Friday, July 31, 2009

I Can See The Commercials Now...

Now that the types of beers everyone had has been revealed, the beer companies can take full advantage (like their not thinking about it). They could make tags like:

Bud Light: The beer for Change.

Buckler's: It'll get ya talkin'...whether you wanted to or not.

Sam Adams Light: A Light Beer for a Light Sentence.

Blue Moon: An arresting flavor that won't let you go.

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Some G.I. Joe Clips

So far, it looks like what I'm expecting from Stephen Sommer.

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  1. Good advice.
  2. Right-wing claims of Obama being an alcoholic in 3, 2, 1...
  3. I guess the reason I haven't seen Jude Law so much is because he's been, err, busy.
  4. Oink.
  5. So that's how they overcame the Red Sox "curse!"

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Unsubstantiated Theory

One day, while watching Clueless with friends, Lindsay Lohan said, "I wanna be just like that girl, and I'll do whatever it takes." I'm sure her friends though she meant Alicia Silverstone, but sadly, Lohan was referring to Silverstone's character Cher Horowitz.

Only, it hasn't worked out so well.

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I Love Youtube

Where else can you find stuff like this?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

We Are Talking About The Bobcats Here

Why shouldn't coach Larry Brown trade half the team? The "they're still a new franchise" fragrance is starting to wear off.

I just find it interesting that Michael Jordan had a chance to get Tyson Chandler when he (Jordan) was in D.C. and he passed. Is this a runabout way of saying he made a mistake?

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I May Have To Transfer...

LOST University? I'm so there...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Don't Know Much About Geography...

Ah, FoxNews.

This guy was more accurate:

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Classic. Just Classic.

Best Movie *Title* Ever?

I'm going to have to go with Ninja Cheerleaders. Unless they make a sequel called, "Ninja Cheerleaders 2: Alien Assassins" of course.

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Celebrities Lie? Ya Don't Say...

Then:

“Other than being friends and two actors who were romantically intertwined in a movie-for-television we filmed last fall, there is no truth to the reporting initiated by Us Magazine. It is a fabricated story that is using random snapshots as connective tissue to create a scandalous relationship.”


Now:

LeAnn Rimes has been separated from her husband of seven years, Dean Sheremet, a source close to the couple tells Usmagazine.com.

"They have been separated for awhile, but are still trying to work on how to handle the problems they are having," the source tells Us. "They are leading separate lives and not staying together most of the time, but still in each others' lives as best friends,"

"They are still not divorcing yet, but are working through things and taking time apart -- as they have been -- while they figure things out," the source continues.

The split announcement comes the same week the new issue of Us Weekly confirms that Rimes is still carrying on an affair with her former Lifetime movie costar, Eddie Cibrian, 36.

They may have a future in politics.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Around the Internets

Saturday, July 25, 2009

So Much For Her Being To "Toxic" For TV

The Best "Stars Wars" Move George Lucas May Have Made...

...was not waiting for this guy to become 20 before making "Attack of the Clones."

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Fighting Them Over Here

Are military was thisclose to being used on domestic soil under George W. Bush.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

And This Concludes Barack Obama's Part In This Mess...

Right?

“I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up, I wanted to make clear that in my choice of words, I think, I unfortunately, I think, gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sergeant Crowley specifically,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “I could have calibrated those words differently, and I told this to Sergeant Crowley.”


I'm sure for every person who sees this as a weakness, there will a person who says, "How many times did Bush admit a mistake?"

UPDATE: Full transcript here.

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Comdey Central Has The Most Trusted News Broadcaster

Which is interesting because the show is not a news show.

So in other words, a majority of people think the actual news networks are a joke.

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When You Send Emails That Has A Picture Of The POTUS Dressed Like A Witch Doctor With a Bone Through His Nose And Get Caught...

A Mayor, A City Building Inspector & A Rabbi Walk Into A Bar...

...and they get arrested along with 40 other people.

A two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation stretching from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn to
Israel and Switzerland culminated in charges against 44 people on Thursday, including three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, the authorities said.


The case began with bank fraud charges against a member
of an insular Syrian Jewish enclave centered in a seaside town. But when that man became a federal informant and posed as a crooked real estate developer offering cash bribes to obtain government approvals, it mushroomed into a political scandal that could rival any of the most explosive and sleazy episodes
in New Jersey’s recent past.


It was replete with tales of the illegal sales of body parts; of furtive negotiations in diners, parking lots and boiler rooms; of
nervous jokes about “patting down” a man who turned out to indeed be an informant; and, again and again, of the passing of cash — once in a box of Apple Jacks cereal stuffed with $97,000.


