a loose, live rendition of the haunting "Redemption Song" performed at his last stage appearance, SONGS OF FREEDOM documents Bob Marley's musical legacy better than any previous compilation, and probably, better than any likely to come.

Marley was at his peak at the time of his death in 1981, meaning there is no filler or weak material here, only four solid discs of great songs. His philosophical evolution is easily seen: listen to a rude-boy anthem, like the early hit "Simmer Down," next to a later exploration of Rastafarianism, such as "Crazy Baldheads," and eventual statements of pan-Africanism in songs like "Zimbabwe" and "Africa Unite." Musically, Marley's music expanded just as far. He utilizes Stylistics-like harmonies on "High Tide Or Low Tide," incorporates early-80's R&B into the sound of "Could You Be Loved," and even throws a basic blues shuffle into the alternate mix of "Three Little Birds."
City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue: Doctor Music Festival
Date: Jun 21, 2003

The night was hot and the audience was waiting for Metallica. It all started with Battery, and everyone became MAD. After that, we got a full version of Master of Puppets. Sometimes is good to be alive.

Harvester of sorrow was next, time to bang our heads, and the calm came with Sanitarium. Time for presentations, James, Kirk, Lars and the new member, Trujillo, who started on the intro to Bellz. Great. A new one after that, Frantic-tic-tic-tic-toc, and the heavy soul of Sad but true filled our hearts. Then, time for the last single, St. Anger, that everybody sung.

James was fantastic, Rob is a machine, Kirk with his elegant guitar and the new power of Lars, who told us what we wanted to listen: "We'll see you next year indoor". Sometimes is good to be alive.

Master Of Puppets
Harvester Of Sorrow
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Sad But True
St. Anger
No Remorse
Seek and Destory

Ride The Lightning
Nothing Else Matters
Creeping Death

Enter Sandman

Report by Lluís Albarracín
It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have.

-- Flannery O'Connor (1925-64), U.S. author.
Bruce Springsteen originally wrote "Hungry Heart" with the intention of giving it to the Ramones.
A tragic indication that even the most noble attempts to inculcate children with the basic principles of universal humanism -- that, whatever our differences, we are more alike than unalike -- will founder against the rocks of deeply held prejudices of their parents.

-- Gary Younge, "Sesame sans frontieres"
Sunday, June 22, 2003
JERUSALEM, June 22 — The Israeli army has charged a female soldier with forcing a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint to drink the cleaning fluid she was carrying, a military spokesman said on Monday.
For a women’s soccer coach who says he hadn’t seen women play before he arrived in La Jolla 15 years ago, UCSD coach Brian McManus has done pretty well in his chosen profession.

Now in his 15th season as top Triton, all McManus has done at an academically rigorous school that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships is win six NCAA championships, including three in a row from 1995-97.

Last year, when the Tritons moved up from Division III and started the season an unspectacular – by their own standards – 4-2, McManus’ squad proceeded to run off a team-record 17 consecutive wins en route to the NCAA Division II title. It was the first time an NCAA team in any sport won back-to-back championships while moving up a division.

On Friday, when UCSD hosts the Division II Final Four at Triton Stadium beginning at 5 p.m., McManus and the Tritons will continue the defense of their title and try to extend their postseason winning streak to 16 games.

Following the matchup between No. 1 Franklin Pierce (N.H.) and No. 2 Christian Brothers (Tenn.), the No. 5 Tritons take on No. 3 Northern Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s title game, won 2-1 by UCSD.

For the coach who emigrated from Scotland more than 20 years ago, McManus’ success at UCSD is a direct reflection of the way he learned to play the game on the fields of Edinburgh.

“I like players that love to play the game,” said McManus, who played semi-professionally at 15. “I always tried to play the game with a lot of enthusiasm, and I think if you get players that play with a lot of enthusiasm it makes up for what they lack in the finer skills.”
Free Jazz tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's 1965 release on the ESP label "Bells" was originally a one sided LP. It contained the twenty minute title piece, recorded live at a Town Hall concert and nothing else. The flipside was blank.
X singer/bassist John Doe has had bit acting parts in such movies as Road House, Great Balls of Fire, and Boogie Nights, plus on the TV shows Martial Law, E.R., and Roswell.
Saturday, June 21, 2003
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.), who travels to Jordan and possibly Baghdad this weekend, said the Bush administration must figure out an "exit strategy" on Iraq, quickly install Iraqis in key positions and end non-emergency, no-bid reconstruction contracts.

"I am impatient about seeing an Iraqi face on this government," Kirk said Thursday.

He is part of a congressional delegation flying to the Jordanian capital of Amman for a meeting on the future of the Mideast sponsored by the World Economic Forum.

Kirk expects to meet there with L. Paul Bremer III, the U.S.-appointed civil administrator for Iraq.

"We need to see Iraqis running Iraq," Kirk said. "When do I see a national police chief? When do I see a minister of health? When do we expect to see an interim government?

"I am very frustrated that on television so far, we are only seeing Americans, and we want to see Iraqis," he said.

His impatience and criticism of the Bush administration are telling, coming from one of the lawmakers the White House deputized to help sell the war authorization vote to Congress.
Friday, June 20, 2003
During his four-week stint in 1969 at the Las Vegas International Hotel, Elvis Presley ate from a special menu that included pork salad with corn muffins and honey among its delicacies. These performances were also Presley's first live concerts since 1961.
Meet the Soul of Anna Nicole.
Happy Company Picnic Day!

