January 30, 2009
*I almost wrote "Upper West Side" before realizing I know an Upper West Side-er who would be great for the job.
The two shows' formats are different. Hannity's is all talking points, while Miller's is politics, sports, entertainment, whatever. Maybe if Miller was still harping on Rev. Wright three months after the election, Hannity wouldn't feel this way.
(I know this is kind of a ridiculous thing to post on, but his big fat head got to me.)
January 29, 2009
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January 28, 2009
No thanks to Jonn for reminding me about this evil, evil song, but do check out his coverage of this Key character.
An advertisement in the sports daily Record on Tuesday invited fans to clip coupons and redeem them at their local Radio Shack store for a voodoo-doll likeness of a U.S. player. The hope was that a little black magic might help Mexico break a decade of futility on the road versus its northern neighbor.And, yes, Radio Shack is (ostensibly) an American company. Boycott, anyone?
"Help end the losing streak so Mexico advances," the ad read.
An illustration showed a pair of scissors slicing off the leg of a doll in a U.S. jersey that was bruised, crying out in pain, leaking stuffing, and stuck with pushpins.
January 27, 2009
When officers arrived at 1:30 a.m., Flood said they found 22 minors ranging in age from 15 to 20 and two kegs of beer purchased by Beckner. Flood said all 22 minors received citations for MIP and inmates of a disorderly house.
Beckner was cited and released for maintaining a disorderly house, 22 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and two charges of keg registration violation for tearing the registration tags off of the kegs.
Officer Flood said there was so much alcohol in the home that the breathalyzers used by officers recorded a .03 just from the air within the residence.
"I'm getting uncomfortable," Benicio del Toro said after fielding a question about his new movie's portrayal of the Bolivian and Cuban revolutions. "I'm done. I'm done, I hope you write whatever you want. I don't give a damn."Awwwww.
With that, the Oscar-winning actor walked away, abruptly terminating an interview conducted late last week to discuss director Steven Soderbergh's "Che."
"We understand that the sight of hundreds of frozen tuna looks unique and interesting for foreign tourists," said Yoshiaki Takagi, deputy director of the market. "But they have to understand the Tsukiji market is a professional place, not an amusement park."
One of the more notorious recent cases was that of a tipsy British tourist - caught on tape by a Japanese TV crew - who licked the head of a frozen tuna and patted its gill. Two others, also caught on video, rode around on a cart used by wholesalers. "Get out! Get out!" an irate market official shouted in English.
"Tuna is a very expensive fish," Takagi said. "One tuna can easily cost more than 1 million yen ($11,000). But some tourists touch them and even try to hug them."
Fed up, the market decided to impose the ban.
So, when on Jan. 5, a premium bluefin tuna fetched 9.63 million yen - more than $107,000, the highest price in nearly a decade - no tourists were anywhere in sight. The restriction was lifted on Jan. 19, despite some grumbling from the fishmongers.
The sprawling market dates back to the 16th century, when the military rulers who had just moved Japan's capital to Tokyo - then called Edo - wanted to ensure they had a steady supply of fish.
January 26, 2009
What I want to know is, who complained to the cops about this?
State liquor authorities are investigating a St. Joseph hair salon for men that gives customers a free beer while they wait for a haircut.You know, I've never really wanted to live in Missouri before, but suddenly, it's looking better. I've never heard of a salon or barbershop out here in California that lets you get your drink on.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men does not have a liquor license, so police referred a complaint to the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Division supervisor Mike Schler confirmed the investigation was under way.
Schler said there are multiple barbershops and salons in Missouri that legally offer free alcohol as part of their amenities, but they have liquor licenses.
While the amount of credit insurance outstanding is around $30 trillion, Robert Arvanitis, chief executive of Risk Finance Advisors in Westport, Conn., says he believes fully half that amount isn’t problematic because it consists of winning and losing stakes that offset each other.But that still leaves $15 trillion worth of contracts that may be in need of triage.
Thought and whatnot below. Oh and I'm putting my final conclusion above the fold because that's what I really think and I don't want it to be missed in the tl;dr.
Ultimately, I will say this. Each and every person who pays their bills on time and who isn't in over their heads in debt and who attempts to be fiscally responsible should beyond furious about all this. It most certainly appears that the only ones who are being rewarded are those who were utterly irresponsible.
