Gone but not forgotten
of Hurricane Katrina, the London subway bombings, the Pakistan
earthquake, the capsizing of the Ethan Allen; casualties of
the Iraq war, Pope John Paul II, Rosa Parks, Prince Rainier,
Eugene McCarthy, Shirley Chisholm, William Westmoreland, Edward
Heath, Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Hunter S. Thompson, Saul
Bellow, Peter Jennings, Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, Link
Wray, William Rehnquist, Chris Whitley, Luther Vandross, Noriyuki
“Pat” Morita, Ossie Davis, Eddie Albert, Sandra Dee, Frank
Gorshin, Bob Denver, Nipsey Russell, James Doohan, Mitch Hedberg,
Karl Haas, Ismail Merchant, Robert Wise, Andrea Dworkin, John
Fowles, Shelby Foote, Ernest Lehman, Robert Moog, Artie Shaw,
John Raitt, Bobby Short, Ibrahim Ferrer, Will Eisner, Stan
Berenstain, James Stockdale, Sam (the World’s Ugliest Dog).
Also, leader of Saudi Arabia King Fahd; Makgatho Mandela;
former FBI chief L. Patrick Gray; former Wisconsin senator
Gaylord Nelson; Civil Rights activists Constance Baker Motley
and Vivian Malone Jones.
Ex-Crips leader and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Tookie Williams;
center of national right-to-life debate Terri Schiavo; activist
C. Dolores Tucker.
Chicken guy Frank Perdue; televangelist Dr. Gene Scott; bounty
hunter Domino Harvey; computer visionary John Diebold; explorer
Norman Dane Vaughan; lawyers Ed Masry and Johnnie Cochran.
Actors Michael Vale, John Spencer, Vincent Schiavelli, Marc
Lawrence, Constance Cummings, Jack Colvin, Suzanne Flon, Lillian
Lux, Ruth Warrick, Virginia Mayo, Lamont Bentley, John Vernon,
Dan O’Herlihy, Simone Simon, Howard Morris, Stephen Elliott,
Lane Smith, Leon Askin, Barney Martin, Teresa Wright, Mason
Adams, Henry Corden, John Fiedler, Paul Winchell, Geraldine
Fitzgerald, Barbara Bel Geddes, Brock Peters, Wendie Jo Sperber,
Louis Nye, Kevin Hagen; comedian Charles Rocket.
Musicians Mike Botts, Jerry Lynn Williams, Len Dressler, Spencer
Dryden, Jimmy Griffin, Keith Knudsen, Jim Capaldi, Lyn Collins,
Danny Joe Brown, Rod Price, Jack Keller, Richard Lewis, Jose
Melis, Hasil Adkins, Merle Kilgore, Paul Hester, Renaldo “Obie”
Benson, Frances Langford, Ray Davis, Hildegarde, Helen Schneyer,
Frankie LaRocka, Jimmy Martin, Karl Mueller, Denis D’Amour,
Skitch Henderson, Mana “China” Nishiura, David Riley, Long
Movie producers Debra Hill and Gregg Hoffman; music producer
Chet Helms; tour manager Daniel Harrison; director George
Pan Cosmatos; studio owner Amjed A. Abdallah; former Doors
manager Danny Sugarman; poet Robert Creeley; authors Dennis
Lynds, Wayne Booth, Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain; publisher John
H. Johnson; iIllustrators Kelly Freas, Dale Messick, Joe Grant
and David Sutherland; columnist Marjorie Williams and rock
journalist Al Aronowitz.
Northern Ireland soccer star George Best, NFL football coach
Hank Stram, Orioles coach Elrod Hendricks, Eddie Guerero,
Max Schmeling, NY Giants owner Wellington Mara, former Pittsburgh
Steeler Steve Courson.
Inventors H. David Dalquist (Bundt cake pan); John Z. DeLorean,
(the DeLorean); Leo Sternbach, (Valium); Ruth M. Siems, (Stove
Top Stuffing); Gerry Thomas, (the TV dinner).
Local notables Gertrude Hallenbeck, Emily Lee Grisom, Barbara
McEneny, Tom Nattell, George Miller, Larry Lewis, Michael
color-coded terror alert thingy; Afghanistan; Corey Clark
and back again
Geneva Convention; Congress’ spine; the Clay People; Stigmata
and back and gone again
drilling proposals; Cream (the band); Dave Chappelle
and back again (against all odds)
and back again, more times than we can count
to anger management classes
going . . .
Motors; George Pataki; Revolution Hall; respect for journalists;
Bo Bice; Russian democracy
gone, and the government finally admitted it
W. Bush’s “political capital”
(was he ever really there?)
head Michael “Brownie” Brown
and the President wishes we’d forget about it
Accomplished”; New Orleans; court orders for domestic spying;
Osama Bin Laden (again)
and he won’t let us forget about it
upside your head
not-so-gentle hand of Mother Nature
10 of Jeanine Pirro’s speech
and good riddance!
Wars; Star Trek; Colin Quinn
Patriot Act; “50 is the new 30”; “(anything) is the new black”;
Scott Stapp; tribute CDs; the War on Christmas; the War on
the War on Christmas; and for that matter, Bill O’Reilly
where were you when Katrina hit?
a season of devastating storms, most of the nation will only
remember Katrina. Predicted by environmental experts for years
thanks to global warming and the destruction of protective
wetlands, the hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast, devastating
southern Mississippi and Louisiana, and after a false hope
of a reprieve, bursting levees to drown the city of New Orleans.
that’s what government was supposed to be for
disbelieving nation watched, helpless, as a defanged, defunded
FEMA (with the assistance of inadequate city and state disaster
plans) utterly failed to react to Hurricane Katrina, leaving
thousands of people stranded, hungry and desperate for days,
and even turning back other offers of help. It was so bad
that mainstream media started questioning those in power.
