June 27, 2006
Remember when Bolivia elected some nutter guy who promised to be a ‘nightmare’ for the U.S? Looks like he’s having some nightmares, or maybe it’s just hallucinations, of his own.
“The question of freeing [Palestinian] prisoners is in no way on the Israeli government agenda,” [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert said during a speech in Jerusalem.
“There will be no negotiations, no bargaining, no agreements.”
Mr Olmert said that Israel would not allow itself to become the victim of “Hamas-terrorist blackmail”, warning that “a large-scale military operation is approaching”.
*Blatantly stolen from Dawn’s lazy blog.
-”I think we can all be millionaires by next year. The trade-off is that we’ll be living somewhere similar to Mogadishu.”-Pheeleepok on his impending move to the Detroit area.
-Why do my friends start looking for a house to rent 4 days out from a long weekend, especially when we have such specific requirements? Why?
-To those of you practicing class warfare in the Republican party: Do not smile at me when this is over, I will remember all of this. If I wanted to revel in the kind of mediocrity you promote, I would’ve been a Democrat. Discounting intellectualism and wealth is one thing, pointing and laughing at higher education and success is quite another. I’m ashamed for you.
-Peter’s newly-married brother leaves for Iraq in July. If I don’t remember to ask you all then, please pray for his safe return:
-Jessica (of the sadly defunct blog New Vintage) and Paul are hosting a trivia night tomorrow at La Negrita on Columbus Ave @ W 109 st at 8pm.
Images I do not need:
Apparently there was a labeling mix-up.
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose was arrested in Stockholm early Tuesday after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside his hotel, police said.
Let Tommy Hilfiger try to slap him now.
*Dawn Summers thinks about growing up. Decides, nah.
*Evan Coyne Maloney writes a letter to the NY Times and wishes he had a subscription so he could cancel it.
*Joe Grossberg is dealing with someone he likes and admires being accused of something pretty bad.
June 26, 2006
“That guy’s not much of a speaker, but he makes up for it with his good looks.”- Bush on his impersonator Steve Bridges.
Via Media Bistro.
He served in the military, you know:
“American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said to an audience of more than 200 in North Miami Saturday afternoon.”
June 25, 2006
I’m going to wear my England sweatshirt proudly….now that the US is out, of course.
Technorati Tags: England USA David+Beckham World+Cup Soccer Football
A secret network of families across France has started hiding illegal immigrants and their children in a bid to save them from deportation.
The grassroots movement emerged after the centre-right government of Dominique de Villepin, the prime minister, announced a crackdown on illegal immigration.
And of course, the requisite comparison to World War II:
“During the Second World War, people risked their lives to help and hide others – they were far braver than we are now,” said one primary school teacher who is hiding boys aged seven and nine.
Far, far, far braver.
Technorati Tags: France Illegal+Immigrants Illegal+Immigration Immigration+France
Do you think there is too much pressure in American society to make a worldly success of one’s life, to be No. 1?
I don’t know that I tried to be No. 1 at things — merchandising grain or speculating or sailing or running in the desert or playing the guitar. I never tried to be No. 1 at them. I understand that I will never be a great guitarist. I might be a pretty good guitarist. I can certainly be good enough for me, because I already am.
As a candidate for the Senate, don’t you want to be No. 1? Don’t you want to win?
Yeah, but I don’t want to beat but one guy. I don’t have to be the best candidate in the world.
People are more likely to see their 100th birthday, research hints, if they were born to young mothers.
The age at which a mother gives birth has a major impact on how long her child will live, two researchers from the University of Chicago’s Center on Aging told the Chicago Actuarial Association meeting this spring.
The chances of living to the ripe old age of 100 — and beyond — nearly double for a child born to a woman before her 25th birthday, Drs. Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia Gavrilova reported. The father’s age is less important to longevity, according to their research.
June 23, 2006
Whatever sympathy there was for Lindh was based on the idea that he was an idealist, and therefore a fool. That he took a wrong turn. That he was a starry-eyed kid, in over his head. That he was looking for his Muslim merit badge. That he stumbled and bumbled his way into Afghanistan. The problem with this idea is that it sells John Walker Lindh short. It doesn’t give him credit for his sense of purpose or his vast reserves of will. It doesn’t give him credit for what it took to get to Afghanistan, much less what it took for him to get back to America.
I am the proud owner of my first ever blackberry, courtesy of my boss.