December 31, 2008

Top Headlines 12-31-08
— Gabriel Malor

Another one bites the dust.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 04:01 AM | Comments (80)
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1 One day I won't have to do this.

Posted by: SlaveDog at December 31, 2008 04:03 AM (H6Jyg)

2 It will all be clear in the fullness of time.

Posted by: SlaveDog at December 31, 2008 04:04 AM (H6Jyg)

3 Fuck you, Gabe, now I'm going to have to Rickroll myself to get Queen out of my head.

Posted by: alexthechick at December 31, 2008 04:12 AM (SHHaV)

4 Fourth!

Posted by: VRWC Agent at December 31, 2008 04:16 AM (o2slJ)

5 Hell, Alex, let's share the love with everyone.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at December 31, 2008 04:21 AM (rWvvO)

6 I am concerned, that there is so little concern, that our President-Elect is essentially "homeless" for the next three weeks. Aside from his Chicago bungalow, he has been forced to hunker down in Hawaii for two weeks and will have to stay in some five star dive in DC when he jets back. This is beyond tragic; I thought we were better than that. If he and his family end up in some soup line I blame myself.

Posted by: solitary knight at December 31, 2008 04:27 AM (O5ra0)

7 Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead !

Posted by: polynikes at December 31, 2008 04:29 AM (m2CN7)

8 Time is the fire in which we all burn.

I know you're thinking, well, what does this have to do with the Top Headlines. 

Well, nothing.

Posted by: SlaveDog at December 31, 2008 04:32 AM (H6Jyg)

9 >>"Hell, Alex, let's share the love with everyone."<<

As a public service, I'd like to warn everyone not to follow Gabe's link.  Really.  Don't do it.

Posted by: SlaveDog at December 31, 2008 04:36 AM (H6Jyg)

10

Muslims being Muslims

http://tinyurl.com/7dlstu

Best Regards

Posted by: ATNorth at December 31, 2008 04:37 AM (dBJw1)

11 I love Queen, always have, but ABTD is pure disco and always will be. Bleh!

BTW, this is the year to take care of  Y2K10 problems, Happy New Year!

Posted by: Rocks at December 31, 2008 04:39 AM (7rbe9)

12 I thought this was gonna be a Mike Shanahan thread.
WTH was Pat Bowlen thinking?

Posted by: Darkkan at December 31, 2008 04:41 AM (sPxmU)

13 What I don't get is all of this speculation that Freddie Mercury was gay.  Who can look at that video Gabriel linked in #5 and think that? 

Posted by: Larry Craig at December 31, 2008 04:41 AM (1/FwS)

14 On the other hand, retirement means this is just another day.

Posted by: irongrampa at December 31, 2008 04:47 AM (ud5dN)

15 That was the funny thing about Freddie. No one ever could deny his stage persona was "gay", theatrically. But he was never like that off stage even though he was homosexual. I firmly believe he would have had the same stage act had he been straight. The same with Elton John. They weren't like that on stage because they were gay, but because it worked and was entertaining. Not always, byt the vast majority of the time. For me it's akin to Pat Benatar being tough, I don't know for sure but in reality she probably loves to bake and knit.

Posted by: Rocks at December 31, 2008 04:50 AM (7rbe9)

16

Another sign that America is falling behind the rest of the world in our educational institutions.

Iranian students are volunteering to go to Gaza as suicide bombers/martyrs; reportedly 10,000 have signed up.

American universities need to get our slacker generation whipped into, frenzy/shape.

Posted by: solitary knight at December 31, 2008 04:57 AM (O5ra0)

17 BLEH...queen...worst arena rock EVAH!

Posted by: billygoat at December 31, 2008 04:57 AM (WQqt3)

18 I am concerned, that there is so little concern, that our President-Elect is essentially "homeless" for the next three weeks. Odd that he doesn't have any rich friends to shack up with in the DC area.

Posted by: A Plover In Every Pot! at December 31, 2008 04:58 AM (dxwRh)

19

Freddy Mercury was a gay? Holy crap! He seemed to butch. He had a mustache and everything.

Posted by: Alisa at December 31, 2008 04:59 AM (5VRhq)

20 It's interesting reading that article about "Hardline Iranian students have often staged noisy protests outside the British embassy in Tehran, hurling stones and petrol bombs at the building". In America we have professors pushing a "We need to understand Hamas and the Palestinians" killer tactics when arguing with moderates.

What do the hard liners do in Iran? Argue with moderates that 100% of Israelis need to die and not just 75%?

Posted by: Rocks at December 31, 2008 05:02 AM (7rbe9)

21

There's a spammer troll, "aaabs" in the Notre Dame thread, Gabe (or Ace), that needs cleanup and banning. I checked through a few other threads, and he/it doesn't seem to be anywhere else (yet).

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 05:02 AM (55TIb)

22 Freddy Mercury was a gay? Holy crap! He seemed to butch. He had a mustache and everything.

Yeah, but he was very well groomed. Dead giveaway.

Posted by: VRWC Agent at December 31, 2008 05:03 AM (o2slJ)

23

Maybe you can get Queen out of your head, Alex the Chick, by dancing the fandango? (As long as there're no thunderbolts and lightning 'cause that's very, very frightening.)

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 05:06 AM (55TIb)

24

The country music stylings of Hank Williams III

http://tinyurl.com/7mtyod

Posted by: Entropy at December 31, 2008 05:07 AM (m6c4H)

25 My teenage daughter's boyfriend LOVES Queen.  I finally know the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Posted by: katya at December 31, 2008 05:11 AM (oRJZj)

26 I know I am a day late on this, probably many days, but was Jackie Earle Haley really a good choice for Rorschach? I'm not a huge Watchmen fan but Rorschach is the heart of the thing. He shouldn't be shorter than everyone else, even the women.

Posted by: Rocks at December 31, 2008 05:15 AM (7rbe9)

27 I loved Queen..only Prince could be more entertaining than Freddie Mercury

Posted by: IC at December 31, 2008 05:21 AM (jZNCU)

28 So now that we've established that Freddie Mercury is gay, we have to ask the question: "Who is more gay, Freddie or the Biker Guy from the Village People?"

Posted by: Smokey Behr at December 31, 2008 05:35 AM (QyeW7)

29 #26 Well, in the book he is a runt. And he does spend most of the story with that bag over his head. I don't know if he'd be as good a Rorshach as Steve Zahn would be a Badger though. To digress further, I was going to blow off The Spirit on the grounds that Frank Miller is the single worst possible choice to do Will Eisner. But then I found out it was also going to star Eva Mendez's, so do i need to reconsider?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at December 31, 2008 05:38 AM (DBS+D)

30 Whadda' think? I can't believe people think this guy should not be held criminally responsible for the death of his daughter.

Posted by: A Plover In Every Pot! at December 31, 2008 05:40 AM (dxwRh)

31 http://tinyurl.com/8rlcws

Village People win, dude. Hands down.

Posted by: Mandy P. at December 31, 2008 05:44 AM (MK6Kx)

32

The Biker guy from the Village People had/has a great voice, amazingly enough. He sang 'Danny Boy' in 'Can't Stop The Music', some funny awful movie starring Steve Gutenburg and Valerie Perinne. And Bruce Jenner. And the Village People. Directed by the lady who did a bunch of paper towel commercials.

It occurs to me that my head is a vast storehouse of completely useless information.

Posted by: troyriser at December 31, 2008 05:56 AM (NfkMy)

33 On the other hand, retirement means this is just another day.

Posted by: irongrampa at December 31, 2008 09:47 AM (ud5dN)

Heh.  Same goes for involuntary unemployment.  Argh, I might as well go shave something.


