Tuesday, October 16, 2007

“It’s like eating a hot circle of garbage.”

I’m a little late to this, but Slice has an interesting writeup on the last episode of The Office (viewable here—episode 405) that featured the kidnapping of a pizza delivery teen.  The episode, which was the best episode so far in a lackluster season, featured one of the funniest lines in the history of sitcoms:

Kevin Malone [talking about pizza from fictional Scranton, PA establishment Pizza by Alfredo]: “Oh no, it’s bad. It’s real bad. It’s like eating a hot circle of garbage.”

The interesting fact that Slice unveiled is that the competing (and preferred) pizzeria named in the episode, Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe, is actually a real business in Scranton.

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/16/07 at 09:16 AM
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Monday, October 15, 2007

Is that all there is?

I took a long breather from looking at rightwing blogs (and comments) for a while there, but now that I’ve surveyed the current landscape, I’ve come to the conclusion that the dead-enders’ whole pitch seems to amount to:

We’re no longer going to pretend that we aren’t loathsome douchebags, but we’re not as bad as Islamofascist terrorists and we’re the only ones who can save you from them. Vote GOP in ‘08.

Am I missing something?

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/15/07 at 10:03 AM
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Great photos & scans from the past

A retro junky from Amsterdam has posted a stunning collection of photos and scans from the early-mid 1900’s at Flickr and it’s a treasure trove.  You can spend hours trolling through everything she’s posted.  Enjoy.

(via Guano Island)

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/15/07 at 08:06 AM
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Inspirational Experiences with Chris Jones

TBogg posted one of Chris Jones’ “blogcast devotionals” yesterday and I was instantly hooked, so thanks to the miracle of insomnia, I foraged around and found the motherload. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you a random sampling of the genius Chris Jones, the Michael Kelso of witnessing and CEO (and founder) of Inspirational Experiences.

This is Chris’ second devotional!  It was filmed at a gas station! He was not huffing glue before it was filmed! I swear! On the bible!

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Posted by Kevin K. on 10/15/07 at 05:08 AM
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Sunday Selector

Renaldo & the Loaf—“Songs For Swinging Larvae”

  • STOP PICKING ON THE WARMONGER: Poor little Norman “Bomb Iran” Podhoretz, Giuliani’s Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, had his ex-neighbors light a bag of dog poop on his doorstep. More here.
  • SUBHEMIANS: Our pal Rob from FREEblowjobs has a new, very funny piece up at Neil Pollack’s Offsprung.
  • FARTING WITH LUV: While you’re at Rob’s place, check out this bizarre music “video” he found.  And here’s an off-the-hook “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” mash-up we found that incorporates some of that video, along with footage of the amazing John Daker.
  • MY NAME IS JOHN DAKER: Speaking of John Daker, here’s a Daker remix that entertained us because we’re functionally retarded.
  • GORED: TBogg, who has been on fire lately, perfectly skewers the nutters’ obsession with demonizing Al Gore in two simple paragraphs.
  • DOWD AND OUT: Stephen Colbert does a guest editorial in Maureen Dowd’s spot while she follows John Edwards around looking for cum jokes to tumble out of his pockets.
  • PELOSI’S STUPIDITY: Yes, I’m a lefty but, first and foremost, I’m a realist.  For that reason, I agree with Condi Rice and John Boehner (yes, you read that right) regarding the Congressional resolution that’s pissing off Turkey.  If Turkey invades northern Iraq, the Democrats are going to pay dearly for this, regardless of how much the DOD would be way more responsible for looking the other way when it came to the PKK. What a fucking mess. More here (2nd link via Eschaton).
  • CHALK ONE UP FOR MY SILLY NEIGHBORHOOD: “A 6-year-old Park Slope girl is facing a $300 fine from the city for doing what city kids have been doing for decades: drawing a pretty picture with common sidewalk chalk.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/14/07 at 09:21 AM
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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Everything changed before 9/11

From the Washington Post

A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction for insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew opportunities for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency program that the company thought might be illegal.

