November 28, 2010

No Olbermann News Here - Move Along Now [Journolist]
— Open Blogger

Well now isn’t this interesting . . . we have been informed that since returning to MSNBC, Keith Olbermann has become cogent and relevant. Well, actually that’s not what we were told but if that really happened CSPAN would probably be covering such an epic moment of MSNBC sanity. What we were really told by our East Coaster informant is that Mr. Olbermann has been hissing and spitting and is on his game.

Keith Olbermann being, “on his game” - what in the name of novus seclorum does that exactly mean? Before I answer that, let me proceed with the following question: Did I just say novus seclorum, really? Wow, that’s odd because injecting Latin for no other reason than to inject it is kinda weird. Weird it is but weird is entirely germane when discussing MSNBC and actually, required when discussing Mr. Olbermann.

OK, so as I was saying, Mr. Olbermann has been, “on his game” which means his Wankel Rotary (see animated schematic below) brain is running rich - just like old times and what his nutroot followers desire. And of course since coming back full time, after being suspended, Mr. Olbermann has lost nearly 500,000 viewers – this I would imagine (PETA’s imprimatur notwithstanding) would be what the industry refers to as a, “dead cat bounce.”

And to think, Mr. Olbermann didn’t even have to brandish his Cornell University diploma live on-air to regain his status as a histrionic clown imitating a histrionic clown. Now that’s progress!

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1 What we were really told by our East Coaster informant is that Mr. Olbermann has been hissing and spitting and is on his game.

and off his meds

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2010 02:58 PM (vdfwz)

2 And of course since coming back full time, after being suspended, Mr. Olbermann has lost nearly 500,000 viewers

I wonder how many Sunday Night Football gained over last year

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2010 03:00 PM (vdfwz)

3 And of course since coming back full time, after being suspended, Mr. Olbermann has lost nearly 500,000 viewers

He had 500,000 to lose?

Posted by: Truck Monkey at November 28, 2010 03:01 PM (yQWNf)

4 No problem, he can join Matt Millen as an expert football commentator.

Posted by: Sparty at November 28, 2010 03:06 PM (LwWtU)

5 He is a first-class wanker!

Posted by: Winston at November 28, 2010 03:07 PM (KWKLR)

6 Love the Wankel engine. Hope I spelled it right.

Posted by: eman at November 28, 2010 03:09 PM (kn74g)

7 I just got back from a cruise.  Limited TV fare featured prominently MSNBC and their stupid programming  Their 'lean forward' commercials are particularily loathesome. 

Posted by: Truck Monkey at November 28, 2010 03:10 PM (yQWNf)

8

Speaking of "Dead cats bounce"....

Whats the over / under on Kershner tommorrow in SCOTUS Cert ?

Posted by: Cromagnum at November 28, 2010 03:14 PM (1zXmZ)

9 Clowns scare me.

Posted by: sTevo at November 28, 2010 03:14 PM (uIz80)

10 @7: I detest the multiculty menagerie they flash on the screen: anything but John Wayne American types. "Bend Forward," indeed.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:16 PM (tJjm/)

11 "What we were really told by our East Coaster informant is that Mr. Olbermann has been hissing and spitting" Okay, that's about as surprising as being told that Willie Nelson has been arrested for having pot.

Posted by: nerdygirl at November 28, 2010 03:16 PM (UAftU)

12 7 I just got back from a cruise.  Limited TV fare featured prominently MSNBC and their stupid programming  Their 'lean forward' commercials are particularily loathesome. 

Posted by: Truck Monkey at November 28, 2010 08:10 PM (yQWNf)

Sounds like the cruise line knows exactly how to get people to spend as little time in their rooms as possible.

Posted by: buzzion at November 28, 2010 03:17 PM (oVQFe)

13 Nice Wankel!

Posted by: not what you want to hear when riding your bike at November 28, 2010 03:18 PM (glsV4)

14 Clowns scare me.

Posted by: sTevo at November 28, 2010 08:14 PM (uIz80)

Thank You!  My major phobia since I was four.  They terrify me. Big time.  Mimes are just stupid and harmless, but clowns are malevolent.  I cower.....


Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 03:20 PM (c1oyg)

15 Mazda owners really loved their Wankel engines. The one thing nobody explained to me was how they sealed the end of the rotors (the turquoise part) so they didn't leak but also didn't create a lot of friction.

Posted by: Ed Anger at November 28, 2010 03:20 PM (7+pP9)

16 Journolist, do you realize that you write very much like Olbermann talks? Not just when discussing Olbermann; all the time.

Posted by: Gundo at November 28, 2010 03:22 PM (1+oiH)

17 @15: I never quite understood the whole Fear of Clowns thing, but in that case, MSNBC's entire lineup must keep you up at night!

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:23 PM (tJjm/)

18 17 Journolist, do you realize that you write very much like Olbermann talks? Not just when discussing Olbermann; all the time.

