May 25, 2010

Oh, I agree

Harold Cook took a bite out of the highly subjective PolitiFact and in the process gave me some great laughs. Go check it out when you have a chance.

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February 11, 2010

Ag Comm Race : The Statesman vs. The DMN

We discussed the pathetic reporting out of the DMN Tuesday, but yesterday's mess was even worse. Jessica Myers, the intrepid reporter covering the Democratic primary race for Commissioner of Agriculture (and whose last beat was Frisco ISD, no joke), ain't the sharpest in the world. In fact, her irrational slant in the race (Friedman vs. Gilbert) has been surprising to many of us who were actually starting to like the DMN again. Here's the piece that caught my eye today...

"It should be an interesting and new experience for him to endorse a Democrat," said campaign adviser Mike Lavigne in the statement. He accused Friedman of previously endorsing Republicans George W. Bush, Lamar Smith and Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Actually, Jessica, it wasn't an accusation. It's documented fact, much like Kinky calling Katrina evacuees in Houston 'a bunch of crackdealers and thugs'. Be slanted all you want, the rest of us know the truth and understand that, on balance, you're not doing a great job even for a blogger.

Compare and contrast that with Asher Price at the Statesman.

Friedman says he has no plans to square off against Gilbert.

"My heart's not in an intramural battle between Democrats," said Friedman, who has won endorsements from former Democratic agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower and The Dallas Morning News.

Which, I suppose, is why his campaign sends out nasty, almost daily blasts about Hank.

But after running for governor as an independent in 2006, Friedman might have a hard time persuading most Democrats to vote for him.

"I don't think Kinky Friedman will ultimately be taken seriously because people do not seriously see him as agricultural commissioner," said Ed Martin, former director of the Texas Democratic Party, who said he is not working for either campaign.

Gilbert, a rancher, is "obviously qualified," said Martin, and Democrats have a "better opportunity (in the general election) with somebody who could seriously address the issues with the office."

Some Democrats want nothing to do with Friedman, who they say acted as a spoiler for Democratic candidate Chris Bell in 2006 and appears to be a self-promoter.

"He likes dogs more than he likes people in Kerr County," Marguerite Jones, an Austinite who lived in Kerr County, said at a confab of local Democrats at Scholz Garten in January. "He changes with the winds. He's a personality, but he's not a candidate. He's a character. He's not serious."

Gilbert said he's concentrating on a general election with Staples, who, he says "has trimmed down the agency till things are falling into cracks."

In one piece, the Statesman better captured this race than the DMN has with articles and almost daily blog posts. It all comes down to this... an incompetent comedian who is busy selling books, cigars and salsa vs a rancher who has spent his entire professional life in Agriculture. A non-Democrat running in the Democratic primary vs a life long Democrat. A man who will depress Democratic turnout in November vs a man with a proven track record of rallying Democrats and pulling in Independents and moderate Republicans, in every corner of the state.

That's the story. Only an asshat could miss it.

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December 10, 2009

Talkin' some shit with Ted Delisi

As a Republican strategist, it's really gotta suck to live in Travis County. Maybe that explains Ted Delisi's oh-so-dour column about the prospects of Democrats next year. I mean, when you're living in an area that's thoroughly Democratic, economically vibrant and entrepreneurial, it's gotta be depressing. Austin is pretty far from anyone's idea of a Randian paradise but it IS pretty damn close (traffic aside) to most people's idea of an urban paradise.

It's also pretty close, economically, to what the rest of the state desperately wants... especially the rural areas and suburbs where people have been hit hard by a recession Republicans don't even think is really happening. Democrats have had neither the money or the message to carry to these areas a problem which is changing. This year.

The funniest thing about Ted's opinion is just how clueless it shows him to be about the state of affairs in his own party. If the Teabaggers were a party of their own, they'd outpoll Republicans. Which means that sterling Texas Republican brand is looking pretty tarnished right now. Couple that with a rapidly improving economy (thanks to a stimulus plan Republicans stupidly said wouldn't work... and have done everything in their power to make sure wouldn't) and more aggressive D strategy and you have the ingredients for a shift next year that'll put many Republicans on unemployment.

Sure, it'll take a lot of hard work, planning, some great candidates and a little luck. All of which seems to be falling into place for the Democrats this year. They already rid themselves of deadweight (so long, Chuckles) and now, not being in a position where they have to defend losers, they're positioned to mount a broad offensive.

Ted would realize all that if he wasn't doing his best imitation of a French general by solidly focusing on the past.

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November 02, 2009

Matt Taibbi is an idiot sometimes

Matt Taibbi is the kinda reporter who gets about half of a sensational story right, then fucks it all to hell by adding extraneous garbage and outright lies.

In this piece, he proposes to run Dr. Elizabeth Warren, current chair of the TARP oversight panel, against President Obama. Why?

1) Because the President is fixing the financial crisis not by collapsing the banking sector (and the economy with it) but by actually using some of the people who know Wall St. best to fix Wall St. Which is exactly what Taibbi's hero, FDR, did. Oh, and he's not doing it nearly fast enough. Never mind that it took Roosevelt YEARS after his election to get much of the post Depression financial reforms in place.

So what's the alternative? Nationalizing everything, collapsing equity and debt markets, destroying pension plans and retirement plans. How much more expensive do you think THAT will be?

2) He hasn't closed Gitmo... OK, got me there. I want it closed too and it makes no sense to leave it open. Except the President seems intimidated by the Republicans. I personally think the same thing happened on FISA, but who the fuck knows. Why don't we get angry about THAT, Matt?

3) The Public Option... apparently, the President is reneging on the public option. Which if he were a member of Congress, I'd be pissed about. But our problem is in the goddamn Senate, not the White House. Granted, the point on Rahm is probably valid... he is a weaselly, arrogant fuck. And it finally looks like some progress is being made in Congress.

At the end of the day, Matt, you need to get the fuck over 'things aren't perfectly the way I want them ten months after the Inauguration so I'm mad'. It really agitates those of us who realize public policy doesn't turn on a dime.

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November 01, 2009

You might be right...

...Jason Embry, as long as no Democrat gets in the race.

No OTHER Democrat.

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October 08, 2009

Assets, liabilities and Federal debt... a tempest in a teapot

Much has recently been made of our collective debt and the rapid increasing of it by the current government. It's odd how so many debt hawks have come out of the woodwork recently and loudly... my only question of them is WHERE THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN, ASSHOLES? See, many of us have been worried about Federal debt levels for a while, especially since when we were running huge deficits to give tax cuts that did nothing to grow the economy because, at the level of taxation from which the cuts were made, there was no marginal utility from them.

In other words, we cut taxes by a dollar and that ended up creating no additional economic activity... other than giving Treasury the opportunity to sell more debt. People like me were worried about this because, naturally, you only want to take on debts when you're

A) Using it to grow assets that will earn income at a rate that exceeds the coupon on the debt. Basically, if I buy a business for $2 mn and it's earning 200k per year, if I finance the purchase with debt then my interest rate really can't be more than 5% which would give me enough to service the debt and pay it down. SIMPLISTICALLY.

B) As a government, in economic distress and even then you want to spend the money by basically giving it to people to get the economy producing maximum tax revenues. Again, you want to grow the economy at a rate which exceeds the interest you're paying.

The reality the debt hawks are unwilling to acknowledge is that the debt is largely a tempest in a teapot. In general, you don't want debt to exceed four times your annual income. In the case of the United States, we're still a long way off...

debt graph.jpg

What really irritates me is that they're double counting mortgage liabilities in household debt, then again with the GSE's. So, functionally, we're at 263% of GDP in total debt. As for the other really scary columns that represent future entitlement spending, it's really simple... they disappear with a few minor changes. Like increasing the retirement age which should have been done 30 years ago.

Now, assets are also important... As of 2008, US citizens and non-profits have around $51 trillion in assets. This doesn't include local, state and federal assets or infrastructure. Which would likely add another $20 trillion to the party. I point this out because a good rule of thumb is that the absolute maximum debt that's reasonable is about 100% of assets. And we're no where near that point.

Don't take this as me saying 'hey, let's spend, bitches!' The point is that while we're in an economic hole, we should be spending. A lot. We also need about $2 trillion in infrastructure investments. And we CAN afford it.

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October 02, 2009

Glen Beck... in love with TARP

Well, at least he was until we went to FOX...

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The echo chamber

I'm sure it will come as a HOOOOOOGE surprise that Fox News was tops in the ratings of all the news channels. Considering that they're the only ones really appealing to the all important older white conservative demo, it's really not all that shocking.

What was shocking was the vein on Glenn Beck's forehead when he was bellowing on about Rep. Grayson's refusal to apologize for remarks on the floor of the House. In those remarks, he accurately assessed the Republican health care plan as 'Don't get sick' and 'if you do get sick, die quickly'. Which actually IS their plan so I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.

In other news, more people watched Gossip Girl Monday night than Bill O'Reilly. Yes, I was one of them, which I'm sure will give The Mayor yet another opportunity to ridicule me for the programs I watch.

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September 30, 2009

Talk, bluster and bullshit : Right wing cowardice shows up in force

Media Matters put out this today regarding the virulent right wing press (blogs, print and broadcast) who are all talking about revolution and military coups against the President and the Government. Here's a representative sample of what has them so upset...

Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a "family intervention," with some form of limited, shared responsibility?

Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

Military intervention is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama's radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible. [, 9/29/09]

Let's move past the fact that the majority of the brass is Democratic or democratic leaning... by an overwhelming number, they are almost uniform in their support for civilian control of the military and it's Constitutional basis. Needless to say, this is stupid wishful thinking. The comedy here is that these very same generals would lead the fight against domestic terrorists bent on the overthrow of the US. Here's another sampling, this time from Michael Savage...

Let me talk specifically. The white male in particular -- the one without connections, the one without money -- has nothing to lose, and you haven't seen him yet. You haven't seen him explode in this country, and he's still a majority, by the way. In case you don't know it. He is still the majority. No one speaks for him. Everyone craps on him. People use him for cannon fodder. And he has no voice whatsoever. He has nobody speaking for him.

So he goes to these extreme fighting events. Take a look at them, and you'll see what the white male is capable of. And you're going to find out that if you keep pushing this country around, you'll find out that there's an ugly side to the white male that has been suppressed for probably 30 years right now, but it really has never gone away.[Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation, 8/21/09]

Actually, no. Aside from the occasional maladjusted buttplug with a gun, an itchy trigger finger and a grudge, none of these folks are going to do a damn thing. Because they're too busy watching the next UFC match on SPIKE. Oh, sure, much like their leaders Beck and Savage (the human equivalent of the action of a dog vomiting, with apologies to Barfly), they'll moan and whine, but they won't do a fucking thing. Because they're stupid, lazy and cowardly. Just like their media leaders. These people are whiners... about their jobs, their lives and their tiny dicks. They're so soft they wouldn't have a chance in a real totalitarian state. They'd give up any amount of freedom for a lifetime porn channel subscription, a supply of Pepsi and some fried chicken.

Growing up in East Texas, when someone got mouthy they usually got punched. I'm offering, on behalf of the country, to do that to these windbags. Same with you Chuck Norris, though I'm sure your training and experience will probably kick my ass... but I promise you, it'll be fight you'll never forget and I will make you bleed. I promise, Chuck Norris, that at the very least I'll beat enough sense into that you'll stop talking about being 'the President of Texas'.

Seriously, come on bitches. You're so goddamn tough, come on to town and let's throw down.

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September 25, 2009

Why does the NYT hate single payer?

FAIR would like to know.

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September 15, 2009

Burka Channels Hank Gilbert?

Apparently, Burka also thought that 39%'s decision to send the Ranger's to the border was more political theater than actual law enforcement. Hank Gilbert only beat him to the punch by 72 hours.

To date, there's still nothing from the other Democrats and the pitiful entertainer in the race (including and not including Ronnie Earle).

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September 10, 2009

This is strange...

According to our friends at the Schlockman, the mortality rates for breast cancer are higher among black, hispanic (no breakdown) and rural women.

Quick! Name groups that historically have very low access to health care and even less to health insurance?

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September 06, 2009

Save Them Skule Chillurnz!!

I realize my planned weekly post on lawyerin' is now so overdue that more than a fortnight o' lawyerin' has gone uncovered, but that's not where the action is right now.

Where the action is, is in pointing out and staring at the tsunami wave of Stupid that has washed over this nation since word got out about the President wanting to speak directly to small children about such controversial, highly-charged partisan issues as staying in school.

The Mayor has already addressed this issue and nailed down what has to be the most reasonable hypothesis for explaining the hysteria, the last time out having gone so poorly and all. Still, you have to figure that even if there is a solemn pledge to suspend all air traffic and not read any goat stories this time around, that won't get people to come down from off the ceiling.

Here's what I think the President should do. Let this controversy continue to fester and blow up waaaay out of proportion. Let the Crazies pull their kids out of school. Let them carry their collective cow to full term. Let them have a completely drug-free natural cow birth. Then, when the day of the speech comes, President Obama should simply lead the children in the Lord's Prayer and sign off.

Now, I know that would be inappropriate and not entirely consistent with the Establishment Clause, blablabla....But talk about some heads exploding! THAT would be fun to watch! It would be like when the immovable object meets the irresistible force - what would happen? Would the Crazies' sheer unalloyed hatred of Obama compel them to object to a good old-fashioned Christian prayer in school, or would their fanatical devotion to school- sanctioned Protestant religious rituals force them to have to choke down their open abhorrence of Obama? I don't know which would happen. But it would be a really neat science experiment either way. (Hey! that would be ANOTHER tie-in to stuff about education!)

In fairness, it makes internal sense from Teh Crazy viewpoint to worry about potential indoctrination of schoolchildren. Because that's what THEIR fave U.S. President did when he had the opportunity. So logically, they expect Obama to do the same. We can all see where that would lead, right? Reach today's impressionable grade-schoolers, and you've captured the minds of a whole generation of young voters, just in time for the election of 2016, when Obama is conveniently up for his third ter-........oh, wait, that doesn't......

Ah, I give up. They're just batshit crazy.

P.S. - Props to MSNBC's John Harwood for saying so, out loud, on the air.

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September 03, 2009

Protesting health care reform in MD

This is retarded (the video)... Note to conservatives, you guys are just fuckall lame. Being cutesy isn't funny. It's really not even cute. And you should have better looking, more talented people doing these things.

Of course, Maryland isn't the only place for stupid people doing stupid things. There's also Fayette County here in Texas where teabagger activist Chris Boyle is going to be protesting the dedication of a new VA Clinic. Because the health care we give our Veterans is socialized medicine, don't you know. Also because Congressman Doggett, who was integral to getting the clinic built, is going to be there and Boyle hates Lloyd Doggett.

Hey, protest all you want. Get those poor people teabaggers out. I don't even mind the fact that they'll benefit more from health care reform than I will and that I'll pay for these trashy people. But don't, for the love of God, protest a damn VA clinic.

Have some respect for the people who work there and the people who need that clinic.

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August 29, 2009

Fuckin' around with Joe Klein

I love this so much I want to marry it!!!

Last week I went to a cookout on the beach here with some old friends (Sausages and seafood, but no cocktail weenies!) Every year they do a cookout, and then a birthday party, and for years I've known that one of their guests was Joe Klein. I never mixed it up with him because, after all, well...the opportunity never presented itself and while I'm pretty aggressive in print no one really goes up to someone and picks a quarrel with them, do they?

Or maybe they do. Yes, I guess they do. I was standing at the cookout minding my own business when Klein started pontificating for the rubes on how “surprising” and “shocking” it was that Grassley, of all people, should have come out and endorsed the “death panels” lie. I walked up and said “why are you surprised?” [edited to remove typo] to which he, in best pundit debater fashion (never allow yourself to admit you were just posing!), shot back “who says I'm surprised?” I said “well, you did. You just started your lecture saying “Its surprising.”” Its not surprising, the republicans have nothing left to lose and nothing left to gain at this point outside of pleasing the crazy base and attacking Obama and the dems.”

The exchange goes on and on with Klein steadily losing ground. Absolutely brill and a stunning reminder to everyone to challenge people on their bullshit, especially when they write for Time Magazine. And their name is Joe Klein.

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August 22, 2009

Oh, this has disaster written all over it

Apparently, some Hollywood types, rapidly approaching their individual midlife crises, have decided to turn 80's classic movie St. Elmo's Fire into a television series.

Anyone else think this is a recipe for suck?

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July 30, 2009

A new Prince of Peace?

Via Alternet comes something funny from Newsweek, a proposal that President Obama make President Bush (the asshole we just got rid of) a US envoy to the Middle East.

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July 24, 2009

Hamburger madness

The NYT almost a month ago... and Texas Monthly now.

Why is it that every summer we have to have multiple articles about hamburgers?

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April 29, 2009

When the headline doesn't match the article

From the NYT regarding torture used by the Bush Administration...

Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says

Here's what the memo actually says...

“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday. ... “I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.” ... “The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means,” Admiral Blair said in a written statement issued last night. “The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security.",/div>

Just sayin', for those asshats out there who will seize on this as a vindication of the policies created by the Bush Administration.

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March 01, 2009

So much for Santelli's rant

As it turns out, it was nothing more than Republican astroturf. And you'll never believe who broke the story...

Is it any wonder newspaper's are dying?

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February 04, 2009

Obama and the fourth estate

First off, if anyone was thinking maybe people were too hard on Howard Kurtz, there was this...

A lot of people, and not just conservatives, think the media have rolled over for Obama. I've certainly been critical of the coverage at times. But what's past is prologue. If journalists don't start holding the 44th president accountable -- in the same way the left wanted us to hold George W. Bush accountable -- we will have defaulted on our mission. It will be bad for the country, and bad for Obama. He didn't run as a black candidate. He ran as a politician who happened to be black. And so our journalism must be color-blind as well.

REALLY, Howard? Why is it that that chickenshit 'journalists' like you are so scared of losing access during Republican Administrations that you fall over yourselves with fawning coverage, yet when a Democratic President is inaugurated you're at his throat within days? What's that about?

And then there was Michael Gerson who on his best days still reads like a poor man's William F. Buckley

But there was a second, less sympathetic, Obama enthusiasm at work. In a Newsweek essay, Michael Hirsh mentioned Obama's racial achievement. But he went on to say that "there's something else that I'm even happier about -- positively giddy. . . . What Obama's election means, above all, is that brains are back." Hirsh declared that the Obama era means the defeat of "yahooism" and "jingoism" and "flag-pin shallowness" and "religious zealotry" and "anti-intellectualism." Obama is a "guy who keeps religion in its proper place -- in the pew."

There is much to unpack here. Can it be that Hirsh is "even happier" about the advance of liberal arrogance than he is about the advance of racial justice? And would the civil rights movement have come at all if African American religion had stayed "in the pew"? But suffice it to say that some wish to interpret the Obama victory as a big push in the culture war -- as an opportunity to attack their intellectual and cultural "inferiors."

What's amazing here is that Gerson seriously may not have understood that Hirsh was ecstatic, as we all were, over the fact that the American people picked substance over bullshit, brains and competence over one liners and hunting pictures. You'll have to excuse him for not 'getting it' since he was, after all, a bit player in the circus of retards that was the Administration of George W. Bush. You might remember him as the nebbish speechwriter who took credit for everything which mostly included work he didn't actually do.

Is this kind of bullshit all over the place? Should I just stop reading the Post?

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December 10, 2008

Will someone please put Michael Moore out of our misery?

According to Political Wire, Michael Moore has decided he's going to make a movie about the financial crisis. Before we're even out of it.

It goes without saying that he'll largely miss the point, just like David Corn did. The thing that sucks is that this shouldn't be based on the very real greed or supposedly toxic financial instruments. Instead, he should be focusing on wage growth and wealth concentration/stratification.

Anyone wanna bet $100 that doesn't make it into the movie? Betcha another $100 that at least 30 minutes are spent on greedy subprime lenders without even looking at the bad credit or undocumentable income of the borrowers who applied for and wanted those subprime loans. Why? Because it's easier to explain, even if it is wrong.

And Michael's never been one to let facts get in the way of his narrative.

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PhotobucketPRAISE JESUS!

PD seems to think it was an unfortunate drinking accident. I prefer to think it was the result of some rather aggressive fellatio that resulted in her decalcified bones crumbling under pressure.

However it happened, I just gotta say thanks, Big Guy!

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December 01, 2008

Center-right in my ass

David Sirota wrote before the election that the race would be on, if Obama won as handily as he did, to redefine the US from a conservative nation to a center-right nation. Turns out he was spot on.

Photobucket When I wrote my first column about the "center-right nation" and subsequently launched the "Center-Right Nation Watch" series on this blog I predicted that the news media would actually increase its usage of this term after Obama won. I did a Lexis-Nexis search of the term, and was the first to note the trend and make the prediction that "if Obama wins, expect more frantic talk from the fringe about how electing a black man billed as an Islamic Karl Marx obviously means our country is more conservative than ever."

Feeling like I was out on a limb (and remember, this was almost 2 weeks before a group of major progressive pundits belatedly started writing about the trend), I asked a friend out here in Denver who works with a company called Trendrr to officially track whether my prediction was right - and you can see from the results above, it was - more so than I ever expected.

As the graph shows, the use of the exact term "center-right nation" spiked immediately after election day (point "0" is the day my column published, point "1" is election day).

While it's true - this trend study doesn't tell us how many of the "center-right nation" references are saying this is "not a center-right nation." But a look through Lexis-Nexis shows it's safe to assume that the vast majority of these references are asserting this is a "center-right nation."

Even the NYT got in on the act as if making pragmatic decisions were some kind of an indication of a move to the center-right rather than just good decision making in the case of Geithner at Treasury and Clinton at State.

Of course, the media is far more conservative than the electorate. The percentage of young, well known media personalities, pundits and reporters is not the same as the percentage of younger people in the electorate. That will change as people like Tweety die off or become increasingly irrelevant.

Until then, feel free to point out how badly they are misreading the mood in this country.

(via Digby)

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November 24, 2008

Joe The Plumber : The Autobiography

Joe the Plumber is, along with some other guy, writing a book. Mr. The Plumber's book, due December 1st, will be 300 pages long and divided into two sections. The first will be Joe's life, his journey and his rise to accidental celebrity (26 pages... seriously, is there anything about this guy that can't fit in 26 pages) and the balance being a rehash of the same old 'conservative' bullshit that's been spewed by every Republican candidate in the US since 1980.

PhotobucketJoe the Plumber, a.k.a. Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, the Ohio voter who became a celebrity in the last, heady weeks of the election, has signed a book deal with small, Texas-based publisher PearlGate Publishing. Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream, as it will be called, will "address Mr. Wurzelbacher’s ideas about American values," according to the Times, and be co-written with Thomas N. Tabback, the author of a ridiculous-sounding Christian novel also published by PearlGate. The Times cites an interview with Fox News in which JTP said he could have gone with a larger publisher, “But they don’t need the help. They are already rich. So that’s spreading the wealth to me.” The book will be published December 1, an amazingly quick turnaround time, which indicates that probably Joe the Plumber doesn't have a problem spreading the wealth to China, either.

I know I'm going to get this book from at least three people this Christmas. It won't be funny. All it will prove is that the people who give it to me have too much money on their hands.

Yeah, I'd really rather have a gift card.

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November 15, 2008

This just in...

PhotobucketTHIS GUY LIES.

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October 31, 2008

In which a crook speaks to tweety

PhotobucketI'm not posting the video here, you can see it by clicking here. I just can't put up an embedded video of Tom Delay, one of the nastiest, most ignorant people in the universe.

Far more disgusting is what Tweety says about him at the end. Chris Matthews, I thought your show was 'Hardball' not 'Hardballs (in my mouth)'. Seriously, yo, watching you fellate Tom Delay is sick. Like watching japscat. It's not that I want to censor Tom Delay... it would just be nice if one of our infotainment journalists were smart enough to call him on his shit. AND PRESS HIM DOWN WHEN HE'S WRONG.

Of course, that's not Matthew's style. He's only a tiger with State Senators.

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October 29, 2008

Hypocrisy is my FAVORITE

Why does ANYONE still listen to Rove?

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October 06, 2008

Stupid, Sebastian. Very Stupid.

Those who comprise the pseudo-intellectual backbone of the right are mounting a stirring, if misguided and thoroughly wrong, defense of deregulation. First up today, Sebastian Mallaby in the WaPo which is apparently trying to compete more vigorously with the WaTimes.

