Tuesday, October 31, 2006
No, it isn't the fact that it's a Lost-wannabe (though a pretty damn good one). It isn't even the glaring scientific inaccuracies. It's that bitchy IRS agent. Girlfriend is throwing her weight around like she's got a National Guard division at her back. Her bony little ass would have been hanging from a lamppost on D+3.
The Reverend Sharpton feels like we spend too much time on abortion and sexual morality and not enough on "social justice".
Hows about we put first things first, Rev? Hows about we make sure they make it into the world without having their brains scrambled and then we start worrying about making sure they can find jobs. Otherwise it's sort of cart-before-the-horse, don't you think?
You know, it would be kind of like screaming racism without checking to see if maybe the girl had smeared shit on herself. Cart before the horse.
What if they emailed your merchandise to you?
Now they're not going to start emailing your new crockpot to you. Nobody's got that kind of bandwidth. Calling cards though... That's another matter. I mean, you don't really want the card, you want the info on the card! oHello Instant Phone Cards & Calling Cards does just that! You point, you click, you buy and the info you need to use the card is sent to you via email. You've got what you need in a flash!
Lurch is at it again. He's already accused American troops of being war criminals, now they're stupid war criminals. Horseface believes that only stupid people end up in Iraq. Smart ones end up wearing grimy clothes and burning things outside the World Bank.
If John Kerry didn't exist, Karl Rove would have to create him.
You know, if PayPerPost wanted to get involved in life's biggest moments, they should have said something a couple of weeks ago. I mean, I think "Postie" would have made an excellent middle name for the recently born MediaBloglet. Now, as for whether Mrs. MediaBlog would have felt the same way... Ahem...
Well, we're one week into Operation Replication and things are settling down a bit. The Bloglet is sleeping pretty well, eating pretty well. No real scares and the little critter is cute as a bug. With one full week of fatherhood under my belt, I feel like I'm pretty much an expert on the subject so let me share what I've learned:
- Mrs. MediaBlog is the smartest, best person I know. She takes care of the baby, she takes care of me and of our home. However tired she is, she is gentle with the baby, gentle with me. She gets up without complaining. All the stuff you read about a mother's love isn't just Hallmark BS. It's true.
- Having a baby makes your marriage more "real". By that I mean that whatever kind of marriage you have, a baby will make it more so. If you have a bad one, the stresses are going to tear you farther apart. If you have a good one (we do), the munchkin will draw you closer together.
- That whole "we're pregnant" thing never made sense to me until now. Yeah "we" were having a baby, but "she" was pregnant. It's not that simple. We both gained weight while we were pregnant. We both lost weight in the hospital. We both worry. We both cuddle and coo with her. Don't fall into the idea that your wife is the one having a baby because you both are. And that's a good thing.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Quotes from Michael J. Fox's interview with George Stephanopoulos this weekend:
Stephanopoulos: Do you think there's any way to finally find common ground with people who do believe in the end that this is tampering with tiny lives?
Fox: Well, again, the point has been made that these lives are going to be thrown away, anyway. They are marked for destruction — thousands of frozen embryos that are a byproduct of in vitro fertilization. We have routinely, before this conversation started on stem-cell research, we have for years thrown them away.
I really can't argue with that. Just like I can't argue with the fact that the Nazis were going to kill all of those Jews anyway, so why shouldn't Dr. Mengele have experimented on all those doomed children. I mean, they were going to die anyway.
Now, before you start screaming at me, I do recognize a definite practical and a possible moral distinction between an embryo and a post-birth child. That is a legitimate argument. We can disagree honorably over whether a child and an embryo have the same conception of their own existence and are equally entitled to protection. However, the they're-going-to-die-anyway argument doesn't hold up. If it's acceptable to experiment on them then it's acceptable whether they are doomed or not and if it's unacceptable then the fact that they're going to be destroyed doesn't make it any better.
Look, all the controversy and commentary aside, let's look at the raw facts:
I have been paid $253.31 to date
I have $154.00 (soon to be $164.00) yet to be paid.
That's over $400! Now, is that going to let me quit my job? Of course not, but it's easy money, friends. You're already blogging. It's just an additional post every now and then. Now, like I said, The MediaBlog recently welcomed a new mouth to feed. We're in the process of going from a two income family to a single income. Every little bit helps.
So the purists can spare me their disapproval. PayPerPost works!
Here is what you need to do on your ballot next Tuesday. I'm not going to cover all of the local races or the judicial ones, just the biggies.
1. If you're lucky enough to have a Republican on your congressional ballot, vote for him/her.
2. Vote for Katherine Harris. You can puke when you leave the polls, just vote.
3. Vote yes on Amendment 1
4. Vote yes on Amendment 3
5. Vote no on Amendment 4
6. Vote no on Amendment 6
7. Vote no on Amendment 7
8. Vote yes on Amendment 8
Now, the links will take you to Vote Smart if you actually want to know what the amendments are about, but our advice is to just vote the way we tell you without thinking about it too much.
