Sunday, February 25, 2007

Meanwhile, the best way TO watch the Oscars...


Popped-until-burnt Culture maven Dina Martina offers a handy checklist of suggestions on how to watch the Academy Awards.

While We're Watching the Oscars...

Jane Smiley over at HuffPost points us to a danger we dare not ignore.


If "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," what if people are too busy being entertained to pay attention?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Photo of the Day

Caption Contest: What is Dick saying while making this motion?
(The winner gets a free Andy Establishment T-shirt!)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Devolution Will Be Televised


It begins--while America wanders in a miasma of war, increasing economic inequality, dwindling global standing, erosion of civil rights, torture, hunger, poverty, etc--the mainstream media focuses instead on Bill & Hillary's sleeping arrangements or a silly catfight about something David Geffen said and who it pissed off (with all the maturity of a note-passing frenzy in junior high school).

I do think it might become newsworthy if the Clinton campaign shows a skinless ability to deal with criticism from a fundraiser of an opposing candidate. But this dustup has inspired me to coin an abbreviation I shall now use in order to keep the expletives at a minimum. "WFC" shall from now on be shorthand for "WHO FUCKING CARES!" whenever I want to decry some shallow silliness in Cam-pain '07, or in general.

Please, MSM, grow up and ask the Important Questions, not Obama's abs, smoking habit, middle name or "blackness."

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving, or who have served, bravely and honorably in Iraq. Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush, announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq."

Passed by the House, 246-182

Your turn, Senators.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

All The President's Men Redux


"It's very difficult, as a reporter, to get across that when you say, 'This is a presidency of great dishonesty,' that this is not a matter of opinion. This is demonstrable fact. If you go back and look at the president's statements, you look at the statements of the vice president, you look at the statements of Condoleezza Rice, you go through the record, you look at what [counterterrorism expert] Richard Clarke has written, you look at what we know -- it's demonstrable.

"It's fact. Now, how do you quantify it? That's a different question.

"But to me, if there is a great failure by the so-called mainstream press in this presidency, it's the unwillingness to look at the lies and disinformation and misinformation and add them up and say clearly, "Here's what they said; here's what the known facts were," because when that is done, you then see this isn't a partisan matter. This is a matter of the truth, particularly about this war. This is a presidency that is not willing to tell the truth very often if it is contrary to its interests. It's not about ideology from whence I say this."
--Carl Bernstein
The rest here.

Cupid's New Arrow?

Just in time for Valentine's Day comes this news item of hope.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Time to go Back to Church

The Raw Story interviews the chief counsel to the committee that investigated the Nixon administration's intelligence gathering abuses. And yes, it's time we investigate again. Now if we can only find someone with as much integrity as the late Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho)....

If You Could Read My Mind

Scary story from The Guardian. Soon those guys who wear the aluminum-foil hats might not seem so crazy after all...

Sunday Funny

The Sunday "Slap Your Forehead" Moment

From Think Progress (via HuffPo):

This morning on Fox News Sunday, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol attacked Obama’s Iraq policy, saying he wants to appease terrorists like pro-slavery politician Stephen Douglas tried to appease slave-owners. Kristol said, “Obama’s speech is a ‘can’t we get along’ speech — sort of the opposite of Lincoln. He would have been with Stephen Douglas in 1858.”

We expected this, right? But, wow...

Friday, February 09, 2007

Iconoclasm

Yes, everyone has something to say about the Generation X's Jayne Mansfield. I don't, really, but like the staff of Seattle's local indie rag The Stranger, I find this comment says it all--and says a lot about us.

Storing the Seeds of Love


The seed vault mentioned in the post below. How many screenwriters do you think are busy coming up with Bruce-Willis-Saves-The-World's Seeds scripts?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

What Do They Know That We Don't?

Creepiest story we found online today was this--apparently the Norwegians feel the need to spend $5 million create a seed bunker to preserve the corn, wheat, Venus Fly Traps, and the American Beauty rose, among all other vegetable life on the planet. This, combined with Bush and Rev. Moon both buying up Paraguay, makes us worried that NASA was just placating us with those assurances that an asteroid big enough to wipe us off the planet will actually miss us by a "comfortable" distance in 2028. Paging Dr. Strangelove...

