Odds makers figure the Mayor wants to allow a casino on what was the sight of the busiest general aviation airport in the country.
I think maybe Chicago could stand a little "regime change".
Odds makers figure the Mayor wants to allow a casino on what was the sight of the busiest general aviation airport in the country.
I think maybe Chicago could stand a little "regime change".
CTNow carried a story today titled "Mini Me: The Thigh's The Limit," detailing the return of mini-skirts, yet failed to include even a single illustration or picture.
[Yes, I see the irony in not providing a picture of a miniskirt myself.
Geez, that was supposed to be funny.]
With SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) spreading like wildfire, future malpractice claims against doctors who fail to save their patients from this soon-to-be pandemic are sure to be the next hot thing in MedMal. Our two-day seminar will cover such important topics as:
that America is "engaging in what will come to be seen as a massacre in Iraq," under "the 'Bush Doctrine' of pre-emption, which allows the United States to attack any other country any time . . . for whatever reason the president feels is justified."represents Ithaca, The City of Evil. Oh, and check out the certified gerrymander required to keep this jackass in Congress:
The "peace' protesters injured 8 police officers, kicking one officer in the head and beating another in the face. One protestor was so consumed with his love for peace that he expressed it by punching a police horse in the snout and dragging it to the ground.
"As Iraq's top Olympic official, Uday Hussein is accused of the torture and murder of athletes who fail to win"
"In fact Iraq, once an Asian sports force that sent 46 athletes to the 1980 Summer Olympics... sent just four athletes to the 2000 Games in Sydney."
No proof, of course, since "SI's attempts to reach Uday for comment through the Iraqi permanent mission to the United Nations were unsuccessful."
It is also nice to see that the IOC is still too busy taking bribes to worry about it.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has banned an Al Jazeera reporter from its trading floor saying it was restricting access to "responsible" networks, as the Arab satellite television channel faces criticism in the United States for its coverage of the war in Iraq.Excellent!
"We've had to focus our efforts on networks that focus on responsible business coverage," NYSE spokesman Ray Pellecchia said.
He described the Al Jazeera ban as "indefinite".
1 out of 5 stars Ann Coulter, "Slander", March 19, 2003I guess (s)he just pasted the review for Ann's book and used it as a review of Col. Patterson's book!
Reviewer: A reader from USA
I could only read about 15 pages of this book before I had to put it down. Coulter is the paid and pampered hatchet woman of the right. The level of her discourse makes her a highly paid pornographer. Even if you are a conservative, or neo-conservative, what is here is not going to help you come to any positive and productive conclusions about any aspect of politics in the USA.
There's another review that pans the book based upon a factual contention that is flat out wrong, dismissing Colonel Patterson's story and relating of how the nuclear codes are handled, despite the fact that Col. Patterson was himself a carrier of the nuclear football for two years.
I've grown used to seeing bad ratings given to politically divisive books, but it now looks like the libs aren't even bothering to read the books that they are giving bad reviews to, and in some cases aren't even reviewing the same books that they claim to have read.
My digital cable box runs ads next to the program guide grid. I usually filter them out, but one today was so odd that I had to click on it. Here's the full text:
Cheese is the main attraction. For movie-themed recipes, ILovecheese.comA quick visit to the advertised website realed the following Oscar™ themed recipes:
Let movie magic inspire your menu. As celebrities stroll down the red carpet, serve up stunning movie-themed recipes. For show-stopping melted cheese dishes, visit www.ilovecheese.com.
Though much of my yard remains under up to 3 feet of snow, I was greeted today by these on my return home.
The following was reported in News of the Weird last week:
In November, the Pentagon rejected a Freedom of Information Act request by a reporter to see an internal training video, claiming that the law allowed it to be withheld. The video is the 22-minute "Freedom of Information Act / The People's Right to Know," which is utilized to teach Pentagon employees how to carry out the maximum-disclosure purpose of the act.
"Europe is a very transparent organization, our documents can be found online and everybody knows our positions," he said, adding: "People who committed these acts should not have gone to such lengths."with this story from just last month:
"Council tells student that legal opinion on openness should stay secret."Did you catch that? The EU commission papers that were denied to the researcher dealt with an opinion "on the access to documents."
