Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Damn You, Lorne Michaels!

And now...  Turning Points In History...

Adolf Hitler doesn't get into art school!
Fidel Castro fails to get a major league contract!
 Al Franken runs away like a crying little girl because he doesn't get to host Weekend Update!

Another Question for the Universe

Are we EVER going to have a New Year's Eve where we actually get to see Megyn Kelly look like this?  It's always 42 below and we end up seeing her bundled up in some parka for God's sake.  Now, the black leather gloves are sort of kinky hot I guess, but I'd like to see the party dress.  Let her shake her groove thang a little.

Work with me, Jehovah!

Historical Myopia

Bloomberg.com: News - Americans Under 70 May Find 2008 Was Their Least Favorite Year

I've talked before about how most Americans have never experienced real macroeconomic pain and, consequently, have gone just a little bit crazy during the current downturn... Glenn Beck? Please pick up the white courtesy phone...

Anyhoo, this article is more of the same. Economic pain! Horror! Nightmare! Now, I'm not going to suggest that if you lost your job then you had a great year. It was probably rough financially. Of course, if you lost your job in 1997 you probably had a rough year. Or 2003... Or 1964.

If, on the other hand, you didn't lose your job in 2008, then this year probably hasn't been a bad one for you. In fact, if you didn't inflict a lot of news coverage on yourself, it was probably a pretty darn good year.

I'm going to use myself as an example here because I think I'm not entirely atypical. to that end, I am going to share rather more personal information than I ever have before around here... At least, in once place... Your's truly is a married man with one child. I work, Mrs. MediaBlog stays home to look after the bloglet. I bring home a little north of $60k per year. We live what I would call a solidly middle class life. We live in the outlying suburbs of a medium-sized Southern town. We own a home that is big enough to be comfortable for our needs at present. We have two vehicles, one a couple of years old and the other about seven years old. Both are in good condition and run very well. We are not extravagant in most things but neither do we scrimp. We have debt in addition to our mortgage but it is not a particular burden. We are working toward paying it off. We NEVER carry a balance on our credit cards from month to month. If we cannot afford to pay for it this month then we do not buy it. We are not saving quite as much as we should toward retirement but we are working to remedy that and should have it resolved within the next year.

Okay, sorry for the long biographical section. I felt like it was necessary in order to set up my bourgeois bona fides. Now, how has this year's "economic crisis" affected me?

My 401k, like just about everyone else's, has tanked this year. If I were 60 that would concern me greatly. Since I am in my mid-thirties it concerns me not at all. The only change I have made to my 401k plan this year is to increase my contributions to make certain I am taking full advantage of our company match. I don't care about the day-to-day (or month-to-month, for that matter) movement of the market because I'm not doing anything with the money for another (God help me) 30 years.

My house has probably gone down somewhat in value. Has it tanked like a 900 square foot 2/1 in Southern California that was selling for $550K? No, because it never shot up completely beyond reality in the first place. Still, it probably has gone down. I say "probably" because I don't really know. There is only one moment why I care what my house is worth: when I want to sell it. Since I don't want to sell it right now, what difference does it make whether the value goes up or down? Oh... Right... If the value goes down I can't borrow against it to pay for things I can't actually afford in the first place. Yeah. I don't do that sort of thing, remember?

What else... Gas prices have gone down. I know the reason they have gone down in because the economy has slowed but that doesn't change the fact that our family Christmas vacation has cost us less money for fuel than it would have otherwise. About 60% less to be exact. That's more money in my pocket.

My company, a large national firm, is making some changes but has (so far) gone to great lengths to avoid layoffs. The company is still profitable and shows every sign of remaining so. Even if layoffs become unavoidable I would be very surprised if they affected me. I perform a unique function in my geographic area. No one else within a 100 mile plus radius is trained to do my job. Training others to take my place would be expensive and time-consuming. Obviously, no one is immune from the possibility of downsizing, but I can honestly say that I have very little fear in this area.

What I'm trying, probably long-windedly, to get at is that unless you are very close to retirement, trying to sell your house, lost your job or have a genuine (not media-stoked) fear that your chances of getting fired have increased*** then you probably haven't been directly hit that hard by the "crisis".

I say "directly hit" because we're all taking a hit every time Bush or Paulson or Obama or Pelosi get up there and start promising stimulus or bailout money. I may not be running up credit card bills I can't pay, but the government is more than willing to do it on my behalf.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Delayed Gratification

About six months ago we told you that you might be seeing more of the lovely Jenna Fischer around here. Since then, we have let you down.

No. We haven't let you down. We have failed you. We made a promise and we failed. Failed.

We feel dirty and worthless and fat and ugly... Why do you even put up with us? We know you could do so much better. Is it pity? Is that why you stay with us?

We don't need your pity. Pity? You can take your pity and...

Breathe... Okay, breathe...

Anyhoo, it's worth the wait. Here's the lovely Miss Jenna:



Now, there's more to the photo that this. A lot more. There's bum, friends. Sweet, creamy bum. Still, I don't think we've ever posted arguable nudity around here before. Or maybe we have... I don't know. I do have a life, you know. I can't be expected to keep track of all these details. Again, anyhoo... If you want to see the rest... And, friends, you DO want to see the rest. Then click here.

See Better, Look Better

Making any New Year's Resolutions this year?

If not, now is the time! Maybe you want to lose a few pounds? Yeah, join the club. Or maybe you want to spruce up your look a little. Again, I am there. Like maybe you are thinking about ditching those tired, boring eyeglasses you have been wearing and get something a little more hip and trendy. Why not do just that?

Zenni Optical has an incredible selection of great frames that will spruce up your look. Better yet, you can change out your look without emptying out your wallet because Zenni Optical has great prices to match their great frames.

Take a look at these, for example:


Snazzy, huh? These are one of the Holiday frames Zenni Optical offers. Or maybe they're not quite your cup of tea? No worries. Zenni has dozens... Hundreds... Of other choices. You are certain to find the right frames to fit the look you want.

Don't wait for 2009! Get started on that resolution early. Check out the great frames, the great looks and, yes, the great bargains that you can find quickly and easily at Zenni Optical. You can get there by clicking on the link above.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

We're Not Just About Blogporn, You Know

Samuel Huntington, 81, political scientist, scholar — The Harvard University Gazette

You've probably never heard of him (you ignorant slut), but Samuel P Huntington passed away on December 24th.

Assuming you ever turn off the TV and use the internet for more than searching for nude pictures of Jenna Wolfe, you might want to consider reading his book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.

Or, maybe I'm just wasting my time on you... If that's the case then here, wallow in your own mental degeneracy:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Why Not?

Sharpton takes Caroline Kennedy to lunch in Harlem - Yahoo! News

First, I have to get this out of the way... Is it just me or does this headline sound like the first line of a joke?

Okay, now let's move on... We're not going to waste time talking about soon-to-be-cause-the-fix-is-in Senator Schlossberg's qualifications.

