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Saturday, April 17, 2004

"Most of us, in most of the states, will barely be aware there is a presidential election going on -- we're out of this loop, team. Nobody will be talking to us. Because we're not 'in play,' this election is not about us. For reasons established by supposedly skillful polling, none of us even get to be part of this election. We're taken for granted.

"Meanwhile, our fellow citizens in these 19 states are about to be subject to brainwashing unlike anything any of us have ever known. Poor honeys, they are going to be subject to a barrage of mind-bending garbage. By the time it's over, nobody will feel much like voting for either candidate.

"If I were living in any of those states (Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin), I'd feel like hibernating for the next seven months."
Through the 2004 looking glass, by Molly Ivins, April 4, 2004

That doesn't mean the rest of us don't have to get out there and vote Democrat! It just means we'll have more time to work on our abs or websites or gardens without all the distraction of political ads. Lucky us!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 02:56 PM PST [Link]

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Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:26 AM PST [Link]

Friday, April 16, 2004

Google to consider Gmail changes, by Evan Hansen, CNET News.com, April 13, 2004

I STILL want a gig of storage.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:46 PM PST [Link]

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush said he would stake his re-election on a successful outcome in Iraq. . ."
Bush Says He Will Stake Re-Election on Iraq, by Steve Holland, Reuters, April 13, 2004

Excuse me, but bush already IS staking his (re-) election on it. Grrrr.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:45 PM PST [Link]

"That commission concluded (Hart-Rudman), 'Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers.' It recommended a series of practical and effective steps.

"Of the various institutions, Congress deserves some credit for trying to pick up on the report, which clearly would have moved us ahead by six months on terrorism planning. Donald Rumsfeld, not one of my favorites, also deserves credit for vigorously backing the report.

"Congress scheduled a hearing on the Hart-Rudman report for May 7, 2001, but according to reports at the time, the White House stifled the move because it did not want Congress out in front on the issue.

"True, the report was initiated by Clinton, but the commission was bipartisan and included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republicans. On May 5, the White House announced that rather than adopt Hart-Rudman, it was forming its own committee on terrorism headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. That group never met.

"The whole discouraging process of plans ready to go and prepared but delayed by Bush people whose priorities were elsewhere was repeated internally with Clarke's recommendations."
A brief, shining moment amid the mud storm, by Molly Ivins, March 28, 2004

How much more does anyone need to vote the bush administration out of office and into hell?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:37 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, April 15, 2004

In our ongoing series of The Ginger Mayerson Fifty Films, here is 50/50:

The Americanization of Emily
And last, but not least, here is my statement on being an American, which is inseparable from the best Julie Andrews film ever. If you liked Julie and James Garner in that weird cross-dressing musical, you'll hate this, but that says more about you than it says about this film. So there.
The Americanization of Emily, James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, Keenan Wynn, William Windom, Sharon Tate (!), and many others.

Thank you for your attention.

FINIS

And a link to the whole damn Mayerson Fifty Films list.

PS. There were two 33s, so you actually got 51 films. Yay!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:29 PM PST [Link]

"To remedy matters, one idea current in Washington policy circles is to establish a US version of Britain's MI5 - a domestic intelligence counterpart to the CIA."
FBI and 9/11: The picture fills in. Commission pieces together crucial moves and mistakes - with a look ahead to reforms, by Peter Grier and Faye Bowers, The Christian Science Monitor, April 13, 2004

Ew. How long before that was abused? I mean, you could go to jail for investing in companies that make bongs... oh wait...

