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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Obama Feeds the Multitude

Supposedly 100,000 people showed up in St. Louis for an Obama rally there. No word on how many of them were "real" Americans.

Joe Goes Off

Way to go, Joe.
For the record, Sarah Palin said:
"We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."
Nice sales pitch, Sarah. There's no way you're gonna lose Wyoming now.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Few Updates To Previously Blogged Stories

The guy who killed the mean 7-11 lady...got a life sentence. This will give him plenty of time to contemplate his crimes, but I'm betting that he'll just lift weights instead, maybe join a gang...

Judge Edward Nottingham, the federal judge who presided over the Joe Nacchio trial as well as the prison-shanking trial I attended as a juror, will be resigning in disgrace. Seems he had a thing for hookers...

Willie Clark, gangmember, will be charged with the murder of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. I suspect Clark will spend the next few years in courtrooms, but never spend another day as a free man.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

No Knockout Punches

There's often speculation that our pundit class is worthless. I don't subscribe to that theory, but I do recognize when the punditry they provide is worthless.

It seems that if you don't have anything intelligent to say about the debates you say that no one landed any knockout punches. And then you call it a tie.

Pundits who mutter this crap should find another line of work. Renewable energy, perhaps. I hear that's a booming field.

It's not that this doesn't describe the debate, it just signals a certain laziness of thought and a willingness to descend to cliche that perhaps we just don't need in our pundits.

As for the debate itself, it was dull, with brief moments of excitement and anger, but in the end, still dull. Oh, wait. That was the baseball game...which I watched instead of the debate.

(Hence the need for good punditry.)

Updated: Joe the Plumber? You gotta be kidding me. First they gave us Larry the Cable Guy and now we get Joe the Plumber? Fuck Joe the Plumber. You know who I'm worried about? James the Blogger.

Adventures in Clipping

Lars Ulrich continues his glib dismissal of his fans' opinions.
Some fans and publications have accused the group and producer Rick Rubin of mixing the album at such a loud volume that the music is distorted and difficult to listen to. But Ulrich said that he's more than happy with the way it turned out. "I listen to this record, and I listen to it every couple of days," he said. "And when I hear it, it puts a smile on my face and it blows me away, and I don't understand what people are talking about. Somebody told me the other day that there were 12,000 people that had signed a petition to remix the record. We've sold two and a half million copies of 'Death Magnetic'. You do the math yourself."
Lars, the record sounds great. The songs, the playing, all top-notch. It put a smile on my face, too.

But the mix sucks. It is mixed too loud. It might not be obvious upon first listen, but you can definitely tell when you sample it.

Here's a 15 second sample of Cyanide.

Contrast that with this 15 second sample from Sad But True.
All the peaks and valleys are obliterated on Cyanide. We've got copious amounts of volume, but very little clarity.

So yes, Lars, the mix is loud. Too loud? That's a judgment call. It seems like a lot of people seem to think so.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Fix is In

Put your money on Obama, baby.

The deed is done.

Cops

This story is funny.
Denver police want to find out who sent an e-mail from a department computer suggesting that a presidential candidate is the antichrist.
No, they don't.

C'mon, man. A half-competent IT guy can tell you who did it in five seconds. The Denver Police want to find out how to make this go away.

Fatwahed By the Conservative Movement

Christopher Buckley, son of William F. and second-generation conservative, has acrimoniously left the magazine his father founded, the National Review.

Part of his explanation
:
While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.
You might recall that the number one reason on my Top Ten Reasons I'm Voting for Obama list was that he's not a Republican. If I were to put together a list of the "Top Ten Reasons I'm Not A Republican," all these things would be on the list.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Overheard at Work

Woman: Did you watch that documentary on HBO about Guantanamo Bay?
Man: No, because I knew how biased it would be, and frankly they could torture a terrorist all day and I wouldn't give a shit.
I thought about calling bullshit on the guy, but I wasn't involved in the conversation so I just walked away in silence.

His answer inspired a few thoughts.

1) The issue of bias. In modern times, bias only happens with liberals. Fox News isn't biased. HBO is. It doesn't matter that this man didn't even watch the program; he knew it was biased. And how does he know? Because he's biased against HBO's torture documentary! Calling the kettle black? You could say that.

2) The issue of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. It's assumed that everyone imprisoned at Gitmo is, in fact, a terrorist. But as it turns out, that's not been the case. This assumption isn't supported by logic or fact, but it's taken as the gospel truth by acolytes of the "conservative movement," including this moron.

3) The issue of torture. Consider the case of Ramzi Yousef, convicted of bombing the World Trade Center the first time. He lives a couple hours drive from me in the Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. He's not tortured all day. His life is not pleasant, I'm sure, but he is at least treated with the minimum standards of human decency. The difference between Yousef and the suspected terrorists at Gitmo? He has been convicted of a crime. In court. Suffering the full penalties proscribed by law. And they don't include torture.

Torture for information? Dude, Rambo was just a movie.

The Foots

So I thought there were going to be some defensive adjustments for the Broncos game this week, but apparently I was wrong. Not only that, but because of injuries and inexperience Jay Cutler was only throwing to Brandon Marshall, which was all fine and dandy until the Jags blanketed him with double coverage and shut down Cutler's passing lanes.

The upside? Maurice-Jones Drew, who started on my fantasy team, scored two touchdowns.

(Side note: Randy Moss has pretty much been a fantasy bust this year. Against my better judgment, I didn't think San Diego could shut him down, which they did. Should have started Jericho Cotchery instead.)

(Side Note 2: Watching the highlights again on NFL.com, I was reminded once again that the refs seemed to be making up for Hotchuli's blown call during the San Diego game...by blowing calls against Denver. What the hell was that play when Dre Bly was calling for pass interference after being knocked down by Reggie Williams? Pass interference, yes...on Reggie Williams! Oh well.)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

On Shoebombers and Anti-Intellectualism

Mark Steyn doesn't like David Brooks. He writes:
Does Mr Brooks ever wonder what's inside the Annenberg Challenge or the ACORN or Trinity Church offices? And, when the shoebomber bends down to light his shoe, would he rather the guy sitting in the next seat is too immersed in his Niebuhr to notice?
If you've been following David Brooks's recent heresies, that might make more sense. That interests me less than the curious reference to a shoebomber and the veiled implication that being "immersed in Niebuhr" makes you stupid.

I wrote him this little note:
"And, when the shoebomber bends down to light his shoe, would he rather the guy sitting in the next seat is too immersed in his Niebuhr to notice?"

Mark, tell me you're not really (I mean, really?) talking about shoebombers. The only attempted shoebombing was such a failure that the guy couldn't even light his match! And how are you going to smuggle a shoebomb onto a plane when everyone, including every man, woman, and child (even the American Christian non-terrorist ones) must submit their shoes to a TSA inspection before stepping foot on a plane?

I mean, come on, man. Your hypothetical collapses the second you raise the specter of a nonexistent threat, but it reaches new levels of absurdity when you bring up Niebuhr. Why can't we assume that the guy who doesn't notice the shoebomber is distracted instead by the skymall catalog or the inflight entertainment program. Maybe he just had too many cocktails and has passed out. Why must we assume he's "too immersed in Niebuhr?" On the list of possible causes of our seatmate's inattention, "too immersed in Nibuhr" is on page 658, at the bottom of the page.

James Pearce
Denver, CO