Seven 9s and 10s

Track:
Natural Disaster

Artist:
Headphones

Album:
Headphones

Headphones - Natural Disaster

Here I thought the drinks were free
But all the time they were grooming me
To be the egg that laid the golden goose.
Now I know we disagree
But soon enough we’ll all be free;
That is to worship any way I choose.

But you would wait on the rapture
Or a natural disaster to come around.
Or maybe a couple of airplanes
Could crash into buildings
And put the fear of God in you.

Cause now we’re taking over
And no one is the wiser,
With mexican and negro cabinet advisors.

I cut down the cherry tree
And when my mother confronted me
I told her I could never tell a lie.
Cause I have integrity
If you had been there then you’d agree
That no one wants to hear the truth.

What do you want from me?
Can’t you see that I’m a talking puppet?
And when someone pulls my strings
I mouth the words, and I suggest you follow suit.

But you would wait on the rapture
Or a natural disaster to come around.
Well maybe a couple of airplanes
Could crash into buildings
And put the fear of God in you.

I just want to go home," one truck driver told the station after being trapped by the crowd. "Why are they on top of my truck?

(via)

"Why are they on top of my truck?"

Yup. That’s a great question. I’m still not seeing how any part of this movement is working the way it’s intended to. I’m not at all political, yet it seems like breaking laws and starting fires and throwing rocks and getting in the way of innocent truck drivers just makes you look like douchebags, and that’s from my perspective - that of someone who would probably be considered one of your %. But what do I know? Nothing I guess.

Anyway. Don’t get on top of my Subaru unless you want to take an unexpectedly violent tumble from 63.3” up.

  • CNN
(by Steelopus)
November 4, 2008. I have no regrets.
I’m not big on politics.
I voted with my brain first and my heart second. Only one candidate promised to remove the corporate control of my government and to return the power to the American people. America didn’t need to simply settle for the lesser of two evils.
Yet… here we are. Meet the new boss, not-quite the same as the old boss (but 100 years from now it will be clear that everyone since Washington has been basically the same walking pile of bullshit).

(by Steelopus)

November 4, 2008. I have no regrets.

I’m not big on politics.

I voted with my brain first and my heart second. Only one candidate promised to remove the corporate control of my government and to return the power to the American people. America didn’t need to simply settle for the lesser of two evils.

Yet… here we are. Meet the new boss, not-quite the same as the old boss (but 100 years from now it will be clear that everyone since Washington has been basically the same walking pile of bullshit).

Track:
Winners Never Quit

Artist:
Pedro The Lion

Album:
Winners Never Quit

Pedro The Lion - Winners Never Quit

Today is a difficult day for America.

Here’s an entirely depressing song to celebrate the occasion.

if at first you don’t succeed 
try, try again 
if i were you i’d give up 
the path is too narrow 
the way is too steep 

save your applause 
for the end of the show 

count it a blessing that you’re such a failure 
your second chance might 
never have come

Track:
Political Science

Artist:
Randy Newman

Album:
Sail Away

Randy Newman - Political Science

An appropriate song for today.



 

No one likes us, I don’t know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try 
But all around even our old friends put us down 
Lets drop the big one and see what happens 

We give them money, but are they grateful? 
No, they’re spiteful and they’re hateful 
They don’t respect us, so let’s surprise them 
We’ll drop the big one and pulverize them 

Asia’s crowded and Europe’s too old 
Africa is far too hot and Canada’s too cold  
And South America stole our name  
Let’s drop the big one 
There’ll be no one left to blame us 

We’ll save Australia 
Don’t wanna hurt no kangaroo 
We’ll build an All American amusement park there 
They got surfin too 

Boom goes London and boom Paris
More room for you and more room for me 
And every city the whole world round 
Will just be another American town
Oh how peaceful it will be  
We’ll set everybody free 
You’ll wear a Japanese kimono 
And there’ll be Italian shoes for me  

They all hate us anyhow  
So lets drop the big one now 
Let’s drop the big one now

dailyme:

Eighteen year old Rifleman Craig Wood, from Doncaster, United Kingdom, participates in a remembrance ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ieper, Belgium, Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009. Rifleman Wood was wounded in Afghanistan by a bomb and is one of only three triple amputees who have survived the war. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The world, especially Americans, needs to see more pictures like this.  I’m not saying it’s OK to exploit disabled veterans, but when people start to criticize the president for being hesitant to send tens of thousands more troops off to war, they should perhaps stop for a second and consider exactly how heavy a decision it is.

dailyme:

Eighteen year old Rifleman Craig Wood, from Doncaster, United Kingdom, participates in a remembrance ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ieper, Belgium, Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009. Rifleman Wood was wounded in Afghanistan by a bomb and is one of only three triple amputees who have survived the war. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The world, especially Americans, needs to see more pictures like this.  I’m not saying it’s OK to exploit disabled veterans, but when people start to criticize the president for being hesitant to send tens of thousands more troops off to war, they should perhaps stop for a second and consider exactly how heavy a decision it is.

