Saturday, September 21, 2002


A Democrat has finally stepped up and said what we have believed all along. Senator Robert Byrd (D.-W. Va) laid out the Bush Administration yesterday on the Senate floor. Sadly, it seems, Bush's war with Iraq is inevitable.

Eric Alterman's new column in The Nation asks some very serious questions that really should be answered. However, this question just made us laugh:

Don't the terrorists win if we give up pot and hookers?

Friday, September 20, 2002


The New York Mets are currently 73-79, and in 4th place in the National League's Eastern Division, and now we see this.

Can't you just hear Mets fan Jeff Cooper at Coop'd Up saying 'I knew it!'

Forbes finally gives us the top 15 richest fictional people

Rank Name Net Worth
1. Santa Claus $ �‡
2. Richie Rich 24.7 billion
3. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks 10 billion
4. Scrooge McDuck 8.2 billion
5. Thurston Howell III 8 billion
6. Willie Wonka 8 billion
7. Bruce Wayne 6.3 billon
8. Lex Luthor 4.7 billon
9. J.R. Ewing 2.8 billon
10. Auric Goldfinger 1.2 billon
11. C. Montgomery Burns 1 billon
12. Charles Foster Kane 1 billon
13. Cruella De Vil 875 millon
14. Gordon Gekko 650 millon
15. Jay Gatsby 600 millon

The really sad thing is that Mr. Burns would be ranked 10, not 11, if that evil Fidel Castro hadn't stolen the elusive 1 Billion-Dollar-Bill.

Thursday, September 19, 2002


Is there any possible explanation for this?


(Courtesy of The Smoking Gun, via MWO)

Here is yet another reason why we think Howard Dean would make a great Democratic candidate for president.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002


Today’s New York Post had a story by Brian Blomquist telling us exactly how much money Bill and Hillary Clinton are requesting to be reimbursed for their legal fees from the Whitewater investigation. The story got big play on CNN’s Inside Politics, including this exchange between Judy Woodruff and Tucker Carlson.

Woodruff: We’re gonna talk about a story in today’s New York Post where they got hold of papers from the New York Court of Appeals which show that 27 people, including former president Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, are asking to be reimbursed for their legal fees. The Clinton’s asking for three and half million in Whitewater legal fees, but 25 other people, all the way from a White House usher to a policeman who found Vince Fosters body, all asking for their legal fees to be reimbursed by the government. Tucker, is this something the taxpayers should pick up?

Carlson: Well, you know, you ask yourself ‘How could it get more appalling than it already is?’ and here’s the answer. I mean, you know, one feels sorry for a low-level staffer swept up in a scandal and required to hire lawyers out of their own pocket, and I think you can make a really good case that they deserve to be reimbursed. But the Clintons, who will make an estimated 40 million dollars total by the end of next year, after leaving office are certified rich people, and the idea that this money, which incidentally comes from the Department of Justice’s budget, DOJ budget money, ought to go to them when they’ve had a legal defense fund and, again, they’re rich, is insulting, at least.

We mentioned this story when Blomquist first wrote about it August 3rd. We felt the talk show buzz was a little hypocritical to complain about the Clintons being LEGALLY reimbursed, while not mentioning that BILLIONAIRE Richard Mellon Scaife also requested reimbursement for his legal fees. Blomquist’s story on August 3rd mentioned Scaife, but the talk shows were only mentioning the Clintons.

What struck us as odd was today’s story in the Post didn’t even mention Scaife, or the fact that he was requesting at least $100,000 according to his attorney, Yale Gutnick.

We called Brian Blomquist, and he explained that he didn’t mention Scaife’s reimbursement request because it was still under seal, although he (Blomquist) personally requested it be unsealed. Mr. Blomquist said he didn’t know why it was still under seal when the Clinton’s request was not. But, he suggested, maybe Scaife's lawyer would know.

So, we called Yale Gutnick in Pennsylvania, and his initial response was that his client’s request was still sealed due to inaction on the request. Would that mean the Clinton’s request had been acted upon, we wondered. Mr. Gutnick said he would have no idea; he was only involved in his own client’s dealings. Further, because the request was still under seal, he could not disclose how much money Mr. Scaife was requesting.

It just seems strange to us that the amount the Clintons requested can be bandied about the New York Post, but Richard Mellon Scaife's request for part of the DOJ's budget doesn’t rate a mention.

Bill Simon is sooooo done. Here's his best chance of winning the California Governorship, according to Jack Pitney, a political-science professor at Claremont McKenna College and a former Republican congressional aide:

"With the Davis administration, there's always the chance of a fund-raising scandal," he said. "The thing to watch will be this: It's not that Simon can win the election, but Davis can still lose it."

Simon's best hope is for Davis to implode. California Republicans just have to be kicking themselves for throwing Dick Riordan overboard.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002


Tonight the Anaheim Angels and the Oakland A's played a beautiful, wonderful, magical game of baseball. Angel ace Jarrod Washburn, and A's ace Mark Mulder swapped shutout inning after shutout inning for what seemed like forever. Finally, Tim Salmon got a hold of the only mistake made by a pitcher all night, a low fastball from Billy Koch, and hit a 10th inning home run to win the game for the Halos, 1-0.

The Angels now have a one game lead in the American League's Western Division, but still have two games left with the A's, so nothing is over yet. We, and all baseball fans, can only hope that the next two games are half as good as tonights contest.

Here's President Bush on Iraq's offer to allow inspectors back:

There is an old saying in Tennessee, I know it's in Texas, it's probably in Tennessee that says 'Fool me once...shame on...shame on you. If fooled me, you can't get fooled again.'

Is it just us, or has anybody else received this e-mail?


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For the record, we are NOT time travelers, and we have no access to any types of time travel. As for the time transducing capacitor, we have no comment.


We finally got around to seeing One Hour Photo, and Robin Williams is as good as you have probably heard. Williams plays Sy Parrish, a photo technician for SavMart, a huge department store, and is flat out spooky. His obsession with the all-American family, the Yorkins, is unseemly and unsettling. At times, Williams will make the most serene viewer squirm in their seat.

However, as good as Williams is, and he is brilliant, the rest of the movie doesn’t keep up. Sadly, it seems that Williams’ character was the only one that isn’t run of the mill. Eric LaSalle (e.r.) plays an extremely forgettable detective, and Gary Coleman (Family Affair) plays an extremely forgettable SavMart manager.

The Yorkins, the object of Parrish’s obsession, are the perfect family on the outside, but have the same sort of problems that all families have on the inside.

The story starts out very intriguing, but, ruefully, it completely and utterly falls apart in the last 15 minutes. After the fizzling denouement, most viewers will ponder, “That’s it?” Unfortunately, yes, that’s it, an incredibly disappointing finish for a movie that starts with such promise.

Do yourself a favor. Save your 8 bucks, and wait for it to hit HBO.

Monday, September 16, 2002


Adrian Wojnarowski at has it dead right, placing the blame for the St. Louis Rams 0-2 start squarely on the shoulders of head coach Mike Martz.

Sunday, September 15, 2002


Last week we advised Media Whores Online, and other like minded websites, to leave the Noelle Bush story alone. We felt that it was merely a young woman making a mistake. It wasn't news worthy, and it wasn't our business.

Well, things have changed.

Now it appears there may be a cover up going on, and THAT is both news worthy and our business.

President Andrew Sheppard in The American President: We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things, and two things only. Making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.

On a completely unrelated matter, 69% of the American people think that Iraq has nuclear weapons right this minute.