“For these defendants, corruption was a way of life,” Ralph J. Marra Jr., the acting United States attorney in New Jersey, said at a news conference. “They existed in an ethics-free zone.”

Mr. Marra said that average citizens “don’t have a chance” against the culture of influence peddling the investigation had
unearthed.


Even veteran political observers were taken aback by the scope of the investigation. The mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield were among those arrested.

“This is so massive,” said Joseph Marbach, a political scientist at Seton Hall University. “It’s going to just reinforce the stereotype of New Jersey politics and corruption.”


When your average politician has to say, "Fuck! This shit's corrupt!" you know you've gone overboard.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Real World D.C.

Not so popular with the residents...

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

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  1. Back to business.
  2. Yeah, sure; why not.
  3. I remember when comic conventions weren't considered news.
  4. Bride of the Runaway (NBA) Groom.
  5. A healthy discussion.
  6. When these people say "you're glowing," they mean it.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NOI & Panthers vs KKK & Nazis

Everything's bigger in Texas, even racial issues. But remember: electing a black president took care of all this.

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FoxNews: Where Only Looks Matter

What else to expect from a cable network that flashes skin to keep their viewers from changing the channel?

Forget the issues; it's all about the appearance.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wherein I Compliment Tyler Perry

Kudos:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tyler Perry is paying for 65 children from a Philadelphia day camp to go to Walt Disney World after reading about allegations that a suburban swim club had shunned them because of racism.

The black and Hispanic children who attend the day camp run by Creative Steps Inc. cheered Monday when they learned about the actor's gift.

Now stop wearing the Madea outfit. And stay away from Star Trek.

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Starscream May Need Another Alternate Form




Although this will "cost jobs," it will save tax payers money. And let's give credit where credit is due:



The decision was a key policy victory for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who has been campaigning against the plane since April as a centerpiece of his effort to "fundamentally reshape the priorities of America's defense establishment and reform the way the Pentagon does business -- in particular, the weapons we buy and how we buy them," as he put it in a Chicago speech last Thursday.

Gates had depicted the F-22, which was conceived in the
1980s, as a "silver bullet solution" to a high-technology aerial warfare threat that has not materialized. He said other warplanes will adequately defend the country for decades to come, and won support from the chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff and the Air Force's two senior leaders. But his view was strongly opposed by others in the Air Force and by military contractors and unions that have benefited from the $65 billion program.

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Sign Of The Times

Why we need health care reform (I'd prefer to get CongressCare) and the economy to recover ASAP:

Some pharmacists have reported that patients have changed the way they take medications because of the downturn in the economy, according to a recent survey by the American Pharmacists Association. This includes skipping doses and splitting tablets in an effort to save money. Regarding the practice of splitting tablets, the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), the American Medical Association, and other medical organizations advise against it unless it's specified in the drug's labeling.


Tablet splitting often involves buying higher strength tablets and then breaking the tablets in half or quarter doses as a way to lower drug costs. For instance, a 30 mg tablet may cost the same amount as the 15 mg tablet. So a patient may try to save money by buying the 30 mg tablets and splitting them all in half. This might seem like a smart money-saving strategy, but the practice can be risky.

"Risky? How?" Glad you asked:

  • You might get confused about the correct dose. There have been cases when people have purchased higher strength tablets intending to split them, but then they forgot to split them. Instead, they took the whole tablet. This led to accidentally taking too much medicine.
  • Equal distribution of medicine in split tablets
    is questionable
    . Studies have shown that the actual dose in each half of a split tablet often is different. So while the two halves may look the same, they don't necessarily contain equal amounts of medicine. Even if the tablet is scored with a line that runs down the middle, one half may actually have more medicine than the other.
  • Some tablets are hard to split. Some tablets are too small to split, may have an unusual shape that makes them hard
    to split, or may crumble more easily when split. Also, some people may not be able to split tablets correctly. These factors make it difficult to accurately split a tablet.
  • Not all pills are safe to split. Patients may mistakenly think that any pill can be split. But some pills, such as capsules and time-released drugs, should always be taken whole. For example, some tablets are coated with a substance that helps to release the medicine slowly. Splitting these tablets destroys the coating, which means you might absorb the medicine too fast or not at all.
  • CongressCare. Now.

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    Quote Of The Day

    “The virus was built and created in Fort Dix, a small bioweapons plant outside of Fort Dix. This was engineered. This thing didn’t
    just crop up in a cave or a swine farm. This thing was engineered, the virus. Pasteur International, one of the big vaccine companies in Chicago, has been caught sending AIDS-infected vaccines to Africa. Do you think I trust — I don’t
    trust you with anything. You think I’m going to trust you to put a needle full of dead baby juice and monkey kidneys? Cause that’s what this stuff is grown on, dead babies!”

