Drooling on the Pillow

Friday, December 03, 2004

Dog Bites Man 

Liberace was gay. Jason Giambi used steroids. Now hold on to your hat. Corzine is running for New Jersey Governor. Jim at Parkway Rest Stop has the story covered.

I was wondering why the Lincoln Tunnel was jammed this morning.

Actually, it's hard to tell what kind of governor he would be. He hasn't made much of an impression in his brief stay in the senate. Here's a hint, though. National Right to Life Committee (2003-2004) - 0% rating. NARAL (2003) - 100%. Americans for Tax Reform (2003) - 0%. National Federation of Independent Business (2003) - 0%. NAACP - 96%. National Education Association (2003) - 100%. Children's Defense Fund (2003) - 91%. Peace Action (2003) - 100%. AFL-CIO (2002) - 100%. Americans for Democratic Action (2003) - 90%. People for the American Way (2001-2002) - 92%.

You get the idea. On the up side, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (2003) - -1%.
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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Don't Delay 

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

David Gest, Call Your Lawyer 

Radio Blogger has an amusing observation and a useful suggestion regarding the fall of uber-geek Ken Jennings from his amazing streak on Jeopardy. Yes, I read the marketing/blog leaks about his demise last night and, yes, I was parked in front of the Sony.

I agree with him that Trabek must go, but the idea that he be replaced with Jennings is one that, on mature reflection, I'm sure he would disavow.

I say Bill Clinton. He would hold the Blue States' attention, obviously, but also goober in more Red States and close the demographic gap between Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Also, he could develop that horrifying/fascinating way of fondling the female contestants that Richard Dawson had on Family Feud with no danger of indictment.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Park It 

Parkway Rest Stop does a good job of explicating the eccenticities of various non-Garden State drivers. I mention this because Sluggo's brother, an echt-Pennsylvania driver, has been visiting this site and Jim says it much better than I would ever dare to.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Giving Thanks 

Our first Thanksgiving was here at the Sluggoterium with my brother Mark, his wife Maddy, their daughter Eleanor, plus Lane's mother and an old friend of hers. We were supposed to have Kate, my sisters kid, but she had just gotten back from a six-week business trip to India and had brought something back with her that we agreed would best be left between her and her gastroenterologist. Hang in there, Katie.

Lane's mother is the author of Mr. Bear Squash You All Flat which is something of a children's classic. When she first got a computer I had her Google herself and we learned that Mr. Bear was Gary Larson's favorite book as a kid. It is kind of transgressive. We looked up some publishers on the web and bang zoom she got a deal to reissue it with a forward by Gary Larson. She didn't make a lot of money but it came at a time in her life that she could use a little flutter.

As usual, I did all the cooking and the whole thing came off pretty well, if I do say so my own self.

The second Thanksgiving was at my brother Don's house with our sainted mother, his wife Nancy, her mother June, and Don and Nancy's son Alex. Their other two (Erin and Donnie) were off on their own pursuits. Alex just joined the army. He was offered intelligence training which would have kept him out of harm's way for a couple of years if not permanently. He was determined to get trained as a mechanic which, after basic, is twelve weeks training at Aberdeen (with an emphasis on sand in the crankcase) and deployment. His decision was not a popular one where he sleeps. I keep telling them that the Army needs mechanics in Germany and Mississippi, too, but the truth is, no matter where you wind up, you're one of the watchman and it's a dangerous world.

I thought a lot this Thanksgiving about all the other mother's son's and daughters who are out there protecting us. I wish they could all be safe, all come home in one piece, all live to see their children get married. Alex will be fine. I know it. I know that the odds are excellent for any individual who puts on the uniform. But when one of yours goes away, something stops in you and doesn't start again til they come home.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Spirit of America 

The Spirit of America is a non-profit organization operating a number of projects in Iraq. Your tax-deductible contribution goes 100% to the project designated. They include such things as sewing machines for women in Ramadi, re-equipping Iraqi universities, partnering US and Iraqi schools, irrigation, Iraqi bloggers, libraries, supporting elections, The Iraq Democracy Project and others there and in Afghanistan. I've been contributing for the past year and, aside from money, there are a number of other ways to help. Take a look at it. If you can throw them $5 or $10 or more, do it. You can contribute through Sluggo Needs a Nap by clicking on the link in the top right hand corner. I should mention that they are running a blogger challenge starting December 1st and I know you want to see SNAN climb the charts. When you get to the Spirit of America website click on the Blogger challenge button and see how we're doing. I'll be repeating this entry every few days for the next month or so. I just can't imagine a more worthy cause. Give to the Salvation Army and to The Spirit of America and Santa will be very, very happy.
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