June 23, 2008
George Carlin was one of the greatest. Don't expect wall-to-wall Tim Russert-like coverage of his death.
Here's George on war (or, in his words, "Prick Waving"):
and here's some classic early Carlin (quite a contrast):
FMU's got a lot more.
June 16, 2008
Someone Had To Say It
Jonathan Schwarz over at This Modern World:
How Tim Russert Helped Plant the Seeds for Iraq WarHere's an "obscene" example of tears shed for Russert:
December 19, 1999: With Al Gore as guest, Tim Russert says on Meet the Press: “One year ago Saddam Hussein threw out all the inspectors who could find his chemical or nuclear capability.” Russert asks Gore what he’s going to do about this.
Soon afterward: Sam Husseini leaves a message on Russert’s answering machine, and speaks to two of his assistants, telling them the inspectors were withdrawn by the UN at the request of the United States.
January 2, 2000: With Madeleine Albright as guest, Tim Russert repeats the error on Meet the Press: “One year ago, the inspectors were told, ‘Get out,’ by Saddam Hussein.” Russert asks Albright what she’s going to do about this.
January 21, 2000: Sam Husseini writes a letter to Russert, again laying out the facts, and requests a correction.
January 22, 2000-March 19, 2003: Russert never corrects his error.
March 19, 2003-present: Hundreds of thousands of people die in Iraq War. Russert dies, not in Iraq War. Official Washington weeps copious tears for Russert and his Extraordinary Journalistic Standards.
It's surely no consolation to his family if we note that Russert dedicated himself to the pursuit of a noble cause: journalism, the free flow of information, the First Amendment, the need (more than ever) to hold politicians accountable for their words and actions. That, in fact, is more than a noble cause. It is patriotism. And his passing is sad proof that a patriot can sacrifice himself for the country he loves without dying in battle.I'll only accept this argument if I never have to hear someone question Barack Obama's patriotism ever again.
June 11, 2008
Why I'm Voting Independent
Why I'm Voting Republican
June 10, 2008
I Stand Corrected
The "Sneezing Panda" did make an appearance in Weezer's "Pork and Beans" video as revealed in this behind-the-scenes promotional video:
Weezer - The Making of "Pork and Beans"
The Stupid Hurts
The Daily Show has irrefutable evidence that getting your news from television networks and their affiliated websites will make you dumber:
June 09, 2008
John McCain's a Bigger Dick Than You Thought
The Maverick's first wife speaks:
...She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news.Ah, the sanctity of marriage...
But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries.
When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter.
Through sheer hard work, Carol learned to walk again. But when John McCain came home from Vietnam, she had gained a lot of weight and bore little resemblance to her old self...
Carol insists she remains on good terms with her ex-husband, who agreed as part of their divorce settlement to pay her medical costs for life. ‘I have no bitterness,’
she says. ‘My accident is well recorded. I had 23 operations, I am five inches shorter than I used to be and I was in hospital for six months. It was just awful, but it wasn’t the reason for my divorce.
‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens...it just does.’
June 05, 2008
Elmo Auditions for Scorsese's Casino
It's About Time
Here's the context:
(photos taken by "the mrs." in nyc)
Question: I've been reading a number of articles (for example, this one) that puts the primary onus of "healing" the Democratic Party on Barack. I know he will (because he's good like that), but shouldn't Hillary be the one charged with that task? She's the one who has continually tried her darnedest to rip the party apart. Just sayin'...
"McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare"
Pass it on. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c&feature=email
June 04, 2008
They Had Me At Hello
But lost me as soon as Owen Wilson & Jennifer Aniston showed up:
(and I like Owen Wilson...)
McCain Tells Obama to Get Off His Lawn,
Clinton Takes a Giant Dump on the Democratic Party
and Obama Simply Rocks the House
Clinton Takes a Giant Dump on the Democratic Party
and Obama Simply Rocks the House
Talk about contrast, these three speeches couldn't have been more different. McCain seemed like he was on some weird medication and acted like he would have rather been anywhere else but in "New Orleans" (can you blame him with that backdrop?). Clinton was ungracious, divisive and narcissistic on a night that should have been her moment to prove otherwise. And Obama was, simply put, PRESIDENTIAL. Here they are, in case you missed them:
June 03, 2008
This Is Why We Need A Change (Sorry John, Sorry Hillary)
Fearless leader George W. Bush on his decision to go to war in Iraq (from a new book by NBC News' Richard Engel):
"'This is the great war of our times. It is going to take forty years,'" [Bush told Engel]. "Bush said in forty years the world would know if the war on terrorism, and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, had reduced extremism, helped moderates, and promoted democracy."Can we have the election tomorrow?
