Friday, July 31, 2009
Mets' Last at Bat Against the Red Sox, Game 6, '86 World Series, as Seen on "RBI Baseball" on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
I know the video is long but it's worth it to hear Vin Scully announcing the RBI Baseball version of this classic:
After a manager threatened to layoff 30,000 workers at a Iron/Steel plant in China some of the workers severely beat the manager then refused to allow him medical treatment. He subsequently died from his injuries. China then decided to not take over the company.
At least nowadays, in the 21st century, unions in the U.S. just go on strike.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Vice President Biden gave an interesting, to say the least, interview to the Wall Street Journal. And Gibbs had to deal with it later of course.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
or alternate title, what more do "birthers" want, the above was issued by the State of Hawaii, and says that this document is evidence of birth in any court proceeding. Oh wait , I forgot, they can explain this away too, this document was obviously forged and planted by an Obama operative or operatives; or this conspiracy involves dozens of people dating back to the President's birth or; someone traveled back in time and altered the birth records to show he was born in the USA; or Hawaii wasn't really a state when he was born there because their admission into the Union was unconstitutional or; [insert any explanation other than the most simple].
and CNN as "the media".
First, I' m addressing this only because of the attention it's received from mainstream media. Moreover, for all those that say "the media" has a left bias I guess you don't include Fox News
and CNN as "the media".
I don't have much of an opinion regarding the "birthers" quest to kill their own personal windmills other than it reminds me, as it reminds others, of other fairly recent conspiracy theories. Let's not forget about the 9/11 conspiracy theory that in some way the Bush administration ordered the attacks on the towers or the conspiracy theory that the Clintons somehow orchestrated the death of Vince Foster. Case in point, one of the original leaders of the "birthers" is attorney Philip J. Berg who filed lawsuits on behalf of 9/11 conspiracy folks.
For whatever reason it seems that usually the party out of power has to deal with a fringe movement that advances a theory that flies in the face of the evidence presented to date. And those in the fringe movement focus on that theory with a tunnel vision that stops them from reasonably evaluating any evidence that rebuts their beliefs. They cannot accept that sometimes the simple, straight forward explanation is in fact the true one.
Lastly, like many other recent red herrings for the GOP dating back to the campaign(Obama is Muslim, he's anti-American, he pals around with terrorists, Obama doesn't wear a flag pin, Obama is a socialist/communist) here's the GOP's problem: The GOP's numbers are dwindling so they have to try to appease this group because, let's face it, they don't have many "groups" left in their party right now.
So, here's another conspiracy theory for you from yours truly: The Dems are letting this "birther" conspiracy theory fester because they know the GOP has to deal with these wingnuts and the Dems don't. Why address a non-issue that's hurting your opposition's base and not yours?
Sidenote: Wanna go down the rabbit hole further? What if McCain had been elected, would there have been anti-McCain birthers(note, McCain was born in 1936 in what at the time of his birth was the U.S. controlled Panama Canal Zone on a military base)? I'd have to say, "you betcha!"
Side-sidenote: The National Review, one of the most, if not the most, conservative periodicals going today has even written that the "birthers" are wrong.
Someone forwarded this to me. I swear I did not see the below until this morning. This is Shatner reciting, as poetry, the same part of Palin's farewell speech that I excerpted (see my earlier post below):
I didn't write or draw anything this time, good or bad, about Palin's speech making ability. But, here's a snippit from the full transcript of her farewell speech from this past Sunday:
"And getting up here I say it is the best road trip in America soaring through nature's finest show. Denali, the great one, soaring under the midnight sun. And then the extremes. In the winter time it's the frozen road that is competing with the view of ice fogged frigid beauty, the cold though, doesn't it split the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs? And then in the summertime such extreme summertime about a hundred and fifty degrees hotter than just some months ago, than just some months from now, with fireweed blooming along the frost heaves and merciless rivers that are rushing and carving and reminding us that here, Mother Nature wins. It is as throughout all Alaska that big wild good life teeming along the road that is north to the future. That is what we get to see every day. Now what the rest of America gets to see along with us is in this last frontier there is hope and opportunity and there is country pride."
If you think I'm taking the above out of context please watch all of her speech:
Don't forget her resignation speech.
