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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Drunkblogging the Inaugural

January 20th, 2009 - 9:30 am

We’re live!

Must-See PJTV

January 19th, 2009 - 8:24 pm

Almost forgot — Scott Ott and I recorded the End of the Bush Era Blogger Roundtable together. There was hugging.

The Big Show

January 19th, 2009 - 6:51 pm

My new blogmasters at PJ Media somehow conned me into drunkblogging President-elect Obama’s inauguration tomorrow. By “conned me,” I mean, Aaron asked, “Wanna?” Well, I never turned down an opportunity to write off a pitcher of Bloody Marys in the morning and a pitcher of martinis in the evening.

I guess I’m just generous like that.

Anyway, tune in here bright and early Tuesday morning. And tune into PJTV.com, where the usual gang of suspects will cover everything live. I’ll be on around 11AM or so Pacific, with Scott “Scrappleface” Ott. Of course, every time they pair us up, I always expect to hear The Odd Couple theme, and the voiceover guy asking if the evangelical and the agnostic can share a television show without driving each other crazy.

Business As Usual

January 19th, 2009 - 10:55 am

Jennifer Rubin on Tim Geithner’s tax troubles:

Geithner and the Obama team are betting that the mere invocation of the word “mistake” is enough to get by this snafu. Maybe it is. But there is something odd indeed about his inability or unwillingness to explain in a satisfactory way how this came about. Is he dishonest? Sloppy? We don’t know. All we know is that he is evasive.

Really, no surprise here. When a candidate hasn’t been tested by the media during the campaign, the best he or his people are going to have to offer is Nixon’s modified limited hangout, only lamer.

The media is supposed to try and ruin presidential candidates — otherwise Congress, domestic competitors, foreign enemies, or the pressures of the office will do the job instead. The media have failed us on this one, and unless something changes, then Team Obama (or, rather, all of America) will pay the price for at least the next four years.

Credit Where It’s Due

January 19th, 2009 - 10:31 am

I’ll miss the old Sky Captain-inspired VodkaPundit design. But Web Goddess Stacy Tabb really knocked me out with the ’60s James Bond-themed banner you see up above.

Required Viewing

January 19th, 2009 - 10:15 am

The Truth About Bailouts

January 19th, 2009 - 8:53 am

Robert Farago explains GM’s current marketing strategy:

So, Uncle Sugar’s paying GM not to build cars, so they can eventually offer incentives to steal market share from carmakers who aren’t being paid not to build cars? Sweet.

Sweet, indeed. Unless you happen to be a competing automaker or an American taxpayer — Congressmen who just bought themselves a giant auto company to boss around, exempted.

Domestic BLISS!

January 19th, 2009 - 5:12 am

We’ve been lucky that the worst thing The Boy had caught so far was a nasty little head flu. Oh, he might have caught something worse when he was a baby — but babies spend so much time leaking and excreting horrible things out of various orifices simultaneously that, honestly, who can tell.

That all changed Saturday night, when he got his first stomach bug. Melissa did the Mom thing, I washed sheets and pillows and stuffed animals. Four loads worth, between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Melissa did another two Sunday afternoon. Neither one of us got much sleep.

The Boy seems to be feeling better — he’s now actively miserable instead of passively. Melissa spent Sunday night racing to the bathroom every 45 minutes. This is a demanding bug they’ve got. It judges you not by the contents of your stomach, but by the number of times you kneel before the toilet. And you will kneel.

I might be safe. Saturday night — when not racing up and down stairs and doing Emergency Midnight Laundry and Amateur Carpet Cleaning Brigade duties — I was alternately freezing and sweating in bed. The freezing parts were OK, since I like to keep the bedroom temperature down around “Cold Snap, 2009, Duluth,” but rarely get to do that since getting married. And by “rarely” I mean “never, ever.”

So I’d be in a state of near-chattering right up until the sweats kicked in. The sweaty parts were extra-sweaty. The kind where you keep pulling more and more blankets off yourself, trying to get comfortable, right up until you realize you’re freezing again. Draw feet back up, pull blankets around chin, and start the process all over again. Still, beats puking for 48 hours.

This morning The Boy got up at five, and couldn’t be talked back into bed. By six he was throwing up the water I’d given him. The triage nurse on the phone says that his system is getting in some fluids, since it’s taking him so long to throw them back up. And also he’s peeing. So — no emergency here yet. Unless you count caring for overlapping stomach flu sufferers on little or no sleep an emergency.

