Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
However, because One Note Andy has become such a vile figure, I throwout the rulebook where he is concerned. Thus, the following...
Seems One Note Andy, in his continuing obsessive, catty war against Sarah Palin makes the comment that she is too cowardly even to sit down with C-Span's Booknotes for an interview regarding her book Going Rogue.
Of course, if years of buggery hadn't so badly impaired One Note's mental abilities he would probably realize that Booknotes, while a lovely program and often genuinely fascinating, hasn't actually been on the air in five years.
One Note gets his little giggles by pointing out that instead of a genuine interview, Sarah is being featured on C-Span's BookTV which will feature footage of her signing her book at a bookstore in Cincinnati along with an interview with her conducted by "the store's marketing and event coordinator."
Now, if One Note Weren't always so busy looking for his lube, he would realize that this is a very typical format for BookTV. Not at all unusual.
Get your facts straight, Andy. Otherwise just shut the fuck up.
Monday, December 28, 2009
But then, being One Note Andy, he has to fuck it up by simultaneously covering the child custody goings-on of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.
You say the system worked,
You say the system failed.
You say keep your seats,
You say walk about the cabin.
You do the Nappy Two-Step and you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about!
So now Janet Napolitano says that it's okay if you read a book or visit the privy that last hour of flight. And you can watch a little TV too. Have fun. Knock yourself out. Provided the flight crew says it's okay, of course.
These guys really do have their heads up their asses, don't they? I mean, for a team that ran a pretty darn tight campaign, these people govern like the gang that couldn't shoot straight.
Here's what I take away from this. Homeland Security comes out with some idiotic regulations in an attempt to show that they're taking some sort of action. Oh, it's action that makes absolutely no sense... Action that won't accomplish anything at all... But when has that ever stopped the Left? Hell, the whole New Deal was built on that premise. Action for action's sake and nevermind what (if anything) it actually does.
Anyway, a couple of days pass and they realize that they look stupid. Of course, the Obama Administration does not admit mistakes... Ever... So they just say that, hey, captain's discretion. Of course if, God forbid, another attack or attempted attack takes place and it turns out that the captain was letting the passengers use the lavatory then they'll blame him and the airline and take zip, zero, no responsibility themselves.
If this weren't all so tragic and pathetic it could actually be damn funny. If only it were someone else's country we could laugh about it. Instead all we can do is weep... And get angry.
Awhile back, when Mr. and Mrs. MediaBlog moved into MediaBlog HQ, we took all of the junk we shouldn't have moved in the first place, stuck it out in the garage and covered it over with a tarp.
Some time later when we were with a group of friends, Mrs. MediaBlog commented that we had done so without any plan as to how to deal with it. I replied that I thought the tarp was the plan.
Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security's plan for dealing with people who attempt to blow up American airliners is to make sure that a Dutch film producer is seated nearby so he can body slam the
Heck of a job, Nappy!
If Gordon Brown said that he would be excoriated for jingoistic nationalism, Western/European bias and Christian chauvinism. He would then be ruthlessly mocked by the majority of his own party and ever commentator on the BBC. He would then be overthrown for leadership of his own party.
That past is a foreign country.
Good God, man, what is wrong with you? For the record, the only tits I recall in Ben Hur graced the chest of Mr. Charlton Heston and we English-speakers would typically refer to them as pecs rather than tits... And I have a feeling that's not what you had in mind... At least, I very much hope not.
I've put up with you predicting the end of the world by inflation/deflation/terrorism/facism. I've put up with you pitching gold/canned food/asinine board games/teddy bears ad nauseum. I've put up with your maudlin little stories.
But now you've crossed the line.
Stop ripping Josh Groban.
Look, you fawn over that pantywaist Michael Buble. That prettyboy Sinatra-wannabe.*** He has 1/100 the voice the Josh Groban has! So hows about you put another piece of dutch apple in that piehole of yours and clam up. Capiche?
***Truth in advertising... I rather like Michael Buble myself, but I wanted to hurt you, Glenn, and Michael got in the way. If I were you I would now launch into some pathetic crying routine about how sorry I am and how much I need a hug. There's a reason why I'm not going to do that. I'm a man.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
No, it's not some kinky sex thing... It's your next commercial flight!
...passengers will no longer be allowed to get up out of their seat for the final hour of a flight. You will also be prohibited from accessing your carry-on items during this period or from holding any items in your lap.
So you just have to sit there, stare straight ahead and piss your pants. Why don't they just strip everyone down, cuff you to your seat and let the flight attendants walk the aisle with a whip... At least that way a few of the passengers might get off on the experience. I mean, they're pretty much locking you in your seat anyway so you might as well go all the way.