    An unknown audience member, trying to explain to Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) why he should oppose health care reform.

    And yes; these people vote.

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    OK; Yeah...

    Sean Hannity: Ham Costs 79 Cents "In Most Grocery Stores"

    Really. I bet this guy couldn't name five grocery stores, let alone the cost of everyday items people buy from them.

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    Are You Ready For Some...Preseason Previews?

    If so, Foxnews has 'em. Their take on the 'Skins is interesting: figure out how to put together a complete season.

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    Jesus; These Two *Again*?

    I thought they'd broken up. I prayed that they would stay broken up. But nooooooooooo; they just have to keep running into each other.

    My reasons for them not being together is rather selfish; Ronson just looks too much like Rachel Maddow to me and I'm going to state (with no proof mind you) that Maddow had the look first and she should have the rights, meaning that Ronson should either change her looks (not gonna happen) or fade back into Underground DJ Land.

    Because really, it's hard to watch the Rachel Maddow show nowadays and not think, "When is she going to tell Lindsay to just back the hell off?"

    Don't get me wrong; the girl is talented (somewhat) but she is like a horny squirrel: fucking nuts.

    Also: This isn't isolated...I felt the same way about Helen Hunt and Leelee Sobieski before...damnit!

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    I Guess A Better Question Is:

    What didn't the Bush Twins due while Dad was in Office?

    Couple of thoughts on other tidbits from that story:
    1. I think all ex-presidents should have some kind of protection for at least five years after office. Not for life, but just long enough for people to leave them alone.
    2. Some may frown at Obama beefing up Cheney's security, but if any guy needs to be protected, from his haters, it's this guy. Most people just thought Bush was dumb, but a lot of people hate Dick Cheney. Hate him.
    3. The story does show that as wild as they were, they eventually calmed down. And unlike McCain and Cheney's kids, they have enough sense to not go online and on TV yapping it up like they were elected officials.

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    1. Kids from Mont. Co. have been quarantined in China for Swine Flu.
    2. Dave Chappelle once made a joke about something like this happening.
    3. Woman vs Tow Truck; it didn't end well.
    4. Afghanistan is slowly becoming Obama's war, and the PR side could use some polishing.
    5. So much for bringing soccer's appeal to the US.
    6. Democrats fret about something that has nothing to do with health care reform. We want CongressCare!

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    Monday, July 20, 2009

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    1. Erin Andrews + Pervert + Lawsuit = Free Press for ESPN.
    2. Governors who barely said a peep while Americans abroad were dying in Iraq or Americans at home were losing jobs and housing due to greedy banks are suddenly afriad of health care reform. They must not know that there is more than one option.
    3. When a kid has to sell his toys so Mom & Dad can pay the mortgage, something's wrong.
    4. Sec. Clinton turns it up a notch.
    5. Popular President now slightly less popular on an issue that's receiving a lot of resistence from people who profit from the status quo.
    6. Great Britain battles the flu; South Africa fights AIDS.

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    Sunday, July 19, 2009

    Around the Internets

    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    R.I.P., Walter Cronkite

    MMFA has a post, and them being an actual media-related site, it seems appropriate to link to them.

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    Friday, July 17, 2009

    Trying To Keep His Toys

    "Gates vowed to put up a fight against members of Congress opposed to new Pentagon budget priorities that seek to scale back or eliminate big-ticket programs including the F-22. "

    Maybe if he just gave up the Dragon Tank...



    Obama Axes Pentagon Plan To Build Billion Dollar Tank In Shape Of Dragon

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    Meet The New Banking Giants, Same As The Old Banking Giants

    Getting Hot In Here

    Ideology For Sale

    Presented without comment:

    The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.

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    1. Blue Dogs barks, liberal Democrats react and unions lose.
    2. A museum in need of help.
    3. Do you believe in magic?
    4. A reminder: terrorism still exists, and in many forms.
    5. Sound and fury, signifying nothing.
    6. Crap, man.

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    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Quote Of The Day

    "Why do you want to be a Supreme Court justice?"


    --Sen. Al Franken, asking the question that many other Senators should have asked Judge Sotomayor.

    Runner-Up: "He's raised it so many times. If that's the only thing that they have to raise against her, it's just very telling what a stellar jurist she is. I'd just wish they'd get beyond that question."

    -- Mary Hernandez, former president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, responding to Republican Senators who keep asking Judge Sotomayor questions regarding the "wise Latina" comment.

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    Remember This, Alamo

    I just have to say, from a cultural/regional standpoint, you rarely hear about this happening in an urban town in the north or at the coasts:

    TEXARKANA, Ark. — More women are scheduled to take the stand Thursday to accuse jailed evangelist Tony Alamo of taking them as underage brides.