Meanwhile, across the South it’s suddenly no longer a liberal
disease to talk about what it takes to maintain a strong public
need a weatherman
God dissatisfied with Mardi Gras decadence, or did the heavens
feel like offering their own response to the 2004 presidential
election results? There was no shortage of reasons tossed
around for the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season. Some
scientists claimed global warming was the culprit, while others
blamed a cycle of environmental peaks and lows dating beyond
meteorological record- keeping. In all, 26 storms were recorded—five
more than in 1933, the previous record year—causing scientists
to resort to Greek letters after they ran out of proper names
for the storms.
not forgotten, at least underreported, the 7.6 magnitude Kashmir
earthquake of Oct. 8 was as major a disaster as any other
havoc wreaked by nature this year. The death toll totaled
around 100,000, and the survivors in this war-torn, disputed
region on the Pakistan-India border faced winter without adequate
food or shelter. While the Pakistani army has won kudos for
the way they’ve handled the crisis, the world community has
not: Financial pledges and donations are well below the response
to last year’s South Asian tsunami. “Donor fatigue” is no
for what, exactly?
the ailing Pope John Paul II declined further medical treatment,
it occurred to no one to contravene his wishes. But after
decades, the wishes of Terry Schiavo, as expressed before
she suffered a brain injury that left her in a vegetative
state, were buried under a pissing match between her husband
and parents, and even worse, under an ideological fight that
had little to nothing to do with her actual rights or comfort,
but did lead to unprecedented Congressional action that directly
interfered with states’ rights. Meanwhile, a poor black child
with a terminal birth defect in Texas was removed from life
support over the wishes of his mother, with no outcry from
the forces of “life.”
nothing wrong with wanting Medicare to cover prescription
drugs. It’s great, really. But the nightmarishly complex—and
very, very late—announcement of what exactly Medicare’s Plan
D coverage would look like left seniors and pharmacists bewildered
and scrambling to make a choice by the end-of-year deadline.
It also proved yet again that while this Republican administration
actually does like big government, they’re not very good at
DeLayed, but maybe, just maybe, not denied?
the legal maneuvering and attempts to defang the House Ethics
Committee he could muster wasn’t actually enough to keep Rep.
Tom DeLay from getting indicted on money-laundering charges
related to corporation contributions to a group that engineered
a between-census redistricting of Texas to favor Republicans.
DeLay relinquished his post as house majority leader, but
is fighting the charges, with no less than VP Dick Cheney
still holding fund-raising events for him.
the friendly skies
less prominent in the news than in previous years, airport
screeners continued to defy reason, making people remove nipple
piercings, and confiscating grandma’s sewing machine. Nonetheless,
politicians sent up a huge outcry when a decision was made
to allow some previously banned items like nail clippers and
screwdrivers back on board. We understand that’s easier to
do than figuring out how to get out of Iraq, but . . .
poor and huddled masses not welcome
Minuteman Project, a group of gun-toting vigilantes who patrol
the U.S.-Mexico border in order to “convince” illegal immigrants
to surrender to Border Patrol, made its debut. While critics
contend that the group is motivated more by racism than economic
concerns (the movement was labeled a “White Pride Event” on
several neo-Nazi Web sites), some lawmakers, including U.S.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) have embraced the group. Prominent
sociologists have reasoned that the project’s emergence is
an example of the nativism that often develops when nations
experience a severe economic depression.
of the few things to go right for the Bush administration
this year was the nomination of John G. Roberts to the Supreme
Court. A Federal jurist with impeccable credentials, the very
conservative Roberts—who, back in the day, clerked for the
man he replaced, Chief Justice William Rehnquist—played the
members of the Senate Judiciary Committee like his own string
section. With his nimble legal mind, Roberts avoided being
pinned down to a position on any issue—even Roe v. Wade. He’s
one smooth mofo.
quite the bestest nominee ever
was a Bush family wet dream come true. Bush Jr. got not one
but two chances to leave a Bush footprint on the Supreme Court.
By the time he got to make his second nomination, he just
couldn’t resist putting one of his inner circle on the bench.
It looked like Harriet Miers might sneak through despite her
lack of credentials and what the Christian right saw as her
liberal leanings, but then something astonishing happened:
the media and congress actually began to look into Miers’
credentials and her creepy, fawning greeting-card communiqués
to the president.
trail like a snail
Bush’s first nominee to the Supreme Court, John Roberts (that
smooth mofo), Judge Samuel Alito has a long, well-documented
paper trail. As a justice department lawyer, Alito drooled
at the thought of Roe v. Wade being overturned, and showed
an unhealthy favoritism toward wide- ranging executive-branch
powers. One can only hope that the members of the Senate Judiciary
Committee will grill Alito for more details on his clearly
out-of-the-mainstream legal enthusiasms.
to the indictments
the weeks leading up to Oct. 29, the press reported that the
White House was in a fevered state awaiting indictments from
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Then, when the indictment
came against Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the White House breathed
a deep sigh of relief, as it was quickly overshadowed by the
well-played withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Miers and
the subsequent nomination of Alito. Fitzgerald vowed that
more indictments would follow. And still we wait.
a journalist, now a footnote
the same year that Bob Woodward’s FBI source for the Watergate
revelations came forward after 30 years of anonymity, Woodward
himself was revealed to be a player in Plamegate. While Woodward
had publicly pooh-poohed the significance of the revelation
of Plame’s name, it turns out he was actually protecting sources
inside the White House who had revealed Plame’s identity to
him. Woodward testified before Patrick Fitzgerald about his
involvement in the case and publicly stated that Libby was
not his source. Why hadn’t Woodward reported on the leak for
his paper? Perhaps he needed to save the juicy bits for his
next best seller. America watched as another respected journalist
was chewed up in the gears of the Bush administration.
looking at me!
Novak, the man Daily Show host Jon Stewart had dubbed
the Douche Bag for Liberty, finally found himself under scrutiny
this year, however slight. There is no question that Novak
was the first journalist to reveal Valerie Plame’s identity
publicly, and yet he somehow managed to avoid the scrutiny
and jail time other journalists suffered. Still, during a
question-and-answer session following a speech, Novak reportedly
told questioners not to bug him for his source’s identity
and tried to send deflect reporters by saying: “Bug the president
as to whether he should reveal who the source is.”
Miller out of jail, out of a job
September, after spending 85 days in jail for refusing to
testify in front of Patrick Fitzgerald’s grand jury, Judith
Miller relented and agreed to testify. The information that
she had been withholding may not have been as damning as the
Bush administration had expected, but information about her
relationship with the administration and how she was fed stories
about WMDs was certainly damning in the view of The New
York Times. Miller retired from the Times in November,
citing difficulties in doing her job after having become the
U.S. military deaths in Iraq surpassing the 2,000 mark and
no clear “victory plan” or exit strategy anywhere in sight,
President Whatshisfuck watched (we’re still not sure about
his reading skills) as his approval ratings plummeted to record
lows—mere months after successfully re-scamming his way into
a second term. So now everybody decides to get all
high and mighty? Everyone waited until after the election
to start complaining about how much the president is screwing
things up? That’s just not how it works, folks. But 2008’s
not so far off, right?
triumphant elephant sees a mouse
even a year after their dominating electoral victories in
2004, Republicans found it nearly impossible to rally behind
their leader. Political capital has never been spent faster.