All of this has long since crossed the line of being ridiculous. Bad enough that you have to take your shoes off and let some matron from TSA probe your wife (while she's wearing a Teddy Bear sweater no less... real threatening looking... trust me, been there). Now you're going to spend the last hour of your flight trying not to wet yourself while staring at the seat back in front of you.
Screen passengers as they board, profile appropriately (like El Al does), arm the pilots, secure the cabin door and tell them that they do not open the door no matter what. That's enough. Will it prevent 100% of terrorist attacks on aircraft? It will not. Only one thing would: keeping them on the ground.
I suppose I can't speak for others, but all of this does not make me feel one iota safer. It just pisses me off.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Yeah, you don't hear that from me very often. It's true though. The same Republicans who voted for a massive expansion of Medicare 6 years ago when we couldn't afford it now oppose a massive expansion of the federal government's role in the health care system... And we still can't afford it.
Of course, neither party has a monopoly on hypocrisy since the same Democrats who opposed Medicare expansion are more than willing to get government even deeper into the health care system.
I have long since passed the point where I expect integrity from politicians. Even the ones I mostly agree with I still don't trust.
The New Testament reports that Roman soldiers gambled for Jesus' clothing while he hung on the cross. They wouldn't gamble for Jesus' clothing unless it was expensive, Anderson says.
"I don't know anybody -- even Pamela Anderson -- that would have people gambling for his underwear," Anderson says. "That was some fine stuff he wore."
--Rev Tom Anderson, Word of Life Church, El Paso, Texas
If that isn't the most asinine thing you hear today then I pity you. Jesus wore some high quality underpants and He wants you to wear some high quality underpants too! If you're wearing ratty drawers it must be because you lack faith. You want to know how you can tell who is really walking close to God? Take a look at his underpants. And by their Fruit of the Looms ye shall know them!
The good Reverend is... How shall I put this? Full of shit. Yeah, that works. The prosperity gospel isn't Biblical, it isn't historically Christian and it ruins lives and hearts. If that's too blunt for you then shove it up your ass. It's a fact.
And for the record, my underpants are just fine, thanks for asking.
Friday, December 25, 2009
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."
VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So Peanuts suddenly (and completely on his own, of course) decided it was time to make nice with the Tribe. Why did he suddenly feel like it was time to make amends with the Chosen People?
Maybe it had something to do with him realizing that he is closer to meeting his Maker. Or maybe it was the spirit of forgiveness in this holiday season...
Or maybe it might just possibly have had a little something to do with the fact that his grandson, Jason Carter, is running for a seat in the Georgia Senate from a district which has, quoting the AP, "a vocal Jewish population."
No, no connection at all. Nothing to see here, people. Move along.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
If they lose the pervert vote they're doomed. Doomed I tells ya!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Question: Just how many orifices does NBC think Conan has?
I mean, they must be keeping count because they keep finding new ways to screw him. I don't really believe this rumor, but I'm not sure why I don't believe it because programming maestro Jeff "Zuckie" Zucker really hasn't given me any reason to have faith.
Heck of a job, Zuckie!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Monday, December 14, 2009
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Don't kid yourself into thinking that the huge upward move in Sarah's poll numbers is meaningless. She has done herself a world of good on this book tour. She has a better television presence than just about any politician (and I almost hate even using that word with reference to her) I have ever seen. On top of which, a huge percentage of the conservative base likes her (and the Christian conservative base LOVES her) and she drives the Left to distraction in a way we right-wingers sort of enjoy watching.
She is going to be a force in 2010 and 2012. Count on it.
You must be! Why else would you continue to torment us like this? We'd like nothing better than to fetch you a skinny pumpkin spice latte and rush back to the studio only to have you take one sip, throw the rest in our face and scream at us that you didn't want whipped cream. Our standing offer to Julie Banderas and Amy Robach goes for you as well. Just call.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Strategic patience is Foggy Bottom-speak for sitting on your ass and doing nothing.
Which one is the wrong one? Which one doesn't belong?
If you said Gershon then you would be wrong because all three of them apparently wrote the Constitution. At least, District Judge Nina Gershon seems to think so since she has single-handedly taken the power of the purse away from the Congress.
Apparently, Judge Gershon believes that the Congress does not have the power to defund an organization without getting the approval of the courts. To wit:
“The question here is only whether the Constitution allows Congress to declare that a single, named organization is barred from all federal funding in the absence of a trial."
She went on to issue a temporary injuction and to order the Department of Housing and Urban Develoipment, the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget to continue the funding of ACORN without regard to a law passed by the Congress and signed by the President.
Judge Gershon's decision will undoubtedly be overturned, but that isn't enough. Such an obviously unconstitutional decision suggests either a profound ignorance or a complete disregard for the Constitution.
Either is sufficient to demonstrate that Judge Gershon is unable to fulfill the obligations of her office and should, therefore, be removed.
Seems Diane Francis who extolled the environmental virtues of China's
Yeah, you guessed it. Two kids. Going to have to choose, Diane? Which one of them?
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Here's the thing though, Timmy. If you keep crying when things go wrong for you... Well, how shall I put this... People are going to think you're a pussy. Yeah, that's what I'm trying to say. Pussy.
Just something to keep in mind, Timmy.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
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Here at MediaBlog HQ we have kids... So we have messes! The gift guide did a great job of giving me some ideas for this Christmas season.
Friday, December 04, 2009
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I mean, he must be, right?
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (who has long shown just how out of his depth he is), had a little contretemps with April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio.
What they were getting snippy about really doesn't matter. What matters is that Gibbs told her to "calm down" and to "take a deep breath." He then went on to compare her to his son who is five years old. While we know how gauche it is to talk about a woman's age, we don't think Ms. Ryan will be troubled when we reveal that she is a bit older than young Master Gibbs.
Now, as you might have suspected from the fact that she works for a media company with Urban in its name, Ms Ryan is African-American.
We find ourselves forced to present the unpleasant hypothetical... Had Ari Fleischer made a similar comment regarding a minority female journalist would he have survived the experience? I would suggest not. Particularly if, like Mr. Gibbs, he weren't particularly good at his job to begin with.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
I've never liked her. I think she has one of those fake accents some people (Madonna? Gwyneth? Call your offices.) some people try to create in order to seem... I don't know... Cultured.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009
You know, it is time... But I really wish it didn't have to be this way. It's largely his own fault... He tried to hold on to long and he made some bad hiring decisions along the way (Jeff Bowden? Call your office).
Still, it is very sad for him to have to go out this way. Hopefully he stays to coach the bowl game. It will probably be the Campbell Soup Bowl but even so...
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
I have no idea why anyone would care either way, but there it is.
Friday, November 27, 2009
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Sunday, November 22, 2009
Well... You know.
That's just evil. Evil, evil, evil. There should be spankings... You can start with us and then... Ahem... Huh? Sorry, I've lost my train of thought.
Of course, since it was the highpoint of the service today we'll give you a pass.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
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I know Rush Limbaugh didn't come up with the line, but he uses it more than anyone... Asteroid to Destroy Earth... Women and Minorities Hardest Hit...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I'm thinking about Trapper John, M.D.
Now, I was pretty young when this show originally aired so my memory may be faulty, but was there any reason at all for them to use the name of a character from MASH? I mean it was a different actor playing the role of course, but beyond that is the fact that I don't really remember the character being portrayed with any continuity at all. Obviously one would have expected there to have been some character growth and development over the course of 20-some years, but there wasn't any continuing thread of similarity at all.
Am I remembering this incorrectly? Was the discontinuity explained by some detail in the updated character's backstory?
If not, was this some network exec's asinine idea that the American viewer is a moron? All we have to do is slap the name of a beloved character from a popular sitcom on our new medical show and the people will eat it up!
Do network executives really think we are that stupid? Sorry... Dumb question.
Heck of a job, Zuckie!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I haven't listened to any other interviews with her (Oprah, Baba Wawa) and I don't really plan to. I'm not usually interested in politician or booktour interviews. Anyway, I thought she did well but not great. I think those of us who love Sarah will continue to love her and those who loath her will continue to do so.
Now listening to a very emotional female caller following up on the interview. Much as I love Sarah, I have my doubts about how viable she might be in a primary campaign. That being said, I think it is an enormous mistake to underestimate the extent to which the emotional attachment of people like that caller could prove to be a powerful force for Palin.
For what little it's worth right now, let me give you a one or two sentence handicap on how I see the 2012 Republican race right now:
Huckabee - Hate him. Hate him, hate him, hate him. I think he's a fraud, I think he's a huckster and I think (or hope at least) that his act (and I use that word intentionally) will wear thin quickly. I really think his appeal is limited to the Christian conservative base.
Romney - Maybe just a little too slick? Has a little bit of the major market local news anchor feel to him. Clearly the favorite of the econo-cons and the elite portions of the Conservative movement. Much of the hardcore Christian conservative movement is always going to have a real problem with him solely from the religious angle.
