October 23, 2009

So very classy, San Diego

Ah yes, exhorting us to 'stay classy, San Diego!' while referencing Stepin Fetchit as a description of the White House...way to go, KFMB San Diego, yes sir.

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July 16, 2009

Somebody's getting fired

...and if not, they should be. Legal departments are (in)famous for causing PR nightmares, but you'd think that working for a company as obsessed with public communications as Apple and for a CEO as mercurial in that pursuit as Jobs, the line troops would know better than to make this call. If not, whoever did should probably be looking over their shoulder.

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April 8, 2009

The NYT achieves new levels of condescension

I flip to the NYT homepage just now, and am greeted with the following:
Moment of Heroism After a Blast in Iraq
The rescue of a baby from the wreckage of a bombing that killed eight seemed to be proof that Iraqis were still capable of extraordinary acts of humanity.
I mention this to some friends, and we all groan - and when I reload the web page, guess what! It's gone.


Update: The article (not the front page lede, which is gone) contains the following phrase: "Their actions seemed to be proof that despite six years of numbing violence, Iraqis were still capable of extraordinary acts of humanity." This isn't nearly as bad. I can't tell if this is live damage control editing, or just a mistake.

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January 22, 2009

Kenneth Cole and 1549

The traditionally snarky Kenneth Cole billboard at 57th st. and the West Side Highway says this tonight:

In tough times, some land on their feet (others on the Hudson). Thank you to the pilots, crew, and N.Y.ers for all that you did, and all that you do.


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January 12, 2009

Word of the day

For the past eight years, we here in the U.S. have been living in a kakistocracy.

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November 14, 2008

GNU - Gaffes Not Unity

I hate Microsoft as much as most IT people, I'd guess. More than many. But even I think that this (specifically the final paragraph) just makes you look like a febrile eleven-year-old rather than an organization whose software I'd like to trust my business' processes to.

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September 3, 2008

Would the Real Peggy Noonan Please Stand Up?

Peggy Noonan seems to be in favor with the right's sphere regarding her defense of Sarah Palin.

Which makes this whoops all the more poignant.

Her selection was "political bullshit"? Ouch.

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March 12, 2008

I Am Not A Number

At least the Duke of Westminster gets to say the much cooler "I am Number Six" rather than muttering in a stoned voice "Number Nine...Number Nine..."

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October 29, 2007

Separated when?

Does it bother Jessica Simpson that she looks like an early Christopher Lambert with a different haircut?

Jessica Chris

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October 19, 2007

And did they ask...

why he needed those knees replaced? Get real.

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September 19, 2007

Mary Magdalene, JOIN THE JAMMS!

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August 24, 2007

AT&T sucks and knows it

I fucking thought so.

Unscientific check: "AT&T sucks" on Google produces "around 16,700 results." "AT&T rules" produces "around 467 results." However, a surf through three pages of the latter results shows that with the exception of two, they are all of the form 'Playing by AT&T rules...' or similar construction.

Fuckers. Get off my iPhone.

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July 31, 2007


I can't believe that Burgess Meredith's Penguin was ahead of the technology curve as far as undersea vehicle propulsion!

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June 3, 2007

Apple, iTunes, embedded metadata and hands in cookie jars.

You know, Apple meets people sort of halfway - I mean, ITMS actually has some leverage in the corporate world, now, right? And what do they do with it, but they start throwing it around for their benefit, naturally. But they also manage to make their goals align at least slightly with some goals that lots of people on the internet have been railing about for a long time - namely, the removal of DRM from purchased music. EMI steps up, or is thrown for the count, and Apple and EMI begin offering music at a higher bitrate, for more money, with no DRM.

And people start losing their shit.

Not all of them. But the complaints seem to boil down to two types: One, they're gouging me! and two, they've embedded my username and email address in this file!

No sympathy. In the first case, simple; don't buy it. You don't have to. You aren't even dealing with a monopoly; recent announcements of other DRM-free music stores have grabbed e-headlines. In the second case...

In the second case, leaving aside breathless wonderings about what nefarious things Apple might be encoding into the 'several hundred K of AAC metadata in these tracks other than the name and email' - um, I dunno, the album art? The lyrics maybe? TAG DATA? Dunno, somehow.

Also, try this one on for size. A couple of friends of mine and I (Hi petert! Hi luis!) were thinking about this, and I said "You know, I bet they've always encoded that data in the damn tracks. This outrage really strikes me as the blustering of a kid with his hand caught in a mousetrap left in the cookie jar."

