Archive for January 22nd, 2007

Monday Media Blogging Cannot Be Contained!

The shadowy and mysterious Codename V. has forced my hand, by posting additional video awesomeness which I must now share with you.

I give you… “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse”, by Of Montreal:

Be sure to give it 30 seconds for the weirdness to really kick in. Ohhh my.

3 comments January 22nd, 2007 at 06:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Heckuva Job, Bushie!

I’m a day late on this, but I would just like to congratulate President Bush on managing to come up with a healthcare plan that helps absolutely no-one who needs it, and hurts almost everyone who already has it. Bravo!

And people wonder why we liberals didn’t think Dubya was competent to run a war…

January 22nd, 2007 at 06:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Wankers

Free Fall

Wow. The latest WaPo/ABC News poll is… dire. Bush is declining on just about every indicator imaginable, which means I have to bore you all to tears with some highlights:

o Approval Rating: Down to 33%, from 36% last month, with 65% Disapproval. A 51% majority gave Dubya a “Strongly Disapprove” rating (highest ever), while only 17% “Strongly Approve” (lowest ever – I think you can find 17% of the country that believe Jesus was a space alien, although it’s probably not the same 17%). Right Track/Wrong Track is also way down, to 26/71.

o Handling Of Iraq War: Very similar to Approval Rating, only worse. Currently 29% Approve (13% strongly), 70% Disapprove (57% strongly). Apparently 3% of the population were suckered by Bush’s “Surge” speech, because the percentage of people who think he has a plan went up from 25% to 28% since last month. Some bounce.

o Handling Of Everything Else: Flat or no history, but definitely negative on Terrorism (46/52), Economy (41/57), and Global Warming (27/61).

o Bush Direction Or Democrats’ Direction? I love this one. Bush Direction 45% in 1/05, 35% in 1/06, and 25% now. Good thing he only has two years left, or this number would go negative.

o Who Do You Trust? Bush head-to-head against Democrats on the issues. Slight downward trends on Iraq (33/60), Terrorism (40/52 – remember, this is supposed to be the “Bush Strong, Dems Weak” trump card), and Economy (32/60). The Federal Budget is the real eye-opener though: It went from 54/34 in Bush’s favor last May, to 28/62 against him in the latest poll. Wow. I’m not entirely sure what triggered that – the campaign to privatize Social Security is long gone, and it’s not like Republican fiscal irresponsibility is a new development. Best guess is that it could be related to all the Halliburton and general contractor malfeasance in Iraq and New Orleans. Or I probably just completely forgot about something – it happens.
o Personal Weaknesses: Bush is also nosediving on the personal characteristics that used to be his strengths, the yeah-buts used to excuse his incompetence and awful policies. My personal favorites are Honesty (40/57), Strength (45/54), and Good In A Crisis (42/56). Also, not exactly a personal characteristic, but he’s also dropped to 44/55 on whether he’s Made The Country Safer And More Secure – another supposed trademark of the Republican brand.

o What The: The country is apparently split (48/48) on whether the invasion improved the lives of the Iraqi people, but it has come down from 68/32 just 7 months ago. “Contributed to long-term peace and stability in the Mideast” (28/68) and “Encouraged democracy in other Arab nations” (36/59) have both dropped over 10 points over the same span.

o Other Tidbits: The Surge is still unpopular (34/65); only 24% of those polled considered themselves Republicans (vs. 36% and 35% for Democrats and Independents); and Bill Clinton is more popular now (61%) than he ever was when he was President. Whee!!!

January 22nd, 2007 at 06:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Politics,Polls

Pillow The Belt

Behold, the Future Of Sport:

The reigning world champion of the Pillow Fight League is backstage, strategizing about how to put the hurt on Betty Clocker.

“I tend to knee a lot, but not this time,” she says, whispering so her opponent can’t eavesdrop. “Because she’ll be expecting that. I’m switching it up.”


Toronto’s PFL… answers this crucial question: Will people pay to watch Canadian women clobber each other with pillows?

The answer: Duh. Demand for the $20 tickets was so high that a second night at Galapagos was added and quickly sold out. But anyone who comes for a giggly face-off between two chicks in undies — the age-old slumber party fantasy — is in for an unhappy shock. “Real women. Real fights” is the league’s motto, and this is no joke. When the fight starts, nearly anything goes — leg drops, arm bars, chokeholds and punching — as long as a pillow is the point of contact. Just don’t gouge, scratch or pull hair, and no fair hiding bricks or any foreign objects in the pillowcase.

