Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The littlest crystal meth addict


Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth on Saturday to a healthy 7 lb., 7 oz., baby boy in Palmer, Alaska. The baby's name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston and he was born at 5:30 a.m.
- People

Tripp? Actually, I suppose that's semi normal for this clan.

Of course, the poor kid doesn't stand a chance. His grandmother on his mom's side is VP Annie Oakley. His grandmother on his daddy's side recently got busted for selling Oxycontin, Rush Limbaugh's drug of choice (deliciously also known as hillbilly heroin).

Let's start the countdown to the little guy being seized by child welfare.

Another great Bush legacy

EL PASO -- A U.S. Army War College report warns an economic crisis in the United States could lead to massive civil unrest and the need to call on the military to restore order.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Nathan Freir wrote the report "Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy Development," which the Army think tank in Carlisle, Pa., recently released.

"Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities ... to defend basic domestic order and human security," the report said, in case of "unforeseen economic collapse," "pervasive public health emergencies," and "catastrophic natural and human disasters," among other possible crises.


Martial law in the U.S.? Sure, why not, they've already nationalized the banks and the auto industry.

Who knew the change George W. Bush promised when he took power in 2000 was to turn us into a banana republic.

I love this stuff

I don't know why someone doesn't do a web site with old commercials and theme songs and network logos, but here's a clip from a WABC, Ch. 7 newscast of THIRTY years ago - and apparently they were having a Wall Street meltdown then. (Check out the Colt 45 commercial - General Motors is about to go bankrupt, but Colt 45 still goes on).

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wow, and I thought I could be obsessive

For your bemusement, a somewhat bizarre, (but, I think, tongue-in-cheek) blog, written by a woman who daily catalogues and critiques every tie NBC anchor Bran Williams wears.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Random issues #27D

I just spent way too much time trying to perfectly synchronize the cable box on the bedroom TV with the alarm clock. There was something like a 15 second lag, so the box would change to 2:35 and for 15 lonnnng seconds the alarm clock would still be on 2:34. It was driving me crazy. Sigh.

The internet has ruined my attention span. There are three pretty good free weekly newspapers in New York that I like - The Village Voice, The New York Observer, New York Press (the Observer actually costs a buck or something, but if you get on their media list it's free and it's a great paper.)

I used to plow through them each week, and by Thursday I would be sad that I had to wait another week to read them. Now, ehh, not so much. I have them piled up going back a few months. But since I can't throw out papers or magazines until I read them, I'm currently in the middle of the Voice dated Oct. 29(!), and, for some bizarre reason, wasted five minutes of my life reading an article about election fever among the Bangladeshi community in Brooklyn voting for their local reps. An election that was in November, in a community I have nothing to do with. But it was interesting, so, you know.

(That God I don't even bother with the East Side Resident, AM New York, NY Metro-type freebies).


I can drink Bailey's Irish Cream and enjoy it, even though it's basically liquid chocolate, but a wine that tastes a little too sweet makes me gag.

Awww

That is a dog having a blast. And that is a lot of snow.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Zooey Deschanel can always warm you up



What a dipshit


On Fox News Sunday, Dick Cheney was asked to name the highest moment of the Bush-Cheney administration. His answer:

CHENEY: Hmmm. Highest moment in the last eight years? Well, I think the most important, the most compelling, was 9/11 itself, and what that entailed, what we had to deal with. The way in which that changed the nation, and set the agenda for what we had to deal with as an administration.


He's asked to name the highest moment, which, by any normal human being's definition, means the best, and the first thing he comes up with is 9/11?

What a sad, sick little man. The sooner this piece of shit returns to Wyoming or Texas or wherever he is going to spend his remaining days on earth shooting animals for fun, and just basically being a total fuckhead, the better for the rest of us.

Unfortunately, he and his "boss" have done so much damage over the last eight years, the rest of us are going to have to spend the rest of our lives trying to recover from their debacle of an administration.

It really IS the Second City

I get WGN (hi-def, thank you) out of Chicago on my TV lineup these days, so flipping around the channels, I just came across "I Dream of Jeannie" on the station. And looking at the guide, I see "The Bob Newhart Show" coming up.

It's not even TV Land.

But to add insult to injury, neither was actually in HD. What the hell?

Friday, December 19, 2008

No Big Sky Country today

File in the "What are they thinking?" department

If you are a connoisseur of late night television commercials, as, sadly, I am, you have no doubt seen the ad for something called the Shamwow, some sort of product that you buy for 20 bucks and it replaces all those paper towels you have to purchase throughout the year. I guess this was an untapped market. Anyhoo, it is pitched by one of those annoying, fast-talking, shouting-just-a-bit-too-loud spokespeople. And every time I see this damn thing, I always wonder why one of their selling points is - and this is pretty close to verbatim - "It's made by the Germans, and you know they make good products."

I always want to shout back: "Oh yeah, those gas ovens they made that killed six million innocent people worked very efficiently."

But, alas, I don't.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Annoying!

You would think that a store full of teenage girls squealing and trying on every damn scent in the place would be charming, but when you just want to run in to Bath & Body Works to pick up a quick little gift - it's really not.

Shocking weather development


Snow on the Vegas strip?

I'm not sure how reliable this report is, may have to head out there to confirm firsthand.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Because she just doesn't have enough money

Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and HBO have inked a multiyear deal to develop and produce scripted programming for the pay cable network.

Potential projects include series, miniseries, movies and documentaries, though executives declined to comment on any current projects.
- B&C


Get ready for a series about a ruthless mob family that constantly falls off their diet.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Big Sky Country...


...well at least from the southwest view from my Batcave high above the streets of Gotham.

Decisions

Ok, I'm going to bed at 3:10 am. I have a 9 am phone call - which is KILLING me! Do I watch the season finale of "Dexter," which I DVRd and really want to see now, or do I save it for tomorrow? Sigh.

Four things from "House of Saddam" on HBO

The BBC makes really good programs. (But I already knew that.)

