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12 February 2011

Saturday Shuffle

Let The Music Play - Shannon
Walk Away - Tom Waits
(She's) Sexy + 17 - Stray Cats
Smash It Up (Part 2) - The Damned
Taki Rari - Yma Sumac
All I Know - Basement Jaxx
Salvation (live) - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Maybe I'll Catch Fire (live) - Alkaline Trio
Justify My Love - Madonna
Valerie - Amy Winehouse




Maybe I'll Catch Fire

This house is full of ears,
But I can't talk to anyone.
They've heard this one a thousand times.
Most exciting thing I do,
Hang half way out a third floor window,
Maybe throw lit cigarettes down.

And maybe I'll catch fire.
Something warm to hold me,
Something pure to burn away the darkness that hides inside my mind.
All that evil shit's not hard to find.
I guess I only claim to be nice.

This house is full of eyes,
But I can't look at anyone.
They've seen this face a thousand times.
Most relaxing thing I do,
Hang half way out a third floor window,
And look at rocks if I fall out.

Well maybe I'll fall hard.
Something tough to break me,
Something sharp to rip into my insides and bleed out all that pain.
Sorry I don't even know your name.
I guess for me it's easy this way.

Maybe I'll catch fire.
Something warm to hold me,
Something pure to burn away the darkness that hides inside my mind.
All that evil shit's not hard to find.
I guess I only claim to be nice.

10 February 2011

Rep. Steve King: Delusional racists are the president's problem

In the aftermath of Bill O'Reilly's superbowl interview childish badgering of Barack Obama, Rep. Steve King took to the Lawrence O'Donnell show to discuss his Republican constituents who still cling to the paranoid fantasy that the president is a secret Muslim. King, quite comfortable with egging on the Birthers who think the President isn't a citizen or going on the radio to smear him as a racist apparently draws the line at calling Obama a Muslim, but blames him for the misconception, anyway...only to have O'Donnell promptly punch him in the mouth:
"Do you have any doubt about whether [Obama] is a Christian?" he asked King. "I take him at his word," King said.

"Are you a Christian?" O'Donnell asked. "Yes," King said.

"Should I take you at your word or should I maybe suspect you are Muslim?" O'Donnell said. "Do you have a Christian ID you can show me?"

King said that the misconception about Obama's religion among many Republicans is "not a Republican problem, this is the president's problem." O'Donnell asked,"if Republicans believe the world is flat, is that a Republican problem or a geography problem?"

05 February 2011

Saturday Shuffle

Trees - Dr. Octagon
Yesterday - The Beatles
In or Out (live) - Ani DiFranco
Rico's Blues - Jan Hammer
21st Century (Digital Boy) ('90 version) - Bad Religion
Words (For Love) - Paul Oakenfold
Severed (live) - Kittie
Guitar Date - The 5.6.7.8.'s
Behind My Camel - The Police
Harold of the Rocks (live) - Primus





In or Out

Guess there's something wrong with me
Guess I don't fit in
No one wants to touch it
No one knows where to begin
I've got more than one membership
To more than one club
And I owe my life
To the people that I love

He looks me up and down
Like he knows what time it is
Like he's got my number
Like he thinks it's his
He says,
Call me, Miss DiFranco,
If there's anything I can do
I say,
It's Mr. DiFranco to you

Somedays the line I walk
Turns out to be straight
Other days the line tends to deviate
I've got no criteria for sex or race
I just want to hear your voice
I just want to see your face

She looks me up and down
Like she thinks that I'll mature
Like she's got my number
Like it belongs to her
She says,
Call me, Ms. DiFranco
If there's anything I can do
I say, I've got spots
I've got stripes, too

Their eyes are all asking
Are you in, or are you out
And I think, oh man,
What is this about?
Tonight you can't put me
Up on any shelf

'Cause I came here alone
I'm gonna leave by myself

I just want to show you
The way that I feel
And when I get tired
You can take the wheel to me
What's more important
Is the person that I bring
Not just getting to the same restaraunt
And eating the same thing

Guess there's something wrong with me
Guess I don't fit in
No one wants to touch it
No one knows where to begin
I've more than one membership
To more than one club
And I owe my life to the people that I love

03 February 2011

At the intersection of bigotry and tech savvy

Tech savvy comes up with a nice "gotcha."

Great story of code beating codified hate, here. The Prop (H)8-supporting National Organization for Marriage decided to decorate their anti-gay marriage blog with a cartoon from the website Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal without doing much research into the creator's (Zach Weiner) actual opinions about their social aims.

They compounded their error by hotlinking the image directly from Mr. Weiner's database. (C'mon NOMers, you've never heard of photobucket or imageshack?) In addition to this being, well, stealing, it also afforded him the opportunity to alter the image that was being accessed from--and thus posted to--NOM's website. A little bit of HTML-fu later, this was the result:


Why did Thomas Jefferson hate traditional marriage so much?

