Money quote from the Oregonian wrap-up of the game:
“I guess we were just distracted,” Washington running back Chris Polk said. “We’re better than this. I was prepared, but I didn’t expect (the crowd) to be this hostile.”
Archive for August, 2008
Money quote from the Oregonian wrap-up of the game:
An email from our buddies at EPD:
John McCain has picked Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Do you really want to go there Obama? Really?
Michael Moynihan at Reason has a video of what can only be called one of the worst musical abominations of all time, or in his words, “a skin-crawling, wretch [sic]-inducing festival of crappiness” featuring such notable musicians as Jason Alexander, Margaret Cho, and Whoopi Goldberg (I think I spotted Herbie Hancock in there, too, which is really a shame). Evidently, this fetid pile of shit was co-written by Bono and some asshole from the Eurythmics who, along with their assorted guests, are offering their “American prayer” to the Democratic nominee.
Word of warning: Do not watch this video unless you have sexual fantasies of giving oral pleasure to Barack Obama, because that’s basically what the song amounts to.
For the record, I made it until 2:35 into the song before projectile vomiting.
I’ll never un-hear that song.
I don’t have too much to say about this except that it’s easily one of the most informative things I’ve read about the conflict in Georgia, bar none. Read it.
The Obama website has a new feature that allows you to design and upload your own hope-tastic t-shirt designs. Users can then vote on their favorite entries, and the winner will presumably be put in production.
You can download a .zip file from the website with all the necessary logos and t-shirt outlines (Creative Suite required). Hmm, I wonder what kind of monstrosities our faithful Commentator readers could come up with? I’m hereby announcing our own Obama-rama t-shirt contest. Funny entries will be posted on the blog, and creator of the winningest design will get a beer or a sudsy tee … or something. Have at it. (Send your creations to email@example.com, and as always, extra points awarded for Big Lebowski references.)
Hat tip to the Eugene Weekly Blog.
I think the DNC (or at least the crazy-fest outside, courtesy of “Recreate 68”) is going to be a hoot and a holler this year.
My personal favorite? “Humanity needs Revolution & Communism, Not a New Face on the Same Brutal Empire”
You can’t make this stuff up.
While the “Revolution & Communism” is perhaps the most absurd picture on there (so far), I think this picture of the clenched-fisted tools idolizing Muqtada al-Sadr as some kind of “anti-imperialist” hero beats it for sheer stupidity.
And is it just me, or is that a Coors logo and a small Budweiser logo on the reverse of Muqtada’s picture?
Really? The only reason? If you thought the aftermath of the 2000 election was ugly, just wait and see what happens when these little race-obsessed goblins go utterly berzerk in the event of an Obama defeat.
More and more, this race baiting stuff from Obama supporters looks to be designed to guilt-trip people into voting for their guy. So much for the post-racial candidate.
Does this help Obama? Does Biden bring to the table the “experience” that the Obama campaign needs?
A survey of 100 bartenders in the Washington D.C. area by Beam Global Spirits & Wine reports that Democrats are better tippers, while Republicans are harder drinkers. The survey also found that Republicans were more likely to order drinks straight, while Democrats were more likely to order mixed drinks. (Insert lame joke about effete liberals here.)
But is this a long-term trend or merely the result of the current political climate? It’s no surprise that Republicans are drowning their sorrows in sweet, sweet booze. (The bottle won’t judge you, Ted Stevens.) Nor is it any surprise that Democrats are more at ease throwing around some cash at the moment. I would like to see a comprehensive study spanning at least a decade to get the real scoop on this phenomenon.
More interesting than the potential split-up of Belgium, however, are the insights they have about how “pan-European post-nationalism” has possibly had the unintended effect of promoting ethnic separatism:
The Scottish example is one that I’ve been aware of for awhile now, but I’d never quite thought of it in the context of European unity. Whether or not it (and other cases, like Belgium) are really unintended byproducts of the EU I can’t say for certain. I’m sure there are those out there who are more informed than I am on the issue who might be able to offer some insight into the dynamics at play. That being said, it makes a certain amount of sense, at least superficially.
Finally, the author uses the case of Belgium as comparison for the situation in Israel/Palestine:
It is here, I think, that the argument gets simultaneously stronger and more far-fetched. On the one hand, the situation in Belgium versus what’s happening in Israel are extremely dissimilar — Belgium has historically been a pretty peaceful sort of place and the forces that seem to be jeopardizing its existence are rooted in economics that happen to be correlated to ethnicity (Wallonia is much poorer than Flanders), whereas the Israel/Palestine conflict, while undeniably posessing an economic element, carries with it the burden of religion, decades of bloodshed, a sense among Palestinians that their land was taken from them, and the prevalence of violent, hard-line parties on both sides, none of which are all that prevalent in Belgian politics, from what I can tell.
On the other hand, I think all of these extreme dissimilarities actually strengthen the argument that Belgium serves as a useful “canary in the coal mine” for any potential unified state comprised of Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Given that I think few would deny that the Walloons and the Flemish probably have more in common with one another than Israelis and Palestinians, it’s hard to see how the “one-state solution” could have any chance of succeeding.
If Belgium is as on the rocks as it’s made out to be (and I have my doubts, personally), it’s hard to see how a united Israel/Palestine could hold itself together, given that the situation there is on the order of magnitudes more extreme than anything we’ve witnessed in Brussels.
Today the Oregonian ran an editorial against the Amethyst Initiative and its proposal to debate lowering the drinking age (which I previously wrote about here). It was bad, failing to produce any real argument or evidence for its claim, but one passage in particular made me really scratch my head:
Excuse me? I’m not sure what university the Oregonian editorial board attended, but maybe they should visit the UO, where the EPD’s infamous “party patrol” roams free, DPS is ever-vigilant and, besides the occasional burnt-out stoner, RA’s are vicious fiends. The UO “tacitly approves” of underage drinking like maltreated Rottweillers tacitly approve of small, doughy children.
Note to Oregonian editorial board: Removing your head from your ass might result in slightly more logical editorials.