Where things will go your way...or they won't

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Rocket Science

Apparently, there is a movie about high school debaters, called Rocket Science. It looks pretty good. Would it be too pathetic for me to go see a 9:30 movie by myself? Especially since this movie has a kind of chick flick feel to it...? It is an R movie so that means my main reason for not going to movies(Kids, yes kids. Why are they allowed outside?) is not a factor. And it has been commended as "sweetly nostalgic" and a must see for former debaters, like me. You did not know that level of geekiness was possible in such a sophisticated gentleman as myself, but alas it is true I was a high school debater. It was cool and made the hell of high school almost bearable. At any rate this is all the excitement in my life, besides watching the Yankees-Sox and the implosion of the Mets.

Speaking of the Mets... Ok, You're right let's not speak of the Mets.( Single tear runs down cheek.)

Here is the low down on the last night's game and 7EO antics. BBA left out the hilarious Rickey Henderson commentating on everything discussion. It went something like this...

Rickey as Weatherman: "Rickey says that this storm is gonna fuck your shit up."
RBR as Court TV guy: "Rickey doesn't believe Mike Vick is guilty, Rickey thinks he is getting railroaded. Rickey says, 'FREE OOKIE.'" Raises fist in air.
RBR as RBR: "Rickey believes Rickey can still be effective, Rickey is no Coco Crisp, but Rickey can still get down, ya dig?"
Or something like that.

Funny random video.

That's it brothers and sisters, until the next episode...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My fantasy

QB Ben Roethlisberger
WR Hines Ward
WR Andre Johnson
WR Donte' Stallworth
RB Shaun Alexander
RB Laurence Maroney
TE Reggie Kelly
K Jason Elam
DEF San Francisco

Those are my week one starters. I have Carson Palmer, Reggie Bush, Cedric Benson, Jamal Lewis, Deion Branch, and Maurice Morris coming off the Bench. My league is gonna be tough, but I like my Chances. How do you like my team name? I think it is lovely, and certainly fitting for the worst person ever.

Update: I'm gonna kick BBA's ass week one, you know it, kid. As you can see BBA now has a blog, He needs our support so lets all visit and encourage the noob. Holla!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Worst Person Ever

So, last night this guy told me, "Chancelot, when you get a few drinks in you are the Worst Person Ever." (dramatic pause)

Did you get that "EVER," not limited by time and space, mind you. So the rest of the night whenever I introduced myself I had to add WPE, as in "Hi, I'm Chance, The Worst Person Ever." Or when I was introduced to someone it was with the addendum, "WPE." Of course, some of you might remember the episode of The West Wing where Toby Ziegler, had to say "I work for the White House" after each time he said his name. This was kinda like that, but drunker and funnier. Being called the WPE actually seemed to intrigue the ladies, especially given my apparent soft and cuddly nature. Women love them an enigma. So I think I'm gonna stick with it, ya know see where it goes.

Also live fantasy draft at 3:30 MDT. May live blog it, may not. Either way I'll post my team later.

Friday, August 24, 2007

you gotta have fear in your heart

I thought I had alot to say, but not so much. Here is my empathy playlist.

  1. Shane-Liz Phair, Whipsmart
  2. Love/Hate transmission- Liz Phair, LizPhair
  3. World without Tears- Lucinda Williams, Live at the Fillmore
  4. Fuck the World-Tupac, Me against the World
  5. Wagon Wheel- Lou Reed, Transformer
  6. The Sun Also Sets- Ryan Adams, Easy Tiger
  7. La Cienaga Just Smiled-Ryan Adams, Gold
  8. Gun-Uncle Tupelo, Still Feel Gone
  9. Somethings You Can't Take Back-Uncle Cracker, 72 and Sunny
  10. Nobody Wants to go to the Moon Anymore- Kelly Willis, Translated from Love
  11. Can't Complain- Todd Snider, Viva Satellite
  12. Adrenaline and Heresy- Sun Volt, The Search
  13. Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down- Kris Kristofferson, Broken Freedom Song:Live from San Francisco
  14. I think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink- Merle Haggard, Lots of albums
  15. New Years Day- Charlie Robison, Good Times

Remember, brothers and sisters, it can always be worse and frequently will be.

"Love / Hate Transmission"

I was a mess in my open eyed youth
I grew up thinking
What's good for one, oppresses the other
It's my turn, my life, my way, mine, me

It made me crazy
I couldn't fight it
I couldn't wait to get away
It's a war
With the whole wide world
It's a war
With the boys and girls
It's a war
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change

It's sister and brother, mother and daughter
Father, son, husband, wife, thing

It's drugs, it's hunger
It's race, sex, and government
Any way you look at it, you're part of it, you know it

The wrong inside you, can't get it right
You might as well get on the train

It's a war
With the whole wide world
It's a war
With the boys and girls
It's a war
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change

The screen is so white, and it's so big
It's hard to get over the feeling, you're losing your mind

You offer the usher your ticket
You open your soda, see what guy you're sitting behind

You get excited, the lights go down
You get a > on the plane

It's a war
With the whole wide world
It's a war
With the boys and girls
It's a war
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change

It's a war
All the give and take
It's a war
All the love and hate
It's a war
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change
And nothin's gonna change

Nothin's gonna change
Nothin's gonna change
Nothin's gonna change
Nothin's gonna change

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam

The Decider has now embraced the Iraq/Vietnam analogy. Wtf???!?!?1? This has caused me endless cognitive dissonance, haven't we been told for five years that such comparisons were specious, defeatist, and indeed traitorous rhetoric that only full blown Comintern members would accept? Thankfully, I have Google to try and verify my suspicion.