    A woman who said she married Alamo at 17 will start the day's testimony. Prosecutors said her words will bolster claims that Alamo took underage girls across state lines for sex between 1994 and 2005.

    On Wednesday, a 30-year-old woman told jurors the evangelist "married" her at age 15 and took her on road trips through different states.

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    The woman said she was a third-generation Alamo follower into adulthood — until the Arkansas-based pastor took an 8-year-old as his latest bride. At one point, the woman said, she objected when Alamo graphically described how he fondled the girl as she held a stuffed animal.

    "He told me to shut up and that I shouldn't question what `the Lord told me to do,'" the woman said.

    The woman also said Alamo's itinerary and number of travel companions helped dictate how often he would schedule sex with female followers.

    Prosecutors allege that some girls were brought to him for sex while he was awaiting a 1994 trial on a tax evasion charge.

    Classy, huh? Just another example of what happens when people blindly follow warped (and horny) kooks just because they say that they like Jesus. Your standard Christian church will not be advocating sex with minors, let alone marrying them. Those looking for fellowship should go to the non-sex-with-minors style churches, but odds are anyone who actually thinks that allowing their 15-year-old daughter to "marry" some 74-year-old horndog is biblically correct has problems beyond choosing a proper place to praise.

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    Power Outage

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    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Shorter Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing

    Quote Of The Day

    It's cute how they completely skip over the part of developing a philosophy of human progress and just want to steal the word, without necessarily having it mean anything. Wingnuts are silly.

    This goes back to my general thesis about how right-wingers parse language. Definitions and meanings are absolutely nothing to them - they don't even cognitively process what a word means. All they understand is if the language sounds positive or negative to their ears. The truth-value of all declarative statements is determined solely by matching positives to positives and negatives to negatives. For example, low taxes (good) is liberty (good) and Barack Obama (bad) is a terrorist (bad).

    When we start saying things like single-payer health care (= socialism, therefore bad) helps small business (good) they look at us like we just told them 2 + 2 = 5. It violates their simplistic method of language analysis, and therefore makes no "sense" to them.

    Essentially their understanding of politics, economics, constitutional law, philosophy, history and just about anything else is about equivalent to that of a not-terribly-bright dog.


    ElBruce, responding to a Think Progress post about conservatives who think it may be a good idea to co-op the word "progressive."

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    Smelling The Roses

    By Jove, I think they got it:

    July 15 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama may rely only on Democrats to push health-care legislation through the U.S. Congress if Republican resistance doesn’t eventually give way, two of the president’s top advisers said.

    “Ultimately, this is not about a process, it’s about results,” David Axelrod, Obama’s senior political strategist, said during an interview yesterday in his White House office. “If we’re going to
    get this thing done, obviously time is a- wasting.”

    Both Axelrod and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said taking a partisan route to enacting major health-care legislation isn’t the president’s preferred choice. Yet in separate interviews, each man left that option open. “We’d like to do it
    with the votes of members of both parties,” Axelrod said. “But the worst result would be to not get health-care reform done.”



    While I don't expect Obama to come right out and say exactly what Emanuel and Axelrod have said, I'm glad to hear that White House staff members aren't falling for this "We have to get bi-partisan support on everything" myth. The guy won a decisive victory after being dragged through the mud and gained a ton of political capital; use it!

    And he better hurry, because According to the CBO, the overhaul will cost about a trillion, (but will cover all but 3% of Americans). Still there's plenty of angles to use for selling this to the uneducated:
    1. Military: while the brave men and women who currently serve have a plan of their own, improving the health of other Americans can only help the military. Future recruits will be healthier and require less initial conditioning.
    2. Private Sector: Healthy employees will take less sick days and work more hours, making businesses more productive and profitable.
    3. Family Values: I find it difficult to understand why people who think that all pregnant women should have their child and not even consider abortion also believe that said children should not have enough health care to make it past infancy.
    4. Religious: Jesus healed the blind, deaf and sick for very little cost. Why can't America?
    5. Economy: If people have to choose between their life-saving medicine, getting dinner or buy a new car, they're probably going to go for the medicine. Take that out of the equation, and Americans will once again spend ridiculous amounts of money on things they think they need, things they think they want, and things they definitely could do without. The Invisible Hand shall live!

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    Blossom Is Back...


    ...kinda. Getting a Ph.D in neuroscience and raising two sons takes time, ya know.

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    1. Sotomayor applies her judicial restraint.
    2. Devastating plane crash in Iran.
    3. Obama tries his hand at pitching.
    4. I thought Robert Redford was already married, but oh well.
    5. Station indentification.
    6. It's been awhile since we've seen an Al Qaeda tape.

