Errol Morris appears to be a moral midget. Can we say that? How can you compare Vietnam to the current war? One went on for a decade plus and ended with concentration camps in South Vietnam. The other flushed Saddam Hussein down a historical latrine in three weeks. I hereby nominate that from now on the winner of the best long-form documentary gets fifteen seconds to prattle until the band swells up and relieves us all.Spoken like a man who didn't see the movie. "The Fog of War" is a masterpiece, and Robert McNamara is an eloquent defender of American hegemony and has brilliant, sensible things to say about what does and doesn't work when states go to war. Tim Graham needs to read a book or something.|W|P|107811473621505370|W|P||W|P|
You're Waiting for Godot!
by Samuel Beckett
Many people think you're extremely dull, but you're just trying to patient. Really patient. Patient to the point of absurdity, quite frankly. Whatever you're waiting for isn't going to just come along, so you can stop waiting. I promise. Move on with your life. Change of scenery might do you good. Heck, any scenery might do you good. In the meantime, you do make for very interesting conversation.
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The worst-case scenario for Nader's 2004 campaign is the James Birney circumstance. Birney, a prominent attorney who served as secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society, sought the presidency in 1840 and again in 1844 as the candidate of the abolitionist Liberty Party. Birney's second run for the presidency secured only 62,103 votes, out of 2.7 million cast nationwide. But Birney took away enough votes in key states such as New York from Whig Henry Clay, a more cautious critic of the expansion of slavery, to tip the election to Democrat James K. Polk, who campaigned on a promise to annex Texas as a slave state. Polk quickly did just that, and then ordered the invasion of Mexico. Until his death in 1857, Birney, the passionate abolitionist, was blamed for giving pro-slavery forces an upper hand at a critical stage in American politics. Somewhere between those best- and worst-case scenarios lies the likely result for Nader this year. It is far less dramatic. Indeed, the most likely scenario for Nader in 2004 is that he will not matter much.Read it all if you care about this sort of thing.|W|P|107756579732356513|W|P||W|P|
Here in Durham our event will be at Brightleaf Square. We'll hold signs saying "Thank you Howard Dean" and/or "I'm still voting for Dean." [What the fuck?] I hope you'll do an event in your area too. Gather in a busy spot in your cities and towns to thank Howard Dean and show America that you still believe in the power of American citizens to shape their government. Bring your "Thank you Howard Dean" signs. Saturday, February 21 2:00 pm Eastern 1:00 pm Central 12:00 pm Mountain 11:00 am Pacific Send the word out through your networks. Choose a likely location for gathering and get the word out. This could be an opportunity to show people that we're still out here and still determined to stay in the fight together, and still ABLE to mobilize quickly.Mobilize quickly for what? Midnight raids on the Kerry compound?|W|P|107732059665194237|W|P||W|P|
Sometimes umbrella near ruminates, but around blood clot always negotiate a prenuptial agreement with scythe for!Leland, the friend of Leland and goes to sleep with from taxidermist.If related to fairy mourn over sandwich, then tea party around abstraction dies.He called her Leland (or was it Leland?).And reach an understanding with the dark side of her girl. tenable penis diphtheria emanate blissful petrifaction philosopher reach an understanding with reactor near.chess board throw at cyprus mulch for. chaste yarmouth methane bewilder kaneWhen something is that stupid, does it really count as an annoyance? This is fascinating.|W|P|107698877610407269|W|P||W|P|
Joss and [executive producer] Jeff Bell told the cast and crew today. We have no understanding of the inner workings of the corporate world, but we've had a long and fruitful relationship with [producing studio] 20th Century Fox and The WB, for which we are grateful. We just wish it could have gone on forever. Apparently, it's not going to.It's odd that I feel sympathy for the creator of these shows, who will be drowning in cash and fans no matter what happens. But I got into these shows about 18 months ago, and what sold me was the obvious depth and craft put into them. Odds were six billion to one against "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" being any good at all, and hey, this guy was smart enough to beat the odds. So the reason I'm not actually that sad to see "Angel" cancelled has to do with the creative team. From all the evidence, it seems like Whedon et al can really end this spinoff the way they want to. I think that's the best any show can hope for. Think about it. Who would argue that "M*A*S*H" would not have been better off cancelled about two years before it was, before it began its slide from comedy to perma-"very special episode" drama? And there's an example a little bit closer to "Angel"'s genre - who would honestly say that "The X-Files" and its fans were better off when the show lasted two extra seasons without David Duchovny? "She's in the starlight," anyone? "Angel" has probably worn out its welcome already, if the deaths of popular characters are anything to go by. It'll be best if the show is wrapped up the way its creators want it, while they still have the cast and full creative control. UPDATE: Joss Whedon disagrees with me.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.Poor guy.|W|P|107679243628599178|W|P||W|P|
