JUST NOMINATE HER!
Breathless Hysteria over O'Connor Retirement
Illustrates We've Ceded Authority to Nine Lawyers
There's nothing in the Constitution that says that she has to serve on the court of appeals for X-amount of time before she can be moved up. Edith Jones, another great conservative female, put her up there. Her or Janice Rogers Brown. Hubba hubba hubba. I'm for it, and let's move on with it.
Men In Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America
LIFE IMITATING ART IMITATING LIFE IMITATING ...
BRAD Thor has to be careful promoting his latest thriller, "Blowback," about Islamic terrorists who scour Europe for fossils containing Bubonic plague DNA which they'll clone to create a devastating biological weapon. Thor is a member of the Analytic Red Cell, an elite group of writers and artists who dream up terrorist scenarios for the Department of Homeland Security. The D.C. bureaucrats are afraid Thor will give away secrets that might help the evil-doers. Thor canceled some appearances but intends to keep his commitment to appear on Fox News Channel with Geraldo Rivera tomorrow.
WILL KERRY BE THERE?
(Kerry was in Vietnam, y'know.)
TODAY'S Live 8 concert in London will have many surprises, but Paul McCartney is whipping out the biggest one. Insiders said McCartney got Bono and other members of U2 to agree to do "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as the opening number for the show in Hyde Park. In addition, all of them will "dress up in the original multicolor 'Sergeant' outfits," said our source. Sir George Martin, the original Beatles' producer, will lead the orchestra behind the gang.
The Live 8 concert is actually encouraging tax increases, worldwide tax increases.
I LOVE A GOOD WITCH HUNT, DON'T YOU?
IT'S OFFICIAL, WE HAVE A "WITCH HUNT": [M]any of Erwin's long-time readers have contacted the paper to say they didn't care that she made-up the stories, because they were "good" stories…. A witch hunt? Please. You got caught with your journalistic panties down, Diana. Pull 'em up and move on.
ROSWELL, ALIENS & TOM CRUISE
From the Scotsman online today:
Today in 1947, UFOs make their most famous appearance (or did they?) over the skies of Roswell, New Mexico. Eyewitnesses claim to have seen a mystery object and even several alien corpses. The US Air Force, however claims it was all a big mistake and what people saw was a...weather balloon. All this is small potatoes, however, compared to the strange UFO goings-on in one small Scottish town.
WHAT DO Bonnybridge, a town outside Edinburgh and Roswell, a town in New Mexico have in common? Think men in black, flashing white lights and little green men. Roswell is home to the most well known alien event ever and its devotees claim Bonnybridge is the world's number one UFO hotspot.
Meanwhile, LifelikePundits checks out Katie's boyfriend's movie WAR OF THE WORLDS.
ON YOUR MARK ...
To put you in the mood for the holiday weekend ... like y'all need any prodding, right?
Lorie’s Recipe For 4th Of July Weekend: This is my favorite baked bean recipe and it makes enough to feed a crowd. Enjoy and have a safe and happy 4th!
And Doug Blough asks that all important question: "Just how drunk should I get?" A slight, but sustained, buzz? Semi-smashed? Or rip-roaring, pie-eyed pickled?" It's a decision worth pondering.
Going to a ball game? Or watching one on tv? Well, imagine a father watching the game on tv ... maybe with his friends ... and how gosh-darn proud he'd be seeing his Little Princess hit this homer!
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
Yes, George Clooney is drop-dead gorgeous.
Yes, he's talented, even gifted.
And I'd probably melt in his presence.
Did I mention he's gorgeous?
I loved him in O Brother, Where Art Thou? .
He was superb in Intolerable Cruelty and the one true magnificent person in an otherwise mediocre Ocean's Eleven.
Even his small part in Welcome To Collinwood was perfect.
I'll always remember him as Booker on Roseanne.
I did mention his incomparable looks, right? Right.
I must keep these things in mind when I read this kind of swill:
Hybrid philosophy gets Clooney top mileage
Wouldn't it be great if more movie stars were like George Clooney?
He's the modern model: He's too cool to demand a $20 million salary to prove his self-worth; he writes, directs and produces; and he expends his movie star capital to push for the things he believes in. "I'm a hybrid," Clooney said last week after he accepted the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival's first Spirit of Independence Award. "I succeed in both worlds. I hope that selling out on 'Ocean's Eleven' is not such a bad deal. The trade-off is, I get to go make something uncommercial that will probably lose money."