If that doesn't convince you that deregulation is the wrong scapegoat, consider this: The appetite for toxic mortgages was fueled by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the super-regulated housing finance companies. Calomiris calculates that Fannie and Freddie bought more than a third of the $3 trillion in junk mortgages created during the bubble and that they did so because heavy government oversight obliged them to push money toward marginal home purchasers. There's a vigorous argument about whether Calomiris's number is too high. But everyone concedes that Fannie and Freddie poured fuel on the fire to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.

OK, first off it's clear that Mallaby is completely ignorant of this. This WAS an absolute failure of deregulation at all levels. Mallaby wishes to cast the final blame on cheap money from the Chinese (their recycled trade profits) and the investors all over the world with an appetite (Mallaby stupidly assumes) for risky sub-prime credits. First off, money is money and whether it's cheap or expensive, prudent underwriting standards are a constant. The rules don't really change. You can't justify, ever, giving someone a loan with a balance more than 20 times their annual salary. Needless to say, you can blame China all you want but it's still a decision that someone IN THE UNITED STATES made to make these loans.

Second, Mallaby's ignorance of structured finance and the sales plans for these securities really should disqualify him from writing on this topic. Of course, the WaPo doesn't know any better so they'll let any idiot fill their pages with pap. As long as they work for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the AEI or (in Mallaby's case) the CFR. But I digress... Back to blaming the buyer. The reality is that these investors DO deserve some of the blame. These are folks who manage billions in assets and frankly should have been a little more concerned with the tranching, the credit classes (and homogeneity) in those tranches and the overall credit profile. They should have been concerned about the credit enhancements... why WERE they needed? Who was the counterparty on those insurance policies? What was their reserve? In their defense, some managers DID dig into these questions. They received assurances that the pools in the CDO were perfectly constructed, the enhancements (credit default swaps) were solid which brought the credit rating (according to the ratings agencies) up to A and the counterparties on the CDS were all well rated. None of that was a lie... well, not exactly, The consistency in the pool was at issue, as was the historic risk on low documentation loans (not to mention those which added to that layer of risk with a high loan to value ratio and relatively low FICO scores). However, even some of the issuers didn't understand the risks they had ultimate underwriting responsibility for at the pool level. That aside, these investors were paying A paper prices on C credits. When these credits began to perform like C credits, THEN they started asking questions which caused the systemic breakdown because the answers weren't what they were expecting.

Not to mention the fact that the enhancements became effectively worthless as issuers folded up shop.

As a side note, Mallaby should maybe take a look at this. While the NYT did a pretty piss poor job on the story, it's still pretty clear that the decisions made by FNMA and FHLMC weren't forced by regulation. They weren't even coerced, despite the tilt of the reporter. In reality, Fannie (in this case) was trying to compete with aggressive investment and commercial banks who were offering extremely risky loans. In other words, this was a failure of the leadership who made the decision to chase the market rather than stay the rational course.

The interesting thing is the argument that these 'toxic mortgages' , or at least the ones clogging balance sheets, are always made to poor and minority borrowers. Which isn't true... Alt A (which comprises the vast majority of these 'toxic mortgages') wasn't much for low income or risky credit profiles. And of course, Mallaby (much like the NYT) makes no mention of the fact that the majority of these loans, the overwhelming majority, are still performing. Which means this is all more a panic than an actual financial avalanche. It's obvious why Mallaby doesn't want to talk about the failure of the market because it acknowledges Mr. Market's #1 flaw... it's made up of PEOPLE. Irrational, sometimes stupid, people.

Finally, all this talk on both sides ignores one simple fact... if tax policy had been different, restructured to really promote wage growth and low inflation (you can have both), this probably wouldn't have happened. This was a case of the mortgage industry trying to find ways to make loans to a populace that really couldn't afford them anymore. Sure, eventually something would have stopped up the system and at some point we'd have had a day of reckoning. However, it would have been a lot easier. If you really want to tack this disaster on an economic theory or concept, supply-side economics is a pretty great scapegoat because of it's unerring ability to concentrate wealth at the top.

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September 12, 2008

Green Jobs and Reality (well, according to John Stossel)

I LOVE it when reporters try to get into economic and business stories! It's where you really get to see their politics and find out exactly where they're aligned.

In the case of John Stossel, he's been such an advocate for charter schools and vouchers that it's never been hard to figure out. His stories slant to the right so badly that you'd think the only folks he talked to for the piece were from the American Enterprise Institute.

However, the simple truth is that he's an idiot. With a dirt squirrel on his face. Here's his piece on green jobs and this stood out like McCain in a hospital nursery.

Even if the program creates jobs building bridges or windmills, it necessarily prevents other jobs from being created. This is because government spending merely diverts money from private projects to government projects.

Governments create no wealth. They only move it around while taking a cut for their trouble. So any jobs created over here come at the expense of jobs that would have been created over there. Overlooking this fact is known as the broken-window fallacy ( The French economist Frederic Bastiat pointed out that a broken shop window will create work for a glassmaker, but that work comes only at the expense of the cook or tailor the shopkeeper would have patronized if he didn't have to replace the window.

My hand to God, I don't know why anyone would listen to this asshat. For one thing, government has created a lot of wealth merely by enforcing the RULE OF LAW. Without it there's no patent protection, no trademarks and no courts in which to sue. Without it, there is very little profit to be made since anyone can come along, take your idea, and do it cheaper. In short, there's no stability. Just contract enforcement has created trillions in wealth for private enterprise. John doesn't think about that in his simplistic little world.

Now, on to the jobs, modern aviation was created in large part due to the spending by the government on airplanes during WW2. Aviation is a trillion dollar industry that got a tremendous jump up in the 1940's thanks to people in the War Department who spent billions of your grandparent's and great-grandparent's tax dollars on research and development.

The essential point, which Stossel completely misses, is that some projects and undertakings are so big and so necessary that only government can do it. Private industry can't afford the risk. Even in combination, it would be tough. Only government has the wherewithal to put in the investment and let it build entirely new industries. Then it steps aside and, with the risk mitigated, allows private enterprise to step in and take it to the market.

While Obama may spend $150 billion on this, it'll save us (at a minimum) $600 billion per year in foreign oil. That's money that can be used to pay Americans for their work. That's a pretty good investment in our future. One that, I'm sure, even John Stossel will agree is a good one.

If only he'd stop parroting partisan dogma as fact and start thinking things through. Either that or just trust those of us who are far more intelligent. And competent.

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September 11, 2008

Barfly Reviews... Date My Ex : Jo and Slade

I am so excited to be able to present Barfly Reviews... in which my beloved and usually inebriated sib will review some of the garbage she watches. And I, usually, am secretly watching as well though I'll never admit to it. Well, maybe I'll admit to Gossip Girl.

What? It's a good show!

date-my-ex02.jpgMcBlogger has wanted me to post something about this truly horrible show for some time. Honestly, I didn't want to watch a single episode. I mean it basically combines two things that I really loathe: dating shows and Slade Smiley. Even worse, Slade Smiley in crinkle scarves! Urgh! Seriously, what was that about?

Anyway, I managed to make it through season 1 which is a dubious achievement at best. It proved to be so incredibly vapid, I honestly believe that I could have posted this without watching a fucking episode. First, the male contestants. One might be tempted to feel sorry for the idiots if they weren't such a blatantly boring, fame seeking bunch of sycophants. Some of them make my exes look good and McBlogger knows exactly how low on the evolutionary chain that puts them! Jo managed to weed out an asshole and three other guys that were just paler versions of each other. After she kicked out the troublemaker who dared to challenge Slade, any detectable novelty went out the door with him.

Yet the others remained to compete for the prize that is....Jo? Yeah, I guess Jo is okay. Okay compared to the vacuous slabs of flesh that populate the O.C. Am I alone in thinking her cute blonde friend is far more interesting? And that her brunette friend is far more beautiful? Oh and please, don't tell me it's because of her musical talent. 'You Can't Control Me' was like a cat vomiting while some bad cover band played in the background! You may absolutely love mediocre manufactured pop poop, but I doubt you'll find my sharing this a kindness.

Yet, inevitably, Slade threw his cheesy fucking cap back into the ring in the incredibly obvious big zinger of the season. There are coma victims that saw that coming. Why? Because while Jo & Slade may deign to share camera time with the others, at the end of the day it's really ALL ABOUT THEM! SURPRISE! At least Bravo kept it brief, and Jo shattered the last remnants of Slade's pride with a mercenary glee. Slade seemed to be happy with the camera time though.

So, Jo then decided to leave town with crew for San Diego. She came to the conclusion that on picking a new man, she should start fresh. I can totally see where she was coming from can't you? I mean, it would be kinda tacky to pick out her new boyfriend right in front of her old boyfriend! Which leads me to wonder why the fuck she couldn't have figured that out when the BravoProgrammingBrainTrust came 'a-calling!

So, it came down to a chipper fucker that- I shit you not- built her a bear and Printed V-Neck T-Shirt Guy. I have to call him that because there is absolutely nothing remotely interesting to say about the guy. Apparently even Jo could sense that sad fact, and she gave him the boot. Build-A-Bear must have captured Jo's heart! Yep, the business development manager, Lucas, can get ready for some serious body glitter in his future. I just hope he has some ear plugs.

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September 08, 2008

Liberal bias in the media? Oh, pish...

Listening to McThuselah rage about the liberal bias in the media got me thinking that it might be a good idea to actually analyze this supposed media bias and find out if he was whining about something real or just whining.

According to the LATimes, someone beat me to it.

Haters of the mainstream media reheated a bit of conventional wisdom last week.

Barack Obama, they said, was getting a free ride from those insufferable liberals.

Such pronouncements, sorry to say, tend to be wrong since they describe a monolithic media that no longer exists. Information today cascades from countless outlets and channels, from the Huffington Post to to CBS News and beyond.

But now there's additional evidence that casts doubt on the bias claims aimed -- with particular venom -- at three broadcast networks.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.

You read it right: tougher on the Democrat.

During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.

Network reporting also tilted against McCain, but far less dramatically, with 43% of the statements positive and 57% negative, according to the Washington-based media center.

So that covers the broadcast folks... what of the other anklebiters like Fox News?

By the way, Lichter's group also surveys the first half-hour of "Special Report With Brit Hume," Fox News' answer to the network evening news shows.

The review found that, since the start of the general-election campaign, "Special Report" offered more opinions on the two candidates than all three networks combined.

No surprise there. Previous research has shown Fox News to be opinion-heavy.

"Special Report" was tougher than the networks on Obama -- with 79% of the statements about the Democrat negative, compared with 61% negative on McCain.

There's plenty of room for questioning the networks' performance and watching closely for symptoms of Obamamania.

But could we at least remain focused on what ABC, NBC and CBS actually put on the air, rather than illusions that their critics create to puff themselves up?

Now, would someone tell Ted Baxter to quit whining before 'the folks' decide to spit on him?

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September 06, 2008

MOTO Of The Week : ABC News/WaPo

ABC News and the Washington Post did a poll recently and the shocking (shocking, I tell you!) results are that partisan affiliation colors the views of Republican Vice Presidential pick Sarah Palin. To save you from having to endure two pages of tortured writing, not to mention the ramblings of the people interviewed for the piece, I'll put in the best part...

But some questioned whether the vice president needs extensive experience, particularly with regard to foreign policy. "The vice president doesn't really have to have a lot of that," said Carol Kirk, 65, of Buckeye, Ariz. "A lot of that can be learned on the job."

Kirk said that someone with atypical experience could be beneficial to the country. "I think that she would think more about women's issues than would a man," she said. "It's about time that the women had someone looking after their issues."

Yeah, it hit me like a baseball bat, too. Carol's excited because someone will be 'looking after women's issues' if McCain wins and Palin become VP? I guess Carol hasn't heard that she's against, well, everything that women care about and is actually a bigger believer in restricting the rights of woman than McCain.

Oh, yes, Carol. She'll really be thinking all about women's issues. She'll be thinking about how to make you sure you and your fellow women don't get out of your place. Which is totally in the house, cooking, cleaning and basically being a baby factory.

After all, we only need one liberated woman. And Sarah is the one.

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September 03, 2008


You'd think that media professionals would know that there is no such thing as a dead mic.

But you would be wrong.

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September 02, 2008

Reality and Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer is decidedly unimpressed with Sen. Obama. Which isn't surprising because they only person who impresses Charles Krauthammer is Charles Krauthammer. However, he's really stretching to be negative about Sen. Obama, to wit

The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby.

Of course, change Gatsby to Horatio Alger and you have the perfect sentence written by Charles Krauthammer about a Republican candidate. And the funny thing about it? Millions of Americans saw more substance out of Obama Thursday night than they've seen out of decades of McCain.

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August 22, 2008

Is Kate Snow retarded?

I read PL's synopsis of the Good Morning America interview of Bill Clinton and was left with only the title of this post as a question in my mind.

Seriously, Kate, you had a man who HAS been President, who is still playing a part on a stage far larger than you can imagine, still working to make life better for those less fortunate and all you can think to ask him about is the GODDAMN PRIMARY?!?!?!?

Granted, morning television isn't for people like me (those with IQ's over 130). BUT COME ON...

(This was originally written on the 4th, however I got a little backed up with MY LIFE and didn't have a chance to post. So, why do it now? Because Kate Snow is a fucktard.)

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July 29, 2008

Are You A Treasonous, Hate-Filled Sack Of Pus Or Do You Just Have A Brain Tumor?

It's wrong, of course, to find pleasure in the suffering of others, but who among us can completely hold back the schadenfreude at the news that menace to society Bob Novak has a brain tumor.?

After all, Novakula is the sort of character who makes one hope not only that Hell is a real place, but that Dante's imagination only scratched the surface.

I can't help but thinking of something the English novelist Evelyn Waugh wrote when he heard that Randolph Churchill had had surgery to remove a benign tumor: "A typical triumph of modern science to find the only part of Randolph that was not malignant and remove it."

There's nothing benign about Bob Novak, and it's certain that the world would be just a little bit more pleasant without him in it. Too bad justice will be cheated and he won't end up in the same electric chair they used on the Rosenbergs.

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Right. And Wrong.

The NYT Ed team spent Sunday congratulating Democrats for stopping retarded R efforts to drill in ANWR and the OCS. Then they congratulated the R's for keeping the Demo's from enacting legislation to restrict speculation in commodities.

While speculation is not the only thing driving oil prices, it IS a substantial component. Failure to acknowledge that fails to acknowledge the nature of markets and momentum players in them. For another, oil has steadily trended higher on rumor and, wait for it, speculation about events around the world. Why, for instance, Nigeria and production problems there have been the reason for fully $10 of the rise in oil at a minimum. Which would be understandable if Nigeria WASN'T PRODUCING ANY OIL.

Like all commodities, demand is an issue. However, the primary talking point regarding the case for no speculative bubble has been (mostly from people in NYC) that gas demand hasn't fallen despite the historic high price. Of course, what's left unsaid is that refiners haven't been able to pass THAT price, NYMEX spot, onto consumers. And that demand destruction is, in fact occurring.

The Ed Board at the Times apparently thinks that speculation is only someone trying corner the market. It's not. It's money chasing money regardless of fundamentals. While I wasn't a big fan of the D plan (I'd have rather seen short term cap gains taxes, realized in less than a year, drilled up to 70%) it would have at least done something. Of course, as the Times points out, it would have hurt hedging operations for airlines.

I guess the bright folks up there don't realize that there are other ways to hedge. And that absent speculation, there isn't as much of a need TO hedge.

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July 28, 2008

Rush IS Right

From the NYT Mag cover story on Limbaugh

Limbaugh told me he is no longer concerned about the opinions of his colleagues and rivals, and he makes no effort to disguise his contempt for most of them. Michael Savage, ranked No. 3 among talk-radio hosts by Talkers magazine? “He’s not even in my rearview mirror.” Garrison Keillor? “I don’t even know where to find NPR on the dial.”

At dinner the night before, Bill O’Reilly’s name came up, and Limbaugh expressed his opinion of the Fox cable king. He hadn’t been sure at the time that he wanted it on the record. But on second thought, “somebody’s got to say it,” he told me. “The man is Ted Baxter.”

Limbaugh does have his favorites. He admires Ann Coulter’s ability to outrage liberals. He is a fan of the columnists Camille Paglia and Thomas Sowell, both of whom he considers honest thinkers. And he is especially impressed by the essays of Christopher Hitchens. “He’s misguided sometimes, but when you read him, you finish the whole article.”

Limbaugh has a deeply conflicted attitude toward Sean Hannity, his one-time stand in and now perpetual No. 2 on the Talkers list. He speaks of the younger man with the same condescending affection that Muhammad Ali once showed Jimmy Ellis, a former sparring partner turned challenger. But he wanted me to remember who is the Greatest. “I have no competitors,” he said. “Hannity isn’t even close to me.”

Rush, you're spot on about O'Reilly. As for the rest, you're actually closer to them than you'd like to think. You, much like Coulter, Hannity and Hitchens, are trapped in a failing ideology that most closing resembles, in it's long, slow death, traditional liberalism.

With that in mind, would you just go ahead and die already? Go ahead and go back on your favorite, the hillbilly heroin, and have a good time on your way to the grave.

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July 24, 2008

The most dangerous place in the world...

... is in semicelebrity alcoholic Bob Novak's way.

Journalist Robert Novak plowed into a pedestrian on K Street this morning. Novak said he didn't realize he'd hit the 60-year-old man, but an eyewitness told ABC News that the victim was "splayed on the windshield" of Novak's black corvette and that there was no way that Novak could have failed to realize he'd struck the man. A bicyclist caught up with Novak about a block away from the crash and informed him that he'd just hit someone.

Watch the video. Novak was cited for failure to yield the right of way. I hope they gave him a breathalyser test. He's slurring his words pretty badly, two hours after the accident. Novak starts talking about 55 seconds into the clip, below. At about 1:22, Novak becomes almost unintelligible when the reporters ask him how his victim is doing.

The most dangerous place in AUSTIN is in my way. You'll see more on that later today.

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July 12, 2008

At last! It all makes sense!

I'm not like most guys... I don't find cosmo's gross, I totally get spending a Saturday watching Texas Justice or Babycakes on LMN and I like shopping. Well, I like shopping for things I WANT, not necessarily the crap you're just dying to buy.

However, I am like most guys in that I find Oprah inscrutable. I need a translator for the show and have been longing for someone to step up, take one for the team and fill me in on what I'm missing. Finally, someone has done it. A Guys Guide To Oprah will help demystify the woman and her show in a way that could best be described as hysterical without being mean.

Thank you, Sensei, for creating something actually useful in the blogosphere!

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June 20, 2008

Is Krauthammer really this ideologically driven?

In all the craziness about offshore drilling and 'exploration' of ANWR and other Federal lands, it's become readily apparent that people on the 'drill more, drill now, pay less' side of things are really uninformed. Either that or they are just hellbent on advancing ideology over common sense, wishful thinking vs. hard reality.

The reality is we can already drill in the 4/5 of coastal waters where oil is theoretically located. I say theoretically because we really don't know how much is or isn't down there. Given the finds that have already been made the Gulf, it's clear there IS oil under the bottom. It's also clear there is not nearly enough of it to make a difference in current prices. Nor is there enough in ANWR. Krauthammer, in his column in the WaPo, thinks there is enough for 22 years in ANWR and offshore. At current rates of global consumption. Try 10 at best, Chuck. And that's if you can suck it all out in a steady stream which anyone who bothered to actually study the issue would know you can't do. It's also predicated on those estimated reserves being recoverable reserves. There's a difference, but apparently Krauthammer doesn't know what that difference is.

Now, Chuck's just a columnist and like all columnists he pretty much sucks at research. So, I'll cut him some slack for now. But really, in the future, I'd ask that he at least try to be a little less embarrassingly cocksure?

Look, I've been blogging about this for years. We're running out of cheap oil and as this accelerates additional barrels become incrementally more expensive. Its the nature of a natural resource. Eventually, the easy stuff plays out and what's left is expensive to produce and doesn't come in nearly the quantity it once did. That why you either find something to replace it or you find a way to artificially increase supply.

When it comes to oil, we can do both. If only the ideologues will get out of the goddamn way and let us get to it.

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June 18, 2008

Spot on, Hermana!

Couldn't agree more.

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June 13, 2008

You know, I may not have liked the guy...

...but this sucks. Our best wishes to his family.

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June 02, 2008

...And sometimes, the press is REALLY stupid

Here's a dreadful piece of journalism from R. A. Dyer of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He leaves out...

1) Deregulation has failed Texas consumers
2) The excuses, regarding fuel costs, are irrelevant. If the standards to market entry are set so low that retailers end up being financially unable to manage their businesses (and, you know, HEDGE THEIR RISK) then clearly there is something wrong.
3) This is related to excessive speculation in the energy market coupled with the decline in the dollar which is setting prices high for ALL natgas, even that produced domestically since we don't produce enough to meet domestic demand.
4) The cheapest, most dependable electricity in the state is in two markets, SA Metro and Austin Metro. Neither deregulated.
5) The price spikes are clearly indicative of market manipulation.

Dyer, if you're going to write about something at least learn about it.

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May 22, 2008

A fat douche says what?

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you a clearly delusional Rush Limbaugh

“I don't think my ‘profile’ needed elevation because it never waned with my audience and my audience is for whom I do my show,” Limbaugh wrote. “Not the MSM. So when the MSM decides to acknowledge my existence it doesn't mean anything to me.”

A couple of things... I'm thinking he's back on the drugs. I also think he's desperate to remain relevant to his dwindling audience (and it is dwindling, a fact which he refuses to acknowledge). All in all, it's funny as hell.

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May 17, 2008

Back on the Block

Embedded players are for shit...Watch the funny here.

Yep, The New Kids On The Block are not quite so new. In fact, viewing this appearance both saddened and amused me. I must admit that I have never been a fan. I guess I blame them for the rash of painted denim that plagued my junior high during their heyday. I had a friend whose mother painted the New Kids on the backs of denim jackets in all their sparkling bedazzled glory. Sound garish and gaudy? You bet! But they did go perfectly with those huge hoop earrings from Claire's. I can remember being trapped in her blue minivan on a long car ride forced to listen to 'Hangin Tough' in it's entirety. I tried to count all of the times they said girl, but lost count at 96. Anyway, cheers to the Kids, and best wishes picking the carcass of boy band fame clean. Especially Donnie.

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May 14, 2008

A minor request : Part 10089

Would someone please put Adam Sandler and Mike Myers out of the universe's misery? Both have summer movies coming out that make it pretty clear that both are fighting one another to become the next Jerry Lewis. Why we'd need another isn't nearly as clear.

So, yeah, if someone would help me out with this it would be great.

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Defending Obama... Again.

You know, some of you so busily tracking 'how Obama can definitely win the nomination' and projecting an easy win in November need to understand that victory is far from assured. In fact, if you're telling yourself that 'Hope Changes Everything', then come closer and let me hit you. In the head.

I do that from time to time with stupid people who refuse to realize there's nothing new under the sun.

Many of you are worried about quasi-racist attacks that imply Sen. Obama is some sort of ultra-black nationalist. Or a strident Muslim. Or the love child of Malcolm X and Mary Tyler Moore. Just to alleviate some of your worry and concern, these are stupid things you don't need to worry about. They'll persuade 5% of the electorate and those people weren't going to vote for him anyway.

What you need to watch out for are ginger columnists in swing states like Will Manly. Will got his panties in a twist over the small town comment but there's so much more there...

I couldn’t vote for you — but not because of your funny name or your lunatic pastor. I couldn’t vote for you because you say we should raise taxes (even on the rich, who I’m convinced already pay too much), and because you say we should abandon Iraq (which I’m convinced would be surrendering a war we must win), and because you don’t respect the Second Amendment (which I’m convinced should disqualify any politician from any office).

Still, I’ve liked your message of unity and your ability to inspire. And, since your rise I’ve hunted, quite frantically, for young conservative leaders with your talent. (To my relief, I found Bobby Jindal.)

Whoa. Where to begin... First off, Taxes. Will's obvs unaware that the rich pay less than him or me. Wait. What am I thinking? HE'S a newspaper columnist and they don't make shit. Let me rephrase...


On average, the rich pay around 18-20% of their income in taxes. On average, most of us pay 25-30%. Which makes our current tax system regressive, not progressive. However, let's forget all that for a second and just acknowledge one critical reality. We need a massive amount of investment in public infrastructure and services. From public schools to mass transit, we need to set ourselves up for the next 30-50 years of economic growth. That means higher taxes. Why would we want to pay higher taxes? Because that investment in our future makes sure that we're able to enjoy prosperity in 2025. That's what this debate is about... higher taxes and long term prosperity and growth or lower taxes and poverty well into the future.

