Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.


Friday, November 14, 2003  

I'd Pay Money To See That Department: James Lileks gives Michael Moore and Ted Rall exactly what they deserve, a dismissive wave of the hand, and then gets down to the real meat, with a scenario I'd love to see.

I want someone to ask [Howard] Dean this question in the Presidential debate: “Governor Dean, one of your wealthiest backers has compared America in 2000s with German in the 1930s. Do you agree with this analogy?” The only acceptable answer to my ears is “No, I don’t.” Period. Any elaboration, any “no, buts,” any “nevertheless there are worrisome trends” will mark Howard Dean as a truly dangerous man, for he will show himself willing to use the most debased and paranoid argument in modern politics to put his butt in the big chair.
So how come nobody--well, hardly anybody--in the media asks these questions to anybody left of center? I'm not asking them to quit grilling conservatives; I'd just like to see the same treatment dished out to Hillary, Ted, Tom, Chuck, Dick, et al.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:30 AM
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Thursday, November 13, 2003  

Song Of The Day Department:

Turn This Off
from the album "Songs of the Heart"
Words by Terry Taylor
Music by Daniel Amos
©1995 Twitchen Vibes Music (ASCAP)

Too many empty heads
Cold hearts, eyes dead
Inert and inbred
Drugs guns and hot lead
Pierced, spiked and tattooed
Religious yahoo
Hot tempers, cheap booze
Nothin' here but bad news

The center can't hold now,
We don't have the know-how
Throw it in the hoosegow,
Jesus comin' anyhow

Booted up and head shaved
Merciless and enraged
Broke and brooding ingrates
Faithless, cunning inmates
Ferocious looking braggarts
Vacuous and hell-bent
Where are the plain folk,
The charitable and decent?
Where are the love songs?
I wonder where the joy went

Turn this off
Turn this off...

Too many empty heads
Cold hearts, eyes dead
Inert and inbred
Drugs guns and hot lead

The center can't hold now,
We don't have the know-how
Throw it in the hoosegow,
Jesus comin' anyhow

Booted up and head shaved
Merciless and enraged
Broke and brooding ingrates
Faithless, cunning inmates

Last days, last chance
Too late to turn around
If this is all in plain sight,
What about the Underground?

Where are the plain folk,
The charitable and decent?
Where are the love songs?
I wonder where the joy went
Turn this off
Turn this off
Turn this off

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 3:27 PM
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Tuesday, November 11, 2003  

I Got Yer Quagmire Right Here Department: So someone at The Corner mentions the "quagmire" in education, and the Instapundit is running with it. And where did you see it first, loyal readers?

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Things You'll Never See Department: Democrats complaining that the Department of Education is getting involved in a quagmire ("The situation is deteriorating rapidly; I don't think we realize what we've gotten ourselves into"), and questioning requests for more funding ("I want to know exactly what this money will be used for").

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:09 AM

Advantage: Outland!

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 4:55 PM
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On The Other Foot Department: Is this successful grass-roots mobilization, or an illustration of the dangerous power of extremist groups? Here's the scenario:

Browning Construction Co., one of Texas' largest construction companies, backed out of a project to build offices for the National Rifle Association. A coalition of gun-control activists stopped construction 30 days after it began. Leading the effort was a newly created group--the Austin Area Concrete Contractors and Suppliers Against Gun Violence. The Association's chairman, Chris Danze, labeled the NRA, "the most powerful special interest lobby in America, which has gone to every extreme to block or weaken sensible gun laws."

The Association's boycott of the project achieved complete success. Every concrete supplier within 60 miles of Austin refused to supply materials. Construction stopped.
I can hear the gun-control advocates applauding this now. "This is the kind of victory you can win if you just mobilize the people. This is a model for advancing progressive issues in every community."

But that's not exactly what happened. First, the project was to build a Planned Parenthood clinic. Second, the group leading the effort was the Austin Area Pro-Life Contractors and Suppliers, and their chairman said that Planned Parenthood was "a social movement that promotes sexual chaos, especially of our youth."

So, instead of applauding the "devoted efforts of a grass-roots coalition," some liberals are smearing the Austin Area Pro-Life Contractors and Suppliers as being members of the "shock troops of the right wing." Gee, Wally. Why would the shoe pinch so much when it's on the other foot?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 3:45 PM
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