Friday, March 06, 2009

Black Coffee

Another lost day for The Garlic ...

We'll leave with, probably, the best post of the day.

Perhaps, you're one of the less-than-handful that hasn't seen, heard, of been told about the Jon Stewart riff on CNBC
(and his follow-up comments on Letterman).

Will Bunch of Attytood was just as impressed, but posited another perspective on it.

What Battered Newsrooms Can Learn From Stewart's CNBC Takedown

The piece wasn't just the laugh-out-loud funniest thing on TV all week (and this was a week in which NBC rebroadcast the SNL "more cowbell" sketch, so that's saying a lot) but it was exquisitely reported, insightful, and it tapped into America's real anger about the financial crisis in a way that mainstream journalism has found so elusive all these months. As one commenter on the Romenesko blog noted earlier today, "it's simply pathetic that one has to watch a comedy show to see things like this."

But that's not all. The Stewart piece also got the kind of eyeballs that most newsrooms would kill for in this digital age -- planted atop many, many major political, media and business Web sites -- and the kind of water-cooler chatter that journalists would crave in any age. In a time when newspapers are flat-out dying if not dealing with bankruptcy or massive job losses, while other types of news orgs aren't faring much better, the journalistic success of a comedy show rant shouldn't be viewed as a stick in the eye -- but a teachable moment. Why be a curmudgeon about kids today getting all their news from a comedy show, when it's not really that hard to join Stewart in his own idol-smashing game.

Bunch goes on to offer some suggestions, and it's a good piece, so jump on over to check it out.

Meanwhile, here's a late Friday night song, that can sum up a lot of things ...

Will be back over the weekend ...

Black Coffee - Sarah Vaughan

This Date ... On The Garlic

6 March 2008... On The Garlic

Top Ten Cloves: Reasons John McCain Was Late Yesterday, To Receive His Endorsement From President Bush

6 March 2007... On The Garlic

The Laura Bush Bummer Bombing-of-the Day

Top Ten Cloves: Things Ann Coulter Would Spend "Coulter Cash" On

6 March 2006... On The Garlic

More Bush Troubles As Rice Backtracks, Corrects Comments, Blames Lincoln Group

The Garlic Nabs 4th Nomination; Koufax Voting Now Open

Top Ten Cloves: Things Overheard At The Oscars Last Night

Thursday, March 05, 2009

"You Know, So Many People In The Hospital Here, You Know, Are Sick, Anyway ..."

News broke today that former first mother, err, First Lady Barbara Bush underwent heart surgery yesterday.

It was said to repair one part of her aorta, after hardening was found, and she was experiencing shortness of breath.

Hmmmm ...

One could have diagnosed her hard heart, back during Hurricane Katrina.

Barbara Bush: Un-compassionate Conservative

“And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (she chuckled)–this is working very well for them.”.
Yeah, I'm sure it was the dream of every resident of New Orleans, to see the city flooded, so they could go live in a giant arena, and get, you know, free stuff, like food, water, blankets, maybe a donated toy, or something.

I wonder, if any of the new parts put into her were earmarked, say, from a company owned by the doctors' son?

Barbara Bush's Hurricane Donation Earmarked for Son's Business
Former first lady Barbara Bush gave relief money to a hurricane relief fund on the condition that it be spent to buy educational software from her son Neil's company. The chief of staff of former President George H.W. Bush would not disclose the amount earmarked for purchases from Ignite Learning.

Hey, why waste a good natural disaster, and the opportunity to throw a little business the Dynasty's way, right?

As Joe Pesci said in 'Casino', "It's the dollars ... It's always the fuckin' dollars ..."

Something Truly Depressing

When I espied this post yesterday, I was hoping to find something else, that, perhaps an editor had made a clumsy attempt to create an alluring headline.

But it wasn't.

Instructed to curtail crushing red tape, guards watched girl die in her cell

Court transcripts obtained by The Globe reveal staff instructed not to stop frequent self-asphyxiation attempts if 19-year-old was still breathing
As Ashley Smith slowly choked herself to death at dawn in her Kitchener, Ont., prison cell, seven guards looked on because they were instructed not to intervene if the troubled federal inmate was still breathing.

Court transcripts about Ms. Smith's 2007 death, obtained by The Globe and Mail, show that prison managers were trying to curtail the reviews and paperwork triggered each time guards entered her cell to stop her frequent attempts at self-asphyxiation.

A manager testified she was pressured to reclassify incident reports so that they wouldn't be filed as “use-of-force” interventions, which require more red tape.

"So they curtail the reviews and paperwork ..."

My God, how could they be that calleous?

As you read the article, you have to wonder why this young girl was in a Federal prison, for such a light offense.

She needed medical and/or psychiatric help, not be warehoused away in a, clearly, badly run prison system.

This happened up in Canada, but someone should look into if any of the prison workers and officials are related to those scumbag judges in Pennsylvania.

