Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Andy Andy

The demented people at McSweeney's have uncovered a lost episode of Andy Rooney's "60 Minutes" segment. (Frankly, I'm not sure what the official title of his segment is called, but I'm pretty sure it's something like "I Had an Onion on My Belt" or "Runaway Eyebrows!")

Anyway, here's a taste:
ANDY ROONEY: Another sex tape hit the Internet this week. I don't know what the big deal is. People look at Pamela Anderson or Paris Hilton in action, and they can't believe their eyes. Excuse me, but hasn't sex been around for generations? In fact, the reason we have generations is because we have sex. Every man and woman you see racing to catch a cab or zooming through Grand Central Station is the result of sex. Every single one of them journeyed through a vagina. If you have to watch a sex tape for educational purposes, you really should talk to a counselor—unless you're under the age of 12.

Then you should speak to a 16-year-old.
Be sure to read the rest. It involves Madeleine Albright.

No, I'm not drunk. Yet.

"This One Goes to Eleven!"

It looks like Fred Thompson is going to be the eleventh rich, old, white guy running for the Republican nomination. Frankly, I think this is good news for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, his entry will only further fracture the GOP base, with four strong contenders now instead of three. And with Newt salivating on the sidelines, we could soon see five of these guys trading insults with each other and trying to see who can pose as the toughest hombre of them all. (I hear Mitt Romney is going to up his ante from "Double Guantanamo" to a "Triple Kent State.") Plus, in the tradition of the "Seven Dwarves" from 1988, I fully expect the media to start talking about Fred and Tommy as the "Thompson Twins."

Second, and more specifically, this is going to drive Rudy Guliani crazy. Acting as the tough, law-and-order, NYC politician has been his schtick for a while now, but how will that hold up next to the tough Law and Order NYC politician that Thompson plays? And Rudy pretends that being a target on 9/11 makes him a foreign policy expert, but how does that compare to the wisdom of Admiral Fred Thompson, who once said, "The Russians don't take a crap without a plan"?

Third, for those of you enjoying the way in which the family-values voters are having to choose from a bunch of serial adulterers with multiple, messy divorces under their belts, Thompson only adds to the mix. As Wonkette notes, Thompson's claim to difference here is that unlike Rudy, Newt and McCain, he wasn't cheating on his first wife with the woman who became his second wife when they got divorced. And the second wife? She's a pure, homely, family-values type of gal that the heartland will absolutely adore!

So, welcome aboard, Fred.

You have a reputation as a lazy do-nothing in the Senate and the puffy, splotchy, bloodshot good looks we normally only get to appreciate when Dan Ackroyd dons the leathery old-man makeup.

Given the alternatives, no wonder the Republican base is excited.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Caption Contest

Back from an action-packed Memorial Day weekend.

What better way to kick off a four-day work week than a caption contest? Have at him.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Difference Between Me & A Redneck

"It feels really good," Jamison, of Pickensville, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."

I would be thinking about the pending roast, as well as cleaning my pants.

Friday Random Simpsons

Our boy Otto is off again this week. I think he's on a fact-finding mission to the Slim Jim factory to find out just what part of the cow the Slim Jims are made of, and exactly what is it that makes them so salty. He asked me to fill in for him today, but lordy I'm sick of the crappy music you people listen to. So I decided to take it up a notch and do a random 10 Simpsons episodes.

How did I do it? Basically I found a list of all the episodes, made them into a Word file, and then sent it to Mrs. Thrillhous, who used her mathematical wizardry to make it random. If you're thinking she just might be a dork, you're right. Today she's spending the morning on line at the Post Office so she can get 37 sheets of the new Star Wars stamps.

I must say, I'm a little bit nervous about doing this list, because I haven't seen a whole lot of the shows the last 5 years or so. There's bound to be a couple I don't know at all. Here we go.

