Thursday, May 31, 2007

Save On Debt

Credit cards are pretty much a necessity of life. Even if you're the sort who doesn't carry a balance from month to month, it is just about impossible to get through this modern life without a credit card. Rent a car? Credit card. Hotel reservation? Credit card.

So, if you have to have one then you want the best one, right? That's where Mint Credit Cards comes in. They offer the best cards with the best rates. You can get a credit card application at this link.

Make a smart choice when you are picking out a credit card. Don't go with the first application you get in the mail. Do your homework, do the research and make the right choice. Mint may be the right choice for you.

Jon Lovitz Sells Himself Into Slavery

Lovitz, Laugh Factory make lifelong deal - Yahoo! News

Really though, would you want to own Jon Lovitz? Okay, he's no David Spade, but even so...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Paying For Your Education

College is expensive.

If you are like a lot of people, by the time you graduate you won't just have a loan, you will have several loans. Just keeping track of them can be a huge pain, to say nothing of paying them. Student Loan Consolidation is the best way to handle this difficulty.

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Now, if you're still in college, NextStudent has options for you as well. Private Student Loans can be an effective method of financing your education. Private Student Loans are just what they sound like: a student loan for your education through a private lender. NextStudent can help you out with that as well. More information available at the links above.

Your education is an investment in your future. NextStudent can help you make the most of it.

Dear God!

Tiki Barber, who I guess is filling in on the Today show this morning, is doing a piece on vitamins for kids. We just learned much more than we would ever want to know about Tiki:

Tiki: "Now I know sometimes, when I used to take vitamins, you'd see it come out when you go to the bathroom..."

Sweet Jesus do we want to know that??? Tiki is a new face at NBC and I've got to say that I'm not ready yet to be hearing about his stool. Maybe when he's been around as long as Katie was he can take us on a journey up his rectum but not yet. Not yet.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Maybe Condi Can Do A Little Shuttle Diplomacy

Hasselbeck communicating with O'Donnell - Yahoo! News

You know, it really is pretty weird (not to say sad) the amount of time the media is spending on this "story". I'm not going to exempt myself because I've talked about it too. I mean, four of my last ten posts are about this subject. Of course, The MediaBlog doesn't take itself as seriously as, say, the Associated Press, but my hands aren't clean in this either.

Still, do we really need multiple stories detailing the status of communication between two people on a daytime TV show? Will we start hearing about whether or not Judge Judy and her bailiff (does she have a bailiff?) are on speaking terms?

I guess you can make the argument that "news" is whatever people are interested in, but I think it's equally valid to ask whether we would be interested in it if it weren't being covered ad nauseum. To me, this seems like the sort of "story" that should be covered by the entertainment press if at all. Let Mary Hart talk about it. That's fine. E! News Daily. Whatever.

We talk about some pretty stupid things around here. That's okay. This is not The Economist. It's a blog that's supposed to be fun for me as the writer and, hopefully, you as the reader. We talk about some serious things and some frivolous things. For the most part, I'm satisfied with the balance we strike. In this particular case, I think maybe I've gone on about it longer than I probably should have. I'm done.

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A Question For Al Michaud

Romney criticized for Mormon faith in NH - Yahoo! News

So Al Michaud of Dover, New Hampshire won't vote for Mitt Romney because he's a Mormon. Hmm... Free country, you can vote based on whatever criteria you like. You can even be a jerk about it and refuse to shake the man's hand.

You might think that Michaud is a whacked out, right-wing, fundamentalist but, of course, you'd be wrong. Mr. Tolerant is a self-described liberal. The fact that he is illiberal with his prejudices doesn't seem to register as a contradiction in his mind.

A question for Mr. Michaud. Which of the following would you be willing to vote for:

1. A Southern Baptist
2. A Muslim
3. An Episopalian
4. A Jew
5. A Catholic
6. None of the above

I'm just trying to get a feel for whether you're an all-around religious bigot or if you just focus on the Mormons.

Now, we know that he's willing to vote for a professed Methodist since he's oh so eager to vote for Mrs. Bill Clinton. Does that mean he's okay with Methodists in general or does he just accept Methodists who don't mind slaughtering babies?

Monday, May 28, 2007

In Memory of Our Honored Dead

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...

A. Lincoln

Don't Stand So Close To Me

What is it about The Police? Maybe it just takes me back to the 80s. Yeah, high school is better when viewed from the past, but even so, there is just something about hearing the music you heard on the radio when you were driving around town with you friends that just takes you back to simpler times when you weren't worrying about jobs and family and all the rest.

Maybe that's why I'm so excited that there is a new police cd being released. Even better, the group is going on tour in connection with the new CD. Now, I doubt I'll get to go to one of the shows, but I will definitely want to hear the new police cd. Here is a list of the tracks you will find on the new two disk set. Take a look. It's all your favorites:

The Police

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. Fallout
2. Can't Stand Losing You
3. Next to You
4. Roxanne
5. Truth Hits Everybody
6. Hole in My Life
7. So Lonely
8. Message in a Bottle
9. Reggatta de Blanc
10. Bring on the Night
11. Walking on the Moon
12. Don't Stand So Close to Me
13. Driven to Tears
14. Canary in a Coalmine

Disc: 2
1. Do Do Do de da da Da
2. Voices Inside My Head
3. Invisible Sun
4. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
5. Spirits in the Material World
6. Demolition Man
7. Every Breath You Take
8. Synchronicity I
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Walking in Your Footsteps
11. Synchronicity II
12. King of Pain
13. Murder by Numbers
14. Tea in the Sahara

Yes, there's nothing better than The Police. They pretty much define that great 80s sound that we remember. The new CD will bring all that back for you. I am really excited about this new release and would love to get a copy. I'll be honest, I'm not 100% sure about exactly when the CD is being released, but if I can't find another way to get a copy (can you take a hint, PayPerPost???) then I'm sure that it will be on my shopping list the next time I'm at the music store. You really can't go wrong with The Police.

Caveman, Shmaveman

Yeah, the Caveman commercials are funny, but this one is hands down the best commerical on TV in the last ten years. Maybe ever. "I'm not saying I wouldn't go fishin' with the man." The whole thing cracks me up from beginning to end.

Parting Shots

Post 1804: Where Our Hero Starts Yelling for the Kids to Stay Off His Lawn

No, not literally, but it ain't that far from the truth. I'm a crotchety old man before my time. Anyone who really knows me can attest to this.

