April 24, 2007
Is the show “Taxicab Confessions” real, or are these people actors?
I guess we’ll have to wait until next year to see if the British National Union of Journalists will boycott Palestinian products. I’m going to guess they’re not.
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April 23, 2007
My first post on RWN, about enviro-hypocrites, is now up.
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Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy as the country’s first post-Communist president, has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76.
Does this band now get more or less attention?
Sanjaya Malakar, the shy, slender, 17-year-old “American Idol” reject, was at his table when a tall, middle-aged man stopped by to ask for an autograph. The boy’s hosts, from People magazine, tried to shoo him away.
“We are trying to let him eat,” they explained.
The man protested: “But I’m the governor of New York.”
And so Eliot Spitzer got his autograph. It was that kind of night. It always is.
I’ll be doing some guest-blogging over at Right Wing News today. I will also be posting here.
Jarvis Cocker performed in New York tonight for the first time in ten years. We were right by the stage and he was amazing. He didn’t perform any Pulp songs, sadly, but he did end with an insane cover of “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath.
For those that don’t know about Jarvis, or his currently-on-hiatus band Pulp, they’re from England and they have a quirky sense of humor with a great sound. A good Pulp starter album is “Different Class”, though all of their albums are pretty amazing.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Jarvis stories. During the Brit awards in 1996, Michael Jackson was performing “Earthsong”. “The performance of Earthsong was preceded by the literally obligatory pronouncement of Michael as “The King Of Pop”. At the end of the performance, he was dressed in a dazzling white outfit and was being hoisted over the stage in a crucifixion pose. He was also surrounded by children and a rabbi yearning to touch him, and so forth.” Jarvis invaded the stage and stole the spotlight (short video here that doesn’t include Jackson in crucifixion mode). He became an overnight hero in Britain but was arrested at the awards show:
Once onstage, Jarvis realised he didn’t really have a clue what he wanted to do. His form of protest appears to have been to lift the front of his shirt, and to follow this by displaying his betrousered bottom in Michael’s direction. A stageperson dressed as a monk and believed by many to be there in a security capacity attempted unsuccessfully to catch him. Video footage suggests that it was this individual who came into contact with others in the stage entourage. Marc Marot, the managing director of Island observes: “Jarvis does a little swerve, and the bouncer’s arm goes up and accidentally thumps a child in the face.” Jarvis returned to his seat. Michael didn’t notice any of this going on.
After the event, Jarvis was interviewed by the police in his dressing room for about two hours. Exactly what was said for two hours about such a trivial incident is not known; Jarvis has deadpanned that “They wanted to know where I got my zip-up cardigan.” He was later taken down the local police station, where comedian Bob Mortimer, who is a qualified lawyer, acted in that capacity for him. He was finally released some time in the early hours of the morning. Jarvis says that Michael’s lawyers seemed to be looking for something to charge him with other than disrespect to the King Of Pop; eventually, no charge was brought.
Jarvis’s comment after the fact was excellent:
My actions were are form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. The music industry allows him to indulge his fantasies because of his wealth and power. People go along with it even though they know it’s a bit sick. I just couldn’t go along with it anymore. It was a spur of the moment decision brought on by boredom and frustration.
I just ran on the stage and showed off. I didn’t make any physical contact with anyone as far as I recall. I certainly didn’t push anyone offstage. I find it very insulting to be accused of assaulting children. All I was trying to do was make a point and do something that lots of other people would have loved to have done if only they’d dared.
Sigh, he’s so cool.
April 22, 2007
New York may soon get a London-style congestion plan. John DeSio lays out all the reasons the London plan is unsuccessful. My personal favorite: “What does the congestion charge in London pay for? Maintaining the congestion charge system.” Of course. It also hasn’t reduced congestion.
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Hillary spoke at Al Sharpton’s racebaiters association conference. Azi Paybarah reports:
“We have to reform our government,” she said. “The abuses that have gone on in the last six years — I don’t think we know the half of it yet. You know, when I walk into the Oval Office in January of 2009, I’m afraid I’m going to lift up the rug and I’m going to see so much stuff under there.”
“You know, what is it about us always having to clean up after people?” she asked. “But this is not just going to be picking up socks off the floor. This is going to be cleaning up the government.”
Who is the us in that sentence? Democrats? Black people? Women?
Acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Sheik Ahmad Bahr from Hamas, Declared during a Friday Sermon at a Sudan Mosque that America and Israel Will Be Annihilated and Called upon Allah to Kill the Jews and the Americans “to the Very Last One.”
April 21, 2007
Imagine no John Kerry in the Senate, it’s easy if you try.
Barack Obama, who has been in the U.S Senate for a little over two years, is running as the candidate of experience. Stop laughing in his face, that’s just not nice.
In an astonishing lapse of security, a Muslim who worked at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has been charged with illegally taking software codes to Iran and downloading details of control rooms, reactors and designs of the nation’s largest nuclear plant: Palo Verde software is breached.
The FBI says there’s no evidence it’s “terror related.”
No, of course, it’s not terror-related. He was just giving the codes to Iran so that they would release the woman he loves, then he’ll steal the codes back. Oh. Wait. That’s Jack Bauer on 24.
So, maybe it’s not terror-related. It sure does seem treason-related, though. His punishment will come nowhere near fitting his crime:
He is charged with a single count of violating a trade embargo that prohibits Americans from exporting goods and services to Iran. If convicted, he would face up to 21 months in prison.
April 20, 2007
To be sure, though, I still love my straight-talking Rudy. In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre Rudy was asked if he still believes in licensing handguns.
In Oklahoma City to commemorate the bombing of the Murrah Building, Giuliani said, “Today is not a day for politics.”
I’m as pro-gun as it gets and I agree, the politics of gun control is something for next week.
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Allah writes “Turns out she was the first redhead to win the crown. I’m surprised — most redheads I know would have shot him dead.” Heh.
Today’s Vent with Michelle Malkin catalogs Al Sharpton’s history of racism, lies, violence, and generally deepening the problems he pretends to want to solve. She reminds us to hold the Democrats who have embraced him responsible for their actions. I intend to.
Sharpton is a clown, and a scam artist. The fact that he is taken at all seriously by the Democratic establishment is an embarrassment. He’s also dumb as a rock and has no business being taken even remotely seriously as candidate for any public office, ever, let alone that of president.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Sharpton moments, when Peter Jennings humiliated him on national TV. I wish there was a YouTube clip of it. Sharpton knows near zero about anything other than dividing us according to our races. We need more moments like that, when he is put on the spot and shown that he’s got no place in any type of leadership role.
Close-up of the image is here.
The company, Absurd, that made my shirt is here. I never knew if they intended the shirt to be anti-Sharpton, it just works that way.