Thursday, January 31, 2008

This Has Got To Stop

It goes without saying that John McCain isn't our first choice around here. If you had any doubts, that big Mitt Romney banner at the top of the page should have served as a clue. Still, I have to admit that I'm stunned at the level of animosity that is being directed toward Senator McCain by certain members of the right wing punditocracy.

I'm thinking specifically of the big guns of conservative talk radio: Limbaugh, Hannity and Glenn Beck. All three of them in their own way are absolutely pounding John McCain. Now, none of them have ever been especially fond of McCain (Limbaugh particularly) but this really is getting out of hand.

I'm not a party-above-principle sort of guy, but I fail to understand how even the most die-hard conservative could prefer to lose an election for the sake of being "right" when that loss will (most likely) put Hillary Clinton in the White House. What ideologues at either end of the spectrum sometimes forget is that half a loaf is better than none, particularly in politics which at its best is an ugly game.

And, for the record, will someone tell me where the "conservative enough" line lies? How conservative do you have to be before the hard right will accept you as one of their own? And why have they saved their vitriol for McCain when people like Rudy were out there?

Yeah, I know McCain has an abrasive, stick it to you sort of personality. I think some of the animus he gets may be a reflection of that. Still, it really is getting out of control. I mean, you've got Glenn Beck referring to him as "Juan McCain" for God's sake.

If, and it is looking more likely every day, John McCain is the nominee, these guys really do need to make a decision about where they want to go. If John McCain is the party's nominee it will be because rank-and-file Republicans put him there. Yes, I know there are some open primaries, but the large majority of Republican delegates will be chosen by Republican voters. I'm a big supporter of talk radio... Listen every day to all three of these programs... Still, if McCain is the nominee and he then loses, I think you can lay some of the blame for it at the feet of those Republican pundits who drove down turnout.

I'm not saying that they have to enthusiastically support the nominee no matter who he is. All I'm saying is that the long term interest of the Republican party, the longterm interest of the conservative movement and the long term interest of the United States will NOT be served by giving away an election just because our guy wasn't perfect.

Here's the dirty little secret of life: no one who is actually in the game is perfect. Even Reagan wasn't however much we may look at his memory through rose-colored glasses.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


If I'd known the Red Army was so hot, I'd have lowered the stars and stripes myself. If they all look like this fruit of the East then the hammer and sickle can fly from my pole any day!

The Mainstream Media Has Turned

And this isn't Fox News, it's CNN. They're not buying into the big Hillary victory storyline that she's trying to sell. That caption is a not-so-subtle way of pointing out that she won what was essentially an uncontested primary where no delegates were at stake.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Notes From Saturday Today

How could we go through the weekend without at least one picture of the lovely Amy Robach?

And, while we're at it... A couple of other things we noticed from the broadcast...

Why did the Today show shoot John Edwards through a peephole?

And, finally... Here is a shot of the poor people of the Gaza Strip as they desperately cross the border into Egypt to obtain "necessities."

Heaven Can Wait

I'd much rather face the Tribulation with the lovely Chelsea Noble.

Now if we can just get that husband of hers raptured out of the way.

Gotta Love the NYT

5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq - New York Times

Well, Iraq is back in the news. Obviously for the New York Times, Iraq is only newsworthy when Americans are dying. A good day is a slow news day.

Fine, whatever. I'm way past the point of arguing with the news judgment of the Old Grey Lady.

I will, however, argue with their ethno-geographic knowledge. Particularly that of New York Times reporter Richard A. Oppel, Jr.

Here is the last sentence of Mr. Oppel's piece:

At least 36 American servicemen have been killed in Iraq so far this year, about two-thirds of them in the country’s four Arab-dominated provinces north of Baghdad.

And who exactly is it who dominates the other provinces of Iraq? Italians? Slavs maybe?

What's The Point?

Senate may add to stimulus package - Yahoo! News

As you might have guessed, I'm not a big fan of stimulus packages in the first place. That being said, if we're going to have one then the primary consideration needs to be speed. It does no good at all to get the money in people's hands after the downturn (if, in fact, it exists) has come and gone.