Posted by: CB at December 31, 2008 05:57 AM (9Wv2j)

34

It occurs to me that my head is a vast storehouse of completely useless information.

What's your hat size?

Posted by: huerfano at December 31, 2008 06:01 AM (knHvu)

35 MLB channel and Fox Business News launch today (here in Newport News).  Happy Day.  And today I try a new chili recipe, courtesy of my mortgage broker-- anything to get the taste of 2008 out of my mouth..  Happy New Year Ace of Spadites!  

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at December 31, 2008 06:21 AM (n2eCn)

36

"Odd that he doesn't have any rich friends to shack up with in the DC area."

It's really odd that he has no friends who aren't in prison or headed to prison. Someone elected him as a joke and now no one wants him around. The Rodney Dangerfield of politics gets no respect. He's looking for the 911 number to save the country. BWAHAHAHAHAHA

Down in Southwest Va we have some of that white global warming flying around. Another democrat nightmare. Bad news, I had to lay off my two brothers, the cook and the helper,  when I shut down the moonshine still.

Constant CNN watchers are 87.5% more likely to commit suicide after they murder their family than conservatives who never watch CNN. Could it  be that constant depressive anti-american news brings on depression in the viewers? I read these stats in the fart stains in my shorts. Same place CNN gets their news.

Posted by: Scrapiron at December 31, 2008 06:26 AM (XWJh5)

37

Plover Pot - there has to be a lot more to that story than what was published - they got to a murder conviction which would require intent. 

Story seems fishy.   

 

Posted by: blaster at December 31, 2008 06:27 AM (vnJkO)

38 It occurs to me that my head is a vast storehouse of completely useless information.

A few more bytes of data: the word 'trivia' literally means "three roads", and refers to an intersection of the roads in Europe (what we would call an interchange), where local information was posted. "Local" in this instance meaning either esoteric or banal, and ultimately worthless to random passers-by.

Now, isn't your day made complete? :-)

Posted by: Drumwaster at December 31, 2008 06:28 AM (Ymor3)

39 Jake Tapper on Bobby Rush:  This morning on CBS, Rush upped the ante, comparing the prospect of the U.S. Senate refusing to seat Burris to Orval Faubus, George Wallace and Bull Connor blocking the progress of integration and civil rights.

"I'm sure that the U.S. Senate doesn't want to see themselves in the same position," Rush said.

Heh.  Is Bobby saying that Harry Reid "doesn't care about black people", or what?  Sounds kind of like a threat to me.

Harry is about to find out what a bitch it is to be in charge without George Bush to blame.  It's a beautiful thing.

Posted by: SlaveDog at December 31, 2008 06:35 AM (H6Jyg)

40 Bobby Rush is so fucking stupid.  What I found incredible is that Jake Tapper pointed out that Faubus, Wallace and Bull Connor were all Democrats.  Why wouldn't the Democrats refuse to seat Burris?  They are the party of racism.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at December 31, 2008 06:42 AM (nchur)

41

15  For me it's akin to Pat Benatar being tough, I don't know for sure but in reality she probably loves to bake and knit.

As the President of the Providence-Worcester-Boston Area Pat Benatar Fan Club, I can confidently report that she does enjoy baking and knitting, as well as backgammon and Chinese checkers.

Posted by: Some douchebag at December 31, 2008 06:42 AM (dBJw1)

42 OK, I'm actually the Vice-Treasurer, but I've got ambitions.

Posted by: The same douchebag at December 31, 2008 06:46 AM (dBJw1)

43

Seeing as making up phoney honorifics is all the rage today in the U.S.A., shouldn't we and the MSM be calling Roland Burris the Senator Elect and refer all questionsabout him to the Office of the Senator Elect? (Or would that be Office of the Senator Appoint?)

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 06:47 AM (55TIb)

44

If Bobby Rush had an all black Senate in his little deranged world of his, would he EVER put a single Whitey on there?

