Wednesday, June 07, 2006

comanche/soul discovers the blogging community

Messing around on the the DCist today and came across a funny little story from last year about this thing called DC Late Night Shots. I don't really know much about it, something vaguely like facebook with membership by invitation only. Fellow blogger why.i.hate.dc -- who, as you may have guessed, doesn't have a lot of great things to say about our fair city -- rails on it pretty good. It's not particularly funny railing, mind you, but you can tell he's pretty annoyed.

Anyway, all this blog-hopping led me to this, a picture of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's young, nostalgic son John. I am somewhat impressed with his picture and very much amused by it (save the Confederate soldier pants he's got on...give it up, kid, it's over). You'll notice he's constructed a belt of Natural Light (I would've gone with Natural Ice... maybe that's just how I was raised) with what appears to be duct tape. His female friend to the side appears equally excited.

So this is how comanche/soul discovered the world of DC blogs. Expect more frequent links and such from now on as we look to expand. In the meantime, we'll return to our regularly scheduled programming.

In the news...
Poor Kennedys. Seems every big political family has that one, not-so-bright, not-so-smooth kid who just keeps sticking his foot in his mouth. Patrick Kennedy has done it again, doing the Democrats no favors in a hotly contested election year by compounding the misery from his farcical and embarassing driving-under-the-influence of "antinausea meds" stunt. When asked if he received "preferential treatment", here's what Kennedy said:

"I expect at the end of the day to have made sure that I will have done the same thing, in terms of the charges, in terms of bookings, in terms of mug shots, fingerprints, whatever they might have me do, it's what anyone else would have done to them if they were an African American in Anacostia and they were picked up and they were -- stay overnight in a jail, because there was no one else to pick them up."
While it's not the worst thing in the world to say, it certainly hasn't made him particularly popular with many African Americans, in Anacostia or otherwise. It's also not a little degrading to fully distance himself from African Americans and Anacostia so much; we all realize you aren't black and don't live in Northeast DC, but there's no need to say such a thing. (To read the whole press conference, go here. After finishing the bit about preferential treatment, he goes on a long tangent about some medical privacy bill he sponsored. Not the most subtle move.)
Mostly, I just wonder how this guy got elected. He was first elected to Washington in 1994 as a 26 year old. A 26 year old who had already been to drug rehab. Also, if you're a Kennedy and the best school you can get into is Providence College, there may be a problem.

Continuing with yesterday's news a little bit, the Senate blocked a vote on the amendment banning same sex marriage. It went 49-48 to end debate on the issue. Patrick Guerriero, President of the Log Cabin Republicans, wrote a poignant open letter to President Bush, blasting the President's intolerance and Constitutional abuses.

In sports (read: "World Cup")...
With just about 48 hours until kickoff of the opening game of World Cup 2006, German midfield general Michael Ballack's fitness is still up in the air. Comanche/soul doesn't really like Germany's chances, but one of the guys at work (who used to play for the U-21 Ghanaian national team) tells me they're going to the final.

Arsenal defender Kolo Toure waxes delusional about the Ivory Coast's chances. While I'm coming around and thinking they could maybe advance out of their group, if they do make the final, I'll spend an entire Saturday night drinking apple martinis at Town Hall.

Good news for the US: Italian midfield hatchetman Gennaro Gattuso will most likely miss Italy's first two games because of a leg injury. If I wasn't such a loyal patriot, it would've been entertaining to see Gattuso chop down Landon Donovan a few times.

Also wanted to extend an invitation to all my readers to join my ESPN Soccernet World Cup fantasy league. You can join by going here. My league is called The Cornwell Cup and the pin is 1045. All entries must be in by kickoff of the first game on Friday.


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