Friday, August 31, 2007

An Unreasonable Man (Ralph Nader)

From the Netflix summary:

The personal and professional life of Ralph Nader, one of America's most controversial consumer advocates and political activists, is the subject of this biographical documentary. Nader's willingness to take on big industry earned him a reputation as both a working-class hero and a public pariah. Interviews and archival footage help illuminate this in-depth profile of one of the most influential political figures in modern history.

I didn't think I'd enjoy this documentary as much as I did. I was expecting this to be a completely one-sided indictment of capitalism and our economic system in general.

But, whether you like him or not, I think it does a pretty fair job of presenting Nader's crusades starting in the 1960's and culminating with his controversial runs for president in 2000 and 2004.

While the film takes as a given the fact that George W. Bush is the "worst" President in recent history, a surprising amount of time is devoted to Nader's former Liberal/Democrat allies who, because they blame him for Gore's defeat in 2000 (and Kerry's, to a lesser extent, in 2004), have bitterly thrown him under the bus.

Two of the film's talking heads are Pat Buchanan and Eric Alterman. Interestingly, it's Buchanan who seems calm and rational. Alterman, a Liberal who apparently hasn't "Moved On" is still seething with rage and comes across like a whining bitch as he vents his anger at Nader.

There's also a two segments (one under "Deleted" scenes) that skewers fatboy Michael Moore as the shallow, self-serving blowhard that he really is.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hot Potato

From The Smoking Gun: (link)

U.S. Senator Gets Flushed AUGUST 28--Here's the Minnesota police report memorializing the June 11 arrest of U.S. Senator Larry Craig in an airport bathroom. The Idaho Republican (pictured in the mug shot at right) was nabbed in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after he apparently sought some same-stall action from a plainclothes cop....
Lots has already been said, but I found two things notable...

One, Sen. Craig's reference to his "wide stance."

Second, and I hate to point this out, but more disturbing to me was the fact that according to the arrest report, Craig dashed into the stall next to the cop IMMEDIATELY after the previous occupant exited WITHOUT even waiting for the air to clear.

For most people, that would be a real mood killer.
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Monday, August 27, 2007


You've been warned!! (link)

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

The 9/11 Conspiracies

This History Channel documentary does a great job of pitting various 9/11 conspiracy theorists (nutcases), whose only credentials seem to be the fact that they have a lot of free time, against real life experts.

  • Sunday, September 09 at 6:00 PM (link)
  • Can be purchased online (link)
  • The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction (2 hours)
    • Based in large part on a breakthrough exposé by Popular Mechanics.

    • Experts in engineering, intelligence and the military scrutinize 9/11 conspiracy theories.

    • Produced by the authoritative NBC News Productions.
    Examines the various conspiracy theories espoused on the Internet, in articles and in public forums that attempt to explain the 9/11 attacks. It includes theories that the World Trade Center was brought down by a controlled demolition; that a missile, not a commercial airliner, hit the Pentagon; and that members of the U.S. government orchestrated the attacks in hopes of creating a war in the Middle East. Each conspiracy argument is countered by a variety of experts in the fields of engineering, intelligence and the military. The program also delves into the anatomy of such conspiracies and how they grow on the Internet.

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    Two funny ones from this week's Postsecret batch (link):

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    Friday, August 24, 2007

    I Apologize in Advance

    Separated At Birth -- Merv Griffin and Harper Lee (author of "To Kill a Mockingbird"):

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    It Takes an iVillage

    Interesting article in Newsweek this week: "Facebook Grows Up" (link).

    My favorite line from the piece is a caption on one of the graphics which (unfortunately) doesn't appear in Newsweek's online version:

    Facebook does complicate the pleasure of gently losing touch with people you're tired of.

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    Friday, August 17, 2007

    Or Maybe He Justs Sucks...

    From (link)

    Steven Seagal, the ponytail-sporting, martial arts-practicing, early '90s-era action hero, thinks that there's a simple explanation as to why the phone hasn't been ringing as much over the past five years, and, just like one of his big-screen characters, he wants someone to pay.

    ...The 56-year-old actor, who still works steadily but more in the straight-to-DVD genre of late, thinks he deserves an official apology from the FBI, which investigated him several years ago in connection with several shady endeavors, including a 2002 plot to frighten two reporters out of writing unflattering stories about him and his ex-business partner.

