Monday, October 26, 2009

"Now watch this drive"

Paging Mike Allen and Michael Moore:

President Barack Obama has only been in office for just over nine months, but he's already hit the links as much as President Bush did in over two years.

CBS' Mark Knoller — an unofficial documentarian and statistician of all things White House-related — wrote on his Twitter feed that, "Today - Obama ties Pres. Bush in the number of rounds of golf played in office: 24.

Took Bush 2 yrs & 10 months."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Brainwashing children, its not just for Boston, NY and LA any more.

An interesting, if not surprising twist on Revered Wrights "God damn Amerika" movement.

Jay and Laura Phillips were shocked to hear their 10-year-old talked back to a teacher at West Fork Middle school Thursday - but were less surprised when they found out why.

"Don't push him - four days of hassle, hassle, hassle and raise your voice," said Laura Phillips. "He's going to lose his temper."

Their son told them last weekend he had decided to no longer stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at school because he didn't believe there is liberty and justice for all, especially when it comes to gay rights.

She chooses not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, but Jay does. They said that they respect each other's choices - and their son's - and they don't see it as an insult to the country

Mommy must be very proud.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Millionaire celeb whine-in

With the double digit unemployment, the dollar becoming a substitute for kindling, and no end in sight, what’s a good lefty to do but stage a multi-celebrity whine fest:

Like most cultural entities, the Gang, one of L.A.'s most accomplished theatrical institutions, has been scorched financially by the economic crisis. Earlier this summer, the ensemble's accountant even recommended that, to save money, the Gang should consider temporarily not producing theater and just focus on its extensive educational and community outreach programs.

"I'm not ignoring the economy," Robbins says. "We are flying in the face of it. We are saying, 'This is not going to stop us.' And so the best way we can figure out for it not to stop us is to do more than we ever have in the past."

Among the marquee names who'll lend their presence to the Gang's intimate 99-seat space at the Ivy Substation for the festival will be Jackson Browne, Tenacious D, John Doe of X, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.

In collaboration with PEN Center USA, the festival also will present conversations with such authors as Gore Vidal, Naomi Klein and T.C. Boyle.
Because I am sure they all have had to make real sacrifices, unlike like fat and prosperous kulak's in flyover country. I hear that Gore Vidal is so destitute that he had to cut loose his swanky Italian pool boy for a younger less expensive Philippino model.

Maybe next time they could try a die in?

Just a suggestion.

Paging Tom Morello

and all the boys from RATM, a real life lesson on speaking truth to power:

Cuban dissident punk rocker Gorki Aguila is in the U.S. for 15 days to promote his new CD, but he's not sure if he'll be able to return home because of his sharp criticism of the Cuban government.

"I'm scared," said Aguila, who has repeatedly been arrested there.

"But I have to do this. This is the path I've chosen," Aguila told reporters in Miami on Friday as he began a tour to promote "The Faded Red Album" — a dig at the Cuban government's communist ideology.