Thursday, October 28, 2004
No, not us. Frater Atomizer. He is to become the happiest man alive tomorrow evening and Spitbull, plus assorted hangers-on, will be there to witness.
Plus, we'll be participating in various associated festivities all weekend (come to think of it, we should probably take the nights off). You know, traditional activities such as the dollar dance and decorating the getaway car. Maybe some untraditional ones as well.
So, if posting is lighter than usual here, chalk it up to nuptial, not election, fatigue.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
HUNKIEST HERO? PROBABLY DENNIS QUAID
No news on whether an equivalent poll of Clark County, Ohio residents is planned.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
We're really, really lazy. First of all, we're cowards because we are afraid of being not objective. We're also just lazy. There may be two reporters in the country who understand tax policy. The rest of us are talking to our friends and reading each other in the paper.But at least they can talk to us about polls! Uh, maybe not:
"It was probably one of the worst classes I've taken at NU," said Medill [School of Journalism ] junior Cherise Lopez about her freshman-year statistics course. "I for one didn't see the relevance with the journalism field."(Both items via Romanesko)
Monday, October 25, 2004
- The Miami Herald reports five Minnesota newspapers and North Dakota's largest newspaper have endorsed President Bush.
- Both President Bush and Senator Kerry's hometown papers have reportedly endorsed the out-of-town candidate.
- Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura came up with an adorable and novel way to broadcast his whole-hearted endorsement of John Kerry: a charades news conference!
- In a battle of the big brains, 48 Nobel Laureates and 10 Nobel economists endorsed John Kerry (no, I didn't check to see whether there was any double-counting). But 6 other Nobel economists and 362 garden variety economists signed a statement opposing Kerry's economic agenda.
- Yasser Arafat and Spanish Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero prefer Kerry (he's the overwhelming choice of 32 countries). Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and famous anti-semite tried to endorse Kerry but was rejected. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi support Bush.
- Most rockers, novelists and artists are for Kerry.
UPDATE: Spitbull screwed up (big shocker, huh?). It appears one of the 368 statement-signing economists is our own King Banaian and he's hardly garden-variety.
Friday, October 22, 2004
To aid in the analysis, a Right Wing Authoritarian (RWA) Scale was developed which identifies those harboring authoritarian tendencies. Shockingly, high scorers on this scale tended to be Republicans, while low scorers were found to be "fair-minded, even-handed, tolerant, nonaggressive persons...They score low on my prejudice scale. They are not self-righteous; they do not feel superior to persons with opposing opinions." In other words, left-wingers.
On the minus side, another study found low scoring left wingers (also often known as "Democrats") are more likely than high scorers to fake an orgasm and less likely to be satisfied with their relationships or sex lives.
Taking these "studies" as seriously as I do, I require and demand an explanation!
The busy boys will return for their regularly scheduled local radio show [Internet feed] the very next day ( noon to 3pm CST) where they'll chat with SBV John O'Neill for a while, talk duck (maybe even goose), and then hustle off to the Minnesota Bush/Cheney '04 headquarters in St. Paul. They'll be manning the phones there from 4pm-6pm and have invited all and sundry to join them. The address is:
1445 Energy Park Drive St. Paul MN, 55108 [map]
Thursday, October 21, 2004
That said, I'm curmudgeonly enough to think that schools shouldn't be in the business of putting on Halloween parties. I like to maintain some excitement for the home sphere and there are enough parties and treats at school anyway. The kids earn pizza parties for fundraising efforts, "marble" parties for amassing 100 marbles (I think the marble-awarding has something to do with good behavior but I've never gotten a straight answer on this one) and often birthday parties to boot. I simply have an aversion to the trend of bleeding family life into school life.
But banning the practice because it might offend members of the Wiccan religion? Eeek! (Credit Joanne Jacobs).
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
"You've been to Japan?" said my companion.
"No." responded my seven year old. "I've seen Japan on a map. It's purple."
- Ace of Spades: What keeps me from pouncing on this video is the smug and utterly unwarranted condescension of the Hollywood set, people who have been getting make-up nearly every day for their adult lives, now trying to pose as some sort of cutting-edge artistes by showing how foolish a non-SAG-member looks when he gets made-up. Yes, it's all a little effeminate; no man really wants to be seen getting made up (although, secretly, we all do want to be handsome; we just don't want to seem as if we care about it either way). But we're in the television age, and looks definitely count, and if John Edwards wants to play with his bangs to make sure they look just so, I can't really blame him.
- Michelle Malkin: And before Bush supporters get carried away with the Edwards video, remember that this is a cheap Michael Moore-ish tactic. He used the same kind of clandestine footage of President Bush preparing for a televised speech--as well as similar outtakes of Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz getting ready for TV interviews --to mock the Administration in his crockumentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.
- Instapundit: I'm not quite sure why people see it as such a big deal.
- Boy, is his hair ever shiny.
- I'm glad I will never have to prepare to appear on TV.
- That chick whose big butt keeps blocking the camera should be furious with Harry Shearer. I recommend a lawsuit.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Monday, October 18, 2004
You can only stand and clap if at least one person in your row is literally in tears at any point in the concert as a result of the performance's excellence. Crying is defined as liquid seeping out of the eye rather than merely welling up inside, and if there's any doubt (for example, someone is dabbing at their eye with a handkerchief), you should interpret that against the standing ovation.But if you're in the very back row of the opera house (the cheap seats) and you feel like hooting and pounding on the wall at the end of the opera, have at it. It's very entertaining to us plebians.
the outline of a figure from the Abu Ghraib prison photos!Having deciphered the code, he concludes the cover is trite: "If it is trying to be witty, it fails."
So what would be a more profound image to use? Remember, this is The New Yorker's Politics issue. Is the Twin Towers too obvious or is it just right? We're taking suggestions at myspitbull -at- yahoo.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
StrumpetMethinks they need help.
George C. Scott
Friday, October 15, 2004
To those still undeterred by this litany of incompetencies, he declared:
- His "simplistic (if correct!) view of the big issues, ... tiresomely detailed view of the small things that matter not, and no time for the big muddled middle where most of life actually takes place."
- The icky requirement that Senators must give other Senators backrubs.
- Existence of unspecified unclean photos of self (like this?)
- No talent for constituent service.
If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve. If mailed the paychecks nevertheless, I will cash them with a heavy heart: really, the people of Minnesota deserve so much better.And elaborated further the next day:
On the other hand, I would have the power to truly screw with the Bounty towel people.
Please: I would rather unspool my guts with a rusty ice pick than run for any sort of office. IT’S a JOKE and I had nothing to do with it, and I don’t want this to get out of hand. So it’s a dead issue. K? K.But no meme can ever truly die in the Blogosphere so I propose a different solution: Lileks for King. Maybe not of the entire blogosphere--we'd have a revolution on our hands--but of Right BlogLand.
Consider the advantages: No one ever runs for King, instead they're hailed as King, which seems so much more pleasant. His ability to screw with the Bounty towel people would probably be enhanced. And, the icing on the cake: Gnat would be thrilled.
Think about it.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
SPITBULL AMPS UP ITS SCARCITY VALUE
Spitbull: sneaky (some say covert), and bratty too.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
I know you'll just be wrecked to hear that Spitbull doesn't fit either of these criteria. Plus, I'm laying off on the liveblogging thing. My liver just can't take it.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Okay, I laughed in some of it but overall this is a Freepers wet dream. They poke fun at liberals BIG TIME!!!Nothing against ANY rightwingers, ONLY LIBERALS!!! Liberals are the butt of the joke & are even the villians in this.Oh, & all the liberals Die a horrific death in this. TOTALLY bias! I mean, c'mon. How can they NOT have Bush puppet? I mean, he so much a charachter that needs to be mocked. This film was very mean spirited IMO. My firned said I didn't get it. That it was an extreme right wing edge to it & that was the joke. Well, I didn't get that when I saw it. TRUST ME, Freepers will call this film their own & Trey Parker & Matt Stone have sold out BIG TIME!Plus, kos doesn't care for it:
What do we [the anti-war crowd] get? Peacenik liberal Hollywood actors coddling up to terrorist regimes (ha ha). If you hate Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Janeane Garofalo, then you'll love seeing them get killed in a bloody battle with Team America.And Sean Penn reportedly issued "a sincere fuck you" to the movie's creators.
