October 26, 2004

TRASH MOUTH

The deep thoughts of Garbage singer Shirley Manson:

Woke up feeling REALLY outraged this morning having spent sunday night at a fundraiser for Women's Rights during which the organizers screened the documentary "A Voice for Choice" which examines the current crisis in women's reproductive freedoms and the systematic attacks being wreaked by the current Bush administration on a woman's right to choose.

The film really affected me profoundly,at one point bringing me to the brink of tears and has left me feeling really anxious and concerned.

I grew up in the UK which is essentially a pretty liberal country for all that we British gripe about it and although I have always been aware that the laws pertaining to women's rights in the US were rather restricitve by comparison I must have been sleeping because I genuinely had no idea just how threatened they have become during this current administration.If Bush and Cheney succeed in their bid for another four years I dread to think how much more fucked up things could become.

Anyways......on a lighter note........I got fitted with my contact lenses today and they're fantastic!

Yay! Next, Shirley contemplates the election:

Seeing as Wisconsin is a swing state, all the celebrity activists are turning up in downtown Madison to try and encourage people to utilize their vote.Leonardo De Caprio,Michael Moore and Natalie Portman to name but a few.Oh man this election is going to be INTENSE.

As it happens,we're all going off to hear Michael Moore speak at the University of Wisconsin student union tonight and I am so fucking EXCITED.Never before in my lifetime has an election seemed so desperately important and it's weird.....it feels like we're going to a rock show or something and we're all a titter with excitment and anticipation and the feeling of being united with others.What's adding to the excitement and the sense of occasion is the fact that it's the first time the temperature has dropped below 40 degrees this fall, signalling the beginning of winter and plunging temperatures so we're scrambling around trying to muster enough scarfs and gloves to keep everyone snugglelicious,making it feel like a holiday of some sort!!!

Double yay for snugglelicious holiday fun!

How about all the rumours that are whizzing around about the possibility that Bush was wearing a wire during the first presidential debate?!?!?!?! Have you see the photograph? He's got some weird box shaped thing nestled between his shoulder blades.Eeeeccccchhh......this is all getting too much like The Manchurian Candidate for my tastes.And you know what........the very fact that we are all getting so suspicious.......that we are even considering the idea that the current president of the united states might have been wearing a wire is just so fucking SAD.Is this where our so called civilization is at?!?!

And now, a personal revelation:

Thank god I've been going to therapy for all these years.

Speaking of which, expect a windfall for shrinks if Bush wins a second term. These frightened liberals are already exhibiting profound paranoia:

CNN's Paul Begala: "He and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon."

Columbia's Todd Gitlin: "I would not be surprised to see outbursts of political violence the likes of which we haven't seen since the Weather Underground of the 1970s."

Former Clinton aide Elaine Kamarck: "The beginning of the end of American greatness."

Blogger Kevin Drum: "One word: scandal."

Nation editor Katrina van den Heuvel: "There will be a period of grieving."

Salon columnist Joe Conason: "I will be worried. I will be concerned for the world."

The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh: "Oh man, if he's relected, we're really in trouble."

Posted by Tim Blair at October 26, 2004 12:49 AM
Comments

She should demand a refund on that therapy.

Posted by: debbie at October 26, 2004 at 12:53 AM

Dear Shirley:

You mean "all a twitter."

Scrambling for hats and gloves because the temperature in Wisconsin is going to drop below 40 degrees? You come from fucking Scotland. It was in the forties in July when I last visited. (I will admit that was when Ms. Manson was probably still in nappies.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 26, 2004 at 01:04 AM

Tim, she really doesn't have any idea how endangered women's reproductive rights are. According to Cameron Diaz, rape could be legalized!

Posted by: Aaron at October 26, 2004 at 01:05 AM

Correction: actually, I think maybe that should be "all a-twitter." I forgot the hyphen.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 26, 2004 at 01:05 AM

Aaron, you screwed up the html.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 26, 2004 at 01:06 AM

What's especially horrifying to contemplate is how terribly the Evil Bush Administration has impacted Afghan women's freedom of choice!

