27 February 2010

Saturday Shuffle

I Failed To Use It - Mike Doughty
Ain't That The Way (live) - Ani DiFranco
Devil Inside - INXS
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Heart Shaped World - Chris Isaak
Hotel Illness - The Black Crowes
If You Had A Bad Time - Alkaline Trio
Swampland - The Birthday Party
I'm A Dog - Kid Rock

26 February 2010

"I know slavery sucked and everything, but..."

...let's just keep things in perspective:
REP. TRENT FRANK (R-AZ): In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say “How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?
I'm taking suggestions on how people like the distinguished gentleman from Arizona manage to tie their shoes in the morning.

Let's recap, shall we? The "policy" that a given medical procedure is simply available is more damaging to a group of people than the "policy" that dictated they are to be kidnapped, torn from their families, sold into forced labor, beaten, raped, and killed.

How staggeringly blinkered does one's perspective have to be to even think--much less say out loud, in the presence of others, and on camera--that such a notion is reasonable?

Oh well, I'm sure the clerks at The Office of Tasteless Comparisons are glad to have something break up the monotony of the the relentless torrent of "[fill-in-the-blank] is just like Nazi Germany," that we've been subjected to for the past year or so...

24 February 2010

Even though most of us will walk in these shoes, unfortunately those most in need of hearing this never will...

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3/13/10 EDIT: Olbermann's father lost his battle earlier today.

23 February 2010

Alkaline Trio - This Addiction

The return of the Trio.

Me likey.

Go buy it.

Perhaps "not being a sociopath" should be a qualification for public office

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) opines on the 2/18 suicide airplane attack on a IRS office building in Austin:
KING: It’s sad the incident in Texas happened, but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary and when the day comes when that is over and we abolish the IRS, it’s going to be a happy day for America.

"It's sad, but...?"


Your kid losing a close Little League game is "sad, but..."

Accidentally spilling water on some old photographs is "sad, but..."

There is no "but" when it comes to crashing a fully fueled airplane into an occupied office building because you're pissed about your taxes and feel that things don't change "unless there's a body count."

While I disagree with Yglesias' framing of King's comment as an explicit "justification" of domestic terrorism, his ghoulish minimization of this lunatic's disregard for human life in the interests of taking a shot an the IRS and pandering to the anti-tax Teabaggers out there is reprehensible, regardless.

20 February 2010

Saturday Shuffle

O Girlfriend - Weezer
Dog Door - Tom Waits
Untitled #1 - Crispin Hellion Glover
Distracted - Helmet
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (live) - Guns N' Roses
Just Couldn't Tie Me Down - The Black Keys
Reason to Believe - Bruce Springsteen
Rendezous [Quadraphonic Mix] - Paul Oakenfold
Slowdive - Slowdive
Give Me Strength - No Motiv

16 February 2010

Bayh Lyin'

When Evan Bayh (D-IN)announced his retirement, speculation was that he may be eying a White House run. He quashed those suspicions this morning on MSNBC, but his interview did reveal one thing:

A promising career as a fiction writer:
Disillusioned Bayh advocates electoral "shock" to broken system

"Bayh had apparently become increasingly frustrated in the Senate. In this morning's interview he noted that just two weeks ago, Republicans who had co-sponsored a bill with him to rein in the deficit turned around and voted against it for purely political reasons. He also stated repeatedly that members of his own party should be more willing to settle for a compromise rather than holding out for perfection."
And, when, precisely, did they "hold out for perfection?"

Was it when they caved on the public option?

Or maybe when they cut and then watered down the stimulus bill with tax cuts to pander to Republicans?

Or was it when they authored and sponsored the Stupak amendment to placate the anti-choicers?

Or just maybe was it when they sat back and shrugged when the GOP filibustered every piece of legislation instead of coming out, en masse, to decry their obstruction tactics?

Save your revisionist history, Evan. It doesn't wash.

15 February 2010

GOP "Bipartisanship": Heads, I win. Tails, you lose.

As noted by the fine folks over at Open Left, here's a perfect microcosm of what passes for "political discourse," nowadays:

2.8.10 -- John "Tan Man" Boehner (R-OH): "If you want to talk seriously about an actual plan at the health care summit, you better give it to us three days in advance so we can properly distort and attack it."

2.12.10 -- White House: "No problem."

2.13.10 -- Lil' Johnny Boehner: "Waaaaaaa! If you were really, really super grown-up serious, you wouldn't have a plan, at all! Waaaaaa!"

When, precisely, can we stop pretending that the Leatherman and his ilk actually want to have a productive dialog about anything? More importantly, when will the President and Congressional Dems stop rushing excitedly to the bargaining table, as if they're sitting across from anything other than bunch of nasty little children holding their breath and stomping their feet?

12 February 2010

Best. Olympic. Poster. Evar.

Colbert Olympics 2010

Too bad Colbert didn't have this design ready when he was doing the fundraising for U. S. speedskating; these would've been on every dormroom wall in America...

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