Maiello: Defeat the Press
Wolraich: Obama at the Gates of... Gates
Compare and contrast.
Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter (whose job it is to enact legislation): "I have a fundamental problem with any 1,000-page bills."
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart (whose job it is to make us laugh): "I've read the bill." [Read more]
We finally have liftoff. Congratulations, NASA, sixth time's the charm.
Now we wait for the shuttle to catch up and dock with the International Space Station, which should happen around midday Friday. Here'a site that lets you follow the choreographed dance between the two vehicles in more-or-less real time:
Once the two spacecraft are docked together for their 16-day rendezvous, they should make a spectacular sight from Earth. [Read more]
I don't actually know how the folks who manage Eve Online plan to deal with this, except that they've booted the virtual fraudster out of the game.
The scary part is that he successfully traded the "interstellar kredits" he stole for real-life money. Only $5,000 or so -- but still! If what you stole doesn't really exist, can you be accused of committing a crime in the real world? Especially when the virtual world permits and even encourages illegal activities? Suppose you libel a fellow player in an interactive game. Does he or she have recourse in a real-world court? [Read more]
Happy Canada Day, everyone. Snap quiz, if you're up to it:
1. Exactly what are we celebrating the anniversary of?
2. Who gets top billing as "Father of Confederation?"
3. Name one other.
4. Where exactly is the Canada-U.S. border (I mean the long straight part)?
5. Why did Canadians decide they wanted a country anyway?
6. What's the national anthem? Fairly easy one.
7. What's the flag? Ditto.
8. What's the national sport? What, another gimme?
9. How many provinces are there? Territories?
10. Aside from free-trade squabbles, what's our biggest looming dispute with the U.S.?
I thought I'd share one of those channel-surfing moments that make you wish all TVs came with a screen-grab function. I happened to switch to TSN as they were doing an item on the end of Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension. What immediately caught my eye was the chyron at the bottom of the screen: "suspended due to darkness."
"Holy crap, TSN," I immediately thought. "You can't say that. They caught the guy fair and square." A second or so later, I realized I was seeing the second half of a line that probably referred to the game he'd been expected to play in.
Is there a moral to this little anecdote? Nope. None at all. Have a good night, folks.
For those of us who, like Mir Hosein Mousavi, are wondering what happened to our projected landslide green revolution, Josh Marshall links to an interesting Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/13/iranian-election
The cab driver picking up the reporter at the airport has the takeaway line: "Iran is not Tehran." In announcing the results, the election official confirmed that Mousavi had indeed beaten Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the capital. (If he gave the specific percentage, I didn't see it reported.) [Read more]