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Welcome to today’s Salon blog tour of quality. Or somesuch – I’m just covering for Mark, anyway. He’s back tomorrow, so all will be right soon. I promise. I know this is a bit early, but hey – I’m an East Coaster and a morning person. Deal with it. =)

Pardon me if I’m a bit distracted – I remembered today that I had the first five episodes of the new season of 24 sitting on my TiVo, unwatched…so I’m currently catching up. So far, it’s pretty decent, but could do with a lot less of Jack’s daughter. I mean, she’s cute and all – but not particularly interesting. Anyway – on to the tour, in some particular order, with some personal bias…I’m going to be choosing things that interest me, and there may be no other reason than bad puns. I make no apologies.

Tom Coombs has noticed something that I wish I’d seen: the Bushies are stealing their dialogue from Joseph Heller.

Over at Pipeline, we’re given two things to think about: a rigorous argument that the Who were a more important and generally better band than the Beatles, and whether the Who is singular or plural. Ok, maybe not, but he does jump back and forth a couple times. Anyway, he’s got some good points.

Urban Kayak gets pissed off at pretentious wannabe rockstars, and gives us the top five albums of the ’90s. And his title makes me think of the Quebecois suit hunters from the Kids in the Hall.

I’m not even sure I can explain what’s going on over at Emphasis Added, but it involves Peter Lorre, so it has to be good. And I like his blog description. =)

…how does Mark avoid the tour getting absurdly long? I’m only maybe a third of the way through today’s updates…there’s just too damned much QUALITY, BABY! That’s what we’re all about here at Salon blogs, my friend, QUALITY! All in caps, of course. Yeah, I’m babbling, but I feel a need to inject this with my own personal style, y’know? Right – back to the show. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

STANDING ROOM ONLY provides us all with a review of a night of fun, Cyndi Lauper, fun, and Cher. And Anna Nicole Smith.

The Raven talks a lot. About stuff. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to know it’s good reading.

Hyperbole responds to the Who v. Beatles argument above.

Maxine got praised by Reverse Cowgirl – and deservedly so.

Reverse Cowgirl may have said something, but she gets enough hits already. And a TV show. Now Instapundit’s picked her up, to go with Dave Winer. Yikes – two of the highest traffic blogs have linked her recently. Yeah, I’m jealous. I am so unloved. I’m going to go take my happy pills now. =)

The Devil’s Excrement documents the repression of anti-Chavez demonstrations in Venezuela – this blog has long been a consistently good source of information on the complicated and difficult situation in that country.

Notes From Atlanta reports on the debunking of Republican spin on Al Gore – namely, the Internet-inventing myth.

…and that’s it for me tonight. Mark will be back tomorrow – and good thing. This has taken a good chunk of time – I’m way too lazy to keep it up on a regular basis. Mark, you’re a better man than I.