- Bush admits to Engel that going to war was a decision based on his personal instinct and not on any long-range strategy for the Mideast:
"I know people are saying we should have left things the way they were, but I changed after 9/11. I had to act. I don't care if it created more enemies. I had to act."
June 02, 2008
Weezer Also Forgot Ms. Winehouse
I know it's wrong to laugh at train wrecks but this is one funny train wreck. An instant classic, made even greater by the bad sync and subtitles. Godspeed Amy...
A Series of YouTubes
I'm sure by now you've seen the new Weezer video -- the one that should be the last word as far as YouTube parody videos go (but you know it won't be). Wait, you haven't seen it? Okay, here it is:
Videogum did a post on the top ten YouTube "phenoms" not paid tribute to by the Weezer boys. I don't agree with all of the choices but these two definitely stood out (and I have no idea how I missed them the first time around):
The Rude Abides
It makes sense (to me at least) that The Rude Pundit would compose the most common sense post I've seen so far about Hillary Clinton and her supporters. I was wondering how we were supposed to deal with people like this:
Now, I know:
Reasoning with the Unreasonable:Amen, brother.
At this point in the neverending self-flagellation that is the Democratic Party's Trail of Tears to the nomination, it's worthless to attempt to reason with Hillary Clinton's supporters. No matter how much you try to point out that Clinton agreed to the nominating process at the beginning, they won't care. None of it matters: not the facts that she was the frontrunner and presumptive nominee up until the Iowa caucuses, that Harold Ickes (a man desperately in need of a punch in the nuts) voted to "punish" Florida and Michigan. You can't start an argument by saying that Clinton herself said that even elected delegates can change who they support; therefore, the fight for the "will of the people" or whatever in Florida and Michigan isn't really what's at stake. You can't speak to them metaphorically, like saying how if you start a game of stick ball, you can't in the middle of an inning say that second base ain't the car on the corner anymore, that it's the fire hydrant half a block down, just because it turns out the other team has faster runners. Or that we're no longer gonna score by runs, just by how many bases you touch. No, no, such figurative language won't do for Clinton's followers.
The Rude Pundit would like to think that if he was in the position of Clinton's voters, that his candidate was actually losing the nomination, he'd have the sense to toss in the towel, as many previous Clinton supporters are doing. He'd like to think that, well, shit, the rules sometimes suck, but so be it. And instead work to change the rules for the future. Yes, he'd like to think he'd be so gracious. Indeed, when it seemed that Clinton was the inevitable nominee back last year, the Rude Pundit was ready to go all in to defeat the real enemy, and that was never Hillary Clinton. And he certainly knows that he wouldn't keep fighting if Clinton got the number of delegates needed to win the nomination.
As Democrats, one of the things we have to figure out is how to respect the rage of the hardcore Clinton voters. While relying on commenters on a website for perspective is about as smart as thinking that your crack addict sister is actually gonna use that money you loaned to buy groceries for her kid, it's a bit alarming to read the rank hatred over at the Hillary Clinton blog in reaction to the statement by Ickes (a man desperately in need of a cock-kicking) to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee that he's pissed and might take it to the convention.
In the over 1400 reactions, there's despair and arrogance and, yes, insanity, as well as a kind of support group mentality mixed with mass hysteria. Most of the comments are about how to proceed, and there's roughly five paths: fight for the nomination all the way to the convention in Denver, consequences be damned; or, if Obama is the nominee, write-in Clinton, get Clinton to run as an Independent, vote for McCain as a protest against the DNC, or not vote at all. These sentiments are spread over numerous writers, not just a couple of people bitching at each other, as so many comment threads become.
Now, we can simply flip these people off, treat them like deluded children and say, "Yeah, right, get in line, fuckers. You'll be voting for Obama like a good Democrat." It'd be like the way the Republicans treat the religious right or the way Bill Clinton treated black people. But that's a bullshit way to act toward fellow Democrats.
We can also appeal to reason, saying that, just for the sake of Supreme Court appointments (which might include Hillary or Bill, gang), you gotta vote for Obama. Don't go all Nader on the nation.
But how, Christ, how do we treat members of the family who have become estranged? It's all such projection now, this whole quixotic battle that Clinton supporters are engaged in. It's projection of years of waiting for a female candidate that had an honest shot. It's projection for the way Al Gore was screwed out of the presidency. It's projection for how seven years of George W. Bush have left Americans feeling as if what they believed about government and the nation was worthless.
We who support Obama cannot take this rage for granted. Surely, Obama has his work cut out for him in reaching out to Clinton supporters, when he secures the majority of the delegates. When that moment comes, though, it's incumbent upon us, the Obama supporters in Left Blogsylvania, to offer comfort to Clinton's most rabid acolytes and give them another place to call home.
And then let's fuckin' tear John McCain's hopes and dreams to shreds.
This Is Humbling
I will never, ever refer to myself as a sort-of-musician again: