July 25, 2008
I was a big rap fan back in the late '80s before it became all blinged-out and violent. You know, when it was smart and/or had a sense of humor (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Black Sheep). This mash-up of a M.O.P. song makes it all good again:
July 24, 2008
Either John McCheese has no idea what he's talking about or he is a colossal liar:
The major Sunni sheik who John McCain said was protected by the surge and subsequently helped lead the Anbar Awakening, was actually assassinated by an al-Qaeda led group in midst of the surge.Sadly, the mainstream media along with too many Americans believe that John McCain knows how to win wars that are unwinnable.
On Tuesday evening, McCain falsely claimed that the downturn in violence in Iraq's Anbar province was a result of the surge, when in fact the surge began months afterward. Moreover, he said, if it weren't for the work of U.S. forces, the major Sunni figure leading that awakening wouldn't have had the protection he needed.
"Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks," said the Senator. "Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening."
The Arizona Republican's campaign went further the next day, claiming that the major figures that turned around Anbar province would have been killed had the surge policy not been in place. "If Barack Obama had had his way, the Sheiks who started the Awakening would have been murdered at the hands of al Qaeda," said spokesman Tucker Bounds.
Sadly, that murder took place even with the surge underway. In September 2007, Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, the sheik widely credited with persuading Sunni leaders to turn against al Qaeda in Iraq, died in a bomb attack in Anbar. His work, prior to then, was held as a major effort in transforming the province from one of Iraq's deadliest areas into one of its safest.
July 22, 2008
July 17, 2008
Who could possibly want to eat dinner while being suspended in the air by a crane? A crane!!! These people:
(Click to watch)
(h/t WFMU's Beware of the Blog)
July 16, 2008
Sean Tevis has decided to "retire" his current anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-evolution, pro-censorship State Representative in Kansas. He believes he can achieve his goal if 3,000 people donate $8.34 to his campaign:
(Click for the complete story and to donate)
C'mon: You know you've wasted $8.34 on much less important things. For example, that picture of Jake Gyllenhaal shopping for magazines:
(h/t Boing Boing and good luck to Sean!)
July 15, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 10, 2008
The Rude Pundit writes it so I don't have to (and it's a good thing because, a) I don't have the time and b) he's a far superior writer):
...Anyone who actually listened to Obama and read about his positions knew that he was, at best, slightly to the left of moderate (in today's right-warped political belief continuum). Those who believed he was a liberal savior were actually just reacting to the right wing's portrayal of him as "the mostest liberalest Senator" or some such shit, as in "Well, hell, if Bill O'Reilly says he's the mostest liberalest, then he's the candidate for me." We on the left often make this mistake: to see ourselves only as reflected in the conservative nutzoid mirror.But don't worry, The Rude One's not going to let Obama off the hook for his FISA vote:
(It's the same reason so many on the left romanticize the Clinton presidency. Jesus, back in 1996, when Clinton had triangulated himself to near-Reagan levels of corporate lackey-ism, the only reason the Rude Pundit voted at all was because of Supreme Court appointees.)
Barack Obama's reversal of his position on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 was a craven, cowardly bullshit move that ought to haunt him with the left (and libertarian right) for the rest of the campaign. By voting for the bill yesterday (including voting for cloture), Obama made a mistake that is the political equivalent of Hillary Clinton's Iraq war vote. (They are not morally equivalent, since the dead would probably rather be alive and spied on.) And while there's no telling how Clinton would have voted had she been the nominee, just as there's no way to know how Obama would have voted on the war had he been in the Senate in 2002, the New York Senator was unencumbered and able to take the moral high ground and voted against the bill.And now for the payoff:
It wouldn't be so bad if Obama hadn't made an absolutely definitive statement about opposing any bill that contained immunity from civil lawsuits for telecommunications companies. But the bill did contain it. And he still voted for it. So he joined with other enabling Democrats to be like beaten dogs to their President-owner, hoping that Bush would praise them and pet them, even briefly. A proud, proud moment.
Ultimately, many of us who support Obama do so even if we know his flaws, even if our stomachs churn when he acts like another politician desperate to get elected. That's because, like Michael Moore pointed out, his movement is more important than he is. If he's bringing legions of new voters to the party, then that means big ass gains in Congress. It's a way of transitioning away from the enormous damage done to our America this century. It's gonna take time, probably a few presidents, to heal ourselves. This ain't about forgiving Obama or giving him a pass. If a President Obama does nothing else but get us out of Iraq, even if it takes more than 16 months, then that's a running start.Remember where our idealism got us in 2000, Ralph Nader voters?
Maybe the only way to achieve some ideals is to give up our idealism.
July 09, 2008
As my niece Lily explained to me, there's a new generation out there: The generation that loves to advertise itself. This is one of the most striking examples:
If you loved that, you're going to love what happened to Courtney after she posted herself watching the Wall-E trailer.
(via Elephant Larry's Group Blog)
July 07, 2008
A Peace of History:
"In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit, and timeless message."
July 02, 2008
Actual AP story:
Poll: Obama beats McCain as barbecue guestPeople would rather barbecue burgers with Barack Obama than with John McCain.However, to be fair to the esteemed AP news team, the article did contain this gem:
While many are still deciding who should be president, by 52 percent to 45 percent they would prefer having Obama than McCain to their summer cookout, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Wednesday.
Having Obama to a barbecue would be like a relaxed family gathering, while inviting McCain "would be more like a retirement party than something fun," said Wesley Welbourne, 38, a systems engineer from Washington, D.C.