Friday, October 29, 2010

Doing Denzel

I love a good celebrity impression and I think this one is
pretty awesome.

Hulu - Saturday Night Live: Returns and Exchanges

This is Not the 90's

Paul Krugman on just how nasty the next two years
are going to be in Washington...

Divided We Fail -

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Clint Mails One In

I have great respect for Clint Eastwood but maybe
it's time for him to ride off into the sunset. His
latest film "Hereafter" is really weak.

In fact, I recommend people go see something else
and then sneak in and just watch the first ten minutes.
Everything after that is entirely forgettable.

Fighting Back

I love how these Democrats take on two uninvited Fox
operatives/reporters at a private meeting...

Fox News Crew Gets Scolded At Democratic Meeting (VIDEO)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Keepin' It Loose

I hate to see a guy get kicked when he's down but
I have to admit this bit on last night's SNL
was pretty darn funny...


Friday, October 22, 2010

Saving the Future

I will admit even I was a little dubious about the wisdom
of the government helping GM. Glad I was wrong.

Froma Harrop: Voters don't seem to care that auto bailouts worked | Viewpoints, Outlook | - Houston Chronicle

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Drowning Democracy With Dollars

Here's a good piece on what the Citizens United decision
has wrought...a never ending barrage of political noise
sponsored by groups that never have to identify themselves.

John Roberts' America -

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Simple Question That Can't Be Answered

The deficit problem is really pretty simple. We have to
cut government spending, raise taxes or do both.

I believe the Democrats will be willing to discuss
modifying entitlement spending if the Teapublicans will
grow up and talk about (1) raising taxes on the rich
and (2) cutting military spending.

I've seen a couple of right-wing think tank people
recently get asked about cutting the military spending
at all, even just a little. They got all panicky and
looked like they might throw up.

Republicans Struggle To Say How They Would Pay For Tax Cuts (VIDEO)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dismantling America

I'm sensing more and more that extremists on the
right are seeing our current economic malaise as a
golden opportunity to gut whatever social safety
net is left in the country.

Here are some of the programs various Republican
/Tea Party candidates are hoping to get rid of
in the coming years...Social Security, Medicare,
any kind of welfare, public education, the minimum
wage, unemployment insurance and the new healthcare plan.

Basically, they've been holding a grudge against
FDR for decades and now they hope to move the
country back to where it was before he took office.
The rich will control nearly all the country's
wealth and the rest of us will be forced to
fight each other for the scraps.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Send In The Clowns

You know, when the Tea Party movement started I figured
it was gonna be all about solving the country's financial
problems. I mean, Scott Brown and Chris Christie didn't seem
so bad...I disagree with them at times but they are
sane and sincere about making things better.

But lo and behold, this movement has also brought us
a slew of wild-eyed wackos I wouldn't want running the
local dog pound.

Mitchell Bard: The Tea Party All-Stars: The Worst of Extreme GOP Midterm Candidates

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Adolf Would Be So Proud

Here's yet another mentally disturbed Tea Party
candidate to add to the list...

Meet the Tea Party Candidate Who Plays Nazi Dress Up on Weekends

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Quick Spins

The new Neil Young album "Les Noise" is excellent. I probably haven't liked a whole NY album this much since "Rust Never Sleeps".

It's really just him and a guitar and the amazing
producer Daniel Lanois working the production control
board in some amazing ways. The songs are simple
yet epic and the feedback never sounded so good.

YouTube - The Making of Le Noise: the new album from Neil Young

Some other recent acquisitions:

Spock's Beard "X": this American group is a real rarity...
a band that still creates metallic prog-rock with melodies
and a heart. This album has some very long, very gorgeous
cuts on it.

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby "Lonely Avenue": Ben Folds is
what I would consider the Billy Joel of his generation..
a clever, extremely talented keyboard player. Nick Hornby
is a clever, extremely talented English writer. This album
is a very impressive collaboration, probably the best
BF album since "Rockin' the Suburbs".

The Posies "Blood/Candy": this Seattle-based power pop
group is really talented but sometimes I think maybe
they're trying too hard. "For the Ashes" is my favorite
cut on the album.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Fox Party

Paul Krugman on Fox completely abandoning any pretense
of being politically "fair and balanced"...

Op-Ed Columnist - Fear and Favor -