Peter, bless his suspicious soul, immediately messaged me back:

 11:07pm petert: jbz: oh btw
 11:08pm petert: $ grep <username>01\ Working\ for\ Vacation.m4p
 11:08pm petert: Binary file 01 Working for Vacation.m4p matches
 11:08pm petert: the first itunes album i bought
 11:08pm jbz: hahahaha
 11:08pm jbz: and you haven't upgraded it?
 11:08pm jbz: oh wait
 11:08pm petert: nope
 11:08pm jbz: is that because it has a path in it?
 11:08pm petert: $ grep <username@provider> 01\ Working\ for\ Vacation.m4p
 11:08pm petert: Binary file 01 Working for Vacation.m4p matches
 11:08pm jbz: hahahahaha
 11:09pm jbz: yeah
 11:09pm petert: so much for outrage :)

Yeah. I mean, they have to populate that 'purchased by' field in Get Info somehow, right?

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May 21, 2007

April 4, 2007

Overheard in NYC FTW

Best. Overheard. This year.

Scene: Coffee bar in the West Village, NYC. Me: Standing in line for coffee.

Well-coiffed man at booth (WCM): Dude, you have faggro.

Artfully Less-Well-Coiffed Man (LWCM): Ooh! Where?

WCM: It's the boy from marketing. Leather jacket boy. He's by the bar.

LWCM: Oh, man, he's cute. I gotta clean this coffee spill first, tank for me.

WCM: He's not my type.

LWCM: That's why you can tank. I'll be back in a minute. There'll be a seat for him.

WCM: (audibly tolerant) Fi-i-ine. But you have one minute. Then I pop shield wall whether you're back or not.

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March 31, 2007

Welcome home, chickens. Roosts are this way.

Cheney, Wade, Cunningham, oh my.

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March 13, 2007

Thank you for playing, Mr. Thurrott.

Paul Thurrott, never one to miss a deflating riposte at Mac news, informs us that Bloomberg ranking Apple #5 in retail shipments in 1/07 is a 'pointless exercise' because the scores don't count direct sales. As he reminds us, Dell (which is the number one or two producer of machines in the U.S.) sells only through direct, which is what makes this list (and Apple's placement on it) silly.

This may be true.

It should be noted, however, that the list reflects Apple's shipment of laptops through its retail points of presence. According to the Apple guidance conference call for Q4 '06, 54% of Apple's sales were direct and not through the retail channel.

This is also a meaningless number; we don't know whether that is in units, dollars, what sort, whether it was biased towards the December holiday, etc. On the other hand, it certainly means that the number of Apple laptops sold and counted in that Bloomberg study is less than the total number of Apple laptops sold and shipped in January '07, which also might have some impact on where Apple fits on the list.

Does Thurrott think this is relevant? Or did he think of it?

Apparently not.

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January 31, 2007


My friends, Fox News and the Boston Law Enforcement scene just fucking rule.

To paraphrase the awesome Peter Teichman, Exhibit 1.

Never mind the wonderful Fox-ish quote "Suspicious Device Diffused at Sullivan Square Not a Bomb" which is hilarious in its own right. No, let's move on to... Exhibit 2.

As Bob Green points out, too: Exhibit 3. Note that this pic, at least, has apparently been there over two weeks. Unknown if that device has been there for two weeks of nights also.

It just doesn't get much better than this.

I can't wait to see what the charges are, because of course there have to be some. You can't make official entities look this silly without getting charged.


Update: Oh, wait, it's not that we're morons, it's that these packages were a HOAX. Oh, yes, certainly. Well, I admit, I've only seen pictures of one of 'em, but was that one (referenced above) a 'hoax'? A hoax of what precisely? A 'fake viral ad for a silly movie'? Erm. Jesus.

No, Governor Deval Patrick, it's not a 'hoax.' These things have been in place for TWO WEEKS. It's an idiotic mistake, is what it is, and loudly declaiming that they were a deliberate attempt to fool people into thinking they were bombs (which is what calling them a 'hoax' is, sir) is not only stupid but makes you and yours look, well, even worse. Learn to laugh at yourselves, maybe. What the hell is it about politicians and officials that somehow, screwing up our responses to future situations like this is irrelevant compared to making sure NOBODY'S LAUGHING AT THEM?

Update update: Oh, it gets better. Here, we're told that Officials said it contained an electronic circuit board with some components that were "consistent with an improvised explosive device," but they said it had no explosives. Erm, let me guess. A battery? Maybe a light sensor so it would know when it was night time and it should switch on? GASP! A *switch*?

The problem with the phrase 'consistent with an improvised explosive device' is that by its very nature, an IED will use things that are used everywhere for all manner of other purposes.. So tagging things as suspicious because they use components that might show up in an IED is just...silly.

Again, I'm not trying to second-guess the bomb squad, here. They got called. They found something with electronics. At that point, yes, they do what they're trained to do - they detonate it in place, or (as apparently happened with the one on the police car) they decide it's not a threat and remove it. I am trying to second-guess whoever told the press 'it had components similar to an IED' - or, if they did so with the context of 'and because we couldn't move it safely, that's why procedure dictated we detonate it, which is why we can't show it to you' then FINE. But they apparently knew enough to know there weren't explosives in the things. That's the critical piece of information. It wasn't a bomb. At that point, you tell the press "Well, we know it wasn't a bomb. What was it? We'll let you know when we're sure." You don't go yammering about how similar it was to an IED, especially if you're the press!

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia, brothers.

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Now this is hubris.

Talking of linking performance to compensation, how *does* one put 'thumbscrews' in a contract anyway?

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November 22, 2006

No matter how you dress it up...

...a perpetual motion machine is still a McGuffin. I love watching these starry-eyed people talk about things like this in these movies, with titles like 'Research Consultant.' Then they throw in some NASA people to talk about..um...okay...NASA! What a shock! Nothing at all about the bullshit in question! Then back to the shill to talk about how wonderful for NASA it would be if this crap existed, and...voila.

Let's count the ways this thing wouldn't be wonderful if it existed, shall we? Think of it as an exercise in bullshitometry.

So Mcallister McWetpants or whatever his name is has found a way to crack water into H2 and O2 using, as far as I can understand the claim, less power than you can derive from combusting the two of them. Um. Okay. The problem with this is that the chemical residue of that combustion, as he admits, is...yep, water. So if you have enough energy to drive your mechanism and still get water out of it, you're getting energy for nothing. Thermodynamics, pshaw, who needs it? So why is this bad?

Leaving aside the actual SCIENCE for the moment, imagine it. Now we have a world where you can build a WMD out of tap water and something the size of a sparkplug. All you have to do is hide a closed-cycle MagicDevice long enough, and it'll happily sit there storing up energy as it runs a cup or so of water through this magic cycle, right? All you have to do is find a way to store that energy. Capacitor, fusor, who the hell cares - eventually, pow. Hell, start with hydrogen and fuse it up to plutonium if you want.

Global warming! You think it's bad now? When the problem is simply that we're releasing energy that's already stored down here? Wait until we're pulling it out of thin air for free!

Jesus. I just wish I knew what the game was with these morons. I wonder if the original cut of this movie asked you to send A Needed Donation Now.

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November 9, 2006

zOMG wtf zune?!?!?

So...I'm all confused now. Up to this point, every crackaddled 'feature' or deconvenience of the Zune that I heard about I could explain to myself by putting on a sufficiently 'stereotypical + hyperbolic Microsoft hat'. DRM that wraps your own content in crap? Sure, we need it to get content providers on board. WiFi that will only connect to other Zunes? Um, yeah, we don't want to provide an avenue to get content off the Zune device. Arbitrary 'MS Points' pricing that's sort of deceptive ('79 MS points per track' = 99 cents, but you can only buy them in minimum $5.00 blocks, leaving a $0.05 'bonus' for MS until you buy your 101st song with the rounding cents)? Sure!

Then I read about some of the old stuff again, and in this one...wait, you're telling me I'm to carry around a 30GB storage device that's heavier and larger than an iPod but I can't use it as a hard drive?

Whisky. Tango. Foxtrot.

Nope. Can't figure that one.

Closest I can get? Either "It's more secure in corporate environments!" - Bullshit, USB keys are smaller, much cheaper, disposable and easily hidden. Or maybe "If people can't mount the device, they can't hack the filesystem and hence hack the device like some of the iPod hacks." Er, but *your* software has to talk to it, so *other* software will be able to eventually. Count on it. So why yank perfectly useful functionality that already exists by nature of its physical factor?

Nope. No clue.

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November 8, 2006

Robert Gates and Iran/Contra

The Walsh Report on the Iran Contra Affair has this to say at the close of Chapter 16 about President Bush's nominee for our new SecDef:

Independent Counsel found insufficient evidence to warrant charging Robert Gates with a crime for his role in the Iran/contra affair. Like those of many other Iran/contra figures, the statements of Gates often seemed scripted and less than candid. Nevertheless, given the complex nature of the activities and Gates's apparent lack of direct participation, a jury could find the evidence left a reasonable doubt that Gates either obstructed official inquiries or that his two demonstrably incorrect statements were deliberate lies.

As Borat would say, Niiiiice!

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November 6, 2006

Ever wanted to waterboard FOX News?