1. The Wettest Stories Ever Told -- see, right off the bat is an episode I don't recognize. The summary says it's another one of those episodes where each character tells a story. I hate those. 2/10

2. Bart Sells His Soul -- now we're talking! This is the one where Bart tricks the church into singing "In a Gadda Davida." Also, Moe decides to turn the bar into a family restaurant, "Moe's Family Feedbag." Lots of great lines, such as Jimbo's "Way to breath, no breathe" and Homer's reply to Moe getting a fryer that can flash fry a buffalo in 40 seconds: "But I wanted it now." 10/10

3. The Day the Violence Died -- Guest star Kirk Douglas. Bart discovers that Itchy and Scratchy were stolen from a now-poor animator (Chester) played by Douglas. Not a great episode, but a few good lines. Plus it's got Lionel Hutz, which is always a plus. He has a great line, when Bart asks him why he has to pay a retainer fee when his ad said "Works on a contingency basis. No money down": "Oh, they got this all screwed up: 'Works on a contingency basis? No, money down!" I love lawyers. 6/10

4. Lisa versus Malibu Stacy -- Guest star Kathleen Turner. Didn't love the main plot, but lots of good lines, plus an awesome Grandpa Simpsons subplot. We learn that Smithers really really loves Malibu Stacy ("I'll see you at Stacy 'Con 94!!") as well as Mr. Burns. This is the episode where he turns on his computer and there's a poor animation of Mr. B saying "Hello. . . Smithers . . You're quite good . . . at . . turning me . . on!" Meanwhile, Grandpa gets off some of the best lines ever, such as "What smells like mustard" and "There sure are a lot of ugly people in your neighborhood." He believes the way to get young again is to drink Buzz cola, which does nothing but burn his tongue. Such incredible lines, but the Malibu Stacy story keeps it from being perfect. 9/10

5. Wild Barts Can't be Broken -- Not a great one. Bart and the other kids are put under curfew, so to get back at the adults they start a radio show where they reveal the secrets of their parents, such as Homer eating Flanders' garbage (Homer: "I have a problem"). Funny, but not ha-ha funny. 5/10

6. Kill the Alligator and the Run -- Another so-so episode. The intro is good, with Homer dressing up as the quizmaster and making people take silly quizzes from a magazine, but it's downhill from there. They go to spring break, kill an alligator, bla bla bla. They weren't all happy days. 4/10

7. The War of the Simpsons -- Finally, back to the classics. The main story, Homer and Marge go to marriage counselling, is not great, but the lead-in, in which Marge throws a party and Homer makes an ass of himself, is brilliant. Too many good lines to quote them all, but a few: "Do we have enough gag ice cubes?"; "Take it easy on the alkyhol, Homer. Remember last year at the Winfields' when you threw up in the laundry hamper?"; and from reverend Lovejoy, "We have some new pamphlets available in our church newsrack, including `Bible Bafflers', `Satan's Boners', `Good Grief: More Satan's Boners' and for the teens, `It's Not Cool to Fry in Hell'." The rest of the show is kinda slow. 7/10

8. A Fish Called Selma -- Now we're talking five-alarm hilarity. In an effort to conceal his fish fetish, Troy McClure asks Selma to marry him. Wall to wall funny, this one is. When Lisa asks Homer what a muppet is, he says "Well, it's not quite a mop, and it's not quite a puppet, but man... [laughs] So to answer your question I don't know." 10/10

9. The Old Man and the C Student -- Springfield tries to get the Olympics, fail miserably because of Bart and Homer. Not a great episode, but Springy really would be a great mascot. 5/10

10. Insane Clown Poppy -- Turns out Krusty has a daughter, and he's reunited with her in this episode. Schmaltzy story, but lots of good Krusty zingers. Daughter: "I'm so glad you don't feel like you have to be 'on' with me all the time." Krusty: "I thought I was 'on'." Homer, on trying to open a stuck drawer with a firecracker: "Look, do you want the job done right, or do you want it done fast?" Krusty: "Listen kid, I'm not the kind of father who, you know, does things or says stuff or looks at ya. But the love is there!" 7/10

I was hoping for more early classics, but a list is a list. If you've got any favorite moments from these episodes, or if, for some bizarre reason, you've got your own list of random episodes, get jiggy in the comments. And if you absolutely must, go ahead and list your random Husker Du and Bob Marley songs for this week. Freaks.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Unfortunate punctuation

For some reason the quotation marks in this headline really bother me.

White & Nerdy

This song speaks to me, especially because I'm so lame that I don't know what song it's based on.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Extra! Extra! TIME Smells!

In what will go down as one of the greatest cases of plagiarism in media history, I'd like to point out that my post yesterday about the similarities between The Office and The Administration was apparently picked up by a bunch of lazy, copycat reporters at Time Magazine.

