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Happy birthday, Daily Kos

Here’s an anniversary that passed by pretty unnoticed. The political Web site Daily Kos celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend.

In the blogging world, it is now a major voice for the left, and if Fox News has an enemies list, it’s probably one of the top 10.

Here’s a screengrab of its first post:

So, happy birthday!

Speak of the Devils! Please?!

When a New York team makes it into the finals of a major championship, you’d expect that to be Big News in the Big Apple.

But this is what you see sinking down the home page of the New York Times Web site if you’re a New York area hockey fan:

And a minute after I captured the image, the Devils win over the Rangers sank to the number three spot on the already buried list.

Honestly, that’s really lame. You have no idea what the Devils knocked the Rangers out of. Even worse, you can’t even tell that the Devils are going to compete in the Stanley Cup finals!  A couple of weeks ago, I was hoping the Washington Capitals were going to knock the Rangers out, not because I’m a Caps fan, but because I’m walking distance from the Verizon Center and I figured I could score some tickets to watch the Devils beat the Caps on their way to the Stanley Cup final.

At least that would have been big news on the Washington Post’s home page.

The Devils may be in New Jersey, but so are football’s Giants and Jets, and the Times went overboard when the Giants got into the Super Bowl.

But then, we are talking about hockey here.

The New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings will face off for the Stanley Cup. They represent the two largest media markets in America. The National Hockey League needs a high profile championship series. If this matchup doesn’t generate any significant ratings, maybe it’ll just be time for the NHL to hang up its skates, and we’ll all have to be satisfied with watching NHL players during the Olympics every four years.

At least that seems to generate some interest.

Pygmalion (1938)

Eliza Doolittle … Professor Henry Higgins … The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plains.

And no singing:

This is better than “My Fair Lady.” Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in the 1938 comedy classic “Pygmalion.” Written by George Bernard Shaw.

Shaw, who died in 1950, is considered one of the greats in English literature and was closely involved in the production of “Pygmalion.” He won an Oscar for best writing and best screenplay. According to legend, his was so dismissive of the award, it ended up being used as a doorstop. Shaw is the only person to win a Nobel Prize for Literature as well as an Oscar (although Al Gore also has a Nobel Prize and and Oscar, but his Nobel is for Peace.)

Wendy Hiller was a regular in Shaw productions on stage and starred in the screen adaptation of his play “Major Barbara.” She had a long movie career, with her last film appearance in 1993.

Leslie Howard was a superstar of early 20th-century film. He had top billing over Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis in “The Petrified Forest.” In fact, he was the one who insisted Bogart get the role of Duke Mantee, the launch of another famous movie career. Leslie Howard had other major starring roles: in “Of Human Bondage” and, of course, Ashley Wilkes in “Gone With the Wind.” He died at the relatively young age of 50. Involved in Britain’s World War II film effort, he was killed when the passenger plane he was flying in was shot down by Nazi fighters over the Bay of Biscay.

Al Gore has a girlfriend

Here’s a bit of political gossip (from the Washington Post):

It’s never easy to re-enter the dating pool after years away — probably especially so if you’re one of the most famous men in the world.

But things seem to have worked out for Al Gore. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former VP has a serious girlfriend, we’ve learned.

Her name is Elizabeth Keadle — better known as Liz — a well-heeled Democratic donor from Southern California in her 50s with a background in science and a devotion to environmental causes.

Now Al, 64, and wife Tipper are still married, technically, though they’ve been separated for two years. And neither had taken steps toward divorce.

But let’s put this in perspective. Ever since Gore was vice president, we’ve been told that his running mate and his wife were only in a marriage of convenience and that after a certain affair with a certain intern, there was no way the wife would stick with the guy when his term of office was over. And we were told how that couple should be more like Al and Tipper, sweethearts forever and models for a turgid 1970 best selling novel called “Love Story.”

But today, Al and Tipper are separated and Al has a girlfriend.

Meanwhile, Bill and Hillary are still together.

So, there’s another thing to add to the list of things that were common knowledge to the chattering powers-that-be-led pundocracy that turned out to be outrageously wrong.