No worries, they'll do it to themselves for ya. Have fun. Remember, it's not torture!

hat tip Wonkette

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October 20, 2006

Katie Couric Bleats Hard

Katie Couric, beneficiary in so many ways of NASA research, whines soundbites along the lines of "I can't help but wonder if that money could have been better spent here on earth." Um, where do you think it was spent, honey? McDonalds-LaGrange? To quote Berke Breathed, NO BIG MACS IN SPACE! Watchers exhibit their disgust for her complete lack of even basic research and overinflated self-importance here, sometimes with actual funny.

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October 12, 2006

Succinct Reviews

I caught myself describing a whisky just now as "It's like being tackled by a hot naked lady wrestler who has just left the fireside and smells of woodsmoke and pussy."

I am not sure what this says about me, but I'm fairly sure it can be spun to be 'not good.'

On the other hand, when holding said whisky, I don't give a fuck.

The whisky in question is this one.

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October 9, 2006

I Have Decided on a Motto.

Maybe not a motto. Maybe more of a personal dramatic sigh to be delivered over a crystalline martini while elegantly flipping a hand with an air of Pained Obsolescence:

"Ah, for the Cold War - those days of Moral Certitude and Chicken-powered Nuclear Bombs."

God love the British.

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When Weapons Geeks pwn j00

Kim Jong Il, I'm looking at you.

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September 29, 2006

On a lighter note...

Man, I love The Daily Show. Who is this Carl Monday asswipe and why hasn't he had his microphone rectally inserted sideways yet?

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September 21, 2006

Oh, look! A New Crop of Scumbags!

Lovely. I would just love to know where the money for this crew comes from. Anyone? Anyone?

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September 20, 2006

Yep, totally secure, folks.

Never mind that the suicide VBIED (car bomb to you and I) is a favorite of the 'terrorists' which the Administration would like you to believe we need to be prepared to defend our Homeland against. A couple 16-year-olds in a stolen car apparently have no trouble gaining access to key U.S. military bases long enough to do...well...the same things they're doing in Baghdad. Hmmm.

Now, I'd love to know why in fact they were stopped. Was the car disabled by the pursuers, or did their "ramming the pursuing cars" do the damage?

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September 11, 2006

Jason Fortuny? THE Jason Fortuny?

So this dipshit who 'pranked' a bunch of people on Craigslist by posting an explicit sex ad and then publicly posting all the responses (including contact information) has, apparently, been quietly removing his own published contact information from the Net. Bad form, Jason! Very bad form. However, Andy Baio at waxy.org points out that the Internet Archive version of his homepage and resume survives intact, naturally. I'd feel guilty about posting his personal information to the internet, except, um, wait...I didn't! He did! Whoops. Let's all post links there and up the Googlerank of the archive version.

On another note, I was tickled to look at the 'content' of the resume of this 'network administrator' that everyone's been talking about. I was so impressed that he can 'learn new technology in hours rather than weeks like other technical people!' Still, it left me wondering - if he's a modern network administrator who can learn new tech in hours, how is it he never seems to have heard of Linux, Unix, the Macintosh, or any of the software or standards that run networks? Oh, wait - 'Ethernet, routers, T-1 lines.' Okay. Somewhere beneath 'IDE, SCSI, DAT drives.'

Ah, silly me, I missed the header. "Graphic artist + network administrator." Well, that should tell me what his priorities are.

Although come to think if it, I know several graphic artists who appear to know a hell of a lot more about networks than he does. I do hope his graphic design skills are better than his network administration skill set, at least judging from its apparent scope.

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August 10, 2006

MiniFear is at it again

It's not just us.

What was that the Cato institute said? And, my God, why the hell am I referencing them? (stretches hand out window, waits for airborne pig poop)

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July 7, 2006

Some Other Git's Review of Pirates

"There will come a moment when you have a chance to do the right thing."
"I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by."

-Elizabeth Swann and Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean
Dead Man's Chest

I saw the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie with some trepidation. A movie based not even on a videogame, but on an amusement park ride? Oh dear God. And starring two leading men who seemed to make their mark posing as prettyboys rather than actually doing much of anything? Ye Gods and little fishes.

I walked out laughing, reciting lines, making hideous sword-like swipes with my arms at friends, and yelling " ARR!" at the top of my voice with clumps of others who were leaving the theater. This was a summer movie; one that knew what it was, and played that to the hilt. So it was with these high-in-a-strange direction expectations that I went to see the sequel.

I was only slightly disappointed. I have to say that Dead Man's Chest is a worthy, worthy sequel to the first movie. Depp is his (gack) lovable self from the first, and Bloom has actually improved. Partially this is due to his character improving, and partly (I think) due to his gaining experience. He's got a bit more subtlety. He's no longer just a straight man.

