Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Have you ever known someone who had a loved one who was suffering from a terrible disease or injury? Someone whose child or wife or husband was terribly ill? Have you ever known someone in that situation who was uninsured? Or underinsured? Who was dealing with a a horrible health crisis, and had no idea how to pay for it? Who was slowly realizing he or she would end up grief-stricken, alone and homeless?
Friday, September 04, 2009
Senator Al Franken reasons with protestors, the protestors give him a chance, and a calm, respectful dialog ensues. People disagree, yet no one is screaming. Show your children how this country used to be, and tell them it can be this way again.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
The government provides food for people who don't have any. Yet supermarkets and restaurants still thrive, and you are still free to eat wherever you like and whatever you like.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Having just wasted a week on birthers, and a week on Cambridge, the media is now wasting a week on so-called deathers. Seriously? How does crap like this get covered? How do the media justify giving airtime to a claim so demonstrably, absolutely false?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Okay, so I swore off watching Morning Joe months ago and I've felt better for it. Also, after almost ten years of going to Starbucks pretty much every day, I stopped when they decided to become the title sponsor of that show. And it turns out I don't really miss Starbucks, which surprised me.
But this morning, when I flipped by MSNBC I saw Lawrence O'Donnell was on, so I had to stop and watch for a bit. (Seriously, MSNBC, give Lawrence O'Donnell his own show.) Hey, if O'Donnell is on and Scarborough isn't? I'll take a look.
It didn't take long for my blood pressure to rise, and I had to turn it off.
In the course of ten minutes or so, Mika, in her typical Red Queen fashion, imperiously turned up her nose at reality TV, fast food and Paris Hilton, among other things. As each was mentioned she called them things like stupid, a waste of time, disgusting, worthless, etc.
But whenever anyone said anything negative about Sarah Palin, she complained, "But she draws a crowd" or "Crowds come to see her." When O'Donnell pointed out some negative polling data, Mika simply bleated, "She draws crowds."
Don't insult or criticize Sarah Palin, was Mika's message, because there are a lot of people who like her.
Just to review, the hundreds who show up for her speeches validate Sarah Palin. The millions who, for example, watch reality TV? Worthless, according to Mika.
To top it off she kept saying, "What is William Shatner taking?" I suppose it was some crude form of "joke" but no one knew what she was talking about. Finally she managed to explain it: She watched him do the Palin bit on The Tonight Show, and thinks he was "high." I suppose on "reefer."
In other words, she didn't get Conan's and Shatner's joke. Her head is so far up her own ass she has totally missed Shatner's very funny bit all these years. The whole thing went over her head. But it didn't stop her from cackling at her own whimsy every time she said it.
What a friggin' imbecile.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Today I got the feeling a Parking Enforcement officer was writing me a parking ticket, so I quickly took some pictures with my iPhone 3GS to prove my innocence, if necessary. (It's a long story... Suffice to say, if get a ticket -- my first ever, by the way -- I will make a Les Miserables-sized fuss.)
Anyway, none of that is why I'm here. I just thought the pictures look very vivid and pretty, and thought they show off what a surprisingly good camera is tucked inside this phone. So enjoy:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I've been doing my spring cleaning for about eight or nine years now, without much success. Especially because when I clean I get distracted by finding stuff that I initially bought or nabbed because, well, they were weird. So as I find some of them I'll share them with you.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
So you buy it. I made one dollar in profit, and you bought a chance at a fortune for only two dollars
Tony Blankley, like most Republicans, thinks that's "the free market at work." He thinks we just "created wealth."
Yes. But only for me. In a few days, you will almost certainly be stuck with a worthless slip of paper. Sure I doubled my money, but how many times will I be able to run this scam on you before you're fed up? And if I'm running this game to the tune of a hundred or a thousand tickets a week, won't I eventually run out of suckers?
Regulation of the financial industry doesn't hobble businesses, it protects them. From themselves.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Today Fox Reality Channel showed 40 minutes of one episode of Hell's Kitchen, then 20 minutes of another. Such a weird mistake, I couldn't believe things like this could still happen with todays technology. Which reminded me of NBC's legendary 1978 snafu, when part three of the Loose Change miniseries ran on night two. Here is the announcement that aired that night... awkward, to say the least.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
First is Jimmy asking if we can help Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert "squash their beef" (!) And yes, I do have a junior high school mentality.
And below that, the very, very funny "Let Us Play With Your Look" co-starring Will Ferrell. I warn you, though, the song is a total Ceti eel (or "earworm" as Stephen King calls them).
