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September 28, 2007
Thank you Bob Gates, Bush, GOP, Dems, Suicidal Foreign Policy
Defense stocks hit new highs
Related item: The Rational Enquirer's Perpetual War Portfolio. Kicking ass on the major indices since 2002.September 27, 2007
Rings a Bell Somewhere
Everyone's a Critic
Related item: www.magnificentbastard.comSeptember 26, 2007
Knocked Up and Let Downdack.com movie rating (0-10):
I don't remember ever being this disappointed in a movie, given its pedigree and great critic reviews. Wanders all over the place for over 2 hours until finally collapsing into a heap of chick-flick crappiness. The 40 Year-Old Virgin, while it had its own issues with cornball rom-com, is about twice the movie.
Might be worth it if you enjoy looking at Katherine Heigl. Otherwise, avoid.
September 25, 2007
I'm not sure which is most nauseating:1. This picture, or
2. The fact that Taco Bell trashed an all-time great '80s tune to sell burritos, or
3. That McDonald's is jumping on the "melty" bandwagon. Now their double cheeseburger is "melty, beefy." Only $.99!
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* President Bush wearing Crocs. No joke!
Brawndo! The Thirst Mutilator!Now that Idiocracy is on Cinemax, I've seen it about six more times and it's genius. Pure fucking genius.
Sample marketing messages in 498 years (2505):
"Welcome to Costco. I love you."
"Carl's Jr. Fuck you. I'm eating."
"If you don't smoke Tarrlytons... Fuck you!"
September 19, 2007
I've heard some Bill Belichick - Richard Nixon comparisons over the past few days, but no one has put it better than Frank Deford on today's Morning Edition.September 18, 2007
Good (Free) News
As of midnight tonight, Frank Rich, free.
More from dack.com's eternal quest in the religions of science and reason:
Is 'Do Unto Others' Written Into Our Genes?September 17, 2007
Just wondering if it's normal when my 5 and 3 year-old sons simultaneously shout "Penis Fight!," pull their pants down a little and pretend to have a swordfight with their junior Johnsons.
Vaguely related item: Quentin Tarantino's greatest contribution to cinema: His analysis of Top Gun in a pretty good indie, Sleep With Me.
They (atheists) tend to be more educated, more affluent and more likely to be male and unmarried than those with active faith, according to the Barna study.
In a nationwide poll last year by University of Minnesota researchers, Americans rated atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants and other minority groups in "sharing their vision of American society." They also associated atheists with everything from criminal behavior to rampant materialism.September 14, 2007
Shut the Fuck Up, Donny!dack.com book rating (0-10):
A must-read for any fan of the greatest movie ever made. My favorite part happens early, in the foreword, written by Jeff Bridges:
Recently someone asked me, "How would you feel at the end of your career if the role you were most famous for was for the Dude?" "I'd be fucking delighted," I told him.
September 12, 2007
Hollywood officially has two ideas:
And they've only got one idea for a poster:
Place your bets on which crap movie has the crappiest cin-o-matic rating. Balls is at 3.4/10.September 10, 2007
Just returned from a long Las Vegas Weekend, where I discovered that Bellagio is for old people, and that my Wisconsin Badgers aren't nearly as good as advertised. More later. In the meantime, some inspired posts are happening at magnificentbastard.com, like Does bin Laden Read Magnificent Bastard?September 7, 2007
The insurgents aren't down with the narrative that Anbar is a success story:
Seven U.S. Soldiers Are Killed in IraqSeptember 6, 2007
8 years later...
...IBM riffs on the bullshit generator:September 4, 2007
Two ways to really get my goat: 1.) not have any running backs for the season opener against Philadelphia, and 2.) use meaningless and totally fucking annoying catchphrases:
"It is what it is," said general manager Ted Thompson, the man responsible for crafting the Packers' roster. "You just have to keep going, and you try to pick the best guys for your team, where you are at that particular time. So that's kind of where we are. But at the end of the day, we feel pretty good about this group."
Speaking of Football...
Great nugget hidden at the bottom of this WaPo article about Appalachian State's upset of Michigan over the weekend:
When quarterback Amarti Edwards checked his e-mail, 100 Ohio State fans had requested to become his friend on Facebook.
Still More Football: In The Bag:
16 in. Team BMX Bike, via Packers Pro Shop. $69.95.August 31, 2007
"I'm a fairly wide guy."
The audio recording of Larry Craig being interrogated by Minneapolis police is even more pathetic than any of the articles describing the incident, if that's possible.August 30, 2007
It's cool that conservative Republican Larry Craig wants to have sex with men. "Live-and-let-live" is the official dack.com slogan. But a.) Does it have to be in a public restroom in my fair city?, and b.) Why is he such a being such a lying weasel about it? The guilty plea was a mistake?? I'm told personal responsiblity is one of the GOP's core principles.August 28, 2007
Run that shit by someone first. Otherwise you might look like a complete fucking hack.August 27, 2007
An All-Volunteer Army?
