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The Donnybrook
Friday, June 30, 2006
Remembering The Time Bill O'Reilly Claimed He Was "In Combat"...

Here's a fun little trip down memory lane with Ron & Fez from last year when they were still on WJFK in Washington, DC.

It may take a little time to load, but trust me, it's well worth the wait.

Have a fun weekend!

Once And For All, FOREVER...

Let's end it right now. It's a question we've touched on many times here, but never have we actually set the record straight.

I ask ONE question, you give me ONE answer. Period.
What is the greatest 80's movie?
Now, don't come to me with "Platoon" or "Terms of Endearment". They may be great movies, but I don't care.

There's a substantial difference between an "80's movie" and a "movie made in the 80's". If you don't know the difference, please don't bother to submit a response.

You can find my entry directly to your right...

Let's See Those Hands...

How many folks will purchasing this lil' item ASAP?

Clarence Thomas Knows War, Just Ask Him...

Forgive me for pulling this right from Kos, but it's just too funny to pass up.
[In the Hamdan decision,] Justice Thomas refers to Justice Stevens' "unfamiliarity with the realities of warfare"; but Stevens served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945, during World War II. Thomas's official bio, by contrast, contains no experience of military service.
Justice Stevens also received the Bronze Star for his service, but hey, who's counting?

After all, Clarence Thomas did endure that whole Anita Hill thing, and that seemed pretty rough...

Thursday, June 29, 2006
Foghorn Leghorn Condemns Hollywood Homosexuals, Mouthy Women...

Take a listen...
Illicit sex today. Today the world has gone sex crazy. llicit sex has become the downfall of many in the Bible. Movie stars not married to each other, having babies and making headlines all over the world as though they were doing some great thing. Big deal! Just another moral pervert. And for them to become heroes for our kids. My wife and I will be married 49 years the next anniversary.

And don't, don't ever be proud of sin. You know, you lmost got to be a homosexual to be recognized in the entertainment industry anymore. Ellen [Degeneres], and all the rest. I love them, pray for their souls, but they're immoral. And the Hollywood scene -- five and eight and 10 marriages -- not something to be emulated.
He then went on to say:
"Oh, that woman. Gotta mouth like an outboard motor, all the time putputputputputput!"
An asshole, I say, an asshole is all that boy's ever been...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Newspaper Retracts Lie About Murtha, Will The Right Wing Follow Suit?

Last week, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel claimed that Rep. John Murtha had called the United States the "biggest threat" to world peace.

Conservatives everywhere started simultaneously wacking their bags in breathless antipathy.

The paper has now come out with a correction to their shitty reporting:
Correction: An article in Sunday’s editions misinterpreted a comment from U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., at a town hall meeting in North Miami on Saturday. In his speech, Murtha said U.S. credibility was suffering because of continued U.S. military presence in Iraq ,and the perception that the U.S. is an occupying force. Murtha was citing a recent poll, by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, that indicates a greater percentage of people in 10 of 14 foreign countries consider the U.S. in Iraq a greater danger to world peace than any threats posed by Iran or North Korea.
Retractions, anybody???

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Democrats Fight To Raise Minimum Wage, Republicans Fight To Give Themselves A Raise...

Need a more vivid illustration of the differences between Democrats and Republicans?
Democrats in the House and Senate want the $5.15-per-hour federal minimum wage, in place since 1997, to rise in 70-cent increments to $7.25 by January 1, 2009.

In arguing for the minimum-wage increase, Democrats are emphasizing that salaries for members of Congress have risen $31,600 during the time the minimum wage has been frozen.

They complain that rising costs for gasoline, utilities, education and food have taken a chunk out of minimum-wage paychecks, which sometimes have to support entire families.

Republicans in Congress have blocked numerous attempts to raise the minimum wage, saying it would backfire by causing small businesses to hire fewer entry-level workers.

But with Republican control of the House and Senate uncertain after the November congressional elections, some moderate Republicans have been joining with Democrats to support a minimum-wage increase.
To be fair, 8 Senate Republicans did vote last week to raise the minimum wage for the first time in almost 10 years.

It's just a shame that 46 of their fellow GOP'ers disagreed.

That includes you, Lil' Ricky...

They'll Be Here In One Week!!!...

Minus Steve Perry and his terrifying acting chops, unfortunately...

UPDATE: These chaps from Sheffield, England will be in town as well!!!

Nice Gag Job, Fellas!

Rush Partakes In The "Little Blue Miracles", Too?