Well, that, or the comparisons were just too damn obvious.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

One Day Closer to Death

America is getting older and frailer.
Communities across the USA are scrambling to brighten street signs, widen sidewalks and redesign housing to brace for a demographic earthquake: 35 million more seniors by 2030.
Brighter signs and wider sidewalks are nice and all, but I'm seriously worried about all these elderly citizens' quality of life. Not everyone can afford to retire to a golf course in Arizona.

So, how to keep the poor, weak, and immobile entertained? Here's a forward thinking person. And quite possibly the coolest grandmother ever.
Mavis Becker is a senior who enjoys drugs. The Vancouverite, who's about to turn 65, says she has a lot of stress on her plate, caring for her 93-year-old father who suffers from dementia. When she gets wound up, Mavis rolls herself a joint.

"I do have a habit of getting on the hyper side. And I find if I go out on my balcony and smoke a doobie, I feel way more relaxed and I don't get too excited about it," she says.

"I hope my grandchildren will be willing to roll a doobie for me if my arthritis gets too bad," says Becker.

It seems that the baby boomers who discovered recreational drugs decades ago are bringing them along into their golden years, saying they don't intend to stop just because they are older. The numbers of seniors using illicit drugs are likely small but seem to be increasing.
One of my biggest fears is that as I grow too old to do anything but sit around and watch television all day is that I won't have any connections. All I'll be able to do is go to McDonald's and pray that I get the Happiest Meal Ever.

Why is This Man Smiling?

I'll tell you why.
It was in India that she encountered somebody with a tongue stud and later had her own implanted — a bar with two delicate balls on either side.

On her MySpace website she lists one of her favourite bands as Coldplay and says her heroes are “my beautiful husband and anyone else who embraces peace”. She describes Dennis as a “very philosophical, deep thinking person” rather than a new age type, but he is a vegan, unlike her — she still cannot resist occasional dairy products.

You know what they say about girls who drink milk.

The Executive Office

The more I read about the unfolding scandals at the Department of Justice, the more I'm realizing I've seen this trainwreck before. Upon closer inspection, it seems, the Bush Administration was the inspiration for NBC's The Office.

Hear me out. The comparisons at the top levels are unmistakable.

The boss -- whether it be George Bush or Michael Scott -- is a dim-witted, tongue-tied doofus who's in way, way over his head. Unable to inspire his employees with his intelligence or leadership, he uses frat-boy humor and gives out third-grade nicknames to try and win them over. He desperately craves their respect, to the point that he has to make-believe he has it by buying himself a "World's Best Boss" coffee mug or a "Mission Accomplished" banner. He gets frustrated that the world won't dumb itself down to his level, and this leads to the inevitable tantrums.

And the boss's egomania is readily stoked by his lickspittle lapdog, whether it be Alberto Gonzales or Dwight Schrute. Desperate to kiss ass, he'll do anything to make the boss happy, from cleaning his laundry to dirtying the Constitution. Although he gives himself titles to make him feel important -- Assistant to the Regional Manager, Special Counsel to the President -- he really lacks any appreciable skills other than blind, pathetic loyalty. He likes to think of himself as a leader, too, but is actually even worse at it than his boss. ("Attention, blue collar workers!" is about as subtle as "Everyone but the Loyal Bushies are fired!")

Just slightly down the food chain is an arch-conservative Christian woman whose loyalties are to her immediate superiors and her ecclesiastical ones. Monica Goodling, the 33-year-old graduate of Messiah College and Pat Robertson's Regent University Law School -- unofficial motto: "A third of our graduates can pass the bar exam!" -- is obviously the basis for Angela. Cruel and cold-hearted, she believes that eternal justice is on her side, and wants to bring down God's vengeance on whoever she can, whether it be Kelly from Customer Service or 93 dirty, rotten, disloyal U.S. Attorneys.

I'm not quite sure how the rest of the comparisons work themselves out. It's hard to find a role based on Dick Cheney, but I'm leaning towards the rage-filled Roy from the undisclosed location of the warehouse. Condi Rice is probably best mirrored by Jan, in terms of the influence over Michael/George, though I'm not so sure after the season finale. And for some reason, I'm seeing Creed as the basis for Scooter Libby. Must be the creepiness in his eyes. I'm sure we can brainstorm the rest, so drop your own suggestions in the comments below.

And before the purists complain, yes, I'm well aware that there was a British version of this show before the American one. But I heard they just fired the guy in charge over there. David Blair or Tony Brent, or something.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Godfather IV: Fredo's Revenge

Between the Decider giving AG Gonzales the nickname "Fredo" and James Comey testifying about the showdown in Ashcroft's hospital room, the comparisons between the Bush Administration and The Godfather were pretty obvious.

