Friday, August 27, 2004

it's a good one.


Thursday, August 26, 2004

attention all uke fans! y'all need to check out this guy. evidently the next big thing in the uke-iverse.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

kvrx's casting couch photos!


...and unlike Republican allegations about Kerry's military history, this is all DOCUMENTED! wow.

Jeffrey St. Clair: How Bush Got - and Lost - His Wings

At the time Bush applied to the National Guard, there were 100,000 other young men in line before him, stalled on a crowded waiting list hoping their number would be called before they were sucked up by the draft and dropped onto the killing fields of the Mekong Delta. In Texas alone, there were 500 applicants frantically vying for only four open slots for fighter pilot-training in the Air National Guard.
At first blush, Bush didn't seem to have much of a shot at landing one of those choice positions. First, he flunked his medical test. Then he flunked his dental exam. And finally, as Ian Williams reveals in Deserter, his merciless indictment of Bush's disappearing act in the National Guard, he scores a rock-bottom 25 percent on his pilot aptitude examination. That's one out of four correct answers, a ratio that is not even a credible mark in cluster-bombing class. To put this achievement in perspective, the average score of applicants taking the pilot aptitude test was 77 percent, a whopping fifty-two percentage points higher than the proud product of the Yale ancestral admissions program. More than 95 percent of the testers scored higher than Bush, the Ivy Leaguer.

But the handouts didn't stop there. Bush didn't want to remain a lowly private or corporal in those drab uniforms. He saw himself as officer material. Yet, he had no desire to subject himself to the mental and physical rigors of Officer Candidate School. In his mind, he was a birthright officer. And so it came to be. After a mere six weeks of training, Bush was promoted to the rank 2nd Lieutenant. He didn't even have his pilot's license.

. . .

Finally, on June 23, 1971 Bush graduated from combat flight training school. Now he was ready to defend the airspace of Texas from hostile incursions from Mexico, Belize or the Virgin Islands.

Except that George the Younger apparently had formed other plans. Without informing the Guard commanders who had saved him going to Vietnam, Bush quietly applied for admission to study law at the University of Texas. For one of the few times in his life, Bush didn't get immediate gratification.

The flying fratboy's application to the University of Texas law school was ungraciously declined, despite the pleas of his father, who had just lost a fierce senatorial campaign against Lloyd Bentsen. Whatever its faults, apparently the University of Texas isn't prone to handing out legacy admissions to New Haven-born whelps of the political elite. Even in Texas, you have to draw the line somewhere.

. . .

On September 29, Bush was sent a letter commanding him to appear before the Flying Evaluation Board to explain why he had refused to take the medical exam. Bush never responded. At this point, Bush was not only AWOL, but in breach of two direct orders.

Meanwhile, back in Montgomery, Bush had apparently gone AWOL from the Blount campaign as well. He spent his nights carousing in the bars of Montgomery. He would arrive hung-over at the campaign office in the afternoon, prop his cowboy-booted feet on the desk and recount his night of debauchery. The women workers at the campaign headquarters called Bush the "Texas soufflé." Full of himself and stuffed with hot air, the blue-haired ladies for Blount snickered.

from the amazing Pieter B. over at peoplesforum

The Rambo Coalition

"...After 9/11, Mr. Bush had a choice: he could deal with real threats, or he could play Rambo. He chose Rambo. Not for him the difficult, frustrating task of tracking down elusive terrorists, or the unglamorous work of protecting ports and chemical plants from possible attack: he wanted a dramatic shootout with the bad guy. And if you asked why we were going after this particular bad guy, who hadn't attacked America and wasn't building nuclear weapons - or if you warned that real wars involve costs you never see in the movies - you were being unpatriotic.

As a domestic political strategy, Mr. Bush's posturing worked brilliantly. As a strategy against terrorism, it has played right into Al Qaeda's hands. Thirty years after Vietnam, American soldiers are again dying in a war that was sold on false pretenses and creates more enemies than it kills.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Bush - who must defend the indefensible - has turned to those who still refuse to face the truth about Vietnam.

All the credible evidence, from military records to the testimony of those who served with Mr. Kerry, confirms his wartime heroism. Why, then, are some veterans willing to join the smear campaign? Because they are angry about his later statements against the war. Yet making those statements was itself a heroic act - and what he said then rings truer than ever.


