The Brooklyn Museum is having an open call until 3/31 for a photography exhibition called “Click,” about the changing face of Brooklyn. Initial submissions are online, and there will be an exhibition at the Museum after the works have been selected. If you know someone who would be interested in participating, please forward this along to them.
“Brooklyn, like most of New York City, is in a constant state of change. Population growth and environmental causes have altered the borough’s terrain, transforming commercial and residential areas and impacting the borough’s residents and activity. Considering Brooklyn’s transformation over the years, its past and its present, please submit a photograph that captures the ‘changing face(s) of Brooklyn.’ We welcome a wide variety of visual interpretations of this topic.”
However, if it goes on to the convention and Obama wins, I think in retrospect the protracted fight will be seen as a good thing. Like many pundits are pointing out, the battle is preparing Obama for what he will face when the GOP cranks up its slime machine in earnest. That’s conventional wisdom. But a second, less heralded advantage is the wall-to-wall coverage this battle is getting. McCain clinched the nomination last night, and there was a collective yawn. The Democratic race is sucking up all the drama, diverting the media, however temporarily, from giving full attention to the object of their collective adoration, McCain.
Really shitty cell phone picture of the Beastie Boys’ heads
Went to see them last night at Terminal 5. Not a bad venue, but the sound sucked. MCA wasn’t into it. The tops of all of their heads looked great. The girl next to me said they “looked old.” She was what we refer to in the business as “an asshole.” “Lighten Up” was cool because Mr. Fuzzy Head, who may or may not have been this guy, played the woo-woo machine. Some NJ fuck knuckle with raging neck fat really got into the encore (“Sabotage”). Guys were selling balloons of nitrous oxide (3 for $20) on the street after the show, something I’ve never seen in NYC before (after 17 years here, I don’t say that often). On the subway ride home, I found out my wife Chris knows nearly all of the (discernible) lyrics to “B-Boy Bouillabaisse” (yet another reason I love her). We went to a really disgusting neighborhood diner because we hadn’t eaten dinner. Afterwards I had “bad breath onion rings” (I didn’t realize the irony until this morning). The end.
Clinton congratulated Obama and said she looks forward to continuing to campaign with him in Pennsylvania and the other 16 states or territories that still need to hold contests. But she also used the stage to critique her opponent. “When the phone rings at 3 a.m. at the White House, there’s no time for speeches,” she said.
Charming. Months and months more of this shit. Does anyone know if John Hodgman picked up any extra forms? He lives in my neighborhood.
This has got to be a first. Here in Austin, on the night before that make-or-break Texas primary, the Clinton campaign has set up a filing center for the traveling press corps ... in a men’s room. Insert metaphor here.
The reporters, including The Times’ Louise Roug, were set up in the toilet with tables right next to the urinals. Their dinner was delivered there too—tamales piled in the corner and candies served in paper cups.
In any event, the Clinton campaign maintains that the filing center was not a reaction to the campaign’s complaints that the New York senator has been getting a lot more scrutiny than her rival, Barack Obama of Illinois.
Yet the campaign housed the press in the bathroom/athletic training room for about 5 hours. Was that a stall tactic?
But in a campaign that hasn’t exactly been flush with success lately, and is looking to remain viable in Tuesday’s primaries, it’s not unusual to wonder what the Clinton camp was thinking. Perhaps, yellow journalism?
Digby gazes into the tank (the one the media is in for McCain) and documents the dry-rubbed horror.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. McCain will be the hardest Repub to beat in ‘08—there has never been any doubt about this—and Digby’s post highlights the uphill battle the Dems will be fighting when it comes to the media’s enduring puppy love for him. Hillary never, ever stood a chance in a punditry popularity contest against him. No matter how hard she tries (and I haven’t seen a lot of evidence that she has—I’m not counting continually playing the victim card, which is a thoroughly ineffective strategy), the cable news grunts and campaign reporters will never go to bat for her. Obama may be a bit of a crap shoot in the general election, but we’ve seen plenty of evidence to date that the media has a pretty big crush on the Big O (certainly more so than I’ve seen for any Dem prez candidate in my lifetime) and he’s the best (and only) shot we have at knocking the halo off of St. Maverick with weapons as inoffensive and hug-making as a wink and a smile. From a purely realistic perspective (one I know us Obama fans are supposedly allergic to), I just don’t see how anyone doesn’t think Obama is the way to go in November.
Mick Jagger—“Memo from Turner” (from the film Performance)
BOBBY CHARLES: I got turned on to Bobby Charles while listening to Devendra Banhart guest DJing on WNYC’s “Spinning on Air.” It was a warm spring night, I had the radio on out in the garden, and Charles’ song “I Must Be in a Good Place Now” wrapped snuggly around my head like the most comforting cloth ever created. An absolutely gorgeous moment. Charles’ phenomenal debut album, recorded with most of the members of The Band and Dr. John, inexplicably swings in and out of print and The Heat Warps was kind enough to upload it recently for your listening pleasure. Believe me, you need this.
