Wednesday, December 31, 2008
So you're stuck with celebrity resolutions.
(Content warning, for infantile adults only)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
You know what I'm referring to: You're waiting anxiously for an iPod, and you end up with green socks with red bows.
What's your favorite worst gift?
Blank cassette tapes? A half-scratched lottery ticket? Clip-on ties?
Get them off your head and throw them in here. I know you've got some ... and you'll get some more soon.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I should stick to writing.
For starters, most of them were dark, blurry or both.
Secondly, I numbered some of them wrong, which led to a mistake in the print version of the tour.
On Sunday's edition, the home of Dawn Gibbs in Pine Street in the city was misidentified in a photo, which showed the home of Ron and Tab Ledoux.
Needless to say, I heard from both families the next day.
The interactive map, hence, has been updated to show the correct information.
Here's what's new:
Downtown Kingston can be a treacherous drive, given the steep hills and narrow roads. I would skip Wilbur Avenue - which is easy to drive down but nearly impossible to turn back up on West O'Reilly Street - and skip the Rondout, the Ponckhockie District and First, Second and Third avenues, which put together are as wide as a noodle.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The weather, however, has other plans, as you can see from your window.
So I'll give you a little slideshow of photos provided by participants in the tradition.
The map, in case you missed it, is below. There are some photos in it too.
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Hopefully you'll be able to go around town in the next couple of days. Abbey Street, Derrenbacher Street, and First, Second and Third Avenues are something to behold.
But certainly not today.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here's the three-page summary mentioned in the article.
Our Fading Heritage 11-20-08
And here's the 32-page report:
Civic Literacy Report 08-09
Better yet, visit http://www.americancivicliteracy.org and take the quiz yourself.
We can all be a failure, together!
Click on the image and see for yourself.
Can't see it? Let me help you.
That's right, people who read "Test Your Knowledge of American History and Civics" also read "Megan Fox's Confused Sexual Identity," which basically means one thing:
WE ARE WATCHING YOU AND YOUR HABITS!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
What is it with corrupt governors and this face?
Who knows? But what you can certainly know about soon-to-be ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., is that the guilt-by-association accusations will soon start flying.
FBI agents arrested the governor Tuesday at his Chicago home and took him away while his family was still asleep, saying wiretaps convinced them that Blagojevich's political corruption crime spree had to be stopped before it was too late, the Associated Press reported.
Blago (can I call you Blago?) is accused of — among a huge list of things which will be in the Freeman's front page tomorrow — scheming to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
He allegedly also tried to get an editor from the Chicago "Chapter 11" Tribune fired, because he didn't like the editorials, which (suprise!) proves that some people are still reading newspapers. And the prosecutor is none other than Patrick "I'll send you to jail if you don't tell me who your sources are" Fitzgerald.
So needless to say, the senate seat vacated by Bam (can I call you Bam?) is on eBay, a seat described by the governor, on tape, as " a f------ valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing," according to the federal affidavit, which I'm posting below (do a search for the "f" word on the second button from the right — see if you can find all 18 instances!).
Anyway, here are some shots of the people who will be accused of being guilty because they are in a photo with Blago. See if you can identify who they are.
The fundamentals of the economy are strong, if the fundamentals are a doomed Sarah Palin turkey and the economy is eBay.
The "historic" bird sold for $225, according to WISHTV.com, because, you know, it came with a letter of authenticity signed by the farm's owner.
Also of note, WISHTV.com issued a "Graphic Video Warning" when posting the unintentionally cruel and widely circulated video featuring the execution of the the 37.75-pound turkey.
Alas, I have no shame. So here it is again.
Requiescant In Pace, my feathered friend.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Slate Magazine has just published a column by, get this, horribly disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot "Client 9" Spitzer. It will be a regular feature by the magazine that once published "Eliot Spitzer, Wimp."
It's true, kids. Here's his first column, under the hilarious banner "The Best Policy: Making Government Work Better."
If you are not familiar with Slate or the Spitzer scandal, here is a sample of the magazine's articles:
* "Spitzer Gets Spitzered" where they used this now famous AP photo ...
* and the ironically prophetic "Sex Sells."
Pre-emptive strike: If you thought "'Tis the season to be toying with disaster" was mean, check out 2006's feature by Radar Online (updated in 2007 with Aqua Dots) where the image above was taken from (No Jarts were harmed in the making of the image)
Read Very Bad Toys.
For super mean, read the Onion's rated R "Toy Buying Tips for Parents" or, worse even, listen to "Fun Toys Banned Because of Three Stupid Dead Kids."
The consumer group's 23rd annual survey of toy safety has an apendix, starting on page 16, listing six toy hazards identified in 2008. The report focuses on identifying hazards related to a new law restricting toxic lead and phthalates in toys. There are also tips, so check it out.
The group's toy safety site is www.toysafety.net.