...Let's hope that this latest campaign of garbage and lies - initially financed by a Texas Republican close to Karl Rove, and running an ad featuring an "independent" veteran who turns out to have served on a Bush campaign committee - leads to a backlash against Mr. Bush. If it doesn't, here's the message we'll be sending to Americans who serve their country: If you tell the truth, your courage and sacrifice count for nothing. "

don't miss it: Kerry to appear in an extended interview on "the Daily Show with John Stewart" tonight.

Monday, August 23, 2004

how steady is YOUR hand?

The Invisibility Game!

yeah, i wasn't able to get past level 3. maybe later, after some caffeine...

how steady is YOUR hand?

The Invisibility Game!

yeah, i wasn't able to get past level 3. maybe later, after some caffeine...

how steady is YOUR hand?

The Invisibility Game!

yeah, i wasn't able to get past level 3. maybe later, after some caffeine...

the casting couch, live last night @ KVRX!!! the radio station oughta have their own photos and perhaps a clip or two up sometime today. so they claim.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

mark morford on why it doesn't ultimately matter that the CA supreme court threw out the same-sex marriages in SF.: "The die has been cast. The gauntlet has been thrown down. The wheels are in motion. The sea change is under way. The strap-on has been, well, strapped on."

y'know, i think he's right.

Friday, August 20, 2004

great. anyone else seen this?

Iran Says It May Pre-empt Attack Against Its Nuclear Facilities

Iran's defense minister, Vice Adm. Ali Shamkhani, has warned that Iran may resort to pre-emptive strikes to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.

Admiral Shamkhani made his comments in an interview on Al Jazeera television on Wednesday in response to a question about the possibility of an American or Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear projects.

"We will not sit to wait for what others will do to us," he said. "Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly. Any nation, if it feels threatened, can resort to that."

yep. 'twas a can of worms we opened. let's hope they're all bark, no bite.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

As dictators go, you're kind of pathetic! Instead of military coup or systematic persecution to get power, you just happen to be the head of the only party in the UK that isn't totally worthless! While not very impressive it is none the less effective! You can do whatever the hell you like without any chance of getting voted out of office! People know that the only alternative would have them eating their children if they ever got back into power! However, you still think that you are as loved as you were when you were first elected into power… News flash for you: You're not!

What tin-pot dictator are you? Take the "What Dictator am I?" test at PoisonedMinds.com

yeah, i didn't think i'd make a very good dictator.

ganked from adam!

NY Times' Gets 2 More Subpoenas in Plame Case

The New York Times has received two more subpoenas from prosecutors investigating who leaked the identity of former CIA officer Valerie Plame to the press, E&P has learned.
  The subpoenas, one for reporter Judith Miller and one for the Times, seek documents and other records related to the paper's reporting on Plame. Miller received a previous subpoena on Aug. 11 compelling her to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the case. The two latest subpoenas arrived over the weekend.
  "We now have a total of three subpoenas," Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said today. "We will either have to comply or file a motion to quash by Aug. 20. The Times will move to quash."
  The subpoenas are the latest in a string of actions taken in recent weeks against journalists by Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is leading the investigation into the Plame identity leak.
  In another case, Times reporters James Risen and Jeff Gerth are expected to find out on Wednesday if they will be held in contempt for failing to disclose sources related to coverage of Wen Ho Lee, the former Los Alamos scientist who is suing the federal government for alleged violations of his right to privacy. Risen and Gerth are among several reporters whom Lee's attorneys are asking to be held in contempt. Federal District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is expected to rule on their request Wednesday.
  In the Plame case, Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus received a subpoena last week, which Post editors plan to seek to quash, while Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper was held in contempt on Aug. 9 by a federal judge for refusing to name government officials who leaked Plame's identity.
  The Plame investigation stems from a July 14, 2003, column by syndicated columnist Robert Novak that revealed Plame, who is married to a former diplomat, was a CIA officer. Fitzgerald was appointed to track down how the information was leaked.
  Novak has not said if he has received a subpoena in the investigation, but federal investigators have already interviewed Glenn Kessler, another Post reporter, and NBC commentator Tim Russert.

why aren't they subpoena-ing novak? he's the one broke the story, right? and i must say, it's about FUCKING time on the gerth/risen investigation.