Posted by: Gundo at November 28, 2010 08:22 PM (1+oiH)

< It's the downside of gonzo journalism I guess. But the booze tastes all the same.

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 03:24 PM (LwLqV)

19

"The one thing nobody explained to me was how they sealed the end of the rotors (the turquoise part) so they didn't leak but also didn't create a lot of friction."

They never really did, that's why you don't see Wankel engines anymore.

Posted by: country blumkin at November 28, 2010 03:26 PM (FLRN3)

20 Olbermann strikes me as the sort of guy that would would cut off his own arm with a pocket knife if he ever got trapped by a giant boulder, before realizing it was really his foot that was pinned under the rock.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:27 PM (tJjm/)

21 No SNF *ahem Colts* thread??

Posted by: laceyunderalls not understanding the concept of a 'smart' military blog at November 28, 2010 03:29 PM (BrD+Q)

22 16 Mazda owners really loved their Wankel engines. The one thing nobody explained to me was how they sealed the end of the rotors (the turquoise part) so they didn't leak but also didn't create a lot of friction.

Posted by: Ed Anger at November 28, 2010 08:20 PM (7+pP9)

Ever seen a scroll compressor?  Probably the same method and similar material properties.

Posted by: buzzion at November 28, 2010 03:29 PM (oVQFe)

23 @15: I never quite understood the whole Fear of Clowns thing, but in that case, MSNBC's entire lineup must keep you up at night!

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 08:23 PM (tJjm/)]

Seriously, man. They scare the shit out of me.  Hitting young kids over the head with a grotesque white skinned character with a red, over-sized bulbous nose, ridiculous clothing, and exaggerated feet. ........

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 03:30 PM (c1oyg)

24 For all of you morons with clown-o-phobia:

http://www.ihateclowns.com/

Posted by: OregonMuse at November 28, 2010 03:31 PM (3WrnJ)

25 Lacey don't be pissed but we momentarily lost the key to the football threader, CDR M's at the locksmith now.

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 03:33 PM (LwLqV)

26
15 Clowns scare me.

Posted by: sTevo at November 28, 2010 08:14 PM (uIz80)

Thank You!  My major phobia since I was four.  They terrify me. Big time.  Mimes are just stupid and harmless, but clowns are malevolent.  I cower.....


Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 08:20 PM (c1oyg)

My Mom hung a stuffed set of The Seven Dwarfs dolls around the ceiling of my bedroom when I was a kid. They terrified me for years. I thought they'd come alive in the middle of the night and come down and kill me and eat me.

I tried to tell her about it but I guess something got lost somewhere.

When I told her about it in my twenties she was horrified by the realization that what she thought were cute little dolls actually scared the shit out of me every night for several years.

Posted by: Ed Anger at November 28, 2010 03:33 PM (7+pP9)

27 The only thing I know about rotary engines is that the Mazda RX-7 was one hot looking sports car.  It's successors look weirder with each new version.  For that matter - how come the Corvette is about the only really pretty sports car still out there that doesn't cost more than a house?  The current Camaro is ugly, the Mini-Cooper looks like a toaster on wheels.  The whole genre of sports cars with pop-up headlights and sexy styling has died out.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:33 PM (tJjm/)

28 aw, I could never be pissed at you sub-bloggers! you guys did some mighty fine work this week!

Posted by: laceyunderalls not understanding the concept of a 'smart' military blog at November 28, 2010 03:34 PM (BrD+Q)

29

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 08:20 PM (c1oyg)

My Mom hung a stuffed set of The Seven Dwarfs dolls around the ceiling of my bedroom when I was a kid. They terrified me for years. I thought they'd come alive in the middle of the night and come down and kill me and eat me.

I tried to tell her about it but I guess something got lost somewhere.

When I told her about it in my twenties she was horrified by the realization that what she thought were cute little dolls actually scared the shit out of me every night for several years.

Posted by: Ed Anger at November 28, 2010 08:33 PM (7+pP9)

And I'm not talking as a kid.....They horrify me NOW as a 50 year old man.

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 03:36 PM (c1oyg)

30 I have the ingenuity and dexterity to auto-feliate myself.

Congratulate me, peons.

Posted by: BathTub Boy, at full throttle at November 28, 2010 03:37 PM (UqKQV)

31 Lacey, thanks - but we prefer to be called scabbers.  

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 03:37 PM (LwLqV)

32 31 I have the ingenuity and dexterity to auto-feliate myself.

Congratulate me, peons.

Posted by: BathTub Boy, at full throttle at November 28, 2010 08:37 PM (UqKQV)


That's a really important social skill for someone that spends his entire life online!

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:38 PM (tJjm/)

33 I have the ingenuity and dexterity to auto-feliate myself.

Congratulate me, peons.

Posted by: BathTub Boy, at full throttle at November 28, 2010 08:37 PM (UqKQV)

Do you ever leave the house?

