One of the most disturbing campaign arguments from the recent mid-term election was the idea that we need to set aside the debates on same-sex marriage, abortion, or other values based issues for the more pressing concerns of the war in Iraq, or the economy. We heard it over and over during the campaign, as if a discussion based on values was of little importance during these difficult times.
I have spent November writing a novel in a month as part of “National Novel Writing Month.” The goal? A 50,000-word manuscript by midnight, November 30. I hit the 50,000 goal on November 25, so I did what I set out to do–but I’m not quite finished with the novel proper. If you’d like to read what’s come so far, or follow to the end of the book (which I will deliver in pieces now through December 10) please check out MikeLongOnline.com.
The Belmont (CA) City Council is considering drafting an ordinance that declares secondhand smoke “a public nuisance” and extends the city’s current ban on smoking in workplaces and most public areas to any residence except a single-family detached home.
Just a ”how-to” post script for today’s article foreshadowing the advent of Muslim-only flights: If the airlines were to put a dog on every plane, devout Muslims wouldn’t fly. But the airlines would offer non-dog flights, which would be a big draw for Muslims: “U.S. Air-Allah: No dogs or Jews”
If you haven’t yet seen the second episode of “The America Show,” please view it on the Yahoo Talent Show, where you can vote for it by rating it. The contest ends Monday, and this site is on a bigger radar for the TV industry than YouTube at the moment, as the prize is a potential show.
(And if you’ve already seen it, no need to watch again — you can just vote.) Thanks in advance for the support.
87% of Jews do NOT hate themselves. Only 73.6% of Jews hate Jews. And that is a marked improvement over previous years, thanks to the efforts of the Republican Jewish Coalition, whose representative informed me today that the YNetNews.com figure 87% is inaccurate, as it is based on widely discredited exit polls that sampled an insignificant number of Jews.
Smoke covered the sky in Baghdad yesterday as insurgents bombed a pipeline in one of the city’s southern suburbs and hit an oil distribution center in northern Iraq with mortar rounds. Both attacks caused fires, and CNN reports that the attack on the oil distribution center “halted the flow of crude oil to Iraq’s largest refinery.”
Nothing Michael Richards did on sitcoms could equal the unintentional hilarity provoked by his most recent statements. The funniest came after he had verbally attacked two African-American hecklers and caused a nationwide protest. His post-Seinfeld career had been circling the drain as it was. Caught on video using the n-word during a standup routine, he watched it go into the toilet.
Well it looks like my people are back to their pathetic old ways. Whereas the ‘04 elections saw Jews voting only 60-something percent Democratic, now they’re back up close to 90 percent, meaning that they’re still voting with the Muslims, who want them dead, and with the Muslims’ leftist fellow travelers at MoveOn.org and such.
The American Embassy in Argentina is denying a report that it had told President Bush’s daughters to leave the country after one of them (Barbara) was the victim of a purse-snatching. Barbara has left, while Jenna is reportedly staying for 10 more days.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on a key change since the 1996 passage of California’s Proposition 209, which banned racial preferences in public education: “Asian-Americans – 14.1 percent of California’s 2005 high school graduating class – make up 41.8 percent of the freshman class at UC campuses, up from 36 percent a decade ago.” Supporters of the old practices refuse to acknowledge the obvious: to restore racial preferences would be to discriminate against Asian-Americans.
In the years since the first Bush victory, we’ve been pummeled by allegations of widespread attempts by Republicans to manipulate the voting process. In 2000, we were told that Florida’s governor Jeb Bush and his allies systematically attempted to suppress minority voting. Ohio was the posterchild for similar allegations in 2004.
The Bible says, “By thy fruits shall ye know them.” We know politicians by heroes. John F.Kennedy’s was Winston Churchill; George McGovern’s, Adlai Stevenson; Richard Nixon, Woodrow Wilson. Heroes reflect who we are and/or admire.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy held a post-Bay of Pigs news conference musing that “victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.” He was to blame, said JFK. Who is culpable for this month’s Republican collapse?
You can now watch and rate the new installment of “The America Show,” currently viewable on YouTube. It’s ”The View” meets “The Daily Show” and takes a right turn. Or, as The Peoples Cube has described it, a “Republican Girls Gone Wild!”
When I heard this week that a disbarred attorney and his wife were shot in Chappaqua, I assumed it was the Clintons. But it turns out it was the other disbarred attorney and wife on the Clintons’ cul de sac.
At the Huffington Post, Tony Hendra posted a Thanksgiving prayer wishing for Vice President Cheney’s death: “O Lord, give Dick Cheney’s Heart, Our Sacred Secret Weapon, the strength to try one more time! For greater love hath no heart than that it lay down its life to rid the planet of its Number One Human Tumor.”
The news cycle has really kicked my butt this week — my first column was on the page Monday and got killed at the last moment when Fox canceled the O.J. book/show (thus rendering my column obsolete), and my second Los Angeles Daily News column was on the page for today (finished early because of the holiday) and then the poisoned Russian ex-spy died yesterday. Luckily I was working on Turkey Day and was able to update and chase it. The plot, as they say, thickens: