Monday, February 26, 2007

The MediaBlog's First Rule of Dealing With The Press

If you're going to be interviewed on camera please, please, please, for the love of God ... Put your shirt on.

Popery

Magic, Latin and Prayer: Part I

In the above post on The Colossus (It's not in your daily reading list? Then you're a moron.) you will find everything I love about the traditional Roman Catholic church as a force for stability, order and conservatism. You'll also find everything I hate about the Roman Catholic church as a man-made institution that usurped the natural union between the believer and Christ in favor of a quasi-political kingdom based on power and superstition.

Harsh words. Please understand me well when I say that I honor the millenium and a half of Catholic scholarship that form the basis of Christendom. I honor them and I simultaneously reject them as little better than the Law which could not save us.

As a Christian, as a Protestant, as a Baptist, as a Southern Baptist, I believe in the priesthood of the believer. I believe that we are privileged to approach the throne of God without the need of a priest to stand between us and Him. I believe that the trappings of the Mass... Holy water, incense, transubstantiation... Are distractions from the true source of our justification: faith in the atoning death and triumphant resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is this faith and this faith alone that saves. It is Christ's blood and not the sanction of Pope, priest or church which defines our relationship with the Creator God.

My intent is not to question or demean the author's newly rediscovered faith. If my words offend then I apologize for the offense. I honor his freedom to worship as he chooses, I accept him as a brother in Christ and believe that whatever trappings he may place around his faith, whatever sacraments he may receive and in whatever form, the God who created us both will recognize and accept the faith in his heart however it is expressed.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Newsflash! PayPerPost, the exciting program that turns blogs into cash, is going to be making a major announcement in the next few weeks. A major announcement!

Ahem... Kind of anti-climactic, isn't it? I mean, there's nothing worse than a tease and that is what this post is: a tease.

Hmm... Okay, let's do what the mainstream media does when they don't have all the facts... Let's editorialize and speculate and make things up and call it news! What fun!

Now, we all know that PayPerPost has revolutionized blog advertising. In less than a year they have taken real earning opportunity out of the hands of the big guys and into the pockets of the average blogger. Controversial, fast moving and always at the cutting edge, PayPerPost is changing the blogosphere every single day.

Given all of that, if they are saying this is going to be a major announcement then it has to be something HUGE. I mean really, really HUGE.

My guess is that they are going to announce a partnership of some sort. Exactly what kind? I have absolutely no idea. When I do think is that it is going to be a partnership that lets them better match bloggers with advertisers.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Amazing Race Truism of the Night - Episode Two

Blonde and hot beats short and spunky every time.

Particularly when short and spunky is traveling with a psycho.

Oh, and by the way, Rob and Amber are a fracking machine!

Have I mentioned that the hicks are morons?

Blogging The Amazing Race: Episode One

Yeah, I'm a week behind. I told you... I've been out of town. Anyhoo, here goes:

--Double nipple rings on a dude... Ewww.
--Way too high of a queer ratio in this installment
--The waif and the runt are a circus act waiting to happen.
--Yeah, old lady, you've got a name... You're the geezers.
--The older gay... I mean guy... Actually, either way, on Team Guido reminds me of Mitt Romney
--I hated Uchenna and Joyce last time and I hate them this time.
--The hicks are morons. We already knew that, but now it is confirmed.
--A horse-holding midget... Sometimes the jokes write themselves.
--You know, driving on the rim voids your warranty.

Bye Bye, Governor Ballsack

Pro-Abortion Democratic Presidential Candidate Tom Vilsack Leaves Race

Vilsack, Ballsack... Potato, pot-ah-to.

What is it in the makeup of your average politician that lets him have the hubris to think that America needs him in order to survive? Obviously, somebody has got to get the nomination, but did anyone other than Ballsack's mom think he had a prayer of being the Democrat nominee?

Still, I have to say that I'm a little sorry to be losing him since I would have loved to spend the next two years using the nickname Ballsack.

Oh well...

Preach It, Brother!

Paper Straws Are For the Birds

Thank you! I thought I was the only one who got worked up by stuff like this. I have LOATHED paper straws from the time at Disney World as a small child when I got one of the *@*#&$*(@&#$ things. Now, I would imagine Disney offered the bloody things for cost-saving reasons. Save 1/10 of a cent on a billion straws each year and... You get the idea. Ted's Montana Grill though is probably doing it for "environmental" reasons... Ted Turner can take his eco-safe plastic straws and put them... Ahem... You get the idea.

It's a friggin straw, Ted. It's not nuclear waste.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

See A Great Movie, Help A Great Cause

You may have heard about the new movie, "The Ultimate Gift." In a nutshell, the movie is the story of a young man who thinks he is going to inherit a fortune from his grandfather. Instead of a check, his grandfather leaves him a lesson as he leaves him a set of twelve tasks that allow the young man to learn which is more important: money or happiness.

The movie will be in theaters next month but you can find out more information now by visiting theultimategift.com. This is the official site of the movie "The Ultimate Gift" and the grass-roots movement its starting to help charities and give to others.

What you can also learn more about is a unique charity tie-in related to the movie. It's always nice when a business or a movie offers to give a portion of the proceeds to some charity. What sets this one apart is that the makers of "The Ultimate Gift" let YOU pick the charity. March 9th through the 11th, Fox Films will donate $1 from each ticket sold to charity. By visiting their website you can find out more about how you go about designating which charity is important to you. It's a simple process and, of course, a great cause.



The Big Easy Sucks

Katie Couric (Ghost Written) Notebook

Katie takes a moment out of her day to weep for New Orleans. The police can't get a handle on crime, the schools can't educate the kids, the city can't draw outside investment and even Habitat for Humanity didn't follow through on their promise to build "thousands" of homes.

I guess Peanuts was too busy reading his dog-eared copy of Protocols of the Elders of Zion to pick up a hammer.

As for the rest of it... The crime, the lousy schools, etc... What else is new? As I said a long time ago, when you take a shitty city and dump nine feet of water on top of it you're not going to make things better. The place was a hellhole before the first drop of rain fell. Then it was a wet hellhole. Now it's a moldy hellhole.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Talk About Me! Me! Me!

You really have got to give PayPerPost credit. They just keep coming up with new ways to give bloggers an opportunity to make money and advertisers a chance to pair up with bloggers in order to expand their reach. It is a match made in heaven and PayPerPost does it like no one else can.

One of their latest offers is known as "review my post" and it really is just as simple as it sounds. The long and the short of it is that PayPerPost gives its member bloggers the chance to post an affiliate link on their blog. A reader can then join PayPerPost through that link and their first posting opportunity will be to review the site that referred them. The new blogger will earn money and the referring blogger will also earn a bonus. Think about it. You post a link and your readers get paid to blog about you. What could be better than that?

Of course, it is not surprising given all the other new and exciting changes PayPerPost has made in recent weeks. For a relatively young company, PayPerPost is definitely on the move. That's what this new affiliate program is a sign of. Just another new and great opportunity from our friends at PayPerPost!



I'm Sure It's Wrong To Speak Ill of the Dead...

But...

Why is there always a but?

While I was sitting in my hotel with 8 channels and no internet access I watched a bit of the Anna Nicole cluster... Ahem... Hearing. This frigging thing was a trainwreck from moment one. Ultimately, the crazy Judge Wapner wannabe reached the right decision but did we have to go through the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride journey to get there?

And here's where that "but" comes in... This is heartless, cruel and unkind of me to say, but the best day of that baby's short life was the day her mom bought it. As screwed up as she's going to be, she would have been in even worse shape had her Mama got to continue in the drug-addled stupor that passed for her life.

Oh, and that will be the first and last mention of Anna Nicole Smith in this blog.

But First...

But before we get back to the meat and potatoes, hows about a word from our sponsor?

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Anyway, as PayPerPost has grown it has changed. One of the newest changes is called segmentation. Big word to basically say that PayPerPost is giving advertisers more ability to tailor their ad campaign toward certain types of blogs. Now, I won't deny that change can be difficult, but this is probably a necessary thing. Advertisers obviously want to maximize their bang for the buck. What is great about PayPerPost is that segmentation has brought with it more high-paying opportunities. Instead of just placing additional burdens on bloggers (segmentation, disclosure requirements, etc), PayPerPost also ponies up with more dough. More responsibility, more opportunity. That's a winning combination!

Breaking the Silence

Hey! Long time no see! Sorry we went quiet there for a bit. I've been in training this week. Nice hotel but the internet didn't work. So, instead of blogging I've spent the last five evenings watching the eight channels of TV we got, reading and fighting off boredom by eating more than I should on the corporate dime.

Anyhoo, here we go again.

Monday, February 19, 2007

The MediaBlog Inane Spiritual Question of the Night

"If a cracker is the body of Christ, I wonder what a cookie is?"

One of the Tard Twins
7th Heaven

Friday, February 16, 2007

The MediaBlog Line of the Day

"Wilhelm Gates, you are a beast, and your family will pay."

Heinrich Himmler
1944 (sort of)

In The Interests of Full Disclosure

I've been thinking about this for awhile and I think I should probably give you a little background on my voting history. I think this may give you a better idea of my political evolution. Not that you care, of course, but...

1992/Primary/Paul Tsongas
1992/General/Bill Clinton

1996/General/Bill Clinton

2000/Primary/John McCain
2000/General/George W. Bush

2004/General/George W. Bush

Yeah, I changed from being a somewhat disappointed Democrat to being a Republican in the late 90s. I don't honestly know what I can tie that to. If there was a specific event it was Monica-gate, but I really think it was more than that. I just think that with time I came to see through the Democrat talking points.

Anyway, the interesting one there (if any of them are interesting) is the vote for Paul Tsongas. Part of that is my love of the lost cause. Tsongas wasn't going to win. I knew that when I voted for him. More of it, however, had to do with his unique mix of left and right. I think that in a lot of ways my vote for him was a precursor of my eventual switch. He was sort of a gateway politician. I wonder if I am unique in that. Anyone? Bueller?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cash or Credit?

Credit is sort of like a sharp knife. Handled well it can be a very useful tool, handled poorly it can be a great danger.

I think I can honestly say that I have been through both types of debt. Right now, thankfully, I am well on my way to using credit as a tool. Before Mrs. MediaBlog and I got married, both of us were pretty heavily in debt... Credit cards mainly. Now, after a lot of struggle and some sacrifice, we're almost out of it.

One of the most important things you need to do if you are going to handle credit properly is to get more information. Creditloan.com is a site that can provide you with some insight. If you've made some mistakes in the past, this is a site that can help you get back on your feet. Whether it is a mortgage or Bad Credit Auto Loans, they can help you start the process of putting your financial life back together.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Donald's Line/Confused Expression of the Night

"You made it by the skin of your ass."

Donald Trump
The Apprentice LA

Yeah, it was last night. I've said before that there is WAY too much TV on Sunday night. Even with the dual-tuner Tivo it just isn't possible to get it all watched in one night. And that's not even counting The Amazing Race which is coming back in a few weeks. Tri-tuner Tivo anyone?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Stang

There's just something about a Mustang.

Now, I've never owned one, but I will tell you that my best friend in high school owned a 1989 Mustang. To say that he loved the thing would be the understatement of the year. He just about worshiped it. What is surprising about that is that the late 80s were not really the golden age of the Mustang. In my opinion, they were a little boxy at the time. Not at all exciting, at least not to me.

A lot has changed in the last fifteen or twenty years though. A few years ago the Mustang really came back with a fury. I can honestly say that I would love to have one of the new Mustangs. They have really managed to recapture what has always made the Mustang an American classic. They have captured the sense of speed, even danger, that makes a Mustang what it is.

One of my co-workers has a 2006 Mustang. A gorgeous blue. Now, she screwed up by passing on the leather seats and the convertible top. I mean, if you are going to buy a Mustang you really have to go all the way, am I right? At any rate, if I were in the market for a Mustang I would get one just like her's... Only I would not make the same mistake.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The MediaBlog Line of the Night

“I would get down on my knees, and I would look squarely into the eyes of that little Puerto Rican judge who’s always drunk, and I would make her cry with my sincerity.”

Kevin Spacey
Saturday Night Live

(Yeah, I know it's from nine months ago. I go to church, people... I don't stay up until 1 o'clock in the morning on Saturday nights. Maybe that's okay for you hell-bound pagans but if you think I'm going to let my ass end up in hell just so I can watch twelve lame skits and a music act I've never heard of then you've got another thing coming!)

There's No Off Position on the Genius Switch

PayPerPost, the revolutionary blog ad network that lets regular bloggers earn real money, just keeps coming up with new ideas. They did a major release of a new software design this past week. One of the additions to the program is called "Review My Post."

Essentially, it is a new version of your typical affiliate program. The idea is that you can post a link on your blog. Someone who happens by has the opportunity to join PayPerPost and their first opportunity is a chance to review your site. As you would expect from an affiliate program, you earn money when they join, but they also get paid. It is a classic win - win scenario for everyone involved! You are earning, your visitor is earning and PayPerPost is getting a new member.

One of the things that I really like about PayPerPost is all the money I'm... Ahem... Sorry, sometimes I get sidetracked. No, one of the things I really like about PayPerPost is that they are not content to stick with the same old thing. It seems like they are constantly looking for new angles and new ideas. For a young company, they have shown a lot of growth in a very short span of time.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Chris Matthews Wets His Pants... Again

"We love good mayors because we love our cities and Giuliani's the city guy. I'm so sick of southern guys with ranches running this country. I want a guy to run for president who doesn't have a fucking -- I'm sorry -- a ranch. Wouldn't that be good, a guy who wasn't on the ranch during Katrina, he was on the street corner answering questions [during 9/11]."

Chris Matthews blowing a gasket on Imus in the Morning
2/7/2007

Now, we're as big a fans of Rudy as anybody, but Chris Matthews is going to have a heart attack one of these days. He's always about three seconds from a warp core breach as evidenced by the undeleted expletive. Apparently it was bleeped from the radio but made it out on MSNBC... Which, if anyone was actually watching MSNBC, could have been a real problem.

Of course, there are several problems with this. One, I'm not so sure that "we" love our cities. A lot of us think of cities like New York (even post-Giuliani New York) as big, dirty places filled with crime and traffic. At the very least, we rubes in the sticks aren't given to waiting for the city slickers to come along and save us from our lives in Mayberry. Now don't get me wrong. I love Rudy, but not because he's a "city guy."

Something else too... We haven't exactly been covered up with "southern guys with ranches." Lyndon Johnson and Dubya. Two for forty-three. Not exactly an epidemic.

Moola!

Cash! Greenbacks! Dinero!

Whatever you call it, everyone likes it. Maybe loving it is wrong but surely liking is okay? Right? Right?

I have made a lot of money through blog advertising with PayPerPost. So far I've made more than $900 and I earn more just about every day. It is easy, payment is prompt and reliable. Best of all, you get paid as you earn. Instead of waiting until you reach some nearly unattainable level, PayPerPost puts money in your hands. Not only is that more fair, it is also a much better incentive to keep participating in the program. No fools these PayPerPost folks!

Besides, this is real money we're talking about. Not a dollar a month like you get with some other advertising programs. PayPerPost lets regular bloggers make REAL money! For my money (I know... bad joke), you won't find a better revenue stream for your blog.

I am not going to retire on what I'm making, but it does buy diapers for the Bloglet. MediaBlog HQ is operating on one income right now. That secondary stream of money I get from PayPerPost definitely helps. Do I need it to make the mortgage? No, of course not, but it does provide for some extras... A little fun... Maybe some extra in savings for the future.

So much for so reasonable an effort! PayPerPost is well worth your time.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I Finally Understand Andy Dick



Not a sentence I ever thought I would see myself write.

Still, it would take much more of a man than Andy Dick to keep himself from touching that oh-so-supple thigh if it was so close, yet so far away. I mean, how many chances does Andy Dick get to touch actual, female thigh? Carpe diem, baby!

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Stretch The Cords

I've got this jumble of cables behind my desk. It's like a spider web of computer cables. What really stinks is that you've pretty much got to arrange your desk around the cables. The monitor can't be farther than X feet from the CPU which can't be more than X feet from the keyboard. Very limiting. TCA offers HDMI cables that are longer. Set up your desk the way YOU want it because the cables are no longer going to get in your way. Check them out at the link above.

The Paper of Record... Hee Hee Hee

Super Bowl Ads of Cartoonish Violence, Perhaps Reflecting Toll of War - New York Times

You know, the New York Times really is a piece of shit. I mean, I'm sorry but it's become a cartoon. It's bad enough that they lie, that they make up things, that they publish opinion pieces as if they were news on the front page. We've all come to expect that. It gets even worse from there.

A piece of Super Bowl commercials actually takes the opportunity to shit on the Iraq war. They even hear "Iraq" when the announcer is saying "get a piece of the rock". In the words of Fat Ass Rosie: delusional!

Other than the self-annointed elite, does anyone really take the New York Times seriously anymore?

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Rudy: The Federalist Candidate?

So Rudy is in... Probably.

Here's the thing about Rudy... Everyone goes on and on about how he isn't conservative enough to get the nomination. My fellow thumpers certainly do. Rush does. Hell, even the Democrats say it... Now, that last point by itself should tell you that they are afraid of him. Still, it's a valid question. Is Rudy a conservative?

On security and economics, I think it's pretty safe to say that the man is a true blue (red?) conservative. The question is about the social issues (gay marriage/abortion) and gun rights. As a New Yorker, he has taken positions on all three of these that are pretty much anathema to any Republican who was ever dunked rather than sprinkled. I think the idea that he can run from these positions is pretty much a joke. Maybe he can run from the gun control by saying that what is appropriate for a place like New York City isn't necessarily the right course for the nation as a whole. That might fly. Still, an argument like that isn't going to work on abortion and homosexuality. Baby killing is baby killing whether you're doing it in Boise or the Bronx. Ditto for homosexuality. What is the option for Rudy then? He can either embrace his opinions on these subjects, go for the maverick tag and (probably) go down in primary flames, or...

Or he can become the Federalist candidate for President.

We haven't had enough of Federalism in the post-Reagan Republican party. Dubya certainly isn't an advocate of it in any real sense. Just look at No Child Left Behind. Here's what Rudy can and should do. He can say that as a citizen of the state of New York he believes that abortion, homosexual marriage and a host of other things should be decided by the citizens of the great state of New York... And that the citizens of the several states should enjoy that same right. He should pledge to oppose legislation that would prevent them from doing so and to appoint judges to the federal courts who will interpret the Constitution from a traditional, federalist perspective.

Will that be good enough for the hard right?

I don't know whether it WILL be, but I know that it SHOULD be. I count myself among them, but the social conservatives on the Right have been too willing to look at ends and ignore means. Ending abortion is a good thing so whatever political path we have to take to get there is fine so long as it gets us to the goal. That's short-sighted thinking. As conservatives, we don't (or shouldn't) want to replace a leftist activist court with a rightist activist court. That's a recipe for a govenment and a society that swings back and forth every 30 years. No, the goal must be to destroy the power of the federal courts to interfere in our lives in this way. The way to end abortion is to overturn Roe v. Wade, send the decision back to the states and then start working on each and every state. Will that accomplish the goal of ending all abortion in America? Probably not. Certainly not in the near-term. What it will do, however, is change the nature of the argument. It will also water down the effect that the big media can have on the debate. Let's argue about this in 50 cities, not just in one.

Anyway, to return to the original point, Rudy needs to run as a strong advocate of federalism. That's an intellectually honest way to do what all politicians, deep in their hearts, really want to do: have it both ways.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

Taiwan Anthem Played for China Officials

Blah blah blah. Band on the Caribbean island of Grenada plays Taiwan's anthem rather than the ChiCom's while a group of hundreds of Chinese workers and ChiCom diplomats are attending the dedication of a stadium on the island which was paid for by China and built with Chinese labor. Typical gaff for the oh-so-sensitive ChiComs.

Um... One thing though...

WHY THE HOLY HELL ARE THE CHICOMS BUILDING A FOOTBALL STADIUM IN GRENADA????

Oh right... Out of the goodness of their hearts. Silly me. That's why the ChiCom president is touring Africa right now too. And if you believe that...

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Damning With Faint Praise

A First Look at Windows Vista -- Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007 -- TIME

Summing up Time magazine's review of the new Vista OS in two words:

"perfectly fine"

Whew! I bet Bill Gates is pumping his fist over that one. And Time isn't the only one. I think it was PC Magazine that more or less said the same thing. Pretty much the best anyone can find to say about Vista is that it's pretty. Of course, that prettiness comes at the cost of being a resource hog (which, as any woman on her third facelift can tell you, is not surprising).

Kind of sad after 6 years and however many billion dollars . Perfectly fine.

Oh, and while I'm here... Grease... You're the One That I Want makes my balls hurt.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Sometimes We Forget How Amazing the Internet Is

Tonight I played pool with a guy from Peru.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: Police Chief Writes Himself Ticket
Jeers: TPD deputy chief drove 100 mph on I-10

Farewell Freenet

TFN To Surf Into Internet Sunset

I cut my online teeth on CompuServe and the Tallahassee Freenet.

Goodbye, old friend. Thanks.