OK, Mr. President, then please explain why this image gives me more cause for alarm than it does comfort me



Where’s Mr. Segue Man When You Need Him?

SHOCK VERDICT CLEARS JACKO OF KIDDIE SEX – AND CROWNS DA TEAM THE KINGS OF FLOP, by David K. Li and Kate Sheehy, The New York Post, June 14, 2005.
BOYS ARE BACK, by Maxine Shen, ibid.


The Man’s Got Nothing On Him (Boys, On the other hand…)

Lucky (Boy) Fucker: Relieved, Jackson’s going home to bury himself in his Blanket.


Collapse That Metaphor

“Denise Jack and other car owners thought they had it bad when a 75-foot retaining wall in Washington Heights in northern Manhattan collapsed on May 12, burying their parked vehicles beneath untold tons of debris. But their ordeal was actually just beginning.
“Their cars remain buried there today, and none are expected to be unearthed until the rest of the wall is stabilized and the rubble removed – up to a year from now.
“Until then, they are caught in the world of insurance limbo.
“‘These people have a bit of an uphill battle,’ said Anthony Michael Sabino, a law professor at St. John’s University.”
A Wall Fell on Their Cars. Then Bad Luck Set In., by Anahad O’Connor and Rachel Metz, The New York Times, June 11, 2005.


Well, At Least One Base Won’t Be Closing

Gitmo’ Money, Gitmo’ Problems: Take down the sign, boys, we’re back in business!
“Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday that the Bush administration was not considering shutting down the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and he defended the treatment of its prisoners by their American military guards and interrogators as humane.”
Rumsfeld Says Guantánamo Isn’t Being Considered for Closing, by Thom Shanker, The New York Times, June 9, 2005
Related: Pentagon to Release Data on Base Closings, AP/Guardian, May 28, 2005


From sunrise to sunset; from one Turkey to another

Here’s President Bush’s schedule for today, by way of the Washington Post‘s White House Briefing for June 8, 2005:

Today’s Calendar:
Bush met this morning with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Also today, he speaks about Social Security before a meeting of builders and contractors at the Capital Hilton, sits down for an interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox News to be shown this afternoon, and meets with Republican congressional leaders.
Tonight he is scheduled to watch “Cinderella Man” at the White House.


Think of it as another employee discount


General Motors said Tuesday that it would cut about 25,000 jobs from its blue-collar work force in the United States by the end of 2008, in a broad move to reckon with its declining grip on the American car market.
The cuts, which represent about 22 percent of the hourly work force, would bring G.M.’s nationwide employment to 86,000 hourly workers, roughly the number it employed in the city of Flint, Mich., in the 1970’s.
G.M. Will Reduce Hourly Workers in U.S. by 25,000, by Danny Hakim, The New York Times, June 8, 2005.

Related: GM Employee Discount for Everyone Event


With Apologies to the editors of Details (And Gays. And Fast food eaters. And Anyone who thinks comedy should be funny.)

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Traditionally famous for his red hair and yellow jump suit, Ronald will be seen juggling fruit and snowboarding in a TV advert to be screened on Friday.
The leaner, more health-conscious Ronald will encourage children to get up and join him playing sports.
Ronald McDonald turns health guru, BBC, June 8, 2005.

Hackier: The George W. Bush Book Club (All Hack Edition)


Life lessons, as overheard by those with friends who have blackberries or SMS-enabled phones

“Wow, Anne Bancroft is dead.”
“Oh my God, I just got a text saying Britney got married.”
“Holy shit, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are filing for divorce.”
“Trey from the OC is on 1st Ave!”
“The Killers show is awesome.”
“Fuck, I forgot to tivo SNL.”


The Voices! Those Blasted Voices! I Can’t Stop The Voices In My Heeeeeaaaaad!

pyscho_analysis.jpg“‘I have this little game I play in my head when someone gets an appointment,’ said Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball.’ ‘And I say, “Now, how did that happen?” And then someone will say, “Well, they went to school together,” or “They live next door to each other,” or “Their wives are friends.” And you go, “Oh, yeah,” and it clicks.’ On the other hand, he said, ‘serendipity is a big part of our lives, but it grows in direct proportion to sociability.'”
If They Gave Nobels for Networking. . ., by Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times, June 5, 2005.
Further Listening: Psychoanalyis: What Is It?, by Prince Paul
Related: Letters to a Young Blogger, by David Maria Brooks