Saturday, September 13, 2008

Talk to the paw, hocky momz...

But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents “haters” — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.

k-mad plays nice

I just read the prologue to Ron Suskind's new book, The Way of the World, and I could write a post thanking George Bush for making us a bigger target and how near the End Times are and how the Cubs, if they ever want to win another World Series, might really want to focus on doing it this year, and that's assuming we make it all the way to October.

Instead, here's a lovely photo gallery of Chicago from the Tribune, which I like to call the "World's Greatest Newspaper."

(As you look at the photos, bear in mind that none of that s#i+ will be there much longer. Sorry... couldn't help myself.)

Battle of Sarge appears over

So. Illinois 7
Northwestern 33
4th Qtr. 9:56

Friday, September 12, 2008

The longest rest of our lives...

Today's Polls, 9/12

Really, if the Dems can't win this year, stick a fork in 'em, they're done. Jesusland will have won. It's time for Barack to get in the gutter with Rove & Co. They put one of yours in the hospital, you put one of theirs in the morgue, that's the Chicago way. Really, no more futzing around. Got any "pictures" of McCain and his black baby? GO RIGHT DOWNTOWN AND PRINT IT. I dunno, BUT DO SOMETHING. And by SOMETHING i mean DURTY! I just can't imagine 8 years of McCain and 8 years of Palin. I'll be 59 for phokk's sake. Actually, if this all comes true i'll have either hung myself by that point, or will be held at an America Haters Internment Camp with K-Mad. If he hasn't moved to Europe by that point.

This is all to say, getting really really really really really worried at his point. Someone talk Smiff down off the ledge...

Looks like I might be Walking the 5 1/2 Miles to Work Next Week

The oil and gas industry was closely watching the storm because it was headed straight for the nation's biggest complex of refineries and petrochemical plants. The upper Texas coast accounts for one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity, and many platforms were shut down. Wholesale gasoline prices jumped to around $4.85 a gallon for fear of vast shortages. That was up substantially from about $3.25 on Wednesday and less than $3 on Tuesday.

Dis is nuttin 2 worry about...

Expulsions stoke US-Venezuela row
A series of tit-for-tat expulsions and sanctions leaves the US without ambassadors in Bolivia, Venezuela and Honduras.

Shockingly Familiar

Zorn: 'Nucular' or 'nuclear'?

See, this is why she hasn't given interviews. And explains an earlier post about how a certain word was spelled in the teleprompter. Apparently they didn't have one when she was being interviewed...

Whitey keeping darky down (cont)

What's next - Harry Caray's estate suing to abolish the term Hari Kari? Copyright - annudder of dem evil whitey inventions...

whole lot of America-hating going on here...

Lipstick on a Wing Nut

§ Forty-seven million Americans lack health insurance. John Goodman, who has advised McCain on healthcare, has proposed redefining them as covered because, he says, anyone can get care at an ER. Do you agree with him?

§ Cindy and John McCain say you have experience in foreign affairs because Alaska is next to Russia. When did you last speak with Prime Minister Putin, and what did you talk about?

§ Approximately how old is the earth? Five thousand years? 10,000? 5 billion?

§ You've suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?

Ebert is angry, my friends

Roger Ebert on Sarah Palin: The American Idol candidate

September 11, 2008
BY ROGER EBERT Sun-Times Movie Critic
I think I might be able to explain some of Sarah Palin's appeal. She's the "American Idol" candidate. Consider. What defines an "American Idol" finalist? They're good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors, and so talented, why, they're darned near the real thing. There's a reason "American Idol" gets such high ratings. People identify with the contestants. They think, Hey, that could be me up there on that show!

My problem is, I don't want to be up there. I don't want a vice president who is darned near good enough. I want a vice president who is better, wiser, well-traveled, has met world leaders, who three months ago had an opinion on Iraq. Someone who doesn't repeat bald- faced lies about earmarks and the Bridge to Nowhere. Someone who doesn't appoint Alaskan politicians to "study" global warming, because, hello! It has been studied. The returns are convincing enough that John McCain and Barack Obama are darned near in agreement.