John McCain told the administration he would not allow them
to have a legislative agenda until they passed his torture
ban. The Patriot Act was only given a five-week extension.
Harriet Miers’ Supreme Court nomination was squashed by Republican
opposition. Arctic drilling was defeated yet again. More and
more Republicans challenged an administration that admitted
to spying on its own people. And in the 2005 elections, Democrats
took major victories in places like Virginia that were thought
to be Republican strongholds.
of, uh, down
Arnold Schwarzenegger watched his own numbers bottom out this
summer, as more and more of his constituents came to the realization
that the butt-headed beefcake they elected is, as a governor,
a butt- headed beefcake. In November, California voters showed
the Grope-happy Guv’na how they really felt by shitting all
over each and every ballot initiative he’d proposed. Elsewhere,
a newly unearthed Brazilian tourism video (from 1983), starring
the one-time Mr. Universe as a touchy-feely (that is to say,
lascivious) tour guide, revealed Ahnuld’s favorite body part
to be, in his own words, “the ass.”
and torture: like car batteries and nipples
intense opposition from the Bush administration, an anti-torture
measure proposed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was signed
into law in early December. While the president initially
vowed to veto any anti-torture measure that came across his
desk, the amendment managed to gain significant support in
Congress. Bush dropped his opposition, fearing a drop in his
already low approval ratings. Meanwhile, in a move many see
as diluting the anti-torture measure, the Army approved a
new, broader set of accepted interrogation methods that would
give military personnel accused of torture a stronger legal
much for all that surveillance
handful of disastrous bombings on London public transportation
brought the meaning of terrorism, and perhaps the meaning
of being a U.S. ally, home to a traumatized British public.
There were dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries.
In the aftermath, jumpy police shot and killed a Brazilian
resident for looking suspicious. Terrorists also struck in
Jordan and Egypt, making it clear that they’re casting a pretty
wide net in going after the evil Western empire.
does 2,000 mean to you?
Oct. 25, Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander Jr. died from injuries
he had sustained earlier in the week from a roadside bomb.
His passing marked the 2,000th American soldier dead in Iraq.
President Bush immediately latched onto the number as a way
to bolster support for the war: “Each loss of life is heartbreaking.
And the best way to honor the sacrifice of our fallen troops
is to complete the mission and lay the foundation of peace
by spreading freedom.” If his approval ratings, which continued
to decline that month, were an indicator, it’s not likely
too many people bought this.
CIA International Torture Vacations
thought about being swept off your feet, blindfolded, given
a fruity drink and whisked away by jet plane to a foreign
location, perhaps in, let’s say, Eastern Europe? A surprise
vacation if you will. According to The New York Times,
this may be exactly the kind of treatment terror suspects
received from the CIA, minus the cocktail and plus a little
torture. Terror suspects have reportedly been brought to countries
throughout Eastern Europe and to other areas that do not have
very strict rules on torture. The European Union has begun
There are eyes and ears everywhere
this month, The New York Times reported that the president
authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans
without the standard court-approved warrants for such domestic
surveillance, inciting ire across the nation—not to mention
ridicule from abroad. The report contradicts a speech the
President made last year in which he said, “a wiretap requires
a court order. . . . When we’re talking about chasing down
terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before
we do so.” Lost in much of the media hype was the Times’
admission that the paper delayed publishing the story for
a full year—it was initially scheduled to run a few weeks
before the 2004 presidential election—due to White House threats.
underestimate a grieving mother
the tide of opinion turned against the Iraq war, riding the
crest (or was it forming the gravitational pull?) was Cindy
Sheehan, the mother who lost a son in Iraq who camped outside
of Bush’s ranch in Texas, demanding an audience with the president,
and attracting hundreds of supporters from around the country.
Though she fell out of the spotlight with Hurricane Katrina,
public support for the war has not recovered.
can be more than one bad guy, Ramsey
Hussein’s trial began, full of the expected posturing on his
part and the expected danger to life and limb on the part
of those involved in the judicial process. Meanwhile, Ramsey
Clark, a leader of activist group the International Action
Center, is making good on his belief that everyone deserves
counsel by leading the defense team. Unlike the ACLU, however,
Clark hasn’t made a very convincing show of being able to
act on that laudable belief while still condemning what happened
during his clients’ regimes.
you thought the 2000 election was sketchy?
theorists take heart—the Government Accountability Office,
one of the federal government’s most historically independent,
nonpartisan agencies, concluded in October that the 2004 presidential
election was not only an easy target for fraud, but that numerous
incidents of fraud did indeed occur around the nation. Besides
confirming that even the most amateur of hackers could affect
the ballot-count on the majority of electronic voting machines
in use around the nation, the office also determined that
questionable ballot-related incidents were concentrated throughout
Ohio and many of the swing states. In several Ohio counties,
for example, sworn statements from voters allege that votes
cast for John Kerry registered for George Bush, while discrepancies
between the number of eligible voters and the number of votes
cast for Bush were disregarded by local officials. Earlier
this month, Warren O’Dell, the CEO of electronic voting machine
manufacturer Diebold—who pledged before the 2004 election
to deliver Ohio to Bush—resigned after it was revealed that
the company was facing charges of insider trading.
the mixture of media circus and genuine mourning that surrounded
the death of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,
a respected but highly conservative choice, was put in his
place. His ensuing war on gay priests, however, has left many
in the United States, at least, questioning his priorities—why
go after celibate gays rather than, say, straights with histories
of child abuse or adultery? And can you say “priest shortage”?
We thought so.
