Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Big Brother Line of the Night



"Jameka... Jameka... Jameka coulda took the five thousand dollars"

Monday, July 30, 2007

I Need a Colortini

Tom Snyder Dies in San Francisco

Driving into work this morning I heard of the passing of Tom Snyder from complications related to leukemia at the age of 71.

I have something of a history of being a fan of second or third-tier personaliities. Robert Culp is one of my favorite actors. Likewise, Tom Snyder is one of my favorite talkshow hosts. He's not Johnny or Dave, he's not Merv or Oprah. He's not Larry King. He's somewhere further back in the pack. That never mattered to me. I liked his attitude, I liked his informality and I liked how he dealt with his guests. Whether on his CNBC show or when Letterman gave him the Late, Late Show (I was too young to watch him on Tomorrow), Tom Snyder was always a treat to watch. I can remember a show he did on the Oscars... Or maybe it was the Emmys... His guests were Bonnie Hunt and... Someone else... Bonnie stole the stage as she always does. Bonnie Hunt can make even a misanthrope like David Letterman seem as though he is having a good time. With someone like Tom Snyder, someone who already seems as though he is having a good time, Bonnie made him seem like he was on laughing gas.

I should not have stayed up as late as I did watching Tom Snyder. I had class the next morning. Still, I don't regret a bit of the lost sleep.

Good night, Tom.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Traitor Laid to Rest In Dishonorable Grave

Confederate Sailor Buried in Ala. - washingtonpost.com

Today's Must Read

Fred File – The Friends of Fred Thompson Blog � Blog Archive � On Federalism

A really good reason to support Thompson if he ever decides to stop cutting bait and start fishing. When was the last time you heard a serious Republican candidate talk seriously about federalism? Yeah, all the Republicans pay lip service to it, but that's about all they do. Dubya certainly isn't a committed Federalist. His father wasn't either.

The Reagan comparison gets thrown around too lightly, but Thompson is the first Republican candidate since Reagan who seems to take Federalism seriously. Refreshing to say the least.

Bureaucrat U

Clinton: Create public service academy - Yahoo! News

Mrs. Bill Clinton wants to use your tax dollars to educate the next generation of government drones on better ways to take your tax money so they can educate the next generation of government drones on better ways to take your tax money so they can educate the next generation of government drones on better ways to take your tax money so they can educate the next generation of government drones on better ways to take your tax money so they can educate the next generation of government drones on better ways to take your tax money so they can educate the next generation of government drones on better ways to take your tax money so they can educate the next generation of government drones on better ways to take your tax money...

A MediaBlog Pithy Review

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Good. Not great, but good. It couldn't possibly live up to the expectations of a Simpsons fan. Still, worth your 8 bucks.

Needs more Burns.

Just Terrible


Is that what I think it is?

Two Lessons In One

University of Michigan - LGBTA - What's in a Name?

So the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs Office (hereafter referred to as The Freak Show) at the University of Michigan wants to change their name in order to be more representative, inclusive, etc. etc. etc. After reading through this thing, I'm still not positive what they want to change their name to. I also don't really care.

Here's the thing about all this. The alphabet soup (or whatever takes it's place) is distinctive of the Left's irrepressible need to Balkanize the world into interest groups. Every group has to be represented by a committee which will represent its supposedly distinct interests.

And here's the other thing about this... The process that this group is going to go through in order to change their name shows you the problem with Academia and, while we're at it, with government. It started two years ago and it will last until next Spring. It involves surveys and discussions and contact with peer institutions and feedback and stakeholders and forums and... You get the idea. Nobody can just make a decision to change the letterhead and buy a new sign.

I'm not a big believer in the University as a social institution. I would rather see it as a factory that takes in ignorant skulls full of mush and sends them on their way knowing how to do something that will enable them to earn a living. In my opinion, too much of what takes place on campuses is focused on activism and not nearly enough on education.

Kooks & Loons

Our fair city has experienced a Ron Paul boomlet in recent weeks. Well, sort of. Depends on your definition of a boomlet. A few weeks ago, overnight, dozens of very homemade cardboard signs turned up on lamp posts around town. And when I say cardboard, I mean cardboard... As in cut up cardboard boxes.

Then, last night, I saw a group of Ron Paul supporters rallying. These folks had real signs. There were probably a half dozen of them.

What surprised me were their ages. Given that Ron Paul has the reputation of a semi-John Bircher curmudgeon, I would have expected the average Ron Paul supporter to be a 50 something white guy who is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. None of the people I saw looked to be over 35.

Now, I don't live in an ordinary town. This is a college town and college towns are pretty much divorced from reality. They are the sorts of places where you can find a kid reading a book by Noam Chomsky at McDonalds. Still, it was surprising to me. Of course, given that Ron Paul is a quasi-libertarian, maybe these were the Ayn Rand sort of college-towners.

