If they were from Boston or DC instead of Stockton, CA, this would have been much bigger, methinks.
The Padres have a much different definition of "bolster" than do I.
At this point, the Padres should be looking to have a starting rotation.
Well, it would be rad to just copy the plot from You Shall Know Our Velocity, travel the world giving out chunks to random folk. But fuck people. I'd give it all to the SPCA and other animal-centric charities.
VINA DEL MAR, Chile (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday the United States would not lift the country's embargo on Cuba.
"No," Biden told reporters at a meeting in Chile when asked if the United States planned to lift the embargo.
The outright NO to both marijuana legalization and now the Cuban embargo worry me. I wasn't expecting the Administration to just green light both issues, but Obama has been willing to directly confront complex issues and have an intelligent dialogue about them. But suddenly it's just "no."
"We think that Cuban people should determine their own fate and they should be able to live in freedom and have some prospect of economic prosperity," he added.
But I'm hoping this is just a punt. Obama has a lot on his plate without adding more hot button issues. But some sort of hint that this isn't the end of these conversations would've been nice.
Go ahead. Look at it.
Did you notice there's no actual numbers being crunched? No actual specifics in terms of what will be cut, and which taxes will be lowered? Pretty ridiculous, right? It's just a bunch of tired rhetoric, with absolutely nothing of any sort of value.
It''s an outrageously childish attempt to come up with an "alternative" budget, and it deserves every single bit of mockery that is forthcoming.
I can't wait 'til Monday's Daily Show.
I think I'd just offer myself up for a zombie feast. Resistance seems like too much work. First, I'd have to find a little group of non-zombies. Then we'd have to find a place to barricade ourselves. Then we'd have a series of squabbles amongst ourselves regarding tactics. Ugh. Waaay too much drama. Hey, hey, hey, what's in your head?
It doesn’t feel right to like Justin Timberlake, because once upon a time he was the “cute one” in that faggy little fruit group who took Britney Spears’s virginity at the apex of her hotness. And now he’s dating Jessica Biel. By those two facts alone I should want to stick a knife in his liver. But then he goes and acts all charismatic and funny, and he sings real high and dances without coming off as gay, and yeah, I’m impressed.I can't really explain it. I hate every piece of music he's ever done, and he's one of those guys I should absolutely loathe, but I really like the guy. I liked him in Alpha Dog, I liked him on SNL, on Jimmy Fallon (who I do loathe), I just like the guy, no homo.
''Today Congress voted to update the rules that have governed financial services since the Great Depression and replace them with a system for the 21st century,'' Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers said. ''This historic legislation will better enable American companies to compete in the new economy.''
''The concerns that we will have a meltdown like 1929 are dramatically overblown,'' said Senator Bob Kerrey, Democrat of Nebraska.So how'd that work out? The first and foremost priority should've been to ensure that U.S. financial firms remained solvent.
''If we don't pass this bill, we could find London or Frankfurt or years down the road Shanghai becoming the financial capital of the world,'' said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York. ''There are many reasons for this bill, but first and foremost is to ensure that U.S. financial firms remain competitive.''
It pains me to realize that a lot of the blame for our current woes lie squarely at the feet of the Democrats (I'm looking at you, Larry Summers), who aided and abetted the Republican agenda. By-and-large, they supported the Futures Trading Act of 1982, which legalized derivitive trading, like credit default swaps (championed by guess who? Larry Summers!). And, as Times article points out, they were outspoken in their support of GLBA, which allowed the financial industry to consolidate to the point where they could get "too big to fail. And now, of course, many of these same Democrats are supposed to fix the mess (still looking at you, Larry). It's all very frustrating.
At least there were a few Dems with enough foresight to buck the unfettered free-market zeitgeist.
''I think we will look back in 10 years' time and say we should not have done this but we did because we forgot the lessons of the past, and that that which is true in the 1930's is true in 2010,'' said Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota. ''I wasn't around during the 1930's or the debate over Glass-Steagall. But I was here in the early 1980's when it was decided to allow the expansion of savings and loans. We have now decided in the name of modernization to forget the lessons of the past, of safety and of soundness.''Also, Larry Summers. Kind of a dick. Bad move, Obama.
