Archive for January 9th, 2007

Who Is More Foolish: The Fool, Or The Fool Who Follows Him?

The Richard Cohen Rehabilitation Tour proceeds apace.

It would be a lot easier to pat him on the back for this sort of thing if he hadn’t been one of the enablers way back when. Or if he would, y’know, abjectly apologize and beg forgiveness for his role every time he complains about how insane everyone else is.

5 comments January 9th, 2007 at 05:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Wankers

Who Needs An iPhone?

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…when you can have an iPod/DVD projector shaped like R2-D2? (NOTE: Make sure the motivator is under warranty)

I’m… an enormous geek.

*hangs head in shame*

Did I mention that the remote is shaped like the Millennium Falcon?

(Or that Blogger is run by monkeys? And not the smart kind, either.)

10 comments January 9th, 2007 at 04:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Technology,Weirdness

Educating Froomkin

The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin (And Friends!) have some questions about Emperor Surgio:

Here are some of the things to keep an eye out for [in Surgio’s All-New & Improved Iraq Strategery Address]:

* Will he acknowledge the real, specific concerns that many Americans have with this particular war and the way it’s been waged? Or will he once again belittle the public angst by ascribing it to too much carnage on TV and a general aversion to warfare?

* Will he engage and address the actual arguments voiced by critics? Or will he simply fight straw men of his own creation?

* Specifically, will he acknowledge the argument that the presence of American troops makes things worse in Iraq, rather than better?

* Will he acknowledge the message American voters sent about Iraq in November, and explain why he doesn’t feel obliged to heed the public will? Will he explain why he and the public seem to have reached such different conclusions?

* Will he agree to engage in dialogue — not just consultation — with those who disagree with him, and possibly even in public?

* Will he be up front about the possible consequences of a failed escalation — specifically, the cost in human lives? Will he acknowledge the human suffering?

* Will he be honest about the difference between tactics, strategy and goals, and will he explain why he seems willing to consider only a change in tactics?

* Will he be forthright about how we got here? Will he acknowledge any mistakes, beyond tactical errors that were not his fault personally? What lessons will he say he has learned? Will he take any blame for anything?

* Will he explain where the additional troops will come from? Will he call for volunteers? Will he call for anyone else to sacrifice?

* Will he say where the money will come from — for the escalation, for the reportedly billion-dollar jobs program, or for the entire war for that matter?

* Will he say anything about how long either the escalation, or the war, will last? If he establishes benchmarks, will they be accompanied by timelines and consequences? Will there be any accountability, for either the Iraqis or the Americans? At the end of the speech, will the American military commitment appear larger but still equally open-ended?

* Will he say not just that he still believes the war in Iraq is winnable, but why he believes that, and why he discounts the evidence to the contrary?

* Will he be up front about who we’re fighting and why? Will he acknowledge that the chief mission of existing and supplemental troops will be fighting well-armed rival Muslim factions?

* Will he acknowledge how the mission in Iraq has changed, from ostensibly being about weapons of mass destruction all the way to tamping down a civil war?

* Will he address the hideously botched execution of Saddam Hussein, which provided such a gripping view of the vicious sectarianism plaguing the country?

* Will he acknowledge that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has repeatedly made promises and not delivered in the past, and explain why he trusts Maliki this time?

* Will he acknowledge that Iraqi forces have never taken their share of the responsibility in Iraq, and that training has thus far been problematic?

* If he says this is a turning point, will he explain why, in contrast to all the previous turning points, he believes this one is for real?

* Will he describe how his view of the situation in Iraq has changed over time, if at all? Will he address the concern that he has been in a state of denial?

(…)

Liberal blogger Josh Marshall looks at the past four years and asks whether anyone “can point to even a single Bush administration decision in Iraq, either strategic or tactical, that didn’t turn out to be either a bad idea or a complete disaster? Anything? One good call?”

(…)

Sally Quinn writes in a Washington Post op-ed: “I hope that when President Bush discusses sending more troops to Iraq, knowing that we will have to pull out sooner rather than later, that the conversation comes around to the human suffering. Does anyone at the table ask about the personal anguish, the long-term effects, emotional, psychological and financial, on the families of those killed, wounded or permanently disabled?”

No.

Liberal blogger Arianna Huffington proposes “a diagnostic checklist” to evaluate the level of Bush’s delusion.