Why not? Well, maybe it's because we've never been the greatest respecter of "experience" in politicians. Honestly, I don't think being a Senator is all that difficult. I really don't. You're not actually responsible for anything. I mean, when you win you are no more than 1/51st responsible for what results... Less than that really since the Senate, by itself, does nothing.

Actually, though, here's why we don't really think experience matters... If Al Franken is even arguably qualified enough to sit in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body (hee hee hee hee) then Caroline Schlossberg should be elected Pope.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Maybe You Ought to Stop Worrying About SNL, Governor

Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes new taxes, layoffs and cuts

Apparently, Governor Paterson (D-NY) didn't think much of the skit on this week's Saturday Night Live. It was in poor taste, of course, but it is SNL afterall. Still, the Governor is entitled to be offended by whatever he likes.

Now, if I were a New Yorker, here's what I'd be offended by. I'd be offended by a state budget that raises sales taxes on movie tickets and cable. I'd be offended by a state budget that charges sales tax on iPod downloads. I'd be offended by a state budget that puts an 18% tax on soda for God's sake. That's what I'd find offensive.

Don't think that regular New Yorkers are going to be the only ones paying the price. Oh no. Government is going to tighten its belt and cut out... Wait for it... Waste, fraud and abuse. Why, they're going to actually layoff 521 state bureaucrats...

Of course, the state of New York employs 169,426 people (link - page four) so that means that a whopping 0.3% of state employees are getting the axe.

Let's make this so the Governor can read it:

CUT 18% OF THE STATE WORKFORCE
AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT
AN 18% TAX ON A CAN OF COKE!

There's Nothing Lower Than Zero

Drop in consumer prices is most since 1932 - MarketWatch

I was an Econ major for about three minutes in the early 90s so I feel fully qualified to express my views on the current situation.

You're going to hear a lot, and not entirely from the Glenn Beck-tinfoil hat crowd, about deflation. Why you might even hear it from economists. Like, for example:

"This is scary stuff," said Mike Schenk, an economist for Credit Union National Association. "We are teetering on the brink of a massive downward spiral. Deflation is a threat."


Now, here's the problem with that. If you actually look at the data you see that almost all of the deflationary pressure is coming from the dramatic fall in the price of a single commodity: oil.

In other words, you don't have general deflation. Rather, you have a collapse in the price of a single item. That collapse follows an enormous spike in the price of that same commodity. Because the price of oil can't fall below zero then there is a bottom to the deflationary pressure.

In short, oil spiked and now it is returning to normal. I have very little fear of a true deflationary spiral. That's why I think they need to be very careful about cutting rates or, God help us, stimulating the economy. Deflation may not be a danger but inflation sure as hell is if we keep spending. At some point, they need to pull the plug on the printing presses before this thing goes out of control. Assuming it's under control now, that is.

Monday, December 15, 2008

All At Sea

It's going to be a long, cold winter. Who am I kidding? It's already been a long, cold winter. Why not make your getaway to a warmer clime? That's where Vacations To Go can help you beat those winter blues.

Vacations To Go is your first stop, only stop for great vacation deals. It is the only place you need to go to learn about cruises, find the cruise that is right for you and book it. It's like a cruise portal.

Think cruises have to be expensive? Think you can't afford to get away? Think again! With their 90 day ticker, Vacations To Go can help you find a great deal on a great cruise that is leaving port in the next couple of weeks or months. Why wait months for the cruise vacation you need?

Look, there is a time and a place for planning, but there is also a time to just get up and go. Like the time Mrs. MediaBlog and I hopped in the car and headed for Orlando on a Friday night whim. Don't overthink this, just get up and go. Find a great deal on a great cruise by clicking on any of the Vacations To Go links above.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Question For The Universe

Why does Today have to schedule a segment on holiday bras on Sunday when Jenna Wolfe is on rather than on Saturday when Miss Amy is on?

I ask you.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Like A Shooting Star, She Was

Joanne Medley

My latest thing is streaming from Netflix on the Tivo. Most have the the Christmas season, if you asked me.

Anyhoo... I'm watching old Dragnet episodes right now. Tonight I'm watching an episode from season 1 called, "The Fur Job." Nothing special about the episode other than the absolutely stunning redhead who had a bit part as Miss Hilliard. Just gorgeous.

Off to IMDB I went in the hopes of finding out more about her and, maybe, a few pictures to share with my loyal readers. Click, click, click and I find her. Joanne Medley. Turns out she died in 1979 at the tender age of 37.

Bummer. Anyone have a picture or two to share?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

We Could Call It Whitebread

Blackbird: African American browser, community, culture, social networking, bookmarking, news, and events

Anyone with a little tech savvy want to create a Mozilla port for the Caucasian community? It would help us white folks find the news we need... You know... Like swimming results and the latest hits from the Osmonds.

How asinine is it to have a web browser aimed at the Black community? So much for post-racial America.

Monday, December 08, 2008

As Seen Over A Local Public Toilet

And Continuing With Our Zucker Bashing

For Jay Leno, Same Network, New Time Slot - NYTimes.com

This has got to be the dumbest idea in the history of television. Which is really saying something, of course.

NBC doesn't want to lose Conan O'Brian so they are pushing Jay Leno out of the tonight show next year and giving the spot to Conan.

But, in full have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too mode, they also don't want to lose Jay Leno so they are going to give him a show at 10pm...

Five nights a week.

So, in other words, they are cutting five hours out of the 15 they currently program on weeknights. Which, as the earlier post said, gives them less room for crap.

I guess that as Leno's audience ages they'll just keep moving him up. Meanwhile, they keep tacking an extra hour onto the back of Today. In about ten years they'll meet in the middle around 4pm.

I'm sure someone (probably Zucker's agent) is going to start throwing around words like "brilliant" and "fresh" and whatnot. Let's call it what it is: desperate.

NBC can't program for jack, can't come up with a decent new show or an original idea. Meanwhile, Jeff Zucker just keeps getting kicked up the ladder.

If You Can't Beat Them... Quit

NBC might scale back hours--The Live Feed

So NBC has decided that the best way to compete is to program fewer hours of crappy tv each week. Not more good tv, just less crappy tv.

After reading this along with Bill Carter's excellent Desperate Networks I have just one question:

Why does Jeff Zucker still have a job?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Knives

Are you in the market for some high quality cutting tools?

If so, then your first stop should be lapolicegear.com Along with all of your tactical gear needs, these folks have quality 5.11 Knives. These are sturdy, well-made knives made from the best steel. In other words, they are made to last through the toughest use.

Even better, right now you can get free shipping and a free tactical knife with ever 5.11 knife purchase. Get a great knife and a great deal. What could be better than that?

This is the best thing out there for the guys on your Christmas shopping list. Check them out now by clicking on the link above.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

How Sherman-esque of Her

Oprah: I'm not seeking job with Obama

Well that's a good thing, dumbass, since The Dear Leader isn't asking.

What's she going to be anyway... Secretary of Twinkies? Or maybe Director of the Office of Self-Actualization Horse Crap?

