Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Coming Clean

Biden Fields Questions About '08 Rivals

Joe Biden is a horse's ass. However, we find ourselves warming to the horse's ass.

No, we won't be voting for him. First, because he's a Democrat. Second, because he is (as we said) a horse's ass) Third, because we're not sure the roots from all those plugs may not have burrowed into his brain.

All that being said, if only for today, we find ourselves liking the man. Rush and Sean had a lot of fun with his comments about Obama being "clean" but does anyone honestly think that's a racist statement? He's not saying other Black people are dirty. He just means that Obama is a clean-cut, handsome guy. It's sort of a dismissive way of saying that he's just a pretty face. It's just not that big a deal.

We here at The MediaBlog are always fans of the underdog. Hell, once upon a time we even voted for Paul Tsongas. So Joe's okay in our book.

Besides... He looks DAMN presidential:

Intelligent Design

No, this post is not about how life arose. It is about how the ordinary can be extraordinary!

This link to a design book will let you look at hundred of unique and creative items. Everything from tableware to airplanes is featured in this fascinating work. Certainly, form follows function, but function can also be enhanced by a design that is creative and pleasing to the eyes. The book discussed at the link above celebrates that fact.

Tuvix

Some years ago... Probably ten... I was involved in a heated discussion of the sort you're only going to find on USENET. No, not Imperial Star Destroyer vs. Starship Enterprise... There's geek and then there's loser geek. I've always tried to remain the former. No, it was a discussion of the Star Trek: Voyager episode entitled Tuvix.

A brief summary. As a result of a transporter accident, Tuvok and Neelix are fused into a new entity which takes the name Tuvix. He possesses the memories of both but he is a new, distinct individual. He is perfectly healthy and can remain as he is without any difficulty. Unfortunately for him, Captain Janeway isn't willing to let him do that. When the Doctor discovers a way to reverse the process, Janeway decides to proceed even though the cost will be Tuvix's life. Tuvix is unwilling to die and so Janeway has him escorted by security to the sickbay where she performs the procedure herself since the doctor is unwilling to take Tuvix's life against his will. In the end, Neelix and Tuvok are restored and Tuvix is no more. Janeway is obviously disturbed by what she has chosen to do, but she has done it and doesn't really seem to regret it.

At the time, I was VERY disturbed by this episode and in watching it again (thank you Spike) I am no less disturbed. There is really no justification for what Janeway does. It isn't as if the new composite entity can't survive (sort of a reverse The Enemy Within) and it is never suggested that the survival of the ship depends on the restoration of Tuvok and Neelix. Basically, Janeway decides to kill one person in order to save two. In some ways, Tuvix is criticized for his unwillingness to die for this purpose. Essentially, he seems to be treated as a coward because he does not choose to die.

Watch this episode if you get the chance. Very disturbing.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The MediaBlog Line of the Day

"It is illogical for a society to kill its own children."

Tuvok
USS Voyager, NCC 74656
(Innocence - 1996)

Monday, January 29, 2007

A Little Humor

Everyone can use a laugh at the end of a long, hard day. Particularly a Monday. Jokeroo has hundreds of funny videos that can brighten your day. Need a laugh? Check them out at the link above. And remember... Saturday will be here soon. Just have to make it through the rest of the week. Let Jokeroo help.



Going Overboard

Was 9/11 really that bad?

If you follow conservative talk radio... And is there any other kind? You don't need me to give you much background on the article referenced above. Johns Hopkins university history professor questions whether we may possibly be making 9/11 out to be just a little worse than it actually was. Long story short, the premise of the article is that not every attack is an existential threat to the existence of the United States/Western Civilization/the human race.

Naturally, Rush Limbaugh ran with this today, arguing that it was just another example of the Liberal eagerness to lose this war.

To be perfectly honest, I've lost interest in Rush. In my opinion, he is not a serious representative of the conservative movement. I know... Color me One Note Andy. Like him, I'm setting myself up as the arbiter of who is and is not conservative. Except that I'm not. Rush is certainly conservative, he's just not a serious voice in the movement anymore. The reason why he isn't is that he is reflexive in his response to any issue. "We" are always right, "they" are always wrong. It's all part of a conspiracy, a plot, a plan to ruin us. Now, I agree that the Democrats are not strong enough on defense, not strong enough on fighting this necessary war to its necessary finish. That being said, Rush is far too quick to find disloyalty and weakness in places where, honestly, it just doesn't exist.

Anyway, back to the article... Dr. Bell's premise is that 9/11 and our struggle against terror does not represent the existential threat to our existence that World War II did. He is right. The threat posed by the terrorists is not so much a present one. It's a potential threat. It is the fear, a valid fear I would contend, that eventually the hatred of our enemies will be married to weapons (chemical, biological or nuclear) that will inflict a wound on the United States that will force us to become the type of country we have never had to be before. When the smoke clears after terrorists have managed to set off a dirty bomb in Manhattan or spread smallpox across the country, America will not be the nation we have known. The reason to treat this as a war (the Bush doctrine) as opposed to a criminal enterprise (the Clinton doctrine) is that the potential stakes are so very high.

