Saturday, December 4, 2010

Week In Review

Willie Geist's Top Stories

The Grinch, The Factor, The Leaks

Lizz Winstead at Club Ed

Jon Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Recap - Week of 11/29/10
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Stephen Colbert

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Recap - Week of 11/29/10
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Grammy Nomination Surprises

Jimmy Kimmel Bleeped

Congressional Censureship

Named, blamed & shamed... Charlie Rangel takes it in stride.

Motto, Mangina & Mayo

Conan with a bold fashion statement and questions for Kardashians.

Droning On

WikiLeaks focus attention on US unmanned aerial warfare.
War Waged by Remote Control
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WGBH's The World,
Reporter: Jeb Sharp.
Predator Drone photo: US Department of Defense

Vwoobah, Ding, Right

They aren't expecting heavy rain of Biblical proportion in Kentucky, but armed with survey results that claim 2/3 more visitors would come two by two, or in larger family groups, the religious ministry that built the Creation Museum will spend $24.5 million to build a full-scale wooden replica of Noah's Ark... Without heretical dinosaurs.

Scientist don't put much stock in promoting mythical interpretations of prehistory, or any accounts of the origins of the universe and life that literally match the Book of Genesis. But to residents of Boone County, the project could produce as many as 900 construction jobs... So what the heck, it's a check... Although power tools would be nice.

Bumper Cars

Fender benders costly with mismatched heights.
Take It To A New Level
Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 12/2/10.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Taxing Times

Manure maneuver: getting buried in the chicken crap of political ads.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Return of the Estate Tax brings Late December death panels.
Jake Tapper guesses Democrats & Republicans will deal on Bush tax rates.
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Telling Testimony

And John McCain looks alone, even older and more stupid.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Gaypocalypse Now
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Tracking Cookie Monster

An identity theft expert says enough already!
Tracking & Targeted Ads
Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 12/2/10.

Heavy Lifting

Two Oklahoma shoplifters were arrested after attempting to steal clothing and accessories... Tucked into rolls of their own body fat.

The "Ugg-ly" truth from

Star Wars Snowflakes

A Geekologie reader's intergalactic Christmas cut-outs!

Don't run with scissors, please!

Arsenic and Old Lake

There's a Strange Kind of Life in California

And it likes living in a poisonous lake, where prices are reasonable.

NASA experiment confirms a 1967 Star Trek (season 1) plot line.

Ready or Not, Here We Come
Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 12/2/10.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Go to the mattresses... Make 'em actually talk.


Morning Joe: Let's get real. Don't take Sarah seriously.

2008 campaign aide: In time she'll fade away.

Conscience Is But A Word

Cowards Use

On the very day some book research sent me looking for information on Al Pacino's 1972-73 Boston stage performances in Shakespeare’s Richard III, Here & Now recalled that on the same day in 1860, actor John Wilkes Booth played the title role in in Montgomery, Alabama... The play, about a despot who is overthrown and murdered, starred the man who went on to kill President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865.
150 winters of our discontent
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 12/1/10,
Host: Robin Young.


The Most Boring Day Ever

Something must have happened, but apparently not much of note.
Survey says it was April 11, 1954!
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 11/30/10,
Host: Robert Siegel

Achors Away

CBS' "Early Show" starts the new year with new anchors to boost lagging ratings... A younger cast, plugged into same old formula.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Serious Lapse In Security & Procedure
Maybe Not So Bad In Substance

Harmless and/or horrific? Messages are mixed.

More Like A Dam Bursting Than A Drip

Some Of It Makes A Big Splash
Before hitting the web, latest WikiLeaks release was distributed to news organizations including the New York Times, where executive editor Bill Keller was on the receiving end. He spoke about what the recent flood of leaks portends for watchdog journalism going forward.
In The Path Of The Flood
Audio Embed: The Takeaway 11/30/10,
Hosts: John Hockenberry & Celeste Headlee.

Will casualties include current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?

No Real Slurpees

Still Plenty Sticky

Taxes at the table, not necessarily on it.

Is it really common ground, or quicksand?

Wrong Answer

Tax cuts for the rich are a leftover from "supply side economics." Jobs are created by demand for goods or services exceeding current production capacity. If you think tax cuts create jobs, you flunk.

Nearly two million Americans will stop receiving unemployment checks by the end of December if Congress fails to renew extended jobless benefits, which were set to expire today 12/01. Even though there’s bipartisan support to extend the jobless benefits and economic evidence that it's an effective way to use public funds, politics keep getting in the way.
It's Getting Colder
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 11/30/10,
Host: Robin Young.

