Slowly Returning to Live Blogging
Monday, March 31, 2008
Not surprisingly, it has generated much derision in the blogosphere since its release. But somebody--the lead singer, specifically--is none to happy about the response. And has she got news for you. WARNING: She has a potty mouth.
And if you can take it, here is the original video:
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson said his resignation will take effect on April 18. . .
In February, The Huffington Post drew 3.7 million unique visitors, according to Nielsen Online, for the first time beating out The Drudge Report, the conservative tip sheet with which The Post is often compared. . .
Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., in a letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, proposed that Michigan's 83 pledged delegates be chosen at congressional district conventions according to the results of the state's primary. . .
I didn't honor the Earth Hour. We rarely have more than one light on in our home at a time on a daily basis because it's wasteful and increasingly expensive. I don't have a million electronic devices running 24/7, we walk to the store when we can (Heather can walk to work) and luckily, my commute is only about 15 minutes a day. In every daily activity, even blogging, I consider the amount of energy I'm using, and how I can minimize my consumption. . .
Do you ever get those emails that are passed around with dire warnings about politicians or governmental policies? Usually, I groan, roll my eyes, and do a Snopes.com search. Then I send the inevitable "false" page to the sender--and they never respond. But I get a chance to feel smugly satisfied.
I got a similar email from The Outlaw, urging me to look over this man's resume, as he is about to be laid off and needs a job. While there may be things in here that are exaggerated for effect, that is true of most job resumes, isn't it? And since I don't send mass emails, I thought I'd pop it up on the blog and see if anybody has an opening this man might fit.
GEORGE W. BUSH
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20520
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
College: I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.
Military: My father helped me join the Texas Air National Guard where I went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
Law Enforcement: I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I plead guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and are not available.
PAST WORK EXPERIENCE:
- I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
- I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
- I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
- With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS:
- I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.
- I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
- I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
- With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States, after losing by over 500,000 votes.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:
- I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
I invaded and occupied two countries at an ongoing taxpayer cost of over one billion dollars per week.
- I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
- I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
- I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
- I set the all-time record for most home foreclosures in a 12-month period.
- I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.
- I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history.
- My "poorest millionaire," Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
- I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.
- I am the all-time U.S. and world record -holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
- My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron. He's now dead.
- My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
- I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
- I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
- I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
- I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.
- I created the Department of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.
- I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
- I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
- I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
- I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
- I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).
- I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.
- I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
- I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
- I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.
- I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community.
- I have cut health care benefits to veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.
- In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.
- I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.
- I have failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice "dead or alive".
- All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
- All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed and unavailable for public view.
- All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed and unavailable for public review. I have specified that my sealed documents not be available for 50 years.
The Surge Is Sucking Edition
This week George W. Bush (1,2) gives up all pretense that he has any clue what's going on in Iraq, John McCain (3,4,5) agrees with Osama bin Laden, and Dick Cheney (6) shrugs off 4,000 dead U.S. troops. Elsewhere, Virginia Foxx (9) wants you to be afraid, and Michelle Bachmann (10) is in bed with, er, big light bulb. . .
Sunday, March 30, 2008
UPDATE: OlbermannWatch is still there. The site must have just been down for a while.
Given this landscape, what’s Fox News to do? . . .
Image from Margaret Cho's official site
I've returned from my long and productive day away from the blog. We got the new barbecue, gave the old one to a neighbor, and got a new garden swing, though we're not done assembling that. We had dinner with The Bodacious Friend at Tommy Bahama's in Las Vegas' new Town Square (cool place, by the way). And we finished just in time to make it to the Palms for Margaret Cho's Beautiful.
Margaret was playing the Pearl, Palms' concert theater, and it seemed like a near-sell out crowd. We had wonderful seats, right in the center. The theater is very nice, though I wonder how well it would clear during an emergency. I only had time to wonder before and after the show though, because I was laughing myself sick for most of the performance.