The movie has everything we'd expect, in spades. It has pirates (duh), tall ships, curses, fencing, fighting, chases, escapes, true love...wait, no, wrong movie. Sea monsters, buried treasure, drunken brawls, unscrupulous bureaucrats, quests, debts, cheating, lying, stealing, wenching, and lots of what is known in the trade as 'disturbing the peace.' The stunts have gotten wilder without...quite getting too silly. The humor is in context, so it doesn't fall flat for standing out too tall in the midst of otherwise taking-themselves-too-seriously action sequences. There are pratfalls, cartoon physics, old chestnut jokes and bittersweet lines.

"Why is the rum always gone?"
(gets up; staggers sideways drunkenly)
"Ah, yes, that's why."

-Captain Jack Sparrow

So what's wrong with it?

Not much, actually. The real problem is that it feels like a middle movie. You know the type - you suddenly realize that you've been in your seat enjoying yourself for just on two hours, and there's no way they're going to resolve everything to your satisfaction. Sure, there's going to be an ending, but...hang on a minute. That can't be it, can it? And what about those four or five threads they dropped back there and didn't pick up...? This, in turn, shows in the character interaction. It just can't be sustained. We're kept on tenterhooks about some of the characters for the entire film - in a manner which just can't be resolved by the end. Nope. Even if they give you an end, they sure don't give you closure.

Now there's an obvious reason for this. Of course. Pirates of the Caribbean: Movie III. It's quite obviously coming (Update: I'm a 'tard. It's already in production, and is named Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and is due in 2007). Depp has admitted he's happy to do these for as long as they make money and they're willing to pay him. And why not? He's obviously being paid a great deal of cash to get up on screen and have what looks to be a hell of a lot of fun. Likewise the other players. This is a big, boomy, not-too-uptight, let's-film-in- Jamaica-eh-what sort of movie, just the thing you want to be involved with for a regular paycheck every three years or so. Bring it on, I say. RKO serial pictures are here again, but the delay is just a bit longer.

"Ooh, bugger."

-Captain Jack Sparrow

It's okay. This movie is one of those that knows precisely what it is. It's not trying to be anything it isn't. It knows the limits of its genre, and it is busily trying to crowd those lines with the alacrity of a professional basketballer guarding an opponent who stole his supermodel girlfriend. Watch it revel in its sauciness, and slather it over your face like Jack's makeup as you grin hugely. See it on a big screen, because I strongly suspect that its ability to overcome its sheer silliness will decrease at a much larger proportion than the screen size, and it will lose a great deal in the pixelated translation.

Tell yourself this during the middle of the movie. It'll help, as you wonder why the actors (some of them) look like they're a bit confused about what they're supposed to be doing with their characters, as opposed to their swords. It's not their fault. The scriptwriters haven't figured it out yet either. In the meantime, I do know this. While it may just be due to a momentary overdose of movie fun factor, if I ever turn around and see an enormous mythological creature straight from Hell itself has crept across the threshold slavering while I wasn't paying attention, I can only hope my reaction meets the example set by that of Captain Jack.

Does this make it a bad movie? YES. Yes it does. It's the beginning of a deliberately drawn-out series of 'Pirates' movies. It's got a serious case of climaxus interruptus - all this time, and our lovely couple still haven't managed to jump bones...er, unless you count those skeletons in the first...never mind. This is what I mean by 'unresolved issues.' They keep piling up, because if they resolve them faster than they create them, you won't come see a sequel. So this movie, unlike the first movie, is for the ride, not the finish. I just want to be clear that if it's the ride you're there for, you'll be fine. But remember, the movie was based on a ride. And it's the ride you go for, not the moment you pull back into the starting corral and get out of the tram.

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Yo ho ho! and a bottle o' rum...

-The Custodian

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June 28, 2006

Note to CNN

'Chased' is not the same as 'Followed.'

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May 26, 2006

Amir Massoud Tofangsazan

...meet the internetz.

True or not, this is funny. I feel like working to boost Amir's Google ranking at this URL.

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May 11, 2006

May 10, 2006

Microsoft: The Old Soft Sell

Why Microsoft should be referred straight to your attorney. Especially their sales force. The money quote, in my opinion, is when the customer responds to the 'Engagement Manager's concerns about licensing compliance by offering to forward their licensing purchase receipts, the response (from a salesperson, no less is:
"Thank you for your offer to send your purchase records to me," she wrote, "however our Software Asset Management (SAM) program is the only unbiased way to create an accurate baseline and resolve this matter."
"Unbiased." Yes. What a...oh, never mind, insert pejorative here.

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May 9, 2006

It's starting to drizzle Other Shoes.

