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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Quote of the day

You won't find the answers by looking at the stars. It's a journey you'll have to take by looking inside yourself. You must write your own destiny...
-Dr. Virgil Swann (Christopher Reeve) in the television series Smallville

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Quote of the day

There has been a change at the White House. President Bush's speech writer is leaving the administration. His last words were, "Me go now."
-Conan O'Brien

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

If those WMD really do exist...

... as Senator Rick "Holy crap, I'm 18 points behind in the polls and I better do something" Santorum and the right wing Kool-Aid drinkers are claiming, don't you think the news would come directly from Bush or Rumsfeld or the military?

It's starting... panic is setting in, and Ricky's losing it. This is going to be an entertaining summer and fall.

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Total disconnect

A minimum wage worker earns about $11,000 a year. A family with two children, with a single parent working full time at a minimum wage job, is living almost $6,000 below the poverty line.

In the past decade, the annual salary of United States senators has increased by $30,000. During the same period, the minimum wage has remained frozen at $5.15 an hour.

Yesterday, the Republican-controlled Senate defeated a bill to raise the minimum wage.

It has more important issues to consider, like whether to pass a constitutional amendment making it illegal to burn the American flag.

As a compromise and generous demonstration of its bi-partisanship, the Republicans did, however, offer to reword their proposed amendment so that only flag burning as an expression of free speech will be prohibited. Flag burning for home heating purposes will be just fine, as long as it is preceded by a small ceremony including recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, The Lord's Prayer, and a chorus of "God Bless the U.S.A."


Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.
-George Carlin

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And they don't wear helmets, either...

Cheetahs are world's fastest land animals, able to top 60 miles an hour (100 kilometers an hour).

But their speed, along with their tendency to fixate on their prey while giving chase, can prove fatal.

Cheetahs can be oblivious to hazards such as thorns and broken branches that hide in African grasslands. And headlong crashes can cause blindness or death.

(Which can have a negative effect on their contract negotiations with the NFL. Full cheetah story here.)

Superman-related item of the day:

"Spider-Man, Superman, Batman... men don't see these as fantasies, they see them as career opportunities."
-Jerry Seinfeld

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Quote of the day

Republicans in the Senate have given up on gay marriage. They are now working on banning flag burning. If we do this we will join the other three countries that don't allow flag burning: China, Cuba and Iran.
-Jay Leno

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Equal time

I tolerated the interminable Steelermania with only a few snarky comments. So I ask your indulgence for the next week, as I switch from urbane, sophisticated raconteur mode to blithering geeky fanboy mode, breathlessly awaiting the arrival of Superman Returns.

I already bought the tickets online, and I'm taking my kids- who are, by the way, 30 and 28- to the early premier next Tuesday night.

There are about a dozen clips from the film now available on the web, all of them jaw-droppingly stunning. Those youngish twits who dismiss the Man of Steel as an outdated, irrelevant boy scout lacking the dramatic inner conflict of "modern" superheroes will soon learn why he's still around after 70 years. In this age of cynicism and narcissistic self-absorption, the concept a pure hero- one whose values are never in doubt, whose internal struggles are based not upon choosing the lesser of two evils, but the greater of two goods- is undoubtedly strange and unnatural.

So, my apologies in advance for the week to come.

Superman-related item of the day:

Superman don't need no seat belt.
-Muhammad Ali
(To which a flight attendant supposedly replied, "Superman don't need no airplane, neither.")

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Time waster of the day

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Bookmark of the day, capsule reviews of the day's television that are often more entertaining than the programs themselves. Some samples:

8 p.m. "Touch the Top of the World"
The story of the first blind man to climb Mount Everest, as far as he knows. (2006) A&E Networks.

9 p.m. "Biography"
A look at the Dixie Chicks, whose good looks and alternative approach won them a big following in country radio before they mistook the "Land of the Free" for the "Land of the Free Confederate Flag Bumper Sticker for the 9th Caller." Biography Channel.

8:30 p.m. "Meerkat Manor"
It's like "Little House on the Prairie" if the Ingalls had been smaller and more weasel-like. Animal Planet.

8 p.m. "Fly with Me: The History of the Flight Attendant"
Tracing the history of the flight attendant profession from the days when they were attractive young women in alluring outfits to the present state of affairs in which we are glared at by prison guards in fast food uniforms. Discovery Times Channel.

And, this classic from a while back:

"The Wizard of Oz"
Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets, then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day

Today, father, is Father's Day,
And we're giving you a tie.
It's not much we know
It's just our way of showing you
We think you are a regular guy.

You say that it was nice of us to bother.
But it really was a pleasure to fuss,
For according to our mother,
You're our father,
And that's good enough for us.
Yes, that's good enough for us.
(by Harry Ruby, as performed by Groucho Marx)

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The e-mail address is now something other than saga. used to be until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up and adopting created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the domain name in 1993, and had since that time used as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that was no longer but rather which is longer than and more letters to type than and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than but actually just as functional as I sent e-mails from the address to just about everybody I knew who had used in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that no longer is the they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...


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I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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