Strange nobody's done this yet. No matter, I'll take the low hanging fruit.
Here's a wish-I'd-thought-of-it:
I let the kid go out at midnight to see the new vampire romance. Remember when you had the energy to do that sort of thing? Yeah, me either.
Can't say I've been interested in vampires since Buffy, but you won't find me running down Twilight. These days I'm just happy to see anything that isn't trying to teach me some profound moral truth.
Posted by lumberjack at 1:27 PM
Demonstrators pour oil and feathers outside the entrance to the Tate Britain gallery, in London, which is hosting the Tate Britain summer party, as part of a protest against BP sponsorship of the arts.
Posted by lumberjack at 6:51 PM
Turns out that if you're an average man, playing this music will improve your chances of getting the phone number of the young woman listening to it. (from 28% to 52%)
Women were more prepared to give their number to an 'average' young man after listening to romantic background music, according to research that appears today in the journal Psychology of Music, published by SAGE.
Posted by lumberjack at 11:43 AM
Posted by lumberjack at 11:43 PM
Skimming coverage of the Blago trial, one thing jumped out at me:
Harris also testified that Emanuel told him that no one else in the Obama camp was authorized to talk about the Senate seat. That seemed to be an indication that previous messages from a union official that Jackson Jr. was not one of Obama's preferred candidates were unauthorized.
Harris said Blagojevich came away believing Obama knew what he wanted after having a conversation with a local union representative, who in turn spoke with labor leader Tom Balanoff, with whom Blagojevich met to discuss a Jarrett appointment. Jarrett, now a White House adviser, was seeking the appointment to Obama's Senate seat.
Posted by lumberjack at 8:33 PM
After making a number of disparaging comments about elements of the Right — including Ron Paul supporters, gay marriage opponents, and fellow blogger Matt Drudge — on a private listserv called "Journolist," Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel has reportedly resigned this morning.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:28 PM
As the administration keeps up the rhetoric against corporations, more and more businesses are hoarding their cash, not hiring, and postponing spending, out of fear of new taxes or entitlements, or some new “initiative” from a boot-on-the-neck, kick-ass administration.
Posted by lumberjack at 1:57 PM
Posted by lumberjack at 1:01 PM
On this father's day:
"Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, an exceedingly affectionate elementary school janitor, or caring guardian."
Posted by lumberjack at 6:29 PM
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The only people surprised by this are those unfamiliar with bureaucracies:
Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor's wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.
Louisiana Governor Jindal frustrated over decision-making red tape.
"It's the most frustrating thing," the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. "Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges."
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.
"These barges work. You've seen them work. You've seen them suck oil out of the water," said Jindal.
Posted by lumberjack at 11:55 AM
After just a few years of marriage, filled with constant arguments, Ralph and his wife, Mildred, decided the only way to save their marriage was to try counseling. They had been at each others throats for some time and felt that this was their last straw.
When they arrived at the counselor’s office, the counselor jumped right in and opened the floor for discussion: “What seems to be the problem?”
Immediately, Ralph held his long face down without anything to say as Mildred began talking 90 miles and hour describing all the wrongs within their marriage.
After 5 — 10 — 15 minutes of listening to Mildred, the counselor went over to her, picked her up by her shoulders, kissed her passionately for several minutes, and sat her back down.
Mildred just sat there — speechless.
Ralph was staring in disbelief at what had just happened.
The counselor said: “Your wife NEEDS that at least twice a week!”
Ralph scratched his head for a moment and replied:
“Well, I can have her here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
Posted by lumberjack at 11:25 AM
VDH nails it:
So, after 16 months of the Obama presidency, we are starting to see the sort of chaos that results from America’s lack of strategic vision or advocacy of its own values.
Suddenly, democratic allies such as Colombia, Israel, and India cannot count on our support in their rivalries with aggressive neighbors, while overt enemies such as Iran, Hamas, and North Korea wonder whether a brief window has opened for aggrandizement without repercussions.
Posted by lumberjack at 11:05 AM
Katie does go on:
Confirming her membership in Manhattan’s liberal elite, Katie Couric boasted on Tuesday’s Late Show that she plans to follow Tom Friedman’s admonition, that in refusing to move away from oil “we have met the enemy and he is us,”
"We are the enemy we have been waiting for"
Posted by lumberjack at 11:57 AM
The rumors are that Al Gore has been having an affair with Laurie David. I just don't see how this could be true. From the story:
"Al and Laurie went from friends to lovers," Star quotes an unnamed insider as saying. "It couldn't be avoided."
Posted by lumberjack at 6:55 PM