I think some of you may want to call into (or at least listen to) Tommy & Christina’s Blog Talk Radio show tonight. Who knows, I may have a thing or two to unload. If you’re really lucky my lovely wife Chris may unleash one of her BTR rants heard ‘round the world. Then again, we may just go check out the wonderful new bar that just opened up in our neighborhood. Either way, it’s a win for us. Now excuse me while I get back to cleaning our apartment, while listening to the impenetrably stupendous Danny Stiles, for our annual Super Bowl party.
And they’re not quitting yet. Now, for the record, I’m with PETA on most things (although I am not a vegetarian). I fully support their stance against killing animals for fur. In fact if I was younger, and had more time, money and energy, I’d be hanging out in Aspen throwing fake blood on the celebs’ fur coats as they exited expensive restaurants too! And I think PETA has done a great job in raising public awareness of the callous treatment of animals in laboratory settings for research purposes.
But, ya know, renaming fish as “sea kittens” is just plain silly.
People don’t seem to like fish. They’re slithery and slimy, and they have eyes on either side of their pointy little heads—which is weird, to say the least. Plus, the small ones nibble at your feet when you’re swimming, and the big ones—well, the big ones will bite your face off if Jaws is anything to go by.
Of course, if you look at it another way, what all this really means is that fish need to fire their PR guy—stat. Whoever was in charge of creating a positive image for fish needs to go right back to working on the Britney Spears account and leave our scaly little friends alone. You’ve done enough damage, buddy. We’ve got it from here. And we’re going to start by retiring the old name for good. When your name can also be used as a verb that means driving a hook through your head, it’s time for a serious image makeover. And who could possibly want to put a hook through a sea kitten?
Ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop promoting sea kitten hunting.
(Spoiler alert: hot, sexy banned Super Bowl ad after the fold)
Our stellar and side-splitting regular StrangeAppar8us on Pajamas Media shitting the bed:
I get the feeling PJM has finally shaken off all but its original core constituency of Pam Geller stalkers and guys who masturbate into cellophane bags filled with green plastic army men.
Prior to this election, there were occasional bursts of civil debate in the comments sections at their news portal, and a small resident cadre of waggish Lefties who enjoyed keeping the pot boiling. Lately, though, it’s become a dumping ground for John-Birch-Society-meets-Stormfront screeds, retro-McCarthyist conspiracy talk and the sort of halfwit, flag-fucking “new patriot” claptrap that’s been Beta-testing on the Birther sites.
No doubt this affects their business model and ad-revenue calculations, since they are pretty much reduced to cannibalizing the readership of Little Green Footballs and Ass-Master Quarterly…which yields a really hinky income/affinity/interest profile.
I mean, what is the “absolute” market for stars-and-stripes themed rubber-ball gags and “frontier-fringe” reinforced chamois boxer shorts? Probably less than Roger Simon’s annual budget for rakish journalist hats.
It took a lot longer than I ever imagined it would, but Pajamas Media is finally taking a tumble. As Razib notes: “[A] lot of their stuff is 2001-2004 vintage Right-of-Center media commentary, the sell-by date has long passed.” I guess no one told PJM CEO Roger L. Magoo that everything changed after 2005. I know they’re only folding up their off-domain ad network, but it’s not a good sign and their PJTV enterprise, which they’re now focusing all of their efforts on, is, quite literally, a joke (read: Joe the Plumber goes to Israel and, well, pretty much everything else).
The email they sent to their ad network bloggers letting them know they’re pulling the plug is below the fold…
One of the original reasons I decided to back Obama was because I thought he was the most savvy and deft politician (an endangered Democratic species) I’d witnessed in my lifetime. The latest example of his prowess is how wonderfully he’s gaming the Republicans with what used to be one of their best weapons: Rush Limbaugh. First Barack called them out on their dependency on Rush, then instead of taking Obama’s advice (surprise!), they embarrassingly grovelled at that loose cannon‘s malodorous feet after he “cracked the whip,” and now, as a result, the Democrats can successfully hang El Rushbo and every loathsome sputter that oozes from his fetid lips around the necks of Republicans going forward. Here’s the latest example:
Politico has learned that tomorrow Americans United for Change, a liberal group, will begin airing radio ads in three states Obama won — Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada — with a tough question aimed at the GOP senators there: Will you side with Obama or Rush Limbaugh?
