Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Change Of Pace

A friend sent me this link to Mike Stanfill's wonderful Flash animation of Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" (to the tune of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Major General's Song".) Even if you don't know Tom Lehrer and don't have an appreciation for, ahemmm, chemistry, I think you'll find it incredibly amusing. (Macromedia Flash required. It's free.)

Tom Lehrer at Wikipedia.
There is an urban legend that Lehrer gave up political satire when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger in 1973. He did say that the awarding of the prize to Kissinger made political satire obsolete, but has denied that he stopped doing satire as a form of protest, and pointed out that he had stopped doing satire several years earlier.
Another Tom Lehrer site, with song lyrics to all his classics, such as "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park", "I Wanna Go Back to Dixie", "The Masochism Tango", "So Long Mom, I'm Off To Drop the Bomb" and "The Vatican Rag".

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OK, change back.... Heard today on Randi Rhodes:

F ailure to
E ffectively
M anage
A nything

NEWS FLASH: Michael Brown is still in charge of FEMA.

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." (Arabian) Horseshit! Yet another reason to impeach Bush, for dereliction of duty in maintaining an incompetent political hack in a critical position during a crisis. (Note that Brown's official biography at the FEMA web site conveniently omits the apparently inconvenient fact that he worked at the International Arabian Horse Association for 10 YEARS, until 2001, when he resigned under pressure.)

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, Brown's chief deputies are no better qualified.

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