Archive for March 2nd, 2007

Oakland Construction Blogging

More photos from last weekend’s photo excursion. I found this way cool construction vehicle/machine of indeterminate purpose:

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No captions, because I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking at. Except that last photo. I know treads when I see them, and those are definitely treads.

3 comments March 2nd, 2007 at 09:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Like I Just Said…

From the Houston Chronicle’s NewsWatch blog, by way of Think Progress, by way of First Draft:

One thing Bush likes to do in the Gulf Coast is hand out American flags to families rebuilding their houses. Long before he shows up, Bush’s advance team scouts the non-hostile property owners in a neighborhood, and later, the president drops by and gives the family a flag. The White House thinks this makes for good pictures – and maybe it did, a month after the storm. But a year and half later, with the region still a mess and so many people displaced, it seems a little tone-deaf to be handing out flags – politically, it does invite comparisons to what Bush isn’t doing in the region.

So not only is Dubya responding to massive devastation by handing out flags (because he is the very embodiment of patriotism, after all), but he’s only handing out flags to Real Americans.

I wonder if any of those Real Americans are saying, “I’ve been your loyal supporter for the last 7 years, and you come down here and give me a fucking FLAG when my house has been destroyed??? Fuck you and fuck your party, I’m voting for Gore next year like I shoulda done 7 years ago. Maybe I’d still have a house.”

5 comments March 2nd, 2007 at 12:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Katrina,Wankers

Define “Americans.”

Just a thought that’s been rattling around for some time: You’ve seen all the polls where Bush’s approval rating is hovering in the vicinity of 30%, where the war in Iraq (and the surge) are incredibly unpopular, where the American people have completely lost faith in Bush’s honesty and competence, and they even think the Democrats would do a better job at fighting terrorism.
And yet, it seems like all of the pundits and talking heads and Republican mouthpieces operate in a completely different reality, one where Bush is still popular and admired for his straight talk and resolve, where most Americans think the war in Iraq is still winnable and want to see it through to victory, and where everyone knows that terrorism is the Republicans’ ace in the hole because they’re so much tougher on it than the Democrats.

I have a very simple explanation for all of this, which doesn’t even require ignorance of the polls, which is: Only Republicans are real Americans. If you look at just the Republican responses to poll questions, then everything the media and the GOP says is true, Bush and his policies are still popular, or at least tolerated.

Democrats and Independents simply don’t matter because we’re all disloyal traitors who hate America. But those salt-of-the-earth Real Americans understand what needs to be done, and BushCo. still has their support. I’m not sure what happens if even the Real Americans finally lose faith, though. I guess they’ll just redefine Real Americans to mean the Religious Right, or the Rangers and Pioneers.

2 comments March 2nd, 2007 at 12:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Politics,Polls,Republicans,Wankers

Friday Quote & Cat Spanking Blogging

This week’s quote is from the brilliant How To Get Ahead In Advertising, about an ad exec who grows a second head around the same time he grows a conscience (which the new head is devoid of):

Get back to your fig-bottling!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats that like getting spanked…

Unfortunately, I can’t remember who to credit for posting the other cat-spanking video that brought me to this one.

5 comments March 2nd, 2007 at 11:43am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Quote Of The Day

From an NYT movie review:

No doubt “Black Snake Moan” is a provocative title, but a more accurate one might be “Chaining Miss Daisy to the Radiator in Her Underwear.”

That probably would have sold a lot more tickets.

Oh, the ratings advisory is good, too:

“Black Snake Moan” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Half-naked nymphomaniac chained to radiator.

2 comments March 2nd, 2007 at 01:45am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies,Quotes

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