A well-made independent film is the remedy to the malady that is Hollywood. Predictability is lost in the Indie, as is the viewer's self-awareness.
What can I say? I'm red-blooded and American.
I discovered this via DailyKos, reminding me of when John McCain was getting grief from Colorado Republicans during last falls campaign because he was saying water from the Colorado River ought to be accessible in Arizona. I remember thinking, that could get ugly. Clearly I had... have no idea...
Do you want to know who to blame for the US not being optimally prepared for an influenza pandemic? Start with Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins[.]... which is not to absolve the Maine Democrats either. Tom Allen ran a monumentally half-assed campaign against Collins up here last year, and the Maine Dems therefore owe it to the rest of the country to find somebody better suited than nominating a milquetoast like Tom Allen for the Governor's chair next year.
Arizona State University has announced that it will not award an honorary degree to Obama when he gives the school's commencement speech on May. 13.Well, let's see: community organizer goes on to the Illinois State Legislature goes on to the United States Senate goes on to the Presidency of the United States. Never mind that Ms. Keeler (and evidently everybody in the ASU administration) is beyond stupid, the question ought to be whether anybody who ever received a degree from Arizona State, be it honorary or legit (and all those are now called into question), who's done more vis a vis their respective bodies of work?
“Because President Obama’s body of work is yet to come, it’s inappropriate to recognize him at this time,” said University spokeswoman Sharon Keeler, as reported by the ASU State Press.
Keeler said ASU only awards honorary degrees to “someone who’s really outstanding, who has made outstanding contributions in their field."
She said I should talk more about my cat; that people like that sort of thing here. I didn't know I still had a cat. Explains a few things.
8:53 AM Mar 20th from web
There's a kid on a Pogo stick in front of my house. It's nearly midnight so let's assume he's been drinking. This should end well for him.
7:41 PM Mar 18th from web
Someone corrected my last post; said it's "frightened by" not "frightened of." Know what else I'm frightened of? Crazy people.
6:29 AM Mar 18th from web
After repeatedly telling Cheney his mind was made up, Bush became so exasperated with Cheney's persistence he told aides he didn't want to discuss the matter any further.And just as suddenly I'm left scratching my noggin. So why didn't Dubya pardon Scooter Libby? The guess here is The Decider resented his #2 for taking the precipitant action of outing Valerie Plame without consulting him first, and causing as much a serious shit-storm as Dubya's people had to handle.
The unsuccessful full-court press left Cheney bitter. "He's furious with Bush," a Cheney source told The News. "He's really angry about it and decided he's going to say what he believes."
WASHINGTON – A classified Pentagon report urges President Barack Obama to shift U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on targeting Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan with the aid of Pakistani military forces.Setting aside for now a "classified Pentagon report" winding up on the internet (Daniel Ellsberg, call your office), nation-building Afghanistan always struck me as idiotic. The Soviets merely wanted to occupy the hellish place and look what happened to the Soviet Union. No, better we chase the Taliban hither and yon for eternity while keeping our troops out of harm's way as much as possible. It'll cost less too. If we can't build a democracy there, at least we can prevent it from resettling into that ugly theocracy again.
[P]oll data like this could indicate that the Republican Party is getting ready to relive the classic cycle of ruling parties who get turned out of power in a landslide: With the party base itself shrunk down, the people who are still around are the most hard-line members, and are really the least fit people to fix the situation.Now if you'll excuse me, I'm in a public cafe and feel a powerful need to suppress a giggle.
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Banks in Florida, Maryland and Utah were closed yesterday as regulators wrapped up the busiest month for failures since the housing slump began in 2006.Save for the FDIC, one imagines a scene right out of It's a Wonderful Life. In time? Who knows? Could be worse.
France paralysed by a wave of strike action, the boulevards of Paris resembling a debris-strewn battleﬁeld. The Hungarian currency sinks to its lowest level ever against the euro, as the unemployment ﬁgure rises. Greek farmers block the road into Bulgaria in protest at low prices for their produce. New ﬁgures from the biggest bank in the Baltic show that the three post-Soviet states there face the biggest recessions in Europe.Well, that's over there -- not here. Yet. Meanwhile, this stuff is right out a Stanley Kubrick or Sidney Lumet movie. Hard to fathom it as reality. Maybe it'll catch up to me when I can't withdraw funds from my savings or a brick comes crashing through my window.
"What you're observing out there may not seem as exciting as what you see on Law & Order," said Coleman. "But the principles that we're fighting for, that I fully believe are being established today, are more important than anything you'll see on Law & Order."Okay, Tom Cruise, I was glib. Coleman's lawsuit isn't so much frivolous as it is likely fruitless. I only wish Al Gore fought this hard in 2000 or John Kerry did in 2004, because those assholes had better cases to be brought against Florida and Ohio.
"Jesse Lynch is a brilliant and genre-defying pianist...capable of ferocious passion and tender subtlety at any given moment. His well rounded talent is as big as his musical vocabulary."
