July 28, 2008
“Shot to the heart”-Lil Wayne
Though never officially a Song of the Day, I mentioned this song twice last summer. I’ve just been thinking, again, how much more I liked last summer’s music, and this song is the perfect illustration of that. This is Lil Wayne last summer coming out with this great tune while this summer’s Lil Wayne are completely annoying songs you hope won’t get stuck in your head. Or maybe things just always seem better in the past.
July 25, 2008
Cool ad by the John McCain camp:
“When John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan went to Berlin, their rhetoric soared, but their optimism was grounded in the reality of politics, conflict and hard choices. Kennedy didn’t dream of the universal brotherhood of man. He drew lines that reflected hard realities: “There are some who say, in Europe and elsewhere, we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin.” Reagan didn’t call for a kumbaya moment. He cited tough policies that sparked harsh political disagreements — the deployment of U.S. missiles in response to the Soviet SS-20s — but still worked.
Much of the rest of the speech fed the illusion that we could solve our problems if only people mystically come together. We should help Israelis and Palestinians unite. We should unite to prevent genocide in Darfur. We should unite so the Iranians won’t develop nukes. Or as Obama put it: “The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.”
Obama has benefited from a week of good images. But substantively, optimism without reality isn’t eloquence. It’s just Disney.”
1. Why do king size sheets come with king size pillow cases? What the hell is a king size pillow and who actually has these?
2. Why do so many tea kettles have plastic parts? I mean, I’m going to melt it off, it’s going to happen, it always does.
3. Seamless Web, an online service that lets you order food from restaurants in NY and other major cities, is giving away $100 in free food to anyone who blogs about why they love Seamless (they have some rules about what kind of blog so read those before you do it). I love Seamless, and I’m not just saying that for the free food (although, yes, I’m saying it here for the free food). Their selection is good, they keep your credit card on file and there’s little chance for error. But my favorite thing about Seamless is that I don’t have to talk to anyone when placing an order. Click, click, submit. Awesome.
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5. I can’t believe Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman broke up. I thought those two crazy kids were going to make it.
July 24, 2008
What’s interesting about the 4 states in which McCain is gaining (although how they include 50-30 Wisconsin in this I have no idea), is that three of them were “blue” states last time. I’m still liking my gut prediction, with my popular vote qualifier, even with (or maybe especially because) the European fawning over Obama this week.
It has a sexy title, “Is marriage for white people?”, but this article (part of CNN’s “Black in America” series) bemoaning being a well-educated and still single woman, could have so easily been written by, well, a white person. In fact, this article is often written by white women. The “yes there have been some men who wanted commitment and I didn’t” part. The “I may have been focusing on other things like traveling the world” part. The “will I ever meet him” part. What part of that is exclusive to race? And therein lies the problem with the CNN series. Being black in America is most similar to being white in America, as opposed to being, say, black in Africa or Asia or Europe. I guess that wouldn’t make for sensationalized programming.
McKain told the officer he and his wife were driving home when they noticed a female motorist looking closely at his truck. The couple drove home then pulled into their driveway.
“Mr. McKain said shortly later the same person (Ms. Gragg) pulled up to his residence (blocking his driveway behind his truck.) Mr. McKain said Ms. Gragg began to rant and rave about the sticker on the back of his truck,” the court document states.
McKain told police Gragg shouted numerous profanities at him and his wife.
“Mr. McKain said Ms. Gragg said she (would) get someone to take care of him later,” the report said.
Gragg was issued a trespass warning and then arrested on the threat charge, a misdemeanor. She was released Wednesday from the Fort Bend County Jail on $500 bond.
I bet we’ll be seeing more of this Obama-rage as the election nears. How dare everyone not realize he’s the Messiah!
July 23, 2008
More to the point: When is an affair while your wife is dying of cancer NOT a political career killer? Is there a “he needed to get through the pain” angle? Or is it more “he needs to not show his face around here again, ever” situation?
Or, really, the question of the day is: when is it ok to believe the National Enquirer?
It’s four days away from Mad Men’s return, that’s what time.
UPDATE: Are they kidding using one of my favorite songs ever, “The Truth” by Handsome Boy Modeling School, in their promos? Are they?!
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged staunch support for Israel on Wednesday in Jerusalem, describing the Jewish state as a miracle and holding only a low-profile meeting with Palestinian leaders.
Here’s a weird quote:
“I’m here on this trip to reaffirm the special relationship between Israel and the United States, my abiding commitment to its security, and my hope that I can serve as an effective partner, whether as a … senator or as a president, in bringing about a more lasting peace in the region,” he said.
The Illinois senator, meeting Israeli President Shimon Peres, described Israel as a “miracle that has blossomed” since its founding 60 years ago. Wearing a Jewish skullcap, he later laid a white wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum.
Is he being humble or does he really think he’s not going to be president?
By the way, if Bush referred to something as a “miracle that blossomed” it would be that day’s Bushism.
A member of the king’s inner circle who attended the chicken-and-rice dinner with King Abdullah and Queen Rania said that Obama had gone a long way toward assuaging their fears that he would be so eager to run away from his paternal family’s Muslim roots and to woo skeptical American Jews that he would not be “the honest broker” they long for after W.’s crazed missionary work in the Middle East.
“The guy gets it,” the Jordanian official said after dinner with Obama. “Sharp, aware and a very good listener. He doesn’t seem stuck in preconceived positions. He said he would get straight to the Palestinian issue as soon as he becomes president.”
And lest you think that’s some rightwing blogger recounting the events, it’s actually Maureen Dowd.
July 22, 2008
AOL Travel has a list of 10 countries who still like Americans. Places like Ghana and Tanzania but also, supposedly, England, Ireland and Canada. Personally, I don’t really care if they like Americans or not as long as they don’t tell me about it and expect me not to react. Like, it’s fine for a French person to hate America and Americans, even fine for them to tell me how backward we all are, but then they can’t get all pissy when I tell them they’d be speaking German if it weren’t for us and ask them why the Champs-Élysées is lined with trees (this exchange actually happened). Alls fair in irrational nationality hatred, after all.
I should also point out, as I always do when the “George Bush has ruined our international reputation” meme comes up, I lived in Scotland (twice) during the heyday of the Clinton administration. From there I traveled to Holland, France, Germany and all over the Great Britain. Before that, I spent a lot of time all over western Europe. And if you think they loved Americans then, I’ve got a lovely bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
I must note, though, that we had nary a problem in Italy. Everyone was very friendly to us and beyond helpful. We heart Italians.
“Rooms on Fire” by Stevie Nicks
There is nearly no rhyme or reason to my SOTD feature. It’s pretty much the first song I think of when I wake up. This morning, still on Italy time and waking up at 6am, I thought of ole Stevie’s raspy voice belting this one out. My lack of access to a computer while in Venice spared you all the SOTD being Sheena Easton’s “9 to 5 (Morning Train)”. You’re welcome.
July 21, 2008
I don’t know how I forgot to thank my awesome guest bloggers who did such an awesome job while I traipsed around Italy. Also, a big thanks to Peter who approved comments and posted the posts when I didn’t have access to a computer. You guys rock.