You win by pinning an opponent’s shoulders, as in a standard wrestling match, or pummeling her so hard she quits, or if the referee stops the action. If there’s no winner at the end of the one-round, five-minute fight, three judges choose a victor, based on style, stamina and aggressiveness.


Nothing is fake or scripted, though in the tradition of professional wrestling, each fighter takes a nom de guerre and a persona. Lady Die enters the ring dressed in elegant equestrian gear, though she undercuts the aura of English hauteur by flipping the bird with both hands as she struts to her corner. Eiffel Power is dressed in a shirt with those horizontal stripes that will forever connote Frenchness. Lynn Somnia enters screaming, ostensibly driven insane from a lack of sleep and wearing a white hospital gown.


“Roxxy Balboa, do you want to fight?” shouts the referee.

Thumbs up from Balboa.

“Ursula Anvil, do you want to fight?”

As a matter of fact, she does.

“Fight like a girl!” howls the ref — the phrase that launches every bout — and it begins.

Forget technique. None of the fighters seems to have any, aside from the basic windup and swing and the occasional leg sweep to dump an opponent on the mat. The action is frantic and grueling. The fighters seem exhausted after a minute. Wild swings outnumber square hits. Much of the action happens on the ground, where the fighters pitch and roll, occasionally using their pillows to try to choke each other, which doesn’t really work. There’s nothing sexy about it, and with a 20-ish, mostly male crowd calling out such bons mots as “Hit her low!” the event often has the atmosphere of a “Jerry Springer” melee.

The PFL is the brainchild of Stacey P. Case, a 39-year-old who swears his name is really Stacey P. Case. In 2004, he was driving through Austria with his band, the Tijuana Bibles, when a thought struck him out of nowhere: pillow fighting. Real fighting. Ladies only.

“A light bulb went off,” he recalls…. Everybody thinks it’s a strip thing, but it’s not. We’ve had offers from nudie bars to come and fight there and I don’t even return their calls. I’ve got a rule on the books that says no lewd behavior.”

The fighters, he says, are mostly denizens of Toronto’s art scene, which means the whole show could be interpreted as one big performance art piece. (That doesn’t make the violence less real, but it gives onlookers the out of regarding the PFL as an exhibit they are watching rather than a car crash they are gawking at.)


“I asked the girls the other day, ‘Hey, how many of you would quit your jobs and become pillow fighters full time?’ And half the girls raised their hands.”

As undignified as professional pillow fighting often looks, it is alluring enough to tempt a few in the audience to try. Once the appropriate waivers are signed, a dozen attendees… start roundhousing each other in impromptu five-minute battles. Among them is a woman in a red gingham top who obviously came ready to riot. She has “Vermonster” written in pen on the back of her shirt, and after coming close to pinning her startled opponent, she wins a unanimous decision.

The fighting, according to the pros, is just part of the appeal.

“Off the mat, we hang out,” says Reardon, the PFL champ, who has inked the word “hate” across the knuckles of both hands. “You might be mad at someone because of what they did on the mat, but you bring it back to the mat.”

Reardon’s showdown with Betty Clocker is the final match of the night. Clocker enters wearing an apron and bearing a plateful of cookies that she hands out to the crowd, instantly turning her into the audience favorite. Reardon, who enters wearing the three-pound PFL champion belt, doesn’t care.

“I tried to do my judo and sweep out her legs,” Reardon says grinning and out of breath after the match, her belt firmly back around her waist. “And once I got her tired, I knew I could get her on the ground and smother her.”

The PFL Network is just around the corner – I’m looking forward to their all-day draft coverage.

(The WaPo story has video, BTW…)

3 comments January 22nd, 2007 at 04:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Sports,Weirdness

Quote Of The Day

Peyton Manning, after winning his first AFC championship:

I don’t get into monkeys and vindication.

This is probably more information than I needed, thanks.

2 comments January 22nd, 2007 at 09:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes

Monday Media Blogging

Multi Medium salutes the playoff winners:

Well done, gentlemen. Well done.

January 22nd, 2007 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

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