Pawlenty - Going to be a favorite among a lot of the same people who support Romney. Benefits from not having to carry some of the flip-flopper baggage Romney has. Also doesn't have to carry the universal health care burden that Mitt has from the experiment in (and that is going to hang on Mitt like a millstone with a lot of Republican primary voters.
Palin - Strong with the . Good with the Tea Party crowd. Biggest weakness continues to be a sense that she isn't quite ready for prime time. That's a two-edged sword though because what strikes some folks as a lack of polish and intellectual preparation/ability comes across to many of the rest of us as genuineness.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A sister of one of Muhammad's ex-wives says Muhammad returned from the first Gulf War a changed man. Sheron (shuh-RON) Norman says the nation should do a better job of caring for its veterans.
Hows about if those of us who don't have our doctorates stop playing armchair shrink? Can we do that? Can we maybe stop medicalizing everything and maybe, just maybe, get back to some good old fashioned moral judgment.
If you murder people in cold blood I don't give two sharp short shits about your tension or stress or trauma or anything else. Fucker kills, fucker dies. QED.
Take one 4th place television network.
Combine with one grossly unpopular cable operator.
Add one failed network executive
Bake until you've achieved full suckiness.
Jeff, you've managed to disprove the Peter Principle. You suck at your old job and you're going to suck at your new one.
Heck of a job, Zuckie!
I'm sorry but this guy has run out of benefit-of-the-doubt. Cracked under stress? How about radical Islamist who went on a murder spree!
I am going to make a bold prediction here... Barack Obama will be a one-term president.
I have held off on saying that because I think we all remember that Bubba started off a mess but was smart enough to turn it around by tacking back to the middle and imposing some discipline on himself (not enough, but some). Either Barry isn't smart enough to do that (which I doubt) or he is too filled with hubris to do so.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Say what you want about Dubya... Bushes have class. They have their faults, God love them, but they are genuine, decent people with class.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Funny... I always figured the government had injected the remote controlled explosive pellet into his brain.
Appears his surgery went well which means we should be spared another tearful YouTube video like the one that followed his ass surgery.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Does anyone really believe Barry isn't watching election returns? Come on. They all say that but they all watch.
Nice try, Barry.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Apparently Liz knows which way the wind is blowing. Why else would she start telling you that it doesn't even matter if Republicans (and, even more so, Conservatives) win three very high profile elections tomorrow? Nope, doesn't matter a bit. Don't you right wingers get encouraged because you're still going DOWN!!!!
Don't believe it, friend. It's a long way to November 2010 but what you are seeing... The rejection of the Obama non-record... The rise of the Tea Party movement... To put it in Buchananite terms, the villagers storming the gates of the Republican Party to take it back... These are extremely important events and should not be minimized or dismissed.
So Jay managed to put the knife in Conan's back and kick Dave in the crotch all in one interview.
First, Jay says that he never really wanted to leave The Tonight Show and would be glad to go back if NBC asked... And, I'm sure, paid out the ass.
He then went on to say pay Letterman the backhanded compliment of insisting that he wasn't a hypocrite... Because Dave was never moral (like Jay is) in the first place.
I have NEVER bought into the Jay-is-such-a-nice-guy schtick and this just proves it. The sad part is that he may well get his wish come next season. Conan's ratings are not great and from what I've read a lot of the affiliates are complaining because the Leno in Prime Time lead-in is depressing the numbers for their 11:00 news.
You managed to take something that wasn't broken and not just break it but smash it on the ground and then jump up and down on the pieces. Yet again it must be said:
Heck of a job, Zuckie!
Sunday, November 01, 2009
In the wake of Dede Scozzafava's exit, that international beacon of journalism, the Watertown Daily Times, has endorsed the Democrat in his campaign against Conservative Party Candidate Doug Hoffman.
I really could care less, but one sentence from their endorsement did catch my attention:
Our representative cannot be locked into rigid promises and policies that would jeopardize these critical sectors of our economy.
In other words, damn principles... All that matters is that he brings home the bacon.
That sound you hear is Newt Gingrich's chosen candidate in NY-23 screwing him up the ass. Or, if you prefer, putting an end to his minimal chances to be elected President of the United States.
Truth told, she probably has more in common with the Democrat. The question becomes, however, whether the goal of the Republican Party is to fill seats with people who just happen to have put an R after their name for awhile (Arlen? Your office ic calling.) or whether the goal is to advance a conservative agenda.
