Saturday, February 28, 2009

And Now He Knows The Rest of the Story




ABC Radio Networks Statement on the Passing of Paul Harvey: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

We've had a little fun with Paul Harvey in the past. To quote ourselves, "his stories wander and the facts don't always add up."

I won't take it back because it's true. It's also true that Paul Harvey's voice was one of the most comforting things in the world. He will be missed.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Godsdamn You, Colonel Sanders!

BSG is sponsored by KFC.  I get it.  Do you have to run the same motherfracking commercial not once but twice during every commercial break?

Amy In Grey

We usually prefer our Miss Amy in brighter colors, but you can't deny that she looks so professional...  Even regal...  In grey.

Who are we kidding?  Miss Amy is a goddess in every color of the rainbow.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Please Tell Me This Isn't April Fool's Day?

Andy Richter is rejoining Conan on The Tonight Show - TV Squad

You know, when I watched Conebone's last show Friday night I wished this could happen. And now it has!

Think what would happen if I used my power for evil?

Seriously, I think this is a really, really, really great thing. I can't say that I was ever a religious viewer of Conan's Late Night, but I definitely watched it more when Andy was on there. That probably had more to do with my being young and single than with anything else, but Andy's presence helped. Conan and Andy play off each other SOOO well. Even on Friday night when the chemistry was a little rusty, it's still there.

I always regret it when people with a good gig go off to try something that you just know isn't going to work. I'm glad Andy's back.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Who Is Watching You?

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Follow the Clues

Are you an amateur sleuth?

Do you love a good mystery? Maybe Agatha Christie? Something a little more modern? Maybe an episode of CSI is more your speed! Heck, maybe you just enjoy a good game of Clue!

Seriously, if you love to solve the mystery then you really need to check out 5minutemystery.com. This is a fun site when you can solve a mystery. You read a short mystery and then try to figure out whether the clues incriminate or exonerate each suspect. Choose right and you win! Choose wrong? Why then the guilty go free! Or maybe the innocent suffer. Wouldn't want that, would we? That's why you've got to put on your best sleuthing cap and pay attention.

There are two mysteries each week and, if you'd like, you can browse their archives to check out some of the recent puzzlers. Maybe you'll like the Rhyming President's Mystery, a cute and fun little brain twister in honor of President's Day.

5minutemystery was even featured on ABC News. It's good fun and a great way to exercise your brain. Want to learn more about 5minutemystery.com? Use the links above to get more information and maybe you can help solve a mystery!

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When In Doubt, Go With Marx

You may have heard (or, maybe not if you have a life) about CNBC's Rick Santelli going off the hook on the idea of people who actually bought a house they could afford and, you know, read the terms of their mortgage having to pay for the mortgages of people who were stupid. In case you missed it:



Rather than sympathizing with Mr. Santelli or, for that matter, making a reasoned argument against it, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs went straight to class warfare:

I've watched Mr. Santelli on cable the past 24 hours or so. I'm not entirely sure where Mr. Santelli lives or in what house he lives. But the American people are struggling every day to meet their mortgage, stay in their jobs, pay their bills, send their kids to school, hope they don't get sick or somebody they care for gets sick and sends them into bankruptcy.

So, we've got a week where the Attorney General of the United States calls us a "nation of cowards", the Press Secretary accuses an American citizen who dared to express an opinion... An opinion a lot of us share, by the way... Of being a heartless plutocrat, out of touch with America.

Good to know that people who live on salaries we pay feel free to insult us with impugnity.

Closed Circuit To Obama

Clinton to Obama: Talk optimistically on economy

If you won't listen to me, listen to Bubba. He's right. God help me but when Bill Clinton actually sounds like our senior statesmen then we are through the looking glass.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Oh My God! We've Hit The Big Time!

johnny dollar's place

Why Glenn Beck Is Not Good For Fox News

Look, I'm not naive. I understand that at the end of the day TV news, like all of TV, is about selling soap. If you deliver eyeballs then climb aboard. I suppose Glenn Beck delivers eyeballs. I haven't paid attention to ratings but he probably does pretty well. I mean, it's 5 o'clock so they probably don't expect O'Reilly or Hannity numbers and I'm sure he is way more than meeting their expectations.

That being said, I think Fox has made a really bad decision. Not by putting him on the air, but by putting him on the air in the timeslot they chose. They've got him sandwiched between Neil Cavuto's very reputable largely-financial program in the four o'clock hour and Special Report, a very insightful political program during the Brit Hume era and just as sold with the new host whose name escapes me at the moment. It's like making a sandwich with a couple of slices of really good bread and rancid olive loaf in between.