Margaret was nothing short of hilarious. She's not for every taste, certainly. Extremely adult is how it would be phrased, but tears-in-your-eyes, fog-up-your-glasses, hysterically funny. I was also pleased that her show was current, with jokes targeting very recent events like the Eliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevy sex scandal stories. She described a "meeting of the fag-hags," which included herself, Kathy Griffin, Olivia Newton-John and Cyndi Lauper, a dream dinner party guest list, if ever I heard one.
Describing the show, or trying to relay one of her jokes would be quite impossible. You just have to be there. She's a very visual comedienne, requiring your attention for much of the humor. Even watching a video of the performance would probably be not quite as funny as being there. Still, if the only way you get to experience Beautiful is on a DVD, I highly recommend it. If you're not easily offended, that is! But if she comes to your town? Go! Or is that, you go, girl!
Very Highly Recommended
For a list of Margaret Cho's upcoming tour dates and locations, "Beautiful" link above, or click the link after "CONTINUED."
MARGARET CHO'S BEAUTIFUL TOUR
The Warfield: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellySan Francisco, CA. Tickets.
The Warfield: 7:00pm and 10:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellySan Francisco, CA. Tickets.
The Orpheum: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyLos Angeles, CA. Tickets.
The Orpheum: 7:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyLos Angeles, CA. Tickets.
The Queen Elizabeth: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyVancouver, BC, CANADA. Tickets.
The Pearl at The Palms: 8:00pmspecial guest Ian HarvieLas Vegas, NV. Tickets.
North Fork Theatre: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyWestbury, NY. Tickets.
Massey Hall: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyToronto, Ontario, CANADA. Tickets.
The Orpheum: 7:30pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyBoston, MA. Tickets.
Warner Theater: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyWashington, DC. Tickets.
Warner Theater: 7:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyWashington, DC. Tickets.
Fillmore/Jackie Gleason: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyMiami Beach, FL. Tickets.
Arlene Schnitzer: 8:00pmspecial guest Ian HarviePortland, OR. Tickets.
Dodge Theatre: 8:00pmspecial guest Ian HarviePhoenix, AZ. Tickets.
The Orpheum: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyMinneapolis, MN. Tickets.
Chicago Theatre: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyChicago, IL. Tickets.
Nokia Theatre: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyGrand Prairie, TX. Fan Club Pre-sale starts 1/30, Password: Beautiful
Paramount Theatre: 8:00pmspecial guest Ian HarvieDenver, CO. Tickets.
Atwood Concert Hall: 8:00pmspecial guest Ian HarvieAnchorage, AK. On Sale TBA
Jackson Hall/Mondavi Ctr: 8:00pmspecial guest Ian HarvieDavis, CA. Tickets.
Paramount Theatre: 7:00pm and 10:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellySeattle, WA. Tickets.
Viejas/Concerts in Park: 8:30pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyAlpine, CA. Tickets.
Viejas/Concerts in Park: 8:30pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyAlpine, CA. Tickets.
Hard Rock Live: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyOrlando, FL. Tickets.
Tabernacle: 8:00pmspecial guests Liam Sullivan and KellyAtlanta, GA. Tickets.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
WARNING: Probably NSFW, with some cussing, as much nudity as YouTube will allow, and oh yeah, the gay thing.
"It's magic," audio historian David Giovannoni said on Thursday. "It's like a ghost singing to you. . ."
Some of my favorite movies are comedies. But in my opinion, they just don't make them like they used to. Whether they're straight-ahead comedy or spoofs, most of today's funny films don't seem to me like they'll hold up to the test of time. Spoofs in particular--while still full of funny moments--are so scatter shot these days. You have to go back to the days of Airplane! or early Mel Brooks to find some of the truly inspired comedy films. Here are some of my favorites.
#1 - Hot Shots! - By some of the makers of the original Airplane!, this parody of Top Gun never lets up, and is funny from beginning to end. Charlie Sheen really shines in this type of comedy, and Lloyd Bridges is inspired casting. This one must be watched repeatedly to catch all the gags.
#2 - All of Me - This is one of Steve Martin's best comedies, chock full of comedy gold, and quotable lines. Lily Tomlin was also at her peak. But check out how they made movie trailers in the early 80s. . . There is an art form that has only improved.
