Big Things: Giant Barrel, mechanical puppet in France

Photos of a giant barrel at a Jules Verne celebration in France. Inside is a giant mechanical puppet, that interacts with a strange elephant with a cathedral on it’s back. They parade through the streets, and eventually the puppet puts on aviator glasses and jumps in a giant barrel-like rocket and blasts off. Looks like a fun, interesting and very artistic celebration.

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tshirt blogging; day 4, 5, & 6

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A really old t-shirt that I love because it has a cool tiger on the front. It’s not really in the wearable pile anymore either, but I’ll try to do something with the logo. Why do I keep sticking my hands in my pockets?

A new Old Navy ringer shirt. I like this one because it’s plain, and the sleeves fit better.

My Dinosaurland shirt. I love this one, but the sleeves are too long, so I’m thinking of having them re-sewn to be shorter. I tried not sticking my hands in my pockets for this photo, but clearly that’s not the best pose either. I need to practice in the mirror

We had another hectic weekend. We spent Saturday at Stephanie’s getting her house ready for her surgery, and then took a break and went to see Bewitched in the evening. I liked Nicole Kidman in this movie better than some she’s done in the past. Sunday we visited my mom and saw my nieces Riley and Erika.

This morning, I spent 45 minutes looking for my keys and never found them. They have to be somewhere in the foyer, but I didn’t find them at all. I ended up using my spare set. Very frustrating, especially after I didn’t sleep well.

And last but not least, I’m struggling to get through my book club book; 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs -The Election that Changed the Country. I know the first (and second) rule(s) of book club are not to talk about the book before book club, but I can’t help it — this book is damned boring. And it’s especially frustrating since

I’m slogging through it so I can read these far more interesting books:

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
by Steven Johnson

Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry
by Evan Wolfson

Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
by Donald A. Norman

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

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Friday Afternoon News Cycle: We Have Mad Cow

If you watch the news much you learn that the White House routinely releases information it wants you to ignore on late Friday afternoons, so that it misses the last news cycle of the day and doesn’t get much attention over the weekend. Some bloggers pay special attention to the Friday afternoon news cycle for exactly that reason: because the scaryiest shit comes out then. Yesterday’s news: We have mad cow disease in the U.S.

WASHINGTON – Exhaustive tests have confirmed mad cow disease in an animal apparently born in the United States, officials said Friday. It is the second case of the disease confirmed in this country, but Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns stressed there was no threat to public health.
The animal, a “downer” that could not walk, was not killed at a slaughterhouse but at a rendering plant for animals unfit for human consumption, officials said. Johanns would not say where the case turned up, but he said there was no evidence the cow was imported.

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June Photos — Stephanie gets a hair cut!

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I adore her new hair cut. I think it looks amazing. She’s still getting used to it. She donated her long hair to Locks of Love.

[correct link/photos/2005/06.30_june/index.html] Check out my other photos to see my neighbor’s yard sign — the one about Patrice Abduallah, our City-county council representative, who’s not available to speak to his constituents about the Human Rights Ordinance, and who failed to show up to a mandatory Democratic meeting called by Julia Carson.

And then there’s my Day 3 shirt —

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Again, the sleeves are too long, and it’s looking pretty faded and worn. Probably time to go in the discard pile, although I love the Easter Island heads.

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Ken Mehlman needs to resign, too

Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman (and closeted homo), speaking in Puerto Rico, said there was no need to apologize because “what Karl Rove said is true.”
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, asked about the Rove dispute on CNN, noted, “We have seen pretty hot rhetoric from both sides of the aisle lately.”

Again, what Card said is BULLSHIT. Regardless of what Dean or Durbin said, Rove’s remarks were beyond anything that should have been said by a public official about HALF THE AMERICAN POPULATION. You couldn’t say anything more offensive or vile about me than to suggest that I’m a coward or that I wouldn’t defend America with my life. I haven’t been this furious about a political issue since 2001, and that’s saying something.
And all of this is happening because they have to deflect attention from the fact that the war in Iraq has taken a horrible turn for the worse and people are more and more dissatisfied with the job the White House is doing. When all else fails, start calling people names.

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Karl Rove’s Lies about Democrat’s response to 9/11

NEW YORK – Speaking in a Manhattan ballroom just a few miles north of ground zero, Karl Rove said on Wednesday night that the Democratic party did not understand the consequences of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers,” Rove said. “Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war.”

“Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies.” “No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals”

That’s a giant load of bullshit. I said two things on that day. The first was “I love My Country” and the second was “Declare War Now.”

I was ready to buy a gun and hunt down bin Laden myself, except that Bush said to trust them, that they would do it. And Scott McClellan is trying to play down what Rove said, without actually apologizing for it.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, he was speaking to the New York Conservative Party, and he was talking about different philosophies — the conservative philosophy and the liberal philosophy and how we’re approaching different priorities for the American people. That’s all it is.

Again, this is BULLSHIT. He wasn’t talking about “approaching different priorities for the American people” he was talking about 9/11 and claiming that liberals were against pursuing Al Qaida after the attack, which is complete crap.

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