Saturday, June 30, 2007

Coyne of Flaming Lips "Refreshingly Off-Message" About Darfur Relief Album

In a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips takes an interesting stance on the latest benefit album for Africa, one of which he finds himself a part:

“How does a society get so out of control that this can happen on such a big scale?” says Coyne. “It’s egotistical for us to think, ‘Here’s these people, let’s go in and save them’ as though we’re like Superman. But you can’t be aware of suffering and simply not care. But if we’re going to talk about true solutions--who can know?” Not John Lennon, apparently. “It seems silly that someone like Lennon could say, ‘What if we all just stayed in bed, wouldn’t the war stop?’ You think, ‘Well John, what if the enemy are not Beatles fans? They’ll come in and shoot you.’”

Since Coyne's doing the honesty thing, I have to add that I've never knowingly heard a Flaming Lips performance, but he got my attention just now, so that's likely to change before too long. After such media events of recent years as Madonna using a young Ethiopian woman basically as a prop during her Live 8 soapbox moment, Coyle's comments are remarkably free of cattle byproducts, and although he's a bit down on the John Lennon peacenik catalog, he does act locally while thinking globally. By your works, not by your words, be ye could look it up.

Monday, June 18, 2007

White House Aides' E-Mail Records Gone

The RNC has preserved e-mails from some of the heaviest users, including 140,216 messages sent or received by Bush's top political adviser in the White House, Karl Rove. However, "the RNC has preserved no e-mails for 51 officials," said the interim report, issued by committee chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

The 51 include Ken Mehlman, a former White House political director who reportedly used his RNC account frequently, the report said.

"Given the heavy reliance by White House officials on RNC e-mail accounts, the high rank of the White House officials involved, and the large quantity of missing e-mails," the report said, "the potential violation of the Presidential Records Act may be extensive."

Nope, nuthin' wrong here. When are people gonna wake up and vote for people that actually understand the constitution and the laws that they are under? Sheesh.

Sunday, June 17, 2007


As more Americans choose to use the internet as a primary source of political information, less and less are choosing to pick up the newspaper. Only 34% of Americans viewed the newspaper as a source of election news in 2006, as compared with 57% in 1992. Television as a source of election news also significantly decreased from 82% to 69% over the same period (note that the numbers don't add to 100% as people were allowed to select more than one "primary" source in this survey).


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I Hope To God He's Joking

If any other US president would have interrupted the German interpreter at something like the G8 conference with "Everybody speaks English, right?", fistfuls of hair would be flying. When Bush does it, people shrug and say "Oh, that's just George for ya." And every time they force themselves to say it, they die a little bit more inside.

Monday, June 04, 2007

No Wonder George W. Liked Putin So Much

Just to make sure you know that The Crazy isn't just happening in the good ol' USA: In a recent Russian edition of Esquire, there's a picture of a member of the country's special police at a demonstration with the SS symbol clearly painted on his helmet...a symbol of how fair-minded they might be? Considering what happened last month, looks like it.

Regarding the helmet picture, Mikhail Grishankov, vice-president of the Security Commission of the Russian State Duma, placed the blame where it properly belonged: on the people who reported this case, for an American-owned magazine. There's a big-ass page missing from the Dubya playbook today...three guesses who has it.