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- steve 7-24-2001 2:04 am [link] [2 comments]

Eudora Welty dead @ 92

- bill 7-24-2001 12:03 am [link] [3 comments]

For Mr. Wilson: the fat birder webring
- jim 7-23-2001 5:28 pm [link] [1 comment]

Sad news about the quiet Beatle.
- alex 7-23-2001 3:04 pm [link] [1 comment]

I blog because I hope that if enough people are exposed to points of view that expand consciousness the attended world, there is hope we can transcend our current folly. Thus, the accumulated weight of the community of blogness is a force of transmemetic nature that may even make a massive difference. from abuddhas memes
- Skinny 7-23-2001 1:38 pm [link] [add a comment]

I just learned that author J. H. Hatfield, an early casualty of the Bush presidential campaign, recently committed suicide in a hotel room in Arkansas. You may recall that his book, Fortunate Son, alleged that Bush did community service for a cocaine bust in 1972. Karl Rove & Co went on the attack, tipping off the right-wing Dallas Morning News that Hatfield had done jail time for a bizarre conspiracy to car bomb his boss. Immediately the media attention shifted to Hatfield, who was humiliated and cut loose by his publisher St Martin's Press (who had rushed his book into print without thorough fact-checking). After that, recall that nobody talked about GWB's coke use for the rest of the campaign. NYU media prof. Mark Crispin Miller wrote a foreword to the recently-released 2nd edition of Fortunate Son; it's worth reading.
- tom moody 7-23-2001 1:59 am [link] [1 ref] [6 comments]

Following the unconnected thread to Jims's "hey, hey, hey, what kind of clock is that ?" intrusion. I offer the latest stroller Mom incident. I'm sitting on a park bench in Van Vorst park here in JC, petting my dog in a way which removes the shedding hair from her back. So I'm grooming for a few minutes when I notice the toes of a pair of womens shoes pointing at me. I dont look up but I notice them still there a few minutes later. When I finally do look up I see some 30 somthing Mom is pointing her baby in a sling at me so's they can both drink in the sight of man with doggie. I can't think of any other senerio which would allow someone to stand and stare point blank at a stranger and gawk. And I dont find that excuse acceptable either Keep walking Mom. Bah.
- bill 7-22-2001 7:48 pm [link] [add a comment]

dress em up dubya
- dave 7-21-2001 11:33 pm [link] [add a comment]

Good Morning Sinners

Scratchy vanity 45s, pilfered field recordings, muddy off-the-radio sounds, homemade congregational tapes and vintage commercial gospel throw-downs; a little preachin' and a little salvation.

- bill 7-21-2001 2:31 pm [link] [add a comment]

"Hypocrisy is better than no standards at all."
- dave 7-21-2001 1:53 pm [link] [add a comment]

This mornings hard copy nyt had a picture of stacked shipping containers, 3 high for as far as the eye could see, lining a street to block stone throwers stones.

- bill 7-20-2001 11:54 pm [link] [1 comment]

forgotten nyc
- dave 7-20-2001 6:37 pm [link] [2 refs] [3 comments]

the carvings of avenue c
- dave 7-20-2001 6:35 pm [link] [add a comment]

"Modern mechanical tattooing was invented in New York City at the end of the 19th century. In his shop in Chatham Square on the Bowery, Samuel O'Reilly modified Thomas Edison's "Electric Engraving Pen" and created the first device which could mechanically enscribe a tattoo into the skin. The speed and accuracy of the new technology revolutionized the artform and introduced it to the possibilities of the modern age. Surrounded by the modern urban setting of New York, early tattooing borrowed its imagery from various popular culture sources as it expanded and became more sophisticated."

- dave 7-20-2001 6:23 pm [link] [add a comment]

Reminiscences of New York by an Octogenarian (1816 - 1860)
- dave 7-20-2001 6:14 pm [link] [1 ref] [add a comment]

the oldest site in new york that has continously been used as a drinking establishment is ...?
- dave 7-20-2001 5:38 pm [link] [add a comment]

Why Is New York City
Called "The Big Apple"?

