Bush gets booed like Colonel Sanders at a PETA Convention...
...and still, the slack-jawed commentators (Johnny Miller and Joe Morgan) instictively fawn all over him.
SnakeHead Calls Richardson a Judas
Snakehead is his wife affectionate term for him*. I don't mean it in nearly the same way. Carville's whiny screed about Richardson's endorsement of Obama is a new low for him.
- Heck, I give myself some credit for managing to get the Clinton and Obama campaigns to agree on something -- that neither wanted to be associated with my remarks.
*Which is probably about as affectionate as Mary Matlin is capable of being..
How She Remembers It
We may look back and say that the Bosnia-sniper gaffe was her macaca moment...
More PA Stuff
Apparently, the Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to tie a record of futility of the Phillies from the '30's and '40's.
- The Pittsburgh franchise hasn't finished above .500 since 1992. If, as universally predicted, the Pirates turn in their 16th consecutive losing season this year, they will tie the all-time frustration record for professional sport set by the Philadelphia Phillies...
Great news from the Keystone State...
Sen. Bob Casey will be endorsing Barack Obama and joining him on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania...
Increased violence = Evidence of success in Iraq...
Wow. George Orwell himself couldn't have written a more backward storyline...
The Pentagon on Wednesday said an eruption of violence in southern Iraq, where US-backed government forces were battling Shiite militias, was a "by-product of the success of the surge."Don Rumsfeld is not gone, he just changed his name...
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said it showed that the Iraqi government and security forces were now confident enough to take the initiative against Shiite extremists in the southern port of Basra.
John McCain: Big fan of recycling...his speeches...
But will his base (read as: The Media) call him on it?
A question for you married folks...
If you knew then what you know now and could go back and make changes, how many people that attended your wedding WOULD NOT get an invite?
My wife and I have pegged our number at about 20% of the attendees.
Is that wrong?
The Best of Her Generation
Playing that early 1700's Stradivarius accompanied by great piano, this Hillary brings to music what her political namesake can never do; class and first class execution...
Roger Waters always seemed like a douche to me...
That's why I'm happy to say that one of my favorite Pink Floyd tunes came long after he left the band...
"On The Turning Away"
The Man Himself...
Check this one out just to hear how good an electric guitar can sound...
"Jenna's Eyes" by Paul Reed Smith
Another serving of Cake...
It's the theme song for the best show on TV, Chuck, and with lyrics like this, how can you go wrong?
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity,
Who uses a machette to cut through red tape,
With fingernails that shine like justice,
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass...
"Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by Cake
Davidson Wildcats: Tougher on Jesuits than Regan MacNeil...
After tossing Gonzaga and Georgetown down the steps like Father Damien Karras, the Davidson Wildcats are on to the Sweet 16.
Who thinks they can make the Final Four?
"There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama has the judgment and courage we need in a commander-in-chief when our nation's security is on the line...He showed this judgment by opposing the Iraq war from the start, and he has shown it during this campaign by standing up for a new era in American leadership internationally."
--Gov. Bill Richardson
Tonight's Banjo Selection
Some Turlough O'Carolan: Concerto on Banjo...
Answering (some of the) Agents of Intolerance
- The John McCain campaign has suspended an aide for circulating a political attack video that splices together footage of Barack Obama, his long-time pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and historical imagery of “black power” proponents. The YouTube video, called “Is Obama Wright?,” was making the rounds on conservative blogs, before the McCain aide, identified as Soren Dayton, was punished for posting it on a personal Twitter page.
The YouTube video in question showed snippets of incendiary Wright sermons, including one where he refers to the United States as the “U.S. of KKK-A,” interspersed with clips of Obama denying being present during the controversial sermons. The video also includes a clip of Malcolm X, the rap song “Fight the Power” and segments questioning Obama’s patriotism. The Politico reported that the video was made in part by Lee Habeeb, former producer for “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
Al In Charge...
