Sunday, October 31, 2010

Around the Internets


(pic via)

  1. Other than the obvious "they would get sued," there's little reason for rappers to not try this.
  2. Couples need to be aware of these money-related issues.
  3. While I don't agree with everyone on this roster, I will say that there are some characters who should have never been X-Men.
  4. Imagine my surprise when...
  5. Need money?

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Google Does Scooby-Doo

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Quote Of The Day

"I think the analogy that the economy was a car in a ditch when he took office that he uses is just a little too static. Here's my analogy, which in my opinion is both more kinetic and, frankly, far more accurate.

When the president took office not only had the car gone into a ditch but the car had flipped over and was rolling down a steep embankment. We, the American people, were in the back seat and the Bush administration had removed all the seat belts. So we were all flying around the interior of this car, as it was rolling and flipping and careening down this steep embankment heading to ...a 2,000-foot cliff. And at the bottom of that cliff were jagged rocks and alligators.

Now at noon on January 20th, 2009 as the car was careening toward the cliff, George W. Bush jumped out of the car. President Bush jumped out of the car and President Obama somehow managed to dive in through the window, take the wheel, get control of the vehicle, just inches before it went over the precipice. And he and Congress starting inching this wrecked (car) back up the embankment.

Now, you can't push a car up an embankment as fast as it careens down an embankment. But we got it going in the right direction and slowly we've gotten ourselves up that embankment, passed the ditch, up on the shoulder of the road. That is what happened. That's where we are today. "


-- Sen. Al Franken. (via).

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Friday, October 29, 2010

What You'll Be Seeing This Halloween...

Is Glenn Beck's Book Just a Remix of Jonah Goldberg's?

When Beck isn't swindling small crowds of old white people, he's doing the old "cut, paraphrase and paste" technique that many a graduate student should be familiar with. Granted, he's doing this to a piece of work with the premise of "Hitler was a vegetarian so in conclusion all liberals are fascists," but still.

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Follow The Money: Tea Party Addition

WTF: Bill Clinton Edition

Seriously, I thought he grew out of this "path of least resistance" crap.

Update: My apologies; I may have spoke too soon.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Keith Olbermann: The Tea Party Aren't Coming to Help

Quite the contrary.

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How Some Creepy Guys See The Harry Potter Movies

Costumes like this don't help the actresses who are still playing in those movies. And unlike the "Glee" thing, creepy old dudes have been drooling over Harry Potter girls since the fourth movie.

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Want To Watch Something REALLY Scary?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Let Bygones Be Bygones?

Question For Tea Party: If You Win, Where Are You Getting You Staff From?

"Sexy" Halloween Costumes

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

They Want Their Country Back....

Sundowner

The First Black Mayor of...Slovenia?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Via ESPN, The NBA Goes Marvel

The Best Of Both Worlds

How Much Am I Bid?

Looks like someone isn't ashamed of a little palm-greasing:

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that once or twice a year Iran gives his office $700,000 to $975,000 for official presidential expenses - and that Washington also provides "bags of money" because his office lacks funds.

Karzai's comments come a day after The New York Times reported that Iran was giving bags of cash to the Afghan president's chief of staff, Umar Daudzai, to buy his loyalty and promote Iranian interests in Afghanistan.

The Times quoted unnamed sources as saying that the cash amounted to a slush fund that Karzai and Daudzai had used to pay Afghan lawmakers, tribal elders - and even Taliban commanders - to secure their loyalty.

Karzai told reporters Monday that he had instructed Daudzai, a former Afghan ambassador to Iran, to accept the money from Tehran. "It is official and by my order," Karzai said.

Actual bags? Like, with the "$" on the side? How brazen. At least we'll know how Karzai spent all of this cash and-

Karzai did not offer details about how the money was spent, saying only that it was used to "help the presidential office" and to "dispense assistance" to certain individuals.



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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Did Clarence Thomas Perjure Himself During His Confirmation Hearings?

If you follow the "Bill Clinton lied about sex so he's guilty" logic, then the answer is most likely, "yes."

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Around the Internets

  1. Ah; politicians.
  2. Well, according to this, I should be making more money.
  3. Some videos are causing problems between black men and women.
  4. That fact that a 16-year old pop star giving a 44-gay director a lap dance was the least cringe-worthy on this list speaks volumes.
  5. The future? You're living in it, pal!
  6. Some women should not reproduce.
  7. Um, guys? She's 13.
  8. Turnabout is fair play.
  9. Mya's looking good at 31. Now why can't she get some radio play/acting roles?
  10. Personally, I don't think anyone who really loves their dog would do this.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Via NYT & WikiLeaks: Outsourcing Wars Isn't Such a Good Idea

One way to make a chaotic situation even worse.