Tribute 2 and 1/2

Danny Hellman drew highlights of Leslie Nielsen’s 60-year career.

Not So Punny

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
You're Not Punny: Jon officially releases the media from doing stupid puns.
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Faux News

The Simpsons Took One Shot 11/21

Then Another 11/28

Fair and Balanced?

It's a nice newsy slogan, but often demonstrably false.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wiki Whacky

Exaggerated Outrage

A current administration must posture... However trivial the content.

Historical Perspective

A former office occupant's freer take on the latest document dump.

Mixed Motives

The Enemy of My Enemy Isn't My Friend, Either

Ever More to the Middle East Morass
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 11/29/10

Opposition Research

"The Republicans are really good in opposition because they make things up and they're great propaganda artists. They're terrible at governing because they don't care what the facts are. ..."
-- Howard Dean, former Vermont governor, 2004 presidential candidate & Democratic National Committee chair 2005 - 2008.

A conversation the night before the 11/30/10 "slurpee summit."

Moonlight Drive

Ultimate ATV Gear

Goodyear came up with an airless, mesh tire design, able to handle extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, making it perfect for moon vehicles... If we ever get back there. The design is also called the Spring Tire because it includes 800 interwoven load-bearing springs.

A puncture that'd cause a flat on an earthbound air filled tire would damage only one single spring in the super redundant system.

The Doors at the Hollywood Live (1968)


He didn't have a fan page on Facebook like Betty White.

Anybody else recall SNL's 1st season muppets?

The Mighty Favog is a living statue who serves as the deity of the The Land of Gorch. He appeared in most of the Land of Gorch sketches on the first season of Saturday Night Live in 1975 and 1976, offering sage wisdom to King Ploobis and the planet's other residents in exchange for sacrifices.
Read more at the Muppet Wikia to learn of King Ploobis & Scred.

Let 'er R.I.P.

Leslie Nielsen, 1926 – 2010

Have whoopee cushion, will travel.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Parting Shots

Politicians are rarely as honest as in exit interviews.

Raggedy Andy

Writer Andy Borowitz was one of the hottest names in Hollywood during his 20's, working on television series including "Archie Bunker's Place" and then at age 32, he created, produced and wrote "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," transforming Will Smith from a novelty rap artist.

Now Andy likes a life that allows him to think, reflect and recharge.

Read more at the Borowitz Report.

Lose Two Letters

A Symbolic Gesture

The irony is that the Roman Empire imposed its alphabet on Spain, and now Spain's change reverberates through the vestiges of their own lost empire. Real Academia Española's decision to drop the combinations of "ch" and "double L" separate letter status seems in line with their function as official keepers of the Spanish language.

But to Latin American former colonies who overthrew Spain as rulers yet kept the language and now constitute a vastly greater number of Spanish speakers, Madrid's move stirs up resentment.

So far, ñ has not been dragged into the controversy.
The Sounds Remain The Same
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WGBH's The World 11/26/10,
Host: Katy Clark.

Tie Die

The dark side of Shakedown Street... From design artist Phil Jones.

Losing Streak

The U.S. Postal Service is losing billions and is considering whether to drop Saturday delivery. The idea falls flat with some, who point to people who rely on checks and prescriptions that could arrive on Saturday. But others intent on privatization ask: do we need the post office at all?
Saturday Without Snail Mail
Audio Embed: Weekend Edition Saturday 11/27/10,
Reporter: Mandalit del Barco.

Old Spice Style

Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Coconuts

The (UK) Sun's campaign for their daily glamour model feature.

Isaiah Mustafa the real "Old Spice Guy" on Leno

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hunting The Wild Tofurkey

Shop 'til You Drop

Seasons Greedings
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 11/26/10

Jim Gaffigan's Holidays
Jim Gaffigan - Holiday Traditions of Cheer, Food, Drink & Destruction
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David Letterman - Top Ten

Signs You're Negotiating With A Taliban Leader Imposter

Palin Geography 101

A handy guide from Rich Siegel at Huffington Post

In a recent interview, Sarah Palin stated, "we gotta stand with our North Korean allies." So Siegel thought some simple mnemonics might be just what the potential Presidential candidate needed to brush up.
  • North Korea -- Naughty
  • North Korea -- Not Friends
  • North Korea -- No
But he wound up giving the grizzly mamma a hand job instead.

All I Want for Xmas

Singer/composer Gary Stockdale's list is simple. His daughter's isn't.