Are you ready for some fun?

Here's what we have in store for you:

Yummy catered dinner
Rockin' DJ
Limbo (How low can you go?!)
Festive Face Painting
Balloon Animal Twist-o-Rama
MatchMate game (So, you think you know your partner?)
Potato Sack Pursuit
Pinata Smackdown
Tug-o-War (Who will be left standing?)
Jammin' Inflatable Jumper
And More!!!

The fun starts at 3:00 p.m.!

We can't wait to see you ALL there!
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed.

But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes.

The senator's site makes extensive use of a JavaScript menu system developed by Milonic Solutions, a software company based in the United Kingdom. The copyright-protected code has not been licensed for use on Hatch's website.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
In his two-plus years with the Texas Rangers, shortstop Alex Rodriguez has seen his team sputter to a 172-222 record, exactly 50 games under .500. Currently more than 20 games out of first place in the American League West, the Rangers are on pace to finish in last place for Rodriguez's third straight year in Texas.

Since his departure, Rodriguez's former team, the Seattle Mariners, has a robust 257-137 mark, including a record-setting 116-win season the first year without Rodriguez. The Mariners currently are 26 games over .500 and are seven games ahead of the second-place Oakland A's in the AL West.

Record-wise, the Mariners are the best team in baseball. On the other hand, there are only three teams in baseball worse than the Rangers, teams with names like Tigers, Devil Rays and Padres.

War is the great scavenger of thought. It is the sovereign disinfectant, and its red stream of blood is the Condy's Fluid that cleans out the stagnant pools and clotted channels of the intellect. . . . We have awakened from an opium-dream of comfort, of ease, of that miserable poltroonery of "the sheltered life."

Our wish for indulgence of every sort, our laxity of manners, our wretched sensitiveness to personal inconvenience, these are suddenly lifted before us in their true guise as the spectres of national decay; and we have risen from the lethargy of our dilettantism to lay them, before it is too late, by the flashing of the unsheathed sword.

Sir Edmund Gosse (1849-1928), English poet, critic. Inter Arma, "War and Literature" (1916).
These factors may influence your attitudes toward death:

-- Exposure to death
-- Life expectancy
-- Control over nature: more protected/less respect for death
-- Sense of individual
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
American gloom epidemic hits 30 million and takes a $52b toll on production

WASHINGTON - Sixteen per cent of Americans - more than 30 million people - will suffer major depression at some point in their lives, United States researchers reported yesterday.

The gloom would cost employers more than US$30 billion ($52 billion) in lost productivity, they said

"Major depression is now the No 1 leading cause of disability across the world," Kathleen Merikangas of the National Institute of Mental Health said.

The survey of more than 9000 adults across 48 states suggested that about 13 million Americans, or more than 6 per cent, had an episode of major depression in the last year.

Only about half sought any kind of treatment, and only half of these had the right treatment, the survey found.

"The impact that we found in our survey is absolutely dramatic," Merikangas said. "It affects jobs, marriage, parenting,"

Half the patients had severe depression, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association, lasting an average of four months.

Her team's study was one of several published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

It said patients and doctors alike often did not recognise depression.

"Many people don't know that they can get help," Merikangas said.

Drugs and counselling had been shown to help depression.

Depression became less common as people aged and perhaps adjusted to their lot in life, the survey found.

"It appears that major depression is more common in young adults," Merikangas said.

"We found increased rates of depression as well among those who are poor and less-educated," Merikangas said.

The numbers might be even higher, she said, as the survey did not include homeless people or those in institutions.

A separate survey by Walter Stewart and colleagues at Geisinger Health Systems in Danville, Pennsylvania, found the cost of depression affected more than just the patients and their families.

His team interviewed 1190 working adults and found that 9.4 per cent of all workers have some form of depression.

They lose, on average, 5.6 hours of work each week, as compared to 1.5 lost hours due to illnesses among non-depressed workers.

Do you discount stories like these?

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA director Stansfield Turner accused the Bush administration Tuesday of ''overstretching the facts'' about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in making its case for invading that country.

Turner's broadside adds the retired admiral's name to a list of former intelligence professionals concerned that the CIA and its intelligence reports were manipulated to justify the war. Since Baghdad fell April 9, U.S. forces have been unable to find chemical and biological weapons the White House said were in Iraq.

If so, you may be experiencing cognitive dissonance.

If learning something has been difficult, uncomfortable, or even humiliating enough, people are not likely to admit that the content of what has been learned is not valuable. To do so would be to admit that one has been "had," or "conned".
What -- or should I say, Who? -- gives this little fucking Ari Fleischer the right to speak so condescendingly to SENATORS of our country?

I wish a plague on his house.
"Once you let go of the need to express your thoughts to your family, you suddenly feel much lighter," Wilmot said. "You just float along blissfully, finally liberated from the burden of having any presence at all. It's sort of like getting to return to the womb. Which is way more enjoyable than trying to explain to a tableful of Celine Dion fans why you can't stand her."
bombast \BOM-bast\, noun:
Pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
What is the Human Genome Project?

