Saturday, May 10, 2008
Representatives for the McCain campaign, meanwhile, denied this. Yesterday, however, two more people who attended the same dinner went on-the-record to say yes, that was how they remembered it too.
The two more people? Brad Whitford, who played the role of Josh on "West Wing," and the great Richard Schiff, Toby on the same series (both deservedly Emmy-Award winners).
Now, I was going to link to this item with a headline like "A chance to mention a TV show I enjoyed (and continue to, on DVD), and make a politician I don't like look bad in one post? Woo hoo!"
But, something dawned on me as I was writing the above. According to most if not all of the math I've seen, McCain's support of a president most Americans are now deeply critical of is a big millstone around his neck.
So why not say, "No, I admit it, I did not want George W. Bush to be president in 2000 (like anyone's going to be surprised)?" Is it because of his cozying up to the president in the years since? Well, you don't have to be Leo McGarry to see a way out of that, and it's one I know Republicans are willing to use for political purposes:
9/11. All he has to do is say "no, I didn't support President Bush at first, at least not fully, but after September 11 (when the world changed), my opinion of him changed and evolved." He could even throw in a bit about how, as one who has sacrificed in war, he knows the importance of unity in wartime.
There's even an escape hatch in that for him to say (now that the wheel of public opinion has turned against Bush), that though he believed in the president, it saddens him to see how he's gotten the country buried up to its neck.
But, I'm probably crazy to think John "straight talk" McCain would ever say anything so devious...
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
In your face, (hang the) DJ!
Your final score was 120/180
Mix-Tape Master (109-144 points)
You are a music evangelist: the person in your network of friends who always has the coolest new song, the one whose iPod gets picked to DJ every party. You understand the art of the segue, how the key to the best mix-tape isn't just the songs you pick, but how they interlock with each other. You also know who the up-and-coming acts are and are quick to recognise where their influences lie and whether they will make it big. You work hard at the pursuit of this knowledge, scouring music blogs, magazines and record stores. Most importantly, you are generous with your passion – and your friends should be very, very grateful. Still, it’s always good to get new inspiration for your latest mix.
The measure would let debt-ridden homeowners refinance into fixed-rate, government-backed mortgages they could afford.
Congressional analysts say it could help as many as 500,000 borrowers and cost $2.7 billion over the next five years.
The White House calls it a burdensome bailout that would open taxpayers to inappropriate risk and reward those who helped cause the housing crisis.
Heckuva job, Bushie.
Something to remember next time Sens. McCain, Clinton and/or those who are for them call the Obamas “elitist” and out of touch
Both the Clintons and the McCains are worth over $100 million. And how can a rich, former first lady possibly position herself as an in-touch underdog? That’s absurd.
On the other hand, the Obamas are barely worth a million, and that’s a recent result of the success of Senator Obama’s book sales. Otherwise, as far as I’m able to tell, the Obamas have been, by choice, fighting in the trenches along with the rest of us. Plus, you’d have to look at where the guy has come from.
On the question of whether Clinton should drop out, my position continues to be one of indifference. It's her decision, and I doubt that it matters much either way. I suppose I would prefer that she not attack Obama using GOP talking points now that the nomination has been effectively decided, but even there, as Dilan says, the effects of this kind of attack are greatly overstated. (Barring a major change in fundamentals, if the election is close enough something so minor could turn the election, I've seriously overestimated Obama as a candidate.) I also object to assumptions that Clinton is trying to tear the party apart or sabotage Obama or whatever. I have no doubt that she will strongly support Obama as soon as she concedes. And I think one has to have some empathy here; it can't be easy to run a race you reasonably expected to win, assemble a very strong coalition of supporters, and fall just short. I can't really blame her for not quite wanting to concede the inevitable just yet. If staying in is "selfish," it is only in the sense that anyone running for that kind of office is going to be.
From a post in TAPPED, via news from me.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
a senior Clinton official who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to be frank... "We lost this thing in February."
Also, according to political analyst Chuck Todd:
"With leads like this now, if you throw in Michigan and Florida, as is, then Obama would still have about 150,000 votes and he would still have 100 delegates, pledged delegate, lead."
They've lost. They know they've lost. They know there's no chance they're gonna win. So what the hell is Clinton thinking? Does she think she's doing anything else other than hurting the party, at best; the country, at worst?
The nightmare scenario for me here is that Hillary becomes in the 2008 election what Ralph Nader was in 2000...
Family Guy creator seals megadeal
After two-and-a-half years of negotiations, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has inked a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV that would make him the highest-paid writer-producer working in television.
The pact, which could be worth more than $US100 million, will keep MacFarlane at 20th TV through 2012.
