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Entenmanns steps into Casey Anthony/Twitter controversy

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The real story here is that Entenmann’s even has a Twitter account.  Who knew?

Japanese suffering brings out the worst in our national media

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I first read via Twitter sometime on Friday that some network anchors were making their way to Japan to “cover” the disaster there.  My first literal reaction was one of disgust.  This sums it up perfectly:

[L]et’s call this what it is: A publicity stunt, a star-system celebrity-status game where it’s not enough to let reporters do the reporting, but instead the networks want to send their Famous Faces With Big Names.

The purpose is to signify that this is really important news and that their anchors aren’t just Pretty People who read a Teleprompter in a Manhattan TV studio but are actual honest-to-God journalists.   It’s like how, when TV news does a story about Congress, it’s important that the reporter be on camera with the Capitol dome in the background — “See? He’s really there at the Capitol, covering Congress!” — even if what he’s reporting is just stuff that anybody could have picked up off the AP wire.

So now we’ll get to watch footage of Christiane Amanpour and Anderson Cooper walking through scenes of earthquake-and-flood devastation, because it’s important for the networks that we see this story “reported” by their $4-million-a-year superstars.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.  There’s nothing more important to these people than self-aggrandizement and a desire to feel relevant in an environment that with each passing day, finds them further and further behind every breaking news story.  Thank goodness for other sources of information like Twitter, from which I get the bulk of breaking news anyway.

Charlie Sheen goes to Twitter

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Opened his Twitter account yesterday and had half a million followers by the end of the day.

Up to 743,000 as of 9:00 AM today, and he’s tweeted twelve tweets.

It’s Christmas

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

This was on the other night so I guess the holiday season can officially start:

As for me, I’m officially suffering from a case of the holiday blues.

Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver”

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Allahpundit calls this the bottom of the barrel (to be kind) for Mel Gibson.  When I first heard that the plot of Mel Gibson’s new film after his recent, ahem, domestic problems,  would involve him and a talking beaver hand puppet, I was very skeptical.

Here’s the trailer:

I’m still skeptical, but I must say I laughed watching this clip, and dare I say it, would actually consider seeing this film.  Call me crazy.

Blogger’s block

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

There’s nothing worse than a blogger forcing a post, which is why this blog has been a bit silent over the past few days.  There’s a lot going on, but nothing is getting me going in terms of blogging.

But I have this clip of Frank Zappa on the Monkees:

Zappa ripping into the synthetic Monkees phenomenon of 1966-1967 always cracks me up.

Idiot Nation

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The decline of the American Empire is right on schedule, and I for one am hopeful that our new Chinese overlords will have show some leniency:

Actor Kal Penn, who is best known for his role in the “Harold and Kumar” movies, has returned for a second round of work in the Obama administration.

Penn is returning to the Office of Public Engagement to work as an associate director, White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement to ABC News. He will “be the point person for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities,” Inouye said.

The actor, who goes by his given name Kalpen Modi in Washington, has been in and out of the political world in the last few years.

After campaigning on behalf of then-candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign cycle, Penn left the television show “House” in mid-2009 for a similar job in the Office of Public Engagement that began in July of that year.

Penn resigned that post on June 1, 2010, to fulfill his commitment to film the latest, Christmas-themed “Harold and Kumar” film installment, according to CNN. The movie is set for release during holiday season 2011.

Here’s the exit question: What’s more moronic?  Kal Penn working in the Obama administration to begin with returning to the Obama administration, or that there is a third Harold and Kumar film?

Diminishing the Obama brand

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Maybe he should have asked for some styrofoam Greek columns for his Daily Show appearance:

President Obama should make the most of his “Daily Show” appearance on Wednesday night – charming the pants off Jon Stewart and the crowd, as he did when he showed up there two years ago. It’s a terrific show, Stewart is a great interviewer and Obama makes good television.

Then, the President should cancel all future trivial media appearances. While they may have kept him personally popular, in broad terms they’ve degraded the Obama brand.

Obama’s handlers were supposed to be smarter than this. They were supposed to use his celebrity strategically to advance his agenda. Instead, they’ve been indiscriminate, carpet-bombing Americans with the man they elected rather than launching communications smart weapons.

The result is that for millions of Americans, the very likable, charming Obama has become a constant tone in the background rather than an occasional, convincing, presidential voice in the foreground – the kind that makes your ears perk up.

I wasn’t going to go crazy about Obama’s appearance with Jon Stewart, but the Daily News piece carries an interesting point.

When you’re campaigning to be President, it’s accepted that you will be making the rounds of silliness (like appearing on the Daily Show, or the Ellen DeGeneres show, etc.) to try and expand your reach and get your message across to as many people as possible.  I’m not a fan of that but it is what it is, and it’s pretty much part of the process.

That the President feels he has to make these kinds of appearances now, in October of 2010, just goes to show that there was always more fluff to the Obama brand than there ever was anything substantive.

Parker Spitzer a bust

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Shocker:

The new CNN entry “Parker Spitzer” may not be the answer to that network’s chronic ratings problems in prime time – at least from the evidence of its first night on the air.

The political discussion program, featuring the hosts Kathleen Parker, the conservative columnist, and Eliot Spitzer, the one-time governor of New York, fizzled badly in its initial outing Monday, attracting only 454,000 total viewers.

That not only left CNN far behind its main rivals — Bill O’Reilly on Fox had 3.1 million on Fox News and Keith Olbermann had 1.1 million on MSNBC – but it also trailed Nancy Grace on the HLN channel, who had 468,000 viewers.

Even worse for the new CNN program, it lost viewers from the show on just ahead of it, “John King USA,” which had 471,000 viewers.

Apparently the only people shocked by the failure of a political talk-show hosted by failed liberal governor and scumbag Elliot Spitzer and an establishment-approved “conservative” in Kathleen Parker, are those in the media. 

Idiots.

Remember the “Pledge to Obama” video?

September 23, 2010 2 comments

Remember this crap?

Remember all the liberal utopian fantasy garbage in the weeks following the election of 2008?  The Hollywood chest-thumping and holier than thou nonsense?  Yeah.  About that.

The economic failures of three years of Democrat rule are abysmal.  But I’m sure it hasn’t hurt any of the B-list celebrities in this garbage video.

To most average Americans, pledging to “plant 500 trees” is hard to do when you can barely pay your mortgage or struggling to find a job in the Era Of Pledging to Obama.

Idiots.

/vent