Daily Archives: December 18, 2008

Afternoon Cheese Fest

I have the day off today, which so far has meant watching The Wire, doing laundry, and sorting gamelan files on my computer…uh…so now I’m going to go do some more menial tasks while leaving you with some audio-visual gems:

Obama’s Picks Aren’t Pleasing Everyone

Obama’s still over a month away from actually becoming the president–for now the shoes are still flying at Bush’s head–but some on the left are already nervous.  Count me among them.

I understand the political chess play that Obama is involving himself in by selecting highly popular evangelical Rick Warren to give his invocation, but for those of us who hope to see homosexual rights advanced, the symbolism of a man who believes gay marriage is an abomination (Warren) being involved in the swearing-in of a man who we hoped would bring change (Obama) is disheartening.

Andrew Sullivan writes for The Atlantic:

Rick Warren will give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration. Warren is a man who believes my marriage removes his freedom of speech and cannot say that authorizing torture is a moral failing. Shrewd politics, but if anyone is under any illusion that Obama is interested in advancing gay equality, they should probably sober up now. He won’t be as bad as the Clintons (who, among leading Democrats, could?), but pandering to Christianists at his inauguration is a depressing omen. More evidence that a civil rights movement needs to realize that no politician can deliver for us what we have to deliver on our own.

While I applaud Warren’s admirable efforts to help the poor and bring comfort to those with HIV/AIDS, I’m also disappointed that he clings to the same cultural hang-ups that so many fundamentalist Christians do (those who say homosexuality is evil, but ignore the verses preceding that say eating shellfish is an abomination) and I hope that Obama’s inauguration choice is not indicative of a pandering, do-nothing administration.

I recommend that anyone who is even remotely interested in gay rights watch For the Bible Tells Me So.

Chris Corsano Live

Chris Corsano is, easily, one of the most talented and innovative drummers on the planet.  He has worked with Six Organs of Admittance, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Jim O’Rourke, Jandek, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and even toured with Bjork. 

If this video doesn’t make you doo-doo in your pants a little bit then you need to visit your proctologist immediately.

Chase Martin’s Favorite Stuff of 2008

(no value, just best of)

Encounters at the End of the World
The Dark Knight
Man on Wire

Hercules and Love Affair
Fleet Foxes
Portishead: Third
Cut Copy: In Ghost Colors
TV on the Radio: Dear Science

Stella Artois

(Chris: Be sure to check out this Stella ad that ran in the UK a few years ago…)

Toilet Paper:
Charmin Double rolls


Most Depressing Celebrity Moment:
Drunk Hasselhoff failing to eat a hamburger…..shirtless….on the floor….with his daughter pleading for him to sober up

Most Overused Word that I Never Want to Hear Again: