Friday, February 29, 2008
"I’d say people are shocked and demoralized," said one insider. "This billionaire [Zell] comes in and says he is going to save us and then he screws us..."
"The whole history of this being a great national paper, this is definitely the death knell," said one shell-shocked insider.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Now I know BillO and KO have been feuding since the Spanish Inquisition, but can they at least wait a week? You know, and deal with real news? That is what they're supposed to do, right?
Do you want to see more night games at Wrigley Field?
Yes (1971 responses)
No (1618 responses)
Do you want to see more concerts at Wrigley Field?
Yes (1558 responses)
No (1861 responses)
Should the naming rights be sold for Wrigley Field?
Yes (673 responses)
No (2951 responses)
"We'll see the effects of this pro-growth package," Bush told reporters at a White House news conference, referencing himself and his major contributors with his pronoun. He acknowledged that some lawmakers, are already talking about a second stimulus package, aimed at the middle-class. "Why don't we let stimulus package 1, which seemed like a good idea at the time, have a chance to kick in?" Bush's eloquent comments were of course evocative of FDR's first fireside chat after his court packing plan, when, using brevity as the essence of wit, he reminded the American people "it seemed like a good idea at the time."
Bush's view of the economy was decidedly rosier than that of many economists, who say the country is nearing recession territory or may already be there. The difference, said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino is that "the President is drawing a distinction between the haves and the have-mores." "I'm concerned about the economy," he said, subtextually indicating that he is concerned about his own financial well being. "I don't think we're headed to recession. But no question, we're in a slowdown." His first we was meant to represent families with an income in excess of $200,000 per year, and the second we was intended to represent lazy, non-constituent, and probably black families.
The centerpiece of government efforts to brace the wobbly economy is a package Congress passed and Bush signed last month. It will rush rebates ranging from $300 to $1,200 to millions of people and give tax incentives to businesses. That money can be used by most consumers to offset the higher price of gas, or to buy a Nintendo Wii. There are indications that paying $4 for a gallon of gasoline is not out of the question once the summer driving season arrives. Asked about that, Bush said "That's interesting. I hadn't heard that. ... I know it's like $6 now, right?"
I didn't actually read this article, but I'm assuming that it has to do with Republicans combining their two favorite hobbies of beastiality and necrophilia.
But don’t tell that to media mogul Sam Zell, new owner of The Tribune Co. Guess who he blames for the state of the economy?….Wait for it….Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Seriously.
"Obviously what we have going on is an attempt to create a self-fulfilling prophecy," said Zell, chairman of Equity Investments Group and owner of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other companies. "We have two Democratic candidates who are vying with each other to describe the economic situation worse."
Yep, no way it could be the ding-a-ling who's been in the White House for the last 7 years...
BAGHDAD, Feb. 27 -- U.S.-backed Sunni volunteer forces, which have played a vital role in reducing violence in Iraq, are increasingly frustrated with the American military and the Iraqi government over what they see as a lack of recognition of their growing political clout and insufficient U.S. support...
"Now, there is no cooperation with the Americans," said Haider Mustafa al-Kaisy, an Awakening commander in Baqubah, the capital of Diyala province, an insurgent stronghold that U.S. and Iraqi forces are still struggling to control. "We have stopped fighting al-Qaeda..."
"They should make me stronger. They should not weaken me," said Kassim, a former commander in the Islamic Army, an insurgent group. "We need weapons. We need vehicles. We do not even have gas for the few cars we have. When we joined, the Americans promised to provide all necessities. Now we know those were only words..."
Inadvertent U.S. killings of Awakening fighters -- five such incidents have occurred in the past three weeks -- are adding to the frustrations. In the southern town of Jurf al-Sakr, U.S. soldiers killed three fighters Feb. 15. U.S. commanders said that the men had fired upon the soldiers first and that the troops acted in self-defense.
Within hours, more than 1,000 fighters walked away from their posts. Sabah al-Janabi, who heads the Awakening in the area, publicly criticized the U.S. military, alleging it had killed 19 of his men in the past 45 days, which U.S. commanders deny...
In the village of Zaab, west of the northern city of Kirkuk, police officials and witnesses said U.S. forces on Feb. 14 killed six relatives of an Awakening leader, Issa Muhsin al-Jubouri, and detained him and others. In an interview last week, after his release, he said U.S. soldiers had "raised their weapons in my face and shouted at me, 'Confess or I will shoot you.'
"They beat me and cursed me and made me face the wall, saying to me, 'You have exploited the Awakening to support the terrorists,' " Jubouri said. "I kept saying, 'You are mistaken, because I and my family have been victims of terrorists.' "
More than one in 100 adult Americans is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year, in addition to more than $5 billion spent by the federal government... With more than 2.3 million people behind bars at the start of 2008, the United States leads the world in both the number and the percentage of residents it incarcerates, leaving even far more populous China a distant second, noted the report by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States.
The ballooning prison population is largely the result of tougher state and federal sentencing imposed since the mid-1980s. Minorities have been hit particularly hard: One in nine black men age 20 to 34 is behind bars...
