25 May, 2004

Journalism or manhunt?

Teacher With Criminal Past Found Teaching In Kentucky

We watched him leave for a local school, where his car sat quietly in the parking lot while he taught children inside. Three area school districts told us that Bennett is a substitute teacher for at least three different schools and none of the school districts knew much about Bennett.

But we do.

The veteran schoolteacher and former principal has a record that includes stalking, extortion and witness tampering. And, for years, his students have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Meanwhile, three school districts in Kentucky decided they didn't need Bennett's substitute teaching services anymore.


Kentucky school officials wouldn't talk on camera either, but they have suspended his teaching certificate there.

We get the sense that he may be heading for Colorado next, and we'll make sure we find out what he's up to.

Okay, so what's worse in this situation:

  • That Tommy Bennet is forging documents and lying about his sordid past, all in the name of acquiring a teaching certificate?
  • That the reporters from WFTV feel the need to play vigilante with this man, and follow him around the country?

22 May, 2004

Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey, by Kurt Vonnegut

When you get to my age, if you get to my age, which is 81, and if you have reproduced, you will find yourself asking your own children, who are themselves middle-aged, what life is all about. I have seven kids, four of them adopted.

Many of you reading this are probably the same age as my grandchildren. They, like you, are being royally shafted and lied to by our Baby Boomer corporations and government.

I put my big question about life to my biological son Mark. Mark is a pediatrician, and author of a memoir, The Eden Express. It is about his crackup, straightjacket and padded cell stuff, from which he recovered sufficiently to graduate from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Vonnegut said this to his doddering old dad: "Father, we are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is." So I pass that on to you. Write it down, and put it in your computer, so you can forget it.

20 May, 2004

Mr. Stewart Goes to Williamsburg

John Jon Stewart gives the commencement address at W & M

Please don't be mad. I know we were supposed to bequeath to the next generation a world better than the one we were handed. So, sorry.

I don't know if you've been following the news lately, but it just kinda got away from us. Somewhere between the gold rush of easy internet profits and an arrogant sense of endless empire, we heard kind of a pinging noise, and uh, then the damn thing just died on us. So I apologize.

But here's the good news. You fix this thing, you're the next greatest generation, people. You do this - and I believe you can - you win this war on terror, and Tom Brokaw's kissing your ass from here to Tikrit, let me tell ya. And even if you don't, you're not gonna have much trouble surpassing my generation. If you end up getting your picture taken next to a naked guy pile of enemy prisoners and don't give the thumbs up you've outdid us.

We declared war on terror. We declared war on terror - it's not even a noun, so, good luck. After we defeat it, I'm sure we'll take on that bastard ennui.

Link via Wonkette

16 May, 2004

Why Yes, I AM a Geek

So I was talking with my landlord today about the cicadas. Hey, why not. They're a fairly popular subject, and they do seem to love this part of Arlington. At one point he compared the drone of the cicadas to a car with a broken fan belt. Certainly an apt analogy.

But not 10 minutes later, I proved just how much of a geek I am. I said to him: "You know what they really sound like? They sound like a phaser from the original Star Trek, just going on and on and on."

*bows* Yesh, thank you. Get me my Spock ears so I can go attend a 'con someplace.

He's the One With the Gun

Freddy vs. Jason vs....Ash?

Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in the Evil Dead horror films, told SCI FI Wire that there is "some validity" to the rampant rumors about the possibility of a movie that would pit his character against Freddy of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jason from the Friday the 13th franchise. But Campbell added that nothing is imminent. "As I've been explaining to people, this wouldn't be a movie where you could just make a phone call and go, 'Let's do it,' and then it all happens," Campbell said in an interview. "You've got three franchises."

Campbell added, "[That] means you have 17 lawyers, each going, 'Yeah, look at my franchise. Yeah, look at my franchise.' So you have to get past that. Then you have to get past the question of 'how will the characters be treated?' What would you do with Ash? There's no way I'd be in it if I lost. No way. The good guy has to win, especially in that movie. You couldn't kill two whole franchises, but we could sure maim them."

13 May, 2004

The Cicadas Love Me!

Some people I know haven't seen any cicadas this year. For whatever reason, the cicadas aren't around their houses/apartments. Not me, though. I came home last night and was greeted by dozens of the little red-eyed buggers hanging around the outer door to my apartment.

Went outside this morning, and plenty of them were still hanging around, although most had just left their exoskeletons and skeedaddled. But enjoy some pics that I snapped this morning. Hopefully I will get some more this evening when they return.

I'm just glad they haven't started making noise.