After last week, I have trouble believing that the coming week could be any more crazy. And yet it could be.

1.  We know that GOP runners and riders for the Congress haven’t put Dubya in their ads.  But: how many of them are putting McCain in their teevee and radio spots?  And, if that number is greater than zero at this point, does that number go down after the week from hell?

2.  The Geezer has only a few outs left.  Here’s one, maybe: Tony Rezko, according to the Sun-Times, is about ready to sing. It is unlikely, from what we know now, that Tony’s going to finger Black Eagle. But he is going to finger — if anyone — Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The truth is that Rod is universally reviled in Illinois — a showboating, photo-opping hack. (More so than you would expect, even.) The last attack ad with Rezko and Rod from Team Geezer had negligible effect. If Pat Fitzgerald hooks up Rod, can Davis, Schmidt and pals make it stick to Barry?

3. Given the setup of her being a complete dingbat (much of it self-inflicted), does Sarah Palin have anything to lose on Thursday?

4. Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston may get hitched before the election. Does the National Hockey League have a gift registry?

5. What has a better chance of “freezing the campaign” — the Palin/Johnston Shotgun Wedding, or the Cubbies in the Series?


Who doesn’t love a shotgun wedding?

Besides Levi Johnson that is. I am really feeling sorry for that kid except for the lack of birth control. He wets his wick and now stuck in something out of his control and dealing with powers he has no hope in hell in stopping.

The Brew Crew is going to make life miserable for any of the NL teams due to their pitching. I’m sorry DB (where ever you are) but the Dodgers have no hope despite Man Ram and Joe Torre. Cubs have as good a chance as any, but need Zambrano so much. Need that ace, but also helps to have a good bullpen.

I’d have to say that it will be one of the two AL East teams that goes to the WS. I think the Angels are beatable right now. Minnesota or the White Sox are going to get mauled (Bullpens are weak.)

I have to say that if the Blue Jays actually hit more than a shit in the first 4 months they would be giving all of the teams fits. Best pitching in the MLB this year (starters and bullpen.) Alas that didn’t happen… Sigh. Might as well break out the 1993 WS tape AGAIN.

Our first traffic jam!

CB, I added a break to your post so FCS doesn’t get buried too quickly. Especially since I’ll be piling on come 7 a.m….

@ManchuCandidate: As the Mountain West/Southwest/High Desert/outdoor stringer of this fine establishment, I’d like to say “fucking Broncos. You lost to the fucking Chefs?”

Levi is thinking, “man if only that other chick had been free that night . . . “

nojo: Yeah. I saw that too. Scary how FCS and I posted immediately on top of each other. Didn’t think to edit to make room. Apologies.

@chicago bureau: No apologies needed. I actually saw both being actively edited in the queue, and thought, naw, that couldn’t happen this soon…

And, back to the subject…

I don’t see how Levi & Bristol can freeze the campaign, although I saw another story floating the idea. We’re way past the moment where that trick would work, and it’s only being considered because, well, we’re way past the moment. Fad’s over.

Unless the point is to keep her out of sight for a week. Has it gotten so bad they can’t even trust her with a teleprompter?

@nojo: It’s not going to be Levi & Bristol that is the surprise this week. I have two possible predictions (one courtesy of you):
(1) Baby Trigger is suddenly found to have Down’s Syndrome and the utterly predictable accompanying heart defects necessitating surgery. Talibunny must bow out to attend to her family.
(2) Son Track is shot in Iraq. Talibunny must bow out to attend to her family.

@SanFranLefty: The Friendly Fire Incident! You remembered!

@nojo: I told Mrs RML that Chechyan sniper teams and been mobilized and she’s all “they’ll just shoot him themselves.”

You Westerners are keeping me up too late. Last week I fell asleep on the train TWICE, slack-jawed and snoring. The snoring woke me up. And the ride is only 25 minutes.

@ManchuCandidate: You know, I spare a thought for Bristol and Track, too; they’ve spent their respective youths acting out against the crushing contradictions inherent in the positions in which their mother has put them, responding to the torrents of pride and shame that intermingle during the course of adolescence’s simultaneous longing to stand out and fit in. Track apparently became That Guy Jr., the slacker jock who uses his prominence to score easy drugs and easier girls; Bristol, I surmise, was the female version of the same – what other cultural options were open to them, considering their family and situation? Now that even greater ambition has called for Palin’s family to be “cleaned up” Giuliani-solves-the-homeless-crisis-style, we see Track shipped off to absolve his excesses in a cleansing bath of his own heroic blood and Bristol hitched up everlastingly to a guy she was otherwise likely to refer to as “Oh yeah, and then I dated him. >eyeroll< High school was a time of learning, let me tell you,” a few years down the road after a few Jager-n-Glaciers with the girls.

@BRB: High School Freeze Frame! Imagine being married to your teen age squeeze. On the national stage. It’s like that poor bastard who married Britney Spears for a day and a half. Dude’s like “fuck – it was like an alien abduction. You don’t know if if happened or not, but I saw it on US magazine at the check out stand when I was buying Red Bull and Doritos” (or Pampers) in Ice Man’s case.

@redmanlaw: It’s like the 1960 of Mad Men is where they’ve decided to live, and make their children live: for boys, the grinder is war; for girls, marriage.

Take it away, Sylvia (forgive me: it’s been that kind of week, and I already have the book out in front of me):

First, are you our sort of person?
Do you wear
A glass eye, false teeth or a crutch,
A brace or a hook,
Rubber breasts or a rubber crotch,

Stitches to show something’s missing? No, no? Then
How can we give you a thing?
Stop crying.
Open your hand.
Empty? Empty. Here is a hand

To fill it and willing
To bring teacups and roll away headaches
And do whatever you tell it.
Will you marry it?
It is guaranteed

To thumb shut your eyes at the end
And dissolve of sorrow.
We will make new stock from the salt.
I notice you are stark naked.
How about a suit–

Black and stiff, but not a bad fit.
Will you marry it?
It is waterproof, shatterproof, proof
Against fire and bombs through the roof.
Believe me, they’ll bury you in it.

Now your head, excuse me, is empty.
I have the ticket for that.
Come here, sweetie, out of the closet.
Well, what do you think of
Naked as paper to start

But in twenty-five years she’ll be silver,
In fifty, gold.
A living doll, everywhere you look.
It can sew, it can cook,
It can talk, talk, talk.

It works, there is nothing wrong with it.
You have a hole, it’s a poultice.
You have an eye, it’s an image.
My boy, it’s your last resort.
Will you marry it, marry it, marry it.

[“The Applicant”]

Holy FSM, the iToonz just gave me a track from Anoushka Shankar (daughter (I think) of Ravi), this nice mellow tabla and sitar music, followed immediately by a post-disco high-energy track from the Supreme Beings of Leisure. JARRING!

I just had to share. Don’t mind me.

@IanJ: Apple replaced the shuffle function with “fry”.

breaking/DNC to blast Geez over ties to gambling lobbyists. Innocent gaming tribes to be collateral damage, but hey, what the hell . . .

@redmanlaw: I don’t think it will hurt the gaming tribes, RML. It is a kinda awkward situation, though, when someone you like has to say to you “Oh, I meant no offense to you when I said he was a scumbag because he hangs around with you, I think you’re OK, its just that I wanted to make him look bad to your enemies, see, and . . . ” There’s just no good way to explain.

It won’t hurt the tribes because there are two kinds of people in the world, jebusers who are against gaming, and gamblers. The jebusers are hypocrites, they are a major part of the customer base for the tribes, and the gamblers don’t give a crap, except for the lobbyist part.

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