Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Overheard in New York - overheard conversations in da city. Some are pretty funny.

A photo of me from the Nike Run Hit Wonder 10K!
I finished in 45:59 for a 7:25 pace ... it was 84 deg. and humid.

This story -- "9/11 Report Says Plotter Saw Self as Superterrorist" -- in the Washington Post today has some interesting new details about the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. (the sleepy shirt head-hole guy we captured March 2003).
The original plan ...called for hijacking 10 jetliners on both coasts of the United States and crashing nine of them. The kicker would have been the final plane, which he would commandeer personally. After killing all the men on board, Mohammed would alert the media and deliver a speech excoriating the U.S. government for its support of Israel and repressive Arab regimes.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Tony Womack: .308, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 14 stolen bases in 78 games for the Cards this season...

How the hell did we trade him for Matt Duff - 4.15 ERA in 52 IP at Pawtucket this year...

Newsday has this
amazing story about how their circulation department pumped up figures-- keep delivering to people who had canceled their subscriptions.

"People would come out of their houses saying, 'I don't want it! Stop it!' What the agents would finally do is not deliver. They would then go to what was termed 'alternative forms of distribution.' "

Some distributors, he said, would 'sell them for a nickel or give them away to a wholesaler who would sell to bodegas for a nickel apiece. But there were no returns. Even sell them in Jersey. 'It doesn't matter where you get rid of them.' '

A distributor who formerly worked out of Newsday's Brentwood depot and asked not to be identified said he too ran into problems with Code 51. Despite complaining to the paper that the customers on the list did not want the paper, or refused to pay for it, he was told to continue to drop off papers anyway.

'The point was to drive circulation up,' he said. 'And we were told not to take any names off the computer even if they were dead. We could not get customers off the records. We even delivered to addresses where the house had been burned down.'"

Monday, July 12, 2004

This post by blogger Juan Cole is old, but it is still worth reading re: Muslim outrage over beheadings..

Too damn funny ... hilarious flash-animated political satire song.