Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bank of Obama: Who Is Adam Ostrow?

Bank of Obama...

And where's my freakin' airplane money? I need a bailout!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sympathy Oscars: Heath Ledger Wins Posthumously

So it's no secret by now that Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his role in The Dark Knight as the Joker.

I have not seen the movie, but I hear it's fantastic. But I think the Academy Awards ought to be run like a raffle, as in,

"You must be present to win."
Ledger is only the second person to win an Oscar while dead. There's not much acting going on there!
In fact, let's not forget the best acting performance -- EVER -- in a movie, when Sylvester Stallone had a heart-rending final scene with Richard Crenna in First Blood, where he said, and I quote:
Blah, mrkgoh, gra ARRRGGHHG! My Fathhrreegg wannthharrr!

That, my friends, was true acting. Nobody can be that bad. Ledger has nothing on Johnny Rambo! Yet they both have Oscars now.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Susan B Anthony Amendment, Anyone?

One of my favorite "new" places to browse online is Google Trends. Here is where the almighty google showcases their "hottest" searches for the day.

I never really quite get why a search terms shows up there, from either a technical standpoint (how does google rank this?) or from a "what the hell are people typing that into google for?" perspective.

For example, the term, "susan b anthony amendment" is the hottest term on google right now.


Yes, it's named for the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. That's a pretty big deal, for now we men have another demographic to blame for all of our societal ills.

But you want to know why the term is so hot? Because it was on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. OH my freaking god.

Here's irony at its finest.
  • Women were given the right to vote in 1920
  • Women make up the largest portion of the "daytime TV" audience
  • Women don't know the answer to the question on an infinitely stupid gameshow called Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
  • Women google the term
  • Women show that perhaps they don't deserve to vote or own property, unless it's a purse or something else totally impractical, like high heels, another wallet, or another purse
I'm not trying to offend women. I guess it just comes naturally!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Little Big Town: Fleetwood Mac Meets The Eagles


I had seen Little Big Town in concert with Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame before and thought to myself how remarkable they sounded together. I just picked up their latest CD, A Place To Land, and it's


(that was hard to type!)

If you like Fleetwood Mac or The Eagles (or both, like me!), then check out A Place to Land by Little Big Town!

I can (and have!) listened to this CD again and again. It hasn't gotten old yet. It's really good, timeless music.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

U2 on Letterman for a Full Week - March 2 through 6

Finally, some good news in the music world! U2 is going to be on for a full week on David Letterman (the Late Show).

After the two "mistakes" the Boss made last week, this is a breath of fresh air. It's amazing how U2 continues to stay relevant after so many years. Man, they've stayed on top for a couple decades now. And I got to see them in concert a couple of years ago!

The Associated Press: U2 takes a week on David Letterman's `Late Show'

Thursday, February 05, 2009

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Rants - February 2, 2009

Welcome to the January 30, 2009 edition of Rants.

Lisa Spinelli presents Bush Signs Gay Rights Bill Protecting Retirement Benefits for Gay Couples posted at Greener Pastures: Personal Finance.

PassTheBoll presents The Xisto Corporation - Best Host Ever? posted at Pass The Boll.

taucan62 presents A Happy New Year For Congre$$ posted at rjjrdq's America, saying, "(c)ongress has congratulated themselves for legislating the country into oblivion by giving themselves a $4700 pay raise."

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Worst Economic Crisis Since The Great Depression: Who’s To Blame? The Digerati Life, saying, "Thanks!"

U.S. Common Sense presents Blagojevich and Democrats on Collision Course posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, "Blagojevich is betting that the Senate Democrats will not block the seating of Burris. Can the Democrats legally block him to begin with? Will they be successful?"

Vanessa Wolf presents Please tell me it takes more than a pretty face posted at Wide Awake in Wonderland.

Brian Jay Stanley presents The Vegas of Voting Booths posted at Aphorisms and Paradoxes.

Bill Spohnholtz presents Bailout Bazooka posted at Learn The Stock Market And How to Trade.

Posie Rider presents Posie Rider: Political, moi? posted at Posie Rider, saying, "Laptops for girls? Lightweight, so my tiny feminine wrists don't snap when I pick it up?"

Praveen presents Civet Coffee:Never Underestimate How Much You Can Scam Rich People With "Exotic" Products posted at My Simple Trading System.

Archvillain presents On Madness posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, "This is the sort of leader we need."

Tali presents The Pinup Shop Update: War is Never Pretty posted at Tali, saying, "Being an artist, I think it important to make a statement. And being that my work is featured publicly, I think it important that I should take full responsibility for my actions."

John Tedder presents Why Are Electric Rates So High In New York? posted at Tedder's Random Notes, saying, "New York State has the third highest residential electric rates in the United States; only Connecticut and Hawaii have higher rates. New York is 19.48 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), Connecticut is 20.24, and Hawaii is 36.94 cents per kWh.
The average retail price of electricity for the entire country in September 2008 was 10.31 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

Rates in New York State are almost twice the national average."

Madeleine Begun Kane presents An Alpha-Political Farewell to Bush and Cheney posted at Mad Kane's Political Madness.

David Lamb presents Gouge Away: How a spike in fuel prices has bakers and wheat farmers raking in the dough posted at Killer Buffalo.

Andy presents Cake: A Tale of Cryptic Confectionery in Three Acts posted at Doomsday Labs.

Ray K presents LEGOLAND California Creates President Elect Obama?s Inauguration Scene posted at JustSaver.com, saying, "This will most likely be old when you see it, but it’s still interesting and cool at the same time. It’s Obama’s inauguration in LEGOs at LEGOLAND California. Funny Videos, Humorous Pictures, and Silly News Stories. Justsaver.com"

Abigail Perry presents Murphy's Law: 1,764. Us: 0. posted at i pick up pennies, saying, "When everything spirals out of control... and hiding under the covers isn't an option. (For more than a day, anyway)"

Banquet Manager presents Why Did the Chicken Cross The Road? - 2009 Version posted at So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager....

Wenchypoo presents Bail YOURSELF Out in 2009 posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket.

Kevin Brink presents Obama's First Mistakes posted at Obamadales.

Obadiah Shoher presents IDF operation in Gaza: Israeli election show posted at Samson BLinded.

Wenchypoo presents Timely Rerun: Timeless Moves You Can Make to Maximize Earnings and Minimize Taxes posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket.

Con1 presents OBAMA DOMA posted at Conservative Oasis.

Adam presents The Stimulus Debate posted at Sophistpundit.

Alli presents Open Letter to the NSA posted at The Smoking Argus.

U.S. Common Sense presents Open Letter to George W. Bush posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, "With the departure of George W. Bush, it is time to look back at the past eight years."

Seth Manapio presents Just taking a second posted at Whiskey Before Breakfast... the Blog, saying, "Ranting a little bit about Ted Haggard, who suddenly realizes that his sexuality is "complex.""

Ty Skinner presents John Daly...Not The Common Man posted at Jeff Skinner, saying, "It’s about time the PGA Tour took action towards John Daly. The six month suspension is a justified punishment for his recently obnoxious behavior. I am hoping that this serves as a wake up call to Daly. John Daly needs golf more then golf needs John Daly"

The Mayor presents Toronto the Safe City posted at Mitchieville.

TherapyDoc presents Gaza and Israel posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, "Anybody who is Pro-Israel has got to be conservative, right?"

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