The first shots sailed past Iraqi police officers at a checkpoint. They took off in three squad cars, their lights flashing.

It was early in the Iraq war, Dec. 22, 2004, and it turned out that the shots came not from insurgents or criminals. They were fired by an American private security company named Custer Battles, according to an incident report in an archive of more than 300,000 classified military documents made public by WikiLeaks.

The company’s convoy sped south in Umm Qasr, a grubby port city near the Persian Gulf. It shot out the tire of a civilian car that came close. It fired five shots into a crowded minibus. The shooting stopped only after the Iraqi police, port security and a British military unit finally caught up with the convoy.

Somehow no one had been hurt, and the contractors found a quick way to prevent messy disciplinary action. They handed out cash to Iraqi civilians, and left.

The documents sketch, in vivid detail, a critical change in the way America wages war: the early days of the Iraq war, with all its Wild West chaos, ushered in the era of the private contractor, wearing no uniform but fighting and dying in battle, gathering and disseminating intelligence and killing presumed insurgents.



There are two things to note here.
  1. It shouldn't have taken Wikileaks to bring this story to life. We're supposed to have a US Congress who investigates these types of actions. As much as people want President Obama to investigate how much dirty dealing Bush & Co. may have done, I think that the question of whether or not our military's current MOP needs a drastic overhaul is more important. And again, Congress can do this without the Whitehouse.
  2. The guy behind Wikileaks will (once again) get slammed for this, even though it's not his fault our military was basically replaced with mercenaries who cared more about getting paid than creating a semblance of democracy. And even if you agree with how Bush handle this (and I certainly didn't) you have to admit that although using an Army-For-Hire may cuts costs or allow the government to skim the numbers of casualties, these guys need close and consistent supervision. That didn't happen, and as a result, a difficult task became 10x harder. All Wikileaks is doing is providing evidence to support this.
And before anyone says "There wasn't enough troops! Did you want them to be slaughtered?" Let me say that low numbers where pointed out before this campaign began (and those who brought it up were either ignored, attacked or fired), and even with the contractors we ended up having to do the Bush/McCain "Surge," which just about every Congressional Republican now claims was the catalyst to "winning" the Iraq war.

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You Know The Economy Is Bad When...

Was "Red Dawn" Really a Pro-War, Ultra-Conservative Flick?

Another Day, Another White Person Blaming a Black Person For a Crime

Now Hollywood's getting into the act:

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — An actress acclaimed for her tough-talking performance in the 2007 film “Gone Baby Gone” is facing charges after she and another man allegedly broke into a neighbor’s apartment south of Boston and then tried to blame it on a black man, police said Tuesday.

Jill Quigg, 35, of Quincy, who played the role of Dottie in the movie directed by Ben Affleck, was arrested Friday after police were called about a break-in at a Quincy apartment, according to police.

Quincy Lt. Jack Sullivan said Quigg and Georgios Keskinidis, 28, of Lynn, were stopped near the apartment and told police that a black man had broken into it and was running off with a 32-inch flat screen television and a new computer printer.

“That’s when the suspects said they all of a sudden became crime fighters,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the pair told police they chased the man as he dropped the items and got into a getaway vehicle. The pair also told police they kept the items in Quigg’s apartment.

However, Sullivan said witnesses at the scene identified Quigg and Keskinidis as the ones leaving the apartment.

Quigg and Keskinidis, pleaded not guilty Monday in Quincy District Court to breaking and entering during the day, larceny of more than $250 and wanton destruction of property worth more than $250.

Both were released on personal recognizance.

Why is this still done? Because it still works.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

"I either right a terrible wrong, or die a horrible death".

Will Carmelo Anthony Go To The Knicks?

Was The Tea Party Movement Hijacked?

The Founder of the Tea Party thinks so:

Tea Party my ass. This was nothing other than The Republican Party stealing the anger of a population that was fed up with The Republican Party's own theft of their tax money at gunpoint to bail out the robbers of Wall Street and fraudulently redirecting it back toward electing the very people who stole all the ****ing money!


Ouchie!

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Jesus Beats Up Greek Gods


Because that's what Jesus does, goshdarnit! (via)

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Memo To The Parents Television Council: Please Pick Up a Dictionary

Sigh.

The Parents Television Council has released a statement criticizing the producers of "Glee" for allowing its stars Cory Monteith, 28, and Dianna Agron and Lea Michele, both 24, to participate in a "hyper-sexualized" photo shoot in the November issue of GQ.

According to the statement from the PTC, "it is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on 'Glee' in this way. It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment," said PTC's President Tim Winter.

From the good ol' dictionary:


It's called Dawson casting, people.


UPDATE: From the GQ Editor-in-Chief

"The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy. As often happens in Hollywood, these 'kids' are in their twenties. Cory Monteith's almost 30! I think they're old enough to do what they want."

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VA Politician Sends Out Email Comparing His Dog To Black People

Stay classy.

Virginia Beach is the biggest city in Virginia, and the hometown of the state's current Republican Governor, Bob McDonnell. Now it's also home to the latest example of a racist email forward destroying a prominent conservative's political credibility and possibly career.

As the progressive Blue Virgina blog reported Monday -- and I independently confirmed from one of the recipients Tuesday -- Virginia Beach Republican Party chair Dave Bartholomew forwarded a racist email comparing African Americans to dogs. The email, subject line "my, dog," consists of a racist parable about African Americans and welfare. In the first 24 hours since the email came to light, Democrats condemned Bartholomew and he resigned his position with the Republican Party.

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One Reason Why Democrats May Win This November

They decide to remind the American People of the things they have accomplished.

Congress passed an $814 billion economic-stimulus package soon after President Obama took office, tapping a staggering sum of money to avoid a full-blown depression. Democrats have trumpeted the gains from that effort but know it's not enough for restive voters. "Americans still see themselves in a ditch," said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D., Md.).

The two other landmark acts of this session were the health-care overhaul, a giant step toward universal coverage that had eluded presidents back to Franklin Roosevelt if not Teddy Roosevelt, and the Wall Street accountability act.

Obama has also signed into law at least a dozen other pieces of legislation of significance. They include:

Making college loans more affordable.

The Cash for Clunkers program to help the auto industry.

New consumer protections for credit-card users.

Making it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination.

Increasing federal regulation of tobacco products.

Cracking down on waste in Pentagon weapons acquisition.

Making attacks based on sexual orientation a federal hate crime.

Giving businesses tax incentives to hire unemployed workers.

Tax credits for first-time homeowners.


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Prince, Schmince

If Anyone Can Vouch For Knowing Witches, It's This Lady

(via). Who knew Elvira was keeping up with political events?

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One Reason Why Democrats May Lose Big This November

They haven't mastered the art of touting their accomplishments, believing that the average American has time to figure out/remember what's been done with them.

What if a president cut Americans’ income taxes by $116 billion and nobody noticed?

It is not a rhetorical question. At Pig Pickin’ and Politickin’, a barbecue-fed rally organized here last week by a Republican women’s club, a half-dozen guests were asked by a reporter what had happened to their taxes since President Obama took office.

“Federal and state have both gone up,” said Bob Paratore, 59, from nearby Charlotte, echoing the comments of others.

After further prodding — including a reminder that a provision of the stimulus bill had cut taxes for 95 percent of working families by changing withholding rates — Mr. Paratore’s memory was jogged.

“You’re right, you’re right,” he said. “I’ll be honest with you: it was so subtle that personally, I didn’t notice it.”

Few people apparently did.

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In a New York Times/CBS News Poll last month, fewer than one in 10 respondents knew that the Obama administration had lowered taxes for most Americans. Half of those polled said they thought that their taxes had stayed the same, a third thought that their taxes had gone up, and about a tenth said they did not know. As Thom Tillis, a Republican state representative, put it as the dinner wound down here, “This was the tax cut that fell in the woods — nobody heard it.”



See, something like this should have been hammered on the Sunday Talk Shows (and daily political shows, and radio shows) on a regular basis.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MMFA On Glenn Beck's Version of American History

Riddle Me This...

Why does Dick Cheney's daughter seem to have more clout with conservatives (and the media, for that matter) than John McCain's daughter?

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Probably The Biggest Problem I Have With The Obama Administration

Their "legal logistics." They don't want to prosecute anyone from the Bush Administration, and now they want to make sure no one else can either.

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Tom Tommorrow Nails It

Quote Of The Day

“It’s an accurate statement. I’m definitely one of the top 10 guards. It could mean two, it could mean one, it could mean four or five. I’m definitely one of the top thousand. Look, I know how he feels about me.