I Think It's Time For A Little Accountability

AP: Despite Earlier Furor, Palin Shopping Continued

As you know, we here at The MediaBlog are big fans of Sarah Palin. With that being said, I do think the time has come for a little accountability regarding this matter of clothing. Specifically, we are referring to this:

The latest buys ranged from $4,383 at Saks Fifth Avenue and $2,130 at Nieman Marcus, to $148 at Victoria's Secret locations in Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

Now, we're not asking for a full accounting. Fundamentally, we still trust Sarah. Just some sort of token would be enough. Perhaps... Oh I don't know... The $148 spent at Victoria's Secret. That would do. I think we Republicans deserve to know where this money went. I'm not asking for detailed records... Credit card bills and so forth... I don't think that is necessary. I'm thinking just a simple press conference. Governor Palin shows us the items that were purchased and that's that.

Of course, the One Note Andy's among us are going to suggest that the items purchased weren't for Sarah. What can we do about that? I mean, maybe if she were to model the items for us. Show us that they fit her and so forth. That would probably be for the best. Yes, I think so.

So, Governor, we call upon you to end this speculation and provide the goods... The lovely goods... That will clear your name in this matter.

Helping Heroes

Wouldn't you like to help a hero this Christmas season?

The folks in the military do so much for us. Right now, many of them are on the other side of the world defending our freedom. Meanwhile, their families are back here at home worrying about their safety. They should not have to worry about what they are going to do to put some gifts under the tree.

Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry gives you the chance to help make some Christmas dreams real this year. It lets you buy gift cards to help out military families out by giving them the chance to buy what they need at Sears.

If you look at the list of most wished for items, it will touch you. For the most part, we're not talking about video game systems or HD televisions. In fact, the top 12 items are kids clothes. These families really should not have to worry and wonder how they are going to put a warm sweater or a pair of sturdy shoes on their kids. That's not right.

Thankfully, that doesn't have to happen. By partnering with Sears you can help make Christmas dreams come true.  You can make your donation at the link above.  Now, your donation is not tax deductible, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped take care of someone who is taking care of all of us.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

We Interrupt This Blog For A Special Bulletin

This is your Glenn Beck Program recap for December 3, 2008.

Glenn started off with a long, confusing the-economy-is-the-Titanic metaphor. He then moved on to a veiled suggestion that he might be assassinated. Glenn finished by informing us that this is the time for which he was created.

This has been your Glenn Beck Program recap for December 3, 2008. We now return you to sanity.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Closed Circuit To Jana Banana

I doubt there is much chance of her ever seeing this, but it has to be said...

Jana, when you say "Sam's Club" in that commercial for... God, I don't even know what it's for... Some furniture store? Who knows?

Anyhoo... That flat, midwestern "a" in "Sam's" gets me all tingly. What can I say? I guess I've got a thing for prairie gals!

Yeah, I know... I'm a freak.

I Have A Feeling This Isn't What They Had In Mind

Bestiality ban passes Senate committee. The sordid case of Lucky the guide dog. And the House? | Naked Politics

Apparently it's presently completely legal to bang the critters in the Sunshine State (chicks and ducks and geese better scurry). I have a feeling that when the tourism board folks were running the ad campaign talking about how "the rules are different here" this probably isn't exactly the message they were trying to get across.

Of course, in the current economy I'm not so sure we're ready to just turn away visitors solely because they want to get up close and personal with the fauna. I mean, their money is good too, right?

Anyone Want To Take Bets?

GOP's Chambliss jumps to early lead in Ga. Senate - Yahoo! News

Assuming this holds, anyone think it's likely that we'll see headlines tomorrow morning saying:

"Georgia Renounces Obama, Hands President-elect Stunning Defeat"

No, of course we won't. Instead, we'll get stories about how this really doesn't mean a damn thing, how The Dear Leader kept his distance from the whole thing, how the heart of Dixie is still filled with racist white men, etc. etc. etc.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Help For Our Heroes

America's heroes are out there tonight, this very evening, fighting for our freedom and safety. While most of us spent last week eating a big meal with our loved ones, some families were having to deal with empty chairs as mom or dad, son or daughter, spent Thanksgiving in the deserts of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan, at sea aboard an aircraft carrier or any of a thousand other spots across the country and around the world.

They give up a lot to keep us safe, but they shouldn't have to worry about their families at home going without this Christmas. That's where Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry comes in.

It's a chance for all of us to take part and say thanks to those who put their lives on the line. It's an opportunity to contribute to a program that helps make sure the wishes and needs of military families are met this holiday season by accepting donations which will provide Sears gift cards to these families.

When you go to the site you can see testimonials from some of the families who have been helped. What I was really struck by was what these families are wishing for. For the most part, it isn't big screen TVs or expensive appliances. Sears shows you a list of the most wished-for items and the first ten or so are kid's clothes. Kid's shoes... Boys pajamas... A girl's coat... A father who is fighting in Iraq shouldn't have to wonder whether or not his kids have warm PJs. He's got enough to think about without having to deal with that.

You can find out more about the program, and maybe take part, by clicking on the link above.

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Somebody Needs To Buy Deb Riechmann a Dictionary

Bush sorry economic crisis has cut jobs, 401 (k)s - Yahoo! News

Apparently Deb Reichmann of the AP didn't do so well on the verbal portion of her SATs. How else to explain that she seems not to understand the meaning of the word "remorse" or maybe she just thinks he has something to apologize for:
President George W. Bush expressed remorse that the global financial crisis has cost jobs and harmed retirement accounts and said he'll back more government intervention if needed to ease the recession.
Um... Not so much... Here's what he actually said as opposed to Deb's interpretation of what he said:
And I'm sorry it's happening, of course. Obviously I don't like the idea of people losing jobs, or being worried about their 401Ks.
There is absolutely nothing, zip, zilch, nada, in the preceding paragraphs which suggest that by his use of the word "sorry", Dubya is expressing remorse. Now, while we usually disdain the junior high debating tactic of referring to the dictionary...

remorse - a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs (Merriam-Webster)

That's remorse. Care for another definition from Messers Merriam and Webster?

sorry - mournful, sad (Merriam-Webster)

And there you have it. Dubya is sad that people are suffering, but he is not taking responsibility for having caused it. Nor should he, of course, since only idiots and journalists actually believe that the President of the United States is in control of the $47 trillion monstrosity better known as the global economy...

Or maybe he can cause a recession by pressing ctrl-alt-del on the WOPR. Whichever you happen to believe that's no excuse for reading more into the President's statement than is actually there.

Sorry, Deb. You may wish he'd fall on his sword screaming mea culpa, but wishing never made it so.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Give Yourself A Great Present

You may have missed black friday but it is not too late to take advantage of a great deal!

Right now you can get an incredible deal on the entertainment and communications services available through Charter! By clicking here you can take a look at the high speed internet, telephone and digital cable services Charter offers. You can purchase them as a bundle or individually to meet your needs. Either way you go, Charter is going to give you a great deal on the services you want and need.

Charter high speed internet will give you 10Mbit speed. Charter digital cable will allow you to access premium movie channels plus HD quality. Charter telephone service includes unlimited calling for one low price.