The European Ombudsman, Jacob Söderman, has called on the Council to give a researcher access to an opinion from its Legal Service. The opinion is on the legislative proposal from the Commission for rules on access to documents and was requested by a student for his post-graduate dissertation on public access to Council documents.
In his special report to the European Parliament, the Ombudsman states "the refusal to give access is particularly surprising since it concerns an opinion about rules on access to documents". He asks the Parliament to support his call for the Council to reconsider the student's application.
The student claimed that the Council had infringed the fundamental principle of giving the public the widest possible access to documents. The Council argued that disclosure of legal opinions would undermine its ability to obtain independent legal advice.
For even more on the EU's notorious lack of openness see StateWatch.org.
Mexico lies just to the South, and approximately 600 years behind, the United States.
STAMFORD -- The local woman who became known as the Central Park jogger after being raped, beaten and left for dead 14 years ago is ready to share her story.
She also is ready to tell the world her name.
As promised a few months back I like to post links to things on sale at Amazon when I find a particulary good deal. Today's deal is Calphalon Commercial Non-Stick Double Griddle. List price, which no one should ever pay, is $169, steet price is more typically $100, but for today only, as part of amazon's Friday Sale, this double griddle is only $39.99. I saw it a few weeks back as one of amazon's "gold-box offers", which cannot be shared with other users.
Anyway, make of it what you will, this is a fantastic kitchen tool at a great price.
Oh, and don't forget to only use non-metallic utensils on it.
UPDATE: Even though the Friday sale continues, Amazon has raised the price of this item back to over $135. Weird.
Like any two-year-old Marcello Ferrand is prone to the occasional tantrum.Ridiculous, also, that they didn't just strap the little shaver in and tape his seat belt latch closed.
So when an aircraft crew tried to make him wear a seatbelt he panicked and sat under the seat - the kind of scene any parent will recognise.
However, for the staff of a British Airways flight from Milan to Heathrow it demanded immediate action - which resulted in the police being called and Marcello, along with his grandparents, being hauled off the plane.
A West Hartford restaurateur bowed to pressure from local officials who were pushing him to not name his new restaurant C.O. Jones:
"It was clever. It was a wordplay," said Rob Rowlson, the town's business development officer, "but it was just not appropriate for the standards this community espouses."I wonder if these represent the community standards that "West Hartford espouses."
The town couldn't prevent Potter from slapping the salty soubriquet on his eatery, which is slated to open this week on Park Road, near Beverly Road. But Rowlson and others "strongly encouraged" him to scrap it, especially after the sign went up and someone complained.
"We thought he should be a little more careful in terms of the message he was trying to send," Rowlson said.
Potter doesn't understand what all the ruckus is about. After all, his New Haven restaurant has carried the name for nearly four years with nary a whisper of disapproval. In fact, "I get as many compliments on the name as I do on the food," said Potter, who co-owns the business.
The casual restaurant boasts of its "ballsy Mexican cuisine," but that's just bluster, Potter insists.
The restaurant will now go by a less offensive - and less colorful - name.
It's called Mexican Restaurant.
One of the biggest developments yet in the tobacco-fee saga: a federal grand jury is charging former Texas attorney general Dan Morales and his friend Marc Murr with conspiracy and mail fraud over Morales's attempt to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for Murr from the state's tobacco settlement.[From Overlawyered]Maybe we could get some of those Texas Law Men to come up to Connecticut and check out our AG Dick Blumenthal.
Martha Dean, the Republican candidate for state attorney general, accused incumbent Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday of using a "sham bid process" to improperly steer up to $65 million from a lawsuit against the tobacco industry to a former law partner and the partner's spouse.Dean's criticism fell mostly on deaf ears last year. Maybe we'll have to wait for Blumenthal to be an ex-AG for any real investigation into to this, because for now Blumenthal is keeping sealed the records
"It's time to ask: What authority did Mr. Blumenthal have to give away millions of dollars of our money to his personal friends?" Dean said during a press conference in the Legislative Office Building. Dean was generally critical of Blumenthal's handling of the tobacco suit, saying it amounted to "extortion" of the tobacco industry and was an improper encroachment by the attorney general on the regulatory authority of the legislature.
