October 18th, 2006


[Reddit] Hailing the greatness that is Weird Al.

Weird Al's skewed worldview extends to his lifelong dedication to and virtuosic talents on the accordion. Dude, he freakin' rips on squeezebox. If you've got no respect for the instrument you better cash in your Beirut and Arcade Fire albums, because it's made a wheezing comeback thanks to such bittersweet, cardigan-wrapped fare. Polka, not so much. But Lynwood's accordion-driven medley, featuring oompa-pa-ed versions of "Take Me Out," "Gold Digger," "Float On," and other hipster hits, is laugh-out-loud funny and potentially irritating because Al's maniacal arrangements so nimbly deconstruct the originals.


[MeFi] Worst. Congress. EVAR!

There is very little that sums up the record of the U.S. Congress in the Bush years better than a half-mad boy-addict put in charge of a federal commission on child exploitation. After all, if a hairy-necked, raincoat-clad freak like Rep. Mark Foley can get himself named co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, one can only wonder: What the hell else is going on in the corridors of Capitol Hill these days?


To be sure, Congress has always been a kind of muddy ideological cemetery, a place where good ideas go to die in a maelstrom of bureaucratic hedging and rank favor-trading. Its whole history is one long love letter to sleaze, idiocy and pigheaded, glacial conservatism. That Congress exists mainly to misspend our money and snore its way through even the direst political crises is something we Americans understand instinctively. "There is no native American criminal class, except for Congress," Mark Twain said - a joke that still provokes a laugh of recognition a hundred years later.


So, in addition to the second or third worst president in American history, we also have a bunch of ever so bright and competent people in both houses of Congress. Great. Now all we need is for Chief Justice Scalia to sign off on the torture bill[1], and we'll have the despotic government trifecta.

Can I please tac-nuke DC now? PLEASE?? You know it's the only way to be sure...

[1] Remember that you heard it here first.
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    Rep Foley *was* "thinking about the children", hurr-hurr.