Monday, December 31, 2007

Our Favorite Criminal: 2007

Well, That Sucked

NCAA Football - Kentucky Wildcats/Florida State Seminoles Recap Monday December 31, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports

Hillary Clinton - Superhero!

Hillary says she risked life on White House trips -- Newsday.com

Here she goes again.

About a month after she donned a bulletproof jacket and single-handedly negotiated the release of hostages at one of her New Hampshire campaign offices, Mrs. Bill Clinton is back with more tales of daring do.

This time around it's the exciting story of how she piloted an Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle as part of an attack package on Bosnian Serb gun positions ringing Sarajevo.

Well, more or less. No, it's about how she visited dangerous, life-threatening places as first lady. In fact, if it was dangerous and the stakes were high, the White House staff would say, "Send in the First Lady."

Now, given the history of the Clinton marriage, I would probably take that statement as Bill trying to clear the decks. Or, given the history of how Hillary is reputed to have treated staffers, maybe it has more to do with them trying to get rid of her in order to get a little peace and quiet.

Anyway, does anybody really believe that Mrs. Bill was engaged in high level diplomacy at risk of life and limb? She was the friggin First Lady. She may have been defacto Chief of Staff at certain times and in certain ways but she wasn't SecState. And, speaking of her, if I were Madeline Albright (or if someone could wake Warren Christopher), I would be genuinely pissed. To hear Mrs. Bill tell it, she was the one running the diplomatic show. Of course, Clinton Inc. will keep Madeline quiet, but you know she is quietly fuming.

A Reason to Like Albino Cooper

mediabistro.com: TVNewser - Did Anderson Cooper Want To Return For New Year's Eve?

As we speak... Or maybe a little while ago... Anyhoo, whenever it was, CNN's Silver Stallion, Albino Cooper boarded a jet to wing his way back from the cesspool of Pakistan to the cesspool of Time's Square (well, maybe post-Rudy it isn't so much a cesspool as a cesspuddle) to host CNN's coverage of the ball dropping. Wa-freaking-hoo.

Turns out Albino isn't a big fan of New Year's Eve either. Too many people trying too hard to act like they're having fun.

Preach it, Brother!

I have never liked New Year's. I don't drink, I don't like to party, I don't like crowds... That's pretty much New Year's Eve in a nutshell. And what is there to celebrate? Well, we made it through another one! When you think about it, isn't that a pretty pessimistic worldview? I mean, you're so happy just to have survived that you go out, get plastered and make an ass of yourself.

I watch very little CNN. I'm more of a Shepard Smith man (don't take that the wrong way). Still, Anderson is just about the only one at CNN with a personality. Well, there is Lou Dobbs... Okay, Anderson is the only one at CNN with a good personality.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

It's Getting Tough Now

I promised you that I would do my best to make an endorsement before the first votes are cast in Iowa. I still want to do so, but I have to tell you it isn't easy. The three remaining candidates for me: Giuliani, Romney and McCain are all strong contenders. I think any of them has a credible chance to win. Further, I think all of them have virtues which outweigh whatever weaknesses they possess.

Still, we have to narrow the field. So, reluctantly, let's make another elimination.

Rudy Giuliani was a tough, no-nonsense mayor of New York. I have said before that nobody likes sons of bitches when times are good, but when the shit hits the fan, the SOB is exactly the guy you want. Rudy is that SOB. He's difficult and stubborn, but damn it if he isn't a leader.

I've also said that it may be time for the Christian right to worry less about labels and more about actions. Does anyone really think that Rudy is going to give a damn about preserving Roe v. Wade? I don't. I think he's going to appoint strict constructionist judges who are more than likely going to move us further down the path toward sending the abortion issue back to the states where it always belonged.

As for the rest of his social baggage: the gay rights and the gun control. Who cares? How much damage can a President really do on those issues? Not a lot, to be honest.

Here's my problem with Rudy... His personal life makes Bill Clinton look like a choir boy. I don't mind the divorce. I mind the multiple divorces. I mind the sordid, soap opera style of the whole thing. If Rudy were the only credible candidate in the Republican field, I would accept him as flawed personally and pull the lever. For that matter, if he is the nominee I will do just that. Still, if I have a choice of other credible, conservative candidates, then that gives me the luxury to be a little picky about morals.

And with that in mind, I am removing Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from consideration for The MediaBlog 2008 Presidential Primary Endorsement.

So, will it be McCain or Romney?
Stay tuned.

Just An Observation

You know, when your new son-in-law is an alien with limited English and a dead-end job who got your previously virginal daughter pregnant resulting in them having to have a quicky marriage at the justice of the peace... Well, I don't know that I would be singing his praises six months later.

But, hey! That's just me. I'm funny that way.

Welcome to Happy Valley!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Wonders of Technology

I wouldn't say that it is easy to make a blog post from your iPod touch. The hunting and pecking is a genuine pain in the ass (though I seem to be surprisingly fast at it). That being said,it's a heck of a lot of fun!

Well, That Sucks

There's nothing like staying up until 3:30am working on a computer that's giving you fits and then waking up at 8:00am after having a nightmare about work. Particularly when you're on vacation. Real relaxing. Gotta love it.

She Can Have The Remote!





Amy, here's the thing... So long as you wear that dress and those heels, we don't have to watch football. You can watch whatever you want. I'll hand over the remote control without a word of complaint. You can relax and spend the day watching Lifetime movies or whatever it is that floats your boat. Meanwhile, I'll keep your wineglass full, polish your toenails, massage your calf muscles and keep my mouth shut. And I'll be sure to wipe off any drool that may fall on your shoes as I ogle your legs.

So come on already, Amy. Dump the guy you're with and come on over. I could even cook up some of those little quiche appatizer things you chicks like.

Oh, and for the record... When someone compares you in that short black dress, dark hose and spiky heels to (dressed like a) lesbo (anyway) Jenna Wolfe in her sensible green sweater it should make NBC's decision so frigging obvious that not even a network exec could screw it up.

A Word to the Wise Should Be Sufficient

Friends don't let friends buy HP.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Stark and Unpleasant Truths

Andrew C. McCarthy on Benazir Bhutto on National Review Online

Like I said the other day, I don't really have much to say about the death of Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan is a mess. Pakistan has been a mess. Pakistan is going to be a mess. I never had any great hope from Bhutto or any other figure. The military and the intelligence services are the only semi-effective forces in Pakistan.

Anyway, this article brings the reality of Pakistan into clear focus. This is a failed state that is not our friend. We have no genuine "friends" in the Islamic world. And don't talk to me about Kuwait, don't talk to me about Jordan... These are states that need us because they would otherwise be at the mercy of powerful neighbors.

Now, I understand the axiom that states have interests, not friends. To be honest, that is just as true for the American relationships with Canada and Britain as it is anywhere else in the world. Still, at least with the countries of Europe and with Japan we have shared values and shared interests that go beyond simple security.

Anyway, it is long past time that we start to develop a new sort of relationship with the Islamic states. They understand that it is a mercenary relationship and we need to as well.

Idealism is a peculiarly American weakness.

