“There is no part of yourself that you leave behind. You can’t remove any part of yourself. You can only manage the different parts of yourself. There’s a car. It’s filled with people. The 12-year old kid’s in the back, so is the 22-year old, so is the 40-year old guy that likes to screw up, so is the 30-year old guy who wants to get his hands on the wheel and puts the pedal to the metal and drive you into a tree. All these people are in the car. That’s ok, that’s never gonna change. Nobody’s leaving. The doors are shut locked and sealed until you go into your box. But, who’s driving makes a really big difference.”—Bruce Springsteen
This is an astounding interview. Jobs, young and innocent and unaware that he’s about to be kicked out of Apple, talks about Apple and the future of the industry. There are too many gems. Jobs introducing a computer to a kid at a celebrity-filled party.
Rush Limbaugh may beg to differ, but lockstep votes against President Obama’s stimulus package like the one seen in the House this week are steadily adding blue dye to the electoral map, according to a new poll by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.
A survey of 1,200 voters in 40 traditionally Republican congressional districts now held by Democrats Greenberg’s firm conducted between Jan. 14 to 19 shows Obama’s post-election honeymoon reaching a rapturous stage, with 44 percent of voters strongly supporting his policies.
Very large number.
A full 64 percent favor his economic plan, compared to 27 percent against. And precisely that same proportion favors the stimulus in 13 states that are expected to have competitive Senate races in 2010: Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Colorado, Ohio, Kansas, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Greenberg says an incumbent’s support for the economic plan appears to make voters more likely to reelect the lawmaker — particularly good news for the 20 or so Democrats who in November captured districts that former President Bush carried in 2004. He said one-third of Republicans and two-thirds of independents are leaning with Obama’s general goals on the recovery.
“If the Republican Party’s goal is to cheer Rush Limbaugh, they’re welcome to,” Greenberg told a group of reporters, alluding to the radio talk-show host who’s referred to the economic package as a “porkulus” bill.
“So you and I can agree that Republicans are being hypocrites when they find Obama’s efforts at bipartisanship lacking and act indignant at all the ‘petty politics.’ Right?”—(via southpol) regarding this
The Cure? Paul Weller? like, ten 32 year old women in who “never got over when Oasis played The Whiskey in 1995” give a shit. you know the ones.
MSTRKRFT? Thievery Corporation? i like that one song they do. i’d tell you the name but all the songs just sound the same, so i guess i like all their songs. because they sound the same. do you see the point i’m trying to make?
Cloud Cult? those fucking asshats from the esurance commercials? way to shit in our cuts, coachella. SMH.
Roni Size? Groove Armada? Crystal Method? 1997? dude why not Fatboy Slim while you’re at it? and Savage Garden.
Amy Winehouse? really? really really? is this the Starbucks Coachella? are you going for the Perez Hilton “Who Really Gives A Shit?” vote?
Steve Aoki & Atmosphere? do you KNOW how many 6 foot tall super skinny 17 year old girls are going to get pregnant? thanks a lot.
Franz Ferdinand? they are the musical equivalent of dating a girl for 2 weeks who wasn’t that cute or interesting and then you run into her at a bar like 4 years later and she got fatter and even less interesting and won’t leave you alone.
“Now is not the time for us to lick our political wounds, now is the time for us to inflict some political wounds on our opponents,” [GOP] party chairman Mike Duncan told members in a hotel ballroom in Washington, to vigorous applause.”—
TRENTON — Jon Bon Jovi, recently snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a shot at getting into New Jersey’s Hall of Fame.
The fledgling hall will announce its second class of inductees Monday.
Among those on the ballot, along with the rocker who grew up in Sayreville: NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Grover Cleveland, singer and activist Paul Robeson, economist Milton Friedman, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald and Philip Roth, poets Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams.
I hadn’t been to FiveThirtyEight in a long time, basically since the election, and forgot how awesome Nate always is. Here he brings to light some more Republican bullshit that I hadn’t read about anywhere else.
It’s not just the goose egg that the House Republicans laid on the Democratic stimulus package yesterday: Boehner’s Boys have been equally uncooperative on other matters. Case in point: a bill yesterday to delay the transition to digital TV. This measure was approved unanimously by the Senate; every Senate Republican gave it the green light. But 155 out of 178 House Republicans voted against it, which resulted in the measure’s defeat since a two-thirds majority would have been required for passage under the House’s suspension of the rules.
Or, take the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a seemingly fairly popular/populist (if not inscrutable) piece of legislation on gender-based pay discrepancies. This was something that Barack Obama whacked John McCain on on the campaign trail, with McCain offering little rebuttal. In the Senate, five Republicans — out of 41 — voted with the Administration on Ledbetter, including all four Republican women. In the House, just three Republicans did — out of 178.