Clooney is confident enough to go toe to toe with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly or to protect a movie extra from an abusive director or to coax not only fellow "flaming liberals" to join his campaign against hunger in Africa but also Pat Robertson as well. (On ABC's "Nightline," Clooney got the televangelist to admit that in certain extreme situations, condom use is a good thing.)
"Hybrid," huh? Hmmmm. For all his cool confidence on tv, seems he couldn't hack it as a blogger. The following was posted on AFlyOnTheWall on 11/4/04:
George Clooney's Blog
A writer who helped me set up my blog earlier this year is now helping George Clooney with his new blog.
Apparently George has had very little traffic until recently, probably because: a) no one knew it existed and b) no one knew it was George's blog.
(Editorial aside: notice how this provides a little insight into the celebrity mindset. I created a blog, so of course people will come, because, well, I'm a star.)
Finally George figured out if he salted a few comments around on other blogs, it would increase his traffic.
Still not much business.
So then he got the idea to post links on porno blogs.
Apparently that has helped some, as my writer friend reports George's hits are up something like ten-fold.
Help poor George so he can stay away from those skanky porn sites. Click here to read George Clooney's blog.
For whatever reason, George Clooney never posted anything else after the election. And neither did Fly.
DAILY STORMS & OTHER MISHAPS
Pat has my undying gratitude. He has a full time job, yet whenever I have e-mailed him with my techie problems, he's always turned to on the spot. He tinkered with my template and couldn't find the problem. So, he asked me to choose a new template and he'd construct the template so I wouldn't lose your comments and my sidebar links. I tried it, but still the BIG GAP persisted. DJ Drummond had me freaked out a bit when he said that he had the same problem after someone had hacked into his blog Stolen Thunder. Last night I decided to shrink the gap as much as possible by deleting outdated links and my entire archive. And those blasted google ads weren't doing anything anyway. I looked at the result and I thought, "I can live with this."
Then this morning, Pat e-mailed me saying that blogger had the solution. Apparently after blogger made another improvement to their service, it caused a bit of a problem like I was experiencing. So, once again, it was St. Patrick to the rescue. Thank you, PAT!!
Daily storms. The weather here is sultry to say the least. (Remember that hysterical scene between Billy Crystal and the incomparable Anne Ramsey in "Throw Momma From the Train"? "The night was sultry." )Nights are sleepless with 100% humidity and 70*+ temperatures. Mornings are dangerously thick with fog. As the fog burns off and the mercury rises, the humidity dries to about 75%. We'll have sun for hours until late afternoon when the daily storm clouds roll in from the West. Horrific thunder, sometimes lightening, too. Sometimes we get rain and sometimes God just spits. But y'never know, so once I see the navy blue sky, I begin the storm alert process: turn off computer & its power; draw a pitcher of water for drinking in case of power loss (well water); turn off all entertainment equipment; get dressed, including shoes, in case I meet rescue people for any reason (fire, tree falls on house). Yesterday we got walloped with rain. Driveway was flooded as well as portions of the lawn. The space between the screens and the inner windows was filled with water, so I had to mop that up with an old t-shirt. And, like every other daily storm, it's like a sauna afterwards.
I rarely leave the house in this weather, even though my car is my only personal source of AC, because leaving the house means having to get dressed and doing something with my hair. So I sit around with frizzed hair wearing a t-shirt and threadbare sweatpants. Dear Lord, how do our wonderful soldiers put up with far worse weather, wearing far more clothing, in Iraq?
Oh, yeah, and something's wrong with our digital reception on the tv.
One of the cats barfed up in my white boat shoes >:O
Not to mention that some little kid keeps dialing my number by mistake. It pisses me off when adults allow their toddlers to play with the phone!
COILED, READY TO STRIKE
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."
HILLARY IS SMART TO ZIP HER LIP
RIGHT now, Sen. Hillary Clinton seems to be the only Democratic White House wannabe with the smarts to understand that President Bush won't be her 2008 opponent, so Bush-bashing isn't always smart.
After Bush's big Iraq speech Tuesday night, Clinton didn't issue a reaction statement and skipped the chance to make high-profile TV appearances lambasting him.
By contrast, other Dem hopefuls, like Sens. John Kerry (Mass.), Joe Biden (Del.) and Evan Bayh (Ind.), blabbed everywhere they could. Kerry even flip-flopped, raising "the specter of quagmire" in a New York Times op-ed piece that ran before the speech, and then admitting after the speech that "we've made progress" in Iraq.