Old Home Week

So they were celebrating Matt Lauer's 50th birthday today on the Today Show. Willard Scott was there, partially for that reason but also because he was filling in for Al Roker, along with Lauer's golfing buddy, Bryant Gumble.

It was a pleasant piece of nostalgia for the days when the Today Show didn't really annoy me on a daily basis.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Word To The Wise

I just took a look at a terrific conservative blog called formykountry. If you like the political aspects of The MediaBlog then you will definitely enjoy this one. I think we are pretty much on the same page as far as politics is concerned.

The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com has some great, fairly lighthearted posts on serious, conservative issues that are in the news and the talk of the blogosphere on any given day. For example, this one spends a little time on the lengths to which Senator "Dirty" Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have gone in an attempt to vilify popular conservative national radio host Rush Limbaugh. formykountry.com takes pretty much the same tack on that subject that I would: Rush is exercising his rights, he is popular with his audience (much more popular, in fact, than the Democrat Congress is at this point) and that what he says on the radio each and every day is a pretty accurate reflection of where a huge number of Americans are on any given issue. Instead of wasting their time and ours by batting around Rush Limbaugh, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of their ilk should focus on doing the work that the American people sent them there to do.

Anyway, this is a great blog that I think you will enjoy. Take a few moments and check it out. I really think you will like it

Merry Christmas, Kalamazoo!

Yes, friends, it's time for one of those Larry-King-stream-of-conscious posts that you all know and love. Well, know anyway. Christmas is a rough time for us here at MediaBlog HQ... We go into the electronic wilderness at the in-laws. No phone, no lights, no motorcar... Figuratively speaking, at least. Anyhoo, what that means for me is that the voices in my head have no outlet. What it means for you is a few days of relative peace. Consider it my Christmas gift to you, dear reader.

But Christmas is over, baby, so stand by for blog!

-So let me get this straight... The Poobahs @ Time Magazine had narrowed it down to the autocrat of a second tier power that is held together by the secret police and high oil prices (Putin), the author of Satanic children's books (Rowling) or the commanding general of American forces who have turned the corner in the central military struggle of our time (Petraeus). Naturally, they chose the autocrat. Is it rally that painful for them to give our troops and their field commander just a little bit of credit? I mean for the love of God, Vladamir Putin? Yeah, the turn toward authoritarianism in Russia is a story. It's even a somewhat important story... Though I would argue that authoritarianism to one degree or another is the natural state in Russia and it isn't all that surprising that the country has returned to baseline... I would also argue that the turn to authoritarian quasi-democracy has been going on for years and that 2007 was no different from 2006... Whatever. No serious person takes Time's Man Person of the Year seriously.

-Christmas with the in-laws... Where to begin? I'm tired of odd relatives. I'm tired of paying for stuff. I'm tired of uncomfortable beds. I'm tired of hauling people around. Merry Frigging Christmas to you too.

-Pricks who default on their Prosper loans should be hung by their thumbs.

-the Hearty Boys on the Food Channel make Paula Deen's boys look like NFL linemen

-I really have very little to say about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan is a fake country with a fake government. I expect nothing but disaster from the whole place. All of us might be a hell of a lot better off if India could pull off a successful first strike that left the place a glowing desert. Well, all of us except for the Pakistanis, of course.

-We've already told you that whether The Golden Compass God-hating drivel or not, we'd gladly bend the knee to Nicole Kidman in gold lamee. That being said, I think there is a legitimate concern by parents that a movie that is billed as family fare will lead their kids down a path that is contrary to the value system they are trying to share with their children. That being said, I don't know that a sign outside a transmission shop warning parents about the film is going to be effective. I also think my fellow right-wing Christian nutjobs sometimes are so focused on tactics that they forget strategy. The movie tanked. The last thing you want to do is put the name in the minds of people driving by. Just my $0.02

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Katherine McPhee Golden Globes Picture


Okay, we get the globes part... But golden? I'm not seeing it.

The MediaBlog Explains It All (Again)

Yes, friends, it's that time again. We read our visitor logs and answer your questions as discerned from what you typed into a search engine to get here. We here at The MediaBlog consider ourselves to be operating in the public trust and that's why it's important that we always continue our efforts to serve...

Aw who are we kidding? We're just praying that if we blog about what's popular the Google Gods will give us a little bit of Page Rank love. For no apparent reason they through us (and A LOT of other bloggers) into the crapper a little while back. The bastards giveth, the bastards taketh away... Screw the bastards.

Ahem... Anyhoo... This time around we will start off with your queries re: our favorite news Amazon, (she's 6' 3" you know), the Foxiest of the Foxies: Laurie Dhue.

And awayyy we go!

--We don't know whether Laurie Dhue has had plastic surgery. We are inclined to believe that only God and not the surgeon's knife could create such perfection. However, your theology may vary.

--Our understanding is that, yes, Laurie is divorced. At least, that's what IMDB.com tells us. We know nothing about the man that she kicked to the curb. Not even his name. My guess is that he realized his life wasn't worth living anymore and offed himself. That's just a guess, mind you, but it's what I would have done in his place.

--We don't know if Laurie Dhue is engaged. We hope that she's not because as long as she is on the market, hope springs enternal (if feebly... very feebly).

Okay, and now for something completely different...

--We're not sure what Amish people think of Black people. To be honest, we have a feeling they don't spend a lot of time on the subject. Them barn raisings is exhausting.

--We don't know what hippies eat. We suspect it comes from a dumpster, however.

--You don't want to see a nude picture of Arlene Martel (T'Pring). At least, you don't want to see a recent nude picture of Arlene Martel. The years have not been kind. Trust us on this. Please. And if you do happen to find one, you may find out that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.

--Surprisingly enough, Jason Priestley is not homosexual. I know! I was shocked, too! Turns out he's married. In fact, he's been married twice. To women!

--Jenna Wolfe, on the other hand... We honestly don't know if she's gay. Our guess would be, yes, but that's not really based on much of anything other than our gaydar which is anything but foolproof... As the whole Jason Priestley thing should have just established.

--Okay, we tried to warn you off the whole Arlene Martel nudie pics thing but would you listen? No, you still have to find out for yourself, don't you? You just won't let it rest. Fine. Here's a taste of what you'll get if you are successful in your quest:



There. Happy? Maybe next time you'll listen.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

No Explanation Is Needed

This Is What I'm Talking About

Fred & The Silly Hat (Flopping Aces)

The Fred Thompson fanatic who commented on my earlier post this evening pointed me at this article. It's about a piece on the Politico today about Fred Thompson on the campaign trail.

Yeah, the article is a bit of a hit-piece, but there's more than a little truth to it. Yeah, Thompson was probably smart not to let himself be photographed wearing a "silly" hat. Still, the impression of Fred the article provides is that he's just not that interested in campaigning. My judgment is that is a pretty accurate assessment.

And, you know, I can understand that. Campaigning is about being poked and prodded and made to dance like a monkey. It's a degrading experience for bright people. I mean, you spend your morning at a pancake breakfast, your afternoon at the Buttcrack County Fair and your evening begging for money. And the next day you do the same damn thing. And the next day. And the next day. You have to question the sanity of the people who put themselves through that.

