Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

I think that the success of my films has nothing to do with capitalism. Capitalism is a system of exploitation, of using working people, not paying them properly, no guaranteeing them health benefits, and now it's turned into a system where it's just about making money off money as opposed to making money by making things.

I share the wealth that I create. My employees have full medical benefits, there's no deductible. I give me employees unlimited paid sick days, and for maternity leave they are paid for their maternity leave. How French of me.


-- Michael Moore during yesterday's Washington Post Live Discussion, on why him making money from a film that's criticizing capitalism isn't hypocritical .


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Five Actresses Who Should Be Considered For A Wonder Woman Movie

For being DC Comic's most recognizable female character, WW has been given the cinematic shaft for a long time. We've seen two incarnations of Lois Lane and countless Bat-groupies, but not one decent pitch for the Amazon in the big screen. And we're talking about a character who made armored underwear cool waaay before anyone heard of Princess Leia.

So here's one humble man's suggestion for any future casting of the Wonder Woman movie. I really have three rules for casting: she has to be at least 5'10", under 45 and attractive enough to pass for a princess.

Sandrine Holt - Age: 36, Height: 5'10", Relevant Movie/TV Roles: Resident Evil: Apocalypse & Mutant X


Pros: She's played both a (doomed) reporter and a person with superpowers, so if she can play both, she's a shoe-in. Plus she's probably the least-known actress on this list, so they can two movies out of her cheap.
Cons: While D.C. isn't as star-crazy as Marvel when it comes to movie adaptions (name three Marvel movies staring a no-name) they may be holding back on Wonder Woman because while iconic, she just can't be played by anyone (while just about any in-shape white guy can play Superman).


Natasha Henstridge - Age: 35, Height: 5'10", Relevant Movie/TV Roles: Species & Ghosts of Mars



Pros: She's played roles where she had to kick ass, and she's not afraid to show off her sexy. And by "sexy", I mean "boobs."
Cons: While it's entirely possible for an actress to have a mainstream career after appearing nude, it's really difficult to do so when said nudity is how you made your splash.

Leelee Sobieski - Age: 27, Height: 5'10", Relevant Movie/TV Roles: Joy Ride & 88 Minutes



Pros: The youngest on the list. Also, with the exception of one person on this list, all of the women are the same height. But Sobieski's the only one who consistently looks tall in her roles; that's gotta count for something. She also has a look that can be soft or tough, which fits a character who's basically a cross between Xena and an underwear model.
Cons: Her roles aren't exactly the best: almost getting run over by a crazed truck driver, getting kicked in the face by Nicholas Cage, failing to shoot an aging Al Pacino...so I could see some fan pushback here.

Rachel Nichols - Age: 29, Height: 5'10", Relevant Movie/TV Roles: Alias & G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra



Pros: She's the second youngest, has played butt-kicked roles, and she's hot.
Cons: Her post-G.I. Joe fame may make her harder to nab.

Uma Thurman - Age: 39, Height: 6'0", Relevant Movie/TV Roles: Kill Bill & My Super Ex-Girlfriend



Pros: I believe Thurman's the only actress on this list to slice people in half on camera (if memory serves, Henstridge's character only gutted mean after having sex with them). And she did play a super-hero with flight and super-strength...even though said character was mentally disturbed. Oh, and she's a legit 6'0".
Cons: She's the oldest one on this list, and don't think that wouldn't be a issue for fans. Her last attempt to play a comic book character was Poison Ivy from "Batman and Robin." Also, Thurman's had a habit of doing that "one good movie, than one flop" thing. Warner Bros. may not want to jinx themselves.

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NBA Questions For The Wizards

As asked by Charley Rosen:

Since Flip Saunders is on the record as saying that Gilbert Arenas will touch the ball on 80 percent of the offensive sets, does that mean that Agent Zero will also get 80 percent of the team's shots? Whatever Arenas's percentages might be, how many leftover shots will be available to keep Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Randy Foye and Mike Miller happy? Is there a defender in the house?


