Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Touch Singles? Only When I'm Wearing Gloves, Dahling!


Sure, she's dressed like a cross between a James Bond villainess and Cruella de Ville but she makes it work.  Mrs. SecTreas and her bankroll hubby inspected the new dollar bills with his signature on them today.  As with most things involving Ms. Linton...  It didn't go well.

Still, as far as we're concerned, she can do no wrong.

And, you know, when you're sort of a doughy guy with a weak chin, there are worse pickup lines than, "See that name on the money?  That's me."

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Get Over Yourself

Just a bit of commentary for the ladies..

When a 93 year old man in a wheelchair from Parkinson's decides to tell a joke and goose you it isn't sexual assault. You can either step over 6 inches, or just laugh.  What you might not want to do is milk it for publicity.  It makes you look bad, not him.

Just saying.

You Don't Always Have To Show A Lot To Be Sexy


Just saying.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Give Til It Hurts

And since we were just mentioning Carson...

Can we suggest you give The Carson Podcast a try?  It's a lovingly produced journey back to the era when late night TV was about genuine entertainment instead of virtue signalling by parroting Democrat talking points.

Mark Malkoff is clearly performing a labor of love here.  He's also performing a genuine service by talking to people who have probably never been interviewed before.  He's hosted his share of stars but for my money the best interviews are with writers and behind the scene folks who made the trains run on time.

And speaking of my money, I gladly gave a little of it to keep the podcast going.  And as Mrs. Mediablog could tell you, Mr. Mediablog is tight with the dough.  If you listen and like consider sending a few greenbacks Mark's way.

GoFundMe: The Carson Podcast Fundraiser

Welcome Back, Commodore!

The MediaBlog: Fare Thee Well, Commodore!:

Jim Philips' retirement was almost as brief as The Mooch's government service.

Well, we can't complain.  Sure, he's going to be working Carson hours but who can blame him?  Anything that gives us more of the Phile is a good thing.

Truthfully, I suspect Jim would genuinely miss the opportunity to vent.  I know he has all sorts of hobbies but his chief vocation has always been spouting off... And that's not something one retires from.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Color Us Unsurprised

On NBC's Megyn Kelly, Authenticity And The Elephant In The Room : NPR:

We hold nothing against the lovely Ms. Kelly.  Actually, we'd like to hold something against Ms. Kelly.  We won't talk about what exactly because this isn't that kind of blog.  Well, sometimes it is, but we try not to be.  Well, no, we don't try that hard but we mean to try hard.  Sort of.

Huh?

Oh, yeah...  Anyhoo...  Count us less than surprised that Megyn's morning TV foray isn't exactly going gangbusters.  NBC has a history of screwing up both hiring and firing and nothing has really changed.  Megyn was the flavor of the month when she got into it with Trump.  She's not without talent and dear God she's obviously not without her charms...  We could talk all day about her charms...  Really.  Try us.  But here's the thing...

She's not likable.

She's gorgeous.  She's smart.  She filthy rich (thanks to NBC)...  But she's not likable.  And likable is the end all be all of morning television.  From the beginning we thought that NBC was making a huge mistake.  They're finding out how expensive of a mistake it was.

Now, from Megyn's perspective, this is probably not a bad thing.  She doesn't necessarily fit the Trump-era Fox News zeitgeist.  That's to her credit.  And she got a huge payday and eventually NBC will figure out something to do with her.  My guess is a very pricey weekend Nightly News anchor (my man Lester ain't going nowhere) combined with maybe relieving Lester of his Dateline hosting duties...  And maybe doing some stories for Dateline...  Cause her Sunday show isn't going to be putting 60 Minutes out of it's misery (though adding Oprah as a special correspondent might).

There were a lot of parentheses in this post.  That's just an observation.

Excelsior!

(I swear to God I'm as sober as a judge.)

Monday, September 04, 2017

Yowza!


We present this purely as a way of suggesting that you watch the documentary on the Vietnam War from Ken Burns coming this Fall to your local PBS station.  Any other motives are purely incidental.  We assure you.  Really.

Seriously, the Burns' documentary will probably be great.  Looking forward to it immensely.

Yes... Oh my... Yes.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Jay Thomas - RIP

Back in the day we made a point of eulogizing our favorites when they passed on. Sadly, we have another opportunity to do so.

Jay Thomas was a journeyman actor. That's the polite way of saying he was never a star. Fair enough. Truthfully, I only really remember him from a handful of things... Mainly Mr Holland's Opus.