That said, this short movie spoof over at TPM is absolutely brilliant.

Stupid Like a Fox!

If you missed this week's episode of The Simpsons, check out this page to see the two sharp elbows they threw to Fox News. The embedded links didn't work for me, but both clips can be downloaded easily by the links underneath the embeds.

There are a couple nice quotes in there, but my favorite is Homer's revelation after watching Fox News all day: “Did you know that, every day, Mexican gays sneak into this country and unplug our brain-dead ladies?”

Friday, May 18, 2007


Over at Slate, they've made a clear and convincing case for impeaching the Attorney General.

Well worth a read, especially since the Senate Democrats are angling for a no-confidence vote on AG AG, which would be a likely first step to impeaching this moron and putting the country and Constitution out of their misery.

Friday Random Ten

After this week's debate for the Republican presidential candidates, this album cover seemed strangely appropriate.

Between the symbolic elephant, the shameless selling out, and a dress that I believe was once worn by Rudy Guiliani, this album cover is everywhere the GOP wants to be. If only they could attach electrodes to the elephant's genitals and prevent the woman from having an abortion, this would be a Republican wet dream. Except, of course, that wet dreams make Baby Jesus cry.

Anyway, time for the Friday Random Ten. Let's roll.

1. Mos Def, "Got" -- Not one of my favorite tracks off Black on Both Sides, but still fairly solid stuff. 6/10

2. Massive Attack, "Heat Miser" -- These kids get serious points for naming a song after a certain Mr. Heat Miser, a.k.a. Mr. Green Christmas, a.k.a. Mister Sun, a.k.a. Mister Heat Blister, a.k.a. Mister Hundred and One. Seriously, whatever he touches, starts to melt in his clutch! He's too much! 7/10

3. Muddy Waters, "Evil" -- Apparently, today's random ten has been brought to us by the letter "M" -- just like James Bond! This is another classic Chess-era tune from McKinley Morganfield (more M's, Grover!) which is the gold standard of electric blues. 8/10

4. Beastie Boys, "Son of Neckbone" -- This tune is one of their many instrumental homages to 1970s porn. While I'm intrigued about what the "son of neckbone" maneuver looks like, I'm afraid to ask. Eh. 3/10

5. Dinah Washington, "Long John Blues" -- Speaking of sex, this is one of the sultriest dirtiest jazz tunes ever recorded. "He took out his trusted drill / And he told me to open wide / He said he wouldn't hurt me / But he'd fill my hole inside." Man, now my pants are chafing me. 10/10

6. South, "Paint the Silence" -- Light, late '90s Brit pop that's indistinguishable from Travis, Coldplay, and all the other bands that sprouted up to make Oasis look edgy. Pffft. 2/10

7. Dusty Springfield, "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" -- She should go ask the son of the preacher man. 6/10

8. Liz Phair, "Stratford-on-Guy" -- Ah, remember what Liz Phair was like back at the beginning? This whole album is phenomenal, but this is one of the better ones. Come back to us, Liz! Come back to the light! 9/10

9. Modest Mouse, "People as Places as People" -- And we're back to the M theme. The new album is really growing on me, and this is proving to be catchier every time I give it a listen. Nice. 8/10

10. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Castles Made of Sand" -- One of the trippier tunes Hendrix put out, this song lacks the scorching guitar work. But I guess Hendrix wasn't really known for that, right? 5/10

Alright, that's a 6.4 average on the day. I was all over the place, but somehow managed to find my way back to my usual spot. Welcome to Mediocrity, Population: Me.

Let's see what you've got. Drop your own random ten in the comments below, or else discuss Bobbi Baker's desperate plea for an intervention.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Headline to Headline

Drawn from a thread over at Balloon Juice, here are the finalists for the best headlines of 2007. (Yes, I know we have more than half a year left -- assuming the president doesn't unveil that Rapture Accomplished banner -- but these are going to be impossible to top.)

The first headline displays tongue-in-cheek humor. The second one, well, you don't want to put your tongue there.

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

All's Well That Falwell

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Jerry Falwell has shuffled off this mortal coil and gone on to meet his Maker.

