Sunday, April 13, 2014

Praying For Waco

The wingnuts are beseeching the Almighty that Cliven Bundy, the most famous Republican Bundy since Ted, dies in a hail of bullets.  The coffers of the G.O.P. must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of "patriots." 

Cliven has the advantage that he's not a pedophile, although that wouldn't stop the G.O.P. from lionizing him anyway.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Not to Mention the Two Full Columns of Situation Wanted: Trollop Solicitations in the Territorial Enterprise

James Dobson is feeling neglected as he ponders the site of the 2016 Republican Convention:
“The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that’s just a front, but if they really mean it this is not the way to do it,” Dobson said Tuesday. “Even though Vegas has tried to shore itself up and call itself family-friendly, it’s still a metaphor for decadence. There’s still 64 pages of escort services in the yellow pages. … You can’t have it both ways.”
I'm fairly certain you can have it all kinds of ways, Dobby. Just keep dialing.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Continuing with OCD-like laser-like precision into my investigation of Vox advertorials, it appears that the uncredited photo of Uber bike messengers pissing on a wall which accompanies Matt Yglesias's "story" on UberRUSH was supplied by Uber itself, as shown on this CNBC story which credits the photo.

So why no credit?  Some of Yglesias' stories have photo credits; others, like the one on Uber, don't.  Here's an story where Yglesias whines at length about how Amtrak boarding procedures inconvenience him, illustrated with numerous credited photos, including credits for Yglesias himself and his dad.  But he gives no hat tip to the "logistics" company whose product he's pimping.

The lesson is: If you're going to post content that reads like poorly-written ad copy, make it clear whether you meant to write a story or an ad.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Deutschmarks Uber Inhalt

Updated below

Vox has one-upped Talking Points Memo by putting a big name, Matt Yglesias, in charge of writing advertorials.  Read as Matt gushes in turgid prose over Uber:
Uber functions right now as, in effect, a taxi dispatch company though you also hear words like "ridesharing" tossed around. But they are about to dip their toes in the water of a different business — messenger services and deliveries.
Messenger services just in part of Manhattan is clearly a pretty small line of business. But it's an important sign about where the company is heading. They are known to the world as a car dispatch service, but they like to describe themselves as specializing in "urban logistics." Last December they staged this Christmas tree delivery marketing stunt [link removed - RA], that I said was likely a precursor to a broader move into delivery. And now you're seeing a version of that come to fruition with Uber Rush.
The ability to dispatch vehicles to arbitrary locations and efficiently route them through a city has a lot of potential applications beyond just taxis. Ultimately the company would like to make a much bigger push into the broader world of delivery and logistics, and this is the toe in those waters.
You think I'm joking.  

About the advertorial bit.  (Not the turgid prose bit.)

I'm not.  

Check out that li'l gray bar at the bottom of Matt's prose. The one with the tiny print in slightly darker gray. Which you probably ignored, even if you made it all the way past the giant promo photo and down to the bottom of the "story," because the "story" is identified as a "Top Story," and not as ad, on the homepage. Same here.

You'd think Uber would insist that its promoter not write like a summer intern for an Indiana congressman assigned to crank out the constituent newsletter.  Or maybe that's part of the plan.  

Vox wants to help people understand the news  Just maybe not completely.

Update:  It appears the l'il' gray "Advertisement" bar appears beneath all of the "Top Stories," even the ones without the uncredited publicity photos, press release headline and purely promotional tone. And none of those pages have clearly recognizable ads beneath the bar either. But if Yglesias' article is not meant as an ad, then what the hell is it?  (Besides even more hilarious.)

Monday, April 07, 2014

Republican Family Values: Fuck A Duck Edition

A Godly man -- a man last seen wagging his Willie in the U.S. Capitol building -- has developed a taste for 'Cock:
"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve," [Vance] McAllister said in a statement. "Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you're a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed."

He went on: "From day one, I've always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don't want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done.
"While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this," McAllister added. He and his wife Kelly have five children.
The 'Cock in quo is Melissa Peacock, a married staffer who's got Vance in her pants. Needless to say, Mrs. Peacock has already gotten the knife in the conservatory, while Duckfucker Vance continues to be a Teabag hero. In Louisana, a wingnut legislator can do no wrong, provided the 'Cock he fondles isn't attached to a penis. You can Depend on it.

Even A Loon With A Poodle Toupee Is Right Twice A Decade

Dick Cheney is a war criminal.

Let's see if the poodle has been neutered by his Presidential ambitions, or if he will continue to squeak the truth on at least one subject.

Thursday, April 03, 2014


Dana Milbank on the Benghazi clown show nineteen months on.

Only the mentally ill now care about this freakfest.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When Chris Christie Occupies A Territory, He Really Occupies A Territory

The bigger they are, the harder they fail:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major GOP donor, for referring to the “occupied territories” in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Christie met with Adelson privately on Saturday afternoon in Adelson’s Las Vegas office in the hotel which hosted the RJC meeting, Politico reported, citing an unnamed source.
During his speech on Saturday, Christie spoke of his family’s trip to Israel in 2012. “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand, the military risk that Israel faces every day,” he reportedly said.
Several news outlets reported that the crowd of Jewish Republicans at Christie’s speech noticeably gasped at Christie’s use of the loaded term.
Politico reported that the unnamed source, which it called “familiar with the conversation,” said that Christie made clear “that he misspoke when he referred to the ‘occupied territories.’ And he conveyed that he is an unwavering friend and committed supporter of Israel, and was sorry for any confusion that came across as a result of the misstatement.”
Big Pussy also personally apologized to Adelson for not referring to online gaming as "the Second Holocaust" during his speech.