Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Scary Mary Poppins

If Mary Poppins were redone as a horror flick, this is what the trailer would look like.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Peace in the Middle East? Not If We Can Help It

From Yahoo News:
The Bush administration has decided to supply billions of dollars in advanced new weapons to Saudi Arabia, other Arab allies of the United States and to Israel, senior State Department officials and congressional aides said Friday.

The arms and aid package, which the officials said is to be announced on Monday, is part of a U.S. initiative to reassure worried allies in the Middle East that despite its troubles in Iraq , the United States remains committed to the region. It also is meant to send a signal of resolve to Iran's increasingly confident leaders.

Billions of dollars. Color me silly, but couldn't we use this money at home, right here in the good ole U.S. of A.? I do believe people in New Orleans are still suffering, post-Katrina, for example. But even sillier is, what is Dubya thinking? Because THIS was in the New York Times on Saturday:
Bush administration officials are voicing increasing anger at what they say has been Saudi Arabia’s counterproductive role in the Iraq war. They say that beyond regarding Mr. Maliki as an Iranian agent, the Saudis have offered financial support to Sunni groups in Iraq. Of an estimated 60 to 80 foreign fighters who enter Iraq each month, American military and intelligence officials say that nearly half are coming from Saudi Arabia and that the Saudis have not done enough to stem the flow.

But nope! Let's give 'em billions in military aid anyway with no guarantees the weapons won't be eventually used against us or the effort in Iraq:
In talks about the package, the administration has not sought specific assurances from Saudi Arabia that it would be more supportive of the American effort in Iraq as a condition of receiving the arms package, the officials said.

Of course, we all know that private contractors such as Haliburton are making money hand over fist in Iraq, so let's do all we can to ensure the region remains volatile. (For some appalling testimony about the State Dept and its contractors responsible for the $600 million U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, click here. Particularly interesting is the allegation regarding the use of Filipino slave labor.) Let's also not forget we once supplied Saddam Hussein with weapons, and it's no secret the Bush Dynasty has been doin' bidness with the Saudis for generations now. I'm beginning to believe that peace in the Middle East is actually the last thing these neocons desire.

Looks Like She's A Breast Woman

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Dog Fighting vs. Horse Racing

Our favorite bartender told my partner and me a story today about some fellow who came into the bar and butt into a conversation some folks were having about Michael Vick and his dog fighting. The man said that horse racing was no better than dog fighting, and he pointed out "that horse that broke down in the Preakness and they had to put him to sleep."

It's probably good that we weren't there to set this man's head on straight. First of all, dog fighting pits two dogs against each other, and the two animals tear each other apart in a teeth baring, biting all-out violent fight. The object of the "game" is for one animal to die, or to be so injured the animal cannot continue.

The object of horse racing is entirely different. Two animals aren't pitted against each other to fight to the death. No, several race horses (usually at least six but normally anywhere between six and fourteen) are lined up together to run. They race, you know, kinda like human beings have races. Additionally, race horses are thoroughbred athletes who are highly trained and very well treated. In fact, the average amount of money an owner of a bottom level, cheap claimer can expect to pay for the horse's keep (stable, feed, groom, stable hands) is $2000 per month. And this is for a horse that isn't Barbaro.

Mr. Opinionated didn't even know Barbaro's name. He's probably never been to a horse race at a real track or taken the time to walk through the stalls with a trainer and see how the horses are treated. Well, I have, and I'm pretty sure it's a lot different from how dogs intended to die in fights are treated.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Cpl Pat Tillman: Fragging or Friendly Fire?

Yup. This is a grand new, and alarming, twist in the story. Apparently there is now some question as to whether Tillman was deliberately killed by soldiers in his unit. He had been fairly outspoken against the war in Iraq. Read about it here.

Friday, July 27, 2007

A Sad Ending to a Long Night and Day

A man jumped off the Monroe Street Bridge this afternoon, after 20 hours of negotiating with the local police. As most of us know, the longer the suicidal person waits, the more likely they are to not complete the act. This guy did. Why?

