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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Activists Dominate Content Complaints:
"In an appearance before Congress in February ... Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell laid some startling statistics on U.S. senators. The number of indecency complaints had soared dramatically to more than 240,000 in the previous year, Powell said. The figure was up from roughly 14,000 in 2002, and from fewer than 350 in each of the two previous years. There was, Powell said, “a dramatic rise in public concern and outrage about what is being broadcast into their homes.” What Powell did not reveal—apparently because he was unaware—was the source of the complaints. According to a new FCC estimate obtained by Mediaweek, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003—99.8 percent—were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group. "
NY Bird Lovers Want Pale Male's Nest Restored
In short, the "fate of Pale Male, a virile red-tailed hawk residing on the cornice of a New York City building for 11 years, was uncertain after the family nest was removed by the co-op building's board; the next day Pale Male was seen carrying twigs from Central Park in a futile attempt to rebuild. Those supporting the eviction took exception to the occasional bloody carcass of a prey pigeon or rat falling to the sidewalk, but protestors bearing signs that read "Honk 4 Hawks" began a daily vigil." (Harpers)

Monday, November 29, 2004

New Film About Bush

Classic!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Virgin Mary In Grilled Cheese NOT A HOAX !
$16,600 and climbing...I think I'll have a grilled cheese for lunch!
Republicans choose a condom as their new emblem:
"The Republican National Committee announced today that the Republican Party is changing its emblem from an elephant to a condom. The committee chairman explained that the condom more clearly reflects the party's stance today, because a condom accepts inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of dicks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually getting fucked."

Brilliant.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Dear World: Sorry About Bush: "Dear world: We are so very, very sorry. For Bush. For our bitterly divided and confused nation. For what's to come. Please know that tens of millions of us did not vote for him. Please do not hate us. Not all of us, anyway. OK, maybe Utah. Do you know where Utah is? Never mind.
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But here's the genius part. Beyond e-mail, beyond blogs or radio shows or despondent letters to the editor or overly verbose progressively insulated Left Coast columnists who avoid excessive punctuation as they type because it might spill their scotch, sorryeverybody.com nails the sentiment in a way no one could have imagined: in photographs."
Sorry Everybody
Apologies Accepted by the World!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Salon.com News | Odd man out: "Powell's positions on U.S. foreign policy fell with such thudding regularity that a secretary of state with less philosophical detachment might have resigned long ago. A lone internationalist in an administration full of neoconservatives heady with American power, he was publicly contradicted by the White House over North Korea, and had his negotiating position taken from under him while in the midst of Middle East talks."

I know I said I'd back off politics until the end of the year, but this is too important. I have a strong hope that Powell's departure from his position as "diplomat", while a short-term blow to all who fear the power/war-mongering current administration, could be for long-term gain. He's likely a beaten man for the time being, but might he be a presidential candidate? He certainly has the appeal, the record, the brains, and the capability. Please, oh please, let it be! This country needs a true leader. And Mr. Powell just might be willing to step up to the plate and bat for this country in its most dire times.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Beavers Make Dam Out of Stolen Money: "Beavers found a bag of bills stolen from a casino, tore it open and wove the money into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek near Baton Rouge. 'They hadn't torn the bills up. They were still whole,' said Maj. Michael Martin of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office. The money was part of at least $70,000 taken last week from the Lucky Dollar Casino in Greensburg, about 30 miles northeast of Baton Rouge. ... Deputies found about $40,000, and expected to find the rest in a safety deposit box at a bank in Mississippi."

Something's wrong with our society when money's all that matters in life. What about the poor beavers' dam?

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Mencken: "As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920"

Indeed.

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