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Links 'o' the (Fri) Day (v 2.0)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 19, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade


POEM OF THE DAY: "If I owned the sword Excalibur"

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: First, the locusts in Egypt; now, it's hundreds of thousands of poisonous toads Down Under.

MATTHEW SHEPARD: ABC's 20/20 is preparing to report that the horrific 1998 murder was not a hate crime but something more complicated involving methamphetamine and robbery among possible acquaintances. And that a judicial gag order prevented people from discussing it.

HISTORIC CROSS-PROMOTION (Not that there's anything wrong with that): With a DVD release and NBC special airing next week, Jerry Seinfeld donates the famous "puffy shirt" to the Smithsonian.

KOFI ANNAN: The United Nations' employees union is expected to issue an unprecedented vote of no confidence in the Secretary-General after he pardoned the U.N.'s top oversight official over a series of allegations of favouritism and sexual harassment.


SLATE: Human Guinea Pig Emily Yoffe temporarily becomes an armed liberal.


"From the moment the current first lady and three former first ladies stepped out of the library and onto the stage under umbrellas, followed by their husbands, without umbrellas, the mutual generosity was as gripping as the choreography.


"President Bush first stopped under Chelsea Clinton's umbrella, putting his arm around her and posing for pictures. As Clinton, 58, who underwent heart bypass surgery in early September, gave the drenched crowd a big wave, President Bush peeked under the umbrella that obscured his wife's face, as if to make sure he was standing next to the right person."

Do our living Presidents know enough to come in out of the rain?

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: A Hero For Our Time, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A federal court in Denver ruled that the government must return 30 gallons of "ayahuasca," a hallucinogenic tea used for religious purposes to a Brazilian religious sect in New Mexico. But don't think about converting until you read about the side effects.

THE SOPRANOS head for Iraq; a quick end to the war now expected.

GREYHOUND RACING, and the fate of the dogs when their racing days are through, will be examined o­n HBO's Real Sports next Tuesday.

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS like The Damned.  Okay, maybe this.

KIM JONG IL: Fading, or just rebranding?

POP QUIZ: Which Monty Python & the Holy Grail Character Are You, Really?

MTV NEWS asks: Was Music Legend Ray Charles Really A Legendary Womanizer? (Short Answer: You betcha!)

CIA plans riskier, more aggressive espionage: "The risky new strategy would be a sharp departure from the CIA's traditional style of human intelligence, in which field officers under flimsy cover as diplomats in U.S. embassies try to recruit foreign spies and gather tips from allied intelligence services. Those methods don't work with terror groups or in countries where the United States has no embassies, such as prewar Iraq or present-day North Korea and Iran."  The CIA also missed things like the implosion of the Soviet Union, so maybe some actual spying might be useful.

THIS IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY-related PR somehow landed o­n the front page of Google News Thursday night.

ROCK 'N' ROLL (POSTERS) PART II: Scads of indie-rock show posters to ogle at Gigposters.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade


A PAIR OF STONES: Oliver Stone is asked by Rolling Stone whether he ever had a gay experience. He doesn't give a straight answer. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

LOU REED lets you listen to his pre-Velvet Underground work, including "Do The Ostrich."

LILEKS on Looney Tunes, Monday Night Football, and more.

THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BREWING COMPANY offers beer for the return of Jesus.

SEN. ARLEN SPECTER, already battling conservatives who don't want him to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, picks this moment to try to slip through legislation that could make criminals out of digital video viewers who use a remote control to fast-forward past commercials. A political masterstroke from the man who came up with the "magic bullet" theory for the Warren Commission.

WILL THIS SITE sell out to some big corporation?

NOW THIS IS NEWS: one sleazy story about R. Kelly turns out to be a hoax.

NYDN sums up a GQ poll on men.

MICHAEL EISNER once considered hiring Colin Powell for a top slot at Disney. Given the grief Disney is getting from the FCC (which is chaired by Powell's son Michael), Eisner must be kicking himself.

IF IT'S THURSDAY, IT MUST BE THE O.C. :  Over at Low Culture, "matt" claims he has never seen the show, but he has captured its appeal.

XMAS COMES EARLY for phone ad girl:  Every picture tells a story.

THOSE WHO HAVE MY CDs know why Dooce brings a smile to my face.

BERKELEY is spending so much o­n putting the abandoned shopping carts of the homeless that even the executive director of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project would like the money spent o­n other projects.

EDWARD G. ROBINSON (channeled by Billy Crystal) would ask, "Where's your Messiah now?"

TODAY'S QUIZ: Dog toy or marital aid?

WONKETTE notices that Washington can't keep its Condi Rice rumors straight.

UPSTAIRS AT LARRY'S is a techno remix of Lawrence Welk tunes.

TRUST THE MAN looks like it may be an interesting movie.

QOTD: "In my next life I'm going to be a guy and I'm going to be a slut" — Gwen Stefani, clearly not making a veiled reference to hubby Gavin Rossdale.  Not at all.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 12:15 PM
Posted by: kbade


JOHN CLEESE is performing at his partially-free, partially-subscription web site.

FRANKLY, SCARLETT, Jared just doesn't give a damn.

THIS JUST IN: Prince Charles's household is "hierarchical and elitist," according to a former personal assistant.

DESIGN OBSERVER: raves about the look(s) of The Incredibles. The family livies in "a kind of extraordinary dystopia, at once a celebration and an exaggeration of Eames-era modernism... Yet as the pace quickens and the action builds, the design does too. The villain's lair is " Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis meets Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Japan." And Edna Mode's design center is descibed thusly: " from the Miesian lobby to the Bulthaup-inspired industrial kitchen (and let's not forget the George Nelson benches) it’s an aesthetic travesty: design beyond reach."

