Friday, July 23, 2004

Here comes August
LILEKS (James) The Bleat: "July has been superb. It's accomplished the one mission July has: making you so miserably sick of hot weather you yearn for the relief of September. Heard the first cicada today, and this time I knew it was the first. Stopped and smiled: the harbingers of August, drilling through the heavy air. Welcome back."

Yesterday and today I spent on a boat in Stamford, in 90 degree heat, sweating like crazy, looking forward to September. And yesterday (that's wednesday) I heard my first cicada of the season, and had the same feeling of joy that Lileks describes. He and I are on the same page.

Should be fun to watch
OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan: "Will Mr. Kerry get real and be plain as a plank, or will he 'ask not'? Don't ask. A prediction: People do what they know how to do, and for decades Mr. Kerry and Mr. Shrum have been doing the JFK thing. And it will please many in the hall. But it won't play as well in America. Mr. Kerry is one of those rare public men who never get over self-consciousness in public. He's also that rare athlete who seems to lack physical grace. (In these things, oddly, he's like George Herbert Walker Bush.) He seems affected because he's self-conscious, and this is compounded by an air of premeditation. In all the pictures of him taking part in sports he always has the perfect right gear on, striking sort of the right pose. He seems to be enacting sports more than enjoying them. He always seems to be enacting rather than enjoying. This is why John Edwards in comparison seems normal. "

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Lileks strikes again
LILEKS (James) The Bleat: "You know, I'm not wealthy like Al Franken or Michael Moore; I can't go somewhere to give a speech and pocket 30 grand. I don't begrudge them their success, but I do wish they would stop going purple because I get a tax cut and can afford to fix my daughter's windows without dipping too far into savings. Okay? Deal?"

Read the whole thing.

Average Army Horniness Level Plummets!
CNN.com - Fort preps for baby invasion - Jul 21, 2004: "About 160 babies are expected in December, followed by another 140 in January, said Roycelyn Bowman, obstetrics director at the post...
They say 'He got back, and yup, now I'm pregnant!''"

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Thank you, experts/many moreCNN.com - Experts: Beheadings pervert legitimate law: "Muslim captors who behead their hostages call it execution, but many more call it murder."

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Air contains suspected oxygen
CNN.com - Saudi forces in shootout with suspected militants: "Saudi security forces staged a major operation Tuesday night against suspected militants in the northern part of the capital, bringing in more than 100 security vehicles and exchanging heavy gunfire with the suspects."

Dictionary.com defines "militant" as "A fighting, warring, or aggressive person or party." When a group exchanges heavy gunfire with security forces, can we all please agree that they are militants?