Saturday, June 30, 2007

Somehow, I Know A Man Is To Blame

Destination: Infestation (2007) (TV)

Lifetime Movie Network is going to be running their original movie Destination: Infestation or, more appropriately, Ants On A Plane.

This entire post exists for one reason and one reason only:



Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking ants on this motherfucking plane!

Low Quality Frame Grabs

Why not call a spade a spade? That's what they are after all. Still, you takes your blogporn where you finds it.

First, more of the really great legs (the face not so much) of American Inventor's Sara Blakely:




And then, pregnancy must agree with Campbell because she was positively glowing this morning:

Drawing Conclusions

Flaming SUV rams U.K. airport; 2 arrests - Yahoo! News

And here's your trifecta. Two failed car bombs in London and a semi-failed attempt in Glasgow. I think we can draw some conclusions fairly quickly:

1. These are not top notch operatives. They didn't do a very good job on any of these three efforts. That doesn't minimize the importance of these events. It certainly doesn't mean we should not take them seriously. It does likely mean one thing, however, which leads us to...

2. These are homegrown. British citizens or, at least, residents. They are part of the "franchise" nature of current terrorism. Local groups, inspired by bin Laden and his ilk, art trying to pull off operations. Because they lack the skills and the money, they do a half-assed job of it. That shouldn't be all that comforting to anyone. Practice makes perfect.

They Just Don't Get It

I've said before that I'm probably one of the few red meat conservatives who don't get just completely whacked over the immigration issue. Yeah, they should secure the borders, but in truth I really don't think it is much of a long term problem. We need the labor, we're lucky to have Catholic Mexicans to draw upon rather than Muslims (like Europe) and, anyway, Mexico's declining birth rate is going to slow the flow across the border dramatically in the next few decades.

Still, the Republicans screwed up royally on this one. Royally.

No, not because they supported immigration changes, but because of their arrogance in doing so. Dubya spouted off more than once ("I'll see you at the bill signing")... Would that he manned-up quite so forcefully on some other things. Trent Lott pissed off the talk radio listeners who are the solid, reliable core of the Republican base. Now, Mel Martinez is throwing it back in the opponent's faces:

The Chairman of the Republican Party on Friday lambasted Democrats and Republicans who helped kill an immigration bill in the Senate and challenged them to come up with a solution beyond ``just build a fence along the border.''

``The voices of negativity now have a responsibility to come up with an answer,'' RNC Chairman and U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, R-Fla. said.

`How will you fix the situation to make peoples' lives better? How will you continue to grow the economy? How will we bring people out of the shadows for our national security and for the sake of being a country that is just?'' he demanded.


Okay. Where to begin? Why do opponents have a responsibility to come up with an answer that regularizes the status of those who are here illegally? What do we gain by doing so? What is so terribly wrong with the situation as it currently exists? The argument that we need to do so to "make people's lives better" is asinine. Why is it the job of the United States to make better the lives of those who violate our laws? That is so politically tone deaf that it boggles the mind. Particularly coming from a Senator who is also the head of the Republican Party. Are you accusing the country of being "unjust" because it refuses to reward criminal behavior?

The argument that we need to do this for national security is bullshit. Every time politicians really want something done over the last sixty years, they say it is for national security. How is this going to improve the national security? Does Mel honestly think that the Arab terrorists who sneak in under the cover of a group of immigrants are going to walk into an immigration office and register for a Z visa? Those who wish us harm aren't going to register. They are going to stay in the shadows.

Look, I'm not stupid enough to think that we can send law enforcement through the country to round up 12 million people and ship them back. It isn't going to happen. That doesn't mean we have to condone what they've done, however. It doesn't mean we have to reward it. Why not close the borders as effectively as we can and then let the 12 million who are here continue as they have? Some will go home over time, some will be sent home and the rest will continue as they have. We get the benefit of their cheap labor, they get the benefit of jobs, the government collects just as much tax revenue from them as it is ever likely to without having to pay them social security someday. They don't becomes citizens, gain the right to vote and skew the political system. In essence, they remain what they have made themselves - second class resident laborers. We didn't do that to them, they did it to themselves.

Friday, June 29, 2007

God Bless America!


It's never too early to celebrate the Fourth!

Defending The Indefensible

If you've paid much attention to us, you know that we're not big fans of Ann Coulter. Honestly, I usually just wish that she would shut the frack up. She runs off at the mouth and makes herself, and the rest of us, look like morons. I was quick to criticize her for referring to the Shyster as a faggot.

Okay, all of that said, she's getting a bum rap this time around. I just saw a commercial for Good Morning America that features the second half of her quote. You know the one "next time, if I have anything to say about John Edwards, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist attack (not quite verbatim, but damn close). It sounds just completely over the top, doesn't it? Except that when you know what the first half of the statement was, it really isn't. She's referring to the fact... FACT... That HBO hack Bill Maher pretty much said that it would have been a good thing if Dick Cheney had been killed during that failed suicide bomb assault that took place when he was in Afghanistan. Maher didn't receive 1/100 of the criticism for his outrageous statement as what Coulter received for her comments.

And, of course, the Shyster and Mrs. Shyster are making plenty of money off the whole thing. And his sinking campaign definitely needed the fundraising help.

Half the Story

Philly mayor John F. Street gets iPhone - Yahoo! News

Along with all the rest of the iPhone hoopla today, there was this story about how the mayor of Philadelphia was one of the folks who waited in line to get one of the new gadgets on D-Day. Personally, gadget guru though I am, I can't see paying $500 for one of the things. Still, to each his own.

