May
31
2011
1

House votes against raising debt ceiling, 318-97.

Which is a surprise, given that I didn’t think that there were 318 Republicans in the House… no, wait, there aren’t. 82 Democrats voted against raising the debt limit without accompanying spending cuts; which is highly entertaining, given that 114 House Democrats signed Rep. Peter Welch’s letter requesting… precisely this vote. Do compare the signatories to said letter with the no votes on HR 1954: you will notice an entertaining amount of overlap, there.

The hysterical bit? The Democrats are complaining that they didn’t get to add amendments to the bill, which is fairly straightforward: (more…)

May
31
2011
1

Why the cheese is under the burger in a Big Mac.

To answer Serious Eats question about that: based on what I remember from the time I worked for the Scotsman, it is indeed an artifact of the burger construction process.  Remember, you’re doing six Big Macs at a time; the cheese slice is put on the bottom piece of bread so that you know which ones are the bottom ones even after you’ve dumped Special Sauce, onions, and pickles on the whole thing.  That makes it easier for the person actually assembling the burgers to box them quickly.

Pretty straightforward, really.

Moe Lane

Via… somebody.

May
31
2011
5

Joanne Kloppenburg concedes to David Prosser in WI Supreme Court race.

IT’S ABOUT FLIPPING TIME, KLOPPEN… (deep breath)

…that is to say, Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg has conceded the election results for her Supreme Court bid against incumbent David Prosser.  My congratulations to Justice Prosser; you had an unexpectedly difficult race, and you were able to succeed nonetheless.  Well done, sir.

Also, a word to the Greater Wisconsin Committee?  You know, the group that created that scurrilous ad that was so awful that it caused a backlash in the Prosser/Kloppenburg race.  Anyway, just a reminder: if you guys weren’t a bunch of hate-filled partisan hacks who would cheerfully attack an abuse survivor in order to keep your Big Labor/Democrat masters happy, you might have won that election.  But you didn’t, which means that you more of less smeared excrement on your collective souls for… nothing.  Nothing at all.

Have a nice day!

Moe Lane (crosspost)

May
31
2011
2

I need to establish something…

…about my opinion that games turned into movies usually suck.  The below is, I think, the high-water point of the genre:

Not the movieThat one scene.  And they had to bring in Raul Julia – a great, versatile actor who was taken from us far, far, too soon – to get that.

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, I’m cheating by referencing a video game movie, rather than what is apparently not a board game movie after all.  You may have guessed from that that I am not taking this position of mine all that seriously.

May
31
2011
--

#rsrh Journalist complaint about lack of access, #44436.

It’s always almost unbearably cute when a journalist suddenly realizes that this administration could care less about media transparency, or in fact anything that the media says that’s more substantial than “Barack Obama, you’re so dreamy!”  Case in point: this article by Salena Zeto, where the author complains mightily that the Democrats are routinely locking out local reporters* from fundraisers attended by Vice President Joe Biden (including one, not incidentally, in Zeto’s home journalistic turf).  Also, John Adams’ Sedition Act makes an appearance, which is generally considered to be bringing out the heavy (if usually inaccurate) rhetorical guns in articles like this one; I must admit, there’s something fun about watching the Other Side get scattershot-targeted like this**…

But I digress. (more…)

May
31
2011
2

Tim Pawlenty calls Barack Obama a doofus.

It’s amusing how casually this was tossed outTim Pawlenty, in an ABC interview – and in the process of restraining himself from rolling his eyes at Christine Amanpour’s bipartisan* fetish:

I think that any doofus can go to Washington, DC and maintain the status quo or incrementally change things…

[snip]

‘Doofus’ would mean someone who was relatively low-performing.

It’s also amusing that there’s a thoroughly cross-spectrum consensus out there that Pawlenty was specifically calling President Obama a doofus, there. Then again, the average Lefty blogger would – public protestations to the contrary – privately admit (after three or four drinks*, and a quick check for uncontrolled recording equipment) that to call the President ‘relatively low-performing’ would be an example of ‘Minnesota Nice‘…

Full video after the fold.  Including a definite smack at the President over school choice.

Moe Lane (crosspost) (more…)

May
31
2011
1

Inside blogpoll post, 5/31/2011 edition.

OK, I’ll be honest: the major reason why I’m posting these buckets of cold water regarding the relative popularity of the Daily Caller to ThinkProgress (short version: TP gets about half of the traffic of DC, and acts like it gets twice)  is because I have the tabs still up and content is content.  You may be forgiven for thinking this irrelevant, in other words.  Lord knows that ThinkProgress largely is*.

Inside-blogpoll screenshots after the fold: (more…)

May
30
2011
1

Eric Cantor on deficit: progress, and no tax hikes.

Allow me to summarize for my readers this Hill article (“Cantor to Democrats: See, cutting spending’s not that hard”) on some hopeful (repeat: hopeful) signs of deficit reduction on the horizon:

Eric Cantor: …See, cutting spending’s not that hard*. And there’s not going to be any tax hikes.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: …OK, now that you’ve getting spending cuts, we want our Holy Grail, too. Raise taxes!

To which let me add:

Moe Lane: Not a chance on this world, or any other.

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May
30
2011
5

Saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Verdict: more than decent flick and lots of fun, as long as you aren’t expecting The Tempest… or, for that matter, Tim Powers’ own On Stranger Tides, which is kind-of, sort-of, not-really, actually-Tim-himself-is-fine-with-the-liberties-taken-because-he’s-getting-some-of-that-money-and-the-most-poetic-phrase-in-English-is-‘Pay-to-the-order-of’ the basis for the movie.  The movie shows a certain willingness to admit that, yeah, there was an actual historical time period that this series has been largely abusing, and it had more of the conventional pirate movie tropes than some of the earlier flicks did.

Also, they had proper Spaniards.

I’d say, all in all: catch it in matinee, and go have a beer or two afterward.  Or maybe one beforehand; either way, the afternoon will go pleasantly enough.

May
30
2011
2

Joerg Sprave is WASTED in this timeline.

He deserves to live in an alternate timeline where Steam and Clockwork Automatons are the bases on SCIENCE! is constructed:

…because there he would be Herr Doktor Joerg von Sprave, and his mastery of slingshot technology would make him the scourge of evil-doers everywhere.

Via Gizmodo, who is as much in delighted awe of the man as I am.

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