Senator Paul Wellstone, Democrat of Minnesota, said that Congress had ''seemed determined to unlearn the lessons from our past mistakes.''
''Scores of banks failed in the Great Depression as a result of unsound banking practices, and their failure only deepened the crisis,'' Mr. Wellstone said. ''Glass-Steagall was intended to protect our financial system by insulating commercial banking from other forms of risk. It was one of several stabilizers designed to keep a similar tragedy from recurring. Now Congress is about to repeal that economic stabilizer without putting any comparable safeguard in its place.''
- Love Hangs Down
- No Work
- Harem Leader
- Ode To Wayne
Although I have the record, I didn't need to rip it, since one of the band members made all of their stuff available here. Very cool of him, and much appreciated.
- Voodoo Priest
Released in 1990 on Final Notice Records. Take ALL, mix in a little Big Drill Car, and transplant that band to the East Bay circa 1990 and you have Onionhouse.
- Brother's Day
- Too Slow
- One More Time
- So Long
- The Way She Moves
Atlas Shrugged is a stupid book, Ayn Rand is a stupid woman, and John Galt’s ideas are stupid. That said, none of them are nearly this stupid. Rand’s novel isn’t about a world in which executives who build companies based on a lot of incorrect decisions, then pay themselves millions of dollars while bankrupting their firms, then come to the government hat-in-hand asking for bailouts, then find that the bailers-out want to attach some strings to their hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds and then go to hide out in Galt’s Gulch. That doesn’t make any sense at all.
If the folks running Citigroup and Bank of America and AIG were good at their jobs, we wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place. That’s the point. But they weren’t good. They lost staggering sums of money. Their companies went broke. They had to beg for taxpayer dollars. You don’t get to do that and then turn around and “go Galt.”
I have a couple of things to add to this.
1) Is it possible that Ayn Rand pulled off some sort of great Andy Kaufman-esque ruse on everyone? The snippets I have read are so laughably bad, they must be satire.
2) I find it weird that a lot of people by-and-large accept the notion that the people at the top are by definition more talented than those under them. Yeah, it happens. But it also doesn't happen. Take a look around where you work. Are the people in charge there because they are extraordinarily talented? Maybe they are. But just as likely they knew the right people, or at least they managed to hoodwink the right people. You know who I'm talking about. That guy. I can't imagine it being all that different in the financial sector.
The bullpen situation worsened again Friday when it was learned that right-hander Mark Worrell, who was obtained from St. Louis this winter in exchange for shortstop Khalil Greene, will have elbow reconstruction surgery next week in San Diego, ending his 2009 season.I realize moving Khalil had more to do with dumping salary than getting any talent, but still. I think Khalil having a monster year in St. Loius is a pretty safe bet.
They go by just Cro(w)s or Crows now, probably due to legal reasons.
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Don't be a posturing hypocrite, Malkin. Lead your herd! Go Galt!
Strong Intention has been kicking it around since the early 90's. Their sound has evolved over that time, and this 1996 release catches them in a NYHC state of mind, with some thrashier moments thrown in.
- make up your mind
- thin line
- fades away
- no regard
- what's at stake
- why be something that you're not (negative approach)
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This whole posting 7"'s thing is just a thing I'm doing a) to share some stuff I have that I don't see anywhere else on the tubes, b) to catalog my own collection, and c) because it's an excuse to finally convert my vinyl to mp3. I have never claimed it was all going to be good shit.
Trepan Nation was a late 90's straight edge band from Chicago. Like Limp Wrist, they were more straight up punk than the whole metal-core shit that was going on in the 90's SxE scene. The comparisons to Limp Wrist end there, though, as Limp Wrist is awesome, and this is, well, honestly, not.
Now I feel like an ass.
This isn't horrible. There.
- Fists In Faces
- Half A Fag
"A lot of research shows that people who drink moderately flat-out live longer than those who don't," Lloyd tells Page Six. "From the prevention of the common cold to the prevention of the onset of Alzheimer's to preventing certain types of cancer, regular drinking can be very beneficial." Whereas most research has focused on wine, he says spirits can provide the same boon.
