Just when they were showing a spine…..

It was beginning to look like the Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee were successfully going to stand up for the rule of law, and not send the nomination of Mukasey as Attorney General to the Senate for a vote….because he refuses to answer the question of whether waterboarding (a practice which we prosecuted as a war crime after WWII, and which was also done by the Khmer Rouge) was torture.

It was obvious that Mukasey was doing this to avoid a Catch-22 which would have eventually required War Crimes proceedings against the administration that authorized this abhorrent practice. Mukasey also claimed that he believed that there were conditions under which the President is above the Law.

The Democrats looked like they might actually have a spine. They might actually throw this one back in Bush’s face. Bush, of course, played the 9/11 card — saying that they were threatening the country by failing to confirm his AG nomination, who is “crucial in the War on Terror.”

Today, Bush’s fearmongering worked.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York have announced that they’ll support Mukasey’s nomination. It’ll go to the Senate, and the Republicans will ensure that it passes.

For Chrissakes, Democrats. You can’t even stand against TORTURE?

Fuck this country. I’m out of here in a year and a half.


Andrew Sullivan has a great essay about Obama in the latest issue of The Atlantic. You should read it.

Central to his argument is that Obama represents the first true move away from the “War of the Baby Boomers” that has been fought in this country for the past 30-odd years:

Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating, self-perpetuating family quarrel of the Baby Boom generation that has long engulfed all of us. So much has happened in America in the past seven years, let alone the past 40, that we can be forgiven for focusing on the present and the immediate future. But it is only when you take several large steps back into the long past that the full logic of an Obama presidency stares directly—and uncomfortably—at you.

At its best, the Obama candidacy is about ending a war—not so much the war in Iraq, which now has a momentum that will propel the occupation into the next decade—but the war within America that has prevailed since Vietnam and that shows dangerous signs of intensifying, a nonviolent civil war that has crippled America at the very time the world needs it most. It is a war about war—and about culture and about religion and about race. And in that war, Obama—and Obama alone—offers the possibility of a truce.

That’s pretty much why I’m supporting him. I’m tired of the Boomers defining the national culture and the national debate. It’s time for them to go gently into retirement, and for the next generation to step up.

In a related story — I’m pissed as hell that the Clinton campaign has decided to play the “gender card” — Apparently, when other candidates criticize her positions, point out her evasion of questions, and draw distinctions between her record and theirs, that’s part of the “all-boy’s club”, and 6 men “ganging up on her.” That’s BULLSHIT.

I’m disgusted that she’d use that has her fallback position when she was weakened by the debate, but sadly, I’m not surprised.

Friday Music

Not as many tracks this week, I’m afraid. Busy Busy.

Last month, I gave you a look at a track from the new Duran Duran album which is out in November. Well, the geniuses at the record label didn’t pick “Nite Runner” as the lead single — they picked this track, which, although not bad, is….well….kinda boring in comparison. Duran Duran – “Falling Down (Single Edit).” Yeah, why go with the track produced by Timbaland, one of the hottest producers in the business right now, when you can lead with that? I’m reminded of the early 90s, when the label sunk the brilliant album “Liberty” by making the worst track on the album (“The Violence of Summer”) the lead (and only) single. Dumbasses.

Speaking of producers — that’s who’s getting the praise for Britney Spears’ new album. The funny thing is, they did the smartest thing they could with her — made her fade into the background on her own album. She’s just another instrument to be manipulated by the brilliant producers that actually crafted the songs. As a result, the album is getting fairly good reviews, and all praising the work of the producers. Bloodshy & Avant, the Swedish producers who did her “Toxic” single, were responsible for this track, for example, which has some interesting things to say about the price of fame, the media, and the sexualization of music, all at the same time as it manages to be a slamming club track: Britney Spears – “Piece of Me.”

A lot of folks enjoyed the RJD2 track that I posted last week (the theme from “Mad Men”), and I realized that a lot of folks aren’t that familiar with this work, so here’s another of his creations, grabbing sounds from dozens of sources and sculpting them together: RJD2 – “Ghostwriter.”

The music from the Dell laptop commercial wormed its way into my head, so I went on a quest to track it down and slay it in its lair. Here’s the beast: The Flaming Lips – “The W.A.N.D.”

New band from the UK, whose debut EP is coming out this month from Erased Tapes. I really like the sound — kinda shoe-gazey, but a beautiful mix of instrumentation, electronics and harmonies. British Expeditionary Force – “All Those Demons.”

Lastly, I used to be a big fan of Yes. Specifically, I got into the band during the early 80s with “90125”, which led me backward to the classic releases. But unlike many Yes fans, I prefered the 80s output — I think because it coincided with my high school and early college years, and the memories that resuslt. The follow up to “90125”, “Big Generator”, was nowhere near as popular an album, but contained several tracks which remain some of my favorites. For example: Yes – “Almost Like Love.”

There you go. Now, back to writing.