Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I have a question

When did 18-year-olds start looking like this? God bless "The Boy" and that wonderful genetic stew that is Brazil.


I passed!!

Not bad if I do say so myself. Just think if I had studied and not gone out and partied with my drinking buddies last night.

JustSayHi - Science Quiz

I want to be famous when I grow up

Just Say No (to Panhandling)

It was San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong herself who called in the complaint about a Van Ness Avenue panhandler that ended with a fatal confrontation Sunday.

The chief was driving through the upscale Russian Hill neighborhood at mid-afternoon when she saw 55-year-old Leonard Michael Cole panhandling on the median strip of Van Ness at Greenwich Street, Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

Panhandling on city streets has long been a pet peeve of Fong's boss, Mayor Gavin Newsom, who led a voter-backed initiative in 2003 to ban aggressive soliciting on median strips, parking lots and the like.

"She spied the violation and called it in to field operations, and field operations called Northern Station," Mannina said.

The message: Do something about it.

And that is just what the cop who took the call tried to do when he arrived at the corner.

According to police, the officer tried to cite Cole. The panhandler, long known to Northern cops for his drug and mental problems, responded by running up Greenwich.

The officer, who has not been identified, called for backup and gave chase.

At Polk Street, police said, the officer and two colleagues who had pulled up in a marked squad car approached Cole, who allegedly turned toward them with an 8-inch knife.

According to police, the officers repeatedly ordered Cole to drop the knife. Instead Cole lunged, and one of the officers opened fire.

Cole died three hours later at San Francisco General Hospital.

The police, district attorney and Office of Citizen Complaints have all started investigations, which is standard procedure.

Source: SF Gate

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

State of the Union as Tag Cloud

This is great!


created at TagCrowd.com


State of the Union 2008: Abridged Edition

BUSH STATE OF UNION

APPLAUSE

God bless
Troops
Econony bad
Stimulus
STANDING APPLAUSE
Congress bad; Do what I say.
APPLAUSE
Cut taxes permanently
APPLAUSE-O-RAMA
9-11, terrorists, jihadists, bad, evil
Hate freedom
Nucular
Iraq, Afghanistan, free
Surge good
Troops good
Give military more money
STANDING JUMPING LEAPING APPLAUSE
Global warming bad
Nucular energy good
APPLAUSE
Earmarks bad
Veto good
APPLAUSE APPLAUSE APPLAUSE

Signs autographs

Exeunt


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Listening to: Nina Simone - Love Me Or Leave Me

Saturday, January 26, 2008

What's Larger Than the Moon?



Elephants, apparently.

Daily my faith in humanity is restored.

Thanks, Justin, for sharing this picture!

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UPDATE: Alas, it appears this photo is fake. Here's the real story.

And the real photo:

original-quiz

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tell Your Kids to Have Sex and Save a Billion Dollars

In the past decade, the federal government has spent more than $1 billion on programs that promote abstinence as the only healthy choice to make about sex before marriage. Last week, the government's own long-term evaluation of the initiatives, required by Congress in 1997, showed that these programs seem to accomplish essentially nothing. That's right: Nada. Students in the programs were no more likely to abstain from sex than their peers. And if they did lose their virginity, they tended to do so at the same average age and have the same number of sexual partners as other students did. As Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., put it, "In short, American taxpayers appear to have paid over 1 billion federal dollars for programs that have no impact."

The new study, rigorously conducted by Mathematica Policy Research Inc. on behalf of the government, should be the death knell for abstinence-only programs, which have also drawn criticism for perpetuating gender stereotypes, spreading medical inaccuracies, and ignoring the separation of church and state. While the Bush administration shows few signs of rethinking this pet project, a growing number of states have begun to wise up, rejecting millions in federal funding because they come with abstinence strings attached. The problem is that even larger sums of federal money now bypass state governments and flow directly to community abstinence groups, often in the form of multiyear grants, with little or no oversight. It's up to Congress to stanch this ooze.

The Mathematica study is long-term and has scientific bona fides that are hard to dispute. The researchers focused on four abstinence-only education programs—in Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, and Mississippi—that received federal money through a program called Title V. Beginning in 1999, the researchers randomly assigned more than 2,000 students either to receive or not to receive abstinence-only instruction, in addition to whatever else they did in school. Then in 2005-06, when the students were on average 16½, the researchers surveyed both groups about their sexual attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Remarkably, those who'd gotten the abstinence-only ed—some as often as every school day for up to four years—did not behave differently than their peers.