All of that being said, Dr. Bell is clearly correct that at this point we are not engaged with a direct existential threat. Where he is wrong is in his unwillingness or inability to recognize that we fight to prevent an existential threat from arising in the future. This time we are trying to defeat Nazism in 1935 rather than 1945. That foresight is the reason why the casualty counts are low and the sacrifices small.

Still, and I know I'm wandering, Rush's shallow characterizations do not do him credit.

Tax Time!

You know, I can honestly say that I hate paying taxes. I really do. Yeah, I know... Taxes are the price of civilization and all that rot. Whatever. Still, I really don't like seeing money that I worked for going to the government. That said, I also don't like the idea of being sent to federal prison so, like a good little boy, I pay my taxes every year. I complain, but I pay.

After actually having to part with the money, the second worst thing about doing your taxes is the hassle of having to do them yourself. The IRS doesn't make it easy. Now, you can always go to an accountant or a tax preparer but that can get very pricey. I am already mad about sending money to the government, so why would I want to make matters worse by paying an accountant? I suppose some people have taxes that are so complicated that an accountant is really the only option. My tax situation is somewhere in the middle. Way too complicated to fill out three lines on a 1040EZ but not so complicated that I need to seek out a professional. For a lot of us, a better option is tax software and eSmart tax software is a great way to get your taxes done... Fast, easy and accurate.

One of the great things about eSmart is that it works for everyone. What do I mean? eSmart is Spanish Tax Software. Yes, it works in English as well but it also provides an option for Spanish-speaking folks. Does the IRS provide Spanish-language tax forms? I honestly don't know. To be truthful, I'm not so sure the IRS even provides English-language tax forms. They are way too difficult, I think. Anyway... Quick, simple, accurate and inexpensive. eSmart pricing starts at only $7.95

You can find out more at the link above. But hurry... April 15th will be here before you know it!

The Chickens Ain't THAT Crazy

Okay, here's the thing... When I see people standing on the corner wearing a chicken costume, I don't suddenly feel like eating chicken. What I feel is:

1. Pity for the poor, minimum wage slacker who is stuck wearing a chicken costume on a Los Angeles freeway as the sun beats down on their faux-feather covered body.

2. Contempt for the business owner who thinks I'm stupid enough to give a crap about said slacker in the chicken costume.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal

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Ah The Jesuits...

Pioneering Rev. Robert Drinan dies at 86

I'm sure it's very wrong to speak ill of the dead. Still, since the man obviously had neither a wife nor children, I'm going to go ahead and say what I think about the recently departed.

Father Drinan served in the US House of Representatives for ten years, all the while wearing his clerical robes and collar. Along with some very respectable positions on human rights, he was also an advocate of abortion rights. Using the typical liberal cop-out of being "personally opposed" to abortion, the good reverend was more than willing to grease the slides for those who felt like sending their babies into the incinerator.

That being said, I will leave the ultimate judgement of the man's soul in far more capable hands than my own. I will, however, ask one question of the late reverend's immortal soul:

While you were so busy representing the good people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while you were working so hard to guarantee the right of women to commit "virtual infanticide" (your words, sir), how many souls did you win to Christ?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Wings of Mercy

You know, there are some services you would just as soon not have to use. That being said, you are awfully glad they are there when you really need them. An air ambulance is just that sort of service.

No one wants to imagine a medical emergency. Not for themselves and not for a family member. Still, when your life is in danger, the speed and safety of transport by an air ambulance can literally be a life saver.

Aerocare specializes in providing this sort of service to patients in need. Whether it is a life-threatening condition or a more routine medical transport, Aerocare is a worldwide leader in this sort of service. They provide safe, secure and reliable medical transport. Trained and caring medical personnel will do their very best to make sure that you make your journey in safety and with the sort of speed that matters most when every single second counts.

Along with top notch medical personnel, they also have a versatile fleet of well equipped aircraft. Each has all the needed equipment and supplies to meet a variety of medical emergencies that might arise during your flight.

Again, this is not the sort of service anyone wants to use. If the day comes that you do need it, however, Aerocare will be there to make sure you arrive safe and sound.

The Pressure of Being Hillary Clinton

It's hard being Hillary Clinton.

No, we're not talking about having to deal with Bubba's wandering eye. We all know that the sexual/emotional component of the Clinton marriage died a long, long time ago. No, the hard thing about being Hillary Clinton is that you have a reputation to live up to.

I want to ask you a question. Think long and hard before you answer:

Can you conceive of even the possibility of Hillary Clinton losing?

