* Black Flag's Henry Rollins, writing for Vanity Fair, pretty much says it all here: ["In Afghanistan, Worse Is the New Better"]. Oh yeah:
"This is the great optimism of America; a mixture of incredible expectation, supreme work ethic, visionary courage, love of freedom, selective memory, a sense of entitlement, arrogance, and naiveté. Our steadfast belief in democracy and the idea that it needs to be spread over the planet like margarine on toast is at times a rough road, but someone has to pave it, after all. It’s for the greater good, right? Too bad some people are not so easily convinced."* Another blog post from VF from Michael Wolff: ["Sarah Palin Is Winning"]. I like this line:
"They both have less to do with ideology and more to do with who they are. In both cases their careers did not lead them to run for president; rather, their careers took off because they seemed suddenly marketable enough to be president."Oh my gosh, that's so true. What a brilliant deduction!
* Michael Moore co-writes this piece on why the supposedly healthcare reform bill won't work: ["13 reasons why the Democrats' health bills won't solve the health care crisis"]. Personally, I like #5:
"A massive government bailout for the insurance industry through the combination of the individual mandate requiring everyone not covered to buy insurance, public subsidies which go for buying insurance, no regulation on what insurers can charge, and no restrictions on their ability to decide what claims to pay."That's right. It's basically welfare for insurance companies.
* The Bunnymen album will be out soon. The single sounds OK. And Ian McCulloch hasn't lost any of his gusto: ["Shake’n'Mac"]. Hah:
"I always slagged off U2 mercilessly because I didn’t want their fucking fans."Well, there's no problem with that: The Bunnymen are playing Great Scott in Allston and the House of Blues in the Fenway ... and U2 just got done a couple of nights at Gillette Stadium in the wake of what some are calling a very poor album. 'Nuff said.