Archive for October, 2012

Theater does parents a favor

Posted: October 23, 2012 by aliceaitch in Anklebiting rugrats

I’ve joked several times (or maybe I wasn’t joking) that if I’d shown my kids the Saw movies instead of Madagascar 3, I wouldn’t be subjected to Afro Circus every time we ride more than three minutes in the car.  A theater in England saved a bunch of parents from that torture.

No evidence of PMS?

Either these are the least observant individuals on the earth, or I need to meet some of these Canadian chicks.

U-Toronto Professor Gillian Einstein (-Yes, her name is Einstein. [insert joke here]):

“Our review—which shows no clear evidence that PMS exists—will be surprising to many people, including health professionals.”

Also surprised by the study – men.

Big Tex Burns

Posted: October 19, 2012 by doubleplusundead in Random Crap

The legendary roadside cowboy burned today at the Texas State Fair, he’d been around in one form or another for 70 years.

There are already plans in place to make Big Tex, bigger, stronger, more kitschy than he was before.  Excellent.  I hope they keep that mid-century roadside styling with the new Tex.

When asked for comment, Edward Woodward responded, THE LORD’S MY SHEEEEEEEEPHEEEERD, I SHALL NOT WANT!!!!!!!!!

“Vote For Whoever-Gate” has a nice ring to it

Posted: October 18, 2012 by Sean M. in Lame, Liberal FAIL

The inaptly named ThinkProgress (no link see update below) thinks they have a scandal on their hands with the following “leaked audio.” I put the scare quotes there because the clip was posted online by the National Federation of Independent Business, which is the group that, you know, hosted the conference call.

Anyway, the relevant portion starts at 26:44.

Here’s the transcript, with my emphasis:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.

In other words, he’s just telling these people that they and their employees (and their families) should vote for whichever candidate–himself or the other guy–would be best for their businesses. For people who are constantly furrowing their brows about people supposedly “voting against their own interests,” this would seem to be kind of a nothingburger, but they seem to think it’s some kind of intimidation tactic.

Perhaps they’ll be releasing hidden camera video of Romney saying these words while making exaggerated winking and nudging gestures and/or twirling the ends of an oily, pencil-thin moustache he had grown specifically for the occasion. Yeah.

Update: Ah, screw it–here’s the link. It’s more fun to see the hyperventilating in the comments.

I never watch political stuff, the last time I watched a president speak was Bush’ speech in late September, 2001 and then the SOTU in January of 2002. I’ve tried to watch that stuff most of my adult (…errr… near adult) life and can never take more than about 5 seconds of some asshole lying at my face and expecting me to take it.

Case in point, last night’s debate. I don’t watch debates, I read Stephen Green’s drunkblog.

Quoth Obama

6:21PM Obama: The strong economy is why gas is up to $4


I would have thrown the dog through the TV if I had been watching that. I’ve been reading that the debate was close and maybe Obama won.

What the fuck did Romney say to lose to someone who could say stuff like that? Did he ask Glenn Reynolds for a smoothie?

Eh, how about some sports stuff?

Fucking Nats.

I was a life-long Mets fan. The Mets tried to compete with the Yankees in the “Buy a Championship” game. They both apent $2mil per win, the problem being that the Yankees payroll was $200 mi (100 wins) while the Mets was $150mil (75 wins).

After the last strike I had pretty much given up on baseball. I watched the playoffs and the occasional game, but that’s it. Then the Nationals came to DC and I became a fan. They were great. Their games were exciting, and then the lost it in the 8th and 9th. But you knew they were going to lose so afterward, you just went to bed.

This year, they played great. It sucked. I had to worry about what Atlanta was doing, what Cincy was doing, what the fucking Nats were doing. To lose the way they did was crushing. Up 6-0 in the 3rd, then 7-5 in the 9th and I could just hear the closer think, “Watch me strike him out him with my powerful perplexing psychedelic pachydermic percussion pitch!” just before he gave up 4 runs.

