8/31/2005 04:23:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Give.|W|P|112551985432440177|W|P|Blogging postponed|W|P|8/29/2005 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Sorry for the lack of posts - I'm in Boston for a couple days. I've saved drafts of some posts devoted to usual political bilge, so maybe they'll go up soon.|W|P|112532761431764391|W|P|Away|W|P|8/25/2005 05:54:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|You know Venezuela is sensing a PR problem when they launch a snappy, Flash-animated propaganda site. There's a really fun juxtaposition of pretty graphics and ponderous socialist boilerplate. Like,
The negative effects of the "Washington Consensus" are implicitly recognized in the Dialogue’s report; yet it is as if the authors simply could not help themselves but recommend a continuation of that failed and flawed model.
Oh SNAP!|W|P|112500689822308963|W|P|Revolution rock|W|P|8/25/2005 05:48:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I'm way over my conservative-bashing quota for the week, but this cartoon (hat tip: Mathew Gross) is a pretty sweet encapsulation of why I dislike Christians who give us a bad name. IE, Pat Robertson.|W|P|112500660014281232|W|P|Sacrilege|W|P|8/25/2005 02:50:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Pitchforkmedia critic (and Medill alum) Marc Hogan got his mitts on a hot new release by a band from Delaware.
You'll probably never read about a Wilmington, Del., "scene." No Philly-style "Next Borough" New York Times puff pieces, either. Why, I'll bet you didn't even realize that the home of many major credit-card issuers is the birthplace of Tom Verlaine and to-the-bone bad-ass George Thorogood. On aptly named Bar/None debut Nice and Nicely Done, local sextet the Spinto Band takes advantage of its hometown's invisible indie profile to sprawl all across the map of twitchy, 64-crayon guitar-pop.
Here's a review: Fuck Marc Hogan. Delaware kicks ass, as envinced by the Saturday, 9:00 pm premiere of C.J. Stunkard's "Boys of Summer: Let's Hear It For The Boys." UPDATE: Some confusion has arisen about by my use of the terms "Fuck" and "Marc Hogan." I was joking. Marc's a good guy and his is a good review. But I cannot resist a chance to plug Delaware or the "Boys of Summer" films.|W|P|112499715285729930|W|P|The Wilmington scene|W|P|8/25/2005 04:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tim|W|P|Um...does the good Mr. Hogan ever actually get around to reviewing the album?8/25/2005 04:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Yeah, I just picked on the lede. Eventually we learn that the group "rarely fail to build on their obvious indie influences with swooning California melodies and quirky instrumentation." Rock 'n' roll!8/25/2005 09:36:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Marc H.|W|P|Uh, Dave? You're probably kidding somehow, but uh, if I were to post "Fuck Dave Weigel" on the Internet you might think it was a dick move. Weird.8/26/2005 01:30:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Casey|W|P|Haha, I think you hurt Pitchfork's feelings. Chill out, Marc H. This is Weigel's blog. People get hurt here.

Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you to check out "Oh Mandy" by the Spinto Band. Really great, spaced-out, summery pop, with the sort of theremin line you just don't hear any more. It's everything you're supposed to like about Clap Your Hands Say Yeah but don't. And I can't stop listening to it.8/26/2005 02:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Actually, I know and like Marc - we hung out at NU a few times, we've got some mutual friends, and we email/IM occasionally to talk about music. I went for "good-natured ribbing" here and apparently it came off as "total dick."8/25/2005 12:44:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|It's a regular, irritating irony that the people most threatened by terrorist attacks - New Yorkers, Washingtonians - are the most critical of the Bush administration, while the people least threatened think Bush is Clark Kent. This may be the silliest exhibit of that phenomenon. It's a letter from a Utah mom to the Salt Lake Tribune, protesting the city's mayor, Democrat Rocky Anderson, for opposing Bush.
The fact that Mayor Anderson used a VFW event is outrageous enough. But our military is fighting a war on terrorism. They are fighting to keep the war somewhere other than the streets of Salt Lake City and the rest of America.
I literally can not think of a city more safe from terrorism than Salt Lake City, a Mormon burg 700 miles from the Pacific Ocean, 900 miles from Mexico, and 2200 miles from the Atlantic. Maybe Legoland. Maybe.|W|P|112498877270679257|W|P|WOLVERINES!|W|P|8/25/2005 02:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tim|W|P|I don't know that I completely agree with you. Certainly, I can't think of a city I'd rather see burnt to the ground.8/25/2005 02:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|This is true, but the letter-writer was talking about the War on Terror against Muslim terrorists. The war against athiest blue state liberals isn't scheduled to launch until after the midterm elections.8/25/2005 05:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Tabin|W|P|Congratulations-- with Tim's endorsement of the murder of tens of thousands of people for ideological/religious reasons, DW-i has officially joined dKos, Atrios, and LGF in the annals of comment-section lunacy.8/25/2005 05:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|We're Number Four! We're Number Four!8/25/2005 07:05:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous kchiker|W|P|He said "annals".

Huh huh huh huh huh huh.

Perhaps it's not quite as ironic as one would think. If Bush had kept his eye on the ball (er...on OBL), don't you think a sizable chunk of NYC would forgive differences on cultural issues?

Why would Osama's continued livelihood bother a resident of Utah? With the plethora of Mormon undergarments keeping them safe?

No wonder the Pentagon's
faith-based-missile-defense-shield is so expensive. The power of prayer coupled with the power of the finest Egyptian cotton ensures the no-bid contract every time!8/25/2005 08:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Just in case this comment foreshadows some comments yet to come, let me say: I like both Mormons and Salt Lake City.8/26/2005 12:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tim|W|P|This one was totally my fault. I forgot that irony was supposed to be dead.

I know several mormons, and I wish death to almost none of them.8/26/2005 03:43:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous kchiker|W|P|I'm sure Tim just means that there are some mormons he'd like to take out.

