So having one’s birthday on the 13th of a month is kinda cool. Some years, it’s also a Friday, which pretty much demands a large, dangerous party. After this year, though, I may wish it were some other day.
The fact that they feel it necessary to point out that they will have a “real doctor” on hand makes it even creepier.|*|
Why Stick People are extinct.
Remember those inane anti-drug ads during the Super Bowl, and the absurdly oversimplistic full-page print ads that followed? The ones that suggest that a casual pot user is “supporting terrorism” by purchasing illegal drugs, all the while ignoring the fact that it is prohibition that creates the black market and its exhorbitant prices? There’s finally a counterpoint. (PDF)
This is a site based on the author’s grandfather’s photos, who was a sailor in the US Navy after World War I. Cool.
“ Man Stabbed with Swordfish” is probably the best headline I’ve read in a while. As if it weren’t already clear, the article notes that “both men were drunk, according to police.”
Not only is Fox airing a show called “Glutton Bowl” — something I was pretty sure was an Onion story at first, I don’t mind admitting — but these freaks also appear to have some sort of governing body.
Bill Maher suggests that it’s shows like this that really make the rest of the world hate us. He can’t be far wrong.
With all this talk about weapons of mass destruction, it’s more important than ever to know what to do in case we’re attacked.
The Village Voice is running a piece on the Ten Questions the Press Isn’t Asking. It’s worth your time.
Former literary it-girl and rising-star-cum-has-been Elizabeth Wurtzel has an interesting point of view on the events of September 11, and it seems to consist largely of irritation at the way the terrorists inconvenienced her personally.
Having read that, it’s almost hard to tell if it’s real, or more parody.|*|
Some CS grad students at Harvard have put a dartboard on the Internet.
Okay, it’s this goat head, see? And then. . . oh, hell. Just look.
. . . then who is treating him?
The more politically plugged-in among you are probably already aware of the fight brewing over Shrub’s first big judicial nominee, but what you probably don’t know is that said nominee — Federal Judge Charles Pickering, up for the Court of Appeals — is my cousin. We’re not close, but we do see each other several times a year. This brings a new perspective to the whole confirmation battle scenario for me. Charles is a staunch Republican, and has certainly been active in the Mississippi GOP for years. He’s been on the Federal bench since 1990 — a position that, of course, also required Congressional approval. That time, it was unanimous.
It won’t be that way for the Court of Appeals. A movement is afoot, largely led by People for the American Way, to defeat his nomination for reasons that probably boil down to the fact that he’s a Republican, which strikes me as a poor way to pick judges. I certainly don’t agree with him politically, but by most accounts he’s been a fine and fair jurist. When the decidedly left-of-center Washington Post says it’s gotten needlessly mean, and that the charges of racism and worse are so much smoke and mirrors, well, you know something ugly is happening. Aside from this piece, the only other balanced material I’ve seen has been in the New York Times; today, there was a long article (registration required) on Charles’ minority support within Mississippi, which is also food for thought.|||||*|
I think I’ve put this on here before, but it’s just so damn cool I can’t help myself. Amazing.
…and now on the web. This is almost certainly not authorized by the D, but it’s funny as hell anyway. Not a safe work link, unless you’ve got headphones and nobody else can see your screen — or you work in a really, really cool place. (In which case we should talk.)
There is much to hate about the Houston Chronicle, but the fact that Waylon Jennings’ obituary was front page news on Thursday can make up for at least some of it. (Of course, I’m not linking to it because of one of the aformentioned reasons to hate them: archives are a fee-only deal.)
You’ve got to be kidding.
Making this for my brother and his fiance.
But you really need to know which Office Space character you are anyway. I’m gonna have to go ahead and ask you to come in on Saturday…
British Telecom is suing the whole Internet. No, really.
My brother (with beard) just got engaged to this woman, (left, with boogie lips; astute readers will note Senior NoGators Political Correspondent Willis at right) and we here at NoGators really couldn’t be happier about it. Send them well-wishes here.
Only if making flight so painful that no one is willing to do it counts as “secure.” Idiot airline hijinx prove that it’s faster to drive than fly — even cross country.
The Weekly World News has temporarily taken down its website. Go visit to find out why.
Snubbed by Shrub, other evil powers form their own Axes. (Called to our collective attention by NoGators Texas Counsel Thomas P.)
To all you Yankees: N. B. that this guy isn’t even American, let alone Southern.