If someone held a gun to my head (please, don’t) and asked me to pick my favorite 80’s band, I’d probably blurt out the Replacements. Granted, I lost interest in them after Bob Stinson, god bless his inebriated soul, was excised from the band, but all of the stuff they released on Twin/Tone and their first long-player on a major (Tim) are fun-packed, balls-out ‘n’ boozy gems. Here for your viewing pleasure is a very early live show (two 25-minute sets) by the Replacements from September 5th, 1981 in Minneapolis, recorded shortly after they released their underrated (and my favorite) album Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. Read below the fold for the set lists and additional info. Enjoy.
Republican Rudy Giuliani’s speech on taxes got sidetracked Wednesday after a bomb threat forced organizers to move to another location.
The former New York mayor planned to address a town hall meeting with 200 Harris Corp., employees and Giuliani supporters. The event was scuttled when six of the company’s buildings were evacuated. Instead, Giuliani began his speech an hour later in a nearby airport hanger, where campaign workers handed out water to supporters waiting in the sun as bomb sniffing dogs checked reporters’ equipment and airport security workers screened attendees.
Some 50 supporters heard the speech and there was no time for questions.
Despite the turn of events Wednesday, Giuliani said the tax speech was a success.
“We got a lot of attention for it. We showed that we can go with the punches,” he said afterward, noting that at least one national television network covered it live. “Maybe if there wasn’t the threat, we wouldn’t have gotten the live coverage.”
Hmmmm, maybe they wouldn’t have. (Kevin rubs chin.)
And what happened next was very interesting and we have video tape of that as well. Instead, very interestingly enough, the mood changed. We got law enforcement officers galore. We got bomb-sniffing dogs. We had the media going through security checks, which is highly unusual at this stage of the game.
Let’s be clear, I’ve always thought Chris Matthews was a douchebag. I’ve never loathed him to the extent that some wise folks like Digby have, but I’ve been acutely aware of his spittle-flecked douchebaggery. However, I always thought him to be, at worst, a goofy douchebag. But during this primary season this bleach-drenched, jabbering man-child has attained the mantle of 100% official loathsome douchebag. He’s exhibiting a level of off-the-rails batshit crazy that’s normally reserved for the likes of the Michael Savages of the world. I sincerely believe that Matthews has gone off the deep end—way off—and MSNBC should consider sharply yanking his leash or perhaps yanking him off the air and sending him away to some remote island where he can just mindlessly bark at palm trees all day while attendants cautiously swipe at his quivering, wet chin with washcloths. He’s become a mockery. A buffoon. A fucktard. One of the biggest blights on American politics. A loathsome douchebag.
Last night after an evening of Matthews directing an utterly bizarre level of vitriol at the Clintons, Keith Olbermann, his co-host in NH primary coverage, had to pry Tom Delay’s cock out of Matthews mouth (I wish I could find a video of the tongue bath Matthews gave Delay) right before Matthews turned into a complete lunatic at the expense of Dee Dee Myers, Bill Clinton’s former press secretary:
Sure, Myers was spinning quite a bit—that’s what politicians do—but so was Delay and Matthews gave him a free pass. Witness how angry Matthews is at Myers (and the Clintons). Look at his face. Listen to his voice. Look into his eyes. We’re talking “bring in the guys with the white coats” behavior here, not just a hardballer tunneling to truthiness. An absolute train wreck that you don’t want to rubberneck. A complete and total embarrassment.
As the evening wore on and Matthews realized that Hillary and Bill had schooled the pundits (and Matthews, in particular), you could actually see this drooling simpleton deflate like a 99-cent-store birthday balloon. He became virtually (and thankfully) non-existent, nearly transforming into a wisp of vapor after Tom Brokaw took some not-so-subtle jabs at him following Hillary’s victory speech. And to put the icing on the cake, Rachel Maddow took out a butter knife, missed the cake completely and jabbed it into Matthew’s turkey gobble:
Pat, I will tell you that on the influential-influential, perhaps, on the left-website Talking Points Memo today, you want to know who they’re blaming for women voters breaking for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, who they’re blaming for this late showing and a big vote for Hillary Clinton? They’re blaming Chris Matthews. People are citing specifically Chris-not only for his own views but also for…as symbol of what the mainstream media has done to Hillary Clinton.