What I wouldn't give to be there, just to see the look on Falwell's face when St. Peter patiently explains to him that the central messages of Christianity were not, in fact, "hate the player and hate the game" and "get rich or die tryin'." Given Falwell's track record, I'm sure the shock would be enough to kill him all over again.

While I won't get to see the scales fall from Falwell's eyes, I hope to see the reaction from John McCain. Just over a year ago, as you'll remember, McCain scrapped his old Straight Talk Express line about Falwell, that he was "an agent of intolerance," and instead embraced the man in a controversial appearance at Liberty University.

It was a crude flip-flop, but a calculated move made by the candidate in hopes of winning the presidential nomination in a primary system that brings out the far-right wing. McCain consciously sacrificed his carefully cultivated image as an independent "maverick," in exchange for the Religious Right credentials that Jerry Falwell would give him with the Republican base.

And yet now that Falwell's passed on, he has neither. McCain's maverick image is long dead, but whatever influence Falwell could've brought to his campaign died with him.

Congratulations, John. To quote the wisdom of Judge Smells, you'll have nothing and like it.

"Because ... That's What Jesus Wants?"

Crooks and Liars has a short clip from "Family Guy" that shows what happens when Republican talking points are left unchecked. Scary, funny stuff.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Separated at Birth

Over at Sadly No!, they've assembled an incredible collection of photos comparing and contrasting conservative luminaries with their less-evil twins.

It's an impressive list. I don't know which match I enjoyed more -- Ann Coulter or George Will -- or perhaps the best ones were the wingnuts they matched with Lurch from "The Addams Family" or Tor Johnson from "Manos." Hard to say.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Glen Allen Anzalone is Jealous.

You must watch the full 3 minutes 22 seconds.

What Were We Just Talking About?

Oh yeah, my lungs are cool.
The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.

The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.
I bet his bong collection is just killer.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Accu-Wrath Forecast

Courtesy of Crooks and Liars, we're happy to pass along Bill Maher's take on fundamentalist weather forecasting. Enjoy.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Wishful Thinking

Man, the people behind CNN International are such teases.

"Nuts and Gum, Together at Last!"

If you're not a Simpsons addict, you may not recognize the above quote. It's the punchline to a scene in which little Lisa Simpson complains that no one listens to her because she's young, and then Grandpa Simpson complains that no one listens to him because he's old, and then Homer pipes up: "I'm a white male between the ages of 18 and 35 -- everyone listens to my ideas!" And then Homer reaches for the product created for his age group's needs -- nuts and gum.

Why do I bring this up? Well, it looks like the invasion of Iraq is another brilliant idea only embraced by the Homers of the world. Courtesy of Rising Hegemon, here's an interesting breakdown of a recent Gallup Poll:
Did the United States make a mistake in sending troops to Iraq?


18-29 Yes - 56% No - 41%
30-39 Yes - 48% No - 50%
40-49 Yes - 52% No - 47%
50-59 Yes - 61% No - 38%
60-69 Yes - 62% No - 37%
70-79 Yes - 70% No - 28%
80+ Yes - 69% No - 26%
As someone who is currently dead-center in the 30-39 age group, let me take this moment to praise my fellow thirtysomethings for the newest in nuts-and-gum creativity. Bravo.

Friday Random Ten

As much as I'm impressed by the expensive Olan Mills photo used by the Crawford family, it's the concept of being aboard "Heaven's Choo-Choo" that really grabbed me.

I'd like to think that this was the inspiration for Reverend Lovejoy's train trek through Baboon County U.S.A. on The Simpsons: "Baboons to the left of me, baboons to the right, the speeding locomotive tore through a sea of inhuman fangs. A pair of great apes rose up at me, but biff! Bam! I sent them flying like two hairy footballs. A third came screaming at me, and that's when I got mad...." Now that's a sermon.

Speaking of spreading the good word, it's time again for the Friday Random Ten. You know the drill by now, so let's do this thing.

