“I recently read in Mail Call all the concern about the music festival downtown and type of people it attracted, and the option of having a Christian music festival with no alcohol being served. I have a close friend who can play Christian music so beautifully it could bring a tear to the eye of the toughest of the lot, but the problem is that he only plays Christian music when he is drunk.”
Sorry for the lack of blogging, but after complications following renal failure, my father-in-law passed away unexpectedly late last week. He was the kindest of souls, an amazingly talented architect and all-around great guy. I’ll really miss him.
Please keep my wonderful wife Chris and her family in your thoughts during this difficult time. I’ll be checking in with you in the near future.
I’m no big fan of Hillary Clinton, but the results of this Forbes poll are pretty ridiculous:
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., remains the presidential candidate percieved as coldest among both Democrats and Republicans—and by a wide margin, according to the October edition of the Forbes ‘08 Tracker poll. But since July, she has managed to trim three points from her frostiness quotient.
Some 25% of voting-age Americans polled in the latest survey named “coldness” as an attribute of Clinton’s, ranking her five times frostier than her principal Democratic opponent, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who just 5% of those polled considered cold. He is followed closely by Republican Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, who 6% labeled as cold.
Neither Forbes.com nor ePoll, the California market research company conducting the polling, defines any of the 46 attributes on which it polls its sample population. These are the same traits it has used to select high-level spokespeople for its own advertising campaigns for more than a decade.
In some cases, candidates who have put substantial effort into polishing their image have gotten results. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is considered “cold” by 7% of those polled, while Fred Thompson, who spent five years as the gruff but homespun Manhattan district attorney on Law & Order is rated as cold by 8%.
Clinton is nearly 4x “colder” than Giuliani? Are we talking about the same rude, arrogant and egomaniacal mayor I lived with for eight years? The same married scumbag who fazed out one mistress to pony up, very publicly, with another one? The same heartless bastard who let his wife know he wanted a separation during a press conference? The same loathsome douchebag who alienated nearly every black citizen of New York City during his tenure? The same fuckhead who has been shamelessly dry humping the memories of 9/11 and layering on THE FEAR for personal gain? That dude is nearly 4x less cold than Hillary?
Wait until America finds out what we New Yorkers know. I can’t wait.
Quote from George “Executive Privilege” Bush today during his press conference:
Now, in terms of whether or not it’s possible to reprogram the kind of basic Russian DNA, which is a centralized authority, that’s hard to do. We’ve worked hard to make it appear in their interests—we made it clear to them that it is in their interests to have good relations with the West. And the best way to have good long-term relations with the West is to recognize that checks and balances in government are important, or recognize there are certain freedoms that are inviolate.
Gibby Haynes—de facto leader of the exponentially unfathomable, long running psych-punk-whatever amalgamators Butthole Surfers—will join a cadre of kiddies from the Paul Green School of Rock for a series of six dates in February (one, on the 12th, has yet to be confirmed). And together they’ll play Butthole Surfers material.
The Paul Green School—featured in the documentary film Rock School and not the similarly titled Jack Black/Richard Linklater film School of Rock—is a network of intensive music training programs for kids aged 8-18, and the school’s “All Stars” often pay tribute to and even gig out with famed musicians many years their senior.
Pitchfork seems a little shocked by this decision, but, c’mon, think about how righteous it would be to hear a choir of kids chiming in on “Lady Sniff”? I can’t imagine anything more beautiful.
The Ventures’ “Wipe Out” was one of my favorite songs when I was a kid. I used to play it over and over and over. I’ve grown apart from it over the years (as, I’m sure, many of you have), but this live video of the Ventures performing the song in ‘65 is just way beyond cool ... from the drumming (of course) to the matching outfits to the way the band is set up on stage. Enjoy.
“Cheney’s Law” is an exemplary exercise in synthesis that displays a reserved tone and still manages to feel like a riveting political thriller as it diagrams the ways in which the vice president’s vision was often so seamlessly assimilated.
If you missed Frontline’s excellent documentary last night, “Cheney’s Law,” you can now watch it online. Highly recommended.
I know I already posted about Rudy today, but, sweet jeebus, now he wants to resurrect the “Evil Empire” shtick and adhere it to China:
While praising Reagan’s blunt description of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” Giuliani went out of his way to note that “Communist China” deserved the same epithet.
The man who was sitting immediately to Giuliani’s left as he said this -– Sheldon Adelson, a major fund-raiser who sits on the RJC’s board and who minutes earlier had given a flattering introduction to Giuliani—was someone who’d would probably be happy to stay as far from China-bashing as he could at the moment.
When Adelson is not collecting checks for Giuliani, he’s CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, which this summer opened two casinos in Macau, including the world’s largest, the Venetian. Perhaps the biggest hurdle facing casino operators in Macau, a special administrative region of China, is ensuring that Beijing relaxes restrictions on the movement of gamblers (and their money) from the mainland.
Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C., Giuliani criticized Obama’s willingness to meet with enemies of the current Bush Administration—including Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Cuba’s Fidel Castro. Obama has justified reaching out to such leaders by referencing former president Ronald Reagan’s past negotiations with Soviet leaders during the Cold War.
“I say this most respectfully,” Giuliani said. “You’re not Ronald Reagan.”
Obama spokesman Bill Burton shot back, releasing a statement saying, “While Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton do not think we should engage in the type of strong diplomacy practiced by Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy, Obama does. And given the hefty fee that Hugo Chavez’s oil company paid Rudy Giuliani’s firm, he apparently thinks we shouldn’t talk to Chavez, but it’s fine to take his money.”
I know I’ve said before that Romney’s profound and almost incalculable phoniness is a terrifying prospect to behold in a possible president. But the danger of phoniness, aesthetic or otherwise, cannot hold a candle to the truly catastrophic foreign policy Giuliani would likely pursue if he got anywhere near the Oval Office. Watching him campaign it’s pretty clear that the guy has no real sense that posturing and pandering to ethnic paranoia in New York City simply isn’t the same as running a national foreign policy. The people he’s coalescing around himself as his foreign policy advisors are the ones who are going to help him learn as he goes. And they are simply the most dangerous, deranged and deluded folks you can find in American political and foreign policy circles today. It’s really not an exaggeration. Scrape the bottom of the “Global War on Terror” Islamofascism nutbasket and you find they’ve pretty much all signed on as Rudy advisors.
And LG&M links to an article called “Giuliani’s War Cabinet” from The American Prospect that provides a good overview of Rudy’s potentially disastrous foreign policy team and highlights a spot-on quote from Jim Henley:
You will not enjoy a day of peace so long as Rudy has anything to say about it. Peace is something we will “achieve” in the distant future when the lion has been clubbed senseless with the lamb.