And don't get me started on higher taxes being necessary just to balance the budget. But then, Will's a Republican so he's not real concerned with balancing the books... why should he be when he can keep running up Daddy's credit card? I love it when 'fiscal conservatives' are more worried about taxes than the deficit. I guess no one ever bothered to explain the linkage between interest rates, federal debt and real disposable income. I should throw the value of the dollar and oil prices in there as well but I don't want to fry little Will's rat brain.

As for abandoning Iraq, what's left to achieve? A military force is good at one thing... eliminating an enemy. Ours did that. Everything that has followed has been a waste of time. Still, none of us can turn our back on Bush's mistake. However, that doesn't mean we have to be trapped there for a generation. It's time for the Iraqi's to stand up and the only way that will happen is if we start to leave.

On the subject of the Second Amendment, why not use the Fourth Amendment as your yardstick for holding public office? Bush has trampled all over that one. Or the First which Bush has also used to neatly wipe his ass? Just curious, but what I really want to know is exactly WHERE Sen. Obama talked about not respecting the Second Amendment. Will would be the only one who has the story since I couldn't find anything except a speculative "what if..." work of fiction masquerading as news on NewsMax. So, Will's made the accusation, now we want to see his evidence. Cough it up, Manly.

As for finding Bobby Jindal, I wouldn't get too excited, Will. He's way more our style than yours. For one thing, he's not a nut.

Just in case you thought Will was done, he goes on to discuss some areas where he's been disappointed with Obama...

First came your wife’s comment about being proud of America for the first time — conveniently, right after you started winning primaries. Then came your own words about your grandmother, who is just a “typical white person” — a racist, or at least someone with racist tendencies. (I’m a “typical white person,” I suppose, and I’m no racist. In fact, little makes me angrier than when it’s insinuated I am.)

Don't you just know that Will's the kind of guy who has said "some of my best friends are black" in the past to deflect calls that he's a bit of a racist?

The rest of his piece is a rambling defense of small town America from someone who obviously views the world in start black and white. It's also clear he's completely unfamiliar with Peyton Place. Still, followers of the Obamessiah, this is the kind of attack you're going to have to learn to defend against.

That's why I'm supporting Clinton. There's a reason this little prick hates her and it's because she'd eat him alive.

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May 12, 2008

What's wrong with working to 90?

George Will can't understand why some of you people think you should be able to retire. Didn't you know, that's the kind of thing best left to the idle rich? After all, you'd probably just putter around the house. Or play with your grandkids.

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May 05, 2008

OMG! No! Say it ain't so, WaPo!

Apparently, in a SHOCKING development, an industry group sponsored a study and that study was used by the FDA and EPA to determine that a plastic additive was safe.

I know, my faith in our current unregulated government is shaken. TO.IT'S.CORE.

In other news of the obvious, a Texans for Lawsuit Reform (the morons who gave us unlimited corporate power) study showed that lawsuit reform has been good for 'Texas'. I guess by 'Texas' they mean 'Corporations'.

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March 04, 2008

Is Krauthammer delusional?

Charles Krauthammer continues his descent into irrelevancy by once against casting the Democrats as defeatist for wanting to get our troops out of there. And people wonder why most Democrats, Independents and even Republicans who want our troops out of Iraq would really like to punch him in his fat face.

Krauthammer, not thinking that anyone has access to the situation in Iraq, mentions the Awakening. We talked about that last week. It's all good except for one thing... our troops keep shooting at them. Of course, Krauthammer uses this as proof that the surge has been successful and that we should keep our troops there indefinitely. My theory? The troops did what they could but the AM's are what is really driving increased security and safety... and the only thing standing in their way is our troops.

It's time to bring our troops home. They succeeded in doing what what they were sent to do... take out Hussein. Now there is no reason for them to stay behind. They have been in the middle of a civil war for years and like all civil wars it's beginning to wind down. Let it, Charles.

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February 18, 2008

Somethign good comes from the WGA strike

Well, other than the writers finally getting what they deserve. That's great and all but I'm most excited about two things...

1) 30 Rock is coming back on April 10 with 5 new episodes.

2) 24 won't be back until early 2009. It's kinda like a the Baby Jesus himself smiling down on you!

See y'all... every cloud brings with it good things. Like not having to watch another ridiculous season of that stupid show.

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February 05, 2008

You might think it's a joke, but it's not. You'll just wish it was.

When McBlogger and I took in 'Sweeney Todd' over the holidays, we stumbled across a display for 'Me & You, Us, Forever'. Laughter ensued. So imagine my maniacal glee upon finding the fucking trailer. My thoughts during the viewing? No way. This is too obvious in it's shittiness. This is a joke. Or at least a Geico commercial.

Alas, it is a real movie. A movie aimed squarely at that 'Christian' market that has turned into somewhat of a cash cow. It was originally tapped by that assclown Mel Gibson. Because it appeals to the segment of America that takes issue with tits and swears, yet doesn't care about the little things like substantial plots or production value. Blerg. All kidding aside, it did put a mildly interesting query into my head. Who is more pathetic/ idiotic/ socially retarded, the folks that see 'Me & You, Us, Forever' or this.

You have to admit, it's kinda a head scratcher.

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February 01, 2008

Coulter endorses Hillary

I... I don't know what to say. The meat is around 1:00 in.

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January 28, 2008

Writer's Strike...

You know, I've been ready for the writer's strike to end for weeks now and still the evil producers let it continue, hoping to bend the writers to their will and regardless of the impact on us. What's it all over? Digital rights and royalties. See, whenever media is sold or distributed over the internet, producers, actors and directors get a cut. Notice that the people who actually write the script are left out of that. Yeah, doesn't seem fair to me, either. So, I'm all about letting the writers have what they want.

Here's my plea. If there's anyone out there with connections in the WGA, please ask them specifically which producers are dragging this out. Then we'll boycott anything they have done or will do in the future unless. they. cave.

It's bad enough that this has returned American Gladiators to television, now (according to Barfly) it's also cost me the rest of the season of 30 Rock. The only show I actually watch on network TV. Needless to say, I'm pissed and want to do anything I can to make a producer's life miserable.

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January 22, 2008

The Oscars noms are out

Via the NYT

“No Country For Old Men,” about the ruthless aftermath of a botched drug deal, and “There Will Be Blood,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a scheming oil man in an epic about American capitalism, took the lead in the Oscar race with eight nominations each, including best picture and best director.

Meanwhile, “Michael Clayton,” a throwback thriller to the 1970s, starring George Clooney as a corporate fixer, received seven nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (Mr. Clooney) and best supporting actress (Tilda Swinton). “Atonement,” the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s time-shifting, betrayal-filled novel, also captured seven nominations, including for best picture and best supporting actress (Saoirse Ronan).

I've no intention to see the dreary Atonement, but have seen Michael Clayton (loved it) and No Country For Old Men (excellent film). Have anyone seen There Will Be Blood yet?

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January 17, 2008

Limbaugh doing some gardening?

Rush Limbaugh has found a way to combine two of his favorite topics, Sen Obama and gardening!

What's next, Rush? A minstrel show?

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January 12, 2008

Fly the friendly skies

AA is, as part of a DHS test, mounting defensive laser systems on their jets. For all those shoulder mounted rockets being fired by terrawrists.

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January 08, 2008

Paulites : Fox News Sucks and more Obama v. O'Reilly

The Ron Paul people have grown rather irritated with self-declared conservative news source, Fox News. PDiddie has the video of a group of Paul supporters following asshat Hannity that is really funny.

The flap between the Obama staffer and O'Reilly we mentioned yesterday now has video, thanks to Brave New Films. It's all O'Reilly acting like a jerk.

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January 07, 2008

O'Reilly gets into it with Obama staffer

Via ABCNews...

O’Reilly was trying to get access to Obama, who was unknowingly just working the rope line about ten feet in front of them. Nicholson, standing 6 foot, 8 inches in height and a veteran of Senator John Kerry's, D-Mass., 2004 campaign, was standing next to Obama, as his job calls for, and thus blocking O’Reilly’s cameraman from a clean shot of Obama.

So O’Reilly took things into his own hands…literally. He maneuvered around the steel gate barricade, yelled expletives at Nicholson, and called him "low class."

In an interview after the incident, Nicholson said, "He grabbed me with both arms and tried to push me out of the way."

Secret Service then stepped in and told O’Reilly to get back.

After the commotion, Obama shook hands with O’Reilly.

Nicholson, however, said he’d never seen anything like it.

"I've never seen a member of the press lay hands on a staffer before."

I wish Nicholson had hit him. In the face. HARD. And yes, all you wonderful political campaigns out there, that IS what he should have done. Then gut punched him. Someone needs to teach the man some manners.

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December 28, 2007

Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb

A funny thing happened last week... Paul Burka jumped the shark. Then he ate it.

Burka, while a fabulous writer, has recently been a pretty lame reporter and commentator. Over the last 15 years, as the Republican Party rose to dominance in Texas, he's come to depend on Republican operatives for information on races and what's really going to happen in the Lege. It's been a good move for him since the Democrats were acting like a bunch of retards and the Republicans were definitely bringing their A game. Now that things have changed and the Republicans are disintegrating day by day, it's been a pretty bad bet.

Take some of the recent crap on his blog. From the top in chronological order.

  • Burka posted about Dunnam's release lambasting AG Wheelie for his decision on CradDICK's claim of absolute power. It was a beautiful piece of work and Dunnam hit hard, as he should have. Any Democrat who would run from that statement ain't much of a Texan. Dunnam, in the best tradition of Texas Legislators, called a spade and spade and didn't do it nicely. Burka's delicate sensibilities were upset. He thought it was far too harsh. So did Frank Corte, who is a pretty big son of a bitch even for a Texas Republican. Seriously, the man makes Stalin look perfectly friendly and reasonable in comparison. His right wing garbage about Dunnam wanting to repress people was pure Reagan era bullshit worthy of Peggy Noonan. Which means Corte might have a brilliant career in speech writing once he loses his election next year. Provided that he can go back in time to the 80's where voters are still buying tired old 'conservative' rhetoric. Burka you need to man up.

    Just FYI, Rep. Corte, it's Attorney General Wheelie. Anyone who takes advantage of the courts to make himself rich, THEN fights for tort reform is a pathetic slob worthy not of compassion, but of scorn and ridicule. Fuck him and feed him fish heads.

  • Burka's next experiment with filling space on a blog was to talk about Speaker CradDICK's chances to stay on as Speaker. Everyone knows that CradDICK is toast and that he's going to take a lot of Republicans down with him . The fact of the matter is that CradDICK is hated in Texas, by Republicans AND Democrats. Granted, D's are running real campaigns and actually persuading voters, but the reality is that being able to paint an R as a CradDICK stooge is making things hella easy. What Burka is having a problem with is the Why. After all, as Burka neatly points out...

    ...he has had a lot of success as speaker on subjects near and dear to Republicans' hearts. Many speakers can point to significant legislation that passed WHILE they were speaker. Craddick can point to legislation that passed BECAUSE he was speaker: tort reform, congressional redistricting, tuition deregulation, the property tax cut, restrictions on abortions, billions of dollars worth of budget cuts, mammoth overhauls of the state's approach to human services and transportation policy. He played a central role in all of these. So why is he in such trouble?

    Here's Burka's biggest problem. He never seems to understand that people change and that while these things may have appealed to Republicans in the past, they no longer do. Why? Because the reality of them is as the Democrats said they would be. Tort reform, electricity dereg, budget cuts, toll roads, tuition dereg, and the elusive property tax cut, have been massive failures. Let's not forget the almost $1bn in taxpayer funds the Republicans wasted trying to privatize HHS. The problem is that even ordinary Republicans know they were sold a big business bill of goods that's left them worse off. And they're all pissed as hell.

    What Burka doesn't realize is that what is happening for the Democrats now is what happened with the Republicans in the 80's and 90's. Once they switch, Texans tend to switch for a good long while. It also helps that Democrats have been RIGHT about everything that said would result from the Republicans fucking up the state. From higher teen pregnancy rates and STD infections because of abstinence only sex ed, to higher insurance costs, the Democrats were spot on when they said Republican ideas and initiatives would hurt far more than they would help.

    That's the shift going on. The demographics are just playing into it. Which takes me to the third post.

  • Burka found the NYT website today. The NYT says Texas may get as many as 4 new Congressional districts because of population growth. My housemate's dog, the one who eats shit, could have told you that. What it means to Burka is that it'll be good for Republicans.

    And that's where I call bullshit.

    Population shifts affect not only congressional majorities but also the electoral college. In general, the shift from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt favors the Republicans' presidential prospects. Four additional electoral votes from Texas would greatly benefit the Rs. The first presidential election that the new population numbers will effect is 2012.

    Actually, this is nightmare for Republicans. For one thing, the new districts will be focused in the largest areas of the state where Democrats are already beating the hell out of the Republicans, the metros. Additionally, Texans are pissed at their own Republican President. There is a VERY good chance Texas will help elect a Democrat next year, especially if Edwards is the candidate. That trial lawyer bullshit ain't playin' (even in the rural areas...are you paying attention, Rep. Corte?) and the good looking, friendly demeanor of Edwards will sell well even in East Texas where many are sick of pontificating Republicans.

  • Damn, Burka. Quit talking to politicos and start talking to people. It'll give you better idea of what people are really thinking.

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    December 18, 2007

    That's suprising coming from her

    You know, I've always thought celebrities were kind of simplistic and rather stupid. I did, at least, think that Whoopi Goldberg wasn't irredeemably stupid since she's mostly right on issues. But this is some bullshit.

    Whoopi, seriously, do you even HAVE enough money to be affected by the Estate Tax? Eh, even if you do, it stays. Paris Hilton shouldn't get a free ride through life, and neither should your kid. That's just unAmerican.

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    November 29, 2007

    Celebrity station wagon

    Years ago (1999) I had this insane idea for a television show called Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon. It was a show about a Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon that would be driven from NYC to LA one week and then vice versa. The car would be driven by 5 VERY B list celeb's, for example Rosanne Barr, Judd Hirsch, Kathy Griffen, Patrick Duffy and Mandy Patinkin. If Mandy was unavailable, we'd substitute the corpse of Telly Savalas. The celebrities would be forced to basically live in the car (they could take showers every two days at truck stops). The next week, there'd be a new group of celebrilosers who would drive the car back to NYC.

    The show would be sponsored by Chrysler.

    Flash forward to last year when I told a friend who was doing some work on a television show about the idea. We were drinking and talking about stupid things (like television shows filmed in a station wagon). Last night I ran into him and he told me that three producers are working on similar shows.

    I guarantee none of them will do it right. No way Hollywood bitches will understand the comedic genius of show in a station wagon. With a dead body in it.

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    THIS station wagon.

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    November 27, 2007


    I have very rarely watched the Sundance channel. In the past, I've caught movies like 'Dogville' but I've never been a real fan. However, when the first season of Iconoclasts came on, I made it a point to tune in and check it out. It wasn't long before I gave up. It took a near-Herculean level of endurance for the tedious and
    mundane. Oh, and at one point, Michael Stipe. I just did not have it in me. I have not attempted it since. In fact, when I was channel surfing with McBlogger last weekend, he queried about it. I told him that it is a show about someone you don't care about meeting with someone you care about even less.

    However, like Baby's father in 'Dirty Dancing', when I am wrong, I say I'm wrong. On further investigation, it appears that they have had some fairly interesting people and pairings. They are currently wrapping up Season 3. Frankly, I have no idea what Madeleine Albright has to say to Ashley Judd, but I fully intend to find out. What the hell!

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    November 02, 2007

    Melissa Francis (hearts) Buttertroll

    Yeah, I'm pretty much done with CNBC. Why? UT Permian Basin had Rove as a speaker last night and guess who flew all the way from New Jersey to interview him? None other than CNBC bobblehead Melissa Francis. Given that Francis redefines weak as a reporter, the 'interview' was really nothing more than an open ended dissertation from Rove that...

    1) Democrats will raise your taxes
    2) Raising taxes on the rich will be a disaster (they said the same thing in 86 and 93... wasn't right either time. Of course, Rove lies so openly and earnestly that it's not really surprising)
    3) Hillary will cost you an additional $2300 per year

    And Francis, being the weak school girl reporter she's always been (why do they employ her? No brains and only mediocre looks... she must be very cost efficient. Or maybe she's blowing someone in management at CNBC), doesn't call him on any of it or offer counterpoints. Rove could not have produced a better propaganda piece.

    Melissa, sweets, let me clue you in on something... Rove is so thoroughly discredited that it's even offensive for you to interview him.

    Oh, and CNBC. Your loss is Bloomberg's gain. Have a goodun!

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    October 30, 2007

    Catching a killer

    I heard about this last night while doing something I rarely, if ever, do... watching local news. They said the Kilgore KFC murders had been solved. Color me confused as well. I knew there was a place called 'Kilgore' since I went to some kind of weirdo oil field museum there as a child. Given the existence of a strange small town in East Texas, it can be generally assumed it has a KFC. None of that was really throwing me off, it was the talking head referring to the murders as 'solved'. Actually, it sounds like the killer just confessed.

    On Sept. 23, 1983, five people were abducted from a Kentucky Fried Chicken during a holdup in Kilgore. Their bodies were found the next day along an oilfield road in Rusk County, about 15 miles from the restaurant. Four of them were restaurant employees, the fifth one of their friends.

    On Monday, Romeo Pinkerton, 49, right, pleaded guilty to the five deaths as a part of a plea deal that will save his life, but for which he will have to serve five life sentences. The victims' families approved the deal.

    Pinkerton and his cousin, Darnell Hartsfield, were accused in the killings. Hartsfield is expected to stand trial next year.

    If I'm ever kidnapped I'd really like to ask for the following...

    1) Not to have these bumbling cops on the case. 24 years to solve this and in the end the guy turns himself in?
    2) That it not be from a KFC. I really have more than enough to hide... I don't need people to know about my repulsive fast food addiction.
    3) That my kidnapper/would-be murderer be a little easier on the eyes.

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    October 26, 2007

    The Jena 6 : When not everything is as it appears

    I've held off on posting anything about this because it was hard to get my head around some things. In fact, it still is. Granted, every place in this country has it's share of racist assholes, from Louisiana to Michigan (trust me, they're there) racism is national thing. However, it certainly seemed like a lot of them were living in the Gret Stet of Louisiana. An 'all-white tree'? Noose being used for decoration? Kids getting in fights because of color? Kids being indicted for attempted second-degree murder?

    The biggest issue I had was simple... why were SIX kids beating ONE kid unconscious? Frankly, I don't care about the provocation. Six on one may be great for sex (no, I've never tried it) but not so much for a fight.

    The Christian Science Monitor ran an article from someone who actually lives in Jena and writes for the Jena paper. After reading it, I'm almost certain that while well intentioned, he's a little clueless about how things are for blacks in Jena. The picture he paints is one of everyone being go-along, get-along which I don't think may be wholly accurate. The excuse regarding the noose hanging from a tree is really interesting...

    Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. An investigation by school officials, police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation behind the placing of two nooses in the tree the day after the assembly. According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of "Lonesome Dove.") The committee further concluded that the three young teens had no knowledge that nooses symbolize the terrible legacy of the lynchings of countless blacks in American history. When informed of this history by school officials, they became visibly remorseful because they had many black friends. Another myth concerns their punishment, which was not a three-day suspension, but rather nine days at an alternative facility followed by two weeks of in-school suspension, Saturday detentions, attendance at Discipline Court, and evaluation by licensed mental-health professionals. The students who hung the nooses have not publicly come forward to give their version of events.

    Lonesome Dove? Yeah, right. However, this is where he starts making a good point... these kids got punished, despite their ridiculous story about razzing their shit-kicker friends, far worse than what was reported by the media which made it sound like they got a slap on the wrist.

    Then there was the DA who 'threatened' the black students...

    Myth 4: DA's Threat to Black Students. When District Attorney Reed Walters spoke to Jena High students at an assembly in September, he did not tell black students that he could make their life miserable with "the stroke of a pen." Instead, according to Walters, "two or three girls, white girls, were chit-chatting on their cellphones or playing with their cellphones right in the middle of my dissertation. I got a little irritated at them and said, 'Pay attention to me. I am right now having to deal with an aggravated rape case where I've got to decide whether the death penalty applies or not.' I said, 'Look, I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. With the stroke of a pen I can make your life miserable so I want you to call me before you do something stupid.'"

    Mr. Walters had been called to the assembly by police, who had been at the school earlier that day dealing with some students who were causing disturbances. Teachers and students have confirmed Walters's version of events.

    Stupid thing to say? Oh hell yeah, but largely typical of a powertripping asshole. Racist? Maybe or maybe not. You really can't tell from the accurate version of events. You could make the case for him being racist from his seeking attempted murder indictments for the six black kids. However, you could also say he was doing it because of the brutality of the attack which seems just as, on balance, likely. And the reality is, not all these kids were the saints they were made out to be...

    Myth 10: Jena 6 as Model Youth. While some members were simply caught up in the moment, others had criminal records. Bell had at least four prior violent-crime arrests before the December attack, and was on probation during most of this year.

    Bell is the one whose conviction was just overturned. Note these are arrests, not convictions. Juvenile records are usually kept closed so we don't know his conviction history. He was, coincidentally, the kid who started the attack.

    Myth 11: Jena Is One of the Most Racist Towns in America. Actually, Jena is a wonderful place to live for both whites and blacks. The media's distortion and outright lies concerning the case have given this rural Louisiana town a label it doesn't deserve.

    Myth 12: Two Levels of Justice. Outside protesters were convinced that the prosecution of the Jena 6 was proof of a racially biased system of justice. But the US Justice Department's investigation found no evidence to support such a claim. In fact, the percentage of blacks and whites prosecuted matches the parish's population statistics.

    11 may be true, but coming from a white newspaper reporter it's hardly evidence. Just as the ultra rich think the economy is great and that gas price increases are nuisance, white folks in a small town usually don't see just how bad things are for their black neighbors. As for 12, who could argue with the Bush Justice Dept. Honestly, I'm surprised they had the staff to send out to investigate.

    At the end of the day I still have questions. However, I finally have some answers and a clearer narrative. I know there is still racism in this country. And I know some will use it as a reason for violence.

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    October 23, 2007

    Britney. Arrested. Again.

    This time, it's for hit and run...

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe charges stem from an Aug. 6 wreck during which paparazzi filmed Spears steering her car into another vehicle as she tried to turn into a spot in a Studio City parking lot. The video showed her walking away after assessing the damage to her own car.

    The owner of the other car, Kim Robard-Rifkin, filed a police report three days later.

    Would someone please just beat this bitch down?

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    October 13, 2007

    It's not 1985. And I don't feel like Sally Field.

    Evan Smith recently interviewed KBH for 50 minutes over the phone. They would have done a face to face, but Kay was recuperating from an unfortunate face lift accident which left one ear clearly higher than the other.

    I kid, I kid...It's because she was busy in Washington trying to figure out a way to get back in the good graces of Connecticut native George W. Bush after voting, surprisingly, with the majority to expand the SCHIP program (credit where it's due... and just a reminder, JOHN CORNYN VOTED AGAINST INSURING POOR KIDS). Needless to say, when Kay went to have to dinner with the President and Pickles last week it was, well, awkward. She was also busy trying to come up with a way to take away more of your rights to fight the war on terra.

    Evan was asking about Kay's run for Governor in 2010. She wimped out in 2006 because she's was afraid of the masculinity of 39% and something to do with Miracle Grow and some kind of 'tomato' plant scandal. Does that sound right? Regardless, she evidently thinks she's going to run in 2010 which isn't really all that curious since she's the only popular elected Republican in Texas and she's their only hope of holding an executive office in 2010 when she'll be what, 90? She also said she hates blogs. I can't deny the fact that she doesn't like blogs, right now, she doesn't like blogs.

    The mood of the country right now is pretty frustrated. People don't like the partisanship -- there's kind of a toxic atmosphere about politics -- I think the blogs, interestingly, feed on that. The intemperate nature of blogs, and the lack of accountability, have had an overall toxic influence on our elections. These blogs are cynical and mean -- on all sides. I don't think that's good. Even if you disagree with the mainstream media, there's a sense of integrity and honesty and standards. There are journalistic standards, which blogs don't have.

    Oh, Kay, people don't like being lied to, manipulated and sold down the river. They just haven't realized that's what you've been doing all this time in Washington. As for being 'intemperate' and having a 'toxic influence on our elections', just think of us as some much needed chemotherapy for the cancer republican (and, less frequently, Democratic) corruption. If you don't like what we write about what you're doing, did it ever occur to you to start doing the right thing for the people of Texas? Granted, voting for SCHIP was a good start, but come on... you've voted to basically gut our rights under the Constitution. When are you going to walk that one back?

