CONFESSIONS OF A SMUGGLER20 years agoFebruary 5, 1988 | Nancy Roosa wrote of her experience as a smuggler in Asia.“The offers were almost too good to pass up. For simply carrying items from Hong Kong into Thailand or Taiwan, as we did, handwritten signs promised US $50 to $100. Even more common are ‘milk runs,’ where a group of milk-fed innocents are led by a smuggler on a five-to-six-day trip through Customs of three countries: South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, carrying items that are limited, prohibited, or expensive in each country.
Unless there's busloads of uncounteds out there, Massachusetts looks like a rout. We'll leave the post-mortems to the guys on staff who know this stuff better than us, but you don't have to be Karl Rove to read this as a blow for Ted Kennedy -- of those polled, less than half of Massachusetts Democrats said Kennedy's endorsement of Obama was important -- and also a significant boost for Tom Menino, who stuck by the Hillz to the end.
See above for Lessig's endorsement, and here's Dave Matthews' letter. Neither of these guys, we should point out, are going to help Obama win swing votes in a general election. Republicans -- even moderate ones -- will read "Lessig" as "Egghead," and while Dave Matthews is beloved by all sorts of goons, some red staters inevitably among them, not even Dave Matthews fans are dumb enough to take voting advice from Dave Matthews.
When your political platform is "change", doesn't offering more of the same seem counter-intuitive? Apparently not to Barack Obama, who delivered his Super Tuesday pre-mortem speech from Boston last night, in front of a crowd that CNN called "a mosh pit" -- but which those of us who were actually on the floor called "a yawn fest".
Will I. Am has not been noted for his political activism [although remind us someday to post our unpublished essay on how "I Got It From My Mama (Genetics)," pop's first ode to Darwinism, was an early salvo in the upcoming election-year culture wars], but we'll admit that we got a little goosebumpy listening to his Obama song -- sort of like the first time we heard "My Humps," only with a better supporting cast.
As always, in times of trouble, trial, and tribulation -- no less THE SINGLE WORST LOSS IN NEW ENGLAND SPORTS HISTORY -- we look to . . . Hannah Montana. Oh, Miley, what would you sing to a town writhing in misery this morning? What have you for the vanquished 2007-08 New England Patriots, a team whose season is destined to replace "Casey at the Bat" as the tragic, cautionary sports tale of all time?
Just yesterday we got a weird email from Zebbler, a/k/a Peter Berdovsky, whom you will perhaps remember as the naked hippie/video artist responsible for last year's terrorista art uprising Cartoon Channel-funded movie stunt that had Boston's Finest mistaking lite-brite boards for IEDs. The email mentioned that a) hey, it's the one year anniversary of Mooninite Madness! (TM), and b) Zebbler is still broke.
Hehehe, I'm laughing with you, Phoenix Phlogger.
Due to an error, ahem, on the part of this Phoenix Phlogger, the Phoenix's review of NBC's Lipstick Jungle will be running next week, not this week as hyped/promised. It seems... Lipstick Jungle does not premiere until NEXT WEEK. So for fans like me, of shows about 3-4 highly-successful, couture-wearing, cuuute, sassy, sexy, salacious women who are best friends and all happen to live in NYC, give it another week. TTFN.