For some reason I find the picture with this article hilarious.
In other news, hell has frozen over, because I sort of agree with that article. A la carte cable is a good idea. Granted, having Congress force cable companies into offering it doesn’t seem like the best idea.
I got Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith from a relative today. It doesn’t seem like it’s aimed at people like me, but it’s better than the “the Bible is infallible because the Bible says so” junk I’ve been getting from her. It has a section on “the nature of unbelief” or something along that line. Those are always fun to read. Anyway, maybe I’ll review it when I finish it. I have too many books to read.
In other news, Opeth’s new CD is great. Except for The Grand Conjuration. I still don’t like that song, album context notwithstanding. The solo is the only reason my opinion hasn’t moved into the realm of loathing. Nevermore’s new CD is good, too. WAY better than Enemies of Reality.
Also, my spell checker plugin seems to have stopped functioning. Odd.
I just have a quick thought on this. The ESRB re-rated San Andreas because it had an inaccessible sex mini-game. Now, the issue seemed at the beginning to be whether the sexually explicit content was created by the modders or the developers of the game. Rockstar was claiming the content was created by the modders. I’m not sure if that makes a difference to the ESRB, but that was Rockstar’s defense. What’s the difference between a modder creating new content for a game and accessing previously inaccessible content? There isn’t one. The modders are still essentially adding content to the game. The inaccessible content already being on the disc is a meaningless technicality. The ESRB may as well rate games based on mods for them. Do they actually want to do that? I hope not.
TNR has a generally correct piece on last night’s Daily Show with Rick Santorum. John Cole also rightly points out that Stewart’s poor interview is hardly that important, but it is a bit disappointing.
Stewart has had some good, pointed interviews. During the campaign when he had on some Republican working for Bush’s campaign and grilled him about the “most liberal Senator” talking point comes to mind. It seemed like Stewart had a very specific point in mind and hammered it home, whereas in the Santorum interview he, as the TNR piece notes, was winging it. Maybe Stewart just needs to prepare better. In any case, it’s not something I’m going to spend much time thinking about, other than to be slightly disappointed.
The “Spanish-American War tax,” as seen in Mallard Fillmore on Sunday, has little to do with funding the Spanish-American war, considering it was repealed in 1902. It was later reinstated to fund WWI, then repealed, then reinstated in 1932 and has apparently been around since then. Appealing to its Spanish-American War legacy to rally support in favor of repealing it is misleading.
Tinsley also creates the impression that the bill Clinton vetoed was specific to the tax, when in fact it was in an appropriations bill:
The phone tax provision was part of the larger Treasury Department appropriations bill. The president said he had no problem with the bill itself and had even voiced his approval of the phone tax provision. But Clinton used his veto pen just before midnight Oct. 30 to send a message to Congress. He had wanted money for education programs in the bill, too. When it wasn’t added, he axed the entire measure, leaving the phone tax intact.
I find this quite funny. And bizarre. And sad.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Highway Robbery
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Farmakon – Stretching Into Me
Radiohead – Creep
Camel – Spirit of the Water
Antimatter – Angelic
The Mars Volta – The Widow
Arcturus – The Throne of Tragedy
Evergrey – More Than Ever
Katatonia – A Premonition
So, Bush announced yesterday that John Roberts is his Supreme Court nominee. All in all, it could be a lot worse. He made Jeffrey Rosen’s list of “Principled Conservatives” in an article for TNR last December. NARAL’s hysteria doesn’t really seem warranted, considering most of the basis for calling him anti-choice is based on him working as Solicitor General for Reagan and Bush. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s anti-choice, but it’s a good indicator. We’ll see what he says during his confirmation hearings. The ACLU hasn’t said much, but what they did mention makes me uneasy. Then again, I didn’t expect that I would agree with Bush’s pick. My hope was that he didn’t nominate some lunatic. Like The 2% Company says, more information is needed, but it appears Bush has nominated someone respectable.
There appears to be a dearth of good semi drivers in Spokane. The truck was more than eight hours late this morning at the grocery store I work at. So, I got up at 3 am and got off at 5 pm. I didn’t work straight through, but I’m still tired, so there won’t be any posting tonight. Unless I decide to finish up an entry on abortion I’ve been working on.
Also, new Opeth songs have started to make their appearance on the internets. Here’s a non-radio version of The Grand Conjuration, via S4R, and Ghost of Perdition. Ghost of Perdition is good, but I’m not exactly sold on The Grand Conjuration. Also, I think pointing out these tracks is a bit pointless, considering everyone who reads this and likes Opeth probably already knows about them.