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A Contest!

By Jesse Taylor
Sunday, June 22, 2008 15:56 EDT

imageTwenty dollars to the first person who can give any rational reason why Michelle Obama is mentioned in Maureen Dowd’s latest piece.

This isn’t even the failure to write something relevant (the entire article is basically a laundry list of Weird Things The French President’s Wife Did), but Maureen Dowd’s wholehearted failure as a person. When I saw The Happening, one of the reasons I saw it is because I really do enjoy watching people who’ve demonstrated some modicum of intelligence shoot for the moon in service of something obviously awful and fail. It’s a spectacular sight, watching the step-by-step demolition of someone’s meticulously executed plans under the crushing brunt of reality and good taste.

Maureen Dowd used to be that person, the too clever by half orchestrator of crazy shit…but at least it was crazy shit with a point. Having lost the Clintons as the background of her unyielding rambling, she seems to have become unmoored, looking for anything that potentially involves oral sex and a Democrat to write a column that’s no longer even half clever.

I no longer wonder why the New York Times lacks the respect for their history necessary to fire Dowd and put in anyone or anything – the obituary editor, some classifieds, random pictures of squirrels in Central Park – that would restore a modicum of relevance to the space she occupies. I just wonder why Dowd lacks the self-respect to use the great gift she’s been given to do anything worthwhile.


Zimbabwe: Election’s Off

By Jesse Taylor

Goddammit. Zimbabwe’s opposition leader says he is pulling out of Friday’s runoff election against President Robert Mugabe. Morgan Tsvangirai says this is because of mounting violence and intimidation against the opposition during the campaign. Tsvangirai announced his decision during a news conference in Zimbabwe’s capital on Sunday after thousands of ruling party militants blockaded the site of the opposition’s main campaign rally. The opposition says that police in full riot gear and soldiers have taken…


austan goolsbee wonders how muffins got to be so delicious

By Jesse Taylor

Representatives of the Obama and McCain campaigns are going to have a debate via Twitter. You know, the problem I’ve often found with our political process is that it’s not boiled down to pithy and easily misinterpretable bites of information.…


Upright Justices Brigade

By Jesse Taylor

Lying: the kind of activity we want our Supreme Court Justices participating in.…


Speak Of The Devil

By Jesse Taylor
Saturday, June 21, 2008 23:59 EDT

No sooner do we start talking about mentioners of racism being the real racists than the shit starts flying in the presidential race. Is Barack Obama a zombie? No, just a Muslim.…



By Jesse Taylor

For those of you not familiar with the series, Resident Evil is a game that’s about the purest of pastimes – fucking up zombies and other nasties with an ever-expanding lineup of weapons. Resident Evil 5 takes the series to Africa…and then there’s controversy. On Your Black Writers today, Tolu…


A Compromise

By Jesse Taylor
Friday, June 20, 2008 22:26 EDT

I will accept Obama’s cave-in on FISA if, the next time I commit several major felonies all in a row towards no discernible productive result, I can just say he asked me to do it and get off scott free. Deal?…


Blackazoid: The Blackening

By Jesse Taylor

David Brooks has done yeoman’s work and given us the origin story of dear Blackazoid. God, Republicans are saps. They think that they’re running against some academic liberal who wouldn’t wear flag pins on his lapel, whose wife isn’t proud of America and who went to some liberationist church where…


The Bugs can HAVE us

By auguste


“Don’t let them assassinate Hugo Chavez; Don’t let them assassinate Evo Morales”

By auguste

It’s not very IMS for me to enthusiastically recommend an act as…earnest as Flobots, but I really like the single: so I bought the album on iTunes, and I have to say I’m very pleased with it. Another highlight, in my mind, is “Same Thing” (not a video): We say…