January 23, 2009
Within days or even hours of his swearing in, President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order prohibiting any agent of government from committing acts of torture -- an order that would incontrovertibly reject as illegal, inhumane, and a violation of international law and treaties the catalogue of "enhanced interrogation techniques" practiced by officially-sanctioned operatives of the Bush-Cheney administration.But then, after some stuff about waterboarding and the (of course) scare-quoted "war on terror," it veers hard into Crazytown...
Example: A nationwide, government-funded covert vigilante network, comprised of citizen "community watch" and anti-terrorism volunteers and off-duty or retired public safety, military and intelligence officers, who systematically stalk and inflict physical punishment on American citizens who have been unjustly "targeted" by authorities as "dissidents," "troublemakers," "whistle-blowers" or "undesirables."I'm pretty sure the Freemasons are behind the whole scheme. Them, and Con-Agra Foods. And the Interstellar Reptiloids.
These operatives are said to employ high-tech devices such as the latest generation of silent, radiation-emitting "directed energy weapons" to degrade the physical health of their targets -- what victims of so-called organized community "gang stalking" deem as an officially-sanctioned slow genocide.
At least not as far as I'm concerned.
January 22, 2009
The Venezuelan leader also vilified his opponents as "colonialists" and "little Yankees" beholden to U.S. interests.
The column titled "Lines from Chavez" appeared in several Venezuelan newspapers for the first time and it is scheduled to appear three times a week. Chavez's friend and mentor, Fidel Castro of Cuba, also has written frequent newspaper columns over the past year.
Chavez, who has been in office since 1999, said he is putting "my entire future" in the hands of Venezuelan voters. The former paratroop commander said "this revolutionary soldier will do what the people command."
Opponents say that ending term limits would endanger Venezuela's democracy and push the country further toward Cuba-style one-man rule.
Venezuelans already voted down a similar measure to scrap term limits as part of a package of constitutional changes in 2007.
A man driven to find his lost dog also lost his car after he drove onto the frozen Black River in St. Clair County, locked himself out of the idling vehicle, then watched as heat from the 1994 Buick's exhaust pipe melted the ice beneath it.
January 18, 2009
A hazardous materials team was called the the scene to determine whether the unconscious man was overcome by fumes.
After being removed from the sewer by firefighters, the unconscious man was taken to a local hospital, where it was determined that he had passed out from drinking, according to police.
The four men were charged with trespassing. One of the group is charged with destruction of government property for breaking the window of a police cruiser.
The men were all between 30 and 50 years of age, according to police.
They entered the storm sewer from a nearby field, walked about 150 feet into the pipe, and ended up under a residential area in Herndon, investigators said.
Wisconsin is the only state that treats first-offense drunken driving as a forfeiture - and that law should "absolutely not" be changed to make it a crime, said Van Hollen.
"There are a great number of people - people I know personally - who have first offenses," Van Hollen said. "I don't consider them criminals, and I wouldn't want them to be tagged that way for the rest of their lives for having made what can legitimately be called a mistake."
Wisconsin used to treat first-offense drunken driving as a crime, but it was smart to make it a civil violation, Van Hollen said.
"We are able to get more people into treatment because (first-offenders) are more willing to plead to it, when they're not going to be convicted of a crime," he said. "It may be the reason why we have so many of our first-offenders who do not end up being second-offenders."
But Kari Kinnard, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Wisconsin, said Van Hollen is wrong and first-offense drunken driving should be a crime. Statistics show that most drunken drivers who kill people have no previous convictions, Kinnard said.
"It's a dangerous, and quite often deadly, behavior - no matter what offense it is," she said. "We need to send a message that this behavior will not be tolerated."
Two legislators are considering a proposal that would make first-offense drunken driving a crime if someone commits a second offense within 18 months of the first. But there is no widespread support in the Capitol for making first-offense drunken driving a crime.
January 17, 2009
Look. I love Emmerich. I actually have a soft spot in my head heart for The Day After Tomorrow. That being said? This has the potential for Epic Fail. Cannot. Wait.
"With the election of Barack Obama, Cynicism and Snark are officially passe. Translation: Humor and irreverence are out; earnestness and sincerity are in."Of course, she probably thinks this is snark but she's the one who said this last year:
I love Barack Obama for his style, grace, intellect and his way with words. I want the healing power that an Obama presidency could deliver to this country.Why in the heck does Townhall keep publishing this tool? What a waste of space. Parker may actually now be on the same level as David Shuster with me, and we know how I feel about him.
How did we get in this mess? All together now: It's Bush's fault.
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