July 25th, 2004


White House News

You see, when this administration has bad news to announce, they almost always do it Friday afternoon. This is because fewer people keep up with the news Friday night and Saturday, and by the time Sunday rolls around they have all their talking heads lined up for Meet the Press and the like. It's so goofy.

This Friday's sneak press release: OK, the Pentagon messed up again, they *didn't* accidentally destroy Bush's National Guard records, and said records don't actually show him showing up for duty for the time in question.

(Side note: have I mentioned the BBC is the champion of the unintentionally sarcastic airquote?)

Other news slipped in there: "The Air Force spent $2.6 billion to buy 50 transport planes that do not meet the military's requirements, preventing squadrons based in six states from being fully prepared for their missions in the Middle East and elsewhere, the office of the Defense Department's inspector general disclosed yesterday."

While we're at it, an excerpt from a recent White House Press Briefing, courtesy Iceman. Helen Thomas rules. She's a little crazy, but that's OK.

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Catching up...

Thursday, Velvet and I snuck out for a fine s00shi dinner at the Mandarin Delight. I like nothing more than excellent conversation with close friends, and it's something I've been lacking recently. Some planning creativity ensued, and we ended up at the Hollywood Video down Route One. I don't think I will ever go back to the Blockbuster in Laurel. Extra ten minute drive, for a ten times better video rental place.

We ended up with Elephant, which was good, per se, but as one reviewer online put it 'a tour-de-force of perambulation.' I liked what the director did, but it kinda took him a while to do it.

Saturday evening was a relaxing dinner with the family at the Macaroni Grill in Annapolis, of all places. Aunt was in town, turns out uncle's cancer is cleared up, good news there.

You know, Stargate: Atlantis is pretty good, all things considered.

New trailers from before Friday's movie:
* Blade: Trinity - Oh, I can't wait. Plus: Parker Posey!
* National Lampoon's Gold Diggers - Whoever decided to resurrect the National Lampoon movies needs to get fired by whoever gives them money. This looks terrible.
* Exorcist: the Beginning - Still not buying it, sorry guys. Even Stellen Skarsgard and Ben Cross can't tempt me in. More reasons not to see it here.
* Meet the Fockers - A-nope. Dustin Hoffman might've been funny in some other movie, though.
* A Dirty Shame - One day, America will wage war on Jon Waters, and defeat him once and for all. But until then, his reign of terror continues. (But, impressive cast.) (Er, except for the Tracey Ullman part.) A lot of the audience was crying, but, you know, that's expected when a movie features a part called "Shelf Humping Sex Addict". Waters deserves a Nobel Prize, or a war crimes tribunal, or maybe both.