Monday, August 31, 2009

Better Late Than Never

Got this today at noon.

Would it trouble them to send this like a week early?

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This Could Be Good Or Bad; There's No In-Between

Disney bought Marvel.

The Bad:
  1. Every Marvel TV show and movie will have Walt Disney's signature slapped on it, like they did with Doug and Recess.
  2. A "Disnefied" Punisher and Blade.
  3. "Hulk smash Goofy."
  4. Emma Frost, Electra, and Psylocke will have to wear clothes now.
The Good:
  1. This is almost like pumping Paris Hilton's trust fund into the movie "Sling Blade."
  2. Disney's marketing + Marvel's creativity = ?
  3. Games like Random Heart have just upped in awesome.
  4. (also mentioned in OW's link): A Pixar-made Marvel movie? *Drool....*
  5. The characters from Gargolyes can now become a Marvel comic. Yay!
  6. This draws boy to Disney.
  7. Marvel artists doing Disney stuff.

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Thank You, Jonah Goldberg

Your "liberal = fascist" garbage is now part of conservative Republican philosophy.

What people like Goldberg, in responding to this point, have always claimed is that there's nothing particularly right wing about the kookery of people like the Aryan Nations or the Posse Comitatus -- they're just kooks, plain and simple. So when James von Brunn shot up the Holocaust Museum this summer, Goldberg disingenuously went on Beck's program and tried to persuade us that Von Brunn wasn't a right-wing extremist -- just a garden-variety kook. Just like Dr. George Tiller's assassin, Scott Roeder.

But this is palpable nonsense. What makes these people right-wing extremists is that they not only adopt right-wing political positions, they take them to their most extreme logical (if that's the word for it) outcome:

  • They not only oppose abortion, they believe abortion providers should be killed.

  • They not only believe that liberal elites control the media and financial institutions, but that a conniving cabal of Jews is at the heart of this conspiracy to destroy America.

  • They not only despise Big Government, they believe it is part of a New World Order plot to enslave us all.

  • They not only defend gun rights avidly, they stockpile them out of fear that President Obama plans to send in U.N. troops to take them away from citizens.

  • They not only oppose homosexuality as immoral, they believe gays and lesbians deserve the death penalty.

  • They not only oppose civil-rights advances for minorities, they also believe a "race war" is imminent, necessary and desirable.

And on and on. Every part of the agenda of the agenda of right-wing extremists is essentially an extreme expression of conservative positions. And that, fundamentally, is why American fascism always has been and always will be, properly understood, an unmistakable phenomenon of the Right.


This premise is a sick, ideological twist on the old phrase, "boys will be boys." For the political arena, it's "loons will be loons" with the addendum: "It's not conservatism, because it's the liberals who are fascist."

I always suspected that the true purpose of Goldberg's book was to justify future acts of crazy, but there were so many conservative books coming out at the time, I went along with the conventional wisdom that he was just trying to cash in like everyone else.

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Bob Dole's Bottom Line

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Reason #4, 826 Why Iraqis Like Americans Less After We "Liberated" Them

We were outsourcing everything to shady organizations.

WASHINGTON – When the CIA revived a plan to kill or capture terrorists in 2004, the agency turned to the well-connected security company then known as Blackwater USA.

With Blackwater's lucrative government security work and contacts arrayed in hot spots around the world, company officials offered the services of foreigners supposedly skilled at tracking terrorists in lawless regions and countries where the CIA had no working relationships with the government.

Blackwater told the CIA that it "could put people on the ground to provide the surveillance and support — all of the things you need to conduct an operation," a former senior CIA official familiar with the secret program told The Associated Press.

But the CIA's use of the private contractor as part of its now-abandoned plan to dispatch death squads skirted concerns now re-emerging with recent disclosures about Blackwater's role.

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Footloose

Nice.

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi journalist imprisoned for hurling his shoes at former President George W. Bush will be released next month after his sentence was reduced for good behavior, his lawyer said Saturday.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi's act of protest during Bush's last visit to Iraq as president turned the 30-year-old reporter into a folk hero across the Arab world, as his case became a rallying point for critics who resented the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation.

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Around the Internets

  1. How desperate are smokers?
  2. DU's hatemail is always a good read. Make you wonder how some of these people ever figured how to turn a computer on, log in and open up a browser.
  3. ...and you thought your boss sucked.
  4. Don't really get this quasi-rivalry between TSG and TMZ, considering they both technically work for the same company.
  5. If you want to know if they love you so: it's in their kiss.
  6. I have to keep reminding myself that she was on the Cosby Show once.
  7. Blockers.
  8. When people talk about FoxNews' ratings, they aren't referring to the Business Channel.
  9. Get a room.

