Blogging will be sparse for the next week while I help Courtney move out of her place and visit her family and my puppy! I'll be back to the Arb late next week to see the Decemberists in Detroit.
Sunday, May 30, 2004
Saturday, May 29, 2004
The Weinsteins formed a new company to acquire the rights to Farenheit 9/11. Not that any of us were all that worried. I might be skeptical of Michael Moore, but its not like I'm going to root against somebody making an anti-Bush documentary either. Sorta like how American Christians root for Israel, even though the official word is that they're all going to hell.
And no I don't really think all Christians think all the Jews are going to hell. This Christian isn't particularly worried either way. I just wanted to get the joke in w/ that link.
Posted by Garrett at 11:36 AM
Friday, May 28, 2004
While the newest polls show Kerry beating Bush 49-41, that margin widens to 53-39 with a proposed Kerry-McCain ticket. I'd vote for the child porn clown over Bush, but come on kids. McCain's a swell guy and all, but a nice guy republican is still a republican and has no business in the White House unless he's taking his kids on a weekend tour.
Posted by Garrett at 8:27 AM
A Kennedy School of Government report says that less nuclear material was secured in the two years immediately after the 9/11 attacks than in the two years before.
From NY Times: The most plausible explanation is that the administration has focused so intensely on Iraq, which posed no nuclear threat, that it had little energy left for the real dangers. Indeed, the Harvard researchers said that if a tenth of the effort and resources devoted to Iraq in the last year was devoted to securing nuclear material wherever it might be, the job could be accomplished quickly.
Update: The KSG report can be downloaded here.
Posted by Garrett at 8:18 AM
A federal appeals court yesterday upheld the only law in the nation authorizing doctors to help their terminally ill patients commit suicide. Regardless of the fact that I go to Kevorkian University med school, it's always fun when judges put the smack down on John Ashcroft.
Posted by Garrett at 8:08 AM
Tim was telling me about this game for the old Atari called "Custer's Revenge" in which the object was to avoid being shot by arrows in order to reach a native american women tied to a cactus and ready to be penetrated. Researching this hilari... wait... this abomination, I ran across this list of the worst 20 video games ever.
Posted by Garrett at 2:44 AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Monday, May 24, 2004
Saturday, May 22, 2004
What the HELL is wrong with the FDA these days? First no OTC Plan B (which only complete morons who understand NOTHING about human reproductive nature and pansies who can fabricate data could dislike). And NOW, men who've had gay sex in the past five years can't donate sperm because of risk of HIV transmission. Ok kids, we have what are called rapid tests. They work great. You have results in a few hours. So jizz in the cup, take the test, if the test comes out positive, call the dude and throw the jizz in w/ some lysol, and you're done.
Like seriously, only the most homophobic medical professional could possibly think this is a good idea. The science SIMPLY DOES NOT support this sort of partisan BS. What the HELL is wrong w/ the FDA? They do such good work normally!
Posted by Garrett at 12:37 PM
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Here's my editorial on the girl from my high school who decided to wear a prom dress made from a confederate flag and was denied admission. So far, there have probably been 15 editorials defending the girl, and about 3, including mine, happy that the former administration decided to take a hit to stand up against hate and bigotry.
Posted by Garrett at 10:01 AM
Monday, May 17, 2004
Pat Buchanan shows he's still a moron in his anti-Brown v. Board editorial. D.C. schools get integrated, so racists rich white prigs move out to Virginia and Maryland to avoid having to drink at a water fountain with the barbarian Negro. And surprise, the D.C. schools aren't good when the people who've had generations of discrimination and crap education are all concentrated there after the racists jerks leave. Surprise!
Posted by Garrett at 3:28 PM
Critics seem to think Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary sans distributor is actually pretty powerful in its "segments about losses on both sides of the Iraq war and the grief of American and Iraqi families."
Update: Yahoo! News, running almost the exact same article, prefers the headline "Moore's 9/11 Movie Riles Cannes Audiences."
rile: to anger, annoy, etc.
It seems like Yahoo! consistently beefs up their headlines in deceptive ways on both sides of the equation (no liberal/conservative bias charge here), which is a pretty dangerous thing in a culture that is used to Headline News, and can only pay attention for up to seven words at a time.
And let's face it, the people at Cannes aren't exactly No-Spin Zone frequenters. Film people probably make me look like a member of the Religious Right. Are we honestly supposed to believe that people at Cannes weren't eating this thing up? Moore is extremely questionable in his methods, sure, and the fact that he truly expects people to take him extremely seriously this time is even more problematic. I'm all for the development of liberal media, but I think somebody like Al Franken, who chooses to rally the Left through humor, might be more serviceable than Moore, who is probably a little wreckless at best in putting out his product.
