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Squirrel Watch

Ellroon Rants from the Rookery of has picked some assistance from Susie of Suburban Guerrilla in watching the evil rodents with a link to a story on their research efforts: Squirrels Outwit Trees*.

I’m highly skeptical of reports of Sqrats.

[* – This should not be confused with outwitting the Shrubbery.]

December 31, 2006   8 Comments

Something You Won’t See

Do not expect to see the flag-draped casket of the 3,000th American who died in combat in Iraq this weekend. Unlike the hanging of people the Shrubbery doesn’t like, the funerals of Americans who die in combat are too “disturbing” to be shown on television.

December 31, 2006   Comments Off on Something You Won’t See

Passing the Plate

Florida License Plates

Florida Plate Blogging


Standard Florida Plate

A weekend feature of Why Now.

December 31, 2006   Comments Off on Passing the Plate

Suburban Guerrilla update

Susie isn’t really gone, but you may need to adjust your link. If you try to access her site as just susiemadrak.com you will be redirected to her hosting service. If you use www.susiemadrak.com the site will appear.

Apparently her site had a spam flood that amounted to a denial of service attack and the host shut the site down. The address change is apparently part of the changes to get the site back on line.

She is going to work as a press secretary in a political campaign and feels constrained to limit her blogging as a result of the new job. She will be bringing some people on board to keep Suburban Guerrilla going, but it won’t be her voice most of the time, for the next five months. Ethics are the curse of the blogging classes.

Scorpio of Eccentricity was able to get in and mentioned it in comments so I tried some things.

December 30, 2006   Comments Off on Suburban Guerrilla update

The Snarkmeister

Brother Wolcott keeps knocking them over the fence, as in Rites and Wrongs:

…It’s as if we’re trying to soothe ourselves into believing that we’re still the country we used to be, that’s there’s a higher seamlessness to American life undisturbed by the staccato rhythms of bad news. What happens in Iraq stays in Iraq. A flag-draped coffin is acceptable viewing only if a dead president is inside.

So many targets struck with such a wonderful economy of words.

December 30, 2006   Comments Off on The Snarkmeister

An Iraqi Decision?

You have to wonder exactly who in the Iraqi government thought it would be a good idea to execute Saddam on the sabbath and coincidentally the Eid ul-Adha, the commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for G-d.

Why this couldn’t have waited until mid-week? Saddam wasn’t going anywhere and they had 30 days to take action.  This is the kind of thing the CPA did routinely.

Update: OWL, noted in comments that there are radio reports that only Saddam was executed; that the other two will be executed after the holiday.

December 30, 2006   Comments Off on An Iraqi Decision?

Because They Could

According to the BBC, Saddam Hussein, his half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti, and Former chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar were executed just before 6:00AM local time on Saturday [9:00PM CST Friday].

Nothing has been resolved, and no one is safer because of this rush for vengeance.

Update: Riverbend has an end-of-year post up that deals with the pending execution. Read the entire post for the local view of what the year has brought to the Iraqi people.

December 29, 2006   6 Comments

It’s Spreading

PSoTD notes that Susie Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla is following Billmon’s lead at the Whiskey Bar and dropping out of blogtopia.

Both sites are gone today, so it looks rather permanent.

Their voices and perspectives will be missed, but you have to want to do this to maintain the grind of frequent posting, and there is a “real world” to attend to, beyond blogs.

December 29, 2006   8 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging


Friday Cat Blogging

This is really boring.

[Editor: Sox poses for the new camera, but isn’t really excited by modeling.]

Friday Ark

December 29, 2006   8 Comments


Although no one knows when it will be finished, the Royal Mail gears up for final Potter book launch. After all the work and extra equipment needed to deliver the sixth book, the Royal Mail is trying to get ahead of the crush for the last book in the series.

Even though it exists only as a name, pre-orders have already made Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the number one book on the UK branch of Amazon.

In Australia a cat is credited with saving a family from a house fire. If they invent a cat-friendly can opener you can forget the heroism.

If you decide to get drunk and obnoxious on an airplane, you really should avoid slapping an undercover federal air marshal.

Just what the world needs – a cheese cam:

“It’s better than watching paint dry – just,” said chairman Philip Crawford.

“As you can see we really do take our cheese-making seriously. We nurture our cows so they produce lovely milk which in turn creates exquisite cheese.

“Some might say this is the most boring website of 2007, but our cheese is worth waiting for,” said Mr Crawford.

Cheddarvision, because your life really is that boring.

Ellroon continues to provide coverage of one of the most underreported stories of the year: squirrel terrorism.

December 28, 2006   2 Comments

Do Not Speak Ill Of The Dead

Regarding the recent death of Gerald Ford, let me say that Betty Ford was one of the best First ladies the country has ever had. She turned her problems into opportunities to help millions and brought things that were suppressed out into the open so that solutions could be actively sought.

[A point of information: Harry Truman was President when I was born, so my feelings about Presidents since Harry are based on personal knowledge.]

December 27, 2006   2 Comments


Mark Fiore has responded to the holiday season with The Twelve Days of Whoopsmas: [Part 1] and [Part 2].

You have to wonder why the smartest male in the White House is the only one that has been neutered.

[Note: I had some problems with Part 2, but you will get the point rather quickly.]

December 27, 2006   Comments Off on Whoopsmas

The Numbers Game

James Wolcott notes that the winger war on the AP continues, but their “intelligence” isn’t improving. Parallel Numbers is an explanation of reality for those who object to anyone not among their group using 9-11 as a point of comparison.

It is rather jarring to hear the wingers essentially saying that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11.

December 26, 2006   2 Comments

New Game

From an article in the CNN travel section:

The stranded travelers were gone from Denver’s airport by Tuesday, but the stranded suitcases were not.


Megan McCarthy, a spokeswoman at United, said the airline allows passengers to go online and enter their baggage ticket number to find out where their luggage is.

Baggage handling at the Denver airport has been a mess since the new terminal area opened, but the fact that United has established an on-line version of Where’s Waldo for your luggage makes the scope of the mess clearer.

Update: If you flew on Continental, you might start checking dumpsters for your luggage.

December 26, 2006   2 Comments