Begun formally in 1990, the U.S. Human Genome Project is a 13-year effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. The project originally was planned to last 15 years, but rapid technological advances have accelerated the expected completion date to 2003. Project goals are to

identify all the approximate 30,000 genes in human DNA,
determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA,
store this information in databases,
improve tools for data analysis,
transfer related technologies to the private sector, and
address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project.
On Friday, please be sure to bring all outgoing mail to the Mail Room NO LATER THAN 2:30 pm, due to the 3:00 Company Picnic. Thank you.
Good morning,

In light of our company event this Friday, the Cutoff time for Shipping will be 1:30PM. Please have all items to the Warehouse prior to this time. This will allow the Shipping Coordinator to properly process all orders and personal shipments in a timely manner to ensure your items are shipped. Extreme situations will be dealt with as they arise.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Not to be insensitive, but I don't understand how the shooting of a 7-year-old Israeli girl is more newsworthy than the shooting of a 4-year-old Sacaramento girl or a 12-year-old Amish girl in Indiana.

You don't have to tune in tonight to see which'll make the headlines.

Funny how news works.
Hi all,
I want to thank you for coming to my birthday lunch.
It meant a lot.
Thank You.
inhere \in-HIR\, intransitive verb:

To be inherent; to belong, as attributes or qualities.
The sham surrounding poor Jessica Lynch, a pawn in a war far larger than she could possibly imagine.
Ned: What's worse: corking a bat or scuffing the ball?

Joe Morgan: Very very good question. No one has bothered to think about it. They all have their own thought about what cheating is. I would say scuffing a baseball. It affects more players and the outcome of the game more. One hitter with a corked bat doesn't affect the game that much. I still don't believe a corked bat helps a hitter nearly as much as people think.
Greg, NY: Hi Joe, do retired players talking amongst themselves think that a lot of the current power numbers are tainted? Or is the only relevant comparison player within eras?

Joe Morgan: In most cases, they don't believe players today are better than them. They wish they could play in these small ballparks with such poor pitching.


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Monday, June 16, 2003
We have said that Saddam Hussein possesses biological and chemical weapons, and all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.

-- Ari Fleischer
Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.

-- Donald Rumsfeld
Many Misinformed About Iraq, Sept. 11 Attacks

By Frank Davies
Knight Ridder News Service

WASHINGTON -- A third of the American public believes U.S. forces found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. And 22 percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons.

Before the war, half of those polled in a survey said Iraqis were among the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001.

But such weapons have not been found in Iraq, and were never used. Most of the Sept. 11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. None of them were Iraqis.

These results startled the pollsters who conducted and analyzed the surveys.

"It's a striking finding," said Steve Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, which asked the weapons questions during a May 14-18 poll of 1,256 respondents.

He added, "Given the intensive news coverage and high levels of public attention, this level of misinformation suggests some Americans may be avoiding having an experience of cognitive dissonance."

That is, having their beliefs conflict with the facts.

Kull added that the poll's data showed that the mistaken belief that weapons of mass destruction had been found "is substantially greater among those who favored the war."
One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.

-- Jean De La Bruyère
ABC Dumps Anti-Bush Comic

American television network ABC has dumped a new sitcom by comic Janeane Garofalo from its line-up next season - prompting speculation the move was a result of her anti-Bush politics. Reality Bites star Janeane has received hate mail because of her ferocious anti-war stance and is certain her political views led to the axing of plans to screen show Slice 'O Life. A source says ABC is "a network bowing to the perceived power of the Bush administration. Janeane is convinced her politics and all the hate mail the right-wing lobby stirred up during the war is behind all this." An ABC spokesman says the decision to not continue the show was made independent to the anti-war furor.
Innovative, indeed.

Praising Clarke for developing innovative ways of telling the military's story to the public, Rumsfeld said the Pentagon's spokeswoman had resigned from her job as of next Friday for personal reasons.
When Nirvana first played the TV program Saturday Night Live in January of 1992, the bandmembers kissed each other at the end of the show, just to "spite any homophobes" that may have been viewing.

On October 23, 1991 the famed silver sequined glove worn by Michael Jackson was stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. M.C. Hammer offered a reward of $50,000 for its return.
Saturday, June 14, 2003
After his death in early 2000, friends of over-the-top, early rock/R&B sensation Screamin' Jay Hawkins began a worldwide search for his long-lost children — all 57 of them, according to Hawkins' own estimate.

A website,, was created to help locate anyone claiming to be one of his offspring, and strands of his hair were used for DNA verification. Ultimately, Hawkins' friends hoped to reunite as many of his children as possible for a ceremony honoring them and their dad.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why I read about Iran in the headlines everyday. Are those who control the media trying to make me extra aware about the country?

It's funny how the headlines are decided, how someone up above -- or, should I say, up behind -- determines what it all of sudden newsworthy to me.

Now it is Iran.

In six months it may be another country those who determine news will want my attention focused on.
Friday, June 13, 2003
The Associated Press

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - President Bush opened a long weekend of golf and fishing Friday ...
"Fitter Happier" by Radiohead

Fitter, happier, more productive
Not drinking too much
Regular exercise at the gym
(3 days a week)
Getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries
At ease
Eating well
(No more microwave dinners and saturated fats)
A patient better driver
A safer car
(Baby smiling in back seat)
Sleeping well
(No bad dreams)
No paranoia
Careful to all animals
(Never washing spiders down the plughole)
Keep in contact with old friends
(Enjoy a drink now and then)
Will frequently check credit at (moral) bank (hole in the wall)
Favours for favours
Fond but not in love
Charity standing orders
On Sundays ring road supermarket
(No killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants)
Car wash
(Also on Sundays)
No longer afraid of the dark or midday shadows
Nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate
Nothing so childish - at a better pace
Slower and more calculated
No chance of escape
Now self-employed
Concerned (but powerless)
An empowered and informed member of society
(Pragmatism not idealism)
Will not cry in public
Less chance of illness
Tires that grip in the wet
(Shot of baby strapped in back seat)
A good memory
Still cries at a good film
Still kisses with saliva
No longer empty and frantic like a cat tied to a stick
That's driven into frozen winter shit
(The ability to laugh at weakness)
Healthier and more productive
A pig in a cage on antibiotics
As you may know, Warner Chappell has asked Green Plastic to remove all lyrics and tabs from the site. Fortunately, a deal has been worked out and a free license will be issued to allow us to have the lyrics and tabs back up. Until the details are fully worked out, Green Plastic has to comply with the request to have the lyrics off the site. We'll be back up and running soon.

