Saturday, August 21, 2004

The Word Spy - The Top 100

The Word Spy - The Top 100

Onions & Opinions: The Humor of Tom Burka

First there was The Onion, then there was Birdfinger, then was wasn't Birdfinger. Now there is Opinions You Should Have...the risible blog of record by Tom Burka.

Find yourself shy of opinions? Tom Burka has them for you. Go now.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Bush's Dubious Connections to Swiftboat Liars

Here is how they are connected.

Deserter: George Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past

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John Kerry comes to Charlotte

Charlotte welcomes Mr. Kerry

Here's how it all came to pass...

Yesterday I heard that tickets to the event could be got by going to so-and-so URL. I signed up, only to get a response that one needed to call instead. When I did that, all I got was a busy signal.

A few hours later, I heard it was sold out. So instead, I did other mundane things, had some conversations, composed some hypermusic, and went to sleep in what is called "a bed". Before long, my soul had detached from its mortal coil, and I was free to dream.

In short order, the alarm rang, which is a rare occurence around this decidedly leisure-infested domicile, and I eventually dragged myself from the ether, poured myself back into my body, and raised myself to an upright position. As usual, I turned on the computer and NPR.

Before long, Darryl called and told me that the Kerry speech was being covered by WBT Radio. Darryl is a very bright gentleman who wants to change the world by changing the way the world does energy. I am hoping he heard the speech, as Mister Kerry talked about doing the same kind of thing, and would probably be more useful in helping him launch his vision.

Before long, I had cafiennated myself to the point where I could, if desired, go out into the universe beyond my door. So boldly, I did. But to little avail, except for parking quite a few blocks away from the venue to which I wanted to attend...namely proximitous rallies and such.

Only one was to make itself known, and it was at a corner of Memorial Stadium, adjacent to Central Piedmont Community College, or UCLA.

There, I saw people holding various, even competing, signs. And I heard some ladies cacking about Kerry's war record, I could not prevent myself from walking up and asking those nearby: "Could you tell me where the White Deserters for Bush Contingent is located?"

A few Dems pointed at the Bushford Wives.

A very nice young man, who looked remarkably like Josh Groban, and I talked about a variety of topics, and he told me of his band, The Alleys (see below), and there was general merriment among all those on our small corner of the globe. Of the 15 odd folks that appeared there, one was a woman carrying a Kerry sign, and several firemen carrying Bush signs. "Hey you were the guys who put the fire out at my house!", the woman said, as she recognized the firemen.

"When it comes to work, politics doesn't matter", one of the firemen said, exemplifying what is best about government work.

There was even a woman breast-feeding her child, but I'll not talk about that.

Before too long, a parade of cops on motorcycles began pouring from around the stadium and past where we sat and stood, followed by black SUVs and Press buses. From one of the SUVs, John Kerry waved his fond farewell, and we bid adieu and disbanded.

Not a bad morning. Not a bad morning at all.

The Alleys

The Alleys

I had the pleasure of meeting Dustin from the band, The Alleys, at the Kerry speech here in Charlotte. Look forward to seeing and hearing his band soon. In related news, we will be launching a local music blog soon, with hopes that blogger/musicians will support each other, attend each other's shows, etc...

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Anonymoses predicts: Purple states turn blue

The Blueing of America

Here are the purple (swing) states that will put their hopes on Kerry and Edwards and turn a pretty blue:

North Carolina
New Hampshire
West Virginia
New Mexico

That's all of them? So it is!

Zell Miller: The Company He Keeps

Poor Zell Miller. Poor Republican Party. When it comes to the company you keep, from Ken Lay to Lester leave a lot to be desired.

I didn't even know, for example, the Zell Miller used to work for white supremacist, Lester Maddox, and yet I see on Iddybud that indeed he did. Well, as Molly Ivins once said, the main reason to be a Democrat in the Race. The walls still divide, but the Democrats are the bridge.

And Zell Miller is no bridge. He burns bridges. Glad to see he has finally discovered who he really is. Good luck in Whiteville! But remember the wise words of Dr. Richard Schultes...

"Monoculture breeds disease."

I think you've got it. Enjoy your quarantine.

Gulf of Tonkin, Iran Style

Those goofy right wingers! The only way they're gonna save their ass is to create the conditions for a war with Iran. World we come!

Too bad that we're already stretched too thin. Maybe it is time for the fellows in suits to armor up, and hit the battlefield...

Roll out The New Product! Just in time for autumn...and the elections.

Is this not Satanic? Is this not insanity?

Vote these assholes out before they destroy the world.

Lester Maddox to give Keynote Speech at GOP Convention

Dixiecrat Zell Miller embodies the spirit of his predecessor, Lester Maddox

The man who couldn't make it as a Democrat, Zell Miller, is not trying to make it as a Republican...and what better time The Republicans are as bad as they have ever been. He will be in good, white, even racist, company.

Thank God Jesse Helms retired. Now Georgia can be the laughingstock.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Piedmont Bloggers Conference: List of Attendees

Ed Cone is compiling a useful page on the upcoming conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. Included is a list of attendees.

Martin Raskovsky: Genius Search Winner

Several years ago, I had a website called "Genius Search", which was dedicated to seeking out bright lights around the cybersphere, and rewarding them for their excellence. One of them was Dr. Martin Raskovsky, who was, and is, doing wondrous things with words and art. Here is one of his sites.

Flemming Funch

Flemming Funch, founder of New Civilization Network

Flemming Funch was doing some great work back in the mid-90s, with New Civilization Network and other formidable websites. Through Doc Searls, I see that he is still as protean as ever.

His articles on Microcontent are of particular interest...

Monday, August 16, 2004

Ever the Gentleman, Sen. John Warner defends John Kerry

In previous catechisms, I have extolled the virtues of Senator John Warner, and once again, he shows of what higher stuff he is made...

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said yesterday that John Kerry "deserved" his combat medals for heroism in Vietnam, which some vets have disputed.
Sen. John Warner, an ex-Navy secretary under President Richard Nixon, particularly defended the process by which Kerry won his highest honor, the Silver Star.
"I'd stand by the process that awarded that medal, and I think we best acknowledge that his heroism did gain that recognition," Warner (R-Va.) told CNN's "Late Edition."
Kerry was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Hearts as a Navy Swift boat commander in the Mekong Delta in February and March 1969.
"We did extraordinary, careful checking on that type of medal [the Silver Star], a very high one, when it goes through the secretary," Warner said. "I feel that he deserved it."


Piedmont Bloggers Conference: Greensboro, NC

Piedmont Bloggers Conference
: Discussion of weblogs and politics, weblogs and media, weblogs and...
When: Saturday, August 28, 2004, 9 AM
Where: 620 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC
Who: Candidates, bloggers, media, readers...moderators include Matt Gross, Ruby Sinreich,
David Hoggard, and Ed Cone
How much: Free

Dick Cheney: He'll be tough with somebody else's blood

"When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil," Harkin said. "Those of us who served and those of us who went in the military don't like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough. Yeah, he'll be tough. He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids. But not when it was his turn to go." - Senator Tom Harkin, former Navy jet pilot

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debate Schedule

Let the games begin!

Fourcast's Megan Beckwith

Kerry vs Bush

Sept. 30 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla
with moderator Jim Lehrer

Oct. 8 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo
with moderator Charlie Gibson

Oct. 13 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz
with moderator Bob Schieffer

Edwards vs Cheney

Oct. 5 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland
with moderator Gwen Ifill