Thursday, July 31, 2008
New Paul Westerberg album for $0.49
Just found out about this at TBogg’s joint. I’ve been on a pretty huge Replacements run since Rhino re-released and remastered their Twin-Tone stuff, so this is pretty great news (and, from the sounds of it, a pretty wise business move on Westerberg’s part). You can only get it here (I looked), but I’m listening to it now and it’s worth it (yeah, I know, 49 cents, but you have to install Amazon’s ridiculous MP3 downloader and time is money, yo).
UPDATE: 49:00 is a jumbled, cross-hatched mess (which I really like) and for that reason I’m going to label this my favorite Westerberg solo album yet. Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash is my favorite Replacements album, so your mileage may vary.
Posted by Kevin K. on 07/31/08 at 02:01 PM
18 Million Cracks in the Glass Pantsuit
Just when I was starting to feel a grudging admiration for Taylor Marsh for defying the anti-Obama torch and pitchfork mob she helped create and giving a forum to anti-PUMAs like Christina, she goes and highlights this dishonest screed by Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin at the top of her site:
Women voters aren’t warming to ‘cool’ Obama
The Obama campaign has a woman problem. How big? How small? It’s not clear, but in a close election, small can be big.
…[T]he women Obama needs right now are the ones who do not dine downtown. They’re the ones who can’t afford organic anything, forced to choose between a gallon of gas and a gallon of milk because they can’t buy both on the same day.
Women like Sarah.
A few hours after leaving the “Women for Obama” luncheon, I ran into Sarah, not her real name. I’ve known her for a few years. A single mom, she free-lances, working as many jobs as she can to support two growing boys. She dreams of a permanent gig with benefits, but it’s still just a dream.
A 37-year-old Democrat, she is also a college grad and a news junkie who has watched this campaign like a hawk. She surprised me with her anger Tuesday, saying she’s voting for McCain.
It seems pretty clear that if Obama is not going to pick Clinton as his running mate, he’d better not pick a woman at all. That, Sarah made clear in our conversation Tuesday, would be unfair.
Sweet, weeping Jesus in a coral pantsuit with cream-colored piping, where to begin? First of all, the whole “gender gap” is a load of steaming horseshit. As Booman pointed out:
The July 15 Quinnipiac University poll shows women overall backed Obama over McCain 55 percent to 36 percent. Then again, the margin was far smaller among independent women, who preferred Obama by just three points, 45 percent to 42 percent. And finally, there’s that Clinton problem. The Associated Press/Yahoo News “found that just 12 percent of former Clinton supporters say they are excited about Obama.”
According to the 2004 Edison-Mitofsky Exit Polls, Mr. John Kerry rolled up a whopping 51-48 edge with voters of the female persuasion. And those white women that make up the heart of Clinton’s base? They voted for Bush by a 55-44 margin. So…Kerry…3-point gender gap. Obama…19-point gender gap with 9% undecided.
Yep, Obama’s in trouble with us wymyns, alright. McSame is gonna ride into the White House on the padded shoulders of disgruntled Clinton supporters – women so committed to the feminist cause that they want to bar any woman other than Clinton from office. Well, fuck you, “Sarah,” if you exist. Which I doubt.
But rather than pointing out the blatant dishonesty of the column’s premise, Marsh riffs on the mythical “Sarah’s” plaint in another post:
The economy is issue number one for Americans. So who in the general election will speak to it for Democrats? Barack Obama can speak about the policy side of things, but who will reach the people?
Obama can speak in long sentences that rap around dreams, visions and enough rhetorical cotton candy to make his primary season word fogs look coherent. But the man cannot connect.
“The man cannot connect”? Hell, Obama can lure 200K people – sans free beer and brats! – to hear him give a speech in a foreign language! He came out of nowhere and connected on such a level that he beat the best-known, best-funded, establishment candidate in what will go down as one of the most stunning upsets in primary history. Can’t connect my ass. Marsh continues:
What is he going to do for my neighbor who has been laid off? Or the other neighbor who is about to lose his house and his life savings?
Hillary would have an answer. She would reach inside these voters and talk to their deepest despair and desperation, telling them that she can’t work miracles, but she can offer solutions that provide a road map to find the way out.
Yeah, like suspending the gas tax. That’s a sure-fire “roadmap to find the way out.” Marsh goes on:
For the first time in decades a Democratic candidate reached down into voters’ anxieties and talked to the issues most on their minds. No Democrat has done it in recent election cycles. That is, make lunch bucket, Reagan Democrats believe that a Democratic candidate not only knows their plight and their challenges, but also gets them and has a solution and a road map to lead them out. That person was not Barack Obama.
When thinking of the team that can lead Democrats to victory in November only one stands out. It isn’t matching Obama with Evan Bayh, and it sure as hell isn’t serving up Tim Kaine.
