Arabica blogging

I’m blogging from the Arabica Coffee House in North Ridgeville, an establishment I haunt often. It’s got good coffee, lots of fresh pastries and tasty sandwiches, ice cream, a comfortable dining area, a drive-through window, free wireless broadband internet access, and a friendly staff made up almost completely of attractive women. I’ve gone there so many times in the past three years that the manager, Patty (prettiest of the crew by far), is now a good friend of mine. With the amount of disposable income I’ve left behind there, you’d think they’d put a plaque over my favorite table, but they haven’t gotten around to it yet.
If you’re passing through on I-80 or I-480 on the West Side of Cleveland, consider stopping in. Arabica’s about 5 minutes from either highway. Try the Cafe Voltaire with whipped cream, and throw in a dark chocolate biscotti or an orange & cranberry scone to go with it.

Google News leaning leftward?

How is it that Google News considers Democratic Underground a news site … but not Free Republic?
Here’s what you get when you search for “democrat OR republican” using the Democratic Underground as the source. Here’s the same search with Free Republic as the source.
Just asking.

UPDATE: Looks like my chance discovery turned out to be timely. Michelle Malkin’s got a budding roundup of posts on Google’s apparent bias. Amy Ridenour’s speculation about Google’s screening algorithms sounds plausible to me, but I don’t forsee Google letting us in on anything revealing about their search algorithms. Ater all, that’s what made them so popular as a search engine to begin with, and their popularity drives their ad revenues.
Mick Stockinger at Uncorrelated observes that algorithms don’t conspire to slant the news. Granted. But algorithm writers certainly can. I’m not saying that Google did any such thing … I am saying that Democratic Underground’s presence in Google News’ search results strikes me as a bit odd given Free Republic’s absence.

Stolen Honor to air for free

Yes, you heard right.

Producer Carlton Sherwood said “Stolen Honor” would be available on the Internet Monday and would also be available for screening or broadcasting.
“I want to be sure that every American who wants to see this film is allowed to do so,” he said in a news release. “Therefore, I am offering the film publicly to anyone who wants to see it.
“In addition, any media entity brave enough to air ‘Stolen Honor’ can contact us for a license to air the film, provided the entity will air the film in its entirety, and so too any individual who wants to show or broadcast it.”

Watch Stolen Honor

Kinda sucks for these guys, though. Watch for a link to the free video here on Monday.
Hat tip: Drink this…

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is safe

AP reports that Cpl. Hassoun is back in U.S. custody:

A U.S. Marine who was reported missing in Iraq more than two weeks ago is alive and at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, where American officials are meeting with him, authorities said Thursday.

NBC reported the Navy was investigating whether his disappearance may be part of a kidnapping hoax. A Marine spokesman confirmed the Navy investigation remains open.
“I don’t think they’re ruling that out. It would be fair to say they’re not ruling that out,” Maj. Nat Fahy said earlier Thursday.
A spokesman for the Bahrain-based U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet said the “matter is under investigation by Naval Criminal Investigative Service” and referred further questions to the service in Washington. A call to the service seeking comment was not immediately returned.

This ought to be interesting. If this guy pulled some kind of stunt or hoax, just imagine the circus that would develop. I’d bet my eyeteeth that five minutes after any negative results crop up in the NCIS investigation, the Council on American Islamic Relations will rush to Hassoun’s aid against “Muslim-bashing right-wing extremists.”