Ron Paul isn't a serious candidate for the Republican nomination. Everyone knows that. Even One Note Andy's boycrush on him is more wishful thinking and amusement than anything else. Still, I think he serves a valuable purpose when juxtaposed with the rest of the party. Ron Paul isn't a kook or a loon, he's the entire Republican Party from as recently as about 40 years ago.

Just goes to show you that yesterday's mainstream is today's fringe and vice versa.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

No High Sticking!

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Those Courageous Democrats



They're afraid to take questions from Brit Hume on Fox but more than willing to take them from a snowman on CNN.

Monday, July 23, 2007

I Am Boycotting Esurance

When I buy car insurance I want car insurance. I don't want a lecture on my frigging carbon footprint. Esurance has jumped on the Chicken Little bandwagon. Their commercials and their website provide you with ways you can cut back on your emissions. And, of course, they sponsored Al Bore's waste-of-time concert.

So, Esurance, you can go screw yourselves. I'll stick with companies that focus on their job and don't waste my time.

Strangely Enough, I Don't Disagree With Most of This

Just What the Founders Feared: An Imperial President Goes to War - New York Times

What I Disagree With:
1. The focus on the Bush Presidency

What I Agree With:
1. The idea that the Presidency has become too Imperial.
2. The idea that the Founders and the Constitution believed in a government where the Legislative Branch held most of the cards. The Executive could place stumbling blocks, but that was the extent of it.

In other words, if this were a more general article on the weakening of Congress relative to the Presidency over the last however long (I'd argue for 70 years), then I would think it was a great. Unfortunately it does not.

The Business of America is Business

If you live in the upper midwest area then you may be familiar with a recent controversy involving the BP company. In a nutshell, the company has gotten some very negative press from the Chicago Tribune regarding some waste water discharge that they have planned for Lake Michigan from their Whiting, Indiana plant.

I think this may be one of those situations where industry just can't win. I work for a fairly unpopular industry myself so I know that there are certain companies and certain industries that almost never get a fair break in the media.

The entire Tribune article is very slanted. Even when they are admitting that there is nothing at all illegal about the discharge, they present every single statement in a very snide manner. You would think that they were planning to dump raw, dangerous waste into Lake Michigan without a second thought for the consequences. Too many people are ready to believe that very thing. The truth, of course, is something rather different.

For example, everything that BP discharges is going to be treated prior to release. All of it will be clearly within the stringent limits required by the government. Naturally, BP is not interested in hurting people. That's not good citizenship and, just as importantly, it isn't good business. They have done the testing necessary to verify that no one will be harmed.

There are some people who just don't seem to understand that businesses aren't looking to do harm. They want to make a good product, they want to provide jobs and, yes, they want to make a profit. There just isn't anything wrong with that.


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Strategy by General Olbermann

Olbermann: Go to Iraq and fight, Mr. President - Countdown with Keith Olbermann - MSNBC.com

General Olbermann's (predictable) take on the Iraq War:

The selection of the wrong war, in the wrong time, in the wrong place — the most disastrous geopolitical tactic since Austria-Hungary attacked Serbia in 1914 and destroyed itself in the process — that had nothing to do with the overwhelming crisis Iraq has become. It isn’t Mr. Bush’s fault.

You know, Keith, I'm always the first in line to defend your right to be an asshole. You might, however, want to read a little history before you start drawing broad historical conclusions.

Let's accept the arguable notion that invading Iraq was a mistage. Do you think there might just have been one or two greater strategic blunders in the last 93 years? Hitler invading Russia, Hitler declaring war on the US, Hitler not finishing off the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, Hitler invading Yugoslavia (and thereby delaying the attack on Russia), Japan attacking the United States... Just as a start.

Hyperbole is all well and good, but don't be surprised when people call you on it, Keithy.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

God Better Hide His Mascara

Tammy Faye Messner dies at 65 - Yahoo! News

Anderson Cooper Visits The Penis Emporium

CNN.com - Anderson Cooper 360� Blog

You know, I think I saw this one on pay-per-view a few years ago in a hotel in Tampa.

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The First Boobs

Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory - washingtonpost.com

Well, the once and (hopefully not) future first uns anyhoo. You know, we've spent some time in the past commenting on the odd fashion-type things that find their way into the Washington Post. There was the time when they critized Dick Cheney for wearing a parka at Auschwitz, for example. And then there was the one where the author seemed to want to give Mistress Condi's boots a little tongue action. Now, we're spending several column inches on Mrs. Bill Clinton's ta-tas.

In all three cases, it was the Post's Robin Givhan who took us down the rabbit trail. I have to say, however, that it just gets stranger and stranger as time goes on. I've never really spent any time thinking about Hillary Clinton's chesticles.

Oh, and if you really do care about this (God help you) the link takes you to the original article which has a C-SPAN-AFTER-DARK framegrab.

Feel Better Fast

They also ache who only sit and wait.

