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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

9:48PM - Avatar is about to come out on DVD?

So it's clearly time for a link to this:

http://autotelic.com/avatar_-_the_metacontextual_edition

I enjoyed the movie anyway, as it was beautiful to look at and I'm pretty good at enjoying things for what they are, but that article is painfully accurate.

In other news, a genuinely awesome movie which just dropped is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I'm not even a big videogame guy and I loved this sucker. The soundtrack is amazing too.

Punk joy:
It's Getting Boring By The Sea, by Blood Red Shoes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgQ-i0_JBbE

Slow and Sexy as hell:
Sleazy Bed Song, by the Bluetones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz3MMqPYXS8&feature=related

Scott's ex sings for Not-Metric fictional band The Clash at Demonhead:
Black Sheep; Metric with actress Brie Larson on surprisingly-great vocal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jMruFHTwrY&feature=related

Classic goddamn Frank Black:
I Heard Ramona Sing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2mYtQmNbAY&feature=related

Oh, in other movie news, The Rocketeer is still awesome.
http://www.avclub.com/articles/my-year-of-flops-disgustingly-patriotic-case-file,2511/

Monday, October 18, 2010

4:45PM - Misuse of the Constitution

Pretty good article, here:

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/17/how-tea-partiers-get-the-constitution-wrong.html

As usual, good ol' Tom Jeff puts it best:

In a letter to a friend in 1816, he mocked “men [who] look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched”; “who ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.” “Let us follow no such examples, nor weakly believe that one generation is not as capable as another of taking care of itself, and of ordering its own affairs,” he concluded. “Each generation is as independent as the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before.” Amen.

Friday, April 24, 2009

2:31PM - Stolen- on books

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

7:40PM - Wishlists 2008- update 12/8

Daniela's

DVD:
Arcturus- "Shipwrecked in Oslo"
A Finnish Summer with Turisas ( amazon)
"Live at Wacken- 18 years in History"

CDs:
Kyrsk- "Cherno"
Turisas- "Battle Metal" or "The Varangian Way"
Gates of Slumber- "Conqueror"
Paradise Lost- "The Anatomy of Melancholy" CD/DVD

Other:
Jon Meacham- "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House"
Macy's or Victoria's Secret gift certificate
From barnes n noble or gaiam.com:
Power yoga mat kit or yoga strap alone
Yoga mat wash
T'ai Chi Daily Practice DVD
Balance ball- medium

Mine-
Books:
Patrick O'Brien, The Reverse of the Medal, The Letter of Marque
D&D 4th Edition: Adventurer's Vault
D&D 4th Edition: Forgotton Martial Power ***
Warhammer 40,000, Codex: Space Marines (new 2008 edition)
Warhammer 40,000, Codex: Orks (new 2008 edition)
Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (new 2008 edition)
Warhammer Armies: Vampire Counts (new 2008 edition)

Miniatures (Collectibles Unlimited in Concord is a good local store to support, and has good stock; alternately The Game Castle in Londonderry):
Warhammer: Chaos Warhounds (new 2008 boxed set)
Warhammer: Chaos Knights (new 2008 boxed set)
Warhammer: Dark Elf Cold One Knights (new 2008 boxed set)
Warhammer 40k: Chaos Terminators (new 2007 boxed set)
Warhammer 40k: Eldar Wraithlord (plastic 2006 version)
Warhammer 40k: Space Marine Drop Pod (new 2008)
Warhammer: Wood Elf Battle Standard Bearer
Warhammer: Wood Elf Wild Riders boxed set

DVDs (widescreen please):
Iron Man
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Fearless
Yojimbo

CDs
Ghosts I - IV by Nine Inch Nails
Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D / [CD/DVD Combo] by Nine Inch Nails

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

10:49AM - As requested, Wishlist 07 (Updated 12/5)

Books:
Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman, The Lords of the North
Patrick O'Brien, Treason’s Harbour, The Far Side of the World, The Reverse of the Medal
Alan Moore, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2 (graphic novel)

