In the interest of being anti-SOPA but pro-intellectual property respect, no photo today, because I don’t think the Associated Press allows wholesale reproduction without a license. A link, then, to L.L. Bean’s answer to the comical automotive corporate mascot: the Bootmobile.
I want one.
Linx ‘n’ pix today, then. What do we have?
Speaking of SOPA, looks like young Ben Quayle was a co-sponsor. Apples, trees, and what they say about them.
I thought Sally Jenkins’ piece about Joe Paterno was a bit much, but I wasn’t half as offended as this guy was. By that I mean, I know Paterno (and his handlers) were playing the Poor Sick Old Man card, but I didn’t think Jenkins was playing it, too. (I’ve been far more offended by her close relationship with Lance Armstrong.) YMMV, as we say on the Internets.
No dispute about this, though: Sports Illustrated’s piece on the Thrilla in Manila, unearthed from the vault this week in honor of Muhammed Ali’s 70th birthday. Fabulous.
PJs in public — threat or menace? Menace!
Happy Thursday, all.
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 1:02 am
Intellectual property should be defended, zealously, so that people that produce intellectual property can live decent lives to produce more. But Ha!Ha!Ha! SOPA and PIPA crumbled like the Maginot Line. And in Washington, Congressional staffers are approaching tomorrow with trepidation over being blamed for their boss’s internet ignorance in signing on to those misguided attempts to fuck over free speech. “How did you let me sign on to that shit as a sponsor?” And isn’t young Ben Quayle a foul denizen of internet pornworld? A true and unmitigated scumbag and bottom feeder.
PJs in public? Well, if it’s Jodie Foster and Jessica Alba and Chrissie Hynde and Mary Stuart Masteson wearing the jammies, shut the hell up. I mean, no Iron Lady in her nightwear, please, or Calista Agrippa. Can’t afford little blue pills, and not interested in a permanently discouraged dauber down.
I was never a sweet science fan, but Muhammed Ali is a great man of the Twentieth Century, and Joe Frazier was a somewhat hapless dupe of racist white moneybags. Had Ali never been robbed of his prime by a racist government (No Vietcong ever called me nigger.), Smokin’ Joe would be a footnote. Ali may have been Jack Johnson reincarnated:
Newt and Mittens both are tagging their ads with beating Obama being the mission here in South Carolina. The racist message is unmistakeable.
And if Laila Ali wants to go out in public in her PJs, who’s gonna tell her she can’t? Who would actually want to?
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 1:27 am
I believe Christopher Milne should live handsomely on the proceeds from the brilliant work his Da produced, with his inspiration. And that JRR’s kid should make a handsome fortune from his faithful shepherding of his dad’s papers to worthy posthumous work. This is demonstrably and notably and quantitatively better than Sam Walton’s creepy offspring spending the great populist’s cash to sue each other. And I know Raymond Douglas Davies has an heir, courtesy of sex with Chrissie, and she’d look great in PJs in public. Like the tops of some of those Cary Grant and James Garner pajama tops that Doris Day used to wear in movies. Better legs, best in boots and Levis.
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 1:51 am
My pure disgust with “reality” TV is magnified every time I watch something for an hour that is spectacularly imaginative and brilliantly acted, like Justified, or Royal Pains (God save me), or Covert Affairs. Speaking pof which, couldn’t you see right through Piper Perabo’s dress at the Gold Globe’s Covert affairs and Leverage and all of those Turnr shows, they are great. And if somebody wants to claim butch Atlanta housewives are better TV, or Women clubbing each other are better TV, screw you, and anybody with a brain knows there is no such thing as unscripted. Fuck these cheapskates.
Julie Robinson said on January 19, 2012 at 8:09 am
ABC will be running an interview with Newticle’s second wife Marianne on Nightline tonight: http://wapo.st/zVsI2v. Should be interesting, no?
beb said on January 19, 2012 at 8:17 am
Part of the object to SOPA/PIPA is that it allows people to close down sites or pull videos from Youtube by mere assertion. They don’t have to prove in a court of law that there was a copyright infringement. Instead the defendant has to prove that they are innocent. That’s not how American law is supposed to work.
