"Disorder in the house. . . reptile wisdom . . . zombies on the lawn, staggering around; Disorder in the house, there's a flaw in the system, a fly in the ointment's gonna bring the whole thing down."
Warren Zevon

Saturday, November 27, 2004


Okay, so I wasn't there, and I don't pretend to know the whole story behind the shooting by a US Marine of an unarmed wounded insurgent in a mosque in Iraq, but putting a photo of the killing on a T-Shirt? Here's a closer look, and if anyone can make out the small print immediately beneath the image, I'd love to know what it says.

UPDATE: Rob Schumacher says the small print reads: "The God of War Hates Those who Hesitate."

Friday, November 26, 2004

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more
and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and
glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's
desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)


George W., acting consistently with his character, violates established protocol and tries to push past Bill Clinton at the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Library. What a sad little man he is.

It won't work, George. You'll never be ahead of Bill Clinton, by any measure that matters.

Read more here.
(via onegoodmove)

Fisherman's Blues 

The post below got me in the mood for some more celtic stuff, so now playing is one of my favorite Waterboys songs, "Fisherman's Blues."

Evidently He Didn't 

"Fall from Grace with God," that is. Alive and (sort of) well after being given six weeks to live 25 years ago, Shane MacGowan rejoins the original lineup of The Pogues for some live shows in December, the reissue of all seven studio recordings and who knows what else. If you'd asked me in the 80's, I would have predicted that all we'd have at this point would be MacGowan's songs. Thankfully, I would have been wrong, and he's still here. Kirsty MacColl, and Joe Strummer, among others, aren't.
If I had time to dig through 600+ CD's currently scattered in two counties, I'd link to a MacGowan song. Maybe later.
AFTERTHOUGHT: Well, actually, there's a stellar version of "Dirty Old Town" hiding (as in not-on-the-liner-notes) far, far, at the end of this Bap Kennedy cut, if you're so inclined. (It's 9:57 into the cut to be exact. Move the slider on your media player forward to avoid the 7 or so minutes of dead air. If somebody can tell me how to get rid of the dead space before the hidden cut, I'd appreciate it. Rob?) And, if you can't tell who's singing with Bap, well, you probably shouldn't admit it.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

It Ain't That Simple, Man 

Yeah, the country's polarized, and everybody's got their own favorite dichotomy: Red v. Blue, conservative v. liberal, faith-based v. reality-based, north v. south, urban v. rural, it goes on and on, ad nauseum. But, things are just a little more complicated than that, and regardless of your preferred characterization, they all pretty much fall apart under a little scrutiny. Take Georgia, which is a very red state, the capital of which, Atlanta, is decidedly blue. California is azure on the political map, but only as a result of a small geographical area; large portions of the state are as red as Kansas.

And as for the South, . . well, since I've lived my life in the south, and since I've got the Drive-By Truckers cranked up on the headphones, and since just about every blog of either political persuasion has mentioned or linked to www.fuckthesouth.com, allow me to point out that the regional and cultural generalizations presented there are greatly oversimplified. I could preach that sermon for days, but Patterson Hood beat me to it. So shut up and listen.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Paging Reverend Falwell 

Okay, Jerry, if you think Boobah and the Teletubbies are bad, watch this clip from "Rainbow." Apparently, this innuendo-laden episode actually aired and was seen by millions of children. Funniest thing I've seen in awhile, actually. It takes a minute or two to load, but it's well worth the wait.

(Thanks to Tristero, who provided the link as his swansong. We'll miss you, dude.)

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Phelps County 

"Every 10 years the US Census Bureau has a bit of harmless fun and calculates the demographic centre of America's shifting population. It is an imaginary spot on the map where America would balance perfectly if placed on a pivot. The spot is moving south and west by several miles a year: straight into the Republican heartland.

With the re-election of President George W. Bush the political map of America has now finally caught up with its population map. The last census in 2000 put America's centre in Phelps County, Missouri. Last week Phelps County voted for Bush by a margin of 63 per cent to 36 per cent for Kerry."
- via The Guardian, 11/07/04

Mobilization, organization and framing were all issues for the Democrats in 2004, but the political reality was, and is, Phelps County. As this Guardian article points out, the battle within the Democratic party is just beginning. And while the Guardian thinks Karl Rove is a "genius" for understanding the value of motivating the religious right, that strategy should have been readily apparent to anyone paying even minimal attention to demographics in this country. I respect those Democrats who feel passionately that any compromise on social issues is inherently wrong, but they should understand clearly the strong probablility that such a stance all but guarantees them minority party status.

So your urban county county went for Kerry? Great. So did the county in which I work, by a slim margin. But the rural county in which I live went for Bush 3 to 1. Take a principled stance. I respect that. But look at the map. A national map. By 2008, the country's imaginary center will likely be smack in the middle of Kansas. How much do you think "framing" is going to help in a state that tried to legislatively endorse creationism?

Friday, November 05, 2004

Let The Healing Begin 

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