Marginal Footnotes

April 17, 2007, 10:07 am
Filed under: Politics, Random, Uncategorized


Bill Clinton for Life
September 28, 2006, 1:21 am
Filed under: Politics, Random, Uncategorized

From David Remnick’s recent profile in The New Yorker:

[Clinton] told them about learning to exercise more and suggested they watch a show on Nickelodeon called “Let’s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge.”

When the question period began, a chubby kid, no more than seven, nervously held the microphone and asked Clinton, “What if you don’t have the channel?”

His quavery voice betrayed such a sense of terror and deprivation that a lot of the kids laughed. What? No Nickelodeon? It’s basic cable!

Clinton had clearly heard the laughing and seen the terror in the kid’s eyes, and he sensed the embarrassment that would likely haunt his nights, and so he said, “A lot of people don’t have the channel. So that’s a good question. A great question.”

The jaws of life! The boy smiled. His whole body seemed to relax. The laughing stopped.


TSA: Keeping America Safe from Sarcastic Assholes
September 27, 2006, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Media, Politics, Random, Travel, Uncategorized

Some guy decides to scrawl in black marker “Kip Hawley is an Idiot” on the ziplock bag which he is using to transport his hair gel and toothpaste through airport security. Kip Hawley is the head of the Trasportation Security Administration or whatever. Guy apparently surprised at consequences:

He went strait [sic] to the TSA Supervisor on duty and boy did he come marching over to the checkpoint with fire in his eyes!

Go read the rest to find out what happens. You’ve had a hard day.  You deserve it.   


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Bad Habits
June 13, 2006, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Random, Uncategorized

Good news!  Four cups of coffee a day prevents cirrhosis. 

'In a study of more than 125,000 people, one cup of coffee per day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20 percent. Four cups per day reduced the risk by 80 percent. The coffee effect held true for women and men of various ethnic backgrounds'.

So, go out and have a Guinness (it's good for you).  Now, about smoking.



More (or less) on McGuinness
June 7, 2006, 11:32 am
Filed under: International, Politics, Random, Uncategorized

So not much new news about the McGuinnes spy allegations, although now the man himself is suggesting, probably correctly, that his 'enemies' are making the claims in order to provoke an attempt on his life.  It's still not clear what effect this wil have on the revival of Stormont (the Northern Parliament) in order to reignite the consociational government established under the Belfast Agreement (Good Friday Agreement) of 1998.  McGuinness, for his part, is still blaming elements within the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with which he would share authority under a power-sharing government:

'"I'm not accusing all of the DUP of being involved in this. I am accusing a certain element within the DUP who are doing their damnedest to prevent an agreement.There are people within the DUP who can't bring themselves to recognise that the future will be Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in the Office of First and Deputy First Minister."'

It's unclear what Martin Ingram, the former British spy handler who made the allegations, has to do with the DUP.  Nevertheless, Ian Paisley, head of DUP, is now requesting an extension to the deadline for reviving the government in the North. That is very unlikely.  If the government is not re-established by Nov. 24, then the legislature is toast and the Good Friday Agreement will, like all other peace process endeavors in Northern Ireland, enter the dustbin of history.


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Go Canada!
June 3, 2006, 4:25 pm
Filed under: International, Media, Random, Uncategorized

Well good for the Mounties.  It appears the Canadian government has foiled those crazy terrorists again. The interesting thing about the story so far, besides the obvious acquiring-three-tons-of-ammonium-nitrate thing, is that it everyone arrested seems to be a legal resident of the country.  Which just goes to show (a) the enemy is within, so to speak, so illegal wiretaps are good; and (b) the whole 'fight-'em-over-there' strategy seems to be faltering.  At least for Canada.  Why Canada?  Canada is so nice.

In all seriousness though, that's a lot of bomb.


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Alien Invasion!
June 3, 2006, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Random, Uncategorized

You know how they say people die in threes?  I don't have a particular fetish for extra-terrestrial intrique but it is interesting that on one day tales of alien abduction are debunked by as straightforward a phenomenon as sleep paralysis and on the next I'm hearing apparently-legitimate scientific theories about captured raindops carrying

'particles [that] could be extraterrestrial bacteria adapted to the harsh conditions of space and that the microbes hitched a ride on a comet or meteorite that later broke apart in the upper atmosphere and mixed with rain clouds above India. If his theory proves correct, the cells would be the first confirmed evidence of alien life and, as such, could yield tantalizing new clues to the origins of life on Earth'.

Jesus Mary and Joseph! The next thing we know theories about aliens secretly running the nation are going to be validated for the self-evident truths they are, or we're going to witness a full-on invasion of planet earth as so envisioned by L. Ron (or both).


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