I would also want someone who didn't make a teeny little sneer when referring to "people who go to the Ivy League." When I was a teen I dreamed of going to Harvard, but my dad, an electrician, told me, "Boy, we don't have the money. Thank your lucky stars you were born in Urbana and can go to the University of Illinois right here in town." So I did, very happily. Although Palin gets laughs when she mentions the "elite" Ivy League, she sure did attend the heck out of college.

Five different schools in six years. What was that about?

And how can a politician her age have never have gone to Europe? My dad had died, my mom was working as a book-keeper and I had a job at the local newspaper when, at 19, I scraped together $240 for a charter flight to Europe. I had Arthur Frommer's $5 a Day under my arm, started in London, even rented a Vespa and drove in the traffic of Rome. A few years later, I was able to send my mom, along with the $15 a Day book.

You don't need to be a pointy-headed elitist to travel abroad. You need curiosity and a hunger to see the world. What kind of a person (who has the money) arrives at the age of 44 and has only been out of the country once, on an official tour to Iraq? Sarah Palin's travel record is that of a provincial, not someone who is equipped to deal with global issues.

But some people like that. She's never traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America or Down Under? That makes her like them. She didn't go to Harvard? Good for her! There a lot of hockey moms who haven't seen London, but most of them would probably love to, if they had the dough. And they'd be proud if one of their kids won a scholarship to Harvard.

I trust the American people will see through Palin, and save the Republic in November. The most damning indictment against her is that she considered herself a good choice to be a heartbeat away. That shows bad judgment.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

abridged LoC statistics

Google rank for the search: "maverickyness" - 4th
followers - 0

How will the satanic @sshole John Hagee spin dis one?

One suggestion: God's wrath for all those flamboyantly heterosexual Texans down deres.

Why is Stewart the only one reporting this?

Trey Hillman is a McCain man: Brain-Dead

Manager Trey Hillman said Wednesday that Kila Ka'aihue isn't playing much because he's trying to "pick the right spots" for him.  Unbelievable. Hillman said last week that Ka'aihue and Ryan Shealy would split time at first base for the remainder of the season, but since then Ka'aihue has started once. Hillman gave Ross Gload the start there Wednesday, because apparently the last-place Royals need to keep giving playing time to a 32-year-old with a .270/.312/.343 line this season rather than give their top MLB-ready prospect a chance after he hit .314 with 37 homers between Double-A and Triple-A.

Eh... who gives a s#i+...

[T]he routine acceptance of obvious lies now corrodes our politics as much as the money that was the subject of McCain’s famous act of Republican apostasy: McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. McCain has described his motive for McCain-Feingold as a giant mea culpa for his involvement in the Keating Five scandal. Maybe when this is over, one way or another, McCain will swear off corrupt lying the way he has sworn off corrupt money...

[N]o one -- not the media, not the campaign professionals, not the voters -- cares enough about lying. To some extent, they even respect a well-told lie as evidence of professionalism. If a candidate complains too much about an opponent’s lies, he or she starts being regarded as a bad sport, a whiner. Stoic silence doesn’t work either. People start asking why you don’t “fight back.” Pretty soon, the victim of the lies starts getting blamed...

He says he’d rather lose the election than lose the war. But it seems he’d rather lose that honor he’s always going on about than lose the election

Washington Post is SHOCKED to discover that McCain is an @SSHOLE

With a phony flap and a misleading attack ad, the McCain campaign sinks into silliness

How come the minute somebody mentions the word "pig," the Rethuglicans think they're talking about Palin? Oh... ok I guess I do kinda see that...

IT'S HARD to think of a presidential campaign with a wider chasm between the seriousness of the issues confronting the country and the triviality, so far anyway, of the political discourse. On a day when the Congressional Budget Office warned of looming deficits and a grim economic outlook, when the stock market faltered even in the wake of the government's rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when President Bush discussed the road ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what did the campaign of Sen. John McCain spend its energy? A conference call to denounce Sen. Barack Obama for using the phrase "lipstick on a pig" and a new television ad accusing the Democrat of wanting to teach kindergartners about sex before they learn to read.