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:25 PM PST [Link]

"You would in effect be establishing a secret police," Freeh said.
9/11 Panel Report Finds FBI Counterterror Efforts Lacking. Freeh, Reno Argue Against Setting Up a Domestic Intelligence Agency, by William Branigin, Washington Post, April 13, 2004

Does this idea FUCKING FREAK ANYONE ELSE OUT? Thank you, you can all put your hands down now, thank you.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:24 PM PST [Link]

"So, what the heck. If others can do it, I can, too. So Iíll go out on a limb a make a prediction of my own: If the truth continues to seep out about the way the Bush administration has failed us, suspending the election may be the only way Bush can win. My darkest fear is that G.W.'s handlers believe this, too.
Maureen Farrell Buzzflash, April 4, 2004

And if there is a terrorist attack this year, I will never believe the bush junta isn't behind it. The unthinkable is commonplace with these monsters.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:03 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

In our ongoing series of The Ginger Mayerson Fifty Films, here is 49/50:

Querelle
I have to include this film* because I have a HUGE thing about Jean Genet. Not as huge as Sartre's thing, but pretty huge. And it pains me that this film is such a car-train-ship-art-you-name-it wreck. It's a crime thriller with queer sailors! How in God's name could Fassbinder (whom I also like) screw it up? Sigh, the things I must endure in this life, really.
Querelle, Franco Nero! Brad Davis! Jeanne Moreau! What a waste! (*I also have to include this film because if I had to choose between Querelle and anything by the Farley Brothers, Adrian Lyne, and/or containing Owen Wilson, no contest: I'd choose Querelle.)

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:35 PM PST [Link]

"The Sex Pistols, as the saying goes, Wiped The Slate Clean so then The Clash could come along and scribble the same garbage all over it people like Joan Baez had been squawking at us about for years. That was The Brave New World we'd been looking forward to - Don't Eat Meat, Fight The Pigs, and Re Elect Jimmy Carter? I'd turned my nose up at Van Halen and AC/DC for THAT?

"When The Sex Pistols said everything was crap they meant EVERYTHING. That "Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted" slogan is only a temporary state of mind, you can only empty your head of all the foolishness in the world long enough to relax a little before it all comes sneaking back bit by bit faster and faster until one day you find yourself listening to a psychedelic triple record set with Disco Cold War songs, innumerable reggae dub remixes, and lyrics about Nicaraguan Sandinistas. "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" is the sound of a mind as pure of outside clutter as possible and free to knock around whatever's left - The Queen, The Berlin Wall, Stupid Record Companies - around like balls of a Snooker Table. Listen to The Clash after The Sex Pistols and it's like when the alarm clock radio comes on with the morning news and you have to wake up to go to work. "Awwww, shiiiit . . . "

"And just look at who you're gonna be working for - The Clash were an Old American Hippy's idea of how The Sex Pistols should have presented themselves to The Great Unwashed. I bet Hillary Clinton has every one of their records on CD and plays them all the time! By the time her Dad was elected President, Chelsea was as sick of hearing "London Calling" around the house as I was of my Mom's "Mary Poppins" soundtrack record. When I finally saw The Clash in 1982 I thought I'd accidentally wandered into a Crosby, Stills, Nash, And Yuk concert there were so many tie dyed, sandal wearing, grooving pieces of shit flopping all over the place. If it hadn't been for The Replacements that would have been the end of rock and roll for me right then and there - Stupid no good for nothin' Replacements!

"'Let fury have the hour! Anger can be power!' - No wonder the poor bastard's ticker gave out on him."
Sex Pistols VS The Clash, by John Saleeby, Acid Logic, April 2004

Hey, no contest, it's the Sex Pistols. Add in that the infallible John Saleeby has NEVER been wrong about ANYTHING in his life (which makes it a tautology, yay!), and you've got no contest... squared.

Because I could croon along with Clash songs in the car, I could never really take them as seriously as a punk band as I did the Ramones or the Sex Pistols. And Clash songs were so long! I remember Dr. Demento (I'm not making this up) playing the first Ramones songs and thanking them for bringing back short rock songs. Well, Dr. Demento pre-dates almost everything, so I guess he can be forgiven for calling it rock. I love Dr. Demento, he introduced me to Fats Waller and Spike Jones (the bandleader, not the guy who spells it with a z, like Liza).

