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White House Had Prior Knowledge Of Cheney Threat | The Onion - America's Finest News Source


Snarksmith: art. gossip. politics. pop culture. literature. etc.


A Lie a Day blog


Michelle Malkin blog


I still like Jason's story

Autistic Team Manager Makes Hoop Dream Come True

Jason McElwain, a 17-year-old senior who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, put on a uniform and entered the game with his team way ahead.

McElwain proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders.

"I ended my career on the right note," he told The Associated Press by phone Thursday. "I was really hotter than a pistol!"

In recent days, McElwain's phone has hardly stopped ringing. When his family went out for a meal, he was mobbed by well-wishers. A neighborhood boy came by to get a basketball autographed.

McElwain, 5-foot-6, was considered too small to make the junior varsity, so he signed on as team manager. He took up the same role with the varsity, doing anything to stay near the sport he loves. Coach Jim Johnson was impressed with his dedication, and thought about suiting up McElwain for the home finale.


Fox Searchlight Pictures - Thank You For Smoking


Rumsfeld Zeros in on the Internet

"Consider that the violent extremists have established ‘media relations committees’—and have proven to be highly-successful at manipulating opinion-elites. They plan to design their headline-grabbing attacks using every means of communications to intimidate and break the collective will of free people”.


Letter to a Young Law Student


Inside Higher Ed :: What's Your Name Again?

Do you know all of your students’ names? If not, and your class doesn’t top 40 students, learn them. 
Even if you teach a large lecture class, you can still learn many names — especially those of students who participate regularly.


Conglomerate Blog: Business, Law, Economics & Society



Bloggers snap over lost camera


Charles Mandel
CanWest News Service

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Canadians are in hot water over, of all things, a digital camera. In a U.S. blog, titled Lost Camera, a mysterious blogger called only Judith tells about the loss of her camera during a family vacation in Hawaii.

The good news is a Canadian family found the camera, a Pentax Optio S5i with a spare battery and two memory cards, valued at US$500.

The bad news is the family refused to return the camera, arguing that their nine-year-old son was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is convinced the camera is "good luck."

The story has captured the imagination of Web surfers, spreading across the Internet, aided in part by popular link sites such as Boing Boing and, which attract millions of readers.

Some skeptics opined the lost camera was nothing but a hoax. But Judith Zissman is a reluctant Internet star, who, until she spoke with CanWest News Service, ignored requests from American and Canadian media for interviews.

Her blog has received hundreds of comments -- many of them anti-Canadian -- from around the world, as well as offers of replacement cameras.

"Let's go get those Canadian bastards and give them the thumping they deserve for their utter lack of moral fibre," reads one typical post.

Polite, guilty Canadians are falling over themselves apologizing for the family's behaviour, while debate rages over everything from what should be done to recover the property to speculation as to where the family lives.

"It's Alberta, right?" one visitor wrote. "This just seems like the kind of thing an Albertan would do."

Another person wrote, "I was going to suggest Toronto as the likeliest harbour of such villainy -- but it could be argued Ottawa would be!"

Yesterday, Ms. Zissman, a 35-year-old marketing communications professional from San Francisco, said in a phone interview, "Not everyone is dying for their 15 minutes of fame. It's ultimately a lost camera rather than a genocide in Darfur, so I haven't necessarily been courting the media about it."

Ms. Zissman said she's surprised and disappointed over the incident, but doesn't hold any grudges against Canadians. However, she's not pleased that the family, whom she'll only identify as coming from Ontario, used their son's illness as an excuse to keep the camera.

"I've known people with juvenile diabetes. It's a horrible illness. I feel for the child, but I don't think that has anything to do with a found camera."

Ms. Zissman lost the camera while in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. She likely set it down for a moment while her grandmother and parents were switching between one car to another. Once she realized she'd lost the camera, she filed a lost-and-found report with the park.

Park rangers informed her a Canadian family found the camera, but when Ms. Zissman got in touch with them, she realized they weren't willing to return it. On her blog, Ms. Zissman recounts telling them, "This is an expensive camera, you know?"