It's already going to take months. Delays by the Senate are only going to add to that. If the goal is to make it "fairer" by making sure that everyone gets a check then let's call it what it is: welfare. If, however, the goal is to get consumer spending up ASAP then it really doesn't matter that much whether it is "fair" or not. All that matters is that it gets into the hands of people who will actually spend it just as quickly as possible.

For the record, I plan on saving about half of my family's rebate and applying the rest to outstanding debt. That is EXACTLY the opposite of what the government wants me to do with this rebate and proof of why it's a dumb idea in the first place.

My family is solidly middle class. We don't "need" this extra money to meet the necessities of daily life. We're also not so profligate that we are going to go out and spend it just because we get it.

If they really wanted to make sure the money got spent immediately they would means and intelligence test it. Or, in other words, big rebates for the poor and the stupid. Those are the two groups most likely to spend it the second the check shows up in the mailbox.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

See the Sights

For about five years after we first got married, Mrs. MediaBlog and I took our annual vacation to Orlando every single year. It may sound strange to always go to the same place, but we just really love Orlando. It isn't just the amusement parks, it's the whole place. Lots of shopping, lots of great restaurants. It's just a great city for us. We always liked to stay in a fancy hotel and enjoy all the luxury the place could offer. Room service, valet parking, the whole 9 yards. Kind of makes up for having to do your own laundry and clean toilets the rest of the year.

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Down and Dirty

As the Florida primary goes into the home stretch the candidates are pulling out all the stops. I've already talked about how McCain and Romney are driving me crazy with phone calls. In addition, McCain is starting to get nasty with Mitt Romney.

Even though I'm not supporting McCain in this go around (I did in 2000), I have always respected how he campaigns. That's why I find his whole leader vs. manager riff to be disappointing. That kind of dismissive comment is (or should be) beneath John McCain. It just isn't necessary and it pisses me off.

Of course, I've already cast my ballot for Mitt so I guess McCain could care less whether I'm pissed off or not.

Friday, January 25, 2008


And now it's Mitt Romney that is calling me over and over again!

Guys! I've already voted absentee. Leave me the frack alone!

Seriously, both of these guys are balls to the wall in the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, Rudy just keeps on drifting toward the exit. What is it with these Italians from New York? The dream of Mario Cuomo was always better than the wavering reality. Seems like the same may turn out to be true of Giuliani.

I do question just how effective a tactic it is to do these autodialer calls though. So far I've heard from John McCain speaking for himself and Jack Kemp speaking on his behalf. I've also heard from Sheriff Joe Arpaio and on behalf of Governor Romney. I think someone else called on his behalf as well, but I hung up before I was certain who it was. Do these folks really think I'm going to be swayed by a recording on an autodialer? I hope to God the American voter isn't quite that shallow. I may be wrong. Still, I'm afraid most people don't find this sort of thing very appealing. If anything, it sort of pisses me off. Particularly since I'm getting the calls on my cell phone so I'm actually paying for the privilege of being annoyed.

Spend the money on events, TV ads and yard signs, guys. The phone calls are a turn off.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Closed Circuit to John McCain

I've already mailed in my absentee ballot, Senator. Stop calling me. Please.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Check Out The Tits On That Monkey

There is no reason for this post except that I wanted to type in that title.

A New Irish Blessing

Suzanne Pleshette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

May you be in Heaven two days before Brian Williams and NBC News know you're dead.

Come on, Brian... She died on Saturday and you're only now mentioning that she's dead? What's the matter, Lester was too busy over the weekend.

In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

She Can Flip Me Anytime

And by "flip" I of course mean... Um... Oh, whatever... She's hot, okay?

Killing Him With Kindness

Is this the greeting that dooms the Huckaboom?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Difference Between Fox News (and CNN for that matter) and MSNBC

Fox News doesn't let Windbag Bill O'Reilly host their election coverage.
MSNBC does let Windbag Keith Olbermann host their coverage.

Oh, but I forgot, Keith is a journalist. Sure he is.