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 03:38 PM (c1oyg)

34

oh no doubt that clowns are some freaky deaky shit. hello, Poltergeist!!! I think we all remember that scene w/the flying clown?!

and I'll throw in any type of marionette dolls along with that. Pinocchio is utterly creepy looking. that movie still scares me.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 03:39 PM (BrD+Q)

35

And I'm not talking as a kid.....They horrify me NOW as a 50 year old man.

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 08:36 PM (c1oyg)


What about blowup dolls that look like naked Scandi chicks?

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:39 PM (tJjm/)

36 oh, and even a total looney like me knows that those rotary engine Mazdas were crap.

Posted by: BathTub Boy, at full throttle at November 28, 2010 03:39 PM (UqKQV)

37

but we prefer to be called scabbers.  

in the spirit of football Sunday can I go w/'second stringers'?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 03:40 PM (BrD+Q)

38 37 oh, and even a total looney like me knows that those rotary engine Mazdas were crap.

Posted by: BathTub Boy, at full throttle at November 28, 2010 08:39 PM (UqKQV)


Could be, doc, but the RX-7 looked nice!

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:40 PM (tJjm/)

39

What about blowup dolls that look like naked Scandi chicks?

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 08:39 PM (tJjm/)

Oh, c'mon, man...they're not clowns

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 03:41 PM (c1oyg)

40

in the spirit of football Sunday can I go w/'second stringers'?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 08:40 PM (BrD+Q)

< Anything for you Lacey.

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 03:41 PM (LwLqV)

41

Do you ever leave the house?

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 08:38 PM (c1oyg)

Only to commute to MenopausalNBC Studios.  Everything else is 'close at hand', IYKWIMAITYD

Posted by: BathTub Boy, at full throttle at November 28, 2010 03:41 PM (UqKQV)

42 The whole genre of sports cars with pop-up headlights and sexy styling has died out.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 08:33 PM (tJjm/)

Pop up headlights was an engineering mistake. Everyone knew those would fail. On the other hand, the rough airfoil designs of the 80's were pretty badass. Camaros and Trans Ams were the shit!

Posted by: ErikW at November 28, 2010 03:42 PM (ZotOi)

43 The only thing that really scared me BIG TIME when I was little was vampire movies.  Man, after watching one I would have that blanket wrapped tightly around my neck...

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:43 PM (tJjm/)

44 35

oh no doubt that clowns are some freaky deaky shit. hello, Poltergeist!!! I think we all remember that scene w/the flying clown?!

and I'll throw in any type of marionette dolls along with that. Pinocchio is utterly creepy looking. that movie still scares me.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 08:39 PM (BrD+Q)

Some aspect of the Uncanny Valley playing out perhaps?

Posted by: buzzion at November 28, 2010 03:43 PM (oVQFe)

45 @43: Yeah, the 80's Camaro was one beautiful car.  The current car is a clumsy imitation of the 60's version, that I never thought pretty to begin with.  I had a brand new Fiero my last year of college, and that was one nice car, until the clutch melted at 14,000 miles anyway.  Qualitywise, a total POS.  GREAT to drive, when you could, though.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:45 PM (tJjm/)

46

Pop up headlights was an engineering mistake. Everyone knew those would fail. On the other hand, the rough airfoil designs of the 80's were pretty badass. Camaros and Trans Ams were the shit!

Posted by: ErikW at November 28, 2010 08:42 PM (ZotOi)

Amen.  Looks? Pretty cool. Yes. Actual practicality?  None.  Creating a problem where none exists.

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 03:45 PM (c1oyg)

47

Could be, doc, but the RX-7 looked nice!

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 08:40 PM (tJjm/)

More than a few automobiles look nice but are, for want of a better word, crap

everyone here can put a list together pretty quick

Conversely--What was Very Cool about a lot of the late 60s-early 70s muscle cars was that they looked bland and could do wheelies in the parking lot before tearing ass all over the place

two words:  Road Runner ( hemi, or not hemi; either way )

Posted by: BathTub Boy, at full throttle at November 28, 2010 03:45 PM (UqKQV)

48

Pop up headlights was an engineering mistake. Everyone knew those would fail. On the other hand, the rough airfoil designs of the 80's were pretty badass. Camaros and Trans Ams were the shit!

Posted by: ErikW at November 28, 2010 08:42 PM (ZotOi)

< You mentioned Trans Am.  Growing up my pops bought a 79 Trans Am with a 400 engine, hurst shifter, louvred back window deck, real air-intake.  It was a 4 speed with a low gear ratio.  0-60 in a flash baby.  And to boot, it had a fricking built in CB.

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 03:45 PM (LwLqV)

49

My sister was mortified of clowns. I didn't fear any of that as a child. Even the odd toys that came out every year way back when...except this monstrous thing of evil disguised as a Teddy Bear that would "talk." Something Ruxbin?