This story from the AP points out that a cheeky fellow named Larry West decided to confront the mayor and his decision to spend the day in line because, as he put it, there have been "200 murders in the city already" this year.

The story doesn't even get around to naming the mouthy citizen until the bottom. It only describes him as "a 22-year-old man sporting a mohawk."

Huh, you're probably saying. Or maybe you're saying that Mr. West is right. That the mayor should be at his office 24/7 doing... Well... Whatever it is that mayors do about crime. Either way, whatever. Fine.

Here's my problem with this story. Larry West isn't just some ordinary guy passing by on the street. He's a political activist, Green Party member and long shot candidate for mayor. I describe him as long shot for two reasons: 1. He has a mohawk. 2. He is, as the story says, 22 and the minimum age to be elected Mayor in Philly is 25.

I have nothing against the man except my natural, visceral hatred for anyone with a mohawk, his support for gay marriage and free condoms and the fact that I find his third-person written website more than slightly annoying. Actually, I guess I have a lot against him. Who knew?

Anyhoo, my real problem is that Rubina Madan of the AP didn't do her homework and left out what I think anybody would consider to be a fairly important detail. It took me 30 seconds on the internet to realize that Larry West wasn't some random man on the street. Why didn't Rubina report this?

P.S. 7/1/2007 -- After a subsequent search, I find that Ms. Madan is a 23 year-old intern with the AP. Her website can be found here. That may explain what I consider to be her error in this story. Of course, she does have a Master's in Journalism from Columbia, so maybe being an intern isn't much of an excuse. Still, I don't want to act like this mistake is a big deal in and of itself. This is a small story. My only concern is that sloppiness on a small story from a young reporter may turn into sloppiness on a big story from an older reporter.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Finding Someone Online

Back in the long ago, the dark and distant days BMM (Before Mrs. MediaBlog), I had a brief online relationship. We met in the CompuServe chat rooms (yeah, I'm that old), we chatted. At the time it seemed very serious despite the fact that we never met out here in the real world. In retrospect, I don't know how serious it actually was on either of our parts. We were friends, certainly, but I don't know that we ever really made a connection that could have gone beyond that. Maybe we did. At any rate, we never got together in person and, over time, we just sort of drifted apart. I don't really know where she is at this point.

Today, there are some great options if you are looking to meet someone online. One of the best options you will find is called FriendFinder. It will let you easily, quickly sort through all the options and find the right person for you. What I like best about the site is that their search functions make it very easy. Compared to some other sites that really make you jump through hoops, FriendFinder lets you get started almost as soon as you arrive at the site. Plus they have groups that bring you together with people who share similar interests. And, of course, they have a chat site where you can talk.

If you want to meet someone, start your search at FriendFinder.



Wednesday, June 27, 2007

It's A Big Night On CNN, Folks

At 8, Paula Zahn (who really went for the 70s Farrah Fawcett hairdo today) has a freakshow including a transgendered 7 year old.

Then at 9, Larry King will try to remember who Paris Hilton is.

Finally, we close out the night at 10 with Anderson Cooper who will tap his heels together and wish that he could somehow get back to World News Now and the 3am shift.

Well, We Do Like SOME Police

Not just some police... THE Police.

The great thing about The Police is that they really do have a timeless sound that appeals to people across a huge age range. I'm a guy in my middle 30s and a lot of what I hear on the radio today just doesn't work for me. Yeah, call me an old fogey. I can't help it. Likewise, I'm sure a lot of folks in their teens do not exactly get worked up about listening to a Billy Joel CD. Nothing against Billy, but he has a definite sound that fits with a certain time. One of the great things about The Police, on the other hand, is that you can't pin them down to a particular time and place. Their music sounds just as fresh today as it did twenty years ago. There is a new double Police Cd out that features all their classic hits. It also includes a vintage poster that is a great collector's item. I've already gotten the new CD set and it really is a must have for all The Police fans out there. It's everything you would expect from a greatest hits CD from one of the great groups of all time.

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NFL: Congress Should Shut The *&@#$ Up - MediaBlog! News

Congress: NFL should improve benefits - Yahoo! News

You know, some of what pisses me off about the Dems is moronic garbage like this. The care and feeding of NFL retirees is not a serious matter on the national stage. Why are they wasting our time on this "issue"? And, yeah, I know that there were some Pubs involved in this farce but the Dems are in the majority. They set the agenda.

Good to know everything in Creation is hunky dory. It must be for them to have wasted time on this.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Savings

I hate paying full price. Whether it's a sale, a coupon, a discount... However I get it, I want to save money on anything and everything I buy. Now, one of the great things about shopping online is that you usually don't have to pay sales tax. If you pick the right retailer, you may be able to get around shipping charges too. If you want more, though, you need to find online coupons. CouponChief.com is the place to go for great online coupons. They have all the big retailers. For example, if you're looking for Dell coupons they are the place to go. Save a few extra dollars (or probably a whole lot more) on that new PC.

Whatever retailer you're looking for, there is a great chance that CouponChief has the coupons that will help you save.

Congrats!

Celebrity Baby Blog: Today Show's Campbell Brown expecting first child

We almost forgot to pass along our congratulations to our favorite screwed-over weekend newsie!

I'm Not Crazy About Cops

WWSB ABC 7 - Sarasota, Florida - Bradenton man arrested for pointing finger

Given that we're somewhat to the right of Attila the Hun you would think that we would be solid, reliable law-and-order types around here.

We're not.

