Notes From Atlanta

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Actor James Woods is a moronic brownshirt!

Salon: Woods on fire.

The question is about Bush, so rather than back up his assertion, he brings Clinton in to the argument and insults him.

So you think Bush is smart?

Yeah, I do.


Because he's president of the United States and we aren't. It's facetious and fallacious reasoning to assume that you could be in a position of power like that and on some level not have the ability to do pretty shrewd and careful and, yes, intelligent, things, to be involved in intelligent enterprises.

You don't think a "Being There" scenario is possible?

No, I don't. "Being There" is a lovely fantasy and that's what makes it so charming. But in the real world, it just wouldn't happen.

So if Bush hadn't gotten elected, it would have been possible to think of him as stupid, but because he got elected we must assume he's smart?

No, no, no. And by the way, OK, that's what I was saying. I was obviously just dismissing the question, but let me be accurate. I think it's a nonsensical conversation, honestly, if someone's intelligent.

I don't know, give him an IQ test and I'll look at the results and tell you my response. Do I know that Bill Clinton was a liar? Yes, he admitted he was a liar, so yes, I have to believe, if the man admits that he lied under oath then, yes, we know for a fact because the person who committed the lie admitted to the lie. I'm not gonna say if somebody is smart or stupid or not. I don't know, I'll tell you when I read the results of the test.

So now we know 1) James Woods is obsessed with Clinton, 2) Cannot give an example of why he thinks Bush is smart, and 3) is a moronic brownshirt. Also in the long and boring interview, James is critical of a man who he says can't give and example of why Bush is stupid, yet he fails to deliver when asked why he thinks Bush is smart.

Let me give one example very quickly:

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."
--"President" Bush

I've got hundreds.

I can't read the whole interview. James Woods is really an idiot. To think I used to really like him as an actor. Any question of Bush lying during the SOTU address, and he has to bring Clinton back up. You think he may be upset because Clinton has a bigger dick? 

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

We all scream for ice cream!

AJC: Manual labor not required: Homemade ice cream is easier than ever, but every bit as delicious.

I remember late summer afternoons with my grandfather, who died far to young, turning the long crank of the ice cream machine. He was around 50 and was slightly balding. He had these huge arms that would churn the ice cream until it was frozen. The ice cream machine was made of wooden strips held together with metal bands. The metal canister was placed in the center, and ice and rock salt was packed around it. It would turn easy at first, and sometimes I got to help. Eventually only Poppy could turn it. He was like a machine. When he could barely turn the crank anymore, we knew it was time. Off came the crank, and out came the ice cream. He only made vanilla, but it was the best vanilla I ever tasted- I would give anything to taste it again.

The ice cream machine is gone. My grandmother held onto it for a long time, but finally it had to go. I have always wanted to start making my own. Maybe I will soon. The article I linked to talks about the newest type of makers using special cannisters you freeze that are turned by electric motors. It also includes some fine looking recipes. For some reason I don't think the ice cream will be as good as vanilla that is hand turned in a barrel of ice and rock salt. Still, it might be something to try. 


No, no, no! Not what we want to hear!

AJC: High herpes rate found in metro Atlanta.

More than one-third of people in suburban Atlanta who participated in a recent study tested positive for the virus that causes genital herpes.

Atlanta had the highest rate of infection of the six cities in the study and also was higher than the national average of about 25 percent.

Only 5 percent of the 915 Atlanta area patients in the study reported a history of the disease, which can cause painful genital sores. Many people who have the disease have no symptoms and are unaware of their infection.


The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 million people are newly infected with the virus each year in the United States.

Damn, and I'm single in Atlanta.

Higher levels of education, income and marital status did not reduce the chances of having genital herpes, according to the study, which was sponsored by the GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company.

What my college degree won't protect me from herpes? Who knew?

The article goes on to mention that only 5% of the tested subjects reported a history of the disease, yet nationwide 25% were infected, and in Atlanta the rate was almost 33%. I'm guessing many people have forgotten safe sex practices. Scary! 


After a while crocodile!

AJC: Gator scandal: Football guide features crocodile.

What a croc!

A large crocodile -- and not the school's namesake alligator mascot -- is featured on the cover of the University of Florida's 2003 football media guide.

A photo of Florida coach Ron Zook leading the team onto the field is superimposed over the olive green crocodile. The words "Florida" and "2003 Football Guide" also appear on the front, but the word "Gators" is absent.

Academic excellence down south!

At least you don't see the Bulldogs putting a picture of a Boston Terrier on the front of their media guide!  


He probably heard his own excuse before, but I doubt he believed it either.

AJC: Judge denies license suspension violation.

Gwinnett State Court Judge David Fuller said Tuesday that he was in compliance with the terms of his license suspension when he drove to restaurants and a bar to meet with prospective clients.

"I have a limited permit that allows me to drive for appropriate purposes," Fuller said. "These were business purposes, which are allowed in the terms of the permit. I don't have an office. I can't go to the courthouse."

Fuller, an 11-year veteran of the bench, in June pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and was placed on probation. Under the terms of his probation, he must serve 40 hours of community service, and his driving privileges are restricted. Fuller, considered an expert in DUI law, also had to attend DUI school


The television station on Monday broadcast a follow-up report that showed Fuller refueling his vehicle, entering a restaurant, parked at a fast food restaurant and at Fuzzy's Place on North Druid Hills Road. Fuzzy's is known for its bar, live music and Cajun food.

The station reported he left his car overnight at Fuzzy's Place.

Well, at least he didn't drive drunk with a suspended license that night. Business meeting at Hooter's tonight! Watch out! 


Even the experts are not optimistic about getting Saddam and Bin Laden.

After all the news stories about the government running a betting parlor on terrorism, I went and checked out my favorite place where people try to make money off others people's misfortune- I was looking at the list of the Top 40 entries. These are the people in the hunt for the money. These are the movers and shakers. These are the people who research the possibilities of famous people dying. Halfway through the year, many of these people have have nailed 6 out of 10 choices so far. These guys and girls are good!

How many are betting on the deaths of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden? Remember these are the two top enemies of the United States. These are the guys we have sent our Army after to kill. George Bush has said getting these guys is the number one priority. So, how many of these Top 40 lists have Saddam and Osama on them? Only one list has them listed. Just one! Using the governments philosophy of using betting patterns to predict outcomes, it doesn't look too good. These experts do not have confidence in the government.

Is Abe Vigoda still alive?

I also will sadly note that Warren Zevon is on almost every list. I hate to see that. Such a sad thing. However, I am sure he could see the humor in the contest. His goodbye album will be released in August. 

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Stray dogs banding together.

AJC: Wild dogs still on the loose in Midtown, Inman Park area.

Four members of a pack of wild dogs have been captured in the Midtown area, but animal control officials believe the two pack leaders are still at large.

The pack has been spotted running through neighborhoods in a broad area of intown Atlanta, including Inman Park, Virginia-Highland, Midtown and Old Fourth Ward. They are believed to have killed several cats and treed others in their path. Officials believe the pack made its home in the woods around the Carter Center and traveled along the railroad tracks to invade nearby neighborhoods, chasing cats and rummaging garbage bins for food.

Stray dogs often group together and form packs.

