Saturday, March 27, 2010

Closed Circuit to Dr. Bolan Woodward: MD? Yes... Statistician? Not so much...

Doctor, from your commercial currently airing:

"One in eight women in the US will develop breast cancer this year."

Um, no.  Stop and think about that for a second...  Are you actually suggesting that 12 1/2% of American women get breast cancer EACH YEAR?  Obviously not.

I refer you to the website of the American Cancer Society:

"The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is a little less than 1 in 8 (12%)."

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14% of people know that.
---Homer J. Simpson

Sometimes Big Bang Theory Episodes Write Themselves

GameCrush: Pay to play--with girls | Crave - CNET

You pay money to play Xbox games with a girl who wouldn't talk to you in real life.

Chuck Lorre... Call your office!

The Obit He Deserves

RIP Robert Culp: One of the Greats

I'll leave it to someone who can better express themselves regarding acting. I agree completely.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

He Can Hold His Head High

To the person who got here by typing "Robert Culp 7th Heaven" into Google...

No, friend, he was never on 7th Heaven.  One more thing he can be proud of.

I didn't say anything earlier, but I've mentioned before that I was always a fan of Robert Culp.  He just came across to me as a real man's man.  Just a solid guy.  Maybe he was a jerk.  Obviously I didn't know him.  I doubt it though.

Really, Allen? Really?

So AFSCME (the public employee's union) along with a couple of other Lefty shill groups are running an ad in Congressman Allen Boyd's district thanking him for his part in passing health care.

Now, what do I know, but if I were Allen Boyd that is NOT what I would want.  I don't want anyone thanking me for voting in favor of the health care package.  I don't even want anyone to mention it.

Robert Culp: 1930-2010

Robert Culp, who starred in `I Spy,' dead at 79 - Yahoo! News

Monday, March 22, 2010

How Does Bart Stupak...

Pols pack bar after bill's passage - PATRICK GAVIN | POLITICO CLICK

...celebrate after whoring out his so-called values? Why with a party at a D.C. tavern, of course.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Doubling Down

Not satisfied with being a traitor, Bart Stupak has decided to be a shit as well.

How Did Christian Slater's Career End?

With a smashed toilet.

Raise the Battle Cry!

We will fight them in the House.
We will fight them in the Senate.
We will fight them in the courts.
We will fight them at the polls.

We will never surrender.

There's Sick and Then There's Sick

I thought we had a winner for sicko-in-chief a few days ago when I saw that someone got here by typing "lesbians with catheters" into Google.  Turns out we have a new winner.  Some poor soul in Boca Raton who typed "Nancy Pelosi great legs" into their search engine of choice.

Dude...  Get help.

Bart Stupak: Traitor to the Unborn

Big shocker.  He's just another politician.  When this executive order gets watered down, ignored and, finally, revoked and babies end up in the trash can it will be Bart Stupak's fault.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thank God Public Enemy #1 is Off the Streets!

Boy Charged in Wal-Mart Bias Case in New Jersey -

16 year old kid... "was charged by Gloucester County authorities with bias and intimidation and harassment in connection with the episode last Sunday. If convicted, he could face up to a year in a juvenile detention center, officials said."

Bullshit. How was he fucking intimidating anyone? This is a pile of horseshit. A year in juvy for saying something stupid on the PA at a fucking Walmart???

Attention all Black people! Stop reading this blog immediately!

There. Now I'm a criminal too. Come and get me, coppers!

And Continuing on the Walmart Beat...

Black Barbie sold for less than white Barbie at Walmart

Photos on (first shown on a site called Funny Junk) show the Ballerina Theresa Barbie doll, who is black, and the Ballerina Barbie doll, who is white, hanging side by side in a store. Price of the black Barbie: $3.00. Price of the white Barbie: $5.93.
I don't see what they're complaining about.

I mean, $5.93 x 3/5 = $3.56

You've come a long way, baby!

Criminalizing Stupid Speech - Arrest Made in N.J. Walmart 'All Black People' Case

I'll be very interested to see what this fellow is charged with. I don't know a thing about New Jersey law but, off the top of my head, I can only think of two potentially legitimate charges: disturbing the peace or trespassing. Depending on the letter of the law, I'm not even sure of those.

If they try to charge him with some sort of thought hate crime then he's getting railroaded.

I'm Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ... I Am, However, Ashamed of These Morons

Thursday, March 18, 2010

23 Years Later...

"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Hide and Q (1987)'s easy to forget how badly the first season of ST:TNG sucked.

And, you know... Is it just me or did Geordi seem to have a little bit of the hots for all-growed-up Wesley? "Not bad????"

Apparently Joe Biden's Grandfather Was Drunk and/or Insane

Biden headlines dinner, cracks wise - AMIE PARNES | POLITICO CLICK

As he closed his remarks on St. Patricks Day, Biden quoted a saying of his grandfather’s: "May those who love us love us and may those who don't God turn their ankles so we know they're coming by their limp."