Psst. . . He Raised Taxes. . .

Did you hear this whisper during the Republican debate? I'm totally creeped out. The whisper is coming from INSIDE the house!!



UPDATE: "The Raw Story" has more information about this from MSNBC's perspective. If this isn't candidate coaching, then I'm Tom Grunick.

"We heard the same thing you heard," MSNBC VP for Communications Jeremy Gaines told RAW STORY via e-mail Friday afternoon. "There was obviously an open mike which picked up the whisper, but we have no way of knowing who did the whispering."


Romney's campaign has not commented on this little oddity yet.

Tea Will Save Your Life

And make you thin and gorgeous!

Ultimate Tea Diet

How did I miss this?!

Pookie and Ray-Ray Get Out the Vote

barack-feb2007

As our first "post-racial" Presidential candidate, Barack Obama is nevertheless speaking the language of his constituency in South Carolina.

Thursday morning in Kingstree, a city in the low country of South Carolina, he spoke to a mostly African-American audience of about 1,000.

Mr. Obama made this plea to those in attendance: "I need you not only to vote, but I need you to get cousin Pookie to vote. I need Ray-Ray to vote."

In a related story, Hillary Clinton was briefly seen in Boca Raton, FL, pitching her tales of innocence and experience to an audience made up solely mannequins and discarded laptops. "Bleep bop zorg zapp zort waaaaaa neep," she entreated.

hillary-clinton

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jerry O'Connell Does Tom Cruise

Jerry's career is nearly transparent at this point, but this is priceless.

Coffee as Kaleidoscope: The New Siphon at Blue Bottle

Our beloved Hayes Valley Blue Bottle cafe has invested in the most esoteric coffee-making device in the world: a Japanese siphon bar.

WITH its brass-trimmed halogen heating elements, glass globes and bamboo paddles, the new contraption that is to begin making coffee this week at the Blue Bottle Café here looks like a machine from a Jules Verne novel, a 19th-century vision of the future.

Called a siphon bar, it was imported from Japan at a total cost of more than $20,000. The cafe has the only halogen-powered model in the United States, and getting it here required years of elliptical discussions with its importer, Jay Egami of the Ueshima Coffee Company.

“If you just want equipment you’re not ready,” Mr. Egami said in an interview. But, he added, James Freeman, the owner of the cafe, is different: “He’s invested time. He’s invested interest. He is ready.”


My only concern will be "How much is this going to cost me and when can I just get a glass of iced tea at Blue Bottle?" Is that so much to ask?!!

UPDATE: The siphon bar is at their new location in Mint Plaza, not in Hayes Valley.

For the rest of the story, visit the Times: At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger, Dead at 28

This surprised me. And I really enjoyed Brokeback Mountain like all good gays are supposed to do. What a shame. Jake G. you better take care of yourself!!

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Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28

By JOHN SULLIVAN and SEWELL CHAN of the New York Times

The actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan apartment on Tuesday afternoon, the New York City police said.

The police said Mr. Ledger, 28, was discovered facedown in bed in an apartment at 421Broome Street in SoHo. Police officials said that a bottle of prescription sleeping pills were found on a nearby night table, but that they did not know whether they played a role in Mr. Ledger’s death.

Mr. Ledger, the star of “Brokeback Mountain” and other films, was discovered by a housekeeper and a masseuse, the police said. The housekeeper had been in the apartment for some time before Mr. Ledger’s body was discovered, and she let the masseuse in when she at the apartment for a 3:31 p.m. appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. They said they did not know when Mr. Ledger scheduled the appointment.

When Mr. Ledger did not respond to a knock on the bedroom door, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger unconscious. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities and moved Mr. Ledger to the floor, the police said.

“There was no indication of a disturbance,” Deputy Police Commissioner Paul J. Browne said. He said officers who checked the apartment found other prescription medications it in the bathroom. He said that there was no sign that Mr. Ledger had been drinking and that no illegal drugs were found in the apartment.

Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city’s chief medical examiner, said that investigators were on the scene on Tuesday afternoon and that an autopsy would be performed on Wednesday to determine the cause of death. His body was removed from the apartment at 6:30 p.m.

Julie McIntosh, a stylist in a neighboring salon, said she saw Mr. Ledger once or twice a week and thought had been living in the apartment for about six months.

“I think it’s really sad,” she said. “He’s a really nice guy. He seemed happy.”

Call Me Ishmael

Ishmael Beah's account of serving as a soldier in Sierra Leone is being attacked. I can only hope the attack is without warrant.

Here is Mr. Beah's statement:

January 22, 2008


For months I told Bob Lloyd and The Australian’s reporter, Shelley Gare, through my publisher, my agent, and my adoptive mother, that unfortunately they were wrong, that the man they claimed was my father was not my father, and that my mother and brothers were not alive, as Lloyd claimed. Last week, when The Australian sent reporters to my home in Sierra Leone, they were forced to acknowledge that this has been a hoax.

Now The Australian’s reporters are trying to raise questions about the dates in my book, A Long Way Gone, regarding when the war came to my village. They offer as "proof" a man named Mr. Barry who claims to have been the head of the school I attended when I was young. I have never heard of a Mr. Barry. The principal of my school was Mr. Sidiki Brahima.

The war in Sierra Leone began in 1991. My story, as I remember it and wrote it, began in 1993 when rebels “attacked the mining areas” (my words from the book) in my village while I was away with friends. I never saw my family again. The Australian, presumably, is basing their defamation of me on reports that the Sierra Rutile Mine was closed down by rebels in 1995. But there were rebels in my region, my village, and my life in 1993. They attacked throughout 1993 and 1994 before closing down the mine.

Others from Sierra Leone can bear witness to the truth of my story.

Leslie Mboka, National Chairman of the Campaign for Just Mining in Freetown, was a counselor at Benin Home, the rehabilitation center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, I entered in January 1996. He told this to my publisher, Sarah Crichton, on the telephone today:

“A gentleman named Wilson was here investigating regarding Ishmael Beah’s book, and I told him emphatically−emphatically−that Ishmael’s accounts are accurate and correct. Wilson was going to Mogbwemo to find out if Ishmael Beah’s family was alive. When he came back to Freetown, he said he couldn’t find anyone alive, and the man who said he was Ishmael’s father was actually just a relative. But then he asked, what about confusion with the dates?

And I said, there is no problem with the dates. The rebels made sporadic attacks on the mining communities between ’93 and ’94, leading up to and in preparation for the major assault in ’95. In fact, military personnel were deployed to the area because there were these sporadic raids. Ishmael was caught in one of the earlier attacks.

I told all this to Peter Wilson. I told him everything that Ishmael wrote is accurate and completely factual, and I explained to him what was confusing him.

I do not understand what his paper’s agenda is. I do not understand why they are trying to blackmail this brilliant and honest young man.”

Mboka was contacted by The New York Times when they fact-checked the excerpts of my book which they published. His testimony did not appear in The Australian’s reporting.

My publisher also spoke today with Alusine Kamara, former director of Benin Home, who now lives in Boston.

“I have known Ishmael since he was a soldier and he came to our center. I have read his book, and I have no doubt that what he says is true I do not know why anyone would want to question what Ishmael writes about. He did not write a history of the whole war, he wrote about his experiences. And if anyone has any doubts about what Ishmael went through, or what it was like for those soldiers, I refer them to the BBC World—they made many documentaries about our center.”

I was right about my family. I am right about my story. This is not something one gets wrong. The Australian’s reporters have been calling my college professors, asking if I "embellished" my story. They published my adoptive mother’s address, so she now receives ugly threats. They have used innuendo against me when there is no fact. Though apparently, they believe anything they are told–unless it comes from me or supports my account. Sad to say, my story is all true.

Sincerely,

Ishmael Beah

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Fred, We Hardly Knew You!

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson quit the Republican presidential race on Tuesday, after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.


"Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," Thompson said in a statement.



Fred Thompson Withdraws

Monday, January 21, 2008

Caffeine and Miscarriages?

I'm proud to announce that caffeine now has another use: family planning. No longer just a tool to maintain the output of the American worker, caffeine can now be legitimately utilized to weed out the potentially infirm and unworthy.