These fucking scumbags suck.

And the PoMo media, can they maybe turn a critical eye towards this former thug pos black panther slime?

NOOOOO, it's too much to fucking ask, we have Blago talking in foreign tongues and everyone is supposed to consider that shit absolutely normal.

What the hell is going on around here!

Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at December 31, 2008 06:49 AM (sf4Oe)

45

Whadda' think?

I can't believe people think this guy should not be held criminally responsible for the death of his daughter.

The term "good parent" is ambiguous.  Many people responsible for the harm or death of their children were "good parents".  I'm sure he loved his daughter.  That doesn't change the fact that this "good parent" made a really stupid call that caused the death of his child.  He didn't intend for her to die, but she did, nonetheless, because of his decision.  With what little is known about this case, I call it a 'yes'.  Her death is his fault.  He is responsible.

Posted by: katya at December 31, 2008 06:57 AM (oRJZj)

46 7 Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead !

Hey!  He owes me money!


IronGrampa, unemployment means the same thing.

Man, '08 sucked out loud, on SO many levels.

Posted by: WonderWartHog at December 31, 2008 06:59 AM (LVT6e)

47 I CAN HAZ PhD?

Posted by: Brian May at December 31, 2008 07:01 AM (VEBC3)

48 Gabe, you magnificent bastard!

Scrapiron at December 31, 2008 11:26 AM..
I'm trying to digest your comment

Glenn, the biker of the VilPeo was surprisingly butch off stage.
Filippe' Rose, the Indian was sooooo not butch! He was a neighbor.
To this day.. The VilPeo tour constantly in Europe and Japan. Go figure.

Drumwaster..#38..My day is complete! I now realize I need a lobotomy.Thanks..

Posted by: sickinmass at December 31, 2008 07:01 AM (/i4dU)

49 Morning morons.  Remember when I campaigned for Michael Steele in 2006 in his race for an open US Senate seat in Maryland.  The african-american Steele was running against another typical white guy.  I did my best, but the Maryland voters refused to hear my appeal to elect more african-americans to the US Senate.

So don't dare try and stand in the way of Roland Burris.  Of course, if Burris is a problem, just pick me.

Posted by: Congressman Bobby Rush at December 31, 2008 07:04 AM (AHrTm)

50 re the guy in Twin Falls, Idaho that let his daughter freeze to death...yep, guilty.  Mostly guilty of stupid.  That and I bet he and his buddie had a little sumthin' sumthin' to smoke while they waited out the storm.  Not murder, just guilty of criminally stupid.  Parents need to be held accountable for crap like this.  I used to live there.  Loved it, but Idaho weather can kill ya.

Posted by: WonderWartHog at December 31, 2008 07:05 AM (LVT6e)

51 Hey! Fitz has filed for 90 more days to indict Blago!!

pass the Cracker Jack....

Posted by: MiM at December 31, 2008 07:09 AM (XMyIK)

52 So what's the matter with Bobby Rush, anyway?  How come he couldn't aspire to a higher purpose like Bobby Seale.


Posted by: SlaveDog at December 31, 2008 07:09 AM (H6Jyg)

53 Bobby Rush is a proud Black Panther.  Racist?

Never.

Posted by: mesablue at December 31, 2008 07:10 AM (5yNaE)

54 As far as Elton John and teh ghey go, that wasn't his image at all when he first started here in America. His garb was blue collar - t-shirt, jeans, tennis shoes - and he had a rep for putting on the hardest rocking shows around. And he did rock hard. That image pretty much held from "Your Song" through "Honkey Chateau" though the song "daniel" should've been a pretty big clue. After "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", that hard rocking "blue collar" guy was gone forever. I still believe his second album "Tumbleweed Connection", a collection of songs about the Old West and Civil War(!), is one of the best rock albums ever made. The fat fey guy now tinkling in Las Vegas couldn't hold a candle to the lean, mean rocker Elton John used to be. Ghey or not.

