Thursday, February 26, 2015

Things You Can Read About


Who is Disturbed by Hillbilly Themed Porn?

Jason Street at Hillbilly Thrill - 17 seconds ago
I'm not buying the premise of this: *There is a rising trend in pornography: hillbilly porn. Instead of the usual bevy of coked out blonds with fake boobies from California, these fine films feature rednecks from the South and Appalachia. It’s no wonder with the popularity of shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Swamp People celebrating the inbred and ignorant. According to Gamelink, the niche market for movies with toofless white trash going at it started selling in quadruple numbers about two years ago. While I can’t say that I understand the appeal of watching homunculus tro... more » 

On a Friday

Jason Street at The Killing Moon - 5 hours ago
The world is a shrunken, global mess of release dates and embargoed intellectual property, and I don't know if this really fixes anything. Does it change the fact that artists will release their albums on vinyl before all other formats in order to earn cachet with hipsters? To me, release dates hearken back to the 1970s, which is when an album release would actually generate attention. That's gone now--there is no album being released this year by anyone that people are going to shit themselves over, save perhaps a Kanye West album or a surprise album by Beyonce. And you just got ... more » 

The Dumbassery, It Abounds

Jason Street at Wretched Corners - 1 day ago
People have been offended by art again. You can read about it here. This is the money quote: *Small told Hyperallergic that when one billboard was being installed, a group of locals surrounded the workers, "shouting obscenities and claiming that the billboards were either Satanic or Islamic."* It's unfair to pick on New Mexico for being home to a bunch of backwoods jackasses, but still. How do you conflate art and someone's attempt to do something like this with the fear experienced by people who are too stupid to understand that ISIS is not coming to blow up their town? Answer--... more » 

A Show For the Ages

Jason Street at Foolish Blood - 1 day ago
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Parks and Recreation

Jason Street at An American Lion - 1 day ago
And that's the end of them. *Parks and Recreation* was the last "NBC" comedy that I liked. *Community* lives on in a Yahoo! format that I don't think anyone will decry or mind, but that show has shed the network that failed to make it a hit, not the other way around. I don't know what's coming, but I do know we need another paintball episode, fast. *The Office, Community, 30 Rock*, and *Parks and Recreation* were four of the greatest comedies ever. They rank up there with *Newhart*, which is a show that has never been forgotten specifically because it had the greatest finale ever... more » 

Rounded Up

Jason Street at Rounded Up - 2 days ago
Keith Olbermann Has Been Suspended From ESPN Jason Street at An American Lion - 6 minutes ago I swear to God, I really was going to write a blog post about how I was wrong about Keith Olbermann and his new job with ESPN. I was going to reference this post, where I wrote, in July of 2013, that Olbermann's being hired by ESPN was a bad idea. Then I saw this. Then I went, whew. Good luck, Keith. You belong at 9PM on CNN. You are a talented, consummate professional and a great, great broadcaster. The problem is, you are a crappy employee in a world where you ought to be the employer. Oh... more » 

Keith Olbermann Has Been Suspended From ESPN

Jason Street at An American Lion - 2 days ago
I swear to God, I really was going to write a blog post about how I was wrong about Keith Olbermann and his new job with ESPN. I was going to reference this post, where I wrote, in July of 2013, that Olbermann's being hired by ESPN was a bad idea. Then I saw this. Then I went, whew. Good luck, Keith. You belong at 9PM on CNN. You are a talented, consummate professional and a great, great broadcaster. The problem is, you are a crappy employee in a world where you ought to be the employer. Oh well. And, I don't know about you, but as soon as I saw that Bill O'Reilly had absolutely ... more »

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow White is a Nerd?




A great idea and a great piece of pop art (if I'm allowed to call it that).

I would put a little bit of white tape on the glasses, though. But, remember. I have next to no talent.

Brian Who?




In case you were wondering:

In the first week of his six-month suspension (Feb. 9-13), the Lester Holt-anchored NBC broadcast posted a victory among total viewers, with an average 9.43 million, and adults 25-54. The demo race was a much tighter race. Despite leading ABC News by 400,000 total viewers, it only just topped it in the key demo: 2.292 million over 2.242 million.


CBS remained in third place, averaging 7.628 million viewers and 1.786 million adults 25-54.