But Dean's sharpest attack was aimed at Blumenthal's decision to hire the law firms of his former partner, David S. Golub, and Golub's wife, Kathryn Emmett, to help litigate the state's lawsuit. Dean said that Golub and Emmett did a minimal amount of work but were paid much of the $65 million reserved for Connecticut's lawyers under a settlement of the suit.
In a statement issued by his office Wednesday, Blumenthal dismissed Dean's criticism. "Regrettably, the truth about the 1998 settlement has been distorted and misrepresented by critics who ignore the tens of thousands of lives saved, billions of dollars produced for taxpayers and, hopefully, many children stopped from beginning to smoke," he said. [Hartford Courant - September 5, 2002]
Imus and Sen. Dodd were discussing Senator Lieberman's decision to not withdraw from his Senate race in 2000 in order to commit fully to his run for Vice-President. The question came up when Don Imus asked him if Dodd had decided to run for the Democrat Presidential nomination, would he not have run for another Senate term. Senator Dodd replied (might not be exact, but I transcribed it pretty well):
I don't think anyone expected Joe to walk away from his Senate run, that was a different set of circumstances. Joe was picked in August to be on the ticket [so it was too late for him to withdraw]."The conversation moved on, and somehow Imus wound up asking if "There were any mayors of cities in Connecticut that weren't under indictment?" Sen Dodd came back with a Zinger, then another selective remembrance:
Well, we've had a perfect record for so long [we wouldn't want to mess it up].[Ignoring the fact that having a not-yet-indicted likely-felon as a Senator wouldn't really be all the ground breaking.]
You know, if Joe had stepped out of the Senate race than that guy [Indicted for lots of nasty things and ex-mayor of Waterbury Phil Giordano] could have been a U.S. Senator if he'd run unopposed.
Giordano would not have run unopposed. All commentators in the state knew that CT State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has been salivating for years to get such a shot, and the party could have easily picked him to fill Lieberman's space on the ballot. It is also widely acknowledged that Blumenthal, a man whom I personally detest, a man who will sue anyone so long as there's TV camera there to cover the suit, would have beaten Giordano by at least 20 points even without Donk voter fraud.
Nope, 'ol Joe Lieberman simply wanted to hedge his bet. His excuse for not stepping down was the rather lame, almost laughable [Baltimore Sun,October 27, 2000]:
The deadline for Lieberman to drop out is today, but he said emphatically yesterday that he would not do so.and from the The Boston Herald, November 8, 2000
"I really think it would, in many ways, be an act of bad faith if I pulled out at this point," Lieberman said.
That position has caused grumbling in party ranks.
In New Haven, Conn., Gore's running mate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, voted for himself twice - once on the presidential ballot and once for his re-election to the Senate. "That felt good," Lieberman said as he left the voting booth. Lieberman's wife, Hadassah, wept as she voted for her husband. Lieberman's refusal to step down from his Senate race infuriated many Democrats. If Gore is victorious, Lieberman will have to leave the Senate, leaving GOP Gov. John Rowland to appoint a GOP replacement.The Connecticut Senate Spin Machine is already working on damage control for 2004, hoping to remove all memory of the fact that Joe Lieberman selfishly ran for both his Senate seat and for the VP slot, risking Donk control of the Senate, just because he had no faith that he and Al would win.
That move could be costly to Democrats' hopes of taking back the Senate, especially if the results last night left left both parties in a 50-50 deadlock.
Sorry, Senator Dodd, this one isn't quite ready to go down the memory hole just yet.
[The link to Zocor (a cholesterol lowering drug) makes me wonder if this isn't the pharmaceutical industries answer to Raging Cow.]
"We call it Seasoning Accumulation," Cogan said. "If you love cheese, this is the Chee-to for you. It's beyond dangerously cheesy."
[[And for completeness, here is a link to the full translation of Saddam's Letter to America. (Have a barf bag handy should you brave reading this tripe.)]]
A borderline psychotic extremely leftist mass media, about 90 percent of whom supported George McGovern and the Clintons, are inundating and injecting borderline psychotic cognitive processes and unreal unhealthy emotional modeling into the individual and public psychological structure.