All hail Caffeine!

Study Sees Caffeine Possibly Tied to Miscarriages

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Healing Power of Poetry



"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting, over and over announcing your place in the family of things."

From "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol 1

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Our Candidates Have So Much in Common . . .

Thanks to my friend Kevin for finding this graph:

Assets of Presidential Candidates

This gives me an idea for a new reality show: "Who Wants to Vote for a Millionaire?!"

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tom Cruise Has a Stroke

And it's captured on video!!



This video could be deleted at any time. LRH is watching!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Thanks for the birthday wishes

Time to chronicle the decay. Here I am. January 14, 2008. Heading downhill and picking up speed.

Me at 38

Do I look high or what?

Oh PETA, quo vadis?

An official report from People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), submitted nine months after a Virginia government agency's deadline, shows that the animal rights group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006. During that year, the well-known animal rights group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on PETA to either end its hypocritical angel-of-death program, or stop its senseless condemnation of Americans who believe it's perfectly ethical to use animals for food, clothing, and critical medical research.

Not counting animals PETA held only temporarily in its spay-neuter program, the organization took in 3,061 "companion animals" in 2006, of which it killed 2,981. According to Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the average euthanasia rate for humane societies in the state was just 34.7 percent in 2006. PETA killed 97.4 percent of the animals it took in. The organization filed its 2006 report this month, nine months after the VDACS deadline of March 31, 2007.

"Pet lovers should be outraged," said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. "There are thousands of worthwhile animal shelters that deserve Americans' support. PETA is not one of them."

In courtroom testimony last year, a PETA manager acknowledged that her organization maintains a large walk-in freezer for storing dead animals, and that PETA contracts with a Virginia cremation service to dispose of the bodies. In that trial, two PETA employees were convicted of dumping dead animals in a rural North Carolina trash dumpster.

Today in Southampton County, Virginia, another PETA employee will face felony charges in a dog-napping case. Andrea Florence Benoit Harris was arrested in late 2006 for allegedly abducting a hunting dog and attempting to transport it to PETA's Norfolk headquarters.

"PETA raised over $30 million last year," Martosko added, "and it's using that money to kill the only flesh-and-blood animals its employees actually see. The scale of PETA's hypocrisy is simply staggering."

Website: PETA Kills Animals

Friday, January 11, 2008

I need to start watching tennis again

Marat Safin in Melbourne

Marat Safin is in Melbourne at the Australian Open. Apparently it's been very warm there. Thanks, Mother Nature. :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Found in the SOMA Safeway

Another Blow to the Environment (thanks to India)

The Indian automaker Tata unveiled its latest model today: the Nano. More expensive than its Apple cousin, the Tata Nano nevertheless only costs $2500. This will allow potentially millions more Indians to own a poorly made deathtrap that will scream along India's roads at a top speed of 60 MPH with no airbags.

Forgive us, Mother Earth.

Gloria Steinem for my 200th Post

From yesterday's NY Times:

January 8, 2008
Op-Ed Contributor
Women Are Never Front-Runners
By GLORIA STEINEM

THE woman in question became a lawyer after some years as a community organizer, married a corporate lawyer and is the mother of two little girls, ages 9 and 6. Herself the daughter of a white American mother and a black African father — in this race-conscious country, she is considered black — she served as a state legislator for eight years, and became an inspirational voice for national unity.

Be honest: Do you think this is the biography of someone who could be elected to the United States Senate? After less than one term there, do you believe she could be a viable candidate to head the most powerful nation on earth?

If you answered no to either question, you’re not alone. Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life, whether the question is who must be in the kitchen or who could be in the White House. This country is way down the list of countries electing women and, according to one study, it polarizes gender roles more than the average democracy.

That’s why the Iowa primary was following our historical pattern of making change. Black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot, and generally have ascended to positions of power, from the military to the boardroom, before any women (with the possible exception of obedient family members in the latter).

If the lawyer described above had been just as charismatic but named, say, Achola Obama instead of Barack Obama, her goose would have been cooked long ago. Indeed, neither she nor Hillary Clinton could have used Mr. Obama’s public style — or Bill Clinton’s either — without being considered too emotional by Washington pundits.

