July 25, 2006
George Michael’s wedding is off after he is caught, again, scoring anonymous sex in a park:
George Michael and his American lover Kenny Goss have called off their gay ‘wedding’ after the pop star was discovered having an illicit encounter with a stranger in a London park.
The couple had been looking forward to an Elton John-style ‘wedding’ ceremony followed by a lavish party to mark their 10th anniversary.
But plans for the nuptials have been called off after the singer was seen emerging from bushes following a sexual encounter with a pot-bellied, jobless van driver.
I wonder if it’s the who and not the what that did it.
Ask Yahoo! attempts to answer the question: “How much money (in US$) would I get if we divided up all the wealth in the world into equal amounts?”
They take all the wealth in the world and divide it by all the world’s inhabitants. They come up with approximately $6,685.92 per person.
Uh, no, thanks.
“Everybody knows that I can’t stand to see Giant “Super Sized” Trucks being used as daily transportation. That is true, but what happened the other day taught me a valuable lesson.
I was driving to work and I pulled up behind this Huge Dodge Mega Cab with a “W” sticker right on the upper edge of the tail gate. I thought to myself, “Typical Bush Lover driving his 9 mile per gallon Super Truck”
Then as I pulled closer to the big rig, I could see that there was small print below the “W” that said “Worst Ever”. Then I quickly forgave the gentleman in his oversized vehicle. Ok, he is driving a pathetic vehicle, but at least he got his politics straight.”
Technorati Tags: Liberals Conservatives Huffington+Post Hypocritical+Liberals
“If I was president, this wouldn’t have happened.”
-John Kerry during a noon stop at Honest John’s bar and grill in Detroit’s Cass Corridor.
“Yeah, if Kerry were president, he wouldn’t spend his days moping around some bar in Detroit.”
July 24, 2006
On my way to Brooklyn yesterday, my friends and I drove by this billboard:
Turns out, it’s a hoax:
But when pictures of the billboard proliferated on Gawker, Defamer and other blogs, readers quickly dug in. One fact soon emerged, thanks to camera phone pictures: the billboard was identical to others in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Chicago. Someone else discovered that Emily was keeping a blog, thatgirlemily.blogspot.com, detailing Steven’s infidelities. More digging showed that one Emily blog entry was oddly similar to a synopsis for an episode of “Parco P.I.,” a reality show on Court TV.
Another “source” sent an e-mail to Gawker suggesting that Court TV was behind the signs, pointing out that it was a viral marketing campaign to promote one of its programs. Mystery solved.
The bad news for viral marketers who use these kind of devices: executives at Court TV said they did not really want to be discovered so quickly. The good news is that even after the ruse was discovered, people visited the Emily blog, pushing it to one million hits by the end of Thursday. A fake surveillance video on the blog, supposedly from a private eye capturing Steven holding hands with his paramour, hit YouTube and became one of its most-viewed videos. Did it even matter that Emily was fictitious?
“Emily is really an amalgam of all of us who have been cheated on,” said Marc Juris, general manager for programming and marketing at Court TV. “Clearly, this really resonated with people.”
Damn. And for a minute I had a ton of respect for some girl named Emily.
Because My Space, Flickr, LinkedIN, Friendster and general Instant Messenger wasn’t enough, I now have a ASmallWorld account. It’s invitation only and aims to be an internacional cross between My Space and LinkedIN. I currently only have one friend on it. Anyone else a member?
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Peter Brown at Real Clear Politics has a really farfetched idea of a McCain/Lieberman ticket in ‘08–should Lieberman win re-election to the U.S Senate as an Independent.
Brown does, however, bring up an interesting point:
“even if Lieberman loses the Aug. 8 Democratic primary – and the newest polling data says that is a real possibility – he would be a huge favorite for re-election as an independent come November.
And if that is the case, it would not be hard to write a scenario in which the real loser from a Lieberman defeat to anti-war candidate Ned Lamont might be the Democratic Party itself.
