Reader Margaret stopped by and left a comment re my rant about CNN’s Samantha Hillstrom’s blog post the other day. Find Hillstrom’s initial post here, and my initial rant here. WARNING: Gratuitous profanity.
She posted an update. Calm down. Also, stop swearing. I don’t want to donate money to someone that tells people to fuck off. Good luck to you.
She also included a link to Samantha’s follow up to her post, found here.
If you give a shit, read it here.
Or, in other news about law-breaking political relatives, our President’s Dear Auntie is currently still in this country illegally, free to break the law every single day she wakes up, with the full knowledge and cooperation of our government. Who can guess how many taxpayer dollars she burns through each day.
If that’s not enough for you, there’s always Barack’s brother, who was arrested in February for drug possession in Kenya.
But look for Sarah Palin’s husband’s half-sister to be added to the list preceding every media mention of the Alaska guv.
Just a quick update on the Man from AIG via Instapundit. He’s in deep trouble. At this point, it seems like one of those races where the GOP would almost be better off having him coast into certain defeat in November rather than having the Dems throw him under the bus in favor of a candidate who actually has a chance of winning. Even Gawker is ripping him.
“In other words, Chris Dodd is one of those terrible bastards who thinks his Senate seat is his birthright. “Every time I walk on the Senate floor, I feel that he’s vindicated,” Dodd once said of his father, because he is an entitled asshole.”
That’s pretty rough.
Gawker links to an exchange posted at The Hill’s blog with DSCC Chairman and overall New Jersey scumbag Robert Menendez, who claims:
Q: “Does the DSCC still support Chris whole-heartedly in light of these new numbers, and do they surprise you?”
Menendez: : “Are you serious? Chris Dodd is going to be re-elected. He’s a great senator.”
Q: “So the DSCC still supports him all the way?”
Of course, it’s quite possible this is just typical bluster before Dodd gets run over by a Vamoose charter. But we can always hope that Menendez and the Dems are as delusional as they sound about Dodd.
at Atlas Shrugs, a cartoon:
However, and with all apologies to the original creator, I’d suggest a tweak in the text…
I’ve pretty much decided that I don’t have the time to continue posting on here regularly, if at all, between work and school, so from now on posts will be sporadic at best, and this space will be used primarily as a forum for my own personal venting (which doesn’t really change anything…).
So between that, and the subject line, consider yourself warned. What follows will not be pretty, in any sense of the word. There will be much strong profanity. Seriously.
Mom, if you’re reading, stop now. Everyone else read on, if you want.
Is the greatest city in the world going to go the way of the worst city in the country? The government of my current home state seems to want that to happen. With financial sector jobs fleeing the city in droves, taking their tax payments with them, the state and city government has responded by, you guessed it, hiking taxes and spending and doubling down on regulations. Brilliant.
And why would these jobs ever return? With markets increasingly decentralized, financial companies have no incentive to come back to NYC, and instead will turn up elsewhere around the country, or even overseas, in Dubai, or Frankfurt, or Shanghai. When your government is treating you like the source of all evil in the world, when they’re encouraging citizens to go to your homes, when elected representatives are calling for you to (quite literally) fall on your sword, that’s small encouragement to hang around.
At Ace of Spades HQ, Purple Avenger details a particularly insidious little piece of legislation, HR 875, that, as I understand it, will basically enact draconion regulations and potential fines on small farmers throughout the country with the intention of making it virtually impossible for them to compete on any level with large-scale industrialized agriculture.
Purple Avenger’s gist:
Basically, HR 875 sets up a MASSIVE new government bureaucracy called the Food Safety Administration, and compels anything known as a “food establishment” to register with the federal government (paying registration fees of course) and to submit to inspections that are at different intervals depending on the type of “food establishment” you are.
Avenger also includes a video from Shelly Roche laying out the basics:
via Jonah in the Corner:
German police say at least one of the identical twin brothers Hassan and Abbas O. may have perpetrated a recent multimillion euro jewelry heist in Berlin. But because of their indistinguishable DNA, neither can be individually linked to the crime. Both were set free on Wednesday.
I guess my post headline is misleading, who knows if they actually committed the crime, but it’s cooler that way…though this whole thing reminded me of a side plot of the underappreciated 2002 Nick Nolte remake of The Good Thief.
As part of a “big heist,” a pair of identical twins pull off the perfect crime. One of the pair gets a job at the casino that allows him access to the vault while the existence of his twin remains a secret from nearly everyone. Therefore, when he simply opens the vault and takes the cash, he has an unimpeachable alibi, as his twin is in plain view of hundreds of people and security cameras.
Ever wish you could drive a car built by the same people who brought you reliable, high-quality, stress free institutions like housing projects, the DMV, the post office and public transportation systems? Well now you can! Where do I sign up?!
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin weighs in here.
So, I knew that Creed Bratton (aka “Creed Bratton” from the Office) was a musician, but I never really bothered to look into it. But this morning Yeah Right posted a YouTube video of a (very) young Creed playing lead guitar with the Grass Roots on their Top Ten hit “Let’s Live for Today.” He shows up at 1:30, and then again around 1:48, looking appropriately shifty-eyed. A great song.
He also apparently played guitar on another of the Grass Roots big hits, “Midnight Confessions,” one of my favorite songs of that era, but one of those that I never could have named the artist. I’m assuming he’s in this video as well, off to the left, but for reasons that escape me the director apparently didn’t wish to make Creed the face of the band. Jerk.
See the “Midnight Confessions” vid here.
This is one of those little pieces of trivia that you find out about somebody you already know for something else that makes them that much more awesome. My favorite items of this ilk is the whole Ricky Jay thing. For those who don’t know, Ricky Jay is one of those recognizable faces that pops up every once in a while (particulary for David Mamet fans, and to a lesser degree, Paul Thomas Anderson devotees) and lends a distinct sense of creepiness, mystery and/or indefinable oddity to the proceedings.
However, Jay first made his mark as a slight-of-hand artist, and is apparently widely recognized as the premiere slight-of-hand guy in the world. Awesome. Some of his tricks are available on YouTube, along with his trademark deadpan banter.