April 27, 2008

The Gays Get Married

I'm all for the gays getting good press, but c'mon guys at the Times: we're not all rich, preppie white guys. From the cover photo to the inside photos, the article makes it seem as if all gays have perfect white teeth and beautiful apartments with expensive furnishings. Could the reporter (or his photographer) have stepped out of his social circle and found more typical 20-somethings to profile?

April 22, 2008

EMI: Call off the Lawyers!

I've been using MP3tune.com's music storage service for almost a year and am perturbed to learn that music giant EMI has sued this small company charging "willful infringement of copyright." You can read about it here and download the complaint here. According to EMI, customers shouldn't be allowed to store a copy their own, purchased digital music for their own personal use. What's next - suing the makers of blank CD-ROM and DVD disks or external hard drives? What can you do to help? Jeez - the product is called "Music Locker," as in secure and protected! It is not a P2P system, nor does it make it possible to share music torrent-like with strangers. EMI should spend its efforts to find better A&R people. Here's a suggestion: Clive Davis is available....

April 18, 2008

Gonna Fly Now!

Laughed outloud at this mash-up of the Democratic primary to date:

March 15, 2008

Genius Parody

Give some talented college students a digital camera and look what they can produce: There Will Be Bud. The production values and acting - note the dead on vocal impressions - are awesome. Has PT Anderson seen it yet?

February 23, 2008

At least she's consistent....

Here's Hillary explaining why she will insist that the Michigan and Florida delegates should be seated at the DNC convention in August:
I signed an agreement not to campaign in Michigan and Florida. Now, the DNC made the determination that they would not seat the delegates, but I was not party to that.
Doesn't that sound a lot like the way she defends her vote for the Iraq War?:
I was told directly by the White House in response to my question, 'If you are given this authority, will you put the inspectors in and permit them to finish their job,' I was told that's exactly what we intended to do.
So, a vote to authorize the use of force isn't a vote for war and agreeing to abide by party rules isn't an agreement not to challenge them.

And doesn't this all sound like this classic line?:

It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is.

January 13, 2008

She's so predicatable.....

Unable to talk herself out of the mess she talked herself into, Hillary Clinton enlists a wealthy, black supporter to do her dirty work:
And to me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood –­ and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book –­ when they have been involved.
Notice the reference to Obama's acknowledged drug use as a young man. Which of course Johnson quickly denied is what he meant:
My comments today were referring to Barack Obama’s time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect.
They have no shame.

January 08, 2008

Mute no more?

Celebrating her primary victory in New Hampshire tonight, Hillary Clinton asserted, with a straight face, ''Over the last week, I listened to you, and in the process I found my own voice.'' This from the woman who has been "making change for 35 years"? How did she make all that change if she didn't have self-knowledge and the ability to channel it into action? Perhaps she means that until now she has been completely poll-driven, scripted, and insincere. But wait - we already knew that!

January 04, 2008

HRC retools strategy? Not so much.

This from Politico.com:

Clinton and her aides downplayed the significance of her Iowa loss, and she said the New Hampshire primary Hampshire primary is a more meaningful contest.

'This is a new day, this is a new state, this is a primary election,' she said, turning to sharp criticisms of the Iowa process. 'You're not disenfranchised if you work at night. You're not disenfranchised if you're not in the state.'

If she's being truthful (which is always in doubt), then shouldn't she have know about the way the Iowa caucus process "disenfranchises" groups of voters from the start? Why did she participate at all? Why didn't she lead a protest to bring some change to the system - isn't that what she claims she's so good at? Don't the Democrats believe that "every vote counts, and every vote should be counted"?

Obama - He is the One!

Oh, joy and rapture - Barack Obama won Iowa big! Now it's on the New Hampshire and then all the way to Denver!

January 02, 2008

Update: Isn’t blood-lust a bad thing?

Another blogger picks up on Huckabee's complaint that Romney didn't execute anyone during his time as governor.

January 01, 2008

He's pro-life, except for....

the convicted who receive the death penalty, apparently. That seems to be the implication of Mike Huckabee's attack ad against Mitt Romney that, among other "facts," points out that Romney presided over zero executions as Massachusetts governor. Nevermind that Massachusetts does not have the death penalty. So when Huckabbee lumps  "no executions" with "left office with a deficit" and "supported gun control," his criticism begs a question about how he reconciles his own record of 16 executions his espoused belief in the sanctity of life - which he recited on this past Sunday's Meet the Press:

It's not a faith belief.  It's deeper than that. It's a human belief.  It goes to the heart of who we are as a civilization. If I believe that your intrinsic worth is not changed by your ancestry, your last name, by your IQ, by your abilities or disabilities, if I value your life and respect it with dignity and worth because it is human, then that's what draws me to the inescapable conclusion that I should be for the sanctity of every and each human life. 

I don't know why Tim Russert didn't challenge him about this apparent contradiction. Maybe another journalist will follow-up, but I'm not holding my breath.