Yeah, I know... That isn't the saying. Doesn't mean it isn't true, however. I spent last Sunday on the road. And when I say that I spent Sunday I mean that I spent ALL of Sunday. I was on the road for almost fourteen hours. Now, my car is pretty comfortable, but the car seat has not yet been designed that can truly be comfortable for that long. When I finally got home and lifted my aching body out of the seat, I was sore everywhere. My neck was sore, my shoulders were sore, my back was sore, my... Well, let's just say I was sore.

That's why I was so thrilled to find a sample of a great new product that is just the thing for sore muscles. It's called Freeze It and it works. Not only does it work, it works fast. You just rub the gel on where it hurts. Almost immediately you begin to feel real relief. Freeze it has a strong but not at all unpleasant scent but even that goes away very quickly. It doesn't get all over your clothes. All it does is what it is designed to do: it makes sore muscles and joints feel oh so much better in minutes.







Only T'Pau Turned Down a Seat On the Federation Council

Former World Leaders Unite to Confront Issues - washingtonpost.com

Peanuts, on the other hand, always has a bag packed for the journey to Babel.

Nelson (once a terrorist, always a terrorist) Mandela has been placed in charge of forming the Justice League... Sorry, The Elders. A group of superheroes leaders who will fight Cobra global problems to ensure true, justice and the American Way sustainable development and peace.

Our new Global Overlords include Mandela himself (it's good to be the king), Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and, of course, Peanuts. A puff of white smoke will mean that the Council of 12 has chosen a new member for the braintrust.

The group's creation is the brainchild of Richard Branson (who may have spent too much time at high altitudes) and Peter Gabriel. Speaking only for myself, I know that I feel better that the genius who gave us "Sledgehammer" is taking responsibility for the planet. We're in good hands, my friends.

Peanuts, shrinking violet that he is, minimizes the role of the Council: "Collectively we'll be a very formidable force."

Friday, July 20, 2007

Maybe They Serve Bacon, Too

"Activists Up Efforts To Cut Circumcision Out of Bris Ritual - Forward.com"

You know, I know that I'm the only person who gets worked up about this. I also know that I really don't (or shouldn't, anyway) have very much to say about Jewish religious rituals. But...

This whole thing of Jews rejecting circumcision really annoys me. Yeah, I know... See to my own foreskin... Seriously though, I don't like people who don't think that the rules apply to them. If you don't want to circumcise little Shlomo then don't. But don't pretend you're Jewish. I'm not going to go out and get snorting drunk and pretend I'm an observant Southern Baptist. We don't do that. If you're a Catholic on The Pill then maybe you need to start thinking about being an Anglican.

If you don't like the rules of the game then find another one to play. There are lots of them.

Let's Get Physical

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A Little Free Advice

If you happen to decide to have dinner at Huddle House... And why you would is utterly beyond me... Still, if you happen to do so, let me offer you a little unsolicited advise that is worth at least what you're paying for it:

Please don't eat the chili.

Thank me later.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

There's Someone For Everyone

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The Pit That Is Cable News

So 8:00pm gives us some of cable news's heavy hitters. MSNBC has Olbermann, Fox has O'Reilly, CNN-HN has Nancy Grace and CNN has (for now, when they don't preempt her) Paula Zahn...

Tonight you had your choice between listening to Windbag O'Reilly talking with a "body-language expert" or Allison Stewart filling in for Windbag Olbermann and talking about what Senator Vitter's wife was wearing at his press conference. Meanwhile, CNN preempts Paula Zahn (of course) and The Legal Shrew (ie Nancy Grace) has an equally shrewish fill-in screaming about a pro-wrestler taking steroids (I'm shocked. Shocked!).

A Pithy Truism

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Catchy, huh? I made that one up myself. Sort of. Well, I helped. Okay, maybe not. Nevermind.

Seriously, it may be a little trite but it is unquestionably true. If you are going to succeed at anything you have to have a plan. A big part of planning is getting the facts. You need to have a clear idea of where you are and where you want to go. Without those two things, you are just going to wander in circles.

That is especially true where money is concerned. Want to know a really easy way to never have any money? Spend without planning. Buy things just because you want them without ever paying attention to what you are spending. If you do this I can pretty much guarantee that you will never have anything extra. Worse, you will not even have enough to get by.

If, on the other hand, you will just take a little bit of time to pay attention to your spending habits, then you will find that your money will go much, much farther. No, this is not a get rich quick scheme, it isn't flashy. It is the sort of money management advice your grandfather might have given you.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Last, Worst Thing

Have you been watching The Next Best Thing on ABC? No, I didn't think so. Anyway, it's a lame, Summer talent show where they are looking for celebrity impersonators. Yeah, I know, lame. Here's my thing with it. They've got a couple of Dubya impersonators on there. One pretty darn good, one darn lame.