Despite what I said the other day about her not getting the nomination (and intellectually I still believe this), at an emotional level I can't imagine what a Clinton defeat would look like. Bubba won so regularly, so consistently, and with such ease that it's hard to picture a Clinton defeat. Yes, he lost a governor's race a long time ago, but that's outside the national memory.

I don't know. This may not make much sense. Still, I just can't picture what a Hillary Clinton defeat will look like. That is both her strength and her weakness: she only gets one shot. After she loses, the mystique is broken and can't be re-created.

I Am Your Sister's Cousin's Boyfriend's Evil Twin... And I Have Amnesia!

Ah soap operas... Such drama... Or, at least, such melodrama. Whatever you may think of soap operas, a lot of people take them VERY seriously. If you miss a day of your favorite, you miss a lot.

Soaps.com is a great way to keep up with your favorite Soap Opera. This is a very slick, extremely well-designed website for all the soap fans out there. You get news on your favorite shows, updates on what you might have missed and message boards where you can chat with fellow fans. It really is one-stop-shopping for the soap opera fan.

The only thing that might make it better would be if they would add sections for some of the evening dramas. Other than that though, it's a great site.

Those Bloodthirsty Methodist Bastards!

One of the cool things about being in the House of Representatives (or, better yet, your state legislature) is that you can pretty much say whatever crazy shit comes into your mouth pretty much without any consequences. Why? Because you really don't have any power. Your true importance doesn't extend beyond the confines of your own mind.

That's why a guy like Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) can advocate the use of nuclear weapons against Syria a full two years ago and not even make the national press for doing so. Now, the fact that an entire church full of Methodists applauded him for doing so is a little scary, but even so. I wouldn't have been all that surprised if my fellow Southern Baptists had done so... Everyone knows what huge assholes we are... But Methodys?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Sometimes You Need a Little Money

Sometimes all of us struggle a little with money. I mean, it's rough when the bills keep coming in but you know you won't be getting a paycheck for another couple of weeks. In a situation like this, sometimes a payday loan is your only real option. Is it ideal? Probably not, but we don't always live in an ideal world.
Payday cash Advance Loans can provide you with a way out in a time of trouble. It's a personal loan to tide you over for a week or two. You may think you can't get a loan but you probably can. This is an unsecured personal loan. In other words, you don't need collateral. You also don't need a great credit score. A bad credit personal loan is an option if you fit that category.

Like I said, this is nobody's first choice. Still, it's always nice to have options during a rough time.

Monday, January 22, 2007

7th Heaven: The Answer Bitch

You know, T-Bone... I'm no Dr. Ruth but I'm not sure that you want to take your sexual problems to the family dog. Nor do I think you have to confess the fact that you're a bastard to the dog. I mean, dogs aren't known for their strict morality... Or, for that matter, for their sexual knowledge. They hump legs. They aren't all that discriminating sexually.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Wireless Madness!

It is really hard to pick a cell phone plan. There are so many choices and sometimes it is hard to get all the information you need to make a good choice. Which phone? Which provider? Which plan? It's enough to make your head spin! Thankfully, there are sites like Wirefly that can take the stress out of choosing by giving you the information you need.

If you are in the market for Verizon cell phone deals Wirefly needs to be your first stop. They will provide you with all the choices, all the options, and you will make a choice with confidence, knowing that you are getting the best deal out there.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Doomed From Day One

Sam Brownback Joins Presidential Field

Okay, Sam Brownback never had a snowball's chance anyway. Still, how politically tone deaf do you have to be to announce for President on the same day that Hillary Clinton does? You're going to get ZERO coverage. This was Brownback's one chance to have a little airtime of his own. Now it's gone.

Stuff For Your Crib

I'll be honest, I hate shopping for furniture. If it were up to me, we would probably still have the stuff I used during college. Thankfully, Mrs. MediaBlog actually has taste. I usually leave that sort of thing to her and I am seldom disappointed with the results.

The next time we need something for the house, I'm going to ask her to take a loot at GreatPricesFurniture.com They have a great selection of furniture from a variety of different manufacturers. Everything from dining room tables to beds plus a whole lot more. It is sort of a one stop shopping center for any and all of your furniture needs.

Captain Horndog

So I'm watching a little Star Trek on the TiVo. It's the episode "Is There In Truth No Beauty" with guest star Diana Muldaur as Dr. Miranda Jones. Not the greatest episode but anyhoo...

The years since have not been especially kind to Diana Muldaur but at that time she was quite the hottie. The men of the Enterprise were not unmoved by her charms. Early in the episode, the senior officers are entertaining Dr. Jones and her besotted but rejected male companion. They are offering toasts to her. Now, we all expect Captain Horndog to try to get inside her sensor net. What's surprising is how intent Dr. McCoy seems to be on doing precisely the same thing. Apparently they don't issue saltpeter in the Star Fleet pharmacopoeia.

And while we're at it... For a guy who fought at D-Day, Scotty lets Dr. Jones' cuckold pound the hell out of him.