More to the case and point, Hillary Clinton is a master at manipulating all this. When she first began being active in national public life, and when she only slightly later began positioning herself to run for the senate, some of the acts she pulled were so outrageous that the belief was that she could not possibly win enough votes to become anything but an obnoxious truck stop waitress back in Arkansas. She was insulting, contemptuous, and obviously a fake.
Even though I took these as digital pictures, in a slippage remniscent of forgetting a roll of film in a camera, I just found them on my laptop's hard drive a few days ago.
Anyway, I thought people might get as much of a kick out of the "Star Wars-Revisited" lobster as I did. You can click on any of the pictures to open a larger, more detailed version of that picture.
UPDATE:I've taken the large versions of the lobster photos off of my server to prevent bandwidth overload.
My best friend from high school , now a Major, shipped out with the 9th of the 101st last Friday. In June he told me that he expected to be shipped out within a year for a "Rendezvous with Destiny" (a 101st motto). He was right about the year part, I just hope that the Destiny that he has a Rendezvous with is a happy one involving a lot of years in retirement.
I first developed this concept after leaving the small city I grew up in to attend university (in The City of Evil). One of the first friends that I made at Cornell swore that I had a long-lost identical twin brother in his Wisconsin high school class, and he had pictures to prove it. He went so far as to have his parents mail him some old pictures for comparison. The resemblance was striking, so long as you ignored the fact that his friend was at least five inches taller than I am.
Given the very strong resemblance between me and my parents I never considered the possibility that I was adopted. I jokingly told my dad about my friend's assertion that I had been separated at birth. He assured me, in good humor, that the only child abandoned in our family was me -- that time they left me in the forest for a month with a family of otters.
After I graduated from college I worked for a while, back in my home town, driving an ambulance for a private company. I was in and out of our local hospital at all hours of the day and night picking up and dropping off. On a few occasions that summer I had bizarre encounters with several people who, despite my nametag and uniform shirt, clearly were mistaking me for someone else.
Eventually I discovered the source of their confusion. One patient that we were picking up to transfer to a big city hospital wondered if I was working a second job driving ambulance to make extra money. Playing along, I asked her "What do you think my first job is?"
"Well, you're a resident, aren't you?," she countered.
"No, I'm headed off to law school in the fall, I'm not a doctor," I answered, wondering if she was a psych patient.
"Well, do you have a brother who works at this hospital who is a doctor, because there is one who looks exactly like you."
"Do you know by chance if he is from Wisconsin?"
Through some helpful nurses, a few of whom saw the resemblance, I eventually tracked down this doppelganger in the Cardiac Care Unit. Like my photo-clone in college, the resemblance was striking, if not more so. We looked like damn near twins in the face, and we shared our choice of eyewear, mophead hair and alert eyes. He was within an inch of my height.
It wasn't quite like looking in a mirror, but it was fun, and obviously memorable as I write this account almost a dozen years later.
Turns out he was from Vermont, not Wisconsin, as I asked him. We shared a second laugh when he told me that we had another look-alike in Texas, and yet another look-alike on Long Island that he had heard about from two different sources.
I joked that we should start a club.
He went back to work and I went forward with a good story.
(A few years later I worked with a fellow with whom customers often confused me. I blamed that resemblance on the impersonal nature of our task, and the inattentiveness of the clientele.)
Anyway, I told that story to segue into this one. There lives on Long Island a pair of twin girls, born in Mexico on the same day, adopted by two New York families, who recently accidentally discovered that they were separated at birth.
A friend of Adriana's ended up at Tamara's 20th-birthday celebration and talked and talked about how much Tamara looked like this friend of his. This friend told her how this girl she resembled so much was born in Mexico, as Tamara knew she had been, and also had celebrated a birthday recently.
The rest of this happy story is worth reading.
Yes, this is a bit lighter fare than the typical stuff I post on this site, but even a comedian needs to find joy once in a while.