What I do remember though is that every Christmas he would show up on Letterman and tell The Greatest Showbiz Story ever told. It's a classic. I'm not one for traditions but watching that was one of my odd little Christmas traditions. I regretted the loss of it when Dave called it quits (he had a great interview on Howard Stern the other day by the way... Stern's a good interviewer when he's not being a pervert). I regret it even more, now.

Fare thee well, kemosabe!





Wednesday, August 09, 2017

18 Steamer Trunks for Her, a Duffle Bag For Him


Other than billions of dollars, what does the new Mrs. Mnuchin see in her hubby?  A baggage handler apparently.  What are the odds she has a whip in those suitcases to discipline her luggage boy?  Not that we begrudge them that, mind you.  What SecTreas and the new Mrs. SecTreas choose to do in the privacy of their own sex dungeon honeymoon suite is entirely their own affair.  Mozel tov we say.  Live and let live.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Her Hotness


The lovely Ms. Bream like a pillar of flame.  There are precious few good reasons left to watch Fox News (if there were, in retrospect, any in the first place) but she is one of them.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

He Who Would Pun Would Pick a Pocket

Suit: Fulton McDonald’s worker threw sausage biscuit at man’s head :

It looks like assault with a breadly weapon.


Undeniable Fact

Cable news rots your brain.

There really is no other explanation.  A certain member of my family watches it pretty much all day and he's (to be blunt) a political moron.  He hasn't just drunk the Trump Kool-Aid, he's chugged it.

In the interest of full disclosure I will concede that he was right about Trump winning and I was totally wrong.  Fair enough.  But the man honestly thought Trump might appoint "Judge Jeanine" to the Supreme Court.

He's a good and decent person but the only way I can be in the same room with him and not completely lose my mind is to basically ignore him when he tries to discuss news or politics.  I've genuinely made some effort, or think I have, to understand what it is people see in Trump.  Intellectually, I think maybe I get it to an extent, but I still find it so idiotic that I can't be in close quarters with it and not lose my mind.

Maybe that says more about me than him.  I honestly don't know.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Yowza!

Awhile back I was watching one of those Flip My Love It Or Sell This Curb Appealing Tiny House shows on one of those channels that show people in California selling the souls of their unborn children to Lucifer in order to buy a 1200 square foot bungalow in Santa Monica...

Anyhoo, the Mrs on this particular episode was just genuinely lovely.  We share because we care.







Credit Where It Is Due (Part Deux)

We've said before that for all his myriad flaws, The Donald knows hotness when he marries it...  Again...  And again...  And again.

Apparently that applies to his cabinet secretaries as well since his SecTreas Steve Mnuchin married quite well this weekend.  Amazing how being worth a billion or two lets a guy who looks like a frog on cortisone marry a Hollywood hottie.  I think she's Scottish actually, but leave us not quibble.

Mazel Tov to Louise Linton and her bankroll...  Sorry... Beloved husband.











Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fare Thee Well, Commodore!

So this week Jim Philips announced that he will be retiring from The Philips Phile effective January 2018.

I've been a fan of the Phile basically since I got my first car.  I would drive around with the top down and listen to the Phile...  Yeah, I was that smooth...  Had to beat the ladies off with a stick...

Anyhoo...

In the 90s, after I moved away and before streaming online was a thing, I spent time seriously trying to figure out a way to remotely record the show and send it to myself.  I never did it because it would have been expensive and difficult and streaming came along to make it irrelevant but the show meant that much to me.

I listened in the days of Ms. B.  I listened to Big Mo.  Jack and Oddo, Stacy and Banana, Eddie the Shaman, Pat Clarke (who I never liked until I heard him on the Phile), Wanzie and Doug, the dad and son who did the video reviews, Closest to the Pin, Phactual Phil, the Oy Vey Survey and so much, so very much, more.  I love the Phile.  It's not like anything else on the radio.  It's quirky and unique and such fun.  I agree with almost none of Jim's politics.  As he admits himself, he's a blowhard sometimes.  He can be rude to callers.  He sometimes doesn't listen to people who disagree with him...

And none of that matters.  Jim is always the glue that holds things together.  He claims to have been a ringmaster at a circus in his past and it shows.  He does such a great job of making the show run.  It feels effortless but it probably isn't.

As he himself would say, life will go on but the fact of the matter is that Jim will be missed.  At least I will miss him but I know I'm not alone.

Thanks for the fun, Commodore.  You've earned the right to pound your conch.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dr. McCoy May Have Gotten His Medical Degree From a Diploma Mill

We love Bones but we're starting to worry about the old country doctor.

In the last episode, Return to Tomorrow, Kirk and company beam through 100 miles of solid rock at the behest of a millennia-old non-corporeal intelligence.  What strikes Bones about all this?  The fact that the super orbs apparently have air conditioning.  The air is fresh.  They must recirculate it.  Gosh, Bones!  Maybe they have in-door toilets too!

Okay, maybe it was just a one time slip...  But then in the following episode the Enterprise tries to reach a Federation researcher who has vanished.  No answer the first time they signal him?  "Must be dead," says McCoy.  For a man devoted to saving lives, Leonard seems a little snappy to write people off just because they don't answer the telephone.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Note to Worship Leaders This Easter Sunday

You don't need the music loud enough to wake the dead. He's already risen for Pete's sake. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Truism for Today

Ignorance and certainty are a frustrating combination. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Credit Where Credit Is Due

We here at The MediaBlog are no fans of President Trump.  With that being said...

Daaaaaaaamn...


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Quantity Over Quality

I'm genuinely trying to get outside myself and understand other people a little better. At least to some extent. Anyhoo...  Before the movie we saw today there was a commercial for a company called Blue Apron. I've gotten mail from them befoee and considered taking the trial (though I'd never pay for it). Long story short, they ship you a box of fru-fru food and a recipe. Cool, fine, whatever. Sounds good. 

I have no problem with any of that. What I do have a bit of a problem with is the tone of the commercial. It was all about "foxong" how we get food. Talks about farmers and chefs working together to grow the right things and so they farm better. And the food is shipped from farm to table so it doesn't sit on supermarket shelves or spoil.  Blah blah blah. 

A lot of this sort of thing...  The trend of the moment...  whether it's dark to table or vegetarianism or whatever needs to be recognized for what it is: a luxury for rich people in particular, Westerners in general, who have the privilege of being picky.

Most people at present and nearly all the people who have ever lived scraped by and were looking to find a way to get enough calories to survive. On a historical scale even we aren't that far removed from that...  And there are no guarantees we won't end up back there. 

It's great to be picky and healthy and enlightened and whatever. But let's not forget that the industrial agriculture they are too good for feeds BILLIONS of people. That efficiency...  Those herbicides...  That nonoculture and those GMOs have changed the world more than any tree hugging Beverly Hill celebrity (or upper middle class wannabe) ever will.

Being picky is a blessing so unless you're putting a forkful of Quinoa in there maybe you'd best shut your pie hole. 

Just saying. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Something To Bear In Mind

In the interest of full disclosure, I feel compelled to make the following admission.

2016 convinced me that I do not have a clear understanding of how a huge percentage of Americans look at life and politics. I'm trying in small ways to remedy that and I'm trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) not to assume that a huge percentage of the American people are stupid.

Read anything I say about politics at your own risk. 

Everything else you can take to the bank though. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fare Thee Well

Blogporn, foul language and cruel invective not withstanding, Yours Truly is really a big softie.  I've noticed before that I always feel vaguely sentimental when a president is on his way out. I tend t forgive the failings and look back with nostalgia and forgiveness.  Obama is no exception. 

The hard hearted Republican (and realist) in me knows that he has been a failure in so many ways. He came into office with a greater opportunity to truly heal divides than anyone in decades. A Black man, elected with a strong majority at a time of economic crisis. If he were a "bigger" man he could have forged a consensus on health care, on race and so much else. His failings came from the fact that he was not the transcendent figure his rhetoric suggested or the adoring crowds believed.  He may not have been entirely the empty suit we accused him of being, but his actions never lived up to his rhetoric.  He spoke of healing divisions but he actually widened them because he was too certain of his own rightness and too quick to ascribe disagreement either to the ignorance or the venality of his opponents. 

Still, he more than most in his position, benefits by comparison with his successor.  Rotsa Rick, Mr President. Don't let the door.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Unvarnished Truth

Watching a documentary about the 1968 election on PBS. There's a brief mention of the assassination of RFK and a comment that a leader can be killed for "speaking out."  That gives the sense that Kennedy was murdered for opposing the Vietnam War or campaigning for the poor or some other liberal talking point. It's like the amount of time they spend in many a JFK documentary talking about how right wing Dallas supposedly was. 

Let's get down to brass tacks here, shall we?

John F. Kennedy was murdered by a Communist
Robert F. Kennedy was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

But neither of those advances the dialectic, do they?  If they are to have meaning, tragedies must be manipulated to serve political ends.

You might almost call it Fake News. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Know When To Fold Them


I have never been what you would call a fan of the Obama administration's foreign policy. Feckless would be a kind word. However, while he doesn't live up to the frequency of a stopped clock, he is not ALWAYS wrong. I am a tepid and perhaps reluctant supporter of the opening to Cuba. 