Wen Ho Lee Reporters Fined $500-Per-Day for Contempt

more justice served.

the official message:
the casting couch will be playing live on the radio this sunday, august
22 at 10 p.m. on kvrx 91.7's local live show.  tune in.  91.7.

you should be able to listen online as well at  http://kvrx.org/

also, check out our new website at www.onthecastingcouch.com
there will be more super high-tech pages to come.   you will be shocked
and awed in the future.  brace yourselves!

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

okay, no i haven't been blogging much lately...a combination of being out of town, in two bands, and mentally sick of politics and things i like to blog about. oh, and i'm deep into cryptonomicon, which is taking up lots of my spare time.

okay, and i'm lame.

here is a fun toy! click on "previous" over and over, and see how kerry's numbers just keep getting better! Current Electoral Vote Predictor 2004

Friday, August 13, 2004

Long-wang ~ The Dragon
You are Long-wang!

Mythological Background: Yes, the dragon represents
everything you think of when you think of a
dragon - fearsome and invincible. Also, it is
greatly respected just because of that fact.
The dragon has a very protective aspect to it.
Even Jupiter reminds you of intense smashing
power. The dragon is almost always surrounded
by rain-bearing clouds and fog; and the
appearance of its constellation always signals
rainfall and lightning. It's also a symbol of
authority worn by the nobility and the imperial
class. Japanese Name: Seiryuu.

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from marvin!!

Krugman on Bush's true goal for society...

"A new Bush campaign ad pushes the theme of an "ownership society," and concludes with President Bush declaring, "I understand if you own something, you have a vital stake in the future of America."

Call me naïve, but I thought all Americans have a vital stake in the nation's future, regardless of how much property they own. (Should we go back to the days when states, arguing that only men of sufficient substance could be trusted, imposed property qualifications for voting?) Even if Mr. Bush is talking only about the economic future, don't workers have as much stake as property owners in the economy's success?

But there's a political imperative behind the "ownership society" theme: the need to provide pseudopopulist cover to policies that are, in reality, highly elitist.

...[explanation of bush economic policies as pushed by the campaign]...

As Mr. Bush has said: "Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - can't get fooled again."

yes, we have a website now!

this is the alt.country band i joined a couple of months ago, and we're now online! on the casting couch.

we'll be playing on KVRX sometime in the evening of August 22. more details on that as i get them.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

this recently came to my attention...

Melpster truly is a goddess.

this reminds me of one of melissa lipscomb's amazing "Domestic Disturbance" columns, about which i blogged at great length, but can't find right now.

women's lib. hmph. we still got a ways to go, baby.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

krugman, on what the just-released job numbers really mean.

y'know, i saw krugman on TV last night for the first time ever, and he surely didn't look like what i expected him to look like. i mean, i guess he looks like that photo there on the NYT website. but not quite.



also from adam. thanks, adam!

woe is me!

adams sez that new king arthur movie bites. which is way too bad, as i love most anything even vaguely arthurian.

well, actually, his review was quite entertaining, probably infinitely more entertaining than the movie AND FREE! so i do feel like i've gotten my money's worth this morning, ayup.

in case you're interested...check out juan cole's thorough coverage and analysis of the bush administration's outing of an Al Qaeda mole. y'know. coz we've got so many deep cover double agents, surely losing this one won't make much difference, right?

Monday, August 09, 2004

yes, it's that time of month again...melissa's got a new domestic disturbance...go read it!

unless of course, you're at the TCEQ, which deems "austinmama.com" to be "adult content," in which case you'll have to wait until you get home to read it. ayup.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

spot on!

an important message from the white house.

Monday, August 02, 2004

unsubstantiated, perhaps blasphemous, rumours...

The Office to be aired on BBC America on October 21, and the DVD to be released November 16.

nowhere have i been able to find anything official on this at either the BBCA site OR amazon/other video outlets. hmmm....

Would you have been friends with Adolf Hitler?


Hitler hates you. Even from his grave, he is sending you hate rays.

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oh dear, scotty!

william shatner's latest, greatest, hit, a duet with joe jackson in a cover of Pulp's "Common People." you just gotta hear it. it ain't so bad, and there's plenty of spoken word!

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