...means that overpaying will happen. FatMarcus Russell will never justify his guaranteed money and neither will DeAngelo Hall, who just got $24.5 guaranteed. I have no doubt that both will contribute considerably to that annual disappointment of a "team" known as the Raiders.
But are they worth the money in a salary cap environment? I doubt it. But "Me"Angelo Hall is now on the right team. The Raiders have always attracted guys who put the "I" in team - reflective of Al "Old Doddering Dufus" Davis - and clearly still do.
One More Seat In Play
- United State Representative Thomas M. Reynolds announced Thursday that he will not seek another term in Congress...
- Mr. Reynolds, a Republican, said he wanted to spend more time with his family and indicated that recent criticism had not been a factor in his decision.
- ..“I had time to reflect on the State Senate seat in the north country and Congressman Hastert’s seat in Illinois.” He was referring to the recent Democratic victories in elections to fill posts that had long been in Republican hands. In New York, a Democrat, Darrel J. Aubertine, defeated the Republican, William A. Barclay, for a State Senate seat had had been Republican for more than a century. In Illinois, a Democrat, Bill Foster, won election to the House seat vacated by J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker. Mr. Hastert, a Republican, had held the seat for two decades.
There aren't too many Scottish singers that are worth a crap...
...luckily, once upon time there was Gerry Rafferty...
And yes, Brad, this is a fantastic tune as well.
A.I., you showed some class last night...
...but I'm still glad you're gone, and I'm really glad you lost to the Sixers...
Foreign policy is his strong suit?
John McCain thinks Iran is training al-Qaeda in Iraq.
I'll allow Sen. Obama to address the Wright controversy himself...
I haven't heard the whole thing, but what I've seen thusfar is brilliant...
UPDATE: I really like Andrew Sullivan's take on the speech...
I have never felt more convinced that this man's candidacy - not this man, his candidacy - and what he can bring us to achieve - is an historic opportunity. This was a testing; and he did not merely pass it by uttering safe bromides. He addressed the intimate, painful love he has for an imperfect and sometimes embittered man. And how that love enables him to see that man's faults and pain as well as his promise. This is what my faith is about. It is what the Gospels are about. This is a candidate who does not merely speak as a Christian. He acts like a Christian.
How's your bracket looking?
I'll tell you how my bracket is looking: Nothing.
For the first time since 1992 (when I rode Duke to a $250 payday), I'm not doing one! Someone remind me why the hell I have a job...Just kidding.
Let's break it down into four categories so everyone can play...
Final Four: Memphis, West Virginia, Louisville, Kansas
Nat'l Champion: Memphis
Sleepers: Davidson (you've convinced me, DFL!), Baylor, St. Joe's
Busts: Duke, Tennessee, Texas
My Favorite (non-Muppet) Irish Band
Happy St. Paddy's...
Ain't Nobody Going to Keep Their Promises
Great stuff from The Nation.
- Events unfolding this week on the lower end of Manhattan will cancel out all the projects John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been talking about. McCain will have to deal with the home truth that, though he may dig up enough soldier boys for the Middle Eastern wars, there is no money to pay for them. And thanks to the ever-shrinking dollar, other countries are not going to lend us more money to carry them on. We have run out of money: it's time to cut and run.
After having been called on a BS offer by John McCain on the initial US military tanker-plane contract(Google "Drunyun"), Boeing is forcing a 100-day delay in execution of a contract to supply much needed new tankers the USAF. After Boeing's performance in the initial competition, it is hard to imagine that this heavily-scrutinized "competition" was improper. EADS was up against the inherent homer-advantage, and won fair and square, with a design that provides more capability than Boeing's modified 767's. It is not "competition" if one side is not allowed to win.
Perhaps his best ever...(hat tip: Antonious)
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!! THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!
Last night, I had a REAL PHILADELPHIA CHEESESTEAK for the first time in the Tar Heel state!
