March 27, 2004
I’ve run out of interesting ways to say Mark Steyn is the man. Go read him on Clarke.
The weather is finally getting nice but since I have a month’s worth of homework to catch up on, I can’t really leave the house to enjoy it. So, I’ve opened my balcony door and am listening to music that makes me think of Spring. You’re encouraged to leave a comment and tell me what music does that for you. What I’m listening to today:
My favorite songs are ‘Museum Mile’ and ‘Place in the Sun’. I’m not sure this band is still around, their website isn’t up, but if they are and you can- go see them live. I’ve seen them twice, once at T in the Park and once at the Lemontree in Aberdeen, Scotland. The singer is one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen, I still can’t believe that voice comes out of him.
‘White Blood Cells’
I’ve also seen White Stripes twice, but must note that they are hit or miss live. The first time I saw them, at Bowery Ballroom, I wasn’t yet a fan and Jack White’s charismatic presence and terrific covers (’Jolene’ and ‘Lord, Send Me An Angel’) coupled with Meg’s deadpan drumming made me fall in love with the White ’siblings’. I saw them a few months ago at the Hammerstein Ballroom (terrible venue, awful sound) and they seemed really bored and Jack White seemed like he just wanted to go home. Still, this album is great. I recommend ‘Hotel Yorba’ (a song that will be played at my wedding) and ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’.
‘Let It Come Down’
I’ve seen Spiritualized only once, in Montreal, alone, and they were so unusual and amazing. The band is something like 100 people (ok, I’m exaggerating, but not by much) and really innovative. I recommend ‘Stop Your Crying’ and ‘Lord, Can You Hear Me?’
Jay Rockefeller, US Senator from West Virginia, voted to authorize the war in Iraq. Now he’s sorry. But, don’t blame him. It’s not his fault that ‘Americans don’t know history, geography, ethnicity. The administration had no idea of what they were getting into in Iraq. We are not internationalists. We border on being isolationists. We don’t know anything about the Middle East.’ I love how his feeling that he made a mistake translates into Americans being ignorant.
UPDATE: This one particularly pisses me off (partly because I so love the state of West Virginia, and am dismayed that both their Senators are so wrong, and partly because I hate this guy’s statement about what Americans know or don’t know or do or don’t do) so I decided to go look at the Senator’s website. Turns out, he’s just returned from Iraq and has a really original idea on how to end the violence there: get the UN to help. Well, that would be great, except that the UN cut and ran a long time ago, at first sight of violence actually. Rockefeller says that the UN should be ‘allowed into Iraq.’ Who is keeping them out? Whose permission do they need? I called Rockefeller’s office in DC(202-224-6472) and in Charleston (304-347-5372), but it is Saturday and they are closed. I’ll try again on Monday and you can too. I think our Senators should have at least some information on what they’re talking about. Wouldn’t want them to be ignorant like the rest of us.
A great piece in Opinion Journal lays out all the facts.
March 26, 2004
Tim Blair-I’ve realized lately that the point of my blogroll, to me, is to link to sites I want to remember to return to. I return to Tim Blair again and again.
Steve Silver- A Jewish blogger in NYC who writes about politics interspersed with Radiohead and Courtney Love. I haven’t confirmed yet that he thinks, as I do, that the Bends was their best album and everything Radiohead did after OK Computer was mediocre but I’m going to go ahead and assume he does.
What Kind of Sick Weirdo Are You?- She’s a fan of Christopher Eccleston, as am I, and into indie rock, as am I.
So may it secretly begin- is one of those liberals we disdain so much but his blog keeps me interested so onto the blogroll it goes.
While updating said blogroll, I messed up the region breakdown I had going. Sigh. I’ll fix it tomorrow.
When Abdul Aziz Rantisi was named the new head of Hamas and took over for the very dead Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Dawn Summers asked if Israel will also be provided with a map to the new guy’s house. Tim Blair has a poll that asks a slightly different question. I voted Nobel, myself.
So, Ethan has been semi-spam commenting about my lack of mention of the Clarke brouhaha. I’ve said I don’t find it interesting and he, of course, accused me of being a party hack, despite that fact that he admits that should Kerry win, he will stop blogging, apparently his work for the party will be done (the sidenote is that Al Franken is going to quit his radio show then too- hahaha, like he won’t be quitting because of ratings anyway. Nice setup to not embarrass yourself, Al). The truth is, I couldn’t place why I didn’t find the story all that fascinating. It wasn’t just that I wasn’t writing about it, I really wasn’t reading it or following the 9/11 commission hearings. Reading Lileks just now, and his take down of the complicit media and the inconsistent Clarke, I realized why this story just isn’t my thing. It’s exactly as Lileks sums up:
And I bring this up . . . why? Because I want to blame the Clinton administration? Look: to me that’s ancient history. That’s Flintstone time. If it weren’t for these hearings I wouldn’t give a tin fig for who didn’t do what when and where. September Eleventh was the bright red gash that separated the Now from the La-la Then, and we’ve been living in the hot spiky Now ever since. I am interested in the Now and the What Next. I don’t have much patience for people who believe that the salvation of Western Civilization depends on hiking the marginal tax rates to pre-2002 levels. But if you want to play Eight Years vs. Eight Months, fine. Just remember that before 9/11, the skies over Afghanistan were clear. After 9/11, they thrummed with the sound of B-52s until the job was done.