You realize what this means, don't you? It means the creator of Family Guy will be paid more money than David E. Kelley (Boston Legal), Trey Parker & Matt Stone (South Park), Hart Hanson (Bones), Patrick Sean Smith (Greek), David Shore (House), or Donald Todd (Samantha Who?).
I mean, it's not like any of those people are likely to see a negative balance in their checking accounts any time soon, but, still...The creator of Family Guy?
Oh, I shan't sleep soundly tonight...
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
According to the email flyer she sent out to shamelessly infatuated schleps like me, we should be sure to catch the opening teaser.
I have a feeling in this case the wily Ms. Wiggins--without a doubt the sexiest holder of a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration TV has ever seen--may actually be the opening teaser, but we shall see, we shall see...
Do you really want to make this woman mad at you?
This has been a public service announcement.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Becca, that is.
Here are the rules:
A) The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
B) Each player answers the questions about himself or herself.
C) At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
1. Ten years ago I was:
Hanging out on radw
Listening to old radio tapes
Watching Babylon 5.
Reading comics like 300 and Usagi Yojimbo, reading the Comics Buyer's Guide
Beginning to become disgusted with the "National Inquirer" level to which our media was beginning to sink
Not seeing Titanic in the theater, despite the promise of a naked Kate Winslet.
Enjoying A Bug's Life, The Truman Show, Gods & Monsters; Out Of Sight
Not enjoying Lethal Weapon 4
Reading Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Steve Martin, Terry Pratchett; Jules Witcover
Not reading J.K. Rowling.
Realizing it will never be the '80s, musically, again.
Enjoying a Backsteet Boys song or two when nobody was looking.
Beginning to lose what little respect for Madonna I had left.
I think that was the year I saw the musical Ragtime, and liked it.
Thinking Billie Piper was just an English Britney Spears. Who knew? ...no pun intended.
2. Five things on today's to do list:
Go to the bank.
Finish a book or two that are due back at the library tomorrow.
Watch Bones, Greek, House (is it me or do those go together?); Samantha Who.
3. Things I'd do if I were a billionaire:
Send myself to film school.
Buy a home in the SF Bay Area.
Buy one KICKASS sound system. Also, a brand new car.
4. Three bad habits:
Letting mail pile up, letting dishes pile up, and letting piles pile up...
Eating like I still think I'm a kid.
Getting caught up in how bad our media is...
5. Five places I've lived:
Menlo Park, Palo Alto, San Jose, Mountain View, Seattle.
6. Six jobs I've had in my life:
Used bookstore night manager, fantasy bookstore stock boy, comics store stock boy, library staff, writer for college paper, playwright.
And I'll toss this one towards George, TRO, PJ, M.Yu, and the Viper if he has time.
He also wrote a Disney movie I remember well from my youth, "The Cat from Outer Space,"
I have no idea if he was responsible for that film's M*A*S*H in-joke (it feels like something the actors came up with on the day).
I really know very little else about him (at least I didn't until I read this death announcement), but his work had some importance in my life.
John McCain. The "good," "sane" and not-at-all-hypocritical republican.
(With a salute to George for the idea)
When the wind blows, We can work it out It's not that you're not good enough, It's just that we can make you better. Given that you pay the price...
This is the first version of "Mothers Talk." I like it. It may not be as jazzy or fun as the later versions, but y'know, the song is about nuclear missiles (among other things)...
Plus I gotta love the word "rage" coming up at the beginning. I think it's actually a reference to the music video program from which the YouTuber got their copy, but damned if it doesn't work in the context of the song.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me
She showed me her room, isn't it good, norwegian wood?
She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair
I sat on the rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
We talked until two and then she said, "It's time for bed"
She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh
I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath
And when I awoke I was alone, this bird had flown
So I lit a fire, isn't it good, norwegian wood?
Harriet [a conservative]: I don’t even know what the sides are in the culture wars.
Matt [a liberal]: Well, your side hates my side because you think we think you’re stupid. And my side hates your side because we think you’re stupid.
I learn this afternoon that a blogger called M.Yu has very kindly added this blog to the rolls of his own two blogs, The Jade Gate and Social Seppuku. The one is an "adults only" blog, the other intended for "Social and Cultural commentary."
At the "adults" blog, he divides his blog listings into categories: Erotic, Arts/Design, and so on. Your humble Dragon & Buddha can be found in the "culture" section.
check beneath your fingernails
In between your toes
Right between your earlobes darling
That's where culture grows
It's breeding in your short and curlies...
But seriously (?), I'm no Pop Culture Gadabout like the lovely Mr. Sherman. I'm a pornographer, remember?