So. Larua Rozen at War and Piece and TPM Muckraker have pointers to another connection between Porter Goss and Mr. Wilkes-of-lining-Randy-Cunningham's-Pockets fame: apparently, just before going from the CIA originally to work for Goss as a staffer - Goss was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at the time, in 2000 - Brent Bassett (known as "Nine Fingers" in this whole daytime TV soap of a government) got a $5,000 check from Wilkes, which on his disclosure forms he's not even really sure what to call.

More popcorn, please.

Someone is going to have to draw us a cool chart with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one is so we can keep track of the players of poker, poke her and Tax Dollar Bingo here.

Update: Other shoes, other shoes...

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May 8, 2006

CNN Blows Whatever Credibility They Might Have Left

...right here. Note that in the same story where they tell you that the No. 3 CIA man quitting was a 'childhood friend' of the central figure in the current sex-and-money-for-contracts scandal that only began with taking down Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, they tell you that the abrupt and surprise resignation of his boss is in fact the cause of this, not an outcome.

Sure. And pigs have antigrav trotters.

Let's have a small thought experiment. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the Head of the CIA appointed by, say, a Democratic president, who was wildly unpopular with the long-time professional cadre of employees there, brought with him a long-time associate from essentially out of nowhere. Let us also say that this DCI had a highly publicized, stormy tenure in which allegations of political housecleaning during a much harped upon 'war' were bandied about.

Now let's imagine that this DCI, who to date has had no personal allegations of impropriety involving a sex or bribery scandal, abruptly resigns. Then two days later, his personal appointee, who it turns out is involved to the point of being the target of an FBI investigation and possible indictment, resigns.

CNN says 'gee, he only resigned because his boss left.'

Now crank in multiple hints, rounded up by Laura Rozen at War and Piece, that this no. 3 has been considering resigning since before the Big Cheese's suprise Friday funhouse announcement.

And still, CNN sucks wind for the White House spin cycle.


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May 5, 2006

It's Friday! That means...

Entertainment! That's right, pull out the popcorn and let's play scandal du semaine! It's fun! It's fresh! And it's brought to you by the Republican Party and your Presidential Administration!

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May 4, 2006

Dear President Bush

While I understand that you may not have been amused by Mr. Colbert's performance this past weekend, please try to understand the following: the discomfort you felt as you were forced to listen to him in front of an audience is but a small part, for an infinitismally small period, of what some of us feel when we listen to you and yours make or propose policy in front of the rest of the planet.

And none of you have the excuse that no-one will take what you say seriously.

Deal with it.

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April 6, 2006

Best Quote Yet on Libby

...comes from Arianna Huffington, no less. I swear. Really. The quote? "Note to Scooter: stick to the deer-fucking."

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March 29, 2006

What *not* to do after you step on your dick on the Internetz



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March 25, 2006

Calling Tuttle, Oklahoma

For the LOVE OF GOD, fire this idiot. Or at least take away his email access. He's making you all look like fools. (Thanks MeFi!)

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March 24, 2006

Hey Ladies!

Senator Bill Napoli has explained that you can't decide for yourself, so remember to always call him up and ask his help on every decision! (hat tip Secretly Ironic!)

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March 22, 2006

I need me a Jesus and Bacon Sandwich

Apparently the first time didn't get the point across.

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March 15, 2006

Evil Twin Theory?!?!?

So the new hypothesis in the Claude Allen case appears to be that it involves his identical twin brother Floyd. There are several ways this could be true, of course. One, it might have been Floyd perpetrating the entire series of frauds, and Claude was a mistaken target. Two, Floyd might have been guilty of the scheme using his brother's credit cards, making Claude a more-understandable mistaken target. After that, it gets into conspiracy theory la-la-land: Claude was guilty, and Floyd has been brought in to take the fall; they were in it together to provide alibis, etc. etc.

My question is the following. If in fact Claude Allen was not involved (i.e. it was Floyd, and Claude was a victim, which is the most likely way Floyd was involved) then why did Claude handle this by resigning abruptly and not explaining the situation to the White House staff? In that case, no matter what the fallout there might have been, it could not have been nearly as bad as what has hit the White House from being blindsided by the speculation and assumption that has occurred on front pages since the story broke. At the very least, the White House could have figured out how to handle the story better.

It is, of course, possible that Mr. Allen simply wished to shield his brother from the explosion of publicity. Prior instances of his assisting his less-fortunate twin, as well as being commendable, offer evidence that such a reaction would not be out of character. However, the manner in which he departed almost certainly guaranteed that national exposure to the story would occur, which would mean that if he (Claude) wasn't guilty, that fact as well would receive national attention when the actual details became available, as the fact that the White House didn't know what was going on would in itself be news.