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Okay, that's enough for the lawyers. Here's what you really need to know about The MediaBlog. We like money. We like it a lot. Now, am I going to kill for it? No. Am I going to sell drugs? No. Am I going to offer to be a PR flack for the Soviets? No. I am, however, perfectly willing to shill a little. This is America, folks. Capitalism. There is nothing wrong with advertising. As for disclosure, I almost always label my PayPerPost posts with the PayPerPost tag. The only time I do not do so is when the advertisers specifically requests that I do not. I think that has only happened once so far. Even in those cases though, I think it's pretty obvious when you're reading an ad and when you're not. When I'm bitching and moaning about Democrats or about the Amazing Race it's probably out of my fertile little brain. When I'm suddenly extolling the virtues of tray tables, it's probably an advertisement.
Ultimately, you need to be questioning the motives of everyone and everything. Don't assume ANYTHING you read is unbiased because unless it's the assembly instructions for a crib, it probably isn't.
I'm not going to try to provide a religions explanation. I'm just going to provide you with a couple of media (MediaBlog, media... get it?) proofs that I have discovered by watching the Today Show:
Now, I ask you... Does THAT look like the work of a loving God?
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friend, you need to seek psychiatric counseling immediately. To be honest, I'm not sure there is a cure for that level of depravity, but what I do know is that you are not right.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The whole idea of "surfing" the Web is a little mid-90s at this point. At this point, most of us go to a search engine to find exactly what we're looking for. We don't usually follow a random trail of hyperlinks. Still, sometimes you just want something to look at. Something interesting to pass a few minutes. Wikipedia is a good source for that if you just want to select a random article.
Another place to go is The Aviva Trivia Blog. Every couple of days you get an interesting post about a new topic. Lots of facts you probably don't know about hurricanes or California or the Eiffel Tower or pretty much anything else under the sun. It's kind of a cool thing to lock at while you're taking a break or waiting for a big file to download. You can check it out at the link above. Definitely worth a look.
Oh, and didja know that San Bernadino County, California is the largest county in the US at over 3 million square acres?
Sometimes I ask questions I already know the answer to. That doesn't mean it's not a good question though...
Here's the Cliffs Notes version. Back in 83, Uncle Teddy offered to play PR flack for Yuri Andropov... You may not remember him... Chairman of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, former head of the KGB, oversaw the shootdown of Korean Air 007... Swell guy... Anyhoo... Uncle Teddy felt like Ronald Reagan was intentionally provoking the Soviets and ignoring their obviously peaceful intentions. He offered to play a little politics and help the Soviets get their message out.
Now, I understand that nobody really cares about history. I mean, unless it's drunk driving police stop from twenty years ago it might as well be ancient Rome. Still, shouldn't we sort of care maybe just a little bit that a sitting United States Senator attempted to engage in private, unauthorized diplomacy with a regime that was oppressing hundreds of millions of people, that had 40000 nuclear weapons aimed at us and our children, that was engaged in biological and chemical weapons research in contravention of treaties, that held millions of Jews captive, that... How long of an indictment do we need?
Not that making excuses for monsters started with Uncle Teddy. Good Old Joe had a soft spot in his crusty heart for old Adolf. Why shouldn't the Swimmer have a fondness for dictators?
Now, the initial question... Why isn't this bigger news... Is obviously foolish. It's not bigger news because Ted Kennedy isn't a Republican. I mean, how come Robert Byrd's membership in the Klan is sort of a passing note but completely unsubstantiated allegations that George Allen said nigger twenty years ago is above the fold? Democrats get a pass for transgressions that would put a Republican in the public pillory.
Now, is Ted Kennedy going to lose in Massachusetts? Of course not. It's Massachusetts. That said, Americans need to know that one of the leading members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate begged for the chance to be the mouthpiece of Soviet tyranny.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Let's analyze, shall we? The AP's words are in black, mine are in red:
2 public buses torched in Paris suburb
By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press Writer 48 minutes ago
CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS, France - Police deployed 4,000 reinforcements as marauding youths torched at least two public buses Friday, the anniversary of the deaths of two teenagers that ignited weeks of riots in largely immigrant housing projects across France.
Youths, huh? Is that the best descriptive term for them? Is that the thing they have most in common? Yeah, they're young, but what else could we say about them? Might they just possibly be Muslims? Maybe?
After the buses were burned, Paris' transport authority curtailed bus service in the Seine-Saint-Denis region north of the capital, which is home to thousands of immigrants and their French-born children.
How dare you deny people public transport just because they burned a couple of buses!
Thierre Ange, a 19-year-old witness, said four men attacked the bus, "made everyone get off, then they hit a woman and dragged out the bus driver by his tie" and torched the bus with a gasoline bomb in a bottle. The blackened carcass of another bus that was burned earlier stood across town in Le Blanc Mesnil.
Why not call this what it is? Terrorism.
Flaming cars became a symbol of the rioting last year, which jolted France into recognizing a failure to give equal opportunities to many minorities — especially those of Arab and black African origin — and the country's 5 million-strong Muslim population.
