Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Warren's Still With Us!

Congratulations to Warren Zevon. His album The Wind is released today and he lived to see the day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

ABCNEWS.com : Ailing Zevon Gives Lesson With His Exit

"A week before his diagnosis, Zevon had called Jorge Calderon and said he wanted to make another disc. The two men have been best friends since their first meeting in 1972, when a mutual friend asked Calderon for a ride to bail Zevon out of the drunk tank.

"The question was, `Do you still want to do that or do you want to go to Mexico and lie on a beach and forget about all that,'" Calderon said. "He was going through that in his mind, what to do with such a shocking piece of news. Who knows how to handle that?

"He called back and said, `I still want to do this.'"

You did it, Warren. Thanks.

Everybody go buy it Tuesday.

Monday, August 18, 2003

Gotti's Brother Charged With Plotting Hit on Sammy the Bull

"Peter Gotti was charged Monday with plotting to kill Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, the Mafia turncoat who once dared the Gambino crime family to hunt him down.

The indictment included five other Gambino family members already charged in a wide racketeering conspiracy that included the alleged plot to kill Gravano. Gravano was arrested in a drug case before the hit could be carried out..."

The words "rat" and "whacked" appear nowhere...

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Dean is no Dukakis

"Republicans have a dream so vivid and real they can taste the political blood on it: 2004 will be 1988 redux. Howard Dean against George Bush II will be a replay of Michael Dukakis against George Bush I. And that means the former Vermont governor is going to be dead meat.

Well, not exactly..."

Dream on, Karl Rove...

Give Arnold Money?!!?

"I don't need to take any money from anybody. I have plenty of money myself" - Arnold Schwarzenegger to reporters August 6 Wednesday.

"Click Here To Contribute Online Now!" joinarnold.com, August 12

Friday, August 08, 2003

After the Brouhaha and Boycott, Dixie Chicks and Fans Still Aren't Singing the Blues

"President Bush, he just made an apology, something about nuclear weapons that weren't really there," Hallman says. "That was a lot worse than what Natalie done."


Thursday, August 07, 2003

The Ultimate Politics of Celebrity

There's household name celebrities and then there's first name basis, name on the marquee above the title, $20 million a film celebrities. Not just a movie star - one of the half dozen biggest movie stars.

Ah-nold for governor just put the presidential race on the back pages for two months.

Notice how he managed to work in "hasta la vista baby," "I'll be back" and "pump you up" (not even his catchphrase!) in less than 15 minutes.

Last night might have been the peak: now that he's in he will have to take actual positions on actual issues.

And did anyone notice that the guy who started this 300 ring circus, Darrell Issa, just dropped out?

On the down side I had really been looking forward to Senator Jerry Springer...
ABCNEWS.com : Gore Repeats Pledge Not to Run in 2004

Cue up the Hallelujah chorus...

"I am not going to join them, but later in the political cycle I will endorse one of them..."

That oughta be the kiss of death...

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Quote of the day

"Former candidate for vice-president Joe Lieberman today warned that nominating Howard Dean would be a ticket to nowhere. And if there's one thing Joe Lieberman knows about, it's being on a ticket to nowhere" (Conan O' Brien on "Late Night").

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

TheOmahaChannel.com - Politics - Shomshor Wins Council Bluffs Special Election

That's plus one for the Dems....
Yahoo! News - Dean: I Have Best Chance to Oust Bush

"We've got to bring new people into the electoral process," Dean said on NBC's "Today" show. "We're going to say that to the people of Ralph Nader, ... people who voted for John McCain and Ross Perot. ... and that's the beginning of the coalition that I think can change the occupancy of the White House. "

Exactly, Doc, exactly...