Saturday, November 26, 2016

Song of the Day: "Love on the Weekend"

On the weekend, not the Weeknd. That is a very different song.



Song: "Love on the Weekend"
Artist: John Mayer

The Annotated List of Nicknames Given by War Criminal George W. Bush

(h/t Total Frat Move) America's fratty-as-fuck-est President (although technically he lost both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections) is a 3-strike felon, a war criminal, a criminal against peace, a drunk, a recovering cocaine addict (or perhaps a cocaine addict), some kind of envoy (player? pawn?) between the C.I.A. and the Bin Laden family (the Bush and Bin Laden families have a rich history starting decades before 9/11 and continuing to this day, and while I don't think he's smart enough to actually become an operative on his own, he's certainly smart enough to take advantage of the myriad connections to the company, via granddad and dad, via Skull & Bones, when they offer to bankroll him or bail him out), and bad with names.

I think it's what happens when you're a C-student and don't really care about other people. I get that. I am that.

Here are more than 60 nicknames given to 58 individuals by W. Not all of them are clever, but they all underscore his lack of interest in learning people's names. I get that.

  • Ali – Barbara Boxer, Democratic Senator, California
  • Ari-Bob – White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
  • Bama, Rock – Barack Obama, former Democratic Senator, Illinois, Bush’s successor as President of the United States
  • Bandar Bush – Bandar bin Sultan, ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia
  • Big Boy – Chris Christie, former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, current Governor of New Jersey
  • Big Country – Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Allbaugh
  • Big George – George Miller, Democratic Congressman, California
  • Big O (current), Pablo (former) – Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill
  • Big Time, Vice – Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States of America
  • Boner – John Boehner, former Republican Majority Leader, current Speaker of the House
  • Boy Genius, Turd Blossom – Senior Advisor Karl Rove
  • Brother George – CIA Director George Tenet
  • Brownie – Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael D. Brown
  • Bullets – Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman
  • Bushie – Laura Bush (this is a mutual nickname)
  • Condy, Guru – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Congressman Kickass – John Sweeney, Republican Congressman, New York
  • Danny Boy, Dan the Man – Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Bartlett
  • Dino (short for Dinosaur) – Jean Chr├ętien, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Ellis – Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer, Democratic Senator, New York
  • Flies on the Eyeballs Guy – Director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center Cofer Black
  • Frazier – Dianne Feinstein, Democratic Senator, California
  • Freddy Boy, Freddo – Fred Upton, Republican Congressman from Michigan
  • Fredo – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
  • High Prophet, Hurricane Karen – Karen Hughes, Special Advisor; Director of Communications under Texas Governor George W. Bush
  • Hogan – John McCain, Republican Senator, Arizona
  • Horny – White House Speechwriter Jonathan Horn
  • Izzy, Altoid Boy – Special Assistant Israel Hernandez (for his role as provider of breath mints to the President on the campaign trail)
  • Kenny Boy – Kenneth Lay
  • La Margarita – Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
  • Landslide – Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Light Bulb – National Energy Policy Development Group Executive Director Andrew D. Lundquist
  • Man of Steel – John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia
  • Mikey – Mike Emanuel, Fox News
  • Benator (current), Nellie (former), Benney (former) – Ben Nelson, Democratic Senator, Nebraska
  • Pablo – Paul Wellstone, Democratic Senator, Minnesota
  • Panchito – Frank Bruni, reporter who covered Bush campaign in 2000 for the New York Times
  • Pedro – Peter King, Republican Congressman from New York
  • Pootie-Poot, Ostrich Legs – Vladimir Putin, President and former Prime Minister of Russia
  • Poppy, 41, Old Man – George H. W. Bush
  • Red – Adam Putnam, Republican Congressman, Florida
  • Rosey – appointee Jack Rosen
  • Rummy – Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
  • Sabertooth – Barney Frank, Democratic Congressman, Massachusetts
  • Shades – Peter Wallsten, blind reporter for the Los Angeles Times
  • Shoes – Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy
  • Sit Room Guy – White House Situation Room Director James P. Wisecup
  • Stretch – Dick Kyle, Bloomberg News
  • Stretch/Little Stretch – David Gregory, NBC
  • Super Stretch – Bill Sammon, then of The Washington Times, now of The Washington Examiner
  • Tangent Man – White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card
  • The Blade, My Man Mitch – Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels
  • The Cobra – Maureen Dowd
  • The Englishman – Peter McMahon, husband of Dana Perino
  • The World’s Greatest Hero – Secretary of State Colin Powell
  • Tiny – Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage
  • Tree Man – Bush’s unnamed Forest Services official
  • Weadie, Weadnik – author Doug Weadre

Friday, November 25, 2016

Song of the Day: "Alexandria"

Martha Wainwright covers Beth Orton and emerges with the best qualities of both (plus a little Lucinda Williams?)...