Saddam was apparently married to Suzanne Pleshette. (That I didn't know.)

Saddam's youngest daughter wasn't too bad looking.

If you are Saddam's son-in-law/commander of his army and desert the country and flee to Jordan, do not, repeat DO NOT return to Iraq just because you get a phone call from Saddam saying all is forgiven.

Friday, December 12, 2008

There's a shocker


Tara Reid is in rehab, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"Tara Reid has checked herself into Promises Treatment Center. We appreciate your respect to her and her family's privacy at this time," the actress's rep Jack Ketsoyan tells PEOPLE.


Who could have saw that coming?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

When he's right, he's right


"I'm just a simple president."
- George W. Bush

Close enough

It's pretty funny hearing the blatant lies people tell on their cell phones about where exactly in the city they are.

Tuesday night, I was coming home from a lovely dinner at Les Halles and got off the subway at 86th Street. Between there and my apartment, in the span of no more than a minute, I heard one guy on his phone walking up 3rd saying, "I'm in a cab heading to Penn," just as he was about to go into Uptown. Not 20 seconds later, at about 89th Street, another guy is on his phone saying "I'm on 73rd, almost home."

You know, once GPS starts getting used by suspicious significant others, there may be some 'splaining to do.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Not that there's anything wrong with it...


So I'm flipping around my 2,000 channels Sunday night and come across Angie Harmon in a movie, and I stop, because, you know, it's Angie Harmon.

And it's a TV movie about a woman who was secretly being videotaped in her house by a pervy next door neighbor who had installed cameras - in the bedroom, in the bathroom. Ugh. And it's based on a true story, no less! The case led to voyeur laws being changed, blah blah.

It's on the Lifetime Movie Network (HD, thank you) where all the made-for-TV movies from Lifetime evidently show up in one long 24-hour feed. (I'd never even heard of this channel before, but apparently I have it.)

Well, I look at the TV Guide for the channel - it's wall-to-wall women in distress: women being abused by their husbands, being stalked by their exes, high school girls being raped by their jock boyfriends, pretty workers being sexually harassed by their male bosses. And Angie being spied on by her sick neighbor.

You know what - men are pretty disgusting.

I would so be a lesbian.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The cell phone plot point

Did you ever notice how in horror/thriller/mystery movies they now have to come up with some silly excuse as to why the cell phones aren't working. I guess this wasn't an issue in films before cells became ubiquitous, but now, whenever the bad guy is about to strike, they have to explain that they are not getting a signal (so much for that nationwide service Verizon is always bragging about), or, more likely, their battery is dead. (A lot of these dufuses apparently never charge their phone before heading out.)

I saw two movies this weekend - Vacancy and The Strangers - and in both cases, yep, the cells wouldn't work.

The people in them are really stupid too. In The Strangers, some, er, strangers, are trying to break into a couple's secluded vacation cabin. The woman tries to call 9-1-1, and, of course, dead battery.

But she is in the house, she even brings out the charger and plugs it in. Now, I may be wrong, but I think once you plug in a cell phone, even if the battery is dead, you can start using it when it's hooked up to a current. Not this one.

Come to think of it, they always seem to make the woman the rather stupid partner in these films. In Vacancy - the better movie of the two - a couple is running away from, er, yet more strangers who are - what else - trying to kill them in a secluded motel room. As they are running, she drops their damn phone. But it's okay, it wasn't getting a signal anyway. Sigh.

Oh well, at least it was the yummy Kate Beckinsale so I forgave her.

Thanks, Bill Paley *

Can you believe there was a time when performances and a group of artists like this were regularly on TV? (It looks like it was the early 1950s). Today, lucky us, we get Justin Timberlake and J-Lo.

What a sad, self-destructive life Billie Holiday had, but, damn, she was good. (And, not to brag, but I've been in that studio.)


* for CBS and Columbia Records

Friday, December 05, 2008

Do they still make Dr. Pepper?

Not to mention 60-second commercials.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Burn this

Remember the good old days when you bought a computer and it actually came with recovery discs? I had to buy two computers this year, a new desktop and a laptop, both H-Ps, and both made me burn my own recovery discs.

I was moving some stuff around in my desk this afternoon and came across the 14 discs that I had to make for them, and, of course, started fuming.

Just another way they chip away at our souls every day.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I'm guessing the message is don't swing the kid when you're drunk

Australia's PSAs are more, um, interesting than ours.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Order 10, get free shipping

They just found new Nixon tapes. These things are like Dylan bootlegs. Why do they keep finding them? Shouldn't they all be out by now?

Nixon's '68 tapes are the most controversial. It's when he went electric.

Meg is hot


Ironically, Mila Kunis, who does the voice of schlumpy Meg Griffin on "Family Guy," is blazing hot. And it is hilarious to hear her speak in real life - apparently she doesn't change her voice at all when she does the character, unlike the show's creator Seth McFarlane, who voices Peter, Stewie, Brian, Quagmire, and no doubt a few other regular characters.


She's probably not too recognized in public - I guess she became semi-famous on "That 70s Show" which, I am proud to say, I never saw one episode in its entirety, but when she's out and about in public, just shopping or at a restaurant, and speaks, everyone who hears her must wonder why they think they know her.

There's a cool series of short clips up on Fancast with the people from Family Guy, taped at a behind-the-scenes seminar they did, and in this clip, she is telling how she got the role on FG. It's not a particularly great story, but it is fun to hear her talk.

Whew

I'm exhausted.

First, the long holiday weekend, and then, embarrassingly, I misheard someone when they noted Monday was Cyber Monday - I thought it was about Cyber Sex, so I spent most of the day, er, well, you know.

Exhausted, I tell you.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I guess clip art of baby Jesus wasn't available


The president and the first lady invited leaders of America's Jewish community for a Hanukkah reception at the White House next month - but raised more than a few eyebrows by putting a picture of a Christmas tree on the invitation.