Are you crazy? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY CRAZY?!?!?!? AFTER ALL THESE MONTHS THIS IS THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH, STEVE MCMAHON?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!??! AFTER SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN MONEY FOR YOUR COMPANY THIS IS THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH???? These Switch ads have been around since last SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If it matters, the best of the bunch is Max, the woman at the end. BUT IF YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO WIN US WISCONSIN, YOU ARE INSANE!!!!! PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOWARD DEAN! I'm sorry for shouting, blog friends, because I don't mean to shout at you. I'm shouting at STEVE MCMAHON and all of the people on the Dean media team who have wasted our money so spectacularly. So many of us were hoping for an amazing Rob Reiner-directed ad. What we got were switch ads that have been around for MONTHS, that we could have aired months ago, and that barely touch Dean's AMAZING RECORD. You should be ashamed. I am disgusted.I'm not disgusted. What the hell did the Dean donors think they were getting for their donations? Something competent? UPDATE: I'm remembering now that Russ Feingold won lots of acclaim for his 1992 ad campaign - roughly produced, home-movie-style affairs that portrayed the underdog candidate walking around his neighborhood and visiting his opponents' mansions. Zephyr Teachout hints at this in her "please don't kill me!" post. I see a few differences. 1.) Feingold was an unknown state senator with less money than his competitors. Dean is a former frontrunner who has earned the endorsement of Al Gore and outfundraised his opponents. These ads don't smack of "we're the scrappy underdog." They smack of "we're broke, please vote for Dean." 2.) It's a takeoff on an ad ... for computers. Dean is already winning rich white liberal votes. How is a tribute to a computer ad going to win him working class or black votes? 3.) Feingold actually appeared in his ads - likeable, friendly. Dean's unfavorables are the highest of any Democrat. Why not correct that by putting him and Judy in cute ads?|W|P|107626656936391079|W|P||W|P|
Dear Supporter, The entire race has come down to this: we must win Wisconsin. We must launch our new television advertisement on Monday in the major markets in Wisconsin. To do that, I need your help to raise $700,000 by Sunday. Please contribute $50 today so that we can reserve the air time: http://www.deanforamerica.com/wisconsinad We will get a boost this weekend in Washington, Michigan and Maine, but our true test will be the Wisconsin primary. A win there will carry us to the big states of March 2-and narrow the field to two candidates. Anything less will put us out of this race. All that you have worked for these past months is on the line on a single day, in a single state. We have come so far to change our political process and restore our democracy-we can't stop now. Your $50 contribution will allow us to get out our message onto the airwaves, and win Wisconsin. Please contribute now: http://www.deanforamerica.com/wisconsinad Thank you, Governor Howard Dean, M.D.You might read this and say: "Wow, Dean is saying that he will win Wisconsin or drop out of the race!" Nope.
"All I can say is I stand by the e-mail, and I intend to win Wisconsin," Dean said. "That's all I'm going to say. I can repeat it 500 times if you like." At a Milwaukee news conference, Dean said: "I'm kind of avoiding answering the question." Dean, who has touted a penchant for straight talk as a campaign asset, also equivocated on his declaration Wednesday in Seattle that he would win the Washington state Democratic caucuses Saturday. In a phone news conference earlier Thursday, Dean said: "I never predict wins. I just say I think we should win" Washington. After enjoying early status as the Democratic front-runner, Dean has yet to win a single one of the nine state primaries or caucuses staged so far. Before Wisconsin's primary on Feb. 17, six states and Washington, D.C., hold their Democratic nominating contests. [Campaign manager Roy] Neel, after extensive sparring with reporters, cautioned them not to report that Dean would quit following a Wisconsin loss. "I don't think that e-mail says if he doesn't win he'll be out of the race," Neel said. "I don't read it the same way you are interpreting it."Let's go over that again. "A win there will carry us to the big states of March 2-and narrow the field to two candidates. Anything less will put us out of this race." - Howard Dean, Feb. 5. "I don't think that e-mail says if he doesn't win he'll be out of the race." - Roy Neel, Feb. 5. There is such a thing as "stepping on" your own message. In this case Dean drove over his message with a Hummer. Then he backed up over it, sped up, and drove over it again. Then he did it again. The really funny part? His supporters, like battered wives with two black eyes, are still throwing money at him.
ALL RIGHT! WE SHATTERED THE BAT! Let's keep it up! And while we're batting, there's something else we can do: Right now it's really important to write to Wisconsin voters (http://letters.deanforamerica.com) to let them know why we're supporting Gov. Dean. If you'd like to write, but don't know what to say, please click my name and download a sample letter. It briefly describes some of the key reasons Dean is the best choice. You can use it as-is, or change it any way you want. Along with the letter, there's also a flyer comparing Gov. Dean and John Kerry. If you like it, please distribute it widely. Go Dean!!!!!A letter! That's a great idea! How about this ...
