Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

OK, I'm back on the blog briefly to wish everyone a happy San Francisco Liberal New Year! As Fred pointed out in the comment to the last post, I am horribly lazy for not posting over the holidays, but hey, I had much more festive things on my mind and everyone needs a break sometimes. Now, I don't have anything of any major substance today, but the following series of photos were forwarded to my email and I figure I might as well end the year with some cheap shots at those lovely red states. The subject of the email was "Why I Love the South."


Thursday, December 22, 2005

Last bloggy goodness for a while

Well tomorrow my folks are in town for the day and then we drive down to spend Christmas with my inlaws for a few days, so there won't be much going on here over the next week or so. Yeah, what else is new, right? Christmas craziness has struck again this year. It's hard to spend time thinking about our corrupt president, his bloody war, all of our elected officials suckling at the teat of lobbyists like Jack Abramoff, domestic spying and so on and so forth when there's gingerbread men to be painted, packages to be shipped, parties to attend and a baby kicking around in Mrs. San Francisco Liberal's belly. So I'd just like to send a warm holiday greeting to all of my regular readers (yes, I said holiday because I know that not all of you are celebrating the same holiday and Bill O'Reilly can kiss my Christmas-celebrating ass over it). Have a great time with your families, get some awesome presents, eat and drink until you almost burst, and enjoy that peaceful easy feeling (unintentional Eagles reference).

2006 will be a whole new year and I'll be back with a vengence (and who knows, maybe my co-blogger might be back too) on the impeachment tip (though that's a tricky subject - while Bush deserves to be impeached, that would mean President Cheney).

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Yeah yeah I know

It's been almost a week since I've blogged anything here. I've been trying to think of a funny and snarky way to sum up this whole week of Bush fuckups, defeats and moments of squirming which like any leftist blogger worth a shit I should really be gloating about. But this is the busiest time of the year and I barely find the time to gather a thought about anything that doesn't involve helping my wife paint gingerbread cookies or getting presents packed up and shipped back east let alone blogging about politics. So here's a little something that has nothing at all to do with politics or Christmas.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

New Blog Renter

Let's give a hearty San Francisco welcome to James and his Right On! blog. Anyone who comments on this blog is familiar with James. Given the name of his blog, you could imagine that we don't always see eye to eye on things, and I was a tad obnoxious to him when he first started posting here, but he's stuck around and become a respected friend of this blog. So go ahead and click on his thumbnail in the right column and pay him a visit, even if you don't think you're going to agree with him. He's smarter than the average conservative, more pragmatic than the average libertarian, and he likes South Park too.

This week's runner up is Discuss It, a great non-partisan political/social issues group blog run by Scott of Scott-o-Rama fame.

Live (sort of) from Death Row

Last week's blog renter, Jason Buckley, has just posted video from Tookie Williams' execution protest. Interesting stuff. I'm firmly against the death penalty and found this execution to be particularly heartbreaking given Williams' work dissuading kids from gang life and violence. The video is a rough cut but it captures the impassioned speakers, the media circus and the general mood, all intercut with Johnny Cash's haunting "San Quentin."

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Spirit of Christmas!

My blog renter rocks! When YouTube rejected this video as "inappropriate," Jason went ahead and uploaded it to his own web server for exlusive streaming here on this blog, and he even helped me put it in a popup window. So without further ado, I give you South Park's The Spirit of Christmas.

Meet the American Taliban

College professor speaks out against funamentalism. Local fundie rednecks beat up professor. What would Jesus do? Lawrence local blogger Snoop thinks he staged his own beating. Snoop, could you add a little something to why you think that? You live there, you've probably got more perspective on this than those of us who are just picking it up on the internets.

Friday, December 09, 2005

YouTube Hates Christmas

I tried to upload South Park's The Spirit of Christmas short to YouTube to show it on this blog, but those bastards rejected it. They have Marilyn Manson and Insane Clown Possee Videos on there, but they won't show a South Park with some F-bombs in it? This is bullshit. Oh well, if you want to watch this heart warming cartoon, you can download it here.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

A Christmas Miracle

Bill O'Reilly tried to turn Christmas into an us vs them issue, but Beth and I have risen above and realized that while we don't have to agree on politics to be able to share that great feeling that this time of year can bring. So in honor of that, I wanted to post one of my favorite Christmas songs, Bob and Doug McKenzie's beautiful version of the 12 Days of Christmas. But I'm a loser with blogspot and can't upload MP3s. Luckily I remembered to check YouTube and found this great video for a Christmas song that really fits...

Want your kid to be the president of the USA?

It's never too early to start grooming your child for greatness, and what better way with educational toys? You've heard of Baby Einstein, now check out Baby Bush! (via freakgirl)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Guess who else is in on the plot against Christmas?

The plot against Christmas thickens. Besides the usual suspects of the liberals, the Jews, corporate America, Festivus-celebrating Seinfeld fans and Satan himself, there's somebody else who is conspiring to destroy Christmas. Who is this evil person, you ask? George W. Bush. That's right. The Christmas cards Dubya sent out to people do not mention Christmas, and the people who feel the need to use the most wonderful time of the year to further divide us as a nation are all pissed off about this!
"This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture," said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Bush "claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn't act like one," said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site "I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it."


The American Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with producer Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed, Uncovered, Walmart: the High Price of Low Cost) to put together a series of shows on our eroding civil liberties under the neocon regime! I have not yet watched any of these, but I sure look forward to it.