When reached for comment, Laura Bush's spokeswoman, Sally McDonough, said the White House usually prints separate cards, but in the waning days of the presidency, there had been an oversight.

"Mrs. Bush is apologetic," she said. "It is something that just slipped through the cracks."
- NYP


Slipped through the cracks? Sure, sort of like the U.S. economy, the City of New Orleans, the war in Afghanistan, the environment...

How many days left until that stumblebum is out of there? I really need to find a Bush count-down clock for Too Saucy.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Semi celeb nerdalicious sightings

Two semi-celebrity sightings in midtown today, but only good ones if you're a political nerd.

CNN's John King, looking very grumpy on Madison Ave - maybe because no one was paying attention to him or probably even recognized him.

And former Massachusetts governor William Weld on E. 44th, conversely looking very jolly. In fact, Bill looked like he had enjoyed a few holiday cocktails at lunch. And kudos to him for that, as he's one of the good-guy Republicans remaining.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Does it come with home fries?

Tough-guy conservatives

The right-wing in this country really is fucked up.

There has been some agitation over a recent video clip of Sarah Palin at a turkey farm in Alaska doing one of those ceremonial pardoning-a-turkey things that politicians love to do. After the ceremony, she gave an impromptu news conference in front of the turkey slaughtering area, and, as she's talking, you can see turkeys being fed into some sort of chopping device behind her, pools of blood gathering at the feet of the guy feeding the birds into this machine.

This isn't Palin's fault, turkeys get killed on turkey farms, although her media/p.r. people were asleep at the wheel in letting her be taped in front of it. But the tough guys at right-wing rag National Review's online blog, The Corner, decided this was a perfect opportunity to mock people who were upset at the video (lots of little kids saw it on newscasts), and decided to turn it all into a red state/blue state thing.

These are actual quotes from the last few days at The Corner.

From a clown named Mark Steyn:

"I didn't think I could like Sarah Palin more than I do, but the nancy boys at MSNBC bleating all over the screen about the Great Turkey Carnage is hilarious. After she's sworn in in 2013, I hope President Palin arranges for a ritual turkey slaughter to be going on behind her at every press conference, if only during David Shuster's questions."

From a post by a fellow named Byron York headlined, "Sarah and the Vegan Weenies" in which he approvingly quotes this email from a rugged reader:

"Because an increasingly large cohort of America in the lower 48 (and probably Hawaii) are p—-ies. They have no clue where their food comes from, they don't hunt, they don't fish, so they get to act all high and mighty about scenes like this. In Alaska, they have critters that consider humans food. Absent high powered rifles, humans are not at the apex of the food chain in Alaska. That will tend to give people a different perspective than the silk pantywaists in the lower 48."

So there you go, folks: nancy boys, pantywaists and p---ies. (That's their editing by the way - I guess actually spelling out the word pussies would tarnish William Buckley's great National Review legacy).

First, put aside the hilarity of Byron fucking York - that's him in the picture there - questioning anyone's manhood, but all of a sudden the great turkey kerfuffle becomes a chance for the he-man club that is NR to call liberals a bunch of faggots.

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these people?

Listen, I stand second to no-one in my love for animals. But, I admit, sadly, I am a hypocrite: I eat meat. I eat chicken. I eat turkey.

I know they have to be killed so that we can eat them. And when you live in a city or suburban setting, like most of America does, someone else has to do it.

I hope they are killed humanely, but who the hell knows?

The point is, yes, I am a meat-eating, animal-loving hypocrite - but, Christ, who wants to actually watch animals get killed, even if it is done humanely (and I'm not sure that turkey slaughtering was, but let's give the benefit of the doubt and assume it was). That's why people were disturbed at the Palin-turkey video.

But the tough guys at National Review celebrate it and turn it into a cause for merriment and some sort of bizarre political statement.

Yes, it's sure hard to believe the Republican party is now based in a rapidly decreasing little sliver of red states in the former Confederacy.

But it is strange that Byron York doesn't leave the genteel confines of Manhattan or Georgetown, or wherever the fuck he gets his hair styled, and move to East Bumfuck, Alabama, so he can work with his hands and maybe even kill some animals. He should bring Limbaugh and Hannity with him too, but bizarrely, these heartland-loving right-wingers don't seem to want to live there either.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gulp


How come I don't know any girls like this?

In a new installment of A Shot at Love, debuting Dec. 9 on MTV, a daring duo will replace Tila: bisexual twin sisters Rikki and Vikki, a.k.a. the “Ikki Twins,” models who’ve been posed for billboards, calendars, print ads and car magazines.

The identical twins will have their pick from twelve straight men and twelve lesbians, who will live under one roof and compete in challenges to win the hearts of their sexy hosts


Bi-sexual twin sisters.

And they say there's no God.

"A little more complex"

I don't know why, but this Family Guy clip always cracks me up. I just saw it tonight on one of the reruns for the 50th time and still couldn't not laugh. Well, I do know why it cracks me up, the concept is so absurd and tasteless - a musical of one of the most morbid movies ever made. Not to mention the look on Stewie's face. Good stuff.



Friday, November 21, 2008

Bah, humbug

Didn't they use to wait until after Thanksgiving before the Christmas songs started? I was in the Key Food today and was treated to "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano playing over the p.a.

Meanwhile, they had the turkeys out for Thanksgiving and were still selling leftover Halloween candy (fun-size bags of Three Musketeers and Snickers for a buck - good deal!)

But three holidays all at one time in one store. Too much.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

White girls....

...really shouldn't try to dance like this.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm actually a fan of insecure-with-Ugg-boots-over-their-jeans girls


Attractive Girls Union Refuses To Enter Into Talks With Mike Greenman

Olson twins fans - we salute you


This pretty funny "editorial" of a few years ago, "Mary-Kate Olsen Is Dragging Ashley Down" generated more hate mail than anything The Onion has ever done, according to an online chat by its editor.