Color this one a win for Palin et al and a definite loss for the Republican establishment.
God love you, Amy, but you're killing us out here.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
So some so-called scientists now believe that a third of what they previously believed were distinct species of dinosaurs were actually just previously identified species of a different age... In other words, juvenile dinosaurs and mature dinosaurs of the same species were misidentified as belonging to different species.
Don't believe it, folks. This is settled science. If some deniers want to suggest that science... Science! Might have made a mistake... Well, friend, that just doesn't happen. I'm sure they are just in the pay of... Um... Well... Someone.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Yep, another one out of the park for Barry, Nancy and Harry... Turns out we, you and I, paid $24000 for each of those new cars sold. What a deal!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I've never been a big fan of Lay Leno. Not on the Tonight Show, not on the Jay Leno Show, not at all. I'm saying that so you can judge the comment I'm about to make because it may just reflect my own bias.
Anyway, the opening of both Leno's Tonight Show as well as his current show, where the first couple of rows of the audience sort of rush the stage and shake his hand, high-five him, etc... It just seems really fake to me. I know that it is fake in the sense that the powers that be tell them to do that. All TV is fake in that sense. This just feels fake though. Even more than just your usual TV fake.
Does that make any sense at all?
So Barry isn't happy that many of us thought it was a little over the top for him to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to make a special, one evening trip to New York for a dinner date with his wife.
Our response: Tough Shit
Fame and power are a two-edged sword, Barry. You take the good, you take the bad. You still have not figured out that you are not a regular person anymore. That's why you can't pick fights below your weight class. That's why you can't spout off and call the police stupid. That's why you can't spend our money to take your wife on a dinner date.
You asked for the privilege of spending the next four years in the crown jewel of the federal penal system. You asked for it. Nobody forced it on you. So man up, grow a pair, stop whining and do your fucking job.
Suddenly, I think I understand why.
Flipping through the Tivo listings I saw an episode from 1974. Fairly early in the show's run, I suppose. That's 35 years ago. What was 35 years in their past? That would be 1939. In other words, we are as far from that episode of MASH as they were from Hitler invading Poland.
Now, that doesn't mean that old humor can't be funny. It can. Lots of people find Lucy funny. It isn't my cup of tea, but lots of people enjoy it. Personally, I enjoy Andy Griffith and that is even older. So what is the difference? I think it is that MASH didn't try to just be funny, it tried to be funny while making social/political points. I found its politics to be your typical shallow leftist drivel and, consequently, found the attempts at humor weighed down by the politics. On top of which, 35 years is an eternity in politics. What might have been (in theory) pointed social commentary just seems tired now.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
...you may actually hear the exact moment when Glenn Beck's head explodes.
Assuming he actually makes it to Monday morning, I can't wait to hear him go into full Armageddon mode. I mean, fuller
Thursday, October 22, 2009
So now I can look like an idiot in those damned cardboard glasses while watching three overwrought movies that suck?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We could just take the condemned straight from the courtroom to the chair. That should save tons of money on... You know... Appeals and last meals. Lots of other meals too, come to think of it. Yeah, that should save tons of money.
No, for the record, I'm not seriously suggesting that. On the other hand, I think for anti-death penalty advocates to try to suggest that doing away with the death penalty would improve states fiscal health is about as stupid as anti-abortion protesters suggesting that abortion reduces tax revenue by murdering little taxpayers before they can pay into the system. Both are true and both are pretty much irrelevant.
If you want to get rid of the death penalty that's fine, but don't try to come up with these half-assed reasons. It's like the guys who talk about legalizing hemp because you can make clothes and rope and god only knows what else. If you want to smoke a fattie just say so for the love of Pete!
Monday, October 19, 2009
See, here's the thing. I'm all for volunteerism. More power to you.
When I get home from a day at work, the last thing I want is for some two-bit ham of an actor on a TV show to get in my face about how I should go out and contribute to my community. If I want to be preached at, I'll go to church.
Oh... Wait... I DO. In fact, I volunteer there. So hows about we cut the moralizing and get back to the story?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The day you can develop on OS that doesn't randomly freeze, reboot or slow to a crawl I will go along with you using balloons to pump liquid sulfur into the upper atmosphere.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It's only another
Lets buy off the geezers too. Why the fuck not? Sure, inflation is pretty much zero so they're not entitled (whatever that means) to a cost of living adjustment. That's what the law says. But laws are just words, right? Just words... Screw all of that... Let's just go with it!
You know, except for the commercials for gold and year-long food supplies, Glenn Beck seems a little less crazy to me every blessed day.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
...wait for it...