"That's not uncommon," Fulton Animal Services Director Marc Paulhus said. "What is uncommon is to have dogs with a daily pattern covering such a vast territory."

Evidently the two leaders had been trapped, but were released by a homeless person. Now they will be trap warry and harder to catch.

There is just nothing to feel good about here. Stray dogs doing what they need to survive. Now they will be put down because of their anti-social behavior. We really need more responsible pet ownership. People are having trouble feeding themselves now, much less take good care of their pets. As the economy gets worse, I do expect to see more and more stray dogs. Many in backyards will become even more neglected. I guess it is kind of like being born in the US- you have won the lottery. To be a puppy, and get selected by a good family is winning the lottery. For other dogs, life is hard. The same for cats. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

A great hoax! Fooled a few people.

MTV News (Not): Metallica Sue Canadian Band over E, F Chords.

MONTREAL — Metallica are taking legal action against independant Canadian rock band Unfaith over what they feel is unsanctioned usage of two chords the band has been using since 1982 : E and F.

"People are going to get on our case again for this, but try to see it from our point of view just once," stated Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "We're not saying we own those two chords, individually - that would be ridiculous. We're just saying that in that specific order, people have grown to associate E, F with our music."

Metallica filed a trademark infringement suit against the indie group at the US district court for central California on Monday. According to the drummer, the continued use of the two chords causes "confusion, deception and mistake in the minds of the public".

Nicely done.

In other news..... blogcritic added fuel with another hoax:

In other news, Fly Over Country was informed that the Southern Black Preacher's Association (SBPA) filed a lawsuit yesterday against Metallica lead singer James Hetfield for improperly adding "huh" after every word sung. A spokesman for the group, Miles Jackson, had this to say:

"It has recently come to our attention that one of the Devil's minions stole the distinctive 'huh' that our members have been using for years while preaching to emphasize the importance of The Holy Father's words. It saddens us, but it is not surprising that one of Satan's children would take something Holy and pervert it for the futherance of the Kingdom of the Flesh."

This is not the first time the SBPA has brought a lawsuit against a singing star. Back in the early 70's the SBPA filed a lawsuit against James Brown for using a cloak dropped over his shoulders to exit the stage.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Yes, she does have three older brothers.

I was finishing up my run last night at the river. I saw this very cute little blonde 4-year-old girl in an argument with three older boys. She stomped off muttering, displeased with the result. She beat me to the water fountain, and drank greedily. After a long time she stepped back from the fountain, arched her back, and let rip with a 7 second ear shattering belch. She was then off skipping down the trail, her spirits lifted. She has older brothers. 


After our "Victory" Ward 57 stays full.

Washington Post: The War After the War.
Via TBogg.

They talk about how few casualties we have. Go read about the injured, and the life they will be facing.

In Room 5714, Garth Stewart is sleeping when three doctors arrive. One of them reaches for a light switch, and before Garth can shield his eyes, his room is flash-blasted in white.

"Can we take a look at the leg?"

Garth flips back the bedsheet. His desert tan has gone sallow. His GI buzz cut is a woolly disgrace. Even in this condition, he wishes for a decent soldier's haircut. The drugs have made his stomach cramp so much that he stays curled on his side. Now, with the doctors hovering, he tries to straighten out his 6-foot-4 frame. His amputated leg won't lie down. It trembles in midair.

A doctor works quickly, unwrapping the bandage and then the white gauze. Garth watches as they probe the black caterpillar of sutures on his bulbous stump. He moans. The stump begins to shake violently. "I'm gonna get sick," he says.

"You want your bucket?"

Garth reaches for the container. "I can't do this much longer," he says, holding his hand over his eyes.

"We're almost finished," the doctor tells him.

"No," Garth says, "not that, everything. I can't take it any more."

Meanwhile President will be taking a six week vacation at his fake ranch in Texas to rest up after long 6 hour days sitting behind his desk in the oval office. Remember, President Bush went into the Army Reserves to avoid exactly what Garth is going through. He couldn't even finish that up, and ended up deserting. Too bad Garth did not have the same wealth and political connections.

They leave him in darkness, with his bucket. Only four weeks earlier, Garth was a mortar man with the 1st Battalion of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. "You get out of high school and you join the Army, or you get out of high school and live in your parents' basement," he says. He chose Fort Benning over Stillwater, Minn.


Who says Atlanta doesn't have the best drivers?

CNN: Police: Driver causes pileup to keep sofa dry.

A woman who didn't want the rain to ruin the sofa in the back of her truck caused 24 vehicles to wreck behind her Sunday on Interstate 20 as she swerved to get under an overpass, a police spokesman said.


She changed lanes so rapidly that she cut off cars as she made her way to the shoulder of the road to get under the overpass, White said.

"She cut off two vehicles initially, right away, and that caused those two vehicles to collide with each other," White said. "We had a total of 24 vehicles at the end of it."

Eight separate accidents were reported as a direct result of the woman's poor driving, he said.

You would hope her car was damaged along with the damn sofa. Nope, not a scratch on either. 

Monday, July 21, 2003

Ullrich making boneheaded tactical errors has probably given Armstring Tour win.

First off, on Sunday after Vino told reporters that if Ullrich attacked, he would not lead Lance up to him, but make Lance work, Ullrich did just that. Vino attacked and Ullrich paced Lance up the damn mountain. He did not make Lance do the work. He could not have done better if he was Lance's teammate. Then today, Ullrich launches an attack on the climb before the finishing climb. Lance caught him on the following descent, and then after some really fun hijinks, he dropped the tired Ullrich. Dumb, dumb, dumb! Now Lance has an one minute and seven second lead. It will be almost impossible for Ullrich to make that up in the time trail. Vinokourov is almost 3 minutes back and can only win if a couple of trucks take out Lance and Ullrich. What a tour this would be if Beloki was still around. As it is, it is pretty exciting. 


Mark Twain announces campaign.

Twain 2004!

Mark Twain stunned the political establishment by announcing his candidacy for the presidency. An independent in politics since the '80s, he's running as a third party candidate. Initial polls show 100% support for his positions on the issues, with the strongest support coming from those who agree with these positions:

Foreign Policy: It is easier to stay out than get out.

Crime: Nothing incites to money-crimes like great poverty or great wealth.

The Economy: The lack of money is the root of all evil.

Family Values: It is better to have bad morals than none at all.

Education: I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Defense: An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war.

Politics: All the talk used to be about doing people good, now it is about doing people.

Congress: It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

Mark Twain is confident that he will retain 100% support throughout his campaign. "I'll make whatever promises the people want," he told reporters. "Better a broken promise than none at all."

If it wasn't for Dean...... 


Okay, this is cool!

AJC: 'Toon Bros.- Atlanta pair's animation has become a Web sensation, with a cult following of more than 200,000 visitors a day

Homestar Runner

Somewhere in Free Country USA, Pom-Pom is being quietly intelligent, Strong Bad is answering e-mail from his adoring fans, and Homestar Runner is doing . . . something. Probably something stupid, for all Internet users to see.

This is the world of

Created by Atlantans Mike and Matt Chapman, the online cartoon has grown into a Web sensation, with a cultlike following of more than 200,000 unique visitors a day and nods from Entertainment Weekly's "It List," Time magazine and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Its artistic flair makes it a favorite among Web designers; the style and humor draw from classic cartoons but retain the computerized look popularized by "South Park" in the 1990s. But it's the sarcastically spunky characters who attract the most rabid fans.

