Sunday, October 29, 2006

Another blog

Stop presses.
“Bush yelled himself hoarse.”

Rush to judgment
Rush Limbaugh on Michael J. Fox and Parkinson’s: "In this commercial, he is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He is moving all around and shaking. And it's purely an act. This is the only time I have ever seen Michael J. Fox portray any of the symptoms of the disease he has. ... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting, one of the two."

So, according to Rush, either Michael J. Fox was displaying actual symptoms of the disease he has, or pretending to have the symptoms of the disease he has. Either way, it’s probably insidious.

Let them eat cake!
From the New York Times:
“… Sheldon H. Jacobson of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his doctoral student, Laura McLay (‘s)… paper, published in the current issue of The Engineering Economist, calculates how much extra gasoline is used to transport Americans now that they have grown fatter. The answer, they said, is a billion gallons a year.

“Their conclusion is in the same vein as a letter published last year in The American Journal of Public Health. Its authors, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, did a sort of back-of-the-envelope calculation of how much extra fuel airlines spend hauling around fatter Americans. The answer, they wrote, based on the extra 10 pounds the average American gained in the 1990’s, is 350 million gallons, which means an extra 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide.”

Um. So thin people don’t drive?

Put your name in the Google box and add “needs.” Search.

Merle needs to slow down and learn how to use a measuring tape.

Merle needs neither an exorcist nor any amount of necromancy.

Merle needs someone tough and experienced to find.

Merle is no less deserving of a magnificent swansong, but he’s so mean, angry and contrary that it’s not as likely.

Merle needs more signs, if available.

Has it occured to ANYONE that not all people in this city feel that Merle needs to be honored with a street name?

Merle needs more prayer.

Merle needs the money before he goes to the MW4WDA convention next weekend.

Merle needs help.

Merle needs about 30 reservations each to do these.

Merle needs you.

Reuters: “Flaunting bunnies, booze and blackjack, the first Playboy Club in nearly two decades opened in Las Vegas on Saturday night with high hopes that its time-tested combination of sex and celebrity will attract a new generation of high rollers.

“With a distinctly vintage feel, Playboy bunnies wearing the distinctive ears and cottontail delivered drinks and dealt cards to a mostly male crowd at the Palms Casino Resort.”

And the mostly males were wearing ascots, smoking Cuban cigars, and discussing their hi-fi systems among themselves.

More Bunnies
Having learned that Tennessee senator hopeful Harold Ford attended a Playboy-hosted Superbowl party once, attack ads have shown a white actress winking at the camera and asking Mr. Ford to call her. This has led to charges of racism from the left re the ad, and charges of hypocrisy from the right, because Mr. Ford supposedly positions himself as a church-goin’ man, and shouldn’t be hanging out with bunnies. I know nothing about Mr. Ford, but the fact that he – or anybody- attended a Superbowl party a couple years ago, no matter who hosted it, does not qualify as news. Or anything.

Gen X
I found myself leafing through the April 2006 issue of DETAILS at the doctor’s office the other day. I came across an article entitled “Has Gen X Already Peaked?”

The article contained this: “…[W]hile the boomers and the millennials have been gulping up all that mass-media oxygen, somebody seems to have forgotten to put together the NEWSWEEK cover story about Generation X on the brink of turning 40. More to the point, somebody seems to have forgotten Generation X.”

Um. Isn’t DETAILS a major publication? Is it seemly to write in a major publication that you’re not getting attention from major publications?

Presses, stop!
Washington Post: “Democratic operatives do not publicly say that they went out of their way this year to recruit candidates with a high hotness quotient. Privately, however, they acknowledge that, as they focused on finding the most dynamic politicians to challenge vulnerable Republicans, it did not escape their notice that some of the most attractive prospects were indeed often quite attractive.”

Barack Obama, bare, on a bearskin rug? That’ll get the vote out.

Tangled Webb
Senator George Allen, reeling from bad publicity, has attacked his opponent, Jim Webb, for passages in novels Webb has written. So Allen has taken the time in the middle of a bitter campaign to go through his opponent’s fictional output and find passages that may or may not be offensive to somebody. One marvels.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um. So thin people don’t drive?

I think you missed what the study was trying to compute. The more weight you add to a car, the lower its fuel economy gets. This is why, for example, high-fuel-economy cars like the Insight use aluminum body panels to shave off pounds. So if Americans are getting heavier, that means they're also using more gas than they would if they weighed less. It's no different than if they were carrying an extra 20 or 30 pounds in the trunk all the time.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for the information of anyone here (because Rush Limbaugh obviously doesn't give a crap), the shaking that M. J. Fox shows in his ad is an effect of the medication for Parkinson's, not the effect of not taking the medication. Without the medication, Fox may not be able to even speak. Parkinson's causes immobility.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Merle Kessler said...

Re: obesity and global warming, yes, I got that. But how big a problem is this, really? Isn't the excess fuel wastage by the fat offset by the fact (maybe it's not a fact, but what the hell, let's just say it is) that obese people don't like to move around much? I suppose skinny people delivering them pizza could be a factor in global warming. How big a factor is pizza delivery and takeout Chinese food in global warming?

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

> attack ads have shown a white actress winking at the camera and asking Mr. Ford to call her.

Sounds like he's in for disappointment. Could he even expect that she, being an actress, would even return his call? This is just the kind of problem that arises when fictional people make passes at real people!


3:35 PM  

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