Archive for March 2nd, 2009

Monday Media Blogging – Walker, Texas Ranger Edition

It has recently come to my attention that “Walker, Texas Ranger” is THE GREATEST TELEVISION SHOW OF ALL TIME. Don’t believe me? I have proof:

You cannot possibly deny the Awesome. Consider yourselves educated.

March 2nd, 2009 at 06:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Is America Post-Sexist, Too?

If so, can someone let Jake Tapper know?  Here’s a few eyebrow-raising tidbits from Howie Kurtz’s profile on how awesome he is:

Tapper also became a cartoonist for the student paper, drawing such characters as a woman who rips out a man’s heart while breaking up with him.


He spent three years as a publicist for the firm Powell Tate, flacking for such clients as Hooters. Tapper also freelanced for The Washington Post, holding forth on such topics as “Stairmaster butt” and how caller ID “has single-handedly changed the rules of romance.”

In 1998, while working for the group Handgun Control, Tapper was pondering an offer from Washington City Paper when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. This was of more than passing interest to Tapper, who weeks earlier had gone on a date with the suddenly notorious White House intern. He turned that brief encounter into a cover story — and a job — at City Paper.


“To be brutally honest, I got with her because I figured that behind her initial aggressiveness lurked an easy, perhaps winning, bit of no-frills hookup,” he wrote….


Tapper, who festoons his Facebook page with baby pictures, says his network career has had a “horrible” impact on his family life. “I wouldn’t be able to be here,” he says, “if it weren’t for Jen and her complete understanding of this job and my drive.”

It all kind of adds up to a creepy, women-should-be-subservient-to-my-needs vibe (and this is from a profile that’s supposed to be flattering).  Which is a bit of a shock, since Tapper is so totally never a hackish wanker at all, nope.

March 2nd, 2009 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Sexism,Wankers

Ready To Pull Your Government Out Of The Bathtub Yet?

The anti-tax diehards in El Paso and Colorado Springs are learning firsthand just what “small government” really means, but they still think it’s too big:

As property-tax rates tumble and sales-tax revenue evaporates, residents in the backyard of Douglas Bruce — the state’s leading evangelist of small government and small taxes — are learning just how small government can get. So far, voters have shown no inclination to part with any more tax dollars.

Now, local leaders are warning that with no fat left to cut, basic services such as law enforcement, courts, public health and child-abuse investigations are all in jeopardy.

El Paso County’s budget has shed $45 million over the past three years, clipped by the generosity of past tax-cutting county commissioners, stretched by the demands of a surging population and perpetually in the sights of limited-government forces.

“We don’t have enough funding to sustain our government at the level we need,” said El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark.

With the nation’s economy imploding, the city of Colorado Springs is feeling similar pain.

The impacts are widespread:

• For years, the health department has lacked the staff to inspect restaurants and other food providers twice a year, as required by state law. Department director Kandi Buckland said it’s no coincidence that “in 2008, preliminary data showed El Paso County had the largest number of food-borne illness” in the state.

• The health department has stopped inspecting day-care centers and won’t inspect swimming pools this summer. That might make swimmers queasy, considering that last year, the department closed 80 pools — including six contaminated with E. coli.

• The Sheriff’s Office has the same number of patrol deputies it had in 1998, when there were 70,000 fewer residents. In some parts of the county, it takes deputies 22 minutes — more than double the ideal time — to arrive when someone calls 911.

• Most county offices are closed on Friday.

• When gas prices peaked last summer, Sheriff Terry Maketa ordered patrol cars parked. Deputies stopped cruising and instead waited for calls to come in. DUI arrests plummeted.


A group that called itself Citizens for Effective Government hoped to put the brakes on some of this by persuading voters to pay another penny per dollar in sales tax. They estimated that would have generated $75 million a year.


The proposal was routed by voters.

And rightly so, said the anti-taxman himself, Douglas Bruce.

“I know how much money they waste,” Bruce said. He writes about that topic on his website, which includes a 42-item list of what he calls wasteful county spending.

“They’re pouring money out like it’s a broken fire hydrant,” said the former county commissioner, who disputes the notion that the county budget is shrinking.

He also questions the need to pay county staff so much and for paid vacations. “Why are we paying people to have a vacation?”


Finley said city and county departments have done such a good job of making do with so little that many people haven’t actually felt the effects yet.

“I don’t think they understand until it impacts them directly. Until they walk up to the DMV and pull on a door and it’s locked because it’s Friday, and they have to pay a late fee because they waited until the last day or until they call 911 on the Eastern Plains and the sheriff can’t respond for an hour.”

People will only get it, Finley said, when it impacts them.

I think their grand Norquistian we-don’t-need-no-steenking-government experiment is very close to imploding, if it hasn’t already.  And I’m having a really hard time feeling sorry for them.  Small government is what the people of El Paso and Colorado Springs demanded, and small goverment is what they’ve got.

2 comments March 2nd, 2009 at 06:59am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Republicans

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