August, in a move unimaginable a few years ago, and—even more
improbably—under the leadership of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip. It was painful for both
Israelis and Palestinians. Israel had to deal with wrenching
images of settlers dragged from their homes by the Israeli
Defense Force. Palestinians had to deal with the fact that
they still didn’t control their own borders, and that a much-disputed
fence was still going up across the West Bank. Worse, sporadic
violence continued, and further peace talks are on hold until
after the upcoming Israeli and Palestinian elections. Still,
it was progress—and should be not be dismissed.
least we’re ahead of Saudi Arabia
Africa and Canada decided to allow same-sex couples the right
to marry this year, joining Belgium, the Netherlands, and
Spain. Fourteen countries have civil unions. Maybe the Land
of the Free could stand to borrow some South African lube
for our creaky moral joints.
step on the glass shards
elected the first female head of state of an African country.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will have her work cut out for her,
but hopes are high that she will divert the country from its
long history of violence. In another oft-overlooked continent,
Michele Bachelet, an agnostic divorced doctor and mother who
fled Pinochet’s regime for a time, looks strong going into
the January presidential runoffs in Chile and is seemingly
poised to bring South America through the glass ceiling as
can’t imagine why they’d be upset with U.S.
Morales, Bolivia’s first Indio president and a coca farmer
and activist by trade, rode to his stunning December victory
on a platform of coca farmer’s rights and vowing to be “a
nightmare” for the United States when it comes to trade policy.
Coca, which the United States has been trying to force the
eradication of, can be distilled into cocaine, but is more
like coffee in its natural state. It is a major part of Bolivian
culture, and is beneficial for helping people adjust to high-altitude
is not an adjective
fast-food divide widened, as McDonald’s moved closer to being
the hippy-dippy health-food nuts nobody ever wanted them to
be, with the addition of organic coffee in their New England
restaurants. Meanwhile, Burger King showed a maddening level
of malice for their customers’ well-being with the introduction
of such heart-healthy items as Chicken Fries (huh?) and the
(estimated) 5,000-calorie Meatnormous Omelet Sandwich, an
item whose catch-phrase boasted the unthinkable: “Egg and
meat and cheese . . . and meat and cheese.” Yum.
name is Prince, and I am happy
Charles of Wales and his mistress of more than 30 years, Camilla
Parker Bowles, finally had their version of a storybook ending,
marrying in an April ceremony at Windsor Castle.
for the worst
scripted dramas like Lost and Desperate Housewives
got big ratings, there was real drama at the number-one program
on network television. In the fourth season of American
Idol, an unsightly domestic abuser (with the voice of
an angel!) just missed the final four, a tie-dye-clad Southern
rocker made it to the final two, and judge Paula Abdul succumbed
to the pressures of being an Idol judge by developing
an addiction to painkillers. (She actually suffers from a
disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.) In the end,
everything went according to plan as the nice Midwestern blonde
girl took home the big prize—and the endorsement deals.
Cruise grows a beard . . .
hat was presented, a slip of paper drawn, and—after Jessica
Alba declined the invitation— Tom Cruise selected Katie Holmes
as his new love interest. The whirlwind romance included a
marriage proposal atop the Eiffel Tower, and insemination.
Despite her weak-link status in this summer’s otherwise-fine
Batman Begins, Holmes showed off some serious acting
chops in her new role, appearing perfectly enamored with her
future hubby whenever the cameras came around.
. . goes completely insane . . .
psycho summer continued with a spastic appearance on Oprah,
during which he leapt on couches, reprised a few choice moves
from The Color of Money, and generally acted like a
lunatic—all in the name of love! Oprah appeared genuinely
afraid of her charge, as did a surprised Holmes, who was dragged
onto the set in a “no, seriously” move. Weeks later, during
a routine examination on NBC’s Today, Dr. Cruise reprimanded
host Matt Lauer for not knowing “the history of psychiatry”—something
the bat-shit crazy (read: Scientologist) Cruise is apparently
quite familiar with.
. . and people still love him.
of the Worlds grossed more than $230 million (domestically)
to become the year’s third-highest- grossing film, while the
third installment of the unkillable Mission: Impossible
franchise is among the most-anticipated movie releases of
believes he can fly, too
crazier than Tom Cruise? It’s a tight race, but we’d wager
that watersport-loving R&B crooner R. Kelly has a strong
claim, based solely on the contents of his 12-part “ghetto
soap opera,” Trapped In A Closet. Simultaneously the
year’s most hilarious, confounding, and captivating slice
of pop culture, Closet found Kelly and a bizarre cast
of characters lip-synching and blocking their way through
a twisted web of adultery, gun violence, and midgets. In November,
South Park lampooned Kelly’s Closet, and lambasted
Scientology and (to bring things full-circle) Tom Cruise,
in one of their best episodes yet.
that Comedy Central is the television-news network of choice
for the 18 to 34 demo, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
continued to rake in Emmys. In the fall, the network further
cemented its place in the news biz by adding its very own
pundit show. Starring the unflappable Stephen Colbert as a
Bill O’Reilly-type ultra-conservative, The Colbert Report
(soft “r”, no “t”) has been regarded as the network’s funniest
program. Meanwhile, Daily Show alum Steve Carell had
a breakout year, anchoring NBC’s hit remake of the BBC sitcom
The Office, and hitting the big screen as the titular
sad sack in The 40-Year-Old Virgin—one of the year’s
most successful comedies.
on Fox: when networks screw up!
groundswell of support—along with millions of dollars in DVD
sales—prompted Fox to revive the animated series Family
Guy, which it had unexpectedly cancelled in 2002. This
post-mortem return to primetime is widely regarded as the
first of its kind in modern media, but what remains to seen
is whether the network is learning from its mistakes or repeating
them. Fox recently cut its Emmy- winning series Arrested
Development, citing the show’s small audience. The decision
generated a veritable shit-storm, but the network has yet
to weigh in on the series’ future.
West hates George Bush
August, Kanye West—already the recipient of three Grammys
in 2005—released his second album, Late Registration.
The record sold more than 900,000 copies in its first week
(it’s since topped 3 million), produced one of the year’s
biggest singles (“Gold Digger”—it’s like “Hollaback Girl”
for alimony dads!), was uniformly hailed by critics (Rolling
Stone gave it the elusive fifth star, typically reserved
for Mick Jagger solo albums), and was nominated for eight
awards at the 2006 Grammys. Time put him on their cover.