In the new game, Treasure Tower, players may use their computer mouse to lead a cartoon character from ancient Babylonia through "a fantastic and humorous universe" of exotic Middle Eastern passageways, palaces and hidden doors in search of cash prizes. There is a one-in-260,000 chance of winning $25,000 in the game, which goes on sale Thursday.Oh, and I guess I should point out that it is the State of Connecticut that is selling the game.
Maybe my SpongeBob slot machine idea wasn't too far off the mark after all.
UPDATE:The server is back up but all the mail I received at that address since February 1 of this year is toast. If you emailed me in the past few days, please do so again.
The article declares this a bad idea and Prof. Reynolds makes a pretty good point that it would likely provide federal prosecutors a bit too much discretion in when they choose to apply its provisions.
Both skip what I consider to be some needed analysis of a law in this arena.
Second, the fourth amendment assures us that people have a right to be secure in their papers. Finding that such ensures a right to encryption would require a broad reading, but not beyond the scope of other such inventive law making from the bench.
Thirdly, I see nothing here that would serve to accomplish anything that would help law enforcement beyond simple conspiracy laws. Terrorists and other naer-do-wells planning to undertake bad events will not abandon the use of encryption simply because it makes what they are doing illegal in yet another way.
In the words of Claire Wolfe, "If laws worked there would be no crime."
'I am ashamed to be leaving you at this time of need, but I'm going out of pure, cold fear," Godfrey Meynell, 68, told the two Iraqi factory workers standing before him. His white hair was, as always, unbrushed; his navy windcheater zipped up to the chin. "This power plant is next to a bridge, surrounded by Republican Guard," he continued. "It's obviously a prime target." The men, who understood this fear too well, returned his handshake and thanked him warmly.The article goes on to detail how their support bus was absconded with for a while, how they blew a 500 £ donation on Prozac to cheer up Iraqis, how they blamed the CIA when they took a screw in one of their tires, and even an incident where one shield started writing and posting whiny notes about how someone had stolen her nuts. [Well, there certainly were plenty to steal.]
As he heaved his rucksack into the taxi, Mr Meynell, a former Colonial Office civil servant, was tearful. He was not, however, the only "human shield" fleeing Baghdad yesterday in a state of high emotion. Nine of the 11 British shields on the pioneering wave of red double-deckers left this weekend. At the Andalus hotel five kilometres away, Dr Abdul Hashimi, the official overseeing their mission in Iraq, had issued the shocked group with an ultimatum: deploy to the "strategic sites" hand-picked by the government or leave immediately.
It was a chilling twist in the saga of the human shields' mission to stop a war in Iraq. It was also inevitable. I accompanied the first wave of shields throughout their 3,500 mile, three-week journey aboard three double-decker buses from Europe to Baghdad and remained with them while they battled unsuccessfully with Iraqi officials to be allowed access to the civilians most thought they had come to protect.
The eccentric, eclectic group, none of whom fitted the "peacenik" stereotype, may have been drawn from all ages, backgrounds and experience, but they all shared one trait: naivety. Beset by problems on the road, lack of sufficient funds or a clear, universally-shared agenda, most had been tested beyond their limits before they even arrived in Iraq.
Seems that these fools are being chased out by the Iraquis because the only things that they are willing to shield are places that will not likely be targets!
Well, years after I thought that PETA (intentionally not linked) has gone round the bend so far it had no where left to turn, they pull this shit.
See that image over to the right. PETA posted this image, which they plan to start using nationally, in a park in San Diego. It directly correlates the raising and eating of meat to Naziism. Not just correlates, it actually says "To animals, all people are Nazis."
Are they fucking crackers? Do they truly think that such an image, such a Godawful meme that "all humans are Nazis from a barnyard perspective" could possibly advance any sort of national discourse, much less help their cause? Do they actually believe that raising animals for food could possibly be considered the moral equivalent of genocide?
This is the worst sort of propaganda, serving only to further drive a wedge between the most fanatical believers of this crap and everyone else on the planet. By polarizing the population into two camps, people that actually believe this shit and people who are horrified by this trivialization of human life PETA can only do itself a disservice on the national scene.
This ad is so far over the top I have to wonder if perhaps PETA has been infiltrated by someone hoping to bring it down by pulling the organization so far outside of the mainstream that its support base collapses entirely.