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The New Playstation 3 Is Under $300.00

But it's no longer backwards compatible (always a catch). So basically, Sony's going the Nintendo route.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

If More Democrats Were Like Barney Frank...

Broke the Bank

It's not over yet.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Regulators on Friday shut down banks in California, Maryland and Minnesota, pushing to 84 the number of bank failures this year amid the soured economy and rising loan defaults.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over the three banks: Affinity Bank, based in Ventura, Calif., with about $1 billion in assets and $922 million in deposits; Baltimore-based Bradford Bank, with $452 million in assets and $383 million in deposits; and Mainstreet Bank, based in Forest Lake, Minn., with assets of $459 million and deposits of $434 million.

Pacific Western Bank, based in San Diego, agreed to assume the deposits and assets of Affinity Bank. In addition, the FDIC and Pacific Western agreed to share losses on about $934 million of the failed bank's loans and other assets. Affinity Bank's branches in San Francisco and San Mateo will reopen Saturday as offices of Pacific Western Bank; the remaining branches will reopen Monday, the FDIC said.

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Limbaugh Compares Health Care Reform To Pregnancy

....where HCR is the (not there yet) fetus that must be aborted before it becomes a fetus, or something.

It must be cool to not only blurt out whatever you want on the public airwaves and get paid for it.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Who Says Hip-Hop Can't Get Educated?

Congrats, Roxanne!

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Meet Matt Barkley

USC's first freshman QB. Good luck, kid.

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Glenn Beck Can't Spell.

And he's stupid.

UPDATE: He finally gets his spellcheck updated. Nevertheless, if you're going to make a crazy conspiracy theory, at least make sure you rehearsed and edited it properly.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Riddle Me This

How can people "not forgive" Sen. Ted Kennedy for (as JP observed) murder, yet completely overlook the countless number of people who dies under President Bush?

Can someone do a number comparison: the lives lost due to Kennedy's policies versus those lost under Bush's policies? Foreign, domestic, and both? I'm curious.

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Not That People Are Paying Attention

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I'm Making My 2010 Movie List Now...

And this one's in the top five.

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R.I.P. Ted Kennedy

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

He Apparently Missed The Word "Sporting" In The Store's Title

Oy.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- A registered sex offender allegedly tried to snatch a boy from a restroom inside a Fairfax County store, according to authorities.

Steven Liggon, 47, approached a 9-year-old boy in the bathroom at the Dick's Sporting Goods store on Columbia Pike in Falls Church Saturday afternoon, investigators said.

The boy told his father that a man tried to trap him in
the bathroom. Investigators identified Liggon with store surveillance cameras, police said.

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Democrats to Congressional GOP: Come Up With A Constructive Idea On Health Care Reform or Fuck Off

You hear it from the Senate:

In a memo that was drafted and circulated on background in April, Senate Democrats made the case that using a budget reconciliation bill to pass health care reforms is perfectly within their rights, given the Republicans' promiscuous use of the same tactic when they were in power. Excerpts of the memo were published by various news outlets back in the spring, but the memo doesn't appear to have been previously been published in its entirety until now . And now, with Democrats ramping up the threat that they'll invoke the process in the fall, they're rehashing those same arguments. "

[S]hould Republicans choose not to cooperate [on health care reform], the inclusion of reconciliation instructions [in the budget] provides a backup option which could be used to prevent a filibuster and approve legislation by a majority vote," the memo reads. "[T]here is nothing unprecedented or unusual about the use of reconciliation."


And from the House of Representatives:

...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reminded everyone yesterday why it's important to still be watching what the House will do as well, especially if the Senate passes a version of the health care bill that does not include the public option or other provisions supported by liberal members of Congress.

In a news conference in San Francisco, Bloomberg reports, Pelosi made clear that a health care bill in the chamber must include a government-sponsored health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

"There's no way I can pass a bill in the House of Representatives without a public option," she said.


And from the White House:

After fruitlessly seeking a bipartisan compromise on health care reform for months, the White House seems to have finally realized that Republicans have no interest in compromising and that progressives are fed up with making nice. Now, the administration is preparing to go it alone, even if that means passing reform on a straight party-line vote.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and even President Obama himself have all suggested that they don't think the GOP is serious about reaching a bipartisan health care reform compromise--and with key Republicans suggesting that they'll vote against a bill that doesn't also have the support of a majority of their own party, it's only one logical step to the conclusion that the administration has accepted that health care reform will be the latest initiative to move forward along party lines.



*tapping shoes...*

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Slow And Steady

Better late than never:

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors to prosecution for brutal treatment of terrorism suspects, according to a person officially briefed on the matter.

The recommendation by the Office of Professional Responsibility, presented to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in recent weeks, comes as the Justice Department is about to disclose on Monday voluminous details on prisoner abuse that were gathered in 2004 by the C.I.A.’s inspector general but have never been released.


Will this distract the anti-Obama crowd long enough for the President (and Congress) to pass some effective health care reform? Doubt it, but no one ever said politics was easy.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Around the Internets

Thursday, August 20, 2009

David...Cop-A-Feel?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Riddle Me This

If I say that the Black Eye Peas is this generation's Fugees, would that get the Fugees back together and make another Score-like kick-ass album?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

R.I.P., Robert Novak

I disagreed with like, 99.99% of what he said, and still believe he should have been in jail, but to say that he wasn't influential would be a lie.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Why Money Is So Addictive

Ed Asks: Where Are The Religious Leaders On Health Care?



Excellent question.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Around the Internets

  1. Ladies: you can't go wrong wearing any of these four colors.
  2. One reason why writing science fiction is easy.
  3. White House health care facts.
  4. Co-workers to avoid.
  5. I agree, for the most part.
  6. “If this cultural group could get at the same table with black America, you could rechange populist American politics. Because they have so much in common in terms of what they need out of government.” Amen.
  7. Interesting pet facts.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Not Exactly A David Broder Fan, But...

...this is definitely a good take on how "town hall rage" may backfire on the GOP.

1oo years or so from now, when we're all enjoying affordable health care, people will look back on moments like this, shake their head, and wonder what we were thinking.

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Sarah Palin On Facebook?

She Didn't Care About 9/11 and Two Wars, But Health Care Reform Has Her "Ticked Off"

And that tells me everything I need to know about the latest anti-health care protester celebrity. Lawrence O'Donnell was subbing in for Chris Matthews, and he asked the young lady about the root of her concern (not wanting to become a socialist country), whether she supported medicare (she hedged, then said no, then said there are many programs that should go) how she organizes her life (she lets her husband take care of most of the financial stuff) and why she didn't get involved in politics say, 8 years ago (hence the title).

I do sympathize with her on one point: as careful as O'Donnell was in his questions, I think he should have had her name programs she didn't like on her own instead of asking her specifically about Medicare. It's clear from the clip below that (1) she takes what she sees on TV as gospel (2) politics isn't really an interest for her and (3) she doesn't really understand what Medicare is or how it's funded.


Then again...


UPDATE: This comment on C&L's POV takes the cake.

UBER-UPDATE: Looks like Katy Kaboom is a fake. Should have known.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"I Want My Country Back!"

What does that even mean? Did I miss the part where we turned over the entire country over to non-patriotic, government-hating, democracy-loathing saboteurs?

If I remember correctly, we had an election. One between two candidates, an old white male for the Republicans and a young black male for the Democrats. The majority of American voters choose the Democrat.

But looking at the cable news, you'd think we never had an election. you'd think that the Democratic President, the black guy, was part of a 48-year plot to infiltrate American politics and turn America into Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany or the Matrix or something.

As I've posted here before (either personally or through links) it seems apparent that for some people, this whole "I Want My Country Back!" shouting refers to either political ideology, party affiliation or race. Barack Obama is a left-leaning Democrat who happens to be African American; to many Americans, he doesn't represent them. I understand this feeling; "Friends" didn't represent me in the least yet it was one of the most popular shows on TV.

But I think these people need to take a step away from the talking heads who are telling them to be afraid and stock up on guns (you have to ask yourself, are the talking heads taking their own advice here?) and ask themselves what tangible evidence they have they are "losing." As Chris Rock once said, "If they're losing, who's winning?"

Have cops stopped pulling over black men in fancy cars? Are movies not being directed/produced by Spike Lee or Tyler Perry suddenly using predominately all-black actors? Do all black women suddenly feel comfortable with their own hair?

Nobody is losing anything; it's called change. And the ironic thing is, this isn't really the change Obama was talking about; he's just the de facto face of a growing multicultural society that's been in this country for a few decades now. It's just some people didn't realize what was happening until they clicked on the TV and saw a black guy on the screen with the caption "President of the United States" under his picture.

Then again:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Reform Madness - White Minority
http://www.thedailyshow.com/
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorSpinal Tap Performance


Boo!

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When You Quit Your Political Party...

...the Party (and their operatives) quit on you. How else to explain this reaction from FOX News?

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  1. Good news for people with spinal conditions.
  2. Well deserved.
  3. America leaves Iraq, Iraq still facing attacks, but now their leaders call for restraint. Imagine that.
  4. Life after being layed off.
  5. Matlock's not coming through that door.
  6. Sorry Mr. President, but it looks like "silly season" never really ended.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hand In The Cookie Jar

Well, well, well...

The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.

A campaign to oust Iglesias intensified after state party officials and GOP members of the congressional delegation apparently
concluded he was not pursuing the cases against Democrats in a way that would help then-
Rep. Heather Wilson in a tight reelection race, according to interviews and Bush White House e-mails released Tuesday by congressional investigators. The documents place the genesis of Iglesias's dismissal earlier
than previously known.

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A Moment Of Truth About NBA Free Agency

From The Root, of all places:

Teams and fan bases are all lathered up, especially in New York where New York magazine has taken to calling 2010 the Summer of LeBron, and both the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets (a team that hopes to move to Brooklyn in the near future) have based most of their personnel moves on their ability to lure free agents a year from now. The Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks have made this summer’s free agent signings dependent on having sufficient cap room to attract James or another big-name player.

This is all a bunch of hot air, however; cornerstone players rarely change teams and even fewer move through free agency. The league salary rules encourage this kind of stability. A player’s original team can offer a player a larger total package—one more year at a maximum salary—than a new team. While standout role players such as Rashard Lewis or Hedo Turkoglu
occasionally change teams, superstars rarely do, especially not in their prime. Of the league’s 50 Greatest Players, a list compiled in 1996 to celebrate the league’s 50th anniversary, 33, or fully two-thirds of the players, played their entire career with only one team or moved late in their career when they were
past their prime (Michael Jordan’s Washington Wizards phase or Hakeem Olujawon’s Toronto Raptors season, for instance). Of the 17 players who did move, only Shaquille O’Neal’s move from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers and Scottie Pippen’s move from the Chicago Bulls to the Houston Rockets were facilitated by free agency.



In Washington's case, they lucked out because (1) Arenas' contract with the Warriors and (2) he wasn't as coveted as Wade, James and Bryant. And even now, it's hard to argue that Arenas is in their class. I guess the bottom line is: franchises are better off concentrating on player development than landing a big-time, big-name Free Agent.

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What's With The Pets In the DMV Area?

Dogs being thrown into dumpsters in DC; crazy cats in Annapolis; killer dogs in Leesburg...what's going on here?

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  1. "I will be pressing very hard for not just assistance to help those who are being abused and mistreated, and particularly the women who are turned into weapons of war through the rape that they experience, but also looking for ways to try to end this conflict."
  2. This is definitely a very big change in our thinking, because it really does mean now there is an opportunity to really work with this as a way to burn off energy.’’
  3. "She set out to change the world and to change us, and she did that and more. She founded the movement that became Special Olympics, the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world. Her work transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and they in turn are her living legacy."
  4. “I saw three or four bodies piled up over each other. Body parts were scattered all over. It was awful.”
  5. "I heard a scream, and that was it then. They were all dead."
  6. "I do not think you can use the president's daughters for some cause -- good or otherwise -- that they don't play a role in."

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Monday, August 10, 2009

G.I. Joe: A New (Quasi-)American Hero

NOTE: possible spoliers below.

What do you get when you take a comic book/cartoon that was based off toys, the director behind The Mummy and Van Helsing, and a smidgen of James Bond? You get a well-paced, action-pacted, decent cast summer movie.