Now, if you hurt my family you're going to see the business end of my shotgun. If there's enough left of you for the police to haul off afterward, fine and dandy. That being said, we here at The MediaBlog are not overly fond of police. We consider police to be a necessary evil. Yeah, you've got to have them, but that doesn't mean they are all heroes or that they're always right or any of the other fairy tales the world tells us.

The fact of the matter is that a lot of cops are drunk with power. They get off on being in charge and it turns them into petty little tin gods. Cops also stick with cops. That's natural enough. Everybody is clannish. Like sides with like. That's a little dangerous, however, when the clan in question is heavily armed and has the force of law behind them.

So, long story short, I'm not a big fan of police. Too many of them are like the one referenced in the story above.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Did You Ever Notice

That Everybody Hates Chris is Oliver Beene with Black people?

Rosie Is Hard To Please

Rosie O'Donnell Won’t Take 'Price Is Right'

Everything has to be just so for Rosie.
At least, that's always the cover story.

Does anyone really buy this? CBS was just desperate to have Rosie and offered her a fortune but she turned it down because she doesn't want to leave her "wife" and family behind to travel to Southern California.

And, of course, ABC couldn't bare the thought of losing Rosie from "The View" so they offered her the moon but the two sides just couldn't come to agreement.

People just keep making Rosie offers she can't accept. I'm not buying it. I think that these companies are making her offers they KNOW she won't accept so both sides can say that they parted happily without either side having to lose face.

Either that or Rosie's people are just making things up. You know. Like she does about 9/11.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Um... Maybe There Are Three Americas

Elizabeth Edwards supports gay marriage - Yahoo! News

Straight, gay and freakish. Scenes from Lizzy Edwards' day:

The Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

Remember summer camp?

Swimming in Lake Wahoozagonits and being bitten by mosquitoes until you're covered in painful, itchy welts? Ah... Good times.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Why Am I Not Surprised?

The Daily Dish: Scarred For Life

Apparently One Note comes down on the other side of the whole circumcision thing. I take comfort from this since he has reached a point where I'm pretty sure I'm right about most things so long as I disagree with him.

AndrewSullivan.com: your daily stop for perversion, foreskins, S&M and whining

Money and Advice

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Reading Is Fundamental

One of my greatest hopes for the Bloglet is that she will be a reader. I have always been a reader and I can tell you that it is one of the greatest joys of my life. There is nothing that compares for relaxation, for learning or for just plain fun to getting into a really interesting book.

Of course, if you're going to be a lifelong reader then you have to have a good foundation of reading skills to build upon. That is why it is so important that children not fall behind on their reading skills.

If the Bloglet has trouble, I am going to make sure she gets the help she needs. Score Reading Tutors can provide just that sort of help to a child who is struggling with reading.

One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the love of reading. A Score tutor can help.

Chris Dodd Wants to Enslave Your Children

Dodd urges mandatory community service - Yahoo! News

I'm not kidding. How else can you describe forced labor in a time that is not a national emergency? Why don't you get the peasants out there building roads, Chris, like good old King Louis?

How about if you just leave people alone? Is that really too much to ask. I mean, Good God... Everytime I start thinking that maybe we go a little too far on the Right by calling the Dems socialists constantly they go and talk about stuff like this.

Anyway, it doesn't matter, Chris. You ain't going to win.

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting!

You know, I'm headed toward the age where my idea of brisk physical activity will be raking leaves. I'm not there yet though. I can still kick it up with... Well, if not the best of them then at least some of the rest. Still, maybe online is a better place for me to indulge my interest in Mixed Martial Arts.

If you're not familiar with it, Mixed Martial Arts are... Well... Just what you would think, actually. Mixed martial arts. A combination of several different styles and techniques. If you're interested in MMA then you can share information and learn a lot more by visiting the MMA Forums. You can also play an interesting fantasy game related to MMA. Essentially, this is pretty much your one-stop for MMA info and fun.

Just Another Ignorant Starlet

Cameron Diaz's bag offends entire nation of Peru

The cool thing about being a rich, Hollywood celebrity is that you are absolutely free to embrace the ideology of people who, in a slightly different reality, would put a less-sheltered version of yourself against the wall.

Thus it is with Cameron Diaz (who has a track record of being an idiot) who can visit Peru while carrying a handbag emblazoned with a line from that quotable notable/murderous bastard good ol' Chairman Mao. Problem is that they take their Marxism a little more seriously in the mountains of Peru than they do in the Hills of Beverly. That might be because the Marxists killed 70000 of their fellow citizens. Yeah, that might be it. Anyhoo... Congrats to Miss Diaz for pissing off an entire nation. Even Charlie's Angels II didn't manage that.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Castles in the Sand

Do you remember building sand castles when you were but a young one?

I will be perfectly honest... I was never one for building sand castles. First of all, I have just about no artistic talent at all. The same thing goes for architectural talent. The other reason why is that I find it itchy to be in the sand. Grit in your trunks. Not my thing. Finally, why play in the sand when you can frolic in the waves?

If, like me, you're not much for real sand castles then you need to go to VirtualSandCastle.com where you can Build A Sandcastle from the air conditioned comfort of your home. It is fast, it is fun and it is very, very easy. Once you are done, you can download your creation and make it the wallpaper on your PC. This time of year, it will definitely put you in the right mindset to ditch work and relax on a tropical beach vacation. You can also send your sand castle to a friend as an e-card. Let them enjoy drifting away on balmy breezes too.

Here is my creation. Be kind. Like I said, I'm not the next Frank Lloyd Wright:




Again With the Snipping

Circumcision losing favor with U.S. parents

I don't know why I keep coming back to this.

