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  • Super Bowl XLV (that's 45, right?)

    02/04/2011 9:44:43 AM PST · by jpf · 16 replies
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    In case you haven't heard yet the Packers and Steelers play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. It's the first time these two have been matched up in a game with large Roman numerals. That just seems plain weird given how successful these franchises have been over the years. The Packers are a 3 point favorite, which is kind of a shock given how people are always saying how much more talented and balanced the AFC is compared to the NFC. This is a tough one to call, so lets talk about my idea for Pro-Bowl reform instead. The Pro-Bowl...
  • NFL Championship Weekend

    01/21/2011 9:19:09 AM PST · by jpf · 45 replies
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    As the Patriots would say, these are T-shirt and hat games this weekend. Too bad for the Patriots they will be home watching it with you and me thanks to the Jets. The NFL Championship games are Sunday, the two winners get a trip to the Super Bowl in Dallas while the losers get to send unused T-shirts and hats to Haiti. Sure most of them are size XXX, they'll shrink in the wash. See, everybody wins, sort of. We have the polls again in the sidebar, feel free to participate. Last week we were mostly right as a group,...
  • Lessons in civility

    01/20/2011 3:06:21 PM PST · by jpf · 4 replies
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    I've always liked Anderson Cooper. I think he's pretty fair for a CNN anchor and he can be funny. In spite of this I rarely watch his show-Anderson Cooper 360-except for last night. Last night something told me to watch, call it serendipity, call it a total lack of anything interesting to watch on the history channel, whatever, I watched and now Anderson is like my all time favorite CNN anchor. In his Keeping Them Honest segment last night Cooper ripped Representative Steven Cohen (D- Tennessee) a new one in front of a substantial national audience. (see above video) I'm...
  • Football

    01/14/2011 8:18:27 AM PST · by jpf · 65 replies
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    It's been a bad week and frankly I don't really care that much about this weekend's games because my Eagles will be watching them on TV. Still you might care, so. The Armageddon bowl, so called by the Ravens secondary, pits the Steelers against the Ravens. It's probably the best game of the weekend and it happens first, 4:30 PM ET Saturday on CBS. The Steelers are a 3˝ point favorite and that seems about right to me. The Steelers are home and their QB is better. At 8 PM ET Saturday on Fox the Packers visit the Falcons. The...
  • actionas lead to actions

    01/11/2011 6:21:04 AM PST · by jpf · 3 replies
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    snip The alleged monster in custody, Jared Loughner, is not talking, but what is known of his political beliefs seems to defy logical categorization. To the extent that his political "philosophy" can be understood, it seems to look like anarchism more than conservatism. Then again, perhaps he's just plain nuts. A viewing of one of his you tube videos reveals him performing an odd ritualistic burning of the American flag while the Drowning pool thrash metal song "Let the bodies hit the floor" plays in the background. There you go, we all know that thrash metal and flag burning are...
  • Are you ready for some football?

    01/07/2011 8:25:22 AM PST · by jpf · 15 replies
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    Today on the blog, as promised, we're going to talk football. No issues of war and peace, no making cruel fun of a second rate American President, no water-boarding the Treasury Secretary today. Its Friday, its playoff time, and it's my blog so there's no one to stop me. This weekend is wildcard weekend, which traditionally means none of these teams are going to the Super Bowl. There have been exceptions, but sometimes exceptions only prove the rule . The Steelers, Patriots, Bears, and Falcons are watching the other 8 playoff teams beat the hell out of each other from...
  • Oh nancy, we're going to miss you

    01/06/2011 10:05:26 AM PST · by jpf · 11 replies
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    Yesterday was moving day in Washington. Robert Gibbs is going to be moving to an office in the White House where cameras and microphones can't find him and Nancy Pelosi moved out of the speakers office. We haven't talked much about Nancy here at My Big Mouth, but that's no reason not to give her a swift kick in the rear on her way out the door. The thing that makes Nancy so funny is she's so earnest. Earnest people can be funny because they generally lack self-awareness. Nancy's hair could be on fire and she'd never notice because she's...
  • Triangulate this, let me try this again

    01/05/2011 11:10:20 AM PST · by jpf
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    There are only three situations in life where it's a good idea to come across as nuts: A. Riding the subway alone at night B. While on trial for double homicide C. As President of the Islamic Republic of Iran I got some feedback from yesterday's post questioning my sanity. So I re-read it... okay, you're right, it read like a Keith Olbermann special comment. Can we pretend yesterday never happened? It was a lousy day anyway, you didn't win the Mega Millions jackpot and my blog post made no sense. Of course if we erase yesterday we miss out...
  • triangulate this

    01/04/2011 11:24:11 AM PST · by jpf · 12 replies
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    I had this friend who worked as a service advisor at a car dealership. One time he had a customer come in with this real piece. When I say the car was a piece, I mean this thing was a death trap. No brakes to speak of, corrosion in the floor boards, everything leaked, the only thing that worked was the radio. The car was basically scrap metal with a little plastic and glass thrown in to sweeten the deal. The customer had brought it in for state inspection and I guess he didn't realize that his car needed work....
  • Obama 2011, I miss Hoover

    01/03/2011 10:19:43 AM PST · by jpf · 1 replies
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    As you know On Friday my post was a list of New Years resolutions for President Obama. They were a joke because no wise politician would ever make his resolutions public. But as I've noted before, the President doesn't have much of a sense of humor and so in his Saturday radio address he resolved to do all he could to fix the economy. Resolutions are things you haven't gotten around to doing in the past, is he seriously saying that he didn't get around to this before? Oh, he's going to try harder this year? God help us if...
  • Barack Obama's New Years resolutions

    12/31/2010 11:12:07 AM PST · by jpf · 6 replies
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    I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but a friend of a friend of mine knows this guy who met a woman who was once hit on at a party by Julian Assange. Julian asked for her phone number but she gave him the number of a drug store in Toledo instead. Julian must have assumed that he wrote it down wrong because he didn't give up but instead used his considerable talents to track her down. We'll call her Sheila because I always change the names to protect the guilty. So Julian kept writing Sheila these strange little love...
  • Bring me the head of Tucker Carlson

    12/30/2010 10:04:06 AM PST · by jpf · 22 replies · 27+ views
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    An apparently sober Tucker Carlson was advocating capital punishment for animal cruelty on TV this week. For those who missed it, where have you been? While filling in for Sean Hannity on Fox, Carlson expressed the opinion that Michael Vick, pro-bowl Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, should have gotten the death penalty for his participation in a dog fighting ring a few years ago. Tucker, who finally has lost the bow tie and with it his mind, is in the process of trying for a hat trick. I think he wants to host his third show on his third different...
  • Son, did you bring your birth certificate?

    12/29/2010 9:15:17 AM PST · by jpf · 3 replies · 2+ views
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    Snip Anyone who ever played or has had kids who played little league baseball, know that its organized according to age. Of course there were some kids and their parents who would try to game the system by playing with the younger kids. A kid of 13 might try and play in A league with 12 and 11 year olds, giving him a big advantage. To avoid this, hopefully, the first question you were ask at the registration table was, "Son, did you bring your birth certificate?" There was actually a scandal or two with the Little League World Series...
  • a study in stupidity

    12/28/2010 10:29:37 AM PST · by jpf · 6 replies · 2+ views
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    The university of Maryland recently published a study concluding that Fox News viewers are morons. Okay it doesn't actually say that, but we can all read between the lines. Democratic underground followers are cackling amongst themselves and sharing it on facebook as their consolation prize for the 2010 shellacking. Part of me doesn't want to do this, I have liberal friends, I don't want to leave them with nothing to celebrate on New Year's Eve. I mean, seriously, we got the House of Representatives and all they got was Rice A Roni, turtle wax, and a version of the home...
  • I'm saving you!

    12/27/2010 11:22:28 AM PST · by jpf · 8 replies
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    I'm snowed in today. We're told that global warming is to blame... don't ask, Al Gore will make fun of you if you do. Also Keith Olbermann will get angry and do a special commentary all about you. You'll be the worst person in the world, which is saying something while Osama Bin Laden draws breath. snip While pondering this powerful force that warms up the earth and makes us freeze, I also noticed that bloggers and gossipers everywhere are still on Sarah Palin's back for sort of making fun of Michelle Obama. The governor said something about how Michelle...
  • The case for Fruitcake

    12/22/2010 10:40:29 AM PST · by jpf · 33 replies · 1+ views
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    Fruitcake, the very mention of the word causes fits of laughter followed by the irrational fear that your 92 year old Aunt might send you one for Christmas. Such fear and loathing always draws skepticism from me, could it all be a frame up? Could fruitcake actually be the victim of the greatest slander since the 1964 Presidential election? Nothing, not even the Obama justice department can be that bad, can it? I've grown suspicious, my mother-in-law likes fruitcake there must be others like her. Being a capitalist I've always operated on the theory that if they still make fruitcake...
  • New White House hope return policy

    12/21/2010 9:41:49 AM PST · by jpf · 3 replies
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    White House Washington D.C. Here at the White House it has come to our attention that many of the President's supporters would like to return the hope that was sold to them during the 2008 election campaign. First we would like to point out what a mistake it would be for you to return your hope so prematurely. Sure unemployment is sky high, sure the TSA is abusing civil liberties in a way the writers of law and order could never have imagined, sure the war in Afghanistan rages on, sure Gitmo is still open, sure there is no public...
  • TSA memo on Santa Claus

    12/20/2010 10:25:22 AM PST · by jpf · 6 replies
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    Transportation Safety Administration Washington D.C. To all regional supervisors, As you know this Friday 24 December is Christmas Eve, and as always we are expecting Santa Claus, aka Kris Kringle, aka Saint Nicholas, aka Father Christmas, aka St. Nick, to be flying across the United States. While many of us, I'm sure, have fond memories of the jolly old elf, I need not remind you that our job is to protect the American people at all times. Toward that end we must view Santa Claus in the light of a potential threat to the United States. Snip Santa has long...
  • Merry almost Christmas, six good things about Barack Obama

    12/16/2010 9:50:17 AM PST · by jpf · 22 replies · 1+ views
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    Today in the blog we're going to say six nice things about President Obama because I promised my wife that we would. I was trying to put this off a little longer because: A. Most of the audience for this blog is going to hate this and may never come back B. I'm going to hate this and may never come back How did this happen? Well, the wife has been after me about there being too much negativity here, about how often I criticize Barack Obama, and how I just generally come off as a raving lunatic. Personally I...
  • Save the planet, kill the whales

    12/15/2010 9:21:32 AM PST · by jpf · 11 replies
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    I've often imagined what the world would be like if things were different, like for example if Dick Cheney had announced the theory of global warming in 2003. Undetected for decades, NASA scientists had discovered that a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, was warming our planet and posing a threat to our very existence. After a briefing from NASA scientists, the Vice President crawled out of his secret lair to announce the discovery to the world. Dick being Dick, the discovery was reason to immediately begin the construction of 10,000 nuclear power plants across the country, post haste. I'm just wondering...
  • Bush ate my hope and his dog stole the change

    12/14/2010 9:46:28 AM PST · by jpf · 14 replies
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    Ask any Obama supporter these days how that hope and change thing is working out for them and 5 will get you ten you'll hear George Bush's name in the first thirty words of their response. It's not that unusual for an administration to blame its predecessors for its problems, especially early on, but the Obama people have taken the art to a new level. It's not hard to figure out why, look around you, open a window and you'll hear screaming in every direction. Who would want to take credit for the economy right now? Come to think of...
  • Memo to MSNBC Progam director

    12/13/2010 10:09:35 AM PST · by jpf · 3 replies
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    In the spirit of wikileaks, my big mouth has secured a secret memo of our own. The Office of The White House Press Secretary The Honorable Robert Gibbs Dear Fred, We here at the White House have had a long relationship with you people at MSNBC, whether it was during the campaign when your anchors breathlessly covered the President's speeches with their legs shaking, or more recently as you provided cover as we rammed through an unpopular healthcare bill and an equally unpopular and ineffective stimulus. Until very recently your network has stuck by us through thick and thin. It...
  • I'm with Obama, you people don't get it (live from draft Olbermann 2012)

    12/10/2010 7:04:56 AM PST · by jpf · 7 replies · 1+ views
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    The house Democratic caucus just told the President to go (expletive deleted) himself, which is at least 10% more rude than calling him a liar. The revolution has begun and we here at Olbermann 2012 campaign headquarters couldn't be happier. Now, some of you have been skeptical about both our motives and our strategy with this draft Olbermann movement. I understand, let me try and take these on one by one. One of you asked; "If we do support Olbermann in the Democratic primaries, what happens if he actually beats Obama rather than weakening him? How do we know Olbermann...
  • Forget Palin, Olbermann 2012!

