Let’s keep things in perspective, shall we?

President George W. Bush looks out over the devastation in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina as he heads back to Washington D.C. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, aboard Air Force One. White House photo by Paul Morse.

He’s posing in that pic, isn’t he?


Notice that his jacket has his name on it. That’s in case he forgets who he is.

“An odd sense of pride: Metallica singer James Hetfield appears to be pleased his band’s songs were chosen for torture. “Part of me is proud because they chose Metallica!” he said. ”

He’s not just posing, they even dressed him up in his cute “president” windbreaker, just for the occasion.

I bet he misses it a lot, but I suppose he makes everyone still call him “Mr. President” and grovel, and he still has guards and limos, so within his immediate little bubble, he can still bask in it.

@Prommie: Pretty stupid and uninformed comment by Hetfied, but drummer Lars Ulrich tried to set it straight while talking with Rachel Maddow:

“But obviously when you hear stories like the one you’re telling, it all seems so bizarre and so strange that Metallica’s music, which generally sort of facilitates bringing people together, is used in these bizarre circumstances. It’s certainly not something that we in any way advocate or condone.”

Ulrich also told Maddow that if someone really wanted to use music to torture others, there are groups out there that are way more extreme than Metallica. “If there are people that are dumb enough to use Metallica to interrogate prisoners, you’re forgetting about all the music that’s to the left of us,” he said. “I can name, you know, 30 Norwegian death metal bands that would make Metallica sound like Simon and Garfunkel.”

For the record, lead guitarist Kirk Hammitt also opposes the use of Metallica’s music for torture.

Metallica have done a number of anti-war songs over the years, including
“One”*, “Disposable Heroes”**, and “Harvester of Sorrow”. Guitar geeks: Kirk is playing one of his two “Dracula” guitars in the “Dispoable Heroes” video, but I can’t tell which one.

* Based on Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun”. Metallica helped get the film re-released on DVD last year. I believe they purchased the rights to it in order to use clips in the “One” video.

** Thrash, bitchez!

I just read (on Larry Fitzgerald’s twitter feed) that Tiger Woods is sending $3 million, 50 EMT’S, and a mobile hospital to Haiti. Good on him.

@redmanlaw: Tom and Ray reported on a judge who offered an offender the choice of 1) a fine, or 2) four hours of polka. I’d have paid the hundred bucks to avoid the likes of Bud Hundenski and his Polka Corsairs.

@Capt Howdy:
I am wearing my own black cowboy cha cha heels today.

Johnny Got His Gun is one of the best anti war films ever made.
I recently turned my coworkers onto it. “you mean that Metallica video”
‘no children, that is from an actual movie that was made before Metallica existed’

And let’s remember the stirring words of our next Great Leader:

Thank u caring Americans&US govt officials taking lead in Haiti aid efforts.Pls donate2legit efforts like RedCrss/Salvtn Army2coordinate aid

@Capt Howdy: Johnny Got His Gun was one of the first grown-up novels I ever read, I was in 4th or 5th grade, at the latest, I remember because I believe it was the year after I fell in love with Cynthia Honeycutt, who had strawberry blonde hair, and we used to play on the seesaw, and then we would swing on swings side by side, swinging in time, which was quite daring, because playground lore had it that if you even accidentally fell into rythm with a girl who was on the swings, that meant you had cooties.

But anyway, nine-year old Prommie picks up Johnny Got His Gun, which his high school sister was supposed to be reading for English class, and reads the whole fucking thing.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, would explain why I have been a bitter and depressed individual ever since.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, would explain why I have been a bitter and depressed individual ever since.

seriously. I saw the movie in the 70s as an adult and never recovered.

stop me before I buy this

no one stopped me. I own it. RML if the guys screws me I expect you to pay him a visit.

@Capt Howdy: The seller is located in Albuquerque, btw, just down the road from me.

the only think I ever bought on ebay was, wait for it, an RV.

I think I have to have that. its the year I was born.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Last story FTW: “I can’t believe I was punched in the face by a . . . ” The third story ran last week with Head and Shoulders as the shampoo, with a burning element if I recall correctly.

Last night I read on DS about the FDR drinking game: consume bourbon to the point you need a wheelchair to get around.

Will the Cards do it again this weekend? I see a Sport thread this weekend with Football, skiing/snowboarding, shooting, the gym and whatever anyone else is doing.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I can’t – won’t – imagine how painful it was for the girl in the third story.

@mellbell: I have never had a women yell “Exfoliate my ass baby!” during sex, and I suspect I never will. Ouch.

@mellbell: I have experienced the nearly-broken nose situation described in the 4th.

That third story is just wrong in every, every way; this casual “hook up” thing of the youngs, continuing the habit when both are seeing others, doing the sex in the common area, doing the buttsecks (its a good kind of wrong, but still wrong [my phyiscal therapist is careful to distinguish between “pain” and “good pain” when he is hurting me]), and and finally, the fact that its drunken buttseks in a public area. This is a case of drunken casual philandering public anal-exfoliating buttseks. What a sore-assed walk of shame this would engender.

