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

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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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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Well, I Guess Obama Has the Fat, Whiney Mama's Boy Demo Locked Up

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Former Bush aide voting for Obama � - Blogs from CNN.com

So Scotty McClellan is voting for Obama. Wa freaking hoo. Who gives two sharp, short shits? I mean seriously. I don't give a tinker's damn about endorsements but even I can admit that Powell's endorsement carries a certain weight among some people. Somewhere. Maybe.

McClellan? Not so much.

Hell is...

...watching Andy Rooney make ice cream.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Money Well Spent

RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion - Jeanne Cummings - Politico.com



Sigh

Home | HSX.com

A quick, closed-circuit note to the folks who run HSX.com (AKA Hollywood Stock Exchange).

Couldn't you have taken a lesson from Facebook? It wasn't broken so why did you try to fix it. It's slower, it's hard to navigate. I think the idea is to turn it into some sort of social networking platform... Like there aren't already enough of those.

I've been playing for probably 10 years but I think I'm done now. My $300,794,111 portfolio is pretty much closed.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Who Said The AP Doesn't Have A Sense of Humor?

Men sue Lindsay Lohan over wild ride - Yahoo! News

I would rather you simply said thank you and went on your way.

Who Knew Lenin Was a Brother?

Shame on McCain and Palin for using an old code word for black | Midwest Voices

And what is that old code word for black?

No, not that one.
Nope, not that one either.

Apparently, socialist = black.

Who knew?

More Boots!



At Least She Lived Long Enough To Hear Barry Call Her A Racist

Obama's grandmother fights to see him elected - Yahoo! News

Gotta love the melodrama from the AP. Grandma fell and broke a hip. We all know that can be a very serious matter when you reach her age. Still, we don't know her condition. We certainly don't know if she is "fighting" for her life.

Still, can't let that get in the way of a tear-jerking headline. Particularly if it gives folks another reason to pull the lever for Obama. I mean, you wouldn't want Granny to die would you? No, of course not. And if Barry loses, why that would probably be the last straw for the dear woman. You don't want that on your conscience, do you?

Look, obviously I hope nothing but the best for this elderly woman. Likewise, I see no reason to question or comment upon Obama's decision to leave the campaign trail for a couple of days to visit her. An entirely human response to something like this. What I don't like is that Allen G. Breed, like too many at the AP (or Reuters or AFP or anywhere else in the media, for that matter) can't be satisfied with the Who, What, Where, When and Why.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Place About Space

Web space, that is.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Colin Powell: Racist

Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president - Yahoo! News

Okay, we're not going to waste a lot of time with this. If you've paid much attention to this blog... And why would you? Then you know that we're not devotees of the Cult of Colin. Check out our past posts. That's why his endorsement of Obama means nothing to us. In our opinion, Powell has always, will always be about one thing and one thing only: Powell. He's a Prima Donna.

Still, he is a high-profile enough figure that his endorsement warrants a response. In thinking about it, we were trying to decide what word would best describe him in this circumstance. Mrs. MediaBlog suggested "traitor" but we decided to pass on that one. We've used it before, mind you, but it gets thrown around too casually in political arguments so we decided to pass.

We ended up using the word we used above because we feel it is perfectly appropriate. Whatever else Powell may say, at the end of the day there is only one reason why he is endorsing Barack Obama and that is skin color. If the Democrat nominee were Hillary Clinton or John Edwards or anyone else, this would not be happening. At the end of the day for Colin Powell, as for far too many other Blacks, race trumps all else.

No thanks to Barack Obama, but we really are in a post racial America now. Not because Obama has changed the culture or the dialogue but because he has shown us that racism is even more prevalent in the Black community than it is in the White community.

So, the next time a black person throws around the charge of racism feel free to ignore it. Better yet, you might want to tell them that it is nothing more than the pot calling the kettle black.

Oh, but that would be racist, wouldn't it?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

As God Is My Witness

I don't have a single gay bone in my body, but damn me if James Garner wasn't one fine looking man in his youth.

Dispensing Life and Death With a Wave of Her Hand

RIP Regis (the dog) - allDAY - msnbc.com

Who knew Kathie Lee Gifford was basically Cruella de Ville? Well, yeah, maybe the whole sweatshop thing should have been a clue. Still, I'm slow sometimes.

