Monthly Archives: July 2006

There’s Another Ranger Bob Out There

With a blog, even. A pretty darn good one, too. Hey, I shouldn’t be surprised; when I was in kindergarten and the teacher yelled, “Bobby, cut that out!” half the boys in the class looked up to figure out what … Continue reading

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Why Frannie’s Leaving

Just got a look at Fran Mainella’s goodbye message. Surprise, surprise, she wants to spend more time with her family! Serving as National Park Service Director has been the most rewarding experience of my life. …I have had to make … Continue reading

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She’s Melting!

Breaking news from Washington: that useless Repugnican hack Fran Mainella has resigned as Director of the National Park Service. Reliable sources report flying monkeys breaking into cheers.

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Dick Cheney, Move Over…

…there’s a bigger chickenhawk than you, after all. Seems that one of the rabble-rousing imams who went around the Middle East a few months ago shouting “Death to Denmark” and passing out xeroxes of the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons (along with … Continue reading

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A Story With A Happy Ending

You gotta love a story about a millionaire spammer that includes the phrase, “found his bloody corpse on the bathroom floor.” The Sleazy Life and Nasty Death of Russia’s Spam King Wired, August 2006

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Nice To Know That Some Things Don’t Change

Like that cesspool otherwise known as Suffolk County, New York:Water alert causes firing on Fire Island Newsday, July 26, 2006: The false alarm about tainted water that had Fire Island residents drinking bottled water for three days earlier this month … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago Today

Two ocean liners collided in a North Atlantic fog, the Swedish Stockholm, and the Italian Andrea Doria. Fifty-three passengers and crew died. This is one of the earliest news stories I actually remember. What else do I recall from that … Continue reading

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Winifred Whelan, My New Hero

Woman does a ‘Crocodile Dundee’ BBC News, July 25, 2006: An 80-year-old woman pulled a “Crocodile Dundee” when she confronted a burglar, telling him: “You call that a knife – this is a knife.” Winifred Whelan, from Liverpool, awoke to … Continue reading

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Mary Is A Moron

And I mean that in a good way. Bet you didn’t know that back in the old days, when callousness and insensitivity prevailed across the land, learned authorities set up a taxonomy of ‘tarditude using terms that would today be … Continue reading

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To See, Or Not To See

…Clerks II. On my right shoulder, a little figure of Carrie Fisher, dressed as a nun, whispers, “The best thing about Clerks was its unpretentious freshness. Rock-bottom production values, high-school drama club acting- it was the apotheosis of sincere. A … Continue reading

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Send This Man To Sexual Harassment Training

Bill Clinton was a Grade-A sleazebag, and I will never forgive him for the self-indulgent conduct that gave his enemies the perfect opportunity to cripple his presidency. The man had eight years in which he had an opportunity to make … Continue reading

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

“Call someone and have this taken care of, would you?” Woodbury policeman rescues drowning man Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 22, 2006: A Woodbury officer heard the call for help, then dove in to pull a man from the bottom, 9 feet … Continue reading

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