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I’m very proud of how it turned out and I feel like I am the author of a little masterpiece. I got to the point where I asked myself whether the Parisian metro tickets hadn’t actually been designed to enable me to one day use it as a canvas for this “work.” Their proportions and even the patterns and drawings on them take part in the whole of the work. I’m not kidding, I find that there is a great underlying mystery here…
Next to being born, getting married and having children, it is probably the most important thing that ever happened to him. And, as he writes in the introduction to “Slaughterhouse-Five,” he’s been trying to write a book about Dresden ever since. Now, at last, he’s finished the “famous Dresden book.”
In the same introduction, which should be read aloud to children, cadets and basic trainees, Mr. Vonnegut pronounces his book a failure “because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre.” He’s wrong and he knows it.
Kurt Vonnegut knows all the tricks of the writing game. So he has not even tried to describe the bombing. Instead he has written around it in a highly imaginative, often funny, nearly psychedelic story. The story is sandwiched between an autobiographical introduction and epilogue.
Excellent rant by Bill Maher:
America must recall the president. That’s what this country needs. A good, old-fashioned, California-style recall election! Complete with Gary Coleman, porno actresses and action film stars.
Mr. President, this job can’t be fun for you anymore. There’s no more money to spend. You used up all of that. You can’t start another war because you also used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people.
Yeah, listen to your mom. The cupboard’s bare, the credit card’s maxed out, and no one is speaking to you: mission accomplished! Now it’s time to do what you’ve always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service. And the oil company. And the baseball team. It’s time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or spaceman?!
Now, I know what you’re saying. You’re saying that there’s so many other things that you, as president, could involve yourself in…Please don’t. I know, I know, there’s a lot left to do. There’s a war with Venezuela, and eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church and Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote. But, sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You’ve performed so poorly I’m surprised you haven’t given yourself a medal. You’re a catastrophe that walks like a man.
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From the WTF files:
Steve Braun brings Civil War history to life to illustrate these principles in action. Dressed in Union infantry battle gear, Steve encourages men to rise above the daily distractions of life and give “the last full measure of devotion” to God and their families. His presentation artfully blends biographical sketches, letters and diaries, period and reenactment photographs, music from the movie Gettysburg, and demonstrations of Civil War military equipment with a strong Christian message and passionate preaching. It’s a challenging, yet entertaining, mix of faith, family, and history.
I guess not everybody minds the high prices.
That’s $110 million a day, and more net income than any company has ever made in a quarter. It’s also a stunning 69 percent increase over the same period a year ago and a 34 percent jump from the $7.6 billion Exxon made just last quarter.
“Do you realize President Bush has just given a tax break to ExxonMobil?” thundered Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden). “Of all the companies in the history of the world that needed a tax break, this month, ExxonMobil should be at the bottom of the list.”
The Register plays around with Google Earth:
Enter stage right Thailand, which says it may ask Google to “block images of important state buildings vulnerable to attack”. Armed forces spokeschap Major General Weerasak Manee-in told Reuters: “We are looking for possible restrictions on these detailed pictures, especially state buildings. I think pictures of tourist attractions should do, not crucial places which could threaten national security.”
Well, we went and had a quick shufti at some Thai military installations, and took the opportunity to scour the Earth’s surfaces for other Google satellite data which might threaten Our Way of Life. We restricted ourselves to stuff which lends itself to perusal, mostly air force bases, because (trust us on this one) you can easily waste a whole day looking for Russian ICBM installations.