Monday, September 29, 2008

Stay Organized With Dymo

School days, school days...

You know, I'm really glad I'm not a kid anymore. Let's just be honest. Childhood is rough. We adults tend to look back through rose-colored glasses. I mean, can't you remember what it was like that first day of school? Yeah, you felt like it was an eternity until summer would come again. Worse, though, was being the new kid.

I had to be the new kid my 10th grade year. New school, new town, new state. I couldn't have felt more like the odd man out if I had been blue. You're in a building that you're not familiar with so you don't know where you're going. You've got to find your classes, find your locker, find the cafeteria... Meanwhile you feel like everyone is starting at the new guy. Nope, I wouldn't want to go back for anything.

If I had to go back, tough, I'd want to get organized for that first day. That would at least have made things a little easier. A great way to get organized is with Dymo label makers. Color labels from Dymo help you to keep things straight. Whether it's marking your books, your calculator, your gym bag or whatever else you might carry. Their fantastic website can give you lots of tips and tricks to make the most of the great organizing tools from Dymo. You can find out more by clicking on the link above.



A Little Advice

Don't watch the news tonight. Definitely don't watch CNBC or Fox Business. If you still read newspapers then just go straight to the sports section in the morning. Watch Chuck or Heroes tonight. Have a bowl of ice cream. Go to bed.

It's going to be okay.

Captain Kirk vs. Scotty

Yeah, it's a Star Trek metaphor.  Humor me.

Captain Kirk wasn't the best engineer on the ship.  He wasn't the best scientist.  He probably didn't know more than basic first aid.  He wasn't Captain because he knew how to do any of those jobs.  Certainly not because he knew how to do them better than his officers.  Rather, Kirk was the commander because he had one particular skill: he knew how to make a decision.

Ultimately, the job of a senior officer is to weigh the options presented to him by others and decide from among them.  Sometimes quickly.  Sometimes with limited information.  He doesn't have the luxury of deferring to others.  He doesn't have the safety of knowing that he is just one voice out of many.  When the (forgive the colorful metaphor) shit hits the fan, he has to be willing and able to make a decision.

Where am I going with this?  I don't need to hear Sarah Palin talk about Waziristan.  I don't care if she can name the foreign minister of Chile.  I don't need to find out if she can name three important Supreme Court cases from the last five years.  What matters is temperment and judgement.  Does she have the ability to weigh the options presented to her and make good choices?  Is she able to make a decision under pressure or is she paralyzed by indecision?  Is she willing to step up and take responsibility?  Those are the only things that matter to me.  If our primary concern in a candidate were knowledge than an election would be a very poor way of picking people.  Why?  Because knowledge can be quantified and measured.  If that's the criteria then let's just skip right to the written portion of the test and skip the rest.

Judgment and temperment, on the other hand, are far less quantifiable.  Different people are going to see them differently.  Good character means different things to different people.  That's what we hold elections for.

So, as far as I'm concerned, Sarah Palin needs to stop playing 20 Questions with the media bigwig of the day.  She needs to get herself into situations where we can see her personality.  Where we can hear her story.  Where we can judge her character and make our decision.

Let Sarah be Sarah.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

One or the Other


Either fortune cookies are made in Communist China or I know of one factory that has been assimilated by the Borg.

Gear Up!

Are you in the market for some hunting gear?  Or maybe you need a holster, some police or military type gear or anything else like this?  If so then you need to check out 511tacticaloutdoors.com.  They have all your apparel and accessory needs from all the major manufacturers like Galco and many more.

An amazing selection, great prices.  Why look anywhere else?  Check them out at the link above.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Maybe I'm Just Paranoid

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Palin takes questions during cheesesteak run � - Blogs from CNN.com

While Sarah was stopping for a cheesesteak in Philly, a man identified as "Temple graduate student Michael Rovito" approached her with the question that is on every cheesesteak-eating American's mind:

"What's going on over there, like Waziristan?"

Waziristan, for those of you who may not be quite as familiar with Central Asian geography as the average cheesesteak eater, is a province of Pakistan near the Afghan border. Like most of the border, it is largely out of the control of the Pakistan government and there have been incidents in the region involving American troops engaged in cross-border raids.

Nothing in particular wrong with the question. Sort of out of left field. Has a bit of a gotcha-feel to it... Sort of praying that she'll say, "Waziri-where?" or something similarly quotable. Still, whatever.

Here's the thing though... And here's where the paranoia sets in... Michael Rovito is apparently a Temple University grad student. Michael Rovito is also a reporter with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman... The newspaper from Wasilla, Alaska.

Now, it could be a coincidence... Two people with the same name... Still, "Michael Rovito" isn't exactly "John Smith." Isn't it more than a little coincidental that a guy why just happened to be buying a cheesesteak has the same, somewhat unique name as a reporter with Sarah Palin's hometown newspaper?

Why did I look into this? Because it seemed strange that someone in line for a sandwich in Philadelphia would be passionately concerned with the situation in Central Asia. I also don't trust the way in which the media describes people. They will describe someone as a waitress, for instance, when she is actually an activist with ACORN.

Like I said, it could be a complete coincidence. If you believe in coincidences.

She Even Looks Good In Sweats

Before the Body Is Cold

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Pakistan’s president tells Palin she is ‘gorgeous’ � - Blogs from CNN.com

Apparently mourning is a relatively brief thing in Pakistan. How else to explain that the widower of the late Benazir Bhutto was scamming on Sarah Palin?

Now, don't get me wrong, we agree with President Zardari. Our Governor Sarah is one fine looking piece of womanhood. Still, isn't it more than a little unseemly to almost cop a feel when your wife was blown up less than a year ago?

I'm just saying.

Still, since we sort of understand how a man could be beguiled by the lovely Governor, we will include just a bit of blogporn:



Friday, September 26, 2008

Toned

Are you interested in having a toned, fit body? Who isn't? The problem is getting there. Let's not kid ourselves... It's going to take work. Everything that's worthwhile always does. That being said, you want to find a training program that will maximize your results. That's where XFLOWSION comes in!

XFLOWSION is a revolutionary exercise plan that gives you the benefit of three different forms of training as a part of one workout regimen. It gives you the best of martial arts, dance and power yoga. A blended training program that is convenient, fun and that will bring you incredible results. You will make the most of your time so you can get the results you want with the time you have.

Look, if you're going to commit the time and effort to an exercise plan then you have a right to expect some results. You want something to show for it. And you want a plan that will continue to deliver. Nothing is more discouraging than when you start a plan, see some results, keep at it and then the results just sort of disappear. That is a definite motivation killer. Xflowsion keeps the results coming and keeps your motivation level high so you will stick with the program.

It's going to be a challenge but you will LOVE the results.  Those results will keep you going and will help you to reach the body you want.  Find out more about the exciting, revolutionary XFLOWSION plan by clicking on the link above.

Post?slot_id=21379&url=http%3a%2f%2fsocialspark

The Express Train to Coo-Coo Town

Now Glenn Beck is taking his economic advise from Ron Paul. "Soviet-style collapse!" And, of course, foreign countries are trying to destroy the dollar and push us into some sort of global currency/finance system.

Friends, we have previously counseled a boycott of Andrew Sullivan. We are now going to call for a boycott of Glenn Beck. He has brought paranoid fringe ravings to middle America's mornings and this just can't go on. I have a friend who listens to Beck every day while he is driving around for work. Now, this friend is probably a little given to paranoia to start out with. He's way too into Biblical prophesy to ever qualify as stable in my book... And I say that as a Thumper myself. Still, listening to Glenn on a regular basis is going to push him over the edge. He's recently purchased a gun (even though he lives in a very nice, very safe neighborhood) and if he doesn't have a closet full of canned goods and a lockbox filled with gold coins I'll eat my shirt.

At 9:12am this morning, I turned off Glenn Beck. I do not plan to turn him back on again until he has adjusted the medication appropriately.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Brightest Star in the New Fall Season


No, we're not talking about any of the new shows.  Rather, we're talking about the lovely Joanna Garcia on The CW's (is it "The CW" or merely "CW"?  The world wonders.  Well, perhaps not the world, but we do.) Privileged.  She's been around for a bit, I guess, but I'd never heard of her until now.  Up until recently she was a blonde.  As such, she wasn't anything special.  Attractive but nothing more.  As a redhead?  The cuteness meter shoots through the ceiling.  Yowza!

And, for the record, the show is very entertaining as well.  Lightweight fare but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  No real surprise since the producer, Rina Mimoun, was also a producer of the died-too-young Everwood.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Clay Aiken Coming Out - E! Online

Where's the GOMER tag when you need it?

Anyway, in other news...
Pope Catholic
Bears crap in the woods.

A Little Vice Never Hurt Anyone

As far as we're concerned, a few photos of Sarah Palin is no vice.  Whoever said hotness and competence can't go hand in hand?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Achieving Consciousness

The first three big news stories that I can remember are the Jonestown Massacre, Three Mile Island and this airline crash in San Diego back in 1978.  I was five...  Almost six...  When this happened.

Yeah, I know you're fascinated.

