im going back some day
come what may to
blue(d) by you
election thread, anyone?
whats up with mark halperin? couldnt come up with one instance of liberal bias while shilling his wares on colbert.
rbt williams
the popsicle twins
Such self-loathing is, of course, nothing new. “Who hates the Jews more than the Jew?” Henry Miller once asked. But Mamet has a ready answer for Miller: everyone else. The world hates the Jews, he writes, always has, always will. Liberal Jews who read The New York Times or listen to National Public Radio may not think so, but they are naďve; when the pogrom comes, he predicts, even lapsed Jews will search frantically for doorways with mezuzas. In fact, apart from various Internet wackos, anti-Semitism, at least the American strain, has waned; how else to explain the very assimilation Mamet so detests? But he writes as if Father Coughlin is still on the radio, Henry Ford still hawks The Dearborn Independent and Fritz Kuhn’s German American Bundists still march through Yorkville.

With equal fervor, Mamet depicts lapsed Jews as figures from Dante, full of pain and guilt and “anomie,” languishing in an ethnic limbo, scorned by Jew and gentile alike. Pathetic, self-lacerating losers, he calls them (sort of like gay Republicans). Naturally, no one’s fooled: to both themselves and those who hate them, they’ll always be Jews. Mamet subscribes to what an old Jew from Chicago — one a generation older than he — once told me: “You can change your noses, but not your Moses.”

But as near as I can tell, few wayward Jews feel such angst. We are no longer in the age of “The Jazz Singer,” where children steeped in Jewish learning break their poor pious fathers’ hearts by trading pulpits for prosceniums. They may feel a pang or two around their Christmas trees, but as assimilated children of assimilated parents, their Jewish ties were pretty attenuated already. Here, too, Mamet seems a generation or two too late. Given his prodigious talent and insight, one wonders why. Maybe it’s a bizarre form of nostalgia, for a time when, thanks largely to their enemies, Jews felt more fraternal, and many were shtarkers — tough guys — rather than the deracinated wimps he thinks we’ve become, people whose favorite Jew, as he puts it, is Anne Frank.
Neo Culpa:
Perle goes so far as to say that, if he had his time over, he would not have advocated an invasion of Iraq: "I think if I had been delphic, and had seen where we are today, and people had said, 'Should we go into Iraq?,' I think now I probably would have said, 'No, let's consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists."
another powerful keith olbermann screed. im just glad hes not wasting his rhetorical skills on bobby bonds and terrell owens anymore.
i caught a snippet of imus hosing kerry yesterday. "just dont even open your mouth anymore..."

kerry canceling all support appearances. the turkeys trying to blow it for us.
finally broadway is taking the tom moody demographic seriously. this makes sweeney todd seem like, um, musical theatre? angela lansbury eat your heart out, or at least let somebody else do it.
Tucker also excelled at ending things. In 1997, after 22 years of directing her beloved institution, she did another thing people don't do much: She voluntarily stepped aside. Nudge-nudge, museum people everywhere, and I suppose also art critics. Like I said, Tucker was a hero.
An alternate view on cameras in phones ...

Lights, cell-phone camera, action
digby of the day
billmon of the day
remnick interviews obama.
dont know if anyone gets it, but g4 (the video gamers channel) has arrested development reruns every night at 1130.
thought i had mentioned something about the minor accomplishments of jackie woodman but i dont see it. worth checking out. tonight at 11 on ifc.
the hill - congressmans office life and politics as reality tv on sundance.
brice marden at moma (is it so wrong to like this work - i think not.)
how feasible is it that farmers are going to be using cloned animals for milk and meat production? i wouldn't think that would even be an option, cost-wise. but still, it's a little unsettling to have it going for FDA approval since there must be a lot more in the works for this kind of thing if it's going through. very creepy.
According to Bush at today's presser, a timetable equals defeat, but a series of benchmarks of things that have to be accomplished with specified deadlines of when they have to be completed is something that will help us acheive victory. Just don't put them in tabular form! Tables are evil, defeatist things!