Monthly Archives: May 2008

Do It Live!

OMG, go over to Southern Beale’s joint and check this out.  Hilarious.

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LMAO

Finished work, caught a little Hardball with Chris Matthews. Boy, am I glad I did. Some P.A. booked Kevin James, an L.A. Lawyer/radio host who tried to compare Obama to Neville Chamberlain. Matthews spent roughly 5 minutes trying to get this moron to tell him what it was that Chamberlain actually did. Poor guy stuttered, spat, diverted, and obfuscated around the point until FINALLY, he admitted that he had no clue what he was talking about. You know, I get a kick out of reading what Bill Hobbs has to say (of course, I love train wrecks) but Hobbs ought to be glad that Kevin James exists, if, for no other reason, than to make him seem like a deep thinker.

Damn, somebody with better internet skills PLEASE post a YouTube of that ass-kicking. I’ll be laughing the rest of the night.

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Title First, Mack, Then Hit Publish

Hopelessly behind schedule out here on the farm, thanks, in part, to this ridiculous weather pattern. That said, I feel compelled to chime in on a few totally random issues:

A handful of local bloggers expressed their shock and revulsion to the practice of drugging immigrant detainees prior to removing them from this country. This is the kind of thing that happens when too many voices remain still while xenophobes and Nativists repeatedly portrayed these people as “less than” us. There will be more horrors, there will be more indifference.

It appears Christian from NiT compiled a list of divisive phrases that a couple of local bloggers employed while voicing support for their candidates. I’ll be honest, I stopped reading Egalia long ago. I’ve met her, and found her to be smart and confident, but I feel that her approach to this process has been myopic at best, and downright dangerous at its worst. There is no other other word I can use to describe her relentless attempts to paint Obama as a wife-beater except shrill. Christian’s decision to shine a light on her blog was spot on.

Not so much with Braisted.

One of the things I like about Sean is that he has well thought-out opinions on all forms of politics, local, State-wide, and National. Yes, he really dislikes Clinton, and, like Egalia, I feel that he set himself up to be marginalized had his candidate not won. (or, soon will win) But the level vitriol isn’t close to the same. Personally, I wouldn’t use some of the language he uses to describe a fellow Democrat, (especially one as committed and hard-working as Hillary) but thats his call. At the risk of sounding condescending…he is young.

I read this when I got up this morning. I ain’t buyin. Even if it is entirely accurate, I don’t care. My bitch with the the Big Three is that instead of embracing the idea that a few skinny years following a massive re-tool would be followed by a unique position in the market, they instead opted to buy our elected leaders so that they could push their products on a gullible American public. They have been aware of this change in the market for at least a decade, and probably longer. By now, they could be producing a car that meets today’s needs, without the insane practice of rebates and corporate underwritten financial bribes. (zero percent interest! Buy our trucks!)

Nicely timed, Mr. Edwards. Can you get Mrs. Edwards on board?

Just as I was getting on a roll, my partner in this project has just walked through the door, and he is ready to get to work…so, more later. Enjoy your day.

Oh! I forgot. Heartbreak Town, you are turning into one of my favorite bloggers. Really. And I don’t even care much for Country music.

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Already? Compass V?

Man. It truly seems like a week ago I was lamenting here about the annual T.A.P. Conference, which Aunt B and i attended together. Turns out, its been a year, and Nell and her crew are fixin to do it all again. I was very happy to see her come on the thread and offer a rebuttal in the comments. I was a bit harsh, and she made some great points. Still, i wish they would “discover” how effective an active blog could be for their organization. That said, I have always thought the idea of a mass meeting of Progressives, Liberals and assorted Lefties was a good one. Perhaps now more than ever it is crucial for like minded people and organizations to network.

For those of us concerned about the steady erosion of our rights as citizens, and, equally important, the outright denial of basic human rights to people around the planet, the next several months are of critical importance. There is much at stake in the next election. The people who attend the T.A.P. Conference year in and year out are committed, engaged, and knowledgeable.

The Tennessee Alliance For Progress always offers a stellar keynote speaker, and i have seen more than a few outstanding documentaries in years past.

One of the concerns i have about the immediate future of volunteer organizations is, from reports i get from friends, contributions are down. Way down. This makes sense to me, after all, people in almost every tax bracket are stretched pretty thin Even large corporate donors are cutting back in this economy. Ok, so, (here comes my call for collectivism again) shouldn’t these organizations be looking for ways to share ideas, and talent? Maybe one has a kick ass office infrastructure, maybe another has I.T. savvy volunteers to offer. Perhaps there is some wisdom in the idea of motor pools. Shared office space. In fact, I’m pretty sure we had a workshop devoted to ideas like this 2 years back. Always ahead of our time, it seems. ;)

Anyway, if you care about one or more issues of the day, you would be well served to attend the conference this year. If your funds are sketchy, or, you are a student, they offer scholarships to attend for little or no money. Don’t let money be an obstacle for you. Take a friend or two, and carpool.

NOTE TO STATE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES: Go there. Make your case. Meet potential volunteers or contributors. Bring buttons and bumper stickers. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. You can bet Chris Lugo will be there.

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My Favorite Movie Line

In the movie “48 hours”, a guy goes to get a car he has had garaged in a public parking lot, and when he presents his ticket, the garage employee says “This car has been here for three years!” The guy gets irritated and yells back “Yea, I’ve been BUSY.”

That makes me laugh every time I see it.

Anyway, I have been under the gun with this addition on the house, but actually got it framed up and dried in in less than three days. That, my friends, is an accomplishment, given the massive structure that it is.

Sorry I haven’t posted much, but PLEASE go take a look at what is posted over at Hispanic Nashville.

Sometimes, I’m embarrassed for this country.

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Gutsy

This is the kind of leadership I’d like to see more of from Head Coaches at every level of this game I love so much.  Telling our young men that the ability to throw, run or tackle better than most does not preclude them from acting like good citizens.  Bravo, Coach Miles.  I’ll be rooting for LSU next year.

I believe I’ll go buy an LSU cap today.

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