Many thanks to Radiohead for stepping in and helping us and the other fan sites out.
How come the first car in the fast lane never drives fast?
Thursday, June 12, 2003
In 1991, Joycelyn Elders, who would become President Clinton's surgeon general, dared to suggest legalization might reduce crime. Critics almost immediately called for her resignation.

"How can you ever fix anything if you can't even talk about it?" Elders says.
From the paper of record:

Last year Los Angeles led the nation in homicides, and it is estimated that over the past 20 years some 10,000 young people have been killed.

If this were happening just a few miles farther north and west — in the tonier neighborhoods closer to the Pacific shoreline, for example — it would be a national scandal. I take that back. It wouldn't be a national scandal. It wouldn't be permitted.

"How dangerous is it?" asked Timothy Watkins, who runs a program that provides a refuge from the streets for children in Watts. "When a child 7 years old can come out his front door to play and sees a dead body lying there, that's dangerous."
Hellions in San Diego got rousted last night.
You never had a chance, did you, babe?

So good-looking, so insecure.
bibelot \BEE-buh-loh\, noun:

A small decorative object without practical utility; a
I made the mistake of mentioning that my work computer has been bogged down lately, so the IT guys gave me one that is even worse. I'm nearly feeling sorry for myself.
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
I just put a link up (over on the right) to a site dedicated to my old friend Cranford Nix, he of the legendary Malakas. The lyrics to "All I Want For Xmas" are posted below.
All I Want For Xmas (Cranford Nix Jr.)

She's so bad ass. She's got tattoos
She'll fuck you till your thighs are black and blue.
She's Rock and Roll. She's GTO
She's the only girl I ever want to know.

She likes Motorhead. She's great in bed
She's everything I want for Christmas.

She likes to drink. She's got nipple rings.
She got a tattoo of a monkey right by her thing.
She's got leather pants. And God made her ass.
All the other girls ain't in the same class.

She likes The Ramones. She understands a Jones.
She's everything I want for Christmas.

She's so bad ass. She's got tattoos
She'll fuck you till your thighs are black and blue.
She likes to drink. She's got nipple rings.
She got a tattoo of a monkey right by her thing.

She likes Motorhead. She's great in bed
She's everything I want for Christmas.
She's everything I want for Christmas.
She's everything I want for Christmas.
All the kids in school say, "Mike DaRonco don't know rock 'n' roll."

AMG REVIEW: Lots of songs that celebrate the lifestyle of being a lowlife. And when a band such as the Malakas cease to care about their well-being, gems such as "Met a Girl at N.A." are written: "She invited me back to her house/She said she might have AIDS/I said I really don't care..." Not the most positive message for the kids. Fortunately, the kids probably wouldn't go for the Malakas' watered-down cheese punk. — Mike DaRonco
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress on Wednesday rebuffed calls by Democrats for a full-blown investigation into whether the Bush administration misread or inflated the threats posed by Iraq before going to war ...

"There seems to be a campaign afoot by some to criticize the intelligence community and the president for connecting the dots, for putting together a picture that seemed all too obvious," said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, of Kansas.
In his book Small Business Management, Michael Ames gives the following reasons for small business failure:

1:Lack of experience
2:Insufficient capital (money)
3:Poor location
4:Poor inventory management
5:Over-investment in fixed assets
6:Poor credit arrangements
7:Personal use of business funds
8:Unexpected growth

Gustav Berle adds two more reasons in The Do It Yourself Business Book:
10:Low sales
provender \PROV-uhn-duhr\, noun:

1. Dry food for domestic animals, such as hay, straw, corn,
oats, or a mixture of ground grain; feed.
2. Food or provisions.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
arcanum – a secret, mystery, or information not easily attainable
Do You Have What It Takes?

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Which personality traits make for success? Let's see if you have what it takes.

FICTION: To be an entrepreneur you must be born that way.

FACT: Anyone can learn to operate like an entrepreneur.

What are the similarities of successful entrepreneurs?

desire for immediate feedback
strong drive to achieve
high energy level
goal oriented behavior
calculated risk taker
problem solving skills
tolerance for ambiguity
strong integrity
highly reliable
personal initiative
ability to consolidate resources
strong management and organizational skills
change agent
tolerance for failure
desire to work hard
Sheesh, before I could even get a post up advising Woody Allen to tread lightly in his support of American travel to France, I see that the Rupert Murdoch-owned NY Post has an article mildly questioning Allen for filming his promo clip in New York.

You gotta be so careful with the ever-vigilant Fox/Religious/Drudge/Bush right in this country; it's amazing they ever find the time to have sex.
My friends and I do read the National Catholic Reporter, and we came across this article by Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, a brave woman standing up and speaking her mind.

