Archive: July, 2005
Shocked we grew when many of them visited the White House recently wearing thongs.
The flip-flop kind.
130,000 tourists evacuated from the Yucatan beaches in Mexico as Hurricane Emily arrives in Cancun for a giant body shot. Winds roaring to 135 m.p.h. Cozumel shaken at 155 m.p.h. Playa del Carmen - a lovely thatched hut of a place with grilled red snapper in garlic and lime - is in Emily's eye at the moment. Follow on the National Hurricane Center's site. The agency keeps a list of the last century's most dangerous hurricanes. "It's mayhem," reports the Miami Herald. One mom is worried. Need a storm blog? Get this guy a room. Found a room. Cheap!
The Army Times has a story of a U.S. medic getting shot in the chest by a sniper in Iraq, popping back up (good body armor, presumably), then treating the insurgent who shot him. Short video shows the shooting.
Time Magazine's Matt Cooper on Sunday told a little more to his readers about the leak investigation that's put a New York Times reporter in jail and kept heat on the White House. He said it was Karl Rove who told him - and not visa versa - that former ambassador Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA on weapons of mass destruction. That ends of few days of slant and speculation in the 'sphere. The piece requires a Time subscription, but the Daily Kos makes available the key parts.
Cooper also recalled Rove telling him at the end of their conversation, "I've already said too much." Cooper was careful to say this doesn't necessarily mean Rove knew what he was saying violated the law - it is illegal to out a covert agent. It could have meant Rove, often described favorably as Bush's Brain and Turd Blossom, had to hang up and do something else, Cooper wrote.
The piece confirms another fact: Another source in the administration who told him about agent Valerie Plame was Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff.
The first scam emails have arrived about the London bombings. Someone forwarded it to the Guardian, whose blog is reporting a variety of fakes - a virus-infected email purportedly from CNN and containing footage of an explosion, hoax requests for Red Cross contributions. Roundup here.
The email scam is a variation of what's called the Nigerian 419 gambit. It reads:
After waiting to hear from you after my first letter to you informing you that my late business partner who died in the last bomb explosion here in London deposited some money in a safe box before his untimely death with a security company to be delivered under diplomatic arrangement to Saudi Arabia for collection at the Security Company's Annex office in Saudi Arabia for real estate investment
It's a nice list Philadelphia Magazine editors are sending around town, hoping to determine who holds the most power: There's Mayor John Street, Comcast honcho Brian Roberts, weatherman Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz -- 11 brokers in all.
They forgot Duncan Black.
He doesn't get out much, spending about 16 hours a day at the computer. When he ventures from his Center City apartment, it's unlikely that he's made: he prefers to keep his picture out of the papers. It was only a year ago, during the Democratic National Convention, that he let out his secret to his friends and parents.
There must be more. Anyone know of any good ones??
Friday morning - it's the weekend already in many parts of the world. Let's get it started.
Already in London it's time to Rate My Lunch.
Thus screams the zillion-point type headline atop the Huffington Post today. No matter that this lawmaker isn't exactly a household name. Or a member of either house. Unless you count the Arkansas state house. But the HuffPo is doing it's part to keep the Rove story hot.
More interesting is a piece that Philadelphia's Whiskey Bar highlights today, by the UCLA professor Mark A. Kleiman. Kleiman isn't worrying over whether what Rove said to Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper constitutes a violation of law protecting the identity of covert CIA agents.