Why you yellow rat bastard...When I get ahold of you, I’ll put two zigs on both cheeks. You’ll remember me for the rest of your.... I know you! Don't worry!
Louis 'Red' Deutsch spouted perhaps the filthiest, yet most eloquent cursing you may ever hear. I got an underground tape of the prank phone calls
from a buddy of mine back in high school. Certainly it's influenced everyone from Matt Groening
to the Jerky Boys.
The prank calls to Red have even had a (lousy) movie feature
(with perhaps the best casting I've ever seen).
More than 25 years later I still laugh my head off at even the cadence of Red's profanity.
A few of you may have seen this trailer
on Kottke's site
yesterday, but its just to wonderful to miss. "Mad Hot Ballroom" is a new Paramount Classics documentary about a junior competitive ballroom dancing circuit up north. To state the completely obvious, its like a "Spellbound
" with the kids dancing instead of spelling.
World (er... MLB) Champions once more.
The last time the Boston Red Sox
lost was in the 86
. The last time they won was 86 Years Ago
, when they beat the
in the 1918 World
Series. (The Cubs finished that season with 86
.) This year, after retiring the Anaheim Angels 8-6
they lost three straight to the New
in the ALCS
and seemed to be on the verge of failing
. Eight straight wins later, they finally manage to eighty-six
the Curse of the
Red vs. Blue and Political Self-Segregation:
“Republicans and Democrats joke these days that they can’t understand each other, that they feel as though they live on different planets. It’s no joke. They do. One of the reasons American politics is so bitter is that Republicans and Democrats are less likely today to live in the same community than at any time in the last 55 years.”
The Austin-American Statesman’s
Bill Bishop begins
a series of articles
on the increasing political
segregation across the US—a variety of segregation that has surprisingly increased while others (for example, racial
) have declined. Timothy Noah of Slate
has some thoughts
. For background, it’s been discussed elsewhere
that the traditional 2000 election red vs. blue state map
is misleading and that a gradated county map might be more enlightening. Here’s one
. Here’s an analysis
with a different take on the data. And here are some other interesting cartograms
of that election’s results.
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Red Dog Army:
"Red Dogs line up along the edges of the art-world. They have many objectives...
Their purpose is to put art into the hands of anyone who sees them and takes them home...
They are distributed by a person or persons unknown, tracing movement in cities across the world. They inhabit their new environment sometimes for just a few minutes before being destroyed or taken in by a new art collector. Or they may remain for months, changing shape and being forced into compromising positions. Above all, they are always seen by someone. Their presence is noticed, noted and very red."
Take note, Antipodeans, and keep your eyes open; the red dog comes for you.
The SF Chron's big Sunday story
is a very timely and huge package about a Republican Governor who went on to become president cooperating with overzealous intelligence agencies to quash dissent. Revelations: Reagan plotted with the FBI against the President of UC-Berkeley, he wanted to mount "psychological warfare campaign
" and the old rumor about Reagan getting some fellow Hollywood artists blacklisted turns out to be true. Synposis
The Red Scare of 1919-1920
in Political Cartoons. Git!
You long-haired Bolshevist.