So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one? The reasons are as pervasive as the air we breathe: because sexism is still confused with nature as racism once was; because anything that affects males is seen as more serious than anything that affects “only” the female half of the human race; because children are still raised mostly by women (to put it mildly) so men especially tend to feel they are regressing to childhood when dealing with a powerful woman; because racism stereotyped black men as more “masculine” for so long that some white men find their presence to be masculinity-affirming (as long as there aren’t too many of them); and because there is still no “right” way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what.

I’m not advocating a competition for who has it toughest. The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together. That’s why Senators Clinton and Obama have to be careful not to let a healthy debate turn into the kind of hostility that the news media love. Both will need a coalition of outsiders to win a general election. The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that.

I’m supporting Senator Clinton because like Senator Obama she has community organizing experience, but she also has more years in the Senate, an unprecedented eight years of on-the-job training in the White House, no masculinity to prove, the potential to tap a huge reservoir of this country’s talent by her example, and now even the courage to break the no-tears rule. I’m not opposing Mr. Obama; if he’s the nominee, I’ll volunteer. Indeed, if you look at votes during their two-year overlap in the Senate, they were the same more than 90 percent of the time. Besides, to clean up the mess left by President Bush, we may need two terms of President Clinton and two of President Obama.

But what worries me is that he is seen as unifying by his race while she is seen as divisive by her sex.

What worries me is that she is accused of “playing the gender card” when citing the old boys’ club, while he is seen as unifying by citing civil rights confrontations.

What worries me is that male Iowa voters were seen as gender-free when supporting their own, while female voters were seen as biased if they did and disloyal if they didn’t.

What worries me is that reporters ignore Mr. Obama’s dependence on the old — for instance, the frequent campaign comparisons to John F. Kennedy — while not challenging the slander that her progressive policies are part of the Washington status quo.

What worries me is that some women, perhaps especially younger ones, hope to deny or escape the sexual caste system; thus Iowa women over 50 and 60, who disproportionately supported Senator Clinton, proved once again that women are the one group that grows more radical with age.

This country can no longer afford to choose our leaders from a talent pool limited by sex, race, money, powerful fathers and paper degrees. It’s time to take equal pride in breaking all the barriers. We have to be able to say: “I’m supporting her because she’ll be a great president and because she’s a woman.”


Women Are Never Front-Runners

Gloria Steinem is a co-founder of the Women’s Media Center.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Congress Gets a Raise!!

$4000 more a year for gridlock. And, it only cost them each $2 million or more to run for Congress. What a bargain!

Congress gets a pay raise

Don't Cry For Me, New Hampshire

Eva Evita Peron

Hillary or Evita?

Evita or Hillary? J/K, LOL, BFF

Congratulations, Hills. I knew you had it in you!

Now, tell Bill to put that thing away.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Associated Press Declares Hillary Clinton the Winner in New Hampshire

Sorry, Mags, but it may be true. CNN just declared her the winner, too!

Clinton Wins?

What Are the Signs of an Empire in Decline?

While reading the newspapers and the blogs and perusing the talking heads on cable television, I've started to notice some patterns. These just may not be, despite what my high school science teacher, Mr. Kinslow, used to say during his blue-sky moods, the "Good Ol' Days." In fact, for what may be the first time in our history, we may have to look back in anger at the travesties perpetrated by our leaders, our corporate executives, our parents and theirs. We may be moving into an era less well off than that of our parents. And that's a shame. I had so many things I wanted to buy.

The news today isn't cheery. The Dow is down over 200 points (there go our 401Ks--but who needs a pension?!) Gold is more than $880 an ounce (surely this doesn't inspire confidence in the weakening US dollar). Home sales were down 2.6 percent in November. And to top it all off, the Golden Globes are basically cancelled!!

What is the world coming to?

I suggest, therefore, while you're out driving in your SUV, burning up 40-50 gallons of those oh-so-precious fossil fuels, take a look around at America in the Golden Years. Before you know it, no matter how long our President threatens to hold his breath until he turns blue, the American celebration may be cancelled, too.

Two for Two for Obama?

Will Barack be able to pull out the magic again in New Hampshire? Will I be surreptitiously listening to NPR/CNN to hear news about the primary? Yes!

