It's That Time Of The Year Again......
As sure as the rain will fall, and the sun will shine, I'm a gonna get me what's mine, I find it absolutely amazing, to no end, that each, and every year, that one can count on two con-current events happening simultaneously ....
One is that:
"Teh Ugliest Dog In The World"
Willl be beknighted:
And Ann Coulter will do a live, stand-up remote on Tweetiebird's, aka, Chris Matthews, Hardball show on MSNBC:
Or is it.....
Given the inherent bias of this site, my money's not on Satan.
I'm just sayin'.....
UPDATE: The above pic of Coulter is from a year ago, these two are from yesterday's appearance to flog her POS book, now out in paperback:
What's really scary is not only Coulter, but her Kool-Aid swilling fans that surround her.
If there was ever an indictment of America's Educational System, the fact that she has so many of these pin-heads that like her, and what she stands for, than that is it.
I fear for my country's future, if this is what our self-proclaimed "best and brightest" are into these days.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
It's That Time Of The Year Again......
Monday, June 25, 2007
If you recall, in March of 2003, as the United States was ramping up towards its invasion of Iraq, there was a bit of a kerfluffle between ourselves and the nation of France over France's lack of support for the war.
Things got so bad between us that there was a movement, spearheaded by now disgraced Republican Congressman Bob Ney, to eliminate all things France from the American Lexicon, not the least of which was to rename "French Fries" "Freedom Fries."
But we weren't going to go as far as abandon Washington DC, the city in which Ney made his proposal, despite it having been designed by a Frenchman, Lafayette, nor ship The Statue of Liberty back to France.
It was essentially just an attention getting PR gimmick, one of many of the jingoistic ones that were in vogue at the time, such as trying to run the multi-Grammy award winning Dixie Chicks out of town on a rail, and impugning the patriotism of any and all Americans that questioned entering this war on what we know now to be lies and the flimsiest of evidence.
Ney pushed it so far as to have the menu changed in the Congress's Rayburn Office Building Cafeteria to reflect this, the picture you see here on the left was taken during this time period.
I can personally vouch for the authenticity of this sign, in that it was during this time period that I was in the employee of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and the Rayburn was the spot that I would have my breakfast in instead of at home because my job entailed being up on The Hill at an ungodly hour.
On my very first day that I was working there, as I was ordering my scrambled eggs I was shocked to find myself standing in front of that very sign that had garnered so much national attention.
What happened next was even more shocking.
As I was waiting for the counterman to finish my order I was approached by a black woman who I estimated to be in her late 40s/early 50s. In her hand she was holding a plastic oyster shell that contained a hard-boiled egg
Saturday, June 23, 2007
This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:* hell (19x) * fucking (5x) * dead (4x) * shit (3x) * bitch (2x) * sex (1x)
As if my words could do more damage to young minds of America than the failed, rated G, Public School System of America.
Cut me a fucking break.
These cocksucking, priggish, fucked in the head, shit for brains, bitch, cunt prudes, who probably haven't ever had a decent fucking, (y'know the kind involving, horrors, that unholiest of human acts, sex), are now officially dead to me.
What has anyone ever gotten from any of them, except a world of misery, anyways?
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I had a client in the Watergate building on the 6th floor. Right next door to them was the actual office where the break-in occured, so, on this, the 35th Anniversary of the scandal, I thought I'd post some of the pics that they were kind enough to allow me to take, here.
Enjoy this little slice of Washington DC history....
Thursday, June 14, 2007
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If I had a dollar for each person on all these, it would be $36M per month.
Nice revenue stream.
Nyc here, trailing Dennis.
As much as I am loathe to send anyone away from A Pen Warmed In Hell, to some other point on the Werld Wide Websicle, (that we know and love as the tube of trucks that is the Internets, only to have the 50 odd people that show up here everyday leave and never come back), there are times when one must defer to another's Superior Kung-Fu.
In this case it's the work of Mr. D. Wong, who has given the world the first, last, and always, word on MMORPGs.
Ya'll come back now, see ya real soon.
SiliconValley.com - Networking sites launchpad for business
Fascinating look at how flexible Web 2.0 is, and how fast moving! These kids today...
Posted by Dennis Crow at Thursday, June 14, 2007
"Is It Live, Or Is It Memorex?"For the last several years it has been a running gag between me and those that know me that it's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between what we know as "Reality" and what passes for the fine reportage from "America's Finest News Source," otherwise known as "The Onion".
"Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. "
Well, I'm here to tell you that today, June 14th, 2007, at exactly 5am, EST, the Flag Day commemoration here in the United States Of America, The Weather Channel led with an item about the effects that gusty winds will have on the Stars And Stripes that will be proudly flown today.
Nation Hoping For A Windy Flag Day
June 5, 2007 | Issue 43•23
WASHINGTON, DC—With June 14 just a week away, citizens nationwide are hoping that brisk, windy weather is in store for this Flag Day.
"A Flag Day without wind is like a Columbus Day with mail delivery: It just doesn't feel right," said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Roger Jessup, who is serving as this year's Flag Day grand marshal. "I long for the Flag Days of my youth, when the winds were always strong and steady. Seems like in the past few years there's barely been a breeze and Old Glory just droops. Except for Flag Day '02, when it was so blustery the flag whipped right around the flagpole."
Jessup, whose duties include answering Flag Day mail from the nation's children, added that if everyone tried as hard as they could to be good this week, "perhaps Starry Stripes, the Flag Day Fairy, will blow some nice breezy air our way."
I don't know any other way to put this....
We're in big fucking trouble.
.... Because I'd love to hear it.
In Russia, in the Ukraine, the world's best region for growing crops, in the 1930s, millions starved to death because of a broken political system.
In America today, the country with the world's best Health Care, millions of the uninsured are going to end up just as dead as those Ukrainian peasants, as a result of a system of doing things that is just as broken as what those Ukrainians had to deal with 2 generations ago.
(Insert appropriate Santanya quote here.)
UPDATE: This has gone viral, with the latest news being that the Hospital in question is looking at being shut down within 2 weeks if they don't get it together.
I call *bullshit* on that because what happened at this one particular hospital is not the cause of the problem, but merely a symptom.
Deal with it.
Monday, June 11, 2007
For those of you living under a rock, or who don't have HBO, here's a little something to bring you up to speed tonight, in case you're wondering what all the fuss is about:
We now return you to your regularly scheduled Paris Hilton programming.
Friday, June 8, 2007
The 8th of June, 2007, was the 1,500th day since 1 May 2003, on which our President of these here United States of America, one George Walker Bush, stood on the deck of the battleship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, and declared to all and sundry that....
"Major Combat Operations In Iraq Have Ended"
And, for those of you keeping score at home, yesterday, 8 June, 2007, was also the very same day that combat deaths by US Servicemen crossed the 3,500 killed in action threshold.
You can look it up.
I don't know why, but I didn't see or hear any mention of those two facts anywhere yesterday.
3,500 dead in war over a course of 1,500 days is not all that big a deal, it works out to 2.33333 killed a day, which is nothing, compared to the casualty rate of our Civil War of the 1860s, (since Abraham Lincoln's name has come up, see above), in which, in a single battle, in a single afternoon, late in the war, that 3,500+ Americans were killed fighting other Americans.
And those 3,500 dead were on the Union, the winning side, of the battle.
As far as loathing the 'Cult of Celebrity' in America goes, you're welcome to your hate, and shit, but dude, it was ever thus.
Whose face is on the One Dollar Bill?
"First In War, First In Peace, First In The Hearts Of His Countrymen."
From its inception, The United States Of America has been, first, last, and always, about the cult of celebrity.
George Washington was a celebrity, Ben Franklin was a celebrity, Jimi Hendrix was a celebrity, Jackson Pollack was a celebrity, FDR was a celebrity, Thomas Edison was a celebrity, Steve Jobs is a celebrity, Al Sharpton is a celebrity.
Celebrity in America is the engine that drives the train of our culture.
When Clark Gable appeared bare chested on screen in Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" sales of mens white cotton T-Shirts plummeted.
When Monica Lewinsky was mentioned to be a thong wearing gal, sales at Victoria's Secret's lingerie section skyrocketed.
Without celebrity in America, not a damn thing would happen here, so you're welcome to condemn celebrities all you want, but without them, where do you think we'd all be?
More insightful commentary like this here.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wayne Gretzky-Style 'Field Sense' May Be Teachable
May I suggest the perfect platform for this: The WiiMote!
Posted by Dennis Crow at Thursday, June 07, 2007