Check this site out. I have never heard of this before. As an Atlantan and a Buffy fan, I don't know how I missed it. Be sure to go play on the merchandise page. Mouse over the shirts. 


When the first sentence of an editorial is factually incorrect, why bother reading anymore.

AJC: Postal Service sponsorship of cycling team gets stamp of disapproval.

It's Tour de France time again and Lance Armstrong is out for his fifth consecutive victory, which has never been done.

Uhh.... Miguel Indurain did it 1991-1995.

He makes it worse by revealing:

Don't get me wrong, I love cycling. I'm a cyclist myself.

This is who is replacing Jay Bookman while he is away? 


Northeast Governors break with Bush on enviroment.

Salon: A green revolt against Bush.
(Registration or daypass required.)

A bipartisan group of Northeastern governors is expected to announce an historic agreement this week to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, a plan that would break sharply with Bush administration policy on global warming.

The agreement for mandatory greenhouse-gas emission caps could put the states on the road to compliance with the Kyoto climate-change treaty, an embarrassing rebuke to the president, who made a decision in 2001 to pull the U.S. out of negotiations on the pact. In another repudiation of Bush doctrine, the states say that their move away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy will not only benefit the environment but the economy as well.

It is nice to see Governors disregarding Bush and working to protect their states. Why oh why, would even Republican Governors break with Bush on these issues? Has the Bush administration been that bad?

Since taking the White House, the president abandoned the Kyoto Treaty, reversed a GOP campaign promise to regulate power plant CO2 emissions, ignored scientific reports on climate change, and opted for a toothless global warming program. In June, a long section of an EPA environmental report outlining risks from rising temperatures was censored, "whittled to a few noncommittal paragraphs" after White House arm twisting, according to the New York Times.

Bush does offer limited support to sustainable energy. The administration, for example, allocated $720 million in new funding over the next five years to develop the much-hyped "Freedom Car," a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. By comparison, federal coal and oil subsidies now run to $5 billion annually, says Taxpayers for Common Sense. This doesn't even take into account the $55 billion to $96 billion spent yearly by the Pentagon to guard fossil fuel corporate interests worldwide, as calculated by the International Center for Technology Assessment.

Yes Bush has been that bad, just whoring out our country to the big energy companies. Look at that! $720 million (with an "m") for hydrogen cell vehicles while $60 to $101 billion (with a "b") to guard fossil fuel interests. Yet he cannot afford to protect our enviroment. There is more on Bush's fuel cell vehicles including why they are actually not even needed:

"Everyone always talks about hydrogen in relation to fuel-cell cars, but the reality is that if we wanted to move rapidly away from oil, we don't have to go that route. We could simply convert our internal combustion engines from gasoline to hydrogen, burning the hydrogen directly," revealed Brown. "It's fairly simple, requiring minor engine changes probably costing not more than about $200 per car. For that amount, a mechanic at a service station could convert an internal combustion engine to a gas engine that would run on natural gas or hydrogen. In fact, BMW now has a prototype model where, while driving down the road, you can switch from gasoline to hydrogen and back again. From an engineering point of view, it is entirely within range." It hasn't been attempted before because hydrogen hasn't been cheap, but an abundance of wind power would change that.

Brown dismisses another often mentioned impediment to the wind-hydrogen transition: the lack of a distribution system. The infrastructure is already in place, he said. "I do all my cooking in a Washington, D.C., apartment with natural gas piped in from Texas. Hydrogen can be delivered the same way, using the same pipes."

Go read this interesting and informative article. 

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Would everybody just let her die a slow, painful political death.

AJC: Green Party faction wants McKinney for president in 2004.

A faction of the Green Party is rallying support for former Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who represented Georgia's 4th District, to become the party's candidate for president in 2004.

An Internet site -- -- has been created by a committee of Greens "who have a deep and enduring respect for Ralph Nader but do not take it for granted that he will be our candidate for the president next time around."

It touts 10 reasons why McKinney would be a good candidate, including:

• She has a reputation for being one of the most progressive members of Congress.

• She is black, female and Southern.

• She has a following of political allies and a team of experienced organizers.

• She has experience working within the federal government, unlike many other Greens.

How about a few reasons why she shouldn't:

• She is a fruitcake.

• She was unable to even get enough Dems voting for her to win a primary in a district hand drawn for her.

• She is a fruitcake.

• She has really, really big teeth.

• She is a fruitcake.

• Her father, no not Mr. Ed, says really stupid stuff just like she does.

I say all the above as a Democrat. Republicans would probably love to see her running. Hell, they might even contribute. 

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Lance losing time, Ullrich getting stronger.

Procycling: Ullrich and Vinokourov united against Lance.

It’s no secret that in the Tour peloton, Lance Armstrong has few riders — team mates excepted —who will fight his corner, or do him a favour. His spats with various rivals — Marco Pantani, Gilberto Simoni and others — have been well reported, but there seems to be a growing undercurrent of resentment against the defending Tour champion.

Lance's mouth has certainly lost him respect in the peloton. Kind of like that other Texan, George W. Bush, Lance started with a lot of goodwill after his tragedy, but has lost it over the years with his attitude. Expect Lance to be attacked when he is isolated in the mountains. He is being roughed up on every mountain stage, and more is expected. Remember, the only reason he is in yellow right now is because of Postal's team time trial.  

Friday, July 18, 2003

Kobe will be charged with sexual assault.

AJC (AP): Bryant charged with sexual assault.

His wife, Vanessa, also released a statement: "I know that he did not commit a crime...."

No, but he screwed around on you! 


Soldiers do not have freedom of speech.

Salon (AP): Soldiers who complained may be punished.

The Army is considering whether to punish soldiers in Iraq who griped about conditions there to a television reporter, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Friday.

Some soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division complained to ABC-TV this week after their units were told they would be leaving Iraq soon, then had their homecoming postponed. One called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Criticism of superior officers is a breach of military rules. The Army will determine whether any soldier will be charged with breaking those rules, said Pentagon spokeswoman Chief Petty Officer Diane Perry.

On Wednesday, the commander of U.S. forces


"None of us that wear this uniform are free to say anything disparaging about the secretary of defense, or the president of the United States," he added.

Well let me say it for you: "Bush sucks! Rumsfeld sucks! Everybody who lied to get this war started that has you stranded in the hot desert sucks!"

Now before all the wingnuts, brownshirts, freepers, and Republicans begin to badmouth these soldiers who spoke their mind: "Support the troops or you are un-American!" 


It was a dark and stormy night.

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2003 Results .

Via Tbogg.

My favorites:

Winner: "All Creatures Great and Small" Category

His knowing brown eyes held her gaze for a seeming eternity, his powerful arms clasped her slim body in an irresistible embrace, and from his broad, hairy chest a primal smell of "male" tantalized her nostrils; "Looks like another long night in the ape house" thought veterinarian Abigail Brown as she gingerly reached for the constipated gorilla's suppository.