These Men and Women Will Save the Planet Earth

NASA Mission Posters Are Hilariously Painful - NASA mission posters - Gizmodo

Or maybe they'll just grow crystals and run on a treadmill. You know. Shit like that.

Get A Grip

Black people must leave, NJ Walmart announcer says - Yahoo! News

Nutshell: Someone got on the PA at a New Jersey Walmart and said, and I quote, "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now."

A few minutes later a manager got on the PA and apologized for whoever made the comment.

Shoppers shook their heads, some of them laughed about how stupid people can be, and then went back to buying their Walmart brand cheese.

Well, not exactly. Instead, a national furor erupted. Customers aired their complaints, an investigation was started, etc. etc. etc.

Quoting again, this time a Walmart customer, "I depended on Walmart for all my needs, because the store has pretty much everything you could want, but until this issue is addressed in a way I'm comfortable with, I can't walk through those doors again."

My response... Don't let the door hit you in the ass, lady. Of course, I'm not a corporate flack so I'm free to say that sort of thing.

It was an idiot, almost certainly not an employee, who managed to get on the PA and say something stupid. The store quite rightly apologized. Other than maybe making sure idiots can't get on the PA again (next time they might shout Fire!), that should settle the matter.

We don't really need the AP doing stories about it. We don't need Big Al outside with a megaphone showing us some Walmart greeter with dog shit smeared on her. We just need to move on.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A MediaBlog Prediction

There will be a Constitutional convention within the next 10 years.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Print This Out, Keep It In Your Wallet

Let's Say You're The First Human Ever to Make Alien Contact...

Not Bright

We're no fans of the Administration.  You know that.

And, while we have a bit of a soft spot for Plugs, that pretty much goes for the Vice President too.

That being said, what the Israeli government did to Biden, the Administration and (unfortunately by extension) the United States was, to borrow, worse than a crime, it was a mistake.  A big one.

I have a feeling that the announcement on settlements was not a direct representation of the intent of the Netanyahu government.  Not that they are shy about building settlements, but they are not likely to stick it in our eye in such a crude way.  Rather, I suspect that the timing of the announcement was part of some sort of behind-the-scenes internecine battle.  Cabinet government is like that.  Particularly coalition cabinet government.  That's too subtle for most of the popular press to pick up on, however.

Still, it was foolish to humiliate Joe Biden, the Administration and (yes) the United States like that.  It requires a response.  As I said, I'm not a fan of the administration.  I'm certainly not a fan of how it is handling foreign policy in general or the Middle East in particular.  That being said, the Administration has to respond to that in some fashion in order to show we are not a paper tiger. 

I reluctantly support such a response. 

You Win This Round, Begley!

All right!  I filled out the damn thing.  Now leave me alone.

But don't think this is over, Begley.  Oh no.  It isn't over.

I'll see you in 2020, bi-atch!

Newsflash, Dumbasses

The running of the rich: Is wealth changing Connecticut politics? - StamfordAdvocate

If you're a Republican running for the Senate and you just have to own a yacht, make sure you christen her Freedom or maybe Lady Liberty or hows about Opportunity.

What you don't want to do is give her that vaunted name in the history of the seas Sexy Bitch. And while we're at it, Odalisque ain't a hell of a lot better. It means harem slave or something like it in Turkish so that one pretty much hits it out of the park. It's foreign, it's sexist and it's a little kinky. Heck of a job hitting the trifecta.

Of course, none of it matters a tinker's damn because none of the Republicans seeking Chris Dodd's seat have a snowball's chance in hell.

The Interview

'Mission: Impossible' star Peter Graves dies in LA - Yahoo! News

St. Peter: Well, Mr. Graves, quite the body of work you have here.

Peter Graves: Thank you. I've been very blessed.

St. Peter: Stalag 17... A classic... And I've got to say I loved you in Airplane. Hillarious!

Peter Graves: Well, I felt like stepping out a little. Stretching myself. Glad you liked it.

St. Peter: Definitely. Definitely. And, of course, Mission Impossible. The Boss is a big fan.

Peter Graves: Really? I'm honored.

St. Peter: Yes. Well, this whole thing is mostly a formality in your case. Just part of the process. You understand.

Peter Graves: Certainly.

St. Peter: Yes, everything seems in order. Let me just find that stamp and we'll.. Oh... Wait... Now what's this?

Peter Graves: Maybe I can help you find the stamp.

St. Peter: No. No, it's not that. What's this? 7th Heaven?

Peter Graves: Um... I'm... Uh... I can explain that.

St. Peter: Yes?

Peter Graves: Um... Well... I made some... Uh... Some bad investments... And, you see...

