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June 28, 2006
Why the Democrats are a steaming pile of shit: their Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, votes yea on the asinine flag burning amendment. Jesus.
The only silver lining is the joke Orrin Hatch is denied once again.
Serious question: when is the last time anyone saw an American flag being burned, not counting in Iraq or Afghanistan? Is there a single incident of flag burning in the lower 48 since 9/11?June 27, 2006
The big news around these parts is I'm 1-for-1 in film festival submissions. Last April ('05) I shot a short comedy/office-samurai movie called Cube Farm Samurai. Last winter I finally got around to editing it, and on a whim submitted it to the Wild River Festival to be held in early September in St. Paul. Maybe they were hurting for submissions, but it's been accepted. Al Green is performing at some point, so even if the film section is held in a Biffy, we can groove to Let's Stay Together.
The star of the show is Adam Sellke, as the samurai, pictured below. [SPOILER ALERT!!] Besides ripping your head off if you check voicemail on speakerphone, Adam will also rip your entire CD collection to MP3 over at Ripshark.
June 26, 2006
I worked alongside Russ Feingold (well, sorta) years ago when I was a
lowly Wisconsin Senate page, and he didn't seem like presidential timber at the time, but watching him yesterday on Meet the Press, he is now.
This is one of my favorite times of the year (and not just because I can play golf until almost 10PM): summer sales. Barney's Co-op is blowing out and I went slightly fucking nuts. All In the Bag:
Citizens of Humanity "Jagger - Santiago" jeans. $158.
Rogan short-sleeve western shirt. $69.
Trovata cargo shorts. $79. Trovata is cool as shit.
Rag and Bone "daggers" t-shirt. $29.
June 22, 2006
The Adam Sandler comedy Click opens tomorrow, and its premise is
essentially something I wrote about in this space about 18 months ago: Tivo for
Life. I kinda doubt Click is about hot moms in low-rise jeans and thongs, but here's the post repeated in its entirety:
Can you get Tivo installed in the brain?
Someone please help me. Tivo?
Rallied by Bush, Skittish G.O.P. Now Embraces War as Issue
Go for it, dudes. Iraq's an abortion.June 19, 2006
Of Napalm, Ripped Guns, and Flat Stomachs
I was watching Apocalypse Now for about the 27th time last night, and realized Robert Duvall was 47 years old when he shot this scene. Here's to looking like this at 47 ... or even 37. Or 27 for that matter.
June 15, 2006
I'm a bit sheepish about it, mainly because it's not a good movie, but I love Napoleon Dynamite. Totally fucking awful critics, like Roger Ebert, didn't like it, and the
haters now have
the knives out for Jared
Hess's follow-up, Nacho Libre, some even calling it
It's a comedy made by people who seem to think they're doing more than they're doing, which is making a mildly offbeat Adam Sandler comedy with an innocuous racist tinge of Mexicans-are-good-for-a-cheap-laugh sarcasm.June 14, 2006
Now here's something I'd like to see more of. One-time pro-war pundits admitting that the war on Iraq was/is dumb, and that they were wrong.
We are stuck there in that wretched place with no way out that would not involve massive loss of geostrategic face. Getting on for 3,000 of our troops have been killed, and close to 20,000 maimed. We've spent untold billions of dollars. For what?June 13, 2006
Roethlisberger was scheduled to film a national television ad for Campbell's Chunky Soup with his mother, Brenda, and some of his Steelers teammates today.
Netflix! Boo! Hiss! Now with banner ads.
I'm really not down with the idea of a paid service showing ads. It's the brick-and-mortar equivalent of sitting through a pitch for Best Buy or Coke after I paid $9 to watch Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector.June 12, 2006
While I continue my search -- or more appropriately, quest -- for these Neil Barrett kicks, I found these passable Ponys at a small fraction of the price.
In The Bag:
Black Pony "Max" sneakers, via nordstrom.com. $44 (on sale).
Only in America. Three inmates at Gitmo kill themselves -- something I would've managed to do about 3 years ago -- and it's an attack on America. Head warden Harry B. Harris Jr.:
They are smart, they are creative, they are committed. They have no regard for life, neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.
Not just an attack, but an asymmetrical attack, dammit!June 6, 2006
Jeepers. That kidnapping of 56 people in Iraq yesterday happened within sight of Iraq's Ministry of Justice.
Seems that an America-hating rag like the New York Times was being too kind on Sunday, when they said insurgents have pushed "nearly to the heart of the city":
The killings are a grim illustration of how badly security has deteriorated in and around Baghdad. Insurgents easily set up roadblocks on highways and have pushed through western Baghdad, nearly to the heart of the city. Russian Embassy workers were seized on Saturday near a prominent social club that was safe a year ago.
More from Iraq:
Bananas: 3.50 Iraqi Dinars (ID)/lb.