Later in that same episode, by the way, Kyra Sedgwick's segment (and Will Ferrell's participation) was a reminder of how great talk shows can be when guests move down the couch instead of fleeing after their plug is done.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
Then, last night:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Morning Joe's Sarcastic Starbucks Sponsorship|
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Chris Matthews, among many others, STILL quotes Ronald Reagan's "jokes"... especially "There you go again." Even today, it's still invoked on cable news as some sort of high watermark of political wit. Sarah Palin even clumsily quoted the line in a vice presidential debate, interrupting the flow of her clumsily saying everything else.
See, the reason we have videotape and Google and all that is so we can eventually realize that the people we made fun of at the time may have deserved better. Yes, Sinead O'Connor tore up a picture of the Pope on SNL, but do you remember why? It was to protest the Church's silence on the sexual abuse of children by priests. If it seemed funny and crackpottish to you at the time, does it still?
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
And I am in shock: I seriously, completely, always thought the Pussycat Dolls were saying "boobies."
Occasionally, The View comes through. Case in point: this appearance by unstable douche Glenn Beck, who made Whoopi and Barbara angry. And he won't like then when they're angry.
Anyway, even though Glenn Beck is low-hanging fruit, it's nice to see him get personally plucked, and called out for being the crap-sack he so is.
Though as always I'm bothered by Barbara saying at the end "I'm sure you meant well." What? No, he didn't. He lied. In this case about something trivial, but still, why kiss his ass? Particularly when he's so unapologetic.
And another thing that always strikes me when I see footage of Beck or Limbaugh doing their radio shows: Why do such wealthy men have such shitty webcams? Seriously, it's baffling.
On a happier note, Beck's lie reminded me of the night the Duckman writers and producers went to the Ace Awards (remember those?). We get up from our table to get a bite from the BBQ buffet -- leaving our coats and handbags and such -- and when we came back a certain CNN correspondent and his posse had stolen our table! We protested politely and were rebuffed impolitely.
When some men put on tuxes they become James Bond. Then there are those of us who become Otis P. Driftwood. So, naturally, we flung crawfish at them until they got up and left in a huff. (Actually a minute and a huff)
Anyway, please to enjoy:
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
When President Obama spoke at ASU, he was characteristically gracious and turned lemons into Arizona Lemonade. If I were so rudely snubbed I either would have cancelled or shown up drunk and recited "suck it" in fifty different languages. Obama, on the other hand, used the moment as a chance to inspire the grads. Shows why he's President, and I am so not. Well-played, sir.
I'm moved, but still pissed. So here is the fantastic Daily Show segment shedding light on ASU's dimness.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M - Th 11p / 10c|
|Arizona State Snubs Obama|
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I am a big fan of Brooke Shields, the Sport of Kings, Clothes Off Our Back, and Grey Goose vodka, separately. But I cannot claim to be a fan of the hat that brought the four of them together. Still, when said hat is being auctioned off to benefit the Barnstable Brown Foundation, a very worthy cause, I am happy to point you to where you can bid on it, along with lots of other cool items for two other great charities: Clothes Off Our Back.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I always loved frosty, delicious Yoo-Hoo when I was growing up. And I was always fascinated by the idea (or was it legend?) that it was sterile until you opened it. Sort of the ultimate freshness guarantee.
But my dear friend Richard Samson once pointed something out that changed the way I looked at Yoo-Hoo forever: That "Shake It!" on the label seems oddly bossy for a beverage.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is genius. Printable has hundreds of free, downloadable PDF's of all kinds of paper. Lined, graph, dot, music, columnar, ledger, receipt, Cornell, checkbook... even Yahtzee scorepads!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
But we could import more, too. For example, I wish our TV news were more like World News America. And with all the excitement about Susan Boyle, don't you wish someone here would run Britain's Got Talent? Hell, NBC could run it instead of the lesser America's Got Talent, for my money. No offense to The Hoff.
But there's another, increasingly troubling dilemma facing MSNBC. Olbermann and Maddow regularly call out crooks and liars on Fox and CNN for their Worst Personhood. But they never call out Scarborough for saying the same crap or worse.
I get it. There's clearly either an official gag order or a self-imposed truce. I get that it would be boring for the hosts to just keep lobbing charges at each other night and morning. That it's probably best to just say that "inside the MSNBC family" is off-limits.
But it is a little weird to criticize Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly for saying something while letting Scarborough off scot-free. And it creates a dangerous lack of balance.