Here is a sample of the writings explaining the wrongheadedness of the Iraq/Vietnam analogy.

  • Remember when Colin Powell assured us that, unlike Vietnam, Iraq "is not a swamp that will devour us." Perhaps, he just meant that because it was the desert, it was quicksand that would devour us, which would explain why he has since claimed to be against the war in the beginning.
  • Hitchens called it "an ex-analogy."
  • Fred Kagan called it "A pernicious equivalence."
  • In 2003, George C. Wilson explained the main difference between the two wars is a lack of Pentagon body counts.
  • John McCain made this non sequitur in 2005, South Vietnam "never had a legitimate government in Saigon that the people believed in and trusted." Unlike the universally loved and supported government in Iraq.
  • Here is one I missed, from Lieutenant Colonel Powl Smith in September 2004, "Iraq isn't Vietnam, it's Guadalcanal—one campaign of many in a global war to defeat the terrorists and their sponsors. Like the United States in the Pacific in 1943, we are in a war of national survival that will be long, hard, and fraught with casualties. We lost the first battle of that war on Sept. 11, 2001, and we cannot now afford to walk away from the critical battle we are fighting in Iraq any more than we could afford to walk away from Guadalcanal." The obvious implication being that if we had lost on Guadalcanal the Japanese would have occupied California in short order. I'm no expert, but from what I know of military history rarely is war decided by one battle. But, then again, after Little Big Horn the Sioux did lead a enraged Indian army straight to the Potomac, didn't they?

There are over 42,000,000 results if you Google "Iraq not Vietnam" so this is obviously a extremely truncated list, but you get the point.

The analogy Bush is trying to make is that if domestic political pressure(which is clearly influenced by the fifth column Stalinists who run rampant all over America) forced us to withdraw from Iraq then millions would die. The fact that this outcome was virtually guaranteed by the invasion of Iraq does not deter him from demonizing critics of his endless series of wars strategy. Jim Henley points out that in Vietnam "millions died while we were there." The same is true in Iraq, tens of thousands are dying and being displaced while we are there. So will any of our intrepid MSM reporters point this out to Bush? No. The media will kowtow and continue to regurgitate the administrations press releases and disserve the American people. Which is, as Norman Solomon points out, one way that Vietnam and Iraq are certainly similar. Money shot.

War after war, decade after decade, the U.S. news media have continued to serve those in Washington who strive to set the national agenda for war and lay down flagstones on the path to military intervention.
From the U.S. media’s fraudulent reporting about Gulf of Tonkin events in early August 1964 to the fraudulent reporting about supposed Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in the first years of the 21st century, the U.S. news media have been fundamental to making war possible for the United States.

The wingnuts who, from an undisclosed location, continually tell us that the liberal media are undermining the war have exceedingly short memories. The beauty of this is, of course, that the warmongers who bravely sit in front of their computers and insist that others die in service of an impossible goal for dubious reasons also get to falsely harangue the commie news media in an effort to stir up support among their base.

Monday, August 20, 2007

White People...Please!

Head Chick has a hilarious post. (Rick James Voice)Read it, bitches.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

Life sucks(news not good)

This isn't a complaint, just an observation. It is not even my life that sucks at this moment. That probably makes it worse, the cynicism and fatalism that help me survive are of no use when the tragedy is someone else's.

"news not good" is what the text said. I knew exactly what had happened. I didn't want to know, I felt such anger and sadness. It sucks.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Bonds is the greatest

I was all alone, at my favorite watering hole, cheering for Bonds when he Hit #756. So much so that the manager threatened to 86 me. Not because I was loud mind you, just because he is a hater. But I think Matt Yglesias has it just right.

"He is, in short, the greatest offensive player in the history of baseball....Yes, it appears that during the period when Major League Baseball had no steroid policy, he took steroids. And the day when MLB invalidates all the other records from the Steroid Era -- rescinds the World Series titles and the division penants, takes back the Cy Young awards and the Golden Gloves, etc., etc., etc. -- I suppose it would make sense to take Bonds' achievements away too. But until that happens, the records are the records and he played better than anyone else."

Remember ,brothers and sisters, steroids were not against the rules of MLB.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Playmaker, Hall of Famer

The speech was great. I cried, Leave the Man Alone did too. Just wish ESPN had the brains to keep this articulate commentator who clearly loves the game and fans more than, say Roger Goodell...

Friday, August 3, 2007

I am one of the greatest people of all time ;)

You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

h/t Otterbutt

Ammmazings weekend!!!

The Mets now have the best record in the NL. Yes sir. They took the Cubbies down today and the next two games of the series are on national television saturday and sunday. If you ask me, it looks like a 1986 redux World Series is possible this year. Mets versus the evil bean eatin Red Sox.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Ryan Adams

The concert was a great time, I'm still recovering so I will keep it short. IMO the music itself was somewhat disappointing, but thirtyone and otterbutt were there with their respective husbands. A fine time was had by all. Otterbutt and I scalped some tickets while i was out with the lepers smoking. There was a large contingent of 7EO folks there, Jim Beam was passed around and I was pretty much wrecked. Ashton was pleasantly supplied to BBA and I. Remember, brothers and sisters, you can't aim it, just hit it.