No, but today we have Kathie Lee sentencing Regis (the dog) to death and having the other pooch's female parts ripped out. Now, it could be that she did both of these things for justifiable reasons of canine health. Or it could be that it was some sort of power trip for her... Execute him! Bwa ha ha ha!

I could buy either explanation.

Sarah-blogporna-palooza!

Friends, it's pedal to the metal time. We all know that McCain-PALIN is against the wall. Now, I'm speaking to my male readers right now. I want you to take a long, hard (ahem) look at these photos and explain to me why you're not out stuffing ballot boxes right now? Policy, shmolicy... Check out those boots for God's sake!

Do you really want Plugs Biden? I didn't think so. Now get your asses in gear! Do it for skirts and boots and sexy hair!

Oh, and for the record, I think a woman in a long-sleeved white blouse and a black skirt is sexy as all hell.






A Farewell to Hotness


College student swindler sentenced to 5 years - Yahoo! News

We here at MediaBlog HQ want to say a fond farewell to our favorite felon, ID thief Jocelyn Kirsch. Personally, we believe the judge should have given you credit for hotness and reduced your sentence to time served... Maybe with some creative community service also. We can certainly think of some creative ways in which you could service the community. Yes. Yes, we can.

Anyhoo... When you get out in five years, look us up. Baby, all you've got to do is knock on the door and we'll hand over our social security card and driver's license no questions asked. Oh, and since we're hoping that your boyfriend gets life (death penalty might be a little extreme), we'll be here for you in other ways as well.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

For Those In Peril On The Sea

Dutch abortion ship sparks controversy in Spain

Where's a good torpedo when you need one?

Has anyone talked to French intelligence about this one? We know they're not crazy about Greenpeace but maybe there's a slim chance that they aren't so fond of infanticide either.

They Hate You

Murtha: Western Pa. 'racist' but Obama should win - Yahoo! News

The people of Western Pennsylvania need to hear this but so do a lot of others. If you are an ordinary American... If you believe the things about family and faith and country that most of us believe in fly-over country... If you work with your hands... If you shop at Walmart... If you actually believe what you hear in church... If any of this is true of you then there is a very good chance that your DEMOCRAT representative HATES YOU.

He looks down at you. He thinks you are too stupid to understand, too foolish to handle your own affairs. He think you couldn't survive if he weren't there to get you your share from the government teet. He has contempt for your values.

He is ashamed of you.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Stop Scaring Me!

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Somebody got here by typing the above into Google. Now, maybe this is just a reference to something Big Mo said on the show today. Or maybe it's completely random. I hope so. I first learned about Mo's divorce form Mr. Mo in just this way so I hope this isn't going to be the same thing.

Ye Shall Know Them By The Company They Keep

Obama to Plumber: My Plan Will 'Spread the Wealth Around' - FOXNews.com Elections

Other people whose plans "spread the wealth around":

Marx
Lenin
Stalin
Etc.

What To Buy The Paranoid Wack-a-Mole Radio Host Who Has Everything?

MLT-9104 - OM10 Gas Mask,Filter Carry Bag Protect against Nuclear, Bio, Chemical, Virus



Wouldn't you know it? We got a early start on Christmas this weekend by drawing names and doggone it if I didn't draw Glenn Beck's name. Oh, I know what you're thinking, Glenn thinks the world is going to end by next Tuesday so you probably don't need to worry about actually getting him anything.

Yeah, that would be great, but since he adjusts the doomsday date hourly I just can't rely on that. Worse yet, what can you buy for a zillionaire insane radio host when you've got a $10 limit?

Thank Heavenly Father there's cheaperthandirt.com to save the day! I mean, where else are you going to find a Czech military surplus gas mask for a ten spot?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Obama Plans to Buy the Election

Obama plans 30-minute commercial - Yahoo! News

In other news, he plans to buy the moon and rename it as Barack Obama presents... Luna!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Huh?

Am I the only one who can't follow Heroes anymore?

By the Waters of Babylon

Has anyone ever done a Jeremiad on the radio? They have now.

You know, I honestly do believe that Glenn Beck is sincere. I really think he believes what he is saying. I also think he is around the bend. This morning, a little before 10:30, he was choking up and asking people to please listen to him. Not for ratings but because he honestly believes that there are things he is "supposed" to tell us.

