This story about Pentagon cuts of generals and majors could have gone to press two weeks ago, two weeks from now, what is the Post's interest in releasing it yesterday, the Wednesday between Giftmas and New Year, the Wednesday before the first Republican primary Tuesday? Speculate.
How's that for mailing it in? The XTC song in one of my fifty most air-guitared songs ever and reliable bit here with the right topical. Also, I'm not mailing it in: Vagabound Scholar has continued the tradition of the great Jon Swift's annual bloggal roundup. Jon/Al did me a major Kind five or six times; he would badger me to send in my favorite BDR post of the year to blogwhore at his roundup. Looking at some of the bloggers on Vagabound's list and on his blegroll, many of you who read me now must have found me through Al, a good and Kind guy.
- American war crimes.
- Arms trade infographic.
- Why America can't afford its military.
- Eskimos and sasquatch to invade Iraq.
- Obama's skill at -.06%ism.
- Robert Reich predicts what I've been predicting for three years.
- Hobsbawn says party like it's 1848.
- Surging Santorum.
- You're libertarian ideas are intriguing and I'd like to subscribe to your racist newsletter.
- I never got Julian Barnes. I assume that's on me.
- Ezra Pound's mugshot. I never got Pound. I assume that's on me.
- The fart and wheeze of Gardenella Dingledart.
- Elliott Carter's music of time. I must confess, listening to Carter on his recent birthday, it sounded like a museum of the never-was world too.
- Looking for the XTC I found this, one of my twenty most air-guitared songs ever:
Every time the bucks went clattering Over Oklahoma A firecat bristled in the way. Wherever they went, They went clattering, Until they swerved In a swift, circular line To the right, Because of the firecat. Or until they swerved In a swift, circular line To the left, Because of the firecat. The bucks clattered. The firecat went leaping, To the right, to the left, And Bristled in the way. Later, the firecat closed his bright eyes And slept.