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Re: Political Culture: 15 Republican Rumors about Barack Obama

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 21:28:29 -0000

Regarding item #2.... I hear Obama saying something like this in a speech: "It's a simple, but powerful slogan that sums up the great spirit of American cannibalism: "Yes we can!"

Re: Phagz on 45: Episode Three

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 14:05:15 -0000

Is Phil Oakey a robot?

Re: Mix Six: “The Trumpet! The Trumpet!”

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 12:53:30 -0000

You're right! Mistake on my part. For the record: It's "Face the Face," kids.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… De-evolution

Thu, 29 May 2008 21:12:22 -0000

I think my suburban hometown has yours beat for the most Starbucks in one city block. We have THREE! Why? Because people are just too fucking lazy to walk a half block in each direction.

Re: Political Culture: Why Won’t You Go, Joe Lieberman?

Thu, 29 May 2008 20:57:03 -0000

Joe will always be a coward and opportunist in my mind. I didn’t follow his political career until Al Gore tapped him to be his Veep. After seeing him agree more often then not with Cheney on the one and only debate in 2000, it was clear this guy will cave to most bellicose blow hard Republican in the room. And during the vote recount, he was quick to back off when it was clear that many overseas military ballots were not valid, according to Florida law. Republicans were pushing for sticking to the letter and spirit of the law when it came to everyone but the military, and when Joe was shouted down by someone in the Republican camp about denying the vote to “men and women who put their lives on the line for our country,” Lieberman went from “Well, if we’re going be strict followers of the law, the rules ought to apply equally,” to “Oh, I couldn’t agree with my Republican friend more. Of course we have to make an exception for our men and women in the military! I don’t care if the military ballots have a postmark dated two weeks in the future, I say let’s count ‘em!”

Re: Pop Politico: “Conservative Thought?”

Tue, 27 May 2008 18:40:34 -0000

I didn't know about the Promise Keepers connection with the U, but it's unfortunate that the university prez and regents feel it necessary to do something like this based on a survey of the faculty's political party affilation.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… Indiana Jones

Fri, 23 May 2008 13:00:18 -0000

I'm with you on "The Last Crusade." I thought they did a great job closing out the series and redeeming themselves for "The Temple of Doom." However, when I read about the the new Indy film, my first quip to co-workers was the following: "Fill in the blank..."Indiana Jones and the ( )." Well, you can imagine the old people jokes started flying. There was "The Dentures of Death," "The Quest for the Lost Clapper," and "The All-You-Can-Eat Senior Buffet."

I wasn't wetting myself either with news of this film, but I will be plunking down quite a few dollars when I take my family to see it this weekend!

Re: Political Culture: Marriage? Keep It Gay!

Fri, 23 May 2008 01:02:52 -0000

The confusion in between where our rights come from and the constitutionality of "heterosexual only" marriage laws is a common one. A cursory reading of the Declaration of Independence by folks looking for religious connections between founding documents and their own religious convictions quickly glom onto the use of the term "Creator" as evidence that 1. We're a Christian country. 2. Our rights come from God. 3. Any deviation from what some of us selectively describe as "God's Will" is an abomination. Leaving aside the hubris involved in knowing God's Will for a moment, our human framers of The Constitution were quite aware that whatever rights bestowed upon humans prior to creating the Constitution were unequal. The divine right of kings was how God funneled "rights" into the world -- and if that "top down" system of "rights" wasn't exclusive and unequal, I don't know what is. The radicalism of our Constitution is that it turned the paradigm of the divine right of kings on its head. Where does the authority to constitute a government come from in the United States? Just read the simple but powerful phase, "We the People..." But even that authority is tempered by the structure of the constitution to ensure that excesses of democracy do not trample individual rights.

Jon's right about the freedom of religion vs the responsibility of governments to ensure political and legal equality. I can join or form whatever religious group I want, and make it as exclusive as I want. However, when it comes to the legal rights of individuals in a contractual relationship like marriage, the state cannot treat those relationships differently simply because the individuals involved in that relationship happen to be the same gender. A church can discriminate all they want -- but the liberty to do so only goes so far as it conflicts with the laws of the larger society -- which, I suspect, they are subject to if the leaders of said church have any legal authority to sanction marriages via a marriage license.

Re: Listening Booth: Scarlett Johansson, “Anywhere I Lay My Head”

Thu, 22 May 2008 13:13:34 -0000

If you didn't know it was Scarlett Johansson singing, what would you think of this CD? I listened to the two songs you included and previewed a couple others on Amazon, and the songs were so unremarkable I kept thinking: "Why am I bothering with this?" Then I realized that I could add these songs to my collection of "Stars Who Sing" and include one of them in a future Mix Six. :-)

Re: The Great Gross-Off: Snickers Adventure Bar Edition

Thu, 22 May 2008 13:00:39 -0000

Yay! "The Great Gross-Off" is back, baby. It's stuff like this:

"’d definitely want something like this on hand if you were planning a daring search for the remote control, or escaping from fat camp."

That makes me want to read more "Gross-Off" adventures.

Re: Mix Six: “Musical DNA”

Wed, 21 May 2008 01:21:06 -0000

I'm not sure I CAN discuss after looking at the pic.

Re: Phagz on 45: Episode One

Tue, 20 May 2008 19:20:41 -0000

Hahaha! And what were you drinking in the video?

