It's Friday, Therefore, RANDOMS For All...

Friday Randoms:

1. I was surfing around the channels a few days ago while waiting for my friend, Mr. Snooze to come over, and I happened upon Letterman. His guest was Paris Hilton. Friends, in case you were wondering, well, there are no words. Totally. Vapid. Blond. A waste of oxygen.

2. Saw this online the other day as well, thought I'd save it for Friday. It seems that the good folks in London don't want you to miss even one minute of their beautiful city. To that end, they have erected a two-way glass toidy on the street. You can see out, but no-one can see in. Can you say, "performance anxiety"????

3. The current contents of my 401K: one ski mask, one shotgun.

4. Robert Redford said this week that Democrats need to show more courage and stop backing down, stop moving to the center, start holding politicians accountable. Says he, “Democrats need to regain the courage that’s lost with political compromises over the last few years,” actor and environmental activist Robert Redford said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. “They’ve got to get it together. If they don’t, it will not only be a tragedy for them, but a tragedy for the country.”

5. I don't read the New York Post, but this week a saw a picture of the cover right after the US Forces in Iraq killed Al-Zarqwari. it should be noted that in Islmaic tradition, under the rules of Jhihad (however you spell it), the more violence you stir up, and the bigger you go down and leave this world, the more hurt you muster around you, the better your chances of gaining exaltation, and the more virgins will be waiting for you when you get there. So back to the cover: I wonder if the cover image ever goes to editorial review, or passes through a review process. Although humorous, I didn't think it was all that tasteful. I'm just sayin'.

6. In this month's Rolling Stone, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has a LENGTHY and extremely annotated expose on the last presidential election, and specifically exploring the possibility that it was "stolen" by the Republicans, and the religious right who were working polling places in the Ohio area. Read it here:

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

The account is riveting and supported by more than 200 footnotes (!) From the article:

The reports were especially disturbing in Ohio, the critical battleground state that clinched Bush's victory in the electoral college. Officials there purged tens of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls, neglected to process registration cards generated by Democratic voter drives, shortchanged Democratic precincts when they allocated voting machines and illegally derailed a recount that could have given Kerry the presidency. A precinct in an evangelical church in Miami County recorded an impossibly high turnout of ninety-eight percent, while a polling place in inner-city Cleveland recorded an equally impossible turnout of only seven percent. In Warren County, GOP election officials even invented a nonexistent terrorist threat to bar the media from monitoring the official vote count.

Worth a read, but it'll take a while. Probably took him two years to write it.

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