FIVE YEARS AFTER LOSING HIS JOB!
The cold must get to these people's brains. Still, give them credit... Whether it's mindless devotion to unproven leaders or cradle-to-grave socialism, our friends to the north don't do anything halfway.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I mean it. Really. Yesterday was not a good day for him. How can it not be a good day when you win a coveted prize awarded by five Norwegians nobody has ever heard of? Simple. When it opens you up to mockery.
Genuine, honest hatred you can deal with, you can even turn it to your advantage. Look at Bill Clinton. Never has a man so prospered because of the hatred of his enemies. Mockery, on the other hand... That's hard to deal with. It is so much harder to be laughed at than it is reviled.
If we're being fair, this one isn't even his fault. He didn't (we assume) ask to be nominated. He did not ask to be selected. Despite that, he's the one who has to deal with the consequences. And the consequences are that it is becoming more and more apparent to people, even casual observers, that hype has outrun substance by a wide margin. And the more apparent that becomes, the less Obama becomes a figure of hope and the more he becomes one of ridicule. It is sort of a continuation of the do-nothing meme that started last weekend with the Saturday Night Live skit.
And while we're here, let's take a moment to look more closely at the Nobel Peace Prize. It is this illustrious prize, the height of achievement in the field of international relations and so forth and so on yada yada yada. Yeah.
Actually, it's a trophy and some cash awarded by five Norwegian politicians. And four of them are chicks who apparently are going through The Change because little else could explain their piss poor judgement.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
The 80-point font on Drudge not withstanding, don't lose any sleep over this. The Arabs are not about to cut loose from the dollar in favor of the Euro, the Yen, gold or some basket of currencies. Glenn Beck can take a deep breath and eat some more pie.
Why? Because at the end of the day the only one who can send troops to prop up the House of Saud is the United States of America.
In re: Letterman---
I have always been a fan of Dave's. Yes, there are plenty of nights these days when he seems to be phoning it in. Yes, he's started wearing his political biases on his sleeve and that makes him less entertaining to me. Still, I come from the last generation for whom "Carson" means Johnny rather than Daly and Dave is pretty much the last entertainment link to Carson. You can see it in his mannerisms and his monologue. It isn't conscious I don't think, it's just that Dave grew up watching Johnny and the influence is there. It isn't there with Leno. Leno, for better or worse (and it's mostly worse in my opinion) is a standup, Dave is a host and a broadcaster. Anyway, enough of that... The little dust up involving sex and blackmail... Mrs. MediaBlog always thought there was something going on between him and Stephanie the Intern. Women have that sixth sense I guess. For what it's worth, it's usually a bad idea to sleep with the help. That being said, I'm sort of dumbfounded by the online polls and chatter asking whether Dave needs to go... I just don't get that. I mean, why? Do we expect talk show hosts to be paragons of virtue? We certainly don't expect it from anyone else, not even presidents. Also, I have to say that Letterman's monologue last night was masterful. It struck exactly the right tone.
In re: Jon and Kate---
It's sort of surprising that I've made barely any mention of this show before since Mrs. MediaBlog and I watch it religiously and have from the beginning. I've felt for awhile that the parents (Kate in particular) have turned into money-grubbers. I've also felt that Kate is a controlling bitch and Jon a whiney loser. Anyway, for all of that I came into recent dust-up with a good deal of sympathy of Jon. Now, it should go without saying that there is no excuse for cheating on your wife. Still, while I couldn't support Jon, I could at least understand him. He had to put up with a lot from her. Since then, however, Jon's insane behavior has pretty much removed whatever sympathy I might have felt for him. That said, it's also true that Kate his just done a much better job of manipulating the media than Jon has. I'm pretty much at a-pox-on-both-their-houses stage. God help the kids though. Nothing like having mom and dad drag each other through the tabloids to really set you up for a successful adulthood.
In re Obama:
It really does seem like amateur hour anymore, doesn't it? I mean, the man was supposed to have these amazing political skills but where are they? Almost makes you wonder where we might have wound up last Fall if we'd had a candidate who could throw a punch every now and then. To be honest, I still think the general unpopularity of Dubya combined with the we're-all-going-to-die mindset of the financial meltdown pretty much doomed us, but you never know. Anyway, Obama can't seem to win one right now. I mean, he flies off to Denmark to let the IOC kick him in the teeth, he's getting rolled by every petty despot from Venezuela to Iran and back, he managed to kick the legs out from under the Poles on the very day the commemorate the Russians stabbing them in the back, he can't seem to get it going with health care (thank God)... I'm trying not to be overconfident, but it sure seems like this house of cards is collapsing quickly.
