Yes! QOTD

Sep. 10th, 2009 08:10 pm
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"It is time to take this country back. To make it safe for people who completed the seventh grade."

--Keith Olbermann
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Henry Rollins pulls no punches, as always.




Oh, it contains "language." 'Cause that's how we fucking communicate.

Via Pharyngula.
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Henry Rollins pulls no punches, as always.




Oh, it contains "language." 'Cause that's how we fucking communicate.

Via Pharyngula.
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While I still have some issues with positions taken by and statements made by Barack Obama, this speech, delivered today at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, is simply an amazingly powerful and brave statement.

http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2008/01/a-good-sermon-f.html

Read it all, and watch the video. Damned impressive.
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While I still have some issues with positions taken by and statements made by Barack Obama, this speech, delivered today at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, is simply an amazingly powerful and brave statement.

http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2008/01/a-good-sermon-f.html

Read it all, and watch the video. Damned impressive.
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Keith Olbermann ran this as his Number One story Friday on Countdown. Some of the best, most pointed political satire I've seen in a very long time.



Check their whole site out. Chock full of fun.

http://www.blimptv.net/index.html
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Keith Olbermann ran this as his Number One story Friday on Countdown. Some of the best, most pointed political satire I've seen in a very long time.



Check their whole site out. Chock full of fun.

http://www.blimptv.net/index.html
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At last, the caucuses are done, and Iowa will no longer be both freezing cold and full of hot air, at least for the next four years. Obama's solid win is impressive, though it would be more so if he hadn't done it by spending the last month sounding like a refugee from the GOP side (new Democratic slogan: "Social Security–It Works, Bitches!). Personally, I am leaning more towards Edwards, and am thus encourage by his second-place finish.

As for the party of permanent 9/11, they have now truly reaped the whirlwind they sowed many years ago. Mike Huckabee is their worst nightmare come true, an actual religious loon, as opposed to the fake ones they've used to pick up the fundamentalist vote in the past. And yeah, I consider anyone who chooses to deny everything known in the fields of physics, astronomy, biology, genetics and geology, to name but a few disciplines, to be a loon. The late rise of Teh Zombie Fred Thompson is also amusing, as he and the equally undead John McCain will battle for the brains of the party. Sadly, they shall find little sustenance.

It will be interesting to see what the next survey of an unrepresentative, insular group will turn up (you know, the New Hampshire primary).

And a hearty congratulations to the Jayhawks, who started strong and finished stronger to defeat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl last night. Now, on to the NCAA Tournament! Rock Chalk!

1) Love Comes Running Up That Hill Quickly (Placebo vs. Pet Shop Boys vs. Kate Bush), DJ Magnet

2) I Palindrome I, TMBG

3) When I Was Your Girlfriend, The Chubbies

4) How Do You Do It, The Beatles

5) Let The Devil In, TV On The Radio

6) Sunny Skies, Hello, Blue Roses

7) Disconnect the Dots, Of Montreal

8) Token Love Song (Tetris Girl), The Fullerenes

9) Sgt. Pepper's Paradise (Beatles vs. Guns N' Roses), Jimmi Jammes

10) Someday, Neil Young

And because too much is not enough:

11) Robo-Spies Must Die!!, RIAA

12) Heartland, The The

13) Sweet Dreams are Made of Seven Nation Army, DJ Poly

Hmmm, four mash-ups this time. Boing Boing has a link to the "Best of Bootie" collection for this year, which includes my current fave, Funky Goes To Hollywood.

And now, the first weekend of the year. With the possibility of the temperature getting up to 60 by Sunday, the call of the grill is getting louder. We shall see.
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At last, the caucuses are done, and Iowa will no longer be both freezing cold and full of hot air, at least for the next four years. Obama's solid win is impressive, though it would be more so if he hadn't done it by spending the last month sounding like a refugee from the GOP side (new Democratic slogan: "Social Security–It Works, Bitches!). Personally, I am leaning more towards Edwards, and am thus encourage by his second-place finish.

As for the party of permanent 9/11, they have now truly reaped the whirlwind they sowed many years ago. Mike Huckabee is their worst nightmare come true, an actual religious loon, as opposed to the fake ones they've used to pick up the fundamentalist vote in the past. And yeah, I consider anyone who chooses to deny everything known in the fields of physics, astronomy, biology, genetics and geology, to name but a few disciplines, to be a loon. The late rise of Teh Zombie Fred Thompson is also amusing, as he and the equally undead John McCain will battle for the brains of the party. Sadly, they shall find little sustenance.

It will be interesting to see what the next survey of an unrepresentative, insular group will turn up (you know, the New Hampshire primary).

And a hearty congratulations to the Jayhawks, who started strong and finished stronger to defeat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl last night. Now, on to the NCAA Tournament! Rock Chalk!

1) Love Comes Running Up That Hill Quickly (Placebo vs. Pet Shop Boys vs. Kate Bush), DJ Magnet

2) I Palindrome I, TMBG

3) When I Was Your Girlfriend, The Chubbies

4) How Do You Do It, The Beatles

5) Let The Devil In, TV On The Radio

6) Sunny Skies, Hello, Blue Roses

7) Disconnect the Dots, Of Montreal

8) Token Love Song (Tetris Girl), The Fullerenes

9) Sgt. Pepper's Paradise (Beatles vs. Guns N' Roses), Jimmi Jammes

10) Someday, Neil Young

And because too much is not enough:

11) Robo-Spies Must Die!!, RIAA

12) Heartland, The The

13) Sweet Dreams are Made of Seven Nation Army, DJ Poly

Hmmm, four mash-ups this time. Boing Boing has a link to the "Best of Bootie" collection for this year, which includes my current fave, Funky Goes To Hollywood.