Satan's fingerprints were all over that demonic thing.

Come to think of it...as a baby of the mid-1980s I just want to speak out for my entire generation on the subject of our parents buying us these "educational" talking nightmares - after all your precious medicare and social security evaporates in 2021, we will return the gift-giving with concrete shoes that can say condescending phrases and blink erradically. Painted clown red-and-white.

Posted by: CAC at November 28, 2010 03:49 PM (lV4Fs)

50 O/T

How about this, the Portland bomber's mother loves him!

WTF, why is this news?

“He seemed like a great kid,” she said. “His mother spoke very highly of him. He always did what he was told and got great grades.



Posted by: Kemp at November 28, 2010 03:49 PM (JpFM9)

51 Yeah, was kinda hopin' CDR M would get permanent set of keys for some football bloggin'.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 03:49 PM (YX6i/)

52 "...after all your precious medicare and social security evaporates in 2021, we will return the gift-giving with concrete shoes that can say condescending phrases and blink erradically. Painted clown red-and-white."

Posted by: CAC at November 28, 2010 08:49 PM (lV4Fs)


Sort of like that Andy Griffith Medicare commercial?

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:50 PM (tJjm/)

53 Three of my favorite looking cars that could haul was the '69 Camaro, '70 Chevelle and '68 Charger. I have a '68 Super Bee that I started to restore and lost interest. Someone want to finish it for me?

Posted by: Ronster at November 28, 2010 03:51 PM (9q4PA)

54 nice! defense has showed up this week [maybe....]

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 03:51 PM (BrD+Q)

55 "Lean forward, fall on face" BTW it's Queef Olbermann. /

Posted by: blogmocrat at November 28, 2010 03:51 PM (yRGMG)

56 “He seemed like a great kid,” she said. “His mother spoke very highly of him. He always did what he was told and got great grades.

Posted by: Kemp at November 28, 2010 08:49 PM (JpFM9)


Yeah, I'm sure his social studies teacher - the one that taught him we slaughtered the American Indian, raped America's environment, oppressed all Latin America, were at fault during the Cold War, and are the source of all the world's ills - is just shocked how he turned out.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:52 PM (tJjm/)

57 Qualitywise, a total POS.  GREAT to drive, when you could, though.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 08:45 PM (tJjm/)

The late 60's Camaros were gorgeous.  I'm trying to buy one .  I can't afford

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 03:53 PM (c1oyg)

58

Posted by: Ronster at November 28, 2010 08:51 PM (9q4PA)

<Ronster - those are some of the best classic cars around. Hold on to that Super Bee.  

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 03:54 PM (LwLqV)

59 50

My sister was mortified of clowns. I didn't fear any of that as a child. Even the odd toys that came out every year way back when...except this monstrous thing of evil disguised as a Teddy Bear that would "talk." Something Ruxbin?

Satan's fingerprints were all over that demonic thing.

Come to think of it...as a baby of the mid-1980s I just want to speak out for my entire generation on the subject of our parents buying us these "educational" talking nightmares - after all your precious medicare and social security evaporates in 2021, we will return the gift-giving with concrete shoes that can say condescending phrases and blink erradically. Painted clown red-and-white.

Posted by: CAC at November 28, 2010 08:49 PM (lV4Fs)

Teddy Ruxpin.  Can't blame you look how they marketed it.

Posted by: buzzion at November 28, 2010 03:54 PM (oVQFe)

60 Is anyone watching the game?

Posted by: Y-not finally has her stuff at November 28, 2010 03:56 PM (5HSsN)

61 You mentioned Trans Am.  Growing up my pops bought a 79 Trans Am with a 400 engine, hurst shifter, louvred back window deck, real air-intake.  It was a 4 speed with a low gear ratio.  0-60 in a flash baby.  And to boot, it had a fricking built in CB.

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 08:45 PM (LwLqV)

My buddy's Dad has one like that and he would drive us to school around the block just because he liked to put us back into the seats!

He still has it and it's mint.

Posted by: ErikW at November 28, 2010 03:56 PM (ZotOi)

62 Where IS the ewok, anyway?     

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 03:57 PM (tJjm/)

63 Nice illustration. 

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at November 28, 2010 03:58 PM (bvfVF)

64 Pick - dammit!

Posted by: Y-not finally has her stuff at November 28, 2010 03:58 PM (5HSsN)

65

<Ronster - those are some of the best classic cars around. Hold on to that Super Bee.  

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 08:54 PM (LwLqV)

 

I don't plan on selling it. My wife bought it new. I'm getting long in the tooth and would like to drive it again. I should just pay someone to finish the restoration so we can enjoy it a couple of years.

Posted by: Ronster at November 28, 2010 03:58 PM (9q4PA)

66 Is anyone watching the game?

Posted by: Y-not finally has her stuff at November 28, 2010 08:56 PM (5HSsN)

If by "game" you mean the "Punkin' Chunkin" my wife's got the TV set to...