Here's my problem. When either one of them comes out as Dubya, a good bit of the crowd boos. Now, people can think whatever they like of the President, obviously. People can even be boorish enough to boo him. In fact, they can even be stupid enough to boo someone who is PRETENDING to be him and, by doing so, is making fun of him. All of that conceded, everyone who has ever attended a taping of a TV show knows that nothing comes from the audience without the approval of the producers. If the crowd reacts in a way the producers don't like, the tape is stopped and someone talks to them. They are told to clap louder, to cheer, or whatever. Personally, I don't think it is a very good idea for the producers to let an entertainment show go out on the air with people booing (by proxy) the President of the United States. A lot of us don't find that particularly amusing.

Not saying they can't do it. Just saying it's damn stupid. Of course, the whole show is stupid, so...

It Begins

Quindlen: Hillary Should Make Barack Her Running Mate - Newsweek Anna Quindlen - MSNBC.com

Actually, it started awhile ago, but it will only continue to build. Let me be among the first to suggest what an enormous disaster this would be for the Democrat party.

No, not because America isn't ready for a Black VP or, for that matter, a female President. Though, of course, when they lose that will be the story. Just like it is with Katie Couric. It's never THEIR fault, it's always OUR fault.

Anyhoo... The knock on the Democrat Party has long been that it is a collection of quite disparate, largely single-issue interest groups that are cobbled together to form a party. The Mrs. Bill Clinton/Great Black Hope ticket would be the purest example of just that sort of mindset.

It's also a rehash of the wildly successful 2004 Democrat ticket: polarizing and lacking in political skill at the top, light-weight but good-looking on the bottom. Worked really well last time, didn't it?

Still, the chattering class is already moist for the ticket. To wit, Anna Quindlen:

...the excitement that would ensue if you eschewed your customary caution and asked Obama to join you in creating the first real 21st-century ticket. It's not simply that with one fell swoop you would solidify the two largest blocs of Democratic support, but that the historic nature of the pairing would galvanize the race and make any Republican slate seem so same-old.


Here we go again. It's all about "excitement." Remember when everyone on screen seemed so disappointed that Dubya picked Cheney because he was... Wait for it... Competent. BORING! Quindlen even admits that it's about shoring up the chicks and the Blacks.

This ain't going to fly.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

If There's One Thing I Admire About Rosie...


...it's her maturity.

This fat, ugly bitch goes off on one of her freak cruises and makes fun of her "friend." But, of course, Rosie's the victim. Always. You don't see other people engaging in the sort of vicious, personal attacks against her that are Rosie's stock in trade for everyone else. Well, I do it, but I'm just a pajama-clad loon.

I Owe, I Owe, It's Off To Work I Go

It feels like that sometimes, doesn't it?

You get into debt and pretty soon you're struggling just to make the minimum payments. I have got to say that we never got into quite that bad a situation, but when Mrs. MediaBlog and I got hitched we had quite a bit of debt. Way more than we should have. It was definitely a burden and a source of worry. Over the course of several years we managed to pay it down to a point where it is totally manageable and we are headed toward retiring it.

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A Fabulous New Car!

TV Guide News Report Blog | TVGuide.com - CBS Turned Down Rosie O'Donnell's Offer to Host Price is Right

I already told you this was the case. Much as Rosie tried to sell it the other way, I never bought that.

However, I'm also not buying the idea that she wanted to "gay up" TPIR. That's what Ro is saying now. Beefy guys instead of Barker's Beauties, etc. etc. etc. I think this might be a Rosie joke that TV Guide took seriously. Maybe I'm wrong and Rosie is actually deluded enough to think there was a snowball's chance in hell that CBS would go with this, but I doubt it.

Rosie is way too self-involved, but I don't think she's entirely blinded. Although, she did seem to think that The View should become the Rosie Show (with three other people who nod a lot) so maybe I'm giving her too much credit.

Monday, July 09, 2007

A Place For Your Stuff

One of the things Mrs. MediaBlog and I liked most about moving from an apartment into a house was that we suddenly had a garage. Now, I've heard that some people use these "garages" to park their car. I've heard of this. Haven't actually seen it at my house, but I've heard of it. My garage is so cram, jam packed with stuff that I couldn't park a toy car in there. It's strange how the amount of... Well... Crap that you have can somehow magically expand to fill the volume of storage space you have.

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Who knows? I might even be able to park my car in there.

Our Song For the Day

It's been an interesting day here at MediaBlog HQ. Interesting in the Chinese proverb sense. I'm not going to get into it all because you probably don't care. And why should you? No, but seriously... There is a comfort in knowing that you are unconditionally loved. If I didn't have that I don't know how I would be able to make it through even one day.

Sometimes we go down paths that we'd never planned on. We make choices that disappoint those we love and that disappoint us about ourselves. Those are the moments when we most need to know that we don't have to get it right in order to be loved.

Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don't be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
cause I've seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
You don't know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you

What's Right For You

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Andrew Sullivan's America

Talking Through My Hat

Once more, I tread on dangerous ground and take a position on something about which I know little nothing. In this case, it's the Latin Mass.

