Friday, December 19, 2008
Season 2 Online Premiere - “Flight of the Conchords”
As upset as some of us are about Rick Warren, it’s a pity that everyone’s forgetting that, as terry from positively Barack noted in the comments down below, “the last word at the Inauguration goes to Rev. Joseph Lowery.” Here he is speaking at Coretta Scott King’s funeral in 2006.
Terry’s got more on Lowery here.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that it’s impossible to take a really nice photo of a Christmas tree, so I’ve pretty much given up trying. Here’s the latest pine o’ joy gracing the main space of the Rumproast HQ.
You have two assignments if you chose to accept them: a) email me a photo (bringit—at—rumproast.com) of your Christmas tree* for later posting here at Rumproast (include your username and/or URL) and b) let us all know what you’re doing for the holidays in the comments.
* Obviously, this is open to other decorations as well (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.). Please don’t be offended by this horribly-lapsed Catholic’s omission.
I’ve been a little bit missing in action the last couple of days as I’ve been cramming in all my continuing professional education before the end of the year. (CPA’s in CO have to put in 40 hours per year and god forbid we should do it before the last two weeks in December!) I’m a tax person, known to some as a code-head, but I like to branch out some when taking CPE, especially as this has been a less than exciting year tax-wise. So I’ve been taking some classes in investment theory taught by a guy with 35 years experience as an investment advisor. Pretty good one too. For one thing, he decided to put everything into cash over a year ago.
While I took many things away from the classes, the one thing that is really impressing me is that this guy said he has never seen an economic cycle like this one before and it is scaring him shitless. Shitless. That’s how bad he thinks it could get.
America’s Jesusiest Senator, Sam Brownback, has announced that he will retire from the Senate, in order to probably run for Governor of Kansas in 2010.
When Brownback was running to be America’s Jesusiest president, his campaign had some amazing shirts for sale.
Here’s an example:
Pretty amazing, eh?
The most awesome thing about all this is that his campaign left all their designs up at this site, where you can dress up a bunch of different models in hilarious versions of Brownback for President shirts!
Anyway, now that Brownback is coming back to be Kansas’s Christiest Governor, I thought I’d bring the t-shirts back as well.
Seriously, I can just sit here for like an hour messing around with these shirts.
It’s a pathetic life I live, I know.
(Cross posted at The November Blog)
Michael Bérubé‘s letter to Barack Obama about Rick “The Evangelical Jimmy Buffet” Warren is so good from start to finish that I don’t want to blockquote any of it. Just go read it all. [via ts at Instaputz]
CREDITS: Image and “The Evangelical Jimmy Buffet” taken from my pal Robert Lanham’s The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right ... a book you should all own. It’s got a full chapter on Warren. Title of this post came from JP Stormcrow in Bérubé‘s comments.
RELATED: Sam from I’m Not Feeling You, who traveled to Dayton, OH to work for Obama’s campaign for over three weeks, isn’t pleased either and has a good idea:
I was gonna maybe go down for the inauguration but instead I’m going to donate the money I would have spent that weekend to People For the American Way’s Marriage Equality Campaign.
Let’s get this douche-party started!
Who should earn that number 5 spot?
Hendrik Hertzberg, one prescient son-of-a-bitch, on December 15th at The New Yorker:
On the other hand there was Senator Rebecca Felton. In 1922, Thomas Hardwick, the governor of Georgia, hoping to ingratiate himself with newly enfranchised women voters (he was in the doghouse for having opposed the Nineteenth Amendment), made gimmicky history by appointing a woman, the first ever, to the world’s supposedly most exclusive club. Mrs. Felton, an eighty-seven-year-old suffragist and prohibitionist, spent one day in the job before being displaced by an elected successor. If she is not remembered today as a feminist heroine, perhaps it has something to do with her bloodcurdling enthusiasm for murder as the surest remedy for interracial relationships of the sort that gave us our soon-to-be President. As she said on August 11, 1897, “When there is not enough religion in the pulpit to organize a crusade against sin; nor justice in the court house to promptly punish crime; nor manhood enough in the nation to put a sheltering arm about innocence and virtue—if it needs lynching to protect woman’s dearest possession from drunken, ravening beasts—then I say lynch a thousand a week.”