I'm sure they're already calling her a heretic.
Monday, June 09, 2003
"The Great Whipped Hope"

The following is a New York Times article written by Mike Wise on professional basketball player Doug Christie and his "unique" relationship with his wife, Jackie.

In the final minute of an N.B.A. playoff game on Monday night, Doug Christie raised his left fist, extending his pinkie and index fingers toward the rafters of Arco Arena. Christie, a lanky swingman for the Sacramento Kings, appeared to be calling out a play for his teammates.

But the message was actually intended for his wife, Jackie, seated in the stands. He often makes the same hand signal at least 50 times a game. "That's just to let my wife know I love her, and she and family are bigger than basketball," Christie said.
Male Code

1. Thou shall not rent the movie "Chocolate."

2. Under no circumstances may two men share an umbrella.

3. Any man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally killed by his fellow partygoers.

4. When you are queried by a buddy's wife, girlfriend, mother, father, priest, shrink, dentist, accountant, or dog walker, you need not and should not provide any useful information whatsoever as to his whereabouts. You are permitted to deny his very existence.

5. Unless he murdered someone in your immediate family, you must bail a friend out of jail within 12 hours.

6. You may exaggerate any anecdote told in a bar by 50 percent without recrimination; beyond that, anyone within earshot is allowed to call BULLSHIT. Exception: When trying to pick up a girl, the allowable exaggeration rate rises to 400 percent).

7. If you've known a guy for more than 24 hours, his sister is off-limits forever.

8. The minimum amount of time you have to wait for another guy who'srunning late is 5 minutes. For a woman, you are required to wait 10 minutes for every point of hotness she scores on the classic 1-10 scale.

9. Bitching about the brand of free beer in a buddies refrigerator is forbidden. You may gripe if the temperature is unsuitable.

10. No man is ever required to buy a birthday present for another man. In fact, even remembering a friends birthday is strictly optional and slightly gay.

11. Agreeing to distract the ugly friend of a hot babe your buddy is trying to hook up with is your legal duty. Should you get carried away with your good deed and end up having sex with the beast, your pal is forbidden to speak of it, even at your bachelor party.

12. Before dating a buddy's ex, you are required to ask his permission and he, in return is required to grant it.

13. Women who claim they "love to watch sports" must be treated as spies until they demonstrate knowledge of the game and the ability to pick a buffalo wing clean.

14. If a man's zipper is down, that's his problem -- you didn't see nothin'.

15. The universal compensation for buddies who help you move is beer.

16. A man must never own a cat or like his girlfriend's cat.

17. Your girlfriend must bond with your buddy's girlfriends within 30 minutes of meeting them. You are not required to make nice with her gal pal's significant dick-heads --- low-level sports bonding is all the law requires.

18. When stumbling upon other guys watching a sports event, you may always ask the score of the game in progress, but you may never ask who's playing.

19. When your girlfriend/wife expresses a desire to fix her whiney friend up with your pal, you may give her the go-ahead only if you'll be able to warn your buddy and give him time prepare excuses about joining the priesthood.

20. It is permissible to consume a fruity chick drink only when you're sunning on a tropical beach ... and it's delivered by a topless supermodel ... and it's free.

21. Unless you're in prison, never fight naked.

22. A man in the company of a hot, suggestively dressed woman must remain sober enough to fight.

23. If a buddy is outnumbered, out manned, or too drunk to fight, you must jump into the fight. Exception: If within the last 24 hours his actions have caused you to think, "What this guy needs is a good ass-whoopin", then you may sit back and enjoy.

24. Phrases that may NOT be uttered to another man while weight lifting: "Yeah, baby, push it!""C'mon, give me one more!" "Harder!" "Another set and we can hit the showers." " Nice ass, are you a Sagittarius?"

25. Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of pizza, but not both. That's just plain mean.

26. If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you better be referring to his beer.

27. Never join your girlfriend/wife in dissing a buddy, except when she's withholding sex pending your response.

28. Never talk to a man in the bathroom unless you're on equal footing: either both urinating or both waiting in line. In all other situations, a nod is all the conversation you need.

29. If a buddy is already singing along to a song in the car, you may not join him...too gay.

30. Before allowing a drunken friend to cheat on his girl, you must attempt one intervention. If he is able to get on his feet, look you in the eye, and deliver a "F*** OFF!", you are absolved of your of responsibility.

31. The morning after you and a babe who was formerly "just a friend" have carnal, drunken monkey sex, the fact that you're feeling weird and guilty is no reason not to nail her again before the discussion about what a big mistake it was.
trice \TRYS\, noun:

A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."
Sunday, June 08, 2003
My name is Joseph Smith, and this is the story of how I went to Japan one person and returned another. Xenophobes and jingoists, rest assured, I will not take you into steaming, crowded markets filled with short, dark-haired people speaking in car-alarm octaves. You will not be dragged to a river and made to sit with your legs crossed – you know it’s un-PC to call it Indian style – while the truths of the ages are revealed by the brooks babbling over the smooth stones.

For that matter, I won’t be selling out my country – your country, perhaps – with relentless harping about our fantastic sense of entitlement and how it breeds sloth-like and embittered contentment.
Saturday, June 07, 2003
You hope your boss is this forgiving:

Associated Press
SEATTLE -- Rick Neuheisel's football coaching career at Washington:

Jan. 11, 1999 : Neuheisel, 37, hired as Washington's coach after four years at Colorado, with a contract worth $997,000 a year for five years.

