"Lord Buckley

could be described as a jazz monologist and comic known for retelling biblical and classical tales in beat lingo. He had a profound influence on a whole generation of comedians, including Robin Williams, Tommy Smothers, and Jonathan Winters, but he’s not a household name. Oliver Trager’s just-published biography, Dig Infinity!, 12 years in the making, hopes to remedy that…” Listen to a July 1st feature on Lord Buckley from NPR’s Morning Edition, including audio clips from some of his transcendent monologues.

Straighten out…

Lord Buckley’s “The Nazz”

 Now, I look at all you cats and kitties out there 

a whippin' and a wailin' and a jumpin' up and down
and suckin' up all that juice and pattin' each other on the back
and a hippin' each other who the greatest cat in the world is.
Mr. Malenkov,
Mr. Talenkov,
Mr. Eisenhower,
Mr. Whoozerwheezer,
Mr. Whiserwhooser,
Mr. Woodhill,
Mr. Beachhill,
an' Mr. Churchill,
and all them other hills gonna get you straight,
and if they can't get you straight
they know a cat that knows a cat who'll straighten you...


If you maintain a weblog with a list of recommended blogs (the term coming into favor seems to be a ‘blogroll’), you might want to consider maintaining that list with the Blogrolling Link manager instead of handcoding it into your template. When I surf to a blog I want to add to my sidebar, I can now do so with a single click, after setting up a ”Blogroll this!” link to my browser toolbar. And the will tell readers which sites have been updated recently (within the last two hours). If a weblog on my list is pinging weblogs.com, a mouseover on the link should pop up the time of the last update.

By the way, if you’re linking to me, I would appreciate it if you would use “http://gelwan.com/followme.html” as the URL. There are so many other ways out there of reaching FmH that it is very hard for me to aggregate data about who is linking to me. In the Touchgraph of links to FmH (see just below), for example, there are actually several distinct nodes for FmH using different URLs.

Diplomacy bites the dust

Why the president stopped listening to Powell:

“In the seemingly endless litany of Middle East violence, it was two suicide bombings in two days last week that fractured Yasser Arafat’s tenuous relations with the Bush administration once and for all.

The president’s rose garden address on Monday not only marked a clear break with the past in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it also reflected a decisive shift in the constellation of forces within the administration itself, which have blown US policy back and forth for the past 18 months.” Guardian UK

Essentially — Colin Powell drags Bush kicking and screaming into the realms of statesmanship, only to find that Bush doesn’t have the taste, the grasp, the aptitude, or the henchmen to sustain the effort at diplomacy. Will Powell be marginalized further in the Administration, or extruded totally?