Saturday, October 31, 2009

Balderdash!

New Analyses Of Dinosaur Growth May Wipe Out One-third Of Species

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

Heck of a Job, Obamie!

Cash for Clunkers costs taxpayers $24,000 per car - Oct. 28, 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

Maybe I'm Being Unfair...

But...

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?

Get a Thicker Skin, Barry

Obama unhappy with criticism of his NYC date night

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.

It All Becomes Clear

I've never found MASH to be funny. Never. Not even for a second. Not laugh out loud funny, not chuckle funny, not smile funny... Just not funny.

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

The MediaBlog Unanswerable Question of the Evening

Would Scotty really have carried out General Order 24?

Things that make you go hmm.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

If You're Very, Very Quiet...

Obama declares swine flu a national emergency - Yahoo! News

...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 Let Me Get This Straight

Is George Lucas Planning New 'Star Wars' Trilogy...in 3-D?

So now I can look like an idiot in those damned cardboard glasses while watching three overwrought movies that suck?

Sounds TEEEEEEE-riffic!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Or On The Other Hand....

Ending death penalty could save US millions: study - Yahoo! News

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

Entertain Me, Funny Man!

Home Page | iparticipate.org

See, here's the thing. I'm all for volunteerism. More power to you.

But...

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?

Best... Episode... Ever!

"The Big Bang Theory" The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary (2009)

Wheaton!!!!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Posted From Peek

This is a test. This is only a test.

Sent on the go from my Peek

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let's Make A Deal, Nathan

Former Microsoft Technology Chief Wants To Block Out the Sun With Liquid Sulfur - Stratoshield - Gizmodo

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

Sure! Why the Hell Not?

Obama calls for $250 payments to seniors - Yahoo! News

It's only another 13 Billion Dollars... What's that among friends.

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

From the People Who Brought You Pickled Herring

Recently we've seen just how kooky those dang Norwegians can be.  Want further proof?  As per the 9/26/09 issue of The Economist, an unemployed Norwegian worker can expect to receive unemployment compensation equal to 72% of his pre-unemployment income...

...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

It Ain't Easy Being The One

Pity Barack Obama.

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.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Don't Believe It

The demise of the dollar - Business News, Business - The Independent

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.

The TV Quote of the Night

"He was leaving to go sell Bibles."

Spouting Off Again

I've been a bit remiss in commenting on things topical lately.  Just haven't felt inspired.  Man does not live by blogporn alone, however, so...

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. 

The Ann Curry Idiotic Statement of the Day

"For many presidents, Helen Thomas has symbolized the voice of the people."

Monday, October 05, 2009

The TV Quote of the Night

"Kate made it real easy because she likes to get rid of things."

Let Me Make This Clear For You

FSU trustees chair Jim Smith on Bobby Bowden: 'I think enough is enough' | tallahassee.com | Tallahassee Democrat

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.

Dear Jesus,

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.

Best wishes,
The Pope

Sunday, October 04, 2009