“Does he exhibit signs of the classic layman’s definition of insanity: repeatedly doing the same thing but expecting a different result?…

“Does the patient — I mean, the president — demonstrate magical thinking, signs of a belief that merely wishing for something can make it so?”

Yes.

This has been another edition of Simple Answers To Simple Questions.

January 9th, 2007 at 04:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Media,Politics,Wankers,War

Everybody Dance Now!

Well, it’s official: I am the sweatiest mammal on Earth.

And this is supposedly somehow a good thing.

Also, Dr. Jablonski is pretty cool-looking, in a vaguely New-Agey, Professor Annie Lennox kind of way.

Blogger is run by monkeys, you know.

1 comment January 9th, 2007 at 04:07pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Science

Shittiest. Prize. Ever.

Literally.

It’s no B.S. – a Staten Island woman who won a sweepstakes ended up with 7-1/2 tons of horse manure.

Ina Adamshvili of South Beach considered herself blessed when she found out she won Turkey Hill Ice Cream’s 75th anniversary contest.

(…)

Some winners got 75 homemade apple pies. Others scored Amish buggy rides. Adamshvili won the manure.

The married mother of two quickly decided to trade her dung in for dollars. The company found that manure was going for $9 a ton, so they paid her $67.50 for the glop.

Adamshvili had no complaints.

The Russian immigrant said she hadn’t felt so lucky since she won an immigration lottery giving her the right to come to the United States.

“The first time we [won a] green card, second time we [won] this prize,” she told the Staten Island Advance.

Adamshvili had few doubts about what she would do with the money….

“I’m going to buy more ice cream,” she told the Advance.

I wish I were that easy to please. I would have preferred the pies. The apple pies.

Also, Blogger is run by monkeys.

1 comment January 9th, 2007 at 04:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Brain… Hurts. Does… Not… Compute.

It’s disconcerting to even think about…

George Clooney may get his ultimate revenge against Bill O’Reilly if he is willing to be cast way against type. The author of “The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O’Reilly,” out today from St. Martin’s Press, wants the activist actor to play the conservative Fox TV host, who’s jousted with Clooney more than once, in a movie version.

TV critic Marvin Kitman spent five years researching the book, interviewing O’Reilly 29 times. He says Clooney, who directed “Good Night, and Good Luck,” about the great journalist Edward R. Murrow, could do it. “That’s why they call it acting,” Kitman said.

This, despite Clooney telling us in the past that O’Reilly “mistakenly sees himself as Murrow.”

He also compared O’Reilly to redbaiting Sen. Joe McCarthy – unfavorably.

“Unlike McCarthy, O’Reilly was never elected to public office. What’s more, Joe McCarthy was never accused of telling one of his female staff members she should use a vibrator” – one of the sex-harassment claims of a former Fox News staffer.

For his part, O’Reilly has said, “Many of the ideologues on the left – George Clooney, these people – all are underestimating the danger we are in. … They don’t believe we’re in the middle of World War III, they don’t understand Islamic fascism and jihad.” He also has said, “I don’t recommend Clooney as a human being.”

“Recommend”? What is that even supposed to mean? Do people regularly ask O’Reilly to make human being recommendations? (“Try the Ann Coulter – insouciant but very nutty.”)

Perhaps some lighthearted gossip will soothe my aching brain.

Michael Sheen uncovered an interesting tidbit while researching his role as U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair for “The Queen.”

“I met [Blair’s] daughter a couple of days before we started filming,” Sheen told us. ” ‘What does your dad wear in bed?’ That was the first question I asked her. And she just got very blushed. And she said in the summer, he doesn’t wear anything.”

Or not…

Blogger is run by monkeys.

January 9th, 2007 at 03:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Wankers

Spam Vs. The Man

This is a bit more… subversive than usual:

your man betrothed your men and your shastabolicious Republican.

white-hot honkies imitated one fascist. the pimp needed to dance, so conformists should never self-destruct and could do party tricks.

Power to the people!

(“Shastabolicious”???)

January 9th, 2007 at 08:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Spamoptikon

More Sanitation Photoblogging

I imagine that being insane for sanitation is somewhat akin to being cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.


The ancient bollard graveyard.


Some kind of entrance archway thingy.


Insert Hitchcock theme music here.


My feelings exactly.

4 comments January 9th, 2007 at 08:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging


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