We all know who can make this trek to the White House not only easier, but a road of mission and purpose on which every American would be proud to walk, because their best interests would be served. But the truth is that the people involved don’t seem willing to call it up.
So much hope wasted on the alter [sic] of ego. Our best chance of winning spurned in the balance. Because contrary to popular belief, we haven’t won this thing yet.
Not to be an elitist English major, but I really wish someone would set Marsh straight on the “alter” vs. “altar” thing. She does that all the fucking time.
As for the rest of it, Marsh yammers on about “lunch bucket, Reagan Democrats,” a voting bloc most of us in 2008 refer to as “Republicans.” Or “people—many now dead since we’re talking about the 1980 election, which was 28 fucking years ago – who were dupes of the GOP Southern strategy, much to our national disgrace.”
But as usual, Marsh filters it through the prism of her own narcissism. Having owned up to once being a “Reagan Democrat” herself, she continues to believe it the most important voting bloc evah, despite copious evidence to the contrary. This “Reagan Democrats” thing is just an extension of her ceaseless auto-pimpitude, like her reference to herself (who else?) in this post [emphasis mine]:
However, if the Obama team has been leading on Clinton and her supporters, of which I am a vocal and significant member, as this report hints, while simultaneously the Obama team, including Obama himself, has been giving complimentary talking points to the media when they know she’s out, they’re going to stir up fury barely buried, not to mention more bad blood, neither of which Democrats can afford if we’re to win in November.
Well, she’s half right – she’s vocal. And pretty damn cheeky to accuse anyone else of a surfeit of ego. Damn, I miss John Brown.
Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/31/08 at 12:24 PM
If you live in NYC…
...you should be here tonight.
Not for the headliner Flogging Molly, who I know nothing about, but for O’Death, one of the best live bands working the Rotten Apple these days. Punk-rock-fueled Appalachian roots-billy stomp. You need it. Trust me.
O’Death’s David Rogers-Berry, one of the most entertaining drummers you will ever see.
Posted by Kevin K. on 07/31/08 at 12:03 PM
Update on the “Obama gave away free food and beer in Berlin” smear
I’ve had a few email exchanges with Just Say No Deal‘s selected-not-elected leader Diane Mantouvalos regarding my post debunking the rumor that the Barack Obama campaign gave away free beer and food to lure people to his Berlin speech. She claimed there were PUMAs on the ground there who witnessed the giveaways (these guys?) and made reference to one who’s allegedly an “MFA student (expat),” but didn’t forward me any personal accounts or links. She claimed it may have been reported in one of their Facebook groups, but I searched all of the groups listed at the JSND site and came up with nothing.
She also initially claimed it was reported in German media, but only pointed me to this “roundup” post at The Moderate Voice and this Deutsche Well article where there were no mentions of free beer or food.
She sent me some other things, too (links to Townhall and Newsbusters—yeah, I know), but there was nothing there as well (the Townhall column merely noted that “blogs were all abuzz with reports ...”).
The last email Mantouvalos sent me regarding this topic contained the following excerpts with highlighted text:
Obama Deploys Cunning “Decemberists” Trick Again
Apparently, this kind of
ingenious mind-control trick was too brilliant for the Obama campaign to use just once
AND THIS DIRECT FROM A BAND MEMBER:
This was posted by one of the members of the band Reamonn:
Well I just played the show in Berlin before the speech from Barack Obama and I have to say I am wasted, the whole event was exciting, intense, fantastic and personal! I think I have spent more energy on Emotion today than anything else. The show was ok the focus was obviously on Barack Obama and none of us in the band tried to hard to alter that, we enjoyed getting out of studio for a day and being on stage at such an event.
I have been at thousands of summer festivals, (which was the nearest description to the event today) and it always seemed so natural the masses of people moving around enjoying the music and the surroundings. The mixture of people, hip hoppers, rockers, Goths, poppers all converging on one place to listen to their favourite bands, drink and party all day and night for the weekend! We all did it, it made sense, it was self-discovery and musical heaven!
Make sure you read the Guardian diary entry Diane referenced. Either she didn’t realize it was obvious satire (which would be really, really sad) or she was hoping I wouldn’t read the whole thing. And the quote from Reamonn? She provided no attribution, so I went looking for it myself. I could only find it in one place…the forums at Sean Hannity’s web site.
I rest my case.
p.s. Diane also said that her “peeps on the ground” in Berlin (these guys?) are looking into how many people really attended the speech. Hey, if anyone knows anything about low and/or exaggerated turnouts, it’s PUMAs, so at least she’s got some experts on the case.
Posted by Kevin K. on 07/31/08 at 09:20 AM
Drug-Addled Douchebag Rush Limbaugh to Purchase St. Louis Rams?