Kathyrn Jean Lopez
says the following regarding Bristol Palin:
From where I sit, it’s a bloody shame that we don’t expect more of teenagers? Just happening to hook up is not cool....
What about waiting?...No further comment. From me, anyways. Nope.
Teenagers can actually do fun, fulfilling things that don’t involve possible pregnancy.
How stupid is he? I'm glad you asked. Dude makes Bill O'Reilly look sane. That's how stupid.
Will Leitch summed it up nicely:
I just finished reading the New Yorker's epic profile of David Foster Wallace, and I will say this: I have never been happier to reside in the Blissful Mediocre. DFW was so good that it wasn't enough to say something no one had said before; he forced himself to try to invent an entirely new way of saying it. That's the type of thing that will drive a man mad. It's hard enough to even make sense, let alone try to change the fashion in which humans communicate, avoid saying something any other person has ever said and the way they said it. Christ. It makes my brain bleed just thinking about it. David Foster Wallace was the guy from Pi, only with words instead of numbers. (Though he was into numbers too.)
Amen, brother. But considering I'm magnitudes dumber than Leitch, what does that make me?
There are many, many times I'm pleased not to be very smart. Reading that story was definitely one of them. Thank God I'm a hack!
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ten children at an Arkansas day-care center drank windshield wiper fluid after the owner served it from a container mistaken for Kool-Aid and placed in a refrigerator, authorities said Friday. The day-care owner voluntarily surrendered her state license Friday.
JARED DIAMOND: It seems to me that one of the predictors of a happy versus an unhappy outcome has to do with the role of the elite or the decision-makers or the politicians or the rich people within the society.
If the society is structured so that the decision-makers themselves suffer from the consequences of their decisions, then they’re motivated to make decisions that are good for the whole society, whereas if the decision-makers can make decisions that insulate themselves from the rest of society, then they’re likely to make decisions that are bad for the rest of society....
One could ask, why is it that, for 10 years, people around New Orleans dithered and they wouldn’t adopt these plans for a few hundred million dollars to build the dikes? And part of the reason is that there’s geographic segregation in New Orleans, where the rich people live on the higher ground and knew perfectly well that they were less exposed to problems from flooding.
PAUL SOLMAN: Compare that to the Netherlands, he says, where the system of dikes is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
JARED DIAMOND: There aren’t any mansions on top of the dikes. Everybody is living down below in the polders. And they know — the politicians and rich people know that, if the dikes failed, they would drown. [...]
PAUL SOLMAN: But to the extent that this economic dislocation affects the wealthy, that’s good?
JARED DIAMOND: I think I would like to see the rich suffer even more and — and the politicians suffer even more.
PAUL SOLMAN: Because it would be good for us?
And of course, the usual brilliant Poorman analysis:
JARED DIAMOND: Yes, because they would then be motivated to solve all of our problems, and they wouldn’t have the sense that, “It’ll be OK for us.”
But being born rich is not a useful skill, and anyway, most rich kids are huge douchebags (I speak here as an expert, having seen every Bad News Bears movie multiple times). Think about the rich kids in public life: George W. Bush, Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol, George Steinbrenner, Paris Hilton, etc. Dumb, angry, entitled, douchebags. So, when you think about it, taking away a burdensome inheritance and forcing them to deal with life’s problems like the rest of us is a kindness, and will help our nation’s fortunate sons and daughters be happier, more productive, and more connected to the lives and concerns of their fellow citizens. The nasty politics, the drug habits, the superior attitude - these are all signs of profound social and spiritual alienation. So while society would be taking away “their” money, they would be receiving something infinitely more valuable in return: LOVE. Because that’s what life is all about.
If I just reposted every post by The Editors, I would have the second best blog on the tubes.
And also because fuck them.
In that spirit, enjoy The Dils.
Extremely overlooked band. At least I certainly overlooked them; my buddy Avery got me into them in the late 90's, almost fifteen years after their peak.
Anyways, it sucks when the pioneers pass, and it's happening way too frequently.
