Thursday, September 27, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Get this man some oxygen!

This is what a prominent Republican looks like when he has to explain how he's come to take a political position that is to the left of, say, Hillary Clinton.

And all this gasping and shaking is for one of those dumb activist resolutions city councils come up with that have nothing to do with governing their city. What would he do if a bill to require alternate-side-of-street parking came to his desk?

To be fair, he comes from an uptight age. An age in which people would watch a film like this and then describe it as a "historical epic".

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Woman of a thousand faces

All of them scowls.

I'd be cranky too if my day consisted of trying to explain away the worst foreign policy debacle since Napolean invaded Russia.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Rice vs. Cheney

I don't know who's winning that internal foreign policy struggle at the White House but Condi's credibility can't be helped every time she falls for one of those phony "track suit casual friday" e-mails Dick sends out.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Libraries Unspun

The Nixon Library announced it is revising its exhibits on Watergate:

YORBA LINDA, Calif. - For nearly 20 years, visitors to the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace were told the Watergate scandal was really a "coup" by Nixon's rivals and the investigative reporting team of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein offered bribes for their nation-shaking scoops.

Now, as the privately run library transitions to federal control, its new director is taking some of the whitewash off the scandal...

I want to see a day like that at the half-billion dollar W monument being built here in Dallas, with an animatronic John Hodgeman explaining it all for the scholars who will have flocked there:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

thatsa lotsa ribbons

I think he's earned just about every military decoration there is except the "combing your hair so it doesn't look like a wet toupeƩ" ribbon.

Maybe when they finally let gays in the military he can get someone assigned to him to fix that for him.

But that's great name for a general isn't it? Petraeus. That would look just right if this were the Roman Empire.

Fun fact: He's been active duty military since 1974 but the current Iraq conflict is his first genuine combat assignment. No Lebanon, no Grenada, no Panama, no first Gulf War, no Somalia, no Kosovo. Maybe that's why George W feels so comfortable with him.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Pavarotti Dorma*

Seventy is way past prime for an opera singer. I recall BBC Music magazine once running an article about Luciano Pavarotti, "Is the Party Over?", noting his professional and physical decline. And that was ten years ago. So it made people very happy that he pulled it all together one last time at the Winter Olympics in 2006.

And here he is 11 years earlier singing with... Meat Loaf.

*Yes, I know that's probably not conjugated right.