Archive: July, 2006
What's all this about World War III I keep reading?
From Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House, who told the Seattle Times on Saturday, that president ought to level with the people: We're in the middle of The Big One. "We need to have the militancy that says 'We're not going to lose a city."
From a worried friend, who asked the end of last week if I thought the kidnappings in the Middle East are the Sarajevo, 1914 of our times.
You'd have to have Dan DeLuca's pro-edition festival moves to take in all the worthy music coming to the area this weekend, from Bob Mould and the Flaming Lips at Penn's Landing to Paul Simon at the Borgata, Sheryl Crow then Ringo Starr at Trump Taj Mahal, Jolie Holland at the Tin Angel, The Radiators at Havanas then Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo' at the Mann Center. A post-punk return of Mission of Burma and a visit from Memphis soulman Dan Penn complete the string.
This is the first of back-to-back music weekends on the Delaware, starting Saturday with SOCO Music Experience, when Penn's Landing plays host to Cowboy Mouth, Ozomatli, Bonerama, Shannon McNally and Beatin Math. Sunday's show features De La Soul, Bob Mould,The Legendary Shack Shakers, American Princes and the Flaming Lips. And it is free. (Next week is the 'XPN annual fest, on the Delaware's east bank, aka Camden.)
Israel bombs the Beirut international airport runway and a Lebanese army base, in retaliation for the abduction of two soldiers by Hezbollah fighters, which was retaliation for Israel's hitting a number of positions in northern Lebanon, which was in retaliation for Hezbollah's firing a volley of Katyusha rockets, which was in retaliation for ...
More than 50 people have been killed.
Meanwhile, Israel badly injures Mohammed Deif, a Hamas bombmaker, in an airstrike on house in Gaza, which it has re-entered in search of a kidnapped soldier. Deif has topped Israel's most-wanted list for a decade. Children were wounded in the strike. A West Bank militant promises rockets aimed at Israeli cities.
Technical difficulties with Typepad, my blogging software, are to blame for why it was impossible to update yesterday between about 1 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and any comments you may have made during the day seem to have vanished. It's nothing personal, Puck.
That, apparently, is what set off Zizou. He was defending the honor of his mother. And sister.
Zinedine Zidane went on French television Wednesday night, and told - sort of - what words Italian player Marco Materazzi said that were so bad that Zidane headbutted him, ending his own brilliant soccer career with an inglorious thud.
It's so Saigon here. I'm outside a cafe in Huntingdon Valley called Santiago's, where relief comes in the form of the occasional passing bus. My wife is some place cool nearby, getting her hair done. I'm the driver, killing time. I feel like we're 90. The fact is, she's three weeks into a new hip, and all is working well enough that I'm not jinxing anything by mentioning it.
She's off meds. Down from four legs to three. Not ready for a marathon, but able to fold clothes, which has been my duty among others for the past 21 days. I've been the wife as best I can, and for all of you who work outside the house, as well as provide full custodial care for a husband and children, my hat is off to you. This is work.
The boys keeping asking if there are any clean socks. The dog can't understand why, at 11, she walks faster than my wife. I'm just happy to know her pain is gone, and anything else is manageable, even cleaning the dryer lint while talking to my editor while the doorbell rings and the dog is wondering what part of Louis the mailman tastes best.
Apparently, syndicated columnist Robert Novak had some sort of role in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Says, finally, that he confirmed her identity by talking to presidential brain Karl Rove. And the former CIA flak. But neither was his main source.
Lots of blog buzz.
It's hard to imagine now, but as midnight approached on October 1, 1940, drivers converged on Pennsylvania tollbooths to be among the first to inaugurate the nation's original superhighway.
It wasn't just a novelty; it was a looker - long gentle bends, art deco facades on the tunnels cut through the surrounding mountains, fieldstone service plazas.
If you want to better picture what that was like, here's your opportunity. Eight and a half miles of the former turnpike, mostly in Fulton County, is being developed by a bike trail that will look much as it did 66 years ago.