Posted by: rinseandspit at December 31, 2008 07:10 AM (ao5cQ)

55 Awesome quote from Bobby Rush:

"Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Barack is a person who read about the civil-rights protests and thinks he knows all about it."

Posted by: mesablue at December 31, 2008 07:12 AM (5yNaE)

56

Breaking News: Bill Maher publicly kicked in the nuts by English atheist. Language not safe for work. [via Tim Blair]

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled headlines.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 07:13 AM (55TIb)

57 I still believe his second album "Tumbleweed Connection", a collection of songs about the Old West and Civil War(!), is one of the best rock albums ever made.

Absolutely -- one of the very best!!

Posted by: CB at December 31, 2008 07:16 AM (9Wv2j)

58 On Drudge, some guy came out of the john on a commercial airplane marinated in his own crap.  Attacked a flight attendent.  Two passengers got him off the FA and the 3 belted Stinky down.  He was taken to the local laughing academy upon touchdown.  Guess we know who our troll was.

Posted by: WonderWartHog at December 31, 2008 07:18 AM (LVT6e)

59 'Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player'.

Check out 'Texan Love Song', and try to remember your listening to Elton John.

Posted by: DDJ at December 31, 2008 07:20 AM (mT2TF)

60

That's one of the best Hitch clips, but it is super old.

Maher probably hasn't had him on since then...he made him look like a moron.

Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at December 31, 2008 07:24 AM (sf4Oe)

61

rinseandspit:

I thought 11/17/70 was Elton's best. He started out really great.

When I saw the cover of Honky Chateau  my gaydar went to 11. And I was only 14 years-old.

Since then everything he's done sounds like Philadelphia Freedom.

Posted by: Tinian at December 31, 2008 07:32 AM (Ohodx)

62 Texas love song was a gay guy making fun of straight men.

Posted by: WonderWartHog at December 31, 2008 07:36 AM (LVT6e)

63 Tinian, Yeah, 11/17/70 is one of the few good live albums ever made. Live early Elton John was a must see. I saw him and Tommy/"Who's Next" era the Who within the same month and it wasn't any contest. And I used to love the Who. Somewhere along the line he had a rockectomy. And that was that.

Posted by: rinseandspit at December 31, 2008 07:51 AM (ao5cQ)

64

I thought this was gonna be a Mike Shanahan thread.

It can be, but it'll be ugly.

Posted by: FireHorse at December 31, 2008 07:54 AM (5KNeJ)

65 This talk about the parody "Barack the Magic..." is very frustrating. While it is true that it was a very bad thing to send out, people are missing one very important point. Listening to the music from "Puff the Magic Dragon" is perhaps the world's most inhumane form of torture, something no civilized man should ever be subjected to, and for perpetrating this torture-noise on his many Christmas gift recipients, Chip Saltzman should be shunned and never heard from again. That is the real issue here. /sarc

Posted by: Indythinker at December 31, 2008 07:54 AM (WiIQi)

66 The big issue coming up on January 20 is does Obama fire Fitzgerald? If he does, the second big issue is what do we call it? It definitely needs a "-gate" as the suffix. "Blago-gate," anyone? "Donkeygate"?

Posted by: Indythinker at December 31, 2008 07:59 AM (WiIQi)

67 Office of the Senator Appoint

That is most excellent

Posted by: toby928 at December 31, 2008 08:08 AM (PD1tk)

68

WTH was Pat Bowlen thinking?

That in the 10 years since Elway retired, the best he could do was an AFC Championship Game appearance, which he backed into with New England and Indianapolis losses, which he got to play on his home turf, and which he somehow managed to blow?

That he has trouble instilling discipline in his players, from Marshall to Bly, and even with his team's "leaders" like Brister and Plummer?

That failing to reach the playoffs for three straight years is not quite up to expectations, especially when all you have to do is win the AFC West?