Paul Jeffery
Oxford, England

Winner: Detective

Detective Inspector Mike Norman slipped six fingers into his overcoat pocket, five of them clad in a latex glove and attached to his palm, while the sixth was wrapped in a plastic evidence bag and apparently belonged to the kidnapped pianist Ricardo Moore, or, as it now seemed likely, the kidnapped ex-pianist Ricardo Moore.

Alan Campbell
Edinburgh, Scotland

Miscellaneous Dishonorable Mentions:

After escaping the clutches of that crazy cult, it was going to take more money than that to start a new life, but still, for one day's work, 30 pieces of silver wasn't bad.

Lawrence Person

Head Coach Adams found himself in a quandary as he looked at the scoreboard and saw that his team was going to win 41-13, and he whispered to Phillips, who was the defensive coordinator, "I really don't know why the team plays so much better on grass, but it's obvious they do, so, for the sake of winning and our jobs, do I just turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to their red eyes and constant laughter?"

Randy Blanton
Murfreesboro, TN


Researchers starting to believe that animals have emotions.

Newsweek: Animal Emotions.

Aside from Charles Darwin, most students of animal behavior in the past believed that animals didn’t have emotions—or that if they did, we’d never know. Over the years, the belief hardened into dogma. Then, in the mid-’60s, came Jane Goodall. Since she had little scientific training, she had never been indoctrinated with behaviorist theory. “But I’d had this amazing teacher my whole life,” she says. That would be Rusty, a little black mongrel who lived at a hotel in her childhood neighborhood. “He went everywhere with me, and he didn’t even belong to me,” she says. “At the hotel he was disobedient, but he was beautifully behaved and sensitive with me. Of course, I thought animals had emotions, personalities, minds. How could I not?”

Hell, I've known that for years. Good article on animal emotions. 

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Niger document finally released.

Washington Poots: Scam Uranium Document Contains Obvious Flaws.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The alleged communication detailing a uranium deal between Niger and Iraq has been published by a newspaper in Rome.

For more than a week, the Bush administration has been trying to explain how the President could have used the claim, that Saddam Hussein was trying to obtain nuclear material from Africa, as justification for war in his State of the Union speech.


Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1999 18:49:03 -0800
Subject: RE: your order..........qy8xc7kd6fg4





I can see how the Bush administration got fooled! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Georgia Jobless rate increases.

AJC: Ga. jobless rate increases to 5.4%.

Job-hunting students and teachers pushed Georgia's unemployment rate higher in June.

The unadjusted June rate soared -- as it has the past six years -- eight-tenths of a percentage point to 5.4 percent, up from 4.6 percent in May. Georgia Labor Department officials blamed the jump on more job-seekers and higher first-time claims for unemployment benefits, which have hit a 21-year record.

There is usually a jump this time of year due to teachers and recent graduates hitting the job market. This number is still pretty high.  


Military Times story sites growing war criticism.

Marine Times: War criticism grows as casualties, costs rise.

Criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of post-war Iraq is increasing as the cost and the strain on service members is becoming more clear to lawmakers.
The announcement that the 3rd Infantry Division would not immediately head home and that India had refused the U.S. request to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq fueled part of the criticism, as has the Pentagon’s estimate that the cost of the U.S. mission in Iraq has soared to $3.9 billion a month for the foreseeable future.

Continuing casualties also are cause for concern. There have been 84 deaths in the 79 days since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat had ended. More than 30 were the direct result of hostile action, while the rest were accidents.

The military press is getting increasingly critical of the war- damn liberal commies! The number of deaths being reported varies depending on who is doing the counting. It appear that the Bush Administration considers fewer deaths than most to be war realted deaths. I guess they are waffling on what "is" a war death. 


August is National Anal Sex Month!

NCBuy: August Is Anal Sex Month.

As opposed to any of the various statewide anal sex months.

This August will be a good month to feel like a bum -- because it's been declared "National Anal Sex Month" -- no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

The cheeky declaration comes courtesy of the Good Vibrations sex toy company, the group who also celebrate "National Masturbation Month" every May.

I'm just going to back away from this story. 


Nice to see that we are spreading democracy in Afghanistan.

Yahoo: Afghan City Closes Video Game Store.

Authorities in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday closed hundreds of shops where children played video games and watched movies, accusing the merchants of "corrupting the morals" of young people, a senior police official said.

"We closed more than 300 shops," said Haji Ajab Shah, chief of Jalalabad police. "People would gamble and drink alcohol in those video game shops" despite prohibitions under Islam, the dominant faith in Afghanistan, he said.

If Bush spreads anymore democracy, the people in Afghanistan won't even be allowed to vote. Hey, Afghanistan would be almost like Florida then! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2003


AJC: Broadcaster Pat Robertson calls for retirement of 3 Supreme Court justices.

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson urged his nationwide audience Monday to pray for God to remove three justices from the Supreme Court so they could be replaced by conservatives.


Robertson has launched a 21-day "prayer offensive" directed at the Supreme Court in the wake of its 6-3 June vote that decriminalized sodomy. Robertson said in a letter on the CBN Web site that the ruling "has opened the door to homosexual marriage, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest."

The same letter targets three justices in particular: "One justice is 83-years-old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?"

How about a "prayer offensive" that Pat Robertson gets in a car accident and is impaled on a stick shift so that we don't have to listen to a religious figure who milks his flocks of all the cash he can get his slimy hands on? 


The Tour has become a bad game of Ten Little Indians.

Or for the non-literary types, a bad game of Survivor.

At first it was shocking that Tyler Hamilton went down in the first stage breaking a collarbone in two places. Somehow he has managed to stay in the race. Others have not, however. Yesterday Lance's closest threat, Joseba Beloki, went down on a descent and broke three bones including his femur. After lying in the road with tears of pain he did struggle up and plead to continue the stage. His race director put him in an amblance instead. Stefano Garzelli, second to Gilberto Simoni in this year's Giro, abandoned today after not being able to eat on yesterday's stage due to throat inflammation. Now possible podium contenders Beloki, Garzelli, and Levi Leipheimer are all on the sidelines.

While many thought Tyler Hamilton would eventually quit, he has soldiered on. Certainly he would drop out after a few stages, most believed. Not only is he looking to finish the Tour, he may still be looking for a podium finish. He was attacking his former teammate Lance armstrong in the Alps. He is possibly the story of the tour this year. Luckily, this story will be preserved on film. There is a group filming him and his team CSC with IMAX film equipment for an IMAX Film titled Brainpower. When he broke his collarbone, they thought their project was going to be hurt. As it turns out, they may be filming one of the most gritty performances ever in the history of sports. The theme of the film is Strong athletes has strong minds


Three candidates skip the NAACP convention.

Washington Post: NAACP Head Criticizes 3 Absentees.

Three Democratic presidential contenders alienated the leadership of the nation's largest civil rights organization today by skipping the candidates forum at the annual NAACP convention, an event attended by 6,000 members from chapters nationwide.

NAACP President Kweisi Mfume described the absent candidates -- Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) and Reps. Richard A. Gephardt (Mo.) and Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio) -- as "persona non grata" whose "political capital is now the equivalent of Confederate dollars."

"When candidates choose to ignore the NAACP, they have no legitimacy when they go into our communities later asking for our votes," Mfume said.

The absences and the sharp response from Mfume dominated attention before and after the forum, prompting angry assessments from delegates concerned about the Democratic Party's commitment to their core issues: affirmative action, health care and education.

