Really important advice from a Master Blogger

June 30, 2010

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: I originally wrote this for readers at Open Salon, but believe the advice below is of great importance to all bloggers lesser than myself.]

Hi, everyone, I’m Master Blogger William K. Wolfrum. My friends call me Bill, but for purposes of this presentation, I’d rather you called me Master Blogger William K. Wolfrum.

Being a Master Blogger is a time-consuming effort, explaining why there are so few people around that call me Bill. Nonetheless, sometimes I need to take time away for the small people out there who work day and night to write blog posts I could write while being waterboarded.

This is not your fault, obviously. For one, you aren’t Master Blogger William K. Wolfrum. More importantly, no one shares the important tricks with you. Please note, I have had 1 post her on Open Salon get an Editor’s Recommendation. Again, you don’t just call yourself a “Master Blogger” without verification.

So here’s a quick and easy template that will give you the chance to get recommended and finally the gain the tiny amount of fame that makes your miserable life worth living. Nothing personal, of course.

First, start off with something jokey about yourself.

Since I became a working housewife I’ve been happier than a turkey rubbing an elephant …

Sorry, I’ve lived in Brazil about five years now. I have kind of lost touch with what Americans find funny. But you’ve likely already made that determination.

Anyway, introduce a rare and horribly screwed up disease.

And then we learned my daughter had Coprophagiatis. A rare condition that means she has to eat poop to survive ….

Throw in some facts ….

Only one child every recorded history gets this disease …

Put a little scare on …

… but it’s likely your child has it, too.

Get a high-quality photo of someone famous, make it part of the story. This will guarantee readers regardless.

…My daughter dreamed of meeting Megan Fox, but now that she has to eat so much poop, well …

The Hand of God kills everyone …

… And when I saw my family go on that plane to get my daughter that operation, I wondered if I’d ever see them again …

Then take the hand of God, for comfort.

If not for God’s support these many years, I’d have never had the strength to start the Coprophagiatis Counseling Center …

Bash Bush.

… And if not for the cuts of the Bush Administration …

Quote Greenwald.

Like Salon’s Green Greenwald wrote, “With his Rolling Stone article on Gen. McChrystal, Michael Hastings has become both the personification of, and spokesperson for, Real Journalism, and as a result, has provoked intense animosity from establishment-serving “reporters” everywhere.”

And I believe that.

One last joke.

And with God’s help, we’ll clean up all the poop in the …

Again, sorry. No clue. I saw an Adam Sandler film was at the box office and figured poop jokes were in again. But I digress.

The Big Finish

And I’ve been through all this despite being born without a pancreas, fingers, central nervous system, eyelashes, head, etc.

Finally, make your avatar photo at open Salon sexy. I’d suggest using Alyssa Milano.

Then you can Twitter her telling her you used it out of respect and show her the story, hoping she has a soft spot for the Coprophagiatic. Tell others you just used her photo to be ironic.

Really, that’s about it. Forget all those rules they gave you on how to get readers. And especially, forget this “tell your friends about your blog” nonsense, because if you had friends, you wouldn’t be hanging around here acting sophisticated and pretending you’re a “Master Blogger.”


William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 30, 2010

June 30, 2010

Larry King

Larry King will retire from CNN. This may be the straw that breaks America’s back.


Oil-Soaked Beaches: With Hurricanes pushing the waters, oil is hitting more and more beaches, making this disaster a lot more real to many.

Kagan’s Confirmation: Should her politics matter?

Democrats Still Trying: If Democrats can get unemployment benefits turned back on for a few million, that should help at the ballot box.


Today in Jail: Cincinnati Bengal’s running back Cedric Benson, busted for assault. Look for Cincinnati to easily cover the Over on “No. of players arrested” this season.

Spain Strong: Simply put, Spain shut down Portugal yesterday in its 1-0 World Cup victory because Spain is damned good. Still, it was good to not have to see much Cristiano Ronaldo.


Kevin Drum: Financial reform should pass, and, like many other things, it will be better than nothing.

DagBlog: Republicans say the darnedest things.

Alan Colmes: Sharon Angle is Conservative. A Really Really fundamentalist Conservativist. And a Scientologist. If she beats Harry Reid, we may just have to quarantine everything Nevada not named Las Vegas.