Still, a campaign is what it is, and if you're not willing to pay the price then you shouldn't waste your time (or ours). I don't buy the argument that Fred Thompson is lazy. I just think he has the sort of personality that won't let him eat a spoonful of shit and smile like it's chocolate pudding. I can respect that without thinking it's a particularly effective strategy. Fred's place in the polls shows that it isn't effective at all.

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Another One Bites The Dust

Here we go again, folks. I've already narrowed the field for you. Last time we dumped the small fry and took out budding first tier member, the Battling Baptist, the Hick from Hope (no, the other one) Mike Huckabee.

This time around, we're going to painfully cut the cord and say goodbye to the most promising and most disappointing of the 2008 Republican candidates. As it is with so much of life, the fantasy was better than the reality.

Good-bye, Fred Thompson. We're -yawn- sorry to see -yawn- you go.

This one is more difficult, as I said. Thompson speaks the language of federalism convincingly. He has an acerbic wit and a limited tolerance for bullshit. All of those are endearing qualities in a nominee. The problem is that Thompson just never really panned out. He is dull on the stump and seems to be only half-heartedly interested in the whole thing.

So, who are we left with?
-Rudy Giuliani
-Mitt Romney
-John McCain

Stay tuned, folks. I'm going to do my best to narrow it down to one by Iowa.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mazel Tov!


Campbell Brown Welcomes Eli James Senor

Yeah, we've spent a lot of time lately talking about Amy Robach. Still, we haven't forgotten our first love!

Congratulations, Campbell!

Monday, December 17, 2007

One Note Andy: Maybe Buggery Causes Dementia

What else could explain it?

One Note Andy Sullivan has made his picks for 2008: Barack Obama and Ron Paul.

Um... Okay, where to begin? We can either have a lightweight whose chief qualification is skin deep or an unrealistic radical who wants the entire nation to run back to bed and pull the covers over its head.

I have said before, over on the other blog, that all One Note Andy really cares about is finding people who will endorse his perversion. Of course, any of the Dems are game for that. As far as Dr. Paul is concerned, I guess the whole libertarian thing reassures One Note. That's fine. Whatever. Personally, I don't think sending the world to hell in a handbasket is a fair trade for a little kinky sex.

But maybe that's just me.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

You Ask, We Deliver!


You ask for Amy Robach in brown boots, you get Amy Robach in brown boots!

Prosecute Me! Prosecute Me!





I've said it before... If anyone ever sends me up the river for 15 to life, I hope it's Kimberly Guilfoyle. Yowza!

A Clarification

A little while back I started narrowing down the Republican field. I plan to continue to do so until I have arrived at an official MediaBlog endorsement. Hopefully, I will be able to make my recommendation before Iowa. That is my goal.

At any rate, I want to make one thing absolutely clear:

With a single exception, ANY of the Republican contenders is preferable to ANY of the Democrat candidates. So, unless the party selects Rep. Paul, I plan to vote for the Republican nominee in the general election, whoever that nominee ultimately turns out to be.

Want To Read Something Stupid?

The White House's Super Christian Christmas Card - Politics on The Huffington Post

Yeah, I know... Huffington Post and stupid are pretty much synonymous. I mean, HuffPo is where the original "black people are eating each other" article came out post-Katrina.

Still, today's dose of idiocy comes from Ba Ba Wa Wa via the HuffPo. Seems Babs got her White House Christmas card and noticed how religious it was. The most religious White House Christmas card in her memory, or so they say. It has a Bible verse on it. An Old Testament Bible verse at that. I guess I can't argue with the statement that Bible verses are religious. I do think it's idiotic of Babs to even comment on the fact that a Christmas... Sorry... Holiday card is religious. I mean, other than the people who "honor" the phony, made up "holiday" called Kwanzaa, all of the holidays we honor this time of year are religious. Seems like kind of a no-brainer that a Christmas (or Hanukkah) card would be religious. Still, whatever. It's Babs. It's on The View. What do I expect?

No, the real stupidity comes from the idiot who wrote the post from the HuffPo and, even more, from the idiots who comment on the post. Idiot #1's headline is "The White House's Super Christian Christmas Card." Okay, first of all, it's an Old Testament verse (as even he acknowledges) and it never mentions the name of Jesus or even that it is Christmas. As always, it is a "Holiday" card... It says little and means less. Still, to the idiot Libs like those who write the HuffPo, if you quote the Bible (Old or New Testament) then it must be Christian.

And the comments get even weirder. Oh well, whatever. It does make for interesting/annoying/laughable reading.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

In The Spirit of the Season



Take that, Potter!

NBC ran It's a Wonderful Life last night. Can't get through Christmas without watching that one and, of course, A Christmas Story. Still, sometimes the sweetness puts you in a diabetic coma and you just need to see Potter get his.

This is for those times.

Another Reason to Hate Jenna Wolfe

Like we needed another one, right? No, this probably isn't her fault, actually. Blame the writers at NBC News and, more generally, the Al-Gore-is-God enviro-mindset that has taken hold at the Peacock network. Of course, it might have something to do with the money-grubbing corporate enviro-whores of General Electric.

Anyhoo... This morning Jenna's newsbriefs included a story on the United Nation winter vacation in Bali. To wit:

"Progress at the UN Climate conference in Indonesia as a plan to negotiate a new climate pact, which determines how severe the consequences of global warming will be, was adopted."

So, it's not longer a question of whether there is global warming, it's no longer a question of whether global warming is caused by man, it's not a question of whether there's still time to prevent the consequences of global warming and it's not even a question of whether the consequences will be severe. GE/NBC has taken us all the way to worrying about HOW severe the consequences will be.

Got to love the profit-inspired alarmism. Network pinheads.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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CNN Doesn't Heart Huckabee

Poll: Huckabee would lose to top Democrats by double digits - CNN.com

Slow news day, apparently. CNN came out with a poll that said that if the election were held today we would all be very surprised... No, scratch that, it said that all of the Democrat first tier would beat Huckabee by double digits.

After that breathless and excited lead, it goes on to say that the Dem troika would also beat Giuliani and Romney, but that McCain might possibly just maybe hold his own.

Sure, fine, whatever. Here's why I think this poll is not only irrelevant (all polls are irrelevant a year ahead of the election when we don't even know who the candidates will be), but also genuinely laughable:

In every single matchup against Republicans, the Dem who runs best is... Wait for it... John Edwards!

Yep, CNN's poll thinks the Shyster is the toughest of the Dem candidates. They show him getting 60% of the vote to Huckabee's 35%. The margins against other Republicans are also solid if not that dramatic.

Does anyone other than John Edwards himself (and maybe Elizabeth Edwards) actually think that he could get 60% of the vote?

Monday, December 10, 2007

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

This Is A Fox Moron Alert

2 dead in Colo. shootings 65 miles apart - Yahoo! News

Fox News is just about unwatchable on Sunday afternoons. Yeah, Courtney Friel is attractive, but Julie Banderas is a frigging moron. I don't care if she's hot, she's an idiot.