And in September, during an NBC telethon to raise money for
Katrina victims, he provided a prime example of why live television
still rules with the following (unscripted) sound bite: “George
Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
in the music world had a better year than Kanye West—except
Bono, of course. On top of his band (U2, for those keeping
score) having been inducted into to the Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame (Percy Sledge also made it, so the criteria are suspect),
he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (there’s always
next year!), and Time named him Man of the Year (presumably
for the whole activism thing). Not a bad run. Maybe next year,
he can work on that whole water-into-wine thing.
also had a hand in organizing Live 8, a series of concerts
held at locations around the world, designed to draw international
attention to the poverty situation in Africa. Organized by
original Live Aid promoter Bob Geldof in coincidence with
this summer’s G8 conference in Scotland, Live 8 was criticized
for diffusing international focus from protests previously
planned for the conference site. However, Coldplay fans were
unfazed by these criticisms, and the concerts went off without
a hitch. Africa, by the way, is still fucked.
November, the Grateful Dead (a band whose concert recordings
have been freely traded between fans for close to 40 years)
ordered the Internet Archive (a nonprofit service that had
offered free downloads of the band’s live recordings for several
years) to remove all Dead recordings from its Web site. Deadheads
fought back, signing an online petition by the thousands,
and the Dead’s heads backpedaled within a week.
up . . . for litigation!
Wilson had to wait more than 35 years to finish the aborted
Smile! album. As a reward, his cousin, former Beach
Boy bandmate and litigious prick Mike Love, filed a lawsuit
in November, charging that Wilson “shamelessly misappropriated
Mike Love’s songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark,
as well as the Smile album itself.”—funny, because
Love’s only claim to the album is a fragment of a lyric from
of other-worldly media
Howard Stern Show was officially taken off terrestrial
radio stations on Friday, Dec. 16. The self-proclaimed King
of All Media signed a contract earlier this year for $500
million (yes, you read that right) for five years with Sirius
Satellite Radio, Inc. Stern attributes the FCC with helping
him make his decision to move to satellite radio, where the
long arm of censorship has yet to reach. As noble a notion
as that may be, we can’t help but think that the money helped
his decision, too. Sirius reported on Tuesday that they have
topped 3 million subscribers. Coincidence? We think not. Though
rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc,. reports having more
than 5 million U.S. subscribers, Stern’s star power will no
doubt help Sirius even that up.
shit is banana . . . splits
Hollywood dating-scene machine is nothing short of infamous
in its equally skilled abilities to roll out new celebrity
couples and bash marriages and relationships to shreds. This
year had some very high-profile celebrity splits, beginning
with Brad and Jen (Angelina, you homewrecker!). Next, we have
newlyweds-no-more Jessica and Nick; the short-lived relationship
called Renee and Kenny (some say this whirlwind romance was
a ploy to convince the country-music star’s fans that he’s
not, in fact, gay); the annoying same-named pair Paris and
Paris; Katie and Chris (did Katie actually think she was movin’
on up with scientology freak? Seriously, now. . .); Denise
and Charlie, who were pregnant at the time (since the breakup
there has been talk of reconciliation); and the sweet young
former couple of Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth. Oh, and
on the endangered species list: Britney and Kevin.
is more? To hell with that.
double-album—a format once reserved for greatest-hits collections
or artists who simply couldn’t be talked out of it—was everywhere
this year, with a number of high-profile artists (Foo Fighters,
eels, and Kate Bush, to name a few) delivering super-size
platters. Metal mavens System of a Down broke their latest
release into two complementary discs (a wise move, say accountants),
and alt-country crooner Ryan Adams began his string of three
new albums with the double-disc Cold Roses. Speaking
of overachievers, eight-years-dead Notorious B.I.G. returned
to the charts last month with a new album of duets. Your move,
the sweet irony
BMG became its own worst enemy after reports surfaced that
the music giant included software on more than 5 million albums
that, when played on a computer, automatically placed hidden
files on the computer and performed all sorts of nasty and
undesirable operations (such as opening up the computer for
a virus attack). The company, which has been one of the most
outspoken opponents of music downloading in the industry,
claimed the hidden software was intended to prevent consumers
from making a copy of the album or making its contents available
on the Internet—but the decision to include the software now
looks like it’s pushing more people to download music instead
of buying it for fear of unleashing harmful software.
Kong. Bewitched. The Honeymooners. Bad
News Bears. Fun With Dick & Jane. Assault
on Precinct 13. Pride & Prejudice. War of
the Worlds. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Dukes of Hazzard. You know where this is headed—this
year’s plethora of cinema remakes proved that Hollywood has
no new ideas. Period.
Electric so regularly gets its way that it’s a surprise when
they don’t. For months, GE-owned NBC Universal negotiated
to buy failed indie studio Dreamworks from founders Steven
Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. After Dreamworks
had a couple of flops, however, the GE board tried to force
a renegotiation of a previously concluded “handshake” deal.
So, Dreamworks sold out to Viacom’s Paramount Pictures. In
addition to gaining painful insight into the way things are
done in Hollywood, GE learned something errant rock stars,
snooping celebrity journalists and quivering agents learned
decades ago: Don’t fuck with David Geffen.
his powers for good
of Steven Spielberg, he became, to many critics’ shock, artistically
relevant again this year. His version of H.G. Wells’ War
of the Worlds was the first popular entertainment with
the balls to use elements of 9/11 effectively in a popular
entertainment. With Munich, he waded into the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict with a despairing even-handedness. He was so on his
game, we’ve forgiven him for The Terminal.
up that light saber
25 years, two good (and four terrible) movies, the Star
Wars saga is finally over. Now George Lucas can get on
with what he really wants to do—whatever the hell that might
be. World domination? Theme park? Howard the Duck 2?
Gee, we can’t wait. Or not. Whatever.
victory for AP style
civilians may not care, but the hyphenation—or, more specifically,
the lack thereof—in the title of Universal’s The 40 Year
Old Virgin drove copy editors across the journalistic
spectrum crazy over the summer. Happily, someone at the studio’s
home video division has fixed the problem; on the DVD, it’s
The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Now, the professionals can
sleep at night.
Christmas present that wasn’t
Nov. 22, the geekiest of the geeks lined up in front of malls
and Wal-Marts across the nation. Yet there was nary a Star
Wars sequel to be seen. What got this notoriously lazy
contingent off their couches with money to spend? Xbox 360;
you know the name. It’s that thing the kids have been whining
about for months. The toy that sells for thousands of dollars
over retail price on eBay, the one you can’t get your hands
on unless you’re willing to become the Circuit City stockroom
guy’s personal servant for the next couple decades. Microsoft
has decided to take a loss on each of these multimedia hubs
just to make sure every game geek in the world wants one.