I guess she’d have been a PUMA.
Darragh Murphy, two days later at PUMA Pac, in a post titled “Buy a gun”:
Between 1880 and 1930, 2,500 black Americans were lynched — for being suspected of a crime, for being convicted of a crime, or for no reason at all other than racist terrorism.
Between 1976 and 2005, 43,500 American women were murdered for leaving their husbands, hurting their husband’s feelings, or for no reason at all other than misogynistic terrorism.
[hat tip Sean]
I’m thinking of starting a new trend here at Rumproast, listing the day’s most douchiest people in all of American politics who aren’t Mark Halperin.
In case you are unaware, Mark Halperin is probably the king of all douchebags in the world of journalism, and he often posts a daily list of who he thinks are the 5 most important people in politics (lately it’ s been the 5 most important people in American politics who aren’t Barack Obama). Who’s number 1 on today’s list? Tom Vilsack!
I mean, I know he’s the new Secretary of Agriculture and everything, but come on Mark Halperin!
Anyway, without further adieu, here is today’s list of the Top 5 biggest douchebags in politics who aren’t Mark Halperin. Let me know what you think. Maybe we’ll start asking for you all to nominate people for each list:
Any suggestions for douchebags I left off the list?
Who’s the first black president-elect
That’s the man 66 million voters select?
You’re damn right
Who is the man
That can raise hundreds of millions from his brother man?
Can ya dig it?
Who’s the cat that won’t cop out
When there’s PUMAs all about
They say this cat Barack is a bad mother—
(Shut your mouth!)
But I’m just talkin’ about Barack!
(Then we can dig it!)
Okay, here’s reason number #8,679 why I’ll never run for president: Embarrassing photos would surface. I’m guessing Barack never saw this coming.
[Cross-posted at Betty Cracker]
Still can’t think what to get him for Christmas? Socks don’t seem to cut it any more? Fret no longer because Burger King is here to help.
The mass purveyor of grilled meat is offering, for a limited time, something even better than their usual piles of beef patties. This week, American men were given the chance to smell like their favourite meat snack with the launch of Flame, Burger King’s contribution to the perfume market.
The company describes Flame as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat”.
Burger King’s associated website has to be seen to be believed, too. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all…
Life as a unreflective political shark probably has the advantage of simplicity, but chasing every spot of light in the water with one’s jaws open must get pretty exhausting after a while.
As we previously announced, Rumproast is hosting a Health Care Community Discussion from 4:00 pm MST to 10:00 pm MST today. This discussion is part of the Obama/Biden Transition Team and Tom Daschle’s effort to initiate meaningful health care reform. After the discussion is closed I will be summarizing it and forwarding it on to the Obama team.
Any and all are welcome to share your concerns about the current healthcare
mess system and/or ideas for improvement. Also please share any particularly bad experiences you, your family or friends have had. I would just ask that everyone at least look through the participant’s guide located at this link. Although the Guide suggests some topics of discussion and questions, these are not all inclusive.
Also, at the end of the Guide is a brief (3 question) survey. It would be helpful if you could include your letter answers in a comment (i.e. b., a., a.). Just a couple of rules:
1. Stay on topic. Off topic comments WILL be deleted.
2. Be respectful of other commenters. Disrespectful comments will also be deleted. It is OK to disagree with someone. Not OK to call them a stoopid doody head for their ideas.
3. If you want to share a bad experience but do not want it shared with the Obama-Biden team, just say so. Otherwise, any that I send on, I will contact you first to make sure it is OK to share the story and your contact information with them.
That’s it. Have at it!