Former chief executive Joseph P. Nacchio, convicted in April of 19 counts of insider trading, said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to court documents unsealed in Denver this week.
Details about the alleged NSA program have been redacted from the documents, but Nacchio’s lawyer said last year that the NSA had approached the company about participating in a warrantless surveillance program to gather information about Americans’ phone records.

In the court filings disclosed this week, Nacchio suggests that Qwest’s refusal to take part in that program led the government to cancel a separate, lucrative contract with the NSA in retribution. He is using the allegation to try to show why his stock sale should not have been considered improper.

[...]

Nacchio’s account, which places the NSA proposal at a meeting on Feb. 27, 2001, suggests that the Bush administration was seeking to enlist telecommunications firms in programs without court oversight before the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The Sept. 11 attacks have been cited by the government as the main impetus for its warrantless surveillance efforts.

So I guess now we have to change the wingnuts’ all-purpose dismissive phrase to “(he or she) has a pre-2/27 mindset”? Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it?

(via Hullabaloo)

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/13/07 at 05:38 PM
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Why I Love Living in Brooklyn #5

When I went to see Broken Flowers last year at BAM, there was a guy in my row laughing louder than everyone else in the theater (and not in a bad way).  It wasn’t until the lights came up at the end that I realized who it was.

This morning I was at the farmers market in my neighborhood and a guy was cheerfully chatting it up with the “Bread Alone” workers, “Hey, I didn’t know you guys moved to this side of the market,” etc.  When he turned around, I realized it was the same guy I had seen (and heard) when I saw Broken Flowers.

Guess who it was.

Here’s a jumble to help you (make these three words into two): KNOT IN BARF

First one to answer correctly in comments wins absolutely nothing!

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/13/07 at 12:49 PM
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Rush Limbaugh vs. Gibby of the Butthole Surfers

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Rudy’s Neoconjob

We are so fucked if Rudy Giuliani is elected president. Don’t think it’s too crazy of an idea to have the eternally wrongheaded and repellent Richard Perle serve as our next Secretary of Defense.

From Newsweek:

Neocons can’t help but slink around Washington, D.C. The Iraq War has given the neoconservatives—who favor the assertive use of American power abroad to spread American values—something of a bad name, and several of the Republican candidates seem less than eager to hire them as advisers. But Rudy Giuliani apparently never got that memo.

Read the whole thing.

And, after this article came out, Rudy added even more neocons to his foreign policy team, including the extremely creepy Michael Rubin and David “Axis of Evil” Frum.

MORE: Rudy’s Right Hands

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/13/07 at 08:14 AM
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Friday, October 12, 2007

“There is no question that America is living a nightmare with no end in sight.”

From Stars and Stripes:

The former top commander of U.S. troops in Iraq slammed the handling of the war and gave a bleak assessment of the current situation in Iraq.

“There is no question that America is living a nightmare with no end in sight,” retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez told a convention of military journalists on Friday.

[...]

“From a catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan, to the administration’s latest surge strategy, this administration has failed to employ and synchronize the political, economic and military power,” Sanchez said.

Continuing changes to military strategy alone will not achieve victory, rather it will only “stave off defeat,” he said.

“The administration, Congress and the entire inter-agency, especially the State Department, must shoulder the responsibility for this catastrophic failure and the American people must hold them accountable.”

[...]

“I think once you are retired, you have a responsibility to the nation, to your oath, to the country, to state your opinion,” he said.

Ouch, that’s going to leave a mark.

And look for the nutters to do everything possible to destroy Sanchez’s reputation as a balm for the sting on their swollen behinds. You know, the area that serves as holsters for their heads.

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/12/07 at 06:22 PM
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Coming soon to a bookstore near you…

If Jews Had Any Brains They'd Be Christians

Background here.

Good christ (excuse the pun), even I’m shocked at how many wingnuts in the blogosphere, in posts and comments, are dismissing the outrage over Coulter’s antisemitic spew or even defending her.  There used to be a time when conservatives/Repubs knew chatter like this was political poison and, at the very least, looked the other way, but now the dead-enders have become so deranged that they’ve completely forgotten how to be politically savvy—one of the few things they were good at.  This doesn’t bode well for them in the future.

