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Disco For Cynics

January 24, 2017 5:49 am
That was the first XTC song I heard, I'm pretty sure. I didn't know who it was by at the time. Got a lot of college radio play near me.  
January 24, 2017 6:36 am
A band I still listen to now on a regular basis: Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Have heard them but honestly don't remember what they sound like.
January 24, 2017 5:39 pm
By the way, I still have this site categorized as: Political - Rarely Used or Defunct in my bookmarks.

He Came, He Saw, She Died

February 21, 2017 4:37 pm
I'm fine with people hating Trump, really, but not when it involves bullshit claims about Russian interference with our elections, Trump-Putin mind meld, etc.
February 2, 2017 5:51 pm
Haven't read all of this yet, but this looks decent on the Al-Awlakis, etc.:
February 21, 2017 4:21 pm
Our friend Phil writes:
I completely believe that Donald Trump was in bed with the Russians before the election and the campaign may well have intrigued with Vladimir Putin with respect to Wikileaks and that helped defeat Hillary Clinton. I believe that because that’s how the world works; because a lot of very smart people in the liberal establishment believe it; and because the New York Times and Washington Post are documenting some of it, with the fervor of Watergate. Maybe it will bring the liar in chief down some day and end this short national nightmare. I certainly hope so. And continues to acclaim Obama. Yes, I know the core of the piece is a discussion of Israeli influence on US politics. Ho-hum. Not brave truth telling at this point, though a reminder can be useful. (Originally saw this at
February 15, 2017 3:07 am
Way too much going on right now for me to keep up with, but I don't feel good about the Flynn situation + the change in rhetoric re: Crimea. It may just be rhetoric, but we need to see something more than rhetoric at some point. It's one thing to deal with having to guess a lot during a political campaign, where you know you are going to have to sort through a lot of bullshit. Once someone is in office, there needs to start being action that clarifies things. We'll see. In the meantime, it just confirms to me that fighting Zionist influence on US foreign policy is absolutely crucial. (Easier said than done, obviously. I have not brilliant suggestions on how to achieve anything.)
February 21, 2017 4:57 pm
Mooser still never shuts up. I know I am fighting pointless old battles here.
February 13, 2017 5:30 pm
How out of touch with your everyday physical reality (in an urban setting) do you have to be to not recognize those sort of utility markings?
A little more Charles Reznikoff, please.
February 2, 2017 5:34 pm
No comment: I admit this is not particularly important given how much is happening at the moment. I should probably be paying more attention to Yemen. Some suggestions it wasn't a botched raid at all, but meant to further eliminate the Al-Awlaki family. Seeing the photo of Nawar Anwar Al-Awlaki is devastating.
January 24, 2017 6:01 am
wreck, not mess. I knew that sounded wrong.
February 13, 2017 5:08 pm
How out of touch with your everyday physical reality (in an urban setting) do you have to be to not recognize those sort of utility markings? (On the other hand, I obviously don't endorse sending the sort of threatening mail she talks about getting. Not that she hasn't done plenty to provoke hostility over the years for her anti-Christian humor. (Not that I entirely care, but double standards and all.))
February 13, 2017 5:04 pm
Sorry but I do find this gratifying. Trump's Holocaust statement sansa mention of Jews specifically is one of the more satisfying symbolic gestures he's made so far. On the other hand, no side can subsist on symbols alone.
I'm seeing swastikas in everything fratboys. It started w Bannon's rise & festered when trump decided not 2 mention Jews re the Holocaust.
January 24, 2017 6:00 am
Trump not following the usual protocol of privileging mainstream media (and particular mainstream media outlets at that):! I know people have their reasons for hating him, but it's hard for me to imagine not finding this amusing. Other important changes, including the anticipated withdrawal from TPP: Kind of having trouble keeping up these days because as Exene sang, my whole fuckin' life is a mess. (Will now pepper my posts with gratuitous X references just to annoy.)
February 2, 2017 6:01 pm
The idea that the military would be on the side of the Hollywood ziolib crowd is pretty funny in itself. Do people like Silverman think it would all play out like a movie or a music video? * At the same time, I'm not sure how much longer I can even weakly support Trump. I don't like my options. I don't like the Democrats, I don't like Republicans, and I don't like violent leftists. (The violent far-right is not much of an issue at the moment, so I am leaving them out, but I don't like them any more. Might come in handy if the communists and anarchists get out of hand, however.)