Archive: January, 2006
Ann Coulter says was just kidding when she told her audience today that Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned.
"We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee," Coulter said of one of the Supreme Courts most liberal members. "That's just a joke, for you in the media."
She kills me.
Her guest - squirming in his chair, his voice rising from whine to squeak - was James Frey, the author whose memoir "A Million Little Pieces," turns out to have gotten more than a few of those pieces wrong. Or have been tweaked a little too much. Or made up out of whole cloth.
And Oprah, who had stood by the man, after handing Frey fame and fortune by picking "Pieces" for her book club, wasn't stopping until he was crispy.
Sly Stallone, stud of the AARP. From the Rocky blog.
That Joel Stein column in the Los Angeles Times in which he concedes he is not really down with our men and women in Iraq.
There's got to be a theme here. How about Your iPod Is Filled With Pathetic Boomer Drool! I closed my eyes, hit shuffle and came up all mid-tempo. But then, half-way through, we segued into something a little more like it, as it's already time for the weekend ... somewhere.
"Fallen," Elvis Costello
"It's a disaster on like ten different levels," Josh Marshall writes at Talking Points Memo of Hamas's surprise win in the Palestinian polls yesterday.
But the victory of the Islamist militant party, he adds, is not all bad:
Political participation can force a hard form of accountability. If there is a major constituency for Hamas in the territories -- which certainly there is -- perhaps to have them in the government, on the line for dealing with nuts and bolts problems of administration, on the line for delivering a better life for the Palestinians as opposed to just peddling the heroin of violence, has some advantages over having them on the outside as a paramilitary force with a de facto veto over whatever the Fatah-based government chooses to do.
Sorry for ignoring you lately. Today you'll notice a couple dozen new places to go that I've linked along the left side of the page. I've got two times as many to add, since my new philosophy is more is more. And if Blinq has any aspirations to be a base for blogging expeditions, why wouldn't I link to a wealth of interesting sites?
Well, to begin with, it is extremely boring to spend a couple hours tinkering with code to get this thing looking right, and I'd rather be reading about what the Hamas election means for Middle East tension, what Rendell and Casey are thinking, can the Red Sox fix this Coco Crisp trade that impacts the Phillies, where can I find an mp3 of that awesome William Devaughn song - "Be Thankful For What You Got" - I heard on Funky Friday a few weeks ago (anyone?), maybe even blog some.
With all the talk about Google being the new Microsoft, I thought it would be a good time to check in on Yahoo!, whose execs this week rolled over and exposed their bellies, conceding that having the No. 1 search engine is no longer their goal.
This reminds me of my grandfather's advice, which was always be No. 2 because that way everyone will be gunning for someone else.
And so the counter-intuitive pieces have started coming, such as the PC Magazine column this week by Lance Ulanoff, which began, "Is it just me, or did Yahoo! suddenly get interesting again? While all of us have been busy lauding the steady progress of Goggle as its products make their way into every aspect of our online lives, Yahoo! has been making significant announcements and product rollouts in sectors that may have the biggest impact on our lives over the next five years."
Gridskipper, already on record for dissing the city's effort to market itself to the world - see Worst Slogan Ever - piles it on with a post about a recent roundtable of travel editors, most of whom find Philly hot, hot hot.
It starts off blurbable enough:
[Travel Weekly EIC Arnie] Weissmann: What are the ingredients that create buzz for a destination?
She can be found at The Rules of Family, a blog Mama started writing this month. I'm not sure who's in the family, exactly, or what sort of family it is, except that everybody seems to eat well and listen to mother.
This is her latest post:
It's what, 5:16 p.m. We're nearly done with The Most Depressing Day Of The Year!