Apparently lines like: "I cringed whenever Mary-Kate would appear on my TV screen, her clumsy, ham-fisted portrayal of the littlest Tanner devoid of all nuance and depth. And her incompetence was laid all the more bare by her sister's mastery of the role" or "Mary-Kate is not as good-looking as Ashley" and "Mary-Kate could also stand to lose a few pounds" were a little too subtle for fans of the tiny duo.

It's hard to believe American students are 23rd in reading comprehension in the world, just behind Nicaragua, I think.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pizza, TV, remote control


In a new promotion with TiVo Inc., Domino's Pizza Inc. will begin taking orders using only a TV set from customers who have broadband TiVo service. When a customer forwards through a commercial for Domino's, TiVo will flash a pop-up advertisement that asks the customer if she would like to order a pizza, then direct her to a Domino's ordering screen.
-WSJ"



Are they trying to make America even fatter than it already is?

Granted, it's Domino's, and why would anyone order from there. But you know people will use this.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ooops, she did it again


There is the always classy Sarah Palin - you know, the woman the GOP said was ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency - at the Republican governor's meeting in Florida, a couple of plastic cups of frozen margs beside her as she jams chips down her gullet.

I wonder when she's going to shave her head and start making drunken runs to 7-11 with a TMZ camera crew following her.

Almost as good as that wet t-shirt thing

Ahh, a Victoria's Secret photo shoot. Seriously, what is in the water in Brazil? They grow them stunning out there.



Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sudden and very random realization


I haven't seen a good wet t-shirt contest in years. Do they not hold them anymore?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hakuna Matata and pass the meth

As I nerdily surfed over to the Anchorage Daily News web site to see if they had an updated count on the senate election battle between (typically corrupt Republican) Ted Stevens and his Democratic challenger, there was BIG news on the home page.


Not the election returns - The Lion King road show is coming to town. Yee haw.

Oy. That show sucked when I saw it 5 or 6 years ago. And they are just getting its suckiness next year. And it is front page news!

It's no wonder Sarah Palin-land is the crystal meth/date rape/hillbilly capital of the western world.



By the way, not making fun of the ADN, it's actually a decent newspaper and did some great reporting on VP Annie Oakley during the campaign, while the national media was in its initial swoon over her. It also endorsed Obama for president, knowing Palin as well as they do.

But it is sort of fun to see a story about a crappy Broadway show playing for 6 weeks in town and being front page material.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The people ride in a hole in the ground



If you've ever wondered what it looks like under the sidewalks of old New York, New York, this can give you an idea, where they are building the new Second Ave subway. Which, by the way, will not only be more convenient to me than having to schlep over to Lexington, but will add value to my apartment. Real estate values increase the closer it is to a subway line, so thank you taxpayers and mass transit riders.

It's actually a little hard to see from the angle I took that pic, but there is an astounding cacophony of cables and wires under there, for Con Ed, Time Warner, Verizon, gas, water. And now, of course, all the extra wiring that will be going in for the subway line and platforms. They actually had to move the Con Ed pipes from one side of the street to the other.


UPDATE: A commenter points to this very interesting blog, The Launch Box, which has much better pix than I took with my cell phone.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ka-ching and mooo

$3.39 for a gallon of milk at the little kosher deli across the street from my building. (I don't even know if it has a real name, it's just the kosher deli.)

Meanwhile, the same gallon at C-Town is $4.29, and forget the Key Food where it is $4.69.

How can there be such a discrepancy?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

People are annoyng #28c

It's amazing that even in a week where I feel good about the whole political tsunami, my fellow man manages to piss me off. Especially in supermarkets, which seem to really bring out the misanthrope in me.

Now, I have complained before about how annoying those people are who insist on paying for their tiny little $2.35 purchase with a card and can't seem to do it smoothly, making a transaction that should take 30 seconds take about 3 minutes, while I'm stuck behind them in the cashier line.

But the really annoying people are in the aisles.

I was at C-Town today and was ready to go postal twice (it's probably a good thing I don't drive - I can't even imagine what my road rage would be like.)

Ok, first I'm standing behind some yuppy jackoff at the cheese area. This guy was seriously the stereotype - and I am not exaggerating - he literally had iPod earbuds in as he stood there in front of the area where the cheese I wanted was. But he was just STANDING there, not picking up any, not sniffing any - just standing there as if he was hypnotized.
Despite my rantings, I am really not a bad guy, and I gave him some time to pick his fucking cheese. But - literally - he stood there for at least a minute. After some well-deserved sighing and fidgeting, but none of it apparently heard over his Moby soundtrack, I finally had to nudge him aside and say, loudly, "Excuse me." Then he was all apologetic, "Oh, sorry. Do you need to get in?"

Yes, dipwad. Did you think this was all for you?

Then it was the produce aisle.

Occasionally, I buy a grapefruit So there is a girl with one of those plastic bags, already filled up with about 10 grapefruits, and she was still going.

Well, I could see, just by looking at the grapefruits in the bin, even from my distance behind her, that they were all from the same batch - they all had the same color, the same consistency - they were all the same.

But this nitwit had to pick them up one by one. She squeezed each one. She put one back, she put one in her bag, she put the next one back, she put the next one back, she put one in her bag, she put the next one back...but they were all the same!

I gave her about 30 seconds and again said excuse me, reached over and got one.

First, what kind of freak buys 12 grapefruits? But, did I mention? They were all the fuck the same.

Oy.

Who are these people?

I would seriously pay extra money to get a designated time in the supermarket just to avoid them.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Whew...and ka-ching



Just back from a mad dash to Best Buy. I realized the sequel to "Resistance: Fall of Man" was released this week for PlayStation 3 and I wanted to get over there and pick it up before the schools let out and the video game section is crowded with kids playing Guitar Hero, the annoying little bastards.

I got it, and, with my Reward Zone points, paid only $4.39 for it. Ka-ching indeed.

Shocking


I'm in the wrong business.

It's lunchtime at a pub in lower Manhattan.

For about an hour and a half, a group of men will pound down beers or drink hard liquor and sometimes even do shots.

