i try not to even acknowledge this tripe, but if you've ever doubted the socio-cultural significance of American Idol–doubt no more.  on 24 may 2006, A.I. (not to be confused with artificial intelligence) garnered more votes than any president ever elected.

is that the four horsemen of the apocalypse i see over the horizon?  well, here's one of 'em:

drunken master