January 31, 2010
According to the latest rumors, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are finished. Expanding upon that rumor is another interesting claim: that Jolie had an affair with Lady Gaga.It's Angelina Jolie so by definition there is some hot involved, but it's also Lady Gaga so there is a little "ick" factor in there also. Throw in the way the Cleveland Leader makes her sound like a freak performing in the Cirque de 'Soleil and it comes off as a little disturbing to me.
Jolie is openly bisexual, and Lady Gaga is a rumored hermaphrodite who has insinuated in the past that she might be open to getting down with both girls and boys.
January 27, 2010
I thought Barack Obama was the mostest popularest American leader among foreigners since, well, anybody.
Weeeeelllll, maybe not so much...
Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.
The statue of "Little Barry" -- as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s -- stands in central Jakarta's Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president's former elementary school.
Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed.
Members of the "Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park" group on Facebook say Obama has done nothing for Indonesia.
"Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American," the web page says.
To be fair, he only lived there for a while after his mom married some guy and dragged him there when he was a little kid, and I don't think he ever had Indonesian citizenship, so it's not exactly like he owes them much of anything. Plus, it's not like he asked to have the statue put up.
On the other hand, we were told repeatedly by certain people (*cough* "Grown-up Barry" *cough*) that the fact that he had lived in a certain Muslim country (*cough* Indonesia *cough*) would endear him—and by extension, the rest of us—to Muslims around the world.
What I'm trying to say is that if you'll excuse me, I think I'm gonna go grab a schadenfreude-flavored pudding cup.
January 23, 2010
In a just world, today would be one of America's biggest holidays with Saint Browning giving all the good boys and girls .45ACP and .50 BMG rounds with the day's festivities ending with the Shooting of the BAR.
I'm off to send some 235 grain projectiles down-range at high velocity using two of the finest slayers of enemies of America, the 1911 and .45 ACP, that he invented.
Via the Texas Scribbler
January 18, 2010
Having said that, I give him credit for this. He was reporting in Haiti when a bunch of doctors left a group of patients. Gupta took off the reporter hat, put on the doctor hat and tried to do the best he could to care for the patients. He's getting kudos for that and both he and his crew should. They did the right thing.
I am trying very very very hard to give the benefit of the doubt to those who left but I'm finding it hard to do so. Yes, Haiti is, basically, in a state of anarchy. Yes, there are very legitimate concerns for safety. But I cannot begin to conceive of walking away and letting other people die if I were responsible for their care. Hell, I'm not a doctor, I don't even play one on the internet, and I can't imagine leaving in that situation.
Good for Gupta. This is one of those situations where objectivity and the like should go flying out the window. Damn it, Jim, he's a doctor, not a reporter and he did the right thing.
January 17, 2010
Very very very condensed background - I live in the NE PA area. Most of you may only be vaguely area that there's an enormous corruption scandal in Luzerne County right now. So far, three judges have been indicted and removed from office and there have been a whole bunch of other people pleading guilty for kickbacks. There are allegations of case fixing. It's an utter disaster, complete and total disaster. The public, quite rightly, assumes that the "justice" system is anything but.
So. That's the background to explain why I just flailed and gaped over this.
Luzerne County Senior Judge arrested for assault.
This guy was specifically appointed by the PA Supreme Court to come into Luzerne County to hear cases since the Court is so backed up. What does he do? Apparently, choke his wife.
What the fucking hell! Seriously, if Grisham wrote a novel with this stuff in it, his editor would laugh him out of the building.
New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. After a year of sometimes fraught debate inside the paper, the choice for some time has been between a Wall Street Journal-type pay wall and the metered system adopted by the Financial Times, in which readers can sample a certain number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. The Times seems to have settled on the metered system.I know a lot of people think this will be the death knell for the Times, but will it? The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Economist, all charge for content and seem to be doing OK.
This change probably will have a major effect on news bloggers however. That loss of content will leave a major hole in a lot of blogs content, and if the Times is successful and other papers follow suit that whole will just get bigger.
If that happens what will develop to fill the void? Or will the news blog die?
h/t Althouse via Instapundit
Althouse asks the relevant question, how many page views will the Times lose because of this? How will that affect their advertising rates?
If it was me I would hire some web page design gurus to develop a system that won't allow a blogger to cut and paste unless they accept an ad from one of the Times' paid advertisers to be embedded on the blog. That seems like the best possible solution. They could even develop a profile system so that Pro-life bloggers don't end up with Planned Parenthood. They could also develop an associates program so if you accept more than the minimum ads then you get a cut of the sales. (I know that's capitalist crazy talk)
January 13, 2010
CNBC's David Faber interviews investor Kyle Bass:
(If you can't see the embedded video, go here.)
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January 12, 2010
Mixed into the entries were the names of the Dutch helpers, who risked their lives to keep the family's secret.
"I didn't read Anne's diary papers. ... It's a good thing I didn't because if I had read them I would have had to burn them," she said in the 1998 interview. "Some of the information in them was dangerous."
She handed the writings to Otto Frank, who was the only member of the Frank family to survive the Holocaust. Gies was just one of thousands of Dutch citizens to hide Jewish refugees and citizens from the Nazis.
On the other end of it, we now have perennial leftist conspiracymonger douchebag Oliver Stone preparing to offer some relativist piece of shit on Hitler himself. Says Stone,
We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good.'
Uh, yeah, we can, watch us. We cannot allow relativist fucktards like Stone to go unanswered, especially now, as the generation that witnessed the horrific atrocities of the Nazi regime age and pass on. I know Hitler's story, I know German history during the time of the World Wars, I know the story of the rise and fall of Nazism, I spent four years learning Western history, and continue to learn more daily, I don't need Stone's "context" to know that Hitler and the Nazi ideology were evil and destructive to their core. We cannot allow moral relativists like Stone continue to undermine the public's ability to make moral judgment, not only because of the destruction it can wreak on our society today, but to honor the heroes like Miep Gies, and the victims like Anne Frank.
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