"It's a slap in the face," said Ava Sudduth, a delegate from San Francisco.

How the hell can candidates miss the NAACP convention? What part of Bill Clinton's winning campaign are they forgeting? What part of Bobby Kennedy's electrifying charge toward the Democrat nomination in 1968 have they not read about in history books? If these candidates are not going to actively court all parts of the Democratic party, how can they expect to "get the base out?" Lieberman, Gephardt, and Kucinich need to through the towel in now.

South Knox Bubba has some good comments about his favorite quotes by the candidates who could be bothered to attend. 


Atlanta City Council passes graffiti ordinance.

AJC: Graffiti to be erased.

The new ordinance does not punish taggers, but it can punish the owners of tagged buildings.

The ordinance, approved by the City Council this month, is the first directed at removing the graffiti, rather than punishing the scrawler.

Property owners who do not get rid of graffiti within 30 days of receiving a written notice from the city can be fined $100 per week, up to $1,000. After that, they could face up to six months behind bars.

A big problem is going to be the question "What is art?" There some commissioned murals in Atlanta that some people will call graffiti. These works can be protected if the building owners get a sign permit, but there may be some disputes. Keep in mind the old phrase: I can't define art, but I know it when I see it. Some people are bound to see things differently 

Monday, July 14, 2003

Bush vows: "Whatever it takes.

The Specious Report: Bush, Rumsfeld Vow to Say "Whatever It Takes."

Back home from his tour of governmental facilities and five-star hotels in Africa, President Bush says he has a renewed appreciation for the good ole USA.

After a week of uncomfortable exposure to foreign reporters, Bush said he was eager to resume Washington's highly orchestrated press conferences where only pre-approved questions are allowed.

Regarding to his future plans, the President promised to increase the level of double-talk and misinformation in his fundraising speeches as he campaigns across the Nation.

"No matter how much the economy deteriorates, no matter how deep the deficit gets, no matter how badly this administration mishandles foreign policy, I promise you this: I'm going to say whatever it takes to get re-elected," Bush vowed.

These guys are really funny. 


"British Intelligence has learned that I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

Clinton's problem was evidently not with having sex, but with his phrasing. According to the GOP school of thought, this would have been technically accurate. Then Clinton should have just said, "The matter is now closed," and refused to ever discuss it again.


Sunday, July 13, 2003

Lance in Yellow, but unconvincingly.

Cycling News: Mayo ascends ranks to claim l'Alpe d'Huez stage.

Lance takes the Yelow Jersey, but is far from the dominant Lance of old. The Basque climber Iban Mayo was the star of the Tour today. He topped Lance by over two minutes on the mountain Lance has always tried to shine on, Alpe d'Huez. Without the team time trial put together by USPS, and the lousy one put forth by Mayo's team Euskatel-Euskadi, the Texan is not in yellow. Lance has been rather ordinary this year. He has returned to the old habit of running his mouth, however. He managed to try trashing Gilberto Simoni and Aitor Gonzalez for their subpar performances this year. This from the Texan who couldn't drop the guy with a broken collarbone in Sunday's big stage. Simoni is reportedly still tired from Giro d'Italia win, one of the big three Grand Tours put on every year- the other two being the Tour and the Vuelta a Espana. Armstrong himself has never had the balls to attempt more than one Grand Tour in a year- oops, sorry.

As for the guy with the broken collarbone? That is American Tyler Hamilton who fractured his collarbone in two places in an accident early on in the Tour. I don't know if any other other rider has ever attempted to finish the Tour with such an inury before- certainly not for this many days. Tyler was trying to hang on to just help a teammate in the team time trial. After doing so, and with doctors saying he wasn't making the fractures any worse, he has continued. On Alpe d'Huez he not only managed to hang onto Lance but he repeatedly attacked him. One can only wonder how well he could have done if not for the wreck. He expects to have trouble during Monday's stage as part of the climb is so steep that Tyler will be forced to stand on the bike- which is very painful for him, and which stresses the collarbone.

So as of Sunday we have Lance in Yellow, Joseba Beloki of the Once Team in second at 40 seconds, Mayo in third at 1:10, and Alexandre Vinokourov of Team Telekom at 1:17. Hamilton is in 5th at 1:52 and rival Jan Ullrich in 8th at 2:10. We are still in the mountains on Monday, so it should be another exciting day. 


Conservationists and developers battle over the Etowah River.

AJC: Tourists, developers set off alarms over N. Ga. river.

The Etowah River basin lost nearly 40,000 acres of forest -- which filters pollutants flowing toward the river -- between 1982 and 1997, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Increasing pollutants and the loss of natural cover affect headwaters that are home to the river's nine fish and three mussel species considered endangered or threatened. Six species of fish that once were common have already disappeared from the Etowah.

The river has lost 43 species of mussels and freshwater snails since the early 1900s. Many turtles and birds that depended on the snails for part of their diet also are disappearing.

"It's the biggest extinction event in the whole country, and no one knows about it," said Paul Johnson, a research scientist with the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

Despite the losses, the upper Etowah still remains one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in the country. It contains 76 native species of fish, more than the entire Columbia River system, which drains seven Western states.

Atlantans like the Etowah for its kayaking, canoeing and tubing. They can escape the city and be deep in nature. People living along the Etowah like it the way it is, but will accept reasonable development. Conservationists seem to know development is coming, and they are no just trying to save as much of the river as they can through buffer zones. Developers want to tap into the coming goldmine. Parts of metro Atlanta only care that they can still pull drinking water out of Georgia's cleanest freshwater source. Some interesting battles are building. It would be a shame for it to only end up as a smaller Chattahoochee. I think I will plan a kayak trip up there sooner rather than later.

Be informed- go and read the story.


Saturday, July 12, 2003

And then there were three...

Richard Virenque, a Frenchman, now holds the Yellow Jersey. The French spectators where in fine spirits watching him win the stage and take the Yellow and Polka Dot Jerseys. He has not held the Yellow since 1992.

The three big guns left in the chase to wear the Yellow Jersey in Paris are Lance Armstrong, Jan Ullrich and Joseba Beloki. My guy Gilberto Simoni was dropped on the big climb of the day, and after losing 10 more minutes has no chance of winning. Santiago Botero has also lost any chance of winning. American Tyler Hamilton, riding with a broken collarbone, held up fine on the climbs. He may have had a strong chance for a podium finish if not for the accident in the early days.

In the end USPS look very strong, but the day belonged to Virenque and the French fans. 

Friday, July 11, 2003

Strange sight at the Tour.

Cyclingnews: Petacchi rules the sprinters' roost in Lyon.

Petacchi suffered today yet managed to end up with his fourth stage win. He is now the second man in history to have 6 Giro stage wins and 4 Tour stage wins in one year.

The amusing sight was Victor Hugo Peña. He wears the leader's Yellow Jersey, or Maillot Jaune. He is on Lance's USPS squad, but is not a threat to win the Tour. He wears the yellow jersey because he beat Lance by one second in the Prologue. He actually works for Lance as a domestique, doing the grunt work like sheltering Lance and getting him food and water. For now he is keeping the jersey warm, which is still a great honor.

