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Saturday, October 28, 2006

A Thousand Points of Light, After Inflation? 

CNN did an interview with current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and has excerpts posted on their website. Breyer said something odd at the end, though:
But, Breyer said, America's strength comes in part because of our ability to follow even the most hotly contested rulings.

"We've learned as a nation to follow decisions even when we think they're wrong," he said. "And in a country of 300 million people and ... 900 million points of view, that is a national treasure."
Ok, I don't know what was said in place of the ellipsis but is Breyer suggesting that everyone in America has 3 points of view each? Where else are these 600 extra P.O.V.s coming from?

Friday, October 27, 2006

Get Into the UK's Crawley! 

Rude road signs tell drivers where to go:
Commuters driving to work were greeted by an obscene message when they arrived at Crawley, West Sussex, on Thursday morning.

Digital roadside signs, which usually give information about parking availability, instead urged visitors to "F*** off" after hackers gained remote access to the displays. Three of the 11 Variable Message Signs on approach roads to the town carried the expletive.

On a tangent, after reading the above news item I went to a website marketing the town of Crawley to outsiders. You know, I always like to learn more about people, places, and events I blog about.

Anyway, the site had a typical margin navigation menu on the right side (not unlike at the right of this humble blog). It had items like these:
Out & About
Brief History
High Street
Wait, what? Murder?

Yes, they promote their own 1940s "acid bath" murder! Between rude street signs and a colorful history of an acid bath murder, It’s all happening in Crawley..


Great Moments in Headlines 

I was in West Virginia for a couple of days recently, in a cabin on the Cacapon River (a tributary of the Potomac). The following item will show you what kind of area it is.

The local newspaper (a daily paper, mind you) featured this headline (on the front page, mind you):
Parade Impresses Newcomers
The story was about the recently-held "Mountain State Apple Harvest Grand Feature Parade." Here's an excerpt.
"I was impressed with how long it was," Virginia Harp said. "Normal town parades don’t last two hours."

While the parade was lengthy, the variety of participants made it "well worth sitting out here," Harp added.
Organizers hope to nearly double (!) the length of the parade in the future. Which may lead to the future headline, Parade Endured by Attendees.

It's a beautiful area, though, and no parade was endured by me.

As a sidenote, the name "Cacapon River" was chosen officially in 1916 but prior to that the river was also known as the following: Big Capon River, Cacapehon Creek, Cacapehon River, Cacapon Creek, Cackapehon River, Cackapohon River, Capcappin Creek, Cape Capon River, Capecapon River, Capon River, Great Cacapehon River, Great Cacapon River, and Great Capon River.

This river had more aliases than a professional assassin.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Is that the Royal Plural or is she vying to be a Sybil Senator? 

"The grassroots have been with us and we think, come Nov. 7, God willing, we'll be the next senator."

~~Florida candidate for
U.S. Senate Katherine Harris,
reported by Florida today.com


Monday, October 16, 2006

For you voice talent aficionados... 


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Interesting Juxtapostion 

[President Bush] could also be heard on Jan. 9 lecturing students at an elementary school in Glen Burnie, Md., that their recent scores on math and reading proficiency tests were "unacceptable."

Having a president call something "unacceptable" is not the same as having him order U.S. troops into action.
See? Although they hint at the overall operation, the Washington Post is careful not to publish operational details about the Administration's plans to invade Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Monday, October 09, 2006

"Clash of Culturesism Wow!" 

Sadr City outraged over 'Buddy Jesus':
Iraqi Shiite residents of Baghdad's Sadr City expressed anger yesterday over a picture of a grinning Jesus they mistook for a Shiite holy figure that appeared in the area after a joint US-Iraqi operation. Residents found a picture of "Buddy Jesus" from the 1999 film "Dogma" posted in the streets, accompanied by a badly photocopied pamphlet bearing a crude approximation of a US military crest and outlining a US "plan" to subjugate the neighbourhood. "That picture abuses our Imam Mahdi and his holy character, and mocks our sacred figures," said resident Abu Riyam, apparently mistaking the satirical movie still of Jesus for one of Shiite Islam's historical imams, whose images adopt a Jesus-like iconography.