What better endorsements can you get? Now I don't get out much, but I might have to bestir myself to see this one.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Q: Why don't skeletons go to the movies?Fortunately she's OK with my incredibly forced fake laughter (hah! hah! hah! just like that).
A: They don't have the guts.
I keep reminding myself that at least we've advanced beyond knock knock jokes (though they have their charm, especially when the child mixes up the question and the response and then treats me like a complete imbecile for not participating as expected). I vaguely remember being fascinated by puns myself for some ugly period of time in my far away youth. But I've just got to hope that things keep improving humor-wise or I'll need to start drinking more to get in the mood (but perhaps not martinis).
Sunday, October 10, 2004
I'm sure my absence to attend the girlie outing also took its toll. We all tried and tried to reason with the bride-to-be, but to no avail. She still plans to marry Frater Atomizer at the end of the month. There's still plenty of time for her to come to her senses, but if she can withstand his latest hissy-fit over the ignominious end to the Twins season, she just might be the perfect mate for him.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
It's a busy day today here at Lake Alliance. The kids have back-to-back ballet lessons entailing much driving to and fro. Tonight the seven year old has a sleepover at a museum with a cadre of Brownies, all of whom seem to have My Little Pony-festooned sleeping bags. It'll be like an indoor Hasbro camp. I'm jetting to Stillwater for some girlie pre-wedding festivities. The Warrior Monk, Frater Atomizer and King are all attending the Twins playoff game where, it is rumored, President Bush may throw out the first ball.
The Northern Alliance Radio Network will be broadcasting on AM1280 the Patriot (listen online here) between 12-3pm. Today they're interviewing John Miller from National Review Online who will discuss his book Our Oldest Enemy. Frater St. Paul's favorite new local columnist, Craig Westover, will be on in the third hour.
Friday, October 08, 2004
The official beer of tonight’s debate has been changed to something actual men drink. Guinness Stout.
Those previously in charge of selecting the official beer have just been sacked.
I'm a traditionalist, myself: martini.
8:02. OK. Martini ready. Here goes. All times Central (CST). I'm so excited! I feel like a pundit. Well, a blogpundit anyway. Sip drink.
8:03. Introductions. Are Bush and Kerry holding hands? Naw. Just a weird angle.
8:07. Kerry says he hasn't changed his mind, isn't wishy-washy. Three year old wants me to read her a story. How about a video instead? Bigger sip of drink.
8:14. I'm back. Martinis are good. I should have one more often. Mellows me out. Gives me more patience for the three year old. Oh yeah. Debate. U.N. sucks. Kerry says we should have used Smart Diplomacy.
8:16. Kerry is debating himself now--he's doing a Rumsfeld imitation!
8:22. Bush's goal isn't to make popular decisions but right decisions. A 2nd martini, however, is both popular and right.
8:31. The draft bugaboo. The wonders of technology save manpower => no draft. But what can the wonders of technology do for martini-making? It still takes far too long to mix a martini well. Plus, you still need the same amount of manpower. Luckily, I have drafted a personal bartender for this debate.
8:35. Maybe I'd better slow down. On the drinking, I mean. The live blogging seems to be slowing down by itself.
8:41. Drugs should cure not kill. Hear! hear! Plus they should be cheaper. Generic. Brand drugs. Discount cards. $1.14 for drugs! Oh hell. I'm hammered. Go read one of the other live bloggers.
And, to make it more interesting, I'm going to drunkblog it. It's true: I don't have Atomizer's tolerance (for alcohol, not sports losses) but sipping and blogging seems like oreos and milk--they just belong together. Plus, after blogging two debates, some of my live blogging competitors are sitting out this one (or TiVoing it-blech!). So you liveblog addicts might have to resort to reading this blog (just ignore Hugh, who's will be blogging up a scorecard--what's up with that?).
Spitbull: simply the last resort of liveblog addicts.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
I also go on food binges because I'm interested in mastering the cooking of a particular dish. Several years ago, I made a different risotto every week, hoping that I could get good enough at it that I could stop using recipes. I didn't.