Actually, I do know why: at heart I am a traditionalist. I like the Latin mass even though I've never set foot in a Catholic chuch. Ditto for the whole no-birth-control thing even though Mrs. MediaBlog pops the pill. And, of course, there's the whole uncircumcised Jew thing.

Again we have an article on how tip snipping is going out of favor. Now, we gentiles get the choice of course. Jews though? Not so much. It's like in the by-laws or something... Literally. Uncircumcised Jew is like... I don't know... Tall midget.

Here's the best line from this article though:

"I can't say we were torn about it. Actually, we were torn, but only in the expectation of others around us and especially my Jewish heritage. But after doing the research and speaking with midwives and others around us with boys, we decided that the trend at the time was moving away from this blanket circumcision edict that comes down from God knows where."

Yeah. God knows where that whole thing comes from.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Eureka!



I think I'd like to go on American Inventor just so I could get a closer look at Sara Blakely's very hot crossed legs. Of course, I'd probably end up taking my own life when she told me no after I spent the kids' college fund to develop a doggie bidet or some such rot. Might be worth it though.

Double Image

Stacy Whitton Summers as Shania Twain was HOTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

Dishing the Dish

Come on. Be honest about this. Are you interested in the latest of Paris? Jennifer? Angelina? Brad? Bob?

Bob?

Okay, maybe not, but if you want to know about the goings on of the rest of them then there is a new website called CelebrityGossip.com that is just the place for you. They have full, wall to wall coverage on all the big celebrity stories of the day. Who is dating whom, who is in rehab, who was arrested... It is all that celebrity scandal that most folks, whether they will admit it or not, are fascinated by. I do not know why people follow stories like this. Does any of it really matter? No, probably not, but neither do a lot of other things that we pay an enormous amount of attention to. It's fun, for the most part it's harmless.

Come on. You know you paid attention to the Paris Hilton story. How could you not? It's like rubbernecking a car accident. You can't help yourself. Call it a guilty pleasure if you like, but a fact is a fact. CelebrityGossip.com gives you all of this plus a whole lot more. Make it your first stop online for hot Hollywood news about your favorite stars and celebrities.

Foxes Guarding the Henhouse

Cuba cheers end to U.N. abuse monitoring - Yahoo! News

You've just got to love the UN. Cuba and Belarus are now off the human rights naughty list, but Israel remains firmly in place.

We need to stop financing this sort of BS. American taxpayer money finances this sort of foolishness. What was it that Lenin said about capitalists selling the rope that is used to hang them?

Signs of the Times

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They Hate The War, Not The Troops... Sure They Do

Hillary Clinton Booed Again

I'll say this for Mrs. Bill Clinton... Like Bubba, she's lucky in having enemies who manage to make themselves even more hated than she is.

Mrs. Bill was speaking to a radical Leftie group this morning. Naturally enough, the radical Lefties want us out of Iraq yesterday. Leave the tanks, leave the guns, put the troops on airplanes and fly them out.

You would think that Mrs. Bill would be fairly welcome in such a setting. Not so much. She got booed about every other line:

"The American military has done its job," -- BOO!
"The American military has succeeded," -- BOOOOO!
"It is the Iraqi government that has failed to make the tough decisions." -- BOOOOOOOOOOO!

I thought the New Left was supposed to love the troops but hate the war. You know, no more of the spitting and screaming "baby killer". What exactly happened to that? They're not booing the President. They're not booing the war. They're booing the troops. Got to love the patriotic Left, huh?

And, on a completely different subject, Ed Rollins looks VERY weird without his beard. I hadn't seen him in years until he popped up on Fox News today talking about the mini-Mikey Bloomberg boomlet. Ed worked with Ross Perot so he knows a thing or two about delusional billionaires.

To Serve and Protect

I think we are all really thankful for the great job that our first-responders do. Being a cop is a tough, demanding job that requires strength, compassion and intelligence.

Well, usually anyway. And then there are the cops of Reno 911! Miami The Movie.

These guys aren't America's finest. Or Nevada's. Or Reno's, for that matter. In this hillarious movie it's up to them to save the city of Miami after a terrorist attack during Spring Break. By the time they get through, the city will never be the same again.

Reno 911! Miami The Movie is now coming out as an unrated DVD. By visiting the link above, you can go to the site announcing the DVD launch. You'll find out much more about the movie, but there are also other interesting and fun things to do. For example, they have four cool little flash games to play. I chose Calling All Units. It's a driving game where you have to respond to emergencies around the city. I always like driving games because, at my age, they are about all I can play without making an idiot out of myself. Your police cruiser handles like a pig in mud so get ready to cause more mayhem then you prevent. I actually did a better job driving in reverse than in forward. At the end, my salary was $13500.00, I had cost the city $85000.00 and I got a Bustin Bonus of $2000.00

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Well, Maybe They Can Say Hasta La Vista

Schwarzenegger: Turn Off Spanish TV

We're not real big fans of Ahh-nold around here. He sucks up to the Left a little more than we care for. Of course, if you're going to run Cah-li-fornia, maybe you don't have any other choice.

Still, the big guy knocked it out of the park when he told an Hispanic group that Hispanic immigrants need to immerse themselves in English rather than sitting around and watching Univision.

Kudos, Ahh-nold.

Know the Difference



There are good fake smiles (his).
And bad fake smiles (hers).

Know the difference.