The bigger issue is that we have no idea how much movie and recording companies lose to on-line piracy. They offer huge dollar amounts but share with us the calculations that arrived at those numbers. Efforts by people outside of the MPAA and RIAA come up with numbers orders of magnitude lower than the movie and record companies.
pajamas in public: This is a classic example of too much government control over our lives. If someone wants to wear their pajamas out of doors they should have the legal right to do so — as long as public indecency isn’t involved. I’m not saying they should. People in pajamas or even in sweats just look slovenly. But do we really need a law satying that? I think not.
Mohammad Ali. If there was ever a reason to ban boxing it would be Mohammad Ali, 70 years old and barely able to walk. The man took too many punches to the head and this is the result.
Andrew Cohen’s analysis of Joe Paterno’s interview was a refreshing tonic. Paterno is going with the classic Alberto Gonzales defense — “I am so stupid I can barely remember to breath.” The fact remains that Sandusky had been forced to resign for unstated reasons in 1998. Paterno gave him trust, which Sandusky abused by raping that boy in 2002. That should have been the end to any friendship or desire to protect Sandusky.
The bootmobile will never replace the scar Meyer weinermobile.
Julie, the buzz I read this morning is that this may be the of Newt as we loath him.
coozledad said on January 19, 2012 at 8:18 am
I was hoping the Iraq debacle would at least lead to some useful cultural transference, and dishadashas would become fashionable here. If you’ve got a desk job, and aren’t likely to have to string any barbed wire, it’s rational summer wear. They could be a critical aid in our evolution from temperate zone to arid tropics.
But no, our imperial enterprises are always about tearing shit up, pissing on people, and wouldn’t you rather have some liquor than that bhang.
alex said on January 19, 2012 at 8:25 am
Nance, remember when the rumor mills were publishing pictures of Ben Quayle’s brother, Tucker, walking hand in hand with another man in Provincetown? Can’t find anything on the ‘net about it now, but this was about ten years ago. The Quayles certainly do a good job of keeping him out of the limelight lest it betray the fact that their own family values bear no resemblance to those they purport to embrace, Ben’s former career as a smutmonger notwithstanding.
brian stouder said on January 19, 2012 at 9:01 am
And in keeping with today’s headline, and considering that yet another Republican presidential-race debate (or GOP race baiting session) in South Caro-goddamn-Lina looms before us; and considering how mad that made me a few evenings ago, my comments shall now go dark. (But I will say that MichaelG’s comment yesterday about goin’ easy with the cumin struck me as the hands-down thread-winner!)
alex said on January 19, 2012 at 9:49 am
The clown car just lost another passenger.
James said on January 19, 2012 at 10:00 am
I’m sitting an a doctor’s office waiting room, and your clown car comment made me laugh out loud, and broke my crummy mood. Thanks.
Bitter Scribe said on January 19, 2012 at 10:12 am
Caliban: In fairness, one of Walton’s “creepy offspring” is spending a lot of money to bring a world-class art museum to Bentonville.
I wasn’t aware that Christopher Dodd was head of MPAA until this SOPA stuff broke. Didn’t he used to be respectable?
I’d love to read that Atlantic article, but I’ll have to wait until I get home because the Atlantic has one of those webpages that invariably freezes my laptop. So frustrating. How does that happen?
Chris in Iowa said on January 19, 2012 at 10:18 am
I saw Newt this morning on “Today” say he would take the high road and not have anything negative to say about Ex-Wife No. 2 and her pending interview on ABC. Of course, that means she better get ready since he said the exact same thing in Iowa about how he would campaign against Mitt.
Regarding the clown car, it just took Rick Perry a little longer to figure out what everyone else already knew.