Update 2: Google News links a very similar article with the title Moore's 9/11 film cheered at Cannes. What gives, Yahoo!? Did Murdoch buy you too?
Posted by Garrett at 3:12 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Everything the man says is pure genius. Well, maybe not. But something about his love/hate optimism/pessimism that makes you wish everything he said were gospel. And whatever he says, it's at least funny. Regardless of whether he makes you smarter or dumber, he makes you laugh.
I could hardly decide which quote to post, but I decided this one was fun.
If you want to take my guns away from me, and you’re all for murdering fetuses, and love it when homosexuals marry each other, and want to give them kitchen appliances at their showers, and you’re for the poor, you’re a liberal.
If you are against those perversions and for the rich, you’re a conservative.
Posted by Garrett at 6:42 PM
Saturday, May 15, 2004
As much as I expect the new Troy movie to be an absolute travesty, Roger Ebert's assessment of what Greek drama is all about is about as mature as a junior high latin student's book report might be. I think Rog must have read the comic book version of the Iliad.
What's sad, I didn't know the comic book version actually existed. I was just going to link to a respectable Lattimore translation or something. On a hunch, I searched "Iliad comic" on Amazon, and that's what I found.
Homer: (from the grave) Doh!
Posted by Garrett at 2:25 AM
Friday, May 14, 2004
The Vatican seems to toe the line between common sense and irrelevancy when it warns catholics against marrying muslims.
I can't decide on this article. I do feel this is a pretty good example of the ubiquitous problem of headlines framing the contents of an article inaccurately.
Posted by Garrett at 2:05 PM
Nahidah Abdulkarim, a housewife who said her three sons were detained by U.S. forces in January, stood in a dusty field and peered through the barbed wire fence at the prison.
"I am so eager to see them again so that I can kill all the bad and ugly thoughts that my sons had been abused inside the prison," she said. "Every time I see the pictures of the abused Iraqi prisoners, I die a hundred times."
Humanity of all colors can be pretty disgusting.
Posted by Garrett at 10:53 AM
"I spent 30 years in the Air Force fighting communism," he said yesterday. "I gave up 30 years of my life, and I didn't give it up so I could start learning Spanish." He added, "Every single veteran I've talked to feels the same way."
Such is a quote from Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (from the Grand Old Party, no surprise), who in a recent speech stated that "Once you get into this multicultural crap, this bunk, you run into a problem. With respect to this culture, English is the language."
I have no sympathy for someone that spent 30 years of his life defending our country from the Spanish language. If that's the sort of thing he was fighting for, then he wasted his time and is a great case of the Great American Un-Hero.
Fighting communism? Sure. That's a good thing. But if you're a bigoted asshole, don't expect too many bonus points from those of us who don't have a racial superiority complex jammed passed our anal folds.
Posted by Garrett at 10:27 AM
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Joe Klein does a great job pointing out the perils of a righteous president.
"Abu Ghraib made a mockery of American idealism. It made all the baser motives—oil, dad, Israel—more believable. And it represents all the moral complexities this President has chosen to ignore—all the perverse consequences of an occupation."
Posted by Garrett at 4:49 PM
Monday, May 10, 2004
California state Sen. Pete Knight, prominent gay marriage opponent, dead at 74. A huge loss for hateful asshole homophobes everywhere.
Posted by Garrett at 12:43 PM
Sunday, May 9, 2004
Kelly Doran just emailed me this quote:
Mr. Bush observed with no irony to Al Arabiya TV: "Iraqis are sick of
foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their
country, and we will help them rid Iraq of these killers."
Posted by Garrett at 6:02 PM
Friday, May 7, 2004
Thursday, May 6, 2004
The FDA, as sheep of the religious right, decided to block the OTC sale of emergency contraception, saying that 15 year olds will have sex more if they can go the next day and buy expensive pills to make the babies go away. How many millions of dollars are we going to have to spend proving that abstinence training is absolutely useless? I wasn't getting laid when I was 15, but if I was, I bet OTC emergency contraception wouldn't have made me any less scared-as-hell of AIDS or gonorrhea or herpes or all that other fun stuff. If we spent the money we spent showing the religious right over and over again that abstinence training is a joke, and spent more money on STD education, we might actually see a decline in people's lives being screwed up by bacteria and unwanted kids.
Posted by Garrett at 7:10 PM