July 30, 2008

Scattershot

Another post about all the stuff that doesn't deserve its own post. There's too much fun and not enough time!

John Kerry's Party Girl Pics

Some drunken college co-eds descended upon Kerry outside of a Nantucket restaurant, and now the pix are up on TMZ (and the Boston Herald).

I've got some problems with Kerry (saving that for a future post) but I had to laugh when I heard that Jeff Beatty had a call out to the local conservative radio show host on WSAR immediately after the pix hit the net. Being ambushed by co-eds is, apparently, one of the issues Massachusetts voters really care about. Note, I didn't say "fantasize" about.

Obama '08 Bumper Stickers

I have about 100 of them, from MoveOn.org. 100 is more than I thought. So, if you want one, just ask. Save the SASE and just ask me in person. Gas is cheaper than stamps anyhow, right? Don't like putting stickers on your car? Turn any t-shirt, jacket, undergarment, tree, dog, or moose into an instant political statement!

Ted Stevens Indicted

I thought we covered this last August with my post "Ted Stevens: Model Republican." Well, now it's official, much to the feigned shock of the entire legislature. Yes, this was the guy with the bridge to nowhere. Yes, this was the guy who complained when we tried to allocate money for Katrina victims (we had to give Alaska more $$$ to shut him up). Yes, the scandal involves big oil! LET THE DRILLING BEGIN!

Ted Stevens is awesome. -ly Republican! Is there truth to the rumor (I am starting) that he's on McCain's short list for Veep? Stay tuned!

Whence the Jihad?

Dunkin' Donuts has announced a health conscious "DDSmart menu." To quote:

items include both new and existing Dunkin' Donuts food and beverages that meet at least one of the following criteria: 25% fewer calories; 25% less sugar, fat, saturated fat or sodium than comparable fare, and/or contain ingredients that are nutritionally beneficial.

So, don't worry about your jihad against proper nutrition just yet. There's a lot of wiggle room in "25% less sugar, fat, saturated fat or sodium." There's an enormous difference between the word "and" and the word "or." Hat tip Projo blog.

Purity Ball

I threw up a little in my mouth, listening to Keri's radio show this morning. The subject was the Bush Administration's latest attempt to assert authority over the out-of-control social problem in America that we call "rampaging uteruses." New rules are attempting to redefine abortion to include contraception, so that medical organizations cannot choose to hire people based upon their qualifications, including their ability to administer birth control, if desired by a patient.

However, at the very end of her show, she brought up another way that people seek to own other people's sexuality: the idea of Purity Balls in which girls pledge their virginity to their fathers in return for a piece of jewelry. The pact lasts until such time that the father agrees to hand over his daughter's virginity to her husband.

I'm all for women (and anyone!) making smart decisions regarding their sexuality, but what's that got to do with creepy ceremonies in which your virginity is traded like a commodity? Ew. Just... ew.

My idea, skip the Purity Ring jewelry and just tie a pink ribbon around your Bumper Nutz. Purity Ballz!

Obama Parody Goes Mute

Maggie sent this one along: R.N.C. Deletes Comments on Obama Parody Site. Essentially, the RNC created a lame Facebook/Obama parody site, complete with discussion boards. Soon after it was presented to its target audience it was sullied with racist and anti-Muslim screed. Later, as the liberal net caught on, they tried to convert the discussion board to be pro-Obama. In response, the comments were all deleted and it now all that remains as a lame, non-interactive webscar. It didn't even last one day. Kudos to the RNC for "getting" the intarwebz.

Scrabsolutely Fabulous

How many times am I going to read the story that Facebook took down the popular Scrabble clone "Scrabulous?" This is the sort of news you read (and appropriately so) in a blog comment or a Twitter update from a friend. And I like it that way. But it's in the NYT today, and I heard it twice on different radio channels. I bet it was on CNN Headline News, too. And look at all the blog posts and FriendFeed conversations.

People, Hasbro had no choice. I agree it sucks if you were a player, but tone down the rhetoric, will ya?

Folks are praising Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla for the quality of their app. Great, perhaps they can cut a deal with Hasbro, who owns the rights. But if these guys are creative geniuses, why didn't they come up with their own awesome game? I love a good "down with da man" bandwagon, but I have a friend who coded an excellent networked Scrabble clone for personal use over a decade ago, so I'm not super impressed.

Dr. Horrible

I checked out Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog on Ryan's suggestion, and it is musical Joss Whedonesque fun. $4 on iTunes, or see an iPod near me. Bring your headphones.

Hellboy II Down, Step Brothers Up

Didn't really love Hellboy II all that much when Maggie and I saw it last week. The film kept waking Maggie up in the theater, forcing her to seek out the quiet of our parked car. And I thought it was OK but didn't love it.

Step Brothers was completely stupid, and I have no explanation for how much it made me laugh. Lots of vulgar language, a number of very gross scenes, and complete childishness in the shape of two 40-year-old men. It shouldn't sustain a whole movie, but it did. Maggie thinks it's a cautionary tale about "helicopter parents." Perhaps it isn't as stupid as I thought. I would call it this year's pinnacle of lowbrow humor, but while the jokes are wrapped in plenty of crudeness, the actual humor is a lot more subtle than a fart joke. It's an extended essay on the conflict between adult responsibilities and male tendencies toward childishness, played out literally -- a metaphor of the general represented by a literal performance of the individual.

Yes, I am just trying to sound less stupid for liking "Step Brothers."

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The only problem with the Kerry photos is his choice of beer-swilling coeds...dey's all like, "Heeeeeyyyyy, look at me an' shit. I's hangin' wif' ummm...Represenatator Kerry Underwood an' shit. I's all dat' anna' bag o'chips", and dey ain't all dat. Of course, neither is the Senator.

Posted by: Bull at July 30, 2008 3:57 PM

I think the pix are funny as hell. I just don't think they're a campaign issue.

There are videos of Bush picking his nose at a baseball game, and we elected him twice.

Posted by: James at July 30, 2008 4:44 PM

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