"Jolted France into recognizing a failure???" So I guess it's France's fault that these assholes rioted? Talk about blaming the victim! Honey, it's your fault I raped you. I mean, you shouldn't have told me to get lost when I asked you to come back to my place.
The national police said 50 units of extra officers and riot police — or about 4,000 men — were deployed across the country to brace for a possible resurgence of violence. Some 7,000 police are at the ready on an average night in France, officials have said.
They have 7000 riot police at the ready every night???
Dozens of police officers, wielding riot gear and backed by a helicopter, swept into a housing project in Montfermeil, a neighboring town to Clichy-sous-Bois.
Anytime you need armed men backed by a helicopter you're not talking about a police action against criminals. You're describing an assault against an insurgency.
One officer on the scene, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said the squads were tracking youths who had thrown stones, broken streetlamps and set fire to cars. The National Police had no immediate comment.
Not authorized to speak, huh? And, of course, no name. So he's not just a snitch, he's a coward too. Well, good to know that France has it's share of self-aggrandizing shits too. I thought they were all in Washington
Last year's outburst of anger at the accidental deaths of the two teens — who were electrocuted in a power substation in Clichy-sous-Bois, northeast of Paris, while hiding from police on Oct. 27, 2005 — grew into a broader challenge of the French state.
Well, gosh, maybe if they hadn't been hiding from police in a power substation they might not have gotten themselves electrocuted. You think maybe?
Several hundred people marched silently Friday through Clichy-sous-Bois in honor of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore. Benna, 17, was buried in his father's native Tunisia. Traore, 15, was of Mauritanian descent.
Silent marches are fine. Whatever. If you want to waste your time mourning the deaths of a pair of criminals then have fun. Just keep your noses clean while you're doing it.
Adolescent boys in hooded sweat shirts made up a large part of the mixed-race crowd, their heads bent as prayers were read in Arabic and French.
France is ceasing to be France. They made a tragic, historic mistake by dismissing Christianity completely from the public square. By doing so, they left the door open for a militant faith (Islam) that won't go quietly like Christians did.
Benna and Traore "became a symbol in the projects," said one of Traore's cousins, Coulibaly.
Maybe if you'd spend less time in silent marches and bus burnings you could get your asses out of the projects. Maybe if you bitched less about how the nation that took your sorry Third World asses in is so fracking unfair you might be able to find work.
"I don't see why the violence should recur. That will not solve the problems," she said.
Violence often solves problems. Sad but true.
A memorial to the youths was erected Friday near City Hall, though the site where they died is adorned only with the graffiti and rubble that are the signature of such neighborhoods.
A memorial. Why the hell not? I mean if hiding like a coward from the police doesn't deserve a marble statue then what would?
Clichy-sous-Bois has no police station, so officers patrolling here come from outside and have no connection to residents. There is no public transportation and few families own cars, leaving most people virtually trapped.
Tough shit. Find local work, buy a bike, find somewhat more distant work, buy a crappy car, find even more distant work, buy a better car. Get your ass off the futon and get yourself out of that hellhole. Nobody owes you jack.
Unemployment among its 28,000 residents is 23.5 percent — well above the 9 percent national average — and is 32 percent for those between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the newspaper La Croix.
I'm guessing that the 76.5% who have jobs are the folks who build things rather than burning them. Just a guess. Newsflash... Being a criminal/terrorist doesn't look great ona resume.
The police presence was extremely discreet at Friday's march, but 500 extra riot police were assigned to Paris' poor neighborhoods for the anniversary.
Good. Be discreet. You don't want to piss them off. They are rioters after all.
Some 100 cars were torched nationwide overnight, half of them in the Paris region, police officials said. The figure was higher than usual — police say between 30 and 50 cars are set on fire during an average week, though some weekends the figure jumps to 100. On the most fiery night of last year's riots, more than 1,400 cars went up in flames.
So they burn 100 cars each week. And this isn't a problem worth dealing with?
Attackers forced passengers off four buses before torching them in recent days, besides the two buses reported burned on Friday. In response, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to assign police to protect buses serving some Paris neighborhoods.
Well, at least Sarkozy has balls. I'll bet this article will be very complementary toward him for taking decisive action. I also bet that monkeys will fly out of my butt.
France's trouble integrating minorities and the recent unrest are becoming political priorities in the campaign for next year's presidential and parliamentary elections.
So. in other words, the campaign is focusing on how to pay these people off so they won't burn too many cars?
Instead of France's vaunted "egalite," or equality, many immigrants and their French-born children suffer police harassment, struggle to find work and live in cinderblock public housing mired in crime and poverty.
Hard to treat someone as equal when all they want to do is shit on your country.
The government passed an equal opportunities law this spring and has poured in funds to "sensitive" areas, but disenchantment still reigns.
Maybe if they offered them more bribe money...
Many blame Sarkozy, a leading contender on the right, for fueling the riots with his hard-line statements about youths in the projects.
Who, exactly, are these "many"? I guess if Sarkozy wasn't so doggone mean these nice youths would go play a quiet game of football? Sure they would.