Very few prophets have their own radio programs. I'm just a little bit worried about him, to be honest. I think there is a genuine chance that, God help him, he really does end up losing it completely. I'm not saying that lightly. I think it's a possibility.

What I think you have in Glenn Beck is a genuinely good person. He has a lot of crazy ideas but he believes them honestly and shares them because he thinks he will help people by doing so. That said, his sincerity is part of what makes him dangerous. He is so obviously sincere that it's kind of hard not to believe him even when intellectually you understand that he's overreacting.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

You Will See Better... And Look Better

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Glenn Beck Listening Guide

Today, Glenn Beck (yeah, I know) announced that we are no longer to fear inflation. We are now to fear deflation.

You know, it's one thing to be paranoid. I can deal with paranoid. Fickle, however, really pisses me off.

For Glenn Beck listeners/viewers, I provide the following service. Rather than take notes, you can just circle the appropriate choice:

Today, Glenn Beck wants me to fear:

inflation
deflation
famine
pestilence
radiation
the US government
the United Nations
the Federal Reserve
illegal immigrants
Barack Obama
John McCain
terrorism
all of the above

Just a hint, if you circle the last one you'll usually be right.

Are Times Really This Tough?

Can someone explain to me why Publix is selling chicken feet? I really hope there is no ethnic group that actually eats these things. Also, while we're here... Paws? To me, "paws" implies a degree of furriness that our avian friends are not capable of.

I'm just saying.

Okay, I'm Just A Little Freaked Out Right Now



Did Hank Paulson really have to pick a former Goldman Sachs exec with creepy eyes to run this whole bailout thing?

The Beginning of the End?

Europe governments go their own way on crisis: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Not that most Americans are very interested in this right now, but I think one of the biggest questions that arise from the current economic situation is whether or not the European Union or, at a minimum, the Euro will be able to survive a genuine recession.

If I had to guess, I would say that the Euro probably won't survive. As the article referenced above suggests, the member states are not going to be willing to pay for the economic problems of other states. Each of them is going to try to hunker down and weather the storm and everyone else can pound sand.

As for the EU as an institution, I would imagine it will probably survive. In fact, I have a feeling that the elites are so wedded to the European project that the more you show it's weaknesses the more they are going to push to strengthen it... By any means necessary. The maneuvering they have done to try to win approval for an EU constitution that is broadly unpopular with the European electorate proves that they are going to do their damnedest to push this through whatever their citizens may want.

It's moments like this that make me regret dropping my Economist subscription. It really is the best news magazine in the world. It's just so expensive. Hmm... Deductible as a business expense?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

You've Got To Go To Work Tomorrow... Maybe This Will Make It A Little Better

Can't let the weekend go by without a little blogporn.

One shot of CNBC's angel of financial doom, Erin Burnett (look at those baby blues) and then a couple of shots of Governor Sarah.



Punishment

Our Unwelcome Realization of the Day


It would seem that your's truly bears more than a passing resemblance to the departed Great Leader/Murderous Prick Kim Il Sung.

Except that we're not Korean.

I Hate Spunk!

Analysis: Palin's words may backfire on McCain - Yahoo! News

The Associated Press' DouglASS K. Daniel apparently sees racial bias in Sarah Palin's statement that Barack Obama pals around with terrorists.

Naturally, Mr. DouglASS calls the charge a "smear" and "unsubstantiated." We say naturally because we expect that from the AP in general. Throwing in the racist charge, however, is something unique even for the AP.

Where does Mr. DouglASS see the racism? Isn't it obvious? We quote Mr. DouglASS:


In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers' day 40 years ago. With Obama a relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.


So, naturally, if we make a reference to "terrorists" we are automatically smearing the darker-hued among us. They're just not like you and me. You know those BLACK people... They're different.

Well, Mr. DouglASS, it could just be that when we talk about terrorists we mean people who plant bombs in the Capitol regardless of their color. The only one seeing race here is you, Mr. DouglASS.

Of course, far be it from us to question the intellect or the credentials of Mr. DouglASS. After all, he is both a writer and an editor at the Washington DC branch of the Associated Press. And, if that weren't enough, Mr. DouglASS is also a published author with distinguished and scholarly titles to his credit.