Brian Williams has been replaced and the numbers on his broadcast, such as they are, have remained the same. The audience for the evening news has shrunk down to practically nothing but NBC persists with the delusional idea of putting Williams back on the air? I think that has come to pass.

Williams would make a hell of a game show host.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Nobody Goes to Jail These Days




 Someone wake up Dinesh D'Souza before he sleeps through his stories:

David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, says he’s proud of the fact “there hasn’t been a major scandal” during the administration’s six years in office.


Axelrod was responding to a question from the audience about the so-called Washington revolving door between lobbyists and the White House during a discussion of his recent book at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Somewhere, a man's head just exploded in a spasm of outrage and you can hear the indignant persecution complex of D'Souza begin anew:

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided prison on Tuesday when a U.S. judge sentenced him to serve eight months in a community confinement center after he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law.


D'Souza, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to live in a center, which would allow him to leave during non-residential hours for employment, for the first eight months of a five-year probationary period.


Berman also ordered D'Souza to perform one day of community service a week during probation, undergo weekly therapy and pay a $30,000 fine.


D'Souza, a frequent critic of U.S. President Barack Obama, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.

So, just to recap--none of the Obama appointees have gone to jail, only a handful have done anything wrong, and one of the most prominent critics of the Obama Administration can't even get sent to jail in this modern era of elitist backscratching and corruption. A few people have resigned, but, big deal, right? Nobody's being dumped in a Federal Prison anywhere.

What does that tell you about where this country is headed right now? Nobody will ever go to jail for anything ever again.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Time to Get the Blood Out of the Stone


Do you really think Lance Armstrong is going to pay back the money?
A Texas arbitration panel gave a $10 million judgment for SCA Promotions in its suit against disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong for bonuses it paid for his Tour de France championships.
"We are very pleased with this result," SCA president and founder Bob Hamman said in a statement, per Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today. "It is hard to describe how much harm Lance Armstrong's web of lies caused SCA but this is a good first start towards repairing that damage."

The arbitration panel, which voted 2-1 in SCA's favor, will now turn its ruling over to a judge, who must give a final approval. SCA asked the panel to do so out of fear Armstrong would refuse to pay it the $10 million.
Armstrong can default on these judgments and no one would care. How bad can the public image of a man stripped of seven Tour de France victories get before people notice he's a sleaze?

Money is easy to hide. He can divest himself of property and fortune and tell the government to go pound sand. Token payments and tales of hard luck go a long way. He can live out his life free from accountability, albeit with limited potential to earn money and absolutely no dignity whatsoever.

I'm thinking he doesn't care. This is America. A wealthy man can do whatever he wants and reinvent himself when public furor subsides. Armstrong is little more than an afterthought now.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Heather Cho is Going Away For a Year




I think people are forgetting something here:

A former executive of South Korea's national airline has been jailed for one year for obstructing aviation safety during a row over nuts.


Heather Cho forced a plane to return to the gate in New York last December and offload a steward because she did not like the way she had been served nuts.


Judge Oh Sung-woo said it was a case where "human dignity" had been "trampled upon".


Ms Cho has apologised and quit Korean Air, which is run by her father. 


Her plane was taxiing at New York's JFK Airport on 5 December when witnesses say she became angry after being served macadamia nuts she did not ask for, and which were still in a bag and not in a bowl.


It wasn't entirely about macadamia nuts. It was about an ethical approach to a simple customer service complaint, one that Cho failed badly. She committed an abuse of power, she was on an aircraft and hitting people with objects. She was using a position of authority to terrorize and intimidate employees of the airline. We can project our values on this and come up with a lot of different scenarios, but, the bottom line is, she interfered with a plane that was "in flight" and could have faced stiff penalties if this was handled in America.





This incident reminds me of "who moved my cheese" and not in a good way.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Liberation of Kansas

At some point, a humanitarian mission to liberate the occupied territory known as Kansas will have to be undertaken by peacekeeping forces and by non-governmental organizations that will deliver human rights relief to a badly oppressed people.

Yes, Kansas is full of God-botherers who have no money, no jobs, no health care, dwindling access to education, fracked-out water supplies, no real quality of life to speak of, but they have Jeebus and Sam Brownback and his tax cuts for the wealthy and his failed state government and his promise to make God-bothering look like a trip to a dry well on a prairie filled with nothing.