We spend some of our time around here talking about things that matter and a lot of our time talking about things that don't. That's okay. There are a lot of interesting and fun things in life that don't really have any lasting importance. When you see your child being born, however, things come into crisp focus and you're reminded how critical some bedrock principles are. You remember how precious life is and how wonderous. It is a story we do not author. We should be very, very careful about how and when we choose to destroy that which we cannot create.
I'm in serious danger of stumbling into politics here and I really don't want to do that right now. What I want to do is celebrate my child's new life.
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Sorry about the break in posting. We here at MediaBlog HQ have been a little busy lately. More on that later. Anyhoo...
As you know, we're no great fans of One Note Andy around here. Not of his lifestyle, not of his self-importance and not of his increasingly odd conviction that as a homosexual, pseudo-Catholic journalist he is pretty much the only authentic proponent of conservatism in America.
Power Line (definitely should be a part of your blogroll) take him apart (which, admittedly, isn't that hard since even I can do it) over the fact that a lot of his "arguments" amount to little more than name-calling.
Very much worth reading
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Just breathe... It will be okay... Can't go off on another expensive cursing rampage... Count to ten. Just count...
1... 2... 3... 3... 3...
Oh my God! How can they do this?!??!?!?! This trainwreck has to be stopped!!!!
Is the CW really this creatively bankrupt? Don't answer that.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Now, there are thumpers and then there are THUMPERS. The good folks over at the ChildCare Action Project (CAP) are THUMPERS. IN a nutshell, they have taken it upon themselves to rate hundreds and hundreds of movies for their family friendly (as they define it) quality. They reduce this down into some sort of numerical equation that can only be understood by people taking LSD.
Now, I'm all for making sure you don't take the kiddies to a sex flick. Ditto for making sure junior doesn't watch goats being disemboweled. As with all good things, however, it can be taken to extremes. On the subject of "extremes," lets take a look at the breakdown of all things evil in that well known Tool of Satan, Chicken Run:
# Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
# threats by vicious dogs
# execution by axe
# "Indiana Jones" dangers
# Attempted killing by axe
# lie by omission
# encouraging telling lies
# females offering bed to male
# suggestive eye movement
# inappropriate touch
# apparent drunkenness
Offense to God (O)(2):
# none noted
Ahem... Now while we're glad to know that the claymation chickens didn't diss Yahweh... We are a little troubled by the suggestion that chickens can engage in "suggestive eye movement" or "inappropriate touch." As for drunken chickens... Who among us is really qualified to call a chicken a drunk? I mean, the damn things peck their own crap to find corn kernals. If that's what they do when sober, I can't even imagine drunken chickens.
Not to get all heavy and spoil the buzz, folks, but the moral of the story is that people who think this kind of obsession is necessary have never truly experienced grace.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 (NIV)
I just finished reading Harry Turtledove's Gunpowder Empire and I was very pleasantly surprised. Now, if you've kept an eye on the panel to the right, you know that I read Turtledove with some frequency. What has kept me away from his Crosstime Traffic series (of which Gunpowder Empire is the first) is that they are not written for an adult audience. Rather, they're aimed at teenagers.
Now, this doesn't mean that you can expect to see Britney and Josh making out under the bleachers as The Race makes its landing. It just means that you're going to get a simpler narrative, simpler characters, no sex and no cursing.
Now, in a nutshell, the premise of the Crosstime Traffic series is that in the late 21st/early 22nd century, Earth has begun to run short of resources. Crosstime Traffic is a company/business/agency that has figured out a way to open portals into parallel worlds. Rome never fell, Nazis won the big one, humans never evolved in the first place, etc. etc. etc. By going through these doors, we can trade for or harvest the resources we need. Gunpowder Empire is about a family (mom, dad and the two rug rats) who travel to an alternate where Rome never fell to trade cheap watches and Swiss army knives for grain. Naturally, since the book is aimed at the utes, the action focues on the two kiddies.
That's enough of a setup. Don't want to give anything away. Young people book or not, it really is a great book. Turtledove tells a good story whether he's telling it for adults or for the teenybopper set.
Ah... Good to know that New Orleans is back. Only in America's Rectum can a cute young couple move in to an apartment located on top of a voodoo shop. Only in the Sphincter on the Gulf can said couple end up have a little contretemps that ends with one of them in the stock pot.
You'll never have better human stew, I gar-on-tee!
Now, there are obviously a lot of programs out there to help you beat the addiction. I'm not qualified to tell you which is the best. To be honest, there may not be a "best" solution. It may be one of those things where one size does not fit all. That said, what I can tell you is that you can find help. You don't have to do it alone. One way to get through drug detox is with the Meditox Method. It's a rehab program that doesn't make you go to rehab.
You can find out more at the link. Maybe it's for you, maybe it isn't. I honestly don't know. If you have a problem though, check it out. However you go though... Get help.
Anyhoo... Where to begin? You know, I can perfectly well understand why a sort-of-attractive young teacher who drives a BMW would not be attracted to a beefy New York fireman but very attracted to a 50-something minister with thinning hair. I mean, everybody knows how hot preachers are in the sack, am I right? And the money!
