Apr
30
2016
4

White House Correspondents Dinner tonight.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you; if I had ever been invited, I would have gone. But I’ve never been invited, and I probably never will be invited, and I suspect that some of the people who get all het up about the White House Correspondents Dinner might be similarly quietly wishing that they could go. And, yeah, I know that it’s vaguely silly to want to go to this thing. But, what the heck: if I can’t use this site to every so often admit to something vaguely silly, why do I have this site in the first place?

Now that I’ve established that, let me finish up by saying: no, it’s not #nerdprom. Most of those people aren’t nerds. And I don’t mean that as a compliment*.

Moe Lane

*I don’t mean it as an insult. Just as a statement of fact about an unfortunate lack of a particular quality.

Apr
30
2016
7

So, the Mike Tyson rape apology got Donald Trump’s own MOM mad at him.

Guess we’ll find out on Tuesday, but: typically you don’t want to brag about getting the endorsement of a convicted rapist whose conviction was in the state that you’re campaigning in. Particularly if you thought that the sentence for the rape was too severe in the first place:

Look, if your comments go and piss off your own mother, at least think about your stance, OK? It’s your mom. She gets that much consideration, at least.

Apr
30
2016
2

John McCain is a lucky so-and-so.

I mean, John McCain picked the absolutely best election cycle to have one of his fundraisers busted for cooking meth:

A huge drug bust in Phoenix, Arizona, put one of Sen. John McCain’s former consultants behind bars.

Emily Pitha and her boyfriend were arrested after authorities discovered methamphetamines, LSD, heroin, cocaine and a large amount of cash inside their home.

(more…)

Apr
30
2016
1

Tweet of the Day, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. FOR REAL edition.

This is awesome.

I mean, crud, you can embed the line as a tweet or as a gif!

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Apr
30
2016
5

My RedState post on Venezuelans running out of beer.

Found here. Short version: why is Venezuela running out of beer? Because of Communism, of course. Excuse me: ‘hard socialism,’ or whatever the fig leaf is.

Apr
30
2016
1

Some VERY good news about Aaron Gardner’s mom.

As you probably remember, she was in a bad car accident. She wasn’t responsive. And now, apparently, she is.

It’s been a rough time for Aaron and his family. I’m hoping and praying that this turns a corner for them.

Apr
29
2016
--

‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker.’

Need to listen to more Ramones, honestly.

Apr
29
2016
9

So I see that there’s a film called ‘Tulip Fever,’ and I get annoyed.

Why?  Because I knew that there was not a chance at all that it’s going to be about the 17th Century Dutch tulip craze, which was roughly equivalent to the 1980s Wall Street ‘thing’ in terms of insane business transactions and ostentatious excess. Nah. Can’t have that at all, can we? Putting a movie in that historical era might be interesting.

:pause:

Well, put me in overshoes and call me a duck. (more…)

Apr
29
2016
9

Sports Authority: killed by Amazon and minimum wage increases.

I’m more or less quoting analyst Phil Lempert in the title there.

“With the minimum wage going up to $15 an hour and more people turning to online shopping, more stores are going to close,” Lempert said. “It’s fine to say that everyone should have a living wage. But the money has to come from somewhere.”

Lempert said a growing number of retail outlets have fallen victim to “showrooming,” where customers will walk into a store, try on the shirt or jacket they like and then order it online at a significant discount.

“These stores have to look at not at how they will compete with other brick-and-mortar stores, but how they will compete with Amazon,” he said. “It’s become a holistic environment where people can buy things on their mobile phones and then have the products delivered by the time they get home.”

(more…)

Apr
29
2016
8

Quote of the Day, Well, When You Put It THAT Way edition.

Seriously, was this a case where nobody actually said a version of the next sentence aloud until quite recently? “Actor Will Ferrell has backed out of a movie that would have made light of President Ronald Reagan‘s battle with Alzheimer’s after the premise received condemnation.”  …Seriously, what did Ferrell think was going to happen? The American people largely have decided that Reagan was awesome and Alzheimer’s sucks; whose bright idea was it to use the latter to make jokes about the former?

Note that I’m not even angry – Will Ferrell has no chance at permanently changing people’s minds about, well, anyone or anything –  just disapproving and bemused. It seemed a… poor career choice for the man. I mean, Anchorman can buy only a finite amount of goodwill…

Apr
29
2016
4

Can’t get Powergramo to work with Skype again.

Powergramo is what I use to record interviews on Skype.  Currently, Powergramo loads up, shows me the window that suggests that it’s creating a file of the call, but it won’t record calls – or maybe it won’t save them. I’m been fiddling with it for a couple hours and I’m done now, thanks. Anybody have any thoughts? I’m willing to accept ‘get something else besides Powergramo to record your Skype calls,’ if it’s not too dear.

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