good postings on the bush loyalty oaths: Whiskey Bar: The Future Belongs to Me
random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
[E]very time somebody opens their mouth they have an opportunity to do one of two things — connect or divide. Some people inherently divide, and some people inherently connect. Connecting is the most important thing, and actually an easy thing to do. I try to make a connection with someone every time I talk to them, even if I'm firing them. Because a connection can be made. People can be treated with respect. ... I'm shocked that there are so many people that live to divide. Whether it's to divide people from each other, or from themselves — but it is a constant in everything. Trying to make a connection with somebody. The fact is, you lose people when you do that. If you're going to make television of any continued standard, or live in the world like a decent person, you can't afford to do that. You know? You have to bring out the best in your people and see it when it's there and nurture it and laud it, which is something I often forget to do. "Tell that guy he's good!" "Well, I didn't fire him, so he must know hes good, right?" "No, Joss. It doesn't work that way."
Archive for October, 2004
the bush campaign dropped the song “Still the One” after the songwriter protested & said the campaign hadn’t asked his permission. [y!] ha. this follows the olympics brouhaha. [athens olympics blog 8/26] [ZNet Blogs 8/26]
flyer circulated in Milwaukee’s African American neighborhoods [dkos, 10/29] letter claiming to be sent from Ohio sheriff; tells folks who were registered by Democrats, ACT, etc., that their registrations may not be valid [lawgeek, 10/28] sheriff says letter is fake & he will investigate [wkyc, ohio]
at least according to guiding rights blog, which cited today [10/28] to an aug. 2004 CBO report. why didn’t i notice this before? oh well.
[T]those of us who argued that there was really no difference between Bush and Gore look pretty stupid now. None of that reflects especially well on Al Gore, by the way; it simply wasn’t evident at that early date that the then-Texas governor was the real-world version of Greg Stillson, the born-again, world-destroying future president [...]
skeletons of homo floresiensis have been discovered — they were about 3 feet tall, which has marvelously led to them being described as “a hobbit-like species.” naturally i think: how will the creationists reconcile the new species? a monkey? just a tribe of short people? false evidence planted by god to confuse us? and then [...]
carpetbagger report cites to an editorial in the Miami Herald, from Glen Harold Stassen and Gary Krane, on abortion — looking at statistics that show that abortion rates, which had been declining, have increased since George W. Bush took office with his anti-choice rhetoric, lack of sex ed, and Mexico City policy.
me & some friends, on sunday, celebrating with joss whedon & hoping to get bush out whump (the organizer) has pictures. so does the high stakes 2004 website. i had promised to bring one of our anti-war posters from last year ["Buffy, help! there's a vampire in the White House!"] but since everything i own [...]
A lot of excellent commentary & analysis of the nationalistic rhetoric assigning some people the status of “real Americans” and others, apparently, unreal, false, or not so good. (Very little of the analysis looks at Natives, I note.) Michelle Goldberg, 10/27, salon.com warroom takes on the National Review Online National Review Online piece that justifies [...]
i like this essay for what it illustrates about the different kinds of religious folk. lovely, and i wish those xtians in my family would see it. Karen Horst Cobb, No Longer a Christian, 2004-10-25, CommonDreams.org
regarding the stolen cache of explosives, wonkette reports that rove is upset that it’s even being discussed: Rove: “Kerry, by so rapidly embracing the story, is going to end up being tarnished by it. What would he do as president? Get up every morning and say, ‘I’m going to govern based on what I find [...]
georgewbush.com: one website’s story 1999-may-21, the bush campaign thinks “[t]here ought to be limits to freedom” (at least for website satirists gwbush.com) [but see georgewbush.org which bravely soldiers on] in 2004, the bush website looks like it was designed of, by & for microsoft products in 2004, the bush website put up the popular but [...]
“The X-Files” is the embodiment of a failed mythology show. Ambitiously, across a decade, creator Chris Carter threw thousands of provocative morsels at viewers hungry to understand his unique mind trip. But ultimately, he failed to assemble the pieces into a satisfying, sensible whole. He squandered his audience’s good faith. It was as though he’d [...]
Induce Act post-mortem: Markham Erickson, general counsel for NetCoalition, said the talks really broke down over a fundamental fear that almost any service or software could be construed as a suspect P2P network. He pointed out that even internet browsers allow people to copy files. “The entire internet is one big copying machine,” he said. [...]
plaid adder: the immoderator – some truths were spoken.
or are they satires? jibjab: this land lie girls: lie girls – the tv advertisement is fabulous
bradblog chronicles the disappearance of info from the Bush administration websites chomsky reminds us of the reagan administration destruction of documents democratic underground.com covered the replacement of the National Archivist with a partisan hack [2004-05-05] — just in time to cover the release of the Bush I records! How con-veeeenient.
Los Angeles Times: Conflicted Evangelicals Could Cost Bush Votes – talks to evangelicals who see their religious faith as encompassing concern for the lives of Iraqis, global warming, etc.
another one for the scrapbook: Thomas F. Schaller, The Gadflyer: Believe
“We think photos are the next big thing. Everyone has the content” because of the rapid proliferation of digital cameras among consumers “and there are no copyright issues,” Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said at a news conference. “We think music plus photos is the next big thing.” — NYT, Apple Rolls Out New iPod [...]