Fat Philly's recently opened in Holly Springs, and they are making the real thing using the same bread, meat, and cheese that you'd find in downtown Philly.
The owners are very good people, and yes, they take catering orders.
P.S. Don't get me wrong, there are several places around here where you can get a great cheesesteak, but this is the first REAL thing I've seen. Excellent!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
Let's start it off with my favorite Irish tune...
"Black Velvet Band" by The Dubliners
How do you upstage the biggest band in the world doing one of their songs?
This is how...
"One" by U2 & Mary J. Blige
A Favorite of Mine for a Long While Now,
Was an instant hit in Bluegrass circles when it came out...Lennon/McCarntey were the real deal on several different levels. (Discuss amongst yourselves......)
I Can't Decide Which Sex Scandal Was Biggest (and don't care)
But I find the creepiest photo to be Bob Packw0od's. Look at the expression on his face, and the uncomfortable, fake smile on her face. Have a look. You know you want to.
Generally Speaking, There is an Inverse Relationship Between A Nation's Religiosity and It's Wealth
Echoing some of the themes from The Lessons of Terror, by Caleb Carr:
- Politics, technology, military capacity, and diseases have all played decisive roles in shaping history, yet it is impossible to understand the rise and fall of empires, the clash of civilizations, and the evolving balance of power without appreciating the unique fervor that religion inspires, and the speed with which new religions can spread"
- "...religious leaders prone to fanaticism are likely to find that the price of using force to spread God’s word, or to try to monopolize it, will be a greatly diminished hold on the future. Moreover, the future may come sooner than we think. We have seen how rapidly religion has spread in the past, claiming adherents from competing faiths before the competition knew what hit them. Both secularism and secularly inspired ways of being religious are spreading just as rapidly—maybe even more so. Historians may one day look back on the next few decades, not as yet another era when religious conflicts enveloped countries and blew apart established societies, but as the era when secularization took over the world."
Where Are Her Tax Returns, and Why is She Overstating Herself So Much?
From Taegan Goddard:
- "She did not sit in on national security meetings. She did not have a security clearance. She did not attend meetings in the situation room. She conducted no negotiations. She did not manage any part of the national security bureaucracy." -- Former Clinton White House aide Greg Craig, in an interview with the National Journal, adding that Sen Hillary Clinton has "in serious ways overstated, if not grossly exaggerated, the nature of her experience."
Agreeing With Mukasey
He points out that the 9/11 f-stains wanted to be martyrs in the first place. Though imminently deserving of death, they should be denied it - because that is what they hope for.
- ...."many of them want to be martyrs.."
- "The attorney general said his view was a personal opinion. The Justice Department will participate in the trial, he said, but the Defense Department will be in charge.
A testimonial to how bad the Phillies were in the mid-80's...
They had Don Carman, Steve Bedrosian and Kevin Gross prominently featured in a series of commercials that were actually intended to get people to watch the team.
I guess Bruce Ruffin showed up late for the shoot...
Now this guy was the real deal...
A proud liberal Democrat who proved that it's possible for a millionaire to be concerned with the needs of those on the other end of the socioeconomic spectrum.
Former Ohio Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (1917-2008)
Metzenbaum was one of the Senate's wealthiest members, yet he prospered in politics for more than half a century as a champion of working men and women.
Metzenbaum's outlook was forged by the Depression, and his politics by Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. He remained an unreconstructed liberal Democrat to the end.
He achieved near-legendary status as a foe of big business, an advocate for consumer causes, and a tough infighter blocking scores of special interest bills. He believed he could have won a fourth consecutive term, but made way for a run by his son-in-law, lawyer Joel Hyatt, who lost the Senate seat to Republican Mike DeWine.
"Shearing the Sheep"
- Two U.S. Senators sent out a new round of letters today to some of the nation’s most high-profile televangelists, urging them to turn over key financial records. The Senators told the ministries that they want to know how their “non-profit organizations are structured and operate,” amid allegations that some of the televangelists have misused church funds to enrich themselves.
