phamos: (whatonearth)
In honor of Sarah Palin, the least qualified VP pick of all time, I bring you a look at the WORST VP pick of all time.

phamos: (queer)
Best part about listening to CNN's convention coverage on XM Radio? Trying not to swerve off the road laughing when you hear a woman in the crowd screech out, "I LOOOOVE YOUUUUU ANDERSONNNNNNN!" Lady, he's too busy drooling over Barack to pay you any attention. (To be fair, so was everyone else on the CNN news team, even those that don't live in Chelsea.)

Testy-loo

Aug. 24th, 2008 10:08 pm
phamos: (Default)
Test post from iPhone, la la laaaaa. I would really like an actual LJ app, because this Shabadoo thing or whatever doesn't seem to offer a lot of options. Like how this is public, natch. Whatever. Listening to David Cross and all is right withthe world.



Posted by ShoZu

phamos: (bamababy)
I'm honestly not surprised that McCain didn't know that the Anbar Awakening began before the surge even started. Because, really, the man has recently demonstrated that he doesn't know that Iraq and Pakistan don't share a border, that Al Qaida and the Revolutionary Guard aren't exactly best buds, that Czechoslovakia hasn't existed in 15 years, or that Somalia and Sudan are different countries (themselves separated by a country that's approximately twice the size of Texas).

No, what I'm shocked by, and PISSED about, is that CBS actually edited this huge mistake right the fuck on out of the interview. They show Katie Couric asking a question about the surge, and then air McCain's response to an ENTIRELY different question. That is an egregious lack of journalistic integrity. Can we officially stop talking about the damn liberal media now? Or are we just going to keep piling on the New York Times for not letting McCain publish an op-ed with no actual content other than taking potshots at Obama?

I'm angry about the state of our political system these days, obviously. But I'm ashamed by the state of our media. Especially when Bob Novak's going around slamming into people with his Corvette. Douchebag of Liberty, hit-and-run perpetrator, indictment avoider, and gainfully employed Fox News commentator. God bless America. (Don't even get me started on Michael Savage and Jack Cafferty right now. Sheesh.)
phamos: (bamababy)
I would really like it if people would just stop talking about the damn New Yorker cover. Yes, it may be tasteless and/or destructive, but there are SO MANY MORE important things that we need to be focusing on. As in, every single one of John McCain's policy positions is either objectionable or nonsensical. When liberals fuel the fire of a non-issue like the New Yorker idiocy, it's just goading on cable news morons who would much rather talk about salacious stuff like cartoon Obama flag burning than substantive things like McCain's theory of "magic economics" where we can balance the budget by slashing taxes, spending more on defense, and getting rid of like $2 in earmarks. TA-DAH! But, you know, that would be vaguely complicated to talk about and might require multisyllabic words, so pundits would obviously rather grunt about terrorist fist jabs. DO NOT ENCOURAGE THEM. WE DO NOT NEED 10 SEPARATE BLOG ENTRIES ON HUFFINGTON POST WITHIN 2 HOURS ON THE NEW YORKER COVER.

That is my public service announcement for the day. Now back to iPhones.
phamos: (twilight)
The podcast that I mentioned earlier is now up and running, with the audio fixed and the domain working. Yay! There's now also space for comments, so if you like it, let me know! To listen on the web, click here. To subscribe, head to the main page. To see the playlist, refer to the earlier post. Boogie!
phamos: (Default)
Somehow I managed to isolate all my vocals in the left channel on my podcast. I'll fix it, but I can't get to my website until after MobileMe is up and running. So, in the event that any of you had downloaded it before the site went down, listen at your own risk -- it sounds shitty. Wait until tomorrow evening, when I will have had a chance to reupload, presuming the DotMac-MobileMe switch doesn't go horribly awry. In which case, I will have more pressing issues on my mind than the podcast.
phamos: (twilight)
I will be posting a new link to the new episode of Radio Free Misanthropy as soon as the DotMac to MobileMe transition finishes tomorrow. Until then, here's a sneak peak at what you'll be listening to...

