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Ann Coulter’s Favorite Democrat, Harold Ford, For New York Senate?

by on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:25 am EDT in Politics

I’ve been watching former Tennessee Congressman and bank executive Harold Ford Jr. as a contributor on MSNBC for some time, and this guy has always struck me as the typical finger-to-the-wind beltway insider.  You know, the status-quo politician — always looking to spew the beltway establishment talking points, proud to be far to the right of his most Conservative colleagues; puts entrenched interests above those of the electorate.

He recently announced that he intends to make a run in the NY Democratic primary for US Senator.  He moved to New York City a year ago.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said to Politico’s Jonathan Martin of Ford’s intentions:

“If he thinks that its an appealing argument to position yourself as being somebody who will stand up to Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, well I don’t think we need another Joe Lieberman.”

Ouch!  I suspect that sort of sentiment will be a favorite talking point of his opponent, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Brave New Films has put together a scathing new compilation of video clips showing Harold Ford, in his own words, stating he’s pro-gun, anti-choice (here he advocates outlawing abortions); boasting that he supported Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, is in favor of NSA warrantless wiretapping, wants the 10 Commandments posted in courtrooms across the state, favors school prayer, wants an anti-flag burning constitutional amendment, and opposes same-sex marriage.  Ann Coulter states that Harold Ford is her favorite Democrat, which speaks volumes.

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Here’s Harold Ford on Chris Matthews parroting Dick Cheney talking points, while trying to make the case that torture should not be investigated:

FORD: … So in this sense I think having the conversation about what happened and whether or not at Guantanamo Bay, and I’m not as outraged as some are about it because as much as I think some of those techniques were enhanced and might have risen to a level of torture you have to remember when this was occurring.

This is 2002, 2003. The country was in a different place, in a different space. And if you were to say to me, as an American, put aside my partisanship, that we have an opportunity to gain information that would prevent the destruction of an American city, to prevent killings in American cities, and we have to use certain techniques, I’m one of those Americans that would have voted a certain way, Chris. And that polling said it might have been torture, but I’m not as outraged.

MATTHEWS: You are veering into Cheney country here. The destruction of an American city. What evidence did you ever have that the enemy had a nuclear weapon that could blow up an American city? Where’d that..that’s Cheney talk. That is..that’s what he uses to justify torture. We have no evidence that any enemy of ours had a nuclear weapon.

And this guy’s running for the Senate seat in the liberal state of New York?

My guess is he’s hoping NY Republicans and conservative Democrats, alike, will fully back him since the GOP has been unable to find a contender of their own to face off against Gillibrand.

Republicans have had plenty of help from Blue Dogs over this last year in obstructing all progressive initiatives.  After the recent health care debacle (courtesy of Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, and the other Blue Dogs), it appears to be a promising ‘Trojan Horse’ strategy for a failed GOP.

Watch: The Cars Perform ‘Heartbeat City’ @ Live Aid 1985

by on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s a favorite Cars song of mine — not as recognizable as some of their hits, although it should be.  I was in Paris when Live Aid was happening, and my brother and I were watching a rabbit-ear antenna’d static-prone TV set in a hotel — unable to understand the French dialogue between the songs, but nonetheless ecstatic to watch some of our favorite groups perform.

The quality of this video is damned good.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this song, I think you’re really going to like it.

Enjoy!

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The Cars’ “Heartbeat City” can be downloaded here: The Cars - The Cars Greatest Hits - Heartbeat City

Watch: Jesus & Mary Chain w/ Hope Sandoval “Sometimes Always” Live – 1994

by on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

If you were told The Jesus & Mary Chain were attempting to pen a love song — a duet — this is EXACTLY what you’d hope to get from them.  Somehow they managed to incorporate their signature detached (brooding) style — something unheard of in a traditional love song — and yet it works here on so many levels.  They found the perfect female counterpart to Jim Reid in Hope Sandoval — ex-lead singer of Mazzy Star.

For me the song conjures up images of the American west — I’m thinking desert tumbleweed blowing around, Budweiser beer, Marlboro cigarettes, a young couple overcoming typical male indiscretion and indifference — both projecting the energy level of two junk addicts.  Wait a minute, am I simply recalling the treatment for the original promo video?  But there IS beauty lurking behind this lifelessness.

Over the years, I’ve continued to come back to this song, ‘Sometimes Always,’ whenever I contemplate dusting off one of the old J&MC CDs.  Here they are with Hope Sandoval performing live on the David Letterman Show in 1994.  Enjoy!

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The single, ‘Sometimes Always,’ or their full length greatest hits album, 21 Singles, can be downloaded here: The Jesus and Mary Chain - 21 Singles - Sometimes Always

Watch: Bad Brains Perform ‘I & I Survive’ In Paris – 1989

by on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 9:45 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s an old favorite of mine from Bad Brains.  Unlike a lot of the lightning-fast hardcore tunes they were writing in the early 80s, ‘I & I Survive’ is very much laid-back, melodic reggae.  For that reason it’s one of those timeless tunes from the early hardcore punk days that you can come back to […]

People Who Died: Jim Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009)

by on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Alex Williams of the New York Times did a nice writeup on the life and final years of the great downtown writer, poet, and musician, Jim Carroll. On Carroll’s latest work: He (Carroll) was trying to finish his first novel, tentatively titled “The Petting Zoo,” an ambitious book about an art-world prodigy of the 1980s, […]