Lists for October 14, 2008

From Deadwood Edition #217

On Deck

...wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking. to.

  1. Scientist, "Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires"
  2. Althea and Donna, "Uptown Top Ranking"
  3. Tommy James, "My Head, My Bed and My Red Guitar"
  4. The Byrds, "The Notorious Byrd Brothers"
  5. Bob Marley and the Wailers, "Uprising"


...wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

  1. "The Wire" "It's an HBO program about, at least at the beginning, the drug trade in Baltimore and what the police are doing to try and stop it. It goes from there to look at how it's intertwined in politics, shipping unions, human smuggling-on and on, and it just gets deeper from there. It's unblinking from all sides. I don't know if it's actually like this, but Baltimore is depicted as dying and so it's everyman for himself, and everyone towards money and power. Of the characters, you have McNulty-a cop who's trying to do the best he can to better society, but is also a horrible drunk and womanizer. You have Omar, who is a thug that kills people, but he's robbing from the kingpins and is gay. Stringer Bell is the mastermind and is going to business school while actually being a drug kingpin. It's very compelling."
  2. "Frontline" "It's a news magazine that devotes an hour, or sometimes several hours over the course of a few weeks, to very in depth coverage of a single topic. The last one I watched was devoted to a very poor family in Appalachia. It was about how they get by and what they think of the world. It's pretty devastating. It was almost to the level of stereotype-the father is an incoherent drunk, the mother is completely powerless, and the child has all these emotional problems but can't get out of this old mining town. It's horrifying, but pretty amazing coverage."
  3. "SportsCenter" "It's hard to choose between 'SportsCenter' and 'The Daily Show,' but I guess I prefer 'SportsCenter' because it doesn't make me angry. It's the nightly news for all the major sports in the United States and occasionally European football, which they mock. They tend to side with the soap opera bits of sports but also show highlights. Since I don't want to spend an inordinate amount of time reading up on sports, I can see it all in 30 minutes to an hour. They're irreverent, they're ironic, they're funny and edgy-it's not like Dan Rather giving you the news. It was the breeding ground of Craig Kilborn, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick and Stuart Scott the Human Robot. He's on 24 hours a day and never has a break."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "Great Short Works of Herman Melville" by Herman Melville "I like Melville's longer stories, so I thought I'd appreciate his short stories as well. My favorite one so far is talking about a very poor man who goes to a wealthy church, is denied entrance because he's deemed unsuitable, and how he has to sneak up into the belfry and look down at the sermon. He ends up getting locked inside and, later, arrested. The second half of the story is him going to a theater performance where everyone is welcome. He finds camaraderie in a theater but not in a church. It's very interesting."

One book everyone should read: "South of the Border, West of the Sun" by Haruki Murakami "It's a novel, it's very sad, and it has a lot magical/mystical elements-but in a very believable way. It's a story about a love that's lost and then grappling to find that love again, but in a sad and almost pathetic kind of way. At the time I read it, I was going through a lot of the things the book talks about and it made me feel better."

Top 20 Alternate Chants During KU Kickoffs*

1 Rip his felicitous head off!
2 Rip his fornicating head off!
3 Rip his fisting head off!
4 Rip his fulminating head off!
5 Rip his phantasmagorical head off!
6 Rip his f*cking nuts off!
7 Rip his f*cking spleen out!
8 Rip his f*cking CD tracks!
9 Rip his f*cking loins asunder!
10 Rip his f*cking f*ck hole a new f*ck hole!
11 Boink his f*cking head off!
12 Gingerly massage his f*cking head off!
13 Reason his f*cking head off!
14 Botox his f*cking head off!
15 Wii his f*cking head off!
16 Rip his f*cking head in!
17 His rip off f*cking head!
18 Pip pip and what what old boy!
19 Find out where his family lives, stab them to death in front of his eyes, and make him eat their remains!
20 (verb) his (sexual act) (body part) off!

-assembled by Gavon Laessig


Fiscal Conservatism

National debt when Jimmy Carter arrived at the White House: $660 billion.

Added during Carter's four years: $337 billion.

Added during Ronald Reagan's eight years: $1.6 trillion.

Added during George H. W. Bush's four years: $1.6 trillion.

Added during Bill Clinton's eight years: $1.5 trillion.

Added during George W. Bush's seven years, nine months: $4.5 trillion.

Portion of the $9.5 trillion added to the national debt during the past 31 years and seven months that came during Republican presidencies: $7.7 trillion.

Percentage of that $7.7 trillion added during George W. Bush's two terms: 58%.

Sources: Daily Kos

-compiled by Gavon Laessig