Automatic Mix Tape Generator

“Here’s the deal: You send us a style, genre, word, phrase, emotion, or whatever else, and if one of our mix tape robots fancies your suggestion, that crazy set of circuits might just make a mix tape out of it — well, at least a tracklisting for a mix tape out of it.” —


The Great American Man-Dog Marriage Panic: “I’ve never had sex with a dog. He wouldn’t respect me in the morning. But I have lusted in my heart for certain canines, and apparently I’m not alone. Lots of people yearn to marry their best friend, or so many opponents of gay marriage seem to believe.

“Why can’t we have marriages between people and pets?” the bishop of Brooklyn recently remarked. “I mean, pets really love their masters”—and, let’s face it, the feeling is usually mutual. Was the bishop being fanciful or does he really think America will go to the dogs if gays are allowed to wed? Only his confessor knows, but for what it’s worth, this is a major clerical fixation, and not just among Catholic prelates. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have warned that gay rights will lead to bestiality. I hadn’t realized that so many men of God are worried about folks helping sheep through the fence.” —Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice

‘The Complete Opportunist’

John Kerry was on the radar screen of the Nixon White House as a major concern as he became a vocal leader of the antiwar movement in 1971. Nixon made Charles Colson his pointman in attempts to discredit Kerry, whom they found a hypocritical ‘opportunist’ because he opposed the war even though he was monied and connected, unlike the grungy disreputable prototypical Viet Vet Against the War. They set up a pro-war veteran, John O’Neill, to counter Kerry’s impact, and arranged for a debate between the two on the Dick Cavett Show. Joe Haldeman predicted that Kery would run for office one day. “It’s said that when Kerry ran for Congress in 1972, as Haldeman had predicted, Nixon stayed up late on Election Night until he knew for sure that Kerry had been defeated”. —NewsMax [thanks, abby]

(April 28, 1971) President Richard M. Nixon takes a call from his counsel, Charles Colson:

“This fellow Kerry that they had on last week,” Colson tells the president, referring to a television appearance by John F. Kerry, a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

“Yeah,” Nixon responds.

“He turns out to be really quite a phony,” Colson says.

“Well, he is sort of a phony, isn’t he?” Nixon says.

Yes, Colson says in a gossiping vein, telling the president that Kerry stayed at the home of a Georgetown socialite while other protesters slept on the mall.

“He was in Vietnam a total of four months,” Colson scoffs, without mentioning that Kerry earned three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, and a Bronze Star, and had also been on an earlier tour. “He’s politically ambitious and just looking for an issue.”


“He came back a hawk and became a dove when he saw the political opportunities,” Colson says.

“Sure,” Nixon responds. “Well, anyway, keep the faith.”

The tone was sneering. But the secretly recorded dialogue illustrates just how seriously Kerry was viewed by the Nixon White House. Some of these conversations have not been previously publicized, and Kerry said he had never heard them until they were provided by a reporter.

Day after day, according to the tapes and memos, Nixon aides worried that Kerry was a unique, charismatic leader who could undermine support for the war. Other veteran protesters were easier targets, with their long hair, their use of a Viet Cong flag, and in some cases, their calls for overthrowing the US government. Kerry, by contrast, was a neat, well-spoken, highly decorated veteran who seemed to be a clone of former President John F. Kennedy, right down to the military service on a patrol boat. —Boston Globe

(January 24, 2004) Bush Official Uses Nixon Tactics to Smear John Kerry: “In 1971, the Nixon White House tried to discredit John Kerry by telling President Nixon that John Kerry was sleeping in a Georgetown home while other veterans protesting the war slept in tents on the National Mall. Yesterday, before a conference hosted by a conservative PAC headed by a former Nixon aide, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie repeated the same smear, nearly verbatim, in a desperate attempt to discredit John Kerry again, this time as his campaign to remove Gillespie’s boss from the White House is gathering strength.”

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Whose agenda is it anyway?

Balance has long been an issue in public broadcasting, but the debate flares when some see a conservative push as a shove.: “Perennially cash-strapped public television producers and filmmakers would ordinarily be thrilled that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recently unveiled a long-awaited initiative to fund $20 million worth of documentaries on post-Sept. 11 terrorist attack themes. Instead, a recent forum in New York where the organization’s executives explained more precisely what kinds of programs they are seeking for ‘America at a Crossroads’ turned into a shouting and name-calling session.

One producer drew sustained applause from many of the 275 or so attendees for complaining that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was ‘asking me to do the bidding of the Pentagon.’ An employee of the National Black Programming Consortium noted ‘this whole thing stinks,’ as he criticized a focus on the ‘Anglo-American world order’ by an expert panel of white men who were brought in to suggest documentary topics.” — LA Times. Wasn’t the enormous Kroc bequest supposed to insulate CPB against pandering to the powers that be out of fears for their fiscal solvency?

Related? NPR News Is Replacing Morning Host: “Morning radio will soon lose one of its most familiar news anchors. Bob Edwards, who for nearly 25 years has greeted millions of weekday listeners with the distinctive and richly toned opener “This is `Morning Edition’ from NPR News,” is being replaced as host of that flagship morning program. The decision was made by NPR management as part of an effort to update its programming.” — New York Times. And ‘updating its programming’ is a euphemism for what precisely??

Greenhouse gas level hits record high

“The level of the major greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, in the Earth’s atmosphere has hit a record high, US government scientists have reported.

The new data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also suggest that the rate of increase of the gas may have accelerated in the last two years. Carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, are thought to be a principle cause of global warming.” — New Scientist

Why curry can leave you feeling off-colour

“More than half the curry houses tested in a trading standards survey were using illegal levels of three potentially harmful colourings in chicken tikka masala.

The study… showed that of 102 curry houses tested, only 44 kept their use of colourings within legal limits. One restaurant was found to be using four times the legal limit in its dish.

The chef James Martin, who spoke at the publication of the survey report, blamed the “English palate” for the high levels of tartrazine (E102), sunset yellow (E110) and ponceau 4R (E124) in the nation’s most popular curry. The colourants have been identified as possible sources of hyperactivity, asthma and cancer.

He said that public perceptions about curry would have to be changed if standards were to be improved.” — Times of London