Abraham 2, Jesus 0 John King Converts, Snipping to Follow

We're on a losing streak here, folks. We lost another one to The Tribe. First it was news hottie Campbell Brown who chose love and damnation and now it's CNN's John King who is giving up ham and shellfish for the affections of fellow CNNer Dana Bash.

One hopes CNN's John King comes pre-snipped, otherwise love is going to come at a cost.

Mail Call

It's a cold and rainy day here at MediaBlog HQ. Still, neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dead of night will keep me from going to the mailbox to get the mail. I look forward to it far more than I should since 90% of what we receive is junk. Still, hope springs eternal. I'm also waiting on tax documents so I can get my refund.

Anyhoo, today's mail was nothing special. We did receive one piece of political mail. Along with the presidential preference primary, Floridians will be voting on a constitutional amendment which would double the homestead exemption and make some other changes to how property taxes are handled in the Sunshine State. I'm not going to get into all of the details of the changes because (1) 49 states and untold countries could care less and (2) that's not where I'm going with this.

The mail we received was from a group calling itself Citizens for Home Rule. The piece opposes the property tax reform amendment. It has the usual newspaper quotes ("many will pay higher taxes than their neighbors" and "tax reform trick") along with a good bit of class warfare rhetoric and even an ugly picture (is there another kind?) of Donald Trump.

Okay, fine, whatever. I'm vaguely supportive of the amendment, though I wish it had gone further. Still, honest people can disagree. Here's where my problem comes from. This group has a pretty generic name: Citizens for Home Rule. I Googled it and came up with nothing. When I typed in the return address, however, I found that they just happen to be the same as the address for the Florida League of Cities, a lobbying group representing local municipalities in the state. Cities and counties have been leading opponents of this bill for the simple reason that they don't want to have to cut budgets. They've used scare tactics about cutting vital services and now they are sending out disingenuous mailers.

The fact (in my opinion) is that cities and counties have seen a windfall from the recent rapid run-up in housing values and could easily afford to make cuts without having to pull cops off the beat. For starters, they might want to get rid of global warming summits and Caribbean dancing. Just a thought.

At any rate, advocacy groups shouldn't hide behind generic names and city governments shouldn't be spending money on lobbying citizens about tax increases.

A Possible Compromise

You may know that we here at MediaBlog HQ are not afraid to take a stand on the issues that really matter. That's why the following offer will come as such a shock. Brace yourselves.

We have been (and remain) decided partisans of Amy Robach in the great weekend struggle. That being said, we are now prepared to accept the presence of Jenna Wolfe on set. She can remain at the newsdesk where her damage is limited. Besides, after seeing that spastic chick (Tamron Hall) they had reading the news this morning, we find ourselves actually yearning for Miss Wolfe.

So, my friends... Fans of Amy Robach and fans of Jenna Wolfe... Let us come together to fight the true enemy: Tamron Hall!

And let us seal the deal with some always-welcome blogporn of the lovely Miss Robach:

Friday, January 18, 2008

I Have Seen The Future And It Doesn't Work

You know, I'm anything but a Luddite. That being said, I'm starting to reach a point where I'm just tired of buying the latest crap and finding out that it's so much of a huge pain in the arse that it takes away all the pleasure.

Tonight I'm speaking particularly of hi-def TV and, more particularly, the Tivo HD. A little background... I've been a huge fan of Tivo for years. It's like the best thing since sliced bread (which, to be honest, was never all that big a deal to me). Still, the Tivo HD (and, I'm assuming, the Series 3 Tivo) is an enormous pain in the arse to set up. This whole CableCard thing just doesn't work.

I would rather have a product that does less but does it every fracking time without fail rather than one that claims to do a lot but only does it when it feels like it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I Have An Announcement To Make

Gene Simmons is my new god.

Kool Aid Glen Johnson Is At It Again

Romney clashes with reporter - Mike Allen -

Glen Johnson made his MediaBlog debut with his fawning piece about Hillary Clinton after she single-handedly rescued all those hostages in her New Hampshire campaign office while armed with nothing more than a butter knife.

