Hey, what about that little bit bigger quake offshore the other day, a M6.4? Scroll down for the auto-updating map below. Also Yellowstone is having a swarm at the hotspot of the same name. As occurred previously in the 1980 eruption year, Mt. St. Helens has maybe responded to this offshore action...with a blowdown at Vancouver Lake....usually it is a quake swarm nearby at Sauvie's Island. My camping spot in this area is at Battle Ground Lake, formerly Crater Lake, renamed because the handle was taken by the Mt. Mazama blowout lake in southern Oregon...play it again Sam?
Speaking of whom...Dan Rather is suing CBS over his being fired for reporting on the whereabouts of one president to be GEORGE W. BUSH in 1973; the year I graduated early from high school and resided in the out of state exclusive CU (CO-ED)dorm on the female side with a guy named George on our side of the division...right next to and across from the only dorm singles rooms on the girl's side. Who remembers George's roomate?...and why again did he want to date ME????????????Was this why I seemed relieved that he would cross over to the MALE side to drop acid(rumored) with his buddies...how did they know each other so well? And did they slip the bud in the mailbox at XMAS? Or was that some other snoody person... Anyway,
Judge May Let Rather's Lawsuit Proceed
A judge said Wednesday that he was leaning toward allowing Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit over his being fired by CBS to proceed.
The judge did not issue a final ruling on CBS' motion, but he suggested the parties try to agree on the scope of pretrial discovery - just in case - and told them to return to court Jan. 23 for a conference.
Rather, whose last months at CBS were clouded by a disputed story on President Bush's Vietnam-era military service, says his employers made him a "scapegoat" to placate the White House after questions arose about the story.
The lawsuit names CBS Corp. (VIA) (CBS) (CBS), former CBS parent Viacom Inc. (VIAB), CBS President Leslie Moonves, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward. It seeks $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
"When you blow all the smoke away, this is a case of Mr. Rather being disappointed that he was benched by CBS and that they did not put him on '60 Minutes,'" Quinn told the judge.
Quinn said CBS bosses had "a right to use Mr. Rather as they saw fit as long as they paid him. The (contract) language is crystal clear."
Rather's lawyer, Martin R. Gold, said that while CBS had the right to take Rather off the air after 24 years in the anchor chair, the network had to pay him until their contract expired and then "terminate him, give him his freedom."
Rather was removed from his "CBS Evening News" post in March 2005, six months after he narrated a report that said Bush disobeyed orders and shirked some of his duties during his National Guard service. The report also said a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush's record.
For Nostalgia Buffs:
Quotes from CBS Anchor Dan Rather on Election Night 2004
"Do you hear that knocking...President Bush's re-election is at the door."
"This race is hotter than a Times Square Rolex."
"His lead is as thin as turnip soup."
"This race is hotter than the Devil's anvil."
"One's reminded of that old saying, 'Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.'"
"This situation in Ohio would give an aspirin a headache.''
"No question now that Kerry's rapidly reaching the point where he's got his back to the wall, his shirttails on fire and the bill collector's at the door."
(To Joe Lockhart) "I know that you'd rather walk through a furnace in a gasoline suit than consider the possibility that John Kerry would lose Ohio."
(To Joe Lockhart) "What about Michigan? It's been out there for a long time. Is that making your fingernails sweat?"
"No one is saying that George Bush is not going to win the election, and if you had to bet the double-wide, you'd have to bet that he'd win."
"In southern states they beat him like a rented mule."
"We need Billy Crystal to Analyze This"
"You know that old song, 'it's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely' for President Bush in most areas of the country."
"We had a slight hitch in our giddy up, but we corrected that."
"In some ways, George Bush's lead is as thin as November ice."
"You look at the map and say it's all a big Bush victory. But this is one time when your Mother is right, looks can be deceiving."
"Is it like a swan, with every feather above the water settled, but under the water paddling like crazy?"
"What you have here is the football equivalent of a fourth quarter rally by Kerry."
The election is "closer than Lassie and Timmy"
"Keep in mind they are teetotally meetmortally convinced they have Ohio won."
"Vice President Dick Cheney would not have flown all the way out there (Hawaii) overnight and put that lei around his neck and sort of hula-danced, if you will, unless he thought there was a chance of carrying that out there."
"President Bush smiling there with his family. He's laid down aces so far."
"You can almost hear the GOP (deep breathing sound). We're getting within maybe smelling distance."
On how the results are affecting strategists: "It's one reason so many of them drink a lot."
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on being congratulated on victory by Rather: "Thanks Dan, I always believe you." Rather: "Now, ladies and gentleman, if you believe that, you'll believe rocks can grow."
Quotes from Dan Rather on Election Night 2002
"Tight as the pages in a book."
"President Bush is hoping to ace his first midterm."
"Crackling like a hickory fire."
"Two hands worth of white knuckle still hanging ten."
Quotes from Dan Rather on Election Night 2000
"This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O."
"Turn the lights down, the party just got wilder."
"He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park."
"Don't bet the trailer money yet."
"Now Florida, that race, the heat from it is hot enough to peel house paint."
"It's a ding dong battle back and forth."
"If a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a hand gun."
"This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach."
"This will show you how tight it is - it's spandex tight."
"He's going to find that people will hang on him like a coat rack."
"This race is as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a '55 Ford."
"Al Gore has his back to the wall, shirt tails on fire with this race in Florida."
"You talk about a ding-dong, knock-down, get-up race."
"Smelling salts for all Democrats please."
"Maybe you can bring some perspective on this, we're plum out."
"Tipper is probably telling her husband to hook a U, go back to the house to get a recount."
"It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat, Republican or a mug wamp, elected officials play it straight."
"The presidential race still hotter than a Laredo parking lot."
"It was as hot and squalid as a New York elevator in August."
"...in Austin, between the 10 gallon hats and the Willie Nelson head bands."
"I think you would likelier see a hippopotamus run through this room than see George Bush appoint Ralph Nader to the Cabinet."
"Frankly we don't know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon."
"We've lived by the crystal ball, we're eating so much broken glass. We're in critical condition."