May 16th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Luckily, the ghost of Von Dutch already suffered the gross indignity of his name being licensed to s

Mister Jalopy on the Von Dutch auction

There's a mom at Mark F's daughter's school that I don't like. She's arrogant, ill-mannered, ostentatious, and obnoxious. One morning when I was on the school campus, he saw the mom wearing a Von Dutch hat and a Von Dutch T-shirt. he asked her who Von Dutch was. "He's a fashion designer," she sneered. I told her that wasn't correct. he told her that he was a car customizer and an artist, and was no longer living. "That's someone else, idiot," she said. (The "idiot" was silent, but her mind spoke it.)

He remembered that conversation when I read today's entry at Jalopy Junktown, where he wrote about an auction where Von Dutch's pinstriping box was sold for $270,000.

200605151631 Luckily, the ghost of Von Dutch already suffered the gross indignity of his name being licensed to sell overpriced trucker hats. An injustice that great assures Von Dutch will be not coming back from the dead to rattle around Beverly Hills mansions looking to reclaim his hammers or pick-up truck tailgate.

"Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people you hate."

Chris Keeley

Gmail Downgraded

Gmail downgraded, no longer cracks PDFs

Google has downgraded Gmail so that it no longer cracks PDFs with the no-copy-bit set.
Gmail has crippled its "View as HTML" functionality so as to comply with Adobe's PDF copy-control scheme. In case an email attachment is a DRMed PDF file (= a PDF with copying and/or printing restrictions), clicking on the "View as HTML" link returns the message displayed in the screenshot.
Chris Keeley

Cheney’s handwritten notes on a copy of the Wilson article about how he determined Niger was not sup

U.S. Restores Diplomatic Ties With Libya
In other foreign news, the U.S. has announced it will restore diplomatic ties to the oil-rich nation of Libya for the first time in over 25 years. Two years ago the Bush administration lifted economic sanctions against Libya to allow U.S. oil companies to do business in the country which has one of the ten largest oil reserves in the world.

  • U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton: "Libya's renunciation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism has now led to this result. So it was a piece of good news in the Security Council, resulting in part from earlier Security Council actions and I think shows what is possible for countries that do give up the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and do give up complicity in international terrorism, certainly from the perspective of the United States."
Meanwhile relatives of the 1988 Lockerbie air crash criticized the Bush administration’s decision. This is Bert Ackerman whose brother Tom was killed in the 1988 airline bombing.
  • Bert Ackerman: "A horrendous decision. I have stated for almost fifteen years now that we should normalize relations with Libya, once Gaddafi is out of power. What a message to give to leaders of the world that support state sponsored terrorism that you can kill Americans and innocent citizens and then eventually because of big business or oil, our government will find a way to normalize relations."

Prosecutor Focuses on Cheney in Valerie Plame Probe
More questions are being raised about Vice President Dick Cheney’s role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Last week prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald filed paperwork that he says shows Cheney became acutely focused on Wilson after the publication of Wilson’s article in the New York Times that questioned the Bush administration’s claims about Iraq weapons of mass destruction program. Included in Fitzgerald’s filing are Cheney’s handwritten notes on a copy of the Wilson article about how he determined Niger was not supplying Iraq with yellowcake uranum. In the notes Cheney personally asked whether Wilson had been sent to Niger by his wife on a "junket" to Africa. Days after Wilson’s article appeared in the New York Times, his wife was outted as a CIA operative. Newsweek reports that the newly released notes appear to make Cheney an even more central witness than had been previously thought in the criminal probe.

Chris Keeley

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