He's at it again only this time, instead of padding Hillary's ego he is arguing with Mitt Romney about the folks involved in his campaign. Glen seems to have crossed whatever imaginary line the MSM thinks exists between journalism and advocacy.

Pay Attention To This

Flour shortages adds to Pakistan's woes - Yahoo! News

Many a revolution has been more out of bread riots. Forget about democracy and free speech and all the rest. Ultimately, people care about having full bellies. When they don't they look for someone to blame and they look for someone to lead them. They don't care where they're going as long as there is a full stomach atthe end of the journey.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Glenn Beck Descent Into Madness Continues

For a long time, mostly over on the other blog, we've been talking about Glenn Beck's gradual descent into Art Bell-like insanity. Don't get me wrong. Love listening to him. For that matter, love listening to Art Bell. That don't mean they aren't crazy though.

Now, as he's coming off his nightmarish butt surgery, Glenn Beck continues his slide toward full blown loon. What is the newest piece?

He's telling people to buy gold.

That's usually the last bus stop on the right wing fringe circuit. It's never lost value. No more paper money. Dogs and cats living together. Sodom and Gomorrah.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Real Story From Michigan

Obviously the Mitt Romney win is a big deal. It keeps his campaign going. It was a healthy margin in a big state. Obviously I'm pleased since he is our candidate around here.

No, what I really find interesting is the strength of the anti-Hillary vote. Neither Obama nor Edwards were on the ballot, but people still turned out to cast what is effectively an anti-Hillary vote by voting for uncommitted. Nobody is talking about it much, but that strikes me as a shocking repudiation of Hillary Clinton.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bet Your Bottom Dollar

Every time I see a commercial for an touring company of Annie I find myself hating orphans more and more.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Lasting Image From the New Hampshire Primary

What? You expected a shot of Hillary's speech announcing her overwhelming (2%) victory?

Come on! You know us better than that.

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The Hum - <i>Idol</i> Poll: McPhee Dumped...Who's Next?

So Katherine McPhee was dumped by her record label.

Kat, I just want you to know that if you need a shoulder to cry on, I'm here for you. Or a lap. Really, you can cry on pretty much any part of my body you like.

Seriously, I thought a couple of the songs from her album were really good. I found them particularly good when I closed my eyes and visualized her singing them. I mean, she's got a really good voice, but that voice is also contained within an incredibly hot body. What's not to like?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I Must Be Losing My Edge

Contest winner: Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky) -- South Florida

Okay, so I know that I can sometimes be a smartass. I'm not ashamed of that. Hell, I'm sort of proud of it. I also know that I'm a fuddy duddy. Back in my day we didn't have flame retardant pajamas... You went to bed smoking, you woke up a ball of flames! That's the way it was and we loved it!

Ahem... Sorry... We won't be inviting Dana Carvey back as a guest blogger. Anyhoo... I don't usually like to see things change. I particularly don't like to see them change for the sake of political correctness. That being said...

Florida is in the process of changing its state song from Old Folks At Home (Way Down Upon the Suwannee River, yada yada yada) to something new. They had a competition and the song I've linked to above is the winner.

Now, I'm still not a big fan of change. I mean, just because old Steve Foster through in a couple of lines about "darkies", everybody gets in a snit. Geez... People. And anyway, the state doesn't use those lyrics.

Still, whatever, they want to change. Okay fine. Now, I fully expected to hate the final choice becuase... Well... It just seemed like I would.

Here's the thing though... I like it! Nice tune, decent lyrics. Okay, I can't dance to it, but if you've ever seen me try to dance you would know that song choice has very little influence on that.

So, anyway... Maybe I'm not as much of a curmudgeon before my time as I sometimes think.

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Southern Candidate

Watching the debate last night was an exercise in what-might-have-been.

If Fred Thompson hadn't played Hamlet so long (Maybe I'll get in. Should I get in? I might get in?) and if he had shown that kind of energy when he did get in, we might have a very different race today. Would that the Southern candidate in this race were a reliable Conservative like Thompson rather than a shallow populist who verges on the demagogue from time to time.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hey! It Works For Ron Paul!