The likeable Victor Hugo, a former champion butterfly swimmer and Giro d'Italia stage winner, certainly realizes that he is only keeping the Maillot Jaune warm for Armstrong who wants both the stage win and the Maillot Jaune on Sunday's stage to l'Alpe d'Huez. In an amusing moment today during Stage 6, Peña explained post race that "Today I saw that Lance didn't have a bottle so I wanted to go back to the car to get one - Johan told me the Maillot Jaune doesn't get bottles." Peña did so anyway, but only once during the stage.

The race really starts tomorrow in the mountains, with the big day on Sunday.

How does Lance measure up to the greats of the cycling world? Barry Hoban, probably Britain's most accomplished cyclist, who competed in the '60's and '70's, says nobody compares to Eddy Merckx.

The best rider ever, of any era, and there will never be anyone like him, is Eddy Merckx.

There never will be anyone like Eddy Merckx. No one has to win Paris-Nice, Milan-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, the Tour of Italy, the Tour de France, the World Championships, The Tour of Lombardy and set the hour record all in the same year. If you took some of the year's results for Merckx - they would be sufficient for career results for riders today.

I would have to agree with him. 


Happy dog story.

ABC 7 Chicago: Dog struck by car hobbles to hospital.

July 9, 2003 (BECKLEY, W.Va.) — It was canine intuition when an injured black Labrador retriever did a doggone good job of getting medical attention.

The dog, apparently struck by a car on July 4, found his way to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, hobbled through the sliding glass doors and waited for assistance in the hallway.

"It's the darndest thing," said Ted Weigel, marketing director at Beckley. "The dog limped in and laid down where people could see it. It seemed to know exactly where to go for help."



A delayed Thurmond / Maddox / Jackson joke.

The Specious Report: Lester Maddox ascends unto Heaven.

Just go read the damn joke.

Original Notes From Atlanta post.



NY Times' credibility takes a hit.

The New York Times has had some serious issues with the accuracy of its reporting. The Specious Report has compiled a list of stories that need to be corrected. They actually did this a month ago so more can probably be added. Damned liberal media! 

Thursday, July 10, 2003

What? He didn't see this coming?

AJC: Judge explains life sentence; rapist erupts.

Bernard McCoy crouched like a coiled spring at the defense table after the Fulton County judge explained his life-without-parole sentence, which meant his only hope lay in appeal.

Five sheriff's deputies sensed his tension and moved in close. They weren't fast enough. McCoy, 22, grabbed the water pitcher and hurled it toward prosecutors and the woman he had been convicted of raping. Atlanta Traffic Court Solicitor Joe Drolet, who was in the courtroom, broke a knuckle deflecting the pitcher, which otherwise would have smacked the head of a young woman. Water flew everywhere.

"He didn't have much to lose," said prosecutor Gayle Abramson, alluding to the sentence. "I knew he was going to do something because he was staring at me and staring at the victim."

The guy was arrested driving the victim's car, and he was in possession of her credit card, ATM card, and cellphone. The victim identified him in a photo lineup. His DNA was found inside the victim. Was he thinking the jury was going to believe him when he said, "Uhh uh, it wasn't me?" The jury didn't even try to stall long enough to get a free lunch. They were back out in 40 minutes with the guilty verdict. I am almost suprised the guy was smart enough to understand that he will not ever be getting out of jail since he thought he was getting off to begin with. Although it sounds like the judge had to explain it to him. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Tour de France Team Time Trial.

Cycling News: 4th Stage Results.

USPS won putting Victor Pena in the lead, followed by Lance Armstrong 2 seconds back in second. My choice, Gilberto Simoni of Team Saeco, lost 3 minutes and 2 seconds. Not good for him. That will be very hard to get back. It looks like a weak team just did him in. 


The Hulk really does grow when he gets excited!

The Sun: Hulk doll's monster willy.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Barbie may be making a phone call. 


While Kobe faces sexual assault charges....

AJC: Fick rescues kitten at Shea.

Atlanta Braves' first baseman Robert Frisk was rescuing a kitten at Shea Stadium. The kitten will travel to Frisk's home with his wife for a life of playing "kitty fetch" with a major league baseball player. 


Gwinnett DA getting tough.

AJC: DA says he will charge parents in teen crash.

Two teenagers in two BMWs who watched The Fast and the Furious one too many times, race down the streets of Gwinnett County, a bedroom community of Atlanta, Georgia. One crosses the centerline and wrecks, killing her passenger and the driver of an oncoming car. Who is at fault?

We can safely say that the drivers of the two BMWs are certainly at fault. How about the parents of the one in the wreck? Well the Gwinnett DA seems to think the are culpable as well. They had been warned of their daughters careless driving by neighbors in their subdivision. They also allowed her to drive the BMW with bald tires and worn brakes.

The teenagers will both be charged with two counts of felony first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and racing. The parents of the girl who actually wrecked will be charged with permitting the unlawful operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Maybe this will give parents some thought on monitoring their children's driving habits. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Can you believe it?

The Golden Girls are reuniting! 


You to can be Governor with Diebold's AccuVote.

Taking the guesswork out of elections.

Creative Loafing: Hustler's great Perdue parody.

The ad for the touch-screen voting machines says: "In the November 2002 election, Sonny Perdue pulled off an incredible upset victory against heavily favored Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes. He has us to thank for that. Diebold's AccuVote, with its patented paperless, virtually inauditable system, helped Perdue become the first Republican governor of Georgia in 130 years. If you're an underdog and a Republican, let us do the same for you."

Maybe we should all contact Cathy Cox and ask her why she saw fit to purchase "patented paperless, virtually inauditable" voting machines for the State of Georgia. We should also ask why she allowed a "patch" to be applied to the machines just days before the election.

Until then, Sonny "Moon Pie" Perdue should thank God every night for the Diebold AccuVote paperless voting machines! 


Marriage for procreation only?

AJC: Letters.

An AJC reader belittles wingnut Jim Wooten's assertion concerning marriage.

I was quite puzzled by Jim Wooten's most recent column. He writes: "Two adults can enter into any personal services contract they choose that's not harmful to others. But marriage is the union between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation, thereby nurturing and protecting the species. There is a distinction that legislatures should preserve."

So, I'm fascinated by this concept. My 80-year-old grandfather recently married a woman who is also 80 years old, so to say that their marriage is for the purpose of procreation would be incorrect. Should their marriage be declared invalid? Should a fertility test be required for issuance of a marriage certificate? DNA tests? Genital inspections?

It is obvious to me that this procreation principle is in fact a sham, and that Wooten is using it as a pretext to further discrimination against homosexuals.

Another reader explains why Wooten probably doesn't get as many letters of complaint as Cynthia Tucker.

Regarding the discussion about why there in no outrage over Jim Wooten:

Wooten is a one-track-minded, far-right zealot. Very few of the metro area's 4 million residents take him seriously. He would be against Christmas if Santa Claus were a Democrat.

Does Wooten still think he is getting over on anybody? 

Monday, July 07, 2003

Conservative Right believe liberals undermine marriage.

AJC: The threat to family and marriage.

One of the more peculiar claims in today's political debate is the contention that gay marriage will undermine heterosexual marriage. I'm sorry; any logical connection between the two escapes me. I don't understand the mechanism by which one can possibly affect the other.