There have been a lot of great guards to play the game. For me to sit here and say, ‘He should have said top five,’ that’s disrespectful to the other guards that I’ve watched.”


Kobe Bryant, getting there.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

RTWBM:Overtime, 10/15/10

Some of the best stuff goes straight to the web:

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Zack Snyder On His Superman Movie: "will not be based on a comic book in particular."

Interesting.

If you're trying to figure out the plot of director Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot, don't look at the Man of Steel's previous cinematic endeavors for any clues. Likewise, there are no breadcrumbs to follow in the character's considerable comic book run. In fact, there's really no where to look except for the minds of those who have worked on the script.


Alrighty then. No one tell Oliver until they start filming, M'-kay?

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Sharon Angle Doesn't Know a Latino Person From an Asian Person

The Rude Pundit Explains Taxes to a Child, and the Child's Child-Like Parents

Golden.

Taxes are actually fees the government collects so that you can have nice things like Interstate 80, just north of you, which one day you'll hop on while telling your parents to kiss your ass. Once you pay 'em, it's not your money anymore. If you don't like how it's spent or how much is collected, well, that's what elections like this are for. But no matter how low taxes are, it ain't your money.


Read the whole thing. It's worth it.

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DU Top Ten for The Week

You Should Buy/Borrow/Download This Album

If for anything, to spite the jerk who didn't want it made. I mean; how can "John Legend and the Roots do a cover album of snogs from the 60's and 70's" be a bad thing?

FYI: I bought it myself, and I can remember the last time I bought music of any kind.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Around the Internets

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Not All Hip-Hop Is Violent, Sexist and/or Materialistic

It's just that (ironically) that's the crap that sells. But positive hip-hop has/does exist.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

I Won't Be Going To Burger King Anytime Soon

Yikes.

The lawyer for a Vermont man who claimed he bit into a Burger King sandwich and found an unwrapped condom says his lawsuit's been settled out of court.

Attorney Devin McLaughlin said Friday details of the settlement of the 2007 lawsuit are confidential and won't be disclosed.

[snip]

At the time, Hartless claimed his experience after biting into the Southwestern Whopper caused him "sustained pain and suffering, vomiting, nightmares, mental and emotional distress" and medical expenses. He couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

I've felt that way just from watching those creepy King commercials. Can't imagine how a condom-laced burger would make me feel, but I know "happy" ain't on the list.

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The NBA & Marvel Team Up

A Fool & His Money Is Soon Parted...But Even If They're Kinda Smart, They Can Be Swindled Too

It isn't surprising to see a "behind the foreclosure crisis" story, even if some people are still treating the whole thing as if (1) the banks did all they could to prevent it and (2) the homeowners who got involved were simultaneously deceptive scam artists and stupid rubes (depending on how you perceive the issue).

Well, as for the first theory:

The root of today’s problems goes back to the boom years, when home prices were soaring and banks pursued profit while paying less attention to the business of mortgage servicing, or collecting and processing monthly payments from homeowners.

Banks spent billions of dollars in the good times to build vast mortgage machines that made new loans, bundled them into securities and sold those investments worldwide. Lowly servicing became an afterthought. Even after the housing bubble began to burst, many of these operations languished with inadequate staffing and outmoded technology, despite warnings from regulators.


Then, well...you know what happened next (thanks for the reminder, Dave!). As a result, the banks did what they do best in a crisis: they panicked.

When borrowers began to default in droves, banks found themselves in a never-ending game of catch-up, unable to devote enough manpower to modify, or ease the terms of, loans to millions of customers on the verge of losing their homes. Now banks are ill-equipped to deal the foreclosure process.

If only someone had warned them. I mean, seriously warned them that...wait, huh?

“We waited and waited and waited for wide-scale loan modifications,” said Sheila C. Bair, the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, one of the first government officials to call on the industry to take action. “They never owned up to all the problems leading to the mortgage crisis. They have always downplayed it.”

At least until most of them went out of business. Of course some of them might have survived had they made the proper power moves:





As for the second argument: yeah I know it's easy to blame poor people (whether they were white, black or any other ethnic group/race) for being "naive" enough to believe that someone who went to school to learn about finance would tell them that gambling their home would be a good idea. After all, investing is a tricky business, and if you don't know what you're doing you shouldn't even try right? I mean, what kind of person would make themselves so vulnerable?

