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April 21, 2006

nobody move or the planet gets it

Forget your garden variety national security leaks.

Someone just made the job of the mad scientist a whole lot easier.

Now you can tell your friends, "But, friend, all the information you need to destroy the Earth is freely available on the Internet."

Posted by mrbrent at 12:17 PM

April 20, 2006

hometown boys make good

Hey, local dudes.  You know who you are.  Remember your old favorite band, Muckafergason?  "Brian Wilson"?  "I'm a Badass Fucker"?

Well, this week the Onion A/V Club is featuring an interview with John, formerly one-third of Mucka, about his transgressive and inspiring M2 series.  I suggest you read it.

Also, Chris and Andy, the other two-thirds of Mucka, have a new band aimed at corrupting your children.  I suggest you let them corrupt your children.

Posted by mrbrent at 12:05 PM

i've never seen that $500K before in my life

I have no deep thoughts on this, but I would be remiss to not do my part to disseminate a prime example of high weirdness.  This DailyKos diary gives you the basic version -- a truck driven by two Bechtel employees is searched prior to entering a PA nuclear power plant, $500K in small bills is discovered, drivers released.

I know, there's no law against carrying enourmous amounts of money around.  I myself try to keep at least seventy-five thousand dollars on me at all times.  And if I'm visiting anyplace that has any kind of material that you can characterize with the phrase "half-life", double that.

Fortunately, the drivers were released, sparing Bechtel Corp. from having to answer any uncomfortable questions.  Questions like, "What the fuck?"

A deeper and more committed consideration of the story can be found at Rigorous Intuition, who does actually go there.

Posted by mrbrent at 10:33 AM

April 19, 2006

wherein i laugh in the face of the bubonic plague

The Yahoo! Polyhedron-That-Contains-Headlines splits the hairs on a Wednesday afternoon:
• Woman in L.A. has rare bubonic plague

At least she doesn't have the common bubonic plague, the bubonic people that the great unwashed gets.

How tawdry would that be?

Posted by mrbrent at 4:11 PM

scottie in the hivemind

I'd like to add something to the autodefenestration of Scott McClellan.  On behalf of all of us whose avocation is this amateur writey hoodle-de-doo, I'd like to thank Scottie for resigning first thing in the morning, relieving us from the pressure of having to decide what to post.  Yup, we see MCCLELLAN RESIGNS, and, pretty much to a man, we are logging in and popping off.  I will not use the word "homogeneity", though, oops, I just did.  Dude.

Also, do you think these retiring Bush Administration functionaries have some kind of secret contract with Karl Rove or Dick Cheney or whoever is actually running things?  You got to know that McClellan (and his predecessor) know where some bodies are buried, and what with all these prosecutors sniffing around, there must be some insurance against squealers.  Do they implant some kind of remote control cyanide capsule in the necks of their wives and children or something?

Hey, I'm just wondering, here.  That's what I would do if I was evil.

Posted by mrbrent at 11:22 AM

scott mcclellan never prospers

If I'd known that the President's press secretary was leaving, I would've done everything differently.  I would've spent more time pouring over gaggle transcripts, keeping a notebook with all my favorite parts.  I would've finished my screenplay for a Scott McClellan biopic (starring Tom Arnold).  I would've started watching C-SPAN.

But no.  Now I'll have to watch McClellan bait David Gregory and run and hide from Helen Thomas only in my dreams.

It seems that once the egregious GOP knucklehead evildoers -- the real pinatas of the Administration -- finally quit, it's always a little letdown.  What if their replacement is competent?

Which is disingenuous of me, to suggest that McClellan was not competent.  His job was not to be smart, or make sense, or even to "communicate" in any sense other than the GOP sense of "hammer propaganda into soft heads of electorate".  The true purpose of a press secretary, at least in 2006, is to keep the jackal media at bay.  Because someday they might remember that they're journalists, and then everybody's right fucked.

Scott McClellan took his cue from the President -- act stupid and no one will listen to what you're saying.

Posted by mrbrent at 10:31 AM

April 18, 2006

katrina kids

Credulity has not only been strained.  Credulity has been shoved into the back of a van, blindfolded, gagged and spirited away to an undisclosed location to await a fate unknown.

During yesterday's Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn, a group of children sang a song to the First Lady.  The song has no title that I know of, but here's a verse from it:

Congress, Bush and FEMA
People across our land
Together have come to rebuild us and we join them hand-in-hand

Yes, it was a group of children affected by Hurricane Katrina, calling themselves "Katrina Kids".  Well, probably not so much as "calling themselves" as "designated by their GOP handler".

Someday, these kids will grow up and, realizing the enormity of their exploitation, commit horrible crimes on the person of their GOP handler.  It will be sad but deserved.

I hope the Katrina Kids stay together.  There are many other subjects worthy of veneration by song, like pederasty and lung cancer.

[Via Americablog.]

Posted by mrbrent at 10:19 AM

April 17, 2006

we only hurt the ones we love

I am such an asshole.  I have been sitting on this link for months, and it took an (unrelated and unrequested) link on Cardhouse to remind me that I should be linking it.

If those of you with spooky, personal knowledge of us here at Titivil can think back long enough, you might hark back to the days when I and a partner (Sara) produced the old Dog & Pony.  A variety show on the live stage.  Well, since Dog & Pony was job-discontinued, Sara has been hard at work on a documentary on the transglobal soap empire of Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps.  Well, not so much empire, but the very interesting story of Emil Bronner (the Dr in the Dr Bronner's), and his children.  The company is still family operated, and the story behind them is fascinating.

Accordingly, Sara's motion picture, "Dr Bronner's Magic Soapbox" ranks up there with the good ones, as far as docs go.  No, I didn't do much work on it, but I got me a screen credit, which is the name of the game, bubbie.

So go watch the trailer to "Dr Bronner's Magic Soapbox" at this link here.  You will find yourself edified.

Posted by mrbrent at 2:41 PM