Don't Let The Door Hit You In the Ass, Mikey

My Way News - NYC Poor to Get Cash for Good Behavior

Mikey Bloomberg, Mister Tough who let the transit workers walk all over him but fired a city worker for playing solitaire, did two absolutely consistent things today:

1. Quit the GOP
2. Bribed poor people

You know, if Mikey decides to run for President he just has to hurt the Democrats. What kind of semi-self respecting Republican is going to vote for anybody who thinks it's a good idea to pay people for going to the dentist or getting off their lazy asses and attending their kids parent-teacher conferences? Dems, on the other hand, just love that sort of condescending, nanny state solution.

Yeah, Mikey is using private money for this (for now), but who gives a damn? Why the holy hell would we pay people:

-$300 for doing well on school tests
-$150 for holding a job
-$200 for visiting the doctor
-$25 for attending parent-teacher conferences
-$400 for graduating high school
-$100 for each family member who sees the dentist
-$150 a month for adults who work full time

Why don't we give the deadbeat losers a buck every time they wipe their ass while we're at it? Have we reached a point in American life where we are going to allow poor people to hold the rest of us hostage for ransom?

I can't wait for August when Soggy Buses Nagin will start to argue that we should pay people to evacuate the next time a hurricane is on its way to flood their sorry asses out.

If you are such a loser that you have to be give $25 to get you to go to your kids parent-teacher conferences then guess what you're going to spend that $25 on? One of three things:

-going down to Shaquanda's to get your nails done
-going down to the alley to get a fix
-going down to the corner to get a fifth of whiskey

So go ahead, Mikey. Run for President. Waste your own money on stroking your ego. If you actually get any votes they'll come from the other statist candidate on the ballot.

Oh, and while we're at it... Tim Russert was on NBC news tonight talking about how "pragmatic" Mikey is. He went from being a Democrat to being a Republican because it was easier to get the nomination for mayor in NYC. Now he goes from being a Republican to being an independent because it opens up his options for 2008. Pragmatic... Not the word I'd use, Tim. More like opportunistic. More like slick and sleazy.

Monday, June 18, 2007

A Little Help

You know, not everyone "gets it" just from their time in the classroom. Some kids need a little extra help. Now, the best help and the most important that any child receives is from his or her parents. There's nothing like a mom or dad helping with the homework. Still, sometimes an outsider can provide a little perspective and a different environment and attitude which can give a child that little boost that helps them.

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Don't Snip the Tip

US Circumcision Rate Drops

I know that I have a bit of a history of sticking my Baptist nose in where it doesn't belong. Still, why stop now?

On the eighth day of her son's life, Julia Query welcomed friends and family to celebrate his birth and honor their Jewish heritage.

But there was no crying, no scalpel, no blood, no "mohel" - the person who traditionally performs ritual circumcisions in the Jewish faith. In fact, Elijah Rose's "bris" differed markedly from the ceremony long used to initiate Jewish boys into a covenant with God: There was no circumcision.


See, this really bothers me. No, I'm not Jewish so I don't have a foreskin in this fight, but male circumcision is the first and most basic sign of the covenant between Jews and God. I don't see how you can legitimately claim to "honor your Jewish heritage" while simultaneously turning your back on the most basic, earliest element of that heritage.

I guess the reason this bothers me, apart from the fact that I'm pretty conservative in a cultural sense (ie, I don't like change) is that it is yet another symptom of the modern idea of approaching God on our terms rather than His. Does it make "sense" that God wants Jews to lop their foreskins off? No, not especially. That isn't the point. For whatever reason, He does want precisely that. I like my women busty, he likes his Jews snipped. Call it a matter of taste. That's what He wants and if you're not going to fulfill such a basic element of the Jewish faith then don't pretend you're Jewish. Just like if you're Catholic, don't pretend that it's okay to fill the nightstand with rubbers.

There are plenty of faiths, plenty of denominations. If you can't abide by the tenants of the one you're in then find another one.

And that, friends, is one Baptist's version of "How To Be A Jew."

Lost and Abandoned

Abandoned, penniless in an unknown city. I think I played a computer game a little like that once upon a time. Anyhoo, it's an interesting scenario to consider. How would you survive? What would you do?

I've always heard that the guys who hold the "Will Work for..." signs at the interstate onramps actually do pretty well for themselves. It would mean sacrificing more than a little pride, but at least it would be a little startup capital. After that, it is off to the fleabag motel to find a place to bed down for the night. A cheap meal in a greasy spoon maybe. And the next morning it starts all over again. How would you ever get yourself out of the hole you are in? Sure, you can make enough money to get from day to day. If you are lucky, that is. Still, treading water isn't an answer. Just surviving isn't going to get you home.

Honestly, I don't know what I would do. Curl up in a ball, most likely, and cry for Mommy.

Hopefully, Michael Weston will have a few better answers. He is a CIA operative in just that situation on USA Network's Burn Notice which starts on June 28th on the USA network. Want to see how he survives? Check out USA's website to get the 411.



The Virtues of Civil War?

We hear a lot about how Iraq is caught up in a Shia-Sunni civil war. We hear that if (and it's rapidly becoming a "when" rather than an "if") American forces leave, neighboring Shia and Sunni powers (think Iran and Saudi Arabia) will be drawn into a proxy war that might turn regional. Now, we hear about the split in the Palestinians between Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Fatah-led West Bank.

We are also told constantly that the instability produced by civil war will naturally lead to disaster for America. Al Qaida will move in and take advantage, massive bloodshed, etc. etc. etc.

Here's a thought: aren't we far better off to have Islam directing its militant energies inward rather than outward? Isn't there at least the possibility that so long as Muslims are busy killing other Muslims they won't have nearly as much time to spend killing the rest of us? That's a harsh and cruel calculus, but I think it has some merit. Yes, the strife would have to be managed. All that really means, however, is playing balance of power politics to keep both sides somewhat off balance and to deny either a definitive victory. Miserable for those caught in the middle, of course, but that's what comes of sowing the wind. In Palestine, at least, Hamas was elected in an essentially free vote. The Palestinian people are getting what they deserve. Sad but true.

