(sunshine95: "Johnny Weir is also apparently obsessed with Russia...and Christina Aguilera. Yeah, I don't know either.")
(Tonight: Champions gala, whee!)
Dear Girl Scouts: Please come by my house and sell me cookies.
Dear Money Tree: Please spring up in the back yard. I have to pay my taxes and my COBRA. Oh, and the Girl Scouts are coming.
Arab Co., White House Had Secret Agreement. People, WTF?
I know there's a seeming issue of racism here on the part of those of us freaking out, particularly since the UAE has been "a solid friend" to us, but part of the problem is that the administration has spent a good five years now conditioning the American people to go into a killing froth at the mere sound of the word "Arab"--I mean, if you want people to overlook the non-sequitur quality of going after Saddam when we're actually trying to catch bin Laden, and the fact that the invasion of Iraq was made possible by the non-existent WMDs, you focus on making the American people as scared and punchy and outraged as possible. And now they're just like, "Yeah, we're gonna sell port operations to the United Arab Emirates. What?" And, as marcusisabadass points out, And, lest we forget Mr. Protect-America-At-All-Costs-Including-C
Also, I completely concur: "Just what in the hell is going on here? Why is Bush willing to ignore a federal law, piss off his own party, and put his "strong on security" reputation (well-deserved or not) at risk over this? It's come out that a couple guys in the administration have ties to the Dubai company, but that alone doesn't seem like enough. There's something even deeper going on here, and somebody needs to find out what it is."
The South Dakota senate passed a bill to criminalize abortions. Here's a scary hypothesis as to why it got passed now.
"Generation Debt: Why Now Is a Terrible Time to Be Young." Man, the linkspam is just cheerful today, ain't it?
Bono Among Nobel Peace Prize Nominees. I debated which linkspam section to put this in, honestly.
"Brokeback" rides into US popular culture. Honestly, I would have to say that the tidal wave of jokes and parodies indicates that we're accepting the movie, or trying to; I think it's a positive thing. You might get tired of homemade Fill-in-the-Blank Mountain movie parodies, but I'd rather see those than protests at theaters.
Diane Duane has decided how she wants to self-publish and distribute The Big Meow. Hit her blog if you're interested in reading it.
Question of the day: "Does it take a long time to get to be so shameless?"
Terrifying new celebrity couplings, including K-Fed's possible new mark. Meanwhile, Swank and Lowe patching things up?
Lawsuit reveals Netflix sends frequent renters to the back of line.
Pianist collapses, dies at performance.
Aske Chaucere, parte the firste: fair Geoffrey has the answers to all your problems.
Illinois governor confused by 'Daily Show' bit.
Possibly the best production values of any "Ring! Ring!" animation ever.
The Comment That Made Him/Her an Ex. Compiled from Salon Table Talkers.
Harassed NY pedestrians strike back with camera phones and blog.
dailydigestnews: The new Spider-Man 3 teaser poster; Supergirl?; Cary Elwes gets a TV pilot; Philip Seymour Hoffman obligated to bark Oscar speech? (Note: since I'm now doing 2-3 entries a day, friending that journal, if you're interested in it, may be a good idea.)