Lately, I'm into squash soup (like all good soups, I don't use a set recipe). I've made soup out of buttercup, butternut and acorn squashes (buttercup is best, so far). I think the only thing left is pumpkin. Spaghetti squash is just too stringy to be good soup material.
My kids are binge eaters too, but they crave conventional goodies like pizza. This is how you can tell I'm really strange: I've never been a big pizza fan. As if you needed more proof...
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
... a coalition of irrelevant pop stars is winding up a 36-city tour that will culminate in a concert on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C.I can't argue. I've already confessed I'm not a Springsteen fan.
Monday, October 04, 2004
In fact, I was feeling so grateful to the guy (the beer helped too) that I actually felt a bit sorry that no one seemed to be sticking up for the poor git. No one seemed to think he had made even a glimmer of a good point, or at least a sentence that could withstand fisking. Until now:
FWIW, Coleman was responding to some local rightwing bloggers who have, in traditional wingnut fashion, confused "humor" with repeated savage trashings of Coleman's column and person. ... .Turns out it's a small blogsophere after all eh, Mark Gisleson?
I've feuded with some of the bloggers he was criticizing, and, frankly, they're not very principled. They belong to the "fisking" school of wingnuttery, and argue to win without regard for the truth. In short, they are hard right bloggers who take no prisoners.
Powerline, which has incomprehensibly become a heroic blog to many on the right, is a couple of local wingnuts (a banker and a lawyer) who fell into the Typegate thing at the right time and somehow came out of that manufactured brouhaha with a rep for nailing Rather's hide to the wall.
Uh, well actually, they went off on how they and their friends had proven the memos were done in MS Word, an allegation that hasn't held up well at all. But do read Powerlineblog.com. They are partisan hacks, and have a long-standing "war" with Coleman's Star Tribune that is quite one-sided (they do all the yelling, the Strib has all the facts). But their own posts reveal them far better than I can.
Readers of the "hard right bloggers who take no prisoners," aka the Northern Alliance, may remember the hilarity caused by Mr. Gisleson's classic fist-pumper:
In my heart, I still believe in revolution. In my heart, I still think I have the 'nads to put my life on the line for a cause. In my gut I think this is the only way we'll ever achieve our goals of economic and social justice. But in my head, I want to win the next election so we don't have to have a revolutionNot quite in Nick's territory, but close.
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Just as we suspected: we beheld a motley crew from the Northern Alliance at a corner table morosely nursing beers. Spent from a hard afternoon's work fisking Nick Coleman (sounds vaguely pornographic, doesn't it?) and giving away Jaguars. They perked up the minute they saw us. That's Spitbull. We're a portable party (also, a portable potty).
Mitch psycho-analyzed the appeal of lady-killing felons. Frater Saint Paul revealed how he booed Jay Benanav at a public meeting while wearing a clever disguise: a Wellstone t-shirt. Frater Elder regaled us with stories from Frater Atomizer's past and we all agreed his liver should be donated to science. The fetching Mrs. Elder admitted that she was getting awfully tired of all this blog blather. And she gets to hear it all again at tonight's Patriot Forum with Hugh Hewitt and Jason Lewis.
But she won't be hearing it from us.
Friday, October 01, 2004
Instead, Spitbull unwittingly followed HH's advice by watching the debate alone. Well, the Warrior Monk watched it alone. I watched it with the three year old who, while exerting no pressure on me to be right in my analysis, exerted pressure on me not to pay attention for an entire Q&A exchange by continually poking my face with her finger. So, my only impression was surprise that Kerry was able to get any clear positions across, given the kid-poking I was enduring and his previous tendency to spout rhetorical thickets when asked a simple question.
A post-debate confab with the Warrior Monk yielded the insight that the debate format, with its time limits and threat of buzzer embarrassment, helped force Kerry to be succinct. Wow! Maybe he ought to hire a guy with a timer and buzzer to accompany him in all his public appearances.
On the other hand, answering that the US is only entitled to make a preemptive strike to protect itself if it passes "the global test," while clear, may not be helpful to Kerry's political aspirations.