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Point me towards some great ska music.

Youtube links would be cool so I will know exactly what I'm in for.

I'm on a bit of a kick lately.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Thu Nov 6, 2014, 09:21 PM (19 replies)

Question about people saying "Democrat Party" etc.

I had a discussion on another board where someone made the claim that right wingers made saying "Democrat Party" instead of "Democratic" so ubiquitous that even Democratic politicians said it.

This is something I would definitely notice and remember if it ever happened and I can think of no such instance. As far as I can tell the usage dates back to around the GWB era and was probably pushed by some propagandist like Rove, Frank Luntz or Gingrich.

I would say that it is virtually universal among the right to the point where even big name GOP politicians will say it, and I think I can even remember Mitt saying it a time or two, most likely to show he was "on the wingnut team" (although someone like Mitt would probably use it in selective settings to avoid having someone like Chris Matthews call him out and embarrass him on live TV).

But even if they were the kind of Dem who didn't consider right wingers saying "Democrat Party" to be a big deal, the idea of a politician using the incorrect name for their own party on purpose, a usage promoted by the opposing party, doesn't ring true.

I had just never heard anyone make such a claim but will stand corrected if there are any notable examples. The person I was discussing the issue with could not produce examples despite their claim that it was a common event for Democrats to say this.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 01:13 AM (40 replies)

Just got back from "Maleficent". Angelina Jolie absolutely killed it as the lead IMHO.

That's all I got. The movie and effects are beautiful also, but her performance is definitely what makes it go.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 07:38 PM (12 replies)

Hilarious summation of Rick Perry seen on another website:

Rick Perry made a wish with a bad genie. Now he's invincible in Texas, but a joke everywhere else.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat May 31, 2014, 10:06 PM (5 replies)

Milton Wolf, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, interviewed re: posting patient X-rays online.

http://cjonline.com/news/state/2014-02-22/doctors-x-ray-postings-unsettling

Video is embedded at the link.

Wolf comes across as a total douche and tries to play it off like he was doing something educational instead of just being a mocking POS (which is rather obvious). Totally dishonest and makes no effort to owning up to a mistake and being a disrespectful dipshit.

But don't let me prejudice you, watch the video yourself!
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Tue Feb 25, 2014, 10:37 PM (0 replies)

Rest in Peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/02/showbiz/philip-seymour-hoffman-obit/index.html

One of the most prolific and consistently excellent actors of recent times. I really enjoyed his supporting role in "The Ides of March" and thought he was funny as hell as the lackey in "The Big Lebowski".
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 02:10 PM (12 replies)

Everyone should watch "The Act of Killing", now on Netflix Streaming.

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Act_of_Killing/70271652?trkid=13641907

It's about as unlikely a film as you'll ever see, an "bearing witness" to atrocities, but the ones bearing witness are the perpetrators, who have never seen any justice and in fact are a type of hero/celebrity in their society (Indonesia) because they are the victors in the coup/civil war.

It kind of defies description but is probably unlike anything you've ever seen.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Jan 19, 2014, 03:25 PM (2 replies)

Uniforms for this year's Army/Navy game unveiled:

http://www.capitalgazette.com/multimedia/photos/sports/army-navy-uniforms/collection_f668ee6a-2811-5631-a79d-9637ceff7468.html

I'm partial to the Navy one but they're both pretty awesome.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Wed Nov 27, 2013, 08:50 PM (2 replies)

Enjoy a Colbert Thanksgiving!

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/430770/november-21-2013/guess-who-s-coming-to-thanksgiving-dinner-
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Wed Nov 27, 2013, 01:40 PM (1 replies)

Are there ANY news stories about people getting insurance (Medicaid or exchange) for the first time?

Because of the ACA?

Because I sure haven't seen any.

Why is this not considered notable in any way, or is it too "dog bites man"? I mean it seems like this should merit at least 5% of the media space but it seems more like zero.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:42 PM (1 replies)
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