My (humble) Answer:
  1. No, don't be crazy;
  2. There's a pecking order, but from the Media Day quotes getting shots isn't a priority right now; and
  3. Relying on "having one or two good defenders" is little more than a smokescreen so the focus needs to be on playing good team defense.

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  1. Yeah; uh-huh.
  2. It's called "vibrate," people; use it!
  3. Can you please fix health care and the economy first?
  4. Philippine flood numbers.
  5. Surprised it took that long.
  6. So America is like Europe after all.
  7. Oh God: please let her write like she talks.
  8. The word is "compromised."
  9. Never understood why this guy's some kind of hero an OJ Simpson is a pariah. Maybe if OJ had went on to win 5 straight SuperBowls after the Bronco Chase?

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Around the Internets


  1. Coaches with hot daughters.
  2. OK; this is not how fairy tales are supposed to go.
  3. Megan Fox is that girl you try to tell your buddy to break up with, but he just responds with, "Man, look at her! Who cares if she tried to stab me!"
  4. If your friends have these traits, they're probably not really friends.
  5. Oh yeah; let's do this.
  6. Lost and Found.
  7. I really don't like having to wait two weeks for this list, but it's worth it.
  8. Directorial Debut?
  9. Sure; he can laugh about it now.
  10. If you gotta die, do it looking good.

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You Got Your Libertarian In My Neo-Con!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Glass Houses And All That..

I knew Tavis Smiley's holier-than-thou harping on then-candidate Obama (for among other things, choosing to not participate in his sponsored events) would come back to bite him in the butt.

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  1. Somehow, I don't see Sen. Kennedy approving of this...not with that price tag, anyway.
  2. Somehow, FoxNews will flip this around to say, "Obama not being tough enough on Iran."
  3. Jennifer Love Hewitt.
  4. Even potential pro-athletes aren't safe from pre-existing conditions.
  5. And I thought he was supposed to be fighting us "over there."
  6. Brad Pitt: Hero of New Orleans.
  7. More info on the death of the Census worker.
  8. Some people are just disturbed.
  9. How 'Bout Them Cowboys?

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

How The NRA Manages To Recruit Young Male Members

I would say NSFW...unless your job involves having sex of course.

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Mass. Is In Good Hands...

I say this because their governor knows how to kick butt.

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday that he has instructed state employees to stop doing business with Hyatt hotels until it rehires 100 housekeepers it fired last month.

Hyatt Hotel Corp., citing declining revenues, laid off the Boston-area housekeepers and replaced them with lower-paid workers from a Georgia company.

In a letter to Hyatt, Patrick criticized the layoffs, citing reports that fired workers trained their replacements after being told they were vacation fill-ins.

He urged Hyatt to work with staffers, rather "than tossing them out unceremoniously."

Hyatt, in a statement, said that like many other businesses it has been forced to make difficult staffing decisions. The company said it offered the laid-off workers severance, counseling, retraining and health coverage to year's end.

Like I said: certified butt-kicker. But, seriously? Hyatt had these guys train their replacements? That's cold.

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Riddle Me This

So Iran's President Ahmadinejad, Libya's Colonel Qaddafi, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez are facing protests; in fact Ahmadinejad caught heat before he went to speak.

So it got me thinking: where are all the 9/12 protesters and Teabaggers? Don't they oppose Obama's policies as much those Iranians oppose Ahmadinejad's? Or do they have some type of protest quota that's been used up?

Or maybe they need direction from some authority...wait, that can't be it; they're supposed to be grassroots, so they don't need Glenn Beck to tell them what to do.

...Right?

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Say It Aint So...

Tyler Perry to direct "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf?" There are so many ways for this to end badly.

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Good News In The Battle Against HIV

Really good news.

BANGKOK – For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might never be possible.

The vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31 percent in the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand, researchers announced Thursday in Bangkok.

