Polishing the Old Oscar
A Monday morning wrap-up of this year’s Academy Awards
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #329: Canyon of the Rag Man
I climb through narrow sandstone notch canyons and out into a steeply sloping, red-dirt valley that was formed by a peasant revolt ages ago. I help a crazy rag-man to find the terminus for a bundle of blue, cat-5 cables. It turns out to be a cash register operated by John Travolta, who is dressed in wizard garb.
The Daily Word in electoral politics, lack of confidence and not-so-fun bags
North Carolina’s constitutional amendment barring gay marriage (along with some legal rights for unmarried straight couples) passed by a wide margin.
A felon serving time in Texas for extortion threats at UNM in 1999 beat President Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary. Among the victor's other resumé highlights: Federation of Super Heroes, 1976-1982.
Attorney to accused child molester/former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky asked for more time to get ready for the trial.
Tea party-backed candidate defeated one of the senate’s longest-serving members.
The Beastie Boys were nailed with a lawsuit just one day before Adam “MCA” Yauch’s cancer-related death.
Republican super-PAC fundraising soars beyond Democratic counterparts'.
The most recent bombing attempt by al-Qaeda against the U.S. was averted by a C.I.A. double agent.
Albuquerque teachers union representatives have “no confidence” in state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.
Bernalillo County Commissioners voted to censure their scandal-plagued colleague Michael Wiener.
John Travolta's attorney says two legal suits alleging the actor committed sexual battery and harassment are bogus.
Coincidentally, on this day in 1950, L. Ron Hubbard published his Dianetics book which led to the launch of Scientology.
A warming planet could help spread tropical illness.
Researchers have begun documenting the impact of the massive Pacific Ocean “garbage patch” on underwater ecosystems.
Turns out plastic bags are disgusting in all kinds of ways!
The Daily Word in Rail Runner hikes, more Gaddafi death videos, no KFC for Travolta
Rail Runner raising fares in 45 days.
No lunch in Texas prisons on weekends.
New video of a bloody Gaddafi being dragged about challenges preliminary reports as to the nature of his death.
Two minor quakes hit the Bay Area same day as earthquake preparedness drills take place.
Travolta denied reservation at KFC while in UK for a Scientology conference.
Somebody was making fake checks in the Northeast Heights.
Rangers rally to tie World Series in dramatic fashion.
Seattle Hertz branch axes 25 Somali Muslims for length of prayer breaks.
Breaking down the ownership laws for exotic pets in lieu of the Ohio fiasco.
Cain makes changes to 9-9-9.
Ralph Montoya gets 25 years for murder of UNM professor and his girlfriend.
Murdoch ponies up $3.2 million for phone hack of murdered 13-year-old.
N.M. senators propose expansion of area in which Mexican nationals can visit in the state for a 30-day period.
Shaq cleared in kidnapping lawsuit.
The Daily Word 11.24.10: Dead miners, new sea creature, U.S. heads to Korea, 100-proof turkey, John Travolta’s baby
Another gas explosion snuffs out hope for the 29 trapped New Zealand miners. All are presumed dead.
Deep sea robots discover a new species in a new genus: the “squid worm.”
Animal Planet discovers world’s ugliest cat. Kinda looks like Sonny Bono.
International pissing contest: U.S. says it’s sending an aircraft carrier for “joint military exercises” off Korea.
“100-proof turkey” takes three days to prepare and is served with 100-proof vodka gravy.
Ohio State president mouths off about college football contenders.
Sarah Palin’s new book insults Betty Friedan and devotes several pages to complaining about Murphy Brown.
American workers are out in the cold, but the companies they work for just had their best quarter ever.
... Not surprisingly, Wall Street execs are already back to buying $40,000 cell phones and renting dwarves for their parties.
John Travolta, 56, and Kelly Preston, 48, salve the grief of losing their oldest son last year by having another baby. This one doesn’t have a stupid name.
Music nerd makes homemade Blue Man Group instrument thingy for a talent show.