@redmanlaw: Aren’t these new “his and her” lubes supposed to combine and create a burning sensation, on purpose? Whats up with that? Who are these people, with their his and her lube and burning loins?

I pretty much need a wheelchair to get around lately, so I consume the bourbon just to forget, the pain, and my long-lost strawberry blonde third-grade love.

God, he’s hot. I miss that.

@redmanlaw: Personally I would make them watch The Great Waltz 24/7. If Militza Sorjus’s singin don’t get you her acting will. Every time you turn around it’s Happy Villagers! *shudders*

@Prommie: I love hearing about your baby/youngman Prom years.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers, et al /TJ: This is currently my favorite trash site. I am learning so much.

eg: since i spend so many of my nights sleeping on the bathroom floor i think im going to remove all toiletries from under my sink and replace them with a pillow and blanket.

nights sleeping on the bathroom floor

since the comments have turned to lube I have a story.
imagine a party in NYC in the late 70s. a very new friend and I find an empty bathroom in which to cavort. it is only lit by candle lite. in the heat of things I fumble around under the sink to find some sort of lube and do the deed. when its all over we decide to leave one at a time. he goes first and after he leaves I discover I have just violated him with silver polish.

@Benedick: Ooh, I like that. And you can vote on them too.

@Benedick: I have TFLN on my Google Reader – I read every one. Puking, stoners, and random hookups – what’s not to like?

Gin Question: Boodles and Plymouth are cheaper than Hendrix and cost about the same as Tanq 10 at the little grocery store near my office. Thoughts?

@redmanlaw: Oh dear God just drink it.

@Capt Howdy: Thank you for sharing. Brought a tear to my eye. Among other things.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Isn’t it awesome? You have to check out Worst Ever.

@blogenfreude: It’s like a college education.


My feelings regarding this issue have been made abundantly clear, but that has never stopped me before so:

Buy the 10 at any price.

@Benedick: I recognize the wisdom of your thoughts, sir. Then again, I could start on the left side of the shelf and make my way across over time. After which I shall insult a species of companion animals.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: The RMLs do like that stuff.

@redmanlaw: Buy them all. Arrange glasses. Blindfold RML. Sip the nectar from each cup. (Might need assist from WRML). Can RML tell the difference?

I say buy the one with the fanciest label. Because fancy labels are always the best. That is the way of WML.

Or: shelf ploy sounds fierce. Companion animals are infinitely forgiving.

@Capt Howdy: since the comments have turned to lube I have a story.

Loser by a nose for the Saturday Tweet, but now included in t-shirt suggestions.

@Benedick: Hendrix has a very distinctive taste and aroma. Sapphire is more alcohol-ly. Regular Tanq is somewhere in the middle. Maybe I should just get a bottle of Cap Rock, and a hand full of New Ansterdam minatures from the gas station for after I burn through the good stuff. Where’s Prom when you need him, goddammit?

Gotta get this brief out . Laters, all.

This native cabernet has fruity notes of asafetida and pear with undertones of licorice and depends.

*swills glass. drinks. expectorates*

The oak and briar infuses the undertow of citrus and chlamydia with pomegranate and a burst of freshness at the finish.

*unzips next box*

My favorite TFLN of today:

First order of business is dropping my 9 am gym class. I’m sweating pure vodka.

@SanFranLefty: Twice distilled.

Man, I’m fried and jumpy. Staying up late to catch up ruins you for the next day. Got the job done even on reserve power.

I think there was a conversation about Divine on an earlier thread today, here is the DiVine cocktail from an Ess Eff bar.

@Prommie: I’m not sure what the hanky code is for burning genitals.


I concur. In fact, Cubbie, wear a red hankie left next time u go to a boy bar and don’t feel like hooking up. See what happens.

Blame Benedick though.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Whoops, ABC sez Tigers’ Foundation said they’re still evaluating their options.

@Capt Howdy: Out here on the perimeter there are no stars.

@redmanlaw: Gordons. Fuck the high end, for me, its Hendricks, or Gordons. And I am not alone, visit a gin-lovers website, where they rate and compare gins, and its an accepted fact that Gordons, in the plastic bottle for $16.95 for a 1.75 liter, is as good as Beefeaters or Tanqueray, and better than the one with Queen Victoria on the bottle.

I tried New Amsterdam like 6 months ago, bought a handle, and its the only bottle of booze in my cabinet I simply won’t even touch when in a pinch, yucky stuff.

@Benedick: OMG! I cannot stop laughing about this one:

-i want you now

-you need to stop dating girls with the same name as your mother…or stop drinking so much…I don’t want to see this

@SanFranLefty: Medicated or non-medicated? On second thought, I don’t want to know.

I don’t have any lube stories to tell but then again I am the Girl Scout in the group. We’re always prepared.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: That’s one of my favorites. I’m partial to this, too:

Could you explain why there is an Australian passport in your toilet?

I think the site more or less answers the question, is our children learning? Depends what ‘is’ is.

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