INSIDE THE DEAN MACHINE
Join Dana Dunnan for an examination of the first great political phenomenon of the Internet age - the Howard Dean campaign. Dana is touring with his book, Burning at the Grassroots: Inside the Dean Machine. Mark your calendars! He'll be in the Twin Cities mid-September, with other dates scheduled in the Midwest and Northeast: Bookin' It for Barack Book Tour.
MIGUEL ON PLAIN LAYNE
Miguel, a documentary videographer and photographer in Portugal, sent me a DVD of his thoughts on Plain Layne and blogging in general. What bugs him most: who is the woman in the pictures? He absolves Odin Soli of any serious wrongdoing, but admits he'll be a little less trusting now. Here's a brief excerpt.
Miguel on Plain Layne [Quicktime, 11 MB]
WAR ON TERRORISM WINNABLE?
I promised myself I wouldn't post anymore about politics here for awhile. It's too time consuming and exhausting. In fact I'm headed for another hiatus. I need to keep working on Blogumentary and our secret lefty deathstar blog. But I thought I'd link to this article: Bush Cites Doubt America Can Win War on Terror:
"I don't think you can win it," Mr. Bush replied. "But I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world."
Now, you might think I'm posting this to say "A-HA! He's a flip-flopper! What about the zillion other times he's said we're gonna win the War on Terror!" True, but that's not why I posted it. Bush almost - not quite - let slip a lucid moment there. We need to be as smart as possible, make friends not enemies, and create conditions that make terrorism less likely without sacrificing our freedoms. But even if you put America in one huge condom - eww! - no condom is 100%. Kerry/Edwards naturally jumped on Bush's statement, saying "of course it's winnable!" And I'm sure Bush will retract like a whip-snap. But that's politics for ya.
WELCOME BACK REX
Fimoculous returns, with a fab new design. So much for my "spare time."
YOU LIKE PEANUT BUTTER?
Videoblogging is exploding, and I don't talk about it nearly enough here. Jay over at Momentshowing is leading the community media revolution. Now, before we start dreaming up some utopia of enlightened citizen media - this clip comes along to bring us all down to earth. And lower.
Some of my old vlogs have disappeared after various server migrations. I reuploaded a few here for old time's sake. Enjoy!
FAREWELL DIABLO + JON
Another blog success story, and it couldn't go to a more deserving person. Diablo and her partner-in-crime Jon are shutting down the ranch. Snuck between taudry tales of sex-booth eccentrics and hard-luck strippers, Diablo's cuttingly hilarious take on pop culture kept us coming back for sloppy seconds. (Did I just write that?) May her flight to non-virtual writing go more smoothly than Carrie Bradshaw's stint at Vogue. As Meg Hourihan says: "Blogs get you everything."
DRUNK BUSH FRIDAYS
Sure it's old news, but it's still funny!
POUR SOME SALT IN MY EYES
Boyband "Townsend" video covering Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me. Make sure you watch until the "remix/rapping" part.
THE FINAL WORD
The Vets' Case: A detailed analysis of the Swift Boat affair
BUSH = MORE POVERTY, LESS HEALTH CARE
Poverty rises in United States. Oh that liberal U.S. Census Bureau! What do they know, with all their... their "facts" and "statistics." Well, here's what they know:
See also: Bush's message on the economy takes beating
"President Bush’s election-year message that the economy is strong and 'getting stronger' is being shaken by a three-pronged assault of weak employment growth, higher oil prices and a slumping stock market."