Even though the benefit is modest, "it's the first evidence that we could have a safe and effective preventive vaccine," Col. Jerome Kim said in a telephone interview. He helped lead the study for the U.S. Army, which sponsored it with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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  1. Doesn't this guy understand that the POTUS is supposed to be on vacation half the time?
  2. The Patriots sound nervous. Tee-hee.
  3. Well played, Ochocinco.
  4. New Wizards coach sets a new standard.
  5. Just when you thought that the Patriot Act would finally get revised...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Michael Steele's Bottom Line

One Day At a Time...

Man, I really wish "the guy" in this story was the Janitor/Handyman from the show. I really do.

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  1. Thank you, Mass. Healthcare reform really can't wait any longer.
  2. Policy Change. Policy Change Part Deux.
  3. If the Terps lose another game, I may do this myself.
  4. Michael Moore's biggest challenge yet.
  5. Charlize: most actress in romantic comedies can't do them right, so don't feel bad.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bad Boys, Bad Boys; Whatcha Gonna Do?

CBS, GoodYear May Go Bankrupt

The Lack of Quality NBA Big Men

Quote of the Day


"I think it's important to realize that I was actually black before the election."


-- President Barack Obama, to David Letterman.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

The New Rich Liberal Boogieman...

...will be this crook. Move over, George Soros.

Can't wait for FoxNews to whine, "Why isn't the media covering it?"

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Just Begging For a Fight

Ahmadinejad's still doing it wrong. No wonder the Bill Kristols of the world are in permanent attack mode.

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If Your Brain Was a Person

Presented here without comment.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Best Thing the 'Skins Did

Was win. But as I've said before: if they don't score at least 21 points, they won't be winning too many games.

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Quote of the Day

"The left is the most dangerous force in American politics today. The entire resources of the lobbying industry and of centrist Democratic interests are required to keep it in check, not just during legislative season, but during elections, when the DCCC and the DSCC do their very best to make sure that progressives don't win primaries, and when they do, that they're starved of resources."


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Around the Internets

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Missed It By That Much

The Critics Spoke Too Soon

Some people freaked out because Obama didn't want to continue the ridiculous missile defense program former President Bush was pushing. But it looks like Obama's move has had at least one positive result.

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Somehow, I Can't Find the Tears

I tried, though:

DETROIT (Reuters) – One of the best-known auto industry executives in the world has fallen on hard times.

Jim Press, who briefly ran Toyota Motor Corp.'s U.S. operations and spent 37 years with the Japanese automaker before joining Chrysler as one of its three top executives in 2007, is facing claims of more than $1.35 million for unpaid federal taxes and a personal loan.

The 62-year-old auto executive, who told the New York Times last year he wore a single string on one wrist as a reminder that material wealth is not the most important thing, may be one of the highest profile victims of Detroit's collapse.

Press blamed the elimination of bonuses at Chrysler for his failure to pay back the personal loan.

Of course he did.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Sometimes...

...I don't know where Cracked.com ends and Sadly No! begins.

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The State With The Most Health Care Problems Is Represented By People Who Don't Want Health Care Reform

Rachel Maddow reports.

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Guns on a Train

Mississippi Republican Senator wants guns to be allowed on Amtrak. Talk about forgetting the lessons of Columbine, or 9/11 for that matter.

This won't end well.

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College Park Shoutout

Yet another reason to like Rachel Maddow. Wonk on, indeed.

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The 51-Vote Strategy

From the man who successfully implemented the 50-State Strategy.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

America To Get Slightly Dumber

Man, we really need a Smart Revolution or something. Things like this shouldn't happen.

The City of Brotherly Love isn't showing much to book lovers.

All 54 of Philadelphia's libraries are scheduled to close because the state of Pennsylvania has not been able to pass a budget to fund the library system.

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Oh, Yeah; Let's Have a Healthy, Civil Debate With These Guys

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

If Politics Were Hip-Hop...

Michael Moore would be Ras Kass:



I mean, damn.

