Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Bush owns up to the spying order

Dubya says he authorized the spying order, and is mucho pisso-d at those who spilled the beans to the New York Times. An excerpt from the CTV.ca story: Appearing angry at times, Bush said Saturday that media reports of the highly classified program have tipped off enemies of the United States. “As a result our […]

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Bill's household tip of the week

Freshly washed hardwood floors are slippery and dangerous. Hardwood floors that go long periods without seeing a mop are not. Draw your own conclusions.

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'Ban torture. Period.'

This NYT editorial argues that U.S. troops and national security agents need moral clarity, not weasel words. An excerpt: It should have been unmitigated good news when President Bush finally announced yesterday that he would back Senator John McCain's proposal to ban torture and “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment at United States prison camps. Nothing […]

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Libertarian scholar, columnist quits after admitting to accepting cash from Republican lobbyist

Douglas Bandow, a senior scholar at the Cato Institute and a columnist for the Copley News Service, has resigned after it became public he took money from Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for stories favourable to Abramoff's clients. An exerpt from the NYT story: “He acknowledges he made a lapse in judgment,” said Jamie […]

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I'm sure he said it during a speech to a U.S. conservative group and meant it to be tongue-in-cheek

According to an email I got earlier this week, D.H. Lawrence once said this about his fellow Englishmen: Curse the blasted, jelly-boned swines, the slimy, the belly-wriggling invertebrates, the miserable sodding rotters, the flaming sods, the snivelling, dribbling, dithering palsied pulse-less lot that make up England today.  … God, how I hate them! God curse them, […]

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'The Pogues: When Shane met Katie'

With the death of singer Kirsty MacColl, the legendary Irish punk-traditionalists The Pogues were looking for a new guest singer. In this story for The Independent, accordionist James Fearnley puts us at the scene when Katie Melua shows up (some excerpts): (H/T to Kevin) We don't expect to be seeing Shane MacGowan. He's in Morocco, or […]

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Only at Christmas time, I tell you …

I'm standing in line at a bank's automated teller. I'm third from the machine. A rumpled looking guy in his late 40s, holding a briefcase and looking world-weary, asks the guy immediately behind him if he had much banking stuff to do. “No, just a quick withdrawal,” was the guy's reply. So the guy let him cut ahead and use […]

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