News (or something like it)
The Urge to Entertain
Today's Babble talks about a great dinner party I went to almost a month
ago. It's spurred me to think about all sorts of entertaining things.
In addition to the babble, I've created my own version of Martha Stewart's
Guide to Entertaining, only not so deep into fantasy-land. If you're curious,
check out Simple Entertaining Doesn't
clerics ask Osama Bin Laden to leave Afghanistan
Me too. Please, Osama Bin Laden, leave that country. Please, United States,
don't bomb that country.
The clerics say in the article "Don't kill innocent people."
Yes, let's not.
The Taliban wants recognition of their government and a lifting of sanctions.
While I don't agree with the Taliban's ideology in general, I don't think
we should kill their citizens. And hell, if they got some food and medical
care, maybe they'd have an uprising and get rid of them on their own.
I rode the bus to work today for the first time this Fall. That's always
just a little traumatic because it stands for so much.
CNN is conducting a public opinion poll with the question:
If Afghanistan does not hand over Osama bin Laden, should the U.S. bomb
79% say yes (44050 votes)
21% say no (11530 votes)
I say "No". To bomb their city kills their civilians and makes
us government funded International terrorists.
The attack on Tuesday was horrible, but let's try to work this out with
dignity, pride and grace. How frustrating for terrorists everywhere if
their violent acts fuel nothing but compassion, understanding and hope
instead of hate and fear...
Our best bet of long-term survival is to show the world what a classy
country we really can be.
Saw a kook yesterday standing on an overpass of 35W waving a flag. This
image seemed to touch me emotionally more than anything I've seen on ABC
Well, big news day yesterday. Tim and I were enroute from St. Louis to
Minneapolis. 9+ hours of talk radio. No planes.
For what it's worth. Gas in Des Moines is NOT $4/gallon. Nor was it more
than $1.70 anywhere we went. Didn't stop the reactionaries from lining
up at every podunk Texaco .
My favorite part was the intereview with the Mayor of Cedar Falls --
in summary, Cedar Falls doesn't have to worry because they have no symbols
of America anywhere near them.
French Bar closes. I have mixed feelings -- it was definitely the
better place to go (compared to Urban Wildlife.)
Anyway, this article quotes our friend Shawnee, mentions our friend Phil
Daniel, and is written by Kristen Tillotson, who was on Mental
Engineering with Tim.
Now, kinda risque comics.
The Primaries are less than a week away... SEPTEMBER 11th!
Vote! Vote! Vote!
Okay, in a more reserved tone...
election information, and here's candidate
If you don't save a magazine, sometimes you lose the story. If you save
a magazine, you've got a house full of crazy-person fodder. I recommend
going to the library and searching out the 2001 Summer Fiction Issue of
the New Yorker. In there, you'll find Nell Freudenberger's story, "Lucky
Girls," which painted a moving picture of India and sex. Not in the
Kama Sutra way you'd think. Sorry, couldn't find it on the web, but I
did find out that she's soon to be published.
Well, it feels like I didn't change much, or that maybe I changed a lot
on the site. My goal was to make everything a little more readable and
the colors a little more subtle. Not sure I'm happy with it. Not convinced
it doesn't look like bathroom decor.
It might change again, when/if I get the effort.