Just a reminder

This man was accustomed to celebrating special events by firing a gun into the air.

This man is now dead.

Now, we here at Exurbanleague aren’t saying the same fate is certain to befall you if you ring in the New Year with random gunfire…

But why take the chance?

 
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December 31st, 2007 by exurbankevin

From the exurbs to you…

…have a Very Happy New Year.

(oh yeah — and don’t be a stupid, drunk-driving idiot. thanks.)

 
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December 31st, 2007 by admindude

Fly the unfriendly skies

Sinbad for President!

Why not? He’s got the same foreign affairs experience as Hilary.

Plus he dresses better.

 
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December 31st, 2007 by exurbankevin

Quick Takes on the News

Some Quick Takes on the News for December 31, 2007:

Fiesta Bowl player busted for shoplifting

GLENDALE – Oklahoma starting defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger will miss the Fiesta Bowl after being sent home from Arizona following an arrest for shoplifting.

Granger, 21, was arrested Saturday in Tempe after he tried to steal a jacket from the Burlington Coat Factory inside Arizona Mills Mall, Tempe police reported.

“Mr. Granger removed an anti-theft device from a jacket and then concealed the jacket in a bag. He exited the store walking past the cash registers without paying for the jacket,” Mike Horn, a spokesman for the Tempe Police Department, said in a statement.

You lost your shot at a nationally televised bowl game by trying to steal a jacket? Dude, it’s not even cold here. Next stop, the NFL!


Hello Kitty products target young males

TOKYO – Hello Kitty is no sexist.

The cute cuddly white cat from Japan’s Sanrio Co., usually seen on toys and jewelry for girls and young women, will soon don T-shirts, bags, watches and other products targeting young men, company spokesman Kazuo Tohmatsu said Friday.

“We think Hello Kitty is accepted by young men as a design statement in fashion,” he said.

The feline for-men products will go on sale in Japan next month, and will be sold soon in the U.S. and other Asian nations, according to Sanrio.

The usual bubble-headed shape of Hello Kitty was slightly changed for a more rugged, cool look to appeal to men in their teens and early 20s.

What exactly is a “more rugged” Hello Kitty? Switching her pink hair bow to earth tones?

Keep in mind that this is the nation of ninjas, shogun warriors and a military machine that brutally enslaved most of Asia just 60 years ago. When America wants to “demilitarize” a country, we don’t kid around.

I predict that in 2060, Afghanistan’s main exports will be cotton candy and barrettes.


Paris Hilton, K-Fed get cozy

Paris Hilton has been spotted cozying up to Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline.

The hotel heiress, who has become good friends with Britney after partying with her several times this year, was seen laughing and joking with Kevin at Las Vegas’ LAX nightclub on Saturday.

A source said, “Kevin and Paris were having fun. He kept shouting out her name and gave her a kiss on the cheek and then whispered something in her ear. It looked as though they were getting quite friendly.”

Ew.

 
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December 31st, 2007 by admindude

All’s well that ends even

After two decades of par or sub-par football, I’ll take 8-8.

The capper to one of the best sports years of all time.

On to next year!

 
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December 31st, 2007 by exurbankevin

RE: Strike the colors!

Blog for Arizona’s Michael Bryan continues his jihad on “jingoism” as he lashes out at anyone daring to question his patriotism. Of course, no one has questioned his patriotism, but that’s beside the point.

As I touched on in my last post, I’m confused that a Democratic activist doesn’t consider the red, white and blue a symbol for all Americans, not just eeeevil neocon warmongers like myself. Every Democrat I know displays the flag with pride. But, since ExLg is famous for building bridges to our friends on the Left, I offered a compromise to close out my most recent comment there:

Michael, the only person
questioning their fellow Americans’ patriotism is you. In this post and
comments you have called those with a differing opinion the following: facile, hijackers, self-righteous, vandals, jingoistic, disrespectful
to our flag, offensive to our flag, empty, ham-fisted, coercive,
cowardly, contemptible, self-aggrandizing, posturing, nationalistic,
puerile.

Oh, and “not truly patriotic.”

So please stop playing the victim. It’s utterly hypocritical.

However, in an effort to bridge the gap between us, I recommend a
concrete solution. I will gather a group of friends to drive down to
Tucson and repaint the offensive “A” for you. Of course, we might not
pick white, it being the color of surrender.

I’m thinking something in a maroon and gold might be more appealing.

Anyone up for a road trip?

UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): Michael is a good sport about the challenge. I look forward to him keeping me accountable when he disagrees with my posts as well!

 
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December 30th, 2007 by admindude

Don’t cross the streams

it could be bad.

I like John Gruber’s blog. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in Macs, web development, graphic design or digital photography, and I link to it often from my marketing blog.

But stuff like this gives me pause: The 50 Most Loathsome People of 2007. (Warning: Rated R: for language and BDS).

28. The Troops

Charges: Rubes, the lot of ’em. Come back all fugly. They keep telling John McCain they want to win. They need so much support, it’s clingy and sad. Matching outfits? Kind of gay.

