Monday, May 31, 2010

Good Job... Now Stick To It

US urges Israel probe flotilla incident, not int'l inquiry

The US deputy ambassador to the United Nations rejected calls for an international probe of the incident involving the "peace" flotilla and instead called for an Israeli review of the incident.

Good job. Now lets see if Obama has the balls to actually stick to it.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Truism

There are no great midget trombonists.

But In My Defense I Never Wanted a Nazi Armband

Along with many, many other things, Glenn Beck has a bee up his ass about people wearing Che Guevara T-shirts. Che was a fairly bloodthirsty revolutionary who wasn't what you'd call overly scrupulous about things like... You know... Cold-blooded murder.


That being said, I think it's important to realize that most people are reasonably stupid. There's nothing wrong with that, really. It's just a fact of life. Most people are pretty well consumed with their own existence and don't really have time for much else. They wear the Che t-shirt because they think it's cool. They're just ignorant.

I count myself in to that because there was a period during the early 90s when Barqs root bear was giving away Soviet military apparel as a promotion. Yeah, that watch might have been worn by a Russkie tank commander who turned Prague Spring into Winter... But screw all that, I want me some Commie swag!

I was 19 at the time which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about my intellectual ability. Of course, that would mean little to Glenn. Your or old, I'm just a useful idiot... At best.

I Think I May Have a Problem

I go to church as much way more than the next man...

So why is it that my friend's constant flow of religious status updates on Facebook annoys me? Can he never just post about what he's watching on TV or the someone cut him off in traffic? I mean, even Jesus stopped for a nosh every now and again.

If It's Sunday, It's... Oh, Nevermind

I usually spend my Sundays worshiping the great Jehovah so I don't get to watch the Sunday morning news programs. I tried taping them for awhile but, surprisingly enough, the Bloglets have surprisingly little patience for such things. Anyhoo, we're sticking it in the eye of the Almighty today so I got to watch Meet the Press for the first time in a long time. First time since Tim Russert's passing, I think.

I think the new host, David Gregory did a reasonably good job. He was tougher with the fellow from BP than he was with Carol Browner from the administration. Still, he certainly didn't give her a pass. He tried to pin her down each time she tried to wiggle around with her answers about who is in charge of the containment operation.

My only major criticism of Gregory would be the underlying premise of his questions of Browner. His entire line of questioning seemed focused on whether the government is really running the show or not. He didn't really question the administration for its vilification of BP. In other words, he didn't question whether it is appropriate for a cabinet secretary to talk about having the government's "boot on the neck" of a private company that seems to be doing everything it can, he only questioned whether it's just talk or if the government is actually doing something about that.

Anyway, I don't know that I miss a lot by not watching these shows. I used to watch them religiously. All they really are is politicians and/or corporate flacks trying to score points or do damage control. And what passed for a political roundtable on Meet the Press this AM was a joke. David Brooks vs. E.J. Dionne? If that's the mainstream media's idea of the political spectrum the you know everything you need to know about them.

A Response to Rep. Gutierrez

This morning on Meet the Press, Congressman Luis Gutierrez suggested we all have a Social Security card with our picture on it that employers have to swipe through a reader before we are permitted to work.

Why stop there, Congressman? Why don't you just inject your damn chip right in our forehead?

The Old Grey Lady Brings Out The Wooden Shoes

Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill -

Meanwhile (see below), the New York Times invokes the demise of technological civilization with a navel-gazing article about how our faith in technology couldn't save us this time.

Um... No. Clearly Elisabeth Rosenthal and the rest of the Times are end-users of technology. They see the final result of multiple attempts which to one degree or another failed. They see the finished product rather than the failed attempts. Technology WILL solve this problem. It will either be one of the interim attempts or it will be the drilling of a relief well but either way it is the technical abilities of the bright and innovative people of the oil industry that will ultimately bring resolution to this problem.

Ms. Rosenthal may wish to turn Luddite and live in a cave but she would do well to remember that pre-technological society had very little time for the niceties of modern life... The luxuries like, oh, newspapers.

Maybe I'm Weird

I know... Maybe?

I'm getting kind of sick of watching BP executives coming on TV and getting browbeaten by journalists who have never really made anything in their entire lives. I'm not minimizing the value of journalism. Nor am I saying that the only careers that count are ones that produce a physical product. Still, journalists are like attorneys and they work in words. Politicians are that way too for the most part. I think they reach a point where in a sense they confuse talking about things with actually doing them.