Better yet, when you sign up now you can get bonus gift cards up to $250 and a chance to win a fantastic Xbox 360 game console.

Like I said, just because you missed Black Friday doesn't mean there aren't great deals out there on Cyber Monday and beyond. Before you hit the stores to buy great gifts for everyone else, start off by giving yourself and your family the great gift of Charter service. You won't be disappointed! Start the season right with Charter.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

J'accuse, Nancy Pelosi!

The Associated Press: Dingell hospitalized in Washington

Nancy Pelosi engineered the ousting of John Dingell from his committee chairmanship in order to put her pig-nosed toadie, Henry Waxman, in the center square.

Why does Nancy Pelosi hate crippled old men?

If he dies, Madam Speaker, it is on your head.

A Question For My Fellow Trekkies

Lwaxana Troi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Other than throwing the wife/widow a bone, can anyone explain to me why they wrote nine episodes of TNG & DS9 that featured this character?

When I realize she is in an episode I immediately delete it. Annoying.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Just So I'm Clear On This

So, according to Oliver Stone, JFK was killed by a conspiracy involving Cuban exiles, the CIA, the military-industrial complex, the Mafia and the right-wing "homosexual underworld."

Mr. Beck? Oliver Stone on line 2.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Go For Platinum

Are you in the market for an engagement ring?

When I was going shopping for The Ring it was nerve racking. I mean, what did I know about buying an engagement ring? It isn't as though I had ever purchased one before. I wanted to get a good ring but what does that mean? I also wanted to get a reasonable... Okay, let's be honest... I wanted to get a deal. Nobody wants to get cheated, right?

If you are out there tying to pick the perfect ring then let me make at least one suggestion: consider platinum. I'm not knocking gold, but a platinum ring is the highest quality you are going to find. A platinum engagemet ring is a lifetime investment so you might as well get the best. It holds its value, it's luxurious and it is durable.

A platinum engagement ring will hold tightly onto your diamond. That's important when she is going to be wearing it for a lifetime. It also retains its color with wear so it will look as bright and shiny after 50 years as it does on your wedding day.

30 times rarer than gold and of a high density that gives it a solid substance and weight that will suggest quality, a platinum ring is your best choice.

Now, full disclosure, I went with gold. I'm not going to tell you that gold is a bad choice because it isn't. Platinum is just, simply, the best. If you can, why not go with the best?

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Don't Do It, J.J.

Star Trek: Blame Time Travel For Kirk's Scarred Psyche

Obviously, take this link with a grain of salt since it is just third-hand commentary trying to explain why, in the new trailers for the upcoming Star Trek reboot movie, James T. Kirk seems like... Well... A little bit of an asshole.

The theory is essentially that time-traveling Romulans managed to kill Kirk's parents and, as a result, he ended up living with his abusive Uncle Frank. Abusive childhood = reckless Kirk.

Now, I was incredibly wrong about the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. I knew... KNEW that it would suck royally but, of course, it actually rocks. Because of that, I am withholding judgment until I actually see Abrams' vision of Trek.

That being said, if he manages to take the Trek that has been, quite honestly, a huge part of my life and turns it into young adult angst and psychobabble... I am not going to be a happy man. Not happy at all.

Consider this a warning, Abrams.

The Place For Christmas Deals

Trying to save a little money this Christmas season?

Who isn't? I mean, the headlines are scary. If you read this blog then you know that I am a guy who believes everything is going to be okay. It is a rough patch, of course, but we will get through it. Still, it always makes sense to keep your eyes open for a good bargain. And, as always, Kmart is the place for great values on great gifts!

No matter who you have on your Christmas shopping list, Kmart has the gifts that will bring smiles on Christmas morning. Maybe you are in the market for something to keep your wife warm on a cold winter evening. Then check out the Women's Kimono Wrap Sweater (item #70198911). She will be warm and toasty and you will save an extra 10% when you purchase online.

Or maybe you are looking for something to warm her heart instead. How about the 1/4ct tw Diamond 5-Stone Journey Pendant and Earrings Set in 10K Yellow Gold (item #89270115). She will love the look and you will love the price. Again, save an extra 10% by purchasing online.

Now, don't be confused... The sale price will show up in your cart, not on the product page. Trust me though, you're getting a great deal. In fact, Kmart has great deals throughout the store. All through December you can get an extra 10% off the following categories when you purchase online:

- womens plus sleepwear
- womens attention brand
- girls tops
- ALL juniors
- boys tops
- mens shirts and bottoms
- big mens shirts and bottoms
- infant and toddler bedding

See what I mean? Kmart is THE place for value this Christmas. Don't waste time though. The online discounts are only through November 26th. Get started shopping and saving right now!

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It Just Keeps Going On and On.

In between playing moron trivia and talking up his new book, Gleen Beck continues telling us that we're going to be eating grub worms bynext Christmas.

Now, I am not going to suggest that the economy is good because it isn't. It isn't even close. I'm not even going to suggest that this is a typical downturn of the kind we've gotten used to over the last 20 years. It's not.

The problem is that however much politicians and the media might have screamed panic and pain during the last two downturns (early 90s and around 9/11), neither recession was much more than a hiccup in a long term economic run that stretches back to the early 80s. In other words, we have not felt a genuine recession of any meaningful size in more than 25 years. Glenn Beck was 18 in 1982, he's about 43 now. Now, most of us are not paying all that much attention to the broader economy when we are 18. Glenn was probably paying even less than most since, if you know his personal story, you realize that he had a massively screwed up childhood (his mom committed suicide when he was 13). He had a failed marriage and sank into alcoholism and drug addiction. In other words, he probably wasn't finding the time to read the Journal everyday.

What I'm getting at is that neither Glenn Beck nor, for that matter, most of us, have direct, meaninful memories of a substantial economic downturn. I certainly don't. I was 10 in 1982. Most of the people you see on TV are either my age, Beck's age or not really very much older. Because of that, there is not much in the way of historical perspective. This is the worst economy many of us have ever seen so it must be the worst economy ever... Or since the Depression... Or whatever.

So, what I'm trying to suggest this Friday evening is that all of us need to relax just a little bit. If you're the guy losing your job then it doesn't matter what we call this, it hurts and it's scary. For the rest of us though, we would all be well-served to turn off the scary radio, watch a little less news, stop checking our 401ks every day and maybe, just maybe, calm the frack down.

Christmas Is Just Another Day For Some People

Sometimes we forget just how good we have it.

For a lot of people around the world, for a lot of children, Christmas is just another day of struggle and misery. When we are sitting around the Christmas tree enjoying presents and family, they are living in squalor. Even in the midst of a garbage dump like that in Payatas, Philippines.

Christmas For Payatas is a program that will let you spread a little Christmas cheer to people in desperate need. Here is a little more information on the infamous landfill and the people who make their lives there.




The landfill in Payatas, The Philippines, is notoriously known the world over as Smokey Mountain. For over 35 years, the smoking dump site has grown to become a stark and heart-tugging reminder of the desperate conditions of humanity.