Anyhoo... Here we go...

I refuse to cough into my armpit. Mrs. MediaBlog says you should. Hell, I even saw a commercial from the Department of Health a little while ago that tries to get you to do this. I refuse. I cough into my hand. When you cough into your armpit you look like Dracula pulling his cape around in front of him. Not doing it. Looks stupid. Germs be damned. So the rest of you get bird flu from me. Shit happens.

Part the Second... Kids with bicycle helmets look like pussies. I mean really. Okay, you're riding your Harley, wear a helmet. But on a Schwinn? Okay, maybe if you were out on the eight lane highway but should kids really be on the eight lane highway in the first place? My vote is no. If we're going to put the wimpy looking helmet on them when they're going 8 miles per hour on a bicycle, why not making them wear the damn things in cars that are doing 70? I'm serious! Let's start putting the kiddies in helmets when they're riding in the back of Soccer Mom's minivan. While we're at it, why don't we put some sort of bubble wrap suit on them too. Mommy slams into a tree, the kids helmet crashes through the windshield and their whole body bounces when they hit asphalt. Makes sense to me.

Whew... Glad I got that off my chest.

Rosie Goes Out the Way She Came In: Classless

O'Donnell may never speak to Hasselback - Yahoo! News

Seems Elisabeth Hasselbeck called after the brouhaha with Rosie. Rosie, being the classy sort Baba Wawa knew her to be when she hired her, didn't talk to Elisabeth. Instead, she let her "wife" do the talking.

You know, Rosie is and always has been a waste of time (not to mention flesh), but this final play/plea for attention is even more pathetic than usual. She claims that she got mad because Elisabeth didn't stand up for her when she was being criticized. Has Rosie not grown up from the playground? Be an adult, Ro... Stand up for yourself. Consider for a moment that maybe, just maybe, Elisabeth didn't stand up for you because she thinks you're as much of an idiot as the rest of us do? Anyway, how childish, how juvenile, to throw a tantrum before a national audience because someone hurt your feelings.

Maybe with this windbag off the air for awhile we can all move on to more important things. If we're really lucky, maybe she's crapped on her own career enough for her not to come back. She can go back to her lower case blog ramblings.

Anyhoo... Here's a little congratulatory blogporn to Ms. Hasselbeck who has slain the (in her own words) big, fat lesbian...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

It's Been A Busy Day for Hanoi Jane

Romanian abortion film wins Cannes prize - Yahoo! News

Never let it be said that Jane Fonda isn't a worker bee. In just one day she managed to give an award to a movie glorifying baby murder and piss on the United States. Talk about giving it your all!

Ms. Fonda, hereafter referred to as The Traitorous Bitch, awarded the coveted Surrender Monkey Statue at Cannes to a movie set in Communist-era Romania. It's the touching story of a university student who helps her friend get an illegal (there wasn't any other kind in Romania) abortion. Very much the chick flick buddy movie sort of thing. Thing of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" only with a vacuum cleaner dismembering an innocent child. Pretty much like that.

Anyhoo, The Traitorous Bitch apparently didn't think she had done quite enough for one day to shovel coal into her personal furnace in hell, so she went on to mix filial piety with treason. In the same breath she honored Henry Fonda's films as being his way of "representing justice, quality and democracy" and added that she hopes "the United States will again become the country that he stood for."

You know, my old man is dead too. I know that whenever I think of him, I always try to mix in a little anti-Americanism. Lay a few flowers on pop's grave and then, on my way back to the car, take a moment to piss on a couple of soldier's tombstones. Particularly on Memorial Day weekend. I think dear old dad would have wanted me to do that. Particularly when I'm in France. Because, if there's one thing the French know, it's how to stand up for justice and democracy. I mean, they're on their fifth republic and we're only on our first. They love it so much they just keep screwing it up over and over again. And, usually, they like to throw a little antisemitism in between their courses in democracy, just to cleanse the palate.

If I haven't been clear enough, then let me cut to brass tacks: Motherfucking Hanoi Jane can stay in goddamn France for all I care. Maybe she should charter a plane so she and Danny Glover and Fatass Michael Moore can all fly off to some worker's paradise where they will be happy.

A Postscript (5/28/2007) - It occurs to me that I should say a little something about Romania and abortion. Romania under Ceauşescu was a hellish place in just about every way. Along with other insanities, Ceauşescu practiced a strongly pronatalist policy. Abortion was absolutely, positively illegal. That (along with many other things) set Romania apart from other Communist states where abortion was effectively the preferred method of birth control or, if not preferred, at least among the more common.

It is a gross understatement to say that Ceauşescu's Romania was not a good place. A lot of the "positive" things it did (relations with Israel, standing aloof from the rest of the Warsaw Pact, banning abortion), it did for what we would consider bad reasons. By condemning the glorification of a film about abortion, I am not endorsing the Ceauşescu regime. They were right about abortion, but they were right for the wrong reasons. That matters. I will admit, however, that for the sake of innocent lives I would rather see people do the right thing for the wrong reasons than do the wrong thing.

The MediaBlog (Doesn't) Explain It All

Somebody keeps getting here by typing +"Ray Boltz" and +homosexual into Google.

For the record, I have absolutely no idea whether Ray Boltz is/was gay. None at all. Just playing the odds, I would say that he probably isn't, but you'd have to ask him.

Now, what I do know that he is utterly talentless, but that's not the same thing.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Kalamazoo, Michigan... Hello.

Yes, friends, another of those Larry-King-stream-of-consciousness posts you've come to know and love/loathe...

A Time To Kill is a really good movie. Every role was just perfectly cast. Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is always good (well, almost always... into each life a little Black Snake Moan must fall), but so was everyone else. Matthew McConaughey, Oliver Platt, Kevin Spacey, Sandra Bullock. Each perfect for their role and each just outstanding. It's also Grisham's best book.

How's about a little Saturday night blogporn? Once more, the incomparable Katherine McPhee:

And, while we're at it, how about a little more? Shannon Lucio:

And, come to think of it, this brings up a question. Now, we have it on good authority (Henry Kissinger) that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Still, who knew that little Dennis Kucinich was so powerful?

All right, that's enough blogporn for one night. Hey! If I gave it to you all at once you'd think I was easy!