However, when they leave the bar, they're not headed home...they're going back to work. The group of men are New York State court officers, in charge of the safety and security in one of the nation's busiest criminal courts. They carry guns, can arrest people, and handle some of the most dangerous criminals you can imagine.


If I have a glass of wine at lunch I get frisky, but, sadly, I never get to arrest people.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Woof

Nothing original here, but I sure hope the Obamas go for a rescue dog from a pound and don't patronize a puppy mill.

And there are kittens, too, who need homes, but there may be allergy problems.

But how great is Thor?

Yee haw


"Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast"

And that's a McCain operative describing Sarah Palin and her family.

Let me tell, you, there is nothing sweeter than seeing Republicans line up to destroy each other. And, according to Newsweek, damn, the finger pointing for the election debacle is well underway:

While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

That's a shame.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Wow that bubbly gives you some dry mouth the next day

It's a little cloudy today in NYC, but it seems very sunny. I was at a viewing party last night, and, with the hubub, couldn't really hear the on-air babbling of the talking heads as the night progressed, but every time a state turned blue there was a cheer. As the only political scientist in the room, I had to tell my more politically unaware friends, after both Pennsylvania and Ohio were called for Obama, that it was basically over, and we didn't really need to wait till the West Coast polls closed at 11 eastern time.

I also got a very nice and classy congratulatory text from one of my right-wing friends - yay RD. And a snarky one from a bitter one - boo FO. A bitter, defeated man if ever there was one.

One of the great things about the election result is that America is already being seen in a way more positive light by most of the world. Remember, the negative sentiment we have seen directed our way from around the globe over the last few years was not because they were anti-American, they were anti-Bush and his disastrous policies. As this NYT article makes clear, Obama has restored our appeal not only among our allies, but among our adversaries:

Even in lands whose leaders are no friends of Washington -- such as Venezuela and Iran -- the election outcome cut through official propaganda to touch some people.

“It’s kind of nice to feel good about the United States again,” said Armando Díaz, 24, a bookkeeper in Caracas, Venezuela, where Enrique Cisneros, a storekeeper summed it up like this: “A few hours ago, the world felt like a different place.” In Iran, too, some said the American example should persuade politicians closer to home to adopt similar political ways.

‘’His election can be a lesson for the dictators of the Middle East,” said Badr-al-sadat Mofidi, the deputy editor of the daily Kargozaran newspaper. Some in Iran focused on their hopes for a change in American attitudes towards their country. ‘’The nightmare of war with the United States will fade with Obama’s election,” said Nehmat Ahmadi, a lawyer.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Hah

Essentials taken care of

Wow, the lines were huuuuuuuuuge at my polling place on the UES. And, let's face it, NY is going to go overwhelmingly Democratic (Praise Baby Jesus and Allah), so most of these people know that their individual vote would not tip it one way or the other - not that anyone around me was likely voting for McCain anyway - but it was still good to see everyone waiting patiently.

Then I stopped by Mr. Wright's and got a bottle of bubbly and a bottle of cheap rotgut brandy - drinks to be determined by how the evening progresses.

That is all.

Radio silence

As always, on election day, I am a nervous wreck, and even though the polls look good for Obama right now, you can not underestimate the Republican party's ability for dirty tricks and shenanigans. (Hello, 2000, Gore wins by some 600,000 votes, yet somehow Bush gets appointed president - and we know how well that worked out.) So who the heck knows what is going to happen.

So I will be on radio silence for most of Tuesday, not answering calls except for business (RD - use the 212 number) because I can not stand to hear from some of my more right-wing friends.

Although, if things go as hoped, I may come to the surface mid-evening and send a few gloating texts after the networks call the election.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Breaking news

Forget the election, this is huge.

Bachelorette Star DeAnna Pappas Calls Off Engagement!!!!!

Who could have saw this coming?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Discombobulation

I'm totally in a daze today. I set my clock back the hour last night before I went to sleep. This morning, I woke up at about 10:30, and, in my sleepy haze, forgot I had already set it back and said, "Oh, that's an hour faster than it really is, why the hell am I awake at 9:30 on a Sunday?" promptly fell back to sleep and didn't wake up until about noon.

All you inventors out there, I need you to come up with something for that, some sort of marker we can put on our clocks so we know if we've already set it back during the time shift. Thank you.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ouch

Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN's Fareed Zakaria this week he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official - Colin Powell - in his decision.

"Well let's put it this way - I think Colin Powell's decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama."


But don't forget, Sen. McCrankypants has Joe the Plumber, so, you know, it evens out.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Worth the $2 price of admission


Lindsay Lohan and her galpal were spotted on the NYC subway yesterday.

How come I never see her on the 6 train? I usually get the guy with no lower half of his body who rolls by in the little cart looking for money.

Wow

More than 20 percent of American households watched Barack Obama’s 30-minute campaign commercial on Wednesday night, according to preliminary ratings.

The commercial was particularly high-rated in several battleground states. According to Nielsen, 29 percent of households in the Philadelphia media market, 28 percent of households in the West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fl. media market, and 27.2 percent of households in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston Salem, N.C. media market viewed the ad.

- NYT


Once again, Obama triumphs while Sen. McGrumpypants and the haters of the GOP are left sputtering ineffectually on the sidelines whining.

Have you ever seen such a bunch of whiners? Wahh Obama has too much money, wahh the media is unfair, wahh Bush is dragging us down, wahh the liberals are sexist against VP Annie Oakley.

If McCain had done a half hour commercial, it would have got beaten in the ratings by a 12-year-old rerun of Matlock. Especially since Matlock himself (the beloved Andy Griffith) has endorsed Obama.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"Joe the Plumber" gets his ass handed to him...on Fox no less!

Of course, it's by Shep Smith, the only real journalist they have at that "news" organization, but he slaps "Joe the plumber" down quite nicely here.

It's astounding that this guy from "Middle America" has become the voice of the Republican party on taxes and now, apparently, foreign policy.