I hate the St. Louis Rams with the white-hot heat of ten-thousand suns. I still despise them for benefitting from the blatantly bogus overturning of a completed pass during the 1999 playoff game vs. my Tampa Bay Bucs. (Think this is just partisan bitching? The NFL enacted the “Bert Emanuel rule” after that season to prevent future playoff contenders from being similarly boned.)
My loathing of the Rams grew as they went on to win the Super Bowl they backed into with a bad call, and my contempt expanded exponentially when their QB, Kurt Warner, slobberingly insisted during the post-game interview that Jesus Himself had personally engineered the Rams’ win:
Immediately after the Rams’ victory at the Super Bowl, an interviewer began, “Kurt, first things first—tell me about the final touchdown pass to Isaac.” Kurt responded, “Well, first things first, I’ve got to thank my Lord and Savior up above—thank You, Jesus!”
I suppose Jesus arranged the bogus call during the playoffs too, the bastard. (But Satan would have his revenge in Super Bowl XXXVII, when the Bucs spanked the Raiders. As Kathy Griffin would say, “Suck it, Jesus!”)
Anyway, I didn’t think it was possible to hate the Rams even more. Until I saw this. Heck, maybe it’s a good fit. The Rams’ coaching staff is mostly white (though Brian Baker may want to spiff up his resume), and George Steinbrenner can finally relinquish the “biggest asshole in sports ownership” title.
Limbaugh’s motives are obvious – he’s still smarting from having to resign in disgrace after his racist remark about Donovan McNabb during his mercifully short-lived MNF tenure. This is a way to get the NFL to sit up and take notice. The corpulent gasbag craves attention like a drug.
And speaking of drugs, aren’t NFL locker rooms just littered with narcotics? They probably have Vicodin and OxyContin sitting around in candy dishes between the hot tubs and massage tables. Limbaugh heaven.
[Cross-posted at Betty Cracker]
Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/30/08 at 08:01 AM
Categories: Politics • PUMAs • Sports •
Barack Obama lured people to his Berlin speech with FREE beer and food ... NOT!
Apologies for the preponderance of PUMA posts (try saying that ten times fast), but willful dishonesty really crawls up my ass (Willful Dishonesty, My Ass!)...
As Betty noted earlier, the Just Say No Deal coalition issued an extremely shady “press release” Sunday that stated the following about Barack Obama’s Berlin speech [UPDATED TO INCLUDE FULL RELEASE WITH BOLDED PASSAGES]:
United States of America (Press Release) July 27, 2008—
“While coverage of Senator Obama’s Berlin speech provided audiences here at home nothing less that a visual “shock and awe,” it neglected to mention that the well-hyped speech had an opening act: a gratis concert by two wildly popular groups, Reggae artist Patrice and rock band Reamonn. While we appreciate the Obama Campaign’s hospitality, on behalf of furthering US international relations, offering free bratwurst, pizza and even beer for three hours during the free rock concert, we question whether or not the monies might have been better spent here on financially strapped US citizens. Furthermore the Just Say No Deal Coalition identifies this pattern as deceptive to media consumers. Similarly, back on May 20, 2008 in Portland, Oregon, the critically acclaimed local band The Decemberists performed a rare free concert prior to Senator Obama’s appearance (note: there are no reports of free refreshments being served during this appearance).
While news stories generated by both appearances focused on the enormity of the crowd size, few reports mentioned the accompanying perks, leaving some to question whether revelers are showing up for Senator Obama or for free food and entertainment. Without this additional information, Just Say No Deal contends that Americans are being misled about the presumptive Democratic nominee’s true popularity.”
And it’s not only Just Say No Honesty that’s propagating this bullshit, it’s all over the web. Check out the Google search for “Obama,” “Berlin,” and “free beer.” PUMAs and their wingnut comrades-in-arms have been spreading this blatant anti-Obama lie wherever they can.
I looked all over for confirmation that the Obama campaign was plying the crowd with free beer, bratwurst or pizza, but could find no evidence whatsoever that this happened. Here’s what I did find from people who actually attended the event (with emphasis added where appropriate):
eric double-fisting at the obama speech. they sold beer and sausages
It was worth swilling expensive beer and slow-mo bumping-and-grinding through security lines to get within 30 meters (that’s 30 yards) of the Großer Stern—the base of the Victory Column rather than an object “beside” the column as some of the wires had it last week.
From Less Than a Shoestring (after my inquiry in the comments):
The idea of anything ever being FREE in Germany is absurd. Food and drinks were on sale at regular German street/fair prices. Even the media had to pay for their food from vendors!
Oh, and there were even stands hawking beer, both inside and outside the security checkpoint. When’s the last time you could buy beer at a political rally? Now, not too many people were actually drinking it. The weather was hot (mid-80s, but hotter due to all the bodies) and the portapotties so vile that I would’ve preferred dehydration.
And now it gets even better…
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Posted by Kevin K. on 07/29/08 at 12:12 AM