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Boobleheads

Posted by pjsauter on January 31, 2010
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Is it really Sunday already? Really? God, that sucks.

Speaking of sucking, it’s Laurel and Hardy day on Press the Meat, as David “Ollie” Axelrod and John “Stan” Boehner (because Laurel and hardy were in black and white, most people don’t realize that Stan Laurel was a funky shade of orange) visit with Gilligan Gregory. Then it’s a roundtable with “Douchebag Dave” Brooks, CNBC’s David Faber, the WaPost’s Eugene Robinson, and U.S. News & World Report’s Uncle Mort Zuckerman.

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Wolf Moon

Posted by pjsauter on January 30, 2010
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wolfmoonThere’s a full moon tonight. Not just any full moon, though – the biggest, brightest full moon of the year (and not just the year so far, but for the whole year). That’s because the moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical, and tonight its perigee (or low point – closest to the Earth) happens to coincide with the full moon. If you have a decent extension ladder and one of those telescoping roof brush thingies, you might even be able to touch it. Well, not quite, but it will be about 14% wider and almost a third brighter, so it ought to be pretty impressive (assuming it isn’t cloudy). Plus, Mars is in opposition (meaning it’s on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun), so it’ll be big and bright and red, right there to the left of the Moon. What I ought to do is get my telescope out and look at it. But it’s, like, really freakin’ cold out (about ten below at the moment), so that’s probably not gonna happen. I went out last night to knock the snow off the dish (and, no, that’s not a euphemism), and the moon looked really bright then, even though it was cloudy and snowing. And cold.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on January 29, 2010
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It’s difficult to communicate with people when they don’t speak the same language. As an “IT” guy, I go through this all the time. When you say, “do you see an icon in the toolbar,” and they reply with “what’s a toolbar,” you know you’re in for a tough time. But that’s not nearly as bad as when you think you’re speaking the same language, and it turns out the same words mean something completely different to the person you’re talking to. For instance, there’s the word “organized.”

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It’s Only Thursday?

Posted by pjsauter on January 28, 2010
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I wasn’t planning on watching the State of the Union address last night, but I happened to return to live TV right when he was walking out, so I figured, WTF. I didn’t make it through the whole speech, but I saw quite a bit of it. Maybe it was the mood I was in, but to me, he really seemed to be just plain full of shit. Let’s face it, I’ve heard his schtick before, and, to date, he’s been all hat and no cattle. As the late, great, Clara Peller asked, “where’s the beef?” Oh, he gives good speech, and the address was well received, for the most part. Heck, Chris Matthews even forgot (for an hour) that Obama’s black. Good for you, Tweety. I almost forgot you were an asshole for a while there. Almost.

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SOTU

Posted by pjsauter on January 27, 2010
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Polling has completed, and the results are in. The most trusted name in news isn’t CNN, it’s…um…Fox? Yep, Fox.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on January 26, 2010
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I hate GeorgetownBarack Obama told Diane Sawyer he’d “rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.” Well, you’ve got a lot of work to do then, Mr. President. So far you’re looking like nothing more than an asterisk President (as in *First black guy to become US President. His single term marred by ineffectiveness and partisan rancor. Succeeded by Sarah Palin, who, by executive order, deported him to Nigeria for failure to produce his original birth certificate). Of course, this is all just part of Obama’s pre-SOTU posturing.

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on January 25, 2010
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It was a big weekend here at the old homestead. For the first time in longer than I can remember (mostly ‘cuz I can’t really remember shit for very long these days), our kitchen cabinets have doors on them. They look very different, and I’d forgotten what a pain in the ass it is to have to open doors to get stuff out. I also built a shelf and storage area for the above the refrigerator/next to the microwave area. It’s far from perfect, but didn’t cost me anything, since it’s all made from scrap wood and stuff left over from tearing the old stuff out (in other words, I am being “green” by recycling). And it gets the job done, so it’s good enough for me. Fortunately, my wife isn’t fussy, either (I mean, she married me, so how fussy could she possibly be).

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Boobleheads

Posted by pjsauter on January 24, 2010
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On Press the Meat today, Ferretface Mitch McConnell is on to gloat, plus we’ll hear from President Obama’s Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. Then it’s a roundtable with the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, the BBC’s Katty Kay, Hell’s Peggy Noonan, and NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

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Conan’s Gone

Posted by pjsauter on January 23, 2010
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Conan signed off the Tonight Show for the final time last night, bringing an end to the most important thing in the whole wide world. Now we can move on the next, most important thing in the whole wide world, which might very well be Sarah Palin’s new hair style. Or maybe there’ll be a missing blond girl, a runaway Jiffy Pop bag, more fake Tiger Woods sightings or something even more important (Octomom in a bikini, anyone?). Either way, we need some sort of diversion.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on January 22, 2010
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I can’t say that the news of the inevitable death of Air America really bums me out all that much. It’s been dead to me for so long now that this really makes no difference to me. Oh, I feel bad for the people that worked there, of course. Being out of work sucks. But as for AAR itself? Meh. It’s kind of funny how the morons of the world kept continuing to insist that the evil George Soros was behind AAR and backing them financially. Too bad he was never actually involved in it, or they’d still be on the air (and probably with the original lineup – sans Senator Al Franken – that made it so good). Only an idiot would believe that, but then the wingnuts have no shortage of idiots. Air America’s big problem was that the guy who was supposedly backing it financially (Evan Cohen) turned out to be a fraud, and then the guy they brought in to save the network (consummate asshole Danny Goldberg) turned out to be a humorless chump with no vision (and no radio background), who took evrything that was good and killed it. Right before things were about to really take off, too. And things only went downhill from there. Oh, but there was an awful lot of potential there at the beginning – back on April Fool’s Day, 2004. If I mourn anything today, it’s that Air America, not the thing that it had become. And there’s always Sedition Radio for when I miss the old days (at least until the computer it’s running on craps out, or I get sick of dealing with it). It’s funny, though. There’s always at least a couple of people tuned in, and when the stream craps out, I hear about it in a hurry. Hard to believe Sedition Radio and this place have both outlived Air America. Never underestimate the power of a handful of stubborn bastids, I guess.