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The Kwame Show

Free Press article about the hearing on Mr. Kilpatrick's probation violation for failure to make ordered restitution payments.

Does anyone else find it ironic that his abuse of authority cost the city about nine million dollars of taxpayer money now his attorney's are asking his supporters to donate money to help him make restitution payments?

"Yeah, we soaked you for millions...give us some money to pay it back!"

BTW: I didn't even open the link to the comments on the free press article 'cause they start at stupid and slide down from there.
Just saw this on twitter from both Wil Wheaton & Brent Spiner, looked up on People and la.metblogs.com (link below).

"I was hoping it was a hoax, but it's not: Andrew Koenig has been missing in Vancouver since 2/14. More information: http://bit.ly/9RyWjo" Wil Wheaton

Asimov on Sci Fi

Many years ago in HS I took a class on Science Fiction, there was a definition offered written by Dr. Isaac Asimov that I haven't been able to track down yet. It talked about SF needing to be plausible, the science had to be relevant to the story (could you tell the story without it), and some other things.

Anyone else have some info on this?
NPR Finds Right-Wing Crank to Spit on Howard Zinn's Grave David Horowitz in ATC obituary with substance-free attack

When progressive historian Howard Zinn died on January 27, NPR's All Things Considered (1/28/10) marked his passing with something you don't often see in an obituary: a rebuttal.

After quoting Noam Chomsky and Julian Bond, NPR's Allison Keyes turned to far-right activist David Horowitz to symbolically spit on Zinn's grave. "There is absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn's intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect," Horowitz declared. "Zinn represents a fringe mentality which has unfortunately seduced millions of people at this point in time. So he did certainly alter the consciousness of millions of younger people for the worse."

Horowitz's substance-free attack contributed nothing to an understanding of Zinn's life or work, other than conveying that he's disliked by cranky right-wingers. (Horowitz has been best known in recent years for his race-baiting and Muslim-bashing--Extra!, 5-6/02; FAIR report, 10/1/08.) He seems to have been included merely to demonstrate that NPR will not allow praise for a leftist to go unaccompanied by conservative contempt.

Needless to say, it is not the case that NPR has a consistent principle that all its obituaries be thus "balanced." Take its coverage of the death of William F. Buckley, a figure as admired by the right as much as Zinn was on the left. Upon his death in February 2008, NPR aired six segments commemorating him, none of which included a non-admiring guest. In two segments, All Things Considered (2/27/08) presented the remembrances of Rich Lowry (Buckley's successor at National Review), his son Christopher and his biographer Sam Tanenhaus.

One of the All Things Considered segments did include a soundbite of Noam Chomsky debating with Buckley: "No, I don't believe that.... In fact I think that..." But what Chomsky did not believe was unclear, let alone what he actually thought.

Talk of the Nation (2/27/08) featured admirer William Kristol, while Day by Day (2/27/08) had an extended interview with protegee David Brooks. Morning Edition (2/28/08) just quoted Buckley himself.

The celebration of Buckley culminated with Weekend Edition host Scott Simon (2/29/08), who turned the cause of death into a eulogy: "Emphysema, such an unseemly thing for a man who was so often a breath of fresh air."

In fact, there was much to criticize about Buckley, who was a supporter of, among other things, white supremacism in the U.S. South and South Africa, McCarthyism, nuclear war against China and the tattooing of AIDS patients' buttocks (Extra!, 5-6/08). Reporting his death, however, NPR didn't think it was worth bringing on a critic who would take a negative view. Why the same outlet took a different approach when the subject was an intellectual on the left rather than the right is perhaps something the NPR ombud could answer.

ACTION: Please ask NPR ombud Alicia Shepard why All Things Considered brought on David Horowitz to trash the late Howard Zinn when NPR's extensive coverage of William F. Buckley included no critical guests.

You can contact the NPR ombud through this web form:

Or call 202-513-3245.

You can post a copy of your message to NPR here:


In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earthand populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green andyellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long andhealthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben andJerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You wantchocolate with that?"  And Man said,"Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add somesprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.


And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman mightkeep the figure that Man found so fair.


And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, andsugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." AndSatan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast onthe side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, "I have sent you heart healthyvegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forthdeep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. AndMan gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it"Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan thencreated chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."

God then brought forth running shoes so that His childrenmight lose those extra pounds.

And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Manwould not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed andcried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fatand brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and slicedthe starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewercalories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want frieswiththat?"  And Man replied, "Yes!And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man wentinto cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

Then Satan created HMOs.

Thought for the day ..

There is more money being spent on breast implants andViagra today than on Alzheimer's research.  This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population withperky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to dowith them.  If you don't send this tofive old friends right away there will be five fewer people laughing in the world

Posting Redux

Poem from entry posted 2004-08-12 15:14
The fire has dimmed to a soft glow,
new wood is needed to rekindle the
gentle coals back into a bonfire.
Past friends and lovers have burned
into the soft coals of fond memory.

To find the new wood for the fire
the coals must be left behind.
Not forever, not even for long,
but just a foray into the forest.

That search may yield much.
There will be old wood
on the forest floor.
There will be new wood to
be gathered for the future.

The effort and adventure are
both the means and the end
to a new fire that will warm and beckon.

Prayer for a seeker (posted: 2005-07-04 08:14)
Please keep the questions clear,
the answers true,
and give me the strength
for the task that lies ahead.


Make The Yuletide Gay

Olaf (Gunn) goes home to Wisconsin from college for the holiday. unfortunately his boyfriends parents go on a cruise at the last minute the boyfriends drops in on Gunn & family! What could be a normal and dull plot, Gunn isn't out to his parents, get's a unique treatment including their reaction to the required Coming Out.

This is the dirtiest clean movie I remember seeing, double entdres throughout the movie had us rolling on the floor. This is one that I would reccomend to any gay person.


Star Dreck

Got the new Star Trek movie from Netflicks only to find out it was just another mind-numbing action movie, you can fast forward though most (60%) of it without missing anything of importance. The new nacelle design looks like a pair of large breasts sitting atop the ship! I'm not far from being a purist because there were items that I liked about it: Zachary was good as Spock, Karl Urban as Bones, and Simon Pegg (who was in Dr. Who "The Long Game" as The Editor) good as Scotty...with a darn better accent than the original! The interior of the ship was okay...hard to tell since it was designed for film screen instead of a TV screen.

Updating for "modern audiences" sometimes doesn't work well even with the "alternate timeline" theory of the way the story unfolded. Plus they just didn't explain some stuff. What the hell is the deus ex machina of "red matter?" A small drop takes down a nova or planet, would think that huge glob should have taken out millions of parsecs.

Sadly, it will win awards solely because it has "Star Trek" in the title & JJ Abrams in the credits instead of on merit. I'm glad I didn't spend $10 to see it in the theatre, but then I'm not in the target 18-35 male demographic.

0912.13 edit: Expanded some thoughts.


Book-A-Minute: Twillight

Ultra-Condensed by Heather Billings and Eric Sleator McGill

Edward Cullen: Hoo mama, I can't decide whether to drink your blood or kiss you passionately.

Bella Swan: That's hot.