No small distinction.
I too am only interested in the now and what next. I was in NYC on 9/11. Before the day was over, my place of employment- the top of the third tallest building in NYC- became a scary place to work (and was upgraded to second tallest building). My city was traumatized. People I knew were dead. War was on. As a libertarian, I believe government is almost always incompetent and inefficient. I don’t expect them to be able to protect me 100% of the time. I’m amazed at the amount that they’re able to do at all. And that goes for whomever is in power at the time, whether they have a (D) or an (R) next to their name. I definitely think Clinton could have done more to prove the US was still a badass in the 90’s, and discourage the impression that we won’t fight back when attacked, but I understand that it’s not his fault (unlike Ethan’s not Republican friend Peter who thinks it is): the public was watching their stock portfolios. We didn’t want war. I see no purpose in accusing him or his administration for their lack of foresight and I think to accuse Bush, a president in office less than 9 months, is absurd. I’ve said, way, way back when this site was still hosted on blogger (scroll down to May 21), that the only way to make a real attack on Bush would be from the right, to say that he is not tough on terrorism. And here it is. It’s a smart move but the American people are smarter (though Ethan, predictably patronizes Americans with a typical leftist comment about how that’s not so: ‘I wish I had more faith in the ability of the American people to grasp a concept as simple as opportunity cost’, he writes, completely full of himself). They know that it isn’t about what the president was doing on 9/10. It is about what he will do today and tomorrow.
P.P.S.: The soldier sitting closest to me clearly liked Bush, perhaps because he had just seen the president, in person, for the third time. Apparently, Bush pays regular visits to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed. Did you know that? I didn’t. Admittedly, it’s easier to visit the wounded than to go to funerals, which Bush has been accused of not doing enough of. Still …
March 25, 2004
Attention, Palestinian public relations agents: exquisite timing, guys. You get a nice little bump when Sauroman gets converted into a pavement stain, and all the crocodiles who lead the nations of the world get out their pre-moistened towelettes and pretend to squeeze out a few tears. So how do you capitalize on this moment? The ”world community” is outraged that Israel smoked a guy who sent men to kill children, so naturally: you send a child to kill men.
Job security for the engineers of Hell. Ordinary Hell isn’t enough for the guys who send out these kids; they’re going to have to open a new wing of Extra Special Ultra Hell, aka Satan’s Playroom. As I heard someone on the radio say the other day, for the 164,232nd time: they have no choice but to use suicide bombers, because they don’t have a conventional military. I have never quite understood that logic. Okay, so we give them Apache helicopters so they can strafe buses from overhead?
If we give them lots of Stinger missiles, perhaps they will promise only to use suicide bombers who’ve completed puberty.
Surfing by Greengrl, I saw a link to Bob Mould. If you don’t know who Bob Mould is then you’ve probably never been to Scotland, since it seemed that nearly everyone I met while living there was a fan. He used to be in the bands Husker Du and Sugar and has had a varied solo career. I’m still not entirely convinced that it’s the Bob Mould but it sure seems like it.
Anyway, while visiting Mr.Mould’s site, I found this Who do you find attractive quiz. I got these two guys as my results for who I find attractive:
Surprisingly, or maybe not, it seems that only 3% of women share my taste and 63% do not (the rest are in the ’share somewhat’ categories). Also this: Very Picky: It’s official: You’re “picky.” The fact is you are drawn to the most handsome of the handsome. You know what you like in men and are more selective than most women your age. Your tastes seem instinctual. You’d make a great casting agent, because you have a good eye for men who have “star quality.” In real life, your high standards may be an obstacle for you. It’s hard to find a man with the strong features you like, who’s also well-rounded in other ways. Still, you know the importance of a real physical “spark” in a relationship, and aren’t willing (or able) to settle for less. The challenge is finding a man who really wows you physically, even if he’s not the most handsome man in the room. Turns out, I’m in the 1% category for selective (Peter should be pleased).
and ready to mingle with the little people.
If John Kerry chooses Bob Kerrey, a NY based Vietnam Vet who is president of New School, I’m going to cease being superstitious and bet the farm on Bush. Ari informed me of the consideration and when I spoke to Dawn she was adamant that it definitely could not happen. Well, I’ve seen stranger things and as Dawn herself said yesterday, VP choices always come out of left field. Bring on a Kerry/Kerrey ticket!
March 24, 2004
I always knew there were few people more pretentious than Noam Chomsky but his references to himself in third person on his new blog is just a bit much: ‘This blog will include brief comments on diverse topics of concern in our time. They will sometimes come from the ZNet sustainer forum system where Noam interacts through a forum of his own, sometimes from direct submissions, sometimes culled from mail and other outlets — always from Noam Chomsky. Posted by Noam Chomsky at 12:18 PM | Comments (39)’
Ireland Lawmakers Want Unarmed Bush Visit
‘Left-wing politicians opposed to a planned visit by President Bush called Monday for his Secret Service agents to be disarmed while in Ireland.’
Um, sure, the Secret Service will just disarm and hope for the best.
Via the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.
Please, please, please British readers, tell me this story irks you as much as it does me.
Via the Corner
Update: Gib notes that the sword swinging guy was a drug dealer. Sorry, doesn’t change anything for me. I don’t care what they were robbing, the concept remains the same.