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In order to prevent states from moving their primaries earlier and earlier (which was causing a leapfrogging effect), the Democratic National Committee warned states not to move dates, or their delegates would not be seated at the Convention, and therefore would not count towards the primary vote.
Michigan and Flordia ignored this, and moved their primaries anyway. So, the DNC followed through on the threat, and their delegates will not be seated.
Subsequenty, no Democrats have campaigned in those states for the primary. Hillary Clinton, however, put her name on the ballots anyway. She “won” Michigan, and probably will in Florida as well. It’s *technically* according to the rules, since she’s not actively campaigning.
Now, however, faced with a close race which could go down to the Convention itself, Hillary now wants those wins to count. So she’s fighting the DNC’s decision, and asking her delegates to try and overturn it at the Convention.
THIS IS BULLSHIT. The other candidates did not campaign there because they were following the party rules. Now, she wants to change the rules so that her un-contested wins can catapult her into the nomination….and because J. Random Voter doesn’t understand the political rules involved, anyone who fights against her will look like their somehow against “everybody having their say.”
This is who you’re thinking of electing, people. Think long and hard about that.
Here we go again:
One of my “get pumped up to work” favorites — and, despite the title, not the Sondheim musical number. Robbie Williams – “Let Me Entertain You.” “Hell is gone and heaven’s here, there’s nothing left for you to fear; Shake your ass, come over here, now scream… I’m the burning effigy of everything I used to be; you’re my rock of empathy my dear — Come on, let me entertain you…”
Devo has a new song! I’d seen the Dell commercial that uses it, but the song was so good that I thought it must have been a little-known album track from the classic Devo era. Nope. Mothersbaugh et. al. are at it again. Woot! (Thanks to for the heads-up!) Devo – “Watch Us Work It.”
Speaking of music from computer commercials — I finally tracked down the addictive brainworm that backed Intel’s Core 2 processor ads (the ones featuring the dancers): New Young Pony Club – “Ice Cream.” “I can give you what you want….”
Gorillaz have a new compilation, D-Sides, which is a collection of remixes and bonus tracks from the Demon Days recording sessions. The bonus tracks are all good — so essentially this is another full Gorillaz album! This track was Damon Albarn’s initial exploration of asian musical instruments and themes, which would eventually lead to his opera, Monkey: Journey to the West. Gorillaz – “Hong Kong.”
One of my favorite tracks from the 80s. Important safety tip: Don’t pick this to cover as your “going to a break” song while in a high-school party band. Your drummer will hate you. Icicle Works – “Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream).”
A lot of folks love Queen — me included. A lot of folks who love Queen, however, aren’t familiar with Freddie Mercury’s solo projects of the 80s. Here is my favorite of his solo songs, a duet with opera diva Montserrat Caballe: Freddie Mercury – “Barcelona.”
Lastly, some Japanese instrumental hip-hop from one of my favorite turntablists, from his 2003 album, The Message At The Depth: DJ Krush – “But The World Moves On (featuring D-Madness & Masato Nakamura)”