Drooling on the Pillow

Saturday, February 25, 2006

I Hates Quail!! 

TigerHawk points the way to Quail Hunting School where you get to try to shoot ten quail without winging Harry. You can choose to do it dry, after one or two beers or after 'many'.

I made it on my second try after one or two beers and received the handsome certificate on the left, suitable for framing.

I did take a chunk out of Harry on my first try, but I sent an email immediately to David Gregory.

Friday, February 24, 2006

I Hates Rabbits!! 

Like anyone cares what I think about the U.A.E. managing our ports.

Any-hoo . . .

I'm persuaded that this is another in a string of thunderous non-issues marching across our headlines by two facts:

Management of the ports has little or nothing to do with port security and no one in the world would have more to lose by a port disaster than an Arab nation that has been put in charge of them.

A couple of other points: one third of American ports are managed now by foreign companies. The Dubai firm in question has an excellent record of managing ports all over the world. Senator Clinton's bill to require only American companies to manage our ports would almost certainly hand the job over to Halliburton. I don't think she wants to go there and I'm certain the Administration doesn't.

As Daniel Henninger put it today in the WSJ's OpinionJournal:
What we have here is the dawn of the new Yosemite
school of national politics. Put any news event
in front of our politicians now--Hurricane Katrina,
Terri Schiavo, Dick Cheney's quail or this week the
ports--and like Bugs Bunny's hair-triggered nemesis
they'll start spraying the landscape with wild remarks
and opinions decoupled from what is knowable about
these events. Wait to learn the facts--as almost alone,
Sen. John McCain, suggested? Why bother?
The notion that even if this is a good idea, it's presentation has been bungled by the administration is reminiscent of the instant consensus that Cheney's greatest sin was in waiting a day to put the Washington press corp in the know about his shooting a lawyer. I don't know. Maybe an administration not tied to the idea that everything has to play out according to a script laid out by a largely hostile press corp isn't such a bad thing.

Maybe what has some people so up in arms is the unfamiliar and uncomfortable fact of being treated as adults. It seems that we're not only becoming used to the news being managed for us, we're demanding it.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

End Of An Era 

After years of running wild and free, Sluggo was tethered yesterday to the fiend from hell pictured on the left.


Sounds rustic and old fashioned. Lets go pick some blackberries. Try some of my aunt's blackberry wine.

There's nothing cuddly about having to answer an email from your boss at ten o'clock on a Sunday morning.


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

If I Had A Nickle For Every Time Someone Called Me A Strange Enchanted Boy 

This site, provided by TigerHawk, will tell you what the #1 song was on the day you were born.

I should have guessed it was Nature Boy, with Nat King Cole because I was given a copy of Life Magazine from the week I was born (amazing what they could do with stone tablets back then) and it had an article on the proto-hippie who wrote the song.

It's Good To Know Where People Stand 

H/T: Tim Blair

Andy Katsulas, R.I.P. 

Andreas Katsulas died last week of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles.

I knew him as Andy for a couple of years long ago when he was a member of the Loretta-Hilton Repertory at Webster College where I was a student actor. Most of the world knows him as G'Kar on Babylon Five, from his appearances on Star Trek and as the elusive one armed man in the movie version of The Fugitive.

I did three or four shows with him in St. Louis. He was born to play the heavy and his personal manner was dark and gruff. He was a nice guy, though, and very kind to me when I was starting out. I was surprised to find that he was only two years older than me. He seemed like such an adult, compared to yours truly.

IMDB trivia notes that he didn't own a computer. That sounds right.
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