    Kay, you really shouldn't waste Evan's hair-oiling time talking about integrity and honesty, two things you've really never understood, especially in relation to blogs. Blogs are nothing if not brutally honest. It's a shame that even we at McBlogger have more integrity than you. Yes, we may be needlessly crude at times and more than little drunk but we are at least honest about what we write. It's a shame we can't say the same for someone serving in the US Senate.

    Oh, and start wearing pantsuits... your legs aren't what they once were.

    (H/T to PinkLady)

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    October 12, 2007

    Jews just need to be 'perfected'

    So sayeth the always sensitive and emaciated Ann Coulter

    In a recent interview on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deustch she said that Jews need to be “perfected.” By that she means that they should be Christians. Coulter then went on to say that we should all be Christians and that all would be well (guess she's never seen a bar fight between boys from one baptist church vs. boys from ANOTHER baptist church in the same community). She also invited Deustch (who is Jewish) to go to church with her.

    After the commercial break, she came back for a game of CYA...

    COULTER: No. I'm sorry. It is not intended to be. I don't think you should take it that way, but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to, you know, live up to all the laws. What Christians believe -- this is just a statement of what the New Testament is -- is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament.

    But Ann, that wasn't what you SAID...

    Just FYI, CNBC is reairing the interview tonight (it's The Big Idea with Donny Deustch).

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    October 04, 2007

    Tolls : Reason steps into the TTC debate

    No, not that reason, THIS Reason. The same people who think free trade agreements are a hoot without ever realizing one inescapable fact... that they always drag down the stronger partner IF there isn't parity between them prior to the agreement going into effect. The same folks who years ago told us utility deregulation would save consumers tons of money (it's cost them more than their old regulated service). The same people who've been pimping tolls for a while as the transportation panacea.

    Yeah. These are a bunch of Randroids and Friedmanite Libertarians shouting crap to anyone who'll listen. Now, they've decided to advocate for the massive toll road project that is the TTC.

    This is all too sinister for Jerome Corsi, the Vietnam War veteran who helped lead the Swift Boat charge against John Kerry. Corsi has knitted disparate strands of each of these separate road projects to help convince fellow xenophobes such as Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schlafly, Lou Dobbs and the John Birch Society that the corridor is the first leg of a secret federal project called the NAFTA Superhighway, a four-football-field wide monstrosity that would run from Mexico's Yucatan to Canada's Yukon.

    Oh, it's something Swift Boat Corsi is involved with? Shit, I better run right out and support the TTC. Problem is, public opposition to TTC isn't based on conspiracies and no amount of lying by the uninformed spinners at Reason will change that.

    Uhm...yeah. For the folks at Reason who aren't even, you know, IN TEXAS, public opposition to the TTC isn't based on paranoia. It's based on the financing structure, the privatization of infrastructure and of course the fact that the TTC will pave over (in it's current configuration) more than a 100,000 arces of the best farmland in this country. Let's also consider the tens of thousands of people on family farms that will be displaced.

    However, in terms of paranoia, maybe someone should tell the reasonable people at Reason that the TTC that will run parallel to the 35 will be bringing in goods from the Mexican Pacific coast, NOT from Houston. Goods that didn't go through American customs. Considering how little of the shipping into the US we inspect today, do they really think it's a good idea to start allowing in more uninspected shipping? To have a shipping container loaded with a
    nuke able to get into the US and come with in 25 miles of three of the largest cities in the state?

    Corsi, despite his lies about Kerry in 2004, is right about one thing in this piece... foreign ownership. To Reason, it's just another asset sale and more buyers means higher prices for the remaining assets we don't privatize. However, what Reason doesn't tell you is that the toll money is leaving our shores at a time when we are already laboring under a weak dollar created in large part by our massive trade deficit. Any economist worth a damn, one interested in long term gain, would tell you that the best thing to do is to use our own money to finance our own infrastructure.

    Finally, where the crack team from Reason really fails is on cost. Compared to just expanding the 35 corridor, the TTC is actually more expensive. Why? Because most expansion plans would be through already owned rural ROW with city bypasses to the west and in some cases the east of the cities along 35. A hell of lot less expensive than a massive eminent domain purchase followed up by a massive construction project.

    The TTC isn't a reasonable project at all. Even the people at Reason should have figured that out instead of railing on about what Jerome Corsi is doing.

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    September 27, 2007

    I've got magazines coming out of every orifice

    I subscribe to eight magazines that arrive monthly. Eight glossy (and occasionally matte) ways to eat up my time. And, because I'm the kind of idiot that keeps writing checks for periodicals, I'm also the kind of idiot who keeps getting 'special' offers for still MORE periodicals. It's a negative feedback loop.

    Case in point...I open my box yesterday to find one from Texas Monthly. I don't like Texas Monthly. I think Burka is a MOTO and Evan Smith needs to do something about that goddamn grease slick he calls hair. Oh, sure, I love Our Lady of Texas Monthly Online (aka, Pink Lady) but it's not enough for me to pay even the deeply discounted subscription rate. If the article is good, I'll read it while I'm on line at Randalls. As for the ads? Details and Esquire are among the eight. I also get crap from Harold Powell and NM, mostly via email, all the time. Needless to say, I don't really need more fashion advertising.

    Someone told me that all I needed to do to make the insanity stop is quit paying the bills. However, thanks to the lovely people at Hearst, I now know that is untrue. When you stop paying the bills, it just makes them send them in embarrassing pink envelopes. Which screams to everyone around you, 'I don't pay my bills!'

    I hate magazines.

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    September 20, 2007

    Beat 'em up, Dan!

    Dan Rather, late of CBS News, has decided to sue his former employers (CBS and parent VIACOM) for wrongful termination over the Bush National Guard story that ran on 60 Minutes prior to the 2004 election.

    In an extraordinary move that reflects the depth of his resentment toward his former network, Dan Rather sued CBS yesterday, charging that he was made a "scapegoat" for a discredited 2004 story about President Bush's National Guard record because CBS wanted to "pacify the White House."

    CBS management "coerced" the veteran news anchor "into publicly apologizing and taking personal blame for alleged journalistic errors in the broadcast," says the $70 million suit, which also names Sumner Redstone, chief executive of the network's then-parent company, Viacom; CBS Chairman Les Moonves; and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward.

    The story happened to be true but with the White House squeeling like bitches, CBS asked Rather to leave. Rather, to his credit, left without much of a fuss. CBS replaced him with Katie Couric. For that, I'd LOVE to sue them as well. Unfortunately, that's not going to be possible, according to Harry, because we don't have a 'cause of action' or some such bullshit legalese.

    Go for the gold, DAN! Pull some money out of Sumner's decaying hand!

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    September 15, 2007

    OJ and his annoying habit of living

    Once again, this SOB is everywhere.

    Seriously, would someone just put him out of our misery?

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    September 14, 2007

    Raymond Arroyo is a douchbag

    Kathy Griffin is mostly a talentless slob, basically the female version of Carrot Top (or is it the male version of Carrot Top?) whose only funny contribution to popular culture is calling Clay Aiken, GAIKEN.

    Kathy made a comment while accepting an Emmy to the effect that Jesus had nothing to do with her winning. I agree. Bad taste and drunken voters probably had more to do with it (not to mention people like myself who probably voted for her just for shits and grins). Of course, the Christianati, the morons who go on TV and claim to speak for Christians, are raising hell. That now includes Raymond Arroyo, who CNN called a 'Catholic Journalist'. He was on recently claiming that Kathy had offended Christians.

    Bullshit. Any Christian who was offended by what Kathy Griffin said needs to take a long hard look at their faith. Because it's weak. Y'all need to think about what's really important.

    Like Petraeus lying about the state of Iraq.

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    September 13, 2007

    Where'd La Cucaracha go?

    Dos Centavos would like to you know. Frankly, after seeing the strip, so would I.

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    September 10, 2007

    Oh, Elaine...

    R.G. Ratcliffe of the Clueless Ratcliffes has a write up about the involvement of the Texas NetRoots in the Senate race, along with a comment from Elaine Wolff

    When San Antonio Current Editor Elaine Wolff, after writing four pieces about Watts, was pushed by a staffer to reveal that her husband had donated to his campaign, the blog community blasted her. The staff member quit, partly over the issue, saying she should check her journalistic ethics with the Poynter Institute.

    Kelly McBride, the ethics group leader at the journalism institution, said there are times when journalists should distance themselves from a story because of a spouse's link to it. But she said there is nothing wrong with Wolff's spouse donating to a campaign so long as it is fully disclosed to readers.

    Wolff was surprised by the bloggers' reaction to her husband's donation. Noriega supporters saw her earlier columns on Watts as favorable to him, but she pointed to her criticism of Watts' anti-abortion position and the willingness of some Democrats to ignore that position to defeat Cornyn.

    Wolff said the only blogger to ask for her side of the controversy over her husband's donation was a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News.

    "What I was surprised at was some of the blogs I consider to be better blogs did not call me for comment," Wolff said. "With blogs, there's become this new category that is media that isn't necessarily journalism."

    We don't have that kind of time, booboo. That's what the COMMENTS are for. Of course, by 'better blogs' I'm assuming you mean us. Which is funny because we'd never refer to ourselves as one of the 'better blogs'. 'Drunker', certainly but not necessarily 'better'? Unless you are comparing us to a blog about quilts called 'EXTREME Quilting XXX'.

    Yeah, we would totally be better than that site.

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    September 09, 2007

    Noriega : Out of context

    On Sunday, RG Ratcliffe ran a piece that has been shopped around for a month by Watts campaign operative, Jason Stanford. In a speech written by Noriega's primary consultant, James Aldrete, he characterized SOME bloggers as being as divisive as Right Wing talk radio. We know this to be true because we feel the same way. Reading any of a number of national blogs like Michelle Malkin and The Red State, we can see the divisiveness from the right pouring in along with a helping of abuse and solution-free rhetoric. We also can not argue with his desire to call out Senator Cornyn for using divisive wedge issues that serve only to detract from the important issues the next Senator from Texas will have to face.

    This is exactly why we are supporting Rick.

    While Mr. Aldrete may not have defined the 'blogs' closely enough in the speech, we do know that was the intent, to talk about Cornyn's divisiveness and poor leadership. We honestly can't believe any reporter in the MSM would have been foolish enough to run with a story being pimped by a simple political operative who pretends that there's nothing to see in the story of the overwhelming silence of the pro-Watts online support.

    It's no surprise the Watts campaign downplays the online outreach aspect of their campaign. Essentially, they have none. Simply a mechanism for releasing press releases on line through an 'online outreach coordinator' and a cadre of commenter's who can't even be bothered to write entire blogposts in support of a candidate.

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    September 07, 2007

    Quick question...

    Exactly how does someone who looks and talks like an Appalachian hillbilly get cast as the Manhattan District Attorney? Yeah, I'm talking about Fred Thompson, Male Prostitute. I mean really, he was very believable as a NASCAR guy. He was less believable as an Admiral. He is totally unbelievable as the DA for NY County.

    TV casting people need to learn that the part of DA on Law and Order (unless it's Law and Order : Albany) can only be played by someone who looks vaguely like Ed Koch. Or this guy

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    September 05, 2007

    Calling Bullshit : Tucker Carlson gets hit on?

    While talking on MSNBC Live, Tucker Carlson admitted to assaulting a gay man who allegedly attempted to hook up with him in a public restroom.

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketABRAMS: Tucker, what did you do, by the way? What did you do when he did that? We got to know.

    CARLSON: I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the -- you know, and grabbed him, and -- and --

    ABRAMS: And did what?

    CARLSON: Hit him against the stall with his head, actually!


    CARLSON: And then the cops came and arrested him. But let me say that I'm the least anti-gay right-winger you'll ever meet --

    OK, first off, I don't for a second believe that anyone hit on Carlson who is, in fact, a fucking creepy little twerp. I also think he's making up the assault. Let's be honest... my grandmother, who is 84, could beat the crap outta Tucker Carlson. I don't doubt for a minute that he would have needed a friend to help him because he is a rather large cunt. However, any gay man I know would have been able to roll Tucker and his friend like a wheel.

    Oh yeah, Tucker. I totally believe you're all big and bad. Creampuff.

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    August 27, 2007

    The Journal's really sliding downhill

    Apparently, the Journal has decided to throw in the towel altogether when it comes to journalistic integrity by letting shills write op/ed pieces. Said shills have, of course, questionable expertise in the subjects they write about. However, why should that stop them?

    Yeah, yeah... I'm a banker. What could I possibly know about healthcare? Quite a bit actually, from the standpoint of actually running a small business that provided healthcare to employees and from the public policy perspective as a taxpayer. That, and I'm about 10x's smarter than some idiot from the TPPF. Working for the TPPF means you're some combination of greedy and stupid. Why? Because if you weren't either of those things, you'd be working at the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

    Mary Stout is one of those people. Calling her a moron would be being gracious. Fucktard is more like it. Fucktard whore for the TPPF is even better.

    Mary's really full of ideological bullshit and rhetorical nonsense, the same rhetorical nonsense that allows Republicans to say

  • Tax cuts won't reduce revenue... they'll actually increase tax revenues!

  • Deficits don't matter

  • I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today
  • That last one was, of course, Wimpy from Popeye but you see the point. Anything that violates the neo-conservative worldview, no matter how much sense it might make, is automatically dismissed out of hand. Just take a look at CHIP.

    The conservatives would like you to believe it's a handout. What they really don't like about it is that government is better at running health insurance for hundreds of thousands of kids economically. Specifically, they don't like that this program has pulled some kids off private health care insurance... and saved the government and families millions. You and I both know that if CHIP were amended to allow people to choose from private insurance programs that government would pay for, even if such a program ended up costing three times as much as the government-run program, they'd be pleased as punch. Nevermind that it thoroughly screws over the taxpayer, which is why I find it impossible to believe anything that comes from these people.

    One of the reasons CHIP exists is because preventative care is LESS EXPENSIVE than emergency care which is invariably where those without insurance end up. Do you think your property taxes are high? Most of the reason is that hospitals have to treat everyone that comes in an ER. The indigent have their bills sent to the county and we end up paying for it through our property taxes. With the insurance and the preventative care, a condition which one may have is relatively inexpensive to either cure or treat. Without, it's extremely expensive because by the time it's bad enough to require a trip to the ER, it's automatically going to cost thousands.

    Basically, the neo-con view of this, advocated by Stout, is that it is better better to save $1 now by not providing cheap insurance and instead waiting to pay $4 down the road when the condition deteriorates to the point that it requires a hospital stay.

    That's some kind of logic, no?

    Now, don't get me wrong... I'm hardly a socialist. What I am is someone who can't stand waste and what neo-cons like Stout are advocating is just that, wasteful spending that will benefit large corporations at the expense of the taxpayer. Or, to put it more bluntly, it's corporate welfare, pure and simple.

    I do believe that there are some things the government is better at than private enterprise, and vice versa. Government is terrible at deciding how much soap to make and how many TV's need to be in stores. Government is good at building roads and holding down healthcare costs. That's the real crux of this matter... for-profit private insurance companies are too damn expensive because of overhead. When their SG&A expenses begin to approach that of government run programs, then I'm all for handing them over to private companies. The reality is that they aren't even close. Private insurers are bloated with VERY well paid senior and middle management. So much so , in fact, that I refuse to invest in them because they do not use shareholder capital efficiently.

    Oh, to be sure there is waste in any enterprise, be it one run by government or by private interests. That's a given. However, I'm always going to opt for the one that costs me less as a taxpayer and that is clearly the government run program. Just look at Medicare/Medicaid, the government run health insurance program that has the lowest overhead in the country.

    As for Stout's anecdotal evidence about the very minor amount of cheating in the program, I'd actually like to see some hard data on that. Further, I would like to see people who are abusing the system kicked out of it. Which acknowledges another reality... people cheat. It's what is done to stop them that matters. As for the folks who can afford, with sacrifice, far more expensive private insurance, I guess it's never occurred to Stout that they can either pay for that, or they can pay the electric bill which has been driven up dramatically by another TPPF pet project called 'utility deregulation' which was supposed to save consumers billions but has ended up COSTING much more than the old regulated system. Just another of their ridiculous and ill conceived policy failures. Taxpayers in this state can not afford more market based thinking from the TPPF.

    The bottom line is that this program works and is of economic benefit to taxpayers. However, the sense that this makes from a business perspective is just as important as the fact that it's the right damn thing to do for the children of the working poor in this country.

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    August 24, 2007

    Ratcliffe... let me buy you a clue...

    R.G. Ratcliffe had an interesting piece in the Chron assaulting the conspiracy theories that purport to reveal the existence of plans to create a North American Union. He spends an inordinate amount of time talking about the conspiracies and gathering quotes from 39%'s Spokeskitty, Robert Black. What he should have been doing was researching the ports now under construction on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Or the roads leading from them and connecting them to the border with Texas near Laredo and the future southern terminus of 39%'s TTC-35.

    He might have also spent some time looking into the intermodal facilities planned for Dallas and Kansas City. He might have learned that while the NAU may be a long way off, the infrastructure is already being built for it. That's the real story that R.G. missed while searching for conspiracy theory comedy.

    Now, I'm all for infrastructure and commerce. I'm not for no custom checks from the Mexican Pacific Coast all the way up to KC.

    Seriously, R.G., let me buy you a drink at LaLa's sometime and fill you in on what you're missing. We can get the folks at Eye on Williamson to join us. They certainly get it.

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    August 15, 2007

    Even paying the audience wasn't enough?

    Today comes the sad news that awful Fox News Daily Show knock off was canceled. They couldn't even get people to watch after offering to pay them $15. Just to watch the TV.

    I'm crying. While I laugh.

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    August 06, 2007

    Murdoch buys Journal, everyone whines

    Despite WAY TOO MUCH self importance on the part of some members of the Bancroft family (some of whom said that Murdoch would DESTROY the 'quality' of the Journal...), Rupert Murdoch now has an agreement in place to purchase Dow Jones Co. and it's flagship newspaper, The Wall Street Journal.

    If you're asking "SO WHAT?" you're not alone. The only people I know who could really use what is basically the much fattened business section of any metro daily, already have access to Bloomberg. As for their opinions... if you really care about them, just watch Fox News. Or listen to a White House press briefing.

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    July 05, 2007

    Olbermann : Resign, Mr. President

    A tad overwrought, but nicely put...

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    June 27, 2007

    The Obligatory Ann Coulter Post

    You would think the coverage accorded Paris Hilton's release from jail would be a large enough helping of self-degradation to sate the media's hunger this week. Of course, these days there's no situation so awful that can't be made worse, so I suppose it was no surprise that Hilton's evil twin, Republican mouthpiece Ann Coulter got her chance to make the rounds of the pundotainment shows.

    As I've said before, vileness is all Coulter has to offer. Just like when you go to see Gallagher you can expect to see a watermelon hit with a sledgehammer, anyone who invites the GOP's pin-up girl to speak knows she'll say something hateful. Or homophobic. Or racist. With luck, you'll hit the trifecta, and maybe she'll even phrase it all in the form of a terroristic threat.

    It's easy to say nasty things about Ann Coulter. But Ann is merely thriving on a toxic social climate, the same way that mold thrives on garbage.

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    June 25, 2007

    Drycleaner suing judge gets spanked

    The judge in DC who decided to sue his drycleaner over a lot pair of pants (seriously... and for $67 mn, no less), had his head handed to him by another judge who happens to be considerably smarter.

    A judge in Washington, D.C. has ruled in favor of a dry cleaner that was initially sued for $67 million over a missing pair of pants.

    Roy Pearson sued the owners of Custom Cleaners because Pearson said the cleaners lost an expensive pair of his pants. Pearson was originally seeking $67 million dollars, but reduced the amount to $54 million. He based his claim on his strict interpretation of the city's consumer protection law.

    A lawyer for the family that owns the cleaners says his clients misplaced the judge's pants but soon found them. Chris Manning also said Pearson has a history of filing egregious lawsuits.

    Pearson has represented himself at trial. He says he has pursued the lawsuit in the interest of Washington, D.C. residents.

    Judge Pearson... it's because of people like you (and that McDonalds coffee lady) tort reform became so acceptable. What a dick.

    Seriously, do any of you really wonder why I'd never date another attorney?!?!?!?

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    June 09, 2007

    It's about time, HBO

    In case you are living in a hole somewhere, 'The Sopranos' started airing the second half of its final season a few weeks ago and will wrap up on Sunday. All I have to say is it is about fucking time! Between the hiatus' before and during season six, it is somewhat surprising that anyone gives a shit anymore. Don't get me wrong, it's a good show that will be sorely missed once season six comes to an end. It has had such interesting story arcs and wonderful characters. My favorite has always been Silvio Dante. Who can forget how he handled Tony's Russian girlfriend, Irina, in season 2. "You got a short window. It's not good to get too hung up on any one thing." I loved it! If I could kill a character it would be a toss up between A.J. and Janice. They both suck. Anyway, just in case you feel the need for a stroll down memory lane (just in time for the finale on Sunday), here's the entire series. In seven minutes.

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    June 05, 2007

    It's easy to agitate for war...

    ... when you don't have to fight which is, apparently, what makes Bill Kristol such an aggressive chickenhawk. Keep in mind that he's been wrong about EVERYTHING from the initial invasion of Iraq to the current 'surge' strategy which is, apparently, going nowhere. Now he and Frederick Kagan are agitating for an attack on Iran.

    Calling the State Department’s recent talks with Iran and Syria “fantasy diplomatic solutions,” Kristol and Kagan instead advocate that “[d]iplomatic engagement by itself is a trap,” suggesting, as they both have before, that America should only deal militarily with Iraq’s neighbors. Such a policy would likely accelerate nuclear development in Iran and has been swiftly rejected by top U.S. military commanders.

    Kristol and Kagan aim for a single objective: more war. As Glenn Greenwald noted, “What they [Kristol and Kagan] seek — by their own acknowledgment — is a conflict with Iran and Syria, and they want to stay in Iraq because that is how that goal can be achieved.”

    Bill, the ship has sailed. You and your fellow neocons shot your wad with Iraq, fucked it all up and now want a do-over? Not so much, dipshit.

    At some point you have to wonder when folks will put this idiot out to pasture?

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    June 02, 2007

    America's Got (NO) Talent

    NBC has decided to rip off American Idol by creating their own show that will feature nothing but talentless cretins so starved for attention that they are willing to humiliate themselves on live TV. The only redeeming factor that I can find to make what I'm sure will be an absolute nightmare of a show not quite as awful as AI is that this one allows ANY kind of talent. Juggling? Sure. Playing the squeezebox? You bet. Miming? Uh huh.

    Wait, did I write 'not quite as awful as'? Upon reflection, allow me to revise to 'as bad as if not infinitely worse than'. I'm talking end of the world kinda bad. The kind of bad that allows demons from some hitherto unknown dimension to come forth and wreck havoc on the world. Locusts swarming everything. Nuclear bombs going off over cities. Basically the worst parts of the Bible, as Billy Bob Thornton advised the President in Armageddon. It will no doubt make Bill Paxton scream 'Game over, man! Game over!' which, while it may provide a laugh, won't stop the inevitable destruction of all that we know and cherish.

    You'll probably die, too.

    Are we so starved for 'media personalities' that we have to keep raiding the British isles for them? Wasn't Simon Cowell enough? Why do we need Sharron Osborne (who's only claim to fame is marrying Ozzy) and some other English douche who may or may not have been the asshole that spit at me the last time I was in NYC?

    The third judge? DAVID 'I'm HUGE in Germany' HASSELHOFF?!??! He's qualified to evaluate someone's level of talent? Because he drove a talking car and played second fiddle to Pamela Anderson's baby voice and boobs (mostly her boobs)?

    NBC... ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WITH THIS SHIT? I'd be fine if you just reran episodes of 30 Rock and The Office. Over and over again. PLEASE DON'T DO THIS TO AMERICA!

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    May 29, 2007

    I was really thinking of being nice to Ann Coulter...

    ... but then I read this. My favorite part of her loving Farewell to Falwell...

    He was such a good Christian that back when we used to be on TV together during Clinton's impeachment, I sometimes wanted to say to him, "Step aside, reverend -- let the mean girl handle this one."

    Yes, Ann, he was such a good Christian that almost completely ignored the teachings of Christ. As for you being the mean girl, you're really little more than a trifling caricature of a real person. We know mean because we see it everyday in the mirror when we shave. You're little more than a pathetic, pitiable poseur. With ass hair and horrendous skin.

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    May 24, 2007

    Greatest. Headline. Ever.