Many Take Army's 'Quick Ship' Bonus
Something Very Interesting Is Happening
My 5 year-old son would rather watch every
single Playmobil pirates stop-motion animation movie on
YouTube than a Happy Feet rental from Netflix. His favorite is a 10-minute version of The Pirates of
the Caribbean, in French.
In The Bag:
Bluefly had an additional 20% off sale yesterday, and dack.com went a little crazy. One of the best finds:
White/brown featherweight silk-cashmere v-neck sweater, via Bluefly. $86.39.August 23, 2007
Grandma and Grandpa Gettin' Groovy
Many Found Sexually Active Into the 70sAugust 22, 2007
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Straight men and white jeans? But of course!
August 20, 2007
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Kevin Bacon Gets It
I've never thought much of Maxim -- it's always seemed like GQ's drooling, retarded brother with a constant boner -- but their 10-year anniversary issue (yeah, the one with the hot Lindsay Lohan photos) is pretty damn good. Kevin Bacon is interviewed about death (Death Sentence opens next month):
Do you think you'll end up in heaven or hell?
dack.com addendum: Please make my "funeral" a kegger.
In the Bag:
Buying this in order to keep tabs on my beer/wine/bourbon/gin/tonic gut.
Tanita BC553 Ironman InnerScan Body Composition Monitor PRO Series, via amazon. $119.August 17, 2007
Frankenclyde is Back
Best. Sneaker. Ever. And they're back. Read about it at the Magnificent Bastard.
Blowing Shit Up Is Good
In these turbulent times I'd like to remind folks of the Perpetual War Portfolio, launched in late 2002. It's kicking the ass of the S&P, Dow, and Nasdaq. In spite of its appreciation, as long as the GOP and Democrats are in power, this is *still* a good bet for your kids' education fund.August 14, 2007
The Scary Thing Is, I Look Like This Guy
Ken Fashion Insider, via some guy on ebay. $20.49.August 13, 2007
Captain On Cue
...this was my first time on the other end of an American machine gun. It's not something I'll forget. It's not the sort of thing ordinary Afghans forget, either, and it reminded me that heavy-handed military tactics can alienate the people we're trying to help while playing into the hands of the people we're trying to defeat.
In the Bag:
John Varvatos washed sport pant, via Tobi. $82.
Today on Magnificent Bastard:August 9, 2007
Completely Counterproductive Stupidity
So get this. Turns out that dropping bombs on a population makes it difficult to win hearts and minds:
British Criticize U.S. Air Attacks in Afghan Region
Call me an early adopter, but in October, 2001, I wondered what sense it made to fight terrorism with bombs. (Answer: Fucking zero.)
Fighting terrorism is demand-side, not supply-side. Figure that shit out already!
Today on Magnificent Bastard:August 7, 2007
Newsflash: Men Go For Looks; Women Not So Much
I am about a week late on the University of Texas sex study, and while the media made a big deal about the top 10 reasons men and women have sex matching up very closely, what I think has been overlooked is the continued dominance of the lizard brain in men. Of the top 50 reasons why men and women have sex, here's where the pure "animal attraction" items fall for both sexes:
All Hail China's Death Penalty!
As regular readers know, I'm not a big fan of Chinese food, specifically the fucked-up shit that makes its way into our food supply. Chinese livers, on the other hand, might come in very handy in a few years.
Can Anyone Write a New York Times Editorial?
Again I am a
little late on this, but apparently there was quite
an uproar last week when the Brookings' gasbag duo of Ken Pollack and Michael O'Hanlon got a bunch more press time for their latest
wish-thinking about Iraq. Once again, dack.com's ahead of the curve, two months ago wondering why in the hell anyone in the media would give a forum to Michael O'Hanlon since
he's been wrong over and over and over and over about Iraq since 2002.
"You're Stressed Out, John Anderton"
It's an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World
From The Minority Report:
Today on Magnificent Bastard...August 2, 2007
Top 10 Ways to Look Like a Total Toolbag
Check it out. And let me know what you think.August 1, 2007
Vice President Dick Cheney said he was wrong two years ago when he declared that the Iraq insurgency was in its "last throes."No joke.
July 31, 2007
RIP Tom Snyder
Love the shirt, man!
Turns out, Lindsay Lohan didn't think it made much of one either. According to People (my wife's subscription, not mine), Lohan removed her bracelet "frequently" ... probably when she was about to slam a bottle of Grey Goose.
-------July 27, 2007
Not only do they have bad politics and bad beliefs and Waffle Houses, they're the fattest, too.