I'm not one to criticize cops. I think, like soldiers, they do a difficult, necessary job and are often disrespected for it. My partner is also an ex-cop, as is one of my best friends. The other day, in this blog, I took a swipe at the Spokane police because of an incident on July 4th in Riverfront Park. This was, by all accounts, a peaceful demonstration--the anarchists' crime was, apparently, "looking kinda scary."

But now I have to go all out and say WTF?! I watched the scene unfold on the local news: the suicidal man had been, apparently, talked down by the cops, and then they were going to arrest him to help him "save face" though they didn't actually intend to have a prosecutor file charges. It didn't play out that way. He made a move to come down, and one of the officers fired his Taser at him. The officer's missiles, all except for one, missed. The suicidal man leaped back, hoisted himself up higher on the column he'd been hugging, and then threw himself into the Spokane River.

Why fire the Taser? What on earth was that supposed to accomplish? If more of the probes had hit him, he could've been shaken up and lost his footing and fallen into the river anyway. As it was, they missed, but any bond of trust that man had built with the police was destroyed--so he panicked! He jumped.

Good job, Spokane Police Department.

Oh yes. One more thing. I think Tasers should be taken away from these guys. Chief, are you listening?

Oscar, the Grim Reap-purrrrrrrrr

This story has been splashed all over the news since yesterday. From the Associated Press:
Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

I doubt ole Oscar is psychic; animals simply have keener senses than humans in some areas. My guess is there's a scent Oscar's picking up, and given where he resides, he's been able to correlate the scent with the fact of human death. What is more interesting to me is that, beyond being a kind of sentinel to the dying, he is otherwise a standoffish cat. Read the rest of the story here.


Bill O'Reilly, Blowhard-at-Large

Awwwwwww, did you hear? Bill O'Reilly is pouting about the hatemongers at Dailykos! He whines that people posting to that blog say nasty, mean things! Poor baby!

Of course, it is true that Dailykos is a liberal blog, brought to you from Berkeley, CA (which I fondly refer to as "The People's Republic of Berkeley"). Thus it is critical of the current Administration. But note that O'Reilly's problem wasn't even with the main posts by Kos writers. No, he was complaining about people's posted responses to posts on that blog. I suppose what O'Reilly wants is for Kos to edit and/or censor the people posting on his blog, because some of them are just too darn snarky for him.

Stephen Colbert had something to say about this last night:

Bill O'Reilly: [Daily Kos is] like the Ku Klux Klan. It's like the Nazi party.
Stephen Colbert: Exactly! The Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis were both notorious for allowing people to express unpopular views in an open and free forum.

Hahahaha! Zing!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

And She Was Almost Justice Harriet Miers!

The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush's former legal counselor, Harriet Miers. I still can't believe Dubya nominated her to the Supreme Court. But hey, if Gonzales is impeached, maybe he can make Harriet his new Attorney General. I'm sure she feels Dubya now owes her one.

Hat tip to Shakes for the groovy graphic.
Study: Iraqis May Experience Sadness When Friends, Relatives Die

The Onion

Study: Iraqis May Experience Sadness When Friends, Relatives Die

BALTIMORE—Are Iraqis capable of experiencing grief on a personal level, like Americans? A new study suggests yes.

Schumer Grills Gonzales on Ashcroft

You recall Gonzales' little visit to Ashcroft when he was in the hospital to try and secure approval for the domestic spying program. Here, Senator Schumer directly asks Gonzo if the President asked him to do that. It's a "yes" or "no" question. All Gonzo will say is that he "went on behalf of the President." So it's not that he doesn't recall; it's not that he'll outright lie and say no; he simply won't answer. Talk about stonewalling. The man is the consummate Bushie--oops, I mean toadie. Joseph Palermo explains here why Congress should kick Gonzo to the curb.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

What Drives Me Nuts About Spokane Is ...

...Craig Swapp!!!! This man's face is plastered on billboards all over town, and he must run at least a dozen ads a day on television. No doubt he's helped some folks who genuinely were getting the runaround from an insurance company, but let's face it: he's a personal injury lawyer, AKA ambulance chaser, and after residing here for just about a year, I swear I'm hearing "One call, that's all" in my frikkin' sleep!

Lindsay Lohan Busted Again

From the Associated Press: "Lindsay Lohan, who just finished a second stint in rehab for substance abuse treatment, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and possession of cocaine early Tuesday, authorities said.