    From Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain

    Convicted Penis Pump Judge Argues Sentence Too Stiff

    TULSA, OK—Convicted penis pump judge Donald Thompson has tried just about every argument he can think of to gain his release from prison and after being denied parole in December, now he’s arguing that his sentence is for masturbating on the bench is too stiff.

    The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously in December against granting early release to the former Creek County jurist. Thompson, 60, had been sentenced to four consecutive one-year jail terms and fined $40,000 last August for indecent exposure after he was found guilty last June of four felony counts following a three week jury trial.

    He claims the penis pump was a gag gift on his 50th birthday from a friend and despite witness accounts, including police officers, he claims he never used it and that his sentence is too harsh. Thompson had filed a motion asking to remain free pending appeal but it was denied. Prosecutors say that Thompson hasn’t shown any remorse for his actions. Special prosecutor Richard Smothermon told the parole board that the ex-judge had turned down a plea deal which would have spared him prison time in exchange for a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor.

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    May 16, 2007

    Burka the Dumbfuck

    Well, as we noted Monday, there is a pseudo Speaker's race. As we also noted, the guy who has announced is in opportunist who is really no better than CradDICK. Burka disagrees. Alert the media. Sure. Burka is entitled to his opinion, however wrong he may be but beating up on BOR is pretty tacky, especially when you seem to think you're right and they are wrong.

    Here's a clue for Burka... you're wrong. First, Keffer is not better than CradDICK by virtue of the fact that he's not CradDICK. Unlike other Republicans who could challenge CradDICK, Keffer's not really any different. The BOR staff tagged this right. I'll offer you one other reason... unless Democrats and moderate Republicans get THEIR candidate, nothing is going to change. So why the hell should they help the fundy Republicans save face? As we're fond of saying, fuck 'em and feed 'em fish heads. They voted for CradDICK in January... let them choke on the old bastard.

    Lastly, a weak CradDICK is kinda cool. The members are once again running the House. I see no reason for that to change, especially if it helps keep some bad bills off the books and helps generate a much needed change in November, 2008.

    Quit being a douche, Burka. The Mayor andI were was just now starting to kinda like you. No, not in that way.

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    May 03, 2007

    Stuff that makes you go Hmmmmm

    From a story about the Round Rock copper theft crime wave in the Slag...

    Once the copper is stolen, it is sold for between 26 cents and $10 a pound.

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    April 24, 2007

    Jake and Austin...awww...

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJake Gyllenhaal has a boyfriend.

    I can't think of anything more to say. Celebrigossip is really more Barfly's thing. Unfort, she didn't find out about this.

    And yes, I'd totally fuck both of them. At the same time.

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    April 21, 2007

    Who'd have guessed Fox News viewers knew little?

    via Political Wire

    New Pew Research survey: "Since the late 1980s, the emergence of 24-hour cable news as a dominant news source and the explosive growth of the internet have led to major changes in the American public's news habits. But a new nationwide survey finds that the coaxial and digital revolutions and attendant changes in news audience behaviors have had little impact on how much Americans know about national and international affairs."

    The most interesting finding is that regular viewers of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart were the most knowledgeable while regular Fox News viewers knew the least.

    So, the people who watch The Daily Show know more about what's going on than those who watch Fox News? Who'd have thought that?

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    April 18, 2007

    Has John Cusack lost his edge?

    After viewing this I am thinking so. Last time McBlogger and I spoke, I told him that the new movie, 'Martian Child', looked pretty lame. It still looks pretty lame. Don't get me wrong, I will probably see it. Perhaps I will have to eat crow. People (read:chicks) love this crap. Didn't 'Must Love Dogs' turn a profit? If so, it is probably due to the women so accurately pinpointed in Chuck Klosterman's 'Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto'.

    Anyway, I have to admit that I am a fan. Not as much as this sick fuck

    but enough of one to find this amusing.

    My support of Mr. Cusack's career stems from one particular movie which I consider one of the finest works of American cinema.

    Yes, 'Better Off Dead' is a classic! If you've not seen it, you should remove your head from your ass and get to a Blockbuster immediately! Which brings me to my point. John Cusack should team with Savage Steve Holland and create another masterpiece! Yeah, Yeah. I've read that John Cusack did not like 'Better Off Dead', and 'One Crazy Summer', but that was before 'Serendipity'. Beggars can't be choosers. Sure, he's still making phat bank off the shit he's doing now, but it's not making ME laugh. Am I alone here?

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    Sanjaya! Maxim's girl of the day...

    For yesterday, but we were dealing with some shit yesterday...

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketSanjaya Malakar

    Age: 17

    Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: You've no one but the Devil's lawyer to blame for this androgynous American Idol stowaway, who, despite being detested by the judges, somehow remains in the hunt for the show's coveted prize as this year's top 40 footnote. We stopped watching after the auditions (the only digestible part of the show), but it's our understanding that we have Sanjina to thank for the "ponyhawk," a hair-novation destined to tickle your underarm as you noogie hordes of copycat hipsters.

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    April 17, 2007

    Saturday with the Food Network...

    I woke up early Saturday. Well, early for me at any rate. Normally I think of 1:00 PM as a proper time to get up on Saturday but, thanks to the yippy chihuahua who lives next door and hates him some squirrels (who doesn't), I woke up bright and early... at 10:45.

    For some reason there was nothing on TV... EVERY SINGLE PREMIUM CHANNEL HELD NO PROMISE. Even MTV was only showing reruns of America's Next Top Model which I'm sooo over. Thank God the FoodNetwork was showing Barefoot Contessa... yeah, I know Ina's a little large and freaks some of y'all out but I think she's sublime. Just perfect for a Saturday morning. However, even Ina Garten can't go on forever and I was soon stuck with Healthy Appetite.

    Ellie Krieger is a disturbing person. She made collard greens with CANADIAN BACON. Because it's lower in fat. Only problem is, as any southerner knows, Canadian Bacon is closer to ham than real streaky bacon. Then she made what I can only describe as crusty baked chicken. She called it 'oven fried', but (again) any southerner will tell you that to fry something you gotta drop it in grease. A large pot filled with oil, a FryDaddy, doesn't matter... it's just gotta be a vat of oil.

    A word of advice to chefs and budding TV personalities... don't try to remake things you perceive as unhealthy into some kind of ersatz healthy imitation of what it can be. And for the love of all that's good and holy, don't call baked chicken 'oven fried'. It's infuriating to the audience and it makes you look retarded.

    You listening, Ellie?

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    April 11, 2007

    Viva Sanjaya!

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHoward Stern has decided to fuck over American Idol by supporting the worst of the current crop of contestants.

    In a recent New York Times article, Howard Stern was given much of the credit for helping to support a vote for the worst campaign that has allegedly helped to keep Sanjaya Malakar in the American Idol competition. Stern was quoted in the article as saying “All of us are routing ‘American Idol.’ It’s so great. The No. 1 show in television and it’s getting ruined.”

    I LOVE THIS. I'm not a huge Stern fan... I think he's the patron saint of geeky looking men who drive Trans Am's and wear gold chains. However, I do share his disdain for American Idol and think this just fucking rocks!

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    Sorry about the delays in posting...

    Yes, we've all been busy. The Mayor is opening a new 'factory' in Vietnam. Or maybe it was Bolivia. I don't really remember. I am doing my best to clean up the mess left by New Century and help a few Realtors and Mortgage Brokers stay in business and keep food on the table. The fact that it also helps me financially has been noted.

    Boobilicious is working on some project that involves opening a clinic to make bigger boobs (natch) and Daisy is busily trying to get cheese off the street in Dallas Metro... she doesn't want that street shit competing with her lucrative smack business. Grimace McB, Barfly and Spamburgler are all together on a six week drunk somewhere in the midwest (Orlando? no, that doesn't sound right...). They abandoned Captain Kroc somewhere in Iowa. Or maybe it was Arizona. The rest of the staff are with The Mayor.

    We'll do our level best to keep on top of things and, as always, if you hear anything please hit us up.

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    March 26, 2007

    Rehab's a bitch...

    Yes, It's Amy Winehouse. And I did know that Britney completed her special appearance at Promises. That doesn't stop this from making me laugh my ass off.

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    March 22, 2007

    Make it stop! Make it stop! For the love of god, make it stop!

    I swear if I see that damn Ben Crenshaw commercial for Time Warner's digital phone service one more time, someone is going to get cut.

    When I'm on the green, I have to make all kinds of tough decidions.

    You know who really makes tough decisions? How about soldiers in Iraq wondering if that car coming down the road is going to explode or not? You're trying to knock a ball into a hole in the ground.

    But at least when I get home the one think I worry about is my phone service.

    Don't feel too special, Ben. This is America, not Nigeria. As long you you pay the bill from time to time, NOBODY needs to worry about their phones. They just plain work.

    Caller ID. On teeeveeee. Now that's better than making a thirty foot birdie putt

    What Ever, Jethro.

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    March 12, 2007

    Roger Ailes, laughably, thinks FOX NEWS is real

    At the same Radio-Television News Directors Association and Foundation dinner where he made the controversial remarks about Obama, Ailes referred to the pressure to drop FOX: "Pressure groups are forcing candidates to conclude that the best strategy for journalists is divide and conquer, to only appear on those networks and venues that give them favorable coverage...This pressure must be resisted, as it has been in the past. Any candidate for high office of either party who believes he can blacklist any news organization is making a terrible mistake,'' Ailes said, adding that the strategy would surely backfire with voters.

    No, no, Roger. We just don't think your employees are 'journalists' any more than FOX NEWS is a 'news organization'. Hell, even Republicans don't think y'all are 'fair and balanced'.

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    March 09, 2007

    THIS is why the AP rocks!

    They spent a week ignoring Paris Hilton. Surprisingly, none of the media outlets who depend on the AP appeared to even notice.

    It was only meant to be a weeklong ban — not the boldest of journalistic initiatives, and one, we realized, that might seem hypocritical once it ended. And it wasn’t based on a view of what the public should be focusing on — the war in Iraq, for example, or the upcoming election of the next leader of the free world, as opposed to the doings of a partygoing celebrity heiress/reality TV star most famous for a grainy sex video.

    No, editors just wanted to see what would happen if we didn’t cover this media phenomenon, this creature of the Internet gossip age, for a full week. After that, we’d take it day by day. Would anyone care? Would anyone notice? And would that tell us something interesting?

    It turned out that people noticed plenty — but not in the way that might have been expected. None of the thousands of media outlets that depend on AP called in asking for a Paris Hilton story. No one felt a newsworthy event had been ignored.

    This tells us two things:

    1) The public really doesn't give a shit about Paris Hilton. Reporters care about Paris Hilton.
    2) You can ignore obnoxious media whores and not be punished for it.

    Here's to hoping that ban is expanded and lengthened!

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    March 08, 2007

    Oh shut up, Elizabeth

    Here's the footage of Rosie making Elizabeth 'Vacuous' Hasselbeck cry.

    As much as I dislike Rosie, she was spot on with this and Elizabeth is wrong. Elizabeth's the weakest, most pathetic kind of American citizen, willing to give up freedom for temporary security. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, those who would give up the former deserve neither freedom nor security and will eventually lose both.

    Hasselbeck is now looking to obtain a less stressful position on E! and Rosie is now looking for a Carl's Jr. franchise to consume.

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    Oh shut up, Elizabeth

    Here's the footage of Rosie making Elizabeth 'Vacuous' Hasselbeck cry.

    As much as I dislike Rosie, she was spot on with this and Elizabeth is wrong. Elizabeth's the weakest, most pathetic kind of American citizen, willing to give up freedom for temporary security. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, those who would give up the former deserve neither freedom nor security and will eventually lose both.

    Hasselbeck is now looking to obtain a less stressful position on E! and Rosie is now looking for a Carl's Jr. franchise to consume.

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    March 07, 2007

    It's Peeptacular!

    The Washington Post is running a Peeps diorama contest. I only wish I was kidding.

    We're serious. It's the start of Peeps season, when those marshmallowy chicks and rabbits clog checkout lines. Now you have an incentive to buy them (or use the ones that have been languishing in your pantry the past three Easters).

    We want you to make a diorama of a famous occurrence or scene. It can be a historic or current event, or it can be a nod to pop culture. The one rule is that all the characters in the diorama must be played by Peeps.

    (Our ideas? "The Peeple v. Larry Flynt." Or Penelopeep Cruz in "Volver." Or a scene from MTV's "Peep My Ride.")

    Sister Ruth managed to find this on Sunday. Did I ever tell you that sometimes Sister Ruth really creeps me out? Especially now that she's quit smoking and cut WAY back on drinking.

    The Mayor and I were thinking of announcing a 'Queso in Science' project but decided against it when it became obvious that the winner would, no doubt, be the dork kid whose father helped him build the volcano that spits out hot, delicious queso.

    That fucking kid always wins.

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    March 06, 2007

    David Brooks on suicide watch

    So David Brooks, as part of a lame attempt to be funny, thinks he might be tempted to kill himself because of boredom caused by the Democratic Presidential candidates.

    I wish he was serious. It's not that I'm mean, it's that he's a gimp and all he'd be doing is putting himself out of the world's misery. I don't think anyone would miss him, save maybe Ann Coulter for whom Brooks is something of an intellectual counterpart (and really, isn't that sad enough?).

    Winding Road in Urban Area thought his head-in-ass joke was in extremely poor taste. After reading their post on it, I'm inclined to agree.

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    March 05, 2007

    CNN Banner 'O The Day

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    (hat tip to MichelleMalkinIsAnIdiot)

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    March 02, 2007

    Meanwhile, on Planet Self-Parody

    Much like honoring Santa Anna for his contributions to Texas Independence,

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    Accuracy in Media will honor Michelle Malkin and Mark M. Alexander for their outstanding contributions to journalism in a ceremony taking place during the American Conservative Union's 2007 Conservative Political Action Conference. The Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award is named for AIM's founder, Reed Irvine, who was America's first media watchdog.

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    February 27, 2007

    Chippendales in Lubbock

    I know y'all were worried about the Chippendales dancers that were arrested in Lubbuttocks. So, I thought an update was in order from the HouChron (via Off the Kuff)

    A troupe of Chippendales dancers won't face criminal charges for a West Texas performance featuring "pelvic thrusts" that prompted police to shut down the show and jail the dancers.

    The Lubbock County District Attorney's Office told police Thursday that eight dancers, their manager, a promoter and a manager at the sports bar won't be prosecuted on misdemeanor charges, and city officials also said they wouldn't pursue the case.

    The men were arrested Feb. 16 at Jake's Sports Cafe during the first of three sold-out shows for the troupe famous for it's beefcake dancers. Police alleged that the dancers were performing a sexually oriented show without the proper permits. The show was shut down after one dancer, whom police said has his pants open, made "pelvic thrusts" in front of a woman's face.

    The group spent a night in jail before being released without having to post bond.

    Scott Stephenson, owner of Jake's Sports Cafe, said he plans to invite the all-male review back.

    You all know the saying about holding out both hands, wishing for one to fill up and... well, if you don't know the rest just email me. Yes, I'll ask how long you've lived in Texas.

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    February 19, 2007

    Best on screen kiss...

    No, it wasn't the kiss between Rep. Cuellar and Connecticut native George W. Bush during the 2004 SOTU.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingIn a poll taken by its clients, UK's NetFlix-like service determined that the thirsty-for-it kiss between Gyllenhaal and Ledger in the gay-cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain, is the number-one favorite on-screen kiss of all time. And it's not the only man-on-man smooch on the list, btw. Here's all of them:

    1. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
    2. Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's
    3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr and Mrs Smith
    4. Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind
    5. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions
    6. Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity
    7. Al Pacino and John Cazale in The Godfather
    8. Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones' Diary
    9. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man
    10. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

    (via OhNoTheyDidn't)

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    February 12, 2007

    We're sorry, Pluck!

    Pluck Media is the company that runs BlogBurst, a blogwire for newspapers nationwide (including the AAS). McBlogger is a participant though more often than not our material doesn't appear because of my affinity for profanity. Apparently, their servers really don't like it when we use profanity in the title of the post. We've heard they set up a separate filter for McBlogger since there is apparently 'profanity' and then there is 'McBlogger'.

    Just wanted to let y'all know we all love you guys and I will try to do better. However, I know it'll take work and I'm sooo not about all that. I'll give it a shot. Just look at this post... not a single swear word! I'm proud of myself!

    Don't give up on us, Pluck! The Mayor rarely curses and he likes appearing on the AAS.

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    February 03, 2007

    Well, DMN, if you love him so much why don't you marry him?

    The DMN has an editorial up about the vote this week to suspend the Constitution. The DMN looks at it as slowing things down which makes me think they are retarded. They view Democrats as obstructionist when in fact they were only doing what's right. The last time CradDICK and Co. got what they wanted on this we ended up able to sue no one, our insurance rates kept going up and we got toll roads out the ass. Of course, the DMN Ed Board thinks screwing consumers was progress so naturally they weren't upset by any of that.

    What's more, the DMN was also wrong about this necessitating an end of session rush. As Rep. Dunnam pointed out, that's nothing more than a bullshit argument:

    “We are told if we don’t pass this, the whole House will come to gridlock. I have the calendars from the last several sessions. In the 76th legislature, do you know how many were brought up in the first 60 days? Two! IN the 77th, we brought up six. In the 78th session, six came to the House floor, and in the 79th session, ten bills. Those include the emergency bills. So you are being told if we can’t bring up ten bills in the next 60 days the Senate is going to rule the world and the sky is going to fall. If we can’t take up 6-10 bills in the next 60 days, nobody’s bills are going to be passed. That’s not credible. You know that.”

    You know, if the DMN wants to suck CradDICK off so bad, why don't they just save us the trouble of reading the pedestrian prose and get on their knees?

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    January 30, 2007

    Tolls : Watson v. Costello; TTC investor buying newspapers; TXDoT intimidation

  • I gotta say, watching Watson and Costello fire back and forth at one another is a bit like watching two idiots arguing over who's smarter. It doesn't really matter since they are both retarded. Truly, that's the case with Sal and Kirk, at least when it comes to transportation. Sal's been agitating on his blog and at the CAMPO meeting last week, getting people really stirred up at Watson over a bond issue when Kirk was Mayor of Austin.

    Kirk, for his part, is much more discreet and has a far larger megaphone (the AAS is large like that!), even if his writing is pedestrian (sorry, Kirk, this commentary sucks balls and not in a fun way). Don't get me wrong, I like Kirk and Sal for the most part. However, the bullshit needs to descend a few levels.

    For one thing, Sal, Kirk's not the real enemy. I don't remember what happened with that bond, but the issue is in the past. This is the present and we're dealing with the future. We need help in the Lege and we're starting to get it from people like Kirk. Your real focus should be on Krusee and Gattis. Every primary and every general until you beat them or they quit. Gattis may be a little tough, but Krusee'll be a piece of cake. Just make sure you back a Democrat in the race. Why? Because one is going to win in 2008. If you want to be part of it, better get in gear now.

    Kirk, tolls are pretty pointless and there really isn't a place for them in the future of Texas. That being said, the image of 18 lanes north AND south on MoPac is terrifying. The solution is improvements to MoPac and rail. It's got to be part of the mix and we all agree on that. Tolls however, no matter how they look on paper revenue wise, do not.

    Tolls are the most regressive transportation tax. Even those that will supposedly impact those demographic segments that can best afford them always end up hitting those that can least afford them. ALL TRANSPORTATION TAXES ARE REGRESSIVE. The gas tax just happens to be the least so. Tolls are always more expensive for consumers. Even when they eventually disappear, they are still a more expensive method of paying for a road than gas taxes. So why the hell should they ever be part of the transportation mix?

    Revenue. That's the only reason. That has to be taken off the table. Period. In that vein, here's a quote from Kirk's piece that really pissed me off.

    But reality requires action. We must stop talking about "free roads," as if there ever were such things. Any tool we use, any road we're on, costs money from some source. We can't simply oppose things or divert attention from problems with slogans or personal attacks. Our citizens are too smart to let half-truths, untruths, innuendo and conspiracy theories define our future. We don't have the time and shouldn't have the patience for unaccountable ideologues distorting our present or jeopardizing our future.

    We know it costs money. The very citizens who are pissed are the same ones to whom you're writing. They know roads aren't free and they certainly aren't clamoring for a repeal of the gas tax. They realize the state has grown and Central Texas has experienced an outsized helping of that growth. They know that we'll have to pay a little more to expand our infrastructure to accommodate that growth. They also know tolls are bad idea. Take them off the table. You see toll roads as a funding source and that's gotta change.

    This conversation is vital to our region's future. Think of it as the opposite of a traffic jam — if you don't get on this road, the rest of us can't get anywhere.

    We're on the road with you. But we're not paying tolls, Senator. TXDoT can want a permanent funding source but as the old saying goes, wishing ain't getting.

  • Australian toll road operator Macquarie is snapping up small, rural newspapers across Texas. There's nothing like ensuring good media coverage... by owning the media.
  • WOAI in SA has a story up on TXDoT's alleged intimidation of those who don't want tolls in SA Metro

    Adkisson, a Bexar County Commissioner, said in a letter to Governor Perry that Tex-DOT District Engineer David Casteel, who is himself a member of the MPO board, and Texas Transportation Commissioner Hope Andrade, who is not, sought to 'reprimand and punish' the two VIA board members who were among the six MPO members who voted against the toll road plan, Melissa Castro-Killen and Dr. Sidney G. Ordway. The plan was approved, 9-6, following five housrs of debate.

    Adkisson also charged that Perry vowed to work to defeat VIA's legislative priorities in the current session of the Texas Legislature.

    "TexDOT leadership has begun to take on a very different and mean spirited tone of late," Adkisson wrote. "(Tex-DOT Chairman) Ric Williamson and his group take any discussion that seems to move away from their core position as a threat."

    Gee, where have we heard this before?

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    January 26, 2007

    Texas Monthly Talks Some Shit

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI got home a little early last night, made myself a tasty dinner (Lasagne... from a box, natch. Marie Callender is the best cook ever!) and sat down to watch Texas Monthly Talks which was on KLRU despite the best efforts of Connecticut native George Bush's administration, as well as the late House majority, to kill public broadcasting.

    The show left me with questions...

    1) Does Spellings know how wrong those glasses are on her?
    2) What the hell does Evan use to shellac his hair to his scalp (Barfly tells me I shouldn't comment on anyone's hair because mine looks like the grass on a chia head)?

    The show was about education, or a discussion about some kids show about lesbian mommies that Spellings doesn't like (she doesn't much care for the mommies, either). It really wasn't clear. In fact, the only thing that I'm certain of is that I will NEVER give money to KLRU unless I'm sure none of it will go to produce Texas Monthly Talks.

    Don't look at me that way. The show sucks, yo.

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    January 16, 2007

    Bring it on...

    Oh, yeah... snow day and I have power, broadband and TV. Fuck this storm. Snow days now aren't like the ones when I was a kid. Now all they mean is 'scramble to catch up after the holiday that really wasn't a holiday because you were trapped in your house'. I fully intend to start drinking again around 12:00 when I start 'dumb kids ice party, 2007' by telling the neighbors that it's an excellent idea to sled down the middle of the iced over street.

    Oh, and fuck you KVUE and your wimpy 'Ice Alert, 2007'. You guys are losing your touch with the panic!

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    January 15, 2007

    It's sad when you suck...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI was watching 24 earlier and noticed that around 8:47 it jumped the shark. Yes, I know, I've been party to many ridiculous twists, wafer-thin plots and, of course, the superhuman exploits of Jack Bauer. I've hated Chloe. I've loved Chloe. I've hated Edgar. I've hated Edgar even more. I even cheered when I was sure Edgar was dead.

    Most of all, I hated Jack's imbecilic daughter. A close second would be the dipshit Republican Presidents and their advisors.

    Tonight, the show officially lost any shred of cool by making me watch the Curtis/Assad subplot. And that was BEFORE the nuke went off in Santa Clarita, CA. I still don't know why setting off a nuke in a 'burb is a bad thing. Seriously, the Valencia area of Santa Clarita is B-O-R-I-N-G, unless you love grocery stores, Blockbuster Video and Olive Garden. Setting off a nuke there would be more mercy killing than terrorism.

    And with that, I'm fucking done with this show, though I do hope someone will tell me when Thomas Lennox receives his comeuppance.

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    January 11, 2007

    Violence of the Lambs...

    I can't wait to see this... Seriously, it's safe for work and absolutely hysterical!

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    January 09, 2007

    ...And Introducing Ms. Buffy McCreeperson

    Can you tell we're kinda bored with the 'action' in the House? As I drive down 130 (yes, I'm well aware that driving and typing are super bad) it occurs to me having a real job kinda blows. So would someone who's watching this shit keep us up to date?

