Morning Links

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
  • Slate crew tries to drink on the job Sterling-Cooper style.
  • It’s like 1986 all over again. Fox News discovers dirty lyrics in “Darling Nikki,” “Me So Horny,” other pop songs. I demand Senate hearings. Bring on Tipper Gore!
  • New doubt on Hitler suicide theory?
  • Radio broadcaster calls home run before the game. Right down to the pitch count and where the ball would land.
  • “Rampant” porn surfing found among employees at federal agency. I’m not sure this is a terrible thing, especially if we could export the practice to Congress.
  • Obama administration formally backs indefinite detention of terror suspects without consultation with Congress.
  • Why did federal immigration officials target American Apparel?
  • Evil, profit-hoarding corporation with evil libertarian CEO does evil deed. Also, I think there’s something evil stuck in my eye. Both of them.
  • Man paints himself into scenery.
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  • 38 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Mario | 

      I wouldn’t worry about the porn viewing at federal agencies. In most cases, it’s when they’re doing their job that they’re causing the most trouble for the rest of us.

      If anything, we should be encouraging FreeCell among the more prudish.

    2. #2 |  jb | 

      Are those 10 song lyrics really the nastiest out there? Or even the nastiest in those particular songs?

    3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      Don Draper is awesome and most likely a libertarian.

    4. #4 |  Bronwyn | 

      How comforting to know that there is still some good in the world.
      I’ve got something in my eye, too.

    5. #5 |  Carl Drega | 

      “Radio broadcaster calls home run before the game.”
      Radley if it’s not too much trouble I would really appreciate you giving a quick mention when you link to Rachel Maddow that you are in fact linking to a clip from the Rachel Maddow show. Then I could know to skip it, instead of clicking on it unsuspectingly, and having a part of my morning disturbed and maybe throwing up in my mouth a little bit.

      That is all.

      Thanks.

    6. #6 |  Balloon Maker | 

      If Mike Blowers had called an opposite field shot on an 0-2 slider I’d be more impressed.

      And yea, I don’t need to see or hear Maddow first thing in the morning

    7. #7 |  Difranco | 

      The Slate V experiment of “drinking like Mad Men” is not even enough a close comparison.

      Its a lifestyle you just don’t wake up one morning start living. They haven’t developed the tolerance or coping skills necessary to be highly functioning drinkers.

    8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Re: the Foxnews dirty lyrics item

      I think there is something particularly idiotic about a media outfit that writes a story and then censors some of the content on the assumption that people want to read about the topic, but don’t want to be (or shouldn’t be) faced with actual words common to the topic.

      In number eight of their top ten, they use “b–ls” instead of subjecting readers to the more traumatic and patently offensive word “balls”. We’ve are a species that used to live in caves and kill our food with our bare hands, but now we’ve turned into a bunch of pussies that apparently need to have our news sanitized as if we’re children.

      I find it particularly ludicrous that people can’t even use the word “fuck” in a discussion about the word fuck. Instead, they have actually invented a code that represents the word for discussion purposes. That code is, of course, “the f-word”, which has led to a plethora of other words (c-word, n-word, etc) which, because of duplications, can be confusing, with different people thinking the discussion is about a different word.

      Taken a step further, if democracy is “government by the people”, it’s a bit frightening to think that we could be counted on to address issues affecting the very survival of the country when we’re too timid to be fully exposed to raw unbuffered information that define those issues.

      Note that this is one place where the bloggopsphere absolutely puts the mainstream media to shame. Bloggers are more inclined to think their readers have two things the MSM don’t think they have: a brain and a spine (I almost said b–ls).

    9. #9 |  CTD | 

      Re: the Slate experiment, the single biggest variable is glossed over in the first few seconds: “aside from being all women…”

      Well, there you go. Women and men metabolize alcohol at wildly different rates. Five drinks over the course of a day is going to give your typical male (if they are used to drinking) a mild buzz. If the typical woman does the same, you get what the Slate crew got.

    10. #10 |  Mattocracy | 

      Let’s some lefties defend Obama now. Or Leftists, or liberals. What is the proper term now? Hypocrites?

    11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

      And just to get all conspiracy on everybody, anyone want to take bets that some conservative demonstrators might get labeled domestic terrorists and get detained indefinitly? I might get a lot of down clicks for my fear mongering, but I’m not so sure this idea hasn’t crossed the minds of a lot of administration officials.