New Blog Renter

It was a really tough choice for who to rent my blog to this week. I had 5 bids and all of them were of the highest caliber. The one I wound up going with is a video blog called Moving Pictures. The similarities between this blog and that are eerily similar. We use the same template (though his is modified in a much nicer way than mine in a tasty tribute to a certain Canadian geek rock trio), we both live in San Francisco (beers at Zeitgeist on me sometime), and while he isn't as in your face about it as I am, we're both big old liberals. So pay him a visit and check out some of his amazing videos by clicking on that button to the right.

I'd also like to give a shoutout to the first runner up to rent my blog this week, Grim Womyn. Her blog is thought provoking and possibly even more in your face than mine. And that post about the White Stripes is funny.

And what happened to Beth? I thought you were were going to put a bid in?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

More on "Christmas Under Attack"

As it has now been brought to my attention that the left and corporate America have for the first time ever joined forces so that they could victimize Christians by banning the celebration of Christmas, I have been paying very close attention to advertising and signage. While I didn't see a single tree lot advertising "holiday" trees, I have heard many mentions of "happy holidays" instead of Merry Christmas in commercials. It then occured to me that perhaps these retail giants might not be doing this as a coordinated attack on Christians, but because they want to make as much money as they possibly can from people who might celebrate some of the other holidays that come this time a year. Even Fox News is doing it, with their O'Reilly Factor Holiday Ornaments (at least they were until it swept across the blogosphere - they've since changed it to Christmas). Now, many of these folks who are pumping up this war against Christmas that isn't are the same people who support unfettered corporate capitalist policies. So, my question to those who keep on beating the drum that there is this supposed war against Christmas going on... why do you hate capitalism so much? You don't see a problem with a corporation maximizing profits by outsourcing, or union busting, or cutting benefits, but if they try to attract more customers you have your panties in a knot? And why are you even on this silly bandwagon? Because Bill O'Reilly and Charles Gibson whipped you into this idiotic mob mentality so they could get higher November ratings? Just how dumb are you people?

Sunday, December 04, 2005

San Francisco Adventures

So today I made a trip to the historic Haight Ashbury district. When I was a 19 year old deadhead living back East, this was the coolest place in the whole world as far as I was concerned. The first time I ever visited SF, I made it a point to go sit on the steps of 710 Ashbury where the Dead lived back in the late 60s, and I had to get my pic taken at the street sign of that famous intersection. Now that I'm a older and more jaded, the neighborhood has lost a bit of its appeal. There's a Gap on the corner of Haight and Ashbury, and the streets are crawling with crusty punks trying to sell short sacs of weed to the throngs of hippie tourists for inflated prices to give them an authentic taste of Summer of Love San Francisco. But there's one place that makes it worth braving all of these annoyances, and that place is Amoeba Records. It's the greatest music store anywhere! I had a crate of old vinyl that I was looking to sell, so I lugged it over to Amoeba this afternoon. They only took a few of them for 5 bucks, so I dragged the whole heavy crate down about 4 blocks to another used record store which wouldn't even look at them. So I asked the guy if I could leave it there and get my car so I didn't have to lug them back. I was not such a happy camper walking back to my car, but as I was getting close to the car I spotted something green on the ground. It's always great to find money lying on the ground, but this was even better as it was something else green. I found a baggie of fluffy orange haired kind buds lying right there on the sidewalk, probably about $20 worth! That made me feel a little bit better about wasting my afternoon in the Haight.

Also, there's a very interesting story on the cover of this week's SF Weekly. It's about this guy named Craig who has a list that you may have heard something about.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Another (holi)day, another wingnut

You would think that a blog with a name like Merry Christmas would be happy and festive and joyous, like the holiday itself. Unfortunately, it's the rantings and ravings of another rightwingnut, not only perpetuating the myth that Christmas is under attack by the satanic minions of the left, but also getting really into the holiday spirit by rooting for Tookie's execution. She also celebrates the birth of Jesus with a heaping helping of cheerleading for Bush's war in Iraq and attacking those of us who don't think it's a particularly good idea for us to be in that war (you know, the majority of Americans at this point, not to mention the rest of the world). I can't wait to put on a Santa hat, throw on Elvis' Blue Christmas album, roast myself some chestnuts, pour a nice tall glass of eggnog, and settle in for more of this extra special holiday reading to get myself all whipped up into super Christmas spirit!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Like shooting fish in a barrel...

Finding members of the extreme right religious lunatic frincge saying wingnutty stuff on blogs is not exactly the hardest thing to do. I usually ignore it, but occassionally I will come across a blogger so incredibly nutty that I just have to call them out and put them on display so that you, my dear readers, can point your fingers and laugh. Anyone who hangs around Blog Explosion is familiar with a blog called Machinery of Death. In battle of the blogs, he's got 2 wins (who voted for this guy twice???) to 168 losses and he tends to be the butt of many jokes in the shoutbox. In his latest screed of insanity, he goes after one of the greatest enemies of civilized society, Harry Potter:
When you allow a child to partake in the sick, filthy, disgusting Harry Potter phenomenon, you are essentially encouraging the child to rape, murder, and pillage in this uncertain world.
But wait, it gets better...
I am fearful of the outcomes of the Harry Potter books. Increases in masturbatory practices due to the "sexual tension" in the books; instilled beliefs that warlocks and witches can be anything other than evil; terrorism as a result of the insanity that comes out of the books; murderous rages.
Wait a second, did he predict terrorism because of these books? Last time I checked, the majority of terrorism in this world is being comitted by religious zealots, not fans of wizard fiction. But wait, the good doctor has a Hitler-riffic solution to all of this...
I suggest that we crowd into the streets and burn Harry Potter books and other paraphenalia
Fuckin' A! Let's burn us some books! Yeeeeeehaw! Please for the love of god let this guy be a parody. Like the God Warrior woman on Trading Spouses, this guy is not exactly good PR for people of faith.