St. Peter: Guards?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire: Some Final Thoughts

Finished it today. Don't get me wrong in what I said previously. It's a good read. It strains credulity at certain points but damn me if it doesn't hold your interest. I've already purchased the next two in the series.

That said, S.M. Stirling is basically a 14 year old boy. He likes swordplay and armor and catapults and cannibals and witches. He clearly wants to write about this sort of thing but he wants to be able to do it using modern characters. There's nothing wrong with that.

You need to understand what this is though. This isn't what I'd call a thought-experiment. This is fantasy literature, pure and simple.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Send Flowers... It's What He Would Have Wanted

Pro Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen dies at 69 after fight with cancer - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL -

Yeah, I know. I'm sick.

An Open Letter to Felix Ortiz (D-NY)

You are not my mommy.  See to your own salt shaker and shut the fuck up.

The MediaBlog Financial Tip of the Day

If you think you're going to make a quick buck by being a small-scale day trader but you have to go to to be certain of what a stop loss order is you'd probably be better off keeping your money at ING.

Lesson learned.
Cost - $187.50

Monday, March 08, 2010

More of Your Tax Dollars At Work

Today I got a letter from the Census Bureau.  Its purpose was to tell me that in about a week I'll be getting a letter from the Census Bureau.

I mean, really, does that make sense to anyone?  Combine that with those asinine commercials with Ed Begley, Jr. and I know I feel like I'm getting my money's worth.

And you know, while we're at it, I'm sick to death of the commercials pointing out that the purpose of the census is to make sure that we get our "fair share."  In other words, it's about making sure we get money for schools and roads and sewers and hypodermic needles for junkies and whatever else.

Bunk.  It's about representation...  Or, at least, that's what it's supposed to be about.  It isn't supposed to be just another way of claiming our share of the government teet.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Why Does Anyone Want This Job?

S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire: A MediaBlog Premature Review

This is the part where we get a few dozen (or hundred or however many) pages into a book and tell you how badly it sucks. Or how great it is, I suppose. No, probably how bad it sucks.

Truth told, this one doesn't actually suck... It just strains credibility to the breaking point and beyond. Kind of like Stirling did in his Draka series. That time, pretty much everything that could go wrong for the good guys actually did go wrong and the result was that the most racist, brutal society imaginable ended up ruling the world.

Dies the Fire takes us in the opposite direction by putting good people in a bad place but letting pretty much every turn of luck go their way. If they need something (or someone), it (or he) just seems to magically appear.

I'm not giving you much in the way of plot points but suffice it to say that this is sort of an apocalyptic what-if kind of thriller. Personally, if you're into this sort of thing, I would suggest John Birmingham's After America instead. Better written and more believable. Both require a certain suspension of disbelief (all science fiction-type writing does), but Birmingham only asks for it once at the beginning of things... Stirling demands it on pretty much every page.

Putting On My Glenn Beck Tinfoil Hat Here

Egyptian president has gall bladder operation - Yahoo! News

This could turn out to be a little more complicated than it seems on the surface. Egypt, while a fairly reliable US ally and at peace with Isreal, has some fairly serious internal problems. It has operated under a state of emergency for something like 30 years. It is effectively a one-party oligopoly under the rule of Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak isn't in the best of health... He's 81 years old... And, if memory serves, he has been to Europe more than once in recent months for medical treatment.

Now he's in Germany for gallbladder surgery. In and of itself that might not mean all that much. Even the fact that he has temporarily transferred power to his prime minister while he recovers would only raise a moderate degree of concern to me. What really raises a red flag for me is:

"Mubarak, who was accompanied by his wife and two sons..."

Now, one of those sons is supposed to be his hand-picked successor. From some things I have read, that has met with some resistance in certain quarters.

Anyway, whenever the supreme leader is out of the country with his entire family, that raises a definite concern. It's a little too close to a Shah of Iran-type scenario. I'd be interested to know where Mubarak's daughters-in-law and grandchildren are.

Maybe nothing. We shall see.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Seriously... How Can You Not?

Capitalism In Its Purest Form

Not So Much

Our longtime readers will know that I am a committed Republican. The chances of me voting for Alex Sink are zero. That being said, I don't like this ad that the Republican Governor's Association is running against her. It reeks of the sort of class warfare that we usually condemn the other side for.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

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That Went Well

Brazil rebuffs US, says it will go own way on Iran - Yahoo! News

Hillary's tour of South America just goes from triumph to triumph!

She delivers 25 satellite phones to Chile. The Chilean president was overwhelmed, I'm sure.

Then she goes to Argentina and sells out Great Britain.

Finally, she goes to Brazil and gets dissed over sanctions on Iran.

Heck of a job, Hillary!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

This is a MediaBlog News Alert!

Charlie Crist and his "wife" are actually in the same room at the same time!