But, of course, Eric didn't eat the apple. Oh, you thought that's what I meant by the title? Perish the thought. No, Eric's lucky because he's going to die, meanwhile you and I are left to watch this projectile vomit of a television show.
10 more episodes, peeps. And then this mucus plug goes down the toilet.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Okay, scratch that... Of course there are more complicated things. Dump statement. Still, very few things can match it for complexity and importance combined. This is your health that we're talking about. Maybe more importantly, it's your family's health. You need to make sure you're making the right choice and, to be honest, sometimes understanding a health insurance plan is like... Well... Reading an insurance policy.
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For my family, a high-deductible plan with a health savings account (HSO) makes sense. If you're healthy it's probably a good idea for you too. Don't listen to me though (like you would anyway). Go to Vimo and check it out for yourself.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Oh, and by the way? Girlfriend's daughter was hotttttt!!!!
Oh God, I hope she wasn't jail bait. I'd feel so dirty. So very, very dirty.
The Postie Patrol is just another way of generating buzz and it's working.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go tidy up and bake a cake. I may have guests coming!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
By The Associated Press (with some input from The MediaBlog)
Reaction to the death of former Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass.:
"Gerry's leadership changed Massachusetts forever and we'll never forget him. His work on behalf of our fishing industry and the protection of our waters has guided the fishing industry into the future and ensured that generations to come will have the opportunity to love and learn from the sea. He was a steward of the oceans... Oh... And he LOVED banging the pages."
- U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
"No one fought harder for human rights, particularly in Latin America; for our environment; and for the fishermen of New England and the entire nation. He was a true pioneer... Oh... And he LOVED banging the pages."
- U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., whose wife, Lisa, once worked as an aide to Studds.
"Gerry was a stalwart champion of New England's fishing families as well as a committed environmentalist who worked hard to demonstrate that the cause of working people and the cause of the environment go hand in hand with the right leadership. When he retired from Congress, he did not retire from the cause, continuing to fight for the fishing industry and New England's environmental causes... Oh... And he LOVED banging the pages.
- U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
"I am very saddened by the death of Gerry Studds. From his days in the early 1970s as an articulate and effective opponent of the Vietnam war, through his consistent leadership on environmental issues, to his insistence that the U.S. government stop ignoring the AIDS crisis, Gerry was a forceful advocate for causes that were not always popular and that were consequently shunned by many politicians... Oh... And he LOVED banging the pages."
- U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
Now, even though the Bloglet will be too little to really enjoy it this year, Mrs. MediaBlog and I really want to get her the newest incarnation of the Tickle Me Elmo doll, know as the elmo tmx.
If you haven't seen it, go to that link to check it out. You'll see some info plus a great video of the little guy in action. It really is amazing how it can fall down, roll over, right itself. Just amazing. This year, the Bloglet will probably just throw up on it but next year it will make her giggle to beat the band!
Saturday, October 14, 2006
I desperately wanted Milky the Milking Cow as a small child. It looked like the best toy ever created by the fertile mind of man. My mother wouldn't get it for me. I didn't know why at the time, but she wouldn't buy it for me. Having watched the commercial for the first time in almost 30 years, I now understand why.
I can't imagine the mental damage that this thing could have done to me. Squeezing those little latex nipples/teets/whatever the hell they are over and over again? No, not a good thing for a little boy.
Sidenote... YouTube is fracking awesome. I put "toy milking cow" into Google and bing, bang boom there's the commercial at YouTube.
Last time around it was related to the big news of PayPerPost's 3 million in funding.
Now it's part of a contest that will be annouced next week. Assemble all the pieces and you win the prize... Whatever the prize is. I'm wondering if there will be another big announcement to go along with it? All they are saying is that there's a contest but given how much news/buzz PayPerPost has generated already I won't be surprised by anything.
Well, here's the contribution from this blog: piece number 6 of the "Blue Monster" part of the payperpostbluemonster contest...
Friday, October 13, 2006
What's next? Yahoo Serious takes over for Alex Trebek?
***I have taken the extraordinary step of striking out the name of this program. I just finished watching it on Ye Olde Tivo and I've got to tell you, it ain't pretty. I can think of no worse insult than this:
Bob, I knew Howie Mandel. Howie Mandel was a friend of mine. Bob Saget? You're no Howie Mandel.
So the name is stricken. Let it never be spoken again.
Anyway, sorry to have led you on a wild goose chase. Anyone want to let me know what you folks are looking for?