Feb. 3, 1999: Reports surface on national letter-of-intent signing day that Neuheisel is being investigated for improper visits to five recruits. It later is revealed that Neuheisel also made improper contact with several of his former Colorado players and engaged one UW recruit in a basketball-shooting contest, deemed an improper tryout by the NCAA.

June 19, 1999: Pac-10 accepts Washington's self-imposed penalties for two violations, including reducing Neuheisel's off-campus visits in 2000 from 29 to 9. UW also agrees not to accept any of Neuheisel's former Colorado players as transfers.

Jan. 1, 2001: Washington beats Purdue 34-24 in the Rose Bowl, capping an 11-1 season.

Sept. 4, 2001: Neuheisel's contract is improved to a guaranteed $1.21 million a year, with incentives to a possible $1.46 million a season.

Feb. 6, 2002: On national letter-of-intent day, Neuheisel criticizes recruiting tactics of Oregon and UCLA, drawing a Pac-10 reprimand. UCLA coach Bob Toledo also is reprimanded for comments about Neuheisel, and Oregon reprimanded for the tactics Neuheisel criticized.

April 11, 2002: Colorado officials confirm the school has been accused by the NCAA of a lack of institutional control and multiple minor violations during time Neuheisel was coach.

Sept. 3, 2002: Neuheisel receives a contract extension through the 2007 season, including a $1.5 million loan he does not have to pay back if he works through the life of the contract. With the loan and incentives, Neuheisel now can make more than $1.8 million a season.

Oct. 8, 2002: NCAA completes investigation into Neuheisel's tenure at Colorado and prohibits him from off-campus recruiting through May 31, 2003, as a penalty for his part in more than 50 minor violations.

Dec. 31, 2002: Washington loses to Purdue in Sun Bowl, 34-24, ending a 7-6 season.

Jan. 9, 2003: Neuheisel censured by the American Football Coaches Association after its board finds he has shown a lack of remorse for his role in the Colorado violations.

Feb. 11, 2003: After rumors that he interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers for their head coaching position the previous day, Neuheisel releases a statement denying he ever talked to the 49ers.

Feb. 12, 2003: After more reports that he talked to the 49ers, Neuheisel acknowledges interviewing with San Francisco officials, saying his initial denials were a "knee-jerk reaction" to protect a confidentiality agreement.

Feb. 13, 2003: Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges says there will be no discipline of Neuheisel for lying about having interviewed with the 49ers.

Feb. 14, 2003: Interim UW president Lee Huntsman says he had spoken to Neuheisel about the 49ers incident to make it "especially clear to Rick what the university's expectations are." Huntsman says he is "not prepared to talk about" whether the school had considered firing Neuheisel.

June 4, 2003: NCAA launches inquiry into Neuheisel betting on college basketball. Neuheisel confirms he bet on the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the past two years. He says the bets were made in an annual auction with his friends and neighbors.
• "I'm not against the blacks, and a lot of the good blacks will attest to that."
Former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham

"I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."
Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.

• "That depends on what the definition of 'is' is."
President Bill Clinton in his deposition on the Monica Lewinsky case

• "This is a great day for France!"
President Richard Nixon at French President Charles de Gaulle's funeral

• "The president has kept all the promises he intended to keep."
George Stephanopolous, aide to Bill Clinton

• "For seven and a half years, I've worked alongside President Reagan. We've had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We've had some sex ... uh ... setbacks."
Then-Vice President George Bush, while campaigning to succeed Reagan

• "One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is "to be prepared."
Dan Quayle, vice president under George Bush

• "I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president."
Then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on release of subpoenaed documents

• "Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah

• "I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."
President George Bush

• "I have learned from the mistakes I may or may not have made. When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible."
President George W. Bush

• "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."
Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.

• "(Sen. Mark Mallory is) the only reason I might support the OhioReads program."
Ohio Rep. Tim Grendell, R-Chesterland

• "One could say that Osama bin Laden and these non-nation-state fighters with religious purpose are very similar to those kind of atypical revolutionaries that helped cast off the British Crown."
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio

• "We need to Jew them down."
Ohio Sen. Doug White, R-Manchester
Friday, June 06, 2003
Now, even the thin blue line is being crossed. Maybe it's Republican, or possibly it's just Bushian, but these guys like to flex the taxpayers' military hard and then fuck it up through their short-sighted zealotry.

Bush I had his Panama and Kuwait, yet he still lost to the philandering Southern governor.

This current Bush is gonna lose, too, because the foibles and corrupt deals will just be too much for the on-the-fence parents who'll instruct their kids to not only vote, but to vote for a change.

Yes, I'm drunk. My best friend is out of town.

But don't call me turncoat or commie: I pay my taxes just like you, and that's more than a lot of big businesses that incorporate in Barbados can say.

I have paid for my right to free speech.
No one ever said anything about the soldiers, they of the universal praise and deification. They weren't called instruments or tools, their organizing principles weren't called into question.

After all, this was much simpler than Vietnam, wasn't it.

He who can kick everybody's ass is obligated to periodically pummel the class clown.

But my sister and her husband died on Sept. 11. Who can you possibly think you are to question the desire to seek revenge?
The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Ashcroft has long been an outspoken social conservative, opposed to abortion and gay rights, and supporting the death penalty and few restrictions on gun ownership.
Nice work here on Ashcroft's part.

