Archive for April, 2005

You go, girl!

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Laura Bush stole the show at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner with a comedy routine ripping on her husband:

[Laura said George] is “usually in bed by now” and said she told him recently, “If you really want to end tyranny in the world you’re going to have to stay up later.”

She outlined a typical evening: “Nine o’clock, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep and I’m watching `Desperate Housewives’.” Comedic pause. “With Lynne Cheney. Ladies and gentlemen, I am a desperate housewife.”

Heh. Wonkette has more, including additional excerpts:

“People often wonder what my mother-in-law is really like. People think she’s a sweet, grandmotherly Aunt Bee type. She’s actually more like Don Corleone.”

“I’m proud of George. He’s learned a lot about ranching since that first year when he tried to milk the horse. What’s worse, it was a male horse.”

But she saved the best line for last: “George’s answer to any problem at the ranch is to cut it down with a chainsaw. Which I think is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld get along so well.” HEE HEE!!!

The Correspondent’s Dinner will be rebroadcast repeatedly tomorrow (9:50 AM, 1:49 PM, 6:49 PM EST) on C-SPAN3.

UPDATE: Video here and here. (Hat tip: Andrew/InstaPundit.)

UPDATE 2: Here’s a transcript, including another good line that Wonkette somehow missed: “George and I are complete opposites. I’m quiet, he’s talkative. I’m introverted, he’s extroverted. I can pronounce ‘nuclear’.”

Also: “It’s always very interesting to see how the ranch air invigorates people when they come down from Washington. Recently, when Vice President Cheney was down, he got up early one morning, he put on his hiking boots, and he went on a brisk, 20- to 30-foot walk.”

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Super SHA Girl!

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Kristy flew a plane!

The Governator tackles illegal immigration

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

As the Minuteman Project in Arizona winds down, the “vigilantes” gained a new ally this past week in CA Governor Ahnold Schwarzenegger.

The day before, the Governator called into KFI640’s John and Ken Show to denounce some outrageous billboards that have been put up by local Spanish language Channel 62. You can listen to Ahnold on The John and Ken Show here.

Here’s a picture of the offensive billboard that is causing a ton of outrage here in Southern California:

Of course, KFI640 has a great counter:


UPDATE: Close observers may note an amusing irony: The rented billboard in this picture is owned by ClearChannel, the same company that owns KFI640 and broadcasts The John and Ken Show. That just goes to show that no matter where you stand politically, the color of money is still green.

Self-quotation of the day

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

[Said while Becky and I were shooting hoops earlier]

“Why do you keep taking that shot?” –Becky

“Because I enjoy taking it, and occasionally it goes in. It’s the Chris Thomas theory of basketball.” –Brendan

Michiana clock talk

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

The South Bend Tribune has articles today about the effect of Daylight Savings Time on several aspects of Michiana life: the local TV schedule, the morning commute of St. Joseph County residents who work in LaPorte County, and the schedules of Michigan residents who live near the Indiana border. Tied up in all this is the question of whether we’ll be in the Eastern or Central time zone when all is said and done.

Bayh for president?

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

U.S. Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana is seriously considering running for president in 2008, according to his father, former Sen. Birch Bayh.

What we’ve been missing

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

While I wasn’t exactly completely faithful to my most recent moratorium, it did prevent me from posting a number of things that I otherwise would have blogged about. I bookmarked them for future reference, though. Here they are, in no particular order:

Herd of buffalo disrupts traffic in Pikesville, Maryland

Elton John to marry his boyfriend in England (hat tip: Keri)

Idaho passes law paying tribute to Napoleon Dynamite (full text) (hat tip: Scientizzle)

North Korea could nuke us

Connecticut closes greyhound track (hat tip: my dad)

Ebola outbreak suspected in Africa

Governator Schwarzenegger’s approval ratings plummet, but voters still agree with him on the issues

American Idol finalist Bo Bice once arrested for cocaine, pot use

Air America pretends to shoot the president

The president is gay (well, not really, but one blogger thinks so… and he links to a post on my blog as evidence!)