    Actually, I can think of five other reasons why his career has stalled:
    • Into the Sun
    • Half Past Dead
    • Ticker
    • Exit Woulds
    • On Deadly Ground

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    Check's In the Mail

    From (link)
    Excuse Box

    Hey, I gotta call you back later...

    Everybody gets those annoying phone calls. The kind where you sigh heavily, roll your eyes, and make those annoying "blah-dee-blah" hand gestures like some demented muppet that won't shut up... Believe me, we get those calls, too. We feel your pain. Luckily, we have an awesome solution.

    The Excuse Box is no ordinary key tag. Its onboard memory holds 10 full minutes of environmental effects designed specifically to befuddle your annoying caller. Click on the links below, and imagine yourself gleefully escaping from an otherwise awkward and potentially trouble-filled phone call.
    • Um, sorry, I really gotta hang up - there's a thunderstorm coming! Hey, can I let you go?

    • I'm here at the auto-shop, and the mechanic wants to talk. Oh, jeez! There's all kinds of flashing lights ahead. I'd better hang up...

    • I'm sorry, the baby's crying. Can I talk to you later?

    • I'm... jeez, I can't hear a thing - they've got this crew putting up dry-wall over here. Can I call you back?

    • Okay...hey, that was the final boarding call, I have to get on the plane!

    • ...hello?... can you... can you hear me?... you're breaking up...!

    • I'm sorry, that was my secretary - I have another call...

    • Wow, did you hear that? The operator is breaking in - I gotta take this, it must be important!

    These are high-quality sound effects, not some cheap instantly recognizable crap. If you've ever wanted to hang up the phone, guilt free, this gadget is a must-have.

    Hee hee
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    Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    No Willie Sutton


    Robbers snatch dog poo

    A Chinese woman has told how robbers snatched a parcel of dog poo wrapped in newspaper out of her hand outside a bank.

    Mrs Chen, of Laohekou city, was waiting in the bank to withdraw money when nature suddenly called for her dog.

    "While I was waiting in the queue, my dog had to poo. So I asked for several pieces of newspaper to wrap the poo," she said.

    After wrapping it, Chen left the bank, and was waiting to cross the street to throw the parcel into a rubbish bin when the robber struck.

    "A motorcycle stopped swiftly before me, the man on the rear seat seized the package from me, and they sped away," she said.

    Police are investigating the case while "laughing at the stupidity of the robbers", according to Chutian City Papers.

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    Monday, August 13, 2007

    Six Degrees of Merv

    Proving that "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" works with ANYONE, here's how you could do it for Merv Griffin:
    1. Merv Griffin - Karl Malden (PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE)

    2. Karl Malden - Dean Martin (MURDERS ROW)

    3. Dean Martin - Robert Mitchum (FIVE CARD STUD)

    4. Robert Mitchum - Robert DeNiro (THE LAST TYCOON)

    5. Robert DeNiro - Kevin Bacon (SLEEPERS)

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    Sunday, August 12, 2007

    The Company

    TNT is running a mini-series called The Company that traces CIA activities over a 40-year period, from the beginning of the Cold War through the demise of the Soviet Union.

    It sounds worth watching.

    But, based on the previews run by TNT, it looks like the "company" referred to in the title is the Hair Club for Men.
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    Saturday, August 11, 2007

    I Hate Gen-X

    Geez...this guy needs to lighten up. Actually, his site is pretty funny.

    I Hate Gen-X---[and Y]
    Obvious and vulgar, living contrived lives (link)

    ..Gen-X lazily, carelessly celebrates all that is ugly. There is no intellectual curiosity nor motive behind their desire to tear down that which is beautiful or elegant, no "deconstructivist" artsy-fartsyisms at the root of their aesthetic terror campaign. Rather, they are truly slackers: intellectually atrophied, creatively empty, politically ignorant and inept, and...socially retarded..

      • Jeanine Garofalo Calculated frump. Utterly unfunny. She was, however, unintentionally hilarious during her saturation talkshow and news program appearances protesting the Iraq war, doing her usual shtick ... admiring herself as she smugly sprays words while saying absolutely nothing.

