Thursday, 24 July 2008

In Passing

No Expectations

Headline at Ace:
Senate Republicans Threaten to Block and Filibuster All Business Until Drilling Restrictions are Removed

they will:


* dip in oil prices will lead to some relief in gas prices by September
* Dems will attempt to take credit, saying they “scared” Big Oil and “the speculators” into lowering prices (O’Reilly regularly takes that tack)
* Dems will the declare that the crisis is over, and refuse to budge on drilling
* Invertebrate GOP will fold their tents

- “fulldroolcup,” commenting at Ace

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In Passing

1930 called...

We knew they want to bring back prohibition.
Well, why not breach-of-promise, too?

A Hall County [Georgia] man owes his ex-fiancee $150,000 for breaking off their engagement, a jury decided Wednesday...

[Defense attorney Hammond] Law said earlier this week that he could find only one prior instance of someone suing over a broken wedding engagement in a search of 25 years of Georgia case histories.
- Gainesville (Georgia) Times

(And then there are the folks yelling, “Hey, it’s a depression!”  Which would make it 3-for-3.)

“Breach” via Gannett Blog.  For “Depression,” HT Instapundit.

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In Passing

Another reason I’m glad my life is *outside* of “corporate”

Jeff Jarvis has an ad running on his site.
Buzz Machine screen shot, July 24, 2008
(That’s it, the one in the upper-right corner. Headed “Bottoms.”)

The ad, featuring a “crotch in colored underwear” has met with negative reaction from some readers (who found it distracting, irrelevant, or “sending the wrong message”). Marketeer Michael Madej thinks otherwise, but wonders

The only question mark in my mind about this ad is its appropriateness in the workplace. I noticed the ad yesterday on Jeff’s blog. I remember seeing it, being surprised that it was appearing on a business blog, and intentionally scrolling farther down the page so nobody saw it on my screen. So in that sense, it might be a little too edgy.
I guess it’s good that things change:  Just imagine if we had yesterday’s newspapers in today’s hyper-sensitive workplace. Why, you couldn’t allow a newspaper on the premises unless someone carefully obliterated all those double-truck lingerie ads the department stores used to run. (And no Sears catalog, either!)

(Jeff has a post here.)

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Next Indy blog meet - July 27

As usual, thanks to Roberta X:

Sunday, 27 July 2008. 3:00 pm. We'll meet at Broad Ripple Brew Pub and figure out where to go from there.
Readers and lurkers welcome, too.

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Reviving the casual cruelty of 200 years ago.
An image of three teenagers wanted in connection with the drowning of a cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats home which belonged to HMS Belfast has been released.

Police believe Kilo the cat, which had been adopted by the ship's crew... was thrown from the gang plank connecting HMS Belfast to the dock in London Bridge on February 9 this year.

His body has not been found.

The CCTV image of a boy and two girls was taken from a street camera at the time of the incident. - This is Local London, July 10, 2008: “Teens hunted over drowned ship cat”

Somebody out there knows them.

The Sun: Kilo’s Killers Caught on CCTV
Fergus Shanahan:
Sailors, Marines, & Warriors League: Ship’s Cat Thrown in River

Via: “Waterhouse,” commenting at Diamond Geezer

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008


Alert! Alert!

More bumper-sticker art coming up shortly.


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In Passing

It’s all the difference

In a dramatic move yesterday President Bush removed the executive-branch moratorium on offshore drilling.  Today, at a news conference, Bush repeated his new position, and slammed the Democratic Congress for not removing the congressional moratorium on the Outer Continental Shelf and elsewhere.  Crude-oil futures for August delivery plunged $9.26, or 6.3 percent, almost immediately as Bush was speaking, bringing the barrel price down to $136.

Now isn’t this interesting? - Larry Kudlow
Only the Democratic Party, its enablers in the media, and various whiny leftists could believe that world reaction to inaction would be the same as world reaction to action.

The rest of us remember the Carter administration, and what came after.

HT:  Ace

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Tuesday, 15 July 2008

The Press

Keeping things straight

Poynter Institute’s Kelly McBride asks the musical question:

But is there still room for satire in journalism?
and then tries to answer it:
I sure hope so.
There follows a tortured, discursive examination of The New Yorker’s Obama cover, complete with cautions to editiors that, while “clued-in regular readers who already get what the publication is up to” will have no trouble understanding what’s going on, posting something on the web exposes it to all the riff-raff (“newbies”), who might not, you know, be in on the joke.

Which is true. But what does this have to do with “journalism?”

Dear Kelly,

If what you’re committing is intended as “satire,” then it may be literary composition exhibiting wit, parody, ridicule, irony, sarcasm, word-mongering, scrivenage, or perhaps just bloviation while in proximity to a keyboard.

But it sure as hell ain’t “journalism.”

Many budding pressmen have difficulty understanding this.

You will go far– provided you don’t confuse the two.

All success,
Old Grouch

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Dear Diary...

Across the wilds of Wisconsin

(Road trip, Part 2)

On crossing the Wisconsin state line, the look of the country changes. Granted, I’d just passed through the 15 miles of blasted heath that is the Tollway’s construction zone. But ignoring that, the crops in the fields are different; more hay and wheat[1], less corn. The interstate itself seemed better kept and more stylish- for one thing, metro-area

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In Passing

Rahel has lost an old friend

(I began following the Lady’s story a bit over a year ago, when she got a forever home, but she was Rahel’s buddy long before that.)

Via:  Laurence

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