"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Smells Like ... 

Am I the only person on the Interwebs who thinks that it's really, really funny that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's parliamentary coalition is called the Sweet Scent of Service?

Monday, November 27, 2006

If You Think Our Media Sucks, Remember It Could Be Worse 

Thank heaven for the British tabloids, which provide us with important information like this, from the Sun (all emphasis in the original, of course):
DUMMY Bryan Boniface could lose his job at Madame Tussauds — after posing for snaps GROPING star waxworks.

One shows him pulling down Kylie Minogue’s hotpants and kissing her BUM.

In others, taken during night shifts, he FONDLES Penelope Cruz and J-Lo. He is also seen beating up Sven Goran Eriksson, throttling London mayor Ken Livingstone and grabbing disabled Professor Stephen Hawking.

Bryan’s ex Sofia Oliveira leaked the shots when their romance ended.

Bryan, of London, said: “I’m in hot water.”

And, since a story like this is worthless without pictures, the Sun delivers:
Here's a photograph of a man kissing the ass of a wax representation of Kylie Minogue. Now your life is complete.

All I can say is that messing with a wax Stephen Hawking is clearly going too far.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving Humor 

I read this on Fark today, and it seemed seasonally appropriate:
When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, they did some astronaut training on a Navajo Indian Reservation. One day a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who only spoke Navajo, asked a question, to which his son translated. "What are the guys in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon. The old man got really excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon. Recognizing a promotional opportunity, the NASA crew found a tape recorder. After the old man recorded his message, they asked the son to translate. He refused. So the NASA reps brought the tape to the reservation, where the rest of residents listened and laughed, but they too refused to translate the elder's message to the moon. Finally, NASA called in an official government translator. He reported that the moon messages said, "Watch out for these assholes; they've come to steal your land!"

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Clear As Mud 

Chris Bowers reports that likely 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has recently purchased a huge stake in Clear Channel, which is (unless I'm very much mistaken) the nation's largest radio chain with something like 1200 stations, in a deal valued at $26.7 billion. What could possibly go wrong? Or, put another way, is "Mitt Romney" merely the English translation of "Silvio Berlusconi?"

Damn that liberal media, anyway!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

If It Looks Like a Lame Duck, Walks Like a Lame Duck, and Quacks Like a Lame Duck, It's Probably Being Appointed To the Federal Bench 

Via Kevin Drum, I see that President Halfwit is at it again still:
Lawmakers and others had been waiting to see whether Bush would renominate four particularly controversial appeals court candidates whose nominations had expired without Senate action. He did. The four include two nominees to the Fourth Circuit in Richmond: Terrence Boyle, a district court judge in North Carolina and a former aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, and Defense Department General Counsel William Haynes, who became a symbol of the Bush administration’s policies on terrorism, interrogations and other wartime powers. In addition, William Myers, a lobbyist and critic of environmental rules, was renominated for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, and Michael Wallace of Mississippi, rated unqualified for the appeals court by an American Bar Association panel, was renominated for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

These nominees are so bad that they couldn't get through the Republican-dominated Senate back when the Republicans believed they would always dominate the Senate. Renewing their nominations now is a pathetic waste of time, a blatant sop to the vanishing base, and a clear signal that the Junta does not intend to play nice when the new Congress takes over - but then, we knew that.

Snarky Goodness 

Atrios has several posts up today about the freak show that is Trent Lott, but my favorite is the one in which he quotes a headline from Fark:
Trent Lott selected as Senate Minority Whip, because if there's one thing that Trent Lott likes, it's whipping minorities.

Atrios goes on to add:
And, yes, that's over the top and highly uncivil. Of course, opposing anti-lynching laws was a bit uncivil too.

To which I can only add a mirthless chuckle.

Diplomatic Inanity 

From Think Progress:
Yesterday, the White House website featured a graphic with the flags of the three countries he’s visiting on his trip — Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. One problem: instead of displaying the Vietnamese flag, the White House graphic featured the old flag of South Vietnam. That flag hasn’t been the official flag of Vietnam since South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnam in 1975.

The display of the old flag is highly incendiary to the current Vietnamese government. NPR reported last year the display of the old flag anywhere in the United States — much less on the White House website — "could create tension amid warming relations between the United States and Vietnam."

Get a brain, Morans!

What Were You Doing Five Years Ago Today? 

Five years ago today, I was a little preoccupied:
Nicholas and his lucky parents

By the way, I know that all parents believe that their little darlings are just the smartest EVER, but I have a sincere question for all the proud mothers and fathers out there: How many five-year-olds actually discover on their own that, if x+y=z, then z-y=x? Because frankly, I thought it was a bit frightening.

Anyway, happy birthday Spuddy Buddy!