Surely you remember this:
Earlier this month, John B. Judis, Spencer Ackerman, and Massoud Ansari broke the story of how the Bush administration was pressuring Pakistani officials to apprehend high-value targets (HVTs) in time for the November elections--and in particular, to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. Although the capture took place in central Pakistan "a few days back," the announcement came just hours before John Kerry will give his acceptance speech in Boston.
I have to confess, I had forgotten. But there you have it. The White House wanted an Al-Qaida capture during the convention, and they got one announced a few hours before Kerry's speech.
Made-of-wood Kerry last night was surprisingly good, I think in part because the bar was set so low. I don't think he'll ever turn into a real boy, but he had a few great, surprisingly harsh lines, like "I want an America that relies on its own ingenuity and innovation—not the Saudi royal family" and "What if we have a president who believes in science..."(!). Sadly I missed this, found on Salon: "The post-speech analysis got off to a comical start on CNN, when the news channel inadvertently broadcast frantic comments from a Democratic producer in a rage that more balloons were not dropping from the ceiling of the Fleet Center: 'More balloons! We need all of them coming down! All balloons! Balloons? What's happening, balloons? There's not enough coming down. All balloons! Where the hell—there's nothing falling! What the fuck are you guys doing up there?'"
If you haven't been reading him, Andrew Sullivan has been great of late, thoughtful and funny, on Kerry and the FMA and which Simpsons character will come out in January. And with that, I'll stop talking about politics and balloons, etc., sorry, and instead post a picture of a weird and creepy product I found at the Rite Aid:
The creepy part that you can't tell from the picture is that the "angel" girl is a hologram on the packaging, so as you tilt it, she phases in and out, drifting through the crowd all ghostily. Which makes it seem more like "If your child dies, Angel Alert will let you know when she comes back from heaven to visit you!"