US Justice Department forbids Gay Pride event at headquarters

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Homosexual employees of the US Department of Justice have been forbidden to hold an annual "Gay Pride" event at the department's headquarters, a gay DoJ employee said Friday.

Attorney General John Ashcroft "will not allow us to hold our annual pride ceremony in the building," said Melissa Schraibman, who works in Justice Department's tax division.

The Justice Department has held gay pride events at the Department headquarters annually since the early 1990s, when Bill Clinton -- a gay rights supporter -- was president and Janet Reno the US attorney general.
"The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn"
By Shane MacGowan (1985)

McCormack and Richard Tauber are singing by the bed
There's a glass of punch below your feet and an angel at your head
There's devils on each side of you with bottles in their hands
You need one more drop of poison and you'll dream of foreign lands

When you pissed yourself in Frankfurt and got syph down in Cologne
And you heard the rattling death trains as you lay there all alone
Frank Ryan brought you whiskey in a brothel in Madrid
And you decked some fucking blackshirt who was curing all the Yids
At the sick bed of Cuchulainn we'll kneel and say a prayer
And the ghosts are rattling at the door and the devil's in the chair

And in the Euston Tavern you screamed it was your shout
But they wouldn't give you service so you kicked the windows out
They took you out into the street and kicked you in the brains
So you walked back in through a bolted door and did it all again
At the sick bed of Cuchulainn we'll kneel and say a prayer
And the ghosts are rattling at the door and the devil's in the chair

You remember that foul evening when you heard the banshees howl
There was lousy drunken bastards singing Billy is in the bowl
They took you up to midnight mass and left you in the lurch
So you dropped a button in the plate and spewed up in the church

Now you'll sing a song of liberty for blacks and paks and jocks
And they'll take you from this dump you're in and stick you in a box
Then they'll take you to Cloughprior and shove you in the ground
But you'll stick your head back out and shout "we'll have another round"
At the graveside of Cuchulainn we'll kneel around and pray
And God is in His heaven, and Billy's down by the bay
If you don't like what you see, turn the channel. Sometimes, it can be unpleasant.

And if you really think this "war" is anywhere near over, if you think we have accomplished anything other than jagged and bloody and iron-fisted empire expansion and increased risk of terrorism, and earning only the openly sad scorn of much of the civilized world at the expense of our integrity, our respect, our pride of dissent and choice and tolerance and balance and fairness, you might just be the ideal candidate, the beloved mutant-patriot creation of the Bush administration's PR machine, the ultimate in myopic lockstep Fox News wet-dream target markets.
alpenglow \AL-puhn-gloh\, noun:

A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.
Thursday, June 05, 2003
The extent of the campaign of misinformation continues to be revealed.

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials had been confident that a coalition airstrike killed one of Iraq's most notorious officials, the man nicknamed "Chemical Ali." Now, they are not so sure.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that interrogations of Iraqi prisoners indicated Ali Hassan al-Majid might be alive.

Myers and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had said on April 7 they believed an airstrike on a house in southern Iraq had killed al-Majid. They showed reporters video of laser-guided bombs obliterating the house where a tipster told coalition forces al-Majid was staying.
Did Padres general manager Kevin Towers ever think he and pal Bruce Bochy would endure a headache of this magnitude?

"No, no, no, no, no – not at all," Towers said last night after the free-falling Friars suffered their 36th defeat in 46 games since April 16. "No team should lose 100 games, and we're well over that pace."
stertorous \STUR-tuh-ruhs\, adjective:

Characterized by a heavy snoring or gasping sound; hoarsely breathing.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Here is the full text of New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger's memo to the staff this morning.

To The Staff:

As you can see from the attached press release, this morning I accepted the resignations of Howell Raines, our executive editor, and Gerald Boyd, our managing editor. Both Howell and Gerald have made enormous and lasting contributions to The Times over their long and distinguished careers. Given the events of the last month, however, Howell and Gerald concluded that it was best for The Times that they step down. With great sadness, I agreed with their decision.

Joe Lelyveld will return to serve as interim executive editor until the selection of new executive and managing editors is made. Since most of you know Joe, you'll understand why we can all be confident that during this interim period the immediate responsibility for the quality of our journalism will be in very good hands.

While the process of selecting a new executive editor will take some time, we will put that time to good use. The work of the newsroom's Siegal committee and other groups will continue with the goal of providing recommendations for strengthening our newsroom management systems and tightening some of our journalistic practices. I will remain extremely active in assuring that the momentum of these efforts continues.

This has been a difficult and painful time for all of us. Now our task is to go back to doing what we're here to do - publishing this great newspaper. Our readers deserve no less.

While we focus on our craft, I can assure you that we will be just as focused on the goal of creating a work environment that is commensurate with the quality of our journalism and the esteem with which our brand, The New York Times, is held. We deserve no less.

I know that I can count on your support in accomplishing these important goals.

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by Nicol
Wednesday, June 04, 2003
'To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.'

-- Theodore Roosevelt
The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Playing-Cards, Part 3 -- the Curse of Scotland

The Question
What card is known as the "Curse of Scotland?"

The Answer
The following is taken from The Playing-Card, Volume XXV, number 3, p. 120.