Mr. Obama's supposedly offending remark was not only not offensive -- it also was not directed at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
. . .

"Obama's one accomplishment?" the narrator asks. "Legislation to teach 'comprehensive sex education' -- to kindergartners. Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama: wrong on education. Wrong for your family."

John McCain is a serious man who promised to wage a serious campaign. Win or lose, will he be able to look back on this one with pride? Right now, it's hard to see how.

Who asked you?

Blagojevich defends Palin's experience

Looking way too far ahead

Matt Damon in a panic over a Sarah Palin presidency

On da udder hand, does anyone really listen to Matt Damon?

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It's not just me

Udders are complaining about da ads on da facebook...

Facebook's targeted ads hit a sore spot
The next wave in advertising

k-mad is going on Saturday... anyone else? tix going fast...

Hideout Block Party
Saturday, Sept. 20

everyone should taste like sausage

Man rubbed with spices, other beaten with sausage

FRESNO, Calif. — A stranger broke into a home east of Fresno, rubbed spices on the body of one of two men as they slept and used an 8-inch sausage to whack the other man in the face and head before he fled, Fresno County sheriff's deputies said Saturday...

[Police] said money that had been taken was recovered, but the sausage was discarded and eaten by a dog. "That's right, the dog ate the weapon," Burrimond said.

Fungster, bringing the world together

Two people at a time...

"Briggs and K-Mad are now friends. You suggested this friendship. You can suggest more people that K-Mad may know by following this link:"

Makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside.

I can't wait for the maverickyness to start... this is even better than waiting for the compassionate conservatism to start...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

a SHOCKING percentage of Lou Dobbs viewers agreed with Lou Dobbs tonight

Do you believe the presidential candidates' positions on border security should be more important in this campaign than their race, religion or gender?

YES 98% 4577
NO 2% 97
Total Votes: 4674
This is not a scientific poll (but, it is flamboyantly idiotic)

Fungster meets his match

Man eats 23,000 Big Macs in 36 years

k-mad scored a PATHETIC 60%

Troy McClure film or actual terrible movie?

Redneck Values

She wanted to go to school so much that....

Indiana girl clocked at 118 m.p.h. held on DUI
She allegedly told cops she was late for school

11:52 AM CDT, September 10, 2008

A Crown Point, Ind., high school student who told police she was in a rush to make class on time was arrested for drunken driving Wednesday morning after police clocked her car at 118 m.p.h. near Merrillville, authorities said.

The 17-year-old girl was driving her 2000 Toyota Celica south on Interstate Highway 65 near Hobart about 6:30 a.m. when her car zoomed past a marked Indiana State Police squad car, according to a police news release.

She was stopped after weaving in and out of traffic, and told officers she had just dropped off a friend and was trying to make it home before heading to school. Inside her car were three boys, a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds, who all attend school with her in Crown Point.

The officer detected the odor of alcohol in the car, and in a breath test the girl registered higher than 0.08 blood-alcohol content level, police said. She was arrested on operating while intoxicated and ticketed for reckless driving, unsafe lane movement, speeding and not having a driver's license in her possession.

The three boys in the car were ticketed for underage drinking and released to their parents or guardian.

Well, he's right, but...

...if he thinks his little senior citizen appeasement ploy didn't cost anything, he's more delusional than we thought...

Governor says CTA wastes money

Posted by Monique Garcia at 3:13 p.m.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich blasted leaders of the Chicago Transit Authority on Wednesday, accusing the agency of wasting taxpayer money and lying about the impact of his program to give free rides to thousands of seniors.

The governor went on the attack after Mayor Richard Daley said Blagojevich should be blamed if the CTA is forced to raise fares to pay for the free rides. Blagojevich accused the CTA of exaggerating the cost of the free rides and accused CTA board members of being beholden to City Hall, not riders.