Posted by: Combustible Boy at October 26, 2004 at 01:10 AM

Aarrrgggghhhh!!! Now I must commit seppuku to preserve my samurai honor... No, wait, I'll just try it again.

According to Cameron Diaz, rape could be legalized!

Posted by: Aaron at October 26, 2004 at 01:11 AM

"He and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon."

Begala's talking about Kerry, right? Because Kerry's campaign has already threatened Sinclair Broadcasting and the publishers of "Unfit for Command".

Posted by: Robert Crawford at October 26, 2004 at 01:12 AM

You can visualize the spittle flying from their foam-flecked lips as they rant. I wonder if abortion guilt initiated Shirley Manson's therapy?

Posted by: Peter Ness at October 26, 2004 at 01:15 AM

Yeah, I think Todd Gitlin is talking about the violence the Democrats will create, as there's been plenty of evidence already against many Rep campaign offices.

Posted by: Forbes at October 26, 2004 at 01:22 AM

Someone should start some kind of pool as to whether anyone will actually leave the country as a result of the election. We're still waiting on the bubblehead celebrities from the 2000 election to leave.

But we all know that no leftist will do anything like that. As much as they hate Bush, they know that it's only this country that could keep them farting through silk their whole careers.

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at October 26, 2004 at 01:25 AM

Good grief. Did Republicans pitch a bitch like that when Clinton was re-elected? I don't remember anything of the sort, and I voted for Clinton so I would have been glad to gloat.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 26, 2004 at 01:26 AM

After having spent years in therapy, I am finally cured of NOW's eliminate-the-female disease.

Although my cure was founded in appreciating the benefits of having a vagina, I must monitor any relapse I may experience each time NOW attempts to grab hold of my bush with their bloody, barbaric hands.

I intend to remain free of NOW's disease.

Posted by: syn at October 26, 2004 at 01:28 AM

Good grief. Did Republicans pitch a bitch like that when Clinton was re-elected?


It was there, but I don't recall it being this widespread.

Posted by: Crusader at October 26, 2004 at 01:43 AM

Seeing as Wisconsin is a swing state, all the celebrity activists are turning up in downtown Madison to try and encourage people to utilize their vote.

Talk about preaching to the choir. Apparently nobody told these celebrity activists that it would make sense to venture beyond an ultra-liberal college town if your goal is to turn a swing state in your favour.

Not that I'm complaining...better they congregate in Madison than annoy me here in Milwaukee.

although I have always been aware that the laws pertaining to women's rights in the US were rather restricitve by comparison I must have been sleeping because I genuinely had no idea just how threatened they have become during this current administration [until I watched this documentary at a pro-choice rally].

Once, just once I want a celebrity to come out of a pro-something rally and hear them say, "wow, all that spin I was just subjected to - what a bunch of stupid nonsense!"

Good thing I stopped caring about Garbage a few years ago.

Posted by: PW at October 26, 2004 at 01:44 AM

BTW, on the issue of her going to therapy...I've been wondering, are there any stats on how Rep/Dem membership is distributed among people going to therapists?

Posted by: PW at October 26, 2004 at 01:48 AM

Speaking of therapy, how are those truth and reconciliation sessions going in Phillip Adams' parallel universe, Tim? Has parallel Tim discovered his inner lefty yet?

Posted by: Randal Robinson at October 26, 2004 at 01:52 AM

This scare quote is from a more reputable source than Kevin Drum or Seymour Hersh.

-And when the second seal was opened he said 'come and listen' and a voice was heard "I want to thank y'all for electing me to lead this great country for four-more-years".

Posted by: Arty at October 26, 2004 at 01:57 AM

PW "Talk about preaching to the choir."

The choir isn't singing from the same hymn book anymore.
Wisconsin State Journal endorses Bush.

Posted by: Arty at October 26, 2004 at 02:09 AM

I am impressed by the brain trust they are sending to Wiscosin. The IQ of that lot combined might maybe equal they IQ the left Bush has.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at October 26, 2004 at 02:12 AM

This must have been the DNC's meme-for-the-weekend. The 'A' section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution was solidly "horrible things that will happen if Republicans win."

Posted by: F451 at October 26, 2004 at 02:44 AM

They are campaigning in Madison to swing the entire state? LOL!

