Archive for the ‘IMPORTANT NEWS ITEMS’ Category

An insult to a noble Muppet.

August 27, 2007


The funnest thing about Gonzales resignation is this, from The Lede:

“Consensus Headline, 10:23 AM Eastern Many bloggers have settled on “Gonzo Gone.” Meanwhile, Rachel Sklar of Huffington Post jokingly “wanted to beat the New York Post and the Daily News to tomorrow’s identical headline” with “GONZO GONE-ZO!” Both New York papers play it completely straight at the moment: “GONZALES RESIGNS” and “Sources: Gonzales resigned.”

Not totally fair to the ever-suffering Gonzo the Great, but funny! Gone-zo! Heh-heh!

p.s. i don’t think that dubya has actually set a record for high-level resignations in one administration, but this whole era is going to look pretty frickin’ incredible, when we try to explain it to our children.

p.p.s. Elmo is a Republican!!

slow news day?

August 17, 2007


the nytimes travel section seems to be soliciting essays from enthusiastic 9th grade budding JOURNALISMISTS!

that is the only way i can explain this totally unnecessary and sort of confusing bit by Seth Kugel (yes that is really the byline) about how “cheesy” activities can in fact be “fun!”

gee whiz guys,

“You’ve got to head down to Lower Broadway, to the classic “Charging Bull” sculpture, where you’re almost certain to find a mob of tourists taking pictures. And, of course, there are always a couple of jokers who go around to the anatomically correct back end of the bull, and pose in every position you can imagine — and some you cannot.

So cheesy. But, come on, pretty funny, too.”

uh, no.

and then there’s this assertion, which i actually don’t even understand, about a recently shuttered peep-show establishment: “Playpen on Eighth Avenue, which added an extra dose of cheesy classlessness by keeping a few Beaux-Arts architectural details from its days as a theater high above the booths. Or so they say.”

why is it “classless” to retain Beaux-Arts architectural details of a building, even as you alter its use? am I missing something? is he insinuating that they were fake Beaux-Arts details? Or is it a dirty joke that has escaped even my actively filthy mind?


i can has cheezjrnlsm?

p.s. if one of my 3 readers is friends/cousins with Seth Kugel, I apologize for the harshness of my tone. but someone should talk to him.

worth a thousand words

July 27, 2007

i think this says it all.


people try to put us d-down…

July 26, 2007

so, here i am, feeling all guilty and like my priorities are wrong because despite the fact that i find my job interesting (and will likely find future jobs that are a better match for my personality EVEN MORE interesting), i have no intention of spending all my time working, especially once i have kids at ALL, ever. i like other stuff just as much as i like working, and my relatively un-demanding work schedule (9-5:30 or 6, plus 2 hours of commuting) is KILLING me, sapping my energy, preventing me from doing lots of the stuff i like doing.

but, lo and behold, the NEW YORK TIMES tells me it isn’t just me — it’s my whole damn jenerayshun, bless their little hearts!

i tell ya, it’s been taking all the self-control i can muster to avoid wearing a “midriff-baring” top and my ipod headphones to court, but i’ve succeeded thus far.

Weirder Mash-Up Than Human Minds Could Have Dreamed Up…

July 13, 2007

Ok, I know this is old news, but something had to be said.

Someone figured out how to mash my current favorite musicians with my favorite musician from when I was 12. Except in REAL LIFE, in front of a live audience. And the results are predictably, uh… bizarre?

that’s right, madonna appears to have had her fill of Malawi and have moved on to Eastern Europe. Is Eugene too old to be her next adoptee?


The vitriolic response by number of gogol fans on livejournal (and, i presume, other geeky web fanspaces) is simultaneously fascinating and boring. from what i read, not one person made the argument that regardless of whether they were “selling out” or serving as madonna’s “trained monkeys,” it was all, theoretically, for a good cause. perhaps that’s because the idea of these concerts is to draw viewers and then inform them, while eugene and sergey’s appearance was unannounced and therefore couldn’t really draw anybody, in theory.

anyway, i love la isla bonita, though not as much as i did when i was 13, and i love gogol, but in combination they strike me as the sort of bizarre thing that future civilizations will excavate and puzzle over.

go watch it!


