Thursday, July 10, 2008

Five things you didn't know about Adolf Hitler

1) A notorious masturbator, Hitler often kept a bottle of salve and a bottle of aloe near him at all times to combat the pain from chronic chafing.

2) Hitler was known to admire home decor. He once famously remarked to Wilhelm Frick, "I may blame the Jews for many things, but bad taste in furniture is not one of them."

3) In his spare time, Hitler liked to carve tiny animals out of conifer wood.

4) Hitler was strongly attracted to Hermann Göring, but not in a sexual way, only as an admirer of manly physicality.

5) Maultasche would give Hitler terrible indigestion, sometimes causing him to have intensive bouts of diarrhea. Nevertheless, he was a big fan of the Swabian dish.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Democrats: the opposition party

Pamela Hess of the AP, take it away:
WASHINGTON - Bowing to President Bush's demands, the Senate approved and sent the White House a bill Wednesday to overhaul bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans.

The relatively one-sided vote, 69-28, came only after a lengthy and heated debate that pitted privacy and civil liberties concerns against the desire to prevent terrorist attacks. It ended almost a year of wrangling over surveillance rules and the president's warrantless wiretapping program that was initiated after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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The bill is very much a political compromise, brought about by a deadline: Wiretapping orders authorized last year will begin to expire in August. Without a new bill, the government would go back to old FISA rules, requiring multiple new orders and potential delays to continue those intercepts. That is something most of Congress did not want to see happen, particularly in an election year.

The long fight on Capitol Hill centered on one main question: whether to protect from civil lawsuits any telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on American phone and computer lines without the permission or knowledge of a secret court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
What a fucking joke of a party. At least my state's senators did the right thing.

Voting third party this November is looking better and better every day.

Monday, July 7, 2008

What a difference 81 years makes

A vintage piece of old cinema was found hidden where all the other Germans hid after World War 2:
The long-lost original cut of Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film was discovered in the archives of the Museum of Cinema in Buenos Aires earlier this year.

The museum's Paula Felix-Didier said it was the only copy of the complete film. Metropolis depicts a 21st Century society divided between a class of underworld workers and the "thinkers" above who control them.
Exciting, eh? It's like the time I found five dollars in my coat pocket.

In other news, I saw a free preview of The Rocker, a new film starring Rainn whatever of The Office and Christina Applegate of Samantha Who. If you can ignore a by the numbers plot, a lackluster script, gigantic laps of logic, and an insult to your brain, there are a few good laughs and a couple of inspired performances. It is absolutely not worth it to see this movie, however. If you see it, I will kill you in the face.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

All-Stars are mostly deserving

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Ca - Joe Mauer, MIN
1B - Kevin Youkilis, BOS
2B - Dustin Pedroia, BOS
SS - Derek Jeter, NYY
3B - Alex Rodriguez, 3B
OF - Josh Hamilton, TEX
OF - Manny Ramirez, BOS
OF - Ichiro Suzuki, SEA

Reserves
Dioner Navarro (C-TBR), Jason Varitek (C-BOS), Joe Crede (3B-CHW), Carlos Guillen (IF-DET), Ian Kinsler (2B-TEX), Justin Morneau (1B-MIN), Michael Young (SS-TEX), J.D. Drew (OF-BOS), Carlos Quentin (OF-CHW), Grady Sizemore (OF-CLE)

Notable absences - Milton Bradley (OF-TEX), 177 OPS+, .434 OBP; Jason Giambi (1B-NYY), 150 OPS+, .395 OBP; Jermaine Dye (OF-CHW), 140 OPS+, .362 OBP

Shitty picks - Jason Varitek 73 OPS+, .301 OBP; Derek Jeter 97 OPS+, .345 OBP; Ichiro Suzuki 103 OPS+, .362 OBP; Michael Young 105 OPS+, .342 OBP

Questionable picks - Dustin Pedroia 114 OPS+, .357 OBP; Joe Crede 113 OPS+, .308 OBP


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Ca - Goevany Soto, CHI
1B - Lance Berkamn, HOU
2B - Chase Utley, PHI
SS - Hanley Ramirez, FLA
3B - Chipper Jones, ATL
OF - Ryan Braun, MIL
OF - Kosuke Fukudome, CHI
OF - Alfonso Soriano, CHI

Reserves
Russell Martin (Ca-LAD), Brian McCann (Ca-ATL), Adrian Gonzalez (1B-SDP), Cristian Guzman (SS-WSH), Albert Pujols (1B-STL), Aramis Ramirez (3B-CHC), Miguel Tejada (SS-HOU), Dan Uggla (2B-FLA), Matt Holliday (OF-COL), Ryan Ludwick (OF-STL), Nate McLouth (OF-PIT)

Notable Absences - Pat Burrell (OF-PHI), 155 OPS+, .410 OBP; Xavier Nady (OF-PIT), 145 OPS+, .382 OBP

Shitty Picks - Cristian Guzman (104 OPS+, .342 OBP), Miguel Tejada (99 OPS+, .319 OBP)

Questionable Pick - Kosuke Fukudom (112 OPS+, .391 OBP)


Seems like the National League has a better idea on what they're doing. If the All-Star game is supposed to count, why is the AL bringing Jason Varitek? Unless you're a Red Sox fan or an idiot, he is about as deserving to be on an All-Star team as Kevin Cash (69 OPS+, .308 OBP), the Sox backup catcher. The Challenger explosion was less of a tragedy.

Ichiro instead of Milton Bradley? Bradley has 14 more homers, 33 more RBI, and is .072 higher in OBP. Picking Ichiro is like picking George W. Bush to run a country.

Update: Bradley is in due to Ortiz being selected despite being on the disabled list for like two months. So...good for Bradley.