Well, on the bright side, Michael Moore can stuff his face with lots of cheese.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at October 26, 2004 at 02:48 AM

Do you remember when Clinton won in 92 and the hollywood crowd was crowing about how nice it was to be in power again - viewing a war plane patrolling they said - that is ours again! Since when did the military belong to a political party? Get a life or move! Preferably the latter.

Posted by: JEM at October 26, 2004 at 02:57 AM

Do you remember when Clinton won in 92 and the hollywood crowd was crowing about how nice it was to be in power again - viewing a war plane patrolling they said - that is ours again!

If I recall correctly, it was Ron Silver who made that comment. Oh, sweet beautiful irony.

Posted by: Damian P. at October 26, 2004 at 03:04 AM

Madison? Madison? Oy!

Oh yeah, some dingbat celebrity in Madison is going to convince a Packer fan in Green Bay how to vote.

Posted by: CPatterson at October 26, 2004 at 03:04 AM

the packers? you mean those fellers that play at lambert field?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at October 26, 2004 at 04:21 AM

"I would not be surprised to see outbursts of political violence the likes of which we haven't seen since the Weather Underground of the 1970s."

I dont know what the context/intent of Mr. Gitlin's quote was, but I have to agree with it as written. The Weather Underground was a far left terrorist goon squad (circa 70),
famous for bombing the capitol building (among other acts of mayhem). Heres a choice quote:

"Hello, I'm going to read a declaration of a state of war... within the next
14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice."
-- Bernardine Dohrn

Were already seeing thugs vandalize private property and Republican offices, as well as harassing, intimidating, and even assaulting conservatives. Its no stretch to believe
its only going to intensify once Bush is reelected.

What surprises me is the candor of Mr. Gitlins admission of what lengths the left will go through to intimidate the people and subvert democracy.

Posted by: SPY at October 26, 2004 at 04:23 AM

Hmmm.

Man those fem-nazis are going to REALLY pitch a fit when someone invents a robot with a vagina.

:)

Posted by: ed at October 26, 2004 at 04:34 AM

Damain P.-You do recall correctly. And for more beautiful irony-Ron Silver is voting for President Bush this time!! Another 9/11 Democrat.

Posted by: YoJimbo at October 26, 2004 at 04:35 AM

The left has it wrong. They'll be mortified when the conservatives/Republicans etc. who voted for W utterly ignore them after his victory. It's one thing to be reviled and and a politically correct victim, but quite another when a person expects retribution and instead gets just a yawn. Who will give a rat's rear end about the NYT, Begala, or even John Kerry on November 3?

"Barricade the doors! The rabble are coming... no, wait. They're just driving to Target. Damn."

Posted by: PS at October 26, 2004 at 04:39 AM

"Man those fem-nazis are going to REALLY pitch a fit when someone invents a robot with a vagina."

They already have Ed it's called Al Gore.

Posted by: Harry in Atlanta at October 26, 2004 at 05:00 AM

Manson? Yeah. I'd shag her - as long as she didn't insist on speaking.

Posted by: mojo at October 26, 2004 at 05:06 AM

'Thank god I've been going to therapy for all these years.'

The new motto of the Democratic Party

Posted by: Jack Tanner at October 26, 2004 at 06:20 AM

Most of Garbage hails from the Peoples Republic and they often record here. Well I'm surprised that old Shirl admits to being EXCITED in Madison. Usually she has something condescending to say about us like, "To go to the Midwest to basically a very isolated town in the middle of farmland was very bizarre for me" or my favorite, "It's like Fargo without the funny parts."

http://www.time.com/time/musicgoesglobal/europe/mmanson.html
http://quote.multiservers.com/madison.html

Posted by: In Madison at October 26, 2004 at 06:50 AM

When will the New York Times uncover the massive, closed bids that Halliburton won for the construction of additional Guantanamo-style gulags? All these socialist fifth columnists should be worried. Michael Moore in an orange jump suit. Alec Balwin running through a swamp with hound dogs chasing him. I can't wait.
Signed, an already-voted straight Republican ticket Texan.

