davidl on September 27th, 2009

Big Russ has passed: BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The father of the late “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert, the inspiration for his son’s best-selling book about their relationship and lessons learned, has died. The family of Timothy Joseph Russert issued a statement saying he died Thursday of natural causes at age 85. The elder […]

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Eric Florack on September 27th, 2009

The New York Times is reporting: William Safire, a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist for The New York Times who also wrote novels, books on politics and a Malaprop’s treasury of articles on language, died at a hospice in Rockville, Md. on Sunday. He was 79.

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Eric Florack on September 27th, 2009

An interesting “Mia Culpa” from the New York Times this morning, in the form of an article from Clark Hoyt, The Times “Public Editor” ON Sept. 12, an Associated Press article inside The Times reported that the Census Bureau had severed its ties to Acorn, the community organizing group. Robert Groves, the census director, was […]

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on September 27th, 2009

A rule that is being phased in this year requires that the names on IDs and tickets match perfectly; it’s not permissible to have an ID that reads “John Smith,” your legal name, and a ticket as “Jack Smith,” the name you use in everyday life. Read more at NYTimes Travel Practical Traveler

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davidl on September 26th, 2009

Does Obama use more Botox than Mrs. Pelosi.  The last item that saw that moved less than  Obama’s face had pigeon droppings on it, video: Barack Obama’s amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo. Hat tip: Fausta.

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on September 26th, 2009

Armenia, with a population of three million, has won the last two men’s world team chess championships, beating opponents including Russia, China, and the US. What is their secret? David Edmonds travelled to the country to find out. Read more at BBC News: Chess Prowess

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on September 26th, 2009

The old emo standbys, Hot Topic and Spencer’s, have a few men’s styles, but the real motherlode is the Topman store in SoHo. The men’s jewelry section offers probably 40 or 50 different varieties, from dangling daggers to an Eiffel Tower and a neon pink star. So guys, whatever style you choose and whichever ear […]

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davidl on September 25th, 2009

Steven Benen,  Washington Monthly, has his knickers in a twist because he believes free citizens should forced by the federal government to cover the costs of a woman’s pregnancy.   Benen blasts  Arizona Senator Jon Kyl for having the audacity to propose that citizens and not the federal government choose their level of health care coverage: […]

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Eric Florack on September 25th, 2009

Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the sphere….The BigsBlog Nightly Ramble This is the Corner Store Edition SCALPER: Don Surber mentions how the scalps are starting to pile up around Glenn Beck. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Explain to me the difference between what we saw in Nazi Germany and in […]

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Eric Florack on September 25th, 2009

A rare day after a storm, where tunring one way, you can see rainbows, and in the other, a sunset like few others. Drill each pic to get the full sized version

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Eric Florack on September 24th, 2009

Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the ‘sphere…. The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble This is the “Burgers and Fries and Cherry Pies” Edition. Ah, Charley Pride. NEW WORLD ORDER: Does anyone remember when that phrase used to send the left into spastics? Not anymore. Yet another of the many double […]

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davidl on September 24th, 2009

Is it just me, or do you find it creepy that school children are taught to chant the name  Barack Hussein Obama to tune of John Brown’s body? Video: Hat tip: Michelle Points to ponder: Prior to the one’s election, were told it was racist to use Obama middle name Hussien.  Now we are teaching […]

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Eric Florack on September 24th, 2009

CBS News has learned that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will name former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Kirk to the Senate seat left vacant by Ted Kennedy’s death last month. After all the screaming about the the way Mass state laws were written as regards succession of office in the Senate , it seems they’re […]

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Eric Florack on September 24th, 2009

There’s something about a road leading off into the distance that makes one want to follow, even when you don’t know, and can’t see, where it leads. There’s something about a nightfall, that makes the darkness seem inviting. There’s something about the sound of truck tires in the distance, that calls to the soul of […]

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Eric Florack on September 23rd, 2009

Welcome to the most intense nightly read on the ‘sphere The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble This is the “Where’s the Fire” Edition So, Barney Frank wants an investigation…. Of the people who investigated and reported on ACORN. A retaliatory strike, if you will.  Go ahead and tell me how this isn’t politically motivated. I suppose that […]

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