Economist Paul Krugman has long been one of the most sober and sane voices on the topic of Social Security. In his column in today's New York Times, he deconstructs Bush's new claim that blacks are treated unfairly by the current system.
For those of you who somehow managed to keep a bit of faith in this great nation, it's now official: We are screwed. When we get to the point where our elected officials are proposing mini boxing gloves for chickens, I think it's best for all of us to just lock the doors, close the blinds and wait for the end.
Money quote, from OK State Senator Frank Shurden: "Who's going to object to chickens fighting like humans do? Everybody wins!"
Or perhaps more aptly titled, "Best Music I Heard in 2004", as there isn't possibly enough time to hear all of the good music that comes out in a year's time. Bands that released well regarded albums that for one reason or another wasn't able to listen to enough to consider include Interpol, Ted Leo, The Drive By Truckers, Tom Waits, Devendra Bahnhart, The Futureheads, !!!, The Secret Machines, The Ponys and A.C. Newman.
My top ten records are posted in the column to the left, along with a link that clicks directly through to Amazon.com if you're in the buying mood.
And if you want to pick up just one record from 2004 to bolster your collection and keep your aging self in reasonable proximity to cool, pick up Merge Records' "Old Enough To Know Better". This 3CD 15th anniversary compilation packs in a stunning amount of great music and it is less than $15. It's available at www.mergerecords.com . They run out from time to time, but it's worth your while to check back or seek it out at a used record store.
My picks to keep an eye on for 2005 are San Diego rockers Louis XIV, whose debut album drops on January 25th and Jennifer Gentle, a band that is, oddly enough, made up of two Italian guys.
It is being reported that the Pentagon has researched a chemical weapon which would have an aphrodisiac effect on enemy soldiers, making them suddenly fall into each others arms and have sex with their fellow soldiers, therefore ruining morale. The website www.newscientist.com has all the wildly entertaining details in this piece.
Paul Krugman comes out swinging in a NYT OpEd piece today highlighting the fictional social security crisis being pushed by the Bush administration. (See "Here We Go Again" below for more on this...)
Keep your eye on the ball here, people....the right sees their first true opportunity to dismantle a program that they've always despised. The last four years has taught them that if they dress it up in the right lies, the public will buy anything. Absent a far more effective Democratic party, they'll likely succeed again.
Disgraced journalist Armstrong Williams, who recently admitted to taking $240,000 from the Bush administration to promote their agenda on the air, is admitting that other pundits are on the Bush payroll as well. David Corn's column details the exchange.