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Questions: The Concert Edition (Encore!! Encore!!)

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see Regina Spektor perform at the Beacon Theater in NYC's Upper West Side, courtesy of a gift from the soon-to-be-Mrs. Deadman.

What a disappointment.

I really like Ms. Spektor, could listen to her breakthrough album 'Begin to Hope' over and over again. But her live performance was uninspired and pretty boring, to be frank. Spektor just wasn't connecting to the audience and it really put a damper on the evening. [Read more]

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True North, strong and free: a quiz

Happy Canada Day, everyone. Snap quiz, if you're up to it:
1. Exactly what are we celebrating the anniversary of?
2. Who gets top billing as "Father of Confederation?"
3. Name one other.
4. Where exactly is the Canada-U.S. border (I mean the long straight part)?
5. Why did Canadians decide they wanted a country anyway?
6. What's the national anthem? Fairly easy one.
7. What's the flag? Ditto.
8. What's the national sport? What, another gimme?
9. How many provinces are there? Territories?
10. Aside from free-trade squabbles, what's our biggest looming dispute with the U.S.?

Larry Jankens's picture

Lame or Awesome: MLK Autotuned


Is this incredibly lame or amazingly awesome? 


Orlando's picture

Who Has a Choice on Health Care?

Mitt Romney was on Meet the Press on Sunday, where he argued essentially that the United States doesn’t need a public health insurance option because Americans like to have choice when it comes to health care. After hearing this, I realized a couple of things.

First, Romney needs a Thesaurus for Christmas. Badly. Desperately, too. [Read more]

Michael Wolraich's picture

Michael Jackson: Overrated

The media continues to lionize Michael Jackson with a deluge of tributes, retrospectives, and eulogies, and a stream of breathless reporting about what his doctor said and what his sisters did and where his kids stayed. Some of my co-bloggers have compared him to John Lennon. Other articles have placed him in a triumvirate with Lennon and Elvis Presley. [Read more]

Larry Jankens's picture

What the BET Awards (and everybody else) Forgot to Mention About Michael Jackson

I know his death is old news, but after seeing and hearing all the adulation about the guy, I can’t help but rail against it.  

So Michael Jackson died and amnesiac people everywhere are morning his death. Amorous TV specials, internet tribute sites, and an jump in record sales seems to suggest that his death is a tragic thing. Granted, he was talented and made his share of good music, but I can’t help but think that people are forgetting one important thing about Michael Jackson: HE TOUCHED LITTLE BOYS! WTF?
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We Need To Move This Community Forward -- Now!

It is easy to say that others are responsible for progress.  To fail to take ownership of the here and now.  Well, as one member of this community, I am here to tell you, it is time for all of us -- for me, and for you -- to take responsibility now to move our community forward, together.  There is nothing that could possibly be more important.

For many years, this community has been divided.  People have formed factions.  They have fought.  They have argued.  On one hand, a faction argues for its vision of things -- the things our community should focus upon.  On the other side, the other faction argues fervently for its competing goals.  When these factions split our community, it has become crystal clear:  nothing gets done.  Nothing.  So what are we to do? [Read more]

Michael Wolraich's picture

The Heretic's Bible - Genesis 17: Abram trims his plow

When Abram turned 99, God came to him and said, “'I am God Almighty. Walk before Me and be perfect.”

Commentary: Yessir, God definitely had a man-crush on Abram.

Abram complied by falling flat on his face. Then God promised several more times to give Abram many, many offspring until Abram was about ready to tell God to shut up about the offspring already.

But then God demanded a price for his largess: circumcision.

Commentary: A kinky man-crush. [Read more]

acanuck's picture

Welcome back, Manny

I thought I'd share one of those channel-surfing moments that make you wish all TVs came with a screen-grab function. I happened to switch to TSN as they were doing an item on the end of Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension. What immediately caught my eye was the chyron at the bottom of the screen: "suspended due to darkness."

"Holy crap, TSN," I immediately thought. "You can't say that. They caught the guy fair and square." A second or so later, I realized I was seeing the second half of a line that probably referred to the game he'd been expected to play in.

Is there a moral to this little anecdote? Nope. None at all. Have a good night, folks.

Deadman's picture

Questions: The Michael Jackson Edition

Michael Jackson dead?? That's what the LA Times and AP are reporting, anyway (CNN hasn't yet confirmed). Unbelievable.

Earlier today, my brother was bemoaning Farrah Fawcett's death, trying to come to grips with the loss of his most common inspiration for those special, intimate teenage moments. (I kind of remember Charlie's Angels and thinking of Farrah as a sexy broad, but she was a bit before my prime mastubatory years).