I am not anti-Clash, I am merely pro-Sex Pistols and Ramones. Hey ho lets go!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:34 PM PST [Link]

"Meanwhile, the punditry is busy cranking out mostly pro forma hail-and-farewells to my man Howard Dean. I hate whining, and life is not fair, but I still think a whole lot of people who should have known better freaked out over Dean, treating a mostly mild-mannered, perfectly sensible and quite cheerful fellow as some kind of anti-establishment Antichrist. I mean, he was governor of Vermont for 12 years, not Vladimir Lenin.

"But he did tap into some real political anger, and look how many people turn out to be just scared to death of that. This is not the fake, pumped-up indignation of Rush Limbaugh's dittoheads over gay marriage -- now there's something that'll cost you your job -- but real anger about being lied to over war."

~snippage~

"I think we owe Howard Dean more than a 'Gee, thanks for participating in our noble political system.' Personally, I'd like to say, 'Gee, thanks for helping keep democracy alive when it looked fairly dicey.'"
A little something to anticipate, by Molly Ivins, February 22, 2004

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:31 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

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Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:01 PM PST [Link]

In our ongoing series of The Ginger Mayerson Fifty Films, here is 48/50:

Circus World
John Wayne goes nuts and then gets better. Oh wait, no, he runs a circus and then gets better. This is a very strange film and strangely low key for a circus film. Kind of annoying until Rita Hayworth shows up and saves everyone's career, of course. Orson Wells should have been in this film, now that I think about it. There's a shipwreck or dock wreck in this film. Shipwrecks, train wrecks; what is it about circuses? Some kind of wreck curse or something.
Circus World, You know, I really think Charlton Heston really should have had Rita Hayworth's role here. And just why aren't there any Heston/Wayne films anywhere? Can anyone tell me why not? Yes, I know it's another John Wayne film, sorry.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:13 PM PST [Link]

"Their contempt for government means they just don't govern well. What can you say about an administration that threatens to fire people if they tell the truth to Congress?"

~snippage~

"Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., said: 'Tom Scully told my staff that Rick Foster would be 'fired so fast his head would spin' if he released this information to us.' Last summer, Scully told The Associated Press: 'They don't have the right on the Hill to call up my actuary and demand things. These people work for the executive branch, period.'"

Huh?

"Scully said he would release the analysis 'if I feel like it.' Uh, actually, 'Mr. Scully's people' work for the taxpayers of this country, and so does he, and we're represented in Washington by the Congress."
Pass me some of that aspirin, please, by Molly Ivins, March 18, 2004

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:12 PM PST [Link]

"Indeed. How many times can a man be robbed -- on the same street, by the same people -- before they call him a man? Bob Dylan said something much like that in a tattered old song called "Blowin' In The Wind." Read it and weep, you poor bastards -- because Dylan was yesterday, and George Bush is now.

"That is a morbid observation, at best, and we are all stuck with it. The 2004 presidential election will be a matter of life or death for the whole nation. We are sick today, and we will be even sicker tomorrow if this wretched half-bright swine of a president gets re-elected in November. Take my word for it. Mahalo."
The big finale was a big disappointment, by Hunter S. Thompson, ESPN, April 6, 2004

Not that I disagree in the slightest, but somehow this article started out about a basketball game. Hm.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:11 PM PST [Link]

"These are all unsatisfactory questions at a time like this. Is it possible that he (Bush) has already abandoned all hope of getting re-elected? Or does he plan to cancel the Election altogether by declaring a national military emergency with terrorists closing in from all sides, leaving him with no choice but to launch a huge bomb immediately?

"All these things are possible, unfortunately, in a White House that is drowning in it's own failures. Desperate men do desperate things, and stupid men do stupid things. We are in for a desperately stupid summer."
Bush's disturbing sleeping disorder, by Hunter S. Thompson, ESPN, February 18, 2004

Huh, and this one started out about the Super Bowl. He's right, though, we are in for a desperately stupid summer. Sigh.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:07 PM PST [Link]



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