(H/t)

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  1. I would think so.
  2. If the she fits...
  3. This should go over well.
  4. Hmmm...
  5. If your friends, family or loved one start smelling stinky, here's why.
  6. Auto-Obama.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

R.I.P., Patrick Swayze

He was not only a major movie star, but his name became part of 90's hip-hop slang.

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Contrast and Compare

Jason Whitlock's Bottom Line

Before reading my comparison of Michael Jordan and Serena Williams, make sure you ignore Jordan's time as an owner, his brief stint as a Washington Wizard and his rumored run-in with Bill Cartwright.

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To Paraphrase Ron Burgandy:

(Still) Trying to Make Me Feel Better

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  1. Kanye West is at it again. At least Madonna was mature.
  2. Why, NBC; why?
  3. Can't blame China for this really.
  4. When Obama speaks, politicians respond.
  5. Ah yes: the Taliban.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Billionare For Wealthcare

R.I.P., Norman Borlaug

A great person has left us. I can't stress this enough: Norman Borlaug saved billions of lives. Billions of lives.

Here's a pretty good Daily Kos diary on Borlaug.

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I Know, I Know...

"It's only one game." Much like, "We shouldn't make judgments based on the preseason stats." But football's only 16-games long; if you can't make some assessments now, then when? After eight games, which is halfway through? After twelve, when the season is usually decided? I never understood why people can make preseason predictions about football, but then had to shut up until the season was almost over.

Than there was the Comcast report, where B-Mitch said that Washington's offense was stagnant. Really? I thought spending millions on defensive players and ignoring and aging offensive line was Stage One in Operation: Light Up the Scoreboard. As much as I'd like to blame the offense, it hasn't been significantly upgraded. What we're seeing now is basically the same offense as last season, only a bit healthier.

Watching Zorn sweat through he post-game interview was painful. Just painful. It was like watching Doug Collins when he was coaching the Wizards (now there's a scary thought; I hope I never have to compare those two guys again).

Anyway, I've said this before and I'll say it here: with its defense Washington needs to be able score 21 points per game to be in games. Anything else is a virtual loss.

In other NFL news: karma has struck Donovan McNabb, who has tried his darndest to make sure that Micheal Vick's presence wouldn't overshadow his own.

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There's a Word For This...

Texas Principal: I wouldn't let my students see President Obama's speech, but I'll gladly bus 500 of them to see former President Bush give a speech.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Caving In

If the fringe faction of the conservative movement has learned anything, it's that screaming and complaining can eventually wear down anyone.

WASHINGTON – The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud. "We do not come to this decision lightly," Census director Robert Groves wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP concerns and negative publicity that the partnership will taint the 2010 head count.

"It is clear that ACORN's affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts," Groves wrote.


One day, someone or (some group) of clout and significance will give the fringe their much-deserved smackdown. You'll know when it happens because they'll be crying like a spanked child, claiming that they're being treated unfairly.

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Big Ben Has Balls

Of steel. Football is back...

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Riddle Me This

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  1. Replace the word "rowdy" with "racist" and I'll agree with you.
  2. EXCELLENT QUESTION.
  3. The graphic-novel-based-movie backlash is in full swing.
  4. Take one and call me if you start oinking.
  5. If you ever pissed off a cheetah, make sure you're in a racecar.
  6. Young people: crucial on health care.
  7. Children: don't remember 9-11.
  8. Obama vs Democrats on Afghanistan.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Obama Said Knock You Out

Guess Fox should have carried last night's speech afterall. And people wonder why Fox Business News is in the toilet.

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Obama's Health Care Speech Fallout

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Cats Beware!


Scientists using magnetism to levitate mice. Can we say, "Mouseneto?"

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Yikes

Allen Iverson's going to the Grizzlies. I feel sorry for O. J. Mayo.

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Allow Me To Translate

I have some connections to the America South, and their socio-political language takes some getting used to.

