Poor Ozzie

20090403_074817_040309_flamingoharriet_vert.jpgHarriet was 47

Harriet leaves behind her longtime flamingo partner, Ozzie, four other Caribbean flamingos and 13 Chilean flamingos.

“Ozzie and Harriet were pretty much a pair,” . . . “In winter, they’d hang out in the same holding place.”

Arrangements are pending


Jon Stewart Gets It

After my observation a few days ago, it’s nice to find I’m not the only one who thinks these guys have jumped the shark.

Coming round again

via C&L

The whole speech is worth reading. From the introduction:

It is needless to repeat the details of the program which this Administration has been hammering out on the anvils of experience. No amount of misrepresentation or statistical contortion can conceal or blur or smear that record. Neither the attacks of unscrupulous enemies nor the exaggerations of over-zealous friends will serve to mislead the American people.

I watch a great deal of CNBC due to a compelling need to keep track of financial information. Things have gotten really ugly on there with the Obama-bashing. I am reassured that the opinion polls are holding strong in the face of the media onslaught of condemnation of programs which have yet to be developed, yet to be given a test on the “anvils of experience.” The posturing, the flipping from a rhetoric of picking “Obama stocks” to the picking of “Obama safe stocks” (from hope to fear), is nothing short of profound. I hope that FDR’s observations from his third year in office ring true again in a few years:

Continue reading “Coming round again”

Visual Politics

One of the things I’m really going to miss about the Twin Cities is the remarkable network of local blogs that keep you up on things. There is a remarkable energy here; so far it’s one of my favorite places to live even if there are some real idiots in high places. But that, of course, is true nearly anywhere.

At the Walmart

A 58-year-old Wal-Mart employee who said he “couldn’t take it anymore” lit himself on fire in a parking lot near the Bloomingdale store where he worked late Thursday night and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said this morning.

In an interview, his son said his father went to work last night with nothing seeming out of the ordinary. “This had nothing to do with the economy. I want to make that clear,” he said, adding that the family may never know the reason for the public suicide.

The Carol Stream man, who worked the overnight shift, was in a parking lot of an adjacent sporting goods store in the west suburban strip mall when he set himself on fire with lighter fluid around 10 p.m., said Randy Sater, a watch commander with the Bloomingdale Police Department.

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