Re: Pop Politico: “A Big Tent Built on Resentment”

Tue, 20 May 2008 19:15:42 -0000

The Right is going to have a tough time campaigning for "Freedom" Writ Large when their actions running the government speak otherwise.

But I do like the fact that you said "Frakking." As a HUGE BSG fan, your use of that word makes me very happy.

Re: Pop Politico: “A Big Tent Built on Resentment”

Tue, 20 May 2008 19:02:44 -0000

H.W. Bush was, at heart, a center-right politician. Right wingers knew it, and there wasn't a lot H.W. Bush could do to convince them otherwise. Even Lee Atwater -- who was behind the Willie Horton ad -- had a tough time combating "The Wimp Factor" that Bush had somehow come to be associated with. Compared to Reagan, H.W. had more "tough guy" entries on his C.V. than "The Gipper." He was a baseball player in college, he was in air combat during WWII, and he ran CIA. I was no fan of him politically, but it seemed that he was unfairly painted a wimp by Newsweek when the charges of wimpiness could easily been leveled at Reagan -- who only served domestically during WWII.

Reagan's 1980 campaign had to be centrist for the most part because he had to attract not only disaffected Dems who were more socially conservative, but he had to keep the centrists in his own party happy. He already had the Goldwater supporters in his camp (and had since 1964), but to fill out his "big tent," he really needed to soften those radical edges for the prime time audience.

Re: Sugar Water: The “Iron Man” Singers and Their Songs

Tue, 20 May 2008 12:52:50 -0000

I absolutely LOVED "Iron Man." Perhaps it was because I saw it with my 12 year old daughter, or that I had low expectations going into the theater, but it really surprised me.

Re: the Downey, Jr. tune... my wife thought it was Peter Gabriel when I first played it.

Re: Phagz on 45: Episode One

Tue, 20 May 2008 12:06:41 -0000

This is a sublime feature! But John... It's Bernadette who originally did the crazy arm thing on "Zoom," not Andrea.

Re: Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’00s

Mon, 19 May 2008 12:36:31 -0000

Thank you for pointing out the Leo Sayer connection to James Blunt! I've been talking about the similarity between Sayer and Blunt at work ever since "You're Beautiful" came out, and all I get is a "Huh?"

Re: Political Culture: Keith Olbermann — As Bad as Bill-o?

Sat, 17 May 2008 02:59:47 -0000

It could have been the a conflation of talking heads on 24 hour cable news and my inability to distinguish them after 2 1/2 hours of watching, but I could have sworn Chuck was doing some analysis on CNN that night. It really doesn't matter, though. Most of what I saw that night was not that amazing from Todd. It's possible he wasn't on his game during the segments I watched (about an hour), but he really had nothing of substance to say. His analysis amounted to a recitation of data flashed on the screen. But to be fair, he was given some pretty inane questions from the hosts to answer, so he was probably just responding to the level of intelligence of who was asking the questions.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… Spring Cleaning

Fri, 16 May 2008 20:13:18 -0000

I'm looking forward to digging into some of these mp3s! Thanks for cleaning out the garage, Dw.

Re: Bookshelf: Don Felder, “Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)”

Fri, 16 May 2008 19:56:07 -0000

I am so tired of The Eagles, but your review made me see the band a new light. I've listened to their music since I was kid, but I never paid attention to the bios of the individuals members enough to care about the friction between the guys. However, it's interesting to read how "The Gods" are control freaks and complete dicks.

Re: Lost in the ’90s: Echo & the Bunnymen

Fri, 16 May 2008 19:22:26 -0000

I must have been on a “new” Echo boycott in 1990 because this is the first time I’ve heard "Enlighten Me."

Re: Political Culture: Keith Olbermann — As Bad as Bill-o?

Fri, 16 May 2008 17:49:05 -0000

I can’t watch these shows anymore – not even for the political porn they are. Rarely is anything of substance said, and the whole “angry host” thing is so transparent as a rating grabber that you can almost set your watch to the angry outbursts. Also, I think I could probably appreciate Chuck Todd more, but the only time I’ve seen him was during the Indiana primary where he and Wolf Blitzer were trying so hard to add some analysis to the vote count as it was happening. Wolf, in his usual stumbling manner, would say something stupid, and then toss to Chuck who looked like he was supposed to comment on the sinking of the Titanic as it was happening -- and say something analytical at the same time.

Re: Happy Birthday to Jason!

Fri, 16 May 2008 17:27:39 -0000

Happy birthday, Jason!


Bravo, Terje! That was a great cover.

Re: Motion Picture Soundtrack: “Free Bird”

Tue, 13 May 2008 21:32:46 -0000

In pure storytelling terms, I enjoyed this film quite a lot.


My problem with the film stems from the way in which student protests, the counterculture, and other New Leftish movements were vilified, while the simple social conservatism of Forrest’s southern upbringing stood for a moral good. What an amazingly simplistic take on a time that – like all history – is characterized more by shades grey than contrasting colors.

Re: Pop Politico: “Top 5 News Stories to Decrease Your Happiness”

Tue, 13 May 2008 19:46:11 -0000

Well, according to this site, the money does go back into the USPS:

And yeah, because they are a non-profit organization, they are required to only "break even" so unless Congress changes the law, they can't make a profit.