Actually I see absolutely nothing wrong with Ken Jennings, for example, that couldn't be made better by taking him out for a few (or perhaps twenty) beers.8/24/2005 04:04:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I had planned on running down my iPod artist-by-artist and finding every song title that sounded like a porno, but I only got through "B" and got all these. “First Time” – The A-Boys “Bonita Applebum” – A Tribe Called Quest “The Day Before You Came” – ABBA “On And On And On” – ABBA “Make It” – Aerosmith “Zulu Nation Throwdown” – Afrika Bambaataa “Muscle Of Love” – Alice Cooper “Big In Japan” – Alphaville “Twin Peaks” – Angelo Badalamenti “In the Back Seat” – The Arcade Fire “Shine It On Me” – Art Garfunkel “Follow Your Bliss” – The B-52’s “Banned In D.C.” – Bad Brains “Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl?” – The Barbarians “Do It Again” – The Beach Boys “Hold It Now, Hit It” – Beastie Boys “Rock Hard” – Beastie Boys “She’s On It” – Beastie Boys “A Hard Day's Night” – The Beatles “Sexx Laws” – Beck “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” – The Bee Gees “Don't Leave the Light on Baby” – Belle & Sebastian “Dirty Dream Number Two” - Belle & Sebastian “Chickfactor” - Belle & Sebastian “You Get What You Deserve” – Big Star “Stroke It Noel” – Big Star “Loose Nut” – Black Flag “Badhead” – Blur “Jamming” – Bob Marley “Deep Karma Canyon” – Bob Mould “Why Can't I Touch It?” – Buzzcocks “You Ain't Going Nowhere” – The Byrds|W|P|112491392488121516|W|P|Song titles on my iPod that sound like porn|W|P|8/26/2005 01:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Pat "Souljacker" King|W|P|Is that "Big in Japan" the same as the Tom Waits "Big in Japan?" Because oh man is THAT a sweet song!8/26/2005 02:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Different song, and unfortunately way less sexy than Tom Waits screaming "I GOT THE BREAD! BUT NOT THE BUTTER!"8/23/2005 02:10:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I click on this Christopher Hitchens essay, thinking "hey, that's a decent idea for a column." And then the lede.
George Orwell once wrote a brilliant short essay ...
SKREEETCHCHCH! (sound of car breaking down steep cliff)|W|P|112482073910701748|W|P|Closer to the shark ... closer, closer|W|P|8/23/2005 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Pat Robertson said something deranged and murderous, which is nothing new, but it prompted me to do a little research on him. And I was surprised. Did you know his father was a US Senator?
Absalom Willis Robertson (May 27, 1887 - November 1, 1971) was a Democratic politician from the state of Virginia. ... Robertson was elected to the House of Representatives in 1932. He served from 1933 until he resigned in 1946 to enter the United States Senate. Robertson had a typically socially conservative Southern Democrat voting record and he was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1959 until 1966. Robertson served in the Senate from 1946 until 1967. In 1956, Robertson was one of the 19 senators who signed The Southern Manifesto, condemning the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education and the resulting public desegregation. He was defeated for renomination in 1966 and resigned on December 30, 1966.
I don't know how I went along in life not knowing this. As for Robertson's quote ... if we go by his recent record of predictions and pronouncements, Chavez will not be killed. But he might eat a bad turkey sandwich and spent 3-4 hours leaning over a toilet. UPDATE: Quoth Tim Graham.
What's this doing leading the "Today" show this morning? Since when have they considered either Pat Robertson or Hugo Chavez a global colossus?
We (America) have to suffer through the media's reportage of shocking statements of dislike for President Bush by such global colossi as Harry Belafonte, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Maines, and Chevy Chase. This is practically hard news by comparison. Corollary: I wonder if this incident will make it into Bernie Goldberg's next book, "If You Liberals Kick That Ball Into My Yard Again, I'm Keeping It".|W|P|112481801462334491|W|P|Honorin' thy father|W|P|8/23/2005 12:50:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|"The 40-Year Old Virgin" (Judd Apatow, 2005) Karma is real. After a promising start at the classic "The Larry Sanders Show," producer/writer Judd Apatow bounded from failed-but-classic TV show to failed-but-classic TV show, winning acolades from Entertainment Weekly reporters and getting the big thumbs-down from networks and viewers. It looked like he would never have another hit - and then comes "The 40-Year Old Virgin," now the #1 movie in America. Good for Apatow. He should use his new fame to make better movies. Not to say this isn't a good movie. As 3 million or so Americans know by now, Andy Stitzer (Steve Carrell) is a 40-year old social retard who manages the stockroom at an electronics store and whittles away nights repainting his enormous action figure collection. On a whim, his co-workers decide to bring him in on a poker game, which devolves into a bull session on sex during which they discover Andy is a virgin. The three youngish co-workers - a sex fiend (Romany Malco), a slacker (Seth Rogen), and a heartsick stud who can't get over his last girlfriend (Paul Rudd) - take it upon themselves to teach Andy how to flirt and score with girls. While going through their gauntlet, Andy meets a cute woman his own age, Trish (Catherine Keener), who spontaneously gives him her number. The rest of the movie concerns Andy's struggle to find love with Trish while learning his friend's lessons the hard way. The good things: It's very, very funny. At a conservative estimate, 90% of the jokes hit their marks. Some of the best jokes sound like ad-libs from the talented comic cast - the store's manager is Jane Lynch from the Christopher Guest movies, Rudd and Rogen are experienced comic actors, and Malco, who I've never seen before, has a hilarious motormouth charm. Also, as professional malcontent/Matt Taibbi-basher Jeremy Lott observed, the movie is very conservative. It's clear from the outset that Stitzer won't, and shouldn't, find happiness from finally having sex. He turns it down from a "drunk ho," a prostitute, and a Kathleen-Turner-in-"Body Heat" psychopath. I won't spoil the ending, but it's very important that Stitzer finds happiness in family and true love. Also (while not spoiling the ending), the last act is pitch-perfect - the misunderstandings between characters that can take up half-hours of other movies are packed into one short, funny section before resolution. The bad things: Looooooooooooooong. It's like a Special Edition DVD with all 20 minutes of deleted scenes jammed back in. Natch, most of the less vital, plot-moving scenes are funny. The drag isn't as bad as in "Wedding Crashers," which back-loaded all its lame scenes (Did we need 15 minutes of a despondent Owen Wilson? How about 5?). It comes in the second act, the stretch when Stitzer is getting schooled on the arts of dating and finding the girl he likes. Like I said above, the ending is pretty solid.|W|P|112477413383560219|W|P|Movie review|W|P|8/22/2005 12:49:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|It would be a net plus if my cell phone reception was actually reliable. Because occasionally, sources want to call me back and talk on the cell phone.|W|P|112474192510650767|W|P|Comments on the art of journalism|W|P|8/21/2005 11:33:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Some things I've caught recently. "Six Feet Under" (HBO) The finale, which just aired here on the east coast, was absolutely demolishing, the way only a show with five years to build up its characters and themes can pull off. Good thing, because the middle stretch of the show - seasons 3 and 4 - were really spotty and unfocused. I thought this was because the scripts were getting away from the very interesting hook of the series - that the Fisher family operates a funeral home. But that's simplistic. It was because the series wasn't dealing as seriously with mortality, as epitomized by the "CSI"-style plot that dominated the fourth season. It recaptured that this season, especially tonight. Damn. That was a really good finale. "Starved" (FX) This dramedy (croma?) reminds me of "Seinfeld." Not that it's funny, or quotable, or good. It's the way the show's creator/star, Eric Schaeffer, is a charisma-less mutant who manages to get beautiful female characters to share their bodies with him. Amusingly, this is Schaeffer's pattern - he writes and directs movies or TV shows in which gorgeous women love him. Here's his movie "Fall."
Cab driver Michael and supermodel Sarah fall in love while her gorgeous husband Phillippe is in Madrid for two months. They are two people from completely different worlds who meet by chance.
And "If Lucy Fell," wherein he wins the heart of Sarah Jessica Parker.
Joe MacGonaughgill (Schaeffer) is a painter and teacher who has been spying for years on Jane (Elle Macpherson), the gorgeous woman who lives across the alley, where she can be secretly observed undressing.
I wish I didn't know this. Seeing "Starved" and knowing Eric Schaeffer is allowed to roam Los Angeles making successful pitches for more terrible TV shows and movies has me researching how much a good hitman costs. "Undeclared" (FOX DVD) I often hear about cancelled-before-their-time shows, but this one hurts. It's a comedy about college freshmen that was aired in the 2001-2002 season, when I was a college sophomore. By rights, I should have watched this and boosted its ratings. But I can write it off because this was the TV season that started after 9/11, when the only show (or movie or album) that could grab viewers was the CIA drama "Alias." Obviously, it's a fantastic show. Judd Apatow, co-creator of "Freaks and Geeks" and "The 40-Year Old Virgin," assembled a cast of witty writers and likeable lead actors and sets them loose in a realistic-yet-surreal generic college environment, the University of North-East California. (UNEC, get it? Say it out loud.) I got it for retail, which was $37 - a complete steal.|W|P|112468276729723304|W|P|We're watchin' the TV!|W|P|8/21/2005 07:54:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Wow. Sad news on the Natasha Lyonne front.
Missing Star Natasha Lyonne is found in Downtown NYC Hospital. “American Pie” Star Natasha Lyonne is lying in Beth Israel Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in New York City under an assumed name name, suffering from drug withdrawal and disease.
This sucks. Natasha Lyonne was one of the few celebrities I met while living in New York, for three months in 2003. I was at a premiere of "The Weather Undergound" and Lyonne, with two giggly male friends in tow, sat right next to me. We chatted really briefly about the movie after it was over, and ever since, I've hoped she can keep her career on the right track. It's too bad "Slums of Beverly Hills" didn't take off and change her career trajectory, but 1998 America wasn't quite ready for a feminist coming of age comedy in which Marisa Tomei dances with a vibrator.|W|P|112466878391086086|W|P|It's not a space shuttle launch, it's CRACK|W|P|8/19/2005 12:51:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Was killing time in a bookstore yesterday and glanced a stack of this book, a new and authoritative biography of Arnold Schwarzenegger. They were marked down, 50% off. Boy, that says it all. I really feel for journalists who toil on these politics/current events books only to see their subjects drop from relevance when the books are released. For every Ahmed Rashid, who wrote smart book about the Taliban that hit shelves right before 9/11, there's a Laurence Leamer or a "Why Europe will rule the 21th century" booster.|W|P|112447049812587414|W|P|Sign o' the times|W|P|8/17/2005 12:35:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Whoops, haven't posted in a while. Here's why - at the moment, I'm juggling a few not-minor tasks - a long, heavily-sourced assignment, some apartment negotiations, some job applications. Normally, these tasks would not prohibit me from posting here. What has prohibited me was a friend's tip that I download this unfortunately-named game "President Forever." I reviewed a similar game, "The Political Machine", a few months ago, but this new game is just insanely addictive. The problem with "The Political Machine" was that it was only set up to run the 2004 election. "President Forever" has less effects and tricks, but it's easily programmable, so you can download or mock up scenarios from any election, ever. After I ran some 2004 scenarios, I gamed: the 1972 election as George McGovern (I tacked right on crime/demonstrators and lost by 4 electoral votes), the 1992 election as George Bush (I dropped Quayle and spun the economy and barely win), the 1912 election as Eugene Debs (I won Ohio, Nevada, Maine and New York and threw the election into the House of Representatives) and ... some other stuff. Really fun stuff. Recommended if you're a geek.|W|P|112425399618556332|W|P|Wha'happen?|W|P|8/17/2005 11:05:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tim|W|P|I ran across this game back in the heady days of October '04, and wasted...a great deal of time.

(I was not, sadly, as good as you Dave. I played 1996 as Clinton and managed to lose California.)

It's still lurking on the hard-drive somewhere, waiting to ensnare me again.8/17/2005 12:08:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Well, I lost a bunch of stuff, too. I somehow lost the California recall as Schwarzenegger even after I programmed out the other candidates and made it me-vs-Bustamante. Oh god, the "BUSTAMANTE WINS!" victory screen ... I had to lie down for a while after that.8/14/2005 05:24:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Here's columnist Doug Giles, making the argument that "To not specifically investigate Muslim men, especially within our borders, who are between the ages of 17-40 would be completely goofy."
The following is a multiple-choice test. The events are cuts from history. Yes, they actually happened! 1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by: a. Superman b. Jay Leno c. Harry Potter d. A Muslim man between the ages of 17 and 40
Bobby Kennedy was killed by Sirhan Sirhan, who was Catholic.|W|P|112405476269148136|W|P|Bigotry occasionally backfires!|W|P|8/14/2005 11:48:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Pat "Souljacker" King|W|P|The other highlight, for me at least, is his brilliance in pointing out that the Iranian embassy was taken by -- ready? -- IRANIANS! What those dirty rascals were doing over there is anybody's guess, but the sooner we eliminate them from the entire world, the better, 'far as I can tell.8/15/2005 12:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Shit, I should've known that one. Elvis died two years before the embassy takeover.8/14/2005 03:35:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Outside of that Michelle Malkin post I've reserved comment on the Cindy Sheehan thing, but holy shit. These people must be the biggest douchebags in the histories of both douching and bags.
CRAWFORD - A grieving mother's anti-war protest entered its second week, gaining momentum and spurring counter-rallies, as hundreds of people with conflicting opinions about the war in Iraq descended Saturday on a road leading to the Western White House. ... The 250-plus Bush supporters stood in the blazing sun for a few hours in a ditch across the street from the campsite. Most waved American flags and held signs, including "Help! I'm surrounded by America hating idiots!" and "Thank you, Mr. President." "I feel sorry for Cindy, but I think she went about this the wrong way," said Bill Garrett, of Dallas, a member of Protest Warrior, a group that frequently holds counterprotests to anti-war rallies. "Somebody's got to stand up to them."
Boy, I hope there was something more compelling and well-argued that this biased MSM reporter left out of that quote, because if not, this is a gusher of wet, hot douchebaggery. I suppose it's worth providing some background. When the war in Iraq was beginning, I fully supported it on humanitarian grounds. In late February 2003 there was a big anti-war protest happening at my college campus, and some ROTC kids who knew I was a conservative emailed me to ask if I was up for crashing their protest. I said "sure." My reasoning was that the anti-war, left-wing (we're doing it for oil, etc) perspective was getting a ton of local coverage, and it was only fair that the pro-war perspective - a substantial minority on campus - get out there. So a group of pro-war folk walked into the protest with a boombox playing "I Can Change" (the cartoon Saddam Hussein's song from the South Park movie). Heads duly turned, we turned down the boombox and, after disrupting the protest momentarily, watched it keep rolling. After a little while one of the anti-war organizers asked for one of us assholes to come and speak, and I volunteered. This resulted in the once-in-a-lifetime sentence "The anti-war protesters applauded Weigel's speech," printed in the Feb. 24, 2003 Daily Northwestern. Now, I have a rotten, but probably not uncommon, habit. Occasionally, my grey matter will shift around and hone in on some shitty, awful memory that I meant to repress. It can be a dumb thing I said on a date or a torturous 7th grade gym class. Many times, it's been the memory of that counter-protest. It was just so stupid and rude to crash these anti-war students' event, especially considering what's happened in Iraq since then. And if what I did was bad - irritating some anti-war college students before the start of the war - than these people protesting, as near as I can tell, the insolence of a grieving mother of a dead soldier to criticize the president ... they suck.|W|P|112400638742704951|W|P|W ... T ... F?|W|P|8/17/2005 05:38:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous kchiker|W|P|It's simply amazing that the party of Karl has so much trouble veering away from the 'one smear fits all' method of dealing with opponents. It's as if it's an addiction.