Fans of the 80's cartoon and the various comic books beware: this ain't exactly to script. some notable differences:
  1. Love Triangles. In the (Larry Hama) comic, Scarlett and Snake Eyes were a couple. In the cartoon, it was Scarlett and Duke. Here, Duke and Baroness were an item, and Ripcord has a thing for Scarlett.
  2. Family Tree. In the comic, Cobra Commander had a son name Billy and the Baroness had a brother who was (indirectly) killed by Snake Eyes. In the cartoon, Duke was related to Falcon (who isn't in the movie) and Destro was distantly related to Lady Jay (who isn't in the movie. Here: let's just say that the Cobra Senior Staff Meetings can also double as Family Reunions.
  3. Villian Origins: In the comic, Snake Eyes (him again?) was somewhat connected to a traumatic event that led to the creation of Cobra Commander, who BTW only wears a mask to conceal his true identity. In the cartoon, Cobra Commander was actually, er, more bio-organic. Here, he's a human with a real reason to have his face covered.

If you can get over those three hurdles, you'll like the movie. That being said, there are some noticeble nods:

  1. COBRAs aren't chummy: There's and exchange between Zartan and Storm Shadow that highlight this. And let's just say that Destro and Cobra Commander don't always see eye-to-eye either.
  2. International Flair: G.I. Joe started out All-American, but eventually allowed non-Americans in their ranks. There are tons of comic stories involving non-American allies. So in the spirit of togetherness, some of the Joe characters have undergone an amalgamation of sorts.
  3. Cover Girl, who was an ex-model in the comics, is being played by an ex-model.
  4. Destro does come from a long line of weapons makers...who were forced to wear a mask for their ancestor's betrayal.

As for the cast: Dennis Quaid is awesome as Hawk (although I still think Tom Berenger looks more like the guy). Channing Tatum makes a way better soldier character than Josh Duhamel (sorry; it's true). I think Rachel Nichols was channeling Bridget Moynahan's character in I, Robot, but it was a good thing. Marlon Wayans is decent comic relief and Ray Park proves once again that if you need a charcter who can kick but and not say much, he's you're guy. And everyone playing COBRAs (Eccleston, Gordon-Levitt, Miller, Byung-hun and Vosloo) give the villians some much-needed onscreen personalities.

In conclusion: It's way better than Transformers: ROTF (that hurts, coming from a Trans-fan) and easily Sommer's best movie (I can't stress how good the pacing is). And the plot is simple: bad guys have WMD, good guys try to spot them. Imagine that.

Also: sequel talk.

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  1. Strange, considering that Conan is way funnier than Leno.
  2. Tropic Thunder.
  3. Oink, oink.
  4. Iraq's still an issue, BTW.
  5. Happy 70th, Tiger!
  6. Boston's upset about being in 2nd place.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Around the Internets

Saturday, August 08, 2009

C&L: Ten Things Obama Did Wrong on Health Care Reform

Word. Now the question is: can he make up for lost time and salvage this thing?

What it all boils down to is two things: he didn't rely on enough people to help him, and most of the people he did rely on have their own agenda (which doesn't necessarily involve helping him). Personally I think he needs to call Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Elizabeth Edwards and Bill Richardson and beg them to help with a cross-country Health-Care Reform Tour. He needs likable, recognizable point people who support him. It ain't the Blue Dogs and it won't ever be a significant number of Congressional Republicans.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

And Now I'm Depressed

5 Reasons Why GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra Will Suck.

I have to admit, the whole "let's dress all Joes the same" thing irks me. Of course, unlike movies like X-Men and Superman which have been around for decades and have tons of source material, Transformers and GI Joe started off as action figures and later became comics and cartoons. In other words, their purpose was to sell toys, not tell a worthwhile story. As a result, directors get to muck around with the story, regardless of which version the fans hold as gospel.

Don't believe me? Let Hollywood try to make a Superman movie with no cape, or a Spider-Man movie where that deals with clones, and watch what happens.

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Moving Day

Casualty of a scandal.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The wife of philandering South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is moving out of the official governor's residence with their four sons for the school year.

First lady Jenny Sanford and several other woman moved clothing and boxes from the mansion in Columbia on Friday. In a statement, Sanford said she is moving to the family home on Sullivan's Island, some 120 miles east, but will continue working on her marriage.


Personally, I hope their marriage can be healed.

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The Title Says It All

Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims.

As to the "why:"

Aid workers struggle to explain the sudden spike in male rape cases. The best answer, they say, is that the sexual violence against men is yet another way for armed groups to humiliate and demoralize Congolese communities into submission.

It's sad that this is happening, and even sadder that people weren't paying attention when it was women being raped.

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The Lying Liars Who Lie

Example:

By now, you've probably also heard that health reform will cost taxpayers at least a trillion dollars. Another lie.