It makes sense that if Oxycontin has caused his ears to go bust, it would ruin his dick at some point, as well.
Sources have confirmed to CBS4 News that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been detained at Palm Beach International Airport for the possible possession of illegal prescription drugs Monday evening.

Limbaugh was returning on a flight from the Dominican Republic when officials found the drugs, among them Viagra.

Limbaugh entered a plea deal back in April in a previous case where his charge of fraud to conceal information to obtain prescriptions was dropped under the condition he continue undergoing treatment for addiction.

Limbaugh had admitted to being addicted to pain killers on his radio program and had entered a rehabilitation program prior to that arrest.
Way to stay inconspicuous, big mouth!!!

Monday, June 26, 2006
The Onion Takes On The Hurricanes...

When The Onion jumps on, you've officially made it as a city...
Carolina Residents Confused, Terrified As Victorious Hurricane Players Riot In Streets

RALEIGH, NC—Only hours after the Carolina Hurricanes won the NHL Championship Monday night in a hard-fought Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers, North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley mobilized the National Guard to contain over two dozen members of what he described as "some sort of depraved, violent, heretofore unheard-of gang calling themselves the Hurricanes."

"These strange men came out of nowhere with absolutely no warning," Easley said of the Stanley Cup-winning Hurricanes, who emptied garbage cans, overturned vehicles and set them aflame, looted local businesses, and frightened hundreds of citizens out of their sleep. "Nobody had ever heard of them before. No one knows what they want. And nobody knows why they were acting so crazy."

Police chief Jane Perlov is reporting that the NHL club, which was known as the Hartford Whalers until moving to North Carolina in 1997 and has struggled to attract much local attention, "somehow gained access to Raleigh's RBC Center earlier Monday, engaged in some sort of ritualistic violence involving sticks and nets, and then proceeded to drink heavily before heading to their cars."

"Following their leader—a man Canadian officials have identified as one Rod Brind'Amour—a group of between 26 and 30 heavily bearded Caucasians drove onto the Raleigh Chapel Hill Expressway at speeds exceeding 120 mph, causing several traffic accidents and overturning one 16-wheeler, which eventually exploded," Perlov said. "The members of the gang we're calling 'The Hurricanes' then exited their vehicles and descended on Hillsborough Street, where they entered the storied Velvet Cloak Inn, woke up guests by throwing alarm clocks, chairs, and mattresses out the windows, and then promptly burned them."

The Hurricanes then proceeded to loot cherished Raleigh establishments such as Brother's Pizza, Snoopy's Hot Dogs, and the Waffle House, leaving many business owners, who had never seen or heard of the players before, confused and frightened.

"We couldn't believe what was happening," said Sam Weber, owner of Playmakers, a Raleigh sports bar. "I still don't understand it. We had a decent crowd here to watch the 1982 North Carolina vs. Georgetown NCAA Championship game on ESPN Classic when out of nowhere a lamppost comes crashing through the front window. Then these huge pasty white guys, all wearing, like, matching sweaters, run in screaming like madmen and holding this giant planter over their heads, which they demanded I fill with beer. They invited all my customers to join them, but we were too shocked, terrified and disoriented to even move, so the gang got angry and stole four of my big-screen televisions."
Read the rest here...

Santorum's "WMD Discovery" = Campaign Desperation...

Poor Ricky.

He's down 18 points in the polls to Bob Casey, and feels the only way to turn things around is to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

Man, I'm pissed that I was out of town when this story broke!

Even Bush's former weapons expert, David Kay, is calling out Ricky for his obvious ploy.

Good times for all.

Here's the story from "Countdown"...


The Movie That Made You Cry The Most?

Try as you may, you're probably not gonna beat this one...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Is It True That President Bush Called Mark Cuban After Game 2...

...and told him "Mission Accomplished"?

Congrats to the Miami Heat and ultimate nice guy, Shaquille O'Neal.

And for the people of Dallas, I have only 3 words: John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Suffer, you assholes...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
79 "Hate-Addled" Senators Say "No" To Amnesty For Attackers Of US Troops...

Kudos to the 44 Democrats and 35 Republicans who voted for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)'s amendment, which stated simply:
To express the sense of Congress that the Government of Iraq should not grant amnesty to persons known to have attacked, killed, or wounded members of the Armed Forces of the United States.
The hate machine in my brain tells me that the bipartisan common sense exhibited here is a good sign.