    12. #12 |  MacGregory | 

      #8 Dave
      I agree. Not much of a code there, is it? Would these words make foxnews and the rest of the censor-ites happy?
      Heck, shoot, snap, darn, arse, my junk, my unit, friggin’, freakin’, f-word, f-bomb, n-word, Mo-fo, h-e double hockey sticks, GD, SOB….I could go on.

    13. #13 |  Curious observer | 

      Fred Smith a libertarian? A guy whose company is described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of homeland security’s best friends?”

      http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05146/510879.stm

      “By law, all express courier services are required to provide space for U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at their facilities. Since 9/11, FedEx has gone further and has granted customs inspectors access to the company’s database of international shipments, which includes the name and address of a shipper, the package’s origin and its final destination.”

      “The databases also include credit-card information and other payment details that the government is not entitled to solicit outside of a criminal investigation. “Our guys just love it,” says one senior customs official overseeing inspections at international courier companies.”

      Calling Fred Smith a libertarian because he doesn’t like unions much is like calling Michelle Bachmann a libertarian because she doesn’t care much for the Fed.

    14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Hmmm… Looks like China is becoming the land of leisure. I’m guessing it has something to do with their aggressive investment in capitalism. We could use more of that in the U.S.

    15. #15 |  Carl Drega | 

      “Calling Fred Smith a libertarian because he doesn’t like unions much is like calling Michelle Bachmann a libertarian because she doesn’t care much for the Fed.”

      Yeah, it would be just like that if Michelle Bachman gave millions of dollars to the Cato Institute and created a great and mass used alternative to a near government monopoly.

    16. #16 |  ClubMedSux | 

      @Fox News:

      Starland Vocal Band? They suck! And I’d hate to see what would happen if somebody at Fox News discovered Ween.

    17. #17 |  Andrew S. | 

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090930/ap_on_re_us/us_texas_execution_arson_4

      Gov. Parry has, on the eve of Friday’s meeting, suddenly dismissed 3 of the 8 members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which was looking into the arson conviction and execution of Cameron Willingham

    18. #18 |  MG | 

      And how did Fox miss ‘Stinkfist’ by Tool? “Finger deep within the borderline. this may hurt a little but it’s something you’ll get used to. Relax, turn around and take my hand.”

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #18 MG

      And how did Fox miss ‘Stinkfist’ by Tool? “Finger deep within the borderline. this may hurt a little but it’s something you’ll get used to. Relax, turn around and take my hand.”

      Sounds like a song about the TSA’s future cavity search procedure.

    20. #20 |  Windy | 

      I hate the sensation of being drunk, I’ve experienced it 4 times in my 65 years (all before I turned 25) and each time I got so sick that the last time I said “never again!”, I’ve stuck to that. My limit is three drinks over an entire evening, spread out, and that very seldom, usually it is one glass of wine with dinner. I prefer a bong load, any day, over a drink, on pot I can enjoy myself without getting maudlin, aggressive or sick, and I can still drive safely.

    21. #21 |  Justin S | 

      Re: the NSF porn thing. I can overlook that the Washington Times piece is bad sensationalistic “journalism” featuring the horribly inappropriate use of the word “rampant.” I expect nothing less.

      What shocks me is the apparent fact that the Inspector General of the NSF, an agency that doles out *billions* in grant money, not only has pulled agents off of criminal grant fraud investigations to *instead* investigate non-criminal employee admin cases, he/she has admitted that fact *publicly*.

      Amazing. The OIG is there to investigate fraud, waste and abuse, not cause it.

    22. #22 |  Thomas Paine's Goiter | 

      My eyes are a bit wet. Allergies must be terrible today.

      Excellent story – thanks for the link Radley.

    23. #23 |  Les | 

      As far as liberal commentators go, Maddow is quite tolerable. She’s certainly more of a civil libertarian than most talking heads I’m aware of, and she doesn’t hesitate to call Obama out on his bullshit.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uuWVHT1WUY

    24. #24 |  InMD | 

      I had a federal job once at a institution I will not name. There was an ancient guy there of legendary status who spent the entire day, every day shamelessly looking at porn on his computer. He would even keep it running when people came to his cubicle to have some sort of interaction with him. When I asked about it I was told that because of his tenure it was easier to just let it go than try and do anything about it. It definitely was one of the most hilarious situations I’ve ever encountered.