If Microsoft has its way you’ll soon want one too.
you didn’t Yahoo, you will now
jack-of-all-trades company Yahoo! made news this year when
it absorbed Flickr and Del.icio.us, two of the most popular
online media-management applications. While predictions about
each application’s demise popped up almost immediately, the
arrangement has yet to show any significant ill effects on
the applications’ usefulness or popularity. Of course, some
said the same about the recent purchase of MySpace, the popular
social networking application, by Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch—but
we all know that’s the sort of deal that costs a piece of
your soul, not your software.
your porn, then the world
been kicking ourselves for missing Google’s initial stock
offering last year. At $85 a share for the Internet search-engine
company we thought, “A little pricey. It will go down.” So
now it’s going for $400-something dollars a share, and even
if we sell a couple organs we can’t compete. With plans to
digitize five of the world’s largest libraries, among other
grandiose schemes, journalists and competitors have been closely
watching Google’s job offerings for a hint to their next move.
When an ad went out looking for “Dark Fiber” specialists,
industry insiders guessed Google was looking to start providing
high-speed Internet access. Some have predicted that Google
is looking simply to become the Internet. We wonder if in
a few years we will have to worry about buying Google or if
our concern will be whether Google buys us.
of the team player
Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon became hypnotized
by the bottomless pockets of the New York Yankees and signed
a gigantic deal with the team in December, proving that, deep
down, every professional baseball player wants to be a Yankee
. . . and make tons of money. He does look a lot nicer without
the beard, though.
National Hockey League returned to the ice this year after
a long strike by players resulted in the 2004-2005 season’s
cancellation. While many analysts predicted that the nasty
holdout between owners and players would be the final nail
in American hockey’s coffin, initial attendance numbers suggest
that more people than ever are showing up at hockey rinks.
Whether those numbers—and the league itself—will translate
into a rejuvenated, profitable professional hockey league
remains to be seen.
the king’s horses and all the king’s men
no better evidence of the disarray in the New York State Republican
Party than the whole Jeanine Pirro mess. A few weeks ago,
she was running a lousy campaign against Hillary Clinton for
the U.S. Senate. Now, with the blessing of State Senate Majority
Leader Joseph Bruno, she’s running a slow-starting campaign
for state Attorney General against Andrew Cuomo and a couple
other eager Democrats. When Gov. George E. Pataki announced
he wasn’t running for reelection, it became every Republican
pol for his or herself—and the results ain’t pretty to watch.
me another one
his own Republican party crumbled at home, Gov. George E.
Pataki traveled around the country giving speeches, mostly
about how wonderfully he handled the aftermath of 9/11. For
some reason, Pataki kept visiting and revisiting places like
Iowa and New Hampshire. Some political observers have suggested
that our lame-duck gov is running for president. Really. Of
the United States. We’d respond, but we’re too busy rolling
on the floor in paroxysms of laughter.
machine makes the election
good-government groups deemed New York’s state Legislature
the most dysfunctional in the nation, state lawmakers took
steps this year to ensure that the state’s voting system is
similarly ineffective. The committee charged with making the
state’s voting system compliant with the federal Help America
Vote Act was first granted an extension and then decided not
to make any decision at all—opting to let each county choose
their voting machines. A similar arrangement set the stage
for recent vote-counting issues in Ohio. Voters’ rights groups
claim that under the current system, machine manufacturers
(who number among the most powerful lobbying groups) will
only offer counties their most expensive—and, according to
voters’ groups, most unaccountable—models.
try, but we want real reform
York state voters rejected a controversial budget-reform amendment
that would have taken budget power away from the governor
and given it to the Legislature in the event of a missed budget
deadline. Good- government groups hope that the state’s elected
officials will see the results of the vote as a demand for
real reform that improves the process rather than simply shifting
power, but some fear that the vote will simply be seen as
a stamp of approval on business as usual.
faces attack better than one
law about third parties not interfering in other parties’
primaries was the Albany Democratic Party’s favorite little
bludgeon in the 2004 primary for district attorney. But they
suddenly went mum about it when the Conservative Party sent
out attack mailings in support of Albany Treasurer Betty Barnette
before the primaries this fall. We bet such selective vision
is helpful (short-term at least) in city accounting work as
blood politics vs. old school machine
Albany’s Third Ward, the controversial results of September’s
Democratic primary were overturned in November’s general election,
as challenger Corey Ellis ousted incumbent Michael Brown from
the Common Council. Brown’s apparent victory in the primary
had fallen into question after it was discovered that his
supporters barred Ellis poll- watchers from several polling
places for long periods of time. Ellis returned in the general
election as a Working Families Party candidate, managed to
keep his poll watchers in the polling places and made history
by becoming one of the only Albany office-holders ever elected
on a third-party ticket.
is the spot where we record highlights of the Albany mayoral
race. If there had been debates, give and take, or a rousingly
close race we’d put them here. But aside from Ralph Nader
telling Alice Green to question Mayor Jerry Jennings’ manhood,
and Green’s impressive 20 percent of the vote, it was mostly
a big gray blur.
the first time in the city’s history, Democrats won every
seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council, plus the mayorship
and both representatives to the county Board of Supervisors.
Valerie Keehn, who defeated the endorsed Democrat Hank Kuczynski
in the primaries, took a narrow victory against incumbent
Mayor Mike Lenz. The biggest obstacle Keehn had to overcome
in her campaign was the fact that 43 percent of voters in
Saratoga are registered Republicans, while only around 20-some
percent are registered Democrats.
dream deferred . . .
members of Albany Civic Agenda should have seen the ending
to their push to put charter-reform initiatives on the ballot
in November a mile away. When Jerry Jennings announced the
formation of his Charter Reform Commission in June they should
have realized their push was futile, but they didn’t. They
had faith in the system. They had faith the Common Council
would recognize the 3,000 signatures they had gathered. They
had faith that the politicians who had pledged their support
would deliver. So they raised money for court appeals and
rallied on the steps of City Hall. It was not to be.
didn’t say experienced in what
a “national” search (it at least stayed within the
nation, though we’re not sure how far across the nation it
ranged), the personal assistant to Albany’s Mayor Jennings
was appointed this fall as the city’s new planning commissioner.