Miniatures (Collectibles Unlimited in Concord is a good local store to support, and has good stock; alternately The Game Castle in Londonderry):
Warmachine: Cryx Bane Thralls***
Warmachine: Cryx Mechanithralls (boxed set of six or blisters of 2)
Warmachine: Skarre (Warcaster, non-Epic version)
Warhammer: Wood Elf Battle Standard Bearer
Warhammer: Wood Elf Wild Riders boxed set
Warhammer 40k: Chaos Terminators (new 2007 boxed set)
Warhammer 40k: Eldar Wraithlord (new 2006 version)
Warhammer 40k: Eldar Jetbikes

DVDs (widescreen please):
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Fearless
Heat
Alien
Full Metal Jacket
The Incredibles
Unforgiven
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Yojimbo

CDs
Nirvana- Unplugged in NY, In Utero
The Sheila Divine- New Parade

Daniela:

CDs:
Naglfar - "Sheol" or "Pariah"
Battlelore- "Evernight" or "Third age of the sun"
Therion- "Secrets of the runes"
Agalloch- "Ashes against the grain"
Summoning- "Stronghold", "Let mortals heroes sing your fame", "Minas Morgul"
Empyrium- "Retrospective"
Lacrimas Profundere- "Memorandum"
Trail Of Tears- "Existencia"
Draconian- "Where lovers mourn"
Graveworm- "(N)Utopia"
Limbonic Art- "Moon In The Scorpio"
Burzum- "Filosofem"


DVDs:
Apocalyptica- "The life burns tour" or "Apocalyptica Live"
Blind Guardian- "Imaginations through the looking glass"
Paradise Lost- new (just came out a couple of days ago)
L'Auberge Espagnole

Other:
Macy's / Amazon giftcards

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Friday, July 13, 2007

12:34PM - Contempt of Congress

This is the form email (I was lazy and didn't personalize it) I sent to Bush and Cheney today.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked you nine times to tell them the full truth about the domestic spying program. Now, they have issued subpoenas demanding the legal justification behind the program. Please comply with the subpoenas.

These subpoenas are not asking for sensitive operational details about the program. All the Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know is your legal rationale for spying on Americans without warrants.

As a taxpayer and a voter, I want to know what happened. I want to know if my government is spying on me without a warrant, and I want to know your legal justification, if any, for ordering spying without warrants on any American.

This program has been in the press since 2005. We know you have the documents, and we know the program exists because you publicly admitted it. It's time for you to release these documents to the public. Again, please comply with the subpoenas. No one is above the law.

I am proud to be an American. I love my country, and I believe we can be both safe and free. But only if everyone follows the law, including you.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

11:11AM - Why does the Attorney General scandal matter?

This is a quick summary done by a guy on a message board I frequent:
http://p076.ezboard.com/fwarmongerboardfrm29.showMessage?topicID=595.topic

The more, the crazier -- US Attorneys
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So the more that comes out, the nastier and nastier this thing looks.

At first glance, it was just petty. Illegal, unethical, and threatening to turn New Mexico blue for a generation, but mostly just a bunch of petty firings of attorneys who refused to be partisan *enough*.

But then the shyte gets more complicated, and now there's layers upon layers. Like Donkey's discussion of parfait in "Shrek", but not funny family fare.

(1) Two, maybe three, of the guys really were fired for incompetence. They really did suck. But it turns out that they were *added to the list* at the last minute to provide cover for the firing of the five that did NOT suck.

And note that ALL of these guys were loyal Bushies. I guess the five competent ones were stupid enough to think that Bush valued "competence" more than "sheer blind loyalty".

(2) The Justice Department e-mails have Rove and Miers and Gonzales *all involved* in the decision. But guess what's missing? a 3-week chunk of e-mails is basically not present. And those three weeks correspond to the three weeks right before the firings, the three weeks during which Miers states that she needs to "wait for the President to weigh in" because at the time (if you forget), El Presidente was busy clearing brush in Texas in another of his lengthy vacations.

So in other words, POTUS is basically implicated in something so illegal that the founding fathers are rolling in the fucking graves. This is like Iran-Contra and Reagan -- only about ten times bigger.

And the rats on the sinking ship know this. So instead of implicating POTUS, we've got a mysterious 3-week gap.

(3) And here's the cake, boys and girls: Tim Griffin.

Note that name: Tim Griffin.

Who is Tim Griffin?

He's Karl Rove's made man. He's a political hatchet-man for Rove, through-and-through.

