Month: September 2004

As Al Franken pointed out on his show yesterday, 60 Minutes decided to run a story on Bill O’Reilly instead of the story they’d originally planned to run, questioning the Bush administration’s rationale for going to war in Iraq.

Both 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace and Al Franken call O’Reilly out on his lies. Watch the video. [8’35”, 6.9MB]

Bill O’Reilly, harumph. What under the stars will it take to discredit this guy, I ask you? Jerk.

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If you haven’t already registered, or if you’re not sure whether you’re already registered, please, please register now!

In many states, you must register by October 4th in order to vote in the November 6th election, so time is running out. If you don’t know how to register in your state, leave a comment, and I’ll find out how for you.

This is important!

(By the way, did I say this is important?)

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Here’s my Al Franken Show snippet for today — an interview with Naomi Klein, author of Baghdad, Year Zero, published recently in Harpers. Klein discusses the mis-management of the reconstruction effort in Iraq.

My favorite part, starting at 1’46”: “A year into the so-called reconstruction, $18.4B allocated from Congress for that task, and I could not find a [construction] crane after a month in Baghdad… Almost my last day before I came home, around the corner I saw a crane… what it was doing was hoisting a huge billboard to the top of a three story building, selling imported [Saudi] honey.”

Here’s the video [11’12”, 8.1MB], which originally aired on Friday, 9/24.

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Bill O’Reilly is obsessed with defending his lie about having grown up in Levittown, so much so that on his show, he offered to bet Terry Gross $10,000 on it.

Terry, of course, turned him down, but Al Franken would like to pick up the slack. I’ve got the video. [2’57”, 2.3MB]

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IHT: Pentagon blocks site for voters outside U.S.: “According to overseas-voter advocates who have been monitoring the situation, Internet service providers in at least 25 countries – including Yahoo Broadband in Japan, Wanadoo in France, BT Yahoo Broadband in Britain and Telefónica in Spain – have been denied access to the site of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, apparently to protect it from hackers.”

WTF?!? Gee I wonder if overseas voters might be more likely to vote the bastards out. Ya think? Way to support our troops, Dubya.

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As I mentioned before, I put together a slideshow on DVD for our wedding. We gave a copy to everyone who came to the reception instead of some silly favor that people would just leave behind.

I put up a copy for you to watch online in case you’re interested. The people who attended were quite moved, though if you don’t know the people in the photos, it might not have the same effect on you.

For your viewing pleasure, here it is, as a QuickTime movie (29MB), and as an MPEG-4 video (14MB). The QuickTime movie is higher resolution, but if you have a slower connection, I recommend the MPEG-4 version.

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Looks like the Al Franken Show weblog is coming online. People over there seem to be learning about comments, but they (rightly) don’t know what TrackBack or Permalink mean.

If you’re coming here from the Al Franken Show blog, here’s a quick explanation:

TrackBack is sort of like a comment, but the text comes from a post on another blog that’s linking to you, and the TrackBack page usually links back to the linking post.

A Permalink is a link to a specific blog post (as opposed to a link to the blog). Many blog systems will automatically make a TrackBack link (a.k.a. ping) if a post links to a permalink in another blog, so the features go together (though they don’t have to).

P.S. Alas, the Al Franken Show blog doesn’t seem to be configured correctly for TrackBack to work. Oh well. That feature is too hard to understand anyway.

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One point of view I haven’t seen much of yet, either in the weblogs, or in the press, is the possibility that the Bush Administration actually forged the documents themselves, or knowingly released forgeries.

Think about this: One of the easiest ways to stop bad press about Bush’s lack of responsibility during his National Guard service, would be to discredit the detractors. Putting forgeries into the hands of CBS News/60 Minutes, and later discounting them would accomplish that goal quite nicely.

Have another look at Ben Barnes on getting Bush into the National Guard. Do we really need the documentation. What about all of the other National Guard people who never saw Bush? (Please leave a comment or send email if that link stops working, and I’ll put up a mirror.)

Having said that, I really would like to hear from the Bush Administration about the history of these documents. After all, it was them who released the documents in the first place, after the A.P. Freedom of Information Act suit, right? What about an independent investigation? What about a special prosecutor? There was no shortage of that when Clinton was President.

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Cindy and I arrived home last night after a whirlwind five days, which peaked in our wedding on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The wedding itself went outstandingly well. Everyone was wonderful, and the ceremony and reception were awesome. The DVD-slideshow I’d worked so hard on was a terriffic hit, and even some of the staff teared up a bit. The toasts were amazing, and even Cindy’s song went well, despite her lack of sleep from the bad shrimp at dinner on Friday night.

I’ll be posting more over the coming days and weeks — reflections, photos, and maybe even some video. For now, here are twelve tips for those of you planning a wedding:

  1. Make sure nobody in the wedding party eats seafood either the day of, or the day before the wedding.
  2. Make sure that the person performing the ceremony, and anyone doing announcements actually has the correct names written down, with pronunciation tips or phoenetic spelling if necessary. (Apparently our Justice of the Peace thinks I should change my name to David.)
  3. You’re not going to get much time to eat at your own wedding, so make sure someone from the wedding party saves a plate of food for you. (Ours was lost by the wedding planner or help staff, possibly eaten.)
  4. If your wedding account has money left in it which you won’t get back, make sure it gets spent. If one of the parents or someone in the wedding party is in charge of logistics, make sure they understand how the budget works.
  5. Register for gifts at least 45 days before the wedding, and put someone in the family (or both families) in charge of letting people know where. These days you can register online for most stores, and if you can, make it easy by creating a web page with links to all of your registries. (We got this stuff right, but started quite late.)
  6. Do photos right after the ceremony so you can go have fun as soon as possible. Don’t let yourself get caught in the crowd right after the wedding — make sure you do photos first and then socialize.
  7. Make sure that anyone who needs to be in photos sticks around after the ceremony. Have the photographer collect them immediately, and take them somewhere safe, away from food and booze. Tell everyone beforehand that this is what will happen.
  8. Make sure you know which side to stand on at the front for the ceremony. I was told two different things — one by the planner, and one by the Justice of the Peace. Go with what you hear from the person performing the ceremony.
  9. Along with don’t eat seafood the night before, don’t get too drunk or stay up too late. (We didn’t get drunk, but the shrimp scampi was unwise.)
  10. If the wedding planner (assuming you have one) will leave during the reception, make sure that the person or people who take over know everything that’s supposed to happen, and know who the people are that they’ll need to direct.
  11. If you’re being driven to somewhere after the reception, make sure the driver knows where to take you beforehand. (We were driven off in a golf cart, but the driver didn’t know what room we were in, and neither did we.)
  12. If you’re doing video, make sure that the groom or the person performing the ceremony has a wireless lapel microphone. You can get them at Radio Shack for about $50. If you don’t have one of these, then you won’t be able to hear the ceremony on the video.

I’m sure I’ve left things out that we’ve learned, so I’ll post them if I think of them.

All in all though, it went very well, and we’re both extremely happy. More soon…

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