I’m not sure exactly what to call it, but I’m calling my Congressman and asking for a bailout.

Balls Like Church Bells

January 18th, 2009 - 4:01 pm

Via Twitter.

It’s the End of an Era

January 18th, 2009 - 9:03 am

This stuff has got to stop:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is receptive to the idea of prosecuting some Bush administration officials, while letting others who are accused of misdeeds leave office without prosecution, she told Chris Wallace in an interview on “FOX News Sunday.”

“I think you look at each item and see what is a violation of the law and do we even have a right to ignore it,” the California Democrat said. “And other things that are maybe time that is spent better looking to the future rather than to the past.”

A couple of points need to be made here.

1. Pelosi continues to provide more evidence that when it comes to the exercise of political power, conservatives and libertarians are pikers. The far-far-right called for Congress and Justice to prosecute half the Clinton Administration after President Bush was sworn in. Bush, wisely, declined, and Congress followed suit. Pelosi could learn something from them.

In fact, she did learn something, which I can sum up in one word: “Suckers!” However, that’s a lousy governing philosophy.

2. Pelosi, Reid & Co. are, nonetheless, total cowards. They could have impeached Bush for his supposed war crimes at any time during the last two years — but they didn’t. Now that Bush and his administration are (nearly) at a safe remove, the moonbats are coming out, thumping their chests, and waving their guns in the air. The good news is, like most anti-gun nuts, they’re more likely to shoot themselves in the leg than to threaten or harm anybody else.

Then again, I could be wrong. Maybe a good, clean witch hunt is exactly what we need to keep the Far Left all riled up — and distracted from important issues where they could do real harm.

Miracles

January 15th, 2009 - 3:04 pm

If only you believe like I believe, baby
We’d get by

Smiles, Everyone, Smiles

January 15th, 2009 - 3:04 pm

My dear guests, I am Mr. Obama, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Inauguration!

Not So Random Domestic Observation

January 15th, 2009 - 11:39 am

What we really need is for halogen bulbs to come in a few more sizes and base styles. Because 20 minutes at Home Depot picking out two bulbs just doesn’t seem like enough time spent in aisle 3.

Getting It Right

January 15th, 2009 - 11:27 am

Intel likes Windows 7:

The trial version of the next Windows operating system has won a key endorsement from a software expert at chipmaker Intel (NSDQ: INTC), a company that, despite being one of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s closest partners, was so leery of Vista that at one point it banned the widely maligned OS from its corporate workstations. Windows 7 and companion OS Windows Server 2008, at least when it comes to the beta versions, are a whole different ball game from Vista, said Intel software developer Doug Holland, in a company blog post this week.

From what I’ve read and seen so far, Windows 7 is really just Vista SP3. But it looks like the third time might just be the charm.

Required Reading

January 15th, 2009 - 9:12 am

Charlie Martin on the future of television news:

We’re only a few years – two to five is my guess – before the networks are in the same position as newspapers and magazines are today: their expensive, capital-intensive business model on the brink of destruction.

That sounds about right. When blogs started, I thought the newspapers would be pretty safe until 2015 or so — but habits (and business models) can change very quickly, indeed, as we’re seeing happen right now to Tribune Co., Gannett/USA Today, the New York Times, etc.

Look out, CNN — we’re coming after you next.

Selling the Rope

January 15th, 2009 - 8:32 am

Sweet justice” is the phrase you’re looking for:

President Hugo Chávez, buffeted by falling oil prices that threaten to damage his efforts to establish a Socialist-inspired state, is quietly courting Western oil companies once again.

Until recently, Chávez had pushed foreign oil companies here into a corner by nationalizing their oil fields, raiding their offices with tax authorities and imposing a series of royalties increases.

The sad thing is, Chavez might just be able to hold onto power long enough to do it all over again.

The Definition of Insanity Redux Again

January 14th, 2009 - 2:25 pm

Now would not be the time for Jerusalem to call off the IDF:

(CNN) — Osama bin Laden’s release of an audio message denouncing Israel’s military offensive in Gaza signals the al Qaeda leader’s priorities, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen says.

The last time bin Laden decided on a major new priority, al Qaeda got its ass handed to it in Iraq. So, just like, bring it on.