On a daily basis, children pick through newly arrived garbage to collect material to sell. The earnings made by one child are not enough to even buy food for the day. Hence, entire families are forced to climb the mountain each day, hoping to earn enough to feed everyone. Children as young as four years old are forced to work in this daily struggle for survival.

In response to the plight of these children, Totedaddy.com is working with Lighthouse Center For Children Foundation to bring a little cheer to the children this Christmas.

Totedaddy.com has kicked off with a cash sponsorship of USD 10,000 to enable the children to celebrate Christmas. FusionExcel International has also pitched in a USD 5,000 in cash sponsorship. The money raised will help fund the projects already in place, and help fund additional projects aimed at providing better housing, and a means of livelihood for the Payatas community.

It is hoped that by creating better awareness to the plight of these children, more support can be garnered towards their betterment. Together we can bury poverty!

What's Wrong With America

Okay, maybe that's an overstatement.

You know, there are times when I wonder why I listen to talk radio. Or, at least, why I listen to the talk radio programs that I do. I mean, Glenn Beck is paranoid, Rush and Sean are constantly on the attack... It can become a little wearisome at times.

Yesterday, while waiting on an oil change, I was stuck in a waiting room in front of a TV tuned to the Maury Povich show. Now, I have a thing about changing the channels on TVs in public areas. I don't think anyone else was watching, but I just don't like to do that in case someone might be. Mama raised me to be polite... Or maybe a doormat... Sometimes they're pretty much the same thing.

Anyhoo... Maury is on. Now, I'm well aware of what goes on daily on this show (and others of its ilk). There is a world of difference between a general awareness, however, and actually being subjected to it. I have previously said that I think this sort of daytime TV is worse than pornography and I stand by that. There is ABSOLUTELY no redeeming value in this. Now, I'm not one who thinks that all entertainment has to be edifying in some way. There is a place for mindless enjoyment. This, however, is stupid people sitting in an audience watching stupid people make idiots of themselves by sharing intimate details of their personal lives. Meanwhile, the host, the production company, the syndicator, the TV station all make money from it. There is something very, very wrong about that.

Obviously there is an appetite for it since this show (and others) stay on the air. I'm certainly not going to suggest that it should be banned from the airwaves... Though I wish that local TV stations would have the decency to decide that they are either not going to air it or, if they are, they will do so very late at night. I don't like to hear that we should be doing this or that "for the children" since that's usually just a prescription for the nanny state. Still, I think there is something to be said for the idea that airing a program like this in the daytime, particularly the afterschool hours, is irresponsible.

I mean, when I got home from school I watched Star Trek! Now, I'm not saying this sort of programming wasn't on at the time because it probably was. I just wasn't interested in it. Ideally, parents would be exercising control over what children watch, but I wouldn't be especially troubled if the manager of a local TV station said that he couldn't in good conscience put this sort of garbage on TV.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tell Us Something We Didn't Already Know

Amy Robach NBC TV's 10 Hottest News Anchors Slideshow Girls on Maxim.com

Congrats to our Miss Amy, named #1 on Maxim's 10 Hottest News Anchors!

We'll post a little congratulatory blogporn in the next day or two.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Another Reason To Dislike Mike Huckabee

Huckabee Takes a Few Jabs | Politics | Christianity Today

Mike Huckabee, milking minute 14 of 15, has written a new book. Apparently, among other things, he takes a number of leaders of the religious right to task for not supporting him. It would seem that Mike remains convinced that somewhere along the way Jesus Christ himself patted him on the shoulder and announced to all the world, "That's my boy!"

Personally, I found Huckabee's use of religion cynical. I am definitely not the sort of person who believes religion should be excluded from the public or political sphere. Just the opposite, in fact. I think a person's religious beliefs say more about them than just about anything. As does a lack of belief. My problem is the crass way in which Huckabee peddled it.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What?!?!

You Can Take Your CFL's And You Can...

Green Is Universal

We come around again to NBC/Universal's annual act of piety toward the environmental scam movement. Last year we kicked it off with Bob Costas sitting in the dark, continued to have Matt, Ann and Al burn thousands of tons of carbon to get to the ends of the earth and continued with God only knows what else.

Can we here at The MediaBlog make a little suggestion to you the TV viewer? A way that you can do your part to "go green," "live sustainably" and "save the planet?"

TURN OFF YOUR FRACKING TV!!!

How's that working for you, Mr. Zucker?

Friday, November 14, 2008

He's Not That Dumb... Is He?

Officials: Obama Offered Clinton Secretary Of State

We take anything we read in The Huffington Post with a grain of salt, of course. I mean, this is where the original Black-people-are-turning-cannibal article came from. Still, even a stopped clock, am I right?

So, maybe it is right but I just have a hard time thinking that Obama is going to do this. I mean does he really want to be in the Clinton shadow? Bubba comes with Hillary and Bubba has a way of sucking all the air out of the room.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Holiday Shopping Done Right

You know, I have always thought it very strange that the holidays, a time when we are supposed to enjoy time with our friends and families, the people most dear to us, is also just about the busiest time of the year.

That's why it is so important to take advantage of any service which will let you get your holiday shopping done quickly and easily. And if you can find some great deals in the process then so much the better. That is what Sears2Go can do for you. In a nutshell, is a mobile commerce site which will let you shop a variety of Sears quality merchandise from the conveniences of your mobile phone. All the name brands you know and trust from Sears... Craftsman tools, Kenmore appliances and much, much more... All as close as your cellular phone.

You shop on your phone and Sears sends you a text message when your order is ready to be picked up. Really, what could be simpler or more convenient? Even better, you can get deal alerts and opportunities for great savings at your local Sears store.

Don't waste another second. Christmas is right around the corner. Get your holiday shopping done quickly and easily with Sears2Go. Your friends and family will get the great gifts they want and you will get to relax and enjoy the season.



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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Who Cares?

Luke to GOP: Go Left | NewsBusters.org

Okay, we've thought this for awhile but we held off on saying it because, believe it or not, we do have a sense of decency here. A small sense, but a sense just the same.

Anyway, if you read ye olde blog very often you know that we particularly enjoy taking to task those who "ride the corpse." In a nutshell, it's when people make professional or political hay off the merits of what someone else who is now dead accomplished. Usually a parent. Like when Prancer (AKA Ron Reagan Jr) endorsed The Dear Leader and thought anyone would give two sharp short shits.

Today's episode of riding the corpse focuses on young, ill-coifed Luke Russert. Now, I'm all for looking after the widows and orphans... Hell, it's Biblical... Still, does anyone really think that Like would be a commentator for a well-respected national network NBC if the last name weren't Russert?

Today, Luke was offering his sage political counsel to the GOP. Go left, old man, he argues... The GOP would be a great party if it weren't so damned Conservative, saith Littler Russ. Out of the mouths of babes.

Sorry, Luke... We're not overly interested in the commentary of plenty of talking heads who actually have hair on their chest so why should we be interested in what you have to say? Because of who your dad was? Buzzz... Try again.

