More Hockey!

by Steve, February 17th, 2006

Kelly Stephens Here’s a nice little profile of Kelly Stephens, who got her first Olympic goal today against tough Swedish defense and goaltending. Stephens is from Seattle, so that’s almost local.

Where’s the hockey?

by Steve, February 17th, 2006

hockeyMy dear friend Ben sarcastically quips that “this site has no special interest in hockey.”

Okay, look, here’s the deal: The name of the blog is more whimsy than anything. I figure those who read it (Ben, WackyMommy, maybe even Tony) don’t care about hockey nearly as much as me. (As a teenager I played in a band called the Sloppy Drunk Blues Band. We did get sloppy drunk, but we didn’t play the blues. Later, I played in a band called Totem Soul. We weren’t Indians, and we didn’t play soul.)

So maybe I should rename the blog…. Or maybe I should discuss hockey!

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Beer gate?

by Steve, February 16th, 2006

politicsSo big Dick admits to Brit Hume in his Fox News interview he drank “one beer” at lunch “several hours” before shooting his buddy in the face. Joe Strupp and Greg Mitchell, in anEditor and Publisher story dated Feb. 14, have Katherine Armstrong tripping all over herself trying to deny that anybody had been drinking that day. (Armstrong owns the “ranch” where the shooting ocurred.)

Oh, okay, “there may have been beer in coolers but she didn’t think anyone who was hunting that day had any,” write Strupp and Mitchell, who also note:

CNN today reports that Armstrong had told CNN she never saw Cheney or Whittington “drink at all on the day of the shooting until after the accident occurred, when the vice president fixed himself a cocktail back at the house.”

So the critical players in the story are admitting drinking ocurred on the day of the shooting, before and after the fact. Could this explain Cheney’s reticence in calling the authorities? Holy shit, what a story that would be!

Update: David Corn has a nice summary of the inconsistencies in the various versions of the story. Also, David Sanger and Anne Kornblut have decent coverage in the New York Times.

Found on Flickr

by Steve, February 16th, 2006

Dumbfuck Mountain(found on flickr)

Libby squealed

by Steve, February 10th, 2006

politicsCarol D. Leonnig reports in today’s
Washington Post
that Scooter already has implicated Dick
Cheney in the Plame leak probe.

This was originally reported by Murray Waas in the National
Journal
.

David
Corn
writes that Libby’s defense strategy may be to request
loads of classified evidence from the CIA in the hopes of being denied
access. The hope is that then the judge will agree to dismiss the case.

It’s a risky strategy, and it shows what a strong case Fitzgerald probably has.

Breaking the hunger strikers at Gitmo

by Steve, February 9th, 2006

restraint chair

This image is no joke.

The New York Times reports:

United States military authorities have taken tougher measures to force-feed detainees engaged in hunger strikes at Guant´┐Żnamo Bay, Cuba, after concluding that some were determined to commit suicide to protest their indefinite confinement, military officials have said.

In recent weeks, the officials said, guards have begun strapping recalcitrant detainees into “restraint chairs,” sometimes for hours a day, to feed them through tubes and prevent them from deliberately vomiting afterward. Detainees who refuse to eat have also been placed in isolation for extended periods in what the officials said was an effort to keep them from being encouraged by other hunger strikers.

Repeat after me: We do not torture. We do not torture. We do not torture.

Gonzales protest at Georgetown last month

by Steve, February 8th, 2006

politicsI don’t know how I missed this. Oh, I know, it was barely covered in the “liberal media” It’s all over the blogosphere, though, and there’s a nice summary at axisoflogic.com

Gonazales at Georgetown

Gonazales and protesters

Speaking truth to power

by Steve, February 7th, 2006

politicsWith George Bush in the audience for Coretta Scott King’s funeral, the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowry let it rip.

“We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there,” he said, prompting a standing ovation. “But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor.”

You can see a short video at ThinkProgress.org.

Errin Haines, in an AP story, noted that Lowry’s quote was a “takeoff on a line from a Stevie Wonder song. The comment drew head shakes from Bush and his father as they sat behind the pulpit.”

The president’s budget is a disgrace, in case you haven’t been paying attention. Billions slashed from popular programs for the poor. Tax cuts for the rich. Phantom revenue from proposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And still an enormous defecit.

Me, the blog designer

by Steve, February 6th, 2006

So, despite me having a new blog, I’m still obsessing over the wife’s blog. I must say, hers is looking pretty darn slick now (the purple flower theme was her idea, I just had to scavenge the art and whip it all into shape). Now it makes me wanna redesign this one already. But I’m out of ideas.

Betty Friedan R.I.P.

by Steve, February 5th, 2006

“The problem that has no name—which is simply the fact that American women are kept from growing to their full human capacities—is taking a far greater toll on the physical and mental health of our country than any known disease.”

—Betty Friedan, 1921-2006

She died on her 85th birthday. May she rest in peace.