Yes, friends, the Latin Mass. This Southern Baptist is going to speak on the Latin Mass. Quite frankly, my atin-lay ops-stay at-a ee-thay ig-pay ariety-vay. Still, as a traditionalist, I applaud Pope Benedict's decision to promote the Latin Mass in those instances where parishioners want it. Now, from a theological perspective I think it's a load of hooey. I don't believe in the mysteries of the Mass, I don't believe in anything which (in my opinion) substitutes pageantry and mysticism for a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Still, as I've said on many occasions, I am very much a traditionalist. I like my Jews circumcised, my Catholics Latin, my Baptists stiff-collared and my Mormons in full Osmond, white bread mode.

Another thing I will say on this is that Jews have absolutely nothing to say about this. Jews don't get to decide what goes on inside a Catholic Church any more than I get to pick out who carries the Torah scrolls. Yes, I know that there are prayers within the Latin mass which call for the conversion of Jews. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. With all genuine respect for members of The Tribe, Christians (both Catholic and Protestant) think you missed the boat. From our perspective, it is entirely correct to pray for your salvation and for that of all others. You're just going to have to deal with it. If you'd like to pray for us to reject the blasphemous pretender then by all means do so. One faith does not get to set doctrine for another. It's just as simple as that.

Drive Fast, Speed Turns Me On

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Legacy of the 60s

This post is about the Woodstock-ification of the global Left.

As part of their creation myth, the Left has as its basis the idea that Woodstock was something important. That it was a moment when a generation announced its arrival as a force to be reconed with. In fact, Woodstock was little more than a bunch of over-indulged, drug-addled children wallowing in the mud. Still, as a symbol and as a myth, it has power to many on the political Left.

This is the reason for the Left's penchant to "concertize" problems/issues/events. Famine in Africa? Concert. Farm foreclosures? Concert. Dead Princess? Concert. And now, of course, "climate crisis"? Concert.

I suppose the argument is that a concert of this sort draws attention to an issue. Really though, is anyone unaware of the fact that many people believe there is a problem regarding climate change? Is a concert, or a series of concerts, going to influence people in any meaningful way? Of course it isn't. Like so much of what the Left does, it will merely confuse talk with action.

Not that I believe that any action on climate is needed, of course. The point is that THEY believe it is needed, but instead of actually doing something, they hold concerts. Corporations and media conglomerates pay their requisite homage... It's really the equivalent of protection money. Pampered celebrities show up by private jet, drink bottled water, sing a bit and can leave feeling as though they've "done something" and "given back." It assuages whatever liberal guilt they feel about how they live the other 364 days of the year and simultaneously gives them the ability to feel as though they are activists rather than merely performers. So much the better than merely singing for your supper.

Friday, July 06, 2007

It's New To You

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The American Voter Has The Attention Span of a Flea

Leniency for Libby and the '08 presidential race | csmonitor.com

Come on. Does anyone really think that people are going to close the curtain in November 2008 and vote against the Republican nominee because Dubya pardoned Scooter Libby? The only people who are genuinely pissed about this already hate Dubya and, by extension, all Republicans.

As for the idea that the conservative base is pissed because Dubya gave them half a loaf... I'm sure there are people out there who are unhappy that it was a commutation rather than a pardon. I think their numbers are fairly small, however. Anyway, however many they are, they are conservative diehards who aren't going to vote Democrat and, if the opponent is Mrs. Bill Clinton, they aren't going to stay home.

As with so much of what you read in the press, this is a media concoction.

Get The Picture

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It also comes with a terrific package of bundled software including DocShell. DocShell is a great way to reduce the amount of paper clutter you have to deal with. Important documents can be quickly scanned and stored on your desktop or laptop. DocShell will export them to pretty much any format you might need. Why deal with folders and stacks when they can all be saved on your computer for instant retrieval?

You Can't Pigeonhole Me

NPR : Romney Faces Uphill Battle for Evangelical Voters

Yet another in the continuing series of articles about how Romney can't win Evangelical voters.

I'm not sure if the intent of these is to knock his campaign down by encouraging Republican voters to think of him as unelectable or if the idea is to brand Evangelicals as bigots. Maybe it's a twofer.

I think any pollster would classify me as an Evangelical. I attend a Southern Baptist Church. I attend at least once a week. Would I describe myself as Evangelical? Probably not. I also wouldn't describe myself as "born-again." I'm not comfortable with terminology like that. I would describe myself as a Southern Baptist and, more broadly, as a Christian. Those are the only terms that mean much to me. Still, I think for political polling purposes, I'm an Evangelical.

With that said, Romney's religion has zero impact on my voting plans. Will I be voting for Romney? I'm still very much up in the air right now, but Romney is not the front-runner for my vote. If he's the nominee I will support him without hesitation, but I'm not sure he will get my vote in the primaries. That decision, however, is not at all based on the fact that he is a Mormon.