What I wouldn't give to have had a few of the NOMers' reactions captured, Philly school district spycam-style...

01 February 2011

GOP: "Well, there's "raped" and then there's REALLY raped.

At least that's the plan outlined by the new GOP House majority, In yet another not-remotely-job-related legislative offering from the allegedly job-focused Republicans on the Hill, we're gifted with this abomination:
For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to pay for abortions have included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. (Another exemption covers pregnancies that could endanger the life of the woman.) But the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.

With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion.

...The term "forcible rape" is not defined in the federal criminal code, and the bill's authors don't offer their own definition. In some states, there is no legal definition of "forcible rape," making it unclear whether any abortions would be covered by the rape exemption in those jurisdictions.
Classy, eh?

If you're poor, you better make sure your attacker not only rapes you, but beats the living hell out of you in the process. If not, you need to pay for--or live with and raise--his consequences.

If you were drugged, incapacitated, unconscious, or molested by a non-relative, you weren't raped enough according to John Boehner. Which is perversely appropriate, since they're more than willing to violate you all over again with laws like this one.

Once again, the conservative movement is working, tirelessly, to shrink government until it's just small enough to fit into every woman's uterus.

Cut out the middleman, Huck...

Mike Huckabee (Likud-AR)
And just run for the Knesset instead of the White House. It's becoming increasingly clear which nation is at the forefront of Huckabee's mind when contemplating "national interests."



Mike Huckabee, on his 15th trip to Israel, weighs in on the situation in Egypt -- and essentially comes out against the pro-democracy protesters:
"[T]he events of the past few days in Egypt have created a very tenuous situation, not just for Egypt, not just for the Middle East, but for the entire world, and the destabilization of that nation has the potential of cascading across the globe."
According to another Israeli newspaper, Huckabee also told the Knesset, "the situation could threaten the world and all those who seek peace and security."
I never realized that threatening the Israeli government with (further) regional isolation is equivalent to "threatening the world." Speaks volumes that the Huckster, a legitimate contender for the Presidency of the United States, views them as one and the same. Better for the U.S. to throw its lot in with a despot who jails his opposition--while it occupies and/or bombs several other Muslim nations--than risk nervousness in a nuclear regime with he most sophisticated military in the region.

What could go wrong?

29 January 2011

*Totally* not a dictator

The internet in Egypt is out. No, not some sites. Not a ISP issue, like the one that ruins your day by keeping you from Netflix-ing the last season of The Office. The whole. Damn. Thing.

(But remember, “they" hate us for our freedom, not our billions in aid to repressive regimes with a foot firmly planted on “their” necks).

Ever wonder what an entire country's internet traffic getting shut off looks like? Well, wonder no longer:


If you'll consult your programs, this is our "very responsible" ally whom Vice President Biden "would not refer to as a dictator." Call me crazy, but responding to political protests against you by blacking out the internet, SMS messaging, and cellular service strikes me as a decidedly dictator-y thing to do.

At least it couldn't happen, here, though. I mean, that would take a law vesting the White House with the power to declare some sort of "cyber emergency" and exert control without any judicial review or oversight.

Uh oh.
Portions of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which was not uniformly well-received when it became public in June 2010, became even more restrictive when a Senate committee approved a modified version on December 15. The full Senate did not act on the measure.

The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government's designation of vital Internet or other computer systems "shall not be subject to judicial review." Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include "provider of information technology," and a third authorized the submission of "classified" reports on security vulnerabilities.
How long until this Connecticut asshat retires, again?

Saturday Shuffle

Death Dealer's Descent - Renholder
Take It Off - The Donnas
Extraordinary Girl - Green Day
Generation - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
TV II - Ministry
Come and Get Some of This - House of Pain
Man With A Mission (live) - Bad Religion
Clavicle (live) - Alkaline Trio
Tick - Ween
Right Between The Eyes - Garbage


26 January 2011

This is not the "democracy" you are looking for...

Move along.
"Obama’s praise for the Tunisian revolution and declaration that the United States “supports the democratic aspirations of all people” is particularly relevant in the face of the massive pro-democracy protest movement that has erupted in Egypt over the past week, timed to coincide with the anniversary of Egyptian police revolting against their British colonizers.

...One nation that has been mostly silent during these demonstrations is the United States. This is particularly important given that the United States is a close economic, political, and military ally to the Egyptian government, which receives nearly $2 billion annually in aid from the United States."
All of which ignores the Mubarek regime's support position as the United States' most favored regional figleaf with their status as Israel's Chief Arab Ally™

Personally, I can't see us standing with the Egyptians the same way we are with the Tatooinians Tunisians. The United States sure does love it some democracy...until the democratized masses start casting ballots for people we don't like so much.  It's pretty clear that we "support democratic aspirations" only so far as they institute governments that we can coerce, control, or are otherwise in lockstep with our policy objectives.
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