October 29th, 2004


Bill O'Reilly/Foxnews pays out millions to settle lawsuit.

Sadly, we'll never hear the tapes. :-/

The plaintiff originally wanted $60 million... and a deal fell through for the paltry figure of $2 million... so somewhere in between those two numbers is undoubtedly where they settled. Given the experience of the lawyer for the plaintiff, I would guess this has cost O'Reilly and Fox more than $25 million dollars -- a figure of Michael Jackson-like proportions.

So, if Bill O'Reilly was innocent, and was supposedly determined to take this matter to court to prove his innocence... how come he paid Ms. Mackris millions to silence her and buy her tapes of their conversations?!

Life to Bill: Stop playing with your falafel balls while on the phone with co-workers. Ick. Really.

It's a party. It's a weekend. It's a party. It's a party party weekend.

Woke up entirely too early, especially considering that I'm going to a Halloween party up in San Francisco tonight. Still not sure about what to wear for my costume, exactly.

Fortunately, I've got things set up so that we're getting comp'ed a room at the Sheraton and don't have to do the drive back south late at night. Coolness!

I love hotels. There's something about having a nice hotel room that just seems so decadent. That's a plus and a minus though, because you feel compelled to really enjoy yourself. Like, you're not quite getting the full value on the deal unless you wake up in an opium daze, undulating people on all sides, your body as sticky as the floor of a movie theatre.

We all need goals in life, I guess.

Neptune, Saturn, Bush, and Uranus.

An analyst for NASA who routinely studies images to determine information about the conditions on other planets has analyzed the video of Bush's mysterious bulge in his jacket, and has determined that there is, indeed, a mysterious alien presence affixed to GWB's back.

"I am willing to stake my scientific reputation to the statement that Bush was wearing something under his jacket during the debate. This is not about a bad suit. And there's no way the bulge can be described as a wrinkled shirt."

And you know what? I have declined to comment on this until now because I thought the matter needed more conclusive evidence, but yes, I believe him.

And about those 100,000 dead Iraqis...

The Lancet has released their findings to the web, at:

Key points from their findings include the following:

- The risk of death was . . . 2 to 5-fold higher after the invasion.
- Violent deaths were widespread and were mainly attributed to coalition forces.
- Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and children.
- The risk of death from violence after the invasion was 58 times higher than before the war.

"Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Violence accounted for most of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most violent deaths."
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On abusive relationships.

Sure you may have had feelings for him once when the romance first started... but then other people started telling you about their strange, violent, irrational behavior, their inability to "play nice" with others, and their complete unwillingness to admit their mistakes. At first, you were absolutely loyal to them, and you tried not to believe what others were telling you about him... until it finally became all too clear what was going on.

And so you called him on it... but he stared you in the face and lied. And finally, when you threatened to leave, he confirmed your worst fears by trying to scare, intimidate, and threaten you too.

Sad. Pathetic. Desperate.

"I have no ambition whatsoever to use 9/11 as a political issue." -- George W. Bush

America has a dysfunctional relationship with their president. Time to show him the door.