Why I Like Joe Biden

Biden says ad that mocked McCain was 'terrible' - Yahoo! News

Asked why it was done, he said: "I didn't know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we'd have never done it."

See, this is a good example of why I like Joe Biden. If the Dem's ticket were reversed I would feel dramatically better about it. Still wouldn't vote for them, but at least I'd feel more comfortable with the whole thing.

I think I've said before that I think Joe Biden is a fairly decent fellow. Unlike a lot of politicians, I think he actually has a soul. I get the sense that he has lines that he wouldn't cross. I don't think you can necessarily say that about all of them.

Naked Boyfriends of the World Beware!

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Father who found teen in daughter's bedroom, stuck him with pipe, won't be prosecuted

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Laying the Groundwork

Racial views steer some white Dems away from Obama - Yahoo! News

They've started.

When Obama loses it can't possibly be because Americans saw through his change schtick. It can't be because American's trusted John McCain. No, it has to be because of racism. Why else would Americans reject their rightful young king?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oh My God This Fracking Sucks

Whatever, Martha on Fine Living

Think Mystery Science Theater 3000 meets Martha Stewart Living. Minus the humor. With unattractive lesbians. And more annoying. No, more annoying. More. More. Okay, that's about right.

Dear God this is unimaginably bad.

Truth for Today

That's What I Wondered Too

Twitter / Gilberto Creque: Why is Dirty Jim on the Phile?

Jim has been gone for a week and a half and the Phile really suffers for it. Talk radio is totally a personality driven medium. You would think that an ensemble show like the Phile would be able to handle the absence of one member but you'd be wrong. Personally, I think it is noticeable when any of them are gone or, for that matter, when there is an outsider added to the mix. When Jim is gone, however, the whole thing comes crashing to a halt. Bringing in an outsider like Dirty Jim to fill in for him makes it even worse.

Now, nothing personal against Dirty Jim, but it just doesn't work. Particularly not with him taking the center seat. I don't begrudge Jim his time off, of course, but WTKS needs to just play it straight when he's gone. Let Jack or Mo run the show and keep the damage to the show's vibe to a minimum.

And This Matters Because?

American Exception - Supreme Court’s Global Influence Is Waning - Series - NYTimes.com

I'll summarize this thing for you in about two sentences. It's a typically snide NY Times article about how the influence of an American institution is waning because of the general contempt in which America is held because of its conservatism. Apparently foreign courts aren't citing the American Supreme Court in their decisions as often as they used to.

For my part I would say that's a great thing. Just like I don't want the US Supreme Court to base its decisions on foreign courts I also don't believe that courts in Britain or Canada or anywhere else should be taking their inspiration for us. Isn't the whole idea of self-rule that we should be ruling ourselves?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Boo!

You know what happens about thirty seconds after the stores take down the labor day displays of beach towels and charcoal grills? They start putting out the Halloween candy, that's what. It seems like we go straight from one holiday into the next without taking the time to enjoy each one. Like, for example, Halloween!

I loved Halloween when I was a kid. I have to admit, I don't get into it much anymore. I feel too old to dress up and the Bloglet is too little. It's sort of sad really since your youth is pretty much over when you stop dressing up for Halloween and when you stop believing in Santa Clause. My office isn't really much on dressing up anyway, so...

Still, it's sort of fun to visit one of those halloween costume stores and check out all the great outfits for kids and adults. I don't remember most of my Halloween costumes from when I was younger. I remember going as Dracula one time. I think I may have been in kindergarten. And in high school I actually rented a costume and went as sort of a colonial gentleman from out of the 18th Century. In retrospect, I think I probably looked like an idiot but it was all in good fun and I had a great time. That's what matters, right?

Well, hope you have a Happy Halloween! If you want to find a great costume for you or your kids then check out the link above. They have WAY more costumes than your local costume store. Fun, adventurous, scary or sexy... They have it all. Definitely something just right for tricking and treating.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Here's An Idea For You

How to Celebrate El Salvador Independence Day in Los Angeles | eHow.com

Here's a thought. How about not?

If you really want to celebrate El Salvador independence day then maybe, just maybe, you should make your home in El Salvador.

Just a thought.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cinema Verite

Saturday, September 13, 2008

It's Not Journalism, It's Slate!

Your dreams (and nightmares) about Sarah Palin. - By Abby Callard and David Plotz - Slate Magazine

Is Michael Kinsley still involved with Slate? Is Microsoft? I hope not.

Today they are wasting pixels by posting a selection of readers dreams about Sarah Palin. Including one fellow who has some sort of crazed castration fantasy.