    12/09/2010 9:04:40 AM PST · by jpf
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    There are few things more savage and bitter than a nomination fight for the Presidency. You have a dozen or so candidates, all of them seeing a future Presidential portrait in the mirror every morning, separated by the most slender of ideological threads, most of them knowing each other for years, contending for the highest office in the world. The first debates, which seem to happen before some of the voters have even been born, resemble the early rounds of American Idol only more harsh. "Governor Palin, many of your opponents here on stage say you're not informed enough to...
  • Death by taxes, Keith Olbermann for President

    12/08/2010 8:40:43 AM PST · by jpf · 4 replies
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    So I'm watching President Obama's press conference yesterday... okay I'm not REALLY watching it, I had the sound down at various points because, lets face it, we pretty much knew what he was going to say. Plus, there was laundry to do. No big deal, the cable networks put those captions on the screen which basically tell you what he says as he says it, its called a bug. He's talking about the Republicans taking hostages while the bug says something about Republicans taking hostages, right below his face. Of course for an instant I was a little confused and...
  • good war, bad war, the story of Afghanistan

    12/07/2010 9:50:45 AM PST · by jpf
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    President Obama traveled to Afghanistan a couple of days ago but he did not meet Afghan President Karzai. Evidently there was a severe wind storm that didn't allow the President to fly by helicopter to meet with the leader of that country. There was a plan B, namely a video conference, but that wasn't done either. When asked by reporters why, a spokesperson from the White House mumbled something and then walked away. Evidently they did talk on the phone, local call, which saved the White House a bundle on toll charges. I know what you're thinking and I want...
  • Delusions of Grandeur

    12/06/2010 11:01:34 AM PST · by jpf · 4 replies
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    What do Fidel Castro, Osama Bin Laden, and Julian Assange have in common? All three provide living proof the CIA doesn't know how to kill anyone any more. Julian Assange isn't laying off that whole Hillary Clinton must resign thing. It's truly a shame because Bill Clinton seems like his kind of guy. Imagine the fun they could have together if Julian would drop this nonsense and become a FOBH. For starters, I'm just positive Bill could clear up that whole "misunderstanding" between Julian and the Swedish government. With that ugliness behind Julian, he and his new buddy Bill could...
  • failing the global test

    10/07/2004 9:47:52 PM PDT · by jpf · 112+ views
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    “Franklin now had Vergennes’s (the French foreign minister) blessing to negotiate directly and alone with England. Paradoxically, Vergennes had no qualms about letting Franklin do this because he full expected that the Americans would adhere to the instructions from Congress and consult with France every step of the way. He could assume, therefore, that France would hold some veto power over the outcome. He was not a little angry when, at the end, he found out that he had been deliberately and decisively outmaneuvered by Franklin, Jay, and Adams.” “The Long Fuse” by Don Cook, page 365. An example of...
  • Dr. Strangeideas (or how I learn to stop worrying about the truth and love Michael Moore)

    07/15/2004 8:25:10 PM PDT · by jpf · 5 replies · 555+ views
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    For years I’ve been both been fascinated by and deplored conspiracy theories. They are, as they have always been, a substitute for actual serious thought. The notion that nothing can be explained because everything in the world is controlled by a bunch of robber barons locked in a smoke filled room somewhere has annoyed me ever since I first heard the name Jim Garrison. Conspiracy theories are a way of blaming people you don’t like for all the woes of the world and get this, you don’t need actual proof either. In fact the less proof the better, wouldn’t want...
  • Past or prologue

    02/20/2004 9:18:37 AM PST · by jpf · 6 replies · 29+ views
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    I was looking at the history channel website when I found a speech delivered by Winston Churchill in 1934. It would be five years before Germany invaded Poland and yet he still saw the writing on the wall and it reminded me of our own times. Churchill was discussing how people in England felt, that the best way to avoid war was to dwell on its horrors and its cost. Meanwhile, in Germany, the glory of fighting and dying in battle was being actively promoted by the Nazi regime. Churchill joked that if the Germans invaded England perhaps they could...