No Sex For Ben-The Rapture
Every Day Is Exactly The Same (Sam Fog vs. Carlos D. Mix)-Nine Inch Nails
Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom) [Remix]-N*E*R*D f/Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pusha T
No Pause-Girl Talk
Hounds of Love (Phones Wolves At The Door Remix)-The Futureheads
Mercury-Bloc Party
Bright Red Helmet-Styrofoam
When You Go Out-Sebastien Grainger
Element of Danger (MSTRKRFT Remix)-Services
Get Lucky (MSTRKRFT Remix)-New Young Pony Club
Epic Last Song (Lifelike Remix)-Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Hearts On Fire (NT89 Remix)-Cut Copy
That's Not My Name (Doctor Werewolf's Bmore Mix)-The Ting Tings
A Cause Des Garcons (VaVan Treaxy Remix)-Yelle
Konichiwa Bitches-Robyn
Break The Ice-Britney Spears
Heart Beat Rock (Benny Blanco Mix)-Kyle Minogue f/Spank Rock
A Milli (Remix)-Li'l Wayne f/R. Kelly
Snap Yo Fingers (Harrison Schaaf Remix)-Li'l Jon
Go Girl (Chu Fu Mix)-Pitbull f/Trina and Young Boss
Chick Lit (Danger TV Remix)-We Are Scientists
Golden Star (Alias Remix)-My Brightest Diamond
Tron-Foals
Running Up That Hill-Placebo
phamos: (twilight)
List your favorite record from every year you’ve been alive.

You can do it based purely on hindsight, or you can do it by listing the answer you would’ve given in that year (assuming you were aware of pop music at the time).

If you choose to do this silly thing you may find it useful to consult the Pazz & Jop archive to remember what even came out in each year.


1980: Dirty Mind-Prince
1981: October-U2
1982: Garlands-Cocteau Twins (runners up: 1999-Prince, Thriller-Michael Jackson)
1983: Madonna-Madonna (runner up: War-U2)
1984: Treasure-Cocteau Twins (runners up: The Smiths-The Smiths, Purple Rain-Prince, Stop Making Sense-Talking Heads)
1985: Hounds of Love-Kate Bush (runner up: Meat is Murder-The Smiths)
1986: Invisible Touch-Genesis
1987: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me-The Cure (runners up: The Joshua Tree-U2, Strangeways Here We Come-The Smiths, Louder Than Bombs-The Smiths)
1988: Blue Bell Knoll-Cocteau Twins
1989: Doolittle-Pixies (runners up: Disintegration-The Cure, The Sensual World-Kate Bush, Pretty Hate Machine-NIN))
1990: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got-Sinead O'Connor (runner up: Rhythm Nation 1814-Janet Jackson)
1991: Little Earthquakes-Tori Amos
1992: Broken-NIN
1993: Exile in Guyville-Liz Phair (runners up: Pablo Honey-Radiohead, Gentlemen-Afghan Whigs, In Utero-Nirvana)
1994: Grace-Jeff Buckley (runners up: The Downward Spiral-NIN, Under the Pink-Tori Amos, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy-Sarah McLachlan)
1995: The Bends-Radiohead (runners up: To Bring You My Love-PJ Harvey, Protection-Massive Attack, Maxinequaye-Tricky)
1996: Dance Hall at Louse Point-PJ Harvey (runners up: Black Love-Afghan Whigs, Walking Wounded-Everything But the Girl, Milk and Kisses-Cocteau Twins)
1997: Either/Or-Elliott Smith (runners up: Living in Clip-Ani DiFranco, OK Computer-Radiohead)
1998: Is This Desire-PJ Harvey (runners up: 1965-Afghan Whigs, XO-Elliott Smith)
1999: The Fragile-NIN (runner up: Le Tigre-Le Tigre)
2000: Girls Can Tell-Spoon
2001: Music of the Spheres-Ian Brown
2002: Lost in Space-Aimee Mann
2003: Blackberry Belle-The Twilight Singers (runners up: Give Up-The Postal Service, Transatlanticism-Death Cab for Cutie, Hail to the Thief-Radiohead)
2004: You're a Woman I'm a Machine-Death From Above 1979 [NB: everything that came out this year sounded exactly the same, though all equally enjoyable]
2005: Silent Alarm-Bloc Party (runners up: Plans-Death Cab For Cutie, Lemon Jelly-'64-'95)
2006: FutureSex/LoveSounds-Justin Timberlake (runners up: Night Ripper-Girl Talk, Black Holes and Revelations-Muse)
2007: In Our Bedroom After the War-Stars (runners up: War Stories-UNKLE, Once soundtrack, Year Zero-NIN)
phamos: (bamababy)
Wes Clark is being lambasted for his comment on Face the Nation about McCain's military service. Let's do an instant replay, shall we?