Scout said on January 19, 2012 at 10:47 am
Since I wear track suit pants at home, I have no problem running out to the store or post office in them, but if I wore the fuzzy pants with kittens or snowmen on them I’d change. That’s me though, and I see plenty of people who don’t share my opinion on that matter. But do I think it’s a legislative matter? Not unless they also want to outlaw pants that are belted under the ass cheeks and the public display of muffin tops. Really, the whole concept of fining people wearing clothing suspected of being purchased in the lingerie department is laughable. Isn’t law enforment onderstaffed already?
And then there were four. I guess polling third place in Texas might have bought Perry a clue. I go back and forth between Romney and Gingrich as to which will lose in a bigger landslide in the general. Booth are extremely unlikable, but I fear the low info rubes might pull the lever for Mitt since he looks presidentyish.
Tim Z said on January 19, 2012 at 10:59 am
Thanks for the Sports Illustrated link. Don’t see that magazine much any more — even the local public library doesn’t carry it. (Too many people were stealing it, they say.) Does it still carry writing as powerful as that piece? For another moving look at Ali and the era when he flourished, see “When We Were Kings.”
MichaelG said on January 19, 2012 at 11:15 am
If we were all legislated into wearing similar stuff what would happen to that website that publishes pix of weird Wal Mart shoppers?
Bitter Scribe said on January 19, 2012 at 11:27 am
I wonder how much of a boost Newt will get from Perry’s endorsement. My guess is, not much.
I was astonished to see how quickly Perry flamed out. I thought he would walk off with the nomination once he entered. Then he started talking…
Methinks (mefears?) Scout is right about the rubes and presidentyish looks. White presidentyish looks.
coozledad said on January 19, 2012 at 11:40 am
Perry: “I began this race with a sense of calling. Now that I’ve quit taking the Ambien, I’m afraid I owe everyone an apology.”
Sherri said on January 19, 2012 at 11:54 am
The Sally Jenkins piece on Paterno is of a piece with her earlier articles on the scandal, which were far more “Poor Joe” than “poor kids.” There’s a reason that the Paternos went to Jenkins for their image rehab piece; they could be sure she’d cooperate and not ask tough questions. Just like there’s a reason Pat Summitt has only done an interview with Jenkins after announcing she’s suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s but will continue to coach for three years. This is what Jenkins does.
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 11:55 am
Perry’s retirement from the race statement:
“I’ve never believed that the cause of conservatism is embodied by one individual. Our party and our conservative philosophy transcends any one individual.” Well shit, boy, didn’t you run Al Gore’s presidential campaign in Tejas?
“I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me. I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich.”
Because I truly loathe that sidewinder, Mitt Romney. And goodbye cruel world.
“Newt is not perfect, but who among us is? The fact is, there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption for it is a central tenant of my Christian faith.” A tenant Rick? Really?
I really think Xanax was Perry’s most likely drug of choice, although his debate performances did suggest sedative-hypnotics.
Jeff Borden said on January 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm
It’s a shame Rick Perry didn’t exit before he slammed one of our major allies for being run by Islamic terrorists. And the asshole even served at an AFB in Turkey. We should probably be happy that his disastrous performance in the race will likely preclude another run. I’ll be a very happy guy if I never have to listen to another tough-talking, all-hat no cattle Texan speaking from the Oval Office.
While I remain very wary of Republican efforts to disenfranchise key Democratic voting blocs through bullshit “voter fraud prevention” efforts, I’m feeling a little better about Obama’s prospects. Mitt Romney has been running for president for six years and he still is one of the worst campaigners to come down the pike. The economy will rule the day, I guess, but I’m more confident that Obama and the DNC will be able to take down Willard Windsock.
This, in turn, will transform the GOP into an even crazier version of itself as candidates seek to go further rightward because, you know, Romney was not a TRUE conservative. The GOP may field an Erik Prince/Dog the Bounty Hunter ticket in 2016.
Suzanne said on January 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm
So now, which of the candidates who were running for POTUS because God told them to are out of the race? All of them? Did God play a little joke, or were they confused about his message?