Tweet of the Day

5 applicants for every 1 Job. Four must die. One moves on to $7.25 per hour. Coming next week to Fox - “The Interview”

Tweet of the Day II

I’m no economist, but when Wal-Mart became the biggest employer in U.S., someone should have raised their hand.


Cristiano Ronaldo finally disappears - Spain-Portugal World Cup Analysis

June 29, 2010

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gets a bet of a bad rep. How many other players have been openly booed during the World Cup in South Africa. I can understand, of course. He’s too good-looking and too aware of it. He’s arrogant. He’s really, really good. And he’s always up in your face. Yes, Ronaldo is Europe’s answer to a Kardashian sister, but with talent and accomplishments. Be it ads, interviews, feature stories or tabloid stories, Cristiano Ronaldo is all up in your face.

Except for 90 minutes against Spain. For Ronaldo detractors, it must have been a blissful time. For long stretches of time, I was equally as influential on Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Spain as Ronaldo. Blame it on the formation or Spain’s dominance, or the (rather hideous number of) bad calls against him, but Ronaldo looked afraid to upset a church mouse on the pitch.

So Ronaldo detractors, I know you’ll be living in a Ronaldo-dominated world soon again. But for 90 minutes Sunday, you got to enjoy life without Cristiano Ronaldo.


William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010

The Grandpa Lady Gaga Poker Face Dance. Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it. So I’m making you see it, as well.


Hurricane Alex: Nothing enhances an unprecedented oil disaster like a good, old-fashioned Hurricane.

A Kind Word and a Gun: The Supreme Court gives gun owners another victory. Obama’s ultimate dream of stealing everyone’s guns just got a little tougher.

Kagan Confirmation: Elena Kagan says she’d be a modest member of SCOTUS. Republicans say she’s an activist who’ll kill us all. Who’s right?

Russian Spies!: Or not. But let’s say it again for emphasis - the FBI busted some Russian Spies!


Spain v. Portugal: Iberian supremacy is on the line as these two rivals meet to see who will move on to the World Cup’s Elite Eight. Prediction: Cristiano Ronaldo crying.

Brazil Cruises to Holland: Brazil was more than impressive in it’s 3-0 swallowing of Chile in its first knock-out stage round. Now things get tough, as a talented Holland Squad stands in front of the Brazilians and the World Cup semi-finals.

Venus Williams Out at Wimbledon: I openly admit to being a fan of the Williams’ sisters. So I’m sad to report that Venus just got trounced by 82nd-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova.


Dvorak: Terrorist babies. Yes, the Republicans are afraid of terrorist babies. Let Rep. Louie gohmert explain:

AmericaBlog: The World and Hoover-ite economics.

American Prospect: Why, oh why can’t we just outlaw bloggers once and for all?

Raw Story: Gen. Stanley McChrystal reportedly to retire. Probably should check with Rolling Stone first.

Broadway Carl: Sarah Palin is like a box of chocolates. Really ignorant chocolates.

Digby: Oh, those radical DFH protesters.

Tweet of the Day

Just blow up the fucking #BPoilgusher, already. Screw it, why go slow death. Cross fingers, nuke shit out of it, enjoy show.”


Video of German Coach Joachim Löw Eating boogers and sniffing his armpit

June 28, 2010

Here’s Video of German Coach Joachim Löw eating boogers and sniffing his armpits during a World Cup match. You know you want to see it. But it just feels wrong. Go ahead. I won’t judge.

Don’t judge me.


William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

“It’s like a celebration of being who you are, of being yourself - no judging.”


Group of 20: First, the good news: The banks and financial institutions will do great, the bad news - you’re the one that will be paying for the deficit. Austerity now!

Kagan Confirmation: Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation begins today, and we’ll soon see just how far Republicans can stretch “pretty thin gruel.

We Are So Screwed: Even World Leaders have decided that prayer is the smartest way to fight British Petroleum’s oil disaster.

Hurricane Alex: Will Hurricane Alex turn the Gulf of Mexico into a disaster area? I mean, more of a disaster area? More importantly, how will it affect oil prices?

North Korea Wants More Nukes: Nothing to worry about, though. Their leadership is quite stable. Plus, no oil.

Also: Dick Cheney maintains life, Sen. Robert Byrd may not, and Martin D. Ginsburg (husband of Scotus’Ruth Bader Ginsburg) didn’t.

Update: Sen. Byrd died this morning.


U.S. Loses: The American team represented themselves well and looked professional and hungry on the pitch. Sadly, they couldn’t will the ball into the goal enough to beat Ghana, thus their World Cup is over. I blame Obama.

Mexico Loses: Bad calls and sloppy play stopped the Mexican team as they were swamped 3-1 by Argentina. Like many U.S. fans, however, Mexican loyalists are feeling good about their team.

God Save England: The English side had one thing going for them this World Cup - no one could do worse than France. Still, Germany’s 4-1 win sends England home looking rather small and silly.

Opinion & Blogs

Frank Rich: It took a Rolling Stone reporter to showcase just how little our corporate media has told us about Afghanistan.

Liberaland: Bobby Jindal wants Fed support for Oil Disaster. But don’t ask the Governor of Louisiana to use state resources or resources already given to him.

Huffington Post: CIA Director Leon Panetta admits no one could have anticipated how tough things would be in Afghanistan.

Matthew Yglesias: Former Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel got screwed for not being a far-right partisan and for having a very low opinion of Matt Drudge.

The Daily Beast: Tom Cruise’s new movie sucks, and not in a “Twilight” sort of way. Maybe he needs to give more money to his Scientologist buddies.

Tweet of the Day

“Maybe if we had a National Day of Science instead of Prayer we’d know how to stop a deep sea oil disaster.” Via OTOOLEFAN.


Mike & Christine

June 27, 2010

“I am a transsexual sportswriter. It has taken more than 40 years, a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type those words. … When you reach the point when one gender causes heartache and unbearable discomfort, and the other brings more joy and fulfillment than you ever imagined possible, it shouldn’t take two tons of bricks to fall in order to know what to do.”

– Christine Daniels, April 26, 2007.

Less than a year ago, I was waiting for a flight at an airport in Portugal when a tall, very striking woman caught my eye. Unable to look away for a moment, I noticed something about the woman – she was a transgender person. I immediately poked my wife and whispered, “Wow, look at her, that’s a man.”

I’ve thought a lot about my reaction that day, feeling both guilty and introspective. It still bothers me that I – as someone who has so often written about LBGT rights – so easily reverted to an unenlightened spectator, looking and speaking of this woman as if she were an oddity rather than a fellow human.

While I have made efforts to understand and support transgender people, I must confess that I have often so focused on the LGB much more than the T. And as someone who is very well aware that violence against the transgendered is both commonplace and horrific, it is a confession that hurts my soul. But it is also something I work to rectify.

Which brings me to Mike and Christine. Born Mike Penner, he was a long-time sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times. Then, more than three years ago, Mike Penner went on vacation. And came back as Christine Daniels. She wrote about her decision in a beautiful column for the Times:

“Today I leave for a few weeks’ vacation, and when I return, I will come back in yet another incarnation.

As Christine.”

Christine’s announcement was initially met with a rush of positivity, as readers wrote in to support her.

“Writing that piece, which I didn’t initially want to write, ended up becoming one of the best things I have ever done,” Daniels said in an interview. “And a day I dreaded all my life has ended up being one of the best days I’ve ever had.”

Of course, not all reviews were positive. Paul Oberjuerge, a former colleague of Penner (and of mine) viewed the change to Christine in stark terms.

I hate to be judgmental about these things, but Christine is not an attractive woman. Which probably isn’t a surprise when you’re 50 and have spent your in-the-world life as a fairly drab guy. Who has a fairly prominent Adam’s apple (not all of us do) … Who also isn’t exactly petite. Maybe 6-1, 200?

So … she looks like a guy in a dress, pretty much. Except anyone paying any attention isn’t going to be fooled — as some people are by veteran transvestites. …

The thing is, and maybe this is cruel, but there were women in that room who were born women in body as well as soul. And the difference between them and Christine was, in my mind, fairly stark.

It seemed almost as we’re all going along with someone’s dress-up role playing … and I assume it’s far more important than that inside this person’s head. But it’s going to take a while for the Average Joes among us to get our minds around this. And I’ve got to assume Christine understands that.

