Monthly Archives: March 2005

Pit bull. Pantleg. Opportunity.

Dubya once said he was “a pit bull on the pantleg of opportunity,” which I think is one of the coolest things any president has ever said.

What isn’t clear to me is whether the pit bull is supposed to be biting the pantleg or humping it. Either way, I think you can make the case that the statement applies to the Bush presidency so far.

Good day.


I’m listening to Warren Zevon’s My Ride’s Here (thx to Pat Vecchio at the Music desk for lending it to me, btw). It occurs to me that no society should be be asked to endure the loss of two such brilliant critics of its culture as Zevon and Hunter Thompson in such a short time.

She was a systems analyst
For a dot com company
She said, “You think because we’ve kissed
I’ll be yours eternally
I’ll sign another pre-nup
And we’ll merge our P.L.C.s
That’s why most girls go belly-up
In this economy

[sigh] I don’t know which I miss more…..

New word

I invented a new word this morning.

euphemasianoun: the act of putting the truth out of its misery by cynically substituting an inoffensive expression for one that is considered offensive or damaging to the personal, political or economic interests of the party using the term. Also, the inverse, cynically substituting an offensive term for a benign one in order to achieve personal, political or economic ends.

Thank you. I think this term will prove quite handy in the coming years.

Rutgers changes course, lets journalism class investigate school

Well, this is good news.

Students in an investigative journalism class will get to practice their craft on-campus at Rutgers University after all.

John Pavlik, chairman of the university’s journalism department, said Tuesday that he was reversing his earlier decision that restricted reporting in the class to off-campus topics. “We’ve decided that the long-term goal of getting the students the broadest experience possible would be best served by getting experience both on campus and off campus,” he said.

Pavlik denies that the original ban had anything to do with the fact that student stories were ruffling the feathers of school officials or that the reversal was in any way motivated by broader media attention to the controversy. I’m not sure I buy either of those claims, but in any event I’m pleased to see the right thing being done, for whatever reason.

[Credit: Thanks to Pit institutional journalism correspondent Pat Vecchio for the tip.]