All (and I do mean ALL) of my in-laws are here this weekend. I think I may have a nervous breakdown. If you pray, pray for me. If you don't pray, start. If you don't start then you can go fark yourself. After all I've done for you!

Have I mentioned how pissed off I am by the cancellation of Jericho? Yeah, it wasn't Shakespeare but it was a damn sight better than 1 vs. 100. Bob Friggin Saget? Oh, and for the record, somebody got here by typing in "Bob Saget" and "libertarian." Now, friend, I have no idea what Bob Saget's politics are, but I do know that you could do better than make a guy who was on Full House your political model.

And speaking of TV... Lost's season finale rocked. Don't be too hard on Sayid... He was using a friggin pistol for God's sake! Anyway, any man who can snap a neck with his feet is okay fine in my book.

All right. Maybe that's enough for one night.

One Note Andy: Torn Between Two Lovers

Yeah, I know. It's like a dog going back to his own vomit. I'll get rid of the widget a little later.

Seems One Note Andy just can't make up his mind on who his new crush is. One day it's John Bircher loon Ron Paul and the next it's lightweight-but-oh-so-telegenic Barack Obama. What's a girl... Ahem... Guy to do?

Andy needs to give it up and just start writing a column for some alternative weekly someplace. It can focus on everything he loves: buggery, S&M and religious bigotry. Should be a real classic.

I will give Andy credit for one thing. He, like Rosie O'Donnell, has the unique talent for getting under people's skin.

Friday, May 25, 2007

More Than Just The Mouse

When a lot of people think of Florida, they just think of tourism. The yearly pilgrimage to visit The Mouse with maybe a sidetrip to the beach. Now, there's not question that Florida is a great state to visit (it's also a great state to live in by the way), but something a lot of people don't think about is the importance of agriculture to Florida. Yeah, orange juice but there is a lot more to Florida farming than just orange groves. Take a look at the video below and you will get a better idea of what agriculture means to the great state of Florida:

Don't Let The Door Hit You On the Way Out

Rosie Disappears From The View

After her latest brouhaha, Rosie decides to pack it in three weeks early. Good riddance. Along with being an annoying and mouthy, Rosie is just plain ignorant. She, like too many on the Left, thinks she is a hell of a lot smarter than she actually is. She quotes pseudostatistics (ie 655000 Iraqi dead) that she heard from some freakish source without ever really examining them. She's like a lesbian, less sympathetic Cindy Sheehan.

Buh bye, Rosie. Go back to writing your crappy, e.e. cummings-wannabe "poetry."

Thursday, May 24, 2007

PayPerPost Is At It Again

PayPerPost, the amazing company that lets regular bloggers make money blogging just like the big guys do, is at it again. They have come up with yet another way to help bloggers expand their reach and expand their earnings.

This time, the new program is called PPP (PayPerPost) Direct. In a nutshell, it is an advertising plan that allows bloggers to name their own price for advertisements on their blogs. Bloggers put a link on their page. They get to name their own price. 100 words for $10? Okay. 50 for $15? Sure. You as a blogger get to say what your time, your effort and your blog are worth. Advertisers can then decide if they are willing to pay your price. Isn't that a great way of doing business?

Now, I will be perfectly honest and say that there are a few other programs out there that have a somewhat similar idea. Nothing new under the sun, right? Still, what sets PPP direct apart is that they don't place this huge overhead on either bloggers or advertisers. I mean, if the advertiser is paying $20 then what is fair about the blogger only seeing $5 of that money? You're the one doing the work, am I right? Why should the middle man get more than the guy (or gal) who actually devotes the time and effort? PayPerPost keeps it simple and keeps it fair. They charge a 10% fee. Not a 50% or 100% markup like some of the others. Just a flat, simple 10%. Half of that fee pays for the transaction fees through PayPal or credit cards, that sort of thing. The rest is a little something for PayPerPost since, after all, they are helping you arrange the deal. That's only fair, right?

As always, PayPerPost is in the lead. They offer good value to advertisers and fair compensation to bloggers. Find out more at the link up above.

Things I Didn't Know

Connecticut Celebrity - Celebrity News from - CELEBRITIES

Sort of a puff piece about Campbell Brown and her husband, Dan Senor. Not much interesting there and, even worse, no photo of Campbell.

Here's what I didn't know, however:
Campbell has converted to Judaism

Now, assuming she converted from Christianity to Judaism we here at The MediaBlog regret that such an excellent newsbabe decided to trade in her ticket to eternal bliss in favor of a one-way shot down the Satan Shoot and into eternal damnation.

Just kidding. We kid because we love.

No, seriously, I had no idea that she had converted. I also had no idea that Dan Senor was Jewish. I mean, I'm assuming she didn't just wake up one morning and decide to join the tribe. I'm assuming it had something to do with him being Jewish.

Which brings us to the question of whether or not it was the best idea in the world for the Coalition Provisional Authority, essentially the American occupation government of Iraq, to have a Jew as its public face.

Please be very careful to understand me. I'm not questioning his qualifications. I'm not questioning whether he did a good job. I'm not saying that Iraqis would be right to be angered by seeing a Jewish person acting as the spokesperson for their occupiers. What I am saying is that he may not have been the best choice for quite so public a role in Iraq given the delicacy of the situation.

Am I saying that we should give in to Iraqi prejudices? Yeah, I guess I am saying that. At least to the limited extent of not having a Jewish person figure quite so prominently in the occupation. No, they don't get a veto on whether we deploy Jewish troops. No, they don't get to tell us that we can't have Jewish people working in the occupation or the embassy. However, was it really smart to make a Jewish person the public face of American authority? I've got to reluctantly say that it wasn't.

Of course, I also have felt for a long time that the entire Coalition Provisional Authority era under Paul Bremer was pretty much a disaster. De-Baathification, the disbanding of the Iraqi army... Lots of very basic mistakes. Just as importantly, we went for almost a year without any Iraqis taking public roles in the occupation. That was a mistake in numerous ways. First, it served to humiliate the Iraqi people. Second, it allowed Iraqis to externalize their problems and project blame onto us rather than taking responsibility for themselves.

See what kind of Renaissance Man I am? One second I'm wishing for newsbabe blogporn and the next I'm deconstructing the Iraqi occupation. You people really don't appreciate how lucky you are to have me. You really don't.