CLARK: He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn't a wartime squadron. He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn't seen what it's like when diplomats come in and say, "I don't know whether we're going to be able to get this point through or not, do you want to take the risk, what about your reputation, how do we handle this publicly? He hasn't made those calls, Bob.
SCHIEFFER: Can I just interrupt you? I have to say, Barack Obama hasn't had any of these experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down.
CLARK: I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.


Wes Clark has shown himself to be awfully shitty at playing politics. This was obvious during his halfhearted presidential run in 2004. (Full disclosure: I voted for him in the New York primary.) But regardless of whether I agree with his sentiment here (which I basically do) or whether it was a dumb thing to say in our soundbyte-centric society (which it was), what I was struck by was the structure of this conversation. Bob Schieffer was the one who actually said the offending phrase first: "ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down." People are treating this like Clark was the one who came up with this phrase, because it's the PHRASING, not the sentiment, that is causing the trouble here. As others have pointed out, John McCain himself has said in the past that his hostage experience alone does not qualify him for the presidency. That's fair game. What people are pissed about is that the phrase is casual and almost dismissive, even making it seem like becoming a hostage was HIS FAULT for just riding along and getting his dumb ass shot down. That's the problem. So it's ironic that Clark was just parroting what Schieffer said first. I don't think Wes Clark on his own would have classified John McCain's experience in Vietnam as just riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down -- that particular linguistic turn wouldn't have even occurred to him, as a lifelong military man. I mean, honestly, do people REALLY THINK that Wes Clark, of all people, would piss all over a fellow soldier like that? What he's pissing on is the idea that military heroism itself is a good enough qualification to lead the free world. He doesn't think it is, and I don't either.

Funnily enough, this whole thing reminded me of my dad's episode of NYPD Blue. The scene that episode is most remembered for, a scene my dad actually didn't write but ended up being the crux of the whole plot, involved the following dialogue, between Sipowicz and an angry black community activist:

Kwasi: You're dealing with the one n***** in a thousand who knows what you can and cannot do.
Sipowicz: I'm dealing with the n***** whose big mouth is responsible for this massacre.


Boom goes the goddamn dynamite. Doesn't matter if Kwasi said it first, Andy was in for some shit as soon as that word passed his lips. There is a slight complication here in that Sipowicz was actually a total racist, whereas Wes Clark is hardly anti-military. But seriously, in this country, there are some things you JUST. DON'T. SAY. You don't get to say the N-word if you're white. And you don't get to talk shit on a war hero, even by accident. There are probably others, but those two should be self evident at this point.
phamos: (claps!animated)
Yay for two of my favorite curly-haired tomboys having birthdays today!!!! I am glad they were born, because my life would have totally sucked without them. Like, a lot.
phamos: (bamababy)
FISA: Give me a friggin' break, Barack. If this is meant to be a political pander, it's a dumb one, like when liberals waffle on abortion rights even when the majority of Americans believe abortion should be safe and legal with few caveats. The independents you're trying to pick off in the general either don't know enough about the FISA situation to give a shit, or they're libertarians who are rightly horrified by expanded Executive branch power in the abstract and spying in particular. And then you manage to piss off your base. Trying to paint this bill as some kind of "compromise" is ludicrous, even beyond your token opposition to the retroactive immunity part. The few tiny impediments to rampant invasion of privacy stuck in there are so easily overcomes as to be practically made of, like, filo dough or balsa wood or fucking feathers. Basically, what your endorsement of the bill is basically saying is, "Well, if I'm president, you'll be able to trust me not to abuse this power." Which I PERSONALLY do trust you to stick to, but the principle you're running on here is deeply offensive to a country that's been watching our president run our liberty into the ground. Trust your judgment over the principles of the constitution? Pass. I expected much more from a damn Con Law professor. OK, I'm done yelling now. Let's move on to the Supreme Court.