The truth is that our Cuba policy over the last 50 years has accomplished nothing. At this point it is a relic and nothing more. It gives the Cuban regime excuses for their failures and limits the interactions of our two peoples which might well speed the day of Cuba's freedom. We deal regularly with far worse regimes. 

What Might Have Been


There is zero doubt in my mind that Joe Biden would have been elected President. Zero. Not because I would have voted for him (though this time I might have) or because I agree with him. We've always had a fondness for Crazy Uncle Joe around here. Yeah, we call him Plugs but unlike so many others (Hillary Clinton?  Please pick up the white courtesy phone.)...  Unlike so many others, Joe Biden is likable.  Can you picture him losing Pennsylvania or Michigan by a hair?  Me neither. Unlike Pantsuit, Biden can sit in a diner and talk to a factory worker and if he isn't genuine at least seem genuine.

The Democrats should be ruing the day they cleared the field for Hillary. And, honestly, they are as much to blame for whatever we get out of Trump as are the folks who actually voted for him. This did not have to happen. 

PS (1/13/17) - Apparently the Medal of Freedom with distinction also gets you a sash. According to Wikipedia anyway. The shirtless Biden, beer in hand, wearing a sash meme writes itself. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monkey Eugenics

Monkey Love: Monkey and Deer Found Having Sex

It may be innocent. Maybe. But when you know the monkey like I do you learn not to trust the monkey. (Trust the Monkey made some great videos back in the 80s. You should look them up.)  We do not have the luxury of wait and see or live and let live. We can't just dismiss this as a monkey lifestyle choice.

If we do then we will wake up one day to an improved monkey. The Khan Noonian Singh of monkeys. It's time to put an end to this. Your children will thank you. 

Friday, January 06, 2017

Dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor, Not a Lawyer

Lawsuit Over Star Trek Fan Fiction Flick Headed To A Jury Trial – Consumerist



If there was ever a jury I'd actually want to serve on...



I'm a pretty big fan of Star Trek fan films...  At least the quality ones like Star Trek Continues...  Given the drek that Abrams is turning out, it's really the only way to see "real" Trek these days.  That said, the Axanar folks flew too close to the sun and are probably going to get burned.  And by doing so they endangered the entire field of fan films.  The corporate mucketies at CBS had long turned a bit of a blind eye to the fan films as long as they were genuinely not for profit.  Axanar, which put together a slick trailer type promo video, raised a ton of money through crowdfunding, featured a bunch of Hollywood B-listers and had yet (after years) to turn out an actual product, forced the issue and CBS responded with some "guidelines" which tightened down.  In truth, they could have been a lot worse...  CBS seems to realize that the fan films aren't really competition.  Just the opposite really, they help to keep the interest alive.






Wednesday, January 04, 2017

So What Has Changed?

I feel like I need to reintroduce myself.

I'm still the same smartass you know and loathe, but no one goes this long and doesn't change at least a bit.  We've always been pretty political around here so maybe that's the best place to start the reintroduction.

I was #NeverTrump (and gosh didn't that turn out well).  We here at MediaBlog HQ were in the tank for Marco Rubio but America thought otherwise.  We were then cruising for Cruz (reluctantly, holding our collective noses and chugging Pepto Bismol like Canadian tourists staying in a Mexican hostel).  But Ted, dear old Ted, is a winner only in his own mind.  And then there was Trump.

Anyway, we here at The MediaBlog live in the future.  Or the present.  Something.  Anyway, we don't dwell on the past.  I for one welcome our inverted candy corn president.  Well, "welcome" is a strong word.  Accept-because-we-are-stuck-with-him is probably more accurate.  Surely there's some sort of polysyllabic German word for that.

As for how he will do?  He's picked a good cabinet so far.  If Kellyanne Conway can just find a way to put up some sort of firewall at the White House that will let Donald think he is Tweeting when it is actually never leaving the building then we might survive.

This was kind of awkward, wasn't it?  The punchy prose of the past (see what we did there?) wasn't quite there, was it.  It will take awhile to get back into the groove of this.  We also need to fix the template.  The original was lost and this thing is just damn ugly at the moment.

...And We Are Back

So where was I?

We took a little hiatus, didn't we?  Life sometimes intrudes.  We went down some paths with ye olde blog that maybe we didn't originally intend.  We live, we learn (we get Luvs).

But I'm only human, flesh and blood...  A man.  How could I resist the opportunity to blog Le Regime du Trump?

Got a feeling that whole Monkey Apocalypse thing may have been looking on the bright side.