What does it say about a country where this kind of thing can happen in the year of our bothered God 2015? People need jobs and basic necessities. We see state legislatures tie themselves up in knots trying to legislate against abortions that simply don't happen anymore and they call that good government.

If you live in Kansas, my heart goes out to you. My head wonders what the hell is the wrong with Kansas, but I am not without sympathy.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tax Cheats and Swiss Banks




Even if you were able to get the taxes owed on the money stashed in HSBC's bank accounts, you wouldn't get it next year or the year after that because the owners would move their assets to another location.

It's a noble idea--make tax cheats pay their fair share. In theory, we could close budget gaps. fully fund education, and put free sweaters on puppies everywhere. This is the goal of tax collection agencies throughout the world, but it rarely turns out to be practical in the long term. You might see a surge of revenue one year and then the tax cheats find a new haven for their wealthy.

HSBC shouldn't even be allowed to do business in the United States. Withdrawing the protection of the American rule of law would force many wealthy people to go off shore. If you think you can get a better deal paying European tax rates, go live there. Wait until some shady organization with the legal backing of the state confiscates your wealth and then try to get an American lawyer to sue to get it back. I will you well in that endeavor. Ask a former Russian billionaire how they got their money back from the government. I'm still waiting to see what that looks like because it would be fantastic and wonderful to behold.

People are always going to try and cheat, even though the smart money is on using America's legal system as a guarantor of perpetual wealth. Once they have been robbed by questionable governments and sleazy bankers outside of the protection of American courts, let them come home and live under the law and pay their fair share of taxes. Got a bank in the Cayman Islands? Good, steal from these people so we can laugh when they come begging for the protection they saw fit to abandon.

Friday, February 6, 2015

We're All Eleventh Cousins With Somebody




Jane Austen

This is a little ridiculous:

Jane Austen wrote the ultimate fairy tales, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is living one herself. But that's not all these two women have in common. 


The famed romance author (1775-1817) and the newly-minted royal, 29, have family ties, according to findings from Ancestry.com


The ladies are eleventh cousins, six times removed, according to the site, and they are linked through Henry Percy, the second Earl of Northumberland, who was born in 1392. 


We all have family ties with royalty or the historically famous or both. I don't think this is newsworthy at all.


The very nature of modern life dictates that we all come from common ancestors and a bloodline that traces back to someone notable in history, and this is true for all of the cultures of the Earth as well. This is not a white European fact; it's true for people from all over. The fact that they had to go back to 1392 to find a common ancestor is enough for a good laugh. And I don't know what's funnier--going back 619 years or expecting useful information out of People magazine.

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Bill Cosby is Not Done Raping Women




You would think someone would have taken Bill Cosby aside by now and said, "hey, you gotta disappear."

Is he really that defiant? Does he really think what's happened is going to just go away? On what planet does Bill Cosby get to skate on everything he's been accused of and just go back to wandering in and out of popular culture, making money and acting like nothing happened?

This is a man who cannot be advised of anything.

Rounded Up

Solitary Confinement is a National Problem

Jason Street at An American Lion - 10 hours ago
You would be hard pressed to get anyone to care about this issue: *Texas has one of the harshest and most punitive criminal justice systems in America. A new report shows just how inhuman the state of Texas is when it comes to doling out the punishment of solitary confinement.* *If you have any doubt that solitary confinement is torture, all you need to is to listen to the stories of those who have been forced to endure it. Nevertheless, a new report from the ACLU of Texas finds that about one in ever 22 prisoners there is in solitary confinement— more people "than 12 states house... more »

Brian Williams Gets Caught

Jason Street at An American Lion - 10 hours ago
Lloyd Grove weighs in on Brian Williams and his tall tales about being shot at: *The Brian Williams Apology Tour has begun—and who knows where it will end?* *The NBC Nightly News anchor publicly apologized three times Wednesday—during his regular broadcast, in a Facebook post, and in Stars and Stripes—after the military-focused newspaper published a damning story that Williams and NBC have been claiming falsely “for years” that, during the 2003 Iraq invasion, he was aboard a U.S. Army helicopter that was hit and forced down by rocket-propelled grenades.* *“The story actually star... more »

I Hate How My Brain Works

Jason Street at Hillbilly Thrill - 10 hours ago
What in the name of all that is holy is wrong with me?