But that's not surprising. Logic has its limitations in explaining human behavior. In this case, a lot of people are concerned about the decline of family and marriage as social institutions, and I guess it's just human nature to blame whatever seems new and threatening.

The AJC's Bookman continues talking about how the social conservatives believe that gay marriage will undermine the tradition of marriage. I don't think that it will. I do agree with these people that the institution of marriage has, however, been hurt. I think because of how people are quick to divorce and remarry has hurt marriage. Many people seem to think that they can toss aside one spouse and grab another one just because it suits them. Many of these people appear to not take into consideration the enduring promises they make when they marry. The religious aspect of swearing before God to stay with your spouse in sickness and in health until death do them part must not mean much to them. These people seem to be slighting God with their tendency to jump from marriage to marriage. I think instead of blaming gays and liberals with the decline of marriage, we should place blame where it rightly belongs, with those immoral Republicans who obviously do not care enough about God to keep their promises to him.

Newt Gingrich dumped his first wife in 1981, while she was in the hospital receiving treatment for cancer, to marry his second wife. He divorced his second wife in 1999 after she found out about a long time adulterous affair of his, and about eight months after she was diagnosed with MS. His third wife is the congressional aide he had an affair with while married to his second wife.

Bob Barr divorced his first wife in 1986 and within a month married the lady he was having an affair with.

Ken Calvert not only divorced his first wife, but he was later sued as a deadbeat over missed alimony payments.

Bob Dole had an affair during the first four years of his first marriage, before divorcing. Did you know he had a daughter?

Tim Hutchinson ran a campaign based upon Family Values to win a Missouri Senate seat. A few years after his election, he divorced his wife and married a former member of his office staff.

Rush Limbaugh is on his third marriage. His second wife ended up moving out Christmas weekend of 1988.

John McCain and Ronald Reagan also were unable to keep their sacred marriage vows and ended their first marriages with divorce.

Do not be discouraged, however. There are people who marry and work to keep their family together. If they experience difficulties because of human frailties, even including adultery, they stay together. They manage to put their promise to God before anger, fear, and pettiness. They strive to do better, and to stay together. Through this they also keep their children on course to be healthy, happy, and productive. These are the people who should be heroes to the conservative right. These are the people who should be the poster couple to healthy and happy marriages. Ladies and gentlemen I give Bill and Hillary Clinton! 


Stupid White Men Calendar July 4th.

Those who can give up liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

Damn liberal commie! 

Friday, July 04, 2003

This Tour could be really good!

Cycling News: Gilberto Simoni interview.

Q: Last year there wasn't a duel but Armstrong was worried about you...

GS: We went up against each other at the Tour of Switzerland in 2001. He was first and I was second. He learnt then that I can climb. It was a pity that we didn't race against each other in 2002. That route was more suitable to me.


Q: How would you summarise your Tour?

GS: People ask me to beat Armstrong. That's a big responsibility. Most of all I know I have to beat myself. If I can perform better than what I think I can, give it everything, I'm sure I'll have a great Tour, it's guaranteed.

Q: What would be the most exciting thing for you in this Tour?

GS: To be able to drop Armstrong in the mountains, to make him suffer, and then not give up.

Q: The idea of racing hard seems to motivate you more than anything else.

GS: I'm not afraid of suffering even if I admit I don't like it. But my existence is about sufferance and riding my bike and seeing new things and new situations.

Gilberto Simoni is my choice to challenge Lance Armstrong this year. Can he beat him? I don't know. I do think he can hurt him in the mountains. This maybe very good! It starts tomorrow. (The time trials will be very decisive.) 

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Max Cleland seems to be picking up steam again.

Washington Post: Political Veteran.

(Link via TBogg)

In his new job, Max Cleland is supposed to get young people all fired up with idealistic zeal for politics, but that won't be easy. These days, Cleland, a Georgia Democrat defeated in his bid for reelection to the Senate last fall, is angry, bitter and disgusted with politics.

"The state of American politics is sickening," he says.

Cleland has come full circle. In 1963, he arrived at American University's Washington Semester Program as a naive student and left dreaming of a career in the Senate. Now, after six years in the Senate, he's back at the Washington Semester Program, this time as a "distinguished adjunct professor.''

But he lost a few things along the way. In 1968, he lost his right arm and both legs in Vietnam. Last fall, he lost his Senate seat in a campaign that became a symbol of nasty politics.

Cleland, 60, is still livid over a now-infamous TV commercial that Republican challenger Saxby Chambliss ran against him. It opened with pictures of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, then attacked Cleland for voting against President Bush's Homeland Security bill. It didn't mention that Cleland supported a Democratic bill that wasn't radically different.

"That was the biggest lie in America -- to put me up there with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and say I voted against homeland security!" he says, his voice rising in anger.

"I volunteered 35 years ago to go to Vietnam and the guy I was running against got out of going to Vietnam with a trick knee! I was an author of the homeland security bill, for goodness' sake! But I wasn't a rubber stamp for the White House. That right there is the epitome of what's wrong with American politics today!"


Max Cleland can take getting knocked down again and again, yet still keep coming back. To me, that is courage. He lost three limbs in Vietnam, yet found a calling and attacked life. After losing his Senate seat because of lies and smears by Saxby Chambliss and the GOP, he is coming back again. I hold this man in great admiration. This is a wonderful article on how he made it to this point in his life, and how he will continue. He talks about Washington and what is now wrong with it.

Asked recently for comment, [Saxby] Chambliss responded through a spokesman that he did not want to discuss the ad or Cleland.

That would be because Saxby Chambliss is a coward. While now a jogger used a trick knee to get out of fighting in Vietnam while better men than him died. I have no respect for him at all. 


Not to keep beating a dead Senator.

City Beat: Dancing with the Devil.

This is the thumbnail version of Strom Thurmond, the man whose work realigned white southern conservatism with racist Democrats. Of how this World War II veteran -- a Democrat, a "Dixiecrat" and then a Republican, foe of civil rights and hater of integration -- got away with it as America's longest-serving senator.

And this is why I'm glad he's dead. Reading, thinking and ultimately writing about Thurmond is like a root canal -- it's a painful but unavoidable extraction of infectious roots.

To affix time and place to their time and place in history, folks of that generation recall their whereabouts when Kennedy or King were shot. I did the same with Thurmond, making a mental note. As a TV newscaster ran through his obituary, I turned to catch a glimpse of Thurmond's Bitter Beer Face.

"Is Thurmond dead? He must be dead," I said. "Yes, thank God," my friend said, herself relieved.

Relishing Thurmond's death is a guilty pleasure.....

There is more.

The seems to be this feeling that one should not speak ill of the dead, or be happy that somebody has died. I don't know where this came from. There are people who make the world a better place by dying. To some, that is the only gift they can truly give. Strom Thurmond may have been the longest serving Senator in the nation, but he was also a racist and spread hate throughout his life. Why should we not talk ill of him, and even be glad for his death.