The Other Health Care Crisis In America

You know, while the politicians are arguing about health care, they are forgetting one group of the uninsured. This group has no lobby, isn't entitled to any sort of government assistance and is turned away from hospitals and emergency rooms across our nation. I speak, of course, of dogs.

Seriously, vet bills can be darn near as expensive as people doctor bills. One way to protect yourself from these expenses is to look into pet insurance for your dog or cat. Every year, a third of pets need some sort of emergency care. The costs for that can add up quickly. The link above will take you to a site that will tell you more about pet insurance, what it covers and what it costs. If you have a pet it's at least worth exploring whether this type of coverage might be right for you and your family.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

An Innocent Question

Wouldn't "Dumbed Down and Tarted Up" be a great name for a blog?

It's Very Wrong To Call Someone's Parents Unattractive

But Megyn Kelly is clearly adopted...

Buh Bye

Zimmer, Bowen exit Boston Legal while Larroquette joins the cast - TV Squad

I used to HATE Boston Legal.

Then I watched several episodes while I was on the road last year and I came to like it. It would still piss me off regularly, but I liked it. Last season I didn't get much of a chance to watch it because of the arrival of the Bloglet. I think I have all of last season saved on the Tivo. I haven't watched them yet and I probably won't.

You dump Odo and uber-hot girl-next-door Julie Bowen and you lose me as a fan. I'll put up with the leftist drivel but damn me if I'll put up with putting such hotness (to say nothing of Odo) out to pasture.

A little fare-thee-well blogporn. Bye, Jules. We'll see you again very soon.

2 + 2 = 5

Were you good at math?

Heaven knows I wasn't. I was fine for awhile but then I hit a wall and that was it for me. Try as I might, I just was not going to get over that wall that was blocking me from understanding. Maybe if I'd had the chance to work with one of the Math Tutors Score Learning Centers provide, I might have had a better chance.

Score Math Tutors can help your kids get over that barrier. Hopefully, math ability (or lack thereof) isn't genetic. If it is, I am going to make sure that the Bloglet gets the help she needs. Score can provide that help.

Time To Take A Stand

Judge Won't Delay Libby Prison Term

Okay, Mr. President, time to fish or cut bait. Libby CANNOT be allowed to go to prison for this "crime." Don't buy into the talking heads who warn of the political consequences. There aren't any. 2008 is an eternity away and you're not on the ballot anyway. This will not effect Republican chances (such as they are) at all. And, to the extent it might, the sooner you do it the better.

Still, there is a third way. If you do not believe that a pardon can be handled politically then commute his sentence. Leave the fine, eliminate the jail time.

The true base loves Scooter because they love Cheney. They see this prosecution for what it is. Given how badly you've handled the immigration bill this is a good opportunity to suck up to the 20-something percent of us who still stand with you.

Free Scooter Libby!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

One Note Andy Just Can't Help It



Bush Or Your Lying Eyes

Andy, whose hatred for Dubya knows no bounds, publishes a letter from a reader who accuses the Administration of lying about the President's watch. The reader, and by extension Andy, take this small lie as "further" evidence of the Administration's propensity for dishonesty.

Now, what I find really funny about this is that Andy posts this without any sort of comment on the same day that Bush showed the watch that was "stolen." Andy is so blinded by his own hatred that he honestly seems not to realize that he has become a joke.

You know, something occurs to me... Those of us who dislike homosexuality are constantly accused of being closeted, self-hating homosexuals. That's the label they tried to pin on the late Jerry Falwell and he's far from the only one. Now, One Note Andy's loathing for Dubya has become so much of a caricature that there can only be one explanation: Andrew Sullivan has a crush on George W. Bush.

Go on, Andy. Admit it. You've got the hots for him, don't you?

Watch Out Katie, I'm Gunning For You

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)

Northern

You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

You Ask, We Answer

Yes, friends, by popular demand... Our recurring feature where we answer questions gleaned from our visitor log. Leave us begin:

No, Albert Speer was not gay.
No, Ray Boltz is not dead.
Yes, Moira is still divorced.
Of course Elizabeth Edwards used donor eggs.

And Where Were You, Mr. Nye?

'Mr. Wizard' dies at 89 - Los Angeles Times

LAPD needs to be putting Bill Nye under the hot lights. You know that he's been waiting for the day when Mr. Wizard would leave this veil of tears. Well now you're it, Billy Boy. Start putting those eggs in bottles and making electromagnets. That's your life now, Billy. Welcome to hell.

Seriously, I watched Mr. Wizard during his run on Nickelodeon in the 80s. Rest in peace, Mr. Wizard.

Damn You David Hasselhoff

Listen, you buzzer-happy pricks... Why did you give the gong to the pair of guys playing the electric violins? They're better than the little brats dancing around like they've got ants in their parachute pants! And God help the disco widow slut. The Hoff wouldn't know talent if it bit him on his drunken ass.

PayPerPost Keeps Chugging Away

Today, PayPerPost (the amazing internet startup that lets regular bloggers earn real money thru blog outreach) announced that they have secured an additional seven million dollars in funding. That's in addition to money secured earlier and brings the total amount of capital they have obtained to over ten million dollars.