I'm not a big fan of online polls. They mean nothing. I mean, that's why Ron Paul comes in first in all these online polls but fifth when they actually have an election. Online polls measure the diehards, not real people who have lives.

So, with that in mind, get your ass over to the link above and click on the poll in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. It's nothing trivial like electing the leader of the free world. Rather, it's whose beautiful crossed legs you want to see on the Weekend Today set. Do you want Jenna Wolfe to win? I didn't think so. The lovely Miss Robach needs our help!

Yeah, so I'm stuffing the ballot box a little. Why should Diebold have all the fun?

Oh, and for the record... I like the website. I like the poll. But unless there was some sort of secret visit to a Dutch surgeon financed by Zbigniew Brzezinski skimming a little off the top of the ransom we paid the Ayatollah, then I think it might be "Mika Brzezinski" rather than "Mike Brzezinski".

And anyway, we here at The MediaBlog have always considered Eleanor Mondale to be the hottest daughter to emerge from the Carter Administration:

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I Should Be So Lucky

I'm having a bit of an odd problem lately.

Yes, this is going to be one of those personal posts all of you love so much. It can't be all newsbabes and blogporn, you know. Consider this a sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses of hotness. Or as a purgative if you like. Either way, deal.

Anyhoo... Over the last couple of months. Going on three months now. I've lost about 15 pounds. It was intentional on my part. I'd gotten up a little higher than I like, the pants were getting tight and I decided to cut back a little. Just before Christmas, mission accomplished. I hit the goal. Even over the Christmas holiday I managed to stay there without even really trying. In fact, I'd sort of like to put a couple or five pounds back on. I got some clothes for Christmas that are a little big on me. I could weigh another five pounds without it doing me any harm. So, what the hoo? Enjoy life, right?

Uh, not so much. I can't seem to put the damn weight on!?!?! Yeah, I know, cry me a river. I'm serious though. I've been drinking soft drinks like they were booze, I ate a big pile of potato chips right before going to bed last night. Nothing. Do you think I might have a tapeworm of some sort? I'd hate to be carrying passengers.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Riding the Corpse: Election 2008 Edition

Edwards needs to let Natalie Sarkesian rest in peace. There's something sort of sick about the fact that he talks about her every time he loses a primary.

1/13/2008 - Apparently I got the young lady's name wrong. My apologies. As far as I can tell, it is actually Nataline Sarkisyan.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

My Only Comment On Tonight's Republican Debate

When John McCain is smiling be thankful he doesn't carry a gun.

Once Is Good, Twice Is Better

I posted this screencap over at the other blog, but something so nice deserves a double:

Friday, January 04, 2008

Closed Circuit To Jana Banana

When he blinks, it means he is lying.

More Of Our Favorite Criminal

Here's my driver's license, my Social Security card and my ATM card. My pin number is 3144.

Huckabee, Huckaboom, Huckablah

Yeah, he won. Obviously we’re not happy around here since we support Romney. Still, one can hope that Iowa marks the high-water mark for the Huckaboomlet. It really is hard to see him playing nearly as well anywhere else (other than South Carolina, I suppose) on the near-term calendar.

For the record, an endorsement is just that. It isn’t a prediction. That doesn’t mean we have lost faith in Romney’s ability to win. It just means that the person we consider to be the best candidate isn’t always the candidate who wins. In fact, if I’m being blunt, I’m probably something like 50/50 in my choices. Maybe a little better than that. At any rate, we continue to keep the faith.

As for the Obamagasm… I said a long time ago that I really couldn’t conceive of Hillary losing. Not that I wanted her to win, of course, but I just couldn’t create the image of what her losing would look like. I can create it now. In fact, I don’t have to because it is there. I would still argue that she is more likely than not to win the nomination. Still, it isn’t anything like a certainty anymore. 60/40 maybe? Something like that. If Edwards comes to his senses soon and allows this to become a two person race, I’d probably make it even closer than that. Maybe even a slight Obama advantage.