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    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    Quote Of The Day

    I'm dating my stalker, actually.


    Emma Watson, better known cinematically as Hermione Granger, on dating and fame. Sounds like the way to go, in most cases anyway.

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    Sarah Palin's Bottom Line

    Because I don't fully understand environmental issues, don't believe in personal sacrifice and my Big Oil backers don't want to be regulated, I'm opposing Cap and Trade.

    P.S.: This is the only part of the Op Ed I believe Palin wrote herself, with no help whatsoever:

    We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil.


    So God created oil for us to use for cars, homes and missiles, but the Sun and wind are products of that evil science. Gotcha.

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    1. Because it doesn't involve explosions, boobs and political satire, a story like this will never be mainstream or even adapted to a movie (I hope I'm wrong).
    2. Senators try to pretend that Supreme Court hearing will have little impact on America's internal race relations.
    3. If this doesn't get Obama into investigate mode, I guess we'll have to wait for the "Cheney created Time Machine, tried to alter entire Universe" story to break.
    4. You mean the Afghan people may not want us around, just like the Iraqis? Go figure!
    5. Why I'm not fond of diet pills.
    6. Looking for Nick Young's inner nasty.

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    Monday, July 13, 2009

    Quote Of The Day

    Because science has inconveniently declined to back-up any of their fantasies, science has been completely discounted. According to Pew Research only six percent of scientists consider themselves Republicans. Think about that. Sarah Palin didn't do that. It took decades of work to reach this point even if it wasn't until the last eight years that we truly saw the national ignorance weaponized by complete Republican control.

    Only three percent of blacks voted for McCain, a number similar to what Bush the Younger received. That didn't happen overnight. A higher percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Democrats. But years of bitching about social programs that benefitted a community just emerging from the yoke of Jim Crow drove blacks away from the Party of Lincoln. In this decade it has been bitching about
    hispanic immigration that has driven Latinos away in droves. There are 535 elected members of Congress (plus a few delegates), but there is only one Republican Jew, no Republican Muslims, no Republican agnostics, no Latino Republicans (other than the four Cubans from Florida), no (openly) gay Republicans, and no women in leadership positions.



    -- Booman (via DialyKos) explaining why the GOP isn't what it used to be.

    In addition, Oliver and JP give their own rationales. Guess this is the start of "What Exactly is the GOP?" Month.

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    1. "Would he be able to carry out such brisk activity while having pancreatic cancer?"
    2. "She’s a moderate, not a radical, not even a liberal."
    3. "Thanks for everything."
    4. "The good news is that everybody's still at the table; the timeline is tough."
    5. "I'm not looking to tweak No Child Left Behind, as far as I'm concerned, we ought to go in and look at the whole thing."
    6. If it appears that our conduct in some way supported violations of the laws of war, then I think that, you know, we have to know about that.”
    7. "I am of the strong opinion that, at present day, she is not ready to be the leading voice of the GOP. It's not even that she hasn't paid her dues. I personally don't think she's ready to be commander in chief."

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    Sunday, July 12, 2009

    I Was Really Expecting A Pic Or Video From Oliver, But...

    ...or, "GOLD!"

    When I read this, it reminded me of this.



    In particular, the character El Capitan.

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    Transformers 3: The Rise of McGee

    Silly? Yes; but how else can I incorporate my home basketball team with my favorite childhood show?

    BTW; McGee is working on his game.

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    Around the Internets

    Saturday, July 11, 2009

    Green Lantern Is A Go

    Ryan Reynolds has been cast.

    Personally, I'd had preferred he remained as Deadpool (but then again, he did play Hannibal Cain in Blade Trilogy) or even Flash. I just think of the Lanterns as being more serious, and the idea of Reynolds sacrificing his natural comedic gift (a la Jack Black) makes me uneasy about the movie.

    I also thought the movie would benefit from having at least four GLs (Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner) as opposed to just one, but whatever.

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    Friday, July 10, 2009

    From "Peacenik" To "Ghetto Trash" In 24 Hours

    All About the Cash/All About The Dough

    Normally, I would find someone like Levi Johnston to be as newsworthy as Meagan McCain or Liz Cheney (which is to say, "not newsworthy"). But every now and then such pseudo-celebrities, such "right-place, right-timers" manage (purely by association) to add some substance to a story that is considered by most (or at least the papers) to be newsworthy.

    This is one of those times.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The former fiance of Gov. Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter says he thinks he knows why the Alaska governor is resigning — concerns over money.