This is the most surreal conjunction of fiction with real world events since Sesame Street's Bert appeared in pro Osama bin Laden signage.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Fortunately, both father and sons telephoned beforehand to coordinate who would claim which tie color 

Above: Two generations of Bushes gather to celebrate the elder Bush's new haircut, designed after H.W.'s favorite restaurant mascot (below). The new styling job was done to inaugurate the Navy's recently built Christophe-class Floating Salon ship, the latest addition to the nation's fleet of "haircraft carriers."

After seeing the new high-tech Cut 'n' Blow Dry facilities in the ship, the current President Bush remarked to assembled reporters that he was very impressed with the professionalism and readiness of our men and women in the Style Corps, and that the vessel was a key component in fighting the War on Hairorism.

The new Floating Salon's first assignment was to set sail to southern California, beginning a full-scale assault on Johnny Depp-inspired pirate tresses topping actors throughout Young Hollywood.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Mistah Kah Tehr 

So I was just watching some Welcome Back, Kotter online, which led me to seeing some odd photos.

Here's one of the oddest publicity photos ever, of Kotter's TV wife Marcia Strassman:

And here's a recent one of Gabe Kaplan, Strassman, and Ron "Horshack" Palillo:

Both of these photos have great caption possibilities, but I'm too tired to add 'em. Feel free to add your own.

Lookin' Out for Macca 

In a New York Times article about evangelical youth culture, Ron Luce, the founder of a youth ministry, makes a surprising claim about a concert/religion event he produces:
Mr. Luce has been organizing these stadium extravaganzas for 15 years. The event in Amherst was the first of 40 that Teen Mania is putting on between now and May, on a breakneck schedule that resembles a road trip for a major touring band. The “roadies” are 700 teenagers who have interned for a year at Teen Mania’s “Honor Academy” in Garden Valley, Tex.

More than two million teenagers have attended in the last 15 years, said Mr. Luce, a 45-year-old, mop-headed father of three with a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard and the star power of an aging rock guitarist.

That’s more than Paul McCartney has pulled in,” Mr. Luce asserted, before bounding onstage for the opening pyrotechnics and a prayer. [emphasis added]

According to McCartney's MPL Communications, McCartney's 1989-1990 tour alone "had been to 13 countries, a total of 102 concerts to three million fans." So even one of McCartney's tours blows away this praiseapalooza by more than a million attendees, and that's even ignoring his 1976, 1993, and 2002 tours.

Let's also not even count McCartney's two Super Bowl performances in the past five years which was seen by nearly a million people each.

I'm just saying.

The prodigal "A" 

Software revises Armstrong's moon quote:
That's one small word for astronaut Neil Armstrong, one giant revision for grammar sticklers everywhere.

An Australian computer programmer says he found the missing "a" from Armstrong's famous first words from the moon in 1969, when the world heard the phrase, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
And to think all these years, we were worried about aliens stealing our precious bodily fluids. It's been the letter "A" of which they've been robbing us all along.


Cool pavement drawings 

Trompe l'oeil public art by British artist Julian Beever.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Taking journalistic objectivity too far? 

I'm all for journalistic objectivity with a heavy, healthy dose of reporter skepticism. But you can take it too far.

Here's a story in a weekly NJ paper about two local police officers receiving a promotion.

Eatontown has new police sergeant, officer:
Both Sgt. Daniel Guthrie and Officer Bryan J. Mulholland received their new police department pins when they appeared before town officials, apparently proud family members and friends, and police superiors and colleagues at the Borough Council's Sept. 13 public meeting.
"Apparently proud family members and friends"?

Can't we just assume the pride? I'm just askin'.

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