      Also up at #8

      I agree with you about that. I remember back when the Blagojevich story was in the headlines the only media source that I get regularly that didn’t edit his actual quotes was the Economist. For that brief moment it felt nice to be treated as an adult. Fuck censorship especially when its fucking done on behalf of fucking children who might fucking see a curse word in the morning fucking news. :)

    25. #25 |  Nando | 

      #11 Mattocracy

      And just to get all conspiracy on everybody, anyone want to take bets that some conservative demonstrators might get labeled domestic terrorists and get detained indefinitly? I might get a lot of down clicks for my fear mongering, but I’m not so sure this idea hasn’t crossed the minds of a lot of administration officials.

      You know what would be nice? If they thretened to use these powers against those who promoted them under the Bush years (Cheney, A.Gonzalez, Bill O’Reilley).

    26. #26 |  Mattocracy | 

      Nando,

      I feel ya on the revenge thing. But I’m not willing to open that pandora’s box and violate the constitution just for the sake of sticking it to the neo cons. It’s that whole two wrongs don’t make a right thing. Cause if they can throw all of those guys in gitmo, you, me and everyone else commenting at this site aren’t too much farther down the list.

    27. #27 |  Oatwhore | 

      Jesus is gay?

      http://www.metrolyrics.com/god-is-gay-lyrics-frogs.html

      As God as my judge, God is gay
      As God as my judge
      There was something strange about Lucifer
      Something wrong with his hand
      There was something strange about Jesus
      He didn’t follow Lucifer’s commands
      Lucifer said, “Jesus, be straight”
      And Jesus said, “The gates would never open if this was true”
      Oh, something about a vision in a park
      Of Jesus holding hands with an angel named Lark McGee
      Lucifer therefore lost his wings
      And all the angels sing, all the angels sing
      God is gay, God is gay

    28. #28 |  Oatwhore | 

      The Chinese artist thing is cool. The last two pics were the most impressive. The second to last, with the cop, is the best.

    29. #29 |  kt | 

      Hitler escaped, had his penis surgically attached atop his neck, and now is known as that great dickhead, Henry Kissinger.

    30. #30 |  ZappaCrappa | 

      As a Frank Zappa worshipper….Frank was the king of raunch with a laugh thrown in. An example of something on the tame side from Frank:

      Why does it hurt when I pee?
      I got it from the toilet seat.
      I got it from the toilet seat.
      It jumped right up…..and grabbed my meat!
      I got it from the toilet seat.

      My balls feel like a pair of maracas.
      My balls feel like a pair of maracas.
      Oh god I’ve probably got the gonedo cock cock cockus.
      My balls feel like apair of marachas….aye yi yiiiiiiiiii

      Why does hurt when I pee?

      Miss you Frank.

    31. #31 |  Eyewitness | 

      #26 Mattocracy,

      Two wrongs may not make a right, but they do make a point.

    32. #32 |  Andrew | 

      30: Also a Zappa fan. My immediate thought was “it’s too bad he’s not alive to testify again.”

    33. #33 |  Cynical In CA | 

      “Evil, profit-hoarding corporation with evil libertarian CEO does evil deed. Also, I think there’s something evil stuck in my eye. Both of them.”

      I don’t know if everyone knows this, but there’s an arrow in the Fedex logo, between the “e” and the “x.”

      That’s all I had to say. Thanks.

    34. #34 |  ZappaCrappa | 

      #32 Andrew: Have you ever listened to his testimony where he gives Tipper “what for”? It’s priceless. Makes her look like a dunderhead.

      Frank died on my 30th birthday…I got thrown a surprise party and was in NO mood to party. I made everyone listen to Frank for 6 hours. Must have been torture for those that didn’t appreciate Frank.

      Don’t eat the yellow snow Andrew!

    35. #35 |  Jeff | 

      Ten “dirtiest” songs and only one hair-metal song (no, I DON’T count Aerosmith here)? And no Buckcherry? For shame, Fox News…

    36. #36 |  Eric H | 

      That’s FedEx, the company that competes against UPS by combining with the USPS? Vulgar libertarianism at best.

    37. #37 |  Andrew Williams | 

      #16: The answer is obvious: within the first 30 seconds of hearing “Transdermal Celebration” or “Homo Rainbow” their little would go BLOOEY just like Michael Ironside’s at the end of SCANNERS. And like that, my prayers would be answered.

    38. #38 |  Andrew Williams | 

      No, I wasn’t censored. I forgot to type the word “heads” after :little:. Durrr. Guess that 5 hr energy drink ain’t kicked in yet….

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