Monthly Archives: June 2006

The Media Is a Big Problem

Oh barf:

Whether the President’s Terrorist Surveillance Program or the Department of Treasury’s effort to track terrorist financing, we have been unable to persuade the media to act responsibly and protect the means by which we protect this nation.
Letter From Senator Pat Roberts to DNI John Negroponte

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The Reign of the Super-Man

One of the all-time greatest good-guy superheroes actually began life as a big, bad bald guy bent on world domination! Comic creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first drew him as a villain in a January 1933 story called “The Reign of the Super-Man,” which appeared in an issue of their comic fanzine Science Fiction. It bombed, so they reimagined him as a superhero.

Just one of 40 things you didn’t know about Superman.

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Rush Is In More Drug Trouble

Rush Limbaugh was caught possessing Viagra without a prescription. The bottles had his doctor’s name rather than his. According to his lawyer, that was for privacy’s sake. Which maybe makes sense. Except it seems to have backfired. Also, this will probably screw up the deal he made about his oxycontin charges.

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Paris, by John K.

 Paris, by John John K.

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Jesus, Inheritance, and Family Values

Andrew Sullivan reprints a nice quote from the rich an generous Warren Buffett:

“Neither [late wife] Susie nor I ever thought we should pass huge amounts of money along to our children,” said Warren Buffett, who said he plans to give away his remaining stock holdings after his death but that he has “quite a bit of cash” he still plans to leave to those close to him. “Our children are great,” he told Fortune. “But I would argue that when your kids have all the advantages anyway, in terms of how they grow up and the opportunities they have for education, including what they learn at home – I would say it’s neither right nor rational to be flooding them with money.”

Which makes so much sense, I’m kind of startled. Inheritance is such a natural, assumed thing that I never stopped to think that someone as rich as Buffett might do his children a favor by not giving them all his cash. My God, If this were the social norm, would Paris Hilton have ever been able to scrape together enough money and time to record an album?

Sullivan (who’s deeply religious) also has this to say about Jesus:

…Jesus, whose disdain for the biological, nuclear family is one of the great themes of the Gospels. He disowned his own parents as a teenager, abandoned them in adulthood, taking care of his mother only at the hour of his death and entrusting her to his closest friend, John. He never married, told his followers to abandon their spouses and children without even saying goodbye, and, if necessary to hate their mothers and fathers.

Counterintuitive analysis, but that actually sounds a lot like the Gospels I remember hearing in church.

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It Appears We Were Wrong All This Time…


“The research suggests that the development of sexual orientation is influenced before birth,” says Bogaert.

Of course, if this is news to you then you probably don’t believe in science anyway.

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Woody on Scarlett

Woody Allen on Scarlett Johansson:

“I can only quote myself from the movie Manhattan,” he says. “Scarlett is God’s answer to Job. God would say, ‘I’ve created a terrifying and horrible universe, but I can also make one of these, so stop complaining.’ ”

via Robot Wisdom

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Harriet the Tortoise Dies

The world’s oldest tortoise, Harriet, has died at the age of 176. She’s being called Charles Darwin’s tortoise, but according to this Wikipedia article, that’s probably not true. Tragically, Harriet spent most of her life called Harry because people just could not tell the difference.

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Clowns vs. Nukes

On Tuesday morning, a retired Catholic priest and two veterans put on clown suits, busted into a nuclear missile launch facility, and began beating the silo cover with hammers, in an attempt to take the Minuteman III missile off-line. Seriously.

via Wonkette

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Dear Leader

get flash player Dear Leader

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