Posted by: bc at October 26, 2004 at 06:52 AM

"Who will give a rat's rear end about the NYT, Begala, or even John Kerry on November 3? "

Who gives a rat's ass about Shirley Manson now? I mean, I can only assume that her oh-so-trenchant (and public) political utterances are because she's no longer on the cover of _Spin_. Nothing like trying to extend one's 15 minutes.

Shirley, Shirley, Shirley. You're a skinny babe from Scotland who can sing. At what point did ANYONE tell you that we give a damn what you think of our elections?

Posted by: Kimberly at October 26, 2004 at 07:01 AM

One thing that is keeping me almost sane right now is the huge benefit the gene pool will reap when these moonbat lemmings throw themselves over a cliff when my President wins on Tuesday. Stephen

Posted by: Stephen at October 26, 2004 at 07:44 AM

Relected?

Is this some code-word that I'm unaware of?

Norman! Co-ordinate!

Posted by: Beryl Gray at October 26, 2004 at 07:55 AM

That's re-elected in Westron.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 26, 2004 at 08:53 AM

No, it's just the way some pretentious New York publcations try to seem sophisticated and European.

Beryl, don't you mean "cordinate"?

Posted by: firefly at October 26, 2004 at 11:02 AM

Firefly: Beryl, don't you mean "cordinate" Correct; co-ordinate is just plain wrong. The diaeresis is a legitimate English usage -- see The New Fowler's Modern English Usage (Burchfield, 1996). The only reason it's not used is it's not on modern keyboards. Curiously the example given in Fowler is from the NYT - it must a house style.

It's pretentious all the same.

Posted by: walterplinge at October 26, 2004 at 11:33 AM

These losers are really pissed off they weren't around in the sixties, aren't they?

Posted by: Habib at October 26, 2004 at 11:41 AM

Harry in Atlanta:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Gore is surely one the dumbest and most repulsive figures in public life, nearly simian I would say, but your quip is just too good. Thanks...

Posted by: Rhod at October 26, 2004 at 11:44 AM

"The diaeresis is a legitimate English usage The only reason it's not used is it's not on modern keyboards."

Well actually, I have a Texas Air National Guard-surplus Smith-Corona that can do them.

Posted by: cuckoo at October 26, 2004 at 12:16 PM

walterplinge: the diaresis/vowel combos are easily obtained by opening the Character Map program in Windows. Observe: . I don't know what Mac users use; chicken sacrifice and offerings to Cthulhu are probably involved.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 26, 2004 at 02:56 PM

AAron "Tim, she really doesn't have any idea how endangered women's reproductive rights are. According to Cameron Diaz, rape could be legalized!"

Only on the front page of the Boston Globe, and only if Bush can be blamed...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at October 26, 2004 at 04:20 PM

Also, Germany keyboards, due to the prevalance of umlauts in the Teutonic tongue, can make all those symbols way easy, just hold down shift and press the key.

Posted by: Quentin George at October 26, 2004 at 05:49 PM

And vowels like that are even easier to type using the "American International" keyboard driver: just hit double quotes and 'a' and you get "".

Posted by: John Nowak at October 26, 2004 at 06:08 PM

Also, Germany keyboards, due to the prevalance of umlauts in the Teutonic tongue, can make all those symbols way easy, just hold down shift and press the key.

Only the standard German umlauts though ()...for diareses on i and e, I also need to go through the character map. Not that I've had a need for more than maybe twice in my lifetime (bonne Nol!)...errmm. I've got the three common types of French accents available for all letters by default though, for some reason. (Not the edille, however. Who came up with that, anyway?)

Posted by: PW at October 26, 2004 at 06:22 PM

Alright, I misspelled cdille...it's been a while since high school French.

Posted by: PW at October 26, 2004 at 06:25 PM

"pw - BTW, on the issue of her going to therapy...I've been wondering, are there any stats on how Rep/Dem membership is distributed among people going to therapists?"

I think if Bush wins there can be no doubt who is :)

Posted by: T Hansen at October 26, 2004 at 07:40 PM

Due to the phenomenon known as the Liberal Guilt Complex, Democrats go to their therapists even when they win. One reason for my shift to the right is to get away from these fun-crushing sourheads.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 26, 2004 at 10:27 PM