Anyhoo, today part of their "coverage" of the shootings in Colorado included some commentator who made the asinine comment about how ironic it was that the person responsible for this might be charged with a hate crime when it was churches like this that opposed expanding hate crimes legislation to cover gays, etc.

I have to admit that CNN did a much better job of covering this story this afternoon. Instead of talking about it and offering uninformed commentary, they actually stuck with what was happening.

Newsflash to Fox... Dump this new format on the weekends. It sucks.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Counteroffers

Morning Ratings: For Another $10,000, Ann Curry Wont Use the Bungee Cord - TV Decoder - Media & Television - New York Times Blog

Yeah, that's great. Idiot Ann at the end of a rubber band. Sounds swell.

Hows about this instead. $12000 for Amy Robach to take her top off? Or $8000 for Natalie Morales to bend over in a short skirt.

I know what you're thinking, Today Show. What do you think I am?

Well, we already know what you are, now we're just negotiating the price.

Uncle Walt Tries To Lose Us Another One

Crooks and Liars - Walter Cronkite: Our Troops Must Leave Iraq

Go back to sleep, Walt. Or turn back out to sea. Whatever it is you do to fill the days. You never thought that retirement would last this long, did you? It must be hard to outlive your ego. The days when the Voice of God anchorman could tell us what to think are so over.

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Timing Is Everything

Huckabee wanted to isolate AIDS patients - Yahoo! News

You know, we just got through saying that Huckabee isn't on our short list. He still isn't, but this story from the AP reeks.

In response to a questionnaire he completed when running for the Senate in 1992, Mike Huckabee advocated quarantines for people with HIV and questioned whether it was appropriate to increase federal funding for AIDS research disproportionate to the death toll from the disease relative to other conditions.

I happen to agree with the later and am willing to give him a pass on the former since 1992 was a lifetime ago as far as the public perception of AIDS and HIV are concerned. In other words, LOTS of people were frightened enough to advocate the very same thing.

Anyway, here's my problem with the story. The questionnaire that Huckabee completed. The questionnaire that the AP is only now bringing to light. That questionnaire was given to him by... Wait for it... The Associated Press.

Am I the only one who thinks there is something, well, shitty about holding a story like this until Huckabee is on the upswing and then bringing it out to smack him down? Yeah, I know that's how journalism works. For the professional media, poltics is a game of Wack a Mole writ large. Raise them up and smack them down, raise them up and smack them down.

Look, it's a valid story and Huckabee should respond to it. Of course, one might also ask about the other 228 questions that Huckabee answered, but whatever. My point is that the professional media turns this into a game. I do not believe that the AP only now found this questionnaire. It was in the Huckabee file for 15 years and they waited until now to bring it out.

This reeks of hubris and I know that I'm just a quiet little blogger who talks about TV and newsbabes as much or more than I talk about politics. Still, I have to say it:

J'accuse, Andrew DeMillo. J'accuse!

Narrowing the Field

I just got through saying that I probably won't be selecting a candidate for awhile. That being said, I do feel as though I should provide my Iowa and New Hampshire readers with a little guidance. I mean, you rely on me to tell you how to think. If I just leave you completely to your own devices, what sort of benevolent despot am I?

So, with that in mind, I am going to narrow the field a bit by telling you who I definitely will not be voting for. Now, that should be enough for you, but because I'm feeling especially generous this morning, I'm also going to tell you a bit about why I'm crossing these names off the list.

So, I give you the jury of the damned!

Tom Tancredo - Who? Seriously. Who? No, I know who he is. He doesn't have a prayer and I'm not going to give my heart to someone who will only hurt me in the end. Electability isn't the end all be all of things, but it's a factor. Besides, he's a one issue candidate. The Fence. I get it. A plank isn't a platform.

Duncan Hunter - Again. Who? This guy isn't an Alan Keyes longshot, but he and Tancredo are almost in that category (though without the stench of desperation that Alan carries). He's not a serious candidate. Personally, I think he's running for SecDef... And he might make a good one.

Alan Keyes - He's running? Of course he's running. He's always running. Sorry, Alan.

Ron Paul - God love Dr. Paul. He's interesting. A lot of what he says actually makes sense to me. A lot of what he says also strikes me as borderline insane. That's not a good mix for a winning candidate. No, insane is too strong of a word. Dr. Paul is obviously a very smart man. He obviously takes the Constitution as it is written seriously. He's just about the last national politician who does. He deserves credit for that. Still, it ain't happening, Doc.


Okay, no real surprises, right? Okay, then how about this!

Mike Huckabee - Yep, we're not going with our Southern Baptist brother. We don't like his history of raising taxes, we don't like his "Christian Leader" commercial. We don't like how he's been playing coy with the Christian right about Romney. We don't like how he's a Johnny-come-lately on immigration. We don't like the populism masquerading as conservatism. And, frankly, we're not inclined to trust Arkansas again quite this soon.


Okay, there's a little guidance for you, Iowa. Caucus away!

She Like Sucks

Over on my other blog we have been providing pretty much wall to wall coverage of the ongoing network cat fight between Amy Robach and Jenna Wolfe. Long story short... When Campbell Brown left Weekend Today, Amy Robach took her place. This went on for months but it was never official that she was the permanent replacement. About three weeks ago, Amy suddenly disappeared from the Sunday show and was replaced with Jenna Wolfe. Nothing was said about the change. This pattern has continued for a month or so with Amy on Saturdays and Jenna on Sundays.

Now, we here at The MediaBlog Industries are partisans of Miss Robach. She's a former beauty queen for crikey's sake (can you ever be a former beauty queen?). Jenna Wolfe, on the other hand, sneers and makes weird comments. She also says "like" every third word. Now, I'm as much of a Gen-Xer as the next guy (well, barely, but even so), but that is annoying as hell from a news anchor.

Anyhoo... Just an update. You can find out a lot more by visiting The MediaBlog Original Recipe.

Be Thankful for Mistakes

“As an amateur student of constitutional history and as a member of Congress, I have come to the conclusion that the Senate was a historic mistake,” said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the No. 4 Democrat.

The Washington Post had an interesting little article on our do-nothing Democrat Congress. More particularly, it focused on the gridlocked Senate (where dreams go to die).

I’m sure Rahm isn’t the first Congressman to wish the bilateral symmetry of the Capitol hadn’t been such a high architectural priority. For conservatives though, the fact that the Senate is the place where comprehensive plans and ambitious agenda whither should be a source of unmitigated joy. Well, perhaps not entirely unmitigated since in the past we have had our own roadblocks thrown up in the path of our pursuit of glory.

Still, as an amateur student of constitutional history and as a citizen of the United States, I have come to the conclusion that the Founding Fathers were no fools.

On "The Speech"

We’re a little late to the table, but better late than never.

I have not yet selected a candidate. In fact, I probably will not do so until we get closer to the Florida primary (since there isn’t much point in backing someone who may not even be in the race when you could actually cast a vote). That being said, Mitt Romney’s stock went way up with me. The Speech, whether you feel he should have had to give it or not, was masterful. Well-written and well-delivered.