It's been just a little over two weeks since the Palin announcement was made and in those 15 days the entire Left seems to have lost its collective mind. I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like this. Yeah, they hate Dubya. They hated Reagan. This is different. It's just frigging insane.

Hows About If I Only Shoot One of Your Kids

Democrats: GOP should support drilling compromise - Yahoo! News

See, here's the problem with Democrat "compromises." What that usually means is that the Democrats are going to hold the interests of the nation hostage to their own special interests. In essence, the Dems are going through their usual maneuver of putting one gun to your son's head and one to your daughter's. They're going to shoot both of them but if you play along they'll only shoot one of them.

We Hated Him Straight, We Hate Him Gay - The MediaBlog Does Not Discriminate

Ray Boltz Comes Out | Liveblog | Christianity Today

So Ray Boltz is gay. Why knew? Apparently a lot of people or, at least, people wondered. That would explain why I regularly get hits from people searching for "Ray Boltz Homosexual"***

Well, we here at The MediaBlog do not judge based on sexual orientation. Okay, we do, but we had reason to spurn Ray Boltz long before we discovered that he's playing for the wrong team.

We dislike him not because of where he gets his jollies but because his songs are tacky as all living hell.

***You know, when the day comes that I start my own GLBT (EIEIO) cable channel, I think we will get Ray to star in his own detective show. It will be the story of a Gay songwriter who solves crime in his spare time. The title? Why, Ray Boltz: Homosexual, mai bien sur!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Only The Blues Brothers Were On A Mission From God

You know, this "mission from God" meme has gone on long enough. If you've watched the YouTube video then it is abundantly clear that she is not saying that the war in Iraq is a mission from God.

The problem is that most of the people who are writing these articles don't understand how we evangelical-types talk. I mean, when the New York Times wrote an article about her church they might as well have been talking about tribesmen in the Amazon. It was like the are some sort of freakish subculture that their readers would never have encountered before. To be honest, I don't see how anyone who actually took the trouble to listen to her could misunderstand what she is saying. Still, maybe the reason the media and the Left hears her saying "we are on a mission from God" is because the whole idea that God might exist, might have real plans that govern in the affairs of men, is utterly alien to them. In their minds, anyone who thinks they (or the nation) might be part of God's plan are nuts at best, fanatics at worst.

Anyway, it is abundantly clear that she is saying we should pray that the mission our soldiers are going on is part of God's plan. While I'm not sure I believe that she was actually thinking about Abraham Lincoln at that moment, I completely believe that she was saying we should pray that we are acting according to God's will.

The problem is that most of the people making snickering comments don't understand the nature of prayer. They don't pray much and, when they do, they are praying for something they need: a sick child, a dying parent or whatever it might be. They see God as a wish-fulfiller and they don't understand the idea of praying "not my will but thine."

Mrs. MediaBlog said something to me a few days ago that I think has a lot of wisdom in it and a lot of relevance to all of these discussions:

"But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually appraised."

I Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)


Something to think about.

Not To Look A Gift Hit In The Mouth

Far be it from me to spurn traffic, but I feel like I need to make a clarification for the sake of my beloved readers.

To the pair of gentle souls who came here looking for information on Charles Grodin's interview with Governor Sarah Palin, I think you may be just a little confused.

Another Asinine Headline

Palin leaves open option of war with Russia - Yahoo! News

Oh my God! She's going to get us all nuked! Run for the hills!

But then you read the first sentence:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin left open the option Thursday of waging war with Russia if it were to invade neighboring Georgia and the former Soviet republic were a NATO ally.

If Russia were to attack Georgia and if Georgia were a member of NATO. Well, see, here's the thing... Russia hasn't attacked Georgia again and Georgia isn't a member of NATO so this is sort of a double hypothetical isn't it?

And, of course, coming to the aid of an ally is, like, one of the really great things about having allies. I mean, if you're going to have allies then it would be really swell if they were actually willing to help you when and if the shit hits the fan.

Like most of the questions that Charlie Gibson put to Sarah, this one was a crock. This sort of thing is exactly why so many of us don't trust the media anymore. The interviews are all about scoring points, the headlines are bias and inflammatory, the stories are more interested advancing an agenda than in providing information.

First Impressions: The Sarah Palin Interview

I've watched about two minutes of Charlie Gibson's interview with Sarah Palin and here is my takeaway. They need to be careful not to be too controlled with her. They need to let Sarah be Sarah. My sense was that the McCain folks are trying really hard to make sure she doesn't make any sort of mistake. The result is that she seems to be on edge the entire time. So tightly controlled because she is trying to watch every single word she says. It doesn't come across well.

Also, while we're here, Gibson talked down to her a lot. Much more than I have ever heard anyone talk to Obama or, for that matter, pretty much any other presidential/vice-presidential candidate.