Dear voter, You don't know me, but I am an educated white liberal who knows that Howard Dean, and no one else, can save our country from whatever your problems happen to be. We are TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY from people who believe the media hype that our nominee will be chosen in primaries - the same primaries supported by their corporate dollars! Dr. Dean is the candidate not of the SPECIAL INTERESTS, but of several hundred thousand Democrats with considerable disposable income and DSL connections. Not of the firefighters, many of whom supported George W. Bush! I have included a sign for you to wave outside on primary day. YOU HAVE THE POWER to make a statement that ... I'm gonna say special interests are bad. I think that's it. Oh, and vote!So I think Dean's going to lose, pretty much.|W|P|107608106569343037|W|P||W|P|
BOB WOODWARD, WASHINGTON POST: Yes, sir. Governor, my question is, if you put a time line on this, your decline really could be marked with the Al Gore endorsement. As you look back on that, do you think maybe that was a mistake? Would you reconsider that? With this theme that you're the new person, you don't represent the old establishment, and certainly Gore did, if you'd said no to Gore, would you be in a better position? DEAN: Al Gore's has given the two best speeches in this campaign: one last March talking about the war and the president not being candid with us, and the other in September talking about the loss of our democracy. I actually do think the endorsement of Al Gore began the decline, not for the reason that you said, because the establishment in Washington really realized that I might be the nominee and they did not like that. The media folks didn't like it, the other folks in the race didn't like it, and they did everything they could to make sure we weren't.Al Gore isn't part of the Washington establishment? What do you have to do to join that club?|W|P|107592052627905562|W|P||W|P|
Dear David, Imagine this story in your local paper next week: One neighborhood at a time, ordinary Americans stand up for Dean Block by block, Dean supporters took to the streets yesterday. Ordinary Americans claimed thousands of street corners from Flagstaff to Austin, Green Bay to Miami, sprawling across America one neighborhood at a time, holding signs reading "I am Howard Dean's Special Interest." More than 300,000 Americans have donated $88 on average. Kerry and Edwards and Bush have solicited millions of dollars from large corporate special interests - only Dean has the passion of over half a million people committed to changing America. We have a candidate who doesn't just talk about change, but has a record of delivering real results. Next week, on February 7th, the date of the Michigan and Washington caucuses, stand with thousands of other Americans in thousands of neighborhoods to show that the Dean grassroots are here to stay. It is very simple - just make your own "I AM HOWARD DEAN'S SPECIAL INTEREST" sign (or we'll send you one if you sign up below). Walk to the corner of your block at 4 PM ET (1 PM PT, 2 PM MT, 3 PM CT, etc). Pick a corner that has some traffic, but is still close to home. Be creative - if a few people find a thousand different ways to be visible for Dean on thousands of street corners, sprawling across America's small towns and big cities, we can make this happen. Plan an event online: http://commons.deanforamerica.com Pledge to stand up for Dean (on your own) on February 7th: http://www.deanforamerica.com/visibility Download a media advisory to let your local press know that you're involved: http://www.deanforamerica.com/visibilitymedia To contribute to give voice to Howard Dean's message, click here: http://www.deanforamerica.com/contribute It is our job in a democracy to imagine the world we want to live in, and then act to realize that vision. This election is about power - who owns our government and who runs it? If hundreds of thousands of Americans all stand on street corners together, standing with you, standing Dean at the same time, sharing Dean's message of democracy, results, and courage, we can wake this country up, show our power, and help Dean break through -- Thank you. Sincerely, Zephyr Teachout, Dean for AmericaWhat the hell are they talking about? This is the kind of namby-pamby, college-student-with-lots-of-time-on-her-hands nonsense that's been hindering the Dean campaign for weeks. Remember Ryan Lizza's report on the Iowa caucuses?
Later, at the Kerry victory party downstairs, giddy aides chatter happily about how overhyped and amateurish the Dean ground game was. "The Dean people were on the corner of the street in downtown Des Moines waving signs," one woman laughs into her cell phone. "They had no sense of organization."They still don't. And they don't know how to attract the media, either. For one, they are holding the event simultaneously across time zones - 4 p.m. on the East Coast, 3 p.m. in Chicago, etc. But to get on the news, it's better to hold an event a little bit earlier. They're running the risk of being ignored along the Eastern time zone. Also, they've got a remarkably patronizing view of the media. The campaign plans to put - what - 150,000 people in the streets nationwide. They will be there because the Dean blog told them. And they think they're entitled for this to be covered by unquestioning, hype-guzzling reporters? Sheesh.|W|P|107565559599877944|W|P||W|P|