- Rush show in Phoenix on Friday: Heather's first comment when the band came on stage was, "They're OLD!" The band then brought down the house, and Heather decided that, although they are old, they rock, and rock hard.
- Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer on Al Gore this Friday: "Al Gore changes his stories and his tune so often on so many different issues that it's not an effective use of time to pay much attention to what he says." [via Salon.com's AP feed] I know it's not just me, but I think it's tacky that a person in Fleischer's position a) is so eager to make such a misleading statement and b) is so eager to demean a potential political rival. It seems to be par for the Dubya course, however.
- The FTC this week rolled out Dewie the E-Turtle, who is the agency's new mascot for online security. I am not kidding. Dewie is his name, and he is an E-Turtle. I am not kidding. Somewhere, somehow, a panel of experts approved this project. Side note: I cannot help but draw comparisons between Dewie and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dewie could be the geeky fifth turtle, the one who hacks into Shredder's mainframe -- but only in the sanitized and kid-friendly afternoon cartoon version. Mirage comics has generously put online the original first issue of Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That comic sits bagged, in a box in a garage in southern Idaho, next to my New Mutants #1 and other assorted books.