    (via the NY Post... I know, I'm embarrassed for me as well)

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBrooke Henson was just a normal girl, who just happened to be someone other than Brooke Henson. The real Henson went missing in 1999. This chick is Esther Elizabeth Reed and she assumed Henson's identity years ago. Then she went to Harvard and Columbia. I would totally steal an identity if my name was Esther. And it's not just because I'm a boy.

    Of course, Reed was also known as Natalie Fisher to a cadet at West Point and his family (he took her to the meet the fam?!?). The people at Harvard and Cal State-Fullerton also knew her as Henson. So the question is, what was she doing at Columbia (studying criminology, no less)? Great question... another one is how she got caught

    Reed's scam first came to police attention last June, when she tried to get a summer job as a housekeeper in Manhattan and identified herself as Henson. She used the missing girl's birthday and Social Security number.

    When her prospective employer did a search on Henson's name, the first thing she found was a missing-persons Web site created by Henson's family.

    "She realized that the woman who had come to her had the same birth date and had a resemblance to the picture of Brooke Henson on the Web site, so she immediately called the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division," Campbell said. They, in turn, notified the NYPD, who sent a detective to Reed's campus apartment.

    "Everyone suspected it was probably a case of a stolen identity, and we fully expected her to say, 'You got me. I'm not Brooke Henson,' " Campbell. "Well, to our surprise, she said the exact opposite."

    Reed, pretending to be Henson, claimed she was estranged from her family and had run away. The detective then called Campbell.

    "He called and said, 'You can clear your case.' But I was like, 'Hey, wait a minute.' Frankly, I believe that Brooke Henson is very likely dead, and I needed more proof - like DNA or fingerprints," Campbell said.

    He said that by claiming she was Henson, Reed almost pulled off a stunning con.

    "If it hadn't been on this case - which I am very close to - we would have closed the file, and she would have had a completely laundered identity," he said.

    When investigators contacted Reed just before July 4, she agreed to provide a DNA swab after the holiday but never showed up.

    Since the Post is a Murdoch property, they DID find a way to work terrorism/espionage/something-to-fear into the piece.

    But investigators also stumbled upon some alarming information.

    At least one soldier's family told Campbell they saw that Reed frequently received large amounts of money wired to her from Germany and Italy. She also placed numerous lengthy calls to people in the Netherlands. And at some point, she traveled to Florida to have plastic surgery done on her face.

    Then she allegedly tried to get a cadet to furnish her with a certificate from the Army's assault school.

    "At this point, it started sounding like it could be espionage and not just identity theft," Campbell said.

    Really, Detective? Any proof of any of this? I mean, she was busted applying for a job as a cleaning lady... why would she do that if she was rolling in money from Europe? Oh, hell... I'll let you have this one if only because that picture creeps me the hell out.

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    January 08, 2007

    Dead birds here, Gas leaks in NYC

    CNBC has Bloomberg live right now talking about gas leaks in Midtown down to Chelsea (who wants the first gay joke?) and spreading as far as Queens and NJ. Of course, the biggest question is how anyone in Queens or NJ would be able to tell the difference between air saturated with natural gas and their normal air.

    All they've got is a 'gaseous smell' and whiny New Yorkers. We, at least, have dead birds which is much bigger than minor gas leaks ConEd will have plugged in a few hours.

    WTF, why not go live to Mayor Wynn? Austin never gets any love from the national media...

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    January 05, 2007

    Rice A Roni for everybody!

    Fox News Reports:
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    You decide: would that be a bad thing?

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    December 18, 2006

    Tillman's family upset because they are 'atheist'

    Oh, this is just too rich. Andy (can I call you Andy? No? OK, Andy) Sullivan has a great piece up about the death of Pat Tillman and his family's continuing search for answers. Apparently, according to the officer who led the first official inquiry, they just don't have Jesus in their lives.

    [Lt. Col. Ralph] Kauzlarich, [formerly the Army officer who directed the first official inquiry,] now a battalion commanding officer at Fort Riley in Kansas, further suggested the Tillman family's unhappiness with the findings of past investigations might be because of the absence of a Christian faith in their lives.

    Here's the money quote

    [T]here [have] been numerous unfortunate cases of fratricide, and the parents have basically said, 'OK, it was an unfortunate accident.' And they let it go. So this is — I don't know, these people have a hard time letting it go. It may be because of their religious beliefs."

    Be sure and re-read Kevin Tillman's letter and ponder one final question that Sullivan astutely asks... what IS happening to the military under President Bush?

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    foe: an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); a personal enemy

    In the Slag this morning:

    Voucher foe takes new tack at Capitol

    After a decade of failed campaign maneuvering, millionaire school voucher advocate James Leininger is trying a different tactic in his crusade for state-funded private-school vouchers.

    The San Antonio businessman who gives millions to pro-voucher candidates is now going directly to lawmakers, touting a more public-school-friendly version of his perennially contentious push to spend taxpayer dollars on private-school tuition for low-income Texas students.

    I haven't even had my second cup of coffee this morning, but I'm awake enough to know that calling Evil "Doc" Leininger a "voucher foe" is like describing Paris Hilton as "shy".

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    December 14, 2006

    Am I the only one who likes 30 Rock?

    Seriously, I've started watching it on Thursday's and am LOVING it. Alec Baldwin is actually funny. I'm shocked but I actually like a show on network TV.

    However I'm not going to stick around for that ER trash. I'm going for drinks.

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    Does anyone even still read Time?

    I got an email today about Dobson's latest article in Time Magazine. Yes, Dr. James Dobson. The man who claims to be Christian despite the fact that the only similarity between him and real Christians is that they both go to church. The similarities pretty much end there.

    Dr. Dobson in the most recent issue of Time claims that homosexual couples will make bad parents and he even presents 'scientific' evidence to back it up. Media Matters does a great job of slicing and dicing it, but the real jewel was in the email I got this AM...

    ...a letter written by New York University psychology professor Carol Gilligan blasts Focus on the Family's James Dobson for "distorting" her research in a recently released Time magazine article on Mary Cheney's pregnancy. The letter, provided by Truth Wins Out, articulates Gilligan's displeasure with Dobson's use of her research to underpin his conclusions that same-sex couples cannot provide a positive family environment in which to raise children. Her position is stated in no uncertain terms.

    That's right, his rigorous scientific examination was taken out of context. I know, I too was shocked by the news, since I've always considered Dobson such an ethical and honest person.

    Damn, if I keep telling lies like that I'm going to burst into flames, no?

    Time, why do you feel a need to give platform to his guy? He's not mainstream, he's a nut...

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    December 13, 2006

    Sometimes I want to scream too, Juan

    Juan Williams of NPR dresses down Brit Hume and Bill Kristol

    WILLIAMS: Squishy, impatient, you know, they’ll be in the land of milk and honey? What do you imagine, an American administration is coming in, Republican or Democrat, after President Bush that’s just going to lay down and run away like scared little —

    HUME: It will not be phrased that way. Listen, Juan, it’s very simple.

    WILLIAMS: This is really — sometimes i just want to scream. You guys have been going on since this thing began. I mean, you don’t give credit to people, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Barbara Lee, people who said from the start this is a mistake. You put them down. Now it’s everybody’s a surrender monkey or impatient or squeamish or weak. Why can’t you say, hey, there’s a real problem in Iraq?

    I'll go you one better, Juan. Why can't they just say 'We were wrong'?

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    December 12, 2006

    Star-Telegram's advice to bloggers...

    We assume they are talking about some other blog...

    The mostly anonymous criticism from bloggers -- a mixture of bombast, crude humor and frenzied groupthink -- was largely as meaningless as most of the bill itself.
    Many bloggers really should clean up their acts

    But then we stopped drinking for a bit and realized it was, in fact, all about us (or, possibly, that Pink Lady person). With that realization comes an admission... we're not about to take advice about how to behave from a newspaper that endorsed Todd Staples AND Connecticut native George W. Bush. That was far more vulgar than any obscenity we could possibly post.

    However, we will say thank you for acknowledging that we need the same protections they enjoy... even if we are a little too vulgar for delicate ears

    The Texas Legislature -- perhaps even led by Truitt, since she has partly plowed this ground already -- should change state libel law so that fair reporting and comment about the acts of public officials are protected, no matter the medium of their publication.

    Couldn't agree more and we'll be among the first to applaud her if she does. And, all kidding aside, the FWST is still the best newspaper in DFW. Way better than Paper City.

    (Ed note: The original post was in error regarding the Star-Telegram's endorsement in the Gubernatorial race. We apologize for the mistake)

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    December 11, 2006

    Rev. Dahmer?

    Could Jeffrey Dahmer have been a great evangelist?

    'He was growing (in faith) and he would have been a great influence on other inmates. He would have had a tremendous impact,' said the Rev. Roy Ratcliff, a Church of Christ minister who baptized Dahmer in a prison whirlpool tub in May 1994.

    The baptism took place about five months before Dahmer and another inmate were killed at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin by a third prisoner who clubbed them to death while they were on a bathroom cleaning detail.

    Ratcliff, who has recounted his months with Dahmer in a newly released book, 'Dark Journey, Deep Grace' (Leafwood Publishers), says the 34-year-old serial killer who killed 17 people between 1978 and 1991 was not the target of the kind of hate frequently aimed in prison at sex offenders.

    'I asked him and he said he got along fine,' Ratcliff said in an interview.


    'He didn't see himself as being hated by other inmates the way he was hated in the world.'

    The man who did kill Dahmer, Christopher Scarver, was a convicted murder and diagnosed psychopath who later said God had told him to carry our Dahmer's slaying.

    Asked if Dahmer, who was stone-faced and seemed devoid of empathy at his trial, had ever cried or shown deep emotion in his presence, Ratcliff said that while he never saw tears, Dahmer was not stone cold.

    'I saw emotion, how he felt about his mother and father, anger toward a lawyer representing his victims' families. But we didn't spend a lot of time talking about his crimes,' Ratcliff said.

    'We were focusing mainly on how to live a Christian life. There were times when he laughed, or was depressed. At the trial he was basically an object of hatred. He probably had to be quiet ... I think he was being defensive.'

    I don't know if this is a moving story of the success of faith, or one of the creepiest things I've ever read.

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    December 06, 2006

    Seriously, it works better than the spray

    While trying to cover up the smell of her flatulence while on a plane in flight, a woman decided to light a match. No, Dumb and Dumber fans, the plane didn't explode and yes it is a true story.

    The Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Nashville after several passengers reported smelling burning sulfur from the matches, said Lynne Lowrance, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport Authority. All 99 passengers and five crew members were taken off and screened while the plane was searched and luggage was screened.

    The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a "body odor," Lowrance said. She had an unspecified medical condition, authorities said.

    Y'all really thought I made that up, no? Retards...

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    December 03, 2006

    Would someone please tell Darren Tate to get his ass in gear?

    Seriously, it's been a while since I first heard a rip of 'Perfect World'. Supposedly, Tate is releasing it in January. However, I want it NOW. Matt Darey has a copy of it, but I don't. Of course, Darey's show is broadcast on XM. I'm only broadcast when I call in to be a dick to Limbaugh. Darey also spins in clubs. I drink in clubs, but the last person who let me in a DJ booth just got a scotch spilled all over their vinyl. If you're out there... sorry about that again. My bad!

    It's because I'm a blogger, isn't it?

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    December 01, 2006

    NOT SAFE FOR WORK - For the straight boys&lesbians

    Yeah, I know there are a few straight boys and lesbians who read McBlogger (hey Rawhide and Lucy). What you might not know is that most of the male writers ARE straight. It's part of my commitment to diversity and all that shit.

    Whatev. ANYWAY, I'm posting something that has apparently received more attention than I realized it would, Britney's cooter. I saw this earlier this week but didn't really care about it because I have like 10,000 more important things to think about than white trash cooter, know what I mean?

    In that spirit, what happens when you click the link is


    Seriously, don't even think about it.

    Gross, yo. You're really that interested in seeing Britney's vag? Whatever makes you raise up and get your masturbation on...

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    November 20, 2006

    Ben Wear : Still not getting it...

    I know I should expect less of the Statesman, not more. However, this is just inexcusable nonsense on the part of Wear.

    Her (Felthauser's) Web site and signs featured this slogan: "Schools yes! Tolls no!" And she told voters that Krusee was lying when he said the Trans-Texas Corridor highway through Central Texas will be Texas 130, which is partially open and should be complete by next year. Her point to the eastern part of District 52 in and around Taylor and Granger: the REAL Trans-Texas Corridor is yet to come and will take your land.

    Actually, Krusee was telling the truth, although other elements of the Trans-Texas Corridor — rail, pipelines, electric lines — could end up requiring more land buys.

    Ben, you're just wrong. I went to several of the TX DoT meetings on the TTC in the area and at none of them did engineers say or even affirmatively indicate that SH130 would be the corridor segment through WillCo. How exactly would it work, Ben and Mike? I mean, no one at TXDoT seems to know what the master plan is, so why not tell them? Explain to them how a tollway that is supposed to run parallel to 35 is going to connect with it directly at two points. Why is it that at the Manor meeting, which is just east of SH130, TXDoT wasn't explaining to the crowd that it would be the TTC? It would seem to me that would have saved them a lot of headaches.

    One of the primary rationales for creating the TTC was to get hazardous materials out of the metros (forgetting the idiocy of the argument, hazardous materials are normally used in manufacturing IN metros, for a moment). Now, according to Ben Wear and Mike Krusee, that's not going to be the case through WillCo. as SH130 passes extremely close to more than a few homes as it arches to connect back to the 35 freeway.

    So who's telling the truth here?

    (thanks to EOW)

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    Rock! The Onion comes to Austin

    Friday, while stopping for 'milk' at the 'Randall's' on Mesa (which is totally true except for the 'milk' which was actually scotch and 'Randall's' which was really Twin Liquors), I looked down while waiting on line and what do you think caught my eye? No, not the dingy floor that needed to be swept.

    The Onion, America's Finest News Source, has finally made it to Austin. SOOO nice not to have to pick up the Chronicle to find out what's going on.

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    November 18, 2006

    Meatloaf : Still alive. That's a bad thing.

    Apparently the ogre named Meatloaf is about to release a new album. Here's the first song...I warn you, before you click the video you have to know this may cause bleeding from the eyes and ears. It may also cause you to smash your computer.

    That's right. It's Meatloaf covering Celine Dion. I hate this song. I hate Celine Dion. I hate Meatloaf as much, if not more. I hate the people who commented about how much they loved it even more.

    mgourlay2002 (2 months ago) luv the song and vid, meatloaf makes this song better than celine dion....

    Yes, honey. And all your taste is in your mouth. Pick your knuckles up off the floor.

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    November 17, 2006

    You're dumb, Ben Wear

    Man, do y'all ever do any substantive research at the A-AS? First you endorse Perry who now you have to call out on something he did BEFORE you endorsed him. Did y'all just not do your homework on this one?

    Now you have Ben Wear writing articles on toll roads, a subject about which he clearly knows little. In fact, he knows so little he doesn't even know the right questions to ask. For one, what would it take to replace the revenue from toll roads? Note I wrote REVENUE, not profit. The paper, for an organization so interested in it, has done comparatively little research on this. I'm wondering if somewhere Ben has a financial incentive in all this... he's certainly been writing a lot about tolls with nary a word of it criticism. That's interesting because there really isn't anything good that can be written about toll roads.

    I work in finance. Unlike our electeds, I know how to get a transaction structured so that it makes the most sense for all concerned. How exactly does funding a project off of the smallest possible income base make sense? It doesn't. It's like giving a couple a loan and then requiring one of them to stop working. By concentrating the funding base you are increasing substantially the cost to each consumer. In the case of someone in Round Rock, the difference is $4.83 per day. If the funds raised from tolls and the funds raised from the gax tax were put side by side (in terms of consumer cost per gallon), you'd be looking at this:

    $5.00 VS $0.17

    Keep in mind, when you look at this and realize just how much you're being screwed, that 'tolls are cheaper', 'tolls make sense' and 'it's the only way we can get the roads built'. It's the last one that's really disingenous as the reason these come on so quick is that bonds are sold up front, and the service on them is assured by the tolls. So all the money is available to construct the road, at the outset. There is absolutely no reason why those bonds have to be backed with toll revenue... gas taxes would work just as well. See? It's pretty cool when you demystify the 'new and innovative' financing that has been touted as making toll roads possible. That's right... it's nothing more than one of the oldest financial assets in use worldwide, bonds.

    You also should consider that the 17 cent number for the gas tax is really a bullshit number. It'll actually need to be MUCH lower. That's just the one that TXDoT uses. Even it makes tolls look bad.

    We've been told and Ben reiterates several times the tired talking about how long it will take to get these roads built if taxes are used. I guess he wasn't thinking about backing the bonds with another revenue stream. Then again, it appears from reading his inept work that he wasn't thinking about much of anything.

    Bottom line, while tolls don't really bother me too much, it's how disingenous the sales job on this has been. Lest you think me purely partisan, there are some (inexplicably) pro-toll Democrats as well (Kirk, we love you, but you're on the wrong side of this).

    Ben, you need to actually dig in and do a little research. Tolls were explored DECADES ago and passed over for the gas tax because of one thing... it's the fairest, most equitable way to broadly spread the burden for building roads that, whether we drive on them daily or not, help us all in a number of ways.

    Would y'all quit with the toll roads? I'm sick of hearing and reading so much about it from so many people who clearly don't know what they are talking about.

    (tip 'o the hat to Somervell County Salon)

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    November 15, 2006

    Statesman bitches about Perry...

    You really SUCK, A-AS. Seriously, you endorsed the motherfucker and only now are taking him to task? What little credibility the ed board at the Statesman had officially evaporates with what they think is a hard hitting editorial.

    Now that the Democrats will control the agenda in the Capitol, the Republican lobbyists the state’s leaders hired can only hurt Texans, not help them. It was a mistake when Gov. Rick Perry chose to hire lobbyists connected to DeLay, now languishing in disgrace and facing criminal charges, and the Washington lobby he cultivated. It’s a bigger mistake to continue to pay them $15,000 a month.

    It was a mistake PRIOR to the election, you idiots.

    Using taxpayer money to pay private, partisan lobbyists was a dubious strategy to begin with. Now that the worm has turned in Washington, Perry’s decision could be disastrous for Texas. These lobby firms ignored Democrats all year — and worse, worked to defeat them — and the Democrats won’t forget it.

    No shit. We won't forget this either, fuckers.

    (hat tip to EOW)

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    November 03, 2006

    Denim do's and dont's

    You know, I've nothing but love for the fashion victims out there. However, these kids don't...

    It's a little cheesy but his discussion of appropriate footwear is spot on.

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    November 02, 2006

    Is Hannity smoking crack?

    I'm sitting in my hotel watching Hannity and Combs (long story) and Sean Hannity thinks that the Taliban are no longer in control of Afghanistan. I guess no one has bothered to clue Hannity in, least of all Alan Combs (the silent, neutered partner... the one with all the personality and life of a dead ficus. Just not as pretty).

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    October 30, 2006

    Contractor abuse? Say it ain't so...

    DailyKos poster jorndorff has a great article up about Republican's hindering oversight of government contractors by Congress. Instead of doing the right thing for the country, as the Democrats did in World War 2 and Vietnam, the Republicans have allowed their contributors to feed uninterrupted at the government trough.

    Nowhere is this more apparent than in the recent firing of 60 contracted investigators from the Surveys & Investigations Staff (S&IS) of the House Appropriations Committee. The S&IS has been an active component of the House Appropriations Committee for 63 years, made up of former employees of the FBI, CIA and other federal investigative bodies. The bulk of its work is done covertly, its findings largely classified and rarely published.

    On October 16th, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) unilaterally fired the 60 contractors, leaving the unit gutted with only 16 permanent investigators remaining in the unit. (Lewis himself has spent over $50k on lawyers over the course of this past month, as federal investigators continue to look into his history with the Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton and White lobbying firm and more specifically former disgraced congressman-turned-lobbyist Bill Lowery.)

    So, I guess Republicans are for less government only when it comes to making sure taxpayers are actually getting their money used efficiently. This is especially intereating in light of all the stories about bad acts (here and here) with taxpayer funds by Halliburton, the former corporate home of VP Cheney. But there's no collusion there. Yeah, and I'm a washing machine.

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    October 29, 2006

    Sunday morning fun

    Some people love the smell of punditry in the morning. They'll spend Sunday flipping between shows like Meet the Press and Face the Nation Late Edition and Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The rest of us tiptoe quietly by them and prefer things like David Letterman skewering Bill O'Reilly. Enjoy (until CBS has it yanked)!

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    October 26, 2006

    F-list celebrities come out against stem-cell research

    In response to the ad shot by Michael J. Fox supporting Missouri Senatorial candidate Claire McCaskill, anti-stem cell research folks have pinned their hopes and dreams... on a bunch of people Kathy Griffin wouldn't even acknowledge (seriously, that retard from Everybody Loves Raymond was the only one I recognized). This follows comments from the massive Rush Limbaugh, the Orson Welles-ian sized commentator who said that Fox was faking or exaggerating his symptoms. I'm posting the anti-stem cell ad in the supersize along with Fox's response to the whole thing. Now, enjoy the ad that started it all off and remember that decisions we make at the poll this year will have real world consequences for millions of Americans who need help.

    (hat tip to SuperWow! and the gang at PinkDome)

    Who the hell created this disjointed mess?

    Now, Fox's response...

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    October 23, 2006

    And here I thought the Statesman was the worst paper in Austin

    Not so much. The worst paper in Austin is here. The Daily Texan has endorsed not only Matzo but has also sung the praises of Todd 'Flip-Flop' Staples.

    Yes, Todd of the Big Head.

    Forget the Matzo endorsement... it's retarded more than anything. The endorsement of Staples is the real comedy. I know the kids are busy these days but really, did they actually do any research?

    Not only is the current state senator an experienced politician, he is the kind of moderate conservative who can serve both the private and the public sectors equally.
    Moderate conservative? The same guy who tried to dilute the Byrd Hate Crimes bill? The same guy who carried the anti-gay Proposition Two in the Senate? Oh yeah... by 'moderate' they must mean 'super extreme right wing'.
    A supporter of fair trade, alternative fuel sources and quality nutritional programs in schools, we believe Staples can stand by his promise “to represent the interests of farmers and ranchers, consumers and processors” in Texas.
    Todd supports FREE, not FAIR, trade. It's a nit-picky observation as far as the Daily Texan is concerned, incredibly important to the millions of people in Texas who've seen their incomes cut dramatically due to unfair trading practices with Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. He doesn't support any changes to Comb's very unsuccessful school nutrition program and his promises are empty since he doesn't have nearly the clout at the Capitol Todd would like to think. On alternative fuels, his solutions will actually excerbate problems with water distribution in this state, not to mention that his plan revolves around the production of crops that are the most inefficient for producing bio-fuels, corn and soybeans. However, this is nothing compared to the next part which is what will really be damaging to Texas Agriculture.
    Staples is also against the Trans-Texas Corridor project and would like to see a voluntary program for animal identification.
    Actually, Todd authored, sponsored and/or voted FOR every single bill related to the construction of the Trans-Texas Corridor. He liked it sooo much in fact that he voted some of the bills out committee then voted for the final version. He's now telling people he's against the very thing he voted FOR. Is this kind of politician we need in Austin, someone who does nothing but pander to voters while running for office, then seeks to agressively undermine them once elected? Or, in the case of the TTC, take ONE MILLION ACRES OF THEIR LAND FOR A TOLLWAY WE DON'T NEED?

    While in the Lege, Flip-Flop Todd also voted FOR a mandatory animal ID program TWICE. Now that the public is pissed about it, he says he's for a voluntary program.

    I guess TDT was too busy writing their endorsement to admit they made a mistake. They are right that Hank is a novice politician though they are really far off the mark when it comes to Hank's very detailed plans regarding the commission and especially, as part of this year's big issue, drought relief. You'll have to pick up a copy of The Texas Observer to see that.

    After years of seasoned, polished politicians using and abusing this office, it's time for a real Texan who actually knows how to make Texas Agriculture great again. That man is Hank Gilbert but you'd have to talk to the UDems about that... not so much the clueless staff at The Daily Texan.

    I can understand the Cox newspapers in Texas letting Staples lie his way out of trouble. They are, after all, mouthpieces of the Cox publisher's, not so much the actual editorial boards. The Daily Texan staff has no excuse for their intellectual laziness.

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    October 20, 2006

    You know, The DMN really does suck...

