Friday, August 18, 2006

On Michael Chertoff: This Is Your Soundtrack

Okay, so if you don't spend weeks at a time in a plexiglas box suspended over London, you've probably heard once or twice about the sincerely scary terror plot thwarted in the UK on Thursday. You probably heard that the US Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert level to red for the first time ever. You may or may not have heard that said level was raised only for flights from the UK to the US, you might have heard that the level was lowered a few days later, and you've probably heard that, per the government, the bad guys could still be out there, so don't start feeling safe in your own home or anything.


Michael Chertoff, this Friday Not-Even-Random Ten goes out to you, just for your unwavering devotion to making your administration look good. The sudden discovery of a terror plot that y'all have been onto for months? Genius. A warning that, even though said administration supposedly has five on national security, we still aren't safe and should still be scared that terrorists are going to jump out from behind the bushes and behead us? Genius. Soaking the American people in their own cold sweat until they're appropriately squishy and malleable? Supergenius.

The Ten:

1. Guster, "Airport Song"
2. Basement Jaxx, "Red Alert"
3. Psychadelic Furs, "I'll Stop the World"
4. Ella Fitzgerald, "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
5. Kaiser Chiefs, "I Predict a Riot"
6. Benny Cassette, "Watch Your Back"
7. Garbage, "I Think I'm Paranoid"
8. Elvis, "All Shook Up"
9. Lenny Kravitz, "God Save Us All"
10. Remy Zero, "I'm Not Afraid"

Your Ten, or whatever, go below.

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