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Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Few Things

A) Tonight is my last night on the night-shift for a while. I have until Tuesday to figure out a way to stay awake past 3:00PM.

B) My cold effectively ended earlier this week, but I'm still trying to clear my nasal passages and free that last bit of gunk stuck in the bottom of my lungs. I need to find a Russian bath house. Not to show off my Vor tattoos but to take advantage of the steam.

C) I watched Jonah Hex the other day and it really is as bad as they say. The weird thing was the soundtrack, which was composed by Mastodon. Even as I enjoyed it musically, I recognized that it just did not work at all cinematically. To make matters worse, the mix was awful. I watched it on Blu-Ray with some pretty decent speakers and the Mastodon scored action scenes sounded like mud.

D) I also watched the first episode of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, a "prequel" to the other Spartacus series. It's derivative of 300, Gladiator, and Rome, but it makes up for that with copious amounts of sex and violence. Oh yes, the blood will flow and the breasts will be bared. It's a cheap thrill, I admit, but I'm totally buying it.

More "I Know You Are But What Am I?"

John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain described Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann as a "poor man's Sarah Palin."

In response, Laura Ingraham called Meghan McCain a "poor's man's Ron Reagan."

Ooooh, BURN.

Also, Chris Matthews called Michelle Bachmann a "balloon-head." This upset Glenn Beck so much that he called Chris Matthews...yeah, you guessed it, a "balloon-head."
"You sir, are a balloon head that was taught by a balloon head and all you did because you're a balloon head was sit in your stupid balloon head Ivy League classroom and be indoctrinated by a balloon head and never ever used your balloon head to ask an intelligent question of the balloon head in the tweed jacket! You self-sanctimonious, self-important balloon head, America has had enough. Do your own homework."
Clowns.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Neeeeeeed

Damn, I just got a craving for enchiladas.

Net Neutrality - Who Needs It?

The internet is down in Egypt.

But don't worry...market forces will soon restore it.

I Know You Are, But What Am I?

This genius takes umbrage at lefties tying right-wing extremism to the murder of Brisenia Flores, then accuses "The Left" of genocide and infanticide.
Eugenics and infanticide are embraced by the Left; hug a tree, but kill a child. If he wasn't dead, Menegle would fit right in with this Soros-paid bunch of socialist sociopaths.
My first instinct when I read this was to get angry.

But now I just think that's funny. This dumb motherfucker is so upset about the suggestion that murderers went to a Tea Party that he instinctively brings up the following: Stalin, Che Guevara, Dr. Mengele, and George Soros. Seriously.

See? Told Ya So

About that hit and run death, the victim's family lawyer asks:
"Why weren't the immigration laws enforced to prevent this tragic murder?"
A few paragraphs above that is the answer:
ICE doesn't have the resources to detain and begin deportation proceedings against every illegal immigrant who is arrested, agency spokesman Carl Rusnok said. ICE prioritizes by "targeting criminal aliens who pose the greatest threat to public safety."
So let's double the budget for ICE.

Oh, that's right...can't do that. Too much spending!

(But make sure you buy stock in GeoGroup first!)

Dear Arizona,

Grow the fuck up.

Also from the above article:
Action flick star Steven Seagal is a member of the sheriff's posse, and he took part in the operation, Spurgin said.
What a joke.

Updated:

Here's a quote from a Denver Post story on the subject:
"The result of that is they immediately acquire the right to full benefits, everything from welfare to cheese, which increases the costs to the states," Kavanagh said. "And beyond that, it's irresponsible and foolish to bestow citizenship based upon one's GPS location at birth."
Hmmm....seems equally irresponsible and foolish to revoke citizenship "based upon one's GPS location at birth" too, don't it?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Herd Strikes Again

How entrenched is this view on the right that Sheriff Dupnik was out of line when he called out heated political rhetoric after the attempted assassination in his jurisdiction?

Very. It's just taken for granted.

Here's Conor Friedersdorf blogging at Sullivan's place:
Sherrif Dupnik behaved badly in the aftermath of the shooting, and is utterly wrong about what caused it.
The second part I'm not so sure about. And until the trial, I don't see how anyone else can be sure about it either*. (Dupnik, Conor, and myself included.)

As to the "behaved badly" nonsense, stop it. The guy said some disagreeable things. He might have even hurt some feelings. But how the fuck does saying some thing you disagree with at a press conference become "behaving badly?"

You didn't like his remarks in later interviews? Fine! That doesn't mean Dupnik was "behaving badly." That's just you disagreeing with another person. Happens all the time.


* Shortly after the Giffords shooting, Rasmussen released a poll that showed most Americans thought it was a "random act of violence by an unstable person" that had little to no political motivation. I expect the evidence introduced at trial will challenge this notion completely.

More Craig Silverman

Yesterday I called Craig Silverman a Republican stooge.

I think that might have been a bit unfair. The dude's just a Republican.

Also, I think this stupid statement really deserves to be called out:
Tom Tancredo never really wanted to be Governor, and that might be his greatest asset.
If the man's greatest asset is that he doesn't want the job, why should we give it to him???

No Shit, Shithead - Marketplace of Ideas Edition

Radley Balko gets an e-mail:
If you’re not just another pot-smoking Republican, how come you only do interviews with Paultards like Stossel and “the Judge”, and some Russian show nobody has ever heard of?
Balko answers:
Because they ask. If MSNBC, CNN, or whatever other network you’d like to name wanted me to come on to talk about the issues I cover, I’d be happy to do it.
I wonder why no one else is asking him on...