Look, Little Luke might someday have the journalistic and political chops his old man had. If he does it will be because he earned them , not because the Powers That Be bumped him to the head of the line.

Christmas Is Just Around The Corner

How many shopping days until Christmas?

Not enough, I can tell you that. We have not even started our Christmas shopping and, if this year holds true to the past then we are going to be hurrying around trying to find those last few gifts right before Christmas. I don't know why we always wait so long. Sometimes it is just plain laziness and, of course, sometimes money is a factor.

If money is a concern of yours this Christmas then you should know that it doesn't have to be. Now, I'm not suggesting that you buy gifts you can't afford. This is definitely not the time to be going into debt. Thankfully, K-mart has a way for you to get those presents you want for your family without maxing out the credit cards.

Kmart Layaway lets you select the gifts you want and set them aside without having to put them on a credit card. You lock in your price and you guarantee that the gift you are looking for will be available.

For example, maybe you are in the market for a handheld GPS navigator for dad. I know that's a present I would really love to give (or get). All you do is pick it out and put it on layaway at your local Kmart. You make a down payment and then a reasonable, affordable payment every two weeks until the item is paid for. At that point it is all yours. Take it home, wrap it and put it under the tree.

Like I said, now is not the best time to be going into debt. Get the gifts for your family (or yourself) that you want without piling up red ink. Give Kmart layaway a try at your local Kmart store!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Not To Get All Glenn Beck-y On You

Amazon.com: Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government (A Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy Book): Robert Higgs: Books

Consider it a MediaBlog book recommendation to give you some idea of why we should be at least a little bit afraid of the incoming administration.

“Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” (Obama Chief of Staff Rahm) Emanuel said in an interview on Sunday. “They are opportunities to do big things.”

Yes. Yes, they are. And that's the problem.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Find The Right Space For You

As it happens, I'm in the market for some website hosting at the moment. I just canceled my plan with my former provider. It wasn't that they didn't do a great job because they did. The problem was that I was paying for a lot of services that I just don't need. I mean, no matter how good the price you might be getting, you are not getting a good deal if you are paying for things you just do not need.

I think my problems came from the fact that when I was picking a hosting provider the last time around I was so focused on the price that I didn't give enough thought to what I was getting for my money. If I had focused on what I was getting I might have realized that I was sort of getting overcharged.

Before I make a choice of a new hosting provider I am going to visit webhostinggeeks.com so I can get the full scoop. Whatever your need for hosting space, these guys will break it down so you don't get snowed by flashy ads and a deceptively low price. They will make sure you have all the information you need to make a smart choice.

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First Jim Webb and Now...

Former DNC chief files candidate papers in Va

So Terry McAuliffe is going to be running for governor of The Old Dominion. Hmm... Not that being as asshole ever served as a real barrier to high elective office. Still, one thinks that the former Clinton bagman (and are you EVER really a "former Clinton" anything... you try to get out and they keep pulling you back in) might have carried asshole to such a high level as to be disqualifying.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Better To See You With, My Dear

Everyone knows that the economy is going through a rough patch right now. Even if things maybe aren't quite as bread-lines-and-Grapes-of-Wrath as the cable news channels might have you believe it's hard to suggest that there aren't a lot of people out there having a tough time of it.

Even here at MediaBlog HQ we are being a little more careful with our money. Not that we are ever anything but thrifty but this is the sort of time when you have to prioritize. For example, we're doing our best to cut back on some of the optional things like eating out or movies. Nothing major, but every little bit helps.

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That Was The Week That Was

I can't let this week end without saying something.

We here at The MediaBlog obviously did not support Barack Obama. We have very little hope that the Obama presidency will be a success as we would define success. We have even less hope that we will find much on which we agree with President-elect Obama. We did not and do not buy into the idea that Barack Obama, by simply existing, has somehow transformed America. He is not the messiah.

With that out of the way, I do think it is important that we acknowledge that something very impressive happened this week. This week, America demonstrated very clearly that it is the society most of us Conservatives have long known it to be rather than the sort of place too many Leftists believed (and probably still believe) it is.

I am very disappointed that Barack Obama will be our next president, but I am also very proud of my county... And not for the first time in my adult life.

That Settles It. I'm Moving.


Not sure if it's Alaska or Ukraine, but I'm either headed north or east.

A Picturepalooza!

Nope, not all blogporn. Some, but not all. After all, man does not live by hotties alone. Wait... What am I saying?

Starting off with The Dear Leader... We didn't vote for him, probably never would... We're also straight as an arrow. Still, you've got to admit that this is a hell of a picture:


And now, moving on...  One is the loneliest number:





Okay, enough of that... Need some blogporn? Sure you do. It's been a rough week. Hows about Megyn Kendall (Kelly) in this red number? We've seen her in this before but not at this angle. And it's a nice angle:






And finally... A couple of shots of Chris Jansing filling in a nice, snug sweater dress. Is that what it's called? Think so. Whatever you call it... Damn! Even when she's standing behind a table... Damn! Why can't we get Miss Amy wearing a little number like this? Huh? Are you listening Amy? I mean... Damn!

Friday, November 07, 2008

It's Good To Be The Despot




Ladies and gentlemen, he may be a murderous thug, but Assad has good taste in women. We give you Asma al-Assad.

The Real Joe Biden

 
Now I want all of you to watch because I'm literally about to punch this retarded woman square in the face.

He's Already Getting Things Done

Is it a coincidence that the Dow was up about 210 points when Barack Obama began his press conference and, after about ten minutes, it's up 77?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Am I The Only One Who Sees The Irony Here?

America Serves | Change.gov | Office of the President-Elect

Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year.


United States Constitution | Amendment 13

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.


Don't get me wrong. I'm all for serving others. And if the Bloglet chooses to do so then I will be very proud of her. If, on the other hand, The Dear Leader decides to pull her out of her 8th grade English class to work with ACORN then maybe I won't be quite as thrilled.

And I'm sure the Komsomol will help bring in the wheat harvest as well. All for the glory of the Motherland!

These Pants Are Made For Working

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No, you're probably not going to wear them to church or to a party, but when you are trying to be comfortable while you are getting a big job done than these are the pants for you. You can see them and buy them by clicking on the link above.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Women Are Stupid


At least, 46% of Minnesota women are. I mean, how can it be that a plurality of Minnesota women voted for Al Fracken? I mean Al Franken? Do you really want your state to be represented in Washington by an idiot/cartoon character? Yeah, I know... Jesse Ventura... Minnesota has a history of picking fruitcakes.

Why McCain Lost

1. When you are four weeks out from the election and you have everyone from the President of the United States on down getting on TV and saying that if we don't spend $700 billion TODAY then your children are going to be in breadlines you are not creating an environment that helps the incumbent party candidate. It is very little short of amazing to me that McCain even kept it close given the level of economic terror that was created in this country.

2. When your opponent can outspend you four or five to one it is very hard to get your message out. Obama made the cynical but entirely logical decision to forego public financing. McCain, who had no realistic possibility of being able to match him dollar-for-dollar, decided to stick with the system.