When Fox News calls MSNBC a "far-left smear machine" etc. it always strikes me as odd. After all, MSNBC surrenders a huge amount of airtime to Scarborough and his cast of bobbleheads. (Actual Mika counterpoint the other day to a Scarborough rant: "I don't... I mean, isn't... I just...We need to get to... some... " Good one, Mika!) And Pat Buchanan is on camera throughout the day, every day. Who are Fox News' Scarborough and Buchanan?
In order for Fox to criticize MSNBC they must pretend Joe Scarborough doesn't exist. And Olbermann and Maddow are clearly pretending Scarborough doesn't exist. And while everyone on cable news is pretending Scarborough doesn't exist, he just keeps spewing his lies and spraying his bile, unchallenged.
Monday, April 20, 2009
On Saturday, Joe Scarborough tweeted:
"Have a great weekend and try to have a long conversation with someone with whom you genuinely disagree. Show respect and learn something."
I was stunned, since this is the absolute antithesis of every molecule of Joe Scarborough's existence. His snide, sarcastic, loathsome existence.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In every talking-head discussion of the economy you hear someone say how essential the car industry is to America's national identity. How that is who we are, and how the world sees us, through the cars we make.
And then someone always, with a sigh, says something like:
"We just don't make things in this country anymore."
Uh, yeah, we do.
Among many other things, we make movies and TV. And we make them better than anyone else.
American movies and TV are enjoyed all over the world, in record numbers. It's only TV pundits who still tie the American identity up with cars. When people in other countries think of America, they think of Tom Hanks and Friends, not Ford and Chrysler. MTV and CSI, not GM.
We need to help the Americans who work in the auto industry. But because they're Americans. Not because they're in the auto industry. There's a difference.
When will America in general - and the media in particular -- get over its snobbery? Why is a person who builds a car no one wants to buy somehow "better" or more "American" than a person who builds sets for a TV show with millions of fans worldwide? Why is a tool belt in Detroit more American than a tool belt in L.A.?
If you work on an auto assembly line, you get to walk in slow motion to a Bob Seger song. If you work on a film or TV crew, you're part of the "Hollywood elite." You don't share "American values." You don't count.
On 24-hour-news they debate whether the government has a right to tell the auto companies how to do business. They never debate whether the government should meddle in every aspect of the film and television business. Which they do. And without subsidies or bailouts.
TV and film are products. They're manufactured by an industry, just like other products. If a TV show is canceled, that puts a hundred or more people out of work. That's like a plant closing. It's not funny. It's not an occasion for snark.
People call refrigerators and cars "durable goods." Is there any good more durable than film or television? Does any product still produce billions in income and thousands of jobs after forty-plus years the way Star Trek does? Does any product still generate as much revenue in as many different forms seventy years later the way The Wizard of Oz or Bugs Bunny do? I'll stack the durability of Back to the Future or Star Wars against any other product America makes.
So how about a little respect?
Fox News morons sneer at celebrities who are politically active, and wonder why one should care what they think. But they're not just "celebrities." George Clooney, for example, is not just a movie star, he's also a successful executive and manufacturer whose opinion matters as much as, say, Jack Welch's. As CEO of "George Clooney" he generates hundreds of millions of dollars and keeps thousands of people employed. George Clooney is, literally, a millionaire industrialist and philanthropist.
George Clooney is Bruce Wayne.
By contrast, how much are the "Sean Hannity" or "Steve Doocy" brands worth? Why should we care what their guests think? How much does your average right-wing talk radio host do for the economy, and for America's image abroad? Why are the only people in L.A. who matter the people who have AM radio shows?
And why is Joe the Plumber's opinion important, but not Sean the Actor's?
Here in L.A. we work hard, we pay taxes, and we watch with dismay every four years as Presidential candidates stand in a field and tell thirty people in flannel shirts that they are "the real America." That no matter what crop they grow or crap they make, the government will guarantee them their inalienable right to keep on growing and making it forever, no matter what.
But when it was time to give "Hollywood" the same tax breaks every other industry already enjoys, Republicans fell over themselves in a race to kill the provision. Why? Where was the outcry about continuing to hobble one of the few industries still thriving, while artificially propping up those that aren't?
If anyone should claim taxation without representation, shouldn't it be us?
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
When I was a kid, we called playing the dozens "ranking." In that spirit, I present (via Huffington Post) Senator Charles Grassley (R-ude), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and also apparently Ranking Member in Charge of Juvenile and/or Tasteless Discourse. Having previously called on AIG executives to kill themselves, as well as heaping scorn on their tit-sucking, he's now sunk well below the "That's what she said" level, as seen in this clip.