I will say that I do believe there is a place for considering the religious faith of a candidate when making a decision. Yes, the Constitution forbids a religious test for office, but that is a prohibition against a legal requirement, not on the conscience of the voter along with his ballot. I think it is reasonable to say that certain religious beliefs, if honestly held, are so at variance with the nature of our society as to place a candidate outside the bounds of the public square. Where that boundary is will vary from voter to voter. For myself it is important that a candidates religion provides him with a sense of morality that is consistent with American culture. In other words, I don't care if he keeps kosher or lays off the coffee, but if he thinks it's okay to smack a couple of his wives we're going to have a problem.

As for the other teapot tempest this speech generated… Romney’s supposed lack of inclusiveness (the cardinal and perhaps only sin of our era) toward the faithless among us… I could say that the touchy Republican atheist demographic probably won’t be decisive in the 2008 primary contest. I could also say that people need to get over the belief that they have the right not to be offended. Why would I waste my time though? The supposed outrage doesn’t extend beyond the newsroom doors.

So, a good speech. We will see if it was enough.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

She Can Steal My Identity Anytime!






Yeah, I know... Serious crime. Innocent victims. I get it.

We're not here for that sort of thing though. All we care about is that girlfriend is way too hot to be hanging with her goofy looking partner in crime.

Look me up when you get out, baby! Yowza!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Not Another Necktie

Ready for that new necktie? Or how about some lovely socks? Or maybe you are more the pots and pans type. Oh Lord... Not a mop?

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

God, Shmod

Religious furor over 'The Golden Compass' - Los Angeles Times



Sure it's atheist propganda. Still, I for one would just as soon bend the knee for Nicole Kidman in gold lamee as for some old dude with a beard in flowing white robes. Yeah, I know. After all He's done for me. What can I say? Color me fickle.

Sorry, Big Guy.

The MediaBlog: Headline of the Day

Tallahassee Democrat - Man pulls out knife, demands chicken

Your chicken or your life!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Apparently We Have No Other Problems

Lawmakers Consider School Food Limits - New York Times

We must not, anyway, if The Greatest Deliberative Body in the World (HEE HEE HEE HEE) can waste its time and our money on figuring out what kids in Buttscratch, Nebraska are going to have on their lunch trays at school.

Where does this end? I'm serious. When do we reach the point when people say that enough is enough? Or do we never reach it? Do people just honestly not give a damn? I think it's probably the latter and that terrifies me.

What Is Thy Bidding, My Master?

TV Anchor Babes

We here at The MediaBlog love our newsbabes. Lord knows we do. We try to provide all the hotness that's fit to post.

Anyhoo, we also know when we've been beaten and, friends, we have been beaten. The TV Anchor Babes blog has this topic covered from the top of their blonde heads to the heels of their Jimmy Choos... This one has it all.

Not that we'll stop doing out little bit around here, of course.

Erin, We Could Forgive You for Anything

Hot Air � Blog Archive � That was fast: Erin Burnett apologizes for calling Bush a monkey



I wondered why a couple of people got here after searching for Erin Burnett and monkey. I thought it was a futile search for simian/journo-porn. I'm sort of relieved, actually.

What A Swell Guy

Shocked Leno staffers fired as strike drags on - Yahoo! News

You know, I've never bought into the whole what-a-nice-guy Jay Leno thing. That was always the talk, of course. That he was just a really great guy, doggone it.

Tell that to the staffers who are now on government cheese after Big Jay told them everything would be just peachy keen.

Now, I'm not saying that he needs to be paying these people out of his own pocket... Although, that's exactly what Conan is doing and, I think maybe, Letterman.

Still, if you actually read Bill Carter's excellent book "The Late Shift" then I think you come away with the feeling that Jay isn't so much swell as... Well... A bit of a pussy.

I doubt that was what Carter was trying to say, but that's how he comes across. He tells people what they want to hear. I think he may even believe it when he says it. But he also believes what he tells the next group. And the one after that. You get the feeling that this guy doesn't have a real clear idea of who he is. He wants to be liked. That's about as far as he goes.

Just a thought.

The AP's Glen Johnson Drank the Kool Aid

Analysis: Clinton calm in hostage crisis - Yahoo! News

When I saw that CNN was giving this "hostage crisis" the full wall to wall last night with Albino Cooper, I knew where this was going. This morning's "analysis" by Glen Johnson of the AP confirmed it.

Mr. Johnson's opening paragraph:

When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

The rest of the article is in a similar vein. Mrs. Bill on the phone with the governor, working the crisis. Mrs. Bill dealing with everyone from the local dog catcher to the chief of police. Mrs. Bill donning body armor and negotiating personally with the loon.

Well, I added that last part, but I'm suprised Glen didn't try to slip it in. The whole piece is about how calm and cool Mrs. Bill was in a crisis. How presidential she was.

I think I'm going to puke.

Come on folks. This was hardly a test of presidential mettle. A loon went into a field office for the Clinton campaign. He had a fake bomb on his chest and he took a few hostages. The matter was resolved a number of hours later by the local authorities without any loss of life.

That's the story, friends. We don't need analysis. We don't need live remotes from network prettyboys. It's not a big story. Obviously terrifying for the handful of people involved. Obviously well handled by the local authorities. Still, it tells us nothing about Mrs. Bill's ability to pilot the ship of state.

I don't blame Mrs. Bill and her minions for trying to make hay from it. That's the name of the game. What I think is pathetic is the degree to which the media was willing to bend over and spread 'em for her.

Pathetic, but not surprising.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Seek... You Won't Find

See, here's the thing.

I understand the whole hornyness thing. God knows I do. Yeah, I'm a boring married guy now, but if you prick us... Um... Poor choice of words. Anyhoo, I get that guys like pictures of ta-tas. No exception here, friend.

Still, I like to think that I have a sense of reality. I mean, I've got a pretty good idea of what's out there and what's not. Want ta-ta shots of... I don't know... Carmen Electra? Yeah, you're probably going to find those.

Erin Burnett on the other hand...

Look, I am just as enamored of the Money Honey 2.0 as the next guy, but I really don't think you're going to find those topless shots of her online. Given my traffic logs, I know you were looking. I don't question your taste, just your intelligence.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Little Help Along the Way

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We Get the Government We Deserve

Far be it from me to criticize participatory democracy.

Okay, maybe not so far. Personally, I think God every day that we live in a republic, not a democracy. The mob is only interested in stealing what you've worked for.

Anyhoo... CNN and YouTube are running their Republican debate tonight. Shmucks with webcams get to ask questions of the candidates. Fine. Whatever. Here's my problem... Leaving aside questions from animated snowmen, we also have idiots like the one in CNN's radio commercial who opens with the following intelligent and respectful repost:

"Hey McCain... Nice suit, babe."

Prick.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Am I A Cheapskate?

So the Today Show (Cheers - Amy Robach on a weekday... Jeers - wearing pants) did a piece in their fourth (oh God) hour this morning about tipping pretty much everyone who enters your field of vision. Hairdressers, child care provider, milkman, gardener.