Replied the family: "Oh, we know. We looked it up."

Ms. Zissman has recovered her photographs, but not because the memory cards were returned. The family burned the photos on to a CD and sent them to her.

"It's wonderful to have pictures of my grandmother on the beach, but there is $120 worth of property they kept in addition to the camera," Ms. Zissman said.

Ms. Zissman said she hasn't accepted any of the offers of replacement camera, only that she hopes to recover hers. She has left the matter with national park police, whom she said have contacted the family.

Cory Doctorow, a London, England-based editor at Boing Boing and a former Torontonian, said stories like Lost Camera spread across the Internet, fascinate everyone.

"It's like a Greek play or an episode of Gilligan's Island. Everything is the same with minor variations on the details. I think it struck a nerve with a lot of people."

Back at the blog, one reader summed up the debate: "That Canadian couple is a disgrace to all Canadians. I truly hope you get your camera back and bad karma hits them."

© National Post 2006



78th Academy Awards (March 5): Trailers for leading contenders


With e-mail, professors are always on call

He also receives a number of "incredibly rude e-mails" that he responds to against his better judgment.

"I will always respond like the student wasn't rude, which is dumb because all it does is encourage them," he said. "Whereas what I'd really like to say is, 'You little s---, bugger off.' "


The real Cuba, part II


Retro Candy Sites


Free Bob Marley! - He's been hijacked by stoned suburban teenagers

Friday, February 24, 2006


Florida again: Man Angry About Slamming Door Killed Neighbor


Unlikely dog tale tops U.S. best-seller list

With more than 1 million copies in print, "Marley and Me -- Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog" has struck a chord with dog lovers who are laughing and crying over author John Grogan's account of his yellow Labrador retriever.

The nonfiction book has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 17 weeks. It seems likely to break the barrier of a million copies sold, a feat generally accomplished by no more than a dozen books each year in the U.S. hardcover non-fiction market.

"Before Marley, our life was about career, relationship, and ourselves," said Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He helped us shift from an egocentric life to something more generous."

In the book, Grogan wrote: "Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things -- a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in the shaft of winter sunlight.




Still my favorite

Perhaps no figure skater in history exuded more elegance, beauty, and grace on the ice than East German Katarina Witt. But while her beauty was well documented, and well displayed for that matter, it was her near-flawless technique and charismatic style on the ice that vaulted her to the top of the skating world in the 1980s.
Gold: 1984, 1988.


The Real Cuba: Canadians have idealized Cuba as a beleaguered socialist utopia. As this insider shows, the truth is very different


Clerk-Off - Are law clerks staffers?

It's no real secret that Supreme Court clerks aren't chosen solely for their blue-booking skills. They're hired mostly for their brains, but also for their political leanings.


AOL Coaches -- Tips and Advice to Improve Your Life

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Bravo, Jason

Story and video


Welcome to the White House - Spoof site


For teachers and students - Do you know who I am?


Dubai Harbored Hijackers? Big Deal, Bush Says


You moron, says Trump


Ferrari Owner (former Gizmondo exec) Had Other 'Crash',0,1692414.story?coll=la-home-headlines


No namby pamby headline


No namby pamby columnist

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Finger-Pointing Follows Americans' Hockey Loss


Man sues drug company, casinos after losing $14 million


Canadian Uni hot under the collar over Wi-Fi safety


Arab Co., White House Had Secret Agreement

The revelations about the negotiated conditions came as the White House acknowledged President Bush was unaware of the pending sale until the deal had already been approved by his administration.


Russia ends Canada's puck dream


What's your boss's house worth? Zillow can tell you


More fliers let someone else lug their bags


Apple Computer Security | Mac OS X Suffers From 'Critical' Flaw

Safari users are most at risk, and should deactivate the "Open Safe Files after downloading" option in the "General" section of Safari's preferences. Alternate browsers, such as Firefox or Camino, are somewhat safer, said Heise, in that they won't automatically execute files.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Sasha Fans


Olympic coverage sites


What will Wednesday bring?

TURIN, Italy -- Canada finally scored, and the U.S. -- despite a loss -- reached the quarterfinals of men's Olympic hockey on the final day of the preliminary round.