Blagojevich, who controls three of the appointments on the seven-member board, said he wanted to appoint new members who would be more independent. The mayor appoints the other four members.

"We want to put some people in there who will press the leaders of the CTA everyday on where all the money is going," Blagojevich said.

If we're going to uphold our reputation for flamboyant corruption, Illinois will need more than one member of Congress on the "most corrupt" list

Still, kinda impressive for a second-termer

Given that Mr. Hurckes is the most highly paid staff member in Rep. Lipinski’s office, that his position is a full-time job and is generally considered a “senior staff” position, it is difficult to imagine when he has time to engage in other activities. The fact that Mr. Hurckes’ salary is just under the figure that would make him “senior staff” suggests that Rep. Lipinski is paying Mr. Hurckes a salary under this limit precisely so that he can earn a substantial outside income. This creates exactly the sort of appearance of impropriety contemplated by the Bipartisan Ethics Task Force...

By serving as a member of the Village of Oak Lawn Board of Trustees and admitting that he has been the Board’s “defacto lobbyist,” Mr. Hurckes is violating the prohibition against congressional staff serving as lobbyists. Mr. Hurckes also likely violated the prohibition against using House resources to perform the duties of his local office. And, by telling the Board of Oak Lawn that it did not need to hire a lobbyist because he was handling the city’s congressional issues and by stating that he had helped secure funding for projects in Oak Lawn, Mr. Hurckes clearly used his position in the House to provide special treatment to his constituents and encouraged the notion that his constituents would receive preferential treatment from Rep. Lipinski’s congressional office. ..

FIVE Kollyforniyans is pretty impressive, but for most sleaze per capita, you gotta love Alaska.

Give up already

Italian call to use less English

First the French (phokks - some other ed I read earlier) and now the Italians (oh, there's so many you can put here, I can't choose) want to preserve the "purity" of their language by preventing changes coming from a language that derives largely from theirs. Language evolves, it always has, it always will. Trying to freeze it in time will ultimately freeze them in time too. Which I suppose is fine, we like going to Yurup to see old stuff so why not force it to keep it authentic, I mean al dente?


liberal media discovurz lol cats

Cats against Palin

New Rule

You can't put a widget up unless you can make it fit where you put it. Instead of reading the dynamic posted content on the page, people will be trying to figure out what the whole darn widget says. So fix it or delete it.

So says the IT Manager, who inevitably gets asked to figure it out. Well he's on strike. Or fussy.

more fact-based liberal hectoring from the effete snobs in the left-wing media

Of course, this story is from the arugula-addled mind of NPR, so it's probably a yoooge pack of America-hating lies...

BRIAN WILLIAMS QUOTING JOE KLEIN: "I hope my colleagues," meaning his colleagues in the news media, "stand strong in this case. It’s important for the public to know Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is, quote, 'a task from God.'

The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive but unprofessional in the extreme."
. . .

BOB GARFIELD: So offended was the McCain campaign at Brown’s shameless -- question-asking -- that it cancelled the candidate’s planned appearance later in the week on CNN, where McCain would have been subjected to more vicious attacks by noted pit bull Larry King.

Elections, Canada Style Eh? (cont'd)

From the Chronicle of Education and Pointy-Headed Intellectualism:

On Tuesday a new ad featured a puffin pooping on Mr. Dion's shoulder. Uproar over the ad forced Mr. Harper to apologize, saying the caricature was in poor taste. The offending droppings were soon dropped from the ad, although the puffin continues to fly past Mr. Dion. But the news media had already seized on the issue as a campaign goof.

Mr. Dion went on the offensive to counter the "prejudice that an intellectual is not a human being," pointing out that while he liked to read books and enjoyed the outdoors, he wasn't a wealthy man and shared the same concerns as other Canadians, including worrying about paying the bills at the end of the month. (Nice try, Poindexter... we ain't electorating nobody who reads books... Ed.)

