Politics

ALL ABOUT OIL?….I’ve been holding

ALL ABOUT OIL?….I’ve been holding my nose and supporting the idea of regime change in Iraq for several months now, but today Atrios points to this disturbing article in Newsday: Bush administration officials are seriously considering proposals that the United States tap Iraq’s oil to help pay the cost of a military occupation, a move… Read more »

SARCASM….DO IT IN PRIVATE AND

SARCASM….DO IT IN PRIVATE AND WASH YOUR HANDS AFTERWARD?….I asked this morning if I should avoid sarcasm in my posts, and so far the responses have been 100% in favor of sarcasm, 0% opposed. I even got a couple of emails telling me I wasn’t sarcastic enough. As I told one of them, a few… Read more »

SO WHEN DOES THE WAR

SO WHEN DOES THE WAR START?….Back on November 12 I wrote this: I’ll even go out on a limb and predict what will happen next: Saddam Hussein will accept the UN resolution at the last minute, inspectors will go in, they will eventually report obstruction or outright cheating, and the Security Council will then authorize… Read more »

LYING TO OUR CHILDREN….Via Electrolite,

LYING TO OUR CHILDREN….Via Electrolite, apparently New York is still sanitizing the literary excerpts it uses on its Regent exam: In new guidelines, the state promised complete paragraphs with no deletions, but an excerpt from Kafka (on the importance of literature) changes his words and removes the middle of a paragraph without using ellipses, in… Read more »

DIET ADVICE….I’ve seen several blogospheric

DIET ADVICE….I’ve seen several blogospheric posts about dieting lately, so I thought I’d share the CalPundit No-Hassle Diet Plan? with you: Don’t eat any between-meal snacks. No, this won’t solve all your problems, but as a quick-and-dirty plan it’s pretty decent. As a bonus, it has the advantage of allowing you to continue your normal… Read more »

EGOTIST OF THE YEAR ?

EGOTIST OF THE YEAR ? RUNNER-UP AWARD….Glenn Reynolds quotes a New York Times article about David Frum’s new book about Bush. According to the Times: Mr. Frum claims that President Bush and John F. Kennedy “owed their connections with the public above all to the power of their words.” Well, the guy was a speechwriter,… Read more »

SOOTHING AND RELAXING….This is the

SOOTHING AND RELAXING….This is the Tokyo Water Park, which describes itself this way: “Get away from the hustle and bustle of city-life as we welcome you to the breathtaking Tokyo Water Park where you can wash away the pressure and stress of the over-crowded city and relax with your friends in the soothing enjoyment of… Read more »

TOLKIEN PURISTS TAKE NOTE: THINGS

TOLKIEN PURISTS TAKE NOTE: THINGS COULD BE WORSE….Apparently Peter Jackson is worred about the demographics of the audience for The Two Towers, so he’s decided to add a new character to make Return of the King more appealing to youngsters.

BUSH TO STATES: DROP DEAD….Here’s

BUSH TO STATES: DROP DEAD….Here’s an extra little effect of the Bush tax plan that no one has noticed: we already know they dropped the idea of any state bailout money, but it turns out that in addition the plan might actually decrease state tax revenue. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:… Read more »

EGOTIST OF THE YEAR ?

EGOTIST OF THE YEAR ? 2002….Via Eric Alterman, this bizarre Washington City Paper story about why George Bush was not Time’s Person of the Year in 2002: he didn’t want to share the limelight with Dick Cheney. Time wanted to do a piece about the “partnership of the year” between Bush and Cheney, but “Bush… Read more »