And while we're still at it... Does anyone really think that the name "Larry" will survive into the 23rd century? It's sort of a pussy name even now if you ask me (and you didn't).

Hillary Who?

And so it begins...

Hillary Clinton announces her plans. You've got to love how she's still running from Bubba like he's the plague though.

Not Hillary Rodham Clinton... Too in your face my-body-my-choice.
Not Hillary Clinton... Too not-him-again.
Just Hillary.

Well, Mrs. Clinton, we here at The MediaBlog aren't going to let you get away with that. Consider it a form of Old World courtesy if you like. We haven't been formally introduced so we would never dream of taking the liberty of calling you by your first name. You will remain Mrs. Clinton to us. If you want to be rid of Bubba's baggage you're going to have to formally kick him to the curb. Until and unless, a Clinton you are and a Clinton you shall remain.

Anyway, Mrs. Clinton's entry means this thing starts in earnest. I've got to say that I'm not thrilled with any of the choices on either side of the aisle. Oh, I'll vote for the Republican, that doesn't even enter into question. Still, is there anyone out there who really excites anyone who isn't just a complete political hack?

Let's handicap a little, shall we? Democrats today, Republicans another time:

Mrs. Clinton - yeah, she's the front runner based on name recognition and the ability to raise money. Still, she's got baggage as she herself seems to recognize based on her seeming lack of a surname. My very hasty judgement is that she will not get the nomination.

The Great Black Hope - all icing and no cake, this one. He's a personable, sort non-threatening Black man. He might make a decent VP candidate. In fact, I think that if he can remain at all credible throughout the primary season the Democrat nominee may not have any choice other than to make him their running mate. The Black interest within the party would require it.

The Shyster (or, as Rush calls him, The Breck Girl) - Uh, no... He's got nothing going for him. He got in early but Mrs. Clinton and the GBH will suck all the wind out of him. He brought very little as the VP nominee last time around and he'll bring even less to the table this time.

and then there are the undeclared Democrats:

Al Gore (so dull he doesn't even get a nickname) - honestly, I think he'll be the nominee. Wait, wait... Hear me out. He's got a lot of support in the party, he's kept his name in the public eye with his silly movie. Oh, and there's the fact that he actually got more votes in 2000. Makes a strong case, doesn't it? Yeah, he has a little Clinton baggage himself, but after a couple of months of pounding on Mrs. Clinton that will be a memory.

Lurch - hee hee hee hee

I'm not even going to get into the small-fry. Ballsack or whatever his name is. Richardson. Barring complete self-destruction it will be one of the people I've listed above. My money is on Big Al.

Watch Out Wiki!

There's a new game in town.

The link below is to an article on a new and rather interesting encyclopedia-type site. They're organized alphabetically. It may not be quite as comprehensive as Wikipedia right now, but there is a lot of good information on there. For example, I found an article on the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the tank-killer aircraft made famous during the Gulf War. Here is a direct link to that article, but there are a whole lot of others.

Well worth a look.

Friday, January 19, 2007

The MediaBlog Line of the Day

"Please don't feed the Muscovy ducks."

Eric Eggers
The Morning Show
WFLA 100.7

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Brother Can You Spare A Dime?

One of the interesting new trends in online financial services is P2P lending. P2p, of course, is peer-to-peer. You may have heard of some of the companies that are doing this, bringing buyers and lenders together. One of the newer entrants to this field is FYGO. FYGO's twist is that instead of pairing up complete strangers, they provide a way to let people who know each other well handle this sort of transaction in a business-like manner. Friends, co-workers, family... FYGO is an easy way to arrange this sort of transaction, setting the terms of the loan according to your preferences.

Go to FYGO to find out more about what they offer.



Wednesday, January 17, 2007

And The Line Of The Night Is...

"Simon can kiss my ass because I do not look like a monkey."

American Idol 6

You know, the current meme is that this season of American Idol is more cruel than previous years. I really do think there is a measure of truth in that. I mean, the judges have always been harsh, but this year they (Simon in particular) just seem to be ruthless. Not just ruthless about the performances, but about appearance. Obviously, they've always mocked fat people, but some of it is just senselessly gratuitous. IMHO, anway.

Hooked On The Junk

As you may (or may not) know, The MediaBlog recently welcomed the birth of the Bloglet. Now, she's just a little one right now but it's never too early to start thinking about some of the issues we will face as a family when she gets a little older. One of those issues is drugs.

Obviously, all parents hope that their children never get involved with drugs. More importantly, good parents do more than hope, they work to prevent this sort of trouble from visiting them. Sometimes, however, not even the best parenting is enough.

If your teenager is involved with drugs you need to find them help. Echo Malibu provides teen drug rehab services that can help. It's important to seek help and Echo Malibu may be the right option for you and your family.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My Only Comments On American Idol 6: Episode One

The 16 year old kid whose mom was proud of him...
1. Awful zit
2. Very gay

And the line of the night:
"Juggling is just what I do for fun, it's not my life."