"The attempt by the Tories to portray Mr. Dion as elitist ignores the fact that, like Mr. Obama, he comes from modest roots," said Errol P. Mendes, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and a commentator on North American elections. "It's sad that the right wing in both countries is trying to portray well-educated people as elitist."

The portrayal of professors as elite and effete is "as offensive as it is inaccurate," said Henry Mandelbaum, executive director of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. Polls have shown that professors are highly respected by Canadians (NERDS! Ed.) and that academics are involved in their communities in every way, he said. "The notion of attacking professors as eggheads played well with Adlai Stevenson, but we've moved on from there."

McCain campaign estimate of Americans' intelligence plunges to new low in heavy trading; also, AP's Nedra Pickler still fullas#i+

"You can put lipstick on a pig," he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from his audience, clearly drawing a connection to Palin's joke. "It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years."

Oh, my, yes, it was such a clear connection. It was almost as glaring as the time he "didn't mention Clinton by name".

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

something to get excited about

I usually don't notice these things, but this is already post #36 of the 09/07-09/14 week, and the most posts we've had in a week in 2008 is 78 (04/06-04/13), so we seem well poised to CRUSH that mark.

a new look here...

Lance Armstrong is unretiring?


this is all *SO* Cubs / Sox

Chi Cubs 3
St. Louis 4

Toronto 3
Chi White Sox 1

Toronto 8
Chi White Sox 2

there's sucking, there's George Bushian how to suck at presidenting sucking, and there's Bulgarian women's ice hockey sucking

Humiliating 82–0 loss

Bulgaria's women's hockey team gives up more goals in four games than NHL champs did all last season.

also known as a LIE

Out of bounds: McCain ad misstates Obama sex-ed record

"This is a deliberately misleading accusation..."

bees schmees... there is nothing at all to see here (literally)

EPA Withholds Pesticide Information While Bees Die

A conservation organization has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to release information about a pesticide linked to dramatic declines in honeybee populations. The pesticide was approved on the condition that the manufacturer study the effects of the chemical on the bee species. The EPA has received the studies but refuses to release them to the public, even though a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was filed.
. . .

An EPA fact sheet from 2003 states clothianidin is potentially toxic to honeybees, as well as other pollinators, though residues in nectar and pollen. Bayer maintains that clothianidin does not pose long-term risks to bees.
. . .

Existing research, as well as much anecdotal evidence, has convinced French (phokks - Ed.) and German (America-haters - Ed.) agricultural authorities to suspend use of clothianidin until evidence of its safety to bees is established. Despite having the same facts before them, the EPA has not taken similar precautions.

Instead, the EPA has repeatedly used "emergency exemption provisions" under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to approve use of clothianidin in five states. The agency has also used the emergency provisions to approve use of IMD 163 times in 26 states. These emergency exemptions are intended to allow unregistered use of pesticides for a limited time if EPA determines that an emergency condition exists. (I guess all the bees dying is not an emergency... Ed.)

isn't staycationing a travel expense?

WASHINGTON - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has charged her state a daily allowance, normally used for official travel, for more than 300 nights spent at her home, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

An analysis of travel statements filed by the governor, now John McCain's Republican running mate, shows she claimed the per diem allowance on 312 occasions when she was home in Wasilla and that she billed taxpayers $43,490 for travel by her husband and children.

Carlos Zambrano and Hugo Chavez - separated at birth?

News item: world ends tomorrow

The End of the World

Some scientists, on the other hand, went to the European Court for Human Rights to try to stop the collider being turned on. They fear it may create a black hole – which would certainly violate our rights by sucking the planet into... well we don't really know. Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith of Cern says: "The chance we produce a black hole is minuscule." Which is not all that reassuring. But he adds: "Even if we do, it can't swallow up the Earth." It would be too small, and disappear in moments. In any case, they will only send the hadrons in one direction this week. The collisions start in October. Until then, at least, we're not all doomed.

How would they be able to tell?