Shouldn't they check this (and make a ruling) when a person STARTS their candidacy? They need to change the law anyway. If you're born to US parents, it shouldn't matter where you were when you were born - why would that be good enuff for citizenship but not for the presidency? And why shouldn't Ahnuld be able to run? In a true democracy, we should be able to vote in whoever we want. Even a non citizen. Some guy just off the boat from Haiti should be eligible, at least for the two days before we send him back.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING IMPORTANT?
Hey Tim Russert: Go Fuck Yourself.
Figures. "I talked to him the other day," Torre said. "I explained to him that being the veteran guy, he has the inside track as far as being the starting third baseman. But we will (start the season) with the best 25 (players) we can get." Torre's love of veterans also figures to be good news for Juan Pierre. The Dodgers have shot themselves in the foot a lot the last couple of years with their playing time decisions. Torre has his strengths, but breaking in youngsters isn't one of them.
Yes, batting your best hitter 5th - great idea, Jimmy. Fortunetly for "Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em" Leyland, Sheff will miss about half the year with a bad hammy and pouting over his contract, his agent, the media, Joe Torre, his hair stylist, the Detroit nightlife, etc.
Smiff is a drunkard, too, but at least i have sense enough to have a personal chauffer (Rebecca) drive me to rock shows where i can have a few gin & tonics and white russians...
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I can't think of a better way to enhance da hottest blog on da internets dan dis...
If it's Bush III: IV More Wars, who is going to blow Smiff's brains out because surely i will not be able to take this anymore...
Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama moved ahead of Hillary Clinton in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, and is in a dead heat in a general-election fight against Republican John McCain, who enjoys an advantage on national-security issues.
A Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times survey shows Obama is preferred by Democratic primary voters 48 percent to 42 percent, the first time he has overtaken Clinton in a Bloomberg/Times poll. In a general-election match-up among registered voters, McCain is 2 points ahead of Obama, within the margin of error; he beats Clinton by 6 points.
McCain runs ahead of Obama on every issue except health care.* The Arizona senator has a 13-point advantage on Iraq and a 37- point lead on terrorism. He also does better on managing the economy. One area where Obama has a clear edge is on the question of who would bring the most change in Washington; the Illinois senator has an almost 3-to-1 lead.
*Un-freaking-believable. Yes, very strong on national security: a proven failure who is promising a constant state of war and 100--why not 1,000--years in Iraq. Please, GIVE ME MORE OF THAT...AND DON'T FORGET THE REACH-AROUND! Jesus Phokking Christ already, how FUCKING STUPID IS THIS COUNTRY??
Oh yes, and the economy: McCain has stated he "doesn't understand it."
Does K-Mad still have dat "How to move to Canada" book?
Blagojevich: Cole Hall to be demolished and replaced with Memorial Hall
7:32 AM CST, February 27, 2008
DEKALB, Ill. - Governor Rod Blagojevich's office says the building that was the scene of this month's shooting at Northern Illinois University will be demolished and replaced with a new classroom building. A gunman fatally shot five students attending a lecture inside Cole Hall before turning a gun on himself on Valentine's Day. Blagojevich plans an afternoon news conference to announce funding that will allow NIU to demolish Cole Hall. A new state-of-the-art general classroom building will be built on the site and named Memorial Hall.
At least 16 others were wounded during the attack at the 25,000-student campus about an hour from Chicago. Classes resumed at NIU this week.
I don't know much about this building, except what happened this month of course, but should it be demolished just because of what one person did? I mean, isn't this exactly why people go out and shoot a bunch of other people before killing themselves? That in some sick way they put their indent on history?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Scott Kazmir going for MRI on left elbow
Scott Kazmir will go for an MRI on his left elbow this afternoon after feeling what "felt like a hyperextension" while warming up for Tuesday's intrasquad game.
Kazmir said he did well on strengths tests performed by Rays trainers after the incident and was encouraged that he didn't feel any further pain in the elbow, which was covered by a blue sleeve as he prepared to leave. "It felt like it just jammed a little bit, like a hyperextension," he said.
Or like something broken-star-splittingly horrible. Feb. 26 - 12:20 pm et
Slow news day...
Monday, February 25, 2008
Dis proves it! He's wit dem! Not wit us! Is dis who you want leading you, America? Somebody who would wear something other than a suit & tie? Wearing terrist clothes? Huh?
Lessee how long "turban-gate" takes to blow over...
Also, dis image does show, quite clearly, that he's not black enuff...
'Girl' at Japan school was 39-year-old man
22 February 2008 07:27
A Japanese man was arrested for trespassing this week after turning up at a high school dressed in a girl's uniform and a long wig, local police said.
Thirty-nine-year-old Tetsunori Nanpei told police he had bought the uniform over the internet and put it on to take a stroll near the school in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the daily Asahi Shimbun said.
When students standing outside the gates started to scream at the sight of him, he dashed inside the school grounds, hoping to blend in with the crowds of teenagers, the paper said.
They also screamed, forcing the man to flee, losing his wig in the process. A school clerk pursued him and stopped him at a nearby riverbank, the paper said.
Police confirmed the arrest of the man in school uniform and wig but declined to give further details. - Reuters