Blog business association “Pajamas Media” is born

USC is still #1

And last but certainly not least, new BCS deal brings Notre Dame back down to earth. (Also, Arash says the BCS still sucks.)

P.S. Oh, and I also didn’t post this funny exchange from an IM converstion between me and Chris during the Bar/Bri Property review:

Chris (quoting another IM user’s away message, based this email): “Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”

Me: “Hahaha. Yeah well the Tjornas are ginog to kcik Nrote Dmae’s ass.”

Chris: “I can’t read that. Cambridge must be wrong.”


P.P.S. Another one, from another IM conversation with Chris:

Chris: “You should really see about getting your ticket [for the Oct. 15 game] transferred [from the Notre Dame student section] into the USC section. Cause I would hate to lose you as a friend.”

Me: “When you say ‘lose me as a friend,’ do you mean that our friendship would end, or that I would die?”

Chris: “The latter.”

30 years ago this day

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

April 30, 1975: Defeated by foes of freedom in the form of a guerilla insurgency & and an enemy army, the United States of America completes the final evacuation of its forces and personnel, and of several thousand Vietnamese, from Saigon.

May wiser policies, both Political and Military, ensure that it Never Happens Again.

Chelsea wins U.K. title

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Politics isn’t the only thing making headlines in the U.K. today. I don’t follow British soccer football, but apparently this is a really big deal, sort of like the Red Sox winning the World Series: Chelsea clinched the Premiership title for the first time in 50 years, beating Bolton 2-0 to secure an unassailable lead over second-place Arsenal.

Arash wrote several weeks ago about Chelsea, saying they have a good chance to win the Europe-wide Champions League as well, something no British team has done since 1999. I don’t exactly understand these things (how can both leagues run simultaneously?), but apparently they’re in the semifinals, and the championship is on May 25.

So close, and yet… okay, not really that close

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Fellow NDLS 1Ls, if you’re bogged down in the morass of studying for finals, and you feel like this torture will never end… take comfort! The end is near! Well, not really “near,” but it is a nice round number of days away. That’s right, as of today, we have exactly 750 days until graduation!

Shouldn’t we be having a “750 days party,” or something? :)

P.S. On our First Day as Members of The Legal Profession™ (® Patty O’Hara, 2004), we had 1,003 days until graduation, and on our first day of classes, we had exactly 1,000 days to go. So, we’ve come a long way, baby. :)

Saturday Britblogging: “Fraud!” cry the beaten Tories…

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

…and the LibDems echo, “Rooked!”

For one mournful glance at polling shows their Gooses both are Cooked. :)

[Conservative] Party co-chairman Dr Liam Fox accused Prime Minister Tony Blair of trading the integrity of the electoral system for narrow party interests.

…Dr Fox said: “It is clear Mr Blair’s reckless fiddling with the electoral system has raised widespread public concern about the integrity of Britain’s electoral system.

“The electoral practices of the 18th and early 19th Centuries, such as intimidation and fraud, risk becoming the hallmark of the 21st.”

His stance comes amid growing fears that the results of the general election could be challenged in a number of marginal constituencies.

“If the laws are not tightened, Britain risks a Florida-style deadlock that could derail any tightly-fought election,” said Dr Fox.

…A Liberal Democrat spokeswoman said: “The government was thoroughly warned about the potential for abuse with the postal voting system.

“They should have headed those warnings and acted to prevent potential abuse before the general election.”


Our rodent overlords

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

After watching A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy last night, I can’t say that implanting human brain cells in mice strikes me as a terribly good idea… :)

Mac OS X Kitten

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Who needs Tiger when you have Butter? :)


Seriously, though… to any readers who have already purchased Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger”… what do you think? (Alas, I won’t be getting my copy until late next week at the earliest. Stupid law school!)

You say tomato….

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Leave it to Jersey to make a salad garnish a partisan issue…

Woonsocket, RI john busted offering cop steak for sex

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Cannot make it up. :)