Am I the only one who doesn't pass out $20s like they are water? I mean, I tip waiters and waitresses, but I'm not sticking a few bills in the mailbox for the guy in the gray shorts and pith helmet. For one thing, unlike servers, these people are actually paid a wage. And, of course, there's the whole thing about it seeming like I'm trying to bribe a federal employee.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Fighting the Pain



That's my Uncle Glen. He might not look like it these days, but when he was younger he was a pretty decent football player. At least, that's what my family tells me. His glory days came and went back when I was but a twinkle in my old man's eye. Still, even with the shine that time gives to memory, I think his old stories are mostly true. No, he wasn't a pro. He didn't even go to one of the big football schools. Still, he played ball in high school and college. He was pretty darn good and he had a great time doing it.

His playing days are long gone, of course, but he is still paying the price. Nothing catastrophic, of course, but he wrenched his back pretty badly his last year in college and there are still times when it bothers him. Sometimes when he has strained it in the garden or working around the house and sometimes it's just out of the blue. He wakes up and there is the pain.

Glen uses a lot of things to treat the pain. One thing he hasn't tried yet (but should) is Freeze It Gel. Freeze It is a great way to deal with the pain and discomfort all of us feel sometimes. Rub it in and it goes to work immediately... Easing the pain from sore muscles, muscle sprains and muscular strains. It works on back, shoulder and neck pain or anywhere else you ache.

I'm going to give Glen a tube of Freeze It but even though one tube of this treatment will go a long way, it won't last forever. If Glen had a year's supply of Freeze It Gel he would never have to stop doing the things he loves because of the pain.

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A Word to the Wise Should Be Sufficient

Not that you would ever do anything like rip a DVD. No. Certainly not. Definitely not the sort of thing an honest, decent person like you does. Me neither, of course.

Still, if you were the sort of person who wanted to do that kind of thing, then you might want to try using a program called FairUse Wizard. It's very easy to use. Pretty much a one-click solution.

Or so I've heard anyway. I wouldn't no myself. No. Of course not.

The Tidy Bowl Man and That Chick Who Says "You're Soaking In It" Are Next

The Associated Press: Actor Who Played Mr. Whipple Dies

Squeeze um if you got um.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Let it Snow!

So I went to my mailbox yesterday and found a big white padded envelope from a company called Izea. What's this? Back inside and ripped it open.

Turns out it had a small collection of really cool novelties. My package contained a total of three items. There was a scented pencil (orange), a package of colorful candles and a little pack of Insta Snow Fake Snow Powder.

Now, I could have tried any of them out, but it was the last that really intrigued me so I went straight to it. Just add water the instructions said. Okay, sounds simple. I poured the white powder out in a big bowl and added a little over a cup of water. For a second or two there was nothing. Then... Woosh! The tablespoon or so of white powder expanded to about 100 times it's original size. Voila! Instant snow.

I don't really know what this stuff is, but it is very cool. You could probably do some fun joking around with it, but the big use I can see for it is decorating the house for Christmas. The stuff is non-toxic so why not sprinkle it around the tree? Maybe even on the porch. Where I live, this is the closest I am going to get to snow so I might as well make the most of it.

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Here We Go Again

Okay, I guess we have our answer.

Last weekend we had Amy Robach on Saturday and this annoying twit Jenna Wolfe on Sunday. Apparently that's how it is going to be going forward. At least for now.

NBC has never formally announced that Amy was the permanent co-anchor of the program. Their website only lists Lester Holt. I'm guessing that they are either planning on continuing the split duty or they are "field testing" both of them to see which one is better received.

We here at The MediaBlog have already made our choice:

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Damned Thieving Monkeys

Thieving monkeys 'out of control' in northeast India - Yahoo! News

This is one of those articles that brings up as many questions as it answers. To wit:

-Just what level of thieving monkey activity would you consider to be "under control? Really, isn't one monkey breaking into your house and taking your stuff bad enough?

-Apparently the monkeys are not content with stealing, they are also "slapping women who try to chase them." Now, isn't that really the bigger issue? I mean, maybe we can tolerate a little simian petty theft in the interest of inter-species harmony, but when they start with the slapping... Well, I for one say that the damned dirty apes need to keep their stinking paws off our womenfolk.

-Apparently, the regional government has formed a committee to investigate the problem. Proving yet again that democracy just doesn't work. How much study does something like this require? Ape steals, ape dies. QED. Next?

-Finally, putting on my Glenn Beck tin foil hat for a moment, I think we need to consider the possibility that this may be more than petty theft and a little bitch slapping. I mean, the article says that last month the monkeys murdered the deputy mayor of Dehli. Think about this for a second. A targeted assassination of a member of the Indian political leadership? Don't blame me when you wake up to see the red flag of simian revolution flying over India. A Socialist Banana Republic:



And what does India have? That's right. They've got nukes. Nuclear-armed monkeys. It could happen, friends.

Sometimes The Little Things Make Me Feel Better

Ten, twelve years ago Dean Cain was trim, playing Superman and dating Gabrielle Reece. Now he's cubby, the victim du jour on CSI: Miami and not dating Gabby.

Ah...

A Little Help for the Holidays

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I Guess The Challenge Was Too Much For Him

Tallahassee Democrat - Body Found in Abandoned Shack at Tom Brown Park

The body is of a 30-year-old man who appears to be "residentially challenged," spokesman David McCranie said. The man's name is being withheld until relatives are notified.

Residentially challenged? The man's dead, do we have to patronize him as well?

Found!


After a week of fear, Amy Robach returned to her rightful throne on the set of Weekend Today. The perfidious usurper, Jenna Wolfe, was consigned to the anchor desk where she could sneer and make odd, annoying comments.

Still, while we can rest easy today, the question remains: who will be there tomorrow?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Buh Bye

The Final Post . . . (The Colossus)

Geez... And I thought I was self-important.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Flash Those Pearly Whites



I don't have the greatest teeth in the world.

No, I'm not some sort of hideous, saber toothed monster. My teeth look good, they just sometimes don't feel so great. I have sensitive teeth. Sometimes... Most of the time in fact... They don't cause me any problems. Once in awhile, however, and for no apparent reason, they start to bother me. Hot coffee, cold ice cream, crunchy snacks, chewing a steak... It can be just about anything. When my teeth are bothering me, just eating and drinking is a real ordeal.

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Broken Records

Here's the thing about Dave Ramsey.

Yeah, he gives some solid financial advice. The problem is that he gives the SAME financial advice over and over and over again. Repetition may be a great form of teaching, but it quickly turns into a lousy form of radio. How many times can one man say "beans and rice, rice and beans" in two hours?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Leg Up

You can't live their life for them.

Face it, your kids are going to have to get through life on their own. Much as you want to protect them, much as you want to shelter and shield them from all the problems and difficulties that life has in store for each and every one of us, the fact is that the chicks have to leave the nest and fly.