SLATE has a nice piece asking "How Often is Altlantis Discovered?"


HEY! I look much less like Tom Cruise now, thanks to my co-clerk Debbie and her digital camera. And special thanks to Adobe Photoshop.

THE CLINTON LIBRARY OPENS THURSDAY, so the Clintonites are having a big party Wednesday night at... Sticky Fingerz, which seems oddly appropriate, though I suspect Bill should avoid most of the menu for health reasons.  The library opening has also inspired an Arkansas version of "Take Your Kid to Work Day."

BILLY BRAGG rewrites a 1918 hymn paying tribute to the millions who died in the First World War as a politically-correct ode to socialism.  IMHO, BB does better when he adds a dash of humor, as o­n "The Great Leap Forward."

KIM JONG IL: Portraits of the North Korean dictator have disappeared from some public buildings in Pyongyang.  I have a theory, but I can't tell you wihout spoiling the end of Team America: World Police.

CONDI RICE: Has she heard about this?

DAVID LEE ROTH  is moonlighting as a paramedic in NYC.

VIBE AWARDS MARRED BY STABBING, MELEE: "Video footage taken during the ceremony shows several people shoving each other, fists flying and chairs being thrown around the room as people hurried for the exits."  Again, oddly appropriate, but do Dre and Snoop really want to come off looking like The Jerry Springer Show? Breathing a sigh of relief: the addled Anna Nicole Smith.

ABC apologizes for the racy intro to Monday Night Football, which featured Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives clad in a towel... for part of the intro.  The NFL issues an "apology" which blames ABC, though Terrell Owens is not a desperate housewife.

GOING POSTAL: Stamps for the holiday that must not be named.

NOT MY KIND OF WILD TURKEY:  Jake is disrupting traffic in Whittier, Iowa.

FORGOT TO MENTION: Sarah Vowell is one of the Incredibles.

ANOTHER R. KELLY HOME VIDEO becomes the subject of an extortion plot against NY Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield and his wife, DeLeon.  News accounts note that the video showing DeLeon with Kelly and another woman was shot ten years ago.  News accounts generally do not note that DeLeon has been a gospel singer since the age of three, which is another reason she would be a blackmail target.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade


LONG COMPUTER USE may be linked to eye disease, so you should skip the rest of this.

LOCAL PRIDE: A Chicago "man" sues his neighbor for breaking up his marriage.  Would it surprise you to learn that this 44 year-old lives in the basement of his mother's Southwest Side home?

THE LADYKILLERS: Reading this story, I could not help but think of the remake (although the original is superior).

ACTION NEWS APTLY NAMED: Local news sweeps stunts hit a new low as WOIO's Sharon Reed takes part in a mass nude photograph.


KURT COBAIN'S HALLUCINATORY RAMBLINGS can be yours for a mere 12- 14 thousand bucks!

LADIES: Keep your men out of the Apple store.

BOB DYLAN has threatened to sue the producers of a movie about tragic Andy Warhol protégé Edie Sedgwick, because the script has him in a mad affair with drug victim Sedgwick.

LAist interviews Salon's TV columnist, Heather Havrilesky. I always preferred her early work for Suck.com, but there's a bit of that feel at her Rabbit Blog, which also has a work-unsafe title.

magazine has gotten religion.

WILLIAM SAFIRE will semi-retire from the New York Times in January 2005, but will still be writing about language for Sundays.

VARIETY gadfly Peter Bart addresses Red vs. Blue State media with a pun beneath even me:"The o­nly distinction between Red and Blue is this: While porn-watchers o­n the East and West Coasts have switched to DVDs, the heartland still covets its VHS format. That distinction, perhaps, defines the truly rigid conservative."

QUEER EYE FOR THE ANCHORGUY: CBS has ordered a makeover for Dan Rather.  But that won't stop rather from spouting bizzare similes that sound like Andy Griffith channeling Hunter S. Thompson.

DONOVAN EXCITED: Researcher claims to have found ruins of Atlantis.

PUBLISHER of California's Anderson Valley Advertiser sells it for what he originally paid, moves to Eugene, Oregon to avoid "the beautiful people."

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: How To Tell If Your Prostitute Is An Extraterrestrial.

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Monday, November 15, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade


MORE POWERFUL THAN A LOCOMOTIVE: The Incredibles beats The Polar Express by a two-to-one margin. Dreamworks execs must be asking themselves why they didn't schedule the train's departure for closer to Thanksgiving.

WASHINGTON STATE: When it comes to vote-counting, is Washington the new Florida?

EPA BACKS NANOTECH SAFETY RESEARCH: Certainly, Jon Pratt would no better than I whether this is scientifically necessary. Either way, it's probably politically necessary.

BILL & HILLARY CLINTON are battling behind the scenes to install longtime political operative Harold Ickes as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "This is the first test of whether the Clintons can keep their grip on the party," said one Democrat.



RED BANK, TENNESSEE: The business owner charged with spanking two women employees has been hospitalized after a possible suicide attempt.

NORWAY'S COAST PARTY proposes outlawing bestiality after the Norwegian Federation for Animal Protection gets a phone call from a young girl seeking a legal opinion.

WHAT HAPPENED TO STEVE BUSCEMI'S PARTNER IN FARGO really happened to Miguel Marquez in San Jose

ROCHESTER, NH: A mother and her boyfriend were arrested and her three children put into state custody after she threatened to sacrifice at least one of the children inside a Church.

ROBODUMP: Kevin Kelm is a mad scientist.

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