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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Speaking Of Freakishly Tall, Lesbionic Grace


When Rachel Maddow first started making waves about CNN’s live-time broadcast of Michele Bachmann Overdrive’s lazy-eyed “response” to the State of the Union, we here at the imaginary think-tank the Serious Poo-Poo Institute of Technology thought she making a bit too much of it. Then we watched Maddow’s last segment of last night’s broadcast, when […]

Imus and Fox ‘News’ Deserve Each Other


First of all, let us establish early on that Don Imus is a racist blobfish. You are probably aware of this improbable broadcast celebrity’s misogynistic, racist, bizarre, mean, and un-funny put-down of the Rutgers womens’ basketball team of 2007. Dig a little further, or become an amateur Howard Stern Show historian as I have, and […]

Maybe They Should Commemorate the Mountain Meadows Massacre


The Utah legislature is debating a proposal to make the Browning M 1911 the official gun of Utah. Like every state needs an official gun, right? In the middle of getting completely snarky about this silliness, I wondered how many states could claim an official gun for themselves. (Florida gets the Tech 9, Massachusetts gets […]

State of the Battle Plan


I thought President Obama did a nice job on the State of the Union. I also think Brady is right. This is a pretty conclusory business plan. It is not that all the steps between now and actually meeting the education and infrastructure and green jobs goals are not spelled out. You do not expect […]

President Underpants Gnome


From last evening’s State Of The Union speech… This is our generation’s Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us […]

Not Bloody Likely


And I had to really scour to find the story I refer to in the previous post. Most of the news stories I’ve found on the Internet about gunshots at the home seemed more like this (dateline Alba, Texas): Alba-Golden Student Fatally Shot in His Home Written by Clayton Neville Wednesday, 19 January 2011 07:11 […]

This Doesn’t Add Up


I’ve been scouring the Internet today looking for anecdotal evidence of what I tend to think of as the most unlikely scenario in the world. I referred to the scenario in my previous post: You are a gun owner at home. You hear a noise, so you pull your gun out of your nightstand. You […]



Many years ago when I was a news reporter in Northeast Ohio, there was a murder case that was the talk of the town. This guy had shot his beautiful wife to death. He said he’d heard a noise and assumed it was an intruder. He slipped into a closet with a gun. His wife […]

Good Night, and Good Luck


Wow. Shit. Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC, Final ‘Countdown’ Broadcast Is Tonight MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors. Punched in the stomach […]

Yes. I’m Fine, She Said. Please Stop Asking, You Freak.


Sharing today (via my cousin Jonathan, thank you sir) this brilliant vignette from cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, a scorching arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The execution of this piece by these two dueling musicians is nothing short of brilliant. The phrasing, the intensity, the dynamics, and watch the one fellow put harmonics […]