News Zen

Two headlines, very close to one another, about very different stories.  They may seem related, but I hope for teenage girls they aren’t related:



Clinton and Cleavage

HillaryThere you have it: two words that both begin with “C” that I never thought I’d write in the same sentence. Clinton. Cleavage.

If you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, apparently Hillary Clinton wore a somewhat low-cut blouse on the Senate floor, and the Washington Post is tearing her to bits over it. Picture’s there on the right. Go ahead, click it for full-size. It’s not gonna make you go blind.

I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I saw them talking about it on CNN and MSNBC. In both cases, the female news anchor was showing even more cleavage.

It’s been talked about before: Hillary Clinton is a woman. And people are just realizing she’s got boobs? zOMG!

Get a life, people.

News headline you don’t see every day

Again, reading MSNBC, and stumbled onto this news headline:

4 penguins perish in freak Texas truck accident: Octopus unhurt, exotic fish not as lucky en route to temporary home

Full article here. Sad story, but a bizarre headline.

Worst written news article ever

So, I'm reading the MSNBC article talking about the denial-of-service attack on Joe Lieberman's website (article here).

I'm always amazed with the over-simplification that journalists use when they write stories:

The Web site was hosted on a computer named, a Web server computer that also hosts about 70 other Web sites. Many of those sites — such as, a local news service in Nevada — were also hard to reach on Tuesday.

A computer. … sigh.

Saddam and WMD

So, I'm reading this article, and it's talking about how obsessed Saddam Hussein apparently was about WMD, based on some tapes found in Iraq.

Transcripts of Saddam's tapes reviewed by NBC News show him ruminating about future terror attacks in the United States using weapons of mass destruction.

“We shouldn't be surprised to see a car bomb with nuclear [material] explode [in] Washington, either germ or chemical,” Saddam tells aides. “So this is coming,” Saddam says on the tapes, “but not from Iraq,” he adds, seeming to indicate that Iraq would not be the source of any such attack.

An unidentified Saddam aide replies that biological weapons are easy to construct: “… any biologist can make it in water tank and kill 100,000 person … so you can't accuse a country, one person can do it. One American person can do it in a house, next to the White House.”

On another tape, Saddam says future terrorism will be with WMD. “It is possible in the future to see a booby trap and the explosion turns out to be nuclear, germ or chemical.”

“What the tapes show is that between the first gulf war and the second gulf war, Saddam Hussein had not lost his appetite for, or interest in, weapons of mass destruction,” says Gary Milhollin of the Wisconsin Project, an advocacy group working to slow the spread of weapons of mass destruction. “To the contrary, he was almost obsessed by them.'”

Uhh, now wait a second. Isn't he saying stuff that the current administration is saying? I don't know that the article leads me to believe any more that he had them, anymoreso than it leads me to believe that we don't.

Breaking News from CNN!

Saw this choice quote from an article on CNN today about the home sales market (emphasis mine):

The latest Census Bureau report shows median prices for new residences sold in December fell 1.5 percent from the previous month to $221,800. Half of the homes sold for more than the median, the rest for less.

Must be a crazy coincidence that half were above median and half below! Thank you, CNN, for reminding us what a median is.

News: Michael Brown Removed from Role in Managing Katrina Relief

News sites are reporting all over that Michael Brown has been relieved in his role of managing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. In my opinion, this is a good first step.

But, I do have to ask — what's the value in having the head of FEMA not working on the major disaster at-hand? FNC is reporting that he will still be the head of FEMA.

Update: Chertoff says in press conference that Michael Brown “did everything he could do” — had we had someone with stronger background in emergency management and disaster response, I think we could've had someone who could have, and more importantly, would have, done a lot more.

new use for duct tape

Saw this on the news tonight:

A Pierce County couple captured a violent burglar, proving once and for all there really are a million uses for duct tape.

When a Pierce County couple came home Friday to their pastoral paradise, they knew something was wrong when someone came jetting out of the inside of the house.

The owners, who asked us not to reveal their names, say someone had broken into the home and the fight was on.

“She was able to, uh, grab a softer piece of his anatomy and convince him to move a little bit,” Jim says.

Jim tackled the suspect to the ground as neighbors arrived and tied him up with television cable and duct tape.

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