Lohan, who is already facing a drunken driving charge in Beverly Hills, was stopped near the Santa Monica Police Department after authorities were called about a car chasing another vehicle, said Sgt. Shane Talbot.

Authorities conducted a field sobriety test and then transported Lohan to the police department."

The legal limit in CA is .08. She tested between a .12 and .13. For whatever it's worth, I don't think rehab is helping this girl.

Rev. Longcrier Asks Edwards About Gay Marriage

It's a great question! Edwards fudges, though, in his answer--it's not okay, he says, to use religion to discriminate against others, but then he goes on to admit how he is personally conflicted about gay marriage. He's okay with civil unions, but not gay marriage. Obama handles his answer a little more honestly by at least pointing out that marriage happens to be a religious institution, but he is all for full equality under the law.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Headstone Hilarity

Let's hope he at least left a good-lookin' corpse.

What a World of Difference

Here in Spokomp-ton, the police beat up on anarchists and taser and hog-tie people having seizures. Or shoot people in the back of the head while they're running away. And so on. Not so in Georgia, where, apparently, the shoe's on the other foot.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Virginia Derby

Today's the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs, and guess who's running? Circular Quay, after a 2-month layoff. This is the darn horse I had in virtually all of my Kentucky Derby exotics tickets, not to mention two futures bets on the colt's nose. Needless to say, he came in 6th. Grrrr.

Today he could finally redeem himself since he's faster than any of the horses in this field, but he'll be bet down so much (he's one of three Todd Pletcher entries) that he'll hardly be worth the wager. So I'm thinking let's hope he charges to the lead and sets a blistering pace and then tires. (Of course, Garrett Gomez is his new jockey, and Go-Go Gomez seldom does stupid things like that.) The other thing against him is that this is a turf race, and he's never raced on the grass.

So, I'm gonna bet against him! I like the 9, Summer Doldrums. Wish me luck. The race should be on television somewhere between 2-3 Pacific Time.

UPDATE: Ha! I went to the OTB in Post Falls to play, and they didn't have Colonial Downs available. So not only could I not bet this race, I couldn't watch it either! It's just as well, because Circular Quay didn't win, but neither did Summer Doldrums (who came in 4th). Another of the Pletcher horses won. Huh.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Caption This Photo!

A. That does it! I've had it with Junior making us Bushes look bad.

B. And I thought those grocery store scanners were new fangled... so tell me again, what's this thing used for???


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Russia Claims the North Pole

I saw that headline and laughed, thinking it was another brilliant spoof from the Onion. Unfortunately, it's not. From Time magazine:
President Vladimir Putin has long promised to restore Russian greatness and build an "energy empire." But until now, his empire-building had been confined to taking control of corporations operating on his turf, buying into businesses abroad, and blackmailing former Soviet Republics who dared vote against Moscow-backed candidates, moved to join NATO or acted in otherwise uppity ways. But Putin's imperial ambitions have recently added an element of classic 19th century-style territorial expansion: Late last month, Moscow signaled its intentions to annex the entire North Pole ...
What's so great about the North Pole? Well, the area contains 10 billion tons of oil and natural gas deposits, that's what.

Maggot Man

From the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Doctors thought the strange, bleeding bumps on Aaron Dallas' head might be from gnat bites or shingles. Then the bumps started moving.

A doctor found five active bot fly larvae living beneath the skin atop Dallas' head.

"I'd put my hand back there and feel them moving. I thought it was blood coursing through my head," Dallas told the (Glenwood Springs) Post Independent.

"I could hear them. I actually thought I was going crazy."

Dallas said he likely received the larval infestation while on a trip to Belize this summer. Bot fly infections are not uncommon in parts of Central and South America."

The doctors dug the maggots out of Dallas' head, and now he's got 'em in a little container for all the world to behold. Blech!

Republicans Ahead On One Issue: They're White Doodz!