The Three Rs

If you have followed this blog then you know that Mrs. MediaBlog and I welcomed a little bloglet into our home several months ago. Now, she's still very little but becoming a parent really does make you start thinking about the future. You want the best for your kids. One of the most important gifts a parent gives a child is a good education.

Sometimes kids need a little extra help if they are going to achieve their full potential. Score Learning center can provide just that extra little push, in the right way and at the right time, to help kids be all they can be. Score Learning Centers can provide just the sort of innovative tutor that can really make a difference.

I know that when the Bloglet needs help in school we are going to want to make sure she has nothing but the very best. And Score Learning Centers are just that: the very best.

Saying the Unsayable

Candidate Paul assigns reading to Giuliani - Yahoo! News

John Bircher-gadfly Ron Paul is the flavor of the month online. He made big press during the last debate by more or less saying that we brought 9/11 on ourselves by meddling in the Middle East. In response, Giuliani got to play his 9/11 card by tearing Paul a new one.

Here's the thing though. Ron Paul is at least partly right. Doesn't mean he's not a nut. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

We're supposed to say that they attacked us because they hate freedom. That sounds good but it's BS. Yeah, they do hate freedom as we understand the word, but you didn't see them attacking Canada and the Canadians were pretty free the last time I checked.

No, they attacked us because we're over there, spreading a worldview that is both seductive and completely antithetical to every 7th Century truth they hold dear. If we kept our mouths shut, our Burger Kings at home and our opinions about... Oh, I don't know... Stoning rape victims, to ourselves then they wouldn't be messing with us.

Where Paul is wrong is when he pretends that we can come home, slam the door behind us and draw the shades. That's not America. The idea that America used to keep to itself is an historical delusion. Read Robert Kagan's "Dangerous Nation" and you'll understand that.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Think Twice

The lasik process can be amazing for those with vision problems. A few zaps of a laser at your eyeball and, voila, you can see. Before you get too excited though, you need to remember something:

They are zapping your eyeball with a laser!

Lasik Complications are a real, if rare, possibility.

I'm not saying that to scare anyone, just to remind you that it is a serious procedure that you need to think about. There are Lasik Complications and it is a mistake not to learn more about them before making a decision. Yes, it's rare, but it does happen and you need to know the facts. The link above will take you to a site that discusses some of the potential problems. They just want you to have the information so you can make an informed decision.

Maybe It's Time We Think With Our Heads and Not Our Hearts

Conservative Christians are in a quandary.

Of the three leading candidates for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination one is pro-choice, one is just a little nuts and one worships Satan.

Okay, that’s not quite true. John McCain is more than just a little nuts.

Seriously though, on the surface of things Rudy McRomney doesn’t offer us very much to get excited about. It is a stretch to say that Conservative Christians are single-issue voters, but it isn’t all that much of one. Abortion is the sine qua non of evangelical support in the Republican party. Rudy is pro-choice and McCain is pro-life but strikes many of us as untrustworthy after his “maverick” games of recent years. As for Mitt Romney, he is vocally anti-abortion. For now. Wait a week and we can spin the wheel again.

Other than waiting for one of the two great Southern hopes (Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich, each of whom have their own problems, by the way) to enter the race, what is a Right Wing Loon to do?

It’s been 35 years since Roe vs. Wade was (wrongly) decided. Thanks to the two Bush appointments to the Supreme Court, we are closer now to overturning it than we ever have been. Of course, we’ve been hearing that ever since Reagan took office. The sad and sobering fact is that Republicans have controlled the White House for two-thirds of the time that Roe has been the law of the land. Given that, the rate of progress we have made has been glacial. We’ve had a lot of speeches from avowedly pro-life presidents. We have had loud confirmation battles that accomplish little other than to stir up donations from the base on both sides. In terms of actual change, however, there has been very little.

Maybe the time has come to rethink how we as Christians treat this issue. Maybe we need to start worrying less about feel-good anti-abortion platitudes and thinking more about how to achieve tangible results. If limiting, restricting, decreasing and, ultimately, defeating abortion is the strategic goal then perhaps different tactics are called for.

The old saying that “only Nixon could go to China” may have relevance here. The reason, of course, why Nixon alone could do so is that his anti-communist credentials were felt to be beyond reproach. That allowed him a flexibility denied to others for whom the commitment to the Cold War struggle was more in doubt. Or, to put it another way, only Nixon could go to China because he would have destroyed anyone else who tried.

The point? Sometimes you have to establish your bona fides with a group before you can successfully screw them over. Rudy Guliani has the potential to pull off one of the greatest political reversals in American history by accomplishing as a pro-choice president what thirty years of pro-life Republicans could not: the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade.

How? Let’s establish a few things first. One, Rudy is pro-choice. He has said so. Yes, he is for some restrictions but nothing major and nothing likely to irredeemably piss off the Left. Fundamentally, he opposes restricting abortion. Still, does anyone really think he cares that much? I, for one, don’t think that he wakes up every morning worrying about whether a woman in Iowa has easy access to an abortion clinic. Rudy cares about security, about crime, about economics and about making the trains run on time. Those are obviously his passions and those are what he will focus his time on.

So, Rudy won’t go out of his way to be a champion of the pro-choice movement. Now, if he isn’t going to militantly use the bully pulpit against us, what effect will he have on abortion in America? For the most part, Presidents affect the abortion issue in one way: the appointment of judges. Now, what do you think is going to matter most to Rudy when he is picking judges? Is he going to spend his time thinking about whether this judge is going to limit executive authority (we know that Rudy loves his power, or so we’ve been told anyway)? Absolutely. Is he going to worry whether the judge is tough on crime and takes a limited view of defendant’s rights? You bet. “Tough on Crime” is how Rudy wants to be known. Is he going to worry about whether his judges interpret the Constitution as it was written rather than as they would like it to have been written? He has said so and we have no reason, given his history, to think otherwise.

So, Rudy will appoint judges who take a limited view of their own role, who interpret the constitution narrowly and who defer to the power of the executive and legislative branches. How likely is it that said judges are going to be rabid abortion supporters? I’m sure Rudy will continue the old saw of not having a “litmus test.” That’s good. It gives him deniability. The point is that he doesn’t need a litmus test on abortion. If he picks the sort of judges who agree with him on all these other issues then, more often than not, they are going to agree with us on this one issue.

