stAllio!'s way
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 
debate and switch
damn, on the very first question bush was blinking like a LED, and told a blatant lie during his 30sec extension.

kerry brought up this quote and bush denied it (thanks to dailykos users for locating it so quickly)

Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.

bush is smirking again... if he were wired, i would think his handler would tell him to stop! he looks smarmy.

maybe he isn't smirking so much as the left side of his mouth is numb or swollen and he can't permanently turned downward...

my sister wanted to know what kind of a question is "is homosexuality a choice?" seriously.

the moderator asked bush straight out whether he would overturn roe v wade. bush didn't even answer the question; he just said he wouldn't have a "litmus test" for his judges. he used about 15 seconds of his 2 minutes. come on, george. he also tries to equate jobs with education. in response to the mininum wage question, he said we need high educational standards. how will that increase the number of higher paying jobs, or make it easier to get by on minimum wage jobs? we'll only end up with a bunch of college-education burger flippers and janitors...

what the hell is wrong with the left side of bush's mouth?

blink blink blink blink blink blink blink it's like bush is making goo-goo eyes at someone (kerry?).


o'reilly sex scandal
fox pundit and "shut up" king bill o'reilly is being sued for sexually harrassing one of his producers. o'reilly already filed a preemptive countersuit.

Based on the extensive quotations cited in the complaint, it appears a safe bet that Mackris, 33, recorded some of O'Reilly's more steamy soliloquies.

this thing is juicy. it's worth reading just to see o'reilly quoted using the words "falafel" and "pussy" used in the same sentence (see p.16).

tonight are the debates and i might get a quick post in about them, but tomorrow i leave for an extended weekend at recycled rainbow so i don't have much posting time left...

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 
media roundup
the rumor that bush has been wearing a "wire" during the debates keeps gaining steam. i'm a bit skeptical, because the potential PR disaster that would ensue if they were caught is so huge that i'm not sure even the bush administration is foolish enough to try it. then again, what are those mysterious bulges in george's suit? if they're not a wire, wtf are they? the bush administration has not given a plausible answer.

sinclair broadcasting, the same media conglomerate that refused to air the episode of nightline where koppel read off a list of the iraq war dead, has mandated that its affiliates air a blatant piece of anti-kerry propaganda (a "film" brought to you by those swift boat liars) on prime time before election day. the swift boat liars have every right to make any kind of bogus movie they like, but for a broadcasting powerhouse to give them an hour's free airtime is outrageous and flagrantly illegal. i had to pay good money to see fahrenheit 9/11; can you imagine the republican outrage if that were going to be broadcast over the airwaves on or before nov 1? josh marshall at talkinpointsmemo is encouraging people to get in touch with sinclair's advertisers and voice their dissatisfaction, arguing (correctly i think) that hitting sinclair in the wallet (advertising revenue) is the best strategy to get them to back down.

sinclair exec mark hyman even went on cnn and repeatedly compared democrats to "holocaust deniers", which was promptly condemned by the ADL. so a top sinclair exec goes on-air, compares democrats to holocaust deniers and suggests that terrorists are pro-kerry, but in the same breath claims there is no pro-bush bias at sinclair...

sinclair thinks they can call this "news" somehow (even former fcc chair reed hundt thinks that's hogwash) but this isn't the first time sinclair has air blatant PR disguised as news.

and moving on to print... judith miller, nytimes reporter famous for unskeptically printing misinformation for ahmed chalabi (who has since apparently been outed as an iranian spy), is in jail for refusing to cooperate with the valerie plane investigation. so why does the times's ombudsman think it's okay to publicly reveal the names of its readers who criticize its reporters?

Monday, October 11, 2004 
when it rains it snows pt. 4
if you haven't checked out the news page recently, you might not be aware that i have two halloween shows coming up! on october 30th (saturday) i'll be playing a family-friendly event at bubba's in downtown indy, with costumes and decorations, hosted by "elvira" (but not the elvira). great big long lineup for that show; maybe i can convince some of my friends to bring their kids to this... and then on halloween itself, i'm playing a show at radio radio with locals lunar event and national touring band asobi sexsu. that will be a shoegazery kind of show. i hope to have new halloween-themed material ready for both shows, so that's two chances to get your dose of mangled media this halloween!

on top of that, just two months after i got my picture in INtake for that "mixed messages" playlist thingy, i will now apparently get a full artist profile in INtake's october 28 issue. the reporter, jessica halverson, just left my house 1/2 hour ago. she seemed well prepared; at least she'd spent enough time on this site to know what to ask about: software, bad taste, copyright issues, sampling, databending, awia, "we will iraq you"... i think we hit most of the good points. the interview lasted an hour or more; her 45-minute tape ran out before we were done. then she took a few photos of me wearing the special awia "cow head" t-shirt that zoke sent me: one of two such shirts in existence. so if you haven't seen that shirt, you might get a chance when the piece runs in a couple weeks.

and it's possible my name will pop up elsewhere in that issue, since either or both of my halloween shows could conceivably make imn's top 10 list, which INTake carries. (the fact that i'm playing those shows is almost certainly why i'm being profiled now anyway, so good promotion for me and for the shows.)

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