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 03:59 PM (YX6i/)

67 Something Ruxbin?

Teddy Ruxpin. He moved his eyes and mouth along with the specially coded cassettes you stuffed in his back.

And if you modified regular, non-Teddy Ruxpin tapes and played them in him, sometimes the music would accidentally resemble the motor control data enough to give him a creepy little twitch. My little sister probably still has nightmares about that.

Posted by: oblig., child dork at November 28, 2010 03:59 PM (x7Ao8)

68 @63: there seemed to be a better selection of beautiful, fun cars to drive back in the 70's and 80's.  Seems like nowadays most people want huge minivans or "SUV's" (you know, minivans in disguise) that take up too much space on the road, are impossible to see around, and look like they're about to tip over each time they go into a turn.  (And judging by how gingerly many people driving them approach corner, I don't think that's just an illusion)

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 04:00 PM (tJjm/)

69

Sort of like that Andy Griffith Medicare commercial?

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 08:50 PM (tJjm/)

How is that guy even still alive?

Posted by: CAC at November 28, 2010 04:00 PM (lV4Fs)

70 I didn't even check -- anyone know the spread on this game?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 04:02 PM (BrD+Q)

71

They never really did, that's why you don't see Wankel engines anymore.

Posted by: country blumkin at November 28, 2010 08:26 PM (FLRN3)


What am I? Chopped Patè?

Posted by: Norton Motorcycle Racing Dept. at November 28, 2010 04:03 PM (eCAn3)

72 If by "game" you mean the "Punkin' Chunkin" my wife's got the TV set to...

Egads! 'Caught part of that yesterday.  Dull, dull, dull.  And can we please get those Mythbusters dudes off of our tv sets?  Geez, they're everywhere!  I don't mind Jamie quite so much, but Adam makes me want to take a hammer to my set whenever I see him. 


Posted by: Y-not finally has her stuff at November 28, 2010 04:03 PM (5HSsN)

73 How is that guy even still alive?

Pay no attention to that whippersnapper under the chair with his hand up m'backside.

Posted by: Andy Griffith, meat puppet for Obommercare at November 28, 2010 04:04 PM (0IR+C)

74

Teddy Ruxpin.  Can't blame you look how they marketed it.

Posted by: buzzion at November 28, 2010 08:54 PM (oVQFe)

Gachk, thats it. I have told my parents they inflicted deep psychological harm with that device and that I will find something similar when they are in their infantile stage in another 30 years...

Posted by: CAC at November 28, 2010 04:04 PM (lV4Fs)

75 Colts and three

Posted by: Y-not finally has her stuff at November 28, 2010 04:04 PM (5HSsN)

76 48% completion percentage to Garcion? not good.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 04:05 PM (BrD+Q)

77 I always thought Dressy Bessie and Dapper Dan were kind of creepy. 

But Ruxpin was the worst. 

Posted by: Y-not finally has her stuff at November 28, 2010 04:05 PM (5HSsN)

78 Let's see ... Olbermann ... Olbermann ... Olbermann ... Nope. Never heard of the guy. Are you SURE he said he went here?

Posted by: Cornell Universit at November 28, 2010 04:06 PM (gcBP7)

79 ...but Adam makes me want to take a hammer to my set whenever I see him. 

Posted by: Y-not finally has her stuff at November 28, 2010 09:03 PM (5HSsN)

I'm pretty sure that's why they brought on the children to do some cute stuff.  So that the show wasn't always focusing on what Adam was doing.

*by children, I mean those other three.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:07 PM (YX6i/)

80 RIP Leslie Neilson

Posted by: sickinmass at November 28, 2010 04:07 PM (1rflU)

81 I met one of the guys that was a designer/engineer of Teddy Ruxpin, he was about as creepy as the little mechano-devilbear was.

Posted by: Unclefacts, Confuse A Cat, Ltd. at November 28, 2010 04:07 PM (eCAn3)

82 OT -  Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, 84, has died in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - CJOB radio http://bit.ly/h9yDyA

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at November 28, 2010 04:08 PM (c0A3e)

83

Sort of like that Andy Griffith Medicare commercial?

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 28, 2010 08:50 PM (tJjm/)

I'd rather watch that instead of the incessant fucking AARP ads on Fox.

I damn near have them memorized.

Posted by: ErikW at November 28, 2010 04:08 PM (ZotOi)

84

RIP Leslie Neilson

Aw, really? Damn he was 84.

Best line ever -- Nice beaver!

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 04:08 PM (BrD+Q)

85 Jesus, #18

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 04:09 PM (BrD+Q)

86 Well, the World will be a lot less funnier, now.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:10 PM (YX6i/)

87 Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?