Rachel Maddow ranks up there with Keith Olberman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert in my hilarity department. Today she posted an Alternet video poking fun at the Republicans' total disconnect with Americans' feelings about today's issues. Oh, but the one thing they DO have over the Democratic candidates is that they're all white men! Click here, watch, and laugh.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Washington's Domestic Partner Law: Upcoming Forums

This info came in an email from Equal Rights Washington:

Come learn about the rights and benefits associated with WA State’s new domestic partner law. Our experts will help you learn:

►How to register
►What protections are included in the registry
►Reasons why you may or may not want to register
►How to be engaged in the quest for full equality

There will be several attorneys presenting information about the DP law to help you become informed regarding the new law. There will also be time for questions and answers from our panel of experts. Don't miss this opportunity!

Domestic Partner Forums


Wednesday July 18th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sponsored by the Pride Foundation

The Seattle Public Library
Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room
1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle

Currently reservations are full. You can be wait listed by contacting
the Pride Foundation 206-323-3318 or migee@pridefoundation.org


Thursday July 19th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hosted By: The Rainbow Center
741 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma

Please RSVP by calling ERW at 206-324-2570 or by emailing nriding@equalrightswashington.org


Tuesday July 24th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Hosted By: The Inland NW LGBT Center
Shadle Library 2111 West Wellesley, Spokane

Please RSVP by calling ERW at 206-324-2570 or by emailing nriding@equalrightswashington.org


Thursday July 26th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hosted By: YWCA Clark County 3609 Main St, Vancouver
Please RSVP by calling ERW at 206-324-2570 or by emailing nriding@equalrightswashington.org

Domestic Partner Brochure - To learn more about the new domestic partner law please download the brochure "The Legal Rights of Domestic Partners in Washington State" by going to http://www.equalrightswashington.org/pdfs/dpbrochure.pdf

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Gay Marriage Doesn't Threaten "The Sacred Institution of Marriage"

I can't even believe this remains a campaign issue, but I posted this at Helium today:
Elizabeth Edwards, speaking in San Francisco, recently said it best, and I'm paraphrasing: "Heterosexuals are a greater threat to heterosexual marriage than homosexuals are." And it's true. Look at the Senator Vitters and Rev. Ted Haggards of our world, thundering on about family values and how gay people devalue the institution of marriage; meanwhile, Vitter is visiting the D.C. Madam and Haggard is having sex and doing meth with a gay male prostitute.

Britney Spears can go to Las Vegas and marry on a whim, then annul the next day.

The divorce rate hovers around 50% for heterosexual couples.

I don't think we can blame these facts on homosexuals, who presently don't have the legal right to marry. Marriage as a "sacred institution" is declining just fine on its own.

And then I think about what's fair play. In most states, a gay couple who has been together for twenty years doesn't have inheritance rights and can't even visit each other in Intensive Care should one fall seriously ill-at least not without plunking down thousands of dollars in legal fees beforehand to draw up living wills, medical powers of attorney, financial powers of attorney, and so on. And even then, should the family of one person raise a ruckus, the couple's own stated wishes can be called into question and challenged in the courts. Is this fair?

Civil unions and domestic partnerships do solve some of the inequities, but there is no genuine fairness without full equality. Gay people don't want "special rights"-they simply want equal rights. The Declaration of Independence guarantees ALL citizens the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not just the heterosexual citizens, or the white citizens. Indeed, gay people collectively are productive citizens who pay their taxes just like everybody else and thus should be treated equally under the law. Two people who genuinely love each other, support each other, and are committed to each other have every right to have their union recognized by the State if they so choose.

And hey! If you disagree with gay marriage, then don't have one.

This Modern World

With thanks to Tom Tomorrow.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Today's Racing

Lately, the local Fox Sports Network has been running an hour's worth of feed from TVG on Sundays. Today it's scheduled to air from 4:30- 5:30, after the Mariners game. Thus there should be two races aired from Emerald Downs, and two from Hollywood Park.