Shhhhhhhhhhhh.....

Don't tell anybody, but I think Al might be in. (I'm praying for an announcement tucked in his Oscar acceptance speech).

Web Graphic of the Day

(Thanks, Wonkette.)

Graph of the Day


Progress is in our favor, so says a story in U.S.A. Today. (Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.)

Why I am PROUD Idahomosexual (who now lives safely in Seattle)

I moved to Seattle from Lewiston, Idaho, in 1993, but even before that I had a stock joke:

Q: How do you tell who's Gay in Idaho?
A: They're the ones always wearing running shoes, just in case...

Yes, good ol' (boy) Idaho--ketchup red conservative, the Old-South North. Land of Skinhead Conventions and Bo Gritz and Randy Weaver.

Now, a Slate.com author (with tongue in cheek) sees it as the source of The Great White Hope for Election 2008...
We've come a long way from the days of the incredibly bright and talented Frank Church, who helped Congress rip the lid off the shenanigans happening in the U.S. intelligence community.
(Thank GOD I had those running shoes.)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Define Freedom, Democracy, Due Process, please

The United Nations proposes a treaty prohibiting governments from holding people in secret detention--you know, like Soviet gulags and Chinese prisons and all those things the U.S. condemned as Communist tyranny.

Fifty-seven representatives from governments around the world signed.


Disgraceful.

Graph of the Day


Monday, February 05, 2007

Woolite in the Loafers

With all the 'Net abuzz about the (In)Famous Gay Sheep Study, Paul "Jeffrey" Rudnick amuses us with this little contribution to the New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs section, a tale of a gay sheep--written from the sheeps point of view.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Another Methy Thituathion

Queer Seattle is all abuzz today over a report about an drug-resistant strain of HIV traced to four local individuals who shared the same partner, a "patient-zero" situation.

That's right boys, it's 1982 all over again, and the miracle prescription drugs can't keep the party going.

Deeper reading into the announcement reveals those involved were "all crystal-meth users who had anonymous sex with multiple partners, and that there was 'variability' in their sexual meeting places" making it very difficult to trace beyond said Patient Zero, implying bath houses and sex clubs are involved (Public Health officials decline to verify this--thanks guys and gals, that really helps people who might be at risk), and--Surprise!--Tina is involved.

We can only hope that this mobilizes queer community health organizations such as GayCity to ramp up education efforts, perhaps altering their campaigns away from anything timid and to counter the "HIV is an easily managed disease--two pills a day?--so who cares if I get it" apathy out there.

And don't even get us started on the destructive evils of crystal meth.

Party over, guys. Please stop that poisonous sh*t. You're perpetuating your own Holocaust.

Why We Love (and Will Miss) Molly Ivins

"I went to California to see this Arnold Schwarzenegger, and I saw him and thought, Good lord, he looks like a condom stuffed with walnuts!"

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Biden Time; or Take a Shower, Joe

From the New York Times:

Mr. Sharpton said that when Mr. Biden called him to apologize, Mr. Sharpton started off the conversation reassuring Mr. Biden about his hygienic practices. “I told him I take a bath every day,” Mr. Sharpton said.

Black Velvet Dixiecrat Portrait of the Day

Give 'em Zell, Miller. More here.
(Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.)

Two Days of Duelling Dialects

Andrew Sullivan alerts us to testimony by Zbigniew Brzezinski today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tellin' it like it is:

It is time for the White House to come to terms with two central realities:

1. The war in Iraq is a historic, strategic, and moral calamity. Undertaken under false assumptions, it is undermining America's global legitimacy. Its collateral civilian casualties as well as some abuses are tarnishing America's moral credentials. Driven by Manichean impulses and imperial hubris, it is intensifying regional instability.

2. Only a political strategy that is historically relevant rather than reminiscent of colonial tutelage can provide the needed framework for a tolerable resolution of both the war in Iraq and the intensifying regional tensions.

If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large. A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks; followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a "defensive" U.S. military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

This comes a day after Henry "War Crimes" Kissinger pulled his old "Secret Plan To End The War" trick (which we could have sworn went out with Watergate) before the same committee yesterday--which Blogoddess Wonkette amusingly eviscerates here.