Friday, August 26, 2005

Thursday, August 25, 2005

James Wolcott

"George Costanza, furious that a pigeon didn't get out of the way of his car (in the stellar 'Merv Griffin set' episode), vented to Jerry that we have 'a deal' with the pigeons, a deal that Jerry elucidated upon.

The deal is, they get out of our way when we're walking or driving, and we overlook the statute defecation.

Simple as that. The pigeon George ran over didn't honor he deal.

The neocons had a deal with Pat Robertson and his followers. As long as Pat and company cleaved to Israel, the neocons would overlook that old Protocol Elders nonsense.

In short, Pat Robertson was their pigeon. They were willing to countenance his occasional poop."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

guy who looks after the Tower Ravens--

Gwylum (male), aged 17
Thor (m), 14
Hugine (f), 10
Munin (f), 10
Branwen (f), 3
Bran (m), 2
Gundulf (m), 5 months
Baldrick (m), 5 months--

"'The fact it's an unusual job does give me a little bit of a fillip. There's no one else who can say 'I'm the only Ravenmaster Yeoman Warder in the world'.' "

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over the Rockies and across the Strait comes the new TOLLING ELF with poems by Edmund Berrigan & cool linocutlets from the fabulous Sophia Warsh & a Tim Atkins Horace supplement--weighing less than a catbird--

10 Best Plumage by Edmund Berrigan

elegiac catbird
mercenary hedgehog hoecakes
as I crawls across my cheek
how's the new infection
a breeze sort of
wash the modal straw evaporate
bereaved touch of class
element pigment
anonymous sty hung
form of icebucket

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Monday, August 22, 2005

buona sera to my favorite cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli

"'You've got to understand the sunlight, the contrast between light and shade. For Italians, who are familiar with the southern sun and the fog of the north, it's difficult to get things wrong.' "

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How BC Trimmed 107,000 People from Welfare Rolls:

"The month he died, he was just one of 161 people who went out that way, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Between June 2002 and January 2005, a period of 32 months, 6,065 people on welfare died.

(To put that in perspective, in 2003, the latest for which statistics are available, 443 people reportedly died in traffic accidents in the province.)

For comparison, during that period, 37,404 people left welfare by Campbell's preferred route, because they obtained employment. Put another way, for roughly every six people on welfare who got a job, one died."

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Frank Rich--The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan

"The 24/7 cable and Web attack dogs can keep on sliming Cindy Sheehan. The president can keep trying to ration the photos of flag-draped caskets. But this White House no longer has any more control over the insurgency at home than it does over the one in Iraq."

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