Here's what Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said about Obama's upcoming speech:

"What you're seeing is folks on my side anxious to see what the president has to say tomorrow night. "I think he's gonna have to express some humility based on what we've seen around the country this August and that's not his inclination."


Here's the translation: "That boy better learn his place and quick!"

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Former Drug Dealer Mad That People Are Profitting From Others

Sorry, but I had to fix this headline.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Drew Barrymore's Doing a Movie

Monday, September 07, 2009

Chicago Is (Again) America's Most Stressful City

May explain why Obama didn't really loose his cool during the election...now if he could only translate that into getting health care reform done.

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Racial Discimination...

...a toddler age? WTF?

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I Don't Want To Go Back To Work Now...

See, I work at a university (not this one) and...

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) – Some 2,000 students at Washington State University have reported symptoms of swine flu, university officials said, in one of the largest reported outbreaks of the virus on a US college campus.

The west-coast school last week instituted a blog to help provide information to students about the sudden and dramatic spread of the A(H1N1) virus on campus just days into the new school term.

"We estimate that we have been in contact with about 2,000 students with influenza-like illness in the first 10 days of our fall semester," the latest online posting said.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Around the Internets

Friday, September 04, 2009

Riddle Me This

If President Obama is really loosing on every issue foreign and domestic, than why is the GOP already speculating about who to run for 2012?

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Quote of the Day

Nobody here has the answers. Nobody here has to shoulder the weight Obama is carrying. We can all sit at the computer and bitch, and talk about how we donated money or handed out buttons or whatever. The fact is, when the shit hits the fan and the political bullets fly in this war, Obama is our guy in the trenches. Let's make sure we have his back.


-- DU's "Splinter Cell," making a valid point.

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Me Likey.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

How Something Sacred Like The Bible Turns Into An Ideological Mouthpiece

  1. Take one sacred religious document.
  2. Edit it to reflect whoever's in charge.
  3. Edit it again to reflect the civil mindset of your era.
  4. Watch it get mass published, loosening your control.
  5. Organize various groups based off of certain parts that justify your preconceived notions .
  6. Have groups infiltrate areas of power, specifically those in charge of editing said SRD to regain some control.
  7. Announce some changes.
  8. Convert people with misinterpreted rendition, make more money, use new SRD to advance preconceived notions.

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Michelle Obama's Hair

See what happens when a black family gets into the White House? Every aspect of their being is magnified and examined.

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For the Love of Everything Right and Holy

This is what I feared.

Don't get me wrong: I love the creativity, but somewhere some kid is doing websurfing for some Disney suit and he'll show the suit that link and the suit will say, "Hey, not a bad fucking idea!"

Comment Win(?):

Lots of Disney icons as Marvel characters. Let's see some more Marvel characters transplanted into Disney franchises like Beauty and the Thing above.

Snow White and the Seven X-men, anyone?

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And I Complain About Today's Cartoons


Glad I didn't grow up in the 60's because as Cracked.com's seanbaby shows us, cartoons back then were kinda weird.

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Not Exactly Optimistic Here


With health care reform not going as planned, Obama is going to do what he does best (politically-speaking): give a speech.

But after listening to Lawrence O'Donnell's take on the matter, I'm not that optimistic:


(Well, at least we're not going at each other like savages or...nevermind.)

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I Regret To Inform You

That what I thought was a major accomplishment regarding and ex-rapper turned out to be a complete lie.

Much like Chris Rock, I'm getting tired of trying to defend hip-hip. This doesn't help.

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I Thought The Answer Was, "They Have No Health Care."

Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover

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  1. Oh, yeah: the Taliban.
  2. In other words: another season of "To Catch aPredator."
  3. I say go for it.
  4. Trying to make me feel better.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

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  1. Trying to make me feel better, huh?
  2. Obama calls for slight COLA drop. GOP to jump on this in: 3, 2, 1...
  3. Most people can't write clearly anyway.
  4. And here I thought day-time soaps were forever.

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