And so often the smearing bears a sexist connotation. Cindy Sheehan? Such a lunatic, raving, vicious, media-whore of a witch (and those are the kinder descriptions) that her husband divorced her. To make sure everyone knows, we'll get a family values blogger like Michelle Malkin to quietly snicker while she posts the friggin court documents.

Assuming the this stays in the news, prepare to hear about unpaid traffic tickets, rumors of sexual promiscuity, etc. I bet she even has a signed copy of Jane Fonda's new book!!!!

And her sin? She disagrees with the President. In a public way.
And the foaming-at-the-mouth begins.8/14/2005 02:39:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I saw Devo at the 9:30 Club tonight and it was awesome. Here's a breakdown with as much literary flair as I can muster at 2:40 am. There were some mean omens at 10:40, when the house lights dimmed and a funny video started rolling - a purposely amateurish guide to dressing for a Devo concert, hosted by an old man who says "So, you've decided to attend a Devo performance! A wise decision." Unfortunately, this film was being beamed from a DVD that was scratched and skipping - it skipped back to the beginning five times before the techies shut it down and started the band's intro music. Then Devo ran onstage, in full radiation suit regalia, and began playing "That's Good!" Here's Mark Mothersbaugh, who stood a good 3 feet from me. Here's Jerry Casale. After running through a few tracks from their keyboard period, the band strapped on guitars and launched into "Satisfaction." During the freak-out at the end of the song, Mothersbaugh tore some of his rad suit off the shoulder. Then he led the band into "Uncontrollable Urge" which culminated with a menancing light glowing beneath them. As the song went on, Mothersbaugh ripped chunks off the other spuds' rad suits. Then came "Jocko Homo," and when the "We must repeat!" part of the song came up, the band stripped off their suits and threw them into the crowd. That's Jerry Casale taking off his pants. Immediately after this picture was taken, I yelled "JERRY!" He saw me, and tossed the pants directly into my hands, whereupon I stuffed them into my bag. AT THAT VERY SECOND, Mothersbaugh leapt off the stage while singing "ARE WE NOT MEN?" and when he hit the pit, he put the mic in my face. I gasped and shouted "WE ARE DEVO!" And then Mothersbaugh walked around the pit re-enacting this with other patrons. The band went on playing its set in Devo shirts and underwear. When the set ended, they took a break, then came back for an encore ending in "Come Back Jonee," which Mothersbaugh sang in a cowboy hat. Then I came home and took a picture of my new rad suit pants. Please note the special effects making me look all red and sweaty. After shooting this, I tried the pants on and discovered Jerry Casale's flop sweat still contained within. And goodnight!|W|P|112400162922986894|W|P|Are we not men?|W|P|8/13/2005 01:59:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|There is truly nothing stupider than an "Ain't it Cool News" thread that devolves into a political flamewar. This one has a good moment, though.
I Hope At Some Point We Can All Stop Discussing The Movie And Get Into A Political Debate by Diana Rules! August 12th, 2005 10:22:56 AM CST That's really why I come here. If I want to talk about movies, I go to the DNC or RNC websites. We've got a great discussion going on in both places about Ghost Rider. The Republicans think the movie glorifies Satan and the Democrats think Johnny Blaze should wear a helmet while on the bike. It's all in fun though.
Ha.|W|P|112391284166488296|W|P|A thousand monkeys|W|P|8/13/2005 01:16:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|1) "Franz Schubert" by Kraftwerk. Peaceful, Popol Vuh-ish track from Trans Europe Express. Sounds a little like a robot's REM sleep. (7/10) 2) "After The Gold Rush" by Neil Young. Mournful title song from one of his best albums, later appropriated as the "sad walking away song" for like a hundred shitty movies. Near as I can tell he's singing about a midevil village closing its doors in the ... 1970s? Fuck, I hate lyrics. (8/10) 3) "Oklahoma Nights" by Arlo Guthrie. Insanely catchy Jimmy Webb-penned pop nugget from Arlo Guthrie's more mainstream offspring. Suffers from the occasional Webb malady of an awesome, awesome verse and bridge leading up to a lackluster chorus. Fantastic arrangement, though - just enough strings. (8/10) 4) "This Heart" by Nanci Griffith. Out-of-place skiffle song from her last strong-selling record, 1994's Flyer. U2's Larry Mullen plays the bongos. I'm serious. (7/10) 5) "Nightclubbing" by Iggy Pop. Dark-ass irony ballad from Pop's David Bowie-produced breakthrough, The Idiot. A truly fantastic production - the drum is distorted to hell, like Denny Wilson's in the Beach Boys' "Do It Again," and playing a sad funeral march. There's a sticky keyboard hammering out a dirge, and then all of a sudden Carlos Alomar comes in and starts soloing like a cat is running across his fretboard. Later used in "Trainspotting" during that scene when the characters are taking drugs. (8/10) 6) "The Mob Rules" by Black Sabbath. Near-thrash from the brief Dio era, with some unbeatable see-saw riffing by Tony Iommi and a cement-heavy bassline by Geezer Butler. Later used in "Heavy Metal" during that part when the mutated future people overun that city in the desert. (8/10) 6) "Outbound Plane" by Nanci Griffith. What the shit? Not just another NG song, but a song that sounds EXACTLY like "This Heart." Lucky she's good at this sort of thing. (7/10) 7) "Lively Up Yourself" by Bob Marley. Leadoff track from Natty Dread. Basically "Jammin'" at a pace for skanking instead of toking. (6/10) 8) "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West. Oh hell yes. I just saw this one in a trailer for the upcoming Curtis Hanson adaptation of Jarhead, which John Podhoretz thinks is an epitome of Hollywood anti-troopsism. (Ha ha! John Podhoretz "thinks"!) Still, apart from the very cool "Ooo-ooo" hook, not much I like about this song. (5/10) 9) "Gonna Raise Hell" by Cheap Trick. Endless, dated disco song from Dream Police, used to incredible effect in the "Tricks and Treats" episode of "Freaks and Geeks." But outside of that usage, not a great song. (4/10) 10) "Nothing" by Dwight Yoakam. A typically wonderful ballad from Yoakam's pop period, which I miss dearly. Roy Orbison could have sung this one. (8/10) SUMMARY: I just put 98 Pet Shop Boys songs on there, and none of them come up? Wow. Otherwise, a decent showing.|W|P|112391160475367625|W|P|Random Ten|W|P|8/13/2005 12:15:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Just got back from a double feature (don't tell the ticket-sellers!) of "Four Brothers" and "The Dukes of Hazzard." The first audience was 90% black; the second was 90% white. I like black audiences better. "Four Brothers" (John Singleton, 2005) Big-hearted foster mother Evelyn Mercer (Fionnula Flanagan) is killed in what looks like a grocery store robbery gone wrong, and her grown foster children come home to Detroit to mourn her. Pretty soong they figure out that the murder was actually part of a larger plot, and they get revenge. Ebert pretty much nailed this movie in his review - it's a Western, with larger-than-life characters and laws that bend at the plot's will. But I'm a pretty cynical guy and I was never bored and often thrilled by this one. Recommended if you're looking for a solid action movie. "The Dukes of Hazzard" (Jay Chandrasekar, 2005) I don't think a small-time director has been given this much breathing room with a license since ... well, maybe if Kevin Smith's "Superman" had actually been made. Jay Chandrasekar was a leader of the Colgate University comedy group Broken Lizard, and his first movie was the 1996 indie "Puddle Cruiser." He (and Broken Lizard) broke through with the Vermont highway police comedy "Super Troopers" in 2001, which made $18 million, and lost the plot with 2003's bomb "Club Dread." But some enterprising producer got the idea that this Indian-American stoner was the perfect man to helm a "Dukes of Hazzard" adaptation, and he/she was right. This is a dumb, fun little movie. I was fascinated by the amount of winks Chandrasekar gets in without losing the picture. For starters, it's a movie about a car with a Confederate flag on the roof that has an anti-Bush joke. At one point the sheriff is threatening Cooter, the mechanic, who says he's "fixin' to fix the car." The sheriff says, "Boy, you couldn't fix an election if your brother was the governor." Yep, it's the kind of joke that would come from the pen of a snotty kid who went to college in Vermont. But it works! In context it has a dumbass, homespun charm. Maybe there's some lesson here about the interconnectedness of the American experience. Whatever. More importantly, Joe Don "Walking Tall" Baker plays the governor of Georgia, and during the standard credits "gag reel," he loudly talks about staring at Jessica Simpson's "tits."|W|P|112391004267717332|W|P|Two movies|W|P|12/13/2005 01:44:00 PM|W|P|Blogger m80promo84|W|P|Hey:

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If you have any questions email me brandon@m80im.com.8/12/2005 05:39:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Lexis has posted the transcript of that O'Reilly Factor segment I gawked at yesterday. Some background. The Rolling Stones (and if you don't get the post's title reference, buy this) have recorded a new song called "Sweet Neo Con." The lyrics are thus far unreleased, but they're generally anti-Bush administration, containing stuff like this: "You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/You call yourself a patriot, well I think you're full of shit." Last night, "The O'Reilly Factor" was guest-hosted by John Gibson, the host of "The Big Story" and semi-pro French-basher. Gibson hosted a segment which Lexis names "Should NFL Cancel Deal with Rolling Stones?" On the "no" side (as in "No, the NFL shouldn't cancel the deal") was Christopher Farley from Time magazine. On the "yes" side was sports reporter-turned-"Fox and Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade. And here's the segment.
GIBSON: And thanks for staying with us. I'm John Gibson reporting for Bill O'Reilly. And in the "Unresolved Problem" segment tonight, Mick Jagger says a soon-to-be-released Rolling Stones song called "Sweet Neo Con" is not an attack on the Bush administration, but you be the judge. Here are some of the lyrics, and I won't sing them. "How come you're so wrong? My sweet Neo Con. Where's the money gone, in the Pentagon? It's liberty for all, democracy's our style, unless you are against us, then it's prison without trial." The Stones have teamed up with the NFL for the upcoming season, so will this seemingly political message seep into their football performances, and what should the NFL do about it? With us now TIME magazine contributor Christopher John Farley, and "FOX & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade, author of the book "The Games Do Count." Brian, you are attack -- well, you're taking on the NFL. They should -- you think they should drop this now? BRIAN KILMEADE, CO-HOST, "FOX AND FRIENDS": Look, they were sandbagged by MTV when Janet Jackson took off her top and Nellie was grabbing his groin. You knew that. They said we're going to take over the entertainment portion. The next year, Terrell Owens and ABC have that X-rated scene in the locker room on "Monday Night Football." And they said, "We didn't know about that." They were sandbagged. The NFL cut a deal with the Rolling Stones. They said they didn't know about this cut and they're playing "Start Me Up" in week one and the rest of the year the old famous Rolling Stones songs. But the season hasn't started yet. Why doesn't the NFL see this, see the political slant, and be the pro-American league that they've always been and say, "I'm sorry, Mick. We just don't need you?" It's a bad message.
Ok. So. Already, we have Kilmeade comparing the booking of a band that wrote an anti-neoconservative song with airing nudity and sex in prime time. And then we have this bit about the NFL being a "pro-American league"? What's that mean? We go on.
GIBSON: Mr. Farley, do you think Mick will stick to the script? CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY, CONTRIBUTOR, TIME MAGAZINE: He might. In the past when he went on Ed Sullivan, when he wanted to sing "Let's Spend the Night Together," they wanted him to sing something else. And he wasn't really quite with that program. We'll see what he does here. They're not going to perform this song for the NFL audiences. They're not going to perform "Sweet Neo Con." In the years before when Paul McCartney played, he played a pro-American song, "Freedom." GIBSON: But the issue -- I mean, I take the situation to be for some reason Jagger wants to open for the NFL. I mean, he thinks it's important. FARLEY: He doesn't get paid, by the way. GIBSON: He doesn't get paid. This is going to help his -- if it's the case, if it's that important to him, Brian... KILMEADE: Right. GIBSON: ... wouldn't you expect he'll leave the "Sweet Neo Con" backstage and he will sing all those songs that audience expects him to sing? KILMEADE: Sure he will. John, that's not the point. If he feels this way -- if Bruce Springsteen hops up and plays a concert, 50 percent of America is upset at Bruce Springsteen. So therefore, Bruce Springsteen's not doing this.
A little background - Springsteen broke his usual political silence in 2004 and endorsed John Kerry, campaigning with him in some swing states. I'm guessing that the "50 percent of America" refers to the chunk of America that supports Bush, although polls put that closer to 45%.
Mick Jagger may have surprised the NFL with this cut of this song, which is totally anti-American and even anti-Bush administration, which mentions Halliburton.
Anti-American and even anti-Bush administration. Neconservatism = Americanism. There you go.
It mentions the treatment of prisoners, which doesn't even rhyme. By the way, why rhyme Halliburton? How the heck do you fit that into a song? Why not do the Nick Berg decapitation? Why not salute America for freeing all those women in Afghanistan and Iraq?
Yeah, because so many words rhymes with "Berg" and "-istan."
Haven't we had enough? Can't we sit back, enjoy football and enjoy music without saying why is this guy against America? And why do they have Green Day also playing?
Answers, in order of questions asked: Yes, yes, and because they're one of the most popular bands in America.
FARLEY: The fact is, the NFL are American. They knew what they were getting when they got Mick Jagger up on the stage. In the past Mick Jagger... GIBSON: Do you think they did? Do you think they knew about this song? Do you think they knew about "Sweet Neo Con?" FARLEY: In the past, the Rolling Stones have done songs on policies in Latin America. They've done stories that made reference to the Gulf War. GIBSON: Do it. FARLEY: Songs that express sympathy for the devil.
I love Christopher Farley.
So of course, you know, maybe they're going to have something controversial. That's what rock stars do. They find something, they press buttons. KILMEADE: But Halliburton, you don't need to rhyme with. We don't need this from the guy who is supposed to kick off America's true national pastime. GIBSON: This subject of Green Day. I'll get back to Mick in a minute, But Green Day is this other group, and they've got an album called "American Idiot." KILMEADE: Yes. GIBSON: Do you think the NFL doesn't know or didn't know or overlooked what Green Day's album was all about? FARLEY: Because on the album they have a hand holding a grenade covered with blood. Green Day is about controversy, too. KILMEADE: And they will be playing along with a tape of Mick Jagger playing in his earlier concert before the NFL season gets started, underway. Among the lyrics in this "American Idiot" song, which Green Day won't play. They'll play a different cut. But the name of the album is "American Idiot," and they're not being sarcastic. They say, "Well, maybe I'm the faggot America. I'm not part of a red neck agenda. Now everybody do the propaganda and sing along in the age of paranoia." Thanks. This is the group you have to book to kick off the most popular sport in America?
No. We haven't built irony-meters big enough to take the impact of that.
GIBSON: I know your deal isn't the NFL. You cover music and pop culture. OK, I get it why Mick Jagger wants to do it. He's got a concert to promote. He made $300 million on the last one. He needs to make another $300 million. But why should the NFL smudge itself in this way when maybe half that audience out there is going to be angry about the new Mick Jagger song? FARLEY: I don't think half the audience will be angry. GIBSON: A significant portion of it.
If only the Gibson Standard was in place when those NFL scum hired N*Sync to duet with Aerosmith.
FARLEY: I don't know if anybody will be angry. People will recognize rock stars court controversy. GIBSON: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. FARLEY: They know they'll be singing songs that are hard-hitting. GIBSON: Wait a minute. You mean -- you mean these families of soldiers who have died who think they were doing the right thing aren't going to be angry when they hear Mick Jagger talking about "Sweet Neo Con" and "how come you so wrong?"
FARLEY: They're not going to hear that. They're going to hear other classics. GIBSON: They know it. They're going to hear it on the radio on their way to the stadium. FARLEY: I don't know how much airplay "Sweet Neo Con" is going to get on the air. KILMEADE: It's going to be hot. FARLEY: They company actually isn't pushing it isn't making it available to the records... GIBSON: Wait a minute. Let me go -- me have one more go with him. How come Keith Richards is embarrassed by it? Keith Richards is trying to back off. He lives in Connecticut. Mick doesn't. Mick doesn't live in the U.S. He probably only has tax status here. But Keith lives in Connecticut. Keith drives his kids to school in Connecticut. Keith knows people in Connecticut. He runs into them. How come Keith is worried about this song and Mick isn't?
Maybe he lives next to Joe Lieberman?
FARLEY: Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have been going at each other for decades. I mean, Keith Richards even recorded songs attacking Mick Jagger. So it's no surprise that he may not be completely in lockstep with Mick Jagger on this one. KILMEADE: "You call yourself a Christian. I call you a hypocrite. You call yourself a patriot..." GIBSON: Careful. KILMEADE: So that is Mick Jagger who is now backtracking, saying it's not against the president. GIBSON: So what do you want? What, do you think the NFL should jerk them? KILMEADE: The NFL is loaded. Say, listen, we're going to have to change the program. Rolling Stones, you had a great career. We'll listen to you on the side, but you should not represent the eve of the kickoff classic, kicking off a brand-new NFL season. GIBSON: By the way, Mr. Farley, it's a Brit band. Been here since the Beatles. What are they doing kicking off for the NFL anyway? That's a quintessentially American sport. What are they doing there anyway? FARLEY: Paul McCartney was there before, another Brit performing rock 'n' roll, and no one had a problem with that. So, you know, people don't really care who's performing as long as they're entertaining. The NFL says this is for entertainment value not for political value. GIBSON: Mr. Kilmeade, do you think people will care or not care? KILMEADE: They care already. We brought it up this morning and we had 500 e-mails before the first 20 minutes of the show were done. People are outraged.
"Fox and Friends" viewers outraged. Holy shit.
Ninety-nine percent just say why does it belong in a sport we can't wait to start, we can't get enough of? Why does this have to be in our face? Why does this guy at 75 years old or however old he is... GIBSON: He's not quite 75. KILMEADE: He's 72.
He's 62.
Have to put a song on there that's anti-American at a time where, believe it or not, we are at war?
There's the "Neoconservatism = America" thing again. More about this later.
And we don't need to know about treatment of prisoners. We're doing a lot of things that are beyond debate. Our soldiers...
As immortalized in the Tim McGraw smash "Where Were You (When the Water Ministry Re-Opened Four Days Ahead of Schedule)?"
GIBSON: Mr. Farley, is the NFL going to stick with Mick Jagger? FARLEY: I think they will, because he's not performing this song. He's performing classic songs the Americans love. GIBSON: We shall see and "Start Me Up." OK, thanks, Brian Kilmeade, Christopher Farley. Thanks very much. In a moment are Americans staying away from Aruba because of the Natalee Holloway case ...
Ugh, sorry. Should've have cut it off before that part. Anyway, why did I care about this? Why did I watch it? Well, it's a car crash, for starters. But on reflection, I think I dug this segment because it epitomizes a real withering of Fox's tried-and-true technique of Hollywood-bashing. Remember the Dixie Chicks thing? On March 5, 2003, the Dixie Chicks were playing in London, singer Natalie Maines (the non-hot one) said "Just so y'all know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." This trickled into American media and Fox first reported on it on March 14. For the next few weeks, Fox hosts hammered the Dixie Chicks at every opportunity (Maines kept unpacking her statement when interviewed). No mincing words - this was one of the two or three stupidest milestones in the War on Terror. It was insulting to watch Fox (and listen to many, many radio hosts) try and gin up a boycott of a few musicians because they were "ashamed" that the president was from their home state. (That was the kicker - they said nothing about the war or American soldiers, just the president.) And it was downright creepy, this equating of an insult to George Bush as a slam on "America" or "the troops." Gibson, Kilmeade et al have tried to create another Dixie Chicks sensation a few times since then - this is just the latest gambit. I'm glad it appears to be dead on its feet.|W|P|112387298134823983|W|P|Turd on the (re)run|W|P|8/12/2005 05:02:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I started this blog two years ago after some server issues killed my old blog, DW-i (Dave Weigel interactive). Hence, I named the new blog "DW-i 2." But it seems silly to keep the name going so long after I changed blogs, so I'm re-renaming this blog just plain "DW-i." Like Confucius said, "If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things." Also, "If what you say is true, the Wu Tang and the Shaolin could be very dangerous!"|W|P|112388072532868287|W|P|Now with 100% less numerals!|W|P|8/12/2005 02:56:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|October 13, 2004.
John Kerry stooped to the lowest of the low with the shameless, invasive line that will be played over and over again on the news in the next 24 hours:
And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was, she's being who she was born as.
Um, has John Kerry talked to Dick Cheney's daughter? Has John Edwards? Has Mary Beth Cahill, who called Mary Cheney "fair game" on Fox News Channel after tonight's debate? If they haven't talked to her, they should shut up, leave her alone, and defend their incoherent position on gay marriage without hiding behind the vice president's daughter.
August 8, 2005.
I can't imagine Army Spc. Casey Sheehan would stand for his mother's crazy accusations that he was murdered by his commander-in-chief, rather than the Iraqi terrorists who ambushed his convoy. I can't imagine Army Spc. Casey Sheehan would stand for a bunch of strangers glomming onto his mother's crusade and using him to undermine the war effort as they shouted "W killed her son" in front of countless TV cameras.
There's hypocrisy and there's hypocrisy and then there's this.|W|P|112387335039667931|W|P|Michelle Malkin's family values|W|P|8/12/2005 03:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|It would be instructive to know where MM gets her pay from. Does she have a job other then being a spokesperson for the VRWC?
-John Gillnitz8/12/2005 03:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Liberal Avenger|W|P|Nice find.