High-res Merlin Mann is a man that I generally hate to love.  Somehow he became the posterboy (in a minute you’ll see what I did there) for modern, web-humor and social commentary.  Everyone orgasms at his every tweet.  People think he can do no wrong.  It’s an uncanny comparison to the way people treat President Obama, but on vastly different levels.
As much as I love You Look Nice Today! (a lot) and as often as he makes me laugh (a lot) I still tend to fight the urge to like the guy, mainly because everyone else seems to think he’s more of a webmessaih than just a standard webcock.
But, he hits the nail on the head with this post that I have reblogged below.

merlin:

The Real Deal
On Day One, Obama Sets a New Tone - NYTimes.com

“Starting today,” Mr. Obama said, “every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.”

Okay. Here’s the deal. I’m breaking my general, radio silence about the Obama thing. Partly, because the election (and the ungodly not-funny, not-interesting “coverage” thereof) basically destroyed my soul for six months. Partly because (yeah, I’m sorry I have to admit this), I had a lot of concerns (some very disturbing) that this man would never make it to getting sworn in. And I didn’t want to jinx it.
But.
I have a feeling this guy may be the real deal. Seriously.
I’m still annoyed by the goddamn posters and hats and songs and freeform hagiography about a Chicago politician who’s still a civil servant and a human being. But, I also have a feeling this civil servant’s got the stones to see reality and remind people what it means. And to tell people in unapologetic terms what the deal is going to be to start unravelling a lot of fundamental brokenness.
I also predict that he’s going to disappoint an unbelievable number of people who’d like to think he’s all-powerful Zeus with a secret pack of smokes and that tidy haircut. But, y’know, maybe honest, un-shiny, and difficult-to-productize disappointment is exactly what we need right now. Instead, of eight years of empty boxes and flag stickers.
Maybe what we really need is somebody to tell us it’s time to grow up, to think about how the rest of the world operates, and to accept that being a country of adults means doing a ton of insanely hard work and making sacrifices where not everybody wins.
Thing is, I’m supporting an honest, level-headed man who seems to care about doing a good job and telling people the truth. But, I’m not supporting a poster. It’s posters we need a shit-ton less of right about now.

Merlin Mann is a man that I generally hate to love.  Somehow he became the posterboy (in a minute you’ll see what I did there) for modern, web-humor and social commentary.  Everyone orgasms at his every tweet.  People think he can do no wrong.  It’s an uncanny comparison to the way people treat President Obama, but on vastly different levels.

As much as I love You Look Nice Today! (a lot) and as often as he makes me laugh (a lot) I still tend to fight the urge to like the guy, mainly because everyone else seems to think he’s more of a webmessaih than just a standard webcock.

But, he hits the nail on the head with this post that I have reblogged below.

merlin:

The Real Deal

On Day One, Obama Sets a New Tone - NYTimes.com

“Starting today,” Mr. Obama said, “every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.”

Okay. Here’s the deal. I’m breaking my general, radio silence about the Obama thing. Partly, because the election (and the ungodly not-funny, not-interesting “coverage” thereof) basically destroyed my soul for six months. Partly because (yeah, I’m sorry I have to admit this), I had a lot of concerns (some very disturbing) that this man would never make it to getting sworn in. And I didn’t want to jinx it.

But.

I have a feeling this guy may be the real deal. Seriously.

I’m still annoyed by the goddamn posters and hats and songs and freeform hagiography about a Chicago politician who’s still a civil servant and a human being. But, I also have a feeling this civil servant’s got the stones to see reality and remind people what it means. And to tell people in unapologetic terms what the deal is going to be to start unravelling a lot of fundamental brokenness.

I also predict that he’s going to disappoint an unbelievable number of people who’d like to think he’s all-powerful Zeus with a secret pack of smokes and that tidy haircut. But, y’know, maybe honest, un-shiny, and difficult-to-productize disappointment is exactly what we need right now. Instead, of eight years of empty boxes and flag stickers.

Maybe what we really need is somebody to tell us it’s time to grow up, to think about how the rest of the world operates, and to accept that being a country of adults means doing a ton of insanely hard work and making sacrifices where not everybody wins.

Thing is, I’m supporting an honest, level-headed man who seems to care about doing a good job and telling people the truth. But, I’m not supporting a poster. It’s posters we need a shit-ton less of right about now.