No, the problem is that Glenn Beck is not a serious person. At least, he is not a person that serious people take seriously. He's a paranoid alarmist. I'm okay with that, I just think it needs to be in a different slot. It belongs in the opinion block Fox runs in the evenings.

The problem, of course, is that Fox doesn't have room for him. They've got three solid winners in prime time and they are not going to displace one of them for Glenn Beck. My personal opinion is that they shouldn't have signed him. The only reason I can think of for them to sign him is if they feel like one of their three prime time shows are long in the tooth or that one of their big 3 is about to bolt. If so, then they sign Beck up and stick him at 5pm just to hold him in reserve for when he is needed in prime time. If they wanted to do that they should have just given him a weekly show on the weekend. Of course, Beck may not have wanted that.

At the end of the day, I don't think Glenn Beck's ravings bring a lot to the Fox News table. Frankly, they just don't need him.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Balls



You know, the Fox folks are all giggles. Monkey on the loose. Oh isn't this fun! Ha ha ha ha! No, it isn't fun. It's one more piece of the puzzle. And, honey, instead of sitting there and mocking his bright blue scrotum, maybe you should be on your knees praying that God will spare you from what will happen to you when that monkey comes knocking on your door.

That bright blue scrotum that you mock could be your worst nightmare.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

They Have Forgotten Munich

Animal experts are baffled by chimp attack

In 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew to Munich for a meeting with Adolf Hitler. At that meeting, he agreed to Hitler's demands for the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. He returned with a scrap of paper and the promise of peace in our time. The Second World War began a year later.

Since that day, "Munich" has been shorthand for the failed policy of appeasement. Giving in to threats in the hope that by accommodating aggression we can spare ourselves from violence at the hands of an aggressor.

Travis the Chimp's owner fed him steak and lobster, ice cream and wine. He watched television, bathed himself and had the run of the house.

And on Monday he mauled his owner to death.

Don't kid yourselves, friends. We cannot buy simian goodwill with trinkets. We cannot purchase our safety with surf and turf. There is only one thing the monkey understands: force!

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-----George Santayana

Monday, February 16, 2009

Things That Are More Important To President Obama Than Your Job

Obama returns to Washington, Afghan decision near

1. A game of pickup basketball.
2. A trip to the gym
3. A haircut.
4. A romantic Valentine's Day meal prepared by Oprah's personal chef.

I mean, they must all be more important than your ability to put food on the table to feed your children. How else to explain the fact that The Dear Leader spent the weekend in the Windy City rather than signing the stimulus bill.

You remember the stimulus bill. The only thing standing between your children and the soup kitchen. Yeah, that's the one. The one that absolutely, positively had to be passed on Friday so reading, shmeading lets vote on this puppy.

Good to know Obama has his priorities straight.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Come In Off The Ledge And Read This

Why This Recession Seems Worse Than '70s and '80s - Yahoo! Finance

I've said this before. It needs to be said again. The world is not coming to an end. This is not the Great Depression. This is a bad recession. We have been phenomenally fortunate over the last 25+ years and we came to believe that it was normal. It wasn't.

Everyone just needs to calm the frack down. Since we're obviously going to pass this pork stimulus package we just need to go ahead and do it. And then everyone from the President on down needs to start talking up the economy. They need to start putting some confidence into this. That will do a whole lot more in the near term than the promise of $13 a week in four months.

If you want too get all Machiavellian about this... If you're inclined toward the conspiracy minded then chew on this for awhile.

Why have the Dear Leader and the rest of the Democrats been so ruthlessly pessimistic about the economy? The reason was obvious during the election but why keep it up?

Simple. They are maintaining the narrative they crafted and they are writing its conclusion. In that story, the downturn is the result of "flawed Bush policies." With the connivance of the media (and the lack of a forceful response from Senator McCain - who probably agreed with them), they have largely succeeded in establishing that concept. Now, they have crafted the solution. The Stimulus! This will take care of everything! Bush and the Republicans created the problem, Obama and the Democrats have solved it! Now the march into ever-rising uplands can begin!

In other words, if they had started talking up the economy before they took action people might have realize it is just a cyclical downturn and that there isn't anyone in particular to blame for the whole thing. In other words, people might see that Obama (and a lot of other, for that matter) had scared them into doing things they wouldn't otherwise have agreed to. And, of course, that's the other reason not to talk up the economy. If people aren't scared there is no way on God's green earth that they are going to let all this money get spent. If the Dems wanted to write this check, the only way they could do it was to keep you scared.

