Monday, March 23, 2009

“The O’Reilly Factor” producer/stalker Jesse Watters is a fucking creep

Yuck.

Anyone from NYC want to play journalist with me and ambush Watters?  “Jesse, why are you such a loathsome douchebag?! Why won’t you answer us?!  It’s a simple question.  Why won’t you answer it?  Could you possibly be a bigger dick? Jesse?!”

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/23/09 at 10:59 AM
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“Doesn’t Have a Name, They’re all the Same.”

And from the same piece:  “I think one’s crawling up my leg!”

Or how about:

“Antelope Freeway 1/8 Mile”

Or:

“Aw man, he broke da PREZident”  (Was Uh, Clem the world’s first computer hacker?)

What’s your favorite quote?  Or story?  Of course if you listened to their records back in the day and remember it, you probably weren’t really there. ;-)

Posted by marindenver on 03/23/09 at 10:01 AM
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All you need to know about online polls…

The current top four “world’s most influential people” at TIME magazine’s web site....

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Right now Obama is ranked #19 behind Britney Spears, the Jonas Brothers and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, but fortunately he’s a few ticks ahead of Miley Cyrus.

SOMEWHAT RELATED: The world’s third most influential person vs. something called “Stephen Baldwin.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/23/09 at 08:43 AM
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Calling Dr. Pavlov

I’m sure Bob Somerby will be getting right on this one, so I don’t know why Steve bothered…

UPDATE: Wait, maybe not.  He’s pretty busy now defending Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin. It’s only a matter of time before he’s got Coulter’s back.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/23/09 at 06:54 AM
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The Orliad

From the Diary of Orly Taitz, D.D.S., J.D., C.O.D.
03-20-2009 10;01;18PM

Yesterday I traveled to Idaho. I was able to address Chief Justice Roberts during the question answer session after his lecture. It was a grueling day, I left home at 3 in the morning

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

RIP Hubcap (1994-2009)

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Hubcap in my lap after the first of many recent trips to the vet.

I first saw Hubcap in a decrepit back lot in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  She was a stray kitten and absolutely adorable.  Chris and I had just moved in together and we’d talked about getting a cat, so I thought she’d make a perfect surprise housewarming present.  I tried to catch her for several days by chasing her, but she was crafty and always slipped through a fence at the last minute.  Finally, I set up a burlap bag like a tent with a stick in the opening and I put some cat food down inside.  When she finally went in the bag, I ran out and grabbed it up. It took three flea baths at the vet to clean her up, but she took to domestic living fairly quickly. She’s been with us ever since. She’s been a big part of our relationship and our lives.

We decided to send our little buddy Hubcap off yesterday.  It was really tough, but the right thing to do.  She kept getting worse and we couldn’t keep taking her to the vet.  God, she hated going there. It was time. For her and for us.

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I’ll miss seeing her crashed out on the couch with her arm covering her eyes. I’ll miss her waiting by the door when I got home. I’ll miss her rolling around on her back when we begged her to “give us a tumble.” I’ll miss watching her snarf down beans. I’ll miss her chasing the beam from a flashlight around the floor and up walls like a maniac. I’ll miss holding “conversations” with her. I’ll miss her staring out the screen window and hearing pedestrians admire her.  I’ll miss her sleeping in the crook of my arm. I’ll really miss my little buddy.

But I won’t miss watching her suffer anymore. 

Farewell Hubcap.  You were a hell of a gal.  Rest in peace.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 03/22/09 at 10:22 AM
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Proof I am Unwell Part XXVI

I confess that I get a chuckle out of some odd things. That’s why I keep reading this story and snickering:

Longtime pillars of the community are now pariahs fearing for their safety in a ritzy New York suburb that is home to many executives at American International Group Inc., hit with a backlash over bonuses it paid to top brass even as it accepted federal bailout money.

Oh dear. Consequences can’t be frightened away by a big wad of cash!

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Posted by Hunger Tallest Palin on 03/21/09 at 09:46 AM
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Just When I’m Starting to Take a Few Deep Breaths . . .

Barack did a great job of making me feel better after my frustration venting rant yesterday.  He’s still No Drama Obama, calm, collected and in charge. 

So I click on the link on our sidebar to check out an entry on our blogroll that I had not noticed before, ShortsandPants (prop. shortsshortsshorts) who has ref’d this piece at ABC News informing us that at least 13 of the companies receiving bailout funds owe a collective total of $220M in back taxes.

This despite the fact that before getting the money the company execs had to sign contracts that the companies didn’t owe any back taxes!  But at least now we’re getting into fraud territory where maybe we can really do something to those wankers.  (I know, I know, it probably wasn’t their fault - their tax peeps just didn’t let them know or stuff).

Gah.  Just gah.

P.S.  Funny blog, shorts.  With your own brand of OUTRAGEOUS CRAZINESS. ;-)

Posted by marindenver on 03/20/09 at 11:12 AM
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Gobstopper: The Movie

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone mixed Willy Wonka with Hostel....

