October 23, 2007

daydreaming days in a daydream nation

Marc Trujillo, 18921 Wilshire Blvd., 2005, oil on canvas

* General says Bush gave marching orders relating to torture at Guantanamo. excerpt:

"More than 100,000 pages of newly released government documents to demonstrate how US military interrogators 'abused, tortured or killed' scores of prisoners rounded up since Sept. 11, 2001, including some who were not even expected of having terrorist ties, according to a just-published book.

"In Administration of Torture, two American Civil Liberties Union attorneys detail the findings of a years-long investigation and court battle with the administration that resulted in the release of massive amounts of data on prisoner treatment and the deaths of US-held prisoners.

"'[T]he documents show unambiguously that the administration has adopted some of the methods of the most tyrannical regimes,' write Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh. 'Documents from Guantanamo describe prisoners shackled in excruciating 'stress positions,' held in freezing-cold cells, forcibly stripped, hooded, terrorized with military dogs, and deprived of human contact for months.'"
"Drawing almost exclusively from the documents, the authors say there is a stark contrast between the public statements of President Bush and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the policies those and others in the administration were advocating behind the scenes.

"President Bush gave 'marching orders' to Gen. Michael Dunlavey, who asked the Pentagon to approve harsher interrogation methods at Guantanamo, the general claims in documents reported in the book.

"The ACLU also found that an Army investigator reported Rumsfeld was 'personally involved' in overseeing the interrogation of a Guantanamo prisoner Mohammed al Qahtani. The prisoner was forced to parade naked in front of female interrogators wearing women's underwear on his head and was led around on a leash while being forced to perform dog tricks."

* Tonight: The Caribbean at DC9, with Division Day. Tomorrow: The Foreign Press at Velvet Lounge, with Christy and Emily, Koshari.

* "One of the great riddles of our lifetime (The Greatest Generation) is this: Was Hall & Oates' 1982 masterpiece titled H20 because Hall had such a huge ego, and that everything the duo did would always amount to 2x Daryl Hall while that puny little Nintendo-lookalike hung in the periphery? Or was it a nod to Oates, meaning this short, mustachoied, wordless little hero contributed so much that Daryl Hall basically needed to double his efforts just to keep up? Following me so far? No? Fuck off, then.

Of course the best Xmas present of the year was the "Maneater" single, the group's biggest hit, owing a lot, most likely to MTV. Who could resist the temptation of a 41-second saxophone solo that basically sounds like a rhino getting a blowjob, (larger question here--sax solos in 80s pop...whose decision was that? listen to Rio by Duran Duran once for further annoyance) bookended by some fangless synth drivel about a money-grubbing bitch? Nice video too, you don't really get a look at any hot babes until the 2:00 mark. Lots of coke in the 80s. Lots of drugs at the major labels. MTV was like some scary other planet, so bands and labels were just like "Okay...open on Hall for 94 seconds, then we'll show GE Smith's 11-foot face, then a little of Super Mario, then we'll get a fucking panther in there. And we're done. Except James Spader's dad has to do this monumental sax solo that goes on for the gestation cycle of an elephant. Then we wrap-up and tuck our faces into some Encino vag and Captain Morgan." Via Fitted Sweats

* "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." -C. S. Lewis


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