P.S.’s review of GB’s new album comes in the form of a top ten list.

Reason #1 why it scores a 4 out of 5? “There are no guest appearances by Madonna.”

Tee hee.

Shopping for Justice: “I think I know I mean, er, yes but it’s all wrong” edition

June 21, 2007

So I saw this commercial on the TV for the new Farm Aid-esque Pop Stars Singing John Lennon Songs For Darfur. Sponsored, somehow, by American Express.

And my first, typical, cynical instinct was to be disgusted by this latest example of the American trend of commercializing humanitarianism — convincing people that if they’re concerned about a social/political issue, the thing to do is go out and BUY this bracelet/t-shirt/cd! (A portion of the proceeds, we’re always assured, will go toward ending breast cancer/saving the children/stopping evil in its tracks!!) I have thought about this a lot, and I am conflicted about it, because I’m as into a good benefit concert as the next guy, provided I like the bands. But I recognize the perversity in it, and in general, when I choose to take action with my wallet, I send my dollars straight to the organization I’m into helping. But if a person wouldn’t be otherwise inclined to do something about an issue, the only harm I see in the whole thing is the fact that some corporation, inevitably, is profiting from the whole transaction. But what else is new?

So I googled this “Instant Karma” project, and found Amnesty’s press release, which statesthat “proceeds” would support the Save Darfur campaign, and gave a track listing. Although it might be nice to hear that ALL proceeds were going to Save Darfur, and might be even nicer to hear that all of these artists were personally donating a couple of their millions to the campaign, and not just their sweet voices, the track listing made me kind of want to hear this record. I mean, Xtina Aguilera singing “Mother?” I heartily approve of that.

So I guess I am a hypocrite, is what I’m saying.

Better Know a Schakowsky

June 6, 2007

What’s up! Did you all see MY congresswoman on the Colbert Report the other night?

I don’t know how to stick videos in here (if you even can on WordPress), but you can find a link to it, plus reactions of some Chicagoans, here on Chicagoist.

I don’t know what I’m proudest of: her performance on Colbert’s show, Colbert’s repeated insistence that she was on drugs, or her partnership with my boy Kucinich in an effort to impeach evil warlord Cheney.

What do you know about this man?

May 11, 2007


So, Marvin Krislov, general counsel of UMichigan is most likely going to be the next president of Oberlin College.


Does anyone have an opinion about him? Oberlin holds a very special place in my heart, so I want to know whether any of my millions of loyal readers (all five of you? four? c’mon, three??) has had any personal experience with him and has anything to say, pro or con. Nothing dirty, please.

Yes, this post is depressing too.

April 18, 2007

In continuation of my recent quest to make this blog sad and serious, i would just like to send the reader’s attention to this picture, taken today in Baghdad:


I would never seek to belittle the magnitude of the atrocity at Virginia Tech this past Monday.  I merely ask: where is the touching New York Times “Victims” page for the one hundred seventy one innocent lives that were lost today in Iraq’s capital? I know that this disparity is frequently noted, and I don’t particularly mean to condemn the NYT for its lopsided coverage of the two massacres.  I don’t really know what I want to say, except that a life is a life is a life, whether it is an Iraqi graduate student studying hydrology or a Virginian one. I find myself more and more inured to the daily fact of more Iraqi lives lost. Let’s all try to maintain our shock and anger at their deaths, just as we felt those emotions when we learned of the events in Blacksburg, VA.

Court to Women: Drop Dead!

April 18, 2007

Today is a bad day. Insisting that he’s with the majority because this is just a facial challenge to the so-called Partial Birth Abortion ban, Justice Kennedy leaves open the door to an as-applied case– in other words, “come back to us when one of you ladies dies because of this law.”

And coming soon! Court to mentally-ill people who still have some capacity to understand what is happening to them: Drop dead!