We Need Immigrants to Maintain Productivity
Bill Gates cares about his own needs well. He obviously cares about making it easier for Microsoft to hire the talent it needs, and clearly the talent pool stretches beyond our borders. The hotel, building, meatpacking, and other industries need immigrant labor - often illegal - to remain competitive. (To think that Americans would do this work for the same money is is stupid.) America needs to forget the great xenophobic wall of (part of) Texas and think about how to assimilate workers from other countries without vilifying them. It is in our economic interest to do so, whether we accept it or not.
Truthfully, it might be my favorite song of all-time...
If not, it's definitely the song with the highest play count on my iPod.
"Pamela" by Toto
In an effort to exorcise the jam band demons around here...
Here's some classic pop for you...
"Don't Get Me Wrong" by The Pretenders
I Will Have It Both Ways, Please...
Hillary will denounce, but apparently not reject, Geraldine Ferraro's have it both ways comments:
- In another twist to the bitter battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, a member of Sen. Hillary Clinton's finance committee, vented her frustration with Sen. Barack Obama's campaign success in racially charged remarks. ..
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," Ferraro told a local California newspaper last week.
"And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept," Ferraro said.
If so please call me out on it and tell my why...preferably with some examples from the Ferrarro candidacy to illustrate your point(s).
Fallon Resigns, Barnett Crows, Centcom Realities Persist...
- The unhappiness of the Bush administration with Fallon's role as well as the unflattering picture of administration policy revealed by the article was evident Thursday from the failure of either the White House or the Pentagon to issue the usual reassuring statements in response to the article.
- Fallon is not the first CENTCOM commander to rein in aggressive White House policy toward the Middle East. In late 1997, according to Dana Priest's book, "The Mission", the Bill Clinton White House wanted CENTCOM commander Gen. Anthony Zinni to order his pilots to provoke a military confrontation with Iraq in the no-fly zone by deliberately drawing fire from Iraqi planes. The request for such a provocation was conveyed to Zinni by the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Ralston. But Zinni, who believed that it could lead to an unwanted war with Iraq, insisted that a formal request from the White House would have to be sent, and the plan was dropped.
I highly recommend The Pentagon's New Map, but beware, if you want to comment in Barnett-land, the blog, you have to drink the Kool-Aid. Sycophants only. Sad, but true.
Hastert Tucks His Tail
Hell of an exit Denny! Don't let the door hit your fat ass you go. You quit early to avoid the surge of Dem voters in Illinois in November, thinking that would keep your district safe for Oberweis. How did that work out? No presidential election, and Democrats just took the seat that belonged to the former Speaker of the House. Ouch.
Is JaMarcus Russell, the Oakland(Al) Raiders(Davis), QB who just got $30 mil guaranteed before last year, really 35-40 pounds overweight? Raider-haters can only hope so. Or at least that this signals immaturity or a lack of commitment. *crosses fingers*
A Worse Reality TV Show is Never Far Off
- Striking to see such behavior between commercial breaks urging viewers to purchase Claritin and Frosted Mini-Wheats for the kids and Beneful Prepared Meals for the dog. TV Land also ran a spot for a forthcoming program called The Big 4-0, which will document the birthday parties of vulgar quadragenerians. Forty is the new 16. Drama is the new comedy. Pfft.
A Modest Proposal
Regarding daylight savings time, I would like to suggest that when we "spring forward", the change should take place at about noon or so on Monday. We can keep "fall back" as it is, but let's shorten Monday during the day. I have not met anyone who objects yet.....(sample size approximately 5) Write your Congressional representatives!
Reason #1,723,582 that forwarded emails are making the world a stupider place...
Target is not a French company.
It is not owned by the French government.
It is not owned by a French corporation.
It is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and always has been since the family of former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton started the company in 1902.
Make the world a better place: STOP ACCEPTING FORWARDED EMAILS!!!