    Slowly but surely, much like the AAS, the DMN has become one of the worst papers in the United States. By doing what newspapers should never do... engaing in wishful thinking, ignoring reality and writing badly.

    That's right, a blog that features posts about A Dildo that may (or may not) have been up Perry's ass is calling out the established dead tree media.

    I've read stories recently about hard times at the newspapers around the state. There's a reason for that... the quality is so low that it's a tedious chore to read them. The DMN has become little more than an in-flight magazine: Lots of ads, little or no real thought and nothing that will actually inform people. I dropped my subscription years ago because I found myself more interested in the Best Buy circular than in the front page. And I hate Best Buy.

    The fault lies not only with the overbearing management but with the staff as well. Often, after reading an article online (you didn't think I actually paid for the paper, did you?) I'm struck by the fact that the issue, about which the reporter is writing, is being misrepresentated. Take the Iraqi Invasion and Occupation. The Press, as a whole, did a piss poor job of questioning the intelligence that led us to war. Congress did as well, which is one of the reasons the Rs are about to get the shellacking they richly deserve. HOWEVER, even after the facts started coming out about manipulation of intelligence, reporters still wrote of not the central issue but instead of the talking points being used on either side. Talking points. Journalists became reporters became stenographers.

    Without ever questioning the truth of those talking points, and nary a word about whether they were right or wrong, is it any wonder that reporters are often afforded such little respect? They are, at best, unreliable flesh and bone tape recorders.

    Pink Lady has a story up about endorsements and how the editor of the AAS is making a command decision on the Governor's race. It seems that Rich Oppel is overriding the Editorial Board and demanding an endorsement of Perry. The same guy who has failed year after horrendous year. Of course, so has Rich. His tenure at The Statesman has been remarkable for one thing... the number of subscriber's lost. While Austin continues to grow, The Statesman continues to be an albatross just as the DMN is in Dallas. Did Belo Corp make a command deicison there with the comical endorsement of Perry? I mean seriously, touting Perry's stance on energy deregulation was pure comedic genius in light of the fact that your own paper published a story earlier this week about what a disaster deregulation has been.

    Until newspapers start doing their jobs again and until reporters start acting like the journalists they claim to be, we're going to keep pointing and laughing at you when we see you around town. Respect has to be earned and it's pretty sad when a blog (which has it's ed board meetings in a bar) actually garners more respect than a newspaper. Yes, I'm talking about INPT.

    What, you thought I was talking about McBlogger? Shit. Even the guy at my favorite liquor store doesn't respect us.

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    October 19, 2006

    You say YOU'RE concerned?

    An interesting comment in the Slag's endorsement of Valinda Bolton for HD-47 (who by the way is wonderful and also picked up the Austin Chronicle's endorsemnt this week.) Talking about her doomed republican opponent, the Statesman comments

    At an Oct. 11 voters forum, however, Welch could not recall the name of his top campaign donors. We are concerned that Welch, who told voters he would not be beholden to special interests, forgot the $35,000 given to him by Bob Perry, the power broker who finances much of the state's Republican leadership.

    We share the newspaper's concern. Imagine, though, how Bob Perry must feel. If I gave someone thirty-five large, he'd damn well better remember my name!

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    October 18, 2006

    Burka : The best conventional wisdom money can buy...

    I like Paul Burka, I really do. What I dislike (I'm working on using the 'hate' word less. My therapist says it will help with my mood swings. However, she also said I needed to quit drinking. Anyone know of a good therapist?) about him is how frequently he clings to conventional wisdom. About half the time, this strategy will pay off, a quarter of the remainder you'll be close and the other quarter, you'll be way off. It's a sucessful model and one that Burka has been adept at using.

    It also means that when you're wrong, you're really wrong.

    This is one of those years and though everything has been pointing in a certain direction for months (not to mention the bungling of the hapless Republicans), Burka stubbornly refuses to see it. He derides the Democrats being disorganized and talks of how Travis County is the only remaining effective D organization. This ignores all the work being done in Harris, Fort Bend, Dallas and Tarrant Counties. The Valley has remained strong and will this election (despite 11 mayors who should be nervous as hell) as well.

    This is not to say the State party isn't dysfunctional (it is). Nor is it to say there's not a fair amount of rebuilding to be done (there is). However, what started in 2004 has been carried forward and D's this year are going to do far better than anyone expects. I'm thinking at least two statewide offices, close the gap in the house and possible a few congressional seats no is expecting. One thing Burka isn't reporting is that a lot of die hard R's are no longer calling themselves R. Further, a lot of those people are on GOTV lists and lying when they get the GOTV calls, at least about who they are going to vote for.

    But they'll be voting.

    Last thing and then I'll drop it... whether the morality voters come out this year or not is largely irrelevant. The R's have lost enough of their base to make the difference and I's are falling into the D column like I do into bed after a long night out.

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    October 11, 2006

    Pete Doherty in Rehab Now Redux

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingRemember Pete? The psycho who decided to sneak some coke into rehab? Well, apparently they believe he's really trying to get clean. Honest.

    Musician Pete Doherty arrives at Ealing Magistrate's Court in West London for a hearing on possession of cocaine and heroin, in this Jan 11, 2006 photo. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Last month Doherty, in court on drugs charges, avoided jail after a judge said she was "impressed" with his attempts to beat his addiction.

    The singer had pleaded guilty to five counts on possessing heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was allowed to continue his drug treatment and told he would be sentenced in December.

    Yeah. Right. Whatev.

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    October 10, 2006

    Perfuming The Pigs

    The AAS continues it's love affair with all things fat and Republican (not to mention, Republican Fatties ... yeah, I'm looking at you, Congressman Carter) with a puff piece on what great guys Congressman Carter (R-CandyAss) and Congressman McCaul (R-ClearChannel) are and how much they've done for their districts. Which is interesting and all because they've done fuckall for their constituents.

    Carter and McCaul are keen on ferreting out wasteful government spending. Carter's crop insurance bill came from his teaming up with Tarleton State University on a data-mining project that found "$250 million worth of cheating" on crop insurance claims, he said.

    "I am a true believer there are trillions of dollars we can find," Carter said. "With the modern technology that's available — data mining — I think we have great possibilities," Carter said.

    TRILLIONS? Come on, Carter... even you can't be that dumb. The total federal budget is only around 2.1 trillion dollars. Even if 25% of that is wasteful spending, that's only $500 billion, not a trillion let alone trillions. I find it interesting, also, that Carter chooses to focus on farmers and $200 million while BILLIONS of dollars are missing in the Iraqi reconstruction.

    I guess those farmers didn't give enough to Carter's 2004 re-election campaign. While he's focused on someone who is lying a little on their insurance claims (something that's not even been proven) large companies are stealing billions in Iraq. Billions of taxpayer dollars. Of course the stenographer who wrote the article in the AAS failed to mention that. Check out Mary Beth Harrell, the incredible woman who's running to replace Carter in Congress.

    As for McCaul, all they could say about him was that he was ambitious and that he likes to scapegoat brown people for raping white women. Now, where have I heard that before?

    Yeah, you might want to help out Ted Ankrum. I know he'd appreciate it.

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    October 08, 2006

    Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousnad words

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    The northern end of a south-bound elephant. On newstands now!

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    September 28, 2006

    Burka loses his mind... thinks Shapleigh is in trouble

    Oh, this is just dumb. Paul, back off the bong!

    In all honesty, Shapleigh needs your help but so does every other Democrat. You could start by writing Congressman Reyes a nasty letter. Just sayin' is all.

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    September 20, 2006

    Oops... my bad!

    Recently I posted something about Suze Orman and used the wrong picture. The picture was of an Australian Dingo, not Suze Orman. I apologize for the mistake.

    But I'm not changing it. I think the picture I used was appropriate.

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    September 19, 2006

    Suze Orman offers "Don't get divorced quite yet!"

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingJust when you think you've got it all figured out, along comes Suze Orman to kick you in the gut and remind you that, you know, she's like a genius compared to your retard ass.

    On today's obligatory CNBC pre-commercial blurb, Suze decided to talk about social security... as many of you are no doubt aware, you have to be married to someone for 10 years or more to qualify to receive half their benefits upon their death and provided you are, of course, still alive. Suze mentions this by way of pointing out that "some of you..." (I presume she's talking to viewers who aren't myself since I can't get married) "...are with someone you're thinking of divorcing. If you're close to that 10 year mark, you might want to wait".

    Practical relationship advice from Suze Orman? Oh, yeah... she's just full of suprises (and I hear, much like a pinata, with delicious candy as well)!

    Seriously, is it just me or is this a little cold blooded?

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    September 15, 2006

    Bravo is bringing it, bitches!

    I am just so in love with 'Project Runway'! Last night I missed the beginning
    though. I have been trying to walk in the park at night. It gets really dark and
    kinda creeps me out. However, I have found a new friend in Raul, a Hispanic
    mechanic (no bitching about the rhymes, yo!). He jogs beside me and we chat about the weather.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSince I missed the beginning, I had to stay up and watch the rerun. By the way,scotch+ 'Project Runway'= match made in heaven but I digress. Bravo was bringing it! Hardcore! It was so bad, it was good! First we received the fore shadowing that basically let us know that Kayne was a goner. That did not make me sad because Drop Dead Fred had been getting on my nerves. After a strong initial showing, he seemed to be buckling under the pressure. Then, the bombshell! Vincent came back. Then Angela walked in! Yes, indeed, I vomited a little in my mouth. I don't blame the other contestants for being pissed. The excuse for letting these mouth breathers back in was that they had won a challenge. How McLame! That blows like a baby prostitute!

    To add insult to injury, Angela was wearing one of those hideous poof skirts! I mean seriously. Who wears this shit and where did they receive their labotomy? Needless to say, everyone needed a drink, and this glass house has no comment on that.

    The challenge was a black and white cocktail dress. Big woo! The best part was when Laura totally called out Angela! Big time! She mentioned that Angela's win was for a team challenge. Basically Michael and Laura won the challenge, but Angela got the credit. SNAP! I loved it! From jump street you could tell what was going to happen.

    Angela's and Vincent's sole purpose was to prove the reason behind their dismissal. As if anyone did not get that! HELLO? Poor Kayne showed signs of strain early on. It was sweet that Michael tried to help him. That is why Michael is my sweet baby angel! That was when Laura started having a meltdown. She was so positive about her last endeavor that the resulting smackdown shook her to her very core. It must be hormones. Anyone in their right
    mind would have known that that dress looked cartoonish. But it is understandable. All of the contestants are struggling through this season, and Laura is doing it knocked up!

    The runway. Angela and Vincent were horrible, but you had to know that was coming since they, you know, suck more ass than one of my brother's dates. Angela did not learn from her past mistakes. I'll be damned if another of those fucking little rosettes did not appear between her fetus/model's pitiful excuse for boobs.

    Anyway, I know there are a lot of Jeffrey fans out there and you know that I love him. However, I would not be caught dead in the Jodi Whatley inspired concoction from last night. Not that I could squeeze one toe into those tights. Long story short, Laura won with Michael a close second. After Angela and Vincent left, Kayne and Jeffrey were on the cutting block. The judges told Jeffrey that they were tired of seeing him do the same look. That L.A. look. That was when I knew that Kayne was gone. It was the same fucking thing that happened last season. Let's call it the curse of Santino! Except Jeffrey has talent. Santino was a total butt plug.

    So, Kayne is no more, and I think we will all kinda miss the little queen. I am sure that there is a place for Kayne somewhere in the world. Maybe Vegas since I hear Liberace is dead.

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    September 13, 2006

    Lauer corners Bush on Torture

    This will piss you off you but you need to get over it and listen to what the man is actually saying. Please (see what you make me do? I'm asking nicely and shit!):

    It happens pretty early in the segment, something about the Justic Dept clearing as legal ALL interrogation techniques used. Lauer, sensibly, asks why, if the techniques were legal, the interrogations couldn't have been done at Gitmo. The President, blustering, dodges the question.

    So, when it finally comes out that we are using illegal techniques on captured 'terrorists' (at this point, I'm beginning to doubt if they are even terrorists. Seriously, remember those 'terrorists' the FBI found in Florida?) Bush is going to drop Gonzales in the grease and hope like hell he keeps his mouth shut.

    Alberto, are you there pal? You need to get your documentation together because you're about to be sent to slaughter by your President.

    (hat tip to the lovely and talented Pink Dome)

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    September 12, 2006

    Nicely done, Keith

    Thank you, Mr. Olbermann.

    (...and thank you for finding it, Anna!)

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    September 11, 2006

    Vindication is MINE

    I love Project Runway. That and 'The Closer' have gotten me through the summer. It just cracks me up. I do not think I will ever tire of hearing those crazy wackos go at each other.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFirst of all, I must admit, I was so relieved when Angela finally got the boot. I talked smack about the frizzy twit and then she wins two challenges! As I was pulling up to my steaming plate of
    crow, she went and blew it. Thank heavens! Anyway, I am about to go somewhere potentially alienating, but...Episode 7: Everyday Woman.

    This was the episode that really made me hate Angela. Okay, let me say that Jeffrey was a total prick to Angela's mother. Jeffrey is a total prick. However, given the fact that the woman was a life drainer can we really blame him?. That whiny sequoia was a complete waste of skin. I read on other blogs that others feel Jeffrey was
    horribly cruel to her. Okay... I'm not saying what he did was right, but I can totally understand it. I know that I am being a bitch, but that is a freaking competition! The mad old cow was sabotaging him, however unintentionally. Oh well. I stand alone. Bitches.

    Anyway, last nights episode was better without Angela. They cut Vincent loose. That little sycophant. I think we all saw that coming. I am glad Michael stayed because he is my favorite to win! Looks like bitchy Laura is on her way out.

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    I hope everyone has seen the MTV VMAs by now. I watched it last Thursday night, but was not making notes. I tried to concentrate, but it is difficult while packing and painting your nails. I went out of town to see my boyfriend. He told me that a girlfriend was someone that you get to see and spend time with. Where do
    they get this stuff? I know, right?

    It was a really boring show this year. I personally hate the Pussycat Dolls. They are so tacky! Their single 'Buttons' actually makes my ears bleed. It is not as bad as 'Don't Cha' but it is in the fucking neighborhood. Also, Kelly Clarkson beating Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado? Did I enter an alternate universe where this would be possible?

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Also, although this is embarrassing to admit, I have always thought Shakira's 'Hips Don't Lie' featuring Wycleaf Jean was somewhat odd. It just sounded familiar to me. And then it came to me! It was just a reworking of Wycleaf Jean's 'Dance Like This'. It played at the end of 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights'. Yes, I have seen it. In fact as I was flipping during commercials I discovered that the fucking thing was playing on ABC Family! know I had to watch the big dance scene.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnyway, I think Pink was drunk. There was a cut away of Jennifer Lopez chewing her cud. Jack Black did a decent job. In my opinion he will never be funnier than he was in 'High Fidelity'. That is a Cosby sweater! A Cosby sweater!

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingIn the end, I was left pondering the appearance of VJ John Norris. He looks like an android mixed with a chihuahua. He should shoot his hairdresser on sight. Not everyone is meant to be blond, baby.

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    September 08, 2006

    GOP TV - Time to boycott shareholders as well..

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    Uhm... some of you seem disappointed in ABC's decision to run their 9/11 mockudrama, It Was All Bill Clinton's Fault, which is understandable given that the thing is so full of lies and distortions of fact that they can't really even call it a docudrama. We should also remember this is a network that has game shows in prime time and whose signature show, Lost is about people traipsing through a 'deserted' island that curiously looks a lot like Hawaii. You know, because it is.

    Let us never forget the abyssmal Commander in Chief. Seriously, if you're going to be pissed at them, hate them for that television miasma. The wasting of the considerable talents of Donald Sutherland alone should be reason to have a couple of people at ABC killed.

    Anyone remember what a let down last season of Desperate Housewives was? They turned a perfectly good show into a lame fest by turning it into some kind of ersatz Dynasty. Further, Teri Hatcher's character... am I the only one who wants to see her die horribly?

    THIS IS THE NETWORK THAT NOW WANTS TO CARRY WATER FOR BUSH. Yes, ABC... the network so bad it makes old Soviet TV look good.

    Now they are planning to air an unabashadly biased look at failures leading up to 9/11. As William Rivers Pitt (Can I just call you Bill? I don't use all my names, you should seriously think about making it easier on us!) points out, the errors are manifold on the part of the Bush Administration and Clinton did in fact do a great deal more than conservatives are willing to admit. ABC doesn't care about that. In fact, the news division over there is looking more and more like Fox News which makes one wonder... if they've decided to marginalize themselves, why not let them? Leaving them to fight with Fox News and the Hitler Channel over the idiotic 25% of Americans who still think Bush is doing A-OK sounds like a plan to me.

    The best way to protest this is, as many have suggested, to boycott local advertisers. Another good thing to look into is boycotting the products of shareholders. That means, get rid of your Fidelity account, change your insurance provider from Geico and don't buy any See's Candy (yes, we know it's tasty but so is Russell Stover, titty baby).

    Finally, let's all take a moment to contact our local ABC affiliate... Here in Austin, that's KVUE. In case that link suddenly goes dead, I'm posting the phone numbers in the supersize.

    Contact KVUE:
    All E-Mail is answered Monday through Friday during regular business hours, and is not for emergency use.
    Email the News Room

    News Release/News Tips
    Switchboard 459-6521
    News Hotline 459-9442
    Newsroom Fax (512)533-2233

    Mailing Address:
    3201 Steck Avenue
    Austin, Texas 78757
    KVUE News/Story Ideas
    Broadcast and Internet Sales
    Forecast Line
    Weather Dept.

    News Contacts:

    Newsroom Fax 533-2233
    News Director Frank Volpicella 459-2056 Operations Manager Emily Hummel 459-2063
    Assignments Editor Keith Harris 459-2067
    Executive Producer Scott Reather 459-2068
    Daybreak Executive Producer Thea Williams 459-2069
    Special Projects Producer Kathy Hadlock 459-2060
    Newsroom Operations Manager John Gusky 459-2083
    KVUE's News Team Behind the Lens: KVUE Photojournalists

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    I know I shouldn't be suprised...

    ... but honestly, after what I heard yesterday from Hank about the DMN Ed Board meeting I have to laugh at their endorsements this morning, especially that of Todd Staples for Agriculture Commissioner. Todd was an early and ardent proponent of the Trans-Texas Corridor, the toll road project a part of which (TTC-35) will require the State to condemn more than 100,000 acres of the best farmland in the state of Texas. Think it's no big deal? Good blackland in Texas exists in a fairly narrow band... we can't afford to lose even 100,000 acres. The DMN, in it's ridiculousness, failed to adequetely take that into consideration, just as they seem to lack the intellectual fortitude to even contemplate whether or not we need TTC-35 (we don't, but they've so swallowed Staples' and Perry's line about toll roads that they actually believe they are the only way to fund transportation in Texas, without a massive increase the gas tax which is a lie).

    And that's what is really dissapointing about the DMN endorsement, IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN THE RESULT OF INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS.

    Mr. Staples' familiarity with Austin makes him the better voice for Texas' farmers and ranchers. They deserve a commissioner who knows agriculture but can also navigate Austin.

    Todd's ability to 'navigate' Austin is little more than an ability to cash a lobbyist's check. Most of the legislation he's written is so bad it never sees the light of day. Still, that's better than some of Todd's greatest hits like pumping water out of East Texas to support Dallas Metro which should be looking at cost efficient desalination (yes, it does exist... CA and Australia are both using the technology). Of course, the DMN wouldn't know that because the DMN's research staff has been cut to one, an intern named Mitch who on his best days (you know, when he's not coked to the gills) can barely arrange words into sentences.

    Mr. Gilbert, a cow/calf operator in Troup, has plenty of ability to offer. In another race, we'd be happy to recommend him. (Libertarian nominee Clay Woolam of Richardson didn't respond to an interview request.) But, in this lineup, Todd Staples is the best candidate.

    Notice how, in the entire endorsement piece, not one word about child nutrition (which the Ag Commissioner controls), the National Animal ID System (NAIS)... NOTHING ABOUT AGRICULTURE. Had it been about agriculture, Hank would have been clearly the most qualified candidate. The DMN, however, is not interested in that... their primary interest appears to be destroying agriculture, the second largest industry in Texas. Given that goal, is there any suprise that they endorsed Staples?

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    September 07, 2006

    Brilliant as ever

    You know, you gotta admire the Statesman for their efforts to keep trying even when clearly unable to grasp a concept.

    Take a look at this, then come back.

    See what I mean? I once thought the Statesman Ed staff irredeemably stupid, but not so much now. I have finally realized it's not stupidity; It's a need to conform as well as an accute lack of vision and imagination.

    Of course conservation is a necessitity... that's been pointed out with varying degrees of success for more than 30 years. However, even conservation, as we've seen here in the US, isn't enough. What's needed are fundamental changes in how we view energy and how it's created. While we can't drill our way to energy independence, we can grow our way, for example.

    My issue with the Statesman Ed staff is the lack of a call to action in this piece. Where is the call for more research money for clean electric? We've seen research out of Europe and Asia that clearly shows they are near a point where solar will not only become highly efficient but cheaply producable. Why is our government not spending our tax dollars in the best way imaginable... helping our companies get a handle on the technologies and develop them into deployable products? Why isn't the Statesman even discussing research into biofuels? Could it be because they know as much about the issue as they do about conservation?

    They do find time to rip on the idea of peak oil, in spirit at least, by mentioning a book by Daniel Goodstein, Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil. Here again, they fail to get the gist of the work which was that unless people find another way to power their civilization, they are going to have some big problems as finite fossil fuels begin to decline. This was not a doom and gloom work (no 'rash' predictions, Statesman Ed people), it was merely pointing out what everyone already knows... fossil fuels are a finite resource and we will eventually run out. We must therefore find other solutions.

    Instead of taking the time to really consider this and even call for action on the part of the government, the Statesman takes the position that conservation is the end all be all... we should demand cars that run on less oil. So what happens when it's $800 a barrel? Can we then start talking about alternatives and what's needed to bring them to market in something less than a derisive, condescending tone?

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    August 31, 2006

    Gang violence in Round Rock? Whatev...

    KXAN is reporting that there was a big gang fight at a Round Rock high school. Of course, then you start reading the article and come to this...

    Up to about 10 students may have been involved in this fight, and the school district says four of them were arrested by Round Rock police.

    Oh shit. Only 10 kids? You gotta be kidding me. The way the damn thing was headlined you expected to read about a riot. I HATE KXAN.

    As a side note, I wonder how long it will take Krusee, Douche Fleece and the ridiculous John Carter to comment on this and try to make an issue out of it? Krusee will say it's why we need toll roads, natch. Fleece will whine about how Mark Strama is a Democrat and God doesn't love him so he's allowing the children to fight (forgetting the fact it's outside his district) and Carter will blame immigrants. Because that's what Carter thinks about all the time in his little rat brain.

    Well, that and how to keep the great unwashed (read:citizens of the US, Democrats) from voting.

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    Olberman Slams Rumsfeld

    Olbermann blogged it here for those who'd rather not watch.

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    August 25, 2006

    Pluto demoted, signs deal with MTV Networks

    You've no doubt heard unfortunate little Pluto, right? No? Jesus, where the fuck have you been? Here. Go catch up on news.

    Demotion from full planet to lowly d-list planet has actually helped Pluto's television career. The dwarf recently signed a deal with MTV Networks' unit VH1 to appear on Celebrity Fit Club as well as several episodes of Tori Spelling's acclaimed (I know, I was suprised as well but it really is funny) So NoTORIous. Pluto will apparently play an agent modeled on Entourage star Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold. Only more schlubby and willing to put up with Tori Spelling.

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    August 23, 2006

    A sorry excuse for Armageddon

    Sister Ruth has been on my case to broaden my horizens. She's been hounding me to try watching Scarborough Country in the evenings instead of flipping over to Comedy Central for the six-hundreth repeat of Chappelle. I've actually been making an effort this week; so far not impressed. Last night, in fact, I must have dozed off during Olberman because I woke up to an alarmed-looking panel led by that horrible Rita McRaspyVoice and the BREAKING NEWS alarm. WTF? I wondered? Have the predictions of Paul Wolfowitz and Xoxpopicoatlteq, Mayan Goddess of Treesloths for this date come true? Is the world actually coming to an end ? Do I have time for a beer run before the Big One hits?

    As I shook myself free of morpheus' embrace though it turned out that the breaking news was TOM CRUISE HAS BEEN FIRED! Unless he's actually been fired out of a cannon in the direction of the Middle East, who gives a flying fuck?

