Archive for October, 2005

Happy Halloween

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30th, 2005 by DoubleMan

First he starts the main fire at the Hobart Hodown two years in a row, then he goes off to Madison and starts a ruckus resulting in more than 400 arrests. Great job Zedlappy.

Kill them now.

Posted in Big Business, The Economy on October 27th, 2005 by DoubleMan

Apparently the U.S. economy is not based on free markets like conservatives claim, but rather some large-scale game of Monopoly, of which there are only a few players. I challenge you to name a truly competetive market. Go ahead. Maybe just name an industry with more than a few key players—I think you’ll find that that industry isn’t really that competetive.

Anyway, the ridiculous gas prices we’ve been paying recently were basically us just getting fucked in the ass, hard. If companies claim that prices are going up because inputs are beyond their control, one would expect that their profits might decrease as their margin shrinks. Not so!!

The 3Q results for Exxon and Shell show no signs of struggling.

Exxon’s revenues were $100.72 billion, the highest ever for any company. Their net income was $9.92 billion.

Shell’s revenue was $76.44 billion, with net income of $9.03 billion.

Shell’s CFO said, “we are capturing the benefits of high oil and gas prices and refining margins.” You can say that again.

My quarterly results, on the other hand, were not quite as rosy.

Sheryl Swoopes comes out

Posted in Gay Rights, News, Society/Culture on October 27th, 2005 by zedlappy

I would say that this is the biggest story in Sports this year. The biggest star of a sport just came out of the closet. Jus the second time in sports that this has happenned (see martina navratilova). The WNBA isn’t the biggest sport but it is popular enough and enough people know about Sheryl Swoopes that it should have a positive impact on society. Since Sports is all about the $$ I would really be interested to know if 1. She gets endorsements etc, 2. The WNBA will continue to market her, 3. What the backlash is. Two great articles in ESPN:

Swoopes and business
Swoopes in her own words

Massage with happy ending

Posted in Bush Alert!, Iraq, Politics (Opinion), Uncategorized on October 25th, 2005 by DoubleMan

Adding to the indictment blue balls is this juicy nugget from today’s Times.

Umm:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 – I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.

Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby’s testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.

And:

Mr. Libby’s notes indicate that Mr. Cheney had gotten his information about Ms. Wilson from George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, in response to questions from the vice president about Mr. Wilson. But they contain no suggestion that either Mr. Cheney or Mr. Libby knew at the time of Ms. Wilson’s undercover status or that her identity was classified. Disclosing a covert agent’s identity can be a crime, but only if the person who discloses it knows the agent’s undercover status.

Cheney telling Libby about Plame’s identity isn’t illegal, but Cheney greenlighting Libby to reveal Plame’s name to Judy Miller after some late-night anal-blasting, that’s a different story.

The internet and hypocrisy

Posted in News, Politics on October 23rd, 2005 by Pants Of Time

There is a debate with our lawmakers and foreign governments as to who should be given control over various internet core services. Although I am far from surprised about their stance on these issues, the political statements being made are amusing at best.

“Turning the Internet over to countries with problematic human-rights records, muted free-speech laws, and questionable taxation practices will prevent the Internet from remaining the thriving medium it has become today,” said California Republican Rep. John Doolittle in a statement.

Iraq War? Abu Ghraib? Patriot Act? Digital Millenium Copyright Act? RIAA/MPAA vs. America? HARRO?

“The United States is uniquely positioned in the world to protect the fundamental principles of free press and free speech, upon which the Internet has thrived,” Goodlatte said in a statement.

You mean uniquely positioned as being represented by people who are full of shit.

Shrug.

Link here.

Stating the obvious part 1

Posted in Iraq, Uncategorized on October 22nd, 2005 by DoubleMan

From the Harper’s Index:

Number of journalists killed in Vietnam during twenty years of war there: 63
Number killed in Iraq since March 2003: 71

And yet fellow journalists still cover these deaths in passing, as they move to more important topics like teens missing in Aruba or Katie Holmes’s pregnancy. Maybe instead of working to change the government, we just start taking over the media, that will probably get the kind of results we need. Nah, fuck it, I’m too lazy.

Premature pullout.

Posted in Bush Alert! on October 22nd, 2005 by DoubleMan

The reactionary Washington Times broke the story that senior White House officials may be planning to withdraw Harriet Miers’s nomination. I imagine we’ll see Priscilla Owen or Janice Rogers Brown standing next to Bush in a two or three weeks—he’ll give the Right what they want—so we should plan for some hilarious dialog in the near future.

The bright side is that I no longer have to find a way to make giant bags under my eyes and paint liver spots all over my face to dress as Miers for Halloween.

Better than March Madness.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21st, 2005 by DoubleMan

Enthralled.

Well, not really. I already have a hot (post-) college girl.

Holla.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20th, 2005 by DoubleMan

Where is kstevens with his “this week in Wingnuttia“?

He always seemed so mild-mannered

Posted in How Odd..., News on October 20th, 2005 by DoubleMan

Apparently Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) is fucking crazy. I always thought he was one of those smart and tough democrats who wasn’t easily flustered, sort of like Robert Reich. Wrong as usual.

According to Rolling Stone (via Dailykos):

Friends and enemies agree that the key to Emanuel’s success is his legendary intensity. There’s the story about the time he sent a rotting fish to a pollster who had angered him. There’s the story about how his right middle finger was blown off by a Syrian tank when he was in the Israeli army. And there’s the story of how, the night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting “Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!” and plunging the knife into the table after every name. “When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,” one campaign veteran recalls. “It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you.”

It’s good that he’s on our side. Maybe I can forgive him for his Clinton-worshipping. Maybe.

Thanks Kos.