shell of the manchild

December 30, 2003

Cartoon of the Moment
--Graham Roumieu--lots more at his website. At times he reminds me very strongly of a modern-day Charles Adams. linked to this one which is deviously great.

Quote of the Moment
"I'd kiss you, but I'm not sure it'd come out right."
--Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Minor Rebuttal of the Moment
People, including the author of the news article in question, are amused by the concept of consulting an almanac as a possible suspicious activity in terms of terrorism awareness...but the main image of a terrorist thumbing through a copy of "The Old Farmers Almanac" is what gets all the yucks. Now, there are so many forms of reference out there, online and otherwise, that it does seem a little odd to be picking on almanacs, but it's also clear that the alert bulletin is refering to a different kind of almanac. So by picking on this "straw man" of Farmer's Almanac, they miss a more serious point about what constitutes suspicous activity this day and an olive-skinned guy trying to figure where in Boston he is with one of those big yellow road atlases going to raise eyebrows these days? Should it?