As Smith says at the very end of the clip - "frightening."


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pinch me

As always, we have to guard against over-confidence or complacency and get out to vote next week - but headlines and items like these are too delicious.


7 days -- One week out -- Republicans expect to be crushed in historic landslide: buy emergency time in Montana and West Virginia

MODERATES AND EVANGELICALS ALREADY FIGHTING OVER WHO’LL RUN FOR RNC CHAIRMAN IN JANUARY

"They say now that Barack Obama is so far ahead in the polls, that the only way he could mess up the election is if he ... got rid of Joe Biden and replaced him with Andy Dick." — David Letterman, CBS's "The Late Show."

In convo with Playbook, a top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless “diva” description, calling Sarah Palin “a whack job.”


But best of all, this one:

McCain Support Continues Downward Spiral

Monday, October 27, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Slow motion breakdown

Apparently the whole family is insane.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I hate people sometimes

I was returning from some errands today, riding the elevator up to my apartment and not paying that much attention, actually texting someone, when the elevator stopped. I had been the only one in it so naturally I figured it was my floor and got off.

There was a woman waiting there for it, and as I walked past she whispered, "You're on the wrong floor" - but her weird whisper didn't really register until I was halfway down the hallway and realized I was indeed on the wrong floor. I had got off at 17.

Why?

Because this genius had obviously pushed both the up and down buttons. I guess people think they will get an elevator faster that way, but all it does it make an up elevator stop at the damn floor.

So now I had to stand there and wait for another up elevator to come.

She was still waiting for her down elevator, so I snarked - "That's strange, wonder why it stopped."

Dumb ass.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Holy crap


They are seriously having a slow-motion mental breakdown at the Republican party these days. Here's another, um, interesting non-Photoshopped picture from Sen. McGrumpypants' campaign adventures.

If you never saw this....

...it's really good stuff.


Shop, baby, shop

Apparently high-priced luxury hotel suites aren't the only thing Sarah Palin likes to have other people pay for.

In less than two months, the RNC has laid out more money on clothes and makeup for VP Annie Oakley than most Americans make in a year.

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September.


And I guarantee you, the rubes will still coo and gush over this empty-headed phony.

You have to hand it to the Republicans - they sure can bamboozle their followers. They devise policies that screw the average working guy day in and day out on everything from health care issues to work safety rules, from environmental protection to making it harder to sue a company that willfully provides dangerous products that kill and maim. And, of course, they boast a tax policy that gives billions to the filthy rich and corporations.

And yet there are still right-wingers, many of them living in dreary misery in some little shit hole of a town in the south or midwest, who believe - seriously believe, even after 8 years of the Worst. President. Ever. - that somehow the GOP is good for them (hello "Joe the Plumber") and that Democrats are evil. (On taxes alone, Obama has a plan that would cut rates on 95 percent of working Americans, but don't tell Joe that.)

But then again, Joe and his ilk listen to fatass Rush Limbaugh, he of the $20 million a year salary, telling them it's so. And he only has their best interests at heart, right?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Scandalous!

AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin kids' travel


So now we find that kooky, mavericky Alaska governor who fought against the "Bridge to Nowhere" - except, er, she really didn't - billed taxpayers to take some of her younguns' with her on fancy trips.

One wonders if Pipi or Algebra (or whoever the preggo one is) got knocked up in a plush hotel room on one of these little jaunts.

Oh wait, according to the AP, one of the little vay-cays included "a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel."

I just hope they changed the sheets at the Waldorf or the Plaza or the St. Regis or wherever those God-fearin' Palin gals stayed (and God forbid they stay at the Milford Plaza, of course.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

A GOP message to the women of America

"As a cold political calculation, I could not be more pleased. She has excited and energized our base. She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America."

- John McCain, on Fox News, explaining why he picked Sarah Palin as his VP nominee.


Well, I have to agree with him on at least one point - it clearly was a cold political calculation. (Granted, you rarely hear politicians admitting that sort of stuff out loud, so kudos to him for his honesty.)

But it is startling that he thinks insulting the women of America, many of whom actually believe in silly little things like, oh, I don't know, wanting to decide what to do with their body, will somehow help the Republican party, which is already plummeting in popularity among female voters.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tally ho

What a great Sunday.

It's an amazingly beautiful, crisp Fall day in NYC.

Sarah Palin basically bombed last night on SNL.

The Obama camp announced they have raised an astounding $150 million in the month of September - the overwhelming majority coming from small donations under 100 bucks.

Gen. Colin Powell, one of the most respected men in America, strongly endorsed Obama on Meet The Press this morning, while criticizing the GOP for the smear-based campaign it has been running. (His anecdote about the young soldier buried at Arlington is very moving.)

And, best of all, I'm going to brunch at my favorite UES restaurant.

Meanwhile, my poor right-wing friends must be crying in their bowls of Sam's Club cereal, which is probably what they are eating given what their president has done to the economy.

Now I'm off for some bloodies and smoked salmon. I am an Eastern big city elitist after all.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

McCain drinking game for tonight's debate

If you picked "my friends" for the last one, you were pleasantly blottoed by about 9:30ish, as Sen. McCrankypants used it an astounding 24 times.

This week, I'm going with "judgment."

POST DEBATE UPDATE 10:47 pm: Apparently should have went with "Joe the plumber."

Just hearing that word come out of her mouth is deliciously intriguing

See more Hayden Panettiere videos at Funny or Die

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Running laps around the competition


How organized and tech-savvy is the Obama campaign compared to that of Sen. McCrankypants?

This screen shot is from an X-Box game - "Burnout Paradise" - in which advertisers can buy space on billboards within the virtual world. Pretty cool.

I hear McCain is going to be buying some time on the Bob Hope Colgate Comedy Hour on the Dumont network.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Twitter break-up


Here's a fun new addition to the pantheon of sneaky ways guys can break up with women, joining the proud but now archiac tradition of the email, the text message, the voice mail and - "Sex and the City" fans, all together now - The Post-It Note.

