Screw you for making this into some bs diplomatic international incident asshattery. This is pretty run of the mill/Interpol/fugitive in hiding shit that we tend to help each other out with in the international community.
You demand we release Mr. Polanski right now do you? Well, then I demand the immediate return of the 19 billion of OUR dollars your banks received from the AIG bailout you arrogant, ungrateful fucks.
When you claim that your biggest asset is your ability to reach people through the spoken word, it seems to me you should guard that asset with your life. If all you have is your word, what have you if you acquire the reputation of being a liar or a charlatan? Worse still, what have you if you seek to diminish the very meaning of words in the general sense? A man with only his word would likely want to make sure people believe that he says what he means and he means what he says, or it will not be long before he’s exposed for what he is.
Words Have Meaning Until They Don’t
Upon taking office, the Obama administration sought to distance itself from the unpopular Bush administration through the seemingly benign exercise of the altering of a few simple phrases. We were no longer fighting the “war on terror” but an “overseas contingency operation.” This presented a solution to a rather tricky predicament for Mr. Obama. How could one be anti-war while commanding one? Simple. Just say, “We’re not at war anymore”. *Poof* Have you ever seen an Anti-Overseas Contingency Operation Rally? Problem solved. And while we’re at it, the word “terrorism” sounds so Bushy. Can we try to make it sounds a little less ….terrifying? How about “man-made disaster”? Perfect.
My son used to have night man-made disasters when he was a toddler. He’d wake up screaming like he’d seen a ghost but once we stopped calling them night terrors, the wife and I didn’t feel so powerless to stop them. It didn’t do much for my boy, but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad results.
That Depends on What Your Definition of the Word Is Is
Asked if his health care plan’s requirement to buy coverage or else face a stiff penalty could be considered a tax, Barack Obama told George Stephanopoulos that “you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.”
Stephanopoulos hit back, “I don’t think I’m making it up. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: Tax, “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.”
Obama replied, “George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now.” (via)
Why is the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary kryptonite to a supposed master of language?
The Emperor’s New Speech
Looking to head off sagging approval numbers for both himself and his health care plan, Barack Obama appeared on 5 different news programs this last Sunday, in sit-down interviews that the New York Times, not exactly a mortal enemy of the Obama White House, described as “highly choreographed”.
As new poll numbers trickled out, it became clear that the media blitz made little to no improvement.
One explanation for that might be that by doing five interviews in one day, the lead story of the day was that Obama gave five interviews in one day, instead of… you know… what he was actually talking about. The message was lost in the delivery. Ordinarilly, that would rank as one of the classic blunders behind getting into a land war in Asia and going up against a Sicilian when death is on the line. However, seeing as how Mr. Obama really didn’t share any new details of his plan to help to sell the idea, that may have been the idea all along. Maybe if we can impress people with the grand spectacle, they won’t realize we’re still trying to get them to buy a time-share property in New Jersey.
Obama didn’t have a lot of experience coming into office, but he won the trust of a lot of people that wouldn’t have voted for him otherwise by promising a new kind of government that did away with the politics of old. Jim Geraghty of National Review likes to quip, “Everything Obama says comes with an expiration date” and this morning he reminds us that “Obama’s pledge to close Guantanamo Bay by January is rapidly approaching its expiration date.”
I’m reminded of a passage in Steve Martin’s autobiography Born Standing Up, in which he recalls a story from his youth when he appeared in a Christmas play.
“My matronly teacher, who was probably twenty-two, explained that I would be dressed up as Rudolph and, this was the best part, I would wear a bright red nose made out of a ping pong ball. As showtime neared, my excitement built. I had the furry suit, the furry feet, and the cardboard antlers. Finally I asked, ‘Where’s the ping pong ball?’ She told me that the ping pong ball would be replaced with lipstick that would be smeared on my nose. What had been delivered as a casual aside, I had taken as a solemn promise. There had never been, I now realize, a serious intent to get a ping pong ball, even though this was my main reason for taking the gig.”
Obama is great at telling people what they want to hear, even if he has no real intention of following though. He seemingly made promises to every constituency during the election. Slowly but surely, the nation is waking up to find that there had never been a serious intent to get them their ping pong balls.
01 Death Cab For Cutie - “Meet Me On The Equinox” 02 Band Of Skulls - “Friends” 03 Thom Yorke- “Hearing Damage” 04 Lykke Li - “Possibility” 05 The Killers - “A White Demon Love Song” 06 Anya Marina - “Satellite Heart” 07 Muse - “I Belong To You (New Moon Remix)” 08 Bon Iver and St. Vincent - “Rosyln” 09 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - “Done All Wrong” 10 Hurricane Bells - “Monsters” 11 Sea Wolf - “The Violet Hour” 12 Ok Go - “Shooting The Moon” 13 Grizzly Bear (Feat. Victoria Legrand) - “Slow Life” 14 Editors - “No Sound But The Wind” 15 Alexandre Desplat - “New Moon (The Meadow)”
my goodness! that’s an epic line up.
Seriously! The first movie was pretty crappy, but the soundtrack was great. This second one looks just as good.
“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”—Lewis Carroll
“My best advice? You’ve gotta really want it bad. Since that day I literally laid in the dirt and mourned my brother, making the decision that from here on out, I wouldn’t just survive, I would LIVE, I’ve been blessed in a million ways. Honestly, you will face rejection. As a writer, I face it all the time. However, you can’t let one person’s opinion stop you from living your dream. Get out there and make your dream come true. Start figuring out the roadmap to your highest goal and then get behind the wheel and drive. It might not happen tomorrow or the next day but if you want it bad enough, it will happen. And it all starts with a choice.”—
By pulling moisture out of the atmosphere, the DH9 is said to eliminate virtually all contaminants that might otherwise occur in groundwater. The device then further purifies the water to eliminate 99.99% of contaminants. There’s an electrostatic air filter to remove small airborne particles like pollen and dust, a germicidal uV light that destroys bacteria and other microorganisms, a coconut hull filter that eliminates heavy metals, chlorine residuals and mineral salts, and a reverse osmosis (RO) filter to remove any remaining pathogens or fine particles. Unlike other RO filters, where the wastewater is then flushed (so that the user drinks one purified gallon for each six to ten that are wasted), the DH9’s revolutionary RO filter reprocesses it so that no water is lost. A gravity-fed storage tank holds 6.5 gallons that would be accessible even in the event of a power outage.
So I had this absolutely genius idea the other day while studying for my Economics class - a Blackberry flash card app! I spent an hour or so thinking about what it would look like, how it would work, and how much money I would make (none) if I could get someone to help me design this application. And then I did a search. I should have known.
“On a history test we were asked, ‘Who was Michelangelo?’ I answered, ‘Renowned artist/Ninja Turtle. Wore an orange headband. Weapon: daggers.’ My teacher marked this wrong and wrote back, ‘WEAPON: NUNCHUCKS. CHECK YOUR FACTS.’”—