Do I believe Mormonism is a cult? Yeah, it is by a literal definition of the word as it is used in a scholarly sense. Mormonism is a Christian-inspired cult. It is too far outside the mainstream of general Christian belief for me to consider it to be a part of the Christian church. Is it a cult in the sense most people use the word? No, not even close. They're not brainwashing people (unless you believe all religion is a form of brainwashing which I do not), they're not controlling people (unless you believe all religion... you get the idea) and they're not in it for the money (unless...).

Romney agrees with me (at least, he does now) on every single cultural issue. All of them. He agrees with the broader Christian Conservative movement on each and every one. For me, that is much more important than the details of his religious doctrine and practice.

What pollsters and journalists don't get is that there are no "Evangelicals" in a political sense. There are people in my church who I imagine (we've never discussed it) would not vote for Mitt Romney solely because of his religion. There are others, like myself, who would vote for him either because they don't think the religious difference is all that large or because they thin that even if it is large it doesn't matter because his positions on the issues of concern are correct.

I really hate it when journalists come in like they are anthropologists and we Christians are the tribe in the heart of South America. We are some odd sub-culture to be analyzed and studied, usually with a certain amount of dismissiveness.

While we're on this subject. It's very true that Mormons believe a lot of things which sound incredibly strange. ALL of us believe some things that sound incredibly strange. All of us believe things that are not rational. That's true of religious and non-religious alike. Unless we want to start electing androids, I don't think holding odd beliefs can, in and of itself, disqualify you for office. Obviously, it matters what those odd beliefs are and how they impact the rest of your thought process and your life. I don't think believing that Jesus is coming back to Missouri and wearing funny underwear is enough of a problem.

Learn to Read, Read to Learn

That's really the way it is. If you can read then you can learn almost anything. All the information you need is out there in books. You have to be able to read them, however. If your kids are not good readers, there is no chance that they will be able to advance.

If your kids are having trouble reading you need to make sure that they get help. Score reading tutors can help your kids if they are falling behind. If the Bloglet runs into trouble, we are going to make sure she gets the help she needs. Score can provide that help.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Al Has Magic Powers

Think Progress » Gore: Libby Had ‘Knowledge That Could Incriminate His Bosses In The White House’

Apparently all of the Democrats think they are part of the cast of Heroes. Last time around, John Edwards believed that Kerry could make the lame walk. Now Sweaty Al is apparently under the impression that he can read minds. How else is it that he somehow magically knows the contents of Scooter Libby's mind?

Hey, Al... If you're such a frickin clairvoyant, hows about you start reading little Al's mind when he's on the way out the door? That way you might be able to stop him from taking the golf cart out to buy a dime bag.

Live Blogging the Big Brother 8 Opener

Here we go again. I'm really not proud that we watch this. We don't want to, we just can't help ourselves. Anyway, enough whining... We begin...

-Julie Chen has officially reached her birth weight. Girlfriend looks like she's made out of pipe cleaners.

-Evil Dick... Of course. Evil Dick.

-Is there one woman on this show who isn't a slut? Okay, Kail isn't a slut. Moron, yes, but not a slut.

-And, as usual, the BB house is fag central.

-What's the median age here, 23? I miss the good old days. There really isn't anyone here that I can relate to. Why not? Because I have a job that doesn't involve alcohol and I'm not a slut.

-You know, back to Glitter Girl for a second... All kidding aside, she is WAY too thin. That is just not healthy. Les needs to fatten her up a little. Take her out for a little biscuits and gravy.

-Daniele is hot. Yeah, carpet and drapes don't match, but even so...

-Carol, on the other hand, is really pretty but also seems like she's semi-human.

-You know, I really don't give a good goddamn about any of these people. They're drunken whores. All of them. Every last one. Why do I do this every year?

-Joe is a receptionist at a children's hair salon. I wouldn't let him "receive" my kids if my life depended on it.

-Jameka isn't used to being around "all these white people". How many CBS stations would the Justice Brothers have burned down if one of the white people had said the reverse?

-They don't need to mention the name of Dr. Will. He is the only player who has ever actually made BB enjoyable. Mentioning him causes comparisons which don't reflect well on any other season.

-The blonde in the checkered dress is cute in a 1960s Betty & Veronica sort of way.

-"I'm not incredibly flexible in my nether regions." Dear God, send the lightning!

-This may piss off a handful of you, but I don't give a crap. Decent people don't get gonorrhea. If you get an STD it means you were a slut. A male or female slut. The only exception to that is the 1 person in about a hundred million who get it from their spouse on their wedding night because hubby or wifey is an idiot/liar.

Don't Let Them Fall Behind

Have you ever had to play catch-up at work?

Maybe you were out sick for a couple of days or maybe you went on vacation. When you get back you not only have new work, you have the piles that were on your desk while you were out. It is really difficult to catch-up once you fall behind.

