Good and Evil clash in NY State?

Wow. Not sure what The Combover is thinking on this one:

Will real estate mogul Donald Trump ‘s next acquisition be the New York governor’s mansion? New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno last week said he spoke with the star of “The Apprentice” about making a bid this year on the Republican ticket for the office being vacated by George Pataki . Trump would take on State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer , the only Democrat who has thrown his hat in the ring so far. Spitzer made a name for himself by vigorously prosecuting Wall Street’s white-collar criminals.

OK, let me get this straight…. Donald Trump, a man whose appeal is about as deep as a bottlecap, seems to have made the mistake of thinking that because people watch his show that this is somehow an endorsement of his viability as a leader. This is roughly analogous to assuming that gawking at a car accident is the same as wanting to be in one.

Well, I suppose there are people who are working on the Spitzer campaign who are thinking, “Oh, bring it, bring it on!”

Thanks for throwing the choices into such sharp relief, Big D. The man who brought accountability to the robber barons of Wall Street vs. a man straight out of Central Casting’s pool of Pompous Villains. Fixer? Have anything to add?

Hey, Sean D.-

As per our van-discussion from the winter of 1996-

You were right.

Sleater-Kinney is a great band. I don’t know why I ever posited otherwise, except perhaps to be a contrary asshole.

So this is me, ten years late to the party.

But, I still have to say… would it have killed them to have a bassist?

Abramoff is going to plea, apparently

CNN and firedoglake are reporting (guess which one I find more credible) the details of the coming Abramoff plea.

In the Miami phase of the negotiations, there will be a separate plea announced for a plea of guilty to fraud and conspiracy for his SunCruz involvement. He will face a maximum exposure of around 7 years in that case, according to the NYTimes.

Mr. Abramoff has been talking to investigators in the corruption case for many months, participants in the case said, giving them a full picture of what evidence he could offer against other suspects. His participation in Washington has taken place mostly below the radar, as prosecutors made the Miami case the focus of their public work and as Mr. Abramoff and his associates claimed they were preparing to stand trial, facing up to as many as 30 years in prison.

Mr. Abramoff will enter separate pleas in both locations. But the deal reached with the Justice Department is all-encompassing, reducing the severe penalties Mr. Abramoff could have faced in either investigation, in exchange for his inside knowledge of certain lobbying work and legislative actions. One element of the deal is that any he can serve prison time in the two cases concurrently, although the sentencing will not take place until much further along in the investigation.

What this means is that Jackie Boy has agreed to offer substantial cooperation, in the form of information, evidence and testimony against members of Congress, staffers and others involved in these schemes.

Bask in it. Count on the fact that Tom DeLay, despite whatever face he is turning to the public, is eating two rolls of Tums a day and shitting solid gold bricks.


‘Our band could be your life…’

David Rees, creator of “Get your war on,” has some thoughts about the Minutemen (the band, not the fat, racist white guys) on the 20th anniversary of the unfortunate death of dboon.

But how great were the Minutemen, really?

I’ve been thinking about that question a lot recently. Here is my answer:
-The Minutemen were–are–the greatest punk band of all time.

So there you go.

I completely concur.

My old band toured extensively with fIREHOSE, Mike and George’s band after the Minutemen, and also with Mike Watt’s solo outings after fIREHOSE. Mike Watt is my hero, and proof that if you stand on principle, in twenty years, you’ll still be standing. I can’t imagine what life would be like if we hadn’t lost dboon.

Go read Rees’ essay about The Minutemen, see this documentary.

We jam econo…

God, please don’t let me die in a coal mine

Bad news from the West Virginia cave-in.

High levels of toxic carbon monoxide in a coal mine where 13 miners are trapped Tuesday have officials discouraged in their quest to rescue the men.

I have blogged about coal miners plenty here, but it bears mentioning again: Western society is predicated on the assumption that the coal keeps coming. I’ll let Orwell speak for me:

More than anyone else, perhaps, the miner can stand as the type of the manual worker, not only because his work is so exaggeratedly awful, but also because it is so vitally necessary and yet so remote from our experience, so invisible, as it were, that we are capable of forgetting it as we forget the blood in our veins. In a way it is even humiliating to watch coal-miners working. It raises in you a momentary doubt about your own status as an ‘intellectual’ and a superior person generally. For it is brought home to you, at least while you are watching, that it is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior. You and I and the editor of the Times Lit. Supp., and the poets and the Archbishop of Canterbury and Comrade X, author of Marxism for Infants—all of us really owe the comparative decency of our lives to poor drudges underground, blackened to the eyes, with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel.

When you read any news about coal mines, this fact should never leave your mind. These men carry society upon their backs.

Apparently, this mine that blew up in West Virginia had a couple of issues with Federal regulators last year.

The Sago Mine was cited 208 times over alleged safety violations in 2005, up from just 68 citations the year before, The Associated Press reported.

Federal regulators’ allegations against the Sago Mine included failure to dilute coal dust, which can lead to explosions, and failure to properly operate and maintain machinery, according to the AP report.

This could be the jump-off point for a discussion about the race for the bottom line that causes mine owners to forego safety in favor of increased profitability, but that discussion will wait for another day. In the meantime, I am going to be hoping for a miracle.