Socialized Medicine Claims Another Victim

Castro Surgery Seems To Have Been Botched: Experts

And while we're on the subject of good ol' Fidel:

Dear Diary,
Today that dreamy Hugo stopped by to see me. I think he likes me!
XXX OOO

Fidel Chavez
Fidel Castro-Chavez
Mrs. Hugo Chavez

Maybe I can get Danny Ortega to find out if he really likes me!

Can You Hear Me Now?

You know, we are fast approaching the day when you may not even need a laptop computer. Cell phones do more and more each day. Even though the hype may be a little overblown, the iPhone is proof of that. As they add more and more features and capabilities to cellular telephones they cease to be just a voice device and become much more of a information and entertainment device.

Wirefly has posted a list of their top 10 cell phones of 2006. As you might expect if you follow cell phone developments, the RAZR features very prominently. A friend of mine has one of these and they are something. So thin it's hard to believe. Of course, once you've seen the forthcoming iPhone everything else does begin to look a little, well, old fashioned.

Now, my personal cell phone provider is Verizon. Unfortunately, they are not going to be offering the iPhone to their subscribers. At least, not initially. Still, by clicking on one of the links above you can find out a great deal more about all the different cell phone options out there. Media, music, GPS and entertainment services, web-browsing... Oh, and you can talk on them too!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Sweet Jesus, Make It Stop

Dear Sweet God, why do You let this go on???

Do I really need to watch two pothead homeless bitches debate friggin Darfur? Meanwhile the tard twins...

Watching 7th Heaven is like drinking a warm glass of diarrhea.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I'm Going To Be Sick

Watching Desperate Housewives on the Tivo. ABC runs a commercial for some sort of softball piece they're going to be doing on Good Morning America tomorrow about women in Congress. Typical aren't-the-Democrats-great BS. Their tagline?

"So many women, so much power."

The liberal media wankfest continues.

Saving Money

I shop at Amazon A LOT. They have everything. The prices are decent. Best of all, you don't have to spend all day hunting what you want. Point, click and it shows up on your doorstep. What could be better?

How about a little price protection?

Amazon is constantly changing their prices. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Now, I suppose you can try to watch prices and time your purchases but do you really want to waste that kind of time? I don't. One of the little known features of Amazon is that if they drop the price on a product you purchased within the last 30 days they will refund the difference to you. All you have to do is ask. The problem is keeping track of the products to see if they drop the price. That's where Amazing Refund or Amazing Refund UK can help you.

It's very simple. You enter the product you purchased and they do the rest. If the price drops within 30 days, they let you know so you can claim your refund. It's really that simple.

Live Blogging The Apprentice: LA

Well, not exactly live... I'm about 18 minutes behind on the Tivo buffer.

Anyhoo, I'm no graduate of the Wharton School but my business sense tells me that anyone who lets a gay man design men's swim suits is a friggin idiot. I would be shot dead (and rightly so) if I walked down the beach wearing that heathen monstrosity. I don't care if they win or not, that thing is disgusting.

Oh, and for the record, The Donald has the palest feet I've ever seen in my life. He's like some kind of albino. And that Indian dude looks like he just got out of a concentration camp. He weighs like 6 pounds.

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

You know, the digital era is great. You can download video, music... No more trips to the rental place, no more racks of CDs. Everything is on your computer. Just one problem... There are so many different formats and it seems like what works in one device won't work in another.

What you need is simple, effective, easy to use conversion software that will let you convert your media to whatever format you need. That's where the Digital Media Converter is exactly what you are looking for. In a few easy steps you can turn MPEG into WMV, DVD to SVCD and a whole lot of other acronyms. It's a regular alphabet soup isn't it? Seriously though, this little piece of software will go a long way toward sorting out the problems.

Children of Men: A MediaBlog Non-Sequitur Review

Children of Men (2006)

Set in Britain during the mid-21st Century, Children of Men is a distopian story of a world cast into chaos when humans lose the ability to have children. It is a profound statement on the human condition and the importance of cherishing our future.

At least, I think it is. To be honest, I'm not sure what it's about for one or more of the following reasons:

I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND A WORD ANYONE SAID!!!



Everyone in the entire movie has such a thick accent that it is completely impossible to figure out what is going on from one minute to the next. It's all pretty awful, the visuals tell you that, but as for the rest... I don't have a clue. What isn't heavily accented is mumbled. I mean, I know it's the apocalypse and all, but would it have killed these people to annunciate a little?

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Beautiful Black Sea

I have to admit... When I think of beautiful vacation spots, Bulgaria is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. In a way though, that is for the best. In some ways, Eastern Europe has been untouched by the commercialism of Western tourist destinations. The very fact that it is off the beaten path means a place like Bulgaria can still afford natural, beautiful scenery without a McDonalds on every corner.