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and a business partner invested $15 million with a hedge-fund manager who was recently arrested for running a Ponzi scheme.

The Denver Post reported that the two invested $15 million with Sean Mueller in March with the understanding that the money would be placed in a trust until a final decision was made about where it would be invested.

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Sweet Baby Jesus Part 2





This passage from the TPM post says it all:

It does seem odd that a demographic known for doing menial labor at below the legal minimum wage would get a ride in a limo. Also, it should be noted that among the crowds of Americans being taken advantage of by the illegal immigrants in the ad -- taxpayers, police, that old-fashioned Louisiana marching band -- all but one of them are white.

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What Are They Afraid Of?

I Put A Spell On You

Honoring His Side of The Bargin

While I don't think a person who threatens to burn any religious document deserves to rewarded for not doing it, a deal is a deal.

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  1. Imagine if they were married to each other.
  2. Good for the University of Mississippi.
  3. And people thought I was silly to think this topic might have come up.
  4. I think Erykah Badu has a point, but as for the start off the decline: that happened with MC Hammer. Not the artist himself mind you, but the fact that he was willing to sign a record deal even though he was making money selling his own tapes out of the back of his van. Once the industry knew that hip-hop could be bought, they knew they could influence what was said.
  5. Hillary Swank wants another award I guess.
  6. Think of it as a memento.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Now You're Playing With Power

To be honest, a "boy runs girlfriend over to get his Playstation back" story seems so 2003.

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Cracked.com: Six Habits That Are Keeping You Alive

Crazy Thoughts By Real People

Does The Chamber of Commerce Get *Any* Foreign Money?

Bryce Dallas Howard As Poison Ivy?

Sure, why not?

Flixster - Share Movies

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

X-Men Arcade Game Coming To a Home Near You

Awesome. Via Comics Alliance:

According to Marvel.com, "X-Men Arcade" will make its way to the PlayStation Network and XBox Live Arcade for download this fall (in other words, delightfully soon). Offering the exact same experience that wowed gamers when the machine first hit arcades back in 1992, the home version of the game will allow 1-4 players to take on the role of either Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Dazzler or easily-the-best-playable-character Nightcrawler and rescue Professor X and Kitty Pryde from a host of classic villains, including Pyro, Blob, Juggernaut and the White Queen (back when she was evil). For years now, the game has pretty much defined the term "side-scrolling button-masher" and comes in a close second only to "Marvel vs. Capcom" as the comic-based arcade game most associated with simulated nerdgasms.

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Rachel Maddow: There's a Correlation Between a Candidate's Craziness and The Cash They Have

In other words: as long as the crazies can spend cash to make them look sane, they can continue being crazy.

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A Potential Campaign Poster For Joe Miller

Sweet Baby Jesus

TPM story here.





Soooo...the message seems to be: evil immigrants (even money says they're coming from a "brown" country) are going to shot up your stop signs and kidnap your little blond-haired, blue-eyed baby, just like in Man on Fire! Except this is real life, and the black guy is not a hero.

Did I miss anything?

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Cracked.com: If Every Website Became a Dramatic Movie


Heh.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You Can Have Your Way With Tila Tequila...

...at least, in a legal sense. When a judge basically shrugs their shoulders at you trying to stop the release of a sex tape, what else can you say?

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Can't Say The Simpsons Don't Know How To Still Be Edgy

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Quote Of The Day

"I don't know that I would put that label on them. They were doing what they thought was right for their country. And they were going out and fighting what they thought was a bigger, you know, a bigger evil."


-- Ohio Congressional candidate (and Nazi sympathizer) Rich Iott.

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It's Getting Harder To Get That Degree

Via WashPost:


Four young adults, three of them students at the University of Maryland, were stabbed early Tuesday during an altercation that began in an off-campus bar and spilled onto the street, police said.

None of the wounds were life-threatening.

Two of the injured are 19 years old, said Cpl. Erica Johnson, a Prince George's County police spokeswoman. One of them is 20, and the other is 23.

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Obama: A Year After Winning The Nobel Peace Prize

An interesting comparison of what was going on then and now.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Cracked.com Does Christine O'Donnell

Another Day, Another Gun-Toting Nut With A Picture of The President

UGH.



(pic via)


If we could somehow use the military to educate our youth, improve our health care system and create more jobs I would say that the percentage is fair.

(Well, the military could always just draft the unemployed so they can fight the wars, but there's something not quite ethical with that proposal).

