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Devin Coughlin's blog.
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October 28, 2004

Celestial Alignment

As my mom just emailed:

GO SOX!!!!!!!

Now we just need to get the Indians a World Series!!

8 straight!!! Omygod.


Jonah reminded me of the lunar eclipse this evening.
I tried to take some photos, but my camera wasn't up to it. And I was a bit drunk. But here they are:

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse
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October 26, 2004

Vietnam vs. Iraq

From Mark A.R. Kleiman:

Q: What's the difference between Vietnam and Iraq?

A: George W. Bush figured out a way to get out of Vietnam.

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October 21, 2004

Catholic Night on Hardball

It was white Catholic night on Hardball tonight (but, really, isn't it every night?).

  • I swear to god, William Donahue, Bush supporter, head of the Catholic League, and constant thorn in Kevin Smith's side just said capital punishment might be acceptable if national security were involved. And that you can vote for Kerry and still be a good Catholic, but not if you vote for him because he won't outlaw abortion.

  • Kerry is up 17 points from two weeks ago (to 50%) and Bush down 6 to 43% among white Catholics (because Hispanics aren't real Catholics, right?).

  • MSNBC had been teasing this edition of Hardball with:

    "They voted for the winner in every presidential election since 1972. Now, Chris Matthews shows you what the candidates are doing to secure the critical Catholic vote."

    But he really meant white Catholics (and there is some gray area concerning 2000), and the idea of appealing directly to Catholics to win the election is absurd (except maybe in Pennsylvania). The reason Catholics have gone for the winner so many times is not because they decide the winner but rather because they are a broad enough consituency that they indicate the winner (this is why you have to take out Hispanics for the predictor to be useful). Thus it would seem to be a bad idea to go specifically after white Catholics; much better to try to get the votes of a wider population and then if the white Catholics get on board you know you are doing a good job.

Also: The countdown to O'Reilly scandal clock on Countdown with Keith Olbermann is great. Keith can finally get back at O'Reilly and now he has the resources of an entire network to do so.
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October 20, 2004

Tuesday Night TV Roundup

Gilmore Girls — We got us a Pippi Virgin

Uncharacteristically boring. Pippi Longstocking. And Luke doesn't like Dean. Blah, blah, blah. And the panic room. Kyle comes back from the Navy (and presumably Iraq?) minus an arm — now he has a (really fake-looking) hook. This development was remarked upon only in its capacity as a chick magnet, which was subtle, I suppose, but the non sequiter was rather disconcerting (I wondered, briefly, did he always have a fake-looking hook?).

The episode was slightly redeemed by:

"Pippi is NOT a kid's movie. It's an artistic cinematic achievement in surrealism and tonal singing."

One Tree Hill — I Will Dare

Hmm. This purpose of this episode was, clearly, to signal the impending gayness of one of the characters. My guess is it's gotta be Tim. They'll have a hard time getting over the leopard thong incident from last season, but if they could turn Jack McPhee gay then this should be a piece of cake.

Chad Michael Murray in a Bra
Nathan and Tim in girl scout uniforms

This episode will probably cause more teenage felonies than Beavis and Butthead and Jackass combined.

Note to producers: If you introduce two new brown-skinned hotties on a show an American audience is gonna assume they're related. This makes a reveal, for example, in the last seconds of an episode less than effective.

Veronica Mars — The Wrath of Con

Bonus points for the Trek reference in the title. Double bonus points for Veronica in Japanime. Everyone says this show is the new Buffy, and I guess it might be. This is the first episode where none of the principals seemed like a complete jerk. That's a good sign for a show, I think. But where's Sydney Tamiia Poitier? We've seen her for about thirty seconds this whole season. I like that we're slowly, and sometimes subtly, getting a little bit more backstory in each episode. Also, no Paris Hilton this time around.

I think Kristin Bell is much more beatiful in the flashback scenes, with long hair (especially when they use a wig rather than those ridiculous extensions), than she is in present-day scenes. But her hair looks better now than it did the pilot (I never got the whole wings thing, anyway).

The show apparently attracts a smaller share than Jake 2.0 did. This does not bode well, especially since the critics seem to like it.

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October 18, 2004

Seven Minutes

I was listening to Terry Gross tonight, and she interviewed Michael Moore. I didn't catch most of the interview because KCFR is having a pledge drive, but one thing I did hear was their discussion of the infamous "7 minutes" in which George W. Bush, after having been told "We are under attack" sat and listened to children read the story My Pet Goat for a full seven minutes before doing anything about it. Given the later confusion about whether the President had authorized fighter planes to shoot down the plane that would crash into the Pentagon, it appears that those seven minutes of inaction may have claimed lives.

A devastating, but completely fair, attack ad for Kerry would be to try and buy as large chunks as possible of contiguous air time and show as much of the seven minutes as possible, complete with a scary intro, ticking clock sounds during the story telling, and a scary conclusion. Kerry would, rightly, be accused of politicizing 9/11, but if the voiceover were kept to a minimum the only thing the Bush camp could protest would be the documentation of the President's own behavior — the more the Bush campaign protested the weaker he would look. There are only two weeks left until the election — something needs to be done now to decrease Bush's support among women and perhaps ward off the effects of any October Surprise.

A link to the video can be found here

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October 17, 2004

I'm So Ronery

I just got back from seeing Team America: World Police with Jonah, Ben, Collin and Dave.

The movie is absolutely hilarious, even though it's awfully reactionary. It opens with our heroes, Team America, bedecked in garish clothes and horrible red, white and blue vehicles, chasing down a Bin Laden lookalike in Paris. By the time they are done, the Eiffel Tower has fallen onto the Arc de Triomphe, and they've called in air strikes on the Louvre.

Kim Jong Il Puppet

For the most part, the music was good — the best was a sad lyrical song that Kim Jong Il sang, "I'm So Ronery", but there was a brilliant sendup of a training montage and an evocative orchestral track while the camera panned over damage caused by Michael Moore. The one real disappointment was the song "America, Fuck Yeah", a parody of GI Joe/Transformers style action scene music which was great for about ten seconds but didn't quite hang together. It had the potential to be the best song in the show but fell flat.

A significant chunk of the movie concentrated on certain anti-Iraq War Hollywood actors — Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Samuel L. Jackson, etc. — who belonged to the Film Actors Guild (F.A.G.) and end up mercilessly (some literally) skewered. The movie spent a good twenty minutes indulgently making fun of them, and this really messed with the pacing. It also felt pretty unfair. I think the movie would have been a lot funnier with cameos from more important people (like poor Hans Blix, who got eaten by Kim Jong Il's pet sharks) and fewer personal attacks on actors with actual opinions.

Nonetheless, it really is a funny movie, with puppet sex scenes! (I can't believe what they got by the censors), even if it goes way too far in assassinating the character of anti-Iraq War liberals and engages in an uncomfortable amount of gay bashing.

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