This Date ... On The Garlic

5 March 2008... On The Garlic

Best of Day! ... Dennis Perrin

WaPo Consults Ministry of Silly Walks, Backtracks From Obama Conspiracy

Marc Andreessen: An hour and a half with Barack Obama

5 March 2007... On The Garlic

New Feature - The Laura Bush Bummer Bombing-of-the Day; Warning - Bypass this post if you don't want to be discouraged

Don't Worry Tim, The Vice President Still Loves Ya! ... The Results - The Garlic's Weekly Poll

5 March 2006... On The Garlic

Weekend Special - Sautéed Cloves

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Compared To What

Another rough day on the homefront, and any iota of creativity long left me, well before the noon hour.

Ahhh, but there is much percolating ...

The Cheeseburger That Sweats (or, as he decribes himself, a "harmless, lovable little fuzzball" - he must have shopped himself one helluva doctor to come up with that) has raised the stakes in his stunt, today "challenging" the President of the United States to come down to his radio studio and debate him on "the issues of the day".

Yeah, right ...

Can you imagine the cacophany, the deafening roar, say, if someone from Air America, or, better yet, Keith Olbermann "challenged" The Commander Guy to come of their program for such a thing?

Sorry, there, El Dittohead Grande, you'll just have to be satisfied with being ridiculed, sans the POTUS giving you a gigantic ratings bonanza.

And speaking of ridiculing, the The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee threw up a website today - I'm Sorry Rush - that is hysterical, giving the PartyofNoicans a point-and-click template to send their apologies in to the "harmless, lovable little fuzzball" (Greg Sargent reported, earlier today, and before the DCCC sent out their email announcing it, that the site
("We uncovered the secret Republican Apology Machine"), had already "nearly 150,000 visits, to which Sargent marvels, tongue firmly planted in cheek, "Amazingly, the site has gotten this number of visits despite the fact that it isn’t linked on Drudge!").

And, MediaMatters put up today their
"Limbaugh Wire", where you can check for yourselves, the delusional rantings of that "harmless, lovable little fuzzbal, cheeseburger that sweats".

In other follys, Karl Rove and Harriet Miers will, finally, appear before Congress, in the matter of the firing of the U.S. Attorneys.

Yawn ...

Not that I don't want to see Rove (and Miers, and any-and-all other Bush Grindhouse cronies in cuffs and a perp walk), but I don't believe, after all this time, all this tap dancing, that either will offer anything newsworthy - nor will they be humbled and apologize for their insulting treatment of the Congress, in their longstanding refusal to comply to subpoenas.

If they need any help, or tips in how to apologize, they can ask this guy ...

Michael "Off The Hook" Steele.

All his theatrics the past few days (and month), will, probably, make a nice Wikipedia entry, one of the sub-categories detailing his short tenure as Big Cheese of the PartyofNoicans.

The Jeopardy theme music is blaring, based on numerous reports today of other, unnamed PartyofNoicans pretty pissed off with him, dissing that he's done jackshit, so far, for the party, that is, other then embarrass them.

This includes a post from Bryon York, whose cheeks still haven't come back to form, after eigth-years of sucking up to The Bush Grindhouse.

Josh Marshall was the only one to directly ask "How Long Does This Guy Last?"

Add in the tanking stock market, Jim Cramer adding his dementia, to compete with Rick Santelli, the corporate pigs at AIG, and you get a sense of something is in the air ...

Here's a classic you can use to help blow off the steam ... 

Compared To What Les McCann and Eddie Harris

Compared To What (LP Version II) - Les McCann & Eddie Harris

This Date ... On The Garlic

4 March 2008... On The Garlic

She Comes With A Tinfoil Hat, But That's Not So Bad, Is It Mitt? ... The Results - The Garlic's Weekly Poll

Editor's Note: Slow Boat To Posting ...

4 March 2005... On The Garlic

Millionaire Flyer Charged With Security Violations

Charity Raises $650G For New Monkey Name

Top Ten Cloves: Things Bill Gates Will Do With His Knighthood

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Steele Singing "To Rush With Love"

Oh my, this is schadenfreude at its' best.

My apologies for the lack-of-posting yesterday, it was a day of juggling, dealing with the Aunt, and also, having to remove the almost 10-inches of snow (made easier by the generous neighbor, offering use of his snow blower ...Yes, better than shoveling, but still a pretty good workout).

Despite the cumbersome endeavors, I still managed to keep an eye on things, and it is becoming riveting, almost a sporting event, watching the continuing meltdown of the PartyofNoicans.

Monday brought a gigantic pissing contest between the Cheeseburger That Sweats (H/T to Barry Crimmins) and RNC Chairman Mike "Off The Hook" Steele.

Seems the drug-addicted radio jockey doesn't like people trying to distance themselves from his dementia, which hip-hopping Mikey attempted to do, right on the heels of El Dittohead Grande's Constitutional-challenged ramblings at the Right Wing Rabid Fest.

