Mar 312009

“But just in case there are still nagging doubts, let me say it as plainly as I can:  if you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired, just like always. Your warranty will be safe.  In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty.” – Barack Obama, March 30, 2009

“This is the same federal government that can’t even switch America to digital TV?” – Charles Hurt, March 31, 2009

Can we please get to the part where GM and Chrysler just file Chapter 11 and life will go on (as it certainly shall)?  And dear readers, for the love of all that is holy:  if you’re in the market for a new car or truck, will you please give Ford your serious consideration?

Folks, the United States government will stand behind your warranty.  Wow.  Just…wow.  Nanny state apologists, are we cramming this into the commerce clause?  Is that how the constitutionality of this works?

Guess I’d better start saving up.  I have a $7,000 brake job scheduled in six months.  Oh, silly me; what am I thinking?  There’ll be a Monopoly money-funded government program to take care of it for me.

 Posted by at 11:51 am
Mar 302009

You know, I was thinking on a couple of different levels when I dropped the Internet for all of the Sundays in Lent.

Part of me was thinking the obvious and stated.  Another part of me was having constructive yet vaguely self-important thoughts of reaching deeper understanding of my motivations, and unleashing creativity, and growing as a person—a person perhaps inspired to do bigger things, having experienced a grand release.

Alas, no.  The reality on the ground is that it’s a big pain in the ass, the most tangible effect of which is guaranteeing that I’m up past midnight on Sunday.  One more to go, and good riddance.

So my first Netflix Blu-ray experience was part of what I did with unplugged Sunday #5.  Burn After Reading threw gasoline all over the flames of my Tilda Swinton dominatrix fantasy, but left me indifferent otherwise.  Though the films are quite different, I had the same feeling at the end of this one as the one I had at the end of No Country for Old Men.  Somehow I’ve lost the Coens’ vibe.  Anymore their movies hit me like antique Victorian furniture.  Objectively I observe that what I’m experiencing is of high quality; it’s just not for me.

I hope you had a good weekend.  I did shed an albatross or two today, so Monday morning isn’t looking so bad.

 Posted by at 12:33 am
Mar 282009

I’ll tell you, some days you just don’t have any idea what you’re going to blog about, and then the ShamWow guy beats up a hooker.  (Allegedly.)

“You followin’ me, camera guy?”:


She’s cute, but she’s not thousand-dollar cute:


Supposedly she bit ShamWow guy’s tongue and wouldn’t let go, and thus followed the raining of the blows and the calling of the authorities and what-not.

Quoting the above story:  “While Shlomi and Harris were both arrested for felony aggravated battery, prosecutors this month declined to file formal charges against the combatants.”

Never underestimate a DA’s affection for his ShamWow.

 Posted by at 5:43 pm
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