“It’s exciting for me to be here but it’s also real sentimental,” Clinton told the crowd packed into the school’s gym, “Arkansas runs deep for me.”—Wall Street Journal - Hilary Clinton using poor grammer to connect with blacks.
“As the media hype around Second Life grew, the Goons began to aim at bigger targets. When a virtual campaign headquarters for presidential candidate John Edwards was erected, a parody site and scatological vandalism followed. When SL real estate magnate Anshe Chung announced she had accumulated more than $1 million in virtual assets and got her avatar’s picture splashed across the cover of BusinessWeek, the stage was set for a Second Life goondom’s spotlight moment: the interruption of a CNET interview with Chung by a procession of floating phalluses that danced out of thin air and across the stage.”—Wired - Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World
“Why put all this bullshit between the action set-pieces? I mean, at the very least, could we not have the “YAY! Look at this numeric representation of how YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD BOY“? All the original Super Mario Bros. had was the timer countdown and the fireworks; that seemed to do pretty nicely for most people. Here we are in the twenty-first century, and here we are with all this stopping and starting. I wanted to play a rope. I wanted the game to just keep going, keep evolving, keep crunching. I wanted it to be a delicious buffet dinner, not a room full of bottles of multi-vitamins.”—Tim Rogers - Super Mario Galaxy Review
“The population grew desperate and then violent. Major cities were razed. Other cities were raised and then dropped, breaking them. A tumbleweed blew across the street. An old man rode by in an engineless Toyota Corolla pulled by a mule.”—America in Crisis: The Writers Strike Continues
“LeRoy Jenkins was a well-known and financially-successful faith healer during the 1970s, his operation grossing $3 million a year. In 1979, Jenkins ran afoul of the law and was sentenced to 12 years in South Carolina state prison for a multitude of crimes, including conspiring to burn down the homes of both a state trooper and a creditor. Released from prison early after serving 5 1/2 years, he resumed his faith-healing business. His tarnished reputation never healed.”—Wikipedia - Faith Healing
“Bacon no. 8 is “North Country Cob Smoked Bacon,” and it’s a welcome throwback to my first and favorite shipment, Father’s, in that it is a thick, smoky, down and dirty slice of meat. To touch it raw with your fingertip and then bring the digit slowly to your nose is to be wrestling in a dusty logging camp alongside a buried row of ember-lidded Dutch ovens. Grizzled lumberjacks clap and holler, and great gallon growlers of forest-temperature steam beer are hoisted and drained in a minute by groups of three, as you and your opponent plant your worn jack boots against each new body blow. North Country is every bit as American as Tom Sawyer lighting a corncob pipe off a tightly rolled Indian treaty, with a flavor depth you’ll never find in the supermarket. To discover these smoky climes, unfortunately, requires aggressive consumer action.”—Achewood’s Chris Onstad on bacon, making me ashamed that I even own a keyboard, as usual
“Listening to the Democratic contenders, for example, is like listening to a 4-year-old tell Santa what she wants for Christmas—an array of cherished desires, and no sense that someone has to pay for them. Universal health insurance! Affordable college! Grants for child care! Money for schools! Every doll ever made by American Girl!”—Reason - Campaigning to Bust the Budget
“For example, during a show at the now defunct Odd Rock Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jesus Lizard’s set list included an instrumental titled “Tight and Shiny”. Yow set the mike stand at waist-height,dropped his drawers, and pulled out his penis. The band thundered on, while the song title’s relevance crept into the audiences’ mind as they had a clear view of Yow stretching his scrotal sack over his testicles, giving them a tight and shiny look.”—The Jesus Lizard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Yes, CCM is using a quote from H.L. Mencken to sell subscriptions. Leaving aside that this particular quote refers to individual liberty, not free magazines, Mencken is a bizarre choice. One wonders why CCM didn’t go with a more familiar Mencken quote, like, “I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.””—Huffington Post on CCM Magazine using “It is better to be free than not to be free” to advertise free magazines.
Cole:In a story in today's New York Times Magazine , the reporter, Zev Chafets, offers to take Mike Huckabee for lunch to any restaurant in New York. Huckabee first requested T.G.I. Friday's. Chafats vetoed that, so they ended up at Huckabee's second choice, the Olive Garden.
Mark:That makes me want to vote for Huckabee even more
“To be honest, I watched the Republican debate mainly because Ron Paul was involved and the thought of serious candidates having to respond to points made by a politician who’s basically Stan from South Park in full “I learned a lesson today” mode sounded entertaining.”—Something Awful Election Thoughts Valu-Pak
“half of the mail [my] agency handles is direct marketing mail, and reducing its volume could cost thousands of Postal Service jobs.”—Postal Service spokesman and Idiot Al DeSarro unknowingly demonstrates why loss of jobs is almost always a good thing for our economy, not to mention our enironment and aggregate quality of life
Henry Owings:You’ve heard about the big Jerry Garcia prank in Chicago when he died, right? Someone set up like a “consolation hotline” after Garcia died, an ad, like “call and send your sympathy.” The number?
Pitchfork:Touch and Go?
Henry Owings:Ding! Yeah, he turned his phone off for about a week. He knows how to take a joke. That was the heyday of Chicago pranksterism— I think a dude in Urge Overkill might have been involved.
“In fact, I think that it’s actually the case that where Obama is concerned, conservatives lack much of the gut-level animus that drives them to really hate HRC, Kerry and Gore. All of these Dems represented what conservatives most hate about liberals—they all represent a liberal style (as apart from substance) that looks down on and dismisses conservatives.”—Same Facts on Obama
you may very well be saying ‘no comment’ by ignoring it in my last post, but i am super curious: nothing to say about 24 hour revenge therapy?
Sorry. I had to resort to Google to discover that it was a Jawbreaker album. I don’t remember too much about it, other than that it was a decent, if standard pop punk record of the type that was pretty common in the mid-90s. I didn’t follow that scene or that band, and I don’t know if I ever heard the record after I finished work on it, so I really don’t have anything to add. Glad you liked it.
Humor can be found when numbers are oddly exact (such as the Car Talk standard prize of a gift certificate for 26 dollars) or of an order of magnitude different from what is expected (such as Dr. Evil’s holding the world to ransom for a meager one million dollars in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery).
The idea that the answer to “life, the universe, and everything” is 42 is funny, according to author Douglas Adams, because it is an “ordinary, smallish” number, whereas numbers relating to space tend to be extremely large or extremely small and exact to many decimal places, while numbers invested with mystical significance tend to be prime.
His hands trembled as he gesticulated. With broken English he declared, “I Iraq”. His eyes widened as I replied, “I, America.”
There we were, an American tourist and an Iraqi fast food vendor. And yet, despite the bloody conflict in which our home countries were embroiled, we were able to put our differences aside so that he could serve me. Suddenly we forgot why we were fighting in the first place. It was as if, for just a moment, peace truly was on earth, and good will, truly toward men.