    Here's a little rule of thumb about news, since MSNBC seems confused: Cruise missiles: News. Tom Cruise: Not News. In case Tom Cruise is ever hit by a cruise missile: Justice.

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    August 18, 2006

    Today is the motherfuckin' day

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    That's right, bitch. Check out showtimes here.

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    August 17, 2006

    TNR loves them some Ann Coulter and not so much with the wiretaps

  • Check out this diary at Daily Kos to see how much. It's rather lame, actually... the fact that that TNR likes Coulter, not the diary.

    Again, don't get mad when Coulter launches into her tired schtick. It's just her way of getting noticed since she's too emaciated land a date without it. As for TNR... come on, it's just LAME

  • US Federal Judge tells the NSA enough with the wiretaps. BOR and PinkDome both have posts up about it and links to MSM articles. I'm not posting more because until the SC rules, this is all much ado about nothing.

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    August 08, 2006

    Hannity and The AAS have something in common

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    Couldn't have said it better myself.

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    August 06, 2006

    What's the difference...

    ...between the Austin American Statesman and a steaming pile of dogshit?

    When the paper lands in your yard, it comes wrapped in plastic.

    Five years after 9/11, country remains divided

    Remains divided? Ummm, unlike Mark Lisheron, my memories of 2001 haven't been erased and I recall that the 9/11 attacks united the country like nothing else in my lifetime. Everybody had a flag, everybody was out to get Osama (remember him?} Still, there is no doubt that today the coountry is deeply divided. So something must have happened, someone might be to blame for that change in our national fortunes.

    From nearly two dozen interviews with citizens, volunteers, military personnel, academics and researchers, one thing is clear: Americans missed the opportunity Sept. 11 presented to claim and hold a common ground on domestic and foreign matters.

    So it's Americans' fault, eh? Why isn't it the fault of a president who, when Americans were chomping at the bit to make whatever sacrifices would be necessary to effectively defeat the threat of terrorism, advised them to go to the mall and get on with their lives? Why isn't it the fault of a bungled intervention in Afghanistan that neither captured Bin Laden nor brought stability to that country? Why isn't it the fault of a disasterous war in Iraq, begun on totally false pretences, resulting in our military being trapped in escalating chaos with no strategy for victory? And why isn't it the fault of an administration which less than a year ago faced with the Katrina catastrophe demonstrated ineptitude on a scale that would have been embarrassing even by Third World standards?

    Mr. Lisheron, sorry that we Americans can't seem to live up to the standards of patriotism exemplified by you and your Dear Leader. I guess we're just unworthy of you.

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    August 03, 2006

    TTC :The Star - Telegram compromises itself and a poll

    You may have missed a piece published in the Star-Telegram Monday by Donna Williams. I know I certainly did, but I blame the fact that the Star-Telegram actually sucks MORE than the Statesman, so I don't read it. However, imagine my suprise when I discovered this pro-TTC piece of garbage.

    Seriously, imagine it. You don't get it, do you? Well, I was suprised because I actually know who Donna Williams is. She's a VP at Parson's Infrastructure (they design roads and airports). In the article, she's listed as a member of Texans for Safe Reliable Transportation (seriously, that's the real name... come on, even I'm not dumb enough to come up with something like that). Predictably, Donna and her buds at TSRT think toll roads are just nifty (after all, they're funded by toll road interests and their minions). You know, I really didn't mind toll roads until all this TTC shit started up. Now, I'm ready to HANG every toll road advocate.

    Here's the short and the sweet on toll roads. Texans and Americans HATE paying taxes unless they are actually getting something for the money. The R's have done a good job saying that taxes are whack and the D's have done a lame job actually teaching people what taxes are for... especially that TAXES BUILD FUCKING ROADS.

    Texas has seen a 94% increase in traffic on our roads since 1980. Capacity has only increased by 6%. See the problem? Cram more cars on the same roads and voila! MORE CONGESTION ON THOSE ROADS. The wonderful economic growth Texas has enjoyed hasn't paid for itself. Not by a longshot.

    However, the solution ISN'T toll's the point by point.

    Today, our state transportation system is at a crossroads. Texas is the leading exporting state and the second-biggest manufacturing state; it added more than 600,000 jobs in the past 34 months. Our state is growing fast, and transportation taxes and funding sources are not keeping pace.

    No joke... we KNOW that already, Donna Dumbass. Of course, you don't want to talk about those taxes being increased because then there would be no need for toll roads.

    It is imperative that Texas expedite transportation improvements in the interest of public safety, job creation and overall quality of life. That's why state and local leaders and transportation experts are supporting the Trans-Texas Corridor project, being developed to relieve traffic on our aged, crowded and downright scary Interstate 35.

    Again, we haven't kept up with necessary expansion of the 35. In fact, only now is TX DoT finally expanding the road to at least six lanes. That should have been done 10 years ago. And, just for the record, any construction project (public OR private) creates jobs.

    The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC-35) uses many new financing and construction tools to get needed roadways built years sooner, without increasing state gasoline or sales taxes. By harnessing private-sector investment and charging motorists a fee, Texas can build a necessary road much faster, relieving traffic far more quickly.

    Oh, Donna. TOLLS ARE A TAX. In fact, tolls on the TTC just between Dallas and Austin will amount to $108.00 using Cintra's mean estimate. For a car or truck that gets 20 MPG, that's like a $10.80 increase in the gas tax. PER GALLON. There's no magic here. They are taking $108.00 out of your pocket... and putting into the pocket of a private corporation. Every time you go from Austin to Dallas. The amazing thing... if we increased gas taxes only slightly, we could fully fund TX DoT and rush projects in the cities. Spread over all Texans, the total tax would amount to an additional $30-40 PER YEAR. That's a hell of a lot cheaper than the 'no new taxes, Toll Road' solution.

    The Trans-Texas Corridor and other new transportation projects will improve Texas disaster and hurricane response dramatically. Katrina and Rita proved that hurricanes are not just coastal events -- they can threaten an entire region. Better, safer infrastructure means faster evacuations and fewer lives lost to hurricanes or other natural or man-made disasters.

    All expansion will do that. In this regard, the TTC is nothing special. Again, Donna, why be so dumb?

    Thousands of new Texas jobs, higher property values and resulting economic development will follow the corridor route. Employers tend to migrate to places where it's easier to transport workers, raw materials and products. The Trans-Texas Corridor will help the state add jobs and stay competitive in the world economy.

    Not really since Cintra (the owner of the 50 year lease on the TTC) will have control over the land in the TTC and immediately surrounding it. They're going to charge private operators to set up shop there and that means lots of big business... and a few minimum wage jobs. That's the last thing Texas needs.

    And TTC-35 even benefits those who don't want to pay the toll. Every car or truck using TTC-35 will be one less vehicle on I-35, thereby increasing that highway's safety and convenience. In addition, free roads, parallel to most toll roads, will remain a viable option for those who choose not to pay.

    This is interesting since we don't know the real terms of the agreement with Cintra. Do they restrict expansion of the 35? TX DoT said no when I went to the meeting in Manor on Tuesday. When I drilled for more detail they admitted that the secret parts of the contract (to which they weren't privy) MAY restrict expansion of freeways. I took that to mean it would.

    The state will own these new roads, but private companies and investors will pay to construct and operate them. New state laws enhance private property protections and allow local communities and landowners to share in the benefits. As a result, billions in new, largely untapped private investment will pour into Texas to improve our transportation infrastructure, easing congestion, increasing commuter choice and improving highway safety.

    Donna's technically correct that the state will own the land. They are leasing it to Cintra for 50 years which is virtually a lifetime lease. The interesting thing is that we don't know the full details of the lease and whether or not it's set up for perpetual renewal. If that's the case, then it's functionally an outright sale, no matter what language you use.

    Oh, and those 'new state laws to protect property owners'? They don't apply to the TTC. Todd Staples, Perry and Craddick all made sure the TTC was specifically exempted. The state can take your land via eminent domain for below market value (they only have to give you fair value, whatever that means) and you can go through the expensive and lengthy process of suing the state. Of course, whether or not you win, the state will have already leased your land to Cintra... even if it's been in your family for generations.

    The debate continues. The democratic process is working. But don't let anyone tell you that business as usual can improve Texas transportation. People and jobs are migrating to Texas. We must have the roads and infrastructure to carry them safely and efficiently.

    Democratic? This deal was made behind closed doors and the true terms and conditions are a secret. One has to wonder what Perry and Staples are afraid to let Texans see? Business as usual can't fix roads... especially not when business as usual involves secret deals with campaign contributors.

    Be sure and check out this poll regarding the TTC.

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    July 29, 2006

    Lee Siegel whines about how mean bloggers are

    TNR has an article up by Lee Siegel in which he whines Malkin-esque-ly about bloggers being fascists.

    This isn't the first time I've heard this argument so it's hardly an original thought (not that Seigel is ever bothered by those). The MSM and tradmed people think we're all on the same page. What they don't get is that we're NOT all on the same page. They keep trying to figure out why people love blogs and it's so simple... they give people a chance to interact in an immediate way. I could also mention that in some cases the writing is better than that from people like Siegel (Seriously, trashing bloggers with hyperbole? Quit whining and do a better job... maybe then people will buy a subscription). I do not include myself in this because honestly I think half the time an orangutan could write better. The other half of the time it actually IS an orangutan writing.

    He calls us fascists because some people asked him to suck their balls. Big fucking deal. What a crybaby. Then he spends too much time ripping on Kos. Who.Fucking.Cares?

    Other than Lee Siegel and Joe Lieberman, I mean. Oh, and Lee... I'll need to see a picture before I invite you suck my balls.

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    July 27, 2006

    Chris Matthews gets it....

    Sister Ruth pointed me too this after reading the post about Shelly and the chickenhawks like Cheney who hide behind her. It's a 'video' of Imus' boring ass show when Chris Matthews called in for an interview. It's long (about 12 minutes) but he tags the neocons perfectly. An excerpt:

    MATTHEWS: I think we’ve completely lost the ability to be a power broker. Look at Condi Rice, it’s a joke. He trusted the pencil necks–it’s ideology with this crowd.

    MATTHEWS: It’s all ideology with this crowd. All they care about is ideology. The President bought it, hook, line and sinker. He had– but you know, it was just put into his head, some time after 9-11, and his philosophy is what he has given it. He didn’t have to have any philosophy when he went in, and they handed it to him. These guys– the guys–you know, the guys that you used to make fun of at school–pencil necks, the intellectuals, the guys you never trusted. All of the sudden, he trusts the intellectuals, the guys you knew at school, yeah, they’re a bunch of pencil necks and now he buys–completely–their ideology, because he didn’t have one of his own coming in. That was his problem. I don’t know what Bush stood for, except I’m a cool guy and Gore isn’t, and that was our problem. We elected the guy because he was a little cooler than the other guy, and, I hope the next election, it isn’t a problem of who goes to bed with their wife at 9:30 at night, or who knows how to tell a joke on a stage. But it’s who had the sense of strength that comes from having read books, most of their life, tried to understand history

    Then I found this yesterday and I simply could not believe I found myself agreeing with Chris Matthews AND Patrick Buchanan. Seriously, watch it.

    Could Bob Shrum be more of a tool? When the hell did NBC hire him as a 'political analyst'? Morons.

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    July 21, 2006

    Poll : UT to come in second

    Sports. I don't know a damn thing about them so would someone please 'splain to me how the hell OU is going to beat us next year?

    Defending national champion Texas is picked to finish second in the Big 12 South in a media poll released Thursday. Oklahoma, which received 23 of the 28 first-place votes, was the odds-on pick to win the division. Texas received the other five first-place votes.

    My natural inclination is to think this is just the AAS being dumb.

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    July 16, 2006

    LaBare-ing Your True Beliefs

    This story was just too great not to pick up and pick apart.

    Austin tries to close male strip club

    Officials in Austin, Texas, are trying to close down a male strip club that caters to women, arguing that LaBare lives up to its name.

    The club's owner, Kevin Cox, told the Austin American-Statesman...

    Wait. Stop right there. LaBare is owned by a man named COX?!?!? Fucking awesome. I think it should be pointed out right here and now that the ASS, I mean, AAS is owned by, yes, wait for it, COX Newspapers, Inc.

    ...the dancers do not go beyond the topless stage, with boxers or briefs covering their genital areas.

    Who wears boxers at a strip club? Where are the thongs people? I wouldn't want to go see some ladies prancing around in granny's knickers! Hell, that's a better reason to shut the place down.

    He describes the dance routines as fantasies in which the strippers do standup comedy or dress up as firefighters or police officers.

    What is this, the YMCA? Or do I just really not understand what the hell straight women think is a 'hot night out at the strip club'?

    But city officials say some of the routines imitate sex acts and the men sometimes bare their rear ends. Because the club is within 1,000 feet of the Texas School for the Deaf and Town Lake Park, that would be illegal.

    The school for the deaf?!?! So just how bad is the dance music and that stand up comedy act? *eye roll* Somehow I'm really doubting that anyone is going to LaBare while class is in session. You know, because most people go to class during the daylight hours, and to strip clubs when it's dark outside?

    Still, this story would be about 249% more hilarious if the strip club were within 1,000 feet of the Texas School for the Blind. Or if LaBare was the headquarters for Quest Personals phone division.

    So here is my solution for the whole bootylicious problem with LaBare and the School for the Deaf.

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    July 06, 2006

    Maybe one day Ann Coulter will plagerize you...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI think Ann Coulter is a mad old cow so I don't often talk about her. Or her freakish alien hands. It's not just that I don't care about the nasty things she says (I don't), I think her schtick is tiresome in the extreme. Don't kid yourself, it's a show to sell an image (cheesy and retarded as that image may be).

    However, rawstory has a great post up about Coulter's mad copy and paste writing skillz. Wicked good, y'all, especially when you think about it in the context of her criticism of Jayson Blair, the NYT reporter who liked to make things up and, like Ann, plagerize.

    "The New York Times is to be commended for ferreting out Jayson Blair, the reporter recently discovered making up facts, plagiarizing other news organizations and lying about nonexistent trips and interviews. A newspaper that employs Maureen Dowd can't have had an easy time settling on Blair as the scapegoat. Blair's record of inaccuracies, lies and distortions made him a candidate for either immediate dismissal or his own regular column on the op-ed page." -- Ann Coulter

    Let's not forget Ann's take on hypocrisy...

    "The reason any conservative's failing is always major news is that it allows liberals to engage in their very favorite taunt: Hypocrisy! Hypocrisy is the only sin that really inflames them. Inasmuch as liberals have no morals, they can sit back and criticize other people for failing to meet the standards that liberals simply renounce. It's an intriguing strategy. By openly admitting to being philanderers, draft dodgers, liars, weasels and cowards, liberals avoid ever being hypocrites." -- Ann Coulter

    And for those of you who still can't find it in yourselves to laugh at the crazy bitch, check out I fucked Ann Coulter in the ass, hard.

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    July 03, 2006

    Enough with the commentary, bobblehead

    I'm sitting here watching a 'discussion' on CNBC between the anchor (not in a capacity as moderator, but actually adding her bit of stupid to the party) , Myron Ebell (who could forget Myron??!?) and some nebbish named Michael Ewall, Director of the Energy Justice Network... if he's the director the rest of the staff must be a bunch of trolls.

    Myron is ALL about ethanol now. He used to hate it as part of the Heritage Foundation. Now that smaller companies are entering the ethanol refining business and sending money to him and his cronies, he's ready to give them a big, wet, sloppy kiss. The kind of kiss that only can be delivered by someome who looks, you know, like Myron.

    I didn't think it was possible to find someone lamer than Myron but Ewall is definitely a new low. Mikey doesn't like ethanol because he's just cranky. Or something. His big point was that to get enough ethanol to power cars in the US you'd have to convert a tremendous amount of agriculture to corn for ethanol. I guess no one told Mikey that ethanol can be made of out lots of things and that those plants can be engineered to yeild more ethanol. Science sooo rocks.

    The part that really caught my ear? The bobblehead anchor, Melissa Francis, when prompted by Ewall's comment that most of the newer ethanol refineries were powered by coal, "the most pollutive energy source", said

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    I know there are some people who would disagree with you on that.

    WTF? COAL IS FUCKING POLLUTIVE AND IS THE DIRTIEST BURNING OF ALL THE FOSSIL FUELS, SAVE MAYBE PEAT. The only people who have a different 'opinion' are idiots unfamiliar with the subject matter or paid shills who make their living telling the kinds of lies that would have made even Nixon blush.

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    July 02, 2006

    Low hanging fruit

    In today's Slag

    Texas mental health system strained

    And they're not even talking about the possibility of yet another Special Session to correct the redistricting fiasco wraught by previous Specials!

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    June 30, 2006

    Thank you, God! Now I can die happy!

    Rita Cosby, the raspy-voiced minion of Satan who caused MSNBC viewers to scramble franticly for their remotes at the end of "Countdown" has been cancelled. Her show, which devoted itself to the lurid details about missing young white women, will be replaced with sixty minutes of dead air.

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    June 26, 2006

    This just in...

    Jury Recommends Death Sentence for Barber

    That must have been one shitty haircut!

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    June 08, 2006

    Has anyone seen the Austin American Statesman's balls?

    Yet again, The A-AS makes a mistake by running an editorial trashing the candidate, this time TDP Chair candidate Glen Maxey. You can read it here but I wouldn't recommend it if you've heard the traditional 'Texas isn't Travis County' conventional wisdom bullshit (it's not, by the way... Travis IS a little further along than most counties in Texas in Democrats regaining lost ground). However, that fact can be attributed in large part to Maxey's hard work and it's exactly what we need in the TDP Chair.

    They also spend an inordinate amount of time on some recent Maxey setbacks and none on his victories (one of which was fought against a candidate I supported). They mention the Gay Marriage Amendment passed last November without even bothering to point out NONE of the statewide political consultants wanted the job. Glen was the one who stepped up and fought while the rest of the consultants just sat around moping.

    I think Boyd Richie is a nice guy. However, I also think he's a large part of the problem with this party that places a premium on the overt 'look and feel' (the surface level detail, if you will) and not nearly enough on the nuts and bolts that really make you a force. The straight, grandfatherly white man who'll make the folks up in Plano comfortable with a Democrat. Of course, if Plano is comfortable it's voting Republican. The Democrat can take the consolation prize. The only way that's going to change is the grassroots, 'roll up your sleeves and organize' kind of work at which Glen excells.

    Glen's goal is to let the candidates and elected's; activists and volunteers be the voices of the TDP. I think that's a great idea. I certainly hope that the delegates in Fort Worth this weekend will be smart enough to ignore the voice of the A-AS.

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    O'Reilly's looks finally match is rhetoric

    Pink Dome has a great post up featuring a video of Bill O'Reilly that simply must be watched!

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    May 31, 2006

    Lance wasn't doping!

    Oh my God! I'm sooooo relieved! Thank you, Statesman for letting me know all about this in such a timely manner!!!

    The International Cycling Union appointed Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman last October to investigate the handling of urine tests from the 1999 Tour by the French national anti-doping laboratory, known by its French acronym LNDD.

    Vrijman said Wednesday his report "exonerates Lance Armstrong completely with respect to alleged use of doping in the 1999 Tour de France."

    For those who actually, you know, care... Lance Armstrong wasn't doping with red blood cell booster junk or whatever in the hell he was accused of. This is for the 6 of you out there who are interested in cycling BECAUSE YOU'RE NERDS.

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    May 23, 2006

    Austin Legend Clifford Antone Dead : Could this day suck more

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    Some of you will remember Antone for his eponymous downtown blues club where the Red State Blues concert and fundraiser was held during the 2004 cycle. Some of you will remember him only as a nice guy you liked to help out where he could. Some will remember him best for the break he gave them by allowing them to perform at his club.

    All of us at McBlogger will remember him as a friend, an Austin original who will be missed long after today.


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    May 17, 2006

    Tom Friedman... so very, very wrong on Iraq

    FAIR has a great piece up about Tom Friedman's flexible timeline for Iraq. It seems that Tom thinks 'the next six months will be critical in Iraq'. The only problem is that he's been saying it for 2.5 YEARS.

    Normally, I like the Time's columnists and agree with them. The caveat is David Brooks who defies rationality almost as deftly as a GOP spokespuppet. I've even agreed with Friedman on a few things, Iraq of course being a notable exception (he thinks it was a kick ass idea). However, given this, I have to seriously question his credibility on other issues.

    Here's and except from the FAIR piece:

    On a recent episode of MSNBC's Hardball (5/11/06), for example, Friedman boiled down the intricacies of the Iraq situation into a make-or-break deadline: "Well, I think that we're going to find out, Chris, in the next year to six months—probably sooner—whether a decent outcome is possible there, and I think we're going to have to just let this play out."

    That confident prediction would seem a lot more insightful, however, if Friedman hadn't been making essentially the same forecast almost since the beginning of the Iraq War. A review of Friedman's punditry reveals a long series of similar do-or-die dates that never seem to get any closer.

    "The next six months in Iraq—which will determine the prospects for democracy-building there—are the most important six months in U.S. foreign policy in a long, long time." (New York Times, 11/30/03)

    "What I absolutely don't understand is just at the moment when we finally have a UN-approved Iraqi-caretaker government made up of—I know a lot of these guys—reasonably decent people and more than reasonably decent people, everyone wants to declare it's over. I don't get it. It might be over in a week, it might be over in a month, it might be over in six months, but what's the rush? Can we let this play out, please?" (NPR's Fresh Air, 6/3/04)

    And it just goes on and on...

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    The Chron is sucking off the Perry campaign

    PinkDome has a good post up about The Houston Chronicle and their inability to report more than the talking points from a spokesperson...

    The Chron is reporting that all this criticism around the property tax bills is the evil genius of his opponent Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Carole is apparently miscalculating and misleading every single person that says this whole thing does not compute. Yeah, right. She's good with numbers but fuzzy math is strictly a Perry construct. (Oh, and good editorial work Chronicle. Just take Kathy's talking points and build a news story around it. Way to go.)

    Say it with me, the tax plan DOES.NOT.COMPUTE. Perry and the Republican's FAILED AGAIN. You know, I was starting to respect the Chron. Then they go and act like the Statesman*. Is it any wonder I read papers from anywhere BUT Texas?

    *except Kelso. LOVES ME SOME KELSO!

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    May 09, 2006

    Fuck you, CSPAN

    If you've recently tried to load the Colbert Correspondents Dinner videos you're no doubt aware that they've been pulled. Why? CSPAN has it's panties in a twist.


    Dear CSPAN:

    Your one shining moment of cool and you screwed it all up. You're nothing more than a bunch of smelly math nerds.

    You suck,


    You can view the video here... but it's not You Tube.

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    Fun With Polygamy

    OK, so I watched the HBO drama "Big Love" for the first time last week. Pretty good show, in a Desperate Housewives-y kinda way. It's certainly spurred a lot of media hoo-hah about polygamy...Tucker Carlson, Rita Cosby (also known as Smokey McHuskeyvoice), yadda.

    Here's what I don't get about polygamy, though. Granted, the TV show doesn't answer the burning legal questions that the talking heads beat to a bloody pulp so maybe I need to pay more attention to Greta Van Man-face when she talks about it... However, Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny give ya enough info on the show to make you wonder about the whole polygamy thing. To wit: polygamists have a legal marriage to Wifey #1, but all future wives are really just shack-ups (legally, anyway) with no legal rights. Big Daddy supports the "wives" and their offspring, but only Marriage #1 is legal and only Wifey #1 is entitled to all the goodies that marriage brings.

    So...the question is the Mormon polygamist any different than almost any player in the NBA? They have wives and shack-ups and gobs and gobs of kiddies they support, but nobody hounds them out of Utah or other super-religious states. Somebody 'splain that one to me.

    And we won't EVEN confuse the issue by talking about Hugh Hefner, who has a passel of women living under the same roof, supporting them, and taking turns in a different bedroom every night.

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    April 06, 2006

    Another bad thing for Texas to be first in

    ...REAL Fake News, (not the Jon Stewart variety)
    Center for Media and Democracy tracked a small sample of fake news reports (VNRs) produced with corporate sponsorship to see which TV stations dumped them on their unsuspecting viewers as real reporting. More of the sample was shown on Texas stations than in any other state, and it wasn't limited just to half-ass stations in small media markets - one even showed up on WFAA in Dallas, according to the study:

    The fake news didn't get on TV by accident or because of some fuckup by the night crew - often the stations put their own branded graphics on the stories or introduced the fake reporters as their own, and almost never disclosed the source of the reports or the corporate funding behind it. Lazy, lyin bastards.

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