I wonder what sort of scrutiny is appropriate for Michelle and Jesse's own parenting skills... There has been a lot of tough talk from them about what is and isn't appropriate vis-a-vis parenting. Is an examination of their own parenting called for now? It is my understanding that Jesse quit the RAND corporation to be an "at home Dad." What exactly does that entail?8/12/2005 03:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger His Grace|W|P|Not hypocrisy. Mary Cheney is the Gay and Lesbian Liason for Coors and the daughter of the Vice President and thus shouldn't be talked about in any fashion that would embarass the Whitehouse.

Cindy Sheehan is embarassing the Whitehouse by virtue of standing up for what she believes in and is a sympathetic figure that could be dangerous to the President's desire to create a lasting Republican Majority. Thus she's "fair game."8/12/2005 03:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Liberal Avenger|W|P|Here is some great investigative reporting by Matt Stoller on Michelle and her paymasters. Must-read.8/12/2005 03:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|bat shit lunatics should be ignored; i would never have heard of this malkin were it not for liberal blogs.8/12/2005 03:32:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous underarm deodumbant|W|P|No, anonymous, bat shit crazy lunatics should be highlighted because they represent the heart and soul of American conservatism:

http://www.princetonprog.com/archives/2005/08/re_why_the_righ.html8/12/2005 03:32:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Terry C|W|P|Anonymous,

You must be living under a rock because this twat was spreading her venom long before the blogs got onto her!8/12/2005 03:51:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Was Casey Sheehan an anti-Bush partisan? Was he an administrative puke? Maybe it was self-inflicted! Maybe he was a al-Qaeda sympathizer planning on making Bush look bad all along! Look! Libruls!8/12/2005 04:15:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|"This twat"? Seriously, as soon as you say stuff like that, your language becomes the issue and not the message.

We don't need to call Ms. Malkin any names -- her conduct invites the reader to invent their own.8/12/2005 04:26:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|she's a fuckin twat and everyone knows it. i don't go around calling everyone i disagree with a twat, but MM is a twat. she talks like a twat, acts like a twat, she's a twat. so fuck off.8/12/2005 04:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger angry_in_t_o|W|P|Um, it's not hypocrisy.8/12/2005 04:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Garrett|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.8/12/2005 04:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Malkin and Coulter have hot lesbian sex. And Peggy Noonan likes to watch.8/12/2005 05:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Garrett|W|P|Oops. Just deleted my last comment because I got Malkin and Coulter confused. My bad.8/12/2005 05:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Please refrain from making any crude jokes about Malkin's appearence or sex life on this blog. They're extremely out of line.

Otherwise, carry on.8/12/2005 05:14:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I think it's interesting that the rightwing thinks a mother can only have the same political opinion as her son. Unless of course he has the "wrong" one.

I know this is tough for some to consider, but what if Cindy Sheehan were herself a grown-up adult citizen with the right to her own opinion, even if it differs from her mother-in-law, cousin, husband, son, or GWB, or you?

What if she were to have the right to ask a question, like WHAT NOBLE CAUSE there is in a conflict with $9B missing, thousands dead, and a likely corrupt theocracy as an outcome?

So much hand-waving and blaming, so much shaky-ground diversionary dodging of a simple question. What is the noble cause?8/12/2005 05:15:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I'd say cunt is a bit more accurate. Hate speech begets hate speech, so welcome to the party Ms. Malkin (and Mr. Coulter)8/12/2005 05:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger none|W|P|It's evident Ms. Malkin likes to speak for people who either are prevented by family blackmail from speaking or are, uh, dead and can't contribute to a blog of their own. Surprisingly both classes agree with the voices in her head.8/12/2005 06:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Peter|W|P|This is the same lovely woman who accused John Kerry of shooting himself in Viet Nam. What a charmer.


thinkingorsitting.blogspot.com8/12/2005 09:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger thepoetryman|W|P|Speaking of hipocrisy:


"You can support the troops but not the president."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
--Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
--Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99
"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
--Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
--Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
--Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)

"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
--Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

Ten Hut! Chicken Hawks on board! NO salute...

Just post these quotes continually and most if not all pro-war (occupation) will Sputter and die, or at the least... go away.

From ground zero in Iraq- Tim and the gang8/12/2005 10:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Mister Dommidge|W|P| At 3:28 PM, Anonymous said...

bat shit lunatics should be ignored; i would never have heard of this malkin were it not for liberal blogs.

Bravo. That's exactly what I keep thinking every time i hear her name. Just let her rot in her cess pool and forget about her. There's much bigger fish to fry than that.8/13/2005 02:10:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Michelle Malkin should take Atrios and TBoggs' advice and Shut the Fuck Up.8/20/2005 07:04:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Bush sent Sheehan's son to war to spread democracy to Iraq? Why wasn't our effort so noble when we declared war on Iraq? Has anybody forgot the reason W sent us to war?

If the president sent us to war for fictitious reasons, at what point does Casey die for noble reasons?

This is just like abortion. At what point does life begin?

At what point did the war become noble, and at what point do our soldiers die for that cause?

And if we were sent to war under false pretenses, can this ever be a noble effort? Or is that just another coverup.

It seems like when a soldier covers Bush's ass, by sacrificing his life, that THAT would be far worse that Bush's weak attempt to justify that soldier's death.

I side with Casey, and his Mom, before I side with W.