On Sunday: "The area, around Baquba, has become one of the most violent in Iraq. The authorities found eight heads on a road there Saturday, which they moved to a hospital in banana boxes."
Today: "According to authorities, the heads were wrapped in black plastic bags and shoved into fruit boxes. Their identities could not be immediately confirmed."June 1, 2006
I noticed Vince Vaughn's growing fatness in the retrograde Wedding
Crashers, but not nearly as colorfully the LA
Joe Donnelly in his scathing review of The Break-Up:
Too bad both Vaughn and Favreau appear to have eaten every Vienna Beef dog in Chicago while making this film, thus rendering "Swingers 2" an unlikely possibility.
That is so not money. May 31, 2006
Might've been wrong about The War Tapes. The Village Voice's Michael Atkinson, one of the best in the business, calls it "the cinematic equivalent to a ribbon magnet." In that case, the New York Post will love it!May 30, 2006
Flying in way, way under the movie-release rader is The War
Tapes, yet another Iraq war documentary, but this time with a twist (er, gimmick?). The filmmaker, Deborah Scranton, gave video cameras to
National Guardsmen and just had them document their experiences. In Anbar province. The trailer is great. The initial reviews are positive.
There's buzz around my household that skulls are headed post-peak. I just don't want to believe it's true, especially when there are skulls and lions and flowers on this sweet Diesel shirt. And a skull on the collar point for good measure. In The Bag:
DIESEL® 'Todes' Graphic Polo, via nordstrom.com. $45.May 29, 2006
Those ungrateful little brown bastards.
Riot Erupts in Kabul After U.S. Traffic Accident
See Also: Springtime for Killing in AfghanistanMay 26, 2006
There are, indeed, a few good men. About the marine massacre in Haditha:
Military investigators have since uncovered a far different set of facts from what was first reported, partly aided by marines who are cooperating with the inquiry and partly guided by reports filed by a separate unit that arrived to gather intelligence and document the attack; those reports contradicted the original version of the marines, Pentagon officials said.May 25, 2006
Any time an apparel item combines Jebus with skulls -- no matter what the price -- it's got to go into Heavy Consideration:
Sweet Jebus belt buckle with skulls! Via yoox.com. $124.
Yoox once had these Neil Barrett shoes, and now they're gone. It's my life's mission to find them. (Size 13 please.)May 23, 2006
Finally got around to watching Baghdad ER last night. Shrub should definitely watch it. In the first 30 seconds is this:
It took a taxpayer-funded study to figure out supply and demand:
Gas Prices Legitimate, Study SaysMay 19, 2006
Freedom Once Again on the March
A few weeks ago it was Shiites and Sunnis living as refugees because of sectarian violence. Now the middle class is upping the ante, doing anything to get the fuck out of Iraq entirely.
"The main thing now is to just get out of Iraq," said Mr. Bahjat, standing in a room heaped with suitcases and bedroom furniture in eastern Baghdad.
In the other glorious Bush Administration success: Afghanistan Rocked As 105 Die in ViolenceMay 18, 2006
Washington Post: Human Ancestors May Have Interbred With Chimpanzees
Courtesy of bushorchimp.com.
May these fuckers rot in hell. (The marines, not the dead kids.)
Pentagon report said to find killing of Iraqi civilians deliberateMay 17, 2006
Back to Iraq? Been there, done that. Now it's time to go back to Somalia:
More than a decade after U.S. troops withdrew from Somalia following a disastrous military intervention, officials of Somalia's interim government and some U.S. analysts of Africa policy say the United States has returned to the African country, secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.
Got me thinking ... are we now supporting the same guys who dragged US troops through the streets of Mogadishu? Believe-it-or-fucking-not: Yep.
Many of the warlords have their own agendas, Somali officials said, and some reportedly fought against the United States in 1993 during street battles that culminated in an attack that downed two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and left 18 Army Rangers dead.
Completely asinine US foreign policy decisions get me in the mood to consume.
In The Bag. Left Field rocks. Cushy-soft long-sleeve T with an image of a beer and a football player on the tee vee; to be worn during the work week, not just on Sundays:
Left Field long sleeve Sunday Do Nothing T, via yoox.com. $48.00May 15, 2006
I reckon there is nothing that makes you feel more like a man -- and I mean capital M, capital A, capital N -- than throwing a hard, tight spiral with an official-size NFL/NCAA football. (It's especially sweet watching the rotation of the white stripes on the college ball.)
In The Bag:
Wilson F1005R NCAA Game Ball Football, via amazon.com. $64.99May 12, 2006
It's like a reverse auction. Do I hear 29%? Yep.
A Disney feel-good sports drama gets rightly
An against-all-odds fairy tale of the hoariest kind, "Goal! The Dream Begins" runs through sports movie clichés with all the subtlety, style, and originality of a kick to the shins.