1. Cut Chemist, "The Garden" -- This is a track off The Audience's Listening, the solo effort by the former Jurassic 5 DJ. Pretty light and airy, with some nice bossanova samples thrown in. It's a keeper. 8/10

2. Rosco P. Coldchain with Pusha-T and Boo-Bonic, "Hot" -- I'll give you a chance to rest after reading that Bataan Death March of an artist listing. Ready? OK, this is a pretty uninspired bit of Neptunes-produced hiphop. I guess they put all their energy into thinking up cute names for the Legion of Awkward Longwindedness. 2/10

3. Dinah Washington, "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (Rae and Christian Remix)" -- Another tune from the Verve Remixed series. They've given this a little too formulaic a beat, but the original is strong enough to withstand the tinkering. Not too bad. 6/10

4. Stereolab, "The Noise of Carpet" -- Excellent. Last time I saw Stereolab on tour, this was one of the few uptempo songs they did. But it just wasn't the same without former guitarist/vocalist Mary Hansen, who died in a bicycle accident in 2002. I'm not sure if they'll ever recover from her loss, but here's hoping. 9/10

5. Elvis Presley, "That's Alright Mama" -- An early classic by the King. I think I like the original version by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup a little better, but this one still works. But is it cool? Doubt it. 5/10

6. TV on the Radio, "Dry Drunk Emperor" -- A nice tribute to the unmitigated awfulness of the Decider. "All eyes upon dry drunk emperor / gold cross jock skull and bones / mocking smile / he's been naked for a while. / Get him gone, get him gone, get him gone!!! / and bring all his thieves to trial." It's an old one, but I think it's available at the Touch & Go website for free download, if you're interested. 8/10

7. Jerry Reed, "When You're Hot You're Hot" -- Part of me appreciates the weird sensibilities of the man who played the Snowman in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy. And part of me sees him as a musical version of Larry the Cable Guy. 4/10

8. LL Cool J, "I'm the Type of Guy" -- Never has cuckoldery sounded so damn smooth. There are a lot of reasons why the Ladies Love Cool James, and if you doubt them, he's got a four-knuckle ring coming to your grill right away. 7/10

9. Magnetic Fields, "Strange Powers" -- Last year, Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt was the target of a ridiculous and pathetic smear campaign asserting, among other things, that because he doesn't think much of Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, he is a "cracker racist." This may be the stupidest complaint in the history of music criticism, and that's saying a whole hell of a lot. 8/10

10. War, "Nappy Head (Theme from "Ghetto Man") -- Uh, let's see.... "Nappy Head." The theme from "Ghetto Man." Unless Don Imus is ready to sub in for me today, we're not touching this one. 7/10

Alright, that gives me a whopping 6.4 average in the Coolness Self-Audit. I seem to get something in that range no matter what songs pop up on the old iTunes. To paraphrase George McFly, mediocrity just must be my density.

Well, let's see what you've got this week. Drop your own random ten in the comments below, with or without a heaping side serving of coolness ratings.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Gayer than the Joan Collins book signing

The internet is full of bizarre things. Like this phrase: "When Lenora Claire busted out her nude Bea Arthur oil-painting"

You'd better believe there's a photo.

Yeah, but he got the pee smell out

This guy really wears his asshole on his sleeve.

"What Do You Know?!"

Rep. Maxine Waters just pulled down Alberto Gonzales' pants on national television and spanked the ever-loving shit out of him. Crooks and Liars has the video. Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Eat Fresh, Indeed

The good people at Best Week Ever have a story that's too good to be true.

I don't want to ruin the surprise, but it involves the phrases “Jared Fogle, the Subway Guy" and "pornography rental company." Enjoy.

12 Seconds

Kevin Drum points to an article about doctor fallibility, containing this gem:
On average, a doctor interrupts a patient who is describing her symptoms within about twelve seconds. By then, many doctors have decided upon a diagnosis and treatment.
Amen. Whenever I go to the doctor, I have the feeling that their number one concern is how to get me out of there as fast as possible. This, after I've usually had to sit on that stupid table with the paper sheet for about 20 minutes, waiting for the doc to come in.

The whole article is pretty good, if a little depressing.

Monday, May 07, 2007

"Beer for Breakfast"

The other day while my wife was reminding me what "underappreciated really means" or something, my mind got to wandering. What's the most underappreciated band of all time?

A quick search (Google getting too close to Borg-like) revealed that Rolling Stone magazine has recently asked the same question.

I haven't read Rolling Stone since their "5 out of 5 stars" rating for "Steel Wheels," the comeback album of the Rolling Stones. Bad grudges die hard.

