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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Barack Hussein Obama…and other Semitically Named American Heroes


a wonderful article investigates, with elegance, erudition, and wit, the origins of barack hussein obama’s name. from the article: Now let us take the name “Hussein.” It is from the Semitic word, hasan, meaning “good” or “handsome.” Husayn is the diminutive, affectionate form. Barack Obama’s middle name is in honor of his grandfather, Hussein, a […] completely bites; obama shines anyway


watched the second half of the final debate last night. didn’t watch the first half, except in stutters, with constant “buffering…please wait” messages flashing across my screen. it’s not my internet access — cnn streamed their two debates to me without a hitch. and when i finally abandoned all hope and went to to […]

and the oscar for best score goes to…


jonny greenwood for “there will be blood”? um, no. i know. let’s give the oscar to the most cloying and obvious score in recent memory. honestly. i didn’t think much of atonement. the young girl (saorise ronan) was phenomenal, but the movie itself was badly in need of some editing. i nearly fell asleep while […]

last night’s debate


watched the debate last night, the same way we did last time, since we have no cable tv. like last time, i liked hillary. she’s intelligent, measured, informed, and projects enthusiasm, power, and competence. problem for her is, so does obama. two great candidates. and what i’m reminded of is the cycle i went through […]

loving me some twin peaks


no not women’s breasts, you boob. i mean twin peaks, the tv show. kirk is a huge fan of the series, which i missed the first time around. but we’re both big david lynch fans, so i got him the dvd box set at the first season has been available in the u.s. for […]

quick question


if the republicans have any real nasty, smoking gun-type dirt on barack obama, why would they save it for a general election? why wouldn’t they get it out there now in hopes of knocking out obama in favor of hillary? hillary, about whom they have warehouses of dirt to unload. and you know they’d rather […]

obama: looking back, looking forward


from kos, a great snapshot of where obama stands, how he got there, where the race is probably going, and why we should take a deep breath and appreciate the race lasting a bit longer. from the article: Now I know people will be calling for her to quit the race, but I hope she […]

i said, please…make…her…stop


this can’t be coming from the campaign, right? still, don’t these people know they are hurting her far more than they are helping her?



is this hillary’s attempt at mobilizing young voters via viral video? if so, it’s hard to imagine a more tone-deaf attempt. if not, the campaign should have had the foresight to not let a camera anywhere near this spectacle. or, indeed, not produce the spectacle in the first place.

george w. bush: liberal spender


from, via andrew sullivan, comes this damning assessment: if bush and the republican congress had stuck to the spending levels we saw during the clinton administration, we could finance the wars in iraq and afghanistan and still have a surplus. rather than a $400 billion deficit. whatever happened to fiscal constraint?

oh god i’m old


from wonkette, discussing kim gordon’s endorsement of barack obama: And here’s another funny thing: If Barry Obama becomes president, we’ll have a president eight years younger than Sonic Youth’s bassist. Think about it. i’m going to go to bed, and pull the covers over my head. all weekend.

a typical obama supporter, or atypical obama supporter?


i’m going with the former vs. the latter; at least i hope that’s true. it’s a long clip (~6 minutes), and the guy stands up under a steady barrage of questioning. he’s very well informed and remains calm under pressure. me, i would have buckled a minute or so into a grilling that intense. via […]

i can live with that


so mitt romney is out, which means that john mccain is the republican nominee. I’ll probably still vote for whoever the democratic nominee is, although if hillary is the nominee i will give mccain a good hard look. if obama is the nominee then there’s no question — he’s my man. (and to all that […]

mike gravel, i hardly knew ye


voted for barack obama this morning, as i thought i would. but then, of course, with perfect timing, i later ran across this interview with mike gravel. i vaguely remember a few digg stories about how well gravel did in early debates. and, like some of the story’s commenters, i once did an online […]

listening to hillary


kirk and i don’t have cable tv, and our tv doesn’t have a tuner, so no television for us. but we have wanted to see one of the debates, so we tuned in to last night’s debate between hillary clinton and barack obama. tuned in via, which provides a live feed. a very tiny […]

popcorn superhet receiver: update


the new yorker’s alex ross writes intelligently and movingly about “popcorn superhet receiver” and jonny greenwood’s score for “there will be blood”. it’s a subject i’ve been droning on about a lot lately. if you haven’t seen the movie to hear the score in context, at least buy the soundtrack. trust me. both are incredible.