“Every Republican member of the House chose to take Rush Limbaugh’s advice,” says the narrator after playing the conservative talk radio giant’s declaration that he hopes Obama “fails.”
“Every Republican voted with Limbaugh — and against creating 4 million new American jobs. We can understand why a extreme partisan like Rush Limbaugh wants President Obama’s Jobs program to fail — but the members of Congress elected to represent the citizens in their districts? That’s another matter. Now the Obama plan goes to the Senate, and the question is: Will our Senator”—here the ad is tailored by state to name George Voinovich in Ohio, Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and John Ensign in Nevada—“side with Rush Limbaugh too?”
Can I get a “check”? Can I get a “mate”? Hells yeah! [Politico link via Balloon Juice]
MORE: I’ll post the audio of the radio ad when it becomes available later in the day, so check back.
UPDATE: Not sure if the audio constitutes the “radio ad,” but this was posted earlier by Americans United for Change on their blog.
In New Hampshire in December of 2003, Samantha Power introduced Wesley Clark upon his return from the Hague. Clark had gone there (without suspending his primary campaign) to testify against Slobodon Milosevic, a genocidal tyrant whom Clark brought to justice without the combat death of a single American soldier. I transcribed her intro from VHS tape, since there were limited other options then. I particularly like the words she uses in the second paragraph to speak about international justice and the Hague. Maybe she’ll convey these sentiments to Obama.
Power, a Harvard professor and the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, will join the team as senior director for multilateral affairs. This is really great news since Power is a brilliant international affairs expert and true progressive who actually seems to give a shit about countries that don’t have massive oil reserves.
But don’t expect everyone to be happy about Power’s appointment – not even a contingent of Obama critics who spend 20 hours a day complaining that there aren’t enough wimmyns in the administration. See, in the heat of the primary ugliness, Power referred to Hillary Clinton as a “monster” in what she thought was an off the record remark to a reporter. She issued an apparently heartfelt apology for it. She resigned from the campaign. She seems to have patched things up with Clinton. But mark my words, this will be perceived as a SLAP IN THE FACE.
However, for us liberals on Planet Earth, this is good news indeed. Huzzah!
Dick Armey and Joan Walsh were guests on Hardball last night discussing Rush Limbaugh and the stimulus package. Armey, who like most Republicans these days had nothing, continually resorted to blorting out “give it a rest” when challenged. And then, following the 9:00 minute mark in the video below, he hurled this desperate stink bomb Walsh’s way:
“I’m so damn glad you can never be my wife ‘cause I surely wouldn’t have to listen to that prattle from you every day.”
Watching the Repubs swirl even further down the bowl in response to being out of power is going to be a joy to behold for the next few years. We won’t even have to shine a flashlight on these floundering, vacuous cockroaches. Following the lead of loathsome douchebags like Limbaugh, they’re going to wander right up onto the dinner table on a nightly (hourly?) basis and make complete asses of themselves.
Let’s take a pause from the work week and check in on what’s happening in the blog world. Wow - are those - flames and lighting ahead . . .
HELPHELP!!!!plEASEIT’s those MOOSLIMS BRAINwashing OUR CHILDS again!!!!!222!!! And this time with NinTENDO???!!!??
Yes, it wasn’t bad enough that they’re lulling our sweet children towards Allah with Manchurian Dolls, now our Nintendo games are “things we have to be scared of too.” Almost as scared as I am of Pammy Shrieks.
Noah worries that Republicans are heading towards extinction. Not if our girl Sarah has anything to say about that! Also!
According to Gallup, there are only five states that now have a statistically significant majorities of Republicans. They are Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska and Nebraska.
In contrast, there are now 35 states that are majority Democratic with 10 states up for grabs.
Wow. That’s just amazing.
Maybe Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, and Nebraska can just secede from the union, and Sarah Palin can be President of Republicanstan. Of course, without all the commerce and subsidies from the bigger, bluer states, Republicanstan might soon collapse into a hellhole of unemployment, inbreeding, and pitchforks, which, come to think of it, isn’t that much different from the way things are now!
I think the Republican Party better start rethinking their position on the Endangered Species Act, before it’s too late.