2nd Amendment Decision: I actually don't see his stance here as much of a flip flop, because he hasn't subscribed to the originalist/"militia" stance in the past like many lefties (including myself, to a certain degree) do. And Scalia did end up having to grudgingly acknowledge that gun control programs are not themselves inherently unconstitutional, just that the DC ban in particular is. So, I'm OK with Obama's approval here, even if I personally come down more on the John Paul Stevens (god bless that man)/bobbies with night sticks side.

Child Rapist Death Penalty: Obama siding with the minority on this one doesn't surprise me, even from someone who has been so passionate in Illinois about protesting the inequities of our death penalty system. Again, like with gun control, Obama has consistently taken a more pragmatic stance, saying that the way the death penalty is currently implemented is egregiously unfair but not actually coming out against the act itself. And I understand where he, and others, are coming from. Dammit, if I were going to give the death penalty to any one group of people, it would certainly be child rapists above and beyond probably all others. (I mean, have you heard the particulars of this case? Oh my lord, it is so heinous. I may have been more horrified reading about that rape than reading the story of the Czech kid who was ritually cannibalized.) But I am 100% against the death penalty, legally and morally. The government has zero right and should have zero power to make decisions of life and death, even beyond the structural inequalities and inefficiencies of the policy itself as currently implemented. But Obama is consistent here, and I certainly emotionally get where he's coming from.

Oh, and Barack, stop stomping on all of Scarlett Johansson's hopes and dreams, or we may have to send you over to Jezebel's "Crap Email from a Dude" territory.
phamos: (twilight)
Check it out -- Radio Free Misanthropy (The Podcast Generation) Episode Two! Now with space for comments! Be aware, this link will load the podcast as a very large Quick Time file that plays in your browser. To get it downloaded straight to iTunes, you can subscribe on the home page. So it looks like I'm doing these at a rate of about once a month, which gives me time to gather up good music and then vomit it all out, leaving me without anything new to share and starting the cycle over again. Thank you, Abby, XMU, and Hype Machine, because without you there would be no Radio Free Misanthropy. Also, my drives to work would be much less fun.

Playlist:

Mercy - IAMX
Love In This Club (MSTRKRFT Remix) - Usher
Give It To Me (Paul Oakenfold Remix) - Madonna
Get 'em High (Ratatat Remix) - Kanye West
That's a Lie - Something For Rockets
Devil and the Deep - Justin King & the Apologists
Typical - Mute Math
After Hours - We Are Scientists
Shaker - Tulsa
Blood - Sons & Daughters
Hotter - Alex Lee & the So So Crew
Cities in Dust - Junkie XL
100 Million - Fully Fitted
Electric Feel (Justice Remix) - MGMT
Great DJ - The Ting Tings
As Above, So Below (Justice Remix) - Klaxons
ights and Music - Cut Copy
Pull Me Out Alive - Kaki King
Inside a Boy - My Brightest Diamond
Life 2: The Unhappy Ending - Stars
I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie
Make It Rain (Remix) - Fat Joe
My Drive Thru - N.E.R.D.
Mesmerizing - Liz Phair
phamos: (Default)
OK, bugs. I'm trying to have a nice evening here on the balcony, drinking a glass of wine and reading a disappointingly mediocre Matthew Yglesias book. It is time for you to stop flying in my face, getting confused and stuck behind my glasses, and deciding that your best route of escape is up one of my nostrils.

