Archive: May, 2005
Courtesty of Atrios comes an article quoting the Congressman who added Freedom Fries to the menu at the U.S. House cafeteria: He wishes to regurgitate his contribution. Walter Jones Jr., a North Carolina Republican, led a movement to rid any trace of the war-opposing French from names of food items enjoyed by freedom-loving Americans. He now says "I wish it never happened."
We're a month away, but summers one season I dont mind pushing. So when wading through some MP3 blogs this weekend, I gave in to other peoples memories, listening to a good band named Pas/Cal wistfully singing "Summers Almost Here." There were more "Summer Garden" by Singapore Sling. "Summerlong" by Kathleen Edwards. I started thinking mix tape. No better way to begin than "That Summer Feeling" by Jonathan Richman, and I pawed through my collection for "Summertime Blues" by Blue Cheer. Which got me thinking of the summer when a bunkmate at camp turned me on to that brutally loud band.
By then I was gone, remembering the opening notes of "Maggie May" heard on a transistor radio long ago in a cabin filled with suburban sadists. The good summer songs for me dont have the word summer in them; they herald the summer like a whiff of Coppertone or the clack of a clip on a mast.
Publication of the shot and others of Hussein washing clothes and sleeping in bed has triggered an investigation by U.S. military officials looking into whether his rights under the Geneva Convention have been violated. President Bush, according to a spokesman who obviously was not choosing his words carefully, has been "briefed."
The Sun says it got the pictures from a U.S. military source and will publish more Saturday. The NY Post, another Murdoch property, ran them, too. Lawyers for the deposed dictator have threatened suit. Our photo of the photo comes from Reuters.
In a galaxy far, far away say, the blogosphere light sabers are rattling over what message George Lucas slipped into the final entry of the Star Wars septet about political battles closer to home.
With lines like "So this is how liberty dies with thunderous applause" and "If you are not with me, you're my enemy," the space opera that opened this week obviously is:
Philadelphia radio talker Michael Smerconish has a salty take on the interrogation techniques needed to fight terror. Don't stop at "tame" methods like flushing the Koran. If the toilet act doesn't work, let's try a menstruating American GI, riding a pig, he suggests.
There's a way to keep track of bookmarks and Internet favorites scattered across several computers. It's called tagging, according to an article by Alexandra Samuel. It's a database you store online and can visit from any computer in the world.
Help myself, I cannot. If you have 10 and a half minutes to spare, and have headphones nearby, click here to watch the Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog Meets the Star Wars Geeks from Conan O'Brien. We thank Blinq readers Citizen Mom and Thereyet for the gift from 2002. For children this is not.
Sample: Fan dressed as Darth Vader approaches the Yiddish-inflected talking mutt, and explains the lights and buttons on his chest. Triumph: "Which of these buttons calls your parents to pick you up?"
Next month we can follow the adventures of six wild bloggists roaming around Pennsylvania and recording their experiences for the Department of Tourism's Visit PA promotion.
The department says PA is the first state to promote tourism through blogging.
There's Elliot, the extreme bicyclist. Manisha and Preethi, the culture-vultures. Robert, the history hobbiest. Mike & Tamara, the NY cityfolk in Amish Country. Tom, the Harley dude. And the Krugers, a family of four looking for amusement parks.
Daniel Heyman's two woodblock pieces depicting a hooded prisoner at the Iraq prison have been defaced, he tells Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof of Artblog, from whom we borrow this image.
Either last night or this morning (someone) scrawled "At least I was not beheaded" on one work, and drew a picture of facial features on another, he told the Philadelphia bloggers.
Warren Angle, director of the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia, removed the art works, but Heyman said that they be put back up.