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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Isolationism Does Not Equal "Good on Civil Liberties"

Conor Friedersdorf has a problem, and surprise-surprise, it's related to Ron Paul.

Take it away, kid:
But here's my problem: though {Kevin} Drum {a prominent liberal blogger] disagrees with those of us who acknowledge Paul's flaws but value his ability to inject important issues into the national conversation, he offers no alternative. As far as I can tell, most on the left who dismiss Paul are similarly without a plan of their own.
That "without a plan" part is bolded in the original.

Now here's my problem with that: Ron Paul has no ability "to inject important issues into the national conversation." He's gotten lucky these last few years because a) his followers are as naive as they are credulous and b) circumstances make Paul's nonsense appealing. After a decade of war in which very little has been won, of course there's going to be a desire for a "saner foreign policy."

The problem is that Ron Paul's criteria isn't a "saner" foreign policy or a more effective one or one more reluctant to engage in ill-advised middle eastern adventures. No, Ron Paul wants isolationism and that's no antidote to our current foreign policy blunders. That is a foreign policy blunder.

Sorry, dude, but progressives do have a plan. It's called, "Let's not do that."

Updated: And just to be clear, on civil liberties issues, Ron Paul is not so hot either. You cannot complain endlessly about the Civil Rights Act and then claim to be a Civil Liberties guy. You just can't.

Sorry.

Mayweather Just Doesn't Get It

Floyd Mayweather Jr. tweeted the following, trying to goad Manny Pacquiao into a fight:
My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.
Who you calling punk, punk?

I hope you get your fight, Floyd. And I hope Pacquiao rearranges your face.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Misheard Lyrics

My media player has this lyrics plugin, but it's not often totally accurate. For instance, it renders the first line of the Band of Skulls song linked below as:
If you fed the rock then you reveal an ugly scene
I read that and thought, "What the fuck does that mean? Feeding a rock? That's new on me."

Listening to the song a little closer, I'm pretty sure the line is:
If you flip the rug then you reveal an ugly scene
I've listened to the song probably fifteen times today, so I'm quite confident in this. Not only does it sound like that, but that line actually makes sense.

I wonder if the person who heard it as "If you fed the rock" stopped to wonder what that meant or if they just accepted it. "Oh, some poetic nonsense. That's nice."

The rest of the transcription is no better. I mean, come on, this one is easy:
Do you dare to speak his name? There's evil at the roof
Evil at the roof? The roof? A typo or just literary ignorance of the astounding variety? (C'mon, who hasn't heard of the root of all evil?)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Shoulda Known Better

Andrew Sullivan has been live-blogging the New Hampshire primary results, and while we all know that Sullivan has gone goo-goo for Ron Paul, it's a bit embarrassing. This bit encapsulates Ron Paul's problem:
I'm getting that thrill up my leg as he talks of the danger he and his followers present to the status quo. It's such a stark contrast with the nasty, dickish, dissembling bullshit offered by Romney just a short time ago. And then we get to ... sound money and the Fed. Sigh.
And that's Ron Paul for you. He seems reasonable enough, until he gets to one of his pet issues and then you realize that he's really not.

It's funny. I've been watching The United States of Tara lately, and this scene I think demonstrates the most appropriate response to someone who expresses support for Ron Paul.

"Ron Paul? Really?"

Updated: Haven't watched the whole video, but I noticed it was put together by a Ron Paul supporter who informs us that Ron Paul isn't against gay marriage. He just doesn't think the government should be involved in marriage.

But stupid shit like that is the precise reason that Marshall says, "Ron Paul? Really?"

Update to the Update: Watched it. I love how it includes the whole "The United States of Tara was canceled" thing at the end. Yes, yes it was, but what does that have to do with the Ron Paul remark? Fuck-all nothing.

The Devil Takes Care of His Own

Found this band, Band of Skulls, from a song they had on a TV show. I like what they're doing. New album drops next month? Might have to check that out.
Why is all the best rock these days being made by dudes with beards? (And yes, I know there's a woman in this band. But if she were a dude, I bet she'd have a beard.)

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tea Party Nonsense

Musing about the weak Republican field trying to unseat Barack Obama, Conor Friedersdorf asks:
What happened to the Tea Party?
A good question, I suppose, but it is now officially 2012. If the world doesn't end this year, I think we need to stop talking about the Tea Party as if they're an actual party.

Everyone knows that the Tea Party people are Republicans who just aren't proud of it anymore. It's time they stop lying to themselves and everyone else: They're Republican-leaning voters voting for Republicans. What, they thought creating an artificial, nearly meaningless division within their own party was a recipe for electoral success?

Guess so...

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Play-Offs?

Holy shit!

Another overtime victory for Tebow! That last play? That was awesome!

And now we play the Patriots next week? Woah...

Rage Against the Flute

When I saw this last night I got a little teary-eyed. It's such a stupid reaction, but that's what happened. It's not the song selection --a Rage Against the Machine mdeley-- even though I have to say it's quite awesome for a marching band. No, it's the energy in the room, how everyone in there is totally buying into it, the girl in red more than most. (And check those trombones in the back bouncing...that's tight!)