If you hate Washington, DC so much, why would you work there?
Maybe the biggest paradox about anti-government Republicans is their seething hatred of our nation's capitol city.
Enter John McCain:
"It's harder and harder trying to do the Lord's work in the city of Satan," McCain said of Washington.If it's the "city of Satan", then get the fuck out of it!
Don't look for another job that will have you living there 365 days a year!!!
Why does she keep doing this?
It really sounds like Hillary would rather see John McCain in the White House than Barack Obama...
Tell me, Hill, did you "cross the commander-in-chief threshold" when you voted for America's biggest foreign policy mistake since Vietnam?
P.S. Is being married to the President actually a qualification for becoming President? If so, does anyone really believe Laura Bush would be a viable candidate to lead the country into it's next war???
I for one know I'm not qualified to be a speech pathologist even though my wife is one!
For all we know, this guy had the potential to be president...
...but after being "pitted" in the Pacific Ocean one too many times, his brain has the consistency of rancid tapioca pudding...
Acting! Making a legal loophole really funny.
- A new state ban on smoking in restaurants and other nightspots contains an exception for performers in theatrical productions. So some bars are getting around the ban by printing up playbills, encouraging customers to come in costume, and pronouncing them "actors."
"Danny Boy" has been banned this St. Patrick's Day at one enlightened pub. Silly, sappy tune written by a guy who never set foot on Irish soil...
What an A-Hole
Pro Tour golfer allegedly felled bird with golf shot as he was filming TV show.
At first, I thought it was a freak accident and that some far out animal rights group was over-reacting. But no, this prick wanted to hit the bird. Remember that mean-spirited bully in you neighborhood growing up who would take pleasure in cruelty to animals or other kids? This is him grown up with golf skills. What a fuckstain.
Will he be buried in a 20-sided coffin?
How much fanfare can get kicked up for a guy whose brainchild prevented more young men from getting laid than acne, halitosis and B.O. combined?
Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday morning at his Wisconsin home. He was 69.Quite an ironic age for him to die at, since most D&D players have never/will never engage in that particular activity...
You Have No Reasonable Expectation of a Right to Privacy
- The FBI improperly used national security letters in 2006 to obtain personal data on Americans during terror and spy investigations, Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday.
Trucks and Tedeschi
Stop the Protectionist Bitching
- In a stunning upset that could reshape the nation's aerospace industry, Northrop Grumman Corp. and European partner Airbus were tapped Friday for a $40-billion Pentagon contract to build 179 aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force.
- "More passengers, more cargo, more fuel offload, more patients that we can carry, more availability, more flexibility and more dependability," Gen. Arthur Lichte, the commander of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, said of the Northrop Grumman-EADS KC-45A tanker.
- "In 2004, the U.S. Congress killed a $23.5 billion Air Force plan to lease and then buy 100 modified Boeing 767 tankers amid a Pentagon procurement scandal brought to light chiefly by Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the all-but certain Republican nominee for U.S. president"
Let's talk about Brett Favre...
A good guy, an amazing competitor, a horrible actor, and one of the greatest QB's in NFL history has hung up his spikes today...
Finally, the Iraqis are greeting somebody with flowers and kisses...
...it's just too bad it's the President of Iran who's getting the warm greeting...
Pomp and ceremony greeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his arrival in Iraq on Sunday, the fanfare a stark contrast to the rushed and secretive visits of his bitter rival U.S. President George W. Bush.Our president has to take secret trips to a nation we "liberated", while Ahmadinejad is received as a hero.
Ahmadinejad held hands with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani as they walked down a red carpet to the tune of their countries' national anthems, his visit the first by an Iranian president since the two neighbours fought a ruinous war in the 1980s.
His warm reception, in which he was hugged and kissed by Iraqi officials and presented with flowers by children, was Iraq's first full state welcome for any leader since the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003.
This all seems worth it, doesn't it?