Lists for September 2, 2008

From Deadwood Edition #211

On Deck

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

  1. The Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour"
  2. The Rolling Stones, "Their Satanic Majesties Request"
  3. Simon & Garfunkel, "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M."
  4. U2, "Boy"
  5. Willie Nelson, "Red Headed Stranger"


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

  1. "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" "Olbermann's Edward R. Murrow meets Otter from 'Animal House' schtick is the perfect antidote to what passes for journalism in the 24-hour meat grinder of cable news. He's the lone progressive voice out there, and what a smart-assed voice it is. When he's not busy mocking Bill O'Reilly, he's delivering eloquently excoriating 'Special Comments' against the Bush administration that are the closest thing we have to truth telling in the Fourth Estate these days. His Democratic National Convention coverage was hilarious. He tag teamed with MSNBC cohort Chris Matthews, and you could tell they hate each other. They bickered like an old married couple."
  2. "The Daily Show with John Stewart" "The other bastion of honest coverage on cable. 'The Daily Show' uses satire as a scalpel and vivisects politics, and the media that covers it, with equal abandon. I bumped into one of their correspondents, John Oliver, as he was taking the piss out of Hillary Clinton dead enders in Denver. I was a stammering little fan boy when I introduced myself to him. I also nearly tripped over Rob Riggle, another correspondent, at the Pepsi Center. That dude is huge."
  3. "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" "The only respectable, traditional news program. It doesn't bother with the salacious missing-white-girl-of-the-week/shark attack bullshit that has come to define most of the modern media. It actually pays attention to international affairs. The other nice thing is that it doesn't fall into that trap of fake balance, where you bring in a liberal and a conservative to spew out talking points and call it a day. It strives for genuine objectivity and simply reports the news. They often use 'New York Times' columnist David Brooks as a political analyst, and I saw running around in the Pepsi Center as well. Brooks is the anti-Riggle. He's tiny and has a disconcerting amount of junk in his trunk."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals" by Jane Mayer "It's about how the U.S. government reversed decades of policy and began torturing prisoners, about how Dick Cheney and David Addington basically hijacked the federal government and purged it of anybody who raised constitutional objections. They drove a radical right policy on civil liberties and torture through our government. It's not a real pick me up."

One book everyone should read: "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope" by Jonathan Alter "Since you opened the door for me-it's about Franklin Roosevelt and how he transformed the country. It's out in paper back! It's relevant not only for people who like history, people who are interested in what great leadership is and what makes a great leader tick-who Franklin Roosevelt really was and how he rescued the country in just a few weeks in the dark winter of 1933-but also for people who are interested in who Barack Obama. In his stump speech, Obama always talks about how this is a defining moment. My book is called, 'The Defining Moment,' and he's given me a couple of shout outs when he's seen me in the audience. He's familiar with the Roosevelt period as being the original defining moment, but I think he wants a second defining moment-redrafting that social contract people have with their government."


Barack Obama says he'd raise taxes for households with an annual income of at least: $250,000
Percent of U.S. households that make more than $250,000 a year: 1.9
Median household income in the U.S. in 2007: $50,233
Median household income for white, non-Hispanic households: $54,920
Black households: $33,916
Asian: $66,103
Hispanic: $38,679
Median income of family households with no husband present: $33,370
No wife present: $49,839
Median income in New Jersey, the highest in the nation (2005-2007 average): $65,933
Kansas: $46,659
Mississippi, the lowest: $35,971
Of the dozen states with the lowest median incomes, the number that fought for the Confederacy: 8
Amount that a $1.1 million home in New York City would be worth in Paducah, Ky.: $200,000
Amount that a $550-per-month apartment in Paducah, Ky., would cost per month in New York City: $3,425

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau,, CNBC-compiled by Frank Tankard

Top 20 Things You Should Know About Republican VP Candidate Sarah Palin

1. Believes that creationism should be taught in schools
2. Is opposed to abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, belongs to a group which believes birth control is a form of abortion, and opposes stem cell research
3. Is under investigation by the Alaska state legislature for abuse of power in the firing of a state employee, which was allegedly part of a vendetta against her former brother-in-law
4. Is a proponent of abstinence only education, although her 17 year old daughter is now pregnant out of wedlock
5. Admitted in an interview with CNBC she has no idea what a vice president does
6. Has only been governor for two years, before which she was mayor of a town of only 8,000
7. Left that town, Wasilla, with a huge budget deficit due to legal battles involving her poor use of imminent domain to seize private land
8. Was supported in her gubernatorial run by Jack Abramoff
9. Thinks the "Pledge of Allegiance" was written by the Founding Fathers; it was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy
10. Was a local sportscaster for the Anchorage nightly news in 1988 and a beauty queen voted Miss Wasilla in 1984
11. Owns four houses
12. Her husband is on the payroll of oil giant BP
13. Opposes listing polar bears as an endangered species, sued the federal government to overturn the decision
14. Received thousands of dollars from VECO, an oil services company accused of paying bribes to indicted Alaska Senator Ted Stevens
15. Despite distancing herself from the indicted Senator, was director of Sevens' Political Action Committee in 2003
16. Didn't have a passport until 2007
17. Doesn't believe global warming is man made
18. John McCain only met her once before deciding to name her his running mate
19. Despite recent claims otherwise, she supported the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," and only canceled it because she didn't think the federal government was paying enough
20. Belongs to a church with ties to "Joel's Army," a militant strain of dominionists who believe the world should be governed by Christian theocracy in anticipation of the Armageddon
-compiled by Gavon Laessig