Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
What to watch on All Hallow's Eve
Behind the NYT Select firewall
Saturday, October 29, 2005
A moving experience
Friday, October 28, 2005
This is not schadenfreude
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Ends and odds
Harriet Miers, WIP
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Stephen Colbert soliciting fan fic
- All fanfics must be broken up into chapters, and sent in piece-by-piece. I appreciate the effort you put into The Colbert Odyssey: Search for the Codex of Wisdom, Shelly F. of Piedmont, KY, but sending me a 1700-page novel via overnight mail and checking the "recipient will pay shipping" box is not cool!
- It doesn't count as fan fiction if you just take a copyrighted work and insert Stephen as a character. I'm looking at you, Pete G., author of Harry Potter and Stephen Colbert and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Finally - and I didn't think this would be a problem, but it is definitely a problem - PLEASE keep your fanfics R-rated or less! We've been getting some stuff that… I just… well, I'd never heard of some of this stuff before. And then I made the mistake of looking it up on the Internet. Please, just... just stop.
That's it! Actually, one more thing. It turns out that a lot of people are submitting fanfics with similar storylines - great minds think alike! However, we've received more than enough submissions on the following topics:
Stephen saves the world Stephen the astronaut Stephen is a superhero Stephen becomes President Stephen hangs with Jesus Stephen abducted by aliens Stephen and Jon Stewart are buddy cops Stephen in the Wild West Stephen wins aliens over to our side Stephen the race car driver, with special appearance by Paul Dinello Stephen presides over futuristic alien techno-paradise Stephen on Broadway
OK, those are the rules – keep emailing me those submissions (firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Get crackin! Come November 1st, you won't have the time for such shenanigans, thanks to NaNoWriMo.
The coming coup
Review of City Slab 2(3)
MoDo with your morning mojo
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Wonder Boy 10/25/95
We need a little Fitzmas
Aren't they precious?
"We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white," said Lynx. "We want our people to stay white … we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."
Dan liever toch maar die aan anorexia lijdende idioot en haar tweeling zus.
Not sure what that means, but 'deze twee evil-Olson-twins' and 'anorexia idioot' says it all.
I'm not going to say anything nasty about these two girls. They're thirteen years old, so I'll have to save the wicked snark for their VILE DUMB-ASS PARENTS.
The twins are a musical duo, don't you know, and they're bringing their message of racial purity to the hungry ears of trailer trash skinheads everywhere. If they come 'round your area, give them a warm welcome, okay?
Monday, October 24, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
And the winner is . . .
It's a fv(king extravaganza!
Good Bad Sex Challenge: last call for votes
Karl and Scooter's Excellent Adventure
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Arsenic for Type A personalities
Maureen Dowd fixes a Judy Miller kebab
At first she leaned against the wall near where I was sitting, but I noticed that she seemed agitated about something. Midway through the briefing, she came over and whispered to me, "I think I should be sitting in the Times seat."
It was such an outrageous move, I could only laugh. I got up and stood in the back of the room, while Judy claimed what she felt was her rightful power perch.
She never knew when to quit. That was her talent and her flaw.
Ms. Dowd succinctly covers the flaming arc of Miller's career, and closes with what we've all been thinking:
I admire Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Bill Keller for aggressively backing reporters in the cross hairs of a prosecutor. But before turning Judy's case into a First Amendment battle, they should have nailed her to a chair and extracted the entire story of her escapade.
Judy told The Times that she plans to write a book and intends to return to the newsroom, hoping to cover "the same thing I've always covered - threats to our country." If that were to happen, the institution most in danger would be the newspaper in your hands.
Hmm. That assumes The Times would have her back; yet it's looking more and more likely that she'll soon be out on her butt. That's okay. With her unique brand of inflammatory fiction, I'm sure the Weekly World News would have her. Let her cover the Bat Boy Beat.
At the moment, the liveliest discussion on this Op-Ed can be found at Huffington Post.
D.*Such tactics are necessary because the NY Times now buries its most popular Op-Ed items (Dowd, Rich, etc.) in the Times Select Black Hole. Screw them. Their paper is in a state of crisis thanks to Miller, and what do they do? Alienate people by trying to score a buck.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Dammit, I was certain I'd be Inigo Montoya
Getting out the vote
Friedman's Op-Ed: Leading by (Bad) Example
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
What kind of Muffin are you?
The Good Bad Sex Challenge: Voting Rules
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
The Good Bad Sex Contest: All Entries
This is important!
Monday, October 17, 2005
Say hello to my little friend
Sunday, October 16, 2005
A lack of perspective
It's Bush-Cheney, Not Rove-Libby
As with Ms. Stewart, Mr. Bush’s paroxysm of panic was must-see TV. “The president was a blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts,” Dana Milbank wrote in The Washington Post. Asked repeatedly about Mr. Rove’s serial appearances before a Washington grand jury, the jittery Mr. Bush, for once bereft of a script, improvised a passable impersonation of Norman Bates being quizzed by the detective in “Psycho.” Like Norman and Ms. Stewart, he stonewalled.
I love Rich. Maureen Dowd often nails a good image, but Rich knows how to slam-dunk the whole damned story.
Rich summarizes the now well known facts of the Valerie Plame case: how the Bush Administration conspired to discredit a critic of their Iraq policy, Joseph Wilson, by outing his wife (Valerie Plame) as a CIA agent, thereby jeopardizing her whole network of field operatives. For you non-Americans reading this blog, this is treason, a death penalty offense. But Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald still has to (1) prove it, and (2) determine how far up chain of command the conspiracy went.
Next, Rich covers the history of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), which formed in August, 2002, seven months before the invasion of Iraq. He outlines the circumstances that provided a climate of hubris, an enabling environment that permitted the WHIG boys (and girl -- don't forget Condi) to perpetrate this crime: namely, the fact that their inside man, Attorney General John Ashcroft, had his hands all over the case. Snip:
Though Mr. Rove may be known as “Bush’s brain,” he wasn’t smart enough to anticipate that Justice Department career employees would eventually pressure Mr. Ashcroft to recuse himself because of this conflict of interest, clearing the way for an outside prosecutor as independent as Mr. Fitzgerald.
Rich concludes his article by wondering whether we'll learn "how our . . . democracy was hijacked on the way to war." This coming week, we will at last see the fallout of Mr. Fitzgerald's investigation. I'm hoping his indictments will be the first step toward getting our country back on track.
Speaking of "on track": remember The Bridge on the River Kwai? British POWs, led by stalwart Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness), are forced by their Japanese captors to build a bridge. Nicholson scores an odd sort of victory over the enemy by not only building the railroad bridge but making a damned fine job of it. That bridge becomes Nicholson's obsession. Even though the other British POWs point out to him he's helping the Japanese, Nicholson will see that bridge built, come hell or high water.
I see parallels in the Plamegate snafu. The Bush Administration sought to win a war; never mind it was a war that had nothing to do with 9/11 or Usama Bin Laden. Winning that war has become Bush's bridge, his obsession, and he'll play straight into the enemy's hands to get the job done. By trashing our Constitution with the Patriot Act and the practice of extraordinary rendition, and by committing high treason in the Plamegate scandal, the Administration has done more to serve the enemy than Bin Laden could ever have accomplished through acts of terrorism.