For a while, she thrived as Christine. She wrote a blog for the Times titled “Woman in Progress” where she detailed her changes and her life. And offered invaluable support to other transgender people. She used her new name as her byline. Then, after less than a year, Christine Daniels took time away from the Times. And returned again. As Mike Penner, in byline only as he worked from home.

“Eight months into the transition, we started hearing less from Christine. By the middle of 2008, we heard nothing. By October, she’d gone back to the Mike Penner byline, writing a notes column from his LA house. He didn’t return e-mails, texts or calls,” wrote ESPN columnist Rick Reilly.

I write this to remind myself and others to not overlook or ignore the “T” in LBGT Pride Month. I write this to remind myself and others that to be progressive means to embrace all who don’t comfortably fit into an easily understood box. I write this to remind myself and others that to be a supporter of LGBT rights means you must be a supporter of transgender rights.

As much as that, though, I write this as a thank you to Mike and Christine.

Mike Penner, the veteran Los Angeles Times sportswriter who made international headlines in 2007 when he announced he was transsexual and began working under the byline “Christine Daniels,” has died.

Colleagues said today that Penner was found dead at his Los Angeles home and that suicide was the suspected cause of death. He was 52.


Transgender Resources

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force – Transgender

Transgender Resource Online


Originally posted at Alan Colmes’ Liberaland.

Supreme Court overturns Godwin’s Law

June 25, 2010

WASHINGTON - In a controversial 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned and modified the Internet’s infamous “Godwin’s Law.”

The Law formerly stated: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision.

“Godwin’s Law renders a blow to free speech. How else could Thomas Sowell, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Lyndon LaRouche, Pam Atlas, Fox News, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and most of the Conservative blogosphere, adequately have a discussion about President Barack Obama without using Nazi comparisons?”

While Godwin’s Law will continued to exist, it will now exist in modified form after Roberts’court edited the original definition. It will now read:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

In other news, no changes were made to the Sarah Palin-inspired “Godwink’s Law.”


William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010

From a South Africa newspaper, which is apparently overcome with schadenfreude.


Republicans Win: Showing their ability to be fiscal conservatives, the GOP just saved America from adding .00043 percent more to the federal deficit. The downside: The unemployed and States are now totally screwed.

Justice for the Rich: The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. has no business imprisoning rich folk like Conrad Black and Enron’s Jeff Skilling. Or something like that. No word if SCOTUS overturned Ken Lay’s “death.”

BP Money Woes: Oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, but that’s become an American Tradition already. The big news: How on earth wil British Petroleum be able to afford the exorbitant clean-up prices?

Financial Reform Bill: The financial reform bill is just about ready to go to Congress. See what the Republicans will filibuster to death here.

The Cove to Play in Japan: Despite protests from Japanese who believe dolphins are theirs to kill, The Cove will be shown in Japan (see my interview with The Cove director Louie Psihoyos here.)

Also: Sarah Palin defense fund ruled illegal, SCOTUS rules that names on petitions are public record, BP handles sea turtle dilemma by burning them alive, House passes law to force corporations to disclose campaign ads, again, will be filibustered to death in Senate.


New World Cup Rule: The Vuvuzela is no longer the best and most-hated word in the World Cup. The new leader - Jabulani. See what they’re saying about the official World Cup ball.

Arrivederci, Italy: They left the World Cup with more class than the French, but they still left. Italy’s loss to Slovakia means both finalists from the 2006 World Cup couldn’t get past the group stage.


San Francisco Bay Guardian: What the “Defund ACORN Act” is really about.

The LeftNeck Chick: Near a beach? Head on down and join a “Hands Across the Sand” group to make a statement about the U.S.’s addiction to oil.

Whiskey Fire: If you report on Conservative issues for the Washington Post and say mean things about Matt Drudge off the record, you should know what to do - apologize as you’ve never apologized before.

Shakesville: Still struggling from the January Earthquake, Haiti has become “an ideal climate for rape.”

Tweet of the Day

Breaking: Dead citizens in Afghanistan announce they could give a shit as to who’s in charge of killing them.”