3. McCain was never able to convince people that they should fear an Obama presidency. Republicans have made a lot of hay out of convincing the electorate that their opponents are radicals. In some cases it's more true than others. And in some cases it's more successful than others. It never worked very well with Bill Clinton because, in all honesty, he really wasn't a radical. He was center-left. In his first couple of years he tried to be left-of-center-left but he quickly realized that it wouldn't work and he pulled back. The odd thing is that Obama, in terms of his associations and his voting record, genuinely is rather radical. The problem is that McCain waited too long to point it out and never seemed entirely comfortable doing so.

...And, no, Sarah Palin had nothing to do with it. As I said before, Palin's excited the base and helped get them to the polls. The people who hated her were never likely to vote for McCain anyway.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

What You Can Expect Tonight

Don't expect wall-to-wall coverage from your's truly. I'll give you a post-mortem in the next day or two however it goes.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Elect Barack Obama Or The Cities Will Burn

The Final Days by Susan Estrich on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent

Susan Estrich is not some unknown radical with a blog. She is a fixture of Democrat politics. Her latest column essentially says that if Barack Obama loses it will be because of racism and there will be riots the likes of which you have never seen.

I completely disagree with the former proposition. There are a thousand good reasons to vote against Barack Obama. His race is pretty much the only bad reason to vote against him.

As for the latter...

I don't know if there will be riots if Barack Obama loses. I like to think there wouldn't be. I like to think that. I don't know that I believe it, but I like to think it.

What I do know is that fear of riots (let's not use any cliche like "civil unrest") is NOT a reason to vote for Barack Obama. It isn't a reason to stay home either. We are not that country. Yeah, we sue each other at the drop of a hat, but we don't start burning things because we don't like the results of an election. Even more, we don't knuckle under to threats.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The First Time Is Criminal, The Second Time Is Stupid

STLtoday - Cops: Cape Girardeau woman kills man who returned to rape her second time

Ronnie W. Preyer died from stupid yesterday at the age of 57. Good riddance.

You Can Judge A Man By His Friends

The Manifesto of the Weather Underground

What would we be saying if Barack Obama had strong personal, professional and political ties to the Unabomber? How about Timothy McVeigh?

Friends, everyone needs to understand that there is no difference between Bill Ayers, Ted Kaczynski and Timothy McVeigh. Each and every one of them is an unrepentant American terrorist. Well, there is one difference:

Kaczynski is in the supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado.

McVeigh was executed by lethal injection at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

and...

Bill Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago who, in his spare time, hosts poltical fundraisers for certain up-and-coming Chicago politicians. One in particular.

The link above is to the manifesto of Ayers' terrorist group, The Weather Underground. It is undersigned by "Billy" Ayers. One wonders if Senator Obama refers to his good friend as Billy?

A man with judgment this poor. A man who has among his closest associates and mentors an anti-American terrorist and a racist minister has neither the character nor the judgment to lead the United States of America. We cannot place the safety and security of our nation... Of our families... In the hands of a man who has consistently shown such poor judgment.

Ye shall know them by the company they keep... Birds of a feather flock together... Both holy scripture and common expression remind us that you can know a great deal about a man by understanding the people he chooses... Chooses... To bring into his life. What do Barack Obama's choices tell us about him?

If you have already voted then it is too late. What is done cannot be undone. If you have not, then I urge you to stop and think. Weigh these things in your mind and heart. We each bear the consequences of our choices. We are each responsible for the decisions we make. Do you want to be responsible for delivering your children's lives into the hands of this man?

The choice is yours.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

This Really Shouldn't Be A Difficult Choice For Anyone

John McCain served longer in a POW camp than his opponent has in the United States Senate.
-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger


At the end of the day it really is as simple as that. A genuine hero who has fought and bled for his country or a lightweight Chicago-machine politician.

The Oh So Compassionate Left

Wonkette: The D.C. Gossip � Blog Archive � Hey Kids, Check Out Lil’ Trigger In His Elephant Costume

If you want to see the real face of the American Left then take a look at this piece and, even better, the comments.

Hell is too good for some people.

Peace and Quiet?

Obama promises transformational changed if elected - Yahoo! News

First of all, the story is three hours old and they still haven't fixed the typo in the headline.

Now, here's the real problem:

Democrat Barack Obama says voters can end divisive politics "once and for all" if they elect him to the White House in three days.

Do you know who else ended divisive politics "once and for all"? That would be Adolf Hitler.

Now, no, I'm not comparing Obama to Hitler. I don't do that bullshit (unlike plenty of my "friends" on the Left). What I am saying though is that divisive politics is the nature of democratic government. We disagree on things. We are divided on the issues. It is natural that our politics would be divisive. We argue, we debate. That is the very essence of freedom.

The only way you get rid of divisive politics is to get rid of politics entirely. If you eliminate opposition and allow only one set of views to be heard then division goes away and you have peace. The peace of the grave or the security of the slave.

The List Gets Longer

Obama says he didn't know aunt's illegal status - Yahoo! News

What list? Why the list of things Barack Obama didn't know:

-Didn't know his aunt is an illegal alien living illegally in public housing.

-Didn't know his pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, preached a doctrine of race hatred and anti-Americanism.

-Didn't know his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, is an unrepentant terrorist who attacked our military.

What else doesn't Barack Obama know?

The Biggest Disappointment of the Morning

Why couldn't they let Amy Robach interview Debra Messing?

Maybe I'll Just Move To Alaska Then

If you people can't get off your asses and make this woman the Veep then maybe I'll just have to move to Alaska and freeze my knackers off.


The One Is Wasting His Money

Back during the primaries I complained a bit about getting a ton of calls from Romney and McCain. That's the price of getting an absentee ballot, I guess. They know you intend to vote so they pester the hell out of you. I've only gotten one call during the general election, though. It was for McCain. The campaign probably doesn't have the money for a ton of robo-calls at this point.

Here's what's weird though... Mrs. MediaBlog, who is also a registered Republican and also an absentee voter, has gotten a number of calls. Not from McCain or the Republicans, but from the Obama campaign. She got one about five minutes ago offering her a couple of free access passes for when Plugs Biden visits our little burg tomorrow. Now, I'm sure you can scalp backstage passes to a Joe Biden event for at least five to ten cents. Still, I am more likely to go to a Joe Biden event than Mrs. MediaBlog ever is. I have sort of a soft spot for Plugs even if I don't like Obama. Mrs. MediaBlog could care less between them. As far as she's concerned they're both baby-killers and that pretty much ends the subject for her.

So, I don't know how much it costs the Obama folks to make a single robo-call but it was wasted money here.

And, by the way, if you want to know what number to avoid when it pops up on your caller ID, it's 877-697-6622. That's 877-MY-IN-OBAMA. Cute, huh? No, I don't think so either.

And Now Obama Has Locked Up The Prancing Vote

Ron Reagan: Making It Official: I Endorse Barack Obama

Shocker, huh?