Reminds me of an earlier dack.com post:
I mean, 600,000 people. 600,000 people died in the Civil War. And for what? To save the Union? Why? Why do we want to save the Union? Who cares? What is so important about saving the Union? Do you need the South?July 26, 2007
WARNING: Unsafe Levels of Extreme Schadenfreude Ahead
First of all, if anyone ever created a hedcut of me, showing my neck fat to this extreme,
ya'll be checkin' the CNN ticker for a murder-suicide incident.
Also last year, Mr. Davis and his lobbying partner formed 3eDC, which soon would oversee the campaign's Web site and online fund raising. It received $339,940 before the contract's cancellation in April and billed more than $1 million. The campaign's single biggest debt is the remaining $721,066, according to its recent report to the Federal Election Commission.
Check the million dollar web site: johnmccain.comJuly 25, 2007
All She Needs Is A 9MM
I've been trying to think of the largest celebrity meltdown *since* Lindsay Lohan, and the best I can think of is Mike Tyson. Anyone else
come to mind?
Snowball's Chance In Hell
Top 1 reason you know you are a fringe voter: When Dennis Kucinich is the only Democratic candidate who makes even the slightest bit of sense.July 23, 2007
How the Hell Does He Know?
Jim Bakker, fraudulent and criminal religious huckster, who fellow (dead) huckster Jerry Falwell called "the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2,000 years of church history," on the death of his ex-wife:
She is now in Heaven with her mother and grandmother and Jesus Christ, the one who she loves and has served from childbirth.
One has to wonder ... where are dad and grandpa?
Today on magnificentbastard.com:July 19, 2007
I'd Red-Line This Thing
From the "Holy Shit, I Can't Fucking Believe That's A Real Article" Department, yesterday the Washington Post wrote about a big, ugly alcohol monitoring device that's become a fashion statement among celebrities. Yes, we are all very happy you've addressed your "problem," but do ya really need to advertise it? And in the case of Lindsay Lohan, all it does is distract from those tremendous jugs.
July 18, 2007
The Magnificent Bastard. Your Sherpa. Your Life Caddy. Your Sensei. Your Brutha.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Specifically John Mamus, Tony Robran, Margaret Andrews, and Adam Sellke.
It's still a bit of a cub now. Lion be roarin' very soon.July 16, 2007
OK. I admit. If you can find me, I deserve the firm, square kick in the balls, because magnificentbastard.com ain't launching until tomorrow. Or maybe Wednesday. (Do I hear Thursday?) Unfortunately I doubt it's going to be worth the wait.
For a site that actually made its July 16th launch date, check out the new linksmagazine.com. This is one of the only magazines I read, and now they've got a web site to match their great mag. If you're at all into golf travel or golf course architecture, it's a must-read.July 12, 2007
Dack needs a project manager. No PMI certification required. No coffee making or picking up dry cleaning required (though you may be asked to go on the occasional booze run, and take a kid to soccer and another kid to swimming lessons). He just needs someone to keep all the shit straight that's going on, and to provide focus when he sees a bright shiny object. Interested? Send him a note.
dack.com/bookie is placing the over/under on John McCain's withdrawl from the race at 35 days (August 15). Place your bets!July 11, 2007
McCain death-watch now into high gear, thanks to hubris:
And the campaign had burned through most of the $24 million it had raised in the first half of the year on hefty salaries for staff members and consultants, a heavy travel schedule and all manner of other expenses, leaving it with less cash at the end of June than even the bare-bones presidential campaign of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas.
and what looks like corruption:
There were also reports of Mr. McCain's aides benefiting by their association with the campaign, exacerbating long-standing tensions between Mr. Weaver and Mr. Davis. The campaign retained a company co-owned by Mr. Davis, 3eDC, to run its Web site, and Mr. Weaver went to Mr. Davis and tried to stop the arrangement, aides said. The campaign owed the company $175,802 at the end of the first quarter, according to its filings.
Visit johnmccain.com and see if he's getting his money's worth.July 10, 2007
I'm sorry I don't have more pictures to share from my visit to the northwoods. My wife saw them and *deleted* them, saying it was evil and wrong to put them on a web site. But she missed one:
Happy couple at the Boulder Junction 4th of July parade. And they weren't even in it!
In spite of the wicked woman's deletion of prized pics, she of course took some of the fam:
So I get an email asking me what kind of laptop bag she should buy. Anyone who's been reading this site for a while knows of the deep, heart-wrenching dilemmas I've faced finding the right laptop bag. I finally ended up with a cheap gem from Flight001, but their inventory is currently weak, like they're going out of business soon. Then it hit me: Fucking Mandarina Duck! Though a bit pricey, they make about the coolest shit out there, and I found a site with gobs of it: Portland Luggage.
Hopefully In The Bag for Some Lucky Bastard:
Mandarina Duck Laptop Bag, via Portland Luggage. $290.
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