Deal or No Deal - 8:00 - NBC
CSI: Miami - 10:00 - CBS
Boston Legal - 10:00 - ABC
Jericho - 8:00 - CBS
Lost - 9:00 - ABC
Survivor - 8:00 - CBS
CSI - 9:00 - NBC
Deal or No Deal - 9:00 - NBC
Shark - 10:00 - CBS
Battlestar Galactica - 9:00 - SciFi
Kidnapped - 9:00 - NBC (for a little while longer)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 8:00 - ABC
The Amazing Race - 8:00 - CBS
The Simpsons - 8:00 - FOX
7th Heaven - 8:00 - CW
Desperate Housewives - 9:00 - ABC
Without A Trace - 10:00 - CBS
***Sunday is the problem, of course. Why the bloody hell do they have to put four good shows against each other? Ok, three good shows and one show that is like crack... You can't get that damn Camden monkey off your back!!!
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Ohio Senate: Brown(D) 54%, DeWine(R) 40%
Ohio Governor: Strickland(D) 60%, Blackwell(R) 32%
Ohio Senate: DeWine(R) 42%, Brown(D) 42%
Ohio Governor: Strickland(D) 47%, Blackwell(R) 34%
1 day apart
0 in common
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Justice John Paul Stevens is 86.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 73.
Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy are both 70.
Justice Stephen Breyer is 68.
Justice David Souter is 67.
My fellow Floridians, do what I'm going to do...
Hold your nose and vote for the bitch. Not for her sake but for ours.
Where are the reporters camped out on Dingy Harry's lawn? Where is Keith Olberman screaming for a public execution? Where is the outrage? Why is a baseball player who can't fly an airplane bigger news than the Democratic leader in the Senate being involved in a shady land deal?
Apparently the Democrats and the MSM only care about corruption when the people involved are gay.
I mean, what's wrong with looking for a bargain, am I right? Only a fool pays extra to get the same thing. That being said, however, I'll admit that I'm not a big one for coupons. I mean, it's a hassle to clip them, it's a pain to keep up with them and I usually end up holding them until they expire. For me, at least, they're just a waste of time.
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The character assualt on Joe Lieberman continues. Now they're accusing him of lying about his actions during the civil rights movement back in the 60s.
Here's the thing, Joe. Lincoln Chafee is more liberal than you are and he caucuses with the Republicans. You owe NOTHING to the Democrats. Caucus with people who respect you. Caucus with people who agree with you on the issue that matters most. Hell, call yourself an Independent but vote with people who haven't tried to stab you in the back.
If nothing else, it'll give you a hell of a shot at being John McCain's running mate
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
If you're out there May my apologies for suggesting that you might lie a'mouldering in the grave.
That said though... We're screening The Caine Mutiny this afternoon at MediaBlog HQ and girlfriend... YOU CAN'T ACT!
What was with that pointing at the mountaintop at Yosemite? What the crap was that?
The drip drip drip of the Foley scandal continues.
Here's the thing though... This particular story is about a sexual relationship Foley supposedly had with a former page who, at the time of the sexual encounter, was 21 years old. The story talks about how Foley would essentially sound out underage pages for their sexual orientation but not actually proposition them until they were adults.
Couple of things here. First, while that's tawdry, it doesn't strike me as illegal. Second, and more importantly, the story never names the page that is making the allegation. Now, its obviously not protecting a minor since the page was an adult at the time of the alleged encounter. All it is doing is passing on the unsubstantiated account of an anonymous individual about the consentual sex life of an adult.
I'm not here to defend Foley. As I've made clear numerous times, I think that his lifestyle is degenerate and immoral whether he's with adults or teenagers. What I have a problem with, however, is a major newspaper like the LA Times running an anonymous allegation of this sort.
There is WAY too much anonymous sourcing in modern journalism and I think a lot of it traces back to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
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Now, we all know that Bill Shatner is a loveable whore so I'm not surprising to hear him shilling for just about anything. What surprised me a little bit is to see him shilling in character as Kirk. First because even though he's not shy about the role anymore, he doesn't run toward it either. Second, I've never seen Paramount let the franchise be used for anything like this.
I'm sure it will have some Trek purists in a pisser. It doesn't bother me. I'm all for commerce and, of course, I realize that it's just a TV show. Like I said, though, it is surprising.
Kim Jong Il rolled him, he didn't do jack about bin Laden, he kept his lips pressed to Arafat's ass... But damnit if Bubba didn't stick it to Big Snack. Why, when the Slickmeister sat face to face with those candy-making bastards he gave them what-for.
Why can't fat ass keep his... Well... Fat ass out of our business? I don't know, maybe I should give him credit for not going around the world and fondling dictators like Peanuts does, but what is it about the man that craves attention so much that he goes out and "negotiates" with the Keibler Elves?
Newsflash to Bubba... I'll make you a deal. If you can go back in time and make it so every American school kid over the age of 7 doesn't know what a blow job is, I'll handle keeping The Mediabloglet slim and trim. How does that sound?
Thank the Lords of Kobol for basic cable.
Friday, October 06, 2006
What this sort of idealist, well-intentioned though they may possibly be, doesn't get is that technology changes but people don't. The internet and the blogosphere are just reflections of human nature. And commerce is a part of human nature. That's just the way it is. If that bothers you then you need to learn to live with it because it's not going away. For my part, I don't want it to. I just want my cut of the action.
