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I Was Wondering About That…

Namely, why is Lieberman so keen to hold onto a committee chair that he never actually did anything with?

Reid offered Lieberman a chance to stay in the Democratic caucus, keep his seniority, and become the chairman of some other committee. Lieberman thinks that’s “unacceptable” and reportedly “begged” to stay on as chairman of Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


This seems to be routinely overlooked, but take a moment to consider what the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs actually does: it’s the committee principally responsible for oversight of the executive branch. It’s an accountability committee, charged with investigating the conduct of the White House and the president’s administration.

As chairman of this committee for the last two years, Lieberman decided not to pursue any accusations of wrongdoing against the Bush administration. Lieberman’s House counterpart — Rep. Henry Waxman’s Oversight Committee — was a vigilant watchdog, holding hearings, issuing subpoenas, and launching multiple investigations. Lieberman preferred to let his committee do no real work at all. It was arguably the most pathetic display of this Congress.

And yet, now Lieberman acts as if keeping this chairmanship is the single most important part of his public life. Why would he be so desperate to keep the gavel of a committee he hasn’t used? I’ll let you in on a secret: he wants to start using the power of this committee against Obama.

Lieberman didn’t want to hold Bush accountable, but he seems exceedingly anxious to keep the committee that would go after Obama with a vengeance, effectively becoming a Waxman-like figure — holding hearings, issuing subpoenas, and launching investigations against the Democratic president.

Lieberman doesn’t care about “reconciliation,” he cares about going after a Democratic administration. Why else would he fight diligently to be chairman of one committee instead of another?

This sounds exactly right, and exactly in character for a self-righteous, vindictive little prick like Lieberman.  I would love to see Obama magnanimously “reach out” to Lieberman to offer him a non-critical cabinet position.  Governor Rell would appoint a Republican, but consider:

1) We would get Lieberman out the Senate, out of the Democratic caucus, and out of his committee assignments (where he counts against the Democratic allotment of seats) four years early.

2) We would get a real Democrat into that seat two years early, as I doubt that Lieberman’s Republican replacement could get re-elected in CT.

…Or the Democrats could just kick him out of their caucus and let him scrounge a committee seat from the Republicans.

(h/t Phoenix Woman)

2 comments November 7th, 2008 at 10:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Lieberman,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Waiting For The Future

I recently predicted in an e-mail that when I buy my next cellphone in early 2010, that it will be far superior to anything on the market today… and I certainly won’t even be getting the best cellphone available.

Cellphone manufacturer Ericsson has gone me one further and predicted that my next cellphone after that will have the power and screen resolution of a 1998 PC, the megapixels of a digital camera, the video resolution of a 1080 HD video camera, and a faster connection than FiOS.  (Although I notice they don’t say anything about storage capacity – I’ll place my bet on 128GB or more.)

Bring. It. On.

(h/t Engadget)

November 7th, 2008 at 05:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology

Je Suis Aware.

A day without a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie is like a day without sunshine.  But this one sounds a bit… different:

It might be odd to think of Mr. Van Damme, a veteran of steroidal exploitation cinema and a virtuoso of the bone-crunching split kick, as an old softie, but it is also perfectly consistent with the image overhaul implicit in his latest vehicle, “JCVD,” which opened on Friday. Directed by the French filmmaker Mabrouk El Mechri, it allows its namesake to reveal new facets to his screen persona basically by playing himself. A jokey hall-of-mirrors movie with a melancholic streak, it stars Mr. Van Damme — who turned 48 last month and whose last film to open theatrically in the United States was the 1998 flop “Knock Off,” — as Jean-Claude Van Damme, a washed-up middle-aged movie star.

Thanks in part to a widely circulating online trailer “JCVD” has garnered more attention for Mr. Van Damme than he has received in years. (The last time he made even a remote impact on pop-culture consciousness was when he appeared on “Friends” as himself in 1996 and boasted that he could crush a walnut with his buttocks.) “JCVD” was a word-of-mouth hit at Cannes, and it had its North American premiere at a raucous midnight screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.


It opens with an over-the-top action set piece from a film-within-the-film, complete with gunplay, knife fights and exploding grenades that was shot in a single take and that visibly pushed the star to his limits. “I was completely out of breath to the point of anxiety,” he said.

Mr. Van Damme’s more sensitive side is on jaw-dropping display in the movie’s pièce de résistance, a soul-baring six-minute monologue with more emoting than in all his other roles put together. His eyes tearing up and his voice quavering, he reflects on his dreams and failures, and effectively head-butts the fourth wall. (“I truly believe it’s not a movie.”)


When he watched it for the first time, he remembers thinking, “I didn’t lie.” He added, “It was scary for me to do it in French.” French is his native language, but this is his first French-speaking lead role, and he has been mercilessly mocked for spouting Zenlike aphorisms in Franglais on French television. (“Je suis aware.”)

Filled with whiplash digressions and weirdly poetic grace notes, the show-stopping speech is actually a fair approximation of how he really speaks. On his disillusionment with celebrity, he said: “I was so hungry for fame — not for fame, no — well, let’s be honest, hungry for fame, hungry for love. But then fame came, and it was not existing.”

On being engaged with his movies: “I want to be involved in that nine-month process. It’s like making a baby. You make love, and it’s the full way to delivery. How can I be mentally pregnant with the film all the way?”

I think I may actually need to see this…

2 comments November 7th, 2008 at 11:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies,Weirdness

Ospammers: Discover The Power Of Black!

Well, that didn’t take long…

November 7th, 2008 at 07:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Spamoptikon

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