Here's my problem with a lot of these questions that are being asked of Sarah Palin regarding her preparedness... There seems to be a presumption that Obama is ready while Sarah Palin doesn't receive that same deference.

It's kind of like the questions that are asked about whether she can be a mother to small children and a vice president. These questions would not be asked of a Democrat candidate. Republicans constantly have to prove themselves to the press.

Hows About We Give Him A Medal Instead?

Boyfriend who sneaked into girlfriend's bedroom caught; whacked with metal pipe


Long story short... Dad hears a noise and goes to check on it. Opens his 15 year old daughter's bedroom door and finds a naked 16 year old standing over her. Dad starts swinging a metal pipe, manages to connect with his head at least once and chases him out of the house.

Turns out that nudeboy is his daughter's boyfriend and that he's been sneaking in at night to have sex for a year or more. Our naked Lothario had to get a few staples to close up his head wound but will be fine. Dad got arrested for aggravated battery on a child.

Can someone explain to me what in hell goes on in Deltona, Florida? The father, Raul Colon, wakes up and finds a nude young man he does not know standing over his daughter. The kid's damned lucky he wasn't carrying a shotgun.

Let's make this real clear... The bloglet share her bed with a teddy bear and nite-nite bunny right now, but if the day comes that I hear a creaking floorboard and I find an open window and a naked boy... Oh I'll hit the kid with a pipe but he won't be getting back up again.

Hey, Rog? Hows About I Tell You Were You Can Stick That Thumb

Roger Ebert on Sarah Palin: The American Idol candidate :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Other Views

Everything you need to know about Roger Ebert's judgement.

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

Watching right now as Obama and McCain walk down into "The Pit" at Ground Zero.  Cindy McCain and Mayor Bloomberg are behind.  Now, there's probably a perfectly reasonable explanation for this but I have to ask:

Where is Michelle Obama?

Am I the only one who thinks Michelle has sort of gone into hiding since her speech at the DNC?

There was some talk for awhile that they were doing sort of an image makeover on her, but she seems to have just vanished.  Are they trying to hide her?  It wouldn't surprise me.  I'm not so sure how well either Obama plays long term, but I think Michelle clearly plays the worse of the two.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Thank God Gene Roddenberry Kicked Off

Yeah, that's a little harsh.  Still, here's what I mean by it.

Last night I watched the last two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and tonight I am watching the first.  They come seven years apart in time, but they are decades apart in terms of quality.  Encounter at Farpoint is preachy and melodramatic.  The music is over the top and overused.  The acting has more ham than the morning special at Denny's.

By contrast, All Good Things has a much lighter touch.  The dialogue is much more natural, the actors more confident.

As disappointing as Enterprise often was, I think we have to admit that Gene Roddenberry's Trek wasn't going to make it in the late 80s and beyond.  It's just too hokey.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Uh huh

Barack Obama wanted to join the US military - Telegraph

Remember the time when Hillary Clinton said she had wanted to join the Marines? Yeah, this one is just about as believable.

I Just Have One Question

Barack Obama To Appear On "Countdown With Keith Olbermann"

Will Keith be asking him a few questions first or will he just go straight to the hummer? I mean, it would make him look like a whore if he started the show off on his knees, but how will he be able to hold himself back?

Keith, if you want my opinion, you should at least be able to introduce him without having your mouth full. It's like expecting your date to buy you dinner first. He won't respect you otherwise.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Remember the Real Baby Scandal of This Election?


John Edwards responds to a reporter's question regarding his level of integrity as a man and a husband.

Yeah, it's a recycled picture and a lame joke.  I just wanted to remind you about the only real illegitimate baby scandal to come out of this election.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Like We Didn't Love Megyn Kelly Already



Our Miss Megyn tears the editor of US Weekly a new one over his deceitful, biased cover:

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Quick Comment

Sarah Palin absolutely knocked it out of the park.

Why Do I Doubt This Will Be On The Cover of US Weekly?

Sen. Biden's Daughter Arrested in Altercation - Los Angeles Times

I'm not suggesting we should play this dirty game in the same way they do. I honestly don't believe we should. That having been said, I do wonder how some members of the press actually maintain their worldview when reality is so different. You would think it would be difficult for intelligent people to stare something right in the face, year after year, and just not see it.

A Path to Financial Freedom

Are you drowning in debt? Living from paycheck to paycheck and struggling every month just to keep your head above water? If that sounds familiar than you need to find a way out. That's just no way to live.