    Levi Johnston, 19, whose wedding to Bristol Palin was called off earlier this year, says he believes the governor is resigning over personal finances.

    Johnston says he lived with the Palin family from early December to the second week in January. He claims he heard the governor several times say how nice it would be to take advantage of the lucrative deals that were being offered, including a reality show and a book.

    "I think the big deal was the book. That was millions of dollars," said Johnston, who has had a strained relationship with the family but now says things have improved.


    Of course, Johnston is working on his own book, but nobody besides him and his lawyer thinks that it will outsell anything Palin churns out.

    In any case, I think her supporters -at least the ones who think she makes a viable candidate for POTUS- are going to be very disappointed.

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    Thursday, July 09, 2009

    Balls Of Solid Rock

    NBA Events

    1. Antonio McDyess goes to San Antonio (another shadow power move by the Spurs).
    2. Cavs assistant coach signs to run the Pistons (not only can Cleveland not get free agents, they can't even hold on to their coaches).

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    It's (Always) The Economy, Stupid.

    Not surprising, really.

    WASHINGTON — At his inauguration in January, President Obama warned that times would get tougher before they got better. He has been proved correct.

    With unemployment already at 9.5 percent and likely to exceed 10 percent, much higher than White House officials predicted back in February, Mr. Obama has been facing attacks that his $787 billion stimulus program was either too timid or wrong-headed or both. Now, just five months after Congress agreed on the plan, with only a fraction of the money actually out the door, Washington is debating the need for a second round of stimulus amid economic and political crosscurrents.


    Of course, this goes back to critics (like Paul Krugman) who claimed that the stimulus package was too small and that trying to cater to GOP votes (which weren't going to matter in the long term anyway) over stabilizing the economy could be politically expensive.

    Mr. Stewart, you have anything to add?

    The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
    That's Great Now Fix the Economy
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/
    Daily Show
    Full Episodes
    Political HumorJoke of the Day

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    Definitely Something In The Water

    Proof that as long as a company puts something in a package and writes, "Buy this, it's cool and good for you!" people will pay for it, and worry about the consequences later:

    Consumers know less about the water they pay dearly for in bottles than what they can drink almost for free from the tap because the two are regulated differently, congressional investigators and nonprofit researchers say in new reports.

    Both the Government Accountability Office and the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research andadvocacy organization, recommend in reports released Wednesday that bottled water be labeled with the same level of information municipal water providers must disclose.

    The researchers urged Americans to make bottled water "a distant second choice" to filtered tap water because there isn't enough information about bottled water. The working group recommends purifying tap water with a commercial filter, however.

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    Obama's Daughter Shows Her Radical Side

    ...by wearing a T-Shirt that has a peace sign on it! Dun-dun-DUN!

    But remember: Sarah Palin's daughters are off-limts.

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    Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    I'd Say We Have The Opposite Problem In America

    Definitely.

    SEOUL (AFP) – Almost three-quarters of South Korean male office workers feel uncomfortable when female colleagues show too much leg or cleavage in the workplace, a survey has revealed.

    A poll of 1,254 employees by the job portal site CareerNet found that 74 percent of men felt upset with the attire of their female co-workers.

    Some 56 percent of them cited micro-miniskirts as their chief complaint, while 51 percent objected to excessive cleavage.

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    Tighten your Belts

    The NBA salary cap goes down, making the offseason more interesting than it already was.

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    Tuesday, July 07, 2009

    WNBA Live

    Too funny.

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    Quote Of The Day

    Some Republican strategists insist that resignation has its virtues. Mary Matalin told the New York Times that Palin's "brilliant" move will free her to camp out alongside Mitt Romney on the campaign trail. Certainly, we can all relish the next two years of watching the Romney and Palin broods go five-on-five across the heartland. But Romney himself is proof that quitting is no way to win. In 2006, he passed up a second term so he could campaign full-time in Iowa and New Hampshire. He lost them both.

    -- Bruce Reed of Slate.com.

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    Why Don't The Ballers Want To Go To Cleveland?

    I'll save time and answer that question first: because there's no garauntee that LeBron James will stay when his contract's up, and none of the prized free agents want to be stuck in Cleveland while James signs a big deal in a major market like New York.

    Let's look at the recent list of free agent transactions (I don't count trades because only a few players have a say in the deal):
    1. Ron Artest goes with Lakers (making one of Kobe Bryant's most tenacious opponents a teammate);
    2. Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva sign with Detriot (GM Joe Dumars' attempt to justify seasons worth of questionable moves);
    3. After flirting with the Trailblazers, Hedo Tukoglu leans toward Toronto (adding some shooting to a team that has big man Chris Bosh and swing man Shawn Marion);
    4. Trevor Ariza looks toward the Rockets (making up for even thinking he had leverage against the Lakers); and
    5. Rasheed Wallace says he's headed to Boston ('nuff said).