Little Ronny, who has made a career out of riding Dad's corpse and embarrassing/disappointing his parents, continues with the program. I'm personally not a believer in the value of endorsements to start out with, but even if you do care about endorsements is there anyone out there whose vote is going to be swayed by Ronny pulling Obama's lever? (make of that phrase what you will)

I mean, maybe he will go up by 0.1% among failed third-rate ballet dancers but that's a fairly limited demo. You know, if the Huffington Post had to pay for paper and ink they wouldn't even have bothered printing this.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

The Best Larry Eagleburger Quote of the Day

No, not that one. This one!

Larry Eagleburger on Obama's foreign policy?

"Stupid and contradictory."

Perfect, Mr. Secretary! All is forgiven.

He Earned 2 Minutes of Your Time

Thursday, October 30, 2008

You Haven't Even Voted Yet

Obama approaches lawmaker about White House post - Yahoo! News

This is the contempt that this man has for you. This is the arrogance he has. You haven't even voted yet and he's already hiring people.

Remember that.

You Don't Have to Get Snippy!

McCain camp trying to scapegoat Palin - Yahoo! News

Wasn't that what Gore said to Bush on election night way back when?

Anyhoo... I'm not going to get into the backbiting that is going on in the McCain campaign. Un-named sources getting in their digs against Sarah Palin. That's all pretty normal when you get close to election day and, to put it kindly, you're somewhat concerned with how it's going to go. I mean, if you are a professional political consultant then you have to find someone to blame. It couldn't be that you did a piss poor job on the campaign, could it? No. Of course not. Don't be silly.

No, what I'm going to comment about is a comparison this columnist makes. Sarah Palin (as drag on the ticket) to Dan Quayle (as drag on the ticket:

I don’t believe running mates win or lose elections, though some believe they can be a drag on the ticket. Lee Atwater, who was George H.W. Bush’s campaign manager in 1988, told me that Dan Quayle cost the ticket 2 to 3 percentage points. But Bush won the election by 7.8 percentage points.

So, in Atwater’s opinion, Bush survived his bad choice by winning the election on his own.


Here's the thing. Dan Quayle may have been Bush the Elder's attempt at shoring up the conservative base (with whom he was never overly popular. He may have been an attempt to add a little youth and energy. The problem is that Quayle didn't work out that way. I was only 16 at the time, but I was a pretty politically-minded 16 year old. I paid attention. I don't remember anyone getting particularly excited about the prospect of Dan Quayle taking the national stage. If the goal was to gen up the base then Dan Quayle was a failure. A miserable one. In that sense, then, he probably was a drag on the ticket. He turned off independents without exciting Republicans.

Sarah, on the other hand, has succeeded magnificently in exciting the base. We can argue about how much of a success she has been in reaching beyond the Republican core, but there is no doubt at all that she has whipped the base into a frenzy.

I'll speak for myself here, but I think I am typical in this. I'll sum it up in a phrase:

I like McCain, but I LOVE Sarah.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Um... Okay

dirty amish bitches - Google Search

The things you find when you're reviewing your traffic logs. All I can say is that there is someone in Redding, Iowa who is looking for some odd porno.

And, Strangely Enough, It Isn't Barney Frank

ABC News: Mass. Pol Accused of Stuffing Bra With Bribes

I Am A Lineman For the County Party

Palin Target Of New Ethics Complaint, CBS News Investigative Unit Has Learned Of New Complaint Related To Travel By Alaska Governor's Children - CBS News

Here we go again. A complaint has been filed against Sarah Palin regarding state-paid travel expenses for her children. Most of the articles I found didn't identify who filed the complaint. When I did finally locate the person, he was identified only as "Frank Gwartney, a retired lineman in Anchorage."

In other news... Adolf Hitler, a vegetarian painter from Bavaria...

Now, before the Daily Kos crowd pounces, no I'm not comparing Mr. Gwartney to Herr Hitler. Calm down, dumbass. Rather, I'm pointing out the idiocy of how people are described in the mainstream media. It's like the waitress the AP just magically found to talk about the economy awhile back. A waitress who, oh by the way, is an activist with ACORN.

Here's the thing about Mr. Gwartney... What's he doing with his retirement? He's an activist with the Alaska Democrat Party. He co-hosts events to promote Democrat candidates for the Alaska legislature, he sells raffle tickets to raise money for the Alaska Democrat party. Why he even won money in one of those raffles.

Now, I'm not suggesting the Democrat Party hacks aren't entitled to file ethics complaints. They are perfectly entitled to do so. In fact, I have no quarrel with Mr. Gwartney at all. What I do have a problem with is when the media doesn't give you all the facts.

I mean if you hear about Frank Gwartney, retired lineman, filing an ethics complaint then you believe that an outraged citizen is petitioning government. Power to the people!

On the other hand, if you hear about Frank Gwartney, Democrat activist, filing an ethics complaint, why maybe you look at the whole thing just a little differently. It gives you a little perspective.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oh My God! Katie Couric Is Dead!

Or maybe it's Brian Williams! Charlie Gibson? Good God! Which one is it?

Or maybe it is an admittedly very cute, probably very nice, local TV reporter from Arkansas who died after being viciously attacked in her home.

I'm betting it's that last one, but who can say for sure? I mean, me and Mrs. MediaBlog are sitting here watching Desperate Housewives when the local weekend 11 o'clock newsie comes on for his five second teaser for the late news:

"Tonight, television says goodbye to a beloved anchor."

Television says goodbye? Isn't that a little broad? I mean, is the local NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine really saying goodbye? Or the Fox station in San Diego? Or how about the CBC up in Ottawa?

Maybe it's just sloppy writing, but maybe it has just a little bit to do with trying to get you to hang on for another 90 minutes so you will actually watch the late news in our local berg where nothing happens on the weekends other than college football games.

I frigging hate local news.

The MediaBlog Spooky Picture O'The Day

And How Many Electoral Votes Does Congo Have?

At the U.N., Many Hope for an Obama Win:

'We do not consider him an African American,' said Congo's U.N. ambassador, Atoki Ileka. 'We consider him an African.'

What? Did You Think We Were Kidding?

Escaped Monkeys Make Mischief On Ranch

We've been warning you and warning you. While the politicians are focused on Iran and Glenn Beck is organizing the 800 cans of peas in his basement, the monkeys are in Florida. You heard me right, they've got their damned dirty paws on the Sunshine State.

Some of you may think that appeasement is the answer. Just let them have Florida and they'll go away. They'll be satisfied. Fools. Naive fools.

And don't think that you have time. You don't. These monkeys are on the move***. See for yourself:



Wake up people. Your time is short.

***You know, for my money, Monkeys on the Move was a highly underrated film. I'm just saying.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Talk to Type

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Here is another great video review by Lisa, who coincidentally writes the blog Lisa Reviews. She writes about how she can write at 150 words per minute with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

I think one of the key takeaways from her video, the key insight that is, is that she is able to write a lot more in those spare moments of time that she has while she's doing other things. Sometimes it's great to multitask, but it's even more important to be able to accomplish useful goals in those spare two or three or four minute pockets of time that we all experience throughout the day.

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