Thursday, September 10, 2009

Random Acts of YouTube

Michael Jordan, showing us once again that he wasn't nicknamed "Air" for nothing:

If Jordan's wrist was really sore, it was probably from forcing up 37 shots against the Bullets the night before. Or craps. Continue Reading »

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Memory Lane

"But until then, I'ma shine to the last sin/resurrect through the birth of my son, and live again."

Capone-N-Noreaga will never be accused of elevating the art. But I loved them nonetheless. Back in 1997, "The War Report" remained in steady rotation in my stereo system.

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Personal issues

Not that I've never shared a detail with friends about my modest exploits over the years, but recently resigned California Assemblyman Mike Duvall learned a very valuable lesson about not oversharing and being cautious near a hot mic:

For those of you not wanting to watch it all, OC Weekly provides some of married, 54-year old, totally overweight and unattractive Duvall's raunchy ramblings, which he obviously didn't know were being recorded:

She wears little eye-patch underwear.... So, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And
 so, we had made love Wednesday a lot! And so she'll, she's all, 'I am going up and down the stairs, and you're dripping out of me!' So messy!"

Make sure to puke away from the keyboard.

Also, it reminds me of a memorable (to me, at least) riff from Dave Chappelle. To paraphrase, Chappelle jokes that some white men are loath to tell you their political leanings but not so tight-lipped about the intimate details from their personal life. I've known enough white men in my life to know this isn't true for everyone - or even most of everyone, let alone Duvall - but the joke seems apropos this evening:

Also, there was some sort of health care speech this evening. Oliver Willis echoes my thoughts. Continue Reading »

Not to be Cavalier


If my PostBourgie blogmate Jamelle sees this, I apologize in advance. But TCU is about that business.

Amazingly enough, a whole week of college football has passed and I've had nothing to say about it in this space. That will hopefully change in the coming days and weeks. But I'm going to stop making promises ... I was even slipping on the Monday Random-Ass Roundup this week.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

The reason for the season

Via Crooks and Liars, Labor Day is a good - and appropriate - time to thank the labor movement for both: a. my paid holiday and b. a 40-hour work week.

Of course, we should grill some meat, hang out at the beach, snooze on the couch, watch Florida State v. Miami and whatnot - I'm off to explore the hill country of central Florida and visit a winery with the First Lady. But let's not allow the historical significance of the day to pass us by.

Today, first and foremost, is about workers' rights.

Also for your viewing pleasure, check out this graphic comparing the average number of work hours per year and per week across selected countries and this memorable speech during last year's presidential campaign from the AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Audacity of Assholes

Jack on Van Jones' resignation:

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the movies, it’s that “The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.” Yet this White House is willing to let these psychological terrorists set the terms of the debate and negotiate from their insane positions. One group of people is trying to talk about co-pays. The other thinks the president is a secret Kenyan. One group of people sees the creation of domestic, sustainable jobs as a cornerstone of the 21st century economy. The other thinks the president is going to murder your grandmother. This is not legitimate political discourse and to make decisions acknowledging terms so far apart in their reality is just plain stupid.

Van Jones was one of the good guys. A really, really good guy. He used his education and his passion to combat police brutality and the massive, wasteful incarceration of so many of this nation’s young, brown people. Having fought in the trenches for so long, he saw an opportunity to build hope and jobs and tangible communities as the world responds to the climate crisis. He connected the dots and inspired action and had a vision. He was the rare outsider who got a chance to move inside, and move he did.

Van was the kind of guy that gave me real confidence in this administration’s seriousness. President Obama meets with generals every day and sees scary reports and wants to get re-elected. I can always make some politics-based allowances for his underwhelming actions. Van, however, was truly one of us. He got it. And to give someone like him power gave me more faith in the president. So when the lynch mob came after Van, it was a test. The same test so many Democratic administrations have failed time and time again. When the going gets tough, do you back your people, or do you fall back on excuses.

Not much of a surprise, but the following might be somewhat related to the previous passage:

No longer are we talking policy, but rather, Obama's inability to fight for what he believes in has now turned the debate to a discussion of whether our president is a "wuss." People don't like having discussions about whether their leader is a wuss. The very fact of having the discussion is trouble in and of itself. Particularly troubling, the administration still thinks the president is playing some game of ten dimensional chess that only he can see.
In my relatively short lifetime, the last time the nation had a conversation about whether the president was a "wuss" and a "wimp," that president was a one-termer.

Just saying.

I don't think Obama is a wuss - at all (you don't make it from Chicago to D.C. without a stainless steel spine) - but I'm not really part of the demographic that needs convincing. And kowtowing to the likes of Beck and Grassley and their ilk won't do much to shore up the progressive support for his major initiatives or the '10 elections.

Sure, it's hard to defend someone who was even tangentially affiliated with the 9-11 truther movement. But things are different in Washington, where you can ask the president to produce his birth certificate, cheer on torture, make casual jokes about assassination, claim Obama wants your grandmama to die or even mount a soft defense of Hitler.

Had Obama, his administration and the Left in general dug in and insisted that Jones stay in the White House, there wouldn't have been one iota of difference in the intensity of the opposition. Instead, the lynch mob rounded up a posse and got themselves a scalp.

And they'll be coming back for more. Because that's how this works. John Cole:

We are dealing with crazy people. Even if Jones did not step down, they would be behaving the same exact way, BECAUSE THEY ARE CRAZY PEOPLE.

Also, they're assholes.

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