Anywho, here is the list:

1. Tom Waits
2. The Replacements
3. Cheap Trick
4. Sonic Youth
5. Warren Zevon
6. Big Star
7. The Pharcyde
8. Roxy Music
9. Talking Heads
10. Bob Seger
11. Fugazi
13. The Cramps
14. The New York Dolls
15. The Band
16. The Cars
17. Pogues
18. Alice Cooper
19. Dinosaur Jr
20. Sleater-Kinney
21. Husker Du
22. Devo
23. Wilco
24. Tom Petty
25. Ween

My thoughts:
(a) # 1 through #10 should all be the Replacements. Gene Hackman should be shot for having a crap poop film by the name.
(b) The Talking Heads are 100x's over-hyped. I get it; it just bores me.
(c) Bob Seger can suck on my Volvo driving balls. Underappreciated? He lost any ticket to this club when he sold out the first 40 times.
(d) Nice call with the Pogues, I like. However, I couldn't say who they have influenced as I don't hang out with toothless Irish peat farmers.
(e) Since the Beastie Boys don't have a state named after them, I consider them under appreciated. I would do away with Delaware.

Please feel free to "keep it real" and let me know your recommendations.

The Department of Gallant

This image comes to you from Jesus' General, which is quickly emerging as the one-stop shopping center for all of your Highlights magazine-related sarcasm program activities.

Enjoy the entire series.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Handicapping the Field

A short while ago, we brought you McSweeney's assessment of the top twenty candidates in the Democratic presidential race. In the interest of being both fair and balanced, today we'd like to offer their take on the Republicans.

Here's a sampling:
Pro: Unifying force after 9/11; articulate speaker.
Con: The whole "pro-choice, pro-gun-control, New Yorker, used to live with gay dudes, adultery" thing might hurt him with conservatives. A bit.

Pro: Comforting resemblance to character actor Gavin MacLeod.
Con: Murray from The Mary Tyler Moore Show lacked leadership qualities and Captain Stubing from Love Boat got a little goofy whenever Charo was a guest star, leaving executive branch vulnerable to Charo impersonators who are actually Al Qaeda operatives.
The rest of the list is good. Personally, I'm excited at the prospect of Zombie Ronald Reagan and Kenny Loggins joining forces for the "I'm Alright 2008" ticket.

Science Friction

I know that Mike's already hosted a discussion of Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 25 science fiction moments of the last 25 years, but the assembled geekery responsible for this blog somehow missed the discussion. So let's start it over again here.

The full list with EW's commentary is available here, but here's the list by the numbers:

25. V
24. Galaxy Quest
23. Dr. Who
22. Quantum Leap
21. Futurama
20. Star Wars Clone Wars
19. Starship Troopers
18. Heroes
17. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
16. Total Recall
15. Firefly/Serenity
14. Children of Men
13. Terminator 1 & 2
12. Back to the Future
11. Lost
10. John Carpenter's The Thing
9. Aliens
8. Star Trek: The Next Generation
7. ET
6. Brazil
5. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
4. X Files
3. Blade Runner
2. Battlestar Galactica
1. The Matrix

That's a pretty damn good list, though I'd probably move "ET" much further down and, as much as I thought it was funny, boot "Galaxy Quest" off the list altogether. I haven't seen "The Thing" or the "Clone Wars" cartoons, but I may have to add those two to the Netflix queue now.

Given the very high level of sci-fi geekery behind this site -- myself included -- I'm sure this will be a fruitful discussion. Did Dr. Who get robbed? Is this an implicit endorsement of Kirk over Picard? Should "Futurama" be rated higher for introducing the phrase "Sweet Zombie Jesus"? And why do the jocks keep throwing Jell-O at our table?


Rock Bottom

With the Decider dropping down to a pathetic 28% approval rating in the latest Newsweek poll, it seems that he may have finally hit rock bottom. At least, that's what the Crazification Theory tells us.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Caption Contest

In anticipation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's upcoming state dinner with the Chimperor, I thought we should use this picture of the Queen with Deadeye Dick.

Release the royal hounds!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Working for the Weekend

It's the start of a lovely weekend here in the Windy Apple, so I thought I'd share the springtime joy with this selection of clips of Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock." Hi-larious.

Friday Random Ten

I meant to post this album cover back on Earth Day, but I was busy that weekend gluing those plastic soda-can rings back together. I heard you're supposed to do that for the dolphins or lemurs or something. I'm not sure. I saw it on a nature documentary, but it's all kind of fuzzy now.

Anyway, better late than never. Personally, I'm a little confused about this one. I'm not sure just what kind of music is right for cleaning up stream pollution and, moreover, I'm not sure how you're supposed to get a record player working out there by the streamside. And even if you could, it sort of seems to run against the whole "back-to-nature" vibe.

