Thursday, September 25, 2008

Steve Lopez visits Palin's hometown

Into the wild of Wasilla, Alaska, where Sarah Palin once ruled

"They paved paradise, and all they've got to show for it is chalupas and discount tube socks."

~Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My favorite non-Onion story today


This may be my favorite straight news story of the day:

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Michael Douglas had to field questions Wednesday about the financial turmoil shaking world markets from reporters recalling his role in the 1987 film "Wall Street."
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"And my name is not Gordon. He's a character I played 20 years ago."

Read the full, fully serious, non-Onion article on the LA Times site.

(Photo courtesy David Karp / AP)

Friday, September 19, 2008

International Day to Take Off Your Veil?

Facebook reflects struggle over Islam's role

"This is not just a technical war, but a moral one. Facebook is reflecting what's happening in Muslim society," Korayem said. "I'm engaged in dialogue between Islamists and secularists. But there's too much tension. No one wants to revise his opinions. It's turned into a screaming war. Islamists speak to me as a disbeliever. They want to convert me. They quote verses of the Koran as if to awaken me."

The struggle is over Islam's role in the new century. Facebook groups like Korayem's seek separation between the spiritual and the political.

~By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

McCain Gets BarackRoll'd

Heard of Rickrolling? "...best described by example: You are reading your favorite Hollywood gossip blog and arrive at a link urging you to “Click here for exclusive video of Britney’s latest freakout!!” Click you do, but instead of Britney, it’s a dashing 21-year-old Briton that pops onto the screen. You, sir, have been Rickroll’d." - Web Scout

McCain gets BarackRoll'd at the RNC

Hilarious.

And check out this score

For all my PCC basketball teammates who suffered through the Fresno game, and the subsequent newscaster jokes, I offer you this.

"There's the "agony of defeat." And then there's this women's ice hockey score from the European Olympic pre-qualifying tournament: Slovakia 82, Bulgaria 0.

That's correct: 82 goals for Slovakia, none for Bulgaria. It was not the all-time record for futility, however; that is still held by Thailand, which lost 92-0 to South Korea in the 1998 Asia-Oceania U18 Championship." ~ ESPN


At least we got on the scoreboard.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Beauty

If the documentary 'America the Beautiful' is playing in your area, go see it! It's a compelling story about America's (sometimes deadly) obsession with beauty. After observing a plastic surgery, the documentarian says he went home to call every woman he knows, to tell her she is beautiful, exactly as she is. And then called every man he knows and asked him to tell every woman in his life that she is beautiful, exactly as she is.

How do we define beauty? In one of my favorite scenes, Eve Ensler tells about her travels to Africa, where she met a woman who was absolutely in love with all.. ALL of her body. When Eve complained about parts of her body she was less than thrilled by, the woman pointed to a tree and asked, 'Is that tree beautiful?' Of course. The woman then pointed to a different tree. 'Is that tree any less beautiful because it is different?' ... 'I am a tree. You are a tree. Love your tree!'

You are beautiful. Love your tree!