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  Saturday, December 30, 2006

Thanks for stopping by. Steve's No Direction Home Page has a new home, at

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  Friday, December 29, 2006

"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." - at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." - Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' - Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." - Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003

"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." - quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War

"I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." - Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

"Do you have blacks, too?" - to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

"This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." - as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002

"It is white." - after being asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 19, 2001

"I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." - at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001

"I'm the master of low expectations." - aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

"People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you." -Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

"I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it…I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet. . . - President George W. Bush, after being asked to name the biggest mistake he had made, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004

- "My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." - radio address, Feb. 24, 2001

- "I try to go for longer runs, but it's tough around here at the White House on the outdoor track. It's sad that I can't run longer. It's one of the saddest things about the presidency." -interview with "Runners World," Aug. 2002

- "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." - to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004

-. "There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again." - Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

-. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." - Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

- "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -ashington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004


~Compiled by Daniel Kurtzman


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  Wednesday, December 27, 2006

If you can get signed up for Dimeadozen, there are two amazing Dylan videos, from Liverpool July of 2001, in the torrentsphere now. Disk 1 is here and Disk 2 is here. I'm still downloading Disk 2 and have the torrent still open on Disk 1, but watched it tonight, and it's an excellent video of an excellent performance. The camera is steady, close and near, and the sound upgrade is fantastic. Plus Bob plays a great selection of songs -- This Wheel's On Fire, Visions of Johanna, 4th Time Around to name a few. It adds up to about 6 Gigs, but burn them on to CDs. This is well worth it. I wish I'd had it before XMas, I'd have given out several of them. I probably still will.

The world owes a debt of thanks to the brave souls who put so much effort into capturing these things and those who assemble them nicely for DVD. Many thanks, all!

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  Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Christmas is a great antidote for those suffering from too much Christmas music, and is fine listening. Do yourself a big favor and check it out. (At least listen to him reading The Night Before Christmas.) He has some pretty witty comments along the way, my favorite is when he mentions his atheist friend whose favorite Christmas movie is "Coincidence on 34th Street." Bob makes another strange comment when talks about Wally Schirra playing Jingle Bells on the harmonica during the December, 1965 Gemini 6 flight. Bob says, "who do you think gave him the harmonica," and doesn't answer the question. Wonder what he meant? Info from anyone who knows anything would be appreciated. (Later, via the Dylan Pool, I saw this link, saying that it was Michael Knapp who gave Wally the harp.)
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  Saturday, December 23, 2006

The world according to The Onion:
1) Thousands More Dead in Continuing Iraq Victory
2) Al Gore Caught Warming Globe tto Increase Box Office Profits
3) Kevin Federline, Wife Divorce
4) Ken Lay's Children Inherit 4,000 Pensions
5) Israel Bombs Anti-Semitism Out Of Lebanon
6) Karl Rove Accused Of Throwing Midterm Elections
7) NASA Launches Probe To Inform Pluto Of Demotion
8) Osama Bin Laden Takes Credit For Crocodile Hunter's Death
9) Generous Vice President Cheney Gives Hard-Working Media Field Day
10) Coretta Scott King's Wiretap Ends

(Via The Uncredible Hallq.)

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I feel the best way to ensure Americans' freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people." -- Attorney General John Ashcroft

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From Clusterflock.

(via Kottke)

(Via Cynical-C Blog.)

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  Friday, December 22, 2006

"I encourage you to go shopping" - George W. Bush 12/20/06

From "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" to this. Wow, what a disaster.

(Via Oliver Willis - Like Kryptonite To Stupid.)

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Once again, conservative Republicans have the courage to tell us what they really believe. Encouraged by our campaign for cons to speak truth to power, Rep. Virgil Goode says straight up how much he hates:

In a letter sent out to select supporters earlier this month reacting to the controversy (among certain extreme conservatives, at least) over Muslim representative-elect Keith Ellison's (D-MN) decision to be sworn in on the Koran, Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) warned that the U.S. must close its borders to guard against the influx of still more Muslims. In it, he also proudly recounts his retort to a Muslim student who asked him why he did not include the Koran with The Ten Commandments on his wall. "As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, The Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office," he says he told the student.

(Via Oliver Willis - Like Kryptonite To Stupid.)

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  Thursday, December 21, 2006

A minor earthquake rattled the East Bay Wednesday evening, tweaking a few nerves but causing no damage. Initial reports from the U.S. Geologic Survey Earthquake Hazards Program rated the 7:12 p.m.

(Via Top Oakland Tribune Headlines.)

Gave us a good shake here during dinner! Because it was so close, it felt bigger than 3.7, but it didn't last very long. The way it shook, had it lasted more than a few seconds, even 3.7 could have done some damage.
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Schneier on how minds converge:

The top 20 passwords are (in order): password1, abc123, myspace1, password, blink182, qwerty1, fuckyou, 123abc, baseball1, football1, 123456, soccer, monkey1, liverpool1, princess1, jordan23, slipknot1, superman1, iloveyou1 and monkey.

(Via John Robb's Weblog.)

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