He's a specialist on oppo research. He's one of the "genius" guys behind Rove's negative-attack-ad bullshit. He's one of the guys who (i) implied that a AG candidate was a child molester, (ii) a paralyzed Vietnam Vet was a lying hippie fake, (iii) a decorated Vietnam volunteer was a piece of wind-surfing Commie scum, (iv) a GOP pres candidate was a rapist and child molester.

Rove does like his "child molester" and "hippie Commie" attack ads.

Tim Griffin, though, also happens to be a lawyer.

In that e-mail dump from DOJ, "Tim Griffin" pops up over and over and over again. Turns out that he was one of the guys that Rove and the White House wanted (more than anything!) to be a US Attorney. Turns out that he was one of the guys that *everyone* in DOJ figured was a 'done deal'. Turns out that he was one of the very very first guys who was going to take advantage of that hidden clause in the Patriot Act that allowed El Presidente to pick replacement US Attorneys without a confirmation. Turns out that Tim Griffin was hand-picked to replace the guy -- whoever the hell he was, however the hell competent or not he was -- that was in East Arkansas.

Turns out that this was discussed as early as late 2005.

So, follow the jumping ball, folks:

It's 2005. POTUS calls Arlen Spector, GOP lapdog and at the time head of the Senate Committee reviewing the renewal of the Patriot Act. Arlen sneaks in the provision about "replacing US Attorneys".

Why?

Because Karl Rove's hatchet-man Tim Griffin, needs to be assigned to East Arkansas.

Why not just fire the guy already there and have a streamlined confirmation (in the GOP-controlled Congress!) for Tim Griffin?"

Because a confirmation process would bring attention to the fact that Tim Griffin does oppo research. And that's a scary thought: a guy with the full legal and subpeona powers of the Federal Government doing oppo research. Hitting up your former neighbors with FBI investigations, all to find out the dirt on you. Maybe even investigations of child molestation. Which, remember, is Rove & Co's favorite tactic. Who cares if there's no evidence? Just the hint of an investigation of this sort of crime will destroy a person's life, for fucking ever.

So yeah, a confirmation hearing would make it hard to sneak a political assassin into the US Attorney position. People'd catch wind of it. But what if it was done in the dead of night, and hidden among seven other firings (all of which have their own reasons, of course -- no need to be inefficient about this!)

Okay, then, WHY the hell would you want an oppo research in East Arkansas?

Seriously, you have to ask that question? That's where a woman named "Hillary Clinton" spent most of her adult life.

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Follow the bouncing ball:

Karl Rove, the soul-less political manipulator that put Bush in the TX Governor's office, and then the POTUS slot, will literally stop at NOTHING to get his guy elected.

Literally. Nothing. No matter how unethical, immoral, and illegal. Not a goddamn thing. Don't believe it? Ask Max Cleland. Ask fucking JOHN MCCAIN.

Tim Griffin is Karl Rove's right-hand man.

Karl came up with a *brilliant* plan for putting one of his top oppo guys into a position to do oppo research against the obvious Democratic Presidential front-runner, and figured out how to do it by early 2005.

He sneaks a provision into the Patriot Act that allows the White House (= him) to put his own assassin into position to do the oppo research with the full powers of a US Attorney and the FBI at his disposal.

All done on the down-low because it was so fucking wrong that Rove didn't even trust the lackey rubber-stamping yes-men in Congress to get near it. THAT'S how fucking bad this was.

And all to stick it to the Dems.

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So really, this pretty much crystalizes where the modern GOP is: so long as guys like Rove (and his proteges) are in power, the GOP has one, and only one, principle:

Continued political power justifies all means.

El Presidente is up to his fucking eyeballs in this, make no mistake. This makes Nixon and his fucking Watergate scandal look like a practical joke. I suspect that we're going to discover that this administration is so scandal-ridden and corrupt that it might even challenge Hoover for the most corrupt administration in US history.

And that's not even talking about its amazing incompetence and foreign policy DISASTERS.

I still don't think that Buchanan (= responsible for US Civil War) can be topped. But my god, El Presidente and his merry bunch of fucktards really does seem to be trying for the Gold Ring.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Sunday, December 17, 2006

4:27PM - If anyone's still shopping...

I updated my wish list (10/18 post). Thanks!

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

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