Saturday, June 12, 2004

Astrologically Correct 

Well-organized and well-planned; all details mastered, all complications handled-- with perfect timing and utmost honor and respect evidenced throughout the process... A nation comes together at a difficult time and fully supports the endeavour. Eventually, one must ask:

Should Nancy Reagan have planned the Iraq war as well?

Dwell on that, then read about the new defense budget which, even adjusted for inflation, surpasses the enormous military expenses of the 80's (which supposedly won the Cold War). Though only a very small fraction will go to counterterrorism, Congress is full of cowards who would rather waste the public's money building strategically unnecessary weapons than risk being called "soft on terror". Reminder: we are battling men wielding box cutters whose leaders live in caves.

Below that article is another which cites a poll showing the majority of Americans now view the invasion of Iraq as not "worthwhile".

And if you need to laugh off those (or any other) "hard truths", I recommend watching this hilarious clip. Thanks Naked Furniture.
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Friday, June 11, 2004

Domo Arigato Mr. Amato 

So the Orleans Parish School Board's gambit has officially backfired, with Governor Blanco signing legislation that makes Tony Amato "the most powerful schools superintendant in Louisiana". Very good news, indeed.

YRHT insiders close to Amato say that while he is effective on the job, he can manipulate and play the political game as well. That is becoming more and more obvious by the day. It's interesting to speculate about the degree to which Amato foresaw events taking shape, and what he did to insure himself a desirable outcome.

Looks like Amato was playing chess while OPSB members like Brooks-Simms played "cajun bingo". He had the endgame in view, while they trapped themselves in a con. Well played, sir!

With apologies to Styx and, really, everyone:
Thank you very much
Mr. Amato
for doing the jobs that nobody wants to...
thank you thank you
I want to thank you
please thank you

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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Bigmouth Strikes Again 

The Moz interrupted a show in Dublin to inform the crowd about Ronald Reagan's expiration. Then he added that he wished it were Duhbya instead.

Fan Tony Murray said: "He commented about the death of Ronald Reagan and when he wished that it was George W instead the crowd went wild."

Morrissey plays Dallas August 24th as part of the Lollapalooza tour. I don't know whether "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" is on the set list.
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The toxicity of our city, of our city  

According to Men's Health, Houston is the most contaminated city in the U.S.. (At least, it's the most contaminated, soulless, sprawling concrete beast that impersonates a city on a regular basis.)

Houston gets an "F" while New Orleans merits a "C" (just above the "C-" awarded to Baton Rouge).
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No future for you 

Be sure to wear this gear to the next Suicide Machines show. Nothing's more punk rock than a tri-colored Republican elephant adorning a mint condition leather jacket.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Why piss in the milk of their remembrance? 

It's bad form. Unless you're a professional contrarian, take a week off. Perhaps even practice magnanimity, especially when gross exaggerations are made. There will be time enough for additions and subtractions once respects have been paid. Plus, you will have distinguished yourself for when the tables turn.

Huck Upchuck gets it. Too many others don't.
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Monday, June 07, 2004

In LUV with Candy and the Silver Fox 

I would've preferred not to have heard about the latest threat from Al Qaeda the evening before I jet to San Antonio. Ah well. I can always distract myself with wierd travel memories like this one from a few summers back, when Lovely and I were returning from Las Vegas.

Former four term governor and current felon Edwin Edwards and wife Candy sat next to me. He was small, dishevelled and looked like a tired muppet. Candy was attractive and friendly throughout the non-stop flight. She told me they had just lost their ass at the Aladdin. (Perhaps you're envisioning this conversation in the first class splendor of, say, Continental-- don't. It occurred in Southwest's cargo seating amongst the great unwashed.) Over and over I kept thinking, my how the mighty have fallen. Suddenly, Edwards barks out "Gimme that", motioning to my magazine. Startled, I awkwardly complied. While he reviewed the article I'd been reading, Candy inquired with sing-song brilliance:

"What magazine is that?"
"Oh, The Economist."
"Are you an economist?"
"No, uh-- sorry, I'm a salesman for a small manufacturer..."

To my horror, Edwin then turned to the cover page which featured a plane in furious descent with some title like "Destined to Crash?". He literally threw it back at me in disgust, muttering "I don't want to read that". Thereupon he put his head on a pillow and slept for two hours. Candy was a stimulating passenger the rest of the way, though I can't remember anything else she said. Poor girl.

I wonder who will be flying Southwest (LUV) tomorrow.

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Selected Reagan Quotes 

"Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty."
"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."

"The United States has much to offer the third world war."

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

"Facts are stupid things."
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