Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
The Propaganda of the Faith
Quote of the Day:
"The Propaganda of the Faith is quite the largest, oldest, most magnificent, most unabashed, and most lucrative enterprise in sales-publicity in all Christendom. Much is to be learned from it as regards media and suitable methods of approach, as well as due perseverence, tact, and effrontery. By contrast, the many secular adventures in salesmanship are no better than upstarts, raw recruits, late and slender capitalisations out of the ample fund of human credulity. It is only quite recently, and even yet only with a dawning realisation of what may be achieved by consummate effrontery in the long run, that these others are beginning to take on anything like the same air of stately benevolence and menacing solemnity.
"No pronouncement on rubber-heels, soap-powders, lip-sticks, or yeast-cakes, not even Sapphira Buncombe's Vegetative Compound, are yet able to ignore material facts with the same magisterial detachment, and none has yet commanded the same unreasoning assent or acclamation. None other have achieved that pitch of unabated assurance which has enabled the publicity-agents of the Faith to debar human reason from scrutinising their pronouncements. These others are doing well enough, no doubt; perhaps as well as might reasonably be expected under the circumstances, but they are a feeble thing in comparison. Saul has slain his thousands, perhaps, but David has slain his tens of thousands."
Jon Stewart On Letterman
Monday, May 22, 2006
The Swiss Army Knife of Excuses
Doonsebury uncovers the "secret" White House strategy:
May 21, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
1. Winston Churchill: "Golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture."
2. Jack Benny: "Give me the fresh air, a beautiful partner, and a nice round of golf, and you can keep the fresh air and the round of golf."
3. Lee Trevino: "You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work."
4 Unknown: "Golf is not a game, it's bondage. It was obviously devised by a man torn with guilt, eager to atone for his sins."
5. Hank Aaron: "It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."
6. Lee Trevino: "Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn't a lot of strokes when you consider the course."
7. Lee Trevino: "I'm not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they'd come up sliced."
8. Sam Snead: "These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow."
9. Paul Harvey: "Golf is a game in which you yell "fore," shoot six, and write down five."
10. Tommy Bolt, about the tempers of modern players: "They throw their clubs backwards and sideways, and that's wrong. You should always throw a club ahead of you so that you don't have to walk any extra distance to get it."
11. Tommy Bolt: "Putting allows the touchy golfer two to four opportunities to blow a gasket in the short space of two to forty feet."
12. Jimmy Demarest: "Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at."
13. Jack Lemmon: "If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball."
14. Lee Trevino: "If you're caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."
15. Unknown: "Fifty years ago, 100 white men chasing one black man across a field was called the Ku Klux Klan. Today it's called the PGA Tour."
16. John Updike: "Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five."
17. "Silk Stockings" TV Show: "The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bag pipes and called it music."
18. Gerald Ford: "I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose."
19. P.G. Woodhouse: "The least thing upsets him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadows."
20. Bob Hope: "If I'm on the course and lightning starts, I get inside fast. If God wants to play through, let him."
21. Ken Harrelson: "In baseball you hit your home run over the right-field fence, the left-field fence, the center-field fence. Nobody cares. In golf everything has got to be right over second base."
22. Chi Chi Rodriguez: "The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life."
23. Chi Chi Rodriguez: "After all these years, it's still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye."
24. Tommy Bolt, toward the end of one of his infamous high-volume, temperamental, club-throwing rounds, asked his caddie for a club recommendation for a shot of about 155 yards. His caddie said: "I'd say either a 3-iron or a wedge, sir." "A 3- iron or a wedge?" asked Bolt. "What kind of stupid, #*!~%^* choice is that?"
"Those are the only two clubs you have left in the your bag, sir." said the caddie.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
A Random 40 Song Playlist
A Random Annual 40 Song Playlist, via Rolling Stone, in chronological order. Note that my iPod randomly picks a better collection of songs than this; The self conscious hip kids at Riolling Stone (a playlist of the most totally excellent songs of every year of the magazine's existence) tries quite desperately to be au current and trendy.
Worth noting is the free Rhapsody demo only lets you have 25 plays -- so select carefully
1. The RollingStones, "Dandelion" (1967)
2. The Monkees, "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round" (1968)
3. The Beatles, "Don't Let Me Down" (1969)
4. Sly and theFamily Stone, "Everybody Is A Star" (1970)
5. James Brown, "I'm a Greedy Man" (1971)
6. David Bowie, "Starman" (1972)
7. New York Dolls, "Trash" (1973)
8. Roxy Music, "TheThrill Of It All" (1974)
9. Millie Jackson, "There You Are" (1975)
10. Lou Reed, "CrazyFeeling" (1976)
11. Television, "Marquee Moon" (1977)
12. Public ImageLtd., "Public Image" (1978)
13. Joy Division, "Disorder" (1979)
14. Mission of Burma, "Academy Fight Song" (1980)
15. Depeche Mode, "Dreaming Of Me" (1981)
16. New Order, "Temptation" (1982)
17. Prince, "LittleRed Corvette" (1983)
18. Husker Du, "Something I Learned Today" (1984)
19. Madonna, "DressYou Up" (1985)
20. Jesus and MaryChain, "My Little Underground" (1986)
21. Eric B. andRakim, "I Know You Got Soul" (1987)
22. Big Daddy Kane, "Ain?t No Half Steppin'"(1988)
23. Morrissey, "TheLast of the Famous International Playboys" (1989)
24. Nirvana, "Sliver"(1990)
25. Pavement, "Debris Slide" (1991)
26. Suede, "The Drowners" (1992)
27. Bikini Kill, "Rebel Girl" (1993)
28. Guided ByVoices, "Gold Star For Robot Boy" (1994)
29. Oasis, "Live Forever" (1995)
30. Pulp, "Common People" (1996)
31. The Notorious B.I.G., "Mo Money Mo Problems" (1997)
32. Sleater-Kinney, "Get Up" (1998)
33. The Rondelles, "Shanghai Surprise" (1999)
34. Hefner, "We LoveThe City" (2000)
35. The White Stripes, "Fell In Love With A Girl" (2001)
36. Interpol, "Roland" (2002)
37. Missy Elliott, "Let Me Fix My Weave" (2003)
38. The Hold Steady, "Killer Parties (2004)
39. FranzFerdinand, "Do You Want To" (2005)
40. Yeah YeahYeahs, "Cheated Hearts" (2006)
Highly rec'd: James Brown,
Remind me again why they hate us?
Friday, May 19, 2006
Fans in Houston let Barry Bonds know how they felt about his pursuit of Babe Ruth's 714 home runs when the Giants played there this week.
How great is this photo:
Calm Amid the Home Run Storm
NYT, May 19, 2006
Flam & Flam
Fabulous photo from the NYT Archives:
Flam & Flam, 165 East 121st Street, 1938
Berenice Abbott/Museum of the City of New York The New York Times Photo Archives presents a special selection of historic images reproduced from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York.
Source: New York Times