If you're interested in finding out more about cheap bulgarian property all you have to do is click on this link. Bulgaria is a beautiful country on the Black Sea. It's worth learning more about.

Is That You, Steve?

According to the logs, someone found their way here by typing the following into Google:

Bobby Bowden, cheat, liar, bastard

Welcome, Coach Spurrier!*

*Yeah, I know he's not with the Gators anymore... We Noles hold onto a grudge.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Peace Of Mind

You know, when you've got a family you naturally worry. Since the Bloglet came along I worry a lot more than I did when it was just me and the Mrs. You've got responsibilities to these folks. It's your job to keep them safe. One way you can help to do that is with ADT Home Security Systems.

A security system really does provide me with peace of mind. When I leave the house I know that I've left my family in good hands. ADT monitoring means that in an emergency, Mrs. MediaBlog and the Bloglet will be able to get help at a moment's notice.

It's impossible to be completely safe in this day and age, but ADT Home Security Systems are an important tool for helping to make sure your property and, much more important, your family are protected.

And The Oscar For Irony Goes To...

Report: U.S. Troops Raid Iranian Consulate in Iraq

U.S. troops raided an Iranian consulate in northern Iraq late Wednesday night and detained several people, Iran's main news agency reported today, prompting protests from Tehran just hours after President Bush pledged to crack down on the Islamic Republic's role in Iraqi violence.
Am I the only one who thinks it's hee-freaking-larious that Iran would be angry to have one of their diplomatic missions assaulted and several of it's diplomatic personnel taken? Kind of like France being offended by someone else's rudeness and arrogance.

Get The Word Out

Everybody knows that big companies have long since established that the Internet is a vital marketing resource. Your customers are online and if you want to reach them, you need to be there too. The problem, of course, is that creating an internet marketing strategy requires expertise. For that you need to turn to a professional. That's where True Presence comes in.

Learn more about TruePresence

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Pulling Numbers Out of Your Ass

Since Dubya's speech last night there has been a lot of number-crunching in the blogosphere and among the chattering class. Too few, too many... 20000, 40000, 50000, 100000... The armchair generals have come out in force to quibble with the number of troops being deployed in "the surge."

General One Note Andy, for instance, states as an absolute certainty that "a minimum of 50,000 new troops" are what is required. Now I, for one, had no idea that in between games of butt bongo, One Note had found time to become a student of the military arts. Who knew?

We here at The MediaBlog, unlike many of our pajama-clad brothers, recognize our own limitations. We know what we're good at and what we're not. Snarky comments about reality TV? Oh yeah, all over that. Establishing the proper force level for a military deployment? No so much.

Seriously, I think it is pretty obvious that more troops are required. They were probably required from the beginning and the failure to recognize this is one of the mistakes to which Dubya alluded and for which he accepted responsibility. Mistakes happen in war. Always have, always will.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Expanding Your Vision

It is a little late for Christmas, but a pair of binoculars makes a great gift. Not just for hunters or birdwatchers. Binoculars can come in handy for all sorts of uses. If you are looking for a great binocular store then you don't need to go any farther than Eagle Optics. They offer a full selection of binoculars for every need and something to fit any and every budget. You can check them out at either of the links located above. They offer more than just binoculars also... Tripods and night vision gear plus a whole lot more. Anything and everything optical.



Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Who Needs Mom and Pop Anyway?

You know, one of the big things among Walmart critics is the argument that you should support local merchants. My response is: why?

I'll give you a for instance. We have a local used book store around here that advertises on the radio station I listen to. I decided to check them out today for the first time. Now, leaving aside that almost their entire stock consisted of warn out paperback novels, here's my problem: They don't have a clue how to price their stock!

Newsflash! If a book would sell brand new for a $16.95 retail price then you can't sell it used for $13.45 no matter how good its condition. I mean, that's not a bargain. If you're going to take the time and trouble to go to a used bookstore, you expect it to offer real bargains. Otherwise you might as well just go to Borders... Or, better yet, Amazon!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Counting the Money

Remember when you first got the idea for your small business? You knew it was your chance to be your own boss... To get out there and give it a go on your own. You would lay awake at night dreaming of how exciting it would be... Keeping books, managing payroll... Spending all weekend sorting through receipts trying to find the missing transactions that would make things balance...

Wait... What's wrong with this picture?

You didn't start your business to do books and payroll. You started your business to provide your special product, your unique service, as only you can. Sure, the minutiae of running a business goes with the territory, but it isn't what you really want, am I right? You want to focus on growing the business, not paperwork.

That's where an outside vendor that can provide such services as small business payroll can really come in handy. Let them handle the details so you can focus on what really matters.

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On The Sanctity of Borders

Blood Borders: How A Better Middle East Would Look

One of our pet conceits around here is the idea that the World War 1 settlement was an unmitigated disaster. The arbitrary borders drawn by Britain and France has produced a century of bloodshed in Eastern Europe, in Africa and in the Middle East.

