Sunday, October 03, 2004

It's Ducktober!

DEBATE FOLLOW-UP!
"That wasn't irritated. I know irritated," said Bush senior adviser Karl Rove. He described the president as "pensive" and "focused."

WISTFUL AND DETERMINED, THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN.
George W. Bush needs to get rid of the grimaces and smirks, John Kerry is still struggling to put on a natural smile, experts said after the first presidential debate between the two rivals.

A GREAT CHIDING WILL COME.
Tom Delay was “admonished” last week by the House ethics committee. If he doesn’t change his ways, he will next be scolded, berated, upbraided, rebuked, and forewarned.

LOVEPARADE
Loveparade, an annual event in Berlin until it was cancelled this year because of money woes, showed up in San Francisco this weekend. Apparently it features a bunch of floats holding people hippie-dancing to techno music. Matthias Roeingh, a founder of the parade, told the readers of the San Francisco Chronicle, “Listen (not) with your ears but your whole body. It can shake up your energy system and your molecules, and your body is communicating with the rhythm…. This has happened on Earth for a very long time.”

If anybody can find anything in that statement that even remotely makes sense, please let me know.

My wife and I, loath to have our molecules shaken, instead went to the annual San Francisco Library book sale, where we purchased two bags full of books, none of which we needed.

The satisfying excursion was marred somewhat by a barbershop quartet, which had inexplicably stationed itself outside the entrance to the book sale. The quartet was surrounded by acolytes in matching tee-shirts, handing out fliers for some kind of barbershop quartet advocacy group. Lord knows barbershop quartets could use a cult following.

In other book news, I received for my birthday VICTORIAN PARLOUR GAMES, SWINDLER; SPY, REBEL: THE CONFIDENCE WOMAN IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA; and MR. SHOW: WHAT HAPPENED?!, an episode guide and oral history of the wonderful and much-missed sketch comedy show.

AFTER ZEPTEMBER…?
Rocktober.
Shocktober.
Trucktober.

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF TERRORISM
The trial in Yemen of the terrorists who blew up the U.S. destroyer Cole in 2000 ended in death sentences for two, and prison terms for four. One of those four, Fahd al-Qasa, was supposed to videotape the bombing, but he overslept and missed it.

It’s heartening to know that even our most implacable enemies are subject to the same human frailties as the rest of us. How many terrorist acts have been averted because a zealot can’t find his glasses, or misplaces his car keys, or simply gets lost on the way to the bombing?





1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How many terrorist acts have been averted because a zealot can’t find his glasses, or misplaces his car keys, or simply gets lost on the way to the bombing?"

My mother used to complain about misplacing her sunglasses only to realize minutes later she had them resting on her head the whole time. Given this comparison in temperaments, could my mother be in league with such nogoodniks?

Will J. in San Jose

12:42 PM  

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