Here are my picks:

EM #6--Brainstorm with Gilgal
EM #7--Light My Ducks

HOL #8--Dr. Seacliff is a longshot, but a live one, but Enter Anon should take it with Winning Tactics
HOL #9--Fitz Flag with Stormin' Away

UPDATE: I hit Brainstorm (but Gilgal came in third, not second). Light My Ducks won it running away and was somewhat of a longshot so paid $14 and some change on a $2 bet. Enter Anon won with Dr. Seacliff! Arrgh! Wish I'd done that exacta. Actually I almost had the trifecta, but the 6 horse stuck his nose into third right at the finish line...so Winning Tactics came in 4th. Finally, Fitz Flag won but Stormin' Away was nowhere near. Alas, close only counts in horsehoes, not in horse racing.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

King Georgie

One of Andrew Sullivan's readers has emailed him the following:
I have taught at a military school now for about thirty years. Two years ago, a Lieutenant Colonel, new to the faculty, dropped into my office for advice. "Dr. *******, I made a mathematics mistake on the blackboard today, plain for all to see. Am I of high enough rank that I can claim I didn't make a mistake?"

My answer was "Hell, no, you're not!"

But our president believes he is of high enough rank ...
That sums it up pretty well, methinks.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Tour de France

Somehow it's just not the same without Lance, Landis, or steroids, but this is a cool photo.

Sad, But True

From the Associated Press:
[Barack] Obama derided President Bush's commutation of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison term, noting black men routinely serve time.

"We know we have more work to do when Scooter Libby gets no prison time and a 21-year-old honor student, who hadn't even committed a felony, gets 10 years in prison," Obama said.

Aides said Obama was referring to Genarlow Wilson, a Georgia man serving a 10-year prison sentence for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. A judge last month ordered Wilson to be freed, but prosecutors are blocking the order.

Don't tell me there's not one set of rules for one group and another set for everyone else. Orwell said it best in Animal Farm: some pigs are more equal than others. And, of course, we all know that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Who keeps screaming "executive privilege?"

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Rosie O. Is Outta Control

Now, don't get me wrong. I like a lot of what Rosie O'Donnell does and has done, especially for the rights of gay parents. But according to the Huffington Post:
Looks like Rosie O’Donnell has some issues about her premature departure from The View.

The comedian, 45, laid into Elisabeth Hasselbeck -- her former friend and cohost -- in front of a 1,500-person audience on her cruise (from NYC to a private island in the Bahamas) for gay and lesbian families.

A witness tells us that O’Donnell trotted out a giant photo of Hasselbeck doctored up as the devil, made a “crazy” gesture at the poster and said, “Her only f--king credit was Survivor. Come on!”
This seems like nothing more than sour grapes and is simply childish. C'mon, Rosie, you're a better person than that.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Dems Participate in Debate on Lesbigaytrans Issues

This is a first! From 365Gay.com:
(Los Angeles, California) For the first time the leading candidates for the presidency will hold a televised debate devoted solely to LGBT issues.

The one-hour event will be held on August 9 and broadcast on gay network LOGO at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm ET) and through live streaming video at LOGOonline.com.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate. Several other Democratic candidates also may join the debate.

The debate will be conducted with a live audience in Los Angeles. On the panel questioning the two Democrats will be Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese and singer Melissa Etheridge.
Texans Elect Gun

The Onion

Texans Elect Gun

AUSTIN, TX-In a landslide decision, the people of Texas elected a .44-caliber revolver to the U.S. Senate.

Ah, the Sanctity of Marriage

Oh, dear. Senator Vitter from Louisiana got his hand caught in the cookie jar. Or maybe I should say "hooker jar." Yup, his number's among those on the infamous "DC Madam's" phone list of former clients.

Now, honestly, I don't care that the good Senator hired a 'ho. It's not my business. But what I do care about, as a gay woman, is his blatant hypocrisy. According to CNN.com:
A staunch conservative, Vitter disavowed same-sex unions during his 2004 campaign, boasting that he had co-authored and fought for the Federal Marriage Amendment. He further vowed to protect "the sanctity of marriage."

Seems like he's the one doing more to hurt the sanctity of marriage than I am, yet he'd deny me the right to marry. Bah. Reminds me a lot of Newt Gingrich cheating on his own wife and lying about it while simultaneously calling for the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Melissa Etheridge and Live Earth

Here's Melissa talking about being asked by Al Gore to be a part of Live Earth, and why she chose to do it.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Congrats, Venus Williams!

Her play has just been phenomenal, especially since she was ranked as only the 23rd seed. But today Venus Williams beat France's Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-1 to win the Wimbledon women's singles title for a fourth time. She is simply unstoppable on the grass.