Obviously, there's little point in crying over spilt milk (or blood for that matter). However, the refusal to clean up the mess is another matter. The dogged, unimaginative devotion of the so-called realists to the sanctity of borders represents a refusal to correct the mistakes of the past. Instead, those who suffer under borders they did not create are essentially told to make the best of it. Rather than meekly do so, they lash out... At each other and at us.

It was the realists who were terrified of the breakup of the Soviet Union, who feared the consequences of a reunified Germany, who campaigned to save a unified Yugoslavia and who now refuse to consider the idea of a dismantled Iraq.

The article above presents a hypothetical, idealized map of a Middle East based on self-determination. Is it possible? No, not in detail. As a principle, however, it makes abundant good sense.

Effective, logical borders reflect the facts on the ground. If that requires the displacement of populations then the short term pain is more than balanced by the long term stability. To be blunt, "ethnic cleansing" has gotten a bad name in recent years. It is an established historical process. We're not speaking of genocide or pogroms. We're merely suggesting that in general it makes more sense to create nations out of largely homogenous groups living in a given territory than it does to attempt to create a nation out of a disperate group of people who are lumped together by fiat.

Contrary to any modern notions of diversity, people want to live with others like them. It's just a fact.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Don't End Up On The Couch

You know, the stores start putting out Valentine's Day merchandise the day after Christmas. You can't blame them, I guess. For that matter, it's smart to start early. After all, Valentine's Day is not the sort of holiday you want to screw up. Not if you want to sleep in your bed rather than the couch, that is.

If you're looking for online Valentine Cards you don't need to go any farther than Jokeroo.com They have lots of great ones to choose from. Check them out at the link above.

You Know Guys, There Are Six Other Nights

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Desperate Housewives
Grease: You're The One That I Want
The Apprentice: LA
The Simpsons
Without A Trace
Battlestar Galactica
7th Heaven

Do they really have to put everything on one night? What, do I need a quad-tuner Tivo now?

The Postman Always Rings Twice

There are a lot of reasons why you might need a secure, reliable and affordable maildrop. Maybe you travel frequently and need to get your mail forwarded. Maybe you are in a line of work where you don't want everyone to know where you and your family live. Whatever the reason, you want good service and you want a good price.

When you're looking for mailboxes you should take a moment to check out this link. It will take you to a directory of many different providers. Consider it one-stop shopping to find the right provider for you and your needs.

Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned




So I'm watching RV. Yeah, I know, I think I dissed it when it came out. Compared it to National Lampoon's Vacation. Actually, it's not bad. Yeah, it's another nail in the coffin of Robin William's career, but other than that...

Anyhoo... The daughter is a hottie. Yeah, she's playing a teenager but I don't let that worry me. After all, Luke Perry was like 50 when he was on 90210 so this chickee is probably 25. I point and click my way to IMDB to see who she is. Now let's see here... RV... Robin Williams.. Uh huh... JoJo. That's an odd name. Huh... Some kind of singer or something...

Oh my God, she's 16!!!!

Thank you, Barry Sonnenfeld. Because of you I'm going to hell.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Pearl of the Gulf

Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Located on the Persian Gulf, it is a focus of trade and finance between Europe and Asia. It's a great venue for business. You may think that it's all about oil, but it really isn't. Just the opposite actually. The vast majority of the revenue in Dubai comes from other sources. The international city dubai is a fascinating place.

If you're interested in property in Dubai then check out one of these links. You can find out more information at this site.

Not So Bad After All

Thanks to Spike, I rediscovered DS9. Now, again thanks to Spike, I've found Voyager again. At the time, I was not a huge fan of the show. Now, it may just be the comparison with Enterprise, but Voyager was not such a bad show after all. It suffered from the weakness of the male characters (other than the Doctor), but it was pure Trek in a lot of ways. Exploration, discovery. Good performances from the female leads (Janeway and Torres, principally, with Seven of Nine coming along later).

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Good Things Come In Small Packages

They say that size isn't everything, you know. Or so I've heard. I wouldn't know.

Seriously, minibikes may be small in size but they are very big on speed and fun. Anyone who has ever taken a lap around the track, or maybe just folks who like to watch the races, knows that. The following link will take you to a great pocket bike website where you can learn a lot more about this fascinating hobby. Cool photos for your desktop, reviews of different models, a way to connect up with other racers in your area. This site has a little bit (or more than a little) of just about everything you could want to know about the pocket bike scene. You can chat with other riders. Check out ads and get a look at hot gear.

Have you got a problem? Post a note and a gear head may be able to help you out. Looking to customize your bike? This is definitely the place for you. This site is a great way to connect with other folks who share the hobby.

Check it out at the link above. I can absolutely guarantee that you will not be disappointed by this web site.