First of all, that's not a trillion every year, as most people assume -- it's a trillion over 10 years, which is the silly way that people in Washington talk about federal budgets. On an annual basis, that translates to about $140 billion, when things are up and running.


When one party (Democrats) refuse to believe that another party (Republicans) genuinely want them to fail, and that party (Republicans) genuinely does want the first party (Democrats) to fail, you get things like this.

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You Only Hypnotize the Ones You Love

Oh boy.

SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean hypnotist has been fined for stealing a kiss on a blind date with a woman he thought he had put in a trance, according to news reports Thursday.

The 32-year-old man suggested hypnotizing his 27-year-old date during a meeting arranged by a matchmaking agency in August last year, the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper and Yonhap news agency reported.


Guess she was fortunate that a kiss was all he tried to do.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

...and Sad News

Hollywood has lost an icon. I'll let MC break it down:

"I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person," Culkin said. "The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man."


R.I.P.; John Hughes.

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Good News...

Finally.

Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday afternoon as the nation's 111th Supreme Court justice and the first Hispanic on the court, a historic moment for the nation's fastest-growing minority group.


FYI: this doesn't really change the makeup of the Court. Sotomayor is essentially a moderate-minded judge who occasionally leans left. If Obama gets another pick and it's to replace a conservative, he'll have a real fight on his hands.

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Where Do Dreadnoks Come From?

Dr. Maddow reports:


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  1. "Such attacks against civilians by terrorists show obvious hostility toward this land's people. The culprits can never block the Afghan nation's will for prosperity and development of their country."
  2. “I didn’t think of it! When you’re buying stuff, you’re so used to it.’’
  3. "Today marks the passing of a generation, and of a man who dedicated his final years to spreading the message of peace and reconciliation."
  4. "Braces and boobs. I got both of them."
  5. "We are in the preliminary stage of the process, the systematic development of options has not taken place, and no decisions have been made."
  6. "It would be a shame for a beat writer to get beaten on a story by a 12-year-old in the stands who is allowed to blog."
  7. "There's been no significant finding against her. There's been no public uprising against her. I do not believe that the Constitution tells me that I should refuse to support her merely because I disagree with her on some cases. I will support her, I'll be proud for her, the community she represents, and the American dream she shows is possible."

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Me Like.

Quote Of The Day

At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?


RedStates' Erik Erikson, predicting all that has come to pass.

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If You're a Fanatic On The Go...

...And you can't afford to make your own fake document from scratch, there's always the Kenyan Birth Certificate Generator.

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  1. The real victim of health care reform? The insurers, of course!
  2. (hopefully) Here comes the judge.
  3. Seriously? The Black Death? What's next: a Jack The Ripper copycat?
  4. Sure, it's only the largest growing demographic, that's all.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

COBRA Send Dreadnoks To Do Their Dirty Work


Courtesy Rachel Maddow.



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The Crank Cycle

Heh.

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  1. Hulk...dance?
  2. Why not just have a downloadable file for their iPod?
  3. Bill Clinton to the rescue.
  4. Getting ready for the flu.
  5. Smaller, but still a jerk.

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Are Anti-Health Care Reform Protests Like The Anti-Social Security Reform Protests?

If anyone can answer that question, it's Josh Marshall.

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Quote Of The Day

"This whole team revolves around Gilbert Arenas. Everybody knows it. Nobody wants to say it, but I'm going to say it," Stevenson said. "I've been on this team four years -- it depends on Gilbert Arenas. We can make as many trades as we want to. When he's healthy and he's playing, we're a dangerous team. When we don't have him, it makes it harder to move the ball; it's hard to get things easy. That's my point of view. If Gilbert is 70 percent, we're going win a lot of games. If Gilbert is 80 percent, we're going be No. 1 in the East. If he's 100 percent, we might win a championship."

"If he's 70 percent, we're still going to be good. But we need him on the court. It's all on Gilbert. I don't want to put pressure on him, because that's my boy. I look at him as a best friend, brother. But it's not pressure to him, because I know what he can do. If he's healthy, it doesn't matter what team we have."

-- DeShawn Stevenson, calling it like he see it.

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

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Who's Gotten Better In The NBA?

Certainly not the Wizards, according to FoxSports. I mean, all Washington has going for it are better shooters, a deeper bench, a more experienced core of young players, a coach with a history of playoff success and the return of their star player (after a two-year injury-related absence).

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