Exhibit A: Too cheap to buy their own body armor.

Sentence: Walter Reed.

Gosh, now THAT’S supporting the troops, isn’t it? (And Robert, if this is what you have to deal with out there, you’re a braver man than I am. I need a shower after wallowing through that bile-filled rant.)

This is why I keep the politics out of my marketing blog, and the
marketing out of this blog. I’m sure John’s a crackerjack web developer and designer, but I’d have second thoughts hiring him to work for me because of posts like that.

When I’m hiring a web developer, I’m looking for someone who can churn out robust code that meets the specs, not an evangelist for Bush Derangement Syndrome. If that’s what he considers polite conversation, I’d fear for the cohesion of his dev team, and I’d choose a developer who can keep divisive opinions to himself rather than someone who doesn’t know when to shut up. Just because you’re a good designer doesn’t mean you’re God’s gift to the political world, (and of course, the reverse is true. There’s some ugly political blogs out there. Not this one, of course…)

John, you’re a great asset to the Mac community and an excellent writer, but please remember the words of Michael Corleone: “It’s nothing personal. It’s just business.”.

 
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December 30th, 2007 by exurbankevin

Bill Kristol: Thug 4 Life.

The good news? Surprisingly, the reliably liberal New York Times has hired Bill Kristol to write a weekly op-ed column.

The bad news? The Nation‘s Katha Pollitt is scandalized at Kristol’s differing opinions:

Just shoot me. First, it was Sam Tanenhaus, conservative editor of the New York Times Book Review being put in charge of the News of the Week in Review section. That means one conservative will determine how politics, culture and ideas are covered in TWO of the most important sections of the supposedly liberal newspaper of record. Now, says the Huffington Post, the Times is set to announce that Bill Kristol will be writing a weekly op-ed column. That’s Bill Kristol, Fox commentator, editor of the the Murdochian agitprop factory Weekly Standard, George W. Bush’s propagandist in chief, co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, relentless promoter of the war in Iraq, ideological bully and thug. (emphasis ours)

When ExLg asked Kristol for comment, he laid down the following mad flow to the haters:

Give a holla to my neocons in the Bay,
I’m livin’ in DC still clutchin’ on my AK.
Tell ’em,
“Thug for life,
High till’ i die”
When ’em stupid
Nation witches ask why!

Love him or hate him, you have to admit: B-Kris got skillz.

Update (9:35): Props to J-Dawg from da Corner. Peace.

 
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December 30th, 2007 by admindude

Run silent, drink deep.

I’ve been waiting to post this news item for a few days. With Australia’s own Tim Blair linking to us today, I guess now’s the time:

Austraila will build the world’s most lethal conventional submarine fleet, capable of carrying long-range cruise missiles and futuristic midget-subs, to combat an expected arms race in the region.

New Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has ordered planning to begin on the next generation of submarines to replace the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class fleet with the aim of gaining “first pass” approval for the design phase from cabinet’s National Security Committee in 2011.

The 17-year project will be the largest, longest and most expensive defence acquisition since Federation, potentially costing up to $25 billion.

It comes at a time when regional navies such as Indonesia’s, China’s and India’s are seeking to drastically expand their submarine fleets, potentially altering the balance of naval power in the region.

As our long-time readers know, I served in the Silent Service back in the ’80s. (Remember when the Soviet Union collapsed? That was me. You’re welcome.)

Obviously, U.S. subs were liquor-free, but I heard that the Aussies had no such policy. Allegedly, their submariners would fill the torpedo tubes with cans of Foster’s lager, then flood the tubes with the cold ocean water. Not the best for military readiness, but wonderful for morale.

The day that an Australian battle group pulled into Pearl Harbor was especially memorable. They arrived at about 10 a.m. Three hours later, a red-faced, plastered Aussie submariner stumbled across an empty field to my barracks’ back window, yelling, “WHEH’S BEEMAN CENTA?!”

Utterly confused, I asked him to repeat his urgent request. “WHEH’S! BEEMAN! CENTA?!” he shouted, this time with lots of spittle. I finally determined he was asking where the enlisted club (Beeman’s Center) was located so he could procure additional adult beverages.

Not wanting to abet the already drunk, I tried to redirect him with small talk. “So, it looks like you’ve been drinking. How much have you had?”

After a few seconds seemingly counting pints in his mind, he spit out, “BBBB-BUCKETS!”

“WHEH’S BEEMAN CENTA?!!!”

At this point, he was livid, so I just pointed to the general direction of the club. Not coincidentally, it was the same direction as the base police station.

 
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December 30th, 2007 by admindude

Strike the colors!

I was certain this had to be a parody, but apparently the author is quite serious: Tucson’s flag-themed “A” Mountain must be repainted to remove the “jingoistic” red, white and blue. Even Karl Rove wouldn’t have stereotyped Democrats so negatively.

Dude, it’s your flag too.

 
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December 29th, 2007 by admindude