Managed to erase this day's blog. Way to go. Mumble.
Just do me a favor and look at Bardot, seventy today, in her youth. It's what Google's for, man...
Monday, September 27, 2004
On this day, in 1996, the Taliban took Kabul, in Afghanistan, from the warlord soup that became the Northern Alliance that retook it six years later. With, you know, some help. Who controls it now? We don't actually know, all attention is in Iraq where, according to Secretary of State Powell yesterday, things are getting worse.
Things aren't altogether well in the GOP this Monday. House thug Tom DeLay has had three of this henchmen indicted in Texas for financial misdeeds in the PACs setup to redistrict the state. He's apoplectic and, probably, rather uneasy since the word is it will come down on him sooner than later. Fortunately, DeLay is such a revolting person even the GOP is hard put to pony up people to defend him. On the other hand, it was he who got Texas redistricted. Without it, Texas becomes Democratic.
Boulder continues to cut back expenses till retail and tax income get back up. A lot seems to be riding on the 29th St. project, but I remain suspicious. Of course, I've felt for decades that a great deal of Boulder's economy was vapor, based on laundered drug money from years past, and when culpability and interest slips past the statutes of limitations, these businesses pull up and move out. As the boomer generation is hitting retirement, those that remain will peter out. Even so, there's an awful lot of activity on the Mall this year that should have pushed things higher than reported.
Suspicious. I remain suspicious.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
On this day in 1687, Venetian soldiers fighting the Turks in Athens, inadvertently or not, hit the powder magazine in the Parthenon. The roof, walls and 16 columns are blown off.
In 1937, Bessie Smith died from blood loss after a traffic accident. Supposedly, she'd been denied treatment at an all white hospital, but this may not be true. It's hard to say from the recordings how terrific Smith was, but she sure had a powerful voice.
More relevant, on this day in 1960, the first of the Nixon Kennedy debates took place, Nixon winning to the radio audience, Kennedy to the television. It would be amusing to ask college students who won the election.
The Boulder Daily Camera finally gets around to some hard numbers about who drinks in Boulder. They base their numbers on total population, which I'm not sure is relevant. They say there is one liquor license for every 391 residents. Suspicious enough.
What we need to know is how many LEGAL potential drinkers there are. According to demographics, only 73 percent of Boulder is over 21. Then, real life, subtract out those over 65. This leaves 65.2% of Boulder legal and able to drink. It also means one liquor license for every 255 potential drinkers. It's tough to build a business on such a small base of legal potential drinkers, don't you think?
It's revolting in its hypocrisy to feign surprise and shock that illegal drinking is the bread and buttur of the booze merchants.
Two debates this week. The foreign policy one between Kerry and Bush and the pointless one between Cheney and Edwards. It's been pointed out that Bush has lost the battle of low expectations, since Kerry has positioned himself as less likable and more boring. Depressing enough, it's possible it could be true.
Regardless, if Kerry doesn't blow Bush away on this, it's all over. The Iraq quagmire ought to be easy pickings for Kerry. I can only hope it is.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
The CIA laid out several scenarios and said life could be lousy, life could be okay, life could be better, and they were just guessing as to what the conditions might be like.-- George W. Bush, on Iraq report.
Since we're talking death by alcohol poisoning these days, at least in Colorado, let's honor one of the famous victims of this awful demise. On this date in 1980, after spending the whole day drinking, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died having choked on his own vomit. Always showing the way, celebrities are.
The debates start this week, and it's crunch time for Kerry. If he makes a mediocre or worse showing, it's all over. Absent a dirty bomb attack on Detroit or Boston or some such, the GOP is set to win. I wouldn't have believed it six months ago. They don't deserve it, they've lied, they've put us in debt, failed in the mission they claimed. But Kerry's campaign is just awful. Terrible. I hope the debate elevates him.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Here's something to make you feel stupid. A giant mushroom, acres large, has been found in Switzerland, 800x500 meters. That was enough to catch in my throat, but then the horror: it barely beats in size a mushroom in Oregon.
