January 1st, 2005



Check out Fox News' Good News of 2004.

This underscores an important point about current conservative media and conservative punditry. Look closely at the article. It's talking about nothing that happened in 2004. If there are dates associated with anything, they end in 2000-2003. This is not an article about how great 2004 was, this is an article that things generally got better from 1970 to 2000 or so. We knew that. Republicans and conservatives can take very little credit for that. By calling this story what's good about 2004, there's a subtle but effective agenda to say that everything President Bush has done is responsible for these great advances, when in fact if you dig a little deeper you find just the opposite, that the first Bush term has rolled back a lot of these positive steps, and the second term only seems like it will accelerate this decline.

So, Fox News, and all your stupid Pollyanna conservative lie-spewing pundits, shut the fuck up. And happy new year.

Bringing in the new year with a must-see movie

A quiet night at home--the wife and the boy have colds, so we decided going out was not a good idea--and a rental.

Shawn of the Dead.

If you haven't seen this, get your ass to the rental store and get it. This was so much better than "The Bourne Conspiracy"--which was the wife's choice--it's not funny. My wife who thought she wouldn't like it, ended up watching it and pointing out things that I was missing.

It's simultaneously a great comedy, a great horror flick, and a great romance. It helps if you're an Anglophile because if you don't know much about the UK you'll not get a lot of the jokes, but it'd still be worth watching.

Oh, and if anyone can tell me if the line "Well, they were a bit bitey" was from another film (I'm envisioning another British horror spoof like say "An American Werewolf in London" but I can't place it there) or if I'm just remembering the line from the TV ad, I'd greatly appreciate it.

I returned it today and got "Garden State" and "Mean Girls". Should be fun.