News item: Kim Jong-il 'may have had stroke'

Elections, Canada Style

Pooping Puffin Paralyzes Canada Conservative Event

Canada's having an election too, y'know. Before ours, even. Though we like to pooh-pooh our opponents with words, Canada has taken it to the literal level. Well almost.

Also, apparently this was post #4000. 4000 pieces of $#!+.

Why can't we just have a nice narrative without all the fact-mongers jumping in?

Lies to Nowhere

As The New Republic's Brad Plumer first noted, Palin "was fine with the bridge in principle, never had a problem with the earmarks, bristled at all the mockery, and only gave up on the project when it was clear that federal support wasn't forthcoming." "We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge," Palin said in August 2006, "and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative." In fact, not only did Palin support the project while running for governor in 2006, but when she finally redirected funds away from the bridge, she lamented the fact that Congress had "little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island." Afterwards, Palin "did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere."

The McCain campaign jumped back with spokesman Brian Rogers calling the attacks "hysterical."


Biden - too phokking potty-mouthed for America's delicate sensibilities?

Does Biden Need to Watch His Language?

"I knew somebody famous was gonna come out of Scranton and I sure as HELL knew it wasn't gonna be me so I left," Biden joked of his upbringing.

Can't a guy be folksy anymore?

"And I sure as HELL can't talk about HELL without using the word HELL, now can I?"
-- Bart Simpson

Fun Horror Facts

AAA Catcher leads the Andersonville Horror in OPS. MI@@Y Montero is 2nd.

AAA Pitcher leads the team in walks, losses, and runs allowed. He is second in appearances (behind Joe Smiff!). He has stepped on a rake, fallen down the dugout steps, punched 23 Gatorade buckets, fallen from the upper deck, been run over by a bus, attacked by penguins, suffered a season-long imbalance of the humours, stapled his hand to a rosin bag, squirted suntan lotion into his eye, and been attacked by crabs, but has not spent a day on the disabled list.

Be Very Afraid

Why rednecks may rule the world

The fact is that we American rednecks embrace the term in a sort of proud defiance.

Yes, just like black people embracing the term "nigga" is a sort of proud defiance.

white Southern Scots-Irish values - redneck values.

So the English are the aristocratic "uppity" ones then? (see below)

We come in one size: extra large

We fry things nobody ever considered friable - things like cupcakes, banana sandwiches and batter dipped artificial cheese…even pickles

Anyone think these two statements are related?

And most of all we are defiant and suspicious of authority, and people who are "uppity" (sophisticated) and "slick" (people who use words with more than three syllables). Two should be enough for anybody.

There's that uppity word again - will they ever learn?

We all understand that there is a political class which dominates in America, and that Sarah Palin for damned sure is not one of them. And the more she is attacked by liberal Democratic elements (translation: elite highly-educated big city people) the more America's working mooks will come to her defence. Her daughter had a baby out of wedlock? Big deal. What family has not? She is a Christian fundamentalist who believes God spat on his beefy paws and made the world in seven days? So do at least 150 million other Americans. She snowmobiles and fishes and she is a looker to boot. She's a redneck.

What they fail to understand is that once they vote in rednecks, they'll turn into those elites that they so hate. Except they aren't that smart. Those you vote in, that is. So you'll hate them, and they'll phokk things up to boot.

Scum-Slimes tackles the tough questions (cont'd)

Page one, above the masthead:


Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made all kinds of political statements during her convention speech, but the fashion statement she made with her glasses is what intrigued eyewear professionals.

Italee Optics of Los Angeles has increased its imports of the frames in response to Palin's appearance, a company manager said.

"We were just talking about that,'" said Judy Sulier, an optician at Pinnacle Eye Group in Bedford Township, Ohio. "I was going to go online to pull it up and see what... (zzzzzzzzz... What? Oh... sorry Ed.)

Palin, the governor of Alaska, wears customized glasses and frames from Japanese designer Kazuo Kawasaki.