Monday, October 05, 2009
If you're not a fan of Seminole football then you probably don't fully recognize the gravity of this. Let me put it into terms you can understand.
You've done a lot of good things and we think you're just swell. That being said, it's been like 2000 years and, not to put to fine a point on it, you haven't come back. I mean, if you're not coming that's fine, but we have other things we could be doing so if you're not planning on showing up in the next year or so then... Well, we'd hate to do it, but we'll just have to give that Allah fellow a go.
Please let us know your plans ASAP.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Obama To Denmark: Plans Emergency Trip to Copenhagen To Pitch Chicago Olympics
Obama's Delay on Troop Request for Afghanistan Stirs Criticism of War Strategy
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
And we quote the auteur:
“If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… fucking, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to fuck young girls. Juries want to fuck young girls. Everyone wants to fuck young girls!”
This is the man that the better sort of people are so quick to defend. If he were Rob Powell and he had drugged and sodomized a 13 year old girl, one wonders if the brightest lights of Hollywood would be so quick to make their stand for justice and mercy.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Oh, Amy, why do you keep breaking our heart?
First, you've taken to wearing sensible business attire on Saturdays. We were about five minutes from suggesting that you might want to take fashion tips from... Oh my God I can't believe I'm saying this... Jenna Wolfe. I mean, at least Spastic Jenna was wearing a flattering blue top on Sunday. You had some kind of blazer on. No, no, no, no.
And then we wake up this morning to find that you're engaged to Melrose Place 1.0 star and sometime-soccer player Andrew Shue. Why?
Was it something we said, Amy? You didn't even give us a chance. That's what hurts the most. And after all we've done for you. I'm sure we've done something for you. I can't think of it right now because of my emotional distress but even so.
Well, if you're looking for a little something something on the side... Or maybe if you'd just like to take us up on our standing offer to you and Julie Banderas... We're still right here waiting for you.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
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I have to admit, when I saw Brannon Braga's name in the credits for FlashForward I had only one thought:
"Oh shit. I thought this might be good."
As it turns out, it is good. Quite good, actually. So far anyway. I've never thought much of Braga since his Trek days but maybe he doesn't suck as much as I thought. Any more at least.
Hows about this, Barry... Hows about instead of extending the school day to 10 hours or adding another 8 weeks in the summer, why don't we let kids spend extra time in the classroom? Maybe if we were to get rid of diversity indoctrination, self-esteem reinforcement training, political advocacy, GLBT acceptance education... You get the idea.
Question: Is this really about improving education for our children or is it about increasing pay for the teachers' union?
Saturday, September 26, 2009
John Podesta has tons of government experience so he should know better than this. There is zip, zero, no chance of a VAT in the United States. Maybe as a part of a radical overhaul (or elimination) of the income tax but not otherwise.
If the Democrats proposed this it would be the end. Period. End of story. The end of their majority in the House in 2010, the end of their majority in the Senate by 2012 and the last time they'd get anyone in the White House for a generation.
It's all very well to advocate policies when you're in an interest group or a think tank based in Washington, but when you're the Congressman from Butt Scratch, Nebraska who has to go home and face the torches and pitchforks things look very different.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This film is a real accomplishment. I mean, there are plenty of movies with one piss poor male lead, but two? That takes effort.
For some reason I remembered the movie has being slightly more entertaining than this.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
As we've told you before, all the monkey understands is force.
Here we see yet another example. Tour guide encourages tourist to buy a bag of monkey food. Tourist does so but then, for whatever reason, decides to keep the monkey chow for herself. Pissed off monkey proceeds to try to kill her.
Now, right from the get go we have a problem here. Clearly the tour guide has been cowed. If there is one thing we have learned it is that once you pay the Monkeygeld, you never get rid of the Monkey.
So, the tourist knuckles under and decides to bribe the monkey. At the last minute, however, she grows a pair and decides that, no, she won't give in to simian extortion. By God, that little monkey can go eat a banana because she'll be damned if she'll give him one ounce of monkey chow. Millions for defense but not once cent for tribute!
Well, it sounds good at this point, but apparently she must have lost her nerve at the last second. At least, that's what a spokesman for the park she was visiting believes. In his words:
"If you show fear a monkey will bully you."
Wise. Very wise. Oh, for what it's worth, she survived her encounter with the monkey.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
No, Asswipe, it wasn't. It may have been rude, it may have been ill-timed. It was NOT, however, based on racism. I am sick of people crying racism, I am sick of Peanuts spouting off about everything.