I can remember when I felt this belief the strongest. My 5 1/2 year-old former stepdaughter was sitting on my lap, and she was crying her eyes out. She could not understand why her Daddy kept getting "very angry" at her, kept yelling at her, and kept beating her. My heart was breaking. She was very careful to also tell me that her Daddy still loved her when he spanked her. This little girl was an angel, and was always well behaved. Her Daddy was a piece of garbage. I knew at that instant that not only would the world be a better place without that trash, but also his little girl's life would improve. That is probably the only time in my life I have had a thought about risking a "ride on the lightning" to help somebody. In the end, we only kept the pressure on him with legal means. One of my goals in life is to outlive this guy, just so I may help pack down the dirt on his grave before I urinate on it.

I am sure somebody is currently planning to piss on Strom Thurmond's grave. 

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Where is our music in these tumultuous times?

As I sit listening to previously unreleased tracks off my new expanded copy of Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus, re-released in 2002, I was moved by a paragraph in the new liner notes.

"The abundance of great music, the culture of drugs, and the politics of Richard Nixon, which had everybody polarized and created more of a sense of community, all contributed to this incredible feeling that somehow we were on a collective journey, " [keyboardist Bill] Payne explains. "Waiting For Columbus is one of the last parts of that journey, and among the last vestiges of that scene."

When I think of the political struggles of the '60's and '70's, I always have a soundtrack in my head. Marvin Gaye, War, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane and a host of other bands wrote songs that seem to symbolize much of what was going on. Even bands that may not have been political wrote stuff that was swept up in the times. The soundtrack that I hear and the political struggles are inseparable. I think turmoil creates special artistic expression.

In these tumultuous times there seems to be very little artistic expression. I think it is still out there. I believe that the corporate culture we live in stifles its release, however. Great art cannot get past the crap that permeates our society. In music we have packaged creations shoved down our throat by record companies, radio stations, and concert promoters. How can a true artist that does not sell out to the corporate culture get works about our society and struggles to the public? Perhaps they no longer can. Can we have a Jefferson Airplane, a Lenny Bruce, a Hunter Thompson, or a Bob Dylan in this day and age? Can they find a mass audience? It seems we get Toby Keith's, American Idol's, and Dennis Miller's instead. It is a sad commentary on our society.

For those who like great music, I feel Waiting For Columbus is probably one of the greatest live albums ever released. It is a mix of country, rock, and jazz with a touch of New Orleans R&B tossed on top. Little Feat is nothing if not unique. The additional 10 tracks are not throwaways. When live albums used to be released on two vinyl discs, there were time limitations. Some of these songs were unreleased because of lost coin flips. Now that they are included with the original material, the live collection is stronger than ever.

Update: More information on Little Feat can be found on their official website. Seems they have their own label now, and may be releasing old never released stuff eventually.

The more I listen to the new stuff on the Deluxe Edition, the better it is.  



Yahoo: 'Bring Them On,' Bush Says of Iraq Attacks.

President Bush in a burst of stupidity, and without a thought as to how it could aafect the soldiers, says:

"There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there," Bush told reporters at the White House. "My answer is 'bring them on'. We have the force necessary to deal with the situation."

What a fucking idiot! And why do we consider Republicans to be better on defense and homeland security?  


The only mail-order catalog to use!

The Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products.

Via MollyBlog

Maybe Lieberman can use the Clue Collector? I think the Bush administration is using a version of the ACME Smoke Screen


Casualty count at 203 Monday morning and likely to continue climbing.

Military Times: Casualty count likely to continue rising.

The death toll among American and British troops in Iraq likely will rise in weeks ahead as resentment against the U.S.-led occupation grows, Middle East and military experts said Monday.
Iraqi citizens are angry the Bush administration has failed to create an elected government in Baghdad and restore electricity and water service to millions, said Aziz Al-Taee, chairman of the Iraqi-American Council.

Members of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and thousands of criminals freed from prison during the conflict also threaten the troops, said Anthony Cordesman, a military and Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. And soldiers are getting caught in crossfire between feuding ethnic, political and religious groups.

As of Monday morning, 203 troops had been killed in Iraq, the Pentagon said. Twenty-five, including four from Ohio, died from enemy fire after President Bush declared the end of major hostilities May 1.

“Unfortunately, what has happened is that the Pentagon did not plan sufficiently for the reconstruction, and it’s now the guys and women who are paying for that on the ground,” said Jennifer Kibbe, a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution.

Expect the situation to get worse.

Our soldiers are sitting ducks, and this problem is not going away soon. What a mess!

If you are curious as to what military people think, visit the Military Times Forums. They are running very slowly right now, but have some interesting insight. There is one hell of a long thread about reservist pay. Some are worried about losing civillian pay for long periods of deployment from 1 to 2 years. Others take the attitude of the GOP "Shut up and be more partiotic!" Evidently the reservists on long deployment feel they are getting abused and are not getting some of the same perks as regular military.  


Non-disabled twin to compete with brother is wheelchair division.

AJC: Peachtree race to pit 'wheeler' vs. brother.

In years past, Sean Hollonbeck has paced the finish line at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, waiting for his twin brother Scot to roll through.

But on Friday, Scot, a 33-year-old paraplegic athlete and 14-year Peachtree Road Race veteran, says he'll be the one idling while his identical twin plays catch-up.

"He's decent," said Scot, who's finished second in the race twice. "But I'm going to kill him."

A rather cool story. I read it as a story about the closeness of twins. The Peachtree is secondary.


Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Great comment on Strom Thurmond from Big Stupid Tommy.

Yeah it was posted a few days ago, but I just saw the post and thought it was funny.

If Strom Thurmond can't live forever, I guess I'd better start getting my affairs in order, too.

I mean, he was so vibrant and alive.


Has Frist been in Denver lately?

CNN: More dead cats found in Denver area.

Authorities say at least 40 mutilated cats have been discovered in Denver and its suburbs in the past year, including four killed over the weekend. The toll in Salt Lake City is 10 cats and another unidentified animal.


In several cases, it appears the attacker kills the cat, then taunts the owner by bringing back the remains. Some of the animals were cut with surgical precision. Some may have been killed by another animal.

Can anybody check his calender? 


A great photoblog.

1015 with photos by Jeremiah McVay.

Some really nice photos with an distinct style and urban feel. While clicking througha few months of photos I did catch a shot of America's Corporate Flag


The son learns from the father.

Digital Journalist: Casualties.

Bush has reimposed a blackout of media coverage of the dead who are processed through the Charles Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. For more than 30 years, television cameras broadcast the white-gloved honor guard escorting the flag-covered coffins from aircraft at Dover. Often a band would play a mournful dirge.

And, the photographs and video would emphasize the size of some foreign debacle. A sea of caskets covered the tarmac in 1983 with the bodies of 241 Marines killed by a terrorist bomb in Beirut.

The last time Americans viewed the ceremonies at Dover was in 1989 when bodies began arriving from Panama. They had been dispatched by Bush the Elder to capture Gen. Manuel Noriega, the Panamian leader who ran afoul of U.S. policies.

While Bush was boasting at a news conference of the success in Panama, television networks split the screen for viewers to see the bodies arriving at Dover. "Aw, give me a break," Bush complained after seeing the split screen. He ordered a media ban at the base and his son has continued the blackout.

The story lists much of the efforts by the Bush administration to downplay the return home of soldiers bodies. They would rather keep the war all upbeat and happy for the people! 

News and notes from Atlanta, and a touch of national stuff, as seen by gttim.

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