And if you have any decency, you should too.8/12/2005 01:52:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|The other day I innocently asked what the hell was up with these new tax reform books. A quick google news search demonstrates that the Neal Boortz/John Linder book, which advocates abolishing the IRS and instituting a national 23% sales tax on everything, is quite popular. So I wondered - is there actually a groundswell of support for a national sales tax? The polls on this issue are pretty scattershot, but the general picture is: No.
N.P.R./Kaiser/Kennedy School of Govt., Harvard poll, 2/5-3/17, 2003 (1,339 responses) Some of the biggest taxes that individuals have to pay are income taxes, Social Security taxes, sale taxes, and property taxes. No one likes to pay taxes, but thinking about these four taxes, I'd like you to rank them, starting with the one you dislike the most. Again, the four kids of taxes are income tax, Social Security tax, sales tax, and property tax. Which of these do you dislike the most? Income tax - 29% Social Security tax - 9 Sales tax - 23 Property tax - 36 Don't know - 2 Refused - 1 Some have suggested that the federal income tax be replaced with something like a national sales tax, though the money might not be collected at the cash register. Everything would cost more, but you would pay taxes only when you buy something. There would be no tax on income from work, savings or investments. Do you think it would be a good idea or a bad idea to replace the federal income tax with something like a national sales tax, or don't you know enough to say? A good idea - 24% A bad idea - 38 Don't know enough to say - 38 Refused - * Assuming the government collected the same total amount of money under a national sales tax, do you think you would pay more in taxes, less in taxes, or about the same amount in taxes as you pay now under the (federal) income tax system? More - 26% Less - 26 About the same amount - 36 Don't know - 11 Refused - * And do you think most high income people would pay more in taxes, less in taxes, or about the same amount in taxes (under a national sales tax) as they pay now under the income tax system? More - 41% Less - 26 About the same amount - 23 Don't know - 9 Refused - * You said you were in favor of replacing the (federal) income tax system with something like a national sales tax. Would you still be in favor of it if the tax were as high as...15% on everything you buy? Yes, still in favor - 60% No, not in favor - 34 Don't know - 6 Refused - * You said you were in favor of replacing the (federal) income tax system with something like a national sales tax. Would you still be in favor of it if the tax were as high as...25% on everything you buy? Yes, still in favor - 28% No, not in favor - 68 Don't know - 4 FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll, 5/6-7, 2003 If you could chose one plan to collect all federal taxes, which federal tax plan would you prefer: a national sales tax, a flat- rate income tax with no deductions, a graduated income tax with no deductions, or the current graduated income tax with deductions? National sales - 16% Flat-rate no deductions - 38 Current, graduated with deductions - 35 Not sure - 11 NBC News, Wall Street Journal Poll, 12/9-13, 2004 I'm going to read you several proposals that have been made regarding the federal tax system. Please tell me which one of these proposals you feel is the best....A) Institute a national consumption or sales tax that would replace income taxes and tax consumer goods instead. B) Lower income tax rates but eliminate such deductions as those for state and local income taxes and employer-provided health insurance. C) Keep the federal tax system pretty much as it is now. A) Institute a national consumption or sales tax - 23% B) Lower income tax rates, but eliminate certain deductions - 24 C) Keep the federal tax system pretty much as it is now - 39 Depends (Vol.) - 3 Not sure - 11 Not much else until 2005, when we get these. FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll, 1/11-12, 2005 If you could chose one plan to collect all federal taxes, which federal tax plan would you prefer: a national sales tax, a flat- rate income tax with no deductions, a graduated income tax with no deductions, or the current graduated income tax with deductions? Sales tax - 17% Flat tax - 29 Graduated no deductions - 12 Current graduated with deductions - 25 Not sure - 17 CNN/USA Today Gallup Poll, 4/4-7, 2005 Which do you think is the worst tax--that is the least fair-- federal income tax, federal Social Security tax, state income tax, state sales tax, or local property tax? Federal income tax - 20% Federal Social Security tax - 12 State income tax - 14 State sales tax - 14 Local property tax - 35 No opinion - 5
So ... where's the groundswell? I'm seeing around 20-30% of the population that thinks the income tax is unfair, or wants to get rid of it, and a whopping majority of around 2/3 that would oppose a 25% sales tax, close to Boortz/Linder's 23% tax. Compare this to the economic reform issues that politicians run on and that congress is looking at. Opposition to the estate tax hovers around 60%. Desire for health care reform hovers around 65%. Questions: - Who's buying this book? - Will many Republicans actually run on this? If so, what will happen? Recall that Sen. Jim DeMint took heat for supporting the FairTax plain in last year's elections. He ended up winning with 54%, four points behind President Bush. You probably can't extrapolate much from this ... but if a candidate says he'll "abolish the IRS" and tags that with "I'll give you a 23% sales tax," I don't think the positive message wins out.|W|P|112382771163761352|W|P|As popular as Steve Forbes!|W|P|12/17/2005 02:41:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Blue Cross of California|W|P|Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system. Health insurance is a major aspect to many.8/12/2005 01:37:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Cindy Sheehan is consorting with a groups that are affiliated with another group that had some members who are possibly the kind of people who threw rocks at McDonalds' windows in 1999. String 'er up!|W|P|112382527109986548|W|P|Shorter New York Sun|W|P|8/11/2005 11:53:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I'm not sure if I have any snark to add to this.
H. R. 3441 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to apply the child tax credit with respect to a taxable year to a child born within 9 months after the close of the taxable year and to a child who is stillborn or dies in utero during the taxable year. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 26, 2005 Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey (for himself, Mr. PAUL, Mr. HOSTETTLER, Mr. BACHUS, and Mr. SMITH of New Jersey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means A BILL To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to apply the child tax credit with respect to a taxable year to a child born within 9 months after the close of the taxable year and to a child who is stillborn or dies in utero during the taxable year. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Expecting Parents Relief Act of 2005'. SEC. 2. EXTENSION OF CHILD TAX CREDIT. (a) In General- Subsection (c) of section 24 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to the child tax credit) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs: `(3) CHILD BORN WITHIN 9 MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF TAXABLE YEAR- A child born within 9 months after the close of the taxable year shall be treated as a qualifying child for such taxable year. A credit allowable under this section with respect to any child described in the preceding sentence shall be allowed for the taxable year in which the child is born. `(4) CHILD WHO IS STILLBORN OR DIES IN UTERO- A child who is stillborn or dies in utero, whose death was not the result of a medical procedure, the ingestion of a drug, or other action intended by the child's mother to result in the abortion of the child, shall be treated as a qualifying child for the taxable year in which the child dies.'. (b) Effective Date- The amendment made in subsection (a) shall apply with respect to children who are born, stillborn, or die in utero in taxable years ending after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Wow, I think.|W|P|112381891401601811|W|P|Tax deductions start at conception|W|P|8/11/2005 08:40:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|All right ... "The O'Reilly Factor" is on right now, and Brian Kilmeade is demanding the NFL bounce the Rolling Stones and Green Day because they've written "anti-American songs" that are mean to George Bush. Oh boy, I want this transcript.|W|P|112380733845342183|W|P|Sweet neo-con|W|P|8/10/2005 11:41:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Stuff I've been reading/watching/etc. Kick Me: Adventures in Adolesence by Paul Feig A very funny, remarkably painful memoir of a childhood in suburban Detroit by the maker of the best show ever made about childhoods in suburban Detroit, "Freaks and Geeks." I particularly enjoyed the chapter wherein he stimulates himself climbing the rope in gym class and then furtively experiments other ways to bring about "the Rope Feeling." "A Dry White Season" (Euzhan Palcy, 1989) Unexpectedly lousy adaptation of Andre Brink's novel about racial strife in South Africa. Donald Sutherland plays a respected Afrikaner teacher who wages a campaign against the government when his gardener is killed by police. Jurgen Prochnow is the evil policeman who torments his friends and family. Yes, it sounds exciting, but the editing is really scattershot - it takes a few seconds from the start of a scene to figure out how it connects to what happened in the previous scene - and the plot is really, really predictable. "The World at War" (1974) The 30th anniversary box of this documentary series, with its 11-disc package and buffet of bonus features, has been taunting me like a Cheshire cat for months, so I decided to rent part one of the series. Verdict: Very melodramatic (how could it not be when Lawrence Olivier is the narrator), but also gripping. I mean, it's about World War II, and it's got interviews with surviving players less than 30 years after the war ended - how could it not be compelling?|W|P|112376829633307658|W|P|That's entertainment!|W|P|8/11/2005 10:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Ellen|W|P|The World At War is one of the best documentaries ever made. I've got it on DVD (an earlier edition, though...5 double-sided discs) and it took me almost 3 months to watch all 24 episodes of the damn thing, but it's totally worth it. It's especially good if you like WWII history, but have never really read anything from an English perspective (which most Americans haven't).8/11/2005 12:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|I held off on watching/reading World War II stuff for so long, because I thought I knew it all and because it was such a cliche (see: The History Channel's 10,000 Hitler specials). But I finally read my copy of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich on a whim, and I got fascinated all over again. Despite being written by an American journalist, that book is really good at giving the German perspective of the war (especially why they wanted to start it), and yeah, from what I've seen of "The World At War" it's just as good at the British perspective.

Amazon sells TWAW for around $100-110, so I'm totally bumping it up my Christmas list.8/10/2005 04:16:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|You know you're working on a good story when you're talking to a source and he gets a call on the other line from New York Times Magazine reporter Matt Bai. So, that's going well.|W|P|112370515553147692|W|P|Lessons in journalism|W|P|8/09/2005 11:02:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I see that there are two high-profile books about radical tax reform hitting the shelves right now: Neal Boortz's "The FairTax Book" and Steve Forbes' "Hey, Remember 1996?""Flat Tax Revolution". Now, were these books meant to coincide with the report of the president's tax reform commission? The commission was supposed to report right now, I think, but Bush apparently delayed it to the Fall in order to - of course - "spend more capital" on Social Security reform. So were these books, which now look suspiciously out of place on our summer shelves, supposed to ride the PR wave from the tax reform debate? Side note: I don't think this situation is hurting Boortz - he has the best book publicist ever. On Saturday in a Borders in suburban Wilmington, Delaware, "The FairTax Book" had a display shelf right in front of the store, next to Harry Potter.|W|P|112360010234721603|W|P|A dumb question|W|P|8/09/2005 10:47:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P| With George Bush's popularity sinking and the implementation of his "Ownership Society" extremely iffy, the next Republican nominee should naturally be Bush's older, fatter brother.|W|P|112359902311118826|W|P|Shorter Brendan Miniter|W|P|8/08/2005 11:45:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|So there's this buzz about the New York Senate race, which has been joined by Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro. New York papers are front-paging it, and conservatives have analysis like this:
What Hillary has to consider now is whether it is worth it to win a Senate seat by five percentage points and break a promise to voters about serving a full term if re-elected, or whether it will be better simply to be honest with the voters, and choose not to seek re-election and instead begin an early campaign for the presidential nomination many Democrats expect her to seek.
I'm sorry - what? Hillary Clinton has to face the stark choice of abandoning her Senate race, for which she's raised more money than any Senate candidate, and in a state that gives her a mid-60s approval rating, because of a suburban district attorney? I understand that Mrs. Pirro is "telegenic" and a frequent commentator on Fox News, but I don't think Americans are ready to elect Nancy Grace. (And if they are, please point me to the nearest biological weapons depot.)|W|P|112355975015456209|W|P|And yet more politics|W|P|8/08/2005 04:45:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Tolerable (barely) - Getting stranded in Delaware w/ car problems, staying overnight with parents, and resolving to use the surprise day off to buy a book and do some work online. Intolerable - Discovering that this book is not available anywhere in Delaware and that the parents' internet connection conks out roughly once a minute, then flicks back on, then conks out. Not an awesome day.|W|P|112353407830464243|W|P|Tolerable/intolerable|W|P|8/07/2005 01:05:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I'd conservatively estimate that 80% of all blog posts are now devoted to name-calling, dick-measuring, and occasional backslapping of other blogs. Case in point: Mithras at Fables of the Reconstruction posted a pithy "taxonomy" of conservative blogs and it went a little something like this. (Hit it!)
5. Captain's Quarters - Every so often on the subway, I find these screeds written in colored marker, in which the printing goes from edge to edge on the paper, often with words cut off in random spots at the end of the line and continued on the next. I am told that this style of writing is common among very delusional people. Ed Morrissey has the benefit of blogging software that paginates the words for him. He will deliver pages on any subject at all, always proving in his mind the perfidy of liberals and always making absolutely no sense. I bet Ed makes even other far-righters nervous.
& C. Anyway, Rick Moran at Rightwing Nuthouse saw this, went "oh yeah? Oh yeah?" and posted his own hatesheet. It sucks, but it provides an opportunity to - yes! - hate on some blog behavior that's been irking me. First off - the term "moonbat." It apparently began as a play on the name of George Monbiot, who is useless, and meant "someone on the extreme edge of whatever their -ism happens to be," but that was then. Now it's a reflex term that right-wing blogs use to dismiss any left-winger, or sometimes, anyone who plain disagrees with them. Now, I got a chance to visit San Francisco last month. I know what people on the political fringe actually look like, and how they behave. Calling a former president or a pretentious diplomat or, um, any blogger a "moonbat" does little but distinguish the moonbat-designator - it says, "I cannot think for myself." So, everyone, stop doing that. Another thing.
I’ve never understood the fascination with Wonkette AKA Anna (sic) Marie Cox. Maybe it’s the three names which make her sound mysterious. Maybe it’s the penis jokes which make her sound slutty. It can’t be her personal appearance. She looks like a pushing 40, pre-middle aged, dumpy, lumpy, policy maven.
One might say, "this reads like the cheeto-fueled scribblings of a bitter, 50+ man who's 'between jobs right now' and outshone by the other members of his family." And one would be right! I suppose you could argue that Ana Marie Cox is actually a dashing journalist who's paid her dues, but why bother? People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, and people who live in yurts stiched together with shoelaces and sheets of thin, clear plastic reappropriated from a Home Depot dumpster should really shut the fuck up. But! Moving on.
Atrios AKA Duncan Black runs the site Eschaton. I’d call Mr. Black a snake in the grass but that would be insulting snakes, grass, and the sun that gives life to both of them. A true leftist lickspittle his “community” is the most vulgar, most obscenely obnoxious group of party hacks around.
This is pretty thoroughly stupid, but the money quote is "party hacks." People have to stop calling each other this. There are actual party hacks in the blogosphere - Chris Bowers, Patrick Ruffini - and they almost always announce themselves and discuss politics from the expected standpoint. Atrios and his commenters are a kind of "flash mob" of snarky liberals who found his site and have made it home. You could say the same, and maybe replace "liberals" if you're talking about Protein Wisdom or something, for most blogs.
If there was ever a more irrelvant hysteric on the left side of the sphere than Oliver Willis I haven’t discovered him yet.
Well ... broken clock, right twice a day, etc. Next.
John Aravosis of Americablog is a walking argument for internet regulation (too bad I adamantly oppose it). The nauseating way in which he “outed” Jeff Gannon by publishing nude pictures of the quasi-journalist along with the suggestion that Gannon may have been a gay escort at one time, sickened decent people everywhere.
Whatever you think of that whole affair, Aravosis didn't just publish "nude pictures." He published escort websites and receipts. This is annoying - if you're going to rehash blog scandals and pass judgment, please, be accurate. And this brings me to the bit that annoyed me and got me blogging right now.
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga AKA Kos, AKA “Screw ‘em” Kos is possibly the worst thing to happen to the Democratic party since George McGovern. His ability to raise money from his legions of conspiracy mongering, paranoid readers makes him absolutely indispensible to the party’s infrastructure. Just recently, he almost singlehandedly took an unkown attorney and Iraqi War vet Paul “Two-faced” Hackett and, by raising nearly a half a million dollars in a fortnight, put him within spitting distance of winning the special election in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District.
This is untrue. In 2004, Kos endorsed 15 candidates and kept up links to their donation pages on his main page. Only one (Barack Obama) won, so conservatives delight in calling Kos a loser and a lunatic. But Kos didn't get involved in the Hackett race, much less "almost singlehandedly" create Hackett and "raise nearly half a million dollars in a fortnight." Kos was travelling, working on a book, for most of the campaign. His first Hackett post came on July 25, a week after Hackett's campaign released its TV ad and got promoted by a bunch of other blogs as part of "blogsphere day." Said Kos:
Hackett's is an interesting race, one of the most conservative congressional districts in Ohio, and one in which a Democrat should have no chance of winning. Yet Hackett has raised over $150,000 online, and that's been without any big pushes from me (memo to the world: Daily Kos is actually a small part of a really big-ass progressive blogosphere. This site isn't the be-all, end-all of the liberal netroots, and I couldn't be happier about it).
I interviewed Hackett's campaign manager on Friday for a story I'm writing, and he confirmed that the prime-mover blogs were SwingStateProject, Ohio-02, and MyDD. Why belabor this little error? Well, I think it's indictive of the fratty, bitchy blog culture I mentioned at the top of the post. Not only does most blog conversation seem to be namecalling - many blogs are locked into a Manichean notion of which sites are right or wrong, which bloggers are heroes or villains, and so on. I suppose that's a pithy way to end such an elephantine post, but there we go.|W|P|112339279307864719|W|P|I hate you, I hate you, I don't even know you but I hate your guts|W|P|8/09/2005 09:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger David Amulet|W|P|I appreciate your point, and I think you are right--the blogosphere is too dualistic, and often downright nasty. I would venture to say that it is not only blog culturte however ... look at the sad semblance of "debate" and "discussion" that we see on the average cable program or radio talk show. A few of my postings on DavidAmulet.blogspot.com--like "When in Doubt, Shout 'Liar'" from a few days ago--echo your theme. Keep up the great writing -- David Amulet8/06/2005 09:52:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Why does any writer - particularly a liberal, but a conservative, too - get into the sewer with David Horowitz? He's leading a crusade to purge left-wingers from academia, and that's okay, but he's not exactly looking for smart people to debate the issue with him so he can revise his opinion or change is mind. He just wants a big collection of lefties he can bash - like a Cynthia Plaster Caster, but with essays.|W|P|112333747997906993|W|P|A question|W|P|8/05/2005 04:34:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P| Rainy day? There's never going to be a rainy day! (from Episode 202, "Simpson and Delilah") UPDATE: John Tabin and I share some laugh in the comments, and Ruffini follows up his post with a Peggy Noonan column about how West Virginia is getting less "wild" (to quote part of the state license plate). Says Noonan:
It used to be a long and dangerous trip to Washington on narrow, winding roads, but now it's all been paved and broadened, and now more people can get in and more people can get out.
Says Ruffini:
In this passage, she explains how a new West Virginia is slowly coming into being, no thanks to the largesse of Robert C. Byrd.
You heard it here first - government spending has nothing to do with infrastructure.|W|P|112327444247975324|W|P|Shorter Patrick Ruffini, by way of Homer Simpson|W|P|8/06/2005 04:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Tabin|W|P|Yikes. "The West Virginia race is one where the Enthusiasm Gap is markedly in our favor" sounds eerily like the kind of thing the Deaniacs used to say. What's next, is Ruffini going to talk up Lakoffist "framing?"