Cutting Edge Steele did his, now mandatory, PartyofNoican's mea culpa, if they aren't masturbating to El Dittohead Grande 24/7, but he must have loaded up on the drugs before his radio gig and ripped apart Mikey's new gig, as the Big Cheese PartyofNoican chieftain.

It was really pitiful, seeing Mikey moonwalking as fast was he could, away from his criticism of El Dittohead Grande.

As Joan Walsh points out;

I emailed D.L. Hughey to get his perspective on Steele's sudden change of heart, but he may wait for his show to give his reply. What's clear is that Hughley and Steele had a long, animated conversation in which Steele argued convincingly and forcefully that Limbaugh is not the party's leader, he's an entertainer, and his views are getting entirely too much attention as the party tries to right itself after its thumping in November. It's just not the sort of conversation in which you can disavow certain "words" or say "I was thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently." It was a long conversation, not a soundbite.
Ahh, but what a difference a day makes, as the old song goes.

For that, as we did so often for The Bush Grindhouse (and others), we have to give Michael "Off The Hook" Steele a little soundtrack to go by.

We're pretty sure, by going Retro, he can pull off his pledge of being "cutting edge" with it.

And, considering we're writing about Mike "Bling Bling" Steele, and the Cheeseburger That Sweats, we get a bit of irony, in that we are using the big hit of, none other than, Lulu.

Sing, or hum along, even if you don't want to admit you know the song.
"To Rush With Love"

Those Misson Accomplished days, of telling tales and torturing detainees are gone,
But in my mind,
I know they will still live on and on,
But how do you thank someone, who has taken you from McNabb to Magic Negroes?
It isn't easy, but I'll try,

If you want the Party, I would write across the sky in letters,
That would soar a thousand feet high,
To Rush, with Love

The time has come,
For closing ranks and long last bipartisanship must end,
And as I grovel,
I know that I am gaining my new best friend,
A friend who taught that Obama is wrong,
And I will play along,
There's a lot to learn,
What, what can I give you in return?

If you want the Party I would try to make a start,
But I, would rather you let me give my heart,
To Rush, with Love

Bonus PartyofNoicans Meltdown Riffs

Al Giordano: Ugly and Incendiary

Media Matters - Limbaugh: "The dirty little secret ... is that every Republican in this country wants Obama to fail, but none of them have the guts to say so; I am willing to say it"

Ross Douthat: Rush and Oprah

Joe Gandelman: Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele and the Republican Party: The Sequel

Greg Sargent: Rush Refuses To Say Whether Successful Obama Fix Of Economy Would Be Good For The Country

Top Ten Cloves: Ways Rush Limbaugh Can Get Woman Not To Hate Him

Bonus Bonus

Okay, here's the original ...

To Sir With Love

This Date ... On The Garlic

3 March 2008... On The Garlic

The New Hillary Soundtrack

3 March 2007... On The Garlic

Chopped Garlic: Yeah, What Coulter Said Was Horrible, But Did She Write It?

3 March 2005... On The Garlic

Volkswagen Halts Call For Drivers

Third of Americans Unaware of New Month

Stunning Gaffe By Queen Has England in Uproar

Top Ten Cloves: Other Things WorldCom's Bernie Ebbers Didn't Know

Sunday, March 01, 2009

La Nevada

Well, another day not going as planned, a continuation of our situation from yesterday.

And with so many goodies to choose from ...

Paul Harvey dying ("And that's the rest in peace of the story!" - Barry Crimmins)

The rabid wing of the PartyofNoicans annual meeting (aka CPAC)

A great Frank Rich today, offering that the Train Obama is humming along nicely, but beware of the PartyofNoicans doing all they can to derail it.

It's going to a busy week

And, adding to that, what started an hour, or so, ago here in the Northeast (having blanketed the South, and climbed up the Eastern Seaboard), is a major snowstorm, which will have The Garlic, at some point tomorrow, having to shovel out a foot, or more, snow.

What better time than to give you this gem, from the Gil Evans Orchestra ... 

So appropriate for the day ... 

La Nevada - Gil Evans Orchestra

La Nevada - The Gil Evans Orchestra

This Date ... On The Garlic

29 February 2008... On The Garlic

Happy Leap Year!

Hilllary Leaps To Dial Up Fearmongering With New Ad

1 March 2008... On The Garlic

The Friday Night Bag Job

1 March 2007... On The Garlic

This Just In! White House Applying Katrina Strategy To Med Center Neglect; To Gauge Neglect, Problems, President Set To Fly Over Walter Reed, Bldg. 18 Today; Bush Promising Action, "To Press Face Against Window"; Recommends DOD Follow Katrina Strategy

1 March 2006... On The Garlic

The Garlic Receives Three Nominations For 2005 Koufax Awards

1 March 2005... On The Garlic

American Idol, Clear Channel To Go With All-Beyonce Format

Hershey Splitting Company, Changing Name, New Tag

Top Ten Cloves: Other Things Month of March Could Roar In Like