September 26th, 2004

Scorpion

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"At this writing, the world's greatest nation flails under the rule of buffoons and madmen, bogged down in two optional wars we're actually losing. The world's richest economy is shedding jobs, running up debts and building nothing for the future. Voters, offered an election year alternative to the subliterate idiot who single-handedly created this mess, spurn him for a leader even dumber than they are. America has become a stultocracy: government by morons, for morons."
-Ted Rall

Howard Kurtz has a few words about anonymous sources.

Great read: Dan Froomkin takes on the new trust issue with Bush.

Britain offers to pay off 10% of third world debt, and challenges other countries to do the same.

Maureen Dowd on Bush's new puppet.

Ted Rall on the tyranny of the masses.

David S. Broder thinks it's the media that lost in this election cycle.

"Shaped like a mitten."

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CNN takes the mystery and mystique out of Star Wars, and lets George Lucas defend the changes he made in the new DVDs. Also, an interesting sidebar with Mark Hamill.

Will HBO retain its dominance of television next year? Can Showtime play catch-up?

Pennsylvania court decision says it's OK to ride a horse while drunk. Also, they say, specifically, it's OK to ride 'a really large dog' while drunk. Those wacky activist judges!
Scorpion

a.r.g.h.

OK, so. This evening has been a bucket of excitement.

Got back from the matinee of Regent's play (whoo!) and gettting the house cleaned up for company tonight to catch up on TV shows. So, taking out the voluminous trash, I notice one of the cats has thrown up on the bed. Grr. OK, mentally add to the list.

Now, I knew the halogen light bulbs in the laundry room were out, and I need to change the cat litter in there as well. So, grab a stepstool to pull one of the bulbs, so tomorrow after dropping off tze bebe I can swing by Wal-Mart and pick up a replacement. Up stepstool, brushing away scary cobwebs with free hand while other hand holds flashlight. Trying to pull out the one bulb, the other bulb *drops,* misses me by inches, but *shatters* on the corner of the litterbox. Tiny razor-sharp needle fragments of glass *everywhere* in the unlit room.

Quick, angry trip to Wal-Mart, get the bulbs *right now* because the cats need to be able to walk in the room. Replace bulb (in the dark, obviously.) BEgin the exciting cleanup process of moving out shards of glass by hand, then by vacuum (have I mention we like never vacuum in there, because it's gross and scary? Yeah.) Then change out all the cat litter (thankfully, have just enough.) Get everything out to the curb, as trash day is tomorrow and that's how I got started on this process.

The good news is, I started the day with some nasty cat scratches on my finger. If I can stave off any infection from changing the cat litter with hands cut up from cats and glass shards, I will have the most hardcore immune system evar.*

Go upstairs, pull linens off the bed, haul them downstairs. Grab cellphone with my free hand, to call back friend (with whom I have been playing telephone tag for days.) Cell phone *slips* out of my grasp... and into the tupperware full of soapy water which I have been soaking. And now it won't turn on.**

* - I actually started getting sick last night, some sore throat, some stuffy nose. The good news there is, I get to take Robitussin Honey Cold. MmmmMmmm.

** - Long-time readers will know my cell phone has been dying for months. I was all excited because the new job would let me get a new one! But, yeah, looks like I get a waiting period with no cell phone for now.