Another Austrian shoe queen, that legendary fashionista Bruno, does funkyzeit LA
seeking new style for new year.
** SADDAM’S DEATH. A very good end for a very bad guy. Yet it seems curiously anti-climactic, certainly compared to his capture. And it’s nowhere near the event that a similar end for Osama bin Laden would be.
I haven’t found full video of the event yet, though admittedly I haven’t put much effort into it. Is this a major event? Or a passing spike in the pre-New Year’s news flow?
** JOHN EDWARDS NEVADA REPORT. NWN Forum blogger Barbara checks in with this report from the Democratic presidential candidate’s town hall last night in Reno, Nevada:
“The John Edwards Town Hall just ended about 20 minutes ago. He spoke for about 20 minutes and then spent well over an hour taking questions from a crowd (per a reporter) of well over a thousand people. I was so fortunate because I was able to sit on bleachers 3 feet to his left behind the chain separating him from the audience. As we waited for him to come out I chatted with everyone around and also while I waited in the line to get in to the hall. Unlike me, most people that I talked came from a union phone call. Also unlike me they had heard him speak a lot in the last two years.
“Many of those attending appeared at least to me to not be coming out to support or hear a Dem but to hear John Edwards. He covered many subjects from campaign finance reform (of great interest to this audience), CIRA, universal healthcare, education, poverty…Iraq…China Africa..Israel all places he has visited and studied up on the last couple of years. He showed enormous depth and wonderful people skills. There is so much to say but he kept telling us this is our campaign not just his that we have as individuals to help in our own way to make this country whole. I was able to shake his hand at the end and thank him for advocating for the poor. He took my hand into both of his, looked me straight into my eyes and said: “As long as I am alive.” I believe him. He reminds me of the documentaries I have seen on Bobby Kennedy. I urge everyone to go to his website and learn more about him. I hope the mainstream press does justice to what I heard and saw this evening. This is a remarkable man by any measure.”
** SUPERHERO QUIZ. Click here and answer a short psychographic questionaire to find out which superhero you are most like. (Passed along by TechCrunch.) The Terminator is not one of the options. I took the quiz and found out that I’m, ah, Supergirl. Maybe I should have gone with a very hard no on the cape question.
** Track global and national energy prices via Bloomberg. Crude oil prices rose some in late trading yesterday, to $61 per barrel in some cases, on speculation that the execution of Saddam Hussein could lead to some disruption in Iraq oil supply.