They have succeeded.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming!

Political Punch: D'oh! Caterpillar CEO Contradicts President on Whether Stimulus Will Allow Him to Re-Hire Laid Off Workers

You know, if I hadn't gotten so sick of being told (over and over and over again) that he was the Second Coming, I'd almost be starting to feel just a little bit sorry for the Dear Leader.

Brother just can't catch a break lately.

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.

Best President? Lincoln on Par With Reagan, Kennedy

Who was the greatest US president?

Ronald Reagan - 24%
John Kennedy - 22%
Abraham Lincoln 22%
Franklin Roosevelt 18%
George Washington 9%

Proving yet again that Americans are idiots. At least somewhere between 46 and 64% of them are.

And The Trainwreck Continues

Gregg withdraws nomination as commerce secretary

I swear I'm not saying this with glee. You won't believe me but it's the honest to God truth. Yeah, I didn't vote for him. No, I can't imagine voting for him next time around. Still, this isn't about that.

What it's about is the surprising sloppiness of the Obama assumption of power. He bungled the stimulus, leaving it largely to Reid and Pelosi. He bungled the second phase of the bank bailout by letting Geitner go out there and say essentially nothing at a moment when the markets are craving specificity and confidence. He has bungled numerous cabinet nominees.

What is so surprising about all of this is that even Obama's opponents have given him a great deal of credit for intelligence and for discipline. The opening weeks of the administration have not justified that belief.

Now, I recongize that most Administrations go through a rough patch at the beginning. Bill Clinton certainly did. I don't recall Dubya's as being particularly chaotic, but I may just have been more generous to him. Still, I think it's both surprising and disappointing that Obama is doing as badly as he is. I mean, he was the presumptive winner for a month or more prior to the election so he had time to plan. That's what makes all of this surprising.

What makes it disappointing is that it is precisely the wrong time for this sort of thing. What we need is confidence and competence. To date, we have gotten neither.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Only Response to Obama's First Press Conference?

When will the White House press office be issuing credentials to Matt Drudge?

I mean, if the Dear Leader can call on a correspondent for The Huffington Post then why isn't Drudge there?  As far as I'm concerned, the one has about as much credibility as the other.  In fact, that might be a bit of an insult to Matt since I don't think he is the one who posted an article suggesting Black people were eating each other in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

There is only one meaningful difference between The Huffington Post and The Drudge Report...  The HuffPo has its collective head reliably crammed up the Dear Leader's ass and Drudge doesn't.

Just One More



A blonde, leggy newsbabe.
Name-calling.
A catfight.
Cheerleader uniform.

What's not to like?

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

We Kid Because We Love



<MR. BURNS>Exxxxxcellent!</MR. BURNS>

And please tell me that I'm not the only one who thought that in the wheelchair, Uncle Dick brought to mind a certain Mr. Potter.

Well, you're a mean man, Mr. Cheney. A mean man!

Friday, February 06, 2009

The MediaBlog Weekly BSG Review

Fracking awesome.

I might even say motherfracking awesome!

Oh, and any attorney who can kill a man with a pen is okay in my book.  Even if he is a wacked out CCLU-type.

CCLU?  Why, Colonial Civil Liberties Union, mais bien sur.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

So They Got The Order Wrong... Big Deal

Fla. doctor investigated in badly botched abortion : 24 Hour Breaking News : The Buffalo News

So they delivered a live baby, put the infant in a trash bag and left it to die. Big deal! Kill it and put it in a trash bag or put it in a trash bag and kill it... Potato/potahhhto. I mean, what's a little infanticide among friends?

Next she'll probably want a refund. I mean, she got what she paid for, right? Thirty pieces of silver twelve hundred smackers for one dead baby. I bet the butcher doctor even though in the plastic bag for free.

Beauty and the Beast

 
Yeah, I know it was too easy.  Just because it's obvious doesn't mean it isn't true.
By the way...
Blogporn?  Yes.
Newsbabes?  Are you insane???

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Our Goddess

Here you go, friends. We went for a good long while without much in the way of blogporn for our Miss Amy. No longer! Give the people what they want, I always say.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Thanks For Norhing

Chuck - Chuck...in 3D! - Video - NBC.com

See, NBC, here's the thing about running Chuck in 3D. 98% of your viewing audience had neither the time nor the inclination to hunt around town for the free glasses. So, while you managed to give 2% of your viewers a gimmick the rest of us were made to feel like our $1800 flat screens had the color settings of a 1974 Curtis Mathis.

Heck of a job, Zuckie!