Seriously. Beyond time.
phamos: (bruce)
Am I a terrible person because I'm not paralytically crushed by the untimely demise of Tim Russert? I mean, I'm sad in the sense that it's horrible he died so young, and he seemed like a good person, and it's sad for his family and friends and everything. But I certainly don't think he was OMGZ TEH BESTEST JOURNALIST EVAR! Do I think he was seriously holding people's feet to the fire when he would find one contradictory thing they'd said once and then the rest of the interview let them repeat their talking points uncontested? No, I don't. Do I give two shits that Buffalo lost one of its supposed strongest advocates or whatever? No, I don't. I thought Meet the Press was a good show back in the late '90s, but it had sorta tapered off over time as the show became more about Tim Russert and his Tim Russertness. That new focus probably had to do with his success as an author and the increasingly accepted idea that he was singularly qualified to hand out folksy homegrown advice because he came from South Buffalo and his father was a gruff but wise Irish war veteran. Honestly, I feel like every commentary of his that I saw or read in the last ten years or so amounted to "Blah blah political process Buffalo Irish bootstraps Bills blah di blah Big Russ." It really wasn't as insightful or "man of the people"-y as everyone is suddenly making it out to be. And I'm not sure what exactly he did for Buffalo that was so great other than constantly repeat silly stereotypes. Did he come back to the city and contribute anything to keep it from falling into its current ruined state? No, he sat in DC and used Buffalo's failings as a prop for his personal mythology.

From my understanding, Tim Russert was a good man who loved his family and was extremely committed to his job and a variety of sports teams. His death is sad, as most all deaths are sad, and sadder for the fact that it came at a relatively young age. But the idea that he's suddenly St. Russert, or that he was somehow an "advocate" for Buffalo just because he perpetuated this idealized notion of its plucky industrial underdoggedness, is kinda silly and kinda annoying.
phamos: (adamaroslin)
Saul Tigh: Can I play the piano anymore?
Doc Cottle: Of course you can!
Saul Tigh: Well, I couldn't before!

*tinkling ivories*

Yes, Galactica has finally gone full tilt Heston/McClure on us. I'm pretty OK with that, really.
phamos: (regent)
There is apparently a severe weather alert. The mall PA system has decided it needs to remind us of this every 60 seconds. We are supposed to stay away from skylights.

No, but seriously -- tornado warning! The national weather service has downgraded the hypothesized size of hail from "baseball" to "hen egg", but I'm still kinda unhappy that my car is parked out in the open. Courtney and I were talking about other egg sizes that could be used to denote hail proportions, given that they were so specific about the HEN size. We concurred that "dinosaur egg" would be theoretically the worst, but also the least helpful descriptor, given that most people have never actually seen a dinosaur egg and thus would be unable to extrapolate that proportion onto their hail expectations.

Holy shit, we can now hear the hail through the roof of the mall. Oh, my poor car.
phamos: (bamababy)
Walter Mondale switched his endorsement from Hillary to Barack! (And he's an actual superdelegate, unlike poor George McGovern. That man gets no respect.)

So, out of the current living former Democratic presidents/presidential nominees:

McGovern: Obama (switched from Clinton)
Carter: Obama
Mondale: Obama (switched from Clinton)
Dukakis: No endorsement (but Kitty endorsed Obama)
Clinton: Mike Gravel (no, not really)
Gore: waiting with baited breath...

Also, Rahm Emmanuel came out for Obama this morning. As such, I believe it's the appropriate time to bust out this macro that pays tribute to his crazy-ass brother:

phamos: (bamababy)
Oh my god, Barack and Michelle bumping fists was the CUTEST FUCKING THING I'VE EVER SEEN.

EDITED TO ADD PHOTO EVIDENCE OF SAID UNBELIEVABLE CUTENESS )

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