Sue said on January 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm
I think we are seeing the first steps in the ‘who will be vice president’ dance. Huntsman asked Romney for the first dance, now Perry wants Gingrich to sign his dance card.
Jakash said on January 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm
“I’d love to read that Atlantic article, but I’ll have to wait until I get home because the Atlantic has one of those webpages that invariably freezes my laptop. So frustrating. How does that happen?”
Twice last night I tried to follow a link to an Atlantic article and the screen froze up both times. I don’t know how it happens, but I sometimes wonder if the sites that are stuffed with all the Facebook, Twitter, etc., connections on the article don’t take longer to load because of them.
Deborah said on January 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Bitter Scribe and Jakash, I often have the screen freeze problem when I try to go to Huffington Post. I attribute it to too many adverts.
nancy said on January 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm
A particular Tiffany’s ad around the holidays so overwhelmed my Firefox browser that I had to install a Flash blocker. It just ground to a halt. Really annoying, not to mention counterproductive for Tiffany’s.
Scout said on January 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Charles P. Pierce’s latest begins with this:
“GREENVILLE, S.C. — Oh, god help us, no.
NBC has unleashed Tom Brokaw, the Man Who Invented World War II, on the voters of South Carolina. He “spent two days reporting” among former Bush-Cheney hacks, Huckleberry Graham, and even some Ordinary Folks, to discover that tonight, we will see “what Mitt Romney is made of.”
(The answer, of course, is “money.” And “Velveeta.”)”
Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz1jviUiOM7
Jeff B, the point you made about the future direction of the Genuinely Odd Party if Mitt becomes the nominee is another reason to pray for a Newtie nomination. It’s hard to tell what will happen now that pissed-off-ex-wife-#-2 is about to share, though. But Willard is definitely being bruised and bloodied in SC between his 1% problem and the latest news that he came in 2nd in Iowa, negating his so-called winning streak. Am I a bad person for enjoying this so much? Don’t answer that, Pilot Joe!
Just noticed that my last post, which I crafted on my iPhone, has two typos. Damn auto fill. I can see how “booth” got through, but “onderstaffed” isn’t even a word.
coozledad said on January 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Steel yourself, and grab a puke basin:
Marianne Gingrich tells ABC that Newt asked her to “share him” with his then-mistress, the current Callista Gingrich, after confessing to their six-year affair. “He wanted an open marriage and I refused,” she says, and then explains how Newt and Callista would carry on their affair “in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington.”
Jolene said on January 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Steel yourself,and grab a puke basin
Isn’t it bizarre? Was Gingrich ever a person that you’d think was a stud? But apparently he thought of himself as one and managed to attract one woman after another. It’s not clear, of course, that attracting Callista was such an achievement. It’s hard to imagine anyone who uses that much hair spray being very sexy, but still . . .
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Scout, and Wonderbread.
Santorum actually won Iowa. And maybe it’s them GOOPers that are committing vote fraud.
James O’Keefe sure as hell did it in Neh Hampsha.
The man who invented WWII is one hilarious epithet. I’ve always thought of Brokaw as the veritable modern Demosthenes.
And every picture I see of Newt lately makes me think he gets his hair at the Trump rug store.
Jeff Borden said on January 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm
Newticles is hardly the definition of handsome or fit, but let’s remember the toad-like war criminal Henry Kissinger used to date Jill St. John and famously said something about power being the ultimate aphrodisiac. Perhaps Mrs. Helmethair saw herself as an eventual first lady if she hitched her wagon to Newtie’s star?
Not to get too gross, but wasn’t Gingrich (like Bill Clinton) one of those guys who decided oral sex was not real sex? One of the women from his past mentioned in an article about the Georgia blowhard that he would only seek oral because it would allow him to deny he’d slept with her while married to wife No. 1. Does that mean Mrs. Helmethair spent all those years servicing that overstuffed sausage in a similar manner? If so, those six-figure shopping sprees at Tiffany’s become more understandable.
