Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Steely Dan - Scranton, PA - August 20, 2006

Really a fantastic show. Someone was kind enough to post a setlist on alt.music.steely-dan:
  • Turtle Talk intro
  • Boddhisattva
  • Time Out of Mind
  • Aja
  • I Got the News
  • Hey 19
  • Pixeleen
  • Josie
  • Chain Lightning
  • Green Earrings
  • Dirty Work
  • -Band Intros-
  • Show Biz Kids
  • Do It Again
  • Peg
  • Don't Take me Alive
  • Kid Charlemagne
  • FM
  • My Old School
  • Turtle Talk (?) reprise or Last Tango in Paris (?)
Sadly, nothing from Morph the Cat.

Scranton Times-Tribune review

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

More government madness

This may turn into a blog about everything that's wrong with the US government (I wonder how long until I hear Homeland Security knocking on my door?).

Anyway, today's tale of government excess involves a federal program providing legal aid for the poor, paid for with taxpayer dollars, that turns away half its applicants due to lack of resources, yet still manages to find money for lavishly furnished offices, pricey meals, foreign travel, and chauffeur-driven rides. All on your dime.

Via the Huffington Post.

Monday, August 14, 2006

State of the Union

We used to live in a country where you were free to criticize the government (and let's face it, the Bush White House has been making that a lot easier). It seems lately that, whenever you make a slight remark against said government, you're a danger to national security. In Connecticut, Democratic voters rejected Senator Lieberman in the primary, thereby expressing voter dissatisfaction with the Iraq war by deposing a politician who has come out in support of the war. The immediate spin? Mr. Cheney says it will "break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task." So much for the democratic process.

And in New Hampshire, an activist member of a group whose main goal is to get people to move to New Hampshire (terrorists! fear, uncertainty, doubt! Actually, they view it as a state that is not overly dependent on the government, and a culture of individual responsibility, among other things) decided to go to the local IRS office with a flyer that asked the IRS employees to quit their jobs. Fairly harmless activism, right? Well, Homeland Security arrests him. Maximum security. No visitors. Take that, freedom of speech.

I would hope the press is all over this. Via Boing Boing.