I just don't see how see how any sensible Republican could think the insurgents who commit disgusting acts like this could be deserving of any kind of amnesty simply because they didn't attack their fellow Iraqis.

UPDATE: More on the 19 pro-amnesty GOP Senators from AmericaBlog...


Monday, June 19, 2006
Anybody Else Heard About This???

From Editor & Publisher:

The Washington Post has obtained a cable, marked "sensitive," that it says shows that just before President Bush left on a surprise trip last Monday to the Green Zone in Baghdad for an upbeat assessment of the situation there, "the U.S. Embassy in Iraq painted a starkly different portrait of increasing danger and hardship faced by its Iraqi employees."

This cable outlines, the Post reported Sunday, "the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees' constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government."

It's actually far worse than that, as the details published below indicate, which include references to abductions, threats to women's rights, and "ethnic cleansing."
Keep moving. Nothing to see here...

UPDATE: Wonkette has a nice picture up of a piece of the memo in question.

Take a look...

Friday, June 16, 2006
A Truly Offensive Form Of "Amnesty"...

Although it's not about allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the United States, so I doubt you'll hear too many Republicans complain about this one:

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday proposed a limited amnesty to help end the Sunni Arab insurgency as part of a national reconciliation plan that Maliki said would be released within days. The plan is likely to include pardons for those who had attacked only U.S. troops, a top adviser said....Reconciliation could include an amnesty for those "who weren't involved in the shedding of Iraqi blood," Maliki told reporters at a Baghdad news conference. "Also, it includes talks with the armed men who opposed the political process and now want to turn back to political activity."
2500 U.S. troops dead as of today.

Does it still seem worth it when Iraq's new PM is essentially giving attacks against the troops a tacet approval?

UPDATE: I'm bringing this back to the top because Senate Republicans have exceeded my expectations on this topic in the worst possible way by welcoming amnesty for insurgents who have attacked U.S. troops...

TED STEVENS - “IF THAT’S AMNESTY, I’M FOR IT:” “I really believe we ought to try to find some way to encourage that country to demonstrate to those people who have been opposed to what we're trying to do, that it's worthwhile for them and their children to come forward and support this democracy. And if that's amnesty, I'm for it. I'd be for it. And if those people who are, come forward… if they bore arms against our people, what's the difference between those people that bore arms against the Union in the War between the States? What’s the difference between the Germans and Japanese and all the people we’ve forgiven?” Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)

MCCONNELL SUGGESTED A RESOLUTION COMMENDING IRAQIS FOR GIVING TERRORISTS AMNESTY. “…might it not just be as useful an exercise to be trying to pass a resolution commending the Iraqi government for the position that they’ve taken today with regard to this discussion of Amnesty?”–Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

ALEXANDER COMPARED IRAQI AMNESTY FOR TERRORISTS TO NELSON MANDELA’S PEACE EFFORTS. “Is it not true that Nelson Mandela's courage and his ability to create a process of reconciliation and forgiveness was a major factor in what has been a political miracle in Africa…Did not Nelson Mandela, win a - the co-winner of - a noble Nobel Peace Prize just for this sort of gesture?”–Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

CORNYN: IRAQI AMNESTY DEBATE IS “A DISTRACTION.” “It makes no sense for the United States Senate to shake its finger at the new government of Iraq and to criticize them… it really is a distraction from the debate that I think the American people would want us to have.” -Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

CHAMBLISS: AMNESTY IS OK FOR EX-INSURGENTS AS LONG AS THEY ARE ON OUR SIDE NOW. “Is it not true today that we have Iraqis who are fighting the war against the insurgents, who at one time fought against American troops and other coalition troops as they were marching to Baghdad, who have now come over to our side and are doing one heck of a job of fighting along, side by side, with Americans and coalition forces, attacking and killing insurgents on a daily basis?”-Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

This Republican majority has to go...

2nd UPDATE: Welcome Federal Review readers!

Feel free to speak up and tell me why you think a policy that places a lower value on the life of a US troop than that of an Iraqi troop is a good thing and a noble way to honor the service of said US troops.

And please forgive me for being "hate-addled" by disagreeing with you.

Again, welcome...

What's Working On The iPod?

Here's my top 5 as of right now:

"Mama" by Genesis (Awesomely creepy tune.)

"Something To Talk About" by Badly Drawn Boy (From the "About A Boy" soundtrack.)

"Hold On Hope" by Guided By Voices (Another good song that was used on "Scrubs".)

"Situation" by Yaz (You may not know the name, but you've heard this tune.)