      • Ann Coulter A once minor functionary for Gingrich leftover Spencer Abraham (the toadlike former 1-term Senator) who proves that self-promotion can take you anywhere - including the halls of media power ... oh, and look for the irresponsible ranting cunt's new book (she praises Joe McCarthy!) which doesn't seem too concerned with things like historical fact

      • Kevin Smith He proves the point that Gen-X has nothing to say for he stated that he may make only ten films [merciful gods!] because he may "run out of things to say." After his shit-monster in 'Dogma' I kinda think he said it all.

      • Matt Drudge Rich and famous yellow "journalist." An early web entrepeneur, Drudge almost single-handedly started the wasteful debacle (money, time, reputations) of the Clinton impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky affair. Drudge has no formal journalism training, but now earns millions and is treated like a pundit on par with Washington pros who've worked the town for decades. New, lower standards indeed! He once admitted to homosexual "experimentation" and in the interest of equal [prurient] time, I think Clinton supporters would like to know, Matt, ... were you bottom?

      • Jack Black Not since Boomer James Belushi has someone so singularly untalented come along to hog up so much media space. Black is not good-looking, has no discernible talents, and is not the least bit amusing - despite his manic energy putting forth his over-the-top children's level shtick. Oh, by the way, your band sucks too Jack.

      • Monica Lewinsky Unlike Judith Exner, who knew to keep her mouth shut, this tubby cocksucker blabbed to 13 of her closest girlfriends that she was giving oral pleasure to our then president and thus gave the right-wing asshole Republicans all the ammo they needed to precipitate a constitutional crisis. Emblematic of the utter cluelessness about social responsibility and propriety Gen-X embodies.

      • Alanis Morisette I happened to catch the premiere of her breaththrough video (you know, she's wearing white and the video has blurry orange filters muddying the images) ... which I really liked. But that was her one good song. Everything she's done since has been from the lamb-in-heat school of vocalizations Gen-Xers seem to just love. They mistake bad singing for plaintive wailing. It just sounds whiney and awful, but Xers gobble it up.

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    Friday, August 10, 2007

    Two Wrongs...

    Gwyneth Paltrow's latest make-over is NOT an improvement: (link)

    It looks like her and Jeanine Garofalo had their genes spliced together in the telepod from "The Fly".

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    Thursday, August 09, 2007

    Tastes Like Chicken

    This newly discovered lobster makes a sound like a cricket and has a soft shell that feels like felt: (link)

    A bizarre crustacean, tagged the 'musical furry lobster', has been found in Australian waters for the first time.

    It's so unusual, with a furry shell and the ability to chirp, that scientists have placed it in its own genus.

    But the lobster was almost lost to science.

    Rumour has it the French researchers who discovered the world's first specimen in the 1980s didn't realise its significance. So, they ate it for dinner.
    Damn French (I wonder if they're good with "freedom fries").

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    Wednesday, August 08, 2007

    How Could They Tell?

    For one day, Roseanne Barr's Myspace page contained a number of posts that read like drunken rants. For example: (link)
    "I need to stop drinking, but I do not wish to...I am in Hawaii on the beach drunk and trying to hide out from people who want me to do a new sitcom which I probably will do cuz [sic] I miss working," went one message attributed to Barr. "I still f--king hate tom arnolds f--king guys and everyone in show biz is a c---sucker too. I should not drink so much, as my own grown children say, but what the hell...I LIKE RED WINE!!!!"
    On her official website, she revealed that an ex-employee had hacked into her Myspace account:
    "One of the interns who was administering my MySpace page...has been fired," the 54-year-old comic wrote late Monday. "I apologize for the offensive blogging that went on there last night. I write only at I apologize to all on MySpace who received the offensive bulletins. The matter has been handled."
    For laughs, I went to and here's one of her REAL posts:
    Ronald Reagan: the man who destroyed America, single handedly.
    Bush: the men who robbed the savings and loans, the public coffers, ran the CIA and sold our country to saudi arabia and china.
    Gingrich: a southern racist and a fat closet case.
    Obama: same shit different day
    Oprah: loves the rich white hollywood establishment
    Hilary: union buster
    Bill Clinton: liar thief and friend of bush sr.
    Pelosi: such a coward, she might as well have balls.
    Romney: insurance whore
    democracy: what the president vice president and congress and the senate fear more than anything else, including terrorism
    religion: child molesting, woman hating closet cases, money grubbing insurance whores
    democrats: sold out spineless bottom feeders
    republicans: child molesters and pimps.