Posted by: Unclefacts, Confuse A Cat, Ltd. at November 28, 2010 04:11 PM (eCAn3)

88 Hey! What's all this talk about clowns & rotary engines. This thread is about ME. SIR!

Posted by: K. Olbermann at November 28, 2010 04:12 PM (gcBP7)

89 Well, you boys know what your charge is tonight...

Nielsen youtube links... 

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:13 PM (YX6i/)

90 I thought Barney Coopersmith invented the rotary engine.

Posted by: Vincent Antonelli at November 28, 2010 04:16 PM (nz786)

91 http://t.co/S3gp6Hf

Surely you can't be kidding that Leslie Nielsen has passed away.

He will be missed.

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 04:16 PM (BomQM)

92 Yeah, right.  Cob-loggers don't read my emails.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:17 PM (YX6i/)

93

regardless of what happens with this game, I'm comforted with reading that Tom Brady has been shopping around for hair transplants.

what a fucking girlie-man!

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 28, 2010 04:18 PM (BrD+Q)

94

#102

I am dead, and stop calling him Shirley.

Posted by: Zombie Leslie Nielson at November 28, 2010 04:18 PM (lV4Fs)

95 what.......... Willie smokes weed?

Posted by: Racefan at November 28, 2010 04:18 PM (TfPMt)

96 I've been swimming in raw sewage and I love it!

Posted by: Lt. Frank Drebin at November 28, 2010 04:20 PM (ZotOi)

97 John Boehner- RESIGN! Oh yeah- I still got it!

Posted by: KO at November 28, 2010 04:21 PM (yHQ+m)

98 Oh, good.  I'm sure a sub-logger will have much better success.  Nice.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:21 PM (YX6i/)

99 Wait - Maet's back on the job, tonight?  Well, I guess it is considered like the swing shift, so you actually start on Sunday night.  Makes sense.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:22 PM (YX6i/)

100 16 Mazda owners really loved their Wankel engines. The one thing nobody explained to me was how they sealed the end of the rotors (the turquoise part) so they didn't leak but also didn't create a lot of friction.

Posted by: Ed Anger at November 28, 2010 08:20 PM (7+pP9)

It's just carefully-made mild steel floating on a spring riding on chrome. Oil is injected into the engine (or mixed with the gas) to help reduce wear. The eccentric shaft keeps the tips near to the surfaces of the "chamber" so the seals don't move very far.

If you abuse the engine (don't maintain it, spend all your time at low rpm (YES, LOW), overheat it, etc), it probably won't last over 100k. On the other hand, anything abused doesn't tend to work very well.

If you take care of it, it lasts a lot longer. And when something goes wrong, dude, it's got a handful of moving parts, there's nothing easier to rebuild.

The prime reason no one but Mazda, Polaris, and some aircraft engine makers use it is because people who buy F150s and Corollas don't need one. The engine takes a little more hand-work at the factory level and they don't have the experience - the benefits are really only there for the enthusiast, and, frankly, driving enthusiasts are kind of lucky to get anything these days.

I sure hope Mazda does make a new RX-7 - they asked the design team to shave 100kg off the RX-8... which is nuts because the RX-8 was designed to be super-light, it only weighs barely 2900 lbs. Which is nothing even for a compact sedan (it has 4 doors and full-size back seats - it's a sedan).

I was hoping for a turbo RX-8, too. (sigh)

Posted by: Merovign, Strong on His Mountain at November 28, 2010 04:22 PM (bxiXv)

101 Oh, and DrewM. is just a suck-up to management.  That's why he's posting, today.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:23 PM (YX6i/)

102 "A hospital?  What is it?"

"A big building filled with patients.  But that's not important right now."

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 04:23 PM (BomQM)

103 Leslie Nielsen was a damn fine actor back in the day.  The schmaltzy comedy got to be a bit much, but it gave him a later career.  I may pull up a Tales of Tomorrow or two this evening to enjoy in remembrance...RIP.

Posted by: nickless at November 28, 2010 04:23 PM (MMC8r)

104 What is this thread about? That Olbermann has lost 500k viewers since he came back? That some fool somewhere says he's on his game?

Posted by: arhooley, conflicted Californian at November 28, 2010 04:26 PM (0jnv2)

105 Yes, nickless.  He actually was a very good actor for non-comedy.  Very talented and comfortable in front of the camera. 

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:26 PM (YX6i/)

106 No, arhooley - this thread is now a semi-unofficial tribute to Leslie Nielsen.  Fuck Olberman.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:27 PM (YX6i/)

107 Leslie Nielsen dead?  Damn.... just damn.  RIP.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at November 28, 2010 04:30 PM (F5Gxy)

108 Loved him in Forbidden Planet.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at November 28, 2010 04:31 PM (F5Gxy)

109 Is there anyone besides me that just cannot stand Phillip Rivers?  Everytime I see him there's just something about him that rubs me the wrong way.

