Tuesday, March 17, 2009

heavy linking

No Rain just came up on my Beck-Dandy Warhols Pandora mix. That’s weird. But I am happy about it. This song takes me straaaaaight back to 1994.

I like this post on The Confession of St. Patrick. I always think of green and Guiness and kid crafts on St Patrick's Day and never about the actual St. Patrick. So this was kind of beautiful. I also liked her post on Comedians as Prophets? She said
"Watching Jon Stewart's interview with Jim Cramer just now made me wonder if the prophets were, perhaps, funnier than we think. It certainly seems like comedy is a terrific position from which to critique the culture around you. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert do it night after night after night.

Not that Stewart was funny in the interview. He was everything people have been saying: pointed, powerful, and completely devastating.

And perhaps he was devastated himself by the whole thing. I don't think he was kidding when he ended the show by saying, "I hope this interview was as hard to watch as it was to do."

He sounded a bit like Jeremiah tonight, did J.S. I'm sure he wouldn't appreciate that - either of them, I suppose I mean. But still, when Stewart told Cramer that Cramer of all people should understand the kind of "shenanigans" that Wall Street traders get up to, it reminded me of Jeremiah saying,

For from the least to the greatest of them,
everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
and from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace’,
when there is no peace.
They acted shamefully, they committed abomination;
yet they were not ashamed,
they did not know how to blush.

Perhaps this is hyperbolic. "Prophet" is a loaded term. But I'm glad Stewart is doing what he's doing. I think he's fighting the good fight."
**Update: Here is a really good article on the Cramer interview, along with a video clip.**

This is so pretty, these Swedish girls (called First Aid Kit, I think?) covering Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”

In yesterday’s Adam Carolla podcast, Seth MacFarlane and Adam talked about atheism for a long time, and also about how Seth was booked on Flight 11 on 9/11 but missed his flight. He recounts the morning where he missed it and I got chills.

I listened to this sermon on Exodus yesterday, listened to it again today and want to listen to it again tomorrow.

When Daisy: Rock of Love is on I'm just going to have to watch it.

If Joel McHale gets this sitcom I'm going to have to watch it.

If Dan Savage runs for mayor I'm just going to have to vote for him.

Now for a Carrie quote.
"Every year I forget how frustrating the weather is in March. I'm not one of those nattering nabobs who chooses to live in Seattle and then complains about it being cloudy, but it's just so freaking cold and miserable! I can't wear any of my cute things. I feel like I'm gonna wear this stupid moldy-feeling coat and asexual boots for the rest of my life." - Carrie Hecker


Mandy said...

Your comparison of Jon Stewart to Jeremiah is beautifully stated, and completely accurate. It was the most truth-filled, pointed piece of journalistic work I've ever witnessed. The only thing that compares is the opening scene of the short-lived t.v. show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (ah, Aaron Sorkin, why can no one appreciate your genius?!), or maybe that great scene from "Network." But those, I would add, were scripted.

Thanks for the good blogging out there. I've been a fan since the Washlet post. And thank you, thank you, thank you for being a Pandora user and a fan of gorgeous acoustic music. The First Aid Kit clip is magical.

Blessings and Peace - Mandy, a fellow Mama Blogger

stephy said...

Thanks Mandy! I actually didn't write that stuff about Jeremiah and Jon Stewart, an Episcopalian priest whose blog I've recently discovered wrote that one. I linked it in the post, sorry it wasn't clearer.
I also just found this thingy. Really good, and I signed the petition. http://fixcnbc.com/
Thanks for the nice comment! I'll take a look at your blog. xoxo

Mandy said...

Oh- you were clear, I was just befuddled in my opening sentence. I checked out her blog, which is really wonderful. Sorry I got tangled up in myself, and thanks for the nice reply!

Bets said...

I would totally vote for Dan Savage.

shea said...

thank you for putting this video on here, i think i've fallen in love