Thursday, October 07, 2004

And a great chastisement shall befall them....

Satan regrets the error.
Dick Cheney, contrary to his claim in the debate that he was meeting him for the first time, had met John Edwards several times before, including once at a prayer breakfast. Also, as he was not answering Mr. Edward’s questions about Halliburton, Mr. Cheney inadvertently sent viewers to factcheck.com, not factcheck.org. The latter is a nonpartisan factchecking site set up by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The former is a commercial domain, whose whimsical owners sent the politically curious viewers to a site run by George Soros, a man not beloved by the White House.

Delay admonishment phase two.
Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, was rebuked by the House ethics committee on Wednesday night, for appearing to link legislative action to donations and for sending federal officials to search for missing Texas legislators during the vote over redistricting. Next up: shunning, disfellowshipping, and disenfranchising.

Iraq: then and now.
Then: Shock and awe.
Now: Car bombs
Then: Saving Jessica Lynch.
Now: Court-martialling Lynndie England.
Then: Mission Accomplished!
Now: Look out!
Then: They had weapons of mass destruction!
Now: Saddam was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program. We HAD to go in!

Big dog phase-out.
St. Bernards have not actually rescued anybody in the Swiss Alps for fifty years. Nowadays, rescue in the mountains is done with helicopters and heat sensors. Though the formerly lifesaving dogs are still an international symbol of Switzerland, the monks who care for them no longer feel up to the task, and are giving the dogs to new owners, who have promised to bring them back to mountains once a year. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano!

Warning: contains scenes of marionette nudity.
TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, the new puppet movie from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, averted an NC-17 rating by trimming a scene showing puppet-to-puppet sex. Did I make that up? Nope. True. Just checked.

Got votes?
Michael Moore has been dreaming up stunts in Michigan to get college kids to vote, including offering them clean underwear, Ramen noodles, and potato chips.

Well, the Michigan Republican Party has asked county prosecutors to filed charges against Moore.

Greg McNeilly, executive director of the state Republican Party told the Associated Press, "We want everyone to participate in this year's election, but not because they were bribed or coerced by the likes of Michael Moore."

The Blog Strikes!
An associate professor of technical communications at Utah State University posted a report (available here: http://imrl.usu.edu/bush_memo_study/supporting_material/Bush_Memos.pdf), claiming that the infamous CBS memos, in his opinion, in light of further evidence, are authentic, or at least were produced by a typewriter or daisy wheel.

Well! He not only got criticized, but was called a “liar, fraud, and charlatan,” by a blogger at littlegreenfootballs.com (who later retracted his intemperate remarks, or had them retracted for him), but according to Wired News, officials where he worked “received numerous e-mails demanding his dismissal and calling him a liar or a fraud.”

Though supported by his colleagues, the ass prof confessed that he felt “stained.”

I’m glad to see that civility is coming back into vogue, aren’t you, you worthless piece of crap? And hey, I don’t mean anything PERSONAL by that.

Union News.
I got this e-mail from SAG, of which I am a member:

STOP Increased Indecency Fines Against Actors, Announcers and Broadcast Journalists

The push for FCC fines against individual performers for material deemed indecent continues - spearheaded by a very small group of House members who are trying to insert the fines into the Department of Defense Authorization Bill. The proposal is to replace the current system - $11,000 fines and a requirement to issue an initial warning - with a $500,000 fine for the first offense!

CALL Senator John Warner (R-VA) at 202-224-2023

CALL Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) at 202-224-6221

Tell the senators you do NOT support the inclusion of increased fines against individual performers, announcers and broadcast journalists in the Department of Defense Authorization Bill. Tell them you want them to stand up for free speech and corporate responsibility - not for election year grandstanding. Tell them you do not understand why the fines for individuals would be increased so dramatically when the FCC has never even assessed the existing performer fines, and why the warning requirement would be eliminated. If you are a constituent of either Senator Warner or Senator Levin, please let them know that as well.

Time is of the essence. SO, CALL NOW!

I can’t speak to the truth of the above, but actors/performers have been scapegoated before.





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