BOOT CAMP—THE END OF THE LINE: Robin completed her initial six-weeks of hell in boot camp and the whole series has been an entertaining, ahem, “reed.” Click and scroll around her blog (pretty much the closest thing I get to exercise these days) to see what she went through.
Obama supporters better get real. If they think NO COMEDIAN is going to poke fun at him or imitate him they need to think again. There was a cottage industry of Nixon impersonators and they were brutal. SNL has a tradition of poking fun at presidents. When the first began in ‘75 they did bits on Jimmy Carter and his wild and wooly brother Billy. They socked it to Reagan. Dana Carvey came into prominence becasue of his spot-on imitation of Bush Sr. And Clinton? Come on they did bits on his infidelity relentlessly and were downright cruel. If Hillary could take that Obama can take this little stuff that’s been lobbed at him so far. Can he take it like a man? Or as the rappers say: “Is he a punkass?”
They’ve done Al Gore and of course they have had a field day with Bush/Cheney. If Obama can’t and his supporters can’t take it then how are they going to deal with anything?
I loved the debate segment and the animation of Obama trying to duck being seen with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. I hope next week they do a bit about Obama keeping his white grandmother away from the public eye. Trust me, when Obama comedown starts happening, they’re going to LOVE these bits.
Keep’em coming SNL.
Hillshills really do believe Obama supporters think they still have gills, don’t they?
I never much cared for Van Halen, even during the David Lee Roth years. After listening to this isolated vocal track from “Runnin’ With the Devil”, I’m confident that I made a great choice rejecting and denouncing this band from the get-go.
Obama has also been endorsed by actor Kal Penn, who starred in the film Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and its upcoming sequel Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, which mocks the War on Terror and “seems to be banking on young people’s belief America’s a racist country and too hard on the terrorists,” says Libertas’ Jason Apuzzo. According to Wikipedia Harold and Kumar escape from Guantanamo after being mistaken for terrorists and “then begin a series of strange encounters, including an inbred mutant, Neil Patrick Harris, a nude woman, a KKK rally (where they are mistaken for ‘Mexicans’), and George W. Bush’s ranch house.” Frankly, the fact that Neil Patrick Harris is in the film should be reason enough to condemn it, but according to the film’s co-writer and director Hayden Schlossberg, “Our vision for Guantánamo was a place that doesn’t even feel like America.” Do we really want to elect a man who accepts the endorsement of an actor who appears in a film that claims that Guantanamo is un-American? Why hasn’t Obama denounced this film and rejected the support of one its stars? Perhaps Obama thinks that the War on Terror is just a joke.
If I were a consultant on Obama’s team, I would recommend releasing the following response ad:
NARRATOR: Your children are all tucked safely in their beds when a deranged, drooling behemoth with a sledgehammer breaks through your front door and announces that he’s going to crush the skulls of your offspring. Your husband is away on business, but the next door neighbors on either side of you, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are home. Who are you going to call for help? Barack Motherfucking Obama, that’s who. Don’t forget that shit on March 4th.
I guess it’s pretty obvious why I’m not a political consultant.
Adam Nagourney of the New York Times lets all of us Obama zombies in on the shocking truth:
When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton goes after Senator Barack Obama these days, she presses him on the details of his health care plan, criticizes the wording of his campaign mailings and likens his promise of change to celestial choirs.
But if Mr. Obama becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, he is sure to face an onslaught from Republicans and their allies that will be very different in tone and intensity from what he has faced so far.
In the last few days alone, Senator John McCain has mocked a statement Mr. Obama made about Al Qaeda in Iraq. The Tennessee Republican Party, identifying him with his middle name as Barack Hussein Obama, suggested that his foreign policy would be shaped by people who are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
Mr. Obama’s record is not as long as Mrs. Clinton’s, or as potentially rich, for an opponent looking for damaging votes or quotes. But there is still plenty to work with. Some cases are simple let’s-go-to-the-video moments, like Mr. Obama’s statements that he would support giving drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens or would support raising taxes to shore up Social Security, lines of attacks that Republicans are already employing.
Someone should tell Obama’s campaign staff about this. Zoinks! Too bad their HEADS ARE IN THE SAND!!! kicking the dethroned Queen of the Coronation’s ass all over the Dem primary schedule. I’m sure they haven’t thought about inevitable rightwing attacks or running against McCain at all. Nor has Obama himself. Silly bunnies.