And did you notice that the slam at Casey Jr. to which he links back is based on Casey Jr.'s performance vs. Ed Rendell(!) in a Dem primary(!!)?8/06/2005 10:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|The main thing I noticed was his proof that he "saw the vulnerability" of Byrd early on. It's a link to a February post where he says this:

By raising the money [for Capito] early -- and making clear that this *will* be Armageddon -- it could notably diminish Byrd's appetite to raise the money necessary for one more race.

After Ruffini posted this, Byrd raised $1.7 million - more than he spent in his entire 2000 campaign - and hired more campaign staff. Meanwhile, Capito raised $400,000. For some reason Ruffini leaves this out of his "Go team go!" update.8/04/2005 10:02:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|See, this is why I can't get work done. The very good blogger at The Poorman fired off a long, Faulknerian post bitchslapping Michael Totten for Totten's trying to shame Juan Cole with a photo montage of terrorism. The post itself has moments.
I figured that Iraq didn’t have much in the way of a nuclear program, because that should have been relatively easy to find, but what kind of country doesn’t have any chemical weapons at all? If you had asked me before the war to name a country that had really had literally zero chemical weapons, I would probably have said “I don’t know, like, Andorra, maybe”, and if you asked me today, I would have to say “Iraq, and maybe Andorra”.
But the real fun comes in the comments, because Michael Totten, bless him, actually enters the fray.
Al Qaeda is not horrified by pictures of the September 11 dead. I realize you know that already, but it is worth keeping in mind.
And then the commenters fire away.
Michael, you’re supposed to be some kind of trendsetting intellectual hawk. No surprise you’ve bought into that notion in a big way. (And people wonder why I question Intelligent Design.)
And it goes on like this. Ooh, goody.|W|P|112320766332704582|W|P|God bless the internet|W|P|8/04/2005 11:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Karlo|W|P|Good stuff indeed.8/04/2005 12:03:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|One of my favorite magazines is the British music rag MOJO, which started as a monthly, branched out into a short-lived two-magazine empire (MOJO and MOJO Collections), then started printing special issues dedicated to single bands or genres. Starting with a (duh) Beatles issue, they've covered The Who, The Smiths, Ska, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Psychedelia, Queen, Ozzy, Clapton, and Neil Young. The new issue is devoted to prog rock, one of my favorite genres. And oo-wee it looks like it sucks. First off, the cover is devoted to Pink Floyd - arguably, yes, a prog rock band, but only tangentially so. They made three, maybe four, prog albums in the late 1970s before returning to pop with "The Wall." But I guess a Pink Floyd cover (even if MOJO has ALREADY DONE ONE) will sell better than this: So we'll let it slide. But this list of the 40 best prog albums ever ... 40. Aphrodite’s Child: 666 39. Barclay James Harvest: Once Again 38. Tangerine Dream: Phaedra 37. The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord WRONG. Not prog - this is classicist 60s rock with no prog elements whatsoever. 36. Amon Düül II: Tanz der Lemminge 35. Gong: Flying Teapot 34. Hatfield and the North: Hatfield and the North 33. Argent: All Together Now Not prog. British cock rock. For Christ's sake, it has "Hold Your Head High" on it. 32. Golden Earing: Moontan 31. Roxy Music: Roxy Music Not prog. Stylish quasi-glam moody rock. I mean, is "Virginia Plain" prog? You're a dick. 30. Family: Music in a Doll’s House 29. The Nice: Five Bridges 28. Steve Hillage: L 27. Sigur Ros: Agaetis Byrjun Not prog. Dreamy Icelandic alterna-rock. Prog died in 1981 when King Crimson became a pop group. 26. Pavlov’s Dog: Pampered Menial 25. Queen: A Night at the Opera What is this shit? Queen are bombastic 70s rock. If you think "Bohemian Rhapsody" is prog you must be mainlining lead pain chips, you dumb bastard. 24. Focus: Moving Waves 23. Camel: Moonmadness 22. King Crimson: Larks’ Tongues in Aspic 21. Tool: Lateralus No. See #27. 20. Soft Machine: Third 19. Caravan: In the Land of Grey and Pink 18. The Mars Volta: Frances the Mute No. Damn it. See #27 and #21. 17. Marillion: Misplaced Childhood 16. Gentle Giant: Octopus 15. Van Der Graaf Generator: The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each other 14. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 13. Frank Zappa: Hot Rats Good god no. This is blues-influenced drug music. A good album, but not prog. 12. Yes: The Yes Album 11. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here 10. Radiohead: OK Computer Do you want me to kick your ass? This was released in 1997, dick. 9. Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells No, asshole. 8. Hawkwind: Space Ritual 7. Jethro Tull: Aqualung 6. Rush: A Farewell to Kings Why this Rush album and not "2112"? You die and go to hell. 5. Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery 4. King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King 3. Yes: Close to the Edge 2. Genesis: Foxtrot 1. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon My god, no "Tarkus," no "Relayer," no "Selling England by the Pound." This is depressing.|W|P|112317260954788281|W|P|21st Century Schizoid Mag|W|P|8/04/2005 12:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|How would you define "prog" music, and what are the elements which make a song "prog"?8/04/2005 03:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Tabin|W|P|From Wikipedia:

"an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the early 1970s, and continues as a musical form to this day... This music style draws many influences from classical music and jazz fusion, in contrast to American rock, which was more influenced by rhythm & blues and country... It is complexity, not the virtuosity of the musicians, which most distinguishes progressive rock...

There is also debate on whether the musical output of artists and bands as varied as Frank Zappa, Deep Purple, Phish, and Radiohead belongs to the genre. Some commentators, like David Weigel, approach this debate by kicking and screaming and whining like a little bitch."

Okay, that last sentence isn't in there, but I can't say I'm not tempted to add it...8/04/2005 09:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Ok, John, I've come to accept your revolt against any political point I try and make. But attacking a music post? That tears it.

