The Facts Machine

"And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide"

Saturday, September 28, 2002

For those specifically in denial about post-9/11 racial (and national) profiling...

...from ehrensteinland

"It wasn't that they could not make an exception," New York Film Festival spokeswoman Ines Aslan remarked, "It was that they did not choose to."
A silly test, but no sillier than some other things...

I am 24% evil.
Take the test ::

Here's the problem, though. This test, while not that scientific, makes a false or imprecise good-evil distinction in terms of the Catholics and Luther-types who are the most feverent supporters of dualism in western religious culture. The paradigm of good and evil (in present and past actions), and the paradigm of Xian salvation and damnation, have some overlap but are fundamentally different. I recall an email exchange where a Xian said to me "There is no such thing as a good or moral person", allowing only for the distinction between the saved and the damned. That's, uh, great.
"fuckin Jesus made me drop the ball!" -something you never hear.

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Here's another reason not to even think about trusting Fox News.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002


Here's a clip from the September 24th "Washington Journal" on C-SPAN, featuring Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), on Iraq. Choose the 40-minute clip (the 2nd one), and skip ahead to about minute 32, and listen to Wilson completely lose it when Filner brings up the hard facts, that the Reagan and Bush administrations approved the sending of various biological agents, such as E Coli, anthrax, botulism and West Nile virus, to Saddam Hussein for his use. See the 12:30 link, just below, for the full story.
Doesn't it just suck when someone gives you a gift, but then they tell you that you can't use it . . . 17 years later? Eric Alterman points us to yet another exhibit in the case for "regime change" in America.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002


The prophecized, MacArthur-esque return of your humble blogger to UC Santa Barbara is complete, as I type this out from my disclosed location in Isla Vista, home of open containers and crazy drivers.

By the way, I should also note that I went 12 for 14 in my NFL picks for week 3. TFM does not mean to brag, but it just shows through doesn't it? (:

More to come soon!

Sunday, September 22, 2002

The NFL is one of the few (very few) instances in which Reaganomics/Bushonomics makes sense. At least based on current league policy. Dig:

-Bush cuts taxes for the top 2%
-The top 2% can afford NFL tickets
-The top 2% go to the game
-The game sells out
-The blackout policy is lifted
-The bottom 98% can watch the game on tv

Anywhere else, on the other hand...

I was finally fortunate enough to track down a cd-quality mp3 of the full-length studio version of "You Know You're Right", the famous "new" Nirvana song that's been stuck in the middle of negotiations/lawsuits between Nirvana members Krist Novelisec and Dave Grohl (the good guys) and Cobain widow, carpetbagger and talent-free hack Courtney Love (the evil Ursula).

The most amazing part: the song is outstanding! Not only does it kick the ass of the blah-trifecta of Creed/LinkinPark/Hoobastank and their bland minions, but it's even a step better than the new torch-carriers of stripped-down rock, the Hives, Vines, White Stripes, etc. Those groups are great, but Nirvana is the gold standard, and will continue to be for a long, long time.