At the risk of offending Nancy Pelosi's delicate sensibilities... Jimmy Carter, you can go fuck yourself.
Monday, September 14, 2009
So the Dems are going to try to censure Joe Wilson over his "You Lie" outburst.
Okay, fine, whatever. I really don't give a shit and I rather doubt Congressman Wilson does either. Look, I'll admit that it showed a certain lack of decorum. Of course, I don't recall Miss Manners being quite so vocal back when the Dems were heckling Dubya, but whatever.
If anything, every vote that Nancy Pelosi gets to censure Wilson... And I'm sure she'll get plenty between her own drones along with all of the Republicans who are more than ready to bend over... Puts another $1000 into Wilson's campaign war chest.
Anyway, my only real reason for posting this is because there is a bit of doubt about what exactly the Democrats will use as a justification for censuring Wilson. The House wasn't in regular session so the standard rules on debate don't apply. All that really leaves, in the words of House parliamentarian John Sullivan, are the House's general code of conduct which requires that
"a lawmaker shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on theYou have got to be kidding me. If we censured every Congressman who "failed to reflect creditably on the House of Representatives" we'd have an empty chamber. ."
Still, you've got to love the Democrats for really working hard to get the business of the nation done. War? Recession? Health care "crisis"? Those will wait while we let Speaker Nancy work out her pique.
Read through the page after page after page after page of comments. Quite honestly, your's truly is snipped and has never looked back. I mean, have you ever taken a really close look at one that isn't? Creepy.
Um... Not that I spend a lot of time looking at penises (penii?)... Snipped or otherwise. No. Certainly not.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Yeah, it's not Soviet MRBMs pointed at New Orleans. Still, if we actually had a foreign policy that consisted of more than Barry mouthing platitudes while Thunder Thighs slips on a pantsuit and dances with/screams at the Third Worlders then maybe, just maybe this kind of bullshit wouldn't be going on.
There is no legitimate reason for Venezuela to have these sorts of weapons. Other than to intimidate its neighbors (ie Columbia), that is. And meanwhile, what are we doing to try to encourage the free, democratic nation of Columbia which has to deal with more than its fair share of bullshit because of our hunger for cocaine? We're telling them that we'd just as soon not trade freely with them but thanks for stopping by.
And you know, while we're at it, you did a little blow in your time. Isn't that right, Barry? Blow that was grown by workers in the fields who are often little better than slaves. Blow that was manufactured by terrorists who intimidate and assassinate judges and prosecutors. Blow that is smuggled across our borders in condoms within the bellies of desperate young men and women. Blow that is sold on street corners by violent thugs who carry on their turf battles without regard for the children who get caught in the crossfire.
Taking this back to the source... You think maybe... Maybe... You of all people owe a little special debt to the decent people of Columbia? Do you think so, Barry?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Let's cover a couple of things briefly... Glenn Beck claims his first scalp with the resignation of Van Jones. If you have read this blog at all then you know we believe Glenn is a wack-a-mole. Nothing has changed. Still, even a wack-a-mole can be right once in awhile. Jones is so clearly outside the political mainstream that it is sort of shocking that he ever made it into the White House. Of course, the entire "czar" process is designed to go around the usual channels and this is the result. To be honest, what is even more troubling is the extent to which the mainstream media did not cover this. All of the major outlets ignored it totally until the resignation.
The Obama schoolkids speech... It is regretable that we have reached such a nadir in our political discourse that a speech by the President of the United States to schoolchildren is viewed with this level of suspicion. The fault for this lies on both sides... I mean, the people who were (and are) calling Dubya a war criminal or suspecting him of complicity in teh 9/11 attacks shouldn't be shocked that much of the Right doesn't trust Obama. At any rate, I think the real problem here was never the speech itself, it was the lesson plans formulated by the Department of Education to accompany the speech. How can I help President Obama??? A little too cult-of-personality for a lot of us. I don't really think it was intended that way, but the failure to be able to step outside yourself and consider how it will be perceived by others suggests something that the healthcare debate has also shown: this administration is shockingly inept politically.
How can that be, you ask. I mean, didn't they run a brilliant campaign? I would suggest they did not. Rather, the Obama campaign benefited from poor strategy and over-confidence from their primary opponent (Hillary Clinton) and simple ineptness combined with miserable luck for their general election opponent (McCain). In other words, Obama combined personality with luck to achieve victory.
This has been sort of rambling. I'm still not feeling especially inspired to discuss these subjects.