And then Chris Matthews said, I shit you not:
My influence over American politics looms over the people. I’m overwhelmed myself.
Except, you loathsome douchebag, you’re too caught up in your own sputtering bullshit to realize that yesterday people weren’t just voting for Hillary, they were also voting against you having any influence over American politics going forward. You’ve become a festering polyp on the electoral process and yesterday thoroughly disgusted voters finally found the scalpel.
(I dedicate this post to my wonderful wife Chris for not throwing our nightstand lamp at the television last night.)
RELATED: Here’s a theory in the comments section at Matt Y’s place as to why Obama lost so many indie voters to McCain that I haven’t seen bandied about yet and, as a bonus, it contains the word “douchebag”!
GOOD CHRIST: The Mount Blogmore post linked above doesn’t fully capture the totally loathsome douchebaggery Matthews was exhibiting this morning, post-humiliation. You really have to see this. They need to start padding the walls of MSNBC’s studios if they’re going to keep this demented gasbag on the air. (via Atrios)
FINALLY (1/11/08): I wasn’t going to update this post, but it’s still getting a lot of traffic and I just found this on YouTube. It’s too bizzare not to share. Scroll to the 1:25 mark in the video or read the transcript below.
CHUCK TODD, NBC POLITICAL DIRECTOR: Well, you know, in talking with a lot of people that are involved with the Clinton campaign but don‘t get to help make the decisions, the fear is they don‘t have a plan B. The fear is that they had just one plan, inevitability and the hope that being the first woman president would be the change, that they could be the movement candidate.
And you know, the hard part of this is, is I think at the very beginning, they thought they had sort of two angles at this. They had the woman thing and they had the experience, inevitability factor.
TODD: And somehow, they lost both of them. And that‘s what‘s hard here, is that, you know, if one was plan 1A and plan 1B, there‘s no plan 1C right now.
I mean, I‘m hearing all sorts of things. Some folks that could get drawn into the campaign are telling me that the most likely scenario is that they‘ll skip the next two states and basically say, OK, let‘s make this a referendum on Obama as the nominee on February 5. I‘ll—you know, that she may—you know, I‘ll drop out after February 5, if I don‘t get this nomination, but you‘ve got to know, those February 5 states, that that‘s what you‘re voting for. You‘re voting to end it. You‘re voting for Obama as the nominee. And maybe that‘ll sort of jump start things. We‘ll see.
MATTHEWS: And it reminds me of what the Egyptian soldiers said after losing the Six-Day War to Israel: Our strategy was to rape all the women and kill all the men.
That‘s not very good strategy when you are in retreat.
That exceedingly warped analogy is courteous of “the most important political pundit out there,” as our naive Canadian friend Jeff branded him down below in the comments.
From Roger L. Magoo, CEO of the laughably ill-conceived Pajamas Media, we get this gem:
Maybe I missed something, but the “Change” poster behind Barack Obama seems to have, well, changed. (There’s that word again.) The words “We Can Believe In” have been added to the bottom, for the first time acknowledging, pace Orwell, that not all changes are equal (although some changes are more equal than others). Nazi Germany, for an example, was a change. So was Stalinism (although less of change from Leninism). In the I-Ching it is written: “Change/Opportunity.” Were they referring to car salesman… for whom change is indeed a big opportunity. So far Obama is doing a brilliant job of being vague about what “change” he is referring to. “We Can Believe In” is a masterpiece of obfuscation. He has some good writers.
Never mind the odious, cheap and wrong-headed comparisons to Nazi Germany and Stalinism or the inevitable “huzzahs?!” produced by that bizarre car salesman [sic] reference, let’s examine the premise that Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In” slogan has been added recently. You’d think one of new media’s champions, the same doddering old tool who constantly snipes at the MSM for getting their facts wrong, would bother to check if he’d “missed something” before clicking the “submit” button.
Well, you’d be wrong.
The Obama campaign has been using the phrase “Change We Can Believe In” since at least September 19th, 2007 (watch the end of the ad). And if that’s not enough, let’s look back to Durham, NC on November 2nd, 2007:
As the senator spoke, many in the crowd waved signs that read “Change We Can Believe In.”
Residents of two tiny towns stayed up late to give Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain early victories in the New Hampshire presidential primary.
