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Sunday, July 31st

Can Sean Hannity Save Us From Ultra-Liberal Extremists?

I've never been a big comics fan, but I'll probaby pick up each issue of Liberality For All, in spite of what looks like second-rate artwork, and Sean Hannity as a hero. Here's their quick summary:

"It is 2021, tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. America is under oppression by ultra-liberal extremists which have yielded governing authority to the United Nations. It is up to an underground conservative group (known as F.O.I.L.) led by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North to thwart Ambassador Usama Bin Ladenís plans to nuke New York City."

Somehow reminds me of TV Fun House's X-Presidents


Posted By: Ian on 07.31.05 @ 09:11 AM EDT [link]


Friday, July 29th

Blogging Still Dead. The Next Big Thing: Cootie Catchers

The Nonist offers some insight into a new mental health epidemic: BLOG DEPRESSION. Get the whole thing here in Acrobat (right-click, save as, 3.2MB)

Some highlights:

TAKE A BREAK
Go ahead. The world won't end just because you've stopped contributing to the vast info-detritus. Have some donuts. Chill.

DON'T BELIEVE
the hype. Just because you have heard the word blog on television countless times does not mean you need to have one of your own. Do you have anything to say? Do you have anything better to do?

FACT: META-BLOGGERS
may experience particularly severe blog depression when they realize everone is continually posting the same crap, on every other meta-blog, over and over and over. The realization that metacontent is never "owned" can be quite painful.

As I've said many times, blogging is dead. The next big thing? COOTIE CATCHERS.

The other day, the incessant bleeping and siren sounds from my friend's seven-year-old son's GameBoy was driving me nuts , so when he asked if I wanted to try it, I said "No thanks, I prefer human interaction to video games", which is true. I then began quietly folding cootie catchers (I didn't tell him they're FOR GIRLS) and paper airplanes. Before long we were actually OUTSIDE, no GameBoy, testing paper airplanes.


Posted By: Ian on 07.29.05 @ 06:53 AM EDT [link]


Thursday, July 28th

Mommy, What's a "Turd Blossom"?

I agree with Garry Trudeau's assertion that the president's use of "Turd Blossom" as a term of endearment for Karl Rove is illuminating. Wouldn't "Diamond in the Rough" suffice? It's interesting, in any case, that a comic strip about the topic gets more coverage than the possibly treasonous acts of a key White House figure. Anybody remember Iran-Contra, in which 14 persons were charged with criminal offenses? If Rove does go down for this stuff, he should be happy. Someday he'll have his own show on Fox, just like some other White House felons .


Posted By: Ian on 07.28.05 @ 08:19 AM EDT [link]


Wednesday, July 27th

Guns don't kill people, filesharing does...

Filesharing and copyfight issues still seem to be a hot topic. DailyKos raises the point: "Shoot someone? Not Smith & Wesson's fault. Copy a movie? Grokster's fault" and the RIAA shuts down another fan web site (copy of shutdown notice here if the site is back on line as you read this). As one user of the machinima (see definition here) site pointed out: "...no one who downloads a machinima video of a bunch of Wookies getting down to 'Surfin' Bird' is going to say, 'Well, hell, now that I've got this, no need to buy the CD.' "

Time to buy some copyfight stuff from Echopraxia.


Posted By: Ian on 07.27.05 @ 06:19 AM EDT [link]


Tuesday, July 26th

No Sudden Stops For Space Shuttle

I don't know if launching the shuttle with an "intermittent fuel sensor problem" is such a great idea. Is it just a coincidence that the first shuttle launch was only months after Ford discontinued the legendary (and incendiary) Pinto?


Posted By: Ian on 07.26.05 @ 06:59 AM EDT [link]


Sunday, July 17th

You Must Be a Republican...

A woman, in a hot air balloon, realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude, and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me. Can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago. But, I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS, and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes North latitude, and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes West longitude.

She rolled her eyes, and said, "You must be a Democrat."

"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But, I have no idea what to do with your information. And, I am still lost. Frankly, you have not been much help to me."

The man smiled, and responded, "You must be a Republican."

"I am!", replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well...", said the man, "You do not know where you are, or where you are going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, that you have no idea how to keep. And, you expect me to solve your problem. You are in exactly the same position you were in before we met. But somehow, now it's all my fault.


Posted By: Ian on 07.17.05 @ 09:44 AM EDT [link]






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