CNN anchor Don Lemon's Twitter feed includes this gem:

Carol I'm working.This is strictly professional.Cannot call you or continue to answer personal messages.Please respect that . about 4 hours ago from txt

To be fair to Lemon, this looks more like a stalker case than trying to avoid face contact. Let's hope he doesn't have a kid with a bunny rabbit.

Good for Philly

Although the right-wing bozo who owns the team tried to drown it out with music cranked up over the P.A. system, Flyers fans loudly booed VP Annie Oakley when she came out for a ceremonial puck drop over the weekend.

And she even dragged two of her young'uns, Algebra and Pipi, out with her for cover. It didn't help.

I'm not sure who the geniuses at McCain-Palin were who thought this would go well. Philadelphia fans once notoriously booed Sanata Claus.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Another honest Republican

I pointed, a few days ago, to the words of David Brooks, a conservative commentator for The Times and PBS, as he called Sarah Palin "a fatal cancer to the Republican party."

Brooks' GOP credentials were noted by his early career working for William F. Buckley, founder of The National Review and the guy considered the godfather of the modern conservative movement.

Well, today, another conservative breaks with his party, disgusted with what it has become and the people it has nominated to the ticket this year - and this guy's credentials are even better.

In a fascinating essay, author Christopher Buckley - the SON of William F. - writes that "for the first time in my life, I’ll be pulling the Democratic lever in November. As the saying goes, God save the United States of America."

I have some right-wing friends (I know, it surprises me too) who are still clinging to the idea that Palin is somehow qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, that Obama is secretly a Muslim terrorist, that Bush isn't so bad.

The term (coined during the early days of the Iraq debacle to describe the Sadaam loyalists hanging on to power) was "dead-enders."

I hereby proclaim that we now use that term for those GOPers who can't see what Brooks and Buckley clearly do.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

This is frightening

Look and recoil at these sad people, my sophisticated Too Saucy readers, because they are the "mob" - and that's the best word that can be used - to describe who shows up at the typical McCain-Palin rally these days.



Let me just say, I've never been more proud to be a big city, Jew-loving, Manhattan elitist, and not part of salt-of-the-earth Midwestern family values God-fearing small-town America.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Ouch

I hope this guy has his resume updated, but here's a courageous essay from a Fox (20th Century Fox) employee expressing embarrassment at what spews out of corporate cousin Fox News on a regular basis.

An honest Republican

Good for David Brooks. He's one of the few conservatives I can stomach reading or seeing on TV. He, of course, writes an op-ed column for the Times, and offers the conservative viewpoint on the end-of-the-week political segment on PBS's "The News Hour." If you doubt his GOP credentials, he admired Reagan and worked for Bill Buckley, for christsakes.

But he is also one of the honest GOP voices who doesn't like where Bush has taken his party - and where McCain/Palin threaten to.

In an interview, he called Sarah Palin, "a fatal cancer to the Republican party," and decried the GOP's increasing tendency to sneer at intellectuals so they can play the populist "hate the Eastern elite" card to middle America.

It's good to see there are still some voices of sanity left in the Grand Old Party.

Wow

I just tested my modem speed at Speakeasy.

19,750 kbps down.

Good stuff.

Yahoooo


If you were playing a debate drinking game Tuesday night, and had "my friends" as your key words, Sen. McCrankypants said that phrase 24 times.

Burp.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Now if Verizon can only do something about drunk texting

Our friends at Google have come up with a way to stop you from drunk emailing.

In Gmail, there's a new setting in the Google Labs tab that lets you activate a function where you have to solve a series of math problems before you can send a mail. You can control what days and times it kicks in, but they have the default set for Friday and Saturday beginning at 10 pm - presumably that's when the majority of unfortunate emails are sent to bosses and exes.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Jeezus


She's another one who can't pronounce nuclear - like the current Genius-in-Chief.

That alone should be a disqualification for office, never mind all her other obvious inadequecies.


Saturday, October 04, 2008

God bless my right-wing friends...

...because even though I run circles around their bizarre logic, I have to admit that debating them improves my already rapier-sharp wit.

Case in point: I was having a little phone mano-a-mano with one of my more exuberant conservative buds on Friday (she's the same one who noted in a breathless text exchange Thursday during the VP debate that Sarah Palin is "perky," leading me to point out that, sure, but so is Kelly Ripa - and that doesn't qualify her to be a heartbeat away!) well, then the wackiness began.

This little bird apparently had GOP talking points in hand, because when I noted that McCain/Palin would be a continuation of Bush - and what a joy that has been for the nation - she said, "Oh, looking back at the past again."

Just like VP Annie Oakley said during the debate!

Well, where to begin?

First of all, how is talking about the current president "looking back at the past?" No-one is talking about Herbert Hoover - we are still in the deadly grips of W's disastrous reign.

But to hear a Republican - a Republican! - the party that still has orgasms over the decaying corpse of Ronald Reagan - decry "looking back at the past" - how do you even respond?

Oh, I love this election season, when the GOP spins itself into wackier and more concentric circles.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Here's the problem

"Let's commit ourselves just everyday American people, Joe Six-Pack, hockey moms across the nation."
- VP Annie Oakley


Not to be one of those Eastern elitists, but I know a few Joe Six-Packs and these are not the guys you want running the country.

But she's "perky" I was told by a right-wing friend. Yeah, so is Kelly Ripa.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Ka-ching


A six-pack of Hefe Weizen wheat ale at the Key Food for $3.99. I've never heard of the brand before, but for that price, how can you go wrong?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lowering the bar

I was watching some of the pre-debate spin - yes, they now spin before the debates - and they are lowering the bar so much for Vice President Annie Oakley, that all she has to do on Thursday is not drool while she speaks and they will say, "She did surprisingly well against an experienced hand like Joe Biden."

That, apparently, is the only requirement the Republicans need for the person who would be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Not drooling.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Typical sneaky Republicans

Sometimes Amazon.com is very sneaky. It is, as you may know, a Republican leaning company - sort of like Domino's Pizza (never order from Domino's, the CEO is a fanatical anti-abortion nutjob!)

