Russell60

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  • Russell60 commented on the diary post Thompson Knew in ’72 by Anthony Noel.

    2014-04-18 02:20:25View | Delete

    “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail” was my post-election consolation prize for a year enduring mockery and condescension for being a 12-year-old McGovern supporter in a sea of Nixon enthusiasts in supposedly (but perhaps not quite yet) liberal Vermont. I am now inspired to take it down off the shelf and read it again [...]

  • The University of Chicago may suck, but the University of Chicago Press publishes good stuff.

  • I’ve subscribed to the NYRB for about fifteen years. They have good writers on the political beat, and most of their contributors are intelligent and thoughtful. Occasionally, though, a writer with a bug up his ass such as Wilentz is allowed access. Whenever such a reviewer generates controversy, it continues on the back pages of subsequent issues, in the form of the wronged parties having their say. I can see that happening in this case. However, the reviewer is always allowed the last word. It will nonetheless be interesting to see how nasty the fight gets.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Reports: Bowles Rules Out Treasury Secretary Job

    2012-11-16 10:15:52View | Delete

    He really should have quit after “Tobacco Road.”

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Outsourced

    2012-06-04 09:30:00View | Delete

    Not gonna get all bipartisan or anything, even though there seems to be a lot of generalizing assumptions from each side that the other side in this debate is unreasonable or living in a fantasy land. I’ll just say that the guy whom I think would be the better choice is also one of the two worst presidents in my lifetime, and I will never cast a more unenthusiastic vote in my 34 years of voting.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post They Call Me Quiet. But I’m A Riot.

    2012-05-23 03:25:41View | Delete

    John Derbyshire is immune to the charms of Jennifer, she being over 16 and all.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Stuck In The Middle With You

    2012-02-08 12:15:09View | Delete

    Kajagoogoo did have several UK hits, and got to #78 with their followup to “Too Shy,” “Hang On Now,” in the US. Also, despite its fluffy shallowness, I recall enjoying hearing “Too Shy” back in the day. While perhaps fluffy and shallow, however, Douthat is in no way enjoyable.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Stuck In The Middle With You

    2012-02-08 10:07:37View | Delete

    The other Reese recently said: “I have the body I earned. I had two kids and I’m still strong and healthy.” Which means that at some point, she must have whispered huskily to her partner, “you know, I’m not on the pill.” Ross must be so jealous.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post All Reasonable People Can Agree…

    2011-11-01 16:05:41View | Delete

    Did the survey ask any questions along the lines of “are you shallow enough to believe that someone’s musical taste actually matters?”?

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post All Reasonable People Can Agree…

    2011-11-01 16:03:56View | Delete

    The first Bon Jovi song I ever heard, “Runaway,” prompted me to change the words of the line “ooooooo, she’s a little Runaway,” to “weeeeeeeeee sound a lot like Loverboy.”

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Republicans Just Don’t Like Giving Money To Black Guys

    2011-10-16 19:07:24View | Delete

    Yeah, if they remade “Midnight Cowboy” as some kind of weird spinoff of the “Beverly Hillbillies,” the part of Jethro Beaudine/Joe Buck would obviously have to be played by Rick Perry. As Joe himself asserted more than once, “I’m a HUSTLER!” Not sure who’d play Ratso/Dash Riprock, though.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Bank Transfer Day: Remember, Remember the 5th of November

    2011-10-07 09:01:14View | Delete

    Thanks. I should have read the post more carefully.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Bank Transfer Day: Remember, Remember the 5th of November

    2011-10-07 06:37:21View | Delete

    Not all banks are evil; not all credit unions are blameless. It would seem that the better path to take would be to remove money from the large, culpable institutions. Full disclosure: my wife works for a small Vermont bank that has not engaged in any of the practices that got us into this mess.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post A Winebox As Big As The Ritz

    2011-10-03 02:01:37View | Delete

    People are going deeply into student loan debt, but her students at least can take comfort in the fact that they have gotten the benefit of this woman’s wisdom.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Frank Bruni Also Finds Frank Bruni Unreadable

    2011-09-28 08:49:31View | Delete

    Bruni’s 2000 campaign coverage of Bush was all like that. After eight years of the idiot boy king’s reign, Bruni should have permanently hung his head in shame for his part in helping to bring it about.

  • Why is it that we never hear the words “great” and “Obama” in a sentence other than one that also includes the word “speech”?

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: The Bully Pulpit, At Last

    2011-09-09 19:32:19View | Delete

    To clarify, the presidential person would be separate from the president, kind of like the queen is separate from the prime minister in that other beacon of austerity, Great Britain.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: The Bully Pulpit, At Last

    2011-09-09 19:30:19View | Delete

    The only enthusiasm I have ever seen for our president is when he gives a speech. We should have a presidential person who gives speeches, speeches that inspire people, which Obama’s seem to do in spite of their insipid content and delivery. Then, we should have a president who actually does things to back up the speeches.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post All Over But The Shouting

    2011-07-08 08:51:43View | Delete

    Fun fact: your birthday and your anniversary both fall on the same day of the week this year as the events which they commemorate, fell.

  • Russell60 commented on the blog post Send In The Clown

    2011-04-27 11:10:20View | Delete

    It kind of reminds me of the old National Lampoon.

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