From "The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge, 5th edition" (American Contract Bridge League):

A term applied to the 9 of diamonds, for which various explanations are given, none completely authoritative. The Bridge Magazine once listed six possible origins for the term as follows:

That in the once popular round game 'Pope Joan', the 9 of diamonds was called the Pope, the antichrist of Scottish Reformers.
That the 9 of diamonds was the chief card in the game 'cornette', introduced into Scotland by the unhappy Queen Mary.
That 'Butcher' Cumberland wrote the orders for the Balle of Culloden, 1746, on the back of the card. This is very doubtful.
That the order for the Massacre of Glencoe (1692) was signed on the back of this card.
That the dispositions for the fatal field of Flodden (1513) were drawn up on it by James IV of Scotland.
Both these last have only the slightest authority.
That it is derived from the nine lozenges that formed the arms of the Earl of Stair, who was especially loathed for his connection with the Massacre of Glencoe and the union with England (1707).
The following comments are to be found in the "Dictionary of Phrase and Fable", Dr Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, 1870, revised edition, Ivor H. Evans, 1981:

The Curse of Scotland. The nine of diamonds. The phrase seems to be first recorded in the early 18th century, for in Houston's Memoirs (1715-1747), we are told that Lord Justice Clerk Ormistone became universally hated in Scotland, and was called the Curse of Scotland; and when ladies encountered the nine of diamonds at cards they called it Justice Clerk. Among the suggested origin of the phrase are:

It may refer to the arms of Dalrymple, Earl of Stair (see (6) above).
as in point (2) above
as in point (3) above
The word 'curse' is a corruption of cross, and the nine of diamonds is so arranged as to form a St. Andrew's Cross; but so are the other nines.
as in point (5) above
Grose says somewhat inaccurately in his Tour Thro' Scotland (1789); "Diamonds... imply royalty... and every ninth king of Scotland has been observed for many ages to be a tyrant and a curse to the country."
This is what the Yahoo! headlines are about:

In fact, our only significant gain from this so-called Operation Iraqi Freedom, is that we, and the rest of the world, are no longer subject to the constant broken-record harangues of Bush and his buddies claiming that Saddam and his weapons of mass destruction are the greatest peril we've ever faced. Now the regime – ours, I mean – is bending over backwards to explain why the WMDs haven't materialized. But that's all water now under some obscure Euphrates bridge, albeit water being further contaminated/enriched (you pick the word) with American blood.
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Dmitri Young hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night in a matchup of the worst teams in the majors.
You can crush it, but it's always here.
In another scheme, know at Enron as "Forney's Perpetual Loop," traders would send fictitious megawatts across the grid and then accept payment from California's grid operators to relieve the artificial congestion they created on the lines.
Matt Drudge should be embarrassed by his zeal to destroy Martha Stewart.
Now I have the old browser back, so I can insert this link to an article where a man writes about his son asking if he is a terrorist. It's kinda interesting, and I think I see the guy's point, but he never really gets around to answering the question. Maybe I'm just being what my old friend Jimbo called obtuse.
The porn-blocking software my company uses prevents me from posting links and putting anything in italics.
SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- The two worst teams in baseball meet Tuesday when the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers face eachother for the first time since the 1984 World Series.

The Padres won for just the seventh time in 35 games on Monday, when they posted a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, splitting the four-game set and snapping their streak of 10 consecutive losing series.

In the longest and best-attended game in the three-plus year history of Comerica Park on Sunday, the Tigers suffered a 10-9 loss in 17 innings against the New York Yankees. It was Detroit's 15th defeat in 21 games.

Both clubs have registered sub-.500 records in interleague play since the format was introduced in 1997. San Diego has posted a 44-48 record and Detroit has registered a 49-54 mark.
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specious \SPEE-shuhs\, adjective:

1. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; as, "specious reasoning; a specious
2. Deceptively pleasing or attractive.
Monday, June 02, 2003
15 identifying characteristics of fascism:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested.

12. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

13. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses, and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

14. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

15. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Last night's defeat dropped the Padres to 8-33 since April 16, matching the '69 and '74 Padres for the worst 41-game stretches in franchise history.

The team's ERA was 5.54 when Towers fired pitching coach Greg Booker on May 17, the day horse racing's Preakness was run.

"You can prepare a donkey to run in the Preakness," Booker said, "but he probably won't run very well."

The Belmont awaits. The Padres have a 6.34 ERA since Booker's dismissal.
The company I work for doesn't know it, but the firewalls that they have installed to keep employees from looking at porn and listening to music on the Internet also serve to reduce production. People complain that every Internet-related task -- simple stuff, like Google searches -- takes much longer than it should. As a result, employees get distracted by the slow-loading pages and turn their attention to other, non-work matters.

Sunday, June 01, 2003
The vote has engendered public opposition by lawmakers, consumer and advocacy groups and unaligned citizens who fear that further media consolidation will make it more difficult for those with minority viewpoints to get their message out. On Friday, the FCC's voice- and e-mail systems were temporarily shut down by a deluge of public comments. The agency has received more than 500,000 e-mails and postcards opposing the changes.


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This photo resembles the scene described two posts below.
To tell the truth.

Dick Vitale of ESPN wrote this today regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching vacancy:

It looks like Jeff Van Gundy will end up in Cleveland early next week. It will be interesting to see him teach LeBron James and company.

On the same Web site, a link away from Vitale's article was this story by Marc Stein:

The Cleveland Cavaliers offered their coaching position to Paul Silas, and he will accept the job possibly as soon as Monday, league sources told

That lines up Silas, who was fired by the New Orleans Hornets on May 4, to be LeBron James' first pro coach.


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