PayPerPost and its founder, ted murphy, just keep chugging away. I am about as much of a PayPerPost diehard as you will ever find but I have to admit that even I had my doubts early on. Could a revolutionary idea like PayPerPost really survive? Would the market embrace it? Well, clearly the answer to both of those questions is a very emphatic yes! Not only has PayPerPost survived, it has really thrived! The growth has been amazing and so have the rewards for bloggers like me. I'm over the $1500 mark and growing daily.

I have tried a lot of different programs online to earn money but I can honestly say that none have even come close to being as rewarding as PayPerPost is.

Now, I am sure that PayPerPost already has plans for the seven million. Far be it from me to make a suggestion, but I think they should invest 6.99 million in some sort of brike-TheMediaBlog fund and devote the rest to a hearty meal for PayPerPost staffers.

No, just kidding. I really have no idea what to suggest except that PayPerPost should just keep doing what they have been doing up to now. Afterall, you can't argue with success, am I right?

Anyhoo, here's the press release from PayPerPost regarding the new round of funding:


The PayPerPost Revolution Accelerates, Sponsored
Blogging Marketplace Secures $7 Million Series B

Draper Fisher Jurvetson leads round and joins Board of Directors

ORLANDO, FL – (June 12, 2007) – PayPerPost, the leading marketplace for advertisers to reach bloggers and other consumer content creators, today announced it has completed a $7 million second round investment led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, an investor in the company's Series A and one of the world’s leading high-technology venture capital firms. The financing brings the total amount of capital raised by PayPerPost to over $10 million, giving the company considerable resources for further development as the industry’s leading Consumer Generated Advertising marketplace. Additional participants in the round include existing investors Inflexion Partners and Village Ventures as well as new investor DFJ Gotham. With this investment, DFJ Managing Director Josh Stein also joins PayPerPost’s Board of Directors.

“PayPerPost created this exciting new advertising space and has established itself as the industry leader,” said Ted Murphy, chief executive officer of PayPerPost. “Although we’ve only used a portion of our first round capital, this added support from investors unlocks significant growth potential. Our content creator and advertiser ROI metrics clearly demonstrate the upside for PayPerPost’s model. We intend to use this capital to build the infrastructure, visibility and professional expertise necessary to reach and retain a greater network of advertisers and content creators than ever before.”

Since its founding in June of 2006, PayPerPost has signed more than 6,500 advertisers to its groundbreaking service, which has enabled Consumer Content Creators to be compensated for their efforts discussing specific companies, products or services via blogs, videos or other media. The content creators are required to disclose relationships with advertisers on their blog, providing transparency for the end reader. Over 125,000 Internet postings, most in the form of blogs, have already earned money for their creators through PayPerPost’s innovative marketplace. PayPerPost recently released PayPerPost Direct, a disruptive new service that allows advertisers to contract and negotiate directly with individual bloggers they identify through a safe, managed system.

“PayPerPost has laid a strong foundation for the future,” noted Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. “It continues to attract a critical mass of participants from both the advertising and blogging communities. Analogous to Overture’s sponsored search model, we believe PayPerPost’s business model holds disruptive potential and will enable the company to thrive in the evolving paid-content arena.”

To mark the $7 million dollar funding, PayPerPost has launched a new website detailing the company’s service offering at http://www.payperpost.com. Bloggers and advertisers can easily sign up at the site and begin leveraging the self service marketplace.







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Monday, June 11, 2007

An Open Letter to NBC

'Joker' Roker: 'Sorry'

I call for the immediate firing of Al "Hatemonger" Roker by NBC. Mr. Roker's cruel and abusive comments regarding epileptics demand nothing less than his immediate removal from America's public airwaves. There is no place in the public forum for hateful comments of this kind. Mr. Roker must be fired TODAY. Tarring and feathering are optional but encouraged.

Wasn't Fat Albert one of the folks who was calling for Don Imus' head? Maybe he should get a taste of his own medicine

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Teach Your Children Well

How many adults really know how to handle their debit or credit cards?

Yeah, exactly. The reason for that is pretty simple: nobody ever taught them how to handle money when they were young enough to learn. Financial education is an important part of raising your kids. You need to give them the knowledge to effectively manage their financial future.

A great tool for teaching them young is the PAYjr Prepaid Visa Buxx. Essentially, it's a prepaid debit card. You or they can put money in the account and the teenager can draw on it for gas, food, books, movies or whatever else they spend money on. Why would you want to give your kids another way to spend money? Simple. This gives you a way to monitor their spending. When you hand your son or daughter cash you really have no idea where it goes. Give them a credit card? Uh no. Don't think so. This sort of prepaid debit card gives them all the convenience of a credit card but you have control.

No, you're not being a snoop, you're being a parent. It's important to monitor what your kids do with their time and money. PAYjr is a great way to do just that. And, if worst comes to worst, you can turn the thing off to put a check on an out of control teen. You can find out more at the link above.



Stream of Consciousness

Really boring day. Most of the people I know are wackjobs. Right-wing conspiracy types who think that everything is some master plan to create One World Government. The country would be better off if most people could not vote. Honestly, I sometimes think that is the case. Yeah, I know, but even so. I honestly do think that a lot fo the problems with this country are the fault of ignorant voters.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

We Have a Winner!

I love free stuff!

There's nothing better than getting something for nothing. It doesn't happen too often, but when it does it is great fun. whogets.com is a great new site where you can get just that: something for nothing. They are running dozens of great contests where you have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. We're not talking junk either. Prize values range from $10 to $600!

Gisele: Beautiful on the Outside, Evil On the Inside

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Attacks Catholic Church

I'm not Catholic so maybe I don't have a dog in this fight, but even so... A couple of quotes from renowned social commentator Gisele Bundchen:

"Today no one is a virgin when they get married ... show me someone who's a virgin."

