Monthly Archives: April 2010

We Always Shoot the Things We Hate

This strikes me as the worst idea- politically, ethically, and morally- I’ve heard of in quite some time:

Gun nuts are the folks sponsoring “LiveFreePA,” a fun-filled gathering May 8 where participants can shoot their guns at old cars that represent bad liberal ideas like gun control, healthcare reform and property taxes, as well as taxes and regulations on tobacco and alcohol.
“It’s just a unique way to say we’re against these policies — shooting them down,” organizer Nate Benefield told a Lancaster paper. “I don’t really know where we came up with it, but it seemed appropriate.” “Appropriate” isn’t the word I’d choose, but hey, it’s a free country.

In other words- I’m mad at Obama, and I’m gonna get drunk and shoot stuff! Real America! It’s like they’re trying to live up to every pissed-off redneck stereotype their opponents have of them that they can. What would be the liberal equivalent? A reading of the Communist Manifesto, while everyone holds up giant welfare checks, before adjourning to have gay sex?

Worst Press Release Ever

This one came through on PR Newswire this week, from a porn star who is… going to a hockey game:

Katie Michaels, star of Barely Legal 100 and other fine adult films, and newest cast member of HBO’s “Cathouse” series, has announced she is returning to Phoenix to attend game seven of the NHL playoffs between her beloved Phoenix Coyotes and the formidable Detroit Red Wings.

Yes, that’s right- she’s going to the game. Not singing the National Anthem, not dropping the puck, not playing any particularly prominent role. She’s just going.
I’m going to my first Target Field game Monday night; that gives me two or three days to get my press release ready.

A Brandeis Cause I Can Get Behind

Amid the inevitable controversy at Brandeis over Michael Oren being named commencement speaker, comes another political cause, aimed at one of the other speakers:

While the announcement of Oren’s selection as commencement speaker prompted mixed reactions from the graduating class, two seniors began an effort to encourage honorary degree recipient Paul Simon, the Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, to sing at the ceremony

I’m all for that. But does this mean they have to give Garfunkel one too?

The Lenders Win


NEW YORK – A bitter 15-month battle for ownership of the city’s two daily newspapers ended Wednesday when Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C. lost a marathon bankruptcy auction to its senior creditors.

Critical as I’ve been of the Brian Tierney regime that has run the paper for the past four years- and not only because they laid me off*- I would’ve felt better about them in charge than the bean-counters, who are certain to fire more and more people and jeopardize the two or three things the Inquirer and Daily News still do well. Namely, sports, crime, and local political coverage.
*I’m much more upset with Tierney and Co. for a multitude of things- starting with pissing away millions of dollars and local control, not to mention hiring Rick Santorum and John Yoo- then with my long-ago layoff.

Canceling That Movie is Just INNNNNSANE!

As I write on Dealerscope, it looks like the Danny DeVito-directed biopic of consumer electronics entrepreneur-turned-convict “Crazy” Eddie Antar is off- for complex legal reasons.
As reported by, the producers secured Antar’s life rights- which caused various victims of Antar’s swindles to threaten to place a lien on the film. DeVito and Co. have since cut ties with Eddie, and hope to eventually revive the film.
A shame, too- I could’ve imagined this being a great, great movie, sort of like Soderbergh’s “The Informant” only with New York accents, and even more nuts.