The high-end eyewear -- the prices start at $600 -- are frameless and allow the customer to choose from a nearly limitless variety of lens shapes.

Shop owner Georgeann Kohn in Toledo, Ohio, said she had received "just a couple inquiries" from...
What what whaaaaaa? Back up a second there...

Start at $600? More than John Edwards's haircut? More than John McCain's phokking Salvatore Ferragamo 'Pregiato' Phokking Moccasins for phokk's sake? That's hockey mom folksy? My phokking @SS.

Top story on the SS website is far more hard-hitting:
Ten fittest, least fit presidents

Pitbull lipstick looks mighty fine on Obama's fist

It was in St. Paul last week that Palin drew raucous cheers when she delivered this put-down of Obama: "Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America and he's worried that someone won't read them their rights."

Obama had a few problems with that.

"First of all, you don't even get to read them their rights until you catch 'em," Obama said here, drawing laughs from 1,500 supporters in a high school gymnasium. "They should spend more time trying to catch Osama bin Laden and we can worry about the next steps later."

Bruce Bochy: not exactly brimming wiff brainz

Tim Lincecum took a shutout into the ninth inning Monday and ended up allowed two runs -- one earned -- in 8 1/3 innings in a win over the Diamondbacks. Lincecum, who started the ninth with a 6-0 lead, threw 127 pitches to help the Giants improve to 17 games under .500. We'd hate to see what kind of workload the team would be saddling him with if it was actually in contention...

Monday, September 8, 2008

RNC on global warming: behold the stupidity

GRITtv features ANP Report: Global Warming Heats Up RNC

The American News Project reports on the Republican Party and what its delegates think about global warming. Judging by those interviewed at the Convention it's no wonder that Sarah Palin, a global warming doubter, is stealing the show. The 2008 Republican Platform cautions “against the doomsday climate change scenarios peddled by the aficionados of centralized command-and-control government.” Even though presidential candidate John McCain thinks that global warming is created, in part, by humans, his running mate, Sarah Palin, disagrees. And her record on the environment in general is dismal. The Independent reports that she, "has an environmental policy so toxic it would make the incumbent, George Bush, blush."

Why is Ohio massively brain-dead?

It is one of the biggest mysteries of modern times...

State/Pollster WAS NOW SWING
OH Rasmussen McCain +5 McCain +7 McCain +2

Gary Effin Sheffield?

That's who hit the big 250,000th home run in Major League history? Color me disappointed and unimpressed.

A great pitcher, or the greatest pitcher?

More Bushian Pronouncements

Rice: I don't see enough blacks at my job

You know, Madam Secretary, you do run that place. You could have made it so that there were more people like you at the State Department. So why didn't you?

the only success of the completely brain-dead Bush administration

(T-ball? And no recovering K-Mad players?)

Bush hosts his last T-ball game
Yankees great Bernie Williams coaches 1st base; Gen. Pace takes 3rd
WASHINGTON - With only about four months left in office, President Bush hosted his last T-ball game on the South Lawn Sunday, ending a tradition he's carried on for seven years.
For Sunday's matchup, the 20th and final game in the series, the president and first lady Laura Bush invited sons and daughters of active-duty members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
"We are really looking forward to seeing you all play," Bush told about 26 players, ranging in age from 5 to 8, "and giving us a chance to thank your moms and dads for their sacrifice and service."
He also invited a full roster of Defense Department officials, including Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman who also served as commissioner of the game. Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, coached third base coach while former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams coached first.
Before the game started, Bush recited the Little League pledge and the country group Rascal Flatts sang the national anthem.
Sunday's game between the Stars and Stripes teams went fast. Per South Lawn rules, there were no outs and no strikes in the one-inning game, which ends only when each player from both teams has gotten a turn at bat. No one keeps score, so no one loses.
Some players hit home runs or doubles, while others wandered from their bases and had to be guided back. Each player received a ball autographed by Bush.
Bush, once a part-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, began the T-ball tradition on the South Lawn in 2001 to promote fitness for children and stir interest in baseball. Sitting near him and Laura Bush in the stands were their equally brain-dead daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and Jenna's husband, the brain-dead Henry Hager.