Will they ban abortion? Of course not. They are strict constructionists. The fact is that no court is ever going to do that. We don’t even want them to. What we want is to send this back to the states where we can have 50 small fights rather than one big one. The day after Roe is overturned. Rudy can talk about how he respects the rule of law whatever his personal opinions are. He can talk about Federalism and how he would vote in his home state of New York. He can say whatever he feels like. The important thing is that our side will have won.

So, we Evangelicals have a choice: we can fight with our hearts and keep losing or we can start fighting with our heads and win.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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Simon Cowell - "It's All Quite Boring, Actually"

No, he didn't actually say that. I'm just channeling my inner Simon.

I have not been at all enthused about anyone this season. Not even Melinda who was the most technically proficient singer on the show this year. In fact, the very fact that the highest praise I can offer about this season's American Idol is that one of the contestants was "technically proficient" tells you a lot about how dull this season has been. Both Jordin and Blake are fine. There is pretty much no question that Jordin will win. She won't sell all that well. Why? There's no "there" there.

And while we're at it... Jordin, honey, don't shed the victory tears yet. Yeah, you're going to win but it's tacky. And speaking of tacky... Why did they cut to a shot of Kathy Griffin in the audience as if she were actually, you know, somebody.

Anyhoo... Maybe we can throw in a picture of Katherine McPhee to wash away the banality of it all:

Ah... Yeah, that feels better.

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God Hating, S&M Lit... You Know... For the Kids!

If you pay attention to our little "What Am I Reading" note over on the right (and you probably don't), then you see the name of Harry Turtledove popping up pretty regularly. His publisher bills him as "the master of alternate history" and they are entirely correct. Over the last couple of years he has started writing alternate history books aimed at the young adult (ie teen and maybe upper tween) market under the Crosstime Traffic label. A tad juvenile, but still very good reads even for someone like yours truly who is neither teen nor tween.

His latest is called "In High Places." I'm not going to take the time to get into the plot. Go to Amazon or wherever for a synopsis. That said, the theme of the book is basically two-fold: anti-religious and pro-kink. Well, maybe not pro-kink but you've got a female character who gets off on being a slave. Nancy Drew she ain't.

Now, despite the fact that we lean toward the fundie side around here, I have no problem with either topic. I am, however, a little surprised that a book aimed at younger readers would broach either subject. This isn't your daddy's Hardy Boys novel, folks.

Anyhoo, a good read like all Turtledove books, but you kids remember: kinky sex is for your parents.


Monday, May 21, 2007

Drug Rehab

It takes one to know one.

That's the saying, right? In other words, unless you have been there you don't really know what you're talking about. When you are dealing with a subject as important as drug rehab, you want to make sure that you are dealing with people who really know what they are talking about. That is what sets Stone Hawk apart.

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What Is In A Name?

A bit of a postscript on the passing of Jerry Falwell.

Last week, the morning after he Falwell died, a reporter for NBC did a piece on him for the Today show. In the piece, he referenced Falwell as the founder of "the so-called Moral Majority."


One wonders whether, when his day comes, Norman Lear will be referred to as the founder of "the so-called People for the American Way." I mean, if we can question whether or not "Moral Majority" is an accurate description of the group Jerry Falwell started, I think it's just as valid to question whether the People for the American Way actually represents the American way. Much of what they advocate certainly doesn't fit my definition of the American way just as, I'm sure, much of what Jerry Falwell's group spoke out for doesn't strike everyone as being either moral or a majority view.

Here's the problem in a nutshell. The phrase "so-called" is a snearing way of dismissing someone or something. It is basically the same as calling them either a hypocrite or a liar. It basically says that so-and-so calls himself this, but really they're not that way at all.

I have a hard time believing that NBC or this reporter (I believe it was Michael Okwu, but I'm not positive) would use the term to describe any socially liberal group. Snide comments are always welcome, however, when talking about conservatives or, better yet, religious conservatives.

A Date With An Angel

Look at her. I mean, just look at her! How often does a regular Joe get a chance to take out a famous TV and movie star? Three guesses. Okay, how does NEVER sound? That's why the SeduceACeleb contest is such as amazing opportunity. I mean, how else are you ever going to get the chance go out with a woman like Mirelly Taylor?

Okay, so what's the plan? Seduce a Celeb will run on over the next 14 weeks. Check out the hilarious video submissions at GoFish now!

Free videos at

Okay, check. That is done. Now you need to make one of your own and upload it to the site. Be creative. Be funny. Be original. You want to get noticed, remember? Don't waste your time with something tried and true. Be bold. Be "out there." Make a statement. Make them laugh. Make them cry. Whatever you do, just DO NOT bore them. This is your one shot so you need to make the very most of it. Take a few minutes and think of what you want to do. Then grab the video camera and get to it. You know what they say: you can't win if you don't enter.

Oh, and when you win, put in a good word for me with Mirelly. Or maybe she has a sister? Hey, it's the least you can do for your wingman!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I'm Fired!

Buh Bye to The Donald

You know, Donald Trump is probably a hard man to live with. Yeah, more money than God, but even so. I mean you ask him to take out the trash at the wrong moment and the next second he's taking a dump in the living room. Very short fuse that man.

Anyhoo... I guess The Donald wasn't very happy when NBC put The Apprentice on the fence and didn't commit to when or if it would be back. Rather than wait on the ledge, Donald decided to go ahead and jump off.

He won't be missed. The first couple of season of The Apprentice were a lot of fun. The premise wore thin after that as did Trump's personality. He's larger than life. He's a cartoon character. After a little while, however, you get tired of him. Replacing George and Caroline was the nail in the coffin. Not that Ivanka isn't a little hottie, but even so... It was tacky even by Trump standards.

So, rotsa ruck, Don. Don't let the door hit you in the ass.

And, so this post is not a complete waste of your time, you can find Playboy pictures of former Apprentice wannabe Kristine Lefebvre here

Friday, May 18, 2007

Don't Get Lost

I've got to admit, I'm not a big one for camping out. I'm just not. My idea of roughing it is a hotel that doesn't have the SciFi channel. I like my comfy bed, I like my hot shower and I like my air conditioning. Now, all of that being said, if you are a camping person then it can really be a great experience for a family or a group. What better way to get close to people than to get away from all the distractions of the city and get out where you can hear each other. No cell phones, no rushing around. Just peace, quiet and fellowship.