With no advise and consent in place, no one on the Common
Council got to ask about his planning credentials, or lack
thereof. He is to keep serving in his former role as well
(supposedly, that is, only until a new mayoral assistant is
the new boss
Tuffey, an ex-Albany cop and longtime Jerry Jennings political
cohort, became the City of Albany’s police chief. Tuffey’s
got a sterling rep, so we have no snarky comment about him
professionally. Except, it’s worth pointing out that
it took the Times Union, in their story about Tuffey
getting the job, until paragraph 28 to mention that
Tuffey’s brother Kevin, another decades-long Jennings political
cohort, had been police chief under Jerry a couple of terms
ago. Insiderism in Albany is so ingrained, no one notices
River Tunnel, anyone?
so it didn’t fall down as in a heap of rubble on the
ground, as we first imagined. But when some important structural
features of the highest ramp on I-787’s downtown Albany tangle
of exits broke, causing a three-foot drop in the roadway,
it wasn’t exactly comforting either. But hey, they’d only
been first identified as weakening about 15 years ago.
was packed right up to the end with eager patrons in denial
of the sign in the window. But leaving vegetarians across
the region in mourning, Shades of Green did indeed close its
Lark Street, Albany, doors at the end of June. Note to budding
restaurateurs: there’s a niche going unfilled.
the green fettuccini?
fixture on the local restaurant scene for decades, Albany’s
Quintessence closed its doors this year. While this wasn’t
completely unexpected, it still makes us long for the dressed-up
diner’s glory days of Chicken Pataki, house dressing in Grolsch
bottles and Bert Sommer playing for Sunday brunches. And what
other joint had a German-food night?
one for Rocky
June, only months after the death of proprietor Rocky Nigro,
beloved downtown-Albany dive bar Palais Royale closed its
doors, displacing hundreds of area hipsters and underage drunknards.
the tsunami hit Southeast Asia at the end of last year, local
entrepreneurs George Kansas and Jeff Mirel jumped into action
and founded an organization called Rock2Rebuild Charitable
Concert Events, which has staged two major concert events
in Albany (one to raise money for the tsunami victims and
one to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina victims), started
a children’s acoustic music series and raised money for charities
like Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and the Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Albany.
rash of serious fires in late summer and early fall, including
several concentrated in the Mansion Neighborhood, had Albany
residents on tender hooks for fear a firebug was on the loose.
While some culprits were apprehended, the fires didn’t seem
to be the work of one person after all. Meanwhile, generosity
in the form of donations, bake sales, and other support for
fire victims surged in from all corners, enough that one fire
victim chose to stay in the Mansion Neighborhood thanks to
way, that was that building we spent months meeting
Community Development Agency demolished a 150-year-old historic
building on Albany’s North Swan Street on June 21, with no
notice, because bricks were falling from the facade. The row
house had been scheduled to be the first building restored
under the Arbor Hill Revitalization plan, and Historic Albany
Foundation had met with the city about it less than a week
before the demolition. Agency head Joe Montana said he didn’t
remember the building was slated for restoration.
UAlbany president Karen Hitchcock had been riding high on
the nanotech influx when she suddenly resigned in 2004. But
it took a lawsuit by the Times Union to bring to light
the accusations of serious ethics violations—including trying
to arrange a no-bid construction deal with promises of kickbacks—that
had been filed against her around the time she took her leave
of absence. The state investigation ended when she left the
state’s employ, but Hitchcock, now principal of Queens University
in Ontario and still co-host of WAMC’s higher-ed show, claims
she’d welcome an investigation to clear her name.
appears that police officers in the Capital Region are free
to drink and drive whenever they please. In April, Officer
Robert Schunk drove his vehicle into a parked minivan, sending
the van crashing into another parked car. Schunk was allowed
to keep his license because he may not have been read his
full Miranda rights. Also in April, SUNY Officer Jason Horvath
drove his car into a tree. The judge in Horvath’s case tossed
out reports that his blood alcohol count was one-and-a-half
times over the legal limit when the county prosecutor failed
to show up to a hearing.
it and they will . . . oh, they’re already here
saw the construction on Beekman Street in Saratoga and thought,
“Oh, sweet! Maybe we’ll finally get that Arby’s!” Who could
blame us? It seems that most of the new construction in Saratoga
Springs is headed in that fast-food, strip-mall direction.
And yet we were dead wrong. Gotchya’s Café and the Beekman
Street Bistro added personal charm to the arts district while
supporting local artists and farmers. Now about that Arby’s
. . . We hear they’ve been doing some interesting things with
spot zoning on Holland Avenue in Albany.
my regards to Broadway
has been injected back into the once-darkened storefronts
on Broadway in Albany with the opening of a few new nightclubs
over the past year or so. You can enjoy live music, dancing
or a meal in venues such as Red Square, Mardi Gras, and Franklin’s
Tower, which now line the block to the south of State Street.
Most recently, Bombers owner Matt Baumgartner’s new venture,
Noche, an upscale New York City-style club located off the
beaten path, opened in an old fire station on Broadway, well
north of State Street.
one of the more enjoyable local resurrections, the Washington
Avenue Armory was finally refurbished and reopened as a much-needed
uptown sports and performance venue. That former Albany County
Executive (and convicted felon) Jim Coyne was behind the Armory’s
return only made it more sweet.
get some great acts all right
at Albany’s Corning Preserve, plans were afoot to wipe out
those nice wetlands just north of the current performance
area to create something entirely unnecessary—an even larger
performance area. And, dear fellow taxpayers, this will be
paid for with a multimillion-dollar Federal grant. As Mayor
Jerry pointed out, however, we’ll get some “great acts” in
the new space.
its five years of operation, Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching
Museum and Gallery has brought cutting-edge, nationally known
artists and exhibitions to our own backyard. (Check out David
Brickman’s Best of Art list on page 21 for this year’s triumph.)
And believe us, we’re grateful.
long, long rollout
so much of what goes on at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
campus, empac—Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center—is
hard to pin down. Eventually, it’s going to be an actual,
physical performing arts space with the potential to have
the kind of impact on Troy that the Tang has had on Saratoga
Springs. For now, however, it’s an idea, a floating performance
series and 3-D virtual building complex available for viewing
online. We’re confused, but ever intrigued and pleased.
we could just rename the place
extensive study by hired consultants, it was recommended that
the Schenectady Museum’s future was in . . . Albany. Specifically,
at a site on the soon-to-be former Harriman State Office Campus.
