Sunday, May 28, 2006

Random fucking blah

What do you fucking people want? Will you never be sated?

01. Salty Dog, “Welcome Paddy Home”
Pretty. Sappy, some might say, but whatever. I like it. 7/10

02. Slim Cessna's Auto Club, “Cranston”
This is a good song to stomp up and down to. 8/10

03. Buck 65, “Phil”
A quite good love song, actually. I don't know what the title has to do with anything. 8/10

04. The Beatles, “Yesterday”
Oh fucking fuck, man. Maybe this was a good song at one point, but now it's just fucking undifferentiated grey cultural mush. And Paul McCartney is a fucking prat. I'd be fucking overjoyed if I never heard this fucking song again in my fucking life. Fuck it. 3/10

05. Steeleye Span, “White Cliffs of Dover”
Sort of new-agey-sounding. Not exactly what you would expect--or want--from this band. I'm afraid I'll have to pass. 5/10

06. Joe Jackson, “Baby Stick Around”
Someone's telling me we're made of scandals. someone's stepping on my plastic sandals. This song is very, very...good. 8/10

07. Led Zeppelin, “When the Levee Breaks”
I heard a version of this sung in a play I saw recently, which really made me appreciate it. I dunno; the Zeppelin version is pretty good. 7/10

08. XTC, “Ball and Chain”
I feel as if I ought to like XTC more than I actually do. Certainly I should have during my anglophilia period. And I do like some of their stuff, but I dunno, man...this is okay. 6/10

09. Roxy Music, “Bittersweet”
Very majestic, imposing, Weimar Republic-sounding stuff. And you have to love Brian Ferry singing in German. 9/10

10. ABBA, “Honey Honey”
Ha ha. It doesn't get much more uncool than this. Yes, ABBA is kitschy, but at their best they're majestically kitschy. This is just bubblegum. 3/10


Thursday, May 25, 2006


Readers with long memories will recall that I supported him from the beginning. As a liberal democrat, I've gotta say, it feels pretty durn weird to have backed a winner. Too bad it couldn't have been for something that actually mattered...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Funniest thing ever.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Pennsylvania sucks

I know this is a few days late, but can I take this opportunity to mention how UNHAPPY I am that Bob fucking Casey won the Democratic primary? Yes, I will vote for him, but only because I hate Rick Santorum oh so very much. It makes me fucking sick that the party would nominate an anti-choicer out of some craven--to say nothing of delusional, given the widespread support for legal abortion--belief that compromising one of their most fundamental principles will help them win. Yeah yeah, what else is new? But STILL. Goddamnit.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Oh yeah.

I don't get excited about much these days when it comes to videogames, but this is the best news, in, like, EVER.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Gee, maybe we should check HIS ASS

That's how you go about citing your sources, is it? So...are you, like, a college graduate? How'd that happen? But rather than just drawing an angry red circle around these claims and make you revise them, I was far more charitable than the circumstances would have required and did checking. Mind-blowing though it seems, leafing through the Sun-Gazette did not reveal any relevant stories. But if you can't trust clownhall for sober, unbiased reporting about how all Americans except us hate America...well, we're in bigger trouble than I thought. So yeah. Since you put "patriotic clothing" in scare quotes, let's search for that, shall we?

Quel surprise. Other searches that returned no results: "patriotic clothes," "patriotic apparel," "patriotic t-shirt," "pro-america clothing." Sorry, Bruce, but you FAIL Intro to Research Methods.

Since for some unfathomable reason I feel it incumbent on me to do your research for you, I will note that you probably meant to cite things like this and this and...yeah, the Dan Diego and Colorado things are basically it. So yeah. Two school districts...out of how many thousands?--are trying to prevent students from taunting one another and inciting violence and whatnot. How terribly your people are made to suffer. You're kind of like Jesus, only more whiny.

(so did Bruce not specifically cite these stories because he's incompetent, or because most people would find them less than shocking? Stupidity, or intellectual dishonesty? Why can't it be both!)


American Idol update!

So implausible as it would originally have seemed, it looks like Taylor has a pretty durn good shot at winning. And I like that. Not because I'm aching to buy his album. God forbid. But rather because it demonstrates that America (whatever that vague generalization might entail) likes weirdness. Enough so that they'd vote for this spastic, goofy-looking, oblivious, barely-there...weirdo. I am so totally down with that. HICKS4LIFE.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Vague yet impassioned emoting

Whenever I visit Williamsport for a while, I cannot help but flip to the Sun-Duhzette's letters page. It's a compulsion. Here's a line that's bound to have you spitting blood, courtesy of "Vince Knauff:"

"The Republican agenda goes into some detail on how they will achieve their agenda. And those methods to making their agenda are proven winners. They work."

But more interesting is this gem:

Election is coming quicker than our ability to recapture our destiny. All politicians are blessed with the knowledge that they have allowed us ordinary citizen to keep just enough to keep us from taking to the streets. After all, we're not French. We'll complain, but we have been allowed to taste but not bite into what ever could have been. That's the irony of our citizenship. We have been told that we have it good; therefore we believe.

John T. Kovich

Indeed, I certainly agree that the situation is pretty ironic in light of all the things taking place vis-a-vis the other things. Or not, as the case may be.