I don't know. I don't agree with Mr. Allen, and I don't like his positions, but I have to say, it sounds like this was handled incredibly badly. I can't tell if that was because the situation forced it due to the pressure of events - but the whole 'he has a twin' speculation may or may not do him any favors, and if his twin really isn't involved, certainly does his twin - a man with his own problems, it appears - no favors at all. If Mr. Allen is the source of all his own troubles and resigned to cope with them without trying to bring anyone else into them - which would be a laudable impulse - then dragging his twin into them before any credible evidence linking him thus would be a disservice.

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March 14, 2006

Fucking whiner.

Seriously. "Passion of the Jew" was fine. Endless jabs at the Pope is fine. We can rip on Africans, Canadians, Chinese, Arabs, who knows what else, but oh, heaven forfend we fuck with the looney tunes. And after the history of South Park's prior egalitarian fun-poking, he fucking dares bring up his 'civil rights credentials' to get huffy about the fucking Scientologists?

Quoth Peter Pouliot re: Hayes and the situation: "Suck my chocolate salty balls."

Me? I say bring it all on.

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March 9, 2006

Daddy's Friends Come Through

...and help GW never have to acknowledge the futility of that embarrassing head-in-sand veto threat by, erm, well, you know.

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February 18, 2006

Yep, those Texans, protecting your rights.

Houston sure is considerate of us citizens. Well, its Police Chief is. I feel safer already. Because, after all, those of us completely without sin have nothing to fear. And it's really a 'Terrorist Surveillance Program,' not a 'Warrantless Wiretapping Program,' thank you CNN and the Wall Street Journal for caving in to the Almighty Talking Points of Karl "Turd Blossom" Rove.

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February 9, 2006

Janet Reilly Employs Shills.

There. That should help her Google rank just a tad. That is an awesome progression of comments. Nice going there, Mr. Alex Laskey. And yes, perhaps we can take politics back from the self-serving, by exposing this kind of crap. Have a nice ban.

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January 24, 2006

See, when *they* do it, it's OK...

Because the MPAA ratings board has your best interests at heart. So when they copy a movie, even though specifically told not to by the copyright holder, well, that's OK.


Yep, it's entirely possible that the filmmaker baited them into doing this.

Doesn't make a whit of difference to me if they were stupid enough to eat the bait.

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December 12, 2005

So according to this demographic...

Followed a link from the incomparable Wonkette to a story about how 'really, nobody likes Hilary's flag-burning statute.' Ended up at NewsMax.com, which I won't dignify with a link. While reading the story, which appears to be a condemnation of HC for trying to have her cake (look strong on flag defense) and eat it too (pander to the flag-burners by doing a 'statute' instead of a constitutional amendment) I found two things amusing. One, I wasn't that far from their point of view, although I myself fall into the flag-burning-is-protected-expression category. The second, though, was the line of ads that blogads (or whoever) had placed to run down the left side of this right-leaning, Republican-toned news site. From top to bottom, we have (animegifs all):

  • Defend Delay! ("No Laws Broken. Flawed, Contrived Indictments. Prosecutorial Misconduct. Stop the Travesty in Travis Co. Click here to help!")
  • New "Ghetto Blocks"! ("Wicked Prison fight system!" (picture of sullen black guy, fists raised) "Brutal Secrets OVERNIGHT!")
  • Irish Bare Knuckle Boxing! ("Take His Head Right Off!" (pic of Irish slugger wearing Nike swoosh, fists up to defend against YOU THE INTIMIDATING VIEWER!)
  • Men: Don't Chase Women, Attract Them! CLICK HERE NOW! (pic of Blonde with come-hither look)
  • Beware of the Dangers of Weight Training! The Ultimate Fitness Program! (pics of buffed out white guy with no shirt, posing and humping floor) No Equipment Required! Get Fit Fast! Master Your Own Bodyweight!
  • Own Gold Within Minutes! Buying gold online: "That was Easy" GoldMoney!
  • BetOnIraq.com (pictures of large bills of various currencies flickering behind this URL, which I'm afraid to visit.)
  • U.S. Gold Eagles! American Eagle Gold Coins Only $18.95 (*over spot price)
...so lessee. If I read NewsMax.com, I'm a DeLay defending (okay), can't-fight, afraid-of-black-guys-cuz-they've-been-in-prison, likes-to-beat-up-irish-guys-for-sport, out-of-shape gambler in other country's miseries who can't get his own women and thinks having my money in GOLD is a good thing, especially if done through a website that uses animated gifs as its primary attractor.

And that's just the ads in the left-hand ad bar.

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October 28, 2005

...so the Special Prosecutor said to the Administration...