- dave 7-20-2001 5:29 pm [link] [add a comment]

The Congregation Anshe Chesed building at 172 Norfolk Street (now the Angel Orensanz Foundation) not only is New York’s oldest surviving synagogue (erected 1850) and one of its largest (capacity 1,200) but also was the first building on the Lower East Side erected specifically as a synagogue. The designer was Berlin-born Alexander Saeltzer, architect of the old Astor Library (now the Public Theater) on Lafayette Street, who modeled it after the monumental Gothic-style cathedral of Cologne.
- dave 7-20-2001 4:36 pm [link] [2 refs] [1 comment]

plucked this one off the fmu message board :

Kathy Graham
Bush Bush In The Puss
Wed Jul 18 12:31:31 2001

Who Cares What You Think?

Here's an honest to God (?) account of one person's meeting with the President in Philadelphia last week:

"So when the President was here on July 4, I had the opportunity to shake his hand. I wasn't sure if that was a good idea or not but I did it anyway, and said to him, "Mr. President, I hope you only serve four years. I'm very disappointed in your work so far." He kept smiling and shaking my hand but answered, "Who cares what you think?"

His face stayed photo-op perfect, but his eyes gave me a look that said, if we'd been drinking in some frathouse in Texas, he'd've happily answered, "Let's take it outside." A nasty little gleam.

But he was (fortunately) constrained by Presidential propriety. But that was the end of it until I turned away and started scribbling the quote down in my notepad, so as to remember the "Gift" forever. When he saw me do that, he got excited and craned his neck over the rubberneckers to shout at me, "Who are you with? Who are you with?" People started looking, so he made a joke: "Make sure you get it right." But he kept at it: "Who do you write for?" I told him I wasn't "with" anybody and pointed to one of his staff people who knows me a little, and said, "Ask him, he'll tell you."

Then I split.

Half an hour later, my boss (who had helped organize the event we were at) came up to me and said, "Did you really tell the President that he was doing a 'lousy fucking job'?" "No way," I said, "I was very polite, I just told him what I thought." Fortunately, he believed me. He wasn't happy with me, but he believed me.

But anyway, if you ever wondered if the Prez really is kind of a jerk, I'm here to tell you, he is, and I got The Gift to prove it. I'm thinking of making up T-shirts so we can share The Gift with everyone: "Who cares what you think?" - President George W. Bush, July 4, 2001.

Andrew Hudson
Spokesman, Mayor Wellington Webb
1437 Bannock Street, ST. 350
Denver, CO 80202

Direct (720) 865-9016
FAX (720) 865-8791
Pager (303) 640-0780
Cell (303) 880-9521

For information on Mayor Webb's Office
Do The Mouse
- bill 7-19-2001 3:50 pm [link] [24 comments]

forgive me but I could not pass on Hippie Chick. The seller just contacted me letting me know that he has a bunch of others from the same shoot. He will send me some scans so I can decide. Oh, I've already decided.

- bill 7-19-2001 1:13 am [link] [1 ref] [1 comment]

ive got some of those comments that wont go away. how do i clear those out?
- dave 7-16-2001 4:01 pm [link] [1 ref] [5 comments]

"Dow Jones is discontinuing the "ownership and maintenance of indoor plants" in a bid to save $40,000 a year at the Wall Street Journal and its other properties.

"If you would like to take over the maintenance of any of the plants," staffers were told in a memo, "please attach a yellow Post-It note with your name to a visible part of the plant container."

- dave 7-16-2001 2:18 pm [link] [add a comment]

I haven't bought the times in weeks but I do get a summerial e.mail from them every morning / todays includes this :

How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote

A six-month investigation by The Times shows that under intense pressure from Republicans, Florida officials accepted hundreds of overseas absentee ballots that failed to comply with state election laws.

- bill 7-15-2001 2:17 pm [link] [2 comments]

From Wired:

When a family of ducklings fell down a Vancouver sewer grate, their mother did what any parent would do: She got help from a passing police officer. Vancouver police officer Ray Peterson didn’t know what to make of the duck that grabbed him by the pant leg while he was on foot patrol in a neighborhood near the city's downtown. He pushed her away, but the mother duck persisted, grabbing Peterson's leg again when he tried to leave, and then waddling to a nearby sewer grate where she sat down and waited for him to follow and investigate. "I went up to where the duck was lying and saw eight little babies in the water below," he said. Police said they removed the heavy metal grate with the help of a tow truck and used a vegetable strainer to lift the ducklings to safety. Mother and offspring then departed for a nearby pond.

- jim 7-14-2001 6:23 pm [link] [5 comments]

bill, tom, steve how was the concert--i had to run i felt it would have been rude to leave during show and i had been there a bit and neede to work at home
- Skinny 7-13-2001 3:08 pm [link] [4 comments]