Thursday, January 22, 2004

Holy crap! Two days in a row! This degree of blogmentation hasn't occurred since the dog days of summer!

There were a few things in the news that cracked me up this week. At the Iowa caucuses Monday night, John Kerry pulled off a stunning upset after his campaign seemed dead in the water only a week earlier. John Edwards surged into second, pushing onetime-favorite Howard Dean into a distant third. Dean, who always seems to struggle mightily to smile, apparently felt the need to muster up some courage for his followers and launched into a bizarre rally speech after the results were in. With a crazed look in his eyes, Dean rattled off a bunch of states that they would win and ended it with a shrieking "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!" One of the funniest things I've ever seen or heard. He has since become a laughingstock (check out the audio clips) and target for Letterman, Leno, Stern, and Conan O'Brien. I guess he's on Letterman tonight doing a Top 10 list making fun of himself, so I guess I have to give him credit for that. Still, he gave Kerry a huge push going into the New Hampshire primary next week, just by being a total spaz.

Staying with politics, the AP had a story this week about the favorite music of the Democratic candidates. Check this out:

John Kerry rocks out to The Beatles, while Wesley Clark jams to Journey.

Kerry says the album most likely to be on his C-D player is The Beatles' "Abbey Road,'' while Clark picked "Journey -- Greatest Hits.''

Howard Dean goes for the music of Wyclef Jean, and John Edwards likes "The Essential Bruce Springsteen.''

Joe Lieberman prefers Andrea Bocelli and Al Sharpton likes Yolanda Adams.

Dennis Kucinich goes for Willie Nelson's stuff. (AP)

Yeah, like Dean's ever even HEARD a Wyclef song before. But how about Wesley Clark copping to a Journey fixation? He probably thinks he's being cool with his choice. It's either that, or you get the disturbing image of him leading troops into battle with "Wheel in the Sky" cranking in his Humvee. "Damn, that Neal Schon sure can shred!"

What I want to know is, where the hell is equal time for Lyndon LaRouche? Voters need to know he likes to rock out, too. His favorite band? Slayer.

I was pleased to see that one of my favorite, but shortlived, TV shows, Freaks and Geeks, is coming out with a DVD for its first and only season. I guess it took a while to put it all together because they had to secure the rights for all the cool 70s and 80s tunes they played on the show (one of which was April Wine's "Roller," which I guarantee was never played on network TV before--or at least in the last 20 years). The DVD is due in April, but I got even more excited to see on their Internet home page that a special edition DVD set was available that included two discs of bonus stuff. I was all set to order it when I saw it cost $120. D'oh! I love the show, but not THAT much. I will, however, run to the store to get the regular DVD set when it comes out. The cancellation of that show is a prime example of the stupidity of network execs. Another is "The Simple Life."

Okay, I'm outta here.

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