Category: "culture/news"

Anticlimactic Twilight Zone Episodes

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Anticlimactic Twilight Zone Episodes.

Where Is Everybody?

A man emerges from his office to find the hallways mysteriously devoid of co-workers. He wanders the silent, empty building looking for signs of life but finds no trace of humanity other than coffee brewing, purses slung over chairs, and folders lying open on desks. Suddenly, he remembers a mandatory meeting in the first-floor conference room.

Bad Album Covers

Gospel Axe

Bad Album Covers - More mustaches than you can shake a gospel axe at.


Bush Appoints Bolton to UN

Bolton and BushBush Appoints Bolton as U.N. Envoy, Bypassing Senate - New York Times President Bush invoked the seldom-used recess appointment because he wasn't able to get the Senate to confirm his nominee to the United Nations. Several Senators were requesting files on Bolton's service, but the White House refused to release them. From the article:

The appointment brought to a close a five-month standoff between the White House and Senate Democrats, who had held up Mr. Bolton's confirmation over accusations that the former undersecretary of state for arms control had manipulated intelligence to conform to his hawkish ideology and had bullied subordinates.

Democrats were also angry about the refusal of the White House to turn over documents related to Mr. Bolton's service at the State Department as well as his caustic comments about the United Nations in recent years. At one point, Mr. Bolton said that several floors of its headquarters could be lopped off without being missed.

This is really too bad. Bolton is not the right person for this job. His behavior in the past has been anything but diplomatic. The fact that Bush couldn't get his nominee properly confirmed is just one more indication that his second term is not going so well.

Potter, Watchmen

I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this morning and I started Watchmen over lunch. I liked the Harry Potter book and I'm looking forward to reading the newest one. I still think book three is my favorite so far. Watchmen will be the first graphic novel I've ever read. Some people say it's the best one ever written, so if I don't like it, then I'll know that I'm probably not going to like any comics. If I do like it, however, then chances are I may not ever find one I like better. So either way, it's downhil from here.

My birthday present: Watchmen

Friday night we were talking with Kyle and Erika and he was telling me that he thinks Watchmen is the best super hero story story he's read. We were planning a trip to the comic shop on Saturday and I probably would have bought it. So Sara was forced to tell me that she had already ordered it for my birthday and it was due to arrive here any day now. When we got home from the city on Saturday, the package was waiting for us. So now I'm the proud owner of this graphic novel and I'm looking forward to reading it. But first I have to get through Harry Potter numbers five and six before someone gives away the ending. Some Howard Stern wannabe on a radio station that Sara listens to keeps blurting it out on the air. So far I've managed to cover my ears before hearing what he says, but I don't know how long I can last. I'm 150 pages into the Order of the Phoenix and enjoying it.

More Katie Holmes news?

I was reading Giant the other day (a really great entertainment magazine that Matt got me hooked on)and I found this gem in the Katie Holmes interview:

Interviewer: What sort of TV do you own?

Katie: I just got an LSD. A flat-screen.

Interviewer: An LCD?

Aaaaaah. At least she's cute.

Rove anagrams

Karl RoveNow that we're seeing Karl Rove's name in the news so much, it might be a good time to take a closer look. Not at the man, but at his actual name, viz., what can we spell be rearranging the letters of 'Karl Christian Rove'?

Horn irks CIA travel
Hrs. til Novak CIA err
Think CIA valor err
Cavalier thorn irks
Hark! Visceral intro
Halt carnivore risk
Hot risk, craven liar
Liar cranks voter hi
Sack Hilton arriver
Shirk cranial voter
Rat or archives link
Carnival hero skirt

What's your favorite? Leave a comment to tell (or post a new one).

The second term jinx

It looks like Second Term Jinx is setting in for President Bush. He already had declining poll numbers, a Social Security plan that no one seems to like and a war that is starting to drag on. Now one of his top advisors has brought some genuine scandal to the White House. Karl Rove now at the center of the Valerie Plame Scandal. I'm still reading up on what exactly is going on. had an article on the front page today about this. One very interesting quote: "Bush said last year he would fire anyone found to have leaked Plame's name." If Bush's second term continues to be scandalous and unproductive, then he'll just be another victim of the curse of the second term. Clinton had Monicagate and Reagan had the Iran Contra. With so much going wrong for Bush, I don't think the Democrats will be very inclined to give him an easy approval of his Supreme Court appointments.

Basic human rights

I was mowing my yard a couple of days ago and I got to thinking about two conversations. One was with my mom just this week and one was with the late Dennis McCullough over a year ago. Dennis was a conservative who had a long career as an educator. Once I asked him what he thought about education being socialized. Did he think the free market could produce better schools for less money? He said that if all schools were private schools, then they would only want to accept the bright students, the ones who would boost their stats, and of course, the ones who could pay. He said that the disadvantaged kids would get left out in the cold because they schools wouldn't have to take them (as they do now). That simple fact was enough to make him go against the general conservative tendency toward free enterprise and support the government control and funding of education. I think what he was saying was that education is a basic human right for a civilized country and it shouldn't be denied to people based on economic factors.

As I pushed my lawnmower around my yard I was also thinking about the conversation that Mom and I had this week. She's a nurse manager for a dialysis clinic. We were talking about the exorbitant prices that drug companies charge for medicines, and the general overcharging that goes on in the medical field. So much of it goes to insurance companies in the form of malpractice insurance and health insurance. Mom said that she thinks the way things are are almost immoral. I that what she was saying is that health care is a basic human right for a civilized country and it shouldn't be denied to people based on economic factors. As I cut the grass I finally connected these two conversations and I asked the question: Which is a more basic human right, education or health care? I think it has to be health care. If that's true, then why does our country guarantee education to every citizen, but not health care? And why are we one of the very few developed countries in the world where health care is not guaranteed?

For more information on this, check out the Wikipedia article Publicly Funded Medicine.

Regular showers may cause brain damage

Regular showers may be health risk - Insert your own joke here.


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