Lowergear offers camping and GPS rentals that can make your wilderness adventure a little more fun and a little safer. Getting out there and sharing an adventure is a great way to bring folks together. Maybe it's a small group from your church... A Sunday school class, youth group or life group. Getting out there in the woods is a terrific way for strangers to become friends.

This is definitely the time of year to head out into the woods. The weather is right and the kids are out of school. This is the best time to get out there and see God's creation. Start planning your trip and check out for your camping needs.

Let's Talk About American Idol

No, not this season. Who gives a crap about this season? No eye candy and no singers who absolutely knocked my socks off. They even dumped Melinda, so I'm done. You may have noticed that, other than insulting LaKisha, I've spent little time on AI this season.

Anyhoo, rather than focus on today, let's spend a little time traveling down memory lane to enjoy last season. No, I'm not talking about Mr. Soul Patrol. Yeah, we liked him at the time, but we have long sense realized the error of our ways. Mr. Spastic was all well and good, but when we realize that we voted against Katherine McPhee and, more importantly, Katherine McPhee's breasts, we understand just how foolish we really were. So, with that in mind, a blogpornapalooza dedicated to the lovely Katherine McPhee.

Kat, if there is any room in your entourage for a personal assistant/houseboy/sextoy/love slave, just let me know where to send the resume:

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Nuclear War: Maybe It Wouldn't Be So Great After All

So SciFi is running The Day After tonight. It's sort of the anti-Jericho. No Halloween parties for the kiddies in Lawrence, KS after the big one drops. Instead, it's one huge mass of melting flesh and misery. Hair falling out, lots of puking. Cats and dogs having sex. It's like the book of Revelations on steroids.

It's a painful movie to watch. Partially because of the misery, of course, but mainly because it is so clearly a political piece... And not even a nuanced one. We're talking a The Day After Tomorrow level of political sophistication here.

Far be it from me to minimize the horrors of global thermonuclear war. I said from the beginning that Jericho seemed a little to sanitary to be believable. Still, The Day After seems to come around from the opposite side. I mean, you basically have just a complete failure of society within about three days. Historically, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that this wouldn't happen. The devastation wrought on Germany and Japan was overwhelming. It was unlike anything America has ever known. It was as close as the world has gotten to the chaos that would follow post nuclear exchange. All of that being said, Germany and Japan were still functioning as societies after the massed bombings. Massively damaged, breaking down in many ways, but still retaining a basic level of functionality.

There is a tendency among the paranoid to assume that humans are one paycheck away from going Lord of the Flies. I honestly don't believe it. That's why when the horror stories around Katrina were being bandied about (cannibalism, 10000 dead, etc. etc. etc.), I took it all with a fairly large grain of salt.

Still, as I said, far be it from me to minimize nuclear devastation.

Island Life

Have you ever thought about retiring to a beautiful island home with a magnificent climate? I'm decades from retirement and I know that I have. The problem, of course, is money. If you think you are going to be able to afford to do that sort of thing in Hawaii or the Carribean then you had better start stashing away the money... Well, actually, it's probably too late even if you start today. Real estate in those places is through the roof.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It's The End of the End of the World... And I Feel Pissed

CBS ends `Jericho' in new schedule - Yahoo! News

You know, this really does suck. I mean, are we going to have nothing left on TV but Howie Mandel's bald head and Jeff Probst feeding shark tentacles to starving castaways? Oh, wait a second, that's not quite true. CBS may not want to have an interesting action-adventure show set in Middle America but it would just love to have a show about fornicators set in 1970s Chicago (Swingtown). Why the hell not? It's shagadelic, man!

Before we're done, Les Moonves will have Katie doing the news wearing nothing but a leather bikini.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

This May Be Your Only Chance

Who wouldn't like the opportunity to go out with a beautiful TV star?

Unfortunately, unless you're famous or rich, you're probably out of luck. Or, at least, you were until now! is running their "Seduce a Celeb" contest. If you win, you will get to take the beautiful Mirelly Taylor out for a night on the town. You may have seen the lovely Ms. Taylor on the TV shows Las Vegas or Numb3rs or maybe in the movie Serving Sara. You can see Ms. Taylor's full acting resume over at IMDB. Seduce a Celeb will run on over the next 14 weeks. Check out the hilarious video submissions at GoFish now!

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Ms. Taylor, as you can see below, is simply stunning. What will your dream date with a Hollywood star look like? Dinner? A concert? Maybe walking the red carpet for a premier? The flashbulbs will be popping for her and you get to be the arm candy. You will need to show up in a limo, of course. A Hollywood star isn't going to be content to go for a ride in your Civic. Start making plans and submit your entry to today.

The Compassionate Left

The Rev. Jerry Falwell dies at 73

If you want to be truly sickened, read what some of the peace-loving, humanistic Lefties at are saying about the late Rev. Falwell.

Speaking for myself, I will say that I didn't agree with everything Jerry Falwell said or did. I thought some of his comments went way over the top. I thought his hawking of a video basically accusing Bill Clinton of murder was unbecoming of a man of the cloth. I thought some of the rabid, sort-of-crazy rantings in his National Liberty Journal (right between the ads for gold and for food you can stockpile in your basement) were more than a little crazy.

I'll also say that while the Left just loves to tar the man, he really hasn't been an important figure on the Right in quite a long time. I heard Brit Hume say something to that effect earlier in the day and he's right. The idea that Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson or James Dobson can somehow "deliver" Christian Conservatives is not only flawed, it's sort of insulting. I suppose the same could be said for Big Al and Jesse too, for that matter, with Blacks. The days when an individual wielded that sort of power over a large demographic are over with. If they ever really existed in the first place.

There. Now with all of that said I will also say that he was a brother in Christ, that he was a man committed to winning souls, that he did right as God gave him the light to see it and that he did much more good than bad. This side of heaven, that's the best we can hope for.

Well done, good and faithful servant... Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Monday, May 14, 2007

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Live Blogging the 7th Heaven Finale... Again

So it's not live. I have better things to do with my Sunday night that watch this trainwreck. Okay, so I don't, but even so...

Ah... A deux ex machina in the form of a Class A RV... How utterly believable. And they're going to foul the sheets before they even leave the driveway. How classy.

"Keep an eye on the church..." You know, it is a job, Eric. Yeah, Lucy only shows up when she feels like it, but you actually have responsibilities and you're getting paid for them. Maybe, just maybe, the church might like you to... Oh, I don't know... Preach.