I still think Lieberman will pull it off and win the Democratic primary, but if he doesn’t, and then does win as an Independent, it will be interesting to see what he does with his non-partisan status. Will we see a more conservative Lieberman, one that doesn’t have to placate the loony left at all? Or, will he still be what he is–a conservative Democrat not really fitting in on either side of the aisle?
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July 23, 2006
A medical resident–we called her “Dr. Death”–at the Intensive Care Unit at Long Island’s North Shore Hospital chased us down the hallway.
“Your husband wants to die,” she told my mother, again. Just minutes before I had asked her to leave us alone.
“He can’t even talk,” I reminded her.
“He motioned with his hands when we tried to put in the feeding tube,” she said.
Not exactly informed consent, I pointed out as we turned our backs on her and walked down the hallway, trying to avert our eyes from the other patients in the ICU that night, each of them at various points in the so-called “twilight zone” between life and death.
“Dr. Death” was just one of several. A new resident appeared the next day, this one a bit more diplomatic but again urging us to allow my father to “die with dignity.” And the next day came yet another, who opened with the words, “We’re getting mixed messages from your family,” before I shut him up. I’ve written extensively about practice of bioethics–which, for the most part, I do not find especially ethical–but never did I dream that our moral compass had gone this far askew. My father, 85, was heading ineluctably toward death. Though unconscious, his brain, as far as anyone could tell, had not been touched by either the cancer or the blood clot. He was not in a “persistent vegetative state” (itself a phrase subject to broad interpretation), that magic point at which family members are required to pull the plug–or risk the accusation that they are right-wing Christians.
The family ends up pretending they are religious Jews in order to fend off the people eager to kill the patient. The man, of course, survives–with dignity. Read the whole thing.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times–should fate find me unable to communicate my wishes, always make them error on the side of keeping me alive. I believe in G-d, but I don’t believe in an afterlife, to me this is all I have and I want to make sure I’m given every chance to enjoy my life here.
As a culture, we have to examine how it is that we have this amazing technology to allow people to survive longer, yet the instinct seems to be that the technology shouldn’t be “wasted” on some. It isn’t just Christians who believe we should always err on the side of life.
Technorati Tags: Israel Lebanon Humanitarian+Disaster United+Nations Middle+East
July 21, 2006
There’s something about America.
As has been noted by many people before, you can move to China and never be Chinese, France and never be French, Brazil…well, you get it. But move to America and a few years later you’re American, just like everyone else.
And so it was 28 years ago today (since this post has been bumped, it’s actually yesterday, July 20th) that my mom and I arrived in the U.S. Five years later we were citizens but almost immediately we were Americans.
I was raised with a strong sense of my unbelieveable luck to end up in America. It would’ve been so easy for that not to have been the case. Today I celebrate that luck and if you live in the greatest country in the history of the world, do join me in that celebration.
Previous anniversary posts:
UPDATE: By, uh, no demand at all, the picture of me getting my citizenship (the story of why I’m on stage with the judge is here):
“Are you kidding? I’d be there right now if I knew I was getting a free trip back”
-My father when asked if he thought it was ok for the government to charge for the evacuation of Americans from Lebanon.
What is the deal with the cornrows, white boys?
Star pic via some girl.
Technorati Tags: Middle+East+War Israel Palestinians Arabs Arab+Left
Forgive our cynicism, but Con Ed has developed a track record for short-circuiting the truth when the truth is embarrassing. It has only hardened its reputation for glossing missteps by peddling a completely bogus count of how many people are sweating it out in the dark.
With straight faces, the company’s public relations crew insisted yesterday that only 1,900 customers were without power. However, that refers to buildings with absolute zero voltage; many, many more might have some minimum voltage – but not nearly enough to restore full service. Worse, Con Ed defines “customer” in a rather devious way. A single, large apartment building containing, say, 100 units and several hundred tenants, is counted as one customer. One. Uno. One. See, the blackout isn’t as bad as you think, New York!
One of the people affected is Allahpundit. He hasn’t had power in several days and isn’t expected to have it for several more. During the big blackout of a few summers ago, we didn’t have power for 24 hours and it was a nightmare. Hope you’re doing alright there, Allah, we all wait for your powered return.