If this is you then you need to know that there is a way out. Depending on your situation, the answer may be to consolidate debt. You may lower your payments by doing so, giving you a little breathing room. You will definitely simplify your life by going from twenty bills down to one. That sort of focus will help you to start making real progress and get that debt paid off.

Bills.com can help you decide if a debt consolidation loan is the right thing for your situation. They can walk you through the options, help you understand the process and, if you decide to go with a consolidation loan, they can help you get a rate that is right for you.

Right now a lot of people are worried about their jobs. Maybe there is nothing you can do about the big picture, but there are definitely things you can do to make sure of your own financial health. One of those things is to save money where you can. Bills.com can help you save money on debt consolidation (and much more).

Right now I'm not in the market for a debt consolidation, but if I were I think I would go with a home refinance. That may not be the right option for you, of course, but I think it would best fit my financial situation. It would allow me to take advantage of the equity in my house to get out of high interest debt.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Blogging the 2008-2009 TV Season: 90210

You know, it ain't half bad. You can't go home again and the cameos from West Beverly alumni are cheesy... And by the way, plastic surgery makes you look older not younger. Just a tip for Shannon and Jennie.

Anyhoo... Heavy on the teen angst, but it ain't half bad. Honestly. Shenae Grimes is a young hottie (see below) with a great smile. I can say that without being a perv because she may be playing 16 but she's actually 19 which makes it creepy but not a felony.

Anyway... It gets to keep its season pass on ye olde Tivo.

Smart Shopping

I'll be honest. I'm not crazy about my webhost.

No, not here. This is on blogspot which I love because... Well... Because it's free. No, I'm not crazy about the hosting provider for another blog that I operate. The price is decent but nothing more. They've had some billing problems in the past. Service is just okay. I guess that's the problem really. There is just nothing special about them. I fell like what I'm paying merits a little more than "okay".

I jumped in too quickly when I picked a webhost. I should have done my homework. I should have done a little research rather than just diving in based on some advertising. That's where a great website like Webhosingrating.com comes in.

They can provide you with great hosting rating services so you can be an informed consumer. That way you can make sure the host you choose has the services you need at the price you want.

Even better, they can help you out with tips and pointers to give you some idea of what to look for in a host. Things you might not consider. For example, they have an article called Finding A Secure Web Host. Security might not be something you would consider but you definitely should.

So, if you are looking for some hosting space or if you aren't totally happy with your current provider, take a moment to check this site out. You won't be disappointed.

Zzzzzzz....

You know, the Dems do a better job of putting on a show. That's all it is of course, a show, but it's a lot more entertaining. Tonight's prime slot at the Republican National Convention consisted of some red meat poorly served by Fred Thompson and a heartfelt snoozefest from Joe Lieberman.

God love us but we just can't seem to catch a break. Hurricanes. Biased coverage. Boring speakers. Dear God make it stop.

NBC (and maybe the others) Are Making Dubya Look Like An Idiot

Yeah, I know, not that hard. Suck on it, Lefty.

NBC is running Dubya's address to the convention. He's doing it via satellite from the White House. NBC (and maybe the others for all I know) is running the feed from the White House directly without any of the ambient sound from the floor of the convention. So, when the delegates are cheering wildly, all you see and hear is Dubya standing there in an awkwardly long pause with a grin on his face.

Now, when they came back, Brian Williams explained what had happened, Tom Brokaw blamed the Republicans for NBC's piss poor technical work. Still, the point is that it sucked.

Oh great. And now NBC is going to a commercial break and will come back with talking heads while Fred Thompson gives the delegates a little red meat. You know, NBC isn't a hell of a lot better than MSNBC these days.

Here's The Difference

When crazy rumors come up about Obama (he's a Muslim, he wasn't born in the United States), the major media takes it as their responsibility to provide the facts which shoot down these rumors.

When crazy rumors surface about Sarah Palin (she faked a pregnancy, she wanted Alaska to secede from the Union), the major media takes it as their repsonsibility to lay out the rumors and let the public decide for themselves.

And?

Palin's husband was member of third party - Yahoo! News

We now know two things about Todd Palin:

1. He was arrested for drunk driving once 22 years ago.
2. He was a member of a minor third party for a few years in the mid-90s.

Wah-freaking-hoo. The Alaskan Independence Party has some members who are wack-a-moles and believe that Alaska should declare its independence. It has a lot of members who believe that the federal government should turn over all federal lands in Alaska to the state government.

To which I say: AMEN!

This is a states' rights party in the western sense of the term rather than in the cloaked language of the Democrat segregationist South. States' rights in the sense of having the Federal government stop telling states and individuals what they can or can't do with their land. That is not at all outside of the mainstream of American political history. In fact, up until rather recently it was dominant and almost undeniable.

