8/22/2004 08:56:00 PM|W|P|PJ|W|P|Read this piece in Limited, Inc. Trust me.|W|P|10932261715570221|W|P|good|W|P|8/24/2004 09:29:00 AM|W|P|roger|W|P|Hey, thanks for noticing!8/25/2004 01:51:00 PM|W|P|
Also, you should show up in the kege at some point when I'm there.8/26/2004 06:54:00 PM|W|P|PJ|W|P|I will be sure to do that, anonymous.
Whoever the hell you are.8/21/2004 05:06:00 PM|W|P|PJ|W|P|ArchPundit reports the numbers from the Sunday Tribune.
Obama 65, Keyes 24.
And that's before his latest round of bizarre comments. Alan Keyes will be the beneficiary of a minor political miracle if he breaks 30%.|W|P|109312596774940481|W|P|in case any of y'all thought i might be kidding about alan keyes' chances...|W|P|8/20/2004 12:15:00 AM|W|P|PJ|W|P|Salon.com | G.I. Joe is a fake|W|P|109297893705394854|W|P|i'm not proud of having been amused by this|W|P|8/15/2004 09:40:00 PM|W|P|PJ|W|P|There must be a large number of people in this country who are endlessly fascinated by gymnastics. My question is this: who are those people, and what on earth do they see in it?
Let's get down to it. Gymnastics, though they are ferociously difficult to do, are, as far as I can tell, the single dullest spectator sport that actually gets on regular TV during prime-time Olympics coverage. And there's a ton of it. Tonight's broadcast is essentially wall-to-wall pixies with pigtails--never mind that it's a preliminary round of the team competition--one that a) promises no major surprises and b) will not in any way affect the scores in the final round of the team competition.
Here's the problem with gymnastics as a spectator sport: unless you eat, sleep and shit chalk dust, you have no idea what makes for a good routine unless the announcers point it out to you. If you showed me videotape of two gymnastics routines without commentary, pointed a gun at my head, and asked me to tell you which one was a 9.7 and which one was a 9.4, I'd be guessing. And--admit it--so would you. And, hell, the announcers can't stop telling me after essentially every routine that the score that was given was either too high or too low, so clearly no one has the slightest idea what the hell is going on. (No one who's talking, anyway.)
I know that the conventional wisdom is that women watch the Olympics in huge numbers and that is, in turn, why NBC spends 17 days relentlessly focusing on backstories (dead sister, unfortunate accident, etc.) in an effort to wedge the athletic events into a larger story. This preference for the cutesy no doubt has a lot to do with the focus on the gymnasts, who are, simply by virtue of their having a place on the team, transformed into adorably elfin girls-next-door, even if they themselves resist the effort.
But aren't we past that as a society? As one who's spent his whole life in the post-Title IX period, I can safely say I'm baffled by the idea that there's something freakish or dykey about women taking part in honest-to-God competitive sports, and from where I sit, that's the subtext of the emphasis on gymnastics (which is not really so much competitive as it is perfectionistic--there's no defense, e.g.) as well the quadrennial drive to make the gymnasts America's Sweethearts.|W|P|109262682094378434|W|P|mother superior, i have olympic questions...|W|P|8/13/2004 11:38:00 AM|W|P|PJ|W|P|Fear not, loyal readers, I have not vanished from the face.
I'm merely on vacation in Ohio for some reason.
Soon, more cleverness.|W|P|109241525500921786|W|P|station identification|W|P|8/05/2004 03:48:00 PM|W|P|PJ|W|P|GOP asks Keyes to run
Well, barring Alan Keyes coming down a sudden an unexpected attack of dignity, it looks like he will be the nominee. And regardless of which of the two most likely scenarios happen*, Illinois will be represented by only the third black Senator since Reconstruction, and that's awfully nice. Better still that we will be represented by a smart and talented guy.
Also: I am much less interested than I once was in right-wingers frothing at the mouth about how Hillary Clinton was a "carpetbagger" for moving to New York to run for the Senate. At least our carpetbaggers are smart enough to move to states we think we can win.
*(The two most likely scenarios are, of course, a) Obama winning and b) Obama being kidnapped by intergalactic space-Nazi frogman commandos from the Andromeda galaxy and the Democrats nominating his wife in his place. Sure, it's theoretically possible that Keyes might win, but the smart money's on the Nazi frogmen.)|W|P|109173891463724720|W|P|worst case|W|P|8/09/2004 07:49:00 PM|W|P|
Feltes8/10/2004 12:56:00 AM|W|P|PJ|W|P|Garth--that was a haiku.8/04/2004 06:53:00 PM|W|P|PJ|W|P|Say what you will about the wretched excesses of Cub fandom, this is actually pretty cool: "The Cubs are the only club left in baseball that have an organist play their introduction music. So the players have little say in what songs are used."|W|P|109166358116244198|W|P|holdouts|W|P|8/04/2004 05:57:00 PM|W|P|PJ|W|P|Keyes, GOP discuss taking on Obama
The Illinois Republican Central Committee, charged with finding a replacement for Jack! Ryan, has narrowed it down to two people: the undermedicated Alan Keyes, who you may recall as the nice hunger-striking Negro gentleman from the '96 and 2000 presidential races, much enamoured by people who disliked the wishy-washy moderation of, say, a Pat Buchanan, and a woman who has apparently had her knuckles rapped for inappropriate sexual use of a kaliedoscope on the job, an incident about which I can safely say that I do not really want to know more.
The fact that Mr. Keyes is a resident of Maryland (and one who lost two Senate races there) is apparently not a major drawback for anyone involved, though I gotta assume it's a blow to your pride when your name comes up only after Ted Nugent's has been floated.
There has been recent speculation that the Republicans' chances of winning the Senate seat in Illinois was dwindling so quickly that Barack Obama might travel to other states to help campaign for John Kerry and other Senate candidates. I think it's safe to start making those plans at this point.|W|P|109166026920637821|W|P|so it's down to this|W|P|8/01/2004 01:34:00 AM|W|P|PJ|W|P|Josh Marshall lays down the law: "It's certainly true that Mr. Kerry said certain things in his war protestor days that can now be used against him with some audiences. But until he was well into middle-age President Bush's most noteworthy public utterances seem to have been limited to various invocations and inflections of 'par-TAY' and reciting the alphabet under legal compulsion."|W|P|109134208132361198|W|P|oh, you catty bitch!|W|P| |W|P|GOP asks Keyes to run |W|P|You do realize, dearie, that Sexual Chocolate is the name of a band? I just heard it announced on the radio here.