Oh well, it was a different time. To quote the legendary attorney Harvey Birdman, we all remember the seventies. The clothes. The haircuts. The heartwarming, yet rarely amusing, "Ziggy" cartoons. Let it go, man. Let it go.

In that spirit, it's time for the Friday Random Ten. Here we go:

1. Yo La Tengo, "Here Comes My Baby" -- A nice cover of the Cat Stevens tribute to stalkers. Just like the original, this is a sunny, poppy version that really masks the fundamental creepiness of the lyrics. 6/10

2. Common, "I Used to Love H.E.R." -- I'm normally a big fan of Common's, but this is a fairly mediocre tune. No worries. I saw his performance in the mindless Smokin' Aces recently -- he plays Jeremy Piven's badass righthand man -- and I think we're going to see anothe MosDefian transition to movies here. That'll work. 5/10

3. The Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)" -- This one starts slow and builds nicely, fitting the pattern for the best Arcade Fire tunes. Very nice. I'm slowly warming to the new album, Neon Bible, though it's even slower and mellower than the past work. Any thoughts? 8/10

4. Jimmy McGriff, "Discotheque USA" -- A scorching soul instrumental, with enough Hammond organ to rebuild New Orleans. Phenomenal stuff. 8/10

5. Scissor Sisters, "Music is the Victim" -- I know some of the cool kids love this band, but it sounds like an uninspired Elton John cover band to me. Sorry, I just don't get it. At all. 1/10

6. The Clash, "Straight to Hell" -- One of their mellower tunes. For some reason, this always tends to come up when I'm driving around at night. Not a bad fit. 8/10

7. Jose Gonzales, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" -- A while back, My Old Kentucky Blog was tracking down songs that had been covered to death, and this Joy Division classic yielded one of the longer lists. Check it out. This one is one of the best, but there are some other winners on the list. 9/10

8. Public Enemy, "Can't Do Nuttin For Ya, Ma" -- There was a reason Chuck D didn't give Flavor Flav the mic that often. Still, you have to admire the courage it takes to make the phrase "Wash Your Butt" one of the ringing elements of the chorus. I'm hoping that's not what he meant by the "Flavor of Love" on VH1. 4/10

9. Muddy Waters, "Gypsy Woman" -- If you have the slightest interest in Muddy Waters, do yourself a favor and get the three-disc Chess Records box set. I'm pretty sure it didn't leave my CD player for the first three months I owned it. Just never gets old, and every song's a keeper. 7/10

10. Modest Mouse, "Florida" -- I have mixed feelings about the new Modest Mouse album. The grown-up in me loves the hearty goodness of the mellow songs, while the kid in me hates the frosted, angry, angsty shouters like this song. Maybe it'll grow on me, but right now I keep skipping this one. 3/10

Damn, I was all over the place today, like a candidate in the Republican primary. Some real stinkers in there, and I'm winding up with a 5.9 average. I normally land a Gentlemen's C on the coolness scale, with the occasional D thrown in there because I keeps it real. But this is a straight-up F. Shit, I hope I don't have to go to coolness summer school.

Alright, let's see what you've got. Drop your own FRTs or musical freestylings in the comments below.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Public Service Announcement

If, like me, you aren't quite fat enough then get to your local Baskin Robbins for 31 cent scoop night.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

It Rubs the Lotion on Its Skin

This song popped up on my iPod on the way home from work today, which got me thinking about the video, which got me thinking about how it was my solemn duty to share its special, demented, gimp-like love.

Seriously, it's not often you find a catchy pop tune written about the precious-tucking psychopath killer from Silence of the Lambs, much less a perfectly-synced video culled entirely from the movie. Enjoy.

And good luck getting this song out of your head. My wife was humming it after just three listens, and absolutely hating me for it.

Hair Club for Men

Over at Media Matters, Eric Boehlert, the author of the media-bashing book Lapdogs, has a terrific analysis of the media's handling of the incredibly important story that John Edwards Gets Expensive Haircuts And Therefore His Populist Politics are Fake and His Campaign is Doomed! Doomed, I Tells Ya!!!!!1!!!one!

Go take a look. It's so good, I'm calling it Frankrichesque.

Happy V-Day!

Via Atrios, there's a great chart at Thinkprogress giving the stats on our awesome Iraq adventure from "Mission Accomplished" day to today, four years later. Feel the triumph.