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm
Jeff, the lawyers that deposed Clinton when he supposedly perjured himself carefully defined terms to omit BJs. It was clearly a tactic to put him wrongfooted. And it’s probably closer to a cocktail wienie than an overstuffed sausage. Newt certainly hasn’t laid eyes on it in years. Not to get too gross.
MarkH said on January 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm
Strictly OT, but Elmore Leonard did a nice segment at the end of Talk of the Nation today. I’m sure it will be on the NPR site.
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm
This sounds like it’s abut time to fit Newt for a straitjacket, or a prison cell.
Here’s the Elmore Leonard Mark means:
Apparently, the audio won’t be available until 6pest.
Jeff Borden said on January 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Basically, Newticles is admitting he is running for dictator. No surprise, I guess, given his image of himself as some great definer of civilization. A man of his enormous ego, er, intellect could not be bound by the small thinking of tiny men? Whatta dick.
I am kind of hoping this douchebag wins South Carolina, if only to keep the sideshow freaks going for a few more weeks. It’s still going to be Mittens –btw, look for the recent video of him unloading on a questioner in a rope line reception and you may think he’s starting to crack under pressure– but let’s beat him up as much as possible in the interim.
brian stouder said on January 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm
I knew when I clicked Caliban’s link that Newtie the horny perfesser would invoke Lincoln, and sure enough:
The Republican candidate cited what he said were precedents, including Abraham Lincoln’s refusal to accept the Dred Scott decision denying that former slaves were citizens.
Which goes to show that he completley failed to grasp the Lincolnian distinction between “dictum and decision” from the Supreme Court, and he apparently also failed to note that Dred Scott was 3 years before Lincoln became president.
Slavery – the absolute embodiment of the Dred Scott decision – continued apace, right into and through the Civil War (thanks a lot, South Caro-god damn-lina!*), and up ’til the ratification of the 13th Amendment.
If A. Lincoln was as cavalier about the Supreme Court as Newtie suggests, then he would never have worried as much as he did about the structure and the timing of the Emancipation Proclamation, on one hand, nor about the ratification process of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution – upon which he expended very great amounts of energy and political capital to help accomplish; and which he was so proud of that he made a point of signing it (which presidents don’t have to do). Then again, come to think of it, Newtie (et al) are no fans of the 13th nor the 14th Amendments to the Constitution in any case…….time for me to go dark again, before I start ranting and raving!!
*This almost sounds like a mis-step even for (or especially for!) the South Caro-god damn-lina electorate; those yahoos won’t like a candidate who points approvingly at anything Lincoln the dictator ever did!
JWfromNJ said on January 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm
I’m covering the local Presidential Preference Primary for the AP, and the conventional wisdom here is that Florida settles the nomination. I am thankful for the laughs and gaffs the crew in the clown car has given us, and I’m very thankful it’s worth close to a Benjamin without having to write a story.
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm
That Elmore Leonard interview is funny. Some woman calls in and tells Mr. Leonard he is her favorite writer and then starts talking about incidents and characters from Carl Hiassen books (Sick Puppy, Stormy Weather). He’s too polite to correct her. Awkward.
Favorite Ali photo: I was working in a Westinghouse transformer plant when the fight with Foreman in Zaire took place. Betting was fast and furios, and the majority of my coworkers were heavily invested in Foreman. I made a lot of money on this fight, and a friend and I clipped this picture from the paper, and hung it by the timeclock with the caption: “Don’t get up chump!”
Republican primaries, abbreviated version.
MarkH said on January 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm
Not only that, Caliban, two callers clearly called him “Elmo”.
caliban said on January 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm
Well, the lady that confuses him with Hiassen calls him Elmer.
Conversation between Andrew Sullivan and Tina Brown about Obama’s accomplishments.
moe99 said on January 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm
Sue, if Romney is the nominee now way will Huntsman be the VP. Two Mormons on one ticket would surely sink it.
And speaking of Romney, it’s now bruited about that he has $33 million in the Cayman Islands.
alex said on January 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Watched the GOP debate tonight—the first of these I’ve wasted any time with—and it was quite the mindfuck because the candidates are such vile phonies humoring an audience that lives in an alternate universe of denial and ignorance to an extent that I find incomprehensible.