In Hart’s Location, Obama received 9 votes, Hillary Rodham Clinton 3 and John Edwards 1. On the Republican side, McCain received 6 votes, Mike Huckabee 5, Ron Paul 4 and Mitt Romney 1.
In Dixville Notch, Obama got 7 votes, Edwards 2 and Bill Richardson 1. Among Republicans, McCain got 4 votes, Romney 2 and Rudy Giuliani 1. [...]
Long-shot GOP hopeful Rep. Duncan Hunter attended the vote in Dixville Notch, where results were announced before 12:06 a.m.
“It epitomizes people-to-people politicking,” Hunter said minutes before the votes were cast.
Hunter received no votes in either town.
MORE: It may not mean much, but Dixville Notch has voted overwhelmingly Republican in primaries since their midnight voting began in 1960 and this year more people showed up to vote for Dems than Repubs for the first-time ever in mutually contested races. The only other time people voting for Dems outnumbered Repubs was in 2004, but Bush, as you know, was running uncontested then.
MORE: I’m fairly certain about my Dem picks. I think Edwards is going to surprise again. If I had to do any flipping, I’d put Paul at #3 and Giuliani at #5 for the Repubs, but I think the Paulbearers are probably annoying the piss outta everyone in NH by now, so I don’t think they’ve converted as many indies as I would have predicted a week ago, and I still think, against my better judgment, that the New Hampshire folks are going to make Rudy pay for blowing them off, thus allowing the Thompzombies to squeak by.
UPDATE: Ugh. Nobody told me. I was wondering why The Late Slight Hope wasn’t on my TV screens today (and I couldn’t scrape Giuliani off of them). I’m gonna flip Giuliani to #5 and Thompson to #6 BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE.
Republican presidential candidates former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (front L) and U.S. Senator John McCain (front R) listen to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (front C) as he makes a point during the Fox News Presidential Forum at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire January 6, 2008. Actor and “Huckappendage” Chuck Norris (rear) pointed a semi-automatic weapon at Romney’s head for most of the forum.
Here’s a performance review of the five Republican participants in tonight’s Fox News Presidential Forum:
RUDOLPH GIULIANI: He started the evening off by tearing a Muslim baby in half with his bare hands, climbing up on the table and taking a dump on the Koran while his foreign policy expert Norman Podhoretz drew a pentagram on the studio floor using the child’s blood. Later Giulaini vigorously defended charges that New York was a sanctuary city during his tenure as mayor while he applied mascara and poured himself into a Vera Wang evening gown. He finished the evening by saying, “September 11th to me is the essence of why September 11th is and always will be September 11th and not anything else but September 11th, which occurred on September 11th and not on any other day but September 11th regardless of those people who want us to forget what happened on September 11th because it did happen on September 11th and that is why September 11th must be remembered for what it is ... September 11th. And to conclude, September 11th.”
FRED THOMPSON: He spent most of the evening consumed with the tasks of eating steaming bowls of cream of wheat and bottling his own farts, occasionally breaking in to utter things like, “Mandate mumble mumble ACLU mumble mumble border security mumble mumble islamofascism mumble mumble fart jar.” By the end of the forum he had curled up on the floor with his pants around his ankles and fallen fast asleep.
MIKE HUCKABEE: Following moderator Chris Wallace’s initial question regarding Huckabee referring to George Bush’s “arrogance and bunker mentality,” Huckabee pulled out his bass guitar and began playing Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” When Wallace protested Chuck Norris walked over to the moderator and punched him in the throat, causing the broadcast to be delayed for several minutes. Wallace’s toughest question directed at Huckabee for the rest of the forum was “What is your favorite ice cream flavor?” to which Huckabee replied, “Sanctity of life.”
MITT ROMNEY: Visibly shaken by having Chuck Norris point a semi-automatic weapon at his head during the entire forum, Romney just prattled on about sports for most of the evening, saying things like “If Willie Mays hadn’t stayed with the American Basketball Association after winning the Stanley Cup, Billie Jean King would have gone on to dominate the Cy Young Award. And, ummmm, pole vault.” At the end of the evening all of the candidates except for Thompson, who was asleep under the table, beat Romney to a bloody pulp just because they all think he’s a douchebag.