Video of the Day

Finally, transportation made easy:


William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 24, 2010

June 24, 2010

Remembering Mike & Christine.

Wolfrum’s Word

June is LGBT Pride Month. I, like many, have often overlooked the Transgender part of that equation, even though I’m well aware of the violence and intolerance directed toward them. I wrote down some of my thoughts on that issue in my latest post at Alan Colmes’ Liberaland - Mike and Christine.


McChrystal’s Ouster: Gen. Stanley McChrystal is out and Gen. David Petraeus is in. But that doesn’t change the fact that things are still out of control in Afghanistan.

Still Gushing: For a time, yesterday, British Petroleum’s oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico was going full force. But with the cap back on and new plans in the works, BP is anticipating the gusher to be stopped … some day.

Health Care Woes: Remember when Republicans argued that the U.S. had the world’s best health care system? They were lying.

Odd News

Twitsky: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has now entered the world of Twitter. Lenin weeps.

Jesus Returns: Forty percent of Americans believe that Jesus will return by 2050. If they really read the Bible, they’d be terrified.


USA! USA!: Nearly 24 hours after Landon Donovan’s World Cup-saving goal against Algeria, no referee has come forward to disallow it. So I think the U.S. is safely into the Final-16. Looking forward and dreaming: The U.S. could find itself in the semi-finals with wins over Ghana and South Korea if things play out right. But it’s all gravy from here on out for the boys in Red, White & Blue.

Still Playing: At Wimbledon, John Isner and Nicolas Mahu played for 10 hours until darkness forced them to stop - with the fifth-set tiebreaker at 59-59.


Bad Astronomy: Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California. Another victory for Jim Carrey and his merry band of ant-vaxxers.

Campaign for America’s Future: Every way you measure it, it’s been downhill for all but the wealthy since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981.

Trini Salt Like: The U.S. may have destroyed Trinidad’s World Cup dreams 20 years ago, but here’s one transplanted Trinidadian who has learned to love U.S. soccer football.

Tweet of the Day

If Italy can beat Slovakia by three or more goals in #worldcup tomorrow, McChrystal gets his job back. FIFA has weird rules.”


Miracle on Grass! U.S. advances in World Cup on Landon Donovan’s last-minute goal

June 23, 2010

Landon Donovan

As injury time was running out, Landon Donovan buried a goal to send the U.S. past Algeria, 1-0. With the win, the U.S. advances to the World Cup knockout round. Two thoughts:

1) I am forever sorry aboutwriting this post about Donovan.

2) As my Brazilian wife said: “Can’t you Americans do anything without making it a movie?”

I suppose not. A brilliant performance by the U.S., which goes into the knockout round confident and motivated. Just a great World Cup match.

Update: For those that would like to see Donovan’s goal. Over and over again:


William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 23, 2010

June 23, 2010

If you aren’t with us, you’re against us.

Wolfrum’s Word

While I hate to put extra pressure on the U.S. National Soccer Game before their must-win game against Algeria, hopefully they are aware of one important thing - a win means Jesus is better than Mohammad, pure and simple.


McChrystal’s Mess: Should Pres. Barack Obama let Gen. Stanley McChrystal resign? Some say yes, some say no. Here’s the Rolling Stone article that started this latest mess.

Taking Care of His Own: Judge Martin Feldman overturned Obama’s Gulf drilling moratorium. Also, Judge Martin Feldman has extensive investments in the energy industry. Well, at least he didn’t invest in Halliburto … oh, wait, he did.

Screw the Whales: It’s official, the entire “Save the Whales” movement is now in the hands of whale hunters.

A Mexican-Free Nebraska: The town of Fremont, Neb., has made it illegal to be an illegal immigrant. In other news, four Mexican families announce they are moving from Fremont to Omaha.

Hurricanes and Oil Spills: What if a hurricane hits the Gulf of Mexico? Don’t worry, British Petroleum doesn’t really have a plan for that, either.

Floods Ravage Northeast Brazil: Dozens are dead and almost 1,000 people are missing after heavy rains triggered flooding in Brazil’s northeast. Video below.

Also: Nikki Haley survives a S.C. runoff, Obama warns health insurance companies to not gouge its customers.