Here’s a little perspective on the media-hyped Mexico-is-about-to-collapse thing.

The Politics of Drinking

January 14th, 2009 - 12:24 pm

Heh.

Watch Out for That Tree

January 14th, 2009 - 11:16 am

Jonah Goldberg says that Congressional Republicans are about to walk into a trap:

The real reason the stimulus package will be gigantic is not that the smartest people with the best ideas say it needs to be. It’s that Obama’s real priority is to get the bill out as quickly as possible, which means every constituency gets something, including Republicans. Indeed, Republicans are a priority because if he can bribe them into supporting the bill, that might prevent them from campaigning against it in 2010 if it proves ineffective or counterproductive.

Just because they’ve been warned doesn’t mean they’ll see it, however.

Someone Want to Hold His Hair?

January 14th, 2009 - 9:52 am

Jules Crittenden is sick of the inaugural already. Literally.

Required Reading

January 14th, 2009 - 9:28 am

Camille Paglia on Katie Couric:

let me take this opportunity to say that of all the innumerable print and broadcast journalists who have interviewed me in the U.S. and abroad since I arrived on the scene nearly 20 years ago, Katie Couric was definitively the stupidest. As a guest on NBC’s “Today” show during my 1992 book tour, I was astounded by Couric’s small, humorless, agenda-ridden mind, still registered in that pinched, tinny monotone that makes me rush across the room to change stations whenever her banal mini-editorials blare out at 5 p.m. on the CBS radio network. And of course I would never spoil my dinner by tuning into Couric’s TV evening news show. That sallow, wizened, drum-tight, cosmetic mummification look is not an appetite enhancer outside of Manhattan or L.A.

Today’s column is her occasional response to reader mail, and it’s a must-read every time.

They Had It Coming

January 14th, 2009 - 8:38 am

Is the honeymoon over?:

According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now “don’t even bother raising” their hands to be called upon.

Republican presidents don’t try to manage the press because the Republicans are evil. And Obama isn’t doing because they’ll let him get away with it (they won’t for much longer). Both sides do it because the White House Press Corps, by and large, is a lot more interested in playing gotcha than in responsible reporting. Also, frankly, because the whole mess of them are a lot easier to try and stage-manage than to be open with.

So now you know.

Late to the Party?

January 14th, 2009 - 5:05 am

Imagine… if you will… a world where there was a fourth season of the original Star Trek. Pretty easy, I know, although you might have legitimate fears that an even-worse timeslot and an even smaller budget might have wreaked even more havoc than on the for-real third season.

Now then. Imagine that the fourth season went into production in 2004, and remains in production today. And that it’s kind of an up-budget home movie. Oh, and one more little teensy detail: imagine that an Elvis impersonator was playing Kirk.

It’s real. I shit thee not.

Share and enjoy.

But We’re Already There!

January 13th, 2009 - 8:09 pm

Let’s be honest here. Europe “reimporting Jew-hatred” is like Texas importing pickup trucks or Cuba importing cigars: Why bother?

Required Viewing

January 13th, 2009 - 7:09 pm

Video of Hamas war crimes.

Bang the Drum

January 13th, 2009 - 5:14 am

I knew Kevin Drum was no financier, but wasn’t he ever at least required to take Econ 101?

Adventures in Parenting

January 12th, 2009 - 7:00 pm

So the boy hands me the magic wand he got in his stocking last month, wanting me to turn him into different animals and dinosaurs. I obliged, and in turn he stomped and squirmed and crawled through the kitchen as a penguin and a lion and a t-rex and an elephant and a snake. Then for grins I said, “Abracadabra, you’re… Mommy!”

And he stood upright and demanded, “I want wine!”

Not sure Melissa and I have ever laughed quite so hard.

Must-See PJTV

January 12th, 2009 - 3:54 pm

On tonight’s Blogger Roundtable, Rick Moran and I discuss Blago, Bush, and Joe the Plumber.

The fun starts around 4PM Pacific.

Buh Bye

January 12th, 2009 - 2:45 pm

Turn on, tune in, drink up:

The White House says President George W. Bush will deliver a farewell address to the nation on Thursday night.

White House press secretary Dana Perino says Bush’s prime-time address from the ornate East Room of the White House will be delivered in prime time.

I will so be drunkblogging that.