Friday, February 29, 2008
Random 10 Songs: "Wicked Cure for Teenage Hives" Edition
- "Can't Feel My Soul" by Teenage Fanclub
- "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
- "A Forest" by Cure
- "I'm a Wicked One" by Hives
- "Valentine's Day Is Over" by Billy Bragg
- "Drown in My Own Tears" by Smithereens
- "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself [Live]" by Elvic Costello
- "It's Alright" by Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang
- "Guiding Star" by Teenage Fanclub
- "Love or Else" by Grin
Friday, February 22, 2008
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
Total candor with the press--or anyone else, for that matter--is not one the traits most presidential candidates find entirely desirable in their key staff people. Skilled professional liars are as much in demand in politics as they are in the advertising business... and the main function of any candidate's press secretary is to make sure the press gets nothing but Upbeat news. There is no point, after all, in calling a press conference to announce that nobody on the staff will be paid this month because three or four of your largest financial bankers just called to say they are pulling out and abandoning all hope of victory.
When something like this happens to you quickly lock all the doors and send your press secretary out to start whispering, off the record, that your opponent's California campaign coordinator just called to ask for a job.
Random 10 Songs: "Shriekback to the Planet of Sound" Edition
Huh? What? Did I say something?
- "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" by Yardbirds
- "From Her to Eternity " by Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds
- "Planet of Sound" by Pixies
- "Waltz" by Screaming Blue Messiahs
- "Come Back Baby" by Hot Tuna
- "Water's Edge" by Seven Mary Three
- "That's the Way" by Page & Plant
- "Assembly" by Sakamoto, Ryuichi
- "Fire" by The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
- "Into Method" by Shriekback
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tactics of Mistake
Gordon Dickson wrote a Science Fiction novel called Tactics of Mistake. The title is used to describe a military tactic (supposedly lifted/borrowed from fencing for the purpose of the novel) which seeks to use a series of small feints or skirmishes to cumulatively draw an opponent into overreaching or over-committing through the mistaken impression that your side is in a disadvantaged position.
Of course, like any good gaming tactic, it can be applied in other situations. I suspect this may be the case with this so-called rejection of the almost-certain-to-be-nominee for the Repubs, Sen. McCain because of his failure to meet "true" Conservative standards.
Exactly how this is of benefit to the Repubs is difficult to gauge. And that's why it's called tactics of mistake: You never see it coming until the trap is sprung, until you are already completely and irrevocably committed to a wrong course of action.
For example, Dems might get a positive thrill/charge from this seeming dissension among the Conservative ranks. If they believe it to be real, they might become overconfident of the contest ahead. They might assume that there is no significant support for their nominal opponent and thus commit to focusing on the wrong areas for the election. They might be blindsided by a totally unexpected surge and unity on the Right.
Just a thought.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Random 10 Songs: "Twisted Heart's Gonna Kill Me" Edition
- "It's Gonna Kill Me" by Filter
- "Blues In The Ghetto" by Pee Wee Crayton
- "It Ain't Easy" by Long John Baldry
- "Artists Only" by Talking Heads
- "Sweet Home Chicago" by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
- "River Rat Jimmy" by Kelly Joe Phelps
- "Blue Tondo A La Turk/Pictures At An Exhibition/Drum Solo" by ELP
- "Twisted Heart" by Cheap Trick
- "Putnam County" by Tom Waits
- "I'm Cramped [Live]" by The Cramps