Mar 01

Friday Crap Roundup III

It’s Friday, so it’s time for SB’s least popular section, the Friday Crap Roundup. Given that no one reads the FCR anyway, I’ll keep it short this week.

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In the words of Neil Hamburger (and Primus), they can’t all be zingers.

Potpourri

Here’s a very interesting article in The New Republic worth reading. The Republicans may become a regional party, but for the foreseeable future “regional” means Idaho. When it comes to our legislature, all rational people look forward to the annual release of sine die.

Another gem out of Texas from the Hub City Progressive. Fox News is down 29 percent in prime time with the 25-54 demographic. I’ve long been of the opinion that TV news in general sucks, or as an old friend back east would say, “blows dog.” But I only have a college degree in journalism, so what the hell do I know, right?

Speaking of old friends, an old, old friend – I mean one dating from the Jimmy Carter years – suddenly got married this week in Las Vegas. Of course I wish him and his new bride nothing but the best, but my bias of experience is one of trepidation. Her birthday was yesterday. My ex-wife’s birthday was also yesterday. Happy birthday to both.

Still freaky, freaky shit y’all.

CRACKED.com update: As of this writing I have two submissions in the “Pitches We’re Considering” folder, including one which was left for dead only a few days ago. Surely, the powers that be over there have noticed that too.

Track of the Week

Speaking of Primus, Les Claypool is as good a choice as any this week.

Nice Cold War reference there, Les.

Feb 22

Friday Crap Roundup II

This week’s FCR was written with a slight headache, a sore shoulder and a spotty memory. I feel a bit better than yesterday though. Thanks for caring.

Seconding That

I caused quite a kerfuffle on my Facebook page when I re-posted this Someecards.com meme:

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Note to Sarah Palin: a bell, not a gun.

Needless to say, given that I live in Idaho and all, this brought the NRA lobby out of the woodwork. I think a few clarifications are in order. As I’ve mentioned earlier in this space, I don’t support banning THINGS. Things include guns. If you want to build a collection of whatever to obsessive and sociopathic heights, go for it.

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Pictured: obsessive, sociopathic and perfectly legal.
Image credit: PINKÉ

However, I also think health is more important than having a gun. It’s basic psychology. Recall your studies of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in high school. You did study that, right? It’s pretty simple, really. Health is at the base of the pyramid as a physiological need, while gun ownership is further up. At best, it’s a safety need. Therefore, health is a more fundamental need than gun ownership. Call me crazy, but I think government policy should reflect that.

As fate would have it this conversation took place mere hours before my accident, so for me it hit home literally. The ER bill is going to suck ….

Damn Cats Update

Much to my surprise my previous post about the adventures of Djoser and Sneferu, such as they are, is one of the more popular on Superfluous Bloviations. Only my missives on being fat and adopted have more hits. Since I’m still fat and adopted, here’s a bit on the cats.

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Caught them hitting the ‘nip again.

Sneferu’s fascination with standing water in general, and dropping foreign objects in said standing water in particular, keeps growing. I woke up a few days ago to two $5 bills in the water dish. Most recently I found a piece of a plastic bag in there. Give it a few hours and there will be something else.

Djoser has been a crushing bore lately. The older of the two, it’s as if he’s settling down and becoming an upstanding member of society. Well, as cats go. He’s not waking me up every couple hours like Sneferu is, and he’s not nearly as claw-happy as he used to be. This could very well be due to the recently-installed ceiling fan. He’s constantly entranced.

In any event I’m hoping Sneferu, who’s about six months old now, follows suit one of these days.

So, uh, that’s what’s up with them. Hope you enjoyed it. Maybe next time I’ll borrow a chihuahua from someone for a better story.

Jim Risch: Conservative and Irrelevant

Well hell, I could have told you that. The real tragedy is we’ll probably re-elect this goofball next year.

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Sorry about that.

Track of the Week

Dedicated to myself:

RIP MCA

Feb 15

Friday Crap Roundup

When I’m not writing or herding cats, I spent a lot of time on Facebook. There I and a few of my nearly 700 friends often come across the strange, the stupid and the hilarious, in addition to long-debunked rumors and trite, misspelled memes.

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I try to ignore these.

I wouldn’t dream of keeping this stuff to myself, thus the Friday Crap Roundup.

I’ll also respond to comments in this section, assuming I ever get any worth responding to. If you want to contribute or something, leave a comment or friend me on Facebook.

Right, now that the introductions are out of the way let’s move on to the snark.

Motel 6 Never Looked So Good

As fate would have it, the very first FCR item is literally about crap. For the better part of this week over 4,000 people have been stranded without restroom facilities as slowly they make their way to the promised land of Mobile, Alabama. But NASCAR isn’t in Talladega, which is what usually causes this phenomenon.

Nope, this time the culprit is the Carnival Triumph, operated by the same cruise ship company that used to be one of the primary causes of Kathie Lee Gifford exposure on American television. On Sunday morning a fire broke out in the engine room, knocking out propulsion and seriously damaging the sanitation facilities, among other things. For the next few days passengers and crew alike had to endure “urine and feces (streaming) in the halls and down walls.”

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But at least they didn’t have to endure the Black Eyed Peas.
Image credit: Scott L.

This not the first fall-down-go-boom incident involving Carnival Corporation ships in the recent past. In January 2012 the Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian coast due to captain operator error. The result was 32 deaths and the complete loss of a $570 million ship.

No doubt to the great relief of all (pun possibly intended), the Triumph is now in port. Fortunately unlike the Costa Concordia incident there do not appear to be any deaths or serious injuries. While sincere best wishes are sent to all passengers and crew involved, my 12-year-old self can’t help but find this amusing.

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Pictured: My 12-year-old self.
Image credit: Evan P. Cordes

New this fall on ABC, The Turd Boat! Love (and other things) are in the air. Follow the wacky misadventures of the fun-loving crew as they get themselves into all sorts of messes, both in the literal and figurative sense. Scheduled guest stars this season include Fred Durst, Lindsay Lohan, Rush Limbaugh, Honey Boo Boo and Nickelback! Also, don’t miss Raw Sewage Island immediately following.

Uh huh huh huh m huh huh huh m (ad infinitum).

Of Pot and Pepsi

My friend out Texas way, Michael Fortner, often posts some very interesting items. According to one of his latest posts, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to significantly loosen the city’s drug enforcement laws. Specifically, he plans to make possession of small amounts of marijuana about as serious an offense as a parking ticket.

While I’ve tried marijuana in the past, it’s been quite some time since I last inhaled. I never got into it and I doubt I ever will. Even so, I support its legalization. Bloomberg’s decision is a good one.

I have enough vices as it is.

Still, I can’t help but notice this is the same guy who wants to ban large sodas in his fair city. I’m not in favor of banning things in general, so needless to say I find all this rather confusing. It’s not like pot high in riboflavin or anything.

Track of the Week

The Carnival Triumph incident has had this song in my head for days:

Praise the Lard!