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Something something Casey Anthony blah blah journalism something something national disgrace.


William Gibson re-tweeted my joke.

One of those meme thingies

Meme: Write a poem by setting your music collection to shuffle play and writing down the first line of the first 20 songs that come up, in order. The first line of the 21st song is the title.

I've seen some folks get interesting results with this. Here's mine. Phil Ochs appears three times: Once singing his own song, once singing a poem, and once being covered by another artist. I have a decent amount of his stuff, but it doesn't really dominate my collection, so that was an odd blip.


I come old friend from hell tonight

So much more to me than they could ever hope to be
The song is over
Well I've got a girl and you've got none
It was on an Indiana farm

Alright alright
I'm headed into Memphis, Memphis Tennessee
Infatuation, she's a fatal attraction
Hear the sledges with the bells, silver bells

I've got a kid his name is Scott
Don't you see that funeral train?
I once had a dog named Bob
When your mother sends back all your invitations

My old man wore three piece whistles
Over the ashes of blood marched the civilized soldiers
Oh Danny boy, the pipes the pipes are calling
When he drops you off, I will not say

I was flying into Chicago at night
To me, coming from you
When you sing old Nat King Cole
Of larks trains windows and brooks


My Palin family name

Courtesy the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator, my Palin family name is

Stag Tunnel Palin

Of course.

I need to exercise more

How many cannibals could your body feed?


You probably think that makes you special

From an LATimes story on a successful hoax about Donald Trump:

Reached by phone, Derober's John Resig, 29, spilled the beans and laughingly marveled at the hoax's success. "How many people get on the front page of Fox News with a story that doesn't contain one single ounce of truth?" he wondered in amazement.


Journalistic observation

"... a New York Times trend piece needs at least one guilt trip."

-- Lindsay Beyerstein

Analogy of the week

Sports guy describing a coach who had just lost a big game:

"He was like a hot-air balloon with all the helium sucked out of it."

Toward a Nutjob White House

Matt Taibbi reports in Rolling Stone:

Mike Huckabee represents something that is either tremendously encouraging or deeply disturbing, depending on your point of view: a marriage of Christian fundamentalism with economic populism. Rather than employing the ­patented Bush-Rove tactic of using abortion and gay rights to hoodwink low-­income Christians into supporting patrician, pro-corporate policies, Huckabee is a bigger-government Republican who emphasizes prison reform and poverty relief. In the world of GOP politics, he represents something entirely new — a cross between John Edwards and Jerry Falwell, an ordained Southern Baptist preacher who actually seems to give a shit about the working poor.

But Huckabee is also something else: full-blown nuts, a Christian goofball of the highest order. He believes the Earth may be only 6,000 years old, angrily rejects the evidence that human beings evolved from "primates" and thinks America wouldn't need so much Mexican labor if we allowed every aborted ­fetus to grow up and enter the workforce. To top it off, Huckabee also left behind a record of ethical missteps in the swamp of ­Arkansas politics that make White­water seem like a jaywalking ticket.
"The Novel may be on its last legs, but when it comes to cheap symbolism, contrived conflict, minor traits magnified into mountain peaks, and master narratives into which any trivial event can be plugged, the political pundits are banging their empty coconut heads together until they're all nodding to the same dumb beat. It's like they're trying to create their own oral tribal myth, and making themselves dumber with each thud."