For example, he is the author of:

Lou Grant: The Making of Tv's Top Newspaper Drama

No, I'm not making that up. He is the author of a book about a fictional tv journalist. I know that adds to his credibility in my book. I also know that I just can't wait from his sequel:

Ted Baxter: An Icon of American Journalism

You know, I'm not so sure Ted Baxter might not be an improvement on your average drive-by.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

He Just Won't Let It Go

We're not going to link to One Note Andy's latest screed re: Sarah Palin. We don't do that any more. That's one boycott, at least, that we're sticking with. Still, we will discuss.

He acknowledges the release of her tax records and then goes back to asking for proof that Trig is her biological child.

He knows that he is reaching a point of almost universal revulsion from everyone outside the paranoid left because he concludes by being defensive before anyone has even challenged him:

And no, I haven't let the basic issue of accountability and transparency go. Never. It's my job.

Up until now I have held back from making certain comments about One Note Andy because I felt they were in too bad taste even for me. Oh, I've been sarcastic, crude and insulting, but there has been a line I don't believe I have crossed.

We're crossing it now.

I think we are now justified in seriously questioning Andrew Sullivan's mental faculties. For the sake of whatever pretensions toward journalistic credibility he may still maintain, I believe the time has come for Mr. Sullivan to submit to an independent medical evaluation to determine whether or not he is presently suffering from AIDS Dementia Complex (ADC).

Ordinarily I would consider this to be a private matter, but in his case I believe it to be a basic issue of accountability and transparency.

Oh, and for the record, One Note Andy writes for The Atlantic Monthly. From their FAQ:

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An Unusual Moment of Honesty from the AP

Push to register felons to vote could aid Obama - Yahoo! News

Republican Constituencies
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2-Parent Families
Small Businessmen
Veterans


Democrat Constituencies
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Abortionists
Felons
Welfare Recipients

Who Are You? Who Who Who Who?

Back home, Palin lives model life in Last Frontier - Yahoo! News:

We've talked several times before about how the media will quote people without telling you who they actually are. Now, this case is far from the most egregious, but it reinforces the point.

This article quotes one John Gourley "who with his wife, Jennifer, raised three children in a generator-powered cabin near Wasilla." Mr. Gourley is rather disparaging of Sarah because of her "toys" (ie the snow machines, the plane, etc), because she's "uppercrust" and because "she's a trophy hunter."

Okay, that's fine. Whatever. Here's my question though... Where did they find Mr. Gourley? Was he buying gas for his generator at the local Exxon? Well, maybe, or maybe Garance Burke of the AP knew about him some other way.

For example, maybe they found him in his Wikipedia article. You see, Mr. Gourley, along with doing the whole Grizzly Adams thing, is also part of a signed indie band. The band has a website where Gourley posted his further thoughts about Governor Palin.

Now, if we wanted to be snarky then we might say that Gourley would be more entitled to an opinion on politics if she had cast a vote sometime since 1972 ("Gourley said he hasn't voted for a presidential candidate since liberal Sen. Eugene McCarthy"). If we wanted to be snarky, that is.

No, see, here's the thing... John Gourley is totally entitled to his political opinions. He's entitled to express them. They are valid whether I agree with them or not. My problem is that the article provides very little context about who he is. You get the idea that he's just John Everyman from Wasilla, Alaska. Maybe he's a logger or something. A son of the tundra or whatever.

If you describe him as "John Gourley, a musician with the band Portugal. The Man" you are going to have more context for his comments. For example, if you're a guy like me who thinks most musicians are dope smoking morons, you are going to be able to immediately dismiss him.

I'm sort of joking but sort of not joking. The media has a track record of citing people as though they are everyman without giving you some context for who they are. They find these people somewhere and, usually, they aren't just standing outside Target waiting to talk to average Americans. That's too time-consuming. Instead, they are at their desk, surfing the internet and working the phones. I don't have a problem with that, I just ask for full disclosure.

I Dream of Sarah

I had my first romantic (not erotic, mind you) dream about Sarah Palin last night. We were sitting on a sofa. She was holding her baby. I had my arm around her and she laid her head on my chest.

That was it. Disappointed?

The Juice: Squeezed

Simpson convicted of robbing memorabilia dealers - Yahoo! News

Better late than never.

To be honest, I haven't followed this case at all. And I recognize that legally it would be entirely wrong if the jurors were biased against him in this case because of their feeling about how his murder trial.

