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"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."
Saturday, November 27, 2004
UPDATE: Rob Schumacher says the small print reads: "The God of War Hates Those who Hesitate."
Friday, November 26, 2004
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.
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
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
(Thanks to Tristero, who provided the link as his swansong. We'll miss you, dude.)
Sunday, November 07, 2004
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?