    Of all of these moves, Charley Rosen thinks that only the Celtics and Lakers got richer. But the biggest omission from this list of "contenders" is Cleveland. Other than an old Shaq (who was traded there) no one's really lining up to join the "witnesses." I thought LeBron James ascendancy to NBA greatness was inevitable; shouldn't more players (especially the good free agents) be flocking there to be a part of it?

    And you know what's sad? Cleveland's so desperate to get a free agent, James is out there telling Ariza that he's going to stay with the Cavaliers.

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    Monday, July 06, 2009

    Tucker Carlson, I Hardly Knew Ye

    In response to a question about D.C. ever receiving statehood, Carlson says:

    Of course not. It's insane, not to mention unconstitutional. As a resident of the city, I'm happy to have taxation without representation.

    Remember: Carlson isn't a kooky, fake conservative Republican. He's a libertarian...except for when D.C.'s involved or when the voters elect people he doesn't like.

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    Riddle Me This...

    If Sarah Palin's resignation from being Alaska's Governor is a great move for getting the White House, doesn't that mean her main competition would be former Democratic Senator (and fellow quitter) John Edwards?

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    Sunday, July 05, 2009

    Heard Megan Fox Was Complaining...

    ...about how Michael Bay was focusing more on the CGI Transformers than the actors for Transfomers ROTF. Well,
    1. The movie is about Transformers;
    2. Behind-the-scenes clips from the first movie show that Bay was just as concerned with exploding real cars and buildings as he was with CGI characters; and
    3. Clearly Fox's career has been better since the movies, so her complaints should be far in few between.

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    Saturday, July 04, 2009

    5 Actresses Who Deserve a Bigger Break

    Being the avid movie watcher that I am, I've noticed that more than one talented actress has been passed over for other talent. And by "talent," I mean, "sex tapes that 'accidentally' made it to the Internet."

    Well, here's one man's humble attempt to rectify the situation. The following ladies are not only talented, but beautiful. Hollywood: get off your ass and give these women more roles.

    DANIELLE FISHEL
    Noticeable TV/Movie Appearances: Boy Meets World; both National Lampoon's Dorm Dazes



    The delightful Ms. Fishel has the distinction of having the weirdest named ever associated with a smart-yet-hot character (or maybe I'm the only one who has a problem saying "Topanga!" whilst in the throes of passion) as well as participating in the death of the National Lampoon Series (I personally thought it died with Chevy Chase's career; who knew?). If you were to use her IMBD page as a reference, the only real fault people seem to have with her is a slight weight gain. But if being under 100lbs was a requirement for finding work in Hollywood, Keira Knightly would be pumping out movies every three months.

    She Would Be Perfect For: Literally any drama that employs the Character-Revolving-Door, such as Grey's Anatomy, Without a Trace, or Law & Order: Librarian Division.

    My Theory Of Why She Hasn't Hit It Big: Like Winnie Cooper before her, Fishel became the unattainable Hot TV Girlfriend, which along with being the Doting Dad and Mid-Series Replacement Kid typically means an drought in getting roles, if you're lucky. the key difference is, Winnie Cooper had that "I'm a freaking math genius thing to fall back on."

    It Could Be Worse: Both Topanga and Winnie Cooper are doing waaay better than their TV boyfriends. Name the last time you saw a Savage during something since 2005 (and don't use Wikipedia or IMDB).


    BIANCA LAWSON
    Noticeable TV/Movie Appearances: Saved by the Bell: The New Class; Sister, Sister; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Feast of All Saints



    Some may remember Lawson as the new "smart girl" when Saved By The Bell, astonished that people still wanted to watch their crappy show, decided to essentially cut-and-paste the characters that made the original so popular. When fans (all three) revolted, the show was revamped (the first of many) and Lawson was one of the first casualties. Ever the trooper, she made her mark on BTVS as the previously unheard of 2nd Slayer. Unfortunately, we're talking about the second season of a Joss Whedon-created show, which means anyone not named Sarah Michelle Geller was on the chopping block. But at least Lawson can claim that her character's one of the few Women in Refrigerators who died for the sake of a female protagonist.

    She Would Be Perfect For: LOST, as they seem to have a thing were both their female characters and characters of color tend to, um, die. Or if Marvel Studios ever grows a pair and tells Hallie Berry to quietly retire, I can totally see Lawson as the new Storm.