"After The Love Has Gone" by Earth, Wind & Fire (Classic ballad by classic funk band.)

Any and all suggestions are enthusiastically welcomed...

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Behold, The Next Revolution In American Clothing...

I give you....Smoke Pants...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
King's X: Give 'Em A Listen...

Here's a little "Dogman" for your rainy Wednesday morning...


Tuesday, June 13, 2006
A Simple Question...

How long will it take for people to start referring to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter, Shiloh Pitt as "Pile O'Shit"?

Keep in mind that this question may not have a right or wrong answer...

When Exactly Did Duke Become Florida State?

8 days before the NBA Draft. Good job, big guy.

Redick's a smug prick anyway, so whatever...

Spare Me The Phony Concern...

Like "Cheesesteak wiz wit" is actually English in the first place.
The owner of Geno’s Steaks, a landmark in South Philadelphia, is refusing a city councilman’s request that he take down a sign telling customers to order in English.

Joey Vento, owner of Geno’s Steaks, has a sign in the window saying, “This is America. When ordering, speak English.” Vento feels strongly that immigrants should learn English, and he considers this a bit of public service:

“I’m trying to help these people. You teach them how to say 'cheesesteak,' then they go home and learn another word. That’s how every other group (of immigrants) did it.”
Yup. That's exactly how every other group of immigrants did it: By barking out "CHEESESTEAK WIZ WIT" at a xenophobic asshole who would gladly refuse them service for no reason. That's a regular "Hooked on Phonics" right there.

Mr. Vento really sounded like a concerned citizen about 15 minutes ago when I heard him on Opie & Anthony bitching about all the negative attention he's getting and playing the victim almost as convincingly as Ann Coulter and countless other loudmouthed conservatives.

I should've known this guy was off the deep end when I realized he's still hanging on to the whole "Freedom Fries" schtick roughly a year after Walter Jones decided it was a stupid idea. Yuck. He's not concerned about helping immigrants coming to this country. He's a venomous old bigot who's looking to make a bigger name for himself by tapping into America's new favorite pastime: scapegoating immigrants and foreigners.

And that's probably his right. I just hope the many foreign tourists that frequent the Italian Market (or should I call it the English Market?) area in Philly take their business elsewhere.

It's clear that Mr. Vento doesn't want and/or need their business...

UPDATE: Unbeknownst to me, Winston beat me to the "is 'cheesesteak wiz wit' English?" punch. All apologies...

Monday, June 12, 2006
Fuck Georgia And Its Puritanical Blue Laws...

Apparently, the Peach State has a law in place preventing its citizens from purchasing alcohol at any time on Sundays.

That is, unless they want to go to a bar and get tanked up. Then it's a-ok to drink on Sundays.

On our way home from Savannah (good, not great) yesterday, we stopped by the Fresh Market to hopefully find a Sweetwater Brewing Company beer that isn't available in North Carolina.

After locating my beer and walking around the store for a while, a gentleman tapped me on the shoulder and asked me "Are you planning on buying that today?".

Uh oh.

He went on to inform me of Georgia's aforementioned blue law.

In a cruel twist of fate, the beer I wanted to purchase was Sweetwater's "Blue".

The irony makes me want to spit in someone's face.

What fucking purpose do these antequated hold-overs from the temperance movement serve, anyway?

It's not just a Georgia problem, either. Just about every state I've spent time in has some degree of this holier-than-thou Christian nonsense on its books.

Exactly what concern is it of ANY government whether I purchase a product on a Sunday if that same product is available all other six days of the week?

Fuck you, Georgia...

Thursday, June 8, 2006
Anyone Ever Been To Savannah, GA?

And if so, what are some good restaurants and/or sights to see?

The only things I'm sure we'll be encountering are staggering temperatures and obnoxious accents...

Finally, Some Good News From Iraq...

Thanks to the US military for taking out the trash.

Now, let's bring them home...

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
I Just Got Back From Canes' Practice...

Ah, the benefits of working a mere minute from the RBC Center.

What's amazing to me is that even when hockey players are moving at half speed, a lot of the stuff they do on the ice still seems superhuman to me. It was also striking to me how big Josef Vasicek is up close.

It was good to see Erik Cole practicing with the team. Call me crazy, but to me he looked like he could play tonight. It was also good to find out that his name can still go on the Cup even though he hasn't played in the playoffs.

Overall, the team looked loose and mellow...

P.S. Here's an entertaining story about the "Mayor of Hurricane Alley", Bates Battaglia...