A Little Parenting Advice

Make your kids do things they aren't good at. Singing, art, football, math... Whatever it is, make them do something they aren't very good at. Not so much because practice makes perfect and they'll get better. They may but then again they may not.

No, make them do things they aren't good at so they learn to handle correction. So they don't always want to stick to the comfort zone of the things they are good at.

Nothing like the wisdom of a guy who's been a father for all of two months, huh? Still, I'm right on this one.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ante Up!

Playing Online Poker isn't quite as easy as it once was. Not for Americans anyway.

The government wants to stick its big nose into our business. Well, fine... Whatever. Still, if you like real money poker and you're able to play online then Poker Savvy is the place for you. They have reviews of all the major poker sites plus some that you may not know about. On top of that, they can provide you with discounts for new players.

You can check them out at the link above.

I Need a Nickname for Ted Rall

Ted Rall, who made himself (in)famous by mocking dead American soldiers is not just an ass he's also a liar. Or stupid anyway. His recent column emphasizes Saddam's supposed status as an American client who was tossed aside when he was no longer useful.

Now, there is no question that there was a certain limited commonality of interests between the US and Iraq while Iraq was fighting the Iran-Iraq War. Calling Iraq an American client, however, is absurd. Since it is absurd, Rall has to rely on fake statistics to justify it. To wit:

At the time Hussein was a close American ally, receiving billions of dollars in arms shipments and subsidies. Baath Party-ruled Iraq, a U.S. client state, had waged the 1980-88 war against Iran largely at Washington's behest.

Buzz... So sorry, Ted. Johnny, tell him what he's going how with. Here, courtesy of Answers.com
is a detailed accounting of who sold what to Iraq from 1973 until 1990:

Year Soviet Union
and Warsaw Pact
France China (PRC) United
States
Egypt Others Total
1973 1,321 5 0 0 0 0 1326
1974 1,471 5 0 0 0 0 1476
1975 1,087 35 0 0 0 0 1122
1976 1,161 119 0 0 0 0 1280
1977 1,062 106 0 0 0 0 1168
1978 1,827 26 0 0 0 20 1873
1979 1,108 78 0 0 0 17 1203
1980 1,665 241 0 0 12 114 2032
1981 1,780 731 0 0 46 182 2739
1982 2,023 673 217 0 71 227 3211
1983 1,898 779 745 21 58 773 4274
1984 2,857 883 1,065 6 0 116 4927
1985 2,601 700 1,036 9 32 116 4494
1986 2,663 251 918 9 70 86 3997
1987 2,719 214 887 30 114 157 4121
1988 1,202 355 301 125 118 196 2297
1989 1,319 113 23 0 47 67 1569
1990 537 281 0 0 0 33 851
Total $'s 30301 5595 5192 200 568 2104 43960
Total %'s 68.9% 12.7% 11.8% 0.5% 1.3% 4.8% 100%

The Soviets and their allies sell him 69% of his military hardware, the US sells him half a percent but he's an American client... Sure he is. And, as you can see, it's 200 million dollars. .2 billion ain't "billions".

Rall's sympathy doesn't end with Saddam though. He's also got a soft-spot (or maybe a hardon) for Manuel Noriega:

Bush arranged for his former employee to be imprisoned for 15 years for drug trafficking and money laundering, charges that are now believed to have been wildly exaggerated if not entirely invented. Stripped of his dignity and treated like a common criminal, the former head of state was reduced to federal inmate no. 38699-079.

Just who is doing this believing that Rall cites? "Believed" is a cop out. It's like "many experts" name people who believe it so we can evaluate the credibility of the belief based on the reputations of those asserting it. Otherwise, shut the fuck up.

Ted's heart bleeds for poor Manny and the awful treatment he's received, but Saddam gets his share of pity too. Photographed in his underwear! Not even allowed his choice of execution method. Not allowed to wear his military uniform. Jesus this guy is more of a cartoon leftist than a real one.

Actually, Rall admits that Saddam (and Albert Speer, for that matter), "had it coming" but then goes on to point out that the world feels "disgust" for their treatment. Here at least, Rall identifies who it is who feels disgust: The New York Times. And, of course, it's common knowledge that the opinions of The New York Times are broadly representative of how all the rest of us feel on any given subject.

What Is Taking You So Long?

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Monday, January 01, 2007

What Am I, Bill? Chopped Liver?

Microsoft Gives Swinging Laptops to Bloggers.

So Microsoft decided to give stylish laptops to a bunch of bloggers with absolutely no strings attached. Uh huh. Sure.

Some of the same folks who are always screaming about PayPerPost don't think a lot of this. You know my position on that sort of thing. I'm not a virgin and I don't expect anyone else to be. I do have a problem with this though and here it is:

What's the matter with me? Answer me that, Mr. Gates. Am I not good enough to be your whore? I love you long time. Come on, Billy Boy, we'll do it your way because I'm the whore!