#3 - High Anxiety - Not one of Mel Brooks' most popular films, but one of my favorites. Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman. . .who could ask for more? In this extended clip, watch for the infamous obscene phone call bit at about 3:20.
#4 - Top Secret! - Another one from the makers of Airplane!, but surely one of their more obscure ones. Val Kilmer is dynamite in his first role, and the gags here are loopier than in the other spoof films. This film demands repeated viewings. Even the trailer for the film is funny.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
With the threat of a civil war looming in the south, Nouri al-Maliki’s police chief in Basra narrowly escaped assassination in the crucial port city, while in Baghdad, the spokesman for the Iraqi side of the US military surge was kidnapped by gunmen and his house burnt to the ground. . .
Obama has captured more state contests, more votes and more of the pledged convention delegates who will help decide which Democrat faces Republican Sen. John McCain in November's presidential election. . .
Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Joking, of course. We have countless examples of video or audio proving that a politician is lying. It gets worse when, like Dick Cheney, they persist after being proven wrong. In Hillary's case, I suspect it was sort of a "fish story," a tall tale that kept getting taller until she didn't remember what had actually happened.
On the other hand, maybe it happened just the way she said. Let's go to the video to find out, shall we?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Read more (you know you want to) at: The Advocate
That out of the way, I just wanted to comment on this year's American Idol "rocker dude," David Cook, and how he usually comes off as original. He tends to pick arrangements of hit songs that make them sound different, and thus avoids sounding "cabaret" or "karaoke." Ah, but there's a wrinkle--didn't you just know there was? It would seem that he's simply covering less well known versions of these songs! So much for original.
Source: Not Original from DListed
Cheesus: Jesus Found in a Cheeto Bag
Jesus Found in Potato!
Jesus Found in Slab of Granite
Jesus Christ on a Pancake!
Of course, the term became sort of bastardized by both the right and the left. More and more ludicrous terminology began to spew forth, i.e. "vertically challenged" for short people, or "differently-abled" for people with handicaps. Some were clever, some were funny, and some just ridiculous. After a while, anything considered PC was pretty much demonized or ridiculed by the right.
Now, it seems, the term has lost all meaning. Talking heads on Fox News assign the term to mean anything at all that represents ideology left of center (or, shoot, left of Sean Hannity). But, to call something "politically correct" implies that one must talk this way in order to remain politically viable. Under this monolithic one-party rule, does that even make sense? To be politically correct these days would require being anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-gun control, pro-religion in government, pro-corporation, pro-torture. . .oh. . .you get the picture. We either need to re-label PC as pro-conservative buzzwords and euphemisms, or dump the phrase altogether.
Now, decades into the term's use, it is clear that it is a catch-all euphemism for being gay--period. It's particularly used for "active" homosexuals, but can be heard in reference to anything and everything to do with homosexuality. The term is hugely inaccurate. At its best, (like "at the end of the day") it is just lazy English. At its worst, it is double-speak for "I don't like gay people."
Adding to fears that the world's biggest economy is falling deeper into recession, two reports showed an acceleration in the decline in house prices and an unexpectedly sharp fall in consumer confidence. . .
But laws aren't for "mavericks"... McCain's latest spending report, filed by his own campaign, shows he has spent in excess of $58 million so far -- a public admission by his own hand that he has broken the law.We filed a formal complaint to Federal Election Commission yesterday, and we want you to sign-on for a second delivery of signatures later this week.
Please read and co-sign the letter to the FEC right now.
The actor says he joked about it with Bobby Shriver, the governor's brother-in-law, who was also terminated. . .
As Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, looked amused but shocked — and James Marsters, who played Spike, wriggled uncomfortably in his chair — only Nicholas Brendan, who played Xander, had the nerve to pipe up and rephrase the age-old question: "Given the comic book, I think Willow. . ."
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I've been a Nevadan for over a dozen years, and frankly most people here sound like me too. But I'm from Ohio, and we do have tells. Fortunately, I've broken myself of saying "pop" for "soda," and "sack" for "bag," which would peg me as an Ohioan--well, to other Ohioans. Here's where I rank. What about you?
|What American accent do you have? |
Your Result: The Midland
"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.
|The Inland North|
|What American accent do you have?|
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