Monday, September 12, 2005

Monday's blog is full of grace.

Hunter Thompson’s suicide note.
Headed, “Football Season Is Over.”
Text: "No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun _ for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax _ This won't hurt."

Sports headline: The Patriots eye a three-peat.
In these troubled times, should “three-peat” even be considered a word?

Dick Cheney hits the ground in the Delta!
As he was being interviewed by CBS News, saying something or other, very important no doubt, and helpful, some guy off-camera yelled “Fuck off, Mr. Cheney.” Or maybe it was “Fuck you.” It had been bleeped.

Everything new is old again.
CBS NEWS TO LAUNCH 'BLOG'

Stop the presses.

In other CBS news….
On last Thursday’s EARLY SHOW, advice was offered to victims of Katrina as to how get cash. Um. They’re not watching you, CBS. They don’t have electricity.

From FEMA’s web site:
FEMA for Kids Rap

Audio Disaster . . . it can happen anywhere,
But we've got a few tips, so you can be prepared
For floods, tornadoes, or even a 'quake,
You've got to be ready - so your heart don't break.

Disaster prep is your responsibility
And mitigation is important to our agency.

People helping people is what we do
And FEMA is there to help see you through
When disaster strikes, we are at our best
But we're ready all the time, 'cause disasters don't rest.

In other news….
Martha Stewart told Time Magazine that home confinement was a lot harder than federal prison.

Dog stories.
Now that New Orleans is being slowly drained, we seem to be inundated with animal rescue features. Dogs! Cats! Birds! Geese!

I like animals, but there are only so many pictures of them being snatched from murky water that I can take.

Senator Coburn's Burnout
I was listening to the Robertson hearings this morning. It was the usual boilerplate from the various senators, warning us to be civil, because these were very very important proceedings, and Robertson deserves our deepest respect, and what about privacy? What about activist judges? We are very serious people, and please, be quiet as we go about our seriously important business.

Senator Tom Coburn, R Oklahoma, was following his script, when suddenly he started crying! Weeping! He totally lost it for, like, ten seconds or so.

He had been saying: "When I ponder our country and its greatness, its weakness, its potential, my heart aches for less divisiveness, less polarization, less finger-pointing, less bitterness, less mindless partisanship."

But the hearings had been very respectful thus far, thanks to the iron hand of Orrin Hatch. So what triggered the breakdown? Were Democrats making faces at him across the room? Were insulting notes being passed? Did the hearing process trigger some awful childhood memory, in which he had been forced to issue statements in windowless rooms?

Just listening to it on the radio, my perception was if there had been any more starch in the process, it could have been a shirt. Until Tom Coburn lost it.

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