May 9, 2006
Burn, baby, burn: Bush approval rating hits new low. 31%. Disapproval rating at new high: 65%.
His dad's lowest approval rating was 32%. Clinton's 36%. Next target: Carter's 28%. Pushing Nixon's 24% might cause Extreme Schadenfreude overload.
I ain't never liked Tom Hanks. It's not the kind of viceral hatred I have for a
completely talentless hack like Ben Affleck (who I'd pay money to see beaten like a piñata), but Hanks --
whose best work was in Bosom Buddies and possibly Bachelor Party -- is a
middling actor, cast in (mostly) middling movies, perfect for a middlebrow entertainment-consuming public that makes
Jay Leno the #1 late-night talk show host. And now there's even more reason to pour scorn on the bastard: he
gets to co-star with the
babelicious Frenchwoman and très hot Audrey Tautou, who's the Gallic-second-coming of Audrey Hepburn, a
babe for all-time. I
may even be a love scene involved. Fucker.
"While I was being made up and sat there next to Tom, I laughed nervously. I really felt as if this was a joke - it didn't seem reasonable to be part of my life. I felt kind of out of place next to these people. It did take a while until I wasn't impressed any more."
In The Bag:
Overthrow : America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, via amazon.com. $17.33.
See also: an excellent Democracy Now interview with author Stephen Kinzer. Part I | Part II
In The Bag:
Adidas Modo Del Mar, via adidasgolf.com. $90.May 5, 2006
the running list of savage critics:
Things go bump in the night in this 19th-century ghost story, but it's the bump of emptying seats, as audiences flee in boredom, that will haunt you for days.
May 4, 2006
Calling all cynical bastards!
Easily the best idea that's come through email in 2006 comes from Josh Katinger, who's suggesting a "Web 2.0" (wretch) version of the bullshit generator. He has a few suggested nouns. We need verbs and adjectives, please! (Updated as they trickle in.)
Today the Times reports on the skinny jeans trend. In the article reporter Eric Wilson cites Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and the Ramones.
Earlier this year dack.com gave the skinny trend a thumbs-down and wrote:
Skinny is clearly in for '06. Skinny lapels, skinny belts, skinny shoes, skinny shirts. Skinny jeans may work on occasion if you're a drug-addled rock-and-roller, but if you're a regular guy it's just going to make your ass look fat.May 3, 2006
The Bush foreign policy is, like, the reverse Midas touch:
Taliban Threat Is Said to Grow in Afghan South
Iraq, Afghanistan Among Top Ten Failed StatesApril 28, 2006
I never thought I'd be using this space to praise a Charles Krauthammer column, but man, is he right. Worse than Dubai ports. It's supply and demand, stupids!April 27, 2006
Add this to the running
list of critic savagery.
In "RV," the downwardly spiraling career trajectories of Robin Williams and director Barry Sonnenfeld intertwine like the ropes of a tangled parachute, and all the helpless viewer can do is look on aghast as the whole abortive fiasco plummets toward Earth.April 26, 2006
J.Fold "Roadster" in nubuck with sky blue stripes, via jfold.com. $60.April 25, 2006
preznit said he still would've invaded Iraq "knowing what I know today."
I freely admit I'm a Camper Whore, with that brand taking up about 1/2 of my footwear collection. And I'm sucked in again:
Camper sandals with "contact earth" system that discharges electrostatic energy. Via zappos.com. $148. Some please call the pedicurist!April 24, 2006
About the last thing I need right now is an angry Muslim named Omran who wants a piece of me. I make an in jest comment about a hot broadcaster from Abu Dhabi TV and he writes in:
Now that I finally figured out how to use the site, I'm spending an inordinate amount of time at yoox.com. It's like Bluefly with almost exclusively boutique I-talian designers. This might be a bit much but somehow I'm strangely attracted:
MET long-sleeve tee with embroidered fist surrounded by purple sequins. $58. POW!April 20, 2006
Damn, Shrub's mistake is fucking expensive:
The cost of the war in U.S. fatalities has declined this year, but the cost in treasure continues to rise, from $48 billion in 2003 to $59 billion in 2004 to $81 billion in 2005 to an anticipated $94 billion in 2006, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The U.S. government is now spending nearly $10 billion a month in Iraq and Afghanistan, up from $8.2 billion a year ago, a new Congressional Research Service report found.April 19, 2006
It's still only April, but easily the biggest bomb of 2006 -- and it's going to be tough to beat --
is Basic Instinct 2. A $70 million budget and so far
it's grossed just $5.8 million. Released only 2.5 weeks ago, it's already gone from every theater in the greater
Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
AJAX Run Amok
Just like they did in '96 with frames, '97 with Flash, and '98/'99 with DHTML, the usability wonks need to saddle up and take on the wave of ridiculously bad implementations of AJAX. A prominent case in point is what Netflix recently unleashed on users: an AJAX-ified "add to queue" feature. Used to be you clicked the "Add" button and you went to a new page that said the movie was added to your queue. Now it's much better. You click "Add" and you get an annoying faded out splash screen...