"...that's great, that's an excellent set of testimonials on how the White House Iraq Group operated. What, did you call yourselves the WHIGs?"

"...no no, the ARISTOCRATS!"

...ba-dum-bump. I'm here thru Tuesday. Try the fish.

It's getting interesting.

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October 27, 2005

That's entertainment!

I was all set to post a snarky response to this but then I clicked on the poster's name to see what else s/he'd posted and almost snarfed soda out my nose reading them. Now I'm just honored to be a target.

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October 14, 2005

An Open Letter to the Driver of the Yellow Porsche 996

In re: our brief flirtation of several days ago, on the Eastbound Massachusetts Turnpike - there wasn't any need for petulance, surely. When we left the tollbooths and were directed into the center lane, your headlights where behind my left rear door. As far as I could tell, that indicated that I had precedence for that lane, and you would either drop behind me, or lane change into the left (passing) lane, which I made no move for, and utilize that to go around me. The fact that there was a pickup truck in that lane a few hundred feet ahead of us certainly wasn't my fault.

In any case, after I had passed that truck, who was moving rather sedately, you did, as was certainly your privilege, attempt to pass me. Again, however, I fail to see how the fact that you blew the shift that badly and ended up dropping four car lengths back after making the lane change can in any way be construed as my fault. I made no attempt to seize said lane, then or at any time afterwards. I will admit wincing in sympathy for your transmission at the sound it made.

I do understand that all BMW 5 Series E39 sedans look alike, and that black versions of said sedans are not in any way to be compared with the elegant contours, lines, or sheer panty-wetting performance specs of your chariot. I understand that BMW drivers are universally scorned as incompetent luxo-barge pilots, especially by those piloting manual-shift Porsches, and I cannot in good conscience blame that group for its opinions. I would point out, however, that the identifying '540i' is plainly visible on the right rear of my vehicle, and as such, the fact that when we reached 135 MPH you were six car lengths back cannot really be fairly laid at my feet as the result of any form of deceptive tactics, or (given the facts of the engagement as laid out above) any form of unfair maneuvering on my part. I did allow you the left lane, retaining for myself the greater chance of running up behind slower traffic.

The burst of tire smoke and car wobble you produced when you terminated our dance at that point, before vanishing into my rear view mirror, was indeed impressive. I assume you received a warning from a radar detector, and I must congratulate you on your perspicacity in realizing that given the choice between a black 540i in the center lane and a fire-engine-yellow 996 in the left lane, you were likely at greater risk from the po-po.

Given our location as approaching the underpass beneath the Shaw's market, however, and the fact that I coasted down to 75 unmolested, I thought I'd offer the suggestion that your alarm was likely the normal K-band or X-band interference from said Shaw's security/flourescent systems, rather than a speed radar.

Your evasive maneuvers were quite skillful, though.

Note: The author does not recommend this form of immature, unsafe and illegal vehicular dick-waving and is, in his few responsible moments, suitably abashed at having been goaded into the confrontation. All other times, however, he is chuffed at having defended the Marque successfully, with smooth shifts, having never lost the lead nor bobbled his track.

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October 5, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen, place your bets...

...on this being a 'mistake.' Given the titles of the movies in question, I'll take odds on someone who was driven from their family and/or community for being homosexual (with said family or community having Mormon values) being involved in the switcheroo.

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August 30, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Ann Coulter 'Shrill, bombastic and mean-spirited.'

All hail the INVESTIGATIVE PROWESS of th'ARIZONA DAILY STAR who, in their recent redesign of their opinion section, discovered that (gasp) even conservatives don't like her! Oh, well, if they don't like her, out she goes then.


What amazes me is that it takes a redesign, soliciting feedback, and investigation to discover this.

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August 17, 2005

This is what happens when religious whackos think about International Security.

Comments fail me.

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July 28, 2005


Can't help it. Went to read John Dvorak's column on PC Magazine entitled 'Windows Vista: Where's the Buzz?' from their main page - but clicking on it brought up something else:


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July 14, 2005

More goodness via Bitch, Ph.D

I'm not for this anywhere near reality, because I would have fought the Civil War, too. But I offer it as a 'get the fuck down off your evangelical/conservative fueled high horse.' Plus, it's funny.

Open letter to the Red States

Oh, and I would have emphasized the Federal Tax Burden imbalance more, myself.

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July 13, 2005

Rick Santorum. Asshole du jour, again and again.

Noticed the wider stench of his commentary while reading the excellent Bitch, Ph.D. And it ain't just me.

July 12, 2005

The brake pads are wearing thin on the spin control

Scott McClellan breaks a verbal sweat.

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June 30, 2005

Chrysler and this schmuck, ruining a perfectly good word...


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