January 31, 2005
When you click on the timestamp of any entry, it takes you to a page with just the post on it. Two questions:
1. How do I get rid of the ‘Alarming News’ below my new logo?
2. How do I put in my links and ads onto those pages?
I guess both questions can be answered at once if someone can direct me to the template for individual entries.
I had a really bad week last week so I decided to start this week off right….and ended up getting my wisdom tooth pulled today. Sigh.
Monjo sends along an article highlighting the continuing demise of the Conservative party in Britain. Apparently, the Labour party has an ad featuring two Conservative politicians as flying pigs, and this has somehow started an anti-Semitic brouhaha. Like the several Nazi stories from last week, my big concern is that calling something anti-Semitic will devolve into a ‘boy cried wolf’ scenario. We have people out there who want Israel not to exist, who want to kill all Jews, and we’re going to worry about caricatures of politicians as flying pigs?
Kerry credits 9/11 with Bush’s win, keeps ‘08 open: “I won the [total] popular vote in the battleground states by two percentage points. We just didn’t distribute it correctly in Ohio.”
January 30, 2005
Last night I was recovering, with the aforementioned MKID, from a particularly adventurous Friday night, and talk turned to music, specifically which albums we enjoy from start to finish. This is different than ‘favorite’ albums, though there is some overlap. For example, I like every song on ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ but it wouldn’t make even a top 50 cut for favorite albums. On the flip side, I would count ‘Lick’ by the Lemonheads as one of my favorite albums, but there is at least one song I can’t stand (the one in Italian). This is my list, in no particular order:
1. ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’- Flaming Lips
2. ‘The Bends’- Radiohead
3. ‘Grace’-Jeff Buckley
4. ‘Shame About Ray’-Lemonheads
5. ‘Legend’-Bob Marley
6. ‘Different Class’-Pulp
7. ‘Wildflowers’-Tom Petty
8. ‘Animals’-Pink Floyd
9. ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’-Wilco
10. ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’-Nina Simone
13. ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’-50 Cent
14. ‘Revolt Against Tired Noises’-Stratford 4 **
15. ‘Agaetis Byrjun’-Sigur Ros
16. ‘Violator’-Depeche Mode
17. ‘Heartaches’-Patsy Cline
18. ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’-Interpol
19. ‘2001′- Dr. Dre
20. ‘Outside’-David Bowie
21. ‘Out Of Time’-R.E.M
22. ‘Velvet Underground And Nico’-Velvet Underground And Nico
23. ‘After The Gold Rush’- Neil Young
24. ‘Disintegration’- The Cure
25. ‘Wandering Spirit’- Mick Jagger
26. ‘Revolver’- Beatles
27. ‘Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’- Lauryn Hill
28. ‘Lifted or…’- Bright Eyes
29. ‘Urban Hymns’- Verve
30. ‘Greatest Hits’- Bill Withers
31. ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’-Sinead O’Connor
**This was the only exception to our rule of start to finish greatness since the whole cd is terrific until the last song when the band decides to switch singers.
How big of an apology do I owe to Acey, who graciously asked me to be one of his guest bloggers while he was at Sundance this week (while saying ‘feel free to promote the daylights out of your own site’), only to have me post three times, two of the times cross-posting here? I mean, are we talking a drink here or a whole bottle?
You should be reading every word the hilarious Jeff Goldstein writes but in particular I direct you to his mathematical equation of the liberal position on Iraq, and an on-point takedown of the naysayers.
In other good news today, the Republicans have gained another House seat as Rep. Michael Diven of Pennsylvania has switched parties.
Cross-posted at Red State.
Robert Fisk thinks the election in Iraq was a bloody charade and calls it a ‘fantasy election’. But, of course.
I was with one of my good friends last night, sometimes commenter MKID. He’s a middle of the road kind of guy, hawkish of foreign policy though skeptical of the need for the Iraq war, and he wanted Kerry to win the election (though not bad enough to actually go vote). He’s decidedly not a Bush fan but he said something that I hear few Bush haters say: he wants the president to succeed in everything he does. He may not agree with Bush’s plans or policies, and he will voice his disagreement, but he wants America to do well, no matter who is president or what party is in the majority. He was hoping for the Iraqi elections to go well and for our purpose in Iraq to succeed.
Meanwhile, over on Daily Kos, the vitriolic left is gleeful over any setback. Violence is highlighted and rehighlighted. Kos weighs in with a timeless ‘This war is long past lost.’ How anyone could have watched the beautiful event that happened in Iraq today and not be touched is beyond me. Something amazing has happened in Iraq. People went to the polls to choose their own leadership for the first time in half a century. The days of there being one guy on the ballot are over. They control their own destiny. Is it going to be tough? Of course. But, what kind of animal do you have to be to hope for failure? These are the liberals of today? Wasn’t liberalism once tied to compassion and hope? Didn’t they once want freedom and justice and liberty for all? Does it not include Iraq just because George W. Bush wants the same thing? Doesn’t rooting against democracy in Iraq directly contradict liberal principles? Are there still any admirable principles left?
It does seem to me that Karl Rove wants to do to the Democrats what Tony Blair’s Labour has done to the Tories. And it also seems to me that the Democrats are helping Rove a lot, just as the Tories helped Blair.
January 29, 2005
Dawn Eden (aka ‘Good Dawn’) has a beautiful post about waiting for love and not getting sad on Valentine’s Day. Just for the record, it’s not just single people that hate the silliness of Feb.14.
Me: You gotta see what’s out there.
Dawn Summers: Guy, I know what’s out there. That’s why I’m still in here.
Dawn Summers has a bone to pick with Oprah Winfrey…and Leo Tolstoy.
January 28, 2005
I’ve been reading Dorothy Parker before bed every night and that may explain my mood this past week (something between lunacy, exuberance and depression). She was so sharp and she saw the angles in everything, both good and bad. I see I’m not the only one admiring Ms. Parker lately, writersbloc has a great little poem by the lady.