If you're in New Hampshire, I have one thing to say: vote. Go, be part of the process. And consider Hillary. She nearly cried for you people!! What do you want? Blood?!

Gotta love the politics.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Harley Davidson is rolling in his grave

Just kidding! You go, gals! Congrats on the "new" trademark.

A San Francisco motorcycle club gained long-sought legal approval today for its trademark of the name "Dykes on Bikes" when the U.S. Supreme Court turned away a challenge from a lawyer who said the term denigrated men.

Without comment, the justices denied review of an appeal by Michael McDermott of Dublin, who challenged a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to grant the San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent exclusive rights over the commercial use of Dykes on Bikes.

More on the SF Gate.

Nobody Puts Baby (or Bill O'Reilly) in a Corner

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Hampshire Debate on ABC

If you watched the debate tonight, I think you will have to agree that Hillary won. She showed passion, experience, intelligence, focus, and gravitas. Great comeback, Hillary.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Did you hear about our storms?

This may be the most perfect, most defining image of the storm's effect on San Francisco. Forget the downed powerlines, the tree limbs, the flooding, the mudslides, the MUNI delays. This is truth--pedestrian truth.

01/04/2008 Storm

A Century in Iraq: Brought to you by John McCain



QUESTION: President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years...

McCAIN: Make it a hundred.

QUESTION: Is that...

McCAIN: We've been in South Korea, we've been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea 50 years or so. That would be fine with me. As long as Americans— as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That's fine with me, I hope that would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where Al Qaeda is training and equipping and recruiting and motivating people every single day.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Britney, be gone

I'm declaring this a Britney-free Zone.

I don't care what this woman does anymore. I don't care what she was on last night. I don't care about her kids, her sister, or her mother.

I'm done, kaput, finished, had it up to here, tired of her antics. Chris Crocker can have her.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Obama Wins Iowa

"They" said it couldn't happen.

Despite the inherent power of John Edwards' hair and boyish charm. . .

despite Hillary's war chest, husband, and testicles. . .

despite the cows and corn and cholesterol-ridden cafes. . .

Barack has won the 2008 Iowa caucus by a veritable landslide.


Congratulations, Senator Obama. I appreciate your vision of hope and your inclusiveness; I worry about your lack of experience and am suspicious of your juris doctorate (alas, all the Democratic front runners are lawyers--along with their spouses). And I still think I want to see Hillary in the White House and Bill as the First Husband. Nevertheless, I'd vote for you a million times before casting one vote for Mike Huckabee.

We'll see you in New Hampshire. Get some rest.


Rock Out with Your Caucus Out

Don't forget to go to the polls today or the caucus stations or whatever they're called. If you know an Iowan, give him/her a call.

Obama, Clinton, Kucinich, Edwards, Romney, Giuliani, Huckabee.

Get ready, folks.

The madness has really just begun.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Top Ten Most Literate Cities

I'm proud to have lived in two of the top ten. Care to guess which? And, by the way, what are YOU reading right now?

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In the fifth annual Readers' Bowl, Minneapolis, Minn., reclaimed the title America's Most Literate City for 2007 while Seattle, Wash., fell to the number two spot, according to USA Today. And in what might be seen as a Twin Cities bid for national reading dominance, St. Paul, Minn., sustained its long-term momentum, having "climbed steadily, from 11th place in 2003 to third place this year."

The top 10 overall, as compiled by "researcher Jack Miller, who for five years has been ranking the nation's largest cities based on their support for and commitment to reading":

Minneapolis
Seattle
St. Paul
Denver
Washington, D.C.
St. Louis
San Francisco
Atlanta
Pittsburgh
Boston

The top 10 cities in the bookseller category, which ranks for every 10,000 people the number of retail bookstores, number of rare and used bookstores and number of ABA members, are:

Seattle
San Francisco
Minneapolis
Cincinnati
St. Louis
Portland, Ore.
Pittsburgh
St. Paul
Cleveland
Washington, D.C.

The Top Ten List

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's Day in SF

It was a pretty day today. What does or should one do on the first day of the new year in San Francisco? Sleep late, eat a muffin, watch some teevee, go to Room and Board and look at chairs and pillows, have a late lunch at Squat and Gobble, then go home and lounge some more.

Perfect.