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You lefty bloggers are eating s#i+ now that we gots our own girl on the ticket. Suck one!

NYT's Kristol: "A Wasilla Wal-Mart Mom a heartbeat away? I suspect most voters will say, No problem. And some — perhaps a decisive number — will say, It’s about time."

Even More Zimbabwe Sports Glory

Black & Huber win women's doubles

Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of the United States won their fourth women's doubles Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday.

Teamed up with an American this time, though she used to be South African. In fact, there were once rumors that dear old Cara would defect to SA so the two could play in doubles in the Olympics and that would make the SA Fed Cup team that much better. But she stuck it out, and continues to bring Zim glory.

Google: Helping you get your porn, incognito

From a NY Times story on the new Chrome Browser:

Also in the security category: something called Incognito mode, in which no cookies, passwords or cache files are saved, and the browser’s History list records no trace of your activity. (See also: Safari, Internet Explorer 8.) Google cheerfully suggests that you can use Incognito mode “to plan surprises like gifts or birthdays,” but they’re not fooling anyone; the bloggers call it “porn mode.”

starting early this year...

The widespread practice of students' registering to vote at their college address has set off a fracas in Virginia, a battleground state in the presidential election.

Late last month, as a voter-registration drive by supporters of Senator Barack Obama was signing up thousands of students at Virginia Tech, the local registrar of elections issued two releases incorrectly suggesting a range of dire possibilities for students who registered to vote at their college.

After some inquiries from students and parents, and more pointed questions from civil rights lawyers, the state board of elections said Friday that it was "modifying and clarifying" the state guidelines on which the county registrar had based his releases.

In other words, he's old and fat...

He made $3.5 million this year...

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Jon Lieber "has been shut down" because of "nagging aches and minor ailments that have limited him since early in the season." The "newspaper" notes that Lieber has left the Cubs and returned to his home in Alabama, presumably for the remainder of the season. Lieber is 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA in 25 relief appearances and one start this season.

LoC Fun Facts

Some time in the last few days, LoC rolled out it's 2000th label. Currently there are 2006, including today's newest: The Dumbshine State. In a Word document in 8-point font, the list is 35 pages long.

In other news, the cops just shot John Dillinger

UAL Corp.’s stock bottomed out Monday morning after a six-year-old news report about the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing resurfaced on the Internet.

The report sent shares of the Chicago-based carrier plunging to 1 cent, from a close Friday of $11.92, before trading was halted.

The fallout spread to the industry as a whole, pushing down airline stocks 20% at one point Monday morning.

United in a statement said the South Florida Sun-Sentinel was responsible for its stock tanking after the paper posted as current news on its Web site a six-year-old news story written by sister publication the Chicago Tribune.

KO taken down a notch

MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts From Anchor Seat

Proving, once again, that you can have too much of a good thing. Or, once one has found his element, his spot, his function, he should stick to it. KO excels in his element, like Jon Stewart does. You try and expand from there, and things usually don't work out too well. Same thing happened to Katie, IMHO. So KO, keep knockin' em out, from your desk.

How is K-Mad to blame? (cont)

News item: Bears stun Colts in new digs
News item: Panthers stun Bolts on last play, Smiff eliminated from Survival League
News item: Brady out for year?
News item: Phils, Mets split double-header, Mets keep division lead.

What do these events have in common? All things Smiff don't like. So K-Mad must be involved somehow...

4 HR's to go!

Then we can get rid of dat phokking widget...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

America-hating Britons hating America

Walter Reed Middle School

SITTING behind McCain, I didn't see the screen behind him, but apparently quite a few people were puzzling over the plush-looking building projected on the screen. Wonder no more: it was Walter Reed Middle School, presumably chosen by a confused RNC staffer who was looking for a picture of Walter Reed Medical Centre.

Just so long as they don't mistakenly try to take out Ireland's nuclear programme.