    I think the hacker makes more sense.

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    Tuesday, August 07, 2007

    All the News That's Fit to Pri

    From Editor and Publisher:

    Honey, They Shrunk The ....Times? Smaller 'NYT' Coming on Monday (link)

    ...In a front page note to readers this morning, the paper stated that the print edition they will hold tomorrow will be decidedly more compact.

    Beginning Monday, the Times "will reduce the width of its pages by an inch and a half," to a 12-inch standard, the paper declared.

    "The move will cut newsprint expenses and, in some printing press locations, will make special configurations unnecessary. Slight modifications in design will preserve the look and texture of The Times, with all existing features and sections, and" -- it admitted at the end -- "somewhat fewer words per page."

    But fear not -- I'm sure the NY Times editors will come up with a formula to keep the rate of Left-wing ass kissing per page unchanged (nyuk nyuk nyuk).

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    Monday, August 06, 2007

    Why We Fight

    My first thought when seeing this movie was the irony of how President Eisenhower, who was viewed as an idiot by many on the Left (and some on the Right), is now being hailed as a prophet for his "military industrial complex" speech.

    The initial two-thirds of Why We Fight IS very interesting. The scenes at the trade show for military hardware are hilarious and it's NOT an exercise in self-promotion like ANYTHING Michael Moore has done.

    However, Why We Fight loses a lot of credibility when it tries to build the thesis that the Iraq war was waged mainly as excuse for our government to USE the tools of war. This is vocalized in the film by, among others, Karen Kwiatkowski (who formerly served in the Pentagon):
    We have a congress that failed, in every way, to ask the right questions, to hold the president to account. Our congress failed us miserably, and that's because many in congress are beholden to the military industrial complex.
    As developed in the film, this idea comes across like a "fluoridated water" conspiracy theory (especially when simple incompetence would be easier to prove).

    Also, Gore Vidal, who for some reason appears in LOTS of documentaries, turns up to rant on about how our use of the A-bombs on Japan was a war crime.

    That said, Why We Fight is worth renting if only to watch the first hour.
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    Friday, August 03, 2007

    Cleavage 101

    A fashion choice by Sen. Hillary Clinton created a minor public debate last week:

    Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory (link)
    ...It was startling to see that small acknowledgment of sexuality and femininity peeking out of the conservative -- aesthetically speaking -- environment of Congress. After all, it wasn't until the early '90s that women were even allowed to wear pants on the Senate floor. It was even more surprising to note that it was coming from Clinton, someone who has been so publicly ambivalent about style, image and the burdens of both.

    The US debates Hillary's cleavage (link)
    ...The story has even been taken up by the Clinton campaign itself, in a fundraising e-mail that went out to supporters saying, "Frankly, focusing on women's bodies instead of their ideas is insulting" and urging readers to "Take a stand against this kind of coarseness and pettiness in American culture. And take a stand for Hillary, the most experienced, most qualified candidate running for president.”

    Because SOMEONE has to, I'll help sort things out.

    In regard to women politicians and their public displays of cleavage, here's how the voting goes:

    Sen. Hillary Clinton - NO

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - NO

    Argentine Sen. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner - YES!!!!

    There endith the lesson.
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    Thursday, August 02, 2007

    The 8th Wonder of the World

    Ladies and Gentlemen...Michelle Pfeiffer! (link)

    She's in three flicks this year and, at 49 (yes f-o-r-t-y n-i-n-e), is still quite hot!
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2007

    Nerd Humor

    While I still don't understand the appeal of Harry Potter, here's what happens when two pillars of geekdom (computers and sci-fi/fantasy) collide:

    The resignation of the IT director from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (link)


    I regret that I must resign my position, effective two weeks ago, at least.

    It is simply impossible under these conditions to create a modern, integrated, flexible IT architecture aligned with the school’s educational mission and objectives.

    Deployment of the OC-3 fiber backbone met insuperable difficulties, as you know, when the cabling crew was attacked repeatedly by Dementors. Cabling staff rarely are effervescent people in the best of times, and having their life force sucked through their faces by cloaked, shadowy horrors as they lay paralyzed in icy terror is a serious de-motivator...(more)
    Oh, there's more. It goes on and on and on like that for about ten paragraphs. But I must stop now. I've been to two Star Trek conventions and that's stupidest thing I ever read in an email.

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