Albany politicians were dismissive; Schenectady politicians
turned around and it was gone
a couple of decades, the movie ticket kiosk for the original
Crossgates Mall cinema multiplex was the meeting place in
that sprawling temple of consumerism. Then, the weekend after
Regal Cinemas closed the old 12-plex, the kiosk was removed—as
if it had never existed. Disorienting, and sad.
down the house
Theatre in Schenectady, like many classic movie theaters-turned-performance
venues across the country, knocked down their original stage
house this year to make way for a massive expansion intended
to bring in bigger shows—and, hopefully, bigger audiences.
We wish them well.
we hardly knew ye
was a case that drew national attention, even though it was
certainly not of national interest. When Christian Brothers
Academy teacher Beth Geisel was arrested for having sex with
one or more students, the worst instincts of both the media
and law enforcement were on full display. The mysterious deflation
of the case, with Geisel serving little more than time served,
only raised more questions.
from any direction
been just about a year since the residents of Delmar and the
rest of the Capital Region awoke to the headlines of the brutal
attacks that took place in the Porco home. Peter Porco died
of his injuries and his wife Joan was left brutalized and
comatose. While police wouldn’t at first confirm couple’s
youngest son Christopher was a suspect, Christopher made it
known that he kept finding police placed tracking devices
on his vehicle. In November, charges were finally brought
against Christopher and the DA’s office found itself in the
unenviable position of prosecuting a man whose alleged victim,
his mother, claimed he was innocent. (She has no memory of
of its demise were greatly exaggerated
a murder took place in front of Troy metal bar the Hudson
Duster during a show by the hardcore band 25 Ta Life, the
bar itself has been on death watch. Report after report from
local TV news suggested the closing was imminent, perhaps
through the city’s nuisance-abatement law. Since then the
city has received more complaints about violence at the Duster.
However the bar remains open, and the hardcore and metal shows
the venue is notorious for have been booked far into the spring—including
a show by 25 Ta Life.
summer, Crossgates Mall closed its doors at 4 PM on weekends
to any unchaperoned persons under age 18. Mall spokespeople
have indicated that the decision brought about significant
reductions in vandalism, theft and rowdy behavior, but there’s
been no word yet on whether the number of stroller- and wheelchair-related
mishaps has spiked. Consumers take heart, however: As long
as you’re of the proper age and political opinion (no antiwar
T-shirts, please) you can return to your regularly scheduled
(and mall-approved) spending practices.
up: Capital Region star tours
faces from film and television were spotted all around the
Capital Region this year, as several independent filmmakers
chose to shoot in Albany and Saratoga Springs. Filmmaker brothers
Joe and Dan Masucci recruited “Cigarette Smoking Man” William
B. Davis for their Albany-based indie project, while Delmar
writer-director Tennyson Bardwell’s The Skeptic brought
Tim Daly and Tom Arnold to Saratoga Springs. Anthony Michael
Hall, star of numerous 1980s films like Sixteen Candles
and The Breakfast Club (and USA’s The Dead Zone)
also turned up in the Spa City for film production—the rest
of the “brat pack” were nowhere to be found, however.
knowing is half the battle
summer, the University at Albany opened the National Death
Penalty Archives to the public, providing a one-stop research
location for scholars of all things capital punishment-related.
Housed on the university’s main campus, the archives are the
first—and only—of their kind in the nation.
marquees, menus and mocha lattes
lights of the Madison Theatre marquee in Albany were lit once
again this year, as a tremendous outpouring of support from
the neighborhood helped attract a new owner for the local
landmark. Close on its heels, the opening of the Muddy Cup
coffee house in one of the Madison’s storefronts is a great
indicator that the theater is here to stay. Meanwhile, longtime
Albany cinema fixture Spectrum 8 Theatre also launched a new
neighbor, the Ultraviolet Café, strengthening its status as
one of the neighborhood’s most popular landmarks.
Year in Crime
fall, based on 2004 FBI crime data, Albany was ranked as the
64th most dangerous city (out of 369), and the 12th most dangerous
city with a population under 100,000 (out of 129, including
some dubious “cities” like Colonie). Albany’s population is
just below 100,000, meaning it might have been more accurately
compared to a mid-size city list.
Still, events of 2005 already had crime on the top of many
Albany residents’ minds, and the arrival of the Guardian Angels
didn’t help with the perception that something was amiss.
After three 13-year-olds were stabbed in an after-school fight
outside Philip Livingston Middle School in March, the phrase
“school violence” joined “gangs” as a buzzword, with everyone
from teachers to candidates saying something needed to be
In May, a 14-year-old was stabbed to death on her walk to
Hackett Middle School. Another girl was attacked by a man
with a butcher knife along the same stretch of road, but escaped
thanks to some alert VA Hospital employees. A man was apprehended
in connection with the latter case, and several others, but
it’s unclear if he will be charged with the murder as well.
Then there was a rash of arson, armed burglaries and murders
affecting several different parts of the city.
The silver lining has been the number of citizens rallying
together to respond, from the group that walked Livingston
students safely home, to the new student-initiated neighborhood
watches in the area of UAlbany’s downtown campus, to the quietly
ambitious mediation work of John Cutro and Dennis Mosley.
There may be trouble, but there is not despair.
And Dubya said:
and Republicans in Congress came together last night to give
Terri Schiavo’s parents another opportunity to save their
daughter’s life. This is a complex case with serious issues,
but in extraordinary circumstances like this, it is wise to
always err on the side of life.”
notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran
is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are
on the table.”
I believe in my gut we can eradicate poverty? I do believe
we can eradicate poverty. And, by the way, Bono has come to
see me. I admire him.”
good news is—and it’s hard for some to see it now—that out
of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like
it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house—he’s
lost his entire house—there’s going to be a fantastic house.
And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.”
knew that a big storm was coming on Monday, so I spoke to
the country on Monday morning about it. I said, ‘There’s a
big storm coming’.”
you’re doing a heck of a job.” —to FEMA director Michael Brown,
going to submit a budget on Monday. They’ve been—the people
in Congress on both sides of the aisle have said, let’s worry
about the deficit. I said, OK, we’ll worry about it again.
My last budget worried about it, this budget will really worry
United States of America does not torture. And that’s important
for people around the world to understand.”