And none of it compares with this: mushrooms have more in common with animals than plants and have 36,000 genders. And yet, it is we who complain about getting a date.
Can Nederland self-govern? Another horror is approaching in the town as Trustees, the Mayor, and the police are again trying to have each other stifled, shouldered aside, removed. Rumors of threatened violence, nepotistic complaints, conflicts of interest......same old, same old. Under all this is the substantial portion of Nederland who want to retain a more relaxed attitude towards drugs and what used to be called the hippie lifestyle. Under all that is greed and power.
Only Georgetown under the regime of an ex-stripper and her augmented assetts has threatened Nederland's image as Colorado's most prominent ungovernable collection of a multi-generational mob. But this particular collection of stoned bedsores and aged rictus that passes as a government is too incompetent to survive this current situation, and is likely to end badly. Very badly.
Nederland law enforcement probably needs to be removed from the hands of the Trustees and put into either the hands of the Sheriff's department or by setting up a separate law enforcement district. The town, since I've known it in 1971, has shown a marked inability to work together on important issues, has not infrequently resorted to violence or its threat against each other, and shows a marked idiocy in its choices of Trustees, periodically, and tries to punish the police for enforcing law by screwing the budget. People have quit, been fired, let go and, with one officer on vacation, currently has exactly one (1) officer on duty. Sometimes.
This isn't a new theory, nor is it mine by origin, but there are too many issues that cannot, at this point, be solved and be popular enough to appeal to the majority of those who'll be required to obey them.
I love these photos, they're beautiful and scary, both. Poor Florida, and that is a phrase rarely appearing from these lips since I exited the state in 1976, looks to be hit again this weekend. A not powerful hurricane, at present, at least in comparision with Ivan when a Man In Full, but still enough to drown enough people. It's killed the most, so far, because of its rain in Haiti and in Jamaica and all through the Caribbean. Another fifteen inches of rain along the Hurricane coast, from New Orleans to Myrtle Beach could be disastrous. Truly so.
The GOP was accused, and has admitted, that it sent out mailings saying that 'liberals' were going to ban the Bible. This in West Virginia. Yet another reason to love them. Imagine what the GOP would do if Dem's claimed Republicans were going to reinstate the draft! Oh, wait....
Is Grover Norquist looking forward to the death of The Greatest Generation simply because they're mostly Democrats? Is that true, one, and does he really think it? Here are the quotes and translation from a Spanish paper.
Cada año mueren dos millones de personas que combatieron en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y que vivieron la Gran Depresión. Esa generación ha sido una excepción en la Historia de EEUU, porque ha defendido políticas antiamericanas. Ellos votaron por la creación del Estado de Bienestar y por el servicio militar obligatorio. Ellos son la base electoral demócrata. Y se están muriendo. Which, in English, translates as....
"Two million people who fought in World War II and lived through the Great Depression die every year. That generation has been an exception in US history, because it has defended anti-American policies. They voted for the creation of the welfare state and for obligatory military service. They are the Democratic base, and they are dying." Thus spoke Conservative Guru Grover Norquist. From Slate.
It pains me, it does, but George Will had an excellent column in NewsWeek's current issue that both reams out the neo-cons and responsibly nails Kerry for not taking advantage of it. I was impressed. I want to think that many smart people, even conservative ones, are so appalled by George W. that they are uncomfortably but inevitably edging towards open Kerry support. I'm not sure he deserves it, frankly. I'm voting for him but he's run a terrible, awful, incomprehensible campaign. Stutteringly bad.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
A year from now, I'll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush. So says Richard Perle, the man who was going to sue Seymour Hersh for an alleged libel in England, where the laws would favor him more and failed even that, and now pretends as if it didn't happen. (Slate's Richard Perle Libel Watch, in which they predicted and documented each of Perle's fiascos, is hysterical.) If such an event occurs, given Perle's Nostradamus propensities, it will be in the Green Zone and paid for and protected in perpetuity by Americans, because Iraq wouldn't tolerate it.