Updated: Oops! Forgot to link! Not cool.

Those Damn Mexicans

Get ready, talk radio listeners, for a day of talking about deporting Mexicans.

I think it would be useful to remember, though, that this guy's immigration status had nothing to do with his driving skill or lack thereof.

But it may be why he ran...

Fair Use?

If you took this photo:
Would you sue the man who made this image for copyright infringement?

I Know You Are, But What Am I?

Jenna Jameson has no standing to call anyone a "dried up old whore."

Suck it, Silverman

Yeah, E.D. Kain, you may be onto something here:
Maybe this is what Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was talking about in the wake of the Giffords shootings.
What's the "this?"

The murder of 9 year old Brisenia Flores and her father at the hands of a couple of warped right-wing Minutemen/Tea Party types. You remember the story, right? It happened in May of 2009. It was a big topic of discussion....until another right-wing type murdered abortion doctor George Tiller for, you guessed it, political reasons.

Kain continues:
Maybe [Dupnik] was so quick to denounce heated rhetoric because he’d seen what it had already led to in his county, in his state and his country. It’s not just rhetoric, after all. It’s rallies and talk of revolution. It’s people up in arms, passing laws to get the Mexicans out, and when that fails, arming themselves and taking the vigilante route.
Yeah, kind of puts Dupnik's remarks in a new context, don't it?

Considering that Christina Green was the second innocent little girl Dupnik saw murdered by politically-unhinged gunmen, his comments didn't go "way too far," as Craig Silverman insists to his right-wing audience.

They didn't go far enough!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Best Adapted Screenplay?

If you ever read a transcript from a deposition and asked yourself, "I wonder what this would look like if David Fincher filmed this," you'd have a pretty good idea of Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network.

It should have never been nominated for an Oscar. May Winter's Bone beat Aaron Sorkin's overrated ass.

Going Way Too Far - Stooge Edition

I know some people who respect talk-radio co-host Craig Silverman. I find the guy's nasally voice irritating to listen to, but that's aesthetics. What about substance?

As this rambling piece on Huff Post shows, he's little more than a right-wing stooge.

Take this line:
Paul Krugman and Clarence Dupnik went way too far, but Sarah Palin was inevitably going to be discussed.
Yes, I understand it's a given that both Paul Krugman and Clarence Dupnik "went way too far" when they brought up "political rhetoric" in the context of the Tucson shootings, but did they? Did they really?

Going "way too far" is a subjective thing, of course, but I wonder, how exactly did Krugman go "way too far?" Well, let's consult Krugman.

This, I believe, is the piece Silverman is talking about. Is this going "way too far?"
We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was.
Considering the context, that's an eminently reasonable first take. An attempted assassination at a political event? Yeah, might be political. Kind of like how a Muslim blowing shit up might be Islamic terrorism.

But maybe that's not where Silverman thinks Krugman "went way too far." Maybe it's this:
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
Again, I can see how you may disagree if you're on the right, but what part of this is going "way too far?"

As for Dupnik, his remarks were emotionally charged, but again, how did they "go way too far?"

In his press confernce, Dupnik said, among other things:
"There's reason to believe that this individual may have a mental issue. And I think people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol," he said during his televised remarks. "People tend to pooh-pooh this business about all the vitriol we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it's not without consequences."
Yes, this is the kind of thing that Craig Silverman, who's not a stooge at all, thinks goes "way too far."

What kind of spineless, flimsy creature is going to put any of this in the "too far" category?

I think what's happening here is that Silverman is so used to speaking to a right-wing audience that he doesn't even have to worry about justifying the "way too far" stuff. It's part of the meme, so it must be repeated. And repeated and repeated.

I guess there's another possibility that may be somewhat more redemptive of Craig "The Stooge" Silverman. He really does believe Krugman and Dupnik's not-very-inflammatory-but-certainly-disagreeable remarks went "way too far." This would merely mean that he's thin-skinned but not stoogey.

But I don't believe for one second that people on the right genuinely think Krugman or Dupnik went too far. What, you can tolerate talk of Obama's birth certificate, death panels, socialized medicine, Real Americans, watering the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots, you can listen to all this stuff with no problem whatsoever, but when Paul Krugman says "it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers," it's somehow out of line?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bare Back Riding

No, not that kind. This kind:

Not being a rodeo aficionado, I wasn't prepared for the hilarity of the bare back event. As far as I can tell the only skill required is a good grip and the ability to absorb spine-breaking blows. You sit back, hang on, and watch the world go bouncy for a few seconds. What's not to love?

The Playoffs

I knew Jay Cutler had a tendency to quit on a team, but I didn't think he'd do it during a game, and certainly not during the NFC Championship.

I was pulling for the Packers anyway. Aaron Rodgers seems poised to chisel his name in the book of football greatness, but he better do it before he gets concussed into retirement. He's a great quarterback, good arm, good pocket presence, sharp eye, strong mind.

But he is a bit of a bean pole, isn't he?

On the AFC side of the house, I'm ambivalent. I was pulling for the Jets, but I actually like the Steelers better. It's just that they don't have to go to the Super Bowl all the time.

Because you know if they go, they're going to win.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Beard

I haven't shaved in two weeks. Last week I was just lazy. This week I've been sick and lazy. So I have a generous amount of scruff. As you can imagine, it looks terrible.

I was joking with my Mom that I was going to grow out a big long biker beard like Opie from Sons of Anarchy.
She didn't like that too much.