Clay Shirky has …

Clay Shirky has a great essay on the telecommunications industry and some of the misperceptions that are being spread.

Veteran reporter Dana Blankenhorn points out that no one in the media is standing up to the WorldCom executive management, especially in regards to trying to use “national security” concerns as a scapegoat for their crooked ways.

Only in America can you get a pancake-on-a-stick. I want to try it just to see if it’s any good.

Bush’s tasteless “trifecta” joke. Where are the critics? Apparently the Bush administration was successful in their push to silence their dissenters. I had to look up the word “trifecta.” I guess I’m not much of gambling person.

Regarding the three caveats that made up Bush’s “trifecta” it turns out that Al Gore was actually the person who said them two years ago during the 2000 election campaign. Either the Bush administration is very, very smart or really stupid. Bush’s advisors, by allowing him to go on and on with his stupid “trifecta” joke knew that it would only be a matter of time before the press dug up the fact that Gore was the one who outlined the three budget deficit caveats (with Bush’s people later saying “me too”), therefore shifting the focus of the “trifecta” from Bush to Gore. But wait, shouldn’t it be pointed out that the Bush camp wasn’t smart enough to look far enough ahead and realize that during a possible war, the budget would slip into a deficit? Clearly, the Bush administration is either hiding the fact they realized this two years ago or they were too stupid to predict such. After all, we know the GOP loves corporations and there’s nothing corporations love more than huge government spending during wartime to keep their revenue numbers high.

The guy who started the lawsuit to remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance (a good thing, IMHO) now also wants it removed from our money. Considering that the separation of Church and State has been written into our Constitution for hundreds of years, his arguments make complete sense. With all the (ahem) religious people in our current political adminsitration, who wants to bet this guy gets audited by the IRS every year for the rest of his life?

Tom Cruise has been quoted saying “I think the U.S. is terrifying.” and is moving his family away. Hey Tom, I think Scientology is terrifying. What are you gonna do about that? By the way, don’t read that article I linked. The movie-title puns are as lame as they’re ever going to get.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at July 3, 2002 12:53 PM

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