Oh, and for the record. Neither Obama nor Huckabee were the story of last night as far as this correspondent is concerned. Rather, SHE was:

Yowza! I mean... Woah. Yeah, I'm sure she's brilliant, but does she look like she should be covering the frigging Iowa caucuses. More like a swimsuit model on a tropical beach.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

What About The Other 49 States?

New reason to wonder about a Bloomberg run --

The MediaBlog empire (ie this blog and the other one don't like Mikey Bloomberg. We never have. That being said, he can waste one of his billions running for President if he likes. I really don't give two sharp short shits. He won't win and I have a feeling that his brand of "centrism" (which is a term the media uses for liberals who don't want to put factory owners against the wall... yet) will draw more from the Dem candidate than from the Republican.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Endorsement

The MediaBlog is pleased to announce that we will be supporting Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the United States.

Ultimately, no candidate is ever going to perfectly represent your views nor are there any perfect people in the race. In the end, we must choose the best available candidate. For 2008, that man is Mitt Romney.

If this seems a half-hearted endorsement, it is not. I do not expect perfection from a candidate. Rather, I want a candidate who will satisfy me on key matters, who has the abilities required of a president, who has the moral character for the job and who appears to have the judgment to deal correctly and effectively with the crises which will inevitably arise during his presidency.

Governor Romney is a conservative across the board, both on cultural and economic issues as well as his commitment to a strong defense and to continuing the war on terror.

Governor Romney also has executive experience, both in the private sector as well as the Massachusetts Governor's Mansion. Further, he has a history of accomplishing a largely conservative agenda in the face of a relentlessly liberal legislature. Since the Congress will likely remain in Democrat hands, this experience is a particular strength.

On one of the key domestic issues, health care, Governor Romney has a track record of implementing a market based solution. Yes, there are problems with it, but it is better than any of the alternatives proposed by the Democrats. Far better. Whether we Conservatives like it or not, some form of national health care is on the way. The public thinks that it wants one. Better that the reforms should be market oriented and led by a Conservative with a track record and proven experience dealing with the issue.

Governor Romney is a polished speaker and an excellent communicator. After eight years of George Bush's (let's be honest) inarticulate defenses of conservatism, the movement needs someone who can effectively deliver a message to an audience.

As far as family values are concerned, Mitt Romney would appear to have no skeletons in the closet. He is, as he is quick to jokingly point out, the husband of one wife. I think we need not fear kneeling interns in a Romney Administration.

On the "issue" of his Mormonism... I say this as a Southern Baptist who attends church at least weekly. I am only interested in the theology of a candidate to the extent that theology influences his opinions and his actions on social issues that effect our entire society. In other words, I don't care too much about the particulars of his Christology or eschatology. From a political perspective I care not a whit where he believes the new Zion will be. Jerusalem or Missouri is all one to me. What I do care about is the values his faith gives him. If his faith teaches him that women most be veiled or that it is alright to throw acid in the face of a daughter who shames him, then we are going to have to talk. If, on the other hand, his theology teaches him the value of family, if it imbues in him a love of country and a special reverence for the Constitution and for our system of government. If these are the fruits of his faith then he will find no quarrel with me.

As for the charge that he has changed in his positions. He has. I can accept that. I would rather have a candidate who was wrong but is now right then a candidate who remains in error. I am comfortable with where Mitt Romney is today.

So, as I said, The MediaBlog is pleased and proud to endorse Mitt Romney for the 2008 nomination of the Republican party.

Finally, a word about Senator McCain. My endorsement of Governor Romney should not be interpreted as a criticism of John McCain. He was my first choice in 2000. I honor him for his service in Vietnam, for his survival as a POW and for his return with honor. John McCain is a genuine American hero. My problem with him is the whole "maverick" label. I don't like the extent to which he has fought the conservative agenda over the last 8 years. I don't like that he has sought a "moderate" course on judicial nominations. I don't like that he opposed both sets of Bush tax cuts. I honor him for being right on the war, but it just isn't enough when there are other candidates who are equally correct.