On this date in 1950, Congress passes the McCarran Act, also known as The Internal Security Act of 1950, overriding Harry Truman's veto, that pinko. The act provides for severe restrictions on civil liberties, suspension of free speech, and placing of undesirable Americans in concentration camps. The act has never been repealed. Hmm.
In Colorado, the CU Foundation, under long deserved attack, is demanding that the courts declare it impervious to legal requests. This is an exciting legal concept, and unlikely to prevail, and one that many - including former members of the Foundation Board, do not want to happen. They couldn't possibly think that the courts would allow their ludicrous claims, so I'm betting they're delaying for time while records and evidence is disappeared or removed. I have no evidence of this, but if anything has ever acted like a guilty party, it's the CU Foundation. I hope the newspapers and affiliated media are keeping an eye on activity over there and at their various storage facilities. They deserve no trust, no pass.
Of course, the Foundation has likely been illegally financing shady practices of the football team and its recruiters, engaging in fascinating real estate transactions favoring parties who shouldn't have been (see: South Campus and others) and otherwise acting as above the law as one could imagine, all under the guise of concern for education. Hah.
Noticed that? What that means is, that legal advice to avoid punishment was handed out, first to protect the national coffers, second to protect the name of the fraternity, third to console brothers upset over the death of someone barely known.
Again: visualize this as a lower class event. Say, a drunken party of kids the same age who couldn't afford to go to college, and this happened in a trailer park. Would arrest warrents be flying, or what?
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
"[Al Quada] would very much like to defeat President Bush." - political analyst Bill Schneider, on CNN.
Like many Democrats, I'm getting annoyed with and concerned about the Kerry campaign's tone deaf sound bytes and wimpy, upper class, responses to the Bush thugs. It bothers me because I start questioning Kerry's competence. I have to think about it to reassure myself. But I look for allies. Found one.
Michael Moore, who annoys me a lot (I can imagine how the GOP feels...) sent out a letter to the Naderheads and actual wimps who compose the left of the nation. I have to say, the guy makes sense and focusses correctly: not inflating Kerry, not pretending perfection, saying it has to be done and can be and will be if we get off our ass. It's here in the Boulder Lout on the front page. I cannot forgive his ludicrous presentation of Iraq before the war, his sandbagging of Heston, his weight while stating how hard Americans work, but he has guts and he puts his all out there. Cannot help but admire that.
I know, like me, you were all impressed with and believed the fraternity members who were so concerned with the drinking habits of the freshman pledge who died from alcohol poisoning in their charge they planned to give him a severe talking to when he emerged. To show their intent, they scribbled in ink clever phrases on his face which, when it was clear he was dead, they tried to erase.
He'd been drinking heavily for a few weeks, they said. But they got really concerned when he attended a fraternity function under their control and at their expense where they served the underage pledges booze. He was really shit-faced, from all accounts. But they were concerned.
I found the chart that the Daily Camera printed this morning informative. In order to get a 4.0 alcohol level in your bod in three hours, you'd have to drink, if a 230 lb male, about ten beers an hour.
This informs, because the woman who died in Ft. Collins had 40 beers in her, and surely weighed substantially less.
Russ Meyers, who produced some of the world's worst but most fun movies for young guys, who got rich and had a blast doing it, died at 82. Roger Ebert was his screenwriter for "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and a friend, and always seemed to speak well of the guy. Everyone did, in fact. I don't know what to say, except that for an alleged porn producer (lightweight by today's standards), he seemed to have a lot of respect, given the coverage his death generated in the media this AM. Having had many of the world's most voluptuous women in this life, a lot of friends, and a lot of cash, it's hard to see how his current life would be an improvement, but I remain openminded about such things.