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The Local News, Part 1 [05 Oct 2004|12:46pm]
There's a Red Hot Chili Peppers lyric that I may be mishearing, as
in, "there's a bathroom on the right," or "'scuse me, while I kiss
this guy." But since I think the lyric I'm hearing is brilliant, I
refuse to investigate its accuracy, I will instead quote it directly:
"This time o' night's for singin' songs 'bout the local news." They
do, on the same album, sing "Comin' on strong, Baudelaire," so I do
have some reason to believe my impression correct.

I will be contributing absolutely nothing to the raging river of
human knowledge by complaining about the local news. But I do feel
compelled to respond after seeing a particular episode the other
night. It may have been a rerun; I'm not sure. It sounded

The only reason I was caught watching the local news in the first
place is that it comes on after Everwood, um, I mean, at halftime.
Ok, you caught me. We all have our secrets. I have a regular response
to the local news, which is to turn it off. This particular brand of
local news opens with "It's 10 o'clock, do you know where your
children are?" Normally, once the second required to overcome the
creepy depravity of this prologue passes, I issue my routine retort,
which is, "No, but I do know where my remote is."

I didn't do that on this occasion because, in fact, I did not know
where the remote was. While I was threshing the bed sheets in search
of it, and then while I was moving it to my outstretched hand using
budding Jedi powers, the first story came on.

Tomorrow: The Local News, Part 2: BRAZEN ASSAULT
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Veeps [05 Oct 2004|10:43pm]
I'm pretty sure Edwards just got smoked.

I can't believe the Democrats agreed to this format, with the
candidates sitting around Charlie Rose style. This clearly worked to
Cheney's advantage. I kept imagining what it would be like if they
were both standing up, and that's when I realized that Cheney can't
keep his hands still for a moment, which is fine at a table but weird
at a podium; and that he can't look at the camera or look up for more
than a second or two at a time (except in his closing, which was of
course rehearsed), which while seated looks thoughtful and
intelligent, but while standing at a podium looks shy and dishonest.

My impressions. Cheney came off sounding intelligent and well-versed
on all the relevant facts. Edwards came off like a shyster.
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