FYI, I feel like a total sucker for defending Hillary in my much-trafficked “It’s Official: Chris Matthews is a Loathsome Douchebag” post after watching Clinton’s scum-drenched performance in last night’s debate (and Bill’s previous horseshit didn’t help). It’s official: the Clinton Machine can go fuck itself. Pundits, have at ‘em. I don’t like being played for a fool.
My internet connection is just barely functioning, so let me direct you to one of the best new voices in the poliblogosneer, Betty Cracker. She’s got quite a delectable edge on her and is very deserving of a large readership. Check out her whole blog, but first stop in to read her astute take on the Obama-Reagan flap (“The ‘R’ Word”—scroll down), which is the best I’ve yet to read.
During a stop at the Daytona International Speedway today, Rudy Giuliani got to take a lap around the track in his campaign bus. But riding around the track in a full size bus wasn’t quite enough for the former mayor. He pleaded with driver Rusty Wallace and multiple NASCAR officials on site to get a ride in one of the racecars but was continually rebuffed.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani trails Senator John McCain by 12 points among Republicans in the upcoming New York presidential primary and Senator Hillary Clinton continues to have a commanding lead over Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, according to a new Siena (College) Research Institute poll of registered voters released today. [...]
“In a stunning turnaround, John McCain has turned a 33-point deficit with Republican voters in December into a 12-point lead over Rudy Giuliani today,” said Steven Greenberg, Siena New York Poll spokesman. “While America’s mayor still has strong support among New York City Republicans, he is getting beat by McCain in the suburbs and trounced upstate. Republican women give Rudy a small edge, however, Republican men are behind McCain nearly three-to-one.”
McCain has the support of 36 percent of Republicans, followed by Giuliani at 24 percent, former Governor Mitt Romney at 10 percent, Governor Mike Huckabee at 7 percent, and former Senator Fred Thompson at 6 percent. Seventeen percent of Republicans remain undecided. Giuliani led McCain 48-15 percent on December 10.
But don’t you worry about Rudy. This is all part of his excefuckallent super smart 50-state strategy!! And besides, today he got an endorsement from Johnny Damon, who many of you may remember as Yitzhak from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Rudy’s got this bitch all sewed up!
John Prine & Iris DeMent - “In Spite of Ourselves”
CLOVERFIELD: My pal Mark and I went on a gay date to see Cloverfield yesterday because our wives would have none of it. This is his review. It didn’t have quite the same effect on me, but, good cripes, was the shaky camera gimmick annoying. Looking at Odette Yustman, not so much.
Yesterday I spent some time talking on the phone with someone who used to work at iVillage, and it led to a discussion of the types of content women search for online. My assumption was “recipes, healthcare, childcare and games”. He then told me that it was almost a legendary inside joke that the two biggest search terms on iVillage were perpetually “Chicken” and “Fellatio”.
I’m sure by now most of you have seen the video of Tom Cruise’s mindfuckerrific ode to Scientology that’s leaked onto the web (part 2 of 6 in the YouTube player below), but there’s a lot more footage from the award ceremony and accompanying crazy available. It’s the longest blowjob Tom Cruise ever got in his life and it all ends with lusty “hip hip hoorays” directed at an oversized portrait of L. Ron Hubbard. Watch it all before the litigious Scientologists get it yanked off of YouTube.
UPDATE: Oh well, that didn’t last long. All of the videos but the well known one have been pulled and this message has been added to the censored pages: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Church of Scientology International.” See below the fold for options on downloading AVI files of the full awards ceremony.
PROBLEM CORRECTED: All six pieces available for viewing again below.