"I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one..."

That's Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana talking about a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Crippling gas prices...never-ending war...never-ending budget deficits...healthcare crisis...Iran...North Korea...Haditha...New Orleans still a shambles...2.2 million active duty troops having their personal information stolen from the VA...

Yeah, he's probably right.

Gay people getting married is way more important than any of that shit...

UPDATE: The wingnuts couldn't even get 50 votes for this garbage, much less the 60 they needed to invoke cloture and force a vote, or the 67 needed to actually pass a Constitutional amendment.

Nice ploy, guys!

Tuesday, June 6, 2006
"Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name..."

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith

And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah

I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made

I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me

Let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint...

666: The Number Of The Beast...

"Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short...Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast for it is a human number, its number is Six hundred and sixty six."

I left alone my mind was blank
I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind

What did I see can I believe that what I saw
that night was real and not just fantasy

Just what I saw in my old dreams were they
reflections of my warped mind staring back at me

'Cos in my dream it's always there the evil face that twists my mind
and brings me to despair

The night was black was no use holding back
'Cos I just had to see was someone watching me
In the mist dark figures move and twist
Was this all for real or some kind of hell
666 the number of the beast
Hell and fire was spawned to be released

Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
As they start to cry hands held to the sky
In the night the fires burning bright
The ritual has begun Satan's work is done
666 the number of the beast
Sacrifice is going on tonight

This can't go on I must inform the law
Can this still be real or just some crazy dream
But I feel drawn towards the evil chanting hordes
They seem to mesmerise me ... can't avoid their eyes
666 the number of the beast
666 the one for you and me

I'm coming back I will return
And I'll possess your body and I'll make you burn
I have the fire I have the force
I have the power to make my evil take it's course...

Monday, June 5, 2006
The "Uniter" Seeks Once Again To Divide Us...

Why is President Bush set to ramp up attention for amending the Constitution to prohibit gay marriage? To brighten his party's chances of retaining Congress in November and throw his anti-gay base a little red meat, of course.

The funniest part of this whole thing is that, apparently, Bush doesn't even really care about this issue. But like any puppet, he'll take his orders like a good little boy. Which actually makes him somewhat worse than the right-wing mouthbreathers that want homosexuals thrown back into their closets.
Though Bush himself has publicly embraced the amendment, he never seemed to care enough to press the matter. One of his old friends told NEWSWEEK that same-sex marriage barely registers on the president's moral radar. "I think it was purely political. I don't think he gives a s--t about it. He never talks about this stuff," said the friend, who requested anonymity to discuss his private conversations with Bush.
Ask yourself why else would the Republican party push an amendment that has NO chance of passing.

Ask yourself the same thing when they trot out the flag-burning amendment yet again later in the year.

There's certainly nothing more important out there for them to focus on...

Friday, June 2, 2006
We've Got A New #1...

My commentary will have to wait until later, I'm too damn tired now...

UPDATE: I'm too worn out to put together a sensible synopsis of last night's proceedings, so I'll just throw out a few key points:

Thursday, June 1, 2006
What Is The Craziest Sporting Event You've Ever Attended?...

I ask this because I'm fairly certain I'll be involved in a new standard for sports-based tension and lunacy tonight at the RBC Center.

My craziest memory from a sports event occurred on February 3, 1996.

At Reynolds Coliseum on NC State campus, I watched an obviously-overmatched Wolfpack team take down the (if memory serves) #1-ranked UNC Tar Heels by a score of 78-75.

Those of you that ever saw an important game at Reynolds know how loud the place was. When UNC came to town, things were raised to a whole different level.

There used to be a noise meter hanging in the rafters, and it would go all the way to the top once or maybe twice each game. During UNC games, the thing was at the top constantly. Even during timeouts.

I vividly remember the shit hitting the fan after Dante Calabria's last second three from the left baseline clanged off the rim to end the game.

I had such a good time that night, a few of my friends actually found me crawling up the steps to my dorm room at about 2am.

Absolute pandemonium. And tonight could actually eclipse it...

...And The Beat Goes On...

One more crooked Republican is headed to the big house. He probably won't be the last.
More than two years after investigators began probing Tom Noe’s vaunted political fund-raising ability, he admitted yesterday that he used friends and colleagues to illegally pour thousands of dollars into the effort to re-elect President Bush.

Noe, whose fund-raising acumen earned him star status as a Bush “Pioneer” and helped him secure coveted federal and state political appointments, pleaded guilty to all three felony counts he faced.


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