Thursday, April 17, 2014

Train of Thought Lounge: Backyard Band

One of my favorite gogo covers.

Sorry for the lack of posting. End school... forever... is near.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pharoahe Monch On TV

So this happened and it was amazing. Pharoahe Monch, my all time favorite rapper was on Melissa Harris Perry's weekend show. His album comes out tomorrow, and it will be bought at midnight.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Change the Fucking Name

This is a thing that happened in Cleveland.

Amazingly enough, as predicted by this cartoon.

Change the fucking name.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Worst Interview By Any Politician, Ever?

I put this on twitter, but in case people missed it I wanted to make sure I gave it more airtime because it's so genuinely jaw-dropping. This is from a DCist interview with the next mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser (read the whole thing here):

The response of the DCist reporter is incredible because she seems legitimately stunned at Bowser's repeated question of "what does introducing legislation have to do with being mayor?" Her response is so patronizing it would be inappropriate under "not dealing with a question that idiotic" circumstances.

And this isn't even a case of someone who has been on the council for a year or so before running. She has been on the city council for SEVEN YEARS.

My god. I am always happy to be wrong/surprised, but Bowser seems like Fenty style neoliberal platitudes except without the substance. I just don't see how this ends well.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Female Senator Too "Emotional" about Torture

These words come from former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden:
Former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden suggested Sunday that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) might have compromised the objectivity of a report on CIA interrogation techniques because she personally wants to change them.

On "Fox News Sunday," Hayden cited comments Feinstein made last month in which she said declassifying the report would "ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted."

Hayden suggested Feinstein feels too strongly about the issue on an "emotional" level.

"That sentence -- that motivation for the report -- may show deep, emotional feeling on the part of the senator, but I don't think it leads you to an objective report," Hayden said.
I for one am glad this guy led the agency that was able to spy on all Americans at any time for any reason. He seems swell.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DC's Democracy Not In Great Shape

Via Charles Davis on Twitter:
This is obviously a problem.

The usual answer is anger at people, but as someone who has spent a lot of time on voter registration in my past, I have a very hard time with that argument.

This seems like a case of bad candidates depressing interest combined with structural problems with DC's governance that make the mayor less powerful and able to do things. The last election that swept Gray into power was much more about hatred of Fenty and Rhee than it was positive feeling about Gray, so with those villains out of the picture this type of result seems likely. It also didn't help matters that the two main candidates were: Bowser (maybe the worst politician I remember winning an office this large, ever) and Gray (under a federal investigation). Not good times.