Michael Jackson, however, was kind of like my Beatles. So I'm in shock, and surprisingly sad to learn of his premature death. [Read more]

Larry Jankens's picture

Sanford's Emails to Argentinian Lover, Maria

Wow, and I mean wow.  This is a quite the romantic email thread.  After reading this, I honestly think he originally went to Argentina with the intent of never coming back, but his conscience got the better of him and he decided it would be poor taste to leave his South Carolina (oh, and his 4 young children) hanging.  I can't really blame him, what would you rather do: wrangle in American politics with blowhard unscrupulous lawyers or live on the beach in Argentina with your South American lover?   The thing that strikes me about these emails is that he genuinely seems to care for this woman and her for him.


From: Mark Sanford

To: Maria [Read more]

Larry Jankens's picture

Top 5 and Bottom 5 Animal Hybrids (with pics)

One of my favorite movies from the 90’s is The Island of Dr. Moreau. A disturbing tale of a mad scientist splicing genes of animals and humans to make ungodly hybrids that eventually run amok on the island. I liked the movie so much that I even tried to read the book, but there were no pictures so I quickly lost interest.

I will give the H. G. Wells’ novel credit (the lack of pictures notwithstanding), despite being written in 1896, it was way ahead of it’s time. Even though scientists had only a cursory understanding of the genes, Wells’ envisioned a future where geneticists would be able to splice and combine genes of any plants or animals they wished and wrote one of the best original science fiction novels.
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Orlando's picture

Shorter Evan Bayh on Health Care: Blah Blah Blah

I've been sort of hounding my elected officials lately; sending them poll results, asking them to commit to the public option, following up on their correspondence with me to ask them to please answer my questions instead of responding with canned crap that somebody on their staff wrote.

Seriously, how hard is it to answer the question "Do you support a public option for health insurance?" Yes? No? You haven't made up your mind yet because you get a lot of money from the insurance industry and you're afraid the Republicans will use the issue to run against you in 2010?

I think that about covers it. [Read more]

Michael Wolraich's picture

North Korean Threat Generator ™

BREAKING: Having issued a number of bellicose threats in recent weeks, the government of North Korea has run dangerously low on epithets and histrionic adjectives. Though North Korea is the world's leading producer of hyperbole, the prolific output of the government controlled Central News Agency has outstripped their supply. Analysts fear that without wrathful verbiage, North Korea will resort to military force and patriotic parades. [Read more]

Michael Wolraich's picture

New Nixon tapes: Still racist after all these years...

Is it me, or does Nixon become more racist with every release of White House tapes? Ironically, the latest batch show him embracing moderate ideas for racist rationales.

For instance, it turns out that he supported a woman's right to have an order to avoid those horrible mixed-race babies:

There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white.

I guess that Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, didn't get the memo.

Despite his reputation, it seems that Nixon was also quite concerned with a rise in antisemitism...which he blamed on the Jews. [Read more]

Deadman's picture

The Audacity - and Righteousness - of Citigroup

Citigroup executives have decided in their infinite wisdom to increase base salaries for many of their employees by as much as 50 percent.

The bank says the raises - which will be partially offset by a reduction in bonuses, though overall compensation packages could be higher or lower - are necessary to remain competitive ... in an environment where the official unemployment rate will soon be in the double digits no less. [Read more]

Michael Wolraich's picture

North Korea threatens to "wipe out the aggressors once and for all"

From the official Korean Central News Agency:

"If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all."

A week ago, in response to U.S. threats to inspect cargo coming to and from North Korea, the same news agency vowed that North Korea would treat such actions as a declaration of war of promised a "100 or 1,000-fold retaliation with merciless military strike."

So if we intercept a cargo ship, say the Kang Nam, which is suspected of delivering weapons to Myanmar, it will provoke a war which will wipe out the U.S.

Uh, OK. Better stay away from those cargo ships. [Read more]

Larry Jankens's picture

When you wish upon a czar...

In the United States we have a “drug czar,” a “terrorism czar,” a (newly appointed) “pay czar”, a “cybersecurity czar”, a “war czar”, an “energy czar,” a "copyright czar," a “food safety czar,” and we even have a “hurricane Katrina recovery czar.” This wouldn’t be alarming if this was the Roman Empire (the term was originally derived from word Caesar and meant emperor) or 13th century Russia, but it’s not, it’s 21st century America a country that prides itself in not being ruled by an emperor. So why in holy hell do we use this archaic term for our government officials?  I found out, and it's as stupid as you think.
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Michael Wolraich's picture

The Heretic's Bible - Genesis 16: Abram plows the field

In the end, it was Sarai who solved the fertility problem. She suggested that Abram have sex with her Egyptian slave, Hagar. Abram enthusiastically followed her suggestion.

Commentary: I suppose that I shouldn't ask whether Hagar was consulted in this arrangement.

When Hagar conceived a child, she got snotty and started dissing her mistress. Irritated, Sarah whined to Abram: 'It's all your fault! I myself placed my slave in your arms! Now that she sees herself pregnant, she looks at me with disrespect. Let God judge between me and you!'

Commentary: Women! [Read more]

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