Sigh. I guess I could become a Dbacks fan, but they’re too bad, their games are just no fun to watch. Even when they win their games are boring and annoying.

Yay! The regular refs are back!!!!! Throwing 10 times as many flags as the replacement refs and blowing the same-percentage! I saw them screw the Jets on an instant replay call, that was funny. The Jets got their butts kicked that game so it didn’t matter, but that was still funny.

The refs screwed a bunch of a teams, not calling pass-intereference when it was blatant, calling some bullshit pass interference (Monday night had an egregious example) that changed the outcome of the game.

I want the replacements back. Sure they screwed up the rules once in a while, but they kept their dam flags in their dam pockets and let people play. As for the Green Bay game, who doesn’t think the regular refs wouldn’t have fucked that call up too?

Show of hands, how many of you know there’s a hockey strike? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Dear NHL, your sports’ popularity is about on par with the Westminster Dog Show, nobody realizes you’re on strike. What’s more, nobody gives a shit. Didn’t you figure anything out after the last strike? Eh, at least the Islanders aren’t eliminated from the playoffs yet this way.

Basketball. Who cares what a bunch of “Me-Me-Me” Thugs do? I used to like basketball. Now I can’t take it. And if I hear one more idiot say Kobe is as good as Jordan was, well, I’m gonna have to kick the dog. Kobe might be as good as Jordan was, but Kobe is nowhere near as dominating over the other players as Jordan was. Every great player in the league had a rivalry with Jordan. Jordan, of course, didn’t have a rivalry with anybody. That’s like Oklahoma State having a rivalry with Tulsa Community College. Hell, he made Scotty Pippin look good. (look at the year Jordan played baseball. The Bulls were not even “also-ran”s, they were “also-stumbled”)

So another post without a theme. Needs hottasery.



Posted: October 14, 2012 by Sean M. in Fun With Media, Lame, News

Are you sitting down? If not, please sit down. And if you’re already sitting down, you might want to consider reclining or just balling yourself right the fuck up into the fetal position because the Los Angeles Times is about to knock you right the hell on your ass with the following scoop:

(Have you situated yourself appropriately yet? Because, seriously, I will not be held liable for any bruised coccyges.)

Okay, so it turns out that (seriously, I simply cannot stress enough that you should NOT be in any sort of standing position as you read this) Mitt Romney used to live in a pretty nice neighborhood of a town called Belmont in the Boston suburbs.

Okay, that alone is damning enough, but get this: other parts of this “sleepy Boston suburb” aren’t quite as nice…

There are 4,517 single-family homes, 1,638 two-family homes, 143 three-family homes and a handful of apartment buildings in Belmont, according to the town assessor.

Their quality varies: A duplex condo in Waverly Square is on sale for $279,000; a single-family home on the street where Romney lived is listed for $3.2 million.

This data is so shocking that the author of the article, one Alana Semuels, was numbed to the point of inanely writing that, “To be sure, all cities and towns have areas of varying income levels.” Again, I can only pray that you have situated yourself in a sitting or prone position, preferably with rubber mats and/or soft pillows close by.

Even worse, the wealth disparity in Belmont is so great that none of the working-class peons Ms. Semuels spoke to in town even mentioned Willard “Mitt” Romney by name. Their fear of reprisal is, I am certain, implied.

If this doesn’t win a Pulitzer, I am quite sure it is a signal that the dark spectre of fascism has irrevocably settled across our once-free nation. That, or the esteemed members of the prize committee foolishly attempted to read this while standing and subsequently had to be hospitalized.

Long but interesting video of journalist Lara Logan.  AQ is still there, and strong as ever.  Oh yeah, and we’re being lied to — surprise, surprise.


The meta-observation about the video is almost as important as Logan’s primary point. She (now) appreciates the fact that “our” way of life is threatened, and that journalists are participants in this struggle.  Team America, baby.  That’s a pretty big leap for a journo, and one that probably won’t make her any friends around the water cooler.

Via FrontPage.