Imagine if Bill Clinton took the country to war and then the entire basis for that war was proven false. Clinton would have been impeached immediately. Imagine if during that war a close friend of the administration was placed in charge of the occupation-government, and somehow $9 billion dollars went missing! Do you think it would just be ignored by Congress or dismissed as an "accounting problem?" There would be hearings, there would be testimony, there would be subpoenas, and there would be charges filed! Imagine if Clinton decided to appoint a man to be, say, Treasury Secretary, and that man has made numerous statements to the effect that capitalism is ridiculous or a bad idea. He would be drummed out of his Senate confirmation hearing as being someone so inappropriate for the job as to make a mockery of the position. If such a man were then given a recess appointment, the right would go ballistic! Bolton, who has said numerous times that the UN should be dissolved and is unnecessary, is now the US Ambassador to the UN!! These are just three examples of this hypocrisy. There are hundreds more. I am now so mad that I am pounding the keyboard. I need to get off this topic.
Let's do a quick re-cap of the birthdays for the last few days. The only August 1 birthday of note is for nationally syndicated talk-show host Tom Leykis. Yes, Leykis is a total Howard Stern ripoff, but he's got a little bit of his own thing going, too. I think he's funny as hell. He turns 49 today.Over the weekend there were a number of interesting birthdays. First up for July 31 is retired, early 90s porn star Tamara Lee. Tamara turned 36.Actor Wesley Snipes shared Tamara's birthday. The 'Blade' star turned 43. Though I am not a huge Wesley Snipes fan, he was great in 'Murder at 1600' and he got to make out with Anabella Sciorra in 'Jungle Fever.' Lucky fucker.Former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry turned 47 on Sunday as well. Going back to July 30, send your belated birthday wishes to these folks:Comedian and former MTV host Tom Green turned 34. Wasn't he married to Drew Barrymore for like two weeks?Former 'Friends' star Lisa Kudrow hit the big 4-2 over the weekend. Have you seen her new show, 'The Comeback' on HBO?The last birthday from the 30th is that of blues legend Buddy Guy. Buddy turned 69, and is still out on the road all year long. That should be an inspiration to all the young musicians out there (especially the ones that whine about having to tour).
- (AP) North Carolina Republican switched vote on CAFTA. Do you actually think the Republican party has principles? Think again. The GOP cares only about itself and its agenda. Here's a perfect example: Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) lives in a district that has been hurt by NAFTA. He stated publicly for weeks that he was opposed to CAFTA since it would hurt his district. Yet on the day of the vote in the House, the GOP needed one more vote for passage. Guess who voted "yes"? That's right...Robin Hayes. Way to stick it to your district!! Good job.
- (Haaretz) Extremists put pulsa denura death curse on PM Ariel Sharon. You think we have whacko religious extremists in the US? We do. But, these Israelis take it to a new level. They have put an ancient curse on Ariel Sharon to show their anger over his plan of withdrawal in Gaza. How long before Pat Roberts puts a curse on the Supreme Court because it decides a case in a way he doesn't like. Not long, I bet.
- (AP) Saudi King Fahd dies in Ryad hospital. So what. A dead king of a terrorist country. Big fucking deal.
- (Omaha World Herald) Nebraska charges man for having sex with 14 year old wife. Matthew Coso, 22, has been charged with first degree sexual assault for impregnating his wife (who was 13 at the time). I don't know what to make of this story. On the one hand, they are married. But outside of Mississippi or Utah, who marries a 13 year old? (sign in required)
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Did Jimi Hendrix claim he was gay to get out of the Army in the 60s? A new biography on the classic rocker says he did back in 1962...Apparently women are no longer buying thong underwear like they used to. Thong sales are down 20% and many former thong "advocates" are coming out against it. I am against this trend. If women stop wearing thongs, the terrorists win. It's about saving Western culture...Interpol will be re-releasing its second album, Antics, with a bonus disc of b-sides and remixes. The album is a must have for any music fan, but the thing just came out last year! How many more times will I have to buy this fucking album!?...Have you noticed more and more TV characters smoking pot? USA Today has a decent article on the trend. My favorite TV pot smoker? Nate Fisher on 'Six Feet Under.'...Speaking of 'Six Feet Under,' how about that ending last night? I will be writing more about it in the next few days. I was shocked!
I have been loving this band since I got the CD late last year for my radio show. DFA 1979 is only a two-piece band, but they make more noise than an entire orchestra. You will be shocked when you hear what just bass and drums can do. The entire album is great, you can pick it up here.
Today on 'The Factor' we have Nebraska's own cyber babe Melissa Midwest. She's come a long way since her old days as "Melissa Lincoln." She's become a bit of a phenomenon lately. Check out the rest of this photo set here.