Producer, Old Port Records
"Jesse is one of the most talented and versatile musical souls I have ever worked with. His playing is technically exceptional and inspired no matter what style he is performing. He brings an egoless, open and creative energy to any ensemble playing with a sensitivity and maturity rarely found in players twice his age..."
Jazz Bassist, Meditator
"In my numerous performances with Jesse Lynch, I have found in him complete freedom-of-expression, clarity of stylistic understanding, and a depth of sincere personal involvement which I have always wished to find in my collegues. Jesse's technique is electrifying, his metamorphic trailblazing of ideas is thrilling, and his commitment to the moment is as strong as, if not stronger than what I have experienced with the greatest musicians I've worked with over the course of my career."
Trumpeter, Composer, Producer
"Jesse connects the horizons of minimalist sensuality to an explosive apocalyptic synergy. These are not terms regularly applied to music. Jesse Lynch is a musician who can not be cloaked in familiar robes...his improvisations are informed by the masters, his deft embrace of the spirit of creation and his deep love of music, spontaneity and truth."
"Mercury is toxic in all its forms," said IATP's David Wallinga, M.D., and a co-author in both studies. "Given how much high fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the FDA to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply."Please pass the Soylent Green.
The plan is simple: everyone is eligible for a version of Medicare under a new U.S. National Health Insurance Program.All in favor, say Aye!
The program would effectively put private insurers out of business. What to do with all those employees? Hire them, says Conyers' bill.
Michelle Obama's gown: love it or leave it?
Love it 55.4%
Leave it 38.49%
Limbaugh: I Hope Obama FailsWhat is there to add except to dismiss him as his own posterior's aperture?
"Although many of the vehicles' security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car's security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world," said Nicholas Trotta, assistant director for the Office of Protective Operations."
Scientists have found that the pleasure women get from making love is directly linked to the size of their partner’s bank balance.That's it! Time to get started on my best-seller.
They found that the wealthier a man is, the more frequently his partner has orgasms.
Good-bye to your rip-offs, your malice, your arrogance, your ignorance, your outlawry, your denial, your deceit, your cronyism and your stubborn refusal to cease pushing the envelope in the department of shameless villainy. Goodbye to the administration you constructed of turdiness and explained with truthiness. To your smirk and your snarl. To your conscienceless cruelty. Good-bye to your corruption, your vanity, your world without grays. Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye, you insufferable despot, and good riddance.Dude, you forgot the disgusting eating habits.
On Friday night, [Obama] told CNN's John King that he has "always thought" Bush was a "good guy."However, I reserve the right to change my mind should my Attorney General bring indictments for war crimes.
Following Tuesday's arrest of former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle for murder in the fatal shooting of a defenseless suspect on New Year's Eve, another man has come forward to allege that Mehserle used excessive force against him on an earlier occasion.Admittedly this dude is an extreme case, but it'd be nice if we could vet candidate cops like they were cabinet nominees. Too often, it seems, the uniform itself confers some sense of absolute authority -- absolute in the mind of the wearer anyway, nearly always exceeding that which is necessary. And when that happens, bad things, as most certainly in this case, occur.
Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said he will hold hearings and possibly subpoena NCAA officials, college presidents, players, coaches and athletics directors in an effort to force a playoff in Division 1-A football, USA Today reports.The yakkety yaks fuss about Congress needing to focus on the stimulus bill -- and fersherr, they really oughta. But the BCS, as I've said before, is a good-ol'-boyz abomination to any purist sports fan. Moreover, if the Repos can grandstand on steroids in Baseball (and how great is it, by the by, that they took down one of their reptilian own in Roger Clemens? -- Bwahahha!!), I figure a 1-A playoff system would go a long way to decentralize a Repo enclave and help -- *ahem* -- Spread The Wealth!
Asked if he plans to introduce the [military draft] legislation again in 2009, Rangel last week said, “Probably … yes."As I've said before, I'm all in favor of a draft, provided it's reverse-means tested. No exceptions: Family net worth determines who gets got first with the wealthiest kids getting tossed into the back of the truck, and only then go the upper middle kids, then the middle class kids, then the low enders, etc. Freakin' teenagers!
JOE: The story here is people are being killed and the media's slanting it and trying to make it Hamas is, uh, as far as, that Israel's being bad. Do you believe Israel is bad?And Joe's real real good -- at what, I have no idea.
REPORTER: Do I believe it?
JOE: Yeah, do you?!
REPORTER: I'm Israeli, so...
JOE: So answer the question!
REPORTER: No, I don't think Israel is bad.
JOE: Do you think Israel has every right to protect itself?
JOE: You do?!
JOE: Have you said that on air?
REPORTER: I'm just a reporter.
"Would you mind autographing my shoe?" And I hold it aloft.
As a hoot (that, and the fact he still doesn't get it), he says "Shurr!"
And I say, "Here! Catch!
"Put me down as clearly as you possibly can as one who wants to have those tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans repealed," she said.Like, Rah! Madame Speaker wants to let Dems be Dems again? Where were you when it counted, [lady]!?