Good Riddance

Jason Street at Wretched Corners - 19 hours ago
Are you surprised by this? Anyone who knows what is going on in Albert Lea should probably start thinking about what they want in a new city manager.

Rounded Up

Jason Street at Open Market - 20 hours ago
Supplements Made From Nothing Jason Street at Reverbist - 13 seconds ago Health supplements are made out of nothing? And they don't benefit the health and well being of anyone? What the hell? You would think that, in a just society, the outright quackery and for-profit bullshit of supplement companies--Herbalife, I am staring right at you, you sons of bitches--would lead to regulation and common sense rules protecting consumers. Guess again. We need real reform for consumer protection in this country, and as long as we're stuck in the politics of stupid, we'll never get it. We have ... more »

Google Plus Links

Jason Street at Open Market - 20 hours ago
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Supplements Made From Nothing

Jason Street at Reverbist - 20 hours ago
Health supplements are made out of nothing? And they don't benefit the health and well being of anyone? What the hell? You would think that, in a just society, the outright quackery and for-profit bullshit of supplement companies--Herbalife, I am staring right at you, you sons of bitches--would lead to regulation and common sense rules protecting consumers. Guess again. We need real reform for consumer protection in this country, and as long as we're stuck in the politics of stupid, we'll never get it. We have grown men leading state governments and men who hold elected office w... more »

How Many INXS Albums Are Never Going to Happen Now?

Jason Street at The Killing Moon - 20 hours ago
Tim Farriss, the guitar player for INXS, severely damaged the ring finger on his fret hand in a boating accident recently. This has led to speculation that he will never play guitar again, properly, at any rate. I don't know if that's anything worth a comment, but here goes. INXS were largely finished long before the untimely demise of Michael Hutchence. They maintain a following, to be certain, but their careers ended when the 1990s began. They have been on a slow, steady decline since 1987, to be cruel about it. Having said that, it's never cool when someone has something taken... more »

the magical powers

Jason Street at Abbott and Gooseberry - 1 day ago

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Supplements Made From Nothing




Health supplements are made out of nothing?

And they don't benefit the health and well being of anyone?

What the hell?

You would think that, in a just society, the outright quackery and for-profit bullshit of supplement companies--Herbalife, I am staring right at you, you sons of bitches--would lead to regulation and common sense rules protecting consumers.

Guess again.

We need real reform for consumer protection in this country, and as long as we're stuck in the politics of stupid, we'll never get it. We have grown men leading state governments and men who hold elected office who are unafraid to tell us their expert opinions on how vaccines are dangerous, but we can't get anything done about snake oil salesmen who prey on consumers and sell them garbage.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Burying the Heart of the Last of the Hapsburgs




This is the end of a historical epoch--and they're sticking with medieval tradition and they're burying his heart in a separate place. This is the sort of thing that wouldn't have raised any eyebrows a hundred years ago. Today, you wonder if someone isn't going to file a lawsuit to reunite the man and his internal organ.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Warren Sapp Has a Working Girl Problem

A good lawyer can make this go away because these kinds of arrests are entrapment situations that usually come down to misunderstandings and a genuine concern for helping a young lady make her school tuition payments on time. You Better Call Saul, my man.

In the case of Warren Sapp, does he have the money to hire a good lawyer? How many times has he filed bankruptcy? Can he afford a criminal defense attorney based on the conditions of his existing bankruptcy?

If this was Las Vegas, he'd be fine. Hence, a great argument for holding every Super Bowl in sin city. I don't know why we persist in maintaining the illusion that the gamblers don't exist. Pander and cater to the gamblers, and grow the hell up.

Ethics Matter More Than College Degrees




I would put a candidate's ethical track record ahead of their possession of an advanced degree:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has buzz. He has impressed conservative activists in Des Moines and is the front-runner for likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers, according to a Bloomberg Politics-Des Moines Register poll published this weekend.


Supporters say the 47-year-old has more diverse qualifications than the other Republicans: A non-Washington Republican who has won tough contests in a blue state, taken on labor unions and has appeal to the conservative faith community and the business constituency.






Scott Walker having no degree is worse than him having a pair of bought-and-paid for degrees from Harvard or Yale? I'm not following that logic, since many of our privileged elites cheat their way through college anyway.





Walker is inherently an unethical governor, one who has been under investigation for years. That alone should make him unfit for higher office.