Anyhoo, I sadly order my CDs (yes, I still prefer CDs over MP3s, much better sound quality) from Amazon as there are no stores near me now that sell them anymore. The HMV on Lex is now a Best Buy, and the closest CD retailer I know of in the city is the Virgin in Times Square and I'm not that motivated to schlep down there just for a CD.

Well, I usually browse on Amazon, find some CDs I want, put them in my shopping cart, and come back later. If you order more than $25 worth you get the free shipping, and I always want that, of course, so I browse over a few days to find stuff I like that will get my order up to that level.

But if you come back later and the price of any item in the cart has increased they tell you - xxx has increased from $14.95 to $16.95 - and charge you the higher price.

Ok, fine.

But apparently they don't tell you when prices decrease.

I had ordered a few CDs over the weekend, and I went in to my account today to see if they had shipped, and they hadn't. But I clicked on the page for one of the CDs to listen to some of the tracks again - Ella Fitzgerald: Live at Mister Kelly's - and I saw the price had dropped from $19.99 to $16.99.

Then I went to another one, Ella & Duke Ellington: The Stockholm Concert and it had dropped in price too.

But those bastards at Amazon didn't alert me, and were going to ship out at the old, higher prices. So, of course, I promptly canceled the order, then reordered at the new prices saving myself about five bucks.

What typical sleazy GOP shenanigans though.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Not to be a snob, but.....

I hate when installation guys are in my house and ask to use the bathroom.

You can't really say no, but, oy, I cringe.

This is not a restaurant or bar, my Geek Squad friend.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Still here


Unlike John McCain, I will continue to work during this period of economic crisis and will not suspend Too Saucy.

Oy gevalt

She really is, pardon my French now, a fucking idiot.




And please, to my Republican friends, remember that she will be a heartbeat away from the presidency under a 72-year-old sickly man.

Seriously, this is not just the fact that she's a right-wing, animal-torturing nut job. She's seriously a major lightweight.

I have friends I go to happy hour with who are smarter then her. "I'll try to find some and I'll bring 'em to ya."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yokel


Ms. Palin arrived in New York after a campaign event with Mr. McCain in Pennsylvania.

She exited her Secret Service vehicle in front of the hotel to an empty block: Police and Secret Service had closed down the street and kept every would-be pedestrian indoors about 20 minutes before her arrival.

After she stepped out, Todd was right behind, and the Secret Service followed them directly into the hotel.

New York is considered a Democratic city, but it is also an impatient one, and residents’ views of visiting politicians often have less to do with their positions on domestic and world affairs than with how much the trip inconveniences them.

So when police, for security reasons, refused to allow people to leave a nearby restaurant shortly before Ms. Palin’s arrival, many were not at all happy about it. Instead of the cheering throngs of supporters waving lipsticks and adoring signs that Ms. Palin has become accustomed to on the campaign trail, she was met by the equivalent of a Bronx cheer.
- New York Times



Welcome to New York. Now get the fuck out. Hillbilly.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Zero percent - ZERO!!!!!!

"No Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 56% say staying the same, and 42% say getting worse."
- American Research Group poll


Zero percent! That's almost unheard of in polling.

But the really amazing thing in this poll is that 19% of Americans say they approve of the way Bush is handling his job. Those are historically low numbers for a president to have - but it also means that almost one fifth of the American people are blithering idiots.

Friday, September 19, 2008

All of a sudden Bush looks like he's in Mesna

Here's Sarah Palin, the woman who John McCain said knows more about energy than anyone else in the country, commenting on off-shore oil drilling:


“Oil and coal? Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first,” Palin said. “So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans that get stuck to holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It’s got to flow into our domestic markets first.”


Oy gevalt.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ka-ching

The economy is going to hell in a hand basket, thanks to eight years of Republican incompetence and mismanagement - but sometimes I make out just fine. You have to know how to kvetch to the right people though.

I am in the process of switching my TV/Internet/Phone provider, and, in the procedure, something got screwed up, and I lost my landline dial tone for several days (and, of course, I barely use that phone, but still.) So after a few rounds of bitching with the new company, I have gotten the following deals: the first month free (saving of $95); monthly fee dropped from $95 to $65 for the next six months (for a saving of $180); 12 free Movies on Demand ($60); a one-time rebate of $150; installation fee waived ($29); and one free year of a multi-room hi-def DVR ($228).

Ka-ching indeed.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago I bought a new TV at Best Buy. In their Sunday newspaper ad this week, I saw they were offering $150 off their Geek Squad service to wire up a home theater system. I stopped in yesterday and asked if I could get that deal, even though when I bought the set the deal wasn't in place. The sales guy said services don't count toward their 30-day price match policy, only products, but he could just cancel my credit card purchase from 2 weeks ago and then ring it up again, as if I had purchased the set this week. Done and done - and as he did that, the register spit out a Samsung $200 rebate form, which also wasn't in place when I originally bought the set.

Sweet Baby Jesus. I need to go to Vegas soon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ha ha

Asked by a St. Louis radio station whether she thought Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin could run a company like Hewlett-Packard, (McCain adviser, former H-P chair Carly Fiorina) responded: "No, I don't.

"But that's not what she's running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things."

Asked about that remark on MSNBC, she made the same unprompted assessment of the GOP presidential nominee. "I don't think John McCain could run a major corporation."


And that's one of his supporters saying that!

Monday, September 15, 2008

That's it?

It's a nice duplex, Greenwich Village, lofty thing, but, I don't know - if you're the cofounder/owner of Google, is this the best Manhattan house you get?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Moooooo


Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

- New York Times


The Havemeister in on duty!

You know I also like cows. I like dogs and cats too. Can I be Secretary of Animal Welfare, just, you know, because.

Oy - this is a replay of "Heckuva Job Brownie" cronyism. And we know how well that worked.

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