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Thursday, October 13, 2005

JUST CALL HIM 'THE SHINS' PRESIDENT
Tell me if this has ever happened to you*. You 'discover' a band and absolutely fall in love with it. You proclaim this band to be the truth, more important than any other band that has come before it. You shout about this band from the rooftops, urging everyone you know to listen to it, but only a handful do. Suddenly, a year, maybe two years later, the world discovers the same band. The critics and mainstream press tout it as the greatest thing since the electric toothbrush. You start seeing t-shirts and lunchboxes everywhere. They start playing huge arenas in front of thousands of people. Suddenly, they're huge. And there you are, frustrated and left to scream feebly, "I knew about these guys years ago!! Where have you all been??!"

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That's pretty much how I feel today in light of the most recent presidential approval poll. Not that I'm not greatful that only 39% of the country approves of Bush's performance, and a mere 28% think the country is headed in the right direction, but why in the world couldn't you all have realized this a year ago?? You know, BEFORE the election. Sigh. Ahhhh well, better late than never I suppose. Besides, the entire White House will be indicted soon enough, it just didn't have to be this messy.

* By the way, for me, the band was The Shins, who I first heard in 2001. Then, in 2004, goddam Natalie Portman went and told Zach Braff that The Shins "will change your life" in the movie Garden State. Suddenly, The Shins exploded. Hence, 'The Shins' President. She may have been late to the game about The Shins, but at least Portman figured out the Bush problem early on.

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