Monday, February 23, 2009

Tinted Windows

Okay, it's fairly well-known that Fountains of Wayne are minor deities at TWDQ HQ. It's also no secret that Hanson was played heavily and enjoyed by everyone at what would someday become TWDQ HQ. Some of us saw Cheap Trick play live long before Budokan and shortly thereafter, and there's a copy of Smashing Pumpkins' best-of CD chez TWDQ.

So here's This Week's Discussion Question:
How did these guys get together and decide to form a band?
Please keep the discussion civil and do not wander off into "What?" or "Huh?"


Monday, February 09, 2009


In the debate over the economic stimulus bill, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) said this:
"The emperor has no clothes! Somebody has to say it. I'm referring to this additional bailout, this spending bill that spends everything we've got on nothing we are sure about."
That prompts us to drop the veil from This Week's Discussion Question:
After eight long years of a petulant little dictator wanna-be preening and prancing around nekkid as a jaybird to the cheers of his fellow Republicans while flushing away trillions on a war we were lied into and tax cuts for the fabulously wealthy, are you joking, Senator?
Please keep the discussion civil and do not wander off into "Could we please have a lot more of that 'Whaddya think stimulus is?' snark?" or "We caught a bit of Rep. Mike Pence on Meet the Press Sunday and think that he and Crazy Michele could have a epic stupid-off. We hope Rep. Barney Frank didn't get some 'contact dumb' just from sitting next to him."


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You

In a Politico interview, former Vice President Cheney fired a shot (ba-dum-boom) across President Obama's bow, warning that we'll all die in our beds there's a "high probability" of a terrorist attack if we don't leave the Constitution in tatters Bush administration policies of illegal surveillance and torture in place.

Cheney said Obama would put the country at risk if he backtracked on Bush administration security policies.

"When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry," Cheney said.

Protecting the country's security is "a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business," he said. "These are evil people. And we're not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek."

And who would know tough, mean, dirty, nasty, and evil better than the former Vice President? But we digress. What we really came to do is toss out This Week's Discussion Question:
Who gives a damn what Dick Cheney thinks anymore?
Please keep the discussion civil and do feel free to wander off into "Dick, when we want to hear from you again, we'll send around someone with a subpoena--and we'll ensure that your rights are read loudly and clearly enough that even you might understand them."


Sunday, February 01, 2009

Supernatural Superserious

This afternoon is an American High Holy Day, with just about everyone in the United States hunkered down in front of a television set pondering This Week's Discussion Question:
What'll Bruce play at halftime?
Please keep the discussion civil and feel free to wander off into "Pitchers and catchers report in 13 days," or "...One! Two! Three!...the highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive..."


Update: Cool. Couldn't have asked for a better set, outside of giving them an additional 2.75 hours. The great "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" with horns, The Anthem, a brief snippet of the title cut of the new album (which is growing on me slowly), and "Glory Days", with some terrific Bruce and Miami Steve interplay to wrap it up. (Some day we'll go on at length about the theology of two or three people leaning in to share a microphone.)

And if, from this day forward, the football/Hail Mary couplet replaces the baseball/speedball lines that kick off "Glory Days", it'll be okay with us.

"I'm goin' to Disneyland!"

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

Now back to the guacamole dip...