Archive for March 19th, 2009

Who Is More Pathetic?

Lisa Rinna?

I'm a driver, I'm a Rinna.  Things are gonna change for me, I can feel it.

…Or George W. Bush?

Former President George W. Bush is writing a book focusing on defining decisions he’s made in his personal and political life, a publishing house announced Thursday.

The book, tentatively titled “Decision Points,” is to be published in fall 2010, according to the Crown Publishing Group. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The book will focus on about 12 important decisions made by the former president. Topics will include his decision to run for president, his choice of his closest advisers, the September 11 terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his response to Hurricane Katrina, the forming of his stem cell research policy, his decision to quit drinking, how he found faith and his relationships with his father, mother, siblings and wife.

He’s so totally invested in his personal mythology of himself as The Great Decider, that he’s actually going to make it the centerpiece of his book.  You know, George, being decisive isn’t really all that admirable when every single decision you make is wrong.

1 comment March 19th, 2009 at 10:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush

Wanker Of The Day, Bipartisan Edition

From the left, Obama adviser David Axelrod:

Yesterday, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told America he sees the use of taxpayer money to pay AIG million-dollar bonuses as an unimportant distraction…. Now today, White House adviser David Axelrod insists nobody cares about AIG ripping off taxpayers. “People are not sitting around their kitchen tables thinking about AIG,” he told the Washington Post.

Because that’s not tone-deaf at all.  No-one is even remotely offended by the notion that white-collar crooks are being paid millions of dollars of our money as a reward for their role in crashing the economy, except maybe a few peasants.

Which leads me once again to the leader of the GOP, once again showing us how he feels about the little people:

Further widening the rift on the issue between conservatives in the media, such as himself, and conservatives in Congress, Limbaugh went on to air Rep. Ed Royce’s (R-CA) rationale for voting yea on the House bill to tax AIG bonuses at 90 percent, and claimed that Obama voters will love a 90-percent tax rate “because Obama and the Democrat Party have been ginning up hatred and class envy for corporate executives and the achiever class in this country for years, for decades.”

Because everyone who isn’t a gazillionaire is a pathetic lazy slacker who’s never accomplished anything and has no value to society.  Epic Populism Fail.

March 19th, 2009 at 08:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Wankers

Greatest Ad Campaign Ever?

New Zealand’s Sky TV wanted everyone to know they were airing Alien Vs. Predator last month:

AVP Chess

AVP Pool

AVP Swingball

That. Is. Brilliant.

Do click on the pics, the full-size images are gorgeous.

(h/t shadowy & mysterious Codename V.)

7 comments March 19th, 2009 at 06:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Movies,Weirdness

Still More Construction Photoblogging

The construction on the new arena is really coming along quite remarkably well.

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March 19th, 2009 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

NY Daily News Is Trying To Cheer Me Up

Bernie Madoff suffering inhumane incarceration?

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff is being held in a super-max wing of the Manhattan federal lockup – a unit so tough it drives hardened criminals mad, the Daily News has learned.

It’s known as 10 South.

Located on the 10th floor of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the high-security wing has housed the city’s toughest mobsters and most bloodthirsty terrorists.


On 10 South, the 70-year-old Madoff is treated more like a lab rat than a vaunted Wall Street financier once entrusted with billions of investment dollars.

The lights burn 24 hours a day, and an inmate’s every move is caught on video. Madoff gets just 60 minutes a day outside his 8-by-8-foot cell – in wrist shackles.

Windows are blacked out so disoriented inmates can’t catch even a glimpse of the world outside.

What passes for food is slipped through a narrow slit in a stainless steel door that fronts a spartan cell – cold in winter, scorching hot in summer.

No interaction is permitted between inmates or guards. Only a ranking officer is allowed to remove a prisoner from his tiny cell.

Lawyer visits are few and far between. Reading material is almost nonexistent.


The squalid conditions are enough to make blood-stained tough guys cry – never mind a pampered ex-billionaire.

Bonanno crime family capo Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano was moved off 10 South in 2005 after his lawyer complained of “subhuman” conditions.

Junior Gotti said his hard time in the MCC’s most infamous section was brutal.

“I was in 10 South, and it almost broke me,” Gotti famously roared.

Imagine its impact on a first-time offender used to a $7 million East Side penthouse with a bedroom drawer filled with cuff links and a $39,000 Steinway piano in the living room.

“I had a guy in there who went bonkers,” said one veteran defense lawyer. “They had to take him out of there and give him sedatives.”

Hey, what do you call a filthy rich corrupt financier imprisoned under hellish conditions?

A good start.

UPDATE: Since my lack of sympathy for this piece of shit (which I cannot find it myself to retract) or lack of outrage that prisons like this exist (I’d rather they didn’t, but if we’re going to put people in them, it might as well be Madoff and his ilk) appears to be a problem, let me just add two things:

1) Perhaps I got a bit overexcited by the fact that one of these assholes is actually paying some kind of criminal consequences instead of walking away scot-free or getting a massive bonus.

2) The fact remains that none of the people responsible for the financial meltdown, nor anyone from the Bush administration, is in any kind of prison, hellhole or otherwise, and probably never will be.  We might get a few more Ponzi schemers like Stanford, but that’s it.

23 comments March 19th, 2009 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Prisoners

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