What you can do is make sure that they are ready to soar when the time comes. The best way to do that is to make sure they get a great education. One of the ways you can help to guarantee that is by helping them over the hurdles. When they come up against a wall they can't quite get over on their own, get them the help they need. Get them to a Score Learning Center. Score knows how to help your kids live up to the potential you know they have.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

An Encyclical From Pope Howard I

Dean says Jews can go to heaven - Mike Allen - Politico.com

All of my readers who are members of The Tribe can relax. Turns out that the keys of the Kingdom aren't in St. Peter's hands after all. Instead, they are comfortably resting in Howard Dean's hip pocket.

It appears that the Democrat platform in 2008 will include that theological truth... Right there alongside the endorsements of infanticide and sodomy.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Concrete Floors

What's your garage floor look like?

I've got a new house (less than three years old) and already the floor doesn't look so great. Well, the portion of the floor that isn't covered in boxes anyway. Most of that is my fault. I've let oil drop from my mower. There are a couple of cracks too. It isn't a mess by any means but it could look better.

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Maybe the Cold Got To Ann's Brain

We have a long history around here of questioning the intellectual capability of The Today Show's Ann Curry. Today, further evidence of her declining mental state. To wit:

"I have wondered if I am Black."

A Riddle Inside A Mystery Inside an Enigma From a Blackberry

****THE MEDIABLOG EXCLUSIVE***

And now, as part of our continuing coverage of Missing Beauty: The Disappearance of Amy Robach...

The MediaBlog can announce that we are now the only media outlet to make direct contact with Ms. Robach. Apparently she has her Blackberry with her... Wherever she is. In response to an inquiry from The MediaBlog, we received the following response from a person claiming to be Ms. Robach:

"I'll be back next Saturday."

Five words... Six words... Four words and a contraction... However you quantify it, this was the extent of the response that Ms. Robach was able to send. While clear on its surface, this response leaves open as many questions as it answers:

-Is Ms. Robach now only going to be hosting the Saturday edition of Weekend Today?

So, as we said, as many questions left open (1) as answered (1).

Stay tuned to The MediaBlog for continuing coverage of Missing Beauty: The Disappearance of Amy Robach. We now return you to our previously scheduled program already in progress.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The MediaBlog Explains It All: Special Laurie Dhue Edition

We don't know if Laurie is engaged.
We don't know if Laurie is divorced.
We don't know if Laurie has had plastic surgery.

We do know that we would gladly give ourselves over to the pagan lusts of this Amazon she-beast. All she has to do is pick up the telephone.

How I Know Al Gore's Planetary Emergency Is Over

The guys on Football Night in America turned the lights back on so everything must be okay now.

Unless NBC was running some sort of stunt last week, but that couldn't possibly be true. Could it?

Is It Time To Move On?

Yes, we continue to worry about the disappearance of Amy Robach, but we have to start asking ourselves if it is time to move on. I mean, it's been almost 12 hours. We may have to start facing facts. There is so much hotness out there, it is wrong to spend all our time focusing on the (possibly) lost hotness of Amy Robach, isn't it?

I mean, look at Courtney Friel over at Fox News today:



Wait! No, dammit! We're not going to give up on Amy yet! We know you're out there Courtney... I mean Amy! We know you're out there and we won't give up until we find you. We won't be distracted by white blouses with plunging... Um... Huh? Where was I? Amy! That's right! We're still looking, Amy! Hang on!

I Thought They Called It Middle School These Days

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Where My Mind Is Right Now

I'm having impure thoughts about that hot blonde bride in the Secret Clinical Strength commercials.

Have You Seen These Legs This Woman

They always say that in any missing person case, the most important thing is to get a picture of the missing person out to the media as quickly as possible. What I now do, I do in the interest of public safety and for no other reason. Really. I swear.






Problem Solved

Color Me Badd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So I'm indulging in a little early 90s nostalgia by watching a couple of back to back episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 on SoapNet.

Episode One has Brenda traumatized after she was robbed at gunpoint at The Peach Pit. Thankfully, after sixty minutes, one counseling session and a police lineup, she was able to get past her trauma and the entire event behind her. In fact, she never mentioned it again.

Episode Deux moves on to some far more important topics. Strippers who are working their way through graduate school (you know... Like at Duke) and sneaking in to hotels to see the 90s group Color Me Badd. Kelly... Donna... One of the blonde girls manages to make it to the suite and sit down with the group. They talk about the trials and perils of fame... The crowds, the loss of privacy... The horrors.

That problem wasn't resolved in an hour, but I think we can say that they are no longer troubled by the throng.

2 + 2 = Um...

I'm not all that great at math.

Let's just be honest. For a lot of us, the last time we did math more complex than balancing our checkbook was a long, long time ago.

One of these days the bloglet is going to need help with her math homework. Now, I'm pretty confident that I can help her with a lot of it. Still, if she runs into trouble that I can't deal with, I am NOT going to let her struggle. I am going to make sure that she gets the help she needs.

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Woah! Woah! Woah! Woah!

So I tune into Weekend Today...

Where the frack is Amy Robach? Who the crap is Jenna Wolfe? What does NBC think I am, their whore? They can't just trifle with my affections like this. Amy Robach yesterday, this Jenna tramp today. I need to know what to expect each morning. I need to know:

1. Whether I'm going to be able to lust after someone and
B. Who that someone will be

I've said before that Amy is colder than Campbell Brown was, but she's undeniably hot. This Jenna person isn't. Not in my book anyway.

Is this temporary? They didn't say anything about Jenna filling in for Amy. They even had her name in the credits. Does this mean we're going to get Amy on Saturdays and Jenna on Sundays? Does it mean that yesterday was Amy's last day on Weekend Today?

Don't leave us in the dark, you bastards! My nether regions need information!!!

-sob-

Goodbye, Amy (if this is goodbye), we hardly knew ye.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Breathe, Man! Breathe!

Winona Ryder to Play Spock's Mother in "Star Trek"

You know, I'm really trying to give J.J. Abrams the benefit of the doubt on all this. I mean, I thought the Battlestar Galactica reload would be a fracking disaster (A chick as Starbuck? Come on!). I had that completely wrong so maybe I should reserve judgment on this one.

Still, every time stuff like this comes out I start to hyperventilate.

Tipgate

Daily Kos: Clinton campaign lied about tip

When even Lefty blogs are criticizing her, you know that the Hillary Clinton campaign is a little off the rails right now. Yeah, this is one of those campaign stories that really don't mean very much. Still, like the fiasco with the illegal alien driver's licenses, it shows a campaign that is prone to mistakes... Probably because a sense of inevitability has taken over.

Pride goeth, Hillary. Pride goeth.

Happy Birthday!


And thank you.

Friday, November 09, 2007

I Wonder If She Was A Katrina Evacuee?

Substitute Teacher's Lessons Enrage Parents - Education News Story - WMAQ | Chicago

So a substitute teacher in the Houston, Texas school district is going around telling kids that sugar is cocaine, Burger King food has hormones in it that will kill you and, of course, toothpaste contains rat poison.

Houston's tough-minded response? Tell her not to do it again.

Yeah, that'll show her. What does it take to get fired from the Houston Independent School District? Hell, fired? She's a sub for God's sake? Stop calling her. Surely to God there is someone on the sub list who hasn't been hitting the crack pipe quite that hard.

