Friday, October 17, 2008

Levi Stubbs, (1936-2008)

Sad news for Motown lovers:

DETROIT -- Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, who possessed one of the most dynamic and emotive voices of all the Motown singers, died Friday at 72.

He had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife, said Dana Meah, the wife of Stubbs' grandson.
One of my favorite songs from the Four Tops:

And one of the classic group battles:

Levi Stubbs, RIP

Thursday, October 16, 2008

And the Hits Just Keep on Comin...

May I present:

The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps -- instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of "Obama Bucks" -- a phony $10 bill featuring Obama's face on a donkey's body, labeled "United States Food Stamps."


The group's president, Diane Fedele, said she plans to send an apology letter to her members and to apologize at the club's meeting next week. She said she simply wanted to deride a comment Obama made over the summer about how as an African-American he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."


"I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."

She said she also wasn't trying to make a statement linking Obama and food stamps, although her introductory text to the illustration connects the two: "Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on????? Food Stamps, what else!"

[Vicious, expletive-laden rant here]

Hat Tip: NJ Ray

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I Give Up!

Today, I learned that Chris Buckley has left the National Review--the magazine founded by his late father and personal hero of mine, William F. Buckley, Jr. He left to quell the backlash for writing this -- and not even within the pages of the once great magazine turned hack-job rag. (Honestly, have you read The Corner recently?) It was a well-written piece by a man disaffected with a man he admires-- to the point that he does not want him to lead the country they both love. For this, and probably his libertarian leanings as well, his "resignation" was heartily accepted by Rich and Co.

I am absolutely fed up with the GOP.

I've been distancing myself from them for awhile now, but I'm just over it. The current Republican hierarchy--both within the party structure and the power players in the media-- remind me a lot of this guy:

That is, so out of touch that they are in need of a serious and unrelenting ass-kicking.

As we recovering-Republicans watch the GOP sink like the H.M.S. Titanic--hubris and all--I can't help but feel that a certain amount of justice will be served as the defeats roll-in: precinct after precinct, office after office, state after state. The oncoming Blue Period will not be one that I relish at all--I will be as angry and vociferous in my opposition to their plans as I have always been. The pseudo-socialist nanny state types will deliver what they've been promising to do for years, and we shall all reap the rewards of the sown seeds of nearly unlimited executive power--this time, in the hands of a Progressive--backed by a Congress waiting to do his do-gooder bidding with money they don't have. (In fairness, Congress should be pushing their own similarly feel-good agenda, but the current leadership is entirely feckless and couldn't lead their way out of a paper bag.)

The Republican party thought it could throw out its philosophical groundings and that, somehow, they would stay in power.

Buckley summed it up well:

So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.

Indeed it has left many of us, and the price shall be paid come November.

Sic semper tyrannis.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Quote of the Day

On writing after winning the Nobel Prize: “I haven’t noticed [Nobel laureate Joe Stiglitz] getting an easy time. People just say, ‘Sure, he’s a great Nobel laureate and he’s very smart, but he still doesn’t know what he’s talking about in this situation.’ I’m sure I’ll get the same thing.”
-Newly awarded Nobel laureate Paul Krugman

Indeed you will, Mr. Krugman. Indeed you will.