Monthly Archives: July 2004

Convention Notes, Day 3

– I liked the Edwards speech a lot; this is why I wanted him to be the VP. My favorite parts of all were when he put the lie to that canard about how the Democrats dont think were really at war- like, for instance, when he said we are at war. And later, we will destroy you. That, weaved in with all the optimism stuff, is what Kerry/Edwards needs to win. That said, I’ve never been a big fan of the “Two Americas” bit, and hope tonight will mark its retirement.
– On the other hand, it was enough of an embarrassment that Al Sharpton was even allowed in the building, much less on the podium. Sharptons entire reason for running for president was so that he could give a prime-time convention address, and of course the party (fearing the sort of sabotage thats been the reverends forte in New York politics for 20 years) summarily rolled over. Sharpton responded with an overlong, self-serving rant that not only jumped off the partys message, but continued for about 15 minutes after he first said I conclude with
Howard Dean had an exponentially greater impact on the presidential race this year than Sharpton, yet the reverend spoke for about three times longer at the convention than Dean did. And I never understood why everyone says Sharptons such a great speaker/debater- he speaks almost exclusively in clichs, and makes jokes and one-liners instead of arguments.
Matthews and Co. had it exactly right- the media gave him way too much attention during the primaries, because they were mistakenly treating the debates as entertainment.
– I had to log onto the DNC website for work reasons today, but it appeared to be down for most of the morning. Was it off for maintenance? Due to too much traffic? Or was it hacked? Hmm.
– Speaking of unlikely Democratic convention speakers, Ron Reagan addressed the DNC last night, leading to a sticky situation, as he drifted from journalist to participant and back to journalist all in one night, at least according to the blogger formerly known as CableNewser. The ‘newser has jumped to MediaBistro, which used to be a site to look forward to not reading whenever I wasnt looking for a job, but now thatll change.
Meanwhile, the former presidents other son, Michael, was invited onto Hannity & Colmes in order to throw his own brother under the bus, which he dutifully did. The first question was have you gotten to speak to Ron about his decision to speak at the DNC, and Michael gave a mealy-mouthed version of the correct answer (no, because we dont speak), before leveling the charge that theres no way Ron wouldve been invited to speak if his last name wasnt Reagan. Yes, and Im sure the Michael Reagan radio show, and Michaels FNC appearance that night, have nothing whatsoever to do with his last name.
Besides, isnt this a particularly inopportune time in American political history for Republicans to start complaining about nepotism?
– Speaking of which, Hannity was bumped from Nightline tonight due to breaking news; however, both Jon Stewart and Ana Marie Cox appeared with Ted Koppel as scheduled.

Return of the Piss Man

Its been about three days since Ricky Williams surprise retirement from the NFL, and a most unlikely subplot has emerged: supposedly Williams had flunked a drug test, and has since admitted that pot use- as well as use of drug-test masking agents- is rampant throughout the league.
At issue is a product called, Im not kidding, Urine Luck, which is marketed by a BALCO-wannabe firm called Spectrum labs and sold over the counter- to athletes looking to beat drug tests. About this, I have two questions- one, how in the world could this possibly be legal, and two, if this has been going on for years why am I, just today, hearing of Urine Luck for the first time?
At any rate, the newest NFL player, Brock Lesnar, might want to give Urine Luck a try.

‘Roll Call XVII

Blog:, or Piquant Rants and Sassy Impudence
Blogger: Rachel Lucas
Location: Texas
Have I Met Her?: No
Why Shes On the Roll: Rachel, who returned recently from several months MIA, blogs solidly from the conservative side, but occasionally shell lob a bomb in the other direction.
Best. Post. Ever.: An amazing post (no longer online) about the lackluster media coverage of the second anniversary of 9/11.
Blog: Ramblings Journal
Blogger: Michael H. King
Location: Atlanta
Have I Met Him: No
Why Hes On the Roll: Michael, a black conservative whose background is in radio, also runs a Leadership Network called Project 21. I may make fun of Hannity & Colmes, but King has actually appeared on it.
Best. Post. Ever.: A joke about that Kerry-space suit thing, making a Willy Wonka joke, as opposed to the more obvious Woody Allen reference.
Blog: Ramen & Red Bull
Blogger: Dave Wagz
Location: Boston
Have I Met Him?: No
Why Hes On the Roll: Dave talks about sports and politics, and tends to be partial towards the Democrats and Red Sox, respectively.
Best. Post. Ever.: Some stuff about Netflix.
Blog: Red Letter Day
Blogger: Mike Silverman
Location: Lawrence, KS
Have I Met Him?: No
Why Hes On the Roll: One of the original Kosher Scoop Jacksons, Mike is gay (but is sort of conservative) and lives near Kansas City (but roots for the Cubs!) Also, his civil union was performed by a rabbi who was on the faculty at my camp when I was 12.
Best. Post. Ever.: A satirical look at that Roy Moore nonsense in Alabama.
Blog: Roger L. Simon
Blogger: Roger L. Simon
Location: Los Angeles
Have I Met Him?: No
Why Shes On the Roll: An Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, Roger wrote the film Enemies: A Love Story, which starred this blogs patron saint Ron Silver. Now hes one of the Blogospheres leading voices, complete with an always-vibrant comments section.
Best. Post. Ever.: Last years Gregg Easterbrook flap, of which he was at the center.
Blog: Romenesko
Blogger: Jim Romenesko
Location: Chicago
Have I Met Him?: No
Why Hes On the Roll: The favorite blog of the elite media, Romenesko (formerly Media News) covers the business and ethics of media, and played a leading role in the ouster of New York Times editor Howell Raines.
Best. Post. Ever.: The time he tackled last falls racial scandal at Brandeis.