Wikipedia's definition is very close to the truth, but it doesn't excuse MOJO's abhorrent choices. For example, one can argue that Frank Zappa dabbled in prog rock - he dabbled in classical music and jazz and disco too. But "Hot Rats" is adamantly not a progressive rock album. It's a collection of medium-length psychedelic/jazz instrumentals, with one Captain Beefheart collaboration which is based on Blues chords. ("Willie the Pimp")

MOJO's editors' inclusions of Roxy Music and Queen are just silly - these were mainstream rock acts whose songwriting relied on pop hooks gussed up with some ostentatious arrangements. Maybe, maybe arguments can be made about the prog-ness of post-1981 art-rock bands. But a list of the best prog albums ever in a special issue about the "story of prog" is not the place to stage these arguments. The story of prog begins with the dying gasps of British beat and psychedelia and ends with the sell-outs of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, and Jethro Tull. Any bands with prog pretentions who have cropped up since then have done so independent of any movement.8/04/2005 09:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Tabin|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.8/04/2005 09:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Tabin|W|P|Hey, I just said you were whiny, not that you were wrong...8/04/2005 10:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Most of my comment wasn't an attempt to prove you wrong ... more like explaining my post. The "that tears it" bit was my only shot at your latest round of anti-Weigelism.8/09/2005 09:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger David Amulet|W|P|I agree with most of your points on the death of prog. Where is "Selling England by the Pound?" Why only one Van Der Graff Generator? I would add the following: Is Gentle Giant really THAT good? Is "Aqualung" truly prog? And where the hell is Steve Hackett? ""Voyage of the Acolyte," not to mention "Please Don't Touch!" and "Spectral Mornings," are more deserving than many of the top rated albums here.

Enough said -- David Amulet @ DavidAmulet.blogspot.com8/04/2005 11:54:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P| George Lakoff is making a lot of money, and now I want some.|W|P|112317095356719110|W|P|Shorter Jim Wallis|W|P|8/04/2005 11:44:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P| Liberals are so crazy that they don't even think Muslims should be sent to internment camps.|W|P|112317040358152660|W|P|Shorter Michelle Malkin ("Judge a book by its cover" edition)|W|P|8/04/2005 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P| If it wasn't for Bill Clinton's penis, Rafael Palmeiro would never have resorted to steroids.|W|P|112316740459078175|W|P|Shorter R. Emmett Tyrrell|W|P|8/03/2005 11:57:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P| The results of the Ohio-02 special election shouldn't worry Republicans too much, as they mirror the results of a special election that preceded the biggest Democratic victory of the last generation. Longer Michael Barone At the risk of sullying another snarky "Shorter" post, I must call b.s. on Michael Barone. For one, he refuses to consider the possibility that any Republicans switched their affiliation to vote for Hackett, and extrapolates that Hackett's vote represented a higher Democratic turnout. Not too likely. For another, in his comparison of the Ohio-02 election to the 1981 Ohio-04 election, where a Republican narrowly won in a 64% Reagan district, he says that in the following midterm election "Republicans did lose 26 seats, but most of those losses, by my calculations, were the result of redistricting." This is bullshit. I have Barone's Almanac of American Politics 1984 edition in front of me, and it covers the 1982 races. Page xli: "Some Republicans from industrial states lost because of their support for Reagan's policies." Page 558, the Tip O'Neill chapter: "His long-term strategy in 1981 and 1982 was to put the Republicans on record in favor of the Reagan program and against a Democratic alternative, not only on taxes, but particularly on Social Security, and then to jam those votes down their throats in the 1982 elections." Take my home state of Delaware, which has one congressional district. In 1980, Reagan beat Carter there 47-45 and Republican Tom Evans won the House seat with 62%. In 1982, Democrat Tom Carper (now a senator) beat Evans 52-46. In 1982, Republicans got battered and lost most of the seats they'd won with Reagan's coattails, because the economy sucked and Reagan was unpopular. (Polls showed him losing a prospective 1984 election to Ted Kennedy.) Barone is riding the "GOP as ascendent permanent majority" theme for all it's worth, and it's hurting his analyses.|W|P|112312887812614391|W|P|Shorter Michael Barone|W|P|8/04/2005 02:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Tabin|W|P|Pointing to a lost seat or two out of 26 that weren't the result of redistricting (and are you sure it played no role even in those?) does nothing to disprove the statement that most of them were. You may be right that there's more to it and he's glossing things over, but if Barone can point to redistricting as a major cause of the '82 swing (and I bet he's analyzed those races more since TAAP '84), then coupling that to the political environment in '82 (10% unemployment) does bolster his point that special elections can be less than meets the eye. And anyway, the thrust of his argument was not that the race "shouldn't worry Republicans too much"-- just the opposite. The phrase "GOP ought to worry" in the headline ought to be a clue. But if you're saying that turnout wasn't the main factor in the race, then isn't the implication that, given the specifics of the race (crappy GOP candidate, bad time for the state party, soldier challenger, etc.) Republicans should worry less than Barone is arguing?8/04/2005 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|Well, Barone's "reason for worry" is a percieved Republican malaise that's keeping them from the polls. He refuses to consider that there were Republican voters in OH-02 that broke with their party and voted Democratic, and I don't see how he can rule it out. 43,590 Republicans voted the OH-02 primary, compared to 13,774 Democrats. In the general election, Schmidt got 57,974 votes and Hackett got 54,401. I'm very skeptical that Hackett was able to multiply fourfold the number of motivated Democratic voters. I guess I'll get all the answers when his campaign staff talks to me for my story.

As to 1982 - I have Barone's book in front of me. He has a lot of chances over 1400 pages to assert that most of the 26 Democratic wins were due to redistricting. But he doesn't - he gives the credit for most of the Democratic upsets to their successful campaigns making use of Republican unpopularity.

Take California, which was famously redistricted like crazy by Phil Burton. There were two Democratic gains. Mel Levine picked up CA-27 (LA bleeding into Orange County) because Burton removed Torrance and Palo Verdes. Doug Bosco picked up CA-01 (northern CA coast) because of the incumbent's opposition to nuclear freeze and his support for "the president's economic program, which seemed to be doing such damage to the district." California was the state most vulnerable to anti-GOP redistricting. Maybe a more telling measure of the Democratic swing would be the results in single-district states. Like I pointed out, the Democrats had a 14-point swing in Delaware to take the House seat. In North Dakota, Byron Dorgan's vote went from 57% to 72%. In Alaska, Don Young (Republican) slipped from 74% to 70%.

Like you say, Barone has probably revised his opinions since then, but he's still ridiculously fast to write off the 1982 elections.8/03/2005 05:41:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I don't have too much to say about the Ohio-02 special election, where the Republican candidate won 52% of the vote in a district that Bush carried by 63%, as I'm researching for an article about it. OK, I'll say this - it's good news for Democrats, and Republicans can gloat at their peril. The "Democrats celebrate loss" headlines are certainly funny, but there's more below the surface. To wit: Remember Mark Neumann. Mark Neumann was a math teacher and realtor from Mukwonago, Wisconsin, which was located in the state's first congressional district. The district had voted 51% for Michael Dukakis and 41% for Bill Clinton (compared to 35% for Bush), and the congressman was Les Aspin, a popular and powerful Democrat who Bill Clinton was tapping to become his first Secretary of Defense. Aspin typically won his elections by 3-2 margins, but he'd scored 58% against Neumann, a first-time candidate, in 1992. When Aspin left, a popular legislator named Peter Barca won the Democratic nomination for the seat and was expected to carry the district easily. But Neumann challenged Barca and in May 1993 he lost by 675 votes. The meaning of this, as not enough Democrats realized at the time, was that public sentiment was turning against Bill Clinton especially on social issues and taxes. The national Republican party got the message and, among other things they did right, encouraged Neumann to run again. In 1994 he beat Barca by 1,120 votes. Now, by the numbers, Hackett's campaign is more ominous for Republicans than Neumann's was for Democrats. Wisc-01 was one of many districts that had elected Democratic congressmen in the salad days of the 1960s and 1970s, and had re-elected them even as their political sentiments drifted right. But Ohio-02 is, has been, and presumably would always be a Republican stronghold. Democrats haven't competed there since 1974, the Watergate landslide. For Pete's sake, this was Robert Taft Jr's district. Moreover, Hackett was a first-time candidate with no name recognition. He did his best to build that, and got plenty of free media for being an Iraq veteran, but that's historically less useful experience than having been a candidate in a prior election. All this and Democrats winnowed a 72-28 Republican victory nine months ago into a 52-48 victory. So, without predicting anything, I can say that Democrats are right to be happy about this election, and both parties should be analyzing it.|W|P|112310735633794665|W|P|Sunny-side up!|W|P|8/02/2005 11:30:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I was expecting to have some down time this week, but I've actually been damn busy with interviews and article pitches. Sorry!|W|P|112304350339275096|W|P|Busy busy|W|P|8/01/2005 11:15:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P| The ratings failure of Tucker Carlson's show is the fault of lesbians who cut their hair short.|W|P|112295259784774178|W|P|Shorter Cliff Kincaid|W|P|8/01/2005 10:23:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|I uploaded 85% of the Nuggets box set and 22% of Nuggets II to my iPod yesterday, so let's see what happens. 1) "Dormant Love" by The Shoes. Hook-filled 1983 single (I think) by Zion, Il's legendary power-pop ensemble. Best simplistic keyboard riff this side of "Wishing Well." (7/10) 2) "Jive Talkin'" by The Bee Gees. Damn it, 48 hours after I put some 'Gees singles on the machine and one comes up in my shuffle of 4658 songs. I've always liked the opening better than any other part of this song. (6/10) 3) "Let's Go to Bed" by The Cure. A fine single from the post-(and pre-) Simon Gallup era, which nevertheless boasts a tremendous little bass line. I've always liked the line "You think you're tired now?/Well, wait until 3." Robert Smith's vocals are more annoying than usual. Ponder that. (7/10) 4) "Your Favorite Thing" by Sugar. Fantastic radio rock from Bob Mould's power trio. But the verses are really worse than I remembered, compared to that glorious guitar hook. (6/10) 5) "Once in the Morning" by Jimmy Webb. Strangely Van Morrisonish demi-ballad off his third solo album. (5/10) 6) "Living on a Thin Line" by The Kinks. Moody Dave Davies ballad from their last decent record in 1986. Used to great effect in that Sopranos episode where Ralphie beat a pregnant hooker to death. (8/10) 7) "These Important Years" by Husker Du. TWO Bob Mould songs? Whatever. This is the lead-off song on Warehouse, with earnest lyrics and shitty Grant Hart "I'm on heroin!" drumming. (8/10) 8) "Sleep Freak" by Heavy Stereo. Immortal heavy Britpop from the first band of that bass player in Oasis. (7/10) 9) "Run, Run, Run" by The Third Rail. Sissyish "Da Doo Ron Ron" rip-off from Nuggets. The spoken-word middle-eight can fuck off and die in Vietnam. (5/10) 10) "D-Rings" by The Embarrassment. All Embarrassment songs rule, and this is no exception. (9/10)|W|P|112295061674679538|W|P|Random 10|W|P|