JOHN MCCAIN: Relishing his current front-runner status in the New Hampshire race, McCain just kept barking out the word “maverick” and spinning around in his chair during the beginning of the forum. At one point when Wallace asked him if he still stood behind the McCain-Feingold act, McCain grew agitated, ran out of the studio, headbutted a female production assistant and started wildly fucking a Coke machine. He then sprinted outside and tried to half-nelson a Prius for twenty minutes. After he gave up, he returned to the studio, poked his head in the door and yelped, “Maverick!”
Jeffrey Lewis—“Anxiety Attack” (unauthorized fan video)
The Hyena and Other Men: If you’re a New Yorker you’ve only got a few days left to immerse yourself in Pieter Hugo’s stunning exhibit at the Yossi Milo Gallery. It’s comprised of large-scale photographs of a band of Nigerian men who roam the country with a menagerie of animals and a six-year-old girl named Mummy. You can view most of the photos at the gallery (and many, many more) here (hint: view images separately—right-click), but the small JPGs are nowhere near as impactful as witnessing them blown up and surrounding you.
Butter 08: Egg City Radio is giving away Butter 08’s way-fun and punk-funky (and out-of-print) selt-titled ‘96 release featuring Miho from Cibo Matto and Russell from the Blues Explosion. From Miho saying, “Thank you, daddy” to the last throbbing yelps of “Butterfucker,” this delivers great gifts to your needy assbone.
Why I Believe Bush Must Go: George McGovern writes an editorial in The Washington Post calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Yes, that sound you hear off in the distance is the howler monkeys of the right going batshit.
I do think, Diane, that Fred Thompson had a terrific night. I mean, this is the Fred Thompson we used to see as an actor on television. He was confident. He was funny. He was well informed. The question is, is it too late to matter?
I’m being as objective as possible here; I even thought Guiliani had a pretty good night, but Fred Thompson? He was a mumbling bowl of ill-informed mush. A complete disaster. How did Stephanopolous come away from watching that debate thinking Thompson had a “terrific night”?
I see looking around at the comments sections of liberal blogs that many progressive nutrooters (hey, sometimes it works) have decided that Barack Obama is now worthy of their thickheaded spittle-flecked scorn. He’s Republican-lite or, worse yet, the black Lieberman, because, well, gosh diggity dog, he isn’t angry enough and he has the gall to suggest that Americans want to be united and he’s telling voters that he can help them achieve that goal (how fucked up! it’s like he’s running for office or something!). He’s also got a massive personality-cult-driven God complex. Oh, and he didn’t support the tremendously bland Ned Lamont enough, even though he did, and I guess Lamont didn’t get the “Obama sucks” memo because he’s donated the max amount of money ($2300) to Barack and hasn’t contributed a dime to John Edwards, the anointed Saint of ‘08 for this angry set of mostly ex-Deaniac ding dongs.
And speaking of Edwards, I like the guy and I’m still torn between voting for him or Obama in the NY primary (if Edwards is still around—Joe Trippi works for him), but why have the nutrooters latched onto Edwards as their preferred progressive choice? He’s still opposed to gay marriage and he can apologize for it all he wants, but he voted for the Iraq war. If the leftwing dunderheads tearing down Obama had anything resembling cajones, they’d be supporting the only real 100% progressive candidate in the primaries ... Dennis Kucinich. But they’re just as image conscious, triangulating and full of shit as they’re accusing Barack of being. Which is why they should STFU and stop with the negative and inaccurate self-destructive spin.
What the hell. And I might as well go out on a few limbs…
UPDATE: It turns out several pundits and bloggers are picking Edwards for #1, which I thought was a gutsy call on my part. Guess not. But it looks like I’m the only non-Ron Paul supporter to pick Paul for the #3 slot. (Hell, who am I kidding, every Paulbearer is picking him for #1.) In 2004 I’m pretty sure I was the only person to pick Howard Dean to finish #3 in Iowa, so don’t laugh yet.
Let’s compare campaign ads between John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani.
That pretty much crystallizes the differences we’re seeing between the Democrats and the Republicans running for president this year. It’s your choice America. What’s it going to be? Giving a leg up to your fellow countrymen or letting pee stream down your own?
My great pal Mark’s resolutions were a day late arriving, but I’m a few days late calling your attention to them. Go check ‘em out. They’re wonderful. Mark’s one of the best new writers in the blogosphere and worthy of your attention. He’s thoughtful and funny. A seemingly impossible combination but he pulls it off with ease. Bravo.