Here and here are a couple of examples of the kind of thing I'm talking about. I mean, the guy goes so far as to refer to PayPerPost as "evil". While hyperbole is hardly unknown on the Internet, that strikes me as taking things just a little too far. And, as for PayPerPost being SPAM... Well, to me SPAM is something that comes to me when I didn't ask for it, not something (like a blog) that I have to go looking for.
Anyway, I just don't understand where this seeming hatred for PayPerPost comes from. It just doesn't make any sense to me.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
While the rest of us are consumed with the tawdry political story of a pathetic man, the moving story of the senseless murder of innocent children fades into the background.
This entire article about the first of the Amish funerals is moving but most touching of all is that the children didn't even beg for their lives. The eldest asked the murderer to kill her and leave the others alone.
This sort of courage is borne of a faith most of us cannot even imagine. It shows how boldly we could live our lives if only we shared in the settled and certain knowledge of what lies beyond the grave that these dear children possessed
Worse that they brought back 7th Heaven
Worse still that they cut the budget and are making a half-assed 7th Heaven
Even worse yet that they're moving it to Sunday when everything else is on.
I've got a dual-tuner TiVo for pity's sake, do I need a fracking quad???
*For those who are interested, you can catch classic Everwood on ABC Family each evening at 6pm Eastern. They started running it from the beginning this past Monday.
Here's a shot of Doak Campbell stadium at Florida State University. When I first went to FSU the stadium was an eyesore... It looked like something a kid would make with an erector set. Now, however, it's just gorgeous. This shot is from before the FSU v. Rice game from a couple of weeks ago. It's been a bit of a rocky season, but the Garnet and Gold came out on top in that one.
If you want to catch FSU sports or those of any Atlantic Coast Conference school you can do so On ACCSelect.com:
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Personally, I'll argue that as with most things, the first time is the hardest. Once you've decided that decency doesn't matter anymore, once you've decided that it's okay to indulge your twisted sexual desires because that's how god (small g in this case) made you, it's no great step to move on to the next level and start hitting on teens.
Homosexuality is the gateway drug of perversion.
In the aftermath of the tragic school shooting at the Amish school in Pennsylvania Dutch country, One Note Andy just can't help from taking a dig at those of us who call a pervert a pervert. While he quite rightly praises the example of the Amish who lead lives of humility and privacy in our Oprah-fied world, he take a second to jab the knife:
And what a contrast with some of the preening charlatans and scolds among the power-obsessed Christianists who now dominate the GOP.
Sorry, Andy, but the Amish think you're a pervert too. They wouldn't just scold you for the butt bongo, they'd shun you.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
It's that bastard Rumsfeld's fault!
Here's the pisser though... Good old Sonny has to throw in a dig against the "big oil companies" at the end.
Newsflash, "Gov"... YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN!!! Why are you buying into the anti-capitalist, conspiracy-minded fear-mongering of the Left? The phrase "Big ________" should be wiped from the Republican lexicon.
As much of a sick fuck as he obviously is, as far as we know "all" he did was send perverted IMs to one or more teenage boys. There is ZERO indication that he ever laid a hand on anyone. I mean, this wouldn't even make a good Dateline episode.
Now, I'm not trying to excuse anything, but to hear the news coverage you would think that he actually molested someone and to the extent of our knowledge at this point that just isn't the case.
The comparison I'm going to make, and it is a far from perfect one, is to John Mark Karr. Just like Karr liked to talk about Jon Benet but didn't actually have the balls to kill her, Foley liked to talk to teenage guys but didn't have the balls to go through with anything with them.
In both cases, that's a good thing. If you're going to be a sick fuck, be the least sick and the least fucked you can manage.
Mark, here's the thing... You're either a drunk or you were molested by a clergyman. You need to choose. I suppose both might be true but that's not the point. You'd be a lot better off, and a lot more credible, if you had one convincing excuse rather than two lame ones.
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Then you take your car in to be washed. The crew finds a dime under the seat and leaves it on the console.
It's a little thing. A very little thing, but it's nice to know that there is a residue of honesty in the world.
Along with his glorification of butt bongo, his arrogance toward we boorish religious conservatives and his strange degree of concern for those hot guys down at Gitmo, what I dislike most about One Note Andy is how quick he is to claim the mantle of being a Catholic while enjoying her perversion and running down all that Catholics who actually... You know... Believe. Now, as a Protestant, you could argue that I don't have a dog in that fight and I suppose you'd be right. Doesn't mean I have to like it though.
I'm not the only one.
One Note Andy has a new book out where he explains to us how as a constantly questioning homosexual he's a better representative of the Conservative movement then we poor, certain straight folks. I know that when I think of Reagan Republicans the boys from Queer Eye are always the first thought that pops into my head.
Anyhoo... The review I linked to above takes One Note to task for his arrogance, his narcissism and his moral relevancy. A very good piece.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Or brown stuff for colon...
Ahem... Okay, maybe there is an off position on the genius switch.
I know, I know... Why do you keep watching it? I've said it before. It's inertia, pure and simple. I watch because I've always watched. At this point I have to finish it. Not because I want to, because I have to.