Politicans are lauded when they talk about curing cancer or creating jobs or whatever it might be. Just the act of speaking about it gets them credit and acclaim. People who work for oil companies... Or people who make widgets for that matter... Have to actually accomplish things. They actually have to turn their words into a physical product.

I'm not sure if I have discussed the current BP oil spill previously but, for what it's worth, here's my take on it... An accident happened. BP clearly did not want this to happen but it did. Once everything is done there needs to be a thorough investigation. If process changes need to be made then so be it. Similarly, if there was negligence then the responsible parties should be identified and held accountable. That should take place AFTER the issue is resolved. In the meantime, we are reliant on the expertise and abilities of BP. Instead of talking about having our "boot on their neck" we should be encouraging innovative and original thinking. The federal government should not be in the business of vilifying a corporation.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Well, That Was a Different Stroke

Intracranial hemorrhage... Stroke... Potato, potahhhto.

I have to admit, when I called Mrs. MediaBlog yesterday and she told me that Gary Coleman was in critical condition my first reaction was to laugh. Not out of malice... At least, I don't think so... It's just... I mean it's Gary Coleman. If you said Gary Coleman murdered a puppy that would have made me laugh too. His name was a punchline. It's kind of sad really. He probably didn't deserve that.

You know what his dying words were? Emmanuel Lewis lives!

See? I can't help myself. I'm really a terrible person.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Think For Yourself

I started to read a New York Times review of last night's finale of Lost.

And then I thought...  Why?

I enjoyed the finale.  I found it fully satisfying.  Why would I read a review?  What's the point?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Bravest Man I've Never Heard Of

Fabrizio Quattrocchi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Vi faccio vedere come muore un Italiano!"

Required Reading for the Day

Works and Days � The New Old German Problem

I'm a bit of a fan of the grand overview style of history. This column is an excellent example of such. We get very caught up in politicians and parties and so forth and sometimes forget that there are underlying truths which outlast either.

We do so at our peril.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Barry Hits It Out of the Park... Again.

Report: US drops opposition to Russian interceptor sale to Iran - Monsters and Critics

So, in exchange for the possibility of lackluster sanctions that won't do jackshit to stop the Iranians, we agree to not try to block the sale of sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to Iran by Russia.

Meaning? We have ZERO thought of engaging in military action. None. Under any circumstances. We're going to have sanctions, they won't work and then when the time comes we will accept an Iranian nuclear capability.

Carter Redux indeed.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Too Late

Iran says can destroy Israel in week - Israel News, Ynetnews

And Israel can destroy Iran in about 12 minutes. Or whatever the flight time of a wave of Jericho missiles would be.

I May Have Failed Art...

But I got straight As in Civics.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FLOTUS: Keeping it Classy

In case it wasn't obvious. That was sarcastic.

The Best of Britain

I'm a Trekkie from day one but can someone explain to me why Star Trek: THe Next Generation airs on BBC America?

Live and Let Shut the Hell Up!

Meatless Mondays, a movement that has legs

It's probably no surprise that Sir Paul McCartney, a longtime vegetarian, banned all meat from staff meals on his current world tour. But when Mario Batali starts to push people to eat their vegetables, you know something is happening.

No, it's no surprise at all. The radical Left is never satisfied with living according to their own value system. Nor are they willing to present their case and try to persuade you. Instead, they will use force to impose their values on you. They will take advantage of their position of power (whether it is in government or as your boss) to compel you to accept their control.

And yet this month, Batali announced that he would join the Meatless Monday campaign, a movement backed by a broad array of public-health advocates, animal welfare activists and environmentalists that asks carnivores to give up meat one day a week.

Howabout Fuckoff Fridays? That's where the rest of us can call on self-righteous assholes to shut their pieholes one day each week.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blood Is Thicker Than Ethics

Charlie Crist won't refund campaign donations - Florida -

Politico: Crist Hires Sister to Run Campaign

So not only is Charlie going to pocket your money, he's going to hire his sister (for how much, we ask) to run his campaign. I'm waiting for him to announce that his mom will be handling his media strategy and his "wife" will be doing his polling.

Chuck Putz, as Jim Philips calls him. Certainly for different reasons that I would, but if the name fits.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Not Sure I Follow

Kennedy mini-series provokes outrage among American liberals - Telegraph

"Richard Greenwald, a liberal documentary maker has gathered 50,000 signatures through an internet campaign called Stop Kennedy Smears.

Mr Greenwald claimed the eight-part series will be 'sexual titillation' and a 'cheap soap opera' that will portray the Kennedy family as 'disgusting figures.'"

Wait, I thought you said it was going to be inaccurate.