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A teachable moment on the merits of good beer

July 31, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 3 Comments | Filed in: Food, Kevin, Politics.

Kudos to Sgt. Crowley for his excellent taste in fermented beverages (and, quite frankly, Professor Gates’ beer of choice ain’t that bad either). Obama, however, drank a Bud Light. BUD LIGHT? I’d rather have one of Joe Biden’s Buckler’s than a Bud Light: What a perfectly horrible “beer”. It is no coincidence that the decline • Read More »

It’s only genocide if they’re not on your side

July 31, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on It’s only genocide if they’re not on your side | Filed in: Kevin, Military, politcs, War On Terror.

Taking a quick break from infuriating U.S. allies on four continents and one archipelago, the Obama administration is finally doing something (almost) right when it comes to foreign policy. The Obama administration is supporting moves to implement a U.N. doctrine calling for collective military action to halt genocide…. The doctrine calls on governments to resolve • Read More »

City of Ansel’s.

July 31, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on City of Ansel’s. | Filed in: Jon, Photography.

Gerard Vanderleun at American Digest comes across some wonderful insights into both war-era Los Angeles and one of America’s most storied photographers.

Obama insults the Philippines (UPDATED)

July 30, 2009 | By admindude | 9 Comments | Filed in: International, Jon, Politics.

   How do you say “condescending jerk” in Tagalog? Another day, another gaffe. A few minutes ago in a joint appearance with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines, Obama stepped in it again.David Jackson of USA Today provides the details in his White House pool report: Obama praised Arroyo for her efforts to fight terrorism, • Read More »

A special and unique flower, sitting on a dungheap

July 29, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 17 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

I had to do something today I’ve never had to do before in the history of this blog. Delete a comment for foul language. And it came from another (alleged) conservative re: Obama’s birth certificate. *sigh* Let’s pause a moment to analyze why Obama is not responding to the birther’s demands. Assuming Obama wasn’t born • Read More »

The 62nd Minute

July 28, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: GOP, Humor, Kevin, Politics.

Robb Allen has cracked the Obama birth certificate story wide open. Kudos for doing such a good job on this, Robb: You’re easily as good a journalist as the guys on TV. Now can somebody do an animated .gif of this memo comparing it to Microsoft Word? (Explainer).

A focus group of one

July 27, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A focus group of one | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, space, Television.

A space adventure from the producers of Grey’s Anatomy that stars Ron Livingstone? If the ravishing Mrs. ExKev were to create a TV show from scratch, it’d look something like that. My perfect show would be something more like Flashpoint mixed with Mythbusters mixed with The Best Defense. With swords. And horses. And Salma Hayek.

He subjagates the meek, with a legacy of failure

July 27, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Democrats, Kevin, Politics.

He is who we thought he was, and we let him get in the Oval Office! – $160 Million spent on reforming schools in Chicago with nothing to show for it. – No legislative accomplishments as a Senator – His tenure as a community organizer resulted in communities that were uninhabitable. – As President of • Read More »

Blinded by the science

July 27, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Environment, Kevin, Quotes, Science.

“Even if WMO (World Meteorological Organizaiton) agrees, I will still not pass on the data. We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it.” (emphasis mine). – Dr. Phil Jones, Climate Research Unit • Read More »

“Mad Men” Yourself.

July 27, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on “Mad Men” Yourself. | Filed in: Entertainment, Jon, Men, Technology.

To promote the new season of Mad Men, AMC launched a Web site where you can “Mad Men” your avatar. (Mine’s to the right, natch.) Set in Madison Avenue circa 1960, Mad Men captures the all-too-brief Era of Swank. It’s what the ’60s should have been: optimism, technological know-how and the advancement of liberty. Instead, • Read More »

Mankind is good, it’s man that sucks

July 27, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, Politics.

Classic white liberal guilt says: Society sucks, so who is to blame? Me, the individual? No, humanism tells me that I am good and my causes are just, therefore, I am, by my very nature, not part of the problem. Society? No. Society cannot suck in and of itself, as government and education is the • Read More »

Quote of the Day

July 26, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Quote of the Day | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media, Quotes.

“He doesn’t have to worry about working at FOX because we only hire talent who have the ability to generate ratings.” – A Fox News spokesperson re: CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Rick Sanchez reportedly responded by curling into a fetal position and whimpering quietly to himself.

Quote of the Day

July 25, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 4 Comments | Filed in: Art, Kevin, Photography, Quotes.

“The creator’s concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite’s concern is the conquest of men.” – Ayn Rand I am not a big Rand fan: I find her work too self-centered and devoid of human emotion for my tastes, although I do understand and sympathize with many of her goals. But she’s spot-on with • Read More »

Saturday Movie Blogging – The Lonely Guy

July 25, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, Movies.

Another movie from 1984, the greatest year ever for movies, and an oft-overlooked classic from Neil Simon and Steve Martin. If you’ve ever had to dine alone in a restaurant, you’ll get this scene.

Another quick reminder

July 25, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Another quick reminder | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin, MSM and New Media.

The next Arizona blogger get-together is August 1st at The Yardhouse on the west side (insert appropriate gang signs here), 4pm-ish. RSVP over at Vox’s.

For the record

July 23, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Democrats, HEALTH, Kevin, Politics.

I had my tonsils taken out when I was four. In Canada. With socialized medicine. And it was VERY profitable. For me. I got a bunch of cards, some ice cream, and most importantly, a whole bunch of little green army men. The ROI for that operation (from my perspective) was off the charts.

It’s not Obama’s Waterloo

July 23, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 3 Comments | Filed in: Democrats, Kevin, Politics.

Waterloo was Napoleon’s futile attempt to regain the glory of 1789-1812: His defeat at Waterloo reduced him to a broken shell of his former self, and he died six years later, alone and in exile in the middle of nowhere. Instead, tonight was Obama’s Moscow: At the height of his power, he reached too far • Read More »

You say that like it’s a bad thing

July 22, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on You say that like it’s a bad thing | Filed in: Democrats, Kevin, Politics.

“Let’s just lay everything on the table,” Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’ • Read More »

Tomorrow’s headlines, today!

July 22, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Tomorrow’s headlines, today! | Filed in: Democrats, Kevin, Politics.

“(Current chair of Obama’s economic policy council Larry) Summers went on to say that relations between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union have never been better because of a recent uptick in searches for ‘Chat Online With Hot Russian Women’. ” – Me, last Friday “I cannot believe that a Frenchman visiting Kiev went • Read More »