Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I implore you

To go wish 3Bulls a happy 1st birfday.

At least he wasn't wearing a propeller beanie

Around the same time he was urging liberal women to make themselves presentable for the cameras, Kos allowed himself to be photographed, in public, dressed like this:


(Photo by Ted Soqui for Newsweek)


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sad news

Acidman has passed away. He was a cranky ol' bastard, but he was never boring.

RIP, Acidman.

Velociman remembers his friend here.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

T-Diddy Ravenel: The illest mother*&#$er in a suit and tie

File under: Millionaire Republican Palmetto State Cobags.

Thomas Ravenel is a millionaire real estate developer and the son of Arthur Ravenel, a powerful South Carolina politician for years. In 2004, young Master Ravenel ran for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Fritz Hollings. He lost to Junior DeMint.

This year Ravenel ran for the Republican nomination for South Carolina treasurer. He spent more money than any of the other candidates, and won the nomination in the primary held this past Tuesday.

To my vast enjoyment, the Tuesday primary has been followed by a lot of Republican infighting, deliciously outlined in this story in The State.

Terry Sullivan is the campaign manager for Greg Ryberg, another millionaire seeking the GOP nomination for treasurer. On Wednesday, according to The State, Sullivan claimed that Ravenel had - I paraphrase - given the Ryberg campaign the shaft:

Terry Sullivan, Ryberg’s campaign manager, accused Ravenel of undermining Ryberg’s campaign. Sullivan said he was speaking on behalf of himself, not the Ryberg campaign.

“If Thomas hadn’t screwed us over by getting into the race after promising to support Greg in the first place, we wouldn’t be in this mess,” Sullivan said.

Ravenel, Sullivan said, promised to contribute to Ryberg’s campaign and even said he would host an event for Ryberg at his Charleston home. Instead, Ravenel filed papers just before the noon March 30 deadline to join the race, he said.

Furthermore, Sullivan said, Ravenel also told him that he only planned to serve for two years so he could then run against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, another fellow Republican, in the 2008 primary.*

“He said, ‘Don’t worry, Greg can have this in two years,’” Sullivan said.

Adding insult to injury, Ravenel then asked if Ryberg would stay in the race but not campaign "to ease Ravenel's path to the nomination," as The State put it (the reason for this being, I gather, that at the time Ravenel made the request, it was unclear whether he would have to participate in a runoff. If Ryberg, who got the next highest vote total, dropped out, then as I understand it the third place finisher, Rick Quinn, would be eligible to participate in the runoff; and unlike Ryberg, Quinn would campaign like a pit bull).

As a delightful aside, in the midst of all this:

. . . S.C. Republican Party chairman Katon Dawson released a statement urging Quinn and Willis to drop out in the “interest of party unity.”

In response, Sullivan said, “Katon is an idiot.”

Anyway, Ravenel suggested the other candidates could take lessons from him in gracious behavior:

Ravenel reminded the other candidates of his actions in 2004 after finishing just out of the runoff for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. The next day, Ravenel endorsed eventual winner Jim DeMint.

“Take the way I handled it when I lost and juxtapose it with the way they do it,” Ravenel said. “One way is a guy being gracious and classy.”

Ravenel went on to give Ryberg and Quinn an exampble of graciousness and class;

Ravenel said if he were in Ryberg’s or Quinn’s position, “I would have done like I did with Jim DeMint. I would have said, ‘This is the man; let’s win in November.’ That’s how I operate. That’s how I roll. That’s how Thomas Ravenel rolls.”

True dat.

By the way, this is Thomas Ravenel:

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The next best thing to rollin' with Thomas Ravenel is rollin' with Bob Saget, Dawg.

*If you doubt that Ravenel intends to challenge Graham, check this out.

(Saget video courtesy of 3Bulls)

Joshua Trevino is SO gonna denounce you, Retardo

There have been occasions, yes, when I thought Retardo Montalban (of SadlyNo) was a tad bit too harsh on his targets.

This is not such an occasion. Behold: A 500 pound incivility bomb dropped from high above on a deserving target. And it's only Part I. You can almost hear the ominous whistling sound preceding Part Deux . . .


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Will the real kc please stand up?

Via NTodd, here's a New York Times article about employers who Google prospective employees and make hiring decisions based on results. How does that work when the applicant's name is something like John Smith?

My own real name is not one that you would think would be all that common, but it is. Incredibly common. It might as well be Jane Smith. There are several other kc's in my area, and whenever I go to the doctor or the pharmacist, or take my pets to the vet, I have to make sure they're pulling my records and not one of those other kc's.

And if you Google my full name, or any variations thereof, you'll come up with pages of links to info about kc's who are not me. At least they mostly appear to be solid citizens, though one of them did time for cocaine trafficking. It wasn't me, I swear. As for the others, there's an actress with her own IMDB entry, a professor, a physician, a politician, and a fiction writer. Show-offs . . . If I ever find myself in the job market, should I caution prospective employers about the legions of other kc's out there? Or should I pretend to be one of the others? "Yes, I did some acting. Maybe you saw me on that __________ episode. Or in ______________ II. But I left Hollywood . . . I was sick of people looking at me as just another fantastically gorgeous babe."

Incidentally, if you Google "Rogue Planet" you'll find a dozen or so other "Rogue Planets," most of which aren't me. Apparently there's some Star Trek book named after my blog.

'Cause I'm Rogue Planet, yes I'm the real Planet
All you other Rogue Planets are just imitating
So won't the real Rogue Planet please stand up,
please stand up, please stand up?*

*Marshall Mathers


Monday, June 12, 2006

Ann Coulter couldn't have said it better himself.

Markos Moulitsas:

The left lacks many telegenic spokespeople, [Kos] says. "It's the difference between the Fox News anchors — you know, blond, put-together — and our people. It's like, 'You know, lady, put on a bra. Would it kill you to put on a bra?'"

Ann Coulter:

"My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons they call 'women' at the Democratic National Convention."

OK, Coulter was much more vitriolic. But still. Thanks a lot, Kos.

Seriously, I couldn't help but find Kos's comment objectionable. Not just because of the (it seemed to me) patent sexism (no one tells Hugh Hewitt to wear a bra!) but because, Ann Coulter-style, he seems to be addressing a problem that doesn't exist, at least not that I've seen. I certainly don't disagree that it's a good idea to dress professionally if you're going to espouse a cause in a public forum, but, um, has this a been a problem in the past? Who's Kos talking about in particular? Anyone know? Have there been incidents of female spokespeople of "the left" or the "netroots" or whatever appearing as a bunch of dreadlock-pitted droopy-titted no-bra-wearing broads on TV? Or was Kos's comment just inspired by the female Kossacks in Las Vegas at the YearlyKos convention? Was he surrounded by tie-dyed shirt wearing aging hippie chicks who burned their bras back in the '70's? I wasn't there, so I don't know. I will say that I've met a few Democratic women and they have all been pretty presentable, so maybe Kos is just hanging with the wrong crowd or something. But then I saw clips of Jane Hamsher and Christy Hardin Smith speaking at Kos, and they looked pretty telegenic. Maybe Kos was just talking about the hoi polloi attendees, not the big names.

Anyway, Kos: Would it KILL you to put on a tie? And a jacket that fits? And could you, like, grow a few inches and deepen your voice a tad? Is that too much to ask?



Friday, June 09, 2006

Say, how's that whole "online integrity" thing going?

Don't ask.

I'm back!

Too bad I have nothing to say!

Not like that's ever stopped me before . . .


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