Friday, July 17, 2009

RIP Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

Walter Cronkite

The most trusted man in America has passed on.  And, sadly, that’s the way it is. Thanks for everything, Uncle Walter. You were one of the greats.

MORE: From, of course, CBS News.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/17/09 at 07:40 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsTelevision

Wicked Hahvahded

Because my life is an endless series of metaphors too ham-handed and on-the-nose for a John Irving novel, I heard about this on NPR while getting a root canal.

Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make his case that the economic free-fall has ended.

The number of people searching for the term “economic depression” on Google is down to normal levels, Summers said.

Hey, could be worse. Imagine how stupid a conclusion he would’ve drawn if he was a chick.

p.s. Sorry about the link to Politico; I found a couple other sources, but none with a picture that so perfectly conveys “clueless schmuck who’d say something like that.”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/17/09 at 06:21 PM

Categories: Knee SlappersNews

Break Out in Song’s performance of “If My Friends Could See Me Now” at NYC’s Time Warner Center

The Break Out in Song troupe performed “If My Friends Could See Me Now” for some surprised shoppers at Manhattan’s Time Warner Center yesterday. Via Runnin’ Scared’s Roy Edroso, who didn’t enjoy it as much as I did.  Hey, it’s no Hammer Pants, but it made me happy to be human and that’s good enough.

Different perspectives here and here.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/17/09 at 11:58 AM

Will Goldman Sachs… Obama’s Halliburton?  I’m beginning to think “yes.”

Those regulations we’ve been promised had better come quick or this could take a really ugly turn (if it hasn’t already).

More from Taibbi.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/17/09 at 11:25 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaEditorialsTelevisionYouTubidity

Friday Morning Music: Eels’ “It’s a Motherfucker”

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Posted by Kevin K. on 07/17/09 at 09:17 AM

Categories: MusicMusic VideosTelevisionYouTubidity

Yet Another “It’s About Fucking Time” Moment

Headline from the Los Angeles Times:

Judy Chu becomes first Chinese American woman elected to Congress

Really? The first? The white man’s burden just got a little heavier.

I wish this story was getting a bit more play, but great news nonetheless.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/17/09 at 07:28 AM

Categories: NewsPolitics

Maddow vs. Buchanan on Affirmative Action

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/17/09 at 06:39 AM

Categories: PoliticsBedwettersNuttersTelevisionYouTubidity

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Torture, John Yoo, Dick Cheney & Barney the Dinosaur

From Australia’s The Chaser’s War on Everything [hat tip Glenn W.]:

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/16/09 at 04:26 PM

Here’s Hillary

Betty Cracker’s done a great job knocking down the recent “Where’s Hillary?” stupidity here and here. Hopefully this New York Times article will finally put a rest to this nonsense:

The injury to Mrs. Clinton’s elbow — she fractured it in a fall last month, and it is being held together with pins and wire — has compounded the challenge. Her recuperation from surgery sharply curtailed her schedule, forcing her to cancel two overseas trips, including one to Russia with Mr. Obama.

Though she departs Thursday for India and Thailand, she is in constant pain and faces grueling physical therapy five times a day, according to people close to her. Among the exercises: repetitively squeezing a gelatinous ball.

Still, her aides and people at the White House dismiss suggestions that Mrs. Clinton has been shunted to the sidelines. Her relationship with Mr. Obama is strong, they say, and she remains an influential voice in all key debates.

The recent personnel issues are part of the pull and tug of any administration in its early days, they argue, and say little about Mrs. Clinton’s broader role.

“Secretary Clinton is a key member of a very strong team,” said Denis R. McDonough, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “The president values her inputs, her team’s inputs.”

Mrs. Clinton is said by her aides to brush off the scuttlebutt about her low profile. They note that she kept her head down early in her Senate career, too.

She professes to be amused, if baffled, by a recent column on the blog Daily Beast in which Tina Brown wrote, “It’s time for Barack Obama to let Hillary Clinton take off her burqa.”