If you’ve ever enjoyed the DIY sounds of early Beck, Sebadoh, the Microphones or pretty much anything on the K records label, you really need to hear the Departmentstore Santas’ first and only record At the Medieval Castle Nineteen 100-year Lifetimes Since. Only 500 vinyl copies were pressed in 1984 and the leader of the group, Joseph D’angelo has steadfastly refused to allow anyone to rerelease it as a CD, causing it to fetch ridiculous prices on eBay and through dealers. I was first introduced to the record when the music director at our college station—I was assistant music director at the time—scored it in an impulse buy at Cutler’s Records in New Haven, CT. It quickly became a station favorite. Unfortunately, by the time I made it down to Cutler’s it was long gone and so for many, many years all I had in my possession was a badly worn cassette of the record, which inexplicably (and cruelly) excluded a few of the tracks. A few years ago my pal Tom from the Major Stars, who’s as obsessed with this record as I am, hooked me up with a vinyl rip CD of Medieval and I listened to it repeatedly for weeks on end, falling in love with it all over again. It’s moody, charming, eerie, sloppy, joyous, haunting, funny and everything in between. There are certain albums like Exile on Main St. and The Basement Tapes that exude an overall aural aura that elevates them well past the strength of their individual songs and Medieval Castle is one of those albums. You can sample one of the tracks (“Photo Album of Baby”) here and read about how Camper Van Beethoven loved the Santas, but I highly encourage you to download the whole album (an excellent rip in MP3 format) courtesy of the fine folks at Mutant Sounds before the RapidShare download expires. It’s the last of the four download options that work now, so I’d run if I were you.
Here’s a doozy from our new go-to gal for TEH KR@ZEES!!?!, Dr. Sanitary:
Don’t tie the next President’s hands, because, you know, there’s a good chance (s)he’s gonna be Democrat. At least that’s the NY Times thinks. I wonder why they don’t seem to believe its [sic] a good idea—when they and the Democrats have been doing exactly that for the last 7 years?
Exactly what country has she been living in for the past seven years? I am speechless. I am without speech.
I’m suffering from blogger’s blog and can’t find anything current I’m interested in to blog about. The primary season has already taken its toll on me and we’re only three states into it (four if you count Wyoming, but let’s not). Every word uttered by the candidates or their subordinates is getting over-parsed by the media and the blogosneer is echo-chambering all of it to death. Today I decided to catch up on the woefully unheralded Sundance documentary series Nimrod Nation instead of hunting and pecking and sighing through Google News to find something worthy of you fine folks. It was a wise choice.
I’ll be back tomorrow with all sorts of shrillity for your enjoyment, but until then please enjoy the vocal stylings of Bill O’Loofah:
BONUS DISCUSSION POINT: Should I go see Cloverfield this weekend at the bargain matinée since my wife is away and she’d rather be dragged through Fred Thompson’s unwashed ass crack than watch it or should I just assume it’s a festering load of MTVapidness and spend my time finally seeing if the freeze-dried hard drive voodoo works?
While watching the endless pundit blather on TV tonight after the Republican Michigan Primary and Democratic Nevada Debate and reading the various opinion meisters commentaries online, I had one of those rare zen moments of simplicity. It all comes down to a simple question:
Who would you like to be in the White House if Pakistan fell to al Qaeda and the Islamists gained control of its nuclear arsenal?
Answer that question and you will know your candidate. All the rest, as they say, is commentary.
Maybe I’ve been missing something, but hasn’t Roger’s whole political viewpoint been limited to variances of this “rare” zen moment of simplicity since 9/11? I’m not quite sure why he felt the need to share.
SOMEWHAT RELATED: Another one-issue blogger (TEH TERRAH!!!) proves why she should stick to one issue:
What has the Republican Party come to? With all the socialism-lite being bandied about here in Michigan; all the empty promises glibly being made—how are these guys any different from the feckless Democrats who got us into this economic mess to begin with?
With all of the consultants, advisers, strategists, etc. working for the Democrats right now, can’t one of them come up with a way to take this “the surge is working and the Dems don’t want to admit it!” meme away from the Republicans? It’s about all they have right now and they’re fitfully hanging off of it like deranged squirrel monkeys and the media is lapping it up. I know it’ll piss off some of the more rabid elements of the anti-war movement, but can’t Dems think of a strategically sound way of pointing out that if it wasn’t for their electoral wins in ‘06 chances are pretty good we’d still be burdened with Donald “Dunderhead” Rumsfeld, who pretty much everyone, except for the most rabid dead-enders, has admitted was a colossal failure? There would be no Robert Gates. There would be no General Petraeus. There would be no reduction in our military fatalities. There would be no surge. And if they want to see continued “success” (or what’s interpreted as success) in Iraq and an eventual withdrawal from this War in Error, they have to elect a Democratic president and vastly increase the number of Dems in Congress.
It seems fairly simple to me. Or am I missing something?