Rahm Emanuel: “Political McEnroe”

February 27, 2009

rahm-emanuelRyan Lizza’s interesting New Yorker profile of Rahm Emanuel reveals why he didn’t want to be Obama’s chief of staff, his penchant of creative revenge, and why the New York Times‘s Paul Krugman can shove it.

Read it here.

PS: Am I crazy or is he a little bit sexy in this pic?!

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Bobby Jindal Is A Liar

February 27, 2009

bobby-jindalIn “I’m Bobby Jindal and I want to be the GOP’s Supreme Douche Nozzle” News:

Remember that story Bobby Jindal told in his big speech Tuesday night — about how during Katrina, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a local sheriff who was battling government red tape to try to rescue stranded victims?

Turns out it wasn’t actually, you know, true.

*Sigh*  Most of America just met you and you’re already lying to get ahead? You are going to have one promising political career.

Full story at Talking Points Memo.

Related: The Daily Beast has a slightly sensationalized piece on Jindal’s past, including the exorcism (?!). Read it here.


No Words, Diddy, No Words.

February 27, 2009

Diddy is currently live-tweeting 36 hours of tantric sex.

What. The. Fuck.

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I would really like to hear a couple days from now that this account was hacked into…

I cringe saying this, but if you want to follow his posts, do so here.


My Current Desktop

February 27, 2009

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Taken from my old office, on the second floor in the Finacial District. Click pic to enlarge


Music Spotlight: Siobhán Donaghy

February 27, 2009

Siobhan Donaghy GhostsMost Americans probably won’t recognize the name Siobhán (pronounced “SHI-von”) Donaghy or, sadly, the name of the group she helped form, Britain’s all-female Sugababes.

Sugababes, “with sixteen of their twenty-three single releases achieving top ten chart success, album sales in excess of 5,000,000, and 7 Brit award nominations, … [are] the UK’s most successful female act of the 21st century.” (Yes, even more than Madonna.) (Source)

Siobhán only recorded one album with the group and left in 2001 (cat fight! no, just kidding) to eventually pursue a solo career.  In 2003, she released her first solo album – “Revolution In Me” – which was not heavily promoted and, consequently, somewhat of a commercial disappointment.

In 2007, under a new label, Siobhán released “Ghosts,” her second solo album. (That’s the bitchin’ album art above.) The album was produced by, among others, James Singer, who has producing credits with U2, Dido, and Keane. Unfortunately, the album received scant radio play and negligible chart success. Adding to Siobhán’s woes was the CD manufacturer’s incompetence: they put the wrong CD in the “Ghosts” sleeve, so when people got home and popped in the CD, they heard some instrumental bullshit, not Siobhán’s pop album.  All of this likely contributed to “Ghosts” being voted the most underrated album of all time and I have to agree: Siobhán’s lyrics and vocals are great and she creates lush, intricate, haunting, driving melodies that are far more  mature than the fluffier, pop sounds of “Revolution In Me” (which I don’t really care for).

Sadly, Siobhán’s rocky solo career has seemed to take it toll:

“At this point in time I have no further plans to undertake another record of my own. Ultimately, the true nature of the business side of the music industry is enough to keep me away. Nonetheless, if I find myself in the future bursting with ideas and experiences I feel the need to share through music, I will be back.” (Source)

In describing Siobhán’s music (or the “Ghosts” album, at least), the closest comparison I can make is to Imogen Heap – since both have interesting, layered, and electronic-tinged arrangements – although I think Siobhán has perhaps more… warmth (soul?).  I’m not sure, it’s hard to describe. Regardless, while it’s an older release, there are some really great tracks on “Ghosts” that warrant sharing; below are my favorites.  (Note: Siobhán said that the title track was probably her favorite and I agree it’s definitely one of the stronger tracks; you may even catch that part of the track is played backwards during the song.)

Siobhán Donaghy – Ghosts

Siobhán Donaghy – Medevac

Siobhán Donaghy – Goldfish

“Ghosts” isn’t available digitally in the US (or not that I can find) but you can buy the CD import at Amazon.

More Siobhán: MySpace / Website

Enjoy!


There Is No Such Thing As Clean Coal

February 27, 2009

From the Coen brothers (!):

I liked this so much more than that one where it’s just that guy yelling.

Via Towleroad.


CO Pol: No HIV Tests For Mothers; An HIV+ Baby Will Be Punishment For Your Promiscuity

February 26, 2009

David SchultheisFirst a Colorado state senator equates homosexuals with murderers and now this…!?

Yesterday, the Colorado state senate voted on a bill that would require HIV testing for pregnant woman. The benefit of this, as any quasi-educated individual knows, is that early detection of HIV in pregnant women can completely block its transmission to the fetus, thus saving an individual from an entire lifetime of HIV.

Colorado State Senator Dave Schultheis, apparently attempting to become the GOP’s Supreme Douche Nozzle, was the only individual in the senate who voted against the bill because HIV “stems from sexual promiscuity” and he thinks that testing a mother for HIV (which she would only have if she were promiscuous) would “remove the negative consequences that take place from poor behavior and unacceptable behavior.”

Whaaat?

First of all, the obvious (since it has clearly escaped this dumb fuck): you don’t have to be promiscuous to get HIV.  (He must be a graduate of Bush’s School of Abstinence-Only Education.) Second, how would testing remove “the negative consequences” of such behavior? And third, what the hell are those consequences?! Thankfully, the Supreme Douche Nozzle kept talking:

“What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that. The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”

Oh, I see, the negative consequence of being promiscuous is not HIV (which you obviously already have because you’re promiscuous, duh) but having a HIV+ baby (who has it “seriously“) and whose disease will bring shame and guilt to you and your family, ultimately guilting you into changing your super-slutty ways.

OH MY FUCKING GOD.

There was, of course, a doctor testifying before the senate about the relevant medical FACTS and STATISTICS and trying to correct Supreme Douche Nozzle’s TOTAL IGNORANCE but Supreme Douche Nozzle had no need for those trivialities, he’s too smart for facts and numbers and medicine.

Here is Senator Schultheis’s contact information – be sure to let him know what you think (I did!):

State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Room # 274
Office: (303) 866-4835
Fax: (303) 866-2012

senatorschultheis@gmail.com

Related: the following poll (non-scientific, since Schultheis obviously doesn’t do science) is up at Schultheis’s webpage (vote now!):

Legislators see a lot of bills to make life easier for people who make immoral choices. For example, giving away free condoms in schools so that high school-aged children can engage in sexual acts guilt-free. Should government ease the consequences of immoral behavior?

More at the Colorado Independent here and here. BIG THANKS to Joe. My. God. for his excellent post.