This is a fantastic idea, and I hope it becomes a tour.
Public Enemy will perform the classic album "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" in its entirety backed by The Roots and Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas.
In 2006, prospective Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, wrote
“Like Ronald Reagan before him, President Bush has embraced the Western stereotype to the point of adopting some of its affectations—the boots, brush-clearing, and get-the-government-off-our-backs bravado.”
I'm trying to figure out which part of that is offensive, much less false. I don't see it. But McCain does. And if you speak ill of St. Reagan, McCain will excommunicate your ass.
“So you had to throw Reagan in there?” McCain continued.Civil John McCain never disparages anyone.
“I shouldn’t have done that,” Hayes said.
“I wouldn’t have said something like that about Bruce Babbitt,” McCain continued, referring to the Arizona Democrat who was Interior secretary during the Clinton administration.
“I will be considering seriously whether I can support your nomination or not,” McCain added.
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4. Make-up Mike
5. Anthony Robbins Tribute
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Take Frank Rich and Jon Stewart. Both seize on the urban legend that I recommended Bear Stearns the week before it collapsed, even though I was saying that I thought it could be worthless as soon as the following week. I did tell an emailer that his deposit in his account at Bear Stearns was safe, but through a clever sound bite, Stewart, and subsequently Rich -- neither of whom have bothered to listen to the context of the pulled quote -- pass off the notion of account safety as an out-and-out buy recommendation. The absurdity astounds me.Stewart:
Students enrolled at iHigh can take any class they’d find at a traditional high school-- everything from AP classes to PE. A company called Apex provides the software and course material, as well as instructors from around the country who can videoconference with kids. There are also four San Diego teachers with different specialties who mentor the students.I'm down with the concept, but you might want to take more than five seconds to pick a name.
Do I have proof that Rush is acting? Notwithstanding the Oxycontin habit and the serial marriages, no, I don't. It just seems pretty blatant to me. He's obviously very good at what he does, but it is an act. I'm not sure what his actual views are (my guess is a more moderate version of what he's spouting, with some liberal social views thrown in), but it doesn't really matter. The monster he created has made him unimaginably rich, so why would he do anything that would threaten it.
He's an actor; a radio version of a professional wrestler; a clown. Why isn't it obvious to all?
Here's my conservative opportunist/genuine list:
- Glenn Beck - Opportunist, but a vapid one, who lacks the talent of the Limbaughs and Coulters.
- Ann Coulter - Opportunist. Wouldn't surprise me at all if she were a closet Democrat.
- Sean Hannity - Genuine. Which is frightening.
- Bill O'Reilly - Genuine. There's no faking that.
- Michael Savage - Opportunist. The guy donated to the Jerry Brown campaign for chrissakes.
Those who are faking it, by the way, are a hundred times worse than the genuine whackjobs.
Whoa. As I was about to publish, Google Reader fed me this, from Atrios:
Having watched Cramer over the last several days, I'm pretty sure he doesn't actually believe this crap. Whether that makes him a better or worse person I don't know.The simple answer to a simple (non) question is worse. It makes him worse, Mr. Black. Much worse.
Personally, I blame Trading Spaces. Genavieve and Vern made everyone want to get a house they could redecorate. Frank probably deserves a medal for keeping people in check with his abominations.
Not that I watched or anything.
Israel is "helping" the U.S. on how to proceed with any dialogue with Iran. They've come up with four "red lines" the U.S. should incorporate into any talks. From Iran's perspective, they would look like this:
- If you agree to talk, you agree to harsher sanctions.
- If you agree to talk, and we don't like what you have to say, you agree to even harsher sanctions.
- This, by the way, will be your only chance to ever talk.
- We will schedule these talks at the absolute worst political moment for you.
Besides these "lines" being fucking retarded, it takes quite a pair for Israel to be dictating our foreign policy to us (although, after Bush, it probably comes as second nature). Quoth the Yglesias:
In light of the billions of dollars in aid they give us annually, and that absent our alliance with Israel we’d risk isolation in the international community, it would obviously behoove U.S. policy makers to take these “red lines” very seriously./sarcasm.