USA! USA! USA!: A win for the U.S. and they advance to the knockout round of the World Cup. No pressure guys, but we could all REALLY use another 1980 Olympic Hockey Team performance right about now.

Wimbledon: This is solely for one Mr. McBride. Everyone else can feel free to move on to the next entry.

Next Entry: Mighty France arrived in South Africa on First Class. They leave in economy. They should just be happy they weren’t forced to take a bus home.

Odd News

Seinfeld v. Gaga: I think we all realized that this planet wasn’t big enough to hold a Jerry Seinfeld AND a Lady Gaga.

I Masturbate, Therefore I Am: Why are humans special? Because we engage in self-love like no other species. Also, our socks are way more disgusting.


Alan Colmes’ Liberaland: Sharon Angle thinks the unemployed are spoiled. But don’t ask her to bring any jobs to Nevada.

Joe.My.God.: The anti-bullying Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) has finally passed in the New York Senate after nine consecutive years of shooting the bill down.

Human Events: Liberals hate Sarah Palin because she’s beautiful. Just like we all hated Marilyn Monroe.

DagBlog: McChrystal’s failures.

Tweet of the Day

I am a hardcore skeptical non-believer. Until it comes to sports. Then I’ll believe whatever it takes USA! USA! USA!”


French Coach refuses to shake hands with South African coach after loss

June 22, 2010

If the French National team managed to accomplish one thing during the 2010 World Cup, it was too reinforce every negative stereotype against France.

Putting the final touch on a truly classless performance on the field and off was French coach Raymond Domenech, who refused to shake hands with South African coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, following South Africa’s 2-1 victory over the French.

Domenech refused to comment on his snub afterward.


Tie Breakers for World Cup Group Stage

June 22, 2010

As South Africa desperately looks to score enough goals to advance in the World Cup, here’s a look at the tie-breakers used by FIFA for Group stage play. Courtesy the CS Monitor:

Two teams advance out of every four-team group. The first and most obvious decider is points (three points for a win, one for a draw).

* If two teams are tied on points, the first tiebreaker is goal difference – how many goals a team has scored minus how many it has conceded. The thinking is that this is the best measure of which team is better over the three games.

* If that is inconclusive, the second tiebreaker is goals scored. This rewards the team that is more offensive.

* If the teams are still tied on these measures, the next tiebreaker is who won the head-to-head matchup.

* If they’re still tied, World Cup officials flip a coin, literally

Here’s a link to the current Group Standings.


William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 22, 2010

June 22, 2010

Of course, outside of the French team, soccer players rarely smash into a wall and burst into flames.


Runaway General: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gen. Stanley McChrystal let’s his true feelings out. Please go to President Obama’s office, General.

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project: The Supreme Court has spoken - help a terrorist organization and you go to jail. Even if it’s humanitarian relief you offer.

Arizona Immigration Law: By next week, look for the Department of Justice to file a suit against Arizona’s new racial-profiling law.

Time Square Bomber: “Muslim Soldier” Faisal Shahzad remorseless in pleading guilty “100 times.”

Why Stop Deep Water Drilling?: Just because your own rig exploded and is wiping out the Gulf of Mexico is no reason to take time off off-shore drilling.


Portugal Scores: While you were reading this, Portugal scored 14 more goals against a hapless and hopeless North Korea in the World Cup. Final score will still go down as 7-0, however.

French Revolution: With any luck, the WATB French national soccer team will be sent back to France today, where they can smoke cigarettes and point fingers.

Odd News

Just Stop it: Dear Miley Cyrus, we knew Britney Spears, and you are no Britney Spears.

No one could have predicted:
That Rod Blagojevich wasn’t a very good governor.

Dogs Unclean?: A senior Iranian cleric has decreed dogs are “unclean” and should not be kept as pets. Let the War of Civilizations begin.


Rachel Maddow: Sure al-Qaeda is scary. But their videos can often be just ridiculous and hilarious.

Washington Monthly: Republicans have continued their winning approach to the unemployment problem - by calling the unemployed lazy.

Digby: Darrell Issa lets corporations know the GOP will never forsake them.

Tweet of the Day

For all I’ve upset in the past, please note that I’ve changed my name to “Xe.” So everything’s cool now.


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