Other foreign affairs experts say the doubts about Mrs. Clinton’s role reflect an unrealistic view of the job of secretary of state, particularly in an era when the White House usually drives foreign policy.

“There’s a reflex assumption on the part of a lot of people that the secretary of state is going to be out there, on every conceivable issue,” said Strobe Talbott, a deputy secretary of state under President Clinton.

“But to do that on every conceivable issue is way too much, particularly when we have so many issues,” said Mr. Talbott, who is now president of the Brookings Institution and once wrote about sidelined secretaries of state, in the Nixon and Carter administrations, for Time magazine.

Mrs. Clinton has told colleagues about a recent phone conversation with Henry A. Kissinger, a secretary of state who was not sidelined, in which he told her he could not recall a time when there appeared to be less friction between the State Department and the White House. Mr. Kissinger confirmed the account.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/16/09 at 11:33 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaHillary Clinton

Thursday Morning Music: Building the Electric Cigar Box Ukulele

Because making a ukulele with a cigar box just wasn’t enough for Gus…


Posted by Kevin K. on 07/16/09 at 08:40 AM

Categories: MusicMusic VideosGus & FinYouTubidity

Three Minute Memory

Another Polly-tone short subject, bumping up against the limits of Windows Movie Maker.

Or, why doesn’t she ever draw on the good paper? Why is it always the back of an envelope? A 6 X 9 Kraft paper envelope, in this case.

Performance anxiety. If only the purity of the Arches 100% Cotton Rag mould-made Cold Press Block were not so intimidating, condemning, even!  Where oh where is a middle-aged female role model, whose ascension to the heights of power could embolden me to strike out into the very center of a ten-dollar sheet of paper? Where is she? Under a burqua somewhere?

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 07/16/09 at 04:12 AM

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Somebody must’ve read “South Park Conservatives” to me while I was sleeping

Okay, so here’s the thing about this. First off, it was in response to her hypothetical murder of him. Doesn’t really factor in, but it seems worth mentioning if only to establish that the atmosphere was almost weirdly giddy by confirmation hearing standards. They actually had a fun little back-and-forth (that, incidentally, illuminated the argument over limits of self-defense, even though illumination is strictly forbidden under these circumstances), and the beauty part is, for a second there a Democratic president’s Supreme Court nominee and a Republican member of the judiciary committee talked to each other like normal people.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/15/09 at 11:31 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsTelevision

Wednesday Afternoon Music - 7 Worlds Collide: “On the Corner”

My favorite contemporary songwriter Neil Finn’s been working with a bunch of other musicians on a project called 7 Worlds Collide which will see the release of a double album, The Sun Came Out, in September.

Collaborators include K.T. Tunstall, Johnny Marr, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway from Radiohead, and Wilco. Proceeds from the album will go to the charity Oxfam.

Above is a taster from a live concert. I’ll maybe post some more pre-release snippets in weeks to come.

Posted by YAFB on 07/15/09 at 11:51 AM

Categories: MusicPoliticsYouTubidity

Flush It Down the Tapper

What a tool:

ABC News White House reporter Jake Tapper e-mailed [Gov. Mark Sanford’s spokesman Joel] Sawyer twice on June 23, both to note coverage of competitor NBC.

With a subject line of “NBC spot was slimy,” Tapper e-mailed Sawyer a “Today” show transcript of Sanford coverage, calling it “insulting.” Later, Tapper forwarded Sawyer a Twitter post [this one—TPMmuckraker] by “Meet The Press” host David Gregory.

Jeff Schneider, a vice president at ABC News, said Tapper was “carrying some water for producers who knew he had a relationship with the governor’s office.”

You know what else carries water?  Toilets. They’re also good for flushing away your career by appearing to be a sycophantic douchenozzle.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/15/09 at 10:12 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsNuttersOur Stupid MediaSkull Hampers

Open Thread: Sonia Sotomayor Hearing

Yes, “dumb hick” John Cornyn just brought up “wise Latina” again ... ugh.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/15/09 at 08:35 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsRumproast Related

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