And don't forget that she has a book coming out.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I'm sorry but, the story of African-American Harvard Professor Gates being arrested at his home made me think of this bit from Chappelle's routine. Here's the latest on the incident specifically regarding the "911" call and caller.
*The above cartoon is paraphrased from Dave Chappelle's awesome stand up from years ago on HBO called Killin' Them Softly. (also please note, the "intruder" was not drawn to resemble Prof. Gates of Harvard and the cops were not drawn to resemble the arresting Officers Crowley and Figueroa.)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I didn't think I'd ever write this but, I guess Governor Rick Perry, his hair and secessionist talk in my home state of Texas, at least for now, is at least equally as crazy as Governor Schwarzenegger of California, with his freakin' knife, talking to the public about some crazy money making ideas on a twitter video that he put out:
Seriously, you freakin' cannot make this stuff up! I'm not sure I want any chief executive to start any address to anyone on any video to involve him or her wielding a knife. Of course CA did elect a former movie action star whose best work is...I don't know you tell me. Idiocracy here we come!
What does this portend politically? Here are my prophesies:
1) State of the Union? Sure. In between UFC matches!
2) Visiting dignitaries from foreign countries wanna talk to our President? They'll have to sit through the Wrath of Khan drinking game first!
3) Senate debates? Senate arm wrestling!
4) Presidential debates? No! PRESIDENTIAL DEATH MATCHES! THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(that's all the Idiocracy ideas I could come up with based on this video off the top of my head. If you have any other Idiocracy ideas based on the above clip email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
From Wonkette: Another GOP member, a Dr. David McKalip, is the latest GOP'er to send out what in my humble opinion is a racist email with the subject line "Funny Stuff" to a tea bag organization's listserve on Google. Daily Kos doesn't pull any punches about what it thinks of the email or what should be done about it. Unfortunately for him (and fortunately for us and his non-white patients) one of the recipients of his email decided to forward it to a media outlet. He's admitted that he sent the email. But, when pressed about whether the email was racist he ended the interview. This guy is not uneducated, he's a freakin' neurosurgeon. He's very much a public figure in that he's written at least one anti health care insurance reform editorial for the St. Peterburg Times, helped found an anti-health care insurance reform organization, and is a member of the American Medical Association's House of Delegates. Below is the picture from the email he sent:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
In her resignation speech she did reference basketball, here's that part of the transcript from that speech:
"Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me - sports... basketball. I use it because you're naïve if you don't see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket... and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN. And I'm doing that - keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities - smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when it's time to pass the ball - for victory."
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I always wonder why those that make/write scifi movies/stories feel compelled to include a date certain in the not too distant (or distant, whatever the case may be) future when their story takes place. If you look at the list on the poster below there are some great movies by some great writers/filmmakers but, they all include a specific date when their movie/story takes place. First, to "date" their futuristic stories seems strange in and of itself. Moreover, when the story was supposed to take place in 2001, for example, and I'm watching it in 2009, the storyteller loses the some of the ability to persuade me to suspend reality, that's just me though. Why would the scifi writer not just say that the story takes place "in the (not too distant) future"? Or better yet, not mention the date at all?
The below is from danmeth.com. It's a poster showing scifi movie dates, including those that have come and gone and those still down the road:
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
First, Welch vs. McCarthy (yes, that McCarthy during the "McCarthty Hearings"), one of the darkest times in our nation. Note, that bullies sometimes have to be punched in the nose, albeit rhetorically in this instance. And, this is what you get when you mess with a seasoned, articulate attorney. The "have you no decency sir speech" that essentially killed McCarthy's witch hunt:
And sometimes it takes a larger than life person. On a much more minor note, sometimes the superstar (in this case a wealthy, reclusive, arguably mentally unstable one) has the wherewithal to do that which others won't or can't. Don't get me wrong, it's not nearly as important or impressive as the above but, in my estimation, him speaking this way as a private citizen to a Senator of the United States of America is just damn cool and, more importantly right. Regardless of my thoughts, here's Howard Hughes standing up for himself and his employee. The "no, I don't think I will" speech that, in large measure, helped expose and end another witch hunt:
What does the 4th of July mean to you? I appreciate the revolution and fight for theretofore un-enumerated rights. Part of that fight meant that an ordinary citizen could stand up to our government and say, "you're wrong". "Don't tread on me."