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/12/07 at 09:18 AM
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The Ledgendary Stardust Cowboy

The Ledgendary Stardust Cowboy

David Bowie on the Legendary Stardust Cowboy (about 2:00 into this interview with Jules Holland):

He made positively the most cacophonous, awful records that had ever been made in the late 60s. [...]  And [a Mercury records exec] gave me this stack of singles by this guy and I thought they were unbelievably atrocious, but in that wonderful way that you couldn’t stop listening to them they were so awful. [...] And there’s a bugle solo in the middle [of the song “Paralyzed”] that’s to die for (laughs).  And he won me over.  And his name Stardust became part of the Ziggy Stardust name. That’s where I got the name Ziggy Stardust.

Recently I finally got a chance to see the Ledge open up for Daniel Johnston in a show in NYC that was curated by Bowie and, man, he didn’t disappoint. As his band (which featured bassist Klaus Fluoride of the Dead Kennedys) played their opening instrumental, the then 59-year-old Ledge crawled on his belly all the way from the side of the stage to his microphone.  They then ripped into a manic version (is there any other?) of “Paralyzed,” a song they performed twice that evening, and prior to the next tune, the Ledge removed his heavy gun holster and hurled it at a dangerous velocity into the crowd. Later he flung paper plates adorned with his siganture into the crowd and, yes, I’m the proud owner of one of them. It was rockin’ dementia at its finest.

Below you’ll find a few of the better Ledge videos on YouTube and an MP3 download of the rare “Standing in a Trashcan (Thinking About You)” that will be begging for a spot on your next mix CD for as long as you allow it to remain on your hard drive. Enjoy.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 10/12/07 at 07:11 AM
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Unfortunate quote of the day

From Time Out New York:

Jose Serrano, a minister at St. Columba Church in Chelsea, says his mostly senior-citizen worshippers are not easily shocked. “Our neighborhood is flexible and open,” he says.

Minister Serrano was commenting on this:

How then will the city’s new cold-shower climate receive Enrique Ramirez, the 38-year-old owner of face to face nyc in Chelsea, who is rolling out a pro-anal-bleaching campaign on October 22? The edgy ads, which feature pretty boys in various states of undress, will appear on posters, in local gay magazines and in phone booths along Eighth Avenue. The ad blitz promotes a cosmetic treatment that evens out the pigmented skin around the anus.

(Hat tip to Mark S.)

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/11/07 at 04:12 PM
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The Thursday Snark Sniffer

  • Alicublog: “Wearing a flag pin isn’t like telling your spouse that you love him or her. Unless you are a U.S. servicemember, or Captain America, or attending a naturalization ceremony, wearing a flag pin means you are a dick.”
  • Jesus’ General: “I like Ron Paul but I’m a little wary of trusting Stormfront Radio. I mean, after all, it has the word ‘radio’ in it, and we all know radio is controlled by the Episcopalians.”
  • Sadly, No!: “I’ve become convinced that Michelle Malkin is capable of feeling precisely two emotions: blood lust and self-pity. And the self-pity only comes around when people point out how bloodthirsty she really is.”
  • TBogg: “...the thought of actually having to publicly debate Ezra about S-CHIP probably made [Michelle Malkin’s] sphincter clench so tightly that, if you stuck a lump of coal in it, you’d have a diamond by Friday.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/11/07 at 12:21 PM
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Four reasons my cat will never win a Nobel

Hubcap

  1. Her name isn’t Doris Lessing, it’s Hubcap.
  2. She can kill people by shooting death rays out of her eyeballs and hasn’t once hesitated to use that power. (Note to self: Don’t forget to take out the plumber.)
  3. Her brain is approximately the size of a lima bean.
  4. She once dated Åke Altéus, Deputy Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, and the relationship ended bitterly (she tried to kill Altéus with her eyeballs).

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/11/07 at 10:54 AM
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