Well, actually, Gisele, some folks are. Now, I'll be the first to admit that most aren't, but most is not all. I guess this is an example of projection. Or, in other words, just because you're a tramp doesn't mean everyone else is.

"If she thinks she doesn't have the money or the emotional condition to raise a child, why should she give birth?"

Why indeed? Much easier to just scramble the little troublemaker's brain. Heaven forbid her delicate "emotional condition" should suffer. I'm just so glad that someone like Gisele is out there to speak for all the poor and troubled women of the world. I mean, who better than a pampered supermodel who makes her living by promoting an unnatural, unattainable and unhealthy body image to speak up for the little people? Well, not the really little people, I guess. Those get their brains sucked out.

Friends, we'll conclude with a little dishonorary blogporn. We're in full objectification mode here, folks. It really is the best way to enjoy the lovely Miss Bundchen: you can look at her without having to listen to her.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Zing?

Zing!

Does your local paper have anything like this? The little column where cowards get to post some anonymous gripe about their neigbors, traffic, mundane city issues or whatever bee happens to be in their personal bonnet on any given day?

Along with the newspaper column, we also have a local radio host who does a "What's the Beef" Friday where people get to whine about trash collection, traffic and whatever else.

I have no real patience for this sort of thing. It's just annoying as crap to listen to people whine.

The Master of Spooky

What is it about Stephen King?

Nobody, but nobody, is better at evoking thrills and chills. Nobody else can terrify you and make you think, all at the same time. Whether in print, on TV or at the movies, Stephen King never fails to satisfy. And his work isn't all slasher blood and gore. Oh, there's going to be a body count, but that's not where he begins and ends. From The Stand to The Shawshank Redemption to Misery... Stephen King delivers the goods.

You may have seen commercials for the new 1408 Movie which is based on a Stephen King story. Staring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, the 1408 Movie is about a jaded horror novelist who believes in only what he sees. When he checks into room 1408 in an infamously haunted hotel, he gets more than just a room and finds out that seeing really is believing.

You can check out the trailer for the film below. It comes to theaters in just a couple of weeks on June 22nd. With an amazing cast and a story based on the work of Stephen King, you can't possibly go wrong. After you view the trailer, the links above will take you to the movie's official website where you can find out even more information about this exciting movie.







Time to Man Up

Bush Faces Libby Pardon Dilemma

There is no dilemma. Or, at least, there shouldn't be. If ever there was a case where a presidential pardon was merited in order to undue a miscarriage of justice, this is it. Libby was convicted of being forgetful about a crime that didn't even happen in the first place. The idea that he would spend 2 1/2 years in even the most comfortable of Federal lockups is offensive.

This is the time for Dubya to be the man the Republican base thought he was (but that he sometimes proves he isn't). Stand up at the podium in the Rose Garden, say you're pardoning him and walk back to the Oval Office ignoring the shouted questions. The press will give you hell for three days (like you'll be able to tell the difference) and then they'll find some other bright and shiny bauble to chase after.

You will have rectified an injustice, you will have gotten the pardon out of the way before election season and you will have made a step toward redeeming yourself with a base that, quite honestly, doesn't entirely trust you any more.

Talk Is Cheap

Remember the bad old days when "the" telephone company was the only game in town. You paid a quarter a minute for long distance and if you didn't like it then you better buy a stamp because that's the only other way grandma is going to be hearing from you.

It was only about 25 years ago, but it seems like an eternity ago when you think about all the different calling options available today and, even more importantly, just how cheap they are.

For example, Pingo offers some of the best long distance phone rates available. Pingo sells you a cheap calling card so you get some of the best prices out there. Even better, Pingo's RateWatcher guarantees that you are always getting the best deal without the hassle and headache of doing the research yourself. For those of us who make international calls, Pingo is an even better deal! International callers can save as much as 90% on their long distance calls. Talk about savings!

If you sign up with Pingo today, you can receive four free hours of international calls as a welcome. That only makes a great deal even better! You can find out much more about Pingo at the link above.



The Day After

"Jericho" Returning

It looks like everyone's favorite feel-good post nuclear apocalypse show may be back next season after all. After a campaign by some very devoted fans, CBS is apparently talking about bringing it back as a mid-season replacement.

I loved Jericho so I'm happy about this. The networks need to learn that these serial dramas (I'm thinking specifically about Jericho, Lost and Heroes but there are of course others) don't fare well when you give them a three month hiatus right in the middle of the season. People forget about them. That's what they did to Jericho. It started off pretty well but then it disappeared for about three months. Lost did the same thing and both shows took a ratings hit because of it.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Second Star to the Right

You know, backyard astronomy can be really fun. It can also be really frustrating. I mean, after you've looked at the craters on the moon, Saturn's rings and the moons of Jupiter, what then? It's hard to even know what you're looking at.

That's where the skyscout comes in! The Skyscout, or the similar but maybe even better MySky from Meade, let you easily identify tens of thousands of objects in the night sky. Aim and click and you instantly know what you're looking at. It really is that simple!

OpticsPlanet has these devices, telescopes, plus a whole lot more.

You can check it out at the link above and find out much more information on this amazing product.

Better Late Than Never

Thanks to the wonders of Tivo, we here at MediaBlog HQ are only now starting to watch Heroes. We recorded the entire season off of SciFi a couple of weeks ago and are blasting through the entire season in the course of about three days. Our judgment so far?

WOW!

While I'm still sorry to see Jericho gone, this easily makes up for it.