So Happy and the tards are babysitting Savannah. If she comes out of that RV with even four digits remaining I'll be shocked.

Gosh, nothing like abandoning your flock, Rev. I mean, it's not like God called your or anything. Not like anyone needs you. Oh no... Line up a few guest speakers and you're all set.

Maybe the whole frigging town could move to Crossroads.

Proof that 7th Heaven takes place in a parallel universe:
Kevin to Lucy: "Are you eating again?"
No husband has ever asked that question and survived the encounter.

"I've lost my enthusiasm for things..." Well, except for that $125000 luxury RV that's sitting in the driveway. Other than that, things mean nothing to me.

"We can get by on very little money. We have for years." Yeah, but you haven't been driving a vehicle that gets 3 miles to the gallon, now have you, Rev. Let's see. 3 miles to the gallon, $4/gallon gas. My guess is that Ruthie will be selling herself for petrol by the time they reach the Nevada line. Which will not be all that different from what she's been doing all these years.

Okay, it looks like they are all going to cram themselves into the RV. This can still turn out okay. Eric's at the wheel, Eric has a heart attack, RV goes off a bridge, fills with water. Last shot is of Ruthie pounding on the window as the RV sinks into the deep, never to be seen again. Yes, definitely possibilities there.

Suitcase and three things... Gun, bullet... Hey! I can still take one more thing!

What job is that, Lucy? Winning souls for Christ? Now when have you ever done that?

"I just don't get guys being gynecologists." No, Kevin, I'm sure you don't.

For the Tard Twins... Thinking will really burn off a lot of energy.

You know, even for Tards, those two kids have a piss poor view of God. The one, however, does have good taste in hot chicks. Keep your fingers crossed, Tardboy. Maybe when she gets around to America she'll adopt you.

Know what you get when you hit a fiberglass end cap with a glass bottle? You get stress cracks, dumbass. That's what you get.

Hey! It's the Stanley the Magic Negro!

And, with that, our long national nightmare comes to an end... Or so we think! Tune in same time next year for the third series finale of 7th Heaven!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Customer Relationship Software

If you or your business is in a field where you deal with customer accounts then you know that sometimes it can be a genuine struggle to organize the immense volume of information you need to maintain if you are going to adequately service each individual customer. I once had a sales and support type job and tried my best to maintain customer files on an antiquated, legacy UNIX-based text-only system. It was a genuine nightmare. The customers weren't happy and neither was I.

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Star Trek XII: The Search for Scotty

Cremated Remains of 200 Lost in Mountains After Trip to Space - Yahoo! News

Remember when they shot Scotty's ashes into space? Turns out the pod, capsule, whatever, landed in the mountains and they haven't been able to find it.

This is one of those things that isn't really that funny. You may not know it but James Doohan (Scotty) served at D-Day during World War II. He even lost a finger, though I don't think you can ever see that in the movies or on TV. I'm sure his family isn't real happy to know that a little bit of him is drifting over the mountain west.

Still, we here at The MediaBlog find humor in almost everything... As long as it isn't happening to us, of course.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

You Take The Good, You Take The Bad...

You Take Them Both,
And There You Have,
Wednesday Night! Wednesday Night!

Sorry, sometimes I channel Tootie. Ahem... Anyhoo...

The Good: The Tub With The Overbite Is No More!
The Bad: Major Dad! They shot Major Dad!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Have you seen those commercials for the new movie called Bug? They run a lot of them on Spike so I see at least one every day while I'm getting my two hour dose of Star Trek: Voyager. Anyhoo, it really does look like it will be a terrifying ride. I have to admit that I'm not usually all that into horror movies. That said, this one really does look good. You can see the trailer for the bug movie to get a better idea of what it's all about.

Unlike most of your typical horror movies, this one actually has a strong cast. It's got Ashley Judd for pity's sake! She's a pretty darn good actress if you ask me. And, just as importantly, she's what you might call easy on the eyes. It's also got Harry Connick, Jr in it which means just about nothing to me but would have my wife out the door and on her way to the theater in a New York minute. If you're trying to sell the little woman on going to a horror movie, you may want to mention he's in it. Just a thought.

Anyway, this looks to be a very interesting, fun, thrilling summer movie. Definitely looking forward to it.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Better Dead Than A Redhead

Clinic to weed out embryos with a squint | Uk News | News | Telegraph

If you tried to make this sort of thing up, no one would believe you. A clinic in London is going to screen out embryos that may have a condition that results in... Wait for it... Profound squinting.

Oh, it gets better. Dr. Mengele... Grudzinskas... Whatever his name is, would be willing to at least talk about screening out embryos based on hair color. The money quote:

"[Hair colour] can be a cause of bullying which can lead to suicide. With the agreement of the HFEA [Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority] , I would do it."

So let's see. If there's the potential that you might be bullied then you're better off never having been born. I'm honestly not a Glenn Beck-level paranoid but I promise you that this is not going to end well. The belief that we can make of this world a paradise ALWAYS ends in rivers of blood. Every single time.

Sunday, May 06, 2007


I think most of us who start a business do so because we really love doing paperwork. I mean, what could be more thrilling, more exciting, than to spend hours on end at your desk behind stacks of receipts, piles of time cards... Chugging away so you can balance the accounts and finish payroll so your employees don't egg your car.

Yeah, right.

You started your business because you loved what you do, not the paperwork. Why not farm that out to someone else? Think you can't afford it? Think again. At you can find out much more about their payroll for small business services plus a whole lot more. They do a responsible, quality job at a price that you can afford. Stop focusing on the details and start thinking big picture. You'll save time, you'll save money and you'll save a lot of stress. You can find out more information at the link above.

The AP: Breaking News... From 60 Years Ago

Mad Nazi dream of racial purity revealed - Yahoo! News

An interesting little story about how children in occupied Europe who were deemed to have "Aryan" features were transported to Germany, Germanized and given to German families to be raised.

Here's the problem... This is nothing new. I don't have a problem with the story. I have a problem with the headline. One, because it's more than a little sensationalistic and, two, because it acts like this is a discovery. It isn't.