These clips reflect, at least somewhat, what the 4th of July means to me. Watch them please, pass them along please, so that no one ever forgets that sometimes you just have to say, "that's wrong, this is wrong, you're wrong," and thankfully we live in a country where a person can say that to the government.
(unwarranted rabbit punch: a million guesses, which party both the questioning Senators belonged to?)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Of course it was with Runner's World. What does she reveal? Nothing really, except that she fell while jogging during the campaign. What do you expect, Runner's World isn't exactly a hard hitting news organization. Want to hear what Sarah Palin's eye glasses have to say about the fall?
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Fox News has all the top 10 viewed cable news shows in the 2nd quarter of this year. But, if you look at the numbers this dominance is not all that dominating and probably doesn't worry too many Dems. Just take Fox News' most viewed show, believe it or not, the O'Reilly Factor. It draws about 3.2 million viewers per show. Here's why I don't think that's a significant number:
1) Those viewers probably don't change much, meaning, I would bet that mostly the same 3.2 million viewers tune in night in and night out. And I bet a lot of those viewers watch all the Fox News shows back to back to back. Just a guess.
2) I would guess that it's an older, conservative crowd watching Fox News. I know, I'm really going out on a limb there. That's just me, making wild, crazy assertions like that.
3) I think younger folks (and by that I mean under 45) get their news from a wide variety of sources and aren't married to just one news source. I would bet that many Fox News viewers only watch Fox News and go to Fox News online, if they're online at all. Why? Remember the media, according to many a conservative, is all liberal except for Fox News, which gives a "fair and balanced" news report.
4) The numbers have spiked recently for Fox News, probably because many ultra-conservatives are fearful that Obama's election signaled the beginning of the "end times" and they wanted to know where to go to be saved, so where else would they turn to but Fox News. Seriously though, I think the spike could possibly be explained by Obama's election in that it galvanized a passionate, albeit small, segment of the population that see his election as, at the very least, a very bad thing.
5) That's right I said small segment of the population. Even O'Reilly, their most viewed talking head, only gets about 3.2 million viewers. It's all about perspective. There are well over 300 million people in the USA today and that number is growing. O'Reilly draws about 1% of the population a night. 1%! And guess what? The USA's population is not growing because there are more and more old, conservative white people. What are the other 99% watching? What do they think about Obama? Or politics in general? Do they think about politics at all or only when there's a presidential election? The other 99% are probably watching CSI or American Idol. Or here's a crazy thought, they may not even be watching TV at all. I know weird but, there are people like that.
And hey, Jon Stewart gets about 2 million viewers a night, so that seems to fairly balance out Fox News' numbers a bit.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Not only has Rep. Bachmann (MN) claimed that Obama's environment bill is tantamount to "tyranny," but she also wanted to remind those who listen to right-wing radio that Thomas Jefferson thought, "having a revolution every now and then is a good thing." Jefferson, of course, was talking about armed revolution immediately after our independence from Britain. That was certainly a different time. It was not a time and place like today where people are killing those with whom they disagree, like certain doctors, those at armed forces recruitment centers, or those at Holocaust museums. One would like to think that Rep. Bachmann wouldn't fan flames on the far fringes of the right, fires that apparently are already burning well enough on their own. But, that would assume that Rep. Bachmann thinks. And that's an awfully big assumption.
Side note: This is not the first time Rep. Bachmann has made wild, sensational, unsubstantiated allegations apparently in an attempt to keep her name in the media and especially among the far right ring media. For example, during last year's election cycle she sounded like she was channeling the ghost of Joseph McCarthy.
If you didn't know already, PTN is now linked to twitter: http://twitter.com/PTNBlog
Also, I'm getting updates from the following twitter accounts:
http://twitter.com/GovPerryshair (from Gov. Rick Perry's hair)
http://twitter.com/RushsCigar (from radio entertainer Rush Limbaugh's Cigar)
http://twitter.com/PalinsGlasses (from Sarah Palin's eyeglasses)
Update: There's already fallout from Purdum's Vanity Fair article about Palin inside the beltway among GOP operatives as detailed in this Politico.com article. This seems to be more of the GOP circular firing squad that convened immediatly after the presidential election last year.
Somewhere, Rahm Emanuel is smiling.