Long story short and stripping out the financial jargon, this is a great opportunity for PayPerPost to prove its business model and a great opportunity for PerPerPosties to make (as Dave Ramsey might say) piles of cash.
Now, how long three million in VC will last is anyone's guess. I mean, it could pay for a million $3 posts or one $3,000,000 post. Who can say? What I do know is that most smart people, particularly in the dot com bust era, do not throw their money down a rathole. If smart people are willing to finance PayPerPost then clearly they feel that there is a shot that this business model is going to work. To be honest, I'm not enough of a financial guru to know. What I do know is that there is money to be made by bloggers and I want my share of that three mil!
Oh, and by the way... I don't know what sort of devil-worshiping, Leftie denomination this seminary is where Sandy's going but no pastoral selection committee is going to hire a single-mom who has zero interest in hooking up with her baby daddy.
The answer: They're paying me, silly!
Yeah, the payperpostbignews has come and gone but why let the money-making stop? I mean you can make a ton of money through PayPerPost and if you're not taking advantage of it then you are definitely missing out. I guess if you're such a purist that you can't dirty your hands with filthy lucre then you can just keep on going. For me though, money talks. I don't have any sort of problem whatsoever with taking The Man's money. None at all.
Anyhoo... Here's the puzzle piece:
I suppose before I damn the man for his blasphemous book I should admit that I haven't read it and have no plans to do so. I have, however, read a review of his book from The Economist and I'm going to assume that the reviewer has in fact read it. So, consider this a review of the review. Or consider it a second hand review. Or consider it half-assed commentary. As you wish.
In any case, Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist who has decided that people who believe in God/gods/the spirit in the sky are dumber than he is and so should be mocked and derided. He has taken it upon himself to put forward a four point argument not just about why there is no god but why everyone should believe exactly what he does for the sake of humanity in general.
He starts off with the usual if-god-created-everything-than-who-created-god strawman. He then moves on to why god is a lousy source for morality (because the most godless societies are always the most moral, right?). He then goes on to suggest that people don't need God to find consolation or inspiration because they can find the same thing by contemplating nature and quantum physics... An argument which probably goes a long way to explaining why he's not getting any.
You know, if the prick left it at this I'd probably just say smell you later and wish him well in hell. He doesn't though. He goes on to essentially equate a religious upbringing with child abuse and to call for attaching the same stigma to it. Asshole can keep his blasphemous hands off my kids.
Finally, he calls on atheists to organize and flex their muscles. It is to laugh. You could fit all the atheists in America in a medium sized city that could easily be destroyed with a low yield nuclear devise. Anyway, it's awfully hard to get people to organize around nothing.
Anyway, the $1000 puzzle contest is over, but here's another piece.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
The Howard Deanies/MoveOn types are just going nuts leading up to the election. You almost can't get through the political crap to find the worthwhile stuff on Digg.
I honestly do try to keep myself from going back to Andrew Sullivan's blog. He's a broken record and I've pretty much exhausted everything I have to say about him. Still, when news of Mark Foley's situation came up, I just couldn't help myself. I mean, where else would I go for a story that involves a mixture of politics and perversion? That's practically One Note Andy's stock in trade. So...
Anyway, long story short, One Note Andy's take on the subject is that the pressure of being a closeted homosexual leads you to do all sorts of antisocial things. His opinion is that Foley is a gay man in the closet, driven to an unhealthy interest in young men by the social and political pressures that denied him any other outlet for his nature. One Note Andy feels sorry for him.
One Note Andy feels sorry a lot. He feels sorry for terrorists with the underpants on their head and now he feels sorry for Mark Foley. While I don't have the time or the inclination to go looking for it, my recollection is that he felt sorry for pedophile priests who were disserved by the Roman Catholic Church that made them be something they weren't.
I suppose I could offer the newsflash that Mark Foley isn't just a level one pervert like One Note Andy (queer), he appears to be a level two pervert (queer and into teens). Thankfully, it seems that he's not a level three pervert (queer and into tots). And, hopefully, he's not a level four (queer, into youngsters and actually acting on it). That being said, the fact that he's too cowardly to come out of the closet and too sick to have a normal sex life doesn't really make me feel sorry for him. I don't feel sorry for perverts. That goes for Foley and, as always, it goes for One Note Andy.
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fries: pretty good
onion straws: darn good
Took forever to get a seat, took forever to get drinks, took forever to get our appetizer, took forever to get our meal, didn't get two things we ordered, rib tips were disgusting.
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I'll be honest, I'm not trying to assemble the pieces. I'm just too lazy for that. And I'm not very good at puzzles. Never have been. Now, that's doesn't mean I'm not curious about the announcement though. I'm hoping it lives up to the hype and I'm hoping it's a positive rather than a negative. PayPerPost certainly seems to be viewing it as a positive. Now, whether what's good for PayPerPost is good for PayPerPosters is another matter. Still, the business seems to have played it straight so far so I have high hopes that this will be a good thing. As always, we'll have to wait and see. Not too much longer now though.
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