Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Random stuff

For those who might still be interested in the Prop. 12 fight, there was another good article in the Houston Chronicle today: Valley at center of debate on malpractice caps. If you have no idea what the truth is, welcome to the club. Tomorrow's Chronicle article features the argument that the insurance crisis was caused by insurers' own fiscal mismanagement, which should make for an interesting read. That's been Molly Ivins's point all along.

Oh, and by the way... a billion dollars a week apparently won't buy enough rifles for all of our soldiers to have one. Given the massive supply shortages caused by Rumsfeld's out-sourcing to private contractors, this shouldn't surprise me. But as a kid raised on the best that Reagan-era propaganda had to offer, the thought of our soldiers defending themselves with AK-47s is absolutely astonishing.

And the capper is today's Krugman column, which begins this way:

"Last week a quietly scathing report by the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed what some have long suspected: in the aftermath of the World Trade Center's collapse, the agency systematically misled New Yorkers about the risks the resulting air pollution posed to their health. And it did so under pressure from the White House."


I've been reading the other blogs, and I still don't know of any song from the 80's that remains "underappreciated." Will's reference to "Begin the Begin" got me thinking -- about "These Days," actually, which I think is even better -- but I still can't say that it's "underappreciated." Perhaps I lack any understanding of the current "appreciation" of 80's music, which is one-half of the necessary knowledge to even answer the question. It's much easier for me to tear down than to build up:

Five Songs of the Eighties That Should Make You Cringe
1. The theme from "Ghostbusters."
2. "When I'm With You" by Sheriff
3. "In the Air Tonight," by Phil Collins, which I'm pretty sure he made up as he went along in that "Choppin' Broccoli" way.
4. "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Denise Williams, from the Footloose soundtrack.
5. Let's all sing along with Swayze...

"She's like the wind
Through my tree..."

 8:31 AM

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