And now, the first weekend of the year. With the possibility of the temperature getting up to 60 by Sunday, the call of the grill is getting louder. We shall see.
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Nov. 19, 1863:


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

* * * * *

This is one of the first things I ever memorized, in grade school. I can still get through most of it by heart. At the 2004 SMOFcon in D.C., I had the opportunity to see the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln memorial after I was picked up at the airport Wednesday night. The Wall was quite impressive on that cold winter night, with the dead leaves swirling around our feet, but I never really understood what a true memorial was until I stood in that massive place, staring up at Abe.
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Nov. 19, 1863:


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

* * * * *

This is one of the first things I ever memorized, in grade school. I can still get through most of it by heart. At the 2004 SMOFcon in D.C., I had the opportunity to see the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln memorial after I was picked up at the airport Wednesday night. The Wall was quite impressive on that cold winter night, with the dead leaves swirling around our feet, but I never really understood what a true memorial was until I stood in that massive place, staring up at Abe.
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While the tearing down of the NY Times Select Paywall has had its downside (please, hide MoDo and Brooks somewhere! Think of teh children!), unleashing Paul Krugman is a very good thing indeed. Today he takes on the "Bush is not a True Conservative" meme circulating in the Right blogosphere.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/opinion/08krugman.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Read it all, but he sums up:

Now, as they survey the wreckage of their cause, conservatives may ask themselves: “Well, how did we get here?” They may tell themselves: “This is not my beautiful Right.” They may ask themselves: “My God, what have we done?”

But their movement is the same as it ever was. And Mr. Bush is movement conservatism’s true, loyal heir.


Oh, and Steinbrenner Delenda Est!
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While the tearing down of the NY Times Select Paywall has had its downside (please, hide MoDo and Brooks somewhere! Think of teh children!), unleashing Paul Krugman is a very good thing indeed. Today he takes on the "Bush is not a True Conservative" meme circulating in the Right blogosphere.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/opinion/08krugman.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Read it all, but he sums up:

Now, as they survey the wreckage of their cause, conservatives may ask themselves: “Well, how did we get here?” They may tell themselves: “This is not my beautiful Right.” They may ask themselves: “My God, what have we done?”

But their movement is the same as it ever was. And Mr. Bush is movement conservatism’s true, loyal heir.


Oh, and Steinbrenner Delenda Est!
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19588942/

Read it (all of it, three pages worth). Seeing live was simply amazing, and invigorating. He laid it all out there: his anger, his pain, his disgust at what these clowns have done to his (and our) country. Check YouTube or Media Matters; if it's not out there yet, it will be soon.

Almost enough to give me some hope.

Almost.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19588942/

Read it (all of it, three pages worth). Seeing live was simply amazing, and invigorating. He laid it all out there: his anger, his pain, his disgust at what these clowns have done to his (and our) country. Check YouTube or Media Matters; if it's not out there yet, it will be soon.

Almost enough to give me some hope.

Almost.
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I got home from another pointless day at work to discover that Cheney had commuted "Scooter" Libby's jail term. With righteous indignation welling up, I watched "Countdown" and listened to the commentators discuss options available to Congress and to Patrick Fitzgerald. Keith Olbermann called for Cheney and Bush to resign, and will have a special commentary on that tomorrow. I'll certainly watch it, as the man is the most articulate voice of my feelings on the airwaves today.

But now, I'm just numb. I came of political age in the '70s, watching Watergate unravel every day in the paper and every night on the news, and devouring the House Impeachment Hearings the summer of '74. Now, of course, we have the editor of the Washington Post justifying Libby's lies, and Fox Noise and the rest of the Republican media machinery busily celebrating. Do I have any hope that anything will happen in response to this cynical obstruction of justice*? Not really. Libby's "defense fund" (bribe is such an ugly word) will pay his fine, and he'll quickly find employment at AEI or Cato or one of the dozens of Scaife-funded wingnut welfare organizations. And tomorrow another dozen or so US troops and many more Iraqi civilians will die, for no good reason. And tomorrow. And tomorrow.

Wasn't planning to tonight, but I am definitely drinking now. Balvenie Doublewood.

Despair.


*Yes, obstruction. By commuting the sentence, Cheney gives Libby the cover of his continuing appeal to take the Fifth if he's called before Congress or a grand jury. Very clever.
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I got home from another pointless day at work to discover that Cheney had commuted "Scooter" Libby's jail term. With righteous indignation welling up, I watched "Countdown" and listened to the commentators discuss options available to Congress and to Patrick Fitzgerald. Keith Olbermann called for Cheney and Bush to resign, and will have a special commentary on that tomorrow. I'll certainly watch it, as the man is the most articulate voice of my feelings on the airwaves today.

But now, I'm just numb. I came of political age in the '70s, watching Watergate unravel every day in the paper and every night on the news, and devouring the House Impeachment Hearings the summer of '74. Now, of course, we have the editor of the Washington Post justifying Libby's lies, and Fox Noise and the rest of the Republican media machinery busily celebrating. Do I have any hope that anything will happen in response to this cynical obstruction of justice*? Not really. Libby's "defense fund" (bribe is such an ugly word) will pay his fine, and he'll quickly find employment at AEI or Cato or one of the dozens of Scaife-funded wingnut welfare organizations. And tomorrow another dozen or so US troops and many more Iraqi civilians will die, for no good reason. And tomorrow. And tomorrow.

Wasn't planning to tonight, but I am definitely drinking now. Balvenie Doublewood.

Despair.


*Yes, obstruction. By commuting the sentence, Cheney gives Libby the cover of his continuing appeal to take the Fifth if he's called before Congress or a grand jury. Very clever.

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