Clinton is doing a better job of hedging her bets than her rivals, possibly because she learned the hard way.
In December 2003, she went to Baghdad and came back second-guessing Bush's military strategy, claiming he sent the wrong "mix of troops" and saying victory "is not assured."
HOG WILD IN CORNING
Corning a pit stop for HOGs
Hundreds of motorcyclists traveling through 26 states on Posse Ride.
The rumble of motorcycle engines on Bridge Street on Wednesday merged with the sound of thunder as hundreds of Harley-Davidson riders took a break from a national trip.
More than 800 bikes and riders representing 42 states and 13 countries - including Canada, New Guinea and Australia - stopped overnight in Corning, said Kerry Fuller, 43, president of Corning Chapter No. 3175 of the Harley Owners Group, or HOG. The cyclists are taking part in the factory-sponsored national Posse Ride, he said.
MINIATURE GOLF ANYONE?
I can't help it, but when I saw this picture I thought of miniature golf. I suppose others will entertain different thoughts ... a'hem.
SINFULLY HOT: A CHRISTIAN group calling itself "The Resistance" wants Jessica Simpson to apologize for her "slutty" video of "These Boots are Made for Walking" and re-shoot a clean version. The group objects to Simpson's racy antics in the vid, especially because her father was a pastor and she's a Christian role model. "It's sad to see her whore herself out like this," declares the group's, rep "John Conner" (he won't divulge his real name). "She's a singing stripper." The Resistance has also blasted MTV for "celebrating the homosexual agenda."
IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE TODAY
John Hawkins has a rare treat today: another interview with Mark Steyn.
Mark on the print media today: [Y]ou’d earn more from a single reprint in a Fijian newspaper than one certain prominent US statewide daily was proposing to pay for my column for an entire year. The US syndication business is the publishing equivalent of vaudeville …
John Hawkins: Since we invaded Iraq, Qaddafi has given up his WMD's, Syria has left Lebanon which is having elections, the Egyptians are going to have their first multi-party elections although Mubarak is expected to win, women are being allowed to vote in Kuwait, and now Syria is even talking about implementing some democratic reforms. Are we seeing a reverse domino effect in the Middle-East caused by the invasion in Iraq?
Mark Steyn: Yes. The key moment in the Iraqi situation was a couple of hours into the Arab networks' election day coverage: they ran out of snide cracks to make about the American occupation, the stooge politicians, etc, and suddenly fell silent as images of four generations of Iraqi families walking to the polls to vote filled the screens. Those images had a profound impact throughout the region. There's no one-size-fits-all answer and I'm certainly not in favor of that trick many African dictators have learned to master, of holding an election just good enough to get the stamp of approval of Jimmy Carter and the other western patsies. There'll be a lot of two-steps-forward-one-step-back but what’s happening is real and the momentum is all going Bush's way.
THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES MADE
Not that I want to change Kitty Litter, but, as y'all can see ... I can say y'all because I'm an honorary Texan ... blogger is still being naughty and forcing you to scroll all the way down just to see whatinthehell I've posted that's new, if I've posted something new, or if it's just the same ol' thang. So, St. Patrick (that's what I call Pat when he solves my techie problems) has offered to help me change the template of Litter. It will still be the Kitty Litter y'all love, with the same address, but it will look different. Someday, in the not-too-distance future, you'll log on and see my new decor.
I'm gonna miss this old place. I never liked the pea soup color of Litter before I learned how to crawl into the template and tinker around with the color scheme. I spent a couple of very enjoyable hours one day trying to mix just the right colors, like mixing paints. I wanted something warm and friendly without being overbearing. And just the other day I located the font style and size in there and changed that, too. But I must admit that I'm looking forward to something new.
Blogger, btw, has added a new feature to post pictures/images stored on your computer, which is handy. I won't always need to upload onto Flickr.com first, although Flickr allows you to adjust the size more than just the small, medium and large offered by blogger.
A BOY & HIS HUMMER
Wipe that smirk off your face! This is Little H we're talking about. I mentioned before that Little H got a Hummer for Christmas. An honest-to-goodness toddler sized vehicle which really runs at different speeds. C.O., Nurse G and Little H have a summer cottage on Seneca Lake, and they try to work their schedules so they spend long weekends up there. In this 90*+ weather we've been having, the place is a Godsend. So C.O. took the Hummer to the lake in his truck so Little H could enjoy it up there. It turns out that Little H and his Hummer are quite handy transporting their supplies to the beach, which is equivalent to about 2 blocks away. They load up the back of the Hummer with their stuff and Little H drives it lickety-split to the beach, with C.O. and Nurse G jogging along side. Everyone stops to watch as it's the cutest thing they've ever seen. (I, of course was sweltering at home and didn't get to see him.) Little H has learned how to maneuver in and out around the parked cars in the parking lot ... "like an obstacle course" ... and to back his Hummer into a parking space. He's not yet 4 and he's already learning to drive. So, what does he want next Christmas? A blue motorcycle like C.O.'s. He also thinks that his dad should get his own Hummer for Christmas. 'Nuff said (wiping smirk off my face).
NEW BLOG ON THE BLOCK
Lucianne and I helped Keigh (key) to courageously go into the blogosphere with KeighNotes. So, (drum roll please), give a big welcome to the little lady! (Pat, we may have to ask your help sometime, should the techie problem arise:)
|I am an armchair ruler of the world, a sports fan, a book lover, and an ardent supporter of all that is family. I won't play poker against George W. Bush- and will crawl on broken glass to make sure that Mrs. Clinton does not enter the White House again- except as a guest.|
|Van der Sloot Family Situation: Aruban people...are now blaming the Van der Sloots for bringing recent troubling developments to the tiny island...[A] rock was throw through a window of their home, as well as damage to the front gate.|
YOUR TAX DOLLAR$ AT WORK
|DAD'S REGENTS 'SCAM': The assistant principal of a Long Island high school was busted yesterday - for slipping his son the answers to a state Regents exam so the teen could cheat, authorities said.|
SHE MUST GIVE GOOD FACE
|She'd Be Great on TV: [Authors] essentially become their products: author as commodity. It's a weirdly de-humanizing experience... Hence jacket photos of writers looking as sexy as possible, be they... adventure journalist extraordinaire, or brainy men looking sultry, or brainy women showing lots of skin. h/t MJ Rose|
SAY NO TO CRACK
|BUTT SERIOUSLY: PEEK-A-BOO g-strings - divine! Runaway bra-straps - sexy! Lumps of puckered lard cascading over the chafing waistbands of skin-tight skirts - absolutely fabulous!|
THE REALLY IMPORTANT NEWS
Just had a communication from Aruba - search dogs have gotten a "hit" in quarry near the Van der Sloot house, dive team being rounded up. h/t Blue
KITTY LITTER CENTRAL
Man, you should see THIRDWAVE's workspace! Clean'n'neat and shiny, too. Check out his decor while you're there ;) Puts my humble command central here to shame. He demanded photographic evidence that I share a space with a dog crate (lower most left corner ... book on its top). That's a wooden dumb bell DogMan uses for training dogs but I adopted as a footrest. You may not be able to tell, but I've got THIRDWAVE's blog on the computer screen. In fact, as soon as I read his demand I snapped this shot.
UPDATE: You've got to see the expanded version of THIRDWAVE's place. He's got pictures in FRAMES which are evenly hung, as opposed to my pictures taped to the wall, and he's even got CURTAINS!.
I used to be a Fuller Brush salesperson for all of two weeks. I needed to bring in some badly needed money, but I didn't want to work outside the home because we had two severely asthmatic little kids at the time. So I found this door-to-door sales job in the classifieds. I was given a "district," which was right down the road from our home. Most of my customers were seniors living on pitiful fixed incomes. They must have felt badly for me because they bought stuff, which made me feel really crummy. So I gave them all really good bargains ... "Boy are you ever lucky! That mop is on sale!" ... and then I quit. I didn't need their money that badly.
POD-dyMouths pick-of-the-week: It is not Sex and the City and it is not BRIDGET JONES and there is no mention of YA-YAs and it is not like anything by Sophie Kinsella. Be thankful. It turns out young women can do simple things and be entertaining, and I found this novel to be a joy after being pounded to death week after week with 300 page slutfests with covers no more imaginative than a pair of legs, a short skirt and high heel strappies.
GREAT NEW BLOG
Day to day life of Polly the P.I.:
I am doing a little extra work on the lawyer case today. I will take photographs of her office, enter the building. Talk to her on the phone. I was originally intending to do it on Friday, but the client said they would prefer a Monday, instead. I did a little digging yesterday and found that this lawyer caters to the Chinese-American population. I am something like 1/16 or 1/32 Chinese. I adjust the rearview mirror so I can study my face. Hmmm... I look about as Chinese as Kim Cattrall did in Big Trouble In Little China.