Lesbian Gang Epidemic

Bill Dumbass O'Reilly is now perpetuating the ridiculous rumor on Faux News that there are over 150 lesbian gangs operating on the East Coast, recruiting young women into their lifestyle.

It is, of course, a horrendous lie. Bill O'Reilly wishes there were lesbian gangs; the thought probably gives him a big ole woody (or more probably, a teeny one). No doubt he'd love to scrub us all with his falafel.

Here's what the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has to say about it all.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Are You a Republican?

I am:
"You're probably one of those people who still thinks that getting a blowjob is not an impeachable offense."

Are You A Republican?
This is also a pretty cute one, and it's true...I did think the Monica Lewinsky scandal was way, uh, "overblown."

Global Warming

Yesterday, there was record heat (101F) in Spokane and it continues on into today. (It hit 109F in Walla Walla; I hope the grape vines didn't get scorched.) And, of course, the Live Earth concerts are this weekend.

Most educated people understand that global warming is a fact, and that it is largely the result of humans' effect on the environment in the form of CO2 emissions. Those, perhaps, with a vested interest in denying that humans cause global warming (energy companies and people who make millions investing in them) have done pretty well putting forth lies that masquerade as objective science--not by disproving the science behind global warming, which is fairly uncomplicated, but by simply casting doubt and by pointing out that the Earth has always had cycles of warming and cooling. (Yes, but not to this extent, and not this rapidly.)

Anyway, if you haven't read Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" (or seen the movie), I strongly urge you to do so. It explains the science very well and in very simple terms with plenty of graphics so that anybody can comprehend it. It's also humorous and not a dry text at all, actually an enjoyable (albeit scary) read.

In the meantime, here's a link to another very simple, clear explanation of how it is we know that humans are the cause of the current rapidly rising temperature of the planet.

Two Headlines that Can't Be Good

"Iraq War Now Costing 12 Billion Per Month"

"Rupert Murdoch Succeeds in Bid for Dow Jones"

It's enough to make me want to open another bottle of Jack, except it's only 10:38 am.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy July 4th!

On the menu today: baby back ribs and homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. Blistering hot out, so maybe a visit to the pool if too many kids aren't splashing around. Some red wine from Walla Walla called "the Jack." And lots of relaxation.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

A Weird Wimbledon

Amelie Mauresmo, last year's ladies' champion and my favorite French cherie, had a total meltdown today! What's up with that?! For every ace, she double faulted. Nicole Vaidisova, your basic rail-thin blonde shrimp, beat up on Mauresmo during the third set. Hey, it should've been the day for the lesbian to win--after all, Wimbledon was graced by a double rainbow in the sky during a break from the rain. Grrr.

And did anyone catch Serena Williams play yesterday? She was her usual domineering self until she caught a cramp in her calf. She tried pounding it out with her racquet, then went down to the ground, grimacing. I thought she'd have to pull out of the match because she stayed down a while, grunting, "ow, ow" as her trainer tried massaging the cramp out. I know that sucker hurt, because at one point, the camera zoomed in on her calf and I could actually see the knot. Ouch!

Finally she got to her feet and limped onto the court and pretty much stood there without returning any balls while her opponent quickly finished the set. Then the game was put on hold as the rain started coming down. An hour later, when the game recommenced, Serena showed up with both calves taped. She was still limping but finished the game and even managed to win. In my opinion, she deserves to take the title this year for that performance alone. UPDATE: 7/4: Serena lost today. Better luck next time, rock star.

(Postscript: Amelie, all is forgiven. We'll chalk up your meltdown to "a lack of return to form" since you must still be recovering from your appendectomy in March. But mostly, anybody with triceps like yours deserves forgiveness, more so than Scooter Libby.)

No Bars for Scooter Libby

By that I mean jail. King George commuted Libby's sentence yesterday, saying it "was too harsh."

Now Dubya is well within his rights to do that, but I just think it's odd, given that he approved the execution of a retarded man when he was Gov'ner of Texas.

I thought that was maybe a little harsh.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Happy Birthday, Wayne!

It's my big brother's birthday today. He's two years older than me, which means he's ancient.