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The Morning News: RIP Pavarotti

From Yahoo News THE TOP STORY

Italian tenor Pavarotti dies at age 71
By ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press Writer
49 minutes ago

ROME – Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C’s and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, died Thursday. He was 71.

His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time. Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August.

“The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness,” the statement said.

Earth tones

Well, it’s a big change, but I want you to see just what a little change in background color can do.

The main color is based on Patriot Buff, but is even lighter- fffffa

This is the color of the outer border and the main column.

The Recent Diaries Column and the Menu Column are a little yellower than Patriot Buff- ffffee and they are now both the same color instead of one being darker than the other.

So this is ‘earth tones’ and browns, yellows, greens, and reds should work and play well.

I’d like you to live with it for a while (like today maybe) and we’ll try something different tommorow.

No, I’m not afraid of anything, why do you ask?

My thoughts on the Republican Debate

Please don’t promote.

Time Out

Meditations on Punishment

Overnight News Digest

All the news that fits.

Blatant Editorializing

Here’s the piece that causes problems. Disconnects the blox. I think it’s Mr. <Li> and Mr. <⁄Li>. This wouldn’t publish except under NO_FORMAT.

So, get your tit signed yet?  Well then why are you wasting your time here?

You thought you got answers?  Here answers got you.

As we contemplate the power a president of the United States possesses and the criminal uses to which it can be put it only becomes more and more apparent how very important it is to keep continuous unrelenting pressure on our elected Representatives, our Congressional leadership, and our Corporate media.

You know, blogging.

It’s been immensely gratifying to count our successes.  I was pretty depressed, thought things looked bleak.  Congress had just flown back from vacation to keep poor Terri Schiavo sucking up oxygen, a solid majority of Americans had recently proven that they were venal hypocrites or brain dead morons, and they were trying undo The New Deal not just The Great Society setting back our country over 70 YEARS!

It offended the patriot in me.

Since then we have had triumphs, but also some things that can only be regarded as defeats.  Some of these are unilateral diktats of an executive out of control, but in others Congress has been complicit.  Their actions, whatever else you call them, are not Representative of majority centrist opinion in the United States of America.  Neither are the typical offerings of Traditional Corporate Media as evidenced by their breathtaking decline in market share.

Membership in blogs the other hand goes up and up.  I like to think we are training a generation of community activists who are no longer content to sit passively in front of a screen to be spoon fed pandering propaganda.

A community that knows how to take action!

One thing I miss from election season is the Action Diaries where people would come back all breathless and sweaty with pictures and blurt out how they’d spent their day away.

I’m not suggesting more diaries, heaven forfend.  Not only would it lower the tone of the joint, it would entirely miss the point which is this-

  • It is well past time to take action.
  • It is well past time to take some personal responsibility for the direction of this country and make your voice heard.

You know, icebergs.

I’m certainly in favor of establishing a committee to prepare a draft of a polite suggestion that can be relayed through proper channels.

So we can put it up to a vote.

But if you want to rearrange the deck chairs for easy access to the lifeboats I suppose that’s productive too.  I’m really not that particular.

Today’s quote-

Believe me when I say we have a difficult time ahead of us.  But if we are to be prepared for it, we must first shed our fear of it.

I stand here, before you now, truthfully unafraid.


Because I believe something you do not?  No, I stand here without fear because I remember.

I remember that I am here not because of the path that lies before me but because of the path that lies behind me.

I remember that for over 200 years we have fought these machines.  I remember that for over 200 years they have sent their armies to destroy us, and after two centuries of war I remember that which matters most… We are still here!

Today, let us send a message to that army.  Today, let us shake this cave.  Today, let us tremble these halls of earth, steel, and stone, let us be heard from red core to black sky.

Today, let us make them remember, THIS IS AMERICA AND WE ARE NOT AFRAID!

I want you

Scheduling (Reloaded)

I’m not sure there’s any need to promote this, but I’ll leave it up to you.

Well we’ll get to the details but I can already tell we’re not morning people, unless you mean by that “Aw shit, sun’s coming up.  I gotta go to bed.”

Magnifico has already started making his marks with 4 at 4 and while it’s exactly the kind of feature I would have loved to see at 3…

I’ll think about dropping the 3 pm slot instead (though I’m leaving it available for now).

Why?  Well because exmearden is available for 3 pm (and also 3 am) on a semi regular basis, but can only tend for an hour at 3 pm, so it could all work out very nicely.

Other conflicts with 4 at 4- Fridays with Robyn and Sundays with LithiumCola.

pinche tejano has already started making the mark too with Midnight Cowboy.  Ride ’em, yee haw.

As you look at the rest of the schedule I don’t want you to be discouraged by the empty spaces because the bulk of it will hopefully get filled by promotion.  If you commit to a time you don’t commit to original content necessarily.  You do commit to tend your promotion, 90 minutes (with mulligans).  So Say We All.

Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

Faux Noise is breaking a Bush/Gates surprise visit to Iraq.

Anbar (where else, Baghdad is too dangerous).

Commander Codpiece strikes again.

You have editing ability- throw me a bone.

Puddles of Goo

No promotion, no recs.

I’m not even here.

docudharmaadmin [Update 2!]

Here’s your damn private forum.


“I have a wide stance…”

Tom Delay.

That’s the only Thug Tweety can get to defend Craig.

MSNBC has been running wall to wall with the audio tape playing it over and over again in full.  Their story goes something like this-

Audio of Craig arrest reveals new details
Spokesman denies three-term Idaho lawmaker preparing to quit
NBC News and news services
Updated: 35 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – Sen. Larry Craig denied soliciting an undercover police officer shortly after being arrested in a bathroom at a Minneapolis airport, an audio recording of the arrest revealed.

Craig said on the June 11 recording, released Thursday by the Minneapolis Police Department, that he may have touched Investigative Sgt. Dave Karsnia’s foot with his foot while they were in bathroom stalls.

“You said our feet bumped. I believe they did,” Craig said, adding that he was scooting over. “The next thing I knew, under the bathroom divider comes a card that says ‘Police.'”

If you want to listen, click the video link, they also have a copy of last night’s Olbermann ‘Dragnet’ Re-enactment.

Big day for schadenfreud.

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