08/15/2010 archive

The Week In Review 8/8 – 14

229 Stories served.  32 per day.

This is actually the hardest diary to execute, and yet perhaps the most valuable because it lets you track story trends over time.  It should be a Sunday morning feature.

Rant of the Week: Municipal Land Use

Heh. “Technically Staten Island is a part of NYC”?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Municipal Land-Use Hearing Update
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Big and Small Creatures: Wild, Tame and Human

My ex-sister-in-law (I have a few) with whom I’ve remained friends despite that she is a Republican, Yankee Fan, born again and again Christian (no offense intended to anyone here present but I am a card carrying Wiccan. It even says so on my dog tags), sends me these forwarded a zillion times e-mails. Mostly I disregard them and delete. Last night I don’t know what possessed me but I opened this one. Get your tissues, it is sweet.

Polar Bear: I come in peace….


Punting the Pundits

Punting the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Dana Milbank: On education policy, Obama is like Bush

The Education Department kicked off its first ever “Bullying Summit” this week with a speech by Secretary Arne Duncan about the need “to break the cycle of bullying.”

But if Duncan really wants to stop the biggest bully in America’s schools right now, he’ll have to confront his boss, President Obama. In federal education policy, the president and his education secretary have been the neighborhood toughs — bullying teachers, civil rights groups, even Obama’s revered community organizers.

Frank Rich: Angels in America

Courage and a sense of fundamental fairness sometimes flower in our country in the most unexpected quarters, even as the angrier voices dominate the debate.

TO appreciate how much and how unexpectedly our country can change, look no further than the life and times of Judith Dunnington Peabody, who died on July 25 at 80 in her apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York.


But to quote Tracy Lord, the socialite played by Katharine Hepburn in the classic high-society movie comedy “The Philadelphia Story,” “The time to make up your mind about people is never.” In 1985, Judith Peabody, a frequent contributor to the traditional good causes favored by those of her class, did the unthinkable by volunteering to work as a hands-on caregiver to AIDS patients and their loved ones.

On This Day in History: August 15

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour a cup of your favorite morning beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

August 15 is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 138 days remaining until the end of the year.

While there were many significant events that happened on August 15, the most delightful and happily remember is Woodstock. Not many of my Baby Boomer generation remember that today Emperor Hirohito announced the unconditional surrender of Japan or that East Germany began the building of the Berlin Wall or that Malcolm slain Macbeth, it was peace, love and Rock N’ Roll in the mud with a lack of sanitary facilities but lots of music from some of the best at the Woodstock Festivalduring the weekend of August 15 to 18, 1969. The site was a dairy farm in West Lake, NY near the town of Bethel in Sullivan County, some 43 miles southwest from the actual town of Woodstock in Ulster County. During that rainy weekend some 500,000 concert goers became a pivotal moment in the history of Rock and Roll.

Peace, Drugs and Rock N’Roll. Rock On.

PS I was in Viet Nam.

A Day at the Beach…in China

My ex-sister-in-law who is a born again and again Christian, Up-State NY Republican and die hard devoted Yankees fan with whom, somehow, I’ve maintained a friendship, sent me this e-mail.

When you need to relax and just get away from it all…..May I suggest a day at the beach in CHINA ‘



Pakistan, & Hugely Unequal Global Climate Change Effects

The F Word: Time to Declare Global War on Flooding, Laura Flanders & GritTV, August 13, 2010

More GRITtv

Video transcript below…

Prime Time

Small world.  Gary Burghoff is from Bristol.  I’ve been many times and there are parts of it I don’t know at all.  When you get off I-84 at Exit 31 you make a right (if you’re coming from Hartford) and about the first things you see are ESPN’s antenna farm and the Otis Elevator test building.  Turn left if you want to visit Lake Compounce, North America’s oldest continually operating amusement park (sure, some years it was just the one day, but it’s the thought that counts).

To get to the A. Bartlett Giamatti Center you drive on Rt. 229 for what seems like a year until you get to Rt. 6.  It’s really much easier from Exit 38, but then you would miss the sights.  Good luck to the Fairfield All-Stars.


Adult Swim has Boondocks, The Story of Catcher Freeman and The Color Ruckus.  No Mobile Armored Riot Police, instead Bleach movies Memories of Nobody and The DiamondDust Rebellion.  I’m not into Bleach so much as I figure I have a large enough obscure Japanese Anime addiction.

I would like to say a few words about Aliens.  It rocks.

Yahoo TV Listings

Evening Edition

Evening Edition is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Hong Kong film-makers aim to be first in 3D porn

by Peter Brieger, AFP

Sat Aug 14, 2:31 am ET

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong director Christopher Sun arranges toy action models in front of a massive penis-shaped fountain, the easiest way to explain his intentions to the multilingual cast of what has been billed as the world’s first 3D porn film.

“I can’t ask my crew to do this and the best thing is you can get (the action models) naked without any complaints,” he told AFP at a secluded studio in Hong Kong.

The director is in a race against time to complete his 3.2 million-US-dollar film “3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”, which is due for release in May.