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/20/09 at 09:33 AM
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Caro finds her “inner Harriet”

Cut ‘n’ Paste Caro posted the following at both MyDD and correntewire:

Of the last two candidates standing in last year’s Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton was the one attuned to ordinary people and our concerns.  Barack Obama has had, all his life, only to tell people how special he is because of his multiracial heritage, to have people fawn all over themselves to give him benefits they wouldn’t even consider giving to most people. George Bush is tone deaf because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but Barack Obama is tone deaf because people shoved silver spoons into his mouth.  How can either one of them have any inkling of what ordinary people face?

Hillary, on the other hand, has had to fight for everything. [...]

I added that last line in because comparing Obama’s upbringing to that of Hillary and concluding he was the one who had it better is nearly as dishonest and dumb as proclaiming that a mixed race kid from a broken home named Barack Hussein Obama had people “fawn[ing] all over themselves to give him benefits.”  I mean, jesus christ, I rarely get angry with these deadender dimwits, but ... “Barack Obama is tone deaf because people shoved silver spoons into his mouth.” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

AARRRGGGHH!!!  I can’t find humor in this.  I’ve tried, but I can’t.  The horrible Make Them Inconsolable woman has defeated me with her loathsome douchebaggery. Halp?

[hat tip WashStateBlue for the title]

SHORTER CARO: “Those bi-racial kids with single mothers get all the breaks.” [via Scooter in the comments]

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Now We Know What it Takes to Get a Bipartisan Bill Passed in the House

Outrage.

As predicted, the House has passed a bill  imposing a punitive tax rate on the recipients of bonuses paid by institutions receiving more than $5Billion in bailout money.  The 283 Democrats voting yes were joined by 85 Republicans.  The bill was opposed by 6 Democrats and 87 Republicans.  Today we are all Bipartisan.

Obviously this bill is also targeting more than just the AIG employees, who are experiencing what it is like to be that straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back with the American public.  It will affect the employees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as Citigroup, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo along with a handful of others.  Here’s a pretty recent list of TARP fund recipients.

Taxpayers subject to the tax also have to have family incomes exceeding $250,000 so this will not affect the hordes of administrative assistants who were supposedly a big part of the bonus payouts by AIG.  Or the year end bonuses of most rank and file employees.

This bill, of course, will have to be reconciled with whatever the Senate ends up doing.  At the moment they are considering a bill which would impose a lesser tax (70%) and split it between the employer and the employee, each of whom would pay 35%.

Whether this is the right thing to do at all is up for discussion.  I mean, I’m as angry as anyone about the AIG larceny of taxpayer bailout funds but I’m also pretty stunned by new information emerging:  that the stimulus bill originally had a provision prohibiting these bonuses from being paid in the first place but that Senator Chris Dodd agreed to take it out.  At the request of Treasury and the Administration:

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said Wednesday his staff agreed to requests from the administration to delete the executive pay provision that would have applied retroactively to recipients of federal aid.

However, Dodd said he was not aware of any AIG bonuses at the time the change was made.

That is most likely true.  However there was overwhelming Democratic support for severely limiting bonuses to executives of institutions receiving bailout funds.  But Tim Geithner was concerned that imposing these restrictions could interfere with his developing plan for public/private partnerships of investors to eventually clean up the financial mess by buying the toxic sludge currently backing up the flow of credit to stranglehold levels.  So Treasury put the screws on and Dodd caved. 

 

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Posted by marindenver on 03/19/09 at 03:27 PM
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Does anyone know why Bob Somerby seems to think he’s smarter than Keith Olbermann?

Good christ, Bob Somerby of the Daily Howler, in his endless attempts to dismantle “gender-nut” (huzzah?) Keith Olbermann, has finally hit rock bottom.  In a recent Countdown segment (video here) with The Soup host and comedian (just like Bob!) Joel McHale, Olbermann and McHale mildly ridiculed Tyra Banks, the utterly ludicrous and egomaniacal television personality who McHale frequently makes fun of on his show. Somerby, who seems to have forgotten that his whole blog revolves around criticizing others in a much more vicious manner, gets a massive case of the vapors over this and blurts:

Does anyone know why these twinned baboons seem to think they’re smarter than Banks?

Ummm, because they are? Or do I have to round up a bunch of YouTube clips from Tyra’s mind-numbingly moronic shows to make my case? For reals?

Somerby then concludes with this…

A modern nation can’t run on dumb.

No, maybe it can’t, but obviously a media watch web site that has seen much better days and is flailing around wildly for toe-holds clearly can ... just not very well.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/19/09 at 02:46 PM
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Just added: NCAA Tournament Open Forum

I just created an open forum for the NCAA tournament if anyone wants to unload about the best sports event ever.  You can find the link in the right side bar or just click here. Also, don’t forget to check out our endless (and lively) open forum the Rumper Room as well. Sorry, but you have to be a registered member to participate in either of them.  It’s quick, it’s easy, you’ll never have to enter a captcha again to comment in the main area, and we’ll never share your email address with anyone.  Promise.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/19/09 at 11:39 AM
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Things Overheard in Our Apartment #4824

Upon watching a reporter on the local news channel NY1:

“Yes, that guy definitely has Schuster mouth.”

David Schuster

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/19/09 at 08:51 AM
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DogsWithCones.com

Just found this blog by accident while using the Google machine, proving, once again, that the internet is the best thing ever invented. I know we have a lot of dog lovers here, so enjoy.

Clyde and his cone

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/19/09 at 08:44 AM
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