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Saturday, June 11, 2005


The scourge of finals put TFM on an unannounced hiatus this past week. I'm back now (and done!!! Done done!), so to get back into things (and we will), let's start with a Saturday iTunes shuffle:

A Perfect Circle - Pet
Lennon - Property of Goatf**ker
At the Drive In - Rolodex Propaganda
Beatles - Getting Better
Ryan Adams - Hot Chelsea Nights
Pearl Jam - Whale Song
Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days
Wilco - Less Than You Think
Cake - Love You Madly
Smashing Pumpkins - Here Is No Why

That Ryan Adams song is pretty good, save for the Most Sonically-Obnoxious Guitar Solo In Music History. And "Less Than You Think" includes ten minutes of sounds that resemble a 747 idling on a tarmac. Lastly, "Love You Madly", one of my favorite Cake songs, features a trumpet part that sounds like it came from an old NFL Films highlight show from the 70's.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Say hello to Murder Cat:

The guys in our house took in a stray a while back, had him checked out, and fed him into a state of shiny-coat-ness. They wanted him to have a hard-ass name, so the local fauna would know he was, you know, a thug. So they named him Murder Cat.

And true enough to his name, look what he brought into the house tonight:

Yup, that's a mouse. Dead, I think. Cue "Circle of Life". (that's housemate Russ's hand)

The funny thing about Murder Cat is that he occasionally emits the cutest, high-pitched, innocent meow's the world has ever heard. Yet he has a neat little knack for bringing deceased birds, lizards and now mice into the house.

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Monday, June 06, 2005


A State Judge in Washington has upheld Democrat Christine Gregoire's victory in the state's governor race last fall.

I imagine Dobson and Frist are en route. And DeLay's filling a Walla Walla apple with nitro glycerine.

Somewhere, Alexander Hamilton is crying:
Advocates for the separation of church and state are protesting Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s plans to hold a bill-signing ceremony at a conservative evangelical church. One bill restricts abortion; a second calls for a ban on same-sex marriage.

The event is scheduled for today at a Christian school run by Calvary Cathedral International, one of the largest churches in Fort Worth. National leaders of the religious conservative movement, including Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, are scheduled to attend.
After completing the bill-signing rite ceremony, Governor Perry intends to assemble a squad of Texas state troopers and take over the Iranian Consulate. God loves irony. And apparently he hates queers, too.

Of course, if you've been paying attention to the Texas GOP, all of this should come as no surprise.