Taking Good Care

Someday we are going to beat Alzheimer's Disease. This terrible scourge has robbed too many people of their spouses, their grandparents and friends. With all the work being done, however, and with all the promising research and leads it is only a matter of time until Alzheimer's Disease is a thing of the past.

While we all wait, hope and pray for the success of the research, the fact of the matter is that people with Alzheimer's are suffering today. They and their families need your help if they are going to receive the quality care they so desperately require. You may not work in a medical treatment facility, but that does not mean that you cannot play a part in helping to ensure that Alzheimer's sufferers receive great care.

By visiting the Alzheimer's Foundation of America eStore, you can purchase a great holiday gift. All of the proceeds from your purchase will go toward the Alzheimer's Foundation's efforts to ensure that people with Alzheimers never go without good care. Can you imagine having a spouse, a parent or any other family member with this disease? For many of us, we don't have to imagine because we have gone through it. But imagine if you were constantly afraid that they would not get the sort of care they need and deserve. That would just be unbearable. Good care makes all the difference and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America works to make sure it is available to all in need.

As we get close to the Holidays, this is a great time to do your part. Either by making a purchase at the Foundation's eStore or by simply making a donation. We really start thinking more about family at this time of the year. Isn't it worth just a little bit to make sure that some other family won't spend the Holiday's worrying about their loved one?

Find out more information and do your part by clicking on either of the links above.





T-Minus One Week And Counting

The Philips Phile Video Blogs

So Jack has started doing a video blog of the Phile. For the most part, it's a daily (or nearly so) recap of show prep. It seems like the only member of the Phile who is genuinely enthused about it is Jack and he's the guy behind the camera. Yeah, it's mostly people staring at computer monitors and eating lunch. Still, it's like driving past a car accident: you have to look.

Still, given Jim's:
a) tendency toward crotchetyness
b) tendency to be excited by something and then completely lose interest


...my guess is that the camera will be in the drawer inside of a week.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Maybe I'll Do A Little Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita

An Evangelical Rethink on Divorce? - Yahoo! News

I always like it when secular publications try to throw their two cents in on theological issues about which they know absolutely nothing.

This week it's Time Magazine which somehow manages to divine a new Evangelical attitude on divorce based on one controversial article in Christianity Today.

Long story short, CT article suggests that there are more Biblical justifications for divorce than those commonly cited. Using this as a jumping off point, Time goes on to explore traditional Evangelican thought and attitudes toward divorce using as its baseline some preconceived notion of how the high collar, judgemental conservative Christians that are much more common in the imaginings of Time writers than in actual churches react to it. Whew... Long sentence...

Anyhoo, it goes on to say that most Evangelicals have a sort of pragmatic attitude toward divorce since it is so common, even in their own ranks, and instead draw the line at remarriage. Why, many remarried couples even find themselves denied church membership.

I would love to find these "many" couples that are being turned away from church because they are remarried. I really would. I don't think they exist. Oh, I'm sure there are a few somewhere. Some little podunk church at the back end of Possum Holler that also insists the men's hair be less than 3/4 of an inch long and women's hair has to reach the floor. They are not representative of anything in the larger Evangelical movement. My own church is filled with the remarried. I never believe articles that talk about "many" this or "some" that or "several" these. Unless you can give me numbers, I ain't buying it.

Monday, November 05, 2007

The MediaBlog Explains It All

We're back, friends. Yes, it's the ever-popular The MediaBlog Explains It All, wherein we answer you questions as deduced from our traffic log. You typed something in Google to get here. As it turns out, you probably didn't find what you were looking for, but we'll make it right... And away we go!

-The United States electoral college consists of 538 electors: 435 (one for each congressional district), + 100 (two for each state) + 3 (District of Columbia)... There now you can finish your 7th grade research paper.

-We don't know if Laurie Dhue is bisexual. But we can hope. (Yes, I made the same joke about Megyn Kendall... The classics work in any situation.)

-We don't know if Laurie Dhue is divorced. Frankly, we don't think it's that important since we are perfectly willing to be her sex toy with no strings attached.

-New York has 31 electoral votes... Aren't you done with that paper yet?

-How many times do we have to tell you? We know nothing about Jeff Probst's penis... Nor do we want to.

-Nor do we know anything about the German Pain Olympics. Of course, if there is a Pain Olympics, it makes sense that it would take place in Germany. Still, while it is logical, we can neither confirm nor deny its existence.

Pencils Down

Writers strike sends shows into reruns - Yahoo! News

I have only one memory of the last writers strike:

Hal Gurney's Network Time Killers

The Bitch Is Back?

Rosie O’Donnell in Talks to Join MSNBC - New York Times

Isn't Olbermann bad enough? Why does NBC/Universal want to piss in the face of the American people?

Nudie Books

Groups attack military store sex mags - UPI.com

There are two ways to look at this. One is that the military is clearly disobeying the law by selling Playboy at the PX. The law banning porn from military stores defines it as material "the dominant theme of which depicts or describes nudity." If that ain't Playboy, I don't know how else to describe it.

The other way to look at it is that if guys who are getting shot at want to buy a nudie book, I'm inclined to look the other way.

So, in other words... And I say this as an arch-Right Wing Conservative Christian... Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association can go pound sand.*

And by "pound sand", of course I mean "go fuck themselves."

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Boo!

You may have noticed that this year we did not mock Ann Curry for her Halloween costume. There is a reason for this.

Ann Curry wasn't there for Halloween. I guess she was thawing out from her sojourn in Antarctica or something. Whatever the reason, there's no fun in mocking the rest of the crew.

Yeah, I could talk about how the Lily Munster makeup made Meredith look like she is 85. I could say that I'm not positive whether seeing Natalie Morales dressed up as Eddie Munster is hot or creepy.

My heart's just not in it though. If I can't call Ann Curry an idiot, why bother?

Yowza

Why not a little more blogporn tonight?

You know, sometimes Nicole Kidman doesn't look so great. She's too thin, I think maybe she's had a little work done that didn't quite... Well... Work. Yes, sometimes she doesn't look so great.

This is not one of those times:

If Not Hillary Then Who?

There seems to be a general consensus that Hillary Clinton stumbled in the recent debate. Her handling of the driver's licenses for illegals was lousy and her rivals were very quick to jump on it.

It is much too early to be giving the Clinton campaign the last rites. Just the opposite, actually. She has been and she remains the prohibitive favorite for the Democrat nomination.

Still, now that the giant has shown a bit of weakness, the question must be asked... If Hillary slips, who among her rivals really has a chance to step up?

You can say what you like about the Republican field. It may not inspire everyone, but there are at least four credible candidates. Arguably even five. Can an objective observer say the same thing about the Democrats?

If not Hillary then who?

Obviously, if Hillary is out of the picture then the only remaining options among the declared Democrat candidates are Obama and Edwards... Lightweights both. Of course, the three hundred pound gorilla in the room is Al Gore, but one thinks that his moment has passed. Or, if it hasn't, it will very, very soon. There just will not be enough time left.

By putting so many of their eggs in one basket... And a brittle basket she is... The Democrats are playing with fire.