July 30, 2007

Monday mornin, it was all I hoped it would be

silver juice?, 2007

* Top ten conservative idiots. excerpt:

"2. The White House

"Of course the attorney general is supposed to avoid committing perjury - unless he's the attorney general appointed by George W. Bush, in which case he's apparently supposed to lie, obfuscate, and basically say any old shit that he can think of in order to protect his boy George. Did I mention that Alberto Gonzales used to be Our Great Leader's personal attorney? Gee, you'd never be able to tell.

"And so last week the White House stuck by the attorney general, pulling excuse after excuse out of its collective ass in an effort to spin Alberto's alleged crimes. Let's take a look at some of the tactics they used last week to weasel their way out of this one.

"The Depends On What The Meaning Of Is Is Tactic

"'Now, when you talk about the terrorist surveillance program, there are many intelligence activities in the American government. We're talking about a very thin slice, limited to exactly what I was telling you about, which is monitoring communications between al Qaeda or suspected al Qaeda affiliates, one in the United States, one overseas.' -- Tony Snow

"The Top Secret Tactic

"'Unfortunately we get into areas that you cannot discuss openly. It's a very complex issue. But the attorney general was speaking consistently. The president supports him. I think at some point this is going to be something where members are going to have to go behind closed doors and have a fuller discussion of the issues. But I can't go any further than that.' -- Tony Snow

"The So What If The Attorney General Is A Crook? The Democrats Are Big Meanies! Tactic

"'They have deliberately had this crusade against him to try to destroy the attorney general.' -- Dana Perino

"The Flat-Out Boneheaded Bullshitter Tactic

"Gonzales 'has testified truthfully and tried to be very accurate.' -- Tony Snow

* RIP Ingmar Bergman. excerpt:

"Ingmar Bergman, the 'poet with the camera' who is considered one of the greatest directors in motion picture history, died today on the small island of Faro where he lived on the Baltic coast of Sweden, Astrid Soderbergh Widding, president of The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, said. Bergman was 89."
"In his more than 40 years in the cinema, Mr. Bergman made about 50 films, often focusing on two themes — the relationship between the sexes, and the relationship between mankind and God. Mr. Bergman found in cinema, he wrote in a 1965 essay, 'a language that literally is spoken from soul to soul in expressions that, almost sensuously, escape the restrictive control of the intellect.'"

"In Bergman, the mind is constantly seeking, constantly inquiring, constantly puzzled.

"Mr. Bergman often acknowledged that his work was autobiographical, but only 'in the way a dream transforms experience and emotions all the time.'"

-- related: "Everything is worth precisely as much as a belch, the difference being that a belch is more satisfying." -- Ingmar Bergman

* MP3s from Will Oldham's October 22, 2006 show at McCabe's Guitar Shop . Will's appearance in a video for a Kanye West song. An excellent video for
The Seedling.


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