Archive: January, 2006
As Samuel A. Alito Jr., rises to the highest bench in the land, on a partisan vote of 58-42, a new poll shows the Democratic Party seizing the advantage on Iraq, the economy, health care, immigration, ethics and other issues.
Time for a food fight.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., dead at age 78. She'd suffered a stroke and heart attack in August. Her daughter was unable to wake her early this morning at a holistic center in Mexico. The Associated Press wrote that she "turned a life shattered by her husbands assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality."
Born and raised in Marion, Ala, high school valedictorian, graduate of Antioch College and the New England Conservatory of Music, committed to mothering and the movement, she was far more than the wife of the Rev. King, writes Facing South:
although she worked tirelessly to ensure his legacy was remembered, including battling the unconstructed Southerners like Trent Lott, who opposed the King holiday.
Bill Downs, the Montco Man who claims to have created the world's first fart blog - and who would try to wrestle that honor from him? - has some timely advice for those hoping to watch the Super Bowl with the least interference:
Avoid the eggs, broccoli and beer. And pizza, for that matter.
Downs writes the Trafon blog (spell it backwards) and has been making the newspaper rounds lately. The Seattle Times grabbed him over the weekend to prep for the Seahawks game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
WXPN-FM's got a new arrangement with its old partner - National Public Radio - which allows NPR's web site to stream the show as it happens, and then archive it so fans can hear it months from now.
It's one of four shows that XPN is sharing with the mothership, bringing a much larger audience to the World Cafe Live's free-at-noon Friday concerts and stocking NPR with more good audio.
"The best way to see Iraq is to see it on television. Until ABC's Bob Woodruff was injured yesterday in Baghdad, it seemed safe to assume that the second best way to see it was as a network television correspondent," writes the New Republic's Lawrence F. Kaplan of what its like to be a journalist on a locked-down beat.
It's a vivid account, beginning with his airliner's corkscrew descent into Baghdad, during which he is fighting the urge to find a stewardess and beg to travel with her back to Amman.
He describes the Darwinian order, which helps, but doesn't ensure safety.
Mazzu's Hotel - accent on the ZOO - is a place for dogs and cats. It calls itself Philadelphia's first luxury hotel for the discriminating pet owner.
A doggie mini suite is $80 per night, and a regular runs $100. A double, for a plus-sized dog or two family pooches, costs $125 per night. The biggest room is about seven feet wide, seven feet deep, and seven feet high. The rates include a platform bed, linens, toys, three walks, 1 to 2 feedings, unlimited spring water, climate control, daily maid service, 24-hour on-site care, unlimited affection, and TV - presumably Animal Planet.
Hossein Derakshan writes that most of the commenters on the Persian-language version of his blog have been supportive of his trip to Israel, an effort to show readers in Iran what people are like in the Jewish state. And an effort to show Israelis an Iranian they might embrace.
Derakhshan - who goes by Hoder - is an Iranian-born Muslim who lives in Toronto, and whose writing I came upon last year at the Global Voices site. He's been in Israel since Tuesday, breaking what he writes is "a major taboo."
Hundreds of Americans are walking around with pieces of dead people inside them. The wrong dead people. And Alistair Cooke.
The Washington Post reports that a body harvesting firm from ... wait for it ... New Jersey is being investigated by the Brooklyn DA and the Food and Drug Administration. The allegation is that a former dentist went to funeral homes, extracted bone, tendons and skins from corpses without permision, and then a company called Biomedical Tissue Services, of Fort Lee, N.J., shipped them off to hospitals for surgeries.