For the record, we here at The MediaBlog agree with this proposition entirely. I think we even blogged about it at one point, but I can't quite locate the post.

Monday, September 01, 2008

This Is Pretty Sick

Bristol Palin's pregnancy was an open secret back home:

"He's a superhunky bad-boy ice hockey player from cold country; she's a chestnut-haired beauty and popular high school senior."

I know it's The NY Daily News but even for the Big Apple tabloids, this is more than a little sick.

Color Me Less Than Stunned

Day of stunning Palin disclosures - Yahoo! News

Pregnant teenage daughter - surprising
22 year old drunk driving charge for her boyfriend (who later became her husband) - snore
Hired a lawyer as a precaution during an ethics investigation on a minor issue that will very likely go nowhere - snore

Thanks for the loaded adjective, Liz Sidoti. Appreciate you good folks at the AP telling me what to think.

Something To Take The Edge Off

In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret - TIME

I've been angry just about all day. Thank God for an article like this that brought the blood pressure down about thirty points.

They Really Don't Understand Us

Assessing the Political Impact of Bristol Palin's Pregnancy - The Fix:

"That quick support will be key to shaping how the issue is treated since, for social conservatives, a teenage pregnancy is something of a jump ball.

On the one hand, premarital sex is frowned upon. On the other, the Palins' commitment to keep the baby and Bristol Palin's pledge to marry the father of the child gives social conservatives something to latch on to if they are looking for positives out of this situation."

You know, when they talk about social conservatives in the Republican party, most of the people they are talking about are conservative Christians... Evangelicals to use the (incorrect) media term. They really don't understand us very well.

Yes, obviously premarital sex is discouraged. Teenage sex even more so. I think the latter is true well beyond the conservative Christian demographic. The former perhaps less so. Here's the thing though... This is a "jump ball" for very few conservative Christians. I speak from long experience. This is a slam dunk for conservative Christians. The number of Christians who are going to be turned off by this is minuscule to the point of non-existence. Here is how we see this:

She's a teenager and she had sex. She ended up pregnant. Nobody would want that but it's done now. We have all fallen and we are all forgiven by God's grace. She and her fiance are taking responsibility for their actions and for the child. They are getting married, they are having the baby. The families are supporting them. Children are a gift of the Lord.

Forgiveness. Responsibility. Marriage. Life. We love this stuff. I'm not saying that to be crass. I'm saying it because it is true. You have to understand how we see the world. We see people not taking responsibility for their actions. We see people running away. When we see a family stepping up... When we see a young girl and her fiance doing the difficult thing rather than the easy one... We love this stuff. It confirms our worldview.

Too many people don't get this. They think of us as moralizers. Stiff collars who are waiting for people to fall so we can criticize them. I won't deny that exists because it does. There are people like that. They are the exception. Most of us, particularly those of us who are younger and who have grown up as part of a more charismatic, more spiritual and less legalistic tradition understand that people screw up. We understand that we've screwed up. We have felt the forgiveness of the Lord and we know it is there for those who will accept it.

A lot of us are not going to think much of having The Washington Post tell us how we feel about this.

Boycott Andrew Sullivan

This is percolating through the Right-leaning blogosphere right now, but let me add my endorsement (which is of admittedly limited value, but even so).

I have said on several ocassions that I am done with Andrew Sullivan.  The problem is always that he constantly writes things which demand a response.  They demand a response because a number of people still take him seriously (imagine that).  Because that is the case, sometimes you feel as though you have to respond to what he is saying.  because of that, I keep falling off the wagon.

Here's what I plan to do and what I would encourage other conservative bloggers to do:


Do not link to Andrew Sullivan's blog.  Respond to him by all means, but don't assist him by sending traffic his way.  My little blog generates precious little traffic for anyone, but there are certainly heavy-hitters out there who have the ability to generate a large number of hits by linking to his site.  Stop.


Now it would also be great if someone would create a badge or something along those lines for those of us who wish to make a public statement that we are a No Sullivan Zone.  I would do so but I have the artistic talent of a small, addled child.

We LOVE The Palins

It makes me feel dirty even to do this, but I have to say it.

If John McCain ever had problems getting the evangelical Christian base of the Republican party excited about his candidacy then those problems are over, through, done.

We loved Sarah Palin when we found out that she chose to keep her baby with Down's Syndrome.  Finding out that Bristol Palin is keeping her baby and marrying the father?  I may actually make a campaign contribution (and if you knew how tight The MediaBlog is with money then you'd know just how much that means).