Posted by: buzzion at November 28, 2010 04:31 PM (oVQFe)

110 Here's an old Tales of Tomorrow with Nielsen from 1952. Appointment on Mars, and it's live TV.

Posted by: nickless at November 28, 2010 04:32 PM (MMC8r)

111 116 Leslie Nielsen was a damn fine actor back in the day. The schmaltzy comedy got to be a bit much, but it gave him a later career. I may pull up a Tales of Tomorrow or two this evening to enjoy in remembrance...RIP.

Posted by: nickless at November 28, 2010 09:23 PM (MMC8r)

1) Police Squad should have gone 10 seasons. Okay, 5.

2) He did some very good drama earlier in his life, even sci-fi, and,

3) He appears to have had white hair since he was about 12. WTF is up with that?

Posted by: Merovign, Strong on His Mountain at November 28, 2010 04:32 PM (bxiXv)

112 I just watched the Rush Limbaugh episode of Family Guy and, I have to say, Rush was completely punked. He made out like it was all in good humor and he knew exactly what was going on after it first aired, but he was punked. No other way to put it.

Posted by: jmflynny at November 28, 2010 04:33 PM (JItMh)

113 54 Three of my favorite looking cars that could haul was the '69 Camaro, '70 Chevelle and '68 Charger. I have a '68 Super Bee that I started to restore and lost interest. Someone want to finish it for me?

Posted by: Ronster at November 28, 2010 08:51 PM (9q4PA)

I still have my 70 Chevelle, bought by me new in May of 1970. Drove it for 36 years, restoring it a couple of times, finally semi retiring it in 2006 after 676,000 miles on the clock. Bought an 06 Mustang GT in March of 2006. Lots of fun! Everyone should buy a new car every 36 years, damnit.

Posted by: Gov. Christie's shadow in NJ at November 28, 2010 04:33 PM (tAoev)

114 I guess some of you should avoid seeing  the movie "Killer Klowns from Outer Space."

Posted by: Pelayo at November 28, 2010 04:35 PM (V9Q+f)

115 124 Was The Poseidon Adventure Leslie Nielson's only serious role?  Probably  not but it's the only serious role I remember him in.

Posted by: CDR M at November 28, 2010 09:32 PM (5I8G0)

He used to be a serious actor.  I had heard that a lot of older people were shocked to see him in comedy because their memories of him was as a dramatic actor.  Seems like DeNiro might be following in his footsteps.

Posted by: buzzion at November 28, 2010 04:35 PM (oVQFe)

116 124 He was the Captain in Forbiden Planet,a movie that was the model for Star Trek.He was also very good as a bastard millionaire in Creepshow(drowning his wife and her lover,Ted Danson).

Posted by: steevy at November 28, 2010 04:37 PM (Sgi7Y)

117 131 I guess some of you should avoid seeing  the movie "Killer Klowns from Outer Space."

My favorite Star Trek Voyager episode is the one with clowns--anyone remember that one?  It genuinely scared me.

Posted by: ParisParamus at November 28, 2010 04:38 PM (del3r)

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at November 28, 2010 04:39 PM (F5Gxy)

119 Leslie Nielson RIP.

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 04:39 PM (LwLqV)

120

He's also known as marrying the perpetually single Dorothy Zbornak in the two-party finale of The Golden Girls.

/obligatory

Posted by: laceyunderalls giving a shout-out to The Golden Girls at November 28, 2010 04:39 PM (BrD+Q)

121 Tales of Tomorrow, Another Chance,  '53.

Posted by: nickless at November 28, 2010 04:40 PM (MMC8r)

122 Enrico Polazzo!

Posted by: ErikW at November 28, 2010 04:41 PM (ZotOi)

123 And, he was one of us.  He was a conservative.  Can anyone doubt that he was a Moron (I mean, not that he hung on the HQ, but that he'd fit right in?)

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:41 PM (YX6i/)

124 I need 20 freakin points from Rivers and he's doing nothing.

Posted by: USS Diversity at November 28, 2010 04:41 PM (RWtqz)

125 Occasionally "Forbidden Planet" can be seen on AMC or Turner Classic Movies.  I suggest everyone watch it.  Neilson as a spaceship commander.

Posted by: Pelayo at November 28, 2010 04:43 PM (V9Q+f)

126 Was The Poseidon Adventure Leslie Nielson's only serious role?  Probably  not but it's the only serious role I remember him in.

Nuhuh.  If anything, the most often cited serious movie he was in was "Forbidden Planet".

Man, talk about depressing.  I guess it's time to pop in Creepshow in his honor:  "How long can you hold your breath, Richard!?"

And then, a marathon "Police Squad (in Color)" run.

"You know, Timmy, it's like when your mother steps out of the shower, the moisture gleaming off her dewy breast and... Oh, hi Frank" - Ted Olsen

Posted by: Pedantry Q. Grammatic at November 28, 2010 04:43 PM (SHKl9)

127 127 How so?