Legally.

Morally, however...

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Make It Stop!

Here I go again. I listened to Glenn Beck for a bit this morning until I just couldn't take it anymore. This morning he was saying that people are hording guns and ammo because (1) they are uncertain about what will happen to their guns after the election and (2) they are preparing for an economic apocalypse.

Then, continuing in black helicopter mode, he went into the federal government deploying a combat unit to fight domestic unrest.

This sort of nonsense was entertaining when Art Bell was doing it at 3am. At 10am, in the light of day, it isn't entertaining, it is reckless. It is fearmongering and it is dangerous. There are a good number of people, God help them, who take Glenn Beck seriously.

You know, Glenn is almost A-Beautiful-Mind-crazy at this point. He's one of these people who has to look for patterns. He reads and he sees patterns whether they are there or not.

And, come to think of it, I'm giving Glenn Beck the benefit of the doubt by calling him crazy. I say that because if he isn't crazy then he's a lying SOB who is spreading fear for his own benefit.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Wisdom of Mrs. MediaBlog

Alan Colmes = Brian Dunkleman

Where We Go From Here

Sarah Palin has had a bad two or three weeks after the Charles Gibson/Katie Couric interviews. That phase of the campaign is done now. She has recovered from that and they will not be an issue. Nor, I think, will they be repeated. Sarah will not be going back into these "gotcha" format interviews.

The "bailout" will probably pass tomorrow and we will move on from that. Hopefully, it will take the steam out of the paranoid ravings (Catastrophe! Collapse! Depression!) that have been the watchwords of the MSM for the last 2 weeks.

As always, it's the last month that really counts. Don't worry too much about the state of the polls as of today. You are seeing the absolute low point of the McCain/Palin campaign. I am 100% certain of it. The race starts after the House vote tomorrow and it starts out as a tie.

Just A Few Words About Biden vs. Palin

I'm not going to waste your time with a lot of commentary. You'll hear more than enough of that tonight and in the morning so I'll keep it short and sweet.

Sarah was nervous for the first 15 or 20 minutes and it showed. After that she started to roll and Biden started staggering. You could hear him sighing. You could hear him going around in circles.

Was it a knockout for Sarah? No. I personally think she came out ahead in the matchup but I'm sure that the MSM will say otherwise. Still, given how low the expectations were for Sarah I think she knocked it out of the frigging park.

She needs to just relax and be herself. When she does that she absolutely rocks.

Hmm... Needs More Dave

You know, I think there's something wrong with me. I keep saying that I'm not going to read One Note Andy... And then I read him... Though I've done well with not linking to him.

I start saying that I'm not going to listen to Glenn Beck... And then I listen to him.

I need help.

Anyhoo... I tuned in this morning just in time to hear the hysterical pitch in Glenn's voice again as he was talking about the bailout (or whatever we want to call it). It would have been nice if talking to Dave Ramsey yesterday for a few minutes had put Glenn on an even keel again for awhile but I guess not. Maybe he could start having some sort of Dave Ramsey's Moment of Zen at the top and bottom of every hour. In very calm tones, Dave would tell Glenn that everything is going to be okay.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The MediaBlog Strange Credit of the Day

George Clooney The Lone Ranger | dailystab.com

Starring Johnny Depp as Tonto

The MediaBlog Pithy Review: The William Shatner Roast

Fast forward to Kevin Pollack and then turn it off.

The Lady In Red


If someone has to tell me that I'm going to spend my retirement eating Alpo, it might as well be a hot, hot, hottie like Erin Burnett.

Breaking the Embargo

I decided to break our boycott of Glenn Beck for just a few minutes to listen to him interview Dave Ramsey.

Now, I don't completely agree with everything Dave Ramsey says... I think there is a place for the responsible use of credit... That being said, Dave has totally been a voice of reason during this whole "bailout" "crisis". He has been saying over and over again that this isn't the apocalypse. He's spent the last week or so talking people down off the ledges. Today he aimed the bullhorn up at Glenn Beck.

Now, despite being a wack-a-mole, Glenn Beck does have a sense of humor about himself. I think at some level he is totally aware that he's a loon. Still, it was good to hear someone at least try to calm him down a little.

We now return you to our boycott already in progress.