... and then a big fucking huge annoying DIV you need to use your mouse to close.
This is progress? More like reverse.April 17, 2006
Is it any wonder Scary
Movie 5 is already set for an Easter 2007 release? $41
million in three days, setting a record for Easter weekend, critics be damned.
Three cheers to Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick. His bombshell article on yesterday's front page nearly caused Scott McClellan to have a stroke at yesterday's briefing, and had White House hacks running around sending "Setting the Record Straight" emails to reporters.
Warrick is assigned today's follow-up and rather than wilt gets in these two jabs, like a Larry Holmes 1-2 punch, essentially saying, quietly, "fuck off":
In the statements, the White House does not deny the existence of the technical team's report but portrays it as a preliminary finding, contrasting that report with a public white paper put out by the CIA on May 28, 2003. The CIA paper described the trailers as the "strongest evidence to date that Iraq was hiding a biological warfare program."
Cargo is dead, but ironically they did their best work in their swan song. The May issue has an especially inspired piece on updated golf attire. Lots of this stuff is cut from the "urban grandpa" brand I've been attempting to make work on the links for a couple of years. Click images to enlarge.
St. Andrews Print Golf Pant, via penguinclothing.com. $129.99.April 12, 2006
Is it any wonder why more than 1 in 4 Americans still believe Saddam had WMD when the US invaded?
Lacking Biolabs, Trailers Carried Case for WarApril 11, 2006
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, puts together the best-yet history and timeline of intelligence cooking, yellowcake from Niger, Joe Wilson, Scooter Libby, Judith Miller, Colin Powell, Richard Cheney, and Pat Fitzgerald.
Why does Newt Gingrich hate America?April 10, 2006
The hits just keep on comin':
Bush's Job Approval Rating Continues to Swoon
...dumber being Clark, a booger-eating mama's boy played by Jon Heder, using up the last of the 15 minutes he squeezed out of "Napoleon Dynamite."April 7, 2006
I love the smell of Extreme Schadenfreude in the morning:
Bush, GOP Approval Ratings Find New LowsApril 6, 2006
A couple of days ago a site called Productdose picked the Top 10 Coolest Laptop Cases, and since dack.com did a couple of laptop bag posts a while back (and I haven't made a purchasing desicion yet), I'm making a list of everything that came through the comments for your flipping/shopping pleasure.
First, the likely target of my conspicuous consuming love:
Absolutely freakin' beautiful Knomo Frinton 17" Messenger Bag. Via knomobags.com eshop. £165.
And here are the rest:
Yo Creationists: Suck It!
April 4, 2006
I've had a lot of bad ideas in my
life, but perhaps the worst idea was one I came up with about 14 months ago: With the launch of several new men's
magazines, combined with old standbys like GQ and Esquire, I thought it'd be a good idea to create a
web site that was sort of a meta-men's magazine, where each pub's best style picks could all be found in one place.
Trends could be identified, and then avoided.
Seems as though men don't need magazines to help them shop; most just have their wives do it.April 3, 2006
The New York Times rolled out a new design on Sunday, and besides turning the Simplicity dial about two notches past 11, my biggest problem with it is the use of Georgia everywhere. I really don't have anything against Georgia, but there are certain principles you just don't violate. For example, weblogs need to be in too-small Verdana, and news needs to be in Times New Roman (or perhaps Arial). Period.
Furthermore, according to at least one font analysis study from a great old resource called Usability News, Times (and perhaps Arial) is read faster:
Post hoc analysis indicated that both Times and Arial were read significantly faster than Courier, Schoolbook, and Georgia.
Do some Chinese math and the Times, by choosing Georgia, may have a significant negative impact on America's GDP.
I love Project
Runway and am currently addicted to Top Chef, but can
someone please explain the appeal of Blow
Out with egomaniacal douchebag Jonathan Antin? Bravo TV is running an unfortunate promo for Season 3 where
Jonny says, "I am so over me." Dude! If that's how you feel, imagine what we
Speaking of reality TV, here's a new pitch for Bravo to replace Blow Out, kind of a different take on E's Dr. 90210: Blown Up! Dr. Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. Show the multiple surgeries, limb removal, and painful recovery of the victims of the stupidest fucking war in history. A huge hit in the making!
See also: William F. Buckley says Shrub will be judged on the Iraq war, which he calls a "failure." Sayeth Buckley: "If he'd invented the Bill of Rights it wouldn't get him out of his jam."
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