IMPORTANT NEWS OF THE DAY:
(Important news items are rated on a scale from 1-10, 1 representing “not important” and 10 representing “very important”….in case you’ve never seen a scale before.)
Campaign Reporters Don’t Care About Foreign Policy.
Seems reporters don’t think foreign policy distinctions between candidates is important leading to inadequate coverage of the subject. They should really rethink their priorities and GET ON THAT SHIT.
Bestiality Leads to Man’s Death.
(Edit: This story took place in 2005. But I still find it relevant to today’s battle with animal fetishes.)
On a serious note, this proves bestiality should be outlawed. On a less serious note, many Catherine the Great jokes can be linked to this story. Okay, not many, just one. But a pretty noteworthy one.
Luke From the O.C. to Appear on Desperate Housewives.
My favorite character from the O.C. is moving up in the world and into Wisteria Lane. While I’ve never been able to sit through a single episode of “Desperate Housewives,” knowing that (the O.C.’s) Marissa’s former troubled, yet somehow endearing, boyfriend is still getting work will allow me to sleep just a little bit sounder tonight.
Importance: 9 No, just kidding. Importance: 1
Where Was Brad Renfro’s Tribute Last Night?
Time constraints are to be blamed for Brad Renfro’s absence from the Oscar’s Tribute Montage. Bullshit. I don’t believe this. It’s clear no one in the editing room realized the large role Renfro played in the lives of countless teenage girls all over the country, most of whom at one point in their lives felt it was necessary to post at least one Tigerbeat pinup of Renfro on each of their bedroom walls ensuring full Renfro visibility at all times. Shame on you, Oscars.
Life Imitates Art for “Once” Stars.
Not only did the “Once” cuties, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, take home an Oscar last night, but the two are dating in real life. Yay. However, Irglova is only 19 years old and Hansard is 37. Hmmmmm, sort of nayish. But not really, since “Once” is such a beautiful film, and how could anyone not fall in love with either one of these two?
Elizabeth Hasselback Was a Nerd, and in a Serious Way.
This is what Elizabeth Hasselback used to look like. No wonder she’s so bitter.
John McCain Fibs.
Even though we all know McCain only speaks the truth, Brave New Films has released a (pretty funny) video responding to his claims to be “the only candidate that the special interests don’t give money to.”
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Our friend Boomstick offers his two cents:
As a rare but extremely insightful commenter on this site, I have been given the chance to counter the prevailing Obama-fest in the Skeptic endorsement efforts. But first, a few words about my experience at the Park Slope voting site was very efficient and professional even after encountering a machine malfunction. I was able to finish quickly enough, allowing for a wonderful sit down diner breakfast before heading off to work. Having worked polling sites in multiple states, this is no easy task, so my congratulations and thanks to those volunteers.
By the time I reached to polls this morning, John McCain had earned my vote. He did so because he like his hero, Teddy Roosevelt, he represents a bold vision for American greatness. This applies across the board, from environmental policies and protections for our vast National Parks System, to the pressing questions of international relations and our foreign policy. I feel this ethos should guide all federal decision making.
While I disagree with his stances on stem cells and largely his views on the issues of marriage and abortion, I do agree with him in principal that these issues should be decided at a state level, and admire his putting words into action by becoming an adoptive father in 1993. “To sacrifice for a cause greater than yourself, and to sacrifice your life to the eminence of that cause, is the noblest activity of all.” Unlike so many politicians today, I think it inarguable that John McCain lives these words and has shown many times his dedication, in the face of death, to them.
On the question of Iraq, we too often forget that a war is going on. Unlike WWII with its all encompassing involvement, or Vietnam with its near unanimous disapproval, the American people are not forced to be involved in our current engagement. This is especially true in urban centers like our home turf in Brooklyn. I think it only right that a country which experiences such incredible freedom as we do, seek to spread that right to all who lack it. I am not and will never be a party line republican thanks to the isolationist impulse of the religious right which in so many ways mirrors the policy lines of the hard left. On the most important issue of our time, and due to the similarities in policy implications if one extreme or the other is elected, I believe the debate between Obama and McCain to be a simple one. What do you believe America’s role in the world to be? Until we define our nation in this way, I don’t believe any substantial progress will be made on the domestic front.
Our greatest eras of progress have always occurred in times of turbulent world order, and I see our current situation as a chance to redefine ourselves and propel our country into its evolving role in our 21st century world. The challenge before us is best summed up by John, and with his words, I will end this post.
“In Iraq our national security interests and our national values converge. Iraq is truly the test of a generation, for America and for our role in the world. Faced with similar challenges, previous generations of Americans have passed such tests with honor. It is now our turn to demonstrate that our power, ennobled by our principles, is the greatest force for good on earth today. Iraq’s transformation into a secure democracy and a force for freedom in the greater Middle East is the calling of our age. We can succeed.”
-Senator John McCain
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