And don't get me started on the table scraps tossed to "Science, Energy and Environment" or the irony that "Diplomacy and Needs Abroad" is 1/40th of our war spending.

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R.I.P, Leona Gage

When you consider how she lost her crown, it seems tame compared to recent beauty-pageant scandals.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Around the Internets

  1. Michael Moore on why LeBron James has set a good example.
  2. Cracked.com roots for the underdog.
  3. A Green Lantern animated series is on the horizon.
  4. Who will be the new Mary Jane Watson?
  5. I look at this revelation this way: just because the Kingpin and Dr. Doom are both bad guys, it doesn't mean they always have the same agenda.
  6. Not all sidekicks are useful.
  7. Considering his lyrics, this isn't that surprising.

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Some People Just Don't Get The Internet...

...and my personal theory is: they are people who either don't understand the concept of discretion or don't have an occupation that involves sexual (real or simulated) activity.

Example: An old friend was telling me a story about how he visited a strip club some years back. The strippers were attractive and entertaining. The crowd was lively and energetic. There were some hiccups (strippers trying to compete over who gets the good tipper, some patrons acting like assclowns) but overall, everyone had a good time.

When I asked if he had any pics, my friend replied, "Sure," and showed me a picture of one on the strippers in a nightgown. When I asked him if there where any pics during that night, he replied, "No, of course not. Cameras aren't allowed. These ladies aren't planning on doing this long-term and the last thing they need is a video clip playing on someone's laptop while they're trying to do an interview. Besides that, if people have pics and clips, why would anyone bother to show up to any events?"

Point is, just about everyone involved understood the thin line between "having fun" and "being exposed to the world."

Then you have everyone else, people who want to have fun and are/were so caught up in the fun they didn't think about how that "fun" would come to bite them in the butt later on in life. I mean, seriously; this is 2010 and odds are you're being recorded right now, you just don't know the medium. It just astounds me that celebrities, athletes and politicians still at all shocked when a video of them butt-naked french-kissing a pig in a giant tub of Jello starts making its rounds on the Internet. They should have known then that once they hit it big and start making the rounds on television, anything recorded will be used to damage them, blackmail them, or just for kicks.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: this type of crap is getting really old.

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Um, You Got A Little Nazi In Your Tea (Party)

"Teen Gets 1-Year Sentence For Minor Offense, Court Employee Gets Probation For Raping Her"

Seriously: WTF?

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Friday, October 08, 2010

How to Detect a Lie

Transformer Toy For A Character (Almost) No One Wanted


This fella is known as "the Beast." Apparently there was a little-known story in which, in a moment of desperation (and dwindling numbers), The Dinobots combined into a previously-unknown combiner to save their Autobot comrades. Unfortunately, Beast has no personality and it's only function was to kill anything that seemed alive. After wiping out every Decepticon in the battle, Beast turned his attention to the Autobots. Considered by some to be one of the truly terrible (non-cartoon) Transformer stories.

I bring this up because the revelation of this toy just seems...off to me.

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FYI: A Bag Of Dog Poop Can Be A Deadly Weapon

Why Johnny Depp Is Cool

The Voice Behind "Dora The Explorer" Wants Her Cut

I don't know whether to make a child-labor crack, a joke about corporate greed or snark that Nickelodeon is treating her as an undocumented worker:

Has the voice of 'Dora the Explorer' been taken for a ride? The actress who became the voice of the adventurous cartoon character in 2007 filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming Nickelodeon and its parent companies exploited her with a dubious contract that made millions for the network, but little for her.

Lawyers for 14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez told the New York Daily News that the actress and her parents were pressured into signing a "convoluted and inscrutable contract" that cheated her out of "millions, perhaps tens of millions."

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Sanchez became Dora, a Latina character, in 2007, and her contract promised $5,115 per episode and a cut from residuals and merchandising. The Sanchez's claim that their own agent, Jason Bercy, gave them only 22 minutes to review the contract and threatened that if they didn't sign immediately, Nick would "pass on Caitlin for the part of Dora."


The show must be raking it in going by all the merchandise it peddles. Just give the young lady her cut already.

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

From Cracked.com: Power Corrupts

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Around the Internets

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Did You Know That Millionaires Can Get Unemployment Benefits?

Friday, October 01, 2010

"I Have A Drinking Problem"

What If Another Network Picked Up "Dexter?"

TRMS: Obama Attempts To Fire Up The Base

Better late than never, I guess.

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Judge Tried To Pass Out Acorns With Condoms Inside