That a coach doesn't impress an owner by demonstrating a greater capacity to fold than the Buffalo Bills?

(Sorry, I'm hogging the internet.)

Posted by: FireHorse at December 31, 2008 08:09 AM (5KNeJ)

69

Yes, Obama will fire Fitzgerald using the clean-slate pretext Clinton used. Given the justifiably well-known, ridiculously limited American attention span, tactically minded politicians tend to do the unsavory stuff early. With the media still covering for him, Obama might lose two or three points in the polls should he fire Fitzgerald, at worst. What gets me is that what we're seeing now in Illinois will be what we as a country are going to experience for at least the next two years and probably longer. There is such a thing as a political environment, where the tone is set by those in charge. Such an environment can be the moral equivalent of a church or a whorehouse. For example, it probably never occurred to Blegoivich he was doing anything wrong, much less illegal, since that is the way the Chicago machine operates--has always operated. Now, imagine the whole country ran that way, where payoffs and kickbacks and back-scratching and feather-bedding are the norm, not the exception.

Given what we know about Democratic Party tactics, does anyone honestly believe the elections of 2010 are going to be fair? We conservatives need to get tougher, harder, more ruthless. McCain's misplaced sense of honor and fair play and resolute unwillingness to get his hands dirty made for a losing strategy. Losing honorably is still losing. Enough of that shit. 

Posted by: troyriser at December 31, 2008 08:33 AM (NfkMy)

70 Shanny has a .631 win percentage postElway. Enviable to say the least.
Backed into? They beat Indy and NE, no small feat in those days and no small feat to this day. Was that supposed to be a knock on him? Oh all he did that year was knock out two great teams with future hall of famers at QB. Ho-hum...?

Discipline problems? What discipline problems. Far as I know none of his players are shooting themselves or anyone else. Nor are they getting caught taking roids or serving time for criminal offenses. Swing and a miss.

This year's collapse is semi-understandable given the rash of injuries they've suffered. The last three years winning the AFC West has involved getting past a Chargers team that has been clicking on all cylinders. All while rebuilding around a rookie QB with diabetes. An excuse? Absolutely. But a decent one if not a good one.

He's one of the best coaches in the league. getting rid of him at this point makes no sense.



Posted by: Darkkan at December 31, 2008 09:05 AM (vBKqN)

71 As a non-Broncos fan following the Shanahan firing from afar, it struck me that Pat Bolen wanted "change" so much. Maybe he caught Obama Syndrome.

Posted by: Indythinker at December 31, 2008 09:26 AM (WiIQi)

72

Points taken (though I don't remember the Broncos beating the Colts in the ; minor detail). Each thing you say has merit. But taken together, you have a case for dismissal.

He's one of the best coaches in the league. Yeah, technically and statistically, he is. But a coach's main job is to develop his subordinates, to get them to perform to their potential. In this, he's fallen woefully short.

Getting rid of him at this point makes perfect sense.

Think about it: Over the last 10 years, the Broncos have been one of the best teams in the NFL. Not the best every year, but top five in terms of talent for most of those ten years. The result was a promising playoff run, once, three years ago. Whereas the Baltimore Ravens have sucked for every single one of the last 10 years and have a Super Bowl title. Both results come down to coaching.

Posted by: FireHorse at December 31, 2008 09:50 AM (5KNeJ)

73 Oh, and Indythinker -- Remember where exactly Obama accepted the nomination?

Posted by: FireHorse at December 31, 2008 09:52 AM (5KNeJ)

74 Looking at Shanahan scares me.

Posted by: huerfano at December 31, 2008 10:46 AM (knHvu)

75 I'll give you this bright new shiny Wade Phillips for that old brokedown Shanahan.

Posted by: Jerry Jones at December 31, 2008 10:57 AM (ao5cQ)

76

I'll give you this bright new shiny Wade Phillips for that old brokedown Shanahan.

Pass, thanks.

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