Saturday, September 30, 2006

Keith Olbermann: No Free Passes

Keith Olbermann with another special comment, the target, the president, and his failure to act.

Chris Wallace is a "monkey posing as a newscaster, and the Iraq war is not a check on terror but fertilizer for it." Wow.

On Sliming done by Proxy:


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Via One Good Move

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Exclusivo No. 3


The maker of one of my very favorite cigars was written up in the NYT this week:  José Orlando Padrón.

"Mr. Padrón, 80, began working in his father’s tobacco farm at the age of 7 and is still a hands-on manager a lifetime later. He now shuttles between Miami and Managua and is a constant presence on the factory floor, plucking bad leaves off the table with a disapproving eye and leaving a trail of smoke behind him.

Brand_79_500x500“Don’t even talk about life without cigars,” said Mr. Padrón, a stocky man who speaks in rapid-fire Cuban Spanish and sticks his nose into tobacco leaves to take in the pungent scent as some might smell a rose.

In the 1970’s, Mr. Padrón began growing tobacco derived from Cuban seed here in Nicaragua’s fertile Estelí region. But politics interfered.

In 1978, as Sandinista revolutionaries battled the longtime dictator Anastasio Somoza, Mr. Padrón was regarded by some as sympathetic to the strongman. His Nicaraguan factory was burned.

Still, he kept smoking, and eventually he was back producing cigars in this country. To do so, he had to meet with the local comandante and make the case that he was employing hundreds of Nicaraguans and not meddling in politics.

Cigarmap_190x257The crises did not let up. In 1979, he and other Cuban exiles went back to Cuba to negotiate the release of political prisoners. In a meeting with President Castro, Mr. Padrón was photographed handing the leader one of his cigars, which riled some of Miami’s anti-Castro hard-liners so much that they repeatedly put bombs in his factory.

A group called Omega 7 claimed responsibility for the attacks, which backfired in the long run. Many in Miami sympathized with him and bought more of his cigars. Mr. Padrón posted this quotation from José Martí, the 19th-century poet and fighter for Cuban independence, on his factory wall: “Men are divided into two groups — those that love and build, and those that hate and destroy.”

In 1985 the Reagan administration imposed a trade embargo on Nicaragua, which effectively ended Mr. Padrón’s ability to get his Nicaraguan cigars to his American customers. “I got hit again,” he said.

He hustled some bales of tobacco out of the country to continue producing for a while, then opened an operation across the border in Honduras. But when the embargo was lifted in 1990, he was back in Nicaragua. “I’m a survivor,” he said."


A Career Seasoned With Cigar Smoke and Revolution
NYT, September 27, 2006

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo

My other favorite:

Diamond Crown Figurado No. 6

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Thursday, September 28, 2006



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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

4 year old drummer

Holy cow!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Irresponsible Leaders


Tom Toles via Yahoo

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Monday, September 25, 2006

7 Year Old Drummer

The 4 year old could keep a beat, but this 7 year old really rocks:

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Peugeot 908 RC design study

First look:  THE French are used to the Germans getting attention for automotive engineering, but when Mercedes-Benz, with the flowing lines of its CLS, and BMW, with its controversial Chris Bangle designs, steal the limelight in style, something must be done.

The Peugeot 908 RC design study.


For Peugeot, that something is the 908 RC, a design study to be displayed at the Paris auto show this month. The sleek black 908 RC is an answer to the S-Class or 7 Series, a lux limo powered by a 700-horsepower V-12 diesel designed for endurance racing.

Score One for France
NYT, September 15, 2006

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Funny Commercials

Terrific collection from around the world:

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Official Mortality Data vs Terrorism

Via Wired:

"Comparing official mortality data with the number of Americans who have been killed inside the United States by terrorism since the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma reveals that scores of threats are far more likely to kill an American than any terrorist -- at least, statistically speaking.

In fact, your appendix is more likely to kill you than al-Qaida is.

With that in mind, here's a handy ranking of the various dangers confronting America, based on the number of mortalities in each category throughout the 11-year period spanning 1995 through 2005 (extrapolated from best available data)."

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One Million Ways to Die
By Ryan Singel
02:00 AM Sep, 11, 2006,71743-0.html?tw=wn_index_29

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

President Bush uses Little Richard as translator

Too damned amusing:

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