We have spent the last 30 years hearing from politicians who have said the right things about abortion.  Having a candidate who not only says the right things but lives the right things?  Amazing.  Exciting.  Inspirational.

As angry as the rumormongering of the radical Left makes me it is actually going to help the McCain-Palin ticket.  It is going to guarantee that evangelicals who might otherwise have felt less than enthusiastic about McCain will actually get in the car and drive to their polling places on election day.

Why Don't They Check For Dustbunnies Under The Bed While They're At It

Todd Palin's DUI charge in '86 - First Read - msnbc.com

Bristol Palin's teen pregnancy and Todd Palin's 22 year old no-accident DUI charge? Breaking news.

Barack Obama's youthful cocaine use and adult real estate deals with convicted criminals? The sound of crickets chirping.

Something is seriously wrong with the media.

I Just Can't Help Myself

So, thanks to wackjob bloggers and the media following their lead, a 17 year old girl's pregnancy has been outed before she was ready to talk about. Great job, folks. Just bang up. Glad you're protecting the Republic. Of course, the original "story" is complete and utter bunk, but you guys really got the job done.

And (yes, I'm off the wagon already) One Note Andy isn't ready to let it go. In fact, in his words:

Now all we need is confirmation from the obstetrician who delivered Sarah's baby, Trig.

and 

Now they've cleared the air on this - and good for them - what harm would it do to release the medical records showing that Sarah Palin delivered Trig on April 18 in Wasilla? This is not hard: there must be an obstetrician, medical records, and data that can easily refute this rumor. It is not out of the ordinary either: candidates routinely issue medical records. So let's have them. And then we can move on.


Can you IMAGINE the outcry if anyone suggested that a Democrat woman release the medical records related to her pregnancy?  How about this, Andy...  How about if we demand that every single Democrat woman in Congress provide a signed statement saying whether she has or has not had an abortion at any point in her life?  What would be the harm?  Simple enough.  Maybe we should see the records from their gynecologists too, just to be on the safe side.  That way there would be no rumors.  And while we're at it, Andy, maybe you would like to provide a complete listing of all your sex partners and every location, public or private, where you have had homosexual sex over the last...  Oh...  20 years should be enough.  For now.  I mean, we need that for context, don't we?  If we're going to really understand where you are coming from on all this.  What would be the harm?  You're out already, right?  Just give us all that info and then we can move on.

If it isn't coming through, I am very, very angry about this.  Angrier than I recall myself being about a political matter in a very long time.  I've been really good about limiting my language. I'll be completely honest... I've done so because I don't want to make this blogger so un-family-friendly that it eliminates the possibility of me getting ad revenue. I go a long way already, of course, but I had one obscenity-laden torrent once (about Star Trek of all things) that cost me some ad revenue. Consequently, I try to keep this to a heavy-PG at worst. However, my forbearance has pretty much been exhausted. However, for the sake of delicate eyes, if you want to see what I really think about all of this then click on the link below

Stand by for obscenity!

Yes, She Is

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Biden: Palin’s good-looking � - Blogs from CNN.com

See, this is sort of what I was referring to the other day. This time around it wasn't a big deal but sooner or later I really do think Joe is going to say something that is going to piss a lot of women off. He won't mean to. He won't even realize he's done it, but he'll do it just the same.

It's All So Damned Unfair

The Today Show just finished up doing their money-makeover segment with a couple who have about half a million dollars in debt. 90% of it is student loans, the other 10% is credit cards. She has a law degree, he has a medical degree.

I'm not going to talk about the whole thing because I honestly don't give a crap, but I did want to comment about one thing. Toward the end, the husband said that they are focused right now on paying off the credit cards with their "unfair interest rates."

Unfair.

How exactly are the credit card rates unfair? Did you agree to accept these cards? Did you use them for lattes (their word, not mine)? Okay then, hows about you shut the hell up about the "unfairness" and pay what you owe?

Just a thought.

One Note Andy: The End

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan | Sarah Palin Pregnancy Rumors


I've said this before, but this time I mean it. I WILL NOT BE LINKING TO/REFERENCING/READING ONE NOTE ANDY'S MISERABLE PERVERTED GOSSIP BLOG FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

The final straw is that One Note Andy has decided to spend time on the "issue" of Sarah Palin's pregancy. One Note Andy has gone from being a journalist to being a perverted rumormonger. If I want this sort of BS I'll read TMZ.

Now, One Note Andy manages to put his questioning of Sarah's pregnancy into a seemingly-responsible context but even so the very fact that an editor at The Atlantic would give even partial credence to these malicious rumors is enough for me to forget about him once and for all.

So long, Andy. Enjoy your dissent into perversion and irrelevancy.