Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Odds and Sods - down to the wire edition

Politico says McCain is getting hosed by the press. (Obviously, they haven't been watching Faux News.)

John F. Harris and Jim Vandehei write:

Reporters obsess about personalities and process, about whose staff are jerks or whether they seem like decent folks, about who has a great stump speech or is funnier in person than they come off in public, about whether Michigan is in play or off the table. This is the flip side of the fact of how much we care about the horse race — we don’t care that much about our own opinions of which candidate would do more for world peace or tax cuts.

If that causes skeptics to scoff, perhaps they would find it more satisfying to hear that the reason ideological bias matters so little is that other biases matter so much more.

This is true in any election year. But the 2008 election has had some unique — and personal — phenomena.

One is McCain backlash. The Republican once was the best evidence of how little ideology matters. Even during his “maverick” days, McCain was a consistent social conservative, with views on abortion and other cultural issues that would have been odds with those of most reporters we know. Yet he won swooning coverage for a decade from reporters who liked his accessibility and iconoclasm and supposed commitment to clean politics.

Now he is paying. McCain’s decision to limit media access and align himself with the GOP conservative base was an entirely routine, strategic move for a presidential candidate. But much of the coverage has portrayed this as though it were an unconscionable sellout.

Since then the media often presumes bad faith on McCain’s part.
Some of us regard this as a CORRECTIVE to all of the mindless media fawning over McCain that I mentioned here.

Meanwhile, piggy Michael Savage said on his radio show yesterday:
[Barack Obama] benefited from affirmative action, stepping over more qualified white men, I actually lost as a result of affirmative action, many times in my life. ... [W]e have America's first affirmative action candidate about to become president.
I would answer with that famous punchline: Whatcha mean WE?


Excellent feminist campaign reading:

Check out Blowing the "Sexism" whistle (mirabile dictu)

Bint shows compassion and understanding in her post How Many Times Should John McCain be Allowed to Mention he was a POW? (My Private Casbah)

Season of the Bitch addresses the topic of Obama the Socialist Boogeyman (Global Comment)

I have been terribly delinquent in my lack of coverage regarding California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, so you might want to have a look at Stand Up Against Proposition 8 for more details, with linkage. (The Curvature)

And The Girl Detective tells us about her Phone Banking Adventures (Modern Mitzvot)--she ALMOST got to talk to Zach Braff!


Sarah Palin: Marxism For Me, But Not For Thee (bastard.logic)

What the Election Means (elle, phd)


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Settling an argument with Mr Daisy regarding exactly WHO is playing on the original TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN, and I find this very weird, stylized excerpt from Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up--which yes, shows us that BOTH Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page are playing. (Now, was this true for the studio recording, or did the original Yardbirds get together for the movie? Does anyone know? Comments and trivia welcome.)

Weird = EVERYONE IS STANDING SO STILL. This is the YARDBIRDS, people! How can you stand so BLOODY STILL, I thought this was SWINGING LONDON in the 60s and all like that? And they are just looking comatose. Was this some direction of Antonioni's? You know: Look alienated and bored! You are not in touch with yourselves, be postmodern! Same reason David Hemmings brings that enormous PROPELLER back to his flat. Heavy symbolism, whammo, over the head. (I liked him better in Barbarella!)

In any event, Jimmy looks like he needs a shave. Who knew he would go on to form Led Zeppelin in a few years and become richer than God Almighty?

Jeff finally smashes up his guitar (he's no Pete Townshend) as the band continues playing, seemingly not even paying attention. More alienation! When he throws guitar-detritus to the audience, they suddenly come alive and dive for it, like piranhas. Keith Relf looks half-glazed over as he continues singing without a pause, may his soul rest in peace.

Hemmings battles the crowd for a shard of the guitar, is chased out of the club brandishing it like a weapon. When he gets outside, he looks at it, puzzled, and throws it down. Then dashes off.

An onlooker pauses, picks up the guitar-piece for a second, then also throws it down.

Genius! Weirdness and heavy symbolism or not, I've watched this hypnotic clip about a half-dozen times now. This short sequence sums up our love of novelty, glitz; our infatuation with NEWNESS for its own sake... this kind of existential brilliance is obviously how he got to be Michelangelo Antonioni.


Anonymous said...

Academic proof of media bias http://journalism.org/node/13307

Sammy said...

Massive Voter Fraud - Attack On Our Democracy.



thene said...

I would answer with that famous punchline: Whatcha mean WE?

The walk I take with my dog every day is lined with many, many McCain/Palin signs, and a few for more local election races - one is for a candidate in, I dunno, the GA State Senate, I think he's called Bill Brown or some such thing, and it reads 'Vote for Bill Brown - The Candidate Who's Most Like You!'

Whenever we pass it, I laugh so hard the dog starts looking at me funny.

hysperia said...

Thanks for the link Daisy! :)

matttbastard said...

Thanks for the link, Daisy!

Nice to see you have your eyes on the prize (unlike certain other individuals who shall remain nameless for now, but should know better...)

BTW, looks like you could use some Troll-Be-Gone...

John Powers said...

I like films but have never seen many. I was too young to go to Blow Up when it came out, but how controversial it was. When I was a freshman in college, and very lonely, went to an Antonioni film festival--one film every Friday for a semester. Among other things they made me appreciate phallic symbolism in film! As to the crowd listening to the Yardbirds. It's easy to forget how uptight white people were--even more so than today--back then. Yesterday I watched an Ali Farka Toure clip at YouTube. It's under 3 minutes, but oh what a player! I was stunned by the audience's motionlessness.

JoJo said...

Lots to comment on here....where do I start?

The only "train kept a rollin" that I know is Aerosmith's version, which confirms that I'm a child of the 70's. Imagine my shock when I found out Grand Funk didn't do "Locomotion" first, or Elton John doing "Lucy in the Sky" & "Pinball Wizard." All versions of which I prefer to the originals *ducks to avoid flying vegetables*

I'd love to try that nerve calming stuff, but I have so many weird allergies, esp. to foods, that I'm afraid to go the herbal route.

And speaking of nasty Republicans, one came after me in a fit of road rage this morning, when I passed him, put my window down and yelled "MCCAIN SUCKS" in response to his sticker. I expected to be given the finger. No, this asshole started cutting people off, lane to lane, to get behind me where he tailgated me w/ his high beams on. I slammed on my brakes and he backed off. What the fuck?!

John Powers said...

Here's what Union Square Music says of the Yardbirds track:

20. STROLL ON (from the film ‘Blow Up’) – 2.44
By June 1966, Samwell-Smith had had enough of touring and left the group to be replaced by none other than Jimmy Page, who became The Yardbirds’ bassist for a while before joining Beck up front on twin lead guitar as Chris Dreja took up the four string himself. However, it’s likely that Page played the bass for their October 1966 recording of “Stroll On”, the song they performed in Michelangelo Antonioni’s movie Blow Up. The tune was a blatant adaptation of “The Train Kept A-Rollin’” prepared at the last minute when the rights to do “Train” were refused. However, it’s a blistering track, several energy notches above their 1965 recording and along with Antonioni’s iconic footage of the band in the movie, representative of The Yardbirds at their peak.