    My Theory On Why She Hasn't Hit It Big: Lord knows it's hard for actresses as well as for minority actors to find work. So for a black woman (or Latino woman or Asian woman for that matter) it must be double the hell. Hollywood apparently has a ratio rule that one female actress of color is allowed to blow up every few years, which was obviously adapted from the 3/5ths rule that almost became a staple of the US Constitution. And since Taraji P. Henson is the current title holder, Lawson's gonna have to just wait her turn.

    It Could Be Worse: All you need to do is run a check on the other characters who've been on Saved By The Bell.


    SAMANTHA MATHIS
    Noticeable TV/Movie Appearances: Pump Up the Volume; Broken Arrow; Grey's Anatomy


    In Pump Up the Volume, she stops Christian Slater from killing teens with his love for Camper Von Beethoven. In Broken Arrow, she saves the American Midwest from Christian Slater's desire to box John Travolta on a moving train. After deciding that going up against the Great Fate that is Mr. Slater is a fool's errand, Mathis decides to spend some time (and by "some time," I mean "three episodes") on Grey's Anatomy after a stint on LOST (and by "stint," I mean, "blink and you'll miss her").
    She Would Be Perfect for: Well, obviously ABC has little love for her, so maybe Mathis can look at other networks like CBS (I'm sure there's a Two And a Half Men story they could shoehorn her into) or NBC (Heroes could really use the talent injection) or even *shudder* the CW.
    My Theory On Why She Hasn't Hit It Big: Saying it's "age" flies in the face of actresses like Joan Allen and Meryl Streep. I blame Christian Slater. There; I said it.
    It Could Be Worse: Better to star in a teen cult film and be barely remembered than have an equally meteoric rise and decline.
    Noticeable TV/Movie Appearances: Social Studies; Moesha; American Pie; Red Eye



    Looking for shows/movies that had McSwain in them was like looking for a PETA member at an NRA rally. Just take my word for it that she was in American Pie and Red Eye. I can't shake this feeling that if she was about seven years younger we would have been seeing her star in Disney's "That's So Monica."
    She Would Be Perfect For: Having said that, she'd fit right in on anything Disney- or Nickelodeon-related.
    My Theory On Why She Hasn't Hit It Big: She basically has all the strikes Lawson has, with the added "She looks like an alternate version of Freddie from 'Different World'" thing going on. But seriously, is Hollywood done with casting the Non-threatening Black Friend? McSwain may have to get Afro-Puffs, a leather jacket and start rapping about Thug Life to get a script.
    It Could Be Worse: She hasn't completely sold out (translation: nude scene), so there's hope she'll get lucky and land on a sitcom or something. And she didn't have to do a movie with Martin Lawrence and a pig, so there's that (whoa; Disney connections galore).
    Noticeable TV/Movie Appearances: Along Came a Spider; Boston Legal



    This one boggles the mind more than the others. She's blond, attractive, and a good height. She has the distinction of being Morgan Freeman's cop buddy (for awhile, anyway) as well as being on of the few adults to not be killed in the Saw Franchise. She has a song written about her. WTF, Hollywood?

    She Would Be Perfect For: I don't know...anything? You're telling me she couldn't replace Kate Hudson in a romantic comedy, Charlize Theron in a drama and Maria Bello in everything and someone would blink?
    My Theory On Why She Hasn't Hit It Big: Her bio says she's from a "tight-knit Catholic family," but she has starred in a movie where she tried to shoot a kid so I'm not buying the "My Religion Prevents Me" excuse. It could really be the timing in her case; there were a slew of actresses who came out when she did and now, everyone's caught up in the Angelina/Scarlett/Jessica Era, and Potter's best option now is to be "The Hot Mom."

    It Could Be Worse: She could be on a crappy TNT show that has little hope of seeing a fourth season and...oh wait, never mind.
    For an even better list of even more obscure actress who deserve more exposure, check this out.

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    Thursday, July 02, 2009

    John Bolton's Bottom Line

    Because the Iranian elections didn't result in an unprecedented explosion of Western-style democracy in the Middle East, we need our buddies in Israel to attack Iran...but don't worry, guys: America like, totally has your back.

    Think Progress has more.

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    Ground Hog Day

    There's no such thing as yesterday for someone like Glenn Beck.

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    1. Houston Rockets trying to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
    2. School's out forever (maybe).
    3. R.I.P.; Karl Malden.
    4. CSI: Vatican.
    5. Knicks talk to Kidd.
    6. More revelations about the relationship between Saddam Hussein and Iran.

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    Wednesday, July 01, 2009

    Evolution of Extremely Dangerous Thoughts

    When Dick Cheney hinted that President Obama's policies could lead to another terrorist attack, his statements was seen as a warning from a former White House official and not the politicking of a warmonger.

    I wonder what, if anything, the press will say about this?

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