With only the Americans still needing to reach the final eight, Tuesday was a warmup for the knockout phase -- finalizing the group standings and pairings in what looks like a wide-open tournament.

Two games stand out in Wednesday's quarterfinals -- old foes Canada vs. Russia, and the two nations that once comprised the former Czechoslovakia -- unbeaten Slovakia vs. the Czech Republic. The U.S. plays Finland.


I'm a bit busy, but if you want a quarter of this £5million legacy feel free to take it

I wish to accost you with a request that would be of immense benefit
to both of us. Being an executor of wills, it is possible that
we may be tempted to make fortune out of our client's situations,
when we cannot help it, or left with no better option. The issue I am
presenting to you is a case of my client who willed a fortune to his
next-of-kin. It was most unfortunate that he and his next-of-kin died
on the same day the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline 990 with
other passengers on board. You can confirm this from the website below
which was published by BBC WORLD NEWS.

I am now faced with confusion of who to pass the fortune to.
According to the English law, the fortune is supposed to be
bequeathed to the government,if nobody comes forward as the next of
kin within ten years of the demise of the benefactor of the will. My
purpose of contacting you is to seek your acting as the beneficiary
of the will, and lay claim to the legacy of £5million, which my
deceased client bequeathed to his next-of-kin. For now, I alone know
about his will, as my client had great confidence in me.

Everything will be left between you and I. The share would be 25% for
you and 75% for me. I would want to give a huge part of my share to the
tsunami victims, as this is my primary objective. All I have to do is
amend the will or add a codicil to make you the beneficiary to the
£5million legacy. Again, I feel that you may apprehensive and
consider this amount too big for you to defend. It does not matter,
as there are documents to back it up. This is a legacy being passed
on to a next-of-kin. As I am not very sure of getting your consent on
the issue I prefer not to divulge my full identity so as not to risk
being disbarred. The English Bar considers it a breach of the oath of
the English Bar. I need not emphasize to you that the sensitivity of
this issue need not be toyed with by neglecting its confidentiality.
I therefore appeal to you not discuss this request with anybody, even
if you decline my request.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Yours truly
Alexander Richards


Poynter Online - Romenesko - Your daily fix of media industry news, commentary, and memos


Gothamist: New York City's Very Own Condom


Gawker, Manhattan Media News and Gossip


I Want Media - Media News & Resources


Ed2010™ - A group for young magazine editors seeking dream jobs by 2010


The Black Table Was Here, 2003-2006




Odds of Survival Much Higher at Top U.S. Hospitals



Speeding $1 million Ferrari Crashes On PCH, Splits In Half


Chewing gum aids surgery recovery


'Monster' Cat In China Weighs 33 Pounds

Monday, February 20, 2006




Zamboni Ice Machine Gets Cold Shoulder From Olympic Hockey Fans


Virginia: Where 1 inch of snow causes road havoc

TV link


Ze Frank's page: A bit amusing, a bit weird

Ze Frank, online performance artist and humorist. won the 2002 Webby for the best personal website (People's Voice award). It is perhaps the single best entertainment website I've ever seen; the sheer variety of videos, toys, essays, and other projects - all created by Ze Frank - show him to be a kind of genius in creating online experiences.


Canada sports: Repeat hardly seems in cards

TURIN -- And so it turns out that the great Wayne Gretzky gamble may have had nothing to do with Rick Tocchet after all.

The great gamble appears to be a Team Canada roster that is large and cumbersome and, to date, failing miserably in the hockey tournament at the Turin Winter Olympics.


Bush Watch

Sunday, February 19, 2006


The MySpace Generation


Podcast (LA Times): Hitting the big eleven-o: Super seniors


Jokes and Funny Pictures: February 2006


It's a love affair in a cone - hokey pokey ice cream in New Zealand

New Zealanders are the highest per capita consumers of ice cream in the world.  Top flavor: hokey pokey:



When will the Boomers die? Take this test


The Benefits of Bozo - Proof that TV doesn't harm kids


The Borowitz Report: Daily False Stories

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