Wednesday, May 27, 2009

David Kessler vs Carrot Cake

Your neural pathways are leading you down the road to ruin.

What’s interesting is that this conditioned hypereating (which is what I
call it in the book), this loss of control, this lack of satiation, this
preoccupation with food, it affects not only people who are obese and
overweight, but also a significant number of people who are healthy weights.

David Kessler (former FDA commissioner) on Adult Baby Food and other evils. Worth a listen: his recent interview on Fresh Air.

Monday, May 25, 2009

State of Paralysis

Paul Krugman at his best.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Man up, Cheney. Get in line.

Olbermann may be off with his assertion that the long torture debate "ended today", but he does highlight an intriguing mile marker.

Nutjob radio host Eric "Mancow" Muller, fomenter of memes such as Obama as a secret Muslim, or the Michelle Obama racist videotape, hired a military specialist to waterboard him live on air to help prove that the practice was nothing like torture.

He lasted six seconds.

YouTube link

Muller parrots conservative talking points, but isn't considered part of the Limbaugh-Kristol-Hannity axis. One can hope, however, that more media figures claiming that waterboarding isn't torture will attempt similar stunts of their own.

Jesse Ventura asserted on Larry King two weeks ago that given a waterboard and one hour he could have Dick Cheney confessing to the Sharon Tate murders.

Now THAT would be appointment television.

via The Daily What

Friday, May 15, 2009

Holding Obama's Feet to the Daily Show Flame

The question for the Daily Show was never really "Is there enough that's funny about Obama?" but "What will Obama do that's just as f-ed up as any other politician?"

This week had a couple of doozies.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10c
Moral Kombat
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Economic CrisisPolitical Humor

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Kornbluth Brothers: Movie Pitch for "Love and Taxes"

Josh and Jake Kornbluth pitch their latest movie, Love and Taxes, based on Josh's monologue of the same name, a sort-of sequel to Haiku Tunnel.

As an indie feature, they are shooting it bit by bit (as funding allows), and there's already a rough cut of one scene available: YouTube link

More info about the film at and the film's
fundraising page at IndieGoGo.

Perks for donors: methinks the $1040 level perk is a better deal than the $2500 appear in the movie: at the 1040EZ donation level you get a Case Name. In my book, being name checked in a scene about tax law would be even cooler than a walk-on.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Bristol Palin's New Gig

Gail Collins is leaving Maureen Dowd in the dust.

Monday, May 04, 2009

100 days of Obama: the Facebook news feed

Slate writers Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson relive the first 100 days of the Obama administration through the lens (and language) of Facebook:

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If you're not on Facebook (or not extremely in tune with Washington politics) a few of the jokes might fall with a thud. But I totally loved this.

I'd have more to say about it, but I need to go catch up on Lost.