23 January 2010

Saturday Shuffle

The Hollow Man - Jerry Goldsmith
Passive Manipulation - The White Stripes
You Want The Candy - The Raveonettes
Pyramid Song - Radiohead
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon - Urge Overkill
All Tomorrow's Parties - Johnette Napolitano
Freezing Process - Quicksand
Mr. Moto - The Belairs
Land of Competition - Bad Religion
Eraser (Polite Mix) - Nine Inch Nails

21 January 2010

Headlines you don't want to see

"Youth Vote Collapsed in Massachusetts"

Interesting--and by "interesting," yes, I mean "pretty damn terrible"--tidbit in the aftermath of the Scott Brown win in Massachusetts on Tuesday (courtesy firedoglake):
About 15% of Massachusetts citizens between the ages of 18-29 turned out to vote. For citizens age 30 and older, turnout was about 57%.

For comparison: 25% of young citizens (age 18-29) voted in the 2008 Massachusetts presidential primaries, and 47.8% of young Massachusetts citizens voted in the 2008 presidential elections, according to CIRCLE’s analysis. Seventy-eight percent of under-30 voters in Massachusetts chose Barack Obama in the 2008 general election; 20% chose John McCain.

Funny thing about younger voters: a lot of them still labor under the delusion that the people for whom they cast ballots will actually do the things they talked about while asking for those votes.

They'll let you off the hook for not changing the world overnight; after all, they're young, not stupid. (Anyone who didn't think this was going to be an uphill climb desperately needs some reality to intrude on them). But what you cannot get away with is being seen as not willing to fight for what you want public option ...and that's when you're not too busy explicitly embracing the status quo on things you campaigned against, e.g. unadjudicated detention, drug price negotiation/reimportation, etc.

16 January 2010

Saturday Shuffle

Enter Sandman (live) - Metallica
Private Eye (live, acoustic) - Alkaline Trio
I Wish You Wouldn't Say That - Talking Heads
Slide - The Dresden Dolls
Forever Tonight - Jan Hammer
Rust In Peace...Polaris - Megadeth
Caleb's Blues - Tangerine Dream
Ancestor Cult - Macnines of Loving Grace
Flutes of Chi - Ween
Seasons - Chris Cornell

15 January 2010

A regular "Barry-on-the-spot," aren't you?

From the NYT:
In Health Talks, President Is Hands-Off No More

WASHINGTON — President Obama has taken full control of the health care negotiations, casting himself for the first time in the role of mediator between the House and Senate during a 72-hour marathon of talks that have turned his White House into a de facto Congressional conference.

So "done by August," merits "hands-on" in...January?

Way to get around to closing the barn door after Max Baucus let the horses out.
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