Posted by: steevy at November 28, 2010 04:44 PM (Sgi7Y)

128 Editor, he was a conservative? How could I possibly like Leslie Nielson any better.

Posted by: journolist at November 28, 2010 04:44 PM (LwLqV)

129 142 I have the DVD.Roddenberry took everything from that movie even the Faederation of Planets is mentioned.

Posted by: steevy at November 28, 2010 04:45 PM (Sgi7Y)

130 And, he was one of us.  He was a conservative.  Can anyone doubt that he was a Moron (I mean, not that he hung on the HQ, but that he'd fit right in?)


No, he was liberal..

David Zucker said so himself on the commentary track for 'An American Carol'..


Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 04:45 PM (BomQM)

131 143 He's such a bastard in that movie.Shows that he had acting chops.

Posted by: steevy at November 28, 2010 04:46 PM (Sgi7Y)

132 147 Well,he was a Canadian.

Posted by: steevy at November 28, 2010 04:46 PM (Sgi7Y)

133 Steevy #133 , my # 142 is what happens when one doesn't read the comments

Posted by: Pelayo at November 28, 2010 04:47 PM (V9Q+f)

134 I hate you Dave C.  I'm going to go cry in a corner, now.

Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 04:48 PM (YX6i/)

135 146 142 I have the DVD.Roddenberry took everything from that movie even the Faederation of Planets is mentioned.

Yeah, I consider it an unofficial prequel to TOS.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at November 28, 2010 04:49 PM (F5Gxy)

136 Phil Hartman is dead
John Candy is dead
Leslie Nielsen is dead
John Belushi is dead
Chris Farley is dead

But yet Will Farell and Jimmy Fallon live on?  There is no justice in this world sometimes. 

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 04:49 PM (BomQM)

Posted by: Gran at November 28, 2010 04:50 PM (kmmbv)

138 No, arhooley - this thread is now a semi-unofficial tribute to Leslie Nielsen.  Fuck Olberman.
Posted by: Editor at November 28, 2010 09:27 PM

Whoa! Should've read up, not down.

So we simultaneously find out that he's dead and he was a liberal. What to do, what to do?

Posted by: arhooley, conflicted Californian at November 28, 2010 04:50 PM (0jnv2)

139 I hate you Dave C.  I'm going to go cry in a corner, now.

Look at it this way..   He wasn't such a liberal that he would shun David Zucker..

He appeared in the conservative movie, An American Carrol, because Zucker was directing it..

LN wasn't a complete dick about it..  So there's that. 

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 04:51 PM (BomQM)

140 Phil Hartman is dead
John Candy is dead
Leslie Nielsen is dead
John Belushi is dead
Chris Farley is dead

I watched Only the Lonely again yesterday. I miss John Candy.

Posted by: jmflynny at November 28, 2010 04:53 PM (JItMh)

141 When "Airplane" was still in the theaters, Nielson was on the "Tonight Show," and he brought a fart cushion.  It was hilarious; especially when Carson took it away from him.

Posted by: Pelayo at November 28, 2010 04:55 PM (V9Q+f)

142 Look at it this way..   He wasn't such a liberal that he would shun David Zucker..

If it's true he was a liberal, he wasn't such a liberal that the general public even knew about it.  Hell, a lot of us are only finding out now.  Nielsen did just what all the great comedians have done:  He brought a lot of laughter to millions of people while keeping his politics to himself.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at November 28, 2010 04:57 PM (F5Gxy)

143 159 Exactly.The ones I hate are the ones who beat you over the head with their politics.

Posted by: steevy at November 28, 2010 05:00 PM (Sgi7Y)

144 Phil Hartman is dead
John Candy is dead
Leslie Nielsen is dead
John Belushi is dead
Chris Farley is dead

I watched Only the Lonely again yesterday. I miss John Candy.

Posted by: jmflynny at November 28, 2010 09:53 PM (JItMh)

God bless one of the last practitioners of non-political comedy.  Airplane! is his Magnum Opus.  Don't call me Shirley.

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 05:33 PM (c1oyg)

145 *Translation for non-Hoser readers.

Posted by: andycanuck at November 28, 2010 10:01 PM (ocvEI)

Andy, is "hoser" a slur or not?  I've gotten mixed signals

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 05:35 PM (c1oyg)

146
But yet Will Farell and Jimmy Fallon live on?  There is no justice in this world sometimes. 

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 09:49 PM (BomQM)


LOL OMG You're sooo right. Hai!

Posted by: DANE COOK! at November 28, 2010 06:13 PM (0IR+C)

147 The suave and sophisticated Leslie Nielsen... http://tinyurl.com/295c6gh

Posted by: richard mcenroe at November 28, 2010 07:35 PM (LFAxM)

148 I believe he matriculated through Cornell's Ag Extension. Not exactly the same thing.

Posted by: Pull My Finger at November 29, 2010 11:11 AM (KDK+Z)

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