Andrew Sullivan fairly sorts it out. And he wrote this before tonight’s circus.
brian stouder said on January 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm
Alex, well said.
DL Hughley hit it pretty squarely on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show. He said that Newtie buys lots and lots of jewelry, wants an open marriage, and goes from one woman to the next; he’s more of a rapper than a Presidential candidate! And while he won’t vote for him, he’d buy his next album!
Also, Hughley rightly pointed out that a man that dumps his seriously ill wife – and the mother of his children – because she won’t consent to his demand for an “open marriage”, has lost any right to ever use the word “despicable” (as Newtie did, when referring to CNN)
Alex – that debate was flatly bizarre; and if you didn’t see the first South Caro-goddamn-lina debate, then I bet you found tonight’s spectacle as jarring and troubling as I found the last one to be.
Honestly though, even though I was braced for the bizarre SC dynamic, still, that opening – wherein Newtie brought the crowd to its feet four times(!!), as they lustily cheered and hooted as he pilloried “the elite media” (and by extension, by the way, called his former wife and the mother of his children a pathological liar) – that still floored me!
Even accounting for the fact that the crowds at these putrid spectacles are largely self-selected, and dyed-in-the-wool (pardon the textile pun) shit-eating full-moon true believers, still it was amazing (and coldly sobering) to me.
Did you notice how Newt’s rodent-like beedy eyes darted away from John King and toward the audience, when the first question got asked? His first response to King’s question as to whether Newt wanted to respond to his ex-wife’s statement about Newt’s request for an open marriage was “no….but I will”.
And THEN the crowd cheered, and his small rat-brain took the hint and darted AWAY from the “but I will” and scurried back to the “no”; and he launched his attack on the “elite media”. And the beady eyes continued darting back toward the hooting crowd, and he was off on the riff.
It struck me as more than a little seat-of-the-pants….and I cannot help but think that what works in South Caro-goddamn-lina will NOT work in Florida and elsewhere.
Honestly, it would almost be worthwhile to see Newtie somehow get past Romney. I would absolutely love to see President Obama disassemble ol’ rat-eyes Gingerich, piece by piece, and leave the remnants of the ridiculous-rightwing rotund rat-eyed bastard running in circles, as his amen corner sing out their raptures, and the rest of us resolutely move on, and leave him behind.
alex said on January 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Not so sure those tactics wouldn’t work in Florida, Brian. Look who they elected as a governor and a senator most recently. Actually I’d be delighted if the nutjobs prevailed in the primary and nominated Newt because he’s such a pathetic sleaze that he’s a sure bet to lose in November whereas Romney’s just likely.
Dexter said on January 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm
I’ve wasted a lot of life’s energy hating repuggs, all the way back to when I got into a fight as a little kid: I didn’t like Ike and some other kid did, so we had ourselves a cute little fistfight. I really went out of my way to hate Nixon, Reagan, and WBush the 43rd.
I should have just ignored them and not been such a loud hater, sort of figuratively pissing into the wind with my diatribes of hate: what good did it all get me? None, I am afraid. Demonstrations I attended in Washington, Chicago, even in Fort Wayne, ah, I should have stayed at home. Nuts to it all, I say now.
And yet, there I was , in front of the big TV, watching the last four men standing, and not screaming back at the TV or at my wife as I offered criticism, but realizing one of these men would be running against Obama soon.
And since this is America, and men like Ron Paul aren’t allowed to really have a chance, it is down to three. And it just seemed crazy to me as I was watching this debate that Newt Gingrich is the lesser of the evils here; he is by far the best candidate of the four.
I can’t take Santorum seriously and Romney is just a big phony creep, with millions stashed in off-shore banks, and a man who has absolutely no compassion for anyone but the super-rich. And the hate comes charging back in, and the fire gets going in my guts, and like it or not, I can’t help it. Another campaign . The hating began a few hours ago.