Song: "Alexandria"
Artist: Martha Wainwright

Thursday, November 24, 2016

So This Happened (Brief Reign Edition)

Something something Cards Against Humanity something something  Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah something something ruler of a kingdom for 3 minutes.

Song of the Day: "You Want It Darker"

No, Leonard, it's not that I want it darker, it's just that I expect it to get darker.

Much, much darker.



Song: "You Want It Darker"
Artist: Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Song of the Day: "Randy"

Randy (Quaid, duh)

Speaking of the French (we were, trust me), here's something from Justice's third album.



Song: "Randy"
Artist: Justice

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Country Spent a Billion Dollars on an Election...

...and all I got was an even shittier attitude; fresh contempt for many of my friends, family, and colleagues; and a mother-fucking con artist/liar/idiot as my President for the next 4 years.

Should mother-fucking be hyphenated?


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The experienced, savvy candidate received more than twice the donations as the novice. She also received more votes than the novice (2.6% more than his vote total), but she failed to adequately account for the Electoral College and was soundly defeated (if Michigan goes in Trump's column he will receive 31% more electoral college votes than she does).

Because Americans are emotional, reactionary, stupid, many of those who lost feel betrayed by the Electoral College (a system that's been in place since the Constitution was ratified in 1787). Some are pushing for an unprecedented usurping of the legal framework that defines the peaceful transition of power in this country. Those same people were outraged weeks earlier when Trump refused to declare that he would accept the results of the not-yet-held election.

It seemed perfectly reasonable to me that he didn't declare acceptance prior to results. If the results had shown 52 billion votes for Clinton and 900 million for Trump things obviously would have been bullshit. You can't tell if something's rigged until you've checked for rigging... probably.

Is anyone questioning how the experienced, savvy candidate failed while outspending the con artist/idiot/liar? Is anyone asking what other outrageously unprepared but well-known potential candidates there are to run against him in 2020? Tom Hanks? Oprah? Eddie, the dog from Frasier?!!! That's insane, Moose, the dog that played Eddie passed away 10 years ago. He wouldn't have nearly the requisite Twitter following to make him viable.

Now we're back to our standard partisan bullshit rhetoric. America, fuck yeah! 

Song of the Day: "Baby Let's Lay Down and Dance"

Jesus Christ, Garth Brooks, make up your fucking mind. If you want to dance, don't lay down.



Song: "Baby Let's Lay Down and Dance"
Artist: Garth Brooks

Wait a minute... is dance a metaphor?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Song of the Day: "Starboy"

While you were busy stewing in a pool of post-election tears, The Weeknd and Daft Punk rocked out a Panic at the Disco cover. Canadians and the French, amirite...



Song: "Starboy"
Artist: The Weeknd/Daft Punk

For Your Consideration: Jonathan Slavin

For your Emmy consideration: Jonathan Slavin, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Dr. Ken

For your Golden Globe consideration: Jonathan Slavin, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Dr. Ken

I've been a fan of Slavin since first noticing him on Better Off Ted. He's part of the supporting ensemble of Dr. Ken, a show I was surprised to be utterly amused by in its first season last year. I wasn't a huge fan of Ken Jeong in Community but here he's far more likable and the show itself has a lot to love. It's a bit basic in its style and writing, but it's also on Friday nights which means it's got the trappings of the old ABC TGIF sitcom lineup. Watch it with your tweens!

With season 2 they've increased Suzy Nakamura's role (she's also doing fantastic work this season) and given Slavin some really juicy episodes. I'm posting this a good 6+ months early specifically so I don't forget about Slavin come Emmy season.

Oooh, I should mention this to the Golden Globe peeps too.



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Because It's True

I feel like it's been an awfully long time since I wrote about how George W. Bush is a war criminal and how Dick Cheney is a war criminal and a war profiteer. (For the sake of this post, I won't touch on the crimes against humanity thing.) And it has, it has been a long time. I haven't written a blog post with the phrase "war criminal" since January 2014 (see for yourself, just type "war criminal" in that search box in the upper-left part of the page).
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Today I found myself wondering what was taking The Hague so long with their charges against the W/Cheney administration and then I was reminded that, as I'd said for many years, yes, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and several other officials from their administration are actually convicted war criminals.

"In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were yesterday (Fri) found guilty of war crimes."
"Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia."--Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia, Foreign Policy Journal (5/2012)

Seems kind of dickish that we haven't extradited them. But then it did take 8 years from his presidency for Augusto Pinochet to be arrested. Fingers crossed!!!

P.S. In doing the above search I realized that an important graph was no longer appearing in this post, so I've recreated it. You're welcome.

Song of the Day: "Vaporize"

This fucking year (I just tossed/dropped a very hot pizza on my front porch)... that has nothing to do with this song.



Song: "Vaporize"
Artist: Amos Lee