Monday, October 4, 2010

In the eyes of the NYTimes, Yankee fans are criminals

 Full disclosure: I am a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, follow the Red Sox and loath the New York Yankees.

 Having said that, let me say this is the most ridiculous newspaper article I've seen in a while:


Crime Blotter Has a Regular: Yankees Caps

A curious phenomenon has emerged at the intersection of fashion, sports and crime: dozens of men and women who have robbed, beaten, stabbed and shot at their fellow New Yorkers have done so while wearing Yankees caps or clothing.
Sure, it's not as irresponsible and damaging as Judy Miller passing along fabricated nonsense about weapons of mass destruction and sowing the seeds to justify an unnecessary war,  but if I were in the Yankees marketing department,  I might disagree.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Before he was St. Ronnie to the right, Ronald Reagan was a DFH socialist

Great post on the Donkey Edge.

It features a radio clip of a campaign ad for Harry Truman with a voice-over by a celebrity endorser by the name of Ronald Reagan..
This Reagan fellow speaks in favor of labor, unions, social security, school lunch programs, and against money-grubbing CEO's and do-nothing Republicans in Congress. Impressive stuff.
Too bad that Ronald Reagan withered away and died, only to be replaced by a biologically identical yet politically opposite clone who would go on to become president,and whose policies are still helping to ruin this country.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Making tea from tea bags: Fired Gieco spokesman D.C. Douglas retaliates against right wing group that cost him his job

I've written about this guy, DC Douglas, before. He a voice-over actor who used to have recurring parts in all those Geico insurance ads (he's apparently NOT the voice of the lizard. My bad). His sin was he called FreedomWorks and left a semi-nasty message on their voice mail. He then committed the Cardinal sin of crank callers: he left his name and contact number. That was all that was needed for FreedomWorks to basically destroy him.

Pretty stupid on his part, yes? I think Douglas in retrospect even agrees with me.
Having said that, his response to the ensuing controversy is brilliant, funny and pretty fucking ballsy.

Give it a look:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mayor Mumbles, microphones, and Boston's Ionic Sports Scene

Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino will never, even in his wildest dreams, elbow his way very far up the great, big list of eloquent politicians.

If such a list were to be assembled, it's a sure bet that he would be down at the bottom, with a sizable gap between himself and his nearest neighbor.

The Herald doesn't call him "Mumbles" for nothing.

Hizzoner only solidified his reputation as a terrible public speaker at a recent event honoring Bruins great Bobby Orr.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Civil Liberties Giveaway night in Philly: Cop tasers kid on field; crowd cheers

Well, this is just obscene.
Philadelphia is called the City of Brotherly Love, but everyone outside of the local Chamber of Commerce thinks its meant to be ironical. The guy who coined the phrase probably rolled his eyes as he said it the first time ever. Hell, this is the town that famously booed Santa Claus.
So, while it is no surprise this incident happened in Philadelphia, it's still surprising nonetheless

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Texas Gov. Rick Perry exercises his dog and his right to bear arms simultaneously

Just saw this on the Huffington Post:
AUSTIN, Texas — Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.
Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin. Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger – loaded with hollow-point bullets – when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.
So, in summary, the governor of Texas likes to jog with a a laser-sighted .380 Ruger handgun with hollow-point ammo.  Not making a judgment here. Somehow, seeing as how it's Texas, I'm not the least bit surprised. Me? I would be concerned it would slow down my time. And if I ran any slower, pigeons would shit on me and teens would spray paint 'fuck you' across my backside.

I sense a campaign commercial here:
"While Joe Democrat wants to invite the coyotes into your home and feed them food off your table, Gov. Rick Perry says no. While Joe Democrat wants to give coyotes free health insurance and allow their packs to go to public schools, Gov. Rick Perry wants to give them only hot lead. Vote Gov. Perry. For Texas. For puppies. Definitely not for coyotes."

Friday, April 23, 2010

Are you sh*tting me? - Scott Brown fields, dispenses with question about 2012 presidential run

Scott Brown seems like a perfectly nice guy with a lovely family. He's not my cup of tea politically, but I give him his props (if anyone still says that anymore): he was a David to Martha Coakley's Goliath in the January special election. Or better yet, he was a young Cassius Clay besting the imposing Sonny Liston and in the process "shook up the world."

Whatever.

Brown was sworn in on Feb. 11. By my calculation he has been in office now for about 10 weeks. That's 70 days. In that time he has done two things: he has challenged President Obama to a game of 2-on-2 basketball, and he voted against his own party to support a jobs bill in the Senate, thereby angering the already angry voters who lifted him from obscurity to knock off Coakley.

Got that? Two things and only one of them falls under his job description.

So why in the name of God almighty does Brown have to officially declare he is not - NOT! - planning a 2012 presidential run? That's not a knock on Brown but it's very much a knock against the dolts on the Today Show who thought it was essential to ask him the question. I'm not sure when then-neophyte Senator Barack Obama started fielding questions from the national press about his presidential plans for 2008, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't 70 says after taking office in 2005.

It would be easy for Brown to get swept up in his own celebrity and succumb to hubris and say 'Yes, I am pretty special. I'm going to run for president." (see Romney, Mitt), or to his ego and say "I like to have people guessing what I'm going to do next." (see Palin, Sarah).


Bully for him for taking option C:
"Yes, absolutely, 2012, I'm ruling it out," Brown told interviewer Jamie Gangel on NBC-TV's "Today" show. When Gangel asked if he might run someday, Brown sidestepped, saying, "I'm not even going to jump at that. Nice try."
They say there are no such things as dumb questions, but the proverbial 'they' say a lot of things that are not true. You know as a reporter you've asked a dumb question when the subject replies, as Brown did here, with a variation of  'Dude, what the f*ck?'

Come to think of it, that's why I stopped watching Today years ago. "Dude, what the f*ck?" basically sums up a decade worth of programming.