The same thing is true for your kids in school. Once you start falling behind the rest of the class, it is very difficult to catch-up again. That's why they may need a little bit of extra help. An innovative tutor from Score can give them just that little extra boost they need to get current. That's what we'll do with the Bloglet if she ever needs a little boost.

Ann Curry: Idiot (Part Deux)

mediabistro.com: TVNewser - Live Earth: Curry Says Timing Is Right

We've said again and again and again that Ann Curry, God love her, is a frigging moron. She proves it yet again by saying that this has been the year where we've all sort of figured out that we need to take this whole climate thing seriously.

Uh, no, Ann, we haven't all figured that out. Some of us aren't sheeple. Some of us haven't bought into the idea that the world is going to come flying apart at the seems because we drive an SUV.

I don't talk about "the climate crisis" around here a whole lot for one pretty simple reason: I think it's a load of hooey. I'm not all that old but I am old enough to remember that people have been forecasting doom in one form or another my entire life. I can remember very clearly as a child hearing about global cooling, killer bees and how we would run out of oil by 1990. Twenty years from now it will be something else.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

You Don't Bring Me Flowers

This is our third anniversary together and what do I get from you? Nothing. Zip, zilch, nada. I've given you three of the best years of my life and this is the thanks I get? The traditional gift for a third anniversary is leather, but did the UPS guy deliver me a nice pair of loafers? No. A new wallet? No. A nice belt? No!

It's fine. No. Really, it's fine. I'm sure you were busy. Too busy to think about your old buddy, The MediaBlogger. Go on. Go out and have fun with your friends. We'll still be here when you get home. Maybe. For now.

We Have Our Standards

We here at The MediaBlog have our standards.

Yes, we enjoy ogling beautiful women as much as (if not more than) the next straight man, but there are limits beyond which we will not go. For example, you may have noticed that there is no nudity around here. Nope, none at all. We do not post nudity. Not even partial nudity.

For example, if we were aware that there were topless photos of Rebecca Gayhart, we would not post said topless photos of Rebecca Gayhart. While we would certainly enjoy looking at topless photos of Rebecca Gayhart, we do not feel that it is within the mission of our blog to post those topless photos of Rebecca Gayhart.

We have our standards where topless photos of Rebecca Gayhart are concerned and that is why you will never see The MediaBlog posting topless photos of Rebecca Gayhart.

We have our standards.

Dogs... On The Edge of Madness

PETA: Don't Take Pets to See Fireworks

PETA apparently thinks your dog and cat are inches from going postal. All it is going to take to turn Benji into Cujo is one firecracker. That's why you need to leave the pups and kitties at home.

In fact, even leaving them at home is not enough to keep them from going postal. You also need to pull the drapes and turn on the classical music station so the furry ones won't be disturbed by the distant sounds of the bombs bursting in air.

Meanwhile, assuming Planned Parenthood doesn't take the day off to honor life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, about 3500 babies will have been scrambled before the last firework explodes tonight.

Yeah, we've definitely got our priorities straight.

Give The People What They Want

We here at The MediaBlog believe in giving the people what they want. When you customer wants a hamburger, you don't try to sell him tofu and sprouts. So, since a huge percentage of our hits are coming from people who are searching for the Foxalicious Megyn Kelly, here ya go!



A Republic, If You Can Keep It

My local newspaper has a section it calls Zing! The exclamation point is theirs, not mine. Anyway, it's sort of a short-form, punchy version of letters to the editor. People send in their pithy comments and the paper publishes them.

I live in a town filled with government workers and college students so many of the comments are on the leftward end of the spectrum. Fine, whatever. Here was one of the comments from today, July 4th, the 231st birthday of the United States:

Independence is great, but if we'd remained part of Great Britain, we'd have universal health care.

To which my response, if you'll pardon the language, is: Why don't you go and frack yourself?!?! This is the state of far too large a section of the current body politic. Everything is about what sort of largess they can obtain from themselves by stealing money from the pockets of their fellow citizens.

High Times

So I've been to Walmart twice so far today. In both cases, the place was covered up. Anyhoo, I went through the self checkout both times. You know, the way evil corporate Walmart is able to run four registers with only one cashier, thereby firing three people. Sorry, sometimes I channel Michael Moore.

No, but the thing I noticed both times was how many products are "controlled" in some way. I'm not talking beer and smokes. The first time out I bought cough syrup. It's friggin over-the-counter cough syrup. It's not like it's got codeine in it. Second time around, I went to get a can of compressed air to clean my laptop. Just like clockwork, the checkout went off as if I had a vile of crack. Yeah, I know all about huffing. I'm sure that's why I got jacked up against the wall and cavity searched.

Seriously, if kids want to get high then kids are going to get high. Acting like grandma is a member of the cartel just because she buys some Waltussin isn't going to keep one kid out of the gutter. All it's going to do is piss off the other 99.999999999999999999% of us.

An Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore's Son Arrested on Drug Suspicion

We here at The MediaBlog do not believe in making fun of the misfortune of others.

Ahem... Okay, I'm not buying it either.

Maybe Big Sweaty Al ought to spend less time trying to save the earth and little more time keeping his son out of the weed. Little Al was cruising down the freeway with grass and a bunch of prescription drugs for which he doesn't have said prescription.

He was also doing 100mph at the time the cops pulled him over.

He was, however, doing 100mph in a Prius which suggests he may have been in free fall at the time.

Stream of Consciousness

Yeah, I know all of you hate these Larry-King-stream-of-consciousness posts. You'll just have to deal with it.

I'm back in my old hometown for the long holiday weekend. Whenever I go out, I always wonder if I will run into any of my old friends from high school. I pretty much cut myself off from all of them when I moved away so most of them don't know much about what I've done with myself over the last ten or fifteen years. If I run into anyone, I'd really like to tell them that I'm on my fourth marriage, I'm being sued for child support by a woman I got pregnant between marriages three and four, that I did a brief stretch in prison for running a meth lab but that I've pretty much cleaned up my act and now I have a great job at a tallow processing plant.

I was at Walmart earlier and I noticed that a lot of people were wearing red, white and blue clothing in honor of the 4th. I looked down at myself and found that, quite accidentally, I had worn blue and white. No red however. It occurred to me that if I tied a red scarf around my neck.. I then remembered that I'm straight.

One of the things I hate about Goodwill is that they dramatically overprice their items. I mean, they are getting their inventory for free so it shouldn't be that hard to make a profit. Why then are they trying to sell a Pentium II with a 14 inch monitor for $399? Anyhoo, my local Goodwill is going to be opening a bookstore. Now, that seems like a fine idea. The problem is that they plan on selling most books for about 2/3s of retail price... 2/3 of retail for a book that may have been puked on or read in the can somewhere along the way. Does that make any sense at all??? Most books at Amazon or any other online retailer sell for that amount or less brand new. Why on earth would I pay the same price for a used book that I pay for a brand new one?

Ciphering

Math is rough, even for adults.

For kids it can be very frustrating. Sometimes it's just one of those things that you do not understand. When you get stuck at that wall you need some help getting over. If you don't get over that roadblock then you're never going to progress because math is own of those subjects where everything builds on itself.

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Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day

We're going to give you full, wall-to-wall coverage of Independence Day today. Well, we will if we're not sick on poorly cured hot dogs, that is.

We're going to begin with a classic Presidential address in celebration of this day:



Yeah, I know. He wasn't really President and it's a very cheesy movie. Right on both counts. Still, the speech gives me goosebumps. I remember actually seeing this one in the theater (on Independence Day no less) and the crowd actually whooped after the speech. Yeah, it's got a little bit of internationalist clap-trap in it, but it still works.

It's also an artifact of what I like to call "The Bill Pullman" era of our history: that brief period when Bill Pullman was in every good movie. That era, of course, ended with what I call "The Lake Placid Event."

Monday, July 02, 2007

A Place to Stay

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Disappointment

So I tuned into Hardball to see Chris Matthews' eyes explode out of his skull only to find that he's off this week.

Maybe I'll see if Keith Olbermann starts coughing up blood.

Dubya Gets One Right

Bush commutes Libby prison sentence - Yahoo! News

About damn time. Yeah, it's half a loaf but it's the more important of the two halves. There was NEVER a reason for Libby to go to prison. Even if he did what he was convicted of, a dubious notion at best, this did not merit 2 1/2 years behind bars.

Dubya needs to dance with the one who brung him and this is a good first step. Next up is vetoing a bunch of appropriations bills (which, apparently, he plans to do). Then comes some sort of Road to Damascus conversion on border security. If he wants to salvage whatever good will he has left, Dubya better remember that to the Republican core being conservative IS being compassionate.

At this point there are only two questions left:
1. Can you continue to appeal your conviction after your sentence has been commuted?
2. Will he?

Using the vast amount of legal knowledge i have gained from LA Law, Shark and the OJ Simpson trial, I am going to guess that the answer to the former question is yes. As for the latter, I have no idea. My suspicion is that he will prefer to put the episode behind him and move on with his life. We shall see.

Oh, and in case you've never received a commutation of your sentence, here's what one looks like:

GRANT OF EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS Lewis Libby was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the case United States v. Libby, Crim. No. 05-394 (RBW), for which a sentence of 30 months' imprisonment, 2 years' supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and a special assessment of $400 was imposed on June 22, 2007;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, pursuant to my powers under Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, do hereby commute the prison terms imposed by the sentence upon the said Lewis Libby to expire immediately, leaving intact and in effect the two-year term of supervised release, with all its conditions, and all other components of the sentence.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand and seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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And, by the way, why do we doubt that this particular act of Presidential chutzpah will be receiving a Profile in (Liberal) Courage Award? I mean it's not like he had the balls to raise taxes.