Most journalists wouldn't know history if it bit them in the ass.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Make Those Sales

Have you ever tried to do sales? I have. The emphasis there is on the word "tried." If you have not done it then you have no idea. A sales job is a tremendously difficult job. There is constant rejection, but that's not even the worst of it. What's really rough is that you pretty much know that you are wasting your time with a lot of the people you deal with. No matter how good a pitch you make, they are not going to buy. It's a lot better if you can focus your time and attention on the clients that matter. That's where AIMpromote comes in.

AIMpromote is customer relationship management software that lets you maximize your time and make the most of your contact efforts with clients and potential clients. It will help you focus your attention so you can make that sale.

As a person who spent a good bit of his time feeling like he was just spinning his wheels, I can tell you that a software package like this would have been a godsend for me. Best of all, they offer a two week free trial so you can see if the software package will work for you and your business. No cost and no obligation. Isn't that worth a few minutes of your time? You can find out more information at the link above.

Maybe She Can Make Some Sort of Women's Prison Movie

Paris Hilton sentenced to jail

I mean, what's hotter than a little Babes Behind Bars action, right? The sort of thing they used to run on USA at about 2am.

Look, Paris is hot in a short of slutty way, but she's also either an idiot or so completely arrogant that she must honestly believe the rest of us are some other species. Actually, she's probably both. 45 days of three hots and a cot (although apparently it's two colds and a hot) might take some of the bitchiness out of her. Of course, given that her mom was quick to blame everyone except darling daughter, one doubts that the Paris that emerges will be a whole lot different.

Honestly, I could care less. She'll end up either dead or forgotten. Or maybe both. Talk about wasting your life.

Still, she's fun to ogle. And so, a little see-you-when-you-get-out blogporn:

Friday, May 04, 2007

It's Clearly Not A Good Day At Camp Giuliani

Giuliani emerging as favorite of gays - Yahoo! News

I don't know who Rudy's media guy is, but he's got to be pulling his hair out with a headline like that.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Time To Hang The Kid

They need to take that little prick of a Godfather wannabe and string him up from the nearest lamppost. Snot-nosed little brat and his bitchy little girlfriend are well on their way to being put against the wall If I were the mayor they would have been thrown down into the salt mine a long time ago.

I Can See Clearly Now

Well, no, actually I can't. I'm getting older and the peepers ain't what they used to be. I have to be honest though... I'm really dreading glasses or contact lenses. I just don't want the hassle of either. Maybe Lasik will be an alternative for me.

Now, I'm not sure that I'm even a candidate for the procedure. And even if I am, I have to admit that the idea of having lasers shot into my eyeballs does make me a little nervous. That being said, it's a very safe and extremely effective procedure. Lasik is a tremendous success in upwards of 90% of patients and fewer than 1 in 200 experience truly serious complications. You've got to like those odds.

I'm definitely going to look into whether Lasik is right for me. You can do the same at the link above.

Speaking Ill of the Dead

I'm sure it's very wrong to scold an author who died a week ago. Yes, very wrong indeed.

Okay, now with that out of the way...

As you might have noticed if you scrolled down a bit, I'm currently reading War in a Time of Peace by the recently late David Halberstam. It's not a bad book at all. Sort of a history of American diplomacy in the 1990s, mainly focused on the Yugoslav wars. It was written pre-9/11, though just barely, and I have a feeling I'm going to have some comments to make once I'm done. For now though, I'm going to favor you with a paragraph of Halberstam's talking about Bubba after his cakewalk in the 1996 election. To wit:

Clinton understood that among many on the fundamentalist right, there was a veneer of nostalgia for the simpler time of the fifties, when America was a predominantly white society and the old hierarchy still held. But when you pushed through that veneer, it turned out to be thin. A lot of Americans, women, younger people, nonwhites, gays, even middle-class whites, were not nostalgic for an earlier era that they regarded as at least partially repressive. Even those who were nostalgic more often than not wanted their neighbors to live as they had in the fifties, creating a society with greater surface civility, while they themselves enjoyed the vastly greater freedoms and rewards of the booming economy and the livelier lifestyle of the nineties. Clinton was very much a candidate of the nineties.

Nary a footnote or a citation so this is clearly nothing more than Halberstam's opinion and it is a blatantly shallow and biased one. For one thing, like so many on the Left (and particularly the academic Left) he is quick to dismiss those with whom he disagrees as "fundamentalists". That's a shorthand way of saying knuckle-dragging loons who sleep with their sisters. I have at least an associational claim to being a fundamentalist and I will tell you that most of us have little or no memory of the 1950s. Likewise, almost none of us have any interest in going to sock hops or turning firehoses on "negroes." We're not interested in returning to the "old hierarchy" (which is just Halberstam's way of saying that we're a bunch of racists. We don't want black and white TV, we don't want Red Scares and we don't want malts. What we want, and by we I mean cultural conservatives (which is a much more accurate and much nicer way to refer to us then "fundamentalists) generally, is an American popular culture that does not dismiss religion and values, that encourages personal responsibility and that judges people based on their values and actions not based on their membership in some protected class.

Again, like so much of the self-defined intellectual Left, Halberstam assumes that people who disagree with him are idiots.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tonight's American Idol Riddle

Q: What is big and round and has a red line around the middle?
A: Either a globe or LaKisha in tonight's outfit.

Better Break Out the Bullet, Barney

Tom Poston dead at 85 - TV Squad

It's been a bad week for comedic second bananas. I always thought Tommy Newsom was funnier than Ed McMahon so I'm throwing him into this category. Likewise for Tom Poston who was always funny but was never really the lead.

If I were Don Knotts I'd update the will.

Pay Your Own Way

There isn't much point in having a website that no one sees. The key to getting seen is good placement in the major directories and the big search engines. That, naturally, creates a problem. It's like the old joke about all job listings asking for experience but how can you get experience without getting a job? Likewise, how can you get seen if you don't have good search engine placement but how can you get good placement if no one has ever seen your site.

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War Games

You know, if you have much faith in the American people (and I'm not so sure that I do anymore), then you've got to believe that the Democrats playing politics with the war funding bill